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SULUK ESSENTIALS

SULUK ESSENTIALS I

An introductory letter by Hadrat Hafiz Zulfiqar Ahmad AnNaqshbandi (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.

REMEBRANCE (DHIKR)

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.

REMEMBRANCE (MURAQABAH)

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?

     Sleep comes (even) on a bed of thorns. Continue Reading

Preserving your Gems

Preserving your Gems:

A summary explanation of the Hadith ash-Sharif on the inherent virtues in a believer and how they are lost

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 

Our beloved Prophet and noble master, Rasulullah Muhammad Mustafa [sallallahu alaihi wa sallam] said:

There are four invaluable gifts embedded in the son of Adam (alaihi ‘s-salam). These four gifts are in turn removed by other four vices, evils. As for the invaluable gems (gifts), they are; Intellect, Religion, Shame and (ability and inclination) to do good deeds. Of these: anger removes intellect, envy removes religion, desire removes shame and sense of caution and backbiting removes goods deeds.

  1. ANGER REMOVES INTELLECT

Since excessive anger is a step to insanity. When man gets angry his intellect vanishes and his wisdom suppressed. He becomes a toy in the hand of Shaytan who makes him utters statements that he is bound to regret. Know, and may Allahu ta’ala grant you safety, that anger comes in four shades and only one of these can be found in a true Muslim. Some are quick to anger and also quick to go out of it; some get angry late and go out of anger late; some get angry  quick and come out of it late; while some get angry late and quickly come out of anger. This (last type) is the anger of the believer. We attain to this fortune when we realise Allahu ta’ala’s sublimity over us and His promise to remove His anger on the Day of Accounting on those who restrain their anger when provoked by other creation of Allah. The Holy Qur’an elaborating on those who will enter into Allahu ta’ala’s rahma and compassion says:

Those who avoid the major sins (Kabair) and indecencies, and forgive when they are angry. (al-Shura: 37) Continue Reading

Hadrat Talha bn Ubaidullah

Hadrat Talha bn Ubaidullah t

The Prophet’s Companion in Paradise

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 

To the noble companion Talha bn Ubaidullah (radiAllahu ‘anh) a business trip to Syria close to the pronouncement of Hadrat Muhammad’s prophethood was more than a trading venture, for the trip led to his success in this world and the next. History recorded him as one of the most promising youths of Mecca. In the course of business transaction in the busy market of Busra, Syria, and old man renown for his piety and abstinence from the world called Talha and gave him the blissful news that a man named Ahmad would appear in Mecca, a prophet of Allah and the last of His messengers. He further informed that the prophet would later live the land of Mecca for a land of black soil, abundant water and palm trees.

Hadrat Talha like others whose souls had been craving for water in the spiritual desert of Mecca and environs could not wait further in Syria. He hurried home to experience the reality of the new faith that would rekindle spiritual lights in the hearts of men and put off the fire of barbarism, injustice and extreme perversity that had been the lot of people.

On his arrival at home, the first question put forward to his family is ‘Did anything spectacular happen in Makkah while I was away?’. ‘Yes’, they replied, ‘Muhammad the son of Abdullah declared himself a prophet, denying our idols and professing one Absolute God, Abu Quhafah’s son (Abubakr) has taken to his new faith.’

‘I used to know Abubakr’, Hadrat Talha replied, ‘he is easy going, amiable and gentle man. He is an honesty and upright trader. We were quite fond of him and loved sitting in his company because of his knowledge of Quraysh history and genealogy.

Talha (radiAllahu ‘anh) took a step closer to faith by visiting his respected acquaintances Abubakr Siddiq (radiAllahu ‘anh).

