Submission to the Divine Will
کھیتیاں سرسبز ہیں تیری غذا کے واسطے
چاند, سورج اور ستارے ہیں تیری ضیا کے واسطے
جانور پیدا کیے تیری وفا کے واسطے
سب جہاں تیرے لیے تو خدا کے واسطے
Explanation: The fields are flourished for you. The sun, the moon and the stars are actually for your splendour. The animals are created for your fidelity. Allah has created all worlds for you, but you are just for Allah.
Allah Almighty has granted the great blessing of life to the humans. However, the life spent without any purpose could not be considered great. Certainly just to fulfill the basic needs like eating, drinking, sleeping, bringing up children or earning livelihood is absolutely not life. Allah has created man the noblest of all creatures which means he is the best creation. Eventually, all things of this universe are made subservient to the human beings. The sun, the moon, the stars, earth, atmosphere, mountains, fruits, flowers, rivers, in short, all things of the universe are created only to fulfill the needs of humans. Also, the angels are serving the humans alongside praising Allah. Infact some of the angels are busy in providing sustenance to humans whereas some are busy in showering the rain. Since Allah has created man so exalted hence the man must live his life with an exalted purpose.
As, only Allah is greater than the human beings, so purpose of human life should definitely be to please Allah and achieve His gnosis.
Why submission to the Divine will is important?
In the way of Faqr, submission to the Divine will is very exalted level. After this, the two ultimate and most important levels of inward are achieved, which are the Divine vision and presence in the Mohammadan Assembly.
Allah Almighty says:
- وَ مَنۡ اَحۡسَنُ دِیۡنًا مِّمَّنۡ اَسۡلَمَ وَجۡہَہٗ لِلّٰہِ وَ ہُوَ مُحۡسِنٌ (النساء- ۱۲۵)
Meaning: And with regard to adopting the religion, who can be better than the one who submits his whole being entirely to Allah, whilst he also holds spiritual excellence (the vision of Allah.) (4:125)
- بَلٰی مَنۡ اَسۡلَمَ وَجۡہَہٗ لِلّٰہِ وَ ہُوَ مُحۡسِنٌ فَلَہٗۤ اَجۡرُہٗ عِنۡدَ رَبِّہٖ ۪ وَ لَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَیۡہِمۡ وَ لَا ہُمۡ یَحۡزَنُوۡنَ (البقرہ۔ ۱۱۲)
Meaning: Yes, of course, he who submits his face to Allah (i.e. consigns himself to Allah) and becomes a man of excellence (Divine vision) in piety will find his reward with his Lord. Such people will neither fear anything nor grieve. (2:112)
These verses ultimately prove that Allah admires submission to His will the most. So, we should be thankful to Allah for His blessings and be patient in every trial, calamity and ailment. Infact, submitting to the Divine will during ups and downs of life, whether trial or troubles, ease or difficulty, health or disease, satiation or hunger is the favourite act near Allah. Consequently, there remains no fear or grief for those who submit to the Divine will.
Sayings of Saints
Saying of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman says in his famous book Shams-ul-Fuqara:
The Divine desire overcomes the Mystics to such an extent that they never become sad and aggrieved during the worst. Rather, they always remain happy, or it is to say:
سرِ تسلیم خم ہے جو مزاجِ یارمیں آئے۔
Meaning: “I surrender to my Beloved’s wish.”
Also at this level, Allah blesses them with His unique Light and the Divine union and grants them a new spiritual life every moment from the hidden world.
Saying of Sultan Bahoo (ra)
Sultan Bahoo RA says:
باھوعاقبت باکار باید کارِ دوست
معرفت را مغز با ید نی بپوست
Meaning: O Bahoo! End of every job must be according to the consent of the Beloved and for that one should acquire the essence of His gnosis, not the apparent knowledge which is like crust.
At another point Sultan Bahoo says:
Sultan Bahoo relates a tradition from the book Asrar-ul-Fatiha:
“One day Hassan of Basra, Malik bin Dinar, Shafiq Balkhi and Rabia of Basra gathered together and were discussing matters related to sincerity.
Hassan of Basra said,
“One who does does not patience upon the pain inflicted by Allah is not truthful to his claim of love with Allah”.
“This seems to be an egoistic statement; truthfulness can be defined in a better way”.
Shafiq Balkhi said,
“That person is not truthful to his claim of love with Allah who does not enjoy the pain given by Allah.”
Then Rabia said,
“This statement also reflects pride; one must define truthfulness more properly”.
Malik bin Dinar said,
“One who is not thankful to Allah upon the pain given by Him is not truthful to his claim of love with Allah.”
