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).
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”
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