As the famous sayings goes “you appreciate a product/thing/someone, when it’s gone”. For example a persons father or mother, at times become the means and reasons for great resentment and hatred within a persons heart. Espically, someone who is married at times simply sees his/her parents as a ‘waste of time and space’. Once Allah (swt) takes them from the dunya, then only a person realises the great blessings they have lost.
In the same beacon of light. A person who has a shaykh, – by that I mean a kamil ( A complete shaykh of tarabiyah (training) who has travelled the path of ihsan). Can and does only begin to appreciate him when he is not around. More so when that individual interacts with people… Specifically those within the circle of seeking knowledge
Coming back from Fajr today my brother was telling me how he attended a wedding ceremony yesterday, in which students of “ilm (knowledge)” attended. One such particular student who’s sisters wedding it was, mentioned to him (my brother) how where he studies (in oxford university) that he has a ‘muslim’ teacher who does not conform to the ‘usuals’ of islam. I.E.
He does not pray, nor does he see Hadiths in the same light as you and i see it. In respect of accepting it as the sayings of the prophet (saw). He claims that Hadiths have a long tradition of it not being true, even the sahih ahadiths -Astagfirullah! He further (the student of ‘ilm’) went on to say that there is another teacher of his who does not completely believe in the Quran being the word of Allah. Yet he claims to be a Muslim. SubhanAllah! These so called intellectual ‘muslims’ have apparently authored a number of high value islamic books. Ranging from the Islamic finance and governing issues to Islamic marriage topics. Yet I have to ask them, despite all the knowledge you may have what benefit is there if you are not even strong on your foundations or implementing your ilm into practical life? The most damaging thing however was though, that this brother who studies with such barbaric people in Oxford has the same mentality many of the ‘new age muslims’ have. Which is, he considers the sunnah to be from ‘culture’ not actually sunnah. Take for example eating with the hands. It’s seems to me that this is a new fitna slowly growing within the Muslims. Shaitan knows he cannot directly attack islam and damage it like that of Christianity and Judaism. Both religions whom have become a laughing stock. So, what shaitan is doing now is trying to dismantle islam from within. As those who disregard the sunnah will ultimately disrespect and disregard the fundamental beliefs of islam one day. Instead of practicing the sunnah, and spending time and effort to do so. They are going to great lengths to do the opposite. Namely, discredit the sunnah.
Now, this is where the issue of a kamil shaykh comes in. You see, only a true shaykh who has ilm and acts on his ilm. Implements the sunnah and does not come out with these ridiculous claims. Can bring a person on the traditional islam which the shahaba practiced. He has certain checks in place set for his students that when ever they are going or beginning to go astray, will with the help of Allah be saved from it. How is this possible? Well, as the shaykh is infused and immersed in the sunnah and correct aqeedah (beliefs of islam) he can always check his students are also along the same lines. He does this through he’s teachings and practical lessons of his own life.
More so when the teacher then gives time for each and every student of his to see him privately. Then, should any student harbour any of the above
mentioned traits (- that of discrediting the sunnah, the Hadith, the fundamental aspects of islam) can discuss with his shaykh who will point and correct him in the right understanding and direction. As the one who does not have a shaykh will resort to books to find answers to his/her questions. But, remember one thing… The book(s) will not say wether you have understood it correctly or not. Wether you have understood what the author meant by what he wrote. This only is clarified in front of a shaykh. Who will correct you and show you the correct understanding on an issue. The awliyah say one of the reasons that shaitan went astray was because he did not have a shaykh. Since all the hatred and animosity that was growing in him. All the personal understanding he was creating as to why Allah made Adam ultimately lead him astray.
Simply because he came to his own conclusions and decisions. No shaykh to explain to him this and that. To correct his hatred and understandings. You see, we tend to have our own definition of what is shariyah and what is not. Some, when they come to righteousness assume that living a celebrate life is good. But NO! we have to align our definition and understanding with the shariyah. The definition which the prophet (saw) gave us. Which was islam says do get married and have a prosperous life. Do not live a celebrate life. Now who will show you your mistake – mistake in understanding and belief? This is only done by a kamil shaykh. As he only teaches you the traditional islam. Free from corruption and personal interest. Only for the pleasure and closeness of Allah. Just as the prophet (saw) did with his companions.
I have this great fear that just as islam is growing at a outstanding rate. More people (converts especially) will end up with this shaitanic idea that sunnah is only ‘culture’. May Allah save us from this evil understanding and guide us to a kamil shaykh who knows and teaches the traditional islam as understood by the companions. Not only that, but leads as an example of how people should act of their ilm and sunnah – Amin.