Allah Subhana wa ta’ala knows that the creatures He has created are weak and they are running after this world non-stop. So He has created special days during the year saying to us, “Watch these days carefully. Show proper respect to these days and the reward that you are going to receive in these days you may not receive in your whole lifetime with all your worship.”
It is a very valuable night that we are approaching. InshaAllah ar-Rahman by next week maybe will be the Miraj. Your intention must be solid. You must make your intention correctly to say, “Ya Rabbi! I want to reach to that night and I want to get the blessings of that night.”
So what is the Miraj and what is it giving to us?
The incident happened between Allah SWT and His Prophet (asws). Allah SWT is speaking to us through the Holy Quran that in one part of the night He made His Prophet (asws) to move from Mecca to Qudus, and from Qudus (Masjid-e Aqsa) He is taking His Prophet (asws) in elevation, Miraj, to the Heavens passing through everything that Allah SWT has created. He was passing through all Paradises, seeing what’s happening in Paradise. Passing through the fire, the Hell, seeing what’s happening there and he said, ‘The hell is full with my Ummat, especially the women of this Ummat.’
Eh, what happened today? Now the world became a complete hell because the women rule, because the Prophets have said and because Allah has ordered saying, “When your women become your leaders, it is the end of you. You are finished.” That’s what’s happening from families to Jama’ats and to nations. From corporations to everything. We are living the worst days on the face of this earth. This world has never seen such a thing like this before. This world has never seen such disobedience like this. You must know the reason of creation. The men must know their reason of creation and the women must know their reason of creation. Just because the secular governments are opening positions doesn’t mean that the mu’mins and the believers have to follow. Even if they find themselves in that situation they must look to find one head, one master, to consult and to do accordingly. Otherwise, this world has turned into a hell and it’s becoming more hell. Escaping from that hell is only through obedience. Disobedient people are going to be perished. Allah doesn’t love disobedient ones. His Prophet (asws) doesn’t love disobedient ones. The Awliya Allah do not love disobedient ones. Sheytan loves them. They become good buddies to Sheytan.
In that Miraj, Holy Prophet (asws) was passing through everything that is existing and reaching to Sidrat-ul Muntaha where all creation stops. Nothing moves beyond that. Even Jibreel (alayhi salam) did not move beyond that saying to the Holy Prophet (asws), “Ya Muhammad! Beyond this is for you. No permission is given to me to pass one inch beyond this.” When Prophet (asws) asked him, “Ya Jibreel, you have accompanied me all the way from Mecca reaching up to here and you are leaving me alone here? I don’t know the way.”
He said to him, “Ya Muhammad! Beyond this is only for you, not for me. A strict order is given to me and my Lord Allah SWT is saying, `If you pass beyond this limitation then you will be sent to non-existence.'” Because of the Nur and the lights that are coming from Allah SWT, He is saying to His angel, “The elements that I have created you from cannot bear to see that light. So you will be sent to non-existence. You will not be created ever again.”
Jibreel (as) represents intelligence and he said, “Ya Muhammad! Intelligence is ordering to me, Allah has ordered and my intelligence is saying, ‘Don’t pass beyond this because you will go to non-existence.’ I cannot pass. Beyond this permission is given to you and your Lord has already prepared the transportation for you. Just put your foot one step ahead and it will take you there.” Intelligence is saying to us that Holy Prophet (asws) moved from Makkah to Qudus with a different transportation. And intelligence is saying to us that the same transportation that was bringing him from Makkah to Qudus was not taking him from Qudus to higher stations. Intelligence is ordering, saying to us, “When he reached to Sidrat-ul Muntaha he had to leave all other transportation and then he had to use some other transportation.”
In Isra-i Miraj (Surat-ul Isra) Allah swt is telling us how His Holy Prophet (asws) went. If you have a square mind then you are reading that Book and you are going to say, “That’s only theory.” Is Allah Darwin? Saying theories? How foolish are you! But so many are fools these days. Elhamdulillah, we are asking safety from that kind of teachings, we are asking safety from that kind of arguments and we are asking safety from our Lord to take us away from that kind of association, to make us submit our will to our Holy Prophet (asws) through the ones that Allah sent to us to take us to those prophets. And the more you will become intelligent to say, “I am not clean enough to reach to the Divine presence of the Holy Prophet (asws). Let me reach to the presence of my Sheykh,” then that’s what you will concentrate on. That’s what we will concentrate on. And once you reach to the Divine presence of Sheykh then that Divine presence of Prophet (asws) comes step-by-step, insha’Allah ar- Rahman.
The Awliya Allah are saying that reaching from the Sidrat-ul Muntaha to the Divine Presence, five times five hundred thousand years passed. Holy Prophet (asws) was traveling from that point to the other point. Maybe it was ten times or three times of that distance but the importance is that Allah SWT is taking His Prophet (asws) from Mecca in a very short time, in one night, and that short time turned into millions of years. That’s Allah. Don’t think how it’s going to happen. How is it going to happen? If you can reach through intelligence all the way to Sidrat-ul Muntaha, beyond that you cannot reach. Beyond that intelligence finishes. Jibreel (as) stopped there because intelligence stops there, finishes. Beyond that Holy Prophet (asws) moved through the heart.
Before Holy Prophet (asws) started moving from Mecca so many other incidents happened in Mecca. We are not entering into that. You may read it in so many other books inshaAllah. But one incident that happened was that Angels came and they opened the heart of the Prophet (asws), the chest, and they took the heart out. They washed it with what they brought from Paradise. They washed that heart and they put it back inside. With whatever they put there the Holy Prophet (asws) was now capable to move beyond that point. As the Awliya Allah are saying, anyone who is going to enter into Paradise must enter through a river, a river that is giving light, passing through it and entering. We cannot enter into Paradise with this body but when we enter into that water, that water is going to change this body, it’s going to put other secrets into this body to enter into Paradise, inshaAllah ar-Rahman.
What does it give to us? What do we have to understand when Allah SWT is washing the heart of that Prophet (asws)? That the heart was completely pure. There was no mistake in it. It had complete submission to Allah SWT. This incident happened several years later after his declaring `La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah.’ During that time so many enemies of the Holy Prophet (sws) was attacking him. He was sitting alone in one corner of the Kaba in Mekkah when Abu Jahil came with all his foolish friends and said, “Look at this one”. He said to Holy Prophet (asws), “Are you a prophet?” Prophet (asws) looked at him and said to him, “yes.” Abu Jahil said, “Look at him. He is a prophet and he does not have a single person around him. What kind of a prophet are you? Look at me. Look at all my buddies around. If there was a prophethood given it should be given to me.”
Prophet (asws) was hurt by it. He was sad. Allah addressed him that day with the angels, “Oh My Prophet! Is that bothering you?” Right away He sent Jibreel (as) saying, “Take that one to Miraj. Bring him up to Me. Let him to see.” It was not that he did not believe; but looking at their ignorance and arrogance, his heart was crying saying, “How are they addressing, how foolish the things they are doing.” And Allah SWT took him from Mecca bringing him to Qudus. There 124,000 prophets were ready for the Prophet (asws) and he made two rakats prayer with them before he elevated from the earth to the Paradises. There is another sign that Sheykh Mevlana is putting in our heart now that elevation to the Paradises through the physical form must be from there (Qudus).
So many doubts Muslims have today saying, “Oh, Prophet (asws) went there with spirit, through dream and not body”. It must be spirit and body together. If it was a dream then he has seen hundreds of thousands of dreams. Why does he have to say that Miraj to us?
The body, the physical form moved. Allah swt moved it from Mecca to Qudus and from Qudus to His Divine Presence. When Holy Prophet (asws) came to Mesjid-e Aqsa 124,000 prophets were ready. They gave beyat (pledge of allegiance) to him before he reached to Paradise. They accepted his Prophethood. All the Prophets that came and passed before he came, they accepted that he is going to come. But Allah SWT made them ready there to accept and to give beyat to that Holy Prophet (asws) before reaching to that journey. So all nations coming through all those Prophets, the Prophets gave beyat and thereby all those nations gave beyat to the Prophet (asws), the believers, those who were believing in their prophets. It is a big blessing to them. But what about us? And Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us, “If two days are the same, if the believer’s two days are the same then the believer is losing.”
