Naqshbandi Principle:Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

HE LOOKS AT HIMSELF OR HE LOOKS AT THE HIDDEN SHIRK IN YOU Quran 25:43 and 45:23, the idols you placed therein (heart)
HE LOOKS AT HIMSELF
OR HE LOOKS AT THE HIDDEN SHIRK IN YOU
Quran 25:43 and 45:23, the idols you placed therein (heart)

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about:Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)”

Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In the most Distinguished Naqshbandi Way, the heart of the follower is constantly attached to the “Divine Presence”

Allah says:

Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?

Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, seals his hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?

Quran 13:1…God does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change…

Though the students and beginners who did not reach to this level yet, they are required to keep their heart attached to the Divine Names through His Names and Attributes, a seeker constantly remember Allah in his heart and visualize Allah’s name and Asma Ul Husna (99 Good Names of Allah) and visualize Allah’s Nature (Sifath) in his heart, so that he begin to build a relationship with his Lord.

Some people say, they find it difficult to Love Allah, on the other hand they can read a message or a love letter coming from a stranger whom you have never seen, and you start admiring that person and falling in love with that person. You must read the Glory of your Lord in the earth and heavens, the signs that have seen in your eyes. The Signs of His Majesty, His Creations like various, oceans, whales , galaxies , mammoths as well as tiny mosquitoes , bacteria, virus, proton, electron, neutron etc that are created by Allah Almighty.

His Preserving /giving Sustenance (He is Preserver), and it’s Signs. The birds that seeking it’s food, the Camels that feed it’s babies, the frog how it snatch it’s food, the Bees who they go around travelling miles and get their sustenance and coming back to their home without failure without GPS. How migrating birds travel between Arctic and Himalayas without any technological aid. How the child is preserved in the womb of human and animals. There are many things you can read about your Lord from the nature.

Annihilation (He is the Annihilator of everything),He annihilate everything that came to existence.  He annihilate hydrogen into helium in the Sun and releasing massive energy. One’s annihilation becomes the preserving of another thing. Sun’s massive energy and heat gives life to all living beings. He annihilate lands with volcanoes and earth quakes.  Storms , Fire , Tsunami, Landslid, various causes of death etc are directed to Annihilation also to preservation of something that As He Wills.

So when a seeker get to understand this three mode of nature around him and with in him( the millions of cells that die from his body, the millions of bacteria that lives in his body etc), He will recognize the Power and Glory of Allah. So he will not claim anything for himself.

He will say: Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”:- (2:156)

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. (1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty. It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).
So it is the wisdom in this Hadith which is a proof for those who oppose Naqshbandi principles. A true believer’s heart will be always attached to Allah , and that will reflect in his outward life.
Some Salafis misinterpret Hadith:  they say that Allah becoming hand and feet is following Quran and Sunnah and Allah becoming a servant’s hearing means : he do not hear any haram things! etc!
But this has been refuted in the above Hadith, as salafis take singled out hadith out of context!, so the refutation is with in another Hadith Qudusi(quoted above): I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.
The Hadith Misinterpreted:

On authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Verily Allah ta’ala has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ” [Al-Bukhari]
May Allah save this Ummah (nation) from Wahhabi Fithna
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I fell ill and you visited Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you visited him not? Did you not know that had you visited him you would have found Me with him? O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me? O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you gave Me not to drink. He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: My servant So-and-so asked you to give him to drink and you gave him not to drink. Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that with Me.
It was related by Muslim.
This are the Secrets behind the generosity of Sufi Masters and the service to mankind they established through Khanaqas (Sufi Lodges/Dergah), to feed the needy and destitute and to care for the orphan and widows.
When a person attach his heart to Allah, it is not possible through one’s own effort, one can take effort to constantly remember the names of Allah. But for a heart to constantly attach to Allah it is a station that Naqshbandi Shaykhs take their Murids from attaching the real to attaching with the Real.
It is granted from the divine Mercy, because the Almighty God is Holy and He accept only that Which is Good.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra):
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. (Sahih Muslim) 40 Hadith Nawawi
So for Him to Accept a Heart, It must be Good, and Shayks training the Murids to become good servants of Allah. So that Allah may accept their heart to be His Presence.
For this reason, Naqshbandi Way is concentrating on training the murids in purifying their self, and disciplining the ego according to the Sunnah of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.
There is no bigger rank than that, to Carry the Presence of Allah Almighty in Heart and reflect His Presence in the Life Style (Internal and External).  That time a Muslim become a Mu’min, when he recognize and find the Divine Presence in is heart and being able to safeguard his progress.
Otherwise you can become a big wali who lost somewhere in the path, and live with some miracles and spiritual powers and deceive people and get many followers as it is with Satan and many false spirits. (Wali=Saint).
So remember that it is the Divine relationship and obeying the Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam) that keep one on the path and high ranked, not miracles or other supernatural powers in the mortal or immortal world!
3:31 Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
So the Seeker in the Path must take effort to built an attachment to Allah in the heart. That Should not break, it is possible only through Loving and Sincerely following Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam and your Shaykh, which means to avoid anger, arrogance, pride, lust, greed, jealousy and abstain from all forbidden things.  If you made a mistake then do not repeat it and over power the errors by following up with good deeds. Like charity, Salawat (Durood) and sincere repentance.
People praying 5 times, but they are not finding an attachments to Allah or to the Names of Allah. The heart is wandering in prayers (ritual prayers), but when they ask in supplication (dua) to gain some benefit in this world, they are able to remember Allah for sometimes.  Some other people who are blessed with the goodness of this world, they are making prayers and duas (formal salah prayers and supplications) a routine social custom like three times meal or regular habitual exercise.
To Constantly attach one’s heart to Almighty Allah, one should listen and obey (Quran 2:285) one who is attached to the Divine Presence. Because it make a great difference. You are regularly going for KFC Chicken type spiritual food (that is given by those who are paid and on a fixed job time tabled), this is just not nourishing your spirit. In physical food there is organic food trend, Go for Organic Spiritual Food, that is Originated from the Spiritual Fayd (illumination or spiritual flow) from the masters of knowledge (the Prophets, and truthful ,Quran 4:69)
From their association (4:69), from that fellowship you get pure ,organic spiritual food, the greatest of them is Hazret abu Bakar Siddiq (R.A), the Most Generous leader of this nation, the Khalifa of the Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam).
So there is no individual Journey to Allah, as some claim, one must go through the protocol. Through the Shaykhs who takes to higher levels in the Journey. if there is individual journey and making individual attachment to Allah, then Sahaba were not in need to appoint Khalifas one after another, nor to follow another Sahabi after Rasool Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam).
Allah says: (4:69) All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!
So you must look which association (Jamaath) you are following, if your heart is attached to Allah, then you will know your Jama’ath and you will be in it without fail. If you really understand something from Al Furqaan, you will not fool yourself and others (as some claim they know from Al Furqan yet are misguided)!
89:27 (To the righteous soul will be said:) “O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! 28 “Come back thou to thy Lord,- well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him! 28  “Enter thou, then, among My devotees! 29 “Yea, enter thou My Heaven!
Some people foolishly claiming to go to Allah directly, they do not follow any Shaykhs and Imams, but they disrespect this pious Shaykhs and Imams and the pious Ahlul bayth, so their journey is taking them to Iblees (Satan) as Satan was first to stand to worship Allah directly without following Adam (A.S), so Iblees traveled alone , he became Satan, when Satan was in a position to speak to Allah directly.
So what about you and me, when we are not even speaking to Allah directly but rejecting His Orders to follow the Preserved Spiritual Caliphate that comes from Adam (A.S) to Imam Mahdi (A.S) and making it’s end by a Prophet (Jesus A.S)?
So be attached to the Name of your Lord and May He attach to Our Hearts and May Our Hearts become Alive, So we may see Haqq and Bathil (truth and falsehood) clearly.
Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says:  Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “The word ‘Ar-Rahm (womb) derives its name from Ar-Rahman (i.e., one of the names of Allah) and Allah said: ‘I will keep good relation with the one who will keep good relation with you, (womb i.e. Kith and Kin) and sever the relation with him who will sever the relation with you, (womb, i.e. Kith and Kin).  (Book #73, Hadith #17)
As the order come to keep good relationship with Womb, Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam giving us examples , the importance of keeping good relationship with parents, and the most important to keep  good relationship (attachment) with Allah (the Creator).
“Allah Loves His Servants 70 times more than this Mother” (hadith)
So one must observe how a child is attached to the mother since the pregnancy days and the bond of that mother and child until her death.  From this observation and realization one will eventually start falling in Love with Allah and Remain stead fast in that Love. No Wealth or position can substitute to that Love and Attachment. Today a man run to make happy his wife/girl friend who just met a few days or weeks ago, and when it comes to your Lord, your eternal Lover, you are heedless, the lovers in the created world leave you as you were without them in the earlier days. But the Creator -Who Loves you without any conditions (the laws and commandments are for your own nobility and well being, not for Him to get anything from it) waiting for you that He Want you to return to His Paradise and be happy.  You are following vein desires and ruining yourself.
You may think religious laws and commandments are burdens, so do not put any laws or regulations for your children too (at home ,at school, at college, at roads,at public places etc) and see what happens. You want total freedom ahh?
Or what honor does it bring to you when you happy to accept human laws and regulations and being dishonest towards your own soul and to your Lord?
This is only a brief reminder of the Naqshbandi Principle according to the needs of the current times. Naqshbandi itself means to tie the heart with the Name of Allah. Zikr Allah is the Dress of the Naqshbandi Heart and Naqshbandi Way is the heart of Shariath.  The Naqshbandi Shariath asking you to cover your heart with it’s lawful dress. That is the Names of Allah. Any other dress you put on your heart is not the dress of Shariah . It is going to be the dress of your own ego!.  A person can appear with a physical appearance of  Hazret Abu Bakar (R.A) but inside his body, his heart may dressed like Abu lahab, a person outward can resemble physically like Abu lahab, but his heart may be dressed with it’s correct dress (Zikr Allah), So be like this.
Allah says: 91:9-10 Truly he succeeds that purifies it,

