Most of our time is wasted and Awliyaullah fill it for us. We are busy in dunya, they are busy in Akhirah. What can we do? Nothing, except improve ourselves by saying, “Yaa Rabbee, we are `ibaadun`ajizoon, helpless servants and we cannot achieve anything without our shuyookh and Prophet’s (s) shafa`ah.”
You were mentioning Sayyidina Mahdi (a). Grandshaykh (q) said that Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q), one of the Golden Chain (shaykhs) of the Naqshbandi Order, he has `ilm azh-zhaahir wa `ilm al-baatin, he carries the two, went to India and brought the Naqshbandi Tariqah to Sham and he is buried there. He had many mureeds, but how he attracted them is a nice story. He was in Iraq first, in Baghdad; when he came back to Sham, his shaykh had ordered him to go to there and he was in his maqaam up on the mountain Jabal Qasiyoun. He used to invite people to attend his association, naseeha and dhikr, but people were not interested; he called people but no one came, they were busy in their daily life. He was patient and he would often put his turban on a chair or his leg and do dhikr and whatever came to his heart he spoke to his turban, because Awliyaullah have a container in their hearts and when it is filled they pour it in the hearts of the mureeds and then more comes.
They are in such a recurring process that they are pouring the realities, the knowledges, into the hearts of their mureeds. They empty their heart and Allah fill it back continuously like that. They know their mureeds from the Day of Promises.
أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ
[Allah asked] “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes!” (Surat al-`Araaf, 7:172)
Allah has assigned for every Wali a group of people that he is responsible for in dunya; if they don’t come to him then he goes to them. Without (anyone) knowing, he might be any person sitting in an association and can advise them from far away. Today they are doing it on Skype; can't Awliyaullah advise on Heavenly Skype? But when it comes to Awliya some say, “Oh no, no, no!” If a computer can carry the image and you see the shaykh and students interacting with each other, can't a powerful shaykh whose heart connects with Prophet (s) and the Divine Presence not retrieve these realities and pour them into the hearts of his mureeds? They can, of course, but they want their followers to understand that to reach them, the shaykh comes and sits with them. Everyone who took baya` from a shaykh, he is responsible for them. You have many shuyookh around the world who are supported by the Prophet (s), and according to Awliyaullah there are a 124,000 Walis.
`Alaa qadam ashaab an-nabi (s) wa `alaa qadam al-anbiyaa, they are at the feet of prophets and also Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Awliya mingle among people without you knowing them. They advise your heart and prepare you for the day when the Angel of Death will come you and appear with these realities they have poured into your heart! You will not leave this world empty, you will go ghaniyy, rich with these knowledges, as if you attended his classes every day in this dunya. As long as you were assigned on the Day of Promises to be with him, from that moment he looked after you.
No one knows how much power Awliyaullah have. Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) called people for seven years and only very few came: Sayyidina Isma`eel al-Naaraani (q), Sayyidina Isma`eel ash-Shirwani (q), one in Daghestan, one in Syria, the best of his 299 khalifahs. All took from him to teach their followers according to their level. For seven years he didn’t have a khalifah, but he didn’t complain, he was patient, then he decided to make istikhaara and Prophet (s) appeared to him in his vision or dream and said, “Yaa waladee, if they don’t come to you, you go to them.” After seven years, he was still by himself on the mountain. I don’t know if you visited his maqaam there in Sham; it's a safe place now, there is no war there. He woke up from the dream and what Prophet (s) said in the dream came to his heart, “If they don’t come to you, you go to them.”
Like in 1967, Grandshaykh, in his last seclusion that lasted nine months or one year, said he saw Prophet (s) in the last day of seclusion saying to him, “Don’t go to them, I will send them to you.” Do you see the difference? For Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) Prophet (s) said, “If they don’t come to you, you go to them.” For Grandshaykh (q), may Allah bless his soul, he (s) said in a vision after two-hundred years between Sayyidina al-Baghdadi (q) and Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q), “Don’t go after them, I will send to you mukhlisi Ummatee, the most sincere of my Ummah.” There is a big difference! You can see Awliyas’ level: without saying anything Prophet (s) dresses them, he can dress anyone and make him a Wali in a moment.
We are coming (here) sitting with each other, for what? To make Prophet (s) happy with us, to make our shuyookh happy with us, and not to have arrogance, not to say, “I am a shaykh.”
Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) had to go see them by the order of Prophet (s), “If they don’t come to you, you go to them.” The next day, he went to a place where people sit when looking for a job, in front of Masjid Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi in Damascus, in Muhaajireen at the base of Jabal Qasiyoun, where his maqaam is. Sayyidina Khalid saw people waiting for different jobs, what you see in every country, that place where laborers gather to seek work, is it not? He observed who to take and, inspired in his heart by Prophet (s), said to them, “Whoever will come with me now, I will find him a job and I will give you double the payment you are currently taking.” He came from Baghdad and was very rich, from the maqaam of Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (q).
