Invocations (athkār) and invoking Allah (thikr-ullāh) constitute an essential part to spiritual
wayfaring. There are many different tariqahs in this regard. Unfortunately, the common lay Muslim
has misunderstood the reality of such a practice and has more often than not, unknowingly abused the
ritual and consequently compromised oneself in the process, with often serious side-effects.
This course intends to offer a theoretical understanding of invocations to start off with, followed by
practical advices and instructions on how to deal and incorporate such prescriptions. Themes to be
Definition and classification of invocations
Importance and mechanism of action of invocations
Difference between supplications (du’ā) and invocations
The necessity of having a mentor and working under their auspices?
Public/open/general invocations versus private/closed/specific invocations
Universal prerequisites/conditions during the process of invoking
The relevance of 40-day retreats and mantras
Practically going through beginners-stage invocations
Studying Quranic and hadith-based invocations
This is a predominantly hands-on practical course guiding the beginner to a safe journey in one’s
spiritual journey, wherever they are residing, thus preventing them from falling astray inshallah.