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Love: the Sufi Foundation of Bliss

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

6 January 2014 New Delhi, India

India International Centre

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.

Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,

nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`alaa fee haadha 'l-masjid.

أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ

Atee`oollaha wa atee`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.

Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een.

Thank you very much, Your Honor, to come today and even though physically we haven’t met before, spiritually we have as all of our souls were together from the time of alastu bi-rabbikum qaaloo balaa in the Day of Promises.

I thank you all for inviting me here, though I do not see myself as deserving of it, but since Sadia and Farhana insisted, I said that I will come. This is a beautiful evening with people here from various backgrounds, It makes our heart happy that the world is still alive and running with nice people like you: thinkers, intellectuals, academics, and common people like me. I can be really inspired through your hearts whose feelings are reflected on me and that will cause me to give a speech here today as I came with no preparation, because to prepare is different than to speak from the heart. I know that academicians like to speak after preparation, because a long time ago I also used to prepare; however, after that I discovered that it is better to speak spontaneously, unless the meeting requires otherwise.

All of us are speaking about one subject. That subject has no boundaries and can accommodate everyone through their life. That subject speaks all kinds of languages and doesn’t need a definition. That subject is the key of life, because through it generation after generation came and through it Creation began. So let us enjoy this great word that consists of fine and subtle meanings, which is as we mentioned, “Love.” And I think in Urdu, love is called "muhabbah," which is the same in Arabic and the root word is "hubb.” Muhabbah means “the love,” while “hubb” is more general, it is the love that is there. Hubb, which defines Muhammad, consists of two letters. These two letters are everything, because letters and numbers are very important in the Sufi tradition. So hubb consists of the Arabic letters Haa and Baa. Haa is a huge word of life, it means hayaat, “the life," so to be content and make your life blissful and happy, to have a lovely hayaat. That is why the Haa means “hayaat” that we live, and Baa represents "baqaa," “the ever-lasting existence,” meaning "to always exist without boundaries." So hayaatun wa baqaa’un, if your life is full of love from where you have been created, you can end up in an ever-living life. There are many people whose lives are full of love, which makes them to be ever-living.

I was saying to our people that I am amazed! Although my master, my guru, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, may Allah give him long life, insisted four years ago that I come to India, I said to myself, “Why do I have to go to India, what is there? Nothing, except for nice people and a nice country.” To tell you the truth, I was amazed when I came here. You are not simple people but blessed people, because you live between big saints. Their life from their love made your country and your foundation to be blessed. In the Middle-Eastern countries, any scholar coming from India is called “`ulama al-Hind.” When anyone says “`ulama al-Hind” we say, “They are people of the highest level of knowledge.” We show them love and respect, because they are truly based on Sufi, Islamic and other different kinds of knowledges. `Ulama al-Hind are very famous, especially those who add the knowledge of tasawwuf to their knowledge.

You have many saints who are attracting people through their graves. Some say that there is no life in the grave, there is no body as it is gone. Even if we accept what they say, who then is attracting all these people to go visit their graves? Who is making them to be known and famous? Writers are writing about them. What was in them? There was nothing, except love. Love made them to be known. They show love to everyone, they open their homes, their khaniqahs, for the poor, the rich, the intellectuals, the `ulama and everyone else, and made this country the country of knowledge.

The Prophet (s) said:

اطلبلوا العلم ولو في الصين

Utlubu ’l-`ilma wa law fi 's-seen.

Seek knowledge even if it is in China.

Here, it means India. He directed people towards the east, not the west. He didn’t say, “Go to the west, ” but said, “Go to the east.” He said for asylum, to go to the King of Abyssinia, which is now Ethiopia and is in the west. So those magnets that are attracting everyone is not simple. I was there and saw people from all kinds of countries and backgrounds. Who is bringing them, me, you, or the Ministry of Tourism? No! It is something that these saints are attracting everyone through their hearts. That is why it is mentioned by the Prophet (s):

الا وان في الجسد مضغة اذا صلحت صلح الجسد كله، واذا فسدت فسد الجسد كله، الا وهي القلب‏.

Alaa inna fi’l-jasadi mudghata idha saluhat saluh al-jasad kullihi wa idhaa fasudat fasad al-jasad kullahu. alaa wa hiya al-qalb.

