The Different Ways Of Respecting The Holy and Blessed Prophet Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam

madina sharif Not only to stand up is a sign of respect, but there are many other ways of respecting someone or something Like it is in

the holy Quraan:

And seek help from patience and Salaah

There are three types of patience. To have patience at the time of calamity or at the time of hardship or when there is someone who is disobedient and to have patience in refraining from any sins. (Tafsir-e-Sawi)

The question may arise that why did Allah mentioned Salaah after patience? Then the answer to this question has been given by Allama Jalalud-deen Suyuti alaihi Rahmah, in his Tafsir-e-Jalalain:

To mention Salaah independently shows its status and its respect. This means that because Allah wanted to show the respect of Salaah, he mentioned it separately.

For example, if there is a wedding and someone orders his relatives Give invitation to every one who are present in the mosque and also dont forget to give the invitation to Mufti sahib, even though mufti sahib is included by saying every one but to mention him separately is a sign to illustrate his respect.

It is also in second chapter of the holy Quraan:

Oh people of faith! Enter Islam completely.

Underneath this verse, Allama Suyuti has written: This verse was revealed because of some companions like Hazrat Abdullah bin Salaam when they were respecting the Saturdays.

This was due to the fact that Hazrat Abdullah bin Salaam and some of his friends were Jews before accepting Islam, therefore they still had that habit of not hunting animals on Saturdays as they were respecting this day and believed it as a holy day. Due to this reason the verse was revealed.

From this, we get to know that not killing something on a particular day is also regarded as a sign of respect.

When the magicians came to Hazrat Musa Alaihi Salaam, they asked:

You may drop your stick or we will drop ours

The asking of the magicians was classed as respect, and due to this respect, they were gifted with Imaan, as it is mentioned in Tafsir-e-Khazin and Tafsir-e-Jamal:

Allah Taala bestowed them many blessing and bounties. And the greatest gift he gave them was Imaan

It is in Tafsir-e-Sawi:

Just by asking Hazrat Musa alaihi Salaam, which was a sign of respect, they were gifted with Imaan and were saved from the fire of hell.

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Hazrat Allama Rumi radi allahu anhu has stated:

From this verse we get to know two things. Firstly that the request and the asking of the magicians was a mark of respect. Secondly, the Imaan does not go away by respecting the prophet, but if he was a non-believer then he is bestowed with Imaan. And if he is a believer then his Imaan is enlightened more!

(Next point) The scholars have called it a good act to decorate the mosques as it shows the value and the respect of the particular mosques. They have also said:

To express good smelling fumes around the bathing table of the deceased shows respect of the deceased person. (Hidaya)

We learn that to decorate and to illuminate the mosques is not a bad act but it is a noble act as it shows the degree and respect of the mosques. In addition, to produce perfume-smelling fumes around the deceased persons bathing table reveal the respect of the deceased. To respect someone or something other than Allah is not a sin but one can gain many rewards from it.

From the holy Quraan and the books written by our great Ulema-e-Kiraam it is evident that respect is not just to stand up for someone, but there are numerous ways in respecting someone.

For that reason if someone comes to the airport, we go to meet him and place a flowery necklace(Haar) and place flags, all this is to show respect for the person who arrived.

In the similar way to make delicious food, to clean the house for the relatives is an act of respect. To give space for the coming person, up to the extent that to refrain from smoking in front of a person is his respect, (because by doing these acts reveals the status of the person).

The people who are against respect and honour do many things to respect someone other than Allah, but no person has written a verdict (Fatwa) against them regarding the deeds as Kufr. However when a true Muslim tries his up most in respecting the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam), then those who have fire in their hearts show their anger to the Muslims, by giving a verdict of infidel. May Allah give them all the good understanding. Ameen!

