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Intrepretation of dreams and kashaf o karamat

Reality of Tasawwuf



Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘For us the reality of Tasawwuf is only knowledge accompanied with actions .

The actions are limited to those that have been instructed by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and are within the volitional means of the spiritual aspirant (salik).

Besides these all other things are superfulous. If they are bestowed and the Shaykh approves of them then they are a blessing and one should be thankful for them.

However, if they are held or taken away after being given then striving to achieve them or being extremely sad on their withdrawal is impermissible in the path. Moreover it is extremely harmful for one’s spirituality. This is irrespective of whatever that thing may have been.’

Basair e Hakim al-Ummat ra, page 56

Wahdat al-Wujud, Wahdat al-Shuhud and the Safest Position


Sayyidi wa sanadi Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,

‘As regards to the safest position in the like of these issues, it is what we set forth beforehand, in leaving discussion about it and consigning its reality to Allah Most High.

Thus we believe generally in that the existence of Allah Most High is independent, complete, eternal and beginningless, while the existence of creatures in their entirety is a temporal existence dependent on the will of Allah Most High and it is imperfect in all respects relative to the existence of Allah Most High. As regards to the true understanding of this imperfect existence and the manner in which the creatures are characterised by it, we are not commanded to investigate this and arrive at its true nature. There is no way for us to have firm resolve in this at all.

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How to develop determination?


An individual asked that the pious usually instruct their disciples to develop determination (himmat) for doing good deeds and abstaining from sinful acts. What is the method to develop this determination?

Hakim al-Umma’s khalifa Shaykh Mawlana Khair Mohammad Jalandhari (Allah have mercy on them) replied,

‘The heartfelt acknowledgment of the significance and the importance of a matter instinctively creates the determination (for action).

For example, when one has to travel for an important journey and the train leaves at midnight it is reflexively that one prepares to do so.’

Khair us Sawanih, page 308

Vision of the Prophet

اللهم صل على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم دائما” ابدا


Shaykh Shah Wasiullah (may Allah have mercy on him) said,

“People yearn for vision of the Prophet (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) in their dream. However, this is not within our volitional achievements.  Therefore, I am telling you a method by which perpetual spiritual vision of the Prophet (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) can be achieved.

That method is, to be vigilant in keeping in mind and putting into action the Sunna of each occasion and activity. By doing so the impression and reflection of Prophet (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) will dominate your thoughts. And this is a magnanimous blessing!’

It is easy to say this.

In reality, in spite of being easy, recalling them (at the appropriate time) and acting on them is solely depended on facilitation (tawfiq) from Allah, Most High. In practical life usually we forget and action on Sunna is missed.  Therefore, we should (make it a habit to) supplicate, ‘O Allah! By Your mercy facilitate for us thorough following of the Sunna of your Beloved Prophet (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him)’. ذالك فضل الله يوتيه من يشاء


Tazkira Musleh al-Ummat ra, page 99 – 100

Teachings of Awliya


Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Mufti Mohammad Shafii’, senior khalifa of Hakeem al-Umma (Allah have mercy on them) writes:

“The narratives regarding the senior Awliya Allah fall under three categories;

  1. Those regarding their kashaf & karamat (unveiling and miracles)
  2. Those related to their higher levels of ibadah (worship) and piety.
  3. Finally, their advice and instruction for improvement to general Muslims.

From all these it is this third thing that the general Muslims have to read and learn with utmost emphasis. This is because it is essence of the teachings of Awliya. It is the most effective medicine for betterment of Muslims.”

Preface, Nuzhatul Basateen (Translation of Imam Yafai’i ra’s Rawdh ur Reyaheen+) page 6. Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) supervised the translation of this book and recommended its reading for salikeen to develop and increase the love of Allah.

It is published by HM Saeed Co., Karachi, Pakistan. It is freely available at major Islamic bookstores.

علوم مکاشفہ


حضرت حکیم الامت مولانا اشرف علی تھانوی قدس اللہ سرہ نے فرمایا

چونکہ علوم مکاشفہ میرے نزدیک اب بالکل ناقابل التفات ہیں۔

اس لئے میں ممانعت کرتا ہوں کہ کوئی صاحب اس کے متعلق مجھ سے تقریرا” یا تحریرا”  مکالمہ نہ کریں

 گو مجھ پر ایک زمانہ ایسا بھی گذرا کہ ان علوم سے بہت شغف تھا شب و روز انھیں میں منہمک رہتا تھا

 مگر اب تو ان کو مخل مقصود سمجھتا ہوں۔ 

بوادر النوادر، صفحہ 589

تصوف میں مسلک اشرفیہ کا یہ ایک رہنما بنیادی اصول ہے۔

مسلمانان پاکستان کے نام ایک دردناک پیغام

لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِنْ أَنْفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ

حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُمْ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ رَحِيمٌ


حضرت مولانا عبداللہ میمن صاحب مدظلہ نے تحریر فرمایا،

السلام علیکم

حضرت مفتی محمد تقی عثمانی صاحب مدظلہ نے اپنے بیان میں ایک بزرگ کا پیغام ذکر فرمایا ہے کہ انھوں نے خواب میں آنحضرت صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو دیکھا۔ حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ،

“پاکستان پر عذاب آنے کا اندیشہ ہے۔”


سورۃ والشمس اور آیت کریمہ کا 70،000 مرتبہ اجتماعی ختم کرنے کا اھتمام کریں!

