It is the Time of the Mahdiyon مهد ييون !
Muhammadan Hadi (Most Guided)
From the Realities of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani (Q) as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi.
The Teaching of Awliya Allah is not Easy to Understand
InshaAllah from Mawlana Shaykh’s teachings is that the words of Awliyaullah are not easy to understand. And to take them at face value is one level of knowledge; however their words are limitless (in levels of understanding). They are taking from heavenly inspirations that are coming from Allah (Azza wa Jal) to the heart of Prophet (saws), and from Prophet’s (saws) heart to the Ahlul Bayt, and from Ahlul Bayt to the Companions of Prophet (saws) and then to the heart of Awliyaullah. From the Sultanul Awliya all the way through the golden chain of the Awliyaullah. And Mawlana Shaykh is teaching that their words are not easy to understand. And to take what they say, just hearing it and say, “Okay I understood it,” it is very difficult. Because their words are Oceans of Reality and an Ocean from the Divine Presence has no beginning and no end, and it has no shore.
It means there is no way to really understand heavenly knowledge and to say, “I have understood it.” You got one understanding of it, but it cannot be something that is completely grasped, because “Above every knower there is another knower.”
نَرْفَعُ دَرَجَاتٍ مَّن نَّشَاءُ ۗ وَفَوْقَ كُلِّ ذِي عِلْمٍ عَلِيمٌ ﴿٧٦
12:76 – “…Narfa’u darajatin man nashao, Wa fawqa kulli dhee ‘ilmin ‘aleem.” (Surat Yusuf)
“… We raise in degrees whom We will, and Above every knower there is a greater knower.” (Holy Quran, Joseph)
That based upon the opening of that knower’s heart, there are taking different understandings and different realities from those teachings.
Prepare for the Arrival of Mahdi (as)
It is very important, in these days of difficulty when Sultan ul Awliya (Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Haqqani (q)) and Mawlana Shaykh Hisham (q) are teaching; they are teaching repeatedly about the presence of Sayyidina Mahdi (as). That the time is here, and their appearance is coming, and there are signs everywhere. One level of understanding is to be prepared; that we have to be physically prepared in our lives as if we want to be with Sayyidina Mahdi (as). We are asking to be from the companions and the helpers of Sayyidina Mahdi (as). If Allah (Azza wa Jal) grants us and if Sayyidina Muhammad (saws) grants us, and Sayyidina Mahdi (as) will be pleased with us to even grant us such a noble honor; to be companions and helpers and from those who witness the arrival of Sayyidina Mahdi (as).
One level is that the shaykh is teaching is, “to be prepared with the signs, and live a life of preparedness. That if Sayyidina Mahdi (as) or a representative of Sayyidina Mahdi (as) comes to visit us, that we are prepared,” our homes are prepared, and our lives are prepared, and we live a life based on faith. Prophet (saws) wanted to take us to the ocean of Iman and faith.
Iman (Faith) is To Believe what You Don’t See
The ocean of Iman and faith is a very difficult ocean to enter. And once inshaAllah we enter, with their barakah, it is very difficult to sustain in the ocean of faith. The ocean of faith by virtue of the word “faith,” means it is something you don’t see, but it is something you must believe; something that you cannot touch but you know it’s there. It is something emanating, but you may not see it unless your heart is open. They want to take us to that level of belief or faith, that “We are living and waiting for the arrival of holy people and we live a life based on that Iman.”
That level of Iman is what we are striving to achieve. And everything in this dunya is going to block that. It means how we eat, how we work and earn. Everything that we do is based on Iman (faith). And they teach us to move into that ocean. The concept of baraka and blessings, and the miraculous nature of Allah (Azza wa Jal) is, “That I will provide for you from ways you never imagined.”
It means that although we hear these ayahs of the Holy Qur’an, and we hear these teachings of the Prophet (saws), but it is very difficult to live them. It is very difficult to enter into that ocean and to be from the people of faith; whose whole lives are under Allah’S (Azza wa Jal) Mercy. That every minute they are waiting for the next minute for what Allah (Azza wa Jal) will send of sustenance, of rizq, of lights, of mercy and protection. This is where Mawlana Shaykh wants to take all of us; with this level of teaching.
This Dunya is Collapsing
That if you are asking to enter the oceans of faith, then know that this dunya (material world) is collapsing. By teaching that this dunya is collapsing, means that the heart does not try to attach itself to dunya. If you really believe that this dunya is collapsing, then everything about our lives would be how to protect ourselves against this collapse. Everything and at every moment of our life we (say) “Ya Rabbi, I believe that this is collapsing very fast, what am I to do to make sure that I am protected, my family is protected, my way is protected and my faith is protected?” It means the most basic level of teaching is that Awliyaullah want to take us to the level of faith. That in every moment of our life, we are contemplating that how am I going to perfect my faith, ya Rabbi how am I going to live through this difficulty?”
