|Maktubaat of Mujaddid Alf Thani (RA)
This letter, written to Sayyid Mahmud, states that it is necessary to find a
perfect master and to avoid ignorant Shaykhs.
May Allahu ta'ala increase the desire to look for Him! May He bless us with the
fortune of avoiding the things that prevent us from attaining Him! The valuable
letter, which is a favor of yours, has arrived. It is very pleasant because it
indicates that you have been seeking Allahu ta'ala, that you have been consumed
with love for Him. Wishing is the harbinger of attaining.
Being consumed with love is a sort of beginning for attaining. One of our
superiors says, "If He would not give, He would not give the wish." One should
appreciate the value of the blessing of wishing and refrain from the things that
will cause it to be lost. One must be careful lest the wish becomes slack or the
fervor chilly. What helps most lest this blessing is lost is to thank (Allahu
ta'ala) for it. He declares in the seventh ayat of Sura-i Ibrahim: "If you thank
Me for My favors, I will certainly increase them." It is necessary both to thank
Him and to entrust oneself to Him and to weep and beg Him lest one will love or
wish for something else. If one does not feel like weeping, begging, one should
force oneself to do so. "If you do not weep make yourself weep," has been said.
Until you find an exalted person who is kamil and mukammil, [that is, who has
reached perfection and who is able to make another reach perfection also], one
should preserve this wish with all its fervor in one's heart. When such an
exalted person is found, all wishes and desires should be delivered into his
hands, one being like a corpse on a bench under a washer's hands. Fana -fi-sh-Shaykh
is first. This fana will then turn into fillah. [That is, when you find an
exalted person who has reached the end of the way of tasawwuf and who is back in
order to make others attain it also and who therefore looks like any ordinary
person, you should surrender yourself to him. First, you should annihilate
yourself in him; that is, you should obey not yourself but him. A person who
does so will gradually be annihilated in Allahu ta'ala. That is, his own desires
being annihilated, he will act according to Allahu ta'ala's will. He will no
longer have any will of his own.] An exalted person who will take from Allahu
ta'ala and give to men should be two-dimensional. Because man is very mean and
evil-natured, he cannot have a relationship with Allahu ta'ala. A
two-dimensional intermediary is necessary, and this intermediary is an insan-i
kamil (perfect man).
The worst thing which slackens a talib's wish and which extinguishes his fervor
is his surrendering himself to a naqis person who has not reached the end of the
way. A naqis is a person who has not completed his way through suluk and jadhba
but calls himself a Shaykh, a murshid. A group of naqis Shaykhs is called a
samm-i qatil. He who surrenders himself to them ends up in perdition. Such
groups derange the high tendency, the inclination of a talib. For example, if a
patient takes the medicine of a doctor who is not specialized, who does not even
have a diploma, he will, let alone become well, get sick all the more. He will
even lose the tendency to heal. That medicine may first reduce his aches. But
the aches are not felt because it disturbs, harms the nerves. This case is not a
service, but a disservice. If this patient goes to a real doctor, this doctor
will first try to do away with the harm of that medicine. Then he will begin to
cure the disease.
The way of our superiors "rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajmain' is based on
sohbat. Nothing is obtained by memorizing or by uttering a few words of the
great men of tasawwuf. On the contrary, it slackens the wish of the talib.
Hadrat Shaykh Taj "quddisa sirruh", who is an owner of marifats, lives close to
you. His blessed presence is a great favor for the Muslims there. Do get in
touch with him infrequently. Infrequent visits in a relationship bring no value.
If you occasionally write about your state, we will not hesitate to answer.
Thus, the chain of love and ikhlas will be stirred.
Source: Taken (with Thanks) from Beauty of Islam