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TASAWWUR-E-SHAIKH
(CONTEMPLATION OF ONE'S MURSHID)

When one becomes a mureed one of the instructions the murshid will give is that the mureed must contemplate as often as possible on the face of the murshid.  This practice is very important.  This practice will increase in the heart of the mureed the love for his/her murshid.  When this practice becomes a daily routine, a mureed will find that he is at all times conscious of his murshid and this will elevate him spiritually and will also save him from a lot of vices.  This practice is the foundation of the spiritual path.  One’s murshid will instruct the mureed as to what method one should follow when conducting this practice.  We will quote one example of one of the methods of Tasawwur-e-Sheikh.  A mureed must close his eyes and visualize being seated in front of the murshid.  One must imagine that one’s heart is fixed below the heart of the murshid and the spiritual blessings and light of the mashaaikh of the spiritual order is filling the heart of the murshid and these drops are slowly flowing from the heart of the murshid into your heart.  With this constant practice, one’s heart will transform and become spiritually elevated adopting certain qualities of the murshid.  [SIRAJ-UL-AWARIF by Hazrat Sayed Abul Hussain Ahmad-e-Noori Radi Allahu Anhu]

It is recorded that Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) used to constantly stare at the beautiful face of Hazrat Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu).  People asked, “O Ali, why does Hasan Basri gaze at you like that?”  Hazrat Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu) replied, “That is the devotion of Hasan Basri”.  The Holy Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, “A little meditation is more beneficial than the Ibadat of a thousand years”.

 

 

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