[Auto-Biography] – How I Was Guided To Tawhid & The Straight Path – Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Jamil Zeno [1431H] – Part 4 – Then How Did I Turn Away From The Shadhili Tariqah (Methodology)

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Then How Did I Turn Away From The Shadhili Tariqa (Methodology)

During this time I got to know a Mawlana from the Shathili Tariqa. He was very well mannered and a hospitable person. He used to come to my house and I used to visit him at his house. His gentle and nice conversation astonished me. I asked him to teach me some (chanting) words to recite from the Shadhili Tariqa and he told me about some special type of words to recite. (T.N. If you study and look into the Shadhili Tariqa very closely then you will notice that they have a lot of different types of dhikr which are fabricated. Most of the time they claim that the Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) came in a dream and specially taught them a specific type of dhikr with so many virtues and told them to hold steadfast to it. And this is Batil since the religion is complete) He made a special corner for the gathering of the mehfil which used to gather after the Jumah Salah.

Once I came to his house and I saw pictures of many Shadhili Tariqa elders displayed on the wall. So I reminded him about the command of the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) which forbade the putting up of images. He gave no reply despite there being a completely clear hadith on this topic and it wasn’t hidden from the mawlana.
The Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,

“Angels do not enter a house that has either a dog or a picture in it.”(Sahih Bukhari, Book of the Beginning of Creation, Chapter: If a housefly falls in the drink hadith no.3322)

“Angels do not enter the house in which there are portrayals or pictures.”(Sahih Muslim, Book of Clothes and Adornment, Chapter: The Prohibition Of Making Images Of Living Beings, And The Prohibition Of Using Images That Are Not Subjected To Disrespect In Furnishings And The Like; The Angels (Alayhimusalam) Do Not Enter A House In Which There Is An Image Or A Dog hadith no.2112) 

In another hadith:

“The Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) prohibited having images in the house, and he prohibited making them.”  (Narrated by Tirmidhi Book of Clothing Chapter: What Has Been Related About Images and he said it is Hasan Sahih, Graded Sahih by Darusalam)

After this our contact cut off. Then after a year I thought about visiting this mawalana. So coincidentally I met him on the way to Makkah when I was going to perform Umra. He invited me, my sons and one of my companions to eat after Esha. When we finished eating he started saying to me,

“Would you like to hear some religious poems from these youngsters? (who were sitting with him)”

so I said,

“Sure why not”

So he told his young murids who were sitting besides him to recite a religious poem. On the faces of the young men you could see very elegant, nice and beautiful beards. They started to recite it in a tragic voice. The summary of it is:

“Whoever worships Allah by being hopeful and greedy for Jannah or through fear of Jahanam, then in reality he is worshipping idols”

I said to them,

“What are you saying!? Allah has said in the noble Quran in an ayah, whilst praising the Prophets (Alayhimusalam),

“…Without a shadow of a doubt, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us.” (Surah al-Anbiya 21 ayah 90)

So the mawlana said to me,

“This poem which the youngsters were reciting is the poem of my murshid Sayid Abdul Gani Nablusi”

I said to the Mawlana,

“Is your Shaikh’s saying higher in priority than the saying of Allah? Whilst it even opposes the Quran?”

One of the youngsters said,

“Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu) said, “Whoever worships Allah whilst being greedy for Jannah then his worship will be counted like the worship trade of traders”

I said to him,

“Which book have you seen this saying of Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu)? And is this saying correct?”

So then he went quiet. I said to him,

“Can any believing person’s intellect admit that Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu), who is from one of the special companions of the Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and in addition to having the status of being given glad tidings of Jannah, will go against the Quran?”

Then my companion said to him,

“O brother! Allah has mentioned the attributes of the believer and praised them with the following words,

“Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Rab in fear and hope, and they spend (in charity in Allâh’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them” (Sura as-Sajda 32 aya 16)

However the mawlana didn’t accept (that his beliefs are wrong) even though all these proofs were presented. I finished the meeting with him and went towards the Masjid to pray salah. One of the youngsters from his group met me and said,

“We are with you, and the truth is also with you however we can’t talk and don’t have the courage to refute what the mawlana says”

I said,

“Why don’t you say the truth?”

he said,

“If we say(the truth) then he will throw us out of the place of residence (that he provides for us)”

And this is the first thing a Sufi does. The Sufi mawalana advises his students that they should not object to any of his actions even if what the mawalana does is wrong. They have a famous phrase which they circulate amongst themselves that is,

“Whichever Murid says to his Murshid (Pir), ‘Why’ then he will never be successful”

These people are completely ignorant and unaware of the saying of the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam),

”All the children of Adam commit sins, and the best of those who commit sins are the ones who repent” (Sunan Ibn Maja, Book of Zuhd Graded Hasan by Darusalam)

In addition to being ignorant to Imam Malik’s saying,

“Every person’s saying will be taken (and accounted for) and will be referred back to the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)”

(i.e. if his saying is in accordance to the saying of the Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) or doesn’t go against his (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam’s) saying, then it is ok otherwise it will be rejected)


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