The Moon Doesn’t Overtake the Sun (YaSeen 36:40)

We Take a Path of Humbleness,
Testing Opens Sabr (Patience), Patience opens Allah’s Eternal Blessings

 

From the Realities of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani (ق) as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.Audhu Billahi min ash Shaitanir Rajeem,

I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

“Ateeullah wa atee ar-rasul wa ulul amrin minkum” (Surat An-Nisa, 4:59)

Always a reminder for myself, ana abda kul ajiz wa da’if wa miskin wa zhalim wa jahl. That by the grace of Allah (AJ) that we are still in existence. 

The Shams (Sun) and Qamar (Moon) Are Symbols of Guidance

Alhamdulillah, from the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ, Mawlana Shaykh is teaching and teaching us the way of the Arifeen, the way of the Heavens. That Allah (AJ) wants us to look at the horizon and then look within ourself to understand the reality within ourselves. The reality of the Shams wal Qamar, the Sun and the Moon, to understand guidance, and a path of guidance, this has been the subject that they keep teaching here.

﴾سَنُرِ‌يهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ … ﴿٥٣

41:53 – “Sanureehim ayatina fil afaqi wa fee anfusihim hatta yatabayyana lahum annahu alhaqqu…” (Surat Fussilat)

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth…” (Explained in Detail, 41:53)  

That everyone has an understanding of what guidance will be. And Allah (AJ) has the best of teaching for us that guidance and the way of itibah (obedience), the way of following, the way of realities is to look to My Heavens. That you see the Sun and you studied then the reality of the Sun, what the sun represents, the light, the reality of eternity, and how everything is nourished and blessed by that sun. Then Allah (AJ) says, that light is supreme and I made all of these planets circumambulate that sun.

Reality of the Moon and Maqam al Fardani that is held by the Ghawth 

For you, your example in life of guidance is the qamar (moon). The way of the moon which takes a path in which to follow the sun. Everything else in this life will come as a distraction; everything will distract us to go right and to go left. The moon has a tremendous teaching, there are awliya (saints) who are in charge of that station. As soon as we begin to focus on that reality, that ‘maqam al fardani’ that ghawth, the sultans they begin to inspire. Are you thinking of my maqam (station)? You are looking at my maqam (station)? I am going to begin to teach you. Anything that you focus on and you read and understand, it focuses on you.

So the maqam al fardani, the gawth begins to teach. That there are stars and these are awliya (saints). There is the moon, which is ‘maqam al fardani’ which is the gawth, which is the sultan of the awliya (saints). That sultan (king) takes from the shams (sun). That sultan that takes from the shams is in charge of the inhabitants of this Earth. How the moonlight is coming and blessing everything on Earth? 

Don’t you say Allah (AJ)! Allah (AJ) by cause and effect. Allah (AJ) says I know I own everything, but that is kindergarten. Come to the way of arifeen (knowledge), come the way of haqaiqs (realities), Allah (AJ) will explain. It is by cause and effect, everything is nourished by this sunshine, everything nourished by this moonlight and the moonlight is only capable of nourishing because it took a path in which to reflect the sunlight. Then Allah (AJ) describes their relationship. [Q]Insan Kamel

لَا الشَّمْسُ يَنبَغِي لَهَا أَن تُدْرِكَ الْقَمَرَ وَلَا اللَّيْلُ سَابِقُ النَّهَارِ ۚ وَكُلٌّ فِي فَلَكٍ يَسْبَحُونَ ﴿٤٠

36:40 – “Lash shamsu yambaghee lahaaa an tudrikal qamara wa lal lailu saabiqun nahaar; wa kullun fee falaki yasbahoon.” (Surat YaSeen)

“It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law).” (YaSeen, 36:40)

Ghawth is the Highest Position of Awliya in the Muhammadan Government

So for us to understand if we want to be from the moon, which are awliyaullah. Our shaykhs, Mawlana  Sultanul Awliya Shaykh AbdAllah Faiz ad-Daghestani, Sultanul Awliya Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al Haqqani, Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, these are huge awliya (saints). We say fardani but they are even beyond that understanding. But for us to understand, they say the Gawth and the Gawth was only one. No, you are incorrect, you don’t understand anything. The Gawth is the one who is in charge. Awliyaullah and the stations of awliyaullah is not a person. You don’t say one shaykh is the Gawth and that is the only shaykh that was the Gawth. No, you don’t understand. So when kindergarden people try to explain the haqaiqs (realities) of awliya (saints), it doesn’t sound right. Use your aql (brain).

