Just wait a while,
turn your back and
remember what you have forgotten.
Try to find if you’ve lost,
apologize if you’ve hurt,
forgive if you have been hurt.
Because life is too short.
- Shams-e-Tabrizi -
In the 1300s, the Chinese Hongwu Emperor wrote the “Hundred-word Eulogy“, which praised the characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Copies of it (like this one) were distributed to mosques throughout China. Translation: Since the creation … Continue reading
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Unite with whoever breaks with you, Pardon whoever wrongs you, Give to whoever deprives you, and Be good to whoever is bad to you. ~ Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
When he the Beloved looks at me I drop my head in shame but my soul stands peakings, wishing to watch for hours onwards and does Ziyarah of the beloved’s Nûr… – Anonymous -
If others misunderstand you, it does not matter so much. Though, when your own misunderstand you, well, that hurts. Imagine, the Best of Mankind, our Master Muhammad (abundant peace and blessing be upon him), he gave us the Quran, the Wisdom (Sunnah), a way of thinking, a paradigm for basing our behavior on and the greatest gift, he gave us Tawhid, knowledge of Allah’s Unity and Oneness.
It would be injustice, no doubt, from us, if we spoke only of Tawhid – even though it is the grandest knowledge – and only Tawhid, without reflecting on other gifts bestowed by the Prophet (peace be upon him). What kind of injustice or misunderstanding would it be if we did not celebrate his gift of Ihsan, or his gift of intercession – which we all hope for? Is this not a form of extremism: not willing to change and not allowing the topic to be changed? We know exactly who suffers from this malady, right?
Yet, some Sunnis too fall into the same trap, if we may call it that. If an erudite scholar, comes forth and offers the world many gifts, would it not be inadvertent neglect then to forget about his other achievements and allow the world to see only an aspect of what this scholar stood for, what he “was made of?” Shaykh Ahmad Rida Khan (Allah have mercy on him), is from such neglected figures. If one desired to learn about this man, he would have a hard time. Yes books have been written, websites have been dedicated to him but most of these mediums speak of one thing and only one thing… And many are drawn away from him due to somewhat naive portrayals and displays of self proclaimed adherents to the teachings of this great man, accomplished Sufi and scholar, Shaykh Ahmad Rida Khan aka Aman Mia – Allah have mercy on him.
So I decided, that with my limited resources and above all, limited knowledge, I will attempt to compile a list in English of SOME of the texts and treaties that were written by Shaykh Ahmad Rida Khan. Just to provide an insight into his level of knowledge and scholarship. He was foremost in defending the mainstream creed of Islam during a volatile religious and political climate. The Prestigious Ottomon Caliphate was under attack, the Two Holy Sanctuaries were facing demolition, and in India, Muslims were faced with emerging heterodox and quasi-Islamic doctrinal trends. As a respected figure around the world, the Shaykh under discussion had to address a multitude of diverse queries from around the world; his replies could have and did have a major impact on the Muslims, especially in the Indian Subcontinent.
With all this in mind, please observe what the Shaykh was still able to accomplish in terms of written works (all works are in Arabic except 2 or 3 which are in Persian). I am only listing a handful of his unpublished works. The Shaykh’s direct student, Shaykh Dhafr Al-Din Al-Bihari, has enumerated hundreds of authored works for his teacher . I have the manuscripts of about 170 unpublished works by Shaykh Ahmad Rida Khan but in specific libraries there are much more than this. Out of the hundreds of works he wrote, which span 50+ different disciplines and sciences, only a handful are published.
The most famous of his published works is magnum opus Al-Fatawa Al-Ridawiyya in 30 volumes. This last work contains ground breaking research by the Shaykh on Fiqh and Principles of Fiqh among other notable epistles. An ocean of knowledge, yet not a drop of his inheritance has been disseminated. If the others, non-Sunnis, had someone like him, it would have been Eid for them. So we thank Allah Almighty that he made it our Eid:
Fatiha for the Imam of Love, the Mountain of Knowledge and Sun of Gnosis Ahmad Rida Khan (rahimahu Llah).
 In Hayat e Ala Hazrat, published by Maktaba Al-Madina, Dawat e Islami, Karachi.
(Above copied from facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adnaan.alshadhili/posts/534862229943276)
It is reported that Imam Malik ibn Anas (May Allah have Mercy upon them) once said to a young boy from among the Quraysh:
“O! Son of my brother, learn etiquette before you acquire knowledge.”
