Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Du’a of the Quthb of Homs

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

We present the du’a of the erudite scholar, the Quthb of Homs, Shaykh Sa’id Kuhil ash-Shadzili (q.s.).  The late shaykh was known to read this every morning before fajr.

Allahumma maa asbaha bii min ni’mati aw biahadin min khalqika faminka wahdika laa sharika laka falaka al-hamdu wa laka ash-shukr.  Allahumma ij’al aj’alu awwala hadzaa an-nahaar swalaahan wa awsathuhu najaahan wa akhiruhu falaahan.  Allahumma alhamanii fiihi dzirika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibaadatik. Allahumma matti’ani bi asw-swihati wa al-‘aafiyyati hatta ataqawwiya ‘alaa thaa’atika.  Wa as’aa limardhaatika.  Allahumma swalli ‘alaa Sayyidinaa Muhammadin sayyidi muttaqin wa imaama al-‘aabidiin wa rasulu Rabb al-‘aalamiin.  Swalawatu Allah wa malaa’ikatuhu jami’i khalqihi ‘alayka yaa sayyidii yaa rasul Allah wa ‘alaa ali baytika wa aswhaabika ajma’iin.

”O Allah!  Whatever has reached me this morning of a bounty or anybody else of Your Creation is from You Alone, there is no partner with You.  Thus, indeed all praise and gratefulness is Due to You Alone.  O Allah!  Make the beginning of this morning goodness, its middle success and its end a reaping of rewards.  O Allah!  Inspire me in this time, Your remembrance and thankfulness and good worship of You.  O Allah!  Let me enjoy good health and well-being so that I may have strength to worship You, and seek Your Contentment.  O Allah!  Send Your Prayers upon our master, Muhammad, the Master of the Pious, Leader of the Worshipers and the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds.  May the Prayers of Allah, His angels and the entire Creation be upon you my master, the Messenger of Allah and upon your household and companions, all of them.”

Muslim Demographics

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

There is a report on Muslim demographics produced by Christian evangelical groups that make extraordinary claims on Muslim fertility.  The BBC has produced a report that comprehensively refutes it as fear mongering.

As Muslims, we should not be concerned about the number of Muslims there are but the quality of the ummah.  One perfected soul sustains Creation.  That one perfected soul is Given a universe.  What are mere numbers to Allah (s.w.t.)?  Do not see the world with your eye.  Look at it with His Eye and you will see the Immensity and the Subtlety of His Creation.  And you will understand that Laa ilaha il Allah sustains Creation.

It was not numbers that established the faith and it is not numbers that perpetuate it.  We are almost a quarter of the world’s population and yet we are weaker because we have loved this world more than we love the next.  And because Muslims have let go of spiritual, they have embraced the material.  That is our tragedy.  It is not and never will be about the numbers.

Muslim Demographics

Muslim Demographics: The Truth

Assuredly Allah did Help you in many battle-fields and on the day of Hunayn: Behold!  Your great numbers elated you, but they availed you naught: the land for all that it is wide, did constrain you and ye turned back in retreat.  But Allah did Pour His Calm on the Messenger and on the believers and Sent Down forces which ye saw not: He Punished the unbelievers: thus doth He Reward those without faith. (Surah at-Tawbah:25-26)

Branding Da'wah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Running a da’wah campaign is akin to a branding exercise for a product line.  In this case, the product may perhaps be classified as afterlife insurance.  Truth be told, how do we brand Islam?  If we believe that it is a superior product, we must be able to convince the potential customer.  What makes it better?  What makes it a viable alternative?  What are the special features?  It is difficult to think like a non-Muslim.

Does Islam offer salvation?  So, does every religion.  Would anyone join a religion that does not offer some form of salvation?  And what sort of salvation?  Gardens with rivers flowing seem so passé.  Or the tired slogan, “Islam is Peace.”  Then how do we explain the fact that almost every other conflict involves Muslims.  Sometimes on both sides.  Or that Muslims get offended over food, over cartoons, over things people said and start to march and demonstrate and burn down embassies.

Some would cite the idea that Islam was the first major religion to preach women’s right.  How do we explain honour killings?  Or the fact that women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia.  Or that the Salafists banned women from going to school and even killed them for wanting an education?  Or the many instances of cultural restrictions and prejudices?  The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said to seek knowledge, even in China.  Then why do Muslim countries have such poor standards of education?  Or that we lag behind in scientific innovation and industrial progress?  How do we sell that?

Islam is a marketing nightmare since Muslims in general are such bad advertisements for their own religion.  Perhaps we can say that Islam is like a car and the Muslim is the driver.  What happens to the car is an indication of how good the driver is.  You can have a fantastic vehicle but if the driver cannot drive, it will still crash.  And then the driver will blame the car.

