Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een.
Ramadan finished, passed, and we hope that Allah (swt) will show us more Ramadans to come and grant us to be in the time of the barakah that is coming from Heavens to Earth by the appearance of Saahib az-Zamaan, Imam Mahdi (a). All Awliya are awaiting his appearance,`Ulama don’t dare say it as they are worried, because they know the consequences will be a lot of problems. When he appear, everything will settle down and there will be tranquility as his appearance will bring everything together. We hope to see him and to see more Ramadans.
Allah (swt) said through His Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad (s):
كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان فى الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم
There are two words that are very easy to say, yet very heavy on the Scale, most beloved to The Merciful: “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Kaleemataan khafeefataani `ala ‘l-lisaani, “Two words are very light on the tongue.” Allah is giving us a gift, do you reject it? Allah said to His Prophet (s), who said to us, “Two words are very light on the tongue and very heavy on the Scale,” therefore, it is a gift for us to say it! SubhanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-Azheem, Praise be to Allah (swt) with His Endless Hamd! Whatever we say, if we say, “Shukria Allah,” it is not enough. He brought His Prophet (s) by night:
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى
Glory be to He Who transported His servant by night from the Inviolable House of Worship (at Mecca) to the Remote House of Worship (at Jerusalem). (Surat al-Israa’, 17:1)
The only one who went from dunya to Akhirah and came back is Sayyidina Muhammad (s). We are in dunya and the Divine Presence is in Akhirah. Dunya cannot carry the Divine Presence. Heavens are in Akhirah, they cannot be in dunya as it cannot carry, it will explode. Allah gave us that reward, that gift to always say, “SubhaanAllah, SubhaanAllah, SubhaanAllah….” As much as you are saying it, it is accepted.
You know when a speech writer writes a speech for someone, how many times does he edit what he wrote? Too many times. Allah gave us editors, His angels, to edit for us “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem.” When we say it here, it is not like the original; angels work to edit it to be as if it is said in Heaven, because when you turn your tongue to say “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi” it means you turn your key to the Door of Heaven. That’s why al-Haqeeqa hiya shayy` wa zaaroo wa shayyun aakhir, the Reality is something different from what is outward. What we see outwardly is completely different to the Reality, like a mirage in the desert: you see water, but when you go there you see nothing. So angels edit when you open your mouth saying “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi.”
This gathering is full of angels; it is not something I see and you don’t, all of us are seeing. If you cannot see with your physical eyes you can see with your heart’s eyes. Your heart has four eyes, two from front and two from back, and it can see 360 degrees. Awliyaullah see as they inherit from Prophet (s), and therefore, don’t say a Wali, man or woman, is a blind because as Awliya they have been dressed:
أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Behold! Verily on the Friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Surah Yunus, 10:62)
They are not in need of your confirmation, it is already confirmed! So here there are angels among us and if you don’t believe it, then you are not believing what Prophet (s) said:
مَا جَلَسَ قَوْمٌ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلا وَحَفَّتْهُمُ الْمَلائِكَةُ ، وَنَزَلَتْ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّكِينَةُ ، وَغَشِيَتْهُمُ الرَّحْمَةُ ، وَذَكَرَهُمُ اللَّهُ فِيمَنْ عِنْدَهُ
A group of people do not sit together remembering Allah except that angels encompass them, peacefulness descends on them, Mercy envelops them and Allah mentions them to those around Him. (Abu Dawood, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban)
If a group of people sit together remembering Allah (swt), angels will descend, circumambulate them and sit in circles with them. That’s why a closed circle will not allow Shaytan to enter; people must put their thighs close to each other, to leave no gaps.
When Awliyaullah order you to recite some awraad, angels will edit that, what Prophet (s) has ordered us to recite. However, what Allah ordered us to read of Holy Qur’an, Kaleemullah, His Ancient Words have no edition: as you read it, it is perfect. When you are reading, even if you are moving right and left and interfering in something else, still behind you angels are reading it perfectly and it's written for you. As much as you read Qur’an, that much you are getting `ilm, knowledge:
فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا
So they found one of Our Servants on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our Own Presence. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:65)
“We have taught him from Our Hidden Knowledge,” and even Sayyidina Musa (a) was surprised about what kind of a man he was meeting, Sayyidina Khidr (s), and he is a prophet from Oolu ‘l-`Azam, the Five Great Prophets (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad) meeting Khidr (a), whom some scholars say is a prophet and others say a scholar, and we say he is a prophet. In any case, Sayyidina Musa (a) was coming and wondering about dunya being a Wonderland full of delights. Allah gave us a Heavenly Wonderland--Hilaq adh-Dhikr--full of all kinds of treasures that Allah opens for you from His Divine Knowledge. You will be rejoicing in His Knowledge that He sends to His Servants, wa `alamnaahu min ladunna `ilma, just as Sayyidina Musa (s) was surprised and not able to carry this knowledge until Allah opened it for him.
