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A`udhu 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
Really when you want to say something to a group of people you will face difficulties because on what issue you want to speak? Because everyone thinks differently, everyone behaves differently, everyone has a tendency of understanding something and tendency not to understand. Not all of us are on the same level, so the level changes and that is why it becomes very difficult for the one that is speaking – it becomes difficult on what subject he has to touch on. And awliyaullah are the spies of the hearts, so they know, it’s not like us normal people. We know we are unable to give what you need but awliyaullah know what their students need or why then are they awliya, for what reason?
A wali is in need for his students. And a student is in need from the wali. Because if there is no student to whom is he going to speak to empty his heart. If there is no student what is the benefit of his sainthood? Allah gave him sainthood for the benefit of his students. And that is hwy I heard it, I felt it I knew it from Mawlana Shaykh and Grandshaykh who said that they are in need of their student and Grandshaykh went further than that, he said, "the Prophet (s) is in need of his Ummah. If there is no Ummah to whom he is going to deliver the message?” He said, "that is good tidings for us.” If there is an Ummah or no Ummah, Allah will give him that rank, but because of our presence he was tortured and abused because he was caring for the Ummah that Allah created.
So according to every level there is a speech according to that level. And what we are going to touch on is what Allah swt opened, I opened that book and saw that hadith of the Prophet (s) that we are in need today.
Allah said In Holy Qur'an:
وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
ittaqullah wa yu`alimakullah- fear God and God will teach you [2:282]
Beware of Allah or fear Allah or love Allah, be a trustworthy person, show your ability of being straightforward, Allah will teach you.”
That means that Allah will send you a teacher. You are not a prophet that Allah will send you revelation but Allah will send you a teacher that will teach you.
Many people say:
وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
ittaqullah wa yu`alimakullah- fear God and God will teach you [2:282] that you will be taught when you have taqwa. Did you reach the level of sainthood that you can receive teaching through your heart? But Allah will send someone to teach you, even if you are in China. But no taqwa, no teachings. No taqwa no teacher. No taqwa, no good tidings.
The host of the house hosted us. He is generous. Generosity is shown at the table but we didn’t yet fill our pockets. He is generous, it confessed itself by all kinds of food they are giving you.
So Allah is saying that you have taqwa, then I will guide you where you have to go, I will plug to the main source as `abdullah, as servant of Allah is increasing in his `ibadah, as much as more energy will be reaching him through that plug that Allah plugged him.
Everyone has a plug. Allah created everyone with a plug. Where is your plug. You have two plugs: one for heavenly messages and one for earthly messages. Mind for earthly messages and heart for heavenly messages. As we said yesterday “is the mind in the head or the mind in the heart?” Which is bigger the mind in the head or the mind in the heart.
The mind is not in heart. The mind is only in brain. The small memory chip there. You doctors you never checked it? Where is the intelligence in the brain. Which is part of the brain that gives in formation and downloads and zoom in and zoom out. Four doctors here and no one answering. You made test yesterday for me.
There are areas in the brain that acquire information. And the main one is in the back of the brain, the brainstem the cerebellum. Second opinion. Yes.
Yesterday He took 100 over 100 I don’t know however, maybe he cheated.
So all of that, Allah gave you that small thing in the brain and you think you can understand. And Allah gave to the heart. What is in the heart is bigger. Why is it bigger you remember or you forgot.
يقول الله : ما وسعني أرضي ولا سمائي ولكن وسعني قلب عبدي المؤمن
That is why Allah, the Exalted, said, “Neither heavens nor earth contained Me, but the heart of My believing servant contained Me.”
Mind cannot contain the universe the heart is able to contain as heart can contain the manifestation of the Beautiful Names and Attributes.
So even if you are in china and you are fearing Allah and you want to get knowledge Allah will send you. Ask Imam Senad. He is drawing on paper. But he is going to write that hadith of the Prophet (s) down when we come to it.
Advice of awliyaullah is like naqsh `ala hajr. They are engraved in stone. Man `allamanee harfan kuntu lahu `abdan that is Arabic poetry whoever taught me one letter I must be a servant for that person because he taught me.