So, what is the answer?  The answer lies beyond the Realm of ‘Ubudiyyah.  The truth is this: that man may think he moves mountains but it is only Allah (s.w.t.) that Moves the hearts of men.  When I decided to convert to Islam, it was not my decision.  It was already Written.  We strive because we do not know what is.  We are Judged by our intentions and not our actions.  Our actions do not belong to us.  By whatever actions we do, until the Door is Closed, there will always be people coming to the Truth.  We do nothing.  We are mere vessels of His Will.  So why do we do da’wah?  Simply because it is our duty.  Allah (s.w.t.) is ar-Razzaq.  He is Generous beyond Measure.  And what better thing to share than knowledge of Allah (s.w.t.)?  Everything else we may give of wealth and the world, none can bring to the grave.  But the Love of Allah (s.w.t.), that ‘ishq, is currency for Eternity.

When people speak of Jannah, they have this idea of gardens and decadence.  But Jannah is beyond our comprehension.  Since Allah (s.w.t.) is Unlimited, there is an infinite number of Jannatun.  Do we think what we have bereft in this world, our Rabb will not Give us?  All that we lose can be replaced with something better.  But lose Allah (s.w.t.), and all Creation cannot replace Him.  And these are the words of Mawlay Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-‘Arabi ad-Darqawi (q.s.).

Something about the Attributes

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is Written in the Qur’an:

For these, there is hope that Allah will Forgive: for Allah doth Blot out (sins) and Forgive again and again. (Surah an-Nisa’:99)

A woman, in despair at Allah's (s.w.t.) Mercy, went to the beach to drown herself in the sea.  She thought that Allah (s.w.t.) could never accept her for her sins.  And then she heard a voice.  “Look at the sand.  Just as the waves wash away your footprints, so do I Wash away your sins.”  And that is the Attribute of al-‘Afuw, the Effacer of Sins.  Allah (s.w.t.) is not merely the Forgiver; He Effaces sins such that it never happened.

Once, Moses (a.s.) prayed to Allah (s.w.t.), “My Lord, Pharaoh has terrorised your people and oppressed them to a great degree.  Why have you not chastised him?”

And Allah (s.w.t.) Replied, “Even in him, there is some good.  He is kind to his family, is faithful to his wife and generous by nature.  Speak to him kindly that he will change”  And that is the Attribute of ar-Rahman, the Most Merciful.  And Allah (s.w.t.) in His Mercy will give all the chances we need to repent. And He Send Signs, and guides and reminders until the time our soul is torn from your body.

Unknown to Moses (a.s.), Pharaoh himself also prayed to Allah (s.w.t.).  He prayed, “My Lord, do not Disgrace me before my people.”

Gabriel (a.s.) appeared to him and gave him a choice between a brazier and a bucket of water.  Pharaoh did not know the significance but he chose the bucket of water.  Thus, his fate was sealed.  And that is the Attribute of al-Mujib, the Answerer of Supplications.

… “It is He Who hath Produced you from the earth and Settled you therein: then ask Forgiveness of Him, and turn to Him (in repentance): for my Lord is (always) Near, Ready to Answer.” (Surah Hud:61)

Messianic 'Muslims'

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Messianic Muslims are an offshoot of Jews for Jesus, Christian evangelical organisation.  It focuses specifically on the conversion of Muslims to Christianity.  Its members may consider themselves to be Muslims but by the tenets of Islam, they have apostatised.

Summary of Beliefs:

1.         The Old and New Testaments, as originally written, are divinely inspired and inerrant.  Since the Qur’an refers to the Bible but not vice-versa, they hold it as proof that the Bible is more ‘accurate’.

2.         Recognition of the value of traditional Muslim literature such as hadits, but only where it is supported by the Bible.

3.         God the Creator exists as a Trinity.

4.         Jesus is the Messiah, the second person of the Trinity, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of all humanity, rose again, and is co-equal with God.  Jesus will return to earth in the near future.

5.         People are saved through a belief in Jesus as Saviour and an acknowledgment of their sins, not by their achievements.

6.         Heaven is a reward for those who are saved; Hell is a place of "everlasting conscious punishment" for the lost.

In doctrine, they are another Protestant group since it is not the Catholic and Orthodox position that the Bible is inerrant.  To them, the Bible is Divinely-inspired and there is a separate body of Church Traditions.

What makes them odious is the deceitful nature of their proselytisation.  They target vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the young, and the uneducated.  They use the Qur’an and the hadits to preach their religion.  There is very strong opposition from Muslim leaders in the places where they have emerged.  Messianic Muslims are particularly active in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Arab Peninsula.

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary.  Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His Will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all - everyone that is on the earth?  For to Allah Belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between.  He Createth what He Pleaseth.  For Allah hath Power over all things." (Surah al-Ma’idah:17)

The following is taken from Ministers Use Qur’an to Evangelise Muslims, 11th February, 2005

Many believers denounce the Quran's teachings, but some Christians have taken the controversial approach of using Islam's holy book to bring Muslims to Jesus.  They say by communicating the gospel in a manner Islamists can understand, many receive Christ.  Their converts are called "Messianic Muslims," partly because they are encouraged not to abandon some Islamic traditions.

"I use their own book of precepts to validate the authenticity of Christ," Patricia Bailey, who has ministered in many Arabic nations, told "Charisma" magazine in the January issue, out now.  The full report on evangelists using the Qur’an as a tool to preach Jesus can be found in the magazine.

"If Muslims embrace the Qur’an as their holy book, then it is the ultimate tool to reach them and at least to provoke them to question what is written in their own book of the law," she added.  "The Qur’an makes references to the Bible.  The Bible never refers to the Qur’an for truth or authenticity."

The founder of Georgia-based Master's Touch Ministries, Bailey said more than 4,000 Muslims have been converted via one-on-one ministry, her TV appearances, and leadership-training centers and conferences in countries such as Kuwait, Egypt, Sudan and Turkey. 

Bailey is not alone in her provocative way of reaching Muslims.  John Taimoor is an itinerant preacher and founder of Crossbearers, a California-based ministry that presents Christianity within an Islamic context.  Born and raised a Muslim in an area near Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, Taimoor seeks to establish new communities of Messianic Muslims throughout the Middle East.  A Messianic Muslim is an Islamist who has accepted Jesus but refuses to be referred to as a Christian and chooses to stay within the Arab community.

Jeremiah Cummings, who studied Islam with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, is now on a mission to bring the gospel to Muslims.  He does not use the term "Messianic Muslims," but Cummings, 53, said more than 40,000 Islamists have converted to Christianity through his appearances on Christian television, including Daystar and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

However, some leaders of Arabic missions organisations question the way Bailey, Taimoor and Cummings evangelise Muslims, especially when it comes to using the Qur’an.  "I teach courses on Islam in various parts of the world.  I do not believe the Qur’an is the Word of God," said Don McCurry, president of Colorado-based Ministries to Muslims who served for 18 years in Pakistan as a missionary.  "In fact, at every cardinal point of the gospel, it contradicts the Word of God."

David Goldmann, missions consultant with Frontiers, an organisation that plants churches among Muslims in more than 40 countries, agreed.  "Using the Qur’an to prove Christianity can emphasise Qur’anic authority over the Bible," said Goldmann, 73, who spent 24 years ministering to Muslims in North Africa.  "Pointing out the differences between the Bible and the Qur’an can bolster Muslims' belief that the Bible has been corrupted," he added.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is taken from Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q.s.).

He was the Pearl of the Crown of the Knowledgeable Saints.  He was the Treasure of Those who Came Before and of Those who Came After.  In him were combined all their favours and generosity.  He was the Sinai of Divine Manifestation, the Furthermost Lote Tree of the Unique Knowledge, and the Fountain of the Hidden Prophetic Knowledge.  He was the Genius of Scholars and he was the Sultan of the Earth, which smiled when he was born and was honoured by his existence.  He was the perfect Perfected Guide.  He was the Caller to Allah’s (s.w.t.) presence, the One Quthb and the Unique Heavenly Imam.  He was the Reviver of the Second Millennium.  Sayyidina wa Mawlana, our Leader and Master.  Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q.s.), ibn Imam ‘Abd al-Ahad (q.s.), ibn Zayn al-‘Abidin (q.s.), ibn ‘Abd al-Hayy (r.a.), ibn Muhammad (r.a.), ibn Habibullah (r.a.), ibn Rafi’ ad-Din (r.a.), ibn Nur (r.a.), ibn Sulayman (r.a.), ibn Yusuf (r.a.), ibn ‘Abdullah (r.a.), ibn Ishaq (r.a.), ibn ‘Abdullah (r.a.), ibn Shu’ayb (r.a.), ibn ‘Aad (r.a.), ibn Yusuf (r.a.), ibn Shihab ad-Din (q.s.), known as Farq Shah al-Qabidi, ibn Na’ir ad-Din (r.a.), ibn Mahmud (r.a.), ibn Sulayman (r.a.), ibn Mas’ud (r.a.), ibn ‘Abdullah al-Wa’i al-Aswghari (r.a.), ibn ‘Abdullah al-Wa’i al-Akbar (r.a.), ibn Abd al-Fattah (r.a.), ibn Ishaq (r.a.), ibn Ibrahim (r.a.), ibn Nair (r.a.), ibn ‘Abdullah (r.a.), the son of Amir al-Mu'minin, the khalif of the Prophet (s.a.w.), ‘Umar al-Faruq (r.a.).

He was born on the day of 'Ashura, the 10th of Muharram in the year 971 AH, in the village of Sihar Nidbasin.  In some translations, it is called Sirhind, in the city of Lahore, in the Indian subcontinent.  He received his knowledge and education through his father and through many shuyukh in his time.  He made progress in three thuruq: Suhrawardiyyah, Qadiriyyah, and Jistiyyah.  He was given permission to train followers in all three thuruq at the age of 17 years.  He was busy in spreading the teachings of these thuruq and in guiding his followers, yet he felt that something was missing in himself and he was continuously searching for it.  He felt an interest in the Naqshbandiyyah.  His spiritual progress eventually brought him to the presence of the ghawts and quthb of his time, Shaykh Muhammad al-Baqi’ (q.s.), who had been sent from Samarqand to India by the order of his shaykh, Khwaja Muhammad al-Amkanaki (q.s.).  He took the Naqshbandi Order from the shaykh and stayed with him for two months and some days, until Shaykh Muhammad al-Baqi’ (q.s.) opened to his heart the secret of this thariqa’ and gave him authorisation to train his muridun in the Order.  He said about him, “He is the highest quthb in this time.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) predicted his advent in one of his hadits when he said, “There will be among my ummah, a man called ‘Swilah’.  By his intercession many people will be saved.”  It was mentioned in the collection of Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.).

