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The kashf (inspiration) of Mia Abdur Raheem Wilayati

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Friday, 16 April 2010 22:38

Mia Abdur Raheem Wilayati Rahmatullahi Alayhi, the first shaikh of Shah Abdur Raheem Raipuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi  was a very great sahib-e-kashf (one who receives inspiration). At night he would engage in muraaqabah and thereby learn of the actions of his mureeds and those linked to him. The next morning he would write a letter to those whom he found to have committed an incorrect action. He would write: mera chaand (O my moon – beloved [this was his frequently used phrase]) never commit this action in future.
   

Practices for reforming the heart

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Friday, 16 April 2010 22:27

Q: What actions should students and non-students adopt for reforming themselves?

A: Students consider themselves to be exempt from all laws and rules. A tableeghi jamaat from Bangladesh had come to a certain musjid. A student studying there knew one of the members of the jamaat and he visited him. They continued talking until the `Asr azaan was called out. The student then stood up and began walking away. I told him, “Where are you going? The azaan has already been called out. It is prohibited to leave the musjid after the azaan has been called out.” He replied, “Is it prohibited for us students as well?”

Similarly, a group of students were once talking in the rooms on the southern section of the Musjid. When it was time to sleep one of the students climbed onto the roof of the musjid and crossed over using the roof of the musjid as a pathway. I told him, “You have crossed over the musjid.” He replied, “Is the prohibition applicable to students as well?”

These poor students are not prepared to accept the laws. Do you want to go any further and enquire about their habits and behaviour?”

 

Q: I wanted to know what should students do to reform themselves?

A: Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam had told Anas Radhiyallahu Anhu:

(O my son! If you are able to pass the morning and evening without harbouring any malice for others then do so, for this is my sunnat (way of life). And whoever loves my sunnat loves me and whoever loves will be with me in Jannah.)

Nowadays students are required to adopt something very easy and simple and that is that they should not eat to their stomach’s full.(Tirmizi [Mishkaat 30/1)

   

Do not spend too much of time in the company of the shaikh

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:56

Nowadays the potential and ability of the mureeds have weakened so drastically that it has become difficult to acquire faiz (blessings) from the shaikh. Therefore, do not spend lengthy periods of time in the company of the shaikh. Instead, according to availability of time visit him for a short while, say that which is necessary and return. Thereafter, follow the guidance of the shaikh.

If one spends more time in the company of the shaikh then it will lead to either one of two destructive maladies: (1) One will consider the `ibaadat of the shaikh to be very minimal resulting in entertaining evil thoughts of him. This is a cause of severe deprivation. (2) One will consider the `ibaadat of the shaikh to be more than what it really is thereby considering his shaikh to be the most pious person. This will lead to him disdaining other mashaayikh. The harm of this is also clear.

   

Is it shirk to make tasawwur (visualise) others besides Allah Ta`ala?

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:51

Someone in Delhi told me, “You have stated in Fatawaa Mahmoodiya that tasawwur-e-shaikh (visualising one’s shaikh) is permissible, whereas only Allah Ta`ala should be visualised. It is shirk to visualise others besides Allah.”

I replied, “It is impossible to visualise Allah Ta`ala, because only those things that have some form and shape could be visualised. As for Allah, then He is free from any form. It is stated in Sharh-ul-`Aqaaid, Pg 38:  (Allah does not have any form or shape.) and in Sullam-ul-`Uloom it is stated, Pg 2:  (Allah Ta`ala cannot be confined to any place nor can He be visualised.)

You had also said that it is shirk to visualise anything besides Allah. Every person visualises numerous objects in his mind. Will you then say that such a person is a mushrik? You in your very own mind visualise objects. Will you also be a mushrik?”

   

Propagation of the kalimah through a jogi

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:46

A buzurg in Delhi had trained his mureed. After noticing that his mureed had become well grounded he instructed him to go to Multan for the propagation of Islam.

Filled with youthful vigour and zeal he set out on foot until he reached Paanipat. There lived a jogi along the path who would attack the hearts of the Muslims passing by through his tasarruf (spiritual powers). He learnt of this person passing by and began to focus his tasarruf towards him but to no avail. The jogi approached him and asked, “Who are you? Where are you going and what do you say?”

He replied, “I am a Muslim and I am going to Multan. I say the kalimah LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHU.” He recited the kalimah with such force that it affected the jogi to the extent that he lost his sanity. He ran away from there and began to tell whoever he met, “Do not go in that direction. There is a person who is going to Multan and he says LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHU. Do not listen to him.” Initially, he had tried to stop him and snatch away his Imaan but he eventually became the means of spreading the kalimah.

On the other end, the shaikh perceived what had transpired and he was not pleased. In the meantime, the mureed no longer perceived the spiritual strength that he was accustomed to.

Hence, instead of proceeding further he returned to his shaikh. When he reached Delhi the shaikh reprimanded him, “I did not send you to propagate along the way. I sent you to propagate in Multan.” He then instructed the mureed to remain with him for a chilla (forty days) wherein he underwent more training. Thereafter, he was sent to Multan. After reaching Multan he began propagating Deen and approximately eighty thousand people accepted Islam at his hands. How much of faiz (blessings) he must have received.

These personalities had understood that whatever abilities and skills they have received are only to be utilised in propagating Deen. This is the truth of the matter that whatever strength a Muslim is endowed with, be it natural, physical, monetary or spiritual, they all will have to be utilised for the cause of Deen.

   

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