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Hold Fast to the Rope of Allah

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

25 January 2013 Lefke, Cyprus

(Translated from Turkish)

As-salaamu `alaykum, yaa haadiroon. Salaams on those who are present. Salaam or peace descends

from the Heavens; may we also be granted from that salaam. Allah Almighty (swt) greets His servants with, “Salaam.” Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar wa lillahi ’l-hamd! Shukr to our Lord, Allahu Akbar!

Today is Rabi` ‘l-Awwal, the month of the birth of our Prophet (s), the night of his holy birth. We celebrated it and then joy, glad tidings and power came to us. There is no one who opens his hands or goes to the door of the Sultan and returns empty-handed. O Lord, may this ignorance leave us! It has become the time when ignorance covers the world; if you ask, they don't know faith. We ask for Your help and guidance, which will save us from ignorance, for the honor of Your Beloved One (s). We ask and expect this from the Beloved (swt). Our Umm Hiram Sultan also sends us support. May the honor of the honorable Companions (r) increase more and more.

As-salaamu `alaykum, ayyuha ‘l-haadiroon! O those who are present, salaams to you! Dastoor, yaa RijaalAllah! O mukhliseen, sincere servants of Allah! O those who love Allah! O holy ones who live on the way of Allah's love! We ask for your support. May you send us support.

We may also begin with, A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani ‘r-rajim. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem. Our way is the way of suhbah. What is suhbah? Suhbah is the assembly which injects every person with the strength he needs. When you run out of gas in your car, you go to a gas station, you fill up your car at the station and go on driving. The secret is in that station: it fills up something, but when it runs out you are finished and left stranded. You start searching for gas, saying, "My car ran out of gas and it is of no use now." With each suhbah, a new power is granted to our spirituality.

Our physical being will perish and become earth, but our reality does not die. Our physical being will die; it will be buried and will become earth. They say, "It came from earth and returns to earth.” Therefore, every day there is a new provision, Yawmun jadeed, rizqun jadeed, meaning, “New day, new provision.” Do you understand? Don't look here and there, but focus your attention here. Yawmun jadeed, rizqun jadeed.

When the children of Adam (a) woke up every day, the master of the house took his bag and his basket, and people asked him, "Where are you going, Yahu?"

"I am going to buy what we need, I am going to the market."

"What is in the market?"

"They have everything in the market. I may buy what is granted as our share and come back."

This is for our physical being. Yawmun jadeed, rizqun jadeed. Rizq means there is the material provision for our physical being and there is the spiritual provision for our spirituality. Therefore, Man seeks provision for his exterior body and also for his spirituality and it is this provision that keeps us alive; it does not crush us and does not let us be crushed. It is a dragon, our spirituality is a dragon!

"Our sermon is suhbah," said the great ones, and I am a weak servant who is ordered to collect and arrange the few words that they granted us and to present them to the Children of Adam (a). (Some may ask,) "Who are you?" I am this, nothing! If there is no gas, the car cannot go.

"Go, Yahu!"

"How can I go?"

"How were you going before?"

"But I am out of gas. I can't go when there is no gas. I need gas."

A huge vehicle such as a plane flies and goes up in the sky. With what? Huge planes fly in the sky when they take the power they need. This is astonishing! If you throw a stone it falls back on the ground, but I have heard there are planes that carry fifteen-hundred or one-thousand people. Don't corrupt your language, but say “tayyaara,” the old word for “plane;” don't use the imitated word for it as we have honor, so we say “tayyaara,” a plane or vehicle.

And it is also given to us to make a short suhbah here for whoever is present. Whether it is one person, two people or more, whoever is present here may listen. "Inn Allaha yulqi ‘l-hikmata `alaa lisaana ‘l-waahidin bi qadari mustameen." I don't know anything, but they are making me speak. If there are donkeys in the assembly, give them barley; if they are human, give them food; if someone is a great person, give something accordingly.

Provision is of two kinds: one for our physical being and one for our spirituality. One whose animal side dominates constantly looks for food for his physical being, for his stomach. One whose spirituality is strong seeks from the Heavens and wants to rise to the Heavens. SubhaanAllah! O believer, listen! Our words are a few but scattered, but really we are saying them in order to present the Bismillah. They call it dibaja, “preface” in the new imitated language. Isn’t it so? We made a preface so that we could start the suhbah and tell about the importance of suhbah.

What is the heading or preface of our suhbah? “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.” Stand up! You are a lion! The one who says the Bismillah is a lion and the one who doesn't say it is fertilizer! Therefore, we said, “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.” How beautiful! How beautiful, how sweet, what an endless treasure! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Our army is victorious, always victorious!” Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! “Our army is always victorious!"

وَإِنَّ جُندَنَا لَهُمُ الْغَالِبُونَ

Wa inna jundanaa lahumu ‘l-ghaaliboon.

And that verily Our hosts would [in the end] be victorious! (Surat as-Saffat, 37:173)

Say, “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” and don't fear! Now a lot of new, imitated weapons have come out. Allah Allah, Allah Allah. When we say, “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem,” we receive the power.

I don't know anything and I don't claim to know, but the mercy of the Bismillah rains on me. There are clouds in the sky and the cloud says, "I am nothing," but it makes the mercy of rain. Without receiving the order, "O cloud, water this Earth!" it does not rain even a drop. Allahu Akbar! Allah (swt) makes thousands, millions of tons of water wander in the sky and He makes it fall as rain, as hail or snow over wherever He (swt) likes.

O foolish ones! Why don't you ask Who is He Who does this? You don't ask because the one who asks is reasonable, he is human, and the one who doesn't ask, who doesn't seek but only asks for barley, is not human, he is an animal. Amaan, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, yaa Rabbee!

To teach us, to inform us about our humanity and the honor of our humanity, the Lord of Heavens, our Allah, our Subhaan, created us so that we know. He says, "Don't be ignorant, learn." And what should you learn? You should learn what is beneficial for you. There are so many maktabs ... They say, "Shaykh Effendi! Don't say maktab, say, ‘school.’” May your ‘schools’ be destroyed! What do they teach there? They teach nature and they teach, “You should praise that one and curse that one.” Okay then, whom should you praise? First, you should say, "Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. All praise is to You! All praise is to You!" It praises Allah Almighty (swt), although Allah Almighty is not in need of being praised. Allah Almighty in His Own Being as Hameedun Majeed. You should teach this! You should teach, “What and Who is the One Who created you?” so that you will have some familiarity and acquaintance with Him. The people of this time have no acquaintance with Allah, not at all! They are acquainted with donkeys, with those foolish like themselves, but there is no one left who is acquainted with His Lord.

All of them ask when they see each other, "How is your animal?" Astaghfirullah. "How is your ride?" Astaghfirullah.

"I am sick."

"Really? Your animal got sick?"

"Yes, it got sick. I am going to see the doctors."

"What benefit do you get from that?"

"Well, they give me pills and injections and they perform surgery. They inject me with new life."

"It is not with the doctors, but what you ask is with He Who created you.”

“Do you ever say the Bismillah?"

"How can I say the Bismillah? We never go to the mosque so that we can say the Bismillah!"

"So you have become an animal, because animals don't enter mosques. This is a new appearance. Have you ever seen an animal entering a mosque?" No, they don't!

"Who enters?"

"Man does."

"Congratulations! Do you enter?"

"No, we don't."

"Okay, then it means you now come from the animal category. People go to churches and ask for the barley or other things they seek. Who enters the mosques?"

"Men enter the mosques."

"Really, do animals enter?"

"No, Shaykh Effendi, of course not! Animals don’t ever enter mosques."

“Is that so? How come you are revealing your own name? Why don't you go to the mosque? Say! Why don't you say, ‘Because animals don't go to the mosque.’ Those who go to the mosque are men, human beings, those who know and worship their Lord. Men go to the mosque, but animals don't go.” “Whip Shaykh Effendi, don't fear!”

Why should I fear? Is it they who give us our provision or is our death in their hands? It is in the hands of Allah (swt)? Even if fire rains from the sky it doesn't burn the believer, but it burns the unbeliever. Allahu Akbar! “Our army is always victorious.” How beautiful! Tariqatunaa as-suhbah. Therefore, our way is suhbah. We are explaining and if they say, "You are saying something wrong," may they fall in the wrong well, and they will fall! Then they will call out, saying, "We can't get out of this!"

“But you did this to yourself and you fell into the well. Give me your hand."

"I won't."

"Okay then, stay there." You should take the hand ( of heavenly support).

In earlier times they said, “You should take a hand,” meaning you should find beautiful servants who know the Lord of Heavens and Earth, who keep His orders, so that you take their hand and say, ‘O, servant who is honored with his Lord's service, save us too!’” This was the meaning of ‘taking a hand,’ and now there is no one taking a hand and because they don't do this, they are taken by floods. Neither the Turks, the Arabs, the Americans, the Russians nor the Chinese can do anything because they fell into such a crisis, into such a dangerous situation that no one can reach them.

Abu Jahl wanted to make our Prophet (s) leave the world, meaning, "Let him die and we will be saved from him." Abu Jahl had a well dug in front of his door and then he imprisoned himself at home, saying, "I am sick." He rested in his bed and had a well dug in front of his door and covered its surface so that whoever came would fall into it; he thought of this with his little mind.

