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Miftah-ul-Janna (Booklet for way to Paradise)

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commandment rather than for ostentation. However, it being a wasteful and needless use of property to put on lights, to burn candles or to run lighted advertisements during the day, it is not permissible to do so. It is permissible to do these things or to send your children to mixed schools where boys and girls are educated together, if the government commands the people to do so. Another place that is not permissible (for Muslims) to go to is one where men and women are mixed and people expose their awrat parts.” It is written in Ibni ’Âbidîn, in its chapters dealing with ‘Friday prayer’ and ‘Being a Qâdi’, that it is not permissible to revolt against disbelievers’ laws, either. It is stated (by Islamic scholars) that acts of worship performed in violation of rights of Allâhu ta’âlâ’s slaves, (i.e. human beings,) will not be accepted and will not help the worshipper to enter Paradise. It is stated also that paying a non-Moslem’s rights is more difficult than paying a Muslim’s rights. We do good to everyone and should not react to evil doers in kind. A true Muslim will obey Allâhu ta’âlâ’s commandments and the government’s laws.] A blessed Walî’s company is hard to come by, People who attain it won’t let it go awry. One must look far and near to find the right guy; A money-changer knows the gem, not a daft guy. If you put a closed jug by a source of water; Be it there forty years, it will still be dry. Sohbat makes a heart pure, to make heavens envy; What makes a man sage is not his garb chest-high. First of all, have îmân, and cease from the harâm; What the soul feeds on is not almonds on a pie! – 236 –

CONCERNING VIRTUES of the SAHÂBA Of all the Sahâba, Rasûlullah’s four Khalîfas ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anhum ajma’în’ are the highest. Caliphates of all four of them lasted for thirty years. [It is a declared fact that all the Sahâba ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anhum ajma’în’ shall go to Paradise. It is not permissible to speak ill of any one of them.] The kerâmât of the Awliyâ are haqq, i.e. true. [1] Hadrat Abû Bakr as-Siddîq ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anh’ is the most virtuous and the highest of all Walîs (Awliyâ). His caliphate is haqq (rightful). That he is the first Khalîfa is a proven fact by the ijmâ’ (consensus, unanimity of the Sahâba). He is Rasûlullah’s ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ father-in-law. He married his daughter ’Âisha ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anhâ’ to Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’. He is well versed in the knowledge of Haqîqat. He spent his entire property in the way of haqq, (i.e. true way, Islam,) so much so that he did not have a scrap left. So he wrapped a cover made of date fibres around his waist. Jebrâîl ‘alaihis-salâm’ donned the same kind of clothing and visited the Messenger of Allah. When the blessed Messenger saw the Archangel clad in the unusual apparel, he said: “O Jebrâîl, my sibling! I have never seen you like this before. I wonder what is happening.” Thereupon, Jebrâîl ‘alaihis-salâm’ explained: “Yâ Rasûlallah (O Messenger of Allah)! Now you see me in this state. All the angels also are in this state. Its reason is this: Allâhu ’adhîm-ush-shân declared: ‘My slave Abû Bakr has spent all his property for My grace and in My way. So he is clad in a cover made of date fibres. O My angels. You be clad like him!’ So all the angels are clad like this.” From then on Hadrat Abû Bakr has been called ‘Siddîq’ (by Allâhu ta’âlâ and for that matter by all Muslims). The second most virtuous Walî after him is Hadrat ’Umar ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anh’. His caliphate is rightly guided according to the ijmâ’-i-ummat (consensus of the Sahâba). He is well versed in the [1] It has been Allâhu ta’âlâ’s ’âdat-i-ilâhiyya (divine habit) to create things and events through means (sababs). For instance, something heavier than water sinks in water. Sometimes Allâhu ta’âlâ suspends His law of causation for the grace of His beloved slaves such as Prophets and Awliyâ, so that events that we call wonders and miracles happen through these blessed people. When a wonder happens through a Prophet it is a mu’jiza, and a wonder that happens through a Walî (pl. Awliyâ) is termed a kerâmat (pl. kerâmât). – 237 –

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