Suhbah at Mawlana Shaykh Nazim’s Dargah, CSCA
Salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. 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 t`azheeman li-nabiyyihi wa takreeman li fakhaaam shaanihi qaala `azz man qaala: Inna Allaha wa malaa'ikatahu yusalloona `alaa ’n-Nabi ya ayyuhalladheena aamanoo salloo `alayhi wa sallimoo tasleema.
My words, first of all I am thanking you that you came to visit with us, and alhamdulillah that Allah made it easy for me to come to you and visit you.
As I said before, in every time Awliyaullah, like those whom we know, are not like us. Physically we know two, and spiritually we know 124,000 and I witnessed that, Allah knows if I am lying or not. If Allah (swt) wants He will turn the whole creation into believers, but Allah (swt) has honored Ahl al-Islam to be under the love of Allah and love of His Prophet (s). We are a small group with too many guides around the world; now we are one group from these groups that we have no discipline as they have. I’m sorry to say that, but despite that our discipline is implanted, in the love of Awliyaullah, in the love of the Prophet (s) and it is in the love of Allah (swt). That is our honor!
An `araabiyy, Bedouin, came to the Prophet (s) and said, “Yaa Rasoolullah, mata` as-sa`ah, when is the Hour?”
أَنَّ رَجُلاً، مِنْ أَهْلِ الْبَادِيَةِ أَتَى النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَتَى السَّاعَةُ قَائِمَةٌ قَالَ " وَيْلَكَ وَمَا أَعْدَدْتَ لَهَا ". قَالَ مَا أَعْدَدْتُ لَهَا إِلاَّ أَنِّي أُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ. قَالَ " إِنَّكَ مَعَ مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ ". .
A Bedouin came to the Prophet (s) and said, "O Allah's Messenger (s)! When will the Hour be established?" The Prophet (s) said, "Walayka, woe to you! What have you prepared for it?" The Bedouin said, "I have not prepared anything for it, except that I love Allah and His Apostle." The Prophet (s) said, "You will be with those whom you love!" (Narrated Anas, Bukhari).
Maadha a`ddata lahaa innahu safarun ba`eed, “It is a long travel, what have you prepared for it?” And you know what the Bedouin answered? Of course you know, many of you know that, that he said, “Laa min kathrati' s-sawmi wa laa min kathrati 's-salaat wa-laakin mahabbatak yaa Rasoolullah.” The point I want to mention is that he said, “Not from too many prayers or too much fasting," which means he didn't see his `ibaadah as fit or consider it as a way to love of the Prophet (s) and to love of Allah (swt). If that Bedouin saw the Prophet (s) and asked him that question and the Prophet (s) answered him, that is enough for that person to become a Sahaabi as anyone who saw the Prophet (s) became a Sahaabi.
Where are we compared to them? If I cry 24 hours it is not enough to clean myself from sins I have done, the same as you. That is why we cannot depend on our `amal, deeds, and we cannot depend on our behaviors because the Bedouin did not depend on his salaat nor on his siyaam, so he depended on what? On his love to the Prophet (s), and that will save him! Without the love of the Prophet (s) there is no safety! To show love to the Prophet (s) is not from memorizing what came to us in books; for that we don't need a teacher, we don't need a guide, but the importance is that we have to look for the ‘books of the heart’.
With a computer you can turn pages and pages of information, but what about the heavenly computer Allah put in our hearts? Everyone has that, but everyone is not using it because he is not up to that level. So our farh, happiness, is alhamdulillah, with Allah's Grace, not because we fasted and prayed that we reached to know Awliyaullah, no. It is a minnatun minhu, “a favor from Him” that He guided us to these Awliya that changed our lives!
You might not see the fruit because it is covered; you might see the shell and it has no benefit so you throw it, but the fruit is what is important. We cannot see the fruit if we are not able to climb on the tree. And Awliyaullah want to show their followers these Realities when they see their followers trying to climb on the tree, to do some effort in the way of Siraat al-Mustaqeem.
