Here is a compendium of forty (40) wise sayings of one of the
greatest Sufi saints of the 19th/20th centuries, Hazrat Pir Sayyid
Jamaat Ali Shah Sahib quds-sirruhu (c.1840 -1951) of Alipur Sharif,
Sialkot, Pakistan. The Shaykh was one of the great saints of the
Punjab and a Sayyid also from both maternal and paternal sides of
his family. His Rehmatullah elay’s 34th grandfather is the Beloved Sal Allahu alyahi wasalam. His ancestors, all Sufi masters themselves, hailed from Shiraz in Iran and came to the Subcontinent when one of them accompanied Emperor Humayoun back to Delhi after his exile in Iran where Humayoun had originally met him. The Shaykh’s ancestors honoured the court of Humayoun with their presence but when Akbar began to deviate from the religion of Islam and announced his Din I Ilaahi they left the imperial court in protest. Akbar would loathe to see such saintly persons go but they were adamant and so he granted them a piece of land in Alipur area as a parting honour. Here the Shaykh’s ancestors settled in the subcontinent and their descendants have remained there ever since.
Hazrat Jamaat Ali Shah sahib was renowned for his saintliness even
as a young child and after completing his religious studies (he was
an expert in all of the branches of Fiqh but especially in the
sciences of hadith) he went throughout the width and breadth of the
subcontinent working tirelessly for Islam and the Muslims. He laid
the foundation stones–and funded– hundreds of mosques throughout
the Subcontinent from Peshawar to Hyderabad, Deccan. He was a
leading personality in all of the major movements of that time such
as the Khilafat movement and he was especially active against the
Arya Samaj movement and helped to save the Iman of countless Muslims
with his tireless efforts. He also was one of the key defenders of
the Ahle Sunnah faith against the rise of Qadianism and also was an
opponent of the reform movements like that of the Wahabis.
He had a wonderful, awe-inspiring personality and was gentle and
loving towards all, yet was afraid of no one when it came to
defending the religion of Allah’s Messenger sal Allahu alayhi wa
sallam; this is demonstrated by his leadership of the Muslims during
the Shahid Ganj Mosque incident where the Shaykh led the opposition
to the plans of the British rulers in Lahore as well as his refusal
to pray behind the official Wahaabi Imams in the Haramain appointed
by King Saud and his refusal to visit the King when he was ordered
to do so to explain: “I am a faqeer, he is a king” was his famous
reply. In the end it was Saud who relented and allowed the Shaykh to
pray by himself! He received medals from the Sultan of Ottoman
Turkey for his services to Islam and for his amazing generosity in
helping the people of Madina during a drought there for which he
received the title “Abu’l Arab” Father of Arabs. However, apart from his vast learning, it was as a Sufi shaykh that the saint was loved by the populace and it is estimated that he had over 1 million murids [disciples] from Afghanistan to the southern tip of India; he received the khirqa [cloak] from his Shaykh very
soon after taking bayah [pledge of spiritual allegaince] and was thus the representative of his Shaykh early on. He was authorized to accept murids into many Sufi Orders but it was as a Naqshbandi Master that he is famous for, carrying the great secret of this Order. He transformed the lives of countless people and sinners repented at his hands by the thousand and many others themselves reached the highest levels of spiritual development by his
attention. His karaamaat [miracles] are too many to recount and there are many eyewitnesses to them.
He was extremely generous and magnanimous towards all, especially
the poor, and he would not eat alone and the poor had been invited
to share his table with him. Though possessing great family wealth
the Shaykh spent it all on Islam and the poor, himself living
frugally in the manner of the great Naqshbandi Sufis of the past.
He was a big supporter of the Pakistan movement and amongst his
admirers was one Muhammad Iqbal, the poet. Also, he wrote many
letters to Quaid e Azam offering advice and support and he was
instrumental in getting the populace to vote for the Muslim League:
he issued a fatwa saying that he would not read the janaazah prayer
of anyone of his mureeds who did not vote for Pakistan. He sent a
tasbih and prayer mat to the Quaid too and asked him to pray
As a Sufi he occupied the status of a Perfect Master and he was
loved by all and sundry. It is for his love of the Holy Prophet of
Allah alayhi salaat o salaam that he is especially famous. He
passed onto his Creator in 1951 but until the very end he stuck
passionately to the commands of the Shar’iah, never missing a prayer
and often he would pray all night long. Inna lillaha wa inna ilaayhi
As a taster, here is a sample of 40 sayings of the Shaykh (malfuzat)
which, I have translated. Each one is an ocean of wisdom and may
Allah help us to benefit from them and to act on the advice. Ameen.
Forty Utterances [Malfuzat] of The Most Venerable Shaykh, Amir-E-
Millat Hadrat Sayyid Jamaat Ali Shah Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi [May Allah
sanctify his mighty secret!]
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
He (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
1. If the name of Allah is uttered even once with the tongue, it is
the dhikr (remembrance) of the tongue; if Allah is remembered once
with the heart, then that is equal to thirty five million utterances
(dhikr) of the tongue. Such is the dhikr of the heart. There are 35
million blood vessels in the body, and all are connected to the
heart. If Allah’s name is uttered even once (with the heart) then
all the vessels utter it too.
