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The Bad Characteristic Most Difficult to Eliminate from the Ego

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

6 December 2011 Lefke, Cyprus

Yaa Rabbee! Free us from the tyrants, yaa Rabbee, yaa Allah! Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem.

Thank you very much; you have honored us, Sayyid. May Allah Almighty never test us with hardship for the love of leadership. To love leadership is the last of the worst characteristics that does not leave human beings. There are several bad characteristics that with effort will leave human beings, but the last one is the love of leadership is the first thing that sent Sayyidina Adam (as) to Earth. . SubhaanAllah!

(Guest: And after that his sons, Cain and Abel, one killed the other.)

Qabeel and Habeel. For the love of leadership, Qabeel killed his brother and that continues until the end of the world. The love for leadership is a bad character found in human beings and it is the last thing they leave. It is the worse of characteristics, na`oodhu billah, na`oodhu billah! May Allah (swt) never test us with hardship, yaa Rabbee! Amaan yaa Rabbee!

Love of leadership started from the time of the Pharaohs and also “Nimrods,” who are now in every country, love leadership. Now the love for leadership made people reach the point to kill each other, even their children and fathers! That caused what happened in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Shaam, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Even in Africa they generated the love for leadership, whereas before, Africans were accustomed to following their leaders, then they all became like their leaders, questioning, “Why is this one from among us now our leader? He must go out and we must come to power!”

This is the meaning of democracy, and Shaytan taught this to human beings. May he go to Hell! SubhaanAllahi 'l-`Aliyyu 'l-`Azheem! Love for leadership made him become Shaytan when Allah Almighty dressed heavenly honor on Adam (a), and Shaytan thought, “Why is Adam higher than me when I was created before him? That honor must be for me, not Adam, because I prayed all this time on Earth and in Heavens, so I am much more suitable to be the Lord’s deputy! So much so, I think everyone should make sajda to me! But now our Lord is commanding all the angels to make sajda to Adam? I will never accept this!” In this way, Shaytan became the enemy of all humankind.

Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! Everywhere, the worst, most heinous of characters is love for leadership! Tawbah, astaghfirullah! Allah Almighty says, "I am the Lord! Huwa orders as He likes and does as He pleases." Then Shaytan said to Him, "You are wrong!" A`oodhu billah!Amaan, yaa Rabbee! As the Prophet (s) said:

allahuma laa takilnee ila nafsee tarfat `aynin wa laa aqal.

O Allah! Don't leave me to my ego for the blink of an eye or less.

O our Lord! Don’t leave us to our egos! Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah.