|Even Angels get distracted from their duties when|
the opening acts of the Divine Presence Tour is about to start.
Have you been to a concert of the Divine Presence Tour? It is a whimsical title given by the sinner to a host of divine events commencing from the prophethood of Muhammad ibni Abdullah(pbuh) to present day. The road trip began in Mecca in 610 AD and is still a running show today. The heirs of the Prophet, the Masters are still packing in the stadiums with their performances. The current production has recently been reinvigorated with the announcement of the latest act booked - the new Caliph of Islam, King Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Last Thursday night, I was lucky to catch one of the opening shows, a mawlud (songs in praise and veneration of God and the Prophet) performed at the Naqshbandi zawiya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Guest lead singer was Shaykh Bahauddin Adil, son of Mawlana Shaikh Nazim Adil - the present Master Producer at the Tariqa's studios(some people call it a dergah) in Lefke, Cyprus. We, myself and Mika were glad to make it for the performance, because surprise, surprise - the Sultan was here! - I guess it was a Royal Command Performance of sorts under the patronage of Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-Lah, Sultan of the royal state of Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia. *Phew!* That was a long introduction. But I thought that this time I would name someone in his proper station. His Majesty is of course the father to the late Shaykh Raja Ashman Shah, the present head of the Naqshbandi order in these waters. Funny, It's all a father and son thing going on that night...
|There they are! The Sultan! The Shaykh! The crowd are going wild! |
Trust me, when it comes to the Naqshbandis, this is considered 'wild'.
They are a sober lot, you know.
|After the prayers, lead singer, Shaykh ''I-am-no-Shaykh' Bahauddin started the mawlud.|
The darbuka (Arabic drum) of Ahmad Alatas started to sing its thunderous music.
|Permission granted, Shaykh 'I-want-to-be-a-free-man-with-no-responsibilities' Bahauddin|
would begin singing with the mawlud boys to the rapturous delight of the audience.
|I had a seat in the back. But I was happy.|
|After 4 songs, the show finally ended about half past eleven. Mikhail and myself joined|
the queue to meet the band backstage. Shyly Mika shaked the Sultan's hand and kissed it.
After the passing of Ku Ash, Shaykh Bahauddin said to his followers - "Before, when he was alive, you are walking one step at a time. Now you shall walk ten steps!"
I don't know actually what that means. But events occurring have shown it to be true, in a kinda spiritually fuzzy Sufi-esque manner that is the natural remit of the Sufi tariqas (Path) and the Alwiyas of God (Saints). But that is story for another time.
God bless you, sunshine. Your presence here makes it all worth it, in whatever way you call upon our One Loving God, Most Merciful Creator of all humanity.
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way