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All praise and all gratitude is due to Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Gratitude amounting to the number of rahamat (mercies which Allah subhana wa ta’ala sent down upon us), amounting to the number of divine gazes, which He sent down upon us, amounting to the number of times He has extended His help and extended His divine favors and extended the rope of connection with Him. There is no one worthy of worship but Him. All forms of assistance can only come from Him. Any kind of assistance comes only from Allah subhana wa ta’ala. He is the one who sends down divine favors (fudul). May the best of salutations be upon the Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim. May we be granted the gaze of the Prophet sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim on the Day of Judgment. May we be granted the happiness in seeing him on the Day of Judgment. May Allah allow us to serve Him in the dunya so that we can be become true and sincere servants of Allah.
May Allah purify our souls. Once the nafs becomes purified, it becomes illuminated. Once it’s illuminated, it becomes like a priceless jewel (what value do you place on such a nafs which has become purified and perfected before Allah subhana wa ta’ala?). May Allah allow us to purify and illuminate our souls and nufus (so that we became these jewels of iman).
Imam Al Ghazali is someone who possesses true sincerity. Imam Al Ghazali is addressing us in this book as a compassionate father.
Returning to advice of Imam Al Ghazali:Hadith: “Verily Allah looks to your hearts and your intentions”.
o Allah gazes toward the heart and looks for 4 things:
1) intention, 2) servanthood, 3) vision, 4) what place Allah has in your heart (wujudu fi qalbik)
The only thing that benefits is that which reaches the heart
o This book prepares you for closeness with Allahsubhana wa ta’ala. These advices are only given to those who are seeking purification. Whatever it is you have sacrificed in your life, Allah selects only that which penetrated your heart.
o The fruit of outward action should reside in the heart. Whatever action you did with an awe of Allah, this is what Allah selects as beneficial actions for your heart.
La ilaha illa Allah
ola maghbud illa Allah – none worthy of worship except Allah.
If you engage in sins then there is a question about your sincerity (you’re following the whims and wishes of your own nafs and this particular qualification is not present in you)
o la maqsut illa Allah
o la mashhut illa Allah
Prophet Musa
o First level: I’m Allah. Worship Me and establish salat for My remembrance.
o Next level: I created you for Me
*May Allah create us for Him. Ameen.May Allah allow us to enter into this group. Even though our lives are so short, the madad (divine assistance from Allah) is huge. Those who existed before this ummah were predominantly kuffar (they did not benefit at all from divine assistance). Allah sends His divine assistance and the one who is open to receive it can get all of rahamat (units of divine mercy). This is especially applicable to those who pray at night. Even if you don’t get up, but you have the intention you still receive the madad.
* It was the will of Allah to end the dunya with this ummah (the best of people). It all comes down to how you end the race. Jannah (8 gates) is more expansive then Jahannam (7 gates). The number of people in Jannah is few, but Jahannam is full of people.
o Qur’an:The day when We say to Jahannam, are you full? Jahannam replies, are there any more?
o Jahannam will be mostly filled with people of the previous nations. There are 120 rows of people entering into Jannah and 80 rows will be from the people of the Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim. So most of the people in Jannah will be from the ummah of the Prophet. May Allah make us of those people who will enter in the first row. Ameen.
