THE FIFTY STATIONS IN THE CHISHTIYYAH SOJOURN TO ALLAH TA’ALA – PART 3

THE TWENTY STAGES OF TAHLIYAH AND TAJLIYAH (BEAUTIFYING AND ADORNING THE HEART WITH PRAISEWORTHY ATTRIBUTES)

  1. Mujaahadah (Spiritual Discipline)

• Do not overeat. Stop eating when you can take a morsel or two more.
• Do not speak anything unnecessary.
• Sleep 6 to 8 hours.
• Do not mix with people unless necessary.

  1. Towheed (Unshakeable Belief in the Oneness of Allah)

• Think of creation’s weakness and helplessness.
• Think of the omnipotence of Allah Ta’ala.

  1. Ikhlaas (Sincerity)

• Eradicate love for fame.
• Engage in Ibaadat in privacy.
• Do an act of Ibaadat abundantly by virtue of which it will become a habit and after it becoming a habit the Ibaadat will then become packed with sincerity.

  1. Towbah (Repentance)

• Bring to mind and reflect over the warnings of Allah Ta’ala.
• Study the kitaab Jazaa-ul A’maal of Moulana Thanwi (Rahmatullahi alaih).This kitaab has been translated into English with the title Deeds and Retribution.

  1. Muhabbat (Love for Allah Ta’ala)

• Think about the perfection of Allah Ta’ala.
• Reflect over the attributes of Allah Ta’ala.
• Recall the favours of Allah Ta’ala
• Carry out the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala.
• Engage in excessive Zikr.
• Purify your heart from all else besides Allah Ta’ala.

  1. Showq (Eagerness)

• Inculcate Divine Love.

  1. Uns (Attachment)
  •  Have love for Allah Ta’ala.
  1. Khowf (Fear)
  • • Bring to mind the warnings of Allah Ta’ala and reflect over it.
  1. Rajaa (Hope)
  • • Think over the vast Rahmat of Allah Ta’ala.
    • Reflect over the favours and kindness of Allah Ta’ala.
  1. Zuhd (Abstinence)

• Think of the evils of the world.
• Think of the harms of the world.
• Think of the perishing of the world.
• Think of the benefits of the Aakhirat.
• Think of the permanence of the Aakhirat.

  1. Tawakkul (Trust)

• Reflect over the favours of Allah Ta’ala.
• Reflect over the promises of Allah Ta’ala.
• Think about your past successes.

  1. Qanaa’at (Contentment)

• Think about the perishing of the world.

  1. Hilm (Tolerance, Forbearance)

• Eradicate anger.
• Think about Allah Ta’ala’s power over you.
• Think about your disobedience and Allah Ta’ala overlooking your mistakes.
• Think that nothing can come into existence without the Will of Allah Ta’ala.

  1. Sabr (Perseverance, Patience)

• Weaken and suppress the dictates of the nafs. . This is achieved by opposing the desires of the nafs, which is in reality Mujaahadah.
• “Allah Ta’ala is with the Saabireen.” Meditate over this gracious Aayat.
• Engage in the recitation of Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon and think over its meaning, i.e. “Verily we belong to Allah and verily to Him will we return.”

  1. Shukr (Gratitude)

• Think and reflect over the bounties of Allah Ta’ala daily. It will be of utmost benefit to record the bounties and favours of Allah Ta’ala upon one, although we cannot encompass all His favours and gifts upon us.

  1. Sidq (Perfection)

• Know what it takes to achieve perfection.
• Exercise special care when rendering Ibaadat.
• Rectify your shortcomings by meditating over your deeds.

  1. Tafweez (Resignation to the Will of Allah)

• Think of the Divine Wisdom in things that go against your nature.
• Study Hazrat Thanwi’s wa’z Ad-Dawaam alal Islam.

  1. Razaa (Divine Pleasure)

• Inculcate Divine Love.

  1. Fanaa-e-Nafs (Immolation of One’s Carnal Self)

• Adopt Mujaahadah.
• Excessive Zikr
• Excessive Meditation

  1. Fanaa-ul-Fanaa (Immolation of the Immolation) /Baqaa

• Perpetual Zikr
• Perpetual Fikr (Meditation)