TARIQA TIJANIYYA IS THE PATH OF THE PROPHET (SAW): KHUTBAH OF SHAYKH AL-ISLAM IBRAHIM NIASSE (RA)

TARIQA TIJANIYYA IS THE PATH OF THE PROPHET (SAW): KHUTBAH OF SHAYKH AL-ISLAM IBRAHIM NIASSE (RA)

Assalamu Alaikum.

Our Tariqa At-Tijaniyya is clearly established upon well-known pillars just as our Deen is clearly established upon well-known pillars, such as Salat & Sawm. The Tariqa is established upon the 3 pillars of al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi(SAWS) and “La ilaha il Allah”. Many people in this present time, a time of the astonishing decline of the Muslims, are being deceived into abandoning Salat and Fasting and we are witnessing many others denying the Sufi leaders and their Turuq. The Sufi orders are only the Path of the Prophet(SAWS), they do not belong to Shaykh Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani(RA) or to Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani(RA). The Tariqa is nothing but the adoption of the Way of the Prophet(SAWS) and it is this which people are summoned to. The Sufi orders are given to cause benefit to humanity, by seeking the forgiveness of Allah, offering prayers and salutations upon the Prophet, and delving deep into the meaning of “La ilaha il Allah”. Each of these 3 pillars can be found in numerous places in the Holy Qur’an.

A (Wahabi/Salafi) scholar in Mecca once advised me to order my followers to abandon the Tariqa Tijaniyya because it is innovation (Bid’a), superstition (Kharafat), and disbelief (Kufr). He said that I, as a scholar, should return to Senegal and do the work of getting people to leave the Tariqa Tijaniyya. I asked him to continue with speaking his thoughts on the subject and when he finished talking, I asked him, “What is the Tariqa Tijaniyya?” He said, “I do not know.” I told him that is a good answer, but I know what the Tariqa Tijaniyya and Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani(RA) is all about! I said, “Since you do not know anything about either the Shaykh nor his Tariqa, should you tell me about this or should I be informing you?” He said, “You are correct, the one who knows should be in the position of teaching.” I told him, “I asked you what is the Tariqa Tijaniyya and you replied that you know nothing about the subject, therefore I will tell you that the Tariqa Tijaniyya is only al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi, and “La ilaha il Allah”. “Is it possible for you to advise your Muslim brother to stop seeking the forgiveness of Allah and Allah says, “Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving.”(71:10)? He said, “No.” I then asked him, “Are any of us infallible? The Prophet was Ma’sum and had his past and future sins forgiven by Allah (48:1-2) and yet he continued to seek the forgiveness of Allah more than seventy times a day; and in another narration, he sought forgiveness more than one hundred times a day. So, if the infallible Prophet(SAWS) is seeking the forgiveness of Allah, what about you & I, can we afford to abandon making Istighfar?” The man answered, “No.” I then began to explain the importance of Salat ‘ala Nabi by saying, “Allah orders the believers to send prayers and salutations upon him in His Saying, “O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and greet him with a salutation of peace!”(33:56), and the Prophet himself said, “Whosoever offers one Salat on me, Allah will offer ten Salat upon him.”; is it possible for you to advise your Muslim brothers to abandon sending Salat upon the Prophet(SAWS)?” He said,“No.” I then asked him, “Is it possible for you to advise your Muslim brothers to stop saying ‘La ilaha il Allah’? He answered,“No.” I then said to him, “This is the Tariqa Tijaniyya: to offer al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi, and ‘La ilaha il Allah’, morning and evening. If this is an innovation, it is a Bid’a which has come in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith! We begin our Wird al-Lazim by first saying, “I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Devil” and the recitation of Surah al-Fatiha.

Allah says, “So recite from the Qur’an as much as may be easy for you.”(73:20); then we make al-Istighfar and Allah says, “Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving.”(71:10); then we make Salat ‘ala Nabi and Allah says, “O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and greet him with a salutation of peace!”(33:56); then we say “La ilaha il Allah” and Allah says, “Remember Allah with much remembrance!”(33:41); and we do this morning and evening, as Allah says, “And glorify His Praises morning and evening!”(33:42); and “In houses which Allah has ordered to be raised, in them His Name is remembered. Therein glorify Him in the mornings and the evenings. Men whom neither trade nor sale (business) diverts them from the remembrance of Allah, nor from performing Salat nor from giving Zakat. They fear a Day when hearts and eyes will be overturned (out of the horror of the torment of the Day of Judgment.”(24:36-37). I asked the man, “Is it possible for you to order us to abandon these three (3) pillars of the Tariqa Tijaniyya?” He said, “No, but you should write a book to clearly explain what the Tariqa Tijaniyya is and how it is safe and sound and so that we can distinguish between what is the truth from the lies.” I told him, “Yes, the Tariqa Tijaniyya is only al-Istighfar, Salat ‘ala Nabi, and “La ilaha il Allah.” As I mentioned earlier in this sermon, “There is no god but Allah” has different levels of meaning. It has a shell, a core and the core of the core! To the common believers, “La ilaha il Allah” means that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah (Laa Ma‘bud bi‘l Haqq Siwahu). To those with a higher level of understanding, “La ilaha il Allah” means that there is no desired objective besides Allah (Laa Maqsud bi’l Haqq il Allah). To those with an even higher comprehension of “La ilaha il Allah” means that there is nothing in existence but Allah (Laa Mawjud bi’l Haqq il Allah). The 1st degree belongs to those who say “La ilaha il Huwa”.The 2nd degree belongs to those who say “La ilaha ila Anta”The 3rd degree belongs to those who say “La ilaha il Ana” As we stated before, the third degree is for those whose remembrance is “Allah!” “Allah!” The remembrance of Allah is the Key to Sainthood (Miftah al-Wilaya), it is also the Beginning and End of Sainthood (Bidayat wa’l Nihayat al-Wilaya), and it is also the End and the Begininng of Sainthood. If the beginning is sound, then the ending is also sound. We begin by saying “La ilaha il Allah” and then we move onto “La ilaha il Anta” and then we move onto “La ilaha il Ana”! To Allah is the return! La ilaha il Allah!!I am giving thanks and praises to Allah for the blessing of us having attained to love of each other for the sake of Allah, Glorious & Exalted is He!

I am asking Allah to reward each of you with a great reward! I am asking Him to increase your good, in both this life and the Hereafter! I am asking Allah to increase all of you in wealth and in offspring, and to place tremendous Baraka in these blessings! May Allah bless the land of Mauritania in general and to protect it from every evil, epidemic, plague and disease! I ask that Allah make us to be included among the most distinguished companions of Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani(RA)–in this life and in the Hereafter! He is Able to do this and this is not difficult for Him! Oh Allah, send peace and blessings upon our master Muhammad, the Opener of what had been closed, the Seal of what had gone before; the Helper of the Truth by the Truth, and the Guide to Your Straight Path–may Allah’s blessings be upon him and upon his Family, and may this prayer be according to his real grandeur and surely his position is extremely great! As-Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Baraktuh! Shaykh Ibrahim ibn AlHajj Abdullahi Niasse al-Tijani al-Kaolacky {Interpreted from the Arabic by Muhammad Abdullahi al-Tijani al-Ibrahimi}

His Eminence Shaykh al-Islam al-Hajj Ibrahim Niasse al-Kaolacky

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Mujahid

June 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Nice article

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