Death is Not a Problem but the Process of Dying is Difficult
Somebody asked, “What if you are just at peace with dying, what is the big problem?” They say, “It’s not a problem, death is not the problem, but the dying (process) is the difficulty.” Man az Murdan namitarsam, mordanish sakhtey (I am not afraid of Death but Dying is difficult) They asked the lady who was going to be stoned in that movie, “Why are you crying? What are you so worried about? Death is death” Because people pretend that they have faith, but faith is a very difficult ocean. Everybody thinks they have faith, but Allah (Azza wa Jal) says, “You have to be tested with your life, wealth, your family, all of that just like the people who came before you, the prophets and truthful people.”
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 – “Ahasiba annasu an yutrako an yaqoolo amanna wa hum la yuftanon.”
29:3 – “Wa laqad fatanna alladheena min qablihim falaya’lamanna Allahu alladheena sadaqo wa laya’lamanna alkadhibeen.” (Surat al Ankabot)
“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?” 29:2
“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)
That level of faith does not open unless many different difficult tests come to you. Then Mawlana Shaykh is teaching, “It is not the death that you have to be worried about, but the process of dying can become very difficult.” There are all sorts of conditions of difficulty that they are taking us to that level of belief and that level of understanding to open within our hearts.
To Be from Mahdiuun مهدييون – Love!
By believing in the last days and believing in the signs of the coming of Sayyidina Mahdi (as), we become dressed from the lights of the Mahdiyon from those who are living their lives in preparedness because it is from a level of faith that, “Ya Rabbi, I am believing that the signs are here and I am asking to be with Sayyidina Mahdi (as) to be from the supporters, to be from the helpers and to be from the lovers of Sayyidina Mahdi (as) for the love of Prophet (saws).” The love of what Prophet (saws) was teaching that, “I am seeing these signs as part of my faith.”
The next door they are opening is that: as we believe and live our life based on that preparedness, they begin to dress us from the light of the Mahdiyon. That Sayyidina Mahdi (as) is saying, “That if you live your life waiting for me, that (can happen) at any time,” And Prophet (saws) said, “You will be with whom you love,” This was in the time of the Prophet (saws) when someone had walked into the association and said, “All these things that you are teaching are very difficult for me Ya Rasulullah. What can you give to me?” And to make that teaching of that hadith short, the Prophet (saws) said that, “You will be whom you love.”
[quote]الْمَرْءُ مَعَ مَنْ أَحَب
Almar o, ma’a man ahab.
“One is with those whom he loves.” Prophet Muhammad (saws)[/quote]
It means they take you to a (deeper) sense of love, the love of Sayyidina Muhammad (saws), and the love of the Ahlul Bayt, the love of Sayyidina Mahdi (as). That your whole life, everything that you are doing, everything that you are eating or drinking, everything that you are budgeting for, and everything about our lives, is in that preparation, then don’t you think that Sayyidina Mahdi (as) will be dressing us from his light? He is the king of the Awliyaullah. If we are saying that the Awliyaullah are generous and the Ahlul Bayt are generous, then here is the kingdom of Ahlul Bayt that is coming, and that Sayyidina Mahdi (as) is dressing us from that light. “That your love for me, and that you are preparing for me, and you are waiting for me, then, whatever Allah (Azza wa Jal) is dressing me with, I am dressing you with it.”
And those who live most closely to that preparation, we are not talking about a kabob and sending it down a hole with a note, and the note comes back and talks to you, but live your life based on real faith of Sayyidina Mahdi (as). It is a whole package that whatever you eat or what you drink or what you do and your life in your home, is ready for Sayyidina Mahdi (as).
6:162-3: “Qul inna salati wa nusuki wa mahyaya wa mamati lillahi Rabbil ‘Aalamin. (162)
La sharika lahu wa bidhalika omirtu wa ana awalul Muslimin.163″( Surah al An’am)
Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my services of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. No partner has He; and this I have been commanded, and I am the first of those who submit.” (Holy Quran 6:162-163)”
At every moment of my life, I ask, “Ya Rabbi is my faith correct for the arrival of Sayyidina Mahdi (as) tomorrow?” Is my family correct, are my children correct? If everything that I am doing is correct for the arrival of Sayyidina Mahdi (as), then that becomes an ocean of faith that opens and Sayyidina Mahdi (as) begins to dress us from whatever dress he is being dressed with, from Divinely Presence. “If you are waiting for me and loving me, then I am dressing you from what Allah (Azza wa Jal) is dressing me with.”
The Mahdiyon مهدييون Are the Muhammadan Hadi (Guides)
Then those people who are following with that love and with that ishq, they become Mahdiyon مهدييون, from Muhammad al Hadi محمد الهادي. They are the hadi هادي, they are the guides. The meem م of the hadi هادي, means they are the most noble of guides. Mahdiyon مهدييون are the ones who are inheriting the light of guidance that Sayyidina Mahdi مهدي (as) is going to be sending on earth. But before the destruction of the earth and all the calamities (come) that no one can carry, Sayyidina Mahdi (as) has a tremendous gift for us; you can become from the Muhammadan Hadi. These are the ones who are being given hidayat and guidance and they guide people to goodness. Adabani Rabbi fa ahsana tahdeebi, that Prophet (saws) was given by Allah (SWT), (the best manners).
