Submission before Allah

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: My beloved friends! Express submission before Allah Ta’ala, (that Being who has complete control over everything), and everything will become submissive and obedient to you. The incident of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) is well known, where they were once in the jungles of Africa and they…

Food For The Soul – From the Discourses of Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar

Allāh سبحانه و تعالى has 2 methods of creation. One method is that things are created over time i.e. fī sittati ayyāmin. إنَّ رَبَّكُمُ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ يُغْشِي اللَّيْلَ النَّهَارَ يَطْلُبُهُ حَثِيثًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ وَالنُّجُومَ مُسَخَّرَاتٍ بِأَمْرِهِ أَلَا لَهُ الْخَلْقُ وَالْأَمْرُ تَبَارَكَ اللَّـهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ Indeed, your Lord is…

Shaykh al-Hind at the khanqah of Mawlana Gangohi

It is said regarding Shaykh al-Hind Hadhrat Mawlana Mahmud Hasan Deobandi (may Allah have mercy on him), who was the head lecturer at Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, that every Thursday after classes would finish he would set off from Deoband to Gangoh. He would leave before ‘Asar or after ‘Asar and would offer the rest of…

Terminologies of the Naqshbandīyah Order

(Image Source: UNESCO) There are 11 terms. The first eight are quoted from Khwājah ʿAbdul Khāliq raḥimahullāh, and the next three are quoted from Khwājah Bahāʾud Dīn Naqshband raḥimahullāh. They are as follows: 1. Hosh dar Dam – Alert every breath. The sālik should be aware that every breath can be spent being alert or…

Imaan, Islaam, and Ihsaan – Shariah, Tariqah, and Haqiqah.

The people of this science divide actions into three categories: actions of the Shari’a, actions of the Tariqa, and actions of Reality. This can be re-phrased as actions of Islam, actions of faith and actions of ihsan, or actions of worship, actions of slavedom and actions of pure slavedom, which is freedom. Or it can…

Attaining Wilayah – From The Discourses Of Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala states in the Holy Qur’aan اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا Allah is a protecting friend to those who believe (Surah al-Baqarah, verse 257). Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala is establishing that for the person who believes, there is a state called wilayah. Wilayah means to attain a degree of proximity to Allah Subhanahu…

A new day…

No matter how bad yesterday was and no matter how many bad yesterdays there were, it doesn’t make a difference. Everyday is a new opportunity in the eyes of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. A person merely has to make a pledge that they want to rectify their lives and Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will create…

The Track of The ‘Ullema of Deoband – Maulana Husayn Madani

Mawlānā Ḥusayn Aḥmad Madanī writes in Naqsh e Ḥayāt The ‘ulamā’ of Deoband and their noble predecessors, may Allāh (Exalted is He) have mercy on them, have always been combiners of Sharī‘ah and Ṭarīqah, pure Ḥanafīs and followers of the predecessors of the Ahl al-Sunna wa l-Jamā‘ah. They maintain their chain of pupillage through Ḥaḍrat…

Tasawwuf summarized wonderfully by Shaykh Zakariyya Khandalwi

Hazrat Shaykhul Hadith (رحمة الله عليه) explains the reality of Tasawwuf to Raeesul Ahraar (Maulana Habeebur Rahman (رحمة الله عليه) “All it is, is to correct one’s niyat [intention]. Nothing else. Its beginning is; إنما الأعمال بالنيات: “Verily all actions are judged by the intentions“ and its end is; أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه: “That you…