Man `allamaneee harfan sirrtu lahu` abdan who taught me one letter I must be a salve to him.
Allah is sending us the Holy Qur'an and saying this is fro you. And what do we do? We keep it on the shelf. Anyone following what the Holy Qur'an is saying? Rarely.
So what did prophet Sayyidina he said, "wa law anna al-mumin `ala kullati jabalin la-kayada lahu `alimun `alimahu” Tirmidhi and at-Tabarani and ibn Hajar in Fath al-Bari.
It means that if Allah swt one of his servant that has taqwa found himself on a mountain and no one around him, Allah swt would have ascribed an `alim for him to be able to teach him even if he was on top of a mountain that there is no civilization and no life, he found himself there Allah will assign to him `alim to come and teach him.
I heard that from Grandshaykh a long time, might be 35 years ago and he said, explaining that hadith, he said, "if someone completely lives out of this dunya, lives by himself in a place that no human comes Allah will send a wali to that one to teach him and to take care of him.” Because he said, "every `abd is in need of at least every 3 days to look into the eyes of a wali or that `abd cannot survive.”
That is big what he is saying. It means reflection between people today they go today to say we need positive energy and negative energy. Where do they go to learn these things? They go to different centers to learn meditation and they teach them about energy.
Grandshaykh said, May Allah bless his soul, "if someone is found on a mountain then Allah will send him a wali that is responsible to look into his eyes and reflect the energy that he has and to take away that negative energy that mans has. Regardless of who he is. And that is necessary to give him power to survive in dunya.”
And you say, "O that didn’t happen to me.” Might be someone on street looks at you and that is a wali that does that for you.
“So don’t underestimate anything, everything comes with hikmah,” he said,
The Prophet (s) said, "O Allah I need helpers!” when Allah gave him the Ummah as a trust to return clean. We said this many times. And He gave him awliyaullah and they can reach them from east to west. If not reaching from physical means they come to them in dreams; they come in visions; they come in different pictures. So don’t underestimate the power of a wali.
Sayyidina Muhammad (s) said, "If a believer was on top of a mountain Allah would have assigned an `alim to reach him.”
Where are we now? Are we on top of a mountain or not? Everyone of us is on top of a mountain. What does that mean? South America?
Every one of us is on top of a mountain. Every one of us has a mountain. Mountain of ego. Huge ego. That mountain has to completely annihilate in order that you will be able to be a guide or a wali.
If you still have that ego in your, bad ego, you will never reach what you are asking to reach.
Some people say, "O I am generous with people, I am good with people. That is all ok. But did you ask yourself a question that ‘O my self. O `Ali (r), did you look in the mirror every day in the morning? Did you look in the mirror? [na`m] what did you see. Which `Ali (r) you saw there? You saw an `Ali (r). Not the `Ali (r). How many Alis are inside you? How many Waseems are inside you? How many Sahibs are inside you? You have to unite them to become one. That is why Allah said,
يَا أَيُّهَاالنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًاوَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّاللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
Ya ayyuha an-naasu inna khalaqnaakum min dhakarin wa untha wa ja`alnakum shu`ooban waqabaila lita`arafoo inna akramakum `inda Allahi atqaakum inna Allaha `aleemun khabeer.
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). Al-Hujurat [49:13]
Take the interpretational meaning. You are an endocrinologist. Do you have the character of a woman inside you? [yes] Do you have character of a man inside you? [yes. Until six weeks of embryogenesis there is no difference between female and male they look exactly the same. At 6 weeks there are hormones that turn one to male and one to female]
And still when you grow up you still have that mixture of both but which one is more you are towards that gender. That is why if ?? goes up the testosterone goes up and the milk comes out of breasts.
So He said, “We have made you from male and female”. Within you are the characters of both man and woman, to know each other, there in that personality.
Inna atqaakum. That is why Rabi`a became a wali. That character of sainthood was more appearing in her. The character of manhood was more appearing in her - that is why she was a wali.
When Allah opens on the heart of awliyaullah they come with secrets that no one heard it before. Allah sends an `alim to teach you. Allah will not leave you without someone to teach you. Have taqwa and Allah will teach you.
