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[Auto-Biography] – How I Was Guided To Tawhid & The Straight Path – Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Jamil Zeno [1431H] – Part 2

Translated
Abu Ubaydah
Checked & Annotated
Abu Hibban & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari

 

I used to be Naqshbandi

 

Since childhood I used to sit in Dhikr circles and lectures at the Masajid. Once a Mawlana from the Naqshbandi Tariqah saw me and he took me to a corner of the Masjid and told me about the chanting of the Naqshbandi Tariqah. However due to my young age I was unable to maintain the Dhikr chants in the method I was ordered. Nevertheless, I used to attend these dhikr circles with my relatives. I used to hear the eulogies (speech in praise of someone or something who recently died) and songs of praise that they used to sing. One thing I specifically noted was that whenever the name of their Shaikh (Pir) was mentioned they would start screaming out loudly.

In the night, this chaotic (awkward) sound would aggravate and annoy me and the reason I would get anxious and distressed. When I got a little older, one of my relatives started taking me to the local Masjid so that I could partake in the khatam sharif gathering. We used to sit in the shape of a circle (halaqa). One mawlana would distribute pebbles and say “recite Fatiha and Surah Ikhlas on them.” So we used to recite Surah Fatiha, Surah Ikhlas, Dua of Istighfar and Durud Sharif upon the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam which was in accordance to the way he told us based to the number of pebbles. The words of the Durud which I still remember up till now are:

O Allah send Durud upon Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam in accordance to the amount of animals there are

At the end of their dhikr they would say this in a loud voice. At the end, the deputy Mawlana of the khatam sharif would say ‘Rabit Sharif’ what they meant by this was, that during your dhikr the murids should picture and imagine their Shaikh (Pir) in their hearts, because according to their claims their Shaikh connects the murids to Allah.

So during dhikr they would start screaming. During wajd[1] (trance) they would go in a state of ecstasy and rip their clothes. Once I saw a person come out from a high place and walked forward by trampling on the heads of those who were present. It looked as though a wrestler came into the arena.  During the dhikr this Naqshbandi Mawlana used to become shocked at the screaming, shouting and misbehavior.

Once I went to one of my favourite relatives house where this type of gathering was being organised and I heard a poem of this naqshbandi group whilst I was outside, they were singing:

I swear by Allah! Guide me, take me to the Shaikh who can help, take me there

The one who can cure the sick and transform the insane to sanity

I stood at the door of the house and did not go inside. I told the person of the house, “Does your Shaikh cure the sick and make the insane become normal?”

He said, “Yes”

So I said to him, “So when Esa Alayhisalam was given the miracle by Allah, Rab of the Universe to bring the dead to life and cure the lepers he used to do it with the permission and command of Allah. How can this Shaikh do it without the permission and command of Allah?”

He replied, “Our Shaikh also does this with the permission and command of Allah.”

Then I said,” So why do not you people say ‘With the permission of Allah’?” I then knew that this person was lying.

Know that without a shadow of a doubt! The one who cures is Allah. Just like Ibrahim Alayhisalam said,

“So when I become ill then only He (Allah) is the one who exclusively cures me” [Surah Ash Shu’ara 26: 80]

[1] Translators Note: [Wajd] Which essentially means esoteric trance accompanied with strange body movements. Here the Shaikh has mentioned a specific form of worship the Sufis do. When they hear fabricated dhikr, eulogies and poems they go into a state of madness insanity). This is what they call wajd, tawajid and sama’. Apart from ripping their clothes they also dance, jump up and down, and move in really strange movements. The ignorant people then say that at this moment their line or call has been connected and they have a direct connection.

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