Questions & Answers

 

 

 

1)

What is Spiritual Bai’at or Ruhaani Bai’at ??

 

Ans)

Oath of Allegiance directly at the blessed hands of the Holy Prophet Muhammad-saws.  

 

 

2)

Was the word Tasawwuf used by Prophet SAW or Sahaba RAA ??

 

Ans)

………  Tasawwuf is the translation of Tazkiyah.  Those who are allergic to the word Tasawwuf might as well leave it – the word has not been revealed by Allah; yet nobody can ever deny the importance of Tazkiyah……..  

 

[Tazkiyah for In-depth Knowledge – A must read]

 

Purifying the believers (Tazkiyah) was the duty of Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihi Wasallam) as mentioned in the Quran [Read More].  Tasawwuf is a Persian word and it is the translation of the word ‘Tazkiyah’ in the Quran and ‘Ihsan’ in Hadith.  Therefore, Tasawwuf = Tazkiyah = Ihsan = Sulook = Tariqat.

 

 

3)

I pray 5 times a day, Fast and pay Zakat.  Why should I do Zikr and acquire Tazkiyah ??

 

Ans)

…….. It has assumed an even greater significance in the commotion of the present time.  You can try it yourself.  If you start performing Zikr, you will certainly feel the difference.  Those of your friends, who may have been offering Salah since a long time, would also discern the difference of feelings in their prayers after performing Zikr.  The criterion for the delinquents like me is that, if I start committing nine sins daily instead of ten, I have started improving.  My journey towards the good has begun and I can see a ray of hope at the far end of the tunnel.  For a healthy person, a temperature of 102 degrees will signify high grade fever but for a patient who has been running 104 degrees for years, it will indicate a sure sign of recovery.  Everyone doesn’t transform into an angel overnight, a human being shall always remain a human being, ever prone to error.  The process of Tazkiyah will however, revive within him the realization of his relationship with his Creator and would inspire him from within to strive for His Pleasure…….

 

[Tazkiyah for In-depth Knowledge]

 

Hadhrat Mujaddid Alif Sani RUA said, “Tasawwuf is the science of spiritual feelings and stages, which cannot be literally represented in overt literature or explained by word of mouth.”    [Dalael us-Sulook]

 

 

4)

Some people say that if you need something, just go to my Peer or Murshid or Shaikh and ask him.  They believe that Shaikh can do anything.  I need your comments on that.

 

Ans)

……….  especially due to the influence of Hindu culture in our society, the concept of Shaikh has become blurred.  For that reason, we do not have that expectation from a Shaikh which is his real objective, but expect from him something which must not be expected from anyone but Allah.  It is wrong to ascribe such expectations to anyone other than Almighty Allah.  We wrongly consider the Shaikh as someone who can remove our distress, take our worries away and fulfill our needs. ………

 

[Expectations from the Shaikh for In-depth Knowledge – A must read]

 

 

5)

Is it necessary to take Bai’at with Shaikh ??

 

Ans)

It is not necessary to join the Silsilah and take Bai'at with the Shaikh for doing Zikr only, but for real spiritual progress, it is essential to formally establish this connection.

 

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Bai'at is not essential for doing Zikr but it is mandatory for getting Tawajjuh of the Shaikh and achieving Spiritual progress, including illumination of Lataaif and attaining to stages of the Path.

 

 

6)

Why is Zikr-e-Qalbi (Zikr in Heart) important ??

 

