(Sayings of Mehdi-ul-Ma'ood Alaihis-Salaatu Wassalaam)
Dr. Syed A. Ishaqui Alam
1. (Transliteration of the Persian script)
MEERAN FARMUDAND "MANN KITABULLAH RA PESH KARDAM WA QALQ
RA SOO-E-TOWHEED WA EBADATH, DAWATH ME KUNAM WA MANN MAAMOOR
BARA-E-EEN KAAR, AZ BARI-E-TAALA"
"Meeran said I have presented the Holy Quran to invite people towards His
Oneness and His worship and I have been appointed by Allah for this task".
In this naqual, The Mahdi (pbuh) points out that God Commissioned him as
Khalifathullah(viceroy of Allah on earth) to invite people towards oneness of
Allah and for His worship as it was taught by the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) in the
shariah and also to teach the lesson of self negation. According to The Mahdi (pbuh)
one's ownself or "I" is also considered as an idol and a seeker of Allah cannot
achieve Allah's gnosis unless he renounces this idol. The Mahdi (pbuh) also said
that one must remove the difference of Thou and "I". Only through constant
practice of intense Meditation (remembrance of Allah) i.e. Zikr-e-Qafi, one can
considerably remove the duality and then only could he be considered as the Real
monotheist. But it is not so easy to knock out the idol of one's own self and to
replace it with the love of Almighty. This requires total submission to the will
of God, as The Mahdi (pbuh) himself said: "Surrender to the will of God" In the
words of Quran: "Be not exalted arrogant against me, but come to me as Muslim
(true believer) who submit to Allah with full submission" (Surah Namal 27,
Verse-31) "But oh: thought soul at peace returned unto thy Lord contented his
good (pleasure)" (Sura 89, Verse 27-28).
In addition to this the Mahdi (pbuh) also said:
2. "BEY EKHTIYAAR SHAU, EKHTIYAAR SHOOM AST"
Explanation: It means a man should totally surrender himself to the will of God
and the desire of the seeker should be the the will of Allah. Rememberance
should be rigourous enough to get total certainity and confidence in reaching
Allah, the Quran bears witness to this:- "you worship your God to the utmost
certainity". Therefore, the Mahdi (pbuh) taught specific method of Zikre Qafi
(through Paas-o-Anfaas) by inhaling and exhaling of kalama La ilaha Illallah in
one's breath. According to the Mahdi a seeker of Allah must think that there is
nothing at all but God, while inhaling and he must realize the negation of
himself while exhaling. This constant practice of meditation is known as "ZIKR
ALLAH" during which the idol of one's ownself is annihilated. That is why The
Mahdi (pbuh) vehemently stressed upon Zikr Allah. The Mahdi (pbuh) said that God
has commissioned him as khalifathullah to guide people towards monotheism, which
is the essence of Islam. The term "khatama-e-wilayath-e-Mohmmadia" refers to the
seal of vilayath of prophet Mohammad, which is attributed to The Mahdi (pbuh)
who taught the Ihsan(wilayath).
Here it would be quite apt to mention a Hadith taken from the book "Hadis Al
Bukari", narrated by Abu Huriara: "One day the prophet was sitting in the
company of his Sahaba(companions). Gabriel (A.S.) came and asked what is faith?.
Allah's messenger(pbuh) replied faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, His
books, His messengers, and to believe in resurrection. Gabriel further asked
what is Islam?. Allah's messenger (pbuh) replied, to worship Allah only and none
else, to offer prayers (Iquamat as salat), to give Zakat, to observe fast during
the month Of Ramazan, and to perform Haj. Gabriel further asked what is Ihsan?.
Allah's messenger replied to worship Allah as if you see HIM and if you cannot
see HIM, then you must consider that He is seeing you."