Tasawwuf has to do with the changing of hearts. This means that all our work, the way we structure that work and the direction we take that work have to do with this
process of changing. We have to work, as we go along, to bring about in ourselves and in others the realization that Islam has primarily to do with the purification of the
self within the bounds of the Sacred Religious Law (the Shari’ah). This means that our work has to involve the strict obedience of this Law, and what this Law provides
for the changing of hearts. Obedience of the Shari’ah must be the must important principle in terms of which we function, and in terms of which we should encourage
others to function. And in feeling responsible to Allah Almighty for all we do, we should dread to want to deviate from this principle, and we should dread to want to
make others deviate from this principle.
The path (the tariqah) that we walk within the Shari’ah to change hearts should only be determined by that Shari’ah. This means that all our religious practices and all our
teachings and statements should have clear and unambiguous sources in the Qur’an and the Prophetic Practice. There should be the commitment in all our work to the
sum total of what Allah Almighty had revealed through His Most Honoured Messenger (s.a.w.s.). The commitment to this kind of path finds best expression in the
Naqshbandi Sufi Order under the leadership of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani. This means that our work has to be strictly in terms of the religious expression found
in this Order, and the religious explanation provided by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani.
With this understanding, our commitment as the South African chapter of the above Order is to:
(a) take the perspective of Islam as expressed by the Order to all sections of the population in this country;
(b) spread the Naqshbandi congregational dhikr as taught by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani;
(c) encourage the qualities of Islamic brotherhood, mutual consultation (shura), honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, generosity, humility, openness, respect for the
pious, dependence on Allah Almighty, fairness, and goodness, and in the process discourage individual decision making, pride, animosity, boasting, dishonesty,
rancour, lying, unfairness, favouritism, pomp, hypocrisy, envy, conceit, niggardliness, anger and nepotism;
(d) spread within our structures the understanding that we are all murids of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani with no one, in our estimation, better or higher or more important than the other;
(e) encourage each other in acts of piety and in striving for the highest possible spiritual goals under the guidance of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani;
(f) discourage within our structures any activities which stress individual social importance and achievement; and
(g) participate in other social movements that have similar aims or that are of a distinctly Mainstream Islamic character.
We appeal to Allah Almighty for guidance in all these matters, and we depend on Him for our success in walking a path of intense spirituality for His sake. We supplicate to Him, appealing for repentance if we had overstepped the bounds set by Him.
And Allah Almighty knows best.
This piece is taken from the website of Naqshbandi Muhammadi SA.
See on-line at: http://naqshbandi.org.za/content.aspx?contentId=3