A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. It is a pleasure that we still can see people who are honorable and well raised, like you. It is very difficult to find a group like this outside, even one person, even one hundred people. Awliyaullah look at the heart. From outside they hide themselves and from inside they show their mureed to other followers.
I mentioned last time half of a story of Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q). One day, Sayyidina Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q) sat meditating, not like meditation today, which is fake: meditation is to see the Prophet (s), Anbiyaa and Awliya. As soon as they [true ones] open the heart, they reach. If they have not reached that level yet, they are still in progress. The shaykh responsible for two or ten or one hundred are so many now, but those shaykhs are not guiding their students, they are misguiding them.
Every human being has a partner. What does that mean? Grandshaykh `AbdAllah and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah bless their souls, mentioned these realities to us, that everyone has a reality of two, khalaqnakum zawjayn.
وَمِن كُلِّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقْنَا زَوْجَيْنِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
And of all things We have created pairs; perhaps you will remember. (Surat adh-Dhaariyat, 51:49)
Allah (swt) has created you one pair, which is not your spouse; in reality it is the star that represents you, that is always ready to connect to you, but requires some energy from you to them that demonstrates your interest to connect. That is the real meditation that connects you directly, first to your shaykh; second to mashayikh, the silsilah of the Naqshbandi Golden Chain; then to your brothers and sisters.
Today Awliyaullah are going away from dunya. There is too much darkness we are seeing today. Real meditation explains itself.
One night, Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q) was in meditation; he finished his `Isha prayer and was going to leave the masjid, when he smelled a very wonderful fragrance coming from the alley. At the same time, he was meditating on his spiritual reality, a star that would be given to him shortly at end of this story. He followed the smell, but he was walking backwards as it came from behind him. This has a big meaning, to know why he was not walking straight forward, but rather backward: he was not ready for some realities from his shaykh.
He reached the door of the masjid of his shaykh, who shouted, “O my mureeds! That one is a deviant, throw him out!” and Shah Bahauddin was humiliated, although he was well known and famous; at least five thousand people attended his majlis for Tariqah and Haqiqah, even before he got his meditation, which, when he received it, he used it to get more bahdala, humiliation. How much he was humiliated! Today if a shaykh is humiliated even a little, what will happen? Heavens and skies fall on Earth; fitna and every kind of bad and incorrect information (is spread), anything that would make Shaytan happy and Allah `Azza wa jall upset.
When he spoke in a majlis of at least five thousand attendees, he didn’t use a microphone, and those in the first and last lines heard clearly at the same time. Whatever he says is within himself, so if he wants to open it up, the dunya will float away on the ocean of knowledge that Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q) is carrying!
We will stop that story now and relate about when Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami’s shaykh, Sayyidina Jamaluddin al-Ghumuqi al-Husayni (q), wanted to test him, and the story is very long but we will summarize it. Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami (q) made du`a, “Yaa Rabbee! I will not go back to my village until I find the reality of meditation,” as Allah said in Holy Qur'an:
إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لآيَاتٍ لِّأُوْلِي الألْبَابِ الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىَ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذا اطِلاً سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Behold! In the creation of Heaven and Earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding, those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the creation of the Heavens and the Earth, (saying), "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose! Glory to You! Grant us salvation from the torment of the Fire.” (Surat Aali `Imraan, 3:190-191)
Tafakkur (real meditation) is not easy, it’s not just some images [seen in the mind], but it is precious. Not everyone can do that, only 124,000 Wali living on Earth can. For all others that is not meditation, to close your eyes and see this and that, no. Real meditation is to connect with your star, and when that connection is set then the information will pass to you in dunya from Akhirah, including what is in your DNA. That is part of understanding meditation.
Sayyidina Abu Yazid al-Bistami (q) said, “I will not go back to my city until I find reality,” as he was tortured. He went to the ocean and he said, “I will throw myself in that ocean!” Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q) said he was moving at 500,000 KPH into that ocean! Two or three years ago, when that airplane dropped down in Malaysia and no one can find it, not one piece came out. That was to demonstrate that when Allah is not happy, He will turn everything upside down: idhaa zulzilat al-ardu zilzalaha.
إِذَا زُلْزِلَتِ الْأَرْضُ زِلْزَالَهَا
When the earth is shaken to her (utmost) convulsion. (Surat al-Zalzalah, 99:1)
Allah was saying, “Take care, the big earthquake is coming and all your `amal will be brought up, so be careful!”
Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami (q) was going in the ocean until he reached a place where he only heard humming, “Huuuuuuu” non-stop, like birds humming. And he tried to go forward but was afraid, and he said, “Yaa Rabbee! Who is that one whom all creatures of the ocean are coming to do dhikrullah with?” It was one dhikr, dhikr of “Huuuuu”. Say, “Huuuuu.” It was nonstop. Then it came to his heart that the leader of that jama`at is one of those who is will fill the Four Paradises on Resurrection Day from the nour that comes from his heart and if anyone who touches that light will be sent to Paradise. That one is Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q)! Anyone who is Naqshbandi, his soul is in touch with his soul. Grandshaykh `AbdAllah al-Fa'iz ad-Daghestani, may Allah bless his soul, said, “All my mureeds are from that group, saying ‘Huuuuu’ in the presence of Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q),” from a time we don’t know until today.
