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To Enter the Divine Presence, Leave Your Donkey

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

27 May 2011 Lefke, Cyprus

Suhbah after Jumu`ah

(Mawlana Shaykh stands) Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi 'l-hamd! Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi 'l-hamd! Allahu Akbar kabeera w ’alhamdulillahi katheerah wa subhaanAllahi bukratan wa aseela. Laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillaahi 'l-hamd! Alfu salaat wa alfu salaam `alayka wa `ala aalika wa sahaabati ya khayru khalqihi ajma`een. Salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaykum yaa anbiyaaullah wa man tabi`ahum bi ihsaan ila Yawmu’l-Qiyamah.

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem. (Mawlana Shaykh sits) Madad yaa Rijaalullah, madad.

O People! O Our Attenders! As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Huu. That is a heavenly blessing for all people living on Earth. When they are saying, "As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh," that blessing comes on those giving salaam as well as those answering, “wa `alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.”

O People! Ask from Allah Almighty, from His endless Mercy Oceans, to forgive us and to bless His weak servants.

O People! It is enough up to today that you are drinking and getting drunk. O People! Leave being drunk ones. You are not coming here to be drunk ones. Madad, yaa Sultan al-Awliya, madad yaa RijaalAllah. You have not been sent here to be drunk ones, but you have been sent here to know and to understand, and then to act according to your understanding. When people are drunk they do not understand anything and they will be sent away from this life to another place, to another level of life, as life is a grant from Allah (swt) (Mawlana Shaykh stands) because He created us! Even if you stand up from the beginning until the end of our lives, it is nothing! We must keep full respect and full glorifying for our Lord, that He created us. (Mawlana Shaykh sits)

O People! Listen and learn, and then try to follow the way that is taking you to heavenly ways that are carrying you to such never-ending territories and never-ending dominions of Allah Almighty. Don't lose your chance that you have been granted by our Lord, Allah Almighty (swt). Try to learn and try to do something for our Creator, for the Lord of Heavens, Who is the Lord of Creation from pre-Eternal up to Eternal! Don't think that the life of Mankind is only between one and one hundred years, no!

(Mawlana Shaykh stands) Allah! Sultan sen yaa Rabb, Sultan sen yaa Rabb! (Mawlana Shaykh sits) He is Most Kareem, Most Generous, and that word is not enough to explain Allah Almighty's grants. We are the most lucky of creatures that Allah Almighty granted us such an honor never given to others, not even to angels who asked for that honor for them! Allah Almighty said, "I am bringing them from My endless territories, My endless dominions. I am bringing new ones to be on Earth, My deputies." Then Allah Almighty created Man. That endless grant from our Creator, Allah Almighty (swt), (Mawlana Shaykh stands) is forever! It is not only here for here (in this world), but it is for all Eternity!

Yaa Allah! We like Eternity only to glorify You, so we ask that for Eternity. (Mawlana Shaykh sits) We are not running only after our bodies, to eat, drink, and enjoy; that is for our physical being, that it is going to be changed in Paradise, to enjoy. But our real enjoyment and real honor is to be in the Divine Presence forever, up to Eternity! We are asking for Eternity! Eternity, to be with Allah Almighty and for His glorification!

Now people do not understand such things, and they only bring some understanding that belongs to our physical beings, that belongs to our donkeys. But is not important to a horseman. One who is riding on a horse has been honored to be a king, to be a sultan! You approach the palace of a majestic king on your horse, but when you reach the glorious entrance you do not enter; first you must dismount to enter. Therefore, when Sayyidina Abayazid, may Allah bless him, reached the highest level of obedience and the last point of servanthood, when he reached the Divine Presence, the most honored, most glorified entrance of the super palace of the Lord of Heavens, he asked to come in, saying, "O my Lord! Allow me to enter! How can I enter from the heavenly announcement that represents the holy invitation of the Lord of Heavens?"

(Allah Almighty) said to him, "O Abayazid! Leave your donkey and come in. I am not accepting you to enter with your donkey. O angels! Take his donkey from him and let him come."

When our donkeys are taken away, at that time we receive an honor to be with our Lord Almighty's invitation! Then you can enter. But all of us are looking and seeing, trying to give our horses everything they like. Here, we are only trying to give it our rights to eat, drink, and dress for adornment! Those people do this solely for their physical beings, or for their “rights”, or for their donkeys, or for their horses!

No one can enter the Divine Presence on his horse or donkey. But now all people are living solely to eat, drink, and for their sexuality, nothing else. Those who only seek to enjoy material aspects of this life will be sent to that area, to that territory. Until you leave your donkeys, you will not be taken to the Divine Presence; it can't be! The material aspect of life is not a real aspect for our being on Earth, but we have been sent here to learn our rights, to know who we are and for what purpose we exist, and finally, to return to where we were created!

But all of us now are running after material aspects and enjoyment. The summary of our taalib, our last limit that we understand from this life, is to make our beings enjoyful here, and that is a wrong understanding, because it only makes people run after material aspects and fight and kill each other! People now do not strive to and ask for the divine aspects of real life, what was created in the Divine Presence of the Lord of Heavens.

O People! Come listen, learn, and understand about all the prophets and divine prophecy. Prophets never called people to what was temporary, but they only came to teach the ways of Eternity.

O People! Come and use your mentality and your whole energy to seek and understand and do something for eternal life, for Eternity! I am sorry to say that people are drunk and not understanding any of these aspects, and they are following shaytanic ways. May Allah forgive us!

O People! Say “astaghfirullah” at least 70 times a day. We are asking, O our Lord, that we are not from those people who understand only this temporary life here in this world, what they are trying to make for everyone. They are on wrong ways and thus cannot reach happiness or real enjoyment or perfection, or what Allah Almighty has prepared for us.

O People! Listen and obey and try to do something for your eternal life, and you will be happy forever, in this life and the next. May Allah forgive us! Allahuma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammad...


(Mawlana Shaykh Hisham makes du`a.)

Subhaana rabbika rabbi ‘l inna ama yasifoon wa salaamun `ala ‘l-mursaleen wa ’lhamdulillahi rabbi ‘l-`alameen. Suratu ‘l-Fatihah.