In the body there is a small piece of flesh; if that piece of flesh is rectified then the whole body will be rectified and if it becomes corrupt then the whole body will become corrupt, and truly that is the heart. (Bukhari and Muslim)

If our heart is healthy, everything is healthy. To make it healthy we have to struggle, as it cannot come on a golden platter. We have to struggle for it and it is not easy. I was at the maqaam of Sayyidina Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q) and Mujaddad Al-Fisani (q), and was surprised that when they do their dhikr, they go through a very narrow and tight opening of stairs about ten meters long that leads them under ground into two small rooms where they make their meditations and seclusions. There they struggle between the two opponents good and evil. So if we can be able to struggle within ourselves in order to bring the good higher than the evil, then we will be reaching a way that will take us very near for our hearts to be opened.

Today Sufism is a word, a reality without a body and in previous times, it was a reality with a body. People now are trying to bring it back into their lives in order that they can live happily in this world. I was explaining to someone in the morning that there was one saint who was always struggling and asking the Divine Presence to open for him, to be able to see and hear what we cannot. There is a very traditional saying in Islam:

عن ‏ ‏أبي هريرة ‏ ‏قال ‏‏قال رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏إن الله قال ‏ ‏من عادى لي وليا فقد ‏ ‏آذنته ‏ ‏بالحرب وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها وإن سألني لأعطينه ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن نفس المؤمن يكره الموت وأنا أكره مساءته ‏

ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره

الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها،

My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the hand with which he acts, and the legs with which he walks (and other versions include, "and the tongue with which he speaks."). (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)

So this means, regardless of all the different religions, as long as we love our Creator or our symbols from whom we can take everything and for Muslims that symbol is Allah (swt), He is saying, “I will be his ears he that can hear with, his eyes that he can see with, his tongue that he can speak with, his hand that he can move things with, his feet that he can walk with.”

When we do voluntary worshipness, it shows our love to God, and what kind of worshipness? Like this meeting today, for example, we are building bridges and unity. We are looking after what we need to do for social welfare, for the homeless on the street who have nothing, for the orphans, for those who are suffering from illnesses or for those without food or water. This is our voluntary worshipness: to help the homeless, the sick and the needy. These good characters are within us, but need something to bring it up. They are planted inside, because the Creator did not create us without perfection. If you look at the human body, you can see the perfection in how it has been created and it will amaze you. We don’t want to discuss medicine here, but our body consists of three trillion cells. Every cell is like a factory; it is alive and when it dies, it creates for us a cancer. So we want our body to be living and that is why He said, “When you approach Me through voluntary worshipness, I will love. When I love you , I will give you everything. Through love, I will make you to hear what others cannot.” Are we hearing anything right now in this room, is there anyone else speaking? There are too many speaking here, but we cannot understand, because our ears can only attract certain kind of wavelength and not every kind. We can attract electromagnetic waves and turn them into sound. Our ear is like a satelite; all the information comes and hits on the satellite, enters the ear and gives a sound. Do you think there are no electromagnetic waves coming in this building? There are too many! If bring a television, put it in front of you and open it, you will see many stations. These wavelengths are here to give you a picture and a sound. So there are other people talking in this room, but we are not hearing them. But these saints can hear them, as they have struggled in their lives, their lives were rough, not fancy. Even though they were very rich, they forced themselves to struggle in order to feel the lives of the poor.

One time, a big saint in Islam was asked by his student, “Define poverty for us.” Any one of us now here can define poverty, but that saint did not and left. He came back the next day and said, “Now I can define poverty for you.” All of the students were surprised. He said, “Before today, I had some money at home. So how could I describe poverty to you when I still have some things I own? With the money I have, I am not poor. So I distributed that money to the poor and now I have nothing. Therefore, now that I am truly poor, I can define poverty for you and you would understand it. I cannot define poverty when I still have money, otherwise I am cheating myself.”

So there is sound here and it can be detected. That is why we are hearing so many signals that are coming from the universe. Can we turn it into a sound? We can, but we will not be able to understand it. But when God gives you a special hearing, you can hear what others cannot, you can see what others cannot and you can talk where others cannot. That is why these saints were able to attract what they were able to hear from your heart to theirs, and this is the biggest example for you here, love. As soon as you meet someone, the mind can immediately detect a wavelength coming from the other person, but you cannot turn it into a sound in order to understand it. However, saints can turn it into sound. When someone comes to meet with them, they can immediately turn that wavelength into sound and can then understand what is in the other person’s mind. The intention first come to the heart, the heart then sends a message to the mind and then it begins to reflect and think, that thinking reflects on the person in front of you which is that saint.