We must not make two days the same. Every single day you must progress. Progress is not only by the worldly understanding that, “We have one room, make it another room, make it another building.” No. You must prepare yourself, we must prepare our hearts by removing what is wrong in it and putting inside it what is good as the Holy Prophet’s (asws) heart opened and something was put in it. Everyday that you are living in this world, you have to make progress. You have to reach to higher station. You have to go highest station every single day. You have to be able to lift this whole self body down and you have to reach to Miraj. We must prepare our hearts and we must prepare ourselves to be ready for that Miraj, to be ready for that elevation because what is given to the Holy Prophet (asws) is given to his nation, it is given to those people who are following his footsteps.
The Miraj incident was a cause of separation between the believers and the unbelievers, between the believers and the hypocrites. When Holy Prophet (asws) came back and related the incident that had happened, the unbelievers thought that now they have a big weapon in their hand and they are going to launch that everywhere and to everyone around the Prophet (asws). They are going to say to him, ‘You are crazy’ and they (the Sahabis) are going to run away. There were so many believers at that time also who believed Abu Jahil, and they changed their lines from the believers to the unbelievers’ side. They were believing up till that time. When Abu Jahil came using his own intelligence and saying to them, “Look, is this possible? This man is crazy. Don’t follow him anymore.” So many started changing their ways. But the enemies of Islam were looking to the big ones who were holding the pillars of Islam and they reached to Abu Bakr (ra). They said to themselves, “If we fool this one too then all that are around him are going to leave the Prophet.”
So they came to Abu Bakr Siddik (ra) and said to him, “Ya Abu Bakr, you are an intelligent man and now we came to you with intelligence. That man whom you are following, the Prophet (asws), now he is saying (you didn’t see him yet), but he is saying that he went to Miraj in a very short time at night and he came back and all these stories. What do you say to this? You are an intelligent man.”
Abu Bakar said to them, “If he said that then I accept. I don’t have to hear him. Are you saying that he said that?”
They said, “Yes.”
He said, “Then I accept it because now I have enough evidence to understand that Allah is giving no limitations to that Prophet (asws). He is a Prophet.”
Alhamdulillah. So that way Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) was given the title ‘Siddiq’, the most trustworthy one. Alhamdulillah. We are following his way. We are following the Naksibendi Way which is the Siddiq Way, the way that is coming from Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) is reaching to our time. We must correct ourselves, especially in these days and especially in these nights we must leave the heedlessness aside, we must leave the wrong egoistic desires aside, the wrong egoistic ways aside and we must ask from our Lord Allah swt, “Ya Rabbi! We are asking forgiveness for every shortcoming that we are doing. We know that we have not reached anywhere. All things that we are doing do not fit to Your Divine Presence. Accept this weak service, make us the worthy ones, the good ones and count us among those ones.”
We must ask. This is one thing also that the nation, the ummat has lost. It’s not asking. Man may do all kinds of wrong things but if his heart is in the right way and he is trying his best all the time, going out doing wrong things and coming to the Presence of Allah, saying, “Ya Rabbi! I am a weak one. Please forgive me.” That one may expect and wait for mercy. But they are not even bothering to ask, they are not even bothering to say, “Ya Rabbi! Forgive me.” Especially, in these days when you are speaking to people saying, “Why are you not asking? Why are you not asking for forgiveness?” They say, “I didn’t do anything wrong. Why do I have to ask for forgiveness? I am okay. I am not bothering anybody. I am not doing this and I am not doing that.” Hmm. That’s enough for us.
Do you know that Allah jala wa’ala swt has complained about this nation, Nation of Muhammad, in the night of Miraj to His Prophet?
When Holy Prophet was in the Miraj, Allah is complaining to His Prophet saying, “Oh Muhammad, your nation, I’m going to give them orders to do today’s order but they are going to worry for tomorrow what I’m going to give them riziq. I didn’t ask them to do tomorrow’s worshipness, tomorrow’s duty for today. But they are going to be busy in the prayer time, everytime even if they are in My way, they are going to be busy thinking, ‘what I’m going to eat, what I’m going to drink, how is my dunya going to be tomorrow?’ and they are not going to be able, they are not going to be successful even carrying that daily little things that I have given to them, which is going to be blessing to them.
