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The Heavenly Command, "Read!" Is for All of Us

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

10 February 2010 Lefke, Cyprus

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(Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Astaghfirullah. We are asking forgiveness from our Lord, Allah. Allah, Allah, subhaanAllah, sultaanAllah. O our Lord, we are asking (for You to) grant us such a grant that we may be coming on the Day of Resurrection and our faces are shining! (Mawlana Shaykh sits.)

O People! As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Every time you are giving salaam, a heavenly grant is coming on you like a dressing is coming for a person, but those grants are not material things. Their value is beyond our visions or imagination; you can't imagine. Make as much as possible more salaams. "As-salaamu `alaykum." If anything good is coming from that person, if making salaams it is going to be doubled. If anything is coming from that person to hurt you, it is like a balloon, coming a needle and boom, it is gone! It is a grant from the Lord of Heavens. Jewish people were saying through their languages, not saying salaam, some of them were saying as-saamu `alaykum (death be upon you). It is swearing, a bad word. Prophet (s) was giving them an answer, wa `alaykum (and upon you). They were asking for something that may hurt the Seal of Prophets (s), but heavenly orders were coming to them saying, wa `alaykum.

O People! We are saying, a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani ‘r-rajeem. Allah Almighty is ordering, Isma’a wa `atee, "Listen and obey." Yaa Sultaan al-Awliya, give us something that we can understand, as people now are never understanding! The level of 21st century people is the level of animals. They are claiming, “We reached the top point of civilization.” This is your top point of civilization?

O People! As-salaamu `alaykum. Prophet (s) is ordering isma` wa atee`, “Listen and obey.” Khulasah, the summary of whole Shari`ah, whole heavenly orders, you can find in isma` wa `atee, listen and obey. Sami`na wa ata`na is the heavenly order coming through whole prophets and particularly the Seal of Prophets (s). (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Isma', we are listening and trying to put into practice what He is ordering! (Mawlana Shaykh sits.) Saying any action that begins without bismillah is cut off. SubhaanAllah!

O People! Try to leave the level of animals; as much as you are leaving you are reaching a high position of civilization. If you are with animals, through themselves, how are you going to be on a high level of civilization? Take your animals with you or get in an animals’ place, a barn! Because of your level, you are very happy to be with animals' level. “Why are you saying this?” Yes, I am saying this because you are not understanding and you are not asking to understand. Anyone coming to that level is going to be on animals’ level!

اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ

Iqraa bismi rabbik alladhee khallaq. Khalaqa 'l-insaana min `alaq. Iqraa wa rabbuka 'l-akram. Alladhee `allama bi 'l-qalam. `Allama 'l-insaana maa lam ya`lam.

Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created. Created man, out of a clot of congealed blood. Read! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful, He Who taught (the use of) the pen, taught Man that which he knew not. (96: 1-5)

O Salafi `ulamas! Why are you getting angry (about this) and you are not getting angry for those who are not trying to understand? Do you think (speaking briefly on this topic) is enough to make people to understand? Never! Now people are trying everywhere to fill schools, yes, and you are sending your children to schools for learning what? For which aim are they learning? What are they learning?

O Salafi `ulamas! You are looking to the education system and taking dynamic learning programs to see what they are learning. What are they learning? I am looking sometimes at paper (certificates) to see. Smaller schools, certificate for smaller children for elementary schools. Are you looking? You, who are claiming Salafi `ulamas’ ways, are you never looking at what your children are learning in schools? Mamlika `Arabiyyah, Arabian kingdom, you are only looking to make objection on (tasawwuf) or on ihklaas or on (what you consider as) bida`! Leave that, and come to a real position that you will be asked on the Day of Resurrection!

O Salafi `ulamas! Your Lord of Heavens is asking you, did you ever ask which training or learning you are teaching your children in elementary schools? Yes, I am seeing. All of them are against Shari`ah! All of them are against heavenly rules! All of them are against teachings of Sayyidina Muhammad (s)! (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Shame to you if you are not looking! (Mawlana Shaykh sits.) You must go and ask what are elementary schools' programs, and after high school, what is their program of lessons? And then you must ask what universities are teaching your young people; what are they teaching, sunnah through university? Jami`at, what are they teaching? You should be asked, that is most important point you must try to correct!

First, what is the heavenly wahiy, inspiration? How is Allah Almighty saying, first to His most beloved one and His absolute deputy, Sayyidina Muhammad (s),“Iqraa!” For what? Look what they are reading; bring their books.

O Salafi `ulamas! You are so proud ones over the whole ummah, as if you are not like us, seeing skies! I am not knowing, but you are claiming that you know everything. How was their understanding and what were they doing to be suitable for the Holy Qur'an? Allah Almighty is saying, "Iqra!" Salafi `ulamas, you are saying, “What does it mean,‘Iqraa?'” Say! You must ask mulook al-mamlakah, kings of the kingdom, “What does it mean, iqra, read?" Prophet (s) was saying, maa anaa bi qaaree, "I don't know how to read. I am an illiterate servant." (Allah) is saying, Iqraa bismi rabbik alladhee khalaq. Khalaqa 'l-insaana min `alaq. Iqraa wa rabbuka al-akram. Alladhee `allama bi 'l-qalam. `Allama 'l-insaana maa lam ya`lam.

