October 2006


Some not-so-wise ones, stubbornly and arrogantly ask People of Knowledge where they get hadiths, or which book a hadis is in, as if they know all the books. I just came across a passage as an example from the past:

 

The venerable Khwaja Muhammad Parsa devoted especially great effort to concealing his charismatic exploits. Sometimes, however, without his volition and choice, he happened to reveal a glimpse of those charismatic exploits. On one occasion, for instance, in order to explain the real meaning of the Prophetic tradition [hadis], and to ensure the triumph of the people of the heart, he was obliged to display his charismatic powers. Shaikh Shams ad-Din Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Jazri, one of the traditional scholars, had come to Samarqand in the time of Mirza Ulugh Bey. He was engaged in the task of confirming and verifying the chains of transmission cited by the traditional experts of Transoxania. They defamed Khwaja Muhammad Parsa to this individual, saying: “Khwaja Muhammad Parsa relates very many Prophetic traditions in Bukhara, without ensuring the authenticity of their chains of transmission. It is appropriate for you to subject these traditions to close scrutiny.”

On hearing this, the traditional scholar applied to Mirza Ulugh Bey, requesting him to have Muhammad Parsa brought to Samarqand. Ulugh Bey sent an official to Bukhara and summoned Khwaja Muhammad Parsa, who set out for Samarqand without dispute. In Samarqand, the resident Shaikh al-Islam was a person well-versed in advanced religious knowledge and Prophetic tradition. He convened a meeting, brought Khwaja Muhammad Parsa before him, and asked him to relate a Prophetic tradition. The venerable Khwaja duly narrated the tradition. This was the response of the traditional scholar: “There is no doubt about the truth [of the content] of this Prophetic tradition, but this tradition does not exist to my knowledge, and in my opinion it is not established as authentic.”

Those present at the meeting grinned at this response, and they exchanged winks with one another, simply delighted with the difficult situation into which, they supposed, the venerable Khwaja Muhammad Parsa had fallen. The Khwaja narrated the same tradition, citing different authorities and a different line of transmission, only to receive the same response: “Certainly a correct tradition, but not established in my opinion!”

The venerable Khwaja Muhammad Parsa realized that, whatever authority he cited, by whatever line of transmission, he would receive the answer: “Unknown, as far as I am concerned!” He suddenly became inspired, fell silent for a moment, and concentrated his attention. Then he suddenly raised his head and addressed the traditional scholar, saying: “Among the books of Prophetic tradition, do you consider the authority of so-and-so regarding such-and-such to be valid?”

The Shaikh exclaimed: “Definitely! Since his chains of transmission are complete, his authority is valid and reliable. Not one of the traditional scholars has any doubt on this score. If your narration had been based on such a support, we would have had nothing more to say.”

“In that case,” said the venerable Khwaja, “send a man to the home of Shaikh al-Islam Isam ad-Din, who is in your midst! Let him enter the library and collect a particular book. He will find it on a certain shelf, beneath a certain volume, of this size and shape, and with a binding of this color. On a certain page of this book, this Prophetic tradition is recorded in exact detail, and with the chains of transmission that we have cited.”

Everyone stayed frozen stiff. Not even the Shaikh al-Islam, Khwaja Isam ad-Din, had any knowledge that such a book existed in his library. Besides, as far as anyone knew, the venerable Khwaja Muhammad Parsa had never entered this house and its library.

They promptly dispatched a swift-footed man to the home of the Shaikh al-Islam, where he found the book in the place described, and brought it back with him. The Prophetic tradition was indeed recorded on the specified page, with the chains of transmission cited by the venerable Khwaja, with exactly the same wording, with neither subtraction nor addition. The general bewilderment increased to the point of utter amazement. As for the astonishment experienced by Khwaja Isam ad-Din, its intensity left the state of everyone else in the shade. “How could it be,” he exclaimed, “that such a book would be in my library without my knowledge?”

 

(Beads of Dew from the Source of Life, tr. M. Holland)

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Later in the day, Sheykh recited heart warming Ilahis (Spiritual/Religious Music):

Ilahi 1

Osmanli Naksibendiyiz Song:

Ilahi 2

Another one in Washington, D.C.:

Sufi Music in Washington DC

On Sunday, September 17th, 2006 our Sheykh made a glorious speech at the Mall by the Washington Monument.

Sheykh’s Speech

A huge and clear double rainbow formed the other day after the rain. It covered the whole sky from end to end as a half-circle within the last ten days of Ramazan which the Prophet (saw) said: “The first ten days are Mercy (Rahmet), the second ten are Forgiveness (Maghfiret), and the last ten are Safety (Nejat).” Sheykh said it was a gate of Paradise and that whoever stands under it would be entering it.

Double Rainbow on Dergah

Rainbow Over Dergah