What confirmed the truth of this hadits is what Imam Rabbani (q.s.) wrote about himself: “Allah has Made me the swilah between the two Oceans.”  “Swilah
 means “connection”.  So, he meant that Allah (s.w.t.) had Made him a connection between the two oceans, the two types of knowledge, external and internal.

Shaykh Mir Husam ad-Din (q.s.) said, “I saw the Prophet (s.a.w.) in one of my dreams standing on the minbar and praising Imam Ahmad as-Sirhindi.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) was saying, ‘I am proud and happy with his presence among my ummah.  Allah has Made him a reviver of the religion.’”

Many saints predicted his advent.  One of them was Shaykh Ahmad al-Jami’ (q.s.).  He said, “After me, will appear seventeen men of the People of Allah, all of whom are named ‘Ahmad’ and the last one among them will be at the head of the millennium.  He is going to be the highest of them and he is going to receive the state of Unveiling.  He is going to revive this religion.”

Another to predict his advent was Khwaja al-Amkanaki (q.s.).  He said to his khalif, “A man from India is going to appear.  He will be the imam of his century.  He will be trained by you, so hurry to meet him, because the people of Allah are awaiting his arrival.”

Shaykh Muhammad al-Baqi’ (q.s.) said, “That is why I moved from Bukhara to India.”  When they met, he told him, “You are the one whose appearance the shaykh, Khwaja Muhammad al-Amkanaki predicted.  When I saw you, I knew you were the quthb of your time.  When I entered the region of Sirhind in India, I found a lamp which was so big and so bright that its light reached up to the heavens.  Everyone took from that lamp’s light.  You are that lamp.”

It is said that the shaykh of his father, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ahad (q.s.), who was a shaykh of the Qadiri Order, had been given a jubbah from his shaykh which had been passed down from the Ghawts al-A’azham, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.).  Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir (q.s.) had said about it to his successors, “Keep it for that one who is going to appear at the end of the first millennium.  His name is Ahmad.  He is going to revive this religion.  I have dressed him with all my secrets.  He combines in himself both the internal and external knowledge.”

Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) said, “Let it be known to you that the Heavenly Guardians attracted me because they wanted me to be attracted, and they facilitated for me the passage through time and space in the different states of the seeker.  I found that Allah is the Essence of all matter, as it had been said by the people of taswawwuf.  Then I found Allah in all matter without incarnation.  Then I found Allah together with all matter.  Then I saw Him Ahead of everything and then I saw Him Following everything.  Finally, I reached a state where I saw Him and I saw nothing else.  This is what is meant by the term, ‘witnessing the Oneness,’ which is also the state of fana’.  That is the first step in wilayat, and the highest state in the Beginning of the Way.  This vision appears first on the horizons, then secondly in the self.  Then I have been lifted to the station of baqa’ which is the second step in wilayat.

This is a station which many saints did not speak about because they did not reach it.  All of them speak about the station of fana’, but following that state is baqa’.  In that state, I found all Creation another time, but I found that the essence of all Creation is Allah, and Allah’s Essence is the Essence of Myself.  Then I found Allah in everything, but, in reality, in myself.  I was Raised to a higher state, to find Allah with everything, but, in reality, He was with myself.  Then I was Lifted to see Him preceding everything, but, in reality, He was preceding myself.  Then I was Lifted to a state where He was following everything, but, in reality, He was following myself.  Then I saw Him in everything, but, in reality, He was in myself.  Then I saw everything and I did not see Allah.  And this is the end of the stations by which they had brought me back to the beginning.  In sum, they lifted me to the station of fana’, then to the station of baqa’, then they brought me back to be with people, in the station of the common people.  This is the highest state in guiding people to the Divine Presence.  It is the perfect state of guidance, because it matches the understanding of human beings.”

He also said, “I accompanied today one who has reached the End of Ends, the Quthb of all Creatures, the Perfect Man, Shaykh Muhammad al-Baqi.  Through him I received incredible Blessings, and by his blessing I was granted a power of attraction that allowed me to reach every human being that Allah had Created.  I was honoured to attain a station that combines the state of the Ending with the state of the Beginning.  I achieved all the states of Seeking and I reached the Ending, which is the meaning of ‘Reaching the Name of ar-Rabb’, by the support of Asadullah, ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.).  I was Raised up to the state of the ‘Arsh, which is the haqiqat of Muhammad (s.a.w.), by the support of Shah Baha’ ad-Din an-Naqshband.  Then I was Lifted even higher, to the state of Jamal, which is the state of the Haqiqah of the Muhammadan aqthab, by the madad of the Prophetic Holy Spirit.