That is what real meditation leads you to, it is not to close your eyes and someone puts something sweet in your mouth, no! Everything you touch becomes sweet to you with (real) meditation. Meditation is to connect like that, to take people to Paradise; because you are making tafakkur Allah will reward you with that! I didn't hear that story from anyone but Grandshaykh, not from one shaykh or Wali: no one narrated a story like that, because it is a reality.
Sayyidina Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q) followed that nice smell until he reached the door of the masjid and he asked, “Yaa Rabbee! I am one of them who is going to join,” and from the other side he heard a voice, “He is not suitable to be with us in this gathering, throw him out!” And he was the best, most suitable one! They threw him out: his meditation was thrown out in front of all the shaykh’s mureeds, and they humiliated him so much that anyone but Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q) would have died!
Those who now claim to do tafakkur are so upset by one humiliation that they split off and make a new group in a new Tariqah, or they open a new “Sufi store,” of which we now have too many. I don’t know, are you running Sufi stores? [Not yet.] Don’t do it, be careful, they test you. I opened a Sufi store and they tested me. So really, don’t be a shaykh, be a shaykh in your heart. Don’t run after people to call you shaykh, no! Bigger men than you were upset because they didn’t want to be called “shaykh.”
So what happened? Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (q) went back and was crying and when they threw him on threshold of the masjid it was snowing, as it was very snowy in the Daghestan area. He put his head in sajda on the threshold of the masjid, saying, “Yaa Rabbee! I will not go away until You put me with them, but You threw me out. I will come in, I will not stop until You again put me with them,” although really he was with them and part of them, but because the shaykh screamed at him, he had to pull that scream away and put Shah Naqshband (q) in a better situation. With his head on the threshold of the masjid, the snow completely covered him until you could not see what was underneath. All he saw was snow, but he said, “O my Lord! I will not raise my head until you connect me to my shaykh.”
Then he heard a voice coming and reach the masjid and put his feet on the threshold, one foot on the threshold and the other on Shah Naqshband’s head wounding him, and although blood came out he never raised his head until his shaykh patted him on his back and said, “O Bahauddin! You passed your test, follow me.”
That is real meditation. Did you reach the level of Awliyaullah yet? There are 124,000 Awliya and of them three hundred and thirteen were able to connect, and the rest struggled to achieve the real meditation and forty were in the position of Khilafah. It is easy to call oneself Khalifah, there are too many Khalifahs in the supermarket where you can go and buy toys. To achieve real meditation, severe tests will come on you to reveal how you will behave. But unfortunately only very few, two or three, were able to connect to Grandshaykh `AbdAllah al-Fa'iz ad-Daghestani and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q)! Very few mureeds without mentioning their names that all of you know. With Mawlana's support, everything good will come out and you will be under blessings of Grandshaykh and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. We are very happy we met them in their time, alhamdulillah, and that is a great ni`mah.
So the difficulty he saw from meditation is to clean him up and to clean where he put his footsteps, to come nearer and nearer to the shaykh, to open to him Haqiqat al-Jazbah, Haqiqat al-Fayd, Haqiqat at-Tawajjuh, Haqiqat at-Tawassul, Haqiqat at-Tayy, and Haqiqat al-Irshaad, the Six Powers of the Heart. If they open to us, then we are able to connect to Shah Bahauddin Naqshband through Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Grandshaykh. May Allah connect us from our side as we have to know we cannot do that, but from their side they can.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
May Allah forgive us all and may Allah take our souls on iman: that will be greatest prize. When people die and they put them in their grave, they think it is finished. It is not finished, it is the beginning. May Allah forgive us from the beginning and from the end. It is the beginning! You don't want Ankar and Nakeer to come to you and ask questions, that is what is dangerous.
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Say, "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, for Allah forgives all sins for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat az-Zumar, 39:53)
Allah is Ghafoor and we are waiting to get that maghfirah from them. Your coming here is not easy, it takes a long time to drive, and may Allah give you the superpower of the Tariqah, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
You cannot see without eyeglasses, but even when you have the eyeglasses you still cannot see. The shaykh will give you eyeglasses, but you cannot see until you clean them. When you polish and clean your heart, then you will be able to see. You have eyeglasses, but because of the dirtiness on it you cannot see or you might see something fuzzy. You don't need fuzzy, you want the original, you need clearness. Don't say it is enough, no. You need to get rid of the fuzziness in order to reach your spiritual power; it will not be given with dirty glasses. May Allah make our glasses clean.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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