Weekly Letter


If you have devoted your life to Him, if you witness an ant being hurt you will feel distressed.

Forget an ant, today there is so much pain and hurt.
Although you are in total submission and have total reliance on God, it becomes inevitable for you to witness these and feel sad as a human being.
As a result, one is concerned about places where injustice and persecution is occurring:
You ask, ‘What is happening over there?’
This is because those issues that concern you are Divine blessings, not the fruits of your effort.
You said the following and set out on this path:
‘All things are from God’ ‘(O human being!) Whatever good happens to you, it is from God; and whatever evil befalls you, it is from yourself’ (An-Nisa, 4:79).
If there are positive outcomes in our actions, these are because of our Lord, our Prophet, the essence of our religion; not with our limited capabilities.
Based on cause and effect, it is not possible for us and our actions to be the cause and result of such things.
The True Cause of All Causes, may He be glorified and exalted, His favours, compliments, nearness and company are the reason behind these outcomes.
Therefore this is Him entrusting, first and foremost to the Prophet, followed by those great people of various eras that followed him.
In this age, it seems that He has put His trust in you.
The vastness of what was achieved indicates that they cannot be explained with our strength and abilities, because God has planted love in the hearts of people; this is something you cannot procure.
When you are subjected to the same challenges as the great Messengers and the respected scholars, it is a sign that you are on the right path.
It is the path of the Messengers.
Therefore, even if you are troubled and in discomfort, you need to bear it for the sake of the path and keep striving.
They suffered; and you are suffering the same.
In this respect, we need to regard this as a ‘Trust’ to us.
That way, our feelings, reflections, and reasoning will in a way encapsulate this ‘Trust’ in a protective manner:
‘May no harm come to this Trust; it doesn’t belong to us’. It was entrusted upon us by the previous generations and we need to carry it forward to the next generations without causing any damage to it. This is a matter of being loyal to the Trust.
A believer should be trustworthy in regards to what is entrusted in him, and a believer -in essence- represents trust on earth.
Believers should especially be trustworthy regarding this important responsibility on their shoulders.
For this reason, your mind is constantly engaged with these kinds of things.
If only our minds were always busy with these kinds of things so that they would not engage in other trivial matters.
You may be subjected to inappropriate actions.
These may hurt you at times.
But this needs to be considered as requirement or even characteristic of the path.
Because, you bear the responsibility to smoothen the path for those who will journey on it after you.
You need to do everything in your power to make sure that those who will follow you do not suffer the same fate.
Those who came before you endured all kinds of troubles in order to smoothen the path for you.
And then they sealed it with a ‘seal of hope’:
They said, ‘Do not lose hope! The loudest and strongest voice in this time of revolutions will be the voice of Islam, the voice of true humanity.’
Those people don’t make false or exaggerated claims.
Everything they say is a Divine inspiration to their hearts and minds; their intellects are always open to signals from beyond, from the beyond of all beyond.
Thus, if they did say so, do not lose hope; the loudest and strongest voice in the time of upheaval and change will be the voice of Islam.
Therefore, no matter how far, the glad tidings and the goal that the Noble Spirit of the Master of Humankind showed is going to come true.
And he says, by Almighty God:
‘He does not speak on his own, out of his own desire; That (which he conveys to you) is but a Revelation that is revealed to him.
One of forceful might (Gabriel) has taught it; One firm, with the ability to penetrate and perfect in spirit, rose with all his splendour’ (An-Najm, 53:3-6).
He does not speak on his own, out of his own desire.
A truthful one, who overcomes all boundaries communicated to him, conveys those messages of God; he then relates these.
Some of these are read, sent down with its meaning and words together, just like the Holy Qur’an.
One can regard perfectly sound Prophetic traditions such.
And some are Divine inspirations.
Therefore, all is from God; the noble Prophet gives voice to what Almighty God says on a matter.
‘My name is going to reach everywhere where the sun rises and sets’, you’ve heard it many times; you’ve heard it from others, and you’ve heard it from me as well.
Thus, this must be the principal responsibility and obligation.
If you walk on that path, if you’ve been shown that way, you must bear the hardships of the way and you must know that those before you bore much, much greater hardships on the path.
When a rose fell into a garden of thorns, the nightingale’s heart was hurt.
It watched both the rose and the thorns, and passed away crying.
When a rose fell into a garden of thorns, the nightingale’s heart was hurt.
