Laylatu l-Qadr, Laylatu l-Qurb

The Night of Power is the Night of Nearness. This is what man was created for. He was not created to be a donkey bearing the burden of Dunyā. He was granted great honour. Everything in creation falls into sajdah this night, even the ants. This is the honour given to Ādam (as). Try to keep it.

Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim

Sultan ul-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (QS)

Sohbet of the 3rd of August, 2013.


There has never been anyone who opened his hands [for help] and returned from the Sulṭān’s ﷻ door empty-handed. Ṣaḥḥiḥ ‘aqidataka – Correct your belief. 

Welcome to you, O yārān Shāh-i Mardān. O holy one. May you teach us. We came to be taught by you. If you hit the right side of an untrained donkey, it goes left. If you hit its left side, it goes right. It is not trained. There needs to be a training. Madad Yā Rijālu Llāh, madad Yā Shāh-i Mardān. O yārān Shāh-i Mardān. May we be beautiful. May we be sweet. May we be majestic. They don’t use a mangy donkey at the door of the Sulṭān. The Sulṭān uses a kuhaylan (Arabian horse). Our Janāb-i Mawlá is the source of Luṭfu l-Karam (Generous Grants) and we ask to be majestic, not miskīn (lazy and helpless). We are at the door of such a Sulṭān ﷻ that being miskīn is not suitable. Being majestic is suitable. One must know this. One must learn this. Yes, the Sulṭān does not use a skinny horse at his door. He has a kuḥaylān that scares the lions – the Sulṭān – that even a lion is afraid of it. Who cannot scare shayṭān is in the category of trash. 

Madad Yā Rijālu Llāh, madad Yā Shāh-i Mardān. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim. Your yārān are your admirers. Slowly, Al ‘ilmu bit-ta‘allum. Knowledge is gained day by day, no one can learn in one day all at once. Bit-ta‘allum – wal-ḥilmu bit-taḥallum. Is it not like this? Come in, welcome to you the aḥbāb of Shāh-i Mardān – who are filled with the muḥabbat (love) of Shāh-i Mardān, who ask nūr from Shāh-i Mardān – welcome. You came to such a door that has no equal, no likeness. Go ahead O Shāh-i Mardān. We are weak servants. ‘Abiduka ḍ-ḍu‘afā, qawwi ḍa‘fanā bi-Quwwatika Yā Rabb. We are weak servants. “Wa-khuliqa l-insānu ḍa‘īfā” (4:28). Is it not a verse? Man was created weak. Qawwi ḍa‘fanā fī Riḍāk. O our Lord, may You ﷻ remove our weakness. O Shāh-i Mardān, may our weakness be lifted off us. May we be like the kuḥaylān of the Sulṭān, may we not be in the category of miskīn donkeys that go and, after a while, fall down. May we be a kuḥaylān that is worthy of the Sulṭān. Mā shā’a Llāh. 

The best of the talents is adab. No one has managed to draw close to his Lord by taking a way other than adab. 

Go ahead O Shāh-i Mardān. May you go ahead and explain to us, so that we understand. Yu‘allimuhum, ta‘allam wa-‘allim. Even if you don’t know, learn and teach. What should you learn? Well, what did we learn? To plow a field. What did we learn? To shepherd. What did we learn? To be a doorman. There are 360 crafts in dunyā. Who doesn’t believe it can count. Isn’t that right Shaykh Mehmet Efendi? There are all kinds of talents. What is the best of talents? Go ahead O Shāh-i Mardān, your yārān are your admirers. Let them hear it. The best of the talents is adab. No one has managed to draw close to his Lord by taking a way other than adab. 

Shāh-i Jihān – our Master, the Sulṭān ﷺ said: “Addabanī Rabbī – My Lord taught me adab.” And it continues – “Wa-qarrabani” – and brought me close – nearness to Allāh ﷻ. “My Lord ﷻ taught me this. I didn’t learn it from anyone else. Addabanī Rabbī – He ﷻ taught me the adab for being close to His ﷻ Essence (Dhātu Ajallu A‘lá).” It is the assembly of Shāh-i Mardān’s lovers – no one has come empty and returned empty from that assembly. Everyone has received a share. May we take a share too. Khudh naṣībak. 

