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A person once objected and said that a certain Sheikh had given
his mureed (disciple) Khilafat, and some time later the
same Khalifa* was seen flagrantly indulging in sins.
How then could that Sheikh grant such a person the distinguished
mantle of Khilafat?
…Therefore we have to understand as to when Khilafat is conferred.
Once, after giving Khilafat to one of his mureeds, Maulana
Waseeullah (Rahmatullah ‘alaih), (May Allah
Ta’ala fill his grave with noor) said : “This Khilafat
is based on your present condition.” … and most
of the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala) say the same;
that based on the commendable condition that the mureed has attained
in their company, they are granting the ‘Khilafat’.
In fact, due to the responsibility and trust connected with the ‘Khilafat’,
Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih)
was wont to present a name list of his Khulafa for every passing
year, wherein mention would be made as to who had been granted Khilafat
and whose Khilafat had been withdrawn, due to neglect and disregard
of its conditions.
* Deputy or representative of a Sheikh.
One Khalifa’s Khilafat was withdrawn after a severe
chastisement from his Sheikh, because he had paid half the train
fare for his son, who was 13 years old but who could easily pass
for a child under the age of 12.
Nevertheless, it is not necessary that this spiritual ‘health’ and ‘well-being’ will
prevail all the time. If such a person does not maintain his condition,
then we cannot blame the Sheikh for that.