Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh) said: “It does not behove the Haafiz to involve himself in sport and amusement with those who indulge in such futility. He should not join in the company of people who are involved in carelessness.”
Futility, sport and amusement are anathema for Ilm-e-Wahi (the Knowledge which stems from Divine Revelation). Indulgence in sport and futility in entirety effaces the Noor of Ilm, and severely contaminates the Noor of Imaan. Minus this Noor, the molvi remains a jaahil. Such jahl camouflaged with textual or book knowledge is compound zulmat (intense spiritual darkness) which will become a great humiliating calamity in the Aakhirah.
It is not befitting –in fact it is haraam –for those who carry Bukhaari Shareef and Hidayah in their hands, those who pursue the Ilm of Qur’aan Tafseer, Hadith and Fiqah, to humiliate and demean themselves kicking and hitting balls and behaving like monkeys. They should remember that the original abode – the initiation venue – of Ilm-e-Deen was Ghaar-e-Hira. The true Student of Deen is not in need of rational arguments to understand the villainy and notoriety of indulgence in kuffaar sport. The noor of Aql -i.e. if he possesses such noor – is adequate to understand all transcendental realities and unravel spiritual mysteries.
THE ACCURSED ‘HAAFIZ’
Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mubaarak (rahmatullah alayh) said: “While many people are the bearers of the Qur’aan Majeed, the Qur’aan curses them from inside their stomachs. When the Haafiz of the Qur’aan is disobedient to Allah Ta’ala, then from within him, the Qur’aan curses: “Wallaah! What has happened to you? Why have you borne me? You have no shame for even your Rabb.”
Let it be well understood that the Haafiz of the Qur’aan should become the mureed of a true uprighteous Shaikh who will treat and eliminate his spiritual contamination and the factors which prevent him from giving practical expression to the teachings of the Qur’aan. The true Shaikh will lift the veil which obscures the grandeur of Allah Ta’ala from the Haafiz. Only if the Haafiz is able to perceive the greatness and glory of Allah Azza Wa Jal will he desist from disobedience and transgression.”
Whenever Hadhrat Yusuf Bin Asbaat (rahmatullah alayh) would make khatam of the Qur’aan Majeed he would recite Istighfaar 700 times.
Hadhrat Anas Bin Maalik (radhiyallahu anhu) said: “There are many reciters (qaaris) of the Qur’aan who are cursed by the Qur’aan Majeed.”
Qur’aanic Uloom (Knowledge) of the Auliya is not the product of reflection and pondering in the meanings of the aayaat. They do not resort to rational and logical deduction. Their Uloom is a pure bestowal from Allah Azza Wa Jal, which is inspired into their hearts at the time of Tilaawat of the Qur’aan Majeed.. Thus, their tilaawat is the fountain of their spiritual knowledge which cascades from the Qur’aanic aayat. As for meanings understood after Tilaawat, they are the effects of rational deduction in which there is no certitude.
This explanation clarifies the meaning of the dream which Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayh) saw. In this particular dream when he beheld the Divine Vision, he asked: ‘O Allah! Indicate to me the way of gaining your proximity (Qurb).” The Divine Response came: “Tilaawat of the Qur’aan.” Imaam Ahmad: “With or without understanding?” Allah Ta’ala: “With and without understanding.”
This Qurb depends on Ma’rifat of Allah Azza Wa Jal. How can a man acquire Divine Recognition from a recitation devoid of understanding? There is no mystery here. When the Qur’aan Majeed is recited even without understanding, then depending on the degree of Taqwa and wara’ of the reciter, spiritual knowledge is inspired into his heart by way of ilhaam/kashf. Such knowledge is not the product of rational and logical deduction. It is a pure gift which Allah Ta’ala inspires into the heart. Molvis and students of the Deen should therefore never indulge in futility and sport. These evils effectively form a solid barrier to block the Noor of Ilm entering into the heart.
The tadabbur and fikr (deep reflection) of the Auliya at the time of Tilaawat is not for the purpose of gaining spiritual knowledge. The objective of their tadabbur is soul searching to ascertain whether they are giving practical expression to the teachings of the Qur’aan Majeed.