Shaykh Abdullah Shah Naqshbandi – Muhaddith E Daccan r.a

Innumerable miracles of Hadhrat are seen and heard daily, but he elders of the Naqshbandi order of Tasawwuf have said that Kashf (divine visions), Karamaat  (miracles) are commendable, but are not the aim, that is why no need was felt to include them in the biography of his blessed life.  However, on the insistence of the brothers of the Tariqa, some are being mentioned.

One of his disciples says that he was with Hadhrat when he had travelled to the Northern parts of the country.  He says that: After reaching Delhi, we first paid our respects to Hadhrat Khwaja Baqibillah (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on him) and it was decided that the next day, we would offer the Fajr prayer in the Jame’ Masjid Delhi and would visit the shrines of Hadhrat Mirza Mazhar Jane Janaan Shaheed and Hadhrat Ghulam Ali Shah Naqshbandi (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on them).  There was a Masjid adjacent to our residence was a Masjid, in which we would offer Salaat.  We learnt from the Imam of the Masjid that the Dargah always remains closed and the visitors recite the Fatiha from outside and go away.  After this, I could not bear it and I told Hadhrat about it.  He said: We will see about this in the morning.

The next day, when we went there, we met a person, who went with us to the Dargah and opened the lock for us.  When that person wanted to leave, as is the custom of Delhi, we tried to pay him something.  He said: I have done what I was ordered to do, and he went away.

The Imam on listening to this, said: Many great people have come here and gone away without the Ziyarah, I would say that this is a miracle of your Shaykh.

When Nawab Yusuf Yar Jung was going the blessed lands, Makkah and Madina, he came to meet Hadhrat and after talking with Hadhrat for a long time, said: Your servant is going away, but as usual on the Day of Eid Ul Azha, the car will come for Hadhrat and Hadhrat can go to the Eidgah in this. Upon this Hadhrat said: By that time, you will be deceased and forgiven.  After this, Nawab sahib started on his journey.  In the course of his journey, he reached Baghdad and while reciting the Fatiha there, he passed away due to a heart attack and was buried near Hadhrat Pirane Pir Ghouse Ul A’adham Dastagir (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with him).  The order of fate for Nawab sahib was given from the blessed tongue of Hadhrat.

One disciple of Hadhrat says that due to the attention of a mystic (Majzub), he became unable to do Dhikr.  He was very regretful of his state and thought that he would not be able to do worship of Allah Ta’ala (Riyazat/Mujahada).  He thought gaining the Haal (Lit. state) is difficult, gain some Qaal (Lit. words/talk).  In this worry, he went to sleep.  In his dream, he saw Hadhrat.  He first wiped his chest with his right hand, then wrote ‘Allah” on his heart with his right index finger.  With this, his whole body started resonating with the “Allah.”  Hadhrat said: Son! Now tell, is Haal better or Qaal.  After this, the disciple was at ease and never got such a thought again.

Hadhrat was so forgiving that he would never get angry for his own sake, but when some rule of Shariah would be broken or somebody would disrespect the Auliya, his blessed face would turn red with anger.  Once after Salaat Ul Zuhr, a degenerate started speaking ill about the Auliya.  Even after a lot of explanation, when that person did not stop, Hadhrat could not bear it and, out of emotion, started crying.  Hadhrat said: Allah Ta’ala is very lenient, He can bear everything for Himself, but if anybody disrespects the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and/or the Auliya, The Lord Almighty does not bear it.

Whenever anyone would complain about Hadhrat, he would say: I am even worse than that.  No matter how insulting an act would be committed, Hadhrat would bear it.  His blessed face would change, but he would not say anything.  Once, when in Naldurug, Hadhrat was going for the Salaat Ul Zuhr, that a person, who was known to mentally unstable, came to Hadhrat, kissed his hand and tried to attack him, but there was no change in Hadhrat’s blessed countenance.  He entered the Masjid and started preparing for Salaat.  The followers of Hadhrat beat him and wanted to hand him over to the police, but Hadhrat said: How can he dare to insult me.  Probably, some disrespect was committed by this sinner (i.e. Hadhrat) in the court of my Lord that is why, I was warned like this.  If you desire to please me, then please don’t mistreat him in anyway.

Hadhrat would treat everyone with affection and this affection would be such that everyone would think that Hadhrat loves me the most.

