From the Realities of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani ق as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi.
A’udhu Billahi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Keeping the negative energy away is our whole path, our path is based on that. To give a little sort of summary of what we are trying to accomplish is an internal protection and external protection. External and internal protection are related. It means that the strength of the internal protection and the practices begins to create a field of energy that protects us externally. So the internal practices would involve washing, the understanding of how to wash, the understanding of what to eat and not to eat.
Clean Your Food’s Energy with a Prayer
What we are going to bring into the body through our mouth and through our eating and drinking has tremendous amounts of negative energy. There is a power of praying over our food, mentioning the names of pious people over the food. Prophet ﷺ’s teaching is that any time you mention pious people, “tanzil ar-rahmah,” it brings a rahmah and a mercy.
عِنْدَ ذِكْرِ الصَّالِحِينَ تَنْزِلُ الرَّحْمَةُ
“Inda dhikres Saliheena Tanzilur Rahma.”
“In mentioning the names of the pious people, Allah’s Mercy descends.” Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
So then the power of praying over that food, watching what type of food you eat, the energy from that food, who is preparing that food. Then how to eat and drink, the adab (manners) of the eating and drinking, that, preferably eat with the right hand because we use left hand for cleaning ourselves. All of those mannerisms are then going to determine the quality of energy that is entering within ourselves.
Then our practices, our zikr, our wudu (ablution), our namaaz (daily prayer), the different prayers – all of those again begin to build the inner energy. Then the most important in that development is when we are trying our best to perfect our self.
Negative Energy moves through the Blood
Prophet ﷺ’s teaching is that the evilness is moving through our blood.
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَجْرِي مِنْ الْإِنْسَانِ مَجْرَى الدَّمِ.” صحيح مسلم
Qala Rasulallah (ﷺ): “Innash Shaitana yajri minal Insani majrad dami.”
The Prophet said, “Satan circulates in the human being as blood circulates in the body” [Sahih Muslim 2174]
Evilness gains access into the being, to a black spot onto the heart. So it operates heart at the level of the qalb, enters into the heart, moves throughout the body through the blood. That’s why in the purification of meat, we eat meat that the blood has been taken out of the animal, because the dirtiness and the bad energy is within that blood.
So the concept of the halal, the zabiha, all of those are tremendous energy practices as we begin to open up and understand that the energy I have within me, how am I going to control that negativity? So then what I’m eating and what I’m drinking, praying over it. Then understand the energy internally, the different chantings, the different zikr, the different practices- all of that going to build the energy purification internally. And then that energy begins to provide an energy and a force field outside and begins to push away negativity.
Like the Earth, Our Core Determines the Quality of our External Protection
Then the analogy that Mawlana Shaykh is giving to us is that we are very similar
to the earth. The earth is in a fast motion and the core of the earth has a magnetic core, the iron within the earth. It moves and because of the speed and the movement, it creates a force field around the earth. That force field is protecting the earth from all sorts of penetration. That as things are penetrating and astroids and all sorts of rays and things that are trying to hit to the earth, by the force field inside the earth produces an energy that called the Van Allen belt.
So then the core is going to determine the quality of the external. If the core not strong, then the external has no protection. So if the earth’s core stops, there is no more shield. The sun will completely burn us, annihilate us. So then in ourselves, the strength of the core practices within ourselves, the part that people don’t see, going to determine the field of energy that we have as a protection. And the strength of that protection will repel and push away negativity.
Attune Yourself to the Master’s Energy through Muraqabah (Spiritual Connection)
So the fastest way towards that perfection is in the madad of the master. That bringing the presence of the master and the perfection of his light or their light into my life. As he begins to dress me from his perfection, then it’s no longer me only trying to build myself to push things back because God wants us to know that our life is about a companionship and fellowship- a fellowship of the ring.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ ١١٩
9:119 – “Ya ayyuhal ladheena amano ittaqollaha wa kono ma’as sadiqeen.” (Surat at Tawba)
“O you who have believed, have consciousness of Allah and be with those who are truthful/pious (in words and deed).” (The Repentance 9:119)
Means the company we keep is going to be very important. So when we seek out that pious company, then we trying to attune our self to their energies. So the whole concept of the meditation and Sufi muraqabah (spiritual connection) is that we are calling upon these masters to dress us from their spiritual presence: visualizing their presence, keeping them always around us, looking at their picture, remembering them, remembering them, remembering them.
If Spiritual Practices are Strong, Master’s Energy will Dress the Core
Then doing all of my practices: my eating, my drinking. This become very deep subject so we are trying to keep it as basic as possible. It is that when my practices are solid, means now my energy field is good. When my practices are solid, the madad (support) of the shaykh can come.
