16 February by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani(q)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
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وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ
(Qur’ān 05:02). ‘Wa ta‘āwanū ‘ala l-birri wa t-taqwā wa la ta‘āwanū ‘ala l-lithmī wa l-‘udwān’, ‘And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.’
Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla is saying, “Help each other.” Help in doing goodness, support each other. Help other people. And most importantly, help your closest ones. It is the most important. The closest ones are your relatives, children and siblings. Whoever relatives are, they should help. And when someone is married, people should help each other.
Of course, sometimes a man can be poor. His wife may support him. Certainly, it is the duty of a man to look after the household, children and his wife. But sometimes it happens in such a way that we hear a lot about it, a man is poor and he gets married. And his wife has to work and take care of him. And as if that is not enough, she has to take a bank loan in his name. It is unclear what he will do with it. And then he says to his wife, “Are you not a derwish? You have to to take care of me. You have to help me for Allāh ﷻ.”
This is wrong. That is not help. That is direct crookedness. It is exploiting others. It is wrong. In Islām, men must work. But as we said, if a woman is capable, she may take care of the household and provide food. But buying a car or a house, or even taking a bank loan is both foolishness and crookedness. It is wrong. We must pay attention to this. “You must obey me. You must help me.” They cheat women by saying so and then run away. They repulse from Islām, ṭarīqah and sufism.
Men and women must be careful about this. We always get complaints about people like this. There is no obligation for a woman to give money to her husband, to take loans. But as we said, if she is rich, she can feed him and not demand anything. But giving money to him on top of that for going out is completely wrong. Allāh ﷻ is not happy then. And our Holy Prophet ﷺ is not happy. The Awliyā’ are not happy as well. May Allāh ﷻ protect us from such people, from their evil.
They say such people can get water if they squeeze a stone. May Allāh ﷻ give mind and understanding to these people as they think they are in profit by doing so. That’s not profit. That puts your rank down. It decreases your value. Your rank and worth go down in the sight of Allāh ﷻ. And your worth goes down among people.
Allāh ﷻ loves hardworking ones. He ﷻ loves content people. Content people are fine. But as we said, those who take more than they should, who make it a habit are not good.
Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.
Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani
16 February 2023/ 25 Rajab 1444
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