A`udhu billahi min as Shaytan ir Rajeem. Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim
Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaada, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid
Ati` allaha wa `ati ar-rasula wa uli'l-amri minkum.
It is surprising to still see people interested in accepting these kinds of gatherings. I am surprised that with all this entertainment around the world and temptations, people are leaving their homes and coming here, spending some time in such gatherings. It is a proof of piety and sincerity still within human beings, especially when parents bring their children to sit and attend because they will raise them on such kind of environment that it is very acceptable and very loved by Sayyidina Muhammad . Human nature always wants to go astray; it does not like to sit and keep following the footsteps of Sayyidina Muhammad . Those who are not happy with such gatherings, you will find them on the other side. So my master, may Allah give him long life, Sayyidi Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, is very happy when he sees such groups around the world remembering Allah and remembering Sayyidina Muhammad . Especially those whom, although they are Muslim, were not raised to be dedicated to Islam and especially those who were not Muslim but who were guided to Islam. And also Mawlana Shaykh is happy with those not raised as real (practicing) Muslims but were only “Muslims” by name, and they accepted to come and attend and worship the best way they can. Allah is happy with them and Prophet is happy with them and their rewards cannot be described! So no one really knows the hearts, except Allah . And He gave his Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad that knowledge, and Prophet gave awliyaullah that knowledge, to see what is going in hearts of people. Everyone knows what is in his heart, i.e., what he is planning, but no one knows it except that person alone and also the teacher (shaykh, murshid); with permission of Prophet they are able to read the hearts. We have to know that Allah is seeing us, and Prophet is seeing us by Allah's authority and order, and awliyaullah are seeing us by Prophet’s order. The shaykh can see and hear his mureed; every movement comes to his ears like thunder. `Ilm al-quloob (knowledge of hearts) is for awliyaullah. That is why munafiqoon (hypocrites) thought what is in their hearts was hidden (as Allah speaks in Holy Qur`an about them). And that is why they say things to please you but their hearts are completely against you. If they did that to Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad , and Allah revealed too many verses against them, what do you think in such environment and time today? Are they going to sit still or go faster in projects, programs and plans?
Munafiqoon are trying to use Allah’s message, and I am speaking about those who are Muslim, (and) in all other religions, as well; they are using Allah's message to reach their goals which are completely different (from our goals). If you examine teachings of a real wali from the teachings of a “so-called” wali, you will find a great difference between them. One wants to express his knowledge and put words together to make his presentation highly academic, and the other uses a very simple method or very simple words, but they hit the heart like an arrow! That is a wali, and you can notice that by how they speak. The so-called wali or scholar speaks and you can see their arrogance and how they feel about themselves.
So next time when you are on Sufilive.com listening to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, try to focus on the way he speaks, on the way he is expressing himself. You can see him waiting for an inspiration coming to his heart to speak. It is not like a scholar, keep giving different statements out of his books that he memorized. I will tell you frankly that since I knew Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, I never saw him memorizing anything. His heart is connected to Prophet directly and he is speaking spontaneously, and his words are like missiles. If you don’t feel it, your heart will feel it.
Sufilive.com viewership is increasing; we are now rated the 4th channel of the top 1000 channels on Livestream.com (global)!Because awliyas words are like rockets of nur or light that are reaching hearts of people (and pulling them to the broadcasts).
Hundreds of thousands of people are listening every 24 hours. We don’t know where they are from; we know some of them, some we cannot know. Why? Because awliyas words are like rockets of nur or light that are reaching hearts of people (and pulling them to the broadcasts). Similarly, on a small scale, in every country there are many different locations for Mawlana Shaykh’s students who listen and gather, and they are blessed to be together under the banner of a wali considered Sultan al-Awliya! We consider our shaykh as Sultan al-Awliya, and I don’t want to criticize others who might call their shaykh Sultan al-Awliya, but we have to be very careful about to whom we are listening and from whom we are taking in all these different locations around the world, about who is really dedicated to Mawlana's love and who is not. I can say that most of them, not all of them, for sure they are dedicated to love of Mawlana, or else why to make location if they have no love to the shaykh? In our tariqah and many other tariqahs it is the same.
But you have to be careful for the handful who are using the name of the shaykh solely to reach their benefit and advantage. Like one rotten apple in the basket will contaminate the whole basket or an entire huge bag of apples, in days. So we have to be very careful. I am speaking in general, in Naqshbandi Tariqah or in other tariqahs where there are such problems, and they existed also in time of Prophet . Some munafiqoon mingled among the Sahaba, the holy companions of Prophet . They tried to disturb the Sahaba (r) and contaminate them with their rotten ideas by using the names of Allah and His Prophet , but they were against Allah and His Prophet. And Allah has asked us to avoid them and be careful of them.
