Said Sulayman, ‘O members of my chamber, which one of you can bring me her throne before this; that they come in my respected court; submitting? An extremely evil jinn said, ‘I will present that throne in your respected court before this; that your highness terminates this assembly, and I am indeed powe,jul and trustworthy upon it.’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 19, Surah An-Naml, Ayah 38-39)
After listening to the address of the jinn, Sayyiduna Sulayman said, ‘I wish that the throne must reach in my court even before than that.’ Hearing this, Sayyiduna Sulayman’s minister, Sayyiduna Asif Bin Barkhiya who was blessed with the knowledge of the Ism-e-A’ zam and was a marvellous friend of Allah said to Sayyiduna Sulayman, as it is stated in the Holy Quran:
He, who had knowledge of the Book, submitted; that, ‘I will present it in your majesty’s court before the blink of an eye.’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation ofQuran)J (Part 19, SurahAn-Naml, Ayah40)
Therefore, through his spiritual power, Sayyiduna Asif Bin Barkhiya pulled that throne from the land of Saba to Bayt-ul-Muqaddas in the palace of Sayyiduna Sulayman . That throne travelled beneath the earth and it appeared instantly near the royal chair of Sayyiduna Sulayman. After seeing the throne, Sayyiduna Sulayman said:
This is from the Favours of my Lord; so that He may test me whether I give thanks or I am ungrateful; and whoever gives thanks only gives thanks for his own good, and whoever is ungrateful, then my Lord is Ever Independent, Possessor of all excellences.’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation ofQuran)] (Part 19, SurahAn-Naml, Ayah40)
It is proven from this Quranic event that Allah bestows His friends with extreme spiritual powers. You can see that Sayyiduna Asif Bin Barkhiya fetched the throne of Bilqees from the land of Saba to the holy court of Sayyiduna Sulayman in a wink of an eye without moving a single inch from his place. Similarly, several friends of Allah have called many people and animals from far-off areas within an instant. All this is demonstration of spiritual powers that are conferred by Allah to His friends.
Therefore, never consider those blessed people (Awliya) to be identical to you and never underestimate the physical power of their organs to be like that of ordinary people. To consider the friends of Allah to be same as ordinary people is undoubtedly ignorance. Sayyiduna Maulana Roomi has delineated this issue in his Masnawi:
Most of the people misguided as they were un-acquainted with the friends of Allah.
People considered the chosen people of Allah similar to them and considered themselves to be at the level ofAmbiya.
Those people could not realise due to their ignorance that there is a big difference between them and in the friends ofAllah.
The summary of this poem is that the friends of Allah should not be considered as ordinary human beings, instead they should be given true reverence and respect with the belief that these chosen people have special blessings of Allah unto them and they are kings of the spiritual world. These people can shun away troubles with the permission of Allah . It is necessary to pay respect to their graves as the blessings and mercy of Allah shower on the graves of these saints. Moreover, the person who pays visit to the graves of these holy saints out of love and devotion, he will surely harvest the blessings.
In the present times, the Wahabiyah sect is found to be disrespectful towards the friends of Allah. It is my advice to my Sunni brothers to always keep away from the company of these misguided people. Do not be deceived from their apparent simple clothes and excessive worship as their hearts are very dirty and polluted and these people are deprived of the virtues of the true faith.