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Fulfill Your Purpose Before Reaching the Grave

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

4 August 2011 Lefke, Cyprus

(Translated from Turkish)

(Mawlana Shaykh stands) O Believers! As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Today is the first week of Ramadan ash-Shareef. Today is Thursday night, connecting Thursday to Friday. May Allah not deprive us from the lights, prosperity, and blessings of Holy Ramadan!

O Believers, we are making takbeer, to glorify Allah Almighty; we stand up and say, “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi 'l-hamd!” Recite this takbeer nine times a day.

O Muslims! Salaat al-`Eid is prayed with nine takbeers, and we may begin reciting takbeer even before `Eid. We are making takbeer, so be careful about this.

Then on the Sultan of both worlds, Beloved of Allah, Master of the Universe, countless salaats and salaams. Alfu salaat, alfu salaam `alayka wa `ala aalika wa sahaabatika wa man tabi`aka bi ihsaanin ila yawmi ’d-deen.

Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah! We ask for your mercy and affection. Don’t leave us weak; send us those who will show us the true ways, yaa Sayyidi 'l-Awwaleen wa ’l-akhireen. We are also sending praise and greetings to all prophets (a) and to all awliyaullah and we are asking for their help. May their support reach us so that we may have the power to stand up in servitude of Allah (swt)! We are also asking them to help us and to gaze upon us with their heavenly glance.

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. May Allah protect us from the evil and followers of Shaytan. May their evil fall on their heads! “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” is the sword of haqq; draw it and do not fear! (Mawlana Shaykh sits)

Dastoor yaa RijaalAllah, madad. To those who are listening, may the heavenly grants of Allah Almighty reach them and us, and may His Mercy come down upon the deceased. You may be a means for mercy to reach your ancestors and the deceased. Therefore, O Muslims, search for good gatherings, because there are two kind of gatherings: the pure and the dirty. O Man, who was created pure! Keep your purity and be in pure gatherings. Don’t throw yourself into dirtiness, or afterwards the grave that they will put you inside will be five times worse than a WC hole. You will drown in that dirt hole numerous times a day. They will take you out, then throw you back in 24 hours a day. They will drown you in that dirt and pull you back out again!

Pay attention to these words! Your grave will either be a garden of Paradise, as our Prophet (s) has mentioned, or a ditch from the ditches of Hell. What is the content of this hole? Fire! And what is it that burns in fire? All dirty things boil inside that fire, and if you go to dirty gatherings then you will finish. They will throw in that dirt hole that is boiling with the fire of Hell. You try going deeper down so that your feet may touch something and you get saved, but you can’t be saved as they pull you up and throw you back inside, and that punishment is continuing until the Day of Judgment!

O Muslims! Do not go to dirty associations or else your grave will be a dirt hole like this, full of fire. Amaan yaa Rabbee, forgive us and keep us to be with Your pure servants.

O Muslims! Holy Ramadan is to purify the nation of Muhammad (s), therefore, try to be clean. Leave the ways of unbelievers: their doctrines, what they eat and wear, their fashions, what they say and teach, their tastes and doings so that you may be saved; if not, there is no chance for being saved! At that time you will be silenced, they will bring you to your grave, bury you inside, and cover the top. Then everyone will step backwards and the imaam will step forward and say, “O servant of Allah! When the angels of questioning come and ask you, ‘Who is your Lord?’ reply, ‘My Lord is Allah!’ And when they ask, ‘’Who is your Prophet?’ reply, ‘ My Prophet is Sayyidi 'l-awwaleen wa ’l-akhireen, Sayyidina Muhammad al-Mustafa (s)!’”

(Mawlana Shaykh stands) Will you be able to give these answers? “My book is the Holy Qur’an! My qiblah is Ka`aba al-Mu`azzamah! My sect is Ahlu ‘s-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah! We are not Shias, nor Salafis, nor Wahhabis; we are the people of Ahlu ‘s-Sunnah!” (Mawlana Shaykh sits)

Today we received dastoor, permission; they are making us speak from this fountain. Welcome, marhaban.

O Lazy People (of the Eastern Black Sea region)! You have good understanding. From the outside you may look stupid but your hearts are open; you understand what we tell you to understand. Today we are here, tomorrow we are in the grave; or this month we are here, next month in the grave; or we are here this year, next year we are in the grave. Everyone will eventually be buried.

