As it befits a spiritual guide, Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib is fully aware of the times we are living in and is cognisant of the changing dynamics of the traditional tariqa method. His teachings and exhortations reflect this understanding.
He does not burden those disciples who are in the tariqa for blessing [baraka] with lengthy litanies that are reserved for those who are serious in their spiritual wayfaring. With this prelude, we present here some of his lessons, sayings and advice:
A Fundamental Hadith
Over the past few years, he has constantly exhorted in many public speeches to pay special attention to the following Prophetic tradition [hadith]:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَفْشُوا السَّلَامَ وَأَطْعِمُوا الطَّعَامَ وَصَلُّوا بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّاسُ نِيَامٌ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِسَلَامٍ
“O people, spread peace, feed the hungry, and pray at night when people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise in peace.” — See: web link.
In his words, this blessed hadith is as simple as it gets to the heart of the matter. If one assiduously implements it in this age, the doors of Wilaya will be opened to him and her. He explains:
- “Spreading peace” includes giving the Islamic greeting of Salam to both known and unknown persons, and being a source of peace and solace to the people we come in contact with.
- “Feeding the hungry” does not discriminate between the rich and the poor. Feeding is the only act of charity that makes the receiver say: “enough”!
- “Praying at night when people are sleeping” is a Divine gift for the elect. It ensures that ostentation is absent and sincerity is present in one’s worship and actions.
At the end of his official visit to Singapore in December 2012, he left with the following poignant message:
“Hold on to the rope of Allah. Beware, egos run wild in places like these. Today’s youths are tomorrow’s pillars; engage with them positively. Work with other groups for the common good of all. Nobody is above the Shari’a, and the Tariqa is not a cult. Don’t get into vile and despicable arguments about whose Sheikh is better; remember the flesh of scholars is poisonous.
Remind people respectfully when you see them going astray; even if you disagree with someone for a legitimate reason, give him his right. Perform your obligations, persevere with your daily Dhikr [wird], and establish the Ratib Jalaliyyah in your community. May Allah protect Singapore and her people.”