And he fails that corrupts it! 
“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled – and that is the heart.” [Bukhary, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 49: Part of the Hadith Narrated by An-Nu’man bin Bashir]
So the Naqshbandi Principle is to attach the heart with the Name of Allah and to Be God Conscious always. it’s perfection is to be in the Divine Presence ,always
Imam of this tariqah (Naqshbandi Sufi Way) Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al Uwaisi Al Bukhari (Q.S) reported to have said: “Whoever is turning away from our way, his religion is in danger”
So when ALLAH Looks at your heart, May ALLAH Find His Name in Your Heart:

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and actions.” Sahih Muslim 2564

may Allah forgive us..ameen
wa salaamun alal Mursaleen
Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen
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Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) The Prophet said, “The word ‘Ar-Rahm’ (womb) derives its name from ‘Ar-Rahman’ (i.e. Allah). So whosoever keeps good relations with it (womb i.e. Kith and kin), Allah will keep good relations with him, and whosoever will sever it (i.e. severs his bonds of Kith and kin) Allah too will sever His relations with him. (Sahih Bukahri: Book #73, Hadith #18)
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Naqshbandi Principle:Remembrance of God’s Name (Yad Kard)

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Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S). They are: 1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state)  Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were: 9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi) In this article I am inspired to write about: Yad Kard (Remembering outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name)

Remembrance of God’s Name (Yad Kard):

The remembrance of God (Zikr) are two types.  The Loud Zikr and Silent Zikr. Today the Naqshbandi Way emphasize on both “Loud Zikr” and “Silent Zikr” Hazret Abdul Khaliq Ghujdevani (Q.S) taught the loud Zikr (remembrance of God), to recite it as a regular spiritual exercise by all followers of the Khwajagan way. “la ilaha illa Allah” is repeated loudly. The word ‘la’ Which means “no”, is the rejection of everything in concerns from the human senses. The rejection are two types, one is the rejection of the a person who believe in his God/ that which prevails in his heart as something. The other rejection “la” is of atheists. They reject without returning to affirmation of truth! “ilaha” which means “everything that bond to heart in the form of deity (attachments) also include the Almighty God”, it can be idols, people, wealth, self (ego), women, status, authority etc! “illa” which means “except/other than”  the completion of “ila Ilaha illa” is to deny every deities including the self,then surrendering to something that is realized which Alone Exists. “Allah” the Mighty and Sublime God that to affirm the Real Existence is Only for Allah.  Except Him nothing exists. It is narrated in a Hadith: “Everything is Bathil (Falsehood) except Allah” The purpose of Zikr is to achieve complete Submission and Annihilation(Sacrifice) in the Divine Presence and Nothing remains Except Him Alone. Grand Shaykh Sulthanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) said: “We ask to be no one and nothing, as long as we are someone, we are not complete” Some groups and spiritual paths calling to become someone and something, but Naqshbandiya calling to become “A Servant of Allah” and the Ownership and authority of a Servant belongs to His Master. A Servant do not claim anything except to remind himself that “I am a Weak Servant of my Lord”. Whatever the Master give Servant take it, He is not desiring the Wealth or properties of the Master. Even in human world , a servant who desire the wealth of his master is considered as treacherous servant!. Tariqah is the Path of Ihsan. the Path of Perfection.  We are not looking at the elegant shopping malls of dunya (here) and aakhirath (next world) Al-Bayhaqi relates from Ibn ‘Umar radiallaahu ‘anhu that AlIah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:For everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the Zikr (remembrance) of Allah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allah than the Zikr of Allah. It was said: Not even Jihad in the path of Allah. So he replied: “Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks.”

The Importance and Power of Zikr Allah (Remembrance of Allah): Sunan Ibn Majah It was narrated from Abu Darda that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Shall I not tell you of the best of your deeds, the most pleasing to your Sovereign (Allah Malik), those that raise you most in status, and that are better than giving gold and silver,or meeting your enemy (in battle) and you strike their necks and they strike your necks?”. They said: “What is that, O Messenger of Allah? He said: “Remembering Allah (Dhikr) [Hasan]It was narrated that Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa’eed both bore witness that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “No people sit in a gathering remembering Allah,. But the angles surround them, mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them and Allah remembers them before those who are with Him” Sahih , Hadith Number 3791 It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (R.A) that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Allah says: ‘I am with My Slave when he remembers Me, and his lips move saying My Name” (Sahih, Hadith Number 3792) Zikr for those who have less knowledge in Shari’ah:
ZIKR IS THE WAY OF LEARNT AND IGNORANT TO BECOME CLOSER TO ALLAH: It was narrated from Abdullah bin Busr(R.A) that a Bedouin said to the Messenger of Allah (salla allahu alaihi wa sallam): “The Laws of Islam are burdensome for me. Tell me of something that I will be able to adhere to. He said: ‘Always keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime” (Sunan Ibn Majah,Hassan, Hadith Number 3793)The Best Zikr: Jabir Ibn Abdullah (r.a) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) say: “The best of remembrance is “La Ilaha illa Allah (none has the right to be worshiped but Allah), and the best supplication is “Al-Hamdu Lillah (Praise is to Allah)” Hasan, Hadith Number: 3800
Only in the remembrance of Allah (swt) will your heart find peace”  Quran (Surah 13: Verse 28)
Make peace with your soul and with your Lord. Zikr is the food of the heart and of Soul. The pills do not give a person long term peace!. The Spirit (Soul) has a food and a life style, when you nourish the soul with it’s food and nurture  it’s life style, that time peace and happiness will come to you.
In the Naqshbandi Way, Zikr Allah is Practiced ,to remember Allah with the heart and with the tongue.
A person who wish to succeed in this world and hereafter, to become a good Muslim, he must run to find the assemblies of Zikr. Only Sufi Ways, that have tradition of gathering for Zikr on regular basis.
“Remember Allah abundantly, in order that you become successful” Quran (Surah 8: Verse 45)
“The rememebrence of Allah (swt) is the greatest (deed)” Quran (Surah 29: Verse 45
METHOD OF RECEIVING AND PRACTICING ZIKR:
“Whosoever blinds himself from the Remembrance of the Merciful, We shall assign for him a evil satan who will be his (ever misleading) companion” Quran (Surah 43: Verse 36)
“Satan has mastered them and caused them to forget the Remembrance of Allah. Those are satan’s party; and satan’s party shall assuredly be the losers” Quran (Surah 58: Verse 19)
Zikr must be taken from the “Ulool Ilm” “People of Knowledge (Quran 17:18)
They are the Shaykhs of Tasawwuf and those who reached in the Realization of God (Haqiqa)

Zikr Without A Shaykh is Not Accepted?Why I can’t do Zikr myself without a Shaykh and an Ijazah (Permission)? The Answer is given in the Book: Khala’idul Jawahir:182

