There is no power and no strength except in Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty

    This is the advice of our Master and Guide the Shaikh 'Abdullah al-Fa'iz (q), May Allah
    sanctify his secret! And may He benefit us by the blessings of his sacred breaths, as passed on
    from the tongue of Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him!).

    Our Master the Shaikh says that whoever works according to this series of advices and acts
    on it, will attain the Exalted Stations, especially the Station of Closeness (Qurb) to Allah (Who
    is Powerful and Sublime) on the Day of Resurrection. This is something which guarantees to
    temper the elements which exist in a human being: the Nafs (Ego), the Dunya (Worldliness),
    Hawa (Vain desires) and Shaitan.

    The Saints never speak of anything without first obtaining permission. This advice of Shaikh
    'Abdullah's(q) is something which they usually learn and then keep in their hearts, it is
    knowledge which pertains to the time leading up to the appearance of our Master Muhammed
    al-Mahdi (on whom be peace).

    Our Master the Shaikh says that a person who manages to act on these principles in our times
    will achieve what earlier generations did not achieve by Khalwats (spiritual retreats) and other
    spiritual exercises, and by the greater and the lesser Jihads. He who attains an exalted stage
    and a great rank, such a rank which the Prophets themselves and the Companions were unable
    to attain, is the one who practices these precepts.?

    And he is also the one who will have Stations which the Prophet (Peace be upon him!) did not
    even manifest, and neither did our Master Abu Bakr as-Siddiq®, his heir. Such a person is the
    one who sits with the Great Guides, listening to their guidance and being present in their
    council. He listens to them with a great deal of attention, with faith and respect. And this
    Station belongs especially to those who obey their orders and do what they wish.

    Then our Master the Shaikh cautions those who would meddle in politics and long for this
    world, because as a result of such things one is led away from the true path.

    In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful.

    Hadrat Murshid, our master the Shaikh 'Abdullah al-Fa'iz says that whoever receives the keys
    to those Stations (Maqamat), i. e. the five Stations: Qalb (Heart), Sirr (Secret), Sirru's-Sirr
    (Secret of the Secret), Akhfa. (Most Hidden), Khafi (Hidden) is the one who takes care to
    perform the Adab and the Awrad in their correct manner. Then the characteristics of the
    Station of Aba Yazid al-Bistami will become manifest in him. He was the one who said: "I am
    also the Real (al-Haqq)." Anyone who wishes to enter the Station of the two attributes of the
    Real One (Who is Powerful and Sublime), the attribute of Jamal (Beauty) and that of Jalal
    (Sublimeness/Glory), then he must follow this way.

    I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the Accursed. There is no Power and no Strength except in
    Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty:

    My beloved brothers! My beloved children success" is from Allah. I have been ordered,
    ordered by the Prophet (Peace be upon him!) to make these techniques available.

    In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful.

    In the Exalted Naqshbandi Order there is a Station called the Station of Annihilation in Allah
    (Maqamu'l Fana'i billah) and whoever wishes to attain this Station and the other Stations of
    which we have spoken must make a regular practice of these Waza'if.

    In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient. the Merciful.

    There is no Power and no Strength except in Allah,the Exalted, the Mighty:

    We shall set the foundation of this counsel by using the distinguished Basmalah and the
    formula which explains the absence of all strength and power which does not originate in
    Allah, who is Exalted and Mighty.Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) taught the Prophet
    Muhammed (Peace be upon him) good manners, for which reason the Holy Prophet said:

    "My Lord taught me good manners and he perfected His teaching."

    And so we must be persistent in keeping to the Adab of the Order, until we obtain knowledge
    of the fruits of the Shari'ah and Tariqah.

    First of all we should repeat that we have not stumbled outside the Order, and we shall rush to
    enter it. Having decided this we shall begin with the Waza'if.

    The beginner must always begin at the beginning, and he should recognise the difference
    between Shari'ah and Tariqah. Knowing the Shari'ah is to know a reality which is obligatory
    for every believing man and woman. Practically speaking the Shari'ah is to practice everything
    which was ordered by Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) and avoiding that which He has
    forbidden. Whoever keeps to these two things, Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) will be
    his teacher. This is the Shari'ah.

    Now Tariqah is the firm intention (‘Azimah) of the Shari'ah. that is to say that the Murid shall
    put his belief in the one who is his Shaikh and Guide, and should precede as indicated by him.
    The Murid may not ask his Shaikh any question refering to anything which he may order him
    to do.
    The second description of Tariqah is that the Murid should be ready to take orders from the
    Shaikh. Just as the Prophet used to await the coming of Divine Inspiration (Wahy) from Allah
    (Who is Powerful and Sublime), in the same way the Murid must follow his Murshid's orders,
    carrying them out to the letter.?

    And he must have the Adab of Anticipation that is to say that he must constantly await the
    orders of his Guide; he must adopt the attitude of a hunter to his Prey, being oblivious to all
    other directions. His sight, hearing, existence and thoughts should be ready to receive orders
    and he should always be prepared to carry out some new order. Such a man will be a master
    of the Adab of the Exalted Naqshbandi Order and this Tajalli will become manifest in him.
    Hadrat Shaikh says: "I do not speak to you about any Station (Maqam), Tajalli or Rank
    (Rutbah) without my already having entered that station or position or without having
    experienced that Tajalli. I am not like the others, I do not speak separating my sight from my
    chart, enumerating the Stations (Maqamat) for you without my knowing their reality
    (Haqiqah). No! First of all I followed that path and saw what it was. I learned those Realities
    and Secrets which may be found along it, and I worked my way along it until I obtained the
    Knowledge of Certainty (‘Ilmu'l-Yaqin), the Eye of Certainty (‘Ainu'l-Yaqin) and the Truth of
    Certainty (Haqqu'l-Yaqin). Only then do I speak to you, giving you a taste, as it were, of that
    which I have tasted, until I am able to make you reach that station without tiring you and
    without difficulties."

    Our Master Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (May Allah be pleased with him!) asked the Pride of all
    Existing Beings, our Master Muhammed (Peace be upon him!) about the meaning of the phrase
    'Ajalu'l-Karamat' (the appointed time for miracles) and he replied: "As long as success
    remains." (Dawamu'-Tawfiq). And what is the meaning of 'Dawamu't-Tawfiq'?

    It is that the Murid should keep to, his Wazifah and should obey the orders of his Murshid
    without veering either to the right or to the left.

    Flying in the sky or walking on water, entering into fire untouched or knowing the secrets of
    people’s hearts are not praiseworthy miracles since Satan also possesses these gifts. With the
    People of Reality such miracles are never counted as being of the desirable kind, and our
    Naqshbandi Brethren compare these miracles to a woman's menstruation, saying:

    "The Miracle of Walis is the Menstruation of Men."

    The Masters of our Naqshbandi Order do not openly perform miracles even if skinned alive or
    tortured to death.

    Our Sheik, Maulana 'Abdullah al-Fa'iz (May Allah sanctify his secret!) says: "My tongue is the
    tongue of the Secret of the Shari'ah and of the Secret of the Qur'an." Then he asked a
    question, saying: "Who are the bearers and protectors of the Qur'an (i.e. Huffaz)? The bearers
    and protectors of the Qur'an are those who set foot in all these Stations and know them with
    true understanding. And is it not right, my children that I should indicate to you that you
    should follow this path so that you may reach and discover these Stations?"

THE PRACTICES   (The Waza'if)