The Sultan of Prophets (s) said:

من لا يقبل النصيحة حلّت له الندامة

man lam yaqbal an-naseeha hallat lahu an-nadaamat.

Who doesn’t accept advice will regret in the end.

Europeans have a saying, “it’s too late now.” No, be careful! We may or may not be able to reach next Ramadan, or we do not even know if we will reach the end of this Ramadan. Don’t say, “I am still young.” How many hundreds of youngsters nowadays are shot and killed, lying on the streets dead and thrown into graves without even a shroud?

O Mankind! Keep and protect yourselves and try to be a servant to that One Who created you; no other thing can benefit you. If you like, you may pile up fortunes, like that of Qaroon’s. Pile up as much as you like, for it has no benefit for you and never will. The keys to Qaroon’s treasures alone were sixty camel loads and each key was as big as my forefinger! He had unlimited treasures, but what happened, what benefit did it give him, what good did all the fortune he saved bring him? Finally, he faced the Wrath of Allah because he didn’t accept his Lord and didn’t accept the prophets Allah Almighty sent; he only said, “It is because of me, that I learned this; no one gave this to me.” He was proud, so in the end he was humiliated!

Allah (swt) ordered Sayyidina Musa (a), “O Moses! I now give the whole Earth to be under your command; give him the punishment he well deserves!” Moses said, “O Earth, swallow him!” and Earth took hold of Qaroon’s body, after which he started screaming and begging. Moses is a shadeed, a strong and furious prophet, and therefore, he ordered the Earth to hold Qaroon and swallow him starting from his feet. Qaroon begged again and again, and Moses repeated, “Swallow him, swallow him!” then the Earth took him completely. Heavenly revenge came on him and it was ordered that Earth will continue to swallow him deeper and deeper until Judgment Day, and the deeper he goes the stronger the fire.

O Foolish People! Do you like this? Such is the end of those who collect from this world! You are not running for Allah Almighty, you are running after dunya like foxes run after rabbits. What are you catching? At least Qaroon filled his treasure chests with gold and gems, but what are you collecting? Paper, currency! Don’t ask it’s equivalent. Governments declare, “We have put gold aside and instead give you paper money you can work with, because our seal is on it, which proves its validity.” A number is printed on that paper, “50 liras,” but what value does it have? Pull it and it is torn, put it in water and it melts, or throw it in fire and it burns. Is this money?

O Governments! O Useless Ones! Why are you cheating people? You claim because you are a big nation you must print money. (...) Now all Mankind, especially those claiming to be Muslim, are running after dunya, only to get a hold of this paper. All the gold is collected in banks while paper money is rubbish, and people say they do not have enough of it. What value does paper carry? Just because it is printed on it “100” or “200” doesn’t give it value, so why do you run after it? You must run after real valuables.

O Mankind! O Muslims! Why won’t you run after gold that never wears out or loses value? (Allah is saying,) “Gold is only valid in dunya; for akhirah, there are countless invaluable gems, besides gold, that I will give you, so what are you struggling for?” and people answer, “To collect more from this world.” Countless others before you have also collected, and many wealthy people have come and gone. They also tried to take something from this dunya to no avail and died with the agony of that.

O Muslims! O People! Don’t think you have come to this world by your own will or that your mother and father brought you to this world; don’t speak such nonsense! Know your limits or they will make you know! O Jubbali Ahmad Effendi, where are you? Marhaban. You haven’t been coming out lately. Where are you preaching so that I may also listen to you. Don’t speak of nonsense issues; you must know and focus on the most sensitive point and learn, as the Prophet (s) said:

طلب العلم فريضة على كل مسلم و مسلمة

talabu ‘l-`ilmi faridatun `alaa kulli muslimun wa ‘l-muslimah.

To seek knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim, male and female. (Ahmad and Ibn Majah)

اطلبوا العلم من المهد إلى اللحد

utlubu ‘l-`ilma mina ‘l-mahdi ila ’l-lahad.

Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

Don’t come out in public saying, “ I know everything!”

وَفَوْقَ كُلِّ ذِي عِلْمٍ عَلِيمٌ

fawqa kulli dhi `ilmin `aleem.