“من يذكر الله تعالي بلا شيخ لا الله حصل له ولا نبيه ولا شيخه “

“Whoever do Zikr without a Shaykh,as well as  he has no Shaykh,he will not get Allah and he will not get Allah’s Beloved Rasool (alaihiswalathu wa salam)“Qalaidul Jawahir:182   The great venerable Shafi’e Fiqh Scholar from Malabar region of South India, “Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdum-1 (radiyallahu Anhu) who was a worldwide renowned scholar in Shafi Madhab is saying about the importance of having a Shaykh and Ijazah(permission) and the Adab  (Discipline) of doing Zikr and Dua, in His Book “Adkiya” Then you turn towards Qibla and sit in the Meditation (Rabita/Muraqaba) and recite “Tahleel” and hard work with the Zik (Wird-The Regular Zikr), you got from the Shaykhs of the well known tarikat, Do not talk,Then you will find the light(Noor) and warmthness (relief) in you and your heart will shine through the removal of dirty charecters and habits in you” (Adkiya). Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdoom (radiyallahu anhu) teaching that your zikr Must be according to the Ways of the Shaykhs of the Tasawwuf. Imam Swawi (Radiyallahu Anhu) says:

من هنا انّ الذاكر لا ينتفع بالذكر ولا ينور باطنه الا اذاكان الشيخ عارفا اذنه في ذالك و الذاكر مشتاقا -حاشية الصاوي”

“If anyone want to benefit from the Zikr he is doing and to purify the heart with light (Noor), then he must take the permission (ijazah) of a spiritual knower of Allah (Shaykh Arif billah) and should do Zikr with most sincere way”.SWAVI-1:224 “Those who do not have a Shaykh, their Shaykh is Satan”-Saying of Sulthanul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani in Ghunya (Qaddasallahu Sirrahul Azeez) and Shaykh Abu Yazid Al Bistami (R.A) So that, the Question “Is that not enough to Do Zikr without a Shaykh?” is not valid. As the quran states, Satan will be mastered in a person who does not have a shaykh aand lead him astray, though you will be doing heedless zikr. That kind of heedless Zikr coming from all sects and groups. But the “Zikr” that heals and cures, the Zikr that has heavenly power is coming from heavenly station. Zikr with correct heading comes with following Imams of Zikr and Tasawwuf:

On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]- 40 Hadith So Correct Zikr comes with from the association of the Sincere ones, in our time they are “the leaders of the Muslims and their folk”, the tariqah of Awliya Allah which is the Way of the Shaykhs and Imams of Ahlul Bayth. Religion (Islam) and Zikr is coming from this routes, not from anywhere else.  We must guard ourselves falling to the heedless and insincere circles!

When Imam Mahdi (A.S) and his soldiers say: “Allahu Akbar” the armies will fall dead, because that Zikr is inspired from heavens to chosen Saints of Allah. So take Zikr from the Saints of Allah, only that Zikr bring benefit to you. This is an up to date article on the “Essential Remembrance” with relevant verses from Quran and Hadith to explain those who do want to seek it’s prospects in the written texts! “Whosoever turns away from My remembrance, his life will be made tight and narrow on the Day of Resurrection We shall raise him blind” Quran (Surah 20: Verse 124) Shah Naqshbandi (Q.S) said: “If anyone turn away from my Tariqh, fear Kufr (disbelief) afflicted in him” So one must accept Tariqah and Zikr with most sincere heart and individual effort to do it without fail. “Believers, do not let either your possessions or your children divert you from the Remembrance of Allah. Those who do that shall be the losers”. Quran (Surah 63: Verse 9) 24:37 By men whom neither trade nor business diverts from the remembrance of Allah and performing of prayer and paying of the poordue (Zakat) They fear a day in which hearts and eyes shall be turned about. So the essential daily zikr must be acquired and practiced all time by every seeker, from his Shaykh with sincerity and faith. wa Salamun alal Mursaleen walhamdulillahi Rabbail Aalameen

– Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Sahibu Saif Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Sahibu Saif Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Naqshbandi Principle: Watching the Steps (Nazar Bar Qadam)

In the Footstep of Waliyullahi Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Ar-Rabbani (Q.S)
In the Footstep of Waliyullahi Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Ar-Rabbani (Q.S)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: Nazar Bar Qadam-Watching the Steps”

Watching the Steps (Nazar Bar Qadam):

A seeker must concentrate on his foot steps in the spiritual journey. It does not mean that a seeker must always look at his feet!. If you always look at your feet, you will end up colliding with someone or get a motor accident while crossing the roads, if you do not look left or right. Or if you are in the wilderness (seclusion) if you do not observe around, a wild animal or beast or robbers can chase you and attack you, so you may have to look left and right in the physical world when it is necessary.

Watching the step in the Naqshbandiyya means: “to observe the spiritual journey and make it straight and safe at all the times.  If you do not watch your steps-your moments , then you mighty be following Satan!

Allah says in Quran about it: 2:208 O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.

So watching the step in Naqshbandi Way means, guarding oneself with in the boundaries of the Law of Allah.

The Messenger of Allah says about this Journey:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra): The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers. So the Almighty has said: “O (you) Messengers! Eat of the tayyibat [all kinds of halal (legal) foods], and perform righteous deeds.” [23:51] and the Almighty has said: “O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you.” [2:172]” Then he (ﷺ) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!,” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered? [Muslim]

The Naqshbandi principle of Watching the step can clearly see from the above Quran verse and Hadith.

“Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good, the Seeker must protect his feet  from taking his soul to evil and forbidden things.

Rather he should look for opportunities that making to walk in the way of Piety. The beloved Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam )

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.[Al-Bukhari][Muslim]

So remember that if you are going to keep your eyes always looking  at your feet, then you are going to lose so many virtuous deeds that is opened up for you. Rather you should look at what is commanded by Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam) as we see in the above Hadith.

Looking at the Signs of Allah is Commanded in Quran, and to have a self realization and thoughts about those Signs of Allah that has come to you.

3:137 Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.

6:99 It is He Who sendeth down rain from the skies: with it We produce vegetation of all kinds: from some We produce green (crops), out of which We produce grain, heaped up (at harvest); out of the date-palm and its sheaths (or spathes) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: and (then there are) gardens of grapes, and olives, and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety): when they begin to bear fruit, feast your eyes with the fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! in these things there are signs for people who believe.

So now, you are watching the the steps of your soul. Since your body is the vehicle of your Soul, you must be nurture your Soul with correct food. You cannot put a wrong type of Oil in an expensive car, it will damage the engine and car itself, For the Soul to walk correctly , it must be fed correct food,  both spiritual food (Prescribed Zikr) as well as the physical food (halal food). You cannot go to Audi shop to buy spare parts and service for your Toyota car!

You cannot go to Ayurveda doctor and consult with him, then go to Homeopathy pharmacist and take Medicine. So your step must be in correct way. As for the spiritual way in our Naqshbandi Way, the seeker must follow the footstep of his Shaykh,

This is what watching the step means, you watch yous step, ask to yourself,is this what my Shaykh wanted,  Am I behind my Shaykh or Am I behind my ego?, or Am I behind some other people?

So whenever your ego divert you from the Saff (Row) of your Shaykh’s footstep, that time you realize it and you pull back, definitely many of us get out from the steps of our Shaykhs unintentionally, we are not talking about those who does that intentionally, while he is knowing what he doing!, We pull back our self to the way of our Shaykh and we ask Allah’s forgiveness , for more protection and aid to remain on the path.

When you are in the Tariqah ,there will be many people in it, never take anyone as role model except your Shaykh and those who are appointed by him.  So when you are on a road, there will be some holes on the road with dirty water accumulated in it, do you want to step into it? or you want walk safely without getting trapped in those holes?

So this is the points of the Naqshbandi Principle- Watching the Steps interpreted and given fresh according to this times.

You must lower your gaze, there is no sin in first looking and it is sinful to look second time and further. This is n regard to looking at woman, Looking once as naturally is ok, but staring (keep eye on) at woman is forbidden.

Today, internet, social networking etc bring so many women to friend list, they posts naked photos or posting photos without Islamic modesty (Hijab), either you remove them or you unsubscribe their posts!. So today the word: Watching the step has wider perspective, you may even call a customer care and speaking to a lady on phone, or an air hostess is serving you, or a sales girl is serving you, so take the feet of your heart hold while you come across in such situation, be gentle and kind to all people. This does not mean that you have to be harsh and rude to people!

When the vision of eye is free from transgressing, that time the vision of the heart will open to a seeker, by the Permission of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’la.

