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Audhu 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 


Allah swt has granted us and honored us to be Muslim. And to be in love with His Prophet (s) although we are not, we cannot consider ourselves that we are really in love deeply, because we know that our love is weak, artificial. But we hope that insha-Allah one day, with Allah’s swt support and blessing that love to prophet will be strong.

How much you are near is how much you are in love with that nearness. You cannot say to yourself, “I love someone” if you are not near him. You have to be very close, you have to be very close to the one that your love in order that you feel his presence.

And love is not an easy word. Many people use it a lot in their normal life and in their religious life. It is easy to say, " I love you,” it is easy to say it on your tongue. But it is not easy to say it through your heart.

What differ us, what is the difference between when we say “we love the Prophet (s)” and when sincere people, pious people, saints of Allah swt say “we love the Prophet (s)” there is a difference. When we say, "we love the Prophet (s)” we say it through our tongues. When they say they love prophet, those saints, awliyaullah. That is why they are called awliyaullah, saints of Allah. When they say “we love the Prophet (s),” or they love the Prophet (s), they are feeling the presence of whom they love, because when the love becomes stronger and stronger you be approaching more and more the other party.

If someone loves a girl or a girl loves a boy, as much as they love each other they come closer and closer. So what do you think about awliyaullah that their love is directed not to dunya issues, to pleasurely desires, but to the desire of the one that Allah has sent as the seal of messengers to humanity. Their love will take all these veils and bring them more and more nearer. And as they are nearer they begin to know private issues that one carries. They call it inner circle. What is inner circle. Inner circle is when you become so close to someone they will consider you from his inner circle, especially if someone is important. Like in elections, people run for elections. Those who are nominated for elections they have inner circles working for them. What you think the Prophet (s) doesn’t have an inner circle?

Of course! As much as you are in love with the Prophet (s) as much as you are in love with the inner and inner and inner circle and as you are coming inside you can see private issues and private matters that Allah swt has dressed him with.

People today say, "O don’t say too much salawat on the Prophet” that is too much, it will be shirk. Why? Because they are blind. They are not in the inner circle they missed their chance.

Allah saying don’t miss that chance. “Ya ayyuhalladheena aamanoo salloo `alayh – O ye who believe, pray on him.”

O believers keep praising him, keep sending salutations on him. Salloo it is an order. Why is it an order? Because it is a key to opening doors; to opening locks. From one door to another door, from one lock to anther from one inner circle to another to another inner circle until you reach to know the truth that of what is happening and why it is happening and what is coming with it.

That is why awliyaullah when they speak about the Prophet (s) that depends on their level. Where that wali reached he can and what he is allowed to say is a drop of what he is seeing or what he is learning.

And the other wali who is more advanced, also will be seeing more and not been given permission to give more than one drop of what he is seeing.

That means in reality no one knows the real reality of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). it depends on the level of the wali. And every thinks he reached the maximum but there is no maximum. Allahu Akbar. Al-`adhamatu lillahi – greatness is for Allah. There is no definition of the greatness of Allah where it stands. It is always greater. Whatever you can understand of greatness it is greater than that. Whatever the Prophet (s) knows of greatness of Allah swt is still limited he cannot know the greatness. It is still a drop of an ocean. It is the drop of more than an ocean, it is the drop of [many] oceans.

That is why when awliyaullah speak it is not too much, too a higher level. What they gave you is drop of what they know and what they know is a drop of the reality of what they are seeing.

It depends what Allah swt will open for you a door. So don’t say, " how he knows, that wali” he is in the inner circle. Why y0ou don’t want to be a wali. anyone is invited to be a wali. By taqwa. Have taqwa and Allah will teach you. so anyone is invited to take from that , no come. It is not a closed door. We are closing the door with out hands and saying why the other one has a key. You don’t want the key.

Allah swt is saying, “Take the key. You want My precious knowledge. Come and take the key.”

But the key has a way to be given. Not everyone can take the key easily.

Ahmad al-Badawi, what happened to him when he was asking for the key?

When he was asking for the key, what happened? He wants the key and he said, "Ya Rabbee I want the key.” And he was progressing and progressing and asking and asking and he reached form inner circle to inner circle until he was able to hear the praise of angels to Allah swt. He said, “Ya Rabbee send me the key.” He sent him a key? Not a physical key. He sent him a wali  more near the center. He said, "Ya Ahmad you want the key. I have the key for you.” he said, "No.” Ahmad al-Badawi who in his time can move mountains from their place sin his place Cairo in Tanta. He can move mountains; he can move amirs from his place. He was not interested in all these dunya issues. He wants the key. Allah sent him someone, I have the key you want it. Even you become a wali still you have ego. Don’t think that a wali doesn’t have ego, it varies tatafaawut. Like us we have too much big egos. Awliyaullah they have, but less and less until you reach Sultan al-Awliya, and he has the least ego. But still awliya have tests. Don’t think Allah will not send a test.