I was supported by Shaykh Ala’ ad-Din al-Aththar, from whom I received the states of the greatest spiritual poles from the presence of Muhammad (s.a.w.).  Then Allah’s Divine Care attracted me and I ascended to a state that is beyond that of the aqthab, the special original state.  Here, the support of al-Ghawts al-A’azham, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) pushed me up to the state of the origin of origins.  Then I was ordered to come back down, and as I was descending, I passed by all thirty-nine thuruq other than the Naqshbandiyyah and the Qadiriyyah.  I looked at the states of their shuyukh and they greeted me and saluted me and they threw on me all their treasures and all their private knowledge, which unveiled to me realities which had never been unveiled to any person in my time.  Then on my descent I met Khidhr (a.s.), and he adorned me with the Divine Knowledge before I reached the state of the aqthab.”

Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) explained, “Abu Dawud said in a swahih hadits that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, ‘Allah will Send at the beginning of every century someone by whom the religion will be revived,’ but there is a difference between the Reviver of the Century and the Reviver of the Millennium.  It is like the difference between one hundred and one thousand.”

He also revealed, “In a vision, the Prophet (s.a.w.) gave me good tidings: ‘You are going to be a spiritual inheritor and Allah is going to Give you the authority to intercede on behalf of hundreds of thousands on the Day of Judgment.’  He bestowed on me with his holy hand the authority to guide people, and he said to me, ‘Never before have I given that authority to guide people.’”

He said, “The knowledge that is emerging from me is coming from the state of wilayat, but I am receiving it from the Nur of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).  Saints are unable to bring forth such knowledge, because it is beyond the knowledge of saints.  It is the knowledge of the essence of this religion and the essence of the knowledge of Allah's Essence and Attributes.  No one before has spoken about it and Allah has Granted me to be the one to revive the religion in its second millennium.”

He said, “Allah Unveiled to me the secrets of the Unique Oneness and He Poured into my heart all kinds of spiritual knowledge and its refinement.  He Unveiled to me the secrets of the ayat of Qur'an so that I found beneath every letter of the Qur'an an ocean of knowledge all pointing to the High Essence of Allah Almighty and Exalted.  If I were to reveal one word of the meaning of it they would cut off my head, as they did to ibn al-Hallaj and to ibn 'Arabi.  This is the meaning of the hadits of the Prophet (s.a.w.), in al-Bukhari, narrated by Abu Hurayrah (r.a.), ‘The Prophet (s.a.w.) poured into my heart two kinds of knowledge, one of which I have revealed and another which if I were to reveal they would cut my throat.’”

He said, “Allah, Almighty and Exalted, has Shown me all the names of those who are entering our thariqa’, from the day of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r.a.) to the Day of Judgment, both men and women, and all of them are going to enter Paradise, with the intercession of the shuyukh of the thariqa’.”  And he added, “al-Mahdi will be one of the followers of this thariqa’.”

On his intercession, he said, “One day I was in swuhbah with my followers doing dzikr and it came to my heart that I had done something wrong.  Then Allah Opened to my eyes, ‘I have Forgiven anyone who sits with you and anyone asking intercession by means of you.’”  He also said, “Allah Almighty and Exalted Said to me, ‘Anyone for whom you pray janazah will be Forgiven, and if anyone mixes earth from your grave with the earth of their grave, they will be Forgiven.’”

On his Creation, he said, “Allah has Created me from the residue of His Prophet (s.a.w.).”  He also said, “The Ka’bah was always coming and making tawaf around me.”

He said, “Allah Said, ‘I have Given you special gifts and perfections which no one will receive other than you until the time of the Mahdi.’” He also said, “Allah Gave me an incredible power of guidance.  Even if I direct my guidance to a dead tree, it will become green.”

One great shaykh wrote to him asking, “The states that you reached and you are speaking about, did the swahabah receive them, and if they did, did they receive them at one time or did they receive them at separate times?”

He answered, “I cannot give you an answer unless you come into my presence.”

When the shaykh came, Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) immediately unveiled to him his spiritual reality and cleaned the darkness of his heart until the shaykh fell prostrate at his feet and said, “I believe, I believe!  I see now that these states were all revealed to the swahabah simply by looking at the Messenger (s.a.w.).”

One time, in Ramadhan, he was invited by ten of his muridun to break fast with them.  He accepted the invitation of each of them.  When it came time to break the fast, he was present at each of their houses, breaking the fast, and they saw him in each of their houses at the same time.

One time he looked at the sky and it was raining.  He said, “O rain stop until such and such hour.”  It stopped until the exact time he had said, after which it started raining again.

One time, the ruler ordered that a man be executed.  That man came to Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) and said, “Please write a stay of execution for me.”

He wrote to the ruler, “Do not execute this man.”  The ruler was afraid of Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) and pardoned the man.

Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) said, “I was authorised to give initiation in three thuruq: Naqshbandi, Suhrawardi and Jisti.”

He was so famous that the scholars of external knowledge in his time became jealous of him.  They went to the ruler and told him, “He is saying things that are not accepted in the religion.”  They pushed the ruler until he put him in jail.  He stayed in jail for three years.

