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Summary of Maulana Shaykh Nazim’s Daily Suhbah
14th October 2010, Thursday
Return to Him as a servant, and He will honour you like a king
A’uzubillah himinsh shaitan nirrajeem
Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem
Assalamu’alaikum wrh wbkt
- Maulana began with the recitation of Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem, and encouraged us to always recite it with hope (to be saved from the Fire by it) and with the contentment in your heart of knowing that reading it will save you from the Fire. We have received the biggest grant in Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem, a grant to the Nation of the Seal of Prophets (saw), but we haven’t realised its full potential. Man is a heedless and forgetful creature.
Prophet Soloman (as) began his Letter to the Queen of Balqeesh as follows:
إِنَّهُ ۥ مِن سُلَيۡمَـٰنَ وَإِنَّهُ ۥ بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Lo! It is from Solomon, and lo! It is: In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; (Surah An-Naml 27:30)
- We are weak ones, and we all wish to become more powerful and more honoured (in faith), and to be forgiven (by Allah) and to be amongst the best (in His eyes). If that is what you desire, then recite Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem, at least 100 times daily.
- At any time you feel threatened by a situation or problem in this world, or if you a burdened by a thought or worry of the hereafter – recite Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem, and you will be placed under His Shelter and within His Protection.
- Maulana says if he were to attempt to speak about the secret knowledge, secret powers, and secret grants contained within Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem, he would be unable to finish, even if he started talking when Allah began creating the Universe, till the end of time, for so much has been given by Allah, within Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem to Rasulullah (saw), for us! The Quran contains countless lessons leading us to countless grants of honour from Heavens.
- Maulana revealed one secret – that reciting Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem upon food as we start eating, converts the food into noor (light), within our bodies, and Allah’s blessings descend on that person! Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem is the door to safety and pleasure, which is why shaitan works so hard to make us forget to recite Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem at the beginning of all our actions, especially when we eat. Shaitan hates to see Man in safety, in pleasure, or in happiness.
- The Quran mentions the Throne of Solomon. It is not a worldly throne sat upon by worldly Kings; this is a Heavenly Throne. What makes a throne special? A throne is made honourable, by the value of the one who sits on it. And the value of that one, is judged (Divinely), by how much of servanthood to Allah Almighty, he has acquired in his life. A throne, in which sits a wicked and cruel tyrant has no value in Divine eyes, there is no honour to be on it, it is only a responsibility/burden for one who sits on it. But a Throne, in which sits a humble and obedient servant of Allah, becomes a Holy, Honoured, Blessed, Enlightened, Glorified and Majestic Throne!
- Maulana then spoke of worldly Kings, and followers from the Wahhabi school of thought, who felt jealous when they see people loving and honoring Rasulullah (saw). These are people who have the disease of jealousy in their hearts, and anyone who has such ill-feelings towards Prophet Muhammad (saw), has no Iman (faith). Wahhabi followers frown upon people who stand up to honour Rasulullah (saw), upon those who perform selawat (darood shareef) and upon those who respect him. Why? Maulana said that these people must realise, that if Allah has honoured Rasulullah (saw), then why shouldn’t we also honour him?
عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَبۡعَثَكَ رَبُّكَ مَقَامً۬ا مَّحۡمُودً۬ا
Soon will thy Lord raise thee to a station of Praise and Glory! (Surah Al-Isra' 17:79)
- Maulana says, he feels ashamed to refer to Rasulullah (saw) as a servant (though indeed, our Prophet is the Most Glorified of servants, being the pinnacle of perfection in servanthood), but as a sign of his immense respect for Rasulullah (saw), Maulana prefers to refer to him, as the Khalifa (representative) of Allah, for indeed, he is the representative mentioned in the Qur’an:
وَإِذۡ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ۬ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ خَلِيفَةً۬ۖ
And when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to place a viceroy (Khalifa) on the earth, (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:30)
- In reality, only a heavenly-appointed King, may sit on a Throne. Earthly Kings should, out of humility, sit on an ordinary chair placed beside their thrones, and say, “I shall sit in this ordinary chair, for my Throne here is only for the Seal of Prophets (saw) to sit on.” Now that is adab, says Maulana.
- Solomon’s Holy Throne was built by the Jinns, and it was made of gold (not from earth, but from the heavens), and it was a wonder to behold. Anyone who looked at it, would fall into prostration in astonishment. Allah dressed the Throne and the one sitting on it, with Magnificence, Majesty and Greatness, so that no one could look at Solomon and not be mesmerized by his commanding presence – no one in his Court, could raise his head, to look at Solomon! Allah dressed him with one spot of His Greatness, Might, Majesty and Glory – necessary attributes, as Solomon (as) was to be the Commander of Man, Animals, Jinns and devils.
- Does Allah have only one Throne for His Prophets? Certainly not. Our beloved Rasulullah (saw) also has one. But why was Rasulullah (saw) not sent with a Throne, for certainly, it would have been a Throne more Glorious and Majestic! Rasulullah (saw) did not want such a Throne, he said, “I sit as a servant sits, and I eat as a servant eats.” Subhanallah! There are so many lessons hidden within this answer. Why did Rasulullah (saw) say that, instead of asking for a breath-taking Throne that would amaze and stupefy the world?