As we can see today, people might ask, “Why are you wasting your time, wasting your energy, wasting your money,
driving or flying long distances?” Or this question may come to your heart also, as Shaytan is big hypocrite (and might inspire it). But in doing so, and stepping over your Shaytan and coming here, you are not coming to the one who is speaking, you are coming to the original one to whom you intended. You are coming because of your love of Mawlana Shaykh and so this will be rewarded as if you have travelled all the way (to Mawlana Shaykh in Lefke)! The time you spend here is as if you went all the way to his place and spent the time there, because his secret is what is making us to speak. And Grandshaykh `AbdAllah ad-Daghestani’s love and our love to Grandshaykh and his generosity, from this Grandshaykh said in many occasions about the importance of the halaqa, circle and associations under someone who has been authorized to speak on their behalf.
Grandshaykh gave Mawlana Shaykh Nazim two helpers to spread that message under the name of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. And sha`at as-suduf, coincidence came and we are found to be here. So this majlis (holy gathering) is getting its baraka from Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and from Grandshaykh all the way to Prophet ! So it is not a waste of time and is considered complete worshipness in that time (when you are here or visiting Mawlana Shaykh in Cyprus) that been written for everyone visiting, everyone staying, every moment (in travelling here, being here) is rewarded. Not only sitting in the subhah only, but in staying here or wherever, you will be rewarded for every second as if you are in full worshipness! So we have to be very careful from some bad apples that might contaminate the good apples, and I am speaking in general. As Prophet said, you have to be very careful from the munafiq, `aleemun bi 'l-lisaan jahoolan bi 'l-qalb, “Every eloquent in tongue but ignorant in his heart.” He might divert you to somewhere else, where you lose your way and lose your destiny. So try to focus on the next lecture of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and check the way he speaks: very simple, weak English language, but conveying priceless knowledge. When you look very carefully, you can trace the connection like tracing an email to the sender’s IP address, to see where it came from. If you focus carefully you find it goes all the way to Prophet's heart. Like a magnet, Mawlana Shaykh is taking and giving fresh from Prophet's heart!
If you look at someone else, you cannot trace his signal because his IP address is his own ego; it doesn’t go further. But if you trace Mawlana Shaykh's IP address there is no ego, and you can feel the presence of Prophet in his speech! That is why it is important to listen to his speech. This is (just now) inspired by Mawlana, foe me to say it.
Encourage others to listen to the broadcast; listen to the main station, which is the station of
Prophet! When Allah revealed Holy Qur`an to Prophet, did anyone hear it? Only Prophet heard that Heavenly Voice, and Sahaba were the only ones to hear Prophet's holy voice. Everyone else heard the Holy Qur`an either from Sahaba or from imams who came after them up to today, you are far from the main station; the broadcast is becoming less and less and less (it is diluted). That is why if you are not connected with the main station, the way of reading the Qur`an is not perfect. Awliyaullah are able to listen through their lineage (silsalah) directly to what Prophet —the main source--is telling them. It is a direct connection; you hear it in the sound of your shaykh, but he is hearing directly from the heart of Prophet . So there is no between you and Prophet except one!
Because is it coming so strong, you are hearing it directly. If you listen to other scholars, their teachings are coming from books. As we said yesterday, what benefit is in memorizing books and not practicing the knowledge?
So it is big difference when you are getting a direct connection, that is enough for you in dunya and akhira!
It is as we believe, it is coming on the tongue of the shaykh from Prophet , so that is carrying an immense light, and mercy and blessings, that Prophet is splitting, disseminating to awliyaullah.
What do you think, if you are getting that from the head of awliyaullah? There is no one who will block you! Your shaykh is there to unblock whatever is blocked! That is why it is important to listen when Mawlana Shaykh speaks. When he stands during the suhbah, at that moment he is in the Divine Presence, asking Prophet to make that association a fruitful association. Some scholars might not have even have wudu when they give a presentation. Mawlana Shaykh stands with respect when he mentions Prophet , and often he stands each time he mentions Prophet. In one subhah he stood 20 times because the presence of Prophet was immense on that association. On Sufilive, see those sitting there, how they are honored by that presence and manifestation that of mercy and blessing coming! It is not just for only those present with Mawlana Shaykh in that suhbah to be rewarded, so he got from Prophet when he petitioned, “Ya Sayyidee, Ya Rasulullah! Let those sitting with me and those who are watching will receive same level!” So any such gathering, even watching, is getting blessing as if you are there visiting him, and anyone visiting a wali means that wali is obliged and responsible to take him to visit the Prophet , as Prophet said, “man zaara qabree wajabat lahu shafa`atee - Whoever visits my grave will get my shafa`a (intercession).”
Awliayullah will take followers to visit Prophet in his presence, Prophet will give them his shafa`a and bring them with him in Paradise! All these rewards are there, but we have to be careful from some bad apples that might contaminate us and make a problem. We are weak. We don’t deserve anything except beatings! We are garbage.
