A khaadim wrote to Hadhrat:
“Hadhrat, the fear of publicity is attached to Thikr bil Jahr (making thikr audibly). People will regard one as a pious person. Thus, there exists the possibility of riya (show).”

Hadhrat said:
“Insha’Allah, there will not be the fear of show and publicity. In this age, those who take Allah’s Name or pursue Deeni knowledge are branded mad. Thus, the question of riya does not apply. Riya pertains to such acts which are viewed with favour by people.”

10) Hadhrat said:
“Thikr should be with wudhu. In fact, a Saalik should be perpetually with wudhu and should recite Ism-e-Zaat or Nafi-Ithbaat carefully and with serenity. Attention should be paid to the meanings. It is best to wake up in the later part of the night and engage in thikr after Tahajjud. It is the time of barkat (blessings) and qublْiyat
(acceptance). Furthermore, greater peace and tranquillity settle on the heart at this time.”

11) Hadhrat would frequently say:  “My relationship (with a person) is along with the beard. If the beard disappears, my relationship (with that person) too comes to an end.”

12) Hadhrat said: “The dress of Christians, shaving the beard or cutting it, women wearing male-like
shoes, reduction in purdah, etc., have become a universal calamity which has spread like an epidemic. Whomever one looks at, is caught up in this disease, except a few. According to them, keeping a beard is neither a salient feature (shiaar) of Islam nor the way of Muhammad ( ). In fact, they have an abhorrence for the appearance of Islam. In such conditions the acquisition of Allah’s love is impossible.” (I.e. Poeple of this attitude cannot gain divine love.)

13) He said: “The Saalik should ensure that he consumes halaal food so that nooraaniyat (spiritual glitter) develops in him. It is necessary to abstain from haraam and mushtabah (doubtful things) because these produce zulmat (spiritual darkness).”

14) “Gifts should be accepted from only such people who give out of true love or who have a Deeni relationship for a lawful motive. Gifts should not be accepted from those who have worldly motives or unlawful motives.”

15) “If the greater part of a man’s earnings is haraam or mushtabah (doubtful), do not accept him invitation. However, do not pry into the affairs and conditions of Muslims without valid reason.”

Extacted from Masha'ikh e Chist by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah Alayhi

The summary of Shah Wali-ullah’s advices is:

  • Do not unnecessarily keep company with the wealthy.

  • Abstain from the company of ignorant Sufis, spiritually barren Ulama, and those who are engrossed in philosophy and logic.

  • Be in the company of an Alim who is a Sufi, who has renounced the world, who loves Thikrullah and the Sunnah, who does not give preference to one madh-hab over another.

  • Follow your own madh-hab (without believing that your madh-hab is better than that of another).

  • Do not give preference to one Sufi Path over another Sufi Path (one Silsilah over another).

[While it is incumbent to adhere to one’s madh-hab, it is improper to denigrate any of the four madh-habs. All four madh-habs are the Truth and collectively constitute the Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.]

  • Maalik Bin Dinaar Rahmatullah ‘Alayh has given us much to ponder upon. He said:

“A companionship which will be of no benefit on the Day of Qiyaamah is futile”.

“A man, who indulges in idle conversation and remembers Allah little, lacks knowledge. His heart is blind. His life is ruined.”

  • Hadhrat Muhammad Waasi’ Rahmatullah ‘Alayh once said:

“A Saadiq (true saint) is not a perfect Saadiq as long as his fear and hope are not equal. (There should be neither a deficiency nor excess in these attributes. A perfect balance between the two is necessary. Excess or deficiency leads to transgression of the limits.)

  • Once Hadhrat Imaam Shaafi Rahmatullah ‘Alayh and Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hambal Rahmatullah ‘Alayh met. While they were conversing, Habib Ajmi Rahmatullah ‘Alayh appeared on the scene.

Imaam Ahmad said to Imaam Shaafi: “I shall ask him something.” Although Imaam Shaafi discouraged Imaam Ahmad, the latter asked Habib Ajmi: “If a person has missed one of the five salaats (and cannot remember which one), what should he do?”

Habib Ajmi replied: “He should repeat all five salaats because he was forgetful and disrespectful to Allah Ta’ala.”

Imaam Shaafi told Imaam Ahmad: “I told you not to question him. These people who have reached Allah Ta’ala have a different approach.”

Read more: Sayings And Anecdotes Of The Auliya

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