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#46 [Permalink] Posted on 9th February 2014 19:45
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To progress in any field of expertise or science without potentially causing harm to one's self or others, one needs to be in the company of those who are qualified in that field. It's pretty much a universal rule. As it was already mentioned, develop a relationship with the Ulama' and Masha'ikh and try to be in their company, and step by step إن شاء الله you'll see progress. This is the bare minimum.

A person doesn't need to be a student of an Alim to get a mas'alah answered from him. Similarly, a person doesn't need to take bay'ah from a qualified Shaikh in order to get benefit from him. Although, it's preferable (and much benefit to have bay'ah with a Shaikh).

Yeah, get in contact with those Masha'ikh and continue correspondence with them. Think about bay'ah later.

Try to be particular in fulfilling your masnun adhkar and tilawah of Qur'an, too. Because it's the foundation.

The basics are:

Daily hizb of the Qur'an

Istighfar and salawat on Rasulullah (saw) x100 morning/evening

Subhanallah, alhamdulillah, La ilaha illallah Allahu akbar x100 morning/evening

Masnun Du'as for every situation

Making the Sunnahs before/after Fardh Salah and,

Staying away from sins.



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#47 [Permalink] Posted on 9th February 2014 19:54
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It's a must read. It, among other things, clarified a lot of misunderstandings I had about Tasawwuf in relation to Shari'ah.

Matter fact, I never read a book authored by Shaikhul Hadith Muhammad Zakariyyah Kandhlawi (rah) in which I did not get immense benefit.

Sounds extreme (but hey, that's how I feel about it lol) but you should try to read all of his books that have been translated into English.
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#48 [Permalink] Posted on 9th February 2014 20:40
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Yes I will answer on Dr Saheb's behalf :)

Yes stay in touch with him and ask me for his email address and this is for you or anybody else, Insha'Allah.

He is a hidden Gem, Masha'Allah.
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#49 [Permalink] Posted on 24th September 2014 13:37
According to what I've understood from my e-mail exchange Mufti A.S. Desai, my exchange with Shaykh Fusus, and THIS post, it is permissible (nay, recommended) for a non-mureed (i.e. someone who does not have a shaykh) to do daily muraaqabah even without the permission of a shaykh. Im assuming they were all talking about general muraaqabah (which was what I was inquiring about in this thread the whole time), and not a specific type prescribed by mashaikh.

So I dont understand why dr76 and Jinn were telling me I need permission from a shaykh....? (post #2, post #11)





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#50 [Permalink] Posted on 24th September 2014 20:00
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Kindly advise to some basic muraaqaba at least.


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Anyone should be able to do basic muraaqaba. If its something in-depth, then a shaykh should be consulted.


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...but I was just asking about basic muraaqabah.


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all im talking about here is some basic over-the-counter medication, not full-on heart surgery. For that you need connection to a shaykh. I agree.



Four times I mentioned that Im inquiring about basic (i.e. non-specific, not associated with any particular silsila) muraaqabah. Yet the immediate answers I received were as if I was asking about a specific muraaqabah which a shaykh might prescribe to his mureed and that I would go crazy if I did it on my own.

So basically, almost the entire thread was irrelevant and filled with information I already knew (i.e. the need for a shaykh etc...).

Alhamdulillah, I at least benefited from the book mentioned by bhai Sulaiman.
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#51 [Permalink] Posted on 25th September 2014 05:40
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My Apologies dear bro.. just saw this thread now..

This is what was mentioned in ur first post:

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I've heard some pretty good ideas regarding what to think about during muraaqaba. Mufti 'Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf mentioned the contemplation of the rahmah of Allah entering your heart, and your heart starts saying "Allah, Allah...". That seemed very beautiful to me, but I haven't seriously tried it yet.


And the above is NOT a general Muraqabah..

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At the dead of night, go inside a small closet. Sit there in the dark and think about the entire Day of Judgement in chronological order. Meaning, start with death, then grave, then resurrection etc.... He mentioned that this regular "rehearsal" of the Day of Judgment will prepare us for the real thing. Again, I was blown away by this idea, but till today I've never actually tried it. What do you think?


Again Not appropriate for the weak hearted / having respiratory/ panic disorders to go inside a closet and do such.. a simple contemplation of death with eyes closed can do wonders.. - This is what is meant by a General Muraqabah..

