Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
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
Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum
[Shaykh Sharafuddin’s notes: about Shah Naqshband قدس سرّهi ]
Allah swt honored us with his prophet (s) that He has sent him mercy for humanity and from that mercy everything that comes for the benefit of Allah’s creation is considered it is coming from the mercy that Allah has blessed Sayyidina Muhammad (s) with. Everything good is coming for sure from the secret of that mercy. And Allah didn’t create anything with no wisdom. So rahmatan lil-`alameen has in it secrets - it depends on whom it reaches from Allah’s creation. And there are beside trees and nature and animals and oceans and fishes and everything, there are angels and there are jinn and there are awliyaullah and there are prophets and there are Sahaba and there are Sahaba and there are prophets and there are malaika and there are jinn. That mercy has to reach them every one of them. And fom one to another it changes. If it reaches, traces of it, it might turn a pebble into a jewel. If it reaches more, it might turn a jewel into a diamond and if it reaches more it might turn that diamond into another mercy from the mercies of Sayyidina Muhammad (s).
Awliyaullah they appear at birth by…when they are born, immediately they are known to be awliyaullah because awliyaullah are selected. Not everyone can be a saint. Every saint has his own dress that comes from the mercy of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) that Allah dressed him with. And every student of these awliyaullah also they receive some of that mercy that they will be dressed with. And this now we are speaking about that reality that has been dressed on Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه.
So it is something that is amazing to understand and to see and to understand what Allah swt gave to his prophet out of his greatness and the Prophet (s) gave to awliyaullah. If one wali has that what do you think about all of them, then what you think about about Sahaba what you think about prophets, what you think about seal of messengers what you think about angels.
Sayyidina Shaykh Sharafuddin and Shaykh Abdullah ad-Daghestani has related that Shaykh Sharafuddin has told him about, stories, it is not stories but accounts that have happened with Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّهi. Is Qur'an a story? No. Qur'an is Allah’s ancient words, but Allah revealed to us stories in the Holy Qur'an. So stories in our life are important to learn, where Allah said:
نَحْنُ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ أَحْسَنَ الْقَصَصِ بِمَا أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ هَـذَا الْقُرْآنَ وَإِن كُنتَ مِن قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الْغَافِلِينَ
nahnu naqassu `alayka ahsan al-qassasi bima awhayna ilayk hadha al-Qur'ana wa in kunta min qalbih lamin al-ghaafileen.
We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal to thee this (portion of the) Qur'an: before this, thou too was among those who knew it not. [12:3]
We are telling you stories from the best of stories. So it means that Holy Qur'an Allah revealed stories in Holy Qur'an for us to understand. And that is why stories in Shariah or Islam or in sainthood is important for us to learn. Not only we have to speak about good manners, and moral excellence we also have to give stories without stories it doesn’t that with it the greatness of what Allah wants us to know.
So he said that “Sayyidina Shaykh Sharafudddin told me stories about Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه, 54,000 stories about different accounts that happened with Shah Naqshband قدس سرّهi in his life as a saint from age of one day of birth til he passed away when he was at age of 74 years.”
Sharafuddin he told Grandshaykh 54,000 stories about Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه. It is not like a story how many chickens you have and how many coats you have. These are spiritual stories in which Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه was moving in them. He said, "That is a part or a glimpse from his birthday, the day that he was born, what happened, when he was born” and Grandshaykh Shaykh Abdullah al-Faiz Daghestani is relating that story from his Grandshaykh, Shaykh Sharafuddin. He is relating that story about Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه. He said that the moment… as that shows how he was dressing from the secret of Sayyidina Muhammad (s).
He said, "The moment he came to dunya, the whole area in Daghestan and the area surrounding, and immediately between east and west, the smell of Paradise has overcome this whole world from east to west. “
“And from that smell that came to Daghestan region as it was his own place, 5000 secularist, atheist people, as it was an area of communism, nearly 5000 people from the smell of that smell they could not take it because it was the smell of Paradise, they died, they could not take. Their bodies as they were not believing in a creator they were gone, they left dunya.”
