Letter of Khwājah Muḥammad Maʿṣūm Sirhindī (2)

Letter 58, written to Mullā Qāsim, “Honoured sir! Ṣalāh is the Miʿrāj of the believer. The state that you perform your Ṣalāh in, is like the state of your Miʿrāj, and is superior to all spiritual states. Other states compared to Ṣalāh is like a picture compared to reality. For example, consider the reflection seen…

Advice of Khwājah ʿAbdul Khāliq Ghajadwānī

One day Khwājah ʿAbdul Khāliq Ghajadwānī رحمه الله took the hand of his son, Khwājah ʾAwliyāʾ Kabīr رحمه الله , in his hand and said, “O my son! Make Taqwā your distinguishing feature. Be firm with your Wazhāʾif and worship. Meditate over your condition. Fear Allāh. Fulfil the rights of Allāh, Rasūlullāh ﷺ and the…

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…

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…