The Signs of an Ailing Soul & It's Cure
English Bayan, 91 mins
4th November, 2021

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The Signs of an Ailing Soul and its Cure A human being can be in one of two conditions. He is either in good health and is fit, or by contrast, he can be weak and sick and ill. These are the two conditions that a person can find themselves in. There is a difference between a person who is healthy, strong and fit, and a person who is unwell, and there are signs by which we can recognize what state they are in. For example, if someone is powerful and strong, then there will be visible signs of this. We will be able to see that he is powerful, strong, healthy and fit. There are signs that will show us this, for instance that he will eat well and digest the food easily and sleep deeply and easily – if this is the case, there is nothing to worry about. He will be very alert in his work and will run around and get a lot of things done - all his organs, his eyes and nose and other body parts, all work perfectly. So when these signs are seen in a person, then it will be said that such a person is fit and alert and strong. Compare this with a person who doesn’t have these qualities – obviously, it would be said of him that he is unwell, that he might be sick and cannot work. So you can see through the outward signs of a person whether they are healthy and well, or unwell and sick. These are examples, aren’t they – do you understand what I am saying? So the human being has these two opposite conditions, and this is in respect of the body. But a person’s soul is also in the same situation, and the Ruh is the genuine thing that we need to look at. The body is just the external cover, but the Ruh is the real thing that we should be worried about – the soul. It too has this situation whereby it can be sick, but it can also be healthy, MashaAllah. You can find both conditions. Just as the body can be fit and strong or weak and ill, so too the Ruh inside has these two states. So what are the signs of a sick Ruh, and what are the signs that tell you that it is healthy and fit and strong? The signs should be there so that we can identify this – and there are signs to determine how our Ruh is. Having a Ruh that is strong, having a soul that is strong – this is what we really need to be concerned about. Our Ruh will give us success, not our body; the body starts to go downhill anyway at a certain time in life – it starts to degrade. It is the Ruh that needs to be strong, so should we not know the signs of a strong soul so that we can tell whether our soul is healthy or sick? When we know that the body is sick, we run to the doctor straightaway and say ‘I am feeling weak and I am getting dizzy.’ We pick up on very small signs in our body and then we make an appointment with a doctor or a Hakeem. We get so worried about the state of our bodies, but do we think about the real thing that we should be worried about? This gathering is really about this. We don’t come here for speeches, rather we are here to awaken ourselves and make ourselves alert. This is how you should approach the gathering. As for myself, I think in detail about what we should talk about, and then Allah ta’ala instils that into my mind and I share that with you so that we can improve. Don’t come here to waste time and sit around. There are many speeches – you can find speeches and conferences from morning to evening, by the Fadhl of Allah. But this is not the case here. We come here with Fikr and concern, so come with concern, take that concern, and then practice on that concern. So today we are starting with this point, that just as we want our physical bodies to be healthy, and we think about whether we are strong and fit or sick, so we should concerned in the same way as to whether the Ruh is alert and awake or sick and unwell. Have you thought about this before? Has anyone thought about their Ruh today and asked whether it is healthy? We know about colds and flus, and if something changes in our body, we know that we are sick. If my food is not being digested, then my body is unwell because the stomach is not working properly. So what is the sign of an ailing Ruh, that spirit that is inside us? As I said, it is that Ruh that will give us success going forward, but we don’t even think about our Ruh; we don’t care about our Ruh. We don’t think about the signs of a healthy Ruh. Do you know what the signs of a healthy Ruh are? What are the signs of a strong soul, and what are the signs of a weak soul? If you don’t know the signs, how will you be able to determine whether your soul is good or bad, strong or weak? It is a simple question, is it not? There are various signs that Allah ta’ala has given in the Qur’an, verses of the Qur’an and also Hadith. What I am going to share with you is not something I have made up myself. These are all meanings of the Qur’an and Hadith that I am sharing with you. This is not a point about which Allah ta’ala has not guided us, this matter of the Ruh. Allah ta’ala has spoken more in the Qur’an about the Ruh than about the body and its well-being. Allah has explained the signs of a healthy soul, and if we learn today, with the Fadhl of Allah, then everything in life will become easy for us. On the other hand, if I wander around with a soul that is sick, then I will be like a monkey or an animal walking around in the world. And when our body is sick, we run to the GP; you don’t go to the hospital, rather you go to the GP when your body is sick. It is the same for your Ruh – don’t go to the hospital if you are sick, rather go to the GP for the solution. If people say that there is no GP for the soul, why should there not be? We know about the GP for the body, that he is a good doctor, a good physician, and he is based close to home, so don’t you know about the spiritual GP? We are not concerned about the Akhirah – we have no care for this. But we care about the body in the Dunya, and just as the body is attached to the Dunya, the Ruh is attached to the Hereafter. And if we do not care about the Hereafter, our Ruh will go to waste. So we need a GP, a practitioner in this field – the first thing you need is a GP for your Ruh. If a person doesn’t a GP, then how can he find the cure and get treatment for his Ruh? Am I right or wrong? If someone has enrolled and enlisted with a GP, then they can arrive and say ‘Oh Hadhrat, I am in a bad way!’ Then he will say ‘Okay, then start monitoring your Tazkiyah sheets. Start recording your results in your sheets.’ Then at least you will be able to say ‘Alhamdulillah, at least I have a GP who is looking after me.’ But we don’t care. We don’t worry about our Ruh, and we don’t know whether it is sneezing or whether there is a virus or disease in our soul, because we have no GP. I am trying to explain Deen to you in an easy way - I don’t go straight to Bukhari Sharif because you may get confused. Instead, I try to give easy examples, because we have all sorts of people who come to these gatherings. If, for example, I am useless, then I will start with an example that suits those who are useless so that everyone understands. Do you understand the simple example that I am giving? It is a very simple explanation, isn’t it? So what we need to look at are the signs of both the health and sickness of the Ruh, so that we can follow the path of guidance. So what are these signs that tell us whether the Ruh is in a good or a bad state? Let us look at the first sign by which you can determine if the soul is sick or well, because we are concerned about Paradise and the Akhirah. Now when you are physically sick, where do you take your body? The point is coming now - a unique, Ajeeb point. Where will the body go when you die? It goes into the earth. So where does the body drag you towards? Towards the earth - this is a very good point here. It drags you towards the earth. You can eat, drink and do whatever you want in pursuit of temporary gain, because the body drags you towards the temporary success of the Dunya. And where does the Ruh take you? Say it loudly – to the heavens! So when you have concern for the Ruh, it will take you towards the heavens. When you love the Ruh and you make your Ruh strong, just as your body drags you towards the earth, so the Ruh will drag you towards the heavens, to the skies; you will only go to the sky and to the heavens when your Ruh is strong. So what is the sign? The signs of the body drag you towards the world - signs like having a flu or a cold or a fever and dizziness – because they are all related to the world. In the same way, the soul is concerned with the heavens and with the levels of Paradise, so the signs of a strong and healthy Ruh are related to Jannah and Paradise – say SubhanAllah. Is it easy to understand what I am saying? Good. So don’t look in the world, in the Dunya, for the signs of a healthy Ruh, because the body is related to the Dunya, and the doctor for the physical sicknesses is in the world – the GP, who is the physical physician for the body. So who will be the GP for the Ruh that is related to the Akhirah and to the heavens? It is a person who is connected to the Akhirah, who is concerned about Jannah and the Hereafter. Do you see? This is an easy thing to understand. So what is the sign that can tell us whether the Ruh is in a good state? This discussion is related to the Akhirah. So the soul that is sick will not implement the orders and commands of Allah ta’ala. That is the first sign of a sick Ruh. If your inner soul is not accepting the Ahkams of Allah and is not following His orders and His instructions, then know that this Ruh is sick. This first sign is very simple – this is sign number one. So – sign number two. What is the second sign of the soul that is not strong, that is sick? It is that it will not do Ittiba-e-Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam; it will not have love for the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam – it will not care about the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This is how to measure whether a soul is sick or healthy. What is the third sign? The soul that is sick will love sins so much; it will enjoy the commission of sins and will enjoy the taste and take pleasure in committing sins. So it is the soul that disobeys Allah’s orders, not the body. You know, the Ibadah that we do where we bop up and down, that is the body doing the worship; but when a person’s soul worships in the realization that ‘Allah is watching me and I can see Allah’, that is the Ruh that does the Ibadah. There are two types of Salah: one is the Salah done by the Ruh, and the other is the Ibadah of the body. And what is the Ibadah of the body worth? Nothing – it is a waste and drags you towards the world like everything the body does. So when the Ruh is unwell, you get Waswasah and shaytani thoughts and whispers. That person says he has prayed Salah, but in effect, he has done nothing. He holds up his hands for Dua without knowing what he is asking and is not concerned about how he should make Dua or what words to use or what he is thinking about, or even where he should hold his hands and what posture should he adopt. There is nothing of this sort because we have no concern for this, and hence the Ruh will not enable you to do this. However, when this Ruh is healthy, then if you do any action against the Sunnah while praying Salah, your Ruh will say to you ‘What are you doing? You are spoiling the Salah.’ Say SubhanAllah. But we don’t know about this, and we don’t even know what the correct method of Salah is. I have seen that many people sit in the Attahiyat position with their hands in a variety of places. One person has his hands here, another person’s hands are in the wrong place, and it makes you feel uneasy when you see this. You think ‘Why is he following the wrong practice? What is he doing?’ Often, these are people who seem to have understanding and are well-educated, and yet they don’t know how to pray Salah. Hadhrat Mujaddid Alf Thani rahmatullah alayh wrote a complete treatise on this subject. We don’t even know when to raise our finger in Salah according to the Sunnah, and yet so much Noor and Rahmah descends when a person raises his finger in the Attahiyat position. We don’t know whether to place it here or there, or what is the correct method to follow when you sit down. I am not going into a Fiqh lesson here, so I will leave that point now or else people will think that I am teaching Fiqh. A very simple way to understand this point is this: where did I learn how to pray? I learned to pray from my Sheikh, from my teacher, SubhanAllah. I thought ‘How should I pray?’ so then I watched my Sheikh and saw how he prayed. I knew that my Sheikh would not practice against the Sunnah - I knew that, SubhanAllah. So don’t look at other sources, just look at how your Sheikh is praying and where he puts his finger. But we don’t value or appreciate these things, so we don’t look at these aspects of our teacher’s practice. Have you ever noted how your teacher prays, or thought ‘I should pray how my teacher prays, so I must look at where he puts his hands and how he prays’? No – we don’t care. This is a very simple formula and method – just imitate your teacher. When will he sit you down and give you a Dars or explain to you directly in technical detail? He is a practical example for you. My Allah not allow that your Sheikh should do something against the Sunnah, but he is not an angel and he is not perfect, so if that should happen, then ask him and say ‘Hadhrat, should we place the hand like this or that?’ If he is in the mood to do so, he will explain, and if not, he won’t – say SubhanAllah. This point came in between, so what was I saying? Getting back to the subject of the Ruh, the situation in respect of success in the Hereafter is related to what? To the soul, not to the body. We are not worried about the physical sicknesses of the world. No, we are worried about the Hereafter, and the most important thing regarding the Hereafter is obedience to Allah and obeying His orders. This is the biggest factor for success, and this is why we are born; this is why we are here in this world. If an action obeys Allah’s orders, then good; if it doesn’t accord with His instructions, then it is a waste of time. There are five Faraidh Salah that Allah ta’ala has instructed us to do, but there are so many people today who don’t pray Salah. If you ask ‘Why don’t you pray Salah, brother?’ he won’t say ‘Oh, it is because my Ruh is sick.’ He will say ‘Oh, I don’t feel praying – shaytan is pestering me, that is why I don’t feel like praying.’ Nothing of the sort, rather these are the signs that your Ruh has degraded and gone downhill. They know they should go to the Masjid, and they know the Thawab for praying in congregation, but they are not praying; the womenfolk know that they should do Purdah, and that if they don’t observe Hijab, there is a punishment; they know that they can display their hair to their children but that going outside like that is Haram. What is there that we don’t know? We know everything, MashaAllah. Today, we are living in the age of technology, the age of communication, in the digital age, so when people give speeches, they are transmitted across the world. Everybody knows, so why don’t we have the determination and courage? Why? Because when a person’s body is sick, he knows that he can’t work or run his shop – ‘I’m too weak, so I can’t go to my shop today’, he says. ‘I would like to earn hundreds and thousands of pounds today driving my taxi, but my body doesn’t have the energy, so I can’t work.’ A person complains like this – am I right or am I wrong? The same thing happens when our Ruh is weak. We know that Allah’s orders are important and that they are related to the Hereafter – we know these things. We know about Allah’s orders and what disobedience is, and the big punishments for not obeying Allah. We understand the Qur’an and we read it, and Allah ta’ala has mentioned in the Qur’an the punishments for every sin. Allah says ‘I will explain that this happens for not doing this, this is the result of this sin and this is the result of that sin.’ Allah ta’ala has given a whole history of the previous nations; the Qur’an is a comprehensive lesson in history. Allah ta’ala has delivered this information to us, through the examples of every Prophet who came before. Allah ta’ala has given us thousands of messages from the previous Ummahs and the sins they committed and the punishments they received. With each Nabi, Allah ta’ala explains their events in detail, telling of His beloved Prophets that came before. So imagine the importance of the orders and instructions of the greatest Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam – but who looks at these in the Qur’an? No one has any time for this, and instead we go towards other things in the Dunya. We have no care for the Deen. So that place where you see your son, your daughter, your wife, your home, your nation or your family breaking the orders that Allah has given, then the Ruh is not functioning properly. When morning comes, the order has come to me already, and the healthy Ruh is aware at every second about the Hukms of Allah that are coming to that person. There is not a second in the life of a Mu’min that the orders of Allah are not incumbent upon that believer – SubhanAllah. And the order of Allah come with a quality – here is another point that has come to me that I will share with you. What is the glory? It is the glory of the Shari’ah – the order of the Shari’ah is descending upon a Muslim every second of their life. There is no second of the life of a Muslim wherein there is not some glorious point of Shari’ah compulsory on him – this is a fact. Ask a person who perceives it. For example, one mirror may be dirty and cloudy such that the reflection cannot be seen, but a clean mirror is something else. The sun comes out every day, doesn’t it, and if you put the two mirrors out, one that is covered in dirt and one that is clean and shiny, which one will reflect the sunshine? The clean mirror. So on one side is a Wali of Allah with a clean and pure heart, free from the greed of the Dunya, free from useless talk, inside whom is the desire to act only for the sake of Allah, so his heart is clean; and in contrast to him, there is another human being who has dirt and impurities inside and out, and the sun is out and shining on both, but the glass of the mirror which is shining and clean and pure will reflect that light for the benefit of other people – say SubhanAllah. As for those mirrors which are dirty and impure, no reflection of light comes from them. Allah says in the Qur’an that at every moment, the Mu’min whose heart is clean is a Wali of Allah. In reality, every believer is a Wali of Allah, and his heart is such that it can reflect every brilliant, shining illumination from Allah, every glory. I will explain what that light is now, so listen carefully - all of this is in accordance with Shari’ah. We say that Tajalliyaat means that light is coming, and that Noor is coming to the heart – nothing of the sort. Every magnificence of Allah ta’ala’s Glory is a reflection of the Shari’ah; Allah has sealed His Glory into the glory of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam – remember this. So the Shari’ah is defined clearly, and every order of Allah’s Deen descends onto the Mu’min in every second. He whose heart is clean receives the Shari’ah – and how does he receive it? Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar; Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah. So the orders of Allah come – this order and that order – and the Mu’min becomes aware of these. There is a statement of a Wali of Allah, a beautiful and unique statement, where he says ‘When Allah is telling us to do this or that at every second, it seems to me that this is happening live!’ I think it was Hadhrat Arifi rahmatullah alayh who said this – yes it was. Dr Abdul Hayy rahmatullah alayh, my Mohsin-e-A’zam, was a great teacher of mine, and he gave me the opportunity and the permission to sit in his company - and I consider myself so fortunate to have kept his company. He said ‘I feel as if, every second, Allah is saying “Now you should do this, and then you should do that” and so on.’ Why did he feel like this? Because he lived every moment of his life according to the commands of Allah. But what do we do? We hear the Adhan and pray Salah, but even our prayers are prayed with a dirty Ruh. So what is wrong with our Ruh, our soul? It is dirty and impure. Hence when we look to the second sign, that of the following of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we see nothing of the sort in our lives, even though we say we are Ashiqs and lovers. What kind of Ashiqs and lovers are we? Tell me. Without Ittiba-e-Sunnah, nobody can be a Mu’min, yet he is saying that he is an Ashiq and is a lover of the Deen. He says ‘I am an Ashiq – I have got Ishq, and I am in love with the Deen.’ Does this make sense? It makes no sense at all. Shaytan plays games, but shaytan has not taken a person over, no, not at all. The issue is that there is dirt on top of the Ruh, so those people are sick; they are unwell and unhealthy, and there is no GP who can guide that person to recovery – he hasn’t registered with a GP to cure that soul which is sick and unwell. So sign number one is that a person does not obey Allah’s instructions, and sign number two is that Ittiba-e-Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam is not present in his life. But every Ummati in the Ummah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, when he receives the commands, should have that yearning to practice. But we say ‘Oh no, no, no - there’s no need to do this. This is not necessary – why do we need to wear the Imamah? We don’t need to wear the turban – this is Sunnat-e-Aadi, and that practice is another type of Sunnah.’ They reference thousands of categories of Sunnah, but none of the Sahaba used to speak like this. Don’t take what I am saying badly and give a Fatwa, but no Sahabi said ‘This is this type of Sunnah, and that is another type of Sunnah.’ They had one approach: did Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam do this? Yes? Then end of story. Aamana wa Sadaqna – we have heard, and we will obey and practice. That is Ishq, that is love. If one Sahabi said to one another ‘Why are you doing this action?’ they would never imagine that they were doing it of their own volition; the Sahaba had a different understanding. The reply would come ‘Alhamdulillah, I am doing this action because I saw my Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam doing it.’ The other would say ‘Aamana wa Sadaqna – then I will also do this from today due to this information you have given to me.’ What do we say today? ‘Oh, this falls into that category, and this is this type of Sunnah, and that is another type of Sunnah, and you don’t have to do this sort of Sunnah, and this is optional, this is voluntary’ and so on. They make so many levels, and even say ‘If you wear the Imamah all the time, it will become a Bid’ah, an innovation.’ I reply ‘What are you talking about? How could this be?’ Until today, I not been able to understand this logic. They say ‘If you do this Sunnah all the time, it will become Fardh and compulsory, so don’t become extreme.’ What kind of understanding of the Deen is this? I am amazed when I hear these classifications from the people. The Walis of Allah that I sat with would never talk like this, and they were kings of ‘Ilm, the emperors of ‘Ilm. You cannot even reach the dirt on their heels – such was my Sheikh, my teacher. My Sheikh was raised in the Khanqah of Hadhrat Gangohi rahmatullah alayh and his Tarbiyyat took place there – he did Ziyarah of our great and illustrious forebears – so do you think he didn’t have ‘Ilm? Did he not have knowledge? Was he a Sufi with no ‘Ilm? No way at all! They took the Ruh of their ‘Ilm and they practiced the essence of that ‘Ilm. They didn’t talk about it all day long because the essence of ‘Ilm is Khashiyah of Allah, the awe of Allah. Look, I will give you another example here. If you have a mango tree, you will keep on looking at that tree until the mangos grow, but when the mangos have grown and you start sucking on the mangos, you won’t think about the tree. You will just keep sucking on the mangos and you won’t be thinking about the tree, you will just suck on the fruit that has grown upon it. In the same way, ‘Ilm is the tree, and when you start eating the fruits of that tree – the Ma’arifah and the awareness of Allah – then you forget about the tree; rather, you just practice and practice and become immersed in the love of Allah. You don’t say ‘I have got this title and I am this rank of scholar’ – he doesn’t care about these things. He cares about the primary evidence, which is the fruit from the tree, which is the practice on that ‘Ilm. Do you understand what I am saying? Or do you not understand? You do understand? Okay. Our forefathers didn’t regard knowledge as just physical knowledge, rather they practiced on the knowledge, and their faces and their Ibadah and their bodies and their lifestyle told us that they were practicing their ‘Ilm. In the lifetime I spent in the company of my teacher Hadhrat Sahib, not a second passed in actions that were against the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, never, whether in anger, happiness, poverty, travelling, worship. I testify that in every second I saw my Sheikh, even when in extreme hunger with no change of clothes, and in so many severe conditions that I saw in his life, not for a second did I see Hahdrat Sahib living in any way that opposed the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Why? Because his Ruh was strong – say SubhanAllah. It is the demand of the Qur’an that the Ruh should be strong – the Qur’an tells us this time and time again. The Qur’an is filled with this instruction; it comes again and again – ‘Come towards me, come towards me. Practice me!’ This is a call to our Ruh, but our Ruh today is so weak. We talk so much, but we don’t practice. So do you understand the signs of the healthy soul and the weak soul? We don’t have the desire to obey Allah’s instruction, and we don’t have the desire to follow the Sunnah of Allah’s Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We have no desire for these things, and we say ‘Oh no, no, no - I’ll do it one day. I am weak – I get up sometimes.’ Okay, so you are weak – fine, that means that your Ruh is sick, so seek out the cure! Say SubhanAllah. But we don’t even accept that we are sick and that our Ruh is ailing and needs a cure. ‘Oh no, no, I’m fine. It’s okay – I will try my best. Look, I try to practice, and Allah is Ghafoor-ur-Raheem, so He will forgive.’ Astaghfirullah – if Allah is Ghafoor with us, was He not also Ghafoor with the Sahaba? Did they waste their time? When they saw an action, did they say ‘Oh no, no, no - I do Ziyarah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and I see good dreams, so I don’t need to pray Salah. I will attend conferences and go on marches – that is enough.’ No way – no way at all. The Sahaba-e-Kiram, who numbered not one or two, but one hundred and twenty-four thousand, would see and hear Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and then they would practice. The Sahaba never discarded the instructions of Allah nor the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam – never. Now here is a third sign by which we can identify whether our Ruh is healthy or unwell, and that is by means of the desire to commit sins. The Ruh that is sick will drag you towards sins, especially when you are on your own - you will do dirty actions when on your own. If you have a dirty Ruh, then what will it make you do? Dirty actions. A person may say ‘Oh, I am trying’, but how can they try if they are sick? If a person is physically sick, if his body is sick and he cannot move, then you say to him ‘Take medicine, for it will improve this aspect of your condition.’ If a doctor comes to his home and tells him about antibiotics or other prescription medicine, and explains that these can make him well and give him energy, will he be cured if all the doctor does is give him a lecture for an hour? No. If another doctor comes and actually gives him the medicine and tells him to take the pills three times a day and so on, will this make him healthy? Yes – why? Because he has actually taken the medicine. So if our Ruh is unwell, and we don’t pray Salah and we backbite and commit other sins and we quarrel and argue with people, then we have to actually consume the medicine for these conditions as well - say SubhanAllah. To get better, you have to consume the medicine, and only then will your Ruh become healthy. If a person says ‘Let’s go and listen to his speech and enjoy ourselves’, the Ruh will not be cured in this manner, and the next morning you won’t come to Fajr again. I have seen Masjids filled with many people when a good scholar comes to deliver a speech. A Moulana or an Alim or a respected scholar comes, and he gives a Taqrir and a speech to a packed Masjid. They listen to what is said, but so many sit there with a sick Ruh and they don’t understand how to cure it – it is like the example of the rising sun whose rays fall upon a dirty mirror. The next morning after the speech, there are actually fewer people – the regulars are mostly there, but no new people are present. You don’t see any addition to the congregation at Fajr, and it is not the fault of those poor souls - and neither is it the fault of the scholar. He discharged his duty, and then he went. So whose fault is it? People did not come for Fajr because their Ruh is sick and unwell, so why did they attend the speech? In order to enjoy themselves, to hear an enjoyable speech and to feel good, to hear whose views are wrong and whose are right, and to hear the amusing stories that Moulana Sahib tells. You hear people say that when such and such a person comes, they will enjoy themselves. People don’t go to the speeches of Tariq Jamil to listen to his points, but rather to enjoy themselves. If they went to listen to the message he gives, I swear by Allah that those people would be improved. I swear by Allah that this is the case. If you have come here today for enjoyment, then you will not be improved; but if you have come today with the Niyyah to be corrected, then tomorrow morning you will be here for Dhikr. You will be sat here for Dhikr tomorrow morning, and you won’t need to be reminded. You have no need to give reminders to those people whose Ruh is strong. A point is coming – shall I share it with you? The friends of Allah place less emphasis on speaking and more on giving the medicine. Yes? I am a person who gives medicine; I am giving a speech now, but you will never see me send you away without any medicine. No way. Has this ever happened? I will give medicine, a whole pocket-full of medicines – and I will tell you where the medicines are manufactured as well. I am the chemist, and I sell the medicine as well. I have a pharmacy, I manufacture the medicine, and I give it out. If a person says to his doctor ‘Please give me the Coronavirus injection’, his doctor will say ‘Of course - I will do so straightaway.’ And if you say to me ‘I want my Ruh to be revived’, I will immediately revive your Ruh. The pharmacy is here with me – I travel with my bag full of medicine. Say SubhanAllah. Have you ever in your life seen a Faqir who travels around with a bag full of medicine? I am being light-hearted here, just to explain this example to you. I myself am a patient, and when I see you, I am humbled for I get the cure as well, MashaAllah, through the company of you pious people who are sat here, having left your work and Dunya and beds; and when you go home, your wives will scold you for coming home so late, and your kids will scold you as well, saying ‘Where have you been?’ Yes? So, MashaAllah, you are pious people who have left the Dunya to come here. Moulana Sahib has come here, and he has to lead the Salah in the morning, and someone else will have to give a lesson tomorrow morning, for scholars have come here as well, so as for me, I am honoured that I can do your Ziyarah, for you are pious people. I am sat here, a lowly servant of Allah – who am I? I am nothing compared to you, nothing. May Allah ta’ala give you more promotion and success, and may Allah ta’ala allow you to come time and time again to the Dhikr of Allah. So brothers, a person who has a strong Ruh will definitely come to the Dhikr gathering tomorrow morning. They will definitely come, but not, as has been explained, those who have come here for enjoyment, whether a Qari or a scholar or whoever. If yesterday the name of Tariq Jamil had been written on the board as today’s speaker, then there would be no space to sit down. The Masjid would be full for his Bayan, and I would be sat there at the front to listen as well. We would go with the intention of listening, and tell each other ‘Oh, he gives a good speech – wow, let’s go. He gives such great technical points.’ People would say these things. But when you understand the symptoms of the sickness, then you shouldn’t want to listen; rather, you should consume the medicine needed to obtain the cure. So now we know that we need to take the medicine, and it is clear now that just as the body can become sick, so also the Ruh, the soul, can become sick. And now that we have understood the sicknesses of the Ruh, we realise that when it is sick, it doesn’t do certain actions, and that when the Ruh us healthy and well, it runs after the orders of Allah; no one has to remind a person who has a strong Ruh to observe the commands of Allah. Is he mad when his soul has understood, and when he responds to the messages that reach his soul because he is alert? For him, what matters is that which is {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. His body will not be of those which strives only towards work and business – say SubhanAllah – saying ‘Oh, I need to drive my taxi or open my shop.’ Does any child sit at home when he is healthy and well? Does a man or youth do so? No, he runs after the shop and employment and work and his career. As soon as the sun rises, he says ‘I need to go out and make money’, because the body is the root for success in the world. I have explained this point to you that just as the body drags you towards material things, those whose souls are alive, their Ruh will drag them towards the Akhirah, which is {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. And this is why Allah’s message is there, telling us that the Hereafter is {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. As for the Dunya, what does Allah say? That it is deception. We are told that the world is a fraud, and it is not even equal to the value of the wing of a mosquito, and that it is even worse than the stench that comes from the rotting carcass of a dead donkey. Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam gave us these practical examples in Hadith. The Sahaba were standing there with him when they passed the carcass of a dead donkey which was covered in flies that were consuming its flesh. Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked them whether it had any value, and they replied, ‘Ya Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, it has no value whatsoever.’ Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam then said ‘The Dunya is worse than this, so why do you run after the Dunya? Why run after the Dunya?’ So can Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam give us a greater message than this? When the Ruh is dirty, it gets up in the morning and runs after the Dunya, but those whose Ruh is healthy and alive, they run after the Akhirah, which is {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. His soul will say ‘Oh, this is dirty – I don’t want this! I want better than this – I want Khair, I want {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}, that which lasts for ever and ever.’ The world is the worst, and it will end, and your very body drags you towards the dirt, towards the soil, towards the grave. We put make-up on our bodies and apply nice fragrance and wear good clothes and make ourselves look beautiful, but we are running after the grave, the soil. Those whose souls are alive, however, do not run after the grave and the soil, but what is in the heavens which does not die. There is a poem in Punjabi, written by a Sheikh whose name I can’t remember just now, and it contains a great couplet which declares ‘I have not died – it is someone else who has died. I am still alive – I am going into my grave alive.’ It is a beautiful Punjabi couplet about the state of the Mu’min, and I have forgotten the exact words, but the Mu’min whose soul is alive is Ajeeb – {خَيۡرٌ۬وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. What does this mean? You make mansions and palaces in this world, and you have this or that building, or asset or sum of money put aside, and you say ‘Let me show you my houses and how much money I have made.’ All you people who are sat here will have done something like this – and you can keep on doing this if you want. Allah is saying ‘You can do this, and it is fine to work hard, but these things of the world will end.’ It doesn’t matter how high you build your building, one day it will come to an end; however much money you accumulate, that currency will eventually finish in this world. It will be eliminated, but {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. Allah ta’ala is saying ‘I am speaking about the glory of the Hereafter’, which is such that Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam explained it in the following manner. Once a Sahabi came – you should remember this event. Shall I share this event with you? SubhanAllah, so there was a man – not a Sahabi – who didn’t look good; he didn’t look good at all. He wasn’t a Sahabi, but just a man who didn’t look good, and he came to the court of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and asked a weird question. He said ‘Oh Prophet of Allah, you are looking at me, are you not?’ ‘Yes, I am’, came the reply. ‘Well,’ he said ‘Can there be anyone uglier than me in the world? Can there be anyone smellier than me in the world?’ At this, Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam remained quiet. I am explaining the meaning of the Hadith to you here. So he asked this unique question, saying ‘Oh Prophet of Allah, tell me something. If I were to have Iman like yours and if I were to do actions like yours, then would I go into Paradise just like you?’ SubhanAllah – what a simple, basic question; what a beautiful question. Who was he asking? That man who came in order to take people to Jannah – he is asking Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam then spoke – and if he said ‘Yes’, then it would be yes, and if he said ‘No’, then it would be no! Allah accepted whatever words came from the tongue of our Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and when people would ask about how to attain Jannah, he would tell them how to do so. So Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam then spoke – and this is where people argue about Hadhir and Nadhir and what was the nature of Rasoolullah. Our people today, Muslims today, are so weird – no previous Nabi ever had a nation like us. I am amazed at the amount we argue and dispute and quarrel. We try so hard to explain to people what is right, and I swear by Allah, there is no need to try to prove these things. Rather, if you look into your hearts, everything about Deen will become clear to you. Hadhir, Nadhir, ‘Ilm-ul-Ghaib – everything will come into your heart and the simplicity of Deen will become clear. Allah ta’ala says ‘Are you arguing about my Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam and trying to make people go astray? What has happened to you, oh you mad people?’ SubhanAllah, he came so pristine and clean and pure, with such a clear message, that nothing about him is hidden. Allah told us this about His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and yet we argue about his ‘Ilm and whether he has knowledge of the unseen, and whether he is Hadhir or not, and whether he is Noor or Bashir. Allah is saying ‘What are these waste of time, irrelevant discussions that you are engaged in?’ So that man said ‘If I have Iman like you, oh Prophet of Allah, and if I start practicing like you, then will I be with you in Paradise?’ This was his question. So the answer came, but not as a one-word answer; the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘I swear by the One in whose Hands is my life’ – SubhanAllah. Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam became passionate in response to this, as if to say ‘What a question you are asking!’ Imagine this man, who had asked a simple question, hearing the response ‘I swear by Allah in whose Hands is my life, I will tell you the answer to your question.’ Allahu Akbar – listen carefully to this, my brothers. Our mothers and fathers and grandparents acquired Iman, and look at the Haqiqat of the Kalimah; Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is telling us about the reality of our Kalimah. We just shout it out, but this is such a fantastic message for everybody, so fantastic, and yet we don’t value the Deen any more than we value dirt. That is how far we are selling our Iman today - we are selling our Iman for nothing today. ‘Who wants to buy our Iman – we will sell it to you no problem’, we say. In Muqaddas places, pure and holy places, our Iman is being bought, and not for a high price. No, a beautiful woman will buy our Iman – with one glance, she will take our Iman away. In holy places, women are buying people’s Iman; at the Ka’abah and other holy places, for small things, pointless things, Iman is being sold. But look at the value of Iman – my brothers, listen to the message! Listen to the message, listen to the message, listen to the message. I swear by Allah, we don’t know what Iman is, or whether we will leave this world with Iman. Is La ilaha illa-llah protected in our hearts? If, for example, you go on a journey, and you have money in your pocket, you are always advised that while you are travelling, you must protect your money so that your journey is a success, otherwise you will have to beg from people if you end up with no money. When a Hajji goes on Hajj, the first thing he gets hold of is a purse in the form of a zip pocket, because he wants to hide his money and his passport so that it does not get stolen – say SubhanAllah. So Muslims who value their Iman always sew a zip pocket into their body, and they put their Iman in there to protect it. They do those deeds which Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘If you want to protect your Iman in the Hereafter, then be steadfast on these actions; if you do this, your Iman will not go to waste.’ But we don’t know what those actions are, and we don’t care about those actions. What it is that has made us sell the Kalimah La ilaha illa’allah? We have made this Kalimah a joke in the world today. So Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam became alert and passionate and initiated his reply by saying ‘I swear by Allah!’ Am I taking up too much of your time today, brothers? Am I wasting your time? Tell me – am I taking too much time? No? Okay, fine. So Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘I swear by Allah in whose hands is my life, do you know the meaning of this Kalimah? When a person goes to Paradise with this Kalimah, the first thing that Allah subhana wa ta'ala will do is give him a sealed confirmation of the Kalimah of faith in his hand. When he gets that confirmation in his hand, that human being will become an inhabitant of Paradise, and you can forget about what you know of your face that you are saying is ugly today. I am speaking about you when I say that when you get the confirmation of faith in the Hereafter, your beauty will be so great that the rays of beauteous light from your face will travel one thousand miles away, SubhanAllah. The rays of your beauty, the light of your beauty, will spread for one thousand miles if you protect your Iman and go to the Hereafter with Iman intact.’ My brothers, we have this Kalimah in our hearts, and yet we lie about small things and waste that Kalimah. We waste our Kalimah with our deeds for the sake of the world, due to pride and showing off and love for the world and the desire to become this or that and to receive confirmation and acceptance in this world. For the sake of titles in the Dunya we waste the titles of the Hereafter; in order to be accepted in this world, we waste the acceptance of the Hereafter. Allah gives people status in Deen, and they waste this for the sake of money and greed, despite the fact that the status of the Hereafter is so much better – {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}. I need to speak about {أَبۡقَىٰ} for a little while, for I feel like discussing this today. Shall I discuss this? Say SubhanAllah. When we take this Kalimah to the Hereafter, the rays of light from your beauty will travel for one thousand miles, and nobody will be able to absorb that light. This is why Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam highlighted good deeds and the Kalimah in response to the question, so what was the first deed that Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentioned here? He said that Allah ta’ala gives one hundred and twenty-four thousand good deeds for reciting SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi, SubhanAllahi-l-Adheem. A point is coming – shall I share it with you? It has come. Rasoolullah mentioned the amount of one hundred and twenty-four thousand, and immediately I thought ‘Why one hundred and twenty-four thousand? Is it because there were that same number of Prophets of Allah?’ From this, we realise that every good deed is attached to one of the Prophets, SubhanAllah. That is the point. So each Nabi had that glory and that status of one SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi, SubhanAllahi-l-Adheem, but this Ummah will get the Thawab of all of those Nabis with this one statement! If you like and accept this point that I have just shared in your service, then know that I cannot give you a reference for this; if you enjoy it when you hear it, then Alhamdulillah, this is due to my Sheikh, to my teacher. So each Nabi has one of those one hundred and twenty-four thousand deeds for this Kalimah, but an Ummati of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam will attain every single one of those rewards from this Kalimah. So he stated that one hundred and twenty-four thousand deeds would be attained, and Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that just one of those good deeds that accrue when the Kalimah is placed into that person’s hand will be so beautiful and valuable that the mountains of the Dunya would crumble into dust if just one of those good deeds were placed upon them - that is how much Thawab you will be given for this Kalimah, and that is why it is {خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَبۡقَىٰ}.Yet we are running after and licking the soil of this world, even though Allah ta’ala is saying ‘This is your Maqam!’ This is your status, but you have made your Ruh dead, so you cannot attain this Maqam of the Hereafter because you have dragged your bodies towards the soil of the earth and are running after houses and properties and shops and businesses and women. Allah is saying ‘If only you knew what great beauties I am keeping in the Hereafter for those whose souls are alive.’ Look: say SubhanAllah; say Alhamdulillah. Is it heavy for you? Does it take long or use up much energy? Allah is talking here to those people whose souls are alive, to those whose Ruh is alive and not sick and unwell. It is not about the body or the tongue reciting Alhamdulillah, but rather it is about the Ruh reciting this – remember this. When your Ruh recites Alhamdulillah, what happens? The scale of good deeds is half-filled by this! And it is stated that if a person joins Alhamdulillah with SubhanAllah, by saying ‘SubhanAllahi wa-l-Hamdulillah’, then the gap between the heavens and the earth is filled with good deeds and with the light that is generated. And if, in addition to this, your Ruh says ‘SubhanAllah wa-l-Hamdulillah wa La ilaha illa-llahu wa-llahu Akbar’ and combines all these together, then you have become so valuable that this is the statement most beloved to Allah subhana wa ta'ala and hence there will be no limit to the Thawab. If you recite the Kalimah most beloved to Allah, then there is no limit to your Thawab. This is the sum of obedience to Deen and Noor and to Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and Allah ta’ala says that He loves this Kalimah so much when a person’s Ruh recites it because our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam holds it dearer than everything in this world and in the universe, including the sun and the stars! But today, if you offer someone a five-pound note for nothing, then he will start urinating due to being overwhelmed by delight! If you offer an easy fifty pounds, a person will do anything and will bend over backwards to get it. If a person doesn’t understand the value of Dhikr of Allah, it is because his Ruh is dead; it is unwell if he doesn’t understand the value of Dhikr. We think of it as a game or a pastime – ‘They are the Dhikr people; they are the Dhikr Jamat’, they say. What Dhikr Jamat? What Dhikr people? I am amazed when people say this, giving Ajeeb titles and statements about those who do Dhikr of Allah, and yet they do weird actions in the world. They leave good actions and run around after the Dunya like mad people, Allahu Akbar. Ali Murtaza rahmatullah alayh made our Ruh come alive, SubhanAllah – may I give everything for him! He gave us the injection that our Ruh needed to eliminate the Corona within. He knew how strong Dhikr of Allah is and he was not content until this education had been given. My brothers, this is the sign that your Ruh is strong. Your father doesn’t come, and your uncle doesn’t come, and your grandfather and other relatives don’t come, so why do you come? Because you have been given the injection from Hadhrat Ali Murtaza, my Sheikh, who has given you this passion - say SubhanAllah. This is a true Pir, a true Sheikh, and you have not seen him and nor do you know him. He lived in Gadai Sharif, three or four thousand miles away, and though you don’t even know anything about him, he has made your whole family alive. This is the Deen of Allah, the work of Allah. There is such a great lesson here. Let me complete the Hadith, the beautiful Hadith that we were discussing. So when the man who asked the question heard the reply, when that man who did not look good heard the reply from the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam – and imagine the Husn and the Jalal of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam when answering the question ‘Shall I be with you in the Hereafter? Will I get the good deeds?’ Look at the answer: ‘This is what you are as soon as you recite the Kalimah!’ So then the man said ‘Is this the case? Will this all occur? And will I be with you in Paradise?’ Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘Yes!’ The guarantee was given to him, SubhanAllah. Then the man said ‘Will I see the same things that you will see?’ Look at his question! Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘Yes! You will see all this in the Hereafter.’ When Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said this, the man started to shriek out, and he shrieked and cried and cried until he gave a final scream, after which he passed away – SubhanAllah. Ibn Umar radhiAllahu anh states ‘I myself witnessed Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam lowering him with his hands into his grave.’ This man was not good-looking in his appearance, but this is how Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam treated him. You people, MashaAllah, have beautiful faces, and you are good, and your Iman is strong; you have the wealth of Iman, so why don’t you revive your souls? Why don’t you bring them to life? Why don’t you go to the GP and ask him to revive and refresh your Ruh? When your soul comes to life, you will realise what the sicknesses of the Ruh are and what the signs of an ailing Ruh are because your soul will be implementing Allah’s laws and orders. If, for example, you are going far from Allah’s instructions and start to run after dirty things, don’t blame anybody else. Don’t blame anyone else or look elsewhere, rather, look inside and accept. Think ‘What should I do? My soul is sick, it is unwell, so which medicine should I consume? I need to make my Ruh alive and energetic - I need to take the injection.’ Say SubhanAllah. Do you understand my words, my brothers? Do you understand what I am saying? Do you understand correctly? Has the message come to you? If so, you should be able to work out whether your Ruh is well or unwell, and whether you are a man of the world or a man of the heavens, SubhanAllah. Are you someone who lives in the world whilst wandering around and traveling in the heavens? SubhanAllah, you will understand and realise the answer to this very easily. Do you run to Fajr Salah? Or do you come up with rubbish and nonsense and excuses, saying ‘I feel like doing it and I want to go, but when I try to go forward, I keep on going backwards’ – is this what you say? No nonsense, no rubbish – just one criterion: Do you hasten to follow Allah’s orders, in which case you are alive, or are you running after the Dunya, in which case you are dead? Allah is saying that if the latter is the case, then before you have even died physically, you have passed away. Yes? You are a burden on the earth, and the earth is saying ‘Quickly, pass away – begone with you. I am fed up with feeding you.’ The earth complains and asks ‘Who is this person who is wandering around on me?’ By contrast, the person who is alive, when he rushes towards Allah’s Deen, the earth says ‘Oh Allah, give him more life and strength, for I am enjoying his presence. I enjoy it when he gets up in the night and recites Surah YaSeen. Oh Allah, You have made him a Hafidh and You have given him the passion of a Hafidh, for he gets up in the night to recite the Qur’an and recites so beautifully. SubhanAllah, he recites Surah ar-Rahman and Surah YaSeen when he wakes up at Tahajjud time.’ But for many, the Qur’an is sealed up in the hearts – why? They say ‘Oh, it is for Tarawih prayers. I want people to come and hear me recite the Tarawih prayers – that is why I practice reciting the Qur’an so much.’ We Ummatis behave as if we are the king of some organization or corporation, with our diary dictating that we do such and such in this month, and recite such and such in this month, and will keep certain fasts in Rajab, and we will shout out on the 15th of Sha’aban and so on. This has become a Deen that is solely focused on these traditions, but the Sahaba-e-Kiram were not like this. Every day was like Ramadhan for them, and every night was a Night of Power for them, SubhanAllah. There was no night which left them empty-handed and in which they did not see the Tajalliaat of Allah subhana wa ta'ala – this was their life and their Deen. So why do you run after the worries of the Dunya, this sadness of the Dunya? We say ‘This is not happening and I am not successful and I have not got this or that.’ Forget it – just accept that your Ruh is not well. We need to think about that which is {أَبۡقَىٰ} – that is what we need to think about. Ah, another Hadith has come to my mind, another beautiful Hadith. My mind is swirling with this Hadith, SubhanAllah. What is this Hadith? I think that Ibn Masood radhiAllahu anh is the narrator of this Hadith – sometimes I remember such details correctly, but it could be that I have forgotten. If not Ibn Masood radhiAllahu anh, it will have been another Companion, and this question was put: ‘Ya Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, please advise us.’ SubhanAllah. Even if we reach the level of the third-class, that is cause for great happiness – and I am saying this to myself. May Allah make me reach even the lowest category so that I can get this success. They asked ‘Ya Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, tell us who is deserving of the lowest category of Jannah – who will that be?’ Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘I will tell you who will be in the lowest category of Jannah.’ So what will be the condition and the situation of those who make up the lowest category of Jannatis? Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘Such a person will have one thousand palaces made of gold, silver, diamond, rubies and pearls, and his palace will be of the colour of the Arsh!’ We don’t even know the meaning of this description! He continued ‘Every palace will be so large that its width will be one thousand miles and will contain thousands of servants and will have rivers of milk and honey.’ SubhanAllah, there will be eighty thousand servants in each palace, as well as maidens and servants and wives – {حُورٌ۬ مَّقۡصُورَٲتٌ۬ فِى ٱلۡخِيَامِ} – such Hoors and wives that are like pearls cocooned within, such that you cannot imagine their beauty. They won’t be walking around showing their faces, saying ‘I want to get married to him’, due to which the Burkha comes off so that the body is visible, and people run after them. Those women are nothing compared to those Hoors who are sealed, prepared and ready, and of first-class purity – say SubhanAllah. And as for these wives down here that you are running after – don’t be upset by what I’m saying – whose demands and desires you can’t even satisfy, they will be in charge of those Hoors, if they are good. May Allah ta’ala give Hidaya to everyone. The wife who is pious in this world, whose Ruh is alive because she obeys Allah’s orders, and who follows the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and dislikes sins, her Ruh is alive - and what Maqam will she have in the Hereafter? Allah speaks in the Qur’an of {حُورٌ۬ مَّقۡصُورَٲتٌ۬ فِى ٱلۡخِيَامِ}, and that pearl of a woman in the Hereafter will not even get to the level of the dust on the foot of these Hoors, those women who leave this world as pious, SubhanAllah. The woman of this world who is righteous and pious will go beyond the Husn of the Hoor of the Hereafter because of the beauty of her actions in this world. Another point is coming to mind – I will make you all Ashiqs and pure, solid inhabitants of Jannah today, who do Amal happily with no need to be scared to pray Salah – no, there is nothing to be scared about. MashaAllah, your heart should feel that you are a Jannati, and the worries of the world should come out. There should be no sadness, and you will pray Salah with alertness, MashaAllah, thinking that you are going to earn Jannah. Your Ruh will be alert and will practice all day long to earn Paradise – your Ruh should be alive. Don’t think ‘Oh, it is too hard for me. It is too difficult if I have to pray Salah. Fajr tomorrow? That’s too hard’ – and then the face scrunches up tight at the thought. Instead, be happy and think ‘Tell me another Amal that I can do, oh Allah. Tell me more Hadiths so that I can do more A’maal.’ The healthy Ruh demands ‘Give me more! Give me more food – these actions are beloved, so I want to practice more and more.’ Some womenfolk phone and leave messages, saying ‘Hadhrat Sahib, give me more – I want to do more actions. You haven’t done Dhikr yet and we have been waiting and waiting.’ SubhanAllah, this example shows that their Ruh is demanding so much, and they are enjoying the practice of the Deen and the Dhikr of Allah. MashaAllah, their Ruh is alive, so they are enjoying Dhikr, because there is no greater food for the Ruh than the Dhikr of Allah; there is no greater supplement for the Ruh than the Dhikr of Allah. In the same way, the favourite food of the body is Biryani, and though I don’t eat it, some people get so happy, saying ‘Oh, Biryani is so nice!’ They get happy and rejoice as they look at the food on the dish. So when does the Ruh of the friend of Allah feel like this? When it hears SubhanAllah wal-Hamdulillah wa la ilaha illa-llahu wa-llahu Akbar! Yes? The Ruh of a Mu’min says ‘Alhamdulillah wa la ilaha illa-llahu wa-llahu Akbar.’ Don’t you enjoy it when you recite like this? Then come every morning – why don’t you come in the morning to do this Dhikr? Your soul will become alive, and you will enjoy it. These are the signs that we are discussing. After today, will you feel like listening to songs and music? Will you enjoy hearing the songs of those artists? This is where enjoyment is, and this is the sign of the Ruh that is alive. Music and musical instruments will be stinking and smelly for you. I am not saying that the Ruh will immediately leave all sins, but it will start to dislike the sins. They will seem like urine and stool and toilets – you don’t like these things, but you cannot avoid them because you have to go there to relieve yourself. In the same way, you will dislike those things because of your Ruh, and you will say ‘Oh, forget songs and musical instruments – what rubbish music this is.’ You won’t feel like listening and you will want to run from where music is played. Yes, you will dislike those sins and will start loving Allah’s commands, and you will obey, not because they are orders, but out of love for the instructions of Allah. You will have Ishq, deep-rooted love and passion for Allah’s Deen and for His instructions. So those people on the most minor level of Paradise will have one thousand palaces made of gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and pearls, and the colour of the palaces will be that of the Arsh. And in every palace will be found Allah’s Hoors and rivers of milk and servants and food - there will such great Ni’mahs of Allah. Just imagine what Allah will give, and this is the lowest level of Paradise, the broken-down level, for a person like me maybe, if Allah allows me to get into Paradise and receive Allah’s great Ni’mah. So imagine those who are in the highest class of Paradise, MashaAllah, people like you who do Dhikr of Allah, who practice the Sunnah, who wear the Imamah, who put up with curses and mockery from people, SubhanAllah, and who have Sabr even though they are drowned in sadness and distress – what will be the Maqam of those men and women in the Hereafter? Alhamdulillah, be patient today and endure the difficulties and accept the commands of Allah, no matter how much you have to sacrifice. No matter how many difficulties you face, accept and embrace the commands that Allah ta’ala has given to you, and do not play games. This called Sabr, persisting and enduring. Look at what Allah is saying. Allah will give the Mu’min tests and challenges – ‘Let Me order him to do this; let Me give him this sadness and distress’, and we accept these orders and challenges. It doesn’t matter if there is loss or whether there is benefit to us in the world, whether wretchedness or elevation comes to us in the world; whether we are going down or going up, we will accept the orders of Allah and say ‘If my Rabb has given this order, then that is it.’ Your friends may say ‘Oh, don’t do this because it will cause you loss in the world – your wealth will decrease’, but if they do, just say ‘No – Allah’s pleasure is my pleasure, so I will not do any other action.’ Say SubhanAllah. We will only be able to say this when our Ruh is not sick; a sick Ruh will not utter these words. Okay, let’s progress to the next step – I think the gathering today may go on until Fajr! Shall we continue until Fajr? Our Ruhs are alive, so we will continue to discuss and learn. At least let me give you the medicine for the Ruh. We want the Ruh to be alive, so let us get the cure, at least. Where do all these words that come into my mind come from? I don’t understand! I am amazed at how all these words have come into my mind today - maybe you are not amazed, but I am. Where do these words come from with the system and flow and understanding and logic? What Kitab have I learned this from? These are unique points that are coming to my mind – how come this has happened? This is not a prepared speech – I don’t know where all these words come from. Anyhow, let’s continue the discussion. Let us say there’s a man, and he gets sick and goes to the GP so that he can be looked at. What does that doctor do? He may say ‘You have certain deficiencies’ – do you understand this type of issue, when something is lacking in the body? You may lack some vitamin, like vitamin D, or the doctor may say ‘Eat this and do this.’ What will happen then? As soon as you eat the items he identifies, then your body will become healthy – say SubhanAllah. Energy will come and power will return – do you understand? He will say ‘Take this and that vitamin.’ So now let’s go to the spiritual GP. If a person has issues with his spiritual practice, they might say ‘I don’t feel like praying; I don’t feel like wearing Hijab; I’m so angry with my husband that I feel like shooting him or beating him and getting rid of him.’ Or the husband may say ‘I don’t want to go to the Masjid. I try my hardest, but when I get up in the morning, I just run after my shop and business and money such that I don’t even pray Jumu’ah.’ What should such people do? They should go to the spiritual GP. And what will that doctor say? He will say ‘Ah yes, I can see that there is something lacking in your Ruh.’ Say SubhanAllah. ‘There is a certain vitamin in your Ruh that has fallen to a low level, and this is causing all the symptoms of your sickness that you are telling me about.’ The person will say ‘Yes, the problem is that I like committing sins, and disobeying Allah’s orders, and I don’t even feel like practicing the Sunnah because I am scared to do so for fear that people will laugh at me and mock me and make jokes about me. I find it too hard to practice the Sunnah - what should I do?’ What will the spiritual doctor say? He will tell you that there are a lot of deficiencies within, and while the physical doctor may prescribe vitamin A, B C or D, what will the spiritual GP give you? Say SubhanAllah. He tells you what is lacking in the Ruh in order to bring it back to life. I will give you his example to compare with the physical GP, because both do essentially the same thing - both are GPs. So what cures does the spiritual GP prescribe for the soul? The spiritual GP will give you a heavenly cure. The worldly practitioner will give you medicines derived from the soil that take the form of a capsule or liquid medicine, but where will the cures of the spiritual GP come from? From the heavens! His cure will consist of heavenly medicine that will make your Ruh strong. So look now at the deficiencies in your heart, like not wanting to come to Fajr Salah or doing Dhikr of Allah. People say ‘Hadhrat, I know there is a Dhikr Majlis, and that attendance brings Thawab, but I can’t seem to come; I don’t feel like coming.’ This is because you are sick, and something is lacking inside you - say SubhanAllah. If this is the situation, you are like monkeys and apes due to this deficiency. I will tell you the medicine you need. I have explained the sickness, and if you want to go to Paradise and become a high-level inhabitant of Paradise, then listen. By way of comparison, I will also tell you about the reality of Jahannam, for that is the alternative destination. If you don’t take the medicine and instead waste the time you have in this world – and time is passing so quickly, SubhanAllah – Allah says ‘I am also Shadeed ul-Iqaab – I am severe in punishment!’ Whilst Allah has told us of the beautiful springs of Paradise, Allah has also detailed the punishments of Hellfire. Due to the sicknesses of the Ruh - pride and love for Dunya and greed – all these sicknesses of the Ruh will be dragged with you into the Hereafter, and Allah will give punishment for every sin in Jahannam. Allah will say ‘Why did you not cure your Ruh? Why did you drag yourself towards the punishment of hell?’ Just as there is a cure, so also there is destruction. If you don’t come to the Majlis today and you don’t sit for Dhikr, then it is your Ruh that is stopping you. There is no excuse for not coming to the Majlis. Never mind the nonsense and wasteful excuses, it is our Ruh that is saying ‘Leave it’ or ‘Let’s go’ - it is not our choice. As I mentioned earlier, Allah’s order is always descending on any Mu’min who says La ilaha illa-llah. Our decision is not allowed. Just as Allah has given it control in the world, Allah will release the Ruh in Paradise and say ‘Now it is your choice as to what you do.’ Just as your body has freedom of choice here, it will be the same in the Hereafter. There will be no Salah and no fasting, just enjoyment beyond enjoyment – SubhanAllah. Allah will say ‘Fill your heart with enjoyment now for having avoided wrongdoing in the world’ – SubhanAllah. Allah will say ‘You lowered your gaze in front of women, so I will give you so many women now. You left alcohol in the world, so now I will give you pure alcohol. You left all those things in the world for My sake, so see how I compensate you for those things in the Hereafter.’ SubhanAllah, you will be enjoying yourself and Allah will say ‘Have whatever you want!’ You won’t even need to say it with your mouth, as soon as you imagine what you want, it will come to you from the heavens. If you think ‘I would like to eat meat’, a bird will fly immediately from a tree and be skinned and roasted, Halal and cooked, there and then, into a beautiful, tasty dish that will come before you and say ‘Please consume me!’ Say SubhanAllah. There, it is forever, while here, we are restricted - and yet we want to be free here! We are mad; we are jokers; we are animals and monkeys. There is no freedom here – keep telling yourself repeatedly that there is no freedom here. Say ‘Allah, we are Your prisoners here, whether we like it or not. Whether life is easy or hard, we are prisoners’ - and when a person is a prisoner, he has to do whatever the prison officer tells him to do. So when the Master says you have do something, you have to do it – end of story. You will be free in the Hereafter; as soon as the doors are opened, you will be released from the shackles. Here, we are chained, but there, everything will be released. It will be said ‘Go, run around; there are women, do what you want; laugh and joke!’ In his dream, a man once saw someone he knew who had passed away, and he was sitting down drinking alcohol. He was throwing things and he had Hoors around him and servants who he was telling to bring him this and that. That person was so happy – and I won’t tell you the name of the person who saw the dream – but he said that his friend was enjoying himself so much in Paradise. And the friend told the one who was dreaming ‘Give people the message about my condition.’ And he was not intoxicated from the alcohol he was drinking. There will be no intoxication from that drink, but rather it will give a beautiful feeling, that feeling that you sometimes get when doing Dhikr of Allah, which is such a beautiful feeling of enjoyment that I cannot describe it – say SubhanAllah. Your Ruh will become alive today, and this is the state of the Ruh that is alive. So now, the cure – let’s come towards the cure. What is lacking and defective in our bodies? What is the capsule that you need to consume so that you can make up this shortfall? This is not ‘Ilm from books, rather this is spiritual knowledge from the Qur’an and the Hadith. I can give you proofs for everything I am saying from the Qur’an and from Hadith; this is not empty talk. I am not a Hafidh so that I can tell you every single verse, although they are in my heart and mind, and I can recite them. One Hafidh I knew in Karachi used to listen to me, and he was a strong Hafidh – the poor soul has passed away now, may Allah give him Jannah - and one day he said ‘Hadhrat Sahib, are you a Hafidh of the Qur’an?’ He used to hear me read Qur’an and listen to me. I replied ‘No, I am not a Hafidh.’ He said ‘It seems to me that you are a Hafidh of the Qur’an who has forgotten the Qur’an.’ SubhanAllah - you know how sometimes a Hafidh may forget some verses of Qur’an? Well, he said ‘It looks to me that you are a Hafidh who has forgotten.’ Anyway, what I am telling you is from the Qur’an – it is an explanation in depth. So the cure for the Ruh is a fantastic, great cure, and if you find a deficiency in a person and see that he is lacking in vitamins, then you will see that he becomes disobedient to Allah and he will run away from the obedience of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam due to what is lacking within him. His Ruh is lacking energy, in the same way that when you don’t have the right vitamins, your body becomes weak, and your bones become brittle and so on. When your Ruh becomes weak, it is forced to do wrong – it doesn’t pray Salah, it doesn’t do Ibadah and it runs after sins – but as soon as a person takes in the source of vitamins to strengthen his Ruh, he will immediately start to hasten towards good deeds. Shall I tell you what the cure is? What is the cure? The cure is the love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Is this not in the Hadith? Is this not in the Qur’an? The love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam is the cure for the ailing soul. If you don’t have this in your heart, then you are living a fake life. Your Ruh knows that if you do certain things, then people will think of you as an Ashiq and will consider you to be a good Muslim. A person thinks ‘If I do this action, people will think that I am pious.’ Action based on this is not obeying Allah nor Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and it is not running away from sins – say SubhanAllah. Such a person is practicing those deeds for other objectives; he will shout out loudly that he is pious, and he will give long, eloquent speeches and explanations, swaying to the left and to the right to explain himself. He will try to compensate his lack of love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam with other things, but he won’t have obedience to Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam in his life, and he won’t have the strength to leave sins, and he will not obey the orders of Allah subhana wa ta'ala. He will say ‘No, no, no – I am very high in my practice; I don’t need to practice all these other aspects of Deen. I have love for Allah in my heart.’ These are their faults – am I right or am I wrong? Such a person will live a life of deception. No, my friends, forget these feelings of the heart, for Allah ta’ala is saying ‘I have made the whole Deen apparent, and whoever practices the whole Deen is correct. If love for Me and for Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is in a person’s heart, then that love is such that it becomes apparent physically in the world.’ My Hadhrat Sahib used to say ‘Don’t be like a person who runs a perfume shop and tells people that his perfumes smell good; rather, the person who comes in should accept and confirm that the fragrance is beautiful.’ The Walis of Allah are such that when people come to them, they say that they feel good when they sit with them and that they can feel the benefit from their company. That is the sign – what a beautiful example Hadhrat Sahib gave. So Ashiqs are not those people who run around in the Dunya making empty and false claims. The people of the world confirm that those who practice are the true lovers; they don’t oppose them. They confirm that these are the true lovers of the Deen of Allah subhana wa ta'ala – say SubhanAllah. So, my brothers, to bring our soul to life, what do we need? What does a person with a dirty Ruh, with a sick soul, need to do? He needs the love of Allah and of His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam - he needs Ishq. But a person who has disease in his heart and runs after sins and plays games with the Deen, who has Batini sins and backbites and has love for the Dunya, that person should realise that there is clearly no love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam inside him; there is something lacking inside him. Don’t judge by your Sujood or your Qur’an or your recitation; if you are not practicing the Deen, then there is something lacking inside you, which is the love of Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But if a person is sick, he will never accept that, and will then fall into a bigger sin, which is that Kibr and pride will develop inside him. He will say ‘What? Me? I pray Salah and I recite Qur’an and I am this and people accept me and say that I am pious, so how can there be anything wrong with me?’ He will never accept, but his A’maal prove that he does not obey Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam. He has internal, Batini sins, and though there is no-one who can call him out, he knows inside. And if he does not accept physically, then there is yet another sin inside, which is Kibr, and hence he will never admit that he has these defects inside him. He will never accept that he is inferior, and everything he does will be for the sake of the Dunya rather than for the Akhirah; he has no relation to the Akhirah at all – say SubhanAllah. Is it hard for you to understand what I am saying? Are you understanding what I am saying? Am I right? Put your hands up if you have understood what I have said up to now. Okay, fine – then let’s carry on. What we realise now is that you need to reflect on whether there is love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam; if this is not inside your heart, then there is something lacking. And what injection do we need to enable the love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam to enter our hearts? Come, let me explain to you what injection you need: {وَٱذۡڪُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ ڪَثِيرً۬ا لَّعَلَّكُمۡ تُفۡلِحُونَ} SubhanAllah, Allah ta’ala announces in the Qur’an that you can only acquire the love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam in your heart with one action; what is necessary is Dhikran Katheera - a high quantity of Dhikrullah. That’s it – the Qur’an is full of verses that make this clear. I will refer again to Hadhrat Arifi rahmatullah alayh – Hadhrat Sheikh used to say great things, MashaAllah. The whole Qur’an is full of the mention of Dhikr of Allah: {إِنَّ ٱلۡمُسۡلِمِينَ وَٱلۡمُسۡلِمَـٰتِ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنَـٰتِ وَٱلۡقَـٰنِتِينَ وَٱلۡقَـٰنِتَـٰتِ وَٱلصَّـٰدِقِينَ وَٱلصَّـٰدِقَـٰتِ وَٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ وَٱلصَّـٰبِرَٲتِ وَٱلۡخَـٰشِعِينَ وَٱلۡخَـٰشِعَـٰتِ وَٱلۡمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَٱلۡمُتَصَدِّقَـٰتِ وَٱلصَّـٰٓٮِٕمِينَ وَٱلصَّـٰٓٮِٕمَـٰتِ وَٱلۡحَـٰفِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمۡ وَٱلۡحَـٰفِظَـٰتِ وَٱلذَّٲڪِرِينَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرً۬ا وَٱلذَّٲڪِرَٲتِ} Is there a bigger message than that contained in this verse? A Muslim man or woman, an honest man or woman, chaste, Hafidheen – all the qualities of Iman are mentioned - and what do you need to do to attain these? You need to do abundant Dhikr! {وَٱلذَّٲڪِرِينَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرً۬ا وَٱلذَّٲڪِرَٲتِ أَعَدَّ ٱللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغۡفِرَةً۬ وَأَجۡرًا عَظِيمً۬ا} Allah says that for those men and women who do Dhikr abundantly is forgiveness and a tremendous reward. Allah gives a certificate of acceptance that when you Dhikr of Allah, your Ruh will become alive with the Dhikr of Allah and you will attain all these attributes – you will become a Mu’min, a Muslim, Sadiq, everything. All the attributes will come inside you, and Allah promises ‘When you come to Me, I will give you Maghfirah, and with transparent purity you will go into Jannah and receive the Ajran Adheema.’ Can you get a bigger guarantee than this? If you want to become a Muslim, then do Dhikr; if you want to become a Mu’min, then do Dhikr; if you want to become truthful, do Dhikr; if you want to be a fasting person, do Dhikr. What does Allah say that you have to do to attain all the attributes of a Mu’min? Say it loudly: Dhikrullah! So should we do this? Allah ta’ala says that He will enable us to do this and guide us towards His Dhikr – do we not do Dhikr here? This is a big Masjid, not a small one, so there will be no tightness; as many people as want to come can come, SubhanAllah. Once, the Masjid was so full with attendees that the people overflowed into the corridors and pavements – you don’t see Mu’jizahs like that every day, do you? Some even called out and criticized! But this is all the Tasarraf of my Sheikh – this is the record attendance in this Masjid, and no one has surpassed it. Hadhrat Abdullah rahmatullah alayh was alive at the time, and I received a call from him, SubhanAllah. He called me while I was at home – and his son, Moulana Ismail Sahib witnessed this, so you can ask him. I had no idea that so many people would come when I came with ease to pray earlier. Allah’s Rahmah came down at that time and Allah revived His Wali, SubhanAllah. This was a unique and Ajeeb proof – alhamdulillah, it was a Mu’jizah, a Karamah of my Hadhrat Sheikh. This doesn’t happen all the time. Did it happen due to our efforts in calling people? No, this was a Karamah of a Wali of Allah, SubhanAllah, a person who some even criticized, saying ‘Who is this?’ He was a great Wali of Allah whose Faidh is flowing, and Allah ta’ala said ‘Okay, I’ll show you – I will demonstrate. Stop it if you can!’ So anyway, I received a phone call from Hadhrat Abdullah Kahaporteri rahmatullah alayh, saying ‘My son is coming to your gathering from London and would like to see you.’ I said ‘It shouldn’t be hard for him to see me. He can come, and we will feed him’ – I had a link with him and MashaAllah, he was a good friend of mine who used to travel here sometimes and used to meet me here. MashaAllah, he got Ijaza from me and Khilafat as well. People were quite shocked and amazed, and asked him ‘Why did you get Khilafah from him?’ He said ‘What is wrong with that?’ He became my student and imagine what his Hal in Jannah will be now, alhamdulillah. So I said ‘Yes, definitely your son can come – he’s welcome, he’s invited.’ He rang me back after thirty minutes and said that his son was shocked and was asking how he would be able to meet me. I asked what the problem was, and he said ‘There are too many people – there are oceans of people there! My son said that when he arrived, there were oceans of people, and he wants to know what is happening. He says that there are too many people, so how is he going to see you?’ These were the words of Moulana Kahaporteri rahmatullah alayh. He was phoning me from abroad, and his son is a witness so you can ask him. I was shocked and amazed and said ‘There is no big gathering here’, but he said ‘Don’t you know how many people have come? It is as if a storm has flooded the roads and pavements and alleyways with people – where have all these people come from?’ I said ‘What has happened here?’ – I was shocked and surprised myself. And when I arrived at the mosque, I saw that he was correct, and thought ‘What scene is this? There are so many people, SubhanAllah! Oh Allah, this is Your Glory, You are so Supreme! Allah has said {وَلَذِكۡرُ ٱللَّهِ أَڪۡبَرُ‌ۗ }, so these people didn’t come for me – they don’t know me. It is the Dhikr of Allah that dragged them here!’ So Allah is saying ‘Do you make a joke and mock My Dhikr? See how I respond to you then!’ There were so many people who came on that day - seas and swarms of people. Had any of you seen such a gathering before that? The whole of Bolton was full to the brim with those people, and there was no walkway or corridor left where there was not someone sitting; and through this, Allah showed the Karamat and the miracle of His Wali. Since that day, never have so many people come here. You can try your hardest, but you will not be able to get that many – never. But those who are blind and whose Ruhs are dead, they are dead; they don’t know what the glory of Dhikr is. Despite all of that, they joke and mock and think Dhikrullah is a game. So, my brothers, understand what today’s Majlis teaches us. What does it teach us? That we must make our souls alive. If we are weak on all the A’maal and we don’t practice the orders of Allah, and if we disobey Allah and commit sins, and if we do not follow the Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and don’t reject sins, the reason for this is that our Ruh is sick. And the sick soul can only be cured through one action. The reason for our sickness is that we are lacking in love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and if you want to upgrade and increase and intensify that love, then do Dhikr of Allah abundantly - and that is the summary of today’s Majlis. If a person wants to experience the goodness of this, then do it. Why? Because the Qur’an testifies to this, and Al-Mustafa’s beautiful statements testify to this, and my Sheikh also taught messages like this, SubhanAllah. I can pick up the Qur’an in front of you and you can see this teaching that I am sharing with you. InshaAllah, you will be of those who laugh and smile and walk into Paradise. And don’t leave that path once you have experienced it; don’t reject Dhikr. Keep on moving, keep on moving, keep on travelling. There is no other path apart from this. If you stick to Dhikr of Allah and keep doing it, your love will increase, and when your love increases, then you will progress. But if you leave Dhikr, then the level of love will decrease, and the sins will come into your life, and you will disobey Allah. The more you leave Dhikr, the more you will disobey. If you want to keep your love for Allah and Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam strong, then do Dhikr on an ongoing basis. This is a well-established process. If you love somebody in the world, for example, then when you have this connection of love, you phone that person regularly. If you don’t phone them, they will ask ‘Why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you message me or text me?’ Won’t that person become unhappy with you? If you go to India, and you don’t text or phone your wife, she will say ‘Why didn’t you phone me? I know you’re busy, but what is your excuse?’ People argue and quarrel over such things, don’t they? ‘Why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you text me?’ This happens, doesn’t it? If you go to London and you don’t phone your wife, she will say ‘Why didn’t you phone me? I was waiting for your call.’ So what we realise here is that Allah ta’ala is telling us that the demand of the connection of love entails that it must always be maintained – say SubhanAllah – and this is for the normal, natural love in the world that we are talking about here. This is in the nature of a human being. If your son or daughter travels to study or such like, you will always say ‘Why don’t you phone me, my child? I’m your father.’ This is the love that a father has in his heart – there is a connection. Allah ta’ala has put that natural, Fitra desire for the relationship to increase so that the love can increase, and the relationship get stronger – say SubhanAllah. Yes? So we advise that if you want love for your Sheikh, then maintain that connection and keep the company of your teacher. Don’t allow any gap to develop, for if so, shaytan will insert himself into that gap, and that is where people lose out. For example, if a one-day gap occurs, next time it is a two-day or three-day gap, and then a week; but the people who keep going to the gatherings are continuous in their love. A colleague of mine went to see my Sheikh after becoming a bit distant, and after a few days when he returned, I could see the splashes of love dripping from him. I was happy, because he had only gone for a few days, yet when he came back, his connection was strong again, SubhanAllah. So this connection is important, and it is a mark of a student’s love that he is not happy if any gap opens up between him and his teacher. I gave you the example of the Dunya – wife, kids and relatives and so on – so regarding the love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam, will Allah be happy if His Mu’min does not remember Him? Allah ta’ala says { فَٱذۡكُرُونِىٓ أَذۡكُرۡكُمۡ} – Allah has allowed no gap. Allah is saying ‘The relationship between Me and you is such that our love should be so strong that you keep remembering Me and I keep remembering you - that is when the love between us will become strong. But if you take Dhikr out of your life, then the love between us is finished.’ Why should there be any gap? In every second and at every moment you should remember, to the extent that Allah ta’ala tells us in this great verse {قِيَـٰمً۬ا وَقُعُودً۬ا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمۡ وَيَتَفَڪَّرُونَ فِى خَلۡقِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَ رَ} that we should remember Him so much that we should remember when lying down, when walking and when sitting down – why? So that no gaps appear in our connection with Allah. {وَيَتَفَڪَّرُونَ فِى خَلۡقِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَ رَ} Furthermore, Allah is saying ‘If you love Me and start to remember me this much, I will give you a reward after that!’ And the reward is very great – a point has come to me. Shall I share it with you? SubhanAllah, a point is coming which I will explain as I go along. {وَيَتَفَڪَّرُونَ فِى خَلۡقِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَ رَ} The reward that Allah ta’ala gives is such that Allah is saying ‘When your love for Me is so strong that you do My Dhikr this much, then you will get an emotion within – { وَيَتَفَڪَّرُونَ}.’ You will have a deep yearning and love for the Hereafter on an ongoing basis. This is a great message from this verse. So what we realise is that love and concern for the Akhirah are two things that go together. When a person has true love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam – the point is coming, so listen to this carefully, SubhanAllah, for it is a very beautiful point, and you can use this as a test and a challenge to weigh up your deeds - where there is true love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam, then you will have both of these things in your life - remember this. Where there is true love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam in your life, then you will definitely have concern for your Hereafter and will think ‘What’s going to happen in hell? And what will happen in the grave? What will I be asked in the grave? And what will happen on the Day of Judgement? Will I go to Paradise?’ You will have this Fikr - {وَيَتَفَڪَّرُونَ فِى خَلۡقِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَ رَ}. Allah is saying ‘When you remember Me, when you remember Me, when you remember Me, then you will get this concern on an ongoing basis.’ This is such a great reward, but Allah ta’ala says that He will give an even greater reward than this – shall I tell you that point? Shall I share it? Allah says {لَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُونَ}. Allah is saying ‘Due to this concern and Fikr that you had for the Hereafter, I will make everything in the Hereafter clean and pure for you such that you have no concerns and no worries.’ Do you understand? Do you like this point? You will be free from any concern and grief. So – three things: the true sign of the person who loves Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam is that when a person loves Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam, when he does Dhikr, it is not empty Dhikr. Rather, he continues to cry and beg to be saved from the fire of Jahannam and from the fire of the grave and from all the punishments of the Hereafter. He keeps on doing Dhikr and he keeps on crying – concern, concern, concern just keeps coming. But what do we think? The people who run after the Dunya, whose Ruh is dead while their body is alive, their concerns are ‘What will happen to my shop and my business? Let me do Dhikr so that my business flourishes; let me do Dhikr so I get more turnover; let me do Dhikr so that my Dua for a son is answered; let me do Dhikr so that my Dua for more Dunya is answered.’ They do Dhikr for the sake of the Dunya, because Dunya is their objective - it has become their focal point. Their soul is dead, so they do Dhikr just to get more Dunya, because they have no Fikr or concern. Say SubhanAllah - what a beautiful point! Oh Allah, may Your glory be with us! So this is the concern that a person always has when he keeps doing Dhikr with love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam. If you don’t have this Fikr and concern, then you are in a state of deception. You should have concern for the Akhirah when you have love for Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam – that is true love. What a big deception those people who think that they are Ashiq-e-Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam are in if they have no Fikr-e-Akhirah. Will a person without a beard not get punished? Can a person who doesn’t pray Salah not get punishment? Then how can he be an Ashiq? They go on marches and attend conferences and shout out that they are Ashiqs and talk about pointless things. I am not criticizing anyone here; I am not putting anybody down. Rather, I say MashaAllah, become true lovers - and do it now before it is too late! At least implement those physical actions correctly. The taste of true Deen is beyond understanding because those people have the true Fikr. When you have the Fikr of the Akhirah, that will save you from the Fire of Hell. The greatest destination is the grave, where the questions will be severe – that is what you should be preparing for. Have you ever done Dhikr without having Fikr? No, but we have Fikr for Dunya – even in the Dua after Dhikr, we ask for Dunya. This is not how the true Dhakir is. Another point is coming, my friends. It is said that a person who keeps doing Dhikr and then more Dhikr, and after he does Dhikr, he cries and a tear comes out of his eyes, then the value of that tear is so great that it cools the fire of Jahannam. Why? Because that tear contains Fikr alongside the Dhikr. Do you understand the point now? Listen to my Dars again, repeatedly. The value of that tear is such that it cools the fire of Jahannam because that person had concern for the Akhirah. He wasn’t playing games and just passing time - he had Fikr for the Akhirah. He would cry, thinking ‘Oh Allah, what will happen to me? Oh Allah, my A’maal are dirty and impure’ – he had Fikr and concern alongside his Dhikr. Okay – we have spoken a great deal today. May Allah ta’ala give all of us the Tawfeeq to practice upon this. May Allah ta’ala accept whatever I have said and overlook any mistakes in what I have been sharing regarding the ‘Ilm and knowledge that has come from my tongue. Oh Allah, forgive me – please forgive me for any mistakes, and if I have been disrespectful in any way in the words that have come out of my mouth. I tried to make sense in what I was saying, but oh Allah, forgive me for the errors. These subjects are heavy, and I have to share them with you people. I am just a simple person, and I don’t have ‘Ilm and knowledge. It is through Allah’s Fadhl and Karam that I speak to you, and MashaAllah, you are great people, pious, Saliheen, righteous Alims and Abids and Zahids. I am not even at the level of the dust on your shoes – I am nothing compared to you, MashaAllah. I speak due to your greatness, and if I make an error while I am speaking, then please tell me so that I can get the benefit of knowledge – I will not mind at all. And if you like what I am saying, then please make Dua for me and ask that Allah ta’ala may increase me in my knowledge. Ameen Recite Durood Sharif.
11th Jan, 2022
SubhanAllah as always so beautiful so so so fortunate to have Hadhrat sahib.
5th Nov, 2021