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Seeing a Buzurg in Different Places at The Same Time

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Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:25

Q: How is it that people see a buzurg at different places at the same time? Some will see him here, others will see him at the Ka`bah whilst some will see him elsewhere.

A: Did you see any buzurg in this manner? It is impossible. It is his figure that people see. It is related in the book Tahzeeb that it is possible that a kulli tab`ee (natural body) can be present in several places at once through different wujood (existences). By undergoing mujaahadaat (spiritual training) the soul gains dominance over the physical self and this results in the body becoming roohaani (spiritual). Thus, the person seems to be present at various places (at the same time).

   

What Must One do if Troubled by Disturbing Thoughts in Salaah?

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Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:20

Q: I experience wasaawis (whispers of shaitaan) in salaah. What is the cure for it?

A: This is like the situation where you wish to visit a friend who has invited you. However, his dog is obstructing the path and it is barking at you. There is one of three methods that you may adopt in this situation:

(1) To turn away. If you will turn away the dog will continue barking resulting in other dogs also barking. There is also the possibility that whilst running away you might trip and fall resulting in another disaster. Nevertheless, in this instance you would have distanced yourself from your friend.

(2) To remain at the gate and fight the dog. Either the dog will bite you or you will injure the dog. Hence, either you will suffer or your friend. Further, the time that you had intended staying with your friend was wasted in fighting with the dog.

(3) Allow the dog to continue barking and call your friend telling him that you wish to visit him but the dog is obstructing you. He will reprimand the dog and allow you to enter. This is the best method to adopt. Endeavor to master this method i.e. seek assistance from Allah Ta`ala.

NOTE: Disturbing thoughts and wasaawis are different. Wasaawis spoil one’s Imaan. The example of wasaawis is that of the questions that play in your mind, such as, who created the sky? Allah. Who created the earth? Allah. Who created the sun? Allah. Who created the moon? Allah. And who created Allah? This is the detrimental end result.

It appears in the Hadith: “If one is troubled by disturbing thoughts he should seek refuge in Allah and divert his attention to something else.”

   

Sign of The Quality of Ihsaan

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Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:19

Q: What is the sign of having acquired the quality of ihsaan by practising on the sunnat?

A: The sunnat is a clear manual. If one’s actions conform to the sunnat then consider him to have acquired ihsaan.

   

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

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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)

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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).
   

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