We are donkeys; not you, I am donkey, the rest you are horses! So donkeys, wake them up, we are donkeys! Donkeys are a sign of ignorance.
وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ
Waqsid fee mashyika w'aghdud min sawtika inna ankara al-aswaati la-sawtu'l-hameer
"And be moderate in thy pace, and lower thy voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass." Luqman [31:19]
The most disgusting sound of creatures Allah created is the braying of the donkey.
It means donkeyness is our characteristic; it means ignorance. We are ignorant, so we must open our eyes. Even Prophet was worried from these bad apples. What he said?
akhwafu ma akhaafu `ala ummatee munafiq `aleemul-lisan.
What I most fear for my ummah is munafiq with very eloquent tongues.
You see many study Shari`ah and they are not Muslim; they teach it and they are bad apples. A university professor who teaches Islam but is not practicing Islam is a munafiq, a bad apple. Anytime you sit in his presence and listen to him, your heart is filled with darkness; his whole association is darkness. That one is not fit to be in a place except where they spit on him! Those who are professors and teachers of Islam and don’t practice Islam are the worst. They are contaminating the whole education system. Today they are mostly secular people teaching Islam.
Prophet said, “I fear most for my ummah that one who is munafiq and who is eloquent by his tongue (when he speaks, people listen), but he is not the one who has light in his heart; he has darkness and Shaytan is with him.”
You can compare, when Mawlana says something you can feel he is connected with Prophet ; others are connected with their ego. Prophet is worried; should we not be worried?? We have to open our eyes and there are people who don’t know Shari`ah and tariqah and nasaboo li anfusikum and “gave themselves a position to guide students.” What they are guiding them to? To a deep valley where comes to them wolves to get them any moment! Such gatherings and meetings, for the love of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, from the time the person came and until he goes, is considered full worshipness. His eating, sleeping, every act—because he came for Allah and went for Allah! So we have to be very careful of that munaafiq who speaks well. Prophet said, (in many different narrations from Bukhari, most of them in authentic hadith):
وعن أبي عبد الرحمن عبد الله بن مسعود -رضي الله عنه- قال حدثنا رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- وهو الصادق المصدوق: إن أحدكم يُجمع خلقه في بطن أمه أربعين يوماً نطفة، ثم يكون علقة مثل ذلك، ثم يكون مضغة مثل ذلك، ثم يرسل إليه الملك فينفخ فيه الروح، ويؤمر بأربع كلمات: بكتْبِ رزقه، وأجله، وعمله، وشقي أو سعيد، فوالله الذي لا إله إلا غيره إن أحدكم ليعمل بعمل أهل الجنة حتى ما يكون بينه وبينها إلا ذراع فيسبق عليه الكتاب فيعمل بعمل أهل النار فيدخلها، وإن أحدكم ليعمل بعمل أهل النار حتى ما يكون بينه وبينها إلا ذراع فيسبق عليه الكتاب فيعمل بعمل أهل الجنة فيدخلها رواه البخاري ومسلم
inna ahadakum yujma` khulqihi fee batani ummihi arba`eena yawman, “A child’s formation in the womb of his mother begins to take shape within 40 days, and then in another 40 days it will be in a different cycle, thumma yakoona alaqatin mithlu dhaalik, “then he will be clot hanging in the womb of the mother, thumma yakoonu mudghatin mithlu dhaalik, and then after his formation he will become bigger, thumma yuba`th allahu malakan wa fa yanfukhu feehi ’r-rooh, wa yu’mar bi arba` kalimaat, then Allah sends him an angel and that angel will give him four words. That angel has to send the soul to the body of the child. That angel blows in him the soul. The angel will be told (by Allah swt), aktub rizqahu wa `amalahu wa ajaluha a shaqqiyan aw sa`eed, “Write what he is going to do in dunya, that I already know; write it, as I want it to be a witness in Judgment Day.”
Why Allah needs a witness? Can you speak there? All prophets and their nations are shaking on that day, worried and afraid of what Allah is going to ask them! That is why they come to Sayyidina Muhammad , to seek his intercession.
So all your deeds in dunya are already known. It is in your blueprint; when Allah, through His will, created you from His Beautiful Name al-Khaaliq, “The Creator,” immediately the plan came from His Beautiful Name al-Qaadir, “The Powerful,” and like huge building constructed of every single moment in your life, already your blueprint has been written and they already know what you are going to do, even how many hairs are in your beard! You don’t know; I don’t know. If you don’t even know that, what do you know? What do you know from your inner self if from your outer self you know nothing?
