23 — FIRST VOLUME, 37th LETTER

This letter, written to Muhammad Chetrî, informs that it is necessary to obey the Sunnat, and praises Tasawwuf:

We have been honoured with the elegant letter you have bestowed upon us. You write about your belief and love towards our superiors. Upon reading this, I thanked Allâhu ta’âlâ. May Allâhu ta’âlâ, through the barakat and blessedness of the superiors of this way, bless you with endless promotions! Their way is more valuable than anything else. It is to obey the Sunnat-i saniyya ‘’alâ sâhibihassalâtu wassalâm’. Owing to this way, for a long time they have been pouring information, ma’rifats, hâls, and ranks like April rain on this faqîr (Imâm-i Rabbânî). With the grace of Allâhu ta’âlâ, they did exactly what should be done. My only desire now is to uncover one of the forgotten sunnats of our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’. Let the hâls, mawâjîd [losing consciousness], raptures, and dhawqs of Tasawwuf be owned by those who desire them! The most important thing to be done is to make the bâtin [heart and soul] live with the love of our superiors and ornament the zâhir [senses and actions] with obeying the sunnats. Translation of a Persian line:

This matters, nothing else!

You should perform the prayer of namâz five times daily as soon as their times arrive. It is mustahab to delay only the night prayer in winter until one-third of the night has passed. In doing this, I cannot control myself. When the time of namâz arrives, I do not want to delay it as long as a hair’s breadth. Naturally, the times of incapacitation because of human weaknesses are exceptional.

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