31 May by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani
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(Qur’ān 49:10). ‘Innama l-mu’minūna ikhwa’, ‘The believers are but brothers.’ Ṣadaqa Llāhu l-‘aẓīm. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is saying in this verse that Mu’min, believers are brothers. Be together and help each other for good things. You ask for good things from your brother. ‘Ikhwa in Tarīqah, ‘Ikhwan [meaning] brothers. And in Tarīqah also, to follow the order of Allah ﷻ and order of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam, to make every Sunnah and every order. As much as we can, we must do.
And this also a very important thing: to make brotherhood for Akhirah. When Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam was emigrating from Makkah to Madinah, he ﷺ made each Sahabi to be brothers for Akhirah. This is Sunnah of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. And they were helping each other. They were giving and sacrificing everything. When they emigrated to Madinah, Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam was giving each Sahabi who came from Madinah and those from Makkah to be together, brothers. They were giving everything. They were even giving half of what they own to their brothers. That time, he can also be an inheritor. But after this of course, not as inheritor but only brotherhood: to help each other, to look after each other. This is a good example for us.
We can do this also. Nowadays maybe it’s more important. Especially in places like this where you are not much; the majority are nonbelievers, non-Muslim. Muslims can look after each other, help each other. Of course, this is for the sake of Allah ﷻ that you must do this, not for benefit; if he has something. AlhamdulLilah most people are not like this, but sometimes there comes like these [people].
One Sahabah: Abdul-Raḥmān ibn ʿAwf radiyaLlahu ‘anhu, was very rich. He is a trader in Makkah. But when he ran away from Makkah to Madinah, he couldn’t bring anything with him. So the Sahabah who was brothers with him, in brotherhood, he said, “I have very much money. Take as much as you like. You can continue trading.” He said, “No, just give me one rope and show me where the market is. I don’t want anything.” After that, he showed him and he was trading again. He became very rich again.
Normally if somebody says [take], many people like to share this with him. But brotherhood is important not to get material benefit. What’s more important is to be for the sake of Allah ﷻ, to help each other, to look for what you can teach them or give any help; not only for helping by money or other things. There is more important help than this. Don’t be like people of these days, everybody is only thinking, “What can I benefit from this brotherhood, from this man, from this woman”, not looking for real happiness, real help. To get one real friend is more valuable from diamond even, not only gold.
But nowadays, they don’t have any thinking about – They think they are clever. They think they know everything but in reality, they are only eating straw or eating wood, not eating the nice things, the inside of the fruit. They are eating the outside, the dry part, not eating the good part. And they think they are clever and they are happy with what they get. But they forget – they don’t understand, not ‘forget’. To forget is also good but from the beginning, they are not understanding about spirituality, about this good attribute, this good thing Allah ﷻ gave us that is special for human beings. When you lose this, you lose your humanity and you become like the four-legged animals. Even animals maybe sometimes have better attribute than these people who forgot their humanity, running after Dunya, running after benefit only.
You must make yourself, your ego – teach yourself the good thing, teach your ego also the good thing. And after that, you will be a good one. And the good ones: Allah ﷻ loves them and Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam loves them. And when Allah ﷻ and Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam love these people, Allah ﷻ orders the angels to love them and orders people to love them. And they become beloved for everyone. Everybody who sees them will be happy with them even if they don’t know them. But on the other side, everybody runs away from these people; not coming to them. They will be hated by Allah ﷻ and hated by Prophet ﷺ. And when this hate is coming, everybody will hate them. Even if they have everything, they think people will love them but nobody will love them.
May Allah ﷻ make us – especially in these days – to find good brothers, good brotherhood to be between us. Especially for Tariqah we are saying this. Tariqah Murids, ‘Ikhwan we said. ‘Ikhwan means brothers. Brothers must be together. Allah ﷻ loves gatherings. Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam is saying, “يَدُ اللَّهِ مَعَ الْجَمَاعَةِ”, “Allah’s ﷻ Hand of Power is upon the the community.” [Hadith]. Allah ﷻ is with the gathering with good people. When you are together, Allah ﷻ supports you, Allah ﷻ gives you more Barakah and more happiness.
May Allah ﷻ make us to be together, not to look at our wrongdoings and mistakes. Because everybody has a mistake. No one is without mistake and without wrongdoing. Allah ﷻ forgives this mistake, and we forgive also. If Allah ﷻ forgives, we must forgive also. No need to look at the small things. The important thing is the order of Allah ﷻ. If you see ‘this is good and this is not good’, you will not find a perfect one. The perfect one is only Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. May Allah ﷻ help us. May Allah ﷻ make us to be together insha’Allah.
Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.
Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani
31 May 2023/ 11 Dhul Qa’dah 1444
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