Then is the third Circle, which is bigger and brighter than the first two and makes the Salik(Seeker) experience the pangs of inner love, the way this Faqeer had mentioned in a couplet: Your-saaws obedience sure induces, The joy, pleasure of life, Faqeer, The pangs of inner pain, but strike, Chords of ecstasy, intense, unique Its Tasbeeh is also the same, as the Rooh(Soul) of the Salik(Seeker) recites this Tasbeeh, it is overwhelmed by Allah’s love and views the whole world from that perspective. In actual fact, these matters are not for writing, reading or talking about, but are for practically doing, because feelings can only be realized and perceived once they actually descend. This realization is also proportional to one’s capacity, because there is definitely a difference in the feelings of every seeker about every meditation.
The seeker sees a Second circle surrounding his forehead, which is bigger and brighter than the First circle. The seeker should once say: „Asal, Asal Da‟irah Asmae Sifaat mein say oopar Nafs meiray kay‟, and then keep repeating: Yuhibbo hum wa Yuhibboona-hoo within his heart and also with his Rooh(Soul). A Hadees Sharif states that the entire universe in all its vastness, when compared to the vastness of Arsh(Divine Throne), is like a finger ring lying in an endless expanse of a desert. Therefore, if the vastness of these Circles is considered by this scale, one is left astonished. Moreover, they have their own specific colours, lights and glow. Each ray, fleck of light and colour drips with love and saturating the Rooh(Soul) it enters deep into the Qalb(Heart) of the seeker, making him devoutly obedient to Allah-swt and the Holy Prophet-saws . I have mentioned earlier, that people suffer from a misconception that the Sufis are unproductive people. Yes, pseudo Sufis may certainly be an unproductive lot, but those blessed with real Tasawwuf(Sufism) and Sulook(Spiritual Path) work much more than a non-Sufi. In practical life, no non-Sufi can match them; because they not only work much more, they also strive to base all their actions on the Sunnah. For this reason, Hazrat Ji-rua used to say that every Sufi is an Alim, if he is not himself an Alim then he attaches himself to an Alim, or he is granted Ilm-e Ladunni from Allah-swt (Knowledge from His Presence), because knowledge is essentially required for practice; how can he practice (religion), unless he has the knowledge. Hence, these people are knowledgeable about the Deen, its devotees, and practicing men of admirable character. If Allah-swt grants the company of such people, then it is one of His very great Favours. Only then does one realize the worth of such people. My personal experience is that these people can converse about every subject in the world, I don‟t know how they have the knowledge of these things; and their opinion, in all matters, is the most sound. Their talk does not stop at invitation and reformation, but they are seen to be foremost in their practice as well. Although these Circles are only the initial and founding stations of Sulook(Spiritual Path), but it is always the foundation that guarantees the strength of building, and it is again the foundation that determines the height of the building. The Lights of these Circles bestow such feelings, that a fistful of clay (i.e. Man) is filled with Allah‟s Love. Subhan Allah-e wa bi-Hamdi-hee, Subhan Allah il Azeem!
When the Salik(Seeker) sees his Rooh(Soul) here, he sees a circle of light, bright like the sun, is around his forehead. Its Tasbeeh is Yuhibbo hum wa Yuhibboona-hoo Allah loves them and they love Allah. In time, a person values something or loves someone because of its beauty or excellence. However, Allah-swt is Absolute, He-swt can neither be seen nor imagined. So, how can love, which is a natural feeling and blossoms in the heart, develop for Him-swt? Allah Kareem loves them because He sees all of them and knows all things at all times. However, love is a feeling that demands its response, and that too, is love. Let alone human beings, if you love even an animal, it also responds with love and starts growing up and flourishing… and what can compare with Allah’s Love! When it rains, it softens the soil of the Qalb(Heart), which starts blossoming the flowers of love and yielding the pearls of love for Allah. The practical effect of these Circles is that a Salik(Seeker) doesn’t consider the obedience to Allah-swt or the adherence to the Holy Prophet-saaws as a mere routine Fardh or Sunnah, but starts to love them and adheres to them with his utmost sincerity, in a passionate manner.