Yesterday they asked for a lecture in the university on “The Power of the Pen” and I said no, I am not going to speak on this subject, because we are not yet ripe to understand it. That is only in the hearts of Awliyaullah whom, when they give they give little-by-little, like drops. But our hearts... these Awliyaullah whom we asked to guide us, who extended their hands and we put our hands on their holy hands, they guided us to reach what books cannot take you to. That is why it is said that knowledge is of two parts: Knowledge of Papers, `Ilm al-Awraaq, and Knowledge of Taste, `Ilm al-Adhwaaq. You can have both, but most important is the Knowledge of Taste. Do you want to taste or you want to drink water with no taste?
In these days coming in front of us, we request Awliyaullah to fill our hearts! This Rajab that is coming on the 19th of April carries with it the secret and the code for everyone's heart. That month is carrying a lot of loads for everyone. These fruits are there and Awliyaullah are standing up, ready to deliver these fruits to their followers, but we need to work for it, don't sit and be lazy! Show them you are doing something, although your `amal is like the work of an ant, very slow, but with their generosity they take you to the ocean of Awliyaullah!
Many of you are divers or saw in movies or documentaries about the different types of ocean fish with all kinds of colors; everything that you never saw on Earth is there. You look at the documentary and say, “SubhaanAllah!” and yet this is a documentary showing you a picture; it might be correct or it might not be correct, it might be Allah is making them to see it as correct. But Awliyaullah are ready for you in that month. Open your eyes! Open your ears! You might meet some of them in the hidden state. You might not know them or they might not show themselves, but it will be be something extraordinary passing in your life, so grab that, it is your opportunity!
In reality, 124,000 walis are standing ready for you and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (qs) is sending a signal to all of us that everyone who took baya` with him, he is going to be with them under the tajalli of al-Khallaaq or al-Khaaliq in this month of Rajab. He will be with him! He is ready to give, not to take, because Allah opened His Treasures to Awliyaullah, so they take from the treasures that never end and give to the Ummah, and even if you fall down and by mistake you commit all kinds of sins they will never take back what they gave!
مَن جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا
Whoever does one good deed, he will have ten rewards of its kind. (Surat al-Anaam, 6:160)
Inna ‘l-hasanat bi `asharit amthaalihaa. One hasanah equals ten rewards of the same kind. Allah (swt) also said:
إِنَّ الْحَسَنَاتِ يُذْهِبْنَ السَّـيِّئَاتِ
Good deeds waive the sins. (Surah Hud, 11:114)
Hasanaat take away sins, He did not say inna as-sayyi`at ya’khudhna 'l-hasanaat, the sayyi`at will take the hasanaat. He said, “The good deeds take away the sins and still the hasanaat are there, no one can touch them!” First of all, one hasanah equals ten, meaning, if you make one hasanah Allah will give you ten rewards, and when Allah gives he doesn't take it back, so that is there for you in the hands of Rasoolullah (s). Allah did not say, inna as-sayyi`at yudh-hibna 'l-hasanaat, that the sins will take away hasanaat that are in the hands of Allah or in the hands of Prophet (s): the hasanaat will still be there, written on your shoulders. However, the sayyia`at, sins will be erased as soon as you say, “Astaghfirullah.”
This has a very subtle meaning and I will repeat it: Allah gives hasanaat that cannot be erased, they stay for you, and even Shaytan cannot take from them, not even if he approaches you to make a sin, still those ten hasanaat are there for you. But you can take from Shaytan, because inna al-hasanaat yudhhibna 's-sayyi`at, “Hasanaat erase the sins,” so you can pull it out of Shaytan’s hands, Allah will wipe it out for you! Shaytan will be upset, he will be angry with you because he tried his best to put you in sayyi`at that has been taken from him and turned into hasanaat, because you erased it by istighfaar! So the tajalli of that ayah, “Good deeds waive the sins”, is coming in front of us in the month of Rajab.
