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A Disciple's Guide
One who seeks to acquire the love of Allah (swt), and has joined a sufi order, is called a mureed, sufi, saalik, disciple or spiritual seeker. We will use the word "mureed" on our site. This website was developed to help Muslims, especially our mureeds, learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of Sufism. As a general rule there are FOUR areas in which we expect our Mureeds to take firm steps to establish: 1) Fulfill all duties outlined in Sharia; Salaat; Zakaat; Hajj etc 2) Practise the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet (saw) 3) Love & Hold Reverence for one's Sheikh 4) Perform Zikr as directed by one's Sheikh The first two have been covered in Shairah: Islamic Law & The Blessed Sunnah The lower two are specific to our Jamaat so we have included them within this section called the Mureed handbook. Other mureeds may also find some of the information useful but is likely to benefit our Mureeds more as this section includes Shijra Sharif and Khatam Sharif which is unique to our Jamaat. So if you are a mureed or wish to become a mureed and are interested in learning more about what is to be expected of you, please take a look at this section.

Sufi Orders
As I'm sure you'll have understood from the Introduction to Sufism the path towards Allah (swt) is based upon a purification process. There are, as one might expect, many different types of purification processes. All based upon the Remembrance of Allah (swt), Sharia, Sunnah, Discipline & Love. Some of these purification methods became very popular and were replicated from generation to generation of Sufi Masters which continue to this day. These purification methods are known as Sufi Orders. There are four famous Sufi Orders around the world and they were all named after the Sheikh who founded the purification process. The four famous Sufi Orders are:
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Qadiri: named after Hadhrat Sheikh Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani al-Hasanii al-Husainii Chisti: named after Hadhrat Khwaja Abu Ishaq Chisti made famous by Khwaja Muinuddeen Chisti (Khwaja Gareeb Nawaaz) Soharwardi: named after Hadhrat Sheikh Umar Suharwardi & Naqshabandi: named after Hadhrat Bahawudeen Naqshabandi The first three sufi orders, Qadiri, Chisti, Soharwardi trace their root back to Hadhrat Ali (r.a) whilst the Naqshbandi Chain traces its root back to Hadhrat Abu bakr Siddiq (r.a).

It should be noted that all Sufi Orders. . which are out of bounds of Shariat. Whichever stage the mureed reaches he must bring repentance along with him because at each stage one commits comparative amount of sins. All extra wealth in your possession should be distributed to those in need or put in the khidmat of one?s sheikh to utilise the wealth on his mureeds. The Naqshbandi Order pays close attention to observing the Sunnah and conforming to the Sharia and lays a special emphasis on Silent Zikr. along with their respective Sheikh's who represent them. Repentance Repent sincerely for all those things. Effets of Companions Suhbat or Companionship is of great importance within By sitting amongst 8 types of people Allah Increases 8 Types of things. Sexual Desire & crooked thought Enthusiasm to play games & induldge in leisure activities Bravery in committing sins & delay in repenting Love & Desire to submit to Allah Knowledge & abstinence Qualities of a Successful Mureed The Successful Mureed In order for a mureed to be successful he/she should adopt 20 key characteristics and qualities. From the time of Syedina Shah Naqshband till now it is known as Naqshbandia. From Hazrat Bayazid to the time of Syedina Abdul Khaliq it was called at-Tayfuria.There are other numerous Sufi orders which are also valid and trace their way back to the Holy Prophet (saw) but these four represent the most popular and the most well known. From the time of Syedina Abdul Khaliq to the time of Hazrat Syedina Shah Naqshband it was called the Khwajagaania. Rich Poor People of Authority Women Boys Sinners Swaliheen Alims Love of the world & inclination towards it Thankfulness & Contentment Pride & Hard Heartedness Ignorance. Meditation and Companionship of one's Sheikh. These are as follows: 1. Repentance is a very strong root. We at Zikr. Contentment Be content and happy upon living on bare necessity.. For informational purposes one should note that:     From the time of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq to the time of Hazrat Bayazid Bustami this chain was known as as-Siddiqia. should be respected and revered at all follow the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. 2.

