Poet Iqbal says;
نگہ بلند، سخن دلنواز، جاں پر سوز یہی ہے رختِ سفر میرِ کارواں کے لیے
Meaning: The provisions for the leader of spiritual path are his beautiful attributes of high aim and morale. Moreover, the kind words that affect other’s inward and the soul that feels other’s pain.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is on the Foot-Step of Holy Prophet
Allah stationed Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman at the highest pedestal of best morals. Truly, all his attributes are the model and reflection of the beautiful attributes of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). His attributes and marvels in every way depict that he is certainly on Prophet Mohammad’s footsteps. For instance, veracity, clemency, patience, humility, endurance, perseverance, fulfilling the promise, respecting others, modesty, sagacity, magnanimity are all his attributes. Moreover, he is broad minded with dignity, courageous and has immense tolerance. His glance is synonymous with benevolence and blessing others is the reality of his morals. Furthermore, the word ‘compassion’ does not fully describe his kind behaviour towards others. In short, his sacred entity is perfect embodiment of beauty, excellence and kindness.
Attributes of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen possesses a charismatic personality which attracts every pure person. In other words, his spiritual attention with all power automatically draws the seeker towards him. On getting closer to him, his great attributes capture the inward of a person. Thus, he never wants to remain away from the enlightened self of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. Additionally, he always meets others smilingly and is the first one to greet. He always talks with everyone respectfully whether talking to a rich or a poor, child or an elder. Further, he always keeps his voice low, no one has ever heard him speaking in a loud or harsh tone.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen has a very observant and attentive personality. When someone talks to him, he listens to him attentively and answers after hearing the complete matter or question. In fact, he never ever cuts other’s words. If he does not appreciate somebody’s words, he silently let it go instead of responding which may hurt that person. On the other hand, out of humbleness, he remains silent on hearing his praise as well. At times, he response his praise with the phrase; “All praises belong to Allah Almighty.”
Compassion Towards Others
Allah blessed Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman with a very kind and soft inward. He cannot see anyone in pain and shares the sorrows of his disciples. However, he never tells his problems to anyone. Even though he is stationed at such a grand level which is beyond anyone’s thought. Yet, he has blessed his disciples with so much kindness that they always want to share their problems with him. In fact, his disciples seek his advice in all matters. Mostly, he remains too busy in his writing work and other activities of his organization Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. Even then he takes out time for his disciples to hear their issues. Rather, he often sacrifices his time of rest or taking meal for this purpose.
Guides His Disciples
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s help and guidance reach the disciple in need, physically as well as spiritually. No matter where he is and whether his disciple is aware of it or not. The disciples who are not physically in touch with him receive his favours spiritually. Although cognition of this fact is up to the disciple. That is to say, he is aware of every esoteric and exoteric condition of all his disciples. Although he does not reveal it, unless for the purpose of guidance.
It is also a fact that sadly not every disciple is true and sincere towards the spiritual guide. Even then if such a disciple seeks his help, he fulfills his wish ignoring his insincerity. He does not keep even his insincere disciples deprived of his kind attention. In fact, he never separates them from himself. Unless they do it themselves due to their imperfect inward and wrong perception about the spiritual guide.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen forgives the mistakes of his disciples no matter how big they are and makes them learn from the mistakes. Moreover, hiding other’s faults is also one of his special attributes. In fact, he sagaciously makes the disciples aware of their shortcomings. This in turn, teaches them how to improve themselves inwardly as well as outwardly.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen not only himself is kind and affectionate but also teaches the lesson of love and forgiveness to his disciples. As this builds harmony among them and they work unitedly for the organization. That is why all his disciples are like a closely knitted family.
Intelligence and Wisdom
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is unprecedented in intelligence and wisdom. He is conversant not only in religious and inward knowledge but also in worldly and outward knowledge. Be it the knowledge of history of world or Islam, geography or science, medical, law or politics, etc. Thus, not only on mysticism, spirituality or Faqr, rather he has perfect command over every kind of knowledge.
It is a fact that the Fakirs are blessed with the inspirational knowledge descending upon the soul directly from Allah. Thus, making their enlightened self aware of knowledge of entire universe. However, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen has not only got the inspirational knowledge but also the exoteric knowledge gained from books and other sources. His literary work is the proof of his command over every kind of knowledge. When he talks about any topic, it seems as if his tongue is divulging pearls of wisdom. Thus, everyone gathers these pearls according to their own ability. The listeners are amazed at the vastness of his knowledge. Although he reveals only a drop from the ocean of his knowledge.