It is a chair, it is a position, it is a Muhammadan Government. There is a sultanate, there is a House of Commons, there is a House of Lords, and there is a speaker of the House. Every government you have on Earth is a reflection of Allah’s Government. Why you think Allah (AJ) says: ‘O in Heavens we are not organized but you people on Earth, why don’t you show us how to organize? That was a joke. Right? Because people on Earth are crazy, they don’t know how to organize anything. Even in their elections when they don’t accept, they beat each other up in Parliament. Did you see it on Facebook when they vote and they don’t like each others vote, they start beating each other up in Parliament.

The Supreme Sultan of Creation is Sayyidina Muhammad 

Allah’s (AJ) Government is supreme. The supreme Sultan for all of Creation, Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Mawlana Shaykh describes it like a pyramid, that that Gawth and that position of Gawth is a chair, is a position of authority. When one sits upon that authority and they reach to that level of reality, they are taking from what Allah (AJ) gave. They take from the surat. They take from the face that never perishes. Awliyaullah come into our lives and describe this is the face and the eternal reality of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.

﴾كُلُّ شَيْءٍ هَالِكٌ إِلَّا وَجْهَهُ لَهُ الْحُكْمُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ ﴿٨٨

28:88 – “…kullu shayin halikun illa wajha hu la hul hukmu wa ilayhi turja’oon.” (Surat Al-Qasas)

“Everything (that exists) will perish except His Face. To Him belongs the Command, and to Him you will be returned.” (The Stories, 28:88)

Sayyidina Muhammad  is the Walking Qur’an

What we said in these nasheeds,  your surat and your ayat…in Holy Qur’an what do they say? Prophet ﷺ is walking Qur’an.

             قَسَمًا بِالنَّجْمِ حِيْـنَ هَـوَى              مَا الْمُعَافَى وَالسَّقِيْـمُ سَـوَى

             فَاخْلَعِ الْكَوْنَيْنِ عَنْكَ سِوَى              حُبُّ مَوْلَى الْعُرْبِ وَالْعَجَـمِ

Sayyidus sadati min mudari           Ghawthu ahlil badwi wal hadari

Sahibul aayati wassuwari               Manba’ul ahkami wal hikami

﴾وَمَا عَلَّمْنَاهُ الشِّعْرَ وَمَا يَنبَغِي لَهُ إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ وَقُرْآنٌ مُّبِينٌ ﴿٦٩

36:69 – “Wa ma’allamnahush shi’ra wa ma yambaghee lahu, in huwa illa dhikrun wa Quranun Mubeen.” (Surat YaSeen)

“We have not taught him (Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)) poetry, nor it is befitting for him. He (Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)) is not but Zikr (Remembrance/Praise) and the Qur’an making things clear.” (YaSeen, 36:69)

Every Surah (Face) and Ayah (Sign) Describes His Realities

It just so happens that the chapters are called what? ‘Surah’. Every beatific chapter is a face of the reality of Prophet ﷺ. Every ayat (sign) ‘ayat minAllah’, every Sign is the greatest of signs of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. That is why the Companions described Prophet ﷺ is walking Qur’an. [Q]

قَالَتْ السَّيِّدَةُ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا: كَانَ قُرْأنًا يَمْشِي عَلَى الأَرْضِ

Qalat as Sayyidatu ‘Aisha : “Kana Quranan yamshi ‘alal Ard.”

The beloved Sayyidatina Aisha (wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) said: “He (Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)) was a walking Qur’an on earth.”

From its names Allah (AJ) is calling a surat, what face? It is the face of Allah’s (AJ) Most Beloved. It is a tajalli (manifestation), a dress, it is a reality. Every ayat, ayat means ‘sign’. The greatest of Allah’s (AJ) Signs is Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. This means then that holy face looks to that position of authority, and from that light everything is transmitted down like a waterfall to who is the imam of the right and who is the imam of the left. Those are chairs, not people, authorities.

Awliya (Saints) are Given Couches and Thrones in Heavens

Allah (AJ) describes them on the yawm al mahshar (day of gathering)that “they have couches and thrones”. Who? These sultans because when the sultan retires means he passed away, he doesn’t lose his couch, he didn’t lose his arsh (throne), he didn’t lose his kursi (chair). Allah (AJ) sets it aside for him but now your job on this physical someone else is coming, because you have been raised now into the Heavens. Then Allah (AJ) sets aside for them a kursi (chair), sets for them an arsh (throne), sets for them their chairs and couches reclining.