He selected ten, fifteen, twenty men and told them, “Come with me. You will work eight hours and I will pay you.” They were very happy and followed him because he attracted them through their hearts with Haqiqat al-Jazbah, the Reality of Attraction. They went to his maqaam and he said, “Your job is to listen to me. I will sit, speak, and you listen. When I do dhikr, you will do dhikr with me. When I do salawaat, you will do salawaat. When the eight hours are finished, you can go.” They were really happy and asked if the next day there would be any other job or that’s it. He said, “As long you come, you will be paid.”
Grandshaykh (q), may Allah bless his soul, said he did that for seven years, giving them money, keeping them, building them up and giving them their Amaanah, then set them out to attract more and more people. Before he came to that level, one night he saw Prophet (s) in a dream, saying, “Now you stop giving them anything, they will come by themselves.” The next day he didn’t give them anything. He said, “I was giving to you from what Allah gave to me. Now whatever Allah wants He will give to you. I took you in the presence of Prophet (s) and he will take you to the Divine Presence.”
Of course they didn’t want anything. For seven years, they had attended his majlis, and more people came and he gave them money. After seven years, thousands of people were attracted to him and he spread Tariqah in Sham and Iraq quickly. Naqshbandi Tariqah in Iraq is very strong together with the Qadiri Tariqah. In addition, he spread the Naqshbandiyya in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Sham and Lebanon. He brought up 299 khalifahs. Now, what are we doing here? We are playing, because it is al-waqt ad-daa`i [when the game is over and they give you two minutes.] We are in these last two minutes, “the lost time” between everything, which doesn’t mean anything, it’s already “game over”, but they give you some time for you to feel happy.
Awliyaullah know this, that’s why they are hidden now, when everyone thinks this one is a shaykh because he has big jubbah, a big turban and a big beard, or another who wears a black turban and a black jubbah, or a blue turban and blue jubbah, but in reality it is al-waqt ad-daa`i , the time that has no value, which doesn’t mean anything, we are not going to benefit from it. It might be that one or two might benefit, but already the game score is so high that we cannot win, it is wrapped up, because now you can only reach zhulmah, darkness, we are no more reaching realities.
Now people read books and speak about realities, but are not able to make you experience them as they have no power. They don't have Haqiqat al-Jazba, Haqiqat al-Fayd, Haqiqat at-Tawajjuh, Haqiqat at-Tawassul, Haqiqat at-Tayy, Haqiqat al-Irshaad: they have it in their hearts but it’s not open.
By permission of Prophet (s) and Allah (swt), some high-level Awliyaullah whom Allah and His Prophet (s) know, sincere and pious servants, see what is written on the Lawh al-Mahfouzh, Preserved Tablets, and take some knowledge from it. The Lawh al-Mahfouzh is preserved from any mistake, and also carries your Amaanah, so when a Wali wants to give you your Amaanah he goes there: your name is written on it, he takes it and gives it to you.
One day 200 years ago, Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) was speaking with his 299 khalifas about the Signs of the Last Days, each of whom has many followers from around the world, and all these followers were connected to him through these khalifas; in fact, everyone who accepted him through their explanations of his teachings was connected to him. That night when they discussed Signs of the Last Days at Qiyaam al-Layl, before Fajr time, he saw the names of al-Mahdi and Sayyidina `Isa (a) on the Preserved Tablets, like today you see “breaking news” highlighted bright red on the bottom of the screen, Awliyaullah have a newscaster coming from Heavens and they can read it! He read that Mahdi (a) is appearing with Sayyidina `Isa (a) and he was happy with that, he didn’t look into it in more detail, as he thought they will appear the year he saw the dream, without investigating too much. He decided to send some of his mureeds to Mecca, because the first baya` with Mahdi (a) is going to happen in Mecca, so he sent one of his khulafah with many mureeds, and they went there waiting for what the shaykh said.
When they came back to Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q), he said, “What did you see?”
They replied, “We didn’t see Mahdi (a), but we saw people from India who spoke of a Hindu that does miracles. We don’t know more than that, this is what we saw. We are with you and we are not able to do any miracles, but that man in India who is not Muslim can do miracles.”
