NAMÁZ IN SOLITUDE VERSUS NAMÁZ WITH JAMÁʹAT
Extracted from Majlis of Hadhrat Maseehul Ummat رحمه الله
Some people do not perform namáz with jamáʹat
in order to have greater khushúʹ. They say, ʺWe have experienced it
many times that we do not have as much khushúʹ in our namáz when
performed with jamáʹat as when we perform the namáz in solitude at
home.ʺ That is why they perform their namáz at home (and not in the
masjid with jamáʹat).
O bondsmen of Alláh! O jáhil! That namáz – with its
attendant wasáwis – that is performed in the masjid with jamáʹat is
thousands of times superior to that namáz performed in solitude at
home with full khushúʹ. That person who goes to the masjid to
perform his namáz is the bondsman of the sharíʹat – that is, he is
subservient. Whereas you, the one who is performing his namáz at
home, are a bondsman of your temperament. And the bondsman of
the temperament is termed a mushrik; and the bondsman of the
sharíʹat is called a bondsman of Alláh.
So, just see: he considers himself to be mukhlis (sincere)
whereas the sharíʹat considers him to be a mushrik, this being
mushrik‐amalí (and not iʹtiqádí).
Qissah – the Sháhsáhib of Patyálah
A sháhsáhib, a resident of Patyálah, once came here. He had a
thousand muríds. I was still staying over there.
[Hadhratjí هيلع للها ةحمر pointed to the house across the courtyard from the
He stayed for several days and discussions on the masáʹil of
sulúk took place regularly. He had also mentioned that he had met a
number of masháʹikh before coming here.
One day we were sitting and having a discussion. The azán
for Asr was given. I stood up and went to perform my namáz in the
masjid. He did not go. After performing namáz I came and sat by him
and asked him, ʺDid you not go to the masjid to perform namáz?ʺ He
replied, ʺI performed my namáz here.ʺ I asked, ʺWhy?ʺ He replied,
ʺAt the time I was in such a spiritual state that, had I stood up, that
state would not have remained with me.ʺ
I said to him, ʺThere are three states: Hálate‐gaibat (oblivion),
hálate‐istigráq (absorption) and hálate‐sukr (spiritual intoxication).
So, were you in such a state of gaibat that you neither heard the azán
nor were you aware of people going for namáz and that I was going
for namáz? Were you so engrossed?ʺ
He replied, ʺNo. I was not in such a state but I was fully
cognisant – I heard the azán and I was also aware of your going for
This poor fellow was ignorant. That is why it is fardh to attain
knowledge of the sharíʹat to the degree of necessity. Without
acquiring this degree of knowledge it was not permissible for him to
become a sheikh. How can that person who is ignorant of the sharíʹat
be a sheikh?
Now, it does not matter whether one acquires this ’ilm by
studying the detailed Arabic kitábs; or one acquires this ’ilm by
studying authentic Urdu kitábs; or whether one acquires this ’ilm by
regularly asking some ʹálim; or one acquires this ’ilm by regular
attendance at the majális of an ʹálim and listening attentively.
However, definitely acquire ’ilm.