Love of the Prophet (PBUH)
لْحَمْدُ ِﷲِ رَبِّ الْعٰلَمِیْنِ۔اَلصَّلوٰۃُ وَ السَّلاَم ُ عَلیٰ خَاتَمَ النَّبِیین ِ۔اَمَّا بَعْدُ فَاَعُوذُ بِاﷲِ مِنَ الشَّیْطٰنِ الرَّجِیْمِ۔ بِسْمِ اﷲِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِ ۔ اِیَّاکَ نَعْبُدُوَاِیَّاکَ نَسْتَعِیْنُ وَقَالَ اﷲُ تَعَالٰی قُلْ اِنْ کُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّوْنَ اللّٰہَ فَاتَّبِعُوْنِیْ یُحْبِبْکُمُ اللّٰہُ وَ یَغْفِرْلَکُمْ ذُنُوْبَکُمْ۔ وَاللّٰہُ غَفُوْرٌرَّحِیْمٌ (Say (O Prophet): “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful. Ale – Imran, 31) وَقَالَ اﷲُ تَعَالٰی اِنَّ اللّٰہَ وَمَلٰٓئِکَتَہ، یُصَلُّوْنَ عَلَی النَّبِیِّ۔ یٰآَیُّھَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا صَلُّوْا عَلَیْہِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِیْ (Surely, Allah and His angels send blessings to the Prophet. O you who believe, do pray Allah to bless him, and send your Salam (prayer for his being in peace) to him in abundance. Al- Ahzab, 56) صَدَقَ اﷲُ الْعَلِیُّ العَظِیْم۔ Respected Scholars, Teachers, my dear students, Elders and Friends In this month of Rabi ul Awl, one is reminded of some important things. Allah Almighty has established certain relationship/attributes/connections. Some significant incidents in the life of the holy Prophet (PBUH) are linked with month. He was born on a Monday of this month. He departed for his heavenly abode on a Monday of the same month. Migration to Medina commenced on a Monday of this month and was completed again on a Monday in Rabi ul Awl. What a strange relationship exists between Monday and Rabi ul Awl. It is no ordinary coincidence. The most revered person after the prophets (AS), Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RH) wished for his demise on this day. There has to a cogent reason for his wish. Despite Friday being the most blessed day of the week, he wished to die on a Monday. Hazrat Omar e Farooq (RH) prayed:- اللّٰہُمَّ الرْزُقْنیِ شَھَادَۃً فِی سَبِیْلِکَ وَاجعَلْ قَبْرِی فِی بَلَدِ رَسُولِکَ Hearing his prayer, Hazrat Ali (RH) - the door to all knowledge, was standing by him. He looked at Hazrat Omar (RH) in utter bewilderment and inquired that did he desire bloodshed in Medina so that he could be martyred. This was a question based on wisdom, Hazrat Ali (RH) being the door to all knowledge. The amorous reply of the lover, Hazrat Omar (RH) was that he did not know how it would happen, but he wished it to happen. Actually these are those connections and linkages that I had mentioned in the beginning of my talk. Every matter/thing has own specific connection. It is difficult to understand them until and unless one is bestowed by Allah Almighty with special wisdom and capability. May Allah Almighty grant us that wisdom. Amen. Our holy Prophet (PBUH) would often pray:- الّٰھُمَّ انِّی اَسْئَلُکَ حُبَّکَ و حُبَّ مَنْ یُحِبُّکَ (Oh Allah I beseech Your love and affinity and also for those who love You) Do you notice that our beloved Prophet (PBUH) is praying for grant of Divine love for those who love Allah Almighty. Should we then not strive to get the love of those who are loved by Allah Almighty? So we seek affection of those who are loved by Allah Almighty and our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) .May Allah Almighty grant us their affiliations. Amen. Is there anybody else who can claim to be loved by Allah Almighty.? Hear this, what Allah Almighty Himself says in Quran:- قُلْ اِنْ کُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّوْنَ اللّٰہَ فَاتَّبِعُوْنِیْ یُحْبِبْکُمُ اللّٰہُ وَ یَغْفِرْلَکُمْ ذُنُوْبَکُمْ (Say (O Prophet): “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins) This verse amply proves that anyone who loves the Prophet (PBUH) loves his ways /rites and follows them will certainly be loved by Allah Almighty. There are certain things that cannot be separated from each other. Can vision be separated from an eye? Similarly acceptance of the Divine unity (tohee’d) cannot be separated from the love for the Prophet (PBUH) and vice versa. Any such attempt will be an exercise in futility and the person trying to do it may be out of his mind. This is simple and straightforward and there is no complicity here. All his life our Prophet (PBUH) professed and preached the Unity of Allah Almighty (Tohee’d) and basically nothing else. So anybody who does not accept toheed (Unity of Allah Almighty) cannot claim to be in love with the Prophet (PBUH). How can you please the Prophet (PBUH) by defying Oneness of Allah Almighty. It is simply impossible. This universe was created for the sake of the Prophet (PBUH). All the bounties were created totally for him. By bestowing Islam on the