WHO ARE ULOOL ALBAAB?
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Ala Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim
Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala Says in the Quran:
Surah 39. Az-Zumar, Ayah 18
الَّذِينَ يَسْتَمِعُونَ الْقَوْلَ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ أَحْسَنَهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ هَدَاهُمُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمْ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
“Who listen to speech and follow the best of it. Those are the ones Allah has guided, and those are people of understanding.
Ulool Albaab are those who are guided by Allah, undoubtedly they are Awliya Allah (the friends of Allah/Saints of Allah)
They are those who Listen to the Speech and Obey those who speak them , it is therefore clear evident that Ulool Albaab is a group with in “ulool Amri”
It is they who say: “We hear and we obey.” (Quran 2:285)
They are the Creed of Imams of the Main Body: Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you.
The best of speech is “La ilaha illa Allah Muhammadu Rasoolullahi (swalla Allahu alaihi wa sallam).
So it is obvious that “Ulool Albaab” is those who follow the “Kalima tawheed” , they are the leaders of Ahlu Zikr (the people of Zikr/Remembrance, See Quran 2:269 below)
They are not the people who comes with a Diploma of Islam!. Allah and His Prophets never giving diploma of Islam, from the time of Adam (A.S) until Last Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam!.
We cannot see, in the first three pious generations (Salafu Saalih), a Sahabi with a Diploma or PhD, or the Imams of the schools of Jurisprudence giving Diploma of Islam.
We never have heard, Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal (M.A, PhD), or Imam Ibn Hajar Asqalani (MSc ,PhD), those who claim they are following Ahlu Sunna and are free from all types of innovations, are in the forefront of giving Diplomas of Islam!
So following Salaf according to whom?, According to Salafs or according to some false claimants?!
Surah 2. Al-Baqara, Ayah 269
يُؤْتِي الْحِكْمَةَ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَنْ يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا ۗ وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been given wisdom has certainly been given much good. And none will remember except those of understanding.
The best remembrance (Zikr) is the Zikr of Ulool Albaab (the Inheritors of tawheed and Prophetic Knowledge).
The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is the Door”.
In another Hadith it is said: “Beware the vision of a true believer, for he sees with the Light of Allah”.
ULOOL ALBAAB AND AHLUL BAYTH:
Ulool Albaab and the way of Remembrance (Tariqah of Ahl Zikr) originated from the descendants of the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam). The Straight Path is preserved with Imams and Shaykhs of Ahlul bayth, who are the bearers of the Prophetic Succession.
Hadith jami at-Tirmidi ,Darussalam Publications (Wahhabi publications)
Hadith Number 3788: The Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Indeed, I am leaving among you, that which if you hold fast to them, you shall not be misguided after me, one of them is greater than the other:The Book of Allah is a rope extended from the sky to the earth, and my family -the people of my house-and they shall not split until they meet me at Hawd, so look at how you deal with them after me” (Sahih
Surah 13. Ar-Ra’d, Ayah 19
۞ أَفَمَنْ يَعْلَمُ أَنَّمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِنْ رَبِّكَ الْحَقُّ كَمَنْ هُوَ أَعْمَىٰ ۚ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
Then is he who knows that what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the truth like one who is blind? They will only be reminded who are people of understanding –
Comments: Ulool Albaab and their followers are only guided. They are people who follow pious Imams and Shaykhs of the defined creed by Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam).
Those who follow their own ego or follow those ones who follow their ego cannot be Ulool Albaab. Because Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam) clearly commanded in the Quran and Hadith, whom you should follow and how you should follow!
Allah says;Quran 45:23 Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded?
So it is very clearly stated that those who are just learnt something from College.Masjid or University cannot be “ulool albaab”. There are many scholars in the Book version of Quran and Hadith, the Quran is not counting them as legitimate scholars of religion of Allah!.
There are many Christian and Jew scholars of the external books of Islam, who use their knowledge to harm Muslims!
Surah 14. Ibrahim, Ayah 52
هَٰذَا بَلَاغٌ لِلنَّاسِ وَلِيُنْذَرُوا بِهِ وَلِيَعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا هُوَ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ وَلِيَذَّكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
This [Qur’an] is notification for the people that they may be warned thereby and that they may know that He is but one God and that those of understanding will be reminded.
This verse states that Quran is a Warning for the people. But many people does not understand the wisdom behind the warning, except those who have spiritual understanding.
Because, they are [Quran 2:3] “Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them”,
Surah 38. Sad, Ayah 29
كِتَابٌ أَنْزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.
It is their path we must follow, the Path of people of Perfect Zikr (Ulool Albaab)
Allah says: [Quran 1:7] The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.
Surah 39. Az-Zumar, Ayah 9
أَمَّنْ هُوَ قَانِتٌ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ سَاجِدًا وَقَائِمًا يَحْذَرُ الْآخِرَةَ وَيَرْجُو رَحْمَةَ رَبِّهِ ۗ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ۗ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
Quran 39:9 Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.
