Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani
9 October 2010 Lefke, Cyprus
(Mawlana Shaykh stands) Laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Sayyidina Muhammadun Rasoolullah. Zidhu yaa Rabbee `izzan wa sharafan nooran wa surooran, sultaanan wa ridwaana. Thumma as-salaat wa 's-salaam `alaykum yaa anbiyaa Allah, yaa awliyaaullah wa `alaa al-mu`mineena jamee`an. Narjuu rahamatak wa nakhshaa `adhaabak, yaa Rabbee, yaa Allah. (...) Yaa Rabbana! Yaa Rabbighfir warham wa Anta khayru 'r-raahimeen. (Mawlana Shaykh sits)
Madad yaa Saahib az-Zamaan. Madad yaa awliyaaullah. Madad yaa RijaalAllah. And we are saying, a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem! (Mawlana Shaykh stands and sits) Qawwi da`fana yaa Rabb, "Strengthen our weakness, O Lord."
As-salamu `alaykum, our attenders! Today is Saturday and there is no working. Give a short time for hearing heavenly news; it is important news for you. You are saying, "Look at what is in the news," interested in the news from dunya, yes. What news, Salafi `ulamas? We are not looking for news! (Mawlana Shaykh laughs) Why? But you must always look for dunya news, which malik passed away that you may follow his janazah, funeral. You are very, very careful if a malik, amir, president, or rich one passed away and you must quickly reach the venue to follow his funeral! Yes, funerals are important things for Salafi people also, to look if followers are doing something that is bida`, haraam, kufr, or shirk. You must be there to control people! If they are on the wrong way, you must say, "Don't do this, it is bida`. Don't make your hands like this, put them down! Don't come in front of the burial place to say to him talqeen; no need, that is bida` also. Don't dress in a special dress! Don't cry! Don't laugh! Don't look here or there!" You think, "We must go as there are so many `amr bi 'l-ma`roof, wa n-nahy `ani 'l-munkar, Ordering what is good and warning against what is bad! Go put (the deceased one) there, put Earth on top of his grave and make it an unknown place (without any marking or headstone)."
Prophet (s) was ordering his nation to take advice, the biggest advice for Mankind, which is death, to remember death:
Udhkur haadima al-ladhaat.
Mention that which destroys pleasures.
You must say this when you are going to the cemetery. You must take a lesson from death, that every living one is going to die. When the Seal of Prophets (s) was six years old he became yateem, an orphan. His holy mother cried, saying, "O my most beloved one, my beloved son, yaa Muhammad (s)! (Mawlana Shaykh stands and sits) I am going. I am going and I am saying to you that every living one must die and for everyone there is a time that is written on the Preserved Tablets, and when his time is over, the Lord of Heavens is ordering the Angel of Death, Azra`eel (a), 'Reach and bring the soul of My servant.' Everyone is going to die," she said. And everything new is going to be old, and every living thing is going to die and pass away. Death is written for everyone, every living thing must taste maraaratu l-mawt, the bitterness of death, yes.
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ
Kullu nafsin dhaa'iqatu l-mawt.
Every soul will taste death. (3:185)
O Salafi `ulamas! You reject leaving any sign of those who passed away in the cemetery, saying it is haraam. For 1400 years, your `ulamas, Ahlu ’l-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah, are saying, "You may keep your dead ones' memory when you are go and visit them, so you may remember, 'That was my dad,' or, 'That was my mom that passed away. They were lived and now they are under the Earth. They passed away and perhaps even their bones are going to be dust.'"
O People! Remember that you are going to pass away, and prepare yourself for death and after death. Death is not going to be nothing, that you disappear and finish, no! Death brings people to a new beginning, `Aalam al-Barzakh, Life of the Grave.
O Salafi `ulamas! Do you believe or not in `Aalam al-Barzakh? What is written on those headstones that they are putting, making a sign for graves? Written on it is, "father," "uncle," "grandfather," "grandmother," and that gives people a reminder about death, and you did wrong (by denying headstones)! Wahhabi people destroyed everything, memories that are 1000 years old! Cemeteries are like a history book for coming nasl, generations. Why did you do that, and why don't you accept any writing or sign on a grave? What is the matter? Do you think that Salafi `ulamas did this? No! But "Ahlu 'l-Bida`", the ones who claim bida`, and the "wrong-way imaams" ordered one person to destroy everything, and yet only a handful of people are against cemeteries, destroying headstones, and they are no-mind people! They will be punished, and Salafi `ulamas are not saying anything about in Islam, it is a good thing to mark a grave, to identify who is buried there.
