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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Naqshbandi Golden Chain

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The Naqshbandi Golden Chain

Our particular lineage of Masters and Teachers is known as the Naqshbandi Golden Chain, taking its name from the great Mystic Sage Shah Naqshband who lived in Bukhara in Central Asia approximately 700 years ago. The great Guides of the Naqshbandi Order however span throughout the world and have included great Teachers as widespread as from the spiritual land of India to the barren deserts of the Middle East to the plains of Anatolia and the Mediterranean to the lush regions of Southeast Asia, and finally to the fertile and blessed land of America. Our current Grandmaster, Sayyidina Shaykh Nazim resides on the island of Cypruss where he hosts hundreds of visiting students from around the world on a daily basis, and our Master Sayyidina Shaykh Hisham resides in the United States, spending his time traveling not only coast to coast, but throughout the world teaching students of all backgrounds the subtleties and secrets of the Naqshbandi Sufi Way.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Meditation of the Breath

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Saints say that a human being has in each day 24,000 breaths- in and out. In evey in-and-out breath, there is an action, whether good or bad.

That is why when you.... breathe in and breathe out.... breathe in with "Allah," breathe out with "Hu." Take in good action and cleanse yourself with that breath. Breathe in God's Attributes and Names meditating on the name of "Allah" Ta'ala. If that Name goes through your whole system, He is taking you into an unknown area, an area full of treasures that you do not know about. That is why you breathe out with "Hu."

Therefore meditate on the name "Allah" because God introduces His complete unknown Self through His Beautiful Name "Allah." When you do good actions, you do not know how much God is going to raise you. That is why it goes with "Hu," also.
Every breath in is an act, and every breath out is an act. Whether you breathe in or breathe out you expend effort, energy. So you are doing at least 24,000 acts every day. Think, then, whether these acts are like dead trees that have to be cut and thrown into fire or like living things that must be put into eternal area of heaven.

Taken from "Keys to the Divine Kingdom" by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Those who run after Dunya


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"You are running for the world to earn things from the world but you are not going to. If you are not making Allah happy with you then the world is not going to give you the best of it. It's going to give you only the headaches of it and the burdens of it because the world has also been ordered by the Creator Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) that, "Those who run after you, run away from them. Cheat them and fool them saying to them, `I am yours. Come, come.' And they will be busy with you running after you all the time. But never give any treasure to them. Keep them wandering, keep them in pain, keep the mind suffering and keep them running after you. Any minute, any second they turn away from you and they turn their faces towards Me then put all the treasures under their feet." This is the order that Allah has given to this world. Except man, all other creatures are obeying the order. Except man. Man has been created in Ahsani Taqweem, as the most perfect one, but man is the one that is disobeying the order. All other creatures and anything that you are seeing, alive or dead (to you it's dead but in the Divine Presence everything has a life, everything in existence has a life in their own world) are obeying that order."

- Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Haqqani al-Qubrisi.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Love: The Light of the Prophet

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Where does all this love come from? Why is it coming? The answer is nothing but He. He brings it to us. That love that He gives us is our life support system and He is the Owner of it. Ya Muqallibal qulubi wal absar! (O Turner of hearts and eyes!) The heart is a centrifugal organ. Continuously generating emotions and energy out, not just to the senses of our bodies but out to all that our senses extend to: to the touch of a loved one, to the wail of an infant, to the sound of a hum, to the taste of a fruit. All connected to the heart. That's where we are.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace and blesings of God be upon him, said: "Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh, which, if it be whole, all the body is whole, and which, if it is diseased, all of it is diseased. truly, it is the heart."

The hearts that grasp one another come together for the love of the beloved one, Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, uniting together like a binding chain ever illuminating nur ala nur (light upon light).

The next time you wonder why you love someone, turn your hearts towards the Causer of the Causes, and acknowledge that it is that love; that which is light, which He created from the very begining, that light of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassalam.


taken from: MyHeartSpeaksToYou

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Earth is your Mother


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Everything which has a beginning has an ending. You are asking me to stay. But if I was here for 20 years instead of for 20 days and it would end today, it would be the same. In this life this is how it has to be. No-one is together forever, even children and families, neighbours, friends, relatives, murids and sheikhs, students and teachers, all go different ways one day. We can continue in our hearts. We are always together in our souls, even if it is not physical. It tells us that we are servants of Allah the Almighty. All of us are creatures. Even if our clothes change, our original position never will. We are not giving a lecture, I am not a professor but a simple person, like all prophets were. They were sitting on the ground with poor people, slaves, women, children... We have been created from earth and we must try to be closer to earth. This will give you a good character and make you more humble. If you sit on strange chairs, you think you are important. Being close to earth gives benefit to your body. Scientists tell us that there are so many bacteria there. The closer you come to earth the friendlier they will be with you. They will run after those who escape from them. Just like with dogs: if you are friendly with them, they will be too... People nowadays are living in skyscrapers far away from earth. They are in concrete buildings surrounded by plastic and metal. They are escaping from nature and all kinds of illnesses come to them. They want to know where cancer comes from. It is because people are running away from nature. Befriend the earth! You have been created from earth and you will return to earth. If not today, then tomorrow, after one week, one month, one year, or even after 100 years. You cannot escape, you will return to earth. Don't run away from earth, it is your mother. If you come closer to earth it will change your nature for the better. It will give your face more lights and take away the darkness. Disturbing bacteria will leave you and you will be more in peace and in comfort. T'his is why all prophets used to sit on earth. But nowadays people want to be elegant. Physically you take benefit by sitting close to earth, spiritually even more so. Your spirituality will increase, because you will accept to be humble. No-one can develop spiritually without becoming humble. The most humble person is the highest one spiritually. The characteristic which prevents spirituality is pride. Satan was on the highest position when he was humble, but when he became proud he fell to the lowest. The best quality for a servant is to be humble. Whoever wants to reach the high stations of Heavens must accept that they are nothing. If you want safety, you must throw your weight away. In the old days when ships were travelling through difficult straits, people would throw their luggage overboard. If you want to reach Heavenly Stations you must throw your burdens overboard. The heaviest part of you is your ego, asking to be something, never sacrificing itself Sacrifice it! When you have done that, you will reach Heavens and be like lights without any physical body stopping you. It can carry you from earth to Heavens.
- Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani

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