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The Dress of Ramadan

The following excerpts are from the sohbat ‘The Dress of Ramadan’ by Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (Qs), 7th July, 2013.

“The addressing from above is Hz Adam, Prophet Adam is Hazrat. Sultans are addressed as Hazrat.”

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You are “insan”, Man, but your name is Hz Insan. He (swt) said “Hazrat Adam”. The addressing from above is Hz Adam, Prophet Adam is Hazrat. Sultans are addressed as Hazrat. What is garbage, trash, is not called Hazrat. Animals are not called Hazrat. Hazrat is from the Huzur (Presence)- Hazrat is said for who is dressed with the dress of honour from the Divine Presence, from the Huzuru r-Rabbul Alamin. Others are not called Hazrat.

Come on in O attendees; let us listen to Shah Mardan. How beautifully does he advise. But Men, the people of this time, do not consider the words of Shah Mardan. What do they consider? They consider the words of shaytan. And what does shaytan do? It sets people against each other. It makes them lose their humanity. Shaytan’s whole claim is to pull the humanity out of Man. Since it has become shaytan, it wants the dress of honour, which was dressed on Mankind to be taken from them and it wants them to become a creature that has no honour, no adab, like itself. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. O Ahbab of Shah Mardan, be present in his assembly. His assembly reaches from the East to the West and the knowledge gives you honour in dunya as well as in akhirah. O Man, you are honoured. What is the order for you? “Keep this honour We granted you. O Adam, we dressed you with the dress of honour. Keep that dress of honour because there are those who would take it from you”. They wanted to take it away from Prophet Adam – not take away, but they wanted to steal it.

Here, this is the claim: “Why was Prophet Adam granted this honour and not I?” Allahu Dhu-l Jalal- “Ya’budu man yashau wa ya’ti”. Man yasha’- Allah Almighty grants to whom He likes. It is not as you like. Allahu Dhu-l Jalal for Whose Azamat there is no end, dresses who He likes with the dress of honour and orders: “Protect this dress of honour”. Keep it- this is the instruction of Shah Mardan- stand with majesty. You are dressed with the dress of Majesty. Keep this dress. Don’t be filth! Don’t be trash. Don’t be humiliated. Don’t be shaytan. What you are dressed with is the dress of azamat. The address of “O Adam” is the address of honour. Allahu Dhu-l Jalal told you “O Adam! Usqudu l-Jannat. Enter My Paradise. It is yours”. And shaytan came saying “let me take this honour away from him”. The whole fight is about this. No one has the jealousy shaytan has. “What is my purpose?” says shaytan. “Let me take this honour away from Man because I found myself more worthy. It would have been suitable for me but it was granted to him, not me. And I will not allow it, I will take it from him”.

So, just like this, shaytan declared its goal: My goal is to strip mankind of the dress of honor with which he has been dressed.” How does it strip him? By dressing him with the dress of every kind of trick and evil, it makes him a shaytan like itself. Today’s dunya is full of shaytans. “Yatasabaquna fi sh-sharri”. Is it not so? They compete with each other in evil. How does it do this? By making people enemies to each other with all kinds of things that you can’t even imagine. O Man! Allah Almighty did not create you for useless competition. He (swt) dressed you with an honour dress in His Presence and wants to keep you this way. How beautiful. We should learn. We should learn. ‘Alimu wa ta’allamu. Learn and teach. But they don’t teach it now. What people learn is to be shaytan. But shaytan can’t make a Sultan. Can shaytan be a Sultan? No. Shaytan does not teach people to be Sultans. It wants to steal away his sultan-ness & turn him into a shaytan. Don’t, don’t follow it. You are Man. Shaytan wants to steal the rank you have. Stay firm. This greatest honour is granted to you & shaytan runs after it to take it away.

“May Allah grant us that honour in this holy month. May our Ramadan be mubarak. May our Lord be pleased with us. May His Great Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) intercede for us.”

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For what do you strive? Why do you strive for dunya? What will come to you from dunya? What will come to you from dunya is a few meters for a shroud. This is the destination you will reach – you will be wrapped in a shroud & they will bury you inside a hole. But you are not a being to be buried into a hole. Allahu Akbar! O yaran Shah Mardan, how beautifully is he expressing it. You are not created to dress in a 3 meter shroud & to fill a hole, O heedless Man! Allahu akbaru l-akbar. May salatu s-salam be upon the Master of Creation (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), and may it be upon Shah Mardan who is trained by him. Listen, don’t fight! O people, listen! There is the addressing of Heavens, it is not a newspaper. The addressing that comes from Heavens is no newspaper.

Go ahead O Shah Mardan- say, go ahead. Say “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillahi l-Hamd.” This is suitable for you. Being a toilet keeper is not suitable for Man. Be beautiful! When he says “Be beautiful”, we are already beautiful. Ahsani taqwim, ahsani taqwim. “Khalaqna Al-‘Insana Fi ‘Ahsani Taqwimin”(95:4) Allah Almighty did not grant the beautiful surra and sirra (outer likeness & inner character) that He dressed on Man to anyone else. Allahu Akbar! Then run after this!

O Shah Mardan, may you send us from the holy ones you trained, those who will teach these people this. May our faces be beautiful. May our work be beautiful. May our end be beautiful. Don’t come to the Sultan with a monkey attribute. “I didn’t create you like this. From where did you bring this ugliness?” “I brought it from dunya”. If Allah Almighty says, “Should it be like this in dunya? Did I create Man to be in such a state?” what will your answer be? You have no answer. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Allah created Man as the most beautiful. Man who is created as the most beautiful has an honour. No one can reach that honour. O our Lord – our Subhan, our Sultan. Go ahead O Shah Mardan, your yaran are your admirers. Don’t read newspapers. Don’t read novels. Don’t read unnecessary things. What should be read? Read Man. Shah Mardan says “Don’t read newspapers, read Man”. Are you reading Man? How can he? Can an animal read Man? No. Shaytan turned people into animals and then it says “read”. “What should we read?” “Read what I make you read”, meaning shaytan makes people read shaytan-ness.

