The Last Advice of Qutb-ul-Aqtab Ghaus-e-Durran Hazrat Ji (ra)
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25th February, 2021

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The Last Advice of Qutb-ul-Aqtab Ghaus-e-Durran Hadhrat Ji rahmatullah alayh

Allah subhana wa ta'ala has stated in the Qur’an-e-Hakim {وَمَا خَلَقۡتُ ٱلۡجِنَّ وَٱلۡإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُونِ}. Allah subhana wa ta'ala has mentioned two forms of creation here who will be called to account and whose deeds will be reckoned: one is the Jinn and the other is Insan - mankind. These are two forms of creation that Allah ta’ala has created, and the objective of their creation has been explained here. We are not Jinn, alhamdulillah; we are human beings, and we need to pay attention to this – and if any Jinn are listening, they will also benefit inshaAllah. They both have just one objective – and what is that? Allah says ‘I have sent you to the earth for 30, 40, 50 or 60 years, and then I will call you back, maybe through a heart-attack, or through tuberculosis or some other disease or sickness – maybe I will call you back through Corona. In any case, I will definitely call you back; you have to come back.’ You will not stay here – nobody will stay here. A vaccination may have been created, but until Qiyamah, there will not be a vaccine created that allows a person to live forever.

Nafs wants this – to stay here on earth. A person always has this weakness that he wants to stay in the Dunya, even though Allah ta’ala has promised massive rewards in the Hereafter. If you read about them in Surah ar-Rahman, you go crazy! {فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ} What is there in this world to compare to what Allah ta’ala has mentioned in this Qur’an, like those scenes which are also described in Surah al-Waqi’ah? Such rewards are mentioned that person should think ‘Why am I stuck here in this world, in this jungle?’ Fantastic scenes are there, but our Nafs says that this Dunya is everything. Allah has said ‘Ok, fine – stay there and live, but the sole objective of that life you live, whether it lasts for 100 years or 70 years, is that you worship and serve Me. { إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُونِ} There is no other objective – none whatsoever.’ There is no other task, SubhanAllah. Say SubhanAllah – what an easy job! If you get a job in a factory, when you start, you don’t know what to do, and you go left and right and are confused about your duties. But if the duties of your job are explained and you are shown where to sit and what files to check etc, then it becomes simple, doesn’t it?

The Qur’an has made it easy for us – and that is why the Qur’an tells us { أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَان}. The Mufassireen have explained the importance of Tadabbur – reflection on the Qur’an. They say that if two things are not implemented, then the benefits of the Qur’an are wasted. One is Tadabbur of the Qur’an, and the second is Amal on the Qur’an, to practice upon the injunctions of the Qur’an. Our Hadhrat Noor ‘ala Marqadah used to mention these two points without which a person wastes the Qur’an. These two factors are the Husn of the Qur’an. And if we don’t have these two things, the Qur’an has mentioned why this is the case. What stops a person from reflecting on the Qur’an and doing Amal upon it? The Qur’an gives the reason, which is that there is rust upon the hearts of such people. Rust has formed and padlocks have sealed them – this is Kufr. Due to Kufr, we don’t pay attention to these two elements, and the padlocks remain. Hence, we need to unlock the padlock and break it open, because when it is open, then the Qur’an becomes something different for that person. Say SubhanAllah! And then he recites the Qur’an all night long, SubhanAllah, and receives light upon light, because he has the two genuine links with the Qur’an – Tadabbur and Amal. He reflects and ponders over every verse and does Fikr and thinks and anlayzes - the Qur’an is not some minor thing.

Now thinking and Fikr and Tadabbur doesn’t mean you start researching Tafseer and commentary and reading lengthy volumes of Tafseer, no. One person like me, who is totally devoid of understanding, can acquire these two qualities. I am a human being and I also want to pay attention to the Qur’an and to focus and do Amal upon the Qur’an, so alhamdulillah, when you open the Qur’an, it will start to deliver messages to you. Experience what I am saying for yourselves. You will get messages from the Qur’an and guidance, and Fikr and worry and concern will come into you. And when a human being increases in Fikr and concern, he is immediately drawn towards practice – I have seen this in people quite a lot in my life, alhamdulillah. The Qur’an is so great – after Iman, there is nothing greater or more valuable for a Muslim than the Qur’an.

We don’t have that link, however, and we don’t have time and do not make this connection with the Qur’an. Have we ever done Tadabbur and reflected upon the Qur’an? We think that pondering is for people with great knowledge and high status, and that only they can do Tadabbur on the Qur’an. No! Their standard and way of thinking and analyzing is different – remember this – due to the depth of their knowledge and Ilm. Their connection with the Qur’an is different, and they make connections and extract points of Fiqh and so on. But when lay-people like us read the Qur’an, as soon as we start reading, we should ask Allah to give us the ability to do Tadabbur and ponder and reflect upon the Qur’an.

So there are two connections that we need to have with the Qur’an: first, we need to unlock ourselves – do you understand what I mean by unlock? If, for example, you unlock the phone, then it starts to work, and you can start using it. In the same way, Allah says that the hearts can be unlocked by means of Dhikr of Allah. Allah ta’ala says ‘You too can unlock the padlocks on your heart.’ How? By remembering Allah. Just as when we go to a locksmith to open a lock when the key has been lost, when the heart is locked, there are shops you can go to – they are called the Khanqahs. These are the places where hearts are unlocked, and as soon as the heart is unlocked, then the understanding of the Qur’an changes radically. When a person goes to a friend of Allah and sits down to get his heart unlocked, then one of the signs is that, when his heart has been unlocked, the same Qur’an that he used to read, that Qur’an which he used to finish as quickly as possible to add to his number of completed Qur’ans, you will be amazed to find that he stays on the same Juz for several months! He feels so much satisfaction from reading those verses because his heart has been unlocked. It is difficult for him to progress and he worries that he will not get the Thawab for completing the Qur’an - but actually he is getting more Thawab. When you read the Qur’an with Tadabbur, you obtain more Thawab.

Why am I making these points? They have come into my mind suddenly – Wallahi, I am sat in the Masjid. I have forgotten what the topic was that I wanted to speak to you about – may Allah ta’ala bring that topic back to my mind. But we have a need for this message about the Qur’an because Ramadhan is coming, alhamdulillah, so Allah ta’ala has put this into my mind – it’s good, isn’t it? So don’t just worry about reciting so many Qur’ans. Allah prefers that you pay attention to the Qur’an and analyze and think deeply about it. We like Thawab, don’t we? Allah will give you the same Thawab as for the completion of ten or fifteen Qur’ans if you do Tadabbur according to your capacity and understanding. Everyone has the ability to do this, whatever their Maqam. A big scholar or a Mufti or a lecturer will ponder in a different way, but don’t think that a person lower down the ladder cannot do Tadabbur on the Qur’an and that the shop is closed to him – no. That is not the case – absolutely not.