"Then what happened, Shaykh Effendi? Tell us its end."

"O foolish one, listen to see what is its result, so that you can draw a lesson from every story."

He put his wooden bedstead--let’s not say ‘bed’ because in earlier times they would say ‘bedstead’--so he had his bedstead put in his room, right next to the window and he spread the news by saying, "Tell people that Abu Jahl is sick." Why did he do this? He used to say about the Prophet (s), "He is an orphan." He is the Master of the Universe, so how can you call him an orphan? But his little mind was only very small. He said, "I got sick and that orphan goes to visit sick people. I had a well dug in front of my door and covered its top lightly. The moment he steps on it, he will fall into the well and we will finish him.” He was laying like this in front of the window.

Our Prophet (s) visited the sick people. Why? He (s) said, “Maybe the sick person’s heart is softened and he might accept faith because he is afraid of death.” So our Prophet (s) went to visit him also, saying, "Maybe he will come to faith." Right when Prophet (s) reached that well, he was about to take one more step onto it when Jibril (a) came and said, "Return, O Muhammad!" and our Prophet (s) returned without stepping on it.

Seeing this, Abu Jahl was surprised, saying, "Let me run after him and call him back." Then he, himself, fell into that well! He started crying for help.

Mushriks came, saying, "What happened to our master? We can hear his voice, but we can’t see him."

They searched and searched until finally they saw he was calling from inside the well, which was not that tall, only the height of one or two men, and he said, "Take my hand and get me out of this!"

They stretched out their arms and he was within their reach, so they said, "Give us your hand."

He said, "I am reaching out!" They were stretching out their arms from above, but he told them, "Your hands are not reaching, bring a rope or something."

They brought a rope and stretched it out, and then Abu Jahl was crying, "It is not reaching! I am going to be drowned here!" They brought more rope and stretched it out. "It is not reaching!" What else? "Find another rope." So they found another rope and threw it down to him. He said, "It is not reaching! It is not reaching and I am dying here! Look around the neighborhood, let them bring a rope and save me!" They brought all the ropes from seven neighborhoods and threw them down to him. Crazy Abu Jahl cried, "Yahu, it is not reaching!" They stretched out all the ropes they had, but nothing could reach him!

Finally Abu Jahl said, "O my soldiers, look. Even if you bring me all the ropes in the world, they won't reach, but bring him to me." He often called Prophet (s) "the orphan of Abu Talib.” Astaghfirullah, he did not speak to Prophet (s) with respect. He said, "Bring me the orphan of Abu Talib, because no one except him can get me out.”

Our Prophet, Sultan al-Anbiya (s), O my beautiful Prophet! So they called our Prophet (s), Sultan al-Anbiya, Habeebullah, who said, "Let me go and see what he will say to me.” Prophet (s) went and said, "O Abu Jahl, will you come to faith if I take you out?"

He said, "I will! Just take me out."

"Give me your hand," Prophet (s) said and pulled him out.

Abu Jahl said, "I have never seen a greater magician than you!"

Our Prophet (s)--subhaanAllah, sultaanAllah, what a beautiful Prophet he is, with such a great character!--looked at him when he said, "I have never seen a magician on Earth like you," and he replied, "It is up to you (to accept or reject faith)."

The crisis that today's people have fallen into is like this. They say, "Let's change this, let’s put this law, let us do this to be saved from this crisis." Even if you had wealth that was ten times bigger than America's treasury, it wouldn't be enough for you; still you will be left in that hole and you will die there. "Bring rope!" So they bring ropes from America and from Russia. "We are populists, we are on the left." Bring the ones who are on the right and on the left to get you out in the arena if you can, but seven treasuries like America's can't take you out!

Allah Almighty says:

وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ

W `atasimoo bi hablillaahi jamiyy`an wa laa tafaraqoo.

Hold fast to Allah's rope and don't separate. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:103)

Hold fast, all of you together, to the unbreaking rope of Allah! “Hold your tongue and I will save you from that crisis." We have become like this now. They have fallen into such a hole that neither their laws nor their money can reach them. What money is it? For 700 years the Ottomans minted gold coins; they were the high state. And you?

"We printed paper money," they say.

“If you printed paper money, why don't you print more as you like?”

"But we can't print more," they say, "There is a law for it. If we print as much as we like, our money will look like its picture in the newspapers. We can't get out of this!"

"Do you have gold?"


"If you don't, then you will perish. You didn't like the Ottomans and kicked them out. Their last Sultan ruled for forty years and everyone had gold and silver in his pocket. Did you mint a single gold coin?"