It says “I am shaytan. You also become shaytans like me”. “What will happen then?”. “At that time everything will be under your command”. This is how the people are now. Shaytan corrupted Man who was created clean. It wants to crush him, it wants to throw the honour of Man under its feet. All these nations who follow shaytan run after it, competing to be shaytan. By saying “I will be shaytan”, “No, I will be shaytan” they crush each other. They want to strip away & throw out the dress of sharafat from each other, which is dressed on them. Every Man has an honour, you should keep that honour. You are respected and you should also show respect. If you don’t show respect, your category also is the category of shaytan. Because in dunya there is the Man category & there is the shaytan category and you are then written under the category of shaytan. Keep the servant who is honoured by Allah, honourable so that you are also granted honour. If you don’t keep it, the honour you have is taken away from you and you also get the dirty attribute of shaytan.

As-Salamu alaikum O Listeners, O yaran Shah Mardan. Listen to these beautiful words and appreciate their worth. Appreciate the worth of others also. The rank you are granted is from above, it is not from dunya. O our Lord – our Subhan, our Sultan. May You send us a Sultan who will teach us for the honour of Your Habib. May You send us a Sultan who will defeat shaytan, who will destroy the works of shaytan O Lord. We are helpless, You are the Possessor of Power. For the honour of these holy days, for Ramadan is our most honourable month, we should make an effort to attain to this honour. Every month is granted an honour but the honour dressed on Ramadan is not dressed on any other month. O Shah Mardan, go ahead. The arena is all yours. This arena is for you. Speak to the people. Making mahya (lights) between the minarets – this does not give honour. Maybe it becomes an adornment for the minaret. What we seek is to be dressed with the dress of this holy month, this is what I want.

You want to make mahya? Ok, you may do. But do you adorn yourself also with the candles, with the lights that are put on the minarets? If you don’t, making mahya on the minarets does not bring you any benefit. Be Man so that a Nur from Heavens descends on you also. May a Nur descend and you become Nur. Ramadan is the holy month which comes to make people Nur. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran are your admirers. Protect us also. May you reach the Divine Mercies that descend from Heavens and may you find the right way. May you become sultan by the end of Ramadan Sharif. Don’t do shameful things, O Man. Keep the honour of this holy month.

Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran are your admirers. Let us say Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Say and receive honour. O Glorious Prophet, may you accept us. O Shah Mardan, may you accept us also. Ya muhawwilal hawli wal ahwal hawwil haalana ila ahsanil hal. Say “O our Lord, may You accept us as a beautiful servant for the honour of this Ramadan Sharif. May our Nur increase, may it not decrease. May You not expel us from Your door, Ya Rabb. “Allahu Allah Allahu Rabbi, Allahu Allah Allahu Hasbi”. Say this and be saved.

It is not suitable for Man- quarrelling & fighting is not suitable. Go ahead O Shah Mardan, what is it that is suitable for them? They run in the streets. Shame on them. Go to the mosques and call “O our Lord. Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah. Allahu Hasbi, Allahu Rabbi. Allahu Rabbi, Allahu Hasbi”. Go to the mosques and say this, and see how the world will be. They fool around in the streets! What good can whoever you elect do? What can you bring out from the trash? There is no jewel around. Jewels are not thrown into the streets. Try to be jewels in the Presence of Allah.

O our Lord, may You dress us also from the barakah of this holy month. May You dress on us the jewels of this holy month for the honour of Your Habib. May we be from the accepted servants in Your Presence. May our heart be Nur and may our grave also be Nur. O our Lord, accept us – accept us for Your servants. May You drive away the ones who make us run away from the servanthood. Is there anyone who says “Allahu Allah, Allahu Rabbi. Allahu Allah, Allahu Hasbi”? No. Who do the ones calling, call to? They call to shaytan. One group shouts from this side and another group from that side. What do you want? They don’t know what they want. Ask for the Rida/Pleasure of Allah, that Allah Almighty dresses you with honour in this holy month.

O our Lord, may You increase our honour. May You make it easy for us to keep the respect of this holy month. Let us mount the animal-ego and ride above the filth of this dunya! Be clean. Mount your ego. Defeat your ego and they’ll accept you. Allah Ya Rabbi. For the honour of Shah Mardan, may his statement to his yaran be accepted and may it be dressed on us also. Allahu Allah, Allahu Rabbi. Allahu Allah, Allahu Hasbi. Don’t fear anything. All honour belongs to you. May Allah grant us that honour in this holy month. May our Ramadan be mubarak. May our Lord be pleased with us. May His Great Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) intercede for us. Everything is granted, every beauty is granted in this holy month. May it be granted to us also, may we be dressed with it. It descends on Al-Ka’ba Al-Mu’azzama- the dress of Ramadan is dressed on Al- Ka’ba Al-Mu’azzama. May we be dressed from it also. Ask for it. Don’t perform animal actions in the streets. Perform servanthood in the mosques. This is what is asked from you.

Fatiha.

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The Last Friday of Sha’ban

photoBismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim

Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (Qs), Sohbat, 2004.

Last Friday (Thursday night) of Shaban Mu’azzam. There are many tajallis (manifestations) on this night. It came down heavily on me. I kept sleeping and waking up. As my spirituality looks at the other side completely, this side gives heaviness and I feel like sleeping because during sleep the activities of spirituality become easier. It works while sitting but when you lie down it is of a different quality. It comes down on my eye like this, sleep becomes dominant, I leave to sleep.

