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SHAJRAH SHAREEF

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 mureed.

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)

The Shajra 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 of Allah".

View our Shajrah Shareef in URDU with ENGLISH transliteration AND translation

 

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