If you make just a small effort you will receive abundant amount of assistance from Allah, because Prophet Muhammad is making duah for you and istighfar for you. Allah will surely answer the duah of the Prophet. Look the rahma that is in the heart of the Prophet for his ummah. He will be the one who will approach Allah to intercede for his ummah and Allah allows him to intercede.
Sahabi asked the Prophet a very intelligent question, where can I find you on the Day of Judgment, ya Rasul Allah?The Prophet replied: 1) Scales – mizan, 2) Bridge – sirat, 3) Pond – haud.
1) Mizan
o You will feel so alone at mizan that you will wish someone would be there to help you. The Prophet will be there during the weighing of deeds to bring you comfort.
o There will be a lot of loneliness on the Day of Judgment. Everyone will run away from you, because everyone is concerned for his own self. The Prophet will be the only one who will not leave you. Allah said, We will not disappoint you with your ummah. Allah does not wish to disappoint the Prophet on the Day of Judgment with his ummah.
2) Sirat
o The pulpit of the Prophet will be at the sirat. We will cross the sirat one by one. The Prophet will be at the pulpit gazing at you hoping that you cross the sirat. He will be saying “O Allah, bring him to safety”. You see the Prophet before you cross the sirat (to provide ease for you).
3) Haud
o You will drink from the hand of the Prophet until your thirst is satiated.
o Kauthar – water that is whiter than milk and it’s taste is similar to honey (very sweet)
At this point, Habib Umar usually says [to his students] take advantage of your life, take advantage of this majlis, it could be that it becomes your treasure on the Day of Judgment
The one who loves and yearns for the Prophet sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim surely will take comfort in seeing him at the time of death (just like we get to see him at the mizan, sirat and haud). The Prophet gave an opportunity to all Muslims to see him in this dunya (in dreams). Successful are the ones who get a chance to see the Prophet in their dream. Your heart has to be in a particular spiritual state to be able to receive that vision.
1) Outwardly:
o Fulfill the adab and the etiquettes of sleeping (wudu, sleeping on your right, reading duah, using miswak and etc).
2) Inwardly:
o No cheating or lying to Muslims.
o No hatred in your heart towards any Muslim.
o No envy towards any Muslim.
o No kibr (arrogance) towards anyone.
If you have any of these characteristics then you’re not ready to see the Prophet.
o Forgive anyone who wronged you. If you want Allah to forgive you, you need to forgive others.
o If Allah allows you to wake up from your sleep, have the intention to serve the Muslim ummah. Have this intention before going to bed.
§ We’re weak when it comes to our loved ones. May Allah grant us the love of the Prophet subhana wa ta’ala. Hints to prepare yourself for sleep:
o Read a portion of the seerah or shamail before sleeping;
o Put on some musk on your cheeks;
o Do not sleep with any clothing that is najas (if you are able to);
o Ensure that your clothing does not contain any pictures of human beings or animals and no words of people;
o Make sure that your nails are clipped;
o Engage in salawat/dhikr;
o Write on a piece of paper Muhammad in Arabic (the more you gaze at it, the more it affects your heart; the name usually guides to the named);
o Avoid the consumption of doubtful food;
o Try to eat what the Prophet used to eat. Habib Umar likes to eat food that is mentioned in the Qur’an (there are secrets in these foods if Allah mentions them in the holy Qur’an). The Prophet enjoyed drinking milk or having dates mixed with milk. The Prophet also used to like pumpkin. Try to eat in fashion similar to the Prophet so that you resemble him as much as possible. Eat the food with intention of resembling the Prophet (not just to satisfy appetite or fill the stomach).
§ There is no doubt that we all love the Prophet sallalahu ‘aleihi wasallim.
o It requires sabr and patience.

