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Difference Between The Actions of The Mubtadi`een (innovators) And The Practices of The Sufis


Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:15

Q: What is the difference between the actions of the mubtadi`een and the practices of the Sufis?

A: Study the correspondence between Hadhrat Gangohi and Hadhrat Thanwi that appears in Tazkirat-ur-Rasheed. In short, the mubtadi`een consider their actions to be part of Imaan i.e. they consider it to be necessary. As for the Sufis they do not regard their practices to be in the rank of a fardh (compulsory) act. Instead, they consider it to be recommendable. In fact, if they feel that it is not necessary they abandon it and at times they even regard it to be impermissible. (This is understood from the following incident.)


No permission for making darb (striking the head at the time of zikr)


Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:09

Moulana Ilyaas’s Rahmatullahi Alayhi father had once come to Hadhrat Gangohi Rahmatullahi Alayhi and said, “I do not have an affinity with the practices of the mashaayikh.” Hadhrat Gangohi asked him, “Have you acquired ihsaan (constant awareness of Allah Ta`ala)?” He replied, “Alhamdulillah, I have achieved it through the blessings of following the sunnat.” Hadhrat Gangohi then told him, “In that case, you do not have permission to strike your head at the time of zikr. It is like a person who wants to study Aamad Namah (elementary Persian text book) after studying Gulista and Bosta (advanced Persian text books).

Gaining Sweetness in Zikr


Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:06

Q: What is the method of gaining sweetness in zikr?

A: Keep in mind the various aayaat and ahadeeth regarding the virtues of zikr and think of the virtues you are receiving. In this manner you will acquire the sweetness of zikr.




Monday, 03 May 2010 19:53

Q: A du`aa made using the ism-e-a`zam is accepted. I would like to know the ism-e-a`zam.

A: The name of Allah Ta`ala that is taken when a person is in a state of total helplessness is the ism-e-a`zam. For example, when a person is drowning or engulfed by a raging fire and he calls out to Allah in this state of distress then the name he uses for Allah Ta`ala at this moment is the ism-e-a`zam. Nevertheless, the `ulama and mashaayikh generally say that the word ألله - Allah is the ism-e-a`zam. During the lifetime of Hadhrat Raipuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi there was a person by the name of Moulana Wajid Ali sahib who used to experience kashf-e-quboor (able to see conditions of the inmates of the grave). Hadhrat Raipuri would enquire from him regarding his kashf (inspiration). He had once told me that the word ألله is the ism-e-a`zam and that Hadhrat Mikaeel Alayhis Salaam had informed him of this.


With Whom Should One Start Making Du`aa For?


Monday, 03 May 2010 19:47

Q: Must one start making du`aa for himself and then for others or should he first make for others and then himself?

A: He should start making du`aa for himself and then for others.


Q: It appears in the malfoozat of Hadhrat Sheikh Rahmatullahi Alayhi that one should daily engage oneself for ten minutes in muraaqaba-e-du`aaiya (du`aa from the heart) for the ummat and then one should make du`aa for himself, whereas in the Qur’aan Allah Ta`ala states: (O my Rabb! Forgive me and my parents.) In this ayat du`aa is made first for oneself. Hence, which of the two is more preferable and masnoon?

A: The ten minutes of muraqaba-e-du`aaiyah is in fact a remedy for absentmindedness so that inattentiveness does not settle in the heart and to ensure that it always remains mindful. However, the actual sequence in a normal du`aa is that one should first make du`aa for oneself and then for others as is understood from the ayat: RABBIGH FIR LI WA LIWAALI DAYYA.


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