COMMENTRY AND CLARIFICATION ABOUT TIJJANIYYAH AND TIJJANIYANS (WEEK 2)
Category : SHEIKH IBRAHIM'S BOOKS
Today we proceed with excerpts from pages 3 & 4 which dwell on the importance of salat or prayer as well as the recitation of the holy Qur`an.
It is Parts of the Conditions of the Path of Tijjaniyah Taking the Obligatory Acts very Serious Such is the path of Tijjaniyah and part of its conditions is taking the mandatory acts of worship seriously and holding it firm with our tooth. And what affirms it is the five daily prayer purifying(oneself) with water and completing its pillars and that is what is intended with establishment that Allah has commanded when He says: “And established prayer”, and for performing it in group the sunnah way not bid`ah, “And bow with those who bow”, and it has to be performed in its time, “Verily, prayer was a legislated upon the believers according to time”. And with devotion, “The believers have succeeded who are devoted in their prayers”. The Link of the Murid of Tijjanyah with the Qur`an: And on top of these obligatory acts, it affirms on the murid of Tijjaniyah to have a strong link with the Qur`an in terms of reading, learning and reflection. If he happens to memorize the Qur`an he needs to strive and be completing it once every week. If he could be completing once every three days it is better. And it is not exaggeration to say that the most virtuous act that gets one closer to Allah is his concise Book (Al-Qur`an), as it appeared in a dream that Ahmed bun Hanbal may Allah be pleased with him saw. Even as it was established in the Qur`an and Sunnah, by consensus, with common sense and (fiqh wise) jurisprudence. But for the one who can not recite one third everyday or complete weekly, he or she should read at least two hizb everyday or reciting whatever he or she could recite even if it were few verses.
To be continued next week…….
Folks, we should all take this as a lesson to take salat and Qur`an with all seriousness they deserve. Especially in regards to reading the Qur`an, many are those murids and even muqadams of our present day who have never learnt how to recite the Qur`an and would not even border to learn. They prefere zikir than reciting the Qur`an, which is the greatest of zikir. I remember in one of the 42 books written by Sheikh Ahmed BabalWaiz( Spokesperson & Interpreter of Baye in Ghana), which i translated and it is entitled: “Spokesperson of Faydah About Some Wonders of the Custodian of Faydah”, he narrated that during the two arrivals of Baye in Ghana in the sixties, he was always reciting the Qur`an whenever they were going on dawah trips. He used to be sitting next to him always in the car and Shehu Barhama would hand him his Qur`an to hold for him when he would want to take a brief break. This shows how dedicated and committed he was with the Qur`an. I hope we will all learn some lessons from this.
Translated By: Husseini Yushau BabalWaiz, New York