An Advice to Be Thankful

28 May by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

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A’ūdhu bi-Llāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm:

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ

(Qur’ān 14:07). “La’in Shakartum La’azīdannakum ۖ Wa La’in Kafartum ‘Inna `Adhābī Lashadīdun”, “’If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe’.” Ṣadaqa Llāhu l-‘aẓīm.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is telling us that if you are thankful for what Allah ﷻ gives you, He ﷻ will give you more. Because everything is for Him ﷻ. Everything we get is from Him ﷻ. Don’t think that you get this from that man, from this woman, from this country, from that country, from government, from this, no. This is all from Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. He ﷻ only makes something to come to you through this way, from these people, from this government, from this man, from this Sheikh, from this one. All of this is coming from Allah ﷻ. So if you are thankful for Him ﷻ, He ﷻ will give you more. His ﷻ treasures are endless, not limited. They are endless. Everything: He ﷻ gives. In Jannah, the lowest one in Jannah gets like this earth. Imagine this! The lowest one going to Jannah – after a million years in hell he goes to Jannah and he will have like this world. So for everything He ﷻ says, “There’s no fear that it will finish.”

Now we are living in this earth, many things are finished. Thousands of kinds of animals are finished. Thousands of kinds of plants are finished. The fish are finished. They even finished the water. Everything is limited. But when you are with Allah ﷻ and you thank Him ﷻ, what you think finishes will become more and more.

For this, we are advising people to be thankful for Allah ﷻ. [Say] every time, “Shukr Ya Allah. Shukr Ya Rabbana. Shukr for You. Thank you for what you gave us.” This is the Adab of Tariqah, Adab of Islam. Tariqah and Islam are the same. There’s no difference. Some people think Sufism is out of Islam. It is the heart of Islam. Mawlana Sheikh was every day when hearing some good news, he was sometimes quickly making Shukr Sajdah and sometimes praying two Rak’aat Shukr. AlhamduliLlah we are hearing some good news, we make this Shukr Prayer for the love of Allah ﷻ; especially [when it’s] for the benefit of Ummah. This Shukr Prayer is a very important thing. To thank Allah ﷻ, Allah ﷻ gives Islam more power, more protection from Dajjal and his followers, from shaytan and his followers.

They are attacking without getting tired. All the time – since Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla made our father ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam come [down] from Jannah – this war doesn’t finish. Until Qiyamah, it will not finish; by the wisdom of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla prohibited our father ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam, the first man, to eat from this tree in Jannah. It was prohibited to eat from it and ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam ate. Many of these headless people are not happy with ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam. He is our father. They say, “All of this is his fault. Everything we make from sins, he is responsible for that.” No. This is Allah’s ﷻ will. Allah ﷻ prohibited ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam from eating from this tree, and He ﷻ didn’t prevent him from eating. He ﷻ prohibited him, but the wisdom is He ﷻ didn’t prevent him. And He ﷻ also made angels make Sajdah, prostrate for ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam. He ﷻ ordered all the angels, and ‘Iblis/shaytan didn’t. He ﷻ ordered but He ﷻ didn’t make shaytan to make Sajdah. This is His ﷻ wisdom; to be fighting until Qiyamah. Those who follow ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam will win. Those who follow shaytan will lose. This is His ﷻ wisdom. Nobody can – not any scholar, not any ‘Alim could explain this. These headless people are accusing ‘Adam ‘alayhi s-salam, “He was making a fault. And all of these human beings will be out of paradise from his fault.” No. This is just Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla’s will to make people be in this world and get tested: who is going in the right way and who is going in the wrong way. It will be in this world.

For this, we are in a time: the most difficult time. There is a very big clash or conflict between Haqq and Batil, between right and wrong, between good and not good, between beauty and ugly: ugly acting. Maybe you can see – many people think shaytan is ugly, but maybe he comes as a very beautiful thing. But he is in reality ugly. This is the war between all of this. In this time, there is a very strong, very violent war now. Because the time is ending, and all of this must be. For this, we are doing our best. We are happy when we hear that something happened making Muslims (more) stronger and believers (more) stronger. We are happy for this. We are making Shukr for Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says after that: “وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ”, “Wa La‘in Kafartum ‘Inna ‘Adhābī Lashadīd”, “But if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe’.” (Qur’ān 14:07). Whoever is against this, not accepting this and not thankful, My ﷻ punishment is not easy. If you do not regret and ask for forgiveness, you will have a very bad punishment, a very huge punishment. Don’t think it is a joke. It is the promise of our Lord who creates everything and whom everything is in His ﷻ Hand. Nothing affects Him ﷻ. If the whole universe goes against Him ﷻ, He ﷻ is not affected one millimeter. If the whole world or universe (not only the world), comes with Him ﷻ, there is also no benefit for Him ﷻ because He ﷻ owns everything.

But He ﷻ is Merciful towards us and He ﷻ advises people giving them instructions: where you will be safe, where you will be not safe. When we will be in the wrong way or in danger, don’t go to this, He ﷻ says. Be thankful. If you are not thankful, you will be in danger. It will be dangerous for you because you will forever be in a bad place, which is the place of the people who are not asking for forgiveness from the Most Merciful, our Lord Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. Nobody can be Merciful as Him ﷻ. He ﷻ forgives everything. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is saying, “إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ”, “Inna Allāha Yaghfiru Adh-Dhunūba Jamī`āan, ‘Innahu Huwa Al-Ghafūru Ar-Raĥīm”, “Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Qur’ān 39:53). Ṣadaqa Llāhu l-‘Aẓīm. Allah ﷻ is saying in this verse: Allah ﷻ is the Most Merciful, He ﷻ forgives everything. Everything you’ve done, you get His ﷻ forgiveness and He ﷻ forgives you. He ﷻ said, “Don’t lose this chance.” Until the end of your life, you can ask for forgiveness. After that, you cannot.

For this, you must be careful. Don’t be cheated by these people who are showing the bad thing as a good thing and the good thing as a bad thing. Maybe it is easy to follow the way of shaytan, the way of those who are against Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. In reality, the way which is a little bit more difficult is to believe. Because you have the ego, you have shaytan, you have many things to make you unhappy, to not make it easy to follow this way. But if you follow it, you will be (more) happy even in this world. And especially in the next life: extremely happy insha’Allah.

May Allah ﷻ keep us safe from this bad time. We are really – everybody is feeling this and knowing this. Insha’Allah for the believer, it will be good, not bad insha’Allah. May Allah ﷻ help you. May Allah ﷻ give you more and more Iman for all of you. The most valuable thing is Iman, belief. Insha’Allah He ﷻ makes our Iman more with the Barakah of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam and Barakah of ‘Awliyau’Llah insha’Allah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

28 May 2023/ 8 Dhul Qa’dah 1444

Ottawa, Canada

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