9 April 2015 CSCA, Feltham, Middlesex, UK
First Suhbah at of UK Tour 2015
Allahumma salli wa sallim wa baarik `alaa sayyidina Muhammad wa `alaa aalihi wa ashaabihi wa azwaajihi wa awlaadihi wa dhurriyatihi ajma`een.
Allah (swt) said in Holy Quran:
فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ
Remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful towards Me.
(Surat al-Baqarah, 2:152)
We will explain later, but now begin with dhikrullah inshaa-Allah. In the dhikr of the Naqshbandi Tariqah, it is not too long; there is the long khatm and the short Khatm al-Khawajagan. The long one we used to do with Grandshaykh `AbdAllah al-Faiz ad-Daghestani (q) every week. We counted on stones, not on beads, only on stones that we got from holy places, and the most holy place is Madinatu ‘l-Munawwarah, where we got them from Jabal Uhud. But after Grandshaykh `AbdAllah ad-Daghestani (q) left dunya, alhamdulillah, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah (swt) bless his soul, spread the Tariqah in his time around the world; therefore, now it is very difficult to do the khatm on stones, so he used the what you call the Khatm as-Sagheer, the Short Khatm, which we are going to do now, because too many converts came to Islam, so in order to make it easy for them he used the Khatm as-Sagheer but with the intention the reward will be of the Khatm al-Kabeer, so when we are reciting the small khatm Allah (swt) will give us the reward of the Greater One!
So now I will recite it, and it is very easy, but because a little bit I am not feeling well, I will begin and `Ali [Elsayed] will continue part-by-part and you may follow.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`'een, nawaytu 'l-`'itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta'ala al-`Azheem fee hadha 'l-masjid.
Everything is according to intention: if your intention is Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s) you will be rewarded because of your intention and you will be considered as if you did whatever you do with a good intention, and even if the action was not correct Allah will create angels that will correct it, so the correction comes from Allah (swt). We are going to do the short khatm but inshaa-Allah it will be written for us as if we did the big khatm.
There is rahmah that Allah has opened [Mawlana reads from Grandshaykh’s personal notes.] Look where they are taking me now, shifting me from dhikrullah. There is rahmah that Allah (swt) has opened for those who are living on Earth and this rahmah does not differentiate, when it comes it comes. This is coming 19th of April, which is the first day of Rajab, which is in front of us in ten days. Prophet (s) said:
رجب شهر الله، وشعبان شهري، ورمضان شهر أمتي
Rajab is Allah's month, Sha`baan is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.
(Abul-Fath ibn Abi Fawaris in his `Amalee from al-Hasan)
Allah has promised His Awliya and these words I am speaking are coming from the heart of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (qs) to my heart like a live broadcast! That rahmah we have to expect is coming, and Allah (swt) opened faraj wa nasr, relief or ease from hardship and victory to Muslims, especially Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah, who does not interfere in anything except in their `ibaadah.
That rahmah was not opened before, it is rahmah for this `asr, century, that Allah has given to Prophet (s) and Prophet to the Ummah. Anyone who says “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem”, from that rahmah it is as if he said 100,000 Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem, because from the rahmah Allah (swt) opened to Prophet (s), if someone prays in al-Haram al-Makki, the Ka`bah, if you make two raka’ats 100,000 raka`ats is written for you, and if you pray in Madinat al-Munawwarah, it is written for you as if you prayed 10,000 raka'ats. This is not because Allah gives less to His Prophet (s), but to show the relationship between the Creator and His servant, to show the Ummah not to make mistakes like other ummahs that made their prophets as gods other than Allah (swt) or as children of gods.
For Sayyidina Muhammad (s), this Rajab awliyaullah are waiting for what Allah is sending with that intention, that Allah will change Khatm as-Sagheer to Khatm al-Kabeer and to be 100,000 dhikr in the same time. Awliyaullah said that one majlis, an association or gathering of dhikrullah, Allah (swt) will accept the Intercession of Prophet (s) to erase the sins of 70 majalis! So we hope that we will be included inshaa-Allah by saying, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa rasooluh [repeated three times].”
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