PROPHET’S ACADEMY- INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED PRACTICAL SUFISM
RISALAT AL HAQQANIYA
(EPISTLES OF TIMELESS UPRIGHTNESS)
MASTERS LEVEL – UNIT 0/0
1. BEGIN FROM YOURSELF: THIS IS TRUE SINCERITY 3
2. HOW PURE YOU ARE- CHECK! 4
3. TASALLI AND IRSHAD, OR SHOW AND SUBSTANCE 6
4. REALISM IS MORE IDEAL THAN IDEALISM 7
5. SPIRIT IS BOTH THE BEGINNING AND THE END 9
6. COSMIC OUTLOOK- THAT ONLY DELIVERS THE NOBLE TRUTH, NOBLE HAPPINESS 12
7. DEDICATION TO AND RESOLUTION FOR GODLINESS 13
8. COOPERATING WITH ALLAH 18
9. TRUSTING ALLAH 21
10. RULES OF KARAMAT- SAINTLY MIRACLES 24
11. REPENTANCE (TAWBA)- THE KING OF AND GATE TO ALL GOOD ACTS 29
12. GOOD OPINION ABOUT ALLAH IS FAITH COMPLETED 31
13. GOODWILL IS SINCERITY 34
14. WHAT IS REAL GOOD LIFE 36
15. INNER POLICING- OUTER SUPPORT 39
16. THE MINEFIELD OF OPINIONS 43
17. SUPERIOR MERITS OF NAQSHIBANDI MASTERS 46
18. FLOWING WITH ALLAH 51
19. GLOBAL CORRUPTION- OUR WAGES FOR SIN 57
20. GIVE TO RECEIVE- THE INFALLIBLE TRADE PLAN 63
21. HOW THE SATAN RIDES AND PLAGUES MUSLIMS GODLESSNESS AMONG APPARANTLY
SERIOUS MUSLIMS 68
22. THE SWAMPY GROUNDS OF SEXUAL SINS 76
23. TAMING DRAGONS- AND CONVERTING THEM
PART ONE: INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS 87
PART TWO: FIGHTING AND CONVERTING THE DRAGONS IN PEOPLE 93
24. MERCY FROM DEVIL 94
This ‘Risala’ will insha Allah be the first of a series of as many as Allah wills and helps and intended to impart to its readers the realities and truths of Islam fro
Know o dear and sincerely truth-seeking reader that Islam is about nothing if not for the purification of the heart from wrong aims and ambitions and filling instead with right and worthy aims and ambitions which edify it and makes its owner an agent of good and only good throughout his or her life. In other words the person becomes a saint which means a full and sincere and most committed and hard working servant of God. As such his or her reward does not delay but becomes available at least in the form of peace of mind, ease of conscience and a continuous if small breaks and breakthroughs of good fortune. In the hereafter this reward expands to and extends into infinity and its amount and quality are too great to be imagined in this lower and earlier world. About their worldly reward Allah says “Whoever, whether male or female, does good works and is a believer then such people We will keep alive with a good life and (in the hereafter) will award their prizes at the level of the very best of what they had been doing” (16: 97). Please do not misunderstand me: It does not necessarily follow that their good life in this world will necessarily be one of riches and fame. It will just be adequately provided, safely lived and will deliver a kind of contentment no material goods and public notice or applause can deliver. They are a group who live in an early paradise without others quite noticing because theirs do not depend on worldly thrills as worldly people see and want. They are Allah’s friends and their good fortune is invisible to others as God is invisible. They simply are given well and enough of everything legitimate and blessing. As such they are full of thanks and glorifications to Allah and can hardly stop themselves from shouting at the top of their voices from the rooftops their unusual and incomparable happiness. Amen.
More than anything else their lives is one of most perfect possible high morality. They will not covet the good fortunes of others let alone their worldly acquisitions and attainments, they will not lie, cheat, steal or hurt others wantonly. Their moral scruples apply not only to fellow Muslims but to all people including even the enemies of God. Fighting against the enemies of God may be required of them but infringing their enemies’ human rights they will never do. Read if you wish “Allah is not banning you from doing good to and acting justly towards those (unbelievers) who do not fight with you on religion and do not drive you out of your homes. It is because Allah loves the just” (60: 8). In the commentary of this verse all reputable commentators are agreed that it means getting along well with all non-Muslims including the idolaters when there is peace and diplomatic agreements in place. The least wisdom of this could be that Muslims should always set the highest standards of civility, humanity and charity for others to see and hopefully embrace Islam or at least be shamed into keeping the peace with Muslims. We must never forget that Allah is in every heart and is controlling all hearts and as a result nobody whatever his creed and acts is beyond salvation given Allah’s mercy and power. By ingratiating unbelievers and setting a compelling example of Islamic character for them we help Allah’s mercy to save them. After all Allah calls His believers ‘ansar-Allah’, i.e., helpers of Allah (61: 14)
So, dear reader check your Islam by checking the condition of your heart. Is it a peaceful, contented, justice-loving, greed- and envy-free heart, a heart stranger to hate and desire for vengeance, a heart free from unlawful lusts or at least battling against unlawful lusts, a heart free fro
Lastly never forget and cease to hope for the salvation of all people seeing that Allah is bound by and limited by nothing whatsoever and to contribute to this most desirable possibility treat every single person kindly and honourably whatever that person’s status and beliefs. Polite and charitable are the bywords of true Islam, true Sufism which is the spirit of Islam, for Islam has both body and soul; while the body is its Law its soul is true and sincere faith which is the ai
1. BEGIN FROM YOURSELF: THIS IS TRUE SINCERITY
We accuse others of a thousand wrongs and defects and if we ever blame ourselves for anything we do it in our hearts and almost never in public. Yeah, sometimes we do blame ourselves in public for something in our relations with others but this rare admission is even more rarely genuine. Often it is a statement of self-pity and an eloquent way of stating our righteousness by saying the opposite. Let us give an example. Somebody complains to you about your failing him in some way and you know or should know that he is right. Yet, instead of admitting your wrong honestly and directly you may say “You are surely right, I have been foolishly too generous towards you and now you expect that to go on, no matter whether I can afford it any more or not”. For you it is always the other fellow who is wrong, you have always been too good towards him, you are only ‘guilty’ of habituating him to receive your favours and give back little if any etc.. Of course sometimes such a response is justified but that I a
Nowadays all such necessary vices of politics are called ‘spin’ and each party has its ‘spin doctors’ which specialise in skilfully misrepresenting facts so as to show his party in better light than it deserves. These are not recently discovered facts; the filth of politics is as old as politics itself and has not arrived with the arrival of parliamentary democracy but was alive as much as today back in the age of kings and emperors. My humble historical knowledge gives me one exception to this state of affairs; the Prophet of Islam (S) was, as a ruler, always open to and admitting of all right criticisms against his person and those of his governmental subordinates. Not only Muslims but also Jews of Medina could complain about his treatment of them or the treatment they received from his representatives and he (S) would admit as much if the complaint was valid. In a typical case a Jew he owed some money to criticised him in public using abusive words like “You son’s of Hashi
Now why do you think there frequently erupt among family members, friends, parties to a contract etc. so many bitter and insoluble-looking disagreements and vendettas? Make no mistake about it: all are because of selfishness on the part of at least one party. Now please look: I am saying ‘selfishness’ for which we have an even more sinister synonym- EGOTISM! And that comes from that most odious of human components- the EGO! The ego is like an irresistibly attractive and captivating whore whose beauty is more apparent than real. It is like an old, hackneyed prostitute who expertly vamps up her appearance by cosmetics as well as aesthetic operations like botox injections and silicon breast implants and also by obscene designer clothes and lingerie. On top of them she also resorts to lighting tricks by which she makes herself appear in an even better light. And behind all this façade she is dripping with several venereal diseases each more deadly than the other! Woe to her victims for all that!
Now hear this: This is the only correct way for each of us to see our egos: like that dissolute and treacherous sex pest-idol. To learn about her dangers (which are mainly invisible to ourselves, we being infatuated with her from birth) the thing we need most is the criticism of ourselves by others. In fact we should thank Allah at the top of our voice when somebody criticises us hoping very much that the critic will diagnose for us another of the pathogens and illnesses slyly afflicting and gradually ruining us. Will you resent a doctor finding what is wrong with you? So you should not resent being criticised. What is even better is learning and making a habit of constantly scrutinising and criticising yourself and that I assure you is the most profitable of professions and occupations leading you all the way to sainthood and no less! If Jesus Christ (S) said “Love your enemy” that must be the main reason; nobody can alert you to your illnesses than an enemy criticising you: through him hear Allah administering both diagnosis and medicine to you. I am not saying that all comments about you by all enemies or all criticism of you by all ‘friends’ are correct. What I am saying is look very ardently and sincerely for clues to your illnesses in their words and address those you find. Then I can assure you that you are one of the saints of Allah DESPITE your remaining or unexposed defects. That is because you are ever ready for and busy with righting yourself, that is true repentance and Allah definitely forgives all sins without exception of those who are engaged in sincere repentance. Amen.
2. HOW PURE YOU ARE- CHECK!
If not personal purity Islam is nothing. A tree needs a root to grow fro
The root of Islam is LA ILAHA ILLALLAH and fro
The most correct image of God is that drawn and painted in the Qur’an: It is the purest, most sublime and compelling image, so pure that it cannot be visualised. Read if you wish: “No visions can reach Him while He reaches all visions” (6: 103). “Anything you can imagine, Allah is other than and infinitely superior (Subhan) to that” say the masters. That infinite superiority and distance of quality provides you with a potential difference which causes you to move upwards to Him on an endless but at each point more blessing journey: “The return is to Him” (5: 18). Believers’ journey will continue even in the
After this let us see how true is our beginning premise that your purity is everything you need and that without purity you are nothing no matter what you ‘know’, do and pretend.
He Almighty All-Gracious says “Indeed successfully saved is the one who purifies himself, keeps His Lord in his heart and prays” (87: 14-15). Is there any talk here about anything else? No! That is because all blessings of Islam simply flow from one single source- personal purification effort! And as Allah continues to explain, the detergent necessary for this purification is keeping Allah in one’s heart and praying to Him. Allah is not leaving the matter there though. In the very next verse He All-Wise and All-Helpful is explaining why those who fail are failing: “Yet, you prefer this world’s life while the hereafter is both better and most enduring”. After reading this which believer can fight another for a mean gain?
Do you now see that people can move only in either of two directions? The right direction is entertaining in one’s heart a correct image of God and drawing nourishment and accepting guidance from the unattainable, unimaginable yet intimately ever-present Most High. In religions other than Islam they also have images of God in them but those images are not as correct as in Islam. Some of the
Do you now see what does LA ILAHA ILLALLAH mean? It means inner purity in its most complete and exclusive. When you are pure with LA ILAHA ILLALLAH you can only be decent, kind, well-meaning, charitable and a saviour of souls under all circumstances because you are saved from ‘preferring this world to the hereafter’. Lastly, why do you think Muslims are in so much trouble? Why are they in boiling water? In the light of above the answer is staring us in the eye: they are not pure enough. Read if you wish “What Allah will do with punishing you after you gave thanks and fully believed”(4: 147).
So, save yourself o brother or sister by constantly auditing your thoughts and behaviour with a view to weeding out all which are unfit in Allah’s service. Masters are unanimous that this is the sign that you have truly started on the Sufi path- the inner Islam. Amen
3. TASALLI AND IRSHAD, OR SHOW AND SUBSTANCE
Said Maulana sheikh “Tasawwuf serves two purposes depending what people want and can cope with: One is the easy choice of ‘tasalli’/consolation and the other and more precious choice is ‘irshad’/guidance on to full purification which results in spiritual enlightenment and maturation.
