وَالَّذينَ جـٰهَدوا فينا لَنَهدِيَنَّهُم سُبُلَنا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَمَعَ المُحسِنينَ
“We shall guide those who strive in Our cause to the paths leading straight to Us. Surely God is with those who do good.” (Surah Al-Ankaboot 29:69)
Reality of Allazeena Jaahadu
– They are striving to become close to Allah swt.
– Just like “Al Lazeena Aamano” doesn’t mean somebody who has sometime Imaan and sometimes doesn’t have Imaan. No no. “Al Lazeena Aamano” means the person who always has Imaan.
– Just like that “Al Lazeena Jahadu” won’t be the person who sometimes strives and sometimes is lazy. Sometimes comes to masjid, sometimes falls behind, sometimes makes Zikr, Dua, Ibadah and other times, there’s nothing. That person won’t be called “Al Lazeena Jahadu”.
‘So the way to begin this journey is by doing some Mujahidda.
Types of Mujahidda
– Now that ayah was originally talking about another type of Mujahidda, which is Jihad with the body.
– But then, there is another Jihad with the mind.
What does that mean? Mujahidda, Juhud means exertion, effort, striving. Maximum level a person can use their body to strive in exertion for the sake of Allah swt, is to be willing to offer their very life for the sake of Allah swt.
– The maximum a person can use their Ilm, their knowledge , their mind for the sake of Allah swt that is called Ijtihaad. That is for them to spent years, decades, plummeting into the deep oceans of Quran and Sunnah to understand the will, wish and hukum (command) of Allah swt. ‘
– And the maximum way a person can use their Qalb, the heart of
their Rooh for the sake of Allah swt is to make Mujahidda which is known as “Tazkiya tun Nafs”. To purify their Nafs, to strive their heart to remember Allah swt, to strive their heart to feel the feelings of Imaan, to strive to become a person of Taqwa, like we are doing the third type of mujahidda, by sitting here in the Sunnah Itikaaf, by spending as much time as we can in Nafil Itikaaf. That’s the mujahidda we are trying to do.
Kinds of Believers
Now understand, in this world there are three kinds of believers:1
1- There’s Al Lazeena Amano: those who have Iman but they don’t make this effort, they don’t. They are content that they pray and fast and pay zakat, go on Umra, go on Haj, and other wise they don’t see any concern to make any extra additional effort in their Deen. Their entire rest of their life, time, rest of their effort, rest of their hopes and dreams, aspirations is all entirely for Dunya. We can call them “minimilist“, they take a bear minimum attitude, approach, towards Deen. But Alahmdullilah they have Imaan. So, they are called “Al Lazeena Aamano”. Vast majority of believers fall in this category.
2-Then there’s another group that we just mentioned, that Allah swt mentioned in Quran, “Al Lazeena Jahadu“, that means always making Mujahidda.That means every second, every moment, every day, every month of their life they are going above and beyond the Faraiz and they feel that their entire life and this gift of life is given only and only to exert themselves, to srive, and struggle to attain the pleasure of Allah swt.And they are always like that.They are caleed “Al Lazeena Jahadu”. These are very few left in the world. Few, maybe dozens left in the world.These are the Kibaare Auliya, Kibaare Mashaykh, Kibarare Ulema, the real few great Auliya,Siddiqeen,Sadiqeen left.They are “Al Lazeena Jahadu”. Literally if you spend time with them, you will see this in their life.
I can give you two examples:
Field of Ilm: Shaykh Maulana Mufti Taqi Usmani db
one from the field of Iml, is Shaykh Maulana Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani damat barakatuhumul aaliya.
If you spend even just one day with him, even if you just spend one hour with him, you will feel; its palpable, you will feel it that this person is on a mission, this person is unshakable in that mission, this person will not fling, they will not pause, they will not take a break, there is no concept of recreation, entertainment, leisure. All the time they are striving for the sake of Allah swt. And if you spend few days with them you will feel like you have spend few months of your life, because you never spend such quality time.
