aving attained the level of
disciple, the seeker knows the Truth of Certainty. When the Saints of God
witness that the seeker has reached enlightenment by passing the ten steps
to discipleship, they will dress him or her with six powers. These are not
powers that come from an external source, but rather they are unveiled
from within the heart of the disciple. When they are opened, he will find
himself dressed with them.
A light may be entirely concealed within a room
that has no opening to the outside. However, if a door or window is
opened, the light shines forth. If the room is filled with light, light
will come out. If it is filled with smoke, smoke will come out.
Imagine that a piece of burning coal is placed with
a great quantity of incense inside a container. If the container is small
and the heat very intense, the fragrance of perfume erupts like a volcano
when the container is opened. When a volcano erupts, it explodes up in the
air hundreds of feet, spreading lava and ash everywhere, taking everything
A similar reaction occurs in the heart of a disciple after he
passes the ten levels.
His heart is that small container with a fire
burning inside. The perfumed lava is the love that rose in him from the
Love of God, the Prophet and
the shaykh—the love that comes from annihilation in them. The intensity of
the love in his heart and the immensity of the six powers in his heart
explode into his surroundings, releasing that lava of loveupon
everything he touches. By permission of the Saints of God, and especially
the shaykhs of the distinguished
Naqshbandi Order, these powers appear and
thus many miracles may be performed. However, the shaykhs do not approve
of showing miracles. They do not like to show off. They conserve divine
blessings in order to help others, either in an indirect way, or in the
grave during the angelic questioning.
At that point, when the angels ask
such questions as “Who is your Lord?” and “Who is your prophet?” the
disciple trembles with fear. Then the Naqshbandi Shaykh uses the Divine
Power God has granted to him to loosen the student’s tongue, so that he
can give the correct answer. That is when the student needs the Shaykh the
most. He will also need the Shaykh to present him to the Prophet Muhammad as his follower, and to
request the Prophet’s intercession for him. Only true saints have access
to the Prophet
Those who have access to the Prophet take their miracles to him, and so the disciples of the
Naqshbandi shaykhs are prevented from outwardly displaying their power.
Other orders are different; they have their own way.
If these six powers of the heart are suppressed by
the bad characteristics of the ego, they will never be released. The ego’s
selfishness cannot accept anyone except itself, not even the shaykh.
Saying, "I am your Lord, Most High".
The ego’s ultimate aim is to overthrow God’s
dominion of the heart and for the ego to proclaim itself as lord. The ego
wants to ride and control you, and it is able to suppress these powers in
your heart. You cannot release them until you pass the ten steps of the
disciple. Then it is as if you have been granted the highest level of
clearance, for each of the ten steps is like a new level of security
For certain government services, you require
security clearance. For example, while most people who work in the
Department of Labor do not need such clearance because their regular
duties are not sensitive in nature, many of those in the Department of
Defense do. Without such clearance, you may only access unclassified
areas. High-level government jobs require high levels of clearance.
Applicants must be examined carefully before receiving this high-level
clearance. Their family history and criminal records are examined, along
with anything else that might make the candidate a risk. This information
affects the level of clearance they are eligible to receive. Depending on
the level of clearance, this research might go back as far as the age of
The same is true in spirituality. When the disciple
has achieved these ten levels, he is cleared to access classified
materials. At that time, the disciple can access the six powers of the
heart, powers that are found in the heart of every human being, without
discrimination. Until you access them, these six powers are pressurized by
the ego. The tyranny of the self is able to oppress you. All of this power
that God put in your heart becomes suppressed in a small and narrow place,
due to the very high pressure of selfishness and satanic influence.
pressurized place that holds these powers is a black clot in the heart.
When you have achieved clearance through progress, that place becomes easy
to open. When that pressurized clot is opened, it is like aerosol
releasing a nice fragrance. Like the volcano, the heart containing these
powers erupts, spreading love.
The six powers are of the heart are:
vThe Reality of Attraction (Haqiqatu ’l-jadhbah)
vThe Reality of Down pouring (Haqiqatu ’l-fayd)
vThe Reality of Focusing (Haqiqatu ’t-tawajjuh)
vThe Reality of Intercession (Haqiqatu ’t-tawassul)
vThe Reality of Guidance (Haqiqatu ’l-irshad)
vThe Reality of Scrolling (Haqiqatu ’t-tayy)
Every newborn child has these six powers, because
every child is born innocent. The light of innocence is lost throughout
life. God does not take it away; it is suppressed and pushed down into the
heart as the child grows progressively farther away from his divine
reality. A child may be raised by his parents in a situation contrary to
his inherent innocence (fitrah). How severe the suppression of this
light becomes depends on how the child is raised and how much the child is
spoiled. As the child grows into adulthood, he or she may suddenly realize
the importance of balancing the inner and outer dimension of his life, in
order to release the spiritual power buried within them.
Maintaining balance becomes an integral part of the
seeker’s discipline. It is very important to have the inward and the
outward in harmony. A person’s outer behavior must match their inner
reality, or else the six powers cannot be opened. In that case, they will
continue to struggle.
When someone tries to disguise the disparity
between their inner and outer realities, they make their outward demeanor
appear noble to others. That person may claim to have permission to
represent a saint and give guidance, or they may claim to have had a dream
and received permission from the Prophet to guide people. Others may say, “I don’t need a dream. I
received permission by direct telepathy from the Prophet to give guidance to people.” These are people whose pride and
arrogance forces them to pretend they are leaders. Everyone has a
different ego problem, but these are examples of polishing one’s outside
while the inside remains bad. Such a person is a hypocrite and a liar. He
is like someone whose inner core is iron, completely dark and cold, but
who coats it with silver. That person has a heart that is silver-plated.
If you knew that, you would never buy what he is selling. You would
discard it because you would then know that you had been cheated. Others
look and buy it because they are fooled and think that what is only
silver-plated is really silver.
How many Shaykhs do we have like that around the
world today, pretending to be something they are not? They are going to be
questioned by God about how they cheated and deceived people. That is why
a shaykh must be very careful to always say, “I am nothing.” If you do not
know about something, admit that you do not know.
There was once was a son of a great shaykh who,
when his father died, began to also don the garb of a shaykh so that
everyone would come to him for advice. He never admitted, “I am not a
scholar.” When people would come to him with a problem, he would nod his
head as if contemplating the answer and say, “hmmm.” The student would
wait and then ask, “What is the answer, O shaykh?” He usually responded,
“There are two opinions on that.” Everyone was impressed by this answer
and would never bother to find out what those two opinions were. They would hear this and go. However, one of the clever ones knew that the man
was a charlatan. He asked the man a question in front of others, to
which he gave his usual response, saying again, “There are two opinions.”
This time, however, the answer exposed him, for the question that had been
put to him was, “Is there any doubt in God’s existence?”
This is an example of the state of scholars today.
Do not fall into that trap of lying, or being a hypocrite. Do not be
silver-plated, or you will be lost. Do not give lectures on the love of
the Prophet or on remembrance
of the Divine when, in reality, you know nothing about these things. So
many are like this; do not be fooled.
