Niaz Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq Part I

22nd Rajab Niaz Kounday

22nd of Rajab is celebrated with supplications to Allah azwj, praise and remembrance of Masomeen aswss’ contributions and sacrifices for the purpose of establishing Allah azwj’s recognition and saving entire universe from destruction. A specially prepared feast is also offered to brethren in Eman along with denouncing the enemies of Ahlul Baita sws. A centuries’ old tradition, regularly commemorated by the followers of Ahlul Baita sws, and is referred to ‘Niaz’ Imam Jafar-e-Sadiqa sws. We have briefly described, below, preparation and offering of this feast.

In order to prepare Niaz it is suggested that followers of Ahlul Baita sws should get up early in the morning of 22 Rajab and should clean the house and purify themselves by taking Ghusal (bath/shower), put on fragrance (etar) and lit agar bate/use air freshener in their home and spread a clean ‘tahir’ sheet in a clean room. One should make sure all the utensils to be used in the preparation of niaz are clean and Pak.

Procedure For Preparing Niaz

Make dough of approximately one kilogram and a quarter of flour ‘mayda’ and prepare 14 pieces of bread ‘pooriyan’ and short sweet bread ‘tikiyan’ (which are sweet bread and small in size like pan cakes) and fry them in oil. Prepare some semolina ‘halwa’ as well or kheer, a traditional rice pudding.

For khas niaz take out 7 pooriyan and 7 tikiyan and some halwa in clean and pure pots and place the pots containing Niaz facing Qibla. After praying Fajar prayers read the following mojiza of Imam Jafar-e-Sadiqa sws‘s offer niaz, and make  prayers.  One should take extra care in consuming khas niaz and it is better not to allow any one to take the ‘khas niaz’ i.e. the selected portion, out of the house as it is considered disrespectful. The other food to be prepared may be given out to take away by momaneen. The niaz is also part of a celebration, a day on which Allah azwj relieved momaneen from one of the worst Muslim rulers, who was trying to kill and eliminated shian-e-Ali sws.

Part II to follow this post soon. This will include the remaining instructions to carry out the niaz and the full story that is to be recited.

Credit: This information has been provided by hubeali.com.

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The spirit of Sufism

Sufism cannot be called a religion, because it is free from principles, distinctions, and differences, the very basis on which religions are founded; neither can it be called a philosophy, because philosophy teaches the study of nature in its qualities and varieties, whereas Sufism teaches unity. Therefore it may best be called simply the training of the view.

The word ‘Sufi’ implies purity, and purity contains two qualities. Pure means unmixed with any other element, or in other words that which exists in its own element unalloyed and unstained. The second quality of purity is great adaptability.

Such is the nature of the Sufi. In the first place he purifies himself by keeping the vision of God constantly before him, not allowing the stains of earthly differences and distinctions to be mirrored upon his heart, nor good or bad society, nor intercourse with high- or low-class people. Nor can faith or a belief ever interfere with his purity.

The Sufi shows his universal brotherhood in his adaptability. Among Christians he is a Christian, among Jews he is a Jew, among Muslims he is a Muslim, among Hindus he is a Hindu; for he is one with all, and thus all are with him. He allows everyone to join in his brotherhood, and in the same way he allows himself to join in any other. He never questions, ‘ what is your creed or nation or religion?’ Neither does he ask, ‘what are your teachings or principles?’

Call him brother, he answers bother, and he means it. With regard to principles, the Sufi has none, for sweetness may be beneficial to one and harmful to another. Thus is it with all principles, good and bad, kind and cruel. If we ask a soldier to be merciful during the battle, he will at once be defeated. This shows that everyone has his own principle for each action or situation. One person may believe in a certain principle, while another may hold quite a contrary opinion. What one person may call good another may call bad. One says a certain path is the right one, while another takes the opposite direction. The Sufi, instead of becoming centered in his likes and dislikes and limiting himself to a certain faith or belief, reasoning out right and wrong, focuses his view on that of another. Thus he sees the reason why he believes and why he does not, why something is right to one and wrong to another. He also understands why that which is called good by some people may be called bad by others, and thus by keeping his point of view under control he arrives at the true height of wisdom.

