Grades In Following Rasûlullah “Sall Allâhu 'alaihi Wa Sallam” (Part 2)

Today, bid'ats have invaded the whole world, and sunnats have been lost; so much so that it is beyond possibility to recover the sunnats and adhere to them and to save oneself from this ocean of bid'ats. However, customs cannot build up the religion or the Sharî'at, no matter how widely they have settled and spread or how beautiful they look. Things that are harâm or cause disbelief can never be halâl or jâiz (permitted), even if they are customarily done or used. [This means that to reach this grade it is obligatory today to advance on the way of tasawwuf. In the early centuries of Islam it was easy to follow all the sunnat. There was no specific need for tasawwuf then.]

The fifth grade is to adapt oneself to the perfect, high qualities peculiar to Rasûlullah (sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam). These qualities cannot be obtained through knowledge or worshipping. They come only through Allah's blessing. In this grade are great Prophets (salawâtullâhi ta'âlâ 'alaihim ajma'în) and very few great ones of the ummât of Rasûlullah (sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam).

The sixth grade is to adapt oneself to the perfect qualities of mahbûbiyyat and ma'shûqiyyat in Rasûlullah (sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam). This is peculiar to those whom Allâhu ta'âlâ loves very much; it cannot be obtained through blessings, muhabbat (love) is necessary.

The seventh grade involves all the motes of a man's body adapting themselves to him. The follower is so similar to the one followed that a state of imitation no longer exists. He, too, as if like Rasûlullah, takes everything from the same source.