While the silver-plated person has an inner
identity that is ugly, but maintains a nice exterior, there also people
who do everything they can to clean their inner-selves, but who fail to
improve their external appearance. Such a person may say, “I know that my
appearance is ugly, but what can I do? At least my inner character is
good. I do not lie. I might make mistakes, but I am careful not to do
anything wrong.” This person has an interior that is silver, and an
exterior that is iron. He is iron-plated. He is humble, and he does not
cheat. He says, “I belong with the shoes that are left at the door. I know
However, the best people are those who have
polished their interior and their exterior completely. Such a person is
one of the Righteous ones (siddiq). That person is not even like
silver, but is like gold—inwardly and outwardly unchanging. That is the
perfect one. That is what you achieve when you move through these ten
steps of discipleship, clearing one level and then another, and manage to
make your inner and outer realities equal. At that time, the volcano of
the heart erupts to release the six powers, and the fragrance of them
As soon as you smell this fragrance, you begin to see what
people cannot see and hear what people cannot hear. By smelling the
fragrance of a flower, the bee can travel very great distances to reach
what it needs and return. What makes the bee unique is that it receives
inspiration, unlike any other creature.
When the fragrance of the six powers opens, all kinds of inspiration will
come to you and these powers will dress your external reality.
he six powers in the heart
of the disciple must be decoded by passing the ten levels. A message must
be decoded before its information can be read. In spirituality, there are
many encoded messages, because we are always confusing messages through
our bad actions. To reach the reality of these messages requires decoding.
These messages are within the heart, but we have to be able to unlock
Once a student came to Sayyidina Bayazid
ق and said, “O my shaykh. I was following you all my life. I was
learning from you all my life. I never missed an association (suhbat).
I never missed a session for remembrance (dhikr). I never missed a
prayer. I served you with sincerity and piety, but I am not able to
understand these six realities that you are speaking about. I am not
seeing them and I am not feeling them.”
ق said, “O my son, if you worship 300 years—let alone fifty
years—you will never reach these realities, as long as you are carrying
your ego with you.”
The disciple asked, “O my shaykh, is there a cure
for that ego to be let go?”
The Shaykh said, “Of course, if you are willing to
follow that cure.”
He said, “Please, tell me quickly in order that I
will be able to cure myself.”
Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami
ق looked at him, and said, "O my son, in order to get rid of this
sickness—and there is no one without it—you have to hang a bag around your
neck and fill it with walnuts. Go to where everyone knows you, downtown
where the scholars congregate. Go with these walnuts and say, ‘O children
of the community, I love you so much. Come. To anyone who slaps my face, I
will give one walnut. Anyone who slaps me twice will get two walnuts.’”
This was to humiliate him, to bring his ego down.
That disciple was a great scholar, and he was acting according to what he
knew. But there are two different types of knowledge: the knowledge of
paper and the knowledge of taste. They are very different from each other,
the difference between reading about something and really tasting it.
Someone who studies medicine must have an internship in order to
understand what he has learned from books.
The disciple looked at his shaykh, not believing
what he was hearing. He said to his shaykh, “Subhanallah! Glory be
to God! Can you say something like this to someone like me?” By this
statement, he meant, “I am a great scholar; everyone knows me.” The shaykh
said, “Stop! You are committing idolatry (shirk) by praising God in
reference to yourself.” For the scholar it was as if the thought of
humiliating himself was such an amazement beyond the imagination-
comparable to God’s wondrous power and creation.
How far we are from the Truth! How far we are from
knowing ourselves! The Prophet
Whoever knows himself, knows his Lord.
Make an account of yourself and see if you have
this sickness or not. How much ego everyone is carrying! No one can accept
anything from anyone else. The ego is difficult, giving itself excuses.
Once there was a student of Sayyidina Jamaluddin
ق named Orkallisa Muhammad who spent all his life trying to please
his shaykh and be a good follower. He learned how to behave with the
shaykh from the preceding story of Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami
ق and his disciple.
One night, after making dhikr and praying
the night prayer, everyone left and the mosque was closed. But Orkallisa
Muhammadhad hidden himself
inside, behind a pillar. He was speaking to himself, like someone who
speaks to his reflection in a mirror. In this dialogue, it was as if the
body had one voice and the spirit another.
He said, “O Orkallisa Muhammad, you were never able
to do anything. You always fail at what you touch. You failed and failed,
until finally the shaykh pitied you and gave you money to buy a flock of
sheep. You bought so many sheep and raised them until the sacred months
arrived, but with every holiday in those months you sacrificed them in the
Way of God until none were left. Your shaykh gave you money for the sheep
in order for you to earn an income to help the community, but you went and
slaughtered them all, and so you failed. Whatever the shaykh gives you to
do, you fail.”
He was learning. He knew his self—the self that
will destroy human beings. Never trust yourself and let it ride on you;
you must ride on your self.
He continued, “O Orkallisa Muhammad, I make an oath
that you are the worst of human beings, the lowest that anyone can
imagine.” To show the sincerity of his oath, he added, “If I am not saying
this with full conviction that I am the worst human being, then my beloved
wife is divorced from me.”
With that oath, he was experiencing the reality of
humility. He was genuinely accepting that he was the worst of human
beings. At that moment, he heard his shaykh laughing, and he looked up and
saw him. He said, “O my shaykh, you are here?”
ق replied, “I was here from the beginning, O my son. Now I can open
for you the six powers that are in your heart.”
Today, you have the Palm Pilot, and with its stylus
you are able to bring up the information it holds. Such a stylus is not
the same instrument that Sayyidina Jamaluddin al-Ghumuqi al-Husayni
ق was using, but technology imitates the abilities of spiritual
teachers. By moving the Finger of Witnessing in front of the heart of the
disciple, the shaykh opened the six realities for him. He was uploading,
bringing that information up into the awareness of the disciple. As that
information was being decoded, the disciple was ascending and descending
in the mosque. He was so very light, for heavenly powers were raising him.
The disciple said, “Is this part of the spiritual
The shaykh replied, “Yes it is, but this does not
come to someone until he humbles himself. If he keeps thinking that he is
something, then he will never reach the reality that he is asking to
The taste of this world is going to vanish. When
someone is in the grave, after some time the body decomposes. Thus, the
taste of this world is also not going to stay forever. Those who try to
taste from this world are moved by its difficulties and its temporary
pleasures. In reality, it is only a rotting corpse that every dog is
trying to take a bite from. This is our situation. Everyone now is
fighting for this world.
The saints of God are fighting to reach the next
world. In this world, they want the satisfaction of God. Others want the
pleasure of the afterlife but they want to get it in this world. Instead
of preparing for the next world, they are running after this world and
finding its difficulties. When we run after the next world, these six
powers will open in our hearts. However, as long as we run after this
world, those realities remain rooted in the heart and never open, since
they have not been decoded.
"Yet when the Servant of God stands forth to invoke
Him, they just make round him a dense crowd."
The Reality of Attraction
is like a magnet, and the magnet’s power depends upon how much gold has
been achieved in your heart, how much fragrance was contained in your
heart and how much of it you are able to release. Some disciples can carry
more and some carry less, but all will be given that power. Sayyidina
Muhammad al-Busiri ق said that either you are taking from the waters of the Prophet with your palm or with a pitcher. This power of attraction is not
really how many people are attracted to you, but how much you are
attracted to the Prophet , and
if you are taking handfuls of knowledge or pitchers of knowledge from him
as a true gnostic. As your attraction to that knowledge increases, so do
your efforts to bring it from the Prophet’s heart to yours. This knowledge
never ends; as saints are taking from the ocean of the Prophet the Prophet is
taking from the Divine name the Knower (al-Alim).
