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Medieval Islam was a religion of remarkable tolerance for its time, allowing Jews and Christians the right to practise their inherited beliefs, and setting an example which was not, unfortunately, copied for many centuries in the West. The surprise, ladies and gentlemen, is the extent to which Islam has been a part of Europe for so long, first in Spain, then in the Balkans, and the extent to which it has contributed so much towards the civilisation which we all too often think of, wrongly, as entirely Western. Islam is part of our past and our present, in all fields of human endeavour. It has helped to create modern Europe. It is part of our own inheritance, not a thing apart.

- Prince Charles speech on Islam and the West to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 27 October 1993.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

2nd part of the speech on Prophet Muhammad (SAW)


“My brothers, you don’t have to be a Wali of Allah to receive the karam [benediction] from Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Our Aaqa’s [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] blessings are especially for the sinners.
Khan of Qallaat was a secular and nonreligious man. At the time of creation of Pakistan, there was rebellion in Qallaat and he was thinking of separating Baluchistan from the state of Pakistan. At that time was also a time of turmoil like it is today in Pakistan. A few day ago, the grandson of Khan of Qallaat came on T.V. and when he was asked that at present he wanted freedom, so why he did not separate from Pakistan at the time of its creation. He answered that they did want to separate at that time and his grand father also consulted other people who advised him to separate from Pakistan, but that night his grand father had ziyarat-e-nabi [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], who ordered him not to betray Pakistan and join it. The interviewer asked him that was he saying that the province of Baluchistan was a part of Pakistan because of the order of the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. To which, the grandson of Khan of Qallaat replied that this was told to him by his elders.
So you see that even the provinces of this Pakistan are together because of the command of the Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Therefore, in today’s world, there could be no greater disrespect to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] than destroying and annihilating Pakistan, this Pakistan which was created due to Faizan-e-nabvi [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم], which is in the shadow of Allah Almighty and which is going to be the epicentre of the Muslim Ummah in the coming days, inshAllah!
Respected Ishfaq Ahmad used to say that Allah has kept this Pakistan like he kept the she-camel of Saleh [AS]; like her, Pakistan is also a miracle, and the fact that it is still standing is a miracle too. Pakistan is one of the signs of Allah Almighty. None of your deeds would be worth any thing if you betray this Pakistan. All of the good actions of that person will go to waste who is dishonest with this property of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], and that is Pakistan. In the coming days, the burden of the entire Ummah would be upon this Pakistan. The world as a whole is a victim of disintegration. Allah has made this Pakistan for the protection and honour of Muslim Ummah, that is why, He made us an Atomic power. This country was created through miracles and groups of Auliya [friends of Allah] who came together for its making. At that time when the ‘Congressi Mullahs’ were giving fatwas against Quaid-e-Azam and Pakistan, all the Auliya and Faqirs of Allah were gathering to support Pakistan. In the leadership of Pir Syed Jamat Ali Shah, many Auliya came together like Pir of Manki Shareef, Pir of Zakori Shareef and others who backed Quaid-e-Azam in the making of Pakistan.
When people used to ask Pir Jamat Ali Shah, why he was supporting someone who had obviously British style and looks, he would answer that it did not matter how he looked; the important thing was that he was doing the work of Allah and Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. He wrote to Quaid-e-Azam and said that, “I am one of your soldiers, tell me what to do?” The mureeds [followers] of Pir Sahab asked him why he was saying this to an almost English man. He replied that they were unaware of this secret, which was that the Quaid was working for Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ].
My friends and elders, please understand one thing; in the coming days this nation and Ummah will be tested. We would have to sacrifice a lot; in order for the Muslims to rise again and build a state on the model of Rashidun Caliphate and to restore the lost grandeur of Muslim Ummah, the Muslims will be required to sacrifice. You would have to sacrifice your children, your families your resources, your finances and yourselves. Allama Iqbal says in one of his poems,
“I tremble with fear when I say that I am a Muslim
Because I know what is the penalty of saying La ilaha ilallah”.
