Without any exaggeration, an entire book on the Karaamats (Miracles) of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) can be compiled. In this time, the greatest Karaamat that any person can display is his followance of Shariat-e-Mustafa (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) never fell short of this in any way. We also wish to state that, in reality, the mere existence of AalaHazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was a miracle on its own.
Janaab Amjad Ali was a resident of Bhasouri. He was a dedicated mureed of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). Once Amjad Ali took his rifle and went out hunting. While he was hunting, a stray bullet from his rifle accidentally hit a passer-by, killing him. Amjad Ali was later arrested for murder. He was tried and then sentenced to death by hanging. A few days before his execution, a few members of his family came to visit him. With the mere thought of his execution, they began to weep bitterly. He smiled at them and said, "Go home and do not weep. I will return on the day of my execution. My Peer-o-Murshid, Sayyiduna Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) has stated that he has released me." On the night of his execution, his mother went to visit him.
Thinking how near the time of his execution had come, she began to weep out of fear. But Amjad Ali's faith in the words of his Peer-o-Murshid was very strong. He asked his mother to go home and to stop worrying. He told her that through the Will of Almighty Allah, he will return home in a little while to have breakfast with her. Being visibly shaken, she returned home. The time had finally arrived. Amjad Ali was escorted to the gallows to be hanged. The noose was put around his neck. The authorities asked him if he had any final request. Very calmly, he replied, "There is no need to request anything. My time of death has not yet arrived." The authorities were baffled by his composure. Nevertheless, they decided to proceed with the hanging. As they were about to hang him, the authorities received a telegram. The telegram stated that due to the crowning of the queen, certain prisoners were granted pardon. Amjad Ali Sahib's name was on that list! He was immediately released. As promised he went home to have breakfast with his mother. In this Karaamat of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), not only was Amjad Ali pardoned but, many other prisoners were pardoned.
In Bareilly Shareef, there was a person who suspicious about Ulama, Awliyah and Peer-o-Murshid and Mureed relationships. One of his friends, who was on his way to meet Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), asked this person to accompany him and meet Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). He also suggested that by discussing his false concepts and beliefs with Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), he will be shown the right path. While discussing whether or not to go, that person with the false concepts, saw a vendor selling fresh sweetmeats. He said, "First buy me some sweetmeats then I will go with you." His friend agreed to buy it for him on the way back home. Nevertheless, after much convincing he agreed to accompany his friend to the house of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). They entered his blessed house and sat there. A mureed arrived and brought some sweetmeats. It was the procedure in the court of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) that those persons with beards would get two shares, and those without beards would receive only one share as they were still taken as children.
The mureed who was responsible for distributing the sweetmeats only gave one share to the person who had misconceptions about Awliyah and Ulama. Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), who was present there and witnessing the entire incident, commanded the mureed to give that person two shares. The mureed remarked, "Huzoor! He has no beard. He should get one." Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) replied, "Give him two. He desires to have two." When the person heard this he immediately repented and became the mureed of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). His desire was to receive two shares and he realised that Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was even aware of the thoughts in his heart.
The salaam by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rahmatullahi 'alaih in Urdu is spontaneous and overflowing as if inspired, and brings out the best of both the 'aalim (learned scholar) and the kaamil murshid (accomplished spiritual master) in the great Imam. He has composed all types of Muslim religious poetry in Urdu (and some in Farsi) like hamd, munajaat, na'at, gazal, qasaid, rubaiyyat, munqabat, madah, shajjarah, salawaat and mathnawi, all contained in his kitab Hadaaiqi Bakhshish (Gardens of Gifts) but A'la Hadrat as he is affectionately called, will for ever be remembered for his most memorable "salaam" on the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam which is the longest salaam in any language with 169 verses.