2. Field of Tasawwuf: Hadhrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed Naqshbandi dba
Another person like that we have seen is our own Shaykh, Hazrat Jee Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed Naqshbandi Mujaddidi damat barakatuhumul aaliya. And this we have
witnessed over and over and over again. And so many people have witnessed this, and we have witnessed them and we have watched them witnessing and see, because many of them when they come for the first time, they experience it and they can’t understand how they are able to sleep so less, when they are in the company of their Shaykh, how they are able to do so much in just twenty four hours, and they leave saying that I spent three, four, five days spent like I spent a month. Some would even say that I spent like an entire lifetime. Every second devoted to purifying the Ummah, every second devoted to the Fikr of this Ummah, to Ibadah, teaching Dhikr, giving Bayan, giving Majalis. Even right now in Zambia at an elderly age, with different illness, giving three four bayanaat a day and meeting people, guiding people, and few of us have witnessed that occassion. There are few people left like that on earth.
They are ” Al Lazeena Jahadu”. Not just struggling for themselves but struggling for the Ummah. The one who may just be struggling for themselves, they may be many. Many unknow men and women, spending their days and nights entirely in Ibadah, whenever they are free, they are in Ibadah and Dhikr of Allah swt. But this “Al Lazeena Jahadu” is not just for one’s self, it’s oneself for the entire Ummah.
That’s why Imam Rabbani, Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi rehmatullah alaiyh, he said, those who are doing the work and establishing the Deen are infinitely superior to the Sufi who is doing Dhikr on his own.
What does it mean? he was the Shaykh of tasawwuf, but what he was mentioning was that there is a certain stage in Tasawwuf the person focuses on their own Dhikr to do their Tazkiya but when that is done, now the highest Dhikr, he writes that the highest Dhikr, is to continue the work of the Anmbiya, which is Iqamatud Deen, (Check,06:12) Deen, Tajdeede Deen, to establish the Deen, revive the Deen, spread the Deen in the hearts of the people, in the hearts of the Ummah, in the hearts of the humanity. Few people like that, who are ‘Al Lazeena Jahadu”.
Then there is a third category, and this is the category that I really wanted to talk to you about. First category is, ‘Al Lazeena Aamano’, who don’t really make an extra effort except every now and then, occassional. Second group are those who are always, constantly striving and exerting for Allah swt, are ‘Al Lazeena Jahadu’.
3- Third category are those ‘Al Lazeena Aamano’, that connect themselves to ‘Al Lazeena Jahadu’. This is called a Ra’abta. This is called a ‘Rabt’. This is called becoming Marboot. This is called doing Amal on what Allah SWT said in the Quran.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ
O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true. [Surah Tawbah: 119]
This is our first step then. We’re notالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا. We are just plainآمَنُوا الَّذِينَ so our first step on this path and journey to the Wilayah, Qurb, Love and Taqwa for Allah SWT is to make that connection; to connect our hearts to their hearts, and our paths to their paths. This is the first step.
And there are many people like that. This is why the word Rabt and being Marboot means to be interlinked and interlaced inextricably and permanently. This is the hope. This is what Allah SWT says, that when you make this link then you will be with them in Jannah
وَحَسُنَ أُولَـٰئِكَ رَفِيقًا
And excellent are those as companions. [Surah An-Nisa: 69]
These are the most noble, and the most best friends.
Obstacle to Progress: Ghaflah
It’s important that we make this link. Now making this link refers to linking to the gatherings, sohbah, but also to link to the teachings and practices. But before I explain that to you, there’s something in this world that is keeping us from progressing and it is not sin. Sin puts an absolute full stop to it. It is called Ghaflah; halal recreation, entertainment, and leisure, like sleeping and eating more than your body needs. For women, spending more time on your children then you need to. That’s why in the Quran it says that your Awlaad can potentially be a Fitnah for you.
One could say that Ya Rabb e Kareem, I’m supposed to love my children. But if you love them overly, excessively, such that it makes you Ghaafil of Allah SWT (and not disobedient)…
Same person I ask him what is the difference, he can tell me the different scent of different flowers in his rose garden. I ask him what is the difference in between Allah SWT being Ar-Rehman and Ar-Raheem? You will have no answer for me.
I ask him what’s difference in between Allah SWT being Al-Ghaffar and Al-Ghafoor, you will have no answer for me. I ask him have you tasted the difference in pleasure in Ruku when you say Subhaan-e-Rabbi-ul-Azeem and the different taste comes in Sajdah when you say Subhaan-e-Rabbi-ul-A’ala because there you said Al-Azeem, here you said Al-A’ala. Why aren’t you farming your Iman? When are you going to plan and harvest the seeds of your Iman? He has no idea about that. He can tell me all types of things, retired man.
