Sultan ul Ashiqeen has worked day and night to spread Faqr around the world. Moreover he has blessed gnosis of Allah to thousands seekers of Allah.
Who is Sultan ul Ashiqeen?
He is the 31st perfect Shaikh e Kamil, the perfect spiritual guide, the present Leader of Sarwari Qadri order, the Sultan of Faqr in this era. Moreover the Sun of Faqr, the Glory of Faqr, the Reviver of Islam in this era. Furthermore the Divine manifestation and the King of lovers of Allah. In addition to this he is the reflection of al-Ghawth al-Azam. He blesses Faqr to the seekers of Allah by the benediction of the Holy Prophet.
What is Faqr?
Faqr blesses a human with a special kind of dignity and indifference towards the world. Hence he becomes indifferent to worldly riches, materialistic way of thinking, love of the world and lust of power and ranks. Therefore world and hereafter become worthless to him. He has faith only in the One Divine Essence. Thus he seeks only Him and believes only in Him.
- The wish to please Allah is actually Faqr and indifference to the creature is generosity.
- Whoever loves the People of the Cloak should get ready to embrace Faqr. (Nahj al-Balagha)
Al-Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani:
- Certainly The reality of Faqr is that the man of Faqr does not depend on any human like him.
Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi:
- Faqr is the name of keeping your inward free of worldliness. (Mauli al-Himam)
Sultan ul Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo and Faqr:
- Faqr is exactly the Divine Essence. (Ain ul Faqr)
- The station of Faqr is infinitely high, it makes one the master of universe and it cannot be found by gaining high ranks in sainthood or by achieving the power of miracles and unveiling. Faqr is exactly the Divine Essence. In fact it is the greatest blessing of Allah, on whomsoever He bestows it, becomes independent of hunger and satiation. (Ain ul Faqr)
Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman says about Faqr:
- Undoubtedly Faqr is the path that connects man with Allah. (Shams-ul-Fuqara)
Faqr is the path that removes all the veils between man and Allah and bestows him with the Divine Vision and Closeness of Allah. Faqr is intense Divine love and the Divine light. It is the bestowal of beloved of Allah. It is not like worldly knowledge that can be gained by teaching or learning rather Faqr is the wealth that is gained by the grace of Allah.
Faqr is the reality of Islam. It is the foundation of Islam which grants recognition and gnosis of Allah through His vision and presence of Mohammadan Assembly. It is the path which has been the source of Divine closeness for the Saints and pious people. Faqr is the path of soul and the source of connection with Allah. But because of the darkness of the present era, the Muslims of this era are lost in the physical prayers so much that they have forgotten the connection of soul with Allah. To say they are busy in materialism and as far away from Faqr as non-Muslims are from Islam.
Prophet Mohammad has said about Faqr:
- Faqr is my pride and Faqr is from me. It is the reason of my superiority over all Prophets and Messengers.
- Faqr is one of the treasures of Allah.
Faqr is the treasure of Divine Vision
That treasure is the Divine vision which every Prophet desired for. Because of this treasure Prophet Mohammad was given superiority over all the other Prophets and Mohammadan Umma over other Ummas. My spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen says about the vision of Allah:
“No delight is better than the delight of the Divine vision. However it can be attained only by the sight of the purified soul not by the light of the physical eyes.”
Seeker of Allah (Talib-e-Maula)
The Holy Prophet had chosen Faqr for his umma on the night of Miraj. But today’s man is indifferent to Faqr and its reality. So who are those chosen ones for this great blessing? The chosen ones are those who do not have any desire for worldly things or hereafter. They have only one desire i.e. the desire for Allah. When a person desires only Allah then he is called the seeker of Allah (Talib-e-Maula).
Shaikh Mohiuddin Ibn Arabi says about the seeker of Allah:
“The one who is chosen for Allah is courageous. He neither seeks the world nor the hereafter, rather he seeks Allah only”. (Sharah-Fusoos-al-Hikam-wal-Aiqan).
Sultan ul Faqr Sixth Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali says:
“The seeker of Allah neither wants the pleasures of the world nor the grades and blessings of the hereafter. His demand is only to have the Divine vision.” (The Spiritual Guides of Sarwari Qadri Order)
The perfect spiritual guide
Faqr is in fact a path of Divine closeness and without the company of the perfect spiritual guide, it is impossible to walk on this path.
Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo says about the perfect spiritual guide:
- Who is a perfect spiritual guide? One who can give life to the inward and death to the innerself. When such a spiritual guide becomes angry with a disobedient disciple, he gives life to that disciple’s nafs and death to his inward by his wrathful attraction. Perfect spiritual guide is the one who is so much accomplished in Faqr that he has forbidden everything upon himself except Allah. He is an eternal pilgrim upon whom everything is unveiled. Only such a perfect spiritual guide is successful. Perfect spiritual guide is like a physician and the disciple is like a patient. When a physician treats a patient he gives him bitter and sweet medicines and the patient must take those medicines so that he is cured and healthy. (Ain ul Faqr)
Perfect spiritual guide is the one who gives the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat with its invocation. Sultan Bahoo further says:
- The spiritual guide who does not give the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat is not the eligible to grant divine guidance and persuasion. (Nur-ul-Huda)
- Reality of a Sarwari Qadri Fakir is that he elevates every kind of seeker to accomplishment. Because dervishes of every other order are imperfect in front of the perfect and accomplished Fakir. The ending stage of every other order cannot be equal to the beginning of Sarwari Qadri Order. Even if one does hard work to reach it. (Mehak-ul-Faqr-Kalan)
Sultan ul Ashiqeen is the perfect Fakir
It the world of materialism where there is darkness everywhere. Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman is working day and night to spread Faqr around the world. Sultan ul Ashiqeen is the perfect spiritual guide of the Sarwari Qadri Order and the spiritual successor of Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo. He is the true heir of Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali and the Imam of the present era.
Attributes of Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Sultan ul Ashiqeen is the possessor of all the attributes of man of Divine Essence and the perfect spiritual guide possessing the Divine light of guidance. Sultan ul Ashiqeen is spreading the teachings of Faqr around the world. The Reviver of Islam Sultan ul Ashiqeen purifies the innerself and purges the soul by his spiritual sight, thus turns the seeker of the world to the seeker of Allah. Sultan ul Ashiqeen enlightens the inward and adorns it with Divine light. Consequently the seeker liberates from the fake charms of the world and his innerself is purified like a mirror.
تیرے در پر پہنچ کر کیوں کوئی عارف نہ بن جائے
اسم ِ ذات میں عکس رخِ کامل نظر آئے
Meaning: Whoever reaches your court becomes a Mystic by contemplating Ism-e-Allah Zaat because he sees your face in it.
In this world of materialism people have no time or courage for hard mystic exercises or forty days seclusion. That is why Sultan ul Ashiqeen gives the king of invocations “Hoo” and the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and its inscribing practice on the very first day of pledging allegiance. He does not involve his disciples in physical prayers or hard mystic exercises. To make Faqr common Sultan ul Ashiqeen did the following spiritual and physical efforts.
Spiritual and physical efforts of Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat by Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Sultan ul Ashiqeen has spread the beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat around the world so that as much people become a true believer as possible and be successful in the Divine court.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen turns seeker of world into seeker of Allah
Like his Murshid Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali, Sultan ul Ashiqeen first turns the seeker of the world to the seeker of Allah and then blesses him with the Divine Vision. In the beginning only the true and eternal seekers of Allah were blessed with Ism-e-Allah Zaat but it is the beneficence of Sultan ul Ashiqeen that he gives the invocation and contemplation of Ism- e-Allah Zaat to his every disciple.
Apart from this the previous seekers have to travel through four levels of Ism-e-Allah Zaat اَللّٰہُ، لِلّٰہ، لَہُ، ھُو. This took too much time and it was almost impossible to do this. That is why the seekers could not reach the final level of the king of invocations “Hoo”. But Sultan ul Ashiqeen gives the invocation of “Hoo” on the very first day of bayah making the true seeker able to reach the Divine court. “Hoo” is the king of invocations . Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo says about the king of invocations:
ابتدا ھُو انتہا ھُو ہر کہ با ھُو می رسد
عارف عرفاں شود ہر کہ با ھُو شود
Explanation: “Hoo” is the eternal, “Hoo” is the extreme. Whoever reaches at the level of “Hoo” becomes a Mystic and becomes “Hoo” after annihilating in “Hoo”.
Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali says:
- Ism-e-Zaat (Hoo) is the Sultan-ul-Azkar. The Seeker who has become Hoo ( ) after annihilating in Hoo, is The Sultan.
To reach this level is very difficult and in this era one can access it only by the beneficence of my spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman. Sultan ul Ashiqeen has discussed in detail the reality of Ism e Allah Zaat in his book Haqeeqat Ism-e-Allah Zaat. This is so to make people aware of its marvels, blessings and beneficence. Its invocation and contemplation lead to Allah’s proximity and vision. To spread the beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat Sultan ul Ashiqeen visits different cities around the country. The facility of online bayat is available so that people outside Pakistan can also benefit from Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen Beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad
Apart from the king of invocations “Hoo” Sultan ul Ashiqeen has also made the beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad common. Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali gave Ism-e-Mohammad only to Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman among all his disciples. Before his death he said to Sultan ul Ashiqeen:
- “From now, Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad are your responsibility. It is your duty to spread their beneficence.”
