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9 Ramadan 1427/1 October 2006
After Fajr and Tahajjud

A`udhu billahi min ash-shayt`n ir-rajeem
Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itik`f, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riy`dah, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid

Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-Rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum

very day a different manifestation of different Attributes Allah ? is revealing and sending to his Prophet ? and Mawlana is asking a question: what is the rizq; what is the importance of rizq, which is sustenance?

The sustenance is important to keep the self always, or keep you always full of energy and give you power for moving to the next thing/stage. And the importance of rizq, which is the 2nd kind of rizq, where there are dhaahiri and ma`nawi, there is the physical sustenance and the ma`nawi, the spiritual which keeps you running in the spiritual realm which Allah ? is sending to his Prophet ? and from Prophet ? to everyone.

That is most important rizq that will last forever the other one will end one day. That one has limited number of days or moments, or as we said before that Allah ? counts the life of human beings not by years but by breaths.

فَلَا تَعْجَلْ عَلَيْهِمْ إِنَّمَا نَعُدُّ لَهُمْ عَدًّا
Fala ta`jal `alayhim innama na`uddu lahum `adda

So make no haste against them, for We but count out to them a (limited) number. [19:84]

We count everything by breaths. Coming in and going out. The last one is the one going out not coming in. But spiritual breath continues coming in and Allah ? doesn’t like you to get it out. When it goes out, means you are losing it, that is the time that shaytaan playing with us. At that time our imaan will drop. If you have a barometer, checking or you make a graph. Always seeing, the wavelength how it moves on the chart, going up going down, if we are going to look at our chart we can see it goes up and quickly it comes down. Acute one. Because we are losing these reflections of these name and attributes. But awliyaullah you see always it is going up. That is why their chart is always increasing and increasing, so when they pass from dunya they pass form limit of shaytaan and then he no longer has affection then the chart goes up. But for us our chart going up and going down and even just going down.

We have 5 kinds of saints: Budala, Nujaba, Nuqaba, Awtad, Akhy`r.

Budala that Allah ? created as substitutes, and the Prophet ? mentioned them in the hadith if you are in the jungle and afraid, call up on rijaalullah. These are Budala. He said that their need for food, because Allah ? wants to show them `ajz, inability. Because Allah ? wants to make them feel their weakness. He wants to show, no you are human beings you have weakness. Only prophets have no weakness they are ma`sum, but awliya are mahfoudh. They are in need of food only 2 times a year, they don’t need food every day.

Allah ? sends them 2 times and it is enough for them. And what is their food? As Allah ? sends them heavenly food. Like when Sayyidina `Isa ? asked:

إِذْ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ هَلْ يَسْتَطِيعُ رَبُّكَ أَن يُنَزِّلَ عَلَيْنَا مَآئِدَةً مِّنَ السَّمَاء قَالَ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ
قَالُواْ نُرِيدُ أَن نَّأْكُلَ مِنْهَا وَتَطْمَئِنَّ قُلُوبُنَا وَنَعْلَمَ أَن قَدْ صَدَقْتَنَا وَنَكُونَ عَلَيْهَا مِنَ
قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا أَنزِلْ عَلَيْنَا مَآئِدَةً مِّنَ السَّمَاء تَكُونُ لَنَا عِيداً لِّأَوَّلِنَا وَآخِرِنَا وَآيَةً مِّنكَ وَارْزُقْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ
قَالَ اللّهُ إِنِّي مُنَزِّلُهَا عَلَيْكُمْ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بَعْدُ مِنكُمْ فَإِنِّي أُعَذِّبُهُ عَذَابًا لاَّ أُعَذِّبُهُ أَحَدًا مِّنَ الْعَالَمِينَ

Idh qaala al-hawariyyoona ya `Isa ibna maryama hal yastatee`u rabbuka an yunazzila `alayna maaidatan mina alssamai qaala ittaqoo Allaha in kuntum mumineena. Qaaloo nureedu an nakula minha wa tatmainna quloobuna wa na`lama an qad sadaqtana wa nakoona `alayha mina ash-shaahideen. Qaala `Isa ibnu Maryama allahumma rabbana anzil `alayna maaidatan mina as-samai takoonu lana `eidan li-awwalina wa akhirina wa ayatan minka warzuqna wa anta khayru ar-raziqeena. Qaala Allahu innee munazziluha `alaykum faman yakfur b`adu minkum fa innee u`adhdhibuhu `adhaban laa u`adhdhibuhu ahadan mina al`alameen.