So this is what they are going to be worrying. Even in the prayer time, they are going to be worrying what’s going to happen tomorrow. So what I say to them to do, they are going to run in that way to do but even when they are doing it, they are going to be busy with their dunya. They are going to be so sad.” Is that what’s happening O Nation of Muhammad? If you didn’t realise it up till now, when you come to prayer next time, look at what you are busy with. Because if you are not busy with that, if you are really busy with Allah, this time, the door of Sainthood is going to open to you. Cos it is not too many nominees this time. Nominees are all running for dunya, asking for the pleasures and richness of dunya in the way of Allah.
‘So this is what your nation is going to be busy with ya Muhammad. Your nation is going to be busy, while I’m giving them everything, they are going to turn around being thankful ones to others. They are not going to be a thankful servant to Me.’ Is that what’s happening? Yes. That is what’s happening and so many others. They are going to run to praise others. They are going to run after the men that is going to destroy them. They are going to commit the shirk. This is what happen to nation of Muhammad.
Yes. So wake up and look where are you in this picture. Are you the one that Allah is speaking about? You and me? Check yourself. Don’t wait for me to say anything. You will know. Check yourself. You’ll find out by yourself where are you and don’t fool yourself. When you understand that, shake yourself up. Wake yourself up. Don’t wait for somebody else to wake you that time because that is the most dangerous situation that you are in that time if you don’t wake up cos Azrail may come that time too.
We must take the pass ones as examples. When we look at their lives and compare it to our lives then we see that there are millions of years’ distance between us and them. They didn’t live for this dunya. They lived for Akhirat. They lived for Allah SWT, they prepared themselves for Allah SWT and His Prophet (asws). They watched everything and every step correctly, and still they were standing there and asking. That is the sign of servanthood. The servant must ask.
In that Miraj Allah swt is giving a big blessing to us, to the nation of Muhammad (asws). A big blessing. The mercy and blessings is given to the whole nation, to Muhammad (asws) and all those who are coming after. It is the five times daily prayer. What is the prayer for? When is the prayer given to a believer as an order? When is it? When Holy Prophet was going to the Miraj and watching in the Paradises, in every level of Paradise (from first level, second level, third level, fourth level, fifth level, sixth level, seventh level, eight level) he was watching angels standing in different position and he liked it and he asked, ‘Ya Jibreel, what is this?’ Jibreel said, ‘they are worshipping to Allah.’ Inside his heart, Prophet (sws) was hoping and saying, ‘I hope that the Lord of Heavens will grant my nation with this kind of blessing, completing altogether the actions that all angels were doing in the eight levels of Paradise.’ Allah knows the heart of His beloved Habib and when he is reaching to His Divine Presence, that is the night that the five daily prayer is given as an order to the nation of Muhammad.
All other times, for example, Christians they don’t pray. Yes. Because the prayer was for Jesus not for his nation. There was a separation between a prophet and his nation. And Allah is asking His prophet saying, ‘This is what you do.’ And he was praying. Jesus was praying to Allah SWT. All other prophets they were praying, but their nations were not. They were making dua. They were remembering Allah, but it was not obligations to them to pray five times a day. To the nations of Muhammad, five times a day is obligation, it is a blessing, an order. It is an order that Allah grant to the Prophets. You are running away from that?
Yes. Man is running away from daily prayers because Allah swt will bring you to the level of the Prophets right away, and sheytan, first thing is running to take it away from people, the prayer. And today’s ummat, they are not praying. They are not praying five times a day. Allah SWT has ordered to His Prophet in that night, in the night of Miraj, fifty times prayer. Fifty daily prayer. Fifty times, not five times. When Holy Prophet has accepted, he turned back and Musa (as) saw him and asked, ‘Ya Muhammad, what Allah SWT has grant your nation with? What kind of blessing has He given to your nation?’
He is saying, ‘Ya Musa, He is giving them the prayer. Fifty times daily prayer.’
