Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
As-salāmu alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh. A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r- rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlina Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalina wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūl Allāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, dastūr yā Mashāyikhinā fi ṭ-ṭarīqati n-Naqshbandiyyi madad Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh ad- Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Haqqāni. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l- jam‘iyyah. Ramaḍān mubārak, in shā’ Allāh.
Our Prophet (ﷺ) says in holy hadith and in khuṭbah (Friday sermon) “When the month of Ramaḍān comes, Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla looks at your good deeds. He (jj) shows them to the angels and gets proud. “Look how My servants are happy because Ramaḍān came. How they are doing good deeds. They dedicate themselves to worshipping”. That’s why our Prophet (ﷺ) says; “Do good in Ramaḍān. Let there be goodness, good things.”
Shukur to Allāh, Ramaḍān has a manifestation. Allāh gave it a special manifestation from Himself (JJ). It is different, you can’t find it in other months. After Ramaḍān ends, suddenly it feels as if it is closed. When holy 3 months are coming, it comes slowly but when Ramaḍān ends, it stops suddenly. People get used to that manifestation, to that good taste. They feel sad as if a friend had left. Allāh shows people goodness, good things. He says; “Do good things, search for good things”. The ego on the contrary, says the opposite. They follow that.
This is a matter of belief. When belief gets stronger, you don’t care about the world. Even if you do care, you want to use the world for ākhirah. He (jj) says; “Don’t earn in this world and leave it in the world. If you leave behind good children, if you leave good things for them, it is ok. Because people collect money, wealth and fortune in this world, as if they’ll never die. This is lack of belief. Believers say; “may Allāh give us, so we can help people, so that we have good deeds”. Our Prophet (ﷺ) says in a holy ḥadīth; “If someone helps a Muslim brother it is better than doing i‘tikāf (seclusion) for 2 months in Masjid an-Nabawī. That isn’t like a normal masjid. When somebody helps people it is better than doing 2 months i‘tikāf in our Prophet’s (ﷺ) masjid. For every i‘tikāf, even if they aren’t there, but are elsewhere, the virtue of every day of i‘tikāf is such that He (jj) gives such a paradise that between East and West, three water channels each as wide as the distance between East and West – that much space in paradise Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla gives to these people. Doing i‘tikāf is a big virtue but what is even better is helping believing brothers and sisters to resolve their problems. This is better, as our Prophet (ﷺ), the honest and the right said.
So, this world should be for ākhirah, not for this world. The purpose is not this world. It is ākhirah. If Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla gives you the world, it will be at your service. If you run for the world, you’ll be serving this world, you’ll be its slave. May Allāh make this Ramaḍān mubārak (blessed). In shā’ Allāh, all these blessings will be opened for us. May they have blessings, both physically and spiritually. For the locals here, there are as many students coming from abroad as the people, who live here. In shā’ Allāh, it will be a blessing for them also. When you look for sprituality there seems to be little outside among the people. Like Mawlānā used to say; “ordinary people” they aren’t aware of Ramaḍān. They know nothing about religion either. With Allāh’s wisdom, there is a big spirituality on this island, Ḥalā Sulṭān being in the first place. There are more than 1000 ṣaḥābah. Their places are known. There are martyrs and awliyā’ coming after them. There are believers. Finally, Mawlānā and Hajja Anne are here. They are the spiritual caretakers of this place. There is spiritual power. Not only for here, they reach everywhere in the world. With Allāh’s permission. the power of awliyā’ doesn’t decrease, rather it increases after going to ākhirah. We see this everywhere. Anybody, who comes, even if they don’t know Mawlānā, they are telling of the karāmāt (miracles) and help of Mawlānā after he passed away.
In shā’ Allāh, here it is beautiful. One of the good servants of Allāh is here, one of the good things. These are things we need to search for. Happy are those, who know. It is good for people, who appreciate. To those, who don’t appreciate, a bead and an emerald are the same. It doesn’t matter. Many times people have found valuable diamonds, glass diamonds, emeralds. They sold it for nothing, for the price of a bead. Those, who knew the value they sold it for a million times that price. It is important to appreciate. May Allāh make us from those, who appreciate.
Keep your belief strong. Whatever Allāh says will be. For this reason, don’t have any doubt. These devils want you to doubt. They can’t do harm to people, who are connected. They can only do it to people, who are outside. They don’t have value. Valuable people in Allāh’s sight are the believers. “I’m the president, I’m rich, I’m this, that, I’m beautiful” – these have no value. It wasn’t given by Allāh. People gave honour to themselves. May Allāh give all of us persistence in this way. May Allāh give sense to non-believers. In shā’ Allāh, they find the right path. Mawlānā was saying; “May all these people be Muslims, come to the right path”. He didn’t want badness. If we say “may these people, not come to the right path”, then we will want for them bad things. We want goodness so that they come to such nice places, to beauty. In shā’ Allāh, they will come to the right path. When they do, we won’t lose anything, On the contrary we will gain. Blessings will increase. Light will increase, in shā’ Allāh.
