Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
Sultan Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani (Qs)
Sohbat of the 26th of December, 2014, Lefke – Cyprus
As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. As-salatu wa s-salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin Sayyidi l-awwalina wa l-akhirin. Madad ya RasulAllah, Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Dastur ya Sadati Ashabi RasulAllah, ya Mashaykhina fi t-tariqati n-Naqshbandiyya. Madad ya Mawlana Sh Abdullah Faiz Daghestani, madad ya Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani, dastur.
May the month of Mawlid be blessed inshaAllah. Mawlid, the month of Rabi al-Awwal is the month of our Prophet. It is a holy and blessed month. Why is it holy and blessed? Because it is a month when the most Beloved servant of Allah was born. Like in the hadith sharif of our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), which was quoted a while ago in a khutba “You can’t be a real believer unless you love me more than your parents, children and all people.” You can’t have real iman.
Iman is different, and Islam is different. Everyone who says shahada becomes Muslim. But iman, to have iman is more virtuous, it is a much higher level. The difference between Islam and iman is like between earth and sky, or even more than that. The rank of iman is that high. That’s why, most people nowadays, you think they are learning. Instead of obtaining knowledge they are becoming more ignorant. Why is it happening? Because the people who teach them have learned from books. We’ll say how come. They call it imitated, artificial. More artificial. They became artificial scholars. They read books, as we said. And mashaAllah, if they sit down, they won’t stop talking for 10 hours. And they talk about everything. But what? It’s useless. Not only useless, but also harmful to people. However, alims who took it from a Sheikh or from a murshid, they train good people. Knowledge should be asked from them.
Asking for knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim. That’s why Muslims everywhere are going here and there to get knowledge. They see a hodja, think he’s good and start listening to him. If that hodja has learned from a murshid, if he respects Awliya, then he respects our Prophet too. On the contrary, if he learned from books and is artificial, he’ll say that the Prophet is an ordinary man like us. “He came and left. He had a task to do. Allah sent him, so he came.” They say there is no need to respect him too much. Whereas in Qur’an also, Allah Azza wa Jalla put His order to respect Prophet in many ayats of Qur’an. There are orders like “I respect him, you should respect him too. Make salawat to him”. Whatever the wisdom is, those people who claim to be alim, cannot see it. They try to do something according to their minds.
From this perspective, it is important that there are dergahs, true Masha’ikh, and murshids. They can reach up to our Prophet. Because it happens with permission. Masha’ikh pass permission to each other. And those who come to them for sohbas take their share of virtues. It is a matter of fate. It’s not written for everyone to love our Prophet. Allah Azza wa Jalla said “I created the universe from the light of the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). Then I put it in the spine of Adam, alaihi salam. And until the birth of our Prophet, I selected from the purest nation.” Moreover, our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said the best nation is the Arabs. Among Arabs – the people of Quraish. Despite that, the Quraish people were those who harmed our Prophet the most. Those who harmed him are mentioned continuously in Qur’an and there are ayats about them.
Even when Abu Jahl was dying. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud was young, our Prophet told him to go for jihad. Abu Jahl had beaten Abdullah ibn Masud, he had torn his ear. When he came to cut his (Abu Jahl) head off, he was told “Tell your friend that even in the face of my death there is no one I hate more than him”. Then our Prophet said “My pharaoh is worse than the pharaoh of my brother Musa.” The pharaoh of Musa said “amantu” (I believe) when he was dying. This one knew he was dying, still he sent a message to our Prophet saying he is the man he hates the most. So he was from Quraish. The other one is his uncle Abu Lahab. He was his direct uncle. Because he didn’t love our Prophet, Allah curses him in Qur’an. It will go so until Qiyama. But there is the wisdom of Allah in it. The day our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) was born, he (Abu Lahab) had one slave. She came to tell him he had a nephew. He was so happy that he gave the slave money. That was Monday. Every Monday his torture in hell becomes lighter. On that day, water appears on his finger and he drinks it.