The seeker sees himself standing at Aqrabiyyat(Station of Spiritual Path) and a circle of amazing colours surrounds his forehead. It is an enormous circle; its centre is the forehead but also showers its rays on the Rooh, which engulf it in immense pleasure. The seeker recites once: „Asal Da‟irah Asma-e Sifaat mein say oopar Nafs meiray kay‟, and then keeps reciting „Yuhibbo hum wa Yuhibboona-hoo‟, both in his heart and also with his Rooh(Soul). The more time and effort he expends on this, the stronger the Maraqbah(Meditation) will become.
The Dawa‟ir-e Salasah(Circles of Love) follow after the Maraqbaat-e Salasah(The Three Meditations), and are called the Dawa‟ir-e Muhabbat(Cricles of Love). The Tasbeeh is: Yuhibbo hum wa Yuhibboona-hoo (Al Ma‟idah: 54), that is Allah loves them and they love Allah. Love is an exceptional emotion in which one longs to sacrifice everything for the beloved. Love is not taking or demanding anything, rather it is the longing to shower all one has on the beloved. If the element of give and take enters a relationship, then it will not be love, but it would be apt to term it as business. Love means to give and offer everything. Like a poet has said: „The lover becomes a bonded slave of the beloved.‟ And, if that love is for Allah-swt and His Messenger-saws! The love for the Prophet-saws is the prelude to the love for Allah-swt . The love of Allah-swt is the greatest of all treasures, while the most precious wealth and asset granted to man is his limited free will or freedom of choice, and the love for Allah demands that man sacrifices this most valued possession for it. Man‟s personal likes and dislikes should submit totally to Divine Will. His practical conduct aside, even his thoughts, desires, wishes and wants should mould themselves according to Allah‟s Will. Hazrat Ji-rua used to say that, one should become as pliant before Shari„ah, as a corpse in the hands of a Ghusaal : it moves only when he moves it. Here, a question arises. Man can love the things or persons that are within the orbit of his knowledge, he can only love when he can see or know. But Allah the Creator, is beyond the bounds of knowledge of Creation, so how can man fall in love with Him? The answer is supplied in the Holy Quran: If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you. (Aal-i-„Imran: 31) That is, if you are a seeker of Allah‟s Love, then follow me (the Holy Prophet-saws), Allah-swt will start loving you. Once Allah-swt starts loving you, it will certainly sow, in response, the seeds of His love in your hearts; rather, the resulting situation will become as: Those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. (Al Baqarah: 165) That is, those who have attained Faith love Allah-swt the most, in the whole universe. Meaning that those who immerse themselves in the Love of Allah-swt, nothing remains of themselves, they remain completely immersed in His Love, under all conditions and at all times. Love follows a strange principle; even human love is not without impact. If you love someone it will produce (your) love in his heart, and if you dislike someone, then despite an apparent show of affection, he too will hate you from within. Some people think, „I love this person, but he doesn‟t love me back‟. In fact, these people don‟t have any love at all, only interests that they term as „love‟, and naturally such interests will only beget interests from the other side; meaning that a person who has some interest with you will display his love. This is a trade of self-interests and it is not right to term this as love. Love is an emotion that is always pure and selfless, and as already stated it is very potent and effective and always elicits a response. If human love is so potent, how strong would be the effect of Allah-swt‟s Love! For this reason it is stated that Allah-swt loves them and they start loving Allah-swt. How great would be the people who are loved by Allah-swt, and how pure would be the emotion with which they love Allah-swt! A poet has aptly put it: Advisor, to you about love, I say: If you wish to feel it, fall in love, The tempest‟s force you can never know, From safety of the shore above, It is an exotic intoxication: Alienating the heart to both the worlds The lasting bliss of Cognition Divine; Filling the heart with brimming joy With delight enduring and sublime Allah Allah! This excellence needs to be experienced practically, not just talked about verbally. Yes, if Allah-swt grants even an iota of it, then the purpose is achieved!
