Monday, 17 October 2016

Behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a state of wakefulness-(yaqadha) part 1

Behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)
in a state of wakefulness-(yaqadha). part 1

Section 8 of the Rimah al Hizb Raheem of Shaykh Umar Futi 

This Section is concerned with informing the brethren that the saints behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a state of wakefulness, and that he is present at every meeting or place he wished, with his body and his spirit. He moves freely and travels wherever he will, and he is in the shape he was in before his death, with no part of him having altered. He is invisible, just as the angels are invisible, despite their being alive in their bodies. If Allah wished to let a servant behold him, He removes the veil from Him, so he sees him in his physical shape. 

Success is achieved with the help of Allah , for He is the Guide by His grace to the straight path! 

In Lawaqih al Anwar al Qudsiyya fi l Uhud al Muhammadiyya, Imam as Sha'rani has said. "If you make a frequent practice of invoking blessing and peace upon him, perhaps you will attain to the station of witnessing him. That is the procedure of Shaykh Nur Din as Shinwani, Shaykh Ahmad al Zawawi, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Dawud al Manzalani, and a company of the Shaykhs of the era. Not one of them ever ceases to invoke blessing upon Allah's Messenger, to make a frequent practise thereof, and to cleanse himself of all sins, so that he may come together with him in a state of wakefulness at any moment he wishes. If someone does not experience this coming together, he has not yet practised the invocation of blessing upom Allah's Messenger with the frequency required in order to attain to this station. 

"Shaykh Ahamad al Zawawi told me that, when he had failed to achieve the experience of coming together with the Prophet, he devoted himself with assiduous perseverance to the invocation of blessing upon the Prophet for one whole year, invoking blessing upon him fifty thousand times each and every day. (50'000 x 360 =18 Million Salawat) 

In similar fashion, Shaykh Nur ad Din ash Shinwani informed me that he devoted himself with assiduous perseverance to the invocation of blessing upon the Prophet for such and such a period of time, invoking blessing upon him thirty thousand times each and every day. 30'000 x 360 =10.8 Million Salawat)

"I heard Sidi Ali al Khawwas say: 'A servant does not achieve perfection in the station of mystical knowledge-(irfan) until he experiences communion with Allah's Messenger in a state of wakefulness and oral conversation. The following are included among those righteous predessors who have seen him in a state of wakefulness: Shaykh Abu Madyan al Maghribi, The Shaykh of the Sufi community, Shaykh Abd Rahim al Qinawi, Shaykh Musa az Zawawi, Shaykh Abul Hasan ash Shadhili, Shaykh Abu Abass al Mursi, Shaykh Abu Sa'ud ibn Abi Masha'ir, Sidi Ibrahim al Matbuli, and Shaykh Jalal ad Din as Suyuti.' 

He also used to say: I have seen the Prophet and I have come together with him in a state of wakefulness no fewer than seventy times. As for Sidi Ibrahim Matbuli, his communion with his is beyond reckoning, since he woudl come together with him in all his spiritual states, and He woud say "I have no Shaykh except Allah's Messenger." Shaykh Abu Abbss al Mursi used to say "If Allah's Messenger was veiled from me for a moment, I would not count myself among the Muslims" 

He also said in another place: "The wird of Shaykh Ahmad Zawawi used to consist of forty thousand invocations of blessing and he once said to me: ' Our procedure is to make frequent invocations of blessing upon Allah's Messenger, to the point where he keeps us company in a state of wakefulness and we associate with him like the Companions.

We then ask him about the affairs of our worldy life. We also ask him about those Prophetic traditions (ahadith) which the hafiz has reported to us on weak authority, and we act in accordance with what he has to say about them. When that experience does not come about for us, it must mean that we are not among those who make a frequent practise of invocation of blessing upon him(Allah bless him and give him peace)..... 

Shaykh Ahmad ibn al Mubarak, the author of al Ibriz has mentioned that he noticed a man who saw the Prophet in the state of wakefulness, and because of him the fragrant scent of Medina, the City of the Prophet, was emanating from the city of Fez. He has then gone on to say: "I heard this man say: 'I went on the Pilgrimage(Hajj) and when I visited the tomb of the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) a spiritual state came over me and I said: "O Messenger of Allah, I did not think that I would reach your City and then return to Fez" Then I heard a voice from the noble tomb, and it was saying: "If I am stored in this tomb, those of you who come must stay here, but if I am with my Community, wherever it may be, you must return to your homelands". I therefore went back to my homelands........

The Meccan scholar, Abu 'l-Baqa' al-'Ajimi said: "This tariqa (tariqa Muhammadiyya) is founded on an inner submergence accompanied by a visible manifestation when you see the Prophet, may God bless and grant him peace, himself. 

This is the outcome when you try to follow him in your words and deeds, when you busy your tongue with saying the tasliya ["May God bless and grant him peace"] and repeating it at every moment in public and private until the glorification of the Prophet, namely the tasliya, overwhelms your heart and permeates your deepest self, so that you quiver when you hear him mentioned and the vision of him takes hold of your heart and you see his form before your inner eye. 

