Establishment of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr
The call to embrace Faqr has existed in various forms since the time of the Holy Prophet. In our modern age, an organization was needed that could cater to the demands of this era and the mission of this call. Therefore, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman laid the foundation for Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr on Friday, 23rd October 2009 (3rd Dhul al-Qadah 1430 H), the day of death anniversary of his spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen established Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr with the primary goal of disseminating the message of Faqr in a more structured manner, channeling it through a proper conduit. Our mission is to strive for the rekindling of a profound spiritual bond between Allah and Muslims. The deterioration of these spiritual connections has led to the decline of Muslims, despite being part of the finest umma. Through the teachings of Faqr, our aspiration is to guide Muslims towards a better path, ensuring that their physical devotions find acceptance in the divine court of Allah.
Who do we belong?
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr is a registered organization, completely non-political, non-governmental and non-sectarian. We belong to the Sarwari Qadri order. Therefore, we promote the school of thought of our Sufi Saints, al-Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and Sultan Bahoo.
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
The fundamental purpose behind the establishment of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr is to extend a global invitation to individuals from all corners of the world to embrace Faqr. It is a call for proximity to Allah Almighty and for spiritual purification. These pursuits are essential for attaining the Divine vision and presence in the Mohammadan Assembly.
The objectives of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr are outlined as follows:
- Divine Insight: To unveil the profound vision and gnosis of Allah, connecting individuals with the Sufism- the soul of Islam.
- Direct Presence: To experience the sanctified presence within the Mohammadan Assembly, directly benefiting from the Holy Prophet’s blessings without intermediaries.
- Inner Purification: To embark on a transformative journey of cleansing and purifying one’s innerself (tazkiyah nafs).
- Inward’s Clarity: To achieve the purification and clarity of the inward (tasfiyah qalb).
- Spiritual Enlightenment: To ascend towards spiritual enlightenment and elevation (tajaliyah rooh).
- Holistic Betterment: To cultivate spiritual purification while also enhancing outward morals.
- Success in Dual Realms: To attain success both in worldly matters and in matters concerning the hereafter. Consequently, become triumphed before Allah.
- Divine Presence in Worship: To attain the state of Divine presence in all forms of worship.
- Reliance only on Divine Help: To liberate oneself from dependencies other than Allah, embracing self-sufficiency through Divine connection.
- Life’s Purpose: To ultimately succeed in fulfilling the purpose of this life, aligning our journey with Faqr– the spiritual essence of Islam.
We are the Followers of the Path of Faqr
The achievement of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr objectives hinges upon the adoption of the path of Faqr and the dedicated practice of invoking and contemplating Ism-e-Allah Zaat. The foundation of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr was meticulously laid by Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, with the intention of guiding individuals towards the essence of Faqr in an organized manner. This revival aims to rekindle the spiritual core of the Islam, akin to the timeless efforts of Prophet Mohammad over fourteen centuries ago.
Rules and Regulations
Members of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr are those who have pledged allegiance to Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman or his son Sahibzada Sultan Mohammad Murtaza Najib. Alternatively, those who have received the sacred invocation (dhikr) and contemplation (tasawur) of Ism-e-Allah Zaat from Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen or his son.
2. Spiritual Beliefs and Path
Our religious is Islam, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is our guide and the Messenger of Allah, and we are Sarwari Qadri. We follow the mystic path of al-Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and Sultan Bahoo. Our mission pivots on promoting Faqr, the true legacy of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). Our organization remains independent of sects, creeds, and religious parties, yet welcomes individuals from any backgrounds who seek the path of spiritual purification through Ism-e-Allah Zaat. In alignment with Quranic principles, “Indeed Allah does not change the state of a people, unless they change what is in their hearts.” (13:11). We do not permit sectarianism within our ranks.
3. Avoidance of Criticism
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr, its office bearers, and members are prohibited from criticizing any sect, creed, religious party, or political party. Participation in their gatherings, conferences, and processions is also forbidden.
4. Focus on Faqr
Our organization solely advocates for Faqr and refrains from involvement in sectarian, political, or religious disputes.