﴾أُولَـٰئِكَ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتُ عَدْنٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهِمُ الْأَنْهَارُ يُحَلَّوْنَ فِيهَا مِنْ أَسَاوِرَ مِن ذَهَبٍ وَيَلْبَسُونَ ثِيَابًا خُضْرًا مِّن سُندُسٍ وَإِسْتَبْرَقٍ مُّتَّكِئِينَ فِيهَا عَلَى الْأَرَائِكِ ۚ نِعْمَ الثَّوَابُ وَحَسُنَتْ مُرْتَفَقًا ﴿٣١

18:31 – “Ulaaa’ika lahum Jannaatu ‘Adnin tajree min tahtihimul anhaaru yuhallawna feehaa min asaawira min zahabinw wa yalbasoona siyaaban khudram min sundusinw wa istabraqim muttaki’eena feehaa ‘alal araaa’ik; ni’mas sawaab; wa hasunat murtafaqaa.” (Surat Al-Kahf)

“For them will be Gardens of Eternity; beneath them rivers will flow; they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade: They will recline therein on raised thrones. How good the recompense! How beautiful a couch to recline on!” (The Cave, 18:31)

Awliya are Trained to Move up in their Stations to Replace the Shaykh that Passes

But as soon as that Gawth passes away, from among the living awliyaullah (saints) there must be somebody sitting on the chair. There is no chair empty in this Muhammadan Government. When the physicality passed immediately the next one in this line who has been trained all their lives, they are moving up. When they are at this level at the base of the pyramid, they are being trained by their soul with responsibilities. When they move up they are being trained by their responsibility. The imam of the right and the imam of the left, they have been given all those responsibilities. There is not somebody who comes up from the bottom and shoots up and there is not somebody who passes away and the chair is left empty. 

This has nothing to do with tariqa (spiritual paths). This has nothing to do with the names of tariqas. There are awliyaullah (saints) whom you don’t know them in any tariqa. They may be just sitting at the end of the masjid (mosque) doing what Allah (AJ) wanted them to do. The turuq (spiritual paths) and tariqa are finishing schools. They train these potential candidates whom Allah (AJ) has destined, “Have good manners, and have good character and supreme above all, love Allah (AJ) and love Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.”  They become trained from childhood, adulthood, or from middle age. Whenever Allah (AJ) inspiring that this one of My Awliya (saints) is going to be coming and send them now into that training school. Those who achieve what Allah wanted them to achieve, they come from amongst those schools. But they are not to be confused the same as the government. It’s a finishing school. Some come from Shadaliya, some come from Rifayi some come from Qadiri, some come from Naqshbandi.  But the Muhammadan Government is the Muhammadan Government. That chair is never empty.

All Awliya (Saints) Take From Ghawth and He takes from Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Some people were asking when Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) was describing ‘my foot on the neck of awliyaullah Mawlana Shaykh described many times, that is a station.

Sayyidi Shaikh Khalifatul Akbar (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) states,
“I saw the Beloved Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in my dream and I asked him about the statement of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) i.e. “My foot is on the neck of all the Saints.” The Beloved Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Abdul Qadir Jilani (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) has spoken the truth and why should he not say this when he is the Qutb, and I am his Guardian.”

That is not a position only for his personality. But this station of Gawth and that station of sultanat, all awliyaullah (saints) are under the authority of that king. That king takes his isharat (sign) from Prophet ﷺ directly. That is why Mawlana Shaykh put the footprint on our turbans, badge of Sandal of Sayyidina Muhamamd ﷺ. And they don’t know and they go and spread fitna (confusion). They don’t know anything about tariqa (spiritual way). 

Beware of Those Who Come Against Pious People

Prophet ﷺ warned that, “Don’t take the ignorant as your guides and guidance.`They are like making war in front of Allah (AJ),” because they come and say horrible things against pious people. Stay away from those whom Allah (AJ) is going to make war against them.