Then God will bestow upon you His clemency, outwardly and inwardly. Thereafter, you will see a vision of the Prophet in many of your dreams while asleep as a first step; secondly you will see him unexpectedly while dozing off. Finally, you will see him awake." - Muhammad bin Ali al-Sanusi [1]

Among the graces with which God honoured [Shaykh Ahmad Tijani] was the waking vision of the Prophet, continuously and ever, so that it was never absent from him for the twinkling of an eye. And (another grace was) his questioning of the Prophet on everything and asking his counsel in small things and great, and undergoing training at his hands. [Shaykh Ahmad Tijani [2]

He [the devotee] confines himself to this dhikr [i.e the tasliya] and is patient until [the Prophet] appears to him. I never met anyone at this rank except an old blacksmith in Ishbiliyya who was known as "God, bless Muhammad" (Allaahumma, salli 'alaa Muhammad). He was not known by any other name...He doesn't talk to anyone except out of necessity.

If anyone comes asking him to make something for him from iron, he asks as pay only that the customer bless Muhammad. No man, boy, or woman came to him without blessing Muhammad until he left....Whatever is revealed to the one who does this dhikr is true and immune from error, for nothing comes to him except through the Messenger..
Ibn Arabi [3]

By God, my brothers, I did not believe that a learned man could deny the vision of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) in the waking state, until the day I met some learned men in the Qarawiyyin Mosque and had a conversation with them on this matter. They said to me: "However is it possible to see the Prophet when one is awake, since he has been dead for over 1,200 years? It is only possible to see him in a dream, since he himself said: 'He who sees me, that is to say in a dream, sees me in reality, for the Devil cannot imitate me,'" 

I answered: "Of necessity, he can be seen in waking state only by one whose mind- or let us say, whose thoughts- have transported him from this corporeal world into the world of Spirits; there will he see the Prophet without the slightest doubt; there he will see all his friends." They were silent and said not a word when I added: "Indeed he can be seen in the world of Spirits," But after a while they said to me, "Explain how this is so."

I answered: "Tell me yourselves where the world of Spirits is in relation to the world of bodies." They did not know what to reply. And then I said: "There where the world of bodies is, there also is the world of Spirits; there where the world of corruption is, there also is the world of purity; there where is the world of the kingdom (mulk), there also is the world of kingship (malakut); in the very place where the lower worlds are, there are to be found the higher worlds and the totality of worlds.

It has been said that there exist ten thousand worlds, each one like this world, (as recounted in the Hilyatul Awliya (Adornment of the Saints) and all these are contained in man, without his being conscious of it. Only he whom God sanctifies by absorbing his qualities into His own, his attributes into His own, is conscious of this. Now, God sanctifies many of his servants and does not cease from sanctifying them until their end." - Shaykh ad-Darqawi [4]

Whoever sees the Lord of being [i.e the Prophet] in a dream can do so in two ways. In the first way the dream is in no need of interpretation because the person sees the Prophet in the same state he appeared in the world and as the Prophet’s Companions beheld him. Should this vision occur to someone who is illuminated …then what he sees is the pure and noble dhat of the Prophet.

[Dhat is here used to mean a human being as he can be perceived by the senses, man as a unit compounded of body, soul and spirit.] If the person is not illuminated, he can experience this as well but that is a rare situation. Usually what is seen is the image of his dhat (surat dhatihi), not his dhat itself ('ayn dhatihi), since the dhat of the Prophet can take on various forms and then be seen in numerous places, whether in a dream or in a waking state. This is because the dhat of the Prophet possesses light which emanates from it and fills the entire world. There is no place where the noble light of the Prophet does not exist.

The dhat of the Prophet appears in this light the way the form of the face appears in a mirror. Thus, the light of the Prophet is similar to a mirror which fills the entire world, and what is represented in it is the dhat. That is why one person can see the Prophet in the east and another person see him in the west, one sees him in the south and another in the north. And innumerable people see him in other places— all at the same time.

Each person really sees the Prophet before him because the light of the Prophet, in which his dhat is represented, is with each person. If an illuminated person (al-maftuh 'alayhi) beholds the image (sura) of the Prophet before him, he then follows it with his spiritual deeper sight (baseera) and penetrates through the light of the image to the dhat of the Prophet himself. Shaykh Abd al-Aziz al-Dabbagh [5]

Shaykh Ahmad al-Zawaawi (d.1517) once said to me: "We recite the tasliya on behalf of the Prophet so often that he then sits with us while we are in a waking state (hattaa yaseera yujaalisunaa yaqzatan) and we keep company with him like the sahaaba did (nashabuhu). Then we question him about matters of our religion and about hadiths which are held to be weak in the opinion of our religious scholars. Subsequently we base our behaviour on his words."  Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha'rani [6]

In terms of meeting with and learning from the Prophet after his death, each of the three shaykhs [Ahmad ibn Idris, Abd al-Wahhab al-Tazi, and Abd al-Aziz al-Dabbagh] had this occur to them, both while asleep and while awake. Even more, in the later part of their lives, each of the shaykhs relied only on him and had recourse to none except him, [salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam]. [7]

Behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a state of wakefulness-(yaqadha) Part 1

Behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a state of wakefulness-(yaqadha) Part 2

Behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a state of wakefulness-(yaqadha) Part 3

Behold the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a state of wakefulness-(yaqadha) Part 4

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