(Begining of Jumaa Khutba)

Al-hamdu lillahi lladhi fataha lis-sa’ilina abwaba l-jinan. Wa a’dalahum n-na’ima wa akramahum bil huri wal ghilman. Fa subhan alladhi afada rahmatahu ala s-sa’imina fi sh-shahri Ramadan. Ash-shhadu an la ilaha illaAllahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Wa la nadhira lahu wa la mathila lah. Alladhi man alaina bil in’ami wa l- ihsan. Wa nashhadu anna Sayyidana wa sanadana wa Mawlana Muhammada, Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Habibuhu wa Rasuluh. Shafi’u l-mudhnibin fi yawmi l-mizan. SallAllahu Ta’ala ‘alaihi wa ‘ala alihi wa awladihi, wa azwajihi wa as’habihi wa atba’ih, wa khulafa-i rashidina l-murshidina l-mahdiyyina min ba’dih. Wa wuzara’ihi l-kamilina fi ahdih. khususan minhum ‘ala l-a’immati khulafa-i Rasulillahi ‘ala ttahqiq. Umara-i l-mu’minin. Hadarati Abi Bakrin wa Umara wa Usmana wa ‘Aliyyin dhawi l-Qadrin jalee. Wa ‘ala bakhiyyati l -sahabati wa t-tabi’in. Ridwanullahi Ta’ala alaihim ajma’in.

O believers, this Friday is the last Friday of Shaban Mu’azzam. Next Friday is for those who will reach it, and we ask from Janab-ul Mawla to let us reach it. It will be the first Friday of holy Ramadan Sharif. How happy for those who reach it! How happy for believers who reach these months, and whose hearts are filled with love for Allah and Rasulullah, filled with longing and love towards Allah and His Rasul. There is here and hereafter for them. What a pity for those who can’t appreciate these holy days and especially who can’t respect, who can’t even think of respecting, holy Ramadan Sharif. They are Khasira d-dunya wa l-akhirah; they are losers both here and hereafter. They won’t have dunya. Let them not think they are having it.

When they don’t come to Juma prayer, they are losing. Let them not think they are benefitting from not fasting in Ramadan Sharif, from not respecting Ramadan Sharif. They are harming themselves. They are harmed both in appearance and in spirituality. Their physical lives will be shameful, and their spiritual lives will diminish. And there are new troubles now; countless people are bothered with these new troubles. What is the least trouble they have? They call it depression. In the old days, they used to say “I’m depressed, I will go and have a walk”. In old days, they would come back to normal after having a walk when depressed. They would be relieved. Nowadays, the depression of these people is from the moment a man is conscious, he is in depression. Because they can’t have everything what they want. When they can’t have it, there happens a huge blast, and as a result of this blast, that man perishes without spirituality. Neither with pills, nor with syrups, neither with doctors, nor with judges will they prosper. Their job is over. Jobs of aghas and beys became over.

Listen carefully. Listen carefully to this matter. It is good when a man takes precautions. Take care before the illness comes. They used to say “See when you’re sick”. When you are caught by an illness, you can’t even have a bite. Now they’re not asking. Everyone is depressed. They go to doctors for check-ups. A doctor checks and says: “Ya Hu, you are like iron, you are a healthy woman. You don’t have anything. Let me examine your mind.” When he says so, she becomes happy: “Where will you examine?” Dr:”There’s a neurology hospital in Nicosia. They don’t like to call it a mental hospital now. They call it a neurological centre”. Woman: “Why don’t you say it’s a mental hospital? May Allah keep us away from it”.

A mind is the biggest blessing Janab-ul Haqq granted to His servants. A man can guard himself with a mind; he can find his way and path. As soon as the mind is gone, he’s not good anymore. He falls to an animal level. His job is done. Therefore “You don’t have anything, we will only examine your mind. Come”. “Where shall I come?” “There’s a neurology hospital in Nicosia. Go there. Let’s see what they say for you.” May Allah not lead us to that hospital. As soon as you enter the door, If you’re partially crazy, you become crazy completely before you’re out. What’s the reason? They don’t make research. They send to a mental hospital, but the doctor in a mental hospital is partially crazy together with them. They say someone sitting with a people for 40 days will become one of them. People around crazy ones not for 40 but for 140 days will become partially crazy too. Shortly, this is not being researched.

The man’s body is healthy. They’re not asking what other cause could there be. If the body’s fine and nothing is seen, then there’s a deficiency in spirituality that this person has fallen into such condition. He has money, a car, a wife, a horse, everything but comfort. A man says “I’m depressed.” What shall we do? Shall we tie your feet and throw you into the sea? What will your condition be? It’s not an illness of the physical. It belongs to spirituality. Do you pay attention to the spirituality of these people? Do you meet their spiritual needs? What are their needs? Can you cover them? Do you give such education to your children? You teach them foolish things with useless inventions. Inventions don’t make a stomach full. If you bring a plastic car, plastic fruit and vegetables, what’s the use? Why do you take them in? What will their use be? They won’t fill the stomach. They are of no use. Bring the real ones. They can’t give because they can’t cover the spiritual needs of these people. They became irritated and confused.

A little more and maybe everyone will go crazy. Now the conditions of people can still be tolerated, we tolerate a lot. May it not become so bad that we long for these days. But still they push ahead. After being pushed, pressed it will burst. Now there’s nothing. They said to a man in a hospital – now they are only pulling the tail of the bear. They said: “You’re just raising some dust. We are just holding the tail of a bear so the bear scratches and raises dust.” When you pull off the tail of the bear, then you have real trouble. The explosion comes when the bear is released. Now there’s nothing.

If you’ve money, you’ll find everything. The time will come when you won’t find anything with your money. We… I managed for WWII – The war which was 60-70 years ago. I managed for the war, which was 60 years ago so I know. I know well the conditions of the markets, how we couldn’t buy bread for money, how we couldn’t find bulghur, wheat. There was no pasta, no rice. I know all of it. You can’t buy for money. You are on this island. Don’t think they will send you ships full of food so that you eat and throw the half away. No. Therefore, be cautious. There’s nothing yet. Comfortable, we’re very comfortable. We have to make a lot of shukr to JanabAllah. Something will happen to those who don’t make shukr. If you want to know what is hunger, fast in Ramadan and taste it.

Now people’s mouths chew everything they want for 24 hours. If they don’t find something, they chew gum like camels. Both men and women put chewing gum into their mouths. For women it’s ok, for men it’s better not to chew. It is like the people of Lut. It’s embarassing. It’s not appropriate for men to chew gum in their mouths. It’s like men who became like women. It’s not appropriate at all. I’m telling it as a fable because people of this time, starting from their childhood have something in their hands to eat. They don’t eat at home but instead eat this & that in the streets. They drink coke. Adults drink beer. More desperate ones drink alcohol. They eat everything. Their mouths chew for 24 hours. Time will come. We’re on an island. They will fall into such a condition, they won’t find what they want. They will search in the garbage.