15. on having gained strength it will eat you too. Do not be afraid of shaitan or nafs in their tricks to frighten you away from this path or away from fulfilling any order given to you. 11. as this is the key to success. 6. Even if one does not commit many sins. If you feed it. even if you have to give your life. Firm & Correct Belief Believe firmly in your Sheikh as being the best for you. Be fair with everyone and let no one have to take justice from you. Intelligent One must be wise in performing all duties for his sheikh with the necessary aadabs. Do not do anything secretively and whatever you do. Be truthful to Allah and to Allah?s creation and stay well away from lies and deception. Believe all that which is required from you in Islam. Pg 307 fs 14. 7.e. 12. Reprehensive Be constantly reprehensive upon one?s own nafs. I. Whatever deed one performs one must always think it as being negligible. Sharp-witted Be sharp witted and alert in doing Khidmat when following your sheikh. 9. Nafs is like a hungry lion. 10. Resilient Do not be soft with your Nafs. Knowledgeable Learn enough to spend your daily life in the way shown to you by Islam. Humble Be humble in each and every stage that you attain. Be very careful about what you eat and what you wear. Stay away from bid?at and all those things which are outside shariat. Be ready to carry out all orders that your sheikh utters. Isolation Often remain in isolation and keep your heart distant from those immediately surrounding you. Abstinence Abstain from all things which are not lawful. one must think oneself as a sinner. 4. Generous To be successful in this path one must be generous. do it solely for Allah. 8. Truthful Be steadfast in telling the truth. And do not be afraid. Abstain from all that knowledge which does not benefit you in all walks of life. Think one-self as being the lowest of all mureeds. Do not use . 13. 5. 16. Constantly battle with it and never fulfil its wish. Miserliness forms a very thick Veil between yourself and your goal. Just Fulfil everyone?s rights according to their prominence. Do this enthusiastically and do not discontinue this once you?ve started. do not let your heart incline towards family and friends. One must be ready to give away your life and wealth in this path.3. Patient Be patient upon all orders given to you by your sheikh and be patient upon all difficulties that approach you on this path. Brave Be brave in fulfilling all orders in Islam and all orders given to you by your Sheikh.

let your sheikh do your islah as he pleases. Keep away from pride & jealousy and always be happy & ready to do your sheikhs khidmat. Submissive Place yourself in front of your sheikh like a dead body is placed in front his washer before burial. Stages of Degradation Inorder to succeed on this path one's connection to one's Sheikh is of utmost importance. 18. The union of peer-mureed will remain in-tact. speech or commands. 19.your own intelligence to object to or criticise any of your sheikh?s actions. I. Be polite and courteous to your fellow mureeds. VEIL In this phase the mureed excludes him self from sitting in the presence of his peer. Do not wish to have your islah done in the way you want. If even upon this stage the mureed is not sorrowful nor does he apologise then this will leave the mureed into the phase of separation. Do not put your workload upon anyone else. Entrusting to one?s sheikh Never leave the company of your sheikh even if your sheikh has asked you to leave a thousand times. OBJECTION If a mureed does any action or deed. which is disliked by the peer or is makrooh and the peer turns his face away. apologises and gives up the disliked action / deed then this objection will lead the mureed out of destruction and into success & prosperity. If. in displeasure. Seven stages of destruction for a mureed: Objection Blockade Separation Degeneration Devastation Contentment Enmity 1. 20. so inturn your connection to Allah (swt) & His Rasul will turn sour.e. on the other hand. Mannerly Be cheerful and pleasant and approach all with good manners. If your connection begins to turn sour. Respectful Read and act upon all the etiquettes outlined and respect one?s sheikh to the best of your knowledge. Accept all trials and tribulations that come to you and do not become disheartened. the mureed persists on displeasing his peer then he will fall into the second step called the Blockade phase. If the mureed realises his mistake. Hence a virtual veil is formed in-between the mureed and his peer. 2. from the mureed then this is the first step towards destruction for the mureed. This step is called the Objection phase. 17. .

If the mureed continues to dwell in this state of ignorance and laziness then hostility towards his peer will grow within the mureed?s heart. along with the sweet taste of submission. the mureed?s heart is satisfied and content at this and at the separation from his peer. his zikr and other waza?if taught to him by his peer. If the mureed at this stage does not repent then contentment will befall upon him.3.SEPARATION In this phase the peer him self will sever all connections with this mureed. 7. May Allah (swt) save us all. ENMITY In this final phase the mureed will turn into a bitter enemy and will be a hostile enemy towards his peer. Turn off your mobile phone / pager / watch alarm before sitting in your sheikhs gathering Remove your shoes and socks before meeting your sheikh On arriving do not stare in all directions looking for a space to sit. will diminish from within the mureed?s heart. If at this stage the mureed still does not refrain from displeasing his peer then the phase of devastation will become apparent. 4.DEVASTATION In this phase the mureed will become very lazy in offering his obligatory prayers and his ability to submit to Allah?s will. 5. 6. If at this stage the mureed is not vigilant then this will further lead him astray into the phase of degeneration.CONTENTMENT In this phase there is no pain or remorse felt by the mureed on account of missing obligatory prayers.DEGRATION In this phase there will be a noticeable defect in the mureed?s optional worship. Instead sit wherever you find available space . Principle Etiquettes The External Etiquettes are as follows:Heading towards one's sheikh: Make wudhu Wear clean clothes Apply attar (perfume) onto your clothes before going to visit your sheikh's When entering your sheikh's abode you should make no prior intention of leaving. On the contrary.

believe it to be 100% true Do not object to any of his speech either by physical expression or by internal thought. Do not look at or sit in the presence of your sheikh without wudhu. Do not position your back towards your sheikh Lower your gaze and sit in a humble position. Sit silently & listen attentively Do not speak or respond to anyone Free your mind from all worldly thoughts and allow faiz to enter your heart.Sitting in the presence of one's Sheikh: It is important for the mureed not to busy himself in respecting or honouring any other sheikh or person in the presence of one's own sheikh. Before doing anything always ask permission from your sheikh Turn your hearts attention wholly upon your sheikh Walking with one's sheikh: Lower your gaze and walk humbly behind your sheikh . Do not sit in the shadow of your sheikh Do not sit in a place where your own shadow falls upon your sheikhs' shadow or upon your sheikhs' clothes. Do not play with your clothes or watch or any other item Do not clean your nose in the presence of your sheikh. Commit to memory all that you learn and observe from your sheikh. Whatever your sheikh utters. *Do not drink water in the presence of your sheikh *Do not eat in the presence of your sheikh. Do not position your feet in the direction of your sheikh Do not crack your fingers or make any other avoidable sound. Do not fiddle with your feet or any other part of your body Do not sit leaning against a wall or in any other laid back position.

Items belonging to one's sheikh: Do not use the items. Do not disturb your sheikh in the middle of his speech nor distract him if he is contemplating. Speak when spoken to It is important for the mureed not to utter something from the mouth which will nullify the bait either by joke or by sarcasm Do not raise your voice above the voice of your sheikh Khidmat of one's sheikh: In the Khidmat of your shike do not busy yourself with Zikr or Nafl prayers. look for an appropriate time to speak. do not walk in your sheikh's footsteps Do not walk in front of your sheikh or directly to his left or right side. Without first gaining permission from your sheikh. topi. shoes. do not look at your sheikh's face or sit in his presence. etc without permission from your sheikh Other important etiquettes: Do not stand upon the prayer mat of your sheikh Refrain from all those things. towel etc of your sheikh Do not wear your sheikhs' clothes. . which your sheikh has prohibited for you Do not position your back towards your sheikh If you are not in the state of wudhu.Be alert and ready to remove any object in the pathway of your sheikh Be ready to open any closed doors in the pathway of your sheikh Do not walk on the shadow of your sheikh When walking behind your sheikh. Cooking for one's sheikh: Ensure you have wudhu before you begin to cook Wash all utensils before using them to prepare food Cook a simple dish both halaal and pure Try to prepare or have a sweet dish or savoury for after the main course. Speaking with one's sheikh: If need arises to speak to one's sheikh. utensils.

. which the mureed must bring into existence: i) Internal ii) External. The following represents our Khatam Sharif. 2. Whatever emanates from your sheikh accept this to be the best even though it may look externally not good.Don't do your wudhu where your sheikh performs his wudhu Do not position your feet in the direction of your sheikhs' house of residence. It is recited by each individual in the zikr gathering before the zikr begins. Keep any hidden issue about your sheikh concealed within yourself 4. Seven Internal Disciplines Discipline is of the utmost importance. 6. Listen to your sheikh?s speech attentively through the ears of your heart. Do not internally object to or criticise your sheikh for any of his actions. Whatever faiz you receive you must acknowledge that all the faiz has come from you own sheikh. 3. There are two types of discipline relating to one?s Sheikh. This is also known as Isaale Sawaab. In this section we will outline the Seven Internal Disciplines. 7.: 1. The Imam then sends the rewards on behalf of everyone in the following manner. Once all have completed the recital they convey their deeds to one indiviual. within your sheikh. in deed or in character. he should stand up and drink it. conduct or speech. If you are requested to become an imam then after salaat either offer a small prayer and recourse back or better still recourse back and request your sheikh to make the prayer. Seal your eyes from glancing at and your mouth from expressing any defects. on arriving home. note it down on a piece of paper If a mureed happens to come across some water left by his peer. the Imam in the gathering. Sit with your sheikh with sincere intentions and firm belief. Upon being questioned whom is your sheikh always give your own sheikhs name not a prominent name within your silsila. Do not internally question or analyse any command given to you by your sheikh Khatam Sharif A Khatam Sharif is a fixed devotional prayer which consists of reciting Qur'an & Durood and then conveying the blessings and rewards earned to the deceased Muslim Ummah. 5. who is given the responsibilty of representing everyone. Accept and be patient upon any expression or utterance that your sheikh communicates to you. Whatever you learn from your sheikh. Do not sit with those who are enemies of your sheikh .

All Ummah of our Holy Prophet (saw) D) Read Durood once more and complete the dua. It is a small Khatam Sharif but the rewards are great and numerous and everyone benefits. 3.A) He will recite Durood Sharif B) Ask Allah (swt) for mercy & forgiveness for errors C) Ask Allah (swt) to accept everyone's recitation and pass the reward onto: Our Holy Prophet (saw) His Noble Family All the Sahaba-e-Karim (Companion of our Holy Prophet) & their following generations All Awliya-Allah (Friends of Allah (swt) All Ulema-e-Karim. They will all receive equal reward & be very pleased with the offering. Muhadaytheen. 5. This is our Khatam Sharif: 1. In this manner the reward will be conveyed equally to millions of Muslim souls. 4. relative or friend 7. . Then mention any other person you know by name either member of your family. Scholars of Haidth & Scholars of Qur'an) 6. 2. Mufassayrin (Alims.

By virtue of the daily recitation of the Shijra Sharif. all of which bring great results in this world and the hereafter. Also by reading one's Shijra often. in your chain. reaffirming one's convictions and displaying love for the Friends of Allah (swt). . which should be recited by our mureeds.Shijra Sharif After one is initiated as a mureed. one is repeatedly renewing one's Bai'at. starting from our Holy Prophet (saw) all the way down to your Sheikh. A Shijra Sharif contains the names of all the Friends of Allah (swt). atleast once a day. one's Sheikh will hand over a copy of the Shijra Sharif to the mureed. Rest assured. that by remembering the Friends of Allah (swt) you are in turn being remembered and will remain in the protecting and affectionate spiritual gaze of your Masters. It is by virtue of these Friends of Allah (swt) that you will receive spiritual faiz and barkah. Preferably after Salaatul Fajr or after Salaatul Isha. one's spiritual connection will remain afresh and serve to create a sense of love for each of the Friends of Allah (swt) within the chain. The following constitutes our Shijra Sharif.