Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some Secrets Of His Divine Realm

‎بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. 

Some Secrets Of His Divine Realm

I am always asking Divine Help from my Lord so that I may clearly explain these important matters. Perhaps hundreds or thousands of people will listen to these words, and I am asking my Lord to grant them understanding and benefit, so that they may tread a straight path and escape from the traps of devils. This is a very high ideal, and everyone must have this ideal and purpose. We must try to help everyone, not only for the sake of our own salvation, but for that of all mankind. Allah Almighty is calling us to this way.

We are speaking about the holy verses (Ayat) of our Creator, Allah Almighty. According to our Grandsheikh’s explanation, every verse is an endless independent ocean of meaning; you can take all things from that ocean. Even if we would absorb from the ocean of one ayat throughout all eternity, it would never be exhausted; they remain the same limitless oceans eternally.

Perhaps someone may ask, “For what did Allah create these eternal oceans?” We must know that Allah Almighty is never in need of anything, and therefore is creating all those oceans solely for the sake of His servants. The main attribute of Allah Almighty is His Being beyond need of anyone; but while He is never in need of anything, His creatures’ main attribute is to be in need at every moment. The creature can never be above need of his Creator; if the Divine Help which keeps everything in existence was to be pulled out for even a second from the smallest atomic, particle, then that piece would cease to exist.

Now, you must know that Allah Almighty is the Creator, and He is forever creating. No one can define a limit or a beginning for His creation. He was creating from pre-eternity and will create forever. Eternity means ‘outside of time’; Allah is the Creator, and He brought the Sons of Adam into time—but they originated outside of time. They are like a gigantic river: every creature coming from timelessness, from a world where time has no meaning, then entering into time and ultimately returning to eternity from whence he came. On both ends of the river’s journey we find eternity.

We are all in need of those endless meaning oceans, and every creature is swimming in them, from his Lord’s favors. The divine reason for His verses being such endless oceans is that we may say, “Our Lord has limitless sovereignty over His Realm.” For such a realm there must be an infinity of servants, creatures, worshipers, angels and kingdoms. No one can fully understand his Lord; one may know a little regarding his Lord, but it is quite impossible to know all. He is the absolute solute King over His Kingdom, and there is no partner unto Him. When His servants know this they will say, “Oh my Lord, we are powerless.” When they are thus recognizing and admitting their powerlessness, He gives them from His Divine Power and dresses them with it, which enables them to dive into those oceans and derive more and more benefit from Divine Wisdom and Knowledge.

Our Grandsheikh was saying that each Prophet and Saint has a special position and rank particular to him and unlike that of another. In accordance with their respective positions, they are taking Divine Wisdom and Knowledge from that ocean. What are they doing with this Knowledge and Wisdom’ The more they take of it the more they are improving through Divine Lights, thus approaching their Lord’s Divine Presence where they experience boundless pleasure in witnessing more beauty oceans from His Divine Face. Therefore, they have become obsessed with their Lord. If, for example, a thirsty person drinks salty water, he will demand more and more in a vain attempt to quench his thirst, and eventually , he will die. In the case of Prophets and Saints, they also ask to drink more and more of their Lord’s beauty oceans; but contrary to the drinker of salt water, they become endlessly more satisfied as they drink and grow ever more pleased with their Lord’s Presence, so that they pursue it tirelessly and will sacrifice all things for the sake of this Divine Favor.

