Shaikh Muḥammad al-Kasnazan’s Voice Admonishes a Son Who Disrespected His Father

Date: 2013
Location: On the way from Bangalore to Bangarapet – Kolar – Karnataka

I went to preach with the driver and the late caliph ʿAbd al-Bashīr (may Allah show mercy on him) and his son Muḥammad Dhākir. On my way, I contacted the Shaikh’s servant who was then with the Shaikh. I told him that I had gone out to preach and needed help with a problem, which I explained to him. There was a married woman who had been a dervish for some time. She was suffering from a shake in her hands and feet and could not sleep. I heard the Shaikh tell the servant to ask me: “Did this condition start before or after she joined the Ṭarīqa?” I replied: “It started after she joined the Ṭarīqa.” The Shaikh said: “Let her stop doing the permanent dhikrs and do only the daily dhikrs.”[1]

While caliph ʿAbd al-Bashīr was informing the family of what the Shaikh had said, an argument ensued between him and his son Muḥammad Dhākir. The latter was arguing that he heard that the dervish should stop the daily dhikrs, whereas the father was rightly saying that she should stop the permanent dhikrs. The argument developed until the son shouted at his father. I immediately heard the Shaikh on my left side say: “Son, ‘do good to the parents’ (4.36). Tell Dhākir not to anger me.” I asked the driver to stop the car and took Dhākir aside and told him: “You have raised your voice to your father. The Shaikh is unhappy with you and says that you must not anger him.” Muḥammad Dhākir wept and kissed his father’s foot.


[1] The “permanent dhikrs” and “daily dhikrs” are two types of dhikrs of Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya.

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