THE SECRET TO TRANQUILITY
Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri
الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين
Compilation of English poetry by Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri titled 'The Secret to Tranquility' is divided into the following sections.
(i) The Secret to Tranquility Part (1) - Devotion to Almighty (حمدِ باری تعالیٰ).
(ii) The Secret to Tranquility Part (2) - Reverence (نعت) of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).(iii) The Secret to tranquility Part (3) - Veneration of Dignitaries.(iv) The Secret to tranquility Part (4) - Exclusive poetry.The poetry is rhythmic in style. Therefore, it should be read in rhyme. Watch for the punctuation marks carefully. Commas have been placed at distinct places where you need to give a short pause. If you read it in rhyme, by giving a short pause on comma, you will understand the full meaning and will also enjoy its reading.
Sufi poetry contains spiritual experiences of Awliya Allah / Shuyookh of Ihsan during various states of progression from Sharia, to Tareeqa, to Haqeeqah and Ma'arefa. They also write about their experiences of the 'other world' we enter after our death. Sometimes, they write about the administration of Spiritual realm (عالمِ مثال). These issues are part of spiritual hidden knowledge.
It is in Quran - فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا (Then they found one of Our Servants on whom We had conferred a special favor from Our Presence, and whom We had taught special hidden knowledge from Us) (Al-Kahf - 65).
What is Ilm-e-Ladunni (Special Hidden knowledge) referred to in the above verse? This is the knowledge of the Spiritual Realm (عالمِ مثال) which is given to Sufia-e-Karam/Awliya Allah as a special favor from their Lord. These issues cannot be understood by verbal explanations, you need to see them and experience them personally.
Awliya Allah/Shuyookh of Ihsan are chosen people. They inherit their knowledge, stations, and states from Prophets.It is in Hadith - “Whoever takes a Wali of Mine an enemy, I will wage war on him; and My slave will not perform any act with which he draws closer to Me, more beloved to Me then when he fulfills what I have ordained on him; and My salve will keep drawing closer to Me by performing the Nawafil (voluntary acts of worship) until I love him, and when I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hands with which he strikes, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him; and if he seeks refuge with Me, I will grant him refuge” (Bukhari).
The expressions of Sahi-ul-Aqeeda Sufis/Awliya Allah is reflection of their emotions and their intrinsic spiritual states. These should be understood in their proper perspective. If you do not understand these expressions, it is better to learn about them from a Sahih-ul-Aqeedah reliable Sufi Shaikh of Ihsan.Before reading the poetry, go through the following brief note about Sufi poetry. It will help you in understanding the subject matter well.
Needless to say that poetry is different from prose. And even in prose, expressions and the meanings of the words differ. Like the expression will be different when a Judge writes a court verdict, or scientists or educationists describe a subject in science, mathematics, medicine or engineering.
To understand true meanings of poetry, the reader should have some knowledge of poetical expressions and terms generally used in poetry. Like the poet says to his beloved, 'your eyes are like stars, your eyes have the depth of an ocean, you are my life, wherever I see, I see your face' and so on. Like some people call their wife/little daughter as 'Honey, Habibti, Jaan, Janu', etc. All these are metaphors generally used by poets.
Similarly, the literal/textual meaning of the word Shaikh (الشیخ) is 'Old Man'. But all Islamic writers and Sufi poets use this term to refer to their teacher or an Islamic scholar.
There are metaphorical verses (آیاتِ مُتشابھات) in Quran that need to be understood in their proper perspective. In the same way, there are a number of Ahadith that need to be understood in their proper perspectives.
Sufi Shuyookh/Awliya Allah use metaphors in their poetry for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and their Shuyooks to express their love, respect and affection. Like, they say, O' my Lord, wherever I see, I see you'. 'My Lord is visible to me in everything around me'. 'I do not see anything, except my Lord'. 'I talk to my Lord and He replies to me'. 'I am annihilated in the existence of my Lord', and so on.
The above are all references to Allah's (سبحانہ و تعا لی) guidance and inspirations received by Sahih-ul-Aqeedah Sufis/Awliya Allah on their pure hearts. They see Allah's (سبحانہ و تعا لی) signs in everything around them because Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has commanded us in Quran to see His signs in the Cosmos.
