After Fajr and Tahajjud
A`udhu billahi min ash-Shaytaan ir-rajeem bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem
Nawaytu’l-arba`een nawatu’l-`itikaaf nawaytu’l-khalwah, nawaytu’r-riyaada, nawaytu’s-salook lillahi ta`ala al-`adheem fee hadha’l masjid
This suhbat is being given in Shahr al-Mawlid 1392, Rabi` al-Awwal by Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul so we are reading from his notes.
So it is not addressed to anyone, it is addressed to everyone, not to anyone in particular but all of us must know and realize what he is saying and learn what is important for us.
He said that Allah swt in the Day of Promises, he told all prophets, he took from
وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى شَهِدْنَا أَن تَقُولُواْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ
Wa idh akhadha Rabbuka min bani Adama min dhuhoorihim dhurriyyatahum wa ashhadahum `alaa anfusihim alastu bi-rabbikum qaalu bala shahidna an taqulu yawma al-qiyamati inna kunna `an haadha ghaafileen
When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful": 7:172
Allah swt took from the descenders of Sayyidina Adam, offspring, all his offspring and brought them to his presence and asked them am I not your lord and they said yes.
What does it mean “Am I not your Lord?” it means to obey Him and obey the Prophet (s) and those on authority.
And Allah brought all prophets and said “if my beloved Seal of the Prophets appears in your time then you follow and you are no longer prophets.” Allah showed the greatness He manifests on Sayyidina Muhammad and He prohibited and forbid anyone to enter
Everything we do we must ask `afwa and tawba. Forgiveness and repentance. We must ask forgiveness and repentance. As much as we ask forgiveness and repentance and as much as we ask for and repentance. We must realize that our `amal is far from complete and it shows us how much it is incomplete. Although we know our `amal is incomplete but still you must ask repent and ask forgiveness.
If these words don’t enter your brain make a hole in it and make what I am saying like earring in your brain., or make a hole in it and pour it in.
Today they pierce their ears and they show some diamond earrings, some gold earring, so men now imitate women. For women it is allowed to pierce and not happy with small ones now but putting big ones and now not happy just piercing ears, now piercing their noses and not happy now piercing their tongues and not happy with that piercing somewhere else also, I didn’t see that.
When you begin to see difficulties don’t react strangely in order that you might fall into problem. When you fall into problems by following shaytan you are following. Not by following Allah you are following, because Allah has prepared his paradise for those who are patient, men and women, as-saabireen was-saabiraat and the dhaakireen-Allaha wadh-dhaakiraat.. All those Allah prepared for them paradises.
إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Inna al-muslimeena wa’l-muslimaati wa’l-mumineena wa’l-muminaati wa’l-qaaniteena wa’l-qaanitati wa’s-saadiqeena wa’s-saadiqati wa’l-saabireena wa’l-saabirati wa’l-khashi`eena wa’l-khashi`aati wa’l-mutasaddiqeena wa’l-mutasaddiqaati wa’l-saaimeena wa’l-saaimati wa’l-hafidheena furoojahum wa’l-hafidhaati wa’dh-dhaakireena Allaha katheeran wadh-dhaakiraat a`adda Allahu lahum maghfiratan wa ajran `adheema
For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. 33:35
So he said when a problem face you don’t try to stir it. Then it will smell stinky smell. Then it will die, finish. If you want to stir it is your mistake.
He said, “Don’t say in my presence, aamanna wa sadaqna.” People wherever go today and say ‘Aamanna wa sadaqna.’ Say it when you are facing difficulty. If something is facing that you don’t like then run from it. He said, “I am ashamed in front of awliyaullah of my followers because I keep giving them advice and giving them advice and they are still following their ego. They say aamanna wa sadaqna, ‘the Shaykh says this and [really] means this,’ there is always a fatwa, never a decision that [O myself] ‘I am wrong.’ Else why Shaykh keeps repeating, repeating… the awliya that are looking at my students, they say that if you advised metal and stones they would have melted already but your students are not melted and your words have not affected them. Because they are so much dipped into their square minds that they cannot change. They think that it is not for them and that is why they don’t think about it or they don’t feel it and that is ignorance coming from them.”
So we have to be very careful, that we are looking into the words of awliyaullah 40 years ago and what they were saying to their students at that time. And at that time there students were more connected and more faithful. As much as you move towards the last days, people move more and more into corruption.
