This Sufi gathering is being presided by Peer Syed Ali Raza Shah Bukhari near Islamabad Airport in Pakistan's Capital. He is a follower of Pir Saif Ur Rehman Mubarik of Naqshbandi order of Sufis.
The basic principle of Sufism is the purification of the heart and the soul. In the human being there are several non-material points or organs called Lataif. These Lataif are named as Nafs,Qalb, Sirr, Ruh,Khafi,,Akhfa and Qalbi . When the Sufis do Dhikar/Zikar meaning remembrance of Allah and meditation, these non-material organs become alive and get light (noor) coming from Allah. Allah gives this light to The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who then distributes it among his followers including the Sahaba (R.A) and The Sufis. This light travels from the heart of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to the hearts of the Sufis. Nowadays a Murshid, Sheikh or a Peer who is a perfect Sufi transfers this spiritual cleaning of the heart and the soul to his disciples called Saaliks or Mureeds. The Murshid or Peer pays attention to his Mureeds by doing Dhikar/Zikar while sitting in front of them. The light comes out of the Murshid’s eyes and enters the non-material organs (Lataif) of the Mureeds. The Murshid himself gets this light from the heart of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).During this gathering some Sufis have ecstasy. Ecstasy arises when a great quantity of light enters into the heart of a Sufi. This spiritual cleaning is done by the Light (noor) entering into their hearts .The heart, soul and all non-material organs called Lataif start reciting the name of Allah spontaneously or automatically 24 hours a day provided that the Sufi continues to follow the Sharia(Islamic teachings).This remembrance of Allah continues in the heart and other Lataif of the Sufis while they are talking, while they are standing, while they are sitting, while they are sleeping during the day and the night. This way of spiritual cleaning was practiced by The Holy Prophet Muhammad(SAW) and his companions Sahaba (R.A). After the death of the Sahaba (R.A) who were the companions of The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), this spiritual cleaning of the heart and soul is being performed by the Sufis. After this spiritual cleaning of the heart and soul a man gets rid of all the worldly temptations including greed, passion, hatred, anger, jealousy, lust, hypocrisy and he starts loving Allah and human beings and does charity. Sufis respect the feelings of others, give charity and abstain from all kinds of sins. The Sufis wear the dress which The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions used to wear. Their dress includes the Turban and white clothes without the English Collar. They grow beard and reduce their moustaches according to the Sunnah (meaning Tradition or way) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They adopt all the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and The Quran. Sufis have divine revelations through true dreams and some Sufis have divine revelations (visionary insight) during the day while awake. The Murshid / Sheikh / Peer has visionary insight (in Arabic: - Firasa) about the inner states of all of his disciples. He warns and guides his disciples whenever he has a visionary insight about the sins of his disciples. The Murshid / Sheikh / Peer has also visionary insight (in Arabic: - Firasa) about the inner states of those people who are not his disciples but who attend his gathering or meet him.
Hadiths About Sufism ;-
( Hadith means sayings of The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) )
1. Hazrat Abdullah Bin Umar (R.A.) narrated that The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said “ the best people among you are those people, if you see them , just seeing them reminds you Allah”.
2. Hazrat Asmah Bint-e- Yazid (R.A.) reported that The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said “ Go to seek the guidance and the blessings of Allah from the beautiful faces. Should I tell you who the beautiful faces are? Who are the best people amongst you? The best people are those if you see them, you get the remembrance of Allah. (Book:-Sunun Ibn-E-Maaja , Volume 2, Hadith No.4109).
3. Hazrat Abdullah Bin Masood(R.A) narrated that The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said that there are some people who are the keys of Allah’s remembrance. Seeing them opens your hearts for remembrance of Allah. (Book:Tabrani).
4. Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (R.A) narrated that a person came and asked to The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) that who are the Auliya Ullah* (Friends of Allah) ?
The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) replied that Auliya Ullah*(Friends of Allah) are those people, if you see them, seeing them produces the remembrance of Allah in your heart.
This same Hadith has also been narrated by Hazrat Saeed Bin Jubair(R.A).
*Auliya Ullah means friends of Allah.Its singular is Wali Ullah.
5. There is a famous saying of The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW)”Looking at the face of Hazrat Ali (R.A) is an act of worship.”
This Hadith clearly shows that when people looked at the face of Hazrat Ali(R.A), light came out of his eyes which entered into their hearts, which cleaned them and produced the remembrance of Allah in their hearts.
6. In accordance with the words, attributed to God, of the following, a famous Hadith Qudsi:-The Angel Jibraeel (A.S) told The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) :-
Allah says:- My servant draws near to Me through nothing more than that which I
have made obligatory (FARZ) for him. My servant draws near to Me through
supererogatory works (NAFAL) until I love him. Then, when I love him, I become
his hearing through which he hears, I become his sight through which he sees, his
hand through which he grasps, and his foot through which he walks.