(i) It is in Hadith - Narrated by Abdullah (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) - "Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said 'Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) is not hidden from you". (Bukhari)(ii) It is in Quran - وَلِلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ [To Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) belong the East and the West. Wherever you turn, you will find Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی). Indeed Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) is all pervading (He is there throughout the Cosmos) and Omniscient (infinitely wise ). ] (Al-Baqra – 115 )(iii) It is in Quran - وَفِىٓ أَنفُسِكُمۡۚ أَفَلَا تُبۡصِرُونَ [He is in your own self, will you not see] (Adh-Dhariyat - 21).
Like we say, 'I am a Government servant", "I am a public servant" and "I am a servant of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی)". Here the meaning of Servant are different in all three expressions.
Like we address 'My Lord' to the Judge of a Court and we address the same "My Lord" for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی). In both these places, we mean differently.
Like Sufi Shuyookh say 'I am your servant ( banda/abd) O' Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم )'. Then they say 'I am your servant (banda/abd) My Lord'. They mean differently on both these instances. For Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ), they mean 'I am your devoted follower O' Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), they mean His creature.
In the same way, some people call 'help me Ya Ghousul Azam Dastagir (المدد یا غوث الاعظم دستگیر) ) or Ya Ali Mushkil Kusha (یا علی مُشکِل کُشا) - (رضئ الله تعالى عنهم). The meaning of 'Mushkil Kusha' is solver of difficulties. It is the Iman of every Muslim in the world that the actual solver of our difficulties is Allah ( سبحانه و تعا لی ) only. However, when someone addresses Hadhrat Ali ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ) as Mushkil Kusha, he actually means that O'Allah (سبحانه و تعا لی) solve my difficulties by the Waseelah of Hadhrat Ali ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ).
There are innumerable Ahadith about seeking of Waseelah for solving our problems from pious dead and alive both; like (i) “Seek every benefit from the pious faces” (Al-Jaama’ al-Sagheer, page 43-44); (ii)“O men of Allah! Help me” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah, volume 10, page 10; (iii) Masnad Abu Ya’laa, Hadith # 5269; (iv) Majama’ al-Zawaid, volume 10, page 132).
Doing “Tawassul” from Prophet Mohammad ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) by Hazrat Umar ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ) and then doing “Tawassul” from Hazrat Abbas ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ) is mentioned in Bukhari, Hadith # 1010, narrated by Anas ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ).
Some people keep their son's name 'Abd ar-Rasool', 'Abd an-Nabi,' which means the follower of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم )'. There are thousands of words we use repeatedly on many occasions and we mean differently on each occasion. These are known as metaphorical expressions. Metaphors add beauty to poetry.
UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC ISSUES
Usually, people look at the blue surface of the water spread over a vast area and call it an ocean. What they see is only the surface of the Ocean. They do not know what is the actual meaning of Ocean, how deep and complex it is, what kind of inhabitants live under the ocean and what kind of atmosphere is their inside the depths of the ocean. Very few people, who happen to go deep into the oceans have an idea about the nature of the ocean.
People belonging to some sects in Muslims are ignorant about Human Self, Soul and Body. They derive literal/textual meanings of certain verses of Quran and Ahadith and interpret the rest of the Quran and Ahadith as per their limited understanding and claim it to be Islam. They never try to find the real meanings of the commandments of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) and His Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ). This is the reason they remain on the surface, and never realize the truth, depth and real spirit of Islam. Read more.