Fulfilling the order of his spiritual guide, Sultan ul Ashiqeen has made Ism-e-Mohammad common. Sultan ul Ashiqeen blesses the seekers of Allah who gain the reality of Ism-e-Allah Zaat with Ism-e-Mohammad on Mawlid held on 12th Rabbi-ul-Awwal and 21st March, the day of transference of Divine Trust to him. This is only because of the beneficence of Sultan ul Ashiqeen that now even the common people can benefit from this great blessing.
Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo says about the denier of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad:
- “Whoever is the denier of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad is either the second Abu-Jahl or Pharaoh.” (Qurb-e-Deedar)
Presence in the Mohammadan Assembly from the benediction of Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Sultan ul Ashiqeen says:
“There comes a station in the path of Faqr where the seeker of Allah gets blessed with the presence in the Mohammadan Assembly. Prophet Mohammad trains him and elevates him to the levels of Divine gnosis.” (Shams-ul-Fuqara)
One can attain presence in the Mohammadan Assembly by the benediction of a Sarwari Qadri spiritual guide. Sultan ul Ashiqeen purifies the innerself and purges the soul of his disciples and makes them able to be present at the Mohammadan Assembly.
Beneficence of Sultan ul Ashiqeen to have Divine Vision
وَ مَنۡ کَانَ فِیۡ ہٰذِہٖۤ اَعۡمٰی فَہُوَ فِی الۡاٰخِرَۃِ اَعۡمٰی وَ اَضَلُّ سَبِیۡلًا ﴿۷۲﴾
- And whoever remains blind (to the Divine vision) in this (world) will be blind in the Hereafter as well, distracted from the path (of deliverance). (17:72)
Near the Saints the Divine gnosis is in fact the vision of Allah.
The Divine vision is the greatest blessing on the universe and is the purpose of man’s life.
Allah says in Qudsi hadith:
- “I was a hidden treasure, I desired to be recognized so I created the creation for my creation.”
- Whoever claims to pray Allah without seeing him is a hypocrite.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen has elevated many of his disciples to the level of Divine gnosis by his spiritual powers and invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Benediction of Waham by Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Waham is a spiritual and inward power. By the attention of perfect spiritual guide and through invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, the soul is enlivened and becomes alive forever. Then reaches the realm of Divinity. Hence it sees Allah and talks to Him. This power of talking to Allah is called Waham. In fact Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo wrote a famous book Sultan-ul-Waham discussing the topic of Waham. He says:
“O dear! Auham (or waham) is in fact the seeing, hearing, speaking and understanding of the inward.”
Sultan ul Ashiqeen says about Waham in his book Shams-ul-Fuqara:
“In the terminology of Faqr, Waham is the state of the seeker of Allah whereby whichever question arises in his inward or outward he gets its answer from the Divine court. In other words it is the state of talking to Allah.”
One cannot gain this power of Waham without the perfect spiritual guide. That is why the perfect spiritual guide is called Sultan of Waham. Waham is a great level in Faqr and we cannot achieve it without the presence of inward. Sultan ul Ashiqeen has blessed the power of Waham to many of his disciples. In this era Sultan ul Ashiqeen is the only one who has authority upon the power of Waham and he also blesses this power to his disciples.
Beneficence of Ilm-e-Dawat from Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Just as there are many means of communication in this physical world, there are also means of communication with the souls of Saints and that is Ilm-e-Dawat. Before the era of Sultan ul Ashiqeen there was no concept of getting Ilm-e-Dawat. But by the benediction of Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman thousands of seekers of Allah got this great inward blessing. By the grace of Sultan ul Ashiqeen many seekers of Allah got the closeness of Prophet Mohammad, the sacred Companions and the Saints through Ilm-e-Dawat.
We can understand the level of belovedness of Sultan ul Ashiqeen near the Saints by the fact that previously only men could benefit from Ilm-e-Dawat by visiting the shrine of a Saint. But now by the kindness of Sultan ul Ashiqeen it is not compulsory to visit the shrine of a Saint. Moreover, women can also benefit from Ilm-e-Dawat now.
Observations of the disciples of Sultan ul Ashiqeen
Thousands of disciples have been blessed with the purification of innerself and the purgation of their soul by the company of the perfect spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen. They have reached at the level of Divine gnosis and presence in the Mohammadan Assembly by the benediction of Sultan ul Ashiqeen. Therefore it is not possible to mention all the observations here. So we are mentioning observations of some of the seekers of Allah which are the proof that Sultan ul Ashiqeen has blessed them with spiritual and inward elevation. The observations are in their own words which we have taken from the famous book “Sultan ul Ashiqeen” based upon the biography and struggle of Sultan ul Ashiqeen.
Sultan Mohammad Nasir Hameed Sarwari Qadri
Founder of Tehreek Dawat e Faqr Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman blessed me with Ilm-e-Dawat. Whenever I visited the Shrine of Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo, Syed Mohammad Abdullah Shah and Syed Bahadur Ali Shah, they talked to me by Waham. Sultan ul Ashiqeen also blessed me with the art of poetry.
Hafiz Hammad-ur-Rehman Sarwari Qadri
Hafiz Hammad ur Rehman Sarwari Qadri says, “Sultan ul Ashiqeen blessed me with Ilm- e-Dawat and assigned me the duty of finding the genealogy of Syed Abdul Jaleel and other progeny of al-Ghawth al-Azam. He blessed me with the inspirational knowledge. Sultan ul Ashiqeen also privileged me with the duty of translating the Persian books of Haq Bahoo Sultan. Presently I have translated Sultan-ul- Waham, Ain-ul-Faqr, Shams-ul-Arifeen, Ganj-ul-Asrar and Kashf-ul- Asrar.”
Mohammad Moghees Afzal Sarwari Qadri
Mohammad Moghees Afzal Sarwari Qadri says, “My spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen bestowed me with Ilm-e-Dawat. I was blessed with the presence of Mohammadan Assembly on the very first day of reciting Ilm-e-Dawat. I saw that my spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen has held me and then took me with him. He ordered me in front of a door to open it. When I opened the door, I saw that it was the Mohammadan Assembly. Tears were running down and I was thinking that I am a sinner, I am nothing, how can I be blessed with the Mohammadan Assembly. Verily! This is only by the benediction of my spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen.”
Mohammad Ramzan Bahoo
“Only after a few days of my pledge I saw in my dream that my spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen took me inside the Kaaba. The Holy Prophet was present there. His face was shining with the Divine light so much that I could not see anything accept Divine light. Another graceful personality was present there whom I could not recognize. Afterwards my spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen said to me to pledge allegiance to the Holy Prophet. Therefore I sat in the sacred feet of the Holy Prophet and held his sacred hands. Hence the Holy Prophet took oath of allegiance from me. Afterwards I took permission from the Holy Prophet and then I went out from the Kaaba I saw the Divine light everywhere. Everything started to vanish and then I woke up.”
Ruhina Farooq Sarwari Qadri
Ruhina Farooq Sarwari Qadri says, “In the gatherings of Sultan ul Ashiqeen, he often explains and gives answers of the questions which are already in my mind (but I could not ask).One day when I recited dawat I spiritually visited the shrine of Syed Mohammad Abdullah Shah. He said, ‘You are very lucky that you have been blessed with a spiritual guide like Sultan ul Ashiqeen’.”
Faiza Saeed Sarwari Qadri (from Zurich, Switzerland)
Faiza Saeed Sarwari Qadri says, “Sultan ul Ashiqeen not only blessed me outwardly but also inwardly. He blessed me with Ilm-e-Dawat and also with the power of Waham. That is why I remain in contact with him spiritually while being away from him. This is his special blessing upon me.”
Dr. Sahar Waraich Sarwari Qadri
Dr. Sahar Waraich Sarwari Qadri says, “Sultan ul Ashiqeen not only blessed her with Ilm-e-Dawat but also with the presence of the Mohammadan Assembly.
جد کھلی حقیقت طالباں تے، ہر طالب مان پیا کردا اے
مُکھ چن بدر دیاں لاٹاں نے، اَج روشن جہاں پیا کردا اے
Explanation: When we came to know the reality of our beloved spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen, every seeker started to admire him. His face is beautiful like a full moon. It seems like the whole world is shining because of his light.
(To know more about the observations of his disciples read the biography “Sultan ul Ashiqeen” in which these observations are explained in detail).
We pray to Allah that may our beloved spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen live with us forever. May we have the blessing from him to walk on the path of Faqr with perseverance. Ameen.
سلطان العاشقین کا لطف و کرم اور طا لبانِ مولیٰ کو عطائے فقر Sultan ul Ashiqeen ka Lutf o Karam Talibaan e Mola ko atta e Faqr is an Urdu article of the magazine “Mahnama Sultan-ul-Faqr Lahore” for the month of August. Originally penned by Noreen Abdul Ghafoor Sarwari Qadri is presently in English by Zainab Moghees Sarwari Qadri exclusively for the website. Do not forget to visit the original article to which you only have to click here.
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