The Light of Sciences
Question & Answer
Q: What is a Dervish?
A: A sea made from three
rivers, first abstinence from sins,
second generosity and third needlessness in people.
Q: Sheikh asked a Sufi, “Who
do you call a Dervish?”
A: “The one that has nothing
in this world” the Sufi
answered. The Sheikh replied, “Absolutely not! Dervish is the one who
thoughts worries or anxieties, talks but says nothing, sees but beholds
nothing, listens but hears nothing and eats but tastes nothing. Has no
movements or stillness, has no sorrow or happiness. This is the
Q: Sheikh asked a Morid
(Seeker of the Divine Path), “Have
you ever ingested poison?”
A: “No since whomever devours
poison will die!” said the
Morid (Seeker). Sheikh continued, “Therefore you have never consumed
(Lawful Provision), since every person who eats—not assuming that he is
devouring poison—did not eat Halal (Lawful Provision)”. (You ate dinner
your neighbor’s kids went to bed hungry, you did not eat Halal (Lawful
Provision) indeed you ate poison.)
Q: Who is a Gharib (Stranger)?
A: Gharib (Stranger) is not
the person who is a stranger to
the people or places in this life, indeed the Gharib (Stranger) is the
is stranger within his own physical existence and his Serr (Observatory
Divine Secrets) is Gharib (Stranger) within his own heart.
Q: What is the characteristic
of It’s lovers? (‘It’ refers
to the Divine Beloved)
A: The love of this world has
left their hearts.
Q: What should we do to awaken?
A: Grab your remaining life
from behind in a chokehold and
feel the last breath between your lips waiting to exhale. (Termites
this part of the manuscript so this is the best I can do)
Q: What causes the whisper of
A: The heart busies with three
things, eyes, ears and
consumption. Eyes glance upon something that the heart should not be
to, ears listening to something that should not busy the heart and
Haram (Unlawful Provision) pollutes the heart and all these open the
Q: Who is a true Morid (Seeker
on the Divine Path)?
A: The one that speaks from
the heart i.e. says that which
is within his heart.
Q: Who is a Morid (Seeker of
the Divine Path)?
A: He is the one upon stepping
through the door does not
make the Pir (Elder Sufi Sage) busy. Morid (Seeker) is the one, no
e.g. by the shoe racks, is happy to converse with the Pir (Elder Sufi
Morid (Seeker) should not deceive people like a mother who butters up
toast for her child! (Morid should not fool the Pir, he should show
he is, if he is burnt toast then that is what he is. Morid starts the
from where he is not from where he wants to fool people with.)
Sheikh said, “For Believer
every place is a Masjid (Place of
Prostration) and each day is the Eid (New Year’s Eve) and each month is
(Fasting devoted to worship). Everywhere his conduct is that of the
respects each month like Ramadan and he is generous and frolic everyday
though it is the New Year’s Eve.”
Q: What about dancing? (Samaa’
or Sufi dancing)
A: (Sufi) Dancing is for the
person whose heels dig into the
moist ground and his sleeves flutters aloft the Lord’s Throne, other
any other dance is shame upon Bu Yazid, Jonaid & Shebly. (I guess
talking about the art of Sufi Dance performances to be of vigorous
otherwise is shameful)
Q: What is an advice free of
falsehood & perfidiousness?
A: When you advise but do not
stick your neck above the people
i.e. holier than thou or I am better than you and also to advise
or personal gain.
Q: Who is the ‘Aref (Divine
A: ‘Aref is like a bird, left
the nest with the greed for
seeds but found nothing. While attempting to return got completely lost
Hayrat (Bewilderment) and yearning to go back home but he can no
Q: What is the characteristic
of the man whose heart is
subdued & overwhelmed by the Divine?
A: From the follicles of his
hair to the feet all confess to
the Divine Beingness. His hands, feet and eyes during the washing
seeing, no matter what or where, all unisonous say ‘Allah’. Like the
that no matter whom he met or where he went or what he did what
‘Leily’, from the wall to the sea said, “I am Leily and Leily is I”.
& Majnoon is the equivalent of the Romeo & Juliet in Sufism.
the female and Majnoon the male)
Sheikh said there are moaners
and there are the ones
burdened. Some people are wounded and the lesions will never heal and
some that are under the burden of time and they are in need of mercy.
Lord inflicted the Awlia (Divine Patricians) with what It inflicted the
Prophets with, there would not even be one soul uttering, “There is no
worthy of worship other than Allah”. What transpired with Mustafa (The
i.e. Mohammad) Peace Be Upon Him had it been inflicted upon the
it would have most certainly shattered.
Sheikh said, “Whomever travels
the earth shall have blisters
on his feet and whomever travels the heavens shall have blisters on his
Q: Who is the Brave &
A: The ones that lose their
hearts. There are oceans after
oceans of distilled rose water of Mahab-bat (Divine
Love) but not much is given
to this world and no matter how much is allotted for this world is not
for the Divine Lovers. In other words the seekers of the Divine Path
even more steps than necessary and shall go even further than needed
satiate. Alas! They gallop themselves to certain parched death. Like a
in a hot desert whom a cup of water will not satiate his thirst so he
into a well of water drowns while parched to death as well.
Q: What are the steps upon the
A: First step is: “There is
Lord and no other”, second step
is Ons (Divine Intimacy) and the third is burning afire.
Q: Where you were killed did
you see your own blood? (This
refers to the Self’s Fanaa (Evanesce))
A: Where I was slaughtered
there was no trace of any creation
(including my Self because of the Divine Presence) and spilling the
righteous men is just & fair in Its Divine Presence.
Q: Who is qualified to speak
about Baqaa (Everlastingness)
& Fanaa (Evanescence)?
A: The one that is hanging
from the skies by a thread of a
silkworm and gusts uproots trees destroy all buildings shatter the
vexing the seas but he is immovable against the gales, in such
situation he is
qualified to talk about Baqaa (Everlastingness) & Fanaa
Q: How do we know deep within
us it is united?
A: If the tongue is scattered
all over the place then the
heart is also scattered (not harmonious). The revered wise ones said,
heart is a pot and the tongue is a ladle i.e. whatever is inside the
up on the ladle. The heart is the sea and the tongue is the shore,
the sea billows upon the shores and whatever was within the sea will be
upon the shores.
The Sheikh said,
“There are three kinds of Men on the path. First, the one that knows
the Lord knows him and there are few of those, second the man that
own existence and as well as the existence of the Lord and third the
feels only the Lord’s presence and not anything of his own Self. If you
the entire universe and turn it into a bite of food and place it in the
of a (needy) believer you did not impress the Lord (?), and if you
from the east to the west to visit a friend you did not travel anything
The Sufi Sheikh & Morid
(Seeker) are in constant
hand-to-hand battle! No weapons allowed and no movements motioned but
Sufi Sheikh & Morid battle fiercely to destroy the Morid’s Self.
This is not a relationship of
peace but that of a war with
no compromise. And when the battle is won and the Morid’s (Seeker’s)
slaughtered, he bows in reverence and kisses the hand of his Sheikh.
When the steel strikes the
rock there are sparks. Sparks are
within the nature of both steel and the rock. But spark is only
the two object strike violently at each other.
Goodness & Purity are the
nature of both the Sufi Sheikh
& the Morid (Seeker). But they are manifest only when the two
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