Showing posts with label saints. Show all posts
Showing posts with label saints. Show all posts

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A 'Waliullah' In Our Times

In the Friday Sermon of 23 November 2018 (14 Rabi’ul Awwal 1440 AH) delivered at Tenkasi during his recently concluded tour of Tamil Nadu and Kerala (South India); Imam- Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius provides an illuminating discourse on the concept of Waliullah in the Islamic spiritual tradition. 

All through history, the world of Islam witnessed the appearance of several great savants; Divinely-imbued souls as the Pole Stars of the Religion and the Way; the Luminous Moons of the Faith- people whom devout Muslims over the millennium revere as no less than the spiritual heirs of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa). These perfect followers of the Holy Prophet (sa) had been blessed with the direct descent of Divine Knowledge, Divine Revelations, and Divine Words on their persons, and their supplications were almost always accepted. Indeed, such followers of the Muhammadan Light in the Spiritual Path, imbued as they are with divine qualities; they aspire to cultivate a direct relationship with one’s Maker and live secluded behind the curtain of Divine intimacy. Like the Qur’an says: “Verily, My Protecting Friend is Allah, Who has revealed this perfect Book and He takes into (His) protection all the righteous.” (7:197) 

A Hadith-e-Qudusi recorded in Sahih Al Bukhari reads as follows: “My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And once I love him, I become his hearing, with which he hears, his sight, with which he sees, his hand, with which he seizes, and his foot, with which he walks. If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.” 

Those individuals with whom Allah converses more directly and frequently than with other believers belong to the class of Friends of Allah (Auliya). In the spiritual terminology, such persons are described under different ranks and stations- Wali, Muhaddith, Mujaddid, etc. - all of whom receive their light from the Divine Light and thereby revive the knowledge, wisdom and blessings of the Prophets and Messengers of the previous era. The Light of Allah emanating from theses spiritual lamps illuminate the path of the Divine seekers in Islam.

The present discourse by Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) is indeed an important reminder to all Ahmadis- people who revere the legacy of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian- about the forgotten teachings of the Promised Massih (as) regarding the spiritual phenomenon of Wilayat, and the continued vitality of these teachings in every era till the Day of Judgement. Drawing specifically from the Divine revelations and additional explanations given by the Promised Massih (as) in the previous era, especially in his Revealed Sermon- Khutba Ilhaamiya; and also the Divine revelations that were vouchsafed to his humble self in the last two decades, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) points to the significance of the advent of a 'Waliullah'- a special Friend of God, who speaks with the help of Roohul Qudus to illuminate the reasoning and intelligence of people in the appreciation of subtle and profound matters of Divine knowledge and to guide them in the Spiritual Way in our bewildering times.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Khalifatullah (atba) in Delhi

The Living Legacy of Islam in India

Historically speaking, Islam spread in the Indian subcontinent through a gradual process lasting over centuries. While South India, Kerala in particular, witnessed the advent of Arab traders and early Muslim merchants from Yemen as part of the organic process of international trade in those early days of Islam in the seventh, eight, and ninth centuries; the North of India witnessed powerful military struggles for political dominion and the Muslim armies succeeding in establishing themselves as rulers in this vast land. Delhi, the capital city of India, has thus been a major centre of the Muslims over the millennia. Muslim dynasties, including the Grand Mughals, ruled over Delhi for over seven centuries before the British colonial era began in the subcontinent.

With the establishment of Muslim empires in India and the relative peace it brought into the region from the political turmoil in the extended neighbourhood of India, many Sufi saints and their disciples from different parts of the Islamic world began to travel to India and began settling down here, thereby triggering in its own way conditions for the spread of Islam through the nooks and corners of India. 

Among the major Muslim saints and sages of the medieval era, Godly men who settled in and around Delhi and other parts of North India, one can count several illustrious names: Hadhrat Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (ra), Hadhrat Mueenuddin Chishti Ajmeri (ra)(1132-1236); Hadhrat Faridudin Shakar Gunj(ra) (1212-1269); Hadhrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dehlvi (ra)(1233-1325);  Hadhrat Shiekh Ahmad Sarhindi (ra) Mujaddid Alf Sani (1563-1624), Hadhrat Shah Waliullah Muhaddis Dehlvi(ra)(1703-62), etc.

Prophecy on 'Mahdis' in India

Many of these great servants of Allah (swt) sang in ecstasy, drinking from the cup of Divine revelations, sharing Good News about the arrival of other Men of God in the Later Days. Many prophecies and glad tidings regarding the future of Islam are to be redeemed in the fullness of time through several processes in the Indian subcontinent, including the prophecies regrding the advent of Imam Mahdi and the second coming of Jesus (as), etc. Hadhrat Ni’matullah Shah Wali Dehlavi, in his famous Diwan, spoke about the advent of the Promised Massih and Mahdi in India. Very many years before the events, he spoke about the Signs of the Times. In a book published in 1851, Arbaeen-fi-Ahwaal-al-Mahdiyyeen, Hazrat Shah Ismail Saheed (ra) included this poem about the arrival of a Guided One (Mahdi) in India:  

I see the power of the Creator and I see the plight of the age.
I do not say all this by reading the stars:
Nay! I relate what God Almighty has told me.

In Khorasan, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq; I see sedition and wars.
Everyone is in a wretched state, even the highest and the best.
I hear a strange story: I see grief and sorrow everywhere.  

But do not grieve, for in the midst of these anxieties,
I envision the joy of meeting the Sweetheart.
When the unfruitful winter is over,
I envision the rising of the sun of a happy spring.

When his tenure comes to its successful end,
I see that he will be succeeded by his illustrious son.

I see the name of that illustrious personage written
And I read: Alif, Ha, Mim, and Dal.

I see that he is the Mahdi and the Messiah of the age
And he is the champion in both capacities.

I see the whole world has become like one big city;
And his justice is the fortress for one and all.

The 'Links' with the Promised Massih (as)

The Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian in the last century clarified that Divine words and prophecies have multiple layers of meaning and it is often futile for it to conform to human imaginations or the fulfilment of literal interpretations and that no one can object to the Will and Wisdom of Allah (swt) in the realization of Divine words. He confirmed that he is indeed the Promised Massih and Imam Mahdi of the Fourteenth Century Hijri while also prĂ©cising that “there will be several Mahdis” as he noted in his Book “Heavenly Signs”: