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They took me to a pesantren one time and…


My beard on this side begin to go, really they are pulling my jubbah, pulling my beard and they are rushing me from the back door.

These kind of people.

I didn’t see that here. In some countries maybe in Bangladesh. Is this what happened?

And they came from early morning like from Fajr time, waiting on the streets and they have all these bazaars and vendors selling on the street. The school has 1000 orphans and maybe 5-6000 students who study there and all on baraka.

I was asking Shaykh Tawfeeq, how do you feed these people? He said, " Rice” only rice. And I asked him how much does It cost to feed all these people? He said a very low figure, at that time, I remember it didn’t come to $500. 250 dollars to feed all these people. That is what they have rice and they have some sauce the dip it. And they are happy, reading quran, memorizing. Still there are places that Allah’s blessing on them. This area is blessed with teaching Islam like that.


Come Shaykh Mustafa and talk to people….

Shaykh Mustafa sits and speaks:


Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

Salaam alaykum wa rahmatulalhi wa barakatuhu

Alhamdulillah wash-shukrillah…


As Mawlana  said about the story of the visit to Pekalongen in Southeast Asia we just belong to a greedy nation about baraka. We didn’t understand the Arabic language, but many make study of Arabic language. We are in need of hp and we are in need of Holy Qur'an.

One person in Saudi Arabia, he said, " what is going on with your nation?” always we have a competition for recitation of Qur’an and international. Why always the winner is coming from your country and from Brunei and from Malaysia.

You are in morning Arabic, in afternoon Arabic, in night Arabic. You have no any romanticism with the hp. You are not in it to study the Holy Qur'an. But we are.

We went to study Arabic language until balagha, ar-… and many kind of substudy of Arabic lang. we studied poetry  and everything .

Mawlana  with very simple sentence but many of us capture the deep meaning. I am not speaking the Arabic language daily but I am reading Holy Qur'an and reading hadith daily.

And I am trying more to give the information of Mawlana  to the people. I love them as Mawlana  love him. So just some short story or some verses or some sunnat an-Nabi (s). and we are from our young age starting at 4 years old. I am not speaking Arabic language until I am in London much later.

Alhamdulillah we are very lucky as we have many saints and we are on our tradition to sit in front of our scholar and our saint and to listen.

But now everything is just changing in our country. We are in need of something.

I just grew up. They say my grandfather was son of a saint. He doesn’t let me leave him until he finished his awraad of Fajr. He doesn’t let me to move even, then he throws a coin at me and I am so clever collecting coins. By the time of finishing the dhikr, my pocket is full of money.

My father takes me around to neighbor and to ask about their health about their food. No we have no rice. Come ot my house and take rice.

What about your.. what is your intention. I am going to make my ?? much bigger. So if I sell I will get much more money. No, don’t do that. As long as you are making enough, then you don’t need to do. Look the grass is making tasbeeh. So that is enough.

Oh yeah very nice.

And my father talking with me and saying, give to those who have no more clotehs. And then I release my money until no more coins in my pockets.

That is his education. I am so lucky to have something like that in my childhood. Until Mawlana  picked me from the banks of the river.

At that time Mawlana  had intention to visit Indonesia for 3 weeks, then reduce to 2 weeks. And then reduce to 3 days, then postpone.

Then I called and Mawlana  said, "do you like to come to Singapore.” Yes, wh not.

Mawlana  said, I have no business with Jakarta. I am only coming on instruction of my master. But if you like me to visit I can come if someone accompany me.

You believe in newspaper not on Qur’an. So what you think is it favor for me to come to Jakarta.

So I was worried that he says, no, for 3 days so I said 2 days. Then Mawlana  said, ok taher we are gong to Jakarta for 2 days.

My country has 2000 islands I am going to the big islands only. Whereever I am going they ar asking to see Mawlana  when will Mawlana  come.

That is my situation I am so happy to be with Mawlana  and you. I don’t know what to say, I am just going to listen. That is just highlight story.

[finished? You usually speak one hour.]



