Dr Muhammad Isa Waley is Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Collections at the British Library, London. His main research specialisations are (i) the palaeography, codicology, illumination and cataloguing of Islamic manuscripts; and (ii) the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish. He has written, contributed to, or translated a number of publications in these fields. The subject of his Ph.D. thesis was the poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi.
Among the numerous works edited by DrWaley are Islamic Codicology: an Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script; the English translation of Tafsir al-Jalalayn; several works by Sheikh Muhammad Mutawalli al-Sha’rawi; the Integrated Encyclopedia of Qur’an; and the Kitab al-Adhkar of Imam al-Nawawi.
Kitab al-Adhkar is the definitive compilation of words of remembrance and glorification of (dhikr), and supplicatory prayer to (du’a), the Lord of the Universe, as related from His final Emissary, the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless and exalt him).
Dhikr and du’a lie at the very heart of the din, the relationship between creature and Creator. As part of the Sunna or Prophetic Way, they are a divinely appointed means of approaching Allah Most High for all our needs, and of making use of all the moments of daily life to strengthen our tawhid, the existential and cognitive Unity that is the hallmark of Muslim spirituality. Also covered are the vital principles of speaking only what is good and avoiding the sins of the tongue.