Awliya Allah

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    shehryar suhael said,

    When we want to become lie someone whom we are much attached to, we think of them all the time. Similarly, if we want to become like the awliya , what should we do?

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    Haider said,

    As’salamu ‘alaykum,

    Read and follow the ways of the Awliya. As indeed, the Awliya Allah Ta’al follow the way of the Beloved Prophet Sall’Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa’alihi wa’sallam).

    Trying sitting in the company of a Wali, and see what impact it makes on you. Insha’Allah Ta’ala.

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    Abna Adam said,

    In the company of Saints

    My sons, Suleiman and Dawood, and I, also took bay’ah. This pledge of allegiance took place at the blessed grave of al-Sayed ‘Abd Al-Latif bin Qadi Muhammad Yusuf bin Qadi ’Abd Al-Rahman al-Habibi. My sons, Suleiman and Dawood, and I, also took bay’ah. This pledge of allegiance took place at the blessed grave of al-Sayed ‘Abd Al-Latif bin Qadi Muhammad Yusuf bin Qadi ’Abd Al-Rahman al-Habibi. Imam was nearing the end of his life. My foot was in the stirrup.

    A few days after Imam had connected us to the Qadiriyyah and Chistiyyah salasil, I dreamt of myself sitting under the ground-floor balcony in the Masjid al-Haram. I faced the Syrian Corner of the Bait-ullaah, engaging anyone who was available for a chat. He was nearly upon me, when, from the corner of my eye, I noticed Imam Babu approaching. Imam put his right hand into my right hand and led me onto the mataaf. There, about seven metres away from and facing the north-eastern wall of the Bait-ullaah, were six regal-looking men. They were arranged in two rows of three – those at the back stood, and those in front sat on their shins and with their palms on their thighs. By their bulky turbans I could see that they were leaders of men. Some were younger-looking than others. So intent were they in gazing at the Holy Ka’aba, that they paid scant attention to us. A study in concentration, they were preoccupied with contemplating God’s Majesty. Looking at them reminded me of God. Imam pointed me towards the House of Allah and placed me standing directly to the right of those holy men who were in an upright position. Imam hurriedly walked back in the direction of al-Baab al-’Umrah, still not saying a word.

    Alhamdu-lillaah. I was in very good company and eager to draw from their barakah. That it was set in the Masjid al-Haram confirmed the soundness of the dream. Imam taking my right hand into his right hand (as opposed to our left hands) lent credence to its authenticity. I took it that the dream signified our acceptance into the Qadiriyyah and Chistiyyah Sufi orders. Allah, The One Who Shows the right way, Had Guided us.

    Did it serve as an indication that Allah The Most Giving would allow us to visit His Holy House once more?

    About two weeks later, my friend and ’Ibaad-u-Ragmaan Qadiri Jamaa’ah elder Haji Achmat Lalkhen came to visit. He showed me a miniaturised replica of a painting of Indian origin. The original is called the “Meeting of the Saints”, the artist unknown. I would later inquire, to no avail, from many museums and art experts around the world about further particulars such as the owner, the theme of the piece, the techniques used, the date completed and the dimensions of the original painting. The possibility of it being lost sent shivers down my back. The work remained a masterpiece and one of the most famous in Eastern art. Transcribed in Arabic at the top, centre of the picture, were the words (translated): “In The name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful”. Beneath this was depicted the Holy Qabr of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad . To the right of the Holy Grave was written “There is no God but Allah”; to its left was inscribed: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” – together, these Arabic words made up the Islamic Declaration of Faith. Underneath that was set down (complete with two transcription errors) the Arabic verse from the Glorious Qur’an which, translated into English, reads: “”Behold! Verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve” [Surah Yunus, 10.062]. The Arabic verse from the Unalterable Qur’an [Surah Al-Baqara, 002.154] below this had three recording slip-ups. The equivalent of this verse in English is: ‘And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not.’ On the print also, were the awliya-Allah that I had seen in the dream. I was bowled over. The saints’ names and their places of burial were portrayed on it. They were, clockwise from bottom left, Khwaja Baba Farid al-din Mas’ud Ganj-i Shakar al-Chisti of Pakpattan, Punjab (d. 664AH/1265CE), al-Sayed Qutb al-din Bakhtiyar Kaki al-Chisti of Mehrauli, New Delhi (d. 633AH/1236CE), al-Sayed Gharib Nawaaz Mu’ain al-din Chisti of Ajmer, India (d. 1230CE), al-Sayed al-Sultan al-Awliya al-Ghawth al-‘Adham ‘Abd Al-Qadir al-Jilani (d. 561AH/1166CE), Hadhrat Sharif al-din abu ‘Ali Shah Qalandar of Panipat, Haryana, India (d. 724AH/1324CE) and Sheikh Nizam al-din Awliya al-Chisti of Ghiyaspur, a village outside Delhi, India (d. 1324). Sayed ‘Abd Al-Qadir al-Jilani and Hadhrat Sharif al-din Qalandar were shown full face, the others in profile. That they held a lofty rank with Allah was without question. Allah, The One From Whom we seek Help, Had Chosen them to be of His foremost devotees, Had Drawn them closer to Him and Had Honoured them with His Love. May Allah, The One Who Brought us from darkness into the light, amply repay these dutiful men for their devotion. Their story has contributed much towards the wonder of Islam and the lustre of Islamic mysticism. They belong in the pantheon of great men.

