Al Malfuz Al Sharif Vol 1 – Anecdotes of AlaHadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة (Must Read)
Question: What is the meaning of Mujahidah(Spiritual Struggle)?
Answer: The entire concept of Mujahidah is enclosed in this ayah:
And those who tremble with fear in the presence of their lord and abstain from the desires of Nafs, Verily, their abode is Jannah. – (Surah An-Naziyat79, Verse 40,41)
This is actually known as Jihad al-Akbar (the great struggle in spiritualism). It is stated in the Hadith Sharif that after returning victoriously from Jihad with the Kuffar at Badr, the Holy Prophet of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم stated:
Now we return from the minor battle to the major battle. – (Sharh Zurqani, Vol.1, p.324)
A certain Wali of Allah spent three years in worship struck by the desire of eating pomegranate. He dreamt of Sayyidund Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم who said to him:
There are also certain rights of your nafs upon you. – (Musnad Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal عليه الرحمة, Hadith no. 25909, narrated by Umm al Mo’minin Sayyidah A’iesha رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ.)
The next morning he got up and ate one. Now he desired to drink milk, but he said to himself, “Be patient for 30 years, perhaps Sayyiduna Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم will appear again with Divine advice. He may say that patience is better than this desire!” This mere thought instantly removed the desire for milk from his heart.
Both these desires can be easily identified. Satanic desires are very demanding. They want things done without delay. On the contrary, the desire of the heart is patient and constant about the thing it desires. It does not change its taste to something else because it is sincere about a specific thing. On the other hand, Satanic desires are different. If it cannot get what it wants immediately, then the greed is so great that it will crave for the second thing, and if that is hot obtained quickly, it will desire for the third, and it will continue again and again. Thus, a person with Satanic influence is very greedy and desires for everything. This is so because the devil’s intention is to mislead, irrespective of how he does it.
Once, a person visited a devout Sufi. He saw a container of drinking water kept in the sun, He said to the Sufi, “Oh Shaykh! This drinking water was left in the sun and it must have now become hot”. The Sufi replied, “In the morning, there was shade on it, but as the sun rose, its rays fell on it. I am now embarrassed to ask Allah عزوجل and move my legs from His عزوجل devotion to satisfy my personal desire.”
Shaykh al-Masha’ikh, ‘Arife-Billah Sayyidi Shaykh Sirri al-Saqti عليه الرحمة was once Fasting, so he kept a container of water on the shelf of the wall to get cold. He intended to drink it at the time of Iftar. While engrossed in his ‘Asr Muraqibah (meditation) he saw Virgins of Paradise (Hurs) passing by one by one in front of him. As one approached him, he inquired, “For whose service are you?” She replied, “A certain person ” Likewise, he questioned each one of them and they all gave various names until one of them replied, “I am for him who does not desire cold water at the time of fast.” The Shaykh then said to her, “If what you say is true then drop my container of cold water.” As she dropped it down, the noise distracted the Shaykh from his Muraqibah and he returned to his normal state. He saw the broken container lying on the floor of his room.
Once, two Angels met. One asked the other where he was going. He answered, “There is a Wali who has a cup of milk in his hand and is about to drink it. I am ordered to go and flap my wings so that I drop the cup from his hand”. He then asked the other Angel, “Where are you going?” He said, “A sinner has placed his fishing gear for a long time in a river and caught no fish, I am ordered to go and hook up a fish in his gear.” (Allah عزوجل tests His عزوجل Beloved servants and gives abundantly to the transgressors so that they may remain astray).
AlaHadrat عليه الرحمة went on further to say that if 40 days passes without experiencing mishaps or calamities, then fear that Almighty Allah عزوجل may have abandoned you. It is stated in the Hadith Sharif that when a beloved servant of Allah عزوجل lifts his hands, cries and pleads to Allah عزوجل, then the Sumlime Lord عزوجل orders the Angel Jibra’il علیہ السلام not to grant him his request because He (Allah عزوجل) loves his crying and pleading. On the contrary, when a transgressor (Fasiq) lifts up his hands and asks Allah عزوجل for anything then Allah عزوجل orders Sayyiduna Jibra’il علیہ السلام to quickly grant him his request because Allah عزوجل dislikes the face of a Fasiq focused towards Him عزوجل. There is a great lesson taught in this Hadith Sharif If the Angel Jibrail علیہ السلام can grant desires and requests by the Divine Command of Allah عزوجل, then which Muslim will question the favours of Sayyiduna wa Mawlana Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم? The Wahabi should take heed from this Hadith al-Sharif!
SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam wa ‘Ala Alihi wa Sahbihi Wa Baraka Wa karam