Allāhumma qawwi ḍa‘f fī riḍāk. We are weak our Lord. There are lions of Yours ﷻ who can remove our weakness. There are holy servants of Yours ﷻ who can teach us adab. Each adab is a level and there is no end to the levels. Who are in the category of donkeys continue with their donkey-ness. They don’t ask to be a horse. They don’t ask to be a man either. “My situation is good like this, I am comfortable,” they say. They carry burdens and they bray too. They scared even the lion when they brayed. “What a majestic animal is this?” It scared the lion like this. You see? Well, the lion has never heard a voice like that before in its life. It got astonished. “What a majestic creature is this that it even scared me.” Don’t bray like the braying of donkeys. No, be like the roaring of lions. 

Go ahead O Shāh-i Mardān. Allāhu Dhū l-Jalāl, Yazdān ﷻ didn’t create you to be a donkey. Allāh Almighty didn’t create you as a beast of burden – know this, learn this. Al-Khāliqu lYazdān Allāh Almighty didn’t create you to be the donkey of dunyā. Allāh Almighty didn’t create you, saying, “Carry the burden that I load on you in dunyā.” Allāh Almighty didn’t make you the animal of dunyā. Don’t forget. But what did shayṭān turn the people into? May it stay far from us. It turned the people into the animals of dunyā. Shayṭān made the people animals of dunyā. And man – “wa-khuliqa l-insānu ḍa‘ifān” – was created weak. The meaning of weak is gentle. He is created gentle. He is not created for the burdens donkeys carry. Dunyā – dunyā is the burden of shayṭān. It looks for someone “Who should I load up?” It wants to load it onto man who is gentle. Man is not a porter.

 “Wa-ḥumilati l-arḍu wa-l-jibāl” (69:14). Is it not a Holy Verse? “ḥumilat”, bore the burden, but that burden is a burden that gives honour. And man is honoured with such an honour that no one can be above that honour. Allāh Almighty placed His ﷻ amānah (trust) on him. Man bore the amānah that neither Heavens nor Earths could bear. It was offered to the mountains and stones “Who will bear this amānah?” They said, “O Lord, forgive us. Forgive us, we can’t do it.” Who did it? Who did it, who took that burden? “Wa-ḥamalaha l-insān” (33:72). Man bore it. Man did not take the amānah for carrying fertilizer. There is such an honour for man, that mountains, stones were offered to bear it but the mountains, stones said, “We can’t accept it, we can’t bear it.” O Man, know your honour. Come in, O seekers of Shāh-i Mardān. Who wants to take fayḍ (benefit) from him, listen. Know your honour. 

If man knew his honour, it would be peaceful and quiet on earth. If man knew his honour no one would insult another, no one would oppress another, no one would look down on another. This is the honour of man. Get used to this O those who wander around claiming to be men but are not aware of humanity. Today’s humanity is not aware of humanity. The Bible, Torah, Zabūr and the Holy Qur’ān are sent to the people to teach them the level of humanity. “Wa-mā ‘allamnāhu sh-shi‘r” (36:69). “We ﷻ didn’t teach him poetry.” “Wa-‘allamnāhu mil ladunna ‘ilma” (18:65). We ﷻ granted him a knowledge from Ladun – from Us ﷻ. Our Master, the Sulṭān of the Prophets, ṣalawātu Llāhi wa-salāmu ‘alayh, knew his mission. And when he ﷺ knew his mission, he learned what was necessary for him ﷺ to fulfill that mission. “Addabanī Rabbī – My Lord taught me adab.” Allāh Almighty taught him how he ﷺ should behave. Allāh Almighty taught the Master of Creation ﷺ… “Addabanī Rabbī. Addabanī Rabbī fa’aḥsana ta’dībī.” 