His son, Shaykh Sayyid (q.s.), said, “He was under very intense security in jail.  Guards surrounded his room on every side.  Yet every Friday, he would be seen in the big mosque.  No matter how much security he was under, he would disappear from prison and appear in the mosque.”  From this, they knew they could not put him behind bars and, therefore, they released him.

He wrote many books.  One of the most famous is the Maktubat.  In it he said, “It must be known that Allah has Placed us under His Obligations and His Prohibitions.  Allah Said:

… So, take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you ... (Surah al-Hashr:7)

If we are going to be sincere in this, we have to attain fana’ and the love of the Essence.  Without these we cannot reach this degree of obedience.  Thus, we are under another obligation, which is to seek the path of taswawwuf, because this Way will lead us to the state of fana’ and the love of the Essence.  Each thariqa’ differs from the other in its states of perfection; so too does each thariqa’ keep the sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and have its own definition of what that entails.  Every thariqa’ has its own way of keeping the sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  Our thariqa’, through its shuyukh, requires us to keep all the commands of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and to leave all the things he prohibited.  Our shuyukh do not follow the easy ways but insist on keeping the difficult ways.  In all their seeking, they keep in mind the verse of Qur'an:

By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the remembrance of Allah … (Surah an-Nur:37)”

On the Path, Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi (q.s.) said, “In the journey leading to the unveiling of the Divine Realities, the seeker moves through various stages of knowledge of and proximity to His Lord.  Moving to Allah is a vertical movement from the lower stations to the higher stations; until the movement surpasses time and space and all the states dissolve into what is called ‘ilm al-wajib of Allah.  This is also called fana’.  Moving in Allah is the stage in which the seeker moves from the station of Names and Attributes to a state which neither word nor sign can describe.  This is the state of existence in Allah called baqa’.  Moving from Allah is the stage in which the seeker returns from the Divine realm to the world of cause and effect, descending from the highest station of knowledge to the lowest.  Here, he forgets Allah by Allah, and he knows Allah with Allah, and he returns from Allah to Allah.  This is called the state of the farthest and the nearest.  Moving in things is a movement within Creation.  This involves knowing intimately all elements and states in this world after having vanished in fana’.  Here, the seeker can achieve the state of guidance, which is the state of the prophets and the people following the footsteps of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  It brings the Divine Knowledge into the world of Creation in order to establish guidance.

The entire process is like threading a needle.  The thread seeks the eye of the needle, passes through and then proceeds down to where it began.  There the two ends meet, form a knot and secure the entire thread.  They form a whole, thread, eye and needle, and any material they catch is sewn into the fabric of the unity.  It must be known to everyone that the Naqshbandi shuyukh chose to guide their muridun first through the movement from Allah, travelling from the higher states to the lower.  For this reason, they maintain the common veils over the spiritual vision of the murid, removing the veil of ordinary consciousness only at the final step.  All other thuruq begin with the movement to Allah, moving from the lowest states to the highest, and removing the common veils first.”

On prophetic inheritance, he said, “It is mentioned in the hadits of the Prophet (s.a.w.), ‘Scholars are the inheritors of the prophets.’  The knowledge of prophets is of two kinds: knowledge of laws and knowledge of secrets.  The scholar cannot be called an inheritor if he does not inherit both types of knowledge.  If he takes only one type of knowledge, he is incomplete.  Thus, the real inheritors are the ones who take the knowledge of the laws and the knowledge of the secrets, and only the saints have truly received and protected this inheritance.”

He left behind him many more books.  He passed away on the 17th of Swafar 1034 AH, at the age of 63.  He was buried in the village of Sirhind.  He was a shaykh in four thuruq: Naqshbandi, Qadiri, Jisti and Suhrawardi.  He preferred the Naqshbandi, because he said, “It is the mother of all thuruq.”  He passed the secret of the Naqshbandi thariqa’ to Shaykh Muhammad al-Ma’sum (q.s.).

The Acceptance of Supplication

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is extracted from the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.).

The only book we get real benefit from is not authored by human beings.  It is the Holy Qur'an that Allah (s.w.t.) Sent down as a Mercy:

We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss. (Surah al-Isra’:82)

Those who are unjust, oppressors to themselves, by not reading the Holy Qur'an, are the losers in this world and the next.  Allah (s.w.t.) put His Secrets in the Holy Qur'an, because it is the Words of Allah (s.w.t.).  Every word in the Holy Qur'an is Divine, not created; it belongs to the Creator.  All His Beautiful Names and Attributes and all the words in the Holy Qur’an is Divine.  Outside the Holy Qur'an, nothing is Divine.  Any Divine Word carries with it, a cure.

There are two kinds of diseases: physical and spiritual.  Which is more difficult to treat?  The spiritual is more difficult because we do not pay attention to it and it is molded with our selves, our ego with our soul, and we cannot throw it away.  It is very difficult.  Physical illnesses sometimes come and doctors try their best to cure us by some prescription, but what they prescribe always has side effects and is not going to be 100% clean.  But if they prescribed a verse of Holy Qur'an to us as our cure, that is 100% clean.  If we have real belief in Allah (s.w.t.) and His Prophet (s.a.w.), for sure when we read that verse we will be cured, but we need the guide, the one who knows which verse cures our sicknesses.  When we go to the pharmacy, we see hundreds and hundreds of medicines and if the doctor does not give us the right medicine, either you get nothing out of it or we get side effects.  But the Holy Qur'an has no side effects; it cures completely.

