English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi
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This letter was written to Khaji Khidir from Afghanistan. It explains the honor of performing namaz, which can be understood only by superior individuals who have reached the end.
Your precious letter has reached us. Its contents are understood. It is one of the greatest blessings of Allahu ta'ala for one to take pleasure from worshipping and not to find it difficult to do them. Especially to taste the flavor of namaz does not fall to the lot of those who have not reached the end. It is only peculiar to them to feel its taste, especially when it is fard. Those who are close to the end are able to taste the flavor of the supererogatory prayers of namaz. But, only those prayers of namaz that are fard are tasted at the end. The supererogatory prayers are tasteless to them; they deem it a great benefit to perform the prayers that are fard.
Translation of a Persian line:
The work is a great blessing.
On whom will they bestow it?
[Supererogatory prayers of namaz are those which are other than the prayers that are fard or wajib. The sunnats of the five prayers of namaz and also the prayers other than those that are wajib are all supererogatory. All sunnats, whether they are muakkad (As we have explained in the initial pages of our book, the actions which the Prophet used to do as worship and which he omitted from time to time are called "muakkad sunnat." Those which he never omitted are called "wajib." Wajib is next to fard, which is, as is known, Allah's command.) or not, are supererogatory. (Durr-ul-mukhtar, Ibni Abidin, Halabi and others)].
The nafs does not have any share in the taste that is experienced from all prayers of namaz. While man is enjoying this taste, his nafs moans and yells. O our Allah! It is such a great rank!
Translation of an Arabic Line:
Those who attained the blessings, let them enjoy it.
It is a great blessing and a real happiness also for us, whose souls are ill, to hear these words.
Translation of Persian Line:
At least, let there be a consolation in our hearts.
Be it known very well that the grade, the rank of namaz in this world is like the exaltedness of seeing Allahu ta'ala in the next world. In the world, the time when man is closest to Allahu ta'ala is the time when he performs namaz. And in the next world, the time when he is closest to Allahu ta'ala is the time of ruyat, that is, when he will see Allahu ta'ala. All kinds of worships in the world are intended to make man capable of performing namaz. The real purpose is to perform namaz. I wish you endless bliss and infinite blessings.