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An unfaithful mureed

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:36

Someone had told me:

Person: I have written a book on tasawwuf.

Mufti Sahib: Very good. Person: I am searching for a shaikh. Mufti Sahib: You had first written a book on tasawwuf and you are only searching for a shaikh now.

Person: I am searching for a shaikh who can inform me of the things in my heart.

Mufti Sahib: In that case you should excuse our akaabir (elders).

He stayed for a few days as my guest and would join me for meals at Hadhrat Shaikh’s house. In the meantime Hadhrat Moulana Ilyaas Rahmatullahi Alayhi had arrived. Whilst seated at the dastarkhan he told Moulana, “I wish to become your mureed.” Hadhrat Shaikh intervened and said, “You are holding onto the garment of a traveller. If you intend taking bay`at at his hands then go to Nizamuddeen.”

Moulana Ilyaas lowered his head and after raising his head he said, “I heard an incident of a guru (leader) and his chelas (followers). A person had come to this guru and observed that he was seated on cushions and surrounded by attendants from all sides. He enquired from someone seated there:

Observer: Who is this person?

Person: He is the guru.

Observer: What work does he do?

Person: If he has any need he orders his chelas and they fulfil his need. Sometimes he becomes angry and gets annoyed with them.

Observer: (Pointing to the chelas) Who are these people around him?

Person: They are the chelas.

Observer: What do they do?

Person: They serve their guru. If he needs flour they make it available and they provide him with his firewood. In short, they fulfil all his requirements. On hearing this the observer said, “I had initially desired to become a chela but now I desire to become a guru.”

After relating this incident Moulana Ilyaas Rahmatullahi Alayhi said, “Previously, the chelas desired to become gurus. Nowadays they desire to become Allah i.e. they desire that the sifaat (qualities) of Allah should settle in them once they take bay`at.

I (Hadhrat Mufti Sahib) had then felt that the thief from within had been apprehended. Thereafter, Moulana Ilyaas addressed this person, “Mia Zakariyya has given the correct suggestion. Come to me and both of us will be able to inspect each another. We will then decide what to do.”

After this Moulana Ilyaas Rahmatullahi Alayhi had left for Delhi and Moulana Raipuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi arrived. This guest of mine sat by Moulana and requested Moulana to allow him to take bay`at. Hadhrat Shaikh told me, “Muftijee! Your guest is very unfaithful.” I replied, “Does any good person come to me? My guest is like me.”

Thereafter, this person had taken bay`at at the hands of Hadhrat Raipuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi.

   

Giving preference to zikr-e-jahri (audible zikr) over zikr-e-sirri (silent zikr)

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:24

Someone had written to Moulana Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alayhi: I make zikr silently. I do this for two reasons: (1) I fear that if I make zikr audibly I will disturb those who are asleep. (2) People will begin to think of me as a buzurg and this will create pride within me.

Hadhrat Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alayhi replied: Continue making zikr aloud. The solution to the first problem is that you should make zikr in a place where there isn’t anybody sleeping e.g. the Musjid. However, do not make zikr so loudly that the people of the area will be disturbed.

As far as the second problem, then ponder over the fact that when you will begin to sway your head whilst making zikr people will not think you to be a buzurg but an insane person. Your nafs has advised you that people should not think you to be a buzurg. However, it has in fact devised a plan whereby people would begin to think of you as a buzurg.

The reason for this is that when you will lower your head and engage in zikr-e-sirri people will think that you have now reached the level of the angels. The nuktah (subtle point) in this is that it is difficult to remain punctual and constant on a devotional practice.

If you will make zikr-e-jahri a few people will come to know that you wake up in the latter portion of the night to make zikr, such as the muazzin of the musjid. At times you will be overcome by sleep and laziness and perhaps miss out making zikr on that day. The muazzin will come to know that today Mr so and so did not wake up. However, if you make zikr-e-sirri nobody will know whether you got up or not and in this way your laziness and weakness will remain concealed.

   

Purpose and reality of bay`at

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:18

Q: Who is a mureed?

A: Moulana Wakeel Abdullah Jaan Sahib had asked Hadhrat Saharanpuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi, “What is bay`at and what is its purpose?”

Hadhrat Saharanpuri replied, “The mureed repents and he makes the muraad (shaikh) a witness to it.” Moulana used to say that that was the first time he heard the word muraad being used in the meaning of shaikh. However, it created a doubt as to what was the need for the shaikh to be a witness to the taubah of the mureed whereas Allah Ta`ala is well aware of the conditions of one’s heart. (Allah is well aware of the deceiving eye and the things that the heart conceals.) [19:40] The answer immediately came to mind that in the aakhirat (hereafter) every person’s limbs will bear testimony to his actions. Thus, why is there a need for this objection?

Moulana Wakeel Sahib was a well-researched and extensively read personality and he had come to Hadhrat Saharanpuri with the intention of discussing his doubts and queries. However in this short discussion all his doubts were dispelled.

Thereafter, he requested Hadhrat Saharanpuri to allow him to take bay`at at his hands. Hadhrat asked him, “What is the need for you to take bay`at?” He replied, “I have never done anything regarding it to be necessary. My lifestyle is that of the English but that is not necessary. Similarly, I eat English styled food and that too is not necessary. In the like manner, I have married an English woman and that also is not necessary. Likewise is the condition of my taking bay`at at your hands.

Hadhrat had then accepted him for bay`at and prescribed for him the zikr of the ism-e-zaat as much as possible.

He would experience unique conditions and Allah Ta`ala had blessed him abundantly.

   

Can a female initiate others for bay`at?

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:16

Q: Can females initiate others for bay`at?

A: The statement of Hadhrat Gangohi is reported in Tazkirat-ur-Rasheed (vol 2, pg 337) where he mentioned, “If women were allowed to initiate others for bay`at then my Safiyyah would have been initiating others for bay`at.

   

Interpreting the statements and actions of the pious

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:14

Q: Why is it that when a pious person does an action that apparently contradicts the shari`ah then an excuse is presented for his action, but this is not the case if a layman has to do the very same action?

A: The lives of the pious are always in conformity to the shari`ah. Therefore, it is very seldom that they will commit an action against shari`ah. Thus, it will be weighed against the rest of their actions and in the light thereof an explanation will be given for their action.

Firstly, no proof is required to have good thoughts of a believer; because his Islam alone demands that others have good thoughts of him. However, when a believer is fulfilling the injunctions of the shari`ah entirely and he refrains from evil actions then this enhances the good thought. Thereafter, as one’s steadfastness on the injunctions of shari`ah strengthen so too will good thoughts of him increase. This continues to a stage where people now begin following such a person and accepting his words. If at this stage a person commits an action that apparently contradicts the shari`ah, then all his previous actions prove that it is impossible for such a person to utter such a statement or commit such an action. For example, if a person who is an ardent follower of the sunnat and every facet of his life is enshrouded by the nooraniyyat of the sunnat claims to be a rasul or a nabi, what will one say? Nobody can declare that his emulation of the sunnat was incorrect and that his pious actions were incorrect. Instead, an explanation and an interpretation will be given for his statement. It will be said that he had meant that he is the servant of the rasul and a follower of the nabi.

   

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