This is the Third Maraqbah(Meditation); collectively, the three are known as the Maraqbaat-e Salasah (The Three Meditations), i.e. the first three Maraqbaat. This Maraqbah(Meditation) is done under the Ayah(Verse of Holy Quran): Nahno Aqrabo elaih-e min Hablil Wareed. (Qaf: 16) It means that: „We are closer to man than his jugular vein‟. It is obvious that the Creator who creates and eliminates each cell and grants life and death, is definitely nearer to man than his jugular vein, as the vein and the blood flowing through it are themselves composed of the same very cells. The Omnipotent, Who creates the cells and then forms them into blood, flesh and bones is definitely the Nearest of all, and He-swt is creating each cell and eliminating each cell. The Lights of this station are bright red; the gates and walls are red. Yes, the construction of verandas and arches is slightly different than that of Ahadiyyat and Maiyyat(Stations on spiritual path). The seeker finds himself in front of a magnificent gate through which red light is being emitted, and it is exactly similar to what has already been mentioned. If he goes in, he will find that the corridor to the right takes him to a grand stadium where countless Arwah(Souls) are honourably seated. These are those pious souls who passed away while they were at this station and they have access here while abiding in Barzakh. It must be kept in mind that only that Rooh(Soul) receives the power of flight in Barzakh, which receives Prophetic blessings in the world and attains to spiritual stations; and is granted only as much power as it had attained during its worldly life. Otherwise all other pious and noble people, scholars and ascetics who have attained salvation or have gained any high status in Barzakh, have a specific place apportioned to them (in Barzakh), which is connected to the grave. Their Rooh(Soul) can remain there; but apart from this it has no power to fly. The importance of Prophetic blessings can be realized from this, and also the greatness of the personalities known as Masha‟ikh(Friends of Divine Being) who acquire the Prophetic Lights and become the custodians of this treasure through a lifetime of endeavour, and then for Divine Pleasure, distribute them among others. The great Masha‟ikh used to tell only a very few people about this treasure, although a large number of people visited them and were reformed, taught oral Zikr(remembrance) and given Wazaif (plural of Wazifah) to recite; but only a select few were taught Zikr-e Qalbi(Remembrance of heart). The value of this treasure can also be ascertained by the fact that, they did not consider all and sundry competent enough to receive it. In our times, Maulana Ahmad Ali Lahori-rua was a very great personality. According to my knowledge, he passed away in the higher stations of the „Arsh(Divine Throne) and he was the Qutb-e Irshad of his time. There are four or, at times, three Qutb; so he was one of the four or five most eminent personalities in the world, but after his death not a single person was found to be doing (Zikr on) the Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs). I have read his statement in their monthly journal, „Khuddam ud Deen‟. He wrote: „I gained this treasure after investing 45 years of my life. If someone spends four years with me, I will conduct him to Fana Fir Rasool-saws, take him spiritually to the Court of the Holy Prophet-saws , but on the condition that he should leave his family with four years‟ worth of provisions and bring four years‟ of his personal expenses with him.‟ Sometimes I reflect that the poor do not have the capacity for this, and when have the rich been the seekers of this treasure? Yes, Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Sani-rua delivered this blessing to many Ulama but he had to suffer a lot of distress as well. Some of his unfortunate students went astray and, instead of repenting, even passed verdicts of Kufr against him – although, in the era of the Holy Prophet-saws these spiritual blessings were not only distributed, they were rained upon! Every man, woman, old, young, scholar or unlettered, rich or poor, who looked at the Holy Prophet-saws with Iman (Faith) or the Holy Prophet-saws‟s blessed glance fell on him, was elevated to the illustrious office of Companionship. Even if all the Wilayah(Friendship of Divine Being) of the world were to be collated, it would not attain to the status of even the dust of the footprints of the Companions. This Sunnah remained intact during the era of the Sahabah (Companions) and anyone who gained their company became a Tabi„i, and those who gained the company of the Taba‟een were called Tab„a Taba‟een. These three blessed periods are called „Khair ul-Quroon‟, meaning the best period of all times. Thereafter, this blessing was lifted from this world. It was only granted to those personalities who after making great effort and receiving Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention), acquired the Lights from their predecessors and after illuminating their Lata’if(Spiritual Organs), received the blessings of the Maraqbaat(Meditations); and thus the Salasil(Spiritual Orders) of Tasawwuf(Sufism) came into being. The names of some very great men of Allah Kareem are included in these Salasil(Spiritual Orders), all of whom were able to attain to Wilayah(Friendship of Divine Being), which is a very great honour. During the earlier times, most of the Ulama(scholars) also acquired it, and all of them whether they were scholars of Tafseer (Commentary), or Hadith or Fiqh (Law) were Sufis. Later, this blessing began to decrease. Basically, these days, very few fortunate ones acquire (proper) knowledge, the majority claim themselves to be Maulvis (religious scholars) on the basis of memorising only a few speeches, and then instead of making the effort to acquire this wealth, they become intent on denying it altogether. May Allah-swt protect us from this! Shah Abdul Aziz Dehlvi-rua has written that once he had to go to the court of the King of the Jinns about some matter. He explained the issue, and an elderly Jinn was also present there who was so old that he could not lift up his drooping eyelids. He lifted his eyelids with his fingers and looked at me and said, „Today, while listening to you I remembered that I was present when this issue was explained by the Holy Prophet-saws‟. Shah Sahib goes on to claim, „I am a Tabi„i as I have seen a Sahabi (Companion) Jinn‟. Two years ago, in connection with an issue related to Jinns, I found a very elderly Jinn, from the period of the Holy Prophet-saws , living in a habitation of Jinns in the mountainous regions of Kashmir. He was so old that he could hardly move and was resting on a stretcher or bed, and he was a Sahabi (Companion). I requested him to visit Dar ul Irfan. About six months later, he accepted my second request, and one evening his servants brought him to Dar ul Irfan on a stretcher. I, with his permission, got a dish of egg halva prepared for him. He drank two sips of tea from my cup and ate about six or seven spoons of halva; then after staying for a while, he left. I mixed the remaining halva from his plate with more halva and offered it to the many Ahbab. Now many months have passed since he died. There was another Sahabi Jinn, who I only heard about, but could not meet, and he too has left for his last abode. In my view there are no more Muslim Jinns from that era, still alive. Now, according to this principle, I am also a Tabii, but remember that assimilation of the Qalbi(Spiritual/Heartfelt) feelings through company of the Holy Prophet-saws is a human attribute alone. The Jinns do not have such capacity, and since they cannot attain them, the question of distributing to others does not arise. However, in any case there is certainly a „connection‟ or relationship, which is granted to the slaves of Allah-swt . So, all these are the ways of attaining the blessings. In this Maraqbah(Meditation), an amazing feeling of Divine Nearness is experienced. Feelings cannot be penned, they can only be felt; no words have been designed to describe them. How aptly it has been said by someone: I know full well that numbers and weights To measure pain are never sought Seemab, tis only on a whim that we too Are carrying the load without a thought So these can only be felt and their effects are cast on one‟s practical life. After the „Best of Times‟ the Sunnah of freely distributing Qalbi(Spiritual/heartfelt) feelings had been abandoned, but after 1400 years, Hazrat al „Allaam Allah Yar Khan-rua was granted the distinction to revive this Sunnah once again. Whosoever came into his presence was blessed with Zikr-e Khaffi Qalbi(remembrance of heart), and people from all walks of life profited from it. Men, women, young, old, scholar, illiterate, everyone left his assembly with their breasts illuminated. In our