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Audhu billah min ash-shaytan 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


So we are continuing where we left the previous session.


He is advising, Grandshaykhs they are always advising their followers, their students, not to look at dunya and we explained that last time. So in summary he says, look at dunya as an ugly, how is an ugly person, you don’t like to look at him or her because of too much committing forbiddens in life, they become in their late age ugly.

Bride and groom in young age, they are what? They are beautiful. When they grow up what becomes? Beauty goes. What is left? Only beauty of the soul, the physical beauty of the body is gone. So he says, look at dunya, that beautiful body is going to be gone. Where is that beautiful body going? To the grave. There in the grave, according to what you have done in dunya, your grave will be a piece of Paradise and if your amal is bad it will be hufran min hufar an-niraan, a ditch from hellfire.

So he is advising before you reach that level, look at yourself and look at your dunya that one day you are going to die. You are leaving behind everything that you have made, except your reputation. Except `ilm, knowledge.

Prophet said, “yanqati` amal abni adam illa min thalath: sadaqatun jariya, a flowing donation that you give fee sabeelillah in any way, wa waladin salihun yada`u lah, a child that remembers you when you die and prays for you, wa `ilmun yantafi`u bih - a knowledge you leave behind that people benefit by it.” These kinds of associations leave behind a knowledge that you can teach and your children can teach. And that will be written for you as you spread it already.

Don’t be lazy. Allah doesn’t like lazy people. Go and be like a hunter. Always a hunter has company with him. Why to bring the prey. Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, always used to say to us, “You are so important and all of you are so important to the shaykh, as the dog is important to the hunter. Without his loyalty and sincerity that dog will never bring the prey to his master to shoot it or hunt it, to put it down.”

So important is we must be helpers for the hunter. Hunt good and precious people, bring them from their caves, the caves of dunya from where they have been hiding. They are lost. Don’t sit and you do only your own job but you don’t care for others. Be a diplomat, with the flag of love and peace and bring people to your shaykh.

After a while you are going to die.

وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٌ فَإِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ لاَ يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلاَ يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ

Wa likulli ummatin ajalun fa idha jaa ajaluhum laa yastakhiroona sa`atan wa laa yastaqdimoon

To every people is a term appointed: when their term is reached, not an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in anticipation).

Al-A'raf [7:34]


When the time for them to leave and Allah orders Azra`eel to come and take their souls they are not going to be delayed or advanced one second. So it means be careful. Do as Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, `amal li-dunyaka ka-annaka tamootu ghadan. Wa `amal li- akhiratika ka-annaka ta`ayshu abada – live for this life as if you would live forever and live for the next as if you were going to die tomorrow.

Now he is making tasbih, moving his hands. He doesn’t know if his thumb is going to move to the second tasbih or his soul will be gone. You cannot plan. People are planning for 2020, 2030. what are you planning for 2030. one hurricane can take all that you have planned. Who sent that hurricane? Allah swt. Can they do anything? Can they go and fight? No way. When Allah wants something. These hurricanes are signs for us. When Allah wants he sends and we have to take a lesson and Allah said:

َ تُبَدَّلُ الأَرْضُ غَيْرَ الأَرْضِ وَالسَّمَاوَاتُ وَبَرَزُواْ للّهِ الْوَاحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ

yawma tubaddal al-ardu ghayrul-ard was-samawaati wa barazoo lillahi il Wahid al-Qahhaar.

One day the earth will be changed to a different earth, and so will be the heavens, and (men) will be marshalled forth, before Allah, the One, the Irresistible; Ibrahim [14:48]

As the hurricane comes suddenly, you don’t know when it comes. So one day there will be a great change for earth, suddenly. Whatever we have collected in our hand we lose in one second. Look thy have built homes, and what happened to these homes? In one second, not more. You are leaving and going. This one leaves his wife and this one leaves his son. And then who is going to be his companion in the grave? [your actions] worms. The dirt is your companion, that grave. All these worms, snakes, wild chars that you have in yourself, Allah will make them alive to bite you, eat you.

