Imam Rabbani: Incidence of Istighatha

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This part is a translation from the book Manaqib wa Maqamat-i-Ahmadiyya-i-Saidiyya, written by Muhammad Mazhar ‘quddisa sirruh’, a son of Ahmad Saeed Faruqi ‘quddisa sirruh’

 Note: Hazrat Shah Muhammad Mazhar Faruqi Mujaddidi,[died on 11 Muharram 1301 A.H] son of Shah Ahmad Saeed Naqshbandi Mujaddidi (r.a), buried near the grave of his father in Jannat-al-Baqi, Madinah Munawwara.

The Imam ‘quddisa sirruh’ had innumerous kashfs and karamats. We will write a few of them in order to become blessed:

1- One of the Imam’s disciples wrote a letter to him, asking, “Did the Ashab al-kiram attain these ranks which you have been telling about? If so, did it occur at once or gradually?” The Imam said that a question of this sort could be answered only in a sohbat (by being together). The questioner visited him for his sohbat. The imam made tawajjuh to him (turned his attention towards him), bestowing on him all the nisbats he possessed, and said, “What did you see?” Upon this the person threw himself down to hadrat Imam’s feet and said, “Now I know that the Ashab al-kiram ‘alaihim-ur-ridwan’ attained all the ranks of wilayat with only one sohbat with Rasulullah ‘sall-allahu alaihi wa sallam’.”

2- Mawlana Yusuf was ill. It seemed that he was to die soon. Imam-i-Rabbani visited him. Mawlana Yusuf requested tawajjuh and himmat. So the Imam ‘quddisa sirruh’ went in muraqaba (contemplation, profound meditation) and made him attain the grades of Fana and Baqa. Upon this, the latter, badly ill as he was, informed with the realized improvements taking place in his heart. As soon as his progress reached its zenith he attained Allahu ta’ala (passed away).

3- Some of the Imam’s disciples expressed their wish to visit the Ghaws-ul-azam Abd-ul- qadir-i-Geilani ‘quddisa sirruh’. The Imam remained silent and made tawajjuh towards the soul of the Ghaws-ul-azam ‘radi-allahu anhuma’. Hadrat Abd-ul-qadir-i-Geilani’s blessed soul appeared and he and some of his senior disciples honored the place with their presence. Those disciples of the Imam’s who were present at the place visited the guests and received fayd from them.

4- Someone suffering from leprosy begged the Imam to pray for the restoration of his health. When the Imam made tawajjuh the person regained his health completely.

5- A hafidh whose duty was to recite Qur’an al-karim in the circle became badly ill. Everybody was hopeless. Imam-i-Rabbani said, “I have admitted him under my protection.” The person recovered immediately.

6- He was on a safar (voyage, travel). The weather was unbearably hot and heavy. Exhausted, his companions and disciples begged him to intercede for mercy. The Imam ‘quddisa sirruh’ trusted himself to Allahu ta’ala. Presently, a cloud appeared and poured some light rain. It was no longer hot. Nor was there any dust left.

7- Some of his adherents found a Hindu idol temple empty at a remote place and broke the idols. They had hardly finished doing this when they found themselves surrounded by fully armed idolaters awaiting them with their swords drawn. The adherents sought asylum with the Imam, begging him for help. Imam-i-Rabbani ‘qaddas-Allahu ta’ala sirrah-ul-‘aziz’ appeared at the place and said, “Don’t worry! You will soon be receiving help from the unknown.” A number of horsemen came into sight and protected the beloved born servants from the unbelievers.

8- One of his disciples met a lion in the country. There was no place to shelter. He sought asylum with the Imam and begged for help. The Imam appeared with a walking stick in his hand and hit the fierce animal hard. The lion ran away and the disciple was saved.

9- A pious person living in a far away country heard about the Imam’s fame and came to the city of Serhend. Someone invited him to his house to spend the night there. When he said that he was there to receive fayd from the Imam and that he was very happy because he was going to be blessed with the honor of joining his disciples, the host began to vituperate hadrat Imam, using filthy language about him. Deeply saddened and embarrassed, the pious person committed himself to the Imam’s soul and begged him through his heart: “I am here only with the intention of serving you for Allah’s sake. This person wants to deprive me of this happiness.” Imam-i-Rabbani appeared, exasperated and with his sword drawn, and cutting the denier to pieces he left the house. When the pious person was blessed with the Imam’s presence the following morning and attempted to relate the previous night’s event, the Imam preferred to conceal his karamat, saying, “Do not relate by day what happened at night.”

10- One of the Imam’s ‘quddisa sirruh’ deniers invited one of the Imam’s disciples to his home. Putting something to eat in front of the guest, the host began to speak ill of Imam-i- Rabbani ‘rahmatullahi ta’ala alaih’. The disciple was vexed and wished to go back to the Imam’s place. This stirred the Ghayrat-i-ilahi, whereupon all the limbs of the denier’s body broke and the body was torn to pieces. Terrified, the disciple left the house and made for the Imam’s place. The Imam was standing at the door, as it was his blessed habit. Holding his disciple by the hand, he took him to the denier’s house. They entered the house. The Imam supplicated to Allahu ta’ala for the resuscitation of the dead person. Allahu ta’ala accepted his supplication. When they stood up some time later, he said to his disciple, “Don’t tell anyone about this event as long as I am alive.”

11- One day ten of the Imam’s disciples invited him to have (the dinner called) Iftar with them and all the ten invitations happened to be for the same evening. Accepting all the invitations, he had Iftar with all the ten families at the same time in the same evening.

12- He said one day, “The desire I had had to visit the Kaba al-muazzama became so overwhelming that it was all but impossible for me to endure it any longer. By the grace of Allahu ta’ala, this zeal and devotion generated so powerful an attraction that I found the Kaba al-muazzama by my side and was honored with tawaf (visiting the Kaba).”