Weekly Letter

INTENTIONS, MIGRATIONS AND THE IR FRUITS…

 

The first Prophetic tradition in Bukhari is about intentions, its narrator is the Honourable Umar and it became well-known during the times of Yahya ibn Said al-Ansari.

‘Actions are judged by intentions, and a person will be rewarded according to the intention.
Thus, if someone’s emigration is to gain the pleasure of God and His Messenger, then his emigration will be accepted as that.
Whoever emigrates for some worldly gain which he can acquire or a woman he will marry, then his emigration is for that for which he emigrates.’
The wording of the statement seems to indicate it came later.
Did God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, say this in the early days?
When analysing the structure and the context of this tradition it is clear that it was said during the time of emigration.
Everybody emigrates for the sake of God but,
There are two aspects to it.
Firstly, because they were not given the opportunity to do the things they were meant to and secondly they were not given a right to live.
Those who joined God’s Messenger in the early days of his Prophethood emigrated with him.
Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, those who never left the side of God’s Messenger.
With them are early Muslims like Ammar and Bilal.
The Qur’an calls them the ‘First and Foremost’.
They are linked to God’s Glorified Promise in the Chapter at-Tawbah from the Qur’an.
They emigrated with our noble Prophet.
Because they were oppressed and did not have the right to live there, God commanded them to migrate.
Emigration…
To abandon one’s home.
To let go of everything one owns.
To let go of everything that’s familiar and to face homesickness.
God’s Messenger is like the spiritual twin of the Ka’ba, his separation from his twin saddened him greatly, even though he was in total submission to God.
While leaving Mecca, he turned back and started crying:
‘If they had not pressured me to leave, I would not have left.’
Yes this is how most of the people left Mecca with God’s Messenger.
They were denied their right to live.
Those who oppressed them were ignorant about justice, disregarded one’s rights, and followed the path of tyranny.
In periods following this, similar things occurred.
Nothing changed.
But there were also those who remained behind but couldn’t perform their religious duties; they were not given the opportunity to do so.
Similar to what we are experiencing today was taking place, people forced to hide.
They couldn’t pray openly, couldn’t command good and forbid evil, and couldn’t carry out their duties within society.
When the Qur’an mentions this in a balanced manner, it appreciates the migrants and treats them with great respect; while also mentioning those who remained behind and couldn’t live their lives as they were supposed to.
The Qur’an addresses those who remained behind in an almost critical tone, saying, ‘You didn’t migrate even though God’s earth is vast. You could have performed your Prayers, fasted comfortably, gone on pilgrimage, and commanded good and forbidden evil.’
For this reason, migration has such an aspect.
There are two reflections to this:
‘We do what we need to do with sincerity.’
‘We are denied our right to live here; we can live freely elsewhere, with God’s permission.’
This emigration took place with God’s direction.
Everyone was migrating with our noble Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.
As mentioned before, ‘If a person emigrates to God and His Messenger, his emigration is indeed to God and His Messenger.’
So, his emigration has meaning in the sight of God and he gets rewarded like those who emigrated with the Messenger of God.
If one emigrates ‘for the sake of worldly desires’, and says, ‘Let me go; I may earn more elsewhere, I can make investments in other places,’ his emigration is for that desire.
Also let me mention this as a side note:
There may not be any defect to thinking this way as long as you have a noble ideal.
Some time ago, people said, ‘Let’s go abroad and take part in service, make investments in this regard; build schools, establish universities, with God’s permission.’
There is no harm in this.
But migrating purely for the sake of the carnal soul, thinking of earning worldly benefits, whatever you desire, that determines your value.
You display your own value with what you seek and desire.
However much what you seek is worth, that determines your value, if you seek copper, that is your value, however, the one who seeks gold has a golden soul.
While you can migrate for the sake of God, His Messenger and religion, some migrate for the sake of worldly things that they have developed affection for.
Actually, you cannot call that ‘affection’; it is desire of the flesh, weakness of humanity and ardent physical longing.
For that reason, he migrates to reach someone.
And that is what he will gain.
For something so small and narrow, he undergoes so much hardship.
Briefly, this is what the tradition explains.
But when you examine the tradition, it is very comprehensive.
Events take place not in accordance to ‘sameness’ but according to ‘similarities’.
Because ‘time’ is the best interpreter of events.
You see its interpretation like patterns in lacework.
Conjuncture has a decisive aspect her as well; and it is also present in the patterns of events.
That is, in the pattern of life you have designed, the activity pattern, the patterns of objectives and desires, are shaped by these.
Events flow in ‘similarities’.
And today, when you do something according to your own path, they do not allow you to breath.
Therefore from a place like this, there is an opportunity for migration in order to live according to your belief, for the sake of God.
So, according to the Prophetic tradition on emigration and intentions, this makes sense.
‘The intention of a believer is better than their deeds.’
You made such an intention, and they cut you off.
But you will get the reward for your intention.
Let us say that sacred migration rewards you with setting up a marquee in the heart of Paradise.
You also began walking out of Mecca, but they cut your path; you struggled but they did not give you that opportunity.
As experienced by the noble Khalid’s brother, the noble Walid, they chained you up.
He was in those chains for years. They placed his food, his water, whatever he needed in front of him so he would not join in sacred migration.
He became firm and steadfast in his religion.
May God Almighty grant us to them.
Those who saw this oppression to be acceptable were perverse in their obstinacy. They insisted in their, forgive me, bigotry.
I believe it also had a long-term effect on the Honourable Khalid, for he later came to the luminous city of Medina.
Yes he ‘came’ there. Upon meeting the Pride of Humanity and his spiritual hue, he became the ‘Noble Khalid.’
As a side note, when I send peace and blessings upon the Companions of Badr, I recite his name amongst them.
The Noble Khalid is not from the Companions of Badr but I have included him many times.
For when you look at the things he has done, if an ounce of it were to be distributed to the whole of humanity, it would be enough for them to enter Paradise.
And when he rested his eyes and walked towards the horizon of his spirit, he left behind in this world only the sword he used in battle, his shield and his horse.
He was the child of a wealthy family, but this was all he left behind.
Now some may intend to do as such but before they have the opportunity to realise their intentions, they are cut off, chained up and cannot leave.
But what is their goal?
To be together with the Messenger of God.
They know that to be with the Messenger is in one way is to attain the company of God.
These people kept their intentions so sacred and have their reward, but have not been able to actualise these intentions. They could not complete the journey they set off on, they could not realise sacred migration.
Today there are people migrating to other countries perhaps to live their religion, or because their home country does not provide them with the right to humane life, or does not protect their lives within the framework of the right to life.
It is such that, even countries that may have once been known as the enemy have opened their arms with the disposition of not turning any person away, and embraced them.
They provide access to their harbours, grounds and wharfs. They said, ‘You can go wherever you need to with airplanes or with ships.’
But most of them are caught on their way and arrested; they are abandoned in forests and sometimes killed.
There are countless people being killed.
Some drown in the Evros river; there are countless people who have drowned there.
They have either fled from Syria or Turkey, these numbers are unknown.
They put forth their worth depending on what they aim for.
They do not chase after simple things.
They say, ‘Let us migrate and live our religion.
Let us migrate and let us show our values, the major and minor faculties of Islamic life, with the language of representation.
Islam in the world is not how ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Mourabitoun or some of the Salafis portray it to be.
There are these and also those who welcome everyone.
Let us go and sail off to all four sides of the world; in a way, let us explain it with tongue of disposition and representation.
Let us show them that the darkness they associate with Islam is not what they presume it to be.’
In a way, this is a manner appropriate to the will of the Almighty God; and in a way, a matter that will give extreme delight and gratification to the Noble Spirit of the Master of Humankind.
They desired such a huge thing.
They will receive its reward.
