Bismillahi 'r-rahmani 'r-raheem
Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaadah, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid
Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum
So still Ubaydullah al-Amawi is asking from yesterday to today asking `Abdul-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani, “Ya Sayyidee! Do I need to take the hand of someone and follow him to show me the way to Prophet (s) by giving initiation by accepting him as murshid although I have reached all these levels we have described before that I know all kinds of knowledges from under the throne, because believers when they sleep their soul goes to make sajda under the throne and that is why from the secret of that sajda Allah swt gave visions and gave power for awliyaullah to use the power of that sajda to take their student to reach the presence of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in 24 hours. From the secret of that sajda came Salaatu 'n-Najaat that we are praying 2 raka`ats and then after we finish salaam 'alaykum wa rahmatullah, salaam 'alaykum wa rahmatullah, we go into sajda in order to be able to open these oceans of knowledges that are under the throne, under al-`Arsh, we cannot say Throne, there is no description for that Allah swt , that creature, that heavenly creature that He created.
طه مَا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْقُرْآنَ لِتَشْقَى إِلَّا تَذْكِرَةً لِّمَن يَخْشَى الرَّحْمَنُ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ اسْتَوَى
Taha. Maa anzalna `alayka al-quran li tashqa illa tadhkiran liman yaksha tanzeela mimman khalaqi 'l-arda was samawaat il-oola ar-rahmanu `ala al-`arsh istawa.
Taha. We have not sent down the Qur'an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy distress, But only as an admonition to those who fear ((Allah)),- A revelation from Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.((Allah)) Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of authority). Surah Taha.20:1-5
That is one of the Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`at belief that differ from the belief of other ideologies. Ahl-as-sunnah first belief is when you say what you mean by “ar-rahman `ala al-`arsh istiwa”? “ahadha istawaun jasmee aw istawaun la kayfa feeh - is that a physical 'sitting' on the Throne or is that a symbolic way of expressing that Allah swt does not need a throne to sit on? Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`at explain that it means Allah overtook the Throne, Allah doesn’t need a throne to sit - He overtook the Throne. It is said that when Allah swt created the Throne He created nineteen angels to carry the Throne and Allah wants to show His power, Qudrah to angels in heaven, so these huge indescribable angels carried, they were lifting up the Throne and so they were happy that they are doing so in carrying the Throne and all other angels were looking at them surprising at how much power He gave His angels to carry the Throne, where He says in Ayat al-Kursi,
وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِي
wasi`a kursiyyuhu ’s-samaawaati wa 'l-ard wa laa yaa'ooduhoo hifzhuhuma wa huwa 'l-`aliyyi 'l-`adheem
His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory). Suratu'l-Baqara (The Heifer), 2:255
The Kursee is not the Throne, Kursee is not the `Arsh. `Arsh is different, Kursee is different. He said about the Kursee, you can say 'chair', wasi`a kursiyyuhu ’s-samaawaati wa 'l-ard, bigger than this universe and the heavens. wasi`a kursiyyuhu ’s-samaawaati wa 'l-ard wa laa yaa'ooduhoo hifzhuhuma wa huwa 'l-`aliyyi 'l-`adheem.
So His Kursee overtook heavens and earth. The `Arsh overtook heavens and earth that and then Allah overtook everyone. So angels happy, carrying, Allah ordered the arsh to carry them. So after they were holding, you know when you hold a chair, you are giving force to hold. When Allah ordered the `Arsh to hold them, angels were holding not to fall. They had no power to carry. When Allah wants to give power He gives and when He needs the `Arsh to carry them now to show His will is what is considered. So Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`at believe that Allah swt. la kayf wa la mata` no how and no time and no place, nothing. He overtook the throne and the other ideology which you know it says Allah sits on the chair physically that is anthropomophism, so salaat an-najaat came from that and when we do sajda in Salaatu 'n-Najaat you are doing there, under the Throne, so du`a there is accepted, any du`a. If you don't get now you get later and if not you get in the grave for sure, at the death you will get it. So that is why it is important to pray Salaatu 'n-Najaat .
