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Bayt program in Toronto by  Shaykh Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani Naqhsbandi (D.B.)  

Shaykh Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani Naqhsbandi (D.B.)  Khalifa of Hadhrat Sahykh Zulfikar Ahmed Naqhsbandi (D.B.) is scheduled to conduct a bayt program at Masjid Darus Salaam  on Wed. Sept 24th, 2014 after Zohr Salah.   Anyone interested to become Murid of  Shyakh Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani (db) are requested to attend this gathering.

 Tareeqat – e – Naqshbandiya

There are 4 main Silasil-e-Tareeqat of Tasawwuf (Sufi Order’s) in Islam, Silsila-e-Qadriya, Silsila-e-Chisthiya, Silsila-e-Suharwardiya and Silsila-e-Naqshbandiya. One of the reason of this is that the Umma of the Holy Prophet is very big. And which every kamil (true) Sheikh you pledge allegiance to (take Bayt from), their link will go back to the Prophet . A hadith, narrated by Hazrat Ibn ‘Abbas : Allah’s Messenger peace be upon him and blessings be upon him, said, “Nations were displayed before me (and in the display) one or two Prophets would pass by along with a few followers.  A Prophet would pass by accompanied by nobody.  Then a big crowd of people passed in front of me and I asked, ‘Who are they?  Are they my followers?”  It was said, “No.  It is Nabi Musa (peace be upon him) and his followers.”   It was said to me, “Look at the horizon.’  Behold!  There was a multitude of people filling the horizon.  Then it was said to me, ‘Look there and there, above the stretching sky!  Behold!  There was a multitude filling the horizon,’ It was said to me, ‘This is your nation, out of whom seventy thousand shall enter Paradise without reckoning.”

The Naqshbandi Tareeqat was originally known as As-Sadiqiya after the Tareeqat’s Imam, Sayyidina Abu Bakr Sadiq . After this the Tareeqat changed names as its Faiz was passed through the centuries. When it reached Hazrat Abu Yazid Bistami the Tareeqat was named At-Tayfuriya, until it reached Hazrat Abdul Khaliq Al-Ghujdawani .

From Hazrat Abdul Khaliq Al-Ghujdawani until it reached Hazrat Muhammad Baha-ud-Deen Shah Naqshband it was known as Khawaganiya. When it reached Hazrat Baha-ud-Deen Shah Naqsbhand its name changed to the current; Naqshbandi.

Hazrat Muhammad Bah-ud-Deen Owais Al-Bukhari known as Shah Naqsbhand (Shehenshah-e-Bukhara) was born in 1317 CE, near Bukhara (Uzbekhistan). He received the Faiz from his Sheikh, Hazrat Amir Kulal . Hazrat Shah Naqsband is the 17th Sheikh of this Tareeqat, he continued the work of spreading Islam, teaching people the Qur’an and following the Sunnat of the Holy Prophet ,like previous sheikhs before him did.

The Faiz that Hazrat Abu Bakr received directly from the Holy Prophet was passed down through time, upholding the flag of Islam and spreading the love of the Prophet, it reached a very renowned Sheikh, 25th in position in the Naqshbandi Chain, Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Sarhandi Farooqi (born in Sarhand, India in the 16th Century CE). He was given the title of Mujaddid e Alf Thani, the Mujaddid (Reviver) of the 1st thousand years. The Holy Prophet stated that Allah will send a reviver to save peoples Imaan every hundred and every thousand years.

Imam-e-Rabbani, Mujaddid e Alf Thani, Sheikh Ahmed Sarhandi Farooqi  (Beloved of Allah, Reviver of the second Millenium)

Hazrat Mujaddid e Alf Thani did a great service to Islam, when it was threatened by the Mughal empire (which ruled the sub continent at the time) under the emperor Akbar. Akbar using his power and military threatened Islam, and wanted to wipe it out of the sub continent, and rename a new found religion called Deen-e-Elahi, it was then against all odds Hazrat Mujaddid e Alf Thani , stood up, just as the Grandsons of the Holy Prophet Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain did centuries before saved Islam from the evil doers.

A hadith in Abu Dawood, narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: ‘Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it’. ‘The one’ in this case was Imam e Rabbani Hazrat Mujadid e Alf Thani .

