Naqshbandi Principle: Awareness of Numbers (Wuquf e Adadi)

Bismillahi Rahmani RaheemAl-Ahad-Allah-Name

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about:Awareness of Numbers (Wuquf e Adadi)

Counting the Zikr for Awareness of Numbers (Wuquf e Adadi):

Awareness of the Number means to prepare the heart to reach in the perfection of remembering “Al Ahad-the One”

“Awareness of numbers” means that the Murid (Seeker), while reciting Zikr (Wird) should count his Zikr and follow up according to the order of precedence (Thartheeb). It is the traditional example taught by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). All prayers, including ritual prayers ,formal prayers , voluntary prayers, and voluntary remembrance of God (Zikr) all practiced on certain numbers. You cannot say: I am praying four raka (Circle) Maghrib prayer, because you feel more attachment to God today!, you can only pray three raka for Maghrib, but if you still like to pray you need to follow the numbers and rows allowed for each prayer.

Counting Zikr is part of disciplining the heart and mind and to be focused on what is required in the time. This will help heart to focus on the Zikr and the One who purify the seeker who Sit’s in the Adkaar -the One and Only Allah Almighty.

Khwajah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) said: “Focusing on the number of Zikr is the first step in the field of acquiring spiritual knowledge!”

The daily spiritual practice (Awrad) are set up in three orders. First: it is to make intention to do Zikr, the intention also include the days of spiritual retreat (Khalwat or Riyada) and one should observe the number of days second, it has certain number to be recited.Third is the step by step order (thartheeb), and the Zikr has to be recited in this order.

The Sufi orders ,especially Naqshbandiyya are known for forty days retreat .

Allah says: 2:203 And remember Allah during [specific] numbered days.

The Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is Witr (one) and loves ‘the Witr’ (i.e.,odd numbers).  (Book #75, Hadith #419)

This are the mysteries of keeping a special numbers  for each Zikr.

The Quran gives examples that the Prophets were sent for 40 days retreat, three days seclusion and or isolation/ signs etc to equip them to receive certain divine blessings.

The numbers have a spiritual energy and a value. We can see how the digital electronics and satellite are working.

Only number that exist is Number One (1), rest remain as “Zero (0) , it is the one that give value to Zero. One manifest in Zero in various levels and equations and bring the miracles. Digital technology is based on 1 and 0.

When a person recite 100 la ilaha illa Allah it brings a value in the spiritual energy and make a positive effect in the Soul of the person who recite the Zikr.

When a person use computer , he put A to Z words and 1 to 0 numbers and the digital technology read it as Zero and One (0 and 1) mode, which then reverted and displayed in the screen in an understandable words.

The Awliya Allah were known the miraculous powers of Numbers and the essential way of arranging Zikr in numbers and order.

Counting the Zikr repetition is part of proper manner in the tariqah (Spiritual Way). One who does Zikr without counting it falls into heedless stations.  Conscious breathing and consciousness of numbers are essential parts for a follower to progress in this way.

if a person misses the Zikr, he must do as soon as he is able to do it. The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) says: “Whoever misses any part of Wird (essential supplications) or portion (of reciting Quran) at night, and reads it between Fajr prayer and Zuhr (noon prayer), it will be as if he read it all night” (Sahih Muslim 747, Musnab Ahmad 377-Chapter Musnad Umar Ibn Khattab) 66-alwahid

THE COUNTING OF SEEKER AND COUNTING OF THE CREATOR:

The Seeker should count his Zikr in a manner , as if he feels he is sitting in the presence of Allah the Mighty and Sublime!.

Because every action begin with intention (Niyyah)and rewarded according to the Sincerity.  Counting Zikr is part of attentiveness to engage with it completely and to disregard other things and to guard heart from falling to heedlessness.

Quran 54.52. And everything that they did exists (recorded) in (their) notebooks (of deeds):

Quran 72:28 “This is to ascertain that they have delivered their Lord’s messages. He is fully aware of what they have. He has counted the numbers of everything”

Imam Malik narrates in his Muwatta: Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu’z Zinad from al-Araj from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “By the One in Whose hand my self is, the smell of the breath of a man fasting is better with Allah than the scent of musk.’ He leaves his desires and his food and drink for My sake. Fasting is for Me and I reward it. Every good action is rewarded by ten times its kind, up to seven hundred times, except fasting, which is for Me, and I reward it.’ ”  (Book 18, Hadith 18.22.58)

Counting of special days: Narrated ‘Aisha(R.A): Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.”  (Sahih Bukhari,Book 32, Hadith 234)

Example:Imagine if a treasury gate is left opened , and so many people coming in, the watchman is not there to count and regulate the people and to safeguard other than the appointed people entering in it. What will happen? So robbers will enter in the treasury and steal the wealth. But if there is a guard near the gate, and he is recording who is entering inside the treasury and keeping a record , that time he is making sure the right people have come inside and the correct duties are undertaken there.

Therefore awareness of numbers and counting the Zikr repetition eventually make a seeker to safeguard his heart from everything other than his Creator.  He will observe what is coming in to his heart and he regulate the flows that is coming into the heart.  By counting one does not over burden himself, this is how a Seeker benefit from Counting the Number and keeping awareness of the Zikr he is doing. It has been narrated in Hadiths that the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, instructed Sahaba with specific number of Zikr for different occasions.

This is only an introductory note , by following a true Shaykh, one may reach further inner understanding of the methods and Sufi principles .
Wa salamun alal Mursaleen walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aaalameen

by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani

Everything is fake except one

Everything is falsehood except One (Hadith)

Naqshbandi Principle: Concentration on God (Yaddasht)

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Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: “Concentration on God” (Yaddasht)

Concentration on God (Yaddasht):

It means the seeker would concentrate his relationship with the Creator in his outward and inward action.  His heart must be concentrated in God’s Presence. This is similar to the Principle Constant attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi) the Principle formulated by Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S).

The difference is similar to the difference found in the principles of Wahdathul Wujood of Ibn Arabi (Q.S) and Wahdathu Shuhood  of Imam Rabbani Ahmad Faruqi Sirhindi (Q.S).

Concentration of God is Practiced in Meditation (Muraqaba/Rabita), the highest level of meditation is when there is nothing remains in meditation except the name of the essence. The Zikr of the elect “Hu”.

Meditation are two types, one is “Contemplation” in which a Seeker recall his day to day life and judging himself in thoughts whether he lived in accordance with that which please Allah and His Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam). This is the recollection of God’s Remembrance and attempt to Concentrate on God by a beginner in the path. This is the meditation of thoughts, egoistic thoughts are the lowest, in secular meditations this thoughts are meditated., in the ways of dark forces evil thoughts are meditated to invoke evil, angelic thoughts are invoked in meditation by righteous people to defend the heart falling into the first two thoughts.

The other one is “Meditation with Intercession” , or Meditation with prophets and Saints, reaching in the divine presence and renewing the Shahadath and relationship (Quran 3:18) with in the order (Silsila). In such level the Shaykh become an intercessor between the living and the dead, and those in the spiritual world. For him there is no veil between him and the creations. When the Mediation reach in the Concentration of the Truth (Al Haqq), the divine inspirations are revealed, the angels becomes servants to him, all the creations are subject to the order of the Shaykh who meditate in the truth. This is the rank of Arch-Intercessors (Gaws) and Qutubs (Spiritual Poles).

This levels are found in Hazret Khidr (A.S), Hazret Maryam Binth Imran (A.S), and many companions and high Saints of this nation.

Allah says: 2:141 (Al Haqqu Min’r-Rabbika) The truth is from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.

In this verse “Al Haqq” is mentioned as originated from Ar-Rabb.

17:81 And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.”

Some innovators, accuse Sufi principles of Annihilation (Fana), because they did not understand this two verses. Truth has come and false hood has vanished?. Truth came to where?,falsehood perished from where?. From the hearts or from some lands?. Does the land have ability to hold Truth?. No, Allah says: about the heart, the truth come and falsehood has vanished!

What will Happen when truth comes ? , the self (falsehood) will be destroyed: this is the state of Fana (Annihilation) and Baqa (Salvation) , Allah says in Quran: 59:21 Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, verily, thou wouldst have seen it humble itself and cleave asunder for fear of Allah. Such are the similitudes which We propound to men, that they may reflect.

This is how the impact the Truth (Quran) can make in believer , as for the spiritual ways those who follow the Book of Allah and Traditions of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) through the “pious scholars (heirs of Prophets)” reach in the state of perfect faith (Imaan).

So Allah Almighty Orders to follow those who reached in the Straight Path and Truth, to follow those who are mastered in haqiqa and Ma’arifa. Quran 9:119 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ  

O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).

17:80:

وَقُلْ رَبِّ أَدْخِلْنِي مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مُخْرَجَ صِدْقٍ وَاجْعَلْ لِي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ سُلْطَانًا نَصِيرًا    

Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”

They are the aid for the believer in the Straight Path.

It is narrated in Hadith that says: “Everything is falsehood except Allah”, as the verse in 17:81 and 2:141 describes, when all the falsehood including the lower self perish in the seeker, only “Al Haqq” remains in the seeker.

if you are a Muhaddis then you must know the Hadith without needing someone else tell you, it is in one of the sahih Sittha . go and find it if you can.

So this is the state of “Anal Haqq” (I am the Truth) which many ignorant external scholars denying for a fact!. When a person concentrate on God, everything perish in him except the Presence of the Mighty and Sublime!

The Dua to ask for “Concentration on Divine Truth” 3:53 Our Lord, we have believed in what You revealed and have followed the messenger Jesus, so register us among the witnesses [to truth].”

So when a Seeker witness truth in the Concentration on God, there is no falsehood remain in him in the state of fana. Since everything else is falsehood except Allah. This is  the station of “Ihsan”.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Verily Allah ta’ala has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’[Al-Bukhari]

“Beware the vision of a true believer ,for he sees with the Light of Allah” (hadith)

Concentration on God Require two things:

1- Renounce the World, and 2-Forget the people.

On the authority of Abu al-’Abbas Sahl bin Sa’ad as-Sa’idee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:A man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, direct me to an act which, if I do it, [will cause] Allah to love me and the people to love me.” So he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Renounce the world and Allah will love you, and renounce what the people possess and the people will love you.” A hasan hadeeth related by Ibn Majah and others with good chains of authorities.

This are the states of Fana and Concentration on God that is explained by our Beloved Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam. Unfortunately so many have deceived to wrong ways by their misguided leaders and scholars!, May Allah guide them back to the Ahlu Sunnah Wa Soofiya…ameen

Allah says: 3:137 Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.

6:11 Say: “Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.”

A Seeker can achieve concentration in Allah, by doing Zikr often and to do zikr often, one must keep with Awrad (Daily Spiritual Practice) without fail.

Allah says: 62:10 And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah , and remember Allah often that you may succeed.

This is a promise for Both Men and Women. That may be among the People of Zikr and attain a relationship with their Creator and by which shall they prosper!

The Etiquette of a Seeker (Murid)

Allah says: 33:35 Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.

To gain concentration on God (Yaddasht), the Seeker must observe the following manners:

1- To believe (believing men and Women) with whole heart in his/her Shaykh and in his Path. As the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says: On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra): The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]

The party of Satan will try to trick you by saying, you are blindly following your Shaykh and make you confuse. But remind yourself I am sincerely following my Shaykh. A seeker who doubt/suspect his Shaykh and refer books for proofs to follow the Shaykh, a woman who is doubt her husband and send a spy behind husband,a husband who doubt his wife and send spy behind his wife, the end of such relationships will come to an end, and you will become a loser.