I am saying this because you are showing your `ishq, your mahhabbat to Rasoolullah (s). People might be busy in the week, they don't remember to read salawaat daily, 100, 300, 1000, 2000 or 24,000 times, but with such associations, in a holy majlis everyone is doing salawaat on the Prophet (s) and that will be written for you and no one can take it: it remains in the hands of the Prophet (s), who can’t release it! Even if you commit whatever sins, these hasanaat will not be released. If you sin and ask forgiveness you get another ten hasanaat, and every moment in your life when you have no sin you will be bombarded with hasanaat because Allah's Treasures never end! We call it ‘treasures’ to understand it but it is not treasures, it is Allah's Hidden Heavenly Knowledge, and He will raise you up in an Ascension that you can carry, although not everyone can carry. We are all ascending with the Prophet (s) in his Ascension, because he is the one who takes care of his Ummah and he (s) will not let Shaytan take anyone to his hands when we are in Ascension with the Prophet (s) that Allah has honored us with!
So be happy, as fighting has no basis. The Prophet (s) never said ‘no’ to anyone, he made people happy, so make people happy as you will not lose anything! Those who become happy from you will speak well of you. That is why I was saying, first of all, Awliyaullah teach you how to hold your anger as it is the biggest spiritual sickness. When you get angry you no longer know what you are saying. If you don't get angry, you don't say anything and you don't become like a person who is drunk; instead you will become a reasonable person and people will love you and respect you, and if people love and respect you, Allah will love and respect you.
Islam is a religion that is fit for every person and every person is different from the other. What Allah gives you of understanding of Holy Qur'an, He does not give the other that same understanding. You will be inspired with different meanings from the same verse. When Allah (swt) sees you trying to go in depth in the Holy Qur'an, He will open it for you.
Alhamdulillah that Allah has created us from Arabs, the language of Holy Qur'an. Like today Shaykh Anwar from Morocco was reciting and perhaps some people among you may have thought that he made some mistakes in reciting the prayer, because he read it according to a different qira'at, in Warsh. So what Allah gives one, He does not give the same to the other, but rather He gives him something different. So when we unite we will have a big encyclopedia of understanding, because if we respect each other and what each of us has, when we write the different tafseer of each one, we will have a hundred different tafseers at the end and that will increase our ability to understand Holy Qur'an. That is why attending scholars' sessions and explanations is important.
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (qs) said to me many times and I observed it, I saw it, and I mentioned it before, that I put my hands with the hands of 124,000 Awliya. This is the baraka of Awliyaullah: when they put their hands on your hands they open the Six Powers within you. It is nothing from outside yet [not externalized], it is from knowledge of the Six Powers that Allah put in your heart, the Six Heavenly Levels, which are: Haqiqatu ’l-Jazbah, Haqiqatu ’l-Fayd, Haqiqatu ’t-Tawwajuh, Haqiqatu ’t-Tawassul, Haqiqatu ’l-Irshaad, and Haqiqatu ’t-Ta`yy. That is not yet from the outside, that is just opening what is already in you. Awliyaullah open these for you through the Shahadah finger; the shaykh only points this Shahadah finger to your heart and pours that into you. That is what is in you and what is not in you, you cannot understand with this situation that we are in, but it is there.
These Six Powers are different oceans, as we said yesterday:
وَهُوَ الَّذِي خَلَق السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ
And it is He Who created the Heavens and the Earth in six days. (Surah Hud, 11:7)
Six days, six powers; every day one secret; each day one Creation was created. People say that the creation of human beings stunned the `ulama, but Allah said:
لَخَلْقُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَكْبَرُ مِنْ خَلْقِ النَّاس
Truly the creation of the Heavens and the Earth is greater than the creation of Man. (Surat Ghafir, 40:57)
It means there are no limits to how much is ‘greater’ and the only one who knew it through his travel and invitation by Allah (swt) is Sayyidina Muhammad (s); when he traveled to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa he passed through it. Do you want to reach that knowledge? Yes, of course everyone wants to reach that. then keep the love of Allah, the love of the Prophet (s), the love of Awliya and the love of each other in your heart. If you keep that, then Allah (swt) will open what He has put in you and that will make things on the outside open, as well.
May Allah forgive us and bless us, and may Allah show us the Prophet (s) and show us Awliyaullah!
Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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