Excerpts from
    Waqt has been used by
    Muslim Mystics to denote
    the spiritual state in
    which anyone finds
    himself, and by which he
    is dominated at the

    The world may become
    Hell for the possessor of
    'waqt' (time), because he
    is contemplating absence
    from heaven, or
    sometimes he may feel
    like being in Paradise, and
    every moment to him
    brings to him a gift and
    happy message from God.
1. One in the state of loss (faqd), the
place of separation
2. One in state of gain (wajd), the place
of union
Discourse on Sufi  States - Waqt &  Haal
Translated by
Reynold A. Nicholson
    Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) has
    said, “ I have a time (waqt)
    with God in which none of the
    Angels nor any of the
    Prophets rival me, in which
    eighteen thousand worlds do
    not occur to my mind and
    have no worth in my eyes.”
    (Qur'an: 53: 7-18) Hazrat
    Muhammad (SAW) – the
    chosen one (Mustafa) has
    been the noblest person and
    the noble are not engrossed
    save by that which is noble.
    Such times (awqat) for noble
    are two:
Waqt & Hazrat
Muhammad (SAW)
    According to Sahl (ra), “search of the
    knowledge of the state, i.e. the
    decision (hukm) of a man’s state.
    decision (hukm) of a man’s state.
    Which exists between him and God in
    this world and hereafter”.  The object
    of human knowledge should be to
    According to Sahl (ra), “search of the
    state, i.e. the decision (hukm) of a
    man’s state. Which exists between
    him and God in this world and
    hereafter”.  The object of human
    knowledge should be to know God
    and his commandments. Knowledge
    of “time” (ilm-al-aqt) and of all
    outward and inward circumstances of
    which the due effect depends on
    “time”, is incumbent upon everyone.
    It involves both: making Muslim’s
    profession of faith through devotion,
    and attainment of cognition through
    sincerity of heart.
    According to mystic tradition, ‘Ibn-al-
    waqt’ is a Sufi experiencing
    unbounded spiritual state, which is
    reflective of the gifts he has been
    bestowed. He is more prone to be
    ‘reactive’ and acquire emotional
    mode, and is termed as “Qalandar”
    and “Rind” as well. (Masnavi Maulvi
    Ma’navi, Urdu Translation &
    commentary by Qazi Sajjad Hussain,
    vol.1, p. 45).
    It happens so that his individual volition is
    cut off from him; it is impossible to invest
    him with any attribute, and whatever he
    does or experiences is the result of  
    “waqt”. No man can attain to the reality
    of “waqt” by exerting his choice, for
    “waqt” is a thing that does not come
    within the scope of human acquisition,
    that it should be gained by effort, nor is it
    sold in the market, tnhat anyone should
    give his life in exchange for it, and the will
    has no power either to attract or to repel
    it. That is why Sheikhs have said,

“Time is a cutting sword”.
(1)‘Past’ hereby may mean time before
coming into this world (adam); future
therefore is time in world hereafter; So
the Sufi is content with the relationship
with Divine at present.
(Pages 367-370 )
    Haal (state) is that which
    descends upon waqt (time)
    and adorns it, as the spirit
    adorns the body. ‘Waqt’ has
    need of  ‘Hal’, for waqt is
    beautiful by hal, he is no
    more subject to change and
    is made steadfast
    (mustaqim) in his state. If
    one has ‘waqt’ without hal’
    ‘‘hal’’ attaches itself, all his
    state becomes ‘waqt’ and
    cannot be lost. What seems
    to be coming and going
    development of (takawwun).
    A person may become
    forgetful. The tongue of the
    possessor of ‘hal’l is silent
    concerning his ‘hal’, but his
    actions proclaim the reality
    of his ‘hal’. ‘hal’ is also
    known as annihilation of
    speech (maqal).
Haal & Hazrat
Abraham (pbuh)
    He was not conscious of
    separation, that he should
    be stricken with grief, nor of
    union, that he should be
    filled with joy. The sun The
    sun and the moon and the
    stars contributed to his 'hal'
    (state), but he while gazing
    was independent of them:
    whatever he looked on, he
    saw only God and he said, "I
    love not those that set."
    (Qur'an, 6:76)
control of his spiritual state; he Ibn-al-
is the Sufi fully in control of his
spiritual state; he never lets the
common guess his spiritual heights, that
he has reached the knowledge of
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