Acquainted with Latest Technology
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is not only conversant with vast knowledge but is also fully acquainted with the use of latest technology. He has established the departments of Sultan-ul-Faqr Digital Productions, Multi Media Design and Development, Social Media and Website Promotion wing. Undoubtedly, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen himself became a source of guidance and training for the disciples to work for these departments. All the disciples who work for these departments belong to the new generation. Although, they are well aware of the use of latest technology, yet need his guidance at every step. It is because of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s perfect grip over every field of knowledge and technology. This owes to his fathomless intelligence that cannot be achieved by anyone else. The disciples wonder that outwardly he has not learnt the use of technology, yet his skill is unmatched and amazing.
Hard Work and Dedication
In addition to intelligence, hard work and dedication are the greatest attributes of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. In fact, his entire life is based on struggle. Be it his worldly life or the religious life, he earned success and progress by his hard work and dedication. Though Allah’s favours always remained with him. Yet he left no stone unturned in doing the outward as well as inward struggle. He has already achieved the highest levels in his spiritual and physical life. Still his dedication towards his responsibilities is the same as before. Although now his struggle is not meant for himself rather it is specifically for the betterment of his disciples. Said another way, it is rather generally for the entire Muslim nation in the world and hereafter.
An Overview of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Struggles
An overview of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s life shows that his each and every moment is full of devotion and hard struggle. Let it be his life from the period of poverty spent in Depalpur till the period of affluence in Lahore. Or consider the period of search for the Divine Truth till the period of his excellent service to his Murshid. He worked hard not only as a seeker of Allah but also after he adorned the throne of Divine guidance. Moreover, his struggle was real while striving for the issuance of monthly magazine Sultan-ul-Faqr and to spread Faqr. Not only that but he also worked day and night for the establishment of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. Indeed, he is still devoted in continuous struggle to spread the message of Faqr around the globe.
May Allah bless him with more and more courage, health and power to execute his remaining responsibilities. Also, may he successfully fulfil his mission to spread Faqr in the whole world as he did till now (Ameen).
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen follows the following principle;
اَلسَّعْیُ منِّیْ وَالْاتْمَامُ مِنَ اللّٰہِ
Meaning: My task is to make efforts, accomplishment comes from Allah.
He makes his efforts to the fullest that is why Allah blesses him to the fullest. Not only he works hard himself but also inculcates this attribute in his disciples. He persuades them to work with dedication and perseverance. His hard work becomes a source of inspiration for his disciples and keeps their spirits high.
Attribute of Perseverance
Another greatest attribute of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is perseverance. Neither the hardships of life nor the opponent’s hostility and cunning tricks could stop him from achieving his goal. His focus and trust always remained upon Allah while his body and brain perpetually remained busy in work. He had ultimate trust upon Allah and confidence upon his hard work. Therefore, he paid no regard to the obstacles and opposition and kept on progressing towards his destination.
یقینِ محکم، عملِ پیہم، محبت فاتح عالم
جہادِ زندگانی میں ہیں یہ مردوں کی شمشیریں
Meaning: The weapons of men of Allah to win the battle of life are strong faith and constant hard work. Moreover, it is the love which has the power to conquer the world.
Allah has blessed Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman with great courage and valour. This grants him the strength to face the hardest situations head-on and win over the worst calamities. His sacred existence is perfect embodiment of the following verses of Iqbal;
ہر لحظہ ہے مومن کی نئی شان نئی آن
گفتار میں کردار میں اللہ کی برہان
یہ راز کسی کو نہیں معلوم کہ مومن
قاری نظر آتا ہے حقیقت میں ہے قرآن
جس سے جگر لالہ میں ٹھنڈک ہو وہ شبنم
دریاؤں کے دِل جس سے دہل جائیں وہ طوفان
Meaning: Every moment the glory of the Universal Divine Man manifests anew. Moreover, his words and morals are the incarnation of Allah’s words and morals. No one knows the secret that he appears to be the reciter of Quran. Rather, in fact, he is the Quran Itself. He is soft hearted and kind for his people like the dew is soothing for the flower. At the same time, he is powerful and mighty like the storm. Thus, can turn the ocean upside down and make it tremble with fear.
Generosity and Contentment
These are the distinguished attributes of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. In fact, the height of his contentment is that he has no wish for himself. Rather, he is happy in whichever condition Allah keeps him. While the extremity of his generosity is that he has sacrificed his each and every possession in Allah’s way. After donating his entire material wealth for the cause of Allah, now he is distributing his spiritual treasures of Faqr. Whoever seeks this treasure sincerely and makes a little effort to gain it, is conferred with it infinitely by him. However, it is not for those who do not regard its worth.
خاکی و نوری نہاد ، بندۂ مولا صفات
ہر دوجہاں سے غنی ، اس کا دِل بے نیاز
Meaning: The real believer of Allah is made of soil but in reality, is all Divine light. He is the slave of Allah but possesses all His attributes. Indeed, independent of desires and the most generous in both worlds.
