Transfer of Divine Trust from Sultan Bahoo
Sultan-ul-Faqr V Sultan Bahoo did not find any such seeker in his life to whom he could transfer the Divine Trust. Hence, he left this mortal world without transferring it to anyone. Then, Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), sent Sayyid Mohammad Abdullah Shah from his sacred court. He reached the shrine of Sultan Bahoo on Monday, 12th Rabi al-awwal, 1241 H i.e. October 24, 1825. Hence, after approximately one hundred- and thirty-nine-years Sultan Bahoo transferred the Divine Trust of Faqr.
Order of Transference of Divine Trust After Sultan Bahoo
By the decision from the Mohammadan Assembly, the transference of Trust from Sultan Bahoo proceeded in the following manner;
From Sayyid Mohammad Abdullah Shah the Trust transferred to Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah. Who further transferred it to Sultan Pir Sayyid Mohammad Bahadur Ali Shah. Later, he transferred this Trust to Sultan Mohammad Abdul Aziz. Finally, from him it came to Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali.
Additionally, the Mohammadan Assembly decided that at Sultan-ul-Faqr VI, Faqr would be perfected and accomplished. Then it would return to the authority of Faqr, the Holy Prophet, who will transfer the Divine Trust once again. In the same pattern as Sultan Bahoo transferred to Sayyid Mohammad Abdullah Shah.
The Clue of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI on Transference of Trust
Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali also gave a clue of this decision in 1998. It happened as in 1997 he had his second marriage. Then in the start of 1998 the good news came that his second wife was expecting a baby. Sultan-ul-Faqr VI declared that the child born to her would be an accomplished Saint by birth. He said,
“I would also call him respectably by the title of ‘Hazrat Sahib’. And Allah will grant the wish made while kissing his hands or feet. His birth would remove all the darkness from the world.”
Trial of the Disciples
In fact, Sultan-ul-Faqr’s clue was a great trail of the seekers and disciples but only a few succeeded in it. He said the mentioned words only once. Then he never repeated them but it started a new discussion among the circle of disciples. Everyone started talking about the new born Saint. For instance; the birth of new Saint would change the whole scenario. Also, the condition of all the disciples and workers of the Islahi Jamat would improve to the best. Moreover, he would bring revolution in the country and world. Not only that, some even declared that he would be the Sultan-ul-Faqr VII. In short, the entire nine months passed in hot discussions and predictions. The attention of most disciples of Sultan ul Faqr VI diverted from their spiritual guide towards the coming baby.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s views about the expected Saint
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman had newly taken the oath of allegiance. A fellow disciple asked his views about the expected Saint. He replied, “Brother! Most important thing is that a disciple should follow only one spiritual guide. Secondly, I have found my spiritual guide Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali after extreme struggle and search. Whatever is my destiny, I would get from him only. For me, everyone other than my spiritual guide is a stranger. I am forty years old now; the new born baby would take years to appear as a Saint. Who knows I would remain alive by then or not! So, for me, my spiritual guide is sufficient, I do not need anyone else.”
Reason of Trial
Actually, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali was testing his disciples and seekers. He wanted to see who among them turn away from their spiritual guide. Then start expecting the fulfillment of their objectives from the new Saint. Thus, disregarding their spiritual guide’s accomplished and supreme status. Also, who among them were truly sincere and kept their attention focused upon their spiritual guard. And who did not pay any heed to the new coming Saint. As, the true seeker never turns his attention away from his spiritual guide towards anyone else.
At last, through this test, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI separated his true disciples and sincere seekers of Allah from the imperfect disciples. The seeker who wayward were actually the seekers of the worldly wishes who claimed to be the seekers of Allah.
Result of the Trial
Then, it happened as predicted by Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. On 12th October 1998 (20th Jumada ath-thani 1419 H), a daughter was born to Sultan ul Faqr VI, instead of son. He was present at the house of Mohammad Ilyas in Daroghawala, Lahore. In fact, Mohammad Ilyas was the one who gave the news of new born daughter to Sultan ul Faqr VI.