It watched both the rose and the thorns, and passed away crying.
Yes, this said in the form of Sabk Hindi (the Indian style).
(In literature, ‘Sabk-i Hindi’ is the name of a poetic style that has its roots in India.)
It is possible to analyse the similes and metaphors used; this is expressed by Naili Qadim.
Yes, when a rose falls into a garden of thorns, a nightingale will cry, it will wail as it looks at the rose and the garden of thorns.
This is exactly what you are subject to at the moment.
But when you see this, you should think:
Prophet Noah did not live his life free from difficulties or persecution.
Nor did Prophet Hud or Prophet Salih.
I am listing the Prophets in chronological order as mentioned in the Qur’an, nor did Prophet Lot.
Nor did Prophet Abraham.
The Pride of Humanity, peace and blessings be upon him, suffered for thirteen years in the Noble Mecca.
He was subject to all sorts of challenges and difficulties. They did everything in their hands to cause severe distress.
It would have been impossible to withstand the pressure if he did not have the strength.
Not once did he complain during the thirteen years in Mecca.
I did not hear a single word other than an short reproach expressed to our mother Aisha, ‘My people have made me suffer a lot.’
What did he suffer, what did he do, how did he persevere?
According to the statements of great figures, ‘If the hardships befallen upon the Prophet had been placed on Mount Everest, it would have instantly transformed into the Dead Sea.’
I have addressed the issue with this analogy several times; I have given you a headache.
‘If the hardships befallen upon the Prophet had been placed on Mount Everest, it would have instantly been into the Dead Sea’, yet the Prophet does not complain in the slightest.
What he says at times.
Those cherished words.
Practicing them meticulously is the greatest worship.
His words.
Complying with his words and following his footsteps is a prominent indication of traveling on the path to God.
Those who are not walking towards Him, those who are not on the path of God Almighty have been engrossed in shadows.
This means, those who are engrossed in the world have turned their backs on the Messenger; and those who turned their backs on him are considered to have turned their backs on Him, God forbid.
He, peace and blessings be upon him, is a cause as great as the goal.
A cause, a method, a reason proportionate to the goal.
In fact, by reciting ‘There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God’ and bringing the exalted Name of God and the honourable name ‘Muhammad’ together, He draws attention to the company there.
God says ‘Look’, look at the esteemed company, in different verses.
The same parable is evident in the foundation of religion and believing; the acknowledgment ‘There is no deity but God’ or the declaration ‘I bear witness that there is no deity but God’.
We need to evaluate the Prophet’s value here; our imperfect understanding is not in a position to fully elucidate the matter.
Essentially, this is what we are not familiar with; if only we did, may be then when we place our forehead in prostration each day,
I mentioned this today in regards to another matter. When I lay my head on the ground, as if I were the soles of feet;
‘Please my Lord.
If only he could appear so I could kiss beneath his feet or wipe the dust he stepped upon on my face.’ ‘The dust of Medina is a polish on the face of Quddusi,’ says the poet.
‘The dust of Medina is a polish on the face of Quddusi.’
If we comprehended the matter completely, if we knew him with his true value, every time we placed our head to the ground we would say, ‘If only he would step on us like a sidewalk; if only he would bless us with such an honour.’
If we knew him completely.
But most of humankind, I do not mean you, could not understand his true value. They could not comprehend his purpose and mission, nor understand his place in the sight of God.
As we read this morning, he is a means for a purpose.
Both from an ‘Ahmad’ and ‘Muhammad’ perspective.
He is the first. The universe is created for his sake.
‘The first thing God created was the pen (of destiny).’, ‘God first created my light,’ he says.
And when he explains his mission in regards to the hereafter, he states that at a time when everyone utters, ‘My soul, my soul,’ he will raise the flag of intercession and open his arms to people under the Banner of Praise.
With God’s leave and favour he will be the reason for people to reach paradise.
Most of us were unable to know his true value and appreciate him.
We look to the world with all of our strength, benefit from the pleasures of the world, chase power and luxury. It is not possible for people who have not been able to concentrate to develop the appropriate depth of feelings towards him.
So do not be disappointed by anyone.
They worship the world. What can they do?
They worship wealth. What can they do?
They worship status. What can they do?
They worship palaces. What can they do?
They worship applause. What can they do?
If you worship so many things, you cannot love Him, you cannot worship God.
If someone is so distracted, they cannot focus on this, cannot comprehend Him.
