Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Extract from ‘Aashiq-e-Sawdiq’ by
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh)
My spiritual mentor, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) once asked me: “How many kinds of intoxicating drinks are there?”
I replied : “I do not know.”
Hazrat (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) then explained to me that there are three kinds of intoxicants :
· The first is the intoxicating wine of ‘Dunya’. The majority on the face of the earth are intoxicated with something of the earth: gold, silver, property, business, fashion, cars, etc. Yet this ‘Dunya’ is something that is neither ‘Azali’ nor ‘Abadi’ – meaning that it was not existent previously. It has been created. Added to this it will not remain forever. It will one day perish.
· The second kind of intoxicant is the intoxication of the Aakhirah (Hereafter). Jannah is the drink of the Aakhirah. Even though it is not ‘Azali’ (from all times), it is ‘Abadi – meaning that it will not be destroyed. It will exist into eternity. This intoxicant is permissible; in fact it is recommended to seek.
· The third kind of intoxicant is the intoxication of ‘HAQ’. The drink of DIVINE LOVE. This is unique and unparalleled as it is neither created nor will it perish. It was. It is. It will always be.
This drink is exclusive to the Ahlullah. If we desire ‘the drink of the pure love of our Master, Allah Ta’ala’, we will have to keep company with His lovers. Their generosity is such that they share the same with those who have the thirst.
 Dunya : The material world
 Jannah : Paradise
 Haq : The Truth. This is one of the Attributes of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala is Existent, from all times and forever.
 Ahlullah : The people of Allah Ta'ala