The Naqshabandi Practices
Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem
And there is no power and no strength except in Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty
This is the advice of our Master and Guide the Shaikh 'Abdullah al-Fa'iz (q), May Allah sanctify his secret! And may He benefit us by the blessings of his sacred breaths, as passed on from the tongue of Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him!).
Our Master the Shaikh says that whoever works according to this series of advices and acts on it, will attain the Exalted Stations, especially the Station of Closeness (Qurb) to Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) on the Day of Resurrection. This is something which guarantees to temper the elements which exist in a human being: the Nafs (Ego), the Dunya (Worldliness), Hawa (Vain desires) and Shaitan.
The Saints never speak of anything without first obtaining permission. This advice of Shaikh 'Abdullah's(q) is something which they usually learn and then keep in their hearts, it is knowledge which pertains to the time leading up to the appearance of our Master Muhammed al-Mahdi (on whom be peace).
Our Master the Shaikh says that a person who manages to act on these principles in our times will achieve what earlier generations did not achieve by Khalwats (spiritual retreats) and other spiritual exercises, and by the greater and the lesser Jihads. He who attains an exalted stage and a great rank, such a rank which the Prophets themselves and the Companions were unable to attain, is the one who practices these precepts.?
And he is also the one who will have Stations which the Prophet (Peace be upon him!) did not even manifest, and neither did our Master Abu Bakr as-Siddiq®, his heir. Such a person is the one who sits with the Great Guides, listening to their guidance and being present in their council. He listens to them with a great deal of attention, with faith
and respect. And this Station belongs especially to those who obey their orders and do what they wish.
Then our Master the Shaikh cautions those who would meddle in politics and long for this world, because as a result of such things one is led away from the true path.
In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful.
Hadrat Murshid, our master the Shaikh 'Abdullah al-Fa'iz says that whoever receives the keys to those Stations (Maqamat), i. e. the five Stations: Qalb (Heart), Sirr (Secret), Sirru's-Sirr (Secret of the Secret), Akhfa. (Most Hidden), Khafi (Hidden) is the one who takes care to perform the Adab and the Awrad in their correct manner. Then the characteristics of the Station of Aba Yazid al-Bistami will become manifest in him. He was the one who said: "I am also the Real (al-Haqq)." Anyone who wishes to enter the Station of the two attributes of the Real One (Who is Powerful and Sublime), the attribute of Jamal (Beauty) and that of Jalal (Sublimeness/Glory), then he must follow this way.
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the Accursed. There is no Power and no Strength except in Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty:
My beloved brothers! My beloved children success" is from Allah. I have been ordered, ordered by the Prophet (Peace be upon him!) to make these techniques available.
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful.
In the Exalted Naqshbandi Order there is a Station called the Station of Annihilation in Allah (Maqamu'l Fana'i billah) and whoever wishes to attain this Station and the other Stations of which we have spoken must make a regular practice of these Waza'if.
THE PRACTICES (Waza'if)
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient. the Merciful.
There is no Power and no Strength except in Allah,
the Exalted, the Mighty:
We shall set the foundation of this counsel by using the distinguished Basmalah and the formula which explains the absence of all strength and power which does not originate in Allah, who is Exalted and Mighty.
Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) taught the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) good manners, for which reason the Holy Prophet said:
"My Lord taught me good manners and he perfected
And so we must be persistent in keeping to the Adab of the Order, until we obtain knowledge of the fruits of the Shari'ah and Tariqah.
First of all we should repeat that we have not stumbled outside the Order, and we shall rush to enter it. Having decided this we shall begin with the Waza'if.
The beginner must always begin at the beginning, and he should recognise the difference between Shari'ah and Tariqah. Knowing the Shari'ah is to know a reality which is obligatory for every believing man and woman. Practically speaking the Shari'ah is to practice everything which was ordered by Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) and avoiding that which He has forbidden. Whoever keeps to these two things, Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) will be his teacher. This is the Shari'ah.
Now Tariqah is the firm intention (‘Azimah) of the Shari'ah. that is to say that the Murid shall put his belief in the one who is his Shaikh and Guide, and should precede as indicated by him. The Murid may not ask his Shaikh any question refering to anything which he may order him to do.
The second description of Tariqah is that the Murid should be ready to take orders from the Shaikh. Just as the Prophet used to await the coming of Divine Inspiration (Wahy) from Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime), in the same way the Murid must follow his Murshid's orders, carrying them out to the letter.?