2-To obey your Shaykh with whole heart. Allah says:4:59 O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.

The Spiritual Opening will be given to such obedient Seekers.Allah says:

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!

Sahih Bukhari,Book 89  Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys the ruler I appoint, obeys me, and whoever disobeys him, disobeys me.”

So it is clear that a disobedient one cannot concentrate on God nor reach in Meditation.

Allah says: 108:3 Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.

The hypocrites, disbelievers, and misguided people are cut off from this relationship!

3- To be truthful. Another manners required is to be a truthful person. God Himself is Truth “Al Haqq” as He is “As-Salam”, falsehood and Truth never goes together, when truth comes falsehood perish. One must avoid lying and spreading false news among people in order to achieve state of Meditation which is one of the doors of concentration on God. This is part of guarding the spiritual progress.

The Prophet (alaihuswalathu wa salam ) says: Malik related to me that he heard that Abdullah ibn Masud used to say, “You must tell the truth.truthfulness leads to right action. Right action leads to the Garden. Beware of lying. Lying leads to corruption, and corruption leads to the Fire. Don’t you see that it is said, ‘He speaks the truth and acts rightly,’ and, ‘He lies and is corrupt.’ ”  (Muwatta Imam Malik,Book 56, Hadith 56.7.16)

4- To be Patient: The Seeker must be patient in order to attain pure meditation and concentration. Patience is the key of success. It is the pre-condition of meditation. One who is not patient will wander though he may close his eyes and sit facing Qibla.

2:153 O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.

3:200 O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that ye may prosper

11:11 Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward.

7:!28 Said Moses to his people: “Pray for help from Allah, and (wait) in patience and constancy: for the earth is Allah’s, to give as a heritage to such of His servants as He pleaseth; and the end is (best) for the righteous.

 Yahya related to me from Malik that Yahya ibn Said said, ”Ubada ibn al-Walid ibn Ubada ibn as-Samit informed me from his father that his grandfather (Ubada) said, ‘We made a contract with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to hear and obey in ease and hardship, enthusiasm and reluctance, and not to dispute with people in authority and to speak or establish the truth wherever we were without worrying about criticism.'”  (Imam Malik’s Muwatta,Book 21, Hadith 21.1.5)

Quran 41:35 And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint,- none but persons of the greatest good fortune.

5- To be Humble: The seeker must humble himself. Allah says in Quran 2:45 And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]

Allah says: 7:94 Whenever We sent a prophet to a town, We took up its people in suffering and adversity, in order that they might learn humility.

The tests, trials and hardships are for the goodness of the believer, that they may humble themselves through forbearing it.

11:23 But those who believe and work righteousness, and humble themselves before their Lord,- They will be companions of the gardens, to dwell therein for aye!

6- Being Charitable: The great Sufi Shaykhs are known for their generosity and charitable acts. The Khanaqah (Sufi lodge) serve all people.  It is the place of refuge for all people.

Allah says: 2:276 Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.

The seeker must refrain from all wickedness and adhere to the virtuous acts , so that he will succeed and gain much blessings and progress in the path.

The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) says: On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.” [Al-Bukhari][Muslim]

Allah says: 2:3 Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them;

7-To Fast (to practice Asceticism/Renunciation of Worldly desires/attachments): the meaning of fasting in the aya (verse 33:35) refers to Asceticism, which is regulating the diet, desires, thoughts and deeds.  A bad diet system bring a bad nourishment.  So the fasting is to protect the heart from it’s sickness.

A seeker in order to progress in the way , to gain concentration and meditation, he must control his diet and desires. One feed the body and other feed the mind. What is fed will manifest. His heart must be fasting,not just his stomach. For a beginner, the fasting for heart is to refrain heart from all unlawful thoughts. For an intermediate the fasting is to remember what please Allah and to apply it in life. for someone advanced in this way, he must observe his heart must refrain from everything except Allah.

This is related of the two Naqshbandi Principle: Solitude in the Crowd and Watching the steps.

The Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says that: Allah is not in need of someone leaving food and remain hungry.

The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) says:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra):The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers. So the Almighty has said: “O (you) Messengers! Eat of the tayyibat [all kinds of halal (legal) foods], and perform righteous deeds.” [23:51] and the Almighty has said: “O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you.” [2:172]” Then he (ﷺ) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!,” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered? [Muslim]

9: Guarding One’s Sexual Organs. the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam promise paradise for anyone who believe in Islam and guard his private parts (sexual organs) and his tongues. This is most important, and struggle against ego.

The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) says: On the authority of Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “None of you [truly] believes until his desires are subservient to that which I have brought.” [Imam an-Nawawi says:] We have related it in Kitab al-Hujjah with a saheeh chain of narrators.

Our Shaykh, Sulthanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (Q.S) says: “The second order for a follower of our way after his Baya (initiation) is to marry”. Because we are living in the second Jahiliya, people are naked everywhere. The man must safeguard his eye and his private parts.

Allah says: 2:187 …………They are clothing for you and you are clothing for them..

Man and Woman are clothing for each other when they are married, the clothing that veil their mind and bonding them to each other. So that their minds will be cautious of seeking what Allah has forbidden outside the wedlock!

Dressing modestly, guarding the ears and vision and leaving that which does not concern you are all part of guarding one’s sexual organs.

10: Remembering Allah: When the above etiquette are observed the seeker is ready himself to sit for meditation and to attach himself to the Remembrance of God (Zikr Allah) and keep Meditation. When he is able to follow the nine principles found in the ayat (verse) and applies, the he sits doing Zikr and facing Qibla reaches in the state of “Concentration on God”, thus helping him to attain perfect meditation.
To reach in this state, one must follow a Shaykh and Submit to the Shaykh sincerely with whole heart. You cannot swim just by reading a book!

“When any group of men remember Allah, angels surround them and mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him.” (Muslim)

“They are the most wise who remember Allah, standing sitting and lying down” Quran (Surah 4: Verse 190)

So the perfection of Zikr is depends on the Purity of the heart and the purity of the heart depends on the Sincerity and Submission of the seeker. it is said that: “Religion is Sincerity”

So a person who is stuck in the Maqams, titles and Miracles end up in the same station without progressing in the way. This is happening in many Sufi Orders. The Maqams and Miracles becoming a veil on many seekers and they are forgetting the purpose of their creation. Only Naqshbandi Way remains in guiding a seeker to perfect realization and annihilation.

This a brief reference note on the Naqshbandi Priciple: “Concentration on God” (Yaddast). You may learn in detail and practice this principles from a Shaykh.

Wa salamun alal Mursaleen

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen.

by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani

 

Seek God as moths seek light, One's the fly reach light it never returns, it dies and become dusts.

Seek God as moths seek light, One’s the fly reach light it never returns, it dies and become dusts. you will need a guard, a Shaykh of Tasawwuf to guide you, otherwise some lizards and frogs will snatch you and mislead you!

 

Naqshbandi Principle:Returning to the World (Bazgasht)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

The Purpose of Returning-Give Light to Others

The Purpose of Returning-Give Light to Others

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state)

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: Returning to the World of Religious duties after Pure Zikr (Bazgasht)

Returning to the World of Religious Duties (Bazgasht):

Allah says: Quran: 62:10 And when the prayer (Zikr) has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah , and remember Allah often that you may succeed*.

A Seeker in the way followed by the Zikr and Annihilation (Fana), he is required to return to the world in order to fulfill his obligations and duties according to the Islamic Laws (Shari’ah) and Traditions (Sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Some have misinterpreted or misunderstood this principle due to their lack of understanding on this principle. This is the Sixth principle according to Hazret Abdul Khaliq Ghujdevani (Q.S) the mater of the Khwajagan Way. When a seeker (Murid) is submerged in the Zikr and ascended in the spiritual journey while he is physically in this world, it requires him to follow the book of Allah and Traditions of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, and keep the duties that is commanded by God, this is the perfect state (Kaamil) of a Seeker.

When the seeker progress in his Zikr, reach in a state of complete emptiness and annihilation in the Divine presence, through meditation (Muraqaba) , the lower world vanish from his heart, his physical body in this world and his spiritual being in the divine presence. This is a very delicate state of a seeker. Al Hallaj Mansoor (Q.S), Al Bistami (Q.S) and others were outspoken from the self sacrifice and divine relationship ,words that are considered as forbidden in the law in the world of creations.

The meaning of the Word “Baz Gasht” (Returning) is to Return to the Servants of God after reaching in the Divine Presence(nearness) which is followed by “Journey Homeward”,returning to the Shaykh and to the Jama’ath after the state of Annihilation (Fana) which happens after purification. And perfect purification is when nothing remains in a person except God, everything vanishes in the seeker including his self. The returning can also be to guide others if he seeker has given shaykh-hood. That his Shaykh may need him as an assistant/deputy to work for him in order to guide the people.

For others, the seekers it is only to follow the ways of the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam which based on Sunnah and Shari’ah.

17:80 Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”

Allah says: 17:81 Say: ´Truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Falsehood is always bound to vanish.

Thus Allah says[Quran 89:27-28] [To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul,Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him],

“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)

When the Soul is reassured in the Zikr and Find Peace and Certainty , then you shall enter in the way of righteous and favored.

Quran [15:99]:Worship your Lord until you attain certainty.

Quran [89:29] And enter among My [righteous] servants

Since the Seeker is still alive in this world in his flesh he shall fulfill his religious obligations in the Path of those whom Allah has bestowed favor.  In other words, a person whom God has guided will be in the Path of  Sufi Tariqah

Quran [1:7], See Link for Explanation: 1:7 The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor,

The seeker is obligated to follow the outward life style and duties commanded in the religion of Islam. It is a part of guarding his spiritual state and following the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam).. If a seeker fail to follow the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) it is obvious chance that he may lose his spiritual progress and status and can even become a heretic or an unbeliever.

Because Allah says:[3:31] Say: “If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

God commanded all Angels and Iblees to prostrate to Adam (A.S), to accept him as the Khalifa of Allah on earth. But Iblees failed, though he had a high maqam, and he become blind in his state and status. So he became Satan and ruined his spirit and ruining the souls of millions of people since then!.

In the case of a seeker who does not follow the Prophet (s.a.w), he also ruin himself and may ruin millions of people, who just see the Karamath (Miracles) and eloquent speech from his experience in the spiritual journey!

So many spiritual travelers and even so many Shaykhs are fooled in this stages and have been drowned from their ranks due to the failure of following the Sunnah of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam)

So the Naqshbandiyya Principle: “Returning to the World” means to come back to the God’s Religion and Righteousness.

Allah says: Qur’an  49:7 And know that among you is Allah’s Messenger: were he, in many matters, to follow your (wishes), ye would certainly fall into misfortune: But Allah has endeared the Faith to you, and has made it beautiful in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you Unbelief, wickedness, and rebellion: such indeed are those who walk in righteousness;-

The aim of the Returning is to live in the world in Servant hood (Abd), because Allah says: ” I have not created jinn and mankind except to serve Me. (51:56)

Because it is the Sunnath of Allah to Preserve his servant for His Own Sake. That he may be a sign for the people and a clear proof for the believers so that they may understand the promise of Allah is true.