So that Ubaydullah al-Amawi was happy to say that and proud and he said, "Ya Sayyidee! I know what happened to me in that sajda. All those knoweldges I am getting them and I am becoming oceans because of that heavenly knowledges and so, does that one who has all these heavenly knowledges opened to his heart, does he need a murshid?"
Because he thinks himself became murshid, why to take another murshid? that is sickness. You think yourself, we said yesterday that the sign of a munafiq is `aleemun bi 'l-lisaan, jahoolan bi 'l-qalb. As Prophet (s) described. So we are very eloquent but ignorant in the heart.
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So "`aleemun bi 'l-lisaan, jahoolan bi 'l-qalb - he knows how to speak eloquently and ignorant in the heart" and this applies to those who study Islamic Studies from a teacher who is not Muslim or from teachers who are Muslim but not practicing. These people know how to speak but they are ignorant in their heart so they are not tasting the tastes. So Ubaydullah al-Amawi is tasting so that is why he wants to know the truth. So he was in level of inheriting from Sayyidina Musa that is why he is called Musawi and that is why he inherited to ask too many questions asking for the truth and that is when Allah sent Sayyidina Musa to see one of His servants - not two - and he was stunned. And Sayyidina Khidr said
قَالَ إِنَّكَ لَن تَسْتَطِيعَ مَعِيَ صَبْرًا
"innaka lan tastati` ma`ya sabra - Surely you cannot be patient with us ."
وَكَيْفَ تَصْبِرُ عَلَى مَا لَمْ تُحِطْ بِهِ خُبْرًا
"Wa kayfa tasbiru `ala ma lam tuhit bihi khubra - And how you will be patient on something you never saw or heard?" Suratu 'l-Kahf (The Cave) 18:68.
So that is why for us we have to know when we didn't hear something or see it , we don't accept. If you accept, you are submitting, Allah will open, that is why important is `imanu al-ghayb - belief in unseen.
So that is why when the Prophet (s) asked Sahaba, "Who is best in creation?" they said, "the Prophets." And the Prophet (s) said, "How is it the prophets when they are seeing what they are seeing?" Yes they are best in rank, Allah honoured them to be Prophets but best to believe in unseen (is different). He said, "How the Prophets when they are getting messages and Jibreel is coming to them, how they are not going to accept them?" They said, "Then the angels." He said, "Also they are seeing their Lord day and night and praising their Lord, when they are seeing what they are seeing, how they are not going to be accepting?" They said, "Ya Rasulullah, us." He said, "How when you are seeing me, you see the truth how are you not going to believe?" Then they said, "Who are these people?" He said, "Those who come after me without seeing me." He said, "They are my beloved" and he didn't say only "my beloved" he said "Ikhwanee - my brothers." He said, "They are my brothers." That means he makes them equal in blood. That they have that secret, the blood secret.
So Ubaydullah al-Amawi said, "If someone has all these knowledges is he in need for a tariqah and he says I have all these knowledges and all these schools of thought and I can see paradise and I count them piece by piece and all its `awaalimuha, and all whatever inside these Paradises all that is inside these Paradises I know all of them and I am looking on all prophets and learning from them in their graves and I hear the praise and glorifications of every creature on earth, in ocean, or air and sky. I can move in space and reach anyone. I learned all the ahadith and I learned the Holy Quran. So still do I need a wali, someone to guide me?"
(It) means "I am so powerful."
He said, "Look all these students. They don't see what you see but they are better than you, why? because you are seeing what you are seeing and still not submitting, they are not seeing anything and they are submitting."
Look at the difference, one with too much knowledge becomes arrogant. That is why professors, in any profession, they think they conquered heavens, like Nimrud. Means "I am so powerful."
He said, "Look at all these students. They don't see what you see but they are better than you."
