A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillaahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta'ala al-`Azheem fee hadha '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.
You can achieve more and more from the life of Prophet (s) when you stay focused in one area. You begin to think how Prophet (s) was living, it’s amazing that he was very (...). He had Sahaabi (r) around him, taking care of him even though they didn’t have anything. We have everything and still we complain. May Allah take that complaining away. Who placed the complaining can take it away, it is in His Hands (not physical hands). His Hand can put and take away, and the `abd can’t do anything.
[Audio cut. ] ...twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, maybe the one who is counting died already. The most important thing to know is to come running and stand under it to achieve your goal, which is Mahabbatullah, Mahabbat al-Habeeb, Mahabbat al-Mashayikh; Fanaa’un fillah, Fanaa’un fi’l-Habeeb, Fanaa’un fi ’l-Mashayikh. This is the aim of every person. When you read history, you see Awliyaullah run to stay in the mountains or jungles.
There was a very famous shaykh who told his mureed, “Today we will go to the mountain.” They went there and sat like in a retreat, what everyone is doing today as if it’s a new trend. After climbing the mountain, he spread his sheet and they sat and prayed. Luckily there was water, but they couldn’t see it. So what happened? The shaykh said to the mureed, “I have a very important job to do in the city, so wait here for me until I come back.” The mureed didn’t ask about that and listened to the shaykh.
Maghrib came and the shaykh didn’t come, Isha came and the shaykh didn’t come, Fajr came and the shaykh didn’t come. He waited, as the shaykh had told him. One week passed, the shaykh didn’t come. One year passed, the shaykh didn’t come. Seven years later, the shaykh climbed the mountain, where there appeared friendly, wild animals to the mureed, and he connected with them and they began to make dhikrullah. He did that for seven years, and the animals never harmed him because dhikrullah turned their wildness to peacefulness. Lions could have eaten him straight away, but they made dhikrullah.
So the shaykh said, “What happened, why didn’t you come down?”
The mureed said, “Had I come down, I would not have seen this way you showed me of the animals doing dhikrullah.”
You want something and Allah wants something else. What you want you will get, maybe in the last seven breaths, but through submission and surrendering, let us make ourselves like that man with his shaykh, then we will get the meaning of dhikrullah, which will get us everything.
May Allah forgive us, may Allah bless us, may Allah keep us on the right track.
Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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