They’ve fallen into such a crisis that they can't get out of it; none of the measures they take is enough. It is not only our country, but the countries of the whole world, even little countries, emirates. They are all in the same situation and they can't be saved. Of course you can't be saved! You have to hold that Prophet's hand (s).

O Glorious Prophet! With the permission of your Lord (swt) and send us a Sultan who will rule us and save us from the hands of tyrants! We should pull ourselves together, know our servanthood and try to make our Akhirah prosperous, this is it. The one who doesn't say, “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” cannot find any goodness! He will be burned, destroyed, fall into miseries and perish. Hang the Bismillah high as fire does not burn the place where it is, so take care. Earthquakes don't destroy it, floods don't carry it away. Take care!

O our Lord! You are Subhaan, You are Sultaan! I say tawbah for myself and we also repent for Your

servants. Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! O our Lord! May You forgive us. Send us a Sultan. Tawbah yaa

Rabbee, tawbah yaa Rabbee! "What will you do with a Sultan?" Now everyone thinks of himself as

Sultan and they make a podium and all who go up there speak like a Sultan. And what work do they

achieve? Nothing! Nothing! Do they ever do any work? One of them said, "Yahu, let us go to the WC

at least to do some work," because he can't do any other work outside.

Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq. O you who think highly of yourself! Keep this advice, because if you fall into the WC well there is no shaykh or anyone from the awliya who can save you, only the power of the Prophet (s) can save! Show respect for the Prophet! He is the Khalif of Allah Almighty on Earth, khalifatullah. Be careful and watch your mouth, or then a slap will come on your mouth, your mouth will reach your ears and you will be left like that.

They told a very famous person, "You can't enter here, " but he insisted and said, "No, I will see."

"No, you can't enter here!"

That one, who thought highly of himself, said "No!" Whatever his occupation was, he insisted, "No, I have to enter and see the holy relics."

"No! Don't enter."

"I will enter."

Finally they said, "Okay, it is up to you, we won't interfere."

He took the first step, then the second step downstairs and on the third step there came a slap on his face that made his mouth go up to his ear.

He shouted, "What happened? Hold me!"

So they held him and pulled him up. He looked and his mouth was on his ear! They brought doctors, who said, "This is not our job. His situation is normal in all aspects, but his mouth is on his ear. We don't have a medical field for this. Bring a holy person who can straighten his mouth and face."

So they went and brought a holy one, who came, took out his shoe, hit him on the face with it and he got straightened! Now should we wait like this, to be hit with a shoe for our mouth and face to be straightened? The shoe represents the wars. Avoid wars, as Allah Almighty says:

وَالصُّلْحُ خَيْرٌ

Wa ‘s-sulhu khayr.

And an amicable settlement is best. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:128)

Peace is better so try to make peace, Allah (swt) says, but they don't understand. Then suffer what comes on you!

May Allah forgive us. All of us are sinners. What can we do? We should ask forgiveness from our Lord for the honor of His Beloved (s). We hope that every owner of right receives his right and dunya finds its order. Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, yaa Rabbee, astaghfirullah! Shukr, yaa Rabbee, shukr hamd, shukr hamd. Al-Fatihah.

This is a suhbah for the honor of the day of Mawlid ash-Shareef and it is more than enough for seven

countries. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. Al-Fatihah.

"Shaykh Effendi, we don't know Al-Fatihah."

"If you don't know it, then say ‘Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem’ and your task will succeed. Say a

Bismillah for your every task and it will succeed, or you will be left as if your mouth is in

your ear. Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, astaghfirullah!

O our Prophet (s)! May we be sacrificed in your way! Our ancestors were sacrificed in your way for a thousand years and they brought honor and glory. The Ottomans shook the world with their sultanate. Now there are so many, maybe forty states that emerged from what the Ottomans ruled, but none of them can succeed. “We are their inheritors. We didn't appreciate them either and kicked them out, threw out the gold and took in the paper.” Okay, then suffer what comes on your heads.

Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, astaghfirullah! Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, astaghfirullah! Let us say, “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.” The remedy for all your troubles is Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. What opens every closed door is Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. The Dominions of Heavens and Earth stand with Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. When you say “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” it can stop the running waters. What will stop the floods is not this measure or that measure. One sincere servant of Allah says, "Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. O flood! Don't come on us, go another way!" even if a mountain is ripped apart and the flood passes through it, it doesn't touch those believers. Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Tawbah, yaa Rabbee! Al-Fatihah.

May the barakah of the Bismillah come upon your generations. Teach your children, "O believers, say, ‘Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem,’” and Shaytan must stay away from them! May Allah (swt) grant me some strength so I can do something, too. I am left helpless. O Allah, forgive me! Forgive me and send Your servants who will bring these servants to the path of forgiveness. O Lord, send us a Sultan! Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. A Sultan! Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.


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