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Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaada, nawaytu'l-`uzlah, nawaytu's-salook, lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid 

Everything in this… dastoor ya sayyidee madad, we ask from Mawlana Shaykh Nazim; we ask support from Grandshaykh; we ask support from the Prophet (s).

Everything in this life makes you amazed. Because you can see behavior of people in different ways. Go to in a crowded street or a crowded mall, you see people going and people coming. People going this way, people going that way, east, west, north, south, everyone is trying to listen to the command that comes to him or to her into their minds, that makes their body move in different directions.

It makes you stunned, how everyone is moving in a separate direction. You don’t see them all going the one way or all going the same way. You cannot find two people have the same mind. It might be the shape of the mind, the brain is similar but the thinking is not. Everyone is thinking in a different way.

It is like we are in a box and that box has many holes in it. And everyone inside the box is looking and seeing lights coming. This one says “O that is a green light.” That one says, "O I see a red light.” That one says, "O that is a yellow light.” All are in the box and seeing lights coming. And this one sees is one small ray coming; that one sees a colored one coming. But in reality it is all the same - when you open the box, you find yourself in that light and that light never changes, but we see it as each one is different.

So the important thing is, and that depends on every time of life, Allah swt sends someone that guides these people - to take them to their destinies. And to take them to the way they prefer to be. And I am trying to express it but I am not finding the correct words because it is beyond our language. There is no language to express the reality of what I am trying to say.

People migrate from different countries to different countries. Migrate, we cannot live at home anymore - we want to move to a different country. And they move, and you will see many people of the country they moved into then moved out to the country the people came from.

How many? You left Ivory Coast - you came here. How many similar from here went to Ivory Coast? Many. Who is that One moving you? Who is that One that is moving everyone in a different direction? Someone might build a house, a very nice house, he doesn’t go in it. Instead someone comes and buys it.

Who is moving these? We say and we have to say, every time we have to say that Allah is the One that is directing everyone in a different direction. What you own, you don’t own, someone will take it. What someone has you will take it and everyone as if you are leaving everything that is in this dunya, and it is moving between the hands of people and at the end it is left there - you don’t take it .

What about the Egyptians, the Pharaoh’s, you lived there for 2000 years? They prepared everything for the one that comes after, especially the thieves. They prepared the jewelry for the thieves that come and take after 4000 years to be very easy food to take and run. Who did that?

Amazing race. Sometimes they put that show on TV, Amazing race. It is amazing race. Everyone is racing the other. They call it horse race. Leave horse race there is nothing there. There is a horse running, running and [this is falling up] and then they take money. That is gambling, taking money. Maysara. They used to throw dice and make money. Allah doesn’t like it.

And these horses, especially made in Arab countries, and they are $20, 30 million and their owners are very proud of them, and this life is an amazing race. Where to race?

Race means who is going to win and who is going to be first? That is a race. And amazing might be a very high, distinguished race.

I am looking and saying SubhanAllah what is an amazing race? That has no explanation. You cannot explain it. That people from different areas, from different places, are been moved into an area, all of them to come and sit and meet and show their respect and love. And for what? For what reason? Except love to Allah, and love to the Prophet (s) and love to Mawlana Shaykh. They are coming from different areas and from different places meeting together in order to spend some time to get a blink of the shaykh’s look; they are happy and they go.

Look at awliyaullah how much people are happy only enough to come to their door and go. What is there? What makes that happen? They go to where the shaykh is … I saw that in Grandshaykh’s time; I saw that in Mawlana Shaykh’s time. I am speaking of followers of Grandshaykh and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. There are other shuyukh but I am not speaking about them.

And especially in this country. You cannot find in this number, big number, huge number, although not in millions, but whatever it is, people spending saving and spending only to be able to go and visit, even standing at the door. Is the secret in the place? Or the secret is in the inhabitant of that place? Of course for sure the secret is the inhabitant of that place that makes that amazing race, everyone is racing first to be there. Because his love is pushing him. That inspiration that comes to his mind, moving him in this direction. It is like a mall, that can fit 5000 people for example, but you have 10,000 people. It is so congested.

So we can’t even give a small description although it is not too much appropriate that that place that mureeds of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim are going like a place, a mall, where they can find everything they like to buy and go back. They are satisfying their ambitions and getting their necessities and recharging their batteries in that mall that has everything. Nothing is missing there. You can go to any store and say “I want this,” and they say “sorry we don’t have it.” But there, everything is available because it is a place where that inhabitant, meaning that wali, that shaykh turned into a magnet that pulled people to it every day from around the globe.

