How to Know Who’s a Real Shaykh?

21 May by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

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May Allah ﷻ bless you and bless all the Mu’mins (believers) and Muslims, people who are living in far distances away from their countries. This is Allah’s ﷻ will. Nobody likes to be away from their country, but some reason happens and they are coming to this far country. Now they are here in this country, so may Allah ﷻ make them to be standing strong, not melting in this area. Because it is difficult to keep belief, Iman – AlhamduliLlah in this country nobody forces you to change your religion, nobody forces you to do what Islam doesn’t order. But also, your ego, shaytan, Hawa (desires) and Dunya force you to leave all these good things and follow their way which is the way of hell.

So what’s important for people here is to be together with good people. Good people who want goodness for everybody. Because these people are clever people. Those who want goodness for everybody are clever people. Because when a good thing comes for others, for everybody, it will be good for you also. But if you have enmity and you say, “Only for myself”, you are selfish and you want goodness only for yourself. The best example for this is gambling. It [profit] comes for one man, not coming for everyone. There are thousands of people gambling, but it will only come for one man. It is for one out of thousands. It cannot be for you. Maybe, sometimes it’s coming for you. But every time, you’ll be a loser. But if it comes for everybody, you’ll also get with them.

So this is the way of clever people. And clever people are Awliya’uLlah. They are the way of who love Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam and love Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. These people are clever people. And they are following, with this good cleverness, the real way, the way of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. These people are coming from Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam until now through Tariqah. All Tariqah people are good. But of course you must also see what they want. Because there are many fake people who claim they are Tariqah and they are real ones, but you see that they only want the good thing for themselves. No problem with what happens for others; they don’t care about this.

We say this for [people] here, but this is not especially for here: for the countries of Non-Muslims or Non-believers. In Muslim countries it is also the same. Good people are those who want goodness for everybody. They try to make their people happy, their country happy, they make everybody happy. We see many examples now in the Islamic world. One man, for his pleasure or his dirty life or his bad character throws millions of people for death, for fire and for any bad thing. And he doesn’t care. He thinks that he will live forever, but he will live for some years only; we don’t even know how much they will live. What they have is enough for them for thousands of years, but they are not satisfied; they still want more. These are not good people. Don’t be like them. Remember what Allah ﷻ will give you forever; not what’s for a few years and then you’ll suffer for millions of years in hell. Because for each one you oppress, Allah ﷻ will punish you for thousands of years.

For this, we are with good people. You must follow good people. You must follow a real Shaykh in Tariqah. We have 40 Tariqah, you must find the real one. The real one, as we are saying, how do we know if he is real or not real? If he is good with people, he is good and real. If he is only thinking for himself, he is selfish and he is not a real one. May Allah ﷻ keep us safe from these bad people.

May Allah ﷻ save us from our ego also. We know many people who were very humble and very good people, but when Allah ﷻ gives them something, they become the opposite. They lose their minds and they are not looking what they were, how they were humble and good. They become like tyrants. This was what Mawlana Shaykh was saying many times. If you say that somebody is like Pharaoh and he’s very bad, your ego is worse than him, worse than Pharaoh. Because if you have what Pharaoh has, you will do the same thing. So be careful. Don’t give your self, your ego any chance to say, “Oh I am a big ‘Alim. I am ‘Awliya. I am this. I am that.” If you are in a high [position] this will make you drop and break everything, you cannot stand up again forever. May Allah ﷻ keep us safe from this bad character.

May Allah ﷻ help us and help you to be together, to be on the way of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam, way of happiness, way of beauty, way of good people and beloved ones for Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. The most important thing is to be beloved for Allah ﷻ, to be beloved for Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. May Allah ﷻ bless you and keep you safe, all of you and all Mu’mins, believers and give Hidayah (guidance) for non-believers also. We see Masha’Allah, they have Islamic character but they didn’t yet become Muslims. But their character – we see sometimes, their character is better than many Muslims. May Allah ﷻ give them Hidayah also. Amin.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

21 May 2023/ 7 Dhul Qa’dah 1444

Toronto, Canada

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