villages, usually some poor man of the village is employed for supplying water and for cleaning the Masjid(Mosque), and it is often seen that these people themselves do not offer Salah(Prayer), but even the server of Hazrat Ji-rua‟s Masjid had attained to Fana Fir Rasool-saws! Such attainment, which requires years of hard effort, was also seen to have been achieved there within days! Although I took years for my Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs), but it was also observed that a person came, stayed for a week or so in attendance, and left attaining Lata‟if(Spiritual Organs), Maraqbaat(Meditations), Fana Baqa, and even the station of Salik-ul Majzoobi. Subhan Allah-e wa bi-Hamdi-hee. Subhan Allah il Azeem. Zikr-e Qalbi(remembrance of heart) bestows inner feelings, which influence one‟s practical life. All the body parts function under the direction of the brain, but the brain itself is controlled by the heart. If the heart is dark and murky, the brain thinks evil, commands evil and the body parts indulge in evil. But, if the heart is illuminated and has been blessed a connection with Allah-swt, then it commands righteousness; the brain thinks of virtue and the body parts perform noble deeds. However, it is correct that every person has a different capacity and is affected accordingly – and the greater the effect the more positive the change. Yes, it is certain that, by the Grace of Allah-swt , every Zakir(one who remembers the Divine Being) undergoes a positive change which keeps progressing and its positive effects are reflected in his character. It is also a fundamental fact that complete submission is just not possible unless there is firm belief in Allah-swt and in His Attributes. The only way is the faith in the Messengership, and complete obedience and adherence to the Holy Prophet-saws . These feelings and blessings establish a special relationship with the Holy Prophet-saws, which is otherwise not possible (to establish), and therefore they occupy the position of a life-force for Faith and conviction. But, only those, blessed by Divine Grace can discern this. The three Maraqbaat(Meditations), Ahadiyyat, M„aiyyat and Aqrabiyyat, are called the Maraqbaat-e Salasah(The three Meditations). It is the beginning of the stations of Sulook(Sufi path of Love), and can be attained only if granted by Allah Kareem. The purpose of life is to develop the strength of Faith of a level that accords obedience and the drive to do good deeds. These Maraqbaat(Meditations) are the strongest means of achieving this. In reality, every blessing is contingent upon action and endeavour, while most people tend to talk more and act less. They find it easy to deny the blessings they cannot attain and not stopping there, they resort to criticizing the Men of Allah and causing them harm, which is a vile act. In principle, if you have not set foot in a domain, know nothing about it, and have never bothered to find out about it, then who has given you the right to pass a verdict about it or criticize it? In my humble opinion that is the height of ignorance. May Allah Kareem preserve us from this!
Above M‘aiyyat(station on spiritual path), is another station that has bright red lights. Its gates and walls, floor and ceiling and the whole environment is red. This building also has arches but there is a subtle difference between the arches of M‘aiyyat(station on spiritual path) and Aqrabiyyat(station on spiritual path). Here, the realization of Divine Nearness overwhelms the Rooh(Soul). Its Tasbeeh(Recitation) is: Nahno Aqrabo elaih-e min Hablil Wareed Allah is Nearer to you than your jugular vein. The jugular vein is itself a part of the body. The Hand of Nature, that arranges 2.5 trillion cells into a body, out of which the jugular vein is also made, must be much Nearer, since It is creating and arranging each cell of the body. Here the Rooh(Soul) experiences a strong feeling of Divine Nearness and comprehends the realities of life. These three meditations are a single lesson and are known as Maraqbaat-e Thalatha(Three Meditations). Hadhrat Ji-rua(Allah Yar Khan rh) used to say, ‘It is gross ignorance to demand any more Karamah(marvel) from a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher), who has conducted (a seeker) to only Maraqbah-e Ahadiyyat.’ May Allah Kareem grant this blessing! All these are all precious pearls that are picked up from the dust on the Holy Prophet’s-saaws blessed feet.