And he must have the Adab of Anticipation that is to say that he must constantly await the orders of his Guide; he must adopt the attitude of a hunter to his Prey, being oblivious to all other directions. His sight, hearing, existence and thoughts should be ready to receive orders and he should always be prepared to carry out some new order. Such a man will be a master of the Adab of the Exalted Naqshbandi Order and this Tajalli will become manifest in him.
Hadrat Shaikh says: "I do not speak to you about any Station (Maqam), Tajalli or Rank (Rutbah) without my already having entered that station or position or without having experienced that Tajalli. I am not like the others, I do not speak separating my sight from my chart, enumerating the Stations (Maqamat) for you without my knowing their reality (Haqiqah). No! First of all I followed that path and saw what it was. I learned those Realities and Secrets which may be found along it, and I worked my way along it until I obtained the Knowledge of Certainty (‘Ilmu'l-Yaqin), the Eye of Certainty (‘Ainu'l-Yaqin) and the Truth of Certainty (Haqqu'l-Yaqin). Only then do I speak to you, giving you a taste, as it were, of that which I have tasted, until I am able to make you reach that station without tiring you and without difficulties."
Our Master Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (May Allah be pleased with him!) asked the Pride of all Existing Beings, our Master Muhammed (Peace be upon him!) about the meaning of the phrase 'Ajalu'l-Karamat' (the appointed time for miracles) and he replied: "As long as success remains." (Dawamu'-Tawfiq). And what is the meaning of 'Dawamu't-Tawfiq'?
It is that the Murid should keep to, his Wazifah and should obey the orders of his Murshid without veering either to the right or to the left.
Flying in the sky or walking on water, entering into fire untouched or knowing the secrets of people’s hearts are not praiseworthy miracles since Satan also possesses these gifts. With the People of Reality such miracles are never counted as being of the desirable kind, and our Naqshbandi Brethren compare these miracles to a woman's menstruation, saying:
"The Miracle of Walis is the Menstruation of Men."
The Masters of our Naqshbandi Order do not openly perform miracles even if skinned alive or tortured to death.
Our Sheik, Maulana 'Abdullah al-Fa'iz (May Allah sanctify his secret!) says: "My tongue is the tongue of the Secret of the Shari'ah and of the Secret of the Qur'an." Then he asked a question, saying: "Who are the bearers and protectors of the Qur'an (i.e. Huffaz)? The bearers and protectors of the Qur'an are those who set foot in all these Stations and know them with true understanding. And is it not right, my children that I should indicate to you that you should follow this path so that you may reach and discover these Stations?"
And now I shall show you the Adab of the Awrad. and it is by means of these Awrad that you will attain the Gnosis of those Stations, this you will achieve by keeping to these Awrad. And they are of two kinds: those for the People of Determination (Ahlu'l-Aza'im) and the second kind is for those who are not able to practice the first kind.
“A Spiritual exercise must be like clothing for the murid.It is the most natural and easy thing to wear, suitable and well fitted clothing- especially such a cloak of honour,but if the exercise exceeds the capacity of the murid, it becomes like an excess burden of ill fitting clothes that the murid can’t wear.And, so,if the exercise doesn’t fit him, he must carry it around like a heavy bulky package, he will always be looking for a place where he can conveniently dump it or get rid of it.” Sheik Nazim.
Adab — Perfected Manners. The outward behaviour to be observed by a follower of the Path that will aid him in reaching his goal.In this book it also refers to a foundation of prayers to be said before the main exercises, Awraad are built on the Adab.
Awraad. The spiritual exercises. Discipline assigned by the Sheik for observance by the followers, sometimes practice individually and sometimes communally, sometimes silently, sometimes aloud.Awraad usually involve repitition of Holy Names and phrases or reading of litanies
The First Kind
The Adab of the first kind, during the course of 24 hours:
(1) For every Muslim man and woman: To repeat the Shahadah three times every day, Ashadu an Lailaha Illallah Washadu anna Muhammadan abduhu Wa Rasooluhu (Sallallahu alaihi Wa sallam). And the two phrases of the Shahadah are an expression of the Adab and the Soul of everything which the Prophet (Peace be upon him!) brought with him (i.e. the Shari'ah) and it is obligatory for every Muslim man and woman.
(2) Seeking Allah's forgiveness: Astaghfirullah 70 times.
