Sultan Bahoo The Life and Teachings/Tasleem-o-Raza (Surrender and Submission to The Divine Will)

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The basis and locus of Faqr is Tasleem-o-Raza, i.e. to surrender and submit before Allah and to be content at whatever His Will is, just to please Him. Tasleem means to admit whatever is written in one’s fate is only from Allah. He alone confers and prohibits everything and whatever He decides for His men can never be wrong or harmful for them. When one claims that he will be happy with everything written in his fate and will never complain to Allah or go against His Will, it is called Tasleem. When he actually has to face his fate and he remains satisfied; keeps his faith in Allah no matter how worse his fate apparently is; neither he complains nor runs away from his destiny, thus proving his claim of Tasleem, then this is called Raza i.e. to be pleased at Allah’s Will. Tasleem is a state of submission before the appearance of fate and Raza is surrendering to the Divine Will after the occurrence of whatever is written in fate.

In Faqr, the devoted Seeker of Allah considers every blessing and every loss as the Will and Decision of Allah. When blessed with something, he should not feel proud and in times of sorrow, he should not be disappointed. It is for one’s own good that in the worldly as well as spiritual life, he stays in the fear of displeasing Allah but at the same time hopes for the best from Him. He must be pleased with the consent of Allah and submit to Him in every condition like horror and distress, peace and grief, comfort and tension, convenience and misery, illness and health, hunger and satiation etc. Only such a Seeker is accepted and approved at the Court of Allah.

The state of Tasleem-o-Raza is one of the greatest among the several way stations of Faqr. Only after this station of Faqr, the access to the two very important and the highest stations is gained i.e. the Vision of Allah and the presence of Majlis-e-Mohammadi. Before these two, Tasleem-o-Raza is among the last stations and it is the station of Nafs-e-Mutmainna (The Satisfied Self).

Allah says in the Quran that only those people are destined to have the vision of Allah who surrender before His will.

"Who is better than the person who surrenders himself before the Will of Allah, he is the virtuous person (to have the Vision of Allah)." (Al-Nisa-125)

Hazoor Akram Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam says:

"The people who surrender before their Beloved’s Will, are conferred upon a new life every moment."

Ghaus-ul-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu expounds:

“At the occurrence of what is written in the fate, raising objection on Allah (to think against the Will of Allah) is the demise of Faith, Trust, Tauheed and loyalty. The heart possessing true faith never says ‘why’ & ‘how’, its job is to say ‘yes’ (i.e. he obeys to the Divine Ordain and does not opine). To argue and raise objections is infact the habit of the nafs.” (Fatah-Al-Rabbani-Majlis-01)

"Know, that man is not born of his own will, then how can everything happen with his accord. So it is better to submit everything to Allah and get yourself out of it." (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)