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Respect and Honor Guests

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

20 August 2011 Lefke, Cyprus

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, by the Name of Allah Almighty, the Most Beneficent, the Most Munificent! Welcome, our honored guests. They’re coming from Italy and we are happy with their visit. The Lord of Heavens is He who created everything, this Earth and everything on it, and Man is king of all creatures. The Lord of Heavens created countless kinds of creatures and the perfect one is Mankind.

Now I am a weak servant, and the Lord of Heavens, Allah Almighty, is sending some from Mankind for a visit and we are trying to welcome them. What is the most important, the most perfect characteristic for Mankind? It is to welcome everyone. That gentleman has come from France, (someone explains he’s originally from Cyprus) It doesn’t matter; you may come from Europe, but your origin may be Cyprus. Whatever, it is an order on all prophets to welcome everyone, because the Lord of Heavens created everything; no one created himself or herself by themselves.

Our Creator is asking everyone to be welcoming to others, particularly towards Mankind. Man must grant his welcome to all Mankind; that is the top level of being a perfect one that must give his respect to others. Who is not giving Man their level of respect and welcome is going to be on the level of animals. Man has perfection, and the animals’ world was never given such a perfection; that was granted exclusively to Man. Therefore, now you are coming here from long distances for a visit, so welcome!

I am sorry that I am such an old one now. When I was a young I could run and give our guests a much better welcome, but now it is difficult for me to reach people as I am getting weak, so I may meet my guests only for briefly. Really I am ashamed that you are coming from long distances and I am not able to look after you and give respect to you. Therefore, I am apologising to everyone who is coming, not to be unhappy with me. I am happy with all of you! You are like my grandsons, sons, or elder brothers. He is ninety (joking with man seated next to him). How do I know? Because his hair is falling down, he is nearly ninety or ninety-nine years old, an old person.

You came from Italy. He lives here, but he is such an easy one. He thinks he is a business man but really he is a “busy one,” not a “business one.” Understand? (I understand) He is sometimes remembering me and sending salaam. He has been occupied to go around this city. He has such curiosity. He is running from one coffee shop to another, from one place to another place, from one club to another, from one shop to another shop. And if you ask him he will reply, “Oh, I am so busy!”