Hadhrat Jibra’eel A.S. asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) “What is Ihsaan?” Thereupon he replied: “It is that you worship Allah as if you see Him and if you do not see Him, He certainly sees you”.Tariqat is another name for Ihsaan or the way of acquiring the quality of Ihsaan. This is what is called Sufism (Tasawwuf) or good conduct (Sulook). More
We were blessed to stay in the company of the saints of our times. Just on seeing them were we convinced, and believed in Tasawwuf. We did not only find ‘Tasawwuf’ and ‘Tariqat’ in them, but also the essence of ‘Deen’ and ‘Shariah’. Their characters were a reflection of the character of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) Their lives, actions and dealings were weighed and moulded according to the Shariah. We noticed that they always separated the aims from the means, laid stress on realities by staying away from and disregarding technical terms.
They did not attach any importance to customs and were staunch opposers and denouncers of innovations. Their obedience to the Sunnah was not only confined to devotions but it also enveloped their habits and dealings as well. They were not followers of this science, but were in fact true reformers. With their divine insight and lengthy experience they accomplished their task, sometimes with brevity and selection and at other times with omissions and amendments.
Treatment and advice were dispensed to suit each ones individual nature. In the remedy and diet, full consideration was given to conditions, occupations and temperaments. Their status in this field is similar to that of a discoverer of medicine or an inventor of a skill. They were masters and not slaves of their profession. Their actual concern was the health and benefit of the (spiritually) sick and not to tread the beaten track (i.e. to be a slave of old customs and rites)
Their concept of the actual purpose of Tasawwuf is the sincerity of desiring Allah’s pleasure, be it reformation of character, honest dealings, development of a moderate nature, self control, giving preference to others, submission, recitations, strivings, staying in the company of a Shaikh and even bai’at. If these are not achieved then all this effort is synonymous to a person who works all day long trying to move a mountain with a piece of straw.
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