His sympathy for human beings was such that Hadhrat could not bear to see anyone in any difficulty and would start crying.  Hadhrat would console that person and help him as much as he could.  His daily life shows that he spent his whole life for the service of the creation

Every person would acknowledge his courage.  He would always try to keep his dependants happy.  Hadhrat’s every act is full of wisdom and with a reason and his every word is full of affection.  Anger has not been given to him at all.  In short, he is the living embodiment of “Takhalluqu Bi Akhlaqillah”

The daily routine of Hadhrat was very taxing.  After Fajr, his disciples were given Tawajjuh (attention).  After this, without any distinction of religion or community, men, women, children, youth would come with their concerns.  Hadhrat would listen to everybody, console them and give them Wazifa (something to be recited) or Taweez (amulet) as the case may be.  This would go on until 9 o’clock.  Then Salaat Ul Ishraaq would be offered and Hadhrat go home.  He would not even have his breakfast properly that women would start coming.  Some would come for Ba’yah (pledge of discipleship) and others would come with their concerns.  This would go on until 2 o’clock in the afternoon.  Then Hadhrat would come to the Masjid.  After Salaat Ul Zuhr, Hadhrat would listen to the disciples about their Sulook and guide them as necessary.

After it, if there was still time, Hadhrat would listen to the sermons of Hadhrat Ghouse Ul A’adham or the Maktubat (letters) of Hadhrat Imam Rabbani (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with them).  After offering Salaat Ul ‘Asr, Hadhrat would remain in Muraqaba until Maghrib.  After Maghrib, Hadhrat would go to the house, have dinner and dictate replies to the letters of disciples.  Hadhrat would take his devotees, who could not come to him, into his discipleship, through letters itself and instruct them in Dhikr and other spiritual practices.  Then Hadhrat would go to the Masjid for Salaat Ul Isha and return around 12.  Then he would rest for 3 hours and again get up at 3 o’clock for Tahajjud and remain busy in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala until Fajr and just before Fajr, to follow the Sunnah, Hadhrat would rest for a while and then the routine would start again.

The set time for women to give the Ba’yah was from 11-2 for women and for men from Zuhr to ‘Asr, but whenever anyone would come, Hadhrat would take their Ba’yah.  There were no customs or rituals for this.  Then for granting the Nisbah, Hadhrat would instruct in the following manner:

Hadhrat would make the disciple recite: Astaghfirullah Rabee Min Kulli Dhambin Wa Atubu Ilaih. La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah and then He would say: I have given you in slavery of Syedi Abdul Qadir Jilani and Hadhrat Syedi Khwaja Bahauddin Naqshband (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with them).  On this the disciple would say: I accept it.  Then Hadhrat would say: I have made you a disciple in the Qadiri and Naqshbandiya Tariqah.
The first advice is, offer the 5 Salaat regularly.  If it was a man Hadhrat would add, try to offer each Salaat in the Masjid, with Jama’at.

Salaat, Quran, etc. is recited with the tongue, but for Dhikr, recite Allah, Allah from the heart.  The heart is 2 fingerbreadths, below the left nipple, to the left.  For this, Wudhu is not necessary.  It can be done with Wudhu, without Wudhu, in a state of Taharah, out of it, while walking, sitting, lying down, sitting, in every condition.  If due to lack of habit, you forget it, no problem, when you are reminded it, start doing it.

Apart from this, whatever free time you get, sit in seclusion, close your eyes, perform the Dhikr of ”Allah-Hoo-Allah” 2000 times and along with this think of me, that the blessings (Faiz in Urdu) is coming out of my heart (i.e. Hadhrat’s heart) and coming into your heart.  No need to say this with your tongue, this is also from the heart.  This is the first lesson, it is called Latifa Qalb.

Recite Durud 200 times daily.  You can recite any Durud you remember, but this Durud is better:

Allahumma Salle ‘Ala Sayyidina Wa Maulana Muhammadin Wa ‘Ala Aalihi Wa Sahbihi Afdhala Salawatika Wa ‘Adada Ma’aloomatika Wa Barik Wa Sallim.

In this way, first the disciple is made to traverse the Naqshbandi Sulook.

Hadhrat was a very great personality, a great scholar and a great saint.  In spite of all this, he spent his whole life in the service of the creation.  His whole life is a model of the commandments of Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

He passed away on Thursday, 18th Rabee’ Thaani, 1384 Hijri, 1964 AD at 8 AM.