Brotherly advice

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Commenting on the Prophetic saying narrated in Sahih Bukhari (#104) sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,

‘Sayedina Abu Shuraih (Allah be pleased with him) taught us a etiquette. That is, irrespective of how evil an individual is and how heinous actions he is committing even then advising or inviting him (to the truth) should be in a manner that does not dishearten him. Moreover, it should take into account his (social) status.’

Inamul Bari, volume 2, page 149

The most superior karamet

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It was reported that an individual walks on (flowing) water.

Shaikh Abu Mohammad Murtaish (Allah have mercy on him) replied,

‘I consider that the person who has been blessed by Allah to be steadfast against his (sinful) desires is most upright and superior to the individual who walks on water and flies in the air.

And (remember) action against one’s desire is only by asceticism (zuhud) and diverting one’s attention away from all (worldly) things.’

Eqaz al Himam, volume 1, page 369

Bestowal of nisbet

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An individual inquired what was meant by the commonly known saying that at the time of baiyah the pious masters bestow nisbet.

Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,

‘At the time of baiyah there is an overall (ijmalan) bestowal of nisbet. That is, a comprehensive relationship with Allah is created. Establishing a bond with the pious (ahl al Allah) is like creating a bond with Allah. Baiyah induces a sophistication in this bond with Allah.’

Husn al Aziz, Malfuzat e Hakim al Ummat ra, volume 17, page 306

Priorities in islah

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Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi ( Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘The pious (masters) do not focus excessively on the exoteric actions (dhahiri a’mal). This is because they can be rectified in a moment merely by changing one’s determination. That is, an individual who does not pray can (make a firm determination) in a moment and start praying, one who shaves his beard can (make a firm determination) in a moment and let it grow. Similarly, in a moment an alcoholic can repent from drinking and a transgressor (fasiq fajir) becomes God-fearing.

The important thing that the pious focus on is the rectification of the moral characteristics (ikhlaq e batinah), like arrogance (kibr) etc.. The rectification of these is very difficult.’

Husn al-Aziz, Malfuzat e Hakim al Umma ra, volume 17, page 284

نصاب تصوف

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حضرت والا رح (حکیم الامت) نے اہل تصوف اور سالکین کے لیے بھی چند کتابوں کا نصاب مقرر فرمایا ہے۔ جس کا پڑھنا اور سمجھنا اور اس کے مطابق عمل کرنا نہایت ضروری ہے۔

انشاءاللہ اس کے مطالعہ سے سالکین کو نفس و شیطان کے مکائد معلوم ہونگے اور ہر طرح کی بدعات و ضلالت باطنیہ کی ضروری اور تفصیلی معلومات حاصل ہوگی۔

اگر کسی عالم سے سمجھ کر پڑھ لیا جاۓ تو ذیادہ مناسب ہے۔ جس طرح کتابوں کی نمبروار ترتیب دی گئ ہے اسی طرح پڑھنے کی ہدایت ہے۔

ماثرحکیم الامت رحمتہ اللہ علیہ – صفحہ ۳۲۸
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It is essential for a seeker to read about the path he/she intends to travel.

This is to make sure he is aware of the goal, the methods to achieve this goal and be aware of the pitfalls in this endeavor.

This curriculum obviously contains many books authored by Hakim Al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) whom we consider to be the mujaddid of the previous century.

However, in addition it has classical Tasawwuf texts by masters of this path that include Sheikh Shahab uddin Suharwardi, Imam Ghazali, Sheikh Yafai,  Sheikh Ibn e Ata-Allah Iskanderi, Maulana Jalal uddin Rumi and Sheikh Abdul Wahab Sha’rani (Allah have mercy on them all). This is to confirm that the path we follow is in accordance to the principles and practices of the masters of Tasawwuf.
Moreover, it is to keep in check the cult mentality that leads to a superiority complex and extremist attitude of shunning everyone else beside our Shuyukh.

May Allah make it beneficial for us. Amin!

Hajj & sacrifice: A Divine order

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Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,

‘It is futile to look for worldly benefits and logical explanations in Hajj and sacrifice (udhiya/qurbani).

They are a Divine orders to remind us that we have to follow them irrespective of understanding them in itself or their benefits.

The Divine order requires submission. And this is Islam as defined in Quran,

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[37:103]
So, (it was a great episode) when both of them submitted themselves (to Allah’s will), and he laid him on his forehead (to slaughter him),

Waaz: 27/9/2104, Darul Uloom Karachi

Tips for islah

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The pious masters have said that a true seeker is not confused between the virtuous and sinful paths. However, he/she is misled by the desires of lower self (nafs).

May Allah protect us all from the deceptions of nafs. Amin!

Some steps that may be beneficial for a salik in doing a virtuous act or abstaining from a sinful one are as follows,

1. Sincere intention to please Allah by this action
2. Firm active determination of action or abstentions
3. Heartfelt supplication asking Allah for help in this endeavor
4. Mustering courage
5. Performance or abstention from that action
6. Being thankful to Allah if the task is successfully accomplished
7. Repenting immediately if one fails
8. Informing the mentor (Shaikh) of the exact details of progress or failure
9. Fulfilling the penalties as prescribed by the Shaikh
10. Actively contemplating the steps #1 to 5 daily and whenever the desires of nafs surface.
11. Asking Allah at each and every step for facilitation

Indeed facilitation is from Allah alone!