This is the second Maraqbah (station of spiritual path) which is in accordance with the following blessed Ayah(Verse of Holy Quran): Wa Hova M‟akum ainama Kuntum. (Al Hadeed: 4) That: Wherever and in whatever condition you are, Allah-swt is with you. When the Maraqbah Ahadiyyat(Station of spiritual path) becomes strong and established, the seeker is advanced further, and saying „Allah Hoo‟, the Rooh(Soul) rises and reaches the Station of Maiyyat. This station is similar to Ahadiyyat only that there is a slight variation in its columns and design. The colour of the Lights here is green, and the entire building is also green coloured. It is in fact structured by Lights and is not a conventional building of bricks and cement. It is the lights that assume various forms. The whole layout is the same, similar corridors, open space, the apartment of the Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) of the Time, a multitude of fortunate Arwah(Souls), the majority being elderly, who spent their lives attaining this station and found their abode here at their death. The connection of the Rooh(Soul) with the grave or the place of burial notwithstanding, they usually reside here. I have already stated about Taddad-e Amsaal. For better understanding, it can be compared to the innumerable rays of the sun that spread over the four corners of the globe, yet each ray is connected to the sun and vice versa. Nature accomplishes many tasks through each ray or sunbeam, which affects living beings, plant-life and minerals in its own specific way, but the strange fact is that neither the sun nor the rays are aware of the tasks that are being accomplished through them. Similarly, the Arwah(Souls) of the Aulia(Friends of Divine Being) transform into T„addad-e Amsaal‟ (several forms), but each form is related to its original and is one of its rays, through which the beneficence and blessings are carried. The Aulia(Friends of Divine Being) may or may not be aware of this and it is not necessary that they should, unless of course, Allah Kareem Himself discloses something. Here, another point should also be understood. Some modern scholars refute the Reward and Retribution in the Grave by stating that the retribution (recompense) is meted to a Jism-e Misali (a replicate body), not in the grave but in Sijjeen or somewhere else. This is incorrect. A replicate body simply does not exist. Hazrat Ji-rua(Allah Yar Khan rh) used to refute this (concept) sternly, saying, „Subhan Allah, what a (preposterous) thing to state! A replicate body never came to the world, neither was it obliged (ordered) to follow the Shari„ah, nor did it commit any virtue or vice, and they designate it as the recipient of reward and retribution! This is absolutely wrong. Yes, the „replications‟ of the Rooh(Soul) however, are its rays or beams; hence the observation of Rooh(Soul) in more than one place at the same time is called Tadad-e Amsaal, and this blessing is received by the seeker in the highest Circles of the Realm of Command, but not by everyone; only those who Allah-swt wills, can see the Rooh(Soul) at multiple places, simultaneously. In any case, the seeker sees the Rooh(Soul) standing at the grand gate of a majestic structure, which radiates beams of green lights from its walls, and also through the gate. The Tasbeeh(Recitation) here is: Allah-o Haziree, Allah-o Naziree, Allah-o M„aee. Wa Hova M„akum ainama Kuntum (Al Hadeed: 4). He reads the complete Tasbeeh once and thereafter keeps repeating only the Ayah. The intensity of feelings increases on each repetition. The Rooh(Soul) must keep repeating it, for which the seeker needs to remain attentive. It is desirable that the body (tongue) also keeps reciting it. The effect this Maraqbah(Meditation) casts on one‟s life, conduct and character, is the sought after goal of human life. It reinforces the realization that my Allah-swt , the One I worship, my Master, my Cherisher is always with me, and that He-swt is observing what I am doing and is also aware of what is in my heart. As this realization gains strength, the capacity for obedience and adherence to the Shari„ah enhances correspondingly, and one obeys with complete sincerity and devotion. Then all fear, other than that of Allah-swt, is expelled and all hopes in Ghair Allah (anyone other than Allah) are severed. A person realizes that when Allah Kareem is the only Bestower, why should he become servile or sycophant to anyone, against His desire. The audacity to commit sin departs, as his hitherto hearsay belief that, Allah-swt is present everywhere and aware of everything, is now augmented by his Mushahidah(Spiritual Vision) of the Lights of Maiyyat (Companionship). If he doesn‟t observe the Lights, he can still feel them through intuition, which is surer than observation and becomes the cause of protecting him from wrong acts. If he falters due to ignorance, being a human after all, he is overwhelmed by remorse. This deep sense of remorse is repentance, rather true repentance, which reforms his conduct and also frees him from all superstitions. He no longer cares about the common misbelief of society that someone has cast a spell on him or used an amulet against