When the question of prophethood of Rasulullah Muhammad (alaihi ‘s-salam) was put to Hadrat Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) he promptly confirmed the truth explaining the essence of the faith to Hadrat Talha. He listened with rapt attention to the explanation of Abubakr before revealing his strange encounter with the ascetic of Busra. Talha’s story shocked Hadrat Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) to the marrow and with a face lit with joy of faith he took Talha to the Prophet (alaihi ‘s-salam). The exalted Prophet listened with joy as Talha recounted his experience in Syria. The Prophet thereafter explained the Islamic truth to Talha who embraced the religion there and then. He was the fourth person introduced to Islam by Abubakr Siddiq (radiAllahu ‘anh). Continue Reading

Sleeping According To The Blessed Sunnah

Sleeping According To The Blessed Sunnah

Introduction

Sleep is like death. Whatever state one takes his last breath determines his success or failure in this life. In the same way, how you end your day before sleep determines how successful your day is. So sleep right and wake up right. The way you wake up is the foundation of your day, make it strong.

Make wudu (ablution) before sleep and digest your night meal with a two raka’at nafilat. Since this nafilat comes immediately after wudu, the same two raka’at also serves as the nafilat of tahiyyatul wudu.

If you can recite the noble Qur’an, then read from the Baqarah Surah its earliest four verses, the ayatal kursiy and two verses after it, as well as the last three verses. And if you are constraints to recite so much, the last two verses of the Baqarah Surah is enough protection.

Then repent for all your sins by saying three times the Prophetic prayer:

  • Astaghfirullah –l-azhima al-ladhi la ilaha illah huwa al-Hayyul Qayyumu wa atubu ilaihi.

Then say Subhanallah 33, Alhamdulillah 33 and Allahu Akbar 34.

Say Subhanallah wabihamdihi a hundred times (100x).

La haola wala quwwata ten times (10x),

La ilaha illah llah wahdahu la sharikalah lahul Mulku wa lahul Hamdu wahuwa ‘ala kulli shayn qadr once. Continue Reading

Bedroom Fiqh

Bedroom Fiqh

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

All praise, adorations and gratitude’s belong to Him who created all beings in pairs as a proof of His oneness, who inclines the heart of the sexes to relationship as a means of sustaining creation and who makes marriage halal and prohibits zina. May all prayers of goodness be on our master and Sayyed of Prophets, Muhammad Mustafa e, on his brother Prophets u and Angels u and on the exalted sages y who are the preservers of his sublime and unique tradition, amin.

My very dear and valuable brother, I pray that Allah I honour you with walking in the Nur of Muhammad u throughout your life and bless you with good destiny and good end as alms for the essence of Islamic scholarship and wilaya, al-Imam ar-Rabbani Shaykh Ahmad Faruqi t amin. You asked this faqir to summarise the rule of relationship for a newly married couple, that I should make it brief and self explanatory. This I set out to do trusting myself to Allah U, the real force behind all events and to Him is our return. La haola wa la quwata illa billah.

Let it be known that I am very far from claiming any in depth knowledge on this issue yet I have attempted piecing together the bits we have been fortunate to pick from the exalted life of our superiors y simply because it is mandatory to say what one knows, especially in this disastrous age when the way of the tradition is hardly recognized and when the middle course trodden by the real inheritors has become unbelievably narrow. The great sage and ‘alim, Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi t mentioned in his valuable Ihya Sunna that communicating the religion is not the exclusive responsibility of the ‘Ulama y since every Muslims needs to teach whatever he has learnt to others. On this basis and solely for this reason I wish to write the following. Continue Reading

Ihsan: The Science of the Heart

Ihsan: The Science of the Heart

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 

Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him for although you do not see Him, He sees you.                              —- Hadith Jibrail

 

Taking the First Step

Man is a combination of the physical organs and the soul. The soul is used to describe all the spiritual entities in man. That is to say as the body is made up of limbs and organs , the soul is made up of spiritual parts called Lataif. Of these lataif, the qalb is the closest to Allahu ta’ala. This qalb rendered literally as Heart is not the physical pumping heart, rather the spiritual essence placed over the physical heart. The Holy Qur’an in describing the Day of Qiyama declares that only those who arrive the plane of judgement with a sound, healthy, purified and Allah loving qalb will attain to benefits, safety and salvation.