Alhamdulillah, the Qur’an is open in front of you, so there is no need to run away. Take it easy; make Wudhu and take time out to read the Qur’an. After Dhuhr, perhaps, engender the desire to just read the Qur’an and pay attention to it, not like those who say ‘Quickly, finish this Juz.’ We all do this, don’t we – me, you, and everyone. No, take your time, relax, and prepare to converse with Allah. Make Wudhu, apply perfume, do Miswak, and maybe two Rakahs of Nafl, just for the Qur’an - say SubhanAllah! Then see the difference that you will find in your reading when you sit relaxed and at ease. And I will tell you another method of preparation, which is that after Wudhu, do Muraqabah for a little bit – this is a fantastic way to unlock the heart, alhamdulillah. Always try to unlock your heart. What should a Dhakir do before he prays Salah? Unlock his heart. When you come to pray Dhuhr Salah, after you have prayed your Sunnah, use the time before Salah to go into Muraqabah and do Dhikr in your heart. Dhikr doesn’t mean ten hours or five hours, Allahu Akbar. Even if the Name ‘Allah’ comes into your heart once, that is enough – your heart has been unlocked and the padlock has been opened. Saying Allah ta’ala’s Name just once unlocks the whole Universe. Just close your eyes and say once – ‘Allah’. And when the padlock has been unlocked, the spring of Salah gushes in.

So when you sit to read Qur’an, remember that Ramadhan is coming and don’t try to run away or escape. Take it easy and relax, prepare yourself and then open the Qur’an without any rush. Say ‘Ya Allah, I want to do Tadabbur and reflect and ponder over Your Qur’an.’ When you start reading the Qur’an like this, see the enjoyment you will get. You will understand what you need yourself and you will start to get guidance from the Qur’an according to your status. Remember this.

I don’t know how this point arose, for what I started saying was on a different theme, namely that verse which I recited regarding the Jinn and Ins – yes, that was it. So Allah ta’ala says ‘I have created Insan and Jinn for one reason’, and Allah has told us that objective, which is obedience, servanthood. ‘There is no other task I have given you’, Allah says – ‘Just one objective.’ So what should we do? How should we practice this? We have to sleep and run the shop and we have a wife and family and children and an occupation from morning to evening, and we have our stomach’s rights to fulfill as well, and the requests of our children, desires, rights, Huqooq – and here in the Qur’an, Allah ta’ala is saying ‘You just have to obey Me’ – servanthood is all that matters. This looks like a clash so we need to understand this. Allah ta’ala says that we have this one objective, yet we are running after our shops, counting money, clink, clink, clink, sitting at work, driving a car. But Allah says ‘I have told you that I created you just for Ibadah.’ So how do we bring these two things together? How do we do Amal on this objective?

The pious predecessors have stated that this is the distinguishing feature of a Mu’min – this is the difference between a Mu’min and other normal people. That is how a person with Iman is different, for Allah makes clear that there is a big difference between those who have Iman in Allah and those who don’t. The pious predecessors have clarified and explained this. Their Tadabbur delved into this and they say that, in reality, Allah subhana wa ta'ala has praised the people of Iman in this verse, SubhanAllah. Allah has praised the people of Iman in this verse and has explained how great and fantastic Iman is. Allah has explained the big difference in that he who has Iman on Allah has such a great light that everything connected to him becomes service to Allah. When such a person presents his Ibadah in Allah’s presence – and this will happen when our deeds are accounted for – he will say ‘I have this to my name.’ Allah knows better than us what we will have to present. We will have our A’maal and we will present them to Allah, and in return for those deeds, Allah ta’ala will open the doors of Paradise for us. This is Iman! How will those without Iman be able to open the doors? So the people of Iman have been given this distinguishing feature. Allah says ‘Everything of yours is Ibadah, oh Mu’min! Not one second of your life passes in negligence, for I have created you in such a way that, due to the Barakah of Iman, everything of yours is Ibadah. If you stand at the shop, that is Ibadah for you; if you are eating chapattis, that is Ibadah for you; if you are drinking water, that is being recorded as your Ibadah – due to this, palaces are being made for you, Jannah is being made for you. Even your sleeping is Ibadah.’

So there is no action of a Mu’min outside of this. If he is getting enjoyment of the world with his wife, for example, at the same time this is being counted as Ibadah for him and is generating Paradise for him. What a great status and glory the Mu’min has! But all of this will only be counted as Ibadah when that person wants to make it Ibadah – remember this, SubhanAllah. It won’t become Ibadah automatically, rather it will only do so when that individual wants to make it into Ibadah. That is why Allah ta’ala tells us not to waste our Iman by being like those people who do not have Iman. Everyone who eats and drinks and stands and travels might look the same to you, but your one statement of Iman ‘La ilaha illa’llah, Muhammadur-Rasoolullah’ makes you different to everyone else in the universe, SubhanAllah. You have changed due to this Kalima, and now there is a difference between you and the rest of the universe. Your Maqam has changed, and your outward appearance has changed because Allah ta’ala has destined this Kalima for us through His Karam.

So what we should try to do, in respect of those who do not have this Kalima - and this is compulsory upon us – is that, as much as we can, according to our capacity in terms of whatever ‘Ilm or skills or qualities Allah ta’ala has given to you, we should all, as Mu’mins, be doing one thing. What is that? Allah ta’ala has given us this wealth and this grace and this Iman, so we need to revive the Iman that is absent or hidden in those around us, so that they can come towards Iman. We need to deliver this Kalima to them. Do you understand what I am saying? It is not right that you have food and you keep eating your curry – the real thing is that you should share your food with those who are hungry and give some to them as well. Should you not feed those people as well? We are here in this country, but we are so selfish and do not think about the other people around us who are lost and empty. We should go to them and somehow or other put some technique or method into practice to give them the Kalima. If one person takes the Kalima, then their whole family will follow that person, and after worshipping idols, they will start to prostrate to Allah. But we don’t try and are just busy with our own lives.