خُذِ الْعَفْوَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْعُرْفِ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْجَاهِلِينَ ﴿١٩٩

7:199 – “Khuzil ‘afwa waamur bil’urfi waa’rid ‘anil jaahileen” (Surat Al-A’raf)

“Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; But turn away from the ignorant.” (The Heights, 7:199)

and,

:عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَة رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُول اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم إنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى قَالَ
مَنْ عَادَى لِي وَلِيًّا فَقْد آذَنْتهُ بِالْحَرْبِ” –  رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ”

“Man ‘ada li waliyan faqda adhantahu bilharbe,…” – Rawa e Bukhari

Narrated by Abu Hurayra, that Prophet Muhammad (saws) said that “Allah (AJ) said, “I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a waliy (saint) of Mine…” Hadith qudsi [Bukhari]

They talk nonsense and they come against teachings, they come against pious people. Even those who love awliyaullah (saints), they are loved by Allah (AJ), even their donkey, because nobody can call themselves a wali (pious servant). We are donkey of big awliyaullah (saints). Even Allah has a respect and ihtiram for the donkey of the awliya. Didn’t they have a respect for the donkey of Sayyidina Isa (Jesus) (as)? How much they took care of that? Even the donkeys of walis (pious servants) are respected by Allah (AJ). So then they teach, “Be careful what to say.”

 

The Green Dome of Madina and Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ Turban

You don’t even know what the Sultan al Awliya was bringing. When we were singing and reciting ‘The Green Dome of Madina, the Green Dome of Madina, the Green Dome that all light vanishes in that light…why do you think then Sultan al Awliya made the Green Dome? The Gumbad khazra, these green turbans.

جيسے ہی سبز گنبد نظر آۓ گا
بند گی کا قرينہ بدل جائے گا

Jaise hee sabz Gunbad nazar ayega, Bandagi ka qareena badal jayega
The moment the Green Dome becomes visible, the nature of Servanthood will change.

When the green dome of Madina comes into my sight
The whole of dunya is buried in its light

You don’t see it? Are you reciting something that you just don’t understand? When we walk into a room and the jama walk into this room you don’t see a green dome? You must have missed also the green dome in Madina! Same thing, it is the turban of Prophet ﷺ. And it was the exact style where Prophet ﷺ had the hat and then the turban cloth that went around. This is the urs mubarak of Sultan al Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim at least know what he left for us, what he gave to us.  Mawlana Shaykyh said, “My love so much for Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ that everywhere you go, keep this green dome on your head.”

Wear the Turban, it is the Crown of the Believer

In every salah (prayer) that you make with a turban, there is seventy-two times blessing and it has the ajr (reward) of a martyr, the reward of those who passed away and became shaheed. You get the reward of that because the sunnah (way of Prophet ﷺ) is so powerful, it is the crown of the believers. And that this is a hadith of Sayyidina Ali (as), that the turban is the crown for the believer. Then they make artificial pictures with no turban on Sayyidina Ali (as). Don’t they understand what he brought for hadith? He is the master of the crowns.[Hds`

We Must Keep Our Head at the Feet of Sayyidina Muhammad 

Mawlana Shaykh brought for us what? This is a taj (crown),the hat we wear underneath the turban cloth. This is a Muhammadan Taj that Allah (AJ) gave to Prophet ﷺ, that: all My Prophets are kings but you are a sultan of all of them. You are the sultan of sultans. Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) wanted for us, that keep it on your head, like when you walk with the Holy Hair (of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) you keep it upon your head, to say what? Ya Rasul, ya Kareem keep my head at your feet. Never in my life let my head to rise above your feet. Not to bite your feet, never to come against you. And to take away in which you are the sultan, you are Shams al Arifeen (Sun of the Knowers), you are Shams al Iman (Sun of Faith), Shams al Islam (Sun of Submission), you are the light of all our light, keep me at your feet.[P]

Sultan al Awliya brought this, see that foot, the Nalain? The Holy Footstep, as a reminder for us keep your whole life at the feet of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Be an inheritor of Qadam al Haqq and his Companions Qadam as-Siddiq. Make your life to be muqaddam, those who walk on that path. And we walk with that on our head everywhere, with his dome. These are ashiqeen (lovers). This turban was a symbol of that love. It means they brought everything for us and these positions and these authorities are beyond imagination. When one passes, the next will inherit. And they come to the turuq (spiritual way) to understand good character, good manners.

The Moon Never Overtake the Sun – Stay at Your Had (Limit)

From Surat YaSeen the heart of Holy Qur’an, the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Surat YaSeen Chapter 36 verse 40.