They have bad habits. They got such bad habits during the last 30 years. Instead of gathering to make shukr, they opened themselves (to bad habits). Next week is Ramadan Sharif. Allah is watching. He says: “I’m looking at My servants one more time.” Especially, He looks at these Cypriots. “Let’s see, if they are going to fast and count.” A war is waiting at the door. A war is not far. You are in the area of war. Don’t think that you can protect yourself, hide yourself. You are in the open. No protection for anyone except who is protected and hidden by Allah. Certainly they will be swept away and suffer. There will be ones who’ll go at once and ones who’ll suffer a lot. Therefore…

Ramadan Sharif is coming, once more Janab-ul Mawla will look: “Do they know Me, or not? Do they know themselves? Do they know who they are? How is humanity on earth? How did they appear? What did they appear for? Did they look for it? Did they ask what they were created for? They will come to their senses. If not, we’ll leave them again.” Then, after this Bayram there will be another Bayram. We seek refuge in Allah. Don’t leave fasting. Who openly doesn’t fast this year won’t reach next year. If a war starts, they will vanish in this war. It’s a sign of Divine anger.

Mountains are exploding. Fire is billowing like the fire of hell. Don’t think that fire comes from volcanoes only. Janab-ul Haqq can raise a volcano from wherever He wants whenever He wants. Any place of the world can explode. A sign of Divine anger is not necessarily a volcano. A hurricane is coming, a strong storm is coming. It’ll destroy houses. They are not coming to their senses, not taking heed. Floods are coming, floods are covering. They’re not taking heed, still saying it’s nature. Still saying it’s nature. Everywhere is shaken with calamities. They’re still saying it’s nature. Don’t. Say Allah. Who is nature? Who is nature? Where is it? Where does this nature rule from? Tell. They have degraded these people with inventions. Muslims are going after them as well. What a pity! The time is coming when everyone will have what they deserve. Pay attention and respect Ramadan Sharif, you’ll find peace.

We read first khutba for Ramadan as a preparation. JanabAllah is opening the doors of paradise in Ramadan Sharif. For those who know themselves and keep the orders, the doors of the 8 paradises are open. For those who don’t know, a fire of hell will be sent on earth. The doors of hell are opening too. Watch yourself. Guard your religion, guard your faith.

We are not without religion and faith. We haven’t come from families of unbelievers without religion or faith. Our seven generations back were Muslim. What have we become? What have we become? What happened to us? Why did we change? There were Greeks, our companions on the island. Did the Greeks change their religion? Did they destroy their churches? Did they change their priests? Did they change their alphabet & everything? Did they lean towards Islam or remained with their religion or get rid of it? Do they keep their religion? What happened to us? Is there a purer religion than Islam that we follow after them? Leaving this religion what have we become? Where did we reach? They’ll see where we reached on Bayram.

Ala inna ahsana l-kalam wa ablagha l-nizam. Kalamullahi l-Maliki l-Azizi l-Allam. Kama qal Allahu tabaraka wa ta’ala fi l-kalam. “Wa idha quria l qur’anu fa’istamiu lahu wa ansitu la’allakum turhamun”(7:204) (Listen to Qur’an when it’s read) Audhu billahi mina sh-shaytani r-rajim, Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim “Wa ma khalaqtu l-jinna wa l-insa illa liyabuduni”(51:56) (Men & Jinn were made to serve Me) Al-hamdu lillahi hamdan kamilin, wa s-salatu wa s-salamu ‘ala Rasulina Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajma’in. Ta’ziman li Nabiyyi wa takriman li fakhamati sha’ni safiyyihi faqala. Fa qala ‘Azza wa Jalla min qa’ilin mukhbiran wa amira. “Inna Allaha wa mala’ikatahu yusalluna ala an-Nabiyyi ya ayyuha lladhina amanu sallu alayhi was sallimu tasliman”(33:56) Allahumma salli wa sallim ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammadin. Hasbuna Allahi wa ni’ma l-wakeel. La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahi l-‘Aliyyi l-‘Azim.

According To What You Ask For

The following is an excerpt from the sohbat, ‘According To What You Ask For’ by Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (Qs).

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Man will really be condemned to suffer the punishment of his heedlessness as long as he is heedless.

Without a doubt, after so many years passing, of course the condition of Muslims has become that of those who are sunk in heedlessness. Man will really be condemned to suffer the punishment of his heedlessness as long as he is heedless. Meaning, the excuse saying, “We were heedless,” will not be accepted for someone who reaches the Divine Presence. Why did you not open your eyes? Did I leave you blind when We gave you the light of faith? Blind is the one who has no light of faith. So that, asta’idhu billah, “Waman kana fee hathihi a’ma fahuwa fil akhirati a’ma” (17:72) says Allah Almighty. He who is blind in this world will be blind in the next world too. This does not mean someone who is blind in his (physical) eyes, will stay blind just as he was blind in this world. Hasha. Maybe Allah Almighty says, He says He will award and grant mercy that He does not show to other servants, to those He has deprived from the light of the two eyes. And He will open their eyes to watch His Beauty, with a first view that is special for them.

All right, but what is the intention there? So that in this world, but also in the hereafter. But its meaning is that the one who has left the heart’s eye in the world, someone who has not opened the heart’s eye with the light of faith. That one he comes like that at Resurrection “Did I not give you the light of faith? Why were you heedless when you were in the world? Why did you not open your eyes? Why are you saying, “I was really heedless”? When I gave you the light of faith. The ones I did not give are different, I gave to you. Why did you become really heedless?” Because 1407 years have passed since, people are tired of moving from taqlid (imitation) to tahqiq (investigation), to haqiqat (truth). And they left that way. Even though Allah Almighty’s order is not to get stuck in imitation, to try and reach truth. Yes.