Therefore, the greatest ambition of a true believer is to win Allahu ta’ala’s love in this world in order to earn His pleasure eternally in the Akhirah. To achieve this man must submit his desires and preferences to Allahu ta’ala by obeying His Sharia making the exalted Sharia the main pivot of his life. Every master loves his subordinates who obey him, they win his appreciation. Allahu ta’ala is the Master of all and the Creator and Sustainer of all Beings. He is loving (Wadud) and Shakur (Appreciative), He quickly gives His love to His servants who give up their desires and personal likings to obey His law.

A servant can even climb further the ladder of love by engaging in extra duties apart from the ones made basic and obligatory on him. It is a common knowledge that the juniors who after carrying out their basic duties do something extra are given extra rewards and shown excessive love.

As a matter of fact the Hadithi Qudsi says: “Among the things that bring My servant close to Me, the ones I love best are the things that I have made fard (obligatory). When my servant does the supererogatory (nafilat) ibadat, he gets very close to Me so much that I love him very much …” Continue Reading

Tasawwuf and the Sacred Sunnat

Tasawwuf and the Sacred Sunnat

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

All the three (3) basic sciences (branches) or components of Islam have suffered greatly in the hands and minds of modern Muslims who, due to their ignorance of the depth, the eminence, sublimity and sacredness of these sciences and the great sages who suffered to put them in place, are consulting mind and man’s limited intelligence to make a change in these sciences.

The first of these sciences, Kalam, the science discussing the details of traditional (Sunni) beliefs has witnessed various attacks by men trying to give Allah I the attributes of men and/or other creation. Men have started to perceive a Lord and Creator that can be approached with the question of how, when, where and why. This is a dangerous shift from the pure, pristine, perfect and perfecting Tawhid brought by the noblest of servants and of Prophets, the rahma on the entire creation, Rasulu-Karim Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi wa ahlihi wa sahabihi salawatu wa taslimat). Indeed, the most exalted Prophet r mentioned in his noble words that the deviants will continue in this wayward and eccentric digression of theirs until they would ask: ‘Who created Allah I?’ Subhanallah! The Prophet of mercy, Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa r finally warned:

There will be towards the end of time a people (among my Ummah) who will say to you what you nor your fore-fathers (spiritual ancestors) have never heard before. Beware of them lest they misguide you and bring you to confusion. Continue Reading

Duties of Dhil-Hijja and the Eid el-Kabir

Duties of Dhil-Hijja and the Eid el-Kabir

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

As we join Muslims all over the world to welcome the noble and auspicious month of Dhul-Hijjah, it is imperative to, in a nut-shell, remind our cherished brothers and sister of the values, duties and ethics of this great month, especially the first ten days and the three days of slaughter. The sincere believer is ever restless regarding the next life and the need to accumulate good deeds before our lives here suddenly come to an end. Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala, our Karim Lord and ever compassionate Owner slotted into some sacred days and months into our years on the earth so that we can make up for our deficits and deficiencies. Fortunate indeed are those who embrace the opportunities offered in the first ten days of the Dhul-Hijja month exerting themselves in devotions, fasting and services and who pay special attention to slaughtering on the tenth day in order to earn the eternal pleasure of Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala.

The first ten days of the blessed month of DhilHijja are the best of days just as the blessed month of Ramadan is the best of the months. These ten days provide another great opportunity to do little and gain much towards the Akhirah. Our noble elders in the ages past would never play away any portion of these invaluable days.

Our beloved Nabiy r expressly encouraged us to repeat much tasbih (subhanallah), tahlil (La ilaha ilallah wahdahu la sharikalah lahul mulki wa lahul hamdu wa huwaala kulli shayn qadr) and takbir (Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha ilallahu wallahu Akbar walilahil hamd). The takbir tashrik is most important zikr of these valuable days. Continue Reading

Peace with Allah and His Creation

Peace with Allah and His Creation

 

By Faqir Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

Released by www.sunnahlives.com 1433 H

 

Live your moments treating others well avoiding aggression. Should they oppress, then reply with kindness. You will never find a shorter route to happiness, temporal and eternal.