Above every knower is a (higher) knower. (Yusuf, 12:76)

Above every knower exists the Lord of the Worlds, the Absolute Owner of the Universe, Whose knowledge is without limit! Who do you think you are? What are you waiting for? Listen and speak. If there is a mistake in our words, say, “ This is wrong.” If you cannot find anything wrong, then declare the truth and inform people of this. What you don’t know others may know and perhaps that will benefit people.

Seek knowledge, don’t waste your time! Say, “O Mankind! Keep the orders of He Who created you and Heavens and Earth! There is no limit to His Power. He is Allah Almighty, Who created Man from two drops of liquid.” (Mawlana Shaykh stands) Allah Almighty brought us up and sent down His prophets so that we may learn. Yaa Rabbee! (Mawlana Shaykh sits)

Human beings have set off on this journey without a compass, map or guide. Did Allah Almighty, Lord of Heavens and Earth, create human beings and not inform us about the purpose of our creation? Say! When Allah Almighty brought forth our atoms from the loins of Sayyidina Adam (a) and asked, “Am I not your Lord Who created you?” we replied, “Qaaloo balaa! Yes, You are!” This means, since the time of Qaaloo balaa (the Day of Promises) we replied, “O our Lord, you are the One Who created us!”

Then why are you not fulfilling your promise in this world? It is as if people think they have been created only to collect trash from the carcass of this world, running after such things 24 hours a day. What foolishness! We must pull ourselves together. Today is dunya, tomorrow you may end up in the graveyard and will be questioned. The One Who gave you life will take it away whenever He wants and your dead body will be buried in the grave. They call this Barzakh `Alami, “Life in the Grave.” In dunya life you speak as you like, ranting and raving, but when you enter Barzakh, you can no longer do that.

Our Prophet (s), the Sultan of Both Worlds, once said, “When they bury you, Hellfire will attack you from all four directions. When it attacks from the right side, your daily prayers will protect you so the fire cannot reach; when it attacks from the left side, your fasts will shield you; when it attacks from your feet, your hajj will block it; when it attacks from your head, your sadaqa and good deeds preserve your grave from it, then the light of faith will shine above you like the sun.”

He who does not pray, fire will burn him from the right side, and poisonous snakes, scorpions and cobras will attack him. From the other side, all kind of insects will bite, eat, and torture him.

O People! This is not a story. Those who think they are something, and heedless ones who make fun of Islam, do you think being Muslim is a game? They say, “We are free to do as we like.” You will see whether you are free or not when you enter the grave, when snakes, insects, and scorpions attack you! You did whatever you liked in dunya. When a person falls into that grave where there are all kinds of insects, there will be no one to hear his screams or cries.

O Anatolian People! O People of the Eastern Black Sea region! We aren’t telling a story so do not turn this into mockery as it is serious! In order to inform people that the Day of Judgment is near, Allah Almighty (swt) sends all kinds of events. There no longer remains people in this world who live in peace, without fear. Those in the highest positions are asking in fear, thinking, “I am ruling this nation today, but I wonder where I will be in the morning; no one knows.”

The holy month of Ramadan has arrived, and Allah Almighty (swt) is looking to see if His servants are keeping His orders to stay away from forbiddens. If not, the angels will say to them, “Who doesn’t follow Allah’s orders and doesn’t try to leave His forbiddens, may they never see a day of goodness or peace!” Then every Creation on Earth will say, “Ameen!”

Therefore, our nation must hold fast to its belief and religion. Who rejects this will leave dunya by the end of Ramadan. This declaration was announced to us. Who puts a hindrance in the way of Islam, whoever tortures Muslims in this holy month or prevents them from worshipping, after `Eid their time will be over! The wrath of Heavens is approaching; unexpected torture will come upon the people. Allah (swt) can make volcanoes explode at unexpected times, or send earthquakes or tsunamis and tornados that can sweep away cities, throwing them into the sea. Are you secure from all of that?

O People! Aren’t you scared from the wrath of Heavens, or do you think you are safe, that the earth under your feet is safe and firm? You will see when He shakes it! A tornado can sweep away everything. When your skyscrapers are shaken, no one will remain; all will be taken away.

