“And your clothing purify” (74:4). How can one purify oneself? How can one attain the power of Al-Ismu l-A‘zam to reach the Divine Presence? And Maqamu r-Rida? To be from those “Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him” (98:8)? The seed of love can only be planted by the Beloved, Sahibu Liwa‘i l-Hamd and the Master of Creation ﷺ.
Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
Sultan ul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi (QS), Sohbat of the 18th of May, 2013
As-salamu Aleykum, Ey Yaran Shah-i Mardan! wa Aleykum as-salam, wa Aleyna s-salam. O Shah-i Mardan, do come to us. Your Lovers are expecting you, they are awaiting you. So that our hearts may be filled with joy and our minds be strengthened, and our love and longing be increased. Let us walk upon the path of Allah. Come, O Shah-i Mardan. The field is yours. O Lion of Allah, O Shah-i Mardan, those who love you offer you greetings of peace. They observe your way. Madad, O Shah-i Mardan, may we be refreshed and grow stronger, and be filled with love and longing. O Lord, You are Subhan, You are Sultan. Listen to Shah-i Mardan, to what he says. O our Lord, You are Subhan, You are Sultan. For the sake of Your Beloved, Supply us with faith, O Shah-i Mardan! Supply us with love and ardour, O Shah-i Mardan! A person without love and passion, is not human, he is rubbish. Don’t be rubbish, says Shah-i Mardan. Let us begin.
“innahu min Sulaymana wa innahu Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim.” (27:30) When the Queen of Sheba read: “innahu min Sulaymana wa innahu Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim”, (27:30) when she read these words, her throne trembled and she fell down in sajda. She bowed down in awe, “innahu min Sulaymana”, the prophet Sulayman, “wa innahu Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim.” (27:30) Allahu Akbar. Come, O Shah-i Mardan. What lovely words, let us say: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim – the force through which people may reach from the earth to the heavens. It is Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. This takes us from the World of Creation to the Kingdom of Heaven: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. O man, say: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Please come, o Shah-i Mardan, your Friends are ready to listen to you. Let us listen, so we may be enlightened, so our bodies find strength, and our minds and ideas might expand, and our hearts fill with joy. Let us find refreshment and relief.
Everyone who wants to find relief should say: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Every worry will go away. Come to us, O Shah-i Mardan, O Lion of Allah! We are in need of your sohba, we need your counsel. O Lord, for the sake of those You love, may we be furnished with faith. To ask Allah Almighty to give us faith, would be a breach of manners. Say: O ant, furnish me with faith. That ant will furnish you with faith. No need to seek anything above that. An ant will furnish you with faith. It will give you faith. Come, O Shah-i Mardan, your word is the truth. O Lovers of Shah-i Mardan, O you who you are in love with Shah-i Mardan! who love Shah-i Mardan! From an ant to the Lord of Might and Glory, but without going that far, just an ant, a tiny ant will provide those with faith who keep their good manners. An ant will turn into an elephant. A cat will become a lion. A horse will become a full-blooded Arabian steed. A human being will become one of those brought near [muqarrabun]. The gates of heaven will open for him if he says Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Leave this earth, the gates of heaven will open for one who says Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Allahu akbar.
Come, O Shah-i Mardan, how lovely! For one who says Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim, the gates of heaven will open. “innahu min Sulaymana wa innahu Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim.”(27:30) The heart of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba opened, as the wind of faith stormed into her heart, and it filled with love like a whirlwind. Upon these words she fell from her throne and performed sajda. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. O our Lord, for the sake of the sacred Basmala, give us also love and ardent yearning, and give us strength, O Shah-i Mardan, because your supplication is accepted. O Lovers of Shah-i Mardan! If you wish for the Presence of Your Lord Most High, the guardian of that Presence is the Holy Messenger (ﷺ); The Lord of Creation and the Kingdom of Heaven opens the way of His Beloved. Say: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Ey Yaran Shah-i Mardan, O you who love Shah-i Mardan! So many, many things will open for you, every kind of beauty, Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim will open the gate to every paradise garden. Without Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim the gates of Paradise will not open. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim opens the gates of the eight gardens of Paradise. Do not forget this, O heedless one, says Shah-i Mardan.
Know your honour, and guard it.
