Archive for December, 2014

Posted: December 25, 2014 by kashmirsufis in Prophet

Shaykh Abu ‘Abdullah al-Bakki said in Sharh al-Hajibiyya:
“Both the spelling and form of this name [Muhammad] contain subtle spiritual allusions. With regards to its spelling, the letter mim may be said to represent the mim in the loftiest Malakut [sovereign realm] while the ha’ is for the life [hayat] and protection [hifz] that the Exalted Pen had written for him; and the [second] mim represents the inner Malakut in the outward Mulk [dominion], followed by the letter dal, which represents permanence [dawam] and connection that efface any imagined individuation and severance…With regards to the form of this name, it takes the appearance of man: the first mim is the head, the ha’ is the arms, the second mim is the stomach, and the dal is the two legs.”

Imam ul aarifeen Pir e Akmal Hazrat Qutbul aqtab Syeduna wa Mawlana Muhammad Amin owaisi qadri naqshbandi qalandari qureshi kashmiri rehmatullahi alyh was once staying overnight at the house of one of his disciples. He was one of the employees of the Forest Department. That night the District Forest Officer also was staying athis house Imam ul aarifeen Pir e Akmal Hazrat Qutb ul aqtab Syeduna wa Mawlana Muhammad Amin owaisi qadri naqshbandi qalandari qureshi kashmiri rehmatullahi alyh was introduced. When the word, fakir, was mentioned, the Officer who was a Christian waved his hand and said all these so called fakirs are thugs Imam ul aarifeen Pir e Akmal Hazrat Qutb ul aqtab Syeduna wa Mawlana Muhammad Amin owaisi qadri naqshbandi qalandari qureshi kashmiri rehmatullahi alyh advised his discipte to be patient, not to react. The Officer who appeared to be a Christian missionary siarted arguing with Imam ul aarifeen Pir e Akmal Hazrat Qutb ul aqtab Syeduna wa Mawlana Muhammad Amin owaisi qadri naqshbandi qalandari qureshi kashmiri rehmatullahi alyh . After some exchanges which were not going anywhere, Syedi r.a said to the Officer: “l feel that you like your own religion and do not find any virtue in our religion. Any discussion arising out of a fixed feeling will not take us to the truth. The best thing is that you allow me to ask you a few questions. Listen to them carefully, How you answer them will depend on thequestion of truth or untruth of our claims.” The officer responded: “What are your questions?” Hadhrat r.a said: “You say your religion is true, and you are on the path of truth”. The Officer affirmed: “Our religion is true, and we are truthful people, we do not deceive anybody. The virtue of our religion is thatJesus by dying on the cross brought about our redemption, our sins were forgiven. We are people of Salvation.” Hadhrat r.a said: ‘And you love Jesus?” “Yes,” he said,” l love Jesus”. Hadhrat r.a asked, “And Jesus tooloves.you?” “Yes, whoever becomes his follower Jesus loves him” replied the officer. Huzur r.a then asked, “With this love in your heart for Jesus vou should have seen Jesus Have you?” The Officer was silent. Thereupon Hadhrat r.a said: ‘Well, I tell you one thing – if Jesus comes and tellsme that his path is better than our Prophet’s pbuh I shall with all my followers enter christianity. On the contrary if Jesus comes in your dream and says that lslam is a truthful religion, then you should leave your religion and become a Muslim!” The Officer was somehow overwhelmed by Hadhrat’s challenge, and started to behave respectfully. Hadhrat r.a had to go on his way. The officer was on duty So he left early and could not see Hadhrat r.a. But he gave to Hadhrat’s disciple some amount as an offering in his honour with apologies that he could not see him before leaving. It was some time afterwards that Hadhrat r.a went to stay with his old disciple,Hadhrat Abdul Karimr.a . The Forest Officer was at that time in the same region. He came to see Hadhrat r.a On meeting him he said: ” Hadhrat r.a ! Months have passed I have not seen Jesus in my dreams telling me that your religion is a true religionl” Thereupon Hadhrat r.a said that if he wasreally serious he should follow a certain method to call upon such great figures into one’s vision, The Officer agreed. Hadhrat r.a took him to a nearby mosque, made him wash his feet, hands and face’ and taught him how to invoke the blessings upon the Prophet pbuh , and told him to sit quiefly and note what thoughts and visions go through his mind. He was taken to the mosque at tenin the morning and was asked to stay in meditation till afternoon prayers. But long before afternoon prayers, the Officercame back exasperated and fell at the feet of Hadhrat r.a , and said that he had seen in his vision both Jesus and the Prophet peace and blssings be upon them. Jesus was saying pointing to the Prophet pbuh “His path is true, go and join it”. There were so many present when the Officer narrated this experience. He was introduced to the lslamic testimony of faith. and Hadhrat r.a s spiritual status was acknowledged far and wide. Sakhi Wilayat Khan was thename of the Forest Officer. He was from the Mirpur region of Kashmir. His father was a Christian missionary. He was well educated in his own, scripture. But he was destined for a differeni path. After his conversion to lslam and his joining the Uwaysi Circle the states of his heart were intense, his j a z b was prolonged, and with a brief effort of concentration heused to enter into the Presence of the Holy Prophet pbuh ,In 1956 he resigned from his job to devote his life all to the spiritual work.
Shared by – Er Mir Aamir Brain Nishat
he says:-
This incident is 100% true I have personally met the family members of Raja Sakhi Wilayat khan (RA)

