Our master, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) said in a suhbah he gave in Lebanon in the 1980s, "My Grandshaykh used to speak to me about the state of people that are present nowadays in our time."
Grandshaykh AbdAllah ad-Daghestani (q) used to tell Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) about the people living in his time. He said that beginning in the 14th century, they were continuously trying to knock down the wall that has surrounded them, to break down every qaa'id, restriction, put on them by heavenly messages. Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) is saying: "And that was Renaissance era."
The Renaissance started in the 14th century as the first subtle shift away from the Catholic Church's religious teaching. Humanity sought to break down the restrictions put by heavenly messages that controlled egos.
Later in the 16th century, the Reformation took place and allegiance among religious groups to the Church broke. They became two parties and the Church was weakened.
By the end of the 17th century, the French Revolution abolished the Christian monarchy as the center of the Catholic faith, and replaced it with liberal democracy. It started there, and from it the fundamental principles of all democracies were born. It's history. I'm just repeating what Wikipedia says, and what Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) heard from Grandshaykh. There was no Wikipedia 70-80 years ago. Grandshaykh explained it because he saw what took place.
Later on, at the beginning of the 1900s, they destroyed the Islamic Caliphate and monarchy. When that happened, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) said: "Why did they do all of that?" Because the egos of human beings wanted to be free from all religious rules and regulations. What does that mean? No haraam, no halaal. That's what people want.
The ego says, "Don't tell me I can do halaal but not haraam! I do what I like." Are people doing what they like? Now it's the epitome, the highest level of rejection of Heavenly Messages, of Allah's (swt) order, of halaal and haraam. That's what is happening nowadays.
WHAT IS TRUE FREEDOM?
All people are calling for freedom without understanding what freedom means, they only want freedom. What is real freedom? Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) has explained it in his suhba.
Real freedom is your freedom from your ego, is your freedom from the control of your desire that has chained you. He said: Mu'min is the one that takes the ego under his control. "I don't obey you, I obey the one that created you." If you take your ego under control, you are a Mu'min; and kaafir, is the one that goes under the ego's control. As simple as that.
The one that has gone under the ego's control did not admit, did not acknowledge, did not recognize heavenly messages. They said: "We do as we like, we don't follow your teaching, we don't follow halaal and haraam.
So Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) has given a very simple definition. Mu'min is the one that has his ego under his control. "You obey me, I obey Allah." When you say "Laa ilaaha illaAllah," you are declaring to the ego that: "You are not my lord, you are not the one that tells me what to do. Allah (swt) tells me what to do and you are going to comply with me." If you can do that, you are a Mu'min. If your ego tells you: "No, come with me, leave Allah, let's play. Let's have fun. Let's enjoy ourselves." Right? Fun and games, it's not what they do? Partying, dancing, whatever they do, it's enjoying yourselves.
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) has said: Allah's (swt) message to Rasulullah (ﷺ) and to the Mu'mins was the following:
قُلِ اللّٰهُ ۙثُمَّ ذَرْهُمْ فِيْ خَوْضِهِمْ يَلْعَبُوْنَ
Say Allah, and leave them plunging in their vain talk. (Surah al-An`aam, 6:91)
"Let them continue in their play." So Mu’min is the one that takes the ego under his control. That's what we need to do, that's the real freedom.
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