O man, pull yourself together. You are a human being. On this earth you are the representative of the Lord. Know your station. Know your honour, and guard it. There is no greater honour than this. Allah Almighty has made you His deputy on earth. He says, His deputy. What a fine, great, and sublime distinction that is! I will make a deputy on earth, He said. Allah, Allah. The key to the station of deputyship – Iblis wanted to take this key, but he was not given it. Iblis did not say Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. It was the prophet Adam (as) who did. The key was given to the prophet Adam, the key of Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. The Lord of heaven and earth, the absolute Lord over all Creation and the Kingdom of Heaven, the Lord of Power and Glory gave this honour to man. Who is man? Insan-i kamil, the perfected man is Habibullah (ﷺ).
Come to us, O Shah-i Mardan. Who is he who has authority over heaven and earth, whose honour is unrivalled, who is this great servant? He is Sayyidna Muhammad Mustafa (ﷺ). That key was given to him – Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Therefore, if a person speaks the Basmala, yet claims that his plans failed, he is a kafir. If he spoke the Basmala and claims he was unsuccessful, he is a renegade, an unbeliever. To say Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim and not to see a good outcome is impossible. Come, O Shah-i Mardan, Friends of Shah-i Mardan, we are listening to you. Let us begin, let us say: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim, you must say this at least 7 times each day. If you like, say it 70 times, or more, as much as you like. Every time man pronounces the Basmala he is robed with a different honour.
How lovely, O Shah-i Mardan. How did he step out onto the battlefield? By saying Bismillahi rRahmani r-Rahim and drawing his sword Dhu l-fiqar. Shah-i Mardan. O Shah-i Mardan, please teach us so we may learn from you. The miracle of the Basmala – you will never exhaust it in speech or writing. O our Lord, what a great gift we are given, the greatest of Divine Names, Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. The greatest Divine Name. Allahu Akbar. Only very few people know this. They search for the greatest Divine Name. Where are you looking for this greatest of Divine Names? The greatest of Divine Names is Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. His word will come to pass, “kun fa-yakun”, you must believe this. Listen to Shah-i Mardan. O Lovers of Shahi Mardan, Do not forget the Basmala. It will give you rank, light, and honour. Oh… oh…The treasures of this world are nothing, but the key to the treasures of the Heavenly Kingdom is Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa li-llahi l-Hamd.
O Shah-i Mardan, come teach us. Teach us the honour of our humanity. The honour of man and the honour of the nation of Muhammad (ﷺ) lies in Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Do not forget this. O people, do not forget your humanity. O Shah-i Mardan, your Lovers, your Friends are listening to you. Provide them with strength, both inner and outer force, with love and fervour. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim provides this love and ardour. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim provides us with faith. With Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim we may attain Allah’s Presence. To attain to the Presence of Allah, is the greatest state of peace. With Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim we may enter there.
O mankind, you do not know yourselves. You are running after rubbish, like a crow after carrion. You are running after a carcass, and have forgotten your humanity. That is what Shah-i Mardan says. Set out, O man, to increase your rank, to gain honour. This world, this dunya, is not worth even the smallest coin. Basmala is not to be said for this world. Is Basmala spoken over a carcass? God forbid. “ad-dunya jifa” – this world is a carcass, he says. How could you say Basmala over it? You cannot. Basmala – the Basmala is pronounced so that the gates of heaven might open. The Basmala is not to be spoken for this world, do not forget that. Do not pronounce the Basmala over this world! O our Lord, Your greatest Name is contained in Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Nobody must pronounce it over this carcass.
“Mulk wa malakut”, mulk is not this lower world, dunya. Mulk is one thing, and this worldly rubbish is another. The world is carrion. Mulk is the Creation, which has been made sacred by Allah Almighty. It is our business, O man, to increase our spiritual powers. Our spiritual power, why should it be increased? Why do we wish to develop it? Because without spiritual power, we cannot enter into the Divine Presence. For to enter into spiritual tranquility, we need a key. This is: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Every day seven to forty times and more than forty times. Recite it as often as you wish. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim.
Come, O Shah-i Mardan, let us set out to find true happiness. Those who are content with the world are far from faith. Love not the world. Love your Lord. Woe to the people of this time who turn away from their Lord who created them and run after the carcass of this lower world. Woe to them! Come, O Shah-i Mardan, what you speak is the Truth. It is Allah Almighty who created the world. However, He does not place the love for it in your heart. The love in your heart is reserved for the Lord of Might and Glory, for His Beloved and those whom He loves. Not one bit of the world you must hold in your heart. You will be thrown out! This person is dressed in filthy rags; bar him from the assembly! Who is clean? He who stays far away from dunya. One who stays far from the world, he is close to Allah. Closeness to Allah is attained through closeness to His Beloved. That is the key.
