How should we understand the quality of Ummi?


Question: When it is said that the Prophet (AS) is an ummi, what does that mean and how should we understand that quality that he (AS) has?

Sheykh lokman Effendi_mevlid

BismillahirRahmanirRahim. We spoke at length before. Now we just, maybe wrap it up a  little bit. The common understanding of ummi is he doesn’t know how to read and he doesn’t know how to write. There’s a special Salawat that especially in the Naksibendi order, especially in our order, we are taking that Salatul ummiye very heavily, that you don’t really see in other Tarikats, that they are practicing so so much. We are taking that very very firmly now.

The understanding is that the teacher of the Holy Prophet (AS), it is Allah SWT, that he is not taking anything from himself or anything from others. He is not taking from earlier revelations, because he doesn’t know how to read and write. And he is not taking it from anyone’s suggestions now. It is only from Allah SWT. So some say, for example, when the angel is saying, ‘recite.’ He is saying, ‘I don’t know how to recite.’ When the angel Jibril (AS) says, ‘read.’ He says, ‘I don’t know how to read.’ But that meaning of that first ayat from Allah SWT, which is also first command from Allah SWT, that to read, ‘Iqra,’ it has more meaning than just to read. It is to recite, it is to proclaim. It is to declare. And the Prophet (AS) reply to it saying, ‘I don’t know how to do it,’ it is not a question or it is not a disobedience, hasha, of course it is not, but it is a response to his weakness and saying that, ‘I am a weak one in this world, and You have sent me like that, so I need Allah’s help. Your help.’ He is not declaring, Prophet is not declaring, his strength, although the Prophet (AS), he has the strength to control the Paradises and the Hells. He has the strength now to control the archangels.  But he is saying, declaring, when that word is coming from Allah SWT, he is saying, ‘I am a weak one and I am in need of Your strength.’ Then the ayat is saying, now you are not declaring your strength. You are not declaring yourself. Now you are not saying in your name. You are saying, in your Lord’s name. The Lord, be very clear, the Lord who created you. Again that ayat is continuing from the physical weakness of mankind.

So the Prophet (AS), the inspiration that comes from him then, it is  something that is completely pure. And the highest level Saints who are also in that way, they don’t know how to read and they don’t know how to write also. Meaning, they didn’t really study. They didn’t study. So when it is in that situation, then it is easy for whatever that is going to be sent, that you are going to proclaim it, you are going to say. Because you are leaning against that one who has the knowledge. You are not leaning against your own knowledge.

Insya’Allah, one way or another, we wish to become clean and pure, unlettered, ummi also. So that, then we are not going to confuse with what we take from outside, to what already is inside. Because now then, we can bring out from something that is inside. If there’s too much that you are putting from outside, then it gets all mixed up. So, which is why, always, it is the removal . You remove, you remove. Our faith is all about that, to remove. You remove, until what is left is what Allah has put it. Not what you have put in. Not what your parents have put in.What Allah SWT  has put in. When we discover that, insya’Allah, then that time it can return, become proper. Fatiha.

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Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergahi New York
15 Rabiulawwal, 1440
22 November, 2018
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