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20. Hazrat Muhammed Zahid Wali h


[ to be translated in English ]

یاالٰہی زہد وطاعت کی مجھے توفیق دے
[ to be translated in English ] خواجۂ زاہد ولِیٔ پارسا کے واسطے

- Extracts from Sijra-ay-Tayyiba - Shiekh Syed Mahmood Hassan Rizvi (Rehmat'ullah Alaiyh)
حضرت سیدمیاں محمّد حسن محمود رضوی نقشبدی مجددی عزیزی رحمتاالله علیه

Translation to English by Anwar-un-Nabi [please forgive any mistakes]

Ḥaḍrat Khwāja Muḥammad Zāhid Wakhshī qaddas-Allahu sirruhu was one of the chief deputies of Khwāja Aḥrār quddisa sirruhu. He lived in Vakhsh (or Vakash), a small town in present-day Tajikistan, about 100 km South of the capital Dushanbe. He was a close relative of Mawlānā Yaʿqūb Charkhī, and according to Ḥaḍrāt al-Quds, he was his maternal grandson.

He was first initiated in the Naqshbandi Order by Khwāja Muḥammad Yūsuf who was a deputy of Mawlānā Yaʿqūb Charkhī quddisa sirruhuma.

Shaykh Muhammad az-Zahid
May Allah Sanctify His Soul

"My illness is that I no longer care about my illness.
O Remedy of my illness -- it is You Who are my illness.
For a time, I repented; but since I've known You,
My repentance became lost in You.Your coming near is now like Your growing distant.
When shall rest come?"

Abu Bakr ash-Shibli.

He was the Perfection of the Pious, the Genius of the Guides, the Essence of Sainthood. Upon him was bestowed the Godly Khalifate (al-Khilafa al-Rabbaniyya), and the Spiritual Kingdom was his shelter. He combined in his person the Heavenly Knowledge and the Sharaca Knowledge, and he grasped the best of the tariqat and haqiqat, until he became the locus of all Heavenly Revelations and Inspirations. In him appeared the Knowledge of Spiritual Knowers. He is known as the Unique One in Knowledge and in the Use of the Pen. He carried in his heart the secrets of attracting the hearts of people. Praise belongs all to Allah who established in him the Heavenly Revelation, and who gave him miraculous power in every important matter. He adorned him with the Perfect Light of Muhammad in the beginning of his ascent to the State of Spiritual Knowledge. He was the Secret of his Shaykh, the Qiblah for his Shaykh's people, the Inheritor of his Shaykh's knowledge.

"The Messenger of Allah  (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said:‘Verily Allah the Almighty has prescribed the obligatory deeds, so do not neglect them; He has set certain limits, so do not go beyond them; He has forbidden certain things, so do not indulge in them; and He has said nothing about certain things, as an act of mercy to you, not out of forgetfulness, so do not go enquiring into these.‘"

[It was narrated on the authority of Abi Tha'labah Al-Khushani Jurthum bin Nashir, radiyallahu 'anhu - Related by Al-Daraqutni and others - Al-Nawawi said this is a hasan (fine) hadith]

" إِنَّ اللهَ تَعَالَى فَرَضَ فَرَائِضَ فَلاَ تُضَيِّعُوهَا، وَحَدَّ حُدُوداً فَلاَ تَعْتَدُوهَا، وَحَرَّمَ أَشْيَاءَ فَلاَ تَنْتَهِكُوهَا، وَسَكَتَ عَنْ أَشْيَاءَ رَحْمَةً لَكُمْ غَيْرَ نِسْيَانٍ فَلاَ تَبْحَثُوا عَنْهَا"
[حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ رَوَاهُ الدَّارَقُطْنِي وَغَيْرُهُ]