Spreading the beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad along with king of invocations Hoo ( ھُو ) is solely the marvel of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen. No doubt, it is one of his greatest achievements as well. Since, his spiritual guide Sultan-ul-Faqr VI, among lacs of disciples granted the contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad to him only. His spiritual guide said to him before death:
“I entrust you Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad. Now, it is your responsibility to spread its beneficence.” (Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali Life and Teachings)
Thus, following the will of his spiritual guide, Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman spread the beneficence of Ism-e-Mohammad among his disciples.
Significance of Ism-e-Mohammad
Sultan ul Ashiqeen says in his book Shams ul Fuqara while explaining the secrets, marvels, blessings and effects of Ism-e-Mohammad:
During the life of the Holy Prophet, his sacred Companions passed all the spiritual stages of gnosis of Allah (Deedar e Elahi). This is because, they had the privilege of Prophet’s closeness, attention and sight. After him, all the seekers of Allah find presence in Mohammadan Assembly through the contemplation of his sacred name. Without his guidance and help no one has ever reached Allah and no one ever will. Unless the seeker gains his sacred attention, neither his soul becomes alive nor finds gnosis and union of Allah. (Shams ul Fuqara)
Presence in the Mohammadan Assembly
There are infinite attributive names of Allah but Allah ( اَللّٰہُ ) is His personal name. Similarly, there are many attributive names of the Holy Prophet but Mohammad ( محمد ) is his personal name. Moreover, as previously described, Allah ( اَللّٰہُ ) is the most powerful name of Almighty Allah. Likewise, for the Holy Prophet, Mohammad ( محمد ) is the most effective and powerful name.
The name Mohammad ( محمد ) manifested when there was nothing except the Divine light of Allah and Mohammad. So, Ism-e-Mohammad itself is entirely Divine light and possesses miraculous powers and grandeur. Initially, the Divine light of Allah manifested in the form of Divine light of Mohammad.
The Sufi Saints reveal the fact that Allah first of all manifested Himself in the form of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Here, by saying Zaat they actually refer to the Divine light or Essence of Mohammad. Indeed, it is the first manifestation of the Divine light of Allah. Hence, proved that Ism-e-Mohammad is not separate or different from Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Rather Ism-e-Allah Zaat concealed Ism-e-Mohammad in its Essence. Or we can say that Ism-e-Allah Zaat veiled over Ism-e-Mohammad. That is why Allah has declared His beloved Mohammad’s hand as His Hand and his words as Allah’s Words. As Allah says in the Quran:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ ۚ فَمَنْ نَّكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِمَا عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهُ اللَّهَ فَسَيُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Meaning: O Beloved! Those who swear oath of allegiance upon your hands in fact swear oath at Allah’s Hand. And Allah’s Hand is upon their hands. (48:10)
وَمَا يَنْطِقُ عَنِ الۡہَوٰی. إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَىٰ
Meaning: And he (the Holy Prophet) says nothing out of his own will. Whatever he says is an outright revelation sent to him by Allah. (an-Najam 53:3-4) (Shams ul Fuqara)
While explaining about Ism-e-Allah Zaat Sultan Bahoo said that Ism-e-Mohammad manifested from Ism-e-Allah. Just as Divine light of Mohammad manifested from that of Allah. Hence, Ism-e-Mohammad is a form of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Furthermore, Sultan Bahoo in Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan said;
The explanation of the saying of the Holy Prophet اَلْفَقْرُ فَخْرِی (Faqr is my pride) is that the path of Faqr begins with Ism-e-Allah Zaat. In other words, Fuqara attain their level by Ism-e-Allah, which is the pride of the Holy Prophet. Ultimately, Ism-e-Allah transforms into Ism-e-Mohammad. As Allah says in a Qudsi Hadith Meaning: “(O Mohammad!) I am you and you are Me.” Hence proved that these two names are of the same Divine Entity. That is why he said اَلْفَقْرُ فَخْرِیْ وَالْفَقْرُ مِنِّیْ . Meaning: “Faqr is my pride and Faqr is from me.” (Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan)
Ism-e-Mohammad has all the powers and effects of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. However, Ism-e-Allah Zaat has the Divine majesty (Jalal) as well as the Divine beauty (Jamal). To put another way, it has both wrath and kindness. While Ism-e-Mohammad has the Divine beauty only. It is the absolute compassion and mercy, so it has more pleasant effects on the inward of a seeker. By the contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad the seeker becomes completely obedient to the laws of sharia. Hence, becoming fully compliant to Allah.
