The Muslims all over the globe pray 5 times a day , its mandatory upon all muslims to pray 5 times a day in accordance to following their religion Islam. The Sufi’s are no different to the ordinary muslims in the sense, they also Strictly follow the commandments of the Quran as well as the Sunnah however difference arises on multiple occasions between the Sufi’s as well as an ordinary person and due to this very difference the ordinary intellect of the lay man is not able to perceive the spiritual station of a Spiritual Personality and his way of life.
To give a very prominent example of this intriuging case , we should refer back to the Quran of the example when Moses (a.s) asked God to meet a person more wiser then himself and God directed him to search for Khizr (a.s) and so he travelled to a land beyond the sea and with some interesting signs he was shown guidance and on reaching a land he finally met with Khizr (a.s) where upon their early days Khizr (a.s) advised Moses (a.s) to follow his ways and not to question him for his actions and Moses (a.s) agreed . The story of Moses (a.s) and Khizr (a.s) is considered as one of the great lessons for spiritual disciples that were to ever follow the path to sufism.
Moses (a.s) was a strict follower of God commandments as he himself was a Prophet of God and had great religious knowledge of external law while Khizr (a.s) was more of an individual with great enlightenment in path to spirituality and he too followed the God commandments. Its said upon three occasions Moses (a.s) could not hold back his curiousity and being under the strong influence of his knowledge of the attained religious external law he questioned Khizr (a.s) and his approach to be against whats lawful.
Khizr (a.s) killed a child , and needlessly built the wall of orphans home, without any wages and made a hole in the boat belonging to the family from a financially poor background. When Moses (a.s) saw these acts he had to question Khizr (a.s) as how he could have restrained himself while witnessing the injustice himself and according to his religious external law the killing of a child cannot be justified and similarly the other two cases of the boat and needlesly building the wall. The duo ended up separating since Moses (a.s) failed to fulfill his words and did not follow Khizr (a.s).
Khizr (a.s) provided him Moses (a.s) with explanation of the 3 incidents that had taken place before them departing on to their ways. He Khizr (a.s) built the wall of the orphans home as before the death of the parents had hidden some treasure under the home soil for the children and given there was real possibility of the locals noticing or taking advantage of the orphans property(treasure), hence he built the wall free of charge to help them . He made a hole in the boat of the family from poor finanacial background as their was strong tradition of the local powerful people of the area taking hold of the boats of people and since the family was poor and the boat was the only means of their earning income thus he made a hole and upon the inspection of those powerful local men (i.e King) they would clasify the boat as defective and will not take away the boat from the poor family.
Similarly, the case of killing of an innocent child seemed the most injust act of Khizr (a.s) in the eyes of Moses (a.s) however in the spiritual knowledge and the judgement of Khizr (a.s) it was the opposite. Khizr (a.s) knew from his spiritual knowledge of the boys future , the child would grow up to be an evil person and become troublesome for his parents. He killed the child for the relief of the people and his parents and explained further the believing parents will be bestowed with another child that will be righteous.
This was the classic case of a spiritual disciple not being able to understand and comprehend the ways of a true spiritual master. Moses (a.s) surely too was a spiritually enlightened personality being as well as a Prophet (peace be upon him) but the spiritual level/station of Khizr (a.s) was far greater than the comprehension of Moses (a.s) understanding. This tradition of the misunderstanding between the Disciple and the Spiritual Master as well as the difference in spiritual level of a given spiritual masters from another for their understanding of the divine commandments (i.e consideration of whats lawfull or unlawful in religion) continues to this very present day and age of the world between spiritual masters from different Sufi Tariqa’s (sufi spiritual pathways). To illustrate this difference the Qadri Silsila is far more greater in spiritual knowledge than in comparison to all other Sufi Silsila’s thus it holds the place in the likeness of Khizr (a.s) and the other silsila;s are like the Moses (a.s) illustrated example.
The Namaz (prayer) is important and mandatory for discples of all the Sufi Silsila’s and even to become a Sufi Master in any given Silsila , the Namaz (Prayer) is the most basic neccessity alongside the Zikr (a special rememberance of God with invoking his name) to be daily performed by the disciples in order for them to reach a state of purification of the heart, thus moving towards the goal to attaining Spiritual enlightenment and becoming aware of the greater wisdom and secrets of the worlds beyond the apprehension and approach of whats possible merely with struggle of a human’s mind.
