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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bida'ah al Lawwamah in the name of Sufism

The dangers of those associating and engrossing themselves with the various tariqah's out there without a firm base of belief in the true teachings of Al Islam will result in their falling prey to their nafs whilst beguiling themselves that all that they do in the name of Sufism is correct and not sinful!

Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam forewarned us about these dangers in his numerous hadiths yet not that many amongst his ummah have taken heed of his warnings and have become amongst those who actively involve themselves in acts that can only be termed as Bida'ah al Lawwamah @ the Accursed Innovations.

Now, it is important that those of us who are Muslims know the difference between what is allowable in our quest to purify our selfs by engaging in the worship and glorifying of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and in respecting our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam that we do not go overboard in such ibadah by staying within what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and His Messenger have revealed for us in Al Islam.

I myself ventured into the Tariqah Naqsyabandiah when I was back in Penang and learned about the spiritual realm from the Sufi masters.

I gained a lot of info about the spiritual aspects of our faith yet at the same time became aware of the excesses that some of the sufi mureeds brought upon themselves by over adulation and glorification of the masters.

That made me slowly but surely keep myself from falling into the same levels as those whose actions could only be classified as bida'ah al lawwamah.

The Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam forbade us from going overboard in our ibadah and also in over glorification of himself.

Thus, it is enjoined upon us to not do what the Blessed Messenger refrained from especially in the matter of worship?

Be moderate in all that we do in the name of Allah. The videos above are but an example of such deviations from the Sunnah of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Always check and recheck as to the legitimacy of whatever acts of worship that we want to do?

Make sure that it is permissible in Al Islam.

May Allah bless and guide us all.



norzah said...

Assalamu alaikum, ya Akhi Mahaguru. You certainly have sounded a very timely warning against indiscriminate pursuance of the Sufi cult. There're many schools in the cult, of course, but I've never seen any teaching that allows women to mingle with men.
Is this the tenet of a new school? If you've reached a level of self-abnegation and fana where nafs doesn't exist anymore and only Allah prevails (Makam al-Qarb), are male and female still differentiated? Would appreciate your view very much.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam Ya Akhi Norzah,

I'd be writing an in depth article as a reply to you with regard to this most important subject soon.

We need to alert our fellow Muslims about the dangers of blindly immersing themselves in bida'ah practices such as the above.

Do pray that I will be able to come up with the article soon.

Insya Allah.

Godisuno said...

"Is this the tenet of a new school? If you've reached a level of self-abnegation and fana where nafs doesn't exist anymore and only Allah prevails (Makam al-Qarb), are male and female still differentiated? Would appreciate your view very much."

What is important is the sincerity in our ibadah, doesn't matter whether you are male or female, you are similar in the "eyes" of the Creator .However ,Whatever level you have reach, the basic rule of Islam still prevail. I remember a story about Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jailani, when a man came to him and said he is an angel sent by Allah to tell the sheikh that his ibadah is enough and that Allah has satisfied with him. The supposed angel said that the sheikh didn't need to do any ibadah anymore. The sheikh kept his silence. Again and again the man came to convince the sheikh. At last the sheikh said that " you are not an angel but you are satan". The exposed satan then asked him how he knew it. The sheikh kept his silence again. Repeatedly the satan asked him and at last the Sheikh said " no angels will come to meet me because i am not a nabi or a rasul". The answer is actually the basic rules of wahyu. its ended when our prophet died. No more wahyu send by angel to anyone anymore. Similarly, i have meet some people who think solat is not needed anymore since they have reached certain level of iman.its a plain bullshit when even sinless Nabi Mohammed pray longer and more frequently than other mere humans.

The basic rules of Islam still prevail for example the mixing of different genders and so on even if someone think that they are above it. We need to go back to quran and hadeeth, to answer our quaestion. The problem is that we don't really like to read and study.

norzah said...

Akhi Mahaguru and Brother Godisuno,
I agree with Godisuno on the fact that the most important thing in ibadah is sincerity, that the basic rules of Islam must prevail no matter what level of piety one has reached, that we must go back to the al-Quran and Hadith to answer questions on Islam and that the trouble ( with many of us today) is that we don't really like to read and study. However our ibadah and studies can only take us to a certain level of spiritual development: seven levels according one school ( from nafsul amarah to insan kamil) and six levels according to another ( from makam al-Nafs through makam al-Qalb, ar-Ruh, as-Sirr, al-Qarb and Makam Laillaha Illahhah or makam Wisal.)

I await the outcome of your research on the above, ya Akhi Mahaguru. Barakallahu alaik.