The following is taken from SIRAAJ-AL-AWAARIF
Hazrat Allamah Sayyid Abul-Husain Ahmad-e-Noori Al- Husaini Al-Qaadiri Barkaati Marehrawi (rah)
and translated by Shaykh Abdul Hadi Al-Qadiri Razawi
Some false Sufis say that the path of Sharee’ah is different to the path of Tareeqah. Such Sufis have no dealings with Sharee’ah. O ignorant! Listen carefully to my advice so that you may be saved from destruction. May Allah Y have Mercy upon you and guide you.
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah r is the Master of two stations. He guides the misguided towards Allah Y and perfects the imperfect. This was his mission on earth, which he fully accomplished with precision. One of his stations was to guide in accordance to the Laws of Nubuwwah and the other was the perfection of Wilaayah. The Laws of Nubuwwah (guidance of mankind) are obvious and the mission of the perfection of Wilaayah was to increase the love of Allah Yin the hearts of His creation and draw them nearer to the Creator. Thus, he first imparted the knowledge of Islam to them and strengthened their beliefs on the Laws of Sharee’ah. Thereafter, he led them to spiritual perfection (Wilaayah). He never reversed this pattern or blessed anyone with Wilaayah by keeping him or her away from the Laws of Sharee’ah. By Allah Y! This has never happened or will ever happen. Whosoever desires or seeks Allah Y can never be exempt from the Laws of Sharee’ah. Open your ears and listen carefully! Sharee’ah is the tree and Tareeqah is its fruits. No fruit can come into existence without the tree. There are some trees that do not bare fruits.
The same applies to man. Man is never void of two conditions, that is, being a Moh’min or a Kaafir. There are two types of Moh’min - pious or sinner. The pious are of two types - Aalim or Jaahil. Then, there are two types of Aalims. The Aalim of the Laws of Nubuwwah or the Aalim of the Laws of Wilaayah. Wilaayah too has two states, Aa’m (general) or Khaas (special). This Ayah explains the general category:
الله ولي الذين آمنو ا *
All Moh’min are the Wali (friends) of Allah Y.
The special (Khaas) is referred to as, “The consciousness of every existence vanishes from his senses and he becomes extinct in the Divine Being of Almighty Allah Y.” This is known as special or exclusive Wilaayah, which the Saalik achieves by means of his spiritual struggle, devotions, and above all, by the Grace and Mercy of Allah Y.
In comparison to the Kaafir, Wilaayate-Aam (general Wilaayah) is achieved by mere entrance into Islam. A Moh’min in comparison to a Kaafir is a Wali and a pious in comparison to a sinner is a Wali. An Aalim in comparison to a Jaahil is a Wali. It is clear from these points that special Wilaayah (Khaas) cannot be achieved without Islam and its laws but Islam is found and exists without special Wilaayah.
An ordinary Muslim who is not a Wali is like a barren tree (without fruit) and an Aarif Muslim (Wali) is like the tree full of fruits. It is not necessary for every Muslim to be an Aarif (Wali). There are numerous Muslims who are not Aarifs. To be an Aarif, it is compulsory for one to be obedient to Islam and to the Laws of Sharee’ah. I (Sayyid Abul Husain Ahmad-e-Noori) tell you this and thoroughly understand this. May Allah Y help you in both the worlds.
The illustrious Sheikhain, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddique t and Sayyiduna Omar Al-Farooq t, are the fruits of the tree of Nubuwwah and they are our Masters and guides. The tree of Nubuwwah is the foundation and it is due to this that we are blessed with the Maarifah (Understanding) of Allah Y through which man reaches the stations of Wilaayah. The general Muslim public and the Noble Sufi fraternity must be thankful to the Sheikhain for being blessed with Islam and Irfaan (Secret Knowledge of Allah Y). It is solely through the Barkaat of the Sheikhain that the people of the past, the present and the future have, are and will receive the sacred gift of Islam and Irfaan. Had it not been for these two (Sheikhain), let alone Wilaayah, we would not have any knowledge of Islam.