Look at another example bigger than this one, although awliyaullah have high levels, that is up to Allah. Look at Arafat. The Prophet (s) said, "الحج عرفة"Al-hajju `arafa - Hajj is to be on the mountain or plain of Arafat.” What is there? Look what you see there. It is a plain desert. Now they have nice trees and water coming from everyone and better tents. But in reality it is a desert. This year they say 3 million hajj there. This year 1429. What is there, what they are buying and selling? What kind of a mall there? There is you find everything. It is a huge mall that anything you want you find and you buy. And it is like also amazing race, they want to reach as soon as possible, especially on Jabal Rahmat that the Prophet (s) went and gave his famous khutbat al-wida` [farewell sermon]. What they want to get there. Of course everyone will say they get Allah’s forgiveness. That is for sure. But Allah will forgive us wherever we are. You ask, “O Allah forgive us for the sake of Your Prophet.” You think Allah will not forgive? But there is something special there that Allah gave to that plain, to that place; to `Arafah.

Ka`batullah. The House of Allah swt. Everyone is running 5 times a day, directing his face towards Ka`bah. Who built the Ka`bah. They say first who built it was Sayyidina Adam and then Sayyidina Ibrahim rebuilded it. They build it from what? From stones. Are they special stones or normal stones? But they built a house, very beautiful, very nice, open the door there is nothing inside. Allah wants everyone to direct his face there.

Why there? Why in this desert? Must be secret there is something that we cannot understand. It is amazing.

The Haram an-Nabawi. The Prophet’s house, the Prophet’s holy grave. I don’t like to call it a grave but people will not understand. Millions and millions are attracted there. They go there. What is there? There is someone. There is someone there. Who is that one?

He is the one that Allah created first from His light. He is there. O then people are running to whom? To the mosque? Or to the one who is there? You say I am running to a building or to the inhabitant of the building? I am running to that one, Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

Sayyidina Zakariyya to whom he run? To Sayyida Maryam. Not … the house, the mihraab became holy because of her presence. So It means the presence of that one makes you to run in an amazing race, to reach as soon as possible to get the baraka from what is there. So ok, we understand now, in Madinatu’l-munawarra, we have Sayyidina Muhammad (s), we run there. In Mecca in Ka`bah we run there why? There must be someone. We run there we say It is the House of Allah we direct our face to pray there, yes of course. From different direction.

ما وسعني سمائي ولا أرضي ولكن وسعني قلب عبدي المؤمن

But Allah said to Holy Prophet (s), “Neither heavens nor earth contain Me but heart of believer contains Me.”

Is the Ka`bah part of heavens and earth or not? It is but …

Allah said in holy hadith, قلب المؤمن بيت الرب - qalb al-mumin Bayt ar-rabb - The heart of the believer is the House of the Lord.” You have a house there. You have to be believer to see it. You have to be in a race a struggle with Shaytan to remove these veils.

So what we are focusing on is that there must be an inhabitant, like magnets pulling people and bringing them to that presence.

Who is on Jabal Rahmat. Who is in Ka`batullah? Who is in house of the Prophet (s)? Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Who is there? It means that Allah has appointed someone that inhabits these places.

Like you go to visit Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. Are you going and visiting the house or him himself? Visiting Sultan al-awliya? Visiting the house or him? Him. If he doesn’t see you, you get upset. You say, "O my Shaykh didn’t see me. He didn’t give me 5 minutes even’ although he is there but still you want to see, you want kashf to see.

But there are places that you cannot see because you are not to that level. You are sure thing that when you visit the Prophet’s holy house, holy grave there is no higher level than that. Of course there is. Awliyaullah they see the Prophet (s) and meet with the Prophet (s) in different shapes and stations according to the level they are in.

That is why one time, may Allah bless his soul, Grandshaykh, why every one when he comes to Ka`bah he begins from Hajaru ’l-aswad, he has to begin his tawaaf from there? What do you say when you enter to do tawaaf? Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem Allahu akbar. And raise your hands. Why do you raise your hands? When you want to greet someone what do you do in a discipline way? You raise your hands and give a greeting and go.

Raising your hands to that beautiful stone from Paradise is to give salam and asking permission to do tawaaf. If you don’t do that your tawaaf is not going to be special - it will be like others. When you raise your hands it is different than putting your hand on heart. When you put your hand on your heart it means there is a relation. Respect. But when you raise your hands what are you doing? Surrendering and seeking salvation. But surrendering: “I am coming to your presence to you surrendering.” And then you begin by permission your tawaaf. Then you feel different than what normally you do. You have a different tawaaf.

Why Sayyidina `Ali (r), when Sayyidina `Umar (r) mentioned about that, "O stone. You are not except a stone, you don’t benefit for kissing you or not, but since I saw my beloved Prophet kissing you, I kissed you.” But what did Sayyidina `Ali (r) say? He said, "Ya `Umar (r) don’t say that. That stone is going to witness for you, for your Islam on Judgment Day. It is going to witness your salaam on Judgment Day. And it is going to be witness for you in akhira.”

