Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim
Mawlana begins by explaining in a unique way the fall from Paradise of the Prophet Adam (as) and our mother Eve and in so doing he tells “The Story of Dunya”. At the end of the sohbah Mawlana transcends dunya altogether and reaches to the “highest horizon(53:7) – وَهُوَ بِالْأُفُقِ الْأَعْلَىٰ” to speak about the level given the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and the level of Islam.
Sultan ul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibandi ق , Sohbat of the 24th of July, 2013
Madad Ya Rijal Allah, madad Ya Sahibu z-Zaman, madad Ya Shah Mardan. Welcome to you our yaran – the yaran, ahbab of Shah Mardan, the people who take life from him – welcome to you. Madad Ya Rijal Allah, madad Ya Sahibu z-Zaman, madad Ya Sahibu-l Maydan, Shah Mardan. Masha’Allahu kana, wa ma lam yasha’ lam yakun! Madad Ya Rijal Allah. Let us say Marhaba – O yaran, marhaba. Ya Sahibu-l Maydan, Ya Shah Mardan. Madad, dastur.
Welcome to this short sohbat of ours. If two believers are present in a place, let one express (ifadah) & the other one benefit (istifadah). This is the method- either ifadah or istifadah. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran are your admirers. May you go ahead & speak from the Lutfi Karam (Kindness & Generosity) of our Lord Almighty. May you teach us from His Habib’s ocean of adab.
Come in, O listeners. O Shah Mardan, your yaran are your admirers. Shah Mardan is the lion of the way of Allah. Who come to his assembly are called “Tuba lahum”. Tuba lahum, what a joy for them. Tuba is a famous tree from the trees of Paradise. Tuba, tuba lahum. May we be granted from the knowledge of Shah Mardan & we understand- tuba lahum. Tuba, “what a joy” they say in Turkish. What a joy, tuba lahum. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. We don’t know, may you teach us. Tariqatuna as-sohba wa l-khayrun fi l-jamiyya. Shah Naqshband made 12 thousand sohbats. Shah Naqshbandi Hz, he is the one who put his step where Shah Mardan stepped. Masha’Allah, Subhan Allah, Sultan Allah.
Come in O yaran-ahbab of Shah Mardan, come in, come in & let us listen. Each breath makes us take another step, to exit dunya. There is a secret in every breath that moves us away from this dunya. There is a different secret in every breath. Try to catch the secrets. Secrets are with who are the possessors of secrets. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Tariqatuna s-sohba. And with all the awliya there are the sohbats of Shah Mardan. Masha’Allahu kana, wa ma lam yasha’ lam yakun! What the Lord of Glory wants happens. What He doesn’t want, doesn’t happen. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Let us say, Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. O Lord, dress on us the honour dress, the karam dress, the majesty dress, the afiyah/well-being dress of the Bismillah – so that each dress makes the people gain a different rank.
Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran admire you. He sent them to the earth – Allahu Dhu-l Jalal sent Adam and our mother Eve to earth. “Go” He (swt) said, “finish your job & come back”. This is the address to Prophet Adam- “‘Inzilu”. Go down to dunya, He said. Because, as Shaykh Mehmet Effendi knows, when they ate from that forbidden tree their stomachs started to growl. Adam & our mother Eve started running around. The addressing came, that “Here is Paradise, here is not a toilet. You need a toilet. ‘Inzilu. Make them go down to the surface of the earth, to the earth to relieve themselves, since their stomachs growled. There is no toilet in the Paradise. Hasha, there can’t be. Well, but they already ate from it; they ate from the forbidden tree & their stomachs started growling. “What will we do? What to do?” Prophet Adam & our mother Eve got surprised.
Allah Almighty ordered through the angels – “Send them down to earth. Here is no place to excrete. Here is the place of the clean ones. Here is not the place of rebellious ones or those who violate Our Holy Order. Send these to the toilet”. They are not in the category to be addressed now. They will not be addressed, since their stomachs started growling. When you do what is forbidden, either your stomach or your head aches. They ate it & their stomach started to growl. They ran to here, there wondering what to do. “Send them down to earth” said the Lord of Glory. They were looking for a toilet. Can there be a toilet in the Paradise? But they couldn’t help it. They kept running around. “Go down. ‘Inzilu. Let them go down to earth” He said. “They have the need to relieve themselves but paradise is the place of clean ones. There is no toilet in paradise.
The blessings in the Paradise do not disturb the people. They are clean, pure. But the stomachs of these ones started growling. They are not suitable now for the clean Paradise”. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. They are looking for a toilet now. There is no one who enters a toilet to sleep. They scream, shout and enter- to be cleaned. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran admire you. What a beautiful expression. If a person’s stomach growls in a palace should he do it in the middle of that palace? So their stomachs started to growl & they needed a toilet. They run to here, there. Now these are no good in here. There is no toilet in Paradise. Paradise is the place for clean ones. They rebelled, they didn’t listen, and ate what was forbidden. And now the Prophet (Adam) is running around “Where should we go?” The angels were ordered. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. What did the angels say? “Quickly gather yourself together, so we take you to the toilet”. This is the story of mankind.