So he sent him a person from the more inner circle. “I have the key take it.” “No, I don’t take it from you, I take it from my Lord.”

Sayyidina Muhammad (s) was not able to take revelation directly from his Lord if Sayyidina Musa was able, was Sayyidina Musa not Kaleemullah speaking directly with his Lord? Cannot the Seal of messengers Sayyidina Muhammad (s) speak directly? But Allah wants him to show humbleness by sending him an intermediary Sayyidina Jibreel . He didn’t say “no, is Musa better than me?” No he doesn’t have ego. Nothing on him. He is the only prophet that said, and declared, “I killed my shaytaan and I controlled my Shaytan.” That means the rest cannot.

Don’t say, "I can control my Shaytan.” All of us under the control of Shaytan. When we leave the control of Shaytan then we reach these inner circles and they see what others cannot see.

Of course people today cannot see, so they reject it. If you were open-eyes you cannot reject it.

You go to England now. To take it easy the government made something called iris. Those who visit continuous who have work or business there, instead of standing in line and going through immigration and they as you this and this, instead to make it easy you go to a machine and the machine reads your eyes and it opens the door you go in. they give you a small receipt and no questions, nothing.

Why? Because you have to open up your eyes very well. I was trying it, it rejected me. Although I applied for It and they gave it to me. I went, first time they rejected me. Then I asked why did it reject me? They said, "It might be you didn’t open your eyes well.” Because you have to go to an office they check your eyes very well on a machine. So the next time I went, they said, “go back a little, go right a bit, go left a bit.” They want you to have the right position to read your eyes.

How awliyaullah have to have a correct position. You have to have right position in order to see. So they put you in correct position the machine says move right, move left, move here. So the first time I didn’t open my eyes well; the second time I opened more, then they said, "move forward.”

So everything has a wisdom. It means, “O human beings, a machine can read you. You are dumb, you cannot read like a machine. Open your eyes and you can read.”

Allah said in holy hadith to the Prophet (s), “If you open your eyes, open your ears, you love, Me, I will love you. You love Me, I love you. If you don’t love Me, I don’t love you.”

“So if you really love Me, I will be your ears that you can hear with. I will be your eyes that you can see with. If a machine can see your eyes, and read you, as I explained with that machine, but you have to open your eyes to the machine in order to read.

Awliyaullah when they open their eyes on what is around them and they say, "O Allah we are not interested in what You have created we are interested in You. We are not interested in this pleasurely life. We are interested in you. We are not in love with this dunya, we are in love with You.” Then Allah revealed to the Prophet (s) and the Prophet (s) revealed to us, “when they love Me they have to approach Me with voluntary worship. I didn’t obligate them to do it, to show Me their love they show Me their servanthoood.”

We are showing our servanthood to Allah or we are showing our servanthood to dunya?

Why we have to hide behind our fingers? We are showing our servanthood to dunya. If we are showing servanthood to Allah then the hadith applies to us. “He will be the ears he can hear with, the eyes he can see with…” “I will be his tongue he can speak with, I will be his hand he can act with, I will be his legs he can move with.”

Sayyidina `Ali (r), explained that hadith. “You hear - you learn, you see you confirm, then you can speak.” [it means] Don’t speak without hearing and seeing, then you are dumb.

Who is the crazy? Who is the crazy? That awliyaullah they say this one is crazy, for example it is not the one who has no mind. It is the one who is crazy in sainthood or Sufism in tasawwuf is the one who speaks about dunya and doesn’t speak about akhira. That is majnoon. That one is wasting time to speak about dunya and forgetting what he has to do for akhira that majnoon keeps you company with all kinds of pleasurely life. He doesn’t keep your company for all kinds of heavenly life All he carries is dunya.

Today what people care about? Dunya.

Allah didn’t say don’t have dunya. You can but rabbana atina fee’d-dunya O our Lord give us the best of this life and the best of the afterlife and protect us from the Fire.

Balance between both sides. I am speaking an introduction, an introduction that I am going to continue in these notes, that I come to later might not be today, might be tomorrow.

So awliyaullah Allah gave them according to how much they are listening and they are hearing and they are watching observing and how much they open their eyes. As much as you open your eyes as much you can see.

Close your eyes, can you see anything? No. sometimes they open their eyes like that [squint] the can see a little.

You go to the eye doctor and you look at a chart. They have pictures and they have the same picture but hey give you different ways the eye can see. The picture changes. If small building become tall building. If light becomes dark and vice versa. And all kinds of defect pictures because of defective eyes. Finally they say you need an operation.

Why we go to an eye doctor to do an operation but we didn’t go to heavenly doctor to do Heaney operation. Why we do everything for our physical body but we never think that our soul needs an operation.

Our presence here is an operation because we are speaking about love of the Prophet (s) and how to come to inner circle.

