Saturday, 2 October 2010
The Deputy of Allah (s.w.t.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah by Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on 01st October 2010.
Honour is given to mankind. Even the angels asked for the Honour that Allah (s.w.t.) Gave to Adam (a.s.). There are certain things in creation that are impossible to be seen with the naked eye. They are atoms, dzarrah. We cannot see them even through an electronic microscope. The light in our eyes cannot see them. There are large objects like the sun, moon and the stars which in their entirety cannot also be seen through the light of the naked eye. This is because of their immense size. There are also very small atoms which cannot even be cut into two pieces. If they are cut and the parts are separated, they would cease to be. It is Allah (s.w.t.) Who Brings these into existence; the small and the large. That which was Brought into existence must know Who Brought it into existence. Everything from the tiniest particle to the largest should have knowledge of itself and recognition of its Creator. They are not dead they are living.
Everything in existence is living and each of them has a different kind of light. The highest level of light through the entirety of Creation is for mankind, thereafter the animals, then the plants and then what we call inanimate things, such as rocks, the earth and so forth. Those who do not know, say that inanimate things do not have life. If the earth has no life, how do plants receive life from them? The earth feeds the plants with life, because without the earth there can be no life for plants. The earth looks to the Command of its Creator, when its Creator Sends rain on it. Allah (s.w.t.) Sends the Secret of Life through water to the earth and the combination of the earth and water give life to the plants.
Even the smallest particle belonging to the earth must know its Creator and must glorify Him. This means everything in existence has knowledge. The Knowledge that Allah (s.w.t.) Gave the earth is not the same as that which He Gave to the plants. The Knowledge Given to the plants is inferior to the knowledge that is Given to the animals. Animals have not been Given the knowledge that has been Given to Mankind. Even the angels have not been Given the type of knowledge that has been Given to Mankind.
The angels have been Given a lot of knowledge, but Adam (a.s.) was Given much more and is Honoured by it. This is why Allah (s.w.t.) Appointed Adam (a.s.) and his children to be His deputies, as khalifah. The word ‘deputy’ means mankind is able to control the whole world. Without knowledge, however, the world cannot be controlled. Therefore, it follows that if we are to control, we must have been Given knowledge. Through knowledge, comes authority; if there is no knowledge, there can be no authority. The knowledge that was needed to control the world was first Granted to Adam (a.s.), for Allah (s.w.t.) Says that He Taught Adam (a.s.) everything.
And He Taught Adam the names of all things… (Surah al-Baqarah:31)
When Allah (s.w.t.) Used the word ‘everything,’ it meant that Adam (a.s.) was to know everything throughout Creation. With this knowledge also was Given the power to be able to control everything in the universe. Allah (s.w.t.) has endless universes. When the candidate becomes a real khalifah, Allah (s.w.t.) Gives him a universe to control. When such knowledge and control is Given to a khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.), he has only to say ‘Be’ and the universe is ready and comes into existence.
Verily, when He Intends a thing, His Command is "Be" and it is! (Surah YaSin:82)
He shall be like the sun to the earth. If there is no sun there shall be no life on earth. These deputies give life to the universe like the sun gives light to the earth. This is done through their spiritual power. They are given the capacity to control the universe when they are able to control their egos.
If a person is able to control himself, he is Granted by Allah (s.w.t.) the position of khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.). He is Invited into the presence of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). There, the Prophet (s.a.w.) dresses him with the crown of the khalifah. He shall then be like the sun to the universe. He shall give from the Divine Lights that has been Granted to him to the universe. Even the sun shines through the Divine Lights of the one who is His khalifah. This secret goes from his heart to the sun and the sun is made to shine. If this khalifah is not in control, then this sun will not shine. The value and importance of His khalifah is more valuable in the Divine Presence than the universe.
No one is able to control himself unless he has subdued his ego. And no one is able to control anything without being Given authority. He must, for this purpose, join up with an authority. It is only then that he will be able to control himself and Creation. . If a person wants to become a doctor, lawyer or an architect he must be under and learn from a doctor, lawyer or an architect. In similar fashion, the one who is seeking to become a khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.) should be trained at the hands of a khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.).
Shah Baha’ ad-Din an-Naqshband (q.s.), the Imam of the Naqshbandi Thariqa’ authorises and prepares his followers through his associations to reach to their station of khalifah. Thuruq are necessary as they are the chain of authority. The ignorant do not understand this. They teach that thuruq are for the collection of dunya. If a real authority from a thariqa’ covets dunya, he would be thrown away and this secret would be Taken from him. The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that what a mu’min sees in this world must be for wisdom. By this, the whole world is under their control and why they are able to be in so many places at the same time. They also have many eyes amongst people and also amongst nature. They do this with authority, and this authority is through thariqa’. Bringing people to their real stations as a khalifah is the way of real thuruq.
We have not come here to this world to merely eat, drink and enjoy ourselves. Even animals do that. We have come here as the prophets came. Every prophet was asked to show their nations ‘Alam ul-Kubra, the Oceans of Power, the Oceans of Worlds; and to carry them to these Oceans. They showed their people extraordinary miracles through their Oceans of Power. The people marveled at these miracles. The awliya’ too, show people miracles, karamah through their Oceans of Power. The reason for them to show people miracles is to make people realise the power that has been Given to the real khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.). That is the station that is Given to us.
People wonder at the miraculous feats of the khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.). They should not think that the khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.) are controlling the universe with their physical powers. Physical powers are nothing compared to the power Vested in each khalifah. It is said that when a weak servant is adorned by the crown of the khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.) the light that comes from him makes the light of the sun and stars seem like candles in comparison to the sun when the sun is shining. Even if one were to put a million candles in the sunlight, the light of the sun makes the candlelight insignificant. Such is the light of the sun and the stars compared to the light of the khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.). It is a great power that is Granted to us through our hearts. We are in need for an Opening of our hearts. It is not possible for us to reach that Opening if we are not in the way of the thariqa’. If we do not follow this way, we will never reach that Opening.
A khalifah as compared to the heedless is like the sky with the sun and the stars which are the khilafa and the millions and billions of lightless things in the space around which is like the common people. The common people are the unenlightened ones. They have no Nur and no Opening. We are people of thariqa’ and we try for an Opening.