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Syed Ahmadullah Shah

Syed Golamur Rahman

Syed Abul Bashar

Baba Mainuddin

Syed Saifuddin Ahmed

Sufi Way To Peace

In the name of Allah, the most beneficent and merciful

In the holy Quran Allah says about the people in heaven that

Da`wahum Fiha Subhanaka Al-Lahumma Wa Tahiyatuhum Fiha Salamun Wa 'Akhiru Da`wahum 'Ani Al-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbi Al-`Alamina

(This will be) their cry therein: "Glory to Thee, O Allah!" And "Peace" will be their greeting therein! and the close of their cry will be: "Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!" Sura Yoonus 10:10

I feel proud and privileged to ventilate my ideas and thoughts and experience about peace which has been repeatedly underlined in our religion to you as a Salik of Sufi path.

As you know I have come from a nation where Sufi masters played the pertinent role in preaching Islam in a peaceful way. It was Sufis like Hazrat Shahjalal (R) Hazrat Shah Paran (R) Hazrat Amanat Shah (R), ShahSufi Syed Ahmedullah Maizbhandari (R) and Shahsufi Syed Golamur Rahman Maizbhandari (R) who attracted the mass people of Bangladesh to come under the shade of Islam.

Mainly the loving characters of the Sufi saints attracted the inhabitants of my part of the world to embrace Islam.

The people converted to Islam in my country because of loving, empathetic, liberal and understanding approach of saints who converged on my land centuries together from different countries of the world. In fact the people converted to our religion voluntarily without any pressure and force whenever they came into contact with the saints.

Like other places of the world Sufis in our country primarily targeted to establish peace and harmony in the society showing and practicing respect regarding the issues of inter-faith.

In fact the land where I live witnessed the rise of Islam during 11th century to 17th century got the momentum after the Sufis started reaching my region. Sufis come to Bengal from Yemen, Iraq, Iran and other middle-eastern countries with holy messages of Islam that is peace and universal brotherhood.

Although Sufi saints faced unfavourable climate compared to the environment they use to live in they showed their firm determination to spread Islam in my part of the world.

The people of my region who were oppressed by the wrong belief of social and economic stratification started to come under the shade of these Sufis because of their liberal but effective life and works, philosophy and opinion. Because of the Sufi way to peace millions of people converted to Islam.

The propagation of Islam by the Sufis was so silent and peaceful that British rulers were surprised to see the large number of Muslim community traced out in a census in 1881. The colonial rulers had to go for census second time to bring an end to their confusion that how could such a big community of Muslims grew without their knowledge, But the second census showed a bigger number of Muslims

In fact the colonial rulers at that time were unaware of the growth of Muslims as the conversion of non-believers to believers took place amid peaceful preaching of the religions by the Sufi Saints.

Sufi in our region proved that peace practice always wins against odds. The saints in our country always remained the torch bearers of peace and tranquillity in Bangladesh.

Following the footsteps of early Sufi saints the devotees of Maizbhandari order directs its followers to transcend towards one self to perfection and realise the truth of life through peaceful ways.

So on behalf of my people it would like to tell the enlightened audience here that our nation has thousand years historical experience about how peace can establish the real truth. So I believe all of us here can confidently say in unison that peaceful preaching of Sufism only can bring about the desired changes that all of us are searching so desperately right now.

The training of Maizbhandari Devotees

The Maizbhandari Salik travel the path of truth with the every increasing awareness of Allah , One aspect of this awareness is the practice of Zikir means remembering Allah usually by pronouncing Allah's name or by uttering a number of recognised formula.

The Quran repeatedly admonishes believers to celebrate the praises of God and to do this often. For remembering the name of God brings satisfaction and comfort to mans heart.The following verse of the Quran reveals the significance of zikr.

“ Recite that which has been revealed to you of the scripture, and observe prayer. For prayer restrains one from lewdness and iniquity, but remembrance of Allah is the greatest virtue.”

In one passage of the Quran , the importance of zikr is enhanced to such an extent that a response to it from Allah Himself is assured: “ Therefore remember Me, and I will remember you.”

“ Therefore remember Me, and I will remember you.”

The Quran warns those who neglect zikr; “ Whose blinds himself to the remembrance of the All Merciful, to him we assign Satan for comrade and debar them from the way, and yet they think they are guided.” Again, “Be not as those who forget God, and so He caused them to forget their own souls. Those, they are ungodly.” The key to human happiness lies in the remembrance of God, as in the Quranic verse: “Verily, in the remembrance of God do hearts find peace.”

The state of soul of a Salik

To begin the journey at the Maizbhandari path a salik has to continiuously try to purify the soul. The process is generally a long and difficult one. It consists of the three stages.

1. The carnal soul:

In the first stage, one struggles against the carnal soul or nafs al-ammara as it is called by the sufis. Nafs al-ammara is the tendency in man to disobey Allah, and to take pleasure in evil deed or thought. This inclines man towards gossip, backbiting, vain talk, pride, selfishness, lust, hatred and jealousy. The struggle to overcome nafs al-ammara involves the purifying of the body, tongue, mind and heart.

a) The body is purified by keeping it free from dirt, by preserving its members from harm and by not indulging in sexual license.

b) The tongue must be purified by restraining it from backbiting, malicious gossip and vain talk, or from using it to alter the truth.

c) The mind must be purified by abstaining from suspicion, plotting and thinking ill of others.

d) The heart must be purified by keeping it free from lust, jealousy, greed, selfishness,hatred and pride.

e) In this stage, a Sufi constantly examines the motives of his likes and dislikes.

2. The reproaching soul:

When he has subjugated the carnal soul, nafs al-ammara, the Sufi enters upon the second stage of purification in which he is able to respond readily to the call of the reproaching soul, which is called nafs al alwwama. It is the nafs al alwwama n which reproaches man for his evil deeds and imple him to acts of mercy and genorosity.

3. The contended soul :

After this stage has become firmly established in him , the sufi enters the thirdstage which is known as the station of the contended soul , nafs al mutmainnah in this stage , the Sufi develops to the fullest the tendency to obey. Here the soul is reconciled with all other stations of the path, such as poverty, patience gratitude and trust in Allah. Here the soul finds perfect satisfaction in being governed by the heart, the divine spark in man. Here the Sufi becomes truly free from fear and grief as Allah said in the Quran “ Behold! For the friends of Allah there is no fear nor shall they grieve.”

In pursuance of Maizbhandari , music and concert free from guilt are the fooding of love these dissolve the heart bring the feeling of love m yields passion and make people enthusiastic . But the songs of Maizbhandari is Allah centred austerity related and help to meditate to attain the nearness of Allah.

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The training of Maizbhandari Devotees

Verses of the Quran

“Undoubtedly he attained to his goal,who purifies it (soul) and he failed who covered it in sin or corrupts it.”

– Sura Shams 91:09-10

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching.”

–Sura Al-Nahl 16:125

Sayings of the Holy Prophet

“The best Jihad is the one who strives against his own self for Allah, The Mighty and Majestic.”

– Al Hadith

"Allah's saints are under his domes. No one knows them except Him."

– Hadith-E-Qudsi

“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave."

– Al Hadith

Holy Speeches

“Hazrat Muhammad put on his two caps of Belayet one on my head & another cap on my elder brother Syed Abdul Kader Jilani

“Select food like the pigeon. Do not eat the forbidden food. Praise Allah along with your children.

“Be converted into the soul of angel."

– Hazrat Gausul Azam Shah Ahmadullah

Holy Speeches

“ A leaf never becomes a leaf of gold, but a leaf can be converted to a leaf of gold by the order of the Wali Allah (Friends of Allah)"

“I am folded with the characteristics of Allah generous like nature; so I keep myself Silent."

– Hazrat Gausul Azam Gulamur Rahman Bababhandari

Holy Speeches

"Love for holy Prophet is the greatest wealth. It is only way of salvation in this world and the hereafter."

– Hazrat Syed Abul Bashar (R)

Holy Speeches

“Your friend is your needs answered.He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace."

– Khalil Gibran (R)

Holy Speeches

“ Holy love (Allah) and Mohammad were Chained in the same thread"

“The love of Allah is like a hill. The lovers are the shadow of the hill. If that shadow remains at distance too, you should be under that shadow."

– Maulana Rumi

Holy Speeches

“The first recognized is Dhat (Essence) and the second recognized are sifat (activities & qualities). You first perceive the dhat (Essence) of Zayd and then his sifat (activities & qualities) like his knowledge, intelligence, etc."

“ Within you there are certain items: (1) Body (2) mind (3) Ruh (soul) (4) Sirr (secret) (5) Nur (light) (6) Reality (the Absolute Dhat)."

– Hazrat Baba Mainuddin (M.J.A)

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