And above every knower is a higher knower.
Before the opening of this power, why should people
be attracted to you? Should they be attracted because you are this or you
are that, holding a position in this world? The attraction of such people
is not the Reality of Attraction; it is an imitation of the real power
that God gives to his servants for their followers. The attraction given
to worldly figures is like a plastic fruit, with no taste. What you see
may be attractive, but it is tasteless.
The attraction of the saints of God is for the
Prophet , who dresses them
with a beautiful fragrance. Because you partake of that fragrance, the
eyes of the Prophet will be
on you. The mosque should be a place for the best ornaments, and one of
the most important ornaments that you use when you go to the mosque is
The Prophet said:
Lovely to me are three things from your world: women, beautiful fragrance, and the refreshment of my eyes in prayer.
Through the Prophet’s love for them, God has
honored women. They are the ones undergoing so much difficulty in this
life, and they are the first to enter paradise in the afterlife by the
intercession of the Prophet This is not the place to go deeply into interpretation, because the
sayings of the Prophet can
carry millions of meanings, just as in the Holy Qur’an, each verse can
carry billions of meanings. Understanding depends upon how much you are
inheriting from the knowledge of the Prophet.
“Prayer” is not from this world; it is from the
Next World. But the Prophet included it in this world to show that it is a means for his Community to
be in a better position on Judgment Day.
What do “women” symbolize, if not beauty? When the
Prophet includes women, he is
describing the Manifestation of beauty (Tajalli al-jamal). God
dressed the Prophet with the
Reality of beauty (Haqiqatu ’l-jamal), the appearance of His
The Prophet said:
God is beautiful and He loves beauty.
When the Prophet says, “I love women,” it means that he loves beauty. That is why
saints often pray, “O God, allow us to marry the women of Paradise.” They
are asking to be dressed by God’s Beauty, to which the beauty of the
inhabitants of Paradise cannot compare. The Prophet went to the mosque dressed by His Beautiful Attributes, with
Beautiful fragrance is from a heavenly source, and
the highest fragrance is in the heart. The perfume that is pressurized in
the heart is beautiful, and it is that fragrance that the Prophet was dressed with when he went to the mosque to pray.
When the Station of Attraction is opened, this
beauty will begin to appear on you; the fragrance blowing from the heart
like a volcano will ornament you, and then you will attract the sight of
the Prophet. We say, “Give us a glance from your vision, (O
Messenger of God).” A glance from him turns the sinner into one who repents, and raises you
higher and higher. The Prophet can do this because he was given Intercession. If he sees goodness, he
praises God, and if he sees otherwise, he asks forgiveness.
When you bring a magnet to a nail, the nail is
attracted. You are a nail, nothing more than that. There are silver-plated
nails today, like plastic professors and lecturers, and there are those
neither silver-plated nor gold-plated, but pure gold; all are nails. When
you pass the ten levels, you become a magnet, like the nail that has been
rubbed by a magnet becomes a magnet.
Prophet Muhammad said:
When a group of people sit in a gathering to
remember God, then His mercy covers them.
Who is His Mercy, mentioned in this Prophetic
Tradition? God called Sayyidina Muhammad the Forgiving, Merciful one, Ra’ufun, Raheem.He gave him the power to look at people, and that is why saints stand up
when Sayyidina Muhammad is
mentioned in a gathering. While some people say not to stand up, in
reality we are obliged to stand up at every moment, as we would in the
presence of his Noble Tomb. His description of mercy as covering people
means not only that it surrounds and encompasses, but also that it rubs.
When people are remembering God, angels are rubbing people and dressing
them from their angelic attire, like a magnet rubbing a nail. Then,
because of your fragrance and beauty, the Prophet will look at you, and he will dress you with mercy. When he
dresses you, you become someone who attracts others. You become a focal
point to whom all are drawn, like a spotlight or searchlight, you become a
beacon so that people can see. You become like a beacon that guides
vessels in the ocean and in the air, a light in dark nights.
And when they listen to the revelation received by
the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears.
When you become a beacon,
you must be filled with knowledge, or else what kind of beacon will you
be? You must be filled by the reality of Downpouring, Fayd.
Sometimes fog comes over a mountain and is something that continuously
moves, covering everything. Such a fog is not something that stops; rather
it is always rolling and moving, rolling and moving. Some goes and more
comes. In South Africa there is a high mountain in Cape Town where this
may be seen. That is what is called Fayd, a rolling power that
descends from heavens.
If someone possess the Reality of Divine
Downpouring (Fayd al-ilahi), there is more that comes than is
already present, and it is always coming. Knowledge (ilm)
is always coming. God gave knowledge to the Prophet – the Holy Qur’an. From the Prophet’s heart to the heart of
the disciple will be sent the Divine Downpouring; through his shaykh it
will be dressing him, and he will be raised higher and higher in
above every knower is a higher knower.” Where the disciple is
raised depends upon his level.
The Downpouring increases our powers, and brings
you, as Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili ق said, to the level of someone who has dropped this
worldfrom his eyes, and looks only for
the Next World. But the Downpouring doesn’t come unless four manners are
1.Respect for elders (al-hurmat
li ’l-akabir). Here “elders” means the
Saints of God, those granted to be sages. You have to respect them. The
literal meaning of “elders” is also present.
2.Mercy for the younger (ar-rahmat
li ’l-asaghir). You have to have mercy for
those who are beginners, and who are lovers. Do not have the look of
superiority. Remember when Bayazid al-Bistami ق tested his disciples, and they all ran away, except for one. When
Bayazid ق approached him, he said, “O my shaykh, I have prepared water for you.”
Sayyidina Bayazid ق said, “Where are your fellow disciples?” He said, “O my shaykh, I was
busy for you; I did not notice.” Do not belittle those who have love, or
look at them with disgust, but respect them.
3.Be fair to yourself (al-insaf
min nafsih). Be fair in blaming yourself.
If your ego did something wrong, you have to punish yourself. If your ego
made a mistake, you must make it go without eating and drinking, so that
the next day it will not make the same mistake.
4.Never give yourself an
excuse (Adm al-intisari
laha). There is no excuse for the ego. You
must bring the ego down always, to make sure it cannot dominate you.
To achieve the Divine Downpouring you have to carry
these four manners.
God said to Prophet David ¡, “O David, say to My sincere
servants not to see themselves as great or knowledgeable, for if I judge
them with My Balance, I would punish them without being unjust.”
If your sins reach to
the sky and you repent, God would forgive you.
The Reality of Focusing is
the secret of these verses:
From whence so ever Thou startest forth, turn Thy face
in the direction of the sacred Mosque; that is indeed the truth from the
Lord. And God is not unmindful of what ye do.
Wherever you are, you must direct your face towards
the Kahba; but this can be
understood together with the verse:
To God belong the East and the West: Whithersoever ye
turn, there is the presence of God. For God is all-Pervading, all-Knowing.
So the Kabah
is where you direct your face, and where God is present. It is the most
sacred mosque, where sins are prohibited. The secret of directing your
face (sirr at-tawajjuh) is in focusing on that place where no sin
is going to be committed. The Reality of Focusing means that you only
direct your face where no one can commit sins. It is forbidden to direct
your face anywhere else.
