As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta'ala al-`Azheem fee hadha 'l-masjid.
I intend the forty days (seclusion), I intend seclusion (from dunya), I intend to seclude myself (from sin),
I intend to adopt the discipline (of Tariqah), I intend sulook (complete obedience) to Allah, The Great, in this mosque. (Arabic du`a.)
O Muslim brothers and sisters, and everyone that Allah has created! It's very complicated for us when we look at what Allah created. For sure we say, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah,” for sure we say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah `alayha nahyah wa `alayha namoot, wa alayha nalqa ‘Llah.” Immediately it’s like a spark in the car, when you run it, a spark to ignite the engine. When you look at this around you, it’s like a sparking that comes on with a lot of electricity energy, to run the car. Also, when we look around us it will ignite the engine of the heart, to remind us that Allah (swt) is the Creator and Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is His Messenger and all other prophets like Sayyidina `Isa, Jesus, Sayyidina Musa, Moses, Sayyidina Nuh, and Sayyidina Ibrahim (a), it immediately reminds us the greatness that Allah created Creation and between them these prophets. People are amazed if someone, a painter or a sculptor sculpts and knows every point and detail in the sculpture that he makes and tries to perfect it because he wants his sculpture to be nice. How long does it take for him to make one sculpture? Many years and when he finishes it he covers it and invites many people to show the masterpiece that he did and he is proud of what he did. Think a little bit; Allah (swt) doesn't need three or four years, how long does He need? [Kun faya kun]. You are clever! You passed! (Laughter) Allah doesn’t need, millions and millions in one instance they are appearing and millions and millions are disappearing, on both sides to show us that He doesn't stop creating and all of them are His Creation, they are His servants. May Allah (swt) keep us His servants and to be with Prophet and awliyaullah. Allah doesn't need us, subhaana wa ta`ala doesn't need us, doesn’t need our praises, our salutations, but out of adab, in order that He will save us in Akhirah to reward us for something, He says, “Praise me. Read ‘Alhamdullahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen’. Say ‘SubhaanAllah wa bi hamdihi’,” for our benefit, not His benefit. If all the human race and jinn and malaa’ikah, if everyone praises Him, it doesn't increase anything in Him or if they don’t praise Him it doesn’t decrease anything in Him. He is Huwa ‘l-Ahad, al-Fardu ‘s-Samad, alladee lam yalid wa lam yulad wa lam ya kun lahu kuffuwan ahad! Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّـهُ أَحَدٌ اللَّـهُ الصَّمَدُ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ
Say He is Allah, The One, Allah The Eternal! He begets not, nor is He begotten, and there is none like Him. (Surat al-Ikhlas 112:1-4)
Just now we prayed Maghrib and Shaykh Sahib was imam. Can we ask how many bad gossips came or how many good gossips or inspirations with no meaning came to his mind when we were praying? The mind is always giving and giving, you can't control. Those who can control Allah called them what? Muslimoon, Musallimoon! They surrendered completely to Allah’s order, those are the ones that can control. Other than them they cannot control.
Don't be ashamed to say that everyone is running after his work, to be famous; everyone is running after someone to be known, everyone. It is good, but put in front of your eyes that death is coming. You want to run, how much? You run, you run, you run, and when Sayyidina Israfeel, the Angel of Death says, “Come,” immediately you are there! Wa law kuntum fee buroojin mushayyidatin, even if you are in palaces that are so well fenced with lots of walls, if death comes, immediately you die. If someone calls from dunya, “Come back, come back!” you will answer, “No, I am going, they are calling me, it's my time. I am not listening to you, O human being or jinn, that you made me lose my mind! I am going where I belong, the Angel of Death is calling me, my Lord is calling me, my Creator is calling me!”
Tooba li ‘l-mu’mineen, wa li ‘l-muslimeen, Good tidings for Muslims and mu'mins that believe in Allah and His Prophet (s) that they will be saved, and for the rest, may Allah guide them and save them after they are guided.
إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاء وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
It is true you (O Muhammad) will not be able to guide every one whom you love, but Allah guides those whom He wills and He knows best those who receive guidance. (Surat al-Qasas, 28:56)
Allah’s Irada, Allah’s Will, don't guide whom you like, Allah will guide whom He likes. He will send them to you Sayyidina Muhammad (s), they are from your Ummah. May Allah makes us from Ummatun Nabi (s). So that one making a sculpture knows any mistake that is there, or something not completed, he will complete it, for anything. It is not a good comparison but we understand, let us understand, what do you think about Allah (swt)? He doesn't know everything about His `abd? If the one who is doing his sculpture knows everything about it, Allah doesn’t know everything about His `abd? Allah knows everything. A machine today, one machine can show where problems are in a human beings. They call it MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, can catch everything, not everything but 90% and if the doctor is clever, he can detect everything. What did Allah say in the Holy Qur'an:
يَوْمَ تَشْهَدُ عَلَيْهِمْ أَلْسِنَتُهُمْ وَأَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
The day that their tongues, their hands, and their legs bear witness against them regarding what they used to do. (Surat al-Nur, 24:24)
The Day that their tongues, their arms, their legs and the whole body when they witness on them, they belong ... Allah is showing His greatness, your body doesn't belong to you, the body belongs to Me. I will ask your body to answer to Me, yawma tashhadu the Day your body will witness, first your tongue the most critical, most problematic organ that all kinds of miseries come from it, fitna and nameema and fisq and fujoor, all come from where? Prophet (s) said, “The one who can control his tongue and private parts I can guarantee for him Paradise.” Prophet’s words are: can you control for me your tongue? Can you control? Yes you can if you want, but if you don’t want, it goes out of hand. Yawma tashhdu alayhim alsinatuhum, their tongues are going to witness. How the tongue has deceived the body, how the tongue has put the body in problems, health problem, physical problem, medical problem. educational problem, all kinds of problems come from the tongue. Education because he tells you what to say and it might be wrong, it pushes you and it is going to witness on you on the Day of Judgement. wa ayydihim, and their hands.
I don’t understand, millions of papers you have to sign, for small issue they might make it a big issue to make you to sign millions of papers today. Is it not? Before you put your hand with the other hand of your partner when you want to make business, finish! Now how many papers you put and you want lawyers, and plans, and sketches and blueprints. Everyone works before you in this matter for your signature. Is it not? Your hand is going to witness on you. What did you do with your hand? Did you make Shahaadah or you did this? (Mawlana makes meditation ring) No, we make Shahaadah but those who play in fire, they spread false rumors are going to be judged, yawma tashhadu alsinatuhum, your tongues are going to witness on you; your hands, your fingers are going to witness on you; your legs are going to witness on you where you went, what you did.
Today the world is hayyaara, confused, lost. They don't know what to do. Sit at home. They are lost, everyone. I am receiving calls from east and west, what to do with the crisis that is going on? What to do? Prophet (s) said:
إِنَّ بَيْنَ يَدَيِ السَّاعَةِ فِتَنًا كَقِطَعِ اللَّيْلِ الْمُظْلِم.
Before the Hour comes, there will be a tribulation like patches of dark night. (Abu Dawud, ibn Maajah)
“They is going to be from the Signs of Last Days, that chunks of darkness, black like a dark night with only the jinn there in the jungles and deserts and no one else, you begin to see people things around you that are appearing with no bodies, that you can see through them, they are already appearing in front, on the back, left and right, that is coming, it is already in and they are appearing in every direction. If they come (altogether) in one time everyone will be shocked. Slowly, some are good, some of them their intention is not good; they are appearing slowly, they are struggling also, mu’min jinn, there are also Muslim jinn, but people are confused about what to do. What to do? Can the government do anything?