If you are on a mountain and you have no one Allah will send an `alim to teach you.
So what is important is to destroy that mountain in order to get more from this wild nature we are living in, all these will characters that are in us we have to eliminate that hump. Do you have a hump? How many humps do you have? Everyone sees their brother’s hump. Everyone sees the badness of the other. They never acknowledge the badness of themselves
`Ilm is not how to read and write as we mentioned in yesterday’s suhbat. As Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه said to his students, “What benefited you your `ilm? You wrote too many things but what did it benefit you?”
People today Allah sent them a lesson stock market, stock market and stock market. And they didn’t reach to learn lessons from Holy Qur'an and hadith of the Prophet (s), and they lost in one second.
We don’t want to lose in the last second that means when we are dying. You need something to take with you. What are we taking with us? Five prayers. No this is obligation. Like eating. Can you say I will not eat. Don’t eat if you can. If you don’t eat don’t pray. But prayers is food of the soul.
Allah doesn’t like unbalance وَلَا تُخْسِرُوا الْمِيزَانَ wa la tukhsir al-meezan - Don’t make one side of the balance over the other side. [55:9.]
We are leaving one side and leaving the other. We have to balance both sides,
وِمِنْهُممَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةًوَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Wa minhum man yaqoolu rabbana atina fee’d-dunya hasanatan wa fi’l-akhirati hasanatan wa qina `adhaaba’n-naar.
And there are men who say: "Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire!" Al-Baqara [2:201]
Knowledge is not what you read and write but it is what you eliminate from badness in you.
I was in a conference in Malaysia two years ago a conference on spirituality and psychology they asked me to give a presentation. And the dean and president of the university and professors and all these big scholars. And then they introduce the big muffakkir on psychology and he was doing his presentation and it was on slides, what the German professor said, what the Japanese professor said, "and what... this one said and that one said. And he came with a formula at the end and said that you must come with all good characters that are in you.
And though I have a presentation of 50 pages, I addressed what Mawlana sent to my heart. You still see that presentation in the black folder. It is there two years. You remember that presentation, T.? What am I going to speak? These are all professors, thinkers. That the biggest thinker of them went crying. I don’t remember what I said, but I remember that after me, in the second session in the afternoon, he said, “I was sitting with some students there, and he said I never heard anyone coming with such an explanation.” What did I say? It is so simple.
I said, “What is the benefit of daily counting what good you did? That only makes the ego higher. What you need is to count how much badness you have in yourself. The most important is not how much goodness you have but it is how much badness you have and how to know that?” All people say, "I don’t have any badness. I am a good person, I am professor I am good citizen. I go and come and I don’t do anything really bad.
I explained that before and that is in the book Sufi Science of Self Realization. And I remember that when Grandshaykh in 1967 he ordered us to go for hajj. It was [our] first hajj. And he said you go to that, where I did seclusion me and Shaykh Nazim, and there were two rooms. He said, "You will go my room in Madinat ’l-munawwarah where he did seclusions for one year and you will stay there in my room and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim will be coming and giving you lectures as much as day and night has time.”
And we went very happy that Mawlana Shaykh Nazim will come after us, he brings the hajjis from Cyprus and Hajjah Nazihe used to take the pilgrims for ziyarah for the wives and children of the Prophet (s) she used to take them.
And here is what we learned from Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, we came night time, and this is what I was explaining to that professor. And we came very excited me and my brother and Grandshaykh said sty in my room it is locked what you want better than that. We came at night and the one who runs that school is Shaykh Abbas Qaari, he died at age 107 and he .. his wife he married there at the age of 85 and she went inside her room and she went inside that room which is her marriage room and she never came out until she died. That was her seclusion, she was making dhikr day and night, prayers day and night. And she never came out. Allah provide her with food and water and what more she wants. We have everything and we are still complaining and struggling.
If Allah asks here what she did she will say, "Ya Rabbee you know what I did. Go to Paradise.”
So if we are asked what we have to say we have to say, " we need protection of the Prophet (s) and his shafa`a.”