Consider the case of a bird with two wings , the bird requires both of the wings in order to fly high above the ground however if the bird attempts to fly with a single wing it would drop to the ground instantly. Thereforth, the disciple is no different he needs to fulfill the basic requirements of the spiritual practices in order to go and grow further in his path to spiritual understand and enlightenment and this can only be possible if he closely follows the advice of his Spiritual Guide and PRACTICE’s upon it.
In this modern world many people believe there exists not a true spiritual guide while some believe spirituality to be a state of fantasy and stories of the fiction. However the believers should be warned of this misunderstanding since clearly in all the old ages of time all the Prophet’s (peace be upon them) were believers of God’s as well as had attained spiritual enlightenment and so did their followers with practicing of the divine religious laws with pure intentions to please God. The Prophet Soleman (a.s) with his spiritual might and grandeur was able to convince the greatest emperor lady of the time to become a believer of God. Bilquis (the lady) wanted to first examine, if Soleman (a.s) was truly a Prophet (a.s) as he had claimed or was a false Prophet with being interested in only fame and was acting due to his wordly passion.
The events of the Soleman (a.s) and Bilquis begins with the latter receving mysteriously receiving a letter from Suleman (a.s) in the strong guarded protected palace room of the great emperor of the time. The letter could not have possibly be placed in her room while she woke up from her dream given the immense security that was surrounding her and the palace. She was astounded by the letter and further by the letter that read Suleman (a.s) stating this letter is from the Prophet of God upon whom God has bestowed his special favor and the letter commanding Bilquis to believe in him Suleman (a.s) as the Prophet of God and follow him. On contrast if she fails to submit he with his mighty power (spiritual) will come with such an unimaginable force and army that would overthrow her from her power and her emperor rule will be ended.
This moment of state was an astoneshment for the Lady Emperor since the letter was not a comman letter as given its mysterious nature for it to be ignored and similarly if the letter can arrive to her room without her permission then Suleman (a.s) may also be able to vanish her empire treasure without her permission among other things. She called up her all special deputees and they held a meeting and the incident was discussed with all attendes agreeing for to it be not taken lightly with given the customs of the war’s the mighty victories army crushes the weaker one and mentioned the final decision lied with the lady herself as she is the head ruler of the great empire. Thus, she decided to embark on a journey to examine Soleman (a.s) personality herself and see what sort of character he holds. Soleman (a.s) with his spiritual ability was already well aware of Bilquis intent and off her coming to visit him to inspect him thus he inquired his fellow companions whom will bring to him the (Greatly Heavy Bulky) Throne of Bilquis before her arrival hence the throne was brought to Suleman’s Astounding Palace in moment of even less than a second and before Bilquis arrived he ordered for the throne to be somewhat changed in his beauty to see if Bilquis could recognise her own Throne.
When Bilquis arrived with her associates to the Suleman (a.s) palace , then instantly one of the associates recognised the throne and informed of this to her where upon she went close to the throne and on her inspection she was once more surprised to witness this was her very own throne and it not have possibly be moved and travelled to such a long distance before her own arrival. However she was somewhat convinced but was still going to further examine Suleman (a.s). Soleman (a.s) fully aware of the state of Bilquis and her mind ordered his servents to show Bilquis her place of rest in the palace. While she was walking inside the palace she suddenly covered her dress cloths up high to avoid them being wet and given her state the servants laughed upon her state as the design of Suleman’s palace was beyond an ordinary palace as it was built upon with nature’s mysterious forces that were under the command of Suleman (a.s). On this occasion Bilquis showed remorse over her actions and felt embrassed given her realisation that she needlessly doubted Soleman (a.s) ability and his power provided to him from God.
The above narration of Soleman (a.s) is just one of the examples of Spiritual Personality’s that is believed by many different religions and mentioned in the Holy Books like Quran and so forth. Whereas in Islam in Quran its stated the people of Moses (a.s) (the torah) whom only held on to the outer words of religion are like the donkeys laden with Books. In can be concluded this example of Religion without spirituality is the same for Muslims just like the people of the Book of Torah. Spirituality is the Fruit of Prayer whereas the Prayer itself is the Seed thats to be planted for the body’s internal spirituality to nurture, grow and flow.
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