“One must be so much engrossed in the observation of his Beloved Allah that he forgets all his pains, otherwise he is not truthful to his claim of love with Allah.””
In conclusion, Fakir Bahoo says to all these Saints,
“One who does not forget his ownself as well as the observation and drown completely in the Divine Oneness is not truthful to his claim of love with Allah.” (Ain-ul-Faqr)
Allah has Created Us for His Gnosis
Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:
- وَ مَا خَلَقۡتُ الۡجِنَّ وَ الۡاِنۡسَ اِلَّا لِیَعۡبُدُوۡنِ (الذاریات۔ ۵۶)
Meaning: And I created the jinn and human beings solely to adopt My servitude (51:56)
Moreover Hazrat Ibn-e-Abbas says in the exegesis of this verse that لِیَعۡبُدُوۡنِ (for servitude) actually means لِیَعۡرِفوۡنِ (for the gnosis).
Which means Allah has actually created us for His gnosis. Unless one acquires gnosis of Allah he could neither know what is the will of Allah nor can mould his deeds according to His will and please Him. Undoubtedly only physical prayers cannot lead to gnosis of Allah.
Recognition of Innerself
It is a Hadith that:
- مَنْ عَرَفَ نَفْسَہُ فَقَدْ عَرَفَ رَبَّہ
Meaning: One who recognizes himself, recognizes Allah.
The above Hadith seems incomprehensible that we are talking about the gnosis of Allah while the Hadith says that recognizing ownself leads to recognition of Allah. In fact, the gnosis of Allah is related to our esoteric self. If our esoteric self is clean and pure only then we can recognize Allah. As the soul is inside man and Allah is also inside him.
Allah says in Holy Quran:
- وَ فِیۡۤ اَنۡفُسِکُمۡ ؕ اَفَلَا تُبۡصِرُوۡنَ(الذاریات۔ ۲۱)
Meaning: And I am in your selves (as well). So do you not notice? (54:21)
A Hadith says:
- لَایَسْعُنِیْ فِی الْاَرْضِ وَ لَا فِی السَّمَآئِ وَلٰکِنْ یَسْعُنِیْ فِیْ قَلْبُ عَبْدِ الْمُؤْمِنْ۔
Meaning: Neither the earth can contain me nor the skies but the inward of true believer can.
Another Hadith says:
- قَلْبُ الْمُؤْمِنِ عَرْشَ اللّٰہِ تَعَالیٰ۔
Meaning: The inward of the true believer is Allah’s Throne.
Company of perfect spiritual guide is incumbent to know the Divine will
In fact, the physical being which we adorn and prettify contains the hidden essence of Allah Whom we not even try to recognize. Therefore, to achieve this we need the company of a perfect spiritual guide. But the condition is that he could clean our esoteric self by the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad. As the door to esoteric self is unlocked only by invoking the king of invocations Hoo with breaths. However, it must be received from an accomplished spiritual guide. Only then the man could have Divine vision, understand will of Allah, live life according to His will and achieve success. Allah Almighty says about those who have satisfied innerself and pure inward:
- یٰۤاَیَّتُہَا النَّفۡسُ الۡمُطۡمَئِنَّۃُ ارۡجِعِیۡۤ اِلٰی رَبِّکِ رَاضِیَۃً مَّرۡضِیَّ (الفجر۔۲۸،۲۷)
Meaning: O contented (pleased) self! Return to your Lord in such a state that you are both the aspirant to, and the aspired of, His pleasure (i.e., you seek His pleasure and He seeks yours). (89:27,28)
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen grants king of invocations Hoo
The perfect Shaikh of Sarwari Qadri order Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman gives the king of invocations Hoo for invocation and Ism-e-Allah Zaat for contemplation to the seekers of Allah on the very first day of taking oath of allegiance. Through this the seeker eventually gets rid of all idols other than Allah and appetites of innerself. Thus his foremost priority becomes the consent of Allah. As a result All his prayers and deeds mould according to Allah’s will. If every breath passes while invoking Hoo then the seeker spends each moment his life in remembrance of Allah which ultimately leads to His closeness and gnosis.
Conclusively, the main purpose of man is to have gnosis of Allah. Therefore, it is necessary to mould ourselves according to the will of Allah. We can only fulfill this purpose by the company of a perfect and accomplished spiritual guide. May Allah help us to recognize His will and to live accordingly. Amen
This article was published in Mahnama Sultan-ul-Faqr Lahore (monthly Urdu magazine of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr) titled as Raza-e-Ellahi in the issue of June 2019. It was originally written by Saima Wajid Sarwari Qadri and translated in English by Zainab Moghees Sarwari Qadri. If you wish to read it in Urdu, then please visit the link: