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If someone has PhD and he goes to his horizon, what is there? Another horizon. And he goes to that horizon, what is there? Another horizon.

So fawqa kulli dhi `ilmin `aleem  - above every knower there is a higher knower.

So it is a waste of time, not a waste, but above every knower there is a higher knowledge. Knowledge never ends. So don’t say one is above the other. Guidance is not cheap. Guidance is expensive. Might be all your life and you don’t achieve the level of guidance. The level of guidance Is a grant from Allah swt. If you are not granted you cannot achieve it.

Many people are being called murshid and I was going to a Mawlid in Los Angeles and there was a conference where they have 6 speakers. They asked, no even they didn’t ask, they put my name there and they put the name of the other 6 speakers. When I looked at the flyer I said, "SubhanAllah look these people out of their love, how much… “ because they praise someone out of their love. If you love the Prophet you praise the Prophet (s). Are there people who don’t praise the Prophet (s) too much. You know them - you understand.

They don’t praise too much. They say, "then you make shirk." That is stupid. Can praising the Prophet (s) make shirk? To praise the Prophet (s), you show your obedience to Allah when Allah said,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Inna Allaha wamalaikatahu yusalloona `ala an-nabiyyi ya ayyuha alladheena amanoo salloo `alayhi wa sallimoo tasleema

Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. Al-Ahzab [33:56]

 "Allah and His angels are praising the Prophet (s).” When you praise the Prophet (s) you are obeying Allah and obeying His Prophet (s). So guidance is not cheap.

So when I was looking at this flyer I saw in front of everyone’s name is ash-shaykh, al-`allaama al-mufti pir saheb.

Shaykh `allaama. `allaama means walking encyclopedia. That is Arabic, means he knows every kind of knowledge. How this Pakistani became a walking encyclopedia. There are Pakistanis that are `allaama but not everyone on the list is an `allaama mufti pir saheb. That `allaama might be a doctor. Out of their love they wrote it but in reality it is not correct. As they were just introducing me.

What the Prophet (s) said, " and he went in Isra and Mi’raj and every day we are reading Holy Qur'an and passing through that verse. What he described himself. Allah can describe himself whatever he likes and raise him and the Prophet (s) can describe himself as he likes, but what did he Say?

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاء رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا

Qul innama ana basharun mithlukum yooha ilayya annama ilahukum ilahun wahidun faman kana yarjoo liqaa rabbihi falya`mal `amalan salihan wala yushrik bi-`ibadati rabbihi ahadan.

Say [O Prophet]: "I am but a mortal man like all of you. It has been revealed unto me that your God is the One and Only God. Hence, whoever looks forward [with hope and awe] to meeting his Sustainer [on Judgment Day], let him do righteous deeds, and let him not ascribe unto anyone or anything a share in the worship due to his Sustainer!" Al-Kahf (The Cave) 18:110

Say: “I am only a human being.” He is the Seal of messengers. He is the Messenger of Allah swt that Allah sent him as mercy for humanity. What did he say? He said: say O Muhammad, ‘I am only a human being like you.’”

So what then about us if Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is saying that out of humbleness?

You go to these conferences and one stands up and says, “I am introducing the speaker.” What you are introducing the speaker?  Introduce his name and that is enough. They will speak ten minutes about the speaker, more than the lecture itself. And as he is praising him he swells up. What happened, Idris is happy.  What happened? [ Mawlana touches Yusuf Bey’s medals]

As much as you praise as much as they are happy. As much as you praise Sayyidina Muhammad (s), as much  as the prophet says, “Don’t say!” but Allah is saying, “say it too much!” Allah is happy. So say salawat more.

So our problem today is that everyone is trying to say, "what is wrong with me?” Did you say that to yourself sometime or you never thought that. Ask your friend? [do you say what is wrong with you sometimes?] [sometimes.]

Do you say is something wrong with you? [sometimes] That we will see, I don’t believe. We will see when someone slaps you on the face. We will see if you get a hit from down.

Do we say, "what is wrong with us?” Every moment we must say, "what is wrong with us?”

The Prophet (s) he is Seal of the messengers. One phrase he said made Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq to put a stone in his mouth for seven years. Do you want to put a pebble in your mouth for seven years? [Idris yes.] It is in your mouth not in your pocket. [He lost it already.]

Might be you swallowed it.

You stand up, Idris wants to see you.  [I have been trying to tell him all along to put the pebble in his mouth] one for you, one for Idris and one for me.

Because of that phrase of the Prophet (s), that hadith the Prophet (s) mentioned, he put a stone, a large stone, in his mouth to guarantee what he says, as the Prophet (s) said,

من يضمن لي ما بين لحييه وما بين رجليه أضمن له الجنة

"who can control or guarantee what is between his jaws and what is between his legs I will guarantee for him Paradise.” That means whoever has control over his desires for speaking and for something else, “if anyone can control and stop that I will guarantee you Paradise.”

Take the easiest one, to control the tongue. Can you control the tongue from talking? No, because we are not trying. He put a stone in his mouth. Until Jibreel  came to the Prophet (s) and told him, “give him Allah’s salaams and tell him to take the stone out of his mouth.”

It means when you lie, you cheat, you steal, when you don’t want to study; they are happy they have holidays, vacation, especially young ones.

You say, “yes we are sick.”

You have school tomorrow? [no] oh. You must have school every day. Every moment. We must learn something new every moment. If we are not learning something new from what is around us then we are wasting time.

So what do we have to learn today? It is so simple: don’t think you are something.

He said, "guide me.” When he said that word it agitated me.

Who guides who? Handicapped guides handicapped? Disabled can guide disabled? Both of them are disabled, how can they guide each other? Are we disabled or not? That doesn’t mean we are not trying to decrease our pride or personality no, but this is teaching us a lesson that we are disabled. We are disabled in everything.

Look I give you an example. But we have to not forget the hadith of the Prophet (s) where we mentioned that Sayyidina Abu Bakr put that stone in his mouth.

Under whose name is this dergah? Under Shah Naqshband is it not. It is the most distinguished Naqshbandi tariqah. He spread it east and west, until Shaykh Nazim and he spread it all over the world. But still it is tariqah an-Naqshbandiyya.

And this story will tell you how careful he was in his dealings with his students and with everyone around.

He was so rich and people say, "how can you be so rich and you are Naqshbandi. You must be very poor.”

Who said? You can be a billionaire, not just a millionaire even. The ghaniyyun shaakir is better than faqeerin `abid. The thankful rich person is better than the poor worshipper. The poor one can only do for himself but the rich one can do help for many others

O Mersad. Don’t think you became a peacock, that you are someone big. Look Sayyidina Shah Naqshband what happened to him, when he was …

So from your hand I will take this. Who brought it, Idris? Ahh!

In his time, he was very rich. In his time, as Grandshaykh may Allah bless his soul, “Every night he used to feed 5000 people and they were studying in his school,” and til today you can go and see his school.

He said that “one time there was drought in the city, in Samarqand and there is no more wheat for people to eat. There is no rain, there is no more food.

They came to Sayyidina Shah Naqshband and said, ‘Ya Sayyidee this is situation and people are dying from hunger there is no rain.’ What did he do? He said, ‘Is there any house that has any grain?’ They looked and looked and looked and found one house of one rich person, who is the richest person in area, he has a little bit of grains of wheat of flour. They brought it to Sayyidina Shah Naqshband and said, ‘this is what we found.’ He said, ’take it to windmill and I am coming.’ So they went to the mill and you know they used to grind wheat in those days with two buffalos.

The buffalo puts its head between the yoke and then he turns the wheel and it grinds the flour. At that time they choke on the stones that come in the bread. And today they have zero tolerance flour, milled very smooth. And still they are throwing the food more than they eat. Sunnah is to keep water next to you when  eating. Why? Because they used to choke on the stones that comes in the barley bread, so they have to drink water quickly.

That is why one of his wives, he was telling her, “Ya Ayesha, in the Last Days,” while he was sitting telling her, he said, "People are not going to eat from our bread.” She said, “How are they going to eat?” He said, "they are eating bread that is very pure, ground to the end. You cannot find anything in it that is not fine and yet they are not thankful.”

Grandshaykh may Allah bless his soul, said in the time of the Prophet (s) no Sahaba used to have tooth decay, cavities in their teeth, because it was not in that time. There was no dentistry at that time. For every time Allah gives them ways.

She raised her hands and said, "O Allah make cavities come in their teeth for their ungratefulness for their fine flour.” The Prophet said, "stop!” and if she didn’t stop Grandshaykh said that all the people of today would have lost their teeth. From that time cavities began.

So today they don't show gratitude they don’t say Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem at the beginning of eating and they don’t say alhamdulillah at the end. When they finish, Idris what happens. [Mawlana demonstrates someone smoking.] At the end this is what they do. Is that thanking Allah swt? Or they drink. “What you want to drink?” SubhanAllah everyone has to drink when they are eating. Everyone, if they don’t drink they feel they didn’t eat.

So at the end they take these cigars, big ones, and they … or cigarettes and they being to smoke, after what? After food. This is thanking Allah!?

And others, they do something worse: they take marijuana and they think they are doing something nice. And that is why you see half the children in the west have no brains. Their brains are gone through drugs.

So what do you say? This is our time. This is…which guide can guide you now. There is no way for a guide except Sayyidina Mahdi . Guides are rare. You cannot find like Mawlana Shaykh Nazim - they are rare. You might find one or two - for us he is the highest but you cannot find like anymore, they are hidden.