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……..The only organ that can permanently perform Allah’s Zikr is the human heart and only Zikr-e Qalbi (Zikr by the heart) can fulfil the condition of constant Zikr. Once the heart learns Allah's Zikr, it never stops at any time, under any circumstances. During the time of the holy Prophet-saw, a moment of his company was enough to acquire this blessing. His Companions similarly blessed the Taba’in and they in turn passed these blessings to the Tab’a Taba’in. The mere company of these exalted souls was sufficient to transfer this blessing or Barakah to their visitors. No further effort was required to achieve this excellence. However, after this glorious era, the strength of the teacher and absorption of the seeker both decreased. It therefore became necessary, as determined by the Mashaikh (spiritual teachers) that the teacher and the student must sit together. The teacher should perform Zikr on his Lataif and focus the Divine lights attending him, towards the seeker. This process is known as Tawajjuh (spiritual atten­tion). The holy Prophet-saw didn't require giving special, conscious attention to any one. The sun doesn't have to make any effort to deliver its light, a person has only to come out to receive it. Similarly, the holy Prophet-saw didn't have to make any particular effort to give spiritual attention, the seeker had only to come to him to receive Prophetic Barakah. This spiritual power was retained by the Companions, the Taba’in and the Tab'a Taba’in, whereupon ended the period of automatic transfer of these blessings. Now a seeker had to strive hard to acquire them. The teacher and the seeker both engaged themselves in Zikr, the former gave spiritual attention and the latter tried to absorb the Barakah in his heart………”

 

[The Method of Zikr – for In-depth knowledge – A must read]

 

 

7)

Could you please explain different types of Zikr along with Zikr-e-Qalbi ??

 

Ans)

There are three types of Zikr:

 

1)   Practical, i.e. Zikr-e F‘eli

2)   Oral, i.e. Zikr-e Lisani

3)   Secret, within the heart, i.e. Zikr-e Qalbi

 

The First Type. All actions of day-to-day life taken in accordance with the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet-saw are listed as Zikr, for instance, the method of drinking water, the etiquettes of eating and dressing etc.

 

The Second Type. Comprises loud as well as with low tone. According to the consensus of the scholars, the former is a heresy except where prescribed, for example, Azan, Takbir (pronouncement heralding the commencement of Salat), formal sermon as on Friday and Salat-e-Eid Congregations, etc. (Tafsir-e-Mazhari vol: III, p: 410.) The latter comprises Tasbihat enjoined morning and evening.

 

Wherever Zikr is enjoined in the Quran, the condition of frequency has been invariably added, for example:

 

“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. (33:41-42)

 

Ibn-e Kathir while explaining the verse writes: “Ibn-e-‘Abbas-RAU explains that Allah has not enjoined any worship on his bondsmen of which a limit has not been prescribed and the excuse of a handicapped not accepted. The only exception to the rule where neither a limit is imposed, nor has the excuse of anyone been accepted save that of a lunatic, is Zikr. It is enjoined under all circumstances, i.e., sitting, standing, reclining, day or night, by word of mouth or within the heart, on land or on the sea, static or in motion, in prosperity or adversity, in sickness or health irrespective of the state (eating or drinking, selling or buying, asleep or awake”. (Ibn-e Kathir vol: III, p: 495)  

 

 

The Third Type is Zikr-e-Qalbi. This has nothing to do with words of mouth, and as such, cannot even be discerned by the Kiram an-Katibin (The Recording Angels). Imam Abu Y’ala reports with reference to Hadhrat ‘Ayeshah that the Holy Prophet-saw had once said:

 

Zikr-e-Khafi (the Secret Zikr) which cannot be discerned by the Kiram an-Katibin is seventy times superior to other types. On the Day of Judgement, mankind will be called to reckoning by Him and the Kiram an-Katibin directed to produce the Register of Conduct of every person. These Angels will be commanded to re-examine the records to see if any of their good deeds remained unrecorded. They would submit that everything within their reach had been duly put down. Allah shall then inform them that a good deed which they could not discern and hence were unable to record was Zikr-e Qalbi. I, the narrator, assert that Zikr-e Qalbi neither snaps, nor is liable to any interruption. Tafsir-e-Mazhari vol: III, p:41:1. 

 

 

8)

How important is it in your Silsilah to follow the Shariah ??

 

Ans)

Without following the Shariat, one can’t make any progress in Sulook.  When one starts Zikr under the guidance of a Shaikh, he has to become mindful of following the Shariat.  Following the Quran and Sunnah is the purpose of this life.  Without following the Shariat, one can’t excel in Tariqat.

 

 

9)

In some Tariqas or Silsilas it is taught that Salaah (praying 5 times) is not important.  Your comments please.