Imam e Rabbani, Hazrat Mujaddid e Alf Thani, Sheikh Ahmed Sarhandi Farooqi is the Mujaddid that came after a thousand year after the Holy Prophet , a Sheikh that not only adhered to Sunnah of the Holy Prophet  but taught the entire nation to as well.

A Mujaddid is a reviver of Islam, sent directly by the Prophet  and Allah, therefore is a Khalifa to the ummah. These is also confirmed in the Holy Quran: “Allah has promised to those of you who believe, and do good, that He will surely make them khalifas in the earth as He made those before them to be khalifas” Surah An-Nur (24) Verse 55.

If we look throughout the Muslim history, we find that in every century there was not only one but multiple Khalifa’s or Mujaddids, a Hadith in Bukhari confirms this.

In Bukhari, book number 60, chapter 50. It is reported that the Holy Prophet saidThe Israelites used to be led by prophets; whenever a prophet died, another came after him. After me there is no prophet, but there will be khalifas and there will be many.”

Hazrat Mujaddid e Alf Thani’s father was also a wali (friend) of Allah, his name was Abd-ul-Ahad . Abd-ul-Ahad narrates: “One night I had a dream, I saw that the whole world was covered in darkness. Swine, apes and bears were romping around killing the people at will. Suddenly a light came out from my chest and from this light, a throne became visible, upon that throne sat an enlightened person. In front of him the Zindeeqs, Kuffaar and oppressors were being slaughtered. Then a voice echoed across the Earth saying:

The Haq (truth) has arrived, and the evil destroyed. Indeed evil (by its nature) is to perish. Surah Bani Israeel, verse 81

After having this dream, Hazrat Sheikh Abd-ul-Ahad went to see Hazrat Sheikh Shah Kamaal Kaythli who was a great wali of Allah, from the Qadri Silsila. Shah Kamaal Kaythli informed him the meaning of the dream and told him that “You will have a son, who will demolish evil and Bid’ah (innovation). He will spread the light across the Earth.”

Imam e Rabbani, Hazrat Mujadid e Alf Thani’s mother relates: “Before the birth of my son, I was in my room and fell unconscious. In this state I saw that the whole of our house filled with light, and then it filled with the spirits of the Auliya Allah, and I heard voices of congratulation from all sides.”

Imam e Rabbani, Hazrat Mujaddid e Alf Thani states in his Maktubaat (a collection of letters written by him): “When Allah bestowed me with the status, it was like this: I was sitting in Muraaqabah at the time of Zuhr, I saw that RasoolAllah come to me accompanied with the Sahaba. RasoolAllah put the Dastaar on me and gave me the Khurqah and informed me ‘O Ahmad, You are the Mujaddid Alf Thani’.”

By saving Islam from the oppressors of the time, Imam e Rabbani, Hazrat Mujjadid e Alf Thani saved the same Deen which was preached centuries earlier and brought to the sub continent by Hazrat Khwaja Muin-ud-Deen Hassan Chishti Ajmeri .

The Naqshbandi Faiz continued and reached Khwaja (Bawa Ji) Syed Noor Muhammad , Theera Shareef which is located in Kabul in 19th Century. Bawa Ji Syed Nur Muhammad  upon the request of some disciples, migrated, with their youngest son, Bawa Ji Faqeer Muhammad , to Chura Shareef, in Pakistan, in the year 1876 CE. Bawa Ji, is a direct descendant of the Holy Prophet . Their family tree can be traced back to Sayyidina Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and further back to Sayyidina Imam Hassan.

Bawa Ji are a Jilani Syed and are descendants of the Ahle Baith, Hazrat Imam Ali , who is the 4th Caliph of Islam. Bawa Ji is also linked back to Hazrat Abu Bakr Sadiq who is the 1st Caliph of Islam, due to being in the Naqshbandi Tareeqat.

As Bawa Ji are Naqshbandi Mujaddidi, his Faiz is from Imam e Rabbani, Hazrat Mujaddid e Alf Thani Sheikh Ahmed Sarhandi Farooqi, who is the descendent of the second Caliph of Islam, Sayyidina Umar Farooq .