A person seeking to reach to the world of the Divine must be pure.
O, ya Habiballah. Ey Yaran Shah-i Mardan! Let us speak, let us speak from the oceans of love and longing. Let us plunge into the oceans of love. Don’t fall into the filth of this world, stay pure! Purification is from faith, cleanliness is from faith. Whoever is not clean has no faith. Clean from what? Not by washing your hands and feet, but by cleansing your heart of worldly impurity, to purify your heart from love of the world. The love of the world is impure, filthy. Do not let it into your heart. Your heart must be kept pure. This world is impurity. Don’t let it take hold of your heart. Be pure. The first command. “wa thiyabaka fa-tahhir” (74:4) Keep your dress clean. Here when “dress” is mentioned, it can mean the clothes we wear, but actually it means we should look to our roots, to the dignity of being human! Keep clean! The world is impurity; do not get mixed up in it. “thiyabaka fa-tahhir” (74:4) This ‘dress’ is our body. Don’t abandon it to worldly impurity, keep yourself clean.
Purification, in Islam purification is obligatory. Those who do not clean themselves, “innama l- mushrikuna najasun.” (9:28) He who wants to reach the world of Divine mysteries must be clean. “wa thiyabaka fa-tahhir.”(74:4) A person seeking to reach to the world of the Divine must be pure. Pure from what? From the filth of the lower world. He must keep far away from the carrion of this dunya. O sons of Adam, “wa thiyabaka fa-tahhir.”(74:4) Keep yourselves clean! Don’t get involved in worldly filth; even a hill of gold, turn it down & pass. Our Holy Prophet, on whom be blessings and peace, his noble companions, those who were trained by our Holy Prophet (ﷺ), were people who had passed all kinds of trials, the companions of the Prophet. Allah Almighty raised them in such a way that they might be the companions of His Beloved, the Noble Companions. “radiya-llahu ‘anhum wa radu ‘anhu.” (98:8)
“radiya-llahu ‘anhum wa radu ‘anhu.”(98:8)
“radiya-llahu ‘anhum wa radu ‘anhu.”(98:8) Allah was contented with them, he says, and they were content with their Lord. How were they content? They said: “ill- Allah” [only Allah]. Nowadays people say “illa dunya” [only dunya]. They have fallen into the toilet hole of dunya. They keep struggling. That filth, let me get some more of it, you must get some more of it. O foolish people, you were not sent into the world in order to gather the dung of this dunya. Divine Love and Affection are found on the way of His Beloved. You must love the Beloved (ﷺ), love him so that you will also be: “radiya-llahu ‘anhum wa radu ‘anhu.” (98:8) Allah was satisfied with them and they were satisfied with their Lord. Be content, O man, be content with your Lord, satisfied with what He gave you. And strive for closeness to the Divine Presence of Allah Almighty, so that you too might be “radiya-llahu ‘anhum wa radu ‘anhu.” (98:8) Allah Almighty was pleased with them, with the Noble Companions, and they were pleased with their Lord. That is our gain in this world: “radiya- llahu ‘anhum wa radu ‘anhu.” (98:8) Allah was pleased with them and they were pleased with their Lord. How lovely!
The clothes that they wore, a piece of cloth, maybe, a towel, that left them half covered, half exposed. In spite of that Allah was pleased with them and they were pleased with their Lord. That is the highest station. Make an effort, O man. May the honour of humankind be recovered. Mankind. Think of a seed. When a seed falls in the ground, it will grow. If it finds no soil it will rot. O man, for the love of your Lord, what must be planted in your heart is Habibullah. O Shah-i Mardan! It is Shah-i Mardan who is on his way. Try to plant that seed in your heart, so that Allah might be pleased with you. “radiya-llahu ‘anhum”- Allah became pleased with them. “wa radu ‘anhu” and they became pleased with their Lord. How beautiful! The station of contentment. The maqam of satisfaction. Do not run after this dunya, it is filth. Be beautiful, radiant and beloved.
