The Amalgamation of Knowledge and Love

Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses

“This year I met a young graduate of Darul-Uloom Deoband, he is currently a student of Jamia Umm Al-Qura (Makkah Mukarramah) in a certain discipline in Haram (Makkah). We were introduced in front of the Kaaba, incidentally the tutors of Darul-Uloom Deoband were also present who knew both of us, they introduced the two of us and informed me that the young man is a student of Deoband, has graduated recently

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Knowledge is not mere words

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Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses:

This is the convocation ceremony, Allah says about the Ulama (Islamic scholars) those with knowledge and those without are not equal. Allah does not consider words as knowledge. There are numerous who can play with words (to mesmerize others) however Allah calls them uneducated. That which is considered knowledge is the light that comes in the heart. Sayyedina Imam Sha’fi (Rah) said to his tutor Imam Waki (Rah) , “Hazrat (revered) I forget lessons”. Imam Waki (Rah) gave an unusual advise, Imam Shafi (Rah) was a poet too and he narrates this entire incident in one of his poems

I said to my tutor Hazrat Waki Rahimahullah  that I forget my lesson

Hazrat Waki Rahimahullah replied “leave sins”

This is because knowledge is Allah’s light and Allah’s light is not bestowed upon someone who sins. To learn words is done in the madrasa (Islamic institutions), the work of getting the light of that knowledge in the heart is done in Khanqah (place for spiritual reformation). Therefore, the name ‘divine connections of the blessed servants of Allah‘ is the amalgamation of Islamic schools and Khanqah.

Committing Sin, the Desire for It Increases

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ 3:102

Malfoozat- Hakim-ul-Ummah Asharaf Ali Thanvi Rahimahullah

It is a philosophical fact that strength is added to that faculty which is regularly used. Thus, by using the gaze in the wrong place one does not become satisfied, but the urge to again use the gaze wrongfully becomes entrenched and gains strength. One should not be fooled by the temporary satisfaction gained after looking, for, it is short-lived.

By way of example, a person in the habit of chewing tobacco gains temporary relief after chewing it. Later on, the desire to chew again is increased and becomes stronger.

Another example is when a tree is watered, the water disappears from sight after a short while. The water has not really disappeared, the branches and leaves will draw from it making them stronger and the roots will also gain strength from it. Thus, a person who acts on his [impermissible] impulses is not decreasing his desires but is actually watering them (giving them strength).

Fight Sins and Achieve Taqwa

Friends! For nur (divine light) to be achieved, even though the urge for committing sin is present, one has to vehemently oppose it. When the urge is present and one fights it, the house of Taqwa (fear of Allah) is lit. The greatness of Taqwa becomes apparent by opposing the desires. The urge for committing sin will not be eliminated, but will definitely be weakened. This is also a great achievement that the enemy becomes weak.