Prophet (PBUH) Allah Almighty completed his blessings and favours on the humanity. اَلْیَوْمَ اَکْمَلْتُ لَکُمْ دِیْنَکُمْ وَاَتْمَمْتُ عَلَیْکُمْ نِعْمَتِیْ وَرَضِیْتُ لَکُمُ الْاِسْلَامَ دِیْنًا (This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. Al-Maeda, 3) The final conclusion is that Allah Almighty cannot be pleased without loving His Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH). While reciting Sura Al-Fatiha we say:- اِیَّاکَ نَعُبدُوَاِیَّاکَ نَستَعِینُ (You alone do we worship, and from You alone do we seek help.) Our Prophet (PBUH) recited the same verse. It was recited by his Companions (RH) and now we also recount it in our prayers. This is Tohee’d (Unity of Allah Almighty). Nobody can utter a word against it. Without loving the Prophet (PBUH) faith cannot last and belief in the Unity of Allah Almighty cannot be sustained. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “None can become a perfect Muslim (momi’n) unless he loves me more than his parents and siblings”. He also once told Hazrat Omar (RH) - the person for whom he had prayed to Allah Almighty to make him a Muslim,” Omar (RH) your faith cannot be perfect till you love me more than yourself.” On Hazrat Omar’s reply that he did love him more than himself, the Prophet (PBUH) added,” Now it is perfect.” The Prophet (PBUH) not only confirmed his love but also eradicated any suspicions by the Devil. These two hadiths amply prove that in testing times only those shall succeed who have love of the Prophet (PBUH) in their hearts. Hazrat Sayed Ahmed Shaheed (RA) told his disciple and successor Hazra Maulana Abdul Hayee (RA) that he should interrupt him if ever he finds him doing something against the established practices (sunn’a) of the Prophet (PBUH). What an answer to his Sheikh,” Abdul Hayee shall never be with you if you are not with the Prophet (PBUH)”. Mind you he is that pampered child of his father that on both exit of their house, shoes and a horse cart were placed for his ease and comfort. When he (RA) decided to go for jihad, his father hesitated and was not allowing him. In sheer frenzy he started rolling on ground. It looked as if would soon die. Those standing by advised his father to let him go for if he did not die there, he would certainly kill himself here. He joined Hazrat Sayed Shaheed (RA) in jihad later. Do you see, the same person with so much of affection for his mentor gives him a point blank reply when it comes to the love for the Prophet (PBUH). When in Germany, I developed friendship with some Arabs. They are people with many virtues. During the last days of my return, I inadvertently told them that we love our Arab brethren because the holy Prophet (PBUH) had said,” Love Arabs because I am an Arab.” Language of the holy Quran is Arabic and Arabic shall be the language in the Heavens. We do love you but if it ever came to choose between you and the Prophet (PBUH), I shall be with him (PBUH). A bit surprised, they replied that how could they ever be on the wrong side? Rebutting them, I pointed to their dress and asked, why was it in conformity with Sunna being lower at ankles? Their heads bowed in shame. Then they told me that it was my blunt style and straight talk that they had loved. Hazrat Amir Maawyia (RH) once requested Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (RH) for advice. She told him that the holy Prophet (PBUH) had said,” that Allah is enough for those who fearing Him only do not bother about other people. But those fearing others invite rage of Allah Almighty, and then on them are imposed those who cannot eradicate their poverty”. Then it is the time for test. We have to ensure it. May Allah Almighty grant us the success. Amen. This in nutshell is the essence of the first hadith. In the second Hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) had explicitly told Hazrat Omar (RH) that his faith would remain imperfect unless he loved him (PBUH) more than himself. What is implied when it is said, we or ours? When we relate to something, we should sure of affection or love attributed to it. When passion becomes a desire then the test comes. What is it that we want and what is the desire of our Prophet (PBUH). In case of a mismatch, what steps are essentially required to be taken to succeed? Wise shall forego their desires and follow the the Prophet (PBUH). This is what Tasawu’f (mysticism) and tareeqat (mystic way of life) are. Simply put, it is to act on the second hadith. Passions of self (naf’s) have to be sacrificed for the desires of the Prophet (PBUH). This is the true path of spiritual emancipation (tasawu’f). There are two ways of following the holy Prophet (PBUH).Now I am about to tell you something very important. May Allah Almighty give me the expression to explain it correctly. One way is to simply follow him (PBUH) as a Divine messenger who had brought to us what Allah Almighty liked and willed, with a total disregard to his (PBUH) person and affiliation. The other course is to develop our love for him (PBUH) to an extent desires are put aside and we blindly follow our beloved Prophet (PBUH) and his Sunna. Now you tell me which the right course to adopt? It the second way which can ensure definite success for us. The first method was restricted to merely following the Prophet (PBUH) and ignored his self totally. Why do we follow in his (PBUH) footsteps? Only because these was taught by him (PBUH). So what is left in these practices if his (PBUH) person and love for him are omitted? Remember it, this is very important. While exhorting to love him (PBUH) more than you in order to ensure perfection in faith; there is no mention of his (PBUH) ways but only his (PBUH) self (person). Let me teach you a test to gauge his (PBUH) love. If ever in a fix, do not be in a hurry. Just watch and see what his (PBUH) Companions (RH) did. Were they only following his (PBUH) ways or was it their sheer love for him (PBUH) that made them to emulate him. This is the essence of the matter and it must be understood and grasped. He (PBUH) is the sole reason for not only our creation but creation of the entire universe. Allah Almighty has said,” If it was not for you (PBUH) this universe would not have been created”. At this stage, let us see what our elders and ancestors have to say in this matter.In case of a dispute it is usual to refer it to the elders. Let’s see what the elders of Deoband Seminary have to say. Firstly let us examine what Hazrat Qasim Nanotvi ((RA) had said:- سب سے پہلے مشیت کے انوار سے نقش روئے محمد بنایا گیا پھر اسی نور سے مانگ کر روشنی بزم کون ومکان کو سجایا گیا (First the portrait of Muhammad (PBUH) was created from the Divine splendor and then its light was borrowed to make the universe) What has he tried to say? How should it be interpreted? Actually the common problem is that most of us have got cut off from our elders. It is perceived that having grown up or elevated, elders are no longer needed! Remember, one who disassociates from his elders can never become big man. My Sheikh (RA) would often say that to rise, one has to first become small. Only a good small can into a good elder. This is a cardinal tip to remember and act. Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi is another prominent elder of Deoband. He made the Seminary popular and famous through his writings. He wrote over a thousand books on virtually every subject. Once he asked his audience, if they needed a simple prescription for reformation. On their affirmation he told them to eat a packet of love. They inquired.” how is it obtained?” His reply to them was to find it in the shops of love. One can neither get it from books nor by merely talking about it. نہ کتابوں سے نہ وعظوں سے نہ زر سے پیدا دین ہوتا ہے بزرگوں کی نظر سے پیدا (Books, sermons or money are not the source of Dea’n. It is in the countenance and vision of the elders). Real thing is the right company which makes all the difference. صحبت صالح ترا صالح کند صحبت طالح ترا طالح کند (Company of the pious can make you vitreous whereas the bad shall turn you into evil) Being in the company of good, virtuous and men of Divine love can make you understand true affection for Allah Almighty and His Messenger (PBUH). It will make you a favourite of Allah Almighty. Otherwise one is left to sloganeering and lofty claims only, have no real value. My advice to you is that where ever you find true love for the Prophet (PBUH), join those people. Be mindful that it really is true love and not just an eye wash. I do not recommend the company of those who only make tall claims but lack true love for him (PBUH). There is a lot of difference in making a claim and actually loving the Prophet (PBUH). Exemplary manifestation of this love is vividly seen in the acts of the Companions (RH) of the Prophet (PBUH). Later amongst those who received it in their company. This transfer of love has continued through a linked series of the company (suhba’t) till this day. Emanating from the Prophet (PBUH) the sequential continuation of company has been the order of spiritual world. This is the most significant aspect and nothing else can match it. Its linkage right back to the Companions (RH) and the Prophet (PBUH) take it above every other thing. Hazrat Thanvi (RA) has narrated a personal episode. A lawyer who initially opposed him later became his