First of all we shall start with the Waza'if for the People of Determination from among the
Ummah of Muhammad (Peace be upon him!). The Murid ought to know that if he fails to attain
an exalted Station and high Grade in this world because of his lack of effort, then he shall not be
separated from this world but that the Sheiks make him reach it, and reveal for him his Station at
the time of the seventh to last breath during the agonies of death.
You should also know that nothing Haram should intervene between the Adab and other spiritual
practices. If anyone performs these Adab and then performs an action which is forbidden, then
that person will be like a person who builds the foundation of his house on the side of a cliff, and
his house then collapses down the cliff.
So we should always be aware of our actions, gauging them to see if they are Halal or Haram: "Is
Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime) going to be angry at our actions or not?" And we need to
think about every action which we are about to do so much that ultimately we simply do not do
any Haram thing which might weaken our foundation. By thinking carefully about our actions the
Hadith: "Tafakkuru sa'atin Khairum min 'ibadati sab'ina sannah." i.e. "One hour's contemplation is
better then seventy years worship," will manifest itself in us.
By way of an example of what we are saying; if a tailor is given a piece of cloth to sew, then he
must continue working at it until he finishes it in the evening. In the same way we must perform
the Adab in the morning and persevere with the Wasa'if and other good deeds until the evening.
We should perform these actions in the correct way, that is to say without any Haram deeds
intervening. On this basis Allah (Who is powerful and sublime) has divided the day into three
parts: eight hours for worship, eight hours for earning a living, and eight hours for sleeping.
Anyone who does not accept and follow this division of energies will exemplify the Hadith which
"He who is erratic will be erratic forever in the fire."
He who goes according to his own will and reasoning does not progress, and he who wishes to
obtain exalted Stations, Levels and Stages which previous generations earned by means of
retreats and other spiritual exercises, must remember Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime)
throughout the course of the day.
“The one who consults will never fail”
(10) Dhikru'l-JaIalah : "The Glorious Dhikr."
Allah Allah : 5000 times verbally.
(11) Dhikru'l-Jalalah : "The Glorious Dhikr."
Allah Allah : 5000 times in the heart.
And having concluded both of these you may then recite the prayer on the Prophet (Peace be
(12) Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa 'ala
Ali Muhammedin wa sallim:
1000 times. But every Monday, Thursday and Friday
(13) Recitation of one Juz' of the Qur'an Karim.
(A Juz' is one - thirtieth of the Qur'an).
(14) Recitation of one Hizb (Section) of the book :
And these two things, the recitation of the Qur'an and Dala'ilu'l-Khairat, may not be omitted
unless there is a very good excuse for doing so. The Shaikh gives the following example of what
constitutes a good excuse. If a person were offered two gold liras to recite one Juz' of the
Qur'an but nevertheless were to refuse because of some weakness or other, then this would be a
And if he does not recite them because of some good excuse, then he should recite Ikhlas Sharif
100 times in place of the recitation of the Qur'an, and 100 times Salawat Sharifah in place of
For the People of Determination
(1) Getting up one hour or at least one hour before Fajr, since it is at this time that the Gate of
the Mercy of Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime!) is opened and the time when the Great
Shaikhs look at their Murids. One should get up and make wudu', and then perform two rak'ats
of Tahiyyatu'1-Wudu' and then stand up facing the Qiblah and ask that Allah (Who is self
exalting) purify oneself from the anger of one's Nafs. And with this intention one should then
say: Ya Halim! one hundred times. And then one should seek protection from one's external and
internal enemies, and from both heavenly and earthly misfortunes, saying: Ya Hafiz! one hundred
times. Whoever wishes to reach the Station of the People of Determination (Ahlu'l-'aza'im) must
keep up these practices. And our Sheik tells us about the importance of this time and its virtue,
saying: If a person gets up one hour before Fajr and does nothing, not even praying, not even
making Tasbih, but gets up to drink something such as coffee or tea, or to eat a morsel of food,
then he must also be raised with the Ahlu's-sahr (the Vigilant People.)
(2) Then he should stand and pray two Rak'ats of Salatu'n-Najat (Prayer of Salvation). Reciting
in the first Rak'ah: AI-Fatihah, then: BismilIahrr-Rahmanrr-Rahim. Shahidallahu annahu la ilaha
ilia .hu- Wa'1-Mala'ikatu wa ulu'l-'ilmi qa'imam bi-I-Qist. La ilaha ilia huwa'l-'azizu'l-Hakim. Inna
Quii'llahumma malika'1-Mulki tu'ti'l-Mulka man tasha'u wa tanzi'uT-Mulka mimman tasha'u, wa
tuizzu man tasha'u wa tudhillu man tasha\ Bi-Yadika'I-Khairu innaka 'ala kulli shay'in qadir.
