23 February 2023 By Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani(Q)
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It is not good for mankind to be arrogant, to favour yourself. It ruins the things you do. The more people favour themselves and see themselves above other people, the more they are defeated by shayṭān. Because arrogance, boasting and favoring yourself are the attributes of shayṭān. He wants everyone to have this and strives so that they are like him. People’s egos like this and say, “I am the best. I know the best.” Therefore, this attribute is the attribute disliked by Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla and our Holy Prophet ﷺ.
“Vanity” they say. It is one of the diseases of the ego. The disease of the ego is not in the body. This disease is in the spirituality and behaviour. And its harm is not little. Its harm is big for mankind. Therefore, we have to be careful.
Sayyidinā ‘Abdu l-Qādir Gīlānī was Quṭbu l-‘Aẓam and Sulṭānu l-Awliyā’. He is from the greatest Awliyā’ and Quṭub. Sayyidinā ‘Abdu l-Qādir Gīlānī said some light had appeared one night. Everywhere around became completely lit up. And someone appeared out of it. When this big light came out, it said, “I am your Lord, ‘Abdu l-Qādir. I make everything permissible for you. The forbidden is permitted for you now.” Sayyidinā ‘Abdu l-Qādir Gīlānī said, “Shut up, you cursed shayṭān!” He said this to him.
Shayṭān asked Sayyidinā ‘Abdu l-Qādir Gīlānī, “How did you understand?” “It happened by the virtue of Allāh ﷻ”, he said. He didn’t favour himself, and he didn’t put forth his ego. He said, “I’m not cheated by you with the virtue of Allāh ﷻ.” Sayyidinā ‘Abdu l-Qādir Gīlānī said this to shayṭān. Then he said, “How did it happen?” “I wasn’t cheated, with the virtue of Allāh ﷻ and with worship and du‘ā’ granted by Allāh ﷻ.” Then he said, “I have cheated seventy ‘ālim servants like you.” He had misled them. And there was no worship anymore. They didn’t do anything. And he made them do ḥarām things. They were cheated. But they were people who liked themselves. It was easier for him to cheat them.
A person who is humble and is aware of the greatness of Allāh ﷻ never sees anything from himself. Everything is from Allāh ﷻ. It is from the favours and virtues of Allāh ﷻ. He knows this. So he acts accordingly. And he follows the things given, told and ordered by Allāh ﷻ. He is not cheated by anyone.
Many people are cheated saying, “I am this and that. I don’t need to do this.” The orders of Allāh ﷻ are for everyone. You may be a scholar or Awliyā’ as much as you want. If you don’t do what is ordered, everything you earned will be gone. Therefore, may Allāh ﷻ protect us. May we capture our egos. May we not obey our egos inshā’aLlāh.
Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.
Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani
23 February 2023/ 3 Sha’ban 1444
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