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Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim

Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani (Qaddas Allahu Sirruhul Azeez), Sohbat of the 19th of June, 2015, Lefke-Cyprus

Sultan ul Awliya- Ramadan

Audhu billahi min ash-shaytani r-rajim. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. As-salatu wa s- salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin Sayyidi l-awwalina wa l-akhirin. Madad ya RasulAllah, madad ya Sadati Ashabi Rasulillah, madad ya Mashaykhina, dastur. Shaykh Abdullah Daghistani, Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani, dastur. Tariqatuna s-sohbah, wa l- khayru fi jam’iyyah.

This is the first Juma of Ramadan. Nurun ala nur (Light upon light) (24:35) He says. Nur on top of nur. Juma is the day Allah granted to His Beloved(sallAllahu alaihi wasallam), granted to his nation. Ramadan is also a gift for them. Fasting is a fard in Ramadan for us, it was a fard for the nations before us. Of course they changed it, they did something but Allah Azza and Jalla says in a verse, “Fasting is sent to you as a fard (obligation) and to the nations before you.” (2:183) So, it is not only our Prophet’s way of worshipping.

Since old times, since Adam alaihi s-salam fasting has been there. When Adam alaihi s-salam descended from Paradise – there was no sun in Paradise of course. It was not hot, not cold. It is a beautiful place enlightened with nur (light). Its weather is mild and beautiful. Everything is beautiful in paradise. That’s why, when Allah Azza wa Jalla sent Adam alaihi s-salam to the earth, the sun burnt our father Adam alaihi s-salam. When it burnt, he turned black. His skin was burnt. Allah Azza wa Jalla revealed to him to fast on 13th of the month. He fasted 1 day, his color got lighter. Allah Azza wa Jalla told him to fast one more day . He fasted also on the 14th, his color lightened again. He said “Fast on 15th also”, it was inspired. When he fasted he went back to his normal color, Adam alaihi s-salam.

For this reason it is an order to fast also for them as well. 13th, 14th, 15th are called white days, “ayyami bayd.” They say in the hadith, there is a big reward to fast on these days. Why did Adam alaihi s-salam’s color get lighter? Because fasting gives nur (light). Each day he fasted, he got whiter. When he fasted the second day, he got more nur (light). The third day he really got a lot of nur (light), that darkness left on him no trace.

Our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) said to Hadhrat Ali; “If you fast on 13th day, there is reward of 10.000 years. On 14th day, there is 20.000 years of reward, and if you fast on 15th 30.000 years of reward you will receive.” Our Prophet said to Hz. Ali. When he said this hadith fasting in Ramadan was not fard (obligation) yet. Fasting in Ramadan was ordered after the hijra. Before that it was still an obligation, but at different times – on the day of Ashura, 10th of Muharram, there were other days for fasting. But it later became a fard to fast the whole month of holy Ramadan after the hijra. Allah gave it as a gift to the nation. It is an important month. In each moment there is the glance and support of Allah Azza wa Jalla. He sends lights, gifts with angels, favors for the Nation of Muhammad, for the ones, who are fasting. The ones, who cannot fast due to illnesses also for them because Allah did not order what people cannot carry. They also “we would fast if we were healthy.” Most of them get sad because they cannot fast. But they should not be sad. Allah gives them the same, they receive the same rewards.

Some people do not fast although they are healthy. It is a weakness of belief (Iman) for sure. There are degrees of weakness in Iman. You cannot control your ego and you don’t fast, we understand. But if you openly eat in front of people then your sin doubles. Even the ill people do not eat in front of someone fasting. Non-Muslims used to live among us in the past, also in other countries, even they were ashamed to eat. But now unfortunately we see that they do not have any respect, forget eating, drinking, they also do forbidden acts openly in Ramadan in front of people. We do not know if they are aware it is Ramadan. What they do brings harm to themselves. No harm for Muslims or to Allah Azza wa Jalla. If you say I do this to Allah Azza wa Jalla it does not affect Allah. Neither goodness nor your badness can give any harm to Allah. Both goodness and badness are for you. Allah Azza wa Jalla is happy if you get any benefit, that’s all.

