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A mureed’s contact with the shaikh when away from him

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Q: How does a mureed maintain contact with his shaikh when away from him? What is he required to do to continue benefitting spiritually from his shaikh?

A: This cannot be explained through words. However, understand this much that when one accepts a particular buzurg as his shaikh and follows his lifestyle and teachings and makes an effort to adopt his way of life then a link is gradually created.

This was the situation of Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Rahmatullahi Alayhi who had once mentioned, “I had written a letter to Moulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi expressing my desire of spending a few days in his company. Moulana had replied: ‘There is no need for you to come to me for deriving any benefit. It does not matter whether you are close by or distant. You will be able to derive the very same benefit from me where you presently are as you would if you were here.’”

Likewise, Moulana Zafar Ahmad Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alayhi was once engaged in zikr at the time of tahajjud in the upper level of Madrasah Mazaahir-ul-Uloom Saharanpur when all of a sudden he had the urge to go downstairs. When he came to the bottom floor he noticed Moulana Khalil Ahmad Sahib standing outside. On seeing Moulana Zafar Ahmad, Moulana Khalil Ahmad Sahib told him, “Bring out my bed from inside and place it here.” After bringing out the bed Moulana Khalil Ahmad Sahib rested and Moulana Zafar Ahmad continued with his zikr. The urge of coming downstairs had now disappeared.

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