Allah says in Al Kahf: 18:21 And similarly, We caused them to be found that they [who found them] would know that the promise of Allah is truth and that of the Hour there is no doubt…

For the beginners,this principle means that they should not only following the spiritual exercises , but also fulfilling other duties that are obligatory on every believer.

On the authority of Abu Tha’labah al-Kushanee — Jurthoom bin Nashir (may Allah be pleased with him) — that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Verily Allah ta’ala has laid down religious obligations (fara’id), so do not neglect them; and He has set limits, so do not overstep them; and He has forbidden some things, so do not violate them; and He has remained silent about some things, out of compassion for you, not forgetfulness — so do not seek after them. A hasan hadeeth narrated by ad-Daraqutnee and others.[40 Hadith,Nawawi)

*62:10 : The most virtuous day is Friday and Juma Prayer , the prayer is to establish the Zikr of Allah, so this is the context verse from Sura Juma quoted for the Principle of Naqshbandi Way: Returning” as Allah says: 20:14 Verily, I am Allah: There is no god but I: So serve thou Me (only), and establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise.

This is a brief explanation of what the Principle Baz Gasht  means “Returning” in the Naqshbandi Way.

wa salamun alal Mursaleen

walhamdulillahi Rabbail Aalameen

By- Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani

Returning of Jesus Christ (A.S) -An Example for the Purpose of "Returning"

Returning of Jesus Christ (A.S) -An Example for the Purpose of “Returning”

Naqshbandi Principle: Awareness of breath(Hosh dar dam)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

HE LOOKS AT HIMSELF OR HE LOOKS AT THE HIDDEN SHIRK IN YOU Quran 25:43 and 45:23, the idols you placed therein (heart)

HE LOOKS AT HIMSELF
OR HE LOOKS AT THE HIDDEN SHIRK IN YOU
Quran 25:43 and 45:23, the idols you placed therein (heart)

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani, 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: Awareness of breath(Hosh dar dam)

 Awareness of breath(Hosh dar dam):

Consciousness of breathing (Hosh Dar dam) means to safeguard the breath from entering into heedless station and inclinations. According to Imam of Khatamul Khwajagan, Hazret Abdul Khaliq Ghujdevani, the seekers who are serious in the path must observe his breath from all forms of notions of the bodily desires and direct his breathing toward’s God Consciousness. Every breath that is inhaled and exiled must circulate through the cells of body must be occupied with the Divine Presence in it. The breathing that is is inhaled and exhaled without God’s Presence in it leads to heedlessness and death of the heart.  This is the summary of Hazret Abdul Khaliq Ghujdevani (q.s)’s teaching on the awareness of breath.

Comments : God Almighty has placed a divine breath in every human being when he is formed in the womb of the mother and the soul is placed in the fetus by the Angel, that make the connection between the breath of the mother, the breath of the infant in the womb and connect with the heart of the mother with the heart of the child and make the spirit enter in it. A seeker by constantly safeguarding his breath from heedlessness unveils that earliest divine breath in his spirit to be discovered and reaching to recognize his own soul and his rank in the divine presence and his relationship with his Lord. By recollecting this Divine Breath in him , the seeker is able to find the Divine Sustenance (Rizq) that is bestowed by his Lord during his creation in his womb.

Allah says :[15:29]And when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.”

The Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam said:

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Masood (ra), who said:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), and he is the truthful, the believed, narrated to us, “Verily the creation of each one of you is brought together in his mother’s womb for forty days in the form of a nutfah (a drop), then he becomes an alaqah (clot of blood) for a like period, then a mudghah (morsel of flesh) for a like period, then there is sent to him the angel who blows his soul into him and who is commanded with four matters: to write down his rizq (sustenance), his life span, his actions, and whether he will be happy or unhappy (i.e., whether or not he will enter Paradise). By the One, other than Whom there is no deity, verily one of you performs the actions of the people of Paradise until there is but an arms length between him and it, and that which has been written overtakes him, and so he acts with the actions of the people of the Hellfire and thus enters it; and verily one of you performs the actions of the people of the Hellfire, until there is but an arms length between him and it, and that which has been written overtakes him and so he acts with the actions of the people of Paradise and thus he enters it.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
The Prophet Isa Son of Maryam (peace be upon them) were bestowed by Allah the Power to regenerate that breathe into make creation by Allah’s Will.

Allah says: (Quran 5:11)

[The Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, “This is not but obvious magic.”
Prophet Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him)’s breathe was protected even before his birth. The Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam says:
Sahih Bukhari: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “When any human being is born. Satan touches him at both sides of the body with his two fingers, except Jesus, the son of Mary, whom Satan tried to touch but failed, for he touched the placenta-cover instead.”  (Book 54, Hadith 506)
Mary (Peace be upon her) mother of Isa (alaihissalam), was also a protected woman,a woman whom Allah chosen over all other women. She remains highest in sainthood among woman. Her breathe was also protected by Allah Almighty even before her birth.
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, ‘The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,’ If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and in a good mood, otherwise he gets up dull and gloomy. ”  (Book 54, Hadith 491)
Quran 21:91 And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.
Allah says: [3:42] And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.
YAWNING:
For the reason of Safeguarding the breathe, Allah’s Messenger forbid Yawning, because it is through heedless breathing that the seeker may enter in egoistic stations.
Sahih Bukhari:  Narrated Abu Huraira(R.A): The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam)said, “yawning is from Satan and if anyone of you yawns, he should check his yawning as much as possible, for if anyone of you (during the act of yawning) should say: ‘Ha’, Satan will laugh at him.”  (Book 54, Hadith 509)
Sahih Bukhari,Narrated Abu Huraira(R.A): The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “Allah loves sneezing but dislikes yawning; so if anyone of you sneezes and then praises Allah, every Muslim who hears him (praising Allah) has to say Tashmit to him. But as regards yawning, it is from Satan, so if one of you yawns, he should try his best to stop it, for when anyone of you yawns, Satan laughs at him.” (Book 73, Hadith 245)
This is enough evidence for the importance of conscious breathing and an evidence against those who oppose the exalted Naqshbandi Principle.

Therefore the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says:

On the authority of Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “None of you [truly] believes until his desires are subservient to that which I have brought.” [Imam an-Nawawi says:] We have related it in Kitab al-Hujjah with a saheeh chain of narrators.

Holding fast to Naqshbandi Way helps a seeker to follow the Quran and Sunnah with it’s most correct and purest form and the Naqshbandi Way explains and make it easy to understand the followers the correct way of Islam. The Shaykhs helping the seeker and training the followers in all the aspects of life which must be according to Quran and Sunnah.

The Shaykh  (Saint of Allah) can know the state of a seeker by observing the breath of his follower. Whether the murid is near of far.

The Shaykhs are the heirs of the Prophets (hadith), because they sees with the Light of Allah (Hadith)

Allah says:  [12:94] And when the caravan departed [from Egypt], their father said, “Indeed, I find the smell of Joseph [and would say that he was alive] if you did not think me weakened in mind.”

This are some of the examples of the Divine Breathing into the Chosen Souls. It is said that that one breathe of the Saint is enough to guide whole mankind, because it is the living breath, the breath that give life to the dead.

Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) said: “The foundation of this way is upon conscious breathing, so it is a must for the followers of this to safeguard his breathe in inhalation and exhalation, as well as to safeguard it in it’s intervals.

The breathing reach in every cells, to the heart to the brain and brings an impact in the internal and external organs.
It is said that: Satan moves in the body of human where his blood circulates.

It is also said that: The heart, if it is pure, the person is pure, if it is corrupt the person is corrupt.

Quran:91:9-10 He has succeeded who purifies it, And he has failed who instills it [with corruption].

Therefore we can see that there is a direct relationship between Purification and Breathing.

Different types of emotions also affect one’s breathing, when a person sees the majesty of Allah in a Creation, like a Tsunami or a landslide, or a motor accident, he take a deep breathe and remember God and inhale the name of God with such an emotion.

A man who stare at a beautiful woman takes an evil breathe and may cause him to send the waves of lust and forbidden desires and cause him to get in the trap of evil.

A person who sees a wild animal coming behind to chase him, takes another form of breath and produce the adrenaline and hormones related to that breathing and making him to safeguard his steps and make him defend or run away for safety.

The significance of breathing can be seen in all aspects. Since the 11 Naqshbandi principles are inter-related,Awareness of consistent Breathing and Watching the Steps are very near to each other.

So the Murid must avoid the company of those who take false breathing, if he were with others, then he must observe Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude from the Society) in order to preserve his breathe.

One who sincerely follow the Shaykh, the Shaykh help the seeker to open his breathing , so he constantly remembers God in the Heart , in mind and in spirit.

It is the opening of that divine breathe which bring the Fayda (Spiritual flow) and gives inspiration to the Seeker when he/she progress into the higher levels.
So if someone want to know what is coming from his ego and what is coming from Shaykh, then let him observe his breathing.

WHEN THE BREATHING AND ZIKR COMES TOGETHER:

It is evident that the people who are perfected their Zikr are the People of paradise. Someone asked Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, whether the inhabitants of the people are known or not. The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: They are known.

Sahih Bukhari: Book 77 Hadith 595 Narrated Imran bin Husain: A man said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Can the people of Paradise be known (differentiated) from the people of the Fire; The Prophet replied, “Yes.” The man said, “Why do people (try to) do (good) deeds?” The Prophet said, “Everyone will do the deeds for which he has been created to do or he will do those deeds which will be made easy for him to do.” (i.e. everybody will find easy to do such deeds as will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created).  

Sahih Muslim Jabir reported: I heard Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying that the inmates of Paradise would eat and drink but would neither spit, nor pass water, nor void excrement, nor suffer catarrah. It was said: Then, what would happen with food? Thereupon he said: They would belch and sweat (and it would be over with their food), and their sweat would be that of musk and they would glorify and praise Allah as easily as you breathe.  (Book 40, Hadith 6798)

Sahih Muslim: Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said that the inmates of Paradise would eat therein and they would also drink, but they would neither void excrement, nor suffer catarrh, nor pass water, and their eating (would be digested) in the form of belching and their sweat would be musk aged they would glorify and praise Allah as easily ai you breathe.  (Book 40, Hadith 6800)

So from the above hadiths (the three hadiths altogether) should make you understand the who are the people of salvation, you must follow them. Follow the Ahlu Zikr (people of Zikr) for they are those who do Zikr just as they breathe.

It is narrated to me by a Qadiri Sufi, that Hazret Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani (Q.S) said: “Hypocrites cannot call upon my name and Allah’s name 1000 times in one stand”

Is narrated that Ali (R.A) have said: “mostly one’s  Imaan (faith) departs in the time of death”-Al Jawaaahirul Ajeeba , daqa’iqul akhbaar (Quoted)

It is the time, a person find hard to safeguard his breath and Satan try to trick him in that time of great trial!

I remember one time, the night (Saturday, in shaban 2012) when my Shaykh Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi Ar-Rabbani (Q.S) passed away, I saw my Grand Shaykh Hazret Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani Ar-Rabbani (Q.S), I was sleeping on the floor in my home (as a guest occupied my bed who were staying with us since Friday), I saw myself standing in the presence of Sultanul Awliya, who told me: “You should continue the work of Osmanli Naqshbandi Haqqani Tarikat and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi , he mentioned both Shaykh abdul Kerim and the name of the Order (Osmanli Naqshbandi Haqqani tariqat), then Mawlana Shaykh Nazim took a White turban from him and which is tied on a green cap and put it in my head, as soon he put that in my head, a kind of heavy inhalation came to my chest with so much power , in that heavy inhalation of breathing I woke up suddenly, though that night I was fell sleep with weeping and agony, due to the passing away of Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim AR-Rabbani (Q.S)

This are one the examples of the breathing that passes from Prophets and Awliya Allah. When Jibreel (A.S) meeting Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam in Mountain, holding Prophet tightly as if squeezing him into angel Gabriel (A.S), the Prophet (alaihiswalaathu wa salam) body become sick in the next days.

This are the various explanation of the Naqshbandi principle of awareness breathe with day today examples that relate the reader to understand and observe what is it the importance of breathing and safeguarding it in order to progress in this way.

So do not ask me, if it is ok to smoke Cigarette , our Way teach even polluting the nature also a blame worthy deed!

This articles (Naqshbandi Principles) are written on an inspiration by the support of my Shaykhs, this is not a complete article,rather it is only a brief note, but it guides a person to the real principles that are experienced differently by person to person.

wa salamun alal Mursaleen

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aaalmeen

By: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

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Naqshbandi Principle:Spiritual Journey (Safar dar Watan)

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Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about:Journey in the Spiritual Path (Safar Dar Watan)

Spiritual Journey to the Kingdom of God (Safar Dar Watan):

Spiritual Journey to the native land/home/to the country/to the House of God means the Seeker travels from the world of unreal to the world of reality. It is said in a Hadith that: “Everything is falsehood except Allah”.

The end of the Journey is ‘Annihilation’ (Fana) in the Divine Essence. so God Almighty said to the Saint Abu Yazid AL Bistami: “Leave yourself and come to me”

It is therefore Spiritual Journey to the Divine Presence, to the Presence of Allah.  Similar to other Journey’s one must set up his provisions,he will have a vehicle and he follow the rules of the journey. There is no roads(Paths) without rules.

The Night of Ascension (Mi’raj) is the Journey of the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) to the divine presence, Sufi Saints who are the inheritors (heirs) of Prophetic knowledge (both internal and external) receive the understanding and vision through a similar journey which will be through a spiritual experience.
Because a true believer who is chosen to be the heirs of Prophets will receive  the spiritual as well as outward understanding of religion that is to aid him.
Doesn’t Allah say: “Enter in Islam completely and perfectly and do not follow the footstep of Satan” (Al Bakara)?

So the pious Saints are given spiritual journey as well as Journey of the Soul during sleep , as Prophet (s.a.w) says: “A Good dream of a believer is one of the forty six party of Prophethood. (Sahih Bukhari, Book of dreams).

Also Narrated Abu Qatada: The Prophet said, “A true good dream is from Allah, and a bad dream is from Satan.”  (Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The (good) dream of a faithful believer is a part of the forty-six parts of prophetism.”  (Sahih Bukhari)

39:42 It is Allah that takes the souls (of men) at death; and those that die not (He takes) during their sleep: those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a term appointed verily in this are Signs for those who reflect.

The Journey of the Seeker is not divided, since the inward and journey is spiritual yet his outward state and inward states follows together in his spiritual journey. The external Journey is to seek a Shaykh, anyone who intent for his spiritual journey must seek a Shaykh, for this reason he Journey to the house of Allah or the Places of the Saints and seek for a spiritual guide there.

Allah says: 5:35 O ye who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means of approach unto Him, and strive with might and main in his cause: that ye may prosper.

29:69 And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right.

So the believer is obligated to seek a path, he must obey what is commanded by Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam), enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.

As for the “External Journey” is concerned, the duty of the seeker to Journey to find a guide, and any effort to fulfill the obligations of Islam (Shariah) is considered as external journey. It is not just about moving to another country or town. Because it is evident that many seekers who moved to another country or to the land of Prophets and Saints (in their time) became heedless and never began their internal journey. There are examples that one who never moved to a Shaykh, yet achieved closeness to the Shaykh through spiritual connection. The spiritual connection between Abdul Khaliq Ghujdevani (Q.S) who lived 200 years before Imam Shah Baha’uddin  Naqshbandi (Q.S) and the spiritual connection between Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) and Owais Al Qarni (R.A) is another examples for inward journey to the Shaykhs (Prophets or Awliya Allah)

God Created Death and Life to Test Mankind. To Make Himself Known to the Man, by striving in that test and Journeying to Allah. Allah Knows Himself and the State of every Man, but He created Life and Death for the Creations to know HiM, He is to be known in them, to make them into striving in His Path.

Allah says: 67.2. He Who has created death and life, so that He may try you (and demonstrate to yourselves) which of you is better in deeds. And He is the All-Glorious with irresistible might (Whose will none can frustrate), the All-Forgiving (Who forgives many of His servants’ sins so that they learn from being tested);

Death is mentioned before life. So it is clear that one must die to become alive again. Some people say: You must be born again. It is explained in my Blog: Book of Soul. So there is no birth without death, death of the self and birth of the divine Will in one’s life.When the Light and Guidance of Allah enter in one’s heart, his past dies and he is born again. It is commonly agreed that one who did Hajj perfectly is like a born again person, when a person convert to islam, he is like born again. But in the spirituality it has another meaning. It is when Allah guide one and the Light (Noor) enter in the heart , he is born again in divine guidance. Allah says: 17:97 It is he whom Allah guides, that is on true Guidance; but he whom He leaves astray – for such wilt thou find no protector besides Him. On the Day of Judgment We shall gather, them together, prone on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf: their abode will be Hell: every time it shows abatement, We shall increase from them the fierceness of the Fire.

Since the Most praiseworthy deed is Remembrance of Allah, the verse means: To Remember Allah in Ihsan , It is to reach a state of Divine Witnessing, He created Life and Death for Him (S.W.T) to be known in the best of way as known to “Ulool Ilm”, so it is obligatory for everyone (sound mind and healthy) to strive to know Allah to remember Him with best “Remembrance”

On the other hand some claim spiritual height and perfection based on their physical relationship with Shaykhs.  When Musa (A.S) accompanied Khidr (A.S), in that journey Musa (A.S) was unable to continue the Journey as he was unable to fulfill the oath of with hazret Khidr (A.S). Similar to that, there can be many Khalifas and followers under a Shaykh, but one who Journey spiritually with the Shaykh and complete the Journey and his soul being sanctified (Ref Sura As-Shams) is the real inheritor of that Shaykh.  A person can live under a Shaykh for all his life, eat with a Shaykh all his years, do everything as his shaykh orders for all his life,and remain without a “Spiritual Journey”. Because, if there is no full love (100%) and full submission and full sincerity , seeks fame and attention of the world, then which means he is remaining without a Journey ascension.

Similarly a person can study all books that is related to authentic Islamic knowledge, but he can remain where he is, and not having a Journey to all.

But some groups deny spiritual journey, while they are making Journey to the “house of Allah” in Makkah, (for Hajj and Umrah).  That is an outward Journey which is to remind inward Journey.

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The HADITH About Spiritual Journey: 

It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) who said:I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.” [Bukhari &Muslim]

So it is clear that innovators never have a spiritual journey or spiritual progress. Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) says: “They speak the truth but they are not of the truth”. Since innovators believe Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) is dead, he does not help, hear or respond”, they will not attain a correct and sincere intention.  So without a pure and firm intention the Journey to Allah is not possible. Because the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam sais: “Actions are (granted it’s benefit/which is judged) by it’s intentions”. So deeds of the innovators are in vain, it will be give to those (Awliya Allah and Ahlul Bayth) who are attacked slandered by innovators!. How fortunate the Awliya Allah and Ahlul Bayth are!, God has multiplied their rewards.
The innovators and those who have malice (envy, hatred, anger etc) against Awliya Allah and or to Ahlul Bayth, their worship and religion will not give any benefit to them!

The Journey requires “correct and sincere intention” (Niyyah), the intention that is sealed before beginning the journey, which is never re-writing once the journey is begun!. If the “Intention” is not sealed and concealed from ego before travelling, the ego try to corrupt the “Niyyah” in  between the Journey, then the ego take leadership in the heart and you will be fooled by your ego, and your conscious will continue to think that you are still under the guidance of your Shaykh”. So “Watching the Steps is very necessary in the “Journey to the Divine Presence”

When a person accept (made Baya) to follow a Shaykh , then his internal journey begins. It is then the Journey to the divine presence begins. The “Means” (Waseela) is the Shaykh and the Spiritual Path (Tariqah). The conduct and manners of the seeker must be according to the orders of the Spiritual Guide. He should renounce all sinful desires and following his own ego!

Following the Obligation of Shari’ah will sanctify a person’s physical life and forgive the sins of his external and organs. Following the Way of Tasawwuf (Ihsan) will Sanctify his Soul from the corruptions that is caused by his mind. It is said: “Purity is half of faith”, when the seeker reach in the state of purity, and traveling in the Path, in his Spiritual Journey the other half of the Faith is completed.
Then he reach in the heavenly “Witness” of the Tawheed” (Oneness of God”, there he is completed His Journey and return to His Servants as a Purified Soul.

Allah says: 3:18 There is no god but He: That is the witness of Allah, His angels, and those endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice. There is no god but He, the Exalted in Power, the Wise.

The Seeker is raised into the status of “Ulool Ilm” People of Knowledge. “Ulool ilm” is not book scholar, but the spiritual Scholars of Allah (Rabbaniyyun 3:79): “”Be pious scholars of the Lord because of what you have taught of the Scripture and because of what you have studied.””

The Scripture is taught by Allah’s Messengers (Peace be upon them), not from books. It is from the presence of Prophets and Saints (the heirs of Prophets).

In the Spiritual Journey, the through the help and support of his Shaykh (Quran 17:80) , the Shaykh unveils the Seeker his provisions which is necessary for his relationship and commitment in each stage.

Allah says (11:6) “There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance dependeth on Allah: He knoweth the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit: All is in a clear Record.”

The Prophet (S.A.W) says: “Allah is the Giver and I am the Distributor”

THE MIGRATION SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN QURAN:

Quran 88:29 And enter among My [righteous] servants

Who are the servants?:

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!

Where do they End their Journey?:

Quran 89:30: And enter My Paradise.”

So it is clear that the Spiritual Journey requires Prophetic Morals and Manners. A coward or an enemy of Prophets ,Awliya Allah (Saints) and Ahlul bayth (Family of Last Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, will never travel or never arrive. Their journey will be with the devil (Thagooth, Quran 2:256-257)

So Your Journey is with the one whom You love, those whom you Love are your friends and close related ones, and your religion is their religion. (Ref Sunan Abu Dawud), So you inward and outward Journey will be with the one whom you love and whom you take as intimate friends.

TWO SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS:

Allah says in Quran 2:257 Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).

Since, every Road has an End a destiny, there is nor return one’s they reach in the Divine Presence. in the Spiritual Journey though the seeker returns to his normal life, His Soul remains busy in the Divine Presence. This is another principle and we will,Insha Allah, explain therein.

So those who does not travel with the Pious ones, then surely he is traveling with the Companions of fire. Because the straight path is here, the Path of those upon whom ALLAH has bestowed His Favor.

A Muslim reciting minimum five times a day:Sura al Fatiha 1:6-7 Guide us to the straight path -The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.

So isn’t a Muslim on Straight path?, Whose Path Prophet (s.a.w) referring to?

Some innovators says the Path of Islam according to Companions. Didn’t Companions (Sahaba) did this prayer? (i.e Guide us into the straight Path)?

So stop fooling yourself with false arguments. The path of Prophets, Siddiqin and Saliheen, the unbroken path, the path with pure spiritual lineage , Allah says: 2:256

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things”.

So the Path is not just the Salaf Salih: Allah says: 2:136 Say ye: “We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam).”

When you make up Islam into a particular generation, at that time you are inventing a falsehood in religion, a division and a sect!

2:208 O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy.

So it is the time you realize the correct Path (Straight Path) and Journey in it.

So the innovators are stubborn and they says: We only follow Salaf Salih, some says only some Imams, and they are stubborn and arrogant against others, they are making themselves fools.
ALLAH Says about them: 2:130 And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous.

So remember Abraham (A.S) was not a Shia or Salafi!, It is the Way of Prophets,Siddiqin and Saliheen (the Unbroken Path of Awliya Allah) that a Muslim must follow with correct intention.

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” And Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.” [Al-Bukhari]

So the Journey is Vast, long and requires a helper, an Aid, who guide them into the Truth. Allah is not guiding you directly, He is not Coming Himself . He Send Angels to Prophets and Pious Family of Prophets (eg: Mother of Musa A.S and Mother of Isa A.S and so on).

Allah says in 17:80 Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”

So Journey to the Divine Presence and Returning from that State to this worldly responsibilities that is commanded in the Shari’ah of Allah, requires the support of a Spiritual Guide. The verse in Quran is plain clear. Some misguided translators have twisted the word “Sidq” in their translation.

Insha Allah , we will continue to explain the other Principles especially Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr)

This is only a short note to give seekers an idea about what it is the meaning of this Principles and it’s relations to Quran and Sunnah.

But to taste the sweetness of honey, you need to put it in your mouth, reading about honey does not bring a clear idea about honey. You cannot “Study” swimming in a distance learning course, you need a swimming instructor and jump into the pool.H

So get ready to learn Swimming or go to a Honey seller and buy honey, do not keep it in home, taste every day, the more you taste the more you are familiar with honey.

Quran 2:155-156 Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”:-

Wa Salamun Alal Mursaleen

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen

Written by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani at Rabbani Way

2:10 When he saw a fire and said to his family, "Stay here; indeed, I have perceived a fire; perhaps I can bring you a torch or find at the fire some guidance."20:11But when he came to the fire, a voice was heard: "O Moses!20:12 Indeed, I am your Lord, so remove your sandals. Indeed, you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.

20:10 When he saw a fire and said to his family, “Stay here; indeed, I have perceived a fire; perhaps I can bring you a torch or find at the fire some guidance.”20:11But when he came to the fire, a voice was heard: “O Moses!20:12 Indeed, I am your Lord, so remove your sandals. Indeed, you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.

 

Naqshbandi Principle:Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

HE LOOKS AT HIMSELF OR HE LOOKS AT THE HIDDEN SHIRK IN YOU Quran 25:43 and 45:23, the idols you placed therein (heart)

HE LOOKS AT HIMSELF
OR HE LOOKS AT THE HIDDEN SHIRK IN YOU
Quran 25:43 and 45:23, the idols you placed therein (heart)

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about:Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)”

Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In the most Distinguished Naqshbandi Way, the heart of the follower is constantly attached to the “Divine Presence”

Allah says:

Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?

Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, seals his hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?

Quran 13:1…God does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change…

Though the students and beginners who did not reach to this level yet, they are required to keep their heart attached to the Divine Names through His Names and Attributes, a seeker constantly remember Allah in his heart and visualize Allah’s name and Asma Ul Husna (99 Good Names of Allah) and visualize Allah’s Nature (Sifath) in his heart, so that he begin to build a relationship with his Lord.

Some people say, they find it difficult to Love Allah, on the other hand they can read a message or a love letter coming from a stranger whom you have never seen, and you start admiring that person and falling in love with that person. You must read the Glory of your Lord in the earth and heavens, the signs that have seen in your eyes. The Signs of His Majesty, His Creations like various, oceans, whales , galaxies , mammoths as well as tiny mosquitoes , bacteria, virus, proton, electron, neutron etc that are created by Allah Almighty.

His Preserving /giving Sustenance (He is Preserver), and it’s Signs. The birds that seeking it’s food, the Camels that feed it’s babies, the frog how it snatch it’s food, the Bees who they go around travelling miles and get their sustenance and coming back to their home without failure without GPS. How migrating birds travel between Arctic and Himalayas without any technological aid. How the child is preserved in the womb of human and animals. There are many things you can read about your Lord from the nature.

Annihilation (He is the Annihilator of everything),He annihilate everything that came to existence.  He annihilate hydrogen into helium in the Sun and releasing massive energy. One’s annihilation becomes the preserving of another thing. Sun’s massive energy and heat gives life to all living beings. He annihilate lands with volcanoes and earth quakes.  Storms , Fire , Tsunami, Landslid, various causes of death etc are directed to Annihilation also to preservation of something that As He Wills.

So when a seeker get to understand this three mode of nature around him and with in him( the millions of cells that die from his body, the millions of bacteria that lives in his body etc), He will recognize the Power and Glory of Allah. So he will not claim anything for himself.

He will say: Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”:- (2:156)

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. (1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty. It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).
So it is the wisdom in this Hadith which is a proof for those who oppose Naqshbandi principles. A true believer’s heart will be always attached to Allah , and that will reflect in his outward life.
Some Salafis misinterpret Hadith:  they say that Allah becoming hand and feet is following Quran and Sunnah and Allah becoming a servant’s hearing means : he do not hear any haram things! etc!
But this has been refuted in the above Hadith, as salafis take singled out hadith out of context!, so the refutation is with in another Hadith Qudusi(quoted above): I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.
The Hadith Misinterpreted:

On authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Verily Allah ta’ala has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ” [Al-Bukhari]
May Allah save this Ummah (nation) from Wahhabi Fithna
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I fell ill and you visited Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you visited him not? Did you not know that had you visited him you would have found Me with him? O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not. He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me? O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you gave Me not to drink. He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: My servant So-and-so asked you to give him to drink and you gave him not to drink. Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that with Me.
It was related by Muslim.
This are the Secrets behind the generosity of Sufi Masters and the service to mankind they established through Khanaqas (Sufi Lodges/Dergah), to feed the needy and destitute and to care for the orphan and widows.
When a person attach his heart to Allah, it is not possible through one’s own effort, one can take effort to constantly remember the names of Allah. But for a heart to constantly attach to Allah it is a station that Naqshbandi Shaykhs take their Murids from attaching the real to attaching with the Real.
It is granted from the divine Mercy, because the Almighty God is Holy and He accept only that Which is Good.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra):
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. (Sahih Muslim) 40 Hadith Nawawi
So for Him to Accept a Heart, It must be Good, and Shayks training the Murids to become good servants of Allah. So that Allah may accept their heart to be His Presence.
For this reason, Naqshbandi Way is concentrating on training the murids in purifying their self, and disciplining the ego according to the Sunnah of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.
There is no bigger rank than that, to Carry the Presence of Allah Almighty in Heart and reflect His Presence in the Life Style (Internal and External).  That time a Muslim become a Mu’min, when he recognize and find the Divine Presence in is heart and being able to safeguard his progress.
Otherwise you can become a big wali who lost somewhere in the path, and live with some miracles and spiritual powers and deceive people and get many followers as it is with Satan and many false spirits. (Wali=Saint).
So remember that it is the Divine relationship and obeying the Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam) that keep one on the path and high ranked, not miracles or other supernatural powers in the mortal or immortal world!
3:31 Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
So the Seeker in the Path must take effort to built an attachment to Allah in the heart. That Should not break, it is possible only through Loving and Sincerely following Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam and your Shaykh, which means to avoid anger, arrogance, pride, lust, greed, jealousy and abstain from all forbidden things.  If you made a mistake then do not repeat it and over power the errors by following up with good deeds. Like charity, Salawat (Durood) and sincere repentance.
People praying 5 times, but they are not finding an attachments to Allah or to the Names of Allah. The heart is wandering in prayers (ritual prayers), but when they ask in supplication (dua) to gain some benefit in this world, they are able to remember Allah for sometimes.  Some other people who are blessed with the goodness of this world, they are making prayers and duas (formal salah prayers and supplications) a routine social custom like three times meal or regular habitual exercise.
To Constantly attach one’s heart to Almighty Allah, one should listen and obey (Quran 2:285) one who is attached to the Divine Presence. Because it make a great difference. You are regularly going for KFC Chicken type spiritual food (that is given by those who are paid and on a fixed job time tabled), this is just not nourishing your spirit. In physical food there is organic food trend, Go for Organic Spiritual Food, that is Originated from the Spiritual Fayd (illumination or spiritual flow) from the masters of knowledge (the Prophets, and truthful ,Quran 4:69)
From their association (4:69), from that fellowship you get pure ,organic spiritual food, the greatest of them is Hazret abu Bakar Siddiq (R.A), the Most Generous leader of this nation, the Khalifa of the Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam).
So there is no individual Journey to Allah, as some claim, one must go through the protocol. Through the Shaykhs who takes to higher levels in the Journey. if there is individual journey and making individual attachment to Allah, then Sahaba were not in need to appoint Khalifas one after another, nor to follow another Sahabi after Rasool Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam).
Allah says: (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!
So you must look which association (Jamaath) you are following, if your heart is attached to Allah, then you will know your Jama’ath and you will be in it without fail. If you really understand something from Al Furqaan, you will not fool yourself and others (as some claim they know from Al Furqan yet are misguided)!
89:27 (To the righteous soul will be said:) “O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! 28 “Come back thou to thy Lord,- well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him! 28  “Enter thou, then, among My devotees! 29 “Yea, enter thou My Heaven!
Some people foolishly claiming to go to Allah directly, they do not follow any Shaykhs and Imams, but they disrespect this pious Shaykhs and Imams and the pious Ahlul bayth, so their journey is taking them to Iblees (Satan) as Satan was first to stand to worship Allah directly without following Adam (A.S), so Iblees traveled alone , he became Satan, when Satan was in a position to speak to Allah directly.
So what about you and me, when we are not even speaking to Allah directly but rejecting His Orders to follow the Preserved Spiritual Caliphate that comes from Adam (A.S) to Imam Mahdi (A.S) and making it’s end by a Prophet (Jesus A.S)?
So be attached to the Name of your Lord and May He attach to Our Hearts and May Our Hearts become Alive, So we may see Haqq and Bathil (truth and falsehood) clearly.
Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says:  Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “The word ‘Ar-Rahm (womb) derives its name from Ar-Rahman (i.e., one of the names of Allah) and Allah said: ‘I will keep good relation with the one who will keep good relation with you, (womb i.e. Kith and Kin) and sever the relation with him who will sever the relation with you, (womb, i.e. Kith and Kin).  (Book #73, Hadith #17)
As the order come to keep good relationship with Womb, Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam giving us examples , the importance of keeping good relationship with parents, and the most important to keep  good relationship (attachment) with Allah (the Creator).
“Allah Loves His Servants 70 times more than this Mother” (hadith)
So one must observe how a child is attached to the mother since the pregnancy days and the bond of that mother and child until her death.  From this observation and realization one will eventually start falling in Love with Allah and Remain stead fast in that Love. No Wealth or position can substitute to that Love and Attachment. Today a man run to make happy his wife/girl friend who just met a few days or weeks ago, and when it comes to your Lord, your eternal Lover, you are heedless, the lovers in the created world leave you as you were without them in the earlier days. But the Creator -Who Loves you without any conditions (the laws and commandments are for your own nobility and well being, not for Him to get anything from it) waiting for you that He Want you to return to His Paradise and be happy.  You are following vein desires and ruining yourself.
You may think religious laws and commandments are burdens, so do not put any laws or regulations for your children too (at home ,at school, at college, at roads,at public places etc) and see what happens. You want total freedom ahh?
Or what honor does it bring to you when you happy to accept human laws and regulations and being dishonest towards your own soul and to your Lord?
This is only a brief reminder of the Naqshbandi Principle according to the needs of the current times. Naqshbandi itself means to tie the heart with the Name of Allah. Zikr Allah is the Dress of the Naqshbandi Heart and Naqshbandi Way is the heart of Shariath.  The Naqshbandi Shariath asking you to cover your heart with it’s lawful dress. That is the Names of Allah. Any other dress you put on your heart is not the dress of Shariah . It is going to be the dress of your own ego!.  A person can appear with a physical appearance of  Hazret Abu Bakar (R.A) but inside his body, his heart may dressed like Abu lahab, a person outward can resemble physically like Abu lahab, but his heart may be dressed with it’s correct dress (Zikr Allah), So be like this.
Allah says: 91:9-10 Truly he succeeds that purifies it,

And he fails that corrupts it! 
“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled – and that is the heart.” [Bukhary, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 49: Part of the Hadith Narrated by An-Nu’man bin Bashir]
So the Naqshbandi Principle is to attach the heart with the Name of Allah and to Be God Conscious always. it’s perfection is to be in the Divine Presence ,always
Imam of this tariqah (Naqshbandi Sufi Way) Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al Uwaisi Al Bukhari (Q.S) reported to have said: “Whoever is turning away from our way, his religion is in danger”
So when ALLAH Looks at your heart, May ALLAH Find His Name in Your Heart:

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and actions.” Sahih Muslim 2564

may Allah forgive us..ameen
wa salaamun alal Mursaleen
Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen
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Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) The Prophet said, “The word ‘Ar-Rahm’ (womb) derives its name from ‘Ar-Rahman’ (i.e. Allah). So whosoever keeps good relations with it (womb i.e. Kith and kin), Allah will keep good relations with him, and whosoever will sever it (i.e. severs his bonds of Kith and kin) Allah too will sever His relations with him. (Sahih Bukahri: Book #73, Hadith #18)

Naqshbandi Principle:Remembrance of God’s Name (Yad Kard)

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Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S). They are: 1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state)  Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were: 9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi) In this article I am inspired to write about: Yad Kard (Remembering outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name)

Remembrance of God’s Name (Yad Kard):

The remembrance of God (Zikr) are two types.  The Loud Zikr and Silent Zikr. Today the Naqshbandi Way emphasize on both “Loud Zikr” and “Silent Zikr” Hazret Abdul Khaliq Ghujdevani (Q.S) taught the loud Zikr (remembrance of God), to recite it as a regular spiritual exercise by all followers of the Khwajagan way. “la ilaha illa Allah” is repeated loudly. The word ‘la’ Which means “no”, is the rejection of everything in concerns from the human senses. The rejection are two types, one is the rejection of the a person who believe in his God/ that which prevails in his heart as something. The other rejection “la” is of atheists. They reject without returning to affirmation of truth! “ilaha” which means “everything that bond to heart in the form of deity (attachments) also include the Almighty God”, it can be idols, people, wealth, self (ego), women, status, authority etc! “illa” which means “except/other than”  the completion of “ila Ilaha illa” is to deny every deities including the self,then surrendering to something that is realized which Alone Exists. “Allah” the Mighty and Sublime God that to affirm the Real Existence is Only for Allah.  Except Him nothing exists. It is narrated in a Hadith: “Everything is Bathil (Falsehood) except Allah” The purpose of Zikr is to achieve complete Submission and Annihilation(Sacrifice) in the Divine Presence and Nothing remains Except Him Alone. Grand Shaykh Sulthanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) said: “We ask to be no one and nothing, as long as we are someone, we are not complete” Some groups and spiritual paths calling to become someone and something, but Naqshbandiya calling to become “A Servant of Allah” and the Ownership and authority of a Servant belongs to His Master. A Servant do not claim anything except to remind himself that “I am a Weak Servant of my Lord”. Whatever the Master give Servant take it, He is not desiring the Wealth or properties of the Master. Even in human world , a servant who desire the wealth of his master is considered as treacherous servant!. Tariqah is the Path of Ihsan. the Path of Perfection.  We are not looking at the elegant shopping malls of dunya (here) and aakhirath (next world) Al-Bayhaqi relates from Ibn ‘Umar radiallaahu ‘anhu that AlIah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:For everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the Zikr (remembrance) of Allah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allah than the Zikr of Allah. It was said: Not even Jihad in the path of Allah. So he replied: “Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks.”

The Importance and Power of Zikr Allah (Remembrance of Allah): Sunan Ibn Majah It was narrated from Abu Darda that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Shall I not tell you of the best of your deeds, the most pleasing to your Sovereign (Allah Malik), those that raise you most in status, and that are better than giving gold and silver,or meeting your enemy (in battle) and you strike their necks and they strike your necks?”. They said: “What is that, O Messenger of Allah? He said: “Remembering Allah (Dhikr) [Hasan]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 It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (R.A) that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Allah says: ‘I am with My Slave when he remembers Me, and his lips move saying My Name” (Sahih, Hadith Number 3792) Zikr for those who have less knowledge in Shari’ah:
ZIKR IS THE WAY OF LEARNT AND IGNORANT TO BECOME CLOSER TO ALLAH: It was narrated from Abdullah bin Busr(R.A) that a Bedouin said to the Messenger of Allah (salla allahu alaihi wa sallam): “The Laws of Islam are burdensome for me. Tell me of something that I will be able to adhere to. He said: ‘Always keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime” (Sunan Ibn Majah,Hassan, Hadith Number 3793)The Best Zikr: 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 the remembrance of Allah (swt) will your heart find peace”  Quran (Surah 13: Verse 28)
Make peace with your soul and with your Lord. Zikr is the food of the heart and of Soul. The pills do not give a person long term peace!. The Spirit (Soul) has a food and a life style, when you nourish the soul with it’s food and nurture  it’s life style, that time peace and happiness will come to you.
In the Naqshbandi Way, Zikr Allah is Practiced ,to remember Allah with the heart and with the tongue.
A person who wish to succeed in this world and hereafter, to become a good Muslim, he must run to find the assemblies of Zikr. Only Sufi Ways, that have tradition of gathering for Zikr on regular basis.
“Remember Allah abundantly, in order that you become successful” Quran (Surah 8: Verse 45)
“The rememebrence of Allah (swt) is the greatest (deed)” Quran (Surah 29: Verse 45
METHOD OF RECEIVING AND PRACTICING ZIKR:
“Whosoever blinds himself from the Remembrance of the Merciful, We shall assign for him a evil satan who will be his (ever misleading) companion” Quran (Surah 43: Verse 36)
“Satan has mastered them and caused them to forget the Remembrance of Allah. Those are satan’s party; and satan’s party shall assuredly be the losers” Quran (Surah 58: Verse 19)
Zikr must be taken from the “Ulool Ilm” “People of Knowledge (Quran 17:18)
They are the Shaykhs of Tasawwuf and those who reached in the Realization of God (Haqiqa)

Zikr Without A Shaykh is Not Accepted?Why I can’t do Zikr myself without a Shaykh and an Ijazah (Permission)? The Answer is given in the Book: Khala’idul Jawahir:182

“من يذكر الله تعالي بلا شيخ لا الله حصل له ولا نبيه ولا شيخه “

“Whoever do Zikr without a Shaykh,as well as  he has no Shaykh,he will not get Allah and he will not get Allah’s Beloved Rasool (alaihiswalathu wa salam)“Qalaidul Jawahir:182   The great venerable Shafi’e Fiqh Scholar from Malabar region of South India, “Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdum-1 (radiyallahu Anhu) who was a worldwide renowned scholar in Shafi Madhab is saying about the importance of having a Shaykh and Ijazah(permission) and the Adab  (Discipline) of doing Zikr and Dua, in His Book “Adkiya” Then you turn towards Qibla and sit in the Meditation (Rabita/Muraqaba) and recite “Tahleel” and hard work with the Zik (Wird-The Regular Zikr), you got from the Shaykhs of the well known tarikat, Do not talk,Then you will find the light(Noor) and warmthness (relief) in you and your heart will shine through the removal of dirty charecters and habits in you” (Adkiya). Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdoom (radiyallahu anhu) teaching that your zikr Must be according to the Ways of the Shaykhs of the Tasawwuf. Imam Swawi (Radiyallahu Anhu) says:

من هنا انّ الذاكر لا ينتفع بالذكر ولا ينور باطنه الا اذاكان الشيخ عارفا اذنه في ذالك و الذاكر مشتاقا -حاشية الصاوي”

“If anyone want to benefit from the Zikr he is doing and to purify the heart with light (Noor), then he must take the permission (ijazah) of a spiritual knower of Allah (Shaykh Arif billah) and should do Zikr with most sincere way”.SWAVI-1:224 “Those who do not have a Shaykh, their Shaykh is Satan”-Saying of Sulthanul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani in Ghunya (Qaddasallahu Sirrahul Azeez) and Shaykh Abu Yazid Al Bistami (R.A) So that, the Question “Is that not enough to Do Zikr without a Shaykh?” is not valid. As the quran states, Satan will be mastered in a person who does not have a shaykh aand lead him astray, though you will be doing heedless zikr. That kind of heedless Zikr coming from all sects and groups. But the “Zikr” that heals and cures, the Zikr that has heavenly power is coming from heavenly station. Zikr with correct heading comes with following Imams of Zikr and Tasawwuf:

On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]- 40 Hadith So Correct Zikr comes with from the association of the Sincere ones, in our time they are “the leaders of the Muslims and their folk”, the tariqah of Awliya Allah which is the Way of the Shaykhs and Imams of Ahlul Bayth. Religion (Islam) and Zikr is coming from this routes, not from anywhere else.  We must guard ourselves falling to the heedless and insincere circles!

When Imam Mahdi (A.S) and his soldiers say: “Allahu Akbar” the armies will fall dead, because that Zikr is inspired from heavens to chosen Saints of Allah. So take Zikr from the Saints of Allah, only that Zikr bring benefit to you. This is an up to date article on the “Essential Remembrance” with relevant verses from Quran and Hadith to explain those who do want to seek it’s prospects in the written texts! “Whosoever turns away from My remembrance, his life will be made tight and narrow on the Day of Resurrection We shall raise him blind” Quran (Surah 20: Verse 124) Shah Naqshbandi (Q.S) said: “If anyone turn away from my Tariqh, fear Kufr (disbelief) afflicted in him” So one must accept Tariqah and Zikr with most sincere heart and individual effort to do it without fail. “Believers, do not let either your possessions or your children divert you from the Remembrance of Allah. Those who do that shall be the losers”. Quran (Surah 63: Verse 9) 24:37 By men whom neither trade nor business diverts from the remembrance of Allah and performing of prayer and paying of the poordue (Zakat) They fear a day in which hearts and eyes shall be turned about. So the essential daily zikr must be acquired and practiced all time by every seeker, from his Shaykh with sincerity and faith. wa Salamun alal Mursaleen walhamdulillahi Rabbail Aalameen

- Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Sahibu Saif Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Sahibu Saif Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Naqshbandi Principle: Watching the Steps (Nazar Bar Qadam)

In the Footstep of Waliyullahi Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Ar-Rabbani (Q.S)

In the Footstep of Waliyullahi Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Ar-Rabbani (Q.S)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: Nazar Bar Qadam-Watching the Steps”

Watching the Steps (Nazar Bar Qadam):

A seeker must concentrate on his foot steps in the spiritual journey. It does not mean that a seeker must always look at his feet!. If you always look at your feet, you will end up colliding with someone or get a motor accident while crossing the roads, if you do not look left or right. Or if you are in the wilderness (seclusion) if you do not observe around, a wild animal or beast or robbers can chase you and attack you, so you may have to look left and right in the physical world when it is necessary.