So yes it is true, that love is the way to enter the Divine. I was explaining something this morning in reference to a question that was asked by someone who looked very interested in Sufism. I said that Sufism cannot accept forms, Sufism can accept a subtle being without form. If you don’t put your form on the side and come with your self, the ‘good self’, then you cannot understand what tasawwuf or Sufism is, because Sufism is something that, if I ask, “Do you have a brain and intelligence?” you will say, “Yes.” If I ask you to show it to me, you cannot show me intelligence. There is nothing in the mind that can show intelligence except through a quiz or writing, then it shows there is something in the mind that has been planted there, and that plantation there is the thing that can make people relate to each other. Like today, you have a very small chip which can hold millions of information. There is also in the brain a small chip not bigger than a lentil where all memories from day one of your life are written. It is in that small chip that God planted in every person.

So if we want to enter that ocean we must not have a form, we must release yourself from the form. So how to release yourself from the form? To leave what is not nice and to follow what is nice; to leave what makes people angry with you, instead try to make people happy with you in order to enter the ocean. And there is one saint who is very famous, he is Persian, and he said, “Yaa Rabbee!” He was filled with love of Allah (swt), love for God, the Creator and said, “How can I reach You? I cannot live without You, I need to see You, I need to reach You, I need to be with You, I need to enter that Divine Presence.”

And for a long time he was asking and asking and one day a voice came to his heart, “You want to enter, you can but on one condition: leave yourself and come. You cannot be here with your self. Leave your self and come.”

He said to that voice, “How can I leave myself?”

That voice said, “Be a dump to My servants.” Do you know what a dump is? A garbage place where they throw all the garbage of the city, it must be somewhere in the city. “Be a garbage, a container that can contain My servants.”

It means be very nice with them, carry their problems, seek them, look after them, see what they need. Try to save them from jealousy, hatred, anger, greediness, stinginess and all kind of bad characteristics. When you guide them to throw away these bad characteristics then this is the way to be a dump to My servants because you are going to carry that responsibility to make them struggle and to feel happy by eliminating these bad characteristics from them.”

So there was a very nice story. Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q), one of the saints who came to India and took the hand of Shaykh `AbdAllah ad-Dahlawi (q) and took the Khilafah from him and became his Khalifah, and then brought it to the Middle East to Sham, Damascus. Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q), one of the biggest saints, studied in India at the feet of his teacher, the Naqshbandi teachers and the Chisti teachers, and took that to teach in Damascus, Syria the meaning of what love can do.

So one day Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) said to his followers, “Go for pilgrimage, the Hajj in Hijaz, and you are going to meet someone important there.” So they went and before they left one person appeared and mentioned to them that my teacher has sent me to speak with you. The teacher was not Muslim, the master, the guru in India but he could do all kind of miracles, all kind of miracles. Everyone in India would go to him in Bombay and I don’t know his name seeking love, seeking happiness and contentment. So they met in Hijaz with Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) who took the Khilafah from `AbdAllah ad-Dahlawi (q) and came to ask his student, the student of that guru in India. This is a story from two-hundred years ago.

He said, “We didn’t see except that man, might be that man is the one whom our shaykh is mentioning. Let us speak with him.”

So they spoke with him and found that his guru his master could do miracles. We are with Shaykh Khalid al-Baghdadi for many years and we cannot do miracles. Someone in India who is not Muslim is doing miracles. This is the way they were thinking, their mentality.

So they came to Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi and said, “O Sayyidee, our teacher, we are with you for thirty years and we cannot do a miracle. That guru in India his students are saying that he can do all kinds of miracles! How is that possible?”

He said, “I will give you the answer in the morning.”

So Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q), through what they call ‘telepathy’ today, to speak with someone from far away through the heart and through meditation by focusing their mind in a very strong way, they can reach any heart they want. That is what I was saying before, “As long as my servant approaches Me through voluntary worship, I will love him.” From that love, God will give you power to reach anyone very far, wherever he is.

He focused and saw that guru’s face who said to him, “I wish that you were with me I would offer you to eat a Muslim meal.”

He said, “I am coming here to check your miracles.”

The guru said, “Yes, yes my master.” He was not the guru’s master ,but the guru was showing humbleness. He said, “For the last 25 years I never gave my self what it wants. Always, anything I want to do I check with my self, “Can I do this or not?” If my self tells me, “Do it,” I don’t do it, I do the opposite. If it says, “Don’t do it,” I do it because always the self is trying to cheat you, trying to trick you. It might give you lots of reasons to do something, but in reality it is against the wish of our Lord. For 25 years I am against my self.”

That takes us back to that student who said, “How can I come to You?”

The voice came, “Leave your self and come to Me.”

You have to leave your self. You must, I am not saying that you leave your work but make time between you and your Lord then you can enter that ocean which cannot accept, and we to back, accept a ‘form’. If you have a cup and it is full, then you cannot put anything on top of it or it will spill. I cannot put more water here as it will go down (spill_. So when you come with a heart full of worldly desire it is very difficult to put on top of it a heavenly desire. You have to come empty. So you have to empty the anger, empty the jealousy, empty hatred, empty all bad characters in order to make a place for the good desire to come, for the heavenly desire to come in or else you cannot fill it as it is already full. Our hearts are full and we need to empty them through the good work that we do in the society that makes us happy with our self, and you have a lot of that.

Second is, if you take a drop of water, it has a form outside the ocean; it returns to the water that becomes the ocean and there is no more a drop, there is the ocean. Outside it has a form, inside it has no form. If we are able, me and you, to leave our forms by making ourselves as a place for heavenly desires to be poured in, if we take our form away, then it will be easy to bring the Divine Presence into our lives. So this is what we can come up with, because one saint lady whom we know from Middle Eastern history and her name is Rabia al-Adawiyya (r), said in her poetry:

O my Lord! I love you not because You are going to put me in Paradise!

I worship You not because You are going to throw me in Hellfire!

If You put me in Paradise or Hellfire does not matter to me but

I worship You because I love You!

I do my obligations because I love You and I do my work because I love You!

I do my meditations because I love You and anything I do is because I love You!

If You put me in Hell, it will be Love for me in Hell!

If you want to put me in Paradise, it will be Love for me in Paradise!

But all that does not matter to me; what matters is that You love me and I love You.

That is one lady and today they say ladies are not being respected. That is a lady saint, Rabia al-Adawiyya (r).

So there are a lot of descriptions of love that we need to feel it, and one of the loves you want to feel is what that love creates of movement. When you love someone you move toward him or toward her or you move toward that love that you are facing. That is why life is full of movements as it expresses the desire within you. If your desire is heavenly your movements will become heavenly. If your desire is not heavenly your movement is not heavenly. And movements, some people like to express themselves through music, like in India through qawwali. They were making qawwali here now and nice poetry for love. Some people will do it for anything that makes them content. So this is what we need in order that we can advance our selves and that kind of love is what can take us up.

Jalaal ud-Din Rumi (q), I think you have heard about him, he is from the the whirling dervishes. When he was whirling he was rising, not like people today who imitate his work and when they whirl gravity is still holding them down. But when Sayyidina Jalaal ud-Din whirled, the gravity was not there anymore, because when he was whirling that generated an energy that pulled him up, just like an airplane with two turbines running. So that whirling created energy pulling him upward.

Awliya have this kind of energy, that when they turn they will rise. Energy is everything. Physicists want to check--you are physicist from Bangladesh, dean of the university, [to a mureed]--how far can we go in fractions of a second? If we cut the fraction into seconds, the lowest we can go is 10-22 which is 0.000000000000000000000001, where time disappears. It means the second disappears. What did the physicists find? There is no time, it becomes energy! So energy can do everything and God has given that energy to you when He said in the Prophet’s hadith that, “As long as My servant approaches Me through voluntary worship I love him, and when I love My servant I give him everything.” So He will give us everything that He wants.