What is it signifying? If anyone does even something little for the honor of our Prophet Allah will give more to him. But if someone harms our Prophet, His most beloved, and shows no respect, he will pay for it. You can’t be saved even if you are a close Arab or from Quraish because he is the Beloved servant of Allah. There is punishment for it. That’s why, people who are not Arabs, love Arabs. They love because of our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). And Arabs are using it. And look at the wisdom of Allah: they are loving Arabs because our Prophet was Arab. But it is Arabs who are spoiling the belief of people saying that our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) is dead and gone. They will be punished. It is useless to try to explain this to people anyway. There is no benefit if you are Arab or non-Arab. The benefit lies in loving our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). You should love him more than your parents, children and everyone.
In our countries, when a baby starts talking, they start asking “Who do you love more?” And they teach him to say he loves Allah first, then our Prophet, then his father, mother or whoever you want. They instill this from their childhood. We haven’t seen this in other places. They start saying “You love this, you love that”. But in fact, you should start putting love of our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) in their hearts from infancy. This will save them. The love of our Prophet will save them both here and hereafter by permission of Allah. Who loves our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) here won’t be harmed by anything with Allah’s permission. And their children will be on the right path with Allah’s permission.
Shukr to Allah, we reached the month of Mawlid again. We should respect the month of Mawlid. Sheikh Effendi used to say, the more charity you make and read Mawlid, the better it is. This month should be known. Now they have come up with the 21st of April. They celebrate then too. But Sheikh Effendi didn’t approve it much. He didn’t like it. Nevertheless, they remember the Prophet, so it’s ok. But I see that they give more importance to it than Mawlid. They announce it as the week of the holy birth. It is fine if they do it… But they should celebrate it in this month – it must be in Rabi al-Awwal. As Hz. Sulaiman Chelebi, who wrote the Mawlid Sharif, said, the night of Mawlid is equal to Laylat-ul Qadr. It is almost equal because if there was no Prophet, there wouldn’t be Laylat-ul Qadr. The Qur’an was sent to him later of course. That’s why we have to respect it. Every time you give sadaqa, make Mawlid for our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), or make charity, make intention of Mawlid for the honor of our Prophet. Read a lot of salawat.
On mawlid night, inshaAllah mawlid will be read and prayers made. It is good to make salat al-tasbih. It is good to to stay awake that night. Of course, as much as one can do. Staying awake until a certain time, then having rest with the intention of waking up for tahajjud will be counted as if whole night was spent awake. And this is good news. May Allah let us reach it every year.
Alhamdulillah, we are now in the month of the birth of the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), Rabi al-Awwal. Rabi al-Awwal – a very holy month. And there is holy night, night of the birth of the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). It is equal to Laylat-ul Qadr. Because if no Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), it was no Laylat-ul Qadr. Laylat-ul Qadr coming after him. Because Qur’an in Laylat-ul Qadr given for Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). And it is created for Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). To love Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), it is order, it is obligatory for every Muslim. And we read in khutba Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), he said – “They cannot be real believer, if you will not love me more than your father and children and all human beings.” Nobody can be, mustn’t be more beloved for you more than Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam).
Why he said, he is saying this? To make you real believer. Real believer… Muslim, it is different. And believer, real believer – different. It is very high rank to be believer. Like a sky for between Muslim and believer. Muslim – everybody say “la ilaha illAllah, Muhammad RasulAllah”, he’s Muslim. What he’s doing, he’s doing or not doing, he is just Muslim. But to be believer, this is what we’re ordered to be, mu’min – “Ya ayyuhal ladhina amanu”, “ya ayyuhal-mu’minun” This most order coming for believers. Who are not respecting Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), they are not believer, only they… Allah, He said for them “You are only Muslim, not believer”. What meaning? It is, you are in danger. Many things can take your belief. You can become out of Islam even.
