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Visions and Piety

Having come across many people throughout 24 years of travel, study and experience of life in general. I can safely say one thing with regards to the mindsets’ of people. I have found that many within the Muslim community, especially amongst the practising ones, that anything supernatural happens which to a person is a sign of the persons piety visions/states/experience for example. Many who witness visions of the unseen world for example are my discussion.
In the Indian – subcontinent there are many people, who when they see a supernatural event take place are convinced that the individual who performed the ‘spectacle of brilliance’ is a great friend of GOD. Thereafter no matter what a person does in his/her life he is still considered to be a great friend and an ‘accomplished’ friend of Allah! If he fails to live up to the conditions of shariyah, i.e pray five times, give zakah, hajj etc there is no criticism on him. As he is an ‘Accomplished’ Friend of God because unnatural occurrence happen to him. Although supernatural events/visions can happen to a friend of God there are by no means the requirement nor a criteria for his friendship with Allah. Many of the greatest friends of Allah to have walked on the face of earth never performed miracles/ had any visions of the unseen world. The criteria for being a friend of Allah is not the visions and miracles performed, but by how closely an individual lives and moulds his/her life according to the sunnah. The more close an individual is to the sunnah the higher the degree of friendship with God.
Now moving onto the practising Muslims who are with a particular shaykh. Some of the students of a given shaykh may experience visions and states in which the student seems to express his love for God and his prophet. This then make the other students present feel inferior to the ‘pious’ student who is experiencing the vision or state. Thereafter if the ‘visionary’ does a mistake or falls from his usual ‘pious’ state the others are greatly shocked as to how this individual can do such an act. An image of the person is built-in their (other students) minds of that of a prophet – sinless. People, especially these students in the inner circle of a gathering/group need to come out of this assumption and know that apart from the prophets all are vulnerable to making mistakes/sins!. No matter who they are, even if they are the greatest waliullah of their time.

About Sheikh Nazim

Islam is in the spotlight now more than ever before and this has caused people to question the faith itself and none more so than the new-age modernists muslims, largely from the convert western countries who are hell-bent on reforming Islam and its traditional values. This blog is a small space in the vastness of the internet where the fight to preserve, uphold and dignify the traditional inherent human values, are proactively argued against the onslaught of modernist propaganda and hate. Covering topics from current affairs to life-enriching inspirations, though to the traditional teachings of the pious and the awliyah of the past and the present. If you would like to contribute to this blog, or become an author of articles then why not contact me on


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