11 Rules of Mysticism in Islam

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This is a book review of 
هشت شرائط حضرات خواجگان نقشبندیه written originally in Persian language in 1915; Translated in Urdu as Maamoolat e Hazraat e Naqshbandiya.

“The secrets of Islam as we come to know from Quran and Ahaadees e Mubaarika, also called soul of Islam is Spiritualism or Mysticism of Islam; In addition to the physical being immersed in Islam, the soul or heart must also be in accordance to Deen e Islam in order to achieve full Islam. Hence the beauty of Islam is: it teaches not only the body but also the soul to serve Allah. That is, while performing physical deeds one must not forget the spiritual part of it. An example is, while you go in Sajdah your head touches the floor before Allah, wherein your heart must also touch it (do it with love and remembrance by heart of Allah.)

Another good example is whilst you perform a good deed, your heart must have true niyyat of it that you are doing it for Allah alone. Plus you should have no brag in heart.

Hence, serving through and purification of both heart and soul (zaahir and baatin) is taught in Islam i.e. Mysticism of Islam.

Apart from this it teaches how with your soul and heart you long for Allah, your Beloved Creator. To live such a beautiful life you follow 11 principles of a spiritual life. In this book first 8 (expanded to 11) are discussed according to Naqshbandi Golden Chain starting from Prophet Saww. The Prophet Saww teaches all lifestyle and passes on secrets and Faiz to Sahaba r.a. (His saww Companions). This book briefly tells about such 8 (expanded to 11) Golden Rules derived from Prophet saww’s teachings.:-

1. Hosh dar dam — awareness of breathing (every breath and beat in Allah’s Zikr/Zikr e Qalbi)
2. Nazar bar kadam — watching over the steps
3. Safar dar watan — travelling to the Homeland (to one’s own self to find Allah)
4. Khilwat dar anjuman — retirement in company (alone even in crowd/ Heart remembering Allah)
5. Yad kardan — remembering, recollecting exercises
6. Baaz gasht — restraint from Ghaflat (forgetting Allah) and also bad deeds
7. Nigah dasht — watchfulness, use of special faculties (Heart sees what’s invisible to eye)
8. Yad dashtan — keeping of the memory, sensing of the being and the body
9. Wuqoof-e zamani — time-halt
10. Wuqoof-e adadi — number-halt
11. Wuqoof-e qalbi — heart-halt or visualisation

The book was first published in 1915 in Persian language, earlier official language of Islamic World second to Arabic; translated to Urdu and other languages (I don’t know if available in English too, however similar books are easily available in English and several other languages.)

I personally enjoyed it reading it in one night, it’s pure Urdu and the fact that Urdu is nearer to Arabic and Persian, thus reading Tasawwuf/Spiritualism of Islam in Urdu gives me immense pleasure and taste. Hope you enjoy it in your own selected language to suit your taste.”

Wasalam
Dr Muhammad Ahsen Tahiri

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Feminism In Islam

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Feminism is giving woman sometimes more and sometimes equal status than man. In much misinterpreted Islamic Teachings, Man should bear more responsibility to run a house means actually that man would be held more accountable to provide his family the due rights and household (as he has more masculine power, he must strive more to get family what it needs: food, money etc. until members stand on their feet). It does not bring down the status of woman, but holds the men more accountable and responsible that he must strive more to get what his family needs.

On the other side, the woman as a Parent enjoys greater privileges than man. As Islam says, a Mother is 3 times greater in status than a Father to their children.

What I wanted to convey here is that a greater population that tries to fetch the rights and status of woman either misinterpret their religious teachings or mold them to meet their own personal ends.

While coming out of the house, women can work if they want; men ‘must’ work. And women reserve the right to do work if they want.

While coming to political and social status, a woman is equal to a man: in casting votes, supporting a political figure, holding a politician (and social figures) accountable, becoming a political or social figure herself etc. Prophet Muhammad saww even gave advises of the women equal status to the men’s be it on political or war etc. decisions.

There are several other rights of woman; providing all such rights and status (which are in net total equal to man’s) to a woman is feminism.

Taliban vs Pakistan

The attack on Bacha Khan University (and before that APS Peshawar etc) shows Talibans are still there breathing; Is world’s largest force (US Armed Forces) partly failed in Afghanistan? CNN’s Fareed claimsthat Pak Army still backs some entities within Taliban groups. Well well well, if that is true, my point is : Pak Army can not one-sidedly withdraw supporting factions of Afghani terrorist groups provided that Indian Intelligence still supports West Afghanistani factions against Pakistan.

India supports West Afghanistan against Pak; While Pakistan supports rest of it against India. And US fails there too.

Thus the whole roof is not upon Pakistan alone; India and US are equally sharing it.

P.S.: What Pakistani common people can do here is stop others falling into the hands of terrorists with Islamist outfits. Terrorists are burden upon the earth. Killing innocent Muslims, Christians (France) and Hindus (Pathankot etc) proves they have no religion.

Kashf ul Mahjoob : A Review

Kashf ul MahjoobKashf ul Mahjoob by Sayyid Ali bin Usman Hujwer alias Data Ganj Bakhsh ‘Ali Ibn ‘Usman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A shrine in Lahore, Pakistan that still attracts thousands of devotees across the world is of a Saint that still speaks to the hearts of people even after 966 years of His death, through His lovely way of teachings on Spiritualism of Islam. Hazrat Ali Hajveri r.a. the Saint of the saints and an eminent Man of Tasawwuf (Mysticism of Islam) that taught world love of all mankind, humanity, peace, tranquillity and above all, friendship of Allah. Eventually not only Muslims but Hindus, Sikhs, Paarsees, Christians etc from other religious circles fell in deep love with Hazrat.

His masterpiece, Kashf ul Mahjoob (the Secrets of the Veiled) became the earliest and imminent most treatise on Spiritualism written in 5 AH (626 AD). The “Veiled” referring to Allah al Mighty. The book is excellently written in 11 Veils, that one by one uncovers secrets under common headings that ultimately teaches to reach Allah.

The book immediately got immense fame to people around the world.

I came through this book when I was 6, 16 years ago. And since then I’ve kept reading this again and again owing to it’s charm as if a teacher sweetly teaches you love, keeping it as a textbook on Spiritualism, like many other Sufis.

Well written in 11 Veils (it’s parts are named so), most importantly the first one, The Gnosis of Allah, the hottest topic in Spiritualism of Islam and other religions, tells us different ways to find Allah Almighty and teaching about the very existence of the only God, His Qualities, and acquiring His Love the foremost principle to all Islam and major religions together.

The other 10 veils likewise uncover several important secrets to common people, which were otherwise kept only by those sitting on highest seats of Tasawwuf (Mysticism). The secrets that came under headings of Unity of God, Faith, Purification of Soul and Body from Foulness, Prayers, Alms, Fasting, Pilgrimage, Companionship, Defining Sufis and Their Important Ideas and MOST IMMINENTLY Spiritual Auditions that mollify the souls, as said.

Apart from being religious spiritualism in genre the book touches other areas as intelligence, love and humanity to all. It’s highly engrossing way of conveying the sacred secrets sticks fast it’s readers until they reach the 11th or the last Veil.

Last but not least, Kashf ul Mahjoob is recommended to all people around the world belonging to any religion, owing to it’s universality towards whole humankind.

Regards, Dr Ahsen Tahiri

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