He is living a life of pure Ghaflah and Allah SWT says in Quran:
وَلَا تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَ
”And do not be among the heedless.” [Al-A’raf, 7:205]
That don’t you dare ever let yourself be amongst the people of Ghaflah.
وَلَا تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَ
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Even if you don’t know Arabic, all of you know this word.
And turn to your Rub in ragbah longing and yearning.
We have this problem. One of the reasons we can’t do the dhikr of Allah SWT, very simply, is because we talk too much. Always talking, all the time! We can’t control our talking. Even when we come with niyah of Sunnah etikaaf and we hear over and over again that don’t talk and we know that we shouldn’t talk. It’s not like we deny it, we also know that we shouldn’t talk but we can’t resist. It’s a sign it’s irresistible. Put two doctors together they start talking, put two mualanas together they start talking, put two friends together they start talking, two brother in laws together they start talking oh you’ve reached such a stage that some of you are strangers, you put two strangers together they start talking. Allahu Akbar.
Pleasure of Silence:
When will you learn the pleasure of silence? Our Mashaikh used to say in Urdu ‘chup ka maza’. There is a sweetness in being silent. Sweetness in letting your heart become uncluttered all of those thoughts and all of those words and the person who is constantly talking and constantly thinking then their heart isn’t allowed to speak. Their heart subdued. The heart also has a language. ‘Lugatul Qalb’ it’s the dhikr of Allah SWT. Our heart is unable to do it. Imagine if we stuttered in our speak people get so embarrassed. They go through a whole speak therapy to cure a small stutter, a lull in our speech.
And our Qalb is stuttering in its dhikr, stuttering in its namaz. Even it has become mute has become dumb and mute in salah and we are not worried about that. If your tongue becomes mute you know how hurriedly you would race to the speech therapist you would spent all your money on curing that. And forget mute, even if there is one letter that you have a slight lisp every time you said it, you would do everything to erase that lisp. And our qalb has much more than a lisp, much more than a lull much more than a stutter. Means our heart is unable to do dhikr of Allah SWT and this is the state of those who are aspiring to be dhakireen. They can’t do it. Because they are so stuck on ghaflah, so stuck on talking, all the time talking. So we want to stress, that those of you who are sitting in sunnah itekaaf, those of you who come to the masjid any period of time you make niyaah of nafil itekaaf whether you are local from Stanger, you are visiting from Durban, whether you come for one night, you come for three hours, you come for ten minutes, try not to talk. Try to be silent. It’ll be an effort it is a mujahidda. You’re trying to do some of this mujahidda. Some striving, it’ll be an effort. Why do you give up so quickly? Why is so irresistible to you? Try to get the sweetness of silence in these last ten days.
And those of you who are not in Sunnah, keep practicing this outside. Try to minimise your speech, even if you’re sitting at work, talk to the extent required and then be silent. When you’re at home talk to the extent required and then be silent. Practice this silence in this last 8 9 days left of Ramadan. Learn to be silent. Especially in these days. Why? Because this last ten days of Ramadan are extremely valuable. Not even ten days even ten seconds is enough to turn a person of this Ramadan. Even one second. Allah Ta’Ala can change the heart of a person in any single one lamha/moment/second/fraction of a second in these last ten days of Ramadan. That’s how precious and valuable and priceless this time is. And we are living in this time. So if you even talk three sentences with someone you didn’t need to say, you should think that I just wasted ninety seconds of this incredibly precious time of the last ten days of Ramadan. Engaging in idle conversation. As if it was any one old day of the year. I wasn’t acting and behaving like it was the last ten days. I wasn’t in that state. It’s not just true for those who are sitting in itekaaf this is true for anyone and everyone wherever you’re sitting. Whether you are in masjid, whether you are at home, the women who are listening, the men who are listening, it’s true for everyone. You have to value the moment.
Three blessed things in Deen:
You see Allah SWT has put in our deen, He Has put some blessed things. Three special things. There are some blessed places, ‘Maqaam’. There are some blessed times, ‘Zamaan’. And there are some blessed people. Al’lazeena an’amta alaihim.
ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ
Those upon whom You have bestowed favour (Surah Fatihah, 1:7)
Three special things. And anyone can encounter one of these or two of these or three of these.
