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13th Jun 2006
#1 [Permalink] Posted on 5th February 2008 09:39
The sharif, the sayyid, Anwar ul-Husayn binal-Sayyid Ashraf 'Ali, better known as Nafis Shah, has left this world,Tuesday the 26th of Muharram, 1429 (02/05/2008) at around 0500, inLahore, Pakistan. Verily it is to Allah that we belong, and it is toHim that we shall inevitably return.

Sayyid Nafis Shah was born into the noble family of our prophet,sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, through the line of Sayyiduna al-ImamZayd bin 'Ali al-Shahid. Among other distinguished ancestors, he couldalso count the renowned Chishti Shaykh, al-Sayyid Muhammad, betterknown as Hazrat Gesu Daraz, who was a khalifah of Khwaja Nasir al-DinChiragh-e-Dehli, the khalifah of Khwaja Nizam al-Din Awliya', may Allahsanctify the spirit of each and every one.

He learned the sacred art of calligraphy from his noble father, whohimself was a master calligrapher, and prints of whose hand writtenmushaf is still sold in markets in Pakistan and India. Hazrat NafisShah's own position in this field was unrivaled during his lifetime,having scribed several books and calligraphical works of greatrenowned. In fact, it is almost inconceivable that a person can haveprayed in any masjid in Punjab without having seen some piece ofQur'an, Dhikr or Salawat 'ala al-Nabi, written by his noble hand,although, one may not have even known, unless they noticed a small andstylized nafis signed in a corner somewhere in the work. Hazrat NafisShah had in fact won many international calligraphy contests asPakistan's official representative and had won several world honors forPakistan by the UN and other international bodies in worldcalligraphical exhibitions and competitions.

As a young man, he was told about the renowned murshid Mawlana ShahAbdul Qadir al-Raipuri, rahimahullah. He was so quickened with longingjust by hearing Shah Abdul Qadir's mubarak description that he hastenedto meet him. Having made ghusl, he proceeded to take the bay'ah withthe Qutb al-Irshad of his age. Shah Abdul Qadir Raipuri, may Allahsanctify his secret, was a person of such intense light, I have beentold by several people who have met him, that it was difficult to lookdirectly at him. He was a person who disliked talking greatly. To takehis companionship was to enter a lengthy discourse in silence. In fact,those who knew him described the joy of sitting around his noblepresence, and casting silent glances at his noble feet; truly it iswhen the sensory is subdued that the manifestations of the propheticlight may surge forth.

After several trips to Raipur and several visits to Shah AbdulQadir, Sayyid Nafis Shah was granted the crown of Khilafah by hisShaykh; one of the Sayyid's own successors informed me that when SayyidNafis granted him the successorship, he cried and said that he was notworthy, upon which Sayyid Nafis himself began to weep and told him thathe also cried and said the same thing to Shah Abdul Qadir when he waselected to this position.

Being of one of the softest dispositions that I have ever seen in ahuman, Sayyid Nafis Shah could be brought to tears quite easily. Onecould recite a verse of the Qur'an, or a beautiful verse of poetry inpraise of our prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be uponhim. Really, all it took was a mention of our Nabi, or one of hiscompanions, or Khwaja Mu'in al-Din, or perhaps Mawlana Rashid AhmadGangohi or any one of Allah's righteous servants, and the heart of theSayyid would crack, sending forth a river of tears from his two eyes.Whenever he cried, a look of intense sorrow and longing came over hisenlightened face, and he would weep softly and silently, then regainhis composure after a few minutes. Some of the most beautiful times inthe khanqah were our minutes and hours spent in remembrance of the theHabib, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his companionsand their awliya', and the long melodious silence that would follow.

Sayyid Nafis Shah disliked too much talk greatly. When his masjidand khanqah were completed, he would instruct the imam to give a shortArabic khutbah without any proselytizing or preaching. He said, "Wedislike compelling people by force or the making of too much noisehere." However, he was quick to share some words with the wearytraveler or guest so as not to make anyone feel uncomfortable orunwelcome in his midst. In fact, he would engage in normal conversationwith many a person, against his habit, just to make them feel welcomein his midst.

He was a person of many miracles, both inward and outward, and onefor whom Allah had vouchsafed an unflinching allegiance to to theSunnah. He would hear about people making deviations in their religionand hiding such deviations under the guise of tasawwuf, and this wouldanger him greatly. Many a so-called "sufi" had tasted the sting ofSayyid Nafis Shah's pen
or that of one of his disciples under his direction, for deviatingfrom the Sunnah, or leaving the practices of the Shaykhs of the past.He ordered many a humble murid to engage in study of the din, and hadmany huffadh, 'ulama, muftun, qurra', and dhakirin issue from hiskhanqah. He took special pride in one of his disciples' learning andteaching the ahadith mubarakah of our prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam. In fact, learned scions of his spiritual house grace thepulpits and masnads of many a madrasah today. He would become visiblyupset if given the news that one of his students had missed a lessonand has been known to refuse to see students of knowledge during thehours they should be studying.

He gave the wird of the best of remembrances: La ilaha illa Allahto many a disciple. His khanqahs evenings and nights were rocked withthe dharb ILLA ALLAH, ILLA ALLAH. He himself was so accustomed to dhikrthat I myself testify that his blessed hand moved in the motion ofcounting, even when he would sleep. All in the khanqah would be wokenwell before Fajr, so as to pray some raka'at of tahajjud; if one wantedto sleep, they had best stayed home.

He was truthful in his tongue and his state. He spent several yearsof his life in defense of the Muslim land of Afghanistan against theRussians and had fought bravely and selflessly not forself-determination, nationalism, capitalism or any other -ism. Hefought for the pleasure of Allah. This was because he strove to bringhis outward state, inward state and his speech into harmony.

Among the masha'ikh that he mentioned the most often and the oneafter whom he named his khanqah, was Sayyid Ahmad al-Shahid. It wasSayyid Ahmad of Rai-Barailli who lead a movement of fuqaha' and 'ulamain the Indian subcontinent on a campaign against corruption,innovation, and disbelief for about ten years, and took up arms againstthe British colonizers for another ten. Him and his army fought theBritish and their partisans until they were finally called on by Allahto make the ultimate sacrifice at the battle of Balakot. Far from beingdefeated, it was from the ashes of Balakot, that Allah had planted themubarak seeds of the establishment of Dar al-'Ulum Deoband. SayyidNafis Shah would later explain that when someone does something withsincerity to Allah, a physical defeat is irrelevant. He would site theexample of two Sayyids; al-Imam al-Husayn, may Allah be well pleasedwith him, and Sayyid Ahmad al-Shahid. Both gave their lives and seemedto have been defeated in this world by their corrupt and treacherousenemies, however, both shall have the flags of victory raised abovetheir names until the day of judgment because Allah accepted theirsacrifices and advanced their work, wa law kariha al-kafirun...

There is no calamity from the calamities in this world harder thanlosing a righteous and beloved servant of Allah to stream of eternity.I ask Allah to give our Sayyid Nafis His mercy and forgiveness, and toaccept from him. I ask Him to watch over and protect his grandchildrenwho survive him and over his khanqah and muridin. I ask Him to protectIslam and to raise its flag high, and to protect the Muslims for whomSayyid Nafis prayed constantly and consistently. I ask Him to not putus through tribulations after him, and to have mercy on us all.

This morning Sayyid Anwar al-Husayn Nafis Shah passed on to theabode of the Hereafter. May Allah sanctify his secret. inshaALLAH Ameen

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