Musa said, ‘Ya Muhammad, go back and ask Allah to decrease it because your nation is not going to carry this fifty times prayer. I know from my nation that they are not going to do it. My nation, they became disobedient in every way. Your nation is not going to be able to carry this. Go back.’ And Prophet went back. Decrease it to forty, thirty…up till ten and Musa (as) said to him, ‘Go back again and ask.’ And he went back again and Allah is saying to him, ‘Five daily prayer. Anyone who is keeping that five daily prayer, I am granting them just like fifty daily prayers of reward.’ When he went back, Musa said to him, ‘Go back Ya Muhammad because they are not going to keep the five daily prayer too.’ Prophet (sws) said, ‘I feel very shame and shy to go back to my Lord. I have asked that He grant this prayer to my nation and now I’m asking to decrease it more.’
Allah is ordering, saying that, ‘anyone who keeps this five times daily prayer, I will reward them as if they are keeping their fifty times daily prayer.’ So it is a blessing to this nation, and this nation they left that blessing. Because we left our role model. Our role model is not our Prophet anymore. Our role model became the unbelievers. Our role model became the unbelievers lifestyle. That’s why it is becoming difficult for man to pray. But as Holy Prophet is saying, ‘if you keep that daily prayer, five times daily prayer, just like I went to Miraj, that will be your Miraj. And Allah is accepting you to His Divine Presence.’
Now you are not seeing it. One day, He may just open it in front of you and you will see that you are in Divine Presence that time. If we keep it strictly, strongly, we will benefit it in dunya and akhirat. If Allah SWT didn’t change it, it will be obligation for us today to do fifty times prayer. Fifty times prayer in twenty-four hours means that in every half an hour, you have to be in sejdah. Every half hour. Think. We should think.
‘ I am busy.’
Your business is going to be bankrupt. Anyone who is saying I am busy, I have no time for prayer, must be bankrupt. He’s already bankrupt. Spiritually he is already bankrupt.
‘I have no time.’
You are going to have a lot of time in the bed when you get sick that time. Those who’s not putting their head for sejdah, they are going to have a lot of time, they are not going to be able to move from that bed that time. New orders coming to those who is being arrogant and stubborn to Allah.
I listened to some Sheykh in the video the other day saying, “Allah’s Prophet (asws) made interfaith with Moses and Moses said to him, `Go back to Allah and ask! He is Merciful! He will take it away! Fifty times prayer is not good. You must drop it and you must get a discount!'”Astaghfirullah al-azim wa atubu ilaih. That Sheykh was saying, “And finally Moses said, `Five times? Ask Muhammad. He is Merciful. He must give you. Ask for nothing. No prayers! Ask for no prayers!'” The prayer for a believer is a blessing and you [that sheykh] are saying, “I don’t want that prayer.” Hmm. What is Holy Prophet (sws) saying to us? He is saying to us, “The Miraj of a believer is his prayer.”
So when you are in the prayer you are reaching to Miraj and you are asking not to reach to Miraj? Eh, if you are not reaching to Miraj then where are you going to stay? In the dirtiness of this world. You are never going to be able to separate yourself from dunya to akhirat. But life is passing. Every single day we are getting older. I have my picture there. I am looking at my picture and that picture was not even taken ten years ago. It’s not ten years ago. All my beard was completely black. I wasn’t having a single white in it. Now it’s almost completely white. Huh. I don’t need anybody to remind me that Azrail is waiting here (Sheykh effendi pointing to his neck).
So this world cannot fool you then because you are not running after this world. You must not run after this world but you have to prepare yourself from early ages. You have to get rid of the desires of the world slowly and understand that you have been created for the service of Allah SWT. So Allah SWT is blessing this nation, blessing this Ummat with the five times daily prayer. Understand the reality! The prayer was an obligation to every prophet before. All prophets, from Adam (as) up till Isa (as), were praying, not their nations. It was not an obligation to their nations. But it was an obligation to the prophets. Those who were reaching to high stations and running after their prophets were praying.