Your second post:

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I don't think thats possible for me though. This is the best I can do. Kindly advise to some basic muraaqaba at least. In Mufti 'Abdur Rahman's talk on Muraaqaba, he did not mention the need of a shaykh, rather he advised the listener to just start doing muraaqaba. Neither did Shaykh Hasan Ali mentioned the need of a shaykh. This is because they knew they were talking to the average Muslims (some who may even be non-practicing).


Quoting Mufti Abdur Rahman (db) and Shaikh Hasan Ali (db) again shows ur fascination for specialized Muraqabah.. which is NOT allowed without a shaikh's permission (just as how Hazrat Mufti Kamaluddin sahab (db) mentioned)..

Here u mention about basic Muraqabah

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see what you're saying, but I was just asking about basic muraaqabah


What u were asking is not general muraqabah but specialised stuff..

If Mufti Abdur Rahman (db) or Shaikh Hasan Ali (db) ( if they have ijazah in Tasawwuf) gives u permission for the Muraqabah u mentioned and u can inform them later of ur progress then why not..

hope things are clear now إن شاء الله

duas..

wa Assalam..

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#52 [Permalink] Posted on 25th September 2014 13:08
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And the above is NOT a general Muraqabah..


Ah, see, now we are getting somewhere. JazaakAllah for letting me know.

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Again Not appropriate for the weak hearted / having respiratory/ panic disorders to go inside a closet and do such..


Got it.

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a simple contemplation of death with eyes closed can do wonders.. - This is what is meant by a General Muraqabah..


Understood. As I stated in the PM's, I will stick to the muraaqabah of maut.

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What u were asking is not general muraqabah but specialised stuff..


My mistake then. I was under the impression that it was general since the mufti and shaykh were speaking to a general audience. I did not know that a scholar would recommend specialized muraaqabah through youtube, which anyone can then practice upon.

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If Mufti Abdur Rahman (db) or Shaikh Hasan Ali (db) ( if they have ijazah in Tasawwuf) gives u permission for the Muraqabah u mentioned and u can inform them later of ur progress then why not..


Not even sure I can contact them. But anyway, a question for you:

Given the fact that these two scholars were talking about specialized muraaqabah when talking to a general audience, don't you think they made a mistake? I mean, if these muraaqabah are only meant to be practiced through permission of a shaykh, then did they not err by advising the laypeople, the neophytes and even the youth to practice them? Shaykh Hasan Ali's talks, in particular, are aimed at youth and non-practicing Muslims.

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hope things are clear now إن شاء الله


Crystal. JazaakAllah.
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#53 [Permalink] Posted on 25th September 2014 18:03
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Given the fact that these two scholars were talking about specialized muraaqabah when talking to a general audience, don't you think they made a mistake? I mean, if these muraaqabah are only meant to be practiced through permission of a shaykh, then did they not err by advising the laypeople, the neophytes and even the youth to practice them? Shaykh Hasan Ali's talks, in particular, are aimed at youth and non-practicing Muslims.


If these two Mashaikh were addressing a gathering in their locality..to people who are accessible to them (and someone uploaded on youtube) then they aren't at fault for doing so..

If they are addressing solely the Youtube public without giving any details for correspondence, then yes, they have erred..

I would like to know whom they have Ijazah (in Tasawwuf) from btw..

duas..

wa Assalam..
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#54 [Permalink] Posted on 25th September 2014 18:50
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Then they have erred according to you. These were organized talks that they knew would be posted on youtube to be viewed by the public.

Mufti `Abdur-Rahman's talk in particular (where he mentioned the muraaqabah about the heart saying the name of Allah and nur entering the heart) was solely for the youtube public. There is no live audience present, he is speaking directly to the camera and giving short (13 minute long) advice.

I'll post it here again:

Halalified YT Audio


He repeatedly mentions muraaqabah, but the specific one is mentioned at 6:10.

Now obviously, majority of the people will watch this and not think twice about getting permission from a shaykh or keeping correspondence with Mufti sahib himself as to their spiritual state. They will simply want to act upon the advice given thinking its perfectly fine, like I did.

