Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. Yaa Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, yaa Sayyidee, yaa Sayyidee Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani wa Sayyidee Shaykh `AbdAllah ad-Daghestani wa saa'iri sadatinaa wa siddiqina, yaa Allah...
Many Awliya hide themselves; if they reveal themselves this dunya will sink in an ocean of knowledge. But unfortunately, with our bad `amal, actions, this will not take place: but it is kept safe for you in the presence of the Prophet (s).
On the Day of Judgement, you will be given that. Some people might be given in dunya, someone else might be given in Akhirah. If we want to be opened to that knowledge of Awliyaullah we have to prepare ourselves, because it is very dear. It will not be given for free. Awliyaullah want the price for it, and the price is khalwah, seclusion in dunya, where Awliya dress us with it to show the greatness of hidden knowledge.
Do not depend on yourselves: your self orders evil. Even the persons who do good but depend on themselves, some of the bad deeds they do in dunya means that these trusts, the oceans of knowledge in the hands of Awliyaullah, will not be given to them until they make seclusion in Akhirah.
One khalwah in dunya is difficult: [if you don't complete it] you will be in [khalwah] the grave looking for your destiny there. Those who depend on Awliyaullah, and from them to Sayyidina Muhammad (s), Allah (swt) out of generosity of His love for the Prophet (s) will open secrets to these people and us.
In Baghdad, there is the maqaam of Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani (q) who had many khalifahs, and he always gave them the best. On Jumu`ah, after prayer they put food for people to eat and choose the ones to sit in their association, because Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani did not allow an association with [spiritually] sick or difficult people. [First] he cleared and cleaned them.
Whenever someone came [to the dergah] he brought him in [and hosted him]. One day a lady who used to pass that area every day, saw `Abdul-Qadir Jilani (q) with everyone, sitting and each one had a cooked rooster in front of him. He distributed one rooster to each person to eat, and when they finished eating they did not leave anything and they received a special reward from Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani, and the people who are in the Circle of Mahabbah, love, where they are recognized.
The lady saw this looking from outside and said, “Yaa Rabbee! This is `Abdul-Qadir Jilani, who every Friday eats the best food. My son is clever, he can compete with Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani’s mureeds, so let him eat from Your food and become someone of importance.”
The khaadim of Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani saw that lady and told him about it. They let her enter and gave her food.
She told Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani, “You are not just: you give them the best `ilm and the best food, but you don’t give me any. I am waiting for your generosity! Please give me from what Allah gives you, and teach my son to be like you.”
Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani sent a message to the lady, “Come next week, we will give you the food you are asking for. Wait for us in the khaniqah.”
Next week, after the Dhikr and salaat had finished, they called that lady to the circle. She had been waiting.
Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani said, “Approach.” When she approached he said, “What do you want?”
She said, “I want my son to be like you and your son. You are only giving to your son, you are not giving to mine, and that is not correct. You must give to me.”
The mureeds stood up and wanted to kick her out (due to her rude manner of speaking)!
Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani (q) stopped them and said to the lady, “Listen to what I will ask these people." He then said, "O people! If you want to be treated like my son or like me, then you have to be like us. You are asking me for something but you are not doing what is required, so how can I appoint you and give you that power? If you want to be like us, it is so easy, you just have to do what we are doing.”
Out of love, to teach her, Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani (q) took a chicken and ate it, but he didn’t leave anything for that lady, because she was coming without respect, demanding that he teach her. He was not showing off.
Then he told her, “To be like that, your son has to be in seclusion for forty days, after which he will be written from the Dhaakireen, those who remember Allah constantly. But before that, he has to show me he has the power of Dhikr. Your son is good, but he has one problem: he sees himself as something. Know that Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani’s power is by Dhikrullah. If you want to be like us, you have to follow the way of Dhikrullah.”
You cannot drop the Dhikr. Every week attend at least one Dhikr. But we are all lazy and we are not doing that.
[After forty days the lady returned, and seeing her son,] said, “Yaa Sayyidee, I gave you my son, a jewel. You are rendering him back to me broken.”
The shaykh had turned him towards a life of poverty. He told her, “When he will be like us, showing his poverty without riyaa, showing off, we will give him the secret. So take your rooster and come to me after another forty days, and I will check if you are deserving of what many people think they deserve.”
Tariqah is not “we, we.” Tariqah is that the shaykh understands what we need. When the shaykh sits, all the power of oceans of knowledge will come to him to give to the mureeds. When he sits, he doesn't sit empty-handed. When he sits with the mureeds, he is carrying (their burdens). First of all, he will be ordered to receive the knowledge of the Blue Oceans that he will throw in the heart of the mureeds in order to listen well. That is why when we begin Dhikr, that power will come to the shaykh and from him to the mureeds.
So Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani (q) showed the lady he was not running after eating roosters or chickens. When mentioning this story, Grandshaykh (q) said Sayyidina `Abdul-Qadir Jilani would eat the rooster with the bones, not leaving anything, because if he left anything he would not receive the secret that comes from that food. In that case the hudoor, spiritual presence, becomes spiritually poisonous, and the food will disturb him and he will lose it!
Sometimes the shaykh will experience a haal, spiritual state, that you can see if you are present. Sometimes it comes like crying, tears from the eyes. That was when we mentioned the name of the Prophet (s), and at the same time we are seeing ourselves as strong and that we can do everything. Awliyaullah don’t like you to do that, so hide it.
Like today, when we were reciting the story of Mawlid an-Nabawi ash-Shareef, we were in a state of haal. From that state they will take the secret of the haal and turn it into the power of spiritual existence, and (the mureed who is present will) look forward to correcting himself for the next week. Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad. That power will stay with that person until he dies; it will not be taken from him, because when Awliyaullah give something they don’t take it back, they leave it with that person.
Whatever he has of power, secrets, or the spiritual meaning of different issues, the benefit the person gets is not something easy to accept, because it comes by spiritual power [which is not easy to perceive]. It is like a laser: when you send the light of the laser to a sickness, it will cure that illness. Also, when Awliyaullah send the light of the laser, the secret will be cleaned and presented to the Wali that is above you, and from that comes the state of haal.
This is where we have to pay attention. May Allah (swt) correct us as that mureed was corrected. We don’t know when they can give us that: today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow. You have to keep following what they gave you [of recitation to complete].
So that lady entered seclusion because of what she had asked for and done, stronger than any other person in her lifetime, and she became stronger than most of them.
May Allah (swt) give us the benefit and perfume of Tasawwuf. Alhamdullahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen.
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