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A Question about Tawba

A Seeker asked Hazratwala (rahimahullah):

“Assalamu Alaykum.  I wanted to know that if a person commits a certain sin and repents, and then prays salat-ut-tawba, but then still constantly remembers that particular sin while making dua for something else, will that mean his sin has not been forgiven yet and he should still seek more repentance?”

Hazratwala (rahimahullah) replied:

Once a person has made sincere tawba from the bottom of his heart, to then think about his sin over and over again and harbor doubts about its forgiveness is wrong. Once a person has sincerely repented, now he must keep on going, having complete hope in Allah’s infinite mercy.

Hazratwala (rahimahullah) used to say, “Allah Ta’ala has not created our hearts to continuously remember our sins, thereby making ourselves hopeless of His mercy. Rather the heart has been made for His remembrance and love. NOT FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF SINS!”

If the sin comes to mind by itself without deliberately bringing the thought into the mind, then there is no harm in this “remembrance”, for he did not intentionally bring it to mind. As for intentionally remembering sins and or reminiscing over them and taking enjoyment from them, this is not correct.

The spontaneous thought that comes about in the mind without any effort on your side is not evil and will not harm you. Actually the Masha’ikh have written that if a person committed a sin once in his life, the waswasa (whispering) of that sin will continue to come into his mind and heart till the day he dies. This is from the ill-effects of sins. Illaa mashā’ Allah.

This is not something he should be concerned about however. It is not against the status of wilāyat and friendship of Allah to get wasāwis (whispering) of sins. Practically implementing those wasāwis is what is negative to wilāyat, not the mere presence of wasāwis. In fact, one may even look at those wasāwis as blessings whenever one ignores them – for now one has the reward of ignoring a whispering, and this draws one close to Allah. This is a manifestation of taqwa itself.

In conclusion: to think, “if the thought of a previously committed and reptented sin comes to mind, this means that the sin has not been forgiven yet”, is NOT correct. Once you have repented, let bygones be bygones and continue on with the obedience of Allah and do not intentionally think about the sin unless it is for making shukr (showing gratitude) that Allah saved you from such a thing. The unintentional thought is nothing to worry about.

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Taqwa is the Key to Wilāyah

Shaykh Tameem narrates some statements from ʿArifbillah Mawlānā  Shah Ḥakīm  Muḥammad Akhtar Sahib:

“It is extremely important that there be a site where sin and the remedy to sin is dealt with and explained. It is this obstacle which prevents a person from obtaining the love and friendship of Allah Ta’ala.

If one prays no tahajjud, makes no nafl ibadāt whatsoever, but performs all of his farā’id, wajibāt, and sunnan-e-mu`akkadah; and along with this he does not indulge in a single act of disobedience, then he will definitely be a friend of Allah.

However, if one does a hundred thousand dhikrs and overloads himself with nafl ibadaat and tahajjud, but at the same time, casts lustful glances at unlawful women and men, and views pornographic sites and pictures, then he will never become a friend of Allah. In fact someone like this cannot even dream of attaining friendship (wilāyat) with Allah. He will always remain deprived and will be wondering (foolishly) why he has not attained Allah’s love: “Maybe I need to make more ibādat?”

To attain His friendship, one needs to abstain from sin, as Allah Ta’ala himself says: “Lo! The friends of Allah, they have no fear, nor shall they grieve. They are those who have believed and they fear Him [by abstaining from sins]…” This is from Surah Yunus.

 

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Feeling Distant from the Shaykh

I heard from Mawlana Jalil Ahmad, a senior khalifah of Hazratwala (rahmatullah alayh), that Hazrat told him:

 “When a murid feels like he is drifting away from his Shaykh, then let him see how regular he is in his awrad/adhkar/wazifas that the Shaykh has prescribed. Inshallah he will feel the connection again, as soon as he reconnects with the aʿmāl which the Shaykh had prescribed.”

ʿArifbillah, ʿAllamah Sherani (rahimahullah) has written that the awrād which are prescribed by a particular Shaykh are an amānat (trust) which must be fulfilled by the murid; otherwise he will be committing a great khiyanat (mistrust) which will be a means of regression on the path.

Wallahu ʿAlam, this could be one reason of becoming distant.

Another reason could be simply not calling or writing, or not attending the majālis of the Shaykh, and not accompanying fellow murids. Maybe you should write a letter to your Shaykh requesting du’a or have a gathering in which you invite all the murideen of your Shaykh and keep contact with them.

Furthermore, one should listen to the Shaykh’s bayans regularly and read his writings. These are also some things which may benefit one.

Editor’s Note: Once one takes a Shaykh as a guide, one should make regular du’a that Allah make his or her Shaykh their very gateway to Him, azza wa jal. The Shaykh prescribes dhikr and awrad to the murideen because this is what has come from the Quran and Sunnah as the way to draw closer to Allah and increase in intimate knowledge of Him. Certain murideen may require different adkhar at different times. Furthermore, by listening to and reading the Shaykh regularly, it is as if one is keeping the company of the Shaykh, and benefiting from the state of his heart, which itself has been transformed from another Shaykh, which itself was transformed by another, all the way back until the Shaykh of Shaykhs – The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace).

 

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Meeting the Embodiment of Humility

(Barbados Travelogue)

By Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi

23rd Sha’bān 1438 / May 20th, 2017

PART 4

As we drove through Barbados, I noticed that there was a church in almost every single neighborhood. Seeing the abundant churches made it clear that we were in a country where people take their faith seriously, and I was wondering what the masjid would look like in the midst of this Christian dominance. Would it even be possible that Muslims and Christians could live alongside one-another in harmony without conflict or hate? Well, as we approached the huge beautiful masjid with copper-colored domes, I got the answer to my question. I later learned that there is a lot of religious tolerance and respect for faith in Barbados.
The Hafiz Sahib who was driving us told us that one time his father happened to be at the marketplace when the time of prayer came in. When he spread out his shawl and prayed, a store owner asked him what he was doing. The Muslim uncle replied that he was praying to which the store owner retorted, “Well why didn’t you say so in the first place? Why did you do prayer in the street? I would’ve let you pray in my home so that I could get some of your blessings as well…”
As we drove up to the front of the masjid there was a handsome young Imam standing by the doors waiting for us, dressed in all white from head to toe, with a beautifully trimmed full-thick beard. It was Mawlana ‘Āqil who eagerly received us with the utmost love and respect and asked us what we wanted to do; rest at his house or go directly to see Hazrat. I said that we shall pray, and I’ll change my clothes and immediately go to attain what we had come here for. We can take rest later. I needed to just get one glance of my Shaykh before doing anything else. He was completely fine with that and after we completed the Zuhr prayer and changed, we headed towards brother Ayub Ekhalwaya’s house where Hazrat was staying.

As we drove to the house, we walked up and the door was open. The living room was packed with visitors. People from far and wide had come for Hazrat’s suhbat. May Allah reward brother Ayub for making his home accessible and available for all the sincere visitors. As we took permission and entered the house, the people received us with a lot of respect and Mawlana ‘Āqil introduced us to the host and then requested for us to see Hazrat. They ushered us into the room where he was resting. I was nervous. And I felt the same way as when I had seen my Shaykh e Awwal… My ears were still buzzing from the effects of the two flights we had just come from. My head was heavy from lack of sleep. My body was wary and my stomach was churning. My soul however was the amīr on this journey so the body had no say in what had to be done.

