Monthly Archives: July 2006

The Reality of Sufism

(A real conversation)

My beloved said:

“Some people take the tariq to be “a better person;” others to “become a muttaqi;” others in order to have “some guidance;” others to “bring the sunna in my life”; all good things, but not quite the “full picture”.”

I asked:

“Whats the full picture sayyidi?”

My beloved replied:

” أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه
التحقق بقوله سبحانه وتعالى ** كل شيء هالك إلا وجه*
حقيقة “قيومية الله تعالى
“كون على قدم حال سيدنا المصطفى عليه الصلاة والسلام الذي كان يذكر الله في كل أحيا

(s: “To worship Allah as if you see Him” and “Everything shall perish except his wajh” and “Being on the steps of the state of our master Mustafa (Peace and blessings upon him) who remembered Allah in every breath”)

My beloved continued:

“But there is dhikr, and then there is dhikr.”

I asked:

“Explain it to me sayyidi.”

My beloved said:

“What is the difference between a thousand tahlils we make, and one tahlil made by the `arifin–the Sahaba–the Nabiyyin… actually, between our constant dhikr, and their silence? They draw close to Allah further by their mere silence than we do by our dhikr whats the difference?”

I replied:

“I dont know Sayyidi, ofcourse the difference is there.”

My beloved said:

“In reality, there is little point of comparison.

مثل إيمان أبي بكر، الذي وزن بإيمان العالمين لرجح. هذا مع التصريح بأنه ما فضلكم بكثرة صيام وصلاة ولكن بسرّ وقر في قلبه

(s: which means that the the Iman of Abu Bakr compared to the Iman of creation, then Abu Bakr’s Iman would outweigh theirs. This was not because of the amount of his prayers and fasts but a *secret* placed in his heart).

My beloved continued:

“A *secret* is a reality beyond others’ comprehension — something they don’t know, not something in principle unknowable. That light in the heart, soul, and body–my friend–is sufism. It is the science of the states of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), the outward sunna is a means to this inward sunna and the resultant relationship with Allah is the end, goal, and fruit.”



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Is Literalism Disbelief?

Salamu `Alaykum

The simple answer: No, not unconditionally.

Please see:


Ibn `Abidin states in his Rad al Muhtar, regarding one who states Allah is a body (we seek refuge!):

(قوله كقوله جسم كالأجسام ) وكذا لو لم يقل كالأجسام ، وأما لو قال لا كالأجسام فلا يكفر لأنه ليس فيه إلا إطلاق لفظ الجسم الموهم للنقص فرفعه بقوله لا كالأجسام ، فلم يبق إلا مجرد الإطلاق وذلك معصية ، وتمامه في البحر

It is stated in the Sharh Tariqa al Muhammadiya:


(ومن ) ( قال بأن الله تعالى جسم لا كالأجسام )

التي تتركب من الأجزاء وكان لها طول وعرض وعمق

( فهو مبتدع )

لعدم ورود الشرع ولإيهامه الجسم المنفي

( وليس بكافر )

؛ لأنه حينئذ يكون بمعنى الذات أو النفس أو الشيء وإطلاقها عليه تعالى جائز وهذا إنما لا يكون كفرا إذا لم يثبت شيء من خواص الجسم كالحيز ، والجهة إلى أن لا يبقى إلا اسم الجسم وإلا فكفر أيضا

It is stated in the Bahr al Ra’iq Sharh `ala Kanz al Daqa’iq of Imam Ibn Nujaym:

وإن قال إنه جسم لا كالأجسام فهو مبتدع

It is also stated in the Fath al Qadir:


وإن قال جسم لا كالأجسام فهو مبتدع ، لأنه ليس فيه إلا إطلاق لفظ الجسم عليه وهو موهم للنقص فرفعه بقوله لا كالأجسام فلم يبق إلا مجرد الإطلاق

Thus, he is not a disbeliever unless he stipulates “Like the body of created things”. However, he is an innovator.



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Sidi Hanif’s (Basair) Advice

Salamu `Alaykum

Sidi Hanif (i.e. offered some important and extremely beneficial advice on the post “The Guiding Force of the Future” (which I have now deleted due to the realization his advice brought me to) regarding the role and position of our elders and `ulema when it comes to such issues.

If my understanding and memory serves me right, the two main points made were:

[1] Sticking to the maslak of the Akabir on all matters and consigning the affairs of such topics to them, and

[2] Formulating sound nisba with the `ulema of our times, especially those of spiritual realization.

Both `ujub and kibr are road blocks to the path of ma`rifa and taqwa. It is said:

من صمت نجا
“He who is silent is saved.”

Right now we should all use our time engaging in our dhikr and muraqaba, our fiqh and other studies, and this will allow us to benefit in the future. Saying too much makes people wary of one and it hasnegative spiritual affects as well.

Please make du`a for this needy servant, and all the needy servants on earth.



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Criticism of the Akabir: Our Reaction?

Salamu `Alaykum

An excellent post by our beloved Shaykh `Abd at his blog Ashrafiya :

A mureed complained that when people talk negatively about you it hurts me and my heart aches.

Hakeemul Ummat Mawlana Shah Ashraf Ali Thanawi ra replied;

There are a multitude of people who talk badly about Allah SWT, His messenger (salallaho alehey wasalam), and the mujtahideen (fiqh-jurist). Have you done any thing to stop that? If not, then why does it hurt you when poor Ashraf Ali is censured and you feel concerned about stopping this?

There is nothing in this attitude except kibir (arrogance).

It annoys you when your seniors are censured. You feel humiliated at this. This is a hidden deception of nafs (ego/lower self).

Suppose, even if it is not kibir (arrogance). Then I ask, why you felt concerned that nobody says any thing good or bad (regarding my seniors). What harm did it cause to you? If you had focused on the goal (of tareeq, i.e. seeking perpetual pleasure of Allah SWT) you could not have time to waste on these petty issues.

Hakeemul Ummat ra kay hayret-angez waqiyat, page 81

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Promote modern education: Mufti Shakeel Ahmed Sitapuri

Salamu `Alaykum

Interesting read (this is not an endorsement nor a critique from me):

Mufti Shakeel Ahmed Sitapuri is a graduate of Dar-ul-uloom Deoband. He has taught Quran tafseer and the science of Hadith, for more than ten years. Presently he is a professor of hadith and tafseer at Dar-ul-Aslamia, Basti, UP.

He has many publications in his name and has traveled widely and internationally including to Pakistan, Britain, and Canada.

Shadab Hussan of interviewed him in Bangalore. Original interview was in Urdu, translation by Shadab Hussain.

See: Link


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