Why Nimrud throw Sayyidina Ibrahim in the fire because he was telling him "you are not my Lord." "How I am not your Lord?" "No you are not." "We are worshipping all these statues and the biggest statue is my statue." "Tomorrow we see."
What Sayyidina Ibrahim did? He cut all the statues' heads with the axe except the statue of Nimrud's head - he didn't cut it. Next day they came to the shrine and saw all the heads cut, they went to Nimrud. "O our master this is what happened."
قَالُوا سَمِعْنَا فَتًى يَذْكُرُهُمْ يُقَالُ لَهُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ قَالُوا فَأْتُوا بِهِ عَلَى أَعْيُنِ النَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْهَدُونَ ثُمَّ نُكِسُوا عَلَى رُؤُوسِهِمْ لَقَدْ عَلِمْتَ مَا هَؤُلَاء يَنطِقُون قَالَ أَفَتَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ مَا لَا يَنفَعُكُمْ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَضُرُّكُمْ فَرَجَعُوا إِلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ فَقَالُوا إِنَّكُمْ أَنتُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ
qaalu sami`na fata yadhkuruhum yuqaalu lahu Ibraheem. Qaaloo Fa'atoo bihi `ala `ayoon an-naasi la`alahum yashahdoon thumma nakisoo `ala ru'usihim laqad `alimta maa haa'ulaa'i yantiqoona qaala afata`budoona min doonillah maa laa yanfa`kum shayyan wa laa yansurrakum farji`oo ila anfusihim faqaaloo innakum antum adh-dhalimoon. 21: 60-64
"Who did that with our lords, gods?" "Why your gods cannot protect themselves?" He said, "O we heard a young one, his name is Ibrahim, we think he cut their heads." So Nimrud called him, Sayyidina Ibrahim coming slowly walking, arriving so Nimrud saying to him and all his minister, cabinet, arrogant people, professors. All university professors in their way of handling things, they say, "Oh, criticize everyone, don't accept anyone, bring all their mistakes!" That is why (when evaluating) dissertations of PhD students, what do they do? They bring all the mistakes. For what? The poor man spent two years writing his best. Allah is Sattar, Allah says, "I veil peoples' mistakes why you are bringing it up?"
So that Ibrahim said, "What happened?" He said, "You went yesterday to the shrine?" "Yes." "You saw their heads are chopped?" He said, "Yes." He said, "Who did that?" He said, "You said yourself you are god and you don't know who did that? Go and ask the biggest one, he'll give you the answer."
How to ask a statue?! So they know that they were wrong. So he wanted to revenge on Ibrahim and so he put him in the fire. Ohh, submitting. Nimrud what he did? He built a huge minaret, to shoot at the sky and then Allah brought a bird to be hit by the arrow and blood was coming on the arrow and when the bird was coming down Nimrud said, "Look, I killed the Lord of Ibrahim."
See arrogance how much it makes people to become unbelievers.
If you say God today or Allah or Dieu in French, people look at you awkward , disgusted. Religion there is no religion here. We went with Mawlana Shaykh once to the United Nations, either 1998 or 1996, one of them and Mawlana wants to pray, huge area ,open space on the first floor, we were praying in the corner and security came..what you are doing? No, you cannot pray here. Why you cannot pray here? Because there is no God here, here no God. If you want to pray go there ,here, there is no God .What you have 60,70 Muslim countries how no God? You have so many non-Muslim, Christian countries, how no God? Arrogance.
So he said, "I have all these knowledges. Do I still need a teacher or I can move forward on my own?" But he said, "Ya Sayyidee, let me tell you the truth. Although I know all these knowledges I don't feel content. Something is missing. I cannot know what is missing. That is why I am bringing all these questions. Wherever I enter of different oceans or enter different envisioning for heavenly issues, I still feel there is major issues that makes me not happy and not content. I am trying my best and that is why I came to you."