When they opened the door, there were about 7 people in the room. Hazrat was laying on the bed and two people were making his khidmat.  He must have been extremely exhausted from the long and arduous journey in the UK. I’m young, and I came from only seven hours away and I was famished. When they told him that I had come, he told the people around him, “Pick me up… sit me up so that I may meet Mawlana, he has come from very far…”

The whole room was in silence and it was as an unexplainable feeling as I laid my eyes upon Hazrat Mawlana Qamaruz-Zaman Sahib, because when I saw him, it felt as if my Hazrat had come to life again. It was as if Hazratwala had never passed away. Anwārāt and tajalliyyāt shined from his blessed face. And the light of taqwa and dhikr emanated from his entire being. He sat up and as I embraced him and kissed his hand he received me with such love, reverence and respect that I felt that he was the one who was honored by meeting me and not the other way around.

The reality of the matter was that I was the conceited, undeserving wretch, full of faults and drowned in sin, not fit to be anywhere close in the vicinity where these blessed souls reside. However, as I sat before him, he exuded such a humbleness that it did not have an iota of pretense or fake-ness to it. He was the embodiment of humility. He sat there with honor and dignity but his face had this constant sadness upon it; the sadness that you see on the face of someone who considers themselves unworthy, as if they have done something wrong. The reality of the matter is that the Ahlullah, have such a realization of Allah’s grandeur and majesty in front of their eyes that they completely lose sight of their own status or maqam.

As he speaks to me I think to myself, that every word, every gesture, and every motion is drenched in humbleness. Even more astonishing to me was that his gestures, movements and habits were almost identical to my Shaykh e Awwal….

He says, “Molvi Sab, masha Allah, you have all come with so much talab…” He looks to everyone around the room and chuckles, saying, “Hazrat Mawlana Siddiq Sahib had told me fifteen years ago that I should stop traveling – but look around now. We have brothers who have joined us from England, Zambia and now America. It’s hard for certain people to come all the way to India. This traveling proved to be beneficial after all.”

I said to Hazrat, “People go to the well when they need water, but the rain clouds are sent by Allah to bring the dead earth back to life. May Allah reward you and grand you a long life Hazrat, you are our rain cloud…”

When I said this, he stared at me and then looked down as if he is not the one who would be worthy of such a statement. I felt kind of foolish for opening my mouth. The true people of Allah are those who are indifferent to people not honoring or “recognizing their status”, and they become disturbed by their praises and flattery. To such an extent, that you can see the pain on their faces when they are praised.

I was noticing more and more the maqām of humility and annihilation of the nafs in which Hazrat was at. And we hope that if Allah bestows upon us even a small portion of that sincere humility, that we will be successful.

To be continued…..

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Barbadian Reflections

(Barbados Travelogue)

By Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi
23rd Sha’bān 1438 / May 20th, 2017

PART 3

A Drive To Jama Masjid (St. Michaels)

We passed through the border patrol and customs without any difficulty and waited for our ride outside the airport. As we stepped out of the building, we could feel the humid tropical climate and the ocean breeze blowing, and after 15 minutes of basking in the humid climate, a car approached and two young men stepped out with thawbs and kufīs on. They were very polite and we had some light chit-chat on the way to Mawlana ‘Āqil’s masjid. The two young men who were Hafiz of the Qur’an, were proudly telling us how they were born and bred “Bajans”(pronounced bey-jin) which is the name for people who are from Barbados. They also mentioned how happy they were and how the natives had good relations with the Muslims and that they had never seen any discrimination or Islamophobia as we commonly experience in the States.

As I listened to them speak of their homeland, I pondered to myself that in this vast earth of Allah, people choose for themselves, by their own free-will, where they want to work and live. People are constantly complaining of not being able to practice their religion, of discrimination and so on. Because of this, many lose their faith due to giving preference to the worldly benefits they acquire from the apparent worldly opportunities in the places they reside in. They sacrifice their faith and their ideals, just because they know they’re making good money. And the reality of it is, the excuse of simply telling Allah that you were oppressed and discriminated is not going to be accepted on the Day of Judgment.