That is why Sayyidina Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi was called Mujaddid Alf ath-thaani, he renovated and brought back the tradition of real Islam thru his writing, his Maktubaat, when students use to write him letters he would answer them..
Our way is traditional Islam classical Islam. you cannot move form that railway, it is moving forward. So in the past many people deviated and he brought them back. This is what you have to follow.
So he said “Don’t put me in an ashamed position among awliyaullah when they say if you have advised stones and iron it would have melted.” He said that “my advice is for one thing only it is to be far from selfishness.”
“I respect all of Bani Adam the same but I am trying to make you away from feeling yourself as something. Because the Prophet (s) said:
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 yuhaa ilayya annama ilahukum ilaahun waahidun faman kaana yarjoo liqaa rabbihi fal-ya`mal `amalan saalihan wa laa yushrik bi `ibadati rabbihi aahada
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 Lord!". 18:110
He is higher than everyone else, when he saw Allah’s Greatness he said, ‘I am but a human being.’ If Prophet (s) said that, what about us? He said ‘don’t leave me to myself for the blink of an eye.’ That is the selfishness that awliyaullah are trying to take away the selfishness.”
And it is not allowed to sleep with your wife when she is in her period. Mawlana Shaykh said that if someone sleeps with her wife in her period and did love with her, his child will come handicapped with a problem and a sickness. That is a normal situation and I am saying that when there is… when Allah said “Don’t approach when your wife is in period” as she feels uncomfortable and sick and what is coming out is something that Allah honored women to carry that and to carry children, generation after generation, and that is why the Prophet (s) said “Paradise is under feet of mothers.” He honored them with that.
But the blood that comes, is not like the blood that comes from the finger when it is cut, it is mixed with the outside environment and might have problems, contamination.
So what Grandshaykh means to say here is that all our actions are like we are in a period. We are mixing what is good with what is bad outside. So when you mix, you make everything infected. You make yourself infected. When the blood is within it is clean, but when it comes out it immediately becomes impure. So you don’t want your `amal to be infected and contaminated with what is around you. So when a lady is in that condition, Allah said “don’t pray, because you are tired.” So when you do something wrong it is as if you are making yourself to be contaminated and your prayer will be rejected completely. Any question to be clarified here? Don’t take my words on different meaning.
When Allah is happy with His servant is when His servant does something which Allah likes.
"I am not happy with these manners," Forty years ago he was saying this to a group of people. And words of awliya are for all time. He said, “I am giving you every day advice and nothing changing. You have to change or I pull my hand out from [supporting] you. If I pull my hand I will unplug you and you will be left with no energy and with nothing in your mind and you will be left crazy and no one will be following you.”
“O masha-Allah all the recitation of Quran and dhikrullah and your doing awraad and everything you are doing is in anaaniyya. Everything you are doing is contaminated with your ego. Everything is contaminated. My words are for those who passed away and for those who are coming. Don’t think when you are reading Quran and reciting dhikr you are something - no you are nothing. As long as you fall in trap of anaaniyya, then you are nothing.
When you become so that you are like pine tree, when in winter and in summer the same, green and…”
“My words very clear, don’t give them an interpretation. My words are like the light of sun, they don’t need any interpretation. This is a general address, to the grandfathers and ancestors and those who are passed away and for those who are coming.”
“Allah doesn’t know? He knows and He created everyone and He wants everyone to have perfect manners.
“As an example of this problem, Jibreel came to the Prophet (s) and said, ‘Your daughter is misbehaving with `Ali (r).’ Allah swt told Jibreel, ‘O Jibreel go to my beloved Prophet (s) and inform him that Fatimat az-Zahra, with all the honor I gave her, she is misbehaving with `Ali (r), call her and teach her how to behave with `Ali (r).’”
This is big. This is not something that goes from one ear and out the other. Although she carried the highest of perfection compared to anyone on earth but still Allah wants her to be better. So Jibreel was shy, but he went to the Prophet (s) and he was shy. He said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, I am sending you salaams from your Lord but I have a message. Allah swt asked me to come to you to give you advice to
“What was wrong? Sayyidina `Ali (r) was feeling shy from Sayyidina Fatima az-Zahra, she is daughter of the Prophet (s). For that reason he used to cook the food, clean the house, mop, do laundry, and everything he was doing out of love and respect. Allah didn’t like that.
