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!

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

Breaking the chains of desire

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Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed ‘Aijiba (Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘The only means of breaking the chains of desires of the lower self (nafs) are,
1. Overwhelming yearning (shauq) (for Allah’s pleasure)
2. Fear that makes one flee (from Allah’s displeasure)
3. Bestowal of Allah’s bounty either via means of a Perfect Shaikh, who possess alchemy potion for bringing this change or without any means,
(He chooses for His grace whom He wills. ) Allah is the Lord of great bounty. (Al-i’Emran : 74)’

Eqaz al Himam page 359

A refreshing dream

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A seeker wrote,
Yesterday (21st Ramadan 1411) in the morning I saw you in a dream. I saw that you have received three letters and you are reading them in a way that I can also see part of them. The third letter comes in my hand. I do not remember the contents, however, in the end of it is a couplet written in beautiful calligraphy. The first line is from a famous Persian couplet that I recognized at that time but forgot on waking up. The meaning of second line that this lowly one understood in the dream was,
Respected Khawaja Moinuddeen (Chishti, Ajmeri, Allah have mercy on him) is present in the form of Mohammad Taqi.
And after your name is written عليه السلام.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect him) replied,
‘Insha Allah it is a blessed (mubarak) dream.
May Allah give its blessed affects to you and me.

This is a good tiding (basharet) for creating joy in (spiritual) actions and to be taken as a good omen. However, the real criteria (for deserving Allah’s pleasure) are the actions done while awake.’

Islahi khutoot, qalmi

Daily poor quality ma’molaat

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A seeker wrote,
All praise is for Allah, the daily virtuous activities (ma’molaat) are being carried out punctually, however, their quality remains poor.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani (Allah keep him safe, healthy and in ‘afiyah) replied,
‘Carrying them out punctually is a great blessing in itself. Be thankful (to Allah) for it.
Moreover, the feeling of them being of poor quality is another blessing. Be thankful for it also. And ask forgiveness (from Allah for all the deficiencies).’

Islahi khutoot, qalmi

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