Your whole demeanor would change; your whole being would change. The way you carry yourself should change.
So a person should be silent. Silent as much as possible in these ten days. It’s not the day to gist, the time to joke, and the time to have fun. Even when one person says one line I can never say directly to the person because people don’t feel it because its heavy weight on me when people come and they try to chat me up and offer one line of jesting. We didn’t come here to jest with you, we have children to jest with. Why should I travel thousands of miles to come and sit and hear you gest with me for one or two lines. We would say in Urdu ‘hum apke sath yaari laganey k liey nahi aye hain humhare pass barey yaaron hain.’ We haven’t come to be friendly and chatty with you and you haven’t come here to be friendly and chatty with each other. We have come here to become friends with Allah SWT. Leave this talking, leave this chatting, and leave this conversation. You must become silent.
Second, whether in Sunnah itekaaf, or nafil itekaaf or purely local, you have to leave the screen for the rest of these 8 9 days. Yes those who are doing some khidmat, some task, broadcasting, streaming, preparing bayan you may see one of us, using the phone screen or the laptop screen but everyone else try to disconnect yourself from the screen.
The screen is like a vacuum of ghaflah.
You know people used to say that they have studied in the west about the TV that TV numbs the persons mind. Literally neuroscientists and neurologists have studied this that the more a person looks at the screen their mind becomes numb. A person slows down. It means ghaflah has an effect on a person.
And now there’s a screen in everybody’s pocket. I can’t say directly at any one of you but you don’t how I feel when I see anyone of you looking at your screen sometimes on the stairs, sometimes in this hall, sometimes in the Wudhu area. Why are you looking at it? Unless of those one or two people who are broadcasting bayan or messaging people about bayan! give it up in these 8 9 days.
Vast majority of people use their screen for ghaflah.
Vast majority of people use this for Ghaflah , and there’s a lot of us who end up using that screen for sin . “You should flee from this screen”, “you should have allergy”, “you should have allergic reaction to the screen”. This screen has spiritual cancer, “it’s the screen spreading spiritual disease all over the world”, “it’s the screen full of germs and bacteria”. You should be so careful when you use this screen-so careful when you use it. “You are so hooked! Hooked all the times”,“Always want wireless, always want Wi-Fi, always want to be connected”, “my friend you came to be disconnected from duniya , you came to be connected to Allah swt, disconnect, Literally! Literally we have to disconnect from the screen”. In this Sunnah Aitekaf or if you are in Nafli Aitekaf or you set foot in the masjid even for few minutes “I want you to view talking on the screen as a crime”, “I want you to view it as a sin”.
Am not giving fatwa, I am telling how I want you to feel about it! I want you to view it as a crime and a sin to talk or be on the screen unless absolutely necessary and even only do that to the extent necessary.
Fuquha have a saying [25:13 25:15
“Az-zaroratu yata-qaddaru-bi-qadri- zarorah”: that which is necessary that is only be necessary as long as it be necessary. They were very precise.
Try, you will see, believe me! you will see this, then you sit in Zikr, then you see what happens then you make niyah “I am going to pray two rakah with full concentration” then you see what happen. “You have to unhook yourself from this world to get hooked up to Allah SWT”, “You have to disconnect yourself and unravel yourself , and disentangle yourself from all these things to get entranced in the Salah , to get enchanted with Allah SWT in Salah”.
So, we have to remove this ghaflah, “you have to remove this talking”, “you have to remove this conversation”. Then I would say- even if you have to talk- here in the masjid –then talk in a whisper!
Following the Adaab of Sunnah Aitekaaf
If you must talk, talk in whisper. Almost as if you’re ashamed to talk. So even the things that I accept, sometimes you have to say something to someone, talk in whisper. Say it in their ear. Say it in the softest voice that you can. Use the fewest words that you can. These were what I was telling you; remember the first day, that adaab (manners) of I’tikaf.
One is the ihkam (instructions), the other are the adaab (manners).
Ihkam (instructions) are the laws and rules strictly speaking.
And the adaab (manners) is the best and most noble, most blessed way we can exist.