So when you say, "Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem Allah Akbar,” raising your hands, surrendering. It means, “I am lost, I am in a race but that race took me to Shaytan. I am coming to the race of the way of Rahman, I am surrendering.” That stone is witnessing.

So there is a focal point of gravity. In every place there is a focal point in visiting countries.

They say there are seven wonders of the world and in every country you also find seven wonders. There is a landmark wherever you go. There must be landmark of a wali there. We are only looking at the landmarks of stone or statues or buildings. There must be landmark of something different than everything else. There is a landmark in Muzdalifa; there is a landmark in Mina; there is a landmark in Arafat.

What is the landmark in Mina? It is the jamaraat - the place where they throw stones at Shaytan. And every stone as much as it is small it is more baraka. Some people take their shoes and throw it; it is rendered by the angels on their face. As much as you throw smaller, it is like the size of earth coming on Shaytan, hitting him and killing him and until Allah gives him life back. Him and his army are killed and then coming back as Allah wills.

There must be a landmark.

The landmark of Madina is the Prophet (s). It is not the masjid. The masjid has been built up and renovated and nothing of the old masjid is left. No it has all been built up.

Imam Malik he told Sultan al-Mansour, when he asked him if he should face the qiblah or face the Prophet (s), during his visit to his holy grave, “Face the one whom by him you know the qiblah.”[1] Not the qiblah, but the one who brought you qiblah.

So there must be a landmark - that is what is important.

The landmark of visiting Mawlana Shaykh is not the house. It is him in the house.

Grandshaykh said, "What is the landmark of Ka`bah?” There must be a landmark.

He said that” awliyaullah they know. There is one that Allah called him Yameen Allah al al-ard - He is Allah’s Power on earth. Allah dressed him with that dress. He is always  there when awliyaullah come there they see him. That Hajaru ’l-aswad is his window to Paradise, always sitting at that corner.”

You see today the army standing there to move people because it is too crowded.

He said, "If his presence is not there no one will come. His presence is like a magnet attracting people. He looks at the Preserved Tablet and sees who is this year coming and sends that inspiration to their hearts to make hajj. That is his duty.”

Don’t say it is too much - you didn’t hear anything yet. This is like “abc” and kindergarten. When Mahdi comes then …

He said, "He is there and when anyone is mentioned on the Preserved Tablet as destiny to come that year, he sends a message, just as today they send SMS. If you are in the east and he is in the west, and he punches a key and sends the message, cannot a wali do that? He can send a message to the heart.

He is like the magnet that everything will be running to him. He is the governor of Mecca, the hidden the spiritual one. That is why, we are not speaking about his maqaam yet, we leave that to later, but he said at that time, “I am that one whom the Prophet (s) gave me that specialty to be present at that spot at Hajaru ’l-aswad and I am dressing to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim as my successor. Without that presence no one will go there.”

What kind of a maqaam or a level Allah gave, we leave it. In Arafat who is there that brings all these people together? There must be someone that the Prophet (s) gave that authority from Allah swt.

We discuss next time.

So the most important is to look how we are amazed, I gave that example to go to a bigger example. That is how people from every country are going to meet, because of the secret of that person who has that responsibility. That is because they have been called. They come by car by plane by boat by truck, they travel 20, 30 hours.

This is a small destination. The biggest is the headquarters destination is what makes you amazed. This is because Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, his name makes people to turn. And as we say always, we have to say and confess and not to try to hide here and there, there is no Shaykh except Mawlana Shaykh; there is no calipha, no representative, no successor. I don’t believe in that. There is Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. There are those responsible, and they are on my head. But they have to know they are not the Shaykh and not to call to themselves. May Allah forgive us and bless us and give long life to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim,

Wa min Allah at-tawfeeq bi-hurmati 'l-Fatiha

Today is breakfast in the mosque and it is kafarat adh-dhunoob from today up to last year and since last year you fasted Arafat, so beyond that and beyond that. And insha-Allah Allah forgives us all our sins today and share us with the pilgrims with their hajj and their ziyarah to the Prophet (s) and share with their blessing and their prayers, and up to the time of the Prophet (s) and we are asking that Allah will share with us the prayers of the Prophet (s) and his `ibadah and, "O Allah share with us the awliyaullah Grandshaykh and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani.

Bi-hurmatil-habeeb, bi-hurmati 'l-Fatiha.

Taqabal Allah.

Saint Peter your turn.

1 Imam Malik was asked the following question by the Caliph Abu Ja`far al-Mansur: "Shall I face the Qibla with my back towards the grave of the Messenger of Allah when making du`a (after salams)?" He replied:

        How could you turn your face away from him when he is the means (wasila) of your and your father Adam's forgiveness to Allah on the Day of Resurrection? Nay, face him and ask for his intercession (istashfi` bihi) so that Allah will grant it to you as He said: "If they had only, when they were wronging themselves, come unto thee and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful (4:64)."