Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Letter Two - 'Concerning the Dhikr of the Naqshbandi Mujaddidi Tariqah' and 23 other letters in 'Wisdom for the Seeker' at Tasawwuf.org
About Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad:
Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad is one of the leading shaykhs of Tasawwuf in the present era. Formally granted authorization (ijazah) in the Naqshbandi spiritual path (tariqah), he retired from his position as an electrical engineer at the age of forty to devote himself entirely to the service of Islam. He regularly travels to more than thirty countries transforming the lives of people all over the world. A testament to his deep love for Allah, his uncompromising dedication to sunnah of the blessed Prophet, and his firm adherence to Islamic Law (shariah) is that thousands of religious scholars and students of Islamic learning are among his students (murids). Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad regularly delivers lectures in both English and Urdu across the world. Furthermore, he has written dozens of books many of which have been translated into several languages. Online versions of both talks and writings are available at the links on the left. Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad's spiritual chain traces back through a series of authentic teachers all the way to the Holy Prophet.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The state of the one who loves Allah is affected by the changing conditions of life. Hence at times he is happy and at other times he is sad. At times he feel close to his Creator and at other times he feel distant. At times there is affection and grace and at other times there is anger and reproach. At times there is fervor and excitement and at other times there is peace and contentment. Whatever the circumstance a sincere ashiq always remain pleased with his Beloved.
I sit entranced by Your beauty.
Ask the stars about the state of my life,
I remain awake at night, in Your contemplation.
The ashiq desires that the Beloved look at him with love. He anxiously awaits the mercy of the Creator of the universe. He knows that his aim would be fulfilled with a single glance from the Beloved.
If not always, at least every now and then.
With one glance, what hopes You plant in me,
The hope for just one glance of You.
You ask me "What is entry into Heaven?"
Meeting with the Friend is itself entry into Heaven.
If he casts His grace, it would soon be spring.
Now I can only sigh - speechless and bedazzled.
What fault is it of mine? My heart is but a piece of flesh,
His gaze would make a hole even in stone.
Without worry, come into Your home, it is indeed Your home.
Sweeter You are to me than sugar and honey,
From your separation, my heart is torn to pieces,
And these pieces were made for You.
Worldly objects do not attract the heart of the sincere ashiq, nor does he give these things any importance. Compared with the pleasure of Allah and of reaching Him, this decadent world has no significance.
So they become like me, mad for You.
Comfortable sleep can be found on a bed of thorns.
If the water of Your wasl did not exist, I would not be alive.
Hope keeps me alive and desire kills me,
For you how many times have I lived, how many times have I died.
I drink love, cup after cup,
Yet the drink does not diminish, nor am I quenched.
and whose name is hidden in my heart.
When I remember Him, my entire body becomes my heart,
And when I look at Him, my entire body becomes my eyes.
That he has sent his sighs to the heavens.
Without crying there is no acceptance.
Whether the heart cries or whether the eyes cry,
In love crying is necessary.
Some cry to see You, others cry at seeing You,
In profound love one must cry, whether in wasl or in distance.
18. Verbal Praise
Your abode is in my heart, so where can You hide?
19. Constant Reflection
21. Renewing Fervor
My religion is You, my faith is You.
My body is You, my soul is You.
22. Establishment of the night vigil
The more the Beloved rebukes the ashiq, the more the ashiq's zeal increases. At times, in this state of immersion (in love) the ashiq even proclaims, 'Is there more?' (hal min mazid?)
When Allah bestows His attentive gaze, the world resounds with vitality. When this happens anyone could lose themselves.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
is in the midst of a flower garden,
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
O son, first things first, the correct way to pronounce his last name is Ji-lani and not Jai-lani. Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam al-Maliki pointed out this common mistake among Malaysians. Oh well, I have mis-pronounced this holy name for like a thousand times until last sunday.
This extract is taken from 'Al-Fath ar-Rabbani' a book I borrowed from my dear Ustaz Shamsul.
It was in the guesthouse, in the early morning of Sunday, the 23rd of Jumadal Akhira, A.H. 545 that Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (1077 - 1166 CE) said:
To see one who loves Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) is to see one who has seen Allah with his heart, who has entered His presence with his innermost being (sirr). Our Lord is a visible entity. As the Prophet s.a.w has said: 'You will see your Lord as you see the sun and the moon, not disputing amongst yourselves the fact that you see him.'
Today, He is seen with the eyes of their hearts, tomorrow with the eyes in their heads:
'There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. (Quran 16:11)
Those who love Him are content with Him to the exclusion of all others. To Him alone they turn for help. For them bitterness of poverty becomes the sweetness of doing without this lower world, of being content with Him and enjoying affluence with Him.
Their wealth is in their poverty, their comfort in their affirmities, their friendship in their loneliness, their nearness in their remoteness, their relaxation in their weariness. How blessed are you, O patient ones, O contented ones, O you who pass beyond your lower selves (nufus) and your passionate desires (ahwiya)!
O my people! Adapt yourselves to Him, and gladly accept His workings within you and in others. Do not preen yourselves and pit your minds against the One who is more expert than you. Allah has said: 'Allah knows and you know not.' (Quran 2:232)
Stand before me bankrupt of all your intellect and all your intellect and all your acquired knowledge. To obtain His knowledge, let your minds go blank and make no willful choice. Be helpless at His dsiposal, till knowledge comes to you. Bewilderment first, then awareness second, then thirdly arriving at the facts. The intention, then reaching the intended goal. The wish, then achievement of the desired purpose.
Take heed and act accordingly, for I am twisting your cords. I am twisting your slack cords and reconnecting those that have been split. I have no concern but your concern. I have no anxiety but your anxiety. I am a bird; I glean wherever I alight. The serious business has to do with you, O stones discarded, O cripples overburdened, shackled to your lower selves, fettered by your whims and passions!
O Allah, on me have mercy, and on them have mercy!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
- that is to say, music -
Saturday, June 20, 2009
'DEVOTIONS' - music CD by Haqqani Maulid Ensemble. Price: RM10.00. Contact Haqqani KL Zawiya: +603 20962124. List of songs: Qul Ya Azim/Selawat Badar/Kelalang/Ya Imamarusli/Ayyuhal Mushtaq/Ibadallah/Allah Allah Malana (my fave!)/Ya Nabi/Selawat Nabi.
Friday, June 19, 2009
wa aqrikhni fi 'aini bahril wahdah
hatta la ara wala as ma'aa wala ajida wala uhissa illa biha
waj 'alil hijabal 'aqzoma hayaata ruuhi
wa ru hahu sirra haqiqati
wa haqi qotahu jaa mi'a 'awaa limi
bitah khi khil hak khil awwali
ya awwalu ya aaqiru ya zahiru ya batinu
is maq nidaa'i bima samiqta bihi nidaa'a 'abdika Zakaria
wansurni bika laka
wa aiyad ni bika laka
waj maq baini wabainaka
wahul baini wa baina qoirika
Allah, Allah, Allah
Innal lazi faradho 'alaikal Qur'ana lara aadduka ila ma'adin
Allah shower Your blessings upon him
from whom burst open the secrets,
and stream forth the lights, and in whom rise up the realities;
And upon whom descended the sciences of Adam;
by which all creatures are made powerless.
And blessings upon him before whom all understanding is diminished.
And none of us totally comprehend him
whether in the past or the future.
The garden of the spiritual kingdom blossom
honorably with the resplendent of his beauty.
And the reservoir of the world of dominion
overflow with the outpouring of his light.
There is nothing that is not connected to him.
Because if there were no intercessor,
everything to be interceded for would vanish as it is sad.
So bless him with a prayer that is worthy of You
from You as befit his stature.
Allah indeed he is Your all-encompassing secret
that leads through You to You.
And he is Your supreme veil raised before You
between Your hands.
O Allah, include me among his descendants
and confirm me through his account
and let me know him with deep knowledge
that keeps me save from the well of ignorance
so that I might drink to fullness from
the well of excellence.
And carry me on his path to Your presence;
encompassed by Your victory
and strike through me at the false so that I may destroy it.
Plunge me into the sea of oneness
and drown me in the essence of the ocean of unity,
until I neither see nor hear nor find
nor sense except through it.
O Allah, make the supreme veil, the life of my spirit;
And his soul the secret of my reality and his reality
the conflux of my worlds through the realization of the first truth.
Hear my call as you heard the call of your servant Zakaria;
and grant me victory through You for You,
And support me through You for You;
And join me to You and come between myself
and anything other than You.
Indeed, he who ordained the Qur'an for
You will return to the station of Your ultimate destiny.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Click here for Lisan al-Din post on the need to have high aspirations in wanting to see the Prophet in one's dreams and eventually see him in person.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
O son, it is common for sufi aspirants to fall every now and then while traversing the Path, especially those who are ignorant who follow the ignorant. So beware from whom you acquire your knowledge. Knowledge (useful knowledge that is) must be sought from persons of the right character, those who display good adab. One who is truly knowledgable will have good manners inwardly, outwardly, in public and in private. Do not be easily deceived by a person's physical appearance, eloquence or title. I have been fooled by a few 'gurus', so listen to me!
Imam Malik said: "He who follows the path of Sufism while neglecting jurisprudence (syariat) is a heretic (zindiq) and he who learns jurisprudence while neglecting the path (tasawuf/haqiqat) commits transgression (fasiq)."
O son, I was at one point in time, misguided and became a heretic because I followed a preacher of haqiqat who left his syariat at home. I was at one point in time, led astray by a bogus guru who not only abandoned shariat but used malevolent magics on me. I was at one point in time, tricked by a 'saint' who blogs eloquently on mysticism and gnosis but talked me into doing the unthinkable when in private. I was at one point in time, misled by two 'shaykhs' who used their oratory skills to lure me into fulfilling their desires. I was at one point in time deluded by yet another 'shaykh' who wished to marry me for a few weeks! Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah, I forgive all of them. May Allah forgive them. May Allah pardon me for I must have been impure myself to have attracted such characters. May Allah save all of us and our future generations from heresy.
O son, the road to Allah is slippery. The risk for a female salik is even higher. So when I found the genuine murshids whom I have stuck by and whose teachings I share with you; you O son, you take heed and know the price I had to pay to find them.
Allahu Allah...keep us in Your protection dunya wal akhirah. O Rasulullah, help us, we are the children of akhiru zaman, shield us from all sorts of fitnah, grant us your shafaat now and in the hereafter. Allahumma solli ala Saidina Muhammad wa ala ali Muhammad...O Rasulullah, O Habibullah, O Nabi Allah...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
There is no power and no strength
save with Allah, the High, the Great.
Related Lisan al-Din's post: Don't take offense