So try to follow these adaab (manners), and then see if your Zikr takes off. Then see what happens when you pray salat (supplication) or recite Quran. We’re not following the adaab (manners). Don’t waste these few days. Don’t be happy-go-lucky in the masjid (mosque). You’re not here to be happy-go-lucky. No, be serious. Have a mission. Attach your heart to Allah SWT. Try that, Ya Allah SWT! Okay maybe for few days I can copy, I can do naqal of the “Al’lazina Jahadu”. I also want to try. Okay I couldn’t be “Al’lazina Jahadu”, though my whole life was spent striving for you. But maybe few nights, okay fine, few days, okay fine, at least few hours of those 24 hours, I also was “Al’lazina Jahadu”.
So, on the Day of Judgment when Allah SWT asks that where are those people who strove for me? Then you can say: “Ya Allah SWT! I also spent few hours in one Ramadan striving for you.”
Yes, you’ll see in the accounts today if there’s a person who is a million dollar account holder, and a 1 dollar account holder, it doesn’t matter how much money they have when they come up with the list of account holders. Even a person, who has a 1 dollar deposit, is in that list of account holders. So put yourself in the list of the account holders of Tahajjud, you prayed few rakats. Put yourself in the list of the account holders of Zikr, make some Zikr of Allah SWT. Put yourself in the account holders of “Al’lazina Jahadu”, make some striving, struggling, exerting for Allah SWT. You’ve to be serious. Take it seriously.
Our Mashaiq, they used to have such discipline. Because I’tikaf is basically what we call khanqah zawiya, that means we are training.
The Silence Rule, Thana Bhawwan
Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahimahuallah), in his khanqah, in Thana Bhawan, he had a rule that no one can talk at all, a single word. No one can even utter a single word from Isha to Fajr . Not one word.
So once, Mufti Muhammad Shafi (Rahimahuallah), father of Mufti Taqi Usmani , and Allama Yusuf Binori (Rahimahuallah), they had recently graduated. So they went, they said okay we should spend some time with Shaykh to learn the Zikr of Allah SWT, to improve ourselves. So they had been given a room together. Now because they were fresh graduates, they were Ulama and they got a chance to be with each other, so, at night, after isha, they start talking about deen (religion) about the ilm (knowledge) of deen, about knowledge. So the khadim (servant) of the khanqah he came to the door and he told them that look, the rule is that you must be absolutely quiet and you cannot talk. And then he left. They have narrated this story themselves. So they said that, oh, he thinks we are ordinary people, but actually we are Ulama and we are not just talking, we are talking about deen (religion) and he doesn’t understand, and they kept talking. He came back and he said: “Listen, I am telling you once last time, you have to be absolutely quiet. Either you’re doing Zikr of Allah SWT or doing ibadah (worship).” And I will explain to you in English now, this is what we call bamahwra angrazi tarjuma (Colloquial English translation). I will explain to you in English what he said to them in Urdu. He said, equivalent in English would be: “If I hear even a single peep out of either one of the two of you, I am going to roll up your bed, put it on your head and kick you out of the khanqah and Shaykh Ashral Ali Thanwi (Rahimahuallah) has instructed me to do this.”
They were trained. Mashaiq were training. They were not even doing ghaflah (ignorance), but look even the Ulama have to disconnect themselves from their fanciful knowledge in order to get the Zikr of Allah SWT.
Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani rah’s training of Ullema
Theres one malfoozat of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Rahimahuallah), in jalal he said that, O Ulama! ya ma’asharu ulama! O gathering Ulama! Who has come to, Shaykh said: “who has come to me, you should leave all your ilm (knowledge) at the door.” He was in Baghdad. You know what level of Ulama there were at his time, and yes, they used to go to him. He said: “Leave all your ilm (knowledge) at the door. Come to me naked.” He means stripped of your ilm (knowledge) stripped of your thoughts, stripped of everything, so that, I can put the noor (glow) of the Zikr of Allah SWT in your heart. Now just think if the Ulama have to turn off their ilm (knowledge) in order to get this focus in their Zikr, then ordinary people like me and you, you don’t think we are going to have to turn off our duniya (world) to get the focus in Zikr? Turn off the random conversations to get the focus in Zikr? Yes, it’s about this focus, the silence is linked to the focus in the Zikr, the concentration in the Zikr. So we have to be silent.