That news was like a bomb blast for the people whose attention had diverted from their spiritual guide. As they were waiting for some perfect Saint who would be their salvager. For the entire period of expectancy, they had created an upheaval in the circle of disciples. Moreover, they were so stubborn upon their stand that no one could dare to oppose them. Indeed, 12th October 1998 was a painful day for them.
As a result, among them, some people were having chest pain and others were depressed. Out of shock, some disciple’s face was dark as night and needed a place to hide. Certainly, such disciple’s faith confiscated. Most likely, many of them were the slave of their desires and apostatized.
The Remark of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI on Transference of Faqr
On the birth of a girl, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI first of all called Saad Ameer Khan Niazi (late) in his room. He told him, “The Trust has been shifted to the big house.”
After a long period, Saad Ameer Khan Niazi started explaining this sentence for some particular objectives that the ‘big house’ referred to the house (or family) of Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali’s first wife. While, Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman concluded different from it. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen said the ‘big house’ referred to the sacred household of the Holy Prophet. As the Holy Prophet Himself is Faqr. In short, Faqr is from him and he has complete authority over Faqr. The Holy Prophet grants Faqr to whomsoever he considers capable.
Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali never supported Saad Ameer Khan Niazi’s point of view. After Saad Ameer Khan Niazi, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI called Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen in the room, another disciple Sajid Hussain was also with him. He said to them, “The Trust has been shifted somewhere else.”
This incident supports the argument that Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali was on the footstep of Sultan Bahoo. That is why after him the Divine Trust returned back to Prophet Mohammad. Just like Sultan Bahoo, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI had also been searching his spiritual confidant for twenty years. From April 1981-2001, he could not find a true Divine seeker who was eligible enough to receive the Divine Trust. And in return absolve him from his responsibility of the transference of the Trust. Although, for this purpose, he worked extremely hard on the spiritual training of all his disciples.
Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali’s Search for his Spiritual Heir
On April 13th, 1981, Sultan ul Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali ascended the throne of Divine guidance and persuasion. On February 27th, 1989, he set the foundation of Islahi Jamat to spread the teachings of Faqr. The main aim was to invite the seekers of Allah towards spiritual elevation after purgation of soul. Till 1994 he diligently enlightened the polluted inwards of the people with the Divine light through the teachings of Faqr. Then, he started presenting the selected seekers in the court of Prophet Mohammad in the following order:
The first Umrah of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
Sultan-ul-Faqr VI initially spent fourteen years of hard work upon the spiritual training of the seekers of Allah. Then on 20th Ramadan, 1415 H (February 20th till March 3rd, 1995), he went for his first Umrah. On this sacred journey, along with his family members, he also took some selected seekers of Allah. He reached Madina from Makkah after performing Umrah (pilgrimage to Makkah performed in days other than the Hajj days). Then he presented those selected seekers in the Holy Prophet’s court for selection. Sadly, all of them had worldly desires and appeals instead of the love for Allah. Therefore, The Holy Prophet approved none of them. This was a major setback for Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. Eventually, this made him suffer from various diseases like diabetes and hypertension etc.
The next year on 20th Ramadan, 1416 H (February 10th till March 2nd, 1996), he again went for Umrah. This year again he took selected disciples and seekers of Allah along with him. Like before, he reached Madina after offering his Umrah and presented the selected seekers in the court of Prophet Mohammad. However, nobody among them could achieve the merit set by the Holy Prophet.
Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali again blessed the selected seekers of Allah with spiritual education and training for a whole year. Then, he went for offering his third Umrah on 20th Ramadan, 1417 H. (January 30th till February 20th, 1997). Following the same pattern, after performing Umrah he reached Madina. Here, he presented those selected seekers in front of the Holy Prophet for the third time. Again, per the holy assembly of Prophet no one among them was capable of reaching the extreme station of Faqr.
After that, he postponed the idea of performing Hajj or Umrah. Until he had found and perfectly trained the real and true spiritual confidant.
