The Murshid is obligated to follow the commands of Shari’ah with absolute respect and dedication. The role of the Murshid is to enlighten the path of those who are astray with righteousness and guidance. A “Murshid” who does not respect and follow the Shari’ah is himself in darkness and totally incapable of illuminating (rating someone else’s path or guiding them). Such people are disciples of Shaitaan and the enemies of Islam. Some Murshids go about sowing doubts in the minds of their followers. They teach that Salaah and Saum (Fasting) are outward forms of worship and should be left to the Ulama. They claim that they practice and worship with their hearts only. Such Mushids are astray and mislead their followers too. They feast in Ramadaan openly mocking the Shari’ah and Tariqah. Yet, ignorant Mureeds are convinced that these people will transport them into Jannah. It is strange that bodily requirements like eating, drinking, sleeping, taking medication and other physical activities are done promptly. It is only those physical duties commanded by Allah Ta’ala and Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) that strain their bodies and they choose to perform it with their heart. Why do they not perform other functions like eating and drinking with the heart? “True Saints only feel hungry once in forty days”. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 444)
It should be remembered that Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), his Noble Companions, the Tabi’in, Taba Tabi’in, the true Saints, and the Allah-fearing people never performed such “hearty” Salaah or Saum. These are physical forms of Ibaadah, which have to be performed bodily. They should be performed not just with the heart; they should be carried with the heart and mind completely engrossed in Allah’s worship.
Hazrat Umar Faruq (radi Allahu anhu) demonstrated the importance of Salaah when he was fatally wounded by Abu Lulu. He performed Fajr Salaah even though bleeding profusely and said that those who do not perform Salaah have no part in Islam. (Izaalatul Khifaa, Vol. 4, pg. 281)
Some “Murshids” deny the Absolute Unity and Oneness of Allah Ta’ala (Tauheed). They believe Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to be the “Lord” and regard this as the supreme secret of Tasawwuf. To justify their evil beliefs, they misuse terms like “Anal Haq” which is sometimes uttered by Saints in a state of spiritual intoxication. (The nature of the “Anal Haq” phrase will be explained later on.)
When the Ulema-e-Haq challenge such blasphemous claims, these fraudulent “Murshids” hide behind false claims that the Ulama are mere followers of Shari’ah and un-informed of inner knowledge. To protect their fraudulent practices, they instruct their Mureeds not to publicise their teachings because others would not understand the finer points and implications of this so-called “inner knowledge”. They do this so that they may not be exposed. They also keep their Mureeds away from the Ulama so that the Mureeds must not become aware of their tricks and their means of income is not terminated.
Sultaanul Aarifeen, Hazrat Sultaan Bahu (radi Allahu anhu) affirms that when a person steps in the area of Tasawwuf (Durwesh-hood) he should diligently follow the demands of the Shari’ah. He should follow the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah at every step and he should keep the company of the Ulama and Fuqara. He should only do those things advised by the Shari’ah and refrain from those actions that are prohibited by the Shari’ah. He should not allow either carnal desires or evil temptation to influence him. (Mihakul Foqaraa, pg. 93)
Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hujweri (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “A group of heretics have joined the Sufis. They preach that once obedience to Shari’ah is intensified to such an extent that Wilaayah (Sainthood) is achieved, Ta’at (obedience to the Laws of Shari’ah) is no longer necessary. This is an incorrect and false claim. In the path of truth, there is absolutely no stage where Ta’at becomes redundant”. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 312)
Hazrat Data Saahib (radi Allahu anhu) emphasizes that to achieve Wilaayat, the compliance to the Sunnah of Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is definitely required. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 455)
Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh (radi Allahu anhu) explains the relationship of Haqiqah and Shari’ah as follows: “Shari’ah without Haqiqah is a farce and show and Haqiqah without Shari’ah is hypocrisy. Pretence and hypocrisy are both the ruination of Imaan. Allah Ta’ala says: ‘Whoever exhibits Mujaahidah (continuous striving) towards us, We will show
them Our path’. Mujaahidah is Shari’ah and guidance towards the path of Allah is Haqiqah. Shari’ah functions to protect the outward and Haqiqah guards the inner conditions of the Believer”. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 526)
One should note that Shari’ah is established on the firm foundation of Quran, Sunnah, Consensus and analogy of the Jurists. If a person disputes any particular analogical Mas’ala and is equipped with substantiating evidence, then the matter is not so serious. However, when a person openly defies the Quran, Hadith and ‘Ijma (consensus), he not only gives up any claim to being a Murshid, but of also being a Muslim.