Here, the Knowledge refers to “Spiritual knowledge” (See Sura Al Kahf 18:65), otherwise this verses become meaningless, because, you can see competitive scholars of External Books of Islam (Quran ,Hadith) in all the different sects!
The People of Knowledge:
Surah 3. Al-i’Imran, Ayah 7
هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ ۖ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ ۗ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلَّا اللَّهُ ۗ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِنْ عِنْدِ رَبِّنَا ۗ وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
Quran 3:7 He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: in it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical seeking discord and searching for its hidden meanings but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah and those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: “We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord”; and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.
In the past centuries, people sought hidden knowledge from the great Shaykhs, which they denied to give to this people, and who discorded from the Al Jamah and turned into different heretical sects!. The “People of Spiritual Understanding” (ulool albaab) will not give knowledge to those who cannot understand it!. Today their followers harbor malice against Awliya Allah and Ahlul Bayth, because of this distension from the obedience to “Ulool Albaab” and their jealousy and malice against them!.
The Jews were notorious in the time of nabi Isa Ibn Maryam (A.S), today you can see, same attributes in the misguided sects who behave like Pharisees (Jewish priests at the time of Isa alaihissalam).
If you are guided sects, then call your “Ulool albaab” to us, and let’s see who are truthful!
No one take a five year old child to practical anatomy class or to fight in Army to kill another one. Knowledge is given to those who are mature in understanding , and by the Permission of Allah.
The Quran (Word of Allah) is the Book related to all affairs. It is not for everyone to understand everything that is mentioned in the Quran, but understanding of the affairs goes to those who are in authority on earth. See Sura Al Qadr (97:4).
It is clearly stated in Hadith, that those who seek Al Qadr, will become heretics!
THE INHERITORS OF TAWHEED IN THE LINE OF ALLAH-ANGELS-PROPHETS-AND PEOPLE OF KNOWLEDGE:
Quran 3:18 Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge – [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
THE PEOPLE OF BAI’AH (PLEDGE):
Quran 48:10 Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] – they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah . The hand of Allah is over their hands. So he who breaks his word only breaks it to the detriment of himself. And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah – He will give him a great reward.
THEY ARE NOT ON THE PAYROLL OF THEIR FOLLOWERS:
Quran 36:21 Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.
Quran 9:119 O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true.
ULOOL ALBAAB-THE LEADERS OF AL JAMAH:
Quran 3:103 And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you (Also See Quran 1:7]– when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.
People claim to be Ahlu Sunna Wal jamah, just because they follow the Madhab of they follow a creed different to Shia’ism!. They claim to be ahlu sunnah wal jamah because they are based on some worldly institutions under some external scholars!. Quran reject such false claims!
This is a totally nonsense understanding of “Al Jamah” of Ahlu Sunnah!
According to the Book of Allah, Ahlu Sunnah are those upon Spiritual fellowship!
Quran 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!
Hadith Number 3713, Jami At-Tirmidhi Vol 6, Darussalam Publications (Saudi Wahhabi Publications)The Position of Imam Ali (A.S) in Islam:
Abu Sariha, or Zaid bin Arqam -Shu’bah had doubt -narrated , from the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “For Whomever I am his Mawla then Ali is his Mawla.” (Sahih)
“Hassan and Hussain are the chiefs of the youth of Paradise”- Sahih ,Tirmidhi
“Abu Bakar and Umar are the leaders of the elders of the Paradise” Tirmidhi
They have Abu Bakar Siddiq (R.A) Umar (R.A) Usman (R.A), Imam Ali (R.A), Imam Hassan (R.A), Imam Hussain (R.A) as their leaders, and Pious Shaykhs from the Ahlul Bayth who follow this Creed as stated.
So everyone’s heart is busy with their masters and leaders, some are busy with false leaders, and false Imams, some people’s heart are busy with their own self, their wife, their wives, children or wealth!
The People of Spiritual brotherhood:
Sahih Muslim: Abu Huraira (R.A) reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessing be upon him) observed: You shall not enter Paradise so long as you do not affirm belief (in all those things which are the articles of faith) and you will not believe as long as you do not love one another. Should I not direct you to a thing which, if you do, will foster love amongst you: (i. e.) give currency to (the practice of paying salutation to one another by saying) as-salamu alaikum. (Book 1, Hadith 96)
ULOOL ALBAAB: SELFLESS LOVERS
There are many scholars, who preach but does not practice what they preach!. Selfless love for the Muslim brothers is one of the attributes of Ulool Albaab (People of Spiritual understanding).
They represent:” Rahmatan lil Alameen”, being Kind and Merciful to whole world!
They are the legitimate leaders and scholars of this religion!
Allah says: Sura Saff 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 it is not about how much you know from books, or from a University professor or from Masjid Mufti!. But Allah is Looking at your heart, not at your intellectual knowledge or certificates or man made titles!
How much you are sincere to Allah, to His Messenger (s.a.w) to the leaders of the Muslims, how much love you have to your Muslim brother. It’s not about saying: brother bradher in the street today, and tomorrow you see the same person and you don’t remember seeing him yesterday!
