A Reading & Commentary on the Diwan of Shaykh Salih Al-Ja’fari - Online Course

A Reading & Commentary on the Diwan of Shaykh Salih Al-Ja’fari - Online Course

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All students will receive an Arabic pdf coursebook of the Diwan

The course + English book bundle is available here.

Join Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary for what will be perhaps the first-ever English-language course on selected poems of the illustrious Imam and erudite scholar of al-Azhar, Shaykh Salih al-Ja'fari.

Shaykh Salih authored an extraordinary amount of poetry on many subjects. The Shaykh's poems comprise twelve volumes, which grouped according to their subject matter, ranging from the remembrance and glorification of Allah, advice for the one traversing the spiritual path to Allah, exalting the excellence of the Beloved ﷺ and the Ahl al-Bayt, and the virtues of the Path’s litanies and salawat.

This course will analyze and study in depth specific lessons to be derived on the topics of aqidah, adab, spirituality, lifestyle and more from 8 key selections from the work.


The course will include:

  • In-depth discussion of poem being studied in class, including why it was selected and how it serves as a benefit in our lives 
  • Overview of the extraordinary richness of meaning in the language of each selection
  • Discussion of the relevance and application of each selection in modern daily life
  • Time for Q&A in each class
  • Access to a private chat group with the instructor for additional questions and discussion

Selections from the Diwan of Shaykh Salih Al-Ja’fari, Volume 1 (Bilingual Edition) contains selected poems from the first of those twelve volumes. These selections focus on the relationship between the shaykh and murid, as well as the virtues of the spiritual path. These poems were specifically selected by Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Ja'fari, the grandson of Shaykh Salih al-Ja'fari. The core of these selected poems, just as in the shaykh’s poetry overall, are from the genre of what is known as madih (praise poetry), in praise of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and the Ahl al-Bayt.

Regarding the methodology of his father, Shaykh 'Abd-al-Ghani al-Ja'fari said the following:

"This door of spiritual openings, which our Shaykh traveled, is a clear opening, and whoever traverses it will arrive, and whoever arrives will be connected, and whoever is connected will see and witness, and whoever has witnessed, has intimate discourse, and becomes acquainted, and whoever becomes acquainted, is guided to the Muḥammadan Reality, thus he multiplies love by love. As he ﷺ has said: 'A man is with the one he loves.'"

These poems are truly transformative, both for the one who recites them and the one who listens, and represent acceptance and invitation to the presence of the Prophet and his household.


Shaykh Ahmed al-Azhary began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format, and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss advanced-level texts of different sorts and over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world.

Shaykh Ahmed holds degrees from American University in Cairo, Tulane University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has obtained additional certificates in a dozens of different subjects. He is the author of Ruh al-'Ilm, a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, as well as a number of works on Islamic pedagogy, linguistics, and Hanafi Usul. He is currently a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of traditional sciences under the supervision of Habib 'Ali al-Jifri, and teaches at Madyafat Shaykh Isma'il Sadiq al-'Adawi, a well-known learning center near al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.