And if someone does not understand Him, everything they say is just lip service. Not true heartfelt words.
Let those lips and tongue that do not serve the heart dry out.
Such Islam, making such religion part of life, engaging in its politics, developing it
If these are not functions of the heart, that tongue deserves to dry up.
And such things are lies and deceit. I swear by God they are lies.
These are nothing but the grumblings of hypocrites.
If one loves Him, he or she won’t be able to think of anyone or anything else.
For two loved ones cannot reside in the one heart.
Rasih Bey says: ‘There is pain in the heart; do not visit now joy.
There cannot be two hosts in one house.’
‘There is pain in the heart; do not visit now joy. There cannot be two hosts in one house.’
And if you have hosted Him, you will forget the name, the title and the countenance of others.
In this regard, if one pays utmost attention they will say, ‘Good gracious!’
‘What were the names of my children?
What were the names of my parents?’
Because they have committed wholly to that cause, they have become annihilated in God.
In that sense, do not pay attention to the situation of a person who is worldly-minded; do not condemn and become offended by their actions.
‘It is rare to find a blemish with those of immaculate constitution
Whatever evil appears comes from base character’
They acted as their character dictated.
Ragip says:
Whatever evil appears comes from base character’
And you will demonstrate what is required by your character; considering everything in optimism, everything.
Even if you are not happy with it, you will not be nasty
Even if you feel unpleasant, do not express it.
I remember Imam Bukhari’s well-known saying:
The great Imam Bukhari…
If they had lived in the time of the Israelites, these people were at the level of Prophethood.
Bukhari, Abu Hanifa, Abu Hanbal, Al-Malik and Ash-Shafi…
They are people with exalted and lofty ranks.
He says, ‘I desire to return to God without having committed anyone’s gossip’.
‘I desire to return to God without having uttered one word of such.’ Let me express a limitation of myself here in parentheses.
I thought this phrase belonged to Abu Hanifa.
However, I saw in its source that it belonged to Bukhari.
However, Abu Hanifa could possibly have said this and Bukhari could have repeated it; as he comes after him.
All of their constant recitation was identical in essence.
Their tolerance was a part of their esteemed character and depth.
They did not censure or reproach anyone.
They knew not of lies.
Slandering was foreign to their thought process.
Censure or reproach did not belong in their dictionary.
When you mentioned such things, they would ask, ‘what does that mean?’
And today there are some people who, I abstain from calling them hypocrites, but nonetheless carry the traits of one, say when they are backbiting.
‘In war, trick is permissible.’
When they slander they say:
When cursing they say:
When trying to discredit the opposition they say:
‘In war, trick is permissible’ and carry out a thousand evil acts, continually change their stance and deceive and on every occasion they turn around and say:
‘In war, trick is permissible.’
This in truth means, in a material war, there should be no lying, no slander and no tricking; strategy should be about diverting the attention of the enemy and gaining victory with the least amount of fatalities.
The overall position of the Pride of Humanity, peace and blessings be upon him, on this matter is detailed in The Infinite Light.
The straightforward way to victory is through implementing different strategies and confusing the opposition.
For instance, an army goes to Mecca and the enemy would not hear of it.
When they eventually do, they see an arranged camp comprising of 1000 tents 5 km out of town.
This is his strategy: 1000 tents.
The enemy will calculate this as, ‘1000 tents.
10 people in each tent, totaling 10,000 people; if possible 20 in each, then an army of 20,000.
If an organised group of 20,000 people were standing at the entry of Mecca and you had no idea of this arrival, then the best thing to do would be to surrender’.
‘Surrender and find salvation.
So that God can double your rewards,’ this is stated in the letter written by the Prophet to of Heraclius, he says:
So that God may double your rewards.’
Yes, they see the tents from far away and ask in curiosity:
‘We were wondering how many camels are being slaughtered to eat.’
They try to obtain a number using this strategy.
They already know how many people a camel can feed, they are just trying to estimate the total number of people.
When he knocks on their doors, there is only one thing that they can do.
And he displays his courtesy.
When he reaches the Ka’ba he acts in a manner becoming of him:
‘What do you expect from me?’, He asks.
They respond, ‘You are the son of Abdullah, the grandson of Abdul Muttalib; You are the grandson of Hashim; you are the grandson of Adnan; above all these, you are the son of the Prophet Ismail, you are generous.’
He then replies, ‘Go, you are all free’.
