4 June by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani
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Ash-ShukruliLlah, AlhamduliLlah. We are thanking Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla for making this trip happen to this country in a continent far away from our place. We are thanking Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla for making us see what He ﷻ created from beauty. Everything He ﷻ creates is beauty. But for some places He ﷻ gives more, and for some places less. This is His ﷻ wisdom. But life, our life in Dunya, as we said yesterday, is temporary not permanent. For this, you must be thankful for Allah ﷻ for what He ﷻ gave you. Every time, we be thankful for Him ﷻ.
Of course, it is His ﷻ will to take you from place to place, from country to country. If your provision is there, you must have it there. You cannot take it in your country. For this, you must be thankful for Allah ﷻ every time, asking more rewards and more protection from our ego and from being cheated by this world. Ask protection from Allah ﷻ because this is very important.
We are living in life, each step is full of traps. You don’t know what will happen. You cannot say after one hour what we will do. You don’t know what will happen. We are living just in this time. Next, Before and Now; three. As Sayyidina Jalāluddīn Rumi said, “Yesterday went. Today we are here. Tomorrow we don’t know.” You must only be – every minute you are in life, you must be thankful for Allah ﷻ and be aware not to do something that will make you unhappy forever. This is very important.
You don’t know at all. Nobody knows. Those who are scientists, scholars or others – nobody can tell you what will happen tomorrow. Of course, they are saying, “There will be after a million years, after a billion years, something like this, something like that.” But this is also not sure. They are saying after a million years, yet they don’t know after one hour what will happen. Maybe after one hour, they won’t be in this world anymore.
The important thing is to know yourself. What are we? We are in the Hand of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. This is what you must know. “مَنْ عَرَفَ نَفْسَهُ فَقَدْ عَرَفَ رَبَّهُ”, “Man A’rifa Nafsah Faqad A’rifa Rabbah”, “Whoever knows himself, knows his Lord” says Sayyidina Muhyiddin Ibn Al-ʿArabī. Who knows himself, knows his Lord. Sometimes it is so difficult to understand this. Some people think that it is when they will know their Lord Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. This means if you know you are nothing, you will know the Mightiness of your Lord Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. This is important. This is what we must know. Not know how is He ﷻ doing this or what He ﷻ is. No, this is not knowledge. You cannot reach this; what they are saying. But the real meaning is to know yourself that you are a servant for Him ﷻ and He ﷻ is your Lord. This is what Muhyiddin Ibn Al-ʿArabī is saying.
Sayyidina Ibn Al-ʿArabī is a great Sheikh. They call him “Sheikh ul-Akbar”, “The Greatest Sheikh.” He was a scholar and he was Sufi. And many people are taking his words to another direction. Because it is difficult to understand him. And when you don’t understand him, you don’t go in the same direction, you might go directly to the opposite of his direction. Many people are taking his book and reading, but you must know what you read. And what you read, you must ask people who know this, real people. Because 99% – from a thousand or from ten thousand people you can maybe find somebody to understand this. And the others, all of them are not understanding at all.
For this, we are asking Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla to give us, support us from knowledge from His ﷻ Divine Presence. Maybe if you understand two words, it’s better for you to read all the books of ‘Awliya or Ahlu Allah, who are great masters. Even if you are – many people when sitting in front of Mawlana or Mawlana Sheikh AbduLlah ad-Daghestani, they are never understanding anything from his Sohbahs, from his lectures. They are understanding, as we said, like what they are understanding from Sayyidina Muhyiddin Ibn Al-ʿArabī: the opposite direction. If not the opposite direction, also to the other side; not correct.
For this, don’t think who is not following Mawlana Sheikh Nazim and only listens to Mawlana Sheikh AbduLlah ad-Daghestani is a great Awliya, a great Sheikh. No, don’t think this. This is also a trick from your ego, to make you finish what you get from blessings from these big Awliya, from them. You must be thankful for Allah ﷻ that he made you listen to Mawlana Sheikh Nazim. Because he has the real understanding of Grand Sheikh, Sheikh AbduLlah ad-Daghestani. Others, when they are saying something, they are making people confused and they are making people run away from reality. Because people know, more or less, what is Shari’ah and what is Tarīqah. And when somebody who doesn’t understand is talking, it becomes not good, it becomes bad.
There is an example story of this. Once one big scholar in Baghdad wanted to pass this big river in Baghdad. There was no bridge at that time, so they must go by a small boat. So he was going and he was proud, “This man was not knowing, he is ignorant.” He was asking about something. The one taking him to the other side said, “I don’t know”. The one running the boat. After a little while – it is a big river also. So wind came and the boat began to shake and was about to sink. This poor man steering the boat asked him, “Do you know how to swim?” He said, “No.” He said, “Your whole life will be gone now.” He also said, “Half doctor makes you finish your life. Half ‘Alim makes you go to Jahannam.”