You must be on a sacred journey at all times, as if
you are facing the Kabah, as if
you are facing God. Your journey cannot be on the television; it cannot be
in movie theatres; it cannot be accomplished by wasting time. If you
desire to reach that reality, if you want to say, “I am a disciple,” then
you must follow the way of the disciple. You cannot say, “I am a student,”
and then do whatever you like to do. Then you are a student who is
ignorant (jahl), and knowledge (ilm)
is the opposite of ignorance.
In this world you are faced with choosing simple
interest or compound interest. Loan sharks, all are cheating you. You are
buying houses with compound interest, and so you may pay interest only for
many years. There is also simple ignorance and compound ignorance. Simple
ignorance is when you have ignorance of things, when you are ignorant in
the affairs of life. If you are judged to be ignorant in business, in
science, or in planting fields, does it really matter? Compound ignorance
is when you are ignorant in the way of God, and that is dangerous.
Compound ignorance accumulates, when sins upon sins are written for you.
When you have compound ignorance, you know that you are doing something
wrong, but still you insist on doing it. Simple ignorance relates only to
this world. Your ignorance of how to make a chair does not count against
you, but it is dangerous to not know how to pray.
When you have achieved the ten levels of disciple,
and the Realities of Attraction and of Downpouring are bestowed upon you,
you are dressed with heavenly decorations like a rainbow of beautiful
colors. Then God directs you to His Face.
From any place, the Saints of
God are seeing the divine presence, unlike common people.
With the Reality of Focusing, a person becomes a
sign from among the Signs of God, a Sign of God moving upon the earth.
When you move with that power, by directing yourself to God’s Face, by His
permission and power and by the Prophet’s power and permission, you can
reach anyone by telepathy, from heart to heart. Now dressed by God with
that power, you may look after your followers, and guide them through
their lives. Saints are ordered by a heavenly order coming from the
Prophet to look at their
disciples at least three times a day, and when they look at you they have
to navigate. Today you navigate the Internet. There are also saints
navigating a heavenly Internet, directing their disciples wherever they
There are higher and higher examples of this power.
When we were young, my brother and I had traveled from Beirut to Damascus
to visit Grandshaykh Abd Allah
al-Fa'iz Daghestani ق without our mother’s permission, and the shaykh stopped us at the
door and turned us away. We ran from his majesty. We returned the next day
with permission, and Grandshaykh sent his servant to open the door for us.
The previous day he showed us that he knew we were coming. When we went
in, he explained that when saints look at their disciples, they do not
give them sweets to make them feel happy. To make someone happy is easy.
They look at them to create difficulties for them. When disciples carry
difficulties, saints take from them their burdens and make them clean. If
they don’t carry them, saints ask forgiveness on their behalf to make them
Every time you face a difficulty, it is like a
puzzle. Be sure to say, “My shaykh is testing me now, my Prophet is testing me now, God is testing me now. Now that my
shaykh is looking at me, how will I keep myself?” Do not move like a
windmill, which turns when the wind comes. Be like a pine tree; winter and
summer it is green.
The ability to reach the first level of sainthood
is given with the Reality of Focusing.
At that time the Truth of Spirits (Haqiqat
al-arwah) can be reached,
beyond the Truth of Hearts (Haqiqat
the Truth of Secrets (Haqiqat al-asraar).
the fragrance comes with the Reality of Downpouring, you can direct that
beautiful fragrance. The shaykh is able to communicate with his disciple.
The disciple will begin to have a receiver, and he will pick up with it
where the shaykh is directing him, and undertake his journey “to the
presence of God” and “in the direction of the sacred Mosque.” When you reach the Reality of Focusing, you can communicate
with anyone you want - without a cellular phone.
Fifty years ago, before phones were so readily
available, I witnessed the famous Shaykh Ahmad Haroun of Damascus display
this power. He was sitting with his followers, and needed something from
one of his disciples in Aleppo, hundreds of miles away. Shaykh Ahmad
Haroun unfastened his belt and lifted it to his mouth, and said, “Hello, I
want you here. Bring the book that I need.” Then he hung up his belt. Five
hours later there was a knock. When the door was opened, that disciple was
there. He said, “O my shaykh, you called me and I brought you the book.”
How did Shaykh Ahmad Haroun do that? The disciple
can hear the shaykh, and for Shaykhs this communication is simple, as for
us normal people today communicating by cell phones is so ordinary.
Technology of today is following the spiritual technology that has been
present in all human beings but is manifested in those who are trained and
given permission to use it. You may have a cell phone but you need the
cellular provider to give you access to the network, otherwise your phone
is a useless piece of plastic. Once you have an agreement with one of
these huge cellular companies you may begin to use their service.
Similarly when the student is given initiation by the shaykh his chip is
now linked to the shaykh’s. When the shaykh activates the code more and
more powers of the heart may be opened. Such wondrous powers may be seen
throughout the centuries even dating back to the Companions of the
Prophet. (as illustrated in the incident of Umar ibn al-Khattab ¦ seeing and speaking all the
way from Madina to Damascus in the chapter on the Reality of Scrolling
described on page
). However, saints do not value such things more than
knowledge. Knowledge is more important.
Who is there can intercede in His presence except as
None shall have the power of intercession, but such a
one as has received permission (or promise) from (God) Most Gracious.
When you are established in
the power of focusing, the Saints of God dress you with a higher power,
the Reality of Intercession. [ Permission for Healing ]
With this reality you can intercede for
people, inheriting as much of this secret as you can from the Prophet Your inheritance depends
upon your container. You may take as much as your heart can carry, but all
saints may take from a single drop. The Prophet’s intercession is so vast
that one drop is like an ocean. It is enough to drown the whole world. All
saints are swimming in a single drop of intercession. Think about how much
power God gave to the Prophet for interceding on Judgment Day. We are like babies in
You cannot understand the knowledge of the Saints
of God, how they are swimming in that drop. How are you going to
understand the reality of Prophet Muhammad ? Today, books are written
about the Prophet, but they
contain only the “knowledge of papers” (ilm
It is God’s overwhelming Mercy that will suffice
for humankind’s salvation on the most dreaded day. And the embodiment of
God’s Mercy is the God Messenger Muhammad
r, whom He
described in the Holy Qur’an as:
a Mercy for all creatures.
It is therefore our hope in the Prophet’s
that is our firmest foothold in the Hereafter, not dependence on deeds,
whose sincerity and perfection are undoubtedly lacking. It is only through
the Mercy of God, as perfectly embodied in the person of His Beloved
Prophet r that we can rest assured of safety and
on the Day in whichhearts and eyes will be overturned
The Prophet said:
I myself am the Beloved of God (Habibullah)
and I say this without pride, and I carry the flag of glory on the Day of
Judgment and am the first intercessor and the first whose intercession is
And God’s Messenger
My intercession is for the grave sinners of my
That power granted to the Prophet
r is inherited by his spiritual successors,
the saints (Awliya'ullah). The Reality of Intercession means that,
in making prostration, the saint will not raise his head until his
follower gains “clearance.” A person working in government cannot see
classified material without clearance. In spirituality, you need
“clearance” to reach “classified” material. That “clearance” comes from
being clean, and the shaykh cleans you in that prostration. In that
prostration, they bring all their followers and present them clean to the
Prophet . For the saints of
God, this is the reality of interceding for their followers.
None amongst you can get into Paradise by virtue of
his deeds alone.
