Smypathy & kindness for sinful

 Imam Abdul Wahab al Sha’rani ( Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘It is from the morals of the pious that they have sympathy for those involved in sinful activities. They do not look down upon them. They are ready to sacrifice their own life for them.  Some of them in their kindness, desired that their skin be peeled off with scissors but the sinful stop their indulgence in disobeying Allah. Moreover they prefer being kind for them instead of making supplications (dua) against them.’

Ahwal us Sadiqeen, page 207

Mawlid clarification 

Shaikh Muhammad Alawi al Maliki (Allah have mercy on him) wrote,

‘The night of mawlid (birth of Prophet, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) that is considered to be superior to the night of Power (lailat al qadr) is only that very night, centuries ago when the blessed birth actually  occurred. It is not that night which comes every year in the month of Rabi al awal.’

Mafaheem: Urdu translation page 267

Tasawwuf: Its purpose


Imam Rabbani Shaikh Ahmed Sirhindi (Allah have mercy on him) wrote,

Tasawwuf is not intended to obtain things other than the faith of Ahl-as-Sunnah and (follow) the commands of the Shariah.

Tasawwuf is intended to make the faith of Ahl-as-sunnah secure, conscientious and firm, lest it should be undermined by things bringing doubt.

The faith which is strengthened through the intellect, through evidence and proofs cannot be so firm. Allah declares: “Listen, the hearts find peace only in the remembrance of Allah” 13:28

The second purpose of Tasawwuf is to facilitate worshiping, to bring about enthusiasm, and to do away with the indolence, the reluctance inherent in the nafs-i ammara.

It ought to be realized well that clinging to Tasawwuf is not intended to acquire the ability to see what others do not know, to inform others with the unknown, to perceive lights (nur), spirits, or to enjoy exhilarating dreams. All these are in vain, useless things. What is not in the everyday light, in the various colors, in the natural beauties, that should coax man to leave these and look for other things at the cost of suffering so many inconveniences? After all, both this light and those effulgence, both these beautiful shapes and those other things are all the creations of Allah and bear witnesses to His existence and to the fact that He is the Almighty.’

Maktubaat Imam Rabbani ra, volume 1, letter 266

Confusing fiqh & sufi practices


Imam Rabbani Shaikh Ahmed Sirhindi (Allah have mercy on him) wrote,

‘No practice of any Sufi is an argument to decide that which is lawful or unlawful.

(If something is questionable reported about them) Instead of reproaching them we pass over their actions and leave them to the judgement of Allah.

This (determining of what is halal or haram) is a matter in which the opinion of Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Abu Yousuf or Imam Muhammed should be considered authoritative rather than the practice of Abu Bakr Shibli or Abul Hasan Nuri (Allah have mercy on them all).’

Maktubaat Imam Rabbani ra, volume 1, letter 266

Mujahida: annoying spouse

A seeker wrote,

Please, pray for my wife. She gives me to much trouble.

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

‘Do not be distressed by the troubles from your wife. This is also a (form of) spiritual struggle. You receive reward on it (from Allah if you are patient, neither display anger nor act inappropriately). Let her annoy you more.’

Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 1, page 432

Mujahida e thania: The subsequent struggle

A spiritual aspirant wrote,

In the previous condition the attention towards Allah was increased and desire to commit sinful was very subdued. Moreover, a sort of spiritual serenity,  calmness and attentiveness was present. However, the condition is not like this anymore. The desire to commit sinful activities becomes very strong sometimes. And the previous serenity is no more.

In this condition I feel miserable, please, pray for me to be steadfast on the right path.

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

‘This is the time of subsequent struggle (against desires of nafs) (mujahida e thania) after the completion of the initial struggle (at the onset of this path). The accomplished seeker (wasil) who in unaware of this suspects returning (to previous heedless state) (rij’at). Sometimes he is so dejected that he gives up (the good deeds and abandons the struggle to resist sinful). In reality, this is an regular essential stage of completion of this path (sulook).

The explanation of this is that in the initial (part of this path) there is excessive enthusiasm and the natural desires are subdued. Towards the middle or the end (of this path) the enthusiasm wanes and the desires resurface. This is because the (sinful) desires are not eradicated (by spiritual struggle) they are only subdued. At this resurfacing spiritual struggle is again required. However, the hardship and effort in this (subsequent) struggle is to a lesser extent. لرسوخ التھذیب فی النفس۔ ., but determination, diligence, willpower and self control are required (to do so).

Based on the signs a sort of perfection is felt in (your) nisbet. Relying on Allah, I give you permission to take allegiance (from spiritual aspirants) (ijazet e bia’yet) and expect from Allah that it will be beneficial for the people. 

Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 1, page 467-8

A point to ponder upon!


 A sincere seeker inquired,
‘During Hajj I met two brothers whose profiles are such:
Brother A spends 40 days in Jamat almost every year and is active in the work of Tabligh.

Brother B does not have Ijazat from his Shaykh but he has had reformatory relationship (islahi Ta’lluq) for 30+ years.

I was both shocked and worried when I heard words of backbiting  (Gheebah) from both of them (in different instances).

Hazrat what can be the reason that even after being associated with a (reliable) Shaykh for 30+ years, or spending 40 days in Jamat each year the major sin of Gheebah is not eliminated? I am worried that I may be in the same situation as them in the future…’

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Remedy for missing the daily wird

Maulana Qamaruz Zaman Allahabadi (Allah preserve and protect him) narrates,

‘The disciples use to report that they are not being consistent with the daily recitations (wird). These were usually three tasbihaat (3 formulas to be recited 100 times each). They asked for a remedy.

Shaikh Wasiullah Allahabadi (Allah have mercy on him) replied how will you do something more (as a remedy) when you are not even doing the very basic things instructed to you.’

Ramadan bayan 16/07/2015

Mujahida: Spiritual struggle is everlasting!

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

‘The seekers must understand it upfront that the spiritual struggle (mujahida) is always needed (to abstain from sinful).  It is not that you do it for few days (in the beginning of the path). It is lifelong endeavor.

Understand it by an example. In sickness medicine and precautionary efforts are essential. After recovery precautionary methods are still needed. Moreover they are even more required in healthy state. This is because in sickness the body system is impaired, the sense of taste is changed and desire for different kinds of foods is itself diminished. In addition if the patient indulges in any food harmful he quickly feels their  side effects. Whereas in healthy state the body systems are stronger and therefore the side effects of indulgence in harmful is not immediately felt. Also there is a desire to eat. Therefore, more care has to be taken in healthy state to prevent a relapse.

The physician have stated that relapse of an illness is more severe than the original illness.’

Khutbaat e Hakeemul Ummat ra, volume 23, page 274