WORDS OF WORTH
100 Statements of Hadhrat
Mawlana Maseeh Ullah Khan Sahib (RA)
Compiled by: Hadhrat Mawlana Muhammad Farooq Sahib.
WORDS OF WORTH
1) All progress is dependant upon remaining steadfast on the Shariah.
2) The Wealth of Attainment (reaching Allah) is acquired through the Shariah and adherence to the Sunnah.
3) Earning is not your control, but spending is.
4) Shariat is knowledge. Tareeqat is acting upon that knowledge.
5) Tareeqat actually means practising on the masaa’iI of the Shariat.
6) Islaah (spiritual reformation) of the nafs is faraz (Compulsory).
7) The goal and destination of this path of Sulook is the pleasure of Allah.
8) The pleasure of Allah is obtained through following the Shariat.
9) To take bay'at is sunnat.
10) It is compulsory to place oneself into the hands of a (qualified) Shaikh for the rectification of evil deeds
11) Continue to take stock of your actions.
12) Make muraqaba-e-maut (contemplation of death).Compulsory upon yourself.
13) The first step in sulook is to regard yourself as nothing.
14) Bay'at is a sunnat promise. (Bay'at is a sunnat practice through which one pledges and promises to remain steadfast on the teachings and advice enjioned at the time. This was the sunnat promise Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi was'allam extracted from the Sahaaba at the time of bay'at is termed a sunnat promise).
15) Success lies in informing the Shaikh of your true condition and then following his instructions.
16) Perfection cannot be attained without the guidance of a teacher.
17) One cannot attain perfection without staying in the company of one who is already perfect.
18) One should not interfere in the diagnosis and prescription of the Shaikh. (For example, if the Shaikh diagnosis jealousy in you and prescribes generosity as the cure, then do not believe that you are free from this disease nor opt for another type of cure. Translator)
19) The company of the pious makes one pious.
20) Congeniality is a pre-requisite for gaining spiritual benefit. (Congeniality or munasabat means the existence of such compatibility between Shaikh and mureed that the latter has no rejection for any word or practice of the Shaikh. In fact, he readily accepts every statement and act of his Shaikh. When two persons of a different nature cannot travel in this world together, how can two such people tread the Path of Sulook together. -Trans.)
21) The hearts of pious are illuminated by the noor of Allah Ta'ala.
22) The dua of the Shaikh is through the permission of Allah Ta'ala
23) The Shaikh's dua is a sign of the blessing and favour of Allah Ta'ala (No.23 is an explanation of no 22. The Shaikh's dua is a sign of the blessing of Allah Ta'ala because such dua is through the permission of Allah Ta'ala, meaning that Allah Ta'ala causes the Shaikh to make dua. When the Shaikh makes dua for you, Allah Ta'aala accepts his dua in your favour and blesses you with the good of this world and the hereafter.)
24) Do not reject any statement of your Shaikh. (if you cannot understand something the Shaikh says then regard your understanding to be deficient and not the explanation of the Shaikh)
25) Have this belief that the Shaikh's error is better than your correct action.
26) A sign of compatibility is that the-mureed loves all actions of the Shaikh. (This means he does not deliberately reject or object to any action or statement of the Shaikh.)
27) The Shaikh should constantly keep an eye on his mureeds.
28) A (true) Shaikh is one who reprimands his mureeds on their misdeeds.
29) The qualities of an elder can be noticed in his juniors, provided the juniors have appreciated and valued him (the senior).
30) By delaying your correspondence with your Shaikh, your congeniality with him gradually diminishes.
31) It is imperative to stay in the company of a Shaikh for lengthy spells. If one is unable to do so, then corresponding with the Shaikh and acting upon his advice is a substitute for his companionship.
32) The fruit of silence is success. (The moment you utter a statement there is the possibility of it being contrary to the Shariah, such as a lie, gheebat etc., and there is also the danger of being taken to task for it. On the other hand, if one adopts silence then the possibility of being punished for something that was never said does not exist.)
33) Do not speak excessively.
34) The reality of Mujaahadah is to oppose the nafs.
35) Maintain the habit of opposing the nafs.
36) The necessity of Mujaahadah always exists
37) Sleep and eat to your fill; decrease speech and association with people.
38) Think before you speak.
39) Always keep in mind that if my Allah is pleased with me, the beloved of Allah, (Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is pleased with me, and my Shaikh too. In so doing there will never be retrogression in one's spiritual condition. (In other words, do such actions that will keep them all happy.)
40) There are two principles of life, sabr (patience) and shukr (gratitude).
41) Adopt two things to save yourself from harm, viz., Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from sin) and Isti'aaza (seeking The Protection of Allah).
42) It is the experience of thousands of Wise people that increasing friendship and relations is spiritually destructive.