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– The Respect Of Holy Prophet Muhammed(Peace and blessing Of Allah be upon him)

By Faqeeh-E-Millat Hazrat Allama Maulana Mufti 

Jalaluddeen Ahmed Amjadi (Rehmatullahi Ta’ala Alaih)

THE MURSHID AND HIS COMMITMENT TO SHARI’AH

The Murshid is obligated to follow the commands of Shari’ah with absolute respect and dedication. The role of the Murshid is to enlighten the path of those who are astray with righteousness and guidance. A “Murshid” who does not respect and follow the Shari’ah is himself in darkness and totally incapable of illuminating (rating someone else’s path or guiding them). Such people are disciples of Shaitaan and the enemies of Islam. Some Murshids go about sowing doubts in the minds of their followers. They teach that Salaah and Saum (Fasting) are outward forms of worship and should be left to the Ulama. They claim that they practice and worship with their hearts only. Such Mushids are astray and mislead their followers too. They feast in Ramadaan openly mocking the Shari’ah and Tariqah. Yet, ignorant Mureeds are convinced that these people will transport them into Jannah. It is strange that bodily requirements like eating, drinking, sleeping, taking medication and other physical activities are done promptly. It is only those physical duties commanded by Allah Ta’ala and Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) that strain their bodies and they choose to perform it with their heart. Why do they not perform other functions like eating and drinking with the heart? “True Saints only feel hungry once in forty days”. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 444)

It should be remembered that Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), his Noble Companions, the Tabi’in, Taba Tabi’in, the true Saints, and the Allah-fearing people never performed such “hearty” Salaah or Saum. These are physical forms of Ibaadah, which have to be performed bodily. They should be performed not just with the heart; they should be carried with the heart and mind completely engrossed in Allah’s worship.

Hazrat Umar Faruq (radi Allahu anhu) demonstrated the importance of Salaah when he was fatally wounded by Abu Lulu. He performed Fajr Salaah even though bleeding profusely and said that those who do not perform Salaah have no part in Islam. (Izaalatul Khifaa, Vol. 4, pg. 281)

Some “Murshids” deny the Absolute Unity and Oneness of Allah Ta’ala (Tauheed). They believe Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to be the “Lord” and regard this as the supreme secret of Tasawwuf. To justify their evil beliefs, they misuse terms like “Anal Haq” which is sometimes uttered by Saints in a state of spiritual intoxication. (The nature of the “Anal Haq” phrase will be explained later on.)

When the Ulema-e-Haq challenge such blasphemous claims, these fraudulent “Murshids” hide behind false claims that the Ulama are mere followers of Shari’ah and un-informed of inner knowledge. To protect their fraudulent practices, they instruct their Mureeds not to publicise their teachings because others would not understand the finer points and implications of this so-called “inner knowledge”. They do this so that they may not be exposed. They also keep their Mureeds away from the Ulama so that the Mureeds must not become aware of their tricks and their means of income is not terminated.

Sultaanul Aarifeen, Hazrat Sultaan Bahu (radi Allahu anhu) affirms that when a person steps in the area of Tasawwuf (Durwesh-hood) he should diligently follow the demands of the Shari’ah. He should follow the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah at every step and he should keep the company of the Ulama and Fuqara. He should only do those things advised by the Shari’ah and refrain from those actions that are prohibited by the Shari’ah. He should not allow either carnal desires or evil temptation to influence him. (Mihakul Foqaraa, pg. 93)

Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hujweri (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “A group of heretics have joined the Sufis. They preach that once obedience to Shari’ah is intensified to such an extent that Wilaayah (Sainthood) is achieved, Ta’at (obedience to the Laws of Shari’ah) is no longer necessary. This is an incorrect and false claim. In the path of truth, there is absolutely no stage where Ta’at becomes redundant”. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 312)

Hazrat Data Saahib (radi Allahu anhu) emphasizes that to achieve Wilaayat, the compliance to the Sunnah of Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is definitely required. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 455)

Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh (radi Allahu anhu) explains the relationship of Haqiqah and Shari’ah as follows: “Shari’ah without Haqiqah is a farce and show and Haqiqah without Shari’ah is hypocrisy. Pretence and hypocrisy are both the ruination of Imaan. Allah Ta’ala says: ‘Whoever exhibits Mujaahidah (continuous striving) towards us, We will show
them Our path’. Mujaahidah is Shari’ah and guidance towards the path of Allah is Haqiqah. Shari’ah functions to protect the outward and Haqiqah guards the inner conditions of the Believer”. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 526)

One should note that Shari’ah is established on the firm foundation of Quran, Sunnah, Consensus and analogy of the Jurists. If a person disputes any particular analogical Mas’ala and is equipped with substantiating evidence, then the matter is not so serious. However, when a person openly defies the Quran, Hadith and ‘Ijma (consensus), he not only gives up any claim to being a Murshid, but of also being a Muslim.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COMPETENT AND AN INCOMPETENT MURSHID

Sultaanul Fuqara, Hazrat Faqir Nur Muhammed Sarwari Qaadri (radi Allahu anhu), defines a perfect Shaikh as one who discards the Nafs (carnal desires), purifies the soul and cleanses the mind of his Mureed for the sole purpose of guiding his disciple on the correct path and delivering him to Allah. A perfect Murshid does not attain worldly gain.

A false Sheikh takes Mureeds so that his worldly status is boosted. The Mureed gives his hard-earned income to his Murshid who lives a luxurious lifestyle, which cannot even be afforded by the affluent people. These “heavensmarketers” have furnished their homes with the trappings of Hell and have they become the Fuel of Hell.

A disciple must first evaluate the Murshid in the context of worldly transactions. As soon as he is convinced of a selfish or worldly motive he should immediately disassociate himself from such a Murshid. The Murshid should not claim his status because of lineage, rather, he should have been under training of a perfect Sheikh and practiced upon the spiritual exercises, travelled the inner paths and be well versed with all the stages of  spiritual progress. Acquiring oneself with books of Tasawwuf or attaining superficial knowledge of Jurisprudence or logic or being born in the household of a pious person or claiming Khilafat (permission to take Bai’ah) from a false Murshid does not qualify one as a Murshid. One cannot hope for any guidance (Hidayah) or grace (Faiz) from such a false Murshid. Unfortunately, these pretentious Murshids roam our streets in abundance causing mayhem and chaos. May Allah Ta’ala grant Hidayah to these customary Sheikhs (Peers) and bless the Mureeds with better judgement. (Irfaan, pg. 326)

MEANING OF BAI’AT (PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE)

“Bai’at” means “to be sold”. When one becomes Mureed of a Murshid, he sells his heart, life and wealth to his Murshid. After this sale he no longer has a say in these matters nor can he do as he pleases.

A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) writes that it is mentioned in “Suba Sanabil” that a person was sentenced to death by an Emperor. As the executioner unsheathed a sword to behead the person, the person faced the grave of his Murshid. The executioner said, ” At times like this you should face the Qiblah.” The person answered: “Do your duty, I have faced the Qiblah. It is true that the Kaaba is the Qibla of the body, and the Qibla of the heart and soul is the Murshid.” This is real Iraadah (to become a disciple). If one persists with one’s Sheikh with this kind of sincere devotion then benefits will definitely be received.

If the Sheikh is lacking, the Sheikh’s Sheikh may not be inadequate. Otherwise, Ghausul A’zam (radi Allahu anhu), who is the source of spiritual grace and fountain of lights, will provide you with grace as long as the Silsilah (spiritual chain) is authentic. (Malfoozaat A’la Hazrat, pg.189)