The Prophet, alaihi s-salatu wa s-salam, said, “If a person does not know himself, he does not know his Lord.”

Why did we come to the world? If it is to eat, drink, and multiply, then animals are also doing it. They don’t do anything else. If you spend your time doing that, you should know your level, your place then. Your place is also that. On the Day of Judgement they will say, “Take this one to the barn too.” Is it not so? This one did not do anything else. This one has no place on this side. Tie them up and pull them to the barn. Meaning – “if this is the aim behind the earthly life in this world what was the use of the mind We gave you? So you never used your mind.” And Allah Almighty says He honored you by clothing you in one of His attributes. And we made you mukarram, We were overly generous with you. So you made Our generosity like dirt. You made it nothing, then your place is the barn. They will say, “Pull, tie, pull that one.” His human form will also be removed. Whichever animal that one represents, every human’s ego represents an animal, that animal’s attribute will overcome and will appear in that form. They will be tied and pulled. He takes them there.

Allah Almighty sent Prophets to teach people human perfection. So that they may know their place. “O Mankind, there are so many of My creatures in this world who are living with you. You could not distinguish your place from amongst other creatures? Then be resurrected along with them.” He will collect them there. The ones who come to this world and do not know the reality of this world is heedless. A human who does not know himself is ignorant. The one who is not aware of his place in this world is both heedless and ignorant. You have to know your place. So there, the human who does not look at reality and does not know truth cannot determine his own place either. When does he determine his own place? When he knows truth. Yes. People do everything, run around everywhere. Everything that takes place around them concerns them and by collecting information about everything they are concerned with and trying to make use of everything, they are trying to satisfy their own egos. Man will not be able to find truth if he does not leave what is around him and turn back to himself. Well, when we are always concerned with what is outside we lose turning inward, staying by ourselves, and knowing ourselves. The Prophet, alaihi s-salatu wa s-salam, said, “If a person does not know himself, he does not know his Lord.” The way to know Allah Almighty goes through you. As long as you know yourself you will find the way to know Allah Almighty. Otherwise, it is impossible for a man who does not know himself to know the One who created him.

Allah Almighty does not withhold but he observes your sincerity and Ikhlas.

As you see, the Seal of prophets, our Master, alaihi s-salatu wa s-salam, came with the fullest marifat (enlightenment) with his perfection, our Master brought what was given by Allah Almighty to His servants regarding Allah’s marifat/ spiritual knowledge. And according to what you ask, you are given from that perfection. Now, there are motors that run putt-putt-putt-putt. Petrol as little as my beard hair is enough for its motor. It will make it run. But there are huge vehicles with 18, 28, and 40 wheels. This little bit (of petrol) will not affect it in any way. You have to open for it like you open the kitchen faucet at home, so it runs. You are given according to your size. From the Prophet, alaihi s-salatus-salam, there is a source perfection enough to feed all his ummat (nation) from his heart – S.Muhammad’s heart to the awliya.

There is a large center, the main center for electricity. Then there are transformer stations in every area. They are filled from the main center. From there the power is distributed to light that neighborhood, to serve that neighborhood. But there are reservoirs to store the force given from him too. Now, from the Prophet’s, alaihi s-salatu wa s-salam, pure heart, S. Muhammad’s pure heart, the inayat (care) for the awliya is stored there – from Allah Almighty to S. Muhammad’s pure heart. Then it is transferred to the hearts of awliya, from East to West in every century. They open to the ones who ask according to their request and according to their need. He sends that power source to them. It is given according to their request. More than the request is not given. However much you want, no limits. There is no limit to a servant’s request. There is no limit to Allah Almighty’s giving.

There is no end to Allah Almighty’s treasures. The person who says, “I asked but did not receive,” lies. Allah Almighty did not find in you sincerity, did not find in you Ikhlas, so He did not give you. That is the wisdom behind His denial. You will not be able to be a possessor because you will not know its value. You do not have sincere trueness and perfection. Therefore, He is not giving it to you. The wisdom behind it: even though a small child shouts and cries for the valuable ring on her mother’s hand, or the gem on her neck, should the mother give it to the little girl? She is an idiot if she does. The child wants it but she (Mother) does not give even though she wants. So, what if she gives it. Would her mother withhold it from her? She (the child) would not keep it, she will not be able to hold it. If she gives her a red candy, she will take it off her neck. Even if it is the world’s most valuable jewel, in that child’s sight red candy is more valuable than red ruby. Ruby does not taste good in the mouth, but with candy she is relaxed. You are like that as well.

Like this, Allah Almighty does not withhold but he observes your sincerity and Ikhlas. He gives it to the one who can take care of it. Why would He give if one cannot take care? In that case He starts unveiling those treasures veil by veil, when there are seven breaths left before the last breath. When will it be entrusted to you? When there are seven breaths left before a person leaves the world. Haji Ali Efendi, if you bring the world’s most beautiful girl or woman and sit her there (next to the dying), is there any movement? Any movement? Is there? The end.

Now there is trust in that man.

Tabarruj ul Jahiliyeti (Self-Display in Jahiliya al-Akhira)

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We have reached the most difficult period of time. Some things came to me, so I may speak about them. They are like this. And we are living in the most difficult times for Islam. But Allah Almighty wants us to renew our oath with Him (SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala). With Him (SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala) means with His Beloved (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam). Until they renew their oath with Rasulullah, there is no hope for them. This is the first point for the Muslim world to be aware of & to apply. They must declare that “we are from the nation of the Beloved, and not Syrian, Lebanese, Iraqi Palestinian, Egyptian.” Our honour is that we are part of the ummat of the Beloved (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) of Allah (SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala). Till they recognize this there is no way out for them.