Allah Azza wa Jalla is happy that his servant obeyed, and protected himself from the fire, protected himself from a forbidden thing. For the others He’s “Arhamu r-rahimin” (the most merciful of the merciful12:64) Allah Azza wa Jalla is Merciful. He waits for them to repent. If they repent, Allah turns their sins into goodness. “We were disrespectful all these years. We did not obey Allah, we committed these sins. We ate and drank openly, we got drunk. We did bad things in the days of Ramadan Sharif. We repent, we are ashamed. May Allah forgive us.” If they say this Allah changes all their sins into goodness. We have such a Lord. Our Lord is Merciful. It is a shame to go against Him. You harm yourself. Because Allah Azza wa Jalla gave all the opportunities to go on the right path, so that He can put you into Paradise. You insist on being stubborn – “We want the hells” you say. Allah does not oppress anyone, you oppress yourself.

This is a month to be cleaned from badnesses. Inshallah we can leave any kind of faults, wrong doings. Both with intention and with this month’s blessings. It seems like a small fault but there are things we couldn’t free ourselves from, and we got captured by them. Especially this smoking issue. The days are long in this month, longest days of summer. You are able to spend 17-18 hours without eating, drinking, smoking. In the evening your ego is already crushed in 17 hours. The rest of the day if you resist smoking, in a few days you’ll be free of it with Allah’s permission. This is a big opportunity.

Like we said the days are long in Ramadan Sharif since couple of years but this year, shukur Allah, are the longest days. From beginning till end there is 5-10 minutes difference. This is a grant from Allah to us because the more difficult it is, the more Allah writes rewards for us. But shukur Allah we don’t have any difficulty. Allah Azza wa Jalla does not make it hard. Even the hottest years, when it is Ramadan, it gets cooler. People get scared – it is going to be long, it is going to be hot, I will be thirsty. That does not happen, thanks to Allah. So, it is a blessed month. Do not fear, with Allah’s mercy, with His grants you don’t feel the difficulties. Ramadan Sharif shows the human life. Even though it seems difficult, if you are obedient to Allah, all is well. We see everything good, because it comes from Allah. We don’t see it bad.

Life is also like that, because everything comes from Allah. The one, who accepts it and surrenders to Allah lives this life easily. Troubles, difficulties nothing can affect him. Ramadan Sharif is like that. Like we said even the longest days are so beautiful and easy. May Allah guide those people, who do not experience this beauty, so that they taste these beauties. What people search for is Allah’s way, the way the Prophet showed. Nothing else. It is not reading or writing, neither university nor school or anything else. This life will pass anyway. So you live it in a beautiful way. InshaAllah your akhirah will be prosperous.

Alhamdulillah, today first Juma from Ramadan. Holy day. Allah give, He gave, gift from Allah for Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) and his Umma – Juma. And gift for his Umma also – Ramadan Sharif. Ramadan Sharif, fasting month. Fasting, it is light. Today, Juma also light. “Nurun ala Nur” (24:35). Light top of light. And light, what is, what benefit? Only to see around? No, because light to be light in your heart not only lighting around. From inside you must be lightening. When you have this light inside it gives you pleasure, it gives you happiness. And fasting giving for you light more and more and more. Fasting, worship – it is worship to fasting.

It is not only for Ummat Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam). Ayat Karim: “Kutiba alaykumu s-siyam kama kutiba ala ladhina min qablikum” (2:183) In Ayat, saying:” It is obligatory for you, as it was for whole human being, since Adam (as).” Because when Adam (as). send him from Paradise to this world, he burn from sun. Because in Paradise, no sun, no hot weather, no cold weather, only very sweet weather. Everything, it is Paradise. It is name by Paradise, so somebody saying paradise here, meaning very nice thing, nothing can be wrong there. But when he come to dunya, sun it burn him and he become dark. Allah Azza wa Jalla ordered him:” Fast one day.” So, he fast. It was 13th of month. He become lighter. After second time He said: “Fast again.” He fast also and he become little bit lighter and third day, it was 15 of month, full month, full moon and he become normal. So, for this, his sons, some of them dark, some of them more light, some of them more light, like this.

But it is, Allah giving light with fasting. And these days, calling white days:13, 14, 15 it is big reward for who are fasting these days. Before obligatory in Ramadan, Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) was ordering. Once he ordered Sayyidina Ali – he said if you fasting 13th, Allah give you 10.000 rewards. In 14th, if fast, you get 20.000 rewards. In 15th, you get 30.000 reward. Reward, Hassana. And it was like this – obligatory in Muharram, in other months but after coming to Medina, after one year become obligatory only Ramadan. And Ramadan, it was also for another nations also, but they are changing. They make it in winter and they add to 10 days, and after they add 10 days, making 50 days but also, they are by their ego, they are fasting. Fasting, normally you must not eat anything but they are mixing. And fast giving people big benefit.