3 unbelievably simple parenting ideas that work
1. Children need a minimum of eight touches during a day to feel connected to a parent.
If they’re going through a particularly challenging time, it’s a minimum of 12 a day. This doesn’t have to be a big deal; it could be the straightening of a collar, a pat on the shoulder or a simple hug.
2. Each day, children need one meaningful eye-to-eye conversation with a parent.
It is especially important for babies to have that eye contact, but children of all ages need us to slow down and look them in the eyes.
3. There are nine minutes during the day that have the greatest impact on a child:
the first three minutes right after they wake up
the three minutes after they come home from school
the last three minutes of the day before they go to bed
We need to make those moments special and help our children feel loved.
These are simple, right? Nothing really earth-shattering here.
But try it.
[Mawlānā Bilal Safire, Malawi-Founder of Al Ghazali Institute]

Do you want to see the Prophet ﷺ?

Posted: December 19, 2014 by kashmirsufis in Prophet

Shaykh al-’Adawi also recorded that Imam al-Yafi’i stated in his book “Bustan al Fuqara” that the Prophet Muhammad (alayhi salat wa salam) stated that, “Whoever prays this salawat upon me on Friday 1000 times, “Allahumma Salli ala Sayyidina Muhammadin in-Nabiyy il-Ummiyy wa ‘ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa Sallim” then he will see either his Lord or his Prophet or his dwelling place in heaven during his sleep, and if he does not, then let him repeat that for two Fridays or three or five.” Shaykh Abdullah al-Khayyat ibn Muhammad al-Fasi wrote in his book that he tried this practice but did not see anything, so then he said he sent salawat purely out of love for the Prophet (sal Allahu `alayhi wa salam), and he saw a dream of glad tidings that he saw himself in the Garden

Quran Bozanowun – A Solemn Tradition

Posted: December 2, 2014 by kashmirsufis in Nostalgia

For me and my siblings, the house of Oatanji was a sanctified place. That, I believe was true about all our chatahal-mates. At home, we were taught not to go to chatahal without performing ablutions.
It was a very humble house, like many other houses in our Mohalla. Made of four inch square and two inch thick half-baked bricks – named as Maharaja Seer (Bricks). The mud-roof of the chatahal, like most of the houses blossomed during springs and summers and during winters covered with thick blankets of snow, with long icicles looking like chandeliers lent a celestial aura to it. In keeping with elitist tradition, this house also had a ‘Tehsi-ba’ar’. Our chatahal was in the ground floor of the house – it had three windows and for purposes of light, even the latticed windows with oiled newspapers pasted remained open during chilly winters. Squatting on wa’gow or hay-mats when we parroted our lesson full throat, Oatanji, sitting near of the windows watched every one of us with prying eyes. She also had her eye fixed on the Tehsi-ba’ar (Main door), to watch truants. I am amazed, how in the din of noise we learned our lessons.
Notwithstanding, having an angelic face, she inspired awe in all children. She had an eagle’s eye, spotted children playing pranks even while her eyes were fixed on the Holy book. Past week, I wrote that graduating from the Qaida to learning thirtieth para- Ama-Sipaer, as we called the Para Amma Yatasa’aloon was an important occasion- an occasion that was always observed with solemnity and fervour. Learning the La Yuhibbullah, the sixth para of the Holy book was seen as an important milestone – till this stage pupils attended Chatahal with a copy of a para (Juz) of the Quran in cotton ghilaf. And graduating to Wa Iza Samiu, the seventh (juz) of the Quran was yet another important occasion in learning of the Holy Book. And from now on the pupil would start reading directly from the Quran.
In Kashmir, this stage in the learning of the Holy Quran was known as Quran Haun”. It was another important occasion, observed with festivity and solemnity. A fresh copy of leather bound Holy Quran preferably of Taj Company, Lahore was bought from a leading bookshop Ghulam Muhammad Noor Muhammad Tajreen Kutab in Maharaj Gung. And brocade or green velvet ghilaf, was got stitched for the holy book. The child in new clothes, as on first day to the Chatahal was accompanied by his kith and kin on this day also. The children were served Kahwa or Taharee. Some distributed tea and loaves of bread in the Mohalla, as was done by some families on every 6th or 11th of Muslim Calendar. The affluent gifted a pheran-shalwar suit of Cashmere cloth to the Oatanji.
Of all the festive occasion Quran Bozanowun was a tough time for the bride at the bridegrooms’ house. On third or fourth day of marriage, the bride was asked to read a ruku from the holy book in presence of an Oatanji or an okhan saeb. The bride was then gifted a golden ring or a gold coin by mother-in-law. If in reading the verses, she committed a mistake she was asked go for galtan (revision)……