2. In a river, a boat travels on the water and the greater the amount
of water, the more at ease the boat will be. However if that very
water enters the boat, it will capsize. The heart is as the boat and
the sorrows and heartaches of the world are the water; everyone’s
boat has sunk except that of the people of Allah—those who do dhikr—
which always stays afloat.
3. Allah [May He be Exalted!] has created Hell for the enemies of the
Holy Messenger [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] and Paradise for those
who are his lovers. Those people who worry about whether they will
go to Heaven or Hell after death, should ask themselves whether they
are lovers of His Excellency (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) or
amongst his enemies.
4. “Kullu jadeedin lazeezun”; you may like every new thing of this
world but in your Faith [Deen] you must stick with the same,
ancient, Islam as that of your Predecessors.
5. If a man has bad (sinful) actions [`amal] so be it, but Allah
forbid that his Belief [`aqeedah] is bad. In a hadith it is written
that run from a leper as you would from a lion; those with bad
Belief are lepers of the heart—protect yourself from them, in fact
do not even sit where they have sat.
6. Constant contemplation [fikr] about prayer [salat; namaz] is given
the name prayer i.e. a person is busy doing some work but his heart
is always thinking about the (next) prayer so that sometimes he asks
about the time, sometimes he looks at his watch, at other times he
looks at the (position of) the sun, to make sure that he doesn’t
miss the (correct) prayer time. Until such contemplation is achieved,
the prayer is just a ritual and a habit, which is being performed.
May Allah Almighty grant us such contemplation!
7. If a farmer uses a plough all his life but does not plant the
seeds, can his crops grow? Of course not! Using the plough is
fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], pilgrimage [Hajj] and sowing the
seeds is charity [zakat]. If one does not give zakat, all his
praying, fasting and making the pilgrimage is in vain.
8. If two tasks need to be performed, one for the Faith [Deen], the
other for the world [dunya], then perform the one for the Deen
first. Through it’s blessing [baraka’] the worldly task will also be
9. Every supplication [dua’] has two wings: lawful earnings, and a
truthful tongue. Whoever earns through lawful [halal] means and
speaks the truth, his supplication will definitely be accepted.
10. Whoever asks from you in fact does you a favour, for he asks you
for a paisa [a hundredth of a rupee] and Allah rewards you for
(giving) it seven hundred fold.
11. Saying, `La ilaha il Allah’ (there is no god but Allah) makes one
a muwwahid (monotheist), not a Believer (mu’min). So when will you
become a Believer? When you say `La ilaha il Allahu Muhammadur Rasul
Allah’ (there is no god but Allah (and) Muhammad is the Messenger of
Allah). For us the greatest blessing (ni’mat) is that of Iman
(Faith). Even Satan recites `La ilaha il Allah’, but why is he still
known as the Accursed? He (even) says, `Inni akhafullaha Rabbal
aalamin’ (Verily, I have fear of Allah, the Lord of the Worlds).
All the different groups in the world are believers in the Oneness
of God [tawhid], whether they be bhangis, choorhay-
chamaar, Christians, or some other group, but why are they accursed
(mala’un)? Because they only say, ‘There is no god but Allah’ but
omit `Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’.
12. When the blessed name of the Chief of Both the Worlds (Muhammad),
sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, comes on one’s tongue, all one’s
lifetime of blasphemy [kufr], polytheism [shirk], and all one’s sins
13. In this day and age it is common to hear that do not praise His
Excellency Muhammad), sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, beyond his limit.
But only one who knows a limit can go beyond it. If someone does not
know the limit, how will he exceed it? Apart from Allah Almighty no
one knows the limits of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam);
reading his noble kalimah once is enough to wipe out a lifetime’s
sins! This much we do know about his limits:
Muhammad Mustafa, O Kaif, is praised by Allah Forget about Man:
No one can truly praise him!
Muhammad is the Divine Secret, his secrets who knows?
In shar’iah he is a man, in reality [haqiqah] God knows!
14. In `Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’, there is laudation
[na’at] of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam; those who do not
like the Prophet’s laudation [na’at], should also refrain from
saying, “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
15. The earth does not eat the bodies of the Prophets, neither does
it touch them. The Prophets pray [perform namaz] in their graves.
Use analogy [qiyas] then, and think what the state of The Prophet
sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam will be like (in his grave).
16. The Messenger of Allah, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said that
whoever sends salutations upon me I will answer his salutations.
17. His Excellency (Muhammad), sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said that
whoever sends blessings [durud-i-sharif] upon me with love; I hear
it with my own ears.
18. The Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam ,after veiling
himself from this world, is, without doubt, alive and still upon his
Prophethood (in his blessed grave) and is pleased by the worship and
good deeds of his Community [ummah] and saddened by the sins and
19. A loose, unbridled, camel never reaches it’s destination and
wherever it goes it is beaten and hit. A camel in a line (of camels)
however, no matter how thin and weak it is, definitely will reach
20. The body has been given to use, and not to nourish and make fat:
You must awake, so awaken now, whilst beneath the heavens’ shadow
You shall have until Judgement Day to sleep –beneath the earth’s
21. By putting one’s head on the dust (in prostration), a man becomes
purified:What right do we have to put our feet on the ground
When, in prostration, we’ve never put our head on the ground?