Behold! The disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: ”Fear Allah, if ye have faith.” They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.” Said Jesus the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).” Allah ? said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.” [5:112–115]

The Hawariyyoon, his students, said to Sayyidina`Isa ?, can Allah ? send us a table of food. He said, “ittaqullah. Don’t ask that. Don’t you think that Allah ? can send that?” They said, “We want it to be an Eid for our first and our last.” He said, “Ya Rabbee, send down on us a table from heavens.” Allah ? said, “On one condition I will send that table but if anyone after that who will disobey he will have to be frightened, he will have to be finished.” Because when Allah ? send the proof you can no longer disobey. You have to follow.

So awliyaullah, Allah ? sends them a heavenly table, they know. And what is that food? It is fish. He didn’t say meat. He said fish, because fish lives in oceans and it means, “I am sending to you the secret of the oceans of the Beautiful Names and Attributes.” Each Beautiful Name is an ocean, and I am sending to you from that ocean of that knowledge. If we want to interpret the meaning of what Mawlana is saying. Because fish doesn’t make the heart hard. Meat makes the heart hard.

That is why the Prophet ? was not eating meat every day as they do today. That makes hardness of the heart. That is what causes hardness between people today. Even brothers and sisters, husband and wife. There is always a problem.

So he sent them that fish, indication that Allah ? gives them a soft food. That is why fish is recommended because it doesn’t have any illness or harm like meat. So he sends them that two times a year and it is enough to keep them the entire year. And this is also the spiritual knowledge that Allah ? gives to awliyaullah.

They received these spiritual manifestations from Prophet ?. How does it reach to them? What is the way that they receive that?

Awliyaullah receive that thru two factors in receiving knowledge. There is the `aqis and al-ma`qus. The Reflector and the one to whom it is reflected. The Reflector and the One that is reflected on.

Must be. Because the reflector is the one who reflects. It has to go somewhere. It cannot be traveling in space. There must be a target else the reflector does not need to reflect. That must always be like that, sun and moon for example. The energy that comes and the one that reflects it.

There is diya, the source of illumination. The sun because of its reactions that happen on it creates the light from these reactions. It means the Beautiful Names and Attributes when they are in this reaction with each other that light comes out and is reflected on the moon. So these Beautiful Names and Attributes are coming out and blended in harmony with each other and they are creating that light which reflects on Prophet ? and Prophet ? gets that light and all that reflections of Beautiful Names and Attributes goes in one shot and from the Prophet ? it is also reflected like those who are waiting for it, reaching different awliyaullah according to their levels.

That is why he said in very important hadith: al-mu’min mirrat akhee. The mu’min is the mirror of his brother. The mu’min is always reflecting what is on him to his brother. And when it is reflected, that mu’min becomes a mirror to the other one. So awliyaullah use that system to reach their followers thru reflections. That is why you see the power of the wali is that he can reach his followers everywhere even though they don’t meet physically. Many people see dreams or they see visions appear to them or they feel something is reaching them from someone that appears to them and guides them to the right way. So awliyaullah become the mirror that Prophet ? reflects these lights to humanity wherever he wants to reach. That is why we say in tasawwuf, when Allah ? wants to see himself, he looks to Prophet ?. Because Allah ? is reflecting his Beautiful Names and Attributes to Prophet ? and from Prophet ? it is coming out. So He looks to that mirror He created and that is seal of messenger and that will reflect out from the essence reflecting to creation. Allah ? is looking to what he is sending to Prophet ? because Prophet ? is mirror reflecting the manifestation of these lights of Beautiful Names and Attributes. Awliyaullah receive and reflect to their followers. This is who they spared the power of sainthood. The power of sainthood has no limits. If you put two mirrors in front of each other or 4 mirrors, then you look in it and you see yourselves hundreds of times. What do you see? You see yourself infinite number of your self in that mirror reflecting.