Allah Ta’ala mentions,

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلائِكَةُ ظَالِمِي أَنفُسِهِمْ قَالُوا فِيمَ كُنتُمْ قَالُوا كُنَّا مُسْتَضْعَفِينَ فِي الأَرْضِ قَالُوا أَلَمْ تَكُنْ أَرْضُ اللَّهِ وَاسِعَةً فَتُهَاجِرُوا فِيهَا فَأُوْلَئِكَ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا
[النساء:97]

“Indeed, those whom the angels take away while they were wronging themselves, they ask, ‘What state were you in?’ They reply, ‘We were oppressed in the land.’ They say, ‘Was not Allah’s earth vast enough so that you might migrate in it?’ The refuge of such shall be hell, and it is an evil destination.”

I do understand that there’s an attachment that every person has to their land and hometown, but when it comes to our faith and our Islamic ideals, preservation of that takes precedence over all else. The sublime examples of Sayyiduna Ibrahim, Lūt, Musa and our Master Muhammad (may Allah bless them all and grant them peace) boldly demonstrate this fact. For each one of them migrated for the sake of Allah to preserve the Dīn, and Allah not only preserved them and their followers, but made them flourish as well.

While I am pondering over this, I can see how happy and healthy these young men were despite the fact that they were sons of immigrants who constantly experience one culture in the public domain and a completely different one at home. And despite the fact that their religion, culture, and even language was unlike the Bajan people, they had a tremendous honor and you could even say patriotism for the land that they belonged to.

I was also thinking to myself about the concept that is commonly spewed out by the propaganda machine, that Islam and Muslims are at war with Western ideologies and they want to eradicate the lifestyle of non-Muslims. I do agree that the Islamic lifestyle is starkly divergent from the ultra-Liberal, laissez-faire type culture of the West, but this in no way means that Muslims are on a mission to actively annihilate all non-Muslim elements from the universe.

In actuality, Muslims do not even need to do that, nor are they commanded to do so. Islam, in and of itself, has such a light and brilliance, that it dispels all darknesses on its own. All Muslims need to do wherever they go is to simply be practicing Muslims. When the sun rises upon the earth, all the nocturnal creatures find their holes and disappear. The sun does not annihilate them, it simply dominates and encompasses every thing and place that its rays reach. It does not force itself or compel anything. It just shines.
I looked at these people who have been living in this caribbean island for more than half a century and as practical Muslims they are totally comfortable to identify with their native land but at the same time preserve their identity as Muslims. There is not even the slightest iota of devilish insinuation that may creep up in the mind that the Muslims there may have even the farthest intention to annihilate the non-Muslims and their way of life. If you were to ask them such a thing, I know for a fact that they would definitely be appalled by such a notion.

To be continued…

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On the Journey to the Beloved

(Barbados Travelogue, Part 2)

By Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi

23rd Sha’bān 1438 / May 20th, 2017

The Blessings of Travel

The flight from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale was about four hours and I took that opportunity to work on some commentaries of a Hadith compilation. It gave me four solid hours to do some substantial work. Alhamdu Lillah that a lot of work got done. I usually don’t get that kind of long stretch of time to sit down and write. Indeed, this is one of the benefits of traveling. Many pious predecessors would write and continue their academic work while on their journeys. Imam Mundhirī is known for dictating the entire four-volume Hadith compilation, al-Targhīb wa l’Tarhīb, while in safar, from memory.

There is a baraka, a seclusion in traveling that is not found while resident. This is probably because a person is technically “homeless”, and that condition of vulnerability and destitution, even though it may be by choice, is beloved to Allah. This is why the prayers of a musāfir are accepted by Allah, due to the state of difficulty and destitution experienced by him while on the journey.

Dhikr, Fikr and Ayāt

If a person can manage to guard his eyes from lustful glances and avoid the obnoxious screen that is wedged in front of his face, constantly spewing distracting images and tantalizing futile amusements, then a lot of dhikr, du’ās and munājāt can be made on safar. Even one glance out the window of the plane is dhikr in itself. As the 100-ton airplane made of steel, titanium and aluminum, rips through the clouds and heavens like a knife cuts through butter, we are literally sitting in a manifestation of Allah’s power and majesty, surrounded by ayāt (signs) of His greatness. How can the one who witnesses the spacious earth of Allah, the majestic oceans and the vast sea of air he is floating in the midst of (that too inside this colossal steel bird), still choose to be blind and prefer to remain in darkness?