Our Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said in a Sahih Hadith:

He who recovers one of my forgotten sunnats will receive as many rewards as a hundred martyrs will receive.

The greatness of this deed – that is recovering and propagating of a forgotten sunnah – must be inferred from this Hadith. But, when doing this (great deed), there is an important caution to be observed. That is, while trying to recover one sunnat, one should not cause fitna (confusion, instigation, violence and separation and we should understand bid’as as communicated by the valuable books of the generality of the learned of our great past and never the isolated words of self righteous deviants); one goodness should not give birth to a variety of problems and evils, for we are in the latest time. We are in a century when Muslims are weak and forlorn.

My son! When fitna (violence, blood shedding, instigation and confusion) is wide spread and fasads (destruction and deaths) are abundant, it is time to repent and make Istighfar. You must keep aloof and not participate in fitna. Fitna is growing and spreading each day. Our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

As the Doomsday approaches, fitna will increase it will resemble the increase in darkness as night begins. Many who leave their homes in the morning as Muslims, will return home as kafirs in the evening. While they are Muslim in the evening , they will lose their belief (Iman)  during the night in places of amusement. During such times, to stay at home is better than being involved in fitna. Those who stay aloof are better than those who attack and lead in the front. On that day, break your arrows! Leave your weapons and swords! Address everybody with a smiling face and sweet words. Do not leave your homes.

LAST WORDS

In a Sahih Hadith, Rasulu-Karim and Habibbul rabbul ‘alamin Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa is reported to have said:

Towards the latter days of indiscriminate violence, be like the first and the better of the two sons of Adam who said, ‘If you raise your hand to kill me, I will not raise mine to kill you; surely I fear Allah, the Lord of the worlds.’

 

 

Faqir Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi – Nigeria

Jumadal Ula 1433 A.H. / March 2012

 

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…that the posterity may live

… That The Posterity May Live

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulullah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

We thank Almighty Allah U for His favours on us. His bounties, goodnesses and blessings are surely countless, innumerable, and our debt of gratitude is ever on the increase. May salam and the best of all goodnesses be showered eternally on Allah’s Habib and the noblest of servants, the Sayyed-il mursalin and the seal of Prophethood, Rasulu-karim Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi wa ahlihi wa sahabihi salawatu wataslimat attamuha wa akmaluha). May these favours from Allah U extend to the pious ones of this Ummah, past and present. Through the barakat of these great gems, may Allah U raise us to piety, may He save the Ummah from His anger and afflictions and place much barakat and effectiveness in the efforts of those struggling sincerely to revive this great Deen.

We thank Allah U specially for aiding us in our intention to be in this workshop. It is one fortune worthy of mentioning that we have been honoured with the courage to brave all fears, distractions and hindrances to be part of this gathering.

This is a gathering of aspirants to Allah’s U love via the pure and illuminating Sunnah of Rasulullah u. This is a gathering of zealous Muslims who are determined to work for the protection of our unique but threatened traditions, and this is a forum for evaluating our past in order to reposition ourselves spiritually for the great victory in the Hereafter. Just as sick men lose appetite for food, the sick and clouded hearts also lose appetite for ibadats and service in the cause of Allah U. Workshops like this are designed to raise our appetite for ibadats (worships), increase our zeal to work for eternal Jannat by giving us insight to the reality of Dunya and its fleeting, ever precarious nature and by showing us our limits as servants of Allah U and followers of the exalted ones of His servants (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan).

We are in the age of spiritual loss and absolute moral decadence and expectedly, the negative forces at work must have Islam and its sacred values as sworn enemies. So whatever insults, misrepresentations and even outright slanders we encounter should not provide an occasion for losing our patience, for these are challenges we must feel honoured to embrace. To the sincere Muslims enemies are no more than gadflies that make the horse trots. The steadfast will certainly emerge victorious.