7. Hazrat Abu Saeed Al-Khudri (R.A) reported that The Holy Prophet Hazrat
Muhammad (SAW) said “Beware of the visionary insight (in Arabic: - Firasa) of the Momin (meaning Sufi) as the Momin (Sufi) sees with the light (noor) of Allah.”
8. The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said “There is a piece of flesh in
the body which, if it be healthy, the whole body is healthy and if it be corrupt, the
whole body is corrupt. Truly, it is the heart”.
Remembrance of Allah by Heart in The Holy Quran:-
.Sura Zamar, Para 23, Verse 22. Well, he whose breast Allah has opened for Islam is (stationed) in the light from his Lord.(But on the contrary) they whose hearts are hardened for (being deprived of the bounty of) Allah’s remembrance are destined to ruin. It is they who are in open error.
Sura Al Zamar Verse.23.Allah is the One who has sent down the best Word. That is a Book whose contents are in harmony with one another (in format and meaning) and (whose Verses) are repeated frequently. It sends a hair raising shudder in the bodies of those who fear their Lord. Then their skins and hearts get softened and they get (lost) into the Remembrance of Allah (in a weeping mood). It is guidance from Allah and He guides with it whom He wills. And he whom Allah holds misguided (i.e. leaves astray) has no one to guide him.
.Sura Anfal, Para 9,Verse 02, 2 The believers are only those whose hearts, when Allah is mentioned (before them) , are filled with awe ( at the very idea of Allah’s Greatness and Might).And when His Revelations are recited to them , they increase their faith , and they (maintain) their trust in their Lord alone.
.Sura Baqra, Ruku 18, Verse 151, Like wise, we have sent to you (Our) Messenger (Peace and blessings be upon him) from among yourselves who recites to you Our Revelations and purifies and sanctifies( your hearts and ill commanding selves) and teaches you the Book and inculcates in you logic and wisdom and enlightens you ( on the mysteries of spiritual gnosis and divine truth) which you did not know .
Sura Baqra , Verse 152. So make My remembrance, I shall make your remembrance. And always be thankful to Me and never be ungrateful to Me.
Sura Ale-Imran, Verse 191, 191 These are the people who, remembering Allah while standing, sitting and while changing their sides (reclining) and meditate on the creation of heavens and the earth. (they call out spontaneously) O our Lord, you have not created (all) this without any rationale and strategy. You are impeccably Pure. So protect us from the torment of Hell.
Sura Nisa , Verse 103, 103 When ye have performed the act of worship, remember Allah, standing, sitting and reclining. And when ye are in safety, observe proper worship. Worship at fixed times hath been enjoined on the believers.
Sura Raad,Verse 28, Para13, 28 Who have believed and whose hearts have rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!
Sura Baqra , Verse 152, Para 2, Therefore make My rememberance . I will make your remembrance. Give thanks to Me, and reject not Me.
Sura Baqra, Verse 222, “ Verily Allah loves those who turn unto Him in
repentance and He loves those who purify themselves”
Sura Al Raad , Para 13, Verse 28. Those who believe and their hearts become calm and contended with the remembrance of Allah. Know that it is the remembrance of Allah alone that brings calm to the hearts.
Sura Al Raad.Verse. 29. Those who believe and do pious works, for them there
are pleasures and rejoicing and excellent abode (in the Hereafter).
Sura Al Anaam Para 8, Verse No.122. Can he who was dead (i.e. devoid of faith), then We gave him life (by guidance) and created for him the light, and (now) by means of that he walks among (the rest of) the people be like the one who is steeped in the darkness of (ignorance and error) that he can by no means come out of it? Likewise, the actions disbelievers keep doing are made alluring and attractive (in their sight).
Sura Al Anaam Para 8, Verse 125, So he whom Allah intends to give guidance (by way of bounty) , He broadens his breast for Islam and he for whom He wills persistence in error He tightens his breast with fierce constriction as if he were ascending up hard into the sky.In the same way Allah sends torment (of disgrace) upon those who do not come to believe.
Sura Tawba, Para 10, Verse.32, They desire to extinguish the Light of Allah by blowing through their mouths. And Allah rejects (it) but wills to manifest His Light to its fullness, even though the disbelievers dislike (it).
