After one is initiated as a mureed
(disciple), the Murshid (spiritual guide) hands
over a copy of the Shajra (lineage of the Grand Masters) to the
The wisdom behind
reading the Shajra for the mureed in a specific silsila, is that
his link with the spiritual chain and the spiritual masters who
make up the spiritual chain is kept afresh and "rust free"; by
virtue of the mureeds daily recitation of the Shajra. By
reciting the Shajra, one repeatedly renews one's pledge with the
Masters of the Order; and this contact brings great results in
this world and in the hereafter.
"One day we shall
call together all human beings with their respective
Imams/Leaders". (QURAN SXVII V-71)
The explanation of this verse is that each follower will be
asked to be behind his leader/guide that he followed in this
world. This verse is indicative of the fact that the mureed will
be called upon on the Day of Qayamah to be behind his Sheikh,
and under the banner of the spiritual order that he belongs to.
It is of utmost
importance that the mureed reads the Shajra with understanding,
sincerity and feeling. This will stir his soul; which is
invaluable in the spiritual progress of the reciter. The
attention of the Shuyookh (plural of "Sheikh") is also drawn to
the person and they respond spiritually, with great affinity -
both in this life and after death.
"And those who
believe and whose families follow them in faith, to them shall
we join their families: Nor shall we deprive them (of the fruit)
of aught of their works". (QURAN SLII V-21)
expresses certain feelings with the specific intention of "Wasila"
present; but at the same time, it should be kept in mind that
everything invariably is from the blessing of Allah.
The Shajra is
usually recited after Salaatul Fajr or after Salaatul Esha. The
time for reading should be kept constant. The wazaaif prescribed
by the Sheikh to a mureed should be upkept without fail; for
this serves as a "polish" for the heart - as stated by the Holy
Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam):
"The is a polish
for everything; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance