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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 25th November 2019 23:39
The Road to Spiritual Reformation - by Shaykh Abbas Ismail, Khalifa of Hadrat Mawlana Ibrahim Mia, Rahmatullah Alayh, who was the Khalifa of Hadrat Shaykhul Hadith Mawlana Zakariyya Khandlawi
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 25th November 2019 23:58
Spiritual Reformation can also be achieved individually without pledging allegiance to a Peer.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 08:24
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Just like a very sick person can treat himself by reading books? it's not as easy as you are making it seem.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 09:12
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“One of the Sufis habituated his soul to mildness and freed himself from excessive anger by hiring a man to insult him in public: he forced himself to be forbearing and to suppress his anger, continuing in this way until his nature became characterised by a proverbial gentleness.”

— Imam Ghazali
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 09:59
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I agree with this brother.

All reformed brothers/sisters in the world today don't have a peer. A small percentage of spiritually reformed people have peers.
But if someone needs a peer for spiritual reformation, it is a good idea, he can have it.
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 12:07
Simply being reformed/following the right path is one thing. By repenting and staying away from sins a person can somewhat be reformed without the need for a Shaykh. However attaining the stage of Ihsan mentioned in the hadith, which is to worship Allah as if you see Him and if you cannot do that then to know that Allah sees you at all times, well this is a very difficult state to attain. For this a Shaykh of Tasawwuf is needed. This can only be attained by a pure and enlightened heart and the Mashaikh of Tasawwuf are the spiritual doctors of the heart. If you wish to attain such a pure heart to enter into Allahs Divine presence, then go to them. Not just any Shaykh, but a genuine Shaykh who is absorbed in the oceans of Marifah and Ihsan, who is not a slave to his nafs and whose character is the character of Rasulullah sallalalhu alayhi wasallam. Someone who can pass on that nisbat, (unique spiritual connection with Allah ) to you.
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 12:59
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You are making deen difficult. Many people in the past and present have attained ihsaan without tasawwuf and shaykh.

And Tasawwuf and shaykh is one of the ways of attaining ihsaan.
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 14:45
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Typical Deobandiesuque and Barelo response.

The Prophet never instructed or enforced such a concept where someone has to pledge allegiance to particular scholar just to attain a very high level of spirituality. It's no wonder why the Arabis raise an eyebrow at the idea.

How do you explain the other non-Deos/Barelos who have attained such a level without the need of a scholar? Remember we're not talking about getting educated in the field of fiqh (the basics), aqeeda etc. Scholars are there to be our guides, but getting to Al Firdaus is a personal and individualistic journey. Exclusive devotion to a scholar is not a prerequisite.

Tassawwuf works, no doubt. It's a spiritual mechanism for those who're interested or want it - simple. When you it make it out to be more than that your imploding in the territory of bid'ah.

I've passed on it and I'm doing pretty well. :)
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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 14:53
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That's a stupid and up side down analogy.

Of course no one would do that in their rightful mind.

The difference is the Deen is clear as to what is required to attain divine salvation and that's not interdependence with a scholar.

Alhamdoolilla there are brothers out there who're engaged in Tassawwuf, but are not offended at the realisation when they witness others who have exceeded them without a scholar.
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#10 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 14:55
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Regarding Arabs raising eyebrows on tasawwuf. World stopped looking at arabs for deen. "Sahi hadees only" ;and see the mess there. Elsewhere we are watch increase in level of piety. And we watch Arabs falling in piety.
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#11 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 15:15
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If the kitab was enough for the reformation of people, Allah ta'ala would not have sent his messengers علیهم السلام. One of the objectives of sending Rasulullah صلی الله عليه وسلم was to make tazkiyah of the people.

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#12 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 15:27
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refer to a reliable tafeer book and look up the verse, you'll be hard pressed to learn that this verse doesn't disapprove that one can't do it himself - THAT's the point.

the prophet (saw) doing taziyah of people, oh yeah. that speaks volume, he's a prophet of a Allah Azawajal, fast forward 1400 and a bit years, and my akirah or/and to attain true spiritual uplift is conditional or dependent on me giving an oath of allegiance to a doctor scholar.

perhaps, but not for everyone. :)
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#13 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 15:31
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whose the "world"?

arabs would say the same thing about the rest of the the ummah considering the amount of innovative practises that're rampant all over the globe, it's all quite clear and visible when you go for umrah or haj.

besides, i was referring to scholars and students of knowledge who're sincere of the deen like any of you and i are.

if tassawwuf was the only way to spiritual enlightenment as it's made out to be by the barelo and deo scholars of today then the ummah would have been practising it since day 1.
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#14 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 15:44
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The world means, The ajams is the world. here previously it was 5% piety, now it is 10%. The upward slope or trend.

Arab world in general is on downward slope, dry salah, fasting etc. can't stop irtidad of Muashirath (social life) which can lead to irtidad of imaan itself. They are looking at the west to move forward. Capitalism has taken over. Here, Reformation of masses is States duty, even if the locals want to do reformation individually or collectively (like the tablighis or sufees); they are taken as threat to state. And state needs money only; hook or crook, capitalism prevails. The who will stop this irtidad.
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#15 [Permalink] Posted on 26th November 2019 15:49
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The world means, The ajams is the world. here previously it was 5% piety, now it is 10%. The upward slope or trend.


interesting, i wonder what algorithm you used to work this one out.

i understand what you're saying and partially agree with you even though this isn't really about the spiritual status of the arabs as a whole
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