(3) Fatihatu'l-Kitab, with the intention of sharing in the Tajallis and divine favours sent down with it when it was first revealed, in Mecca and without this intention it will be as if we have fallen outside.
Our respected teacher says: If a non-Believer should recite al-Fatihah, even if only once in his whole life, then he will not leave this world without obtaining at least part of those divine favours, because Allah does not distinguish between the non-Believer and the Fasiq (Wrongdoer) or between a Believer and a Muslim,? in fact they are all equal to him. since they are all 'included in the Ayah: (I seek refuge in Allah:)
"And We have honoured the Sons of Adam."
Here Allah (Who is Faultless and Self-Exalting) declares that He has honoured all the Sons of Adam. Inasmuch as these favours and these Tajallis which descended with Suratu'l-Fatihah belonged especially to the meaning of this verse, it is from this that the Kafir will get some portion of the divine favours. The Tajalli which came down with Suratu'l-Fatihah will never cease and it will last forever, and it belongs especially to al-Fatihah. No one knows how much Tajalli there is except Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublibe) and His Messenger (Peace be upon him!)
Whoever recites Suratu'l-Fatihah with the intention of sharing in these Tajallis will obtain a high position and a great rank. And whoever recites it without this intention gets general divine favours only, and not the special ones. This Surat possesses innumerable and limitless stations (Maqamat) in the sight of Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime.)
(4) Bismillah and the verses 'Amana'r-Rasul', until the end. (Surat'ul Baqara, Surah 2, Verses 285 - 286)
Whoever recites this Ayah even a single time will attain a high rank and a great position, and he will get the safety of al-Amman (Allah) in this world and the next. He will enter the circle of security in the Presence of Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) and will reach all the Stations of the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order. He will get what the Prophets and Saints could not get, and will arrive at the stage of Aba Yazid Al-Bistami, the Imam of the Order who said: "I am the Truth (al-Haqq)".
So this is the magnificent Tajalli which belongs to this Ayah and to other such Ayat also. Maulana Khalid al-Baghdadi, one of the Imams of our Order, obtained it after a good deal of time, and Allah made it special for this age.
(5) Suratu'l-Inshirah (Alam Nashrah Laka Sadrak.) (Surah Number 94)
Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) says in this surah: (I seek refuge in Allah:) inna ma'a'l-'Usri yusran. inna ma'a'1-usri yusra. (With the difficulty comes ease, truly with difficulty comes ease.)
On each letter and on each Ayah there is a Tajalli different from that on the others, and for each letter there is an Angel from Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime), and none of Allah's slaves .who worships in the manner of Jinn and Men may attain any Station without the recitation of Surah Alam Nashrah with the intention of sharing In these Tajallis, because of what they contain of Divine Magnificence.
So whoever recites an Ayah or letter of the Quran will obtain the Divine Grace which is particular to that Ayah or letter.
And know my children, my brothers, my beloved ones that I am speaking to you with the knowledge of certainty (Ilmu'l-Yaqin), and Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) is the Guide who guides those of His servants whom He pleases.
I am telling you about these Stations not only from hearsay, I have tasted them and entered and I have embraced them, learning about what exists even in their most secret regions.
So my children, you should know that if a non-Believer or a hypocrite recites this Surah or any Ayah of it, especially (I seek refuge in Allah). Inna ma’a’l usri yusran, inna ma'a'l-'usri yusra. Then he will obtain some of those divine graces, Tajallis and virtues, because Allah does not distinguish between a Kafir or a hypocrite, or between a Saint and a Prophet. All slaves are equal in the sight of Allah because they are all included in the verse: La-qad karramna bani Adam. "We have honoured the Sons of Adam.” Yes they are all included in this one phrase. Allah is the Guide, He guides those whom He wishes from among His Servants. Satan was kept veiled from this news and he is ignorant of the Tajallis and great Divine Graces with which Allah guides His Slaves. And you should know that whoever wishes to get these virtues must keep to his Adab and Awrad, then it will be, easy for him to gain true life and eternal life.
These Stations and continuous Divine Graces are closely bound together and they cannot be separated, so any deficiency in the Adab will automatically create a deficiency in the Divine Graces being sent down. As an example of that we may take Wudu'. We may wait in front of the tap, waiting for water to come out, but the large and small pipes do not connect properly and so the water does not flow out, but escapes before reaching the tap. And so we must never allow any deficiency to creep into our Adab until we obtain all the Tajallis and Divine Graces.
(6) Ikhlas Sharif (Surah Number 112) : 11 times.