“So Shah Naqshband said, ‘bring that grain’ and they took the grain of wheat and Sayyidina Shah Naqshband he put the grain on the millstone that is going to turn and they put, usually they put two buffaloes or two donkeys. So there were two buffalos or two donkeys and they tie one to one side of the stone and tie to the other side of the stone and then Shah Naqshband took one of the ropes away and with the other buffalo he began to turn the windmill. As he is turning wheat is coming from all directions. He ordered all the villages that are outside that village to come, as much as they can to take of flour. And from morning to evening except the prayers that wheat is coming out until the whole area Bukhara, Samarqand and Merv, was covered with wheat it might be enough for 10 years. Everyone was a student of his knew what he was doing.

So everyone went back and they were happy.

So Sayyidina Shah Bahauddin Naqshband when he was dying many years later with all he was doing of khayr to feed people to guide them to teach them. He was biggest guide of people, and the angel of death was coming to take his soul. What are we going to say when angel of death is coming? What are we going to say, "wait till I finish my Gameboy?” no. “Wait till if finish my DVD player.” Now more than that: “wait til I finish my emails.” Some people might have 2000 or 3000 emails, and if Sayyidina Azraeel will say “yes” then they might go through their junk email even in order to delay.

What do doctors do? They think they are delaying the death of people.

What did Allah say?        

وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٌ فَإِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ لاَ يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلاَ يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ

Wa likulli ummatin ajalun fa-idha jaa ajaluhum la yastakhiroona sa`atan wa laa yastaqdimoon.

To every people is a term appointed: when their term is reached, not an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in anticipation). Al-A'raf [7:34]

Go put a sign on the lake. Jogging is not going to give you longer life. You see everyone going jogging. Even those who say they are guides and shaykhs. You are imam and you go to gym. How you go to gym and all kinds of types of people instead of hiding yourself in your home and reflecting. That reflection of one hour is better than one year of worship. Imam: I am going to swim. How you are imam going to swim and all these naked women are there. Are you going with black eyeglasses so no one can see you.

So angel of death came to Sayyidina Shah Naqshband. He is protected Sayyidina Shah Naqshband. As soon as the angel of death came for Sayyidina Shah Naqshband to meet his lord, as soon as they begin to see him, when he is on the bed, flipping on the ground. How you say? Flipping, falling and falling on his face. Rubbing his beard on the ground and saying: “Ya `Afuw, Ya `Afuw…”  Rubbing his lahyatush-shareefa `ala al-ard. Seven times saying, “Ya `Afuw.” Then they put him on the bed. Then he falls down. Then he says: “Ya `Afuw, Ya `Afuw…” seven times. Then they put him on bed and then he falls saying, “Ya `Afuw, Ya `Afuw,….” Each time they put him he falls. You know Ya `Afuw means The One Who Forgives. Everyone was surprised at Sayyidina Shah Naqshband, though of course everyone has to say “Ya `Afuw.”

Any student that is doubtful will say, "O look at what kind of death,” as they cannot understand any hikmat out of it except his student and successor, Ala’uddin al-Attar. He understood why, for Shah Naqshband whispered to him.

When he saved thousands and hundreds when he put himself in place of the buffalo to make that flour to come out, then why is he saying “Ya `Afuw”? Allah was saying to him: “O Shah Naqshband. Why are you interfering in My Will. It is not up to you to feed them - it is up to Me.”

He said, " Ya `Afuw” because without permission from the Prophet (s), as always when he wants to make a miracle he must get authorization from the Prophet (s) to make a miracle. If not, then he falls into the category of sin. So that is why Naqshbandi shaykhs don’t like to make miracles. They don’t want anyone to know about them, they are hidden.

Today those who are representatives of shaykhs around the world they show they know everything. Look Sayyidina Shah Naqshband, was rubbing his head his beard on floor and saying, “I was not right to do that. It is as if I canceled Your Will.”

Only when we get permission from the Prophet (s), then is it  is according to the Will of Allah.

So even last moment in his life he is asking forgiveness.

So where is understanding of a guide today? The meaning of a guide is not simple it is not easy I t is not something you go to university and buy it and study for it, it is a grant from Allah. If Allah gives it.

We go back, when Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq heard that hadith said, "stop! i don’t want to be problem to myself.” What did the Prophet (s) say? Allahuma la takilnee ila nafsee tarfata `aynin wa la `aqal min dhalik - don’t leave me to my ego for blink of an eye or less.” Does the Prophet (s) have ego? No! But even so he is saying “Don’t leave me to my ego for blink of an eye.”

So like children how much you have go, they say I have this much [stretch arms]

So how much ego do you have?

So don’t say I know something. The Prophet (s) who passed through the horizon that is no end, horizon that is qaaba qawsayni aw adna, still he said, "don’t leave me to my ego for the blink of any eye.”

So what did Abu Bakr as-Siddiq do? He took a stone and put it in his mouth, for seven years and did not take it out unless necessary.

So what is lesson today? It is not to talk too much. People talk too much today. They talk in everything as if they know everything. Keep quiet. If they ask you answer the question but if they don’t ask you keep quiet and don’t burn your fingers.

Wa min Allah at-tawfeeq bi-hurmati 'l-Fatiha