Ego and Love of Headship

2 September by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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Our Holy Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says that the bad characteristics of the ego are together with people throughout their lives. And the last one from bad characteristics of people that leaves before they die is Hubb-u Riyasah (Love of Headship). Leadership, promotion, being above people; that is the last thing that leaves.

What we mean is that people of the present time, all of them [have it] – they were like this in old times too, but now it is more intense. In old times, there were Sultan and Pharaoh. So there was a limit up to which they could rise. But nowadays everyone wants to see himself in the highest rank. And those with high ranks strive to rise even higher.

That brings benefit if they are on the way of Allah ﷻ. They can serve people and they can serve Muslims. But if they are on their own way and on the way of their egos, that is bad. And everything is messed up now. We are living in the end of times. It is everywhere. Wherever there are people, this disease is certainly there. People surely strive to rise higher.

You are rising for this world. It has no benefit. Many people start their journey for the pleasure of Allah ﷻ. But later, their egos mislead them. And that is big danger. Therefore, it is better not to start this thing. Not entering this path for people who cannot control their egos is more beneficial and better. Because there are various things that may distance them away from the pleasure of Allah ﷻ. There are flatterers around who pamper people, and a person thinks he is an important one. But when they fall down, no one comes near them. They cheat themselves. They cheat themselves in the beginning. But later they start cheating others.

The world we live in is like this. They call it fake world. Therefore, don’t be cheated by this world. Be like the Sultans. What did the Ottoman Sultans say? They said this beautiful thing – Sultanhood is a meaningless fight… It is a nice saying. We cannot remember it in full. But Sultans said this world is something meaningless. Yet, they did their duty for the pleasure of Allah ﷻ. They lived for the benefit of Ummah, for the pleasure of our Holy Prophet ﷺ in order to spread the orders of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla everywhere and in order to do justice.

We should take them as an example. We should look at them in all aspects. In the end, the great Sultans passed away without taking anything. But Shukr to Allah ﷻ, what they attained is enough for them. They attained the pleasure of Allah ﷻ. They attained the pleasure of our Holy Prophet ﷺ. We must be like them.

People nowadays don’t know what to do with each other in order to become an associate of a local authority. There is nothing they won’t do to each other; tricks, plots and all kinds of things. Whereas Sultans held the whole universe in their hands. But it wasn’t in their hearts. It was in their hands. They walked on the way of Allah ﷻ. We live with their Barakah Shukr to Allah ﷻ. There is so much Barakah. May Allah ﷻ be pleased with them insha’Allah. 

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

2 September 2023/17 Safar 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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