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Method of Zikr

Our method is called Pas Anfas,(?) which, in Persian, means guarding every breath. Zikr is performed with the heart using breath as the medium. Sit down facing the Qiblah (direction of Mecca; in case the direction is not known then any direction is alright), fully attentive towards Allah and close your eyes. Recite the Ta’awwuz and Tasmiah and start the Zikr. When you breathe in, imagine that the word Allah penetrates the depths of your heart and when you breathe out, the word ‘Hu’ strikes the heart or the Latifah on which the Zikr is being performed. (The beginners may only do Zikr on the Qalb). Do Zikr on each Latifah for suitable duration. When all seven Lata’if have been covered, return to the Qalb. After doing Zikr on it for some more time, start the meditation. The body should now be relaxed and the mind set at ease. Concentrate on the Qalb and imagine that the word ‘Allah’ rises from Qalb and the word ‘Hu’ rises upwards to Allah’s Sublime Throne. This is the first meditation; it is known as Rabita (contact), it illuminates the Path for the Ruh and facilitates its flight toward Allah’s nearness in subsequent meditations.

 Remember that no worthwhile progress can be made without the Tawajjuh (spiritual attention) of a Shaikh, because the Barakah that initiate a seeker along the Sufi path are transmitted only through him. The Companions got this blessing from the holy Prophet-saws and transmitted it to the Taba’in, who in turn passed it on to the Taba Taba’in. The Aulia (men of God) acquired this wealth of Barakah from them, and it has similarly been transferred through the generations. Allah willing, this process will continue forever, and every believer, regardless of race, caste or gender can acquire these Barakah. Sound beliefs and sincerity are the only prerequisites for this acquisition. Constant Zikr reforms the heart and initiates the journey from vice to virtue, from anxiety to contentment and from a lost life to Falah - success in this world and the Hereafter.

 The Method of Zikr

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