Unfortunately, today, Muslims are divided between the complacent camp who swallow every pill from the spoon of Islam’s enemies in the name of civilization and the extreme zealots who would call for violence confrontation at every provocation. In situations like, this the middle course suffers, and our Deen is a religion of moderation between two extremes. Without this sense of moderation and the patience to actually apply the traditional principles of our Deen in difficult times and situations we are bound to waste the capacity to revive and protect what is left of our values. H.A.R Gibb writes in The Reaction in the Middle East Against West Culture:

‘Everything depends on the capacity of Muslims’ society to defend and protect its values and cultural traditions against western invasions. If it fails in this task, it is lost as a Muslim society. It will inevitably become a more or less faithful copy of western society with secondary characteristics peculiar to different countries and languages.’

This great Ummah holds as sacred the oneness of Allah U, the One and Absolute, Whose Book is a law and the Sunnah of His most beloved Prophet u, the guide to happiness, temporal and eternal. Man remains equal before Allah U in this unique path and the Akhirah is prized greatly above the finishing Dunya. The life of our great ancestors (alaihimu ridwan), our governance, our learnings and our madrasahs were geared towards these sacred principles. Any deviation from these goals and values which has Allah`s U pleasure at the peak of its aspiration renders Muslims incomplete or completely deprived of a true life. The ‘powers’, their agents and other enemies of truth are united in their purpose against Islam; the destruction of its salient values and principles. Charles F. Gallagher, an American scholar, wrote in his Language and Identity:

‘A methodical policy of deracination and deculturization was followed in Algeria in the 19th century, was repeated to lesser extent in Morocco over shorter period, and carried out most slightly in Tunisia. The main effort … was to destroy the colonized (Muslims) by a complete denigration of their fundamental values.’

How was the destruction of our values carried out?

  1. I) Through a thorough destruction of our educational systems and its library, the corruption of its methodology and the inversion of its goal. G. H. Jansen writes in Militant Islam:

‘But there is one sphere education in which colonial rule did have a profound effect on Muslims’ society, because the foreign rulers with rare unanimity and unusual purposefulness, and pertinacity, sought to give as little education as possible, the wrong sort of education when it had to be given, and to bring about schism, a division, in the soul of the Muslim community.’

Will Durant in his Story of Civilization says among other things:

‘When Baghdad was destroyed by the Mongols, it had thirty six public libraries. Private libraries were numberless. It was a fashion among the rich to have an ample collection of books. A physician refused invitation of the Sultan of Bukhara to come and live at his court, on the ground that he would need 400 camels to transport his library. Imam al-Waqidi, dying, left 600 boxes of books, each so heavy that two men were needed to carry it. Princes like Sahab ibn Abbas in the 10th century might own as many books as could be found in all libraries of Europe combined.’

  1. II) By presenting our ancestors as ignorant, uncivilized people and our history as that of savages. By encouraging the young Muslims to ‘break free’ and follow their whims with deep distrust for the truly learned approved and honoured by the exalted Prophet u.

I seek your pardon to quote this lengthy passage again from the British G. H. Jasen’s Militant Islam as he adequately capture the sources of our distance from Islam’s pristine tradition and the depravity and faithlessness that resulted from this satanic plots;

“The cultural offensive mounted by the colonial powers against the societies of their Muslim territories struck at those societies in three different ways:

  1. a) Through the neglect of traditional education system, it weakened the older set of values, both secular and Islamic.
  2. b) A spiritual and cultural vacuum was created by allowing traditional roots to wither away unnourished.
  3. c) For the majority of those now without roots the Western rulers did not provide an alternative through their own system …. The blow these deliberate attacks on traditional Islamic education inflicted on Islam is to say the least catastrophic.”

‘Traditional Islam’ Jansen concluded, ‘has been held together through the tradition and organization of the Ulama. These people, the learned men of Islam, have managed to this day to preserve their status as the proprietors of the symbols of Islam. Their exclusive right to interpret Islam has only recently come to dispute.’

The imperative question which majority of ‘modern’ Muslims failed to ask is where have we got the daring, the boldness to question our extremely noble history and its scholarship. Jansen’s statements on the west’s cultural offensive and its Fir’awnic campaigns for freedom have the best answer to this question.