People get different sicknesses because there are different doors in the body that Shaythan can come in.  Every cell of the human beings is a door through which Shaythan comes in and we get affected by the sickness that Shaythan carries.  How should we get rid of sickness?  What do we do?  We go to the doctor to take medicine, but that does not close the door; Shaythan can still come back.  We may feel we are getting cured, that the sickness is less and less, but that is temporary.  We might get another sickness.  Allah (s.w.t.) Knows the hearts, but if we get a verse of Holy Qur'an, that door will be closed completely.  The awliya’ have closed all the doors in themselves through which Shaythan can come, which is how they know verses to use to cure us completely and close those doors.

There was a companion of the Prophet (s.a.w.) who was a businessman, who bought and sold and people invested money with him as he was a pious, sincere servant of Allah (s.w.t.).  One day on a trip, a bandit followed him and demanded everything he had intended to kill him.  That poor swahabah looked at him and said, “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah!  I’ll give you the money, but set me free.  Why do you need my blood?”

The bandit said, “I need no witnesses against me.”

The swahabah said, “If you are going to kill me, let my last moments be in Allah’s Hands.  Let me take wudhu and pray four raka’at.”

The bandit said, “Who cares?  Pray as much as you like.  I am here and going to take your money and then kill you.”

So the man prayed four raka’at and in his sajda, he said:

Yaa Waduud!  Yaa Waduud!  Yaa Dzaa al-‘Arshi al-Majiid.  Yaa fa’aalu lima turiid.  As’aluka bi ‘izzika alladzii laa yuraam wa mulkika alladzii laa yudhaam wa bi nuurika alladzii mala’a arkaana ‘arshika an tukfiyanii sharra yaa haadza al-lisw.  Yaa Mughitsu, aghitsnii!  Yaa Mughiitsu, aghitsnii!  Yaa Mughiitsu, aghitsnii!

O Loving One!  O Loving One!  O Lord of the Glorified Throne!  O You Who Does as He Wants!  I ask You through Your Might which cannot be defeated, and Your Dominion which cannot be diminished, and Your Light which Fills the pillars of Your Throne, that You Protect me from the evil of this bandit!  O Saviour from Calamity, Save me!  O Saviour from Calamity, Save me!  O Saviour from Calamity, Save me!

As soon as he finished, a faris, a mounted knight, approached with a big spear that rested across the saddle.  The bandit saw him coming and was transfixed with dear.  That faris came to him and killed him without asking any question.  Then he said to the companion of the Prophet (s.a.w.), “Stand up.”

The companion asked, “By Allah, who are you?”

He replied,

“Annaa malakun min as-samaa’i ar-raabi’ah.  Da’awtallaha bi du’aa’ika al-awwal fa sami’tu li abwaabi as-samaa’i qa’qa’ta tsumma da’awta bi du’aa’ika ats-tsaanii fa sami’tu li ahli as-samaa’i dhajjah tsumma da’awta bi du’aa’ika ats-tsaalitsi fa qiili lii du’aa’u makruubin fa sa’altullaaha ta’aalaa an yuuliyanii qatlahu.”

“I am an angel from the fourth Paradise.  When you made the first supplication, the Doors of Heaven began to crack loudly.  And then you made the second supplication, the People of the Heavens began to hear commotion, then you made the third du`a, it was said to me ‘This is the supplication of someone in despair,’ and so I asked Allah (s.w.t.) to Allow me to kill him.

That is why Hasan (r.a.), the grandson of the Prophet (s.a.w.), mentioned that hadits and also said:

 “Man tawadhdhaa wa swallaa arba’a raka’aatin wa da’aa bi hadzaa ad-du’aa’i astujiiba lahu makruubun kaana aw ghayra mukruub.”

“Whoever makes wudhu and prays four raka`at and makes this du’a, Allah will Answer his du’a whether or not he is in despair.”

He called upon Allah's (s.w.t.) Beautiful Names and Attributes and Allah (s.w.t.) Answered.  So why are we not Answered when we make du’a?  It is because supplication has rules and principles.  If we do not follow the rules and principles, we cannot say that our du’a will not be accepted as all ud’iyyah are accepted, but the answer might be delayed.

Once in Ramadhan, when the swahabah prayed tarawih behind the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Jibra’il (a.s.) came down with Divine Revelation and he could not come down all the way.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Ya Jibra’il, come down.”

And Jibra’il (a.s.) said, “I cannot and the other angels cannot come down further.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “Why?”

Jibra’il (a.s.) answered, “Because there is a smell and we are subtle beings and we cannot carry that smell.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “What is that smell?”

And Jibra’il (a.s.) answered, “Onions and garlic.”

Grand Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.) said, “There are seventy illnesses that doctors cannot cure which can be cured by onions and garlic.”