Sultan Bahoo where fully explained and described Ism-e-Allah Zaat there he also narrates the knowledge, effects and marvels of Ism-e-Mohammad. The exegesis of Ism-e-Mohammad by Sultan Bahoo is:
- From the letter م (M) of (Mohammad), seeker gains gnosis of Allah. While, by the letter ح (H) Allah grants him the presence in the Mohammadan Assembly. Furthermore, by the second م (M) of (Mohammad) he gets the observation of both the worlds. And lastly, by the letter د (D) he gains all the objectives just in the beginning. Indeed, all these four letters are like a sheathless sword to kill the infidel inciting innerself. (Kaleed-e-Jannat)
Moreover, Sultan Bahoo narrates about the stations gained due to contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad and experiencing theophanies from its letters. In his book Aqal-e-Baydar, he said:
- Ism-e-Mohammad has four Arabic letters which are م (M), ح (H), م (M) and د (D). By the command over the (first) م (M), seeker access to the Mohammadan Assembly. The command over ح (H) is presence in the sacred assembly. Then, the command over (second) م (M) is absorption in the Divine light of Mohammad. Finally, د (D) means not a single breath is void of the conversation of the Prophet Mohammad sall’Allahu alayhi wa’alihi wasallam. (Aqal-e-Baydar)
A seeker must practice the contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad with the permission of the perfect spiritual guide only. As only the perfect spiritual attention of an accomplished spiritual guide can reveal its secrets upon the seeker. In Ism-e-Mohammad, every letter of Mohammad ( محمد ) possesses great power and efficacy. Thus, its contemplation makes a seeker feel very positive changes in his innerself. As, his inward enlightens by the luminous effects of the Divine light of these letters. Gradually, seeker starts acquiring the morals and attributes of the Holy Prophet which made him the beloved of Allah. Also, his inciting innerself dies and the soul becomes alive. In turn, his soul liberates from the limitations of the physical body and boundaries of the material world. Thus, he reaches the Mohammadan Assembly. Here the Holy Prophet himself guides him. Ultimately, he acquires his sacred attributes and becomes the beloved of Allah.
Effects of Contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad
Concealer of the Sins
When a seeker absorbs in the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, Ism-e-Mohammad and Islamic creed, then all his sins hide. In fact, the Divine light of Ism-e-Allah Zaat acts as the coverlet of his sins. (Mohabbat-ul-Asrar)
Guidance to the Divine Path
When a person contemplates Ism-e-Mohammad, his every word absorbs in the Divine light of this name. He gets enlightened conscience, grand magnificence and the sanctified inward. Also, the Holy Prophet blesses him with his sacred company and direct him to the straight Divine path. Eventually, he (reaches the stage of fana fi Rasool i.e. annihilation in the Holy Prophet). Hence, becoming one with the body and soul of Prophet Mohammad. Furthermore, he listens with Prophet’s ears, sees with his eyes, speaks with his tongue, and walks with his steps. He wears the coverlet of Ism-e-Mohammad, that has four letters ( محمد ) and which contain both the worlds. Contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad reveals the secrets of both the worlds upon the seeker. When a seeker contemplates Ism-e-Mohammad then the Holy Prophet along with the sacred Companions bless upon the seeker their presence. (Mohabbat-ul-Asrar)
Order of Guidance to Mankind
When a devotee contemplates the Ism-e-Mohammad, no doubt the Holy Prophet and his sacred Companions come to him spiritually. Then the Holy Prophet tells him, “Hold my hands.” The very moment devotee holds the hands, the Holy Prophet blesses his inward and soul. Thus, illuminating them by the light of gnosis of Allah. Also, he makes him capable of giving Divine guidance to others. Then, the Holy Prophet orders the man of contemplation to guide the mankind. Hence, such possessor of contemplation blesses the people with guidance and persuasion. (Kaleed-e-Jannat)
- By the contemplation of the Ism-e-Mohammad, the seeker acquires the reality of Divine knowledge. (Kaleed-e-Jannat)
- When one contemplates Ism-e-Mohammad, he relinquishes everything except Allah and sees the Mohammadan Assembly. Therefore, he becomes the humble and modest lover of the Holy Prophet and the beloved of Allah Almighty. (Aqal-e-Baydar)
- (Through contemplation of Ism-e-Mohammad), the Divine light of Ism-e-Mohammad enters the body of a seeker . (As a result, the blessing of) Ism-e-Mohammad solves all his matters. (Aqal-e-Baydar)
The Perfect and Accomplished Spiritual Guide Grants Ism-e-Mohammad
Sultan Bahoo titles the perfect and accomplished to such spiritual guide who grants his seekers Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad. He says:
Listen! Perfect and accomplished spiritual guide is the one who gives the beautifully written Ism-e-Allah Zaat or Ism-e-Mohammad. These are the medium towards Allah and shows the Divine reality to the seeker. Whatever the seeker observes through Ism-e-Allah and Ism-e-Mohammad is undoubtedly true. Certainly, the disciple who turns away from such spiritual guide in fact, turns away from Ism-e-Allah and Ism-e-Mohammad. The Islamic creed (kalimah tayyibah) also contains these two holy names, so he actually turns away from the creed. Also, the one who turns away from the creed becomes an apostate. And know that, Allah accepts none of the prayers and worships of an apostate. (Ain-ul-Faqr)
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Grants Ism-e-Mohammad Every Year
Every year on the ceremony of Mawlid-un-Nabi held in Rabi al-awwal and on 21st March, the day of transference of Divine Trust, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen bestows Ism-e-Mohammad to the seekers of Allah. Especially to the ones upon whom Allah has already revealed the reality of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. And also, they have spiritually succeeded in crossing the initial stages. In this way, every year he confers Ism-e-Mohammad twice upon hundreds of seekers of Allah (both men and women). The seekers are very fortunate to gain beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad so often now. This has been possible through the auspicious and enlightened self of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. As once, this blessing was for the special ones only and was not even perceivable by the common man. Indeed, every act of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is reflection of the following verses of Allama Iqbal:
قوتِ عشق سے ہر پست کو بالا کر دے
دہر میں اسمِ محمدؐ سے اجالا کر دے
Explanation: O Allah raise the spiritual levels of the Mohammadan nation with the power of Your love in their souls. So, they eventually ascend to You. Also, enlighten this world with the Divine light of Ism-e-Mohammad so people recognize Your Holy Essence.