And whoever recites this Surah must obtain the Tajalli of the two names of Glory (Ismayyu'l-Jalalah): Al Ahad (the One) and As-Samad (the Eternal), and even if a Kafir were to recite it, he must get a portion of this Tajalli. Even if one of Allah's Slaves –worships Him in the manner of Men and Jinn, he will not get complete Divine Grace without reciting al-Ikhlas.
(7) The two Surahs of Seeking Refuge: Once each.
Qul a'udhu bi-Rabbi'1-Falaq. (Surah Number 113)
Qul a'udhu bi-Rabbi'n-Nas. (Last Surah of Qur'an)
Hazrat Shaikh says: The Reality of the Secret of Allah's Greatest Name (Ismullahi'l-A'zam) is connected with these two Surahs and with them is also linked the Perfectness (Kamal) of Allah's Greatest Name. And since they mark the end of the Qur'an they are linked and associated with the completion of Divine Graces and Tajallis.
By means of this Adab the Masters of the most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order became seas of knowledge and gnosis.
Oh my brothers! My children! You've now reached the beginning, that every letter, verse and Surah of the Qur'an al-Karim has its own special Divine Graces and Tajallis which do not resemble any others, and for that reason the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him!) said: "I have left three things with my Ummah: death which makes them afraid, true dreams which gives them good tidings, and the Qur'an which addresses them." By means of the Qur'an Allah Al-mighty will open up the Gates of Divine Grace in the last times, the like of which did not come down in the time of the Holy Prophet, nor in the times of the Companions, nor in the times of the Khalifahs. Nor in the times of the Saints until the time of Maulana Khalid al-Baghdadi(RA/QSA). Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) has opened up for us these Stations (Maqamat) so that we may be of the Contented Ones m this world and the next.
To this we may add the fact that every night we get the Tajalli of the night of Power from the Gate which Allah has opened up for the people of this time.
This Ummah is the last of all Ummahs, and the Ummah of those who follow in the footsteps of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him') for that reason, if any one of us prays humbly to Allah (Who is without fault and exalts Himself) and makes dua that He make him successful in any action he wishes for the sake of the Ummah of Muhammad then Allah (Who is without fault and is Self-Exalting) will certainly accept it right away.
(8) La ilaha Illallah: 10 times and after the last time we add: Muhammadur Rasulullah (Sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam)
(9) Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammeden wa 'ala Ali Muhammaden wa sallim.: 10 times.
Ila sharffn-Nabiyyi(SAW) wa Alihi wa Sahbihi. wa ila ar- wahi ikhwanihi mina'l-Ambiya'i wa'1-Mursalina wa Khudama'i Shara'i'ihim wa ila arwahi-A'immat' i1-Arba'a (We mention the four Imams of Islamic Law Imam Shahfi (RA/QSA), Imam Hanafi(RA/QSA) Imam Hambali(RA/QSA), Imam Malikki(RA/QSA) since it is one of our principles that we set foot in the Shari'ah first and then in the Tariqah.) wa ila arwahi Mashayikhina fi 't-Tariqati 'n-Naqshbandiyati 'I-'aliyyah: khassatan ila ruhi Imami 't-Tariqati wa GhawthiI-Khaliqati Khawajaha Baha'i 'd-Dini Muhammadmi'1-Uwaisiyyi '1-Bukhari(RA/QSA) wa ila Moulana Sultan Ul Auliya Shekh Abdul Khaliq Ghudjuduwani (RA/QSA) Usthasi Ustadhina wa Moulana Sayyidina Sultan Ul Auliya Sheik Abdullah Faiz Dahestani (RA/QSA) wa hadrati Usthadhina Murshiduna Sultan Ul Auliya Sheik Muhammed Nazim Adil al Haqqani an Naqshbandi- a'l-Fatihah...
(Now the Fatihah is recited with the intention of sharing in the Divine Graces and Tajallis which were sent down when it was revealed in al-Madinah for the second time, and no one knows just how many Graces and special Tajallis belong to it, except Allah (Who is without fault and is Self-Exalting) and His Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him!). Now recite three times being present totally with Allah.
Allahu Allahu Allahu Haqq:
Allahu Allahu Allahu Haqq.
Allahu Allahu Allahu Haqq.
Then you may make du'a as you like al Fatiha.
These are the basics of those Adab which are considered necessary, and if the Murid does not bind himself to it, then his Guide will be embarassed to have to accept such a deficient gift from his Murid.
