The miracle of passing through the numerous stages of meaningless
western activities to becoming the Murid of a Lover of Allah. This is
As one door closes another is opened.
I no longer felt the slightest inclination for frivolous activities
and empty conversation. Time had become precious...
Shaikh Ad-Darqawi (rahmatullah alayh):
Like a man who tries to find water by digging a little here and
little there and who will die of thirst; whereas a man who digs deep in
one spot, trusting in the Lord and relying on Him, will find water, he
will drink and give others to drink.
Such people are known as gourmet spiritualists.
I was very much alone in this search, as each person is who undertakes
the journey to true knowledge... the more urgent the search grew the more
isolated I became.
I was becoming very boring company for people who had not the slightest
inclination towards true knowledge... My isolation increased.
Let your eyes weep with the wanting.
If you want dervishhood, spiritual poverty,
you must be a Friends with a Sheikh.
Talking about it, reading books, and doing practices dont help.
Soul receives from soul that Knowing.
Shaykh Rumi (ramatullah alayh)
The glance of a Friend of Allah can transform the one upon whom
Dying to the lower self.
Souls which know each other here, know each other there.
O God, is I am raw, cook me! If I am cooked, burn me! Kwaja
Abdullah Ansari - Munajat.
What we can be we must be, or utterly fail.
Gai Eaton - King of the Castle. p67
So the seeker must break out of his cultural mould (shablon) and
recognise that knowledge is the property of the poor. Shaykh Abdul-Qadir
As-Sufian (rahmatullah alayh)
Just wandering around, reading more about Tasawwuf and looking
into the faces of so many poor brothers, wondering - Are
you my Shaykh? No! He was in Perth! What was I doing in Abu Dhabi?
But you run back and forth
Listening for unusual events,
Peering into the faces of travellers.
Why are you looking at me like a madman?
A have lost a Friend. Please forgive me.
Shaykh Rumi (rahmatullah alayh)
I knew that the gulf which separated me from the Truth was vast
One has to want ones guide so much that life becomes
completely pointless and meaningless without him.
My little wooden subhah with the green tassle.
Saying of Rasulullah r concerning the Auliya: When they are seen,
Allah is remembered. p88
Hikam of Shaykh Ibn Ataillah (rahmatullah alayh):
Do not keep company with anyone whose state does not inspire you
and whose speech does not lead you to Allah.
About four years before the death of the Prophet Muhammad (May
the Blessings of Allah be upon him and Peace), at a place called Hudaybiyyah,
outside of Mecca, whilst sitting beneath an acacia tree, the Prophet (May
the Blessings of Allah be upon him and Peace) called on those of his Companions
who were present to pledge their allegiance to him, over and above the
initial pledge they had made when embraced Islam. Of this pledge of Hudaybiyyah
the Holy Quraan says:
Verily those who plight their fealty to thee do not less than plight
their fealty to Allah: The Hand of Allah is over their hands: Then anyone
who violated this oath, does so to the harm of his own soul, and anyone
who fulfils what he has covenanted with Allah - Allah will soon grant
him a great Reward.
(The Holy Quraan 48:10)
This pledge is the prototype of the Sufi rite of initiation and these
words from the Holy Quraan are used to this day when a novice in
a Tariqa takes the hand of his Spiritual master and pledges allegiance
On the occasion of the pledge of Hudaybiyyah, Uthman Ibn Affan (May Allah
be pleased with him) was absent. The Prophet (sollallahu alayhi
was-sallam) held out his left hand, as the hand of Uthman, and grasping
it with his right hand he pledged the allegiance of Uthman (radiyAllahu
anhu). This form of the pact was the Bayah Uthman.
Now I was in Tariqa. Now my real work in life had begun.
It was such a relief to finally arrive at the foot of this spiritual
mountain. And shown him the two highways? But he has made no haste
on the path that is step.
Shaykh Ibn Ataillah (rahmatullah alayh) say in his
Among the signs of success at the end is the turning to Allah at
Our Beloved Prophet (Sollallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
Allah provides for the slave according to his himma.
(Himma is yearning, and it is by the hearts yearning
that the goal is reached.)
Shaykh Rumi (rahmatullah alayh) say:
Where there is pain, the cure will come.
When you place your hand in the hand of the shaykh - The old man
of wisdom who is knowing and venerable,
Who is the prophet of his own time, oh disciple,
so that within him the light of the Prophet shines -
Then you are present at Hudaybiyyah,
and you are a fellow of those Companions of the Prophet who swore the
Shaykh Rumi (rahmatullah alayh)
When Allah loves someone He gives him to the Sufis, because they
are the Lovers of Allah Taala.