So then O ghulam, O mureed, O student, O servant of Allah—why are you claiming knowledge when you don’t know the number hairs in your beard? That is the example Allah gave to measure your knowledge of self. No one can count the hairs in his head, or the cells in his body. That angel knows, and that Divine Voice says, “Write the action of that servant!” And as soon as that voice comes it is written in a moment, and Prophet said, uktub `amalahu and in one instant it is written. One button he presses and it is written! And that is so fast, and that angel will be always with that person until he leaves dunya.
And then the Voice will say, wa rizqahu, “Write whatever provision he will get.” And whatever you eat or drop of water or whatever money or wealth you get, in one instant it is written. No thinking; it is there.
Allah says it, Prophet is describing it to us. wa ajalahu, “And write the day of his death, the moment, measured in breaths. How many breaths you breathe in and out is your ajal in dunya, not how many days you have lived. No. the moment you can no longer breathe, that is death. Then the Voice will say, shaqeein aw sa`eed, “Write if he will be from the happiest people or from the punished people.” shaqee means someone is like qat`at at-turuq, like gangs. To be gangs or to be with the happiest people; from hellfire or from Paradise.
(SIDEBAR) Why in hadith sometimes the word shaqee “gangs” appears before “good person”? Even in Holy Qur`an, fa-alhamahaa fujooraha wa taqwaaha (He inspired it with the knowledge of right and wrong). Because Allah wants khatimat al-umoor the ending of everyone to be good! That is why shaqee is written first and sa`eed follows, because the bad will be down and good rising up.
That is all written: his `amal, his rizq, his day of death, and if at death he will be with bad or good people. That is all done in seconds, “Kun!” (Allah said “be” and it is!) Before the nun enters the kaf, it happens. yanfukhu feehi ar-ruh, “Then the angel blows in him the soul”, then the child begins to move in the womb of the mother. All these issues have been uploaded into the child; before birth they upload all this in the child’s DNA. Scientists say DNA holds what is in your body, but, in fact, all that you will do in dunya is written in your DNA after these plans have been uploaded to that chip in your mind.
Some children die in the womb because their angel did not complete these four issues, or one of the four is not complete. Some die in the womb; others are born disabled. Only the child who has all four written is in perfect shape and the soul reaches him immediately.
قال الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم ( إن الرجل ليعلم بعمل أهل الجنة حتى ما يكون بينه وبينها إلا ذراع فيسبق عليه الكتاب فيعمل بعمل أهل النار فيدخلها ، وإن الرجل ليعمل بعمل أهل النار حتى ما يكون بينه وبينها إلا ذراع فيسبق عليه الكتاب فيعمل بعمل أهل الجنة فيدخلها(
inna ar-rajulun la ya`mal bi-`amalin ahla’l-jannat hatta maa yakoonu bayynahu wa bayniha illa dhira`a fayasbiq `alayhi’l-kitaab fay`amal bi-`amal ahlin-naari fayadkhuluha. Wa inna ar-rajul la ya`mal bi-`amalin min ahli’n-naari hatta maa yakoonu bayynahu wa bayniha illa dhira`a fayasbiq `alayhi’l-kitaab fay`amal bi-`amal ahlil-jannah fayadkhuluha.
You might be very dedicated all your life and then at any moment you decide to do something very bad, which takes you to the other side and at end you go to Hell. There was one very pious, sincere servant and they asked hal ra'aita rabbuk. law ma ra'aayta la qata`t min makaanee, “Did you see your Lord?” He answered, “If I did not see Him, I would have been cut to pieces.” It means seeing not with vision, but seeing with tawheed, belief in divine oneness. At this level, the heart is always in remembrance of the Creator.
We will stop here, but I encourage people to watch Mawlana Shaykh on sufilive.com. If they miss the live broadcast they can watch the recording, but to watch live is better and the other is like a photocopy, but still you get the blessings. The moment the live broadcast begins, the tap is open, the pipe from Prophet to Mawlana Shaykh is open and he will take you to that holy presence. But when you see it later, that pipe is not open; then you are in the presence of the shaykh but not in the presence of Prophet . Sometimes they ask why Mawlana Shaykh is delayed. Why? Is Prophet not on time? Those who are in that pipe, in that moment that pipe is in the heavenly environment, in the presence of Prophet , and you will be dressed with it. That is why those sitting there in the association with Mawlana get that tajalli. So Mawlana petitioned Prophet , “Let everyone watching me receive that tajalli.” Timing is important, as Mawlana’s tap is always open, but there is no permission to open it to others until that precise moment, so Mawlana delays the broadcast. When he begins, the tap of divine energy from Sayyidina Muhammad to Mawlana Shaykh is open to others. May Allah give him long life and give us with him long life to see Sayyidina Mahdi (a) and Sayyidina `Isa (a)!
bi hurmatil ’l-habeeb, bi hurmatil ’l-Fatiha.
And with that little bit we are drowned! Bahr from Mawlana Shaykh’s ocean.
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