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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ego - Nafs

Bismillahir'Rahmanir'Rahim

A Suhba by our Beloved Teacher Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani
DAY OF ISRA AND MIRAJ 27 Rajab 1425 / Saturday 11 September 2004 Lefke,
Northern Cyprus Heard & transcribed by GFH ---

A`udhu billahi min al-shaytan al-rajim.

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim La hawla wala quwwata illa billah al-Ali al-Azim
Allah, Allah! Subhan Allah.

This is a holy month and a holy day today. That it is the most important miracle, not only for the Seal of Prophets, but from the beginning up to today. How many thousands of Prophets! – they came and they have been sent by theLord of Heavens; and each one, also, they have been granted miracles.

Miracles: it is only [a] means to make people to be satisfied with what that person is claiming as his prophecy and his messengerhood, or for his message – that he has been sent by the Lord of heavens.

But always, people when they are under the hegemony or under the control of their egos, they were refusing. That is their egoistic characteristic. Because man – every man – they have ego, nafs. And nafs – [the] first characteristic of the ego is to be proud.

That is the biggest cursing that is carrying on anyone! It is the worst characteristic, and what is easily making curses coming on their head: to be proud! And Allah Almighty never likes for a servant to be proud. You are a servant! A servant! You can’t be proud!

But pride is most important characteristic of ego, to say: LA ILAHA ILLA ANA [No god except I]. [Addressing someone] X.! Don’t sleep.... Astaghfirullah. That is kufr; that is shirk; beyond shirk also. Whoever says la ilaha illa ana is refusing the existence for the Lord of heavens; not asking to be on an equal position with the Lord of Heavens, no; “la ilaha illa ana” – ha-ha! It is the worst characteristic that is making people to be thrown away from the Divine Presence.

Servanthood. It is the main characteristic that the Lord of heavens is asking from His servants, from His creatures. He is asking: “Declare that you are My servants!” {ALASTU BI-RABBIKUM?} [“Am I not your Lord?”] [sheepish voice, broken posture:] {qalu bala} [“they said: yes.”]

Am I your Lord? Their Creator. The greatness that was covering that assembly, ijtima` – no one can be able to raise their eyes a little bit up. They were saying: [meek voice, cowed posture] “Bala, bala.” As is mentioned through Holy Qur’an – Do you recite Holy Qur’an? Hahaha. We are reciting [nodding head as if to mean “merely with the tongue”]. Asta`idhu billah. Say: {Wa rafa`na fawqahumu al-tur.} “We raised above them the mount of Tur.”(4:54).

[“Them” meaning] Yahud, Jews, the children of Israel. They’re the first, [the] first or highest level to be refusing servanthood and to claim that they’re something. Moses, peace be upon him, [was] bringing Holy Torah and asking from them: “That is your Lord’s commands to you, O servants of our Lord.” They [were] making: “mm, ah, er, uh, oh, wha, nn [stammering noises signifying stalling and denial], we’re accepting, but from where you did you bring this....?”

{Wa rafa`n fawqahum al-tur!} [And We raised above them the Mount of Tur.] Allah Almighty, with His endless power, was taking the mount of Tur up like an umbrella: “[Are you] ACCEPTING OR NOT??” [Immediate prostrating gesture] They were falling down, acceptin by force. They were so very fearful, making like this [prostrating] and like this [glancing up sideways] to see if the mountain is coming down on their heads! When when they are making sajda today, they are doing also like this. Yet today they are still doing this.

Astaghfirullah al-`azim. By force, ego is going to accept! When the mountain was coming back to its place, again they were beginning to say, “Oh, why, why… maybe this was a dream?” And their children, their generations are saying, “It can’t be, it can’t be, for this mountain to get up, a huge mountain, to stand from its base, to get up [gesturing upwards] and to be there! [With mock-earnest nasal voice:] “Be-cause-gravy-tea-ne-ver-accepts-such-a-thing!” Uh-huh. “Gravy-tea! Oh! Even this [Throws his tasbih in the air] must come down, must fall down!” They are not valuing what we are saying. Their ancestors are saying, “Don’t say this.” “But We were there!” “Perhaps you were dreaming this. Can’t be! Bring a proof that a mountain can be taken up by itself or by someone that we are not believing, to be on your head like an umbrella. Perhaps you were dreaming or, out of fear, you were imagining ‘a mountina may fall on ourselves.’”

