commendable and worthwhile, and is even more so when innovations are rife. To comply with them in even a small matter of behaviour, particularly when the Prophet’s (UWBP) community is corrupted, signifies a powerful belief and fear of God. And to follow the practices recalls the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) directly, and such recollection is transformed into recollection of the divine presence. The moment they are observed in even the least significant dealings, in the conduct of eating,1 drinking,2 or sleeping,3 such habitual, natural acts become meritorious acts of worship in compliance with the Shari‘a. For the person thinks of following God’s Messenger (UWBP) and conceives of his actions as conduct of the Shari‘a. Then he recalls that the Messenger (UWBP) brought the Shari‘a, and then his heart turns to Almighty God, the True Lawgiver, and he gains a sort of awareness of the divine presence and a sense of worship.
By virtue of this mystery, the person who makes it his habit to follow the Prophet’s (UWBP) practices transforms all his acts into worship, and may make his whole life fruitful and yielding of reward.
Imam-i Rabbani, Ahmad Faruqi (May God be pleased with him) said: “I saw while traversing the degrees in my spiritual journeying that the ranks of the saints that were most brilliant, splendid, subtle, and sound were those who made following the Prophet’s (UWBP) practices the basis of their way. Even ordinary saints of those ranks appeared more splendid than the highest saints of the other.”4
Yes, Imam-i Rabbani, the Regenerator of the Second Millennium (May God be pleased with him) speaks the truth. One who takes the Prophet’s (UWBP) practices as his guiding principles rises to the station of being beloved of God under the shadow of God’s Beloved (UWBP).
At a time this poor Said was struggling to emerge from the Old Said, his intellect and heart were floundering among truths in a terrible spiritual storm resulting from lack of a guide and the pride of his evil-commanding soul. They were being tossed around, rising and falling, sometimes from the Pleiades to the ground, sometimes from the ground to the Pleiades.
See, Tirmidhi, At’ima, 47; Abu Da’ud, Ashriba, 15; Ibn Maja, At‘ima, 7; Musnad, vi, 143, 207, 265.
See, Bukhari, Ashriba, 26; Muslim, Ashriba, 122-3; Tirmidhi, Ashriba, 14.
See, Bukhari, Da‘wat, 8; Tirmidhi, Da‘wat, 29; Abu Da’ud, Adab, 177.
Imam Rabbani, al-Maktubat, i, 240 (No: 260).