Islam is a religion of following based on trust, like those between a patient and his learned doctor. As long as the layman does not get the training for becoming a doctor, no matter how much he reads about medicine it will be criminal to open a clinic for treating people. This is the reason why the best of our Scholars in sciences of Ahadith are also followers of fiqh Imams. It is unfortunate that today’s ignoramuses browse through books of hadith and declared themselves Fuqaha.

The noble Imam al -Dajawi t indeed said:

By Allah U, this view (that the non mujtahids should not follow the learned Imams) is nothing than an attempt to fling the door wide open for people’s individual preferences, thereby turning the Book and the Sunna into playthings to be manipulated by those deluded fools, driven by their compounded ignorance and corrupt imaginations.

The most characteristic qualities of the great Ulama were dignity and serenity, respect for other scholars, compassionate concern for the Ummah, and following the Prophet u whose view was always broad, his wisdom perfect and his tolerance superb.

The exalted Imam Shatibi t also said:

‘True fairness is to regard all the fiqh Imams as worthy, whoever follows the madhhab of a Mujtahid because he has not attained the level of ijtihad is not harmed by the fact that other Imams differ from his own.’

The blessed Shaykh Ibrahim al-Samadi t, a pious scholar of Damascus, once prayed to be given fours sons so that each might follow one of the recognized madhhabs, thereby bringing a fourfold blessing to his house.

III) Initiating and funding a propaganda which places Dunya, its wealth and pleasures above the Akhira; which promote entertainments to the heights of idols and which holds sacred the triple evils of Music, Zina and Riba (interest).

As taken from the invaluable sayings of the best of creation and Allah’s greatest servant, Rasulullah Muhammad Mustafa u when Muslims prefers this world to the Akhirah their enemies would be victorious over them, excessive and haram entertainments lead to lost of Iman. Music is Satanic and the most potent accessory to zina, surely the punishment of Allah U becomes just on a people among whom zina has become widespread. Riba (interest) is undoubted a herald to material and spiritual bankruptcy. It is needless asking why the enemies of Islam would do all they can to force these poisons down the throat of Muslims cleverly wrapped in candy.

Today, we have found ourselves at the bottom of our sacred spiritual ladder and the heritage of our noble ancestors is no more threatened at another time than now. It is our responsibility to find our way back to the heights of the ladder or else the coming generations would meet nothing of these sacred and invaluable values.

Down the hill ride is always pleasurable but going back up is very tasking and harzardous. Yet, we must endeavour to revive and preserve this noble tradition putting our absolute trust in Almighty Allah U and making the perfecting Sunnah of Rasulullah u our pivot to success, La haola walaquwwata illabillah.

Revival and restoration of values are tasking assignments that would not yield to haste nor be procure through violence. Our exalted Nabiyy r was sent to restore faith, values and ethics lost by humanity due to their longing for Dunya and its temporal pleasures and the worship of false gods. He r was never a sage of haste nor a war monger. As a matter of fact the Qur’an al-Karim says:

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…You will never cease to come upon some act of treachery on their part, except for a few of them. Yet pardon them, and overlook. Allah loves doers of good (Qur’an 5:13).

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…Each time they kindle the fire of war, Allah extinguishes it. They rush about the earth corrupting it. Allah does not love corrupters (Qur’an 5:64).

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…Then to be one of those who have faith and urge each other to steadfastness and urge each other to compassion. Those are the companions of the Right (Qur’an, 90:17-18).

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The teachings of our great Deen, al-Islam, is that those who seek reformation through violence and those who seek immediate restoration without painstaking endeavours are wrong for these characteristics; haste and rage, are symbols of westernization itself. This would not mean that Islam condones apathy in any way. Lack of concern for the Ummah and its traditional values, disrespect to the traditional pristine methodology and assumption of authority when it comes to the adillati Shariyya (Islamic sources) are all signs of decadence and corruption.