“Do they not behold the birds above them, extending and drawing back their wings? None sustains them, except the Merciful; for He regards all things.”

Reaching Barbados

We reached Florida at Fajr time and from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados was about a 2 1/2 hour flight. Again from one plane to another and from one side of Allah’s earth to the other, we eagerly drew closer and closer to the island of Barbados; and as we approached the island, the dark seas became lighter and lighter until we could see the clear turquoise water on the shore.

As we descend into Barbados, I am looking down from the plane seeing the beautiful coastline with white sands, and all around are people getting ready to take on the sun and waves and enjoy the vacation resorts. However, Allah Ta’ala knew from the depths of my heart that I had no desire to see any ocean other than the ocean of Allah’s ma’rifat in the heart of my Shaykh.

And I say this to my friends without any ostentation – only to declare Allah’s bounty upon me – that I never had the wish or desire to visit any vacation resort for the sake of amusement or sightseeing, rather the only sight I wished to see was that of His lovers and the only company that I seek is the company of His beloveds. And as I observe those seeking the pleasure of vacation resorts in the paradises of this ephemeral abode, I am reminded of the couplets of Ghawth Abu Madyan قدس الله سره  who said,

ما لذة العيش الاّ صحبة الفقـــــــــرا
هم السلاطين والسادات والأمــــــــرا
There is no pleasure in life except in accompanying the [fuqarā]

for they are the sultans and the masters and the princes [umarā]

فاصحبهم و تأدب  في مجالسهــــم
وخل حظك مهما خلّفـــــــــــوك ورا

So accompany them and show proper manners in their councils

and leave your fortunes behind, no matter how much they offer to bring you upfront

واستغنم الوقت واحضر دائماً معهم
واعلم بأن الرضا يخص من حضـرا
And value the time and always participate in their assemblies

and know that pleasure and contentedness distinguishes he who attends

وقَــدِّمِ الـجِـدِّ وانـهـض عـنـد خـدمته
عـساه يرضى وحاذر أن تكن ضجرا
Wholeheartedly make effort, and strive to serve him,

that you may please him, and take care not to become bored

فـفـي رضـاه رضـا الـباري وطـاعته
يـرضى عـليك فـكن مـن تـركه حذرا
For his pleasure begets The Lord’s pleasure and begets obedience,

and he will be pleased with you, so be cautious not to leave him

واعـلـم بــأن طـريـق الـقـوم دارسـة
وحـال مـن يـدعيها الـيوم كيف ترى
And know that the Path (of the Ahlullah) is fading away and becoming extinct

and the state of those who claim it today is as you see.

مــتـى أراهــم وأنــى لــي بـرؤيـتهم
أو تـسمع الأذن مـني عـنهموا خبرا
When will I see them, and how can I ever reach seeing them?

or my ear, how can it reach hearing news about them

مــن لـي وأنـى لـمثلي أن يـزاحمهم
عـلـى مــوارد لــم آلــف بـهـا كــدرا
Who am I to even be in their midst or to compete with them?

to reach those states (of piety and gnosis) in which I did not know any murkiness or impurity

أحــبــهــم وأداريـــهـــم وأوثـــرهــم
بـمـهـجتي وخـصـوصـا مـنـهم نـفـرا
I love them and take care of them and prefer them over all else,

in my heart; specially a group of them.

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The Seeker Shall Find

(Barbados Travelogue, Part 1)

By Shaykh Tameem Ahmadi
22nd Sha’bān 1438 / May 19th, 2017

PART 1

The journey to Barbados to visit my beloved Shaykh, Hazrat Mawlana Qamaruz-Zaman Sahib دامت بركاتهم was an unexpected, unplanned and sudden trip. For the longest time after the demise of my Shaykh e Awwal, Hazratwala Mawlana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sahib نوَّر اللهُ مَرقده, my wish and desire has been to reunite with an Allah-Wala and quench the thirst of my soul in the company of a lover of Allah.