Even the good deeds of the seekers on the Way
require intercession, for due to our ignorance, whatever we perform of
good actions is marred by many forms of wrongdoing, secreted within them.
That is why intercession is also needed by the follower of a saint for
every deed he or she performs. Thus in their nightly prostration, with the
Power of the Reality of Intercession, saints intercede for their followers
seeking not only forgiveness for their misdeeds, but also interceding in
order that their good deeds and worship will be purified, “perfumed” and
presented to the spiritual presence of the Prophet . At that
time—having been adorned by the spiritual power of the shaykh—the
follower’s deeds and worship become acceptable in the Divine Presence.
One of the great saints, Khwajah Ubaidullah al-Ahrar
ق, had a follower who reached such a level. He passed the ten steps
and so had become more than a lover (muhib), more than a beginner
on the Path (mubtadi)
and more than one of the prepared ones (musta¿id).
The first three powers had already been opened to him. He was experiencing
the Reality of Intercession, and in that reality he saw that his shaykh
was written among the people of Hellfire. He was amazed. He thought, “It
might be that he is doing something wrong that I do not know.”
How could Hellfire be written for your Shaykh? At
the first opportunity, Satan comes to the mind. Because of this, the
disciple may see something done by the shaykh and think that it is a
blameworthy innovation. If you do not understand something the shaykh
does, admit to yourself that you are not yet in a position to understand,
for Satan is always digging in our minds to bring out a bad smell.
That disciple saw on the Preserved Tablet (Lawh
al-Mahfoudh) that his beloved shaykh was destined for Hellfire. So the
disciple went into prostration every night and every day, praying, “O my
Lord, take him from Hellfire and take him to Paradise.” After one year, he
raised his head one day and saw that his shaykh’s name was taken from
Hellfire to Paradise. He was very happy to have achieved his goal, and
went to his shaykh to tell him the good news. Look at his arrogance! He
went to the door of the shaykh, and all the disciples were there, sitting
with discipline, majestic. Today we do not, since we are pampered babies.
As soon as he entered, the shaykh—sitting with majesty—looked at him and
said, “If you do not go back and return my name to where it was before, I
will break you in half and you will not be my follower. Do not return
until you change it back.” He saw his sickness. The disciple, when given a
little miraculous power, imagined himself to be higher than the shaykh.
For one year he made prostration in the morning and
in the evening. It took him one year to bring his shaykh’s name back to
Hellfire, and he was so happy to see it there. He went back to the shaykh
who was sitting with his disciples, and they were all in perfect
discipline, unlike today. The shaykh told him, “Twenty-five years ago I
reached the level you reached today, and I saw my name in Hellfire. I saw
my name there, but I keep worshipping. Hell is Paradise for me if He wants
to put me there. Every movement is by His Will. Training disciples for
twenty-five years, I have seen it there and I never asked for it to be
changed, although I am able to do so.”
ق asked God to put him in Hell with a body large enough to fill it
all, and his request was accepted. He wanted to sacrifice himself for the
good of all humanity occupying all of Hell and blocking anyone else from
entering. With their love for all creation, God’s saints may use the
Reality of Intercession to save people from difficulties and punishment.
The Day that We roll up the heavens like a scroll
rolled up for books (completed),- even as We produced the first creation,
so shall We produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall
We fulfill it.
The reality of tayy,
literally “to roll up” and reduce, is a jewel. When it is given, it is an
ornament that enables disciples to scroll all over the world by means of
the sacred formula, “In the name of God, most Beneficent, most Munificent”
(bismillahi ’r-rahmani ’r-raheem). When disciples receive that
jewel, they can move as they like in the dimensions of space. Because they
suffered so much, God is generous with them. The spirit becomes free from
the cage of the body. The bodily cage is heavy, pulled by gravity; the
spirit is light, because it is heavenly. With that jewel, the soul is
liberated, and the body is put inside the spirit.
Then, like a rocket, the spirit can transport the body.
The spirit moves faster than the speed of light.
Light moves at 300,000 kilometers per second. When the
use of thought (tafkeer,
muraqabah) is purified, with nothing to disrupt it, it moves at
The mind can reach the sun in one second.
The speed of the
heart is faster still; the way to move through the heart is far stronger.
Energy can move anything. A small engine can lift the heaviest loads. Now
vehicles use fuels relating to the earth that are transformed by their
seclusion deep underground. The spirit is related to heavens. God knows
what that energy is.
Why do we look at the power of the spirit as
non-functional? You can make use of it, by using the power developed by
saints. When they travel, the spirit contains the body until they arrive,
and the body emerges. We can accept this process with an airplane, even
though centuries ago it would not have seemed possible. To accept this
spiritual process requires a foundation of belief in the Unseen.
Using the energy of the spirit, a person may be at
home and may move at the same time to Makkah. Witnesses may report their
presence in Makkah, though they can respond, “No, I was here in the
house.” Others may say, “You were in India.” High-level saints are able to
be in 12,000 places at one time. Low-level saints can move and appear in
two or three places at the same time.
When saints move through Oceans of knowledge, they
also move their followers. Wild geese migrate in flocks, and they move for
months, from one continent to another. So the shaykh will move, moving his
disciples with him in flocks. He cannot leave his disciples behind when he
approaches the presence of the Prophet. If he did, the Prophet would say, “Where are your disciples?
I gave to you for the sake
of those following you.” The saint without his people is not a saint. Who
is the Prophet without his
Community? A person must bring his flock with him, for the Prophet said:
Each of you is a shepherd, and each
responsible for his flock: The leader is shepherd of his nation and
accountable for them; the man is shepherd of the family of his house and
accountable for them; the servant is responsible for the wealth of his
master and accountable for it; and the woman is shepherd for the home of
her husband and accountable for it.
For the Prophet
, not only is his Community coming for Intercession, but all
prophets from Adam ¡ go to him
also. Every human being belongs to his Community.
The Reality of Scrolling moves mountains in space.
Do not doubt it. With the space shuttle, some 2,500 tons of metal are
going up and moving in space. If this is by the power of ordinary people,
what about the power of the Friends of God? To them belongs the reality of
scrolling universes, universes of knowledge.
God’s first order to Prophet Muhammad was
“Read!” The Prophetasked, “What am I
going to read?” Iqra, “read,” can here be understood as “read
“Read in the name of your Lord who
means, “I created that from the Ocean of Power, Bahr al-Qudrah.
Read that, O Muhammad. I am giving you the secret way to read creation.
Read it and learn it. I am giving you that permission. I am giving you a
language that encompasses all languages.” That is why the Prophetcould hear the angel Gabriel when he revealed the Qur’an to
him. What Gabriel gave to the Prophet
, no one knows. What God gave to Gabriel, no one knows.
This earth is a small planet in this universe, yet
it is emitting frequencies. Similarly, the sun is emitting frequencies.
Scientists say that there are 80 billion stars in our galaxy alone, and
that there are six billion galaxies in this universe. All of them are
emitting different frequencies and vibrations. However, as God said in the
“you cannot understand their praising.”
As an example, suppose I tap on a microphone. That
tapping creates a sound that has a wavelength and the wavelength moves
throughout space, throughout the universe, and never dies. Physicists and
engineers know this fact. If you have a receiver, you can pick up that
wave. If you do not have one, you do not hear it.