﴾لَا الشَّمْسُ يَنبَغِي لَهَا أَن تُدْرِكَ الْقَمَرَ وَلَا اللَّيْلُ سَابِقُ النَّهَارِ ۚ وَكُلٌّ فِي فَلَكٍ يَسْبَحُونَ ﴿٤٠

36:40 – “Lash shamsu yambaghee lahaaa an tudrikal qamara wa lal lailu saabiqun nahaar; wa kullun fee falaki yasbahoon.” (Surat YaSeen)

“It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law).” (YaSeen, 36:40)

Sadaqallah azheem wa balaghta rasul al karim. Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim, “It is not for the sun to overtake the moon nor does the night outstrip the day,” means nor does the moon overtake the sun, “each of them float in their own orbit but the fuluk is a ship,” yasbahun, like orbits like tracks “that they are ships, the ship is moving on a track,” and teaching that their whole life is to never overtake. This means that the moon and those who are training to be a moon their whole life will be a training that: don’t overtake the sun, don’t overtake your position, stay at your had (limit).

The moon should never in its thought…and the students who are trying to be moons should never think that they are going to outtake their shaykh, that they are not going to shine more than their shaykh. They are not trying to overtake. The moon is continuously reminding that this light that people see from you, the moon, the awliya (saints) of that moon are teaching that this light that is reflecting from you is not yours. It is not a station that you praise yourself, this is not the work world. In the business world and work world, you try to get ahead and be recognized and show yourself in everything. That is dunya (material world).

The Moon Reminds Us to Be Humble

In akhirah (afterlife), you don’t show yourself as anything, and you are never try to outrank your shaykh or even give the appearance of that or give even the impression of that, that you are something special. The moon comes to remind us: be nothing, be nothing. Don’t show yourself as anything. If whatever he bestowed upon you there is a time and a place for everything but don’t outshine. Don’t try to make yourself more than what you are, keep yourself at your had (limit). If people become confused then it is your responsibility to put yourself back in your place. It means don’t go out and represent yourself as something independent. Don’t represent yourself as a sun. Don’t do things that make it to be arrogance.

Then the turuq (spiritual way) come and teach everything about character. Why is this happening, why are these things happening in life? Because everything around us is pushing, even your family is fitna (confusion) for you because they keep pushing that it is you, it is you, it is you. You apply that into the dunya world that is one thing, but you apply it into the spiritual world then you are going to be crushed, you are going to be crushed. Where Allah (AJ) is warning: stay within your orbit, stay at your had (limit) and understand your testing. That is why the moon has many beatings upon it.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجِكُمْ وَأَوْلَادِكُمْ عَدُوًّا لَّكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ ۚ وَإِن تَعْفُوا وَتَصْفَحُوا وَتَغْفِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ ﴿١٤

64:14 – “Yaaa ayyuhal lazeena aamanooo inna min azwaaji kum wa awlaadikum ‘aduwwal lakum fahzaroohum; wa in ta’foo wa tasfahoo wa taghfiroo fa innal laaha ghafoorur Raheem” (Surat Al-Taghabun)

“O ye who believe! Truly, among your wives and your children are (some that are) enemies to yourselves: so beware of them! But if ye forgive and overlook, and cover up (their faults), verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (The Mutual Disillusion)

The moon is continuously bombarded, continuously bombarded, so at any moment something tries to grow on it, something tries to inhabit it and to make the moon to deviate, Allah (AJ) sends the pelting, and the pelting and smashing. This way is a school for qamarun, this way is a school to be nothing, continuously to efface ourselves to be nothing. That, to efface ourselves and understand our characteristics.

Pride and Arrogance Stop us From Growth

That the worst and the most difficult of characteristics is pride and arrogance.That, if pride and arrogance should enter into the heart it begins to make the servant to be angry.

﴾لَا جَرَمَ أَنَّ اللَّـهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يُسِرُّونَ وَمَا يُعْلِنُونَ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ ﴿٢٣

16:23 – “Laa jarama annal laaha ya’lamu maa yusirrona wa ma yu’linoon; innahoo laa yuhibbul mustakbireen” (Surat An-Nahl)

“Undoubtedly Allah knows what they conceal, and what they reveal: verily He love not the arrogant.” (The Bee, 16:23)

and

“He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise” – Prophet Muhammad ﷺ [Sahih Muslim, hadith 91]

That is why we all reflect that, “I don’t know what the shaykh is talking about,” but the teaching is to reflect upon ourselves. Why do we become angry? Why do we become confused on holy nights? And that has to do with pride and arrogance. Why is it that I don’t want to listen to anyone? Pride and arrogance.