This is wrong - every individual has the ability to do this. We are embarrassed to try, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about. I will share with you what I have learned in my own life on this topic. We think that to tell someone about Deen you need to have tactics and methodology – no, no, absolutely not. The first thing to do is to make someone your friend, and the first aspect of friendship that will influence him is your character and Akhlaq and conduct. That is what will affect a friend. If you go to a friend of Allah and seek to improve your Akhlaq, then softness and tenderness and love will come into all your words. But we don’t work on this. We never try to improve our Akhlaq or develop love or think about this aspect. We don’t understand what the objective of our life is, but Allah ta’ala has given us a beautiful objective. So our lives are not just about eating; tomorrow we will be asked about this beautiful Kalima Shahada that Allah ta’ala has given to us. It will be said ‘You were there - you could have made somebody your friend, and then you could have presented that Kalima to that person. You were in that country and you worked with them and went here and there with them, you met in hospitals and so on.’ Wallahi, if you go about your life with Akhlaq, then your Akhlaq will attract those people. They will be surprised and shocked and will start to love you because of your qualities.

This is because there is a Noor, a light, within you, and that light gives them Da’wah to Iman. Inside they will think to themselves ‘Am I mad? Why don’t I believe in my Rabb who has created me?’ They are not mad, and neither are they donkeys. They have just deviated - shaytan has deviated them. It is like the difference between a Muslim who doesn’t pray Salah and the one who does pray. What is the difference? Both have Iman – so should we hate that person who doesn’t pray? No! Rather, what we should do is that we should feel pity for that person and try to find some way to attract and pull that person towards Salah. And to do that, you need Akhlaq and love, not criticism and mockery. Don’t say ‘Look, you don’t pray Salah – you should be ashamed of yourself. See what befalls you in the Hereafter – you are going to burn in the lowest pit of Jahannam! You are a sinner, and you are this and you are that.’ Can you do this? Is this allowed? Your children will not be reformed by this and your husband won’t be reformed by this and your family members won’t be reformed by this. Instead, they will say ‘He is a madman – kick him out of the house! He is an extremist and a fundamentalist, so kick him out of the house.’

Islam is not like this - Islam is about tolerance and perseverance. The more you persevere and absorb, the better. If you want to improve your daughter or your husband, just soak up any difficulties that come on the way. These are just like the difficulties the Sahaba encountered when they gave Da’wah - for they also gave Da’wah. It is the same for you; the more you endure opposition, and the more you bear the problems that come your way, the higher your status will rise, because you are trying to share the Kalima with those people. Don’t lose courage or determination - deliver this Kalima to your homes and to every corner of society. We have to deliver this Kalima everywhere. Now success is not down to us – Allah ta’ala has taken the responsibility and has Himself said ‘I will deliver this Kalima to the corners of the world; I will deliver this Kalima to wherever there is an atom of creation.’ We can be the means for this if we make the Niyyah and say ‘Oh Allah ta’ala, give us a share in this work. We want to try to help with it’ – and then Allah ta’ala will include you in that work of spreading the Kalima.

So this is our objective. What has Allah ta’ala told us is our objective? The Mu’min is such a great person that everything in the life of the Mu’min becomes Ibadah; his sleeping, walking, wandering, eating, drinking - his every action is Ibadah. For example, you come to the Masjid and pray Salah, and we have this in our mind as Ibadah. We say ‘These are the worshippers; they are those who sit in the Masjid all the time and who fast and go on Hajj and Umrah.’ We have no concept of Ibadah beyond this. Allah ta’ala is saying ‘This is not the point at all. Your Maqam is something else.’ Let me share another Hadith with you where Allah tells us ‘Oh Mu’min, your status is something else! When you are at home with that woman who gave birth to you, with your mother and father, when you walk around the house communicating with them, they can become Ibadah for you. How? If you look towards them once with love, you will get the Thawab of one Umrah and one Hajj!’ SubhanAllah. You should look at your mother and father, who are with you all the time, as much as you want in this way – but shatyan comes to you and says ‘Oh, your mum is this, your dad is that, your relatives are whatever’ because he wants a person to lose out. Now this is an Ibadah that you can do in the home – there’s no need to go to the Masjid for this. You get this at home, and you cannot get this Thawab we are discussing when you are at the Masjid. This is Thawab that Allah will give you at home, and you cannot get it in the Masjid - this is the Barakah of Iman. This is just one example of how the status of a human being can be elevated and increased.

The Mu’min has such treasures available to him that there is not one second of his life when he cannot be earning Paradise. We think ‘We have prayed five times Salah in the Masjid and have done some Tasbeehs – that is enough Jannah for me.’ That is what we think! We say ‘Oh, I have recited Durood Sharif, so I have done plenty. I have done Tilawat of so many Juz, so when I leave the Masjid, I don’t need to do anything else in the world.’ What sort of Ibadah is this? Allah says ‘I have given you an example of what you can attain once you have Iman – one Hajj and one Umrah from looking at your parents with love!’ And there is no restriction in this as to three times or four times a day, no. You can keep looking at them all day long, and all day long you will continue to accumulate the rewards of Hajj and Umrah. How many people implement this? Nobody does, because shaytan and Nafs get in the way.

We need to look at our Iman. That is why I said that all the parts of our life can only become Ibadah when a person wants to make them into Ibadah - that is why I am refreshing and revising these points. I am refreshing and revising them for myself in order to strengthen Iman, because we have wasted time. Ok, so we have wasted so much time in our lives up to now – accept it; it has gone. But make Niyyah that from today, we will use every moment and every second. We are believers, we are Mu’mins, and Allah ta’ala has given us the great treasure of Iman, so we need to earn. We must earn so that our tills keep ringing. The angels should continue to count our good deeds – all the time, not just when we go to the Masjid. They should be counting Hasanats for us all the time – counting, counting, counting, 24 hours, 7 days a week, Ibadah, Ibadah, Ibadah continuously. This can only happen when a human being wants this to happen, so how can he get to the stage when he always desires to do the right thing?

These are the points you get from the friends of Allah; they give you the solutions to these problems. A Mureed went to his Sheikh and said ‘Hadhrat, give me some advice – I am going on a journey and I don’t know if I will meet you again, so give me some guidance.’ You will have heard Hadiths relating how a villager or a desert Bedouin or some other person came and said ‘Ya Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, give me a Nasiha.’ This is a great Sunnah, and what happens here is that firstly, when someone comes with a true, honest and sincere heart and asks for advice about how to get close to Allah, then, because Allah ta’ala knows everything, He immediately shows the heart of the Wali of Allah who has been petitioned what the condition of the questioner is. Allah ta’ala shows him what he needs and inspires His Wali to give the solutions to the one requesting advice. You may well have experienced this. So a Sahabi or a villager or a Bedouin would come and ask for some small Nasiha to take away. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would never mind such a request, for he would directly receive the message from Allah about the capacity of the questioner and the limits of his ability and courage to practice. That is why you find that a Wali of Allah will say one thing to one student and something else to another student and a third thing to another student.

The Wali of Allah doesn’t give the same solution to every individual. I saw this myself with my Hadhrat Sahib, and at first I thought ‘What is going on here? He is saying this to me and something else to another person.’ Once a woman came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and requested a Nasiha, so Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam immediately saw what she needed and said to her ‘Say Allahu Akbar ten times, SubhanAllah ten times, and Allahumma-ghfirli ten times.’ This is a Sahih Hadith I am telling you here, and there is a beautiful underlying point which is that it was not just for her. Rather it was an open permission to anyone who wants to, that they can practice upon this – it was not restricted to her alone. What a small Wadhifa – and who was prescribing that Wadhifa? Tell me! What a weighty prescription: Allahu Akbar ten times, SubhanAllah ten times, and Allahumma-ghfirli ten times – end of story. She said ‘Ya Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam – what will happen after I say this?’ He replied ‘When you say Allahu Akbar and SubhanAllah, this is for the sake of Allah, but when you say Allahumma-ghfirli, this is all for you!’ SubhanAllah. What a beautiful lesson, and Allah ta’ala instilled the wisdom to convey this message into Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. An answer to Hadhrat Abu Bakr as-Siddique would have been different, and to Hadhrat Umar different again – every Sahabi would have had a different answer. So it is Sunnah that when a person goes to a Wali of Allah, and with a true and honest heart, says ‘Hadhrat Sahib, give me a Wadhifa or some Ism-e-Dhat’, or when a woman requests something, whether specific or otherwise, then Allah ta’ala will immediately instill into the heart of that Wali ‘My servant has come, so explain this point to them or give them this Wadhifa or set them this task’ – and this will be in accord with their capacity and their amount of spare time.

So don’t be afraid to go to a Wali of Allah, thinking ‘Oh, if I go to ask for guidance, he will give me a lengthy Wadhifa, or he will immediately tell me to wear Imamah or keep the beard or do this and that.’ Don’t be afraid of this – many people are scared off by such thoughts, but it is not like this. Allah ta’ala treats everyone differently. Allah wants to give Paradise to every Mu’min, and Allah is especially happy with those people who go to make such requests. When a Mu’min goes to a Wali of Allah, for the sake of acquiring the practice of the Deen and of getting onto the right path, and asks for guidance that will improve him, the Rahmah of Allah ta’ala manifests and multiplies and intensifies. Allah says ‘My servant has travelled just to attain Me, and is submitting himself to My Wali for this purpose!’ Say SubhanAllah! ‘He has gone to My Wali to attain My nearness and is picking up his shoes and is begging him for help and loving him and serving him just so that he can get near to Me.’ Due to this, Allah ta’ala becomes a lover of that person! We may think ‘Oh, he is a wasteful man; he is ignorant and doesn’t know anything’, but Allah loves all such acts of simplicity and sincerity. This is the Tariqa, the method, to acquire Allah’s nearness.

Every Mu’min is great in the Sight of Allah. Allah doesn’t judge in terms of a person not having this or that quality – no, no, no. It doesn’t matter how Jahil or mad or broken or lowly in the Dunya he is, Allah ta’ala says ‘This individual is very beloved to Me.’ Nobody is small in status. Never consider yourself worthless in the court of Allah, and don’t have an inferiority complex about your status. This can happen in the Dunya if, for example, you are sitting with important people. You think ‘If I go there, who is going to look at me?’ No – when there is a Majlis of Allah, go there quickly, without delay, and don’t worry about who else will be sitting there and think that they will be more important. No, go and present your request with Adab and manners in front of that person. Don’t think ‘Oh no, there are great people there – who will look at me or pay attention to me?’ This happened regularly with us, but Khair always resulted because my Hadhrat was a Wali of Allah with Kashf. Feelings of this sort came to me many times. Once there was a big gathering, attended by Muftis and important scholars who had come from Madinat-ul-Munawwara to take Bai’ah with Hadhrat Sahib. They were such great personalities that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam had sent them himself! They had all come from Madina to get Bai’ah because Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam had given them the hint to go to this Naqshbandi Sheikh in this village and learn the Naqshbandi Silsila from him – SubhanAllah.

So these pious elders had come, and what was my status in comparison? I was sat quietly right at the back near the shoes, and suddenly the discourse ended, and Hadhrat Sahib raised his hand in front of the whole large gathering and pointed towards me, saying ‘I am very fond of this individual who is sitting there. He is very beloved to me and is a very good Mureed of mine.’ SubhanAllah – the whole gathering turned to look, and I cannot describe how I felt at that moment with all those Muftis and great personalities looking at me as I was introduced to them all. SubhanAllah. So perhaps Allah ta’ala gave Hadhrat Sahib the Kashf that ‘He has to go back to England, and he will be based among Allah’s creation who will come to him, and through this, he will realise how to do this task.’ This was Tarbiyyah being given to a Mureed, SubhanAllah. I was being told ‘Maybe tomorrow, Allah ta’ala will take the work of the Deen from you and His servants will come to you, and you should not look down on anyone just because the others around you are rich or have a high status, no. However low you think a person’s status is, even if there are important people all around, don’t worry - sit that person in front of you and embrace him.’ This was the lesson for me, SubhanAllah. Is this a valuable example or not? Tell me.

It happens like this, doesn’t it, alhamdulillah. When Tarbiyyah takes place, the Nafs comes out of the equation and then it no longer matters who a person is – it becomes obvious that these material things are irrelevant. Often people ask about these sorts of things and discuss matters such as how many houses and factories someone has got - people do this commonly, and also make claims and statements about themselves along these lines as well. Alhamdulillah, my Sheikh elevated me to see beyond this, and everyone knows that I have no interest in such things. I am an example of a person who has shunned worldly concerns, so what link would I have with such material considerations? If a person has forsaken the life of the world and ease, he has kicked those things into touch and has no need to be concerned about them. This is the result of Tarbiyyah. So a person should never consider that he is low and is a sinner in the sight of Allah, no. Ask, ask from your Rabb! Allah gives and gives, so don’t waste time. Allah ta’ala has given us Iman so what will Allah not give to us after that? Allah has given us Iman! Today a person without Iman can be the sovereign ruler of kingdoms and vast lands and whole countries, with treasure chests full and great respect and dignity, while another person lives in a mud hut with a straw roof, sitting on a corner selling basic commodities, but SubhanAllah, Allah says he is a million times better than the king who seems so great. Why? Because the poor person has Iman while the other person does not – that is how valuable Iman is. When the time of death comes to the king and the sinful believer, then see whose Maqam is greater. And this is the Iman that we have got.

