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The various attributes of Allah Ta�ala are magnified in the Ambiya (Prophets - alaihimus salaam), which explains why their conditions are so different. Some Prophets are Jamaali (manifesting Divine Mercy) while others are awe-inspiring. Some Prophets held royal positions while others were detached from the world.

 

The Saints follow the footsteps of the Ambiya (alaihimus salaam). Hence, some Saints are in splendor while others lead an ascetic�s existence. Ghausul A�zam (radi Allahu anhu) was very wealthy while Hazrat Ibrahim Adham (radi Allahu anhu), after deserting his kingdom, lived austerely. Some Saints are always in the state of Jazb (when the consciousness is over whelmed by the Majesty of Allah) and other Saints are in the state of Jazb for a while. In this state of Jazb any rulings of the Shari�ah are not binding on them. Allah Taala says: "And Moosa (alaihis salaam) fell down unconsciousness". It is this very unconsciousness that the Awliya (Saints) inherit from Moosa (alaihis salaam). The women of Egypt, in a state of rapture, cut their fingers when they saw Yusuf�s (alaihis salaam) unique beauty.

 

Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, "Three types of people are exempted from the laws of Shari�ah - the children, the sleeping and the mentally retarded". The Majzoob falls in this Hadith. In that state of unconsciousness they utter the words like " Haqq" (I am the Truth) "Anallah" (I am Allah). At this stage the person has destroyed his ego and is oblivious of his self. Like the tree which said, "O Moosa, I am Allah", a person that says such words in a state of Jazb is not a transgressor.

 

The true sign of a Majzoob is that he neither defies nor refutes the Shari�ah. In the condition of Jazb (ecstasy), if any unlawful word or action was manifested, he never instructs others in it. When someone rebukes him for his words or actions he accepts it without any debate. Ghausul A�zam (radi Allahu anhu) narrates: "A person mentioned to Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi (radi Allahu anhu) that a person in the state of Wajd (religious ecstasy) is like a spinning millstone. He does not eat or drink anything. Hazrat Junaid (radi Allahu anhu) asked about that person�s conditions during Salaah times. The enquirer answered that when the Mu�ezzin gives Azaan the person becomes calm and performs his Salaah respectfully. Hazrat Junaid (radi Allahu anhu) then declared that there is no problem, this type of Wajd (religious ecstasy) is a gift from Allah".

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