We have to be silent to get the focus in our Dhikr
There was another Murid of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi (R.A.), a poet, by the name of Khwaja Aziz-ul-Hasan Majzoob (R.A.) and the same thing happened to him. Now the Shaykh told him that from Fajr to Ishaa you have to be quiet. But it was difficult for him since he was a poet and this was his normal practice that every time anything would happen he would express it in a few couplets of poetry. So, all the time he would be reciting poetry. And other people would also chat up to him, expecting a line or two of poetry from him. So, while he was spending time in the Masjid, he made a sign board and he hung it around his neck, and the sign said “Khamosh” (Silence).
And all the time he would put the sign up and make the Dhikr of Allah SWT, and walk around the Masjid and Khaaniqah with that sign on, as a reminder to himself and to others. This is called being “Wallazeena Jaahadoo”. They made effort, took steps and kept striving for that sake. They had a mission. They wanted to turn off the Dunya and Makhlooq so they could connect to Allah SWT.
These were three great people. And how did they get this greatness? They got it through their silence, contemplation, Fikr and Tafakkur for the sake of Allah SWT.
The default state of the Qalb is Dhikr
So the less we talk, the more we will be able to benefit from the time that we spend in the Masjid, and specifically, we will be able to benefit more from the Dhikr of Allah SWT. Because, when the tongue and the mind become quiet, then automatically the heart starts doing the Dhikr of Allah SWT. Then it won’t be a separate Mujaahida to connect to Allah SWT. The default state of the Qalb is Dhikr.
We have to disconnect from the world to connect. The default state of the Qalb is Zikr. We have suppressed its natural state of Zikr by having so much ghaflah, so much heedlessness, so much forgetfulness, so much mindlessness because of all the fowls and all the words we say. So we can just turn these things off then the Qalb will naturally, automatically be unlocked and unleased to do the Zikr of Allah Swt.
And that is what Allah Swt wanted.
وَلَا تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَ –>کانوا ذاکرین
Instantly you will, automatically you will next become from those who remember AllahSwt.
Shaykh Baqi Billah rah’s Silence
Shaykh Baqi (R.A) who Allah Swt blessed him that he was the Shaykh of Iman Rabbani (R.A); the shaykh of shaykh Sirhindi (R.A) who I mentioned to you last night. One of the greatest Awliyah ullah ever. Infact some of the ulema they have this discussion that who was the greatest Wali of Allah Swt ever; shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) or Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi (R.A)
His own shaykh, his name was shaykh Baqi Billah (R.A). He used to remain silent even with people. He does not used to give bayan and naseeha like that. If somebody would ask, he would reply, otherwise he would remain silent. So one day one of his students, murideen asked shaykh can you say something to us, so he said something. What did he say? Those who will not be able to benefit from my silence, they will never be able to benefit from my words.
This is Sunnah. It comes in hadith that Nabi Kareem (saw) was once sitting and sahaba were sitting with him. And Nabi Kareem(saw) was silent and sahaba were silent and they were sitting so motionless and such focused that some scortation that even birds were coming and perching on their shoulders. That’s how still they were as still as streets on a non-windy day. What was going on at that time? And then it happened many times. If you look at the hadith, Nabi Kareem (saw) was a nabi for 23 years. If you add up all the hadith that represents maybe one year of speech, maybe 2 years of speech. What if you added all up what was going on for all of the rest of the time? Silence. Just sitting. Just being sitting in the Zikr of Allah Swt. That was all going on. We have to learn this silence. This silence is also Sunnah.
Silence is also a Sunnah of Nabi Kareem (sws). What was he doing in Ghaar-e-Hira? Silence. Being silent and the barakah of that silence was all mind was shut off. All the thoughts were shut off. All the words were shut off. Then after shutting all of that off then the heart became pure enough to get the Wahi of Allah Swt. Although Allah Swt could have sent Wahi anywhere. Angel Jibrael (A.S) could have come to the prophet (saw) in his home. Angel Jibrael (A.S) could have come to prophet (saw) anytime. Allah Swt selected that time as a sign to us that when you have Khalwa-some period of seclusion, not monasticism. In the early religions they used to make their lives like this. Deen of Islam told you that’s wrong.
لا رھبانیۃ فی الاسلام
Nabi Kareem (saw) said don’t be a monk, don’t be a nun. You can’t do it for your entire life. You only have to do for periods, for moments, for couple hours of the day, maybe ten day Sunnah i’tekaf. Maybe sometime like that partial aspect of your life not even majority.
