Beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad2018-06-29T18:14:18+00:00

Beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad

Spreading the beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad along with king of invocations Hoo ( ھُو ) is solely the marvel of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman and one of his greatest achievements. His spiritual guide Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali granted the contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad to him only, among his lacs of disciples. His spiritual guide said to him before death:

  • “I entrust you Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad. Now, It is your responsibility to spread its beneficence.” (Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali Life and Teachings)

Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman following the will of his spiritual guide spread the beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad among his disciples. He says in his book ‘Shams-ul-Fuqara’ while explaining the secrets, marvels, blessings and effects of Ism-e-Mohammad:

  • During the life of the Holy Prophet, his sacred Companions passed all the spiritual stages of gnosis of Allah by having the privilege of his closeness, attention and sight of his sacred After him, all the seekers of Allah find presence in Mohammadan Assembly through the contemplation of his sacred name and get his spiritual beneficence. Without his guidance and help no one has ever reached Allah and no one ever will. Unless his sacred attention is gained, neither the soul of a seeker becomes alive nor finds gnosis and union of Allah. In this age, the only way to get his spiritual beneficence is the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad which take the seeker spiritually to the Mohammadan Assembly and grants him the honour of having the spiritual company of the Holy Prophet and his sacred Companions. When a seeker stays in this sacred assembly with patience, perseverance, respect, modesty, complete devotion, and obedience, cutting off from all his material relations and desires, only then he becomes capable of having the gnosis and union of Allah and reaches the station of belovedness.

There are infinite attributive names of Allah but Allah ( اللہ ) is His personal name. Similarly, there are many attributive names of the Holy Prophet but Mohammad ( محمد ) is his personal name. Just as Allah ( اللہ ) is the most powerful name of Allah, Mohammad ( محمد ) is the most effective and powerful name of the Holy Prophet.

The name Mohammad ( محمد ) manifested when there was nothing except the Divine light of Allah and Mohammad. So Ism-e-Mohammad itself is entirely Divine light and possesses miraculous powers and grandeur. Initially, the Divine light of Allah manifested in the form of Divine light of Mohammad. When the Sufi Saints reveal the fact that Allah first of all manifested Himself in the form of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, then, by saying ‘Zaat’ they actually refer to the Divine light or Essence of Mohammad who is the first manifestation of the Divine light of Allah. So Ism-e-Mohammad is not separate or different from Ism-e-Allah Zaat rather Ism-e-Mohammad is concealed in Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Allah Zaat is veiled in Ism-e-Mohammad. That is why Allah has declared His beloved Mohammad’s hand as His Hand and his words as Allah’s Words, as Allah says in the Quran:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ ۚ فَمَنْ نَكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِمَا عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهُ اللَّهَ فَسَيُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

Meaning: O’ Beloved! Those who swear oath of allegiance upon your hands in fact swear oath at Allah’s Hand. Allah’s Hand is upon their hands. (Al-Fateh-10)

وَمَا يَنْطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى. إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَىٰ

Meaning: And he (the Holy Prophet) says nothing out of his own will. Whatever he says is an outright revelation sent to him by Us. (Al-Najam 3-4) (Shams-ul-Fuqara)

While explaining about Ism-e-Allah Zaat Sultan Bahoo says that Ism-e-Mohammad manifested from Ism-e-Allah just as Divine light of Mohammad manifested from that of Allah. So Ism-e-Mohammad is a form of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. In Mahak-ul-Faqr Kalan he says;

  • The explanation of the saying of the Holy Prophet اَلْفَقْرُ فَخْرِی “ (Faqr is my pride)” is that the path of Faqr begins with Ism-e-Allah Zaat i.e. Fuqara attain their level by Ism-e-Allah and Ism-e-Allah is the pride of the Holy Prophet. Ism-e-Allah transforms into Ism-e-Mohammad as Allah says in a Qudsi Hadith Meaning:(O’ Mohammad!) I am you and you are Me.” This shows that these two names are of the same Divine Entity. That is why he said  اَلْفَقْرُ فَخْرِیْ وَالْفَقْرُ مِنِّیْ . Meaning: “Faqr is my pride and Faqr is from me.” (Mehek-ul-Faqr Kalan)

So, Ism-e-Mohammad has all the powers and effects of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. However Ism-e-Allah Zaat has the Divine majesty (Jalal) as well as the Divine beauty (Jamal). It has both wrath and kindness. While Ism-e-Mohammad has the Divine beauty only. It is the absolute compassion and mercy, so it has more pleasant effects on the inward of a seeker. By the contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad the seeker becomes completely obedient to the laws of sharia and hence, becoming fully compliant to Allah. Sultan Bahoo where fully explained and described Ism-e-Allah Zaat there he also narrates the knowledge, effects and marvels of Ism-e-Mohammad. The exegesis of Ism-e-Mohammad by Sultan Bahoo is:

  • From the letter (M) of (Mohammad) gnosis of Allah is gained and by the letter (H) the presence in the Mohammadan Assembly is granted. By the second (M) of (Mohammad) one gets the observation of both the worlds and by the letter  (D) all the objectives are gained just in the beginning. All these four letters are like a sheathless sword to kill the infidel inciting innerself. (Kaleed-e-Jannat)

In his book “Aqal-e-Baydar”, Sultan Bahoo narrates about the stations gained due to contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad and experiencing theophanies from its letters as:

  • Ism-e-Mohammad has four Arabic letters which are (M), (H), (M) and (D). By the command over the (first) (M) access to the Mohammadan Assembly is achieved. The command over (H) is presence in the sacred assembly. The command over (second) (M) is absorption in the Divine light of Mohammad and (D) means not a single breath is void of the conversation of the Prophet Mohammad sall’Allahu alayhi wa’alihi wasallam. (Aqal-e-Baydar)

Every letter of Mohammad ( محمد ) possesses great power and efficacy. When a seeker practises the contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad with the permission of the perfect spiritual guide, he feels very positive changes in his innerself by the luminous effects of the Divine light of these letters. Gradually, he starts acquiring the morals and attributes of the Holy Prophet which made the Holy Prophet the beloved of Allah. His inciting innerself dies and the soul becomes alive. Then the soul of the seeker gets liberated from the limitations of the physical body and boundaries of the material world, thus reaches the Mohammadan Assembly where he is guided by the Holy Prophet himself. He acquires his sacred attributes and becomes the beloved of Allah. While discussing the effects of contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad on the personality of the seeker, Sultan Bahoo states:

  • When a seeker is absorbed in the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, Ism-e-Mohammad and Islamic creed, all his sins hide in the coverlet of the Divine light of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. (Mohabbat-ul-Asrar)
  • The person who contemplates the sacred name of Prophet Mohammad, his every word is absorbed in the Divine light of this name. Contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad affects the seeker in such a way that he is blessed with enlightened conscience, grand magnificence, company of the Holy Prophet, a sanctified inward and the straight Divine path. He (reaches the stage of Fana-Fi-Rasool i.e. annihilation in the Prophet in such a way that he) becomes one with the body and soul of the Holy Prophet. He listens with the Holy Prophet’s ears, sees with his eyes, speaks with his tongue, and walks with his steps. He wears the coverlet of Ism-e-Mohammad has four letters ( محمد ) which contain both the worlds. Contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad reveals the secrets of both the worlds upon the seeker. When a seeker contemplates Ism-e-Mohammad then the Holy Prophet along with the sacred Companions bless upon the seeker their presence. (Mohabbat-ul-Asrar)
  • When a devotee contemplates the Ism-e-Mohammad, no doubt the Holy Prophet and his sacred Companions come to him spiritually. The Holy Prophet says to him, “Hold my hands.” The very moment he holds the hands of the Holy Prophet, his heart and soul are illuminated by the light of gnosis of Allah and he becomes capable of giving Divine guidance to others. The Holy Prophet says to the man of contemplation to guide the mankind. Thus, such possessor of contemplation blesses the people with guidance and persuasion. (Kaleed-e-Jannat)
  • By the contemplation of the Ism-e-Mohammad, the reality of Divine knowledge is acquired. (Kaleed-e-Jannat)
  • When one contemplates Ism-e-Mohammad, he relinquishes everything except Allah and sees the Mohammadan Assembly He becomes the humble and modest lover of the Holy Prophet and the beloved of Allah Almighty. (Aqal-e-Baydar)
  • When the Divine light of Ism-e-Mohammad enters the body of a seeker (through contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad), all his matters are solved by (the blessing of) Ism-e-Mohammad. (Aqal-e-Baydar)

Sultan Bahoo titles the perfect and accomplished to such spiritual guide who grants his seekers Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad:

  • Listen! Perfect and accomplished spiritual guide is the one who gives the beautifully written Ism-e-Allah Zaat or Ism-e-Mohammad, which are the medium towards Allah, to the seeker and shows him the Reality. Whatever the seeker observes through Ism-e-Allah and Ism-e-Mohammad is undoubtedly true. The disciple who turns away from such spiritual guide certainly turns away from Ism-e-Allah and Ism-e-Mohammad. The Islamic creed (kalma tayyab) also contains these two holy names, so he actually turns away from the creed. The one who turns away from the creed becomes an apostate and none of the prayers and worships of an apostate are accepted in the court of Allah. (Ain-ul-Faqr)

Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman’s practice is that on the blessed day of the birth of the Holy Prophet each year he bestows Ism-e-Mohammad (the personal name of Prophet Mohammad) to those seekers of Allah upon whom the reality of Ism-e-Allah Zaat has been revealed and they have spiritually succeeded in crossing the initial stages. Therefore every year on the sacred day the beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad is conferred upon hundreds of seekers of Allah (both men and women). This is great fortune for the seekers that they are granted the beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad through the blessed medium of auspicious and enlightened self of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. This blessing was once for the special ones only and was even not perceivable by the common man. His every act is reflection of the following verses of Allama Iqbal:

قوتِ عشق سے ہر پست کو بالا کر دے

دہر میں اسمِ محمد سے اجالا کر دے

Explanation: O’ Allah raise the spiritual levels of the Mohammadan nation with the power of Your love in their souls so they may ascend to You. Enlighten this world with the Divine light of Ism-e-Mohammad so they recognize Your Holy Essence.