أَدَّبَنِي رَبِّي فَأَحْسَنَ تَأْدِيبِي
“Addabanee Rabbi fa ahsana ta’deebee.”
“My Lord taught me good manners and He taught me in the most excellent way” Prophet Muhammad (saws)
That Prophet (saws) saying “I was given the best of manners and adab from Allah (SWT).” That Sayyidina Mahdi’s (as) gift to us is that, “If you love me and are waiting for me, then I am going to dress you from whatever Allah (Azza wa Jal) is dressing me.” And you become Mahdiyon and these big Awliyaullah are the Mahdiyon, they are the owners of this Zaman (time). This zaman must always have a Sahib az-Zaman; there must always be an owner on this earth and these are the Awliyaullah, because they are the martyrs of dunya.
These Mahdiyon are Big Shuhada (Martyrs)
It means they have opened their hearts and they are witnessing in dunya (just) as you witnesses in Paradise. They have died from all their desires. The Prophet (saws) describes about the dead, “Don’t think they are dead, no, they are very much alive in their grave.”
وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتًا ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ ١٦٩
3:169 -Wa la tahsabanna alladheena qutilo fee sabilillahi amwatun, bal ahyaon ‘inda rabbihim yurzaqoon.
“And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.” (Famly of ‘Imran 3:169)
These big shuhada, these big martyrs, their desires have dropped and the level of faith in their heart is like a mountain. That everything they do is based on faith and Allah (Azza wa Jal) is granting them like mountains. Based on that (Iman) the light of Sayyidina Mahdi (as) is dressing them and they are Mahdiyon. And Allah (Azza wa Jal) is making them to be the owners of the time, owners of the zaman, owners of the reality.
It means that everything about us is to become Mahdiyon. Everything about us to be dressed from the light of Sayyidina Mahdi (as). That, “Ya Rabbi let me live a life based on the faith that is required for my heart to be opened. Andd when my heart opens, I want to be with those whom I love.” If you love bad things and your heart opens, you will be with the bad things.
That is why they clarify, “What is it that you want?” “I want to be with Sayyidina Muhammad (saws). I want to be with the Ahlul Bayt, I want to be with the companions, I want to be with the Awliyaullah, I want to be halal and ready for Sayyidina Mahdi (as).” And Mawlana Shaykh’s duty is to teach, teach, teach and take us to that level of faith, “that you must believe with every cell of your body that he (Mahdi (as)) is coming tomorrow.” And if he does not come tomorrow, he will be coming the day after, or the following day, or the following day; until the perfection of faith and you will become a witness that he has come there for you.
Allah (AJ) Has No Time
Always a reminder for myself, that Allah (Azza wa Jal) has no time, everything and every story from the Divine Presence has a timeless reality. We are a “timed” creature, but at the level of Iman, the level of light, the level of reality there is no time. So the level of faith grows that you are living beyond your physical understanding, beyond the capacity to think, that this one and one makes two, no, in Allah’s (Azza wa Jal) world one and one makes whatever Allah (Azza wa Jal) wants it to be. But the aql is blocking us. The brain is saying, “This can’t be,”. Yes because you are very limited. Do you watch those movies on physics? How many dimensions are there? How many parallel universes are there? How do you know that you are seeing a wave or a particle?
These Realities Are Beyond Capacity of the Brain
It means this level of reality is not something that this aql is understanding right now, maybe Allah expands it. They are taking us to a level of timelessness. And in Allah’s (Azza wa Jal) level of light, there is no time. So we break through the physical barrier and you are now believing with your light. Your light has no more time and you witness what you need to witness and you will be with whom you love. And you don’t need the world to collapse and you don’t need everyone to die to get there.
But what they are trying to teach us is that, “As long as you are holding on to this dunya, like a monkey holding on to nuts.” Holding on to this dunya has a very broad description; dunya can be people, places and things. As long as you hold to that dunya, that soul does not come out, and the dunya is locked and you see only with your eyes and that is it. If I don’t see it with my eyes, I don’t believe it. They say, “If you haven’t seen a million dollars, do you say it doesn’t exist? just because your eyes did not see it?
It means they take you beyond the ability to understand. Your eyes don’t have to see it, you are going to see it with your heart. Your ears have never heard it, you are going to hear with your soul. You are going to feel with your soul. You are going to taste and experience with your soul.
We pray that in this year and the opening of Muharram, is the beginning of our journey, and every twelve months we journey all the way to the month of Hajj, and moving towards the marifa of Allah (SWT). And stepping forward with the right foot, moving in Muharam asking, “Ya Rabbi, grant me to be Mahdiyon.” Grant me to have the love of Sayyidina Mahdi (as) and live a life based on faith and that open my heart to witness those whom I love. Prophet (saws) is teaching that, “You will be with those whom you love.” I want to be with them, I want to witness them, I want them to see them, I want to feel them and want to taste that light, that ishq and that presence.” Subhaana Rabbika Rabbil ama yasifoon wa salaamun mursaleen wal hamdu lillahi Rabbil Alameen.