This Adab must be performed once in every twenty four hours. Everything which the Prophet (Peace be upon him!) brought was founded on this Adab and it is the way that the slave reaches the key to being very close to Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime!). It was also by means of it that the Prophets, Messenger Prophets and Saints reached their Creator (Whose condition is Sublime and Exalted). And it is also by means of it that we reach to Allah (Who is without fault and is Self-Exalting) and take all the Stations of the most distinguished Tariqah.
The Masters of the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order say that whoever claims that he is affiliated with one of the forty orders or to the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order, but nevertheless has not entered Khalwah even once in his life, then such a person should be ashamed of connecting himself with the People of the Path.
But Maulana, our great guide, says: Whichever of the People of the Last Time wishes to attain a high rank and an exalted stage, and to get what a Murid normally gets only by means of Khalwah and spiritual exercises, then he must continuously perform this Adab and also the Waza'if.
With this Adab we have set the foundation for the higher Stations, and now we are ready to build on this foundation.
First of all we shall start with the Waza'if for the People of Determination from among the Ummah of Muhammad (Peace be upon him!). The Murid ought to know that if he fails to attain an exalted Station and high Grade in this world because of his lack of effort, then he shall not be separated from this world but that the Sheiks make him reach it, and reveal for him his Station at the time of the seventh to last breath during the agonies of death.
You should also know that nothing Haram should intervene between the Adab and other spiritual practices. If anyone performs these Adab and then performs an action which is forbidden, then that person will be like a person who builds the foundation of his house on the side of a cliff, and his house then collapses down the cliff.
So we should always be aware of our actions, gauging them to see if they are Halal or Haram: "Is Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) going to be angry at our actions or not?" And we need to think about every action which we are about to do so much that ultimately we simply do not do any Haram thing which might weaken our foundation. By thinking carefully about our actions the Hadith: "Tafakkuru sa'atin Khairum min 'ibadati sab'ina sannah." i.e. "One hour's contemplation is better then seventy years worship," will manifest itself in us.
By way of an example of what we are saying; if a tailor is given a piece of cloth to sew, then he must continue working at it until he finishes it in the evening. In the same way we must perform the Adab in the morning and persevere with the Wasa'if and other good deeds until the evening. We should perform these actions in the correct way, that is to say without any Haram deeds intervening. On this basis Allah (Who is powerful and sublime) has divided the day into three parts: eight hours for worship, eight hours for earning a living, and eight hours for sleeping. Anyone who does not accept and follow this division of energies will exemplify the Hadith which says:
"He who is erratic will be erratic forever in the fire."
He who goes according to his own will and reasoning does not progress, and he who wishes to obtain exalted Stations, Levels and Stages which previous generations earned by means of retreats and other spiritual exercises, must remember Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) throughout the course of the day.
“The one who consults will never fail”
(10) Dhikru'l-JaIalah : "The Glorious Dhikr."
Allah Allah : 5000 times verbally.
(11) Dhikru'l-Jalalah : "The Glorious Dhikr."
Allah Allah : 5000 times in the heart.
And having concluded both of these you may then recite the prayer on the Prophet (Peace be upon him')
(12) Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa 'ala
Ali Muhammedin wa sallim:
1000 times. But every Monday, Thursday and Friday
(13) Recitation of one Juz' of the Qur'an Karim.
(A Juz' is one - thirtieth of the Qur'an).
(14) Recitation of one Hizb (Section) of the book :
And these two things, the recitation of the Qur'an and Dala'ilu'l-Khairat, may not be omitted unless there is a very good excuse for doing so. The Shaikh gives the following example of what constitutes a good excuse. If a person were offered two gold liras to recite one Juz' of the Qur'an but nevertheless were to refuse because of some weakness or other, then this would be a good excuse.
And if he does not recite them because of some good excuse, then he should recite Ikhlas Sharif 100 times in place of the recitation of the Qur'an, and 100 times Salawat Sharifah in place of Dala'ilu'l-Khairat.?
