Dowazdah Tasbih

Hadhrat Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) instructed the following to a murid regarding the sufic dhikr of our tariqa: the dowazdah tasbih. “Sit crossed-legged (on the prayer-mat facing qibla). With the big toe and adjacent finger of the right foot grasp this tendon (rag e keymas) on the back of left thigh […]

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 […]

Abundant remembrance of Allah

O you who believe, remember Allah abundantly,  [33:41] and proclaim His purity at morn and eve.[33:42] Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah bless him with a long, healthy and productive life with ‘afiyet, Amin!) said, ‘It must be remembered that if the tongue is not immersed in vocalization of remembrance of Allah the […]

What to do in free time?

A seeker informed sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) about the extra time he had available daily and requested for advice on how to utilize it appropriately. Sayyidi wa sanadi said, ‘Do two things in this time. Firstly, perform excessive remembrance of Allah. On request for further elaboration on what specific […]

Permission for dhikr recommended by Sufis

  A sincere brother emailed: “I would like to know if I could begin practicing this dowazdah tasbih without becoming a murid immediately? Does one need permission [ijaza] to start this dhikr? As per the teachings of Shaykh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) the following response was send to him, You do not have […]

Doubtful Seeker: Final

A seeker wrote, I used to listen to a lot of bayans by arab sufis and Baraelwi’s but I found no good actions (amal) resulting so there must be a problem thereThere was a lot of show of love (izhaar of hubb and ishq) and ecstasy(wajd) but no change to the state of heart (haal […]

Chishti dhikr

I read about the zikr of the chishti tareeqa i.e. the dowazdah tasbeeh. I have doubts in my mind regarding this. The thought comes to my mind that this is not established by sunnah. I have tried to read many books to clarify this but am not satisfied yet. Although I am ashamed to even […]