Bawa Ji’s Faiz can be traced back to 3 important companions of the Holy Prophet ; Hazrat Abu Bakr , Hazrat Umar Farooq and Hazrat Ali . All three are close companions of the Prophet  and are 3 of the 3 Khalifa e Rashideen.

The importance of Hazrat Abu Bakr  and Hazrat Umar Farooq has been mentioned in hadith, which have been stated earlier. Muslims have a duty to respect the family (Ahle Baith).

Sayyidina Imam Tirmidhi  narrated from Sayyidina Abdullah Ibn-e-Abbas that the Holy Prophet said: “(Just as) the stars are shelters for those living on Earth to protect them from being drowned (similarly) my Ahle Baith are the resorting place for the difference (of opinion) amongst my Ummah. Hence, whenever any tribe stands in rivalry against my Ahle-Baith, they will suffer from internal strife amongst themselves and thus, that will become a Satanic group.”

Most of the Sunni Muslims follow the Hanafi madhab. Imam e Azam, Imam Hanafi is considered the highest of the 4 imams. He was fortunate enough to see 4 famous sahab e karam, Anas ibn Malik , ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa , Sahl ibn Sad as-Sa’idi and Abu al-Fadl Amir ibn Wasila , granting him the status of the Tabin, (those group of people who saw the Sahaba e karam). Imam e Azam, Imam Hanafi was very fortunate to be taught by Imam Jafar As Sadiq , who was the grandson of Imam Hussain.

Interesting, the Naqshbandi Chain is a great benefit to the Sunni world, its fourth in rank Hazrat Imam Jafar As Sadiq , who gained faiz from Imam Qasim bin Muhammad bin Abu Bakr   who gained faiz from Hazrat Salman Farsi , who gained faiz from Sayyidina Abu Bakr Sadiq , was the teacher of one of the biggest Sunni madhabs imam, teacher of Imam Abu Hanifa .


Udhiyah (Qurbani) – The Sunnah of Ibrahim AS

By Shaykh Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Hafizahullah
During the months following Ramadan, Muslims the world over remember the life of the great Prophet, the Friend of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala), Ibrahim AS; a life full of sacrifice and submission to the will of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala).

At a very young age, when in need of the support of his father, Ibrahim AS was compelled to leave him. Then, during the final stages of his life, when in his old age and in need of the support of his young son, he was commanded by Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) to sacrifice him. Without hesitation, he was ready to submit to the Will of his Creator. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) says:

And when (his son) reached an age in which he was able to walk with him, he said: “O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you, so see what is your view.” He said: “O my father! Do what you are commanded. Allah willing, you will find me of the patient ones.”

So when they had both submitted (to Allah’s Will), and he laid him down on his forehead, We called out to him: “O Ibrahim! You have indeed fulfilled the vision.” Surely, thus do we reward the doers of good. This was a clear trial. (37:102-106)

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) granted this action of Ibrahim AS so much acceptance that He made the Udhiyah (qurbani/sacrifice) a symbol of this great act. When asked by the Sahabah RA what Udhiyah is, Rasūlullah s replied: “It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim AS.” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah)

The act of Udhiyah brings enormous rewards and the Pleasure of the Lord. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said: “The son of Adam does no deed on the day of Udhiyah dearer to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) than the sacrificing of animals. It (the sacrificed animal) will come on the Day of Qiyamah with its horns and its hair and its hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with a happy heart.” (At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

Once, the Sahabah RA asked Rasūlullah s regarding the benefits of Udhiyah. He answered: “A reward for every hair.”
They asked: “And wool, O Prophet of Allah?”
He said: “A reward for every fibre of the wool.” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah)

Therefore, everyone who is able to offer Udhiyah should do so and acquire the rewards promised in the Ahadith.

Who is Required to do Udhiyah?
The act of Udhiyah is in some cases wajib and in others nafl. A person must perform the wajib Udhiyah and endeavour to perform as many nafl as possible. In the case of the person who, during the days of Udhiyah (10th, 11th and 12th Dhul-hijjah), possesses wealth to the amount which would make zakah obligatory upon him, be it in the form of gold, silver, cash, merchandise or any item which is surplus to his needs, the Udhiyah will be wajib. Unlike in the case of zakah, it is not necessary for this amount of wealth to be in one’s possession for an entire year. The compulsion of Udhiyah is established simply if wealth equivalent to the nisab of zakah is possessed during the specified days.