So the most important thing in Islam is to love Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), he is savior for us. He will save us by his shafa’a/intercesssion. Without his shafa’a, it is not easy, not easy to come in this Judgment Day and to wait in this all, 1,000 of years you can wait. It is not a joke. It is, Allah telling this. He is the Creator and He is doing and He is saying to people how to save themselves. In Judgment Day no shadow (shade). Only Allah can make shadow for special people. And who are these special people? Prophet and Awliya and shuhada/martyrs and who are loving Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) and doing what he said. They give them secret to be with them. This is really. Here maybe 1 hour under sun, people they are running away. Waiting in the queue half an hour also they will run away. But there is no place to run away from all this bad situation.
Only in this dunya Allah tell you what to do so you are very quick to be in jannah to be and take from hawdh-ul kawthar/ pool of Kawthar. This is water of Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). “Inna a’tainaka l-kawthar” (108:1) Allah give this for Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). And when people who first Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) (will give) intercession for them, they will drink and quickly go to jannah, to paradise, no waiting. And it is not difficult. You are people, they love… People who are very bad people. Why? Because they are making special things. They are making funny things, maybe they are enjoying their ego but real enjoyment to be with Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), to love him. And it is Allah give in this world before akhira, enjoyment, real enjoyment for your spiritual being. And it is for everybody. Not it is only for Arab, for Turk, for other. No, for who believe in, who believe in Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) and love him, he is in satisfaction in dunya before akhira also. Because nothing can save you, even if you are Arab, also not important.
Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) was saying when this Abu Jahl, he died in battle of Badr, and Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, he come to him and say to him Prophet sent him to look and to kill. And he find him. He was injured, nearly dying. He said to him “Take this.” Abu Jahl, he was very proud. This proudness, it is very bad. You cannot imagine how it is very bad. For this Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) was very humble and he was hating proudness. Even in that situation, he said to Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Mas’ud “Don’t kill me with your sword. Your sword, it is dirty. Take my sword. It is more strong and cutting quickly. And say to your friend I hate him more than ever now.” This Abu Jahl, he said when even he was dying to Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). And when Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said this to Sayyidina Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) he said “My pharaoh, it is worse than Musa’s pharaoh”. Musa’s pharaoh, when he was dying, he said “I’ve become believer – Amantu”. But this one has become worse.
And they were making harming Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). He said “No Prophet was harmed like me.” And his tribe the best. Allah Azza wa Jalla said “I created Sayyidina Muhammad and give him the best nation and the best tribe and the best things.” But even these people when they are making harming to Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), Allah not looking for what they are. Only important thing here… Even his uncle Abu Lahab also. In Qur’an there is surah making bad description for him and for his wife (surah:111) It is not important to be very near for him or to be from his nation. No. Important thing for everybody to be loving him. And even Abu Lahab, when before, when Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) first born, they tell him “Your become (born), your nephew.” He was happy, give this slave woman something to make her happy. Because she… It was Monday. Every Monday in jahannam, in hell, it will punishment stopping and he given water from his finger. This is very small things. Because he was happy, Allah He was giving him. But other side, he was punishing him. Because he was not believing in him (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) and he was harming all time.
So no need to be look for people and to take people saying “This is alim, this is not.” No. It is… Alim, real alim coming from Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), from murshid, from Masha’ikh. This other one artificial. Artificial alim, it is no benefit. It is a losing, making to lose your iman, you lose your faith. But real alim, all coming from Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). By one, by one, and it is giving benefit, not giving like other one. So alhamdulillah, the most important thing here to be loving Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam). And who respecting and loving Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), we respect him. Who are saying he is man like us, we will not respect them. And now it is… In this month, we must make more salawat, we make every time more charity and salah. Night of 12th of Rabi al-Awwal – Mawlid. Even you can do every day Mawlid also. You must think and be happy, because he is our happiness here and hereafter. To be with him, it is the greatest happiness. Allah make this for us and for our children. And when you… In our country, baby beginning to speak, they ask him “Whom you love?” They said mother, father. No they said you must first say Allah, after Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), after father. This is teaching also for small children to put love of Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) in their heart, small heart. And he also for you, there will be benefit for you.
Wa min Allahi t-tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.