Some of the swahabah had eaten onions and garlic that night and the angels could not descend with Revelation, so the Prophet (s.a.w.) ordered those swahabah who had eaten onions and garlic to leave so that the manifestation could descend.  The smell of garlic and onions on our breath prevents angels from reaching us, and angels are the ones that take the ud’iyyah, and our good ‘amal.  If they cannot approach us, that du’a is delayed.  Thus the adab of making du’a is to have a clean mouth with a good smell.  Cleanliness also refers to spiritual cleanliness.  The tongue should not be sullied with lies, backbiting and vulgar talk. The whisperings of the nufus and Shaythan must also be stilled.  That is why Allah (s.w.t.) Said:

When thou dost read the Qur'an, seek Allah's Protection from Satan the Rejected One.  No authority has he over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. (Surah an-Nahl:98-99)

It is very clear that Ayat ash-Shifa` are from the Qur’an and Allah (s.w.t.) Tells us that if we want to read the Qur’an, we have to seek refuge in Allah (s.w.t.) from Shaythan, then he cannot approach us and since we have sought refuge from Shaythan, our ud’iyyah is clean.  First, we recite, “I seek refuge in Allah from Shaythan,” then we begin with “Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim,” as the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Any ‘amal which doesn't begin with Allah’s Name is cut off,” it has no continuity.  As soon as we say, the Basmallah, we say “al-Hamdulillahi Rabb al-‘Alamin,” praising Allah (s.w.t.) and thanking Him.  Then we wrap it, in order to be accepted with swalawat on the Prophet (s.a.w.), and then begin the du’a.

Every place has its own manifestation and effectiveness that changes from one place to another.  It has different effects on different du’a that sometimes comes quickly and sometimes not.  It depends on the area.  There are holy places which are far better for making du’a:

…Every time that he entered (her) chamber to see her, he found her supplied with sustenance.  He said, "O Mary!  Whence (comes) this to you?"  She said, "From Allah: for Allah Provides sustenance to whom He Pleases, without measure." (Surah Ali ‘Imran:37)

It is clear that every time Zakariyya (a.s.) entered the niche of Maryam (a.s.), he found sustenance there.  Because of her du’a and purity, Allah (s.w.t.) Sent physical and spiritual sustenance to her and her place became holy.  Zakariyya (a.s.) was ninety-nine years old and had no children.  How many ud’iyyah had he made, always asking to have a child?  All those years and he was not Given a child until he entered the niche of Maryam (a.s.), where his du’a was immediately Accepted.  He knew it had become a holy place from all that tajalli, manifestation of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Light on her.

Praying, "O my Lord!  Infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my head doth glisten with grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my prayer to Thee!” (Surah Maryam:4)

Allah (s.w.t.) Gave him Yahya (a.s.) because Jibra’il (a.s) came to him and showed him a miracle.  So it depends where we make du’a.

Even in Madinat al-Munawarrah, in front of the Prophet (s.a.w.) we supplicate.  Then why is it not accepted? It is the best place.  Or in front of Ka’bah.  In reality, all of them are Accepted, as Allah’s (s.w.t.) Last Name is asw-Swabur: we do all kinds of sins and yet He is Patient with us.  He Said:

…"Call on Me; I will Answer your (Prayer).." (Surah Ghafir:60)

We make du’a and we ask for acceptance.  Sometimes, it is like a perfect moon and we see the Acceptance immediately, but other times it is Delayed.  Nevertheless, we must keep asking; that is the principle of persistence.  Allah (s.w.t.) Wants us to be persistent in asking.  Allah (s.w.t.) will Accept, Allah will Cure us and Allah (s.w.t.) will Forgive us.  But in asking, Allah (s.w.t.) Wants us to be clean.  So this swahabah in the story above, who was about to be killed, asked to pray four raka`at, and he made wudhu and prayed.  We see du’a is better done with wudhu.  And it better done after giving swadaqah.

Of their wealth take alms, that so thou mightest purify and sanctify them; and pray on their behalf.  Verily thy prayers are a source of security for them: and Allah is One Who Heareth and Knoweth. (Surah at-Tawbah:103)

Imam ibn Qayyim (r.a.) said that many make ud’iyyah and it is accepted because either he did something that pleased Allah (s.w.t.) or he gave swadaqah, or he helped someone for Allah (s.w.t.) to Accept his du’a.  So we should not make du’a without spending or first doing a good deed.  Now too many people make du’a but do not give charity.  They are stingy and Allah (s.w.t.) is the Generous One.  We have to show Him generosity, not miserliness.

May Allah (s.w.t.) Cure by the Holy Qur'an.  We must not keep the Holy Qur'an on the shelf; keep it in our heart and read even one page or a half page daily.  If we do not know how to read it, then we should open it and look because there is light coming out of the verses of Holy Qur'an.  It is not dead; it is Divine.  Allah’s (s.w.t.) Words are Alive.  The language of the angels and the People of Paradise is the Holy Qur'an, not just Arabic.  Allah (s.w.t.) will Open for us secrets on how to read it.