You cannot reach the bodies of those who drowned fleeing oppression, but the Noble Spirit of the Master of Humankind would have opened the door for them and welcomed them inside.
‘Come in’, they would have been welcomed inside.
Because they had aimed for Him, peace and blessings be upon him.
They had started this journey towards realising what he had said.
But there was no protection on that journey.
In a way, they became victims subjected to the perils of this journey.
What had happened in the past still occurs today.
They flee those locations due to the inability to comfortably practice their religion, not having the right to live, not receiving the rights to freedom, being denied humane treatment and oppressors discrediting them.
They are looking for a place to express themselves, this is why they are migrating around the globe.
Those that were not given the right to live and express themselves in their own country, have been welcomed wholeheartedly.
What will happen with God’s permission and grace, for those whom display the beautiful things as if they are displaying it at an exhibition by virtue of their beauty?
Maybe He is moving you from one place to another due to the deprivations faced.
Once you experience a shock during the period you live in, you feel a sense of distress as if your nasal bones are stinging.
However on the other hand, in a sense the things He makes us face, in a way, you are able to take a breath from the burden on your shoulders, and almost leave behind the difficulties you have faced.
As a side note:
A day will come, and maybe you will forget all this hardship with His permission and grace.
You will look back and explain this difficult period like we explained what happened on May 27, like we explained what happened on March 12, like we explained what happened in June and on February 28.
We all faced this cruelty.
We explain these difficulties with a smile on our face, like an anecdote, just like the anecdotes of Zaloğlu Rüstem.
A day will come and you will explain the things that happened like this.
He will have us engage in good deeds to such an extent that, you will frame the desired objective of the Pride of Humanity, or you will realise the assigned objective in the eyes of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, are matching.
‘My name is going to reach everywhere the sun rises and sets’
That is what your objective will be.
To spread the majestic name of Muhammad to every point on which the sun rises and sets.
A crucial point; the world is enlightened with Him.
Firstly; this could be ‘believing’ this.
Secondly; your good character will impact them, creating an ideology that ‘We can walk on a path with them’, in this measure they will feel ‘comfortable’.
Their comfort will reflect a mentality that these people will never stab us in the back, and are always straight forward.
We will never face rabid behaviour from them.
We will not be treated in the manner that we have seen in our home land, assaulting and manipulating everyone that comes across them.
All of this -in a way- these good deeds and gains are arranged by His mercy due to your pure intention.
Yes, the case of the intention having more rewards than the action itself, and this being a means to such blessings.
Also, without even realising, I mentioned it without disclosing much, there is the matter of kind acceptance.
We have been saying this all this time, you all have probably said it too:
‘Assuredly, those who believe and do good, righteous deeds, the All-Merciful will assign for them love (in the hearts of the inhabitants of the heavens and many on the earth, so that they will receive welcome throughout creation, no matter if they are weak and small in number now)’ (Maryam, 19:96).
They came to faith and they connected their hearts with Almighty God on the horizon of realisation.
Then they started doing good deeds.
They ran after good deeds in a flawless, seamless and non-hypocritical way.
They acknowledged and supported their faith with action; in a way, this became their stance.
They say, ‘The All-Merciful’.
God Almighty (may He be glorified and exalted) instils love towards them, into the hearts of everyone.
So where ever they may go, these people will be welcomed with kind acceptance.
The Qur’an says, ‘The people will open up their chests and their hearts to them’.
Love, is something more than just conversation and affection, it is related to the heart; it is not an ‘ardent longing’, it is an attachment of the heart for those people, a necessary attachment.
Almighty God has placed this in many hearts around the world.
In some places, certain people have been manipulated with money or have misplaced their characters and thought they were ‘Muslim’, and therefore believed the things they said; those people have placed obstacles, are still placing those barriers, and will continue to place those barriers in our way.
In a way, they are still portraying their malicious behaviour, and through certain detrimental actions and signals, are dirtying the neurons of people, and will continue dirtying them.
Because ‘the satanic ones from among jinn and humanity’ have always been the enemy of humans.
