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Understanding Brings Enlightenment

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

7 February 2010 Lefke, Cyprus

Dastoor yaa Sayyidee, madad. (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) La ilaaha illa-Llah, la ilaaha illa-Llah, la ilaaha illa-Llah, Sayyidina Muhammad Rasoolullah `alayhis-salaatu wa taammat tasleem, yaa Rabbana, yaa Rabighfir wa'r-hamna wa anta khayru'r-Rahimeen. (Mawlana Shaykh sits.)

As-salaamu ` alaykum, yaa ` ibaadallah, as-salaamu ` alaykum yaa Sultanu 'l-Awliyaa, our protector, our guide. A` oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani'r-rajeem, Bismillahi'r-Rahmaani'r-Raheem. La hawla wa la quwatta illa billahi 'l-` Aleeyyu 'l-` Adheem.

O Salafi `ulama, Allah Almighty (jallah jalaalahu), our Creator is saying, wa li kulli qawmin haad, "And to every people, a guide." (13:7) May Allah (swt) grant an understanding to His holy servants on this planet. The main specialty of Man is understanding. Understanding is granted only to Man, not to animals. Therefore, Man is on the highest level among creatures in this world. Who does not understand, his level will be on the level of animals. Therefore, the Seal of Prophets (s) said, Utlub al ` ilm min al-mahdi ila al-lahd, "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave." (Muslim)

O Salafi `ulamas! Are you understanding Arabic? Must be. Very good, I am happy that you are understanding Arabic. The Seal of Prophets (s) was urging his nation for understanding the Lord's most honored and glorified deputy Sayyidina Muhammad (s). (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) You must stand up to give your high respect to him! If you are not giving high respect for his honor, your honor is coming down, and the light of imaan (faith) is taken from your face. (Mawlana Shaykh sits.) If you are looking at a person and his face is shining, you must understand that that person is an understanding one, and therefore, a lightening is granted to his face. There is a line or level separating men and animals. People who are understanding are above that level and those who are not understanding, their situation is under the level of animals.

When coming here morning, and the Lord of Heavens is ordering to His most beloved servant, ta` allamoo, "Try to learn," because learning opens the treasures of understanding. You can't reach those treasures if you are not learning and you can't bring a limit for the treasures of understanding; that is the honor of Mankind. As much as Man is running to understand, an honor, power and lightenings are granted to him, subhaanAllah! There is nothing like understanding through the way of learning. He who learns, understands.

O Salafi `ulama! Are you understanding what the Holy Qur'an is saying? "A little bit (we are understanding)." You are not understanding! If the Seal of Prophets (s) didn't come, you would not understand. And some no-mind, foolish and stupid people are saying that the Seal of Prophet (s) just gave people what they were in need of. What had he been granted? He was granted the Holy Qur'an. Some foolish, no-mind and stupid ones are saying that the Seal of Prophets (s) gave what he has been granted from Holy Qur'an, (and when) that finished he went away, so now we are not in need of his prophecy; we may follow for understanding from the holy book that he brought us from Allah Almighty. So many slaves and followers of Shaytan are saying, "Now we can understand." How can you understand?!

The Seal of Prophets (s) was given knowledge over 23 years, a knowledge that gave understanding. Allah (swt) granted him the Holy Qur'an, but He granted 23 years to His most honored, glorified and beloved one, for understanding it. Why was He keeping the Seal of Prophets (s) for 23 years? (He could have) sent the Holy Qur'an in one second and no need even to keep the Seal of Prophets (s)! Without the Seal of Prophets (s), He could send His book through the angels to a prepared place, saying, "This is the Lord's last message. Look in it and understand!" It would be so easy to do that, but He didn't. He was sending His last message from heavens to the people, to the servants, to understand.

Even if you are eating three times, that is the level of animals; once is enough, from Jumu`ah to Jumu`ah for some angels, and He may send once. His last message, putting, "kursi" on a prepared rock, and people may come and look, and (it) goes away. So many foolish and heedless ones from Muslim countries, claiming to be doctors, are saying, "We can understand and we are not in need (of the one) who was granted the Holy Qur'an. He passed away, finished. We, ourselves, can do what he was doing and saying." Allah Allah, Allah Allah, tawbah yaa Rabbee, tawbah yaa Rabbee! For a person to understand the Holy Qur'an by himself is like a person being granted a heap of food and told, "All this is for you, take and eat." He begins to take, and eats and eats. No time for digesting? How can you eat and not digest? The Holy Qur'an is here (Mawlana Shaykh raises his hands) as an endless heap of knowledge, and you are saying, "We are not in need of anyone to make us understand, or teach us to understand." That is the last point of ignorance! I am hearing so many people and also reading their articles, "There is no need now for the Seal of Prophets (s) for us, adda 'l-amaanah, and now finished."