THE SECOND PART
For the People of Determination
(1) Getting up one hour or at least one hour before Fajr, since it is at this time that the Gate of the Mercy of Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime!) is opened and the time when the Great Shaikhs look at their Murids. One should get up and make wudu', and then perform two rak'ats of Tahiyyatu'1-Wudu' and then stand up facing the Qiblah and ask that Allah (Who is self exalting) purify oneself from the anger of one's Nafs. And with this intention one should then say: Ya Halim! one hundred times. And then one should seek protection from one's external and internal enemies, and from both heavenly and earthly misfortunes, saying: Ya Hafiz! one hundred times. Whoever wishes to reach the Station of the People of Determination (Ahlu'l-'aza'im) must keep up these practices. And our Sheik tells us about the importance of this time and its virtue, saying: If a person gets up one hour before Fajr and does nothing, not even praying, not even making Tasbih, but gets up to drink something such as coffee or tea, or to eat a morsel of food, then he must also be raised with the Ahlu's-sahr (the Vigilant People.)
(2) Then he should stand and pray two Rak'ats of Salatu'n-Najat (Prayer of Salvation). Reciting in the first Rak'ah: AI-Fatihah, then: BismilIahrr-Rahmanrr-Rahim. Shahidallahu annahu la ilaha ilia .hu- Wa'1-Mala'ikatu wa ulu'l-'ilmi qa'imam bi-I-Qist. La ilaha ilia huwa'l-'azizu'l-Hakim. Inna 'd-Dina 'indaUahi'l-IsIam.
Quii'llahumma malika'1-Mulki tu'ti'l-Mulka man tasha'u wa tanzi'uT-Mulka mimman tasha'u, wa tuizzu man tasha'u wa tudhillu man tasha\ Bi-Yadika'I-Khairu innaka 'ala kulli shay'in qadir. TuIiju'l-Laila fi'n-Nahari wa tuli]u'n-Nahara fi'1-lail. Wa tukhrijul-Hayya mina'I-Mayyiti wa tukhriju'l-Mayyita mina'I-Hayy.Wa tarzuqu man tashau bi-ghairi hisab.
And in the second Rak'ah, recite al-Fatihah.
Then : 11 Ikhlas Sharif. (Surah Number 112)
And then after making salams one should make sajdah to Allah 'Azza wa Jalla with the intention of burying the anger of your Nafs and killing the child of the blameful Nafs, and changing reproachable manners into praiseworthy ones.
All the angels of the Heavens and the earth gaze down at the One doing sajda, and he is one who confides in His Lord. The angels do not lift up this sad) a to Allah (Who is without fault and is Self-Exalting), rather Allah takes it up to Himself without any in- termediary. The Murid speaks to his Lord in the sadja, saying:
Ya rabbi kama ta'kulu'n-naru'l-hataba ha-kadha'l-hasadu'l-muta'silu fiyya ya'kulu jami'a a'mali khallisni ya rabbi minhu wa khallisni aidan mina'l ghadabi in-nafsani wa min nafsrt-tiflTl-madhinu.mah.Wa mina'l-akhlaqi'dh-dhaminiah. Wa ya rabbi baddil kulla akhlaqi ila akhlaqin hamidah. Wa afalin hasanah.
(Oh my Lord! Just as fire consumes firewood, in the same way the envy which is rooted in me consumes all my actions. Purify me, Oh my Lord from it and purify me too from the anger of my Nafs. Rid me as well, Oh my Lord of the blameworthy Nafs of the child and from reprehensible manners. And Oh my Lord change all my manners to laudable manners and into good actions.)
He should ask Allah (Who is powerful and sublime) for every thing which is of importance to him in this world and the next, since supplication of this degree is accepted and it is not possible that it might be rejected.
And if the Murid should happen to leave this night vigil he will have lost a large portion of the tajalli since it is a part of the tajalli of the entire Waza'if. Should any part of the spiritual practices be deficient. then he shall be manifesting the quality which we already spoke about at the beginning of our discourse, where the water goes outside without being used at all, when there is a small hole or some such thing in the pipes. But really this tajalli is not wasted, and if it is not given us in this world, and we do not see it as a result of our negligence, then it remains for us to receive in the next world.
Our guide (Murshid) says: "He who makes a regular practice of the Adab and the Awrad shall obtain the water of true life and with it he will perform wudu;' he will bathe in it and drink it, and by means of it shall he reach his goal. There is such a person who claims that he has been in the Order for thirty years and as yet has not seen anything and has not attained anything. The answer for this person is to search and look at what his actions were throughout these years.
How many deficient actions has he performed? When you know the deficiency you should avoid it, and then you will quickly reach Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime). When the Murid forsakes that which the Sheiks have told him about the Waza'if, then he will remain absolutely incapable of making further progress, and he will be unable to return to any previousstage.