The begininng of materialist philosophy, materialist principles. Materialism from our Iraelite brothers. All of us from the same root, but branches are different. And branches are going to be like brothers. Never accepting. Can’t be. And Allah Almighty is showing, it is not only for Isrtaelite people, but showing that everyone’s ego is of the same type. No different. The characteristic of ego – asta`idhu billah: {Inna al-nafsa la-ammaratun bil-su’} “Truly, the soul ever commands evil” (12:53). Never, unchangeable characteristic for the ego: to order to you, ordering you not to believe in anything. Don’t do anything for anyone else, only for me. I am – if you are asking a lord, I am your lord. If you are asking anyone to be worshipped, I am that one. Never changing from the beginning up to today, the ego. So proud! Even not accepting its Lord’s existence, saying: “No. La ilaha illa ana”; astaghfirullah.

A`zamu al-bala’ – that is carrying the biggest cursing on the people. Therefore the Lord of Heavens is asking to teach people, to train people, to give everyone’s right to their owners. Your ego, what is right you must give. No more. If you are going to give more, you are going to be zalim – oppressor eating the rights of others. Coming for training people to know their rights. First, rights of the Lord of Heavens that created you and created everything. You must give first His rights. Not anyone else’s. No. If you are passing, not looking that rights, don’t ask that anyone is going to give rights to you, everyone is going to be oppressors for you.

Now people are in it; because they left heavenly orders, heavenly commands. Because they are like the first tribes of the children of Israel , they are saying la ilaha illa ana, and at least they were doing, to get a satisfaction through themselves, they are making a Golden Cow. Because common people are always asking to see something, to look to that one and to touch and to hear from that one. Our ego’s characteristic. If leaving them as they were claiming, after a while, that idea is going to be changed. They should asksomething that they may lookto it, they may touch it, they may hear it, they may see that one. Because they are never going to be in statisfaction if they are not seeing, looking and touching.

That is materialism that destroyed whole heavenly beliefs. And people are on it now. Therefore, cursing is every day coming on earth, today one, tomorrow seven times, after tomorrow seven times more curses coming. Tomorrow, after tomorrow... double, double cursing coming.

What is your opinion for govts. and nations? Every day are they coming into a better condition or getting everything worse, and worse, and worse. Bad situation growing up and troubles climbing, suffering climbing, and miseries coming through whole people.

La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah al-`ali al-azim. Yes. First man. He did a khata’ - mistake. He did a mistake because he did according to his ego, and mostly egopistic character is through women. Through traditional knowledge, Allah Almighty is making the power of ego ten parts, giving one part for men, and to women nine parts. Then making `aql ten parts, giving nine parts to men and one part to women. Come and say to me: “Ee-qua-lee-tee” for women and men!

But people, they are drunk now. Drunk from their ignorance. Ignorance is a dark cloud – dukhan - smoke. We can bring ta’wil [figurative interpretation]. For understanding, we may bring some words on some words of Holy Qur’an al-Karim. “That should be covered” [{But watch thou for the day when the sky will produce visible smoke that will envelop the people (44:10-11)}]: one of the big signs of Qiyamat, last days – a big sign that should be a smoke, a smoke that is going to be dark, covering the hwole world from East to West, from North to South, and people – unbelievers are going to be like drunk ones, only that smoke, that darkness is never going to affect believers. Believers, they should have a majal, atmosphere private atmosphere that you should be in it. You should be in a special situation where that is never touching to you - that smoke, poison, darkness, is never touching you.

We can bring an opening with another verse/words; and it is true, it should be , what Allah Almighty said: that dukhan, that smoke should cover all the world, it is Ok, it should be that literal meaning but also we may give an example, we may give a new teaching, a new understanding from that: that there should be on earth such darkness that every religion’s light just extinguished, therefore the whole world is going to be in dark darkness. Only as stars through dark darkness of space, the skies – they are keeping their positions, their lights clearly – its is clear you can see them; also, Believers, through that dark darkness, poisoned darkness, they should be in safety; their faith, their beliefs’ lights are going to be seen, and others are going to be unseen through the dark darkness of that smoke. Now people are in it.