Once a person experiences the intense spiritual benefit in the company of a pious person, it becomes difficult to live without it.

As Hazratwala had said,

The essence of my life and the support of my existence,
Is to live amongst your lovers and die amongst your lovers.

When I had heard that he was coming to the UK my heart was yearning to fly away like a bird flees from its cage, but alas that masjid responsibilities and other engagements along with my financial inability held me back. I had requested Hazrat’s du’as that Allah Ta’ālā grant me the ability to see him – in the first few letters that I had written him when I had first made bay’ah – and also that Allah give me the financial capacity and free time.

Hazrat had written a du’a in my response which I am now convinced that Allah accepted. The amazing thing is, that when I had requested his du’as, I was thinking that the meeting would be in India – of the East – and never imagined that the acceptance of the du’a would manifest itself in the Indies – of the West!

In his last few days in the UK, when the announcement was made that he will be visiting Barbados, I didn’t take the matter seriously because I simply thought that I didn’t have the means. But then I said to myself, let me just ask about the prices from our dear friend, Zul-Qarnain. He got back to me a day later saying that he found a $500 ticket for three days and a return flight on the same day of Hazrat’s return. I was overwhelmed with excitement and thought to myself that if I don’t avail this opportunity to see Hazrat now, then I don’t know when I will get the chance again.

By Allah’s grace the money was there, I could manage to lead the Friday prayers and also be back in time before the commencement of Ramadan. It was unbelievable, but it was happening. I did not hesitate and quickly had it booked. Family and friends were a bit shocked at this because I had just returned from a 4 day trip the week before from Chicago, but this was something that had to be done. This desire of leaving everything behind and jumping on the earliest flight wasn’t an urge to go on a vacation, but rather from the divine bestowals of inspiration from Allah.

Wāridāt-e-Qalbiyya (divine bestowals of inspiration)

Undoubtedly, nothing can be accomplished without the will and permission of Allah. We cannot take a step, nor set into motion anything, nor do anything without His tawfīq. And as the sālik’s relationship gets closer and closer in proximity to Allah through his awrād and tā’aat, the wāridāt-e-qalbiyya, or divine bestowals of inspiration from Allah begin to descend upon his heart.

The Mashayikh have mentioned that these wāridāt-e-qalbiyya are visitors and guests from Allah and they should be honored and hosted by putting them into action. If they are ignored and neglected by the sālik, they will leave and never return again. In short, all of this was a manifestation of Allah’s grace and the acceptance of the du’as of and prayers and I knew that it should not be neglected.

Some of those intense wāridāt came in the form of these overwhelming thoughts which were constant:

  1. Hakim al-Ummah رحمه الله تعالى said, “A person may have a long-distance relationship with their shaykh through written correspondence but the special nisbat ma’Allah cannot be born unless the murīd actually remains some time in the physical company of that shaykh. It is similar to a man and woman who make a marriage transaction and never really meet. A child will only come into the world once they spend time with one another.”
  2. The custom of making bay’ah and saying, ‘such and such person is my shaykh’, without actually adopting the company of such people or having any intention of taking practical benefit from them to bring about change in oneself, is hypocritical and futile. These ‘by-products’ of tasawwuf were something that had always disgusted me, along with the cult-like culture, shaykh-worship, and clique/groupie type behavior, just to name a few. This whole custom of bay’ah has been turned into a vice, filled with poisonous elements that are destructive for the sālik. One of the reasons that many people turn out to become horrible people instead of becoming righteous through tasawwuf, is because of their wrong, insincere and misguided intentions in the beginning.  The tree that grows and the fruit it gives is totally dependent upon the seed that is sewed. If I had not yanked on the reigns of my nafs to take this trip for the sake of my Islah from the one I had taken bay’ah with, I would have become the exact thing that I despised most. I would be a hypocrite if I did not act upon adopting the company of the Ahlullah that I so much preached to others. I seriously need to act upon my own advice.
  3. Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام traveled to the ‘joining of the two seas’ to seek out Khidhr for the sake of Allah; why should we also not travel to the farthest distances in order to attain the pleasure of Allah?  Why should we not seek out rectification and gain the knowledge that draws us closer to him?
  4. Hazratwala used to say, “Those were in a constant state of. إفادة (giving benefit) to others are like wells constantly giving water. If the well is constantly depleted of water and not given some time to replenish, the water will start to become murky. That murky water can make you sick in place of quenching the thirst and there must be a time set aside for those who are giving benefit to others to also make إستفادة (take benefit) for their own rectification in order that their hearts replenish with the light of Allah Ta’ala.
  5. My heart was also constantly being frequented by the thoughts of the Hadith Qudsi,

