24 Aug 2009 Lefke, Cyprus
2009 Cyprus Summer Series
(Mawlana Shaykh receives a most honored guest and dear friend, Shaykh al-Islam Tahir al-Qadiri of Pakistan. they are speaking in Arabic for some time, then Mawlana Shaykh gives suhbah in English.)
Shaykh Tahir al-Qadiri from Pakistan. Masha-Allah. Three days for right of guest. Ha. After three days, free to go or to stay, but three days. Sayyidina shaykh jai ziayaran min masafa ba`eeda lahu nur wa khidma lil ummah (Our master the Shaykh has come visiting us from long distance, he has lights and has done great service for the Ummah). Now, law khalaftu sayyidina ash-shaykh kaan nahnu nartah (if our master, the Shaykh, will take our place (speaking), we will relax) for one hour, yawmiyyan (daily)? Welcome to you! bi-himmatihi I like to be that meeting mubarak, blessed meeting.
(Mawlana Shaykh stands)
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem. Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah. Allahu akbar wa lillah al-hamd. Anta rabbuna, Anta Khaaliquna, Ya Rabbana ighfirlana ma mada bi barakat hadha shahru ’r-rahma. Alfu ’s-salaat alfu ’s-salaam `ala sayyidina Rasulullah. ashfa` lana, li sharafihi for your honor, just created everything that should be created from pre-Eternal up to Eternal, everything just created for his (s) honor, raghman `an al-wahabiyyeen, khazahumullah.
If Sayyidina Muhammad (s) wasn't created nothing was in Creation, no. Therefore, t`adheeman, I am standing up for saluting, for giving our last point of our respects and glory and majesty to Our Lord, Allah Almighty, as well as we are standing up for His most beloved servant, most glorious, most majestic one, that everything was created (for him). For his (s) honor I am standing up.
O listeners! Hear and listen and do what the Lord of Heavens ordering to you, to everyone in Creation. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem. For the baraka of Ustaz Shaykh Muhammad Tahir, our most well-known `alim in Islamic world, Shaykh Muhammad Tahir (is) giving honor to our meeting!
I am ashaming to speak in front of such a learned one, well-known one, and beloved one through awliyas also. But his tawadu` (modesty) tawadu` humbleness, he is not going to speak and saying to me, "speak and we may hear." And I am not a person claiming I know something, astaghfirullah, but we are living in a time (when) our masters (are) saying zamaan qaht ar-rijaal, as the Seal of Prophet (s)
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم :سيأتي على الناس زمان لا يبقي من القرآن إلا رسمه، ولا من الدين إلا اسمه،...
sa yaatee `ala an-naasi zamaanu la yabqaa min al-Qurani illa rasmuh wa laa min ad-deen illa ismuh (Hadith shareef: “There will come a time on mankind at which nothing remains from the Quran except its picture and nothing from the religion except its name). So what can we do? We can't leave Ummati Muhammad, the nation of Muhammad; we must speak as much as we can do as a guest coming, and host, he may put if he is a rich one, may put a lamb for his guests; if not, may put ma taqadar, what is there.
And we are saying `audhu billahi min ash-shaytani 'r-rajeem. We must say, because Shaytan is a terrible and dangerous enemy for Mankind. You can't find through all Creation (a greater enemy) as its enmity and hasad (envy) he is the top of envy. The most envious one through Creation is Shaytan! Therefore we must say `audhu billahi min ash-shaytani 'r-rajeem.No one can be able to fight Shaytan by himself or by herself, no. Only they may ask from their Lord to protect him or her from Satan and to not fall down into Satan's tricks and traps.
Madad ya Sultan al-Awliya. You must ask a help from those people whom they are masters. "Masters" means (those who are) trying to follow the steps of the Seal of the Prophet . And we are saying, we have been ordered also, to say Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem because that is a sword that we can use it against Satan and its follower and its soldiers. Therefore, we are beginning and saying, a`udhu billahi min ash-shaytani 'r-rajeem, O Our Lord! Please put your weak servants under Your Divinely Shelter so that he can be in safety on that dangerous enemy, astaghfirullah. And holy order to say Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, (is telling us) "O My servants! If you like to be sheltered, if you like a defense against your most terrible enemy, use My sword that I granted to you, to ummati Muhammad (s): say Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem!"
We are saying and ask istimdad, heavenly support from heavenly masters, that means they are closer ones from Seal of Prophets (s). you must ask from them heavenly help and support. Therefore, say it, don't fear that some wrong people may blame you and saying you are making shirk. No! We are not making shirk, but we are following the ways of Sahaba, that they were always asking heavenly help from the Seal of Prophets (s) istimdad, talab al-madad, to ask heavenly help. Heavenly help you are not finding everywhere.
