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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 


Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum


Usually when we go to anywhere to apply for anything you will go to apply for a passport they ask you “what’s your name?” You apply for a marriage, they ask you “what’s your name?” If you go to school they ask you “what is your name?” You have to put your name on every test and if you don’t know your name you cannot get your ticket or your passport.

Also awliyaullah are asking us “what is our name”, in order that we can know what kind of a… in which door we are going to enter. Are we going to enter this door or that door? You cannot enter a door other than the door your name is written on. And always you like to enter a door, a place where there is some kind of important [event] or a palace. You don’t want to enter a shack. A burning shack? Huh?

So what is the best door you can enter? For sure it is not the door of dunya, it is the door of akhira. The door of dunya, if you are looking for a door that takes you to the door of akhira that is good. If you are looking for a door that is taking you to punishment in akhira that is bad.

So there are two doors, either your name is sa`eed or your name is shaqee. Either your name is “happy” or your name is “troublemaker” shaqee means a bad one whose life is always bad. So it is either one of these two names, either you are sa`eed having good ending, and good happy life or you are going to have a troubled life. That is why sa`eed or shaqee. And this is for sure you are, either you are this or you are that. Either you are sa`eed or you are shaqee. And no one knows what will happen, which door you are going to be and which name you have. Only Allah knows this and that is in his unseen knowledge. That is why in Laylat nisf sha`ban, the Night of Mid-Sha`ban [when]:

يَمْحُو اللّهُ مَا يَشَاء وَيُثْبِتُ وَعِندَهُ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ

 yamhullah ma yasha’ wa yuthbitu wa `indahu ummu’l-kitab.

Allah doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with Him is the Mother of the Book [13:39]

[On that night] we ask,“O Allah don’t make us shaqee but make us su`ada. Takes us from the bad people and put us to the good people.” Awliya know that du`a is there [is acceptable]. O human beings! This is in Allah’s Knowledge but Allah gave us ways to get out of it. He gave us a way to tell us “try to be good.

[He said,] “Take the mattresses of dunya and bring the mattresses of akhira.”

It means don’t be living a life that all in it is bad desires and bad pleasures, but live a life that is happy  desires and good desires and good pleasures and good desires. To look in Allah’s way is to look for what Allah wants us to do and leave what Allah doesn’t want us to do.

Awliyaullah when their hearts are coming on the way of Allah swt on the sirat al-mustaqeem, they will listen to no one except Him. Whatever you ask them, they might give you an order that is different from what you think. They don’t accept to go according to your opinion.

These days awliyaullah they bring their level down to your level. Before, no. They will never accept. Because before people were more powerful on their faith, they have more strength on their faith, they will accept whatever comes from the shaykh. Today no. They will run away. That is why today you see the shuyukh who are so soft with their students they have hundreds, thousands, even hundreds of thousands of students. The people who are strict have very few students. People today like softness, they don’t like strictness.

Do you like to wear soft clothes or thick clothes? Soft! So they invented today a kind of detergent that makes your clothes to be soft. And so now everyone running to buy that detergent to make their clothes soft and give a nice smell. Softener. It takes away all the elements that are rough in order to make it very soft.

Did they have that 100 years ago? No, they had only soap, no detergent. Therefore everything reflects what is in this life. Before they didn’t have soft clothes; they are easygoing on what they do [i.e. ease was not a concern].

Today they want soft awliyaullah. To relax and sleep and the shaykh will do for you everything.

Fold up your mattresses, sleep on the floor and don’t be soft. If you life a life that is not soft you will live in akhira a life that is soft.

Today awliyaullah are very soft, and else all people will run from them. Today you see them they have followers from every race. You dump on him all your garbage and you don’t want any difficulty. If you face difficulty you run away. So what does he do? He carries all these difficulties and goes to the Prophet (s) and says, “I accept all this garbage” and goes to the Presence of Prophet (s) with all his followers, clean.

Awliyaullah they have softener. They soften you and give you a good smell. You put Bounce to have a good smell. You are stinky, what kind of Bounce do you need? We need a big package of Bounce. The awliyaullah take a big package and they carry their followers and present them to the Prophet (s) with their nice smell. Then prophet with his love takes them all in and with his shafa`a takes to the presence of Allah. Prophet has shafa`a in dunya and akhira.

