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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.

   

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.

   

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