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Our Knowledge Is Not from Books

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

4 April 2010 Lefke, Cyprus

Dastoor, yaa Sayyidee. Madad, yaaa Rijaal Allah, Mawlana. (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Sayyidina Muhammadun Rasoolullah, Habeebullah, noor `arshillah, zidhu yaa Rabbee `izzan wa sharafan wa nooran wa surooran, sultaanan wa ridwaana. (Mawlana Shaykh sits.)

Madad, madad, madad. Dastoor, madad yaa Saahib al-Imdaad. Asking for support from the Provider of All Support, Allah (swt). And we are saying, as-salaamu `alaykum yaa `ibaadullah. May be from all of us, His servants, some are obedient servants and have been honored, and others are disobedient, and no honor for them! Madad, yaa Saahib al-Imdaad, Sayyidina Qutb ul-`Arifeen, yaa ` ibaad as-saaliheen. And we are saying, a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem.

We have nothing! We have nothing! Everything belongs to our Lord, Allah Almighty, but Shaytan is trying to make people not to accept anything from heavens. They are saying, "We are working and our efforts are reaching so many things from this world." It is okay. But if you are saying, "This is mine," (Mawlana holds an envelope), are you saying true or are you lying? If your salary belongs to you and you are saying, "This is for me," why are you leaving it and going? Take it with you! Why are you lying? Shaytan is making people to be liars, from beginning up to end. All unbelievers are liars because they are denying reality.

To whom do you belong? Can you say, "I am for myself! This body belongs to me. I am keeping this for me." If you are not lying, why are you leaving your dead body and people take you from your bed, from your throne, from your plane, from your yacht (to the graveyard)? Why are they not leaving you there, or why are you leaving all of them and they are taking your dead body? And you are saying, "This is mine," but you are leaving here and taking only your dead body. You were denying that your whole life. You are saying that, "Everything is for me." Where? Even one ring we are not leaving on you, it is taken from you. Why are you not crying from your coffin, “Don’t take this ring from my hand!” Why are you not saying when they are asking from ladies, their earrings, “This belongs to me! My whole life it was for me, why are you not leaving it on me?”

No one is hearing you and even if they are hearing, no one is listening, and if listening, they are not obeying. "I was king, I was queen," but your servants are taken from you. How you are claiming that, "This is for me, that is for me, this belongs to me, that belongs to me." People are drunk ones and their multiplication is wrong, they must try their calculator machine again. "It was for me, but now I have nothing." The point is that Shaytan is the greatest liar in Creation and the most dangerous one among Creation. Shaytan is saying, “No, all for you, keep more rings, earrings, up and down, keep!” Why?

O Salafi `ulamas! Marhaban, kayfa haalukum? Welcome, how are you, sir? Kayfa haalukum? Say, alhamdulillah. You are unhappy, I am looking to you. Why you are unhappy? But you are claiming to be privileged, saying, "We are Salafi `ulamas! Our level is so high no one can reach it." Why are you making a comparison? Your ego is saying that no one can be over your knowledge level. That is 100% foolishness and ignorant. What is the Seal of Prophets (s) saying? (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) "All of us are from Adam's generations and Adam was also created from Earth, not any different." (Mawlana Shaykh sits.) No one can say this is not true. No! All of us are from the generation of Adam (a) and Adam (a) was created from Earth so all of us are also from Earth.

Why are you so proud saying, "We are Salafi `ulamas?" And others, what do they say? Are they not ` ulamas? Why do you differentiate? How many can you add from your level of people? Yes, you are always carrying a book, going and coming. What is that? This is belonging to Salafi `ulamas? Knowledge is not from here (Mawlana Shaykh points to his mouth); knowledge is from here (points to his heart)!

There was one sultan who liked to sit with `ulamas and discuss remembrance with them. He was collecting from `ulamas, and they are making a debate, discussion, argument. He was such a sultan that when he was hearing about any one clever, he would invite and sit with him, asking to learn more. If that `alim, like Salafi `ulamas, was coming with books under his arm, the sultan said, “No, we know that book you are carrying and bringing to our gathering to make a discussion. We are not asking from that book, but asking what has been granted and taught to you from heavenly centers, in your heart. These books, leave all of them! My maqsad, request, is not too much. I would like to know what you have been granted from heavenly knowledge. What you are bringing are books written on Earth. But I am asking if your soul is reaching to heavenly levels and what have you learned there. If so, tell us."

Yes, that is important, because Salafi `ulamas bring their books under their arms. We also know so many books, but like that sultaan jalaalatuh, we are asking to listen to what is granted to you from heavenly levels, not what is written in books. Therefore, it is very important for those who are asking to learn much more because they have reached through their levels. They are knowing and asking for higher knowledge, as the Lord is saying:

وَفَوْقَ كُلِّ ذِي عِلْمٍ عَلِيمٌ

wa fawqa kulli dhi `ilmin `aleem,

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

They are asking over one level, to know more, because their horizons in Knowledge Oceans is changing and their understanding also is going to be changed. They were asking from that which is unwritten, unknown. Don’t say you can put knowledge in a boundary. No! Knowledge is an ocean; you can’t reach it's boundaries or depth!