Of ‘Thursday Paisa’

Posted: December 2, 2014 by kashmirsufis in Nostalgia

Those days admission of a child — girl or boy – to a Quran ‘Chatahal’ used to be a day of great solemnity and celebration. On the first day, the child in his best dress accompanied by every family member, near-relatives and sometimes joined by children of the Mohalla, was taken to the Quran Chatahal, almost in a parade. A domestic help or a family member with a fuming samovar of Kahwa filling the air with aroma of cinnamon and cardamom and a basket full of best baked Kashmiri Kulcha used to be part of the occasion. Often the first Arabic qaida for the child was wrapped in green velvet, or a brocade. The child in his own right felt no less than a bridegroom or a bride…Many a time some elder member of the family sat with the child in the Chatahal.
There were couple of Quran Chatahals in our locality. Most of them were run by ‘Otanjis” in their personal accommodations. These female Quran tutors were epitomes of austerity, virtue and piety. Draped in pherans almost touching their knees and headscarves covering every strand of their hair-they carried their own aura and for children most of them were no less than proverbial Ded Mouj. For us their humble houses were no less than citadels of learning. The shrill voices of children parroting Arabic alphabets in unison sounded as melodious as highland streams at night.
Children like me who were bad at parroting where mortally afraid of daen-moor ‘pomegranate twig’ that Oatanji used for cane charging those boys who failed to learn the lessons. A lash with this stick was as terrible as whiplash from bullock whip. It caused pain and a bluish imprint on the body-that stood as reminder for many days. Nevertheless, these Otanjis were blessed ladies – they taught God’s word to hundreds of children not for monetary benefits but seeking Allah’s blessings. I remember, it was one paisa later on raised to one Anna that we paid to Oatanji on every Thursday – we called it braswari-paisa. Friday used to be a holiday.
Graduating from the qaida to the next stage of learning the Holy Quran was always an occasion to celebrate. I have very impressions that instead of starting from Alif Laam Meem – the first verse of the holy Quran, Oatanjis started teaching thirtieth portion, Ama-Sipaer, as we called the Para Amma Yatasa’aloon. Starting learning the thirtieth portion in itself was a great occasion for the family to celebrate. On this day some families invited neighbours for relishing a cup of Kahwa and Kulcha – some offered ‘rooight” – a mega-size bread of flour and dry fruit as niaz at Hazratbal. And a samovar of kahwa was also taken to chatahal for children. I remember Oatanji was given rupee one or two as a hadiya. After completing the 30th portion, Oatanji started teaching the first one of the Holy Book, and completion of every portion up to the sixth, La Yuhibbullah, was observed with solemnity, with offering of hadiya to Oatanji. I remember, till sixth portion children went with a copy of single portion to chatahal and not entire the Holy Book. It was mostly after sixth part that learners started learning from the Holy Book – the occasion was called “Kashmir Quran Haun”. It was another major occasion for the family to rejoice.
The Quran Haun and Quran Boznowun- were two other important occasions of our cultural milieu during our childhood.