Why does the moon…is giving isharat, why does the moon think it is something special? You took a path in which to be bombarded so that you can shine as a reflection of that reality, but not to be the reality, you are nothing. Then everything in our life comes to teach: why do I get upset at the center, why is it that something happens at the centre and I become angry? Why? Because of pride and arrogance. And the moon is reminding: don’t be anything, listen to people and come to serve. Don’t show people that you achieved a maqam or station and you don’t want to do anything. It means now then that arrogance is coming in and the moon is reminding from the highest level to the lowest level: we took a path to be nothing. If people should begin to feel you are something, you are in trouble with the sun and then the pelting and the attacks begin until the moon retreats and stands at its level and its had (limit) that we took a path in our life not to be anything, not to give the appearance of anything, not to make people think that we are something.

Walk On the Path of Thorns to Reach the Rose of Love

A reminder on these holy nights, these are the nights in which Allah (AJ) is bestowing immense light, immense blessings that we took a path in which to love Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ and whatever sourness and testing we go through in our life, that those are like rocks of love. As much as the person becomes bombarded in life, as much as they draw closer to Prophet ﷺ. All came to teach, Sayyidina Bilal al Habashi (as) came – this is why our teaching, but I don’t know how many people actually listen until something happens in their life. The Companions were tortured for the love of Prophet ﷺ, not for Allah (AJ). You can love Allah (AJ) and nobody knows it. You keep it in your heart and ride on the bus. As soon as you put that turban and walk with that beard, and show yourself as Muhammadiyun everybody is going to bother you, everybody is going to attack you. Then if you are within the turuq (spiritual way)and everybody becomes jealous of you and everybody begins to bombard you.

You say, “Ya Rabbi what is this? How come this is not a path of love?” He says no, this is a different type of love. You come up the thorns until one day you can be dressed by the fragrance of the rose. But this path of ours is a path of thorns and every time we have a mushkilat and difficulty and every time we are become angry and every time we are becoming overwhelmed, then every time we are saying, “That’s it, I am not doing it again!” It is very easy, just sit where you are and don’t do anything again.

Then they remind you, “Didn’t you want to reach to Prophet ﷺ? Walk on the thorns, walk on them, don’t worry about the pain it is causing, don’t worry about the difficult it is causing. Don’t worry about the insult that it is causing, don’t worry about the shame it is causing. Just walk the thorns and keep moving because Prophet ﷺ is happy.” [Pm]

“If you want the moon, do not hide at night.

If you want a rose, do not run away from the thorns.

If you want love, do not hide from yourself.” — Rumi

Even Sayyidina Musa (as) Was Humiliated for Love

Sayyidina Musa (as) kalimullah, Prophet Moses was humiliated by Sayyidina Khidr (as). He speaks to Allah (AJ) and the first thing the Muhammadan Guide tells Sayyidina Musa (as), “We are not going to make it with each other, how can you have patience with something you have little knowledge of?”

﴾وَكَيْفَ تَصْبِرُ‌ عَلَىٰ مَا لَمْ تُحِطْ بِهِ خُبْرً‌ا ﴿٦٨

18:68 – “Wa kayfa tasbiru ‘ala ma lam tuhit bihi khubra.” (Surat Al-Kahf)

“And how can you have patience for what you do not encompass in knowledge?” (The Cave, 18:68)

He insulted his knowledge. He did that why? To be with Prophet ﷺ, “I want to reach where these two rivers: laa ilaha ilAllah Muhammadun Rasulullah ﷺ.” (There is no deity but Allah, Muhammad (pbuh) is the Messenger of Allah). He said, “Ya Rabbi I want to see you.”  (Quran 7:143) From what he saw of the lights of Prophet ﷺ, he said, “That’s it, I am willing to be humiliated and in difficulty for your love.”

