A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi'r Rahman'ir Raheem
Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaada, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid
Ati` allaha wa `ati ar-rasula wa uli'l-amri minkum
So in the previous session we said, the one before yesterday, the one that we are doing at fajr. So we said that Ubaydullah al-Amawi was asking Sayyidina `Abdul-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani, after too many questions finally asked him that, "Do I have to take tariqah from a murshid though I memorized the four schools of thought, and Allah opened to me to see the heavens and what is there, and Allah gave me knowledge to know what is below arsh ar-rahman, as mu'min when he sleep his soul will go below arsh ar-rahman and make sajda there, and so I reached to be able to see my sajda and get knowledge from there, and I know where all prophets were buried, and I am able to see them in barzakh, and I can hear all the praises of what Allah has created in heavens, in earth and in water as if I am looking at my palm; also I have achieved to move in time and space by tayy and I am able to see who is visiting who from awilyaullah. I learned the Holy Qur'an and its meaning and I learned the ahadith and why it was revealed in that time and its incident. So do I need murshid and is there knoweldge above that?"
So Sayyidina `Abdul-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani ....someone who has that knowledge what does he want with Sayyidinana `Abdul-Khaliq? Can you go to Mawlana and say, "I have knowledge from `Arsh and down."? Can you say to him, "I move in space."? You will establish your own shrine. (That is) sickness. If Allah opens as Allah opened to Ubaydullah al-Amawi. So he makes as if to say, "I know," and the shaykh wants to demolish him and his arrogance. Can I say, "I memorized the whole Qur'an and its meaning?" the The meaning of Holy Qur'an never ends. Can you say to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, "I hear the tasbeeh of all that is created."? So he was saying and Sayyidina `Abdul-Khaliq listening. So who is the teacher now? He is making himself teacher on Sayyidinana `Abdul-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani. Awliyaullah are making themselves submit to order of Allah; when anyone comes they listen. That is order of Sayyidina 'Ali, al-istima, listen then move. We move before we listen or hear anything. We talk. Do you do that? Rashid, you do that? Or you must listen first, then to move. Not decisions quickly taken - it will destroy you.
Who is al-`aqal, who is al-majnoon? Who is the sober one and who is the crazy one? The crazy one is the one who, whatever comes, quickly he throw it out - that is crazy one. That means even he or she will tell you one hundred times that, "I am saying and believing in what I am saying." Don't believe him. Because when husband and wife begin to quarrel both are crazy. Don't bring a story that happened one hour ago, angels will curse you.
Grandshaykh said, "What happened one hour ago, don't bring it up; that is gone, live in this moment." Because Shaytan wants to bring back what happened before in order to make anger and you will be destroyed. As Sayyidina 'Ali said, "Be quiet." (Say to yourself:) "Ya Allah, I am your servant and I am bad. Allah has put on me that one to polish my character." If you do like that then you will be granted moral excellence and Prophet (s) will look at you. But when you want to be someone, that doesn't accept the other. "Oh, that one is talking; you sent that one Ya Rabbee to talk, to teach."
That is first level in tariqah. If I beat him (taps Ali), I beat him here, but if I beated him here (on the neck) immediately he will rebel against me. If you beat him he has no right to look back (to see) who beated him. If your wife looked at you and said something, don't look back and answer. What will happen? She will get more upset. Why you are laughing? ( its haqq) And if she made you upset you must not answer. "You are not answering me!" - Shaitan entering now.
How do you answer a drunk person? Police come and measure your breath to see if you have alcohol. You think angels are not measuring and checking? Any word comes from your mouth not from the way of Allah and not from Qu'ran is the dirt that comes from toilet coming from your mouth. I didn't say what that is but you understand. So that one, Ubaydullah al-Amawi, telling his shaykh, "I see this and this and this," is all rendered with arrogance, rendered back on him. So if someone hit you what do you do? You keep moving, don't look back.
