The Ulema are the People of Scripture and the Faqeers are the People of Qutab ul Aqtaab. The Ulema have wisdom and intelligence and the Ilm and (Advanced level) Learning and the Faqeers have acquired the Tauheed and Wasal. The Ulema remain in the study of lines and words and the pages of the books whereas the Faqeers are the Fanaa-Fi-Allah (Destroyed in Allah) and Absorbed in the Wahdaniyat, Ishq and Muhabbat.
(Saying of Allah reported by the Holy Prophet of Allah Hazrat Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam)
Lo! Allah does not notice your faces nor does He see your (Outward) actions but instead He keeps His gaze upon your hearts and intentions.
The Faqeers are the Masters-of-Qalb and their Maratib are of the Mahboob.
Allah Almighty says: And keep yourself (O Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam) patiently with those who call on their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made neglectful of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own greed and whose affair (deeds) has been lost. (18:28)
[WHAT IS RIYA?]
Hence, that person, who is the enemy of Faqeers, he is the enemy of God and he, who has friendship with Dunya (World), is the one, who is of the People of Riya.
(Saying of the Holy Prophet of Allah Hazrat Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam)
Riya is more drastic than Kufr, and Kufr is from the Fire.
Avert the Omnipotence of God and the Jazb of the Faqeers lest you should sink to the bottom earth like Qaroon! And the enemies of Faqeers are never without three philosophies: first, they do not like the Zikr-e-Jehr of the Name Allah and the Name Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam. Thus, such people are the hypocrites who become sulky with the Name Allah and Name Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam and cheerful with the name of Satan and the worldly provisions of sustenance.
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