A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytaan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
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` Allah wa ati` ar-Rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum
In this meeting we continue with the describing the second character of awliya. That is some of the behavior or characters of awliya that Grandshaykh was speaking about. In this lecture he speaks about the second one.
Because awliyaullah always they are trying their best to be in the Divine Presence and in the presence of the Prophet (s) Muhammad (s), that is why they are awliyaullah.
Allah described them in the holy Qur’an:
أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَكَانُواْ يَتَّقُونَ لَهُمُ الْبُشْرَى فِي الْحَياةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الآخِرَةِ لاَ تَبْدِيلَ لِكَلِمَاتِ اللّهِ ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Alaa inna awliyaaullahi laa khawfun `alayhim wa laa hum yahzanoona. Alladheena amanoo wa kaanoo yattaqoon. Lahumu ’l-bushra fi ’l-hayaati ’d-dunya wa fi ’l-aakhirati laa tabdeela li-kalimaatillahi dhaalika huwa ’l-fawzu’l-`atheem. Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; they who have attained to faith and have always been conscious of Him. For them there is the glad tiding [of happiness] in the life of this world and in the life to come; [and since] nothing could ever alter [the outcome of] God's promises, this, this is the triumph supreme! [10:62-64]
They have noting to fear or be sad about. They reached a level that they always have good tidings and they will be sent to Paradise. They reached safety.
And they are described in the holy hadith: “My saints under My domes; no one knows them except Me.”
That is the description of the wali they are responsible for every action they do. That is not like a child, who has no responsibility. Because he is not mature. As a child is not mature there are many people who are not mature. That is why they fall into mistakes, then they repent and Allah forgives them.
Awliyaullah if they fall they have to take the consequences. They have to be in istighfaar. That is why Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya all her life in istighfaar that is why she said "my istighfaar needs istighfaar." That is the wali that always needs to take permission form Prophet (s) for whatever action he is doing. If he doesn’t take permission from the Prophet (s) he will face consequence. The disciple of the shaykh has to take permission of his shaykh or he will face the consequence.
Allah is al-Badee` the Innovator. He ibda, does what no one can do. And awliyaullah are like that, taking from Allah’s ibda, from the name al-Badi`, the One who fashions, the one who fashions things in a way that is appealing to everyone and you have a garden of roses that are same color. Might be appealing one or two times, then not appealing, boring. It must be mixed of different colors in order to be appealing. So awliyaullah are fashioned and woven in a way that they are harmonious with each other so when you look at them you see that coordination between them and that gives you happiness when you see them together.
There are 124,000 wali from different levels. If we say that we consider let us say or imagine, that there is only, look how much Allah created of beauty from His Name al-Bad`ee, creates beauty.
Let us consider that this world is black-and-white, no color. It is only completely black-and-white . You see that there is no ibda` in it. There is not that word magnificence, in Arabic. That Allah makes things harmonious. Black-and-white, after a while you say this movie is black-and-white after you don’t want to see it because no color. Imagine you are color-blind, you cannot see color, everything black-and-white. But there are people who are not color blind. Look here, everyone has different clothes, different dress and everything is harmonious. Like when you dress, you try to dress in matching clothes. “O this one is not matching,” (and you) throw it away. “Matching or not, I will wear.” “No don’t wear, it is not matching.” If it isn’t matching they say about you "you are a donkey.” If he doesn’t know what he is wearing how does he know the hearts of people.
If Allah the Creator made everything matching - that is His Greatness.
Look when winter comes, the whole trees, become no leaves, only branches of one color, like black-and-white. Like all these branches what color do they have? Grey. Between white-and-black. You don’t see anymore beauty. When spring comes, yuhee wa yumeet. He gives life and gives death. Yakhrujul-hayy minal-mayt.
How they don’t believe in Resurrection Day when every year there is Resurrection Day, bringing life from death? The example is these trees and grass. Everything will be dead and when spring comes, everything comes alive, bringing it from death.
You look at a tree in winter and look at a dead tree standing, you see resemblance between both of them, you don’t know which is alive and which is dead. But in spring you know.
That is sign that the one who gives life back to jungles. To trees, can give life to anything he wants. So Allah swt matches everything in this universe. Everything is in prefect matching. They say that the moon is every year is moving far away from the earth. Every year it is 3 seconds, moving further, and the earth is approaching the earth every year, some seconds. So let us say that we will be able to live all these years, there will be coming a time when the earth and the moon clash with the sun, according to the physics theory. Is it not?
Don’t they say that? Yes. So it means that there is in statistics, there is a possibility and it is a fact, that one day the earth and the moon are going tot clash with the sun and when they clash life is finished. So this is an indication to us that this is going to happen. Physicists found that. It means:
يَوْمَ تُبَدَّلُ الأَرْضُ غَيْرَ الأَرْضِ وَالسَّمَاوَاتُ وَبَرَزُواْ للّهِ الْوَاحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ
yawma tubaddal al-ardu ghayrul-ard was-samawaati wa barazoo lillahi il Wahid al-Qahhaar.
It means the earth and sun are going to clash; everything goes into annihilation into small particles in this universe. But Allah will bring new earth on resurrection day.
And the evidence is in holy Qur’an.
وَجُمِعَ الشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ
Wa jumi`ash-shamsa wal-qamar. The sun and moon will gather together. [75:9]
And now they discovered that they will gather together.
Allah gave a hint that they will gather and clash together. That means that Allah is giving evidence in holy Qur’an, we know that 1400 years I told my beloved Prophet (s) that the earth and moon going to be together, means finished.
