Teachings of Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi & his spiritual successors, particularly 'Arifbillah Dr 'Abdul Hayy 'Arifi (may Allah bless them) and Sayyidi Mawlana Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) regarding Tasawwuf
Sayyidiwasanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani ( Allah preserve & protect him) advised,
“Do everything with Ikhlas (sincerity) and supplicating to Allah (rujuilallah). Before starting any work, make dua: “Oh Allah! Give me the ability to do this work with sincerity and in a manner which is according to Your Pleasure.”
It was learnt that Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve & protect him gave Ijazat-e-Baiyah to Hazrat Maulana Mufti Nur Muhammad Sahab (Allah protect him) of Burma (Myanmar).
Someone had asked Hazrat Maulana last year as to whether Hazrat had given him Ijazat-e-Baiyah. Hazrat Maulana replied: “No no. I still have a long way to go for my Islah (moral reformation).”
For those staying in Burma, Hazrat Maulana Nur Muhammad Sahab (DB) conducts an Islahi Majlis at:
Venue: Punjabi Jame Masjid, Street Number 37, Yangon, Myanmar
A student asks regarding the lack of experiencing ḥalāwat (sweetness) when reciting the Qurʾān.
Sayyidi wa sanadiMufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allahpreserve & protect him) advises to continue with the recitation, as experiencing sweetness is in itself not an objective, the objective is to please Allah Almighty. If sweetness is experienced then it is welcome, otherwise, it should not deter a person from continuing to recite.
Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) instructed,
‘If Satan creates a doubt in any of the beliefs (aqaid) recite لا حول ولا قوہ الا باللہ and push it away. Do not pursue it excessively.
If it does not go away then mention it to a Sufi-scholar. Even if his reply doesn’t provide any relief then tell yourself that I accept it without any proof. By doing so Satan becomes completely incapable (of misleading) and runs away.’
Shaikh Ibraheem bin Adham (Allah have mercy on him) said,
There are three veils covering our hearts. Certitude (Yaqeen) does not develop until they are removed. They are,
1. Being happy with what we have.
2. Being sad for that which we do not have
3. Being happy when we are praised
(The reason is that) being happy with what we have is due to greed ( a blameworthy-trait) . Being sad for what we do not have is because of anger. Anger (is also a blame worthy trait that) results in punishment (from Allah). Whereas, being happy when we are praised is due to sense of high self regard (ujub). This ujub destroys the good actions.
Shaykh Hakim Kalimullah Aligarhi (Allah preserve & protect him) said,
Why did you make a relationship with the shaykh (spiritual mentor)?
It was done in order to correct one’s ma’amlat (dealings) and that ibadaat (worship) becomes according to sunnah (ways of the prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم)). This is what is called ba’yat.
Remember, just merely giving hand in hand to the shaykh is not enough. There is a lot of misunderstanding about this now-a-days.
Why are the effects of ba’yat not being seen now-a-days?
Before people used to be ba’yat with a shaykh and attain high levels (of spirituality) just within a few days.
The shaykh used to affirm that they have fulfilled the right of their ba’yat. Any matter used to arise, they used to inform the shaykh, the shaykh used to prescribe a remedy for it. They practiced upon it and attained high levels due to that.
Today, we don’t even inform the shaykh (ittila) about ourselves. Until we don’t have a love and yearning (ishq) for our shaykh and Mashaikh, nothing will happen.
On the death of (my) child his mother is (extremely) disturbed. She cries repeatedly on simple matters and expresses sorrow. Compared to her despair my grief is nothing. Moreover, on hearing from people about losing a child I feel minimal sorrow in my heart. Because of this I fear that my heart has hardened (قساوت القلب) and I have no attachment with my children.
Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,
‘Having attachment (to children) in itself is not a requirement. Therefore, its deficiency or absence should not be worrisome. Attachment is required to fulfill their rights. There should not be any deficiency in this.
Hardening of heart entails being brave on committing sinful.
Lack of attachment and feelings is not hardening of heart. It is something that is, also, to an extent coveted.
Grand-Mufti of Pakistan Mufti Mohammed Rafi’s (Allah protect & preserve him) book “My Shaikh Hazrat ‘Aarfi” was being read.
The passage was about when Arifbillah Dr Abdul Hayy ‘Aarfi (Allah have mercy on him) gave Ijaza of Baiyah to Mufti Rafi’, and he wrote a letter to Shaikh ‘Aarfi thereafter. The letter included how Mufti Rafi’ would feel dejected at his efforts for self-improvement but Shaikh ‘Aarfi’s letter granting Ijaza of Baiyah turned his low self-esteem into motivation to increase his efforts for self-improvement.
Hazrat Mufti Rafi’ Sahab DB commented at this passage:
“This is among the extraordinary effects of the company of a Shaikh. Dejection, lack of morale and hopelessness are converted into hope and motivation to exert one’s energies in the effort to improve oneself.”
Ramadan 1439, malfuzaat collated by Br Kaiser Nizamani