O People! Why are people who have such knowledge making such a declaration through east and west, to believers and unbelievers, to Muslims, Christians and Jewish people? Allah, Allah. Allah, Allah. We are asking something that is not yet spoken, not yet open, because the treasures of knowledge are endless! Don’t say, "We are Salafi `ulamas and beyond us there is no knowledge." And what is your subject, what you are asking to say to people? Write it down, make a book and send to me also. It may be I can learn something also, okay? Wa fawqa kulli dhi ` ilmin `aleem, "Above every knower is a higher knower." (12:76) But you are stopping your knowledge is on one level. If you are not understanding something, you say you are not accepting mafqoot, being lost.

O People! Those who are claiming, "We are Salafi `ulamas knowing so many things," please teach us! Don't make a copy from other books if you are Salafi `ulamas! If making that, you must reach up to the Seal of Prophets (s). Bring us something different from your understanding and knowledge. It is not enough to put abaya on your shoulders and hattah on your head and put eyeglasses over your eyes. We are asking you something about Islam that may be desired for all nations. There is another word they are asking to know, but they can’t express it. So many billions of people know something, but they are not able to make it clear for us to know or learn, because knowledge is oceans without any shore, oceans whose depth no one can reach!

You are saying, “We are Salafi `ulamas," and you are denying oceans of knowledge beyond yourselves. Who is giving you such an authority? Authority is given only for Salafi `ulamas? Islam is for you only? What about the others? This is an important point that they are making me say every night. What does it mean, "Salafi `ulamas?" What they are asking to say to people, what they are trying to teach people through oceans of knowledge? What is going to train people for obediency? Write it and bring it to me!

After the Seal of Prophets (s), there are other means of inspiration reaching to someone. Say! Don't fear! Or you must follow whom? (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) The Lord of Heavens is saying:

كُونُواْ مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

wa koonoo m`a as-saadiqeen,

Be with my saadiqeen, those pious in word and deed. (9:119)

Say to me!! (Mawlana Shaykh sits.) Now all (genuine) Salafi `ulamas passed away, but there must now also be true ones, la heel, without making any trick, because Qur’an Kareem is addressing to the nation of the Seal of Prophets (s)! (Mawlana Shaykh stands and sits.) It is not only for Sahaaba (r), but up to the end of the world. Why are you not broadcasting morning and evening, saying, "O People! You must be with saadiqeen." Can you find anyone? I am not saying for sultans, kings or ministers, no. I am simply asking, did you find from that people? Say to me; it is an open question. We may hear jalaalatu 'l-malik and I may ask them, “Why you are not asking for a true one, O jalaalatu 'l-malik? Who is your guide?” And say, “We may follow him also.” Why are you not saying? Only speaking (that everything is) bida`, shirk! Say to me because we are not knowing what is shirk, bida`, haraam, kufr, but saadiqeen know. Say, so we may learn! May Allah Almighty forgive us.

O People! Nahnu `ala khatr, we are in dangerous valleys and the most responsibility is on `ulamas in this time who are claiming, "We are `ulamas, scholars, doctors." I am asking countless doctors, what is your understanding when Allah Almighty is saying, koonoo m`a as-saadiqeen. Is it only for Sahaaba, taabi`een, or taba` taabi`een, and not any responsibility for us? Nothing we are doing is the real base of Islam, because Sahaaba (r) were the most true ones and their buildings (examples) are standing up to today with glory and magnificence!

Abu Hurayrah (r), Ibn Masood (r), Sayyidina `Umar (r), Sayyidina `Uthmaan (r), Sayyidina Abu Bakr (q), Sayyidina Ali (q) are really asdaqu 'l-qaaileen, most true ones in all Creation! His name is written on saaqu 'l-`arsh, the main pillar of the Heavenly Throne. (Mawlana Shaykh stands,) Laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Muhammadun Rasoolullah. Say! Why are you fearing to say it? Say! Why are you saying this is shirk? What is shirk? You are never understanding what is shirk! We are not mushrik but we have been ordered to give our most honored respect to the most honored one in Creation! (Mawlana Shaykh sits.)

Allahu `ala maa naqoolu wakeel, "May Allah be a witness to what we say." O our Lord, yaa Rabb ighfir-lana, w 'ar-hamna, wa tub `alayna, yaa Tawwaab aslih shaanana, bi jaahi Habeebika 'l-Mustafa! For the honor of the most honored one in the Divine Presence.


I am playing and Salafi `ulamas may dance:

dome dome dome dome, dome dome dome dome.

I am playing not only for non-Muslims; we also have in Islam; don't think dancing is only for non Muslims. Non-Muslims playing with their ladies. We are not permitted to play with our ladies, no! (Mawlana sings)

Salafi `ulamas like it also, but they are not showing us under their sunglasses, looking and saying, "If that lady can be for me."

Dome, dome, dome, dome, dome.


(45 minutes) Enough, because after a while if I am making it longer, they may faint from my music! (laughter)

(Mawlana Shaykh speaks to Shaykh Hisham and Hajjah Naziha on the phone.)