OF THE MUREED
Hajj Mustafa Ali
offering and Receiving Advice
When offering advice one must do so
humbly, being aware of the feelings and attitude of the one you are trying to
consul. Always check your
intentions before proceeding. It is
always recommended to recite surat ul Fatiha before delivering your advice.
In receiving consul, be humble and take
what is being handed to you. If it
applies immediately acknowledge it and thank the advice giver.
If it does not apply then accept the advice and refrain from argument and
defending yourself. Allah knows the truth of the matter.
On the Kissing of Hands
The kissing of hands is a way of
recognizing and honoring your brothers on the path. It is an intimate act that reflects the real connection
between the people of the path to self - knowledge.
The hands are symbolic of the highest of names, Allah, as well as they
represent the 99 names of Allah.
When the tip of the forefinger and the
tip of the thumb meet they form the divine name.
This can easily be observed by holding the hands in that position and
looking upon them from their backside. On
the inner palm there are two prominent lines that stand out over the other lines
on the hands, and form the Arabic symbols for one and eight or
eighteen (18). When you embrace the
right hand of your brother, his hand displaying the opposite number 81.
Your hands combine 18 and
81, adding up to 99.
The kissing of the hands is also like
the kissing of the black stone in the Kaba.
It represents the intimate experience of unveiling that takes place
between a wayfarer and his ultimate destination. It is the point where the lines of differentiation between
the lover and the beloved vanish.
When kissing your brothers hand keep in
mind its meaning and allow it to become a window for you to peer out into the
garden of spiritual delights.
When kissing hands, race to be the first
to kiss. Do not give your
hand to your brother to kiss. You
both are offering the hand of Allah to each other.
Do not wait until it is kissed first, its not yours to offer in the
first place. The best greeting is
when both hands are kissed simultaneously.
It is permissible to offer your hands to
be kissed without reciprocation, to children, your wife, or to younger novices
on the path. It is a way of
creating respect in them for the path and to those on it.
This is not a hard and fast rule, use discretion in any case.
adab in kissing the hand of your
Shaykh is to kiss his hand if he extends it to you and do not expect to have
your hand kissed by him. Never
pause to wait for him to do so. If
he should kiss your hand consider it an honor and receive it with great
Glossary of Terms
A cloak, worn on the shoulder, can be
used to cover feet.
Inner courtesy expressing itself as
graciousness in right actions.
I seek forgiveness of Allah."
Seeking covering from Allah from the results of wrong actions.
Purified energy that flows from the
presence of an enlightened being. I
may also be present at the tombs of saints, or places touched by Allahs
Remembering Allah, declaring the unity
of Allah, in acting Him in accordance with the Prophets behavior.
A collection of teaching songs or odes,
designed to inspire the mureeds on their journey to realization.
The derivation of wayfarers on the path.
Fuqara is the plural of faqir, meaning
The Wayfarer or salik
acknowledges his poverty for he needs Allah whereas Allah is rich beyond
compare. We come to know His wealth
by our own poverty.
A circle of Dhikr.
A tradition of the Prophet
A saying of Allah spoken on the tongue
of the Prophet that is not in the Qur'an.
Allah is enough for me!
Trust in the real, having the
inner panorama of enlightened perception.
Turning to Allah, seeking his covering
of your wrong actions.
Type of head covering, a hat worn to
show reverence and dignity especially in prayer and at gatherings of mureeds.
Knowledge of Allah.
Intimacy with the divine.
Allah decreed it. It is as it is, by His command.
The one who is in remembrance of Allah.
comes from irada, (will). The
Mureed gives up his will to that of
The book of Allah, revealed through the
angel Jibril to the Messenger of Allah, Muhammed (SAW)
In Sufi terms, a
realized teacher, able
to guide and teach others the science of awakening.
That energy that induces
humankind to be
distracted and deflected from the path that leads to completeness.
Glory is Allahs. Everything is swimming in the ocean of Allahs merciful
Prayer beads. It also refers to repetitive formulas of divine invocations.
The unity of all things.
He who does without.
A Zahid may have little or much on this world, but it does not affect his
submission and total reliance on Allah.