He said, "That night Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه with his spirituality that appeared at that moment when he was young, the first day of his birth he gave tariqah through his spirituality, as his body was still small he gave spirituality to 10,000 people and he said that night 80,000 people 80,000 men, hubb ad-dunya was completely thrown away from their hearts because of that smell that came from Paradise, covering Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه at his birth.
So he said, "Three issues happened: 5000 atheists died; 10,000 took baya` on his spirituality and 80,000 had love of dunya was thrown from their hearts.”
He said that “At his birth, awliyaullah that were living were ordered to move in space by tayy az-zamaan by time folding, appearing in the area of Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه. And they were praising Allah swt that Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه came to dunya to take the responsibility of this dunya.”
So a munaafiq cannot accept these words and these words are not for them. These words are for those who love tariqah and saints and want to know the power of saints. The power of saints, no one can understand except saints themselves and that power is coming from the mercy that Allah granted to the Prophet (s).
And so Grandshaykh was listening to Sayyidina Shaykh Sharafuddin and not only seeing but also seeing as if living what Shaykh Sharafuddin was saying. Today you say live broadcast you see what is happening, but still you are only seeing on a screen. But awliyaullah they feel what happened, they see, they hear, they feel they tasted that is kashf.
So Sayyidina Shaykh Abdullah Daghestani, at that moment he was experiencing that and Shaykh Sharafuddin said to him, "O my son, "O my son, don’t look at that too much. That is not yet too much. Since the moment Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه was created and til he leave dunya, in every step he step from day one, even the step with his mother carrying him, that will be counted or his father or brother carry him, those steps will be counted and all the steps he step in his life, on every step accumulated all of them together, Allah will create angels will create angels on the number of steps he stepped in his life Allah will create angels that will do istighfaar and this istigfhaar will be writing on Ummat an-Nabi (s).”
“And on every breath coming in and coming out, Allah creates angels for every breath coming in and for every breath coming out, with their secrets as when you breath in you breath in oxygen but here he breathes in secrets and he breathes out secrets that he sends to his follower. As he breathes in he receives secrets from the Prophet (s) and as he breathes out he sends out those secrets to be dressed on his followers.”
And he said, "More than that…” Shaykh Sharafuddin said, and I mentioned that in the book Naqshbandi Sufi Way that there are nine awliyaullah that have Sultan adh-Dhikr. I explained that in the book but now we pass through it.
“In every breath, Sultan adh-Dhikr come in and on every breath Sultan adh-Dhikr goes out.”
Sultan adh-Dhikr, only nine awliyaullah that have Sultan adh-Dhikr. How long it take to recite Holy Qur'an. 15 hours? Nearly 15 hours if someone wants to read the whole Qur'an from beginning to end, non-stop. Or 16 hours.
Sultan adh-Dhikr is not that. You can complete the whole Holy Qur'an in 16 hours or 15 hours if you recite from beginning to end. Sultan adh-Dhikr is that as you are breathing in you complete the whole Qur'an in breathing in. And still that is not Sultan adh-Dhikr. And when you breathe out you breathe out with khatm al-Qur'an. Breathe in to complete whole Qur'an and Allah stretches for you the time and you finish the whole Qur'an in one breath. And that is not Sultan adh-Dhikr; that is given to many awliyaullah
Sultan adh-Dhikr is when you breathe in, that is Sultan adh-Dhikr when you breathe in the Holy Qur'an and on every letter there are 12,000 oceans of knowledge, with that breath in. It doesn’t come like words coming, as if someone is reading, but it comes with its secrets. It comes with 12,000 oceans of meanings and secrets on every letter, and when you breathe out there is on every letter 12,000 oceans of knowledge and each knowledge is different from the other knowledge.
When you breathe in and breathe out how long it takes? Three seconds. And then the next time you breathe in and breathe out, another 12,000 oceans of secrets on every letter on every breath in and 12,000 oceans of secrets on every letter breathing out.
So because you are related to these saints, and this chain, who achieved Sultan adh-Dhikr and one of them is Grandshaykh and then Shaykh Nazim and Shaykh Sharafuddin ad-Daghestani and 5 others. So as much as you read Qur'an, as much as you read, passing your finger under the letters, if you read one juz or 2 juz they will give to your heart the secrets of this knowledge that they are dressed with it.