The Sufi is a Muslim, not because many Muslims happen to be Sufis, nor because of his use of Muslim phraseology, but because in his life he proves what a true Muslim ought to be. Muslims have such a sense of devotion that no matter how great a sinner or how cruel a man may be, the name of Allah or Muhammad s.a.w.w at once reduces him to tears. Similarly the practices of Sufis first develop the heart qualities which are often over looked by many other mystics. It is the purification of the heart, which makes it receptive to the illumination of the soul. The Sufis are the ones who read the Quran from every experience of life, and see and recognize Muhammad’s face in each atom of the manifestation.

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BREAKING NEWS

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Late Shah Ji, Supreme Spiritual Leader

Guests arrived in anticipation last night to mark the fourth anniversary since the Supreme Spiritual Leader, Shah Saab, passed away. Very few knew the secret that was to be revealed tonight that would to make this evening a momentous achievement in the history of the Sufi Spiritual Society. Those who knew of the upcoming events found it difficult to keep such exciting news locked away; they were desperate to tell everyone. But all was to be revealed very soon.

Following prayers and the recitation of Surah Yaseen to commemorate the memory of Shah Ji, male members of the Society and other guests visited the site at which the late Shah Ji rests. After paying their respects, they returned to continue the evening’s events. Qaari Saab performed Hamds and Surah’s from the Quran which was then followed by guests sharing their cherished memories of Shah Ji. The hearts of many were touched and brought tears to those that were humbled to have been in the company and presence of such an accomplished yet modest spiritual leader. Not only will his achievements and spiritual enlightenment be remembered and studied for years to come, insha’allah, but his warm and caring personality will never be forgotten. 

Then elite members of the society began their presentation to unfold the secret that had to be shared. They payed tribute to the DM Digital TV Network team and their family for encouraging Shah Saab, the current Spiritual Leader on pursuing the Sufism path and sharing his rare and hidden knowledge. As without them, they may not be here presenting such news. The atmosphere in the room could not be recreated there was a buzz amongst those who listened intently.

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Mr Tauseef Akhtar

Hidden in the corner were antique, hand crafted  boxes that contained even more exquisite objects. As the contents of these treasure boxes were revealed one by one, heartbeats raced and guests murmured  to each other in disbelief. Could they really be in the presence of such rare relics? Were they actually sat beside items that very few have said to have seen? Such heirlooms are only ever talked about and remained rumours. Until now that is. After crowds were hushed and silence fell once again to allow speaker, Mr Tauseef Akhtar,  to tell us how these items were acquired.  Objects such as these are passed down generations and become dispersed with in extended families. But we have been in a very lucky position to have such a large collection present in one location. We’ll be sharing soon how the connection was made between the Society and original owners of the relics-and even that is an amazing story to tell.

These artefacts are from the time of our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH, his family and close advisers. One of which is Moh-e-Mubarak of the Holy Prophet’s  PBUH single hair from his head that has survived and remains intact. We also have a Mo-e-Mubarak of Hazrat Abubakar RA and thread hand-woven by Bibi Paak SUA. A single tooth of Hazrat Ovais Karni RA is also in the collection. This is even more significant for the Sufi Spiritual Society as their knowledge originates from Tareeqat-e-Ovaisia. The antique box also holds an original map of the Kab’ah that dates back 800 years and a pair of shoes belonging to Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani RA. These magnificent relics are referred to as  Ziaraat.

Guests lined up to get a glimpse of  the collection and say their prayers. Many were stunned and examined the Ziaraat in awe, in disbelief! Phone cameras were armed and at the ready, those who had just discovered the secret wanted to tell their friends, their family, the world. They needed proof that they came so close to such rare objects. The air was electric. Simultaneous recitation of  Durood Shareef opened our hearts to what had just been revealed to us and we were all grateful that we were stood in this very room.  Our museum was only temporary so guests were ceremoniously ushered away despite many wanting to stay for longer.