مَالِكَ بْنَ أَنَسٍ ، يَقُولُ لِفَتًى مِنْ قُرَيْشٍ : يَا ابْنَ أَخِي ، تَعَلَّمَ الأَدَبُ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَتَعَلَّمَ الْعِلْمَ
- The Adornment of the Friends of Allah ~ Hilyatul’ Awliyah -
Do not give up invocation of Allah
because you are not present with Allah in it.
It is worse to forget to invoke Him
than to be inattentive while invoking Him.
He might raise you up from invocation with heedlessness to invocation with wakeful attention,
and from invocation with wakeful attention to invocation with presence,
and from invocation with presence
to invocation with withdrawal from all that is other than the Invoked.
That is not difficult for Allah.
- Imam ibn ‘Ata’illah rahimahu Llah -
Sayyidi Abu Madyan talking about the fuqara:
A people with noble characteristics – wherever they sit,
the place continues to be fragrant with their traces
Sufism presents gifts from their manners and traits.
The perfect harmony from them delights the eye.
They are the people I love and my loved ones who
proudly boast dragging the tails of honor.
I am still united with and connected to them in Allah,
and our sins by Him will be forgiven and pardoned.
And then prayers upon the selected one, Sayyidina
Mohammed, the best of whoever fulfilled and whoever pledged.
Do you mock the supplication and belittle it?
While you do not know what it has the power to do!
The arrows of the night (du’a) do not miss target
But they have a set limit, which shall come to end
So if my Lord wishes, He holds it back
And if the decree is to be fulfilled, He sets it forth.
-Imam Shafi’i rahimahu Llah -
Dua for good dream from sunnah of sayyida ‘Aisha radi Allahu ‘anhu:
Allahumma ini as aluka ru’ya saadiqatan ghayra kadhiba nafiyatan ghayra daarah hafizatan ghayra nasiya
Translation: O allah I ask you to show me a dream which is true not a lie that is of benefit not of harm that I remember and not forget
- Taken from a talk by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi (hafizu Llah) on dreams.
By loving the ones whom Allah loves, you attract His love to yourself. We hear through ‘Abdul-Wahid ibn Bakr al-Warthani and Qannad Abu Musa al-Dabili that Abu Yazid al-Bistami said that a man asked him,
Show me the shortest way to reach Allah Most High.
Abu Yazid said,
Love those beloved of Allah and make yourself lovable to them so that they love you, because Allah looks into the hearts of those whom He loves seventy times a day. Perchance He will find your name in the heart of the one He loves; then He will love you, too, and He will forgive you of your wrongdoings.
- unknown -
The Proof of Islam (may God’s mercy be on him) wrote in his book The Beginning of Guidance [Bidayat al-Hidaya], in the chapter “Preparing for the Ritual Prayers”:
You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary, you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing [baraka] in each period. But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows even shorter? Therefore, be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children, and friends stay behind.
[Imam al-Ghazali] also wrote (may God’s mercy be on him),
Know that a night and a day comprise twenty-four hours; therefore do not sleep more than eight hours, for it should suffice you, for if you were to live sixty years, for instance, you would have wasted twenty, which is one third.
And he said:
If you do [remember death and prepare for its coming], you will know endless joy when death arrives. Whereas if you are complacent and procrastinate, death will come to you at an unforeseen moment and you will know regrets without end. At dawn people are grateful for the traveling they did by night. With death, certainty comes to you; you will surely have its experience, in time.
This book, though shorter than many lengthier treatises dealing with the same matter, contains what should be enough for the intelligent alert believer who is active in worship. A Shadhili scholar once said:
What Imam al-Ghazali (may God have mercy on him) has included in ‘The Beginning of Guidance‘ is sufficient for a sufi beginner; what he has included in ‘The Way of the Worshippers‘ [Minhaj al-'Abidin] suffices the one in the middle; and ‘The Revival of the Religious Sciences‘ [Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din] is enough for the one near the end of the path.
The matter is this way for whoever is fair in his judgment and aims to adorn himself with the best of virtues and attributes. God grants success, there is no other Lord. How excellent are the poet’s words:
Gather provision for the inescapable.
Mankind has an appointment at the Resurrection.
Will it please you to be with those whose
provision is abundant while yours is amiss?
Also the famous poem which begins:
I see that daylight illumines for you
the upright road from which you swerve.
And where he says:
We fall prey to the illusion of the green branches
of hope, which never bear fruit.
This is a blessed poem belonging to a certain man from Yemen. Our master Shaykh ‘Umar al-Mihdar ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman used to like it and so did Shaykh Fadl ibn ‘Abdallah al-Tarimi al-Shihri, may God have mercy on them and spread their benefit and that of all virtuous servants of God.
