‘Ishq-e-Rasool ‘the love for the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم’ is a topic which accelerates the palpitations in the heart of a devotee. The passions raise high; the tenderness and sadness of emotions start warming the heart and soul. The sparks of love start igniting; and the heart gets dragged to ‘the Soul of the universe and the Soul of mercy صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم’. The eagerness for seeing the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم and for visiting his enlightened shrine storms in mind. The state of the devotee recites:
Gham-e-hijr-e-Mustafa mayn mayri jan sulag rahi hay
Kabhi un ki ho ziyarat, yehi law lagi huyi hay
Jan hay ‘ishq-e-Mustafa rauz fuzoon karay Khuda
Jis ko ho dard ka mazah naz-e-dawa uthaye kyun
No doubt ‘Ishq-e-Rasool is an integral part of Iman because the actual Iman is from the actual devotion for the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم and the perfect Iman is conditional to the perfect love and devotion for the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم. So, for having the perfect love and devotion towards the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم, it is necessary to comply with the [commands of] the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم, reading and listening to the biographies and parables of the devotees of Rasool, mentioning the blessed things and sacred places having connection with the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم and beholding them are the best sources of strengthening and increasing ‘Ishq-e-Rasool.
The book ‘130 Parables of Devotees of Rasool (Including holy sites of Makkah and Madinah)’ [‘Aashiqan-e-Rasool ki 130 Hikayaat ma’ Makkay Madinay ki Ziyaratayn], is a very beautiful piece of compilation by Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Maulana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri Razavi دَامَتْ بَرَکاتُہُمُ الْعَالِیَہ. It is a remarkable addition in the chain of books written on the subject of ‘Ishq-e-Rasool’. It is not merely a book but rather it is from first to last page, full of blessed glimpses and spectacles of ‘Ishq-e-Rasool showing unique ways and genuine affection of true devotees of Rasool towards the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم.
The book begins with the blessed parables of pilgrims of Madinah. Total number of these parables is 51 which are enriched with deep devotion of devotees of Rasool to Madinah Munawwarah especially the renowned devotee of Rasool, ‘Aashiq-e-Madinah, most prominent leading figure of Maliki school of jurisprudence Sayyiduna Imam Maalik Bin Anas رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ. 12 blessed parables of the ‘Ishq-e-Rasool of Sayyiduna Imam Maalik Bin Anas رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ are the part of this book. There are 42 blessed parables of the pilgrims of Hajj describing their blessed visit to Haram Shareef and unique way of fear of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. In addition to all this, there are 4 parables of the pious women and the memoirs of 17 Islamic scholars. Readers will also have privilege to read 7 and 9 stories of jinns and animals respectively, included in this book.
This books contains beneficial information of the blessed sights of Makkah Mukarramah especially the excellence of the sacred city ‘Makkah’ mentioning 10 blessed names and 19 characteristics of this holy city, important and interesting information about Khanah Ka’bah and at the end of this chapter, this book contains details about 9 Masajid of Makkah Mukarramah.
Thereafter it encompasses the information of the Ziyaraat of Madinah Tayyibah which are the heart and soul of devotees of Rasool; the book especially carries the excellence of Madinah Munawwarah, 18 characteristics of Madinah, 12 blessed names of Madinah, description of the construction of Masjid-un-Nabawi and unique and interesting information regarding Raudah-e-Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم as well as the last few pages contain the precious detail about the 27 blessed Masajid of Madinah.
Buy this book from Maktaba-tul-Madinah, a publishing department of Dawat-e-Islami, besides reading it yourself, present it to others, اِنْ شَــآءَ الـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ, it will strengthen ‘Ishq-e-Rasool, enliven ‘heart and mind’ and ‘body and soul’, develop the yearning for obeying the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم and bring goodness in this life and Hereafter.