22. Do not stay in the company of people with incorrect beliefs
[aqidah], in fact do not even sit where they have sat.
23. Wherever the water touches during wudu'[ritual washing], that
place will not burn in the hellfire.
24. If after mendicancy [faqr], the faqir becomes a dog of the world
[dunya] again;The fool after being purified, has become embroiled in
25. In the verse of Surah Fatiha, `Guide us to the straight path, the
path of those whom You have favoured’, there is proof of taqlid and
26. “Fatta bi `u millata Ibrahima hanifa’n”. There have been 124, 000
prophets but this command, “Therefore follow the religion of Ibrahim
who was separate from every falsehood” proves that it is obligatory
[fard] to do taqlìd of an Imam.
27. Everybody’s grave will be dark but the grave of those who pray
the tahajjud prayer will be full of light. The reading of the Ayat
ul Kursi (Verse of the Throne) after each prayer (namaz), and the Sura
(beginning with)Tabarakulladhi each night will definitely result in
there being no punishment in the grave.
28. Just as it is obligatory [fard] to send blessings [durud] upon
the Holy Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) during the prayer
[salat], likewise it is also obligatory to send blessings [durud]
upon his Family [Ahlul bait], otherwise the prayer will not be (valid).
29. Nothing is had before it has been destined [qismat] and before
it’s appointed time [waqt].
30. Allah Ta’aala has created the heart [dil] for his remembrance
[dhikr], and has not created it for worries.
31. When people from previous nations sinned, there faces used to
metamorphose but His Excellency, the Holy Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi
wa sallam), declared, “Allah the Pure will not change the faces of
those who believe in me.”
32. The Day of Judgement [qiyamat] will come when from amongst
Allah’s servants, no one remains to pronounce Allah’s name.
33. Respect the great men of religion [buzurg], if they become angry
(with you) then there is no hope for salvation. To insult one is to
insult them all. If a chicken lays a rotten egg, then even if that
one egg is placed beneath a thousand other chickens, a chick will
never emerge from that egg.
34. Read the Word of Allah (Qur’an) only for Allah. Reading it for
worldly reasons [dunya], is like giving rubies in exchange for a few
worthless pennies; it is another matter if, after reading for Allah,
Allah Himself gives you worldly benefits for the sake of your
reading (for Him).
35. He who has no shame [ghairat] has no faith [iman].
36. To accept an invitation (to dine) [dawah] is Sunnah. His
Excellency the Holy Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said that
even if someone makes you an invitation, which is at a distance of
three miles away, and invites you for something simple, you should
37. At the time of entering Madina Sharif, you must pay full
attention to its etiquette [adab]. At the very least, one’s facial
appearance should be that of a Muslim: the latest fashions, and
hairstyles, etc. should be avoided.
38. If one wishes to give anything in the way of Allah, one should do
so in one’s own lifetime. After we die, neither our wife nor our
children will give anything in our name; in fact, it will be difficult even
for them to come to read the Fatihah at our graves!
39. If there are ten people doing dhikr and one person is
abstaining [ghafil], the remembrancers [dhakir] will make the
abstainer radiant too [nurani]. Staying [suhbat] with company wherein
Allah’s dhikr is performed will bring contentment.
40. It is said that after death the dead person does not receive
spiritual reward [thawab]. The situation is this, that the soul does
not die; when the soul does not die, why then will it receive no
All those who claim to be Naqshbandi in Pakistan are receiving their faiz, from the household of Hazrat Syed baba faqeer Muhammad churahi from eidgah sharif, to moorah sharif, all are beggars at the door of chura sharif, Hazrat baba faqeer Muhammad churahi said about Hazrat Jamaat Ali shah
“Jamaat Ali had the matchstick and the fuel, and the lamp all I had to do was to light the flame” meaning that Hazrat baba faqeer Muhammad did nothing but light the flame the rest was done by Hazrat Jamaat Ali shah sahib himself…
Baba faqeer Muhammad has had many illustrious caliphs’ including the hazarvi household.
Pir Syed Jamaat Ali Shah Sahib (RA), Alipur Shareef, was Baba Ji Pir Syed Haider Ali Shah’s (RA) Khalifa, commented that on Yaumul Qiyyamah when I’m asked how I spent my time in dunya, I will reply, I travelled to and from Chura Shareef all my life! Subhanallaah, this is the Aqeedah of Pir Syed Jamaat Ali, the ‘Association’ of his Murshid will bail him on Yaumul Qiyyamah!!
Qibla Pir Syed Jamaat Ali Shah Sahib often recited the following couplet referring to Aastaana Chura Shareef
“Tomorrow a new day a new dawn,
In Madinah, new people, new faces, new crowds.
But, the breeze is the same, echo of salutations reminiscent,
Tears shed, smiles spread;
Tell me how could Abu’l Arab not be amidst this crowd, for saints are those that with a new day, Dawn upon every new morning”