Home Faqihul Ummah Malfoozaat (Anecdotes) Sulook The difference between lammat-ush-shaitaan (whispers of shaitaan) and lammat-ul-malak (inspiration of the angels) and the incident of Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilaani Rahmatullahi Alayhi

The difference between lammat-ush-shaitaan (whispers of shaitaan) and lammat-ul-malak (inspiration of the angels) and the incident of Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilaani Rahmatullahi Alayhi

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One will be able to distinguish between lammat-ush-shaitaan and lammat-ul-malak through knowledge. Peeran-e-Peer Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilaani Rahmatullahi Alayhi   had related: “Once whilst receiving kashf (inspiration) I felt as if I was very close to Allah Ta`ala and in that condition I began feeling extremely thirsty.

Suddenly, I saw a golden goblet appearing before me. I contemplated for a moment whether to drink from it or not because it is impermissible to utilize utensils made of gold. The thought came to mind that I should drink from it since it is Allah Ta`ala who made it impermissible and now it is He who is granting it to me. However, this thought also crossed my mind that I should not drink from it because no law from the shari`ah of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will be abrogated (after him). After being convinced of this I began to recite: LAA HAWLA WA LAA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAAHIL 'ALIYYIL 'AZEEM. Immediately, shaitaan fled but he still shot his arrow and said, “Today, you were saved through your knowledge. Otherwise, I have raised many people to this position and then cast them into the fire of Jahannum.”

I replied that it was on account of the mercy of Allah Ta`ala that I was saved and not my knowledge. On hearing this Moulana Muhammad Shah Gangohi said, “The main factor is the mercy of Allah. Knowledge is only the means of perceiving things.” Hadhrat then confirmed this statement of his.

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