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The Place of Taswawwuf in Traditional Sciences

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is taken from The Place of Taswawwuf in Traditional Sciences by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller.
Perhaps the biggest challenge in learning Islam correctly today is the scarcity of traditional ‘ulama.  In this meaning, Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.) related the swahih, rigorously authenticated hadits that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Truly, Allah does not Remove Sacred Knowledge by taking it out of servants, but rather by taking back the souls of scholars, until, when He has not left a single scholar, the people take the ignorant as leaders, who are asked for and who give legal opinion without knowledge, misguided and misguiding.”  This is found in Fath al-Bari.
The process described by the hadits is not yet completed, but has certainly begun, and in our times, the lack of traditional scholars, whether in law, in hadits, in tafsir, has given rise to an understanding of the religion that is far from scholarly, and sometimes far from the truth.  For examp…

Secrets of Damascus

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 09th November 2010.
There is a mountain near Damascus called Jabbal al-Qasiyun, on which Shaykh Nazhim’s (q.s.) house is located.  Grand Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani’s (q.s.) maqam and mosque are but a few metres from the house.  Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) said that if he spoke of the virtues of Jabbal Qasiyun for 40 days, he would still be unable to finish describing it.  It is a glorious mountain, and light falls on it constantly.  On a dark night, one can see the mountain shining and glowing.
Grand Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.) had explained that Allah (s.w.t.) had Sent 124,000 Prophets.  The tombs of 1,000 of them are found around the world but the holy bodies of the remaining 123,000 are inside that mountain.  Because of this, Mercy falls upon it continuously.  In the old days, the pious used to walk barefoot there as a sign of respect.  Shaykh …

The Association of Dogs

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shah Baha’ ad-Din Naqshband (q.s.) said, "In the beginning of my travel on this Way, I met a lover of Allah and he told me, 'It seems as if you are from us.'
I told him, 'I hope you are from us and I hope to be a friend to you.'
One time, he asked me, 'How do you treat your self?'
I said to him, 'If I find something, I thank Allah and if not, I am patient.'
He smiled and said, 'This is easy.  The way for you is to burden your ego and to test it.  If it loses food for one week, you must be able to keep it from disobeying you.'
I was very happy with his answer and I asked his support.  He ordered me to help the needy and to serve the weak and to motivate the heart of the brokenhearted.  He ordered me to keep humility and tolerance.  I kept his orders and I spent many days of my life in that manner.  Then he ordered me to take care of animals, to cure their sicknesses, to clean their wounds, and to assist them i…