Spiritual Path

I seek refuge with Allah, from Shaitan the Outcast. With the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise is for Allah-swt, the Creator of the Universe and the Source of all knowledge. He-swt, Who has concealed so many mysteries in every particle that no creature can claim to know everything, this (claim) suits His Majesty alone. Creation can know only as much as He-swt grants to whomsoever He-swt wills. Man is the masterpiece of His creation. Every straw, leaf and particle houses countless secrets within itself and each secret is a witness to Allah-swt Greatness. The more the revelation of such mysteries to a person, the more he acknowledges the greatness of Allah-swt, provided his human nature has not been corrupted. However, if his nature has been contaminated, every medicine will produce the opposite effect and the revelation of each mystery will mislead him and inflate his ego. May Allah Kareem grant protection from this malady! By Allah-swt Grace, I wish to put across some basic points. Possibly these may serve as a guide for a true seeker and help in the attainment of Salvation. I have no capability except that granted by Allah-swt . Tasawwuf(Sufism) and Sulook(Spiritual Path) is a subject that is as important as it is unique. It deals with the feelings of faith and belief and the inspirations on the Qalb(Heart). Many scholars have written that these people (the Soofis) wore woollen clothing (soof) and thus came to be known as Sufis. However, my opinion is different. In my view, Tasawwuf(Sufism) is the Persian translation of the Quranic word ‘Tazkiyah’(Purification), which means cleansing of the heart, it is included within Prophetic blessings and, in reality, something one cannot do without. I don’t want to write anything as its proof, since beginning with the Companions and the Khair ul Quroon, countless scholars have written about Tazkiyah(Spiritual Purification) and have proved it as the essence and the most important part of the Deen. If someone isn’t convinced by their writings, then what is my position and what difference will my writing make to him? The present day situation is reflected in the letter of a friend from India. He wrote that he visited Dar ul Uloom Deoband but did not find anyone there who knew about Zikr-e Qalbi(Remembrance by heart); I was shaken when I read this letter. The scholars, who laid the foundations of this institution, were all, till the very recent times, Sufis. However, their successors have shelved their works that not only contained the evidence of Sulook(Spiritual Path), but also contained substantial material on different methods of Zikr(Remembrance) and on guidance for seekers. From Hadhrat Nanotvi to Maulana Thanvi, which scholar was not a Zakir and a teacher of Zikr(Remembrance), and who did not write about the various forms and methods of Zikr? Our Shaikh ul Mukarram-rua himself made a valuable and worthy contribution to this resource in the form of Dalael us-Sulook. I wish to mention just a few of the books that are available in the library of Dar ul Irfan (as the whole list would be very lengthy). In addition to this, every Mufassir and Muhaddith has written about it in his works on Tafsir or Hadith. The few words that I wish to pen down here deal only with the feelings of the Lata‘if(Spiritual Organs) and the Maraqbaat (meditations), their effect on practical life and the ways to find or determine the reality of the Lata‘if(Spiritual Organs) and the Maraqbaat(Meditation). It is a very delicate subject and has probably never been addressed in this manner before. Every age has its own requirements and probably this hasn’t been a requirement of the previous times. When we learnt Sulook(Spiritual Path), we would not dare to even speak to Shaikh ul Mukarram-rua. Rather, at times, when two of us realized a spiritual feeling differently (although the difference was only in its detail and interpretation, not in its essence), we kept to our individual version for the rest of our lives, but wouldn’t dare to ask the Shaikh-rua(Spiritual Teacher). Today, the time and its people have changed. They want to know the logic and the reason behind everything and ask for its interpretation and explanation. This change occurred in front of us and we have to put up with it. Therefore, with Allah’s Grace, this Faqeer (humble soul) is trying to write, to an extent, about those feelings. The purpose is not to convince those who deny, but that the travellers of this Path may be guided and enabled to understand the feelings of their Qalb(Heart) and their effects. A list of books is attached for those who want proof; they can benefit. Those are only a few tittles of the books in the Dar ul Irfan library; indeed, there should be many more treatises on the subject. Along with the above, is a topic that requires much attention and that is about Kashf and Mushahidah (spiritual visions and observations). These (spiritual visions and observations) are not integral or necessary elements (of Tasawwuf), but belong to the category of rewards bestowed by Allah-swt. It someone is blessed with Kashf, he should consider it a Divine blessing and not an indication that his Zikr(Remembrance) is being accepted. Indeed, it is the feelings and effects noticed in one’s practical life that are the criteria for acceptance, since the results of an effort that is accepted, which in turn depends upon one’s sincerity of intention and purity of faith, most certainly become visible in one’s conduct; and this is a special Divine Favour. Some friends remain under the misunderstanding that as they have not been blessed with Mushahidah(Spiritual Vision), their Lata‘if(Spiritual Organs) are not illuminated; this is not the right impression. What is essential is that the effect of the Lata‘if(Spiritual Organs) and the Maraqbaat(Meditation) is reflected in one’s character.

Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan

51 thoughts on “Spiritual Path

  1. Thank you for this article. I have always connected Sufism with the heart….centering in the heart. I know that is simplistic, but that is how and where I always connected to Sufism.

    Thanks for following my blog and introducing me to yours!

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    1. Thank you Faqeer! Is this the right word?
      My heart was burning as I read your words. In a good way.
      Maybe that was my feelings of the Lata‘if(Spiritual Organs)?

      I too seek refuge with
      and
      the blessing of
      Allah. 🌷

      “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”
      John 10:14‭-‬18 MSG
      https://bible.com/bible/97/jhn.10.14-18.MSG

      Your post made me think of this passage of Jesus’ words, my friend.

      I pray that we all find Truth in our Qalb. 🌷

      –A fellow seeker
      PS I did not know that about how the sufis got their name. Maybe it was both from the wool clothes and the purity of heart? Like a pun but by God? I mean no disrespect, only delight. I’ve seen other word plays like that in the Bible.

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  2. I’m not religious but I find this content wonderful. I appreciate words through knowledge and experience. I’ve spoken with other religious people but many people are blind to see god’s true nature and I found this post refreshing. May Allah bless you : )

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  3. Those that want to hear will hear, and those with eyes to see will see.
    I feel I too am even a victim of looking for the meanings of spiritual dreams or encounters, this curiosity seems to run deep. And indeed also its that individual experience that often becomes our foundation for truth, not necessarily common fact or logic.

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  4. We don’t share the same spiritual paths, but I appreciate this post. I hope and pray that your spiritual journey leads you to greater peace and comfort. Hence the name of your blog. 🙂 I love the photos. They’re incredible.

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  5. Thank you for your like on my post “sheep or goats.” I know we do not share the same belief, but that’s all right. I really like what I saw in your blog as well. God, (Allah for you), is big and loving. He knows who we worship and seek to follow. To the degree that we are choosing to keep goodness, love, moral responsibility, hope, and faith in our culture, we are working towards the same goal against Liberalism. Peace be to you.

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  7. The picture on your post is beautiful. Although we do not share the same spiritual belief systems, I do believe that we are ALL here because we are meant to be here. If we were not, we would not be here. We are all sacred because this earth and all that is in it and in the universe is sacred. God (whatever we each call our Gods) says that we were made in his image (or perhaps hers) and so I think that we all have a place here, and perhaps our task here on earth is to learn to get along with each other and to respect each other’s faiths or spiritual beliefs and to learn to live in harmony with the earth’s natural rhythms. Life here on earth is always too short, and so we must use it well and for the benefit of those who may not believe the same as we do. I often ask myself if God creates us or do we create our Gods. Whichever way it is, we are all alike in being blessed to be here. Thank you for sharing your beliefs. I do respect that and always will.

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    1. Thank you for your beautiful words!
      Definitely we are human beings with various spiritual paths and all of us must genuinely accept each others paths and collectively work to support each other and help each other in building and beautifying our precious planet. So that everyone can grow and enjoy this experience called life.

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      1. I agree that respecting one another and our spiritual paths is key to building unity in the world. Thank you for sharing your beliefs and providing a space for others to share their beliefs.
        Thank you, too, for following my blog (On a Journey). It is a pleasure to share my spiritual journey with you and to learn more of yours..

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  8. First, thank you for reading and liking my blog. I learned much from yours which so thoughtful. It seems that all religions emphasize the power of loving one another. We, meaning mankind, have created the state of our world by not following this message so let’s hope that many more people will see this and come towards the light no matter what religious doctrine they follow. As the saying goes in the days of COVID-19, we are all in this together.

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  9. Thanks for following my blog. All the explanations of spiritual knowledge as given by the Prophet is illustrated very beautifully by you. It truly gives peace to the heart.

    Regards

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  10. Thanks for introducing your blog to me. As a new-bee in wordpress I was keen to know if I have similar bloggers here so I can connect with them.
    I find this blog of yours ,eye opening.
    I live in Pakistan and here suffism is interpreted totally opposite of its essence.
    Finally Got to know that suffism & spirituality comes from zikar and illuminates your character. JazakAllah Khayrn Kaseera.

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  11. Nice post and topics covered in general I am so into spirituality and inner peace, I am a believer too so learning about something different (that I know a little bit about already;) ) is very interesting!

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  12. Beautiful article. Thank you so much for blessing us with the deep wisdom of Sufi tradition! Such true words! Acceptance of Zikr is evident in the transformation of one’s character! May all our conducts reflect the blessed divine light and shine with pure love!
    Could you kindly let me know more about Spiritual Organs, Faqeer?

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  13. Thank you for the like.

    “Once I looked into the mirror, searching for my Creator; there I beheld His reflection – me. …..”
    He is in me even as I am in Him. John 17:21

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