It is so spiritually captivating that you will see tears run down the cheeks of muhibbeen (beloved disciples) as they render it in their melodious voices. It is a complete integrated whole but for purposes of understanding, it can be said to be composed of:
1. Sifat (praise) of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam in general (verses 1 to 32),
2. His physical appearance (verses 33 to 80),
3. His life and times (verses 81 to 107),
4. Sifat of the Ahl u'l Bayt and Sahaba, Rady Allahu 'Anhum (his family and companions) (verses 108 to 147),
5. Sifat of the awliya and saleheen (the saints and the pious) (verses 148 to 169).
This salaam is unique in that the Imam has sung the praises of the miraculous powers of Muhammad-e-'Arabi, Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam, as well as the miraculous powers of each of his physical features, for example, his ears, his vision, his blessed mouth, his blessed tongue, his speech and khutbah (sermons), his smile, the mohr Nubuwwah (seal of Prophethood), his arms, and his fingers. The miraculous powers of his fingers is borne out in the following hadith:
Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah (Rady Allahu Anhu): I was with the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam and the time for the Asr prayer became due. We had no water with us except a little which was put in a vessel and was brought to the Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam. He put his hand into it and spread out his fingers and then said, "Come along! Hurry up! All those who want to perform ablution. The blessing is from Allah". I saw the water gushing out from his fingers. So the people performed the ablution and drank, and I tried to drink more of that water (beyond my thirst and capacity), for I knew that it was a blessing. The sub-narrator said: I asked Jabir (Rady Allahu Anhu), "How many persons were you then?". He replied, "We were one thousand four hundred men". (Bukhari).
The Imam captures this incident in his own inimitable style:
Nur ke chashme lehraen darya bahen
Ungliyon ki karamat pe lakhon salaam.
Fountains of spiritual light, like seas overflowing
Millions of salutations on the miracle of his fingers.
And everyone would respond with the chorus:
Mustafa jaane rahmat pe lakhon salaam
Sham-ay bazme hidayat pe lakhon salaam
Millions of salutations on Mustafa, essence of mercy
Millions of salutations on the light of guidance.
Let us savour 12 selected verses to gain the baraka (blessing) of this salaam (verse numbers are given in brackets).
Fat'he baabe nubuwwat pe bayhad durood
Khatme dauray risaalat pe lakhon salaam
Jis ke aage saraysarwara kham rahe
Us saretaaj rif'at pe lakhon salaam
Jis ke maathe shafa'at ka sehra raha
Us Jabheene sa'adat pe lakhon salaam
Jis taraf uth gaee dham may dham aagaya
Us nigaahe inayat pe lakhon salaam
Wo dahan jis ki har baat wahiye Khuda
Chashmae ilmo hikmat pe lakhon salaam
Wo zabaan jis ko sab kun ki kunjee kahen
Us ki naafaz hukumat pe lakhon salaam
Hajjre Aswad-e Ka'ba-e Jano Dhil
Ya'nee Mohre Nubuwwat pe lakhon salaam
Kul jahan milk aur jaun ki roti gizaa
Us shikan ki qana'at pe lakhon salaam
Jis suhanee garee chamka Tayba ka chaandh
Us dhil afroze sa'at pe lakhon salaam
Unke Maula ke un par karoron durood
Unke as'haab-o-'itrat pe lakhon salaam
Kaamilaane Tariqat pe kaamil durood
Haamilaane Shariat pe lakhon salaam
Ek mera hee Rahmat pe da'wa naheen
Shah ki saari ummat pe lakhon salaam
Unlimited blessings on the Seal of Prophethood
Millions of salutations on the end of the era of Messengers (13)
Millions of salutations on one crowned with success
Before whom the kings silently stood to attention (34)
The bridegroom garlanded with powers of intercession
Millions of salutations on his immensely good nature (40)
Millions of salutations on that enriching glance
Which brought life in whichever direction it turned (45)
The blessed mouth whose every word was a revelation from Allah
Millions of salutations on the fountain of knowledge and wisdom (55)
The tongue which was the key to all the orders of Allah
Millions of salutations on its well-established governance (58)
Millions of salutations on the seal of Prophethood
Which abides like the Black Stone of the Ka'ba in the heart (66)
He owned the whole world yet fed on barley bread alone
Millions of salutations on that contented appetite (76)
The beautiful moment when Tayba's moon shone bright
Millions of salutations on that joy-filling moment of his birth (81)
A billion salutations on him from his Lord
Millions of salutations on his companions and offspring (108)
Complete blessings on those who tread the spiritual Path
Millions of salutations on those who live by the Sacred Law (153)
I am not the only one with a claim in his mercy
Millions of salutations on all the followers of that king (167)
This salaam has become so popular among devotees in all Tariqas like the Qadiriyya, Naqshbandiyya and Chishtiyya that many other scholars have composed salaams in Urdu with the same rhyme and rhythm, as for example, Janab Hamid Siddiqi, Mawlana 'Abdul Masjud Wujud Jabalpuri and Pirzadah Muhammad 'AbdulSabur Baig Manshur as given in Majmu'a Na'at (Collected Hymns) compiled by Janab Anis Ahmad Nuri Saheb.
Yet other scholars like Janab Akhtar-ul-Hamdi Saheb have made a takhmees of it! In Urdu, it is called tazmeen. They have taken a couplet from A'la Hadrat and prefixed to it three more verses of their own to make it a quintet! The following quintet for example, is developed on the all too familiar verse number 45.
Aur pargaee jis pe mehshar may bakhshaa gaya
Dekha jis simt abray karam chaa gaya
Aur rukh jidhar hogaya zindhagi paa gaya
Jis taraf uth gaee dham may dham aagaya
Us nigaahe inayat pe lakhon salaam.
Those he glances at on the Day of Judgement are saved
Mercy enveloped the direction he looked at
And whichever place he turned to, received life, (indeed)
Millions of salutations on that enriching glance
Which brought life in whichever direction it turned.
Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rahmatullahi 'alaih composed yet one more salaam in Urdu with 45 verses, also given in Hadaaiqi Bakhshish (Gardens of Gifts) whose chorus is the universally familiar Yaa Nabi Salaam 'Alaika. Its opening couplet is:
Mustafa Khairul Waraa Ho
Sarware har Dosaraa Ho
Apne Ach-chon ka Tasadduq
Ham Bhadon ko bhi Nibhaho
Mustafa you are the best of creation
You are the leader of both the worlds
For the sake of your good followers
Take in your fold us sinners as well.
An Appreciation by Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad
Transcript of a Lecture by
Taajush Shariah Allama
Akhtar Raza Khan Qadri Azhari Qibla
Aala Hazrat never innovated any religion in his name. Alaa Hazrat has been awarded from ALLAH and His Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) for his dedication to serve Islam and reforms the practices of our Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam).Therefore, ALLAH`S real Deen is introduced by the name of Alaa Hazrat that`s why, Maslake Alaa Hazrat is another name of Maslake Ahle Sunnat Wa Jama`at. There is not enough time to elaborate his teaching, however, I can compress all his thoughts and teachings in few stanzas of his poetry which present the real faith and right beliefs of a real Muslim concerning the Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) as he says,
‘ALLAH KI SAR TA BAA QADAM SHAAN HAIN YEH,
INSAA NAHIN INSAAN, WOH INSAAN HAIN YEH,
QURAN TO IMAAN BATATA HAI INHEIN,
IMAAN YEH KAHTA HAI MERI JAAN HAIN YEH’
I have come to explain what Ala Hazrat says, indicating to His Revered and Very Esteemed Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) as he is looking at Him. This is the Glory and JALWA of ALLAH from head to bottom (feet). This is such a man that no man is like him.
Moreover, I have to say aforesaid quatrain of Alaa Hazrat comprises one more belief which is not spoken but it is understood easily through the indication ‘ ‘THAT IS AQIDA-E-HAZIR-O-NAZIR’ which can be explained in English in this manner that our Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam)is present everywhere, observing everyone by his knowledge and through His insight, That is why the Muslim is instructed while performing NAMAZ to consider himself in the presence of Holy Prophet Mohammed (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) and to say with due respect,
‘AS SALAM-0-ALAIKA YA AYYUHAN NABI,WA RAHMATULLAH-E-WA-BARAKATUHU’.
If he is unable to look at his beloved Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam), he must believe that his Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) is alive and he is in front of him observing his actions and looking at the condition of his heart wherever he may be. This way Ala Hazrat guides Muslims how to believe the Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) and what is the right belief regarding the Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam)’ One can realize himself through his AQIDA that MOHAMMAD (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) is quite unparallel, unique and peerless so nobody in the whole Creation can compare to Him. Quran calls on people to believe the Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) and calls Him IMAAN but IMAAN states that the Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) is my spirit.This is not only the teachings of Ala Hazrat but also the teachings of KALIMAH and it is the voice of every Muslim’s heart so now you can know who the real Muslims are’ There in no real Muslim but Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamat. In this connection I would like to recall some stanzas of Hazrat Hasan Ibne Sadiq Radi Allaho Ta`ala Anhu- the great poet of the dawn of Islamic age, Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) used to lay down the pulpit for him and commanded him so many times to stand on the pulpit depending the Reverential Prophet Hazrat Mohammad Mustafa (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) and communicated good news to Hazrat Hasan Ibne Saadiq Radi Allaho Ta`ala Anhu stating ‘Roohul Qudus’ Hazrat Jibraeel Alaihe Salato Wasallam in defending him. As longer he is defending his Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) So the above mentioned poet of the dawn of Islamic age Hazrat Hasan Ibne Saabit Radi Allaho Ta`ala Anhu, praising his revered Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) says,
‘Never an eye witnessed more glorious than you, women have never given birth to the virtuous than you, you have been created free from every blemish, you seem to be created as you wished.’