43) Refrain from sitting (unnecessarily) in the company of hakeems and poets because in these is danger
of losing wealth and Imaan.
44) Be fond of seclusion.
45) When not in seclusion then mix with the friends of Allah.
46) Acting upon the commandments, abstaining from the prohibitions and being punctual with your Ma'moolaat (daily practices prescribed by the Shaikh) are sure signs of progress.
47) By keeping the, creation happy, the Creator, Allah Ta'ala, becomes happy.
48) Always sit in the company of elders.
49) Good character is a Divine weapon. (The Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam was granted good character through which he conquered his entire nation).
50) Refrain from following natural habits; use the intellect and follow the Shariah.
51) In permissible worldly matters contentment should be dominant.
52) Be obsessed with Tableegh (propagation), Ta'leem (imparting knowledge), and Tadrees (academic teaching).
53) Rectification of the niyyat is necessary for the niyyat of rectification. (That is, in order to have an intention of islaah when stepping onto the . Path of Tasawwuf, it is incumbent that your initial intention be proper and correct. This results in sincerity of quest.)
54) In some people signs of perfection are noticed whilst they are still in the initial stages of Tasawwuf.
55) The perfection of tauba is necessary.
56) The reality of tauba is remorse.
57) Zikr of Allah should be made with an intention of gaining the Love of Allah.
58) Youth should reflect on the Wrath and Might of Allah Ta'ala. This will make fear for Allah Ta'aala predominant in their hearts, thus saving them from disobedience.)
59) The sick and weak should allow Hope in Allah to dominate their lives.
60) While staying in this world one should have a yearning for the hereafter.
61) Only ask from Allah Ta'ala and seek help from Him alone.
62) Comtemplate over the (eventual) destruction of this world and you will be blessed with contentment (of the heart).
63) The need for sabr (patience) exists in every action.
64) To make shukr (show gratitude unto Allah for his 'numerous favours) is faraz.
65) Through sabr shukr becomes easy.
66) Forebearance is acquired through contemplation.
67) Real sabr is to abstain from sin.
68) Real Shukr is not to regard oneself as deserving of any ni'mat.
69) Through shukr one remains protected (from pride, vanity, etc).
70) One who adopts shukr is always humble.
71) One who has sabr is a mutawakkil (one who relies upon Allah).
72) The Zaahid (one who detaches himself from the world) is always content.
73) The essence of imaan is perfect piety.
74) The essence of Islam is perfect humility.
75) The characteristic of durood and salaam is adherence to the sunnat.
76) The effect of following the sunnat is the intercession of Rasoolullah sallallahu a/aihi wasallam.
77) The gem of complete hidayat is attained through love for the Sahaaba.
78) Love for The Auliyaa (friends of Allah Ta'ala) is a means of attaining the love of Allah Ta'ala.
79) The beloved of the Auliyaa are very close unto Allah.
80) The majalis (gatherings) of the pious is association with Allah. (Since the hearts of these people are attached to Allah Ta'ala, being in their company is like being in the company of Allah.)
81) The stage of Radhaa means to remain pleased with the decision of Allah Ta'ala from the bottom of the heart.
82) The stage of Tafweez means to eliminate your ambitions and be sure of Divine Wisdom in the actions of Allah.
83) Opposing the nafs and abundant zikr is the method of annihilation (of the nafs).
84) Proficiency in the Akhlaaq-e-hameeda (beautiful attributes) is called baqaa (steadfastness).
85) A true mureed is one who has a fervent desire to spread the silsilah (order) of his Shaikh.
86) Greed is eradicated by suppressing the demands of the nafs.
87) Anger is a good quality when used against the enemy.
88) Being forced to resort to lies for the purpose of unity among Muslims is praiseworthy.
89) Divine love is the cure for vanity and pride.
90) To adopt arrogance against arrogant people is actually humility.
91) Refrain from honouring an innovator or else the greatness of Deen will disappear from the heart.
92) Malice destroys the noor of a human being.
93) Refrain from situations of lust and fame.
94) That enjoyment which does not bear fruit in the hereafter is dunya. (For example, sexual relations with the wife is not dunya because although one experiences pleasure, the fruit of such enjoyment will be experienced in the hereafter form of reward. On the other hand, one also gets enjoyment from zina, but that does not result in reward in the hereafter, therefore that is pure dunya and lust, for which one will be punished in the hereafter).
95) The act of refraining from lengthy plans and amassing wealth is in fact abundant remembrance of death.
96) Have affinity for Allah Ta'ala alone or else you will become enmeshed with the creation.
97) The desire for good (deeds) is inspiration (from Allah Ta'ala).
98) It is faraz to become a friend of Allah Ta'ala.