Today’s book scholars, not even spreading salams unless they are greeted first!. Their ego became their god and you are taking this ones as leaders, who worship to their own ego!. And you are praying behind those who worship their ego, beside Allah?
ULOOL ALBAAB-THE GROUP THAT ARE ATTENDED BY SPIRIT AND ANGELS: [also see 3:18]
The heavenly supported group:
Quran 97:4 The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
Angels and Holy Spirit is not descending to nothing in this world. They are descending to the Ulool ALbaab, to Ulool Ilmi, to Ulool Amri.
Because, Man is the Khalifa (Representative of Allah) on Earth!.
Quran 2:30 And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.”
The Prophetic and Saintly Lineage of Ulool Ilmi (People of Wisdom): Quran 2:31 And He taught Adam all the names, then showed them to the angels, saying: Inform Me of the names of these, if ye are truthful.
Quran18:65: And they found a servant from among Our servants to whom we had given mercy from us and had taught him from Us a [certain] knowledge.
THIS LINEAGE IS PRESERVED UNTIL THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT IN AN UNBROKEN CHAIN:
Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you
THE CHOSEN ONES: Quran 3:33 Indeed, Allah chose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of ‘Imran over the worlds –
Sahih Muslim Book 35, Number 6505: Abu Huraira (R.A) reported Allah’s (SWT) Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying Allah (SWT) has mobile (squads) of angels, who have no other work (to attend to but) to follow the assemblies of Dhikr and when they find such assemblies in which there is Dhikr (of Allah (SWT)) they sit in them and some of them surround the others with their wings till the space between them and the sky of the world is fully covered, and when they disperse (after the assembly of Dhikr is adjourned) they go upward to the heaven and Allah (SWT), the Exalted and Glorious, asks them although He is best informed about them: Where have you come from? They say: We come from Thine servants upon the earth who had been glorifying Thee (reciting Subhan Allah (SWT)), uttering Thine Greatness (saying Allah (SWT) o-Akbar) and uttering Thine Oneness (La ilaha ill Allah (SWT)) and praising Thee (uttering al-Hamdu Lillah) and begging of Thee. Be would say: What do they beg of Me? They would say: They beg of Thee the Paradise of Thine. He (God) would say: Have they seen My Paradise? They said: No, our Lord. He would say: (What it would be then) if they were to see Mine Paradise? They (the angels) said: They seek Thine protection. He (the Lord) would say: Against what do they seek protection of Mine? They (the angels) would say: Our Lord, from the Hell-Fire. He (the Lord) would say: Have they seen My Fire? They would say: No. He (the Lord) would say: What it would be if they were to see My Fire? They would say: They beg of Thee forgiveness. He would say: I grant pardon to them, and confer upon them what they ask for and grant them protection against which they seek protection. They (the angels) would again say: Our Lord, there is one amongst them such and such simple servant who happened to pass by (that assembly) and sat there along with them (who had been participating in that assembly). He (the Lord) would say: I also grant him pardon, for they are a people the seat-fellows of whom are in no way unfortunate. –
Sunan Ibn Majah: 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
The Best Zikr: (See Quran 39:18, read by giving importance to highlighted):
Sunan Ibn Majah: 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 Sufi Tariqah, we have today, in an unbroken lineage to the Holy Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam. The Way of Ulool Amri, Ulool Ilmi and Ulool Albaab.
This sufficient for a believer who learnt in external subjects to understand which is the Straight Path. Opening a Masjid or becoming a community leader, or becoming an Aalim of some books does not make someone guided. Run to seek guided ones, Run to the ways of the Friends of God.
Remember that all 73 sects are reading same Quran , attending Masjids, praying, fasting, going for Hajj, doing many good deeds, many from all these sects are very good people in their outward deeds.
But one has to fix their hears and Purify their Soul. The way of Purification (Tazkiya) only preserved for the people in the way of Awliya Allah (friends of God).
Allah says: [Quran 91:9-10] He has succeeded who purifies it,And he will indeed fail who corrupts it.
“…Beware, in the body there is a piece of flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound and if it is corrupt the whole body is corrupt, and hearken it is the heart. (Sahih Muslim Book 10, Hadith 3882)
So be with them, follow them, those who purify the heart with much remembrance of Allah!
Don’t be a fool, don’t remain in the Masjid Ziraar and ways of double standard and hypocrisy, that accept some and reject other parts of the religion of Allah!
Allah says in Quran: 9:107 And [there are] those [hypocrites] who took for themselves a mosque for causing harm and disbelief and division among the believers and as a station for whoever had warred against Allah and His Messenger before. And they will surely swear, “We intended only the best.” And Allah testifies that indeed they are liars.
May Allah Guide us into the Straight Path, the Path of Ulool Amri, Ulool Ilmi and Ulool Albaab,ameen.
Wa salamun alal Mursaleen walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Article by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani
*Representative of the Naqshbandi Sufi Way