Auzu billahi mina shaitan i rajeem. Bismillahi rahman ir raheem – La hawla wala
quwatha illa billah il aliyil aleem – Bismilla Seyedi ya waliallah – I am asking permission
from this Saint who is buried here to let me speak on tariqat. I am receiving what I am
now saying from the Sahib of this Maqam. I am the guest of this saint and he is my host
and we are today in his holy presence. What he is saying to me I am now passing on to
you. Although it is not for me to speak by my self in the presence of such a host, he is
requesting me to speak. He says that as he is my host and I am his guest that I must
speak. In this way he is giving a spiritual connection to us.

Now I am going to explain to all of you and this explanation will not be in my words but
his words. He wants me to speak about what is shariat and what are tariqats. Firstly we
must know that all prophets are called us to Allah Almighty’s Divine Presence. They are
teaching us and thus they are always our teachers. Allah Almighty ordered his beloved
Prophet Muhammed (Sal) saying “Oh My beloved Prophet stand up and call people
towards me.” Allah Almighty is inviting His servants to His Divine Presence. We are now
asking “How are we to come to you, My Lord?”

When you are about to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca the first thing that your find out is
as to where Mecca is, and then how to get there. Then you think about the things that
you should take with you when you are going on such a long journey. You then prepare
yourself with your passport and your food items and luggage. Then you take a car to
Colombo and from there you board on to a plane, and then fly to Hijaz (Saudi Arabia).
In the same manner, when you are on your journey to Almighty Allah you need the
shariat, which is your food and luggage that you need to take along with you to the
Divine Presence. Tariqat is the journeys passage (the way). All tariqats are ways that
take people to the Divine Presence.

There are forty-one tariqats which are like a wide road (Autobahn) or highway as is to
be found in Europe. Many modes of travel take place on this type of highway. For
example, pedestrians, lorries, mini buses, cars and speed cars, all travel on this
highway. All of them are heading in the same direction. In the same way all the tariqats
are also reaching towards this same destination-their destination is the Divine
Presence. If one does not get up he cannot walk. Even if one walks that is a way, a

As I said before there are at present forty one tariqats. Out of these forty-one tariqats,
forty of them are using the spiritual power of “La ilaha illallah” to move towards Allah.
The Naqshabandi Tariqat uses the Zikr, “Allah”, “Allah”, “Allah”, as their main zikr to
reach to this destination. If the other tariqats are using the speed of jet planes, the
Naqshabandi Tariqat is going at the speed of a rocket. This is because when a servant
says “La ilaha illallah” his nafs (ego) catches hold of him and he is not able to move
forward with full power. This is because when he says “La ilaha illallah” (there is no God
but Allah), his nafs prompts him to say La ilaha illa ana, (there is no God but me).
Therefore their program slows down and like planes they can reach only to a limit.
Rockets cut through gravity and get out. As mentioned earlier because the
Naqshabandi Tariqat uses as their main Zikr “Allah” there is no more nafs with them
and they destroy their ego and kill it.

Planes might come down, but rockets never. Perhaps they may move on from the
atmosphere of this earth and move on eternally. This is the way of the Naqshabandi
Tariqat. Planes move from one continent to another but rockets move from the earth to
the highest skies and beyond. Those who are asking to reach only to the sky (sama)
may use one of the forty tariqats, and as for those who are asking to reach to the
highest limit (Sidurathul Muntaha) they must use the way of the Naqshabandi Tariqat.

This information which I give you is only a drop from an ocean. When you come to me
with a thimble and ask me to put the ocean in it, how can I do that as the listeners
cannot take in more than their capacity? It is always impossible. Yes, it is not possible to
talk about these things for more than half an hour. But this is enough.

(Sheikh Nazim visited a mosque in Gintota, Galle, Sri Lanka where the saint referred to
is buried. This speech was given by Sheikh Nazim within the mosque premises close to
the Burial Chamber of this Saint)

Gintota, Galle, Sri Lanka

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