Two Selected Individuals
Later, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali selected two individuals from Pakistan. He also gave exoteric succession to one of them. The other one was the ruler of the country at that time. Unfortunately, both of them could not meet the merit even before presentation in the court of Prophet Mohammad. The ruler did not pay any heed to Faqr. On the other hand, the other person could not even handle his exoteric succession. Thus, the later proved his inability to protect the inward succession and the Divine Trust.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Bayat at the hands of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen reached the holy court of Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali on April 12th, 1998 (Dhul al-Hijjah 14th, 1418 H). They recognized each other as the lover and the beloved. Thereafter, his slavery became the sole purpose of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s life. Thus, he devoted each moment of his life to serve his spiritual guide. Due to the intense love for his spiritual guide, Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman annihilated in him completely. Rather, he became his spiritual guide’s complete essence and reflection.
From 1998 till 2001, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali made him pass through various inward and outward trials. By the grace of Allah and kindness of the spiritual guide, he met each and every trial successfully. When Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali had thoroughly tested his heir of the Divine Trust, he then intended to go for Hajj.
The Last Hajj of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
On Wednesday February 28, 2001 Sultan-ul-Faqr VI went for Hajj with his newly selected seekers of Allah and three females. When they reached Jeddah, his health deteriorated and he became too weak to walk. All his diseases intensified such as diabetes, hypertension etc. Especially his problem of prostate gland became so unbearable that he had to urinate after every fifteen minutes. Those days he frequently recited the following poetic verse:
اپنی موت سے آگاہ کوئی بشر نہیں
ساماں سو برس کا ہے پل کی خبر نہیں
Explanation: No one knows when he will die. We carry the luggage of years to come. In fact, we do not even know what the next moment has in store for us.
Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Ordered to Buy a Shroud for Himself
On March 7th, in Makkah, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI ordered Sultan ul Ashiqeen to purchase a shroud for him. Also, he instructed to wash it with Zamzam water and touch it with the wall of Holy Kaaba. Then he added that he could need it anytime. This order shocked Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman beyond belief as his health condition was already very alarming. Sultan ul Ashiqeen greatly perturbed and was reluctant to buy the shroud. So, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali ordered another disciple Haji Nawaz to buy it immediately. Hence, Haji Nawaz bought the shroud for him.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Worry for the Health of his Murshid
The health condition of his beloved spiritual guide made Sultan Najib-ur-Rehman suffer from mental trauma. At all the holy places of Makkah, he prayed only for his Murshid. Such as, while offering prayer at Hateem, under the Meezab al-Rehmat and while embracing the Holy Kaaba. He also prayed near Multazim, during the Sa’ae (running ceremony) of Safa and Marwa, in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. During Hajj, he constantly kept on repeating the same prayer over and over for his Murshid’s health. In fact, he presented his life to Allah to sacrifice it for his beloved spiritual guide. His condition was reminiscent of the words of Sultan Bahoo:
کیتی جان حوالے رب دے اساں ایسا عشق کمایا ھُو
Meaning: I proved the intensity of my love by sacrificing my life.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Prayer During Hajj
During Hajj, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen had more or less the same prayer every moment. It was as follows:
“O Allah! My Lord! I do not know about the future. Apparently, the health condition of my spiritual guide reveals as if the last moments of his life are near. O Allah Almighty! I present the rest of my life before you. Grant my remaining life to my spiritual guide to lengthen the span of his life. Take my life instead of his. Indeed! You answer all the prayers. Also, it is Your promise that You would not reject any prayer asked in these holy places.
O Allah! Please give my life to my spiritual guide. And let him live till he appears as the religious reformer (Mujadid) of his era. So, he can end the sectarianism within the Muslim nation to unite them upon the true religion. Also, so that the infidels may be suppressed and the system of caliphate is re-established.”