You heard the story of the wrestler coming to GrandShaykh قدس سرّه. When you take tariqah it is like marrying - it is the same. When you marry you are bringing someone in your home. That is like a watermelon, white inside. Red or white, you have to eat it. Why you decided from the first time to buy it? Huh? Better not to buy. Say, "I don't want to eat watermelon," (and) keep to yourself. So he came to the shaykh and said, "I want tariqah," with dagger and gun and his turban like that (Mawlana turns his turban sideways) and with one eye covered and looking. "Shaykh, I want tariqah!" "Oh, go take from Iblees the tariqah." The shaykh didn't say (that). If someone comes like, like a gangster and acts like that what would you say? But the shaykh saw his heart is pure.
That is why when people get married, the wife or husband, the heart is pure but shaytan will enter and try to destroy. How much Allah will be happy when husband and wife, when they make up sullh make peace between them. Shaytan will be his back broken, as Shaytan never likes people to come back together. (indicates 'Ali) So like this one, his heart is clean but his tongue is sharp, You have to listen to him. He holds the microphone and continues singing and singing. You can't tell him to stop although he likes someone to tell him to stop, as he is fed up of singing.
You heard this story: He sent him to three people. One he sent him to, a person carrying all kinds of sheep intestines. "Go beat him on his neck." He was happy and he said, "OK, beat him up!" So what he did? He looked at him angry. Means, "O my teacher, I know you sent me that one to test me, but I don't like that. Don't joke with me like that." He is a beginner. So he went and told the shaykh what happened. The shaykh said, "Never mind, I send you to another one tomorrow. Now you sleep." And the next day he sent him to another one to beat him up and he did that, beat him hard until he fell on the floor. And that one looked at him and smiled, as if saying, "Oh my shaykh, I know you sent that. It is ok." When you fight, man and women, with wives or husband - that means they are not submitting to Allah. Angels are cursing them. When fighting they are bringing stories of the past. So tariqah is not easy when you go into the discipline of it. When you want to go spend nice time, ok, but not the discipline. That means you have not entered the first step.
Awliya have a spiritual whip; as we are donkeys, they ride us and use the whip. You know the donkey, when it is stubborrn, it doesn't move, even if you whip it a hundred times. He took a decision, "I am not moving, even if you whip me a hundred times." What is the sound he makes? What, you don't know? ("Uuuah uuuah,") Saying, "You are stubborn, I am stubborn. I cannot move from the point I decided." Too many wives and husbands are like that - try to be lenient, when she is stubborn, You don't be stubborn. At that moment, loosen it up. If he is being stubborn, loosen it up. Then he will move. The donkey wiil eventually move. So check yourself if you are not able to move to a new chapter. Then we are all donkeys - that is donkeyness. Is there such a word? (There is now.)
So he looked, smiling as if with arrogance, "I know your tricks." As that one, Ubaydullah, asking too many questions, to say. "I know." So he sent to a farmer next day and said, "Break your stick on his back." And that man, that farmer, was plowing his field with an oxen. And he beat him and the man didn't look back. He just pushed harder on plow for the oxe to move faster. He hit him a second time, and again he pushed harder on the plow to move faster. He hit him a third time and this time the stick broke, and that man came running to him and said to him, "Please! On the Day of Judgement don't come against me, as I made you hand to hurt from beating me!" Like when you are using a shovel it might be you hurt your hand. That is a mureed. So can you do that? How far are we from mureed? We are still crawling, not yet walking. So then shaykh said to the wrestler, "The first one is a beginner. The second one is ready. The third is a mureed."
Then he took the wrestler to a garden and told him, "See this apple tree? With all your power, take this stone and throw with all your power on that apple tree." And he throws it and ten apples come down and the branch cracked. He said, "O my son, you have to be like that tree. If someone harmed you and cracked you, even cracked you down, even wounded you, you still have to give him ten apples. Because for every action Allah give ten in reward, so for that the tree gave ten. So be a fruit tree and don't be Shaytan." Immediately he built him up to be with the Prophet (s). In three days, because he was sincere in his asking. That one, Ubaydullah al-Amawi, was sincere in his asking. But good for us, all his questions, as we are able to learn. If he didn't ask we would not be able to learn.
So learn in this life there is no way to come against other. Look at the sheep outside. After a little while they make a sound, and they know their duty. After Fajr they move in line outside and go to the field to eat grass. They never look up. Did you see them like that? Who is like that? Human beings are arrogant. Sheep are like that, looking to where they are going to put their feet and moving. They don't bite each other. Do you see them biting each other? They are happy with each other. Female and male, and in the evening coming back as if coming from the mosque in the evening. Allah will build such a person a palace each time he goes and comes. That means going with submission and coming with submission. Never looking up, always looking down. If awliyaullah look at us they see us like that walking (looks up). Be sheep and look down while walking, you get miracles. Subhanallah, in the evening they come back. Be like that; go sweet and come sweet. Don't go sour and come back sour.
So he said, "O my son," `Abdul-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani. "All that you said to me doesn't make sense to me. From his sajda under `Arsh and down, knowing about holy prophets, knowing Holy Qur'an and knowing tasbeeh of every creation, that is not going to take you anywhere. That will save you from hellfire and take you to Paradise, but that is not going to give what you are asking. You are asking the highest; it is impossible to give you what you are asking with such knowledge."
Today if you only know the alphabet you think you are an 'alim; if you know how to read alif, ba ta... jeem to the end, you think yourself a big scholar. What you think about a scholar who memorized Qur'an and hadith? Then no one can any more pull him down. Because he is glued to the chair, so the chair is flying with him. Give the chair? No no.
So he said, "All the knoweldge you have is full of worms, the worms of moths. That luggage you are bringing, drop it and come." "How to drop it ? I spent thirty, forty, fifty years to fill it up." He said, "All you built is filled with moths. Come and build it clean, as if knowing nothing." He said, "Don't say this, O Shaykh, in front of people. Everyone knows I am Shaykh al-Islam." "What Shaykh al-Islam? You are arrogant! You are Shaykh ash-Shaytan. Asking all these questions in front of the shaykh. You need a purifer." "Where I can get that purifier?" He said,"Ya sayyidee I am ready. Like Ahmad al-Badawi I am ready to give up all my knowledge and be a servant at your door." He said, "Who cares for a servant? I have many servants, they do whatever I like." He is poking him now, bringing the balloon down. Downsizing him, like cutting the peacock's feathers. What we were saying? "I am at your door. All of them like to serve me." "O my Shaykh what I have to be then?" He said, "Accept me." He is thinking, "Accept me as donkey at your door."
Look, he is humbling himself now. This is not for you. One time I said this in London and they went to Mawlana Shaykh and said I made them all animals. Allah sent them so we don't look back, we have to be always looking foward. So he look at the mureed and said, "All of these you see are donkeys, I ride on them. They accept and when they get stubborn what do they say?" (someone brays OOOh OoOOOH) Expert. "So I don't need another donkey here." So then he was thinking, "What I have to say to Shaykh to get him to accept me?" He was really into it. He is an 'alim, the Shaykh ul-Islam of his time. "O my Shaykh accept me. As donkey is a sign of patience, that means 'dress me with patience.' Not donkey, but it means 'I am ignorant of understanding patiency.'" Then think, think think, (finally he said, "O my Shaykh accept me as dog at your door." The shaykh said, "O all of these are dogs at my door. What sound a dog makes? ('Woof, woof, woof') All of them bark. I don't need one extra."
So he doesn't know what to say any more. I will give the story but I cannot, it is very sensitive - the people will go to Mawlana and complain - it is like swine flu. He said, "Ya Sayyidee, I will eat all their garbage and I wiil take them to their destinies. and I will take their burdens and come to you and to Prophet. Come to Allah's door with them, all clean." He was powerful to do that and he was sincere. And he said, "O my son, all you said, I accept the last one, as no one tried to be that one. But all your questions - throw it in the ocean. With all your knowledge you mention to me, with all that kashf and visions. With one question, you answer me, ok. If not then you must submit" He said, "What is that question? I will answer, O my Shaykh."
And so we leave it to tomorrow.
y'Allah thank you very much.