Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
Mawlana Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani (Qs), sohbat of the 1st of July, 2014, Lefke, Cyprus.
As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakutuhu. Tariqatuna s-sohba wa-l khairu fi-l jami’a. Ramadan mubarak inshaAllah. We had no chance yesterday, we talked about something else.
It’s the 4th day of Ramadan today. MashaAllah it is a very good month; very holy, blessed, abundant month. Allah Azza wa Jalla has given His believing servants all goodness, beauties, blessings. Everything that is beautiful He has given to His believing servants, both apparent and hidden. Fasting is a beautiful worship. It is a worship to discipline your ego. However, as much as worship is difficult, as much peace comes to a man. It gives the peace of defeating the ego. A man feels very good – a Muslim, the one fasting in Ramadan, the one who believes. Who doesn’t believe, it passes like normal days to him. But when Ramadan comes to a believer, no matter where he is on earth, Allah puts that beautiful feeling inside him. Fasting during the day, tarawih at night, sahur – each has its sawab (reward). Good deeds are written. Ranks are increased.
We were in London and returned just last week. You know, when Ramadan came, Sheikh Effendi used to go to London a few days before Ramadan. He would spend Ramadan there. He was there all the time. He stayed there even after Ramadan. Ramadan was like a holiday every day. It was like a holiday for people. At night he would come after iftar, lead taraweeh, give sohbat. They would talk, then it would be morning. At nights, mostly tahajjud. Until other prayers are made, it was sahur already. After sahur a prayer, a morning prayer, then work. So nearly more than 16 hours of the day all of them would spend in worship, in lovely talk and Allah’s love. Everybody tells about it, nobody can forget those days. Then Sheikh Effendi was… There’s no one who doesn’t change except Allah. Everything else changes. Sheikh Effendi was young then. He would give 5-6 sohbas a day. Not a 5-minute sohba like ours.
That time was the time full of abundance, blessing and light. That’s why, many people became Muslim. Even unbelievers became Muslim. Who was on a wrong way found the way. Muslims. There are many Muslims. However, many people don’t know about Islam. With that blessing, with that abundance, that miracle, all of them, most people came to the right way. This is the blessing of Ramadan, the blessing of Sheikh Effendi. So Ramadan is a gift given by Allah Azza wa Jalla to His believing servants. May Allah let all of us keep on this beautiful way with our families. May there be guidance for other Muslims as well. May there be guidance for Muslims. May they come to the right way. This is a beautiful way of Allah, the way of love.
May non-Muslim ones who have goodness in their hearts, who have mercy, come to Islam with the blessing of this month, inshaAllah. Because it is not easy to come to Islam. Who has no mercy, who has no cleanliness cannot come. Therefore, may good people become Muslim inshaAllah. Most people are not on the right way – says Allah Azza wa Jalla. May those who are good come with the blessing of this Ramadan inshaAllah. Because it is Allah’s pleasure. He said He won’t guide everyone. He let only some of the people be guided. He showed this beautiful way to them. May Allah not let us obey our egos. May He not let us fall from the right way. Don’t give fatwa to do as you like by obeying your ego and say you’re Muslim. Keep and protect the right way.
Today is the 4th day of Ramadan. Ramadan, it is a holy month, holy month – it is a gift from Allah. For whom? For believers. This month, it is month of rahmah – mercy, baraka, wideness and light, and hudhr – peace, wisdom. This month’s special gift for believers who they believe in Allah, Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, for all prophets, sallAllahu alaihum wa sallam – not some of them. We accept all of them. And it is difficult, not easy. Because we are fasting, not eating anything until sunset, and in this hot. Even not hot in some European country, it is very long day. It is not easy, but it is… how much it is difficult, it is more sweet. Why? Because you are taking your ego under your feet. You control your ego. This is one of the wisdoms of fasting.
Ramadan fasting month. 30 days or 29 days sometimes. And nighttime also we pray more, 20 rakat. We pray. Some of them they said they are not respecting sunnah. Some of them maybe praying 2 rakat, some of them 4 rakat, but the most of our brothers who is knowing everything – arabs – 8 rakat, they pray. You must pray 20 rakat to be… You are free, you can you can pray as much as you like but Allah, He give you present for you to take more baraka, to take more mercy from Him. Take for baraka – to pray 20. You pray 8 rakat and after you go and speak until sahur, or sometime before sahur and you sleep before sahur. No. You must pray sunnah. It is also present from Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, to give you more reward and to be your higher position. After this, we pray, we sleep, we pray tahajjud also. After tahajjud, we make sahur.
This is 3 things for Ramadan it is most important: to fasting, and when you break your fast also reward, you pray tarawih also reward with jamaat. After you pray night-praying, sahur. You must do sahur because Prophet, sallAllahu alaihu wa sallam, ordered it is baraka. All orders of Allah Azza wa Jalla and Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, it is baraka and for your benefit. They are not need for you. And they give you. Take this gold, take this diamond for you. You say – “No, I don’t want this.” And they are giving, and they are happy if you are taking. If you are not taking, also they will not lose anything. But they all to make this believer to take more and more from generosity of Allah Azza wa Jalla.
Ramadan everywhere, it is nice for who believes and who knows Ramadan from believers. But many believers, they are not knowing Ramadan. Ramadan also, he doesn’t know them, not affecting them. But when you believe in Ramadan and for Allah you are fasting, even you are in middle of the worst unbeliever people but you believe, you also, you feel this nice feeling.
Mawlana, you know, when he was going to London, especially going before Ramadan and whole month of Ramadan he was there. It was like feast. People, they were sleeping in Peckham and other places, one on each other, so crowded, packed. And they were very happy. Everyday like feast for them. Mawlana, he was very strong, you know, that time. They were coming all around the world. People from England also, they coming from far distance staying 3 days, 4 days. Some of them staying all month with Mawlana. But it was real concentration of love of Allah, love of Prophet, love of Awliya. He was coming maybe making breakfast, another place coming for tarawih, after tarawih sohba or qasida or something. After going to house making tahajjud. After making sahur before praying fajr together. And for all days it was long sohbat. He was giving maybe 5-6 sohbat.
It was mashaAllah like river, not like me only 10 minute. But it was ocean of light, baraka, and mercy, and peace that people were coming. Non-Muslim, they become Muslim, many of them. Even from Muslim, because Muslim also say Muslim – they are worse than non-Muslim, some of them. Not believe at all. Because not teaching them from childhood or they were in Western country. They forget everything. They were coming again, and they became strong iman, belief.
It was many people when I was there. I was saying come to Ramadan but it come not like Mawlana. Mawlana is only once. Who was with him, it is his luck. But alhamdulillah we are following him. We are following. We are happy with Ramadan, with Allah, with Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam. This is from his teaching. He taught us to be, to know what are our good for us, (and what) it is not good for us. Good to follow them, Prophet and awliya. Not good to follow your ego. This month, it is month of patience and to put control on your ego. Don’t make fatwa excuse for yourself. “I can do this, I can do that.” No, you must follow what Allah Azza wa Jalla saying. It is very important. One of this good teaching Mawlana teaching us. If you follow this, you’ll be high and be happy. You will be respected from people. And you will be loved for Allah, for Prophet, sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam. Allah make us from these people.
Wa min Allahi t-tawfeeq. Al-Fatiha.