وَجَبَتْ محبَّتي للمتحابِّينَ فيَّ    ، والمتجالِسينَ فيَّ ، والمتباذِلينَ فيَّ،  والمتزاورينَ فيَّ

“My love becomes necessary for those who love each other for My sake, and for those who sit with each other for my sake and for those to spend on one other for my sake and for those who visit for My sake.”

And also the statement that the one who visits his brother for the sake of Allah, then Allah announces,

طِبْتَ  و طاب مَمْشَاكَ ،  و تبوأتَ في الجنة منزلا
“You have done well, and may your footsteps be blessed, and you have secured yourself a place in paradise!”

And also the verse of the Qur’an,

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

“As for those who strive in Our cause, We shall surely guide them to Our Ways…”

The Seeker Shall Find

The trip reminded me of a proverb in Farsi,

جویندہ ، یابندہ
“The seeker, is the finder…”

This is even more emphatic than the English proverb, “he who seeks shall find…”, because the above Farsi proverb indicates that the seeker has already become the founder.

Hazrat Sa’dī Shīrāzī said,

عاشق  كه  شد  كه  يار  بحالش  نكرد

اي دوست درد نيست و گرنہ طبیب ھست

Who is there who has become a lover and the beloved did not look upon him?

Oh friend, you have no pains of love, otherwise the doctor is there.

One of the things that Hazrat told me when I was departing from his company was, “Mash’Allah Mawlana, you are coming with so much talab and eagerness…”

That was when I realized the reality of the proverb… those who seek, Allah Ta’ala will definitely make a way for them to find.
And to him belongs praise in the beginning and last.

Shaytan’s Last Attempt

Even to the last day before my journey shaytan made a final attempt to withhold me from going on this trip. I seriously did not know where I was going to stay or who was going to pick me up, nor did I personally know anyone on that entire island. Mawlana Yusuf Bhula’s family and relatives resided there and he tried his best to get through to them as well, as I did, but to of no avail. No one was answering their phones, for some reason. I needed to have a single address or some plan of where I was going to stay. My plan was to just go and stay at the local masjid. That was when the whispers came saying, “Just cancel the trip… you’re stupid for booking a flight without first knowing your program or accommodations or where you’re going to stay…” etc, etc. Then, after many attempts, and while ignoring the shaytanic whisperings, Mawlana ‘Aqil, who is Mawlana Yusuf’s nephew, finally answered and was very helpful and extremely happy to receive us. May Allah reward him for his hospitality.
In short, no seeker will be left untested by Allah and no intention will be left without the litmus-test of mujahada. It is when the sālik comes out of the storm of adversities and trials, that his true face manifests itself.

فَأَمَّا الزَّبَدُ فَيَذْهَبُ جُفَاءً ۖ وَأَمَّا مَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ فَيَمْكُثُ فِي الْأَرْضِ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ يَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ…
As for the foam, it vanishes, [being] cast off; but as for that which benefits the people, it remains on the earth. Thus does Allah present examples.

To be continued….

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