There is a story from which an even greater lesson is to be learned. Although Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahullah) was the imam of his era and had reached the level of ijtihaad, he still made the time to humble himself before a great and famous saint of his time – Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) – and to hold the bridle of his conveyance and lead it in the way that a servant and attendant would. People enquired as to why he treated him with such honour and respect. To this he replied: “Bishr Haafi has more ma’rifat of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) than I do.”
Bishr Haafi has more ma’rifat of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) than I do.
Twin Rivers by Moulana Mahboob Ahmad Bin Moulana Muhammad Qammaruzzamaan Saheb
Translated by Moulana Zakariyya Siddiq du Preez
(Note: Arabic terms in brackets after the names have been added my myself where I found appropriate. )
All those whom we give our love to in this Dunyaa will perish and cease to exist – why do we then attach our hearts to them? Our hearts should be attached to the One Who is everlasting and will never perish. This Dunyaa in temporary, love for this Dunyaa is temporary and the wealth and riches of this Dunyaa are also temporary. The Being of Allah (s.w.t) is everlasting and the love for Allah (s.w.t) is also everlasting. So you should attach your heart to Him alone and develop unwavering love for Him in your heart.
By ‘Aarif Billaah Hazrat Moulana Shaah Muhammad Ahmad Saheb Partaapgadhy Naqshbandi
The following is a translation of a poem of Hadhrat Maulana ‘Aarif Billaah Shaah Muhammad Ahmad Saheb Partaapgadhy Naqshbandi (Rahimahullah) extracted from TWIN RIVERS of Moulana Mahboob Ahmad Bin Moulana Muhammad Qammaruzzamaan Saheb
To light the torch of love in the heart,
and to make yourself the moth – madly in love,
To employ a hundred ways of making Him yours…
Is there any value to this kind of love?
For Him to make His way into your heart…
This is what you call achieving your objective!
This is a love story of which I am the narrator.
I want the whole world to be madly in love with their Creator.
I want to make sane people lose all their senses.
Hey, Ahmad, how amazing it is to recite these poems of love!
“If a Sālik is trapped in sin or is inclined to the world then the cause is definitely one of the following. He does not content himself with that amount which is necessary; or he mingles with the public; or his time is not filled with remembrance of Allāh; or he seeks something other than Allāh from Allāh; or he does not inflict mujāhadah upon his ego; or he does not accept the eternal laws with a full heart.”
Hadhrat Khwājah Bāqī Billāh raḥimahullāh
Biographies of the Naqshbandī Mujaddidī Mashāʾikh
Mawlānā Maḥbūb ʾAḥmad Qamruz Zamān Nadwī ʾIlāhābādī
Within the science of tasawwuf there is a concept called bilaa tamaa. Bilaa means without and tamaa means desire. Every person has 2 things within them; necessities and desires. It is the goal of every person striving on the path of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala to fulfil their necessities but to curtail their desires.
Desire has no end. If today you look at someone (i.e. cast unlawful gazes), the next day you will continue to look. The problem is the desire within you. So the thing you have to do is to make yourself bilaa tamaa. There are 2 ways to do it;
Firstly, recall the ayah of Allah (as mentioned in the Qur’an);
قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ
Tell the Mu’umineen (believers) that they should lower their gaze.
Surah Nur, Verse 30
Every time you are out of your house, this (verse of the Qur’an) should be your dhikr (remembrance) as you walk through the streets.
The second thing in making yourself bilaa tamaa will mean to realize, benefit and appreciate that there is no benefit in ‘looking’. What benefit does one get out of the 2nd look? Nothing. Except that it destroys your imaan (i.e. one loses the taste of imaan).
Desire never has an end. Your goal is to crush your desire. On the other hand, necessity ends. It has a limit e.g. within the sharia, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala has created for you marriage. There is a certain degree of necessity that a man and a woman have to interact with each other. If you stay within the realm of necessity, you will fulfill your necessity and you will be able to progress on the path towards Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
If you cross that and you enter the realms of desires, your desires will never end. Your desires will drag you to the court of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala on the Day of Judgment and that will be a scary sight.
Your goal is to crush your desires and to fulfill your necessities.
(The above is a summary of the talk given by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar. The talk can be downloaded here . To listen to more talks of Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar, please visit sacredlearning.org)