The Prophets and Saints who sacrifice everything in this way are most wise and discerning, but those people who neglect that excellent and most valuable life, turning instead to this dirty life, are the most foolish of people; they abandon eternal life in exchange for a bit of fading enjoyment.‎
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم.
Some Secrets Of His Divine Realm
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 am always asking Divine Help from my Lord so that I may clearly explain these important matters. Perhaps hundreds or thousands of people will listen to these words, and I am asking my Lord to grant them understanding and benefit, so that they may tread a straight path and escape from the traps of devils. This is a very high ideal, and everyone must have this ideal and purpose. We must try to help everyone, not only for the sake of our own salvation, but for that of all mankind. Allah Almighty is calling us to this way.
We are speaking about the holy verses (Ayat) of our Creator, Allah Almighty. According to our Grandsheikh’s explanation, every verse is an endless independent ocean of meaning; you can take all things from that ocean. Even if we would absorb from the ocean of one ayat throughout all eternity, it would never be exhausted; they remain the same limitless oceans eternally.
Perhaps someone may ask, “For what did Allah create these eternal oceans?” We must know that Allah Almighty is never in need of anything, and therefore is creating all those oceans solely for the sake of His servants. The main attribute of Allah Almighty is His Being beyond need of anyone; but while He is never in need of anything, His creatures’ main attribute is to be in need at every moment. The creature can never be above need of his Creator; if the Divine Help which keeps everything in existence was to be pulled out for even a second from the smallest atomic, particle, then that piece would cease to exist.
Now, you must know that Allah Almighty is the Creator, and He is forever creating. No one can define a limit or a beginning for His creation. He was creating from pre-eternity and will create forever. Eternity means ‘outside of time’; Allah is the Creator, and He brought the Sons of Adam into time—but they originated outside of time. They are like a gigantic river: every creature coming from timelessness, from a world where time has no meaning, then entering into time and ultimately returning to eternity from whence he came. On both ends of the river’s journey we find eternity.
We are all in need of those endless meaning oceans, and every creature is swimming in them, from his Lord’s favors. The divine reason for His verses being such endless oceans is that we may say, “Our Lord has limitless sovereignty over His Realm.” For such a realm there must be an infinity of servants, creatures, worshipers, angels and kingdoms. No one can fully understand his Lord; one may know a little regarding his Lord, but it is quite impossible to know all. He is the absolute solute King over His Kingdom, and there is no partner unto Him. When His servants know this they will say, “Oh my Lord, we are powerless.” When they are thus recognizing and admitting their powerlessness, He gives them from His Divine Power and dresses them with it, which enables them to dive into those oceans and derive more and more benefit from Divine Wisdom and Knowledge.
Our Grandsheikh was saying that each Prophet and Saint has a special position and rank particular to him and unlike that of another. In accordance with their respective positions, they are taking Divine Wisdom and Knowledge from that ocean. What are they doing with this Knowledge and Wisdom’ The more they take of it the more they are improving through Divine Lights, thus approaching their Lord’s Divine Presence where they experience boundless pleasure in witnessing more beauty oceans from His Divine Face. Therefore, they have become obsessed with their Lord. If, for example, a thirsty person drinks salty water, he will demand more and more in a vain attempt to quench his thirst, and eventually , he will die. In the case of Prophets and Saints, they also ask to drink more and more of their Lord’s beauty oceans; but contrary to the drinker of salt water, they become endlessly more satisfied as they drink and grow ever more pleased with their Lord’s Presence, so that they pursue it tirelessly and will sacrifice all things for the sake of this Divine Favor.
The Prophets and Saints who sacrifice everything in this way are most wise and discerning, but those people who neglect that excellent and most valuable life, turning instead to this dirty life, are the most foolish of people; they abandon eternal life in exchange for a bit of fading enjoyment.

SURPASSING THE MIND'S LIMITATIONS

                                                                
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SURPASSING THE MIND'S LIMITATIONS 1 

Grandshaykh AbdAllah (qs) told me about Ka`b al-Ahbar, the most learned man among Jews living in Hijaz in the time of the Prophetﷺ. Because of his great learning, Ka`b expected the coming of the Last Prophetﷺ whose appearance he found foretold in the Scriptures. Ka`b's knowledge was so extensive that he had reached the 'Station of Gabriel', but not beyond.
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According to Grandshaykh, knowledge is divided into two parts: one part extends from the Earth to the Station of Gabriel (a). The Sons of Adam may learn this knowledge through their intellectual efforts. The other part extends upward from the Station of Gabriel, the Archangel who represents intelligence, and intellectual knowledge reaches up to his station.
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However, after that station are oceans of strange and wonderful knowledge beyond the boundaries of the mind and intellect. The mind is not capable of balancing those oceans of knowledge and when confronted with them can only say, "No further can I go, I have reached my limit."

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Technologically-learned people are floundering and struggling unsuccessfully to arrive at a complete understanding of the Creation through empirical knowledge: they want to be able to see everything in front of their two eyes and analyze it by their five senses, and anything outside of the perception of their senses is rejected. Whosoever says that knowledge is limited to what the five senses can observe and does not accept any other type of knowledge is a fool, for you can never limit knowledge!


Sultan al-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil
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Islam Came to Teach People Good Character

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Islam Came to Teach People Good Character 

Part 1 
Islam came to teach people good character, as it fights bad character. The worst character is to be angry as it opens the door to all bad characters. He who cannot stop his anger cannot keep his iman nor his good works as it destroys all good things, and no good can stay when anger is present.
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Therefore, our Prophet ﷺ ordered his nation to keep away from anger. He said, “'The most powerful wrestler is he who can stop his anger!” Whoever is conquered by his anger cannot be a servant of Allah Almighty, because when he is angry he leaves goodness for his anger. It means he is under the command of his ego and he cannot obey his Lord. O People! Think on it.




Part 2

We must always practice leaving anger. Once we were sitting with our Grandshaykh and his servant, who was an old man. While we sat, a fly came up and bit the servant and quickly he became angry and killed the fly. Our Grandshaykh looked at him and told me, “Tell him, Nazim Effendi, that he must get up and renew his wudu as now it is no good, it went away with his anger." To kill a flea in anger is a criminal action, a sin!
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Anger is the worst character. All governments are fighting for anger, and all people also. Anger grows and is like an ocean for all bad characters; if you can dry up that ocean then no more bad characters can live in it, finished. This is a very, very good manner. You must use this, for it is the order of Allah ﷻ, His Prophet ﷺ and all Awliya.


