Once, when taking a walk through
a park, with some friends, we came across a fountain, wherein were
numerous 1 cent and 2 cent coins. On noticing this, it came to mind,
that since the 1 cent coin and the 2 cent coin have negligible value
– in fact, no worth or value is really given to these coins
– they are generally discarded in a fountain, after some ‘wish’
…And if the wish is such, that it would definitely be accomplished
with money, then a mere 1 cent or 2 cents would not suffice for
the fulfilment of the grand wishes of those who throw with any such
Nevertheless, I presented this analogy to my companions:
The value of the 1 cent coin, after having separated itself from
the R5 coin, or the R100 note, diminished. It
‘depreciated’, so to speak.
…So many pass by such fountains, and yet no one considers
taking one or a few of those coins.
However, when that 1 cent coin attaches itself to the R100 note,
then its value and worth is considered just as that R100 note. When
the 1 cent coin attaches itself to the R100 note, its value will
increase – It is now part of R100.
And if that 1 cent coin prefers its ‘independence’ then
inevitably, that would be to its own loss. It will then be considered
worthless and insignificant, and will be discarded in some fountain
or thrown on the street.
In a like manner, when Saalikeen attach
themselves to the Ahlullah,
by keeping their pious company and emulating them in their actions,
speech and character, their value increases. When we keep the company
of friends of Allah Ta’ala, then Insha-Allah, we will, through
the blessings of their value, also acquire some worth.
If there is sincerity, the Saalik will also become as valuable
My Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Daamat
Barakaatuhum) had given a wonderful analogy when he visited South
Africa, and observed the sand of the gold mines in Gauteng.
He explained that the sand which remained in the company
of gold, became ‘golden’ in colour. Something
as ordinary as sand took on the hue and shade of something
asprecious as gold. So too, one will notice that the sand which
contains coal, becomes black in colour.
Hazrat then compared the ‘golden sand’ to the person
who sincerely befriends and associates with the Ahlullah. Such
a person will not only acquire the same colouring as ‘gold’;
he will become gold.
…Those who think they can tread the path to Allah Ta’ala
(Sulook) on their own and also become so ‘valuable’,
are quite mistaken.
Even our honourable and respected Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi
'alayh) had said : “People addressed
me as, ‘Molvi’,
until I attached myself to the blessed company of Shamsuddeen Tabrezi.
Then people began addressing me as ‘Maula-e-Rum’ (The
Master of Rum).”
Then again, the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (RA) became ‘Sahabah’ because
they attached themselves to the blessed, august and exclusive company
of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam).
…This ‘Suhbat’ (companionship) of the
Ahlullah is the medium of spiritual achievement.
However, great caution should be exercised in choosing a mentor.
This warning cannot be emphasized enough.
Just the garb of piety or flowery speech does not make a person
a Wali (friend) of Allah Ta’ala. Some ‘peers’ have
ulterior and worldly motives; especially of milking their mureedeen
(disciples) of their money. They just give their mureedeen, wazaa`if
and some tasbeehs to read. There is no education, no disciplining,
and no reform.
…If there is no Deen in the Shaykh, how will his mureeds
change their lives? …When the Shaykh is a prisoner of nafs
(ego) and shaytaan, how will it be possible for him to free his
mureeds from nafs and shaytaan ?
Therefore Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) had
“Develop contact with a righteous
So that through his company and du`aa
you may succeed,
But search for a guide who is
awake in all situations
So that you too may become awake.
And if you should remain in the
company of the vanquished,
You too will become vanquished.”
There are many who make the claim of being mashaa`ik but are themselves
caught up in the snares of nafs and shaytaan. They have not even
recognized their own nafs, have no experience in the field of Islaah
and Tazkia, and instead of guiding, they misguide. They then become
a trial for the people.
The true Mashaa`ik don’t promote and advertise themselves,
nor do they canvass for Mureedeen. They don’t chase after
name and fame. They don’t hanker after Dunya. They wish to
remain concealed, but Allah Ta’ala sometimes chooses for them
to be known.
Thus, when choosing a Shaykh, consider the Shaykh who is
learned, practical on his knowledge, pious, trained and experienced
in the field of Islaah and Tazkia, and acknowledged by the Ulama-e-Haq
as one who is truly Sahib-e-Nisbat and Waliullah. It is through
attaching oneself to such a Shaykh that the Saalik will acquire
Hazrat Dr. Abdul Hay Saheb (Rahmatullah ‘alaih), who was
a senior Khalifa of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullah
’alaih), was wont to say :
“There is only one way to
meet Him (Allah),
Seek the road from those who
have already found Him.”
 Saalikeen : Seekers of
 Ahlullah : People of Allah
 ‘Molvi’ : meaning, one who has
 Sahabah : Companions (of the Holy Prophet
Sallallaahu 'alayhi waSallam)