Shaykh Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the Station of the Swahabah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.) said, “Allah (s.w.t.) Surrounded the Seal of Prophets (s.a.w.) with 124,000 swahabah.  Each swahabi took a portion of that vast Divine Knowledge that was brought by Rasulullah (s.a.w.) and taught it to the next generation.  We must give due respect to those who teach us.  The swahabah were students of Rasulullah (s.a.w.), and what they learnt, they taught us.  ‘Ali (k.w.) said, ‘He who teaches me one huruf, I am his servant.’

‘Ali (k.w.) did not know such a thing before he became a believer.  It was the coming of Islam that brought enlightenment into his heart.  From knowing nothing, ‘Ali (k.w.) gradually gained in knowledge, until Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said of him, ‘I am the city of knowledge, and ‘Ali is the door to that city.’

On whose authority are the Muslims of today rejecting the pearls brought by the swahabah?  Those pearls were acquired by the swahabah when they dived into the Ocean of Rasulullah (s.a.w.).  The Prophet (s.a.w.) was the Ocean, and the swahabah did not bring their own pearls.  They brought pearls from the Prophetic Ocean.  Who are the scholars of today to deride or doubt what the swahabah brought?  All the swahabah spoke with such pearls of wisdom.  The swahabah brought thousands and thousands of pearls for us.  The ignorant who speak ill of them are harming the swahabah with their tongues.  That is not adab.  Such an action is Displeasing to Allah (s.w.t.); it is He Who Arranged for these 124,000 swahabah to provide the foundation of Islam.  They had been Selected to carry the burden of the building of Islam.  They are the Chosen.  All the 124 000 swahabah were Selected to dive into the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) Ocean to retrieve pearls for the next generation of believers.

We must use the correct Criterion to judge what is brought to us.  Whoever dives into that Prophetic Ocean will either bring back oysters containing pearls or oyster shells which do not contain pearls.  We must be able to distinguish between those who bring pearls, and those who bring shells.  What is the Criterion to distinguish between the good and bad people?  We cannot judge.  Our judgement is always wrong.  It is tainted with ego and emotion.  We must use the Criterion that was Granted to the swahabah of Rasulullah (s.a.w.).  An aspect of the Criterion is the Scale of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  The Criterion is the one that can differentiate between truth and falsehood, and the swahabah took that Scale from the Prophet (s.a.w.).  That Scale has been passed down from generation to generation to the inheritors of such knowledge.  Whom amongst the scholars use that Scale now?  We are in the worst period of Islamic civilisation today.  Muslims no longer seek out those who inherited that Scale.  They simply judge by worldly scales that have no reality.  To judge if an act is bid’ah, haram or shirk, one needs a Divine Scale.  If one is not using a Divine Scale, then he should hold his tongue.  We must name our guide, from whom we inherited that Scale and that knowledge.”


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