17 — FIRST VOLUME, 51st LETTER
This letter, written again to Sayyid Shaikh Ferîd ‘rahmatullâhi ’alaih’, encourages to spread Islam.
I invoke Allâhu ta’âlâ that the Islamic sun will shine with the help of that great family! May the beauty of the divine rules spread far and near! Translation of a Persian line:
This matters, nothing else!
And today, when Muslims are so forlorn, the hope of their salvation from this whirlpool of heresy is on board the ship of the sons of the Best of Mankind. It is stated in a hadîth: “My Ahl-i bayt, that is, my sons, are like Hadrat Noah’s ship. Those who take refuge with them will be saved.” Strive hard so that you may attain this great fortune! So much gratitude be to Allâhu ta’âlâ. He has given you such blessings as rank, power, and influential speech. The honour of your own person being added to these, it will be very easy for you to surpass all of your peers in the field of salvation. [Hadrat Alî and Hadrat Fâtima ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anhumâ’ and their children and all of their descendants are called Ahl-i bayt.]
This faqîr (Imâm-i Rabbânî means himself) attempted to be honoured with your exalted service in order to say words like these which are useful for strengthening and spreading this true religion, Islam. The crescent of the blessed month of Ramadân was seen when I was in Delhi. It was seen that your honourable mother wanted us to stay in Delhi; therefore we stayed there to listen to the khatm of the Qur’ân. The commander is Allâhu ta’âlâ. I invoke Allâhu ta’âlâ for your happiness in this world and the next.