Qaala an-nabi Rajabun shahrullah wa sha`banu shahree wa Ramadan shahru 'l-ummah.
Prophet (s) said, “Rajab is the month of Allah and Sha`ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of the ummah."
And we are in Rajab and must aggressively prepare to do `ibaadah and then in Sha`ban as well, to reach Ramadan, of which the first ten days is mercy, and second ten days is forgiveness and last ten days are freedom from Hellfire. May Allah free us from Hellfire.
And we are here all under one guide, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah give him long life and health to reach the time of Mahdi (a). I was reading in this booklet that Mawlana Shaykh wrote, and he said, “You must learn and not be ignorant. Young people of the 20th century are not learning.” We are not learning, and Mawlana is saying it is very important.
Prophet (s) said:
اطلب العلم ولو في الصين
utlub al-`ilm wa law fi ’s-seen.
Seek knowledge even (if you must go) to China.
And we must learn knowledge to know what is halaal and haraam, to know the way the Prophet (s) taught his Sahaaba (r) in behavior, and not to be chaos.
قال رسول اللّه صلى اللّه عليه وسلم: إن اللّه لا يقبض العلم انتزاعا ينتزعه من الناس ولكن يقبض العلم بقبض العلماء، حتى إذا لم يترك عالما اتخذ الناس رؤوسا جهالا فسئلوا فأفتوا بغير علم فضلوا وأضلوا
Inna Allāha la yaqbidu al-`ilma intizā`an yantazi`uhu min al-`ibād wa lākin yaqbid ul-`ilma bi qabd il-`ulamā hatta idhā lam yabqā `aliman itakhada an-nāsu ru’ūsan juhālan fa su’ilu fa aftaw bi ghayri `ilmin fa dalloo wa adallii.
‘Umar ibn al-`As said, “I heard Prophet (s) say, “Allah will not take the knowledge from the heart of `ulama, but He will take the soul of the `ulama when they die.”
Allah will not empty hearts of people from knowledge.
Allah (swt) does not do that, but people who have knowledge will die and then ignorant people will come. Allah (swt) gave learning importance, where He said in the first ayah of the Qur'an, “Iqra! Read in the Name of your Lord.” Read what is important and don't read what is not important.
And Prophet (s) said:
Allah will take the lives of the scholars and then people will ask those who have no knowledge.
Bukhari and Muslim
People will be left to ignorant ones, who think themselves leaders of the ummah; they deviate and make all to deviate.
O Muslims! We must not deviate! Islam is the road and tariqah is the way! Allah said in Holy Qur'an:
وَأَلَّوِ اسْتَقَامُوا عَلَى الطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَاهُم مَّاء غَدَقًا
If they kept straight forward on the way, tariqah, we would shower them with blessings.
And Abu Hurayra (r) said:
Before the Last Days there will be years of khuda`a, conspiracy, where Muslims conspire against other Muslims, where leaders conspire against other leaders (presidents and kings), and the one who says the Truth is exposed is as if he is not speaking Truth, and they believe the liar is a good person.
So the Prophet (s) said these years are coming before the Day of Resurrection, where the believer is called a liar and the liar is called trustworthy. People will say, “The trustworthy person is betraying you,” and the trustworthy one becomes wrong and the wrong one becomes correct. And that is what we hear everyday from our shaykh, “Be careful!”
O Salafi `ulama, O Azhari `ulama, O presidents and kings, O mu`min! Don't lie to yourself. Keep on the love of Prophet (s) and the shaykh and his family, as
Prophet (s) said:
تَرَكْتُ فِيكُمْ كِتَابَ اللهِ وَعِتْرَتِي
Taraktu feekum kitaabullah wa `itratee.
I left behind the Holy Qur’an and my family. (Sahih Muslim)
It means, “Respect my family. I don't want anything from you, only to love my family.” And today where are we going, to see people loving the family of the Prophet (s)? And if they don't love the family of the Prophet, do they love the shuyookh?
فاطمه بضعة مني
Prophet (s) said, “Fatimah is bida`tun minnee, part of me; who makes her angry, I will be angry with him on the Day of Judgment.”
O Muslims of Ahlu’l-Sunnah wa’l-Jama`ah! Love the family of the Prophet (s) and respect them more than any others. And what did Prophet say? “Fatima is part of me, whatever angers her angers me, and what makes her happy makes me happy.” And what makes her happy? To see the ummah in Paradise. Let us keep with Mawlana Sultan from nasl al-Nabi.
كل سبب و نسب منقطع يوم القيامة ، إلا سببي و نسبي
And Prophet (s) said, “All relationships of family are cut on Judgment Day except my relationship, nasabee, will remain.” (at-Tabaraani)
O Heavens! My sabab and my sahr (son-in-law), Sayyidina `Ali (q), will be respected all the way to Heaven.
Narrated by Ahmad and Hakim.
In another hadith:
Fatimah (r) is the mother of ladies of Paradise. All ladies will be under her.
O Muslims! That is a sign to us from Prophet (s), to be always together with the inheritors of the Prophet (s)! In every time there is an inheritor who represents the 124,000 anbiya, and Prophet (s) said scholars or shuyookh are inheritors of the Prophet (s). And we have to keep under the shaykh who is always opening his arms and hearts to everyone, who has full control and no one can control over anything except him.
And Prophet (s) said:
I love my Fatimah more than I love you, but you, O `Ali, I respect more than her as you are her husband.
And `an abi rayhan, ...I heard the Prophet (s) said, la tara `aynan an-naar baka min khashiyatillah, “Never will Hellfire see the eye that saw the tear of fear.” When you listen to Qur’an and if you are making dhikr day and night, and you are crying day and night, you will never see Hellfire. Also an eye that was running in the way of Allah (swt), and that is narrated by Ahmad.
Tajidu lateef al-qawli mawsool ath-thibati wa in ... , “And the best of people in Allah's Presence is the one who shines with ... Isa’lillah an yaja`lak min khayrin an-naas `indahu. Ask Allah to make you one of the best in His Presence!