English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi

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Muslims have become garib recently

This letter, written to Khan-i azam, expresses regret over the situation Islam is in today and over the persecution which the Muslims suffer.

May Allahu ta'ala increase your strength! May He help you in your struggles against the enemies of religion in order to exalt His Shariat. Mukhbir-i sadiq [He who always tells the truth.] (Muhammad, 'alaihi wa ala alihi minassalawati afdaluha wa minattaslimati akmaluha) said, "Islam commenced in a gharib and lonely state. During the latter times, it will relapse into its state of gharib (lonely, forsaken, left alone) as it was when it began. How lucky for the Muslims who are gharib and lonely!" During the time of the previous government (the time of Akbar Shah) Muslims were so gharib that disbelievers used to slander Islam openly and make fun of Muslims. They used to express their irreligiousness and praise disbelievers and disbelief in bazars and markets. It was forbidden for the Muslims to do [to say and write about] most of Allah's commandments. Those who performed worships and obeyed the Shariat were being censured and slandered.

Beauties hide away their cheeks, Satan is feigning reluctance;
So astonished I am, that almost verging on craziness. 

Subhanallah! ["I know Allah to be far from a defect or deficiency." ] O my Allah, thanks be to Thee! It has been said, "Islam is protected under the shadow of the sword." The brightness of the exalted Shariat has been delegated to leaders of governments. However, the situation became quite different; the state and the government were trying to demolish the Shariat. Shame upon that situation; we must regret and feel penitence over it! We deem your blessed existence as a great blessing from Allah. We do not know of any hero besides you who will protect Believers, who have been scattered under the attacks of the enemies of religion, under this wings that have been scattered by the attacks of the enemies of religion. May Allahu ta'ala, for the sake of his beloved Prophet and his Ahl al-bayt [Immediate relatives of the Messenger of Allah: Hadrat Ali (his cousin and son-in- law), Hadrat Fatima (his daughter), Hadrat Hasan and Husain (his grandsons).] ('alaihi wa alaihimusalawatu wattaslimat wattahiyyat walbarakat), increase your strength! May He help you! It was declared in a hadith, "Unless a person is said to be mad, his iman will not be complete!" At the present time, Junun (madness), which is the symbol of love for Islam and Islamic zeal, appears in your pure soul. Thanks to Allahu ta'ala, who has given this blessing! Today is such a day that a few actions [words or writings] will be immediately accepted and many rewards will be given for them. The reason why the Ashab-i kahf 'rahmatullahi ta'ala alaihim' [The seven persons who were in the cave of Tarsus. They attained high grades by doing one beautiful deed. This deed was that when the enemies of the religion invaded their land they migrated to another place lest they would lose the iman in their heart.] gained so much value and fame was only because they migrated. When the enemy attacks, a few actions by the cavalrymen become very valuable. In peacetime, very delicate or hard drills cannot receive as much value. The jihad which you perform through words today is the greatest jihad. Appreciate the value of this blessing which falls to your lot. Do your best to disgrace the enemies of religion [so that it be realized that the harams are ugly and harmful and thus they must be abstained from] and tell the truth. Believe that the Jihad done with a preaching [and with the pen] is more profitable than the jihad done with a sword [and cannon]. We people with hands not writing and tongues not speaking are deprived of this blessing.

Enjoy blessings, who has attained it,
poor Lover! With few drops, be sated.
I showed you, to treasury this is the short cut,
You may reach it, even though we have not.

Khwaja-i Ahrar [Ubaidullah-i Tashkandi] 'quddisa sirruh' said, "If I became a shaikh, no other shaikh would find a murid (disciple) at any place. But I was assigned to do another task. This task is to spread the Shariat and strengthen Islam." For this reason, he used to visit sultans [presidents, members of parliment] and give them advice. Through his persuasive words, he brought all of them around to the right course. Through them he used to spread the Shariat. Allahu ta'ala, for the sake of your love and respect towards our superiors, has blessed your words with effectiveness and has represented your affection for the religion as majestic. Then, at least, I request that you strive for the abolition of disbelievers' customs [feasts, Christmas Eves, dances, balls, men and women's coming and being together] that have spread among the Muslims and that have become their customs. I also request that you protect Muslim children against loathsome things of this sort that are peculiar to disbelievers. May Allahu ta'ala give you plenty of rewards through us and through all Muslims. During the time of the previous government there was an unrestrained enmity against Islam. There is no such visible enmity, grudge or obstinacy now. There are some mistakes. Yet they are not because of obstinacy, but because they are not known. Today, Muslims, like disbelievers, can talk freely and have the freedom which disbelievers have. Let us pray and wake up lest disbelievers will win, lest the chronic grudge and enmity will bring harm upon us, and lest Muslims relapse into persecution and torment.

Shaking like a leaf for they attacked my iman. 

May Allahu ta'ala not let you and us deviate from the way of the Sayyid of Prophets (Muhammad) 'alaihi wa 'ala alihi-s-salawat'! Faqir [this poor person-I myself] came here on an unexpected trip. I did not want to leave here without letting you know, without writing and leaving a few souvenirs, and without letting you know of the love I have for you. Our Prophet 'sall-Allahu alaihi wa sallam' declared, "If a person loves his Muslim brother, he should let him know!" I send my salams to you and to all of those on the right path!

One look of an alim is a treasure hardly attainable;
One sohbat with him a library for years inexhaustible.