Humility and Simplicity
Humility and simplicity are his marvels, although he is stationed at ultimate levels. Certainly, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen lives like common people out of his humility. In fact, he easily mixes with all his disciples and is more kind towards the poor. For him, the merit for excellence is piety and the level of closeness to Allah, not wealth or worldly status. He is simple in his ways of living yet very graceful and elegant. Moreover, he does not appreciate extravagance and likes to eat simple food. However, out of love, his disciples serve him lavish food on feasts, but he eats it in very small quantity. He likes to dress simply but gracefully. In spite of simplicity, all his ways and manners are very attractive and charming. Thus, his disciples are captivated by him and they feel proud to follow his ways.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen likes to wear shalwar qameez with waistcoat (eastern style clothes). Although, following the way of his spiritual guide, he has also worn tehmad (traditional leg sheet) for a few times. Normally he wears Sindhi cap but, in the gatherings, he wears turban. His turban is usually white and has one span long erect edge like peacock’s crown called Shimla in Urdu. In winters, he wears cardigan and woolen cap. Khussa (eastern footwear) is his formal footwear. He likes the use of perfumes and scents very much. On special occasions, he wears ring with Ism-e-Allah or Ism-e-Mohammad engraved on it. Moreover, following the tradition of his Murshid, he always wears watch on his right hand.
Strict Follower of Sharia
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman strictly follows sharia. He neither likes nor allows mixing of male and female disciples. That is why, the male disciples cannot visit Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen house while the female disciples are not permitted in his khanqah. In this way, he has maintained the rules of sharia strictly. He has extreme respect for women and talks to them keeping his eyes lowered. Furthermore, he loves children and the kids are also naturally attracted towards him and remain anxious to see him. When he comes to the gathering, the kids try to draw near to him and remain engrossed in his vision. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen also blesses kids with love and affection.
Meeting his Disciples
Every Sunday, he grants his disciples the privilege to meet him. The male disciples can also meet him on Fridays at Sarwari Qadri khanqah. While, the female disciples meet him every Sunday at his home in the presence of his honourable wife. The female disciples cannot meet him alone. On Sunday, he first visits the khanqah to meet male disciples, on returning he graces the gathering of female disciples.
Indeed, as the moment of his arrival draws near, it seems as if time has paused. His disciples eagerly wait for his arrival standing respectfully in two rows at right and left of his path. He blesses his male disciples with the honour to kiss his hands. While the female disciples are not allowed to touch him in respect of sharia. Although he blesses them by lightly placing his hand on their covered heads. When his palm touches the hands or heads of the seekers, they sprinkle countless blessings upon them. The seekers try to avail this opportunity over and over again to gain beneficence from his auspicious presence.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s gatherings are perfectly disciplined and organized. As, he utterly disapproves indiscipline and mismanagement. His sacred entity is the perfect incarnation of the beauty (Jamal) as well as majesty (Jalal) of Allah. The Divine majesty manifests from him in such a way that no one dares to speak aloud. Rather, in his gatherings no one talk with others or leave the gathering without permission. Indeed, we have seen great scholars sitting respectfully in his presence. On gracing the gathering, he first of all greets and enquires the well being of all his disciples individually. Then he utters a few such chosen and comprehensive words which contain answer to all the questions. Although, these questions are yet in the minds of all the disciples and they have not asked him verbally. Surprisingly, his single statement resolves the confusions of disciples at different spiritual levels and with different states of mind.
Out of astonishment, the disciples just wonder how Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen knows their inward problems. He answers the questions of all the disciples. Still only those disciples get rid of their confusions who concentrate upon the inner meanings of his apparent words. Sometimes, he also says a few lightly humorous sentences to make the seekers of Allah cheerful. As they are always restless due to the Divine love. He is very punctual and appreciates punctuality. Obscenity and talkativeness are never appreciated by him.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman honours the relations and is the best and unprecedented in his family life as well. Moreover, he pays due regard to the status of everyone and converses with everyone according to his level. He never hurts anyone’s feelings. If anyone commits mistake, he makes him realize the mistake very politely and persuades him to amend it. Indeed, he does it in very effective words such that the person is not embarrassed.
He is the best administrator and the patron. The way he supervises and organizes every department of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr and is directing the seekers of Allah all over the world, is unparalleled. Being on the footsteps of Prophet Mohammad, he is the ideal picture of man. Undoubtedly, shining brilliantly in any relationship or role the seeker may imagine.
ان کی ہر ہر ادا سنتِ مصطفٰیؐ ایسے پیرِ طریقت پہ لاکھوں سلام
Meaning: Infinite salutations for the spiritual guide whose each and every way is the Sunna of Prophet Mohammad.