Allah (swt) says “and do not display yourselves like in the former times of ignorance” (33:33) This indicates that it is a passed period of time the first period of ignorance, but they will be under another period of ignorance. Wa La Tabarraju/and do not display yourselves, has a deep meaning. “Tabarruja Al-Jahiliyati Al-Ula”(33:33) Subahana Allah. Allah (swt) through His Beloved (saws) said that it is not appropriate to show off whether they are Egyptians, Saudis, Iraqi, Libyan. It is refused. That first period of ignorance every person was proud of themselves and their connections. The highest level of display of pride is to say “I am from the nation of the Beloved (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam)” Ya Rasulullah! Listen & take wisdom if you do, it will benefit you. There is no one who listens. There is no one left to listen to his words & orders. And many events took place. Subhana Allah!

Then after the first period of ignorance, it means that a second period of ignorance will come, and this is where we are now. It will be taken away. This second period of ignorance will also be taken away with a very strong power, from the Power of Prophethood Sahib Al Zaman al-Mahdi (as) Khalifa of Allah (swt) on the face of the earth. If he kicked this world with his foot it would go out of its orbit. That’s how great it is. Everything has an appointed time. They have been given a chance.

The most evil thing worshipped is the desire of the ego. People have followed their ego, “if you see people following their egos and obeying it and every person only likes his own opinion, keep yourself.” (Hadith) Subhana Allah. These are things that came to my heart by inspiration, or other means. It indicates the spread of corruption in the world. Allahu Akbar! But this situation has to end, because of the good tidings the Prophet (swas) gave. When he was asked “who will be in charge after you O Rasulullah?” he (saws) said “The Khalifas, Al Rashidin, Al Murshidin.” “And after them O Rasulullah?” “Princes, Amir Al Mu’minin.” “Then who will take care of the Ummah?” “The Kings will rule it, these ones who place above their heads the Holy Quran and they glorify the sunnah of Rasulullah and the book of Allah (awj), these are the Kings.” He is not a King, the one who is not master of himself. Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah! “And after the Kings, it will be the last hour?” “After the kings, will come tyrants.” The time of tyrants, we are in it now. And it cannot be described what happened among the ummah from the injustice & oppression. “Wa Ahsinu Inna Allaha Yuhibbu Al-Muhsinina” (2:195) They closed, they blocked.

~ Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (Qs), 6th August, 2012.

Laylatu-l Bara’at

The following are excerpts from the sohbat ‘Laylatu-l Bara’at’ by Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (Qs), 24th June, 2013, Lefke, Cyprus

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Who is Man?

Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Let us start O Shah Mardan. Your yaran are your admirers. May our day be mubarak. May our Night of Bara’at be mubarak. May our Lord accept us for His servanthood. O Yaran Shah Mardan – Allah Allah- those who keep the way of Allah’s Lion. Keep the lion’s way and you will be a Sultan. Don’t keep the way of donkeys, you will be a donkey. Hayfa, shame on those people who cannot present their service to their Lord Who made them Sultans. Hayfa, shame on them. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran are your admirers. Your knowledge is abundant, your ‘hilm'(mild-manner) is abundant. You are the representative of the one who is dressed with Sultanate from the Heavens.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar wa Lillahi l-Hamd. Allahumma inni dhaifun wa qawwi dha’fi fi ridak. O our Lord, we are weak servants. There is no power in us. However Allah Almighty made Man, Sultan on earth. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Go ahead and speak, explain for us who is Man. Who is Man? This is a sohbat from Shah Mardan to us, which teaches what our path, our destination should be; what things we should do. Shah Mardan is a Sultan. Where is his knowledge from? His knowledge is from the knowledge of Rabbu l-Izzat’s Beloved Habib (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), it is a drop from the ocean of his knowledge. O Allah! Bayyid wujuhana Ya Rabbana. (Whiten our faces with light). Let us pray.

This last night, the 15th of Sha’ban al-Mu’azzam, it was Laylatu-l Bara’at, wasn’t it? May He(SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala) dress on us the fadhilah (virtues), the barakah (blessings), the honour, the rif’at (dignity), the majesty, the uns (familiarity), the power of this Laylatu-l Bara’at. Be a man so that you can be dressed! They don’t bring a man who sweeps the streets and make him sit on the throne of the Sultan. How can that be? A person who collects trash? The children of Adam – the mumtaz (distinguished) one who is sent to earth to rule is Shah Mardan. He is the lion who is appointed to declare the honour of the children of Adam on earth. They are sent from Heavens to earth. He is appointed to discipline them, to teach them adab.

Know that a person is with whom he loves

O yaran Shah Mardan- the yaran, lovers of Shah Mardan; Al-mar’u ma’a man ahab. The person is with whom he loves. Know that a person is with whom he loves. Love, so that you can be loved. If you don’t love, people won’t love you either. You should love, you should know how to love. Who has forgotten to love someone, who doesn’t know how to love is not Man. A person who knows how to love is crowned. Allah Allah! Madad Ya Sahiba z-Zaman, Madad Ya Sahibul-Dawran, Madad Ya Shah Mardan.

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Your Almighty Lord created you for His service

Allah Almighty Who is al-Khaliq (The Creator) created you for service. People should pay attention to this. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Listen, listen to what comes from Shah Mardan. Last night was the 15th day of Sha’ban al-Mu’azzam. It is a mu’azzam (great) month, and it is a mu’azzam night. Last night was the night when a Nur and surur (joy) which is impossible to describe descends from the Heavens and is dressed on the Children of Adam. Say “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” and don’t fear. Don’t scream, don’t scream and go out in the streets. Go ahead O Shah Mardan, may you describe us. Your listeners, your yaran, who love you, are all listening. How should you be? What should you be living for? How did you come into existence? For what do you exist? Is there anyone who asks this? Is there anyone who asks “For what reason are we in this dunya?”. There is no one who asks because there is no one who recites the Bismillah. Say Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim and such doors open for you. But what they teach (in schools) is – there are lions in Africa, there are tigers in India. There is shaytan in China. There is a foolish one in Russia. And for the others, each one has a mentality and a quality.

