Friday 9 June 2023 \


Importance of following Shaykhs

Shaykh Said Afandi al-Chirkawi ad-Daghestani

Mawlid sermon by Shaykh Said Afanfi al-Chirkawi on the night Shaykh Muhammad al-Bukhari was born, in village Chirkey, Dagestan.

Nur ul-Islam’ newspaper published a letter by Abdulatip to his father. Abdulatip, Najmuddin Gotsinski’s brother, was a great saint. In his letter he tells his father: “Without going to the Tariqa ustaz, it is difficult to remember Allah often.” I personally saw the proof to this.

No matter what you are told, I bestow on you: never leave the Tariqa. Whoever leaves it, will end up on the wrong track.

Many people are known to have missed fasts and prayers in their youth, while in the army. It has touched almost everyone, including me. Thinking about it, I understood that it is necessary to make them up, but was not intending to do so. Later I got married, started a family. My wife and me performed the Farz [obligatory] prayers, but knew nothing about Jama`at (congregatory) prayer.

The two of us were performing prayers alone, and I began to notice that after salah my wife says another prayer. When I asked her what she was doing after the salah, she said it was a Ratibah[1] prayer. What is it and who taught her this? It turns out it was the deceased Patal Patimat, a very good woman, who lived next door to her parents and was their relative, she set her on the right path and taught her as her own daughter to read the Qur’an, perform salah. Patimat taught her to perform Ratibah.

At that time I was already a shepherd and thought for myself: this woman even says Ratibah after Farz, while I have not made up my missed salah and was not even trying to. “Wallahi, this is unacceptable!” – I thought, and decided to make up all the missed prayers, I set to work. I was at home then and I was making up my missed prayers for 3 days. But it turned out difficult for me, I failed and gave up. I no longer paid back my salah debts, thinking it was impossible for me. Less than in a year I joined the Tariqa. Then in everything I felt assistance, I made up missed prayers and fasts and did not even feel any difficulty.

And now, after Abdulatip’s words to his father, I remembered about my experience. Of course, it is true, absolutely true. 'Ibadah (worship of Allah) works out only under the eye of the ustaz. You can see it yourself. Let anyone try to do at least something on his own, will he succeed? I could not make up my missed prayers. But when a person goes to the ustaz, Allah, perhaps, gives him the strength, and everything works out.

‘Ubaydullah Ahrari said that as a child he did not even know how much people are distracted from Allah. He did not know it, because from babyhood he had always stayed in huzur, without being diverted from Allah even for a moment. These people are endowed with great miracles, virtues and heroic deeds. Take me for example, although I am ustaz in front of you, but I am not such person like them. Books too tell us, that the first century of Islam was the best time, and that it will dwindle in the next hundred years and so on, with every century. Do not think I am like them because we live in Akhir Zaman. But this does not apply to my teaching. Does it make any difference, whether the water flows along the gold or wooden pipe? Water remains water. However, if it turns out to be dirty, it does not matter where it flows, even if it is a gold pipe.

We have the basis, pure Tariqa, pure Silsilah and what we do is pure, too. I always talk about it. Some argue that there is no murshidun kamil – the perfect master, and other people ask me if I am perfect. My answer is: I am no murshidun kamil in business and knowledge, but I am a perfect master in ijazah[2]. Can a Tariqa exist without ijazah? What we have is accurate and reliable knowledge, therefore the controversy will continue till the second coming of `Isa (PBUH). But as far as we still have ustazes, follow their path. May Allah bestow health and strength on everyone to follow them and pursue their ways! May Allah bless us all with their Barakah, especially the one of Muhammad al-Bukhari!

I already wrote about many people who go to ziyarats, but how can the deceased ustazes accept those who deny me? If a person denying me, goes to Muhammad al-Bukhari, how can he accept him? It is impossible! Wouldn’t he be told: why are you here, who needs you here? The deceased ustazes will never accept these people because they [Shaykhs] left the living ustazes after them.

The predecessors left me before they died and I will also assign a successor. If a man who denies my successor, comes to my grave, how can I accept him? Wouldn’t such person be told: there is my successor, go to him.
A person denying the living Shaykh and the existing Tariqah gets no benefit from ziyarats. But they do not understand it, even if you tell them.

For example, the armed forces have professional officers, commanders. If all the commanders are killed in battle, what to do, should the army cease to exist? In such case, the sergeants are appointed officers and are given the command of the soldiers. Our situation is just the same.

Out of His mercy to us, Allah has preserved an uninterrupted chain – Silsilah, and you are forcefully being included there, and given the leadership responsibility, not because of your “talents” at all. I am talking about myself.

When I was granted ijazah, but did not yet start to transmit the knowledge to the people, I thought for myself: “O Allah, why me? There has to be some hidden wisdom in it.” I remembered a few ulama who had followed Tariqa long before I adopted it, and they were all older than me. Remembering them, I asked my ustaz, why he had given me this burden.
The ustaz replied: “What can I do, my son, if there is no one worthier to manage it.”
Only now, years later, I understood these words.

May Allah help you! Take care of the people of Tariqa and follow their ways, not to perish!
[1] - Ratibah is a Sunnah prayer that is commendable before and/or after the obligatory prayer.
[2] - Ijazah is permission to train murids on his own through exploring the ways of Allah (see Talkhis al-Ma`arif fi targhib Muhammad `Arif by Shaykh Hasan Hilmi Afandi).


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