The Step in the Naqshbandi Way to Guide to the Prophets,Siddiqin and Saliheen by following the steps of Shaykh who take you to the Prophets ,Siddiqin and Saliheen.

4:69 All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!

Allah says: 1:6-7 Guide us to the straight path -The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.

It is the Shaykh who guide you to the path of those upon whom ALLAH has Bestowed His Favor. The Shaykh himself has received the favor of God, when he is a qualified Shaykh (Shaykh of Tarbiya).  The Favor of Allah is His Nearness and Guidance.

So you must follow those Who fear Allah (Muttaqin), because guidance is with Muttaqin. Your Shaykh is one among Muttaqeen, 2:2 This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah;

Allah commanding you to be among Muttaqin, 9:119 O ye who believe! Fear God and be with those who are true (in word and deed).

Therefore you will follow the way of who are true. And the spiritual help from Allah is with those who are True, and they are your aiding authoirity. It is by following them you attain the Straight Path-the Path of Truth.

Allah says: 17:80 Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”

So watching the Step in the Naqshbandiya means-the step that you taking since you born, from this world to Allah. and not to be deceived by the lower people and evilness of this world!

When you watch your step, you will flee from all afflictions, you do not go to streets to fight and argue. Because the Messenger of Allah says:

Sahih Bukhari, Book 88,Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A): Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “There will be afflictions (in the near future) during which a sitting person will be better than a standing one, and the standing one will be better than the walking one, and the walking one will be better than the running one, and whoever will expose himself to these afflictions, they will destroy him. So whoever can find a place of protection or refuge from them, should take shelter in it.”

So we can observe that the Naqshbandi Principle of “Watching the Steps” meaning safeguarding your spiritual journey from the footstep of Satan and making it according to the footstep of the Shaykh who followers the footstep of the rightly guided successors and who follow the footstep of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.

When you have a good road and good convoy/association (Jamath) of believers , You follow the Vehicle that is leading you. You do not worry about the road condition or the sign boards. Everything is centered in the one whom you follow. You follow his footsteps , and Shari'ah become easy for you, when you have a Shaykh, the burden and confusion is lifted from you, as you observe the photo and understand the meaning of watching the footstep and following the leading person.
Travelling with a Shaykh is like When you have a good road (you are in the best road/path with your Shaykh) and good convoy/association (Jamath) of believers , You follow the Vehicle that is leading you. You do not worry about the road condition or the sign boards. Everything is centered in the one whom you follow. You follow his footsteps , and Shari’ah become easy for you, when you have a Shaykh, the burden and confusion is lifted from you, as you observe the photo and understand the meaning of watching the footstep and following the leading person.

This is only brief narration, it take hours to explain, and reading or listening explanation does not do much good, to inherit those , go to our Shaykh or his representative and train yourself ,live under his authority and command.

I am pointing you to Hazret Lokman Hoja (may Allah Preserve him).
If you have been given a spiritual vision of our Shaykh or his Khalifas , then seek their companionship and save yourself from following the footstep of Satan, the purpose of your creation is that, to follow the examples of Prophets and Companions.

The Companions did not sit and say we follow Prophet directly, after the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) veiled from this world., they appoint a Successor and all of the followed him, then the next one, then the next one, in the Haqq Way, that Sunnah will be followed until Last day in an unbroken chain.  You may say any opinion you want and deceive yourself and others and you will be responsible to that!.

It doesn’t matter how much big we are , must follow the one who is formally appointed. This is what Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.A) did in his life time, this is what Imam Hassan (R.A) and Imam Hussain(R.A) had done.

Now you are coming with a PhD or Diploma of Islam from unbelievers and hypocrites Universities and saying you are high ranked and you do not need to follow anyone. We are not concerned about the dajjal ways you following!

This much is enough for me to understand and this much is enough for you to understand. So guard your steps in Deen matters, follow the footstep of Imams and Awliya Allah, especially with the one whom you made Oath of Allegiance to, He will take you wherever he is walking, if you do not have his spiritual companionship, then it will be Satan who will take you in confused ways!

There is no confusion in the Religion of Allah.

The feeling of compulsion happen when a person get confused!

Allah says: 2:256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

On the authority of Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abee Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and the one much loved by him, who said:

I memorised from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.”[At-Tirmidhi] [An-Nasai]At-Tirmidhi (Arabic:2520) said that it was a good and sound (hasan saheeh) hadeeth.

So it evil (Thaghooth) that make you doubtful and Suspicion, so when you sincerely follow the Shaykh you will be successful. Satan’s party may try to deceive you by saying: You are blindly following your Shaykh!

But say, i am following my Shaykh with utmost sincerity.
The Messenger of Allah says:

On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (Sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]

The Satan’s party (the innovators) does not follow Shaykh or Imams of the time, when Allah says to follow “Those who are in authority among you”. If their arguments is to be accepted,that a person has to be perfect and no one is perfect except Allah and Prophet (saw) and you should not follow anyone else blindly,  then you will not be able to follow any Hadith that is narrated in all Hadith books!, How are you going to accept hadiths?, Do you have Allah and Prophet (saw) to come and say “this Hadith is true and this is false”?

Or you are making your ego a god and making this Sahih (authentic)?

So the innovators claim that you should not follow the Imams and Shaykhs, is illogical and innovation! while they publishing and reading those Hadiths.

So now, we must concentrate in our Path and the steps that we are taking in our heart and reflecting it in our outward life.

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen.

– Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani*

(* A weak student of Sulthanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani and Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S) from the Jama’ath of Hazret Lokman Hoja Efendi (Q.S)

Gutters in Road- Watch your steps, Shari;ah is your Road Signs in the Spiritual Journey.
Travelling without Shaykh is like travelling on a Road like this , not safe, no warning signs, travelling alone, you will get trapped somewhere.  – Watch your steps, Shari;ah is your Road Signs in the Spiritual Journey. You may begin in good road, but you end up in a road like this without a Shaykh who traveled in the Path reached in the Presence of Prophet (s.a.w) and Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala

Naqshbandi Principle: Awareness of Time (Wuquf E Zamani)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)
Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: “Awareness of Time”or  Wuquf E Zamani

Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani):

A person’s birth, life, death and resurrection bound by time. He must be aware of time. Time are two kind, the Created time and the Eternal (Infinite Time). Time is the Manifestation the “Kursiyy” of Allah. The Manifestation of His Attributes in the Created world is Manifested through Time.

One must utilize his time to remember Allah and in useful things that is commanded in Sunnah (traditions of Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam).

When you lose a second from your life span, it has gone forever. You cannot regain the time that you have lost. The Messenger of Allah says:

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” And Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.[Al-Bukhari] 40 Hadith Nawawi.

One of the things I always regret and  ask Allah’s forgiveness is that the time I have lost before I realize how important time is.

We are living in the End of Times, one of the phenomena of this time is that time itself pass very quickly, because of the Hour is approaching.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said(alaihiswalathu wa salam said), “The Hour (Last Day) will not be established until (religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men), earthquakes will be very frequent,time will pass quickly, afflictions will appear, murders will increase and money will overflow amongst you.” (See Hadith No. 85 Vol 1).  (Sahih Bukhari Book 17, Hadith 146)

So utilize your free times, and good times for the worship of Allah and constructing worthy deeds in your life. A person who is concerned about his time will never spend it on things that is not concerned about him.
For example , you are 20 years old ,If you have a fixed amount of money with you given by your father, for example 900,000 Pounds for your rest of the life, and there is no way you will find  away for another income, then will you spend that money carelessly? , How will you spend it?, Ok, let’s say you spend half of it by the time  you reach 30s , you got only 350,000 left.  This time you start realizing the importance of spending correct way what you have left with you.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” A hasan (good) hadeeth which was related by at-Tirmidhi and others in this fashion.Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah related.

What concern to you is your salvation, and how you spend your time to work for Aakhirath (hereafter life). So be careful how you spend your time.  It is said that in London High street “An Hour” of a solicitor to deal with your civil or criminal counselling and undertaking cost 500-1000 pounds.  So how much it worth your time spending here to fix your case in the Judgement day?

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are two blessings which many people waste: health and free time.” Sahih Bukhari 6049

If you are really believing in the Judgement Day, then you would prepare with all your time for fixing your case in the Court of Allah!. So In our Way (the Naqshbandi Tariqah) we are watching our time, every seconds.  Even if we are busy with the affairs of the world, our heart remain busy with Allah, remembering and glorifying him. This is the Naqshbandi Heart, we do not know about others.