    While those sitting in the dream were awliya-Allah in their own right, they did so out of respect, as those who stood were of the descendents of our Honourable Prophet Muhammad . They reverently sat at the feet of the saadaat also, as at least two of those standing were their asatidhah.

    “The rarest of the rare,” Sayed ’Abd Al-Qadir al-Jilani had called the awliya-Allah. He described them as “the select few, the beacons of faith, the pride of the lands, the gems of the earth and the true kings on it. They are God’s providence to the land and its people. They are the pillars of the earth and its protection. They are the leaders of the people and their chancellors. Because of them, people are saved from calamities and because of them, God Almighty makes the skies rain and plants thrive.”

    Allah had endowed them with phenomenal karaamaat. Their examples have inspired Muslims for generations. They were the great organisers of religion. The Mercy of Allah Descends at the shrines of the awliya-Allah. Their names are forever emblazoned across the Sufi sky. I am as the dust beneath their feet.

    The dream gave me some idea of the kindnesses that Allah, The One Who Allows without stint to whom He will, Provides to the righteous. This showed clearly that the approach of these friends of Allah was rock solid and that their salasil were watertight. It illustrated also, that Imam’s khilafah was beyond reproach. Imam had been granted khilafat of the Qadiriyyah and Chistiyyah tasauwuf orders by Shah Pir Hafith Pasha al-Habibi (d. 1989), the head of the Habibiyyah branch of the Chistiyyah Silsilah, in Hyderabad, India, in 1988. The dream handed me an inkling of the stature that Imam Abdullatief “Babu” Parker of Habibia enjoyed in the next life.

    I remembered that straight after we had linked into the chains of Islamic spirituality, Imam had held up to me the same caricatured portrait of only Sayed ‘Abd Al-Qadir al-Jilani (May Allah, The One Who Opens closed matters to His slaves, Excuse them of blame). I had wondered then why he did that.

    A large copy of the “Meeting of the Saints” hangs in our home. With bursts of dazzling green, bold yellow, gaudy orange, striking blue and loud red, it is a splash of vivid hues. Tints of grey here and there tone down the dashing colours. I had bought the reproduction from Mr. Feroz Parker of Cravenby Estate.

    My great-grandfather, Haji Sulaiman “Hai Slemang” Hendricks, had, through a dream urged my father to buy land and build in Doornhoogte. My father did so in 1966. I understood why. It was so that the persons of their house could live close to Habibia and benefit from the religiousness of the institution and many of its people. Through this, Allah, The One Who Is Above all need, Had Smoothed our passage along the path.

    I am grateful to Imam Babu and regret that we had not taken bay’ah at his hand sooner.

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    i want direct help from ALLAH.

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    Abdullah bin Abdurahman al-Qādirī al-Chishtī al-Athloni said,

    From the Sunan Abu Dawud, Volume 4, The Book of Al-Ijārah (The Book of Employment), Chapter 76: ‘Regarding Pawning’, Hadīth Number 3527, Ahâdith edited and referenced by Hâfiz Abu Tâhir Zubair ‘Alī Za’î, translated by Yaser Qadhi and Nasiruddin al-Khattab, editing by Huda Khattab, final review by Abû Khaliyl:
    It was narrated from Abū Zur’ah bin ’Amr bin Jarīr that ’Umar bin al-Khattāb said: “The Prophet said: ‘Among the slaves of Allāh are some people who are neither prophets nor martyrs, but the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection for their status before Allāh.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allāh, tell us who they are?’ He said: ‘They are people who love one another in the Spirit of Allāh, with no ties of kinship between them, nor financial interests in common between them. By Allāh, their faces will be filled with light, and they will be (sitting on seats) of light; they will not be afraid when the people are afraid, and they will not grieve when the people grieve.’ And he recited this Verse: No doubt! Verily, the Awliyā of Allāh, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.” (Sahīh)

    From the Sahīh al-Bukhāri, Volume 8, Book LXXVI: ‘The Book of Ar-Riqāq (Hadīth affecting the emotions)’, Chapter 38: “The Humility, or Modesty, or Lowliness (to lower oneself)”, Hadīth Number 509, translated by Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan:
    Narrated Abū Huraira : Allāh’s Apostle said, “Allāh Said, ‘I Will Declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I Have Enjoined Upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing nawāfil (praying, or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I Love him, so I Become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I Will Give him, and if he asks My Protection (Refuge), I Will Protect him (that is, give him My Refuge) and I Do Not hesitate to do anything as I Hesitate to Take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I Hate to disappoint him.’”


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