We are hearing from billions of years, voices
coming from the universe, because we have big receivers. We are hearing
some things yet we are not able to hear others. If you have the right
equipment, every voice could be heard because waves move around the entire
When the Prophet Muhammad recited from the Holy
that recitation became a wave that is ever-living and does not end. This
is true, even from the point-of-view of physics. So, if that voice is
there, why can we not hear it? Because there is something wrong with our
God and His angels send blessings on the Prophet.
They are praising the Prophet. Can you hear it? No.
With what kind of sound are they praising? God said that everything is
praising Him, but you cannot understand it. That means this praise is by
means of voices, and voices means there is a language. There must be a
language of praise then.
Computers also “speak” many different languages,
yet they often need to communicate with each other. To facilitate this,
programmers developed software that translates one computer language into
another, allowing computers that speak different languages to communicate
with each other.
If a computer needs to communicate, what about this
universe? How can the countless elements of the universe contact and
communicate with each other? There must be a “software” for this, not an
earthly one, but a heavenly “software” that can understand all the
different frequencies and vibrations that God has given every creation in
order that they may understand and communicate.
That is why the Prophet Muhammad used to hear the praising of the mountains when he passed
them. That means God gave the Prophet Muhammad that “software.” We know from
the Qur’an that the mountains were praising in unison with the ProphetDavid ¡:
… it was Our power that made the hills and the birds
celebrate Our praises with David.
This means that God gave those who are eligible to
receive such an understanding a very high level of intelligence. For
intellectual powers we speak of “intelligence quotient,” or IQ. In
spirituality, we do not speak of an IQ in this sense, but rather a
spiritual IQ, ma¿rifatullah:
gnosis, or consciousness of God. God gave some of His servants this
understanding so that they could comprehend what was occurring around them
and how the parts of the universe communicated with each other. That is
why in a holy Prophetic Tradition, God says:
My servant draws not near to Me with anything more
loved by Me than the religious obligations I have enjoined upon him, and
My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that
I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears,
his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, his foot
with which he walks. Were he to ask something of Me, I would surely give
it to him. …
“I will be the hearing with which he hears,” means, “I
will give him ‘software’ by which he can understand what cannot be
understood by others, that will allow him to see what cannot be seen.” He
will be able to discern different frequencies, not just ultraviolet or
infrared, but other frequencies that scientists do not know about. God
will grant him sight and power by which he can see and hear these things.
It means, “I will give him a special receiver to hear, by which he will
hear what only a saint can hear.” He will hear the voice that people
cannot hear because they do not have that opening in their ears. God will
give him from that attribute the Hearer, as-Sami,
as Sariyya ¦ heard Sayyidina Umar’s
¦ voice from Sham.
¦ said that
his father, Sayyidina Umar
delivering a sermon on Friday. In the middle of his sermon, he shouted,
“Ya Sariyya, al-jabal! O Sariyya! [look towards] the mountain!” Then he
resumed his sermon and said, “He who stole a wolf, he oppressed,” which
means, “He who fed and watered the enemy, he committed an act of
Some people looked at each other in
dismay. Sayyidina Ali
¦ said to
them, “He will likely say (something) about this statement.”
When the people had finished the prayer,
they asked Sayyidina Umar
¦ about the
incident. He said, “The idea crossed my mind that the enemy aggressors had
defeated our brethren and they would run towards the mountain. Thus, if
the Muslims moved towards the mountain, they would have to fight on one
side only, while if they advanced, they would be destroyed. So those words
escaped my mouth.”
After a month, a messenger came with good
news. He said, “The people of the army heard Sayyidina
¦ voice on
that day. We all went towards the mountain and God made us victorious.”
That miracle (karama) was a sign that
¦ had two characteristics from
true faith: The Reality of Hearing, Ilmal-Yaqeen and the
Reality of Seeing, Ayn
al-Yaqeen. The first characteristic is like one who has an audio tape.
But when you have a video that is stronger—that brings you to the Reality
of Certainty, Haqq al-Yaqeen. Sariyya
¦ and his troops were only able
to hear from afar. They could not see Sayyidina
¦, whereas Sayyidina
¦ was seeing, hearing and
speaking across the vast distance from Madina to Sham.
These people obeyed God and obeyed the Prophet.
They truly followed the Sunnah. That “technology” is from 1,400 years ago,
the time of the Prophet
power is based on the Prophetic Tradition in which God says, “I will be
the vision with which he sees.”If you are granted this power, you can see the Prophet. You can see
how he is moving, how he is speaking, how he is acting and then you can
follow his example. If you cannot do that, then follow those who can. Not
everyone can do that, only a few Saints of God can do that, like Sayyidina Abd al-Qadir Jilani
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim
ق says that whoever keeps to true spiritual exercises, if he can
complete them, there may appear from himself many forms like himself.
First, there may be three, then seven, each having the same shape and
bodily powers, but each one able to be in a different place. Each one is
independent, looking, acting and knowing. This power comes from completing
the aforementioned spiritual exercises under the supervision of a Perfect
Master (Murshidun Kamil).
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim
ق once prayed one Friday congregational prayer in 24,000 different
places. He told the religious authorities in one place: “I was praying in
12,000 different houses of worship today.”
They asked, “How?”
He said, “By the power of the Lord Almighty. If you
do not believe me, send people around to ask.”
They sat and waited until messengers returned,
saying that he was seen in so many places. Bayazid
ق later said, “I was afraid to say 24,000, so I only said 12,000.”
God says that, when one plants a single grain of
wheat, it disappears into the earth and becomes seven ears,
each ear with
a hundred grains, 700 grains coming from one. If a person gives his body
up, accepting to be nothing, God will grant him a body from His Divine
Presence. Do not be surprised about God’s actions; He is al-Qadir, The
All-Powerful. But no one agrees to be nothing. Everyone is asking to be
something, to be, to be, to be, even in religion.
In the Sufi way, too, people desire miracles and
heavenly visions. No one likes to be nothing. When agreeing to be nothing,
you will be all things. The Palace of Unity is not open to those saying,
“We are something.”
You must enter into khalwah, seclusion, not
thinking to come out finished, addressing to your ego and saying, “Don’t
think that you are coming out able to do miracles. I am going to bury you.
My shaykh will send the Angel of Death to take your soul.” Then it will be
Otherwise, it is only training. For the first condition,
the shaykh looks to the disciple to see if desires of the ego are still
running in his heart. Ego must be finished there. Then such a person ready
for death and all keys to treasures can be entrusted to him.
This body must be taken. Everyone will die. Some may
offer themselves to death with their willpower. This does not mean killing
oneself, but killing the ego’s desires. Then you are ready for Divine
Let us take the example of magic. There are stage
magicians who pull rabbits out of their top hats and use sleight of hand
and optical illusions to fool people. But there are also real magicians,
who use real magic. Did you not hear that God said in Holy Qur’an that he
sent two angels teaching people magic? What is that magic; how does it
First of all, it must be understood that everything
has a frequency or wavelength. Depending on its frequency, it is either
visible or invisible. When you change that frequency, it disappears.
is what magicians do. They can change the frequency of an object to make
it appear or disappear at will.
Moses said, “Throw ye (first).” So when they threw,
they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them: for
they showed a great (feat of) magic.
If a magician can do that, what about the Friends
of God? Can they not do more than that? Certainly, God will give a pious,
sincere servant who devoted his life to God and the Prophet even more wondrous powers.