Are we gong to enter through door of light, where Allah is nur as-samawati wal ard.

Or we are going to enter from door of darkness, dhulumat. Allah wants us to enter through door of light.

So awliyaullah don’t listen except to Allah swt. They don’t want you to enter except by door of happiness. They don’t see you. They cover your mistakes they don’t want to see it. They try to vile you form these mistakes. They want tot see Divine Presence and they want to take you there. If they see your big mistakes they cannot easily take you. From that power of Sattar, they cover you completely; to cover you from being naked. When we do something wrong we become naked and so they cover us.

They a re between majesty and beauty, they don’t bend right or left. They have only a front. You know we have a front and a back. They don’t have a back. They have a front only. Lahum amam wa laysa lahum wara. That means they are always looking straight forward. What happened , happened. They are living their moments. Allah is saying come forward. We say, “no we want to go backwards.” They say, “Come to ma`rifatullah.” “No! we want to go back.”

Awliyaullah don’t look back. That means, what happened [before], it is finished it is gone. If you bring it up it is not acceptable, it is not nice, then it becomes backbiting. Why is it called “back” biting. It means biting in the back. They bite you.

Who is biting you? It means anyone who looks back is biting your back and carrying your sins. The Prophet (s)  prohibited backbiting. When you look forward and don’t look backward then ins will become your servant. They will come to you and they will help you and they will work for you without you asking. Why? Because you are always moving forward always facing the Divine Presence and as we mentioned the story of the Prophet (s) when he put the Sahaba in front of him and the sun at their back and said to them to catch their shadows. Then when they could not, he told them, “Put the sun at your back. Catch your shadow and run.” Then he said, " look to me and run” and the sun was behind them. Then their shadows ran towards them. That means “look to me, and come to me!” Then dunya will run after you.

Then dunya will become your servant as Allah provided Sayyida Maryam, he provides everything.

He provided His Prophet (s) with everything. What did He say? إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ Inna `ataynak al-kawtharVerily we have given thee (O Muhammad) ,the Fount of Kawthar.” [108:1]

That means on one meaning we have given you river of Kawthar. But on the other side it means “We have given you endless knowledge and favors.” فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ  - Therefore, Praise Him endlessly.

إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الْأَبْتَرُ

Verily, he that hates thee has indeed been cut off [from all that is good]! [108:3]

The one who spoke against are the one who has no reputation.

It means:

Their name is going to end. Your name is until the Judgment Day. All prophets will run to you asking shafa`a with their umam, nations. Those who speak about you their reputation is cut and they cannot do anything. Don’t worry about yourself. Allah swt will make ins to run after you to help you.  He makes jinn to help you. He makes kings and presidents to help you and makes all kinds of creations that we don’t know, that Allah and His Prophet (s) know and the awliyaullah learn from the Prophet (s) that there are living species, living creatures that you cannot see them.

The Prophet (s) used to send Sayyidina `Ali to these planets that are near the earth.

One time Sayyida Fatima came to the Prophet (s) and said, “I am not coming to complain to you, O my father, but I have a problem.” He said, "Do you have a problem with Sayyidina `Ali?” She said, "No, my father. I feel shy to mention it. But sometimes he doesn’t come at  night for 2 or 3 days. I have no doubts, but I am worried about him.” He said, "Don’t worry, I sent him to the planets that are nearest to the earth.”

How was he able to go without space shuttle. Which planets. They say now they are going to Mars and to the moon. More than that are they going we don’t know. We don’t know even, if they made the pictures up. But let us go with it, and say they went to those planets, how long it takes to send that spacecraft to Mars? They send it and even then they cannot bring it back. And it takes 2-3 years. Sayyidina `Ali - it takes him one moment. What did he use?  Don’t be surprised what he used. Allah gave His Prophet (s) power, he used that power.

يَا مَعْشَرَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَن تَنفُذُوا مِنْ أَقْطَارِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ فَانفُذُوا لَا تَنفُذُونَ إِلَّا بِسُلْطَانٍ

Ya ma`ashara aljinni wa’l-insi ini istata`tum an tanfuthoo min aqtari as-samawati wal-ardi fanfudhoo la tanfudhoona illa bi-sultan.

