17 March 2010 Lefke, Cyprus
(Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Dastoor yaa Sayyidee, madad. La ilaha illa-Llah, la ilaha illa-Llah, la ilaha illa-Llah, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Nabiyyuna Rasoolullah, Habeebullah Nooru 'l-`Arshillah! (Mawlana Shaykh sits.)
As-salamu `alaykum yaa `ibaadAllah, O servants of our Lord! Service is the highest honor for all humanity, the level of angels and their honor is different, and the honor of humans is one hundred percent different. We know that the highest level of honor for humanity is service. Thumma wa salamu `alaykum yaa Sayyidee, yaa Sultanu 'l-Awliya of the world on this planet. We ask for your heavenly support; we can't say anything here and we cannot understand anything if your celestial support does not reach us!
And we are saying, a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytan 'r-rajeem. Shaytan always asks to make people living with a wrong understanding and wrong efforts and wrong actions, and wrong life. And we are running to the representative of the Lord of Heavens to grant us from heavenly support, so we may be able to face wrong people, and wrong creation, and wrong ideas and wrong beliefs. Everything that it is wrong, we are running to that one who is responsible for Mankind's every action now or in coming days.
O People! We are saying, bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem. Take heavenly swords against shaytanic centers, against shaytanic ideas, shaytanic understandings, shaytanic wrong beliefs. Take through your hands bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem. That is our power for heavenly sword, for making every wrong ideas with their people who are always on the wrong way with wrong ideas. Now we are saying, a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem gives to you power, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem is reaching to every point of our bodies and when we are saying, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, that is a heavenly grant. If a person is saying, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, those holy words and lights through nineteen letters no one can understand. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem is nineteen letters, not completing to twenty. That is, no one knows how to make it to twenty, leaving "one" and "nine," and they are full with secret knowledge and secret powers that may bring a dead body back to life. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem!
Once there was Hassan al-Basri (q), do you know about that, Salafi `ulamas? Have you heard about Hassan al-Basri? I think he was Taabi`een, that he reached to the Sahaaba (r), companions of the Seal of Prophets (s). To reach one of them gives so many honors to people, because Sahaaba (r) are fountains, springs of heavenly life subjects. There are those who are reaching to them, reaching a pleasure with that life that is just to reach Sahaaba (r), yes. If you are saying you are belonging to Salafi us-Saalih, are you adding Hassan al-Basri as one of them? You must know about Salafu 's-Saalih, about the time of Sahaaba (r), Companions of the Seal of Prophets (s). Then coming followers of Sahaaba (r), the Taabi`een, then coming followers of them, Taabi` at-Taabi`een. Rasoolullah (s) gave from his secret knowledge to his Companions and they are the most strong ones, because they were a foundation for building on Islam so they must be the most powerful. If a person builds a high building, he is putting under it a strong foundation to carry it. Therefore, Sahaaba, Companions are the most powerful ones to carry Islam and its heavy responsibilities up to the Day of Resurrection.
Who is your Salafu 's-Saalih? You may say some names. I am asking those people who are claiming, "We are following Salafu 's-Saalih," how many from them do you know? How many do you know their names, their situations, their positions, their identities and their real beings? When the Seal of Prophets (s) reached to his Lord's Divinely Presence, he left behind him on Earth 124,000 Companions, Sahaaba (r). If you are Salafu 's-Saalih, are you adding those or are you throwing them away? Why are you saying, “We are followers of Salafu 's-Saalih,” and not saying, "We are followers of Sahaaba (r)." Why are you making a distinction?
Salafu 's-Saalih, are taking their heavenly knowledge that you can't find on Earth; that is important for whole nations to teach on Earth! Why are you saying, Salafu 's-Saalih? Sahaaba (r) are Salafu 's-Saalih! And Prophet (s) saying, ashaabee kan-nujoom bi ayyihim aqtadaytum ahtadaytum, “My Companions are like the stars, whichever one you follow you will be guided.” Please write those Salafu 's-Saalih names in your books! Our goal may be with saying, Salafu 's-Saalih, we are thinking or we are asking to make clear for people some ones. Don't say, "The Salafu 's-Saalih are saying... and then quote from ibn al-Qayyim, ibn Taymiyya, ibn Abdul-Wahab (leaders of Salafi School)." Three of them only, and you are taking away 124,000 of them (Sahaaba)?
O Salafi `ulamas, you say, “Sahaaba (r) were not Salafu 's-Saalih." WHAT DO YOU MEAN? That means that Islam just finished. Do you think that the building of Islam can be carried with three columns? Man shadha shadha feen-naari `abadan, “Who deviates, deviates in the Fire forever.” To part yourself from the majority; you are leaving greatness, sawaad al-`azham, the vast majority. You may be a handful of people and yet you are saying, “We are Salafu 's-Saalih and we are on the right way.” No, you are on the wrong way! You say, “We are a great majority." Why are you saying you are majority? What are you doing? To where are your opinions and beliefs reaching? Laa hawla wa laa quwatta illa billahi 'l-`Aliyyu 'l-`Azheem.
أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم
Ashaabee ka 'n-nujoom bi-ayyihim aqtadaytum ahtadaytum
The Prophet saying, "My companions are like stars; whichever one you follow you are on the right way”
(`Abd ibn Humayd, ad-Daraqutnee, ibn `Adiyy, ibn `Abd al-Barr, with unsound chains but the meaning is sound)
You are reaching to Paradise, yes. Therefore, it is a terrible responsibility now for a handful of people to say, "We are Salafis, you must follow us;" we are not following you! We are following the Seal of Prophet's Companions, then Taabi`een, and then Taabi` at-Taabi`een. Are you saying al-Qayyim, ibn Taymiyya, and ibn `Abdul-Wahab are not added? You are taking yourselves out from vast majority, the greatness of Muslims and you are shooting at Ahlu 's-Sunnah people. It is not for you; you cannot do this! You must say who is Salafu 's-Saalih, you must give their names!
Therefore, we are saying, Hassan al-Basri is a follower of Sahaaba (r). The honor of the Companions is high because they are taking from the first level, who were with the Seal of Prophets (s). Taabi`een (r) is the next generation following Sahaaba (r). Hassan al-Basri was from the Taabi`een, who reached to the Companions of the Seal of Prophets (s). You are accepting Hassan al-Basri as Salafu 's-Saalih, Salafi `ulamas? So many thousands of followers of the Companions in Damascus. Sufyan ath-Thawri (r) was from the Taabi`een; are you accepting him? And those people were destroying tombs? Whom are you following? Hassan al-Basri, thousands, perhaps millions were following him!
One day he was going from one side to other side of Dijla (Tigris River) and he met Hassan al-Basri (q), and he was going to pass Dijla and he was waiting on him, and coming Habeebu 'l-`Ajami, min as-saliheen, from the righteous pure ones. He was not of Arab people. If he was not saaliheen his name would not reach up to today and we would not speak of him. Coming to Hassan al-Basri, to the same place, he was asking him, “Why are you sitting here?”
"O Habeeb, I am waiting for a raft," making like this and this (Mawlana Shaykh gestures as if rowing with oars), "I am coming to pass to other bank."
"O Imam, you are Imam and waiting for a raft, waiting here for that? Why you are not passing on it?"
"Why I am passing for that?"
And Habeebu 'l-`Ajami saying, "Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem," over and over again. Lightning was coming from his body, when he was saying, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, walking on water and going there. "Why you are not saying, Hassan al-Basri? Say this and you may pass."
Hassan al-Basri was crying, saying, "We have not yet reached the level of yaqeen, certainty. You have reached certainty, and you may walk on it."
The power of certainty comes by saying, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem. We have reached only to power of tongues, not of certainty. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem is filled with heavenly power, one may say over a dead body, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, and say "Stand up!" and it may stand up. Why you are not teaching to people such a thing, Salafi `ulamas? Saying? I think you don't like stories of saaliheen. All of those people have power of certainty, yaqeen.
O People! Try to reach to that point. For example, there are some instruments in our majlis, meeting hall. We are told these instruments take our speech that we are addressing to people, from east to west. Yes, it is real. But I cannot arrange that instrument to do what it is going to do. Must be such an expert, a specialist. I can't do anything, but these, our brothers, know how to use it and they are sending it from east to west from a small place. That power is also secret power of bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, but you are not ready to use it. Therefore, you cannot use bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem as one wali, saint uses it. They may use and if not, we cannot use it. Therefore, bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem is full of powers as that is, but if you do not know how to use it, you cannot reach anything. Look here. They are not learning to use these instruments when they were at home. They did not learn from their mums and dads, they are learning from experts. This power of bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem, not everyone is authorized to use it. Hassan al-Basri was not authorized to use it, but Habeebu `l 'Ajami was.
O People! So many things you must try to learn about Islam's spirituality. Don't think that Islam only has some actions that you are doing and finishing, no. The actions you are doing, like praying and fasting and going to Hajj and giving to charity, no, there is secret power to giving sadaqah, to praying, to make special actions for your real being, or special practicing for learning how you can use your spiritual power. All of us have spiritual power but we are not knowing how to use it. Like here, we have instruments, but if you do not know how to use them, there is no benefit. For that purpose, you must ask who knows the secret powers of those heavenly instruments granted to Mankind, if not, it is useless.
May Allah forgive us.
O People! O People! We must try to learn. And you can't learn Medicine in a grocery shop, or you can't go to the building of a doctor to show you how it is going to be built, no. فَاسْأَلْ بِهِ خَبِيرًا Fas'al bihi khabeera, "Ask the expert (who knows)." (25:59) Who is knowing the secret power and ways reaching to you, you may take that power from them. Sahaaba (r) were taking their shares from the Seal of Prophets (s) and they are becoming shining stars in heavens. O people, try to understand. My English is not so powerful, but if you are hearing, may Allah grants us for a good understanding and to keep the ways of chosen ones through Mankind that they are experts and specialists for everything on Earth and in Heaven.
Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Kareem Allah
Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Subhaan Allah
Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Sultaan Allah
Allahumma salli wa sallim wa baarik `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad (s). (Mawlana Shaykh stands.) Wa `alaa aalihi wa saahbihi wa sallam. (Mawlana Shaykh sits.)
(46 minutes) Getting more high. Allah Allah, Allah Allah. Shukr. (Mawlana Shaykh prays Salaatu 'sh-Shukr.)
(Mawlana Shaykh speaks with Shaykh Hisham Effendi on the phone about his recent trip to Africa. Sultan is very happy.)