It means at any moment Allah swt can make these 3 seconds to be 10 hrs or 100 hours make it faster and with Kun fayakoon the earth hits the Sun and Judgment Day will come finished. Wa jumi` ash-shams together and physicists found that.
So Allah swt is making everything to match everything together. That is His ibda`. He made the earth to move 3 seconds, look to show us how everything is precise to us. If it is going to be more than 3 seconds we feel the heart quickly. And if it is moving quickly it will be sucked quickly by the magnetic field of the sun. These physicists didn’t think about it yet.
It might be it reaches a center of gravity so when it reached that point it will reach and be sucked in. He didn’t mention the earth because it is balaagha, the moon circling the earth and both are moving around the sun.
So awliyaullah have to ask permission for everything they do because everything has been planned very well.
أَأَنتُمْ تَزْرَعُونَهُ أَمْ نَحْنُ الزَّارِعُونَ
A-antum tazra`oonahu am nahnu az-zaari`oon.
Is it ye that cause it to grow, or are We the Cause? Al-Waqi'a [56:64]
Are you the one who is planting these and perfecting these or are We the one doing it? Of course Allah is doing it. So it means that everything is planted in its place in perfection. It is not just planting the grass. Look from one see that is not living, if you plant it will be a whole life with many branches and fruit. Yukhrij al-hayy min al-mayt. The dead seed bringing that living tree with all its fruits. We are 4 different categories: jamadaat, solids, nabataat, plants and trees, everything related to nature of trees, haywanaat and human beings. Is there anything else on this life? Solids, plants, animals, human beings. So look how Allah made them solids no mind, don’t move even. Nabataat, there is a trunk and branches. They don’t move but they are submitting to Allah swt. Always standing there in Allah’s Divine Presence. Animals, they are roaming around. They have no mind. Their mind is so small that they only know a few things. But Allah favored human beings.
Wa laqad karamna Bani Adam.
Awliya understand that honor so they don’t do anything without permission. When a wali wants to move about he must take permission from his shaykh or if he is a shaykh he must take permission from Prophet (s). That is why students have to take permission to come and go and travel and in anything major. There are 3 major things: when you marry, divorce and when you travel. These are main things in your life.
Because traveling you don’t know if you come back. When you leave you don’t guarantee you come back. So you have to ask, especially when you go for hajj. They shaykh can look and see if there is a problem or not, see if manifestation of the beautiful name Rahman there or ghufraan will come or not. So must ask to get permission or not.
The example is one wali one day, because it came to his heat in moment of heedlessness. So he didn’t take permission. Awliyaullah ask permission so if anything happened they can use tayy they can move in space and time, that is one of the 6 realities in heart, haqiqat al-jazbah, haqiqat at-tawajjuh, haqiqat al-irshad, haqiqat at-tawassul, haqiqat at-tayy.
As the Prophet (s) mentioned in hadith there will come time when distances are short. Awliya are more powerful than airplanes - they can cut distances short. Allah gave human beings mind to invent airplanes, Allah didn’t give wali power to invent or create in himself the power to move and cut distance? Of course. Why is a wali a wali if he cannot do these things? But they don’t show it, Naqshbandi shaykhs don’t show these things. And also they are very careful not to speak about themselves what they are seeing or what they are experiencing. Today I am seeing a lot of students if they see something they say to others. They are becoming like talk shows, or group therapy. Tell them anything you see. The one tells the other. If Allah wants He will show everything to everyone. So don’t run after your desires of showing yourself then it will stop. If you want it to stop then say loudly. Then it will drop completely. If you want to keep improving whatever you see and what you feel is to you. And what is felt or heard is for you and not for anyone else. That other one cannot follow it. He or she has different heart and different constitution capacity. What is that constitution? Different ways.
So don’t try to dress the others with your dress. It doesn’t fit. If you are very slim and the other is very big it doesn’t fit. If he is very big, and dresses like a slim person it looks disgusting it doesn’t t work. I was surprised people coming to me, seeing this and seeing that. That is ok to tell Mawlana shaykh or his representative but don’t tell it in public. Hide. If you don’t hide, you expose it then they don’t give any more diamonds. Give him only candies. He is throwing it everywhere. People will not know its value.
So that wali in a moment of heedlessness, he wanted to travel on a boat from one country to another going to hajj from North Africa, going through the Mediterreanean Sea all the way to reach Egypt and from there go to hajj. There were two caravans in the previous centuries in Ottoman times and before. One caravan comes from east and one comes from west for the hajj and they were accompanied by the Ottoman army or the ones who were ruling, that dynasty. Two caravans.
So he was coming from the side of West Africa. He was on the boat. It didn’t come to him to take permission he found himself already on the boat and the boat was sailing. He was busy with his awraad and not looking to anyone else except those who know him, that waliullah he had his students and he was teaching them. Until they were in middle of the ocean and a huge storm came. And they knew this storm was so huge that it is going to break the ship into pieces. Everyone was now in submission because they know they are going to die, and they are asking Allah’s forgiveness. Before you decide on your trip you must ask permission from the living shaykh and then you have to recite 100 times, before you go in:
Dhaalika taqdeeru ’l-`azeezi ’l-`aleem - And the sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him), the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing. Ya-Sin [36:38]
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem dhaalika taqdeerul-azeezi ’l-`aleem - that is the planning or assessment of the Creator. You recite that and that will save you. That is because you know that everything is coming from Allah and in Allah’s Hands. Everyone began to recite but it was supposed to be recited before. So it did not match the code of manifestation of safety. So what happened? We leave that to next time to hear what happened.
Bi hurmatil habib, bi hurmatil Fatiha.