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Shah Baha' ad-Din an-Naqshband (q.s.) on Ablution

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was extracted from Qudsiyyah, the statements of Shah Baha’ ad-Din Naqshband (q.s.) by Khwaja Muhammad Farsa (q.s.), and translated by Dr. Alan Godlas.
Shah Baha’ ad-Din Naqshband (q.s.) commented on the following hadits of the Prophet (s.a.w.), which is in Imam al-Bayhaqi’s (r.a.) Shu'ab al-Iman: “Gather together your wudhu’; Allah will Collect your qualities.”

He said, that this alludes to the fact that we should gather together the inner ablution with the outer ablution so that the establishment of the inner dimension will be attained.  The establishment of the inner dimension occurs when, in the embrace of the expression of unity, kalimah at-tawhid, all spiritual and physical attachments, become negated.  And the negation of all of these attachments consists of the establishment of states of consciousness, ahwal.  The sign of the establishment of states is the establishment of acts, af’al, which are the exemplification of the Div…

The Excellence of the Science of Sufism

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.) wrote, in Kashif al-Ilbas, on the fadhilah, the excellence, of taswawwuf.  The following is extracted from it.
As for the excellence, fadhilah, of Sufism, it has already been mentioned that is subject matter is nothing less than the Exalted Divine Essence, Dzat.  There is no limit to the excellence of this subject, so the science that pertains to it also has no limit to its excellence.  Its first stage deals with the fear, khasya, of Allah (s.w.t.), its middle stage with proper conduct with Him and the last with the knowledge, ma'rifah, of Him and complete dedication to Him.
That is why Imam al-Junayd (q.s.) said, “If we knew that there was a more noble science under heaven to discuss with our companions, surely I would have speedily found it.”
In his book, Anwar al-Qulub fi al-‘Ilm al-Mawhub, Shaykh asw-Swiqqili (q.s.) said, “Anyone who testifies to this science is included among the elite.  Anyone who understands it i…

Light is of Four Kinds

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
In the “Gardens of Exegesis,” Shaykh al-Islam, Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.) commented on the following ayat.

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.  The Parable of His Light is as if there were a niche and within it, a lamp: the lamp enclosed in glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a Blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light!  Allah doth Guide whom He Will to His Light: Allah doth Set Forth parables for men: and Allah doth Know all things. (Surah an-Nur:35)
He said that the Light is of four kinds: Light which Causes physical things to become manifest, though it does not see them; like the light of the sun and what resembles it; light which uncovers physical things and sees them, like the light of sight; and light which uncovers hidden things and understands them, like the light of intelligence.
Light that brings forth existenc…

Three Forms of Knowledge

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlay ibn al-‘Arabi (q.s.) instructed his followers in this most ancient dictum: There are three forms of knowledge.  The first is intellectual knowledge, which is in fact only information and the collection of facts, and the use of these to arrive at further intellectual concepts.  This is intellectualism.  Second comes the knowledge of states, which includes both emotional feeling and strange states of being in which man thinks that he has perceived something supreme but cannot avail himself of it.  This is emotionalism.  Third comes real knowledge, which is called knowledge of reality.  In this form, man can perceive what is right, what is true, beyond the boundaries of though and sense.
Scholastics and scientist concentrate upon the first form of knowledge.  Emotionalist and experientialist use the second form.  Others use the two combined, or either one alternately.  But the people who attain to truth are those who know how to connect themselv…

The Sunnah of Allah (s.w.t.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Recitation of the Holy Qur’an is a Sunnah of Allah (s.w.t.) as He Recited it long before the universe was Created.  Muslims are also required to recite it as He has Ordered.  Sending swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) is also from amongst the Sunnah of the Lord.  He is Constantly Sending Swalawat upon the Beloved Messenger (s.a.w.).  In addition to Sending Swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.), He also Commanded the believers to send salaam on him.