admirer. During one of motivational sessions, the lawyer in his exuberance started reciting a couplet in Persian language repeatedly:- تو مکمل از کمال کیستی تو منور از جمال کیستی (Who has given you the ultimate perfection and whose’s elegance is reflected in thee) Maulana replied with vigour and equal gusto:- من مکمل از کمال حاجیم من منور از جمال حاجیم (I am perfect from the perfection of Haji (RA); it’s his splendor that I emit) These are matters of relationships and affiliations. Lets also see the views of Hazrat Gangovie (RA).In his book Imdad e Saluk, he has devoted a complete chapter on Hazrat Imdad Mohajir Makkhi (RA) his mentor and sheikh, which is worth reading. A complete paragraph is devoted to describe the antecedents and to pay homage to his preceptor. By the way I have taught this book in our Khanaqah (Sufi Lodge) many a times. Hazrat says that he had used the name of his Sheikh as a bond or a promissory note to add value to his effort. All our elders exhibited a lot of pride in their spiritual association and linkages. There is something more that I want to tell you. A term in hadith is called ‘mudle’s’. It means a narrator who hides the name of his Sheikh (mentor). Isn’t it surprising that a person referring or relating a thing to someone conceals his name? Is he ashamed of his spiritual guide? Even today anyone feeling ashamed of his elders can be called a madle’s. Here I want to declare that we follow our elders and shall always remain proudly associated with them. May Allah Almighty strengthen our resolve. We have always considered them to be right and gained (the spiritual benevolence) from//through them. The prevalent terminologies of tasawuf (mysticism) are confused at times and considered difficult by some people. These are actually quite simple and straight. Three basic terms are ‘Fina fe Sheikh’, ‘Final fe Rasul’ and ‘Fina fe Allah’. Most of the Sufi saints follow the same order for spiritual development and growth. Let’s take the first term. These are the disciples who being totally engrossed in the love of their preceptor attribute all the spiritual bounties in the world to him and feel that they can only be obtained through him. I often say that all those who are ignorant of tasawuf (mysticism) can never fathom love of the Companions (RH) for the holy Prophet (PBUH). How can someone get love of the Prophet (PBUH) for he never sat respectfully before a teacher or an elder? To know and gain that love; hearts have to be inter connected. Love of the Companions (RH) was so intense that they totally engrossed, would not budge or even feel presence of a bird sitting right on their heads. This state can only reached when one loses his self into the person of his guide (Sheikh). The second stage, Fina fe Rasul cannot be infused unless the first sate is reached. Similarly one cannot be lost in the contemplation of Allah Almighty and be insensible to all else (Fina fe Allah) unless he reaches the second level of Fana fe Rasul. This is the sequence of spiritual emancipation which was followed and practiced by our spiritual elders. Hazrat Qasim Nanotvi (RA), Hazrat Gangai, Hazrat Madni, Hazrat Thanvi and Hazrat Maulana Ilyas went through the same cycle. Their biographies vividly reflect the affection and love they had for their Sheikhs (spiritual guides). By virtue of their affiliations Allah Almighty blessed them with wisdom and strength to perform lofty feats. In present times, there is a dire need for revival of the practice so that we are saved from becoming ‘mudles’. Otherwise we will be left only with words and no knowledge. Surely in the United Province (UP) there must have many scholars, but today only a few names are mentioned. Where have the rest vanquished? All those luminaries that I mentioned were used by Allah Almighty for the spread of knowledge and guidance. The only thing that distinguishes them from the rest is their spiritual affiliations and attachment. Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi, Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and Imam Malik had their spiritual affiliations too. Other famous Sufi saints including Imam Ghazli and Imam Razi were linked to one or another Sufi order. Consider the case of Hazrat Moin ud Din Chishti (RA). In keeping with his fortitude and capacity, he was graduated/ allowed to practice Sufi craft by his sheikh just the very next day but he opted to serve his master for twenty long years. Then he was chosen by Allah Almighty for a gigantic task and directed to move to India. An English historian has written that over nine million people embraced Islam at his hands. This is exactly is the reason for my repeatedly saying that