The Shehu on Tasawwuf

May 19, 2012 Comments Off on The Shehu on Tasawwuf

Shehu Usman dan Fodio a.k.a. Shaykh ‘Uthman bin Fudi (رحمة الله عليه) in his Usul al-Wilayat defines the science of tasawwuf and then cites the opinions of the teachers and guides of the path of tasawwuf:

Realise my brother that the foundations for becoming a protected friend of Allah and the preconditions are built upon:

  1. Adherence to the Book and the Sunna;
  2. Avoiding corrupt passions and heretical innovation (bid’a);
  3. Elevating the sanctity of the shaykhs;
  4. Examining destructive character;
  5. Persistence in the litanies; and
  6. Avoiding compromise.

Abul Qasim al-Junayd, may Allah be pleased with him said,

“All the spiritual paths (al-turuq) have been closed except following the footprints of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Our foundations (for tasawwuf) are six:

  1. The Book of Allah and the sunna of His Messenger;
  2. Eating what is halal;
  3. Refraining from insults;
  4. Avoiding sins;
  5. Repentance; and
  6. Discharging obligations.”

Abu Hamza al-Baghdadi, may Allah be pleased with him said:

“Whoever knows the path of the Lord of Truth, There is no guide to the path of Allah ta’ala (tariq Allah) except by following the Beloved (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Whoever adjoins himself to the conduct of the sunna, Allah will illuminate his heart with the lights of inward knowledge. There is no spiritual station more noble than following the Beloved, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in his commands, deeds, words and character.”

Shaykh al-Shayban was once asked, ‘What is tasawwuf?’ He responded:

“It is imitation and following the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم).”

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