Adab in the Straight Way

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 04th June 2011.

And spend of your substance in the Cause of Allah … (Surah al-Baqarah:195)

The source of all goodness, Sayyid-al-Bashar, is Muhammad (s.a.w.).  He is the spring of all goodness.  The source of all evil is Shaythan.  The soul is not in connection forever in the physical body of a human being.

When the guest arrives, we must not be burdened because Allah (s.w.t.) Sends His Provision forty days before that guest arrives.  Allah (s.w.t.) is Responsible for the Provision of His servants.  We are never responsible.  Therefore, if a guest arrives, he has at least three days’ right over us to host him.  And he may stay as long as he likes.

Muhammad (s.a.w.) said, “Allah Taught me the best of manners.”  Manners come before knowledge and Shaythan had knowledge but no manners.  He became proud and arrogant with his knowledge and disobeyed his Lord.  Shaythan committed a mistake and sinned with his bad manners and was thrown out.  Adam (a.s.) also disobeyed but asked Forgiveness.  But Iblis loaded the responsibility of his sin on his Lord.  Therefore, good manners comes before knowledge.  Now, the general public has no manners.  They learn and study everything except good manners.  Students have no manners.

When Allah (s.w.t.) Created the ego, He Asked it, to come forth and the self went back.  When Allah (s.w.t.) Commanded it to go, it came forward.  It always opposed its Lord and when Allah (s.w.t.) Asked, “Who are you?” it replied, “I am me; You are You.”  This the way of the Shaythan and those who follow him.  The way of truth is in opposition to the way of Shaythan.  All the prophets are on the way of truth but Shaythan is on the way of falsehood.

We must learn manners.  If we do not, our life becomes Jahannam.  Even if we possess all of the worlds’ treasures, we have no spiritual chance; we are trapped.  But the person does not know he has trapped himself in the prison of the self.  And people nowadays, have trapped themselves in the prison of the ego.  We must spend all our efforts to free ourselves from the devil’s prison, but the ego is rushing to be the enemy of Allah (s.w.t.).  People, from rich or poor, men or women, black or white, occidental or oriental; all of them are on the way to a blocked, dead-end.

Allah (s.w.t.) Proclaims His straight way.  The straight way is one, and the Prophet (s.a.w.) pointed with a stick in his hand making a straight line saying, “This is the straight way.”  But on both sides are many interceding lines and at every intercession a devil is waiting, and calling out to us.  The one who asks for safety and security here and in the hereafter, and on Judgement Day seeks an enlightened face.  He must keep to the way of truth, the way that was Sent by Allah Almighty and shown by his Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.).  Now, we have everything and what we yearn for is for our Lord to be Pleased with us, to Accept us.  If He is Pleased with us, all Creation is pleased with us.  If Allah Almighty is not Pleased with us, everything may harm to servant and no remedy or medicine may benefit, outwardly or inwardly.

As Muslims, we hope to be here and in the hereafter under the Islamic banner, the one that Almighty Promised to the Prophet (s.a.w.).  But there are few servants who are thankful.  We should be thankful.  We have been Created as the most Honoured Creation.  Allah Almighty Granted us an appearance that He never Granted to any other creation, even the angels.  The people with sound hearts take such wisdom and change.


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