Wherever our Holy Prophet went, ‘alayhi s-salatu wa s-salam, the hills, stones, plants and trees would greet him and give their salams to the Prophet (ﷺ). Why was this? Perfectly pure. He was the representative of his Lord, His deputy, His absolute deputy, our Holy Prophet (ﷺ). That is why they all give him their salams. So, be pure, so that all mountains, rocks give you their salams. Nothing can harm you then. Even the snake will give you salams then. The lion will stand in respect before you. For you then will be a person who is pleased with his Lord, and the Lord is pleased with you. Every creature will give you salams. It will do you no harm. It gives you salams. That is why some of the saints rode on lions. The lion is a wild creature, but for those blessed ones who walk on the way of Allah, for those who live for the sake of Allah, it became their steed.
The noble Buraq
The most noble of all riding animals is the Buraq. The noble Buraq was given to our Holy Prophet (ﷺ). “He who follows my way, can reach to as far as I was able to go, in accordance with their levels”, says the Holy Prophet, ‘alayhi s-salatu wa s-salam. “wa li kullin darajatun mimma ‘amalu.” (6:132) Everyone has a level according to his actions. There are those of high rank. They have value in their Lord’s Presence. Strive for that. Do not go running after the filth of this dunya. While there is gold to be had, do not go rushing after dung. Seek Allah’s Presence. Be pure. Find the Presence of Allah. O our Lord, You sent us Your Beloved to teach us Your ways, and we accepted him. For those of us who love him, there is Shah-i Mardan, his Lion. He also instructs us, Shah-i Mardan. Ey Yaran Shah-i Mardan!
O you who love Shah-i Mardan! May your hearts be like paradise gardens. May your hearts open up with love and fervour! Paradise lies there. Paradise lies there. O Shah-i Mardan! the gates of Paradise open up for those following you; but who doesn’t listen will be imprisoned within the gates of Hell. O Shah-i Mardan! The forces needed to impose order upon this world, you have them at all times. You possess this power. He who can save this world that has become chaotic, and all mankind with it, from the devil’s dehumanizing grasp is there; he who makes people human again, the Master of Time, Shah-i Mardan, he is there. Shah-i Mardan, he will come. At that time the world will be at ease. Until he comes, the world cannot be at peace. They destroy each other. They are destroying each other. Allah has honoured us with the honour of being human. Try to take care of this honour.
O Shah-i Mardan, come to us. Allah, Allah. Allah, Allah. Allah, Allah. Allah, Allah. Let us say Allah. Let us say: Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Let us be pure. Let us be glorious in this world, and in the hereafter. Let us gather beneath the glorious banner, the Banner of Praise of the Prince of both worlds. Let us drink from the Pool of Kawthar. Let us reach to the Presence of Allah.
O our Lord, forgive us. O Shah-i Mardan! We are awaiting the arrival of the Sultan of pure lineage. We have become strangers. Shaytan made honourable men into devils like itself. People became like the devil. Instead of turning into angels, they became devils. Woe upon them. The generations that lost the honour of humanity, they are the current generations. Allah Almighty robed them with the qualities of angels, but people today have thrown these off and now dress in shaytanic qualities. In order to kill, crush and torment each other, in order to make them do every kind of evil deed, the devil uses man. May Allah keep us far away from the evil of shaytan.
O our Lord, in this blessed month, Rajab Shahrullah, the month of Allah, send some support to reach us. For the likes of us this is only a wish, but we ask Shah-i Mardan to speak for us. Let Shah-i Mardan ask for it. He will come. The Sultan who will save mankind from the grasp of the devil and its cohorts will come. Allah Almighty will not leave shaytan to have the last laugh, no! There will be a great war. But shaytan will have no cause to rejoice. After it will come the banners of faith, the banner of Islam. O our Lord, forgive us. Send us in this blessed holy month Your Divine Support. For the sake of the Beloved of Allah (ﷺ). Let us continue on your path, O Shah-i Mardan. Ey Yaran Shah-i Mardan. How lovely are your words! How good is your counsel. It is advice for both mankind and Jinn. May Allah grant strength to our hearts and health to our bodies. Fill us with love and fervour. Remove from our heart the love of the world. O our Lord, forgive us. “Innaka ‘afuwwun karim, tuhibbu l-‘afwa f-a‘fu anna ya karim”