 

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………An illuminated heart always turns towards Allah, whether He accepts or rejects. But a gloomy heart declines His call for prayers five times every day. That indeed is a great dif­ference. We hear His call, accept it mentally but do not answer it on one pretext or the other. At times we claim that we have more important business to attend or that our clothes are not clean for the prayers or that we feel indisposed. But when the heart is alive, Allah Himself grants it the strength to worship. Then He proudly presents such slaves before the angels who have said that man would work corruption on the earth. "Look at My slaves!" He says, "If there are corrupt ones, well there are good ones like these too! Where can the devil take them? Even when I reproach them, they do not leave My door." He had similarly addressed Satan on the First Day, Lo! As for My slaves, thou have no power over any of them - 15:42. That is, ‘You have no power over those who be­come My slaves but if anyone chooses to be your minion, I do not care about him.’…………

 

[The Need for Zikr – for In-depth knowledge – A must read]

 

 

10)

Are there any Wazaaif taught in your Silsila ??

 

Ans)

Along with Zikr-e Qalbi, all Mureeds are to recite Darood Shareef everyday, throughout the day and as much as possible.  Also, The Quran is to be recited everyday.

 

 

11)

I am rather confused after looking at the chain of transmission.  How is it that there are only 12 people in the chain, including the Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihi Wasallam)?  Up to Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi RUA, it seems fine, and then there is Hadhrat Ubaidullah Ahrar RUA who passed away 600 years after Imam Junaid Baghdadi RUA.  Please explain.

 

Ans)

This is the distinction of Nisbat-e Owaisiah that one can give spiritual beneficence to someone in Barzakh and can also take beneficence from him.

 

 

12)

With reference to your answer above, won’t it give a chance to thugs to claim Wilayah ??

 

Ans)

Wilayat is a reflection of adherence to Risalat. A Prophet is the sole witness for his Prophethood. His claim is corroborated by the purity of his belief and conduct, rather his whole life. The holy Quran mentions the pure life of the holy Prophet-saws as evidence to his claim of Prophethood. Similarly, if some Wali makes a claim that is difficult to verify normally, then his conduct would be examined as the first witness to corroborate his claim. The second proof of the veracity of his claim would be his associates. If his Nisbat initiates a visible positive change in his students, in all fairness, his claim should be considered as correct.

 

As far the apprehension that some thugs may also claim Wilayah under similar pretext, one may like to recall that greater thugs have already claimed Prophethood and even Divinity for themselves in all times. Even today, many such false sects exist in our country. Then, leaders of some of the Sufi Orders take Bai'at from their associates without any Nisbat with any Shaikh, alive or in Barzakh. Declaration of Owaisi Nisbat by an Owaisi Shaikh shouldn’t raise any eyebrows either. If Tasawwuf is a part of Deen, it must be declared publicly so that Muslims can benefit from it. And if it is something outside the fold of religion, it should be renounced as heresy and forsaken immediately.

 

 

13)

Can women do Zikr ??

 

Ans)

Yes.  Also, women can do Zikr throughout the month, without break.

 

 

14)

Do men and women do Zikr together in your Silsilah ??

 

Ans)

……..It is a delicate subject which has been emphasized by all civilized nations in one form or the other, but Islam has assigned it a special significance.  Islam has assigned a high status of respect and honor to women.  It has also defined their work parameters, which cannot be crossed even under the pretext of worship or Zikr.  I had explained these rules and proce­dures in Abu Dhabi also.  Some members of the Order have been appointed as Sahib-e Majaz (those permitted by the Shaikh to conduct Zikr and conduct others unto the stages of the Path) at every place, but they should conduct the Zikr of men.  Zikr session for women should be arranged separately. The instructions of Shari‘ah regarding Purdah (Hijab) should be observed.  Women should sit behind a curtain where they can hear the voice only.  They may hear directly or through a loud speaker………

 

[Parameters of the Silsilah – for In-depth Knowledge – A must read]

 

 

 

Note:  Please read the Translated Speeches of our Shaikh to learn more about Tazkiyah and Zikr.  [English Articles]

 

 

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