If you are trying to give explanations from the first day of dunya up to the end, you can't finish! What was Allah Almighty's order? SubhaanAllah! They are like oceans and you are speaking so briefly (on this topic)! The person hearing you should ask, what are they going to read? What do you think, O Salafi `ulamas? You are so proud of your knowledge; you have knowledge, but do you have understanding? I am not claiming to know something, but you are such proud ones. What shall we read? The first command of the Lord of Heavens is, "Read!" What should we read? SubhaanAllah, sultaanAllah, subhaanAllah.

O People! Use a little bit of your minds and look what the heavenly command is showing us. Pointing for what? We think we must read. First of all, we may briefly say it (means we should read) Holy Qur'an, for is there anything else? It is ummal kitaab and whole knowledges coming from that ocean as a baby is coming from his mother. (Holt Qur'an contains) whole knowledge, yet you are indeed finding it is saying, “Iqraa!” The command of the Seal of Prophets to his nation is saying, “Listen and obey.”

O Salafi `ulamas! Do you think it is enough for our children to read the Holy Qur'an in a very simple way? Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem, rabbi 'l-`alameen, simple (like this)? Do you think that when we are reading, that is finishing (our duty) and you are now following the holy command of Allah Almighty (swt), "Iqra! Iqra!” (This heavenly command is) for whole Muslims, for whole believers, for whole nation of Sayyidina Muhammad (s)! (Mawlana Shaykh stands and sits.) If we are not teaching this, cursing is coming, on Arabia, Libya, Turkey, Tunis, on ... India.... Everywhere there are mu'mins, if they are refusing to recite Holy Qur'an, then cursing coming! And qulama Qur'an al-kareem uqra, Anytime Holy Qur'an is recited, rahmat from heavenly mercy is coming on the nation. Why they are taking away Holy Qur'an and putting in front of children such dirty things for learning?!! Cursing coming on them like rains! Now the whole Islamic world is under that cursing (for abandoning the command), Iqra! (To fulfill that command) what shall we read?

Look at elementary schools, look at junior students--what are they reading? Then look at what they are going to read in universities! They are only in elementary school, trying to teach small ones Holy Qur'an, some small words, and finished; after that they don't touch it. Even in universities they are reading, discussing, giving some opinions on it. No. It is forbidden. They are saying, "No.” No more the holy order of the Lord of Heavens they are practicing after elementary school. What are you knowing of the teachings of those people? All shaytanic ideas, shaytanic teachings, you are filling it in schools, universities and high schools, and then the cursing of the Lord of Heavens is coming on you! The holy command is, Iqraa! “Recite!” Now we are only looking at such a book; we read it and finish (without understanding). The holy command, `ismaa, "listen," means make your whole self to listen, to hear and to obey. According to old `ulamas’ reports, everyone from Mankind has 360 organs; therefore, you must read and 360 organs must read with you. The holy command after, iqra, is, Isma`a wasi`a; revelation from heavens saying, “Read, and obey what you read." If you are not doing, cursing coming on you here and Hereafter!

Look, now every country is under heavy cursing. O our Lord, protect us, protect our children and our youngsters! Send us someone who may train our children through the Holy Qur'an’s direction.

O People! It is not enough that you are reciting. I am looking, people are reciting the Holy Qur'an. ... Where are they, your children through whole generation? Where you are sending your children for learning? There are people going against Islam in Europe, in America, in Israel. Syria is like them, Turkey is like them, Iran is like them. Iran is (calling itself) an Islamic Republic. "Islamic Republic" was never mentioned in Holy Qur'an. From where are they bringing the title, "republic"? It is against Islam. Say, “Sultanate of Islam.” Sultanate, not republic! The last kingdom keeping Holy Qur'an in power was the Ottoman Empire, and taking away Ottoman Empire and bringing, "Turkish Republic." What honor is "republic" giving to Islam? Turkish and Iranian people are only saying, “Republic.” A better saying is, “Islamic Republic.” (However), that title is from people, and “Sultanate of Islam” is from Allah (swt). One from Haqq, one from Creation. Haqq for Islam is coming from Allah Almighty (swt), saying, “Sultanate of Islam” or “Sultanate of Heavenly Kingdoms.” Why are you naming your countries that way?

O Salafi `ulamas! You may understand, and if not understanding today then you may understand tomorrow. If not tomorrow, you may understand another day. If not understanding, you are under a heavy heavenly order!

O our Lord! Please send us one to come and teach us. Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the most honored one. (Mawlana Shaykh stands and sits.) Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. Astaghfirullah, tawbah yaa Rabbee.

(45 minutes)

Coming now thundering; this is very simple thundering, coming heavy thundering after this month inshaa-Allah.


(Mawlana Shaykh speaks to Shaykh Hisham on the phone.)