The Fifth Latifah, Akhfa (Spiritual Organ) – Exposition

This is located in the centre of the chest where the sternum (breast bone) meets the stomach; that is, in the centre of the first four Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs). The lights and beneficence on this Latifah(Spiritual Organ) come from our Illustrious Master, Hazrat Muhammad-saws. These descend from the fifth Heaven and are green in colour. Subhan Allah! How much can anyone ever calculate, as all the favours, blessings, knowledge, miracles received by all Prophets, from the first to the last, were received through the Holy Prophet-saws, because he-saws is the Prophet of the Prophets and is their Leader! The scattered pearls of Yousuf’s beauty Isa’s breath and Musa’s(Moses’s) bright hand In a lone necklace are strung together Around You-saws like a lustrous band Therefore the blessings received from the Holy Prophet-saws cover all these excellences. However, every man has a specific natural potential and he progresses more in that line, but he does not remain deprived of the other virtues also. The first and the most valuable point: All Prophets possess the same beliefs. They have the same singular belief in Divine Unity, Messengership, the Books, the Hereafter, the Angels, Accountability, and Heaven and Hell. So, an excellent reformation of the seeker‟s belief most certainly takes place. I spent twenty five years in the company of my Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher); Hazrat Ji-rua not only possessed unbounded knowledge, but he was also a debater of high calibre. Debaters usually have an investigative and critical disposition, but Hazrat Ji-rua never asked anyone who came to him about his tenets, or about his adherence to (religious) deeds or about his environment. He-rua (just) gave his Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs) Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention) and instructed him to be regular. It is my personal observation that thereafter a quest would be born within him and he would embark on self-reformation. He would start fulfilling his religious obligations regularly and would even start offering Tahajjad; and walking out of clubs and dancing halls he would become part of a Masjid‟s congregation. These blessings are of the Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention) and Prophetic lights of the Holy Prophet-saws. The Holy Prophet-saws is the Leader and Messenger for the whole of mankind, for all times, and in all matters. The impression of his blessed footprints can be traced upon all worldly affairs and in every aspect of life, and they not only guide us but also facilitate our lives and guarantee us one hundred percent success. In addition, the success in Akhirah(Hereafter) is granted as the reward for such worldly affairs. Therefore, a person gains great success in whichever department of life he may be associated with, because he acquires the proficiency to do the job well and also does it with full sincerity. One thing more, he is not only granted acumen and wisdom but also due competence and capacity to do the job. Meaning that; This Garden of Life also enhances The fruit basket you may carry For you to pluck and relish Its harvest, forever, endlessly Allah Kareem grants a seeker the proficiency and ability to work, and these people are the most successful in this world and the next. It is impossible to enumerate the blessings of the Holy Prophet-saws and it is also impossible to count the grants of Allah-swt, yet what is so amazing is that the claimants of these blessing have also been seen to go astray. The reason is that the attainment of all beneficence has been linked to sincerity, and this blessing has been left to the decision of one‟s heart. He guides to Himself those who turn to Him. (Ash-Shura: 13)(Chapter of Holy Quran) It means that, Allah Kareem guides the one who seeks with the sincerity of heart. This sincerity is a wealth higher in greatness than a lofty mountain, yet more delicate than fine crystal; if pure, it develops the quest for truth, and Allah Kareem guides the person to those of His slaves where hearts are illuminated through attainment of Prophetic lights, and this Noor(Spiritual Blessings) keeps on increasing. But man is human after all, and his own Nafs(Ego) and Shaitan(devil) are also lying in wait. They had, until now, been working to keep him away from this blessing and to keep him engaged in worldly pleasures, but when man realises, changes his direction and is blessed with this wealth, they also modify their strategy. Now, they try to make him believe, „You have turned very pious and have attained a high status; not only is your Dua(Prayer) accepted, but every word that you utter also stands fulfilled‟. The rest is made up by the fawning public‟s obsequious behaviour. They kiss his hands, bend to touch his knees and at the same time request his prayers, for which they shower him with money. However, this is a very delicate matter and demands the acknowledgement of the Greatness of Allah-swt only, and is based on the belief of self-negation. Now, when man wants to swing from self-negation to self-promotion due to the promptings from Shaitan(devil), Nafs(Ego) and the public, a hairline crack develops in this relationship which is loftier than the mountains yet more delicate than crystal, and then his path sways towards the abyss of ignominy. May Allah Kareem preserve us from this! Ameen! Therefore, its wealth and stock is conviction and sincerity, which according to me are two names of the same feeling. What happens when one receives this wealth? This can only be felt but cannot be verbalised nor inscribed. Anyone with a longing can try it for himself. But one thing can be categorically stated without any fear of contradiction, that the seeker who has