The Red Sulphur – cont’d

A’uzubillahi minashaitonir Rojeem, Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Allahuma Solli wa Salleem ‘ala Sayidina Muhammmadin wa aalihi wa sohbihi…

The shaykhs/guides and their affairs are magnificent and this has been conveyed from the generations of the companions and those thereafter. A shaykh who (merely) conveys information is readily available. In this meaning they say that, “knowledge is a trade that both the pious and corrupt can excel”. But transmission of information that coincides/resonates with the light of (true) knowledge only occurs by being associated to those shuyukh/guides of this meaning.

The sphere or option of receiving knowledge is broad and vast. However its connection to this light that is mentioned differs to the point of view of its strength and weaknesses. From this knowledge, there is knowledge that becomes a proof against its possessor and this is the knowledge that is disconnected from this light.

However the knowledge of tazkiyyah i.e. inner-purification can only occur by connecting to a guide with this light. Anyone can talk about Riya’, takkabbur, ikhlas, and sidq but uprooting them and sowing the seeds of praiseworthy traits can only occur through the means of a true shaykh.

So if only the one who speaks of the aspects of ostentaion or Riya’ and the subtleties thereof were in fact purified therefrom. If only those who spoke about ikhlas and its subtleties were in fact characterized thereby. Then this path would be the easiest thing and it wouldn’t be easier learning architecture or engineering or driving etc. however, this is (path/knowledge) greater and more magnificent that that!

This person who uproots the blameworthy traits and sows the seeds of praiseworthy traits, he himself might be the means for the veil being lifted for the seeker or it might not be him. Those who are the true and sincere have a sign, the first of which is a good following of Shari’a/the Sacred Law and the Sunnah of The Messenger of Allah s.a.w. otherwise people may make false claims and pretensions of possessing staions of being a true shaykh just as people make false claims of the station of Islam, Iman and Ihsan. Maybe some liars actually take is as a means of acquisition of wealth or as a means to accompolish any of the aims of the lower self.

There is no doubt that for such their sin is great and they’re in grave danger between them and Allah s.w.t.

The Red Sulphur – The need for a guide

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Allahummasolli wa sallim ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala alihi wa sohbih…

Travelling the path to Allah ta’ala requires a shaykh, a gnostic (knower of Allah ta’ala), a traveller who has also been pulled (salik/madjhoub), one who has arrived in His Beloved, he is reaching and has reached, has both transmitted and intellectual knowledge. A knower of Allah ta’ala and himself. One whom is beloved in both seclusion and public times with or through his heart in the realms of seen and unseen.

Every Ummah cannot ascend to al-ihsan save by a Prophet who was sent to them until our encompassing Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him and his family was sent as the Seal of Prophets. All the spiritual stations can be taken from him or from those who took from him. So through this we know the well-known distinction of the Companions who kept his s.a.w companionship.

All the magnificent qualities and noble attributes and lofty stations that the Companions had, they cannot be described with any distinction that is greater than, that they kept the company of Allah’s Messenger s.a.w. In the ahadith dealing with the Companionship, there is an indication of this meaning. Like the saying of the Prophet s.a.w. “a person is upon the religion of his friend” and his striking a parable of a good companion and a bad one to a musk merchant and a blacksmith.

From this we know the importance of seeking a shaykh that our master Imam Al-‘Aydarus discusses in this chapter. He mentioned (earlier) that the spiritual path is not possible without seeking a shaykh who is a gnostic. This is because spiritual realities dwell in a pure heart. A heart radiates with light by facing or juxtaposed to an enlightened heart. Also a person has many subtle affairs within himself that are obscure to him. Similarly whispers and deceptions of Shaytan confuses one. Therefore the person only becomes purified of these by becoming associated/connected to a (genuine) shaykh who is a gnostic and who has become one of the slaves of Ar-Rahman over whom Shaytan has no power.

For this they used to say, “The one who has no shaykh, his shaykh is the Shaytan/Devil.” Our master Imam Ja’far As-Sodiq said, “Indeed the one who does not have a shaykh to guide him is misguided.” Imam al-Haddad said, “It is necessary to have a shaykh who guides this wayfaring to Allah from the people of pure souls from the scholars who are gnostics and if you do not find this then being true is the best vehicle.” This means if you are true (sincere, firmly-resolute etc.) this will lead you to a shaykh.

(Transcript of Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz’s online lesson 7)

To be continued Insha Allah…