Yes, let us once again appeal to the observation of Bediüzzaman:
‘Numerous harmful obstacles appear before works of great good; Satan will be at war with the servants of this service!’, meaning the ones who are at war with the servants of this mission, are the minions of Satan.
When reading the verses from the Qur’an: ‘My Lord! I seek refuge in You from the promptings and provocations of the devils (of the jinn and humankind, especially in my relations with people, while I am performing my mission).
My Lord, we also seek refuge in You from them residing close to me and affecting and controlling me’ (Al-Mu’minun, 23:97-98), you can say, ‘My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the provocations of Satan, and make the following intention:
‘I seek refuge in You from the incitements of the satanic ones amongst the jinn and humanity like politicians, soldiers, intelligence officers, police officers, lawyers, administrators, ambassadors and devils of other professions.’
You can make the intention:
My Lord!
Protect us from being one of them.
God has already accepted your prayers previously and you were not with others and are where you currently are.
Thousands of praise and glorification be to God, He saved you from a tide, a current that was dragging you to Hell.
In one sense, you faced some obstacles, but in this path that you chose to take, you are moving towards God and the Noble Spirit of the Master of Humankind.
And wherever you go, you are welcomed with ‘love’ and ‘sincere affection’.
Foreign people present you the keys to their house and say, ‘You can live in our house’.
An anecdote to give a short break:
What sort of affection do they show?
There is a professor who moved to Canada, who is also a friend of mine of fifty years.
He says that he went to a pharmacy one day.
He actually recounted this to us here:
‘I went to the pharmacy and asked for a medication.
The ingredients of the medication they gave me contained some harmful substances.
I said, ‘Can I please request an alternative medication that does not contain these ingredients that are harmful to me.’
‘The pharmacist looked at the shelves and said, “No, I don’t have any others.”
And I said I cannot buy this medication then,
and returned home.
I do not remember how long later, not long after, I received a phone call. The pharmacist took his number even though they met for the first time.
Look at the love set forth.
The pharmacist said, “Sir, we found the medication you were looking for, in another pharmacy.
We do not know your address, is it possible for you to come and collect it?”
I went and bought it.
Instead of me being grateful for his action, he was so grateful and happy with my action and behaviour that I cannot explain.
On top of that, he called me later to express his gratification.’
For this reason, the pharmacist and maybe the doctor who prescribed the medication, and many others,
had such a great interest that they formed unity and a choir of love all together.
That person’s heart warmed to them, or their hearts warmed to him; he set up a marquee in their hearts.
If wherever they go, they encounter such empathic conscientiousness, this is surely God’s reward for sincere intentions.
In this respect, the real migrants are our noble Prophet, the Abu Bakr’s, Umar’s, Uthman’s and Ali’s and those following them.
May our souls be sacrificed for the sake of them a thousand times; may God resurrect us alongside them.
May God join us at their table, make us their close companions.
May we share the same prayer rug.
I would not give up for the world, for instance, for the chance to be next to Abu Bakr, for him to sit next to me.
If they offer me a worldly kingdom.
I would prefer that my shoulders touch his.
Again, in the words of Bediüzzaman, let me mention something as an aside.
There is an interest in death.
Death is a sweet thing.
Necip Fazıl says, may his abode be Paradise, ‘Death is a good thing, this is news from behind the curtain’.
Instead of ‘behind the curtain’, I will call it news from the metaphysical realm.
If death was not good, would the Prophet have died?
Bediüzzaman says:
In one of his writings Bediüzzaman points out that if the great guide, Imam Rabbani Ahmad Faruqi, had been alive during his lifetime he would have had to visit him, against all the odds.
Following on from this, the Ahmad of the Gospel, Ahyad of the Torah. Muhammad of the Qur’an, the Sun of Two Worlds, and millions of Ahmad Faruqis reside on the other side of the grave.
Why do we not hurry to visit them?
It would be a mistake to remain behind. He lived four centuries ago, a reviver of faith, having come at the beginning of the second millennium after the migration.
If they announce Imam Rabbani is alive in India right now.
I believe when he said this, Pakistan and Bangladesh had then not been separated. He says he would have visited, notwithstanding the difficulty of the journey.
Why do we not hurry to reach the proximity of Prophet Muhammad Mustafa, surrounded by thousands of Faruq as-Sirhindis, to be with them?
He is the actual goal, the one we are trying to reach the company of.
Consequently whatever it is that is sacrificed on that path is not a ‘sacrifice’, rather they are all a gain.
You are seeking something that is such a profitable trade and beneficial gain.
Maybe you are putting something out there, I use the word ‘maybe’, but the return you get is one hundred or two hundred fold.
‘Remember My favour that I bestowed upon you, and fulfil My covenant (which I made with you through your Prophets), so that I fulfil your covenant’ (Al-Baqarah, 2:40).
Whatever you have given is as much as you; Whatever He gives, it is as proportionate and commensurate to His Greatness.
Those who formed the first row, have represented this duty in a primary sense.
There was no such thing up until that day.
They hadn’t left their homes and country behind.
Their jobs were in place.
In the winter they would trade in Yemen and Sheba; in the summer they would trade in Damascus.
Mecca had become a wealthy region.
People from all four sides of the planet would run to the Ka’ba and in doing so would spend their wealth there.
Whatever the Saudis today are earning, the Meccans of the day would earn the same.
It was very difficult for one to leave such a prosperous trade centre to migrate; it was also unheard of.
Your experience today is the same; you too had never experienced anything like this.
You faced some afflictions but nothing to the extent that you see today.
I know of the 27th of May (1960) events.
They took me in once or twice; they threatened me once or twice, used derogatory terms.
Later he said, ‘Go back to what you were doing.
Why are you hassling us, wasting our time?’
The most difficult one was probably the 12th of March (1971).
March the 12th.
They arrested our friends on the 30th of March; they arrested me on the 1st of May.
For about five or six months.
But this was exclusive to only five or ten people.
But today they say, ‘you have spoken to this person on the phone.
You have greeted such and such person.
You visited so and so person at this time.
You were found carrying a dollar bill.
You used an application on your phone.
Therefore you have committed the same crime.
You too, you too, you too.’
There are thousands upon thousands of people who are being treated unjustly with no rule of law and no justice.
And for this reason, this is the first time you are facing such trials, tribulations and afflictions.
The shock of the event is very large.
The Respected Companions were generally subjected to such great events throughout their time and age.
But did, I always humbly repeat myself, did the Pride of Humanity or those who were following him ever say, ‘If only we did not abandon Mecca’?
Other than those who were given the duty to return, after Mecca was conquered nobody returned.
Some were given the duty to remain there; to teach, to read the adhan, to observe the prescribed Prayers, to be teachers for those in Mecca.
Other than those who were given the duty to stay in Mecca, everyone else returned with our noble Prophet to the centre of civilisation; they returned to Medina.
Consequently, they too lived a great shock.
Even though the migrants of today are not in the ‘direct’ or ‘indirect’ plan, they are living a sacred migration.
They are suffering.
Maybe they are being exposed to and suffering more pain in their homelands than those who migrated from Mecca.
For years an official written accusation has not been put in place.
The judgements given to them cannot be shown through laws and regulations.
The judges ask those above them:
‘How long should we punish them for?’, to which they reply: ‘Life time imprisonment is enough.’
For what reasons are you imprisoning them?
‘They made a phone call to so and so.’
‘What about this person?’, ‘Two years of imprisonment will be enough’, they will find many new excuses.
‘You, during such time, attended so and sos event for remembering the birth of the Prophet.’
Now this is even a crime, remembering the birth of the Prophet.
‘In such place there was a book fair, you helped sell these books and even bought some for yourself.’
‘While searching your house, these books were found.’
In the past, they would do this to the people whose houses contained books from The Risale-i Nur Collection; today they do this to some people, and not to others.
