SULUK ESSENTIALS I
An introductory letter by Hadrat Hafiz Zulfiqar Ahmad An–Naqshbandi (Damat Barakatuhu)
With His Glorious Name
Allah, Allah, Allah
Dear Respected Sister:
As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
May Allahu I keep you in His protection. I received your letter and was very pleased. Know that whenever this faqir receives a letter, he immediately makes a supplication and sends a spiritual reply. Written replies are sometimes delayed because of an extremely busy schedule. You asked about the litanies (dhikr) of the Naqshibandi Mujaddidi tariqa, I have outlined some relevant details below.
Begin by imagining that Allahu I is watching you at every moment and then imagine that your heart is calling “Allah! Allah! Allah!” in all circumstances, whether walking, sitting, or doing your daily activities, you should focus on your heart and make certain that it is concentrating on Allahu I. Your hands should work while your heart remains in remembrance. Our great elders have said that a single moment spent in neglect and inattentiveness should be regarded as a moment spent in a state of disbelief (kufr). Allahu I describes the signs of the intelligent in the Holy Qur’an: “Those who remember Allah standing, sitting and lying on their sides:” (3:19). Aim for such a state throughout your day. This faqir will pray that you reach your goal.
When free from your worldly duties, whether in the morning or evening, make ablution and isolate yourself. Sitting on a prayer rug, close your eyes (to avoid distraction), bow your head, open the window into your heart, and look at your true self.
Drown deep into yourself and find the secret of life.
At least unite with yourself if you refused to be mine.
Man’s world is but play and waste.
Eternal is the wealth of the Hereafter.
Man’s wealth comes and goes like a shadow.
You lose everything, world and Hereafter, when you submit to someone else.
Muraqabah entails waiting patiently for the mercy of Allahu I to descend into your heart. Perform this for ten to fifteen minutes daily. Remain quiet and still, without moving the tongue or limbs, and empty your mind of all thoughts. Focus on the mercy of Allahu I descending into your heart and purifying it from the corrupt and blameworthy. Sit quietly and listen as your heart calls “Allah, Allah, Allah” in gratitude for His mercy. Remember that muraqabah is the essential key to attaining stillness of the mind and the soul.
Not with world, and neither with wealth nor household,
The heart begets peace only with remembrance of Allah
What tranquility is associated with Your name?
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