Think about it, Mecca is conquered and these people are feeling abased.
But these words become a new fresh breath for them.
And they leave.
Our noble Prophet finished his words using Prophet Joseph’s words:
No reproach this day shall be on you
(I have already forgiven you) May God forgive you, too.
Indeed, He is the Most Merciful of the merciful’ (Yusuf, 12:92).
‘There is no condemnation for you today.
God is the All-Compassionate; He will forgive you for all your sins.’
Even Abu Sufyan and his wife Hind, filled with grudge and hatred, hide in their house and observe through their windows and say: ‘I swear, His words are confirmed by God.’
And soon after, two years later, Abu Sufyan joins the battle of Yarmuk with his wife.
And he fights in the path of the Messenger of God, against an army that aims to destroy the beauties the Messenger of God brought.
They display exponential growth.
Such growth that will amaze you.
Let me mention this as an aside:
I had trouble comprehending the exponential growth of both Abu Sufyan and Khalid ibn al-Walid.
How did they grow so much in as little as three years!
If one embarks upon non-stop spiritual growth, eats a meal once a month, drinks only a sip of water a week, lives life fully focused on God, it is still not possible for one to reach the level they did.
As you know, Khalid is in a tent, blood running down his body, saying ‘there is not one area on my body on which I did not have a sword wound’.
‘But as you see, I am dying in this undignified way in this tent’.
This is an expression of such a high spiritual state, such a high spiritual inhalation.
I segued here.
Others will do as their characters require. But you must do what your character requires.
Your predecessors suffered what needed to be suffered, perhaps multiple times of that.
He says so anyway:
The harshest afflictions are those that befall Prophets; the most trying, impossible, grueling troubles are those borne by the Prophets.
And after that, according to their level, other people.
When I consider it from my perspective, I think about my mistakes and sins.
According to what God bestowed me with, and how he stationed me, I did not do justice to it, He is causing me to suffer to purify me, as an expression of his mercy and kindness to me.
But for you, He is causing you to suffer to increase your spiritual rank.
If He is allowing your sisters and brothers to suffer, those who are at the forefront of this service to his cause, those dispersed all across the globe for the purpose of furthering that lofty ideal of spreading the name of Prophet all over the world,
One; since suffering is actually what those before you have experienced, if you are on that path, you are inheriting that from them.
Just as a child inherits property from their father, you have inherited the mission with respect to its thoughts from those before you; you have inherited it with all its trials and tribulations.
Those wonderful and beautiful things.
‘The path to greatness is through hardship.’
In other words, the trust you have obtained from them.
That wonderful trust, will make you rise exponentially; however at the same time, it is surrounded by hardships and difficulties.
Thus, you have inherited this trust with all its aspects.
Hence you should see these matters as quite natural, very natural and normal.
I personally cannot see it that way, I am a weak person; I complain.
In the face of all the buzzing I also try to make noise like a drum, add to the noise.
But God willing you are not doing that, you are interpreting the misfortunes that are befalling us as a cleansing; you are saying, ‘God does everything with wisdom, He does not perform trivial acts’ and you are approaching the matter with the mindset of ‘God will most probably give us extra blessings after this’.
Even if it is not for you, it will be for the generations after you and good deeds will be flowing in to your book of deeds forever.
I think it is worth being patient through everything for this mission.
God willing you will persevere without complaining; instead of complaining you will enjoy sighs of relief.
You have made these sighs of relief till now; it is not my due to suggest this to you now in a didactical manner; from now on in the face of everything you experience make a sigh of relief.
‘He made us suffer once.’
According to a Prophetic saying, even the thorn that pricks the sole of a foot is a means for forgiveness of one’s past sins.
It is a means to be cleansed.
If a rock injures your feet that is a cause to be forgiven.
If you come across inappropriate attitudes towards you, that is a means to be forgiven.
If your reputation is defamed then that is a means to forgiveness.
Consequently, you are constantly on the cusp of victory.
Those who live on the cusp of victory, are those who journey towards ‘The Eternal Sun’, they have strived in that path, they have decided on that path; their shadows are always behind them.
Darkness should always be behind you; a person must always walk towards the light, with God’s leave.
It will continue to be so, as it has been until today, despite this minor tremor, it will continue to be so after today.
Some people will come out and say like McCarthy once did, ‘the witch hunt continues’; look at who they are inheriting their legacy from.