If a person has a car and when benzine, petrol finishing, I don't think he is going to grocery shop and asking, "Fill my car." What is that? Putting in it olive oil or other oil what he may put. Do you think with olive oil a car is running? Can't be. It must be some idiot one to go and to ask from grocery shop, "Fill my car with something that I may continue on my way." No. It is written "Petrol Station"; you must go there.
Therefore, don't think if anyone making sulook--Ustaz Professor knowing that sulook is the way that taking people to the Holy Presence of the Seal of Prophets (s)--if you are not going to his station, you can't be able to move to continue your way to reach to the Lord of Heavens. Therefore, people must know what they may be in need for, moving from the stage or from the level of their egos to move up. They are in need of someone's station to fill them with something that you may go up, or you are going to be like snakes, running. Snakes I am saying snakes because other animals have legs, running away. But that one, snake, dragon, snake has no feet, and you may be less than snake if you are not asking the way to heavens!
O people! You are invited or you have been called from heavenly level; you have been invited. O people! You have a heavenly invitation.
Eh! Everyone they like to have an invitation. It should be a big feast, or ghadaa they are saying, or Her Majesty the Queen's ihtifaal, some celebration, everyone yatamana, more than wishing, their hearts running to have an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen. Anxiously desiring. That is their desire to go there. But people now, subhanallahi ’l-`aliyyi ’l-`azheem, they are so ignorant, so foolish, so idiot ones! Because the Lord of Heavens sending heavenly invitation to His servants and saying: وَاللّهُ يَدْعُو إِلَى دَارِ السَّلاَمِ - asta`idh billah: w’Allahu yad`u ila dari ’s-salaam, sadaqallah, and it is free, saying, "Come to Me. Say, O my Prophet, call My servants to prepare to arrange themselves ornaments, making their as they are going to Queen's invitation, dressing excellent ones, written on invitation card the type of clothes you must dress in that you must come."
For everything there is, what you are saying, (formal dressing) protocol, tashreefan. Protocol is for other nations, but Arabic enough and more than enough for giving every meaning divine and earthly meanings, enough (is) Arabic for whole nations; no need for Arabic language to use another words, therefore, I am saying tashreefa, it is from Prophet (s) to the servants of the Lord of Heavens. OK? Yes. There is invitation, it is free for all Mankind! W’Allahu yadu` ila dari ’s-salaam. Bi ’dh-Dhaat, He Almighty, through His Glory and Majesty saying, "O My servants, come! I am inviting you to be in My Divinely Presence, (giving) My Divinely invitation to you. Tuh (spit) On those people who are not giving that honor for that invitation, and then they are running away!!
Subhanallah, Ya Rabbee, O our Lord, please forgive us! We are so sooooo ignorant ones, leaving, not taking, not accepting, not preparing ourselves for that Divinely Invitation, w’Allahu yadu` ila dari ’s-salaam. How we are running after this dirty life and its dirty ladhdhaat, pleasure?
Running after that and leaving Divinely Invitation? We have been invited! O people! O our Lord's servants! Look; use your mentality to make a measuring (take account); to where you are running? For what you are wasting your life, for nothing! And you are leaving that divinely invitation and you are not going to prepare yourself! And the way of reaching, the way of preparation for anyone who (is) asking to reach divinely feast (is by) beginning to be a follower from heavenly ones. They are masters. Heavenly ones (who) are living among people, you must look after them to teach you. (Allah Almighty is) saying, "Come to Me! I am preparing you; I am training you!"
That is sulook. People are running away from sulook. We are not created for dunya. They are not understanding this. Whole people they think they have been created for dunya. Dunya is only one spark of match. (Shaykh Tahir al-Qadiri says, "We were created in dunya, not for dunya.") And people running after dunya, not asking more than that, and after while saying, "This passed away and that passed away, and left underground; going to be dust." Their souls (are) untrained for the Last Day. That is important, for Man to ask, who is master? You must ask (from a) master. First masterhood for prophets, then their inheritors, masters. You must try to find them. One is enough. Who inheriting from the Seal of the Prophets (s) is enough, as the Seal of Prophets enough for whole Creation! It is enough for us to find an inheritor from the Seal of Prophets (s), to follow him and to reach your real position and level, here and Hereafter.