Holy Prophet (sws), before that incident (Miraj), was praying. Abu Bakr Siddik (ra) and the other ones were praying with him. They were strong ones. They didn’t want the order to be coming to them directly. They said, “What will happen if we do it? We are not going to lose anything. We will just be copying our Prophet (sws). Prophet (sws) has been given the order to do it, so we have to do it too.” This is what they were running to do. The weak ones were not doing it. Then Allah SWT sent blessings to us, saying to us, “Pray. Come to My Presence five times a day. That is the time that I clean you out. Everytime you say `Allahu Akbar’ it takes away every wrong thing that you did between the prayers. When you are coming to My Presence and you are saying `Allahu Akbar’, all the wrong things that you did up till that time will be falling down from your bodies like trees dropping their leaves. So you will become completely clean. When you get up from there to go out again you are clean. You go out and do wrong things again, come back to the Divine Presence again.”
The prayer is the Divine Presence for believers. When the believers are pulling their hands like this and putting it in the back (during the takbir), it means, “Ya Rabbi! We are throwing all this Dunya behind us and we are standing right in front of You. You are watching us and You are seeing us. We are not seeing You. We are simple and humble servants. Accept this.” When you look at it that way then it is a blessing. When you look at it the other way then you cry saying, “Take this prayer away. Not fifty, not even five times a day!” And it is a sad thing to say that the Muslim leaders are saying this in these days. Not the Muslims, but the leaders are saying these kinds of stories, that they made interfaith, that Prophet (asws) was asking advice from Musa (as). He didn’t know anything, so Musa (as) was giving him advice.
But aren’t you knowing that before he reached there Musa (as) was down in Qudus praying behind the Prophet (asws)? You think that the Prophet (asws) didn’t know? Yes, Prophet (asws) knew everything. If anybody is saying that the Prophet (asws) didn’t know then do you need to take advice from that one? Who is the Habibullah? Musa (as) or Muhammad (asws)? Musa (as) is the Kalimullah. He is the Kalimullah but Allah SWT didn’t speak directly to him. He spoke to the tree. Allah took Prophet (asws) to the Divine Presence, in front of Him. He is saying to us in the Holy Quran that they came so close that it’s like two bows’ ends coming together and they are coming closer. What is the meaning of that? How are you going to understand that through the mind? And Allah SWT gave to that Prophet (asws) fifty prayers a day because the reason of creation for man is to worship Allah SWT. Nothing else. Fifty times. When Prophet (sws) was bringing it down then Allah swt said, “Ya Muhammad, anybody who keeps these five times prayers, I will give them the reward as if they are doing it fifty times daily.”
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. We must understand this. We must not become weak on our prayers. Don’t listen to anybody. If anybody says to you, “Leave your prayer”, that one is a partner with Sheytan. Sheytan didn’t want to make prayer, didn’t want to make sejdah and he became Sheytan. He has been kicked away from the Divine Presence.,Allah swt is saying to us, “Your value to Me only comes as much as you come closer to Me.” And the closest way to come nearer to Me is through the prayer, through your intention and through your sincerity. You must keep that. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying to us about the prayers, “The sign of a believer and the sign of a munafiq (hypocrite) is distinguished by the prayers.” Among the believers there were munafiqs. He said, “Those ones (hypocrites) only come to the prayer when they want to make show at noontime and the afternoon time. You will not see them in the morning or the Isha time. That is the sign of munafiqs.”
We must be together for Fajr prayer. That is the most important thing. The most important thing is to keep the Fajr prayer together. If you keep the Fajr prayer together then during the daytime you may miss here and you may miss there but you did the king of the prayers. And Allah swt is making it so easy. Two rakats in the morning time. Two rakats, saying, “Come to My Presence and I will grant you whatever you need daily. Keep Me priority. Put Me above everything early in the morning and then later I will fix all your jobs. You run and everything will work for you.”
Anybody who keeps it that way must check their calendars. You must pull back the days, look and understand that in the days that you did two rakats (Fajr prayer) sincerely early in the morning, you are going to see that that day was running for you. That day was working for you. But the day we are not running sincerely and we are just having doubts, that day may have ups and downs.
Wa min Allahu taufiq, Bihurmatil Habib. Bihurmatil Fatiha.
SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim Effendi Hz