-Imam Abdallah al-Haddad, Knowledge and Wisdom
And devote your attention tot he heart and your inner state. Indeed he, upon whom be peace, said: ‘Allah does not look at your faces and your deeds. He only looks to your hearts and your intentions.’
Make your words a reality through your action. Make your actions a reality through your intention and your sincerity. Make your intention and your sincerity a reality through the purification of your inner being and the soundness of your heart, for your heart is your cardinal point around which all else revolves.
It has been narrated in tradition: ‘Beware! In the body is a morsel of flesh when it is sound, the whole body follows suit and becomes sound; and when it sickens, the body sickens likewise. Indeed it is your heart!’
It is an obligation to take care of the heart and to exert an effort to its health and to strengthening it. The heart, known in Arabic as the qalb, is susceptible to perturbation, turning and change, known in Arabic as al-taqallab so much so that he, upon whom peace said: ‘It changes much faster than the cooking pot as it boils.’ And he, upon whom be peace of Allah, used to frequently supplicate thus: ‘O Changer of hearts, hold my heart steadfastly upon your religion.’ And used to say: ‘Hearts are in the finger-clasp of the All-Merciful One. If He wills, He holds them steadfastly upon righteousness. And if He wills, they go astray from it.‘ And when He, upon whom be peace wanted to be emphatic in an oath, he would say: ‘No, in the Name of He who changes hearts.’
The Exalted said the Prophet Ibrahim, His Friend (Khalil) said:
“[And let me not be in disgrace] on the Day when (men) will be raised up, the Day when neither wealth nor sons will avail, but only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart.”
Show the utmost concern – may Allah show you mercy – to come to your Lord with a heart sound and free from associating partners, hypocrisy, innovation, vile characteristics like arrogance, ostentation, envy and dishonesty towards the Muslims and vices of that nature. Seek Allah’s assistance and be steadfast. Work hard and exert yourself and say often:
“Our Lord! Let nor our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Your own Presence; for You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.” (Ali Imran 3:8)
p 22-23 of “Taqwa and Knowledge” from al-Nasaih al-Diniyyah by Imam ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad
The Prophet’s ﷺ face was likened to the full moon. He ﷺ wasn’t said to be like the sun, but like the radiant moon on a dark night. If you’ve ever been in pitch darkness, blackness so pervasive one cannot see his hand in front of his face, then you know how even a small ray of light can light up an expansive area. The full moon can turn night into day. During the day, we don’t normally consider or recognize the sun’s light. It’s always there. I was reflecting on this and after asking why the Prophet ﷺ was likened to the moon, a voice in my head reminded that He ﷺ was like the moon because when it’s dark, you’re more in need of light.
… your effort in your preaching should not be for the people in your congregation to roar or show hysteria and tear at their clothes, so that it is said, ‘What a gathering that was!’ For all this is worldliness, and that is produced by indifference. Rather your zealous intentions must be to lead men from the world to the hereafter, from recalcitrance to obedience, from acquisitiveness to renunciation, from stinginess to generosity, from doubt to certainty, from indifference to vigilance, and from illusion to God-consciousness. You should evoke in them love of the afterlife and loathing for the world. You should teach them about worship and asceticism. Do not allow them to be complacent due to the kindness of God the Exalted (Glorious and Majestic!) and His mercy, since predominating in their natures is disinclination from the path of the Law, drive in what displeases God the Exalted, and getting tripped up by bad morals. Put fear into their hearts, alarm them and put them on their guard regarding the dangers they will face. Perhaps their inward qualities will be transformed, and their outward behavior exchanged – ‘acquisitiveness’ and an ‘appetite’ for obedience, and for repentance from disobedience, will appear.
p 52 of “Letter to a Disciple” by Imam al-Ghazzali rahimahu Llah
… if you read or study knowledge, your knowledge must improve your heart and purge your ego – just as if you learned that your life would only last another week, inevitably you would not spend it in learning about law, ethics, jurisprudence, scholastic theology and suchlike, because you would know that these sciences would be inadequate for you. Instead, you would occupy yourself with inspecting your heart, discerning the features of your personality, giving worldly attachments a wide berth, purging yourself of ugly traits, and you would occupy yourself in adoring God the Exalted, worshipping Him, and acquiring good qualities. And not a day or night passes for [any] worshipper without his death during it being a possibility.
(p 56 of “Letter do a Disciple” By Imam al_Ghazzali rahimahu Llah