Bestowal of nisbet

An individual inquired what was meant by the commonly known saying that at the time of baiyah the pious masters bestow nisbet. Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied, ‘At the time of baiyah there is an overall (ijmalan) bestowal of nisbet. That is, a comprehensive relationship with Allah […]


Hakim al Ummah Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) said, ‘To achieve strong nisbet (an experiential mutually friendly relationship with Allah) and perfect unison (wusool) the (the specific sufi methods of) remembrance (dhikr), spiritual exercises (ashgal) and meditation techniques (muraqabat) are needed. It is highly recommended to acquire them. The minimum criteria […]


In Holy Mosque, sitting in front of the Yemeni corner (rukune yamani) of the blessed Ka’aba Hadhrat Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) was asked by an individual, “How can a person develop nisbet (perpetual, strong and mutually friendly relationship with Allah most high)?” Hadhrat replied, “Hakeem al-Umma (may Allah have mercy on […]

Sahib e nisbet?

Sayyidi wa sanadi Hadhrat Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) said, “Some individuals achieve nisbet (a perpetual, close and strong relationship with Allah) but they themselves are unaware of this fact.  There is benefit from Allah, Most High, in this unawareness also. That is, if they were to know, then either they will fall […]

Signs of being ‘sahib e nisbet’

“Nisbet” or ta’aluq ma’Allah (a strong, agreeable and perpetual relationship with Allah, Most High) is the goal of every salik. Hakim al-Umma Hadhrat Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said regarding the signs of a person having this blessing, “In company of such an individual there should be an effect of […]

Prayers for nisbet

An aspirant inquired: “Is it inappropriate to make dua for nisbet (strong, perpetual, mutually agreeable relationship with Allah SWT)? Hakeemul Umma Hazrat Thanawi ra replied: “It is most desired (to make such dua).” Tarbiyat us Salik, volume 1, page 420

Doubts 2: Benefitting from grave

A seeker inquired, I wish to ask about istighatha min al quburBy this I don’t mean istighatha of physically asking the wali for a son or rain etc. These things are clearly shirk.But I am asking about istighatha where the mureed gets spiritual help and sustenance and learns the daqaiq of tasawuf from the sahib-e-qabr.This […]

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 […]

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) […]

Keeping track of time & company

Khawaja Mohammed Ma’soom Sirhindi (Allah have mercy on him) instructed a senior disciple, ‘Be vigilant in keeping track of your time. Spend it in actions that are important. Do not waste it. Save yourself from excessive mingling with other people. This is because (excessive mingling without a need) ruins the beauty of ‘nisbet e batin’. […]

Tip to avoid burnout

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 […]

Permissible & impermissible acts regarding graves of awliya

Hakim al Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) said, ‘Making elevated graves, constructing domes over them, observing death anniversaries (urs) with pomp and festivities, using excessive illumination (in these places and gatherings) as is the custom these days, and prostrating to dead or alive are all impermissible actions. However, to visit […]