The Following Link will allow you access once you register for the Seeker’s Guidance Online Course I am conducting which is a reading of the “Maktubat Imam Rabbani” or “Collected Letters of Imam Rabbani” the great Indian Mujaddid and Sufi. The Course is FREE and you just need to register. We started April 10th and April 17th will be Lesson 2, so see you there:
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Here, insha’Allah, we will be uploading details of upcoming events (1 day intensives and regular lessons) that will be taught by Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali through his new initiative based in Houston, The Sunna Institute.
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The Ottoman Shaykh and spiritual adept, Ismet Garībullāh, in his divan wrote:
Ūlū himmet ol, kalma fatūra da, ki Allāh rahmet edip gark ede nūr da
Have resolve, be not lethargic! For Allah in mercy has engulfed His servant in light
Resolve and aspiration are keys to spiritual success, let alone worldly. Had I not made the choice and then had resolute resolve to leave America in 1991 I would not have gone to Medina. Had I not had the resolve to get on that bus with only a hundred dollars in my pocket for a two day trek to Istanbul to be able to sit at the feet of one near to God Most High. I would not have acquired the knowledge, teachings and experience that could only be gleaned and gathered in the presence of a spiritual master.
Our Liege Lord and Master Ali said, “The world is passing by and the afterlife is coming head-on and each has children, so be a child of the afterlife not a child of the world, for today there is effort without accountability, yet tomorrow there is accountability without work!” The ideas of ‘development’ (tatawwur), and ‘progress’ (taqaddum) and ‘renewal’ (tajdīd) and ‘renaissance’ (nahdah) have been used in the past decades by Muslim thinkers, politicians and pundits. Inherent in these words, particularly development, is the idea of moving away from principles and foundations. Though at times it is necessary to do so in order that applications may be applied, it is ever important to be near enough to them to remain in contact with them in order for them to be effective.
Journeying in one’s homeland means to the spiritual masters that the spiritual sojourner travels from the a’lam l’khalq/realm of creation to the presence of Truth the Exalted. This is indicated in the statement of the friend of God Abraham, “Indeed I am sojourning to my Lord.” One sojourns from one state to a more excellent one and from one station to one higher. This is as Abu Uthmān al-Maghribī, “It is necessary for the spiritual sojourner to ‘distance’ himself from his passions and desires (hawāhu wa shahwatuhu). His intent was that one is not journeying from one city to another, but many of the adepts of the spiritual path have spoken of the outward spiritual journeying as arrival and acquisition of a blessed spiritual guide. When one has attained to him he must submit his affair to him and take residence near him whence he will set aside his outward journey to begin his inward journey completing its intent and desire.
One should be aware that there are two types of solitude. The first is that which is outwardly manifest. It is for the seeker to isolate his/herself in one’s home away from others, allowing one to sit there to attain to the angelic realms. This is because outward sensory organs when restricted are diverted to ‘inner realms’, thus allowing the angelic dominions to become evident.
The second type: inward solitude. This is how Abdul Khalid Ghudjdawānī has described: khalwa dar Anjuma, as ‘solitude amidst the crowd’. Anjuman in Persian means ‘the collectivity of people’. It means that the heart of the seeker maintains the presence of God while in the midst of others, being unaware of others though physically amongst them. From this understanding the idea of ‘murāqiba’ or ‘meditative’ vigilance is understood.
Importance of the Zuhad’a, People of Abstinence from the World
Extract from Tanbih l’Ghafilin
Abu Layth as-Samarqandi
It has been narrated from some of the people of divine wisdom that the sanctity of the those who abstain from the World/Zuhada’ is found in ten qualities [they possess]:
The Ten Terms of Abdul l’Khāliq Ghuduwānī
Wuqūf qalbī means to have alertness and presence of heart with God Most High in such a way that the heart has no other attention other than God Most High
[Commentary] (Wuqūf qalbī) is the eleventh word which (means to have alertness) in all affairs by means of negating unawareness and forgetfulness [while] (presence of heart) [is] complete presence free of attention to anything else (with God Most High) such that one witnesses God Most High by witnessing Him in everything because everything is an action of the actions of God Most High, so one witnesses Him in one’s actions as has been narrated,
Houston Class recording from the 11th December 2010
Houston Class recording from the 11th December 2010