Primary instructions and Ma’Mulaat for a Mureed
In the following are given some primary advices and instructions for the Mureed to act upon these instructions and Ma’Mulaat. When these Ma’Mulaat will be perfectly done with the love of Allah, devotion, concentration and sincerity the Mureed will be able to travel on the path of Allah easily. Ignoring these, the Mureed will formally remain in the list of Mureeds, but will not go ahead on the path of Allah.
- Constantly maintaining the Zikr of Allah you have to do Zikr-e-Qalbi of Allah, Allah, Allah while walking, sitting, reclining and laying down. This Zikr-e-Qalbi is to do with just memory, imagination and remembrance not by tongue. In beginning you may feel some difficulty but by practice it will be very easy. By this Zikr-e-Qalbi you have to engage yourself in the Zikr of Allah Ta'aalaa continuously.
- You have to spare 10-15 minuets for Muraqabah. You have to sit in easy position. Close your eyes and make your mind free from all thoughts. Only think that mercy and bounty of Allah is descending upon your heart and your heart is saying Allah, Allah, Allah. You have not to recite Allah, Allah by your tongue but just by your imagination.
- Recite the Holy Qur’aan daily as much as you feel easy.
- Recite Durood 200 times daily.
- Do Istighfaar 200 times daily.
- Remain in contact with your shaykh. This is known as Raabitah-e-Shaykh.
- The qadhaa (fulfillment) of Salaat and Fasts which were omitted. The qadhaa should be executed by performing along with each daily Salaat a Qadhaa Salaat of the same time, e.g., along with the Adaa Maghrib Salaat, a Qadhaa Maghrib Salaat should be made. During Ishaa, the Witr omitted should also be made. In making the qadhaa only the Fardh and Witr are made. It is however preferable to perform a number of qadhaa Salaat collectively at one time or in a single day, e.g. the Qadhaa Salaat of several times or of several days. In this way quicker discharge of the obligation takes place.
- Discharging any monetary obligations of others if one is liable for such obligations. Such discharge is either by making the due payment or by obtaining the pardon of the one whose right is involved.
- Fully guarding the eyes, ears and the tongue; total abstention from haraam and mushtabih (doubtful) wealth; appearance, dress to be in conformity with the Sunnat; total abstention from innovation and un-Islamic customs and practices on occasions of happiness and sorrow; to refrain from unlawful methods in all affairs; to constantly bear in mind not to harm anyone by means of one's hand or tongue; not to hurt anyone; refraining from association; meeting according to need; and abstaining from unnecessary conversation.
- After every Salaat recite Aayat-ul-Kursi followed by Tasbeeh-e-Faatimi. i.e. 33 times Subhaanallah ; 33 time Alhamdulillah ; and thirty four times Allahuakbar.
- After Ishaa Salaat, at the time of going to bed engage in muhaasabah (self-reckoning). Muhaasabah means to take stock or reckoning. Here it means to take stock of one's own deeds and activities. One should reflect over the entire day's acts and deeds. Upon recalling a noble act or an act of Ibaadat, express one's gratefulness (shukr) unto Allah Ta'aalaa and request for greater taufeeq (ability and inclination) to enhance virtue. Upon recalling one's evil or wrong doing, become regretful. This is the daily Muhaasabah incumbent upon the Mureed.
- Consider yourself to be the most inferior, so much so, that if you observe with your own eyes another indulging in the worst of vices then too you shall not despise him/her, nor shall you consider yourself nobler than him/her. On the contrary one should fear and bear in mind that it is very possible that the perpetrator of the vice may resort to sincere taubah and become a person of high piety while the one who had despised the sinner become ensnared (Allah forbid ! ) in the meshes of the Nafs and Shaitaan and be diverted from Ibaadat and obedience. One has no certainty regarding one's end. One, therefore, has no basis for regarding another with contempt.
Please Note: This instruction (No.12) is the first step in Sulook. Without taking this step, the Path of Tasawwuf remains closed.
May Allah grant us His mercy and nearness to Him. Aameen