Centre for Spirituality and Cultural Advancement (CSCA)
[Du`a.]... bi jaahi Sayyidina al-Mustafa Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-'Alameen, wa 'l-`aqibatu li’ l-mutaqeen wa laa `udwaana illa `alla azh-zhaalim bi jaahi sirr min asraar Surat al-Fatihah.
Why did he say, "sirr min asraar Surat al-Fatihah?" “Sirr asraar” means there is more than sirr, the "secret from among the secrets of Surat Al-Fatihah," and all that sirr is in the hands of Awliyaullah.
In the time like 200 to 300 years ago, we were relating a story, not that, but you have to take hikmah from it. The mureeds were sitting like this every night with the shaykh, and the shaykh explained what they needed to explain to the mureeds like we are doing tonight.
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) is looking at us, Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q) is looking at us, and Awliyaullah are looking at us, and he is explaining and explaining and explaining, until he reached a place in Tafseer Surat Al-Fatihah, and said, “The tafseer I gave of Surat al-Fatihah is for common people,” because in his sitting common people often came. If a foreigner comes, you don't give him higher knowledge, you give the normal tafseer.
So that Wali said, "O my mureeds! My Tafseer Surat al-Fatihah is not meant for you as you cannot understand the level of Awliyaullah's knowledge. What I mentioned to you is for common people." Awliyaullah level of knowledge is not easy to understand.
He said to the one who was sitting with them and to the jama`ah, "That tafseer is meant for this man." Then he read Tafseer Surat al-Fatihah another time and said, "That is meant for the group of people that understands what I am saying." Then a fourth time he read Tafseer Surat al-Fatihah and said, "That fourth tafseer is for the benefit of these Awliyaullah."
And about the last tafseer he gave that the mureeds heard, he said, "No one can understand this tafseer except that man behind the tree." Then Sayyidina al-Khidr (a) appeared from behind the tree, and then he left. So it means Sayyidina al-Khidr (a) was taking knowledge, as Sayyidina Musa (a) took knowledge from al-Khidr (a). That tafseer was meant for Sayyidina al-Khidr (a), who hid himself, but the shaykh pulled him out and said, "It is for you, not for them."
This teaches us that not all Tafsir al-Qur’an is meant for common people who are at the first level, but to reach the seventh level requires a Wali that can bring the meanings of the Holy Qur'an in order to understand it on the higher level.
May Allah (swt) bless us. Before we make dhikr and suhbat, we will recite Surah Yaseen.
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