The Message of Shaikh-ul-Aalam

PROF G R MALIK

A seminar on Hazrat Shaikh-ul-Aalam has just concluded in the University of Kashmir. This is a link in a continuous chain of auspicious programmes organised in memory of Hazrat Shaikh. Great personages like the venerated Shaikh are so multidimensional that everyone looks at them and interprets them from his own perspective. Such perspectives and interpretations sometimes even contradict each other. The most balanced way of looking at such great personages is to take into consideration the irrefutable fact of the evolution of their thought. Evolution characterises every life except that of Allah’s prophets after they start receiving God’s Revelation. Before that stage arrives even they pass through a process of progressive quest as is evidenced by Abraham’s symbolical journey from the star to the moon, from the moon to the sun and thence to the Creator (SWT). This quest was represented at its intensest by the last and the greatest of the prophets (SAW) and touched its peak in the cave of Hira. As Allah remarks wa wajadaka duallan fahada, he found you frantically in search (of the Truth) and guided you (93:7). After prophethood was conferred on the prophets they always spoke and behaved according to the Revelation.  
With non-prophets, however, evolution continues until the end. They outgrow themselves stage by stage in their journey to relative maturity. The right way of approaching such personages is to see what their final message was. There is no doubt that Hazrat Shaikh-ul-Aalam passed through an initial ascetic phase but he outgrew it in the process of his evolution. His final message is composed of two main tenets. First, the ephemeral and transitory life of this world is a life of probation.  It should not absorb us in a way as to make us oblivious of our real destination which is Allah’s pleasure and salvation in the Hereafter. The most graphic metaphorical description of this truth is his phrase about worldly absorption as dancing on a fatal pit (tale chui zuys tye pethe chuk natsan). Secondly renunciation is not the way of salvation. Salvation lies in accepting the responsibilities of life but discharging them with an acute sense of God-consciousness and piety:
Jungles are inhabited by jackals and monkeys;
In caves rats take-up residence:
Those who wash off inner impurities five times a day,
Doing duties in their families, they are the chosen ones. 

Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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