Physicists say that sunlight is composed of seven
primary colors. In reality, however, there are more than seven colors. You
might be able to identify twenty colors or at most thirty, but sunlight
consists of an infinite number of colors.
Every night Saints of God sit in the association
called the Circle of Saints (Diwan al-awliya) in the presence of
the Prophet Muhammad’s soul and the souls of all the other prophets and
messengers. There are hierarchies among the Saints of God that we do not
perceive. God gave this nation inheritors of the prophets. God sent
124,000 prophets, and each Prophet has an inheritor. Therefore, there are 124,000 saints in
every time. When one passes away, another takes his place.
The number of prophets, 124,000, was told to us by
the Prophet’s cousin, Ibn Abbas
¦, who was known as the
greatest commentator of Qur’an.
When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his
Lord addressed him, He said: “O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may
look upon thee.”
The Prophet Moses
¡ thought he was so close to
God, for he is known in the Divine Presence as Kaleemullah—the one
who speaks with God. He was in full concentration and meditation, and in
that state he was able to hear the heavenly voice,
to hear God.
He said: “O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may
look upon thee.” God said: “By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But
look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me.”
It means, “O Moses! If you want to come to Me you
must look at that mountain.” Ibn al-Arabi
ق said in Futuhat al-Makkiyya, that the mountain represents
Prophet Moses’ ¡ ego, meaning
no one can come to God’s Presence with his ego. For that reason, God first
sent Prophet Moses ¡ and his
servant and successor, Joshua ¡,
to Sayyidina Khidr ¡ to learn a
specialized knowledge that even he, as one of the five greatest prophets,
did not know.
So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had
bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our
He said, “Come to Me by throwing away the self.
Look at the mountain, if it remains in its place then you will see Me.”
When his Lord manifested His glory on the Mount, He
made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his
senses he said: “Glory be to Thee! To Thee I turn in repentance, and I am
the first to believe.”
In explaining that verse, Ibn Abbas ¦ said,
“When he awoke, that mountain disappeared and in its place before him was
a huge mountain made up of 124,000 prophets.”
The prophets have inheritors in every era who are
living shaykhs. They can say to a mountain, “Move!” and it will move. They
may appear as an attraction, like a spotlight in a stadium, a beacon or a
rainbow. When people see them, they fall into states of ecstasy.
When the Saints of God say, “We are seeing this,”
you cannot say, “No.” They are seeing frequencies that your eye cannot.
After Prophet Muhammad went on the Night Journey and Ascension, he returned and saw
everything that had passed took place in the blink of an eye. He went with
body and soul, yet when he came back, his bed was still warm.
related that Imam Nawawi said, “The Prophet saw his Lord with the eyes of his head.”
God raised him up with a body that could discern the frequencies that fill
this universe. These vibrations or signs can be known, but you need to
have the software. If you can establish that software in your heart then
you can see what others cannot see.
Consider what God says about the Prophet Solomon
He said (to his own men): “Ye chiefs! which of you
can bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?” Said an
¿Ifrit, of the Jinns: “I will
bring it to thee before thou rise from thy council: indeed I have full
strength for the purpose, and may be trusted.”
The Jinn said, “I can bring the Throne of Sheba,
but not immediately. I need time, and by then your meeting will be
Said one who had knowledge of the Book: “I will bring
it to thee within the twinkling of an eye!” Then when (Solomon) saw it
placed firmly before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord!”
The one “who had knowledge of the book”
said, “I will bring it to you in the blink of an eye.” He brought it there
using his knowledge of these frequencies. The Throne of Sheba appeared in
front of their eyes. He used a power similar to that of satellite
Today many people speak of the need for a path to
transformation. The saints of God are themselves a path to transformation.
They are those who dedicated their lives to love of God, love of Prophet
, love of faith. They know the path to transformation. If one is
in the East, they can bring him to the West, and if one is in the East
they can bring him to the West in order to be seen.
Our master Shaykh Nazim
To fly through this space is so easy; with the blink
of an eye a person can reach Heavens which physically would take billions
of years. Our light is not like the one coming from the sun; our light
belongs to the Oceans of Divine Lights, that is why the speed of our soul
is so fast. It is like comparing a person riding on a donkey to someone
sitting in a rocket. That is an analogy to the difference between the
speed of light and the speed of our Divine Lights.
If you want a proof then go out and look, how long
does it take you to see the furthest galaxy? The moment you look, your
eyes are there! The galaxy of Andromeda is millions of light years away
but with the naked eye it is a small spot which you can see. They say
there are 300 millions of stars but for us it looks like a tiny spot
within the greatness of space. That is part of your soul power, just a
small part of it. If the whole power of your soul was on, you could see
the whole universe in its real existence! You wouldn't just see Andromeda
like a spot, you would see the huge galaxy in its greatness. It means you
will see every one of the 300 millions of stars in it. Today, even with
the Hubble telescope, one can see the stars of Andromeda—what then is the
power of the soul? Divine Lights are Lights from God. But it is closed off
now because our physical desires prevent it. We are only interested in
what we are eating, drinking, or enjoyment, nothing else. We are just
wasting our huge powers.
Now most people are nearly under the command of
their ego; therefore the entire world is out of control. On the other
hand, if people control their ego with their will power then they will be
free from the gravity of their self. At that time they can travel all
around the universe and even beyond!
We, mankind, have souls and soul desires to be in
Heaven; it is not interested in eating, drinking, or physical enjoyment.
Such desires belong to our physical being, and they are endless. That is
why we get hungry and thirsty physically. If we do not control these
desires, they will be the biggest problem. Try to control them. We cannot
live without them, but if we do not control them, they will be the
greatest destruction. Prophet Muhammad said:
Whoever guarantees for me what is between his jaws
and what is between his legs, I will guarantee him Paradise.
Mankind needs a balance for its desires, to learn
how to control them. For example if you give me a car I would not know how
to control it, because I have never been trained to. It is not easy, but
you can learn, and then it is simple. The ego is the strongest force in
existence and it needs to be controlled. A car or an airplane which is out
of control, it cannot be saved by anything! Our ego is much more
complicated and powerful than an aircraft.
If anyone wants to learn to drive a vehicle there
are lots of schools for doing so. But what about the ego? You think you
can do that yourself? No! If it had been the case it would not have been
necessary to have sent all those prophets, and after them saints. Holy
people are able to control themselves; they teach people how to do that,
how to keep their physical desires in limits. If you can control that huge
power you may fly, and rise to Heavens without wings, just with your will
power, you can go anywhere, even beyond this universe. Heaven doesn't
belong to this world; the souls of human beings were made from Divine
In late 1980s, the prime minister and the mayor of
Beirut invited Mawlana Shaykh Nazim
ق to go with them on Pilgrimage to Makkah, Hajj. He did not say yes
or no, but said, “I will see.”
The prime minister insisted. Again, Mawlana did not
say, “No,” nor did he say, “Yes.” He kept his answer vague.
We spent the rest of the month with Mawlana, in
Tripoli, and the celebration of the Eid of the Sacrifice came and went.
Then the pilgrims began to return from Hajj. The next day, we went to see
the mayor and the prime minister to congratulate them on completing the
Pilgrimage. Disgruntled, they looked at Mawlana Shaykh Nazim
ق. They said, “Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, we invited you to come with
us, but you did not come with us and instead went with someone else.”
