Tehreek Dawat e Faqr Monthly News August 2019
NEWS of Eid al-Adha Celebration at Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri Order
Lahore (Press release):
Tehreek-Dawat-e-Faqr sacrificed twenty goats in Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order, Lahore on the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Adha under the supervision of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Muhammad Najib-ur-Rehman. Tehreek-Dawat-e-Faqr also organised a get-together after Maghrib prayer on Monday, 12 August which was the first day of Eid. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen greeted all the disciples individually who came from every corner of the city. The management team had organised a small gathering on the occasion. The chief executive, Malik Muhammad Naeem Abbas Khokhar Sarwari Qadri hosted the gathering and welcomed the audience by congratulating them. Mawlana Muhammad Aslam Sarwari Qadri got the opportunity to recite the verses of Holy Quran.
Afterwards Mohsin Raza Sultani presented the mystic poetry elaborating the grandeur of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. Muhammad Farooq Zia Sarwari Qadri offered the ending prayer. After the gathering, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen addressed the disciples about Eid al-Adha by quoting a verse from Quran that means:
“The flesh and blood of animals you sacrifice (goat, camel, sheep, buffalo) does not reach in the court of Allah but only your piety.
He further said that:
“In the path of Faqr, the greatest sacrifice is the sacrifice of innerself. One who sacrifices his innerself, succeeds.
Online Oath of Allegiance
Lahore (Website news):
In the past, it was necessary to meet the perfect and accomplished spiritual guide at least once in order to take oath of allegiance and to obtain invocation and contemplation of Ism-Allah Zaat. As Allah is exalting the grandeur and spiritual status of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, he is making it ever easier for the seekers of Allah to benefit from the blessings of Faqr. The proof of his unlimited spiritual beneficence is that the seekers are free from the physical boundaries to take the oath of allegiance. This reveals that Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is free from the barriers of time and space. The door of beneficence is open for anyone without the difference of colour and creed.
Disciples who took online oath of allegiance in the month of July are as follow: Qaisar Riaz from Paris, Abdul Subhan from Bangladesh, Muhammad Ali from Mauritius, Muhammad Siddique from India, Qaisar Ahmed from Siri Nagar Kashmir, Abid Sharif from England, Arif Iqbal from Malaysia. In addition, a number of female disciples are took online oath of allegiance.
Importance of Company of a Perfect Spiritual Guide
Lahore (Press release):
It is a custom and tradition in Faqr (Sufism) that no Saint becomes a spiritual guide before first gaining esoteric training from another accomplished Saint. The founder and patron in chief of Tehreek-Dawat-e-Faqr, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen meets his disciples in Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order, Lahore every Sunday and purifies their innerselves through his spiritual sight and grants them human Miraj i.e. to behold Allah. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is the current Shaikh and thirty first perfect spiritual guide of Sultan Bahoo’s Sarwari Qadri order. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen takes oath of allegiance from new disciples in the Sarwari Qadri order and grants them the practice of inscribing Allah’s name on body, invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and king of invocations Hoo on the very first day of pledging allegiance. He performs the duty of human edification by following the Sunna of Prophet Mohammad.
NEWS of Celebrating Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Birthday
Lahore (Press release):
On Saturday, 27th July 2019 the chief executive Malik Muhammad Naeem Abbas called a meeting (Meeting # 7/2019) of the advisory committee in the main office of Tehreek-Dawat-e-Faqr. The agenda of the meeting was the sacred birthday of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. The meeting started with recitation of Holy Quran. General Secretary of Tehreek-Dawat-e-Faqr Dr Abdul Haseeb Sarfaraz Sarwari Qadri informed the members about meeting agenda. Topics that came under discussion during the meeting include: order of meeting and greeting Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen, decorations of the Khanqah, duties of disciples and possible weather conditions on the day of the event. Naeem Abbas noted down suggestions from the members. He them to participate actively in administrative tasks.
NEWS of Meeting of General Council Regarding the Birthday of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
Lahore (Press release):
On Sunday, 4th August 2019, president of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr’s General Council called a meeting. The management of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr were also present. The president had called this meeting to discuss the preparations of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s birthday. The meeting began with recitation of Holy Quran by Mawlana Muhammad Aslam Sarwari Qadri. Afterwards, the president of general council welcomed the attendees and briefed them on meeting agenda. He urged the attendees to support chief executive Malik Muhammad Naeem Abbas and work together in accomplishing Tehreek’s goals, especially to participate actively in the construction of new Khanqah according to the orders of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. He further said that the birthday of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is very important and sacred day. In addition, he encouraged members of General Council to work along with management team.
The general secretary of the Council, Jawad Iqbal Sarwari Qadri stressed the members to further enhance their performance. During his address, he said that General Council is the backbone of management affairs. The members should play an active role in Tehreek’s progress. The general secretary of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr Abdul Haseeb Sarfaraz also said that the members of General Council must participate in Tehreek’s activities. He briefed the team about the various arrangements for the upcoming events and responsibilities of the members. The members of general council also gave their suggestions. At the end Mawlana Aslam Sarwari Qadri offered prayer.
Wellbeing of the dwellers of the Khanqah
Lahore (Press release):
A meeting of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr’s management committee took place on Sunday 4th August 2019 under the supervision of the chief executive Malik Muhammad Naeem Abbas to discuss various topics related to the day to day activities of the Khanqah. Naeem Abbas stressed on the betterment of the dwellers of Khanqah. He instructed Muhammad Ramzan Bahoo to take care of the needs of the dwellers of Khanqah. He further stated that everyone, in particular the management team should play their part in creating and maintaining an atmosphere of unity and discipline amongst the residents of the Khanqah. The quorum agreed to hold a medical camp in the Khanqah under the supervision of Dr. Hasnain Mehboob every Sunday. The Khanqah dwellers would have the opportunity to get free consultation regarding their health.
Establishment of “Department of information and broadcasting”
Lahore (Press release):
In accordance with article number 2 of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr’s constitution, a new department named ‘Department of information and broadcasting’ has been established. The head of this department will be the spokesperson of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr according to article 4 of the constitution. Under the supervision of this department the activities of Tehreek are conveyed in the form of Tehreek news. To continue this chain, the spokesperson of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr requested the supervisors of all departments to appoint a reporter from their departments who will be responsible for reporting activities of the department to the newly formed department for broadcasting. The reporter will be responsible to be abreast with all activities of their department and to report them in a timely manner.
NEWS of Preaching tour of Mupalka Gubba Fazil and Okara
Okara (News reporter):
Muhammad Farooq Zia Sarwari Qadri went on a tour of Mupalka and Gubba Fazil Renala khurd, District Okara and organised the local Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr team. The team invited people to the path of Faqr and informed them about the importance of perfect spiritual guide and Ism-e-Azam. They also invited the audience to take part in the activities of Tehreek and to come to Khanqah on the occasion of the sacred birthday of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen.
NEWS of Social Media Wing's Meeting
Lahore (News reporter): On 14th, July 2019, a meeting of all the supervisors of the social media department took place under the presidency of the head supervisor. The attendees discussed arrangements for celebrating the birthday of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen and finalised a strategy. A follow on meeting of social media wing took place on 17th of July in the main office of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. During the meeting, Dr. Hasnain Mehboob briefed the members on strategy for the event of celebrating Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s birthday. He then submitted the strategy to the management of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr in writing.
Meeting of Web Promotion Wing
Lahore (News reporter):
On 6th July 2019, a meeting of web promotion team took place that Nasir Majeed chaired. The team discussed future strategy and appointment of new members. A follow on meeting took place 13th July 2019 in which it was decided that it would be mandatory of all members to participate in monthly meetings so that issues could be discussed and resolved in a better way. Some new members were inducted into the technical team. Fahad Shahzad briefed the newly inducted members on the web promotion department and its purpose in detail. Abdul Rahman Sarwari Qadri introduced them to VPS.
The head incharge of web promotion team, Muhammad Abdullah Iqbal held a meeting on Monday 12th August 2019 in Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order. The management also participated. While talking to the members of the meeting, he said that
“To complete the mission of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr, it is very important to propagate the various websites of Tehreek on internet as much as possible so that the teachings of Faqr can spread to every corner of the world. Especially to those who live abroad and are unable to come to Pakistan, we can make it easy for them to take oath of allegiance on the sacred hand of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen and gain beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat online.”
He encouraged the team to invite more disciples towards volunteering for the web promotion campaign. In particular, the disciples from outside Pakistan so that more and more disciples get an opportunity to be part of the key activities and campaigns and so that they also have an opportunity to gain pleasure and closeness of Allah. We will achieve our targets sooner if more members participate and play their part with dedication.
Preaching Campaign to Invite People Towards Faqr
Mawlana Muhammad Aslam led Friday prayer at Amina mosque in Fateh Garh area of Lahore. He educated the people about invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and invited them to the Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri in Lahore. The team had set up a stall showcasing books published by Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications. They also handed out complementary copies of the monthly Sultan-ul-Faqr magazine.
Mawlana Muhammad Aslam along with Muhammad Arshad (incharge of preaching department) and few other colleagues visited the central mosque in the Township area of Lahore. They invited the people there towards Ism-e-Allah Zaat and also distributed free copies of the Sultan-ul-Faqr magazine. They also invited them to the birth anniversary of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen on 19th August 2019.
On Tuesday, 6th August, a team from the preaching department visited Kotah village to invite people towards Ism-e-Allah Zaat. The following day, they went to Murian Chawk, Lahore. Mawlana Muhammad Aslam held a teaching session in Jamia mosque Ghawthia in Tariq block. At the end of the teaching session, he met with the attendees and handed out copies of the Sultan-ul-Faqr magazine. He also invited them to the 19th August event to celebrate the birth anniversary of our beloved spiritual guide.
On Monday, 19th August members of the preaching department went to Johar Town to spread the message of Faqr.
Fool Proof Security Arrangements for the 19th August Programme
An important meeting of the security team took place on 28th July 2019. Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr management attended the session. Security incharge, Muhammad Maqbool gave a briefing on the performance of the members of the security team and also appreciated high performing members.
Another meeting of the security team was held on 11th August to review security arrangements for the events on Eid al-Adha and Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s birthday. During the meeting Muhammad Maqool instructed the team to work with dedication and ensure fool proof security measures.
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr’s Regional Teams Spreading the Message of Faqr
The regional teams in Haroonabad and Pindi Gheb organised book stalls showcasing Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications’ books and invited people to Ism-e-Allah Zaat. They also held a gathering on 9th August 2019 during which they stressed the need to step up preaching activities in the region. They also discussed the event to celebrate Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s birthday.
The regional team in Islamabad called onto the disciples in Kahuta area to invite them to the 19th August event. In addition they briefed them on the importance of the invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and company of a perfect spiritual guide. They also encouraged them participate in the weekly gathering of their local team.
The regional team in Jhelum organised a book stall on 19th July 2019. The locals highly liked the books, in particular their interest in Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s book Shams-ul-Fuqara was worth noting. Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr’s team invited the people to Ism-e-Allah Zaat and also asked them to visit the Khanqah in Lahore.
Enhancing Marketing of Books and Monthly Sultan-ul-Faqr Magazine
Ahsan Ali called a meeting of Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications to discuss ways of improving marketing campaigns of books as well as the monthly Sultan-ul-Faqr magazine.
Eid al-Adha get-together
Prophet Abraham’s Perseverance
Prophet Abraham is known as the first Divine ardent lover. He endured countless trials and sufferings on the path of Faqr. His whole life is full of sacrifices, however Allah liked one of his sacrifices so much that he ordered the Muslims to repeat that every year and as such made it eternal.
For most part of his life, Prophet Abraham didn’t have any children. Allah blessed him with a son in old age. However, as a trial Allah ordered him to sacrifice his only child in His way. It was an extremely tough trial that is hard to explain in words. However, by the grace of Allah, Prophet Abraham succeeded in this test. He took his son (Prophet Ishmael) to a remote place to fulfil Allah order. He was just about to cut his throat but Allah replaced his son with a sheep that got slaughtered instead.
Allah never wanted to His beloved to sacrifice his son, instead it was a test of Prophet Abraham’s love for Allah. Allah was so pleased with Prophet Abraham’s steadfastness in His love that he made his sacrifice eternal by making it Eid for the Muslims until the doomsday and ordered them to slaughter an animal (that meets the requirements of Islamic ritual) on this occasion every year. This occasion is known as Eid al-Adha or Eid Qurban.
Eid is an occasion of happiness that Muslims around the world celebrate in different ways. Islam is a complete way of life that teaches us to live our lives within the bounds set by Allah Almighty. The best role model for the believers about how they should celebrate such occasions is a perfect Fakir.
Eid Gathering at the Khanqah
Dear readers! Let us give you an account of the Eid celebration that took place in the Khanqah of the current Shaikh of the Sarwari Qadri order and perfect Fakir and the representative of the Holy Prophet in current era, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Muhammad Najib-ur-Rehman to give you a glimpse into how Allah’s beloved celebrate such festivals.
Eid get-together was organised on Monday 12th August 2019 at the Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order to celebrate Eid al-Adha. After Eid prayer, twenty goats were slaughtered in Sunna of Prophet Abraham. Due to most people being occupied with slaughtering of the animals during the day, it was decided to plan the get-together of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen with the devotees in the evening. According to the occasion, the Khanqah was beautifully decorated. Along with the Khanqah, the Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen House was also decorated with lighting.
The devotees began arriving following Asr prayer. There was a lot of hustle and bustle in the Khanqah throughout the day due to devotees arriving from throughout the country. On the other hand women and children were gathering at Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen House.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Greeted the Female Disciples
Following Maghrib prayer, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen met female disciples at his residence. He congratulated them on the occasion of Eid. Following that he left his residence for the Khanqah where the male disciples were waiting eagerly. The male disciples stood along Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s way to the Khanqah to welcome him.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s son and his spiritual successor Sahibzada Sultan Muhammad Murtaza Najib stood at the entrance to the Khanqah to welcome his father and spiritual guide. Along with him were Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s other two spiritual successors; Abdullah Iqbal and Dr. Hasnain Mehboob. The head of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr Muhammad Naeem Abbas was also present to welcome Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. Everyone present on the occasion was waiting for their beloved spiritual guide with utmost respect and love. This kind of respect can only be seen in the court of a perfect Fakir because their love and respect is not for the materialistic gains but to attain gnosis and closeness of Allah.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s Arrival and Welcome
It was around 8 pm when Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen arrived at the Khanqah. He was wearing white dress with a green waistcoat and golden Khussa. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen was looking very charismatic and impressive in his attire. It felt as if Allah had planned the gathering to happen in the evening such that the people would get a glimpse of the theophanies manifesting through the perfect Fakir’s persona.
First of all, Naeem Abbas welcomed Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen and presented a bouquet of flowers. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen warmly embraced him. Following that, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen warmly met with Sahibzada Muhammad Murtaza Najib, Dr. Hasnain Mehboob and Muhammad Abdullah Iqbal who also presented bouquets of flowers. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen gradually moved towards his seat on the stage. Once settled on the stage, he met with the devotees individually and greeted them on the occasion of Eid. This included people of all ages, young, old and the children. Naeem Abbas then formally commenced the ceremony when Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen and the disciples were seated.
Proceedings of the Ceremony
The disciples sat in front of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen with utmost respect to get their inwards enlightened through his perfect spiritual glance. Naeem Abbas greeted all the attendees on behalf of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. He commenced the session with the following verse written by Amir Khusrow and then invited Mawlana Muhammad Aslam to recite few verses from the Holy Quran:
عید گاہ ما غریباں کوے تو
انبساط عید دیدن روے تو
Explanation: Our (seekers of Allah) Eid is in fact to come to your door step. The real happiness of Eid is to actually behold your sacred face.
Mawlana Muhammad Aslam recited few verses from the Holy Quran and then addressed the audience. According to the occasion, he educated the people on the importance of the Sunna of Prophet Abraham and how that relates to the seekers of Allah on the path of Faqr. Following Quran recitation, Naeem Abbas invited Mohsin Raza to read a eulogy in praise of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. He read the following eulogy written by Mirza Suleman SQ:
اے حبیب خدا، اے ابو المرتضی
رب کے سب عاشقوں کا تو سلطان ہے
The audience highly appreciated the eulogy and chanted slogans in praise of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. After the eulogy, Mawlana Muhammad Aslam made a supplication.
Brief Address by Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen
In the end, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen briefly addressed the audience to explain the true meaning of Eid al-Adha and the reason behind sacrificing an animal which is in fact to sacrifice one’s innerself i.e. to overcome sensual desires and sacrifice everything in the way of Allah to gain His pleasure and closeness. He related this to his own experience. When he took oath of allegiance on the sacred hand of his spiritual Master Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali, he was well-off financially. Allah had blessed him with everything that one can desire. Gradually, he sacrificed everything he had on his spiritual Master.
The year when his spiritual guide passed away, he was not even Sahib-e-Nisab meaning he didn’t have enough in terms of wealth and belongings that makes one bound to slaughter an animal on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and so that year he couldn’t even buy an animal for this purpose. This was the level of his love and sincerity with his spiritual guide and his perseverance on the path of Faqr. By sacrificing all he had for his spiritual guide, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen set a new example for the seekers of Allah to follow. During his address to the audience, he stressed on the need to sacrifice one’s innerself as without that one cannot reach their destination in Faqr which is gnosis of Allah, presence in Muhammadan Assembly and Divine vision.
Departure from the Khanqah
During final supplication, a caravan from Bachian Mandi arrived. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen met with them all individually. He then departed from the mehfil.
There was a special meal prepared for the attendees. After Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s departure, the devotees sat in the Khanqah for dining. They all enjoyed the special meal and thus this blessed gathering came to an end.
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