Departure to Madina
Sultan-ul-Faqr VI along with his disciples performed Hajj on March 9th , 2001. According to the schedule, this group was going to departure for Madina on March 17th, 2001 after the night prayer. However, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali was very impatient to reach Madina. He even asked his disciples Haji Mohammad Nawaz and Ahmed Bakhsh to try to depart for Madina before March 17th. But it was not possible, so the schedule remained unchanged. On the other hand, his condition also remained uncertain. It seemed as if he wanted to present some very important matter in the court of the Holy Prophet. His restlessness was increasing day by day and his health was deteriorating.
Arrival at Madina
Eventually, they reached Madina on March 18th , 2001. In Madina also, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen presented the same appeal before the Holy Prophet which had been his prayer in Makkah. The only difference was that in Makkah, he presented his life to Allah and in Madina to the Holy Prophet. He still persistently prayed to prolong his spiritual guide’s life.
Finally, on March 21st, 2001, the day came for which Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali had been waiting for twenty years. At last, the Holy Prophet had approved the person he had selected and presented for transferring the Divine Trust.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Appearance at the Tomb of Holy Prophet with his Murshid
Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman recounts the moments of appearance at the tomb of Prophet Mohammad in these words;
It was the greatest honour and blessing for me. I was present at the tomb of the Holy Prophet along with my beloved spiritual guide Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. March 21st, 2001 is an unforgettable day of my life. After the evening prayer all our companions got busy with their own jobs. Then, my spiritual guide and I was left alone. He decided to go to the tomb of the Holy Prophet with me. The door of Prophet’s mosque Bab al-Salam was heavily crowded and it was very difficult to pass through. I walked along, making way for him so that he would not have any difficulty while passing through the crowd.
My presence at the sacred tomb of Prophet Mohammad on that day is the most important event of my life. It felt as if the rain of Divine light and theophanies was showering on me. My eyes were all tears. We reached closer to the grill of the Holy Prophet’s tomb. Shortly, the wheel of the wheelchair of a man in front of us got stuck in the carpet. Therefore, the queue stopped moving ahead. Meanwhile, my beloved spiritual guide turned his face towards the tomb of the Holy Prophet. His sacred face was shining brighter than the moon. I looked at the tomb and then at his face turn by turn, indeed both were mesmerizing sights. Never have I ever viewed such an exquisite sight in my life. The beauty of that moment sent me into trance.
The Guard of Prophet’s Tomb called ‘Ya Shaikhun’ to Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
My eyes were still intact at the beauty of this moment full of Divine theophanies. Concurrently, the guard standing near the tomb called the guard standing on the other side of the queues. He pointed towards my Murshid and said ‘Ya Shaikhun’. He wanted to tell the other guard that the queue had stopped because of this Shaikh. Allah be glorified! Even the guards called him ‘Shaikh’ (the perfect spiritual leader). When the guard advanced towards him, everyone around paused and looked at his Divine face in a state of trance. To me it felt like the time had ceased.
When the guard came closer, I held his hand and directed his attention towards the man in the wheelchair. The guard then noticed that the queue had stopped due to him. Instantly he adjusted the wheel of the chair and the queue started to move again. Then we reached near the tomb and prayed there for some time. My eyes were full of tears due to the over whelming aura.
Transference of Divine Trust
When we came out of the sacred tomb and then stood near Bab al-Jibrail (name of door at Prophet’s mosque). There I requested to his grace, “Hazoor! People have divided the Islamic world into various sects. The Muslims, especially the modernly educated ones, have deviated from the real Islam. Additionally, the infidels have united against Islam. Please bestow your kind favour and grace. So, the real soul of Islam may prosper in the world and the satanic hold ends.”
Then Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali looked into my eyes and said,
“I have found the confidant of my heart and soul.”
He meant that he had achieved his aim. There and then, he sated my inward with Divinity. Also, he bestowed his ultimate kindness and Divine favour upon me in the form of Divine Trust. Besides that, he also granted me the strength to keep it a secret.
Cheerfulness of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI after Transferring the Divine Trust
From that day onwards, his sacred face glowed with happiness and he regained health. It seemed as if all his diseases had disappeared. He said, “The purpose for which we came to the court of the Holy Prophet has been achieved. Hence, due to this great achievement, Allah has granted all the wishes of our companions. Even if they are wished for world or hereafter.”
Later, I witnessed this fact myself. Allah fulfilled all the desires for which my fellow disciples prayed during that Hajj.
After coming back to Pakistan, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali became indifferent towards all his other responsibilities. Probably because he had had accomplished his mission now. He felt like Allah has relieved him of a huge responsibility. (Sultan ul Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali-Life and Teachings)
Spiritual Training of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
After the approval from the sacred court of Holy Prophet, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali started the spiritual training of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. Now he was going to train him to hold the throne of Divine guidance and persuasion. Basically, this was both outward and inward training. Therefore, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali passed him through more trails.
Order to Recite Dawat
During this training, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI devised a new way of conveying things to his spiritual confidant. Due to certain restrictions of the spiritual path and to keep secrecy, he could not physically tell him everything. Therefore, he ordered him to recite dawat at the shrine of Pir Bahadur Ali Shah. Precisely, dawat is a spiritual act to communicate with the sacred souls of shrines. While reciting dawat, he esoterically informed him of all the facts and matters. Later, on physical meeting with his spiritual confidant, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI would confirm the information given to him spiritually.
Sultan-ul-Faqr VI had his way of confirming the inward communication with Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. On greeting and hand shaking, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen always used to kiss hands of his Murshid. Also, he used to meet him after reciting the dawat at the shrine of Pir Bahadur Shah. Therefore, as a sign of confirmation Sultan-ul-Faqr VI would press his hand a little while Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen held it for kissing.
Trial as the Chief Executive of Maktaba Al-Arifeen
On 19th November, 2001 (3rd Ramadan, 1422 H) Sultan-ul-Faqr VI made Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen the chief executive of the publication department Maktaba al-Arifeen. Earlier, this department had been working under the supervision of Saad Ameer Khan Niazi since 1994. It was a great trial and training. As Sultan Najib-ur-Rehman had to compete with the most experienced and skilled people of the organization. Some fellow disciples also tried to frighten him. By putting the seeker in big trials, the spiritual guide in fact intends to check his courage. It checks, whether he follows the orders of his spiritual guide in all conditions and succeeds. Or in other case if he becomes afraid of the obstacles and hardships. Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman performed this duty with great courage and wisdom.
On the Mawlid celebrations held on 12th and 13th April, 2002, Sultan Najib-ur-Rehman published his first book Haqeeqat Ism-e-Allah Zaat. This book got much applaud. Then, on the Urs (death anniversary) of Sultan Bahoo held on 14th August 2002, he published many new books. He also published poetry and biography of Sultan Bahoo, posters, pictures, calendars, etc. Sultan-ul-Faqr VI admired all his efforts. The September 2002 issue of the monthly magazine Mirat-ul-Arifeen mentions all his efforts of publications.
Extract from Mirat-ul-Arifeen
Below is the English translation of the extract from that magazine that outlines Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s efforts in publication department;
Maktaba al-Arifeen, the publication department of International Tanzeem al-Arifeen, is working hard day and night. The goal is to introduce the world with the grandeur of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI and the progress of Islahi Jamat. Its chief executive Najib-ur-Rehman presented newly published books and other articles to Sultan-ul-Faqr VI before displaying them. He displayed them for public at the stall set up on the occasion of Urs of Sultan Bahoo on 14th April.
The books included Murshid Kamil, Shan Sultan-ul-Faqr Maa Risala Roohi Sharif and Abyat-o-Sawaneh Hayat Hazrat Sultan Bahoo. Also, he included articles like posters, small pictures, key rings and calendars. Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali liked all things and appreciated the effort. (Page 45)
In short, Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman crossed all the obstacles of the way. He succeeded in this trail as the new department headed by him became famous all over. Ultimately, the old publication department lost its importance and was at last merged in the new department.
Trial as Patron in Chief
To spread the message of Faqr, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI laid the foundation of the organization “Islahi Jamat and International Tanzeem al-Arifeen”. In November 2001, he made Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman the patron in chief of Lahore office of his organization. Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali separated himself from all the matters of the organization. Although, he kept observing the performance of Sultan Najib-ur-Rehman quietly.
Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman commenced his work on the pattern set by his spiritual guide. It took him six months of extreme hard work to search. He prepared and train a group of preachers (called as Sadoor, singular Sadr). For this purpose, he selected some preferably unknown fellow disciples from Lahore. He rather chose the ones ignored by the previous heads of the organization. Then, he trained them on the basis of Tawhid (Divine Oneness). In one of his addresses, he encouraged them by saying,
“Everyone knows that you are not well known in the organization. You have to work hard just to please Allah selflessly and having complete trust in Him. Then Allah will surely bless you with success. Your job is just to invite people towards the gnosis of Allah and preach the true religion among masses. Matters of organization are the responsibility of the office holders of the organization.”
Not just the moral support but Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen also provided them with the best of atmosphere to work and self respect.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Unique way of Preaching
Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman adopted a unique and innovative method of preaching. He and his preachers visited shopping malls, markets and other crowded places rather than preaching only in mosques. The effective way of their preaching convinced a lot of people to follow the path of Faqr. Consequently, every week one or two buses full of devotees used to set from Lahore to meet Sultan-ul-Faqr VI. These devotees swore oath of allegiance (al-bayah) at the sacred hand of Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. Also, they had the privilege of gaining the blessing of Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen entitled this movement of preaching as ‘Tehreek Sultan-ul-Faqr’. The success of this movement inspired all the regional organizations in other cities to adopt the same method. Thus, the Islahi Jamat and Tanzeem al-Arifeen all over the country was practically united under Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s leadership.
REPORT OF JULY 2002 ISSUE OF MIRAT-UL-ARIFEEN
Monthly magazine Mirat-ul-Arifeen, regularly published the activities of the Tehreek Sultan-ul-Faqr. We have given the translation of a few of them below;
First Report- Success of the Organization
Before the annual Mawlid of the Holy Prophet (12-13 April 2002), Sultan-ul-Faqr VI reorganized the regional organization of Lahore. He appointed Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman Sarwari Qadri as its patron in chief.
After the Mawlid, disciples decided that the organization would start its work following the pattern set by Sultan-ul-Faqr VI. They all had a new spirit and enthusiasm. For this purpose, they called a meeting, chaired by Najib-ur-Rehman Sarwari Qadri.
Firstly, the meeting started with the recitation of Quran. Then, the general secretary presented the agenda which focused upon working hard with new spirit. The goal was to practically execute the policy of the organization.
Address of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
Later in the meeting, the patron in chief Najib-ur-Rehman Sarwari Qadri addresses the meeting. He highlighted the following points in the meeting.
Our mission is to invite people of the whole world towards Allah. Also, persuade them for having gnosis and closeness of Allah.
2. Our job
Our main job is to follow the pattern set by our spiritual guide. According to that, the office holders of the organization will handle the matters of the organization. Also, their job will be to keep the preachers active. While, the job of preachers is only to invite people towards Allah. They must also persuade the seekers to have gnosis of Allah.
It is important that all the fellow disciples and members should actively and whole heartedly participate in the organizational work. They should arrange the Mawlid ceremonies and invite the preachers in their areas for preaching.
4. Point of Focus
Our success owes to the favour and kindness of our spiritual guide. Therefore, our focus of attention should be to seek kind favour of our spiritual guide. Try your best to persuade new people as well as the old disciples. Especially, the disciples who are not in touch with Murshid. Then, along with them visit the court of our spiritual guide Sultan-ul-Faqr VI once every fifteen days. Certainly, this will arise the passion to work hard for the organization in all the disciples.
All the members and office holders of the organization will donate funds for central and regional needs. For this purpose, the regional head will circulate a letter to them.
6. Spread the ideology of our Organization
Spread the literature published by Maktaba al-Arifeen and the magazine Mirat-ul-Arifeen. Indeed, this represents the ideology of our organization Tanzeem al-Arifeen. Spread awareness among more and more people. So that masses get beneficence from the teachings of Saints and get aware of our mission. Hence, the mission of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI accomplishes as soon as possible.
This meeting inspired a revolutionary spirit among all the disciples. Those who took least interest in the matters of organization got enthusiastic to work for the organization. They observed the passion and hard work of the members and preachers, hence everyone got active. At the least, everyone started introducing the spiritual guide Sultan-ul-Faqr VI and inviting people to have his spiritual beneficence. Indeed, that is the sign of a true disciple. Very soon, a lot of people got ready to have the privilege of meeting the spiritual guide. Also, many disciples presented themselves for organizational duties. Surely, the meeting was successful and the organization progressed speedily. People can easily judge this success from the last one and a half month’s performance. (Page 37-39)
Second Report- Arrangements to Meet Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali was present at the shrine of Pir Bahadur Ali Shah for the Mawlid of Holy Prophet. A convoy of forty people set out on Friday, 24th May, in evening. Najib-ur-Rehman, the regional patron in chief of the Tanzeem al-Arifeen Lahore, himself made arrangements of the convoy. It comprised of an air-conditioned coach and four cars. The convoy arrived at the shrine at 2 a.m. Then, the regional fellows made the best arrangements for the stay of the members of convoy. They took rest at night and met Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali in the morning.
Fifteen companions took oath of allegiance at the hand of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI and gained Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Everyone spent the blessed day of Eid Mawlid-un-Nabi in the company of sacred spiritual guide. Later, the convoy left for Lahore after the Maghrib prayer (sunset salat or namaz) and arrived Lahore safely at midnight. (Page 39)
Third Report- the Grand Mawlid (Milad)
Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman, the regional patron in chief of Lahore office, held a grand Mawlid on Sunday, 2nd June 2002. He made the arrangements at the regional office of International Tanzeem Al-Arifeen at Education Town Lahore.
The Mawlid (Milad) ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran by the reciter named Mohammad Ramazan. Hafiz Mohammad Younas was the stage secretary. Mohammad Shahid Islam, Mohammad Ishfaq and some other fellows presented the eulogies. At last, Haji Mohammad Nawaz delivered a speech on the importance of love of the spiritual guide and his recognition. Afterwards, the management announced the departure of a special bus to meet Sultan-ul-Faqr VI. Instantly, forty fellows requested to reserve seats for that bus. (Page 40)
Fourth Report- Arrangement of another convoy to meet Sultan-ul-Faqr VI
On 8th June 2002, the Saturday night, a convoy consisting of 150 members set off for Uchali Soon Sakesar Valley. This convoy left from Education Town Lahore office of International Tanzeem al-Arifeen, at 11 p.m. The regional office holders of the organization were also along with this group. Once again, the regional patron in chief, Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman led the convoy.
Unexpectedly, the number of passengers had exceeded the number of seats in two air-conditioned buses. Many devotees were ready to travel all the way to Uchali without having the seat. Such was their love and passion to see Sultan-ul-Faqr VI. At last, the convoy reached Uchali, the next morning at 8 a.m.
The regional management had already made arrangements for the breakfast and stay of the convoy members. As soon as the convoy members had finished the breakfast, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI graced his special room. Then, the management took the members to the room to have the honour of meeting him. Thirty-five fellows took oath of allegiance and got the blessing of Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Later, Najib-ur-Rehman presented the problems of some fellows before the spiritual guide for prayer and solution. He also presented fifteen companions for training as preachers. Afterwards, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI ordered to send them to Zamey Wala Kallur Kot for training. Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali praised the performance of Lahore organization. Then he appointed two devotees Mohammad Siddique from Jhelum and Waseem Haider from Uchali to work with the Lahore organization. (Page 41)
Fifth Report- Mawlid Ceremony at Daroghawala
On Sunday, 16th June, Najib-ur-Rehman held a Mawlid ceremony at the regional office of International Tanzeem al-Arifeen in Daroghawala Lahore. The gathering was after the Asr (afternoon) prayer till the Isha (night) prayer. Again, the regional patron in chief Najib-ur-Rehman presided over the ceremony.
Ceremony started with the recitation of Quran, then disciples presented encomiums in the holy court of Prophet Mohammad. Later, they also recited mystic poetry of Sultan Bahoo which enlightened the souls and warmed the hearts. Certainly, the beautiful sound of recitations attracted people from all around. A large crowd gathered and the courtyard of the office filled with people. Some people even stood in the street to hear the encomiums and poetry. At the end, Sahibzada Sultan Mohammad Moazzam Ali delivered an enlightening speech. The people of area highly applauded the ceremony.
Indeed, the success of ceremony was the result of the favour of spiritual guide. Moreover, the zeal and zest of the members of organization in making the event successful was also clearly visible. After the program, the management announced the departure of convoy to Uchali on 22nd June. Right away, fifteen fellows confirmed to join the convoy. (Page 41)
Sixth Report- the last convoy of June 2002
On 22nd June, an air-conditioned coach departed from Lahore to Uchali, at midnight with sixty devotees. At the same time another one departed from Sheikhupura with thirty devotees, to meet Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. Eventually, both convoys joined at Kallar Kahar and continued the journey together. They reached Uchali at seven in the morning. After having the breakfast, the devotees had the honour of meeting Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali who blessed them very kindly. Twenty devotees took oath of allegiance at his sacred hand and got Ism-e-Allah Zaat. At 6 p.m. the convoy set off on the return journey under the supervision of Najib-ur-Rehman, the patron in chief.
Seventh Report- Applaud from People all over the Country
The people all over the country are appreciating the activities of Lahore office of International Tanzeem al-Arifeen. All the regional offices have showed interest to adopt their method of preaching and are contacting to learn it. First of all, the office of Sheikhupura decided to arrange such convoys. They have decided to take a convoy after every fifteen days or once a month following the same pattern. Hopefully, soon the organizational activities will progress in the entire country with new zeal. (Page 41)
REPORT OF AUGUST 2002 ISSUE OF MIRAT-UL-ARIFEEN
As mentioned earlier, the method of preaching adopted by Lahore office under Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s supervision gained popularity in the entire country. It was all due to his extreme hard work and enthusiasm. Consequently, the devotees chosen by other regional offices were gathering at one platform. All the regional offices thus, practically united under his leadership. The August 2002 issue of monthly Mirat-ul-Arifeen magazine verifies that. The report of organizational activities published on page 44 of that magazine is as follows:
1. Applaud to the Lahore Office
The people from all over the country are praising the innovative method adopted by the regional office of Lahore. Certainly, their rules and measures for the progress of International Tanzeem al-Arifeen are admirable. Their devised rules and regulation to keep the workers active and mobile are feasible and worth following. Most importantly, notice their marketing strategy of Maktaba al-Arifeen and magazine Mirat-ul-Arifeen. Their preachers spread in the city and invite everyone to meet Sultan ul Faqr Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali. The way Lahore office has activated the preaching department and the successful results achieved by it are highly encouraging.
Method of Preaching
Normally, the preachers visit the markets and malls and begin with introducing the magazine, books and pamphlets. Then they give awareness about the grandeur of Sultan-ul-Faqr VI and invite people to gain Ism-e-Allah Zaat from him. The ones who respond to the invitation join the convoy, that leaves after every fifteen days to see Sultan-ul-Faqr VI. In this way, every fifteen days, forty to fifty people take oath of allegiance and have the Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Moreover, they distribute thousand to fifteen hundred copies of Mirat-ul-Arifeen magazine in Lahore which represents the Tanzeem al-Arifeen. Surprisingly, just four groups of devotees from regional office of Lahore in Education Town do this great work. And a group consists of only two devotees. Indeed, the regional offices of other areas of the country congratulate Lahore office on this great achievement.
2. Training by the Lahore Office
The method of preaching adopted by the Lahore office has become very popular in the organization all over Pakistan. Now the devotees from other regions have shown interest to come to Lahore for training.