all five Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs) illuminated, achieves success in all affairs of this world and the next. This is the greatness of Allah‟s Messenger-saws, the reflection of whose blessings convert base metal into pure gold. Just reflect on the blessed life of the Holy Prophet-saws. Orphaned in early childhood, he-saws remained without parental or apparent material support, then in adolescence the death of his-saws grandfather Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, he-saws then came under the guardianship of his-saws uncle Abu Talib, who was himself in such straitened circumstances that the Holy Prophet-saws herded sheep and gave the income to him. Upon his-saws marriage to Hazrat Khadija-tul Kubra-rau , for sharing his uncle‟s burden, he-saws asked his uncle to give him one of his sons, to bring up. Then, on the proclamation of his-saws Prophethood, equipped solely with Divine Help, he-saws stood firm against the unbelief, polytheism, oppression and tyranny exiting in the whole world; and finally, his-saws Migration. The Quran states, The Messenger‟s duty is only to preach the clear Message.‟ (Al-Noor: 54)(Chapter of Holy Quran) But as the Message began to find acceptance, he-saws gave people further guidance. Finally, when the need arose for a free piece of land and an independent state for the multitude ennobled by Islam, he-saws migrated to Madinah Munawwarah. Leaving behind their homes, friends, relatives, property and wealth, the Migrants sacrificed everything and went to settle in Madinah Munawwarah, and a free and new state was founded. The ten years of the Holy Prophet-saws‟s life in Madinah Munawwarah entailed constant and on-going endeavour, commensurate only with the greatness of the Holy Prophet-saws , for in these ten years, the number of just the Ghazwaat and Sarayah totalled over eighty. Then came all the affairs of the State: formulating and implementing laws and procedures that should occupy the status of the final reference and authority not just for this small state, but for all humans inhabiting the earth until the Day of Qiyamah(Day of judgement). Then the entire Arabian Peninsula being absorbed into the Islamic State and taking head-on the forces of Caesar and Persia, and the implementation of a system of justice and equality against all systems of tyranny and injustice prevalent throughout the world. This effort and endeavour cannot be comprehended by a Peer who lives off his devotees, neither by a politician; for how will he change the present system, when he cannot even adopt an Islamic appearance for the fear of non-Muslims? The Holy Prophet-saws committed this duty into the charge of those self-sacrificing devotees, whom he-saws had personally prepared, and in just a quarter century they not only spread the Message of Truth throughout the world, but also established an Islamic republic that stretched from Spain to West India and China and from Russia to Africa, and was a shining example of the Islamic system of governance. Sall Allah-o Alaihi Wa Sallam! When this Latifah(Spiritual Organ) is illuminated, the seeker no longer depends upon any worldly support; he keeps striving constantly, day and night, for the practical interpretation and implementation of the Deen and assumes a revolutionary personality. Not only does he follow the Deen himself, but also a great multitude receive blessings through him and are inspired to follow the religion practically. Such is the Bounty of Allah, which He bestows on whom He wills. (Al-Jum„ah: 4) The grant of these five Lata‟if(Spiritual Organ) is a great Divine Favour and a blessing beyond expectation. Hazrat Ji-rua used to tell us, „I was called to Laiti village to arbitrate on an issue of Nikah. To get the version of the woman concerned, it was necessary to speak to her in private, so I asked them to send an elderly and pious person with me so I may get to know the facts in his presence. They made Qazi Sahib to sit by me. The matter was discussed and the verdict given. When I departed from there, Qazi Sahib accompanied me to the Bus terminal. On the way he told me, „Hazrat I do Allah Allah (Zikr), Hazrat Sahib of Dandah Shah Bilawal-rua, who is from the progeny of Hazrat Shah Bilawal-rua, started teaching me Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs). He would teach a Latifah(Spiritual Organ) in approximately two years. So I took ten years to complete my five Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs), and al-Hamdo Lillah, all my five Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs) are illuminated and I am continuing my effort on them. The issue is that I reside on my lands outside the village, but whenever I visit the village and view it from the high ground, it appears that the village is inhabited by beasts, snakes and pythons.‟ Hazrat Ji-rua used to say „I understood that this was the „Maraqbah Rooyat-e Ashkal‟ – (the Meditation in which the Rooh(Soul) is seen in its real form) which is taught only formally, but his Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs) were so luminous that occasionally he could get a glimpse of it.‟ A human being keeps sinning to such an extent that the Rooh(Soul) gets disfigured into the form of a beast. If some Iman (faith) is retained, it looks like a Halal animal, but if by continuous sin the Iman is also lost, then it assumes the form of a harmful animal and beast. Usually, it is disfigured into the form of a beast that has similar habits. Outwardly, he remains a human being but his conduct becomes beastly. Hazrat Ji-rua would say, „When I explained the matter to him (and found the student exceptionally diligent), Qazi Sahib said, „My Hazrat has passed away and he used to tell me that there were seven Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs). If only there was a Man of Allah who could teach me the seven Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs).‟ Hazrat Ji-rua replied, „Qazi Sahib, what if I become that man for you?‟ Hazrat Ji-rua was highly famed as a religious scholar, a legist and a debater. Whither a debater and whence Tasawwuf! So Qazi Sahib was greatly surprised, but he immediately caught hold of his mantle. The (spiritual) stations of Qazi Sahib‟s Shaikh were at Salik-ul Majzoobi, beyond Fana Baqa, which are very high stations, but through the Spring of Beneficence that Qazi Ji-rua became associated with, by Allah-swt‟s Grace, (he attained to) Fana Baqa, Salik-ul Majzoobi, the „Arsh, the nine „Arsh and beyond, covering many Circles of „Aalam-e Amr, he had reached very high stations at the time of his passing away, which are attained by a counted few in centuries. The students of today shouldn‟t think that although all their Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs) have been illumined in just one sitting, they are not similarly blessed (as Qazi Sahib-rua). It is stated that these states depend on effort; firstly Halal food, secondly speaking the truth, thirdly constant Zikr(Remembrance of Divine Being). Let someone try and he will see for himself. We do not spare even 24 minutes for Zikr out of (our) 24 hours, what Kaifiyaat (spiritual states) can we achieve? Yes, it is a matter of thanks that at least our Belief remains sound and our Faith remains solid. However, effort must be made for it, because the time we are expending only to gain the world, is also the time to gain the Hereafter. May Allah Kareem make it easy for us! Ameen! The miracles of the Holy Prophet-saws cannot be enumerated nor can be his-saws blessings! But the point that I would like to emphasise is that there is only one sentiment likeable and laudable with Allah Kareem and that is love. Ordinarily, love is a very common word and is much overused, but in reality this emotion is very scarce. People give the name „love‟ to the relationships they forge for their personal interest, for example, parents love their children but if the children fail to provide for their parents then this „love‟ vanishes. Now, if this be the state of love between parents and their children then it is useless to discuss other forms of love. Yes, if there exists really some spark of love, then the lover thinks not of himself but only of his beloved, and ever remains desirous of the beloved‟s pleasure under all conditions. „The lover becomes the slave of the beloved‟, and sacrifices his hopes and desires at the altar of his beloved‟s approval. Although Faith and submission are sufficient for attaining salvation, but for attaining Divine Nearness love is the necessary requirement; and again, submission is the only way leading to it. If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you. (Aal-e Imran: 31). This statement from the Quran is enough to assert that sincere obedience to the Holy Prophet-saws develops the love for Allah-swt . Love is a feeling, and feelings are born by seeing, hearing and knowing. But Allah-swt is beyond the horizon of a man‟s knowledge, so when human knowledge (perception) cannot reach (encompass) Him, how can He-swt be loved? The answer was supplied by the Holy Prophet-saws, he stated: „Follow me, then Allah-swt will start loving you, and in answer to His love, your heart too will brim over with love for Him, and this is the objective. ‟ Those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. (Al Baqarah: 165)(Chapter of Holy Quran). That is, a believer loves Allah-swt with boundless intensity‟. This is one way. The other way is a heart-felt love for the Holy Prophet-saws, which is born through an association or a relationship. A relationship with the Holy Prophet-saws, based purely on sincerity of heart, not tainted by any personal desire, arouses a storm of love. Man is human after all and possesses a heart; but a pillar of Masjid-e Nabvi, against which the Holy Prophet-saws used to lean during his Khutbah (address, sermon): its relationship with the Holy Prophet-saws was confined solely to being in contact with the blessed body, yet that contact filled the piece of wood with such intense love that when a pulpit was constructed for the Holy Prophet-saws and he-saws sat over it (for delivering his Khutbah), the pillar could not bear the separation of only a few feet and started crying loudly. Oh, the wailing of Hananah On separation from the Messenger-saws A dry wooden pillar‟s sobbing grief Like the lamentation of perceptive men The wooden pillar, called Hananah, on separation from the Holy Prophet-saws, wept loudly as if it were alive! The Holy Prophet-saws went up to it and comforted it, caressing it with his hand to console it. The Sahabah Karaam-rau (the Companions) state that the pillar did not quieten down instantly, but rather like a crying child, kept up with sobs and sighs before finally quietening down. It was only a piece of dried wood and ever remained as wood, but became overwhelmed by the emotion of love. Whereas man is an accountable creature and possesses the capacity of emotion, if he were to become truly associated with this Holy Mantle, how intense would his love be? The seeker gets a share of all these blessings on the Fifth Latifah(Spiritual Organ), the only condition is that the Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) should be accomplished who can give Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention), and the seeker accepts the Tawajjuh(SPiritual attention) with a pure and sincere heart. He then becomes a symbol of unshakeable belief, continuous endeavour, and love that can conquer the world. And this is a great favour of Allah-swt .

Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan (RH)

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