English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi
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This letter, written to Sayyid Shaikh Farid again, states that disagreement among savants will cause confusion.
May Allahu ta'ala not separate you from the way of your blessed ancestor! We have heard that, having a pure heart suitable for Islam, you have selected four savants who love their faith and have invited them to the palace to teach the commandments of the Shariat, so that nothing should be done in contradiction with the Shariat. Thanks be to Allah for this news. What good news could be greater than this for Muslims? What news could be sweeter than this for those with afflicted hearts? This faqir [Imam-i Rabbani "quddissa sirruh' means himself] wanted to visit you in order that this useful deed could be done, and I wrote to you several times that I would come over. I therefore cannot help writing a few things now. Please forgive me! As the saying goes, "A person with determination is like a lunatic." The most important thing that I would like to write to you about is that among today's men of din there is next to no one who does not desire rank and money and who strives only for the spreading of the Shariat and for the strengthening of Islam. When the desire of obtaining a post or seizing a chair is mixed with the matter, each man of din will take a different way and try to show his own superiority. They will contradict one another and (exploit this situation to) ingratiate themselves with you. Sad to say, religious matters have become of secondary importance. In the time of the previous government, every catastrophe that befell the Muslims were caused by these so-called men of din. [In order to curry favor, they wrote fabled translations of the Qur'an, wrong fatwas, and books which disagreed with the words of Ahl as-sunnat savants. And the enemies of religion masked themselves as men of din and wrote as they liked, misrepresenting Islam as if it were incompatible with mind, science and improvement.] We, Muslims, fear such a disaster now, too. We are afraid that the din, let alone being improved, may be demolished again. May Allahu ta'ala protect Muslims against the evils of these false men of religion! It will be difficult enough for you to find or choose a savant who loves his faith, which is a great blessing. For the words and writings of the savant who thinks of the next world will bring everyone with wisdom and conscience round to the right course. They will affect the hearts. Where on earth is such a savant now? If you cannot find him, try to find the least harmful one from among others. There is a famous saying: "If something cannot be obtained altogether, it should not be given up altogether." I am at a loss as to what to write. As the happiness of people is in the hands of savants, so it is that the enemies of din disguised as religious men lead people towards perdition, towards Hell. A good man of din is the best of people. And a man of din who makes the din a means for his worldly desires and who deranges others' iman is the worst of the world. Men's happiness and destruction, their coming round to the right way and their leaving of the right way are in the hands of men of din. One of our superiors saw the devil sitting idly and asked him why. The devil said: "The religious men of today do our job. They do not leave us any work to misguide people."
Translation of a Persian couplet:
The person disguised as a religious man who hoards worldlies
Has lost his own way; how can he ever guide others?
For this reason, be very careful with your actions. Once the chance has been missed it will not come back again. I should have felt ashamed to advise you. But I wrote this letter of mine deeming it a document for my salvation in the Hereafter. Wassalam.