Repent Repent and Cry !

Posted: October 21, 2013 by kashmirsufis in Miscellaneous
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Repent, repent, repent and cry
Open your hands; pray and try
Beseech Allah; and say here am I Have mercy on me before I die
Start your life a new today And throw the wrong of the past away
Prepare good works for the Final Day And when God commands you, hear and obey
Thank the Lord by day and night Walk straight; and keep right Guided by the Divine Light
To find the Garden at your sight Embrace Islam and worship the Lord Allah,the only One adored
Love Him most and step on-board With His servants for the reward
Believe in Muhammad, the perfect man
The Seal of prophets; from Adnan
Devote for him your life span
In the hope of joining his caravan
Pray to Allah and recite the Quran Invoke His Names whenever you can
To taste the sweetnes of iman
And reach the station of Ihsan

Know, O dear readers, that the medicine of a disease is to remove the
root cause of that disease. Isa (Jesus Christ) -peace be upon him-
was once asked: ‘What thing is difficult?’ He said: ‘God’s wrath.’
Prophet Yahya (John the Baptist) -peace be upon him- then asked:
‘What thing takes near the wrath of God?’ He said:’Anger’. Yahya –
peace be upon him- asked him:’What thing grows and increases anger?’
Isa -peace be upon him- said:’Pride, prestige, hope for honour and
The causes which cause anger to grow are self-conceit, self-praise,
jests and ridicule, argument, treachery, too much greed for too much
wealth and name and fame. If these evils are united in a person, his
conduct becomes bad and he cannot escape anger.
So these things should be removed by their opposites. Self-praise is
to be removed by modesty. Pride is to be removed by one’s own origin
and birth, greed is to be removed by remaining satisfied with
necessary things, and miserliness by charity.
The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘A strong man is not
he who defeats his adversary by wrestling, but a strong man is he who
controls himself at the time of anger.’
We are describing below the medicines of anger after one gets angry.
The medicine is a mixture of knowledge and action. The medicine based
on knowledge is of six kinds:
(1) The first medicine of knowledge is to think over the rewards of
appeasing anger, that have come from the verses of the Quran and the
sayings of the Prophet (pbuh). Your hope for getting rewards of
appeasing anger will restrain you from taking revenge.
(2) The second kind of medicine based on knowledge is to fear the
punishment of God and to think that the punishment of God upon me is
greater than my punishment upon him. If I take revenge upon this man
for anger, God will take revenge upon me on the Judgement Day.
(3) The third kind of medicine of anger based on knowledge is to take
precaution about punishment of enmity and revenge on himself. You
feel joy in having your enemy in your presence in his sorrows, You
yourself are not free from that danger. You will fear that your enemy
might take revenge against you in this world and in the next.
(4) Another kind of medicine based on knowledge is to think about the
ugly face of the angry man, which is just like that of the ferocious
beast. He who appeases anger looks like a sober and learned man.
(5) The fifth kind of medicine based on knowledge is to think that the
devil will advise by saying: ‘ You will be weak if you do not get
angry!’ Do not listen to him!
(6) The sixth reason is to think: ‘ What reason have I got to get
angry? What Allah wishes has occurred!’
Medicine based on action
When you get angry, say: I seek refuge in God from the accursed evil
(A’oudhou billaahi min as shaytaan ir rajeem). The prophet (pbuh)
ordered us to say thus.
When Ayesha (RA) got angry, he dragged her by the nose and said: ‘ O
dear Ayesha, say: O God, you are the Lord of my prophet Muhammad,
forgive my sins and remove the anger from my heart and save me from
If anger does not go by this means, you will sit down if you are
standing, lie down if you are sitting, and come near to earth, as you
have been created of earth. Thus make yourself calm like the earth.
The cause of wrath is heat and its opposite is to lie down on the
ground and to make the body calm and cool.
The prophet (pbuh) said: Anger is a burning coal. Don’t you see your
eyebrows wide and eyes reddish? So when one of you feels angry, let
him sit down if standing, and lie down if sitting.
If still anger does not stop, make ablution with cold water or take a
bath, as fire cannot be extinguished without water.
The prophet (pbuh) said : ‘ When one of you gets angry, let him make
ablution with water as anger arises out of fire.’ In another
narration, he said:’ Anger comes from the devil and the devil is made
of fire.’
Hazrat Ali (RA) said:
The prophet did not get angry for any action of the world. When any
true matter charmed him, nobody knew it and nobody got up to take
revenge for his anger. HE GOT ANGRY ONLY FOR TRUTH.
Al-Ghazali Abu Hamid

I am the slave of the Master of Prophets
And my fealty to him has no beginning.
I am a slave of his slave, and of his slave’s slave,
And so forth endlessly,
For I do not cease to approach the door
Of his good pleasure among the beginners.
I proclaim among people the teaching of his high attributes,
And sing his praises among the poets.
Perhaps he shall tell me: “You are a noted friend
Of mine, a truly excellent beautifier of my tribute.”
Yes, I would sacrifice my soul for the dust of his sanctuary.
His favor should be that he accept my sacrifice.
He has triumphed who ascribes himself to him!
– Not that he needs such following,
For he is not in need of creation at all,
While they all need him without exception.
He belongs to Allah alone, Whose purified servant he is,
As his attributes and names have made manifest;
And every single favor in creation comes from Allah
To him, and from him to everything else.
(Translated by Shaykh Gibril)