A’la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) has mentioned that people regard Bai’at as a custom and do not really comprehend it’s meaning. A good example of Baiat is that of a certain Mureed of Sheikh Yahya Munayri (radi Allahu anhu). This Mureed was about to drown when Khizr (alaihis salaam) appeared to him and said, ” Give me your hand so that I can rescue you”. The Mureed replied, “I have already given this hand to Sheikh Yahya Munayri. Now I will not give it to anyone else”. Khizr (alaihis salaam) disappeared and Sheikh Yahya Munayri (radi Allahu anhu) appeared and rescued him from drowning. (Malfoozat A’la Hazrat, pg.164)

THE NECESSITY FOR A MURSHID

If a person wants to learn any art form or gain knowledge/science he will seek help from an expert in that field. Knowledge of Allah Ta’ala’s Zaat (Being) is the most difficult secret in the universe. It can only be achieved with the help of its experts, the Awliya Allah. Only these people can be accepted as Murshids (guides). The following quotation define the need and guidance of a Murshid.

Ghausul A’zam, Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jailani (radi Allahu anhu) brings home the necessity of a Murshid in a beautiful metaphor. He says: “The heart is the plantation for the Aakhirah (Hereafter). Sow the seeds of Imaan in your heart. Irrigate, fertilise and mature it with regular good deeds. If there is kindness and energy in the heart it will be fertile and an abundant harvest will result. Should the heart be harsh and contemptuous, the soul becomes infertile and barren and no crop will be able to grow. Learn this art of farming by its farmers/experts, the Awliya Allah. Do not think your opinion to be sufficient. Our Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) says, ‘Seek help in every field from an expert in that field’”. (Al-Fath-ur-Rabbani, pg. 202)

Ghausul A’zam (radi Allahu anhu) said: “Arrogance, hypocrisy, egoism, are all arrows of Shaitaan aimed at your hearts. One should formulate a strategy to defend oneself from this attack. The correct strategies are explained and demonstrated by the Mashaa’ikh (Guides). You should heed to their commands and act on them. They will guide you on the path of Allah since they have already travelled on this path. Ask their advise on matters relating to the Nafs (carnal desires), cravings and other weaknesses because they have also suffered their consequences and are well aware of the dangers and harms of evil desires. They have battled these over a long period of time and can confront, control and defeat them”. (Al-Fath-ur-Rabbani, pg. 150)

THE ONE WITHOUT A MURSHID HAS SHAITAAN AS ONE’S MURSHID

Murshids are two types:
A. Murshid Aam (General Guide,) and
B. Murshid Khaas (Specific Guide)

The Murshids Khaas comprises of the Sheikhul Ittisaal and the Sheikhul Isaal.

The Murshid Aam comprises of the Quran, Hadith, the writings of the Jurists, the Murshids, authorities of Tasawwuf, the writings of the scholars, and the writings of the people of guidance and righteousness. The guide of the general public is the Kalaam (Speech and Writings) of the Scholars. The guide of the Ulema or Scholars is the writings of the Imaams of Fiqh. The guide of Imams of Fiqh is the Sunnah and Hadith of Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). The guide of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the Quran/Speech/Revelation of Allah.

From this it can be seen that the Murshid Aam is an absolute necessity. A person without guidance of both the Murshids, i.e. Khaas and Aam is under the reign of Shaitaan. It is in this sense that A’la Hazrat, Moulana Ahmed Raza Khan Barelwi (radi Allahu anhu) writes that Sayyiduna Baayazid Bustaami’s (radi Allahu anhu) declaration in “Awaariful Ma’arif” that those without a Murshid (Khaas and Aam) have Shaitaan as their guide. (Fatawa Afriqa, pg.124)

EXPECTATIONS THAT A MUREED SHOULD HAVE IN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MURSHID

Some people become Mureeds hoping for financial prosperity, release from the worldly hardships and living a comfortable life. At times, the Awliya Allah bless their Mureeds with worldly favours. The Mureed should avoid worldly motives and take Bai’at (pledge allegiance) solely to attain Allah Ta’ala’s Ma’rifah, cure the soul and express true repentance. He should have the pure intention of complete obedience to Allah Ta’ala and The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

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