Writer: Hazrat Sultan Bahoo
Translation: Mrs. Ambreen Moghess
Episode # 13
EXPLANATION OF ZIKR
There are many zakirs who are just emulators and there is abundance of people who are veiled by their ego. The explanation and proof of true zikr is that it removes all the veils between Allah and His slave. While blessing the zakir with vision of Allah and making him perfect believer of Tauheed (Divine Oneness).
ذکر یک درد است باشد لادوا
شد شفا از درد و ذکرش بالقا
Meaning: Zikr gives pain (of love of Allah) which has no remedy. But the zikr itself which blesses the zakir with closeness of Allah.
ذکر یک سوزست سوزد مغز و جان
سوز از لاہوت بہ برد لامکان
Meaning: Zikr is a fire of passion that burns the heart and soul, and takes the seeker to LaHoot Lamakan.
Stages of zikr
There are seven stages or kinds of zikr which are performed by all seven inward and outward parts of body. [Seven outward body parts are; head, chest, belly and the four limbs. The inner self of a human being also has seven subtle layers. Those are; nafs, qalb (inward or heart), the soul, the sir’r (core, the Divine secret), khafi (the Hidden, the Divine Soul), Yakhfa (the Noor of Mohammad), Ana (the Divine Essence). Ana is the inner most core which contains everything.] Every kind of zikr grants seventy thousand kinds of knowledge of wisdom. It also grants seventy thousand levels of closeness of Noor. Alongwith it grants seventy thousand levels of marifat of Tauheed which are called the theophanies of Divine favour.
Effects of stages of zikr
By the verified observation of Tauheed, the complete contemplation of the Totality, perfect authority of all the treasures and solution of the maze of existence is obtained. But only the perfect Saints i.e. the Arif Billah are capable of this felicity. Because they are magnanimous and have extremely courageous spirit. The seven kinds of great zikr are mentioned below. However, Seeker’s outward and inward parts performs this. Finally, they purify the heart and show the straight path as well as grant true knowledge, perfect belief and faith.
The great zikr called zikr-e-hamil. It sates the true seeker of Allah of all needs and makes him independent in the very beginning of its spiritual practice by giving authority over all the treasures. Then the seeker never asks or complains for anything. The Holy Prophet said:
- عَذَابَ الْجُوْعِ اَشَدُّ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ
Meaning: Hunger is worse than the perdition of grave.
The second great zikr is the zikr of Noor which converts all the seven inward and outward parts of the seeker into Noor from head to toe in the very beginning of its spiritual practice. Hence, the zakir drowns in the observation of Divine Noor and achieves all his objectives by reaching the Divine presence instantly through the tasawur of Ism-e-Allah Zaat.
Third great zikr is the zikr of immortality. On starting this zikr, the zakir gains immortality by annihilating in Allah. This zikr grants marifat of Tauheed and fulfills all the desires of the seeker by blessing him with closeness of Allah taking him to LaHoot Lamakan in a moment.
Fourth great zikr is the zikr of enlightenment which enlightens the seeker in the very beginning. This zikr drowns the seeker in Divine theophanies, blesses him with vision of Allah conferring upon him the knowledge of perfect faith and belief, hence the seeker observes his destination with his own eyes in just a moment.
Fifth great zikr is the zikr of eternal life. When the seeker starts this zikr, all his inward and outward body parts gain eternal life, he approaches LaHoot Lamakan with this eternally alive existence and views the spectacle of eighteen thousand realms and all the creations of the worlds.
Sixth is the zikr of Divine Reality which gives marifat of the Reality and Tauheed. By the effects of this zikr, all the spiritual impurities of lust, greed, jealousy, arrogance, sensual desires and hypocrisy are removed from the inward of the seeker. The perfect Murshid who is a man of powerful sight can take such seekers of Allah to the assembly of Hazrat Khidr on the very first day. Hence the seeker achieves all his objectives at once.
Seventh is the zikr of magnificent grandeur which makes the seeker confidant of Divine secrets, then the seeker never ever separates from Allah. He is neither Allah nor other than Allah. This zikr fulfills all the desires of the seeker instantly.
Way of Vision of Allah
Which is the way that confers the vision of Allah? Which is the knowledge that grants immortality with Allah which is possible after having vision of Allah? Listen O’ idiots trapped in sensual desires of nafs! O’ imperfect and incapable people of furry and worry! O’ unwise, conscienceless, dead hearted people unaware of marifat and closeness of Allah and deprived of His kind attention! Listen O’ rejected ones! Vision of Allah is the destiny of pure hearts not the dead hearts possessed by the perplexed ignorant scholars whose knowledge is like a burden laden on donkey. As Allah says:
- کَمِثْلِ الْحِمَارِ یَحْمِلُ اَسْفَارًا ط (الجمعہ۔5)
Meaning: Their example is like that of a donkey who carries volumes (of books). (Al-Juma’a-5)
They are the seekers of the world, followers of their nafs and the evils trapped by Satan. Whoever is deprived of marifat of Allah will never believe that presence of the holy assembly of Prophet Mohammad and vision of Allah is possible in this world. So, do not tell him about their states.