The sheikh then dispenses his medicines according to the needs and limitations of his audience. To those with low spiritual potential and strong worldly anxieties and desires he hands out tasalli: he tells the
Stories praising and glorifying prophets and more successful believers (called awliya/saints) are among such calming and curative elements: they make their listeners feel like they are walking on clouds if not in the heavens and these stories may be enough to awaken and maintain in the listener a blessed and elevated spiritual consciousness worth having with some reservations. The reservations are best exemplified by the course Christianity took after Christ: a new, self-appointed leader came along, namely ‘St’ Paul who skilfully eased the true historical disciples and congregation of the prophet Jesus (S) of their leadership status and installed himself as the (alleged) direct spokesman for ‘Christ Jesus’. From then on it was not so much the teachings and example of Jesus (S) as recorded in the gospels but Paul’s alleged inspirations from long-departed Jesus (S) which formed the foundation of Christian spirituality. Paul’s successors only added to his pretensions and excesses and despite all the more appealing sides of the ensuing Christian spirituality a lot of misguided as well as plain negative elements took it rather too far away from what Jesus (S) had been sent for. The Law of God in the Torah was the first victim of the Pauline deviation while the doctrine of Trinity entirely took Christianity away from the true tradition of God’s prophets. A similar risk remained never far away from Tasawwuf; while a sound Sunni mainstream Tasawwuf held its ground, a lot of aberrant and plain blasphemous schools also made converts and held their ground. These range from those who deify or almost deify Ali to those who simply hide behind the name of Ali but otherwise lead secretive lives of Sharia (Law)-denying and even Qur’an-cursing abominations. While some of these deny the Hereafter (Akhira) and preach a form of primitive and permissive communism others believe in reincarnation and employ magic to get their wishes.
These risks are eliminated when tassalli is followed by irshad. Irshad is based on a brave recognition of realities and truths looking us in the face from the Qur’an and its extension the more reliable Hadith and also from our experiences in life gained by our interactions with tangible realities and life-changing situations. Now the aspirant (seeker or murid) no longer needs mythical and metaphorical glorifying stories. If, for example, he has to appreciate Allah he finds Allah’s demonstrations of His Wisdom, Loving Mercy and Power in events which Allah Himself draws attention to so frequently in His Qur’an, those ‘ayaat’/miracles/proofs like the arrangement and movements of the sun and the moon and all the innumerable stars or the most wonderful and creative phenomena like wind, rain and vegetation or the creation of man from two sex cells and his evolution in the womb etc. Simple people can hardly appreciate these far greater miracles and benefit from them; therefore they are served the lesser miracles of extraordinary events, real or imagined. Any real extraordinary miracles Allah grants only too reluctantly and rarely and He says so in His Qur’an. That is because the denial of such a miracle automatically attracts Allah wrath on the deniers. The Qur’an is the single most comprehensive and effective document for irshad, the Prophet (S) is the single most perfect ‘murshid’/guide/sheikh and all true sheikhs of Tasawwuf derive all their information, inspiration and guidance from them two (which are ultimately one in spirit). We begin to derive irshad from our sheikhs when we can fearlessly and joyfully face these realities and abandoning show and pretence through dress, habit and mannerisms we move into true and realistic understanding of the nature of things and events both in this world and the world to come. Mind you, the real natures of things of both this world and the next are infinitely far more glorious than any fabulous and supposedly miraculous phenomena are designed to convey; however they are only available and open to those more serious and hard-working souls fallen in love with the Ultimate Reality and Truth that Allah is. Such eventually are weaned of a need to pretend and show and instead enter a private relationship with Allah the Most Gracious and Glorious in which maturity over maturity or light upon light is conferred on them. They then need no tasalli, for the true knowledge of God is the supreme contentment and joy. Amen.