ABANDON YOUR STATUS AS AN AALIM IF YOU ARE A CONFORMIST – HAZRAT MAULANA THANVI رحمه الله

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

MALFOOZAAT ON ILM, ULAMA, MADAARIS – PART 1

ABANDON YOUR STATUS AS AN AALIM IF YOU ARE A CONFORMIST

O Ulama! Look into your heart and do some soul searching. You are the Representatives of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Reflect! If the masses had to oppose Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), would he conform to their opinion to appease them? You too, as his Representatives act accordingly. If you are unable to, then abandon the duty of the . Representatives of the Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

WITHOUT MA’RIFAT, AN AALIM WILL BE MANIPULATED AT WILL BY SHAYTAAN

Fiqh would not be defined as the mere superficial perusing of kitaabs. Fiqh is a celestial light (noor) which subsists in the heart. It is the blessing of this that the holder thereof gains an understanding of the Deen. It is this very noor which Allah Ta’ala sometimes snatches away.
This is something which is not in the control of man. Now, you can read and study thousands of kitaabs, but because you have no understanding of the Deen, you will never become a Faqeeh.
This noor of fiqh increases with obedience and wanes with sin. That ‘Faqeeh’ who is not obedient or pious, is a Faqeeh of the kitaabs (and not of the Deen). He is not a haqeeqi (real) Faqeeh and is not included in the class of fuqaha regarding whom Nabi (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) gave glad tidings.

And since we are aware that fiqh is the understanding of the Deen, what doubt can there now be that a Faqeeh is also a soofi. All our Fuqaha, as many as they were, were all Sahib-e-Nisbat and Sahib-e-Ma’rifat (i.e. Walis who followed the Path of Tareeqat). The proper and total understanding of the Deen cannot be acquired without nisbat and ma’rifat. This is the reason why it has been mentioned regarding the Fuqaha, “One Faqeeh is harder on shaitaan than athousand ‘aabids.” The person who understands the Deen well, will be privy to the deceptions and ploys of shaitaan. He will not allow a single trick to entrap him. As for the unlearned ‘aabid,shaitaan can manoeuvre and manipulate him as he pleases.”