You are saying that, ‘with its hardship, enjoyment, pleasure, ease, pain, poison, sweetness, anguish, we have inherited this from the Prophets and the saints.’
They use the language of McCarthy when they call it a ‘witch hunt’.
They say, ‘We will continue to abduct people.’
They say, ‘Let the whole word know about this.
In different places, we will plot to raid homes, break doors.
Like we did in Kosovo, in Moldova, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in many different places, in however many places there have been attempts established to represent goodness, we will strive to destroy them all because we are on the path of McCarthy.
We have inherited all of the characteristics that McCarthy represents’.
‘If they come to your door, never ever accept them.
Never take even a spoonful of their soup.
Do not give them even a spoon of your soup’ he says.
I am not making this up, the man is writing this; the inheritors of McCarthy are writing this.
Now, which of you would like to fall into this situation? May God protect us.
Even if all causes were to cease and you were forced to the edge of a cliff, you would rely entirely on the Oneness and Unity of God, and in your loneliness say:
‘O my Lord.
Don’t lower us to that level; Don’t make us of McCarthy’s inheritors.
We are trying to be the Prophets’ inheritors.
We are trying to be the inheritors of those like Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi, Imam Malik, Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Fudayl ibn Iyaz, Bayazid Bistami, Junayd Baghdadi, Jilani, Abu’l Hasan al-Haraqani, Sheikh Harrani, Maruf al-Karhi, Najmaddin al-Kubra, Muhammad Bahauddin Shah an-Naqshband.’
They suffered; there wasn’t a single moment they there were free of suffering.
While one mallet rises, the other would come down on their heads; they suffered.
However they never strayed from their path, they stayed steadfast.
This is your path, by God’s grace and will.
However, God may grant you an extra favour. May you experience the moment, that when you can’t even imagine dawn, the sun will suddenly rise above you.
You will say ‘Oh my God! We were waiting for dawn, but out of nowhere the sun already rose’. He can do this. We should not focus on the act of rising but rather the One Who has power over it.
Isn’t He the One Who has power over all?
‘Whatever God wills will exist and occur, whatever He decrees not to come into existence will not.
I know that God is the One Who has power over all and has encompassed everything with His knowledge.’
The following is a holy expression read day and night by the Noble Spirit of the Master of Humankind:
‘God is the One Who has power over everything.’
God also has power over this.
Some people have attained the peak of one’s given potential through their sufferings alone.
On the other hand, some have done this voluntarily by suffering with the spiritually enlightened. For example, through hunger and thirst.
In essence, one aspect of this matter is ‘suffering’.
Let us recall Fuzuli’s poem through the Imam of Alvar’s expression.
Fuzuli’s two verses are regarding ‘love’, he says:
‘O my Lord, afflict upon me the addiction of love
Don’t set me free of love for even a moment.’
I think, if the Imam of Alvar who said:
‘Is there a greater remedy than suffering
Is there a greater reason for forgiveness?’ was in the place of Fuzuli, he would say:
‘Afflict upon me the addiction of suffering’
Don’t set me free from suffering for even a moment.’
Because with the affliction of suffering one will rise exponentially.
This is essentially all that he cares for, getting closer to God.
And so firstly, affliction and tribulation have a fruitful attribute of strengthening, leading to ascension.
Secondly, if one does not grunt in displeasure saying ‘Oh no! Why me?!’, and instead remains positive and praises God.
You feel and say, ‘Praise be to Almighty God. He is testing me.
It seems that I am of some value in your sight, may I be sacrificed on your path.’
You show patience.
In this way, in your ascension one of your wings is your suffering, while the other is the patience that you put forth.
You do not complain, you are happy with your suffering.
With these a person may gain a great status that would otherwise require much worship, by God’s will and beneficence.
I hope that by God’s will you are of those who are pleased with all that has happened to you.
Your pleasure of whatever comes from Him, are such well-directed steps towards God.
Whether you realise it or not God will raise you to such heights, like the greats of the past who when they opened their mouth to pray, their prayers would be accepted by God Almighty.
With the words of Bedi├╝zzaman, ‘Just as charity revokes calamity, the sincere supplication of the majority revokes grief’.
That is why we need to collectively put our foreheads to the ground and ask Almighty God to bury our troubles, to clear the path for our brothers on the path of service, to widen the narrow roads; our prayer mats should our witness, be wet from our tears, in the sight of God.
May Almighty God give us an exit path and a dissipation of grief.
This will suffice you.