if we want to really know and love our holy Prophet (PBUH), a person who already knows him (PBUH) be found for guidance. Then just follow him to attain your goals. You shall then be able to decipher and understand all that exits in the books. In his book “Fazial e Amaa’l”, Hazrat Ashraf Ali Thanvi has narrated an interesting episode. A Mohadis (narrator of hadith) came under his tutelage. He was instructed to do the zik’r of kalma tyaba only and forbidden to do anything else except the obligatory prayers. On knowing that he taught Quran somewhere, he was told to stop that too. Despite severe criticism for their acts; both the scholar and his Sheikh persistently obeyed and continued. A day came and he was allowed to resume the lessons. Recalling his experiences, the scholar narrated that earlier he only saw the words but afterwards it was a gushing river of meanings for him to pick and choose from. Knowledge is of two types one is a functional knowledge (kasbi ilm) and the other one is through inspiration/ grace of Allah Almighty (ilm e ludni). Allah Almighty hides his omnipotence in the worldly causes and reasons. This is an established Divine practice. What is barka’t (blessings/auspiciousness/abundance)? Where does it come from? You all must have experienced it. A commodity abounds and feels more than it actual quantity when actually used. This phenomenon though invisible does exit. What happens is that Divine blessings come together with the worldly mean and abundance is experienced. This is applicable to knowledge as well. It is called ‘ilm e wahibi. Hazrat Yaqoob Nanootvi (RA) has narrated that Hazrat Qasim Nanootvi (RA) despite being normal in speech would stammer when giving a sermon/talk. The reason he gave was that when he would begin to address; a single point appeared with fourteen to fifteen interpretations. So while in the process of picking up the choicest meanings he would stammer. Hazrat Yaqoob Nanotvi (RA) added despite reading from the same source knowledge is variable. Some get it through the eye of a needle and for some it gushes like an ocean. This Divine blessing is amazing and wondrous. Flow and depth of knowledge become so versatile and spontaneous that it amazes both the speaker and his audience. Once, Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (RA) right in the beginning of his talk went mum. He remained quiet for a while and then told the audience that his chain of thoughts had stopped ,requesting them to pray to Allah Almighty to restore his chain of thoughts. After their prayer he delivered an eloquent speech which was remarkable in content and quality. Allah Almighty manifested that He is the sole authority to grant and grace and nobody else can do it. Anyone who takes pride in his oratory and eloquence is sadly mistaken. It is basically a Divine blessing that ideas and lucidity of speech is granted to someone. One day I was listening to the recording of my talk. My young son who is very inquisitive by nature, asked me as to why was I listening to my own lecture. Negating him I said that it was not my talk. He was not convinced and insisted that it was no one else but me as he recognized my voice without any doubt. He was a bit surprised too. I told him that it was a lecture of my audience and I was only trying to find out what was in it for my consumption. This is no aggregation but a hard fact of life. I hardly remember my talk once it is delivered. I may be able to recall just a few words and nothing more than that. My friends know it for sure that very often I forget my lectures. The point that I want to make here is that it is a Divine gift especially meant for those sitting amongst the listeners. So always be receptive to what is being revealed for you by Allah Almighty. This is the right approach to gain knowledge from the Divinity. I am in no way suggesting that you close your books and start waiting for what is going to transcend on you. Most of the knowledge is occupational and it has to be sought in the conventional way. However remain receptive and welcome what is revealed on you. You will recognize it without any doubt when it comes. So it is very important to be associated with the pious men of Allah Almighty. By the grace of Allah Almighty even today you can find the right people for guidance and spiritual development. One has to look around and find them. A good rapport and understanding is the hall mark of this relationship. Every time I explain the eight basic indicators to look for in a prospective guide. My purpose is to ensure that no one lands in wrong hands:- <*> • He should belong to the Sunni School of Jurisprudence (Ahal e Sunnat wl Jamaat). <*> • Should