Every one can know through these words that Aala Hazrat is not alone in regard with his belief concerning Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam), in realistic manner he complies in his belief with the faith of Holy Companions of Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam), and it proves that this is the real manner to believe Rasool(Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) and the beliefs of Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamaat have been inherited from the companions of Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam). Thats why Alaa Hazrat says
‘Ahle Sunnat ka hai Bera Paar, Ashaba Huzoor
Najm Hai, Aur Nau Hai Itrat Rasool Allah Ki’
i.e. ‘Ahle Sunnat are delivered at trust the companions of your excellence of the leading stars and your descendents are just like a boat for deliverance’
This sense is the derivation from a Hadith in which Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) has compared his companions with the stars that has lightened his defendants with the boat of Hazrat Nooh Alaihi Salam In the meantime, there are some people trying to represent Islam in a wrong way, actually, they are not representing Islam but they are only trying to deprive Muslims from the spirit of Islam, as they say, ‘Mohammad (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) is a man like others’. Unfortunately, they try to justify this wrong tenet by means of the verses of Holy Quran,Para (16) ‘Say you, apparently in facial outlook of a man, I am like you, I receive revelation that your Allah is one’. Al-Kahf column (110).
In this verse Allah has commanded His Holy Prophet only to state in a humble way that he is apparently like others. Meanwhile, he is clarifying the things which separate him from the mankind, stating that the revelation comes to him that your deity is one so whilst Allah has commanded only His Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) to make such a statement in a humble way, how can his believers dare to turn the simile and claim that they are like the Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam).
It would be a very irrespective attitude towards respected Rasool (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam). They believe one part of this verse, meanwhile they do not believe the other part i.e. I receive revelation (Al-Kahf: 110).
The revelation comes to me, therefore, Allah states about such people i.e. they believe in some parts of divine (Quran) and they do not believe in some others, while Allah states about Sunnis those who have got the certain knowledge, say, ‘We did believe the whole book, every Aayat is from our Lord, the Almighty Allah.’ One can know through these verses that the revelation to the Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) requires an eye quite different from the eyes of whole mankind and it requires ears quite different from the ears of the mankind and a heart quite different from the hearts of mankind. Therefore, he states, `Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam, ‘My eyes sleep and my heart does not.’ Through this statement one can derive that there is no relation corresponding to his eminence in any manner, except visible conditions and regarding his intrinsic status. He is quite different from the whole mankind, it seems to be eminent mankind but it has been classified in the highest rank of Angels like other Prophets, moreover, he is virtuous among all his Prophets. Therefore, Ulama say, ‘ Prophets have been placed among the mankind is in regard with the apparent manners but regarding their intrinsic status they have been classified with the Angels, therefore, they observe the whole earth from East to West in one sight, they hear the cracking of heaven and they smell the fragrance of Hazrat Jibraeel Alaihi Salam while he intends to descend down to the Prophets and all creations that’s why he himself says about him ‘If I intended to make anyone my intimate, I had Abu Bakr (Radi Allah-o-Taa`la Anhu) as my friend (companion). However, there is a relation between me and you in Islam and your Master is Khaleel (intimate) of Rehman (The Compassionate)’ Naseem-ur-Riaz, the distinguished work of Imam Shahbuddin Khifajyi.
That’s why our Holy Prophet says, ‘I witness what you do not witness and I hear what you do not hear’. It is quite short which has been mentioned above, much more has been left out.
I conclude with these few words, ‘May Allah accept them and may Allah bestow all of us to keep on the right path having the reverence and respect of His Holy Prophet (Sallal-Lahu Alaihi Wassallam) and all the belongings of him. May Allah keep us away from the company of misled people ‘ AAMEEN’