Assalamu’alaikum honourable shaykhs,

I wanted to ask, I have taken baya with Maulana Shaykh. However, often when I am trying to achieve a connection with Maulana Shaykh in my mind I sometimes recieve very vivid images of shaykhs such as Hazrat Abd’al Qadir Jilani (R.A) and Hazrat Bahauddin Naqshband (Q.S) owing to certain beautiful pictures of these two distinguished shaykhs I once discovered on the internet and now ingrained in my head.

My question is should I consider such images as interferences created by the mind to bar connection with my Shaykh, or are they healthy bearing in mind that when I am doing my day to day duties the same images constantly resurface.


audhu billah mina ‘sh-shaytani ‘r-rajeem,
Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,
wa `alaykum salam,

It is fine to see these Awliya who are part of lineage of this order. It is part of adab to keep the heart with one’s Shaykh who is a means to these Rijalullah Shaykh Abdul Qadir al Jilani and Shah Bahauddin Naqshband but it is fine to see/visualize them.

Wa’Allahu a`lam.

Kamau Ayyubi

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