Saints Without Sainthood

May 14, 2008  |  Naqshbandi, Thoughts

People’s need for living moral leaders has never worn thin. We want the best Presidents, we want the best governors, the best representatives. Yet, scandal after scandal in the political leadership and even the religious leadership of the West fails to awaken society in the absurdity of looking for ‘Saints’ without a system of training the self, a system which is connected to the practices and teachings of Jesus (AS), of Moses (AS), of Muhummad (S).

Every time I see someone enamored with this or that politician, I see a desire in them. That desire is for a person who is sincere, capable… guided.

How misplaced is that affection!

Supposedly ‘religious’ people are also targets, yet they too fall short of moral integrity. How many Priests have been removed due to misconduct? How many protestant preachers have been found compromised?

People have been disappointed time and time again, but they keep coming back for more ‘moral heroes’, whether in a religious or secular guise.

Where does that leave us? Muslims put our faith in people also, in moral heroes… ‘modern Muslims’ simply tend to avoid using a term to describe them. ‘Saints’ or ‘Awliya’ is often a hated word. Really though, for all their proclamations that the Prophet (S) is their sole model, whether its the modern day lecturer, or the local Imam, Muslims end up doing the same thing.

However, these individuals are just ordinary people as well, regular ordinary everyday people who have memorized a bit more than us Or they can speak better than us. Or they can recite better than us.

But is that really our moral hero? Or are we loving an illusion that we have created?

Can we believe that someone can become a moral giant, someone imbued with the source of goodness, a representative on earth of said goodness, without training, without discipline, without connection?

The Awliya, or otherwise translated as “Muslims Saints” are just that. They are representatives of goodness. You feel it in their presence, because truly those one act with a power far beyond that of human kind. They ask nothing from you, in fact, you need everything from them.

“Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper (walî) of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined (frD) upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing nawâfil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.”

Narrated by Abu Huraira in Bukhari, vol8, hadith 509

 


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  1. [quote]Supposedly ‘religious’ people are also targets,[/quote]

    Right now, we are seeing the ‘acceleration’ in events and agendas.
    Some hidden hands are pushing things.

    ‘religions’ & their teachings are the primary targets. Now a days, Vatican (priesthood) and Jesuits (spiritual group) are being bashed around the world. Similarly muslim scholars are being punished & imprisoned. Maybe the next target will be Muslim Saints.

    May God bless & protect them all.

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