In his Imdaadus Sulook, Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) says:

“………….This, then is the Way Allah chose for His Ambiya (alayhimus salaam). To follow the method of these illustrious personages is imperative for the acquisition of spiritual and moral reformation (tarbiyat). Divine Proximity and Favour can be acquired only after adoption of riyaadhat – seclusion, reduction in eating, renunciation and abandoning association (i.e. unnecessary association).

In a narration in Awaariful Ma-aAarif, Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ud (radhiyallahu anhu) states that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Soon will there dawn an age on people when no one’s Imaan will be safe, except he who takes his Deen and flees from city to city, mountain to mountain and from cave to cave like a fox attempting to escape the clutches of a hunter (in hot pursuit).”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! When will such a time dawn?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “When sin will be committed in the pursuit of rizq and when abstention from nikah will be lawful.”

The Sahaabah enquired: “We have been commanded with nikah. How will abstention therefrom be lawful in that age?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“In that age parents will be the cause of a man’s destruction. If a man has no parents, his wife will be the cause of his destruction. If he has no wife, destruction will overtake him from the side of his close relatives.”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! How will they destroy a man?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“His relatives will criticize him because of the paucity of his earnings. As result of their pressure he will transgress the limits in the pursuit of opulence and become audacious in the commission of haraam. In the pursuit (of more wealth) he will destroy himself and his Deen.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said:

“After the second century, the noblest person will be he whose burden is the lightest.”

When the Sahaabah enquired about the meaning of the “lightest burden”.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The person who has neither wife nor children nor wealth, his reckoning will be the lightest.” (Extract from Irshaadul Mulook – Translation of Imdaadus Sulook by Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi –Rahmatullah alayh)

It will not be hidden from intelligent people whose Imaan has as yet not be ruined by the ravages of the times and the predatory villainy of the vile ulama-e-soo’ that we are today in the cauldron of Imaani destruction portrayed in the aforementioned Hadith as well as other similar Ahaadith.

In this age of corruption – fisq, fujoor and kufr – when even wives and children are destroying the Imaan of a man, and when fussaaq/fujjar men are destroying the Imaan of pious wives, the need for greater alertness is imperative. The Qur’aan says: “O People of Imaan! Verily some among your wives and children are your enemies. Therefore, beware of them”. While the Aayat mentions only wives and children, in our age the very same advice and command are applicable to wives – pious wives – who have to beware of villainous husbands who are bereft of any khauf for Allah Ta’ala.

This is an era for seclusion. Only by seclusion is their hope for guarding and saving one’s Imaan. While there are no longer mountains available for refuge, one’s home can still be a substitute if the evil of society is kept out. Hadhrat Junaid (rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Whoever desires the safety of his body and the peace of his soul, should seclude himself from people because this is an age of terror. An intelligent man in this age is only he who adopts solitude.”

Almost all people today – molvis, sheikhs, traders, doctors, and people of every walk of life – are terrorists. They pillage and plunder Imaan and the Deen. Today, wives, parents, husbands and relatives are in the forefront executing the satanic plot of Iblees to destroy Imaan. Remember that obedience to parents and husbands is haraam if they require one to act in contravention of the Shariah.

Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) says in his Imdaadus Sulook:

“In a Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that association with people and tolerating their inconveniences, are superior to renunciation and solitude. This should not be misunderstood, because it applies to a Muslim who has already adorned his nafs with riyaadhat and lofty attributes, and has attained an elevated stage of roohaani tranquillity. Allah Ta’ala has already bestowed to him a mountain of Sabr and an ocean of Ridha. Peace and tranquillity have already become entrenched in his heart. He has already become an embodiment of the virtues of perseverance, firmness, dignity, moderation in all things, purity, generosity, patience, courage, contentment, piety and honour. He should be a man who has achieved the ability of controlling anger and suffering hardships. He should be one who has already effaced greed, desire, anger, pride, vanity and arrogance. For such a man it will be superior to associate with people and tolerate their inconveniences and the difficulties which they cast in his path. Such a man is a source of moral and spiritual benefit to others. Inspite of association, the khalwat of a man of this virtuous character will not be disturbed.”

26 Rabiuth Thaani 1442 – 12 December 2020

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