وَلَمَّا جَاءَ مُوسَىٰ لِمِيقَاتِنَا وَكَلَّمَهُ رَبُّهُ قَالَ رَبِّ أَرِنِي أَنظُرْ إِلَيْكَ ۚ قَالَ لَن تَرَانِي وَلَـٰكِنِ انظُرْ إِلَى الْجَبَلِ فَإِنِ اسْتَقَرَّ مَكَانَهُ فَسَوْفَ تَرَانِي ۚ فَلَمَّا تَجَلَّىٰ رَبُّهُ لِلْجَبَلِ جَعَلَهُ دَكًّا وَخَرَّ مُوسَىٰ صَعِقًا ۚ فَلَمَّا أَفَاقَ قَالَ سُبْحَانَكَ تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَأَنَا أَوَّلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ﴿١٤٣

7:143 – “Wa lamma jaa Musa limeeqatina wa kallamahu Rabbuhu, qala rabbi arinee anzhur ilayka, Qala lan taranee wa lakini onzhur ilal jabali fa inistaqarra makanahu, fasawfa taranee, falamma tajalla Rabbuhu lil jabali ja`alahu, dakkan wa kharra Musa sa`iqan, falamma afaqa qala subhanaka tubtu ilayka wa ana awwalul Mumineen.” (Surat Al-A’raf)

“And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, “My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.” [Allah] said, “you will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in its place, then you will see Me.” But when his Lord manifested His glory on the mountain, He made it as dust, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke/recovered his senses, he said, “Glory be to You! to You I turn in repentance, and I am the first of the believers.” (The Heights. 7:143)  

You Can’t Run Away From Problems

So when people come and say, “Shaykh, I want to run away into a place in a different dimension where there is no difficulty,” how will you achieve any nearness to Prophet ﷺ? Let’s find an island where there is nobody and I will sit there by myself. You will be alone, even Prophet ﷺ won’t be with you. It wasn’t about finding something easy. So I say, “Go talk to your parents.” And you say, “I don’t want to talk to them they cause a lot of problems.” Okay, who cares. What problem do you want? Do you want our problem? In our problem, you will pass out and die the next day. What you can imagine of problems coming to you, you can’t imagine their problems. You have one problem with your spouse, they have hundreds of problems of people and everyday they say, “That’s it I am quitting, I am firing.”

How many times Mawlana said, “that is it, I am quiting”, and I said, “I am quitting, that is it, I am quitting.” There is no quitting because the next day they tell you, “Where are you going? Walk the thorns,” and you say, “but these thorns hurt, my feet are cut up, I am tired.” They say, “You gotta keep going until you can take your last breath.” By the end they are tired and they are ready to go, they are ready to go. But if you are looking for ease, then you have to look for something else.

With Every Difficulty Comes Ease

Allah (AJ) says, “With difficulty comes ease, with difficulty comes ease.” (94:4-5) Surat Inshirah (Chapter 94 of holy Quran) is for our heart. The heart to open, there has to be difficulty and ease, difficulty and ease; the womb of a woman is in contraction and expansion; the earth is continuously in earthquakes and expanding, earthquakes and expanding, our whole life is about that reality.

﴾أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ ﴿١﴾ وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ ﴿٢﴾ الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ ﴿٣﴾ وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ ﴿٤﴾ فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٥﴾ إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٦﴾ فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ ﴿٧﴾ وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَارْغَب ﴿٨

94:1-8 – “Alam nashrah laka sadrak. (1) Wa wada’na ‘anka wizrak. (2) Alladhee anqada zhahrak. (3) Wa rafa’na laka dhikrak. (4) Fainna ma’al ‘usri yusran. (5) Inna ma’al ‘usri yusra. (6) Fa idha faraghta fainsab. (7) Wa ila rabbika farghab. (8)” (Surat Ash-Sharh)

“Did We not expand for you, [O Muhammad], your Chest? (1) And We removed from you your burden. (2) Which had weighed upon your back. (3) And raised high for you your repute. (4) For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. (5) Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. (6) So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. (7) And to your Lord direct [your] longing. (8)” (The Relief, 94:1-8)

Each Difficulty Raises You Higher

Every time a shaykh, a student, a somebody is bombarded by difficulty, Allah (AJ) is crushing them to raise them. Every difficulty in life from your spouse and your children, from everything that you are seeing and witnessing and you are becoming fed up, Allah (AJ) is crushing and squeezing to raise that servant and at any moment Allah (AJ) can change the condition. Wa ufawwidu…that is why we keep making the same prayers at the end of salah, “wa ufawwidu amri ilAllah innallaha basirun bil ‘ibad.” ‘I give all my affair to Allah. Allah sees His servants.

وَاُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِيْ اِلَى اللهِ. اِنَّ اللهَ بَصِيْرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

“Wa ufawwidu amri ilAllah, innAllaha basirun bil ‘ibad.”

“I entrust my affair unto Allah. Truly, Allah Sees and is aware of His servants.”

“Ya wahab ya wahab ya wahab, ya musabibal asbab, ya mufatihal abwab ya muqallibal quloob wal absar, ya dalil al mutahireen”. Dalil al mutahireen because I am quitting, it is enough for me. That dua (supplication) is that everything is coming in every direction, “I am tired, ya Rabb…” That “ufawwidu amri ilAllah innallaha basirun bil ibad” that Allah sees your condition, He will send a relief, after difficulty will come ease, after difficulty will come ease, this is the way of Prophet ﷺ.

يَا وَهَّابُ يَا وَهَّابُ يَا وَهَّابُ، يَا مُسَبِّبَ الأَسْبَابِ، يَا مُفَتِّحُ الأَبْوَابِ، يَا مُقَلِّبُ الْقُلُوْبِ وَالأَبْصَارِ
يَا دَلِيْلَ الْمُتَحَيِّرِيْنَ يَا غِيَاثَ الْمُسْتَغِيْثِيْنَ، يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ، يَا ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ. وَاُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِيْ اِلَى اللهِ. اِنَّ اللهَ بَصِيْرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

“Ya Wahhab. Ya Wahhab. Ya Wahhab. Ya musabbibal asbab, ya mufattihul abwab, ya muqallibul qulubi wal absar. Ya Dalilal mutahayyirin, ya Ghiyathal mustaghithin, ya Hayyu ya Qayyum, ya dhalJalali wal Ikram. Wa ufawwidu amri illAllah, innAllaha basirun bil ‘ibad.

“O Bestower! O Bestower! O Bestower! O Originator of causes! O Opener of doors! O Tuner (Changer) of hearts and eyes!
O Guide of the perplexed! O Succour for those who seek Your aid! O Living! O Self-Subsisting One! O (You who are) possessed of Majesty and Bounty! I entrust my affair unto Allah. Truly, Allah is aware of His servants.”

All Prophets and Sahabi (Companions) Suffered For the Love of Prophet Muhammad 

How much the Companions suffered for the love of Sayyidina Muhammad? How much did all the prophets suffer for their love of Prophet ﷺ?

﴾أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ ﴿٢﴾ وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۖ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّـهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ ﴿٣

29:2-3 – “Ahasiba annasu an yutrako an yaqoolo amanna wa hum la yuftanon. (2) Wa laqad fatanna alladheena min qablihim falaya’lamanna Allahu alladheena sadaqo wa laya’lamanna alkadhibeen. (3)” (Surat Al-Ankabot)

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? (2) But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” (The Spider, 29:2-3)

Sayyidina Isa said “I want to be raised to see Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ and not die”. And he walks upon this Earth till today so that he can give his hand to Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ in the Last Days. Nabi Musa (AJ) wanted to be with Prophet ﷺ. Sayyidina Bilal Habashi (q) wanted to be with Prophet ﷺ and suffered for Prophet ﷺ. Sayyidina Salman al Farsi (q) sold himself to be asiran and a captive, a slave, to enter into Madina al Munawarah, not with assets, not with pride, not with anything other than, “I want to enter into your kingdom as a slave.” And he came as an asiran (captive), no fighting, no praying, no zakat, no nothing, and Prophet ﷺ’s first words were, “This is my family, this is my Ahlul Bayt.”

Endure Difficulties and Testing to be Closer to Prophet ﷺ

So how to make Prophet ﷺ happy is to endure through difficulty, through humiliating, and through testing, with good character, with love. And those that harm, ya Rabbi, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing, but by means of them Allah (AJ) is raising you. So Allah (AJ) says: pray for them that Allah (AJ) forgives them and raises them too.

وَلَمَن صَبَرَ وَغَفَرَ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ لَمِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ﴿٤٣

42:43 – “Wa laman sabara wa ghafara inna zaalika lamin ‘azmil umoor (43)” (Surat Ash-Shura)

“But indeed if any show patience and forgive [the oppressor], that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs.” (The Consultation, 42:43)

Subhana rabbika rabbal ‘izzati ‘amma yasifoon,wa salaamun ‘alal mursaleen, walhamdulillahi rabbil ‘aalameen. Bi hurmati Muhammad al-Mustafa wa bi sirri surat al-Fatiha.

[Special thanks to our transcribers for their help with transcribing this suhbah.]

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