The balance of Sharia – Tariqa in the way of people of Allah (Ahlullah)

Allah Almighty commands:
“If ye did well, ye did well for yourselves; if ye did evil, (ye did it) against yourselves.”(33)
Good deeds turn around and come back to the person who did them. The good deeds done are indeed for the benefit of the person that did them. Those good deeds of him are given back to him. Allah almighty commands:

“Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? “(34)

Servant makes profit rather then loss from his good deeds; as his good deeds are given back to him in many folds. Thus, for every favour that is given to us there is a thanking and good deeds to be done. There are good deeds for hand. There are good deeds for tongue. Tongue has been created to make dhikr, to praise Allah. Hand has been created to reach for good things. Hand has capability to speak, feet also has capability to speak. Those will tell about all the merits and sins one by one and they will be witnesses in favour of or against a person.

Allah Almighty commands: “On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions.”(35) The organs of the body speak in the presence of Allah Almighty. If a person is sinner, ears complain saying; “you have cheated me, you have made me worthy of Hell even though I have served you”. Hands also complain saying, “you have used me in bad places, you have not extended me to good places; I am also suffering with you now”. As a result, the only duty of all the bounties and organs that are given is, to serve Haq. Allah Almighty commands by addressing His prophet: “Say: If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.“(36)

It is for this reason that, the people of Allah who reach to the love and realization of Allah know that notions like tariqah, sharia, truth and closeness to Allah are intermingled and tied together. Now, tariqah without sharia can not exist, tariqah without sharia is invalid. Tariqah without sharia is a trick of shatan and nafs(animal-self). Tariqah and sharia are tied together. One can not exist without the other one. Indeed our way is the way of sharia, tariqah, truth and closeness to Allah. Our way is the way of the prophets and the saints. Our way is the way of Quran and the sunnah of the prophet PBUH. Life of people in this way don‟t end, it changes. In this way of the people of Allah, when the mortal life finishes, one passes from one place to other. The door of grave is the door of Heaven. The prophet of Allah says, “Grave is a garden from the gardens of heaven”(37). When a faithful servant enters through the door of grave, he enters through the door of heaven. For this reason, let us do our deeds with devotion, sincerity and loyalty.

Allah Almighty commands: “Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind”. (38)
The must beloved community (Ummah) in the sight of Allah is, the community of Muhammad, living with their faith. What a great happiness to be from the followers of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). Living with faith and sincerity provides for the happiness of the eternal life. Death is only continuation of life for a believer. There will be no difficulty for them in the grave, the judgement day or the bridge of Sirat which goes over hell. They will enter the paradise and see Jamalullah (Appearance of Allah). We have come to this door to obtain the good pleasure of our lord and see the Jamal(appearance) of Allah. Hence, we will continue on this way until wee reach to find Him. Allah Almighty has promised to show his Jamal(appearance). Also, He has promised to put the believers into His heaven. There is no trouble, suffering or illness in Heaven. There is happiness forever. Believers will live with their families there. The key to all those good blessings is tawhid(belief of oneness of Allah). Let us not drop tawhid(la ilaha illallah) and lafzu-Jalal(Allah) from our tongues and hearts.

Those who are serving to the way of Sufism, which is the spiritual door of Allah, have to show warm feelings towards people. In religion, there is serving and respecting the elders. This dargah belongs to Hazrat Abdulqadir Jilani who is the senior of all of the saints. To show affection to this door and to show warmth to the people of this door is the duty of everyone in the way of people of Allah (Ahlullah).

Some Sufis do not realise that they are making mistake themselves but saying: “loud dhikr is wrong”. If a matter comes up and asked first Quran is consulted then the hadith of the prohhet PUH. Questions are answered within the boundaries of the jurisdiction of the shari‟a and with a method. This is the way problems are solved. No one in Islam is given the right to make judgements with their own ideas and opinions independent of shari‟a law. When the prophet of Allah SAS was sending Muaz Bin Jabal to Yemen as governor; he asked, “Ya Muaz, how will you judge among people?” Muaz answered, “With the book of Allah!” The prophet of Allah said, “What if you come across a matter for which there is no solution in the book of Allah?” Muaz answered, “With the help of the Sunnah of the prophet.” The prophet of Allah asked, “What if you can not find in that either?” Muaz said, “I will do interpretation”. Our prophet PUH was happy with these answers and he prayed for him. (39)

Religious questions are not solved by the opinion of the people. A Muslim must first consult the book of Allah then the sunnah of the Prophet and if he can not find it in them he should look at the Muchtahids(the ones who have interpreted the essential matters like Abu Hanifa) books. No doubt, the gate of interpretation is open till the day of Judgement, but interpretation is made with some level of authority and method and within the boundaries of the shari‟a.