Masha’Allah, O Shah Mardan. This is the story of mankind. He (swt) said “You are not suitable for Paradise because what is eaten in Paradise is halal – does not require a toilet. You ate what is haram. You can’t stay in Paradise now. You need the toilet now”. “Send them down” was said to the angels. “Quickly send these to earth, to the toilet”. So this is the story of dunya. It is the answer to the question “How did man come to live in dunya?” How, why was Man, who was created in Paradise & was granted the Divine Grants, sent down to earth? Because they opposed the Heavenly Order- “we may eat everything”. If you eat everything, then you will need a toilet. There is no toilet in Paradise. There is no need for a toilet for what Allah made halal. Allahu Akbar.
O our Lord, may You forgive us. O Shah Mardan, may you teach us. Your yaran admire you. This is the secret of it, S. Mehmet Effendi. How did they come down to dunya? Because they rebelled and ate from the blessing which was forbidden them. Then their stomachs ached and they had the urge to relieve themselves. They kept running around the Paradise but there was nothing in Paradise. These were left uncovered and were ordered to be sent down. They needed a toilet. The Order came “Send them down to earth” and mankind was sent down. So this is the tale. Go ahead O Shah Mardan. “And so much has happened since then, a camel loaded with coal passed through the sieve”. GrandShaykh had such a saying. So much has happened in this dunya because they did that thing – because Prophet Adam and our mother Eve did that thing, they experienced all kinds of things. “Quickly send them down to earth, these need baitu-l hajat”. Let us ask the scholars of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, what is baitu-l hajat? Do they know it? Why don’t they explain it? Say, what is dunya known for?
He was in Heaven, in Paradise, how did he come down here? He rebelled, he broke the Order of the Sultan. He ate the forbidden thing and started to run here, there to relieve himself. Angels were ordered “Send them down to earth. What they are looking for is on earth”. Meaning they should not seek a toilet in Paradise but on earth. And what did the earth turn into? Every part of it became a toilet – there is no place which is not a toilet. Look at how important it is, look at the value of the toilet. If the King was not a member of the toilet, when he had the urge in the parliament, “how can I get out? I can’t sit.” “What happened?” “An important messenger came” he says. Yahu in the middle of the parliament who is that important messenger?” Sultan is disturbed, either from what he ate or what he drink, so he can’t sit still in his seat”. He (swt) can humiliate you or glorify you, as He likes.
It is wajib/obligatory to obey the Order of Allah Almighty. It is the first order. He (swt) taught Prophet Adam: “Wa La Taqraba Hadhihi sh-Shajarata Fatakuna Mina z-Zalimina”(7:19). Don’t eat it or you will get into trouble. If you eat, you need to excrete what you eat. Then you look for something else to fill the space that is emptied. He (swt) arranged the intestines so that you eat and fill your intestines and right after it you look for a toilet to empty your intestines that are filled. And what happened? The whole world became a toilet! Why don’t you say, O Effendis of Al-Azhar, scholars, explain to the people. Shame on them that people who say, “I am Muslim,” are fighting for a toilet, they are battling over a toilet. However, the Order is – Wa-jahidu fiSabilillah. The fight can’t be for a toilet but fi-Sabilillah- in the way of Allah. What it means, FiSabilillah is, you raise the flag Allah gave you on earth, or they bury you inside the toilet. You will be left in the toilet. Whoever comes does it on you. It is for wounding your pride.
“Yahu what happened? What happened to the King?” “He is pressed. Did he eat too much?” “He must have”. All the kings, all the leaders are all fat like this, they are fattened up. We didn’t come here to fatten up. Wake up. He wasn’t sent to dunya to get fat, he was sent down as a punishment. Or else why should He send him down to dunya? To get fatter? All of them got fattened up. Then? The Prince or King gestures, saying “I am pressed, I need to leave for a few minutes”. “What happened?” asks one King to the other. “He is pressed”. “Yahu is it the time for this now?” “Whether it is the time for it or not. The King is pressed & about to do it all over himself in the parliament. There will be a big scandal”. Here is the end of one who can’t control himself- to look for a toilet. This was the end of the ones who violated the Divine Order- “O Adam! Go down to earth, you & your wife. There is the toilet. Here is the place of clean ones”. Allahu Akbar.
That beauty of theirs was taken from them as soon as they came down to earth. There was such a beauty with our father Adam- Adam (as), S. Mehmet Effendi. One couldn’t look at his face because of his majesty. Angels made sajda to him- “Usjudu li’Adam”.(2:34) Don’t sleep! “Make sajda for Adam”. How can this be? Who is Adam to make sajda for him? He (swt) dressed such a beauty on Adam that angels got astonished. “He is My Caliph, I put him in My Paradises” He (swt) said. “Only, I have an Order. Let them be careful with My Order. There are things I prohibit & there are things I don’t prohibit. Let them keep My Prohibition. If not, humiliation comes”. Our mother Eve said “Let us eat & see”. She ate & disgraced Prophet Adam, along with his line.