I am just thinking that muraqabah is our effort to get out from our laziness. To go out from our bad custom. From our arrogancy. That way if you are sitting around awliya, suddenly at one second we are attracted. That way I said to Mawlana , last 2 days before, after Mawlana  explaining about what Mawlana  is delivering to us, I said, " I am going to come after you Mawlana ” we are coming to stimulate our intention and our effort in accordance with our master what he is doing like that. Like in the time of sulook we are going after Mawlana .

One day when I was opening such salook at the end of dhul qaidah. I said to my people that we are leaving worldly life and to see Azraeel and to enter our grave and to pass the day of resurrection we are expecting to get shafa`a of Rasulullah anyone leaving dunya even for just a while, insha-Allah dunya doesn’t want to touch in the grave.

One medical doctor said to himself I don’t understand what Shaykh Mustafa said. So he said, " I just want to come to do that.” As soon as he begins, he said, " SubhanAllah. I am not dying but as if entering in my grave.” There was such an emanation he only knows about anatomy of chemistry. He never studied about the environment of hereafter. But he came to laugh by Mawlana . And everything  going to be more clear for him.

I am so sad, that my community is not studying about Islamic religious knowledge. But alhamdulillah we have previous sings in our country and we influenced by sincere people, pure people. Alhamdulillah whatever we studied we have that custom and way. We are sincere in it.

I went with Mawlana  to Sumatra and Bali and Java but many islands expecting Mawlana ’s coming. I am just conveying their happiness to expect Mawlana  will come.

I ma just praying to Allah, who can guide people in front of me, just you. O holy prophet, these people are in need of your baraka. This not my job. I have nothing. These people are yours, "O Mawlana ”

As Mawlana  Shaykh Nazim. When I met him in London in 1998. I asked him to make du`a for me. and he said, ,Grandshaykh like you, you don’t ask too much question and you don’t…

Keep this .. and you may go around on behalf of me and Grandshaykh. I didn’t ask that Mawlana .

So I came here only to put myself under Mawlana . I am also not good one. I have my bad ego and have my bad customs.

So I come by support of all my brothers and sisters. And I told that I am coming on behalf all people. And I sent message to my people on laylat al-qadr. And I forward that message to many people. Many people attending sufilive. They receive my message and they are so happy watching TV and imagining I am coming on their behalf.

I believe that muraqabah that is all. We are leaving our bad customs, our laziness, our ego. I am just learning about that.

Thank you Mawlana .


Allahuma salli wa sallim wa barik `ala Sayyidina Muhammad.

Look at him, he is not easy many. Here he is sitting very humble. There he is professor.

What you used to study? In university.

Islamic studies and philosophy/

He left that and retired and began doing that work; now, alhamdulillah bringing thousands.


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's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid 


O human beings o people! You are asking akhira but still you are calling for dunya. We are always in a struggle, between dunya and akhira, what is our preference? Our preference by tongue is akhira but by heart is dunya. It has to be the opposite it has to be our preference by heart and by tongue is for akhira, but unfortunately we are in a struggle between good and evil.

Dunya doesn’t take us except in vanity -love of dunya always takes us to place not accepted by Allah and His Prophet (s).

You might see a wali in your life that is working in dunya. You might think this is strange, "why is this wali so interested in dunya?" Because we are blind.

He is in dunya because he  is forced to be in dunya. He doesn’t like to be in dunya. He has to be with people of different levels in order to bring them and to attract them. He has been forced when he left dunya and directed himself to akhira and Allah dressed with sainthood and made him an amir, then Allah sent him back to dunya. As awliya are inheritors of prophet, did he go back to dunya or not? Yes, he did. After his ascension on Laylat al-Isra w’ al-Mi’raj, when he reached the maximum, he is always ascending, but when he reached the highest presence, we cannot say “a place” because there is no place there, but he is ascending in that presence in every moment, where he saw his Lord with the eyes of his head.

But what happened after. Allah sent him back. To be between people. Awliyaullah they inherit from the Prophet (s), then they inherit from prophet’s secrets, after they went all this way. To reach their goal which is to be in presence of Allah swt, and not to have interest in dunya, then there is a test on them. They send them back to be in dunya among people.

Allah said:

وَالسَّمَاء وَالطَّارِقِ وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الطَّارِقُ النَّجْمُ الثَّاقِبُ إِن كُلُّ نَفْسٍ لَّمَّا عَلَيْهَا حَافِظٌ

Wa’s-samai wa ’t-tariq. Wa maa adraaka maa’t-tariq. An-najmu’th-thaqib. In kullu nafsin lamma `alayha hafidh.

By the Sky and the Night-Visitant (therein);- (It is) the Star of piercing brightness;- And what will explain to thee what the Night-Visitant is?- There is no soul but has a protector over it. [Night Visitant, 86:1-4]

w ’as-sama’i wa ’t-tariq. Allah is putting question mar and exclamation mark. By the heavens and the one who knocked at it. In Arabic tariq is the one who is knocking. Ma adraaka maa ’t-tariq - Who is knocking? Who knocked on the doors of heavens? It is Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

Allah is saying, and showing the greatness of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). That he brought him to the nearness of the Divine Presence and said, "By the heavens and the one who knocked at them. And what do you know about that one? No, you know nothing.”

We know nothing. All that we know is a drop in oceans of knowledge. But when the Prophet (s) went and saw that, Allah brought him near and he said,

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَيَّ

 "Ya Rabbee, qul innama ana basharun mithlukum Say! I am but a mortal man like ye all. It has been revealed unto me...” [the Cave, al-Kahf 18:110]

He was so humble when he saw the greatness of his Lord that he saw himself nothing. He, in his own eyes, he is nothing and Allah is everything. He can say that about himself but we cannot say that about him.

[saying: ] “Ya Rabbee! You are everything! I am nothing. You brought me there.”

Wa ma adraaka ma ’t-tariq. An-najmu ’th-thaqib.

“The striking star.” He strikes the heart of human beings. A star when it strikes it creates light. It creates energy, it creates explosion. That striking star that hits the heart of people. He hit the hearts of Sahaba.

Allah gave him the power, Wa ma adraaka ma ’t-tariq. An-najmu ’th-thaqib. He is the striking star.

What do you know about the one is knocking. Tariq, the one who hits; tareeq is the way you have to follow. He didn’t leave you in blindness. [it means:] “What do you know about that one, taraqa is the verb, tareeq is the noun, tariq is the noun (doer)

So Sayyidina Muhammad, Allah said about him:

وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ

 wa’alamoo ann feekum rasulullah.

Know that  the Prophet of Allah is in you,” [Al-Hujurat 49:7]

He is knocking your heart in pieces directing you to love of Allah, direct you there.

The Prophet (s), Allah swt perfected him. When He perfected him He raised him, when He raised him he brought him near, when He brought him near He made him to see the Divine Presence, with the eyes of his head.

Anyone whose heart is open will be in the Divine Presence. The Prophet (s) is waiting for us to come to his nearness to the nearness of the Prophet (s)  in order that he will take you and show you the way. That is why muraqabah is important.

He was speaking about the experience of the grave. Before in old time, when someone is asked to go for seclusion they don’t put them in a room, they put them in a grave. They make their seclusion in a cemetery and they say “go there.” You cannot enter a cemetery in daytime [from fear], what do you think about night time.

In a cemetery which are not like today’s cemeteries. Here you don’t see anything but a lot of grass and one flag flying. A cemetery in Muslim countries… they have a lot of saints in these cemeteries and there are a lot of majestic manifestations on these graves from the awliyaullah that are there.

Or there are cemeteries where there is punishment and you feel the earth quaking.

Imagine you are doing your seclusions in an open grave. Imagine you are going down in the grave to do your awraad, how many worms will come?

In 1996, when Mawlana ordered us to go that year for seclusion, he pointed to a place and we said, "ok.” It was on a mountain in a complete jungle, that you cannot hear except the wind, moving fast. There is no living species there. No people. It is Sayyidina Danyal’s [Prophet Daniel] mountain, one of the prophets who was living there on that mountain. It is full of jinn. You cannot step in. You will run away. “There - you are going to make seclusion there.”

[We said:] “Ok.” What you can you do? Nothing. You have to go.

Before, but to go there, who is going to bring water, who is going to bring food. It is a deserted area, you have to drive miles and miles, where there is no one, and you might drive 50 miles in any direction. But they prepare you.

Meditation is difficult; it is not easy. Today they sit and make meditation. It is a beginner, that is what we can do but in reality when awliyaullah go for seclusions, which is meditation, they carry lot of hardship and difficulty.

I said, "Yes, as you say, Ya sayyidee.” Before that by one week he said, "I changed the place” that was in Syria. He said, "I changed it to Istanbul, in one of the mosques.” But part of the mosque is all graves of the saints of tariqah. All their graves with turbans. And he asked the person who maintains the place to arrange the seclusion. So before the seclusion by two days I was there and he took me and was showing me where I have to do seclusion. I looked and I saw it might be that mountain was better. He prepared a grave, a real grave, around these awliya.

In daytime you cannot enter their presence; you feel frightened of their presence, their tajallis. I looked at him and said “Ok.” We are changed from the desert and coming to another place. What can we do?

And Mawlana  called me there, and he asked, "how you see the place?” I said, “Alhamdulillah it is good.” I said, "Mawlana  he built a grave and on top of it is a box, and there is small window and they give you the food through that. And they take the box off in order to go out for wudu.” Then he said, "la hawla wa la quwatta illa billah, let me talk to him.” Then he said to him, “Give him my room.”

So from century to century hardship is more and more. So that is why they make it easy on you.

That is why in the past you can see many awliya. Now no, this is not the time for awliya to be between people. Until ignorance will fill the earth Sayyidina Mahdi will not come.


So when complete ignorance comes - that means when a completely bad situation arises - then Allah will give permission for Sayyidina Mahdi to come. Authorization and permission to appear and say "Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar." What is the meaning of Allahu Akbar?

I was one time looking at these on TV they have these church stations. And one priest was saying to people, “Do you know what is meaning of these Muslims when they say Allahu Akbar?”

You know these big churches where they have thousands of people? Say, "Allahu Akbar!” in a loud voice. And he said, “When they say Allahu Akbar, they mean their god is better and bigger than your god.”

And they all said, "awww! See how much they are humiliating our god?”

What does Allahu Akbar mean when Sayyidina Mahdi says Allahu Akbar?

Anyone hearing that voice, all the poison in the heart of the people - it is gone. That means he will take all that is disrespectful out of their hearts. If all human beings will hear that then all their hearts will be clean. He is not coming with the power of swords and guns and planes - [as some people foolishly believe.] No! He is coming with heavenly power. That is with the secret of that word.

means: There is no one you can compare to Allah. He is above description, He is above any understanding and He is above anything that you can think about.

Even in akhira no one will know the greatness of Allah, even the Prophet (s). Even the Prophet (s), he is ascending in the presence of Allah and learning about Allah’s Greatness. But not completely, else he will be shareek to Allah.

So that takbir of Sayyidina Mahdi will clean you completely and make as if all your life was in complete worship; as if you were reading Qur’an and hadith and doing your awraad, from the day of your birth until the day of your death, as if you are in complete worshipness in the presence of the Prophet (s). That is one meaning of Allahu Akbar.

He is not going to make groups to say “come and listen to my lecture.” He is not a lecturer. Kun fayakoon. Every secret has to appear in the end of the day. That is why anything you think is hidden inside the earth or in the oceans is going to appear on top, so that you can see.

Grandshaykh said, "Technology will become like spit from the mouth of people. Whatever you reach of technology in the last years. In the later part of century, Allah is going to enable people to bring very high technology in a very short time. That is a sign of Mahdi.”

Grandshaykh didn’t see [high] technology [when he made that statement] That was in 1970s. He said that “the scientists will bring up all kinds of thing that never appeared before and all this high technology is going to be like ‘a’ in the alphabet like one letter in the alphabet of Sayyidina Mahdi when he comes with the spiritual secrets that Allah is giving him, that technology will become like zero.” [it will be] like epsilon