So Allah ta’ala has told us our objective and says that we should always be constructing our Jannah – if this is really what we want. I am telling you the method here – what is the method? What was the Nasiha that he went to his Sheikh and asked for? This is what I am explaining to you. We used to have a Majlis every day and we would speak regularly at that time, but now it is once a week, so I take a bit more time from you. Don’t be concerned about this, because in the time that I have with you, we need to earn the Thawab we would have earned in all that time before. If you go away for a week and then come back to me, I have to sort of combine that time as well, the time of the various gatherings we used to have, and if you combine all of that, I make it one hour now. SubhanAllah – do you understand the logic? This is not for the Dunya – I want to earn the Akhirah. Maybe you get tired, but I am more tired, and ill as well, but mashaAllah, you are such beloved servants of Allah that when I sit with you, I swear by Allah, all my sicknesses and illnesses evaporate. I swear by Allah. Just now, before I came, I had a headache and I took tablets and I thought ‘How will I be able to speak?’ – and now I am thinking ‘How will I be able to stop speaking?’

I hope people will not be worried of the length of the discourse - don’t be afraid. I know that time is passing. And we don’t know how many meetings we will have after this. Remember this. What do we know? Nobody has any guarantees about how much life we have left and how much time we will have together. There is a set number – 4, 5, or 10 more meetings. Perhaps we will have 15, 17, 25, or 30 meetings after this one, or maybe 100 or 200. They are finite and counted – they are not unlimited. Our very breaths are a set number that has been counted - also not unlimited. So we shouldn’t be worried of getting late – rather, we should be happy about each meeting. Don’t be afraid. The time that we spend in the remembrance of Allah is the best time – the best. A person will remember this day in the future and say ‘I remember those days when we used to sit with Hadhrat Sahib – SubhanAllah, what a great time it was! How the time used to pass when we were with Hadhrat Sahib!’ A person remembers these things afterwards and they are very valuable memories.

So the student asked for a Nasiha from the Sheikh and then Allah ta’ala inspired the heart of that Wali accordingly. Hadhrat said ‘Look, this is the advice I offer you’ – and now our problems are also going to be solved by this Nasiha! This answer will tell us how to make all of our actions in the world into Ibadah, how to turn our whole life into worship, so that when we are eating food, it is Ibadah, when we are sitting at home, it becomes Ibadah, sitting with the children will be Ibadah, running the shop will be Ibadah, driving your taxi will be Ibadah, running your business will be Ibadah. This is our objective, for if we don’t achieve this, then we will have failed, we will be destroyed and will have wasted our rewards. Iman is not just for a few hours here and there – Salah, Tilawat, no. The machine of Iman is running constantly – that is the nature of Iman.

So what was the Nasiha that the Sheikh gave to the student? He said ‘Be careful about one thing: whenever you do any action, whether a worldly or a Deeni action, whatever you do, be careful to do that task for the sake of the Akhirah.’ SubhanAllah – say SubhanAllah. Any action whatsoever that you do in the world, the objective should be to attain the Hereafter through that action. That’s it! Make this your formula of life. When you sit down to eat food and enjoy yourself by filling your stomach and savouring the taste, if you stop at that, has that become a deed for the Akhirah for you? No. So how do make eating an action for the Akhirah? Make the intention ‘Oh Allah, I am eating this food so that I gain energy and power in my body so that I can perform Dhikr and Wudhu properly. I could be eating Dhal, but I am having roast chicken instead so that I can get more energy and enjoyment and therefore do more Ibadah to You.’ SubhanAllah.

So you can have good food with no qualms using this reasoning. Where is the Faqiri aspect then? SubhanAllah, in the Naqshbandi Silsila there have been many examples of Sheikhs who weren’t just poor and downtrodden in their worldly lives. If people saw the dwelling of Hadhrat Ubaydullah Ahrar rahmatullah alayh they would say ‘Is this really the house of a Wali of Allah?’ SubhanAllah, he was such a great Sheikh in our Silsila – his name comes in our Shajrah. The discussion will become very lengthy if I start speaking about him, but suffice to say that he had great palaces to live in. People would think ‘Is this really a Dervaish and a Naqshbandi Sheikh?’ If I were to tell you some of the events of his life, you would understand the characteristic of a Naqshbandi, which is that while his hand is in the Dunya, his heart remains attached to Allah. The characteristic of a Naqshbandi is that you can get on with activities of the world with no problem, but whatever you are doing, your heart is always attached to Allah. That is how a human being becomes Noor ‘ala Noor. The Dunya is in front of him in all its divergent aspects, but his connection is always with the Akhirah.

So when we make this Niyyah that ‘Oh Allah, I want to improve my health and strength so that I can increase my Ism-e-Dhat from one thousand to one hundred thousand times and not get dizzy.’ To increase Ibadah, a person needs strength in the brain as well as strength in the body. Hadhrat Fazal Ali Shah Quraish rahmatullah alayh would boil and crush almonds, then cool them down and make them into a drink called Thandai in Pakistan – almonds are heated and crushed and then mixed with various things and turned into a drink – and he used to take that regularly. Someone once came and saw this and said ‘Why is he eating so many almonds? I have never seen a Sheikh do this before?’ and due to this, he left! This is not how to judge – don’t look for defects. If you are looking for Allah and you go to a place where you see this, you should say ‘SubhanAllah, Allah ta’ala has given the Sheikh both good food and Dhikr!’ Can you see the difference in the thinking? You might see a Pir driving a big car, or a Sheikh with a nice car and a big house, and then think ‘Is he a Pir or a thief?’ – but you haven’t even sat with him or eaten with him or found out anything about his status. How can you justify thinking badly of him? We have an image of a Pir in our minds as someone walking around with torn clothes and old shoes, but this is not correct.

Allah subhana wa ta'ala treats different people in different ways. Hadhrat Mirza Mazhar Jaane-Jaanan rahmatullah alayh was from a very high-class Mughal background, and he was so sensitive and delicate that a woman once gave him a gift of a quilt, and the next morning his eyes were red from lack of sleep. His Khadim asked ‘Hadhrat, what has happened? Did you not sleep last night? Your eyes and face are red.’ He replied that he couldn’t sleep and explained that all night long he had been kept awake due to crookedness in the stitching on the quilt he had been given. Imagine how delicate and sensitive he was, so much so that he couldn’t sleep because the stitches had not been sewn exactly straight. He had a very sensitive and delicate temperament, but if you look at the difficulties he had to endure in his life, you would be shocked. So the standard is not about how a person lives in the Dunya; even if he has many luxuries, his heart must still be attached to Allah – SubhanAllah. This is our criterion.