At the time of the Pledge of Al-Aqabah, Abbas [RA] stopped the Muslims of Madina and asked them whether they realized the importance of the bayt [pledge] with Mohammad Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. This bayt meant that they would have to take on the whole world. They would have to forfeit not only their families but also their businesses, trades and crops. They should understand it clearly that the world would turn on them. Yet, those people were also blessed with sagacity and insight. They demanded what would they get in turn of this pledge. They were told they would get the Jannah. But those people were not simply zahids [worshipful of Allah]; they were Aashiqs of Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. So they asked,
“Ya Syedi, promise us one thing, you will never leave us.”
Jannah was not their desire; they wanted Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], who replied that he would never leave them and to this day he is with the people of Madina. The Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] said that the people of Madina are my neighbours so take care of them. That is why, there have been Sultans who did not take any tax from the residents of Madina and used to forgive them for their mistakes. They were gentle with them. This is the spirit of love. When the sahaba [RA] used to meet the Holy Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], they would address him by saying, “may my mother and father be sacrificed for you, Ya Rasoolullah!”
My friends, how can we be of any service to our Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] ? If you confess your love for someone,you send them presents. Once a Faqir was asked how much Zakah did he pay. He asked in return,which Zakah? The Zakah of Fiqh, the Zakah of love or the Zakah of Ishq? The other person was surprised and asked what did he mean. The Faqir replied that the Zakah of Fiqh is that if you have saved 100 rupees, you give two and half rupees in charity. And the charity of Love is that you keep two and half for yourself and distribute the  ninety seven and half. And the Zakah of Ishq is that you distribute everything and keep nothing for yourself.
The lovers also treat the matters of Aamaal [good deeds] in the same way they deal in the matters of money. Those who love Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] send him the gifts of Darood Shareef. But do you know what the Ushaaqs [true lovers] of Nabi [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] do? They say to Allah ,
“O my Lord, you deal with all the sins of my life, I depend upon you and I am sure you will deal with me according to my perception of you. And my perception is this, that your forgiveness is vaster than my sins. O my Lord, I do not do good deeds for the reward of Paradise, nor do I refrain from bad actions due to the fear of Hell. I do what I do in order to get near to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] and for yourself. With your benediction and mercy, I am sure you will forgive my sins. But I am also sure that my good deeds are not enough to bring me closer to Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] and give me the status of prophets, martyrs and siddiqqeens. That is why,whatever good deeds I have, I present them as a gift to the Holy Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Now, I neither have sins nor good deeds. All I want is to stay under the benevolence and Ishq and Karam of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], and I am happy with what my Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] gives me. I am not proud of what I earned nor I am dependent on it. But I present all my prayers, Hajj, charity and Darood Shareef to the Holy Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. I did all these things, O Allah for you and if you accept them, then give them to Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ].”
I know young men who are not more than twenty years of age, who study in universities, but do not go to sleep before presenting their good deeds of every day to Aaqa Kareem [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. Ishq-e-Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] is not any single person’s heritage. Whoever is bestowed with Ishq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] is very easy to spot. There are signs all over the person of a true Aashiq of Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] that are like a fragrant smell. It is not possible that a person is an Ashiq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] and heartless at the same time. It is impossible that a person loves Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] and at the same time has a repulsive visage. It is not possible that you are an Ashiq of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] and his Faiz is not visible in your very existence.
When Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] blesses someone with his faiz and karam, that in itself becomes a means of attaining Ishq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Never has the universe witnessed a Dervaish, a Wali and a Faqir of Allah as Allama Iqbal who exquisitely expressed Ishq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] in his poetry. That is why I tell you again and again to read Iqbal. I request you not to waste the Faiz of such a colossal Ashiq-e-Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] as Iqbal. No Aalim [Islamic scholar] in history has ever made such a bigger claim as Iqbal. He directly address the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] and says,
“Ya Syedi, Ya Murshadi, Ya Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], if I ever did not present your Ishq in my work and have not spread Ishq-e- Rasool through it and if I have not been faithful to your Ummah, then on the Day of Judgement, punish me by depriving  me of your sacred ziyarat and depriving me of kissing your feet”.
No one in the universe can make such a big claim, unless they have a very strong spiritual bond with the Prophet [ Judgement], unless they have a firm faith that Aaqa [Judgement ] will not remove them from his benediction. And to top it, he then stays in the state of constant fear, fear of rejection due to his sins. This is divinely portrayed in this couplet of Iqbal, which when first recited to the people of Hindustan, made them cry uncontrollably and many fainted with intensity of emotions:
“My Lord you are the Magnificence of the two Worlds
I beseech you to listen to my one request on the Day of the Judgement
If you see that it has become necessary to judge me for my deeds
Judge me please, where Aaqa Kareem [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] cannot see me”
What he meant was that the thought of bringing unhappiness to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] because of his acts was an unbearable thought for him. When people blamed Iqbal by saying what kind of Aashiq he was who would not go to Madina, he would burst into tears. People did not realise that this was a sensitive point for Iqbal. Similarly there is the tale of Mavlana Jami of Persia,who was a great Aashiq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. He reached the city of Makkah and made the intention of going to Madina, but the Governor of Makkah came with his army, reverently kissed his hands  and very respectfully begged him not to go to Madina. Mavlana Jami started to cry and asked him the reason.  The Governor said that he was blessed with the ziyarat of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] the previous night, and he showed Jami to the Governor of Makkah. He said that one of his great Aashiqs was coming and the Governor should stop him from coming to Madina, as this man was such a great Aashiq that if he came to Madina, then the Prophet[ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] would have to defy all the laws of Shariat and answer the greeting of Mavlana Jami. Therefore that Aashiq should not be let in Madina. But the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] also gave glad tidings for Jami by promising that from then onwards he would daily meet Jami in his dream. After this Jami was satisfied and went back to Persia where to his dying day he daily had the ziyarat of Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. It doesn’t matter what the people say about Jami because there are some Aashiqs, who if go to Madina, then they never return or the natural laws have to be broken for them. Allama Iqbal was also one such Aashiq. My Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] had appointed Iqbal in this Pakistan, a place which had to become Madina-e-Sani.
My friends,this is not a small thing.If you translate the word ‘Pak-istan’ in Arabic,it means “Madina Tayyiba”. Tayyib means Pak and ‘istan’ means ‘madina’. Therefore don’t consider this Pakistan simply a piece of land. This is something upon which all our elders have agreed.  For instance, Mumtaz Mufti writes in his book “Labbaik”,
“During the war of 1965 between Pakistan and India, the attendants of Masjid-e-Nabvi saw the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] in their dreams hurrying with his sword and sheild in hand and wearing the battle armour. With him, there were the sahaba [RA] who had participated in the Battle of Badr and Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] was ordering them to get ready as they were going to Pakistan to fight a war.”
Many such stories can be found in books and newspapers that the Indian fighter pilots witnessed green turbaned men on horses, with swords of light defending Pakistan. So do not consider this Pakistan insignificant.
Allah says in the Quran that do not raise your voice above the voice of the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. Raising one’s voice does not mean that one should not give Azan there. In the beginning, people took its literal meaning. A sahabi who had naturally high voice said that he would be ruined. Then Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] comforted him and told him that this verse was referring to disrespect and impertinence to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. Even the Mauzin [one who gives the call for prayer] has a loud voice. Yet, this etiquette was acquired in Masjid-e-Nabvi that to this day no one raises his voice there. Apparent reverence was carried out and its wisdom too was understood.
The meaning of not raising one’s voice in front of the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] is that one should not go ahead of him in any regard. One should accept what the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] orders and should refrain from what he stops. If the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] gives benediction to someone and calls him his soldier, such a person should be respected. If he calls someone to his court, then people should stop criticizing that person. Those people are doomed who called the Prophet’s soldier, ‘Kafir-e-Azam’, and so are those who called this ‘Madina-e-Sani’ of the Prophet, ‘Kafiristan’. Also those people are doomed who did not vote for Pakistan as they considered Quaid-e-Azam a Shia. These wretched people went to the Quaid and said that they will not vote for him as they thought that he was a Shia. Then Quaid-e-Azam said, “All right, then vote for Gandhi. May be he is Sunni.” Then these accursed people voted for Gandhi.
In today’s world, this Pakistan is a gift for us from Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Do not be disloyal to it. This gift is like the she-camel of  Saleh [AS]. It is the Madina-e-Sani of today. This is not only the property of Ummah but also a dominion of Allah Almighty and is under His great shadow. Do not refrain from sacrificing whatever you can for this Pakistan. Do not ask what your Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] has given you. The question is what have you given away for him.
