Numerous people came in this world, performed extra-ordinary deeds for the betterment of humanity. After passing away, they were remembered for the welfare acts, which they performed. Nonetheless, there are a few chosen ones who did such revolutionary and reformative actions in religious, social and political spheres, whose influence would remain untarnished till the end. Some selected and blessed souls were sent only for the guidance of human beings, for the inculcation and development of moral conduct and character of human beings, for the promotion and spread of mutual fraternity, integrity, solidarity, social justice and equality. These personalities, because of their spiritual might and effect, purified outer as well as inner selves of people and strengthened the oneness of Muslim community and nation.
In this age of turmoil, sectarianism and bigotry,Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali (Allah bless his Soul)” born on 14th of August 1947 (27th Ramzan-ul-Mubarik)”, a descendant of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah bless his Soul), whose shrine is in the district Jhang, started a movement named as “Islahee Jamaat” (Edifying Movement) in 1987, when he was of forty years. In the beginning, he guided and enlightened, outwardly as well as inwardly, a few selected disciples. The hallmark of this guidance was to keep the Jamaat (movement) or organization free from all forms of sectarianism and extremism. It was such a new, different and unique mission for the modern shrine or mystic system that people from all sorts of thinking and background not only liked it but also offered physical and material sacrifice for its rapid promotion and proliferation.
The mission spread through Pakistan and many other countries in no time. The sole secret for its speedy growth is its purity, enlightenment and also that it provided the Muslims a platform for which they had been waiting for centuries. His (Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali’s (Allah bless his Soul)) preaching revolve around identification and recognition of Allah, which is also the real purpose of man’s life. When a person goes astray from his actual mission, his spiritual peace becomes stagnant, consequently he gets entangled in physical and spiritual problems, for which he does not have any concrete or permanent solution. People in today’s world are caught in materialism and a tangible solution to this problem is required. In this context, Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali (Allah bless his Soul) favoured the whole Muslim community (Ummah) by devising a comprehensive program in the light of Qura’n and Sunnah.
Initially only a few closest and nearest disciples attained inner peace and satisfaction by accepting this mission but gradually it made consistent progress and people warmly accepted this compact, comprehensive and according-to-Sunnah mission. After purging one’s inner self, one attains Divine Unification and there is no scope for sectarianism after such Unification. The founder of Islahee Jamaat battled against sectarianism. He entirely transformed and revolutionized the inner self of every one who came close to him. Many cruel and stonehearted persons, after looking at this attractive and blessed face, became mild and had this realization that, despite their sins and crimes, they also deserved blessings and mercy of Allah. They admitted that this character and personality, Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali (Allah bless his Soul), is the real representation and shade of the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Hadrat MUHAMMAD (blessing and salutation be on him). They confessed that awareness of the essence and spirit of Islam is the real ascension of humanity. They not only embraced this mission but also devoted their lives to convey it to others. It is exactly like what happened fourteen hundred years ago in Arab where the Light of Truth spread over the social set up of the whole region and within no time brightened the lives of confused, uncouth and perverted people. In a short span of time, rays of this sacred Light, after changing the Arabian Peninsula into an Islamic State, spread to other countries and now have reached almost to all countries.
In the modern era, some narrow-minded bigots have caused rifts in the social fabric of Muslim community and endangered the unity of the Muslim community (ummah). To check and counter their nefarious designs and activities, Allah sent, in the line of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah bless his Soul), a figure, who devotedly followed the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet MUHAMMAD (blessing and salutation be on him) and worked as spiritual guide and mentor for humanity to enlighten their souls. Thousands and thousands of people entered into his discipleship. He devoted whole of his life to promote this mission and to eliminate sectarianism and rifts of all sorts among Muslims.
Following the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Hadrat MUHAMMAD (blessing and salutation be on him), he visited almost all parts of the country to preach and convey this mission. Every body sitting in his company received his bounties. His blessings and favours were above any discrimination of color or race, literate or illiterate, white or black, aged or young, every one was equal in his eyes. The situation in his company was similar to this saying “Whosoever had an eye contact, became blessed from destitute.” The focal point of his sayings and preaching was the teaching of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah bless his Soul), which solely is about Ism-e-Allah Zaat (Personal name of Allah). His conversation also revolved around Ism-e-Allah Zaat. He often used to say that if one remembers Allah through Ism-e-Allah Zaat, it gets imprinted on one’s heart and ensuingly other impurities like jealousy, pride, hatred etc. vanish from that heart. He considered these evils as breeding ground for sectarianism. He often used to say that the form of sectarianism, of which majority is ignorant and which is most lethal, is extreme greed, materialism and obedience of evil self (Nafse-Ammara) these evils engender all kinds of rifts and divisions. To purge heart from these vices, it is necessary and inevitable to recognize Oneness of Allah. When people will remember Ism-e-Allah Zaat, every shade of sectarianism and extremism would be ultimately eliminated, there would be the sort of fraternity among them, which was among the Holy Companions.
Thanks to Allah, now there are hundreds thousands of such persons, who after embracing this sacred mission, have become a solid and concrete whole. Each of them prefers others to his own self. All this revolution is only because of the kindness and spiritual might o Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali (Allah bless his Soul) i. Now this mission is being carried out by his sons. Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Ali, his eldest son, is heading, supervising its successful promotion. May it continue till the end.