There was a very, a student of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah give him long life, in Lebanon Tripoli. There is a cemetery there that Mawlana likes, too many awliya there. That one is the one who digs the holes and prepares the graves. He said, "sometimes I see black snakes coming from the grave. Sometimes I see human bodies, burned. When I put them they are not burned, but when I open to put another person in, I find them burned.:

That is Allah giving signs. That as the Prophet (s) said, “either is it hole from Hellfire or it is going to be a Paradise.” It depends on the character of every person. So whatever we polish a stone to get a diamond, you have to keep polishing and polishing and polishing. these meetings are where Mawlana polishes us. We have to many bad characters. People think they are clean but you are not.

So your partner in the dirt is the worms and that they throw on you. You are going to be living with them. If you have been living for dunya. But if you have been living to akhira you will only find your grave to be a piece of Paradise.

Enter to Allah with the hand of the Prophet (s). Don’t try to go by yourself. Keep connection with the Prophet (s). They might ask how you keep connect with the Prophet (s). It is easy. It is easy to say it but difficult to act on it.

Keep your hand in the hand of the Prophet (s) means keep remembering him. Keep making salawat on him. As Allah said,

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلاَّ لِيُطَاعَ بِإِذْنِ اللّهِ وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا

"wa maa arsalnaa min rasulin illa li-yuta'a bi-idhnillahi. wa law annahum idh dhalamu anfusahum jaa'ooka f ’astaghfirullaha w ’astaghfaralahum ar-Rasul la-wajad-Allah tawaaban raheema"

"And We have sent no Messenger but that he should be obeyed by the command of Allah. And if they had come to thee when they had wronged their souls, and asked forgiveness of Allah, and if the Messenger had also asked forgiveness for them, they would have

surely found Allah Oft-Returning with compassion and Merciful." [an-Nisa, 64]


“when they were oppressors to themselves they come and ask forgiveness in your presence.”

Always keep the Prophet’s presence in your heart. It is easy to say it. Make him your teacher. Make his hand to comb you, to pet you. Make him happy with you. When he is happy with you, Allah is happy with you. Allah said:

مَّنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللّهَ

Man yuti` ar-rasul faqad at`a-ullah. – “He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah” [4:80]

Another simple question “are we obeying the prophet or not? We are struggling. We don’t want to say “no” or “yes.” We are struggling, we want to obey. Shaytan comes and says, “Why? a little bit my share a little bit your share. A little bit for the Prophet (s) and then a little bit for me.” Then slowly, slowly he takes you to shaytan. So obedience to the Prophet (s) is to always remind yourself that the Prophet (s) is the one who will take you to Allah. And you have to put in your mind that your Shaykh is the one who takes you to the presence of the Prophet (s) .

Humbleness will make them happy with you. Arrogance will make them upset with you.

If you are humble to everyone, extend your hand to everyone, Allah will be happy with you, prophet will be happy with you. Imaatati ’l-`adaa min at-tareeq min al-eeman.

Even the littlest thing you can do, to move a stone from the way or even the banana peel if you see it on the street, tae it away, throw it, that is from imaan. That shows you have imaan in your heart. Imaatati ’l-`adaa min at-tareeq - that show we still have the light of faith in our heart. You take away something you don’t want anyone to be harmed by it.

Let the Prophet (s) be happy with you. He is al-Haakim bayn al-arwaah - He is the judge between souls.

الارواح جنود مجندة , فما تعارف منها ائتلف , و ما تناكر منها اختلف

 al-arwaahu junoodun mujanada - The souls are like armies grouped together” and the Prophet (s) is the judge between them. Let our Prophet be our judge when something happens, let him take the decision, leave the matter to him. As Allah said in Holy Qur'an:

فَمَنْ عَفَا وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَجْرُهُ عَلَى اللَّهِ

“whoever makes peace and forgives, Allah will reward him.” Ash-Shura [42:40]

Reward him what? To make his hand with the hand of his Prophet.

If you are walking with your child in the street, son or daughter, how much you care to hold the hand of the child. Why? For safety only but you love ot hold the hand. If you are still not married but let’s say consumed the marriage, how much before that you like to hold the hand of the bride or groom. Are you holding the hand? Are you not shouting when you are holding the hand.

[Shaykh indicates someone]: jazbah comes to him. When he is like that know he is far from that presence. When he is in that trance, that state that means he is there. That is a sign to learn from him. That kind of trance is not the one we are looking forward for. What we look forward is perfection. That is still in the first levels. They cannot hold themselves, some people they go and make different remembrance of Allah or mentions Allah in a crowd, something like what he did today.

So Allah swt wants us to hold the hand of His Prophet. If you hold the hand of the one you love how much you care to hold the hand of that person. Ho much you care to hold the hand of your Prophet. When you are holding the hand of your Prophet, you have a direct ticket to the Divine Presence. Finished.

Today there is election, huh? Is there not an election here in this country. If you hold the hand of one of these nominees, one of these presidential candidates, you can pass through security without anyone asking question. Can anyone say to you, “where are you going?” No you’re holding the hand of the candidate. That is a normal human being. What do you think about the hand of the Prophet (s), holding it?

So holding the hand of the Prophet (s) takes you in directly, it is a direct ticket to where you need to reach. Allah swt made him the Master, the Leader, the Master of masters and Leader of leaders.

So when you enter to the Presence of Allah, the Divine Presence, holding the hand of the Prophet (s), how do you enter? What do you need to do? When we are praying - where are we entering? What do you need to do? We are entering the Divine Presence, we are between the hands of Allah swt. Let it be a real entry. So when you enter what do you do? You do dhikrullah.

So when you reach the stage of holding hand of the Prophet (s) and entering in. Then they tell you , you have different job, a different experience. Now what do you have to do to come in? Keep your tongue wet with dhikrullah.

جاء رجل إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و قال يا رسول الله إن شرائع الإسلام قد كثرت علىّ فدلني على عمل أتشبث به قال لا يزال لسانك رطباً بذكر الله

When that man came to the Prophet (s) and said, “inna shara`iah al-islam qad kathurat `alaya - Shariah of Islam became too much for me, but give me something besides it that is easy for me.” It doesn’t mean he was not following Shariah, but he wants something that makes it easy to him.

Like you are drinking tea with no sugar. You want sugar. Shariah has things that are difficult and something is not difficult. You need something sweet in it.

People send there children to learn Qur’an. They tell you we don’t want that. Why? They need something sweetener to make it sweet when they are reading. Because Shaytan comes and make obstacles. So what did the Prophet say? "Keep your tongue wet with dhikrullah."

Now you want to enter the presence of Allah holding the hand of the Prophet (s), you must keep in dhikrullah. Even when you are sleeping with your wife. Keep the heart constant in dhikrullah - dawim `ala dhikrullah. When the remembrance of Allah open in heart it opens doors that have never been opened before.

Allah put in your heart 6 doors that have never been opened before. They are haqiqat al-fayd, haqiqat al-jazbah, haqiqat at-tawassul, haqiqat at-tawajjuh, haqiqat al-irshad, haqiqat at-tayy.

One student of Sayyidina Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani, may Allah bless his soul, one of the great great saints of the Golden Chain. He is buried in Merv near Bukhara. He has a student. And that student - one of his students - the shaykh always gives him job to do. When shaykh ask you to do something be sure there is a test behind it. Don’t be happy he gave you a job to do. Run away from jobs. Because any job he gives there is a test.

Giving him a job to go and cut wood from the jungle. He goes in the morning and comes in the evening. He didn’t cut anything. La hawla wa la quwwattta illa billah il `aliyy il-`adheem. "It is cold and snowing and you didn’t cut wood. What happened?" "O sayyidee, I was so busy reading Qur’an and doing dhikr.” “You cannot cut wood and do dhikr?”

“No, I cannot mix them.”

