Contents > Chapter 9: Knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen) > Saints who directly communicate with Allah


 

Saints who directly communicate with Allah

Moulana Zakariyah mentions in Fazaail-e-Hajj, “Once one of the Abdaal[1] met Khidr and inquired from him whether he had ever met anyone among the saints whom he considered higher in rank than himself. To this he replied, ‘Yes, I have. I was present once in the Masjid in Medina, where I saw Hazrat Shaikh Abdur Razzak directing Hadeeth to his students. On one side was a young man sitting with his head bent on his knees. I went to him and addressed him thus, ‘do you not see the gathering listening to the words of Rasoolullah. Why do you not join them?’ Without lifting up his head or turning in my direction the youth answered: “Over there you see those who listen to the Hadeeth from the mouth of Abdur-Razzak (the slave of the sustainer), while over here you see him who listens to Hadeeth directly from Ar-Razzak (Allah).” Khidr said to him, “If what you say is true then you should be able to tell me who I am. Who am I?” He lifted up his head and said, ‘If my intuition does not fail me then you are Khidr.’ Hazrat Khidr said, “From that I realized that among the saints of Allah there are such who are so exalted in rank that I cannot recognize them.”[2]

 

This story mentions the gross deviation of the Sufis, where they believe that ‘some of their special ones’ can directly communicate with Allah. This deviant concept of the Sufis is not something said by them in a state of intoxication or insanity, but is amongst their well-established beliefs and can be found mentioned in many of their books, as in ‘The Doctrines of the Sufis’ - “Sahl said, “For thirty years I was speaking to Allah, and men imagined that I was speaking to them.”[3]

 

Such a belief is clear Kufr, since it implies that someone may not be in need of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) for guidance and matters of the religion, as the young man (from the above story) said, “Over there you see those who listen to the Hadeeth from the mouth of Abdur-Razzak (the slave of the sustainer), while over here you see him who listens to Hadeeth directly from Ar-Razzak (Allah).”

 

Allah says in the Qur’aan, “It is not given to any human being that Allah should speak to him unless (it be) by Inspiration, or from behind a veil, or (that) He sends a Messenger to reveal what He wills by His Leave.”[4] Allah did not speak directly to any human being like He spoke to Prophet Moosa (alaihi as-salaam) (when he was on the mount of Toor) and Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) (on the occasion of Meraj). The Qur’aan is a witness upon the stupidity and ignorance of those who wish that Allah should speak to them directly. “And those who have no knowledge say, ‘Why does not Allah speak to us (face to face)… So said the people before them word of similar import. Their hearts are alike; We have Indeed, made plain the signs for people who believe with certainty.”[5]


[1] The Deobandi translator Ikhmaalush Shiyaam defines an Abdaal saying, “Abdaal are a class of Awliya whose identities remain conceled. They possess miraculous powers and execute a veriery of tasks under Divine Command in various places of the world.” [Ikhmaalush Shiyaam (Eng. Trans.) p.59.]

[2] Fazaail-e-Aamaal, Virtues of Hajj, (Eng. Trans.), Chapter.9, story no.9, p.171, (New Edition 1982, Published by Dini Book Depot - Delhi).

[3] The Doctrines of the Soofis, p.145.

[4] Soorah ash-Shoorah (42): 51.

[5] Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 118.