A portion, a minority part of your life has to be spent in this khalwa, this ittekaf, this silence, this seclusion, this retreat so that you can unlock, unfetter yourself here and unlock your heart to connect to Allah Swt.
So the more silent we are, the more we will get from the noor of Zikr. And you all have to be specifically careful in this masjid because as soon as you leave those glass doors, the feeling goes down little bit. When you walked on the stairs, you don’t have that feeling. The Ahkaam are there, you are still in masjid but don’t feel the adaab. Because that feeding hall has different design and different carpet. Then the khidmat jamaat but they have to do that. Their talking to one another about how to serve you enters into a conversation. It’s not their fault. They are talking because they have to serve you. But you immediately exit this hall of silence and you enter the hall conversation taking place. That’s your mujahida. You have to make this effort. You have to be as silent in the basement as silent in the feeding hall as you are silent here. This is your mujahida. Be silent. Now when you get the silence, you will get the focus on the Zikr of Allah Swt.
What is this focus? Allah Swt said in quran “Wazkur isma rabbik wa tabattal ilaihi tabteela”. This tabattul and tabteel means focus. This means concentration. In the Arabic language its rich, later they call it Mahw, fana, Istighraq means to erase yourself entirely in the Zikr of Allah Swt that you erased your own self, your own being, your own memories.
So the only thing that is left is the pure Zikr of Allah Swt; Mahw. Then Fana, then you become completely absorbed in that Zikr after erasing everything else. Then Istighraq then you drown deeper and deeper and submerge yourself deeper and deeper in the Zikr of Allah Swt. These are the three things that take place in tabattul. “Wazkur isma rabbik wa tabattal ilai hi tabteela”.
Especially for those who are salikeen, zakireen you should take advantage of this time in i’tekaf to make more silent Zikr of the heart. You should make some tilawat, some itighfar, some durud sharif but the main effort you should make because this is the barkah of this environment of ittekaf, the barakah of Khalwa, the barakah of seclusion, the barkah of the retreat, the barkah of the silence. You should take advantage of these blessed last ten days and this environment of silence to unlock the Qalb-e-Zikr of our heart.
For those of you, who are new, understand this in detail. This Zikr that our mashaikh teach is Zikr-e-Qalbi; Muraqaba.
What does it mean? To remember Allah Swt humbly, silently, secretly in our spiritual heart. No Zikr of the tongue, no Zikr out loud, no movement of the head nothing. No movement, motionless.
No props, no crutches nothing, pure unfettered Zikr of Allah SWT from the Qalb, from the spiritual heart. Then, how do I make my heart make Zikr? I know how to make my tongue Zikr. I start (check)(Time Stamp: 00:40:12) making it move and I make it pronounce certain words.
How do I make my Qalb, the spiritual heart make Zikr? Maybe I should explain that to you first.
Just like your physical body has a heart, your rooh also has a heart. That’s called by Allah Ta’la in Qur’an, ‘Qalb’. Just like your whole rooh is inside your whole body, the heart of the rooh is inside the heart of the body. So, your Qalb is over here on the left side of your chest. You are going to make Neeyah that my Qalb, the heart of my rooh, my spiritual heart, left side of my chest is making Zikr of Allah Ta’la.
How do you make it remember Allah Ta’la? You just have to make Neeyah
So easy. You will just make intention. You will just sit and make Neeyah that my Qalb is remembering Allah SWT and me, I am making myself entirely unaware of the world and everything that it contains; unaware of myself, my thoughts, my memory everything that I contain. The only thing I am aware of is the Zikr of ‘ALLAH ALLAH ALLAH’ coming from my spiritual heart. The only thing I am aware of is the Zikr of Allah SWT’s name coming from my heart. And this requires practice, this requires exercise. You’ll see the qa’ari, he tells the child, he doesn’t explain to him, the small young child the technical difference between ‘Ka’af’ and ‘Quaf’. He just says, “Go practice it.” He just says it to him, “Ka’af Quof, go in the corner and keep doing it, keep doing it, mashaq, keep doing it, keep doing it, keep doing it.” Just like that, you have to sit in Muraqabah longer and longer and longer. Those Salikeen sitting in Suunah I’tikaf should try to sit 3 hours in Muraqabah in every 24 hours.
…to be cont’d iA.