Sura Yunus, Para 11, Verse 57., O mankind Surely , there has come to you an admonition from your Lord and a cure for all those (diseases) which are (hidden) in the breasts .And it is guidance and mercy for those who are blessed with faith.\
Sura Kahf, Para15, Verse No.28.- O My Servant! ( meaning The Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW ) Stay tenaciously in the companionship of those who remember their Lord morning and evening, ardently seeking His pleasure, (keen on the glimpse of His sight and eagerly aspiring to glance at His radiant Countenance).Your looks must not but focus them. Do you seek the charisma of the worldly life (shifting your attention away from these self denying devotees)? And (also) do not follow him whose heart we have made neglectful of Our remembrance and who follows but the urge of his (ill commanding self) and his case has exceeded all bounds.
Sura Kahf, Para 15, Verses, 100, 101 and 102.:- On that day , we shall present Hell before the disbelievers fully exposed. Those whose eyes were veiled(by negligence) against my remembrance and they could not even listen (to My remembrance).Do the disbelievers think that , instead of Me, they will take My servants as helpers? Surely, We have prepared Hell as hospitality for the disbelievers.
Sura Hajj , Verse 35 :- (They are) the people whose hearts get into fear when Allah is mentioned and they bear with fortitude whatever troubles touch them. And they establish Prayer and give away out of what We have bestowed upon them.
Sura Hajj ,Verse 53 and 54 :- (It happens) so that Allah may make these (false ideas and absurd doubts) which Satan puts (into their minds) a trial for those people whose hearts are diseased (of hypocrisy) and whose hearts are hardened (owing to disbelief and disgust). And surely the wrong doers are engaged in serious rivalry. And so that those who have been given (true) knowledge may know that the (Revelation which the Messenger recited) is (based on) the truth from your Lord, so, they believe , in the same (and reject Satan’s suggestions) and their hearts beat in submissiveness (before the Lord).No doubt , Allah does guide the believers to the straight path.
Sura Noor, Verse 37 :- ( Blessed with this Light ) are those servants of (Allah) whom neither trade nor sale diverts from the remembrance of Allah, and from establishing Prayer and paying Zakat ( the Alms-due. Even while performing their worldly duties) they keep fearing the Day when hearts and eyes will (all) overturn (with terror).
Sura Ankaboot Verse 45,( O Esteemed Beloved!) Recite that Book which has been revealed to you and establish Prayer. Surely Prayer prohibits indecency and impiety; and verily the remembrance of Allah is the greatest. And Allah knows whatever (deeds) you do.
Sura Al Ahzaab, Para 21 and 22, Verse 21 :- In truth in (the holy being of ) Allah’s Messenger ( blessings and peace be upon him )there is for you a most perfect and beautiful model (of life) for every such person that expects and aspires to (meeting) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah abundantly.
Sura Al Ahzaab, Para 21 and 22, Verses 41,42 and 43 :- O Believers ! Keep remembering Allah abundantly. And glorify Him morning and evening.
He is the One Who sends peace and blessings on you and His angels as well, so that He may take you out of the layer of darkness into the light. And He is Ever-Merciful to the believers.
Ecstasy in Hadith and Quran:-
1. In several books of Hadith including Tirmazi and Tabrani there are several Hadiths which mention that on the day of Eid some Muslims from Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia) came to meet The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) in the Nabvi Mosque in Medina. They Experienced Ecstasy and started dancing and whirling. The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) did not object to their dancing and whirling.
2. Once The Holy Prophet recited a Verse from the Holy Quran to his companions (Sahaba).There was a young Sahabi(plural:-Sahaba) who fell down on the floor and became unconscious. He experienced the state of Ecstasy. The Holy Prophet placed his Holy Hands on the heart of the young Shahabi. The young Sahabi started trembling like a fish. The Holy Prophet said to him recite “ La Ilaha Ilallah”(There is no God but Allah).The young Sahabi recited the same. The Holy Prophet said to his companions “Look at him; he is a person who will definitely go to Paradise”.
The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said to his Sahaba(R.A) that this paradise has been promised by Allah for those who fear standing in front of Allah. He (the young Sahabi) has achieved the state of Ecstasy in fear of Allah.
3. In The Holy Quran it is mentioned The Holy Prophet Hazrat Musa (A.S) (In English:-Moses) went to the mountain of Toor in the desert of Sinai for seeing Allah. When Allah Almighty appeared before The Holy Prophet Hazrat Musa (A.S) at first glance The Holy Prophet Hazrat Musa (A.S) fell unconscious on the mountain. The Holy Prophet Hazrat Musa (A.S) experienced a state of ecstasy at the first glance.
Professor Dr.KENN LIZZIO of the University of Arizona, USA came to Pakistan and met Pir Saif Ur Rehman Mubarik and his disciples in 1991.He published his research paper about Sufism which can be read from the following link :-