Some are poor and some are rich in material terms – the Sahaba-e-Kiram went across the whole spectrum also, from very poor to very rich. There were differences there as well, and this is the Ta’leem that we have been given from their lives - do not judge a person’s rank with Allah from external factors like what he wears or what possessions he has. Rather, look at just one thing: look at whether an individual is a follower of the Shari’ah and obeys the Sunnah totally in all aspects of life. If he has the Qur’an in one hand, and does Tadabbur along with his recitation and practices upon the Qur’an, and in the other hand he has the Sunnah, not just speaking about it but practicing it in his life as well, then if you see these two things in his life - the total Shari’ah - it doesn’t matter who he is and whether he is wealthy or poor, go and grab his hand. Grab his hand! We have no interest in how poor or how rich a person is – no interest at all. Say SubhanAllah.

We are like thieves if we have our own criteria in defining a Sheikh. We say ‘If he is like this, then I will stay with him; if he has this characteristic, I will go to him; if he has a high rank in a certain field, then I will consider him to be a Pir.’ It doesn’t matter whether you accept it or not – if Allah ta’ala has given to him, then who are you to apply your own criteria? You do not need to apply your tests, nor does he have to prove himself. Have belief in him and then you will progress and succeed; but if you detach yourself, you will be the loser. There is no loss to him, for he has no need for you to be asking from him or running after him. It is we who are in need. We need to run after the pious people if we have the desire to attain Allah’s nearness. Why should he mould himself to you? If someone has the passion to get near to Allah, then he submits himself and doesn’t think twice about distances or journeys or travelling or wealth or poverty. He just submits himself, thinking ‘I am going to do this action because it will help me to attain Allah’s nearness.’

So the one method to be applied, which the Sheikh said to his student, is to make sure that you are concerned with and connected to the Hereafter. If you are driving a taxi, are you doing so just to earn money? No - make a Niyyah: ‘I am driving this taxi, oh Allah, just for one reason, which is to earn money through this, which will enable me to pay for my house and food, so I will be able to dress suitably, relax with my family, eat nicely and then sleep; and after I have slept, I will then be able to wake up to pray Tahajjud Salah.’ SubhanAllah – this is the Niyyah. In other words, the Mu’min connects every action to the Akhirah, whether you are sitting down to eat, or talking to the children, or talking to your wife, or opening your shop. The shopkeeper can be standing in his shop for the Akhirah. I give you this example because there have been great Walis of Allah who have stood in their shops and run businesses. Hadhrat Junaid rahmatullah alayh wrote of an incident where he says that once, when on Hajj or Umrah, he saw an individual standing in his shop from morning to evening earning thousands of Dinars, but all that time his heart had been connected to Allah. Not for a second had his heart been distracted from his Lord – hands busy in the Dunya, but heart attached to Allah. This is the characteristic of the Naqshbandi Silsila.

So the formula is that every action that you do in life should be connected to the Hereafter. When you are working, work for the sake of the Hereafter. What does your work have to do with the Hereafter? For example, a person might leave an otherwise good job because he can’t pray Jumu’ah, and instead take a job with a salary £100 lower so that he can pray Jumu’ah. He has taken that job so that he can earn the Akhirah at the same time, SubhanAllah. Or a person might be asked why he chooses to keep company with a poor friend instead of a wealthy one who might be of benefit in the Dunya, and he answers ‘Well, when I sit with the wealthy friend, I find that my Salah gets delayed, but my other friend comes with me to pray Salah in Jamah. I could get money and worldly benefits from the other friend, but I don’t want Dunya benefits; I want Akhirah benefits, so I keep company with my pious friend.’ SubhanAllah. If a person is focused on the improvement of his Akhirah, he will look at every situation and think ‘How can I get benefit for my Akhirah from this?’

When there is a danger of a fight or a dispute, if we are focused on the Hereafter, these will never come to pass in the family situation. If someone swears at you or disrespects you at home, then realise immediately that you are being tested, and extend the hand of friendship in response to that swearing or disrespect - and do so for the sake of the Hereafter. If a person falls out with you, you should make up with that person, SubhanAllah, and then the enmity will go away. And because you have stepped forward for the sake of the Akhirah, you will immediately feel Sakeenah come over you. Even while he is swearing at you or beating you or scolding you, you will persevere - with what in mind? The Hereafter. That’s it – the whole picture changes. If there are fights in the home and quarrels involving the wife and children and everyone, the husband should resolve to act for the sake of the Akhirah and he should make up with his wife with that intention. Similarly, a woman might not want to cook and serve her husband in those circumstances, but if she reminds herself that she is going to continue to do so just for the sake of the Akhirah and that she will do everything for the sake of the Akhirah, then great status is acquired – and she will also get the reward for Sabr on top of that.

How fortunate are those people who get these great rewards, those to whom Allah ta’ala gives the ability to make their Hereafter. Such people are happy in the world and there is no fighting or quarrelling in their homes, and the husband and wife sit and laugh and chat happily together. But when Allah ta’ala gives a test to a person, then Sabr is needed at that time. When a person has the quality of Sabr inside him, he waits patiently knowing that it is all from Allah. He knows that Allah is elevating his status, so he accepts the difficulties and resolves to stick out the tests and rise above them for the sake of the Akhirah. This is how we should deal with difficulties at home.

So the advice to the Mureed was to do this one action, that in whatever field of worldly activity, he should do it for just one purpose, namely, for the sake of the Hereafter. This is what he said. Is this easy to do, my brothers? To be able to do this, a certain quality is needed, which Jadhbah – passion. There needs to be an awakening of the heart and a realization; an understanding is needed so that the Akhirah can be earned automatically. He gave this Nasiha, but if I told you to do this, would you be able to? I don’t think so – it is not that simple. Allah ta’ala has made a control system for everything, so a person can only do this when he makes an effort on this so that it becomes a reality. To do this, there should be Katheer Dhikr in the heart – abundant Dhikr. Allah subhana wa ta'ala should always be in your heart – always ‘Allah, Allah, Allah.’ The heart should be totally overwhelmed with Allah’s Name such that you hear Allah’s Name from all sides, and then your every action will be so strong that you start to do deeds for the sake of the Hereafter. The Hereafter will come into your life.

Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an {وَٱذۡڪُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ ڪَثِيرً۬ا لَّعَلَّكُمۡ تُفۡلِحُونَ} – and the success of the Hereafter is the greatest success. I will give you the example of a Nasiha of my Hadhrat Sahib rahmatullah alayh, which I have in writing in the form of a letter. Hadhrat Sahib gave this great Nasiha which was delivered on the 24th of Shawwal on the night of Jumu’ah, and that was the final Jumu’ah of his life. My Hadhrat was sat in his gathering, just as we are sat – he was the Qutb-ul-Aqtab of his time, the Ghaus-e-Azam, and he was about to depart from the world. When such a great Sheikh departs from the world, he gets a hint and a feeling, and hence this Nasiha on Hadhrat Sahib’s final night of Friday. He had spent his whole life of eighty years, and this was his final night of Jumu’ah – how fortunate were those who were sat in that Majlis, for the day following that Jumu’ah, he departed this world, SubhanAllah. So the final Majlis was assembled and his final Bayan was being delivered, and the verse selected for discussion was { قَدۡ أَفۡلَحَ مَن زَكَّٮٰهَ} – SubhanAllah. This was his selection on that 24th of Shawwal, and it was on this night that he delivered his final Bayan. His great voice spoke, and although he was extremely ill, he was full of energy. When he spoke in the Majlis, he was always very energetic so that you couldn’t tell that he was ill or weak. Who knew that his departure was imminent and that this would be Hadhrat Sahib’s final message in that Majlis? My Sheikh was a great Alim, and he explained that the key to all success has been given by Allah ta’ala in the Qur’an.

I will present you with a summary of Hadhrat Sahib’s message and then I will conclude, because MashaAllah, all of you who are sat here are also Walis of Allah, and you need to attain success in this field. This was the final message of my Sheikh, delivered on the 24th of Shawwal. He said ‘Look, Allah subhana wa ta'ala has mentioned about success in the Qur’an. And what is that success? {قَدۡ أَفۡلَحَ مَن زَكَّٮٰهَا} Only that person can be successful who purifies his Batin.’ Listen to the final message that he selected from the Holy Qur’an: ‘Only that person can be successful who purifies his inner self. So don’t be satisfied with your A’maal, your deeds, because all those deeds will be impure if you do them with an impure body.’ If you pray Salah with impure clothes, then your Salah will be impure – remember this. So if you want to elevate your deeds to Allah and to deliver your deeds, your prayers, your Tilawat, your fasting, your Zakah – to deliver everything to Allah - we need something to be pure: the Batin needs to be pure. Yes? That is when a person’s deeds will reach the Court of Allah – but they will not reach if you are impure within. That is why Allah has told us not to touch the Qur’an when we are impure. The Mufassireen say that it is not just the hands that are being referred to here, because while pure hands are what is needed for reading, a pure Batin is needed to understand the Qur’an. SubhanAllah – for Tadabbur, for reflection, you need a pure Batin. So success comes only when all of the deeds that you present to Allah are accepted, and for that you need a pure Batin.

{ قَدۡ أَفۡلَحَ مَن زَكَّٮٰهَا (٩) وَقَدۡ خَابَ مَن دَسَّٮٰهَا}

You need purification. Whoever has stepped forward for this purification, then alhamdulillah, he has started the proper preparation for the Hereafter and has started proper preparation for the grave. Whatever actions that Allah ta’ala has given him Tawfeeq to do to make preparation for his grave, like Salah, then he needs to think ‘I need to purify myself within before I pray, in order to ensure that my Salah can reach Allah’s Court. If I have prayed or done some task or deed, then I need to deliver that to Allah subhana wa ta'ala.’

So Allah has said that success depends on Tazkiyyah, and in a Majlis of Tazkiyyah, there are three actions that must be done, and one that must be abstained from – and then a person will be successful, SubhanAllah. This is the essence of Hadhrat Sahib’s instruction contained in his final Nasiha – listen to this. There are three actions to do in order for a person to purify himself. If we want to purify ourselves within, then we need to do three actions and abstain from one action.

What are the three actions to do? The first action that Hadhrat Sahib has explained is to do Dhikrullah. The second action to do is Ittibah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Every action and every duty should be in accordance with the way of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, without any hesitation or embarrassment. There should be no other measuring gauge – however the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said to act is how we act, following his method and explanation. This is the second action to perform. The third thing to do is Sohbat-e-Sheikh so as to develop Rabtah-e-Sheikh; the company of the Sheikh builds the connection with the Sheikh. The more company you keep with your Sheikh, the stronger your Dhikr will be and the more you will do Ittibah-e-Sunnah – obedience to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam will be strong. And then he stated that Sohbat-e-Sheikh is strengthened with three things – listen, for this final Nasiha of Hadhrat Sahib is a great Nasiha. I have just thought about this, so I am sharing it with you.

Hadhrat Sahib said that three things strengthen your Sohbat and Rabtah with your Sheikh. Firstly, the conviction in the greatness of your Sheikh should be in your heart - Ittiqad; and the love of the Sheikh should be in the heart alongside the Ittiqad, the belief; and also Khidmah - service of the Sheikh. And then he made an Ajeeb statement, which is that if just one of these is lacking, then Faidh will stop; the blessings will stop. So you have to work hard – you are on the journey to success and to Allah’s nearness; it is not a small journey. That Sajdah that you do just twice will become Noor and will be presented to Allah – your Sheikh is taking you to that Maqam. Even a Nafl Ibadah, even a minor Ibadah or whatever small atom’s weight of a good deed that you do, this will become weighty and will be presented as Noor in the heavens when presented to Allah, because you are presenting the deed with the purity of the inner self. That is how high your Sheikh is taking you – it is not a minor thing to receive this guidance. If one of these four things is lacking, then Hadhrat Sahib said that the Faidh will end; and if the Faidh is disconnected, then all that assistance which supports what you do will come to an end.

So make effort, my brothers! It takes a whole lifetime to attain Allah’s nearness and this success. Great challenges and tests await. The tests of death, the tests at the time of resurrection on Qiyamah are not a joke or a game. We think these are minor things, but these are great phases that await us. Who will be on the Plain of Resurrection? Great Prophets of Allah, Awliya, Ghaus, Qutub, great personalities, Sahaba-e-Kiram, the noble Companions – and what a condition will be there, with everyone running around, distressed on the Plain of Resurrection. We will see this. So you are attaining purity in order to present your deeds, because the Sheikh is taking you to the heights. It is not a minor thing, is it? So regarding these four things, if just one is lacking, the person will not be able to attain the Faidh – so they should not be regarded as minor at all, not at all, in any circumstances.