صدیق کے لیے الله اور اس کا رسول بس
The extent of your efforts does not matter. At the time of Battle of Tabuk, when everyone was contributing for the war, Umar [RA] thought that his contribution would be more than any one else and brought half of his belongings. But when he reached there, he saw that Abu Bakr [RA] had brought everything that he had. When he was asked what he had left for himself back at home, Abu Bakr Siddiq [RA] replied, “Allah and his Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]“.
There was another sahabi who started to cry as he had nothing to help the Muslims. He went to a Jew, worked  the whole day in his fields and at the end of the day, got only a handful of dates. He brought it to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] and said that, that was all he had got. Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] took those dates and spread them on all the contributions by Muslims. Then he said, “Now these dates are more precious then all of the other things put together”.
So you should not look at how big or small your contribution for this Deen of Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] is. Just keep your intentions pure. Our Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] is merciful and benevolent and accepts the endeavours of the destitute. There is only one condition in order to have the reign over both the worlds: be faithful to Mohammad [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم].
کی محمّد سے وفا تو نے تو ہم تیرے ہیں
یہ جہاں چیز ہے کیا لوح و قلم تیرے ہیں
According to Iqbal, a true Momin and Aashiq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] is not restricted by fate. Allah does for an Aashiq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] whatever the Aashiq wants.
کوئی اندازہ کر سکتا ہے اس کے زور بازو کا
نگاہ مرد مومن سے بدل جاتی ہیں تقدیریں
At another place Iqbal says,
تقدیر کے پابند جمتات و نباتات
مومن فقط احکام الہی کا ہے پابند
This man is a free spirit whose Takbeer can be heard in the breadth of the entire universe.
This is the difference between an ordinary Muslim and a Momin. An ordinary Muslim just fulfills the duty of giving Azaan but a true Momin gives Azaan with the spirit of Bilal [RA].
My brothers, Allah has blessed us in allowing us to gather here on this auspicious occasion. You should all promise yourselves that not a single day of your life will pass without you consciously presenting your good deeds to the Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. We only think of Mohammad [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] as our Prophet, but do not consider him our Murshid [spiritual leader]. Through Murshid we get ‘Faiz’ [spiritual enlightenment]. If you love someone, you take Faiz from them and send them gifts too. You can present all your good deeds and Darood Shareef to the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] according to your capacity. Whoever gifts to Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم], always gets something in return. My Aaqa never sends any one away empty-handed. May Allah always be with you. Remember that our biggest heritage is the love and Ishq of Aaqa Kareem [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Our good actions alone can not help us unless we have Iman, Ishq and Adab-e-Rasool, therefore never compromise on them. If there is any shortage of good deeds, Allah Almighty can forgive that with his magnanimity and benevolence.
Imam Nauvi describes a story of a Bedouin in ‘Kitab -ul-Azkaar’ who came in the holy presence of Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] after he had apparently passed away from this world. He sat there and said,
“Allah says in the Quran that if you have committed a sin, you should go to Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] because when he will ask for forgiveness for you, you will find that Allah is all Merciful and Forgiving. That is why, Syedi, I have come to your court as I have sinned. There is no other place to go. Please ask for forgiveness for me.”
Then that Bedouin read a couplet which meant that there is no other existence more beautiful in the world then the existence of the person who resides there. Even to this day, this couplet is written on the net in front of the of the Prophet’s [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] grave. When that Bedouin went away, a wali who was sitting there watching this whole incident, immediately had the ziyarat of Prophet  [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] in his dream, who gave the glad tidings for the Bedouin and told the wali to tell the Bedouin that his attendance at the Prophet’s court was accepted and Allah had forgiven him.
A person should definitely feel ashamed at his sins but should always hope that as the Ummati of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]he will be blessed if  he presented himself in the Prophet’s [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] court with the desired respect and etiquette. A Muslim should always expect that Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] will intercede on his behalf in Allah Almighty’s court and will exonerate him if he is a true Aashiq. One should always be prepared to sacrifice himself for Syedi Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. Everything is dependent on intentions; some do good deeds for Jannah, some do it to show the world, some do it because they are afraid of the Hell, but there are some who do good deeds for the sake of Syedi’s [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] love. Actions are the same; it is the intention that makes a world of difference.
May Allah always be your protector and bless you with  Ishq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. may Allah increase it and protect it, as it is our real heritage. It is a heritage that should be dearer to you than life itself. When it comes to Syedi Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم], there should be no compromise. There is a a luminous example of Ghazi Ilm Deen Shaheed for us. When the accursed Raj Pal disrespected the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], the whole Muslim Ummah was stirred, including people like Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. Then Ghazi Ilm Deen Shaheed sent that blasphemer to hell, to which Iqbal famously said that we were all men of words but this son of Blacksmiths had beaten us all through his great feat. This was the only case of Quaid-e-Azam that he fought for free. Many people went to Ghazi Ilm Deen Shaheed and begged him to say that this murder took place by mistake so that his life would be spared. But he would not budge. Then they went to Allama Iqbal who wrote a poem praising this Ghazi, in which he said that people like Ghazi Ilm Deen Shaheed want martyrdom so let them have it. But others forced Iqbal to visit him so he went to the jail where Ghazi was kept. As soon as Ghazi saw Iqbal, he said, “Iqbal, you too?” Iqbal understood what he meant. He burst into tears and returned without further uttering a word. Then he wrote his famous poem which begins:
اں شہیدوں کی دیت اہل کلیسا سے نہ مانگ
قدر و قیمت میں ہے خون جن کا حرم سے بڑھ کر
May Allah be with you and may Allah always shade this Pakistan. May we always benefit from the company of Auliya and may your Ishq-e-Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] always remain. Ameen
In the words of Sultan Bahu,
ایمان سلامت ہر کوئی منگے
عشق سلامت کوئی نا
May Allah keeps your Ishq strong. JazakAllah Khairan Kaseera.
Assalam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wabaraktuhu.

A speech on Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by Sir Zaid Hamid

“Verily ALLAH and his angels recite salaat on the nabi.  O you who believe call for (ALLAH’s) blessings on him and greet him saying peace be upon him.”( AL-AHZAAB -56)

Allahuma salli ala Muhammadin wa ala Alayhi wa as haabihi wasalam
With the permission of respected Syed Sahab, dear scholars and brothers Assalmo alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu.
When my Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] especially rewards someone in his ummah, when he wants closeness with an ummati [follower], when he decides that an ummati should be with prophets, siddiqeens [truthful people] and martyrs, and when he wants to gift someone, then he gives that ummati the Ishq for Prophet Mohammad [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم].
My friends, remember one thing, you cannot earn Ishq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. It is an honour bestowed by the court of the Holy Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. It is rewarded to him who is endlessly obedient and humble in front of the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم].
Adab pehla qareena hai mohabaat kay qareeno main.
The disrespectful receive nothing. And remember one thing, there is no criticism or following or Fatwa [ruling given by an Islamic scholar] regarding the actions of an Aashiq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], nor there is any end to the acts of a man who is immersed in Ishq-e-Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم].”
[In order to make the audience understand the importance of this point, Sir Zaid repeated it.]
“It is not mentioned in any book of Fiqh that how an Aashiq [lover] of Rasoolullah should express his love for the Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. At the battle of Uhad, the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] lost two teeth. Owais Qarni [ RA] broke all his teeth upon hearing this. This is not a matter for Fiqh; this is Ishq-e-Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. There is no fatwa on it, nor there is any following. Abu Bakr [RA], Umar [RA], Ali [AS] did not break their teeth though they were also great lovers of Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. Their style of loving the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ], their duties and positions were different.  Owais Qarni’s [RA] style was different. That is why there is no following of any particular style. Every Aashiq has his own place. He expresses his love according to whatever Aqaa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] bestows on him. One sahabi [companion] of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] saw him only once in his life. At that time, the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] was wearing a black shawl as it was winter. Afterward, that sahabi never saw the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] again but all his life he wore a black shawl as he had seen him like that. Another sahabi, who met Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] during summer, saw that his shirt was unbuttoned from the front. During his whole life, whichever season it was, he used to wear an unbuttoned shirt because he said that was the way he had seen his Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم], so that was the way he would remain.
Acts of Ishq-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] have no criticism, no following and no fatwa. Only an ignorant person can ask about the veracity of these rules . These are the matters of heart.
Once at a time of war, our Aaqa [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] announced that every Muslim should bring what ever he can. A sahabia cried that she did not have any thing to offer but she did not want to stay behind. She went to our Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] and presented her infant to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. Syedi Rasoolullah [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] asked her what would he do with the baby. She replied that when he was attacked from all sides, he could use her baby as a shield to protect himself from the arrows. This is true Ishq-e-Rasool![صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] These are the acts of loving the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] which are infinite in their nature, and which permit no criticism.
Imam Malik, the founder of Maliki Fiqh, never wore shoes and never rode any animal in Madina because he said that his master [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] used to walk in those streets. At the time of Pledge of Hudaybiya, the representatives of the non-believers of Quraysh, went back and advised their people not to fight a war with the Muslims. They said they had been to the courts of Caesar and Kisra but they had never seen such reverence and respect which they had seen in the sahaba of the Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. They told Mushrikeen of Quraish,
“When their Prophet performs ablution, they don’t let the water fall down on the ground and spread it on their bodies. They make perfume from the drops of his perspiration. They would not even let his spit touch the ground and would smear it on themselves”.
These things are intrinsically not forbidden, yet there was a sahabi who even did a forbidden thing but Jannah [paradise] was made wajib [compulsory] for him because of his intention. Once the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] bled a little. He gave the container of the blood to the sahabi to throw it. But the sahabi drank it. When the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] came to know about it, he said,
“A body that has my blood running in it, will not burn in hell”.
Even though it is forbidden to drink blood in Islam, the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] gave him the tidings of Jannah because of his Ishq-e- Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ].
My dear friends, whatever a Momin [true believer] receives is due to the respect and courtesy he shows to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. All the prayers, hajj, zakah and good deeds will be wasted if one so much as raises the voice in the presence of the Holy Master [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. There is no room for disrespect and irreverence in this regard. There are two sins which i will never forgive. One is shirk and the the other is disrespect to the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]. If one angers Allah because of his misdeeds, our master [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] can come to our aid. But if one has been disrespectful to the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم], there is no one in the whole universe who can come to his aid. Even to this day, the ture ushaaq [lovers] of the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] strongly follow the Quranic orders concerning the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. They carry themselves exactly the way the sahaba did in the company of Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] fourteen hundred years ago. There are still some men of Allah, who ask for permission before going to the court of the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] (i.e. Masjid-e-Nabvi) as it was ordered in the Quran. Even today these men give sadqa [charity] before consulting about a matter from the court of our master [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] as it was ordered by Allah. They also take permission from the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] before leaving Masjid-e-Nabvi. Similarly, they take care of the poor people in the vicinity of Masjid-e-Nabvi as the master [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] had said that the people of Madina were his neighbours and one should take care of them. Even today the Ushaaq of Rasool [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] don’t turn their backs to the Masjid-e- nabvi and they don’t speak in a loud voice. A thing which is worth remembering is that the Ishq-e-Rasool is the result of respecting and following the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ].
Everyone knows the story of Imam Busiri who wrote Qaseeda Burda. He presented this qaseeda to the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] and saw him in his dream. The Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] not only gave him his burda [shawl] but also cured him of his paralysis. When he woke up and went out in the street, a qalander stopped him and asked him to give him the qaseeda that he wrote the previous night and also told him that it had been accepted at the court of the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. In today’s world we see that this qaseeda has become the most popular qaseeda ever.
Maula Ya sali wasalam dayi man abadan
Each Ashiq of Rasool has been assigned a different duty by the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم]. For this, it is not necessary to be a great abid [one who worships a lot] or a zahid [ a very pious man]. The blessings and mercy of the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] are also for the sinners and worldly people. The only condition is that of Adab-e-Rasool [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ].
Sultan Noor-ud-din Zangi was a Muslim general who was leading the Muslim army during the crusades. At that time two crusaders, dug a tunnel towards the Roza-e-Pak  of Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] with evil intentions (nauzbillah). Amongst the whole ummah, the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] chose Sultan Noor-ud-din Zangi to send the two crusaders to hell. He came in the dream of the Sultan and showed him the faces of those two hell-bound men and ordered the Sultan to rid him of them. The Sultan traveled from Damascus to Madina Shareef, found the two infidels, sent them to hell and then burst into tears because he was overwhelmed with joy that the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] had called him for this great service.