‘Let’s only molest some of them so that they can break apart amongst themselves, become divided.’
This is another one of Satan’s thoughts.
Satan is very professional; today he is using every form of evil that has been in existence from the time of the Prophet Adam to the present.
Consequently, Satan’s minions are strongest in this era, the era of egotism, the era of conceit, the era of arrogance, the era of being applauded, and therefore for the smallest of events they mercilessly hand out punishments by saying, ‘Take ten more years from him.
Take another ten years from him.
Take ten more years from him’.
They are not content with anything they hand out, ‘More, more, more, more.’
From a negative perspective, each one of them are heroes of ‘Is there not more?’ (!)
‘Increase it a bit more, just some more, a little bit more.’
So much so that they started court cases for one person in thirty different places, and they want life sentences from each and every one.
No doubt, all of this is shocking.
No doubt, we are being assaulted.
However,
‘Everyone in this world suffers in one way or another.
Has anyone lived comfortably in this life, from amongst the heard of know-it-alls.’
What befalls us is to show patience, and to know that even this came from God.
‘Whatever comes from You is fine,
Either a robe of honour or a shroud
Either a fresh rose or thorn
Pleasant are both Your blessings and wrath.’
‘Pleasant is anything and everything from You.
We should treat everything that comes from God with a content heart.
‘The world is temporary, no one stays here,
No matter how much you have, you will not be satisfied,
Do not be heedless, there is no return
Go on world, go on, desolation is at the end
The rescue, from now is the end of days.’
They are chasing such an ephemeral thing.
As though they are going to live forever.
Again:
‘A prominent facet of the time that we live in today is that it intentionally pushes one to prefer this transient world over the infinite life.’
This is the century of knowingly preferring the ephemeral over the everlasting.
Whereas;
‘Behold through the eyes of wisdom, this world is but a guesthouse,
No soul stays here for good, what a strange abode it is.
The share of a king and subject alike is nothing, but a plain shroud,
What else then are those conceited ones but mad?’
The Honourable Aziz Mahmud Hudai also adds to this:
‘Do not be deluded by this deceitful world
This association will disband and the council will close
This is a ruin with two doors
Passers-by rest and leave, no one stays here.’
It has only two doors.
And what a wreck it is.
He says, ‘Passers-by rest and leave, no one stays here.’
The Imam of Alvar also adds:
‘This world is a strange traveller house,
Those who come are sure to leave, passers-by rest and leave from here.
No loyalty, no pleasure, a fleeting day-dream,
Passers-by rest and leave from here.’
And on another occasion, he calls out as follows:
‘In this tavern of suffering
Who have you seen satisfied?
In this house of sorrows and tribulations
Who has found refuge from calamity?
This is a ruthless cycle
Which eats up whoever it sees.’
Those who wander around like the king of kings; tomorrow the earth will take them in, too, it will swallow them, too.
‘This is a ruthless cycle
Which eats up whoever it sees
Neither slave nor king
No individual lasts.
So many lives, elegant and peaceful
So many rosy-faced sultans,
So many khans like Khusraw
Have been immersed in this sea.
True skill is in drawing a lesson
True skill is finding true knowledge;
The skill is servanthood to The Truth
Heedlessness has taken over this realm.’
However, come see, heedlessness has taken over this realm.
Almost everyone, the majority of people walk on a path blindly and in great difficulty, with their eyes closed, ears deaf and hearts in confusion.
There is no need to talk about where they are headed to; it is certain where people like this will fall into.
As for us, let us display what our characters ask of us.
And let me put a semicolon there, because there might be a need to turn back later on, more things can be said on this matter on another occasion; let us put a semicolon:
May God enlighten their hearts, too, with the lights of guidance.
May He show them, too, the horizon of becoming a true human being.
May He show them, too, the evil form of tyranny, the animalistic form of tyranny, its form as a donkey and its form as a cobra.
And may He direct them, too, into true humanity.
This will suffice you.