possess knowledge of the obligatory rituals (Farz e Ain). Once addressing a gathering of religious teachers, I complained that they only teach broad obligatory knowledge (far’z e kafia) and not the immediate obligatory knowledge (far’z e ain). Essentially the knowledge which should be a guide to spend your day of twenty four hours. I inquired from them if they had ever taught ‘Bahishti Zaywar’. None had done so. Imparting basic knowledge of Islam to masses is very important. This is what affects their day to day lives. I urged them to teach them routine dealings to their community especially those who belonged to the business class. <*> • He must himself be also practicing them. <*> • He should belong to a recognized convent of the sufi order (Silsila) traced back to the Prophet (PBUH). ِ<*> • He must have bonafide/authentic permission. <*> • Those under his tutelage should visibly be benefitting from him. Like doctors someone may be very pious himself but may not be able to benefit (faiz) others. <*> • Putting curtsey and kindness aside, he should only focus on rectification and reformation of his disciples. <*> • One must be reminded of Allah Almighty in his presence. <*> While coming here I was discussing the same point enroute. In our spiritual order some of the things that are granted become very obvious. I must thank Allah Almighty for His blessings. To discuss His bounties is also a way of expressing our gratitude. A woman accepting the order is blessed with modesty and starts observing ‘parda’. A man grows a beard. If a raw hafi’z (one who knows Quran by heart) he completes his learning process. One who has not performed the obligatory pilgrimage gets a chance to do it. Broadly these are few of the blessings that are enjoined on entering our established Spiritual Order. One more thing that I want to mention, with a pinch of salt, is once who enters and is accepted in the Order is not permitted to leave. A renegade is brought back hand cuffed or on a cot or a stretcher. Reason being that who can run away from Allah Almighty once he has been accepted. In this case he gets associated with the elders of the Order. It is then not permissible to let them down or defame the Order. Here I will narrate an episode of one of my office colleague. I had never urged him to offer prayers. One has to deal with his office mates in a different way. He was an ultra mod chain smoker, bold, outgoing and liberal. You know such persons are averse to advice. I always wanted him to be reformed and prayed for him. Once I was assigned by my Sheikh Hazrat Maulana Ashraf (RA) to type his book ‘Saluk e Suliamani’. My friend was helping me in proof reading the typed script. During the course of this work we arrived at an emotionally touching part. It was written by Hazrat Suliaman Nadvi (RA) on the demise of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (RA).As soon as we finished that part; my friend raised his hands and prayed for mercy and guidance from Allah Almighty. I immediately felt that his prayer had been answered. Anxiously, I started waiting for a change in him. Two months elapsed but there was nothing visible. Getting frustrated, I sent him a word through one of his friends, that since he had been accepted by Allah Almighty; he must reform lest he is brought on a stretcher. Barely after a month, he met a serious accident and was hospitalized and remained bed ridden for six months. During this period, he grew a beard, started praying regularly and doing zik’r. He also read the books of Hazrat Ashraf Ali Thanvi (RA).The only thing he did not do was to quit smoking. I wanted him to stop it too. Then one day, all of a sudden, he gave it up. On my asking the reason he said that it had occurred to him that a mouth fouled with smoke was not clean enough to recite the name of the Holy Prophet (Darud).So he quit smoking. This is how Divine guidance is bestowed. Once it is ordained then circumstances are created for it to happen. We must therefore seek the Divine guidance from the core of our hearts. This is a great blessing. اِھْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُسْتقیْمَ﴿۵﴾ صِرَاطَ الَّذِینْ اَنْعَمتَ عَلَیھمْ ﴿۶﴾ غَیرِ المَغْضُوْبِ عَلَیہِمْ وَلَاالضَّآ لِّینَ (You alone do we worship, and from You alone do we seek help. Guide us to the straight Way. The path of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace) This is the obligatory prayer which is recited in every rakka while offering prayers. Have we ever pondered as to what is being requested? Understanding of this single verse is sufficient to rid us of many difficulties. My Allah Almighty bestow His guidance on all of us. Amen.