O ye assembly of Jinns and men! If it be ye can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, pass ye! not without authority shall ye be able to pass! [55:33]

It means, “O jinn and ins if you are able to penetrate from the atmosphere of this earth you go, but you need a vehicle, a sultan. Not to go and don’t come. “Go and come!” [go there and return] Allah said.

Sayyidina `Ali was going with that sultan, Sultan al-`ilm. Kun fayakoon. Allah gave the power to awliyaullah. Only drops or crumbs from Prophet’s power he gave to awliyaullah.

So Sayyidina `Ali was going with that power.

He makes jinn to serve you and he makes ins to serve you.

Look Sayyidina Sulayman when he wants to bring that throne of Sheba he asked the strongest jinn he has. That jinn, if he puts his hand on the mountain he will make it ashes. That was the strongest jinn he has.

قَالَ يَا أَيُّهَا المَلَأُ أَيُّكُمْ يَأْتِينِي بِعَرْشِهَا قَبْلَ أَن يَأْتُونِي مُسْلِمِينَ   قَالَ عِفْريتٌ مِّنَ الْجِنِّ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَن تَقُومَ مِن مَّقَامِكَ وَإِنِّي عَلَيْهِ لَقَوِيٌّ أَمِينٌ  قَالَ الَّذِي عِندَهُ عِلْمٌ مِّنَ الْكِتَابِ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَن يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ


He said: O chiefs! Which of you will bring me her throne before they come unto me, surrendering?  A stalwart of the Jinn said: I will bring it thee before thou canst rise from thy place. Lo! I verily am strong and trusty for such work.  

One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: I will bring it thee before thy gaze returneth unto thee. [27:38-40]

He said, "I need that throne,” to that jinni. He said, "O Messenger of Allah I can bring it to you. But it is going to take the time until your meeting is finished. About 1 or 2 days.”

The distance from Yemen to Quds ash-Sharif, it takes a long time. He said, "my meeting will be over before that. I want it before she comes.” Then Asif ibn Barkhiyya, one of his ministers that had knowledge of the book of Dawud, Zaboor, he had sultan. He had that sultan, vehicle, mentioned in that verse [55:33]. He said, “I will bring that to you.” In the blink of an eye he bought it there.

In a blink of an eye the throne was there.

That is the power of ins (human beings). Don’t think ins don’t have power. When we say ins, we mean awliyaullah that are within human race. Allah will make these awliyaullah to work for you. Those who are in lower levels do work for those on higher levels. So Allah will make ins, jinn, scholars, president and kings, to work for you as you are looking forward, not looking backward. Let us cut our back, then we cannot look back. Why look back then. You look at the backs of others. You don’t see your own ego, that is a hump like the hump of a camel. You don’t look at your own hump. So why do you look at the back of people?

Awliyaullah only look at the faces of people and they take them to presence of the Prophet (s).

“Al-hikam wal-`ilm wal ma`rifah, takhdimahum - Wisdom, knowledge and gnosis serve them and their provisions are sincerity and their food is sincerity and the water that they drink is familiarity. They are in one valley and humans are in the other valley. They are in the valley where they only see Allah’s order and they try to pull out of the valley of this world the people who are falling in it - to pull them out and bring them to the presence of the Prophet (s).

They are the real inheritors of the Prophet (s).

Their duty their work is for Allah swt;

They don’t work for dunya;

Ttheir work is to save humanity.

Their presence on this earth is a blessing

         and a mercy.

Their presence is light.

Their presence is oceans.

Their presences are rivers.

They are like the dew on the leaves

      in the early morning.

They are the dew of the hearts of every being.

They are the light upon light.

They are the oceans of knowledge

They are the pen that can write

and  the tongue that can speak

and the heart that can love

and they are the body

     that they can sail as a vehicle

or as a vessel sailing

in the ocean of knowledge.

May Allah forgive us and may Allah bless us, wa min Allah at-tawfeeq, bi-hurmatil Fatiha.