After stating that these were the three things that should be done, what did he say was the one thing to be abstained from? Let us hear that as well. What is it that we should not do? SubhanAllah – that we must abstain from doing any of the actions that Allah ta’ala has told us not to do. And the final point was emphasised in order to increase the determination of the Dervaish not to commit sin.

Hadhrat Sahib told us that we need to do all of these things – so what should we do? We need to start practicing upon these points – okay? And if you do so, whether you feel that you are successful or not, in truth, you are successful. You are successful – that’s it. Great news! You just have to start making the effort. Don’t worry about how successful you become and how much you achieve. We have embarked on this path and this path will take us to the destination – it will. One person may be slow, another fast – like on the motorway. Someone is in a fast car and they zoom past at high speed, while someone else, like me maybe, is driving slowly on the inside lane, wishing there was another even slower lane that he could travel along. But in the end, the traffic comes to a stop and all the cars get bunched together and they are together in the same place, the slow one as well. The first person got there more quickly, while the other came from behind slowly and reached the same place. So what we realise is that no matter how slowly a person is progressing and travelling, everyone will still arrive at the destination. Some will travel quickly at a hundred miles an hour, while others go more slowly, but everybody, including the slower person, will arrive at the same destination. The real objective is to start on that journey towards the destination.

So remember this: number one – Sohbat-e-Sheikh; two – Dhikrullah; three – Ittibah-e-Sunnah; make effort on these three. And then leave the sins – put your full effort into not committing sins and resolve that from today, you will not commit sins. When we do the sheets system, we fall down and then get back up, we fall down and then get back up – but don’t lose heart and think ‘Oh no, I can’t do this anymore.’ Don’t wipe your hands and disappear. Will you promise that whatever happens, we won’t give up and wipe our hands of this effort? This should never happen in our lives. If we regard something as hard, we should think ‘Why shouldn’t I be able to do this?’ For example, somebody opened a shop, and I went in and asked him how much the rent was. When he told me, I said ‘They are asking that much? What are you going to be selling?’ The figures he mentioned are still in my mind – it was a good discussion we had about practical matters of life; I learn from people in this way. He probably thought nothing of it, but I said ‘You are paying that much rent for this shop? What do you plan to sell?’ When he told me the things he planned to sell, I started laughing because I have a bit of experience in shops and business, and I said ‘If you have to pay this much rent and you will be selling these items, how will you earn enough to pay your expenses?’ At that, he smiled and said ‘I will do it with this Dua! This shop will earn enough.’ Then I said to myself ‘This person will be successful’ – and today, ten years later, when I pass that shop, the young man is still stood there, still selling the same things! By selling those goods, he has achieved.

So here, this confirms this great Nasiha of Tasawwuf, for this man has stuck to his shop and has stood there with Istaqaamat – so why do you leave the path of Allah? Will Allah ta’ala not give to you, just as He has given to the man who stands at his shop with steadfastness and has kept working and trying? Allah ta’ala has given to that person whatever He wanted to give. You are on the path of Allah, so why should you tremble and be fearful? If you fall down, don’t worry – do Tawbah and start travelling again. If you say ‘Oh, I am not going to go back to Dhikr because I am not achieving and I am not gaining any insights and am not getting this or that’, then remember that this is the path! I have told you that this is the final point that Hadhrat Sahib made 24 hours before departing from this world. This was his final Bayan, the last words that he delivered – it was a historic occasion.

The crux of the matter is that, in order to learn, the first thing we need to do is seek a Sheikh, a teacher, and then sit in his Sohbat and do Dhikr and follow whatever he says – embark on the journey! Don’t be afraid and say ‘I can’t do this.’ No matter how weak you are, do not leave the path. Stick yourself to it and never let yourself get detached and don’t run away – that is the way of failure. Okay, you may sin and experience problems and setbacks, but just say ‘I am not going to leave my teacher, no matter what happens.’ Just keep coming, SubhanAllah. If a person is at the back, even if he has to tie himself to the car, that will still enable him to get to the destination - even if he has to travel while tied to the tailgate of the car. The people in the car will get there, so if the other person sees that there is no room, he says ‘No problem, I’ll tie myself to the tailgate!’ You see this in our home country. People just jump onto the roof or stand on the bumper, and if you ask them what they are doing, they say ‘Oh, it’s ok, I’ll get to the same destination this way as well.’ So if we find ourselves in a similar situation, hanging onto the back, don’t leave! Don’t say ‘Oh, there’s no room in this vehicle so I’ll leave it’, because a person who stands at the back, tied onto the tailgate, will also get to the destination.

May Allah ta’ala give us all the Tawfeeq. You need courage and determination to attain Allah ta’ala’s nearness, my friends. Time is short and we are living through an Ajeeb era, an Ajeeb phase of history where so many people are passing away. Allah knows how long we have to live – another Corona variant could come, Allah knows best. Anything could happen. Everyone should say ‘Amana wa sadaqna’ concerning those words that we have discussed today. Say ‘We affirm and we testify, and we are going to work hard and not lose hope nor heart. We are not going to leave this Tariqa.’ Whoever has attached his heart to this Majlis should feel this, for this is a Majlis of Dhikr – it is not a game. It is not some sort of celebration or festival, and I am not a monkey or an animal playing games here. This is a Majlis of Allah ta’ala. Everyone’s heart feels that it should be there, but shaytan makes us lose heart and hope. So don’t listen to shaytan, because it is ar-Rahman who has brought you here! Don’t listen to shaytan and stop coming to this Majlis.

It is not my wish to make you into a Mureed and I am not saying that I am a Pir – nothing of the sort. I am just giving you Da’wah in the way I was told. I was instructed to deliver ‘La ilaha illa’llah’ to every home and to inject the Name of Allah into every heart – that is the mission. As far as I am able, I have to revive every heart, alhamdulillah – this is the task that my Sheikh has given to me. Revive the hearts and bring them back to life – do this for everyone, no matter who that person is, or what his occupation is, or where he lives. And whatever other part of the Deen someone may be promoting, our concern is with the heart – the heart. We won’t disturb your work or your profession, and I won’t ask you for anything else. I just ask you to give one thing, and that is your heart! Give that to me - end of story. After that, do what you need to do. I have no link with your body or your mind – just present your heart to me, for I have no connection with anything else. Give your heart and recite the Name of Allah, and then go and do what you need to do. I have no connection with that – may Allah ta’ala give you Barakah in all the work that you do, alhamdulillah.

May Allah ta’ala give all of us the Tawfeeq. Ameen
3rd Mar, 2021