The Life of a true Naqshbandi is connected to Allah through Time.  When Allah says “Allah is Encompassing the disbelievers from all side (2:19… Wallahu Muheethwumm-Bil Kaafireen) , Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala declares that they are with in His Hands and spared them in their transgression for some time.

So do not wait to repent and become a good person when you become old!, This attitude has become a custom among South Asians, enjoy and commit all sins in youth and do not pray, but start prayer , grow beard , fast and going to Mosques when you are in 40s and above! Do you think that you are not accountable for the past life that you lived without fulfilling your obligations?

You are responsible for the time you wasted, and the only solution for this problem is you contribute your time to fulfill the obligations you missed in your past days. So since you attained puberty , you are obligated to fulfill your contracts with your Lord. This is the highest Adab in the Tariqah, but you may do as you wish , or seek guidance from your Shaykh.

Allah says in Quran 5:1 O you who have believed, fulfill [all] contracts

So in the Tariqah, it require a disciple to have “Awareness of Time”. Since time is the Manifestation of Allah, spending that time in things that Allah is happy with His Servants, is most important.

ABUSING TIME IS FORBIDDEN:

 Abu Huraira reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: The son of Adam abuses Dahr (the time), whereas I am Dahr since in My hand are the day and the night.  (Sahih Muslim Book #027, Hadith #5580)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah said, ‘The son of Adam hurts me for he abuses timethough I am time: in My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night.’  (Sahih Bukhari,Book #60, Hadith #351)

Some people curse the time for which they have been wasted, or lost. If you lost something it is you alone who is responsible. So the morals of a Murid must be that he may respect the Time that is Surrounded him and catching his life span and annihilating his days on the Earth!

Quran 42:30 Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because on the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness.

Hadith: “Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself [means] it is a punishment, O son of Adam, for your sins. And he said: We are told that the Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: “No man is scratched by a thorn, or stumbles, or has a twitching in a vein, except for a sin, and what Allah forgives is greater.”

Because the Time has a significant part in the life of a believer, Naqshbandi Shaykhs carried the Zikr of Allah though the “Silent Zikr” while outwardly busy with the works of the world’s day to day affairs (farming, trade, sheep herding etc), it was in the Bukhara, and other parts of Central Asia where the Tariqah flourished, the Silk Route which is the famous trade route pass through this lands. Long Journeys between Istanbul and Central Asia keep the disciples away from Shaykhs for months or even years. So the Shaykhs by their spiritual power imprint Zikr of Allah in the Sincere devotee of the path. This Zikr constantly repeat in the heart of a Murid (seeker), wherever he is, whether he is awake or asleep, whether he is busy or free!

Thus this Zikr in the heart that guard his day to day life, and making aware of his time, and how he should spend his time in the Path!. Since all these 11 principles are inter-related, repetition of the explanation occurs.

Time cannot be seen by naked eye or touched, It can be expressed through a device (clock) , like we express  God through His names and Attributes. So those who deny the Almighty God (atheists) let them show me time, while they also believing in time!

Awareness of Special times and Days:

Some times are special and more beneficial to do Zikr, like after Fajr, between maghrib and Isha prayers. Some days and nights are special. A seeker must be aware of special times, days and nights in order to gain maximum benefit from it.

Narrated ‘Aisha(R.A): Allah’s Apostle said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.”  (Sahih Bukhari,Book 32, Hadith 234)

So again, Awareness of time is a vast topic, this is only brief reminder ,not a complete article.

– Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

Time is your Credit, Your age is your card. Spend it wisely
Time is your Credit, Your age is your card. Spend it wisely

Naqshbandi Principle:Guarding one’s spiritual Progress(Nigahdasht)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: “Guarding One’s Spiritual State”or  Nigahdasht 

Guarding One’s Spiritual State (Nigahdasht):

It is one of the most difficult part of the seeker.  The seeker must be a watchful soldier against his ego. The ego never dies until the soul depart from the body, but it can be controlled, guided and guarded. Be a guardian of your ego.  Be watchful the notion of your ego and motion of your desires.

LOVE AND SINCERITY TO THE SHAYKH:

In our Path (Tariqa Naqshabndiyya),arriving at the degree of perfection is related to a loving bond (Rabita) with the exemplary Shaykh . The Sincere disciple is, through his love of the Shaykh, receives divine energy (Fayd) from the inner being (Batin) of the Shaykh and becomes colored with the color of the Shaykh, by having an essential connection to the Shaykh or annihilation in the Shaykh (Fana fi Shaykh), the beginning of true annihilation in God (Fana Filla). Anyone doing Zikr without bonding his heart with the Master and without achieving annihilation in the Shaykh will not reach”-Khwajah Muhammad Ma’sum , in Maktubat

It is said On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice,sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]
It is clear evident that fully entering in Islam cannot be possible without the sincerity with Allah the Messenger  (alaihiswalathu wa salam) and the Shaykh (the Muslim leader or Imam one follow)!

God Almighty teach us through his beloved Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam. Iblees could not guard his spiritual rank, so he become Satan.

When Shaykh Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Jilani (Q.S) was walking, Satan try to fool him, and he defeated Satan. Satan replied: “I have caused many Saints to lose their Sainthood”

Ego and Satan working 24 hours in partnership to destroy one’s status in the divine presence. But the Mercy of the Lord Forbearing and forgiving us. Ego can be made as a servant to our Soul thus making it as a servant to Allah.

So many people including big Shaykhs in Tariqat loosing their spiritual ranks. they have been brought down from their seats,, because of their ego sometimes fooling them when they take friendship with wealthy and rulers, and attack the pious ascetics.

So without a heavenly support, it is hard to guard one’s Faith (Imaan) and his spiritual progress. A Seeker must be well mannered and keep highest standard of morals and discipline to keep his spiritual state safe. If you have a guaranteed heavenly support, then Allah Almighty will send those who will guard you from all sides and with in yourself.

A person can learn All verses in Quran with it’s exegesis (tafseer), all recorded Hadiths (traditions of Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam) ,by heart  four Schools of Law (Madhab) , yet he can die the death of Jahiliya (pre-Islamic death), if he do not know how to guard the Sanctity of the Quran that is in his heart, the sanctity of the hadith that he recorded in his heart, and the respect for the Law of Allah that he studied and imprinted in his heart.

This is why following a Shaykh of Tariqah (Tasawwuf/Science of Purification) is very important and having a heavenly support is necessary to become  an Imam/leader. Without heavenly support, how can you be an Imam/leader? Your certification must come from an eternal authority. Not from a commercial institution!

So we can see that guarding one’s spiritual progress require spiritual support, morals and manners.

It is said in Sahih Bukhari: Book 89

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “Surely! Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges: The Imam (ruler) of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects; a man is the guardian of his family (household) and is responsible for his subjects; a woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and of his children and is responsible for them; and the slave of a man is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. Surely, everyone of you is a guardian and responsible for his charges.”  

If you are the Servant of Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam), then you are responsible for guarding the properties of Islam according to your charge. That is to keep the honor of Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam)  in your life, and keep the honor of Quran and Sunnah in your life style.

We ask Allah’s Forgiveness and Guidance and We are repenting to Him for the wrong deeds we have committed.  So you must be responsible with the knowledge and guidance you received. When you drop it, that time you put your spiritual progress in decline!

Recently I read, someone writing in facebook: “I need a break from Islam, i feel heavy and bored, can I still love and worship Allah without associating with Muslims”?

This kind of understanding is coming from misguidance and error. You were not with the Islam that Allah says in the Quran and Sunnah, that is taught to us by the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.

Lying, back biting, gossiping, jealousy,greed, materialistic life style,,lust, arrogance, stubbornness, heedlessness, ignorance,insanity, lack of sincerity, lack of morals and manner etc will bring one’s spiritual progress to decline.

Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam said: “The best of you is one who has the best manners”

In another place it is said: “The best of you is the one who learn Quran and teach it”

So the best one will be the one with knowledge of Quran , and practicing according to it and have good manners and then teach it.

Allah says: 61:2-3  O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.

So a best one cannot be someone who do not practice what he learned but teach it to others! A best one cannot speak things that is hated by Allah!

As a seeker in the Naqshbandi Sufi Way, the Jihad (Struggle) of a Seeker must be guarding his own Soul from his vein desires corrupting it!

We shall not have much business in this world, it is a short time stop of a traveler.