Watching the step in the Naqshbandiyya means: “to observe the spiritual journey and make it straight and safe at all the times.  If you do not watch your steps-your moments , then you mighty be following Satan!

Allah says in Quran about it: 2:208 O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.

So watching the step in Naqshbandi Way means, guarding oneself with in the boundaries of the Law of Allah.

The Messenger of Allah says about this Journey:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra): The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers. So the Almighty has said: “O (you) Messengers! Eat of the tayyibat [all kinds of halal (legal) foods], and perform righteous deeds.” [23:51] and the Almighty has said: “O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you.” [2:172]” Then he (ﷺ) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!,” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered? [Muslim]

The Naqshbandi principle of Watching the step can clearly see from the above Quran verse and Hadith.

“Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good, the Seeker must protect his feet  from taking his soul to evil and forbidden things.

Rather he should look for opportunities that making to walk in the way of Piety. The beloved Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam )

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.[Al-Bukhari][Muslim]

So remember that if you are going to keep your eyes always looking  at your feet, then you are going to lose so many virtuous deeds that is opened up for you. Rather you should look at what is commanded by Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam) as we see in the above Hadith.

Looking at the Signs of Allah is Commanded in Quran, and to have a self realization and thoughts about those Signs of Allah that has come to you.

3:137 Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.

6:99 It is He Who sendeth down rain from the skies: with it We produce vegetation of all kinds: from some We produce green (crops), out of which We produce grain, heaped up (at harvest); out of the date-palm and its sheaths (or spathes) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: and (then there are) gardens of grapes, and olives, and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety): when they begin to bear fruit, feast your eyes with the fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! in these things there are signs for people who believe.

So now, you are watching the the steps of your soul. Since your body is the vehicle of your Soul, you must be nurture your Soul with correct food. You cannot put a wrong type of Oil in an expensive car, it will damage the engine and car itself, For the Soul to walk correctly , it must be fed correct food,  both spiritual food (Prescribed Zikr) as well as the physical food (halal food). You cannot go to Audi shop to buy spare parts and service for your Toyota car!

You cannot go to Ayurveda doctor and consult with him, then go to Homeopathy pharmacist and take Medicine. So your step must be in correct way. As for the spiritual way in our Naqshbandi Way, the seeker must follow the footstep of his Shaykh,

This is what watching the step means, you watch yous step, ask to yourself,is this what my Shaykh wanted,  Am I behind my Shaykh or Am I behind my ego?, or Am I behind some other people?

So whenever your ego divert you from the Saff (Row) of your Shaykh’s footstep, that time you realize it and you pull back, definitely many of us get out from the steps of our Shaykhs unintentionally, we are not talking about those who does that intentionally, while he is knowing what he doing!, We pull back our self to the way of our Shaykh and we ask Allah’s forgiveness , for more protection and aid to remain on the path.

When you are in the Tariqah ,there will be many people in it, never take anyone as role model except your Shaykh and those who are appointed by him.  So when you are on a road, there will be some holes on the road with dirty water accumulated in it, do you want to step into it? or you want walk safely without getting trapped in those holes?

So this is the points of the Naqshbandi Principle- Watching the Steps interpreted and given fresh according to this times.

You must lower your gaze, there is no sin in first looking and it is sinful to look second time and further. This is n regard to looking at woman, Looking once as naturally is ok, but staring (keep eye on) at woman is forbidden.

Today, internet, social networking etc bring so many women to friend list, they posts naked photos or posting photos without Islamic modesty (Hijab), either you remove them or you unsubscribe their posts!. So today the word: Watching the step has wider perspective, you may even call a customer care and speaking to a lady on phone, or an air hostess is serving you, or a sales girl is serving you, so take the feet of your heart hold while you come across in such situation, be gentle and kind to all people. This does not mean that you have to be harsh and rude to people!

When the vision of eye is free from transgressing, that time the vision of the heart will open to a seeker, by the Permission of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’la.

The Step in the Naqshbandi Way to Guide to the Prophets,Siddiqin and Saliheen by following the steps of Shaykh who take you to the Prophets ,Siddiqin and Saliheen.

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!

Allah says: 1:6-7 Guide us to the straight path -The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.

It is the Shaykh who guide you to the path of those upon whom ALLAH has Bestowed His Favor. The Shaykh himself has received the favor of God, when he is a qualified Shaykh (Shaykh of Tarbiya).  The Favor of Allah is His Nearness and Guidance.

So you must follow those Who fear Allah (Muttaqin), because guidance is with Muttaqin. Your Shaykh is one among Muttaqeen, 2:2 This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah;

Allah commanding you to be among Muttaqin, 9:119 O ye who believe! Fear God and be with those who are true (in word and deed).

Therefore you will follow the way of who are true. And the spiritual help from Allah is with those who are True, and they are your aiding authoirity. It is by following them you attain the Straight Path-the Path of Truth.

Allah says: 17:80 Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”

So watching the Step in the Naqshbandiya means-the step that you taking since you born, from this world to Allah. and not to be deceived by the lower people and evilness of this world!

When you watch your step, you will flee from all afflictions, you do not go to streets to fight and argue. Because the Messenger of Allah says:

Sahih Bukhari, Book 88,Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A): Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “There will be afflictions (in the near future) during which a sitting person will be better than a standing one, and the standing one will be better than the walking one, and the walking one will be better than the running one, and whoever will expose himself to these afflictions, they will destroy him. So whoever can find a place of protection or refuge from them, should take shelter in it.”

So we can observe that the Naqshbandi Principle of “Watching the Steps” meaning safeguarding your spiritual journey from the footstep of Satan and making it according to the footstep of the Shaykh who followers the footstep of the rightly guided successors and who follow the footstep of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.

When you have a good road and good convoy/association (Jamath) of believers , You follow the Vehicle that is leading you. You do not worry about the road condition or the sign boards. Everything is centered in the one whom you follow. You follow his footsteps , and Shari'ah become easy for you, when you have a Shaykh, the burden and confusion is lifted from you, as you observe the photo and understand the meaning of watching the footstep and following the leading person.

Travelling with a Shaykh is like When you have a good road (you are in the best road/path with your Shaykh) and good convoy/association (Jamath) of believers , You follow the Vehicle that is leading you. You do not worry about the road condition or the sign boards. Everything is centered in the one whom you follow. You follow his footsteps , and Shari’ah become easy for you, when you have a Shaykh, the burden and confusion is lifted from you, as you observe the photo and understand the meaning of watching the footstep and following the leading person.

This is only brief narration, it take hours to explain, and reading or listening explanation does not do much good, to inherit those , go to our Shaykh or his representative and train yourself ,live under his authority and command.

I am pointing you to Hazret Lokman Hoja (may Allah Preserve him).
If you have been given a spiritual vision of our Shaykh or his Khalifas , then seek their companionship and save yourself from following the footstep of Satan, the purpose of your creation is that, to follow the examples of Prophets and Companions.

The Companions did not sit and say we follow Prophet directly, after the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) veiled from this world., they appoint a Successor and all of the followed him, then the next one, then the next one, in the Haqq Way, that Sunnah will be followed until Last day in an unbroken chain.  You may say any opinion you want and deceive yourself and others and you will be responsible to that!.

It doesn’t matter how much big we are , must follow the one who is formally appointed. This is what Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.A) did in his life time, this is what Imam Hassan (R.A) and Imam Hussain(R.A) had done.

Now you are coming with a PhD or Diploma of Islam from unbelievers and hypocrites Universities and saying you are high ranked and you do not need to follow anyone. We are not concerned about the dajjal ways you following!

This much is enough for me to understand and this much is enough for you to understand. So guard your steps in Deen matters, follow the footstep of Imams and Awliya Allah, especially with the one whom you made Oath of Allegiance to, He will take you wherever he is walking, if you do not have his spiritual companionship, then it will be Satan who will take you in confused ways!

There is no confusion in the Religion of Allah.

The feeling of compulsion happen when a person get confused!

Allah says: 2:256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

On the authority of Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abee Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and the one much loved by him, who said:

I memorised from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.”[At-Tirmidhi] [An-Nasai]At-Tirmidhi (Arabic:2520) said that it was a good and sound (hasan saheeh) hadeeth.

So it evil (Thaghooth) that make you doubtful and Suspicion, so when you sincerely follow the Shaykh you will be successful. Satan’s party may try to deceive you by saying: You are blindly following your Shaykh!

But say, i am following my Shaykh with utmost sincerity.
The Messenger of Allah says:

On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (Sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]

The Satan’s party (the innovators) does not follow Shaykh or Imams of the time, when Allah says to follow “Those who are in authority among you”. If their arguments is to be accepted,that a person has to be perfect and no one is perfect except Allah and Prophet (saw) and you should not follow anyone else blindly,  then you will not be able to follow any Hadith that is narrated in all Hadith books!, How are you going to accept hadiths?, Do you have Allah and Prophet (saw) to come and say “this Hadith is true and this is false”?

Or you are making your ego a god and making this Sahih (authentic)?

So the innovators claim that you should not follow the Imams and Shaykhs, is illogical and innovation! while they publishing and reading those Hadiths.

So now, we must concentrate in our Path and the steps that we are taking in our heart and reflecting it in our outward life.

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen.

- Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani*

(* A weak student of Sulthanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani and Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S) from the Jama’ath of Hazret Lokman Hoja Efendi (Q.S)

Gutters in Road- Watch your steps, Shari;ah is your Road Signs in the Spiritual Journey.

Travelling without Shaykh is like travelling on a Road like this , not safe, no warning signs, travelling alone, you will get trapped somewhere.  – Watch your steps, Shari;ah is your Road Signs in the Spiritual Journey. You may begin in good road, but you end up in a road like this without a Shaykh who traveled in the Path reached in the Presence of Prophet (s.a.w) and Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala

Naqshbandi Principle: Awareness of Time (Wuquf E Zamani)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) and Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: “Awareness of Time”or  Wuquf E Zamani

Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani):

A person’s birth, life, death and resurrection bound by time. He must be aware of time. Time are two kind, the Created time and the Eternal (Infinite Time). Time is the Manifestation the “Kursiyy” of Allah. The Manifestation of His Attributes in the Created world is Manifested through Time.

One must utilize his time to remember Allah and in useful things that is commanded in Sunnah (traditions of Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam).

When you lose a second from your life span, it has gone forever. You cannot regain the time that you have lost. The Messenger of Allah says:

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” And Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.[Al-Bukhari] 40 Hadith Nawawi.

One of the things I always regret and  ask Allah’s forgiveness is that the time I have lost before I realize how important time is.

