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.”
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.”
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.