It is written, and Shaykh Tahiri he knows, but I am addressing to common people. The son of Sayyidina `Umar radi-Allahu `anhum was once with caravans going from Madinatul-Munawwara to Hajj in Mecca al-Mukarrama. And he was with people, qawafil, caravans and he was going and he reached to a place, the way was going one way, so many people all caravans going on that way. Only there was a munhani, curve way behind that, and they saw that the son of Sayyidina `Umar, Allah blessing them, he was taking that curving and going there and reaching to caravan (through a different route).
And people coming and saying, "O Sahib Rasulullah (s), O son of Sayyidina `Umar, why you did this? The way was going straight from here; why you are taking this curved way?" And he said, "O people! I just I saw my darling, habeebee, beloved one (s), I saw him that he reached this place and he did his na`qat ash-shareef, camel, taking this way and going like this; therefore, I love to do everything what I saw from that one."
Subhanallah. No place that the Seal of Prophets (s) put his foot on it and not coming a light. Where he passed, that light was coming, and that light (illuminates) up to Yawm al-Qiyamah must be, but:
وَمَن كَانَ فِي هَـذِهِ أَعْمَى فَهُوَ فِي الآخِرَةِ أَعْمَى وَأَضَلُّ سَبِيلاً
Wa man kaana fee haadhihi a`ama fa-huwa fi 'l-akhirati a`ama
But those who were blind in this world, will be blind in the hereafter (Suratu’l-Isra, 17:72).
Not blind people can see that but (only) open-eyed people. And the son of Sayyidina `Umar was saying (about) the nur, holy light, "I am looking there and how I can leave it and follow you in such a way?"
The Sahaba of the Seal of Prophets (s) were following him (s), Habeebullah! They take their shares from the Seal of Prophets (s) and that nur just astaqar, settled through their hearts. Therefore, (for) Sahaba is something else, radiyallahu `anhum wa radoo `anh, that honor cannot be for anyone else, and that honor there is not another honor above where Allah saying, رَّضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ - radiyAllahu `anhum wa radoo anh (well-pleased is Allah with them, and well-pleased are they with Him.)
(Mawlana Shaykh looks to Shaykh Tahir al-Qadiri, who says, "He explained His pleasure on them first, only then they became pleased with Allah and because of His divine pleasure, they become pleased with Him.")
Look what Sahaba companions reaching such an honor, such a ranks, high ranks through heavens! There is heavenly station and there is over that Divinely Station. Divinely no one can enter it, ill ar-Rasool, Divinely Presence is only for one, ya Ustaz. But seven heavens. Heavenly Presence. Then when seven heavens finishing, Archangel Gabriel coming there and standing, and the Seal of Prophets (s) was saying, "Come with me, O Jibreel," and he is answering, "No way, ya Habeebullah, no way siwaak, except for you to pass up to this point. If I move from here I am going to be nothing and never going to come in existence once again. Only for one."
O people! Leave Shaytan and its followers, but come and keep yourself with Prophet's inheritors; follow them. (They are) taking you through heavens and heavenly stations. O people! Live for Allah! O people! Don't occupy yourselves for being servants of Shaytan or nafs or dunya or hawa, the four dangerous enemies. Leave them and come!
Aba Yazid, Sultan al-Arifeen, Allah blesses him, was saying, "We reached to a station and asking more. I like to come to You, O Lord."
What was Allah Almighty's answer to him? Itruk nafsak wa ta`al, "Leave yourself; leave your dirty ego and come to Me, quddus muqaddas. Ya Musa."
فَاخْلَعْ نَعْلَيْكَ إِنَّكَ بِالْوَادِ الْمُقَدَّسِ طُوًى
fakhla` na`layka innaka bil-waadi 'l-muqaddasi tuwaa
Verily I am thy Lord! therefore (in My presence) put off thy shoes: thou art in the sacred valley Tuwa. [20:12]
Allahu akbar. Allah was not happy that Moses coming with slippers to that maqam, but for Seal of Prophet (s) He said, "O my Beloved One, put your feet on My Divinely Throne, to take honor!"
The honor of Sayyidina Muhammad, saloo `alayhi wa salimoo tasleema. Allahumma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammadan nabee al-ummi wa `ala aalihi wa sahbihi was sallam... kama yaleeq bi-kamaalihi (s). This (suhbah) is for honor of our precious guest coming here today. (Mawlana is radiant with happiness! Allah, Allah. Just no need to say Dumm, dumm, dumm, dumm, dumm, dumm... singing. Every day increased, baraka ustadh. (Mawlana Shaykh looks at Shaykh al-Islam Tahir al-Qadiri with fondness.) I like him too much!
(Private conversation ensues; both shaykhs speak with Shaykh Hisham on telephone.)
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