Im not exactly sure about there ijaazah's. I've never gotten a reply from Mufti sahib and I've never tried to contact shaykh Hasan Ali.
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#55 [Permalink] Posted on 25th September 2014 19:14
Please ask directly once again as Mufti Abdur Rahman's email address in no longer the one from Masjid e quba.

ar@whitethreadpress.com

I'm not into this sort of stuff yet because it goes beyond me and I really can't understand why we can't do Dhikr that others can. Don't worry, no need to re explain everything again, just ask the question and if you get a reply, please share it, if you don't, please let us know.

I also believe he has ijazah from Shaykh Zulfiqar sahib.
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#56 [Permalink] Posted on 25th September 2014 21:33
Assalamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

I can not speak for Mawlana Hasan Ali (hafizahullah), but I want to clarify something about Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera (damat barakatuhu):

1. He is a Khalifah of Mawlana Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (hafizahullah).
2. He actually replied to all my e-Mails. Try to contact him over zamzamacademy.com
3. As I understood, he said one can do the first sabaq of Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi (the normal Muraqabah) without a Shaykh.

Hope this helps.
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#57 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2014 03:29
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During olden times when Tuberculosis was referred to as 'bad air ' people would go high up in mountains where the air was good.

When we live today in the environment filled with Tuberculosis of sins..disobedience of Allah سبحانه وتعالى ..Literalist Morons who have ripped the fabric of Tazkiya away from deen.. then know its time to head towards the mountains.

Mountains of Allah's Ma'arifah.. whre the air is of Ta'at..Taqwa..ikhlaas & iman.. away from duplicacies and hypocrisy.

There they shall give medicine which shall insha Allah cure the heart of many ailments..

These medicines cannot be made generic since they come with instructions.are patented and have a fixed dosage to be taken over a certain number of days.

Once the objective is gained,then it is discontinued and the patient is kept on vitamins.

So it would be really foolish if a patient visits a pharmacy saying he is sick and asks for an attractive vitamin or a famous tablet seen in a T.V ad.

The exact methodology of DIY mujaddids who have destroyed today's youth.

Making them wary of both the doctors of Fiqh and Tasawwuf. Destroying both their zahir and Batin.

So Abu Muhammed..been a while since u grew up amongst salafis ..how about heading towards the mountains for some fresh air.. :-)

Request duas..

Wa Assalam.
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#58 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2014 10:19
To the brothers in this thread. Stay in contact with dr76 and follow his instructions until you find a shaykh whose company you can keep. Interestingly both shaykh hasan ali and mufti abdur rahman db are both mureeds of shaykhs. The reason they would have talked in general terms would be to stay neutral etc. In the field of sulook one needs a shaykh and there is no doubt about this. DIY sulook is hardly useful as experience has shown. At the same time there are some fraudsters so be careful.
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#59 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2014 10:34
(salam)

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3. As I understood, he said one can do the first sabaq of Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi (the normal Muraqabah) without a Shaykh.


He did not mention 'without a shaikh' but himself gave permission for that.. so when he being a Shaikh gives Ijazah for something like that, which is a part of Naqshbandi Asbaq.. then he should also take responsibility to guide them further by giving them contact details to write back on progress etc..

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Then they have erred according to you.


No.They have erred according to Shaikh Zulfiqar Naqshbandi (db) , the Mashaikh of other silsilas & the very principles of Tasawwuf.

let alone principles of Tasawwuf.. but it goes against common sense as well.. how can anyone ask laypeople, the neophytes and even those who have no idea about such practices to shut themselves up in a closet in the dead of the night..

I get people here with panic attacks who have made emergency landings of flights.. just because they were scared of sitting in a closed seat.. then what about those with pulmonary disorders, cardiac issues.... i mean u havent even seen their faces and advise such on Youtube..

One cannot ask the general public to do such Muraqabaat..

Hazrat Shaikh Zulfiqar Naqshbandi (db) prohibits anyone without doing bayat to a shaikh of the silsila to do such Asbaq of his silsila as he clearly mentions here.

duas..

wa Assalam..
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#60 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2014 10:45
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Whoever has given permission to do the first sabaq is actually a 'taster' and even those mashaikh that did permit it the permission is from them.from what I know of naqshbandi mujadidi mashaikh they do not have a concept of islaahi taaluq even and state a person needs to do bait before being given zikr. This is related from a second hand source from mufti kamaludeen.
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