So the fraction of a second takes you to energy and if you eliminate time within yourself by meditation, you become a power of energy that you can do anything--just like the energy here can be a microphone, it can be a lamp, it can be through different instruments, it can be a speaker, it can be a TV, it can be anything, an MRI machine, it can be any machine. To carry very heavy loads of iron you need a crane and that is with energy. A crane without energy cannot move, and we also need energy. If we get that energy we will be able to move everything in this universe. That is why saints are able to move the hearts of people to come to them. Who brought us here flying for twenty-three hours to come here in order to go and visit the graves of these saints. Are they dead? Our Creator gave them life in their graves. That is why it is said that prophet’s or awliyaullah God forbade the earth to eat their body. Their bodies will always stay fresh. Are these saints sleeping, or are they completely dissolved or as they say ‘disintegrated’, why are we coming to visit them? We have to think. There is something pulling us there. This is their power, their energy; they can hook you and bring you. They know everyone by name. Do you think they need an ID from us to say, “This is our name, can we come?” They know everyone who comes to their graves because they have these acute electromagnetic waves.

Look at the television cable stations today, they have a receiver box and they can get thousands of stations. Who made that receiver? Human beings. What about God who made a receiver in our hearts? We cannot see thousands of different stations at the same time? But we are not using it. Everything is built up on love. When you are being loved or you love you can do miracles. Without love there is no miracles. These saints showed love. Why are people running to them? For hearing qawwali? No. Why are people running to them? Because they love them? Why are these nice people here dressed in white? Because they love their shaykh who is sitting in the middle there. They are not crazy, they are intellectual people, but they love their shaykh.

This was the India before. This is a very good example: they are educated, intellectual people, engineers and doctors, but they have a certain time for God. If we keep a certain time for God, that love will come. And when that love comes your life will be changed. I was not in this process but because I loved my teacher, the grandshaykh and our shaykh I became like that or else I was studying medicine and chemistry. But love ‘hooked’ me and when love hooked me then I became like that. [Mawlana smiles]. I took my form out [Mawlana dips a finger in water and shakes the droplet back] and only left it in the ocean, in the knowledge, not to keep it. If I keep it… and to take the form out it is very easy, very simple, which is to be humble; to be humble to everyone. When you are humble you get everything. Don’t be more--I don’t like to say that word--but I am saying it to myself, [Mawlana turns his face towards his heart], don’t be arrogant, don’t be proud. God said in the Holy Qur’an:

وَفَوْقَ كُلِّ ذِي عِلْمٍ عَلِيمٌ

Wa fawqa kulli dhi `ilmin `aleem.

Above every knower is a (higher) knower. (Surah Yusuf, 12:76)

Above every knower there is another, above every professor is another, above every minister there is a minister. above every prime minister there is a president and there is no one above the president but there is the opposition. [Laughter]. So they are afraid from the opposition. If the opposition and the government build up love between them the country will rise up, any country there are no politics here, we came with no politics. But, if you build up your self make sure you will be humble to anyone. Today I was visiting Shayh Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Khaki (q). He is happy in his shrine, yes. These awliya are happy because they did something for the life of people who come and visit them and they are pulling them to come, and at least for five or ten minutes to be peaceful, to relax when they go sit around the grave or sit there to relax. I was visiting one of the graves and when coming out there were these qawwalis sitting there and they were singing and I saw people throwing money, which is the culture here and in Pakistan, although I never went to Pakistan, nor did I see that, but I saw it in America with the Pakistani community. And when we were coming in some people said, “Don’t give anything to anyone because they will run on you and want money.” It happened to me in Egypt as well, and it happens everywhere. But in Indonesia they take hairs of my beard, they take my clothes for barakah! So I was sitting there listening to the qawwali and at the same time thinking about these poor people sitting at the door and all the way down to the street on both sides and I remember they told me, “Don’t give anything.” So I was talking to myself and listening to the qawwali and I was seeing how the money was being thrown on the singers, and why for these beggars no one could give them a nice smile? Instead, they push them. I think for security.

And I said, “Don’t push them.” They are poor and have no money; if they had money they would be like the other people sitting and listening to qawwali. At that moment my shaykh threw into my heart, “Don’t listen to anyone who says, ‘Don’t give,’ you give! Even if they tear you from top to bottom, give!”

