Friday, 14 April 2017
The Naqshbandi Haqqani Principle of Wuquf-i Adadi
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The tenth principle of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order is “Numerical Pause”, Wuquf-i Adadi. Wuquf-i Adadi is an expression meaning the observation of the number of individual repetitions of the dzikr. Mawlana Nur ad-Din Jami’ (q.s.) said, “Wuquf-i Adadi is the observation of the number of adzkar and of whether this yields results or not.”
According to Shah an-Naqshband (q.s.), “The observation of the number of repetitions of the adzkar of the heart is for gathering thoughts which are scattered.”
According to Khwaja ‘Ala al-Din al-‘Aththar (q.s.), “The important thing is not the number of repetitions but rather the composure and awareness with which one makes them.” According to Shah an-Naqshband (q.s.), this awareness is the first stage of entry into the spiritual world. This could also mean that for beginners, reading about the achievements and states of consciousness demonstrated by those advanced in this practice would be helpful, since in reading about another's state of nearness, one acquires a certain quality of inner inspiration.
For advanced disciples, this technique, which facilitates the initial stages of acquiring inner intuition and inspiration, brings a consciousness of the unity of diversity. This diversity and proliferation is all but a show. The One is Manifest in the all. Diversity, if one looks with open eyes, is naught but unity. There are no doubts for us, though there might be in some minds. Though appearance is in numbers, the substance is but one.
It should be noted that inner inspiration, that understanding which brings the practitioner and people on the Path closer to higher teachings, comes through Divine Grace and is not due to mind discoveries. “Knowledge comes from grace. The difference between Divine Inspiration and Divine Knowledge is that Divine Knowledge comes through internalising the Light of the Essence and the Divine Attributes, while Divine Inspiration is gained through receptivity to inner meanings and those types of instructions which Manifest within the practitioner.”