by: Hakeemul Ummah Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (Rahmatullah Alayh)
Associate much with Ulama and enquire from them the Masaa’il (i.e. rules pertaining to one’s daily life)
Read authentic Deeni books, e.g. Bihishti zewer and practise in accordance to what you learn.
Do not wear garments which are un-Islamic.. e.g. it is sinful to wear the trousers below the ankles; western garb, silken clothing, bright feminine colours. Dress Islamically.
Do not cut or shave the beard. It is, however, permissible to cut the beard which is in excess of a fist-length. It is not permissible to cut the beard to less than a fist’s length.
Abstain from all customs which are in conflict with the Shariah, be such practices and customs in worldly or religious form, e.g. customs of Moulood, Faatihah, urs, marriage, circumcision, feeding guests for the sake of name, three-day, seven-day, Khatams, Muharram, Shab-e-Baraa’t, etc. abstain from all un-Islamic customs pertaining to these events.
Do not participate in fairs, shows and amusements nor allow your children to attend such functions. Do not give your children money to spend in such nonsensical and evil practices. Do not allow them to participate in fireworks nor permit them toys on which there are pictures of people of animals.
Guard your tongue against gheebat and abuse.
Perform the five Salaat daily with Jamaa’t.
Do not cast your gaze deliberately on women or lads.
Do not listen to singing and music.
Do not seek ta’weez and talismans from you Shaikh for everything. Rather seek the Deen from him. However, there is no objection in asking him to make dua for you.
Do not adopt the attitude that you cannot go to the Shaikh if you have no gift to present.
Never believe that the Shaikh is at all times aware of your condition.
Do not study books of Tasawwuf which have not been prescribed by your Shaikh.
Never discuss the question of Taqdeer (Predestination)
Abstain from bribery and riba (of which interest is the most popular form). Abstain from all transactions which are in conflict with the Shariah.
Do not act in accordance with dreams without first having ascertained the ruling of the Shariah.
Should you visit the Shaikh, do not disturb him if he is engaged in some activity. Go into his presence when the opportunity arises.
Study the books, Ta’leemu Talib, Ta’leemud Deen and Jazaaul A’mal (Insha’Allah, these works will b rendered into English – Translator)
Extract from: Qasdus Sabeel Ilal Maulal Jaleel – The straight path to Al-Maulaa il Jaleel ( Allah, The Friend, The Protector, The Glorious)