Syed Ali Hamadani (RA) was a great reformer and a visionary who has impacted almost all the aspects of lives of Kashmiris. Be it religious or spiritual dimension or social and political, be it economic activity by introducing the arts and crafts of Iran and Central Asia in Kashmir or the instructions to the Kings and rulers in all these matters, the influence and impact of Syed Ai Hamadani (RA) cannot be undermined.
He has influenced the Muslim saints and Hindu ascetics equally by his deep spiritual indoctrination he was espousing. His son Mir Mohammad Hamadani continued his mission in Kashmir and was instrumental in initiating the local Rishi Saint Shaikh Nooruddin Wali into his Sufi discipleship, thus paving the way for a long and enduring process of Islamisation of not only Kashmir but even the localised mystic orders of Kashmir like Rishism.
He was the only preacher of Islam in Kashmir and Baltistan (Northern Areas, Pakistan) who brought a clandestine change in the life styles of Kashmiri masses and provided them with Islamic values and established the Persian culture in Kashmir. In this way Kashmir was transformed into a new phase of its civilizational march from Buddhist and Hinduised moorings to an Islamic and Iranian one. It was due to these Persian influences on the socio-cultural life of the people in Kashmir that Sir Muhammad Iqbal has given reference to Kashmir in his poetry as Iran –i-Sagheer meaning little Iran.
Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (RA), the apostle of Kashmir, better known as the ‘Shah of Hamadan’ and ‘Ameer-e-Kabir’ (1314- 1384) is arguably the most celebrated of these Syed, coming from Iran and Central Asia in Medieval period and who have blessed Kashmir and have accelerated the process of Islamisation of Kashmir which has continued after them and is still continuing unabated.
In our state there are four major Hospices dedicated to the Shah, the Khanqah e Mu’alla (Srinagar), Tral, Doru and Shey (Ladakh). There also are several lesser- known Hospices of the Shah, which are situated at Sopore and Pampore. The Shah died either at Hazara (Pakistan) or in Kafiristan. However, he was buried in Khatlan (Tajikistan).
His room where he stayed for the first time is part of a great building, named as Khanqah-e-Mualla (the hospice). The building is a beautiful model of wooden architecture of Kashmir, with engravings on walls. The sacred relics include the Prophet’s flag, the pillar of the Prophet’s tent, and Shah Hamadan’s walking stick is also housed in this hospice. During his life the place acquired the distinction of being the center of the religious learning and spiritual enlightenment. People throng to the place and pray there to Allah even today.
The Shah was born in Hamadan, Iran. He travelled across the continents for twenty- one years, in the pursuit of knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. He met 1400 saints in the process before he returned to Hamadan. The Shah of Hamadan reached Kashmir in 1372. He went to Ladakh around 1381 and was the first to establish a mosque there. Hamadani (RA) entered the valley in the reign of Sultan Shihab-ud-Din in 774/1372. After staying for a short time he left for Mecca. He visited Kashmir second time in 781/1379 in the reign of Sultan Qutbu’d-Din. This time he stayed there for two and a half years and then left for Turkistan via Ladakh in 783 A.H. He paid the third visit in 785/1383, stayed in Kashmir for a short period, and then left “Kashmir on account of ill-health and stayed at Pakhli for ten days at the request of the ruler of that place whose name was Sultan Muhammad.”
However, Baharistan-i-Shahi does not mention Hamadan’s third visit to Kashmir. Hamadani (RA) died in 786 A.H., at the age of 73 in Kanar, a place in the vicinity of Pakhli. His body was carried to Khattalan now in Tajikistan and was buried there on 25 Jamadul Awwal, 787,130 (14 July 1385).
Apart from culture and mannerism, the cultural traits of Kashmiri literary life were also influenced greatly by his arrival to Kashmir.From Persia were received these genres: new poet genres –ghazal, qasidah, marsiya, rubai, mathanavi, nat and Manqabat. Muslims introduced in Kashmir from Persia as there was the only litany very genres that obtained in Kashmir prior to the Muslims were vaakh, watsun and shrukh.
He preached Islam and affected the conversion of thousands of people from Buddhism to Islam by his great efforts. He has constructed many Khanqahs, mosques and memorial places in these areas, some places are very popular in Asia particularly “Chaqchan Mosque” a most beautiful handicraft mosque in the garassion. 95 percent people (Noorbakhshi) of District Ghanche (Northern Areas, Pakistan) have great belief on him following his assistant’s preachings (Shah Syed Noorbakshs R.A)
Apart from influencing Muslim Sufis and masses, Syed Ali Hamadani (RA) and his Sufi colleagues, have influenced the non Muslim ascetics substantially. It is pertinent here to say that dissatisfied with the religion of the Brahmans, Lal had therefore, no other alternative but to seek the company of the Kabrawi Sufi, Sayyid Husain Simnani, who had settled in the village of Kulgam during the reign of Sultan Shihabuddin. While Lal Ded was a wandering mystic, Simnani was engaged in a philanthropic mission in Kulgam. Lal Ded did not give a systematic expose of Saivism on the lines laid down by the theologians who preceded her; on the other hand her “songs illustrate a picture of the actual hopes and fears of the common folk that nominally followed the teachings of those men whom they had accepted as their guides.”
There was great impact that was received by this wandering mystic like Lala, from her surrounding Islamic personages like Sayyid Husain Simnani, Sayyid Tajuddin and Sayyid Ali Hamadani. She imbibed a critical attitude towards the manifold abuses of the caste ridden social order. Her verses against the Brahmnamic supremacy show that she as well as other sensitive elements of the medieval non-Muslims were receiving subtle impact of Islamic acculturation, as this fact is also attested by strong documentary evidences.
The author is Director of the Shah-e Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies, Kashmir University.

~Ya Daa’eman Bi’laa Fanaaen Wa Ya Qaa’eman Bi’laa Zawaalen Wa Ya Mudab’biran Bi’laa Wazeer. Sa’hil Alayna Wa Alaa WaaLi’daina Wali’daina Qul A’seer~
{ O The Everlasting Without Destruction & O the Stationery Without Deterioration & O the Planner Without Any Vizier. RESOLVE every Difficulty of Ours &And our parents.}

Every Breath

Posted: October 8, 2013 by kashmirsufis in Sayings
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“Every Breath You Draw iS a Jewel oF iNeStimAble Worth, for nothing can replace it. Once it Has Passed it Cannot Come Back”
~Imam AlGhazali~