Allahum salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammad hatta yarda Sayyidina Muhammad.
We are stunned at what Grandshaykh or Mawlana Shaykh said, that one word or one page they said you can write thousands and thousands of pages of what they said on that one page.
Allah has not created anything that has harm to human beings. Harming others Allah does not like.
What opens to awliyaullah it is oceans from one word or one sentence of the Burdah you open lights. It stuns the mind.
Spirituality is by taste. The love to the Prophet is through taste. Like electricity in the lights it is going through and you can see it, but when you touch it you can feel really how much energy there is as it will shock you. It might throw you into coma for some time or it might kill you.
Awliyaullah when they are through their sincerity and piety, we speak about sincerity and piety a lot but are we sincere or pious? No. Sincerity and piety Shaykh Yasser is not by tongue, it is by emotion that your whole body will be shaking asking for the love to the one that has to be loved.
Like someone loves someone, he is always thinking or she is always thinking about his lover or her lover.
So the Prophet (s) is always in the Mi’raj, ascension, to the lover. To Allah swt. His love never stops. Now for example human beings when they love someone and they cannot reach that person they have that emotion, love, and think always, always, always but when they are together it becomes less.
But in spirituality it increases. When come together, when they approach, as much as awliyaullah approach the presence of the Prophet their love is increasing. When the Prophet went in Mi’raj as he came closer and closer his love was in ascension, ever going less. People speak of love so easily, of spirituality so easily. [As if it was] Like eating sweets something simple.
But in reality spiritually it is not easy like that. You have to keep eating [spiritual] sweets, not stopping.
When you eat honey you eat one spoon what happens. You love it. You take another, and it is good, then another and then another. What happens? At end you are full - fed up.
Spirituality is not like that. Spirituality is you keep eating honey.
But in spirituality they take you to a higher level, where there is another kinds of sweet which does not resemble the first sweet and then another kind and another kind ad you are going higher and higher.
So the love to the Prophet this kind of spirituality that is always increasing in ascension, it is like electricity - you feel it. It is not you are looking, you are seeing the light but it is not only you are tasting their sweetness but you are going to feel that love and that energy that is coming from Sayyidina Muhammad . As you go up in levels in the taste and sweetness you are going to feel that increase in love that you are feeling, love of Prophet . The awliyaullah are in that ascension that they are feeling that. They cannot control themselves. That is why they don’t sit with people because they can't take it. they cannot sit with people because their heart is with allah, their heart is with the Prophet ; because they will be diverted from where they are. Then they will be missing what they are in, in that state.
Only mukamaleen or mukamaloon, al-Kummal, only those are reached the perfection; they inherit from the Prophet [in that hadith] lee sa`atun ma al-khaliq was lee sa`atun ma al-khalq - I have one image, one side [or one hour] with my Lord and one side[or one hour] with the people.
So he was on these two sides, one in the Divine Presence, one speaking with people they inherit from that reality.
Therefore people, … before this kind of teaching. How do they teach today children to memorize Qur'an since childhood? is it not? And still today in America, they say to you “bring the children and we teach the children to memorize Qur'an.” Before [in the past], before memorizing Quran, they used to memorize all kinds of poetry on love of the Prophet. Then when they become 12 year of age they begin to teach them spirituality, tasawwuf. Now we don't see that.
Today therefore people are more dunya-wise in; they are more secular in their understanding, so when you see what was taught them by their parents, when you see what was taught them by their teachers, they go to school and they go to mosques where there is nothing but politics they think that this [aspect] does not exist. That is why they came out in the Bay Area and said, “There is no more awliya. They are gone finished.”
The awliya are there, but you are so blind you cannot see.
وَمَن كَانَ فِي هَـذِهِ أَعْمَى فَهُوَ فِي الآخِرَةِ أَعْمَى وَأَضَلُّ سَبِي
Wa man kaana fee hadhihi’d-dunya `aama fa-huwa fi’l-akhirati `aama wa adalloo sabeela.
For whoever is blind [of heart] in this [world] will be blind in the life to come [as well], and still farther astray from the path [of truth]. You are not studying that. [17:72]
Awliyaullah of past and awliya of today have different style. Awliyaullah know that Allah didn’t create anything that harms his servants. By avoiding harming servant Allah will raise you.