TuIiju'l-Laila fi'n-Nahari wa tuli]u'n-Nahara fi'1-lail. Wa tukhrijul-Hayya mina'I-Mayyiti wa
tukhriju'l-Mayyita mina'I-Hayy.Wa tarzuqu man tashau bi-ghairi hisab.
And in the second Rak'ah, recite al-Fatihah.
Then : 11 Ikhlas Sharif. (Surah Number 112)
And then after making salams one should make sajdah to Allah 'Azza wa Jalla with the intention
of burying the anger of your Nafs and killing the child of the blameful Nafs, and changing
reproachable manners into praiseworthy ones.
All the angels of the Heavens and the earth gaze down at the One doing sajda, and he is one who
confides in His Lord. The angels do not lift up this sad) a to Allah (Who is without fault and is
Self-Exalting), rather Allah takes it up to Himself without any in- termediary. The Murid speaks
to his Lord in the sadja, saying:
Ya rabbi kama ta'kulu'n-naru'l-hataba ha-kadha'l-hasadu'l-muta'silu fiyya ya'kulu jami'a a'mali
khallisni ya rabbi minhu wa khallisni aidan mina'l ghadabi in-nafsani wa min nafsrt-tiflTl-madhinu.
mah.Wa mina'l-akhlaqi'dh-dhaminiah. Wa ya rabbi baddil kulla akhlaqi ila akhlaqin hamidah. Wa
(Oh my Lord! Just as fire consumes firewood, in the same way the envy which is rooted in me
consumes all my actions. Purify me, Oh my Lord from it and purify me too from the anger of
my Nafs. Rid me as well, Oh my Lord of the blameworthy Nafs of the child and from
reprehensible manners. And Oh my Lord change all my manners to laudable manners and into
He should ask Allah (Who is powerful and sublime) for every thing which is of importance to
him in this world and the next, since supplication of this degree is accepted and it is not possible
that it might be rejected.
And if the Murid should happen to leave this night vigil he will have lost a large portion of the
tajalli since it is a part of the tajalli of the entire Waza'if. Should any part of the spiritual practices
be deficient. then he shall be manifesting the quality which we already spoke about at the
beginning of our discourse, where the water goes outside without being used at all, when there is
a small hole or some such thing in the pipes. But really this tajalli is not wasted, and if it is not
given us in this world, and we do not see it as a result of our negligence, then it remains for us to
receive in the next world.
Our guide (Murshid) says: "He who makes a regular practice of the Adab and the Awrad shall
obtain the water of true life and with it he will perform wudu;' he will bathe in it and drink it, and
by means of it shall he reach his goal. There is such a person who claims that he has been in the
Order for thirty years and as yet has not seen anything and has not attained anything. The
answer for this person is to search and look at what his actions were throughout these years.
How many deficient actions has he performed? When you know the deficiency you should avoid
it, and then you will quickly reach Allah (Who is Powerful and Sublime). When the Murid
forsakes that which the Sheiks have told him about the Waza'if, then he will remain absolutely
incapable of making further progress, and he will be unable to return to any previousstage.
Whoever keeps to these Waza'if is promised that he will reach the exalted stations and great
And if the Murid still has time before the morning prayer, then he can also perform the following:
(3) Eight Raka'ats : Salatu't-Tahajjud.
(4) SaIatu't-Tasabih: four Raka'ats, if he cannot do it every night, then he should do it once a
When the Adhan is called for the morning prayer then he should attend the congregational at
home, if a congregation is there assembled, or else go to the mosque to attend the congregational
And he should wait for the prayer of Ishraq if sleep does not overcome him. No Prophet ever
obtained Prophethood, nor did any Saint ever obtain Sainthood, and no Believer ever attained the
stage of faith without utilizing this period of time between the morning prayer and Ishraq
(sunrise), keeping to these Waza'if.
(5) He should pray two Raka'ats of SaIatuT-Ishraq.
And if he has some important job to do and isn't able to pray the prayer of Duha at its appointed
time, then he should pray it immediately after Ishraq.
(6) Eight Raka'ats of Salatu'd-Duha.
The best time for the prayer of Duha is two hours before Zuhr.
The Waza'if of the People of Determination is that they should not leave the Sunnah prayers at
all, and they must be performed like the Fard prayers.
Muhammad, (on whom be the best of prayers and peace!), said: A man's safety lies in keeping
his tongue." He who keeps this Adab and does not look at the defects of others and works at his
Waza'if taking care to perform them, and does not get involved in other things, he is the one who
gets the blessings of this Hadith.
Whoever looks down on the Sons of Adam who have been honored in the sight of Allah, (who is
powerful and sublime), when he said: "And We have honoured the Sons of Adam"; Allah will
dishonor him and he will exemplify the Hadith:
We have honoured the Sons of Adam, and whoever honors them. Allah. (Who is Powerful and
Sublime) will honor him and will set him over such people who will, in their turn, honor him.
(But who honours them not will experience terrible things at their hands).
The Waz'ifah of the People of Determination is completed with Allah's praise.
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