It is important that all Muslims should have authentic information about the World of Similitude (Aalam-e-Mithal) which consists 80% of the religion. If you remain aloof from this important knowledge, you can never find the straight path of Islam. period.
The Administration of various worlds in this cosmos, as created and run by Allah Ta'ala, is very complex. People have very little knowledge about it. Since this knowledge is exclusive and important, it is given by Allah Ta'ala to a select few Awliya Allah. If you want to know about it, learn the facts of Islam under a real Sufi Shaikh. Do not waste your life in the company of illiterate, blind, misguided so-called Islamic scholars.
It is in Quran - فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا ( Meaning - 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-Ladunna (Special Hidden knowledge) referred to in the above Quranic verse. This is the knowledge of the Spiritual Realm (Aalam-e-Mithaal) which is given to Sufia-e-Karam / Awliya Allah as a special favor from Allah (swt).
Our Physical world is known as Aalm-e-Shahadah (the world of Manifestation - our Physical world). We all know how our world is being governed. The World is divided into continents, countries and regions. We have about 195 big and small countries in the world which are Governed by Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, State Governors, etc.
Similarly, Aalm-e-Mithal (the world of similitude or the domain of souls / spirits ) also has a system of Governance. Since that world is not seen by physical eyes, people know very little about it.
There are two types of Awliya Allah in the world. (1) those who are connected with the Governance of Aalm-e-Mithal, and (2) those who are not involved in the Governance of Aalm-e-Mithal.
Awliya Allah who are not involved in the Governance of Aalm-e-Mithal are broadly categorized as follows.
Majzoob - ( Absorbed in Aalm-e-Mithal )
Muhib - ( Affectionate of Allah - SWT )
Mahboob - ( Beloved of Allah -SWT )
Fard - Supreme individual - ( the highest ranking Awliya Allah) - Among them, some are known as 'Habeeb'.
Awliya Allah who are connected with Governance of Aalm-e-Mithal, consists of the following.Qutub (Governor) - There is a Qutub for every city and country as per his rank and seniority.Abdaal (Regional In-Charge) - Aalm-e-Mithal is divided into 40 Regions and an Abdaal (Substitute) is In-charge of that Region.Autaad ( Zonal In-charge ) - There are 7 major zones of Aalm-e-Mithal and an Autaad is made In-charge of that zone.Imam (Supreme Deputy) - Aalam-e-Mithal is primarily divided into two Main Divisions and each Division is looked after by an Imam.Ghawth - He is the Head of administration of Aalm-e-Mithal.Governance of Aalam-e-Mithal has been explained to us by Prophet Mohammad ().
It is in Hadith - Tabarani said in his Mu'jam al-Awsat - that Anas (Radiallahu Ta'ala Anhu) said that the Prophet () said: "The Earth will never lack forty men similar to the Friend of the Merciful (Prophet Ibrahim - Alaihis Ssalaam) and through them people receive rain and are given help. None of them dies except Allah Ta'ala substitutes (Abdaal) another in his place."Commenting on the above Hadith, Qatada said: "We do not doubt that Al-Hasan al-Basri is one of ( the 40 ) abdaals.
Ibn Hibban also narrates this Hadith in al-Tarikh through Abu Hurayra (Radiallahu Ta'ala Anhu) as: "The earth will never lack forty men similar to Ibrahim (Alaihis Salam) the Friend of the Merciful, and through whom you are helped, receive your sustenance, and receive rain."
Imam Ahmad narrated this Hadith in his Musnad (5:322) through Ibn Ata: The Prophet () said: "The Abdaal (Substitutes) in this Community are thirty like Ibrahim (Alaihis Salaam) the Friend of the Merciful. Every time one of them dies, Allah Ta'ala substitutes another one in his place."
It is in Hadith - Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal narrates another Hadith in his Musnad (1:112) .
The people of Syria were mentioned in front of Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib (Radiallahu Ta'ala Anhu) when he was in Iraq, and they said: "Curse them, O' Commander of the Believers (Amir al Momineen)." He replied: "No, I heard the Messenger of Allah (The above Ahadith confirm two important facts of the Administration of Aalm-e-Mithal, as follows. ) say: The "al-abdaal" ( the spiritual rank of Awliya Allah - translated in English as 'Substitutes' ) are in Syria and they are forty men, every time one of them dies, Allah Ta'ala substitutes another in his place. By means of them Allah Ta'ala brings down the rain, gives (Muslims) victory over their enemies, and averts punishment from the people of Syria."(1) Spiritually, our physical world also falls under the jurisdiction of Aalm-e-Mithal and its administration.(2) Awliya Allah responsible for the Administration of Aalm-e-Mithal are all living in our physical world.
It is very difficult to understand Aalam-e-Mithal by verbal explanations. You need see and experience it yourself. Therefore, it is important that you sit in the company of a real Sufi Shaikh who has first hand knowledge about Aalam-e-Mithal. He will first cleanse your Nafs (Tazkia) from materialistic attractions, activate your Islamic vision with which you can see the signs of Allah Ta'ala in the Cosmos and then explain Islam as enshrined in Quran and Sunnah.