And Grandshaykh said that Allah said, “I will declare war on anyone who declares war on My servants.” Inn Allah la yarda li `ibadihi adh-dhulm - Allah does not accept to his servants any oppression. Today we are oppressing our selves. When Allah says not to oppress, how do we oppress ourselves? By not praying. By not using what Allah has given us. People find it very difficult to pray. They miss reading the Qur'an. Read at least one page of Qur'an or one juz. They forget to recite this surah, or that surah. What is this? Your life is like an animal. Today people think only of material life, animal life. Is there anything else. Nothing else.
They are no longer interested in any religious life.
Look what he was explaining in his poetry, Muhammad al-Busayri in his poetry, who put the... al-Burda.
He said نبينا الامر الناهي فلا احد ابر في قول "ل" ولا"نعم"" - nabiyuna al-aamiru an-naahi - Our Prophet is the one who commands, aamir, ordered, and nahi, who forbids.”
Fala ahadun abbara fee qawlin “lam” wa la “na`m” - there is no one better than him who said ‘no’ or who said ‘yes’.
He is the only one that when he says ‘no’ it is a ‘no’ and when he says ‘yes’ it is a ‘yes’.
That means when he promises it is ‘yes’, and when he says ‘no’ it is ‘no’.
He said نبينا الامر الناهي"” - “Nabiyuna al-aamirun-naahi - Our Prophet (s) is he who orders and forbids.” That means we are under limits of orders and forbiddens. What they order us we have to follow and what they forbid us we have to stop.
Very simple, Grandshaykh said that Allah said, “Allah is declaring war on anyone who harms His servants.” and he is explaining “Allah does not like anyone to harm His servants. When you harm His servants He is declaring war on you.”
How many of us are harming our wives and how many wives are harming their husbands? Both sides. In one word it might happen. You might say one word that is not nice.
Why do they have in every country diplomats, ambassadors? They teach them to be diplomatic to use very diplomatic words in order not to make anyone upset.
Tasawwuf teaches us that. Not to use a rude word. In tasawwuf they used to teach a child of 12 years all these soft words, 200-300 words, in order not to make anyone upset. Is that teaching there anymore? No, it is gone.
So what did he say? “Our Prophet is the one who order and forbids.”
Are we following his orders? If so then alhamdulillah. Are we following to stop disobeying or doing things that he doesn’t like? If not then we must try to perfect ourselves as much as we can.
And he said, نبينا الامر الناهي فلا احد ابر في قول "ل" ولا"نعم"
fa la ahadaun abarrah fee qawl ‘lam’ wa la na`m.
How many times the Prophet (s) said in his life ‘no’ and how many times ‘yes’? The Prophet (s) said ‘no’ in one place and he said ‘yes’ in many places. Where he said ‘no’? and he says. “Ma qaala la qattan -he never said ‘no’ in his life except in his shahada - Illa fee shahadatihi.”
Only there he said ‘no’. ma qaala la, qattun illa fee tashahudihi. Except when he said shahada - Ashadu an La ilaha ill-Allah - one place. How many times when someone asks us something we say ‘no’?
Just now they were arguing, before you came. “La, la, no, no,” they were arguing, as an example.
Wa la n`am qattun illa wa ja’ahu ni`am – “Never did he said ‘yes’ except that came mercy and provisions.”
He never denied one thing. The only one thing in his life [was] denied to associate anything with Allah. [For all] The rest he said “yes”, and with it Allah showered on human beings all kinds of mercy.
So how to reach to understand that verse, that line of poetry? In it are treasures of discipline.
When he said, نبينا الامر الناهي nabiyuna al-aamirun-naahiyu. That means he is the one who can say to someone not to do something. Basheerun wa nadheerun. He is the only one, he gives good tidings and warning. He is the only one who gives orders. So what do we have to do then? We have to listen to his orders then.
What are his orders?
In Grandshaykh’s time, may Allah bless his soul, we go back to Grandshaykh’s time, we were young. And he used to say many things. He said “I have two students only.” Two students? Grandshaykh has hundreds and thousands of students. From all that [he said:] “I have two: Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Mawlana Shaykh Husayn.”
What does he mean? That is what is important. What is important from that verse: nabiyuna al-aamirun-naahiyu.
[He said:] “Why do I have two? Because If is say anything to them they will accept without any doubt and without any hesitation, bidun taraddud. I ask them anything, they will do it [accept it] without hesitation.”
It means he is inheriting the secret, he is inheriting from the Prophet (s) the secret of al-aamiru wan-nahiyu.
Grandshaykh when he speaks when he opens his mouth to talk, every wali has to listen. Allah… They have these headsets spiritual, heavenly headsets , that Allah gave his awliya. He said “ I am the only one allowed by the Prophet (s) to speak in this time and wherever they are awliya are obliged to listen. Not only awliya but ta’ifatul-jinn with their king must listen. Because I am inhering that secret from the Prophet (s).”
A drop of it, the ocean is with the Prophet (s). Awliya gets a drop. He said, “I am the only tap that can speak from that level. All awliya have to listen to what I am saying.”
If we go through what he is saying, I brought one notebook from that, if we go through every n ight there are tings we cannot understand it it is beyond the mind. You will understand it but you will be surprised does such thing exist. He is getting from the Prophet (s), min al-amr wan-nahiyy from what is ordered and what is prevented.
He said, “I have two students.” [Then] What about all the rest? [The true student] He is the one who has no doubt in his shaykh. Others might say, “it might be correct, it might not.” [The true student is] Like Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. No shak [doubt]. Whenever the Prophet (s) says anything, he would say, “sadaqta ya rasulullah [you spoke the truth of Prophet of Allah]!” When the shaykh says anything no question.
I was in Indonesia, with Mawlana shaykh in 2001, first time Mawlana went to Indonesia. And alhamdulillah we have a lot of followers there. Hundreds of thousands. And before him I used to go five or six times. And they have a slot for me on a TV program before Fajr time, and that is a live show, and then I speak and they give questions.
So when I came they asked me if Mawlana can come along to the studio and it will be live and we will be there at Fajr time; we pray Fajr and then we begin. So Mawlana said “yes”. And so I spoke with the interviewer. I said, “I am here so Mawlana will take the whole, you ask, whatever. I will not speak in front of Mawlana.” He said, “No , the people want you. So we share, we ask you and ask him.”
So they introduced Mawlana as “the Shaykh of Shaykh Hisham”, as they know me and then as “Master of the most distinguished Naqshbandi Order.” Then they asked Mawlana questions. And it is live you know. Then he [the interviewer] said, “our shaykh Hisham, we would like to ask the shaykh a question. “ Mawlana looked at him and said, “When I am here there is no shaykh here; he will not talk in front of me.”
So I told that interviewer to be careful. Now it is live, going everywhere in Malaysia and Indonesia. What to do? Keep quiet, save the situation. And the interviewer got embarrassed and I got embarrassed. Then someone called in [saying,] “I want to ask a question.” Mawlana said, on live TV, “When the Shaykh speak s no one asks questions. I speak and you listen!”
Then interviewer said, “We have another question.” Then Mawlana said, “Questions, give them to Shaykh Hisham.”
The Shaykh al-Azhar of Egypt, when they speak no one is allowed to ask a question. You remember when we had Shaykh Buhairi and we went to Dr. Zaki’s along with Shaykh Ahmad Aamir? What did Shaykh Buhairi say? He said, “When shaykhs from al-Azhar are here no one asks a question!”
Adab [good manners], is not to ask a question. The Prophet (s) never asked a question in the Holy Qur'an. He never said “no” except in shahada.
Many other prophets they asked, look at Sayyidina Musa .
So awliyaullah from knowledge and from love they take from the Prophet (s). For them realities are opened and new understanding levels which will be given to them and they will keep going up, up, up never staying in one place. Always they are moving. So Grandshaykh used to say “Don’t fight Allah.”
How to fight Allah? Only Nimrod was fighting [physically], shooting arrows. Then Allah sent one eagle, a bird, and he saw blood on the arrows [the arrows went through the eagle and it fell down] and he said, “O I killed Him.” That is he killed whatever it was.
So it means “Don’t harm My servants. Don’t backbite them. Don’t make conspiracy against anyone. Show nice behavior to everyone.” You want Allah to be happy, Allah is happy when you make His servants happy. May Allah be happy with us and make us happy with His servants, make the Prophet (s) happy with us and make our shuyukh happy with us.