These are the Maratib of the Zikr. Through the Asbaat of the Zikr the Living bulk of the Zikr turns dead and the dead bulk turns Living. It is not an easy to achieve Maratib for the Zaakir keeping inside the Zikr. Great Mushahida of the Secrets and Mysteries of Lord is in the Zikr.
The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam said that: "the foremost Obligation amongst all obligations is the Zikr of Lord. Laaa-Ilaaha Ill-Allahu Muhammad-ur-Rasoolu-Allah (there is none worthy of worship except Allah; Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah)"
[The Zaakir Murshid shows to the Seeker the entire Maratib in the very first day]. That Murshid, who does not reveal unto the Seeker the entire Maratib of the Zikr of Lord in the very first day and does not show to him, Talqeen of Zikr should not be taken from him as all the Maratib of Zikr (with him) are [all] Imperfect, Incomplete and Immature.
The Zikr of the Name-Allah-the-Essence (Ism-e-Allah-Zaat) is the Noor of Lord. The Zaakir is always the Favorite (and Accepted one) of the gaze of Allah. Four Maratib are destined to the Zaakir from Allah Almighty:
1. The Martaba of Mercy
2. The Martaba of Secret
3. The Martaba of Beneficence
4. The Martaba of Fazal
In addition, these four are the witnesses of the Zaakir: Two in the realm of the living (Hayaat) and two in the realm of the dead (Mamaat). That Zaakir, whose are not these four witnesses of the realm of the living (Hayaat) and the realm of the dead (Mamaat), he cannot be said to be Zaakir but instead he is Imperfect. The witnesses in the realm of life and the Living) are:
1. He is the Zaakir, who takes the creatures unto the Marifat of Lord and the Majlis of Muhammad Sal Allahu Alaihe Wa Aa-lehee Wa-sallam at once through the Visualization of the Name-Allah-the-Essence (Ism-e-Allah-Zaat)
2. (And) keeps the Nafs restrained against lust, greed and desire.
These are the two witnesses in the realm of the dead (Mamaat) are:
The first witness is that after the death of the Zaakir, his Qalb should come in emotion and passion by the Zikr of Lord and from each hair (on his body) should come the voice of the chants of "Allah" "Allah" "Allah", Sirr Hu Sirr Hu, Hu al Haq Hu al Haq" and whosever happens to visit the grave of the Zaakir, life should be received by his Ruh; his Nafs turns dead, (and) his Qalb sooner becomes endowed with life (Hayaat). By visiting his grave, the visitor gets the Zikr during his very life.
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