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Dr Malik, of DM Digital praying in front of Ziaraat along with Qaari Saab

Success is an understatement after last night’s revelation in attending Barsi in respect of Supreme Spiritual Leader Shah Ji. 
Everyone was taken back upon witnessing the unveiling of the sacred these living maujezaat ( Ziaraat).

The following precious items were presented to Shah Saab of the Sufi Spiritual Society, by Sister Ruhmana Aslam from London.

1. Moh-e-Mubarak of the Holy Prophet SAWW
2. Thread made by Bibi Paak SUA
3. Mo-e-Mubarak Hazrat Abubakar RA
4. Dandaan-e-Mubararak Hazrat Ovais Karni RA
5. Nalain-e-Mubarak of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani RA (peeran-e-peer).

These items have been in Sister Ruhama’s family for generations and we would like to express our heartiest gratitude to their family for presenting such rare and precious objects. We are humbled that they thought of the Sufi Spiritual Society as deserving recipients of such magnificent artefacts. They felt it their duty and responsibility to share with their possessions with the Ummah and wider community. We aim to share this with as many people as possible using our platform as the Sufi Spiritual Society to help others. We want to protect these cherished heirlooms with the up most respect.

Full coverage and details of this momentous occasion will be shared very soon. A huge thank you to everyone involved and made this event even more special.

Shah Saab, Akhtar Moeed Shah Al-Abidi

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This month is dedicated to the late Supreme Spiritual Leader, Shah Saab as it is now four years since he passed away. Now the role of the Spiritual Leader has been passed down to Shah Saab’s son. Tune in to DM Digital to hear him talk about the phenomenal legacy that his father left for us to discover.
A khatam will be observed on Saturday 14th June 2014, which not only marks the fourth Barsi (anniversary) of the Supreme Spiritual Leader, but we will also be sharing with the world a momentous occasion. All will be revealed very soon. Sign up or follow us on twitter to be the first to learn what we will be sharing.

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What is Zikr?

Zikr means remembrance of God (Allah). The Qur’an tells us to practice Zikr in order to expand our aliveness, increase our spiritual attunement and find rest for our hearts. In doing so, we invoke the immediate experience of divine attributes, specifically activating the energies of compassion and mercy and drawing blessings from the angelic realm.

‘Lá iláha illallah’ is the belief in the Divine Lordship of Allah (referred to as ‘ruboobiyyah’). Which means believing that Allah is the only one power who creates, gives life and death, and maintains the affairs of all that’s in this universe that exist in between life and death.

‘Allah Hoo’ becomes a complete sentence translating to ‘HE is Allah’. When the pronoun ‘Hoo’ is combined with the word ‘Allah’, it becomes a complete sentence: ‘HE is Allah’. Understand a simple grammatical principle that this is a complete sentence. The pronoun ‘Hoo’ gives it the meaning ‘HE is (exists), Whose name is Allah’.

‘Howa’ is a sacred and a secret name in spirituality of Allah. It is derived from ‘Hoo’ (verb), which states the one that exists, and always been in existence and will always be.

Watch the Khatam and Mehfil-e-Ziqr here

Condolences for a great Saint

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Today the Sufi Spiritual Society is in sadness and mourning the loss of the great Saint of Naqshbandi/Haqqani Tariqat Sheikh Nazim-Al-Haqqani Radhiallahu-anhu who was 92 yrs of age.

We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family, friends & followers all around the world.

He spent a lifetime in service of the deen (Islam) and it is a great loss to the whole Ummet-e-Muslima.

He propagated the true core message of Islam into the hearts of a common person, by his teaching & simplicity.

We pray that Allah grants the Sheikh the highest place in Jannat.

But we need to remember that friends of Allah live on. Our actions speak for the love we have and had for them with continuity of their mission; by spreading the love of Rasool-e-Paak sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam (peace be upon him) in every heart & soul.

Shah Saab