Maulana Shaykh Nazim’s Snippets of Advice
From heart to heart, there is a connection
(This Summary consists of two Suhbahs that explain the need to be connected to a true Saint)
5th December 2010
A’uzubillah himinash shaitan nirrajeem
Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem
Assalamu’alaikum wrh wbkt
- Maulana said that, in order to find peace and satisfaction, we must be in constant connection with Allah, for only He is the source of that contentment in our hearts.
ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَتَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِۗ أَلَا بِذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ تَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ ٱلۡقُلُوبُ
Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction. (Quran 13:28)
- So we must run to Allah.
فَفِرُّوٓاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِۖ إِنِّى لَكُم مِّنۡهُ نَذِيرٌ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬
Therefore run towards Allah; lo! I am a clear warner for you, from Him. (Quran 51:50)
- But approaching to Allah is no mean task, it is difficult for weak ones like us, so we must begin by approaching a servant of Allah Almighty. We must seek out such a servant who is constantly showered by Heavenly protection, blessings, satisfaction and pleasure. Such ones have no sadness and no fear for anything, here or in the hereafter.
أَلَآ إِنَّ أَوۡلِيَآءَ ٱللَّهِ لَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُونَ
Lo! Verily the friends of Allah are (those) on whom fear (cometh) not, nor do they grieve! (Quran 10:62)
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13th December 2010
A’uzubillah himinash shaitan nirrajeem
Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem
Assalamu’alaikum wrh wbkt
- Maulana prayed that Allah gave us firmness upon the Truth (Haqq). When Light that is coming from the heavens enters the hearts of believers, it removes their heaviness, sadness, worries and burdens – both here and in the hereafter. Hence, the one who asks for Lights from Divine Lights, they acquire happiness; all sorrow and sadness is removed from them, in this world and in the hereafter.
- It is that Light that moves the hearts of servants, to visit Maulana in Lefke. How is this so? From heart to heart, there is a connection – Minal qalbi ilal qalbi sabila. The Light from the hearts of Saints, moves into the hearts of people, drawing them towards themselves. That Light is never extinguished. It increases, and never decreases. If they are content (with Allah’s decree), they will attain satisfaction and pleasure, and their hearts are made happy. That is a gift of Allah for his servants, from the bounties of His Heavenly Domains.
- This world will perish, it is temporary. The hereafter is eternal, hence we must ask for the everlasting happiness. Maulana prayed, “Ya Rabbi, let us be gathered in peace and safety, and when we separate, do not let anyone be miserable or deprived. Oh Allah, increase Your bounties upon us, do not decrease them, and do not deprive us. Fulfill each and every need of ours in the best possible way, and save us from shame in this life, and punishment in the hereafter, Oh our Lord! Keep us in safety and security, give us wealth and keep us under Your Divine protection. Fatihah.”
- Maulana then asked the congregation (jema’ah) to pray for him, to which one Sister asked, what would be an appropriate prayer for us to make for Maulana. He said, “Pray to Allah that I not be confined to a bed. Pray that I do not become disabled or unabled (to perform my daily chores). Pray for me that Allah does not deprive me of good mental reasoning, and that He does not decrease my mental capacity. Pray that my body doesn’t decrease in strength. Pray that Allah does not humiliate me amongst people. Pray that I do not become a prisoner or hostage in bed. Pray for me in such a manner.”
- A weak old man asked Maulana, if Allah would ever grant him a better body. Maulana said, that when Imam Mahdi (as) comes, he will recite Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem, and that will make this old man strong and healthy again and he will be able to ride a horse. To another man who sported a beard, but who had shaven off his moustache, Maulana advised, “Do not shave it, keep your moustache, it is better for you.”
- We have been taught to ask for firmness upon the truth. The Prophet (saw) said, “Put the Sun in my right hand, and the Moon in my left, I will never give up preaching Islam.” Firmness upon our beliefs and actions are the foundation upon which we progress. Unfortunately, most Muslims are firm and strict with others, but not with themselves. They judge others with a strict and critical yardstick, but when it comes to their own actions, they are lenient and they make many excuses. The Prophet (saw) and his Companions were strict with themselves, but lenient and gentle towards others. Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) was reported to have said, “We left seventy permissible acts, for fear of transgressing one impermissible act.” Strictness with oneself breeds discipline and advancement, while being sympathetic and tender towards others, attracts people to the faith. It was no wonder that Islam spread like wildfire in the early days.
