English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi
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This letter, written to Hajji Muhammad Lahori, states that the Shariat bears the happiness of this world and the next, that there is no happiness obtained outside the Shariat, and that tariqat and haqiqat are the helpers of the Shariat.
May Allahu ta'ala let us all know the haqiqat of the Shariat of our Master Muhammad Mustafa "sall-Allahu alaihi wa sallam', and bless us with attaining this haqiqat! Amin.
The Shariat consists of three constituents: 'Ilm, 'amal and ikhlas, [that is, to learn the teachings of the Shariat, to do what is learned, and to do everything for Allah's sake]. The person who has not attained these three blessings has not attained the Shariat. When a person attains the Shariat, Allahu ta'ala likes him. The fifteenth ayat of 'Imran sura and the seventy-third ayat of Tawba sura purport that being liked by Allahu ta'ala is the highest, the most valuable of all the fortunes of this world and the next. Then, the Shariat is the capital that makes one obtain all the fortunes of this world and the next. There is no goodness to be looked for, to be desired outside the Shariat. Tariqat and haqiqat, which are attained by great men of tasawwuf, are the assistants, servants of the Shariat, and are useful in attaining ikhlas, which is the third constituent of the Shariat. They are not intended to obtain something beyond the Shariat. The hals, the mawajid, the 'Ulum and the marifats, which the wayfarers of tasawwuf see on their way, are not things to be aspired after. They all, like illusions and fancies, are transient. They are nothing but a means for training and improving those wayfarers. It is necessary to pass all these, to leave them behind, and to reach the grade of rida. The end of the grades, stages on the way of suluk and jadhba is the grade of rida. For the aim of the way of tariqat and haqiqat is to attain ikhlas, which happens at the grade of rida. They honor only one out of tens of thousands of the travelers of tasawwuf with attaining ikhlas and the grade of rida by rescuing him from three kinds of tajallis and from the mushahadas that are based on marifats. Those poor people who cannot see the truth think of hals and mawajids as something. They yearn for mushahadas and tajallis. Thus, they get stranded on the way, being unable to get rid of delusions and fancies and reach perfection in the Shariat. It is purported in the thirteenth ayat of Shura sura, "Allahu ta'ala chooses whomever He likes of His slaves for Himself. To those who turn away from others and want Him only, He shows the way to attain to Him." Yes, to reach the grade of ikhlas and rida, it is necessary to go through these hals and mawajid and to acquire these information and marifats. These are the way that guides to the purpose. They are the beginning of the purpose. Only after ten years' travel on this way was this faqir (Imam-i Rabbani) enabled to know that this was so. Not before then did the beauty named Shariat show its glory as the alms of His beloved Prophet "sall-Allahu alaihi wa sallam'. I had not gotten stuck in the hals and mawajid before, either. I had had no other desire than that of attaining the haqiqat of the Shariat. But the sun of haqiqat rose only ten years later. Many thanks be to Allahu ta'ala for this favor of His.
The death of Mayan Shaikh Jamal "quddisa sirruh", who attained Allahu ta'ala's forgiveness, has caused sorrow among all the Muslims. I request that you offer condolence to his children and recite the Fatiha on behalf of this faqir, and I send my salam. While your soul is in your body, perform dhikr. Cleaning the heart is through dhikr of Rahman.