- Rasulullah (saw) had been shown that his Nation would be one, who would be filled with people who wanted fame, glory, glamour, majesty, mighty and power. He wanted to show the example of servanthood to his Nation, by rejecting such a Throne, and living simply and with the best of adab (conduct/behaviour). He wanted to show us, that we mustn’t be proud of owning something in dunia – whether it be fine clothes, expensive furniture, palaces, sports cars, or designer goods. Honour does not come from these – it comes from being a servant to Allah! So he showed us the best example of servanthood, by sitting, eating, walking – in other words, living – as a servant. The Prophet’s message was, “Don’t seek glory, majesty, might and honour through your Thrones (i.e. worldly posessions). Those are granted by Allah to His servants, according to Heavenly wisdom.” The Prophet (saw) taught us to say, “I am but a weak servant of My Lord.”
- Rasulullah (saw) is teaching us how to be acceptable ones in the Divine presence. But shaitan is teaching us to be arrogant, teaching Man to be proud of what he has, and to aim to make people notice him. Shaitan tells Man to sit on his Throne and to be seen!” Poisoned by this, Man says: “If I can find a Throne to sit on, I would!”
- If Rasulullah (saw) had indeed showed us his position as an honoured one, by virtue of owning a majestic piece of furniture (a Throne), members of his Nation would have dedicated their lives to attaining the finest of decorations and dressings of dunia. Eventually, Maulana says, we will become a Nation of Fir’auns and Namruds sitting on our thrones – dirty and evil ones. Why? Because, as mentioned in an earlier Suhbah, deep in every Man’s heart, is the desire to be worshipped by the rest of creation. This desire, to be a worshipped leader, to be a self-centred tyrant, is the highest aspiration of our egos! It is a disease that has taken the world by storm today.
- There are only two categories in life. There is the Creator, and there is the creation (servants). Since you are not the Creator, you must be the creation, the servant! If you are not acting as a servant, that means you are acting as the Master! Allah is displeased with those who do that – Allah has no partners. So there is only servanthood, there is no other category for us except that.
- Maulana says, live for three days in this dunia, as a servant, then in the eternal life, Allah will grant you majestic Thrones and Palaces, and place you in them. But in dunia, be humble servants to Him. Return to him as servants, and He will grant you never-ending honour and glory! Don’t return to him as a King, but as a servant!
- In conclusion, Maulana repeated a plea he made in an earlier Suhbah, for Wahhabi-fundamentalist Scholars, who were based in Western countries, to return home to their homelands. He said that, their extreme, aggressive, violent and critical ways and behaviour, was the worst example of a Muslim, that the West should see. It is best that they return, and learn to correct their conduct, for the Prophet (saw) did not spread the deen, by such repulsive behaviour. He said, “My Lord taught me good conduct and perfected my good conduct.”
- Teach your children to recite Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem from young and train them (and yourselves) to start every action with Bismillahir Rahman-nir Raheem.
- Ponder over the Quran, take lessons from it, as each lesson contained within it, is a door to heavenly grants of honour.
- Kings must be appointed by the Divine, only then can they sit on the throne.
أَلَمۡ تَرَ إِلَى ٱلۡمَلَإِ مِنۢ بَنِىٓ إِسۡرَٲٓءِيلَ مِنۢ بَعۡدِ مُوسَىٰٓ إِذۡ قَالُواْ لِنَبِىٍّ۬ لَّهُمُ ٱبۡعَثۡ لَنَا مَلِڪً۬ا نُّقَـٰتِلۡ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِۖ
Have you not thought about the group of the Children of Israel after (the time of) Musâ (Moses)? When they said to a Prophet of theirs, “Appoint for us a king and we will fight in Allâh’s Way.” (2:246)
- The heart of Man is the Throne of Allah. Do not appoint a common thief (shaitan) to sit on the Throne; he will steal its jewels, and raid its coffers. Look at the tyrants who rule – they all plunder their country’s reserves. Don’t put a worldly one there either (ego), it will lead you to become a Pharoah and keep you busy with dunia. In the Ayat above, Bani Israel says, “Appoint for us a king and we will fight in Allâh’s Way,” it means, we must pray to Allah to send us His true ones (Sadiqeen, the Warisatul Anbiya) who will take our hands and help us along the path (Tariqah) to servanthood (ubudiyyah). They will and teach and guide us to fight all the dirtiness and evil brought by shaitan, our egos, our desires and by dunia (the four enemies). This is the Way (Tariqah) of those fighting (jihadun nafs) in Allah’s Way.
- Maulana mentioned that for ‘three days’, be a servant to Him. Three days is a reflection of our lives in this world – yesterday (which has passed and will never return, it is a land of regrets), today (this moment, which must be passed in absolute servanthood), and tomorrow (the land of uncertainty and death, for death may strike at any time).
- Return to Him, dressed as His servant, and He will dress you like a king, for eternity!
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