Dowazdah tasbih


Demonstrating the method of dowazdah tasbih (Sufi dhikr of the Chishtiya) to a group of seekers sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve & protect him) reiterated about the jaher (audibly) and zarb (beat) that,

‘It must be clear upfront that these methods in remembrance of Allah are neither Sunnah nor more meritorious than those mentioned in Quran and Hadith. These methods have been found by experience to create a desire (shauq) of remembrance of Allah. This desire is beneficial in facilitation of pious actions. 

Even without these jaher and zarb the mere recitation of Allah’s name has a effect on an individual. 

Maulana Gangohi (Allah have mercy on him) use to say that the remembrance of Allah has its effect even if it done without full concentration. ‘

Office Darul Uloom Karachi, pre-asr majlis

24 Ramadan 1437/30 June 2016

Madrassa for girls


Addressing an administrator of a girls madrassa Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) said,

‘The number of madrassa (traditional Islamic teaching institution) for girls is now exceeding that for boys (in Pakistan).   I fail to understand the emphasis been given to this phenomenon. 

Are there any precedents for this from our earlier pious predecessors, the Blessed Companions, the Ta’baeen, the one who came after them or even our elders of Deoband?

I fear these institutions, especially those with residential hostels for possible inappropriate mishaps. 

The admintrator replied that even at Dar ul Uloom Karachi there is a girls madrassa. 

Sayyidi wa sanadi clarified, ‘This was started in an era when there were no such institutions. Moreover, we try our best that all teaching is via female instructors.’

Another scholar commented that the duration of the course for females has now been extended to 8 years. 

Sayyidi replied,

‘It is 6 years for the expedited track. I agree with this. Previously the 4 years course was severely deficient.  The graduates were deemed alimah (scholars) whereas in fact they remained jahilah (grossly ignorant). ‘

Office, Darul Uloom Karachi 

21 Ramadan 1437/ 27 June 2017 post zuhar

Refuge from calamities 


Shaykh MansurAli Khansb Ali Khan (Allah protect & preserve him) said,

‘In this day and age where there are colossal calamities even in religious affairs around us we should ask Allah excessively for refuge. 

Now I appreciate Arif billah Dr Abdul Hayy’s (Allah have mercy on him) inclusion of asking refuge (istea’za) in the four priceless spiritual actions (char beshbaha mahasen) he so often recommended. This is something outstanding. 

Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) included a section of Prophetic supplications of asking refuge in every day recitation of Munajat e Maqbool

Once Mufti Mohammed Shafi (Allah have mercy on him) instructed me that if you are unable to ask Allah by reciting all the supplications in Munajat e Maqbool in lail al-qadr (the night of Power) then select the sections of asking Allah’s refuge. ‘

Jeddah 28 Sha’baan 1437/4 June 2016

Be mine and do as you wish


Shaykh Bayazeed Bastami (Allah have mercy on him) said, 

‘For thirty years I prayed, O Allah! do this and that for me. However, when I arrived at the very first station of the Sufis I prayed, O Allah be mine and do as you wish!’

Maktubaat Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani rehmatullah aleh, first letter

Request for esal e thawab


Shaikh Qari Waliullah khalifa of Maulana Abdul Haleem Jonpuri (Allah have mercy on them) passed away on 31st May 2016 in Mumbai. 

He had established the publication house Maktaba e Ashrafiya to propagate the teachings of Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) and his successors. 

May Allah have mercy on him and raise his status in hereafter manifolds. And give sabr e jameel to all of us. Ameen!

Please, do make dua and esal e thawab for him. 

JazakAllah

Sincerity – less: Shaykh & mureed fall


Musleh al Umma Maulana Shah Wasiullah Allahabadi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘As it is possible that an individual has knowledge and he does not practice accordingly, similarly it is possible that one practices (according to the knowledge) but without sincerity (ikhlaas).  

Moreover, it is possible that previously there was sincerity in actions done but later it evaporates. 

Shaykh Muhiyuddeen Ibn Arabi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

وقد راینا شیوخا” سقطوا

We saw many Shuyukh that fell from their ranks (as a spiritual guide due to this). 

If even a Shaykh can fall (from his rank), then possibility for a mureed to fall (due to lack of sincerity) is much greater.’

Majales Musleh al Ummat ra, volume 6, page 134

Shaykh’s job


Musleh al Umma Maulana Shah Wasiullah Allahabadi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘A genuine (muhaqqiq) Spiritual mentor’s  (Shaykh) job is to inform the disciple of his shortcomings.

That is what I (personally) practice.  And then I evaluate how much sinful involvement has he (the disciple) abandoned.

I do not inquire about the litanies (wird) recited.  Brother! If you recite the wird you will for sure get inspiration (warid). This is an affair between you and Allah. Your reward will be according to the effort you put in. ‘

Majales Musleh al Umma ra, volume 6, page 129

Knowledge & action 


 

“Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of Fire..” 2:201

Imam Hasan Basri (Allah have mercy on him) said regarding this Quranic invocation, 

‘The ‘حسنہ’ of this world is (beneficial religious) knowledge and acts of worship. And the  ‘حسنہ’ of hereafter is the heaven (jannah).’

Ahya al Uloom ad Deen, volume 1, page 41

Ijazet & khilafet aren’t permanent


Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) use to update and publish the list of his khulafa (appointed representatives) almost every year. This was to facilitate the search for spiritual mentors by seekers. 
Many new names were included for those who accomplished the required criteria to be a Shaikh. 

Few names were deleted. They included the dead and those who did not follow up regularly to ensure that they continued to stay and progress on the path. Some exclusions were for those who became distracted and fell into the traps of nafs and Shaytan. These points were explicitly mentioned in the updated list. 

Ma’asir e Hakeemul Ummat ra, 

Therefore, mere certificate of ijazet or khilafet is not enough. Continuous steadfastness on Shariah and spiritual progress is required. 

Nafl: pray at home

makkah_madinah

Mufti Rashid Ahmad al-Ludhyanwi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

—————-it is more meritorious and rewarding to perform nafl salat (supererogatory prayers) and recitation of Holy Quran (tilawah) at home.

In fact, there is even more reward to perform these acts of worship at home than in the Masjid Haram (Makkah Mukarramah) and in the Masjid Nabawi (upon him blessings and peace).

In this regard, it is stated in a hadith from Zayd bin Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) said, ‘The (nafl) salat of a person in his home is more rewarding than his salat in my (this) masjid, except the obligatory prayers.’” (Abu Dawud)

Gathering in the Masjids on Auspicious Nights (A Hanafi Viewpoint)

Spiritual progress is not by listening & reading about Tasawwuf

  
It is very common phenomenon these days that many of us are ravenously in search of material about Tasawwuf, both audio lectures and written information. We devour whatever we find. However, this is not accompanied by initiation or substantial increase in actions (a’amaal), both physical (zahiri) and internal morals (ikhlaq e batini).

The path to progress in Tasawwuf is performance of actions (a’amaal). 

Knowledge (ilm) alone is not sufficient for salvation. Acting on the knowledge with sincerity in accordance with the Sunnah in persistent manner is required. 

This is not possible practically without selecting an individual spiritual mentor.  Seeking advice from him in all religious matters, trying to act on it and if there is difficulty in doing so letting him know is essential for islah. 

May Allah facilitate this for us. Amin!

Medinah al munawwarah