The world is a breath of Allah. The world is an upheaval of the
breath of Allah. In the presence of the Master you may attain fana (annihilation)
in a breath, which years of exerion may not bring about.
K.S.K.Khan - The Secret of AnaL-Haqq
There is a well-saying of the Prophet (sollallahu alayhi
Do for this world as if thou wert to live a thousand years and -
for the next as if thou wert to die tomorrow
When the murid respects and honours the Dhikr which his Murshid
has given him, by turning to it with sincerity, he will discover that
those everyday tasks which in the past were considered to be boring or
bothersome, have changed into opportunities to increase his awareness
of his Lord.
In everything there is a sign a clue to He is One.
Fakhruddin Iraqi (rahmatullah alayh)
Murid must have a quiet space specifically set aside for prayer
and dhikr. ... Each time the murid steps onto his prayer-mat it is as
though he is going into spiritual retreat, because his prayer-mat has
become his small mosque on which he strives to exist in a state of utter
awareness of Allah. Here, on his prayer-mat, his musalla, is where he
turns away from the world, away from everything that is other-than-Allah.
This is where the Spiritual Journey starts. The journey is inwards, not
Pain comes from seeing how arrogant youve been, and pain
brings you out of that conceit.
Shaykh Rumi (rahmatullah alayh)
When a man has any wealth or children whom he loves, his love for
his Lord becomes divided, then it becomes diminished and scattered, then
it is distributed between Allah and others and Allah
does not brook any partner and He is powerful over all things and predominant
over all. So He destroys His partner and annihilates it in order to monopolise
the heart of His servant for His ownself to the exclusion of all others.
Then will be proven the truth of the Word of Allah: He will love
them and they will love Him.
Shaykh Abdul Qadir Gilani (rahmatullah alayh) -Futuhul-gaib
Your heart is so full of love for other-than-Allah, howerever, until
taking the hand of your Murshid you never realized just how many minor
loves and attachments were buried inside you. Recognizing these loves
and attachments is the first step, then - they must be overcome and trasformed.
Then, one day -
When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are,
you will keep saying again and again, This is certainly not like
we thought it was! Shaykh Rumi (rahmatullah alayh)
If I described the enemy that lives inside men, even the most courageous
would be paralysed. No one would go out, or do any work. No one would
pray or fat, and all power to change would fade from human beings.
Man imagines that he will be able to drive away his own reprehensible
attributes by exertion and holy war. After striving earnestly and expending
his strength and means, he falls into despair.
Then God says to him, You imagined that you would accomplish this
task through your own strength, activity and effort. This is the Wont
that I have established: expend (spend) everything that you have in Our
Then Our bounty will come to you. In this endless road, We command you
to travel with your own feeble (weak) hands and feet. We know you cannot
traverse this way with feet so feeble.
Indeed, in a hundred thousand years you will not arrive at the first waystation.
However, when you travel road until your legs are exhausted and you fall
down flat, until you have no more strength to move forward, then Gods
grace will take you in its arms.
Shaykh Rumi (rahmatullah alayh)
THE BAIAT of the murid
The murid sitteth with his right hand (the two thumbs must be raised
against each other) in the right hand of the Shaykh (Murshid); expresseth
his repentance, and his readiness to take the ahd (the pledge).
The Shaykh addresseth him thus:
The Faqir MUST BE
of an active mind, brilliante of thout,
of good repute, near in approach to God,
of a good heart, of a meek demeanour,
of serious deportment,
of a mind easy to acquire knowledge,
prepared to teach others who are ignorant,
disposed to trouble no one, though they trouble him.
It is incumbent on him to speak only of those things which belong
to his faith;
to be generous of his means;
to avoid what is forbidden and wrong;
to be careful in refraining from what is doubtful;
to aid those who are strangers;
to be parent to the fatherless;
to be of a pleasant countenance;
to be gentle of heart and joyful of spirit; to be agreeable and happy.
Even in poverty, not expose his secrets to others;
not to divulge them;
to be gentle in conduct and in intercourse;
to be bountful of his benefits, kind in language, few in words;
to be patient with the ignorant, and to refrain from doing them any wrong;
to show respect to great and small;
to be faithful to those who confide in him, and keep aloof from all duplicity;
to be strict in his religious duties;
to refrain from sloth and slumber;
to speak ill of no one;
to be sedate, easily satisfied, and thankful for benefits bestowed;
to be much in prayer and fasting,
truthful of tongue, permanent in abode;
to curse no one;
to be without calumny, hatred, of a grave heart, and careful of the perfect
performance of the religious duties of the Order;
to be as correct in thought as in deed.