He said, "Masha-Allah, you came with all these questions and baggage." That is 4 sessions, every session 40 minutes. 3 hours of questions alone. Alhamdulillah with his questions we learn something that is good for Ubaydullah al-Amawi and all these questions I answered to you and now at end coming and asking more questions.
قَالَ إِنَّكَ لَن تَسْتَطِيعَ مَعِيَ صَبْرًا وَكَيْفَ تَصْبِرُ عَلَى مَا لَمْ تُحِطْ بِهِ خُبْرًا
Qaala innaka lan tastati' a ma 'ya sabra. wa kayfa tasbiru `ala ma lam tuhit bihi 'l-khubra -
(The other) said: "Verily thou wilt not be able to have patience with me!" And how canst thou have patience about things about which thy understanding is not complete?" Suratu 'l-Kahf (The Cave) 18:67-68.
You are not going to be able to follow me and to be with my company. How you can be with company of awliyaullah when you cannot understand what they are doing?
There are stairs here, (for example) you go downstairs. Awliyaullah are strange , I am giving a physical example, everyone goes from there , the wali he goes from the other stairs. Why you are going from there? this is the main stairs here. No, I have to go outside the building then I have to come in. This is strange or not? You begin to have doubts. No one knows, some hikmah (wisdom), there might be some wali outside waiting to meet him. So their ways are completely different. He says something to you he means another thing, that you have to be very careful. You have to be very careful because some people they take it as an excuse and they don't listen to the Shaykh saying "Oh, he says something but he means another thing." No, he is not at that level but he is doing that at the highest level. When you reach the maqaam al-wilayah, (the Station of Sainthood), he has to teach you, you have to get a clean and clear picture, not a fuzzy picture. Fuzzy picture means that your receiver is not good, you cannot listen to your ego because your ego will tell you, "he said this but he meant this." Who gave you the authority to say that "he meant this"? Masha-Allah he can say it if he wants to tell it to people, you are the pioneer on his behalf? Unless you have the authority.
So he said "Ya waladee!" Sayyidina `Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani said, "O my son! With all the knowledges you have I have to ask you one question. I listened to you to but now it is my turn to ask you one question and very simple question. It is one sentence, half a sentence. If you feel yourself you can answer then you don't need me, you don't need a murshid. You go, you move by yourself. If you think you need me to answer and explain to you - you don't have an answer to it - then you are obliged to have a guide."
That is why it is important for people to have a guide and to know and to be lucky to find the real one from the fake one. Because Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir al-Jilani said if you see someone flying in the air, now that one is shaytan not a wali. A wali will not show his ego to fly. There are fake ones who can use jinn to fly and these are possessed. They use black magic to harm people. That is why too many questions are coming now on the Internet on black magic. Anyone using jinn for destruction is a fake one and when you say a`udhu billahi min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem their magic will fall down.
Grand Shaykh used to say a story about Sayyidina Shaykh Sharafuddin. You know there is a big mosque in Istanbul. It was a church before and they turned it into a mosque. It is called Aya Sofia Mosque but they turned it into a museum now. One time Sayyidina Shaykh Sharafudidn was having a debate with unbelievers, non-Muslims, and it was in that mosque as it was open at that time, 80, 90 years ago. And grand, Grandshaykh Sayyidina Shaykh Sharafuddin - may Allah bless his soul - was debating with them and winning on them and they entered Aya Sofia mosque and people saw them flying from earth up to the balcony, rising up and coming down, rising up and coming down. They were priests. (They had done) too much seclusion, (so) Allah will give power. So people were stunned. They saw that and were saying "Oh! These people have truth if they are able to do that." So when they see people doing that they are futin, confused. There will come a big fitna. So what Shaykh Sharafuddin, what did he do? In order to stop their black magic? You see now many shows today with black magic. If you can do what Shaykh Sharafuddin did you could stop that black magic. There is no permission now, these days. So what did Shaykh Sharafuddin do with those black magic people and what did Shaykh `Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani answered his student? We leave that till tomorrow.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfiq bi-hurmati 'l-fatiha.