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
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
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?"