VENERATION OF DIGNITARIES
(1)O’my Shuyookh I am so thankfulFor all your help I am gratefulYou were so kind, and so favorableYour teaching style, was so amiableHow gracefully, you refined my heartIn explaining things, you were apartYou instilled in me, the love of Allah,His Prophet ﷺ, and all His Awliya AllahI really don't know, when did I changeThe transformation, was really strangeO’my Shuyookh I am so thankfulFor all your help I am gratefulI loved you a lot, for your kindnessFor Awliya Allah, I developed fondnessOn divine way, you led me alongOn this path, you made me strongYou introduced me, to Awliya AllahProphet’s ﷺ Caliphs, and many SahabaI learned a lot, in their companyI am grateful to God, for my destinyO’my Shuyookh I am so thankfulFor all your help I am gratefulWith meteoric pace, I came of ageYou pushed me reach, to this stageNo words to express, my full gratitudeYou let me peak, at this altitudeHelp me spread, your legacyIn cleaning hearts, from heresyLet people benefit, in this lifeAnd salvation, in afterlifeO’my Shuyookh I am so thankfulFor all your help I am grateful
(2)I met a dignitary, who was gracefulGracious he was, and looked respectfulMy Shaikh introduced him, and asked me to greetI kissed his hands, and his feetNever seen someone, so angelic, in faceFull of virtue, and Archangel's graceHe was so helpful, I always adoreHe changed my life, like never beforeI spent some years, in his tutorshipAnd learned a lot, in his scholarshipHe taught me the way, to be zestfulHe was aware, and sure mindfulHe was epic, his company purposefulI recall those years, and feel blissfulI am indebted, in so many waysNo words can describe, his full praiseHe stood by me, in many contentionsWhen devils created, many dissensionsHe was with me, when Satan hassledHis evil crushed, and he was shackledHe had a purpose, of his stayWithout fulfilling, He wouldn't go awayHe did it, in style, and helped us allAnd I was saved, from any down fall
(3)I saw the Prophet ﷺ in my dreamsSince childhood, and through my teensFor explication, my Shuyookh were thereThey helped me in knowing, whatever it meansBut, I did not see, Khulafa-e-RashideenExcept Hadhrat Ali ؓ, others were unseenI saw Hadhrat Ali ؓ in a childhood dreamBut, respect of all, remained supremeOne night I had, a great empriseI was in Zikr, with closed eyesI received a call, from my ShaikhWho briefed me about, a great surpriseIt was after, the Isha PrayerI stopped the Zikr, and waited with careLo! Hadhrat Abu Bakr ؓ was, in front of meIn an elegant attire, and Arabic wearGreatly moved from pleasant surpriseTears came out, from my eyesI kissed his hands and touched his feetAnd looked forward, for his adviseProphet ﷺ sent him, for a specific causeI needed to know, certain clauseAfter the meet, he took me, with himTo a certain place, to my heart's applauseI did have the honor, to see him sometimesHis company has been, my best of timesI found him sublime, with prophet like traitsHe talks with authority, oftentimes
(4)One day the Prophet ﷺ summoned meAnd instructed, soon, to go and seeSomeone important, for a certain taskI rushed in, following his decreeThe person, on the mentioned locationWas inside his, elegant mansionI went inside, and found Hadhrat Umar ؓTo my surprise and jubilationI kissed his hands, & touched his feetHe hugged me smiling, and offered a seatI looked at him, and recalled his servicesFor Islamic nation, no one can beatMy meeting was long, and fruitfulFor all his advice, I was gratefulI found his person, like a magnateAstute and wise, he was gracefulI saw him oft, after that meetWas amazed by his, humble retreatI learned a lot, in his companyAnd became a person, no one can beat
(5)When I was a child, I saw a graceful dreamIn the lawn of a house, I yippee and beamSeeing Hadhrat Ali ؓ entering the houseI called him Baba, my face lighted with sheenThere were some children, in that august houseWe all were playing, below a birdhouseOur mother Fatima ؓ was in the court yardBusy in some chore, in that modest houseSince that dream, I loved Ali ؓ , as fatherAnd Sayyeda Fatima ؓ, as my motherTheir love was engraved on my little heartThe flame of love, no one could smotherYears gone by, and I grew oldUnder my shuyookh, I reached a thresholdI was given access, to meet dignitariesAllah's bounties were truly manifoldProphets, Sahabah and Awliya AllahAny one could call, and see me SubhanallahI sacrifice my Life on you O' Prophet ﷺThis is your charity, and mercy of AllahI first met Hadhrat Ali ؓ in a meetingHe was with Prophet ﷺ, and was discussingI was aware, he was my forefatherI kept him starring with intense feelingWhen he was alone, I kissed his feetI was thrilled, my heart raised its beatThe Prophet ﷺ and Ali ؓ both smiledI was elated, the moment was so sweet