So awliyaullah Allah gave them that ability to progress in worship that not everyone can do that. But it is open forum for everyone.

So when Sayyidina Ahmad al-Badawi when he was asking to enter that inner circle Allah sent him someone with the key, but he did not want it from him. He was a big saint. He was famous in his time before he got the key. He was able to do all kinds of miraculous power. But he knows he needs to open that huge veil that puts him in the inner circle.

You go to rest. And you can smell food. But you go in the kitchen you see food and smell it more. But when you eat it you know the taste how it is nice. Although the smell gives you sense and similar to taste but it doesn’t give you taste.

So there are awliyaullah that smell but they are on circumference and they are not inside. If they go inside then they can taste and they get you the taste to their followers. Then they get in to realities. They don’t get information they get realities. Unfortunately today people are blind. They say such things don’t exist.

What Muhyideen ibn Arabi said and other saints said, " are realities but because people are so selfish and big egos. They don’t want others to know they say it doesn’t exist. You are inheritor of Satan you ego preventing you to see you are blind.

Satan said, "ana khayrun minh. Kahlaqtanee min nar wa kalaqtanee min teen’ you created him from mud. You are stupid you don’t know mud puts fire down?

If you have fire how you put it down? Mud is water. Fire will be extinguished by water.

So awliyaullah they know that hikmah, that wisdom that the fire of Shaytan that is in them can be extinguished by mud by water that fount of youth that Sayyidina Iskandar and Sayyidina Khidr went to find it, that is in hand of wali now and they use it to put the fire of Shaytan down that house then it will be gigantic and great full of all kinds of furnitures. When you put the fire down then you can build a huge house and can fill it with all kinds of furniture and it is insured by heavenly insurance. You can put all kinds of decoration in it that is insured and Shaytaan cannot take it away.

That is why hearts of awliyaullah ar full of decorations and medallions and . we are dead. and we asked, “where is that smell coming from?” It is coming from your dead body.

When someone dies, why he smells? He smells not because his body is dirty. His body is pure. Allah crated that body. But we destroyed it with our backbitings we destroyed it with our ghiba and nameema and bad rumors about each other.

Grandshaykh said, "all these bad characteristics make the body to smell. It is not the body it is the will characters that come out of the body. That will characters comes out of the body in akhira

Whey wali doesn’t smell. I saw three at least. You open the grave they are as fresh as they been buried today. Why? Because they have no more wild char and behaviors. So there is no more smell.

Grandshaykh said that if Allah will release one of these bad smells where there are infinite number of smells that come from these bodies, not the body but he wild characters that become molded with the body. He said if you release one of them all human being will faint from one smell.

That is why cleansing process in the grave, Allah cleans them in the grave by sending that bad smell in and Allah can release it out. That is why the Prophet (s) when he saw a grave he put a small stick, a green one, to get mercy in and to keep that bad smell to come out. So awliyaullah Allah gave them innocence as much as they are approaching Him Allah gives them innocence from all we were describing. And gives them power to build these realities and build their homes with medallions and decorations and that is why their hearts are decorated with all these kinds of poetry like Muhammad (s) al-Busayri with his poetry al-Burda.

So awliyaullah have that power and one of these realities that have been opened. To one of his awliyaullah to Mawlana Shaykh and Grandshaykh and grand Grandshaykh is that the Prophet (s)’s creation was before any creation or before any element or anything that you can imagine as a human being, the Prophet (s) creation was before all that when there was no creation he was created from what?

He was created from what?

People they say today that the Prophet (s) was prophet when Adam between clay and water. Or we say Allah took handful of his light and said, " be Muhammad (s).” where hadith of the Prophet (s) that “awwala ma khalaqa Allah nur nabiyyik ya Jaabir  - the first thing that Allah created was the light of your Prophet, O Jaabir.”

We say the light we cannot go deeper than that as we don’t know.

Awliyaullah they give you a bit of these heavenly realities that they know too much about I but they are not allowed to bring out except drops. So drops of that is saying that what was the first, prophet was first to be created but of what. What is that light that is mentioned. And we leave it for tomorrow evening insha-Allah to see what was the light. That is introduction to say, "No one can say to a wali, ‘I am rejecting what you are seeing.’” You reject first your ego, destroy it , put I t under your feet then come and speak with a wali. Before you reach that level you have no right. Because you are blind you don’t need to make everyone blind.

there are some people go to surgeon to make operation on their eyes and these awliyaullah are heavenly doctors that make us to see what cannot be seen. We continue this tomorrow insha-Allah.

Wa min Allah at-tawfeeq bi-hurmati 'l-Fatiha.

SubhanAllah what he came up with that reality. How that atom of Prophet was created from what. You will be amazed. We leave it for tomorrow.


Imam Jazuli was one of them. He was buried in Fez but 100 years later they moved his grave to Marrakech. When they opened his grave his body was just like he died the day before.