The middle course presented by Islam and which will hold till the end of the world is to work assiduously to raise a traditional, balanced, conscious and courageous human machinery who would patiently work for the sustenance and preservation of the purest values left for humanity, the laws of Allah U and the moral values and ethics of His Rasul u. This forum is meant to be a starting point insha-Allah.

Traditionally, this revival only comes with a three point agenda. These points must work together at the same time for maximum effectiveness, thus if anyone is deficient, the zealot, no matter how much zeal and enthusiasm he displays, will never reach his goal.

  1. i) Proper understanding of the Islamic traditional methodology and how it operates. This knowledge will come with sincere effort at studying the great lives of our noble ancestors y and their old books some dating more than a thousand and three hundred years. This study will confer humility on our hearts and Fir’awnic arrogance would give way to true traditional Islamic Submission. The results of this are that we would understand the right and acceptable way to follow as well develop great reverence for our history and the great sages who personified it. Their invaluable example would give the impetus to live and serve our Deen insha-Allah.
  2. ii) True revival of the tradition commences with the great examples of our exalted spiritual ancestors impacting our private lives. We start to spend more time in ibadats, concentrate more on those things that would lead to salvation in the Akhirah and calling others to such. We then gradually bring our immediate families into this focus, then the extended families and also groups outside our families.

iii) The tradition truly comes alive when it lived, written and propagated with every speech and action. If everyone of us can live our life somewhat close to that of the last Prophet and best example r kufr and all forces of opposition would sooner or later bow. The foundation is the right knowledge, patience, forgiveness and total emulation of the moral conducts of Rasulullah u and this forum is to kick start this renewal, the true traditional Islamic revolution, the most effective Islamic Jihad.

Penultimately, it is a well known fact that a religion without its traditional structure is like a castle built on the air. This is the reason why the enemies of Islam, past and present, are doing their best possible to destroy this sacred foundation of our Deen through misrepresentation and a resolute commitment to selling the idea of freedom of decisions and conclusions and distaste for the past to the Muslims. Our past is great, noble and unsurpassable, our success in the present is linked directly to the past, our Deen is hinged on revering the past sages, their works and their methodologies for survival. We are mere followers and lovers of true lovers of Rasulullah u and we will be proud to trail behind them to Jannat on the Day when every group would be called with names of their leaders (Imams) who would have led them to salvation or perdition.

The noble Imam, the exalted Mujaddid and Mujahid, Hadrat Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi t wrote in his invaluable Ihya Sunna:

Allah U preserved His Book al-Qur’an through the Ashabul kiram, the exalted words (Ahadith) of Rasulullah t were preserved by the tabi’un and the third generation (the taba tabi’un) deducted rules from these two noble sources for Muslims till the end of the world. Therefore, whatever they (the three earliest generations) did we shall do and whatever they abstained from we shall refuse for Allah‘s Prophet u witnessed to their truthfulness and their righteousness.

Finally, I want to reiterate that whatever is committed individually and collectively towards this gathering, this coming together, would only be a wise investments if we leave here with the resolution to dig into our history in order to discover the appalling reality of invaluable Islamic heritage, If we commit ourselves into a patience, non-violence, and tasking duty of living and reviving this invaluable sunnah in and outside our homes and when we finally team up with brothers of like conviction no matter how few, sacrificing our time and other resources for this cause, the greatest and most profiting investment.

May Allah U accept your coming rewarding you with His eternal pleasure. May He descends His barkat in our midst so that we go back as changed and better focused personalities with great love for Allah’s most beloved u and most sincere concern for his Ummah, amin. May the best of prayers and fortunes be on our beloved Prophet, Muhammad Mustafa  r, his household, his companions and on all our elders, the heirs to the Prophetic virtues and excellences, (ridwanullahi alaihim ajmain) amin. And thanks be to Allah U, the Lord and Sustainer of the worlds.

 

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…That the posterity may live is a formal address read by the Amir of the Darus-Salam Society, Nigeria, faqir AbdulQadr an-Naqshbandi, at the opening session of the Darus-Salam National Conference held in Katsina, Nigeria, between Thursday December 24th and Monday December 28th, 2009.