Epitome of Divine Love and Beauty
Divine love or Ishq (in Arabic) encapsulates the profound essence of deep and ardent love. This term has been extensively used in Sufi poetry and literature throughout the history to describe selfless, ardent and burning love for Allah. The intensity of this word defies easy comparison or contrast.
Divine Love as described in Sufism
Divine love is sometimes metaphorised as fire and other times to the depths of the sea. It is the most intense and powerful passion bestowed upon humans. According to Sufi Saints, it is a driving force that directs a man towards Divine Essence. It leads them beyond worldly constraints, guiding towards Oneness of Allah.
Divine Love by means of Metaphorical Love
It is Divine love that transcends one towards Allah Almighty through metaphorical love (love for perfect spiritual guide). Divine love transforms one’s personality. It is Divine love by means of which the Companions rose to eternal spiritual heights.
عشق آں شعلہ است کہ چوں بر افروخت
ہر چہ جز معشوق باشد جملہ سوخت
Explanation: Love is the flame which when flares up burns everything except the Beloved.
How to be successful in Divine love?
The companionship of ‘beloved’ is essential on the path of Divine love. The beloved, in path of Divine love, refers to perfect and accomplished spiritual guide. One has to sacrifice everything for the sake of beloved spiritual guide to attain Divine love.
Divine lover prioritises the happiness of the beloved over his own. It is like a fire that constantly burns in the inward of Divine lover. Divine love continues to ignite passion and yearning of seeker for Allah. It is the most powerful force that encompasses all forms of affection and love, both apparent and hidden. Hence, negating everything from the inward of Divine lover except Allah.
We read countless examples throughout the history of Sufism where revered Sufis and Mystics not only pledged allegiance to perfect spiritual guides physically but spent their entire lives engrossed in metaphorical love. These Sufi Saints expressed their ardent love and devotion to their guides through their writings, poetry, and teachings.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman
The Universal Divine Man of the present era, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is the living embodiment of Divine love. He pursued the mission of Divine love. And with courage and Allah’s favour, he succeeded in every test and trial with the power of Divine love. In fact, Divine love aids in facing the challenges on the path of Faqr by blessing the seeker with patience, determination, and perseverance.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s ardent love for his beloved spiritual guide
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen became so lost in love of his perfect spiritual guide that he lost all awareness of his self. Friendships, social gatherings, family connections all faded away to the point that concerns about eating, drinking, dressing, and appearance no longer remained. His thoughts were occupied to provide comfort and happiness to his spiritual guide. All of his desires came to an end except the desire to meet his beloved. He lived his life with only one concern that how to please his beloved spiritual guide.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen was always willing to sacrifice everything for one smile and affectionate gaze of his Murshid. The truth of his Divine love granted him success in every test and trial. The grace of the perfect spiritual guide and Divine favour are aligned with the seeker’s love and sincerity. Due to the infinite Divine love and truthfulness, Divine favour and the kindness and grace of his guide upon him, were immeasurable. Thus, he continued to succeed in every endeavour, reaching the highest levels of being beloved and securing the ultimate spiritual station.
He expresses his ardent love and annihilation in his perfect spiritual guide Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali in these words:
“Who am I… what am I, and what is my essence? And the purpose of life, confined only to this world! … My days and nights are the same. I am only striving to fulfill the necessities of life… Ignorant of the purpose of human life… Endeavouring to make worldly life comfortable and tranquil… Increasing worldly possessions and wealth as much as possible… Such was my life… And one (blessed) day, Divine Mercy bestowed upon this sinful being… And my destiny led me towards Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali… His (sacred) eyes met my eyes… My world completely changed… The ‘beloved’ recognised his ‘lover’ at once… It was Sunday evening, 12th April 1998 (15th Dhul Hijjah 1418 AH) … After Maghrib prayer … I pledged allegiance on his sacred hand and adopted his servitude… Indeed, this was the most precious and happiest moment of my life… My life took a new perspective by the grace of his spiritual glance… Slowly, he freed me from the traps and evil of the world and guided me towards Divine Truth… From 12th April 1998 to 26th December 2003, until his demise, I was blessed with his physical companionship … Then he entrusted Divine Trust to this humble being and left this physical world.
His servitude, is indeed the essence of my life’s accomplishment. During his life, there would be times when I wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet him for ten or fifteen days, and during those times, I would feel as if my soul had left my body, the light of faith in my inward would diminish, and the pleasures of the world would start pulling me in. However, the moment I would be present in his blessed court, a deep sea of Divine love and love for Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) would surge in my inward. I would begin to feel a disdain for the world and its desires. Then, Divine love intensified. With increase in Divine love, I became detached from the world and its desires. And when the fire of Divine love reached its peak, I recognised his ‘Reality’ … then I… I remained no more. I lost myself in the fire of Divine love. When I disappeared into the fire of Divine love, even my own essence and existence was lost in that fire of Divine love.”
And Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman annihilated in his perfect spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali and became an embodiment of his being.
Undoubtedly, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is the finest example of Divine love. Due to the genuineness of his ardent love, his spiritual guide chose him as the heir of Divine Trust. And transferred him Divine Trust (the Trust of Faqr) at Masjid al-Nabawi after receiving the approval from the sacred court of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) on 21st March 2001.