Allah, and His angels, Send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe!  Send ye blessings on him and salute him, with all respect. (Surah al-Ahzab:56)
When believers perform these pious acts, they are following the ways of the Lord.  He Tells us about this in His Divine Words in the following verse of the Qur’an.  He Says:

So, set thou thy face steadily and truly to the faith: (establish) Allah’s Handiwork according to the pattern on which He has Made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) b…

The Sacrifice of an Israelite

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The Festival of Sacrifice, ‘Iyd al-Adhha’ is a major event in Islam.  The entire hajj is the Sunnah of Abraham (a.s.).  Abraham (a.s.) is viewed by the Jews as the Patriarch of their people.  There was once an ascetic of Bani Isra’il who had been devoted to God’s worship for four hundred years.  Once, he addressed God as such, “O my Lord!  If You had not Created all these mountains, Your humble servants would have travelled the whole world to see Your wonders.”
The prophet of the time was Commanded by God to go and say to the ascetic, “It is not your business to interfere in Our Kingdom.  And since you had the audacity to challenge Our Will, We have Struck your name from the Book of the Blessed and Entered it into the Book of the Cursed.”
Hearing this, the ascetic felt overjoyed and prostrated on the ground in gratitude.
“What is the occasion of thanksgiving on being condemned?” asked the prophet of God.
He replied, “My jubilation is not because I am c…

The Asrar of 'Ashura

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It was Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) who explained in detail, the inner dimensions of ‘ibadah.  His shaykh was Imam Abu ‘Ali al-Farmadi (q.s.), 8th Grand Shaykh of the Golden Chain.  Imam al-Farmadi (q.s.) was also the one who made du’a that Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) be raised to the maqam of Ghawts al-A’azham, whose feet are on the necks of the awliya’.  Spirituality is the essence of faith.  Swalah is one of the foundations of Islam.  But the moment we state our ni’at, and the moment we remember our Prophet’s (s.a.w.) injunction to “pray as if you see Allah, and even if you do not, know that He Sees you;” that is where the realm of thariqa’ begins. This article is meant to be an introduction to Latha’if for those who are serious in taswawwuf.
‘Ashura has a spiritual meaning.  Each prophet experienced a significant event on that day.  All those prophets except Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) had a positive development on that day.  Look at the five …

The Saint & the Sultan

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Muslims and Christians are believers in the same God.  And the best of men in religion are the closest to Allah (s.w.t.).

Say: “Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever Name ye call upon Him (it is well): for to Him Belong the Most Beautiful Names.  Neither speak thy prayer aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course between.”  Say: “Praise be to Allah Who begets no son, and has no partner in (His) Dominion: nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: Yea, magnify Him for His Greatness and Glory!” (Surah al-Isra’:110-111)
The following is taken from here: What Muslims & Christians Can Learn from ‘The Saint & the Sultan’, an interview of Dr. Paul Moses by Aydogan Vatandas.  This interview took place soon after the Fort Hood shooting in Texas.  The interview was to discuss his new book, ‘The Saint and the Sultan,’ written in part as a reflection on the tensions between Muslims and Christians after the events of …

Tribute to the Hidden Ustadz

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Of States, what can I say that you know not? Of Stations, where do I walk you have not besought? Of Taste, what do I say of Gardens I can see, When you have Drowned in the Oceans of Mercy?
Where I sit at the edge of the Circle hidden, You sit at the table of Masters unbidden. I could pray a hundred raka'at nightly for one hajat, You call the adzan and the He Raises your darajat.
I see the Heralds and give them salaam, You prayed behind the One who broke the Qalam. Though I may ask for the rain and it pours, You know the Sirr that was Taught of the Hours.
You know well the ways, the breaking of norms. The signs of tajalli and the Secret of Forms. And prayed with the Four behind Rahmatul 'Aalamin At the place the Mi'raj began, where you were named 'Amin'

This is for one of the Knowers, who enjoys a high state of Witnessing, who has been in the company of the Blessed, who has been striven for knowledge and received knowledge.  He has spent 40 year…