THE CRANK ‘SUFIS’
ALLAAMAH ABDUL WAHHAAB Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh), of the 10th Islamic century, says:
“A group (i.e. a fake group) among the Fuqara have predicated themselves with Sufeeyat (i.e. that they are Sufis/ Auliya). They have claimed the stage of Wilaayat-e-Kubra, whilst in reality they are more astray than cattle. Thus it is seen that every one who has been given permission by his crank sheikh (shaikhul qaasir) will initiate thikr in group form (such as the prevalent halqah thikr sessions in our age).
Any one of them (i.e. from the masses) who is granted permission (by the sheikh-e-qaasir) will begin to instruct people in (forms of) thikr. Sometimes the one who has been predicated with masheekhat may hear in his place of solitude a voice from a jinn or a shaitaan.
He thus considers himself to be a wali of Allah Ta’ala. Then he assembles around him workers / labourers from the masses (i.e. juhhaal). Sometimes he conducts majlis in his city, and sometimes he trots from city to city imposing on the people of this evil and immoral age.
Despite this (i.e. his fraud and deception) he claims that he is the representative of the Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This claim is adequate for kufr, jahl and gross disrespect (for Rasulullah – Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
How is it possible (for the crank) to have any rank among the lofty stages (of Wilaayat), and how is it possible for there to be Malaaikah among the shayaateen?
I take oath and say that the peasants and labourers have a better stage of divine proximity than these (fraudulent) claimants because they have devoted their entire lives in strenuous mundane occupations for the benefit of mankind. On the contrary, these (false) claimants (of Tasawwuf) spend their entire lives in harming creation because they intend with their seclusion, penances and occasional thikr to deceive the people and to prepare the ground for them to be attracted to their path (i.e. the path of the fake sufis).”
THE CRANKS OF OUR AGE
The description of the fraud, crank and quack sufis presented by Allaamah Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh) adequately depicts the socalled ‘sufi’ scenarios, bogus peers and spiritually and morally barren and bankrupt ‘khaanqas’ of our present age. The shaikhs of so-called tasawwuf of this age ruin the morality and extinguish the Imaani spirituality of those whom they succeed to rope in as mureedeen.
As a cover for their gross jahaalat of Tasawwuf, the crank shaikhs of our time initiate congregational forms of thikr in the Musaajid and in their ‘khaanqas’ which in reality are not even shadows of genuine khaanqas. It is essential to beware of them. The safest for one’s Imaan is to stay far – very far – from these cranks and quacks. They are bogus ‘sufis’.
Examine their life-style. They will be found to be exceedingly far from the Sunnah and negligent in observance of Shar’i masaa-il. They resort to corrupt interpretations to soothe the palates of the masses with the objective of expanding their circle of followers.
The more mureeds they are able to lure, the greater will be the fulfilment of their nafsaani and mundane objectives of wealth, name and fame. They are the very antithesis of Tasawwuf.
PRAISING THE SHAIKH
Is it proper for mureeds to praise their sheikh in his presence? This is quite common nowadays. They justify their view on the Hadith in which Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) praised Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) informing him that when shaitaan sees him, he (shaitaan) rakes another path far away. Is this argument valid?
Mureeds should not praise their shaikhs in their presence. This applies particularly to this day. Almost all shaikhs nowadays have not undergone Islaah of the nafs. They themselves are morally diseased. For the shaikhs of today the meaning of Tasawwuf is loud halqah thikr in the Musjids, eating and merrymaking. They know extremely little of the Maqaasid of Tasawwuf.
Their mureeds instead of acquiring the treasure of Tawaadhu (humility), are ruined with the maladies of takabbur and riya. That is why they discern merit in lauding stupid praises on the face of the sheikh sahib whose nafs becomes more bloated on hearing the stupid flattery.
The argument regarding Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) is baseless. It has no validity whatsoever. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stated a factual incident which he had observed. He was simply conveying to Hadhrat Umar what he had seen.
Furthermore, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “If another Nabi had to come after me, it would have been Umar.” These stupid mureeds are indeed most contumacious for comparing their shaikhs with Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu).
Furthermore, if Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had praised Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) as he had praised numerous Sahaabah by narrating their fadhaa-il, it was the praise of the Senior for his juniors. His praise for the Sahaabah never induced pride in them. To crown it, these were such ‘juniors’ who no longer had any semblance of nafs-e-ammaarah. On the contrary, the mureeds of today plus the shaikhs are the slaves of the nafs.
Of greater importance is to obey the command of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). It is not permissible to set aside the command of the Shariah by superseding it with personal opinion fabricated baselessly on the basis of a Hadith which has no relevance to the subject.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) explicitly forbade praising a person in his presence. In fact, he said that sand should be strewn into the face of the one who does so.[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]