Everyone knows that when Tariq bin Ziyad was sent to capture Spain, he burnt all the ships behind him. We know about this historical fact, but are unaware of the spiritual aspect to it. There were only 12,000 Muslim Mujahids with him who faced an army of 150,000. That was an unknown territory for the Muslims as they had never been there before. Behind them, there was a vast sea. The Muslim forces considered going back and coming again with a bigger army. When Tariq bin Ziyad saw this situation, he ordered his soldiers to burn all the ships. A fierce battle was fought which resulted in the victory for Muslims. Afterward, the Muslims asked their commander that why did he decide to burn the boats and what was so special about this order which the soldiers had not realized. Tariq bin Ziyad told them that when they were coming to Spain, he was blessed with the ziyarat of the Holy Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] who was wearing his armour. The Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] told him to reach Spain as he himself was also going there.
Sultan Mohammad Fateh was one of the the sultans of Ottoman Caliphate. The Holy Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] had said, “Constantinople would be conquered by the Muslims, and that Muslim troop would go to Paradise who would conquer it and so would the leader who would be leading them”. Starting from the time of Caliphate of Uthman [RA], the Muslims tried for 900 years to conquer Constantinople. But this honour was in the fate of Sultan Mohammad Fateh in 1453 A.D. In order to stop this Sultan , heavy chains were put across the sea so that the Muslims’ warships could not reach Constantinople.  The Sultan ordered his people to drag the ships on dry land, a feat which has not been accomplished any where in human history. Finally the Sultan’s army conquered Constantinople and he told others how he was foretold of a victory in dream by the Prophet’s sahabi, Abu Ayub Ansari [RA]. The sahabi said to the Sultan, “Constantinople belongs to you, go and take it”. The shrine of this great sahabi, who was host to Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] in Madina Munawara, can still be seen in Constantinople. The sahabi himself showed the place where he was buried to the Sultan, so the Sultan was able to mark that place and made a shrine for him there.
So we see that in every era, the lovers of the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] had been blessed with special faiz [benediction] and karam [blessing] of the Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] himself. An example from recent history is the book titled “Zinda Rood” [ever-flowing spring of water] written by Allama Iqbal’s son, Justice Javed Iqbal. In this book, he tells of an incident that was told to him by his father. Once a Syed man came from Kashmir to visit Allama Iqbal and burst into tears as soon as he saw Allama Iqbal. When Iqbal inquired what was the matter with him, he said,
“I am not needy or poor, but I am crying at the truthfulness of my dream. In my dream, I saw a huge congregation of Muslim Auliya that was led by the Prophet Mohammad [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] himself. Yet, the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] was not starting the prayer as it seemed that he was waiting for someone. He was turning his head again and again asking, “Has Iqbal come?” After some time, a man came and the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] gave him space on his right side. When I woke up I asked other people about it and they said that they had heard of a man called Iqbal who lived in Lahore so I came here and when I saw you, I could not control myself and cried at the accuracy of my dream.”
The ‘Congressi Mullahs’ called Quaid-e-Azam, ‘Kafir-e-Azam’. These Mullahs have been with the Congress from the start, are with it today and will hopefully will be resurrected with Congress as well in the End. When Quaid-e-Azam was asked that he had left the Sub-continent in 1931, what was the thing that made him come back, he replied,
“Allama Iqbal worked a lot on me, aroused spirituality in me and other good and sincere friends also suggested to me that it was better if I go back and work for the Muslims. But this not the real reason. When I was in England in a state of confusion, I had the good fortune of having the ziyarat of our Holy Prophet [ صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم] at night. And I can swear that I was awake at that time. I did not see the Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] in dream but while I was awake. The Holy Prophet [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] addressed me and said, “Go to Hindustan, I have work for you there.” And that is why I returned to Hindustan as it was the order of my Aaqa [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ]“.
At the time of his death in Ziyarat, Quaid-e-Azam called his doctor and said , “I am leaving this world in a very peaceful state of mind. I am absolutely sure that this Pakistan could not have been made if it was not for the Faizan [blessing] of the Rasoolullah [صلی اللہ علیھ والہ وسلم ] and now it is the duty of the coming generations to apply the system of Caliphate in Pakistan so that Allah fulfills those promises which Allah has made with the Muslims.”

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