It is an understanding of Tafsir also. And Allah Almighty knows, and His Prophet knows, and whoever the Prophet may give a light may understand. The Holy Qur’an is not an ordinary book. You can find everything in it. But people are never touching such a meanings, or they can’t be able to dive through the oceans of Holy Qur’an. Now, people through that dark darkness. And coming also, as it is informed – because this preparing that poisoned smoke. That, as Prophet’s explanations are giving us, never harming Believers that darkness or that dark smoke cloud because they have lights of their faith keeping themselves. But others should be like drunk, or dying to pass away.

May Allah forgive me. We were speaking on the characteristic, the worst characteristic of our ego: to be proud. A proud person, fighting to his Lord. Behind every sin, every fighting, every evil lies that characteristic; because they are proud and they are fighting. Proud people are never accepting peace, either in himself or in others. Therefore I am running to Allah from their sharr - from their harms, evils. I am asking protection, not to leave me through the hands of my dirty ego. That is the summary of Prophet’s hadith sharif, good perfect advice: Allahumma la takilni ila nafsi tarfata `ayn. O my Lord, do not leave me in the hands of my ego, because to be in its hands means to fall into a dark darkness of egoistic dirty worlds, dirty situations.

May Allah forgive me and bless you for the honor of the most honored one who was teaching whole nations for their eternal lives, calling them to enlightened worlds, endless lightened worlds that the Lord of heavens prepared for them through their eternal lives, for Eternity, Eternity - Subhan Allah - Abadi, Sarmadi!

May Allah forgive me. Ya Rabbi, forgive us! For the honor of the most honored one whom You have honored with the Night-Journey and granted that which noone can grant to anyone else. From Your grants we are asking humbly for a protection and shelter from our dirty egoes and evil. Amin. For the honor of that one.

Bi-hurmat al-Fatiha.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

One year commeoration of Hajjah Anne's passing

Bismillahi' r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem was-salaat was-salaam `ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi was sallim


In honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of Hajjah Amina Adil, according to the Miladi calendar, on behalf of all Naqshbandi-Haqqani mureeds around the world, we send our condolences to our master Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, and his entire family. In commemoration of this day, we request all mureeds to make Tahlil*, or recite a section from the Qur'anand present the rewards to our blessed spiritual mother Hajjah Amina bint Ayesha.

May Allah bless Hajjah Amina's soul and we ask Allah to give Mawlana Shaykh Nazim a long and healthy life, always supported, and make his teachings to be ever-living in our hearts. Signed, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham al-Kabbani

*Tahlil means Khatm al-Khawajagan followed by recitation of Surat Yasin.


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Monday, November 07, 2005

Honour of Women

Bismillahi 'r-rahmani 'r-raheem

The sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi wrote:

Women are honoured to carry in themselves the greatest secret – that of human life.
The Prophet, to whose speech the whole world was enslaved, use to say: “Speak to me, o, Aisha!”

The Prophet said that women dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts,
But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by the ferocity of animals.
They have no kindness, gentleness, or love, since animality dominates their nature.
Love and kindness are human attributes, anger and sensuality belong to the animals.
She is not your “sweetheart”!
She is the radiance of God.


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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

EID MUBARAK

Bismillahi 'r-rahmani 'r-raheem

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Price of Iman

Bismillahi 'r-rahmani 'r-raheem

Several years ago an imaam moved to London. He often
took the bus from his home to the downtown area. Some
weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the
same bus. When he sat down, he discovered that the
driver had accidentally given him twenty pence too
much change. As he considered what to do, he thought
to himself, 'you better give the twenty pence back. It
would be wrong to keep it'.

Then he thought, 'oh forget it, it's only twenty
pence. Who would worry about this little amount?
Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare;
they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from
Almighty Allah and keep quiet'.

When his stop came, the Imaam paused momentarily at
the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the
driver and said:

"Here, you gave me too much change."
The driver with a smile replied:
"Aren't you the new Imaam in this area? I have been
thinking lately about going to worship at your mosque.
I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you
too much change."

When the Imaam stepped off the bus, his knees became
weak and soft. He had to grab the nearest light pole
and held for support, and looked up to the heavens and
cried: "Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for twenty pence!"

Bottom-line: We may never see the impact our actions
have on people... Sometimes we may be the only Islam a
non-Muslim will see. Let us be an example for others
to see. Be careful and be honest everyday, because you
never know who is watching your actions.

O Allah! Guide us, make our intentions sincere,
accept our deeds, answer our prayers, and make us of
those who are patient.

al-Fatiha...

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