Hazrat Allama Professor Muhammad Maqsood Elahi Naqshbandi
Allah Almighty sent a line of prophets to liberate humanity from the clutches of evil and animalistic desires. They showed them the path of love and ‘Marafah’ to purify their inner selves, so that they could establish durable relationship with Allah Almighty. Our beloved Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم came at the end of this chain.After him, there will arrive no prophet and Rasool Allah, and it is obligatory on all the creations of Allah to follow him.His teachings have been perfected for all the ages to come. Salvation both in this world and the Hereafter depends on obedience to the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.After the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم Allah Almighty consigned the great responsibility of showing the right path to the Ummah and declared this to be the best of the good deeds.
After the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم his companions discharged the duty of preaching religion with full trust and devotion, and fully justified their love of the Holy prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.After them, Aulia of this Ummah exerted wholeheartedly in propagating the teachings of Islam. Even to this day, these virtuous people of the Ummah are busy in inner and outer reformation of the Muslims.Today we are presenting an introduction of such a Wali-a-Kamil who has spent his whole life in preaching Deen and reformation of Muslim Ummah.He is getting on well with all his energies in this mission.
Birth and Family Background
The forefathers of Hazrat Sahib lived in Bakaniar (Hindustan). Nobility, respect and dignity have been a distinguished mark of his family. Moral integrity, probity and uprightness have been chief attributes of his house. After the emergence of Pakistan, his father migrated and settled in Haroonabad District Bahawalnagar.Hazrat Sahib was born here in 1st October, 1955.His parents named him ‘Muhammad Maqsood Ellahi’, and his very name reflected that this innocent child would one day become sought-after of Allah Almighty and love of Allah will be goal of his life.
Being a member of an educated family, Hazrat Sahib naturally got attracted towards education right in the beginning. In his childhood, he lived with his maternal grandfather in Okara and it was here that he passed his first and second class school examination. Afterwards, his parents left Okara and settled themselves in District Nawabshah. Hazrat Sahib passed his third and fourth school classes from Islamia High School (Nawabshah). Then he was admitted to D.C. High School Nawabshah where he studied till 5th. Class. After having passed Matriculation examination, he got admission in Government Degree College (Nawabshah) and obtained his B.Sc. degree. Next, he passed M.Sc.in Chemistry from Sindh University. Later he was selected as lecturer in Chemistry in Government Degree Science and Commerce College Orangi Karachi.He served there for about nine years. Then he was transferred to Inter College North Karachi, where he has been serving as the Head of Chemistry Department since then.
Bait & Khilafat
He took Bait (a vow to follow a spiritual guide) at the hand of a Sheikh-e-Kamil, Kutab-e-Zaman Hazrat Allah Baksh Ghafari رحمته الله عليه known as ‘Sohna Sian’ in 1975.He gives the whole account of this in “Seerat Wali-a-Kamil”,a biography of Hazrat Sohna Sian رحمته الله عليه. He writes in the book that he happened to go in a religious programme of Hazrat Sohna Sian رحمته الله عليه where he was addressing his devotees. He writes,. “I was very much impressed by the sincerity of the Fuqra (devotees). When I sat in the Mehfil (programme), I was thinking what all this holy man was talking about, as I thought myself a man of worldly disposition. I was about to leave when Hazrat Sahib changed the subject, sensing what passed through my heart, and said, “the one who thinks that he is man of this world; I only say, do this Zikr (remembrance of Allah) and remain in touch with the company of Salehheen (pious people); Inshah Allah (by the will of Allah) his breast will be filled with ‘Noor-e-Illahi’ (the light of Allah).”These words were enough to change his world. After this, his love and company with Hazrat Sohna Sian رحمته الله عليه became so intense that leaving him seemed impossible. He would yearn for meeting with his Murshid Karim.He left such imprints of obedience and respect of his Murshid that they would act as a beacon light for the truth seekers forever. In a big religious gathering, his Murshid Karim himself said, “The one, who wants to see a man of paradise, should see Muhammad Maqsood Ellahi.” When his relationship and respect touched hights, Hazrat Sohna Sian رحمته الله عليه declared, “If Allah Almighty asked me about deeds, I would say that I have brought Maulana Muhammad Maqsood Ellahi. He is wealth of all my good deeds.”
Natural & Mental Disposition
He follows the school of Al-Sunnah Al-Jammat, (Hanafi Order). He belongs to Silsila Naqshband in his spiritual lineage. Mentally and naturally he likes the ideas of Sufia Ikram. Whenever a person of any school of thought comes to him, the former can not resist the charm of his pleasant disposition. His open-mindedness and intellectual broadness is a great boon for the people who can’t help becoming his devotee. Due to his efforts, thousands of strayed people with their heretical ideas and beliefs have found the certainty of true faith and become Muslims with right belief.
Human being is the crown of creations. It is obligatory on everyone to respect human being in this capacity. Because when we give love and affection to any astrayed person, he can not help changing his sinful life. This element of love and brotherhood is a basic factor in the teachings of Sufia Ikram.
Habits and Good Morals
Allah Almighty declared Hazrat Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم as an epitome of good morals. It was the miracle of these excellent morals that the haughty Arabs used to come themselves to sit with him, and kindle the light of faith in their hearts. A Kamil Wali should be a strict follower of the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم especially, a preacher ought to be soft spoken and amiable. We can see the reflection of the morals of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلمin his disposition. Whosoever sits in his company becomes spell bound due to his pleasant and affable personality. Besides spiritual training, he also tries to solve economic problems of his Fuqra (disciples). If anyone with corrupt beliefs comes to him, he nicely urges him to repent. Everyone is equal in his eyes. He always tries to please each and everyone with open heart. Even a minor trouble of any Faqir makes him sad. He is never at peace unless it is solved.
Way of Preaching
His way of preaching is much the same as stated in this Holy verse:
(ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ) . (النحل) “Invite (mankind, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم ) to the Way of your Lord (Islam) with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better.” (16:125)
If the preacher does not take into account the requirements and demands of modern life, he can not be successful in his mission considerably. The prescription and diagnosis of the disease should be done in such a way that the patient (spiritual) should become a good practicing Muslim without much ado. His mode of preaching neither involves contentious elements of sects and religious classes nor labyrinths and hardships of monasticism and asceticism beyond the understanding of common people. Instead he tries to communicate in simple words, whatever he inherited from his spiritual forefathers.
Every action depends on its preceding intention. If intention is coupled with sincerity, the doer will be blessed with its reward. The intentions take their birth in heart, which is an open arena of satanic whisperings and intrusions. The purity of the heart is not possible without remembrance of Allah (Zikr Allah). To get the permission of Zikr is quite consistent with the following verse of the Holy Quran:
(فسئلو آهل الذكر ان كنتم لا تعلمون . (النحل “So, ask those men of Zikr, if you know not ….” (16:43)
Doing Zikr cannot be much fruitful unless it is permitted by a Kamil Wali Allah. Zikr and blissful of eye of Shaikh would cure the heart of all its diseases. Performing good deeds becomes easy when Noor of Allah descends into the heart. In his religious gatherings, he urges hie devotees to do Zikr regularly. Due to his efforts, thousands of people are busy in Zikr-e-Allah and living virtuous and pious life.
Religious services and Preaching
Since the time of his student life till today, he has lived his life in preaching Deen.Whether it is hot or cold, circumstances favourable or unfavourable, health good or bad, he is propagating sufistic thought irrespective of any consideration. Since the time of youth until now, he has traveled hundreds of times, solely for the sake of preaching Deen.Every year, during summer and winter holidays, he sets out for the already arranged preaching tour. In June 1992 he went to India and toured eight cities of Hindustan without any rest. These cities include Badiuan, Agra, Banglore, Haiderabad Dacan, Delhi, Bombay and Ahmadabad.
Besides this, he also went to Central Africa and visited Mozambique and Malawi.He also went over to the cities of Maputo, Nampola, Nicala, Shamoi, Teit, Beira and Johansburgh.After coming back from Africa, he visited Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Azad Kashmir.
The people included in his religious circle are scattered in India, Malaysia, Africa and all over the Arab countries, and they are propagating his thoughts in their respective fields. May Allah Almighty endow him with all the spiritual and physical energies in his mission to preach Deen.Besides this, many mosques and schools are being run under his supervision. In order to promote this thought on permanent basis, he has also set up an organization, “Islami Roohani Mission”with an august aim to revive the teachings of our religious veterans through the use of cassettes, books, pamphlets and arranging Zikr congregations. Another goal of this mission is to provide our youth with pious leadership.He is also a founder & patron in chief of Al-Maqsood Trust (Welfare Services). A magazine with the name of “Al-Maqsood” & Maqsood Ud Duniya Wal Aakhira is also being brought out, which is helping a long way in intellectual , Basic Deen and ideological reformation of our society.