So I began to give and as soon as I began to give, then everyone came running to take. Then they came a second time, a third time and a fourth time. I didn’t mind, I was giving. If I didn’t give and I didn’t give all of them, but if I didn’t give at all it means I showed disrespect to their Creator! Whatever they want to do with the money, it is not our business. Our business is to give something in the way of Allah (swt), for God. Is it accepted or not accepted, is it the right person or if not the right person, it is not our affair. Don’t judge people, we don’t judge; whether Muslim or non-Muslim we don’t judge. Everyone has a Creator Who judges him or her and we don’t judge people. Sufi people, they tell us don’t judge. The teacher tells us don’t judge.

I will end with this. Prophet (s) said to his wife `Ayesha, “Yaa `Ayesha, man husib, udhib, who will be judged will be punished, because for sure God will bring you something that you have done wrong, to which you did not pay attention. So pray to God that He doesn’t judge you.”

If you go in front of a judge, you might cheat the judge by lying and he sends you as innocent, but you cannot cheat God. Prophet (s) said to her, “Ask always in your prayers not to be judged.” So we ask in our prayers not to be judged! We try to be good and try to be like a river moving toward the ocean, not like the salmon, don’t be a salmon. Do you know the salmon? The salmon go opposite the flow of the river, they go upstream and struggle to go up and when they reach up they lay their eggs and they die. It means go with the trend, as they like you go with it; don’t oppose, as when you oppose you make irritation. In Physics, when you have a ball and you push it in a vacuum it goes forever, it doesn't stop because there is no friction. But when there is friction and you put it there and push it will stop after some time. Don’t show your friction, keep running like in the vacuum. It means close your ears.

And I will say the last saying: one Bedouin who was not an intellectual, not academic, at that time coming from the desert to the Prophet (s), said, “When is the Day of Judgment?” He stood at the door and Prophet (s) was making his khutbah and he said, “Yaa Muhammad, O Prophet (s)! When is the Day of Judgment?”

Everyone asks this: Muslims ask, non-Muslims ask. When someone dies it becomes like his Day of Judgment, as some believe. In the Islamic tradition we will be judged then, but also on the Day of Resurrection, in the second cycle, in the second life. When is that? And Prophet (s) didn’t answer. Then the Bedouin said another time, “When is the Day of Judgment?” He didn’t answer. Third time the Bedouin asked, “When is the Day of Judgment?”

At that time Angel Gabriel came and told him to answer.

So the Prophet (s) said, “What have you prepared for that Day it is a long travel?”

He said, “Yaa Rasoolullah, O Prophet! Not too many prayers or fasting; I didn’t prepare much of anything, but one thing.”

The Prophet (s) asked, “What is that?”

He said, “Muhabbatak, yaa Rasoolullah, love for you, I have your love.”

A Bedouin from the desert is saying to Prophet (s), “I love you.”

Do you know what the Prophet (s) said? yuhsharu maru man ahab, “People will be resurrected with whom they love,” because of that love. He didn’t ask him about prayers or fasting or rituals or obligations, nothing.

The Bedouin said, “I love you,” so the Prophet (s) said, “You will be with me.”

So the most important thing in our life is to love. If we don’t love we don’t have children. This world is (built) on love. If there is no love between husband and wife or between a man and a woman, there will be no (future) generations. So everything is built on love. The young child loves his mother and father and is running behind them. If he falls on the floor, they pick him or her up out of love. If not, they will never have a child.

May God bless you and bless us and make us as that drop that goes back into the ocean, and to be dressed with the Divine Knowledge. There is a lot to say, but I am feeling shy, coming here for the first time. I tried and whatever my shaykh sent into my heart I spoke, and what brought us here, I know there are academicians and intellectuals, but I didn’t bring ir out! [Mawlana reaches into his pocket for agenda notes.]. [Applause.]

(Du`a in Arabic). O our Lord! We are nothing and we ask from Your Treasures that are never empty to dress us with the dresses of happiness, with the dresses of love, to dress us to be with the ones we love, to be with the one that You love, to be with sincere, pious people and to make our lives happy lives in this world and in the Hereafter, to make everything for us easy and to make for us everything possible and to make for us a long life, a healthy life with no sickness. O Allah! Take away all kinds of sickness from us. We are coming to You, and we cannot go to anyone else, we don’t know anyone else. We know You, we know Your Prophets, we know Your Sincere, Pious Servants, and we come to them in order that they will try to raise us and help us in our life.

May God bless you all, bless me and bless everyone.

Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.


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