The finest example for Divine lovers
During the life time and after the demise of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI, the way he is actively engaged in continuing the mission of his beloved spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is an exemplary testament for Divine lovers.
Our beloved spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman was at a pinnacle of Divine love where there is no need of words to communicate and all desires are fulfilled by just (vision of) sacred ‘countenance’ of spiritual guide alone. His loyalty, sincerity, dedication, and the intensity to sacrifice everything for his guide are so strong that every sincere seeker strives to emulate himself in this form of Divine love.
The Perfect Spiritual Guide who blesses Divine Love
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, has succeeded as a Divine seeker as well as a perfect and accomplished spiritual guide. He enriches his disciples with the eternal blessing of Divine love. He is more compassionate than a father and more tender than a mother. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is very caring, soft-hearted and benevolent. He is like a rain of Divine Mercy in a world of desolation. He is like a fruitful tree standing tall in scorching sunlight, enduring the harshness of seasons while providing shade to those who rest beneath it. Even no one knows the effort he puts in for them.
سوکھیاں ہوندیاں لمیاں راہواں عشق دیاں
کر دینداں جدوں یار نگاہواں عشق دیاں
Explanation: The difficult path of Divine love becomes easy with the spiritual glance of the beloved spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen fills the inward with Divine love
The spiritual glance of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman negates everything from the inward of seeker except Allah. He transforms an ordinary individual seeking worldly desires into a Divine seeker. He instills within them the ability to cross the stages of Divine love, enabling them to emerge victorious in all trials.
The truthful seeker of Allah who sacrifices everything, experiences the luminous manifestations of Divine love within themselves. This is because reaching the Divine love without sacrificing everything for sake of metaphorical love is not possible. The seeker’s soul is purified through his light and he becomes eligible for eternal presence in Divine court.
عشق نجیب دا دل دی دوئی مٹا دیندا
چاہوے تے ایہہ فرش توں عرش وکھا دیندا
Explanation: The love of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman eliminates duality of inward. By his favour, he takes the seeker to realm of Transcendence Unity.
The Divine love of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is so esteemed that it cannot be explained. Every truthful seeker wants to annihilate himself in the ocean of Divine love by following him.
Divine Beauty of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
Confining the beauty and elegance of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman within the limitations of words is a task beyond anyone’s capabilities. Only a truthful lover of Allah, a sincere disciple, an enlightened soul, or Divine love itself can truly perceive his real beauty and elegance. The words do not exist to describe his exalted grandeur, nor can any pen express his beauty in alphabets. The beauty has been blessed to entire existence through his eternal beauty. The poet says,
ساقی خدا کا شکر مجھے عشق کے لیے
بندہ بھی وہ ملا ہے جو مولیٰ دکھائی دے
Explanation: O Saqi! I thank Allah that I have found the perfect spiritual guide who is exact manifestation of Divine attributes. Through his metaphorical love, I shall, for sure attain Divine love (Allah Almighty).
تیرے عشق نے کیتا عجب کمال
ویکھیا جدوں دا تیرا حسن و جمال
Explanation: (O Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen!) I am engrossed in ‘Reality’ of your beauty. Your love has led me towards Allah Almighty.
When one beholds Sultan al-Ashiqeen with the light of insight; one becomes lost in the charming aura of his sublime radiance. Each face seems to him the reflection of countenance of Sultan al-Ashiqeen. As if the beauty of every particle in the universe is merely a reflection of his beauty. The sacred body of Sultan al-Ashiqeen is a manifestation of eternal beauty. His blessed physical form embodies the essence of pristine purity and carries an ineffable luminosity. It’s like the fabled touch that turns whatever it contacts into gold.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is the spiritual personality who is indeed a Divine blessing beyond comparison in this era of materialism. His association is an extraordinary gift, irreplaceable and unparalleled. May Allah Almighty bless him with excellent health and long age. And may we continue to attain his blessings forever. And may we be blessed with the ardent love of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. Ameen.
This is English translation of Urdu article سلطان العاشقین مرقعٔ حسن و عشق which appeared in August 2023 issue of monthly Sultan-ul-Faqr magazine. Mrs. Imama Rasheed wrote the original article.
Dr. Mohammad Waseem Akram has translated it in English with some editing.
Who is the perfect spiritual guide of this era?
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is the present perfect spiritual guide of Sarwari Qadri order who possesses the absolute light of guidance and is the Universal Divine Man of this era.
What is the secret to attain Divine love?
The companionship of ‘beloved’ is essential on the path of Divine love. The beloved, in path of Divine love, refers to perfect and accomplished spiritual guide. One has to sacrifice everything for the sake of beloved spiritual guide to attain Divine love. Divine lover prioritises the happiness of the beloved over his own. It is like a fire that constantly burns in the inward of Divine lover. Divine love continues to ignite passion and yearning of seeker for Allah. It is the most powerful force that encompasses all forms of affection and love, both apparent and hidden. Hence, negating everything from the inward of Divine lover except Allah.