Whoever keeps to these Waza'if is promised that he will reach the exalted stations and great levels.
And if the Murid still has time before the morning prayer, then he can also perform the following:
(3) Eight Raka'ats : Salatu't-Tahajjud.
(4) SaIatu't-Tasabih: four Raka'ats, if he cannot do it every night, then he should do it once a week.
When the Adhan is called for the morning prayer then he should attend the congregational at home, if a congregation is there assembled, or else go to the mosque to attend the congregational prayer there.
And he should wait for the prayer of Ishraq if sleep does not overcome him. No Prophet ever obtained Prophethood, nor did any Saint ever obtain Sainthood, and no Believer ever attained the stage of faith without utilizing this period of time between the morning prayer and Ishraq (sunrise), keeping to these Waza'if.
(5) He should pray two Raka'ats of SaIatuT-Ishraq.
And if he has some important job to do and isn't able to pray the prayer of Duha at its appointed time, then he should pray it immediately after Ishraq.
(6) Eight Raka'ats of Salatu'd-Duha.
The best time for the prayer of Duha is two hours before Zuhr.
The Waza'if of the People of Determination is that they should not leave the Sunnah prayers at all, and they must be performed like the Fard prayers.
Muhammad, (on whom be the best of prayers and peace!), said: A man's safety lies in keeping his tongue." He who keeps this Adab and does not look at the defects of others and works at his Waza'if taking care to perform them, and does not get involved in other things, he is the one who gets the blessings of this Hadith.
Whoever looks down on the Sons of Adam who have been honored in the sight of Allah, (who is powerful and sublime), when he said: "And We have honoured the Sons of Adam"; Allah will dishonor him and he will exemplify the Hadith:
We have honoured the Sons of Adam, and whoever honors them. Allah. (Who is Powerful and Sublime) will honor him and will set him over such people who will, in their turn, honor him. (But who honours them not will experience terrible things at their hands).
The Waz'ifah of the People of Determination is completed with Allah's praise.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET ATTAINED THE LEVEL OF THE PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION
Whoever is unable to perform Part One should at least try to perform Part Two.
(1) Shahadah : 3 times.
(2) Astaghfirullah : 25 times.
(3) Fatihatu'l-Kitab : one time, with the intention
participating in the Tajallis sent down in Makkah.
(4) Ikhlas Sharif , 11 times.
(5) The two Surahs of seeking refuge:
Qul a-udhu bi-Rabbi'1-Falaq. (Surah Number 113)
Qul a-udhu bi-Rabbi-n-Nas. (Last Surah of Qur'an)
(6) La ilaha Ulallah = 10 times, the last time cormpletmg it with: Muhammadur Rasulullah
(7) Allahumma Salli ala Muhammadiw wa 'ala Ali Muhanunediw wa Sallim, 10 times.
Ila Sharafrn-Nabiyyi sallallahu •alalhi wa sallam wa Alihi wa Sahbihi. wa ila arwahi Ikhwanthi minal Ambiya wal mursalin, wa kuda mahim sharhahim, wa ila arwahil aimmatil arba, wa arwahi Mashaikhina fi't-Tariqaun-Naqshbandiyyatil- aliya qasasatan, ila ruhi Imamit-Tariqati wa Ghawthil Khalika Khawajaha Baha'udin Naqshbandi il Muhammadi1Uwaisiyi'l-Bukhari, wa ila Ustadhina wa Ustadhi Ustadhina …al-Fatihah.
This time Fatihah should be recited with the intention of participating in the Tajallis sent down with it the second time it was revealed, in aI-Madinah.
One should get up at night if one is able. And the way to gauge one's ability in this matter is to imagine whether you would refuse two golden liras to get up at night because of the strength of your tiredness; only when one is in such a state does one have a valid excuse for not getting up. And if one is brisk, then one should get up one half hour before.
(1) Two Rak'ats for Wudu'.
(2) 100 times : Ya Halim
(3) SaIatu'n-Najat : if possible with the Sajdah.
(4) Salatu't-Tahaj)'ud : if possible.
(5) The Morning Prayer.
(6) Salatu't-Tasabih : once on Friday.
If sleep overtakes him then he may pray the prayer of Ishraq when he awakes. And then praying two to four Rak'ats for Duha.
And if one is able to keep the Sunnahs, then he will obtain the blessings-of the Hadith saying: "He who revives my Sunnah when my Ummah has fallen into depravity will have the reward of one hundred martyrs."
(1) Dhikr of the Glorious Name: with the tongue: Allah Allah : 2500 times.
(2) Dhikr of the Glorious Name: in the heart: Allah Allah; 2500 times.
(3) Allahumma salli *ala Muhammadiw wa *ala Ali Muhammadiw wa sallim: 300 times. But on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 500 times.
Our Master Shah Naqshband is the keeper of the spiritual Nur (Light) which Allah (Who is powerful and Sublime) has placed in it. And on the Day of Resurection. he will, by means of this light, gaze around at the people standing there, until four gardens are filled with the Ummah of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be on him!) and he will be an intercessor for them. So he who keeps this second Adab and the Awrad will enter the Circle of this Nur.
THE THIRD GROUP
This group has the same Adab as the second group
(1) Dhikr of the Glorious Name : Allah Allah : 1500 times.
(2) Allahumma salli *ala Muhammadiw w *ala Ali Muhammadiw wa Sallim: 100 times.
And on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays : 300 times.
The second and the third groups are free to choose whether they read one thirtieth of the Qur'an Kerim every day, and a section of the book "Dala'ilul-Khairat" or not.
Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) says: "Behold! By the Remembrance (Dhikr) of Allah hearts are made peaceful."
Allah (Who is without fault and is Self-exalting) made a covenant with all the atoms of the Sons of Adam on the Day of "Am I not your Lord. They said:
'Yes!-'." a covenant that they make His Dhikr (He who is Powerful, Sublime).
THE FORTH GROUP
Those who would like to be raised with the Generous Prophets and with the Magnificent Saints and with the People of Tariqah, they must forsake the enmity which is harboured in them, and they must show them their love.In the following letter our Sheik has further elaborated on the Awrad and Adab that correspond to the level of the fourth group:
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH.THE BENEFICIENT. THE MERCIFUL
Wa 'alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh!
Your kind letter has just arrived, and it has pleased me greatly. I ask my Lord to bless you and to guide you to His Glorious Presence. The first step in reaching Divine assistance is to find someone who is himself .Divinely guided and belongs to the Glorious Divine Presence of Allah Almighty. Such a person may not be found in books, but you are lucky because you have been searching for such a person, and it is the right of whoever seeks such a man that he will ultimately find him. We are honoured to be Almighty Allah's servants, and we see no ranks which are above the rank of being His servant; there is no greater honour.
We were all in the Divine Presence on the Day of Promises, in the World of Souls, the real servants of Allah Almighty, who know the promise they made to their Lord. No doubt, I may say, that our Grandshaikh was one of those true servants; whoever would like to reach the Glory of the Divine Presence may follow him. There are so many guides, but it is enough for us to take only one. You may accept him as your guide, and you may do Dhikr according to his commands. Every day you may repeat It is for this reason that the Pride of all Creation (On whom be. the best of Prayers and Peace!) said: He who has good thoughts about people will not come to a bad end."
No matter how much a sinner such a 'Good-thinker' is, he- will nevertheless be raised with the People of Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime!) But he who thinks always bad of the people, he will have a bad ending. When we speak of a bad end' we do not intend to say that such a person will end up in distress, rather we mean that he will enter the Heavens belonging to ordinary people, and he will not enter with the one who belongs to the Station of the Greatest Pleasure. three times: Kalimatu'sh-Shahadah (Ashhadu an la ilaha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa Rasuluh.)
70 times : Astaghfirullah.
100 times : Allah Allah.
100 times : La ilaha Ulallah.
100 times : Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadiw wa 'ala Ali Muhammadiw wa sallim.
11 times : Qui huwallahu Ahad. (Surah Number 112)
Then you should recite the Fatihah, dedicating it to the Holy Prophet Muhammad and to Grandsheik.
Advise from our Beloved Grandsheik’
I advise you not to look at the wrong doings of other people, and not to blame other people for what they do. Look always to their good side; and I advise you to remain calm always and not to get angry. I advise you to do your best for everyone as far as you are able. because this is the way of all the Prophets (peace be upon them) who always did their best for whoever they were with; and to teach people to do their best for everyone. This is the best characteristic of Islam. We pray for you that He Almighty might pour out His endless blessings, giving you moreand more from His Light.Your Obedient Servant for His Sake, His Weakest Slave, Sultan ul Awliya Sayyidina Moulana Sheik Abdulla Faiz ad Dagesthani (RA/QSA).
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