Guarding one’s spiritual state also require stand firm in the Law of Allah (Shari’ah) and Protecting one’s heart from evil things.

Allah says in Quran chapter 113Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak,From the evil of that which He created,And from the evil of darkness when it settles,And from the evil of the blowers in knots, And from the evil of an envier when he envies.”

Quran 114: From the evil of the retreating whisperer –Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind -From among the jinn and mankind.”

The innovators who say there is no Spiritual Knowledge and Spiritual experiences , they did not understand nothing from Islam.

On the authority of an-Nu’man ibn Basheer (ra), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “That which is lawful is clear and that which is unlawful is clear, and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which many people do not know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters [eventually] falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh, which, if it be whole, all the body is whole, and which, if it is diseased, all of [the body] is diseased. Truly, it is the heart.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

So we see that following the Law of Allah is necessary to guard one’s spiritual progress

The Shaykhs of the Naqshbandi Way is concentrating in transforming the hearts of a believer as  a Sanctuary for Allah. That his heart may be given training to make it a place where Allah is often remembered and worshiped.  A heart that constantly remember Allah. That is the work of a Naqshbandi Shaykh which he trains his murid to become on to.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour.” [Muslim]

I would advise every seeker to study 40 Hadiths Book of Imam Nawawi (R.A) for it is the foundation of the Tariqah

