The modern scientific thought has undergone metamorphic changes over ages. Its
spirit, however, has constantly remained to justify the existing fact on rational
grounds. Eventually, the twentieth century has witnessed an unimaginable scientific
advancement that has assigned a vital role to man on the globe in the conquest of
In the quest of knowledge, the modern man has also discovered that the centuries
old concepts about religion are contrary to the scientific thought and, therefore,
need to be either discarded or made compatible with the scientific method. This
is the challenge that the religious scholars and theologians have failed to face.
Instead of analyzing the problem on scientific basis, they have adhered to their
timeworn ideologies with a practical surrender to the materialistic values in vogue.
Even the torchbearers, the so-called intellectuals and modern scholars of Islam
who pretend to be abreast with the modern scientific thought have given in to the
onslaught of modern sciences and in secret depths of their hearts feel nervous how
to defend their position. They are doing more harms than good by defending their
post with archaic weapons.
However, towards the dawn of new millennium, there has risen one guiding star
on the intellectual horizon that has showered rays of his effulgent wisdom on the
modern mind fallen prey to stray ideologies. Equipped adequately with the scientific
and religious knowledge, he has given the call to modern man that Islam is the religion
that, ever since its revelation, has the scientific bases which the modern scientific
thought is now claiming to discover and further needs to explore in its totality.
What Descartes and his successors (Locke, Barkeley, Hume, Kant and Hobbes, Montesquieu,
Mill and Benthem and others) did to promote scientific method and rational thought
in Europe, has been accomplished in the world of theology, single-handedly by Prof.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. The world has already recognized him as ‘outstanding
man of the century’ and ‘leading intellectual of the world.’
This is not in our purview here to reckon the contributions made by Prof. Dr
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to the modern Islamic thought and its reconstruction. Nor
can we measure his achievements in clearing and purifying Islamic ideology from
muddling of various ‘isms’ wrought over centuries. But the aspect of his intellectual
ventures focussed here relates to a sensitive issue that has disintegrated the intellectual
unity of Muslim thinkers and their followers.
Who is ‘Wali’ and what role he plays in spreading light of divine guidance among
the believers is a question that has been answered divergently under the reflective
influences alien to Islam. A huge reservoir of literature exists on Mysticism, Islamic
Mysticism, Pantheism and Transcendentalism, nature of Mystic Experience, its variety,
allied philosophies and schools of thought. The antagonists too have generated colossal
works proving it contrary to the ‘true Islam’ and labeling it as an impious innovation
in the approved Islamic code of life. This controversy has inflicted serious damage
to the modern Muslim mind leading the young educated Muslims all over the world
to desperation and abhorrence from Islam. They are confused and blatantly question
the intellectual validity and logical wellbeing of Islamic thought. The Muslim scholars
engaged in this unfortunate controversy, however, ill afford any attempt to recover
from the ‘spin’. They drastically lack in advanced knowledge and are unaware of
the ‘phenomena’ of modern scientific mind. Being the odd ones, they now stay out
of this war of wits, which has spread over East and West. How to satisfy the modern
scientific mind on the question of Islamic Spiritualism, its nature and significance;
the ‘Friends of Allah’- Auliya, their role and task, status and dignity and the
phenomenology of spiritual experience is an uphill task which Prof. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri,
however, has performed with tantamount facility, authority and command.
Without entangling himself in sterile controversy on mysticism and its various
‘schools’ and types, he has taken the Holy Qur’an as the basic and exclusive source
of his logic. He triumphantly convinces the reader that a Wali Allah (a friend of
Allah), whether a mystic or a saint (whatever term one may use to describe him),
is a spiritually privileged Muslim. He acquires heavenly acquaintance and proximity
to Allah through absolute obedience to and an overpowering love and adoration for
the Holy Prophet (SAW). He then himself becomes a source of spiritual bliss and inspiration
for those who stand fast in his company.
Simultaneously, endowed with a vividly historic insight, he educates the modern
Muslim mind how, centuries ago, the Muslim scholars defeated their rival thinkers
employing the then contemporary logic against them. He emphatically exhorts all
educated Muslims of the world to acquire perfect knowledge of modern logic and defeat
the antagonists of Islam who have joined hands against the ‘Ummah’ with an intention
to shake the solid spiritual realities which are the bases of Islamic thought and
ideology. Prof. Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the intellectual spirit of our age,
the divine genius of the new millennium and a ‘Friend of Allah’ has a sagacious
eye on rise and fall of the Muslim and non-Muslim empires. He possesses a vision
that penetrates into future and clearly discerns the impending dangers and their
While handling this most difficult and controversial subject of Islamic spiritual
philosophy, disseminating it to the modern inquisitive mind, he has adopted an easy
and logical style to communicate the ideas with the help of similitudes and parables
and enviably sublime and inspiring expression. This is exactly the style of exposition
and elucidation manifest in the Holy Quran where the divine principles and the spiritual
realities of life are made home to man loud and clear through parables and similitudes.
While explaining the nature of friendship with Almighty Allah he has based his arguments
on the verses of the Holy Qur’an and has taken similitude from modern scientific
subjects specially ‘Magnetism’ and ‘Electric Charge’. The concept of ‘Spiritual
Magnetism’ and ‘Spiritual Charge’ enabling Auliya Allah to get into the ‘spiritual
channel’ which originates from the Holy Messenger (SAW) is a dazzlingly unique and
exceptional addition to the existing literature on Islamic Spiritualism. It attracts
and convinces the modern educated reader and deletes his disbelief in spiritual
values. It irrefutably proves that the phenomenology of Islamic Spiritualism is
compatible with the modern scientific method. This dissertation in this way is,
by any standard, a classic piece of literature produced on the subject.
This work, besides spiritualism, also enlightens the reader on ventures of modern
science especially in the field of parapsychology. An account of scientific research
into finding the underlying reality of psychic experiences and supplying empirical
interpretations to extra-sensory perception (ESP) and out-of-body-experience (OBE)
has added substantial value to intellectual status of this exposition. The glimpses
from spiritual life of Auliya, of their divine experiences in comparison to ESPs,
OBEs and the concept of an infinite power within man, highlighting the real significance
of Islamic Spiritualism, invite the scientific mind to struggle if it can and belie
the spiritual reality. When they decline to disbelieve in psychic reality and its
wonders on electromagnetic ground, how can they decline to believe in spirituality
of real self of man, its special link with Allah and its acquired infinite spiritual
competence towards conquering the universe, demonstrated by Auliya Allah. Studying
spiritualism in the perspective of most modern scientific investigation in the field
of parapsychology is an amazingly emphatic maiden attempt in the field. It has indeed
opened the doors, to embrace Islamic Faith, on those who have been enabled by this
study to develop their belief in Islamic Spiritualism on rational scientific grounds.
We the believers, welcome this courage to convert to Islam on this rational basis.
While closing this prologue, I convey my sincere thanks to Dr. M. Z. Awan who
provided me with his enlightening guidance towards finalizing compilation of this
work. In this regard I owe to him a great deal. And Hakeem Muhammad Younas Mujaddady!
I must say he is an angel who came and in a single discourse changed the course
of my life. While talking about his ‘Quaid’ he glows with love and devotion. His
motivation kept me in while accomplishing the assignment. He brought me spiritual
proximity to the ‘Friend of Allah’ who is also a friend of all of us – Prof. Dr
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, our great ‘Quaid’.