So awliyaullah reflect that knowledge to humanity and everyone becomes an `aqis. `Aqis and ma`qus. Reflector and reflected on.

So Allah ? reflects to Prophet ? the source of these Beautiful Names and Attributes. And from Prophet ? to people and from people to other people. That is what they call cosmos energy that is coming out. That is the light of Sayyidina Muhammad ?, that is the energy that Allah ? gave to Sayyidina Muhammad ? and waliullah like mirrors reflect that to humanity.

We are now in the status of heedlessness. What Allah ? has given us from days and hours and minutes and seconds, we have to use it not to lose it.

We have to be mirrors in order that it will be reflected on us. These lights want mirrors. They don’t want to go in places they will not be reflected. Like a nuclear reaction. They have to go to place they will be reflected. And then go to another place. They don’t like to be hanging and wasted. So be like the person that these lights are reflected on them and then you reflect on someone else.

Awliya are given mirrors on the number of followers. Each one is polished differently. Depends on how much the student is able to receive. So the reflection is blurry, milky, opaque fuzzy or blurry, doesn’t show well. So it depends on your capacity of taking your presence in front of shaykh is represented by a mirror. As much as you polish yourself, as much of Beautiful Names and Attributes coming from main source, to Prophet ? and from Prophet ? coming not your depending on you how it will be great or less.

Polish the mirror in order to not lose these reflections. How to polish the mirror. Make wudu. Make more and more wudu. When you lose wudu immediately make new wudu. Nurun `ala nur. Even if you have wudu, make a new wudu before praying.

وَالْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونِةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُّورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاء وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

Allahu nooru alssamawati waalardi mathalu noorihi kamishkatin feeha misbahun almisbahu fee zujajatin alzzujajatu kaannaha kawkabun durriyyun yooqadu min shajaratin mubarakatin zaytoonatin la sharqiyyatin wala gharbiyyatin yakadu zaytuha yudeeo walaw lam tamsashu narun noorun `ala noorin yahdee Allahu linoorihi man yashao wayadribu Allahu alamthala lilnnasi wa Allahu bikulli shayin `aaleemun.

Allah ? is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah ? doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah ? doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah ? doth know all things. [24:35]

Allah ? is describing that Allah ? is light of samawati and ard and we have explained we can explain another time. The example of His light is like a bundle or lamps. Allah ? wants to say, when you reflect light, it becomes light up on light. That is why the Prophet ? described that on judgment day there will be people, muraqateen. They wear this soldier dress, two colors, camouflage. You have grey and green or dark brown and green.

In Judgment Day there will be a group of people who will be spotted with different colors. And people will say who are these special ones, and Allah ? will give them high respect. These are the ones who kept ablution, and ablution over ablution. And wherever the water reached it will become like light, light from hands from face from ears from feet, so he called them the muraqatoon, spotted ones. So ablution is nurun `ala nur -- Light upon light. That is a very simple way to reach a level of being reflectors and to be reflected upon by awliyaullah. So polishing the mirror will be by ablution and then it will clear that mirror.

Keep your ablution when you lose it run to make it fresh. You will be from that group that Allah ? will make your heart a mirror that can receive the light and reflect it very far. Because the light travels. Wherever it reaches and is reflected the person will benefit from it. So as much as your mirror is clean as much that light will travel and go. May Allah ? make us to benefit from this kind of knowledge and make us to be following the footsteps of Prophet ? and awliyaullah.

We will continue that next time, Insha-Allah.

Krambo. There is a fruit, in Arabic they call it cramb. It is white.