Each One Needs a Murshid

16 September by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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BismiLlahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

(Qur’ān 09:119). ‘Yā ‘Ayyuhā l-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū t-Taqū l-Llaha Wa Kūnū Ma’a s-Sādiqīn’, ‘O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with the truthful.’ Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is saying that we must be with good people to learn good things for ourselves, for our life. You must be with somebody to teach you.

Of course, those who understand, those whom Allah ﷻ gave good understanding, know they must look for knowledge more and more. Because many of them, these big Awliyau’Llah, big ‘Ulama, scholars were in their village – in every village, the Imam was a teacher. Teaching children to write and read and giving them what they are in need of for their lives. To ask for knowledge, for ‘Ilim is obligatory for every Muslim, everyone: male and female. For this, in every Muslim ruler’s time, every Islamic state’s time, each village or small place had a mosque, masjid and had an Imam. And this Imam looks after these people, teaching them and looks after boys for a certain time. The whole country, the whole place where people were living was like this, and the Imam was teaching all of them. When they finish – every time new students come and he teaches them until they finish and know how to read and read Qur’an, to write and to know what is Haram and what is Halal. It stays like this for maybe 5 or 6 years, like elementary school. When it finishes, everybody goes and continues his life. Of course in old times, people didn’t have secondary or high school or university; they didn’t have this. Everybody must learn something [profession] to live. But the first thing they teach them is to read and write, and to know what is Haram, what is Halal; about life. Because in that time, they were also marrying early maybe at 15 or 16 years. They become like men and women. And because life was for them – many of them pass away at 50 or 60 years. For this, they continued their lives like this.

In these schools, sometimes brilliant students appear. When this student comes, the Imam says to his father and family, “This boy is more knowledgeable than me. We won’t waste him here. Send him to a more knowledgeable school or place to learn more.” The student also goes to another place, and after that he becomes very clever. The other Imam says, “He is above [superior to] me. He must go to a higher place.” So there, he gets the highest knowledge and says, “Okay this is finished but I still feel something not complete.” After asking, many of them know they must follow a Shaykh, Murshid. Every one from Awliyau’Llah or who were like this must have a Murshid. Even the highest one in knowledge and who’s well known in this world, in east and west, also has a Murshid.

This was Sayyidina Jalāluddīn Rūmī, Mawlana Jalāluddīn Rūmī. He was an ocean of knowledge and everybody was listening to his Sohbahs and his speeches everywhere. Even Sultans were saying, “O Shaykh! I want to be a Murid for you. I don’t want this Sultanate. I even give you this Sultanate. Come be Sultan, I will be your follower.” Of course, he didn’t accept. He continued like this but he was feeling something not complete in him, until Shams Tabrīzī came and met him.

Shams Tabrīzī was also not knowing but Allah ﷻ gave him knowledge and wisdom, and he was full of wisdom. But he was not looking after Dunya and not caring about what people say about him. He used to wear something black. He was not familiar with people. When an order came to him, he was waiting. He also knew, “I have this huge knowledge but this is not for common people. I know this. I will only give this knowledge for someone; but I don’t know whom he is.” He was waiting until a big Shaykh, Awliya from Konya sent him a letter saying, “Come! What you’re waiting for is here. You must come and meet him.”

When Shams arrived to Konya and met Mawlana Jalāluddīn Rūmī, Mawlana was on his horse, and so Shams held his horse. Mawlana was looking at him, and he was so familiar to him. “Who is this? He is very familiar to me.” Mawlana was thinking about where he has seen him. Then he remembered: he has seen him many times in dream. He quickly came down from his horse and they hugged each other. Then, they left the people. They were for many days, more than 40 days in Khalwa (seclusion). And nobody knew what they were speaking and about what. They were sometimes speaking and sometimes silent in this room of Khalwa. Nobody knew what they were speaking about. After that when they went out, of course people weren’t happy. Everybody weren’t happy, “What is this very strange one, very aggressive one and not a good behaved one! He took our Shaykh, our Master! He kidnapped him! He wasn’t coming anymore to give Sohbah, not coming for anything, just staying there!” People were very angry for this. He didn’t care about this. Even after that, he was also standing at the door of Mawlana not letting anybody go inside. He kicked some of them, he shouted at some of them, he beat some of them. But Mawlana was in that time in the room also, with instructions from Shams not to go meet people.

Shams Tabrīzī knows that he must give this thing quickly to Mawlana Jalāluddīn Rūmī because he knows that to meet this great one is not without price. And the price for this prize of being with Mawlana: he knows he must give his head. And this is what happened later. But Mawlana after him opened more knowledge, real knowledge. Until now, millions of people are following him and reading his wisdoms everywhere.

This was the teaching of old people, the Islamic teaching to people: to respect and accept the truth. And to look for – Allah ﷻ gave each one someone to be his guidance for this knowledge. When they’re in the right way, insha’Allah lucky will be the one who finds this. Because this is special, like Shams who gave all this knowledge to one man. But this one man took it and spread it to millions and even billions since that time. The important thing is to know your duty and your intention. It is very important. Shams did this for the sake of Allah ﷻ and he gave his head for this mission. May Allah ﷻ praise them. May Allah ﷻ give us good guidance insha’Allah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

16 September 2023/1 Rabih Al Awwal 1445

Gabbice, Italy

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