Some people had gathered and came to us and said, “O Hodja, we would like to ask something form you. We went to a place, they were sitting and doing dhikr. We said, let us sit on the edge of your circle and do dhikr with you. They replied as saying, you can not enter our dhikr. We have asked what was the reason and they said, this is because you are not in our tariqah (sufi path). They have not accepted us to their dhikr circle, how is this possible?

Allah almighty says “We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.”(40) and “The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy.”(41) Believers are made brothers to each other by Allah Almighty. The believers are brothers. They are tied together like the grapes on a grape bunch. Thus, the believers are fed from the spirituality of the prophet Muhammad just as the branches of grapes get nutrition from the soil. If you do not accept a sufi to a dhikr circle, do no accept him to your conversation, your behaviour contradicts the way of the people of God. Your behaviour would be considered as ill-behaviour in the path of the great saints. Likewise, if a dinner table is prepared and some people are invited and others are not invited to attend the dinner would be considered ill-behaviour. To deprive a believer of Allah‟s mercy is one of the biggest wrongdoing and one of the biggest sins.

Some Sufis say: “if you do loud dhikr, you are guilty”. However, our Prophet PBUH had ordered Bilal; “Come on Bilal declare Allahu Akbar to the world”. People saying this are not aware of the wisdom of why Azan (Call to prayer) is said loud, they don‟t know. The holy Quran is ordering to mention, dhikr Allah both secretly and openly. A part of the salah prayer being loud, hajis in Hajj crying “Labbayk” loudly, the saying of khutbahs on Friday‟s loudly; all of those make a part of Islam. Those who think loud dhikr is wrong do not think as “why are we not accepting some parts of Islam”. To believe in Amantu (#) is only possible by accepting the religion Allah Almighty sent as a whole. In our honoured sufi path, zikr is done as both loud and quietly. Those who say “you would be thrown out of the tariqa if you do zikr lodly” are wrong. Knowingly or without realization; they are going against a part of the religion, a part of the jurisdiction the Quran brought. Our path is the path of Quran and Sunnah of the prophet PBUH. Those who do not comply with the Quran and the sunnah tradition of the prophet PBUH, would be considered as not complying with Sufism and tariqa. Anything not being acceptable by the Quran and the sunnah traditions of the Prophet PBUH is out of the scope of the religion, not liked , and not accepted by the Sufis.

We will follow the Quran and the sunnah tradition of the prophet PBUH, and obey to Allah and the prophet of Allah PBUH. We will perform whatever the divine command is, and we will live and help other to live the sunnah tradition of the Prophet PBUH. The prophet of Allah says: “Those who turn their faces away from my sunnah tradition are not from me”. (42)
I have said all these, so that you hear it from our tongue. You can say to others: Our sheikh has spoken with his own tongue and it is up to you whether you accept this or not. There is nothing to be sad about this.

# “Amantu Billah” summarizes the essential beliefs of Islam and means: I believe in ALLAH, in His Angels, in His Books, in His Messengers, in the Judgment Day and in the Destiny; and I believe that everything, good and evil, comes from ALLAH; and I believe in the Day of Resurrection; whereby I testify that there is no god but ALLAH and Muhammad is a Slave and Messenger of ALLAH

33-Chapter Al-Isra Verse – 7
34-Chapter Al-Hadid Verse – 11 and Chapter Al-Baqara Verse 245
35 – Chapter En-Nur Verse – 24 , Chapter Yasin Verse 65
36-Chapter Al-Imran Verse – 31
37 Tirmizi (number:2460)
38 Chapter Al-Imran Verse – 110
39 – Tirmizî (H. No. 1327); Ebû Dâvut (H. No. 3592).
40 – Chapter Prophets, verse 107
41 – chapter Al-Hujurát, verse 10
42 – Sahihu Bukhari (4776); Sahihu Muslim (1401); Sunenu Nesai (5324) …etc

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