They don’t know this secret yet, neither the Christians nor the Jews, and very few from the Muslims know. They asked from the blessings of Paradise from the great Prophet Jesus- not from the tables on earth but from Heavens. You can’t eat from Heavens. “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”(5:75). Why did Allah Almighty Jalla Jalaluhu say this? They called Prophet Jesus, God, far beyond being a prophet. Allah Almighty rejects this – “How can you call him God when they used to eat food?”. Why should you say this Verse, what does it explain? It dismisses all the foolish things Christians say. Allahu Akbar. This is the great Quran Azimu s-Shan, S. M. Effendi. How come? “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”- both his mother & himself used to eat. Why did He (swt) say this? It is bayyin, an obvious matter known by everyone. Why did He (swt) say it? “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”. You ascribed Divinity to Jesus & his mother. However both of them- “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”(5:75)- used to eat. And what does their eating require? To go to the toilet. How can you call a person who goes to the toilet, God? How can you worship him?
Look, in one phrase -“Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”. The result of a person who eats is to excrete what he eats, is to go to the toilet. Then how can you call the one who goes to the toilet, God, O foolish Christians? The Holy Quran dismissed it in one word- the falsehood of Christians, that you called Jesus, God & his mother, the mother of the God. However “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”. Both of them used to eat. Where is the result of eating & drinking? In the toilet! It didn’t say it- the politeness of the Holy Quran. “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama”. However, who you called God – he & his mother both used to eat. Where is the result of eating? You should go to the toilet. Can the one who goes to the toilet be God? O foolish Christians! You still say this. Tawba Ya Rabbi, tawba Astaghfirullah.
Go ahead O Shah Mardan, for the honour of this holy Ramadan. O Shah Mardan, your yaran admire you. So what is our mustawa/level, S.Mehmet Effendi? Our level is this. A level other than this is- “Fastawa wa Huwa bil Ufuqi l-‘Ala (highest horizon).”(57:6-7). This is what was said to our Prophet (ﷺ). He (swt) didn’t say about him “Kana ya’kulani atta’ama” or “yakuli atta’am” but said “fastawa”- istiwa. He went to such a station that… It is the Sidratu-l Muntaha, that station. “Taha. Ma ‘Anzalna ‘Alayka l-Qur’ana Li tashqa. ‘Illa Tadhkiratan Liman Yakhsha. Tanzilan Mimman Khalaqa l-‘Arda Wa s-Samawati l-‘Ula. Ar-Rahmanu ‘Ala l-‘Arshi stawa” (20:1-5). Allahu Akbar! O scholars of Al-Azhar, explain this! The unbelievers are attacking Muslims, to destroy Islam. Islam can’t be destroyed but their falsehood will be. “I will destroy” he says, go ahead O Shah Mardan. “I won’t leave any falsehood”. “‘Inna l-Batila Kana Zahuqan”(17:81). “Falsehood has no foundation. I will destroy it” he said.
And the Holy Verse came-“Iqra Bismi Rabbika lladhi Khalaqa. Khalaqa l-insana min ‘alaq”(96:1-2) This Holy Verse descended. Istawa, istawa. Allahu Akbar.There is no level that can reach the level/mustawa of Islam. Allahu Akbarul Akbar. O our Lord, what Your holy servants taught us- Shah Mardan who is from Your Habib-u Zeeshan is teaching us- “ArRahman. Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Ar-Rahmanu ‘Ala l-‘Arshi stawa. Ar-Rahmanu ‘Ala l-‘Arshi stawa”(20:5). Which ‘Arsh? Not the ‘Arsh/Throne you know. Not the ‘Arsh Prophets knew but Rabbu-l Izzat, Allahu Dhu-l Jalal, “‘Ala l-‘Arshi stawa”. Allahu Akbar! Which ‘Arsh? It is the ‘Arsh special to Allah Almighty. It is not for us, but He is explaining us where Man is. Learn. Gain honour. If you don’t learn, remain as an animal.
Go ahead O Shah Mardan. Your yaran admire you. How beautifully did you say it. May you teach us, O Prophets. Our Prophet’s name is Mu’allim an-nas al-khair. Our Prophet has a glory- Mu’allim an-nas al-khair, for our Prophet. What is his rutba/rank? “‘Allama Al-‘Insana Ma Lam Ya’lam” (96:5). The attribute of our Prophet- “Has taught man that which he knew not”. That glorious Prophet is to teach Man what they don’t know. Here is the glorious Shah Mardan, teaching his yaran. His yaran admire him.
May we open up. May we roar. May we destroy falsehood. May we destroy the sultanate of shaytan. This is our mission now. Success is from Allah Almighty. Grant us strength, we are weak. O Shah Mardan, may you support us.
When the realities open up, they come from here, from there like a fountain. Go ahead Shaykh Mehmet Effendi, read for me O son.