So it’s a connected reality; if my practices are not good, the master’s madad can’t come because I’m doing things wrong, I’m doing things bad. He cannot accompany me spiritually if I’m not keeping myself good; otherwise how can he accompany my badness? He accompanies at a distance but not in the sense of moving within me. So I’m asking that when that badness is going, I’m trying, taking my steps towards purifying myself, doing my chantings, I’m not going to be perfect otherwise that would be a defeated concept. But I’m taking steps towards sincerity. They know what is sincere versus what we say is sincere.
So again, there goes all of the examples of Sufism. Everything we do in this tariqa (spiritual path), every action and reaction is a step towards that sincerity. When they see that sincerity in the action and words and daily life of the student, they begin to come. As they begin to come, and that eating, drinking, practicing, zikr, all of that is strong, their energy begins to dress the core. When their energy dresses the core and everything is in their light, their energy begins to push away all negativity.
The Master’s Energy Pushes Away all Negativity and Difficulties
The guides push away so powerfully that the relationship is so strong that they see when a danger is coming before I see it. Means that even in that submission, if we are to go somewhere and there is a danger and the connection is so strong, they begin to dress before even arriving there, that when that person arrives there and that dress is dressing, they begin to open all their energy and everything moves away out of fear of what that energy is bringing; because we are talking in the worlds that we don’t see. They see; the negative energy, it sees from its like. When it sees that light, it runs, that it’s not a like that it even wants to attempt to make a problem with. But me, on myself, ooh he come and slap me around with no problem!
Our Path is Based on Companionship – Physically and Spiritually
So our way is entire way of protection and building is based on that madad(support). So that we bring them into our lives, asking to be purified, to be perfected. Tariqatu, our tariqa is based on the companionship.
That companionship is physical, but more important is the spiritual. So then I’m spiritually always in the company of my master. If I’m not in their company, then I will be crushed immediately from the difficulties that I’m facing. So they cannot send you out without that support; otherwise you be dead in an instant. All the demons from yourself and the demons from other people would be ripping the whole, our lives apart.
So then they bring their support, they bring their madad; then they are responsible for you at that time. So everything is based on that madad. So building our energies, what we eat, what we drink, all of our practices, all of our chantings, all the recitations that they begin to give us, reciting, reciting, reciting, reciting, reciting- it’s cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. As it’s cleaning, then we are asking to come, to come, to come, come and it’s a whole training process: asking them to come into my life and spiritually always with your master.
True Spiritual Guide has an Unbroken Connection to his Masters
So the ancients would call upon their ancestors. So when you talk to all of these spiritual people, they have the same thing. The Indians, they call upon their ancestors; the Chinese call upon their ancestors. Sufism is the same concept: our ancestors that were pious, we are calling upon these shaykhs, these saints, and they are calling upon their ancestor, they are calling upon their master, all the way back, connected to a prophet.
So the Naqshbandiyya, the power of the Naqshbandi Sufi way is it has an unbroken chain of masters. So if I find a master that read a book at Borders, says, ‘I can be a master for you. Let’s go.’ The physical is not the problem; the unseen is the problem. So that when you are going to come and support me, how exactly? If you are not connected, how is he going to connect to masters? Where is that lineage of living masters connecting all the way? Has to be connected with the unbroken shajarat, a tree, that says you are directly linked to Prophet ﷺ.
So our way is based on each one had something signed, all the way back to Prophet ﷺ, is signed, that that master signed, that that master signed, that that master signed, all the way to the ones that are in front of you; they have a signed agreement by their masters that they are fully supported. Means that we have your back, we are holding you, you move forward. Don’t worry. Your support comes; it comes to the extent that they deem it’s needed. I may go somewhere and say, ‘Bring lot of madad and make everybody to collapse.’ So it’s not based on us. It’s based on them. They already know what’s coming, what’s happening.
So the concept of madad is our whole way, is to be in that annihilation, to be in that light, to be under their discipline.
Reality of Star – Power of the Soul and Body
That’s why we said before many times: our way is based on the triangles up and down, the star, has many different realities. But the star up is the power of the soul that is coming up [gestures from head to left and right side of chest to form a triangle]. Star down [gestures from Right of chest, to left, downwards to Belly], is the power of the body.
The star up, the pyramid that Mawlana Shaykh is always talking about, this pyramid, this pyramid, pyramid, it denotes the hierarchy of the spiritual government. That it’s not free for all; it’s not like a bazaar, everybody just running towards the Divine. There has to be a pyramid, has to be a whole corporate structure. There has to be a boss, who has to be the, one chain, another chain below that, another chain below that: whole chain of command in which operates and governs God’s universe. So then that pyramid, the upward triangle is what we are trying to connect with.
