Dhikullah: various forms


A seeker wrote,

All praise is for Allah. I am (regularly) reciting the five tasbihat instructed by you after Fajr salah. I want to do some dhikr  (remembrance of Allah) also.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,

‘Those tasbihat are also (a form of) dhikr.

However, if you have time available (in your daily schedule) then start dowazdah tasbih in low audible voice. If you are not aware of its method then (come and) learn it verbally.’

Islahi Khatoot

Gift for Shaykh: The art


A seeker studying abroad wrote,

On receiving my first salary here I desire to present a gift to you. I am thinking of getting a fountain pen. I seek your permission to do so.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,

‘I happily give permission (to do so).

However, in present conditions (i.e. being abroad in USA in mid 90s) it might be difficult for you to send it to me. Therefore, (the best way of presenting me a gift would be to) take out few dollars with the intention of presenting them to me and then give this cash in charity or a mosque on my behalf.’

Islahi Khatoot

Wife’s requests

allah u jameel

A seeker wrote,

Sometimes my spouse insists that I wear cologne and do not wear cap at least while at home.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,

‘This is also permissible.

Moreover, (intention of) making your wife happy will be rewarding.

It is okay to be without cap for sometime at home. However, the normal practice should be of using it (most of the time).

Islahi Khatoot

Quran: daily recitation 

A seeker wrote in his monthly islahi correspondence,

The daily routine for  recitation  of one juz of Quran can not be completed (these days). Only half or three quarters is read. Moreover, when this is also not possible I recite Surah al Ikhlas hundred times.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,

‘This is also sufficient. All praise is for Allah that the daily routine is being carried out with consistency.’

Islahi Khatoot

Dhikr in salah

A seeker wrote,

In salah that are offered silently (in congregation) previously I used to recite Surah al Fatiha  in my mind to maintain concentration. However, now I do not find this interesting and want to do the dhikr Allah Allah in my mind. Is this appropriate?

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,


Contemplating about Surah al Fatiha is more appropriate.

However, (it is okay) if the dhikr Allah Allah flows out (in your mind) without your control (ikhteyar).’

Islahi Khatoot

جمال ھم نشین 


 گِلے خوش بوئے در حمّام روزے

رسید از دستِ مخدومے بہ دستم

ایک دن حمام میں، ایک مہربان کے ہاتھ سے مجھ تک ایک خوشبودار مٹی پہنچی۔

بدو گفتم کہ مشکی یا عبیری

کہ از بوئے دل آویزِ تو مستم

میں نے اس سے کہا کہ تو مشکی ہے یا عبیری (دونوں اعلیٰ خوشبو کی قسمیں ہیں) کہ تیری دل آویز خوشبو سے میں مَیں مست ہوا جاتا ہوں۔

بگفتا من گِلے ناچیز بُودم

و لیکن مدّتے با گُل نشستم

اس نے کہا میں تو ناچیز مٹی تھی لیکن ایک مدت تک گُل کے ساتھ نشست رہی ہے۔

جمالِ ہمنشیں در من اثَر کرد

وگرنہ من ہمہ خاکم کہ ہستم

اور ہمنشیں کے جمال نے مجھ پر بھی اثر کر دیا ہے وگرنہ میری ہستی تو محض خاک ہے۔

شیخ سعدی شیرازی علیہ الرحمہ

Achievement and its awareness


A seeker wrote,

As per your instruction I do not look towards the states (kaifiyat) and results (summerat) (of spiritual works being carried out). However, I desire that I achieve an iota of piety (taqwa) and a strong perpetual connection with Allah (nisbet).

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,

“Do you desire these achievements or the awareness of having achieved these?

The first desire is appropriate, whereas, the latter inappropriate (for a sincere seeker).’

Islahi Khatoot

Priority #1:Making up missed salah


In his monthly update a seeker informed,

Making up (qadha) of the (previously) missed salah continues.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) replied,

‘Give priority to this over all other actions.’

The seeker continued,

The busy schedule of work and making up for the missed salah leaves little time for reading (religious/spiritual text).

Sayyidi wa sanadi replied,

‘Reading is auxiliary. Making up for the missed salah has precedence.’

Islahi Khatoot

Progress: The signposts

The seeker continued,

All praise is for Allah. It is Allah’s beneficence. With your blessed company, instructions and attention I have an idea of the required standard of religiosity and awareness of Allah (taqwa) for a seeker. (Sadly) this lowly writer is devoid of an iota of it.

Allah save me from not being thankful.

Because of you the saying of Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) stays afresh in mind that (paraphrased)

We have seen real men. No cattle can fool us by claiming to be human.

I feel ashamed telling others about my relationship with you. This is because that by seeing my poor condition they may form a unbecoming opinion about you and are thus barred from benefiting from you. How insignificant am I and (all of) my opinions! Indeed, the opinion of a sick individual is also a sick- opinion.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect & preserve him) replied,

‘All of the above are reflective of sound understanding (of the path). Their experiential understanding and tasting is required (in this path). They, insha Allah, are signposts telling us that the path is being covered.’

Islahi Khatoot 

Morals: assessing the achievement 

A seeker wrote.

(It seems as though that) awareness of Allah (taqwa) and sincerity (ikhlas) have not brushed past me.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect him) replied,

‘If another individual said this to you would you be offended? Answer truthfully!’

In the next letter seeker wrote,

I am not sure how to answer this vividly. However, I know that if I feel offended it will proof without doubt that awareness of Allah (taqwa) and sincerity (ikhlas) have not touched me.

Sayyidi wa sanadi replied,

‘All praise is for Allah! 

I am pleased by this response. 

May Allah further increase (your) knowledge and understanding. Amin!’


Islahi Khatoot 

Sheikh’s love, reverence and spiritual congeniality 

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect him) wrote in reply to a seeker’s question,

‘The greater the spontaneous (t’abai) love and reverence of Sheikh the better and most beneficial it is. However, they are not the absolute criteria.

The logical (aqli) love and reverence plus spontaneous spiritual congeniality (munasbet) are the essential criteria (to benefit spiritually from the Sheikh).

That is, intellectually one should have firm conviction that for my reformation (islah) my Sheikh is the most appropriate.

The spontaneous spiritual congeniality (munasbet) means that instructions given by the Sheikh are usually easily accepted by mind (qalb) and thoughts of objections do not arise. Except on rare occasions.

If the logical love and reverence, and spontaneous spiritual congeniality are lacking then spiritual benefit is in fact impossible. In this case the seeker must look at other places (for a new Sheikh) where he feels the  logical love and reverence, and spontaneous spiritual congeniality. He should inform his initial Sheikh and establish a contact with the new Sheikh. There is no disrespect (bayadabi) in doing so.

Act on this very important issue after understanding it thoroughly. Do not hesitate to ask again if any doubts remain.’

The seeker replied, 

All praise is for Allah, by His blessing I find logical love and reverence, and spontaneous spiritual congeniality with you in me.

Sayyidi wa sanadi replied, 

‘If at any time these do not remain then informing me without any reservations is imperative. Insha Allah I will not be even slightly upset on this.’

Islahi khatoot