Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Malfuzat of a Sufi Master: Jamaat Ali Shah

Following are a selection from the Malfuzat (wisdom sayings) of Hazrat Pir Sayyid Jamaat Ali Shah, may Allah sanctify his soul's secret.


If the Name of Allah is uttered even once with the tongue, it is the dhikr (remembrance) of the tongue; if Allah is remembered once with the heart, then that is equal to thirty five million utterances (dhikr) of the tongue. Such is the dhikr of the heart. There are 35 million blood vessels in the body, and all are connected to the heart. If Allah’s Name is uttered even once (with the heart) then all the vessels utter it too.

In a river, a boat travels on the water and the greater the amount of water, the more at ease the boat will be. However if that very water enters the boat, it will capsize. The heart is as the boat and the sorrows and heartaches of the world are the water; everyone’s boat has sunk except that of the people of Allah - those who do dhikr - which always stays afloat.

Allah Ta’aala has created the heart [dil] for Divine remembrance [dhikr], and has not created it for worries.

If there are ten people doing dhikr and one person who is abstaining [ghafil], the remembrancers [dhakir] will make the abstainer radiant too [nurani]. Staying [suhbat] with company wherein Allah’s dhikr is performed will bring contentment.

If two tasks need to be performed, one for the Faith [Deen], the other for the world [dunya], then perform the one for the Deen first. Through it’s blessing [baraka’] the worldly task will also be achieved.

Every supplication [dua’] has two wings: lawful earnings, and a truthful tongue. Whoever earns through lawful [halal] means and speaks the truth, his supplication will definitely be accepted.

If a farmer uses a plough all his life but does not plant the seeds, can his crops grow? Of course not! Using the plough is fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], pilgrimage [Hajj] and sowing the seeds is charity [zakat]. If one does not give zakat, all his praying, fasting and making the pilgrimage is in vain.

Constant contemplation [fikr] about prayer [salat; namaz] is given the name prayer (worship) i.e. a person is busy doing some work but his heart is always thinking about the (next) prayer so that sometimes he asks about the time, sometimes he looks at his watch, at other times he looks at the (position of) the sun, to make sure that he doesn’t miss the (correct) prayer time. Until such contemplation is achieved, the prayer is just a ritual and a habit which is being performed. May Allah Almighty grant us such contemplation!

In this day and age it is common to hear that do not (over) praise His Excellency Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, beyond his limit. But only one who knows a limit can go beyond it. If someone does not know the limit, how will he exceed it?

Apart from Allah Almighty no one really knows the limits of the Prophet, upon him be Divine blessings and peace; reading his noble kalimah once is enough to wipe out a lifetime’s sins! This much we do know about his limits:

Muhammad Mustafa, O Kaif, is praised by Allah 
Forget about what common folks say or know: 
No one can truly praise him!
 

Muhammad is the Divine Secret, his secrets who knows?!
In
shar’iah he is a man, in haqiqah (reality) only God knows!

The earth does not eat the bodies of the Prophets, neither does it touch them. The Prophets continues to pray [perform namaz] in their present station. Use analogy [qiyas] then, and think what the state of The Prophet will be like (in his grave).

The Messenger of Allah, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said that whoever sends salutations upon me I will answer his salutations. His Excellency (Muhammad), sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said that whoever sends blessings [durud-i-sharif] upon me with love, I hear it with my own ears.

The Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, after veiling himself from this world, is, without doubt, alive and still upon his Prophethood and is pleased by the worship and good deeds of his Community [ummah] and saddened by the sins and disobedience.

If one wishes to give anything in the way of Allah, one should do so in one’s own lifetime. After we die, neither our wife nor our children will give anything in our name; in fact, it will be difficult even for them to come to read the Fatihah at our graves!

The Day of Judgement [qiyamat] will come when from amongst Allah’s servants, no one remains to pronounces Allah’s name on the face of earth. (credit)



Hazrat Pir Sayyid Jamaat Ali Shah Sahib
Hazrat Pir Sayyid Jamaat Ali Shah Sahib quds-sirruhu (c.1840 -1951) of Alipur Sharif, Sialkot, Pakistan. The Shaykh was one of the great saints of the Punjab and a sayyid also from both maternal and paternal sides of his family. His ancestors, all sufi masters themselves, hailed from Shiraz in Iran and came to the Subcontinent.

He had a wonderful, awe-inspiring personality and was gentle and loving towards all. He was an expert in all of the branches of fiqh (jurisprudence) but especially in the sciences of hadith. Apart from his vast learning, it was as a Sufi shaykh that the saint was loved by the populace and it is estimated that he had over 1 million murids [disciples] from Afghanistan to the southern tip of India; he received the khirqa [cloak] from his Shaykh very soon after taking bayah [pledge of spiritual allegaince] and was thus the representative of his Shaykh early on. He was authorized to accept murids into many Sufi Orders but it was as a Naqshbandi Master that he is famous for, carrying the great secret of this Order. He transformed the lives of countless people and sinners repented at his hands by the thousand and many others themselves reached the highest levels of spiritual development by his attention. His karamat [miracles] are too many to recount and there are many eye-witnesses to them.

He was extremely generous and magnanimous towards all, especially the poor, and he would not eat alone and the poor had been invited to share his table with him. As a Sufi he occupied the status of a Perfect Master and he was loved by all and sundry. It is for his love of the Holy Prophet of Allah alayhi salaat o salaam that he is especially famous for. He passed onto his Creator in 1951, Rehmatullah alahey.


# Reference:
* About Pir Jamaat Ali Shah
* Manqabat of Pir Syed Jama'at Ali Shah
* Final resting place of Hazrat Jamaat Ali Shah
* Aulia of Pakistan
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