وَرَأَيۡتَ ٱلنَّاسَ يَدۡخُلُونَ فِى دِينِ ٱللَّهِ أَفۡوَاجً۬
And you do see people entering Allah’s Religion in crowds (Quran 110:2)
- Ask for that Heavenly Light, for those who inherit it will never be in difficulties ever again. But it is not easy for weak ones like us to acquire Lights directly from the Heavens, as there are so many veils around us. We are in need of a Saint, one who is no longer veiled, and the Lights that descend upon the Saint’s heart, are reflected to those who love him sincerely.
- Maulana Shaykh Adnan once told us a story to illustrate this clearly. There was once a learned Mufti, who, despite many years teaching Islam, felt empty and aimless. He entreated Allah to guide him to real knowledge, the knowledge of taste, and he was shown the way to a Naqshbandi Sufi Master of his time. He humbly went to the Guide, and asked to become a Mureed. He was accepted, and he began to follow his Shaykh assiduously. One day, on his travels with his Shaykh, they came across a sticky situation.
They reached a river-crossing just after the last ferry had left. Seeing that the next ferry was not due for a few days, and that the Shaykh had urgent matters to attend to, across the river, the Shaykh told his Mufti mureed, “We are going to walk on the water across the river. I want you to stand close behind me, and throughout the time that you are walking on the water, you must recite, “Oh my Shaykh, oh my Shaykh…” In that way, you will also be able to walk on water.” So they both began to walk across the river surface, with the mureed reciting, “Oh my Shaykh, oh my Shaykh…” whilst his Master, was reciting, “Oh my Lord, oh my Lord…..”
At that moment, shaitan came to the Mufti and whispered to him, “Oh Mufti, oh learned one, you are committing shirik! You are calling upon someone, other than Allah! Look at you. All these years of learning and teaching and training, and you are asking help from a creation of Allah’s? Where is your faith? Listen, even your own Shaykh is doing the right thing, he is asking from his Lord, but you are depending on your Shaykh!” Momentarily stunned by this seemingly true advice, the Mufti’s heart was shaken, he listened closely to his Shaykh, and true enough, his Shaykh was indeed asking from Allah! He began to wonder about his actions, whether it amounted to shirik. Convinced that he had done wrong, he immediately changed his recitation to, “Oh my Lord, oh my Lord….”
No sooner had he done so, when he plunged deep into the river and began to drown. He was sucked down some twenty feet down into the murky river water. He thought that he was done for, when suddenly he felt his Master’s hand reach him (twenty feet below the surface of the river!) and pull him up. Drenched to the skin, he wasdragged safely to the shore, and lived to tell this tale.
His Shaykh then spoke to him, “Oh my son, I know what shaitan had whispered to you. When you asked directly from Allah, He did not grant what you asked for, because there are 70 000 veils between you and Him. But between me and Allah, there are no veils, so when I beseech Him, He answers me, and when His help descends upon me, you too received that help, as long as you were connected to me.” See how vital it is to be connected to our Guides! If we want to be a Friend of Allah’s, we must seek out the company of the Friends of Allah. That is why our revered Imam of the Tariqah said, “Our Way is Association, and there is goodness in gathering.” Suhbah means Association, it means Companionship with the Shaykh, as we take baby steps along the way, and there is goodness in such a Companionship. The Prophet (saw) brought the Companions to their respective Stations through Companionship with them – that is the way true knowledge of taste is transmitted.
- Hence the oft-quoted statement that Maulana said – from heart to heart, there is a connection – is a reassuring breeze upon our hearts, that no matter how physically far we are from our Shaykh, there is always a Spiritual connection, as long as we truly and sincerely love him. When our Shaykh tugs at our hearts, we feel the irresistible urge to travel to Lefke to meet him, and the same goes for other Saints as well. We must keep reciting our daily adab and awrad, and we must always feel connected to our Shaykh as much as possible. Maulana Shaykh Adnan advised mureeds to perform a two raka’at prayer of shukur (thankfulness) daily, and in it, we are to express our gratefulness to Allah, for having made us connected to a Saint like Maulana Shaykh Nazim. As long as we perform this prayer, our connection with Maulana is strong, but for those who disregarded this prayer, their connection may be severed.
- Sayyidina Abu Yazid Al-Bistami (qs) was asked, “Show me a deed by which I will approach my Lord.” He replied: “Love the friends of Allah in order that they will love you. Love his Saints until they love you. Because Allah looks at the hearts of His Saints and He will see your name engraved in the heart of His Saints and He will forgive you.” For this reason, the Naqshbandi followers have been elevated by their love for their Shaykhs. This love lifts them to a station of continuous pleasure and continuous presence in the heart of their beloved.
- Finally, Maulana taught us a simple do’a that we can do for him. It is the least that we can do for one whom we love, one who is constantly praying for our forgiveness, progress and safety.