5. Beliefs Regarding Prophet Mohammad
Members of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr affirm that Prophet Mohammad is the last Prophet of Allah. Whoever denies the fact that prophethood ended on him is an unbeliever and non-Muslim to us. The People of the Cloak are like Noah’s ark and sacred Companions are like stars. Thus, love and reverence for them are integral to our faith as they are our guide in the path of Faqr. Malice or animosity towards them is considered schismatic or dissenting. Individuals who harbour such sentiments cannot be part of our circle. However, those seeking true understanding and awareness of their grandeur are welcomed in Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. As the esteemed ranks of these revered personalities can only be understood through the lens of esoteric knowledge. Unlike exoteric knowledge which often sows the seeds of discord and fuel disputes.
6. Guidance of Spiritual Guide
All members must wholeheartedly and unquestionably adhere to the guidance of their spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman.
7. Sharia and Spiritual Practices
In accordance with their spiritual guide’s instructions, members are required to observe the sharia, regularly engage in the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, and diligently follow teachings and guidance of Faqr.
8. Non-Involvement in Politics
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr maintains a non-political stance. No member of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr is permitted to vote in favour of or against the policies of any religious or political party. Also, the successors of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, designated appointees, or advisory/general council members are not permitted to take part in politics.
9. Respect for Constitution
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr respects and agrees to the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We understand that the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan allows all Pakistanis to participate in political matters. While respecting the constitution, designated appointees of central or regional offices or advisory/general council members, if desiring political engagement, must resign from their organizational posts and refrain from utilizing organization resources for political gains.
10. Non-Influence in Elections
During national elections, the organization, its appointees, and members are strictly forbidden from instructing members to vote for a specific political party. Voting decisions are personal, and the organization is not responsible for individual choices.
11. Embrace Love and Transformation
Members must approach others with love and abstain from harboring hatred due to sins. Instead, they should encourage fellow brethren towards Faqr, aiding them in escaping the pitfalls of transgressions.
12. Recitation of Quran
All members are encouraged to recite the Holy Quran and delve into its concealed meanings.
13. Conflict Resolution
Members should resolve differences amicably. If discord is detected, inform the committee of successors, Chief Organizer, or advisory committee members for necessary action.
14. Anger Management
Control of anger is essential, as anger is a tool of Satan that leads to disputes. Exhibiting control fosters harmony.
15. Humility and Piety
Avoid personal prominence for personal gain. Remember! Better is the one who leads in piety (taqwa). Sultan Bahoo’s wisdom asserts that, “Piety comes through the invocation of “Hoo.”
16. Apology and Forgiveness
If hurt by a fellow member, accept their apology without nurturing resentment. Avoid malice, envy, revenge, and hypocrisy, as these hinder the journey of Faqr.
17. Initiating Apologies
When one’s words or actions may have hurt another member, immediately seek an apology, irrespective of status differences, be it rich, poor, young or old.
18. Balanced Effort
Strive sincerely in practical and worldly endeavours, adhering to Sharia principles. Surrender outcomes to Allah’s will with trust.
19. Embrace Love, Reject Hatred
Remember! Success belongs to those with unwavering faith in their mission and are consistently immersed in its pursuit and dissemination. Love drives this endeavour, proving itself triumphant over all; hatred has no place in achievement.
1- Hold tight to the rope of Allah and do not create dissensions!
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr preaches Muslims to unite by upholding the rope of Allah collectively, while discouraging the creation of divisions. In this context, ‘rope’ signifies to Ism-e-Allah-Zaat and division to the religious sects. As the need of the era is for Muslims to unite under the flagship of Ism-e-Allah and gain the true essence of the Mohammadan religion- Faqr to attain ultimate success and prosperity.
2- Embrace Faqr
Faqr is the true heritage of the Prophet (pbuh). Our call is to encourage Muslims to embrace this sacred legacy.
3- Invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
We extend our invitation towards invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah-Zaat. As Sultan Bahoo emphasized that Ism-e-Allah is the doorway to Faqr, and it leads to the attainment of Divine vision and presence in the Mohammadan Assembly. Thus, elevating seeker to the esteemed status of a true believer (Mumin). Ultimately, exalting him to the station of Beneficence (Ehsaan).
4- Run towards Allah.
Our guiding call is “Run towards Allah” فَفِرُّوْ اِلَی اللّٰہِ . This symbolizes the journey towards Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
5- Sincerely follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammad pbuh.
We advocate sincerely follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). As these teachings are based on truth and reality.
6- Meditate and think!
We encourage Muslims to engage in meditation and contemplation, fostering a deeper understanding of spiritual truths.
7- Cultivate Love.
Our mission revolves around nurturing love, which serves to eradicate hatred and disharmony from the world.
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr Invites Towards the Invocation and Contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat for:
- Getting rid of the diseases of the soul, inward and sensuality.
- The purity of inciting innerself (tazkiyah nafs).
- To attain clarity of inward (tasfiyah qalb).
- The enlightenment of soul (tajaliyah rooh).
It is not possible to accomplish the following stages of Faqr without the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat:
- Divine presence in all devotions
- Presence in the Mohammadan Assembly
Hence, join Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr for the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Resultantly, be present in the court of Allah Almighty after accomplishing the purpose of life
The constitution is formulated to structure the operations of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr (regd.) As per its provisions, the central headquarter of the organization is situated in Lahore at Khanqah Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, Rangeelpur Sharif. While multiple regional offices are established across Pakistan, with some still in progress. Each regional office of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr is accompanied by an Advisory Council (Majlis-e-Shura) and a General Council. These bodies consist of dedicated and sincere disciples who collaborate in an orderly and harmonious manner. Through constructive dialogues, they delineate the modus operandi for the smooth functioning of the organization.
The Constitutional Structure of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is the founder and patron in chief of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. His directives serve as the ultimate decision on any matter and are unaltered in any way. Sahibzada Sultan Mohammad Murtaza Najib is the vice patron of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. It is mandatory upon every to adhere to his instructions as well. The organizational framework set by Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is delineated as followed:
In accordance with Article 31 of the constitution, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen has established a committee named the “Committee of the Successors” or Majlis-e-Khulfa. This committee is tasked with guiding the organization’s members, ensuring systematic execution of tasks. Every successor is entrusted with the oversight of specific departments. With the exception of the executive committee role, all other successors abstain from participating in the organization’s elections. This framework maintains organizational integrity and clarity of purpose.
2- Executive Committee
As outlined in Article 32 of the constitution, an executive committee oversees the administrative and organizational functions of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. Article 37 specifies that this committee comprises the chief executive, president, vice president, general secretary, joint secretary, spokesperson for internal affairs, and spokesperson for external affairs. These positions are subject to annual elections, in accordance with Articles 10 to 15 of the constitution. The chief executive leads the executive committee of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. Notably, administrative members also hold seats in the Majlis-e-Shura.
Article 37 of the constitution dictates that elections for both administrative and advisory councils take place from December 1st to December 15th annually. Members are not allowed to run for elections and are also prohibited from running campaigns in their favour or against fellow members. The Advisory Council and General Council members exercise their autonomy in electing designated individuals for their respective positions.
As stipulated by Article 33 of the constitution, the Advisory Council’s primary role is to effectively oversee the organization’s activities through collaborative consultations. These consultations are guided by the principles of Islam and democratic practices. The council’s composition includes a maximum of twenty-five members, selected annually through the electoral process. This framework ensures a balanced and inclusive approach to decision-making within the organization.
4- General Council
In accordance with Article 34 of the constitution, the General Council is formed, comprising dedicated and loyal members of the organization. The number of members is not specified. Majlis-e-Shura has the authority to share its decisions with the General Council to ensure mutual understanding. If a significant matter demands consultation, a joint meeting of both the Advisory Council and General Council can be convened, adhering to the constitution. These members are elected from across the country through collective deliberations. This process takes place after the oath-taking ceremony of Majlis-e-Shura members but before January 25th. This structure promotes a cohesive and inclusive decision-making process.