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Looking Down upon Jannah

1. Moulana Zakariyah mentions in Mashaikh-e-Chist, “Sometimes the aim of Ibaadah is the desire to gain Paradise. This is the Ibaadah of the traders, because the motive underlying this worship is to exchange Ibaadah for reward. Sometimes, Ibaadah is for the fear of punishment. This is the Ibaadah of the servants who render their service on account of fear for the employer. One type of worship is such Ibaadah, which is not motivated by either desire or fear, but is rendered solely as an expression of gratitude for the favors of Allah. This is the Ibaadah of the free people.”[1]


2. “On the occasion of Khwaajah Ilw Mumshad Dinwari’s death, a Buzurg made Du’aa for Jannah (i.e. may Allah grant Hazrat Mumshad Paradise). Hazrat Mumshad laughed and said: “For 30 years, Jannah with all its adornments appeared before me, but I did not take a proper look at it even. I yearn for the Master of Jannah.”[2]


3. “Once he (Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi) said, that when we die and go to Jannah, and the Hoorein will come to us, we will ask them to either recite the Qur’aan to us or do their work (that is to say that leave me alone).” Once he said, “I was very sick and am very afraid of dying. I saw Hazrat Fatima (the daughter of Allah’s Messenger) in a dream and she embraced me in her arms and I got well.”[3] (click to see the scanned image of this quote)


4. “Love for Allah should be purely for His sake, not for the desire of Jannah nor for the fear of Jahannum.”[4]


5. “The acts of virtue, the rectitude and the sincerity of the Ibaadah are all bestowals and charity conferred by the Gracious Master (Maula-e-Kareem). Indeed, it is very surprising, unintelligent and absurd to expect to be remunerated for the gifts He bestows to you. How can a faqir (beggar) who acquires charity from a person around and demands the benefactor to compensate him? The absurdity is self-evident.”[5]



Jannah or Paradise is another great blessing of Allah that Shaytaan wishes to deprive the Sufis from.

Allah says in the Qur’aan: “Allah has promised to the believers, men and women, gardens through which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of Paradise. But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allah. That is the supreme success.”[6]


The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “…if you ask Allah for anything, ask Him for Firdaus, for it is the last part of Paradise and the highest part of Paradise, and at its top there is the Throne of the Beneficent.”[7]


The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) encouraged asking Allah for Paradise and did not consider it absurd, unintelligent or deficient. What is absurd is the self-contradiction of the Sufi claim that worship is not done with the desire for Paradise, and then for them to say…


“Khwaajah Abdul Wahid narrates the following episode: “One night I was overcome with sleep and I missed all my auraad and waza’if (Dhikr). In a dream, I saw the most beautiful girl approaching me. Never had I seen such beauty. She was dressed in silk garments. Her shoes were reciting Tasbeeh and her shoelaces Taqdees (proclaiming Allah’s holiness). She said to me: ‘O Ibn Zaid! Strive in my pursuit. I am in search of you.’[8]


These examples show that the Sufis have been misguided by Shaytaan and deprived from the correct understanding of the religion. This is the evil fruit of the plant nurtured by innovation, heresy and desires…

[1] Mashaikh-e-Chist (Eng. Trans.) p.56.

[2] Mashaikh-e-Chist (Eng. Trans.)  p.128.

[3] Malfoozat Hakim al-Ummat, Vol.8, p. 37.

[4] Irshaadul-Mulook (Eng. Trans.)  p.51.

[5] Ikhmaalush Shiyaam (Eng. Trans.)  p.82.

[6] Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 72.

[7] Saheeh al-Bukharee, vol.9, no. 519.

[8] Mashaikh-e-Chist page no. 103.