We are living in the End of Times, one of the phenomena of this time is that time itself pass very quickly, because of the Hour is approaching.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said(alaihiswalathu wa salam said), “The Hour (Last Day) will not be established until (religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men), earthquakes will be very frequent,time will pass quickly, afflictions will appear, murders will increase and money will overflow amongst you.” (See Hadith No. 85 Vol 1).  (Sahih Bukhari Book 17, Hadith 146)

So utilize your free times, and good times for the worship of Allah and constructing worthy deeds in your life. A person who is concerned about his time will never spend it on things that is not concerned about him.
For example , you are 20 years old ,If you have a fixed amount of money with you given by your father, for example 900,000 Pounds for your rest of the life, and there is no way you will find  away for another income, then will you spend that money carelessly? , How will you spend it?, Ok, let’s say you spend half of it by the time  you reach 30s , you got only 350,000 left.  This time you start realizing the importance of spending correct way what you have left with you.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” A hasan (good) hadeeth which was related by at-Tirmidhi and others in this fashion.Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah related.

What concern to you is your salvation, and how you spend your time to work for Aakhirath (hereafter life). So be careful how you spend your time.  It is said that in London High street “An Hour” of a solicitor to deal with your civil or criminal counselling and undertaking cost 500-1000 pounds.  So how much it worth your time spending here to fix your case in the Judgement day?

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are two blessings which many people waste: health and free time.” Sahih Bukhari 6049

If you are really believing in the Judgement Day, then you would prepare with all your time for fixing your case in the Court of Allah!. So In our Way (the Naqshbandi Tariqah) we are watching our time, every seconds.  Even if we are busy with the affairs of the world, our heart remain busy with Allah, remembering and glorifying him. This is the Naqshbandi Heart, we do not know about others.

The Life of a true Naqshbandi is connected to Allah through Time.  When Allah says “Allah is Encompassing the disbelievers from all side (2:19… Wallahu Muheethwumm-Bil Kaafireen) , Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala declares that they are with in His Hands and spared them in their transgression for some time.

So do not wait to repent and become a good person when you become old!, This attitude has become a custom among South Asians, enjoy and commit all sins in youth and do not pray, but start prayer , grow beard , fast and going to Mosques when you are in 40s and above! Do you think that you are not accountable for the past life that you lived without fulfilling your obligations?

You are responsible for the time you wasted, and the only solution for this problem is you contribute your time to fulfill the obligations you missed in your past days. So since you attained puberty , you are obligated to fulfill your contracts with your Lord. This is the highest Adab in the Tariqah, but you may do as you wish , or seek guidance from your Shaykh.

Allah says in Quran 5:1 O you who have believed, fulfill [all] contracts

So in the Tariqah, it require a disciple to have “Awareness of Time”. Since time is the Manifestation of Allah, spending that time in things that Allah is happy with His Servants, is most important.

ABUSING TIME IS FORBIDDEN:

 Abu Huraira reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: The son of Adam abuses Dahr (the time), whereas I am Dahr since in My hand are the day and the night.  (Sahih Muslim Book #027, Hadith #5580)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah said, ‘The son of Adam hurts me for he abuses timethough I am time: in My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night.’  (Sahih Bukhari,Book #60, Hadith #351)

Some people curse the time for which they have been wasted, or lost. If you lost something it is you alone who is responsible. So the morals of a Murid must be that he may respect the Time that is Surrounded him and catching his life span and annihilating his days on the Earth!

Quran 42:30 Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because on the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness.

Hadith: “Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself [means] it is a punishment, O son of Adam, for your sins. And he said: We are told that the Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: “No man is scratched by a thorn, or stumbles, or has a twitching in a vein, except for a sin, and what Allah forgives is greater.”

Because the Time has a significant part in the life of a believer, Naqshbandi Shaykhs carried the Zikr of Allah though the “Silent Zikr” while outwardly busy with the works of the world’s day to day affairs (farming, trade, sheep herding etc), it was in the Bukhara, and other parts of Central Asia where the Tariqah flourished, the Silk Route which is the famous trade route pass through this lands. Long Journeys between Istanbul and Central Asia keep the disciples away from Shaykhs for months or even years. So the Shaykhs by their spiritual power imprint Zikr of Allah in the Sincere devotee of the path. This Zikr constantly repeat in the heart of a Murid (seeker), wherever he is, whether he is awake or asleep, whether he is busy or free!

Thus this Zikr in the heart that guard his day to day life, and making aware of his time, and how he should spend his time in the Path!. Since all these 11 principles are inter-related, repetition of the explanation occurs.

Time cannot be seen by naked eye or touched, It can be expressed through a device (clock) , like we express  God through His names and Attributes. So those who deny the Almighty God (atheists) let them show me time, while they also believing in time!

Awareness of Special times and Days:

Some times are special and more beneficial to do Zikr, like after Fajr, between maghrib and Isha prayers. Some days and nights are special. A seeker must be aware of special times, days and nights in order to gain maximum benefit from it.

Narrated ‘Aisha(R.A): Allah’s Apostle said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.”  (Sahih Bukhari,Book 32, Hadith 234)

So again, Awareness of time is a vast topic, this is only brief reminder ,not a complete article.

- Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

Time is your Credit, Your age is your card. Spend it wisely

Time is your Credit, Your age is your card. Spend it wisely

Naqshbandi Principle:Guarding one’s spiritual Progress(Nigahdasht)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Inward Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about: “Guarding One’s Spiritual State”or  Nigahdasht 

Guarding One’s Spiritual State (Nigahdasht):

It is one of the most difficult part of the seeker.  The seeker must be a watchful soldier against his ego. The ego never dies until the soul depart from the body, but it can be controlled, guided and guarded. Be a guardian of your ego.  Be watchful the notion of your ego and motion of your desires.

LOVE AND SINCERITY TO THE SHAYKH:

In our Path (Tariqa Naqshabndiyya),arriving at the degree of perfection is related to a loving bond (Rabita) with the exemplary Shaykh . The Sincere disciple is, through his love of the Shaykh, receives divine energy (Fayd) from the inner being (Batin) of the Shaykh and becomes colored with the color of the Shaykh, by having an essential connection to the Shaykh or annihilation in the Shaykh (Fana fi Shaykh), the beginning of true annihilation in God (Fana Filla). Anyone doing Zikr without bonding his heart with the Master and without achieving annihilation in the Shaykh will not reach”-Khwajah Muhammad Ma’sum , in Maktubat

It is said On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice,sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]
It is clear evident that fully entering in Islam cannot be possible without the sincerity with Allah the Messenger  (alaihiswalathu wa salam) and the Shaykh (the Muslim leader or Imam one follow)!

God Almighty teach us through his beloved Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam. Iblees could not guard his spiritual rank, so he become Satan.

When Shaykh Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Jilani (Q.S) was walking, Satan try to fool him, and he defeated Satan. Satan replied: “I have caused many Saints to lose their Sainthood”

Ego and Satan working 24 hours in partnership to destroy one’s status in the divine presence. But the Mercy of the Lord Forbearing and forgiving us. Ego can be made as a servant to our Soul thus making it as a servant to Allah.

So many people including big Shaykhs in Tariqat loosing their spiritual ranks. they have been brought down from their seats,, because of their ego sometimes fooling them when they take friendship with wealthy and rulers, and attack the pious ascetics.

So without a heavenly support, it is hard to guard one’s Faith (Imaan) and his spiritual progress. A Seeker must be well mannered and keep highest standard of morals and discipline to keep his spiritual state safe. If you have a guaranteed heavenly support, then Allah Almighty will send those who will guard you from all sides and with in yourself.

A person can learn All verses in Quran with it’s exegesis (tafseer), all recorded Hadiths (traditions of Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam) ,by heart  four Schools of Law (Madhab) , yet he can die the death of Jahiliya (pre-Islamic death), if he do not know how to guard the Sanctity of the Quran that is in his heart, the sanctity of the hadith that he recorded in his heart, and the respect for the Law of Allah that he studied and imprinted in his heart.

This is why following a Shaykh of Tariqah (Tasawwuf/Science of Purification) is very important and having a heavenly support is necessary to become  an Imam/leader. Without heavenly support, how can you be an Imam/leader? Your certification must come from an eternal authority. Not from a commercial institution!

So we can see that guarding one’s spiritual progress require spiritual support, morals and manners.

It is said in Sahih Bukhari: Book 89

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “Surely! Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges: The Imam (ruler) of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects; a man is the guardian of his family (household) and is responsible for his subjects; a woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and of his children and is responsible for them; and the slave of a man is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. Surely, everyone of you is a guardian and responsible for his charges.”  

If you are the Servant of Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam), then you are responsible for guarding the properties of Islam according to your charge. That is to keep the honor of Allah and His Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam)  in your life, and keep the honor of Quran and Sunnah in your life style.

We ask Allah’s Forgiveness and Guidance and We are repenting to Him for the wrong deeds we have committed.  So you must be responsible with the knowledge and guidance you received. When you drop it, that time you put your spiritual progress in decline!

Recently I read, someone writing in facebook: “I need a break from Islam, i feel heavy and bored, can I still love and worship Allah without associating with Muslims”?

This kind of understanding is coming from misguidance and error. You were not with the Islam that Allah says in the Quran and Sunnah, that is taught to us by the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.

Lying, back biting, gossiping, jealousy,greed, materialistic life style,,lust, arrogance, stubbornness, heedlessness, ignorance,insanity, lack of sincerity, lack of morals and manner etc will bring one’s spiritual progress to decline.

Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam said: “The best of you is one who has the best manners”

In another place it is said: “The best of you is the one who learn Quran and teach it”

So the best one will be the one with knowledge of Quran , and practicing according to it and have good manners and then teach it.

Allah says: 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 a best one cannot be someone who do not practice what he learned but teach it to others! A best one cannot speak things that is hated by Allah!

As a seeker in the Naqshbandi Sufi Way, the Jihad (Struggle) of a Seeker must be guarding his own Soul from his vein desires corrupting it!

We shall not have much business in this world, it is a short time stop of a traveler.

Guarding one’s spiritual state also require stand firm in the Law of Allah (Shari’ah) and Protecting one’s heart from evil things.

Allah says in Quran chapter 113Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak,From the evil of that which He created,And from the evil of darkness when it settles,And from the evil of the blowers in knots, And from the evil of an envier when he envies.”

Quran 114: From the evil of the retreating whisperer -Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind -From among the jinn and mankind.”

The innovators who say there is no Spiritual Knowledge and Spiritual experiences , they did not understand nothing from Islam.

On the authority of an-Nu’man ibn Basheer (ra), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “That which is lawful is clear and that which is unlawful is clear, and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which many people do not know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters [eventually] falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh, which, if it be whole, all the body is whole, and which, if it is diseased, all of [the body] is diseased. Truly, it is the heart.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

So we see that following the Law of Allah is necessary to guard one’s spiritual progress

The Shaykhs of the Naqshbandi Way is concentrating in transforming the hearts of a believer as  a Sanctuary for Allah. That his heart may be given training to make it a place where Allah is often remembered and worshiped.  A heart that constantly remember Allah. That is the work of a Naqshbandi Shaykh which he trains his murid to become on to.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour.” [Muslim]

I would advise every seeker to study 40 Hadiths Book of Imam Nawawi (R.A) for it is the foundation of the Tariqah

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen

~~~Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

With Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi (Q.S)

With Saint of Allah Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi  Ar-Rabbani (Q.S)

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