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DHALÂLAH - ضلالة


Literally: An error. The state of being astray or lost.

Deviating from îmân and Islam. Going astray from the way of Islam, Haqq and Haqiqah. Deviating from as-sirât al-mustaqîm. Being rebellious to Allah. Dhalâlah is the opposite of hidâyah.


As for the nawâfil sort, as a commendable act (mustahab), the people of îmân are again bound to follow. But in their abandonment, there is no suffering or punishment. There is great sawâb in performance and following them and substituting and changing them is bid’ah, dhalâlah and a great error....

...Yes, since by the agreement of friend and foe, the person of Ahmad (asm) is the place of manifestation for the highest degrees of moral virtues; and since by unanimity, he is the most famous and distinguished individual in the human race; and since through the indication of thousands of miracles, and testimony of the ‘âlam of Islam that he established and its perfections, and affirmation of the haqiqahs of Al-Qur’an Al-Hakîm of which he is the herald and interpreter, he is the most excellent perfect man and most excellent murshid; and since through the fruit of following him, millions of the people of perfection have advanced through the degrees of attainment and reached the happiness of both worlds; for sure the Sunnah and conduct of that person are the finest examples to be followed, and the safest guides and the firmest laws to be taken as principles. Happy is the one whose share of following such Sunnah is great. One who does not follow the Sunnah, if it is due to laziness, it is a great loss; if he considers it to be unimportant, it is a great crime; the criticism, which reeks of pronouncing it to be false, is a great dhalâlah .

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