One jinn comes, they don't see him, he flips the mountain upside down. How are they going to see him? They look like the bees, they can see the ultraviolet light, and some worms and some flies, they receive direction how it has to travel, and now Allah wants to show use an example to tell us, “Worship Me, I am your Lord, you are My `abd.” When scientists were working on this issue on how the bees find their direction, Allah showed them an example on how the ant finds its direction to gets its food, it has a navigation system. It is not only us who hang a navigation system in the cars and travel according to what it say, “Go left, go right, go left, go right…” I see most of the people have this small machine and they are following it blindly. They say, “Don’t follow anyone blindly.” That is not education. You, all of your technology you are following machines blindly because you think machines don’t make mistakes! Human beings make mistake, do you know why? because you have lack of understanding spiritual knowledge. You are underestimating the power of awliyaullah, the saints. You are underestimating the power of human beings! Allah gave us everything that we are above animals. These technology of today of navigation to go blindly without questioning! Sometimes I see people who are driving me, they don’t question, they follow the line. Is that not? Why do they say, “Don’t follow blindly?” You don't follow blindly because you did not reach the level of vision, mushahada, kashf, you can't see the Unseen; it is Unseen for you, but it is not Unseen for us! It is Unseen for those who don’t believe in the Unseen because they are already shut down, their light is shut down. If that small navigation system can take you everywhere, your heart cannot navigate you, Allah’s Creation? It will navigate you through wa ma aataakumu ‘r-rasool fa-khudooh, “Whatever Allah gave you, you have to follow,” we have to navigate from dunya to Akhirah. Our navigation system is Muhammadan Rasoolullah (s). He is the one that can show us the right direction. Allah said in Holy Qur’an, “What he gives, you take it.” That is the real navigation. Then your heart, your tongue, your hands, your legs are going to witness for you, a good witness; they are going to witness for your side, that is the side of the al-mu’minoon.
اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ
The Hour is nigh and the moon has cleft asunder! (Surat al-Qamar, 54:1)
The signs of the Last Days, the Last Days approached so much, the moon split as a Sign in the time of Prophet (s). It is coming. It is not our responsibility to say when it is coming. Allah says, “It is coming,” it's coming. Our job is to do what we are doing: working and raising our family and waiting. If it appears in our time it appears, if it doesn’t appear in our time, dunya wise, our children or grandchildren or grand-grandchildren, will see it there is no problem. The order on us, as a Muslim and as mu’min, we prepare ourselves and to prepare yourself is not--the Prophet (s) used to prepare the Sahaabah (r) for the Anti-Christ, the Anti-Messiah. In the time of Prophet he was tell Sahaabah the Anti-Messiah is coming from behind the palm trees.
There were Sahaabah who used to look for the Anti-Messiah behind the palm trees when is he coming? Now it is 1400 years. Our imaan is: “Yes, he is coming;” our religion is teaching us. So ‘O you’ who are calling on the name of Islam, you don’t need to call on the name of Islam: we are ordered by Prophet (s) to wait for the one that is going to bring people together in a peaceful way, not fighting. I think you have a malfunction in your navigator! The one who is navigating you is making a big mistake and he is navigating you for shaytanic work, but he cannot approach us to navigate us to shaytanic work. We have to be very careful that under the name of Islam we do not kill! Even from the beginning of dunya we didn’t see massive killing like this today. Who killed the Muslims most? They are Muslims, they killed each other.
Look at history and you are coming to kill on top of that? Leave people to [live] their lives. You have no power, do you know what your power is? Some iron bars that they put in building sites, you turned them into a gun, saying you are ‘defending Islam.’ Islam doesn’t need you to defend it! We have no weapon and no one, Allah didn’t want us to have weapons It is the work of Shaytan to kill Muslims! Who is killing Muslims in Arab countries? Most of Arab countries are fighting with each other: Muslims are killing Muslims and what do they say at the end? They say they are making ‘khilafah’. Which khilafah? Check your navigation system, that machine. You know there are educated doctors fighting now, heart (specialists) who open you and put pacemakers in the hearts. Go and put pacemakers, all of you! One by one go and let doctors like this poor doctor to make money. There are many doctors who will happy to put pacemakers for you and that money will be collected and given to those under bombardment from airplanes. We don't know which airplanes now! We see them going this way and that way, in all directions--who is who now, no one knows! What is the target? Innocent people. May Allah (swt)...there is coming one Day:
يَوْمَ تَشْهَدُ عَلَيْهِمْ أَلْسِنَتُهُمْ وَأَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
The Day that their tongues, their hands, and their legs bear witness against them regarding what they did. (Surat al-Nur, 24:24)
The Day comes when your tongues are going to witness on you, wa ayydihim, and your hands are going to witness on you and your legs.
May Allah forgive us, may Allah bless us!
Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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