his children, because such superstitions have no significance when Allah-swt is with him. An amazing sense of tranquility and peace descends. He tries his best to perform all his worldly affairs according to the Shari‟ah, so they get blessed and also graded as worship. Allah-swt protects him from senseless and useless speech and he weighs every word before speaking. Thus his worldly life becomes serene, beautiful and enjoyable. He is never found to be bored like the majority who keep grumbling about their luck all the time and remain dissatisfied, although it is mostly the recompense of their own actions, which they don‟t realize. The seeker is freed from all that. By Allah Kareem‟s Grace his character is reformed and the results of his actions are also blessed. He lives in this world with such comfort and peace as if he is living in Paradise. Even hard dry bread tastes delicious because his whole life is otherwise blessed with peace. This is the one treasure that is hankered after by the rich and rulers, except of course those who, by Allah-swt‟s Grace, follow the Shari„ah. Take a look at the West; every person is afflicted by an unknown fear and his life is a living hell. Hence, along with the feelings, heart‟s joy, peace and satisfaction blessed by this Maraqbah(Meditation), one‟s practical life is also firmly moulded in adherence to the Holy Prophet-saw‟s Sunnah. It must be remembered that the whole of Tasawwuf(Sufism), all Sulook(Sufi path of Love), is solely aimed at acquiring the ability to follow the Shari‟ah with deep-rooted heart-felt sincerity. It is not a spectacle or show where one shuts his eyes and starts observing some lights or colours. Absolutely not! This is not some game of sorts; it is the game of life and is won only after losing everything. After one truly realizes one‟s nothingness and starts to discern the Greatness of Allah-swt in accordance with his capacity, it is only then, that he is granted the blessed opportunity to take steps towards this Path. This is the boundless Divine Grace that is disbursed from the Court of the Holy Prophet-saws. If only the critics and questioners expend the same effort trying to learn and understand it, they would not only find their answers, but also be blessed with Divine Mercy.
The next lesson is Maraqbah M‘aiyyat(Station of spiritual path). The Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) takes the Rooh(Soul) of the student to the next higher stage, whose lights are green and its gates and walls are also green. There is a magnificent building with arches and green light filtering through them. Its Tasbeeh(Recitation) is: Allah-o Haziree, Allah-o Naziree, Allah-o M‘aee Wa Hova M‘akum ainama Kuntum This stage is also full of great details. Here the Rooh(Soul) realizes that my Master is with me all the while, everywhere. He-swt is fully Aware of my condition and is extremely Merciful towards me. Standing in Divine Presence the seeker trembles, even at the thought of disobedience, and adorns his life with adherence to the Sunnah. He associates all his hopes with the Absolute Being and doesn’t allow his fear of Allah be overwhelmed by the fear of anyone else.
After doing Zikr(Remembrance of Divine Being) on Latifah(Spiritual Organ) Qalb(Heart) for some time, the method of Zikr changes. Previously, it was Pas Anfas, meaning that when a breath is drawn inside the body, it should take (the word) ‘Allah’ into the Qalb(Heart) and when it comes out it should strike (the word) ‘Hoo’ on the Latifah(Spiritual Organ) under Zikr. However, now the breath going in will, as before, continue to take the word ‘Allah’ inside the Qalb(Heart), but the breath coming out will strike the word ‘Hoo’ onto the ‘Arsh (the Divine Throne). This practice is called Rabitah(Connection), that is establishing a connection with the ‘Arsh(Divine Throne), while remaining on the earth. The Rooh(Soul) is from the Realm of Command, therefore when the Lata‘if (Spiritual Organs) become illuminated, the Rooh(Soul) dominates the body, which then starts fulfilling its worldly affairs according to the Shari‘ah, due to which both this world and the Akhirah(Hereafter) are ameliorated. The Rooh(Soul) attains the capacity to establish a connection with ‘Aalam-e Amr and thus begins its journey towards its station and home. ‘Aalam-e Amr starts from above the ‘Arsh, therefore the Rooh(Soul) has yet to cross the vastness of the ‘Arsh(Divine Throne). Even the ‘Arsh has nine levels, which are known as nine ‘Arsh and the vastness of each of them is immeasurable. It should be remembered here that while such excellence demands sound belief and righteous conduct, it is also dependent upon the Tawajjuh(Spiritual attention) of a Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher). An accomplished Shaikh(Spiritual Teacher) receives this strength from the blessed Qalb(Heart) of the Holy Prophet-saaws, through his Masha’ikh(Spiritual Teachers) and it is this strength that reforms the conduct as well. Therefore, after doing Zikr on the Lata‘if(Spiritual Organs), full attention is focused on the Rabitah(Connection), which serves as the path or channel for the Rooh’s(Soul) journey towards the Higher Realm (‘Aalam-e Bala).