Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
We were in the company of a Shaykh of Tassawuff and he was called out. As he exited, all the Mureeds stood up. He entered and the Mureeds stood up. He was called out again and the Mureeds stood up. As he entered for the second time the Mureeds stood up.
This annoyed the Shaykh to no end and he said, “What is wrong with you people? Do you have no regard for the Sunnah of Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)? He (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) forbade people to stand up like some people stand in courts of the kings of this world. When I die what will you do? Bury me and go around my grave every 40 days?”
He was so visibly annoyed that he cancelled the Majlis (and sat silently) and everyone had to apologize to him to calm him down.
In our times we are witnessing a phenomenon called “Shaykh worship” but is it the Shaykh or the Mureeds who have started this dark, horrible, despicable Bid’ah in the name of their Shaykh?
Tassawuff was meant to be nothing but Qur’aan and Sunnah, how did it get from Qur’aan or Sunnah to Shaykh worship?
The following story is based on true facts but has obviously been altered and satirised to make a point!
Khalid is an Indian IT student who has just arrived in Houston for his Phd. He has rented a room in Brother Abdullah’s apartment and this is their first exchange after Khalid’s arrival.
Khalid: Jazakullah brother, for renting me a room in your apartment. I am really Thankful to you
Abdullah: Ain’t no big thing brother. You needed a place and I had a spare room.
Khalid: Where is the Toilet?
Abdullah: Toilet??? O I see what you sayin! Walk straight down and to your right.
Abdullah: Don’t worry about it and take your time.
Khalid uses and then comes out with a strange look on his face.
Khalid: Brother, you have pink toilet paper in there?
Abdullah: O yeah! I spent sometime with my Shaykh in Helsinki, last year. That’s Finland you know and that Khaanqaah (you know the place where we did Dhik’r) all had pink toilet papers.
Khalid: So you are a Sufi?
Abdullah: Alhumdolillah! So I saw that Nur in the choice of Hazrat and now I only use pink toilet papers?
Khalid: Nur in pink toilet papers?
Abdullah: Brother, the Mashaykh make Istikahara before their choices and their choices are a source of guidance for us and there is hidden wisdom in their choices so we must follow it
Khalid: But pink toilet papers? I mean you are from Texas so don’t you find it a bit odd? Like feminine?
Abdullah: These things of femininity or gayness hold no value when the Shaykh makes his choices.
Khalid: Nur in pink toilet papers?
Abdullah: There is no Nur in pink toilet papers but Nur in the choices of Shaykh
Khalid: But there is no obligation for you to buy pink Toilet papers in Islam? Don’t you know that?
Abdullah: I know but the essence of Tassawuff is to follow the choice of Shaykh. The more you try to emulate your Shaykh in all his choices the closer you get to Shaykh and the more Faiz’ you receive. The key to getting closer to Allah (SWT) is getting closer to the Shaykh. Dressing like me, living like him and making the same choices as him.
Khalid: But I don’t see how using pink Toilet papers gets you to closer to Allah (SWT)?
Abdullah: That’s because you are not blessed with the love of Shaykh. This is called Fana Fil-Shaykh and it is a way to get to Fana Filllah. You lack the understanding of Tassawuff and the easiest path to get to Allah (SWT).
Khalid: Subhanullah! Your heart has been endowed with divine guidance and bestowed with wisdom. I never knew pink Toilet papers had so many blessings in them
Abdullah: It is all the favours of my Shaykh and your praise is nothing but his praise and these are drops of wisdom which I have taken from the ocean of wisdom which has been granted to him.
Khalid: Subhanullah! I will use pink toilet papers while I am here and will continue to use them while in India as they have been chosen by the Great Shaykh and you are right that we should stick to the choices made by our elders as they are a result of wisdom handed down to the hearts through generations of Islah...Masha’Allah .