“When the Prophet (s) called her and said, ‘This is not `Ali (r)’s job. `Ali (r) is very important to me and very important to the Muslim Ummah. It is your work to keep the house in a perfect way. If you keep your house in a perfect way then your house, [meaning your self], is in a perfect way.’”
“So Prophet (s) showed her how to behave with Sayyidina `Ali (r) and she began to do that. So when Sayyidina `Ali (r) came to house after Prophet (s) spoke with her, as soon as he put his feet inside the house, he pulled out and went. He put one foot inside and as soon as he put his foot in he pulled it out and went. She was surprised. When he put his foot in the doorway he saw the house in perfect condition, not as usual and he smelled a very nice smell coming from the house.”
So it means that make your house has to be organized. Take anaaniyya out of your self. Take that selfishness – when that selfishness comes out then a nice smell comes in. When that nice smell comes, in then the people around you will be attracted to you because there is a nice smell there. Then Allah will be happy with you. Sayyidina `Ali (r) was happy because he was wasting his time cooking and cleaning and like most of us today we are doing the cleaning and cooking and changing the Pampers. That is ok, as you are not Sayyidina `Ali (r), you are lazy so never mind.
“So he pulled out, and said, ‘For that khidmah, she is doing for me, I swear I will not enter my house until I bring 100 unbelievers will enter Islam.’”
How much the Prophet (s) will be happy when you fix yourself, how much awliyaullah will be happy when you fix yourself.
“So Allah made it possible for him to convert 100 unbelievers to Islam and he went home.”
So instead of spending his time cleaning his house, he brought 100 unbelievers to Islam. So it means you spend your time looking outside and try to work outside things which may not be good for you. So what you need to do is to clean what is in yourself and remove that dirtiness, that selfishness. Then Allah will reward you as the hadith whoever revives my Sunnah Allah will give reward 100 or 70 shaheed.
So as Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, “I will not come back until I cover 100, so for every selfishness you get rid of, for every one Allah will give you the reward of 100 shaheeds, according to the hadith of the Prophet (s) that anyone in the last days who revives one of my sunnahs will have the reward of 100 shaheeds or 70 shaheeds in some riwayat.
At that time Allah will perfect your house physically and spiritually.
He said, “I am not getting tired from advising, I can do it every time and I can keep on saying and saying but what is the benefit if you don’t change yourselves? I will carry the responsibility as you are my students but you will not have any chance to be raised in level if you don’t take away that selfishness that is in the heart.”
So Sayyidina `Ali (r) was able to convert as Grandshaykh said, the hundred, but in the process of converting he converted 99 as Allah does not want to make it easy for anyone. He gave him 99, he was able to convert and one he was not able to find that day. So he came to the Prophet (s) and said, “Ya Rasulullah I gave an oath that I will not come home unless I convert 100 people. I was able to convert 99, but not the100.”
So Allah here was showing Sayyidina `Ali (r) that “you must go through your Prophet (s), your Beloved.” That means you must go through your Shaykh. You are doing this and doing that. You cannot do it by yourself. Mawlana Shaykh Nazim used to come every day to Grandshaykh and say, “I did this and this and this,” and give a report to say what he has done.
Because Grandshaykh said that “shaykhs don’t use extra power to see what their students are doing. You have to inform them of what you are doing. You don’t use a rocket to kill an ant. Why do I have to use my huge power to kill an ant. I don’t use my power to see what my student is doing. why I have to use spiritual Power to see when he can tell me. I keep that spiritual Power between me and my Prophet (s) in order not to use it.”
That is why Mawlana Shaykh says, “whatever you see in khalwah extraordinary come and tell me.”
When I finished my khalwah last year Mawlana Shaykh said, “what extraordinary thing you saw in khalwah inform me.” He didn’t say “I know.”
He said, “I found 99 and was not able to find last one.” The Prophet (s) said “Every `amal has to be wrapped with salawat and then it will be accepted. I will give you the last one. He is that one there.” So he spoke to that one and he converted to Islam and so he reached 100.
So it is very important to wrap everything with your Shaykh at the end. Then Shaykh will bring it to Prophet's (s) presence and the Prophet (s) to Allah’s Presence. Now we do things and we don’t tell Mawlana Shaykh. He doesn’t know spiritually and physically he doesn’t waste his power to look into it. Don’t let us to leave things hanging.