We were young, so we were troublemakers. We asked
them, “Why are you saying this?” They said, “We met Mawlana Shaykh Nazim
at the Kaaba, during the
He did the circumambulation with us there, and when he finished the
circling, he left and we left.”
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim
ق never left Lebanon. He was in our home for the entire time of the
Pilgrimage. That is how the Saints of God move in space. They transform
their frequencies and appear at another place.
The shaykh holds the power to give his followers
true dreams. Many people come to me and say, “I saw a shaykh in my dream.
He looked like this and gave me this to recite.” Later, they encounter the
shaykh physically and realize that he was the one they met in the dream. A
guide can reach anyone in the world through dreams and visions. People can
become devoted followers and even take orders from the shaykh through
dreams and visions. He has that power.
The guide gives his follower awareness (yaqaza),
so that they will not be heedless. Then he breathes with the awareness
that, at any moment, God can stop him from inhaling or exhaling. This
means that, in every moment, with the guide’s grace that he takes from the
follower will be remembering his Lord though his breath.
For many of us, breathing is something the body
does automatically. When you are talking, you might be unaware that you
are breathing in and out, but dive into the sea and you will remember your
breathing. A Purifying Shaykh (shaykh at-tazkiyya) makes you aware
that, at every moment, you are submerged in an ocean, that the energy you
take in or put out belongs to God’s Power.
There is a dhikr for when you exhale and
when you inhale, and Divine Names to recite depending upon the time and
conditions of the day. Each inhalation and each exhalation belongs to a
Name of God. There are ten angels accompanying each inhalation, and ten
angels accompanying each exhalation. Each angel is created from a
different light belonging to God. Grandshaykh
ق said that nine parts of each light is from Sayyidina Muhammad and one is from the Ocean of Power. These lights are not the
Light of God. We are servants to God and cannot share His Light. The
Saints of God say that human beings take 24,000 breaths in 24 hours. Only
a Purifying Shaykh can put on your tongue the remembrance of God with
every breath. In reality, every breath is remembrance, but you are
heedless of it.
Once you reach the awareness of the 24,000 breaths,
awareness is increased to the level of 700,000 per day. At this stage,
time is extended in order to allow you to call upon your Lord 700,000
times. Time is unrolled without making it longer, just as God can make the
entire world pass through the eye of a needle without making the world
smaller or the needle larger.[iv]This is a power of the tongue (ta’i al-lisan), and it is from the
Reality of Scrolling. It is the ability to recite more by using the energy
of the spirit.
How is this possible? God created a vein under the
tongue that reaches directly to the heart. By following the guide, the
disciple progresses and darkness is removed from the tongue and heart. At
that time you become luminous (nurani), since you are no longer
relying upon the body, or the tongue, but upon that heavenly light.
Whatever is related to the Divine can do anything. The mind relates to the
earth. When people become luminous, the following holy Prophetic Tradition
applies to them, in which God says:
Neither the heavens nor earth contain Me, but the
heart of my believing servant contains Me.
That heart can do miracles, reaching seven million
repetitions in dhikr, even 70 million. So much is granted to any
human being who follows the Saints of God.
By His Grace God guided the believers to the Truth,
concerning that wherein they differed. For God guided whom He will to a
path that is straight.
When you are dressed with
all these realities, you are given the sixth power: the ability to guide
people. Now you speak and it is your ego speaking. People come and sit and
listen to lecturers, but only their egos are speaking. After you have been
dressed with these realities, you can guide someone to his or her eternal
Everyone has a different eternal life. Whatever God
has planned for the individual, the shaykh will guide him by the hand,
step by step, to move him forward. Someone in a maze who is unable to find
the door out is lost. Guidance will take you left, right, right, left,
then straight until you come out. Not everyone knows how to get out of
this maze. You need to have a guide in order to escape. To get out of the
tunnel, one must have all kinds of lights in order to pass safely.
The Reality of Guidance is knowledge of
spirituality. The saint knows how to heal you from all kinds of worldly
attachments, and so take you up to heavenly attachments in order that you
will be able to penetrate through space to your final destination.
On the Day of Promises, when God asked the
assembled souls, “Am I not your Lord?” they answered, “Yes!” The shaykh
guides you to that affirmation. You do not remember it now. God took from
us a covenant, an oath. What you accepted on that day was recorded. One
day it will be opened for you, what you accepted on the Day of Promises in
the Presence of God. Until then, you have to fulfill your requirements,
like a person studying to become a doctor. Thus, we follow guidance in
order to fulfill what we promised our Lord.
“Lo! We offered the trust unto the heavens and the
earth and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of
it. And man assumed it. Lo! he hath proved a tyrant and a fool.”
heavens and earth and mountains did not accept, but because of his
ignorance, man has become an oppressor to himself.
When you climb up to reach the Reality of Guidance,
you can see what kind of oath you took. That will be your journey to your
reality. Then they will dress you with guidance, and give you permission.
Until then, you are like a toy that speaks, like a parrot, as are today’s
scholars and lecturers. That is not guidance. Guidance is only for the
saints of God.
There are really seven powers hidden within the
human being, but this explanation of these realities is enough.
are jewels in man which have influences on him. The jewel of awe and
marvel, the finest of these jewels, is in the center of the human heart.
It is where the essence of the being is hidden, a store of energy and
power. In that dark hidden place many an unknown secret is kept…That
spot in the center of the human being, in his heart, is…a black spot.”
Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom, translated by Shaikh
Tosun Bayrak, Fons Vitae, 1997, page 180).
It is reported from his son ¿Abd
that his father Sayyidina Umar
¦ [who was caliph at the time] dispatched an army,
designating one man named Sariyya ¦
leader (amir) over it. It is said that one day Sayyidina Umar
delivering the Friday sermon [in Madinah]. During the sermon he said
loudly “Ya Sariyya al-jabal! O Sariyya! [towards] the mountain.”
Then [later] a courier came from the army and said, “O Commander of the
Faithful! We were on the verge of being defeated when we heard a voice
thrice: ‘Ya Sariyya al-jabal!’ So we moved the back our army near
the mountain and Allah Most Holy defeated them.” Ibn Umar
that Sayyidina Umar
told that it was he who was shouting in that voice.
It says in one
tradition that the people said to Sayyidina ¿Ali
¦, “Did not you hear Sayyidina Umar
that while delivering the sermon from the pulpit he said, ‘Ya Sariyya
al-jabal!’? Sayyidina ¿Ali
said, “A thousand pities for you! Leave Sayyidina Umar
alone! Whenever he has entered anything, he has surely acquitted himself
are in Life of the Companions, by Shaykh Zakariyya Kandhalvi.
The “book” in the time of Solomon was the Psalms of David (Zabur). If
such powers were for one who has knowledge of the Psalms, then what
about one who has knowledge of the Quran?
A reference to
To those who reject Our signs and treat them with
arrogance, no opening will there be of the gates of heaven, nor will
the garden, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle: Such
is Our reward for those in sin.
Al-Ghazali mentioned it in his
Revival of the Religious Sciences. It is similar to the Israelite
tradition Ahmad has related in al-Zuhd from Wahb bin Munabbih who
said that God opened the heavens for Ezekiel until he saw the Throne, so
Ezekiel said, ‘How Perfect are You! How Mighty are You, O Lord!’ So God
said, ‘Truly, the heavens and the earth were too weak to contain Me, but
the soft, humble heart of my believing slave contains Me’.”