Part 3

Our Grandshaykh is a great doctor for the illnesses of the ego. Here is his prescription for us when we are angry:

If you are angry go make wudu, because anger is fire and fire goes away with water; therefore, do wudu. Anger is permitted only for our egos, so if you must be angry, be angry at your Nafs that is leading you away from your Lord! I shall tell you a story, also from our Grandshaykh, on that point:
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A 'majdhub' is someone who is 'crazy' for Allah Almighty, and he is above ordinary people, on a different level from them. There was a majdhub living in a certain town. One day he was walking along when he came upon a group of children playing. Now, children know when a man is on an extraordinary level, and they like to run after them and make trouble for them. And so it happened that a boy threw a stone at the majdhub, and hit him on the head.
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As soon as the stone hit him, the majdhub began to slap himself, saying, “Go to your homeland! Go to your home!” As the startled children watched, the majdhub continued down the street in that way, striking himself and saying over an over, “Go to your home! Go to your home!"




Part 4

What is the meaning of that story? Our Grandshaykh says the majdhub was teaching us about our egos. When he said, “Go to your home, go to your home!" what he meant was, "O ego! If you were alright, then these children wouldn't be throwing stones at you. You must return to your home, to the promise that you made to your Lord on the Day of Promises, before you came into this world, your Lord asked, 'Am I your Lord?' and you answered, 'Yes, you are my Lord!'
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When you return to that promise, nothing gives you trouble. When that boy hit you with that stone, O ego, it was to call attention to the fact that you must be careful with your promise to your Lord. You must, therefore, go to your homeland, return to your Lord!”

Part 5

This story means you have no right to be angry with another person, you must turn your anger to your own ego! You must think, "If I am alright, then all things will be alright with me. If I am not alright, then people will not be alright with me."
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O People! With such thinking, we will be angry and fighting our egos only.


Part 6 
Our Grandshaykh said anger is of two kinds. The first kind is the anger of ordinary people on behalf of their egos, not for Allah Almighty. You may say, "How? If a man sees a wrong thing, mustn't he get angry?" Yes, I agree with you.

But first I would say to you, why are you not angry with your self, your nafs? If you are seeing wrong things and getting angry, you should look first to your self, your ego! Be angry with it! Punish it for your wrongdoings, for bad speaking, for looking at haram. Why are you not punishing yourself?

It is easy to punish another, too easy. It is easy to kill others, but instead, kill your ego! When you are angry make a new wudu, and say three times the Shahada and seventy times "Astaghfirullah", and say, "O ego, this is your punishment!
 

Part 7

[Anxious to punish their egos, murids asked Mawlana Shaykh Nazim questions.]
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[Sayyidi, is it alright to fast on the light days of the week? We've been fasting every Monday and Thursday since Ramadan.]

Mawlana: No need. You may fast from haram looking, you may fast from anger, you may fast from bad words! Not eating or drinking, that fast I don't want. It is too easy to go without eating, I don't want that. No bad speaking, no bad looking, no anger, that is difficult! So many people are fasting, yet they are angry seventy times until Maghrib! They say, "We are fasting!" but how can you fast if you are angry?
 
Part 8

The second kind of anger is for Allah Almighty. This is only for those who have killed their egos. We are too far from that! [Question from a murid: What about children who misbehave? Sometimes they can make one very angry.]
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You may give them tarbiyya, which is to educate them with good manners. Also taqlib, to make them fear your speaking. It is like acting: you use a fierce voice, but inside you are not angry. Anger is prohibited.
 
Part 9
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Anger is for Allah! Our Grandshaykh told a story on that point: "Once during jihad in the time of Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi was sallim), Sayyidina Ali (karam Allahu wajha) fought an enemy in a fierce battle, a huge, powerful wrestler, and it was a difficult fight. Suddenly, Ali managed to disarm his opponent, flung him to the ground and raised his sword to kill the man. Just as his sword was about to strike, the enemy spat in his face! Sayyidina Ali lowered his sword and said, 'Get up, I cannot kill you.'


Part 10

The enemy soldier was dumbfounded and asked, "Why are you not killing me? Why are you leaving me like this? Am I not your enemy?" Sayyidina Ali (karam Allah wajha) said, "I became filled with my ego's anger, so I cannot kill you! Before you spat in my face I fought you for the sake of Allah, but when you spat on me I became angry for the sake of my ego; therefore, I cannot kill you, you may go."
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These words reached the fallen man's heart. "O, Ali!" he cried, "You are on the right way! Please take me to your Prophet (peace be upon him)!" He entered Islam at the Prophet's hand."
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If your anger is like this, if you are like Sayyidina Ali (karam Allah wajha) then you too may be angry. If your character is not like that, you must keep it to yourself!


Sultan al-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil an-Naqshbandi