No Zikr is accepted unless it is given by a Spiritual Guide!

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Asswalathu wa Salamu alaika Ayyuha Nabiyyu wa Rahmathu Allahi wa Barakathu hu Assalamu alaina wa Ala’a Ibadillahi Swaliheen.

I recently have gone through an Indan Sufi Muslims blog posted in “Malayalam” language.And the translations are posted here in English, with my best possible English.

If I am wronged may Allah forgive me and please help me to correct..Ameen.

Zikr Without A Shaykh is Not Accepted?

For the Question:

Why I can’t do Zikr myself without a Shaykh and an Ijazah (Permission)?

The Answer is given in the Book: Khala’idul Jawahir:182

من يذكر الله تعالي بلا شيخ لا الله حصل له ولا نبيه ولا شيخه

“Whoever do Zikr without a Shaykh,as well as he has no Shaykh,he will not get Allah and he will not get Allah’s Beloved Rasool (alaihiswalathu wa salam)”Khala’idul Jawahir:182

The great venerable Shafi’e Fiqh Scholar from Malabar region of South India, “Shaykh Nainuddin Maqdum-1 (radiyallahu Anhu) who was a worldwide renowned scholar in Shafi Madhab is saying about the importance of having a Shaykh and Ijazah(permission) and the Adab (Discipline) of doing Zikr and Dua, in His Book “Adkiya”

ثم اشتغل بالورد لا تتكلمن مستقبلا ومراقبا ومهلّلا

بطريقة معهودة لمشائخ لتري به نارا ونورا حاصلا

فيضئ وجه القلب بالنور الجلي ويصيرمذموم الطبائع زائلا

هداية الاذكياء

Then you turn towards Qibla and sit in the Meditation (Muraqaba) and recite “Tahleel” and hard work with the Zik (Wird-The Regular Zikr), you got from the Shaykhs of the well known tarikat, Do not talk,Then you will find the light(Noor) and warmthness (relief) in you and your heart will shine through the removal of dirty charecters and habits in you” (Adkiya).

Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdoom (radiyallahu anhu) teaching that your zikr Must be according to the Ways of the Shaykhs of the Tasawwuf.

Imam Swawi (Radiyallahu Anhu) says:

من هنا انّ الذاكر لا ينتفع بالذكر ولا ينور باطنه الا اذاكان الشيخ عارفا اذنه في ذالك و الذاكر مشتاقاحاشية الصاوي

“If anyone want to benefit from the Zikr he is doing and to purify the heart with light (Noor), then he must take the permission (ijazah) of a spiritual knower of Allah (Shaykh Arif billah) and should do Zikr with most sincere way”.SWAVI-1:224

So that, the Question “Is it not enough to Do Zikr without a Shaykh?” is not right!

“Those who do not have a Shaykh, their Shaykh is Satan”-Saying of Sulthanul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani (Qaddasallahu Sirrahul Azeez)


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Posted on June 4, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Assalamoualaikum brother

    I hope that you are doing well by the grace of Allah.

    I have heard many times that those who does not have a shaikh, their shaikh is shaitan.

    Now since when I was small I do zikr for the love of ALlah and to please him so what happen to those zikr I have beeen doing for ALlah during all this times. I lost them? Why doing zikr without a shaikh shaitan is there. What shaitan has to do with zikr. It is nor clear enough for me. When I do zikr it is between me and my lord I dont understand.

    Now I have heard also that angel comes during zikr time and steal this sawab from us we are not getting anything is that true thats why to recommend to connect toa shaikh. I know may persons who have been doing zikr during all theIr lifetime and they are no more IN THIS DUNYA so what happen to them there are no sawwab for them they lost all their zikr.

    Kindly please elaborate on this topic thank you.

    • Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
      wa alaikumussalam
      There are certain “Adab” (Discipline) for ever deeds in Islam. The discipline of doing Zikr is to receive it from those who received from the time of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) to the one who receive it through Ijaza-Permission. In all four Madhabs, the requirements of Ijazah is an obligation.
      Angels are appointed by Allah. They are no robbers!.
      There is no Shari’a application on Children,Blind and Crazy on certain matters, when you grew up the Shari’a-rules and requirements on doing Zikr also Shari’a in every other actions becomes an obligation on you.
      The posts are the verdicts of the greatest Imams and scholars of Ahlu Sunna wal Jamah. The notable one is Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (R.A) words from Qalai’dul Jawahir
      Further Reading:

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