Shariah and Tariqat Inseparable and Indivisible
By Maulana Muhammad Zakariya
English translation by Asim Ahmad

During my student years when I was studying Mishkat Sharif, I read the famous hadith of Jibrael. He came to the Blessed Prophet (S) to teach the Ummah the basics of Deen. After Iman and Islam we read:

‘What is Ihsan?’ The Blessed Prophet (S) replied, ‘To worship Allah I as if you see him.’ Ihsan is also known as tariqat, tasawwuf, and suluk, all of which are embodied in thedefinition of ihsan. Then, as I continued studying different books of ahadith, the inseparable nature of Shari’ah and tariqat became so strong in my heart that if I heard anything against it, I considered it ignorance and indifference towards the subject. Likewise, if I ever heard anything against the pureand pristine Shari’ah, which is derived from the Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Blessed Prophet (S) which is the most authoritative exposition of the Qur’an, and then fiqh which is the pith of both the Qur’an and Sunnah, I disregarded it and thought it unworthy of my time. A wonderful work, written approximately 3 years prior to the author's demise. With references from the Qur'an, Hadith, lives of the Noble Companions and the Great scholars and Shaykhs of Islam, it beautifully explains the essence, purpose and necessity of taqlid and tasawwuf. It proves in an indisputable manner that the Shari'ah and Tariqah are part and parcel of the same whole €“ Islam; they are interdependent. If the Shari'ah deals with the outer body, then Tariqah deals with the inner spirit and essence. Authored by one who had mastered both. This book serves as a beacon of guidance for the true seeker of the spiritual path and asnwers many questions that constantly arise in his inquisitive mind. It clarifies many misconceptions and misinterpretations of tasawwuf that have become common in Muslim communities. English translation by Asim Ahmad
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