When he was granted permission, he said, “I want to go and visit that Indian man who can do miracles.” Awliyaullah authorized him, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to move. By the tayy, power of “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem,” he was at the door of that man in India. Awliyaullah are free, as mentioned in Hadith that a mu’min will be free in the grave from any punishment, is it not? He can come and see and move, but living people are veiled, they cannot see him, but he can see everyone as his soul is free to travel and observe. When Awliyaullah pass away their bodies are not dead, but their bad desires die, because they don’t follow bad desires or sin, they repented, so they reach the level of mootoo qabla an tamootoo, “Die before you die.” Their bodies are dead and their souls are alive. They are living in their grave here in dunya, but their souls are free.
Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) was able to move from Sham to India; how do they do that? Grandshaykh and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) expressed that. Today you see many people claim they can retrieve their souls out of their bodies in an ‘out of body experience’. It happened to me one time; you see your body and can speak with the shaykh. I was speaking with Grandshaykh (q) and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) and they said, “Your soul is in our hands and your body is on the table, motionless,” then they returned it to my body. This is an experience they show you whenever they want; you don’t ask for it, but they open it.
Sayyidina Khalid al-Baghdadi (q) put his body in the soul, so the soul appeared and the body disappeared within it. Then he concentrated his power on his heart and they were silent.
After half-an-hour that Indian man said, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah.”
Sayyidina Khalid said to him, “Why did you delay it? Why didn’t you say it when I asked you to say it?”
He replied, “Yaa Sayyidi, for 25 years I have fought my ego. Anything it recommends me to say, eat, drink or whatever, I do the opposite.” Shaawiroohunna wa-khaalifoohunna, you consult with your body and soul, but do the opposite; don’t do what they say because what they tell you is for their benefit. “I regret that I didn’t say the Shahadah from the beginning.”
He delayed his Islam half-an-hour, and if he died at that time he would have gone to Hellfire. When he said the Shahadah, Allah dressed him with whatever power is on Earth and in Heaven:
وَسَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا مِّنْهُ
He made subservient to you everything that is in the Heavens and everything that is in the Earth.
(Surat al-Jaathiyah, 45:13)
Any Muslim who comes against his own desires for many years to please Allah (swt) will be granted everything that is in the Heavens and the Earth, but not if he isn’t Muslim. Allah is al-`Adl, The Just, so although he has wrong belief but still tried to go against his ego and arrogance to put them down, Allah will compensate him.
When that Indian man was given Shahadah and he said it, immediately he was able to control whatever is on the Earth and whatever is in the Heavens, as Allah mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, He made it under His Oath. Sayyidina Khalid (q) witnessed that and came back to his place and appeared another time in his house.
The next day after Fajr prayer he said, “You have been with me 45 years and you did not achieve the level that he achieved in one moment because he was declaring war against his ego. Anyone that declares war against his ego and his bad desires will achieve what that one achieved. He became Muslim and received the power of “wa sakhara lakum maa fi 's-samaawaati wa maa fi 'l-ardi jamee`an.” Then he told his mureeds, “I didn’t look completely where it was assigned for me to look and I saw only the name of Sayyidina al-Mahdi (a) and Sayyidina `Isa (a), so I assumed they would appear, but in reality they will not appear in my time, it is going to occur later.”
For seven years he was by himself in his house and no one attended his circle of knowledge, no one came, then for seven years he paid them to come and he built his reputation. Awliyaullah care for their mureeds and do as much as they can on their behalf. Grandshaykh (q), may Allah bless his soul, said in Salaat an-Najaat when we pray two raka`ats and enter sajda, he said every Wali to whom Allah gave the power of wilayah--in every moment and every time there are 124,000 Walis, although now they are hidden--in Salaat an-Najaat as soon as you do sajda, the souls of all their mureeds appear with their names in front of him, and he has to dress them from what Allah and His Prophet (s) dressed him, so everyone will share with the shaykh’s part of his prayer. That’s why, Allahumma innaa nas’aluka min khayri maa sa’aluka Sayyiduna Muhammad (s), we are asking Allah (swt) for Prophet (s) to share his prayers, his fasting and whatever good thing he does with us. Awliyaullah share with their followers and purify them to bring them clean in front of Prophet (s), who will take the Ummah under his shafa`ah every night, clean them and prepare them as mentioned in the Hadith, “I observe the `amal of my Ummah.”
قال رسول الله ص حياتي خير لكم تحدثون ويحدث لكم ومماتي خير لكم تعرض علي أعمال لكم فإن وجدت خيراً حمدت الله وما وجدت غير ذلك استغفرت لكم.
My life is a great good for you: you relate from and narrations are related to you and my death contains good for you as well, for I observe the `amal of my ummah. If I find good I thank Allah, and if I see other than that, bad, I ask forgiveness for you. (al-Bazzaar in his Musnad)
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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