Tarbiyyah at khanqah

An individual visiting from abroad requested to stay in Darul Uloom, Karachi to be be in close proximity to sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi usmani (Allah preserve him) for his spiritual development (islah).

He was warmly welcomed and informed about the different options for housing available. Like, guest rooms, guest house and students’ hostel. He requested that whatever was best for his islah would be the most preferable.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh recommended that in this case the students hostel will be the best place to stay. The conditions there are simple, ascetic and humble, more befitting a seeker. However, a personal visit should be made prior to making the final decision to ascertain that an individual will be able to handle the condition and not have excessive hardship staying there.

From time to time sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh inquired from that individual how was he doing there and if he had any problems. He also send students and other staff to check on him. In addition to the hospitality and kindness of the Shaikh this was also an exam for the seeker. That is, to see if he complains about the petty, transient and material problems. The signs of arrogance, non effacement (fana) and love of the worldly.

This is a form of the tarbiyyah that happens when a seekers stays in the company of the Shaikh.

Ramadan 1432/August 2011