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen

~~~Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

With Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)
With Saint of Allah Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi  Ar-Rabbani (Q.S)

Naqshbandi Principle:Solitude in the Society (Khalwat dar Anjuman)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about “Solitude in the Society”Khalwat Dar Anjuman”

SOLITUDE IN THE SOCIETY:

These 11 principles are inter-related. But I believe the beginning and progress in the every of all other principle is based on the Khalwat Dar Anjuman”

One who is busy with the world cannot be busy with his purpose in the way (Tariqah), A Seeker must therefore busy with what concern him.

Some people asking why they are not sent to practice Outward Seclusion . Some Shaykhs were send to Seclude in the lonely places, however their heart become busy with where there and what they were busy with in day today life. So where returned without any benefit of seclusion.

Solitude in the Crowd is the discipline of the heart, you remain detached from the temptations and desires of the lower world. Some people may go to seclude in Jungle and they may not be able to get their heart with them, so even though they are in the middle of Jungle or Wilderness, they are busy with thoughts and worries about their family, wealth and social status in their society.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, The world is a prison for the believer and a paradise for the unbeliever.”Sahih Muslim 2956

Some people they may reach somewhere for seclusion, but unfortunately their heart becomes attached to the place they secluded.

Seclusion in the Society is when you are busy with Zikr of Allah and keeping your heart free from any attachments while you are in the streets/crowds.

The basic seclusion in society is to collect the thoughts from hearing and seeing and relate it with God’s prohibitions and lawfulness. To fill the thoughts about Allah. When you walk through the streets, suddenly you see a woman, you seclude from her by preventing yourself from having further look at her, because you remember God’s Word: “Lower your gaze” (Quran 24:30 Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts.)

It is narrated in a Hadith that : “There is no sin in first seeing what is forbidden as it occur unintentionally”, but second time when you look at a forbidden thing, it become harmful in the spiritual way.

Another example, you going to  a Zoo or walking in a country side, you are seeing a bird or animal, and you relate that creation to the remembrance of Allah and remain secluded from the creations and turning heart to the Creator.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” A hasan (good) hadeeth which was related by at-Tirmidhi and others in this fashion. (40 hadith, Imam Nawawi)

Solitude is either with in the Society or by isolating yourself from the society. First one is You seclude yourself and engage in the Zikr of Allah in the heart or just moving lips and tongue without making any loud voice  while physically among all kinds of people. Second one you go to lonely place where it is free from any distractions and engage in the remembrance of Allah.

Both type of Seclusion are Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (alaihiswalathu wa salam). He (alaihiswalathu wa salam) used to pray night prayers while he is with his family and Ayesha (R.A) had her feet near the Prophet (s.a.w), Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, in the beginning often goes to the Cave (Al Hira) on Mount of Light (Jabal Noor) and used seclude for many days isolating himself from the rest of the people of Makkah!

So anyone who think this Naqshbandi Principle is an Innovation, he is a fool and does not need to quarrel with him. Because Solitude in the Crowd also mean to stay away from the corrupter and innovators and be busy with the Truth (Al Haqq). But anyone humble enough to study and accept the truth and follow it, there is no blame to clarify their doubts and questions. But quarrelsome people are surely sent by  your enemies who want to block your spiritual progress!

You are not concerned about what people thinking about you , you are concerned about what Allah and His Prophet Seeing about you. You are among the people but you are not influenced by them. You are influenced by God Almighty and His Emissary!  you are like Lotus that is the middle of dirty Water, The Lotus remain uncontaminated by the Water in the Pond! You are non-stick, your heart has a Teflon coating, wherever you are it is secluded from things that are against the Commandments of God! . You are not praying for the people, your dressings not for Telecasting for live Broadcast in TV or Internet, your manners are not to show people. But only for the sake of Allah.

As for the Naqshbandi Way, the Goal of a Murid (Seeker) is his God-the Absolute Truth the  Merciful and Loving (Al Haqq Ar-Rahman Al Wadood)

The Seeker must not have Pride, Arrogance, greed, anger, lust, Jealousy etc!. All these are the nature of the people of the lower of world and society is bound by this nature. So Solitude in  the society does not mean, to be blind, dumb and deaf.

One of the reasons most students of Tasawwuf (Tariqah)  loss spiritual progress is because they have one more more of the above symptoms in their heart, to their fellow Murids or people who are around them.

Even so many Shaykhs have drowned by such sickness , so they have been lost their promised status. Because every promise from the heavenly world requires a new description!.

If you close your eyes, ears and mouth, then it may cause fatal consequences.  But it means to seclude from the nature of society and seclude from evil that is around you.

Seek Solitude from Haram , Solitude from the Ego, Solitude from things that does not concern you. The worst enemy is the Ego, not the Society. So it came to my heart that, Solitude from the egos is greater solitude.

Because Allah says: (Quran 9:119 O YOU who have attained to faith! Remain conscious of God, and be among those who are true to their word!)

RENUNCIATION-THE PERFECTION OF SOLITUDE:

On the authority of Abu al-’Abbas Sahl bin Sa’ad as-Sa’idee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

A man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, direct me to an act which, if I do it, [will cause] Allah to love me and the people to love me.” So he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Renounce the world and Allah will love you, and renounce what the people possess and the people will love you.” A hasan hadeeth related by Ibn Majah and others with good chains of authorities.حديث حسن، رَوَاهُ ابْنُ مَاجَهْ [رقم:4102]، وَغَيْرُهُ بِأَسَانِيدَ حَسَنَةٍ also in 40 Hadith Nawawi

These the vast topics, but it is an incomplete short note, that can be explained to individual to individual.

Insha Allah we will bring some examples for other 10 principles in the Naqshbandi Sufi Way.

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Alaameen

~ Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

Lotus-Example of Solitude from the Society
Lotus-Example of Solitude from in Society

What is the Naqshbandi Way

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

The Naqshbandi Way. What is the Naqshbandi Way?

Sohbet Tariqatuna Jayru wa fil Yami’at. Our Way, what is our Way? A path going from dunya to Ahirat. There are air routes, sea lanes there, no roads. If you want to get from one point to another point, you need roads. You need roads, you need air routes, the shipping lanes need.

If Want to get from here to Paradise, you need roads. And the roads are the Tariqa. Shari’a are the words of the Prophet (asws). Tariqat is the lifestyle of the Prophet (asws). No you can not learn Tariqat and  Shari’at because Allah-swt-Shari’a has given to each individual.

There are different Shari’at for each individual. What is your Shari’at? Who are you learning it? How do you know your Shari’at? Shari’a law means Allah on you. Where to begin, where to end. Where are the limits of your Shari’a, where the law is? The Shari’a that applies to you does not apply to Maulana Sheykh. The Shari’a same applies to Sheykh does not apply to the murids. The Shari’a applied to the Prophet does not apply to you or me. It is completely different.

So, how are you learning? Where did you learn?

People say, ‘I’m taking the Book’. Everyone talks today. All take ayats of Qur’ani Kerim, saying: ‘Allah says this.’ Not your place to say what Allah says. The first thing for you is, ‘Allah’. That’s what you say first. First you have to learn how to say ‘Allah’.

Remembering Allah, when you are remembering Allah by tongue (pronouncing the word) and your body is busy, many times with other things. So many times, people today have tasbih in his hands, say ‘Allah’, but their hearts are fully elsewhere. And after a while, they stop doing zikr.

That’s not the zikr we’re talking about, continuous zikr you have to take your heart. Continuous Zikr occupying your heart means that you are saying ‘Allah’, is with Allah.

That is why Allah-swt-says: “When you are confused, ask the question and learn “Ahl Zikr”. People of Zikr. Not the people who are doing tasbih, tasbih happening while their hearts are elsewhere.

So the bottom line is that the man has to learn how to say ‘Allah’. Not say what Allah has said. The Sahabi-e Kiram walked not saying: ‘The Qur’ani Kerim says this.’ Right? The Prophet said. He sat there and reached the ayats. So many times the Sahaba were there. Each Sahabi is not on the same level. Abu Bakr Siddiq was in a different season. Ali (ra) was in a different season. Umar and Uthman were in different seasons. The Companions others were in different seasons.

There were times when the blessed Prophet (asws) he received the revelation that came from Jibreel (as), who is also the vision to Abu Bakr Siddiq opened. He listened and watched. Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) knows best the Prophet, because his friend was even before the prophecy.

Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) reported only 33 Hadith e-Sheriff of the blessed Prophet (asws). Abu Bakr Siddiq was a witness when the ayats descended, while Umar, Uthman and Ali, and many Companions of high level, if not seen, heard something. If not heard the voice, heard a sound.

The lowest ranking Companions said: ‘We know when Jibreel reaches the Prophet (asws), because the Prophet stops talking, closes his eyes and there like bees sound right in front of him. We hear the sound of bees arrive ‘. So, that was the ayats given to the Prophet (asws) through Jibril (as).

No Sahabi said: ‘The Qur’ani Kerim says this.’

Instead they said: ‘The Prophet said this. We heard the Prophet (asws). We witnessed. We were there. The Prophet said this ayat. And I heard the Prophet (asws) ‘.

Some Companions did not understand when the blessed Prophet (asws) said the ayat, then the blessed Prophet opened to them the meaning of the ayat through its hadith sharif.

These are the Companions who connected themselves to be subjected themselves to the Prophet (asws). They submitted their lives, their wealth, their health, their children. Everything.

It is through language (ie). They did proving it. We proved it to us. Members of his family were so wealthy. They left members of their families. They were tortured. They did not give the blessed Prophet (asws). They left the luxurious lifestyle. They went to the Prophet (asws) and lived a lifestyle very simple. So many times, at night, they had nothing to eat. But submission to the Prophet (asws) was one hundred percent. There was no doubt. Until all reached certain seasons and beyond that, there was no doubt.

As Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra). When Abu Jahil came saying, ‘Ya Abu Bakr, you’re a very smart man. We know you’re smart. All this time you’ve been following Muhammad. And now we’ll give you some news, a message that your friend has lost his mind. ‘

He said: ‘What is that?’

Abu Jahil said: ‘He says he was Mi’raj. He says he was lifted from the floor and went to Heaven and returned. ”

Abu Bakr said What?

He asked: ‘Are the words are said the Prophet? Have you been heard pronouncing with his tongue? ‘

They said yes.

‘I do not need him to tell me. I accept that. He did not have to tell me who ascended and returned. You are giving me the message that the Prophet said. So I accept it. ‘

What made Abu Bakr be this way? Many submission in every way.
Say, do you have the same submission to your Shaykh? Eh … your Sheykh praises you. If the day turns and yells, see what happens.

Same here. What will be left? Scales Only a little.

So that is not submission. Right. When there is a submission like that, then, anyway, will not receive too. So the first Tariqat teaches you to learn how to submit to yourself. Submit to yourself to order your Sheykh.

Submit to yourself to order your Sheykh it is to submit yourself to the order of the Prophet (asws). Yourself submit to the order of the Prophet (asws) it is to submit yourself to the order of Allah swt. Because that’s what he says. In the ayat, he says: “Obey Allah”.

If we are obeying Allah, and learn how to obey Allah, because Allah says, continuing: “Obey your Prophet.”

If I obey Allah directly, while I will also obey the Prophet. The Wahhabis should give an explanation of this ayat. If I’m obeying Allah and say that I too am obeying the Prophet, then there’s also shirk. If I get to Allah, and I am listening to someone other than Allah, (as deviant Wahhabi understanding) will shirk there. However, Allah says: “Obey Allah, obey your Prophet and obey your leaders rightly guided.” Sâlihîn. The virtuous.

Stay with them. He says in another ayat. Stay with sâlihîn. Stay with virtuous people. He does not say to you, ‘Be one of them.’ There is a difference. He says: “Stay with them.”

Why do you have to be with them? Just sit and eat and joke?

Sit, listen, learn, understand, submit to yourself. Being with them. Learn from them. Allah is your master. Sit and watch what they do. Being with them, that’s what they did the Sahaba e-Kiram. They were with the Prophet (asws).

What did they do? They were the worst in the preceding time they reached the Prophet. So many of them. They were at the time Jahiliyya. They killed their own children. They worshiped idols. They did many bad things.