O Salafi `ulamas! What about Allah Almighty ordering and teaching His real and most beloved and honored deputy, Sayyidina Muhammad (s), (Mawlana Shaykh stands):

وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا

wa qul rabbee zidni ilmaa,

And say, 'My Lord, increase me in knowledge.' (20:114)

And Allah Almighty is saying:

وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّن الْعِلْمِ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً

wa ma uteetum min al-ilmi illaa qaleela,

And of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you (O men). (17:85)

That qaleel is a little bit from heavenly knowledge that you have been granted. Don't think learning from nature is the only knowledge that Man is in need of. What you are learning about nature, this planet and this world, is illa qaleela, so small. Qaleelan is never going to be katheeran, a lot. A person may learn from knowledge as much as possible. Not the knowledge that depends on Positivism, but from real` ilm also. That "little" is never going to be a lot; always it is a little bit. Allah Almighty's divine address is to all naturalist people, saying, waa ma uteetum min al-` ilmi illa qaleela. They are making a searching daily and the search is never-ending. A new one comes after it and another after that, like a person who is trying to reach the end of a horizon, and each time he reaches another horizon appears. That is knowledge! According to our ability or capacity and our mind's productions, it is small. The Lord of Heavens made that for digesting. Each time new ones, each time you may digest, and your capacity is not enough. A person's provision may be a hundred tons for his whole life. If you put it all in front of him to eat, he can't, but day-by-day, gradually, his provision is going to finish. When it is finishing he is glorifying That One (Allah)!

The knowledge that Man is granted is according to his ability, capacity and understanding level. Understanding gives people an honor. As much as you (want to) understand, your understanding for the Creator of Worlds will be endless, from pre-Eternal up to Eternal. Knowledge is not giving Man a light, but understanding is. That is a heavenly grant. Any time you are understanding, you are granted a kind of lights and your understanding is opening. Therefore, the Prophet (s) said,

اطلبوا العلم من المهد إلى اللحد

utlub al-` ilm min al-mahdi ila al-lahad, (seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave).

(It means:) "Try to increase your understanding." Don't ask for a long life for eating and drinking and fulfilling your animal wishes, but ask a long life to reach higher and higher understanding, and to reach through every level of understanding. Then huge oceans of Unknown Territories and majestic dominions are appearing for the Lord, Allah. Where are we? We understand nothing! People are not understanding and only asking to keep something through their mind-productions and that can never give anything! But the Lord of Heavens gave the Holy Qur'an for understanding; never-ending knowledge and understandings are in it.

Who is that One who may teach you what you are asking to learn and understand? It is that real deputy of Allah (swt). Allah Almighty is One and His Absolute Deputy is only one; can't be more than one!

وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً

Wa idh qaala rabbuka lil-mala`ikati innee ja` ilun fi 'l-ardi khaleefah.

Behold, thy Lord said to the angels, "I will create a vicegerent on Earth." (2:30)


He is not saying khulafaa', "only one." Also, nakra, in Arabic, "endlessly." If you are going to give an understanding on that word without t`aarif, a definition, innee ja`ilun fi'l-ardi and not say khaleefah. These two words (khaleefah, khulafaa') are giving a description; giving endless deputies if putting alif, lam. If saying only khaleefah, it is signing (indicating) one for Himself, who had been ordered and prepared from pre-Eternal to Eternal to be khaleefah on behalf of the Creator. He and not anyone else is doing what is going to be done for Creation. And Allah Almighty is saying, kuntu kanzan makhfiyyan, ("I was a Hidden Treasure.) I am in My Divine Unknown-ness; no one can know My position." kanz makhfee, means a secret that no one can know.

Therefore, one deputy is enough for the whole of Creation, Sayyidina Muhammad! (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Only one deputy in that level. (Mawlana Shaykh sits.) Allah Allah, Allah Allah, SubhaanAllah, SubhaanAllah, Sultan Allah. And Shaytan was thinking to be that one. What is Shaytan's understanding? Through an endless ocean, it is a small spot! And he was thinking, "I can be that khaleefah." When he is looking that this has been granted, he is never understanding that Allah Almighty's khitaab, addressing, was from pre-Eternal to Eternal. It is not something that you are reading and learning and getting to that point. It is `ata' min Allah, a divinely grant from pre-Eternal to Eternal, without a beginning or end. Therefore, we must try to understand.

O Salafi `ulamas! You must try to stop some no-mind people who are saying, "We are reaching every meaning through the Holy Qur'an and we not are in need of that one who was granted directly from the Divine Presence." You are understanding nothing! Therefore, you must try to correct your wrong claiming . Zu'm is something else, zu'm`aamaq (a deep ocean). If you are not knowing how to swim in it, you may sink down and never appear again.

May Allah forgives us!

Allah Allah, Allah Allah, SubhaanAllah.

Don't say, "We are not in need of any one now, we can understand." You cannot understand! Allah Almighty is saying to his most beloved one, wa qul rabbee zidnee `ilma. It is kalaalmu 'l-qadeem, the Holy Qur'an is from pre-Eternal up to Eternal, and Allah Almighty is saying, "O My beloved one, say, 'Rabbee zidnee `ilma'." Is it for himself, Sayyidina Muhammad, or to grant to Allah Almighty's servants? Yes, there are some people (granted that); common creatures cannot carry. It is only for himself, but from that, he has been ordered to grant to his nation what they may need to understand their Lord's greatness and glory!

O People! Think on it. May Allah forgives us.

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Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, SubhaanAllah.

Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Sultaan Allah.


(Mawlana Shaykh speaks with Shaykh Hisham on the phone.)