“So now I will give you another job. Go and take my sheep and be a shepherd, give them food. That is the easiest thing I can give to you. All prophets were shepherds.”

Did you make shepherd in your life?

The Shaykh said, “I am giving you my flock because that is what we are eating all the time. So take and feed them in these mountains.” He was happy he took them and went.

And the shaykh after a while called him, after say one year. He said, “What happened? Did you give food to them, did you increase them, as they give every year lambs?” He said, “W’Allahi, ya Sayyidee they are finished.” He said, “Why are they finished” He said, “Rajab comes, I said this is the Month of Allah, and I begin to slaughter them, and give to people. 27th Rajab comes, I slaughter and give to people; Sha`ban, the month of Prophet comes, I slaughter and give to people; Ramadan comes, the Month of the Ummah, I slaughter and give to people. Eid comes, I slaughter and give to people. Ashura comes, I slaughter and feed the people.”

The Shaykh said, “You are the worst between my students. That is why I sent you away, to avoid contaminating all the students with your ignorance! Go and I don’t want to see you here.”

And he kicked him out.” Then looking at his heart - did it change? His heart didn’t change.

Sometimes you hear from the shaykh a word. Shaytan brings to your hear all kinds of questions. Why he is upset, I brought to him a gift. They are happy with their gifts.

As Bilqees sent a gift to Sulayman.

So the shaykh knows that mureed is very dedicated to shaykh. He prayed Isha and after all the people left he was hiding himself behind the pillars in the mosque. He was speaking to himself: “You are the worst of the students! You are so ignorant. Shaykh tried you in this and this and this and you failed in all of them. And to make sure you are the worst, (he wants to give a very solid confirmation. People don’t dare to do that as they don’t believe it. He was believing himself to be the worst completely.)

Do you think you are the worst. No, you were complaining on Ali, that he delayed you 10 minutes.

He believed he was the worst - that is why when he gave the oath and that oath was not effective because he believed he was the worst.

So we, if we give that oath, then we are not certain on it, we will be cut in half by that oath, we cannot come out of it.

So what is that oath. He said, "W’Allahi, if I am not saying the truth, then between me and my wife is haraam.” What does that mean? It means there is no play there - finished. “My wife is divorced from me and me from her 3 times, if I am not saying the truth.”

That means if even 1%, that he is not saying truth, then his wife will be split from him.

Look between thousands of students he thinks he is the best and if he doesn’t sit on table of the shaykh he gets upset.

So what did he do? His shaykh is hiding behind another pillar [qutb].

So he knows the heart of his student. He was laughing, saying, “Come Ahmad, come.” “O you are here my shaykh?” “Now you showed me what I was waiting from you. You showed me you reached complete submission.”

[the clock rings] That is telling you have to submit to the time.

“You have reached complete submission, by order of the Prophet (s) I pass you your amanaat.”

You see his amanah how it came easy. But he was making dhikrullah and reading Qur'an. At that time 124,000 pigeons came and were circling the mosque. Then a green bird came, that symbolized the Prophet (s). If the Prophet (s) appears [directly], immediately that person will faint. Then the Prophet (s) appeared and said to his shaykh, “Give him his trust.” His shaykh didn’t do anything but sat on his knees and with his shahada finger like a laser machine he opened to his heart whatever is in his heart. That is not what is being put there, but what is already there in the heart.

These 6 powers haqiqat al-fayd, haqiqat al-jazbah, haqiqat at-tawassul, haqiqat at-tawajjuh, haqiqat al-irshad, haqiqat at-tayy, he was opening one after one, with the shahada finger. What was he opening? Ma`rifatullah. We will continue this today at noon. Insha-Allah. Bi hurmatil Fatiha.

It means to reach ma`rifah we need to completely make our self in full submission. It means die before death. Die before you die.

If you die before you die it means no ego. You completely surrendering to Allah and his prophet. May Allah guide us to the right path, the path of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and awliyaullah and give our Shaykh long life and give us long life to see Sayyidina al-Mahdi.

Bi hurmatil Fatiha.