So we came and Qaari `Abbas said what do you want? We said, "Grandshaykh said to go and stay in his room. No you cannot because someone is already in it. There was no one in it but he was saying that because Grandshaykh didn’t give us a letter.
We insisted but he said no, but I will give you a place I have one place. Where is that? On roof of the bldg. we went up and we looked and we saw what? A herd of goats on the building we saw goats. Ok, no problem, we are goats also. That is better than something else. Goat is ok.
He said, "No not here on roof. This is for the goats.” He said, “come here.” We went and there were two buildings, next to each other his building, and the school. Between them is two pieces of wood that has been nailed across between these two buildings, and if you look between you see down all the way to the ground, and if you stand on them they shake. He said, "This is only place I have, you stay or not?” It is the only place that is covered, so we didn’t have any chance to say “no”, as Grandshaykh was sending us and that is the baraka. So what we have to say? We say, “ok, but can you give us mattresses?” He said, "What mattresses? Put your turban and lie on it.”
He is teaching us to be dervishes. You think it is cheap. No, it is not cheap.
And we were so tired, we had no choice, we were lying down. And if I move, the whole bridge begins to shake. Shaykh Adnan says “don’t move we will fall.” And we look around and we see something else. Hundreds of lizards are there on the wall. And if they touch you with their saliva it give you leprosy.
We stayed there three days. You want tariqah, nice tariqah.
Shaykh Nazim didn’t come. Finally he came after three days. He asked us, “What are you doing there? Come, come, come down.”
Then he opened the room of Grandshaykh. There was no one there.
Then we stayed there rest of the time. And there Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil began to teach us secrets of tariqah. I brought that story to mention something.
He told us, “The first time I stayed there, by order of Grandshaykh, Allah gave us 500 ma’mooraat and 800 forbiddens, manhiyyaat, to eliminate forbiddens and to act on Allah’s commands. And O Nazim Effendi, (that is how he used to call him like that), make sure you eliminate the bad characters within you and you do the commands that Allah is ordering. If you eliminate one bad characters in your whole life Allah will reward you more than if you do the 500 orders. To that extent the elimination of a bad character or a sin to take it completely away not to come to it back Allah will reward you as if you did the 500 commands or more than that from every one forbidden that you take out from yourself.
I was thinking Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani is saying, “How am I going to count, I don’t have anything. But as soon as I entered seclusion I took a notebook and I was writing what ever comes to my heart from forbiddens, the wild character of the ego.” Go and check yourself see how many you count. Ten, fifteen. How can I count 8000. That was six month seclusions. He said, "I spent all my effort and all my power to find all these bad characters and I found 167 of them.”
I was explaining that to the professor there in a more detailed way and academic way.
I said why do you want to count the good thing in you character that will only increase you ego. But count the bad characters and eliminate them from your life then we can reach higher levels.
In medicine what you do, and I gave him that example. You go and count all his good heart, his good cholesterol, his… or you go to see his bad characters. You don’t say his eyes are good, his ears are good. No you go to the bad defected problem inflammation where there is a when you take antibiotics where there is an infection. You don’t go where there is no infection. You take the wood and put on the tongue and say “ah” you look where is the disease. You don’t go and say his ears are nice. His legs are ok.
He looked at me and said, "Your theory is better than that German theory.” And that is because they go and count the good characters.
That is why the Prophet (s) said, "wa law anna mumin `ala kulli jabalin la kayada lahu Allah …
“Allah will send him someone to teach him who to eliminate that hump, that bad characters that are in every person. And I will stop here and end with this hadith of the Prophet (s).”
Akhrajahu ibn `adee in al-kamil. Akhwafa ma akhaafu `ala ummattee kulli munafiqin `aleem ul-lisaan. That is a hypocrite acts opposite of what he speaks. He wants to give you something he wants you to see and hear, he covers his nifaaq. We in order to be saved we have to say we are helpless and hopeless, weak servants of Allah. There is not lecture and not student. There is above every knower another knower. You reach the horizon there is another horizon. It never ends because the earth is round you keep encircumambulating and find the horizon.
May Allah bless you and your family and give us good tidings dunya and akhira.