But the quality which is really asked from man is, your Almighty Lord created you for service. He(SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala) is the Sultan of Sultans and He (swt) invited you to His service. Invitation meaning, Accept My service. Don’t say “May I be a Bey, may I be a Pasha, may I be a King”. What are you on this earth? Why do you exist on this earth? You should know this. He (swt) did not create you to be a Bey, to be a Pasha, to be an emperor in dunya, but created you for service, the Khaliqu-l Yazdan. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. He says, our Lord Who created us and sent us down from Heavens to earth created us for service. But you serve donkeys! It has no value! Can a person who serves the Sultan be the same as who serves donkeys? You are attracted to the dirty dunya. You say “I want the dirty dunya”. You say “I am a servant to dirty dunya”. What can you gain from it?

Don’t sleep! Open your eyes. Here, this night is Laylatu-l Bara’at. Laylatu-l Bara’at. O Yaran Shah Mardan. O Shah Mardan, inform us. Tell us what a night this night is. Tell us about the power of Laylatu-l Bara’at. Allahu Dhu l-Jalal informed our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) of its power and majesty and he (sas) informed Shah Mardan. Go ahead Shah Mardan, describe for us how the service of Allah should be. You open your door and run to your business. You open your door and run to your farm. You open your door and run to your office. What is this? What a burden is this you have, that you run outside as soon as you open your eyes, even before washing your face. You say “I am going to work”. What is your work? “I have a grocery shop”, or “I am a green grocer”, or “I am a worker in the government office” or “I am the government”. Where is the dhawk (pleasure), the shawk (enthusiasm) in this? There is nothing.

Do you say Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim when you open your door? Do you say the Name of Who created you? Know this O man, know your honour. Know your honour. What will they do with you if you don’t know? If man doesn’t know about his honour – before there were water-wheel donkeys for the wells. Do you know of them? The water-wheel donkeys. At that time there were no pumps, motors like now. They would dig a well and pull up the water from it. It keeps turning and turning around, to pull up the water. They cover the eyes of that animal also and say “let it turn around”. It keeps going around. Then? Then water comes up. O man, are you a water-wheel donkey? Did Allahu Dhu l-Jalal, Who is the Sahibu-l Mutlaq (Absolute Owner) create you as a water-wheel donkey? O shameless ones! For this they are beaten with whips, with sticks more and more.

O Man! What all the 124 000 Prophets said, “Your Lord created you for His service”. He (SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala) created you for His service, not to be water-wheel donkeys. So now the people of this time, the little men, the animals in the shape of men, don’t understand that our honour and service is in service to the Creator. Our Lord did not make us water-wheel donkeys – The animals whose eyes are covered and turn the wheel around from morning till evening, to pull up a handful of water. Why do you degrade yourself to this level? O people! O Turk, O Kurd, O Alawi, O Shi’a, O Russian, O British, O American-all are like this.

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A mu’azzam (great) night

Last night was a mu’azzam (great) night. The bandits’ names were revealed in Heavens as well as the names of who are saeed (happy) and clean. There is a page on which their names are written with happiness and it appeared on the Preserved Tablet. And there is another group whose actions belong to hellfire. Their names also came out as bandits. Shame on those nations that couldn’t have their names written in the book of Saeeds (happy ones), they didn’t do the service Allah likes. Go ahead O Shah Mardan! O Yaran Shah Mardan. Listen! Understand! “‘Anna l- Quwata Lillahi Jami`aan” (2:165) Whole power, absolute sultanate belongs to our Lord. If He (SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala) judges you, there is no one who can save you because you didn’t accept your Lord, you refused His service. You slaughtered each other to rule the dirty dunya. Shame on you! O Bashar, what were you going to bring to the people of Syria? Here is the fire you brought, here are the weapons you brought. Shame on you and your humanity. But “Fa yantaqimu Llahu Minhu” (5:95). I will take revenge on them, says Allah Almighty.

O our Lord! For the honour of this holy night, for the honour of Your Habib (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), send us a Sultan who will raise Your flags and defeat these ones. O our Lord, Ya Rabbi. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. May our lives be sacrificed for you, on your way, O beautiful Shah Mardan. Shah Mardan tells you to keep his way so that you may be accepted. Don’t puff up like a turkey. Don’t be proud with your weapons. Above you there are the armies of Angels who will crush and sweep you. A thousand angels descended and made the mushrik armies all scattered. If they didn’t scatter, another 3000, 5000, 7000 angels were standing waiting for the order. And all of them have taswim (marks) like this. It says “Al-Mala’ikati Musawwimina” (3:125). Where are you, O Muslims! You wear the unbelievers’ hats. Why don’t you wear this on your head so that you become majestic, so that angels descend for you.

O our Lord, may You forgive us. With the tajalli (manifestation) of last night, we hope that starting from today there will come the servants who will display the sign of Islam. They will sweep away the ones who don’t wear this sign. It says “Musawwimin”. O Lord, forgive us. O Shah Mardan. O Shah Mardan. You said it beautifully. Your yaran admire you. May these knowledges reach to our hearts. May our bodies enter the path you are speaking of. Our Lord is SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala. May we enter His path and gain majesty. No one may rebel, saying “I have weapons, cannons, planes”. All of their heads will fall off. He will not leave any Iranian, Turk or Alawi. When they raise their heads (rebel), he will crush their heads. There are some coiled snakes. May Allah keep us away from such snakes. That animal lies quietly. If you disturb it, it raises its head and attacks. Once it attacks, you can’t stop it anymore. Yes! There are snakes and there are dragons also. Dragons swallow all of the snakes and say “Is there more?”

Go ahead O Shah Mardan. There is a nation, there are soldiers among the soldiers Allah sent, who will swallow all the power of the unbelievers. Listen and fear. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. May our health be in afiyah (wellness). May we love and be loved. This should be our aim. We don’t love, neither are we loved. Shame on all the people, and on their claim of humanity. Who doesn’t love is not loved and who is not loved doesn’t love. O Ghani Sultan. Here is your yaran, O Shah Mardan. O yaran Shah Mardan. He is coming. He doesn’t fear any weapons. He can turn whole world upside down with one Takbir. Hide from it, beware of it. Don’t have a desire for the unbelievers- don’t say “I wish they were from us”. The powers that descended from Heavens for Muslims were not granted to the unbelievers. He can destroy them all with one breath. There is such a power. There are 7000 Angels ready in Heavens, to support Islam.