توار 24/5/2009 کا بیان)

یہ پیغام ہر مسلمان تک پہچائیں!

جزاک اللہ خیرا و احسن الجزاء

٭(توبہ و استغفار کریں اور گناہوں کو چھوڑیں)

A blessed state


A senior disciple wrote,

Frequently a state raptures me on hearing the blessed name of Prophet (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) or listening to his narrations.  Tears flow for a while and it appear that as if the Prophet (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) is sitting in front of me. This happens both in public and in solitude. On these occasions an unintentional desire to stand arises. However, two thoughts come to mind preventing me to do so. Firstly, in public I fear that people will call me an impostor and  it will be damaging for the beliefs (‘aqaid).   Secondly, the internal state is as described whereas apparently there is nothing visible. I remain perplexed in this situation. Afterwards I feel a sort of disassociation in remembrance (dhikr) and this makes me anxious.  What should I do? Stand up or not?

Hakim al-Umma Shaykh Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him) replied,

‘This is a blessed state.

If you can not withstand it, then stand up. However, do not disclose to others why are you standing.  This way it would not be detrimental to beliefs (aqaid). If someone insists a lot to know the reason tell him I was feeling anxious. Period.’

Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 2 page 730

Karamat e Imdadiya

صلی اللہ علیہ والہ وسلم 


Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him) narrates,

‘Hadhrat Haji Imdad Ullah mohajir Makki (may Allah sanctify his secret) said,

Apparently my first baya was in Naqshbandi tariqa with Hadhrat Naseer uddin Dehlawi khalifa of Hadhrat Shah Afaq (may Allah have mercy on them). In reality it is without any intermediaries directly with respected Prophet, the Last Messenger (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). 

It was in this manner;  I saw Prophet (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) seated in a very prominent place. In his blessed hand was the hand of Hadhrat Sayyid Ahmad Shaheed (may Allah have mercy on him). I was standing with humility in their presence.  Hadhrat Sayyid sahib  (may Allah have mercy on him) took my hand and placed it in Prophet’s hand (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him).

Karamat e Imdadiya, page 44



A seeker reported an unusual pleasant dream.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaykh Mawlana Mohammad Taqi (may Allah preserve him) told him,

‘All praise is to Allah!

خيرًا تلقاه و شرا توقاه خيرلنا و شرَ لاعداءنا

Islahi khutoot, xii/1429

The points regarding tarbiyah for the seeker in this simple answer are,

1. Good dreams are a blessing. One should thank Allah for them.
2. It is Sunna to recite this supplication when interpreting a dream.
3. Inculcating the habit of turning to Allah in all conditions.
4. Sometimes the dream does not require an explanation.
5. In spite of being a blessing a balanced approach has to be maintained regarding the dreams.  What really matters are the actions done in the wakeful state.

Beaware of Nafs


Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Shah Ashraf Ali Thanwi (may Allah have mercy on him) said,

“Always remember this tip.
Never ever provide any occasion or means for your inner-self (nafs) to misbehave.

This is a an essential thing that is being told.

This inner-self (nafs) is the enemy that has ruined the zuhud (asceticism), taqwa( God-fearing) and piety of high-ranking individuals in few moments.
Never consider it to be dead. Sometimes due to unavailability of resources it is hidden (acting dead). But it is lurking for an occasion or a means to act (and attack).”

Sawanih wa ta’lemat e Hazrat Arifi ra pg 382

The fundamental principles




Understanding these principles thoroughly will remove all the confusion, doubts and abstruseness regarding the spiritual path.

1.  The demands of the religion should be given preference over worldly benefits.

2. The intellect should always remain subservient to the Divine Law (Shariah).

3.  Do not to be negligent in volitional (ikhteyari) actions (that is, within one’s determination and control)[e.g. essential daily worship, recitations, wird, etc.]. Similarly, do not be in pursuit of things that are beyond one’s control (ghair-ikhteyari)[e.g. spiritual states, dreams, uneveiling, etc.].

4.  Abandon all your own planning and schemes (tajwiz), delegate (tafwidh) all this to Allah.

5.  Keep focused on the goals of Shariah and not to be distracted by other things.

6. Consider spiritual states (kayfiyat-e-batiniyah) to be a good and desired phenomenon but do not regard them as the primary goal and objective  of the path.

7.  Do not to be overwhelmed by emotional factors and desires. Act as per the verdict of intellect and remember to keep it subservient to Shariah at all the times.

Ma-asir e Hakim al-Umma ra, page 166

The real karama


Arif billah Shaykh Dr. Abdul Hayy Arifi (may Allah ahve mercy on him) said,

“Once I inquired a pious person that these days we do not see saints similar to those who performed extra-ordinary feats (karama) anymore.

He replied that saints who had this blessing had always been very few in each era. Most likely you have read a book that compiled many such incidents of pious individuals. And now you are misled to believe that all Shaykhs must have this capability.

Remember in previous days the karama was in matter (maadi) and hence, it was visible to others. Nowadays it is in essence (manawi).

These days any company (suhba) that leads one to do good deeds, cleanse inner self (batin from moral corruption) and make rememberance of Allah is a karama.

A company like this is achieved by true yearning (talub). If you sincerely desire this, than be reassured that individuals like this are always present in each era.”

Khutbat e Arifi, Idarae Talefat e Ashrafiya, Multan, page 164