Intekhab e Kaiseri
Intekhab e Kaiseri
Shaikh Wasiullah Allahabadi (Allah have mercy on him) wrote to a disciple ,
‘You are coming (to me) for so many days now, however, neither have you become involved in (religious) work as required nor have you developed the understanding as per my standards. The reason for this is not reading the essential books of Maulana (Ashraf Ali) Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him). Why is this so? This coming (to me) is just in vain or for religious betterment (Islah).
The (religious/Islah) work starts after acquiring knowledge. What will an individual without knowledge do?
If you have understood something from this write it (back) to me’
Maktubaat e Islahi , wasiyet al Irfan, May 1995, page 19-20
Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect & preserve him) gave this book to an individual who had islahi relationship with him and said,
‘This compilation is for my friends who seek islah (betterment of their religious condition).
It summarizes the spiritual path (sulook).
Read it thoroughly and try to incorporate it into your daily life.’
Office, Darul Uloom Karachi 1991
Shaikh Ibne ‘Ata Allah al Iskanderi (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘Beneficial knowledge is that which assists one in acts of obedience and engenders awe of Allah (leading to) abstention at the limits ordained by Him.’
Taj al ‘Aria, page 74
Mufti Maqsid of Kazakistan inquired that in regards to Tasawwuf there are misunderstanding in people here, the younger generation aspires for spiritual betterment (islah). Some approach us for understanding Tasawwuf. Moreover we want to teach our students tasawwuf. What books will be beneficial to do so?
Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect & preserve him) replied,
For this purpose in my opinion start with my respected father’s (Mufti Mohammad Shafi, Allah have mercy on him) book ‘Dil ki dunya‘. This is concise text and will be an easy to comprehend introduction of Tasawwuf. This text can be covered in a week or even less.
Then teach ‘Taleem ud Deen‘ of Hakim al Ummah Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him).
Teaching these text will lead to the understanding of reality of Tasawwuf in a short period of time. It is expected to be achieved in one or two semesters, in-sha-Allah. ‘
Albalagh, volume 51, publication 6-7, (April 2017) page 72
A seeker requested for a meditation (muraqaba).
Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,
‘Meditations (muraqabaat) are less beneficial these days. Remembrance with contemplation, either verbally or by reading books is more suitable for the nature of people these days.’
Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 1, page 473
In the Prophet’s mosque (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve & protect him) instructed a murid who was reciting the blessed Quran from his mobile phone,
‘In a place where a mushaf (printed text of Quran) is available it is best to read from it.
Reading Quran from a mobile application is permissible. However, the blessings of reading from a mushaf are more. The Quranic picture in mobile are the reflection of the text (not the original text).
Moreover, in reading from the mushaf an individual is more cautious and observant of the proper etiquettes (adaab). He should try to do this even when he is reading from mobile (when mushaf is not available).
Qari Rahim Baksh (Allah have mercy on him) was a great haafiz and teacher of Quranic recitations (qiraat). He tutored thousands of students. However, in spite of memorizing the whole Quran he use to do his regular daily recitation by reading from a mushaf and placing his finger on each single word. This was to get the maximum blessings possible. ‘
Masjid e Nabaawi, behind Riyadhul jannah, after maghrib/awaabeen, Friday 19 February 2016
Shah Wasiullah Allahabadi writes in the preface of ‘Tarbiyet us Salik‘ of Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on them) ,
‘The task of being a Shaykh is a lofty responsibility.
This is, because calling people towards Allah is the Prophetic job and the Shaykh is delegated to do it. Therefore, there can not be any doubt in its immense significance.
It is for this reason the quote of pious predecessors is famous,
الشيخ فى قومه كاالنبى فى أمته
A Shaykh in a community is like a Prophet in his Ummah.
Respected (poet) Hafiz Shirazi (Allah have mercy on him) pointed towards this in,
(Not anyone with a glowing face knows how to flirt
Not anyone who makes a mirror act like Alexander
There are thousands of points thinner than a hair in this way
Not anyone who shaves his head can be a qalander)
ٖFrom the essentials of performing this task are two things that differentiate between a righteous and charlatan Shaykh.
First is his expertise in recognizing the aptitude and specific characteristics of the seeker’s temperament.
Secondly, his technique of instruction and training (the seekers accordingly) is at its most perfect level.
The greatness of the (Sufi) Masters is determined by their exceptional level of instruction and training. And this is the cause of their popularity in the (religious) elite.
In an era the Shaykh who is superior to all the contemporary Shuyukh in this field is known as ‘Qutub ul Irshad‘. Like Leader of the group Junaid al Baghdadi and Shaykh Ghuas e azam (Abdul Qadit al Jilani, may Allah sanctify their secret) etc. etc..
To be contd.
Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 1, page 2
During the last ten days of Ramadan a senior scholar and a salik presented a letter informing about his daily schedule. He had come to stay for 3-4 days.
Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) asked him to tell it verbally as they walked towards home.
He informed in detail about his daily recitations, etc. They included reading of Dalail al Khayarat.
After he was done Sayyidi instructed,
‘Include recitation al Hizb al Adham, at least for the length of stay here.’
And what about reading books?’
He informed that he had read parts of Islahi Khutbaat.
Sayyidi instructed, ‘Start reading Islahi majalis now regularly.’
Ramadan 1436/July 2015 Darul Uloom Karachi
This high lights the importance of regular reading of text recommended by the Shaykh.
This is essential for a seeker. It increases his knowledge, provides motivation and insight into his/her own deficiencies. All of these facilitate his progress.
The Rules of Ramadan, a translation of أحكام رمضان authored by Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (ra).
Translated by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Harun Abasoomar (db).
In this concise booklet the Honourable Muftī Muhammad Shafi Sahib (r.a.) has outlined the very basic rules of the blessed month of Ramadān.
These rules are undoubtedly very pertinent and important. It is hoped that the reader studies this booklet prior to and during the blessed month of Ramadān.
Allama Shibli Nomani (Allah have mercy on him) mentioned the following while describing the Tasawwuf practiced by Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Allah sanctify his secret),
Studying medicine is like acquiring the Shariah. It enables an individual to know the normal and diseased.
With this knowledge an individual suspects himself to be diseased and approaches a Master (Shaykh). He makes a diagnosis and prescribes a treatment. Following this treatment regimen is Tariqa.
After successful treatment a healthy state is achieved. This is Haqiqa.
Paraphrased from Sawanih Maulana Rum rehmatullah aleh
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