بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
Allah sent His final messenger, Prophet Muhammad , as a source of knowledge for the entire ummah. He was the fountain of Quran, Hadith, tafsir, rhetoric, fiqh, and so on. After the Prophet , the scholars of this ummah carried and propagated each of these branches of knowledge. Because no one person can attain the perfection of the Prophet , who single handedly assumed all of these roles, various branches of the Islamic sciences developed. For example, Imam Abu Hanifah preserved the science of fiqh and after him thousands of scholars continued in his footsteps. Hence these scholars preserved the fiqh of the Prophet . Similarly Imam Bukhari and the other famous scholars of Hadith, preserved the words of the Prophet. The scholars of tajweed preserved the recitation of the Prophet . And, the scholars of Arabic grammar preserved the language of the Prophet .
Along these lines, the Prophet was the model of spirituality for the world. His God-consciousness, deep spirituality, acts of worship, and love for Allah were preserved and propagated by an Islamic science called Tasawwuf. The aim of the scholars of this science was purification of the heart, and development of consciousness of Allah through submission to the shariah and sunnah.
How is Tasawwuf Related to Sufism?
Studying the life of the Prophet , the scholars who propagated the science of tasawwuf understood that a requisite for approaching Allah was abandonment of the common pursuits of the world. They often wore wool because of its simplicity and low cost. In Arabic the word for wool is suf and thus, those who wore it became known as the Sufis. Another possible derivation of the word comes from the root word safa, which means “to clean.” Because the scholars of tasawwuf focused on cleansing the heart, they later became known as the Sufis.
Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (db)
Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db) is one of leading shaykhs of Tasawwuf in the present era. Formally granted authorization (ijazah) in the Naqshbandi spiritual path (tariqah), he retired from his position as an electrical engineer at the age of forty to devote himself entirely to the service of Islam. He regularly travels to more than thirty countries transforming the lives of people all over the world. A testament to his deep love for Allah, his uncompromising dedication to sunnah of the blessed Prophet, and his firm adherence to Islamic Law (shariah) is that thousands of religious scholars and students of Islamic learning are among his students (murids).
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (db)
Hazrat Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Sahab (DB) is the blessed progeny of the Prophet Muhammad ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Hazrat Hussain Ibn Ali Raziallahuanhu’s descent. Hazrat (DB) graduated from Darul-Uloom Deoband in the year 1983 with grades that were unheard in the last decade almost.
Hazrat (DB) was identified and trained (had Tarbiyat) under the blessed guidance of Hazrat-e-Aqdas Maulana Qari Siddiq Sab Bandhawi (RAH) until Shaykh Siddiq (RAH)’s departure to the afterlife.
Shaykh Siddiq Sahab Bandhawi (RAH)’s departure from the world left a void that always made this guided slave of Allah seek souls to help reach his Creator traversing the path of reformation (Tazkiyah). Like many across the known geographies of the world, Hazrat DBs prayers were answered in the form of being guided to Qutub-e-Alam Mahboob-ul-ulama was Sulaha Hazrat Maulana Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB).
Hazrat DB was bestowed with the Ijaza (Khilafah) from Hazrat Maulana Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB) in the year 2008. Hazrat (DB) has ever since dedicated his life to guide fellow humans on the path of Tazkiyah.
(This blog is dedicated to the proliferation of the teachings of Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi and other Mashaykhs.)