O People! Make peace with Allah (swt) or your end will be awful, especially Muslims! Be careful during Ramadan to keep the orders of Allah (swt); if not, it is up to you. He will send a virus that will overtake human beings suddenly. Not seen with the human eye, that virus will attack them making it nearly impossible to breathe, eat or drink. Doctors will be puzzled, saying, “Where is this coming from?” This comes from the bad behaviors of people who threw away the honor of being created as human beings! They’ve become so wild, killing and crushing those whom Allah created as honorable. Divine Wrath will come upon them! It came to Damascus, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, and now it is coming on the Turks, and hovering above the Arab Muslim world. There is fire in other parts of the world too, but the strongest fire is on the Muslim countries. If you do not return to your senses, He will ravage it all with only one shake!

O Jubbali Ahmad Effendi and the mufti of Istanbul! Don’t forget that Allah Almighty is capable of doing anything He likes. He can create and He can destroy in an instant. Advise the people! Tell them, “Pull yourselves together under Allah’s order and don’t display bad adab to His commands.”

I will say something concerning Istanbul, based on what has been informed to us. Our glorious ancestors planted the seeds of traditional Islam and destroyed falsehood within the Old Istanbul border. There will be an earthquake at that border and only Old Istanbul will be protected; the rest, along with all their new construction, will be destroyed within seconds! Therefore, based on the sign shown to us, we are advising to evacuate Istanbul; otherwise, there is no salvation for you.

I don’t know if this will happen during Ramadan, after Ramadan, on `Eid, or in Muharram, or during the day or at night; it is not certain. The earthquake will last seven minutes, no need for eight. In seven minutes, Divine Wrath will hit with a magnitude of 13.0! The sea rising from Marmara will swallow all its islands like fire! This is a warning. We don’t say things by looking at a machine; we speak according to what we are informed. Evacuate Istanbul! Evacuate Istanbul, or stay if you aren’t afraid.. Only the Islamic city which was built by the Ottomans will be protected, where the call of the Adhan-i Muhammadi [adhan followed by invoking praise on the Prophet (s) aloud] from minarets causes mercy to come down from Heavens. All those skyscrapers are places of corruption and home for mischief. In an instant, they will all be made flat along with those inside it. Beware of this order!

Our Jubbali Ahmad Hoja is aware of that hadith in which the Prophet (s) said, “When fornication becomes common, earthquakes increase.” O mufti of Istanbul! Do you not know this hadith? Why won’t you declare it to people? Hasn’t you read that fornication causes earthquakes? He says, “Don’t visit the tombs.” Is this what needs to be declared? A real mufti of Istanbul is a knower who keeps to the way of the Prophet (s), (Mawlana Shaykh stands and sits) whose attributes are basheeran wa nadheeran, the giver of good tidings and a warner to humanity. This is an order from Heavens: (Yaa Muhammad!) Give glad tidings to the believers and warn the unbelievers!

We are at a zero level, but our way is to be in line with the way of Prophet (s), the Sultan al-Anbiya, who came as both basheeran and nadheeran, a giver of good news and a warner to people. Glad tidings is for believers and warning is for unbelievers. The glad tidings promised for the believers is eternal salvation both in dunya and in akhirah! This is good news. This is Allah Almighty’s order: give good news to the believers, wa andhir, start with the ones closest to him; inform them of the wrath they may face (if they disobey).

Regarding Istanbul, once called “Islambol (Full of Islam),” no longer has people to enjoin goodness and forbid evil; it has become a dangerous place. Therefore, evacuate Istanbul, O Anatolian People! If you do not want to die under collapsed buildings, go back to where you came from. It is safer for you to eat dry bread (in your village) than to sit and eat kabobs in Istanbul. These are the instructions given to us today. May Allah Almighty forgive us.

This may be our last Ramadan and before it many storms may break out. May Allah forgive us! O Allah, forgive us. Send us Your servants who will show us the right way. Those who steer us away from the right path shall perish! May the banners of Islam rise high and the sultanate of Islam rule. Yaa Rabbee, this is our wish.


Today’s announcement is very important. Every day there is a new matter to speak about. Amaan yaa Rabbee! Tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah astaghfirullah. As-salaamu `alaykum to those who accept the truth, and woe upon those who do not accept. Amaan yaa Rabbee! Tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah astaghfirullah. You are The One Who forgives! Send us your servants who will show us the right way.


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