Having uttered this counsel, the Shaykh, holding the murids hand
in his own, reciteth from the Holy Quraan:
3) Suratul-Fath (first 10 verses);
4) Suratul-Ahzab (the 56th verse);
5) Suratul-Saffat (the 180-182nd verses).
The Choice of the Coloured Khirqah
The Sunnah os for the choosing of the white garment, and, in the opinion
of Sufis, this choosing is proved. But for those, whose times are immersed
in devotion, the washing of the white garment occupieth too much time.
The coloured garment is best, because the excellence of nawafil is greater
than the excellence of garments.
Blue colour is the choice of the Sufis despite that black is better against
defilements. The Sufi putteth on the garment with that colour suitable
for his Hal.
Black is fit for him who is sunk in the darkness of lust, and whose times
are surrounded with darkness.
Not this is the Hal of the man of desire (seeker), because by the ray
of the light of desire, the darkness of existence is trampled upon.
DHIKR - Rememberance and Invocation
Sultan Bahu (rahmatullah alayh) places great stress on rememberance
and invocation of Allah. In his writings he teaches that MAN OUGHT TO
CONSIDER THAT THE PRESENCE OF MIND AND HEART (CONCENTRATION) IS NECESSARY
IN DEVOTION, SUBMISSION, COMMEMORATION AND MEDITATION.
Man must be careful and watchful over his breath, so that no breath may
escape and come out without the rememberance of Allah; because the breath
which comes out with the rememberance of Allah is turned into a priceless
jewel and stored for the commemorator in Allahs treasury of the
Because the breath that is gone out can never return at any cost and is
lost forever; and the breath which is to follow may not come. In short
the breath of the past and that of the future are both out of our control;
and we are only master of the breath which is at present in our hands.
If this breath of the present bears with it the NAME and rememberance
of ALLAH, then be sure that it has become a very precious ethereal jewel
by which you can buy the prosperity and wealth of both worlds. But if
this breath goes out in carelessness and negligence then be sure that
it was not mere air which escaped but a heavy mountain of eternal misery
and misfortune that will befall you in the next world. Thus the seeker
should regard every breath he takes as his last, and remember his Lord
at every moment, then the gate of revelation may be opened for you; you
may attain your goal and desire and see the Everlasting Beauty. Let you
outer be with the people and your inner with Truth.
When the rememberer begins to remember ALLAH, then ALLAH also begins to
remember the rememberer. This secret is revealed in the Rememberance itself.
ALLAH loves his servant who remembers Him and draws the rememberer closer
to Him, pardoning him and gives him shelter.
Love of ALLAH is a flame that burns up and annihilate everything in the
heart except the love of ALLAH. O man, address ALLAH with love, call on
Him with love. It as an unfathomable ocean. Love should be the seekers
life, his comfort and his health which brings him to life. Love brings
the servant near to ALLAH; it reminds the slave of his servantship, and
increases his devotion, it removes vanity and hypocrisy, increases truthfulness
and sincerity, it solves all problems and opens all doors. Remember ALLAH
whatever your condition. During the rememberance of the true pious servants
of ALLAH their eyes are filled with tears, their hearts are filled with
light and radiate with Divine Love, their innermost self is full and vibrant
with the fear of ALLAH. The eyes of their heart behold the divine mysteries.
Therefore, remain in constant Zikr of Him. Be you standing, sitting or
lying down. You must remember ALLAH openly or secretly, by night or by
day, with the tongue or in the heart.
As a great Saint has said: Commemorate the Name of ALLAH within
your heart and mind. Otherwise a parrot too can recite His Name with its
tongue... When the heart is in the shop and the body in the mosque, how
can such prayer be acceptable to the one who is All Sight and All Knowing?
And the Prophet r tells us,
ALLAH does not behold your figure nor actions but peers through
your heart and intentions.
Every breath of the pure and pious is a spiritual and etheric message
of love towards ALLAH and divine craving which reaches the Holy Court
of ALLAH like a telegram or a wireless wave message and reflect their
without sound and letters the loving state of the rememberer. When the
same breath returns, it brings back the light of ALLAH and His blessings
to the commemorator. Thus the telephone of rememberance exchanges between
the servant commemorating and the Lord commemorated. As ALLAH the Exalted
says in the Holy Quraan, Remember Me and I will in return