Friday, 24 March 2017

Shaykh Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.): Getting Off at the Right Station

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.) said, “We are trying to give a perfect method to everyone who is seeking real peace because reaching this peace and satisfaction is the destination of everybody.  You may take a train from London up to Edinburgh and on your way, there may be one hundred stations and at each station some people get out because everyone knows his destination.  If you get out before Edinburgh, you will not be satisfied.  This is not your destination.  If you get struck and remain in that station, you are going to suffer forever because you have reached a wrong destination.  Therefore, you must know your destination, and then you must take a ticket to that station, not to a station before it nor after it.  A person must do everything to save himself from arriving at the wrong station.  It is dangerous for a person not to look for his destination.  He must look out for his destination and must use the right method to reach his destination otherwise he will not attain peace.

In our time, people are using so many wrong methods.  They do not understand, or they do not even know, where is the beginning and what is the end; just like a blind person does not understand where he is or to where he is going.  Therefore, guidance is necessary and the most important thing for a person throughout his life is to find a true guide.  A true guide can be known when our soul is in peace and satisfaction with him.  That is the sign, the real sign: to feel peace and satisfaction with him in our heart.  If we are still in doubt or hesitant, it means that something is wrong with that person and we must look for some other guide.  If our heart is not at peace with his method, we must not follow it.  There are so many ways.  We must try to find another guide until we attain peace in our heart with that person.  Then it should be all right for us.  This is the way to attain peace, to die before dying.  When we find a guide, we must be with him.  We must not carry about a different personality from his but must agree to be one with him, one unit.  We cannot carry about another personality from our guide’s; we must melt our personality into his personality and we must appear as him.  Then, you will be all right.

Once a person came to a Grand Shaykh, Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.) and knocked at his door.  Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.) asked, ‘Who is there?’

‘Ibrahim,’ the man said.  ‘It is I.’

‘‘I’, ‘I’, ‘I’; always saying ‘I’’, said Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.).  Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.) answered, ‘My place is only for one, not for two.  Go away.’

So, that person went away.  After one year, he tried again.  He came and knocked at the door.  ‘Who is there?’ Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.) asked.

‘You,’ he answered this time.

‘You may now come in.’ replied Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (q.s.).

The first condition for a person who is seeking real peace is that he must give himself, all that he is carrying, to put it into his guide.  His guide can take it and carry it.  When we consider an airplane, it may hold one hundred or two hundred or even three hundred passengers, but when it flies, we see only one jet plane.  We do not see the three hundred persons inside it; we see only that it is a plane flying.  The plane takes all those people into itself, finished.  Therefore, when we take a guide to our destination, we give ourselves up to him.  Our selfhood must be given up.  We must consider ourselves as a drop and when it reaches the Ocean, there is no more drop – finished.  We leave being that drop and we become the Ocean.”

Shaykh Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.): Two Roads to Rest

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.) said, “There are two ways in which a person may find rest.  One of them is through natural death.  Until death, a person struggles.  When he dies, his arms and legs are spread out and he is laid to rest and there is no more struggling.  According to his station, he has reached peace.  Yet, his peace by natural death may only be for his physical body.  He may still have not reached real peace spiritually.  Therefore, we seek peace for both sides, for our physical bodies and our spiritual selves.  Our physical bodies will get peace by death, natural death.  Then, there is no more movement, no more struggling.  But we must also look after our soul, whether it has peace or not, whether the souls is struggling or not.

For this reason, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said, ‘Die before you die.’  This is what makes a person to reach spiritual peace and satisfaction, true peace.  Our physical body may die, but as yet, we have not attained our spiritual peace.  Therefore, the one who asks for real peace within himself must try the ways of those who have attained real peace spiritually, and the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) advice to his ummah, to ourselves, is to die before natural death comes upon us.

Only a few are equally at peace body and soul.  Most people destroy their spiritual peace by running after the physical body’s peace.  It is impossible for a person, without spiritual peace, to reach bodily peace until natural death comes.  But even at the time of death, there may be no benefit at that time, because even if we find peace in our physical body, our spiritual side may still struggling and suffering.  Then, from the day of one’s death up to the Day of Resurrection, in your hayat al-barzakh, the intermediate life between eternal life and this world’s life, those troubles and struggles may still continue.  Perhaps it may continue even on the Day of Resurrection, and it may be more than this also.  One may be in Hell, struggling and suffering for a period until he reaches to the Ocean that he was Given in pre-eternity.”

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Zakir Naik's Son Giving Talks on Religion?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The Vice-President, Da’wah, of Darul Arqam after me, was a Zakir Naik fan.  As part of the proposed Darul Arqam talks, Zakir Naik wanted his son to give a talk on Islam.  Fariq Naik was born in 1994, meaning he was about 15 years old then.  The proposed topic was about Christianity.  The question I posed then, is the question I pose now: in what way is he qualified?  Because he is Zakir Naik’s son?  Darul Arqam's Executive Committee agreed to this asinine proposal.

I was a Council member then, and a dissenting opinion.  So, I wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office, and copied the Ministry of Home Affairs and Police HQ, regarding the permit.  Can we imagine, if we had some Christian teenager giving a talk about how Islam is wrong?  We spend years studying the religious sciences, and some child is going to teach us?  Based on what qualifications?  His father is not even an ‘alim.  Are we going to use our zakat money to pay for a glorified show and tell?  What next?  Bilal Philips’ infant son to tell us a bed time story?

Prior to the issuance of the permit, the Vice-President of Da'wah, agreed to run the advertisements.  The people at the National Council of Churches Singapore saw it and they wrote in as well.  The talk was cancelled.  And some of us pushed the matter.  And neither Zakir Naik nor his whelp will ever give a talk in Singapore.  They are free to visit and spend their money.  Which is more than we can say about Malaysia.  Malaysia is home to a lot of scholars, certainly more than Singapore.  They have a history and they have a legacy.  Is this the best they can come up with?

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr bin al-‘Aasw (r.a.) narrated, “I heard Rasulullah (s.a.w.) saying, ‘Allah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from the people, but Takes it Away by the death of the scholars until when none of them remains; people will take, as their leaders, ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge.  So, they will go astray and will lead the people astray.”

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus on Reaching Everyone

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus said, “You cannot reach everyone with your wealth or your status, but you can reach everyone with your character.”