A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillaahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان فى الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم
There are two words that are very easy to say, yet very heavy on the Scale, most beloved to The Merciful, “SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
These are heavy days, wherever you try to reach there is heaviness. People smile, but really inside themselves there is no smile. There is a heavy load on everyone and to take away these loads:
عِنْدَ ذِكْرِ الصَّالِحِينَ تَنْزِلُ الرَّحْمَةُ
When the names of the pious are mentioned Allah’s Mercy descends.
(Narrated Sufyan ibn `Uyayana in Imam Ahmad’s Zuhd)
It is said by mentioning the names of pious people, rahmah will descend on you, so to find a way out of this heaviness mention Awliyaullah, because it is easy to mention their names and speak about what they have done in their lives, is it not?
Every shaykh is responsible for his mureeds. To attract rahmah, mention them, then you will reach understanding, which takes time to reach, but you will feel inspired to mention them. That’s why Grandshaykh `AbdAllah and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah bless their souls, always recited:
يا سيد! يا صاحب! يا صديق! يا رسول! يا الله!
“Yaa Sayyid! Yaa Saahib! Yaa Siddiq! Yaa Rasool! Yaa Allah!”
Yaa Sayyid means the Shaykh, yaa Saahib means Mahdi (a), yaa Siddiq means Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r), yaa Rasool means Rasoolullah (s), and yaa Allah is the Mercy in His Hand. Sometimes we recite it like an awraad on the tasbeeh.
When Grandshaykh (q) first mentioned it, he said, “Today I am mentioning a wird opened by Prophet (s) to Awliyaullah to enable us to call on the Shaykh, Mahdi (a), Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) and Sayyidina Rasoolullah (s), as mentioning their names opens gates for us from the Shaykh to Mahdi (a) to Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq to Prophet (s) to Allah (swt). When you mention their names you remember them, and Allah says, “Anyone who remembers Me, I remember them.”
فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ
Remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful towards Me.
(Surat al-Baqarah, 2:152)
It means if anyone remembers the Prophet (s), Prophet (s) remembers them. Awliyaullah are ordered, from Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) through Sayyidina `Ali (r), through all Sahaabah (r). They are waiting for you to mention their names in order that they will guide you to the Way of Allah (swt), to take that heavy load from you! The best way to mention them is to speak about them, is it not?
I mentioned this before, but will say it again. I was with Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah bless his soul, on Hajj, in tawaaf, the first round, second, third...then on the fourth round when he reached Baab al-Multazim, the door of the Ka`bah, he began his du`a as if everything else disappeared, and he stood as if no one else was doing tawaaf, only him. Me and my brother were behind him. Mawlana Shaykh began making du`a, “Yaa Rabbee….” When Awliyaullah speak, they have lahum daalla `indAllah `azza wa Jall, like an affinity for your child, whom you love so much, they have affinity towards their Lord and Allah (swt) likes what they say. He said, “Yaa Rabbee! You brought us from a far place to a hot place with no clouds. We are coming here to be dressed with Rahmatullah.”
Every day the Sahaabah (r) wished it would rain in Mecca, in order to drink the water from the top of Ka`bah; that’s why they have the Meezaab ar-Rahmah, the drain for the blessed water when it rains. They touch their chest to the Ka`bah when it rains and Meezaab ar-Rahmah channels the rainwater down.
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) said, “Yaa Rabbee! Show us Your rahmah for the sake of Prophet (s) and Awliyaullah.” I was young. It was 1968. Then...from where did the cloud come? There was no cloud, no wind, nothing, but as soon as he finished his du`a the skies became cloudy, there was thunder and lightning, then rain showered and filled the whole area around the Ka`bah and throughout Mecca. Traffic was halted, no one could drive. At the Ka`bah, the water was up our chests. Then Mawlana (q) said, “Yaa Rabbee! We asked for a little bit of barakah. Alhamdulillah You showered us with all this mercy.” We could not stay there, we had to go up the stairs to save ourselves from the flood.
This is how Mawlana, may Allah bless his soul, behaved throughout his life and this is one of his miracles. You don’t see this now. He was one person standing at Baab al-Multazim making du`a with his chest on the threshold of the Ka`bah, asking Allah, and Allah was showering. It means Allah showers any du`a they ask, but we are not up to that standard to carry that responsibility. It is always Shaytan playing with people to make them shaky in their beliefs. We ask that Allah (swt) saves us from Shaytan, because it is the worst thing that we fall into. Anyone who listens to Shaytan, because fitna is fitna, immediately make istighfaar.
أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ
Alastu bi-rabbikum qaaloo balaa.
[Allah asked] “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes!” (Surat al-`Araaf, 7:172)
That’s why it is assigned in the Naqshbandi awraad, to be read 500 times daily with the niyyah, “Yaa Rabbee! From the Day of Promises when I said Shahadah until today, whatever sin I committed, I am asking istighfaar!” and then say “astaghfirullah” 500 times, especially in seclusion. From that moment, for example, from the Day of Promises until this moment, we are making istighfaar and we say, “Astaghfirullahu ‘l-`Azheem wa atoobu ilayh.” And then another niyyah: “From this moment to the Day of Judgment, whatever bad comes from my deeds and reaches me in the grave, yaa Rabbee, forgive me,” and then read another 500 times “astaghfirullah.” This will erase all sins we have committed and, for sure, everyone has, so:
فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنفُسَكُمْ
Don’t praise yourself. (Surat an-Najm, 53:32)
“Don’t give yourself an excuse.” Allah is Ghafoorun Raheem, so between you and Allah (swt), ask for His forgiveness, He will forgive! Allah ordered the Sahaabah (r) to do that:
وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا
If they had only, when they were unjust (oppressor) to themselves, come to you and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisaa, 4:64)
Finished! There is no other door, there is no other window. If you could go directly to Allah (swt), why did Allah send this verse? Allah made the Prophet (s) His Door for the Ummah to enter Paradise, He made them go to Prophet (s) and made the Sahaabah (r) say it: Wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum jaa’ooka, “When they are oppressors to themselves, they come to you, yaa Muhammad (s) and Allah will forgive them,” and the continuation of the ayah, “But they have to make istighfaar in the presence of Prophet (s).”
If you don’t make istighfaar in his (s) presence, it is incorrect, incomplete, because you must mention, “Yaa Rabbee! I am coming to the presence of Your Prophet asking forgiveness,” or “asking for this problem to be solved.” That’s why Prophet (s) taught the blind man a du`a and then he was able to see. Allah (swt) will guide you and direct you. Everyone has difficulties and problems, and Allah will resolve them through Prophet (s): “When Prophet (s) asks forgiveness on their behalf, Allah will forgive them.”
May Allah forgive us.
Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq, bi hurmati ‘l-habeeb bi hurmati ‘l-Fatihah.
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