We are seeing many people fasting Alhamdulillah. And Allah reward them by His Generosity. And there are people, they cannot fast – like ill people or pregnant or giving milk or, but they are, they like to fast but they cannot fast so Allah reward them also same like who are fasting. But there is people, not fasting even they are in good health and everything good but they are not fasting and they are eating, eating but this is not good for them. Even, there is people they don’t know even if it is Ramadan and they are drinking alcohol also in front of people in Ramadan. Old time, we was living with non-Muslim people, they was respecting our religion, they wasn’t eating in front of us in Ramadan. These days, these people, they are ignorant. Because they are clever they will know, this is for their benefit. We are nothing for us if whole world they eating. Alhamdulillah we are happy and we are not complaining. This is Allah gift for us and Allah not in need to anybody.

If whole world they are not fasting, nothing happen for Him. If they are fasting, also no benefit for Him but when somebody fasting Allah happy with him and He is giving from His Generous Treasure. But this people who are ignorant, they are not knowing what they are losing. They are poor people, because they are Judgment Day, they will be very poor, nothing on their pocket. And they are happy Alhamdulillah, they are not saying Alhamdulillah, “we are not fasting these days, very long days.” They said Ramadan, now it is the most long days. In Cyprus, maybe 17 or 18 hours. In London, 19 hours, in more up, 20, 21, 22 hours. Even there is place they are fasting but not but not important because Allah, He is rewarding us – as much long, as much Allah gives more reward for us, and this is important for us. We are not coming to eat and to be become fat. We are looking for scale. Must be 100 kilo, must be… We are now becomig 80 kilo, what is this? Because, we are animal, we will go to slaughter, we must be we must be, feed ourself?

This is ignorant people. But, who are not ignorant, it is not important physical body, only spiritual. As much you are fasting, as much it is long, as much it is difficult, this is make your ego, make you to be trained and you make your soul to be more powerful. When you feed yourself, you feed your animal, your ego, and Allah not happy with this. But also Allah, He is most Merciful and He is waiting these people to be regret, and to be, to ask forgiveness from Allah, repent and to ask forgiveness from Allah. And Allah He will reward them and change all their sins to be reward, hasanat. This is our Lord, Allah Azza wa Jalla, the most Merciful One and Most Generous, He is waiting, and He is not happy to put you in hell, waiting for you to repent and to ask forgiveness and to be, to come to right way. And He is happy with this. But, if you are want to go to hell, it is not from Allah, it is from yourself because you are following your ego, you following like catching you from nose and taking to hell, this ego and shaytan.

Allah not happy to send you there, only you take yourself by yourself because Allah, He not in need for your fasting, your worshipping or anything. Only for yourself you do this. And it is big honour for us to be reward by Allah Himself. He said “I am rewarding for fasting by Myself not writing with angel, or anyone. Only, I give from My Generosity for these people.” These people, they are beloved for Allah and for His Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam). Allah make us to be with these people and for Allah give hidaya (guidance), give good understanding for ignorant people to be find their benefit. Their benefit, and not only for them, because their family, their children, their brother, sister, all same thing. Maybe if this people coming to right way it will be benefit for all of them, for all of country.

Inshallah, barakat of Ramadan, Shahru r-Ramadan mubarak, to give us more spiritual power, more light, more happiness. And to keep us away from every badness, to from every bad people, who are following shaytan and his followers.

Wa min Allahi t-tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.

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Al Haqqani

Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (Qs), Sohbat – June, 1998.

Dastur, yā Sayyidī, Madad Madad, yā Sultān al-Anbiyā’ Madad, yā Sultān al-Awliyā’, Madad, yā Sadātinā l-kirām. A‘ūdhu bi-Llāhi min ash-shaytāni r-rajīm ،Bismi-Llāhi r-Rahmāni r-Rahīm Lā hawla wa lā quwwata illa bi-Llāhi l-‘Aliyyi l-‘Azīm O Allāh, inspire us with righteousness and protect us from the evil of our egos! This is a message from our generous guardians & masters from my master Sultan al-Awliyā’ ‘Abd Allāh ad-Dāghistānī may Allāh Most High increase his station evermore through his servant Shaykh Muhammad Nāzim al-Haqqānī, the one carrying the byname al-Haqqānī.

As tensions increase in the land because moral corruption arose after Sultan ar-Rashād and spread rapidly among communities and individuals, from house to house, from neighborhood to neighborhood. Corruption has spread and ignorance has become common and darkness rules and Iblīs and his armies have taken control of large portions of mankind and possessed their hearts with the darkness of unbelief, hypocrisy and dissent. May Allāh protect us and you from falling into the temptations of evil, as they surround people on their left and on their right, from in front and from behind them, from below as well as from above, so that there is no spot left without evil – announcing corruption has taken leadership in the land, and the secret of the noble verse has become apparent. I seek refuge with Allāh: “and they fear a day whose evil will be widespread” (76:7) “and they fear a day whose evil will be widespread.”

This is our day: evil with countless wings flying over the land and over Allāh’s servants. So beware with utmost care, O servants of Allāh, Allāh Himself is warning you of destruction, annihilation, and ruin. So don’t blame anyone but yourselves if something hits you from the wrath of the All-Compelling! Join the ranks of the pious ones to be saved from annihilation and destruction in this world and on the Day of Decision.

You grew up in an age full of darkness in which there is no discerning between wrong and right and in which the orders of the Creator, Exalted is He, are not obeyed and people are ruled by their desires. “and they refuse common kindnesses” (107:7) although the Exalted reprimands them, saying, “Have you seen the one, who has taken his desires for his god?” (45:23). And He ordered them to go against their egos and desires and shaytān and this world while they were in a majestic setting – “The day We punish them with the greater punishment, We shall truly take revenge.” (44:16) So beware with utmost care. O servants of Allāh, fear Allāh, fear Allāh, regarding yourselves and your spouses and your children and your deeds.

“Show mercy to those on earth so that who is in heavens will show you mercy!” “Who doesn’t show mercy won’t be shown mercy.” This is a definite rule. Whose heart is bereft of mercy definitely the wrath of the All-Compelling will come down upon him. So beware with utmost care if there is no mercy in the servant’s heart for the servants of Allāh, be warned of the darkness/oppression. The Exalted, He says, “Verily, I have forbidden Myself oppression, so don’t oppress!” It is pure oppression which leads the servants to destruction, bringing ruin to the land, from East to West, from North to South.

I am warning you and I say: Beware of the anger of the ego and beware of fanaticism. There is no fanaticism in the religion of Islam, nor in the religion of Christianity, nor in the Jewish religion. You must show mercy, and if you are merciful, Allāh will be merciful to you. Stand straight in the court of al-Haqq and “do what is good, verily, Allāh loves those who do good!” (2:195) There can’t be the least doubt “Allah is Witness over what you do.”(3:98) and not an atom’s weight escapes Him neither of good nor of evil! So understand, O servants of Allāh, that verily, Allāh orders you to be just and equitable. Give Allāh’s servants the rights you owe them! That is enough.

Wherever you find the fire of dissension you must extinguish it! Whoever strives to extinguish the fire of dissension his Lord will reward him with a reward from Himself and He will say on the Day of Gathering, and also before the Day of Gathering during his worldly existence, He will single him out through the abundance of light appearing in him as if he was the sun in the sky. O servants of Allāh, it is your duty to help those who are in distress. This is a matter of great importance, which will please the Lord, Exalted is He & Most High. There is no action more beloved to Allāh Most High than helping those who are in distress.

The one thing better than helping the distressed is to help those crying for help, (from a poem:) “O You, Who help the one calling for help, if You don’t help us, who will help? And we have no Lord as Helper except for You, O Lord of the servants!” We are asking for Your help. O our Lord support us with a special support by the high rank of Your Beloved, the Chosen [al-Mustafa], Your Messenger, with whom Allāh is pleased [al-Murtada], Master of the First & the Last, whom You sent as a Mercy for all the worlds by the sanctity of al-Fātiha.

This is what I have to say & I’m asking forgiveness for myself & for you & all believers. Success belongs to those who ask forgiveness, so I ask Allāh for forgiveness. Regarding the daily practices [awrād]: There is permission for all that which Mawlana (Shaykh ‘Abd Allāh) has assigned to us, according to your capacity. As much as you can do keep to the awrād of the Shaykh! To increase the honor of the Prophet (salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). al-Fātiha.

Sh. Hisham: We don’t understand what al-Haqqānī is. It’s a new name.

Shaykh Nāzim: Al-Haqqānī is the one who never accepts oppression or injustice. Every human has rights. Don’t say: this one is a Druze, that is a Christian, this is Alawi, that one is a Shia; that a Syrian, that a Lebanese or Iraqi. This one’s a Jordanian, that a Saudi. This is a Turk, that an Arab! Each sect and each individual from each community has the right to enjoy existence in their world so that they may progress by their acts of obedience to their Lord, Exalted and Most High. And Allāh, the Exalted, has made this earth a place where all servants can enjoy their existence. Every servant has a right to live in whatever country he likes!