Category Archives: N. Advice

Tip to avoid burnout

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Many novice seekers remove all that is not explicitly Islamic from their life. Like permissible hobbies of reading fiction or poetry, keeping collectible items, meeting friends and relatives, interest in cars, gadgets, jewelry or clothes, traveling, dinning out, etc.

This is usually due to a burning desire to be closer to Allah.

However, the spare time they get becomes a source of boredom. This is especially so when the initial phase of overwhelming passion wanes (which is a inevitable normal phenomenon).

This boredom is dangerous and may engulf the religious activities leading to a burnout.

One has to be cautious and take advice from his/her spiritual mentor prior to removing things that are permissible.

As a principle. until a strong, overwhelming and perpetual relationship is developed with Allah one should continue with all his permissible activities. Once nisbet is established all the unnecessary or detrimental involvements will automatically cease.

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

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

Advice: sufis do not quarrel

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What did the speaker of beautiful words, the splendid face Bhalul ( majzoob, Allah have mercy on him) say,
When he passed by a quarreling Sufi

If this claimant (lover of Allah) had truly recognized the Friend (Allah), he would not have been involved in argument with the enemy (wasting time in something other-than his love).

Shaikhul mashaikh Haji Imdadullah mohajir Makki (Allah have mercy on him) wrote these verses at the very end of his treatise Faisala e haft masala.

Strange Behavior

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A seeker wrote:
When I get back from my office or some where else and am tired then I feel and behave very strange. I don’t like to talk with anyone and if any one talks to me at that time I react very badly with anger regardless of younger or older. This state remains till half an hour or until I get fresh by doing ablution or taking a quick bath.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Hazrat Moulana Mohammad Taqi Usmani sahib (Allah SWT preserve him and allow us to benefit from him abundantly. Ameen) replied:
“The cure for this is to think when coming back home that if I get tired what is the mistake of my family in that? And then after reaching home before talking with anyone first do ablution.”

Meraj us Salikeen: Islahi Khutoot #7

Writing everything to shaykh

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A spiritual aspirant wrote:
When writing letter and describing my progress on daily mamoolat, acting on advise of Hazrat e wala db sometime it feels it is riya (ostentation). Please advise if writing everything in black and white to shaykh is correct? Jazaak Allah

Sayyidi wa sanadi Hazrat Moulana Mohammad Taqi Usmani sahib (Allah SWT preserve him and allow us to benefit from him abundantly. Ameen) replied:
“It is correct. It is not riya (ostentation).”

Meraj us Salikeen: Islahi Khutoot #6

 

Writing blame worthy morals to shaykh

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A spiritual aspirant wrote:
I read in Basair Hakeem ul Umma ra that one should write to his shaykh one issue at a time and get advise on its cure. I don’t know where to start for myself, as I see I have too many issues to mention. Where should I start? Please advise. Jazaak Allah

Sayyidi wa sanadi Hazrat Moulana Mohammad Taqi Usmani sahib (Allah SWT preserve him and allow us to benefit from him abundantly. Ameen) replied:
“You have written about anger. Now start writing about other issues one by one. When writing an issue, please describe the incident due to which you suspect it is a blame worthy moral.”

Meraj us Salikeen: Islahi Khutoot #6