99) Continuous obedience (to every command of Allah Ta'ala), abundant zikr, and excessive contemplation of Allah Ta'ala in the heart are effects of the friendship of Allah Ta'ala.
100) Refrain from opposing the sunnat.
101) Avoid the softness of women and the company of young lads.
102) Verbal abuse is a sign of deprivation.
103) Every difficulty that is beyond one's control (such as illness, death, etc.) is a means of connection to Allah.
104) Volitional deeds (within one's control) are very easy.
105) Refrain from pride and despair, adopt humility and hope.
106) Shagal should only be done with the permission of the Shaikh.
107) Regard the reading of the Shaikh's mawaa’iz (lectures) and malfoozat (written statements) as his majlis (in his absence).
108) Do not mix too much with acquaintances, for much time is wasted in their company.
109) Do not invent stories for this causes a great deal of hurt.
110) The first step is sincerity, the last is Ihsaan (always thinking that Allah is watching me) this is the siraat-e-mustaqeem.
111) To have jealousy for a fellow mureed is a sign of destruction.
112) There is no need to furnish proof for entertaining a good opinion about someone. (But one will be accountable on the Day of Judgement for harboring evil thoughts about others.)
113) All seasons are equal for those who are in the habit of performing good deeds. For the lazy ones, every season becomes an obstacle. (For example, one who is in the habit of performing taha Dud, will do so whether it is raining or snowing and in summer or winter. Whereas the person who has no concern for taha Dud will find it too cold to wake up in winter and will find the nights too short in summer and so forth).
114) Among all the students in a madrasa there are perhaps only three or four who are true seekers of knowledge.
115) Be open with the Shaikh, but not to the extent that one becomes disrespectful.
116) Eating more food does not give one extra strength. (In fact it makes one more lazy.)
117) Each person wants to make the next person think like him.
118) When something is done in the correct manner then it is definitely beneficial.
119) If the heart finds pleasure in Ibadat (worship), regard such Ibadat as food for the Rooh, and if it becomes disinclined towards worship then consider that Ibadat as medication for the rooh.
120) Whatever journey one undertakes, let it be for the purpose of learning (from what you see and who you meet).
121) When speaking it is necessary to take into consideration the audience. (For example, do not explain the different stages of tasawwuf to a listener who does not even know the basic laws of namaaz.)
122) What type of person is he who has no desire to serve others?
123) Who stands by you nowadays? It is only the taufeeq (guidance) of Allah that lends support. (In other words, don't rely upon people, rather upon the support of Allah.)
124) One whose nature is dominated by good, mere contemplation on his name is sufficient for his spiritual reformation.
125) He who does not adopt ttle lifestyle of a Nabi cannot be a Wali.
126) Differentiating between the status of people is a necessary measure. (This implies treating each individual according to his status and rank.)
127) It is necessary to have discipline and order in everything.
128) Every principal should remain concerned (about the running of his institute), one should be hardworking.
129) One has to endure hardships when travelling.
130) A Shaikh should never be negligent of his own islaah.
131) Wealth and intelligence are not necessary corollaries. (That is, the two don't always go together).
132) Elevation of the spiritual status is dependant upon good deeds.
133) Tasawwuf entails preference of faraa-iz over nawaafil.(Tasawwaf does not advocate that people make excessive zikr on one hand, while they neglect the faraa-iz on the other.)
134) Solitude is achieved through (seclusion of) the heart, not just by physical separation. (Seclusion does not mean to sit alone and have the entire world in your heart.But just as sitting in seclusion is necessary, it is even more important to attain seclusion of the heart, meaning that one should expel everything besides Allah Ta'ala from the heart).
135) One should remain aloof from market places, shopping centres, etc. (This is not a prohibition from working and earning in such places. Earn halaal to spend in Allah's Way. However, never allow attachment to mislead you from the Laws of Allah.)
136) The Mashaa-ikh should also remember their childhood.
137) Unnecessary objections stem from ignorance.
138) To attain love, seeing the beloved is not necessary. Yes, constant remembrance is necessary.
139) To ignore stray thoughts (that come into mind unintentionally) is the remedy for many problems. (For example, you are ill and everyone comes to visit you except your best friend. A thought flutters through the mind that, "he was the first one at my wedding, walima, etc but where is he now?" You now begin doubting the sincerity of this friendship. If one pays attention to this thought then gradually it becomes stronger in the heart, building up to voluntary hatred towards this friend. Thereafter it becomes difficult to even speak to or associate with him any more).
140) Ulema should not be the third party in the disputes of laymen.