For this, we must be careful for this. This is very important: not to take from what we hear or what is said. We must take from a real one. Mawlana Sheikh AlhamduliLlah has his books and videos everywhere. Many people who are not even interested in anything, they are looking now on this machine and saying how a great one he is! He was saying good things. Mawlana Sheikh has never said, “This is from me.” He every time says, “This is from Mawlana Sheikh AbduLlah. From Mawlana Sheikh AbduLlah.” But there are many people who say, “I was there. I was this. I was that.” But what happened is not good. What happened is bad.
Whoever is in Tarīqah must not give his idea (opinion) and not follow his ego. You must crush your ego. You must be humble. AlhamduliLlah we see many great scholars, great ‘Alims, when they are coming to Mawlana, they are humble, they are accepting, they are knowing who the real one is, who has knowledge, whom Allah ﷻ gave real knowledge. They are accepting Awliyau’Llah, accepting Ulama, not giving anything for themselves. This is the teaching of Awliyau’Llah, teaching of Mashayikh. Because they are living, as we said in the beginning of the Sohbah, in this time, in the same time, not planning what will happen later. “If I say this, maybe people will not be happy with me. I will lose my students. I will lose this.” No, they are knowing and accepting because this is not for Dunya but for Akhirah. Your intention must be [for good] and you must also do by action sometimes. Many times your intention is maybe to do a good thing but you cannot do it. But what you can do, you must do without any fear from losing something. If you are thinking like this, you will lose everything. You lose everything you have if you do this.
This is our Tarīqah, our way. Tariqah Naqshbandiyya, all 40 Tarīqah are for humbleness. Others who are outside of Tarīqah are proud and are saying, “I am this. I am that. I am doctor. I am professor. I am this. I am that.” This is not from our Tarīqah. Mawlana Sheikh Nazim was all the time making fun at those who say, “I am doctor.” Somebody came to Mawlana saying, “I am doctor of Shari’ah.” Mawlana said [raising his sleeve], “Look at me here, at my pulse.” [Mawlana laughs] He said, “No, no, I’m not this doctor.” Mawlana said, “Oh really. What’s the benefit of a doctor for Shari’ah. You give medicine for people for Shari’ah.” Sometimes shaytan makes people funny without them knowing they are doing a funny thing; they think they are doing good. If you are a doctor, you are a doctor, don’t say. You must know humbleness. If you know this, Allah ﷻ will make you greater. “مَنْ تَوَاضَعَ لله رَفَعَه”. Whoever is humble for Allah ﷻ, Allah ﷻ Himself raises him. But when he raises himself by himself, Allah ﷻ makes him down. May Allah ﷻ keep us safe from our ego insha’Allah.
AlhamduliLlah we are since three weeks [in Canada]. Allah ﷻ gave real beauty and everything to this country. But people must be thankful for this and not forget Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla and not come against Him ﷻ. It is also a test. Sometimes Allah ﷻ makes a test with a good thing. And sometimes making a test with a bad thing. But here, Allah ﷻ gave all of this and we must be thankful for Him ﷻ. This is what He ﷻ wants from us. But if – “لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ”, “La’in Shakartum La’azīdannakum, Wa La’in Kafartum ‘Inna `Adhābī Lashadīdun”, “’If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe’.” (Qur’ān 14:07). “If you are not thankful and you come against Me, after this you will be unhappy. You will be in big trouble.” Even if you have everything [on the outside], it can be that Allah ﷻ burns you from your inside. You are in Paradise but you are burning from the inside, you cannot feel any happiness, anything from this happiness. But maybe you can be like Sayyidina ‘Ibrahim ‘alayhi s-salam, he was in fire but it was like Paradise for him.
It is also like this for human beings. All the time in this world until the man or woman dies, it is like this. It is not your permanent place. It is only – we are travelers. Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says “Travelers.” Masha’Allah I see sometimes – we pray Seferi (Qasr Prayer during Travel) every time because we are Hanafi. We must for 15 days pray Seferi. After 15 days, we can pray 4 Rak’aat. But normally, we make Fard 2 Rak’aat. I saw new Muslims or who are not understanding, they are praying 2 Rak’aat with us and making Salam. Once we asked one [who did this], “You are not a traveler!” He said, “No, no I am a traveler also! We are going to Akhirah!” [Mawlana laughs].
May Allah ﷻ help us insha’Allah. Thank you for all of you for this. Our people made us feel very – we made them tired. All the time, the whole 24 hours making Khidmah, making service. Insha’Allah this is for the sake of Allah ﷻ. Allah ﷻ rewards them insha’Allah.
Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.
Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani
04 June 2023/ 15 Dhul Qa’dah 1444
British Columbia, Canada
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