Now we are reaching the end of this age, running towards the Last Days, and it is true that the Last Days arrived and we are in it now. Don't think like philosphers who are saying life on this planet will be for 1000 years more! When the Seal of Prophets (s) was asked about his nation's period, he said: (Mawlana Shaykh stands)
In istaqaamat ummatee falahaa yawmun, wa in lam tastaqim, falahaa nisfu yawm.
If my nation follows the right path, Allah will grant them one day (one day for Allah [swt] is 1000 years) to be on Earth; if they do not follow the straight path, they will have half a day."
(Mawlana Shaykh sits) Allah, Allah. Allahu Akbaru 'l-Akbar! Rasool (s) is making everything necessary for the ummah clear, saying, "If my nation is going on the right way, not changing their ways, Allah will grant them one day to be on Earth with the honor and power of Islam, istaqamat ummati, if they just follow Holy Shari`at." If they change or deviate from that, like Muslims changed everything now, if they are changing the Right Path and leaving heavenly rules, commands, and orders, Allah Almighty is giving them a half day, 500 years. Now fourteen centuries just passed away. What is remaining? Sixty-five years.
O Salafi `ulamas! Why are you not saying this to people? They are changing everything! And there are just 500 years left for the life period of this ummah, ummat ul-hadhira, the present nation of the Seal of Prophets. Now we are in the year 431; there are about 70 years remaining and sadaqat Rasoolullah (s), the Messenger of Allah spoke the truth, no doubt! I don't know if you are looking at such hadeeth, Salafi `ulamas. Why are you not saying this to people? Because if you are saying this, materialist people may deny and quarrel more and more. Why are you fearing from materialist and atheist people? We are on Haqq! Wa laa tubaalee, "Speak Haqq and don't worry! Now we are in the time of `asru 'l-jabaabira, the era of tyrants, whether you are accepting or not! Anyone who is not following Shari`atullah are tyrants and they will be punished. We must always try to remember life in the Hereafter, life in our graves and on the Day of Resurrection, and finally we are either going to Paradise or hells. You must warn people! Do you fear from your wives or children?
The Seal of Prophets (s) said, (Mawlana Shaykh stands) "If one day passes and one family is not reminding of akhirah, the Day of Resurrection, Paradise and Hell, there will be waylun lahum, bad tidings for those people." Now people are running away, to not hear about akhirah, Judgment Day, Paradise and Hell. What shall we do?
O People! O our Attenders! Today is Saturday. Remind people that everyone is coming here to this world only to leave, and no one will be here forever. Take your ghaneemah, opportunity, to take as much as possible, more and more, then you will be happy! We may speak on Paradise and Hell from here up to the end of the world and it will never finish, but what is important is to believe, to have certainty. It is important for Muslims to reach certainty in their beliefs, because that will command them and guide them to the way of Paradise! If we do not have certainty about our faith, Shaytan is riding us, and that one will be a donkey of Shaytan na`oodhu billah.
O People! We haven't been created to be donkeys for our egos and Shaytan! Come and hear, listen and obey what Allah Almighty is saying: (Mawlana Shaykh stands)
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
Wa maa khalaqtu 'l-jinna wa 'l-insa illa li-ya`budoon.
And We created jinn and humans only to worship (their Creator). (51:56)
(Mawlana Shaykh sits) O Salafi `ulamas! Say this daily, make them wake up and follow holy orders, to be happy and in pleasure here and Hereafter! May Allah forgive us for the honor of the Seal of Prophets, Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!
(30 minutes (1177) Alhamdulillah. Allah, yaa Rabbee. Tawbah, yaa Rabbee, tawbah, astaghfirullah.
(Mawlana Shaykh prays two raka`at Salat ash-Shukr.)
Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Sultaan Allah. Yaa Rabbee, yaa Allah! Anta `Azheemu 'sh-Shaan! Sultan Sen, Subhaan sen!
Laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Laa ilaaha illa-Llah.
I didn't have any strength to speak, but our shaykhs came to the rescue so I may say a few words.