You must know that some reprobates are men of wrong innovations. Because they liken the vision of Beauty of Allah with physical beauty. However they relate (the ecstasy of) His marifat and union with (the pleasure of) music. Which is exactly opposite and against the reality. They are the liars whose inward state is ever deteorating, perturbed and perplexed. Resembling Allah Who is non-creation with creation is infidelity and polytheism. In fact, the pre-existence, the eternity, the Throne, the Chair, the Pen, the nether regions and the paradise all are different stations. Resembling Allah with any of these stations or the creations present in them is absolutely wrong. Neither it is justified to claim that one has beheld Allah at any of these stations. If one claims this, it is just out of his arrogant inner self and he becomes infidel by saying so.
Beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat
The levels of vision and proximity of Allah are just the beneficence and bestowal of Allah. This is the Divine blessing which is gained through Ism-e-Allah Zaat. When the theophanies of Noor of Allah manifest from Ism-e-Allah Zaat, they take the seeker out of time and space into the Lamakan. Lamakan is the place where vision of Allah is granted to a seeker. Whoever denies it belongs to the group of liars, hypocrites and infidels. The vision and union of Allah are verified by the Saints and Arifs who are blessed with closeness of Allah.
نیست آنجا ازل و ابد و نیست دنیا نہ بہشت
آن مکان لامکان است دیدار از سرشت
Meaning: The Lamakan which is station beyond all stations is fixed for the vision of Allah. That station is neither pre-existence nor eternity, neither world nor heaven.
Closeness of Allah
The vision of Allah which the seeker beholds through the Divine theophanies cannot be exemplified with anything. Whatever words of Allah he listens during that closeness stay in his memory till the Doomsday.
اللہ ہر کرا خواہد نماید عین راز
اللہ ہر کرا خواہد دہد قرب از آواز
Meaning: Allah reveals His secrets upon whomsoever He likes and grants him His closeness and Divine presence.
اللہ ہر کرا خواہد بہ بخشد باحضور
او نخواہد راندہ گرداند ز دور
Meaning: While, whomsoever Allah dislikes, keeps him away from His court.
Knowledge of vision of Allah
This is the knowledge of the way of vision and closeness of Allah. The witness to this knowledge is the well awared sight. By the effects of closeness of Allah, some seekers gain spiritual peace and power. However, some lose senses and become lunatic mystics. While some remain restless and anxious day and night for more and more closeness and vision of Allah.
- اِنَّ لِلْمُشْتَاقِ الْمُدَبِّرِیْنَ ھَلْ مِنْ مَّزِیْدٍ
Meaning: They are the wise adorers of Allah who ever ask for more (of His Closeness).
They cross the levels of tajreed [tajreed means negation of everything other than Allah] and tafreed [tafreed means negation of one’s own self. Tajreed and tafreed are two basic steps before reaching the final level of Tauheed (Divine Oneness)] and reach Tauheed. Allah says:
- فَمَنْ کَانَ یَرْجُوْا لِقَآئَ رَبِّہٖ فَلْیَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَّ لَا یُشْرِکْ بِعِبَادَۃِ رَبِّہٖٓ اَحَدًا (الکہف۔110)
Meaning: So, whoever longs to meet his Lord, must perform virtuous deeds and should not make partners with Him. (Al-Kahf-110)
The real virtuous deed and the eternal prayer is to remain attentive towards vision and closeness of Allah. It is acquired by those united with Allah through the knowledge of immortality.
گر شوم در غرق دیدارش دوام
باھُوؒ در ھُو گم شدہ باھُوؒ کدام
Meaning: If I drown in His vision then I do not remain Bahoo anymore. Bahoo is lost in Hoo, how could he be found!
باخبر باھُوؒ بود یاھُو بخوان
یا ھُو باھُوؒ را برد باھُوؒ نہ ماند
Meaning: The vigilant Bahoo does the zikr of Ya-Hoo. This zikr takes Bahoo to Hoo, then there remains no Bahoo.
ہر کہ از خود گم شدہ آنجا چہ دید
خوش ببین دیدار از خود خود برید
Meaning: What would he see who has lost himself? O dear! Behold the Divine Beauty separating from your ownself.
ہر کہ منکر از خدا و ز مصطفیٰؐ
آن کاذب و مردود گردد بے حیا
Meaning: One who is the denier of Allah and Prophet Mohammad, is verily a liar, reprobate and an immodest person.
گر لذت دیدار را شرح کنم
کونین را بر نام او صدقہ کنم
Meaning: If I describe the pleasure of vision of Allah, I would sacrifice both worlds upon the name of Allah.
گر بیائی زود بینی طالبا
طالبان پیدا شوند بہر از لقا
Meaning: O’ seeker of Allah! If you come towards Allah sincerely, you will have His vision very soon. Because the true seekers of Allah are born to have His vision and closeness.
اجل پیغام است موت از معرفت
ہر کہ محرم موت شد طالب صفت
Meaning: Death (of nafs and its desires) leads towards marifat of Allah. True seeker is the one who acquires this death.
Effects of Vision of Allah
- فَاَیْنَمَا تُوَلُّوْا فَثَمَّ وَجْھُ اللّٰہِ (البقرہ۔115)
Meaning: Wherever you turn, you will behold the Countenance of Allah. (Al-Baqarah-115)
ہر طرف بینم مشرف شد لقا
آوردم رو بسوی قبلہ چو او قبلہ نما
Meaning: Wherever I see, I behold Allah. So, my face is ever towards the Qibla. Direction of Holy Kaaba facing towards which the Muslims offer prayer because He is the actual Qibla.
از لقا اللہ رو نگردانم بجان گرجان بود
اگرچہ از تن سر جدا جان میشوا
Meaning: Until I am alive, I would not turn away from the vision of Allah even if I am beheaded.
جام نوش ہرگز نہ ترسد جان بی جان
ساکن لاہوت نظرش لامکان
Meaning: One who tastes the pleasure of Allah’s closeness never fears from death. He lives in LaHoot and keeps his eyes towards the Lamakan.
دیدہ بر دیدار دل باشتغال
غرق فی التوحید عارف دم وصال
Meaning: His eyes remain on vision of Allah and his heart is busy in Divine deeds. Such Arifs are drowned in Divine Oneness and united with Allah.
از لقا رو نگردانم دوام
ہر کہ روئی گرداندۂ کافر تمام
Meaning: I will never divert my attention from the vision of Allah. Whoever turns away from Divine vision becomes infidel.
Authorities of a Faqeer
The Faqeer of Allah becomes known among people for his spiritual authority. He gains that authority by the tasawur of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. However transforms his whole existence into Noor outwardly. While inwardly he becomes popular among the Prophets and Saints for his achievements in marifat of Allah. All the angels, jinns, humans and the creations of eighteen thousand worlds come to know his highest levels. The Faqeers with Divinity repleted inward achieve these levels by the benediction of tasawur of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. The high ranks (gained by excessive prayers and devotions) are a source of reward. But the tasawur of Ism-e-Allah Zaat is the source of unveiled vision of Allah. However, one must beware of the satanic contemplations which interfere in the way to Allah.
Ism-e-Allah Zaat is like the command of Allah. Whereas the Arif who is the man of powerful sight and possesses the tasawur of ism-e-Allah Zaat holds this command. Whoever does not honour this command of Ism-e-Allah Zaat is considered disobedient like Pharaoh. It is because the Arif never says anything wrong. Actually he perpetually remains in the state of Divine observation, closeness and presence and has been blessed with Divine union. So that’s why his every word is accepted in the court of Allah owing to his eternal closeness with Allah. The tongue of such a Faqeer is the sword of Allah. Which comes out of sheath just to kill the evil. The Holy Prophet said:
- اُقْتُلُوْا الْمُؤذِیَاتَ قَبْلَ الْاِیْذَآئِ
Meaning: Kill the evil before it harms.
Powers of a Faqeer
The people of lust are totally unaware of the powers of Faqeer. He can annihilate the whole world in a moment by his single glance. And he does this by the order of Allah and permission of the Holy Prophet. The Faqeer is blessed with Divine presence and immersed in Divine Oneness possesses Noor of zikr of Ism-e-Allah. Alongwith he possesses powers of all the Divine attributes of Jalal and Jamal. So none of his actions and deeds are without the Divine wisdom.
مست را فکری نباشد از جلال
غرق فی التوحید اللہ باوصال
Meaning: The ecstatic Faqeers who are drowned in Divine Oneness are not disturbed by the theophanies of Jalal of Allah. They can easily absorb them as they are united with Allah.
Domination over world and Satan
The Faqeer who is eternally drowned in the Divine vision never turns towards the carrion world. Because this world is an absolute filth, impurity and an unlawful thing. It must be remembered that the Satan can only overpower the enemies of Allah and drown them in oblivion. While the Friends of Allah dominate the Satan. In fact the real seekers of Allah are always helped by the Divinity as Allah is always with them. Allah says:
- اِنَّ عِبَادِیْ لَیْسَ لَکَ عَلَیْھِمْ سُلْطٰنٌ ط وَ کَفٰی بِرَبِّکَ وَ کِیْلًا (بنی اسرائیل۔65)
Meaning: Indeed you (Satan) would not have authority over My (true) men. (O’ men) sufficient is your Lord as Disposer of your affairs. (Bani Israil-65)
(To be continued…)