And he said that “with the first breath after he came out of his mother, his breathing in and breathing out is with Sultan adh-Dhikr and it is all written for Ummat an-Nabi (s).”
“At age of one year, Allah swt gave permission to the Prophet (s) for the Prophet (s) to appoint for him angels from the nearness angels, that are always in the presence of Allah and always in presence of the Prophet (s) – Allah has assigned these angels and given the to the Prophet (s) to assign to Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه to raise him and teach him knowledge.”
That is why Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه is given the Ghawthiyya. So Shaykh Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه has that specialty that Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه had it. He said that, “Also Allah ordered Sayyidina Khidr to be always in his company. Never he left him. Always he was in the company of Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه and guiding what he has to do and teaching him along with the angels that have been assigned to guide him.”
“And as he was young he was guiding young children even to tariqah. From the age of 5 to age of 7 he was able to bring 5,000 kids to come to tariqah because of the power of his talk when he speak he throws pearls into the hearts of children.”
He said, Shaykh Sharafuddin speaking to Grandshaykh Abdullah al-Faiz Daghestani that “When he became 15 years of age a complete transformation of his spirituality happened, that he was able to raise that transformation of his reality faster, achieving the learning from the angels and Sayyidina Khidr , and he was able to reach a level in praise with infinite number of angels and he is there; his spirituality never left them. And that is why when he makes du`a or munajaat that his du`a was 12,000 times higher than those angels through his spirituality. And the Prophet (s) assigned him as a saint for those angels that he was able to guide them how to praise and for that praise to be written to Ummat an-Nabi (s).”
He said, "That when he became 17 years of age, in this level, he was able to reach the highest level of perfection that is why he is called Ghawth, Ghawth az-Zamaan, that have passed before him and they are in jannat al-barzakh and whatever high levels he is giving to those he reached that and he reached ot make sajda under the `Arsh.
And he said, "under that `Arsh there was a white river that has an infinite number of creations that Allah has created them to be like a beauty for Paradise, from men and women. Women were from hur ul-`ayn in that white river there. It looks like a river, very white and it is full of hur al-`ayn and full of young men in Paradise as mentioned in Surat ad-Dahr:
وَيَطُوفُ عَلَيْهِمْ وِلْدَانٌ مُّخَلَّدُونَ إِذَا رَأَيْتَهُمْ حَسِبْتَهُمْ لُؤْلُؤًا مَّنثُورًا وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ ثَمَّ رَأَيْتَ نَعِيمًا وَمُلْكًا كَبِيرًا
Yatoofu alayhim wildaanan mukhaladoon wa idha ra’ita ra’ita na`eeman wa mulkan kabeera.
And round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness): If thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered Pearls. And when thou lookest, it is there thou wilt see a Bliss and a Realm Magnificent. Al-Insan [76:19]”
“Allah mentioned in Surat ad-Dahr, that they are encircumambulated with young teenage men, wildaanan mukhaladoon, young ones that are everlasting they don’t grow old and they are in continuous tawaaf, and if you look at them you see these young men like white pearls.”
And that is why he said that is like a white river and he said, "You cannot count them, no beginning and no end. “
“Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه he was raised to make sajda under the Throne and there was a white river there full of hur al-`ayn and full of young men like white pearls and all of them are listening to his advice and Shah Naqshband is assigning this one to be of service to this mureed, to this one, 100; to this one to be of 1000, to this one to be 1 million. And that is one of his specialties to assign them to members of Ummat an-Nabi (s).”
This is one glimpse of awliyaullah.
He said that, “When he became 19 years of age, the Prophet (s) called all prophets messengers and prophets to dress him from their powers and also to be able to teach Ummat an-Nabi (s) that they came before and that they came after until the Day of Judgment. It is a specialty of Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه and not only in his time but before, up to Sayyidina Adam and to prepare them for Judgment Day in order to be ready for it.” And always he said, "that he was sitting besides Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq . And taking from his heart and speaking.”
And may Allah bless us and forgive us and I think this is enough about Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه.
This is awliyaullah describing Sayyidina Shah Naqshband قدس سرّه. This is for us know. What is above that I don’t think we can take it.