Al-ḥamdu liLlāh we have reached the month of Ramaḍān, which Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla He make a special thing for this month. And He is looking for people, human beings, and for believers and when they are doing good things in this month, He is happy and He is proud to say for [to] angels “Look for [at] these people, how they are respecting this month, and they are happy with this month, worshipping, doing every good thing.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said – atākum shahru r-Ramaḍān – this is in khuṭbah we said. It’s like giving good tidings. Ramaḍān it is a special month and it has something you cannot find in another month. Especially when it is finished, you feel it. You are like suddenly go [to an] empty place. But before Ramaḍān, there is Rajab, Sha‘bān beginning slowly, slowly to make these months to prepare for Ramaḍān. But when finished, you feel a sadness because it is – maybe people they are happy they finished fasting, no more fasting, no more long praying, but, even this, they are feeling sadness. Because this is giving your spiritual feeding. Your spirituality taking from this month and be happy. Because when you don’t have any spirituality you feel miserable, you feel sad. But in this month, for believers especially, it is giving [a] special gift from Allāh.
Allāh He likes people to obey. And even suffering from hunger they are catching another thing. When you are hungry, you feel, you cannot think bad things. Only you think “I am hungry” or if not, tired. But it is giving this for your body, bodily being. But for spiritual [being], it is important to not be full with food. When you are full with food, becoming like horse – you like to run this way, that way. But when you are hungry, everything you can, tied your ego, shayṭān cannot affect for you. And Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla saying for people to do good things in this month, especially zakāt. And it is once a year but most of the people they are doing in Ramaḍān. To not forget. and to help people, it is also very important. You are doing this for Allāh.
And Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla give this world to live – it is not for, only for living for this dunyā. No, for… You can make money, you can make everything in this dunyā. You can be strong, you can be high, you can be rich. It is not bad. But not for main aim to [be] this. The main aim [is] to use this for way of Allāh. If you do this, you are in right way. But if only running after dunyā, not giving anything for people, bringing everything for you, this it is wrong. But for, to help people, it is free. You can be rich as much you like, after you give your charity. You give for poor people, [to] help people, it is very good. Because Prophet (ﷺ) saying, there is ḥadīth also: “To help one believer to his brother for everything, [it] may be with money or physically or by tongue. To help him, Allāh rewards him more than two months i‘tikāf (seclusion) in his holy mosque [of] Prophet (ﷺ). And i‘tikāf it is this month also, after 20th of Ramaḍān. Each day, Allāh gives three …, like this world from East to West, three times bigger than this. For one day, for i‘tikāf who doing not [only] in Medina, everywhere. But in Medina, Prophet (ﷺ) especially saying and it is more reward. 60 days it is nothing comparing to this what he, believer helping his brother.
For this, we can look for business, for work, for everything. It is not forbidden. Not for dunyā [are] we doing this. Only for be strong, for help people, for help Islām, for help ṭarīqah. When you do this, even it is as Prophet (ﷺ) [said] like worshipping. We mustn’t forget this. We are, everything we do we do for sake of Allāh and, in shā’ Allāh, we hope, we are in this island. [On] this island [it] looks like the people they are forgetting religion. They are not remembering. Even if you go out of the dergâh you cannot see, maybe 95% of people they don’t know we are in Ramaḍān. But OK, it’s not important. What [is] important – this island has a special spiritual power by people, holy people, they lived here and they [are] buried here. Especially like Ḥalā Sulṭān, and there are more than 1000 of ṣaḥābah of Prophet (ﷺ). There is awliyā’ there is ṣāliḥīn there is shuhadā’ martyrs. Especially, we have Mawlānā Shaykh. He is in his holy place, and Hajji Anne. They are giving power not only for this island, for everywhere of [in the]world. Because Awliyā’u Llāh, Beloved people for Allāh, they are becoming more stronger when they pass away. When they changing their world, they are becoming more active.
So, al-ḥamdu liLlāh, we are not ya’s (hopeless) we are not hopeless for these people. And we are, Mawlānā was every time making du‘ā’ to make these people also to be, come to right way. We are not cursing people. We want good for people. Mawlānā also wanted good things for people, and the best thing for people, for human beings, [is] to come for right way, to know their Creator and believe in Him, and respect Him. This is the best thing for them, [that] we can make du‘ā’ for them. We are not cursing them, because curse not good. Better to make du‘ā’, pray for them, for human beings to come to right way. In shā’ Allāh. For this, sake of Prophet (ﷺ), mashāyikh, Mawlānā Shaykh, and for the sake of Ramaḍān. In shā’ Allāh
Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq. Al-Fātiḥah
~ Sultan ul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammed Adil ar-Rabbani (qaddasAllahu sirrahul’aziz)
Sohbet of the 10th of June, Ramadan 2016.