In today’s era the religious scholars and the alleged spiritual guides merely emphasize on materialistic aspects and physical endeavors. They do not have the spiritual knowledge and gnosis of Allah, through which one creates a spiritual link with Allah. Truly, neglecting the soul of this pure religion they have divided Muslims into physical groups and sects. Due to this Muslims have lost the status of being a nation.
Need of Understanding the True Soul of Religion
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen intensely feels, now the time has come to invite Muslims towards the soul of Islam. More so, towards its real worship which would sanctify them of esoteric diseases like greed, jealousy, arrogance and malice etc. This sanctification would purify their spiritual selves, hence, would lead to spiritual elevation towards Divine proximity. For all this it is necessary to adopt the way of Faqr.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen adorned the throne of Divine guidance and persuasion of Sarwari Qadri order. After that, he expended all his spiritual and physical resources and energy in the spiritual reformation of the Muslim nation. So that they strengthen, progress and unite under the flag of Faqr, the soul of Islam. His goal is to simplify the Faqr and spread it among the Muslim nation. Following are the details of his physical and spiritual struggles in this goal.
Spiritual Endeavours And Marvels
Faqr is a Spiritual Way
Faqr is the way of spiritual self and it is the reality. Unless a person becomes spiritually righteous he can never be outwardly improved. Such person is pretentious and deceptive who without spiritual reformation appears to be pious. As Holy Prophet said:
کُلُّ بَاطِنٍ مُخَالِفٌ لِّلظَّاھِرٍفَھُوَ بَاطِلٌ
Meaning: Every spiritual self which is opposite to outward being is surely false.
Whether it is an individual’s reformation or of society’s, it is not possible without the restoration of the spiritual self. Even if it is done otherwise, it will be temporary because ultimately everyone returns to what they are in inward. This is the reason that the Holy Prophet first sanctified the innerselves of the Arab society by his spiritual sight. Then, he revolutionized them outwardly. This is the Mohammadan way to make any society a welfare state. Undoubtedly, this is the perfect method.
Invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat to Enliven Soul
Allah did not command salat and other forms of physical worships in the initial thirteen or fourteen years of Islam. If looked in detail in the verses revealed in Makkah, one understands that Allah ordered to invocate more. Precisely, he ordered more invocation of the name of Allah that is Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
اِقْرَاْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّکَ الَّذِیْ خَلَقَ
Meaning: O beloved! Read with the name of your Holy Lord, Who has created everything. (Sura al-Alaq 96:1)
سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّکَ الْاَعْلٰی
Meaning: Glorify the personal name of your Holy Lord ( اَللّٰہُ ), the Highest. (al-A’la 87:1)
وَ اذْکُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّکَ وَ تَبَتَّلْ اِلَیْہِ تَبْتِیْلًا
Meaning: And continue invoking the personal name of your Holy Lord ( اَللّٰہُ ). And devote to Him alone (in your inward and soul) and break away from everyone else. (Al-Muzzammil 73:08)
Murshid’s Spiritual Sight Sanctifies the Soul
The all-powerful spiritual sight of the Universal Divine Man and the invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat sanctify and modify spiritual self. Certainly, spiritual righteousness is the only reason and mirror to exoteric or physical improvement. When both of these become upright in citizens then it results in the salvation of whole society.
All spiritual guides of the Sarwari Qadri order have followed the Mohammadan way to sanctify the inciting innerself (an-nafs al-ammarah). This is how they make righteous the spiritual self of seekers of Allah. Allah had hidden this path from common people in all eras, besides that of al-Ghawth al-Azam. At first, only a few special and chosen seekers of Allah knew about it. Mainly because, it was that people didn’t seek it due to love for the material world and sectarianism. When no one wanted to find the truth, it concealed itself from them. Allah sent Saints to this material world to bestow esoteric blessings and not to hide them. However, when no one seeks them then upon whom shall they bestow it! Allama Iqbal points to this disorientation in the following verse:
جلوۂ طور تو موجود ہے کوئی موسٰیؑ ہی نہیں
Explanation: The Divine theophany manifested at Mount Sinai is still achievable but no one seeks it. That was once so desired by Prophet Moses.
Although the spiritual orders and the perfect saints secretly continued in every age. Yet, Allah granted beneficence to only those seekers of Allah who always sought Saints to quench thirst of their souls.
Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Made Ism-e-Allah Zaat Common for Purgation of Soul
The grand contribution of Sultan ul Faqr VI in the history of Faqr and spiritualism is that he made it common. He did so by granting the beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat to everyone. Not only to the seekers of Allah but the general public benefitted from it as well. The rule of Saints prior to him was ‘to unveil Ism-e-Allah Zaat is forbidden’. However, he changed it to ‘veiling Ism-e-Allah Zaat is forbidden’. His order and method had been to first convert common Muslims into seekers of Allah. Then he took the seekers of Allah to proximity and vision of Allah.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is on the Foot-step of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is the spiritual successor of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. He as well followed the same method of making Faqr common among Muslims. Therefore, he openly invites all Muslims to have the invocation and contemplation of the greatest name of Allah (Ism-e-Allah Zaat). Also, by virtue of his spiritual attention bless them with the Divine vision and presence in the Mohammadan Assembly. Allama Iqbal pointed towards this in his verse:
چھپایا حسن کو اپنے کلیم اَللّٰہُ سے جس نے
وہی ناز آفریں ہے جلوہ پیرا نازنینوں میں
Explanation: Allah, Who ordered (you cannot look upon Me) to Prophet Moses, is now unveiled and is seated among his seekers. Thus, seek His vision, if your intentions are pure you will find Him.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Made Faqr Easy
As mentioned earlier Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is on the foot-step of his spiritual guide Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. Furthermore, he is creating more ease in the way of Faqr for the seekers of Allah. This is to make Faqr accessible for the common man. As to achieve purpose of life and be acceptable in the court of Allah. Undoubtedly, his sacred self is the blessing of Allah Almighty for the faithful.
The subsequent topics mention the spiritual endeavours he took to make the path of Faqr easy for the common man. It is so that everyone can benefit by reaching the level of faithful after sanctification from the inciting innerself (nafs). Only then, Allah will reveal the reality of this pure religion upon everyone. By following this sacred religion, we will succeed on the Day of Judgement. Also, only then we can become a strong nation which is better than all the other nations.
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