Come to your senses O Turk, O Kurd! Don’t say “I want this, I want that”. Seek the servanthood of Allah and everything comes to you, is given to you. If you don’t seek His servanthood what will happen to you is what will happen to the snake. Tawba Ya Rabbi, tawba Astaghfirullah. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran admire you. May we also be under your wing of power and protected by you. May he protect us, protect us O Shah Mardan. Protect us O Shah Mardan. Appear O Shah Mardan! O Allah! O Allah! O Allah! With the manifestation of last night may a power open for the nations of the Habib (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), Ya Rabbi. May the unbelievers all die, disappear and eat each other. Don’t fight. “Wa kunu mina s-salihin”. “Be from the good ones” says Allah. If not, you are trash. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Masha Allah la quwwata illa biLlah.

Yes, it will definitely come. Starting from today, definitely a power will appear. It is the promise of Rabbu-l Izzat. O our Lord, for the honour of Your beloved Habib (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) may You reveal the power of Shah Mardan. May You reveal it. May the majesty of Islam appear Ya Rabb. For the honour of Your Habib (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), and for the honour of Shah Mardan, Fatiha.

This sohbat is strong. Pay attention. More will come after the news of last night. Pay attention, it will sweep. Who claim to be God… Leave aside the claims of being God, a tornado is coming that will sweep all who claim to be shaytan. There are small tornadoes coming now here and there, spinning. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. There is also another kind of tornado in Heaven. It sweeps everything when it descends.

Aman Ya Rabbi, tawba Ya Rabbi. tawba.

The Wird of the Holy Month of Sha’ban

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The Wird of the Holy Month of Sha’ban

Try to recite daily:

 

1000             Astaghfirullah

1000             La ilaha illa Allah

500-1000      Salawat

500               Ya Latif

 

(Source: Saltanat.org)

Lailatul Mi’raj

Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim

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It is one of the great miracles of our Master (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), the miracles granted by Allah Azza wa Jalla. None of the creatures, no one of those created by Allah ever reached what our Prophet reached, that maqam (station). He reached the highest maqam on that night. There are millions of miracles within a miracle. At that time, it was not easy to travel from one place to another. The shortest distance which we travel in 5 minutes now by car was not possible to reach even in two hours at that time. Our Prophet went and came back in two hours, maybe even less than two hours. Because when he travelled, he reached Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem, he prayed with prophets who were there. Then Mi’raj happened. What is called ‘Isra’ is travelling from Mecca to Jerusalem. Ascension from there is ‘Mi’raj”. There was no creature, neither in this world, nor in any other place who reached that maqam. Even Jibrail, alaihi salam, couldn’t reach the highest maqam that can be reached by people. Being in that position, despite reaching that maqam, our Master is saying that he is Sayyid of people and that he reached the highest rank not out of arrogance. Why is he saying this? Because Allah Azza wa Jalla ordered him to say it. But there was humbleness – he showed his humility. What suits a man the best is humility. A humble man – everybody loves him. Nobody loves an arrogant man. Our Master (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) had the best attributes. The best manners were our Master’s. Therefore, despite reaching beyond where anyone has reached, because of his humility, there was no change in his manners.

Now some people say, especially those who learn too much or those who think too much – people who don’t respect the Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) – that he didn’t ascend with his body and that he ascended in his dream or in spirit. No. Like there is Allah Azza wa Jalla, as we said, there is hadith shareef – they say that his bed was still warm after he travelled up and back. These people don’t understand it – those little educated Muslims or those who don’t respect the Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam). Leave this aside, most people who don’t respect the Prophet call us mushrik (polytheists), anyway. We are not mushriks, it’s you not believing in Allah. Allah is Qadir (All Powerful), He is Qadir in everything. If you say He can’t do anything, you will show unbelief. You have to refresh Islam and faith. Because Qadir is from His attributes.

Allah created everything. Allah created you from nothing. And they say “No, he (sas) saw a dream, no…” If it was a dream, then why is it in Qur’an? People… Thousands of people keep telling “I saw this, I saw that” every night. It’s not a miracle then. People should pay attention to this. Especially, these learned people, those who don’t like sufis, should pay more attention to this. Time is something created by Allah anyway. There would be no time, if Allah didn’t create it. Time is for creatures only. It is not applicable to Allah. It takes millions of years to travel the places our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) visited that night. Allah Azza wa Jalla, the Possessor of Power, put everything into a second.

This night is one of the holy nights Allah has given to people. These nights are something given from the great favours of Allah. It is kindness to people – Kindness meaning, a gift. As much as you wish, you take on that night. The more you take the more Allah Azza wa Jalla, the Prophet & saints will be glad. Because their tables are open. The more you take, the more they’ll be happy. They are not greedy, hasha. There is no such attribute. They have the attribute of Power.

Therefore, Sheikh Effendi used to pay much attention to these nights. He revived and respected the holy nights and prayed for everyone. These are the nights when prayers are accepted. They are the great favour of Allah. He gives connection to people to receive goodness. The table of Allah Azza wa Jalla is always open, and still He wants to give more. But people don’t ask. Why don’t they ask? Because shaitan doesn’t want it. Shaitan doesn’t like it. If there’s something which doesn’t benefit people, that is shaitan too. He doesn’t want benefit for people even as little as an atom. And he puts people who philosophize and act intelligent in his trap more. “It’s like this. It’s like that”. No, it’s not like that. People of tariqa and mashaikhs teach the right way. Our Sheikh always revived and respected those nights. And everyone has seen their blessings.

InshaAllah we will revive again in a couple of nights. InshaAllah its blessing will be upon us. Fasting on the 2nd day, on the 27th. If you want, you can fast one day before, but the main fast of mi’raj is on the 27th. Baraat’s fast is on the 15th. But you can fast a day before and a day after. However, do not fast on Sunday with no fast on Monday. Fast on Monday as well, the main night is then. That is what our Master advises to do.

Wa min Allahi t-tawfiq, al-Fatiha.

~ Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Efendi (Qs), 23rd of May, 2014.