Sultan Bahoo The Life and Teachings/Murshid Kamil Akmal (The Perfect Spiritual Mentor)

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In the Holy Quran Allah says;

"O’ Believers! Fear Allah persistently and find medium to get close to Him." (Al-Maida-35)

In this verse, the word Vaseela (medium, ) refers to a Kamil Murshid. According to the dictionary, Vaseela means such source or medium through which one can reach one’s destination. It should be so helpful that all the needs of the needy are fulfilled and he is completely satisfied by obtaining all the goals of his life.

Lissan-ul-Arab (volume II-page 725) defines Vaseela as “by means of which closeness to something is achieved.” According to Shariat, Vaseela means to find closeness to Allah through a person who is already close to Allah and His Beloved, who has travelled the mystic path and knows its ups and downs. In Tasawuf, such person is known as Murshid, Spiritual Mentor and Guide. A true Murshid is the one who knows the way to Allah perfectly and who has reached the Divine Oneness and now, is fully capable to guide the common people who do not know the way to Allah. A Perfect Murshid saves them from the satanic illusions and distractions of the nafs (the baser self) and all the other obstacles. Now, the above mentioned verse may be translated as “O’ believers find the Perfect Murshid and guide to reach Allah.”

"Satan forbids you to (join the way of) Faqr (as it will take you close to Allah) and enjoins you to commit indecent acts." (Surah Al Baqra-268)

So the Seeker of Allah needs a Murshid together with the Zikr and Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Our Holy Prophet Sall'Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam said:

"Find a guide first and then set on a journey."

Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh says:

"Allah is concealed in the being of man just as the actual fruit is hidden inside the peal. Only a spiritual mentor can make it possible for a devout to find spiritual presence before Allah and be blessed with His closeness and splendid sight. Then the devout is never separated from Allah, whether it is this world of material life or the eternal world." (Noor-ul-Huda)

"The Murshid, like a shady tree, endures the severity of weathers himself and provides shade and comfort to those sitting under it. The Murshid should be against the comforts and luxuries of this world which stops the Seeker from the way to Allah, and should be a friend of Allah and His religion. While the Seeker should trust him and should not hesitate to sacrifice his wealth and life for his Murshid. The Murshid should be like a messenger of Allah and the Seeker should be like a friend of Allah." (Ain-ul-Faqr)