English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi
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This letter, written to Jabbari Khan, says that this brilliant Din has brought all the past Din together and that to obey this Din means to obey all the previous Din.
May Allahu ta'ala bless us with the lot of obeying the brilliant Shariat brought by Hadrat Muhammad (sall Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam), making of progress on this righteous way, thus attaining His consent and love! Allahu ta'ala has accumulated all of the most mature and superior (shadows) of His Names and Attributes in Hadrat Muhammad (sall Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam), who is His most beloved born servant and His Messenger. All these superior traits appear in him in such a manner as to suit a born servant. The book revealed to him, the Qur'an, is the essence of all the books that were sent down to all other Prophets. What was declared in all of them exist in it too. The Shariat that was given to this great Prophet is like the cream extracted from all the past Shariats. Every action declared by this true and righteous Shariat has been selected and derived from the actions and deeds that were declared in the previous Shariats. Moreover, there are deeds selected or derived from angels' behaviors. For example, a group of angels were commanded to do ruku' [Bowing during the prayer of namaz.]. Many of them were commanded to prostrate, and some others were commanded to perform qiyam, that is, to worship by standing. Likewise, some of the past Ummats were commanded only to perform the morning prayer. Others were commanded to do the prayers of other times. What was filtered and selected out of the worships and deeds of the past Ummats and of the angels closer to Allahu ta'ala was incorporated into this Din. For this reason, to confirm, to believe in this Din and to obey the commands of this Din will mean to confirm and obey all the past Din. This means to say that those who conform to this Din will be the most beneficent and the best of Ummats. And he who disbelieves and dislikes this Din and who is reluctant to obey it will have believed in and obeyed none of the previous Dins. By the same token, a person who disbelieves Hadrat Muhammad (sall Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and who speaks ill of that great Prophet, who is the highest of all people and the elect of the good, will have disbelieved the perfectness and the superiority of Allahu ta'ala's Names and Attributes. To believe Rasulullah 'alaihi-s-salatu wa-s- salam', to realize his superiority will mean to realize and to believe in all the superior traits. This means to say that a person who disbelieves this exalted Prophet and who dislike the Din, which he brought, is the worst, the basest of ummats and people. It was declared in the ninety-eighth ayat of Surat-ul-Tawba: "The disbelief and irreligiousness of the illiterate is more vehement than that of others."
The meaning of two Persian couplets:
Muhammad ('alaihi's-salam), born in Arabia,
He is the dearest here and the Hereafter!
Let them be underground, crushed, ruined
If not wish being the dust and soil of his door!
Thanks be to Allahu ta'ala, who sends all blessings and favors, for it is seen that you like and thoroughly believe in this Shariat and its Messenger (Hadrat Muhammad), and that you repent for your unsuitable behavior. May Allahu ta'ala increase this awareness of yours! Amin.
Thanks be to Allahu ta'ala that a very good belief and thought for Islam and for its owner (alaihissalatu wassalamu wattahiyya) is seen on you very easily, and a continuous repentance for your unsuitable deeds falls into your lot. May Allahu ta'ala grant you more.
Secondly, I would like to add that Shaikh Mustafa, who has brought this letter to you, comes from the family of Qadi Sharih. The children of that pure family have been endeared and respected in this country. Materially, they have led an easy life. Shaikh Mustafa, the above-mentioned, has not a salary. For this reason, he is on his way towards being a soldier. He has the necessary official papers with him. It is hoped that he will get rid of this problem with your help and obtain inner peace. Let me not give you a headache by writing more. Tell the Grand Vizier his problem exactly and request him to solve it so that he will get rid of this discordance and have inner peace. Wassalam wal iqram.