Go ahead O Shāh-i Mardān. Yes. Yawmun jadīd, rizqun jadīd. O Shāh-i Mardān, your knowledge is a jewel. O people, take from that jewel. And each Prophet also came with a kind of jewel. The jewel Prophet Jesus (as) brought is different. The jewel Prophet Moses (as) brought is different and the jewel Prophet Solomon (as) brought is different. What did Prophet Solomon (as) bring? “Innahu min Sulaymāna wa-innahu bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim” (27:30). The great Nabīy, Prophet Solomon (as), from whose ‘aẓamat (greatness) Heavens and Earth would tremble, he also brought – he brought an amānah (trust) to mankind. “Innahu min Sulaymāna wa-innahu bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim” (27:30). There is an amānah, there is a jewel that each prophet brought to make man draw near to his Lord ﷻ. 

To draw near to his Lord ﷻ – this is the goal of the men, to gain nearness to Allāh ﷻ.

To draw near to his Lord ﷻ – this is the goal of the men, to gain nearness to Allāh ﷻ. We want nearness to Allāh ﷻ. What else should we want? There is nothing for us with the kings of this time. For us, nearness – such a nearness that it happens, its taḥqiq (reality) happens one night a year. On one night of the year, how does a servant draw near to Allāh Almighty? Its definition comes – the Laylatu l-Qadr. On the Laylatu-l Qadr, when that manifestation takes place, everything is in sajdah. O Lord ﷻ, may You not deprive us of that sajdah. May we make sajdah for You ﷻ our Lord. May we dive into Your Nūr O Lord ﷻ. Grant us strength O Lord ﷻ and we will raise Your ﷻ banners. We will destroy the banners of the enemy of mankind. We acknowledge the flag of ‘aẓamat that the Prophet ﷺ of the End of Times brought and we run to be under it. Ṣāḥibu Liwā’i l-Ḥamd, the flag of Praise belongs to our Prophet ﷺ. In dunyā and in Ākhirah also his ﷺ flag will be called, raised and all prophets will run to be under it. 

May Allāh ﷻ grant us honour and in dunyā also may we be under that Liwā’i l-Ḥamd which the Glorious Prophet ﷺ carries. May we be dressed with the level of the honour of humanity. Leave the fighting. Leave the savagery. The beauty and elegance of Man – “Wa-laqad karramnā banī Ādam” (17:70). Don’t debase the children of Ādam (as) whom Allāh ﷻ honoured and exalted. This is in the Bible, in Torah, in Zabūr too; it is in all the Books. Prophet Ādam (as) was crowned with this crown of happiness, with this crown of honour in Paradise. Try to keep it. All of us have it but shayṭān drives people in the opposite direction.

 O our Lord ﷻ, You have all these fresh and beautiful ways. It is tonight which is the Laylatu l-Qadr, the famous. It is a manifestation. Once that manifestation is opened, whatever is standing, falls down in sajdah. Even the ants are in sajdah. Al-‘Azamatu LiLlāh, wa-l-‘Izzatu liLlāh, wa-l-Jabarūt liLlāh. May Allāh ﷻ open it for you. May He ﷻ open our hearts. What beauties are there, what beauties are there, what honours are there. Yes, when that “innahu min Sulaymān” came, that Bismi Llāh brought so much to the Queen of Sheba (ra). It is the Bismi Llāh from Sulaymān (as). When it is recited upon the order coming from Rabbu l‘Izzat ﷻ you can’t describe or explain the rank that comes with it, Shaykh Mehmet Efendi. 

For this, let us say Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim. And we gain honour, we gain strength, we gain beauty. May we not be rejected from the Door of Acceptance of Rabbul ‘Izzat ﷻ. What night is it? The Laylatu l-Qadr? It is equal to “alfi shahr” (1000 months), Which month, in which scale, which time is it? We can’t define it. Mā shā’a Llāhu kāna, wama lam yasha’ lam yakun. Go ahead O Shāh-i Mardān. The arena is all yours. May you teach and we learn. Tawfīq (success) is from Allāh Almighty. 

Let us say, Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim. Say Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim and march. If you say it and march, there will be no closed doors left in front of you. There will be no creature left that does not respect you. Say Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥim and blow on yourself. They don’t teach it because they worship shayṭān. They worship idols, they worship imitated things. Leave these and make sajdah in the Presence of Rabbu l-‘Izzat ﷻ Who created you. Everything is in sajdah on the Laylatu l-Qadr. Allāhu Akbar Allāhu Akbar Allāhu Akbar wa-liLlāhi l-ḥamd. 

Fātiḥah. 


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