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.


 

Maulana Ilyas Saahab’s (RA) move to Madina Tayyibah

Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses( Continuation –Part-2)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This servant of Allah was disappointed in the Ummah after making every effort expressing his state (Quranic verse) “now it is time to save one’s ownself”, bid goodbye to India and moved to Madina. This I narrate the history of Hazrat Maulana Ilyas Saahab (RA). Maulana Ilyas Saahab (RA) is not a strange personality for this weak self to say the least. The childhood of this weak self is spent such that we used to study in the Madarsa of a small village, all we knew was Delhi’s headquarters was Nizamuddin and nothing other than that until such time from when we can remember we did not know (anything else about Delhi). Once an Aa’lim (Islamic Scholar) came to our village, having heard that he has come from Delhi I went to meet him with reverence. I asked him, “You have come from Delhi? You must be meeting Maulana Inamul Hasan Saahab (RA), Hazrat Maulana Umar Saahab Palanpuri (RA)?”. To this he replied I am very busy and do not get time to visit Nizamuddin Markaz (headquarter). I responded with surprise, “You stay in Delhi and you do not get time to visit Nizamuddin Markaz then why do you stay in Delhi?”.

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Dawah, Taalim and Tazkiyah, a collective effort

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

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Before beginning to mention the actual talk it feels necessary to draw attention towards a very important point. Dawah (calling towards Allah), Taalim (knowledge) and Tazkiya (spiritual reformation) are three basic pillars of the deen (Islamic way of life). The Ambiya (عليه السلام) arrived to bring life to each pillar. None of these can be detached from the other. The objective of Sayyidna Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)’s birth was described by Allah (Quranic verse), (they) read (from the Quran) and tell the signs of Allah – this is Dawah (Tabligh); Educate (people) with Quran’s wisdom and knowledge – this is Madarsa (Islamic school); Cleanse (people’s) spiritual heart – This is Khanqah (place for spiritual reformation).Read More »

What is Taqwa? 

There’s a rule in the world,  when a man expects something from someone then he also fears that person and if one expects something in return then one tries to make the person (from whom there is expectation) happy. A shopkeeper makes every effort to make the customer happy. People of Imaan were taught through the Ambiya Alayhimussalaam that man has to return to Allah and will be examined for his life (how he spent his life) and then he will be rewarded (accordingly). When this is the worry of a man (being examined after death and rewarded accordingly) it is then that he strives to ensure he does not make Allah unhappy and this is peity (Taqwa).

-Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)

Kaamil Insan(complete human) 

A complete human is one who has knowledge, purity of deed, one whose physical appearance is correct (as per Sunnah), heart (spititual) is cleansed, one whose intentions are pure and intentions do not become pure until one does not have the fear of standing in front of Allah (in the day of judgment)

– Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b) 

3 steps of heart Cleansing

The first step towards cleansing the heart is to true repentance, the second step is to decide to not sin again. The devil conspires to make you sin through various ways therefore the third step is to have a strong associated with our elders (Mashaaikh) to seek advise from them just as we seek advise from a medical doctor for our physical ailments much in the same manner we need to seek advise from spiritual doctors (Mashaaikh) for our spiritual ailments.

Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)

Reward of Saving One’s Gaze

Once Hazrat Murshid e Alam رحمتہ اللہ علیہ was travelling with Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ in the mountains by foot. While walking Hazrat had a look around and said to Hazrat Murshid e Alam رحمتہ اللہ علیہ , “Haafiz Saahab, is there a pious man with nizbat (illuminated heart) in this area?” Hazrat replied, “I know each man in this area there is no one with nizbat here“. Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ replied,“Ok” and kept quiet then after a while asked the same question again to which the reply was the same as earlier. Hazrat kept quite again and then said, “If there is no pious man with nizbat here then why is such noor (light of the illuminated heart) spread here?“. When they reached the destination they got to know that Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ spiritual brother was visiting the area and when he got to know Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ was about to visit then he decided to wait and meet Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ before travelling further. It was due to him the whole area was illuminated. Allah had granted such eyes to Hazrat رحمتہ اللہ علیہ.

Pride

“If one does not remove pride from within through hardwork then Allah breaks this pride and when Allah breaks it then one becomes a mockery in front of the world. When one works hard and removes pride through Tazkiyah then Allah blesses him with his closeness and makes him loved and respected amongst people”
Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)