Some Misconceptions Regarding Udhiyah
Here, we need to clarify certain common misconceptions as regards this Ibadah.

1) One common misconception regarding Udhiyah is that it is merely a virtuous deed; it brings reward to the one who performs it and there is no blame if it is not done. This is a serious misunderstanding, for in most cases in the UK, it is Wajib.

2) The second misunderstanding is assuming that the obligation of Udhiyah is shared between the entire household. This results in those members of the household upon whom Udhiyah is incumbent performing just one between them, feeling that the obligation has been fulfilled. This is not so. If a man possesses the nisab of zakah, one Udhiyah is wajib upon him. If his wife also possesses the Nisab, she will have to perform a separate Udhiyah. Similarly, if any of the children (provided they are baligh) possess the amount of nisab, Udhiyah will be compulsory on each one of them as well.

3) Another common misconception is that Udhiyah is carried out to allow people to eat meat which is considered blessed. With this in mind they are satisfied with eating Udhiyah meat that has reached them from others. There is no doubt that Udhiyah meat is blessed, as Udhiyah is the re-enactment of the sacrifice made by Ibrahim AS, the Friend of Allah, but it is even more importantly an obligation which needs fulfilling. Such people should worry about discharging the obligation of Udhiyah and not only be content with partaking of its blessed meat.

4) In many households, the father performs Udhiyah on behalf of all his family members without their knowledge or without their having requested him. We should understand that this approach to Udhiyah only amounts to a nafl Udhiyah. In the case of a father arranging the Udhiyah for his dependants, they need to make him their wakil (agent) in order for these sacrifices to be considered valid.

It is clear from the above that we must become familiar with the masa’il and injunctions of Udhiyah. These masa’il can be learnt from various books as well as through consulting the ‘Ulama and Muftis.

The Spirit of Sacrifice in Udhiyah
Just as the name itself suggests, Udhiyah (sacrifice) should be carried out taking its literal meaning into consideration. Generally, we arrange for our Udhiyah to be carried out at a cheap price in a poor country. No doubt this lifts the obligation, but it is not the type of Udhiyah that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) would like to see. We will not experience the spirit of Udhiyah until we spend the amount that it takes to sacrifice e.g. a sheep in this country (which is often equivalent to the amount required to sacrifice a cow elsewhere). Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) has provided for us in abundance so we should express our Shukr (gratitude) to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) and not be miserly.

We should offer a Udhiyah in needy countries by all means, but we should also offer one in our own locality. By doing so we too can partake of the blessed meat.

The Custom of our Pious Predecessors
Shaykhul Hadith, Shaykh Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya RA used to mention that during the three days of Udhiyah, no other food items should accompany the Udhiyah meat. The Shaykh would stress to the people that during these days, they were the guests of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) and that the meat of Udhiyah was His Hospitality. We can gather from this how much our pious predecessors gave importance to Udhiyah. So let us perform Udhiyah in our localities as well as in those places where the destitute live who have no access to meat.

We should also offer Udhiyah on behalf of Rasūlullah s, our parents, our teachers, our Masha’ikh, our well-wishers and benefactors, and also one on behalf of the whole Ummah. We may also perform Udhiyah on behalf of the various Sahabah RA, alternating between them on different occasions. The same applies for the Awliya (friends of Allah), the Muhaddithin and the A’immah, all of whom we are indebted to.

My Honourable father, Hafiz Ibrahim Dhorat RA used to keep an annual record of Nafl Udhiyahs performed on behalf of all these great personalities. He also used to perform Nafl Udhiyah every year on behalf of his parents and Shaykh.

In this manner, our intended reward will reach the pious in the hereafter and, Insha’allah, will be a reason for them to search for us on the Day of Judgement. We should also make this practice a habit whenever we have the opportunity to spend in the path of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala).

These acts will prove beneficial spiritually for our lives in this world and the hereafter.

May Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) give us the ability to offer Udhiyah in its true spirit, not feeling it a burden but with zeal and eagerness. Aameen.

© Riyadul Jannah

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