Downward Triangle is Like Shovel –
Spiritual Path Collects many People but Only a Few Stays
Then for dunya (Material World), it looks like downward triangle. So you are going to see the dunya like a shovel. So then Sufism shovels many people, they go around collecting people from many, many places. You go places, there are hundreds of people; and go somewhere with Mawlana, there are thousands of people. It doesn’t mean thousands of people are reaching that reality in this world. It means that they shovel them up like that, then they shake them, shake them, and many start to fall out, fall out, fall out, fall out. That’s okay because they catch them for intercession in the grave.
But to work through that system, you are going to be shaken, the shake and bake! Shake, shake, shake; shake, shake, shake; they cook you the whole time. They cook you the whole time until from that whole crowd, you are lucky if one comes out. Because at the end of the shovel is small; at the top there was a lot, a lot of people come. But at the end, one gold nugget comes out. That gold nugget is now headed for the upward triangle, because the space at the top is limited. The downward triangle is unlimited; you can bring everybody in. Shake them and you see what comes out going to be very pure, when they go through that whole testing. That’s tariqa (spiritual path).
So a lot of people are coming, but a lot of people are not staying because the testing intensifies, the teaching intensifies. Their life trials and tribulations intensify and the guides keep asking: hold on, hold one, hold on, hold on. And then we move through the pattern and then the guides are taking us towards perfection. That’s the symbol of tariqa.
Outside People Don’t Understand the Struggle of the Seekers
So this has to be understood because a lot of times people come and say, ‘Oh!’ They talk amongst each other and they talk to people who have been here before or come and go, and say, ‘They are all crazy.’ And that’s going to be a given; because the people outside the cave, they think their life is very normal. That that life is the life to have, to do those things and to enjoy those things. When they come and see this upward down shaking, they say, ‘Those people are all crazy. They are wahshi, they are wild, they are not nice. They are like this, they are like that.’ Say, ‘Most definitely, you are correct. That’s true,’ ‘because we are being cleaned, we are being purified.
The Process of Purification is not Pleasant
The process of purification is not pleasant; it’s not something that’s always so easy. If you seen anybody go through cancer and chemotherapy, it’s not pleasant experience. They start to throw up, start to vomit, start to become very sick looking, where just weeks before they look so nice- what happened? So people come and say, ‘Why you are living your life like this?’ ‘Because we are going through chemotherapy; and that chemotherapy is much better to go through in this life than in the grave.
In the grave, you can’t imagine the difficulties. And the only time that you can say that is from people who have been through difficulties in life. Why did they go through difficulties, if it’s not going to be difficult in the grave? So by the Grace of the Divine Presence, is that rather you be cleaned outside of the grave. You take your difficulties now, at least you can stop, have some coffee, watch a little bit of TV, try to regain yourself, and you go back into your testing. Our lives are all about that. It’s important to know, so that when somebody else complains, then we have an answer.
The Real Path Applies Heat and Testing to Cook and Purify You
So the proof of that craziness is the reality of the path. That we have taken a vow to purify ourselves. So all of the badness has to come out. If you sit amongst the group and there is no badness, there is no cooking. There is nobody there that has enough energy to cook the group. So then they stayed the same. So it’s like a whole bunch of chickens that nobody turned the oven on- hey, what happened? They all look the same; nothing happening! Nothing is happening.
These masters, their way is so real: you walk in, it’s like a microwave. Everything is popping, smacking, everything is cooking very fast. That is the power to know that we are on real path, that the Divine has taken notice of us, out of billions of people in creation, billions of universes, billions of galaxies, the Divine is noticing me. And I’m seeing His Miracle in everything I do. As soon as I stop and contemplate. That’s the most amazing: ‘Ya Rabbi, how You are noticing me?’
And Divine is saying, ‘You are taking a step towards purifying yourself. I’m accepting your step. Move towards Me.’ Then you begin all the processes of difficulty.
But with the help of Mawlana Shaykh, and asking for their madad (support), we live and breathe in that madad. Their madad is the only way to defend ourselves against this evilness.
Subhana rabbika rabbal ‘izzati ‘amma yasifoon,as salaamun ‘alal mursaleen, wal hamdulillahi rabbil ‘aalameen. Bi hurmati Muhammad al-Mustafa, wa bi sirri surat al-Fatiha.
[Special thanks to sister Saira and sister Hafsa for their help with transcribing this suhbah.]
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