Even Breathing Is Sunnah

6 April by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

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Shukr to Allāh ﷻ for being together in holy Ramaḍān. May Allāh ﷻ give us more Ramaḍāns and better days in shā’a Llāh. And with its honor may we be with Mahdī ‘alayhi s-salām in shā’a Llāh. We always make this du‘ā’. Ramaḍān is a gift of Allāh ﷻ to us. We wish it to be blessed. It’s a gift of our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. It is his ﷺ way.

To revive these days on this beautiful way – To revive them means giving them life. Giving life to dead hearts is the attribute of our Holy Prophet ﷺ. Whoever follows him ﷺ and walks on his ﷺ way will be revived, shukr to Allāh ﷻ. He won’t be dead. Ashiqs said that the dead are those who don’t believe in Allāh ﷻ. Those who are with Allāh ﷻ are alive. With our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam hearts are alive. His ﷺ way, his ﷺ beautiful way, following his ﷺ sunnah, everything he ﷺ did, following his ﷺ intentions, his ﷺ sunnah intentions give us Allāh’s ﷻ grace. They give Allāh’s ﷻ barakah and all goodness of Allāh ﷻ. Following our Holy Prophet’s ﷺ sunnah gives us these.

Today morning, one of our brothers asked a strange question. I didn’t understand it at first. Then I asked our brothers what he was talking about. I was checking if I understood it wrongly. He asked a question. It was a very strange question. I thought, maybe I understood it wrongly, as he had asked in English. I thought “What is it? Did I hear it right or wrong?” I asked Riza Efendi, “What is he saying?” He asked “Is it sunnah to breathe?” I didn’t understand it completely. Then we made it clear.

Even breathing; when you take a breath, you should make intention for his ﷺ sunnah, as our Holy Prophet ﷺ breathed. And then take your breath. You will have revived a sunnah even in that. Whereas it is just a breath, you take it in and out. And there is no difficulty in it. People cannot live without it.

But you should do everything as a sunnah of our Holy Prophet ﷺ. We drink water as sunnah, because he ﷺ drank it. We eat food as his ﷺ sunnah. We walk, get up and sit down; we should make intention to do everything as sunnah of our Holy Prophet ﷺ so that all our actions are at least imitating him ﷺ as much as we can. We cannot perform most of the sunnah. But these things are given by Allāh ﷻ. We cannot live without them. We will have done them as sunnah of our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam for free.

Certainly, Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla will reward us for that, because the holy word of our Holy Prophet ﷺ says, “Whoever revives my ﷺ sunnah in the end of times will attain thawāb of one shahīd, ten shahīds, or hundred shahīds”. So much is given to those who revive the sunnah of our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam.

Therefore, how lucky are we to be from the ummah of our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. Every moment is goodness, barakah and beauty for us. It revives our hearts insha’Allah.

Editor`s Note: we have written a “how to” guide for breathing in the Naqshbandi Way. You can access it here bi idhnillah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

6th April 2023/ 16th Ramadhan 1444

Shaykh Nazim Dergah, Lefka, Cyprus

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