Allah gives with no account. That’s why Prophet (s) said, Kaleemataani khafeefataan, two words that are very light but their influence is so huge! Angels will be rushing to the one who opens their mouth and says, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi.” Although these words are very light on the tongue, they are very heavy on the Scale (to outweigh sins). Also, angels cannot write when you are saying “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi,” it will be edited and raised to the Divine Presence by the Intercession of Prophet (s)!
So we are exploring this Wonderland. Anbiyaullah and Awliyaullah were sent to this dunya to explore the Treasures by coming against their egos and struggling to be patient with their Ummah. May Allah open for us the Reality of the Wonderland you enter like a Paradise, according to this Hadith of Prophet (s):
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا مررتم برياض الجنة فارتع. قالو وما رياض الجنة؟ قال "حلق الذكر"
Ibn `Umar reported that the Prophet (s) said: "When you pass by the Gardens of Paradise, avail yourselves of them." The Companions asked: "What are the Gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "The circles of dhikr.” (Tirmidhi)
“If you pass by any Garden of Heavens, sit there.” So this means this is a Garden of Heaven, a Wonderland, and we have to enjoy what is here as Prophet (s) said, “Sit there and do as they are doing.” The Sahabah (r) asked, “What are these Gardens we must explore?” and he (s) said, “They are the Circles of Dhikrullah.”
If from the beginning to the end of dunya you sit in your home making dhikr, still it is not enough to give Allah His right for an eye or an ear that He gave you, even if everyone around the world sat together saying, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem,” they will not be able to give Allah His right that He wants from His servants. No one can! As much as you say, still you need to say more. When we praise and remember Allah, angels circumambulate us and ascend in circles up to Paradise, asking Allah’s forgiveness on our behalf, continuing to recite, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem.” If you say it once, an angel must sit with you, like here in this sitting, and is ordered to recite it non-stop until the Day of Judgement. So count, if you can count. They are happy with counting millions and billions of dollars, and now we are hearing about trillions of dollars, and we don’t know what we will hear tomorrow, quadrillions, quintillions? More and more these treasures of the world and paper money are cheating the people, while Allah is giving you one or two words that the whole dunya cannot carry: SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem!
What does it mean, what did Awliyaullah understand from this? That Allah (swt) was praising Himself by Himself to Himself! And the rewards of that praising He is giving to you and to those who are reciting this at least once in their lifetime. Imagine someone who says it one time in his life and someone who is saying it daily hundred times, what a big difference. This is ni`matullah, Allah's Favor that laa tuqaddar, you cannot estimate how much rewards you will get.
These Tajallis, Manifestations, that Allah (swt) opened this Ramadan on Awliyaullah's hearts, they are not allowed to say from it because it is so strong that it makes things difficult to understand. Your hearts are able to get it through your connection to the Naqshbandi Golden Chain, and what Allah grants us is preserved in treasures until the Day of Judgement when it will be presented on our behalf by angels to Allah (swt).
Be happy! Life is going, moving forward, and for everything there is a beginning and an end. I'm not going to frighten you and say the end is coming; no, live your life and be happy. Allah gave you eight hours to rest/sleep, eight hours to work, eight hours for `ibaadah. If you do that it is as if your 24 hours are `ibaadah, so keep yourself surrounded by dhikrullah, with SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem astaghfirullah, as multiple angels are reading it on your behalf until the Day of Judgement. Even if you are sitting by yourself, angels will circumambulate you and ascend with their recitation up to Heaven. How many angels? Allah knows how many. All of them are reciting and it's written for you; every time you say, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi,” Allah creates an angel to recite, then you do it a second time and there are two angels; three times then there are three angels; a hundred times and a hundred angels. As much as you recite every day, angels will be created to recite it until the Day of Judgement. Allah Kareem!
May Allah immerse us in The Ocean of Prophet (s). They go diving to find fish of how many colors? Imagine the ocean full of different types of fish and yet Allah, The Greatest, created no two fish similar to each other. You have to wonder when you dive in the ocean of Prophet (s) by reciting salawaat `ala ’n-Nabi (s), what kind of realities you will see. Make salawaat on Prophet (s) and praise Allah (swt) as much as you can, then your whole life you will be ready for Akhirah. We don't want to bite our fingers in Akhirah and regret what we did here.
Let us open our mind, our ears, listeners, viewers everywhere. Allah is Ghafoor ar-Raheem and He said, “Don't lose hope of My mercy.”
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Say, "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, for Allah forgives all sins for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat az-Zumar, 39:53)
That mercy is Prophet (s), who will intercede for everyone! May Allah bless us, may Allah forgive us. Kalimataani khafeefataani `ala ’l-lisaani thaqeelataani fi ’l-meezaan. SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem. Wa salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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