As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. I don't like to give advice or anything, but I would like to give advice on something: in two to three days we need to give the fitra, make sure you pay today, $10 per person, that’s my advice, or else it’s not going to be considered fitra. Allah has appointed special angels to take the fast to Paradise, so be sure to pay the fitra today, so you don’t forget.
Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `alaa aali Muhammadin wa sallim.
We will select five people to ask questions, if they have a question, and the rest, next time. Anyone has a question? Alhamdulillah, no one.
There was a conference in 1996, and I invited the head of Egyptian qaris, Shaykh al-Buheiri, and Ahmad Aamir. We invited a lot of speakers, personnel, and qaris of Holy Qur'an, and we were invited before the conference to the house of Ahmad Zaki, a gynecologist. Then there was a discussion: I was telling them they are not following the way of Ahl as-Sunnah wa 'l-Jama'ah, the way of Allah (swt), and there was a fight between me and them, the Wahhabis. There was a discussion about what to teach and how to read Holy Qur'an, and about shafa`ah of the Holy Prophet (s), and they said that there is no shafa`at an-Nabi (s). Finally, Imam Buheiri was not able to take it anymore, he was an old man of 80 years, and he said, “What’s this?” He looked at them denying the shafa`ah and wanting to force their opinion, and he said, Yaa kalb! `Alaa t`arif hadha majlis awliya wa saliheen laa tatakalam! “O dog! What do you think of yourself? Here you are in a gathering of `ulama and Awliya; whenever they say something, you don’t question it! If you like it, you take it; if you don’t like it, you keep your mouth shut!” He spoke to them in this way and then everyone was quiet and he got the conference of Holy Qur'an.
So, we have to be people of no questions; if we have questions, they don't like it. When I was young I asked Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) the names of Awliya. He was in our home, and he said, “Go ask Grandshaykh.” So I went and asked. He looked at me and said, “Yaa waladee, O my son, here there are no questions. Down in the market, there are a lot of questions. If you want to ask questions, go to the mufti as he has been assigned to give answers. Here, you say, ‘aamanna wa sadaqnaa,’ and if you don’t like that, don’t come.”
There is no negotiation, there is no discussion, they don't like that. In every Tariqah the mureed doesn't speak in front of his teacher. That one who speaks has no adab, because he is speaking in front of his teacher. Here is majlis ta`leemi, an educational association or study group. So be sure your questions are answered through the lectures, and you must pay attention. We are not following the normal way, which takes time. Awliyaullah take you high up; they don’t take a little bit from this book and a little bit from that book; no, they fly with the knowledge. Awliya don’t like people asking questions or else a slap will come in their faces to keep them on right track.
Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, said in a suhbat, “In our association, we are ordered to shout at people because then their sayyi`at will go away, and they will be nadimeen, regretting what they have said.” Awliyaullah don't want their mureeds to regret, so on my last trip before he passed away, a group of Turkish people came to say hello to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and pay respect. Mawlana (q) said to them, “If you are coming for questions about jinn, are you not ashamed? A Wali is sitting here, what is he doing, nothing? In his majlis there is no jinn; as soon as you enter his majlis the jinn disappear. Don’t disturb others by thinking you’re asking a good question.”
He said, “In this way, I have been ordered by the Prophet (s) to read Fatihah on any group, big or small, and it will solve all their problems. They come and want to explain to the shaykh in detail even what they ate this morning, and even in a high voice they still want to line up and explain their story.” Grandshaykh (q) says, “Don't explain the story because at the end I will read Fatihah, so take Fatihah at the beginning and don’t waste our time!” [Laughter.]
But out of love they still want to come, so that’s why five people can come. Doctor? Alhamdulillah, no questions. May Allah forgive us, as-salaamu `alaykum.
There will be ziyara at 8 o'clock with Holy Hair for ladies and separate Holy Hair for the men, to finish quickly and then after that khatm.
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