141) It does not befit one in'charge of affairs to adopt a habit of lengthy discussion. (Such a person has to plan and make decisions, and this can only be achieved by speaking less and pondering. Secondly he would have to command his subordinates to do certain things, and if he continues reprimanding them for every blemish, they will turn a deaf ear to him and his words will no more be effective.)
142) To search for, or to expose the fault of someone, is an extremely evil quality.
143) The vitality of knowledge is to ask and to practice. (In other words, in order to learn one must ask. Then to preserve that learning one needs to practice it).
144) Suspicion is the root of all faults.
145) If a saalik does not refrain from mingling and meeting, it will be very difficult for him to tread the path of sulook.
146) Help becomes available through courage.
147) You will receive help commensurate with your courage.
148) Help is promised on adopting courage; the courage of man brings the help of Allah Ta'ala.
149) The Shaikh should have a tongue and the mureed an ear. (Meaning that when the Shaikh commands the mureed to do something he should accept and carry it out immaterial of whether he understands the wisdom behind it or not, and he should not question the Shaikh as to why it should be done).
150) When one is considered an aalim in society then it becomes very necessary for him to honour the quality of Um (knowledge).
151) The important thing is work (good deeds), not name or fame. Name is subject to work. In this world an item is first manufactured and then a label is attached to it. One has to first write a book and only then is one called an author; likewise one has to do good deeds and only then can one be termed a pious servant by Allah Ta'ala.
152) There is no place for doubt or uncertainty in tasawwuf.
153) A greedy person always remains disgraced.
154) Television is there to destroy the iman of Muslims.
155) People say that to desire something is difficult. They are all wrong. Instead, to maintain something is very difficult. (This Hazrat Maseehul-Ummat rahamatullahi alaih said regarding marriage. Just to fall in love with a women and marry her is very easy.
166) There is a great difference between assuming seniority and being made a senior.
167) One who is not tolerant is disgraced. 168) "If I find anger anywhere I shall slaughter it, for it has caused a great deal of destruction."
169) To display bravery is easy, but to be truly braveat the time of a crisis is difficult.
170) Nowadays the tendency among people is more towards outer display or show, but real manifestation (of what is needed) on the appropriate occasion rarely happens.
171) The Mashaaikh should not give special attention to either concealment or exposure of their spiritual condition.
172) Don't look upon yourself with vanity and pride, nor look upon others with contempt.
173) Make good character and noble speech, coupled with taqwa and humility, your life-long constitution.
174) Keep compassion predominant in your nature.
175) Do not become angry over every mishap.
176) Make shukr upon your nisbat (connection with Allah), and make constant dua for further progress in this connection.
177) The one who asks (from Allah) is never deprived.
178) The one who fears Allah is always protected.
179) Make it a habit to always forgive the faults of others.
180) Generosity is the remedy for jealousy,
181) Continuous renewal of sincerity (ikhlaas) and awareness of Allah's presence (ihsaan) is a means of spiritual progress.
182) Always consider Your position and affiliations, and respect the next person's position and affiliations.
183) One will be rewarded in accordance with the account rendered.
184) An intelligent person is one who recognises occasions and people. (That is, he knows how to deal with each occasion and how to treat each individual.)
185) The heart is the soil of Allah, Laa ilaha illallah is the seed. After sowing this seed of imaan one will have to irrigate it with good deeds.
186) Tareeqat is the name of those Paths that link the servant to his Creator through the medium of the Shariah.
187) Keep your nafs occupied (with the remembrance of Allah with good deeds) before it keeps you occupied with its own pursuits.
188) The assistance of Allah is obtained through spreading the Deen.
189) The companionship of Allah is attained through zikrullah (Remembrance of Allah).
190) The meaning of hud is one who refrains from foolish acts and activities that have no benefit. Therefore one who does not abstain from foolish and futile acts, nor prevents others from the same, is called be-huda. Every Saalik should be a "hud".
191) Today's times are very delicate. It is imperative to recognise the era you live in. Don't be hasty in making someone your close friend, for hypocrisy has become widespread.
192) To bear something displeasing with displeasure is called tahallum (pretending to be tolerant). And to bear displeasure with pleasure is true hilm (tolerance).
193) There should be a great deal of respect for Ulema in the heart.
194) Do not reproach, taunt, or criticise those who are not involved in Tableegh.
195) While staying in the Khanqah one should observe silence, be content at heart, and not befriend anyone.
198) One should regard service to Ulema as the highest and most virtuous service.
197) At all times think: "My Allah is watching me with much love and affection."
198) Students should pass the annual holidays in accordance with the guidance of the Shaikh.
199) Remain happy; adorn yourself with good; prosper and flourish in virtue; swallow grief and swallow anger, but feed others with sweetness Insha-Allah the world will fall at your feet.
200) May Allah grant us the ability to differentiate between truth and falsehood and save us from innovations.
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