(6)In Imam Hussain ؓ honor, and felicitationTenth Muharram, in 'other world', is ovationProphets, Sahabah and Awliya attendAnd people join in, for his venerationProphet’s ﷺ sermon, on this occasion,In praise of Hasanain ؓ , and admiration,For their services, to Islam and Muslims,Is hallmark & testimony, of their devotion.Many counters are, expressly madeAnd people stand, in Ques, in gladeTo receive offerings, of Imam Hussain ؓThey walk quietly in, and out of arcadeI am invited for this eventFor their veneration, I am presentLove of Prophet ﷺ , for his Ahle Bait,Is unique in history, there is no precedentIn my first attendance, of this annual meetWhen I looked at Imams ؓ, I was upbeatThey were sitting, beside Prophet ﷺI saluted them all, and kissed their feetHasanain ؓ are unique in many waysI find no words for their praiseThey are leaders of Muslim UmmahAnd their nobility, none can appraise
(7)When I was a child, I heard about himIn the school days, I read about himI read his books, in my adolescenceAnd was awed by, his quintessenceMy Shaikh told me, his elevated stateNo one could reach, to his epic mandateI developed a desire, to connect with himAnd my longing, reached to the brimMy Shaikh realized, my love for himAnd took me to him, along with himMy delight and elation, I can’t conveyWhen I met Ghousul Azamؓ on that dayI kissed his hands and touched his feetHe was so gracious and talked so sweetOur meetings became oft with timeI found Ghousul Azamؓ , was so sublimeHe told me a lot, about his lifeAnd many episodes, about his strifeOne day my Shaikh, informed meGhousul Azamؓ called, and wanted to seeI was taken to, a very big hall
It was end of the day, before night fallMany Awliya Allah, had gathered thereAnd the time was up, for the Maghrib prayerI was asked to give, the call for prayerAnd was summoned to lead, the Maghrib prayerGhousul Azamؓ then, called me to greetAnd placed around my neck, the chaplet of featThe significance of the event, was so greatEveryone present, appreciated the feteAll Awliya Allah, congratulated loudlyTheir honor and praise, touched me deeply
(8)Awliya Allah, are perceiversOf divine mercy, receiversBe part of, their circleThey are, Islamic reveresThere are status & ranksIn Sufi orders and their shanksHadhrat Khwaja Moinuddin ؓIs pivot, among Chishtee swanksHe is a distinguished preacherAnd my, prominent teacherI held his hand, on Sufi wayAnd walked along extended deeperHe is rare, in many waysEven Awliya, are amazeFamous as, Gharib Nawaz ؓSultan-ul-Hind ؓ, is his apt praiseIn Awliya, he is leaderBelongs to, top cadreI met many dignitariesBut he is an exclusive beaverHis presence, is so importantAnd his mercy, gushing torrentFor over one milleniumOn Indian Muslims, is constantHe is part of, a grand teamOf Ghousul Azam’s ؓ streamCorrect faith propagationBecause of them, is agleam
(9)When I visit the domes, of Awliya AllahI witness the shower, of Mercy of AllahLike tiny pieces, of clouds falling,In blue blissful drizzle, all praise for AllahThe backdrop there, is calm and sereneCovered with grace, and peaceful sheenAwliya are busy, in their daily choresBut attend to visitors, as a routineThey keep files, of people who visitAnd are abreast of, their requisiteAfter every Salah, they pray for themUntil their visitors' problems persistAwliya Allah, are like flowersDifferent in colors, looks and powersThey are blessed, in both the worldsIn Muslim Ummah, they are like towersThey remain hidden from physical eyesBut are visible to, the spiritual eyesVisit them often, and connect with themKnow about their life, & follow their adviseCorrupt, two faced, there are some menCaretakers, henchmen & middle menThey defame Awliya, for worldly greedAnd operate from, their shrine's denDon’t annoy Awliya, from transgressionBeware, they are, in divine protectionStop deceiving, the believing men,Who come to Awliya, for consolationRELATED READING