They began to be with the Prophet, meaning, sitting with the Prophet, observing what the Prophet did, learning from the Prophet. Simple things, they sat in front of him saying, ‘The Prophet did so, we should do likewise.’ Who is the master of the Prophet? Allah-swt.

This is what happened. So the man sits. Why do you feel? You have to learn manners from him. You have to apply in your own life what you learn from it.

~Hz Sheykh Abdul Kerim el kibrisi(qs), Khalifah of Hz Mawlana Sheykh Nazim Adil Al Haqqani Ar Rabbani

 

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (Q.S) and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (Q.S) and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Strive to Become a Best Servant of Allah-Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Be the Best Servant You Can Be – to Allah Almighty !!

Audhu bi-llahi mina shaitani rajim,
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,
la haula wa la quwatta illa bi-llahi-l ‘Aliyu-l ‘Azim…
By the name of Allah Almighty, most Merciful, most Beneficent and most Magnificent.

Glory be to Allah, Subhan Allah, Sultan Allah- (the) real Sultanate (is) for Allah only and He is Sultan, everything belongs to Him… Everything is from His creation, He (is) creating (everything), bringing (it) from unknown worlds and sending (it) to other unknown worlds and (these) worlds also belong to Him.

An appearance on (a) mirror, or better than (a) mirror we may say (about the) screen of a TV. You may look and see on the screen of a TV (things) from East to West, from North to South, so many countries, oceans, mountains, jungles, animals, and unknown areas, different colours of people and everyone (is) just appearing in his private or special looking. You can’t find a person to be similar to a second one. (For) everyone (Allah Almighty) is using two eyes, one nose, one mouth, two ears, one head, one face. And (through) these elements (that He is) using-eyes, nose, mouth and ears- (the faces of people are coming to be) in countless appearances. How many people (there are): their nose is going to be different, their eyes may be different, their ears may be different, their mouth may be different; and then (you are) looking (and seeing that it is) going to be (a) different face, Allahu akbar!

Do you think a painter, an artist that (is) painting, (he) may be able to paint more than we can say 7o (different) faces? 7o different faces do you think he may paint? It is difficult. Perhaps seven faces he may paint, then he is going to wonder for the eighth face or wondering how he may do another painting for ten (different faces) or more. (It is) so difficult! That is the meaning that man’s capacity, ability is going to be nothing, but Allah Almighty’s Power (is) bringing millions and billions (of) people not to be similar. Each one (is) in another shape, form or design. He is ‘Musawwir’, that means, Designer. He is Designer and endless, countless designs He may do, Allahu akbar!

The Power of Allah Almighty and His Ability or Capacity (is) to do everything. He is not in need to think for designing, no. You must think and then you may draw, you may make a design. But He Almighty Allah is doing everything by His Order. What is His Order, to say: “Be!” When He is ordering for being something and saying: “Be”, that must appear. If He is saying: “Don’t be”, then everything is going to disappear. And He is Designer with His unlimited Power.

He is designing daily (the) lives of people. How many billions of people living on earth now, on world, worldwide continents, worldwide oceans and countless creatures on it, and the design of this world today is not similar or same that was yesterday. No, that design (is) just finished, coming today another design. (And) designs with countless activities, actings, works, appearances, today (are) never going to be similar to yesterdays design, no. Today’s works (are) just 1oo % different; (there is) no way to keep something from yesterday as it is today, no, (it) just passed away, and tomorrow (is also) coming another appearance of creation or designing on earth that is not going to be same as todays, no, everything is changing. And you are looking in TV so many things passing, going, passing, going – coming and going.

I was looking TV first time coming to Cyprus. First time people were looking that big box and appearing (in it) so many things, (and) one peasant was getting up and going (to the) back(side of the TV) and looking (if) anyone (is) behind it…”Where is this that person? Not inside!” “Inside.” “But I am not seeing.” I am saying: “That is closed”… People were thinking that someone is inside. Now everyone (is) knowing that (that) screen is bring so many countless appearances and when you are closing that one, making (it) off, nothing is coming in appearance.

And, Subhanallah- Allah Almighty (is) giving an authority to man to use one power – electricity. If this is not running in it, nothing is going to appear. And we also have much more perfection. This TV is (a) man made instrument; we are making it. Allah Almighty is giving a power to man for using, some authority from this nature (and) that is electricity. The life of 21st century’s technology (is) on this power, electricity, that no one (is) knowing what it is. If (there is) running something from one (side to the other and) what is running, they are not knowing. If they are saying this beyond moving, not moving must be taken away? This (which is) never ending running, (this) something in it, that is (a) secret power that Allah Almighty just granted man to use for his benefit. But Shaitan (is) making man not to use (it) for their benefit but to use (it) to harm someones, other ones. Whole technology is only used for Shaitanic purposes. Everywhere technology (is) asking much more power from electricity to destroy and to kill and to do to harm people, because Shaitan (is) teaching them: “You must harm people. Don’t give your benefit to people, but as much as possible harm people!”

That is (the) shaitanic way and Allah Almighty is saying: “ O My servants! Try to give as much as possible your best (and) do your best for everything!” That is heavenly teaching, but Shaitan is saying: “No, try to make everything for harming people, to destroy everything on earth, not to give peace to people. Make them to be in fear!” That is shaitanic and whole religions are coming to make people to be good servants to Allah and good ones to each other. That is (the) summary of heavenly messages that the Lord of Heavens is saying: “Oh My servants- that I am accepting your servanthood in My divinely Presence- try to be excellent servants for Me!” How? What do you think?

If a person is just employed for (the service of) a Sultan or a King – do you think that that person is not trying to do his best for the Sultan? Or (that) he is never taking any care? (No, but) he is trying to make (the) Sultan or King to be much more pleased with him. That is (what) our mentality (is) saying- (so) what about for Allah? For to be the servant of (a) King, an obedient servant of (a) King, those people are asking to continue to do their best for their King or Sultan, to make him pleased with them. I never heard (that) a person (is) doing against this (and) to do his worst, because when he is making his worst, he is going to be kicked out. That is not (what) our mentality or our mind (is) saying (to) us: Be (the) worst one for His service. Never saying! But our mentality is saying: Try to be much more obedient and trustworthy in his royal presence.

What about for Allah that He created you? Why you are not taking care for His servanthood? You think that 21st century people are obedient servants for their Lord or (they are) thinking on it? Never, you can’t find (anyone); only a handful people to be on that way and others (are) saying: “I don’t care. I don’t care for service for divinely service.” “What is your care?” “I am taking care for my teacher who is giving to me PhD, doctor Shaitan.” Shaitan (is) becoming doctor now, PhD. (In the) 21st century Sadanas (is) becoming Doctor. PhD, Masterhood (he is) giving now. Who is following him, (he is) giving to them that diploma, honour, (the) honour to be his best employees, to be (his) best servants. But (really they are) not servants, they are (his) slaves! Slavery is something, and servanthood is something else. Servanthood is giving honour to (a) person, slavery (is) taking honour from people. And Shaitan just made (the) whole nation (of Muhammad sws) through the 21st century to be his slaves and (there is) slavery everywhere; what Shaitan is saying they are following. They are never taking any respect for their Creator, the Lord of Heavens.

What do you think, what is going to be (the future) for these people? And we are speaking on an important point: that from (the) beginning of prophecy Prophets’ teaching is only on two pillars: One (is that they are) calling people to try to be best servants for their Lord, and (the) second (is that they are calling people) to be good ones to each other and to give their best to everyone. As much as possible you must give your best to every creature, even you must not harm anything. We are looking an ant – if you are asking to kill it, it is running away, fearing to be killed. Without harming you are running to kill (it)? And He created that one and it has a private position through creation. Nothing is created for nothing, everything (is) created for something, for some purposes. You can’t say: “Why this is created?” No. You don’t know, but the Creator is knowing and therefore He is creating that.

People (are) on (the) wrong way, they are following shaitanic teachings that (are) saying: “As much as possible harm people, give trouble to them, be trouble makers”, because (the) first troublemaker who was (it)? (The) first troublemaker was Shaitan, Sadanas. When Allah Almighty was ordering: “Bow to Adam” he was saying: “No”, making trouble, making trouble through whole angels. Angels were ashaming (for) what he did in (the) divinely Presence, saying “no”. And (the) first troublemaker Shaitan and every kind of troublemakers are Shaitans, Sadanas. That is shaitanic teaching that is bringing the whole world now on the edge of Hell.

O people! You have been ordered to be from mankind! Keep you honour and your honour is to be best servants in divinely Presence and when you are going to be best servants for the Lord of Heavens (it is) coming on you blessings and (these) blessings (are) giving life to this earth and everything on it. But if you are not giving your servanthood to your Lord, cursing (is) coming and cursing (is) giving harm to everything on earth. May Allah forgive us!

Once S.Musa was passing through a village and (he was) entering and finding a spring running, so cold and sweet water. Just he drank and (he was) making ablution and he was so keen to be there, happy and passing through. Everything (was) green, areas, meadows, people’s faces (were) shining, their animals, cattle so happy, so healthy and so clean weather breathing, Everything (was) okay, he was so happy. He passed.

After a while he was thinking to come and to see once again that village and he came and (he was) looking: “Where is that village? I am coming (to) a wrong place? What happened? But I know that I (was) coming through that same way, (and there is) no any other village in that area. But what happened? (the) spring (is) no more running, (there is) no more water, no more people in it and (all the) trees (are) just dried and everything (is) in ruins! And he was saying: “O my Lord, what happened? You know what happened to such a people here, where they went (and) how their village was destroyed?” And Allah Almighty was answering: “O Musa, it is the same village. But once (there) was coming a person who was never taking any care for My obedience and servanthood. He came and he was drinking from this water and he was entering passing through and my divinely Anger was on him. My divinely Anger and Cursing was coming on that person and (on the) people who were welcoming such a person (and) I was making to dry that spring and to be everything dry. I was taking My blessings for them and cursing was coming on them. This is the same village that you have been here before.”

(And) now- what you are saying? Everyone (is) never taking any care for their Lord’s obedience. Everyone is running away, everyone is thinking only for their Dunya, this life, nothing else. They are never taking care for their Lord’s obedience, they (are) never taking care to be a good servant of Allah Almighty and therefore cursing (is) coming on them. Every time you are looking this TV (you see) explosion, explosion, explosion…people dying, earthquakes, floods, storms and fires and also countless illnesses coming on people, one (is) finishing (and) another one (is) coming, one (is) finishing, (and) another unknown cursing (is) coming on them.

Therefore the way of mankind to be saved from heavenly cursing and to reach heavenly blessings is that they must say: “Our way now is (the) wrong way. We must change this wrong way to right way” or all of them are going to finish. And now just began a cleaning. (It) just began and everyone who is not taking care for their souls to be clean, they should be taken away. Not only (a few): “Ohhh, ten people died, fifteen people died, hundred people died…” – leave that! Even “millions” (are) never going (to be) a real account of people (that are going to) die when (the heavenly) cursing (is) coming now!

I am running to Allah, to His shelter to be sheltered, because billions of people are going to die now. Billions, not millions! From 6 one (is) remaining and 5 (are) going to be taken away. He knows! He knows who is harming people, who is harmful for people and (He is) taking them away. Good ones (are) remaining, bad ones (are) going away…

May Allah forgive us and give us a good understanding for heavenly Messages! It is written also in the Old Testament, (in the) New Testament, in (the) Psalms and finally in the last Message from Heavens, the holy Quran. (They are) saying (the) same point to people: to be good servants, not to be Shaitan’s followers. May Allah forgive us to be in safety!

For the honour of the most honoured one in the divinely Presence, S.Muhammad sws,

Fatiha.

~Sultan ul-Awliya, Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani An-Naksibendi (QS) / http://naksibendi.us/

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