Maulana Sheikh NazimTHE SECRET OF SAINTHOOD is to be IN HARMONY WITH THE DIVINE WILL


Knowledge is one thing and to live is something else. Allah Almighty sent His Prophets
to teach people how they must live, how they must live as His servants; the real
purpose was not just to give them only books for reciting. When Umm ul-Mu’minin,
Sayyidatina ‘Aisha (The Mother of the Believers, the Prophet’s wife, ‘Aisha, the
daughter of Abu Bakr Siddiq) may Allah bless her, was asked about the Prophet’s
attributes, she replied, “Khuluquhu-l-Qur’an”, (“His character (or conduct) was the
Qur’an”) his attributes were just like the Qur’an. You can’t find the attributes of the Prophet,
beloved Muhammad, (sal), deviating from the Holy Qur’an; whatever the Holy Qur’an
indicates, you can find his attributes agreeing with it.

Therefore, Allah Almighty orders His servants, believers, to take His beloved Muhammad
(sal), as their example. Thus, you must use the Prophet’s attributes as examples for
yourself, and you must know that he is the most perfect example for the Sons of Adam.
You can look at the Prophet Muhammad (sal), from every direction and you will find him
perfect from every direction. If we can be correct from only one direction (not from
every direction) –even that is too remote for us, it may be sufficient for us. If we can
follow our Prophet, beloved Muhammad, (sal), in even one sunnah, it will be safety and
pleasure and happiness and success for us forever. Therefore, insofar as we are
trying to learn, that is good, but we must also try to act as much as we are able, and if
we can do even one percent out of one hundred, it is a good thing for us.

What was our Prophet’s main attribute? His main attribute, according to all the books of
our knowledge, was that he was in perfect agreement with his Lord Almighty for
everything, agreeing with his Lord on behalf of himself and everyone else. He was the
perfect one in m’arifat, knowledge of his Lord; in knowledge of Allah, no one can reach
the point that our Prophet, beloved Muhammad (sal), reached. He was an ocean of
Divine Knowledge, and if we could take all the Divine Knowledge that all creatures have
been given, including the knowledge of other prophets, of awliya, of angels, it is only a
little drop in that ocean. They have only a little drop, and that little drop, compared to
other creatures, is itself oceans.

Perfect knowledge among all creatures is for beloved Muhammad (sal), and therefore
he was the first among all creatures to be in agreement with his Lord’s actions and with
his Lord’s will in all matters. That is the most important characteristic a servant may
have; to be in agreement with his Lord in everything. To the extent that we can
approach that point, we will achieve perfect servanthood. But it is difficult. It is not an
easy way; it is steep. Whoever is asking for his positions must be tried. Whoever
wants easy things, easy is cheap; easy products are cheap products. But difficult
products are expensive, precious.

Thus, that is our Prophet’s main attribute: to be in agreement with his Lord for every
action, seeing it as perfect. And once you step on that path, everything is going to be
easy for you; therefore our level is always going to be above that of rebellious people.
And people are of two groups, one group seeing, the other group blind people. Those
to whom Allah Almighty gives from His Divine Lights can look and see Lawh-hul-
Mahfudh, the Preserved Tablet (the heavenly record of Allah’s decrees for all eternity).
Those who can see that, are always going to be in agreement with every action of their
Lord Almighty; no objection. But those who do not see are always fighting with their
Lord.

Therefore ‘Abdul Qadir Jilani, our master, may Allah bless him, a “king-sized” wali, said,
“The one who makes objections against the divine orders being carried out, who makes
objections to the divine will, falls into shirk,” association of partners with Allah. He is
going to be like a partner to Allah Almighty because he says, “This is not right. I object
to that point, I veto it.” ‘Abdul Qadir Sayyidi means that when someone says, “What is
this? This is wrong,” he is going to be like a partner in Allah’s sovereignty, going
against Him. Who is he? Why was Satan cast aside? That is the reason: objection to
Allah’s will, so that everyone who goes against and objects to our Lord’s will is the
same; at that moment he is the same as Iblis, as Satan. Therefore we must say,
“Astaghfirullah, astaghfirullah may Allah forgive us. We repent and turn back to you, O
Lord. How can I do this?” And ‘Abdul-Qadir Sayyidi said, “Maut ut-tauhid, maut ud-din,
maut ul-iman” (“The death of tauhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah Almighty and His
will is the sole primary cause of all that is or happens) is the death of the religion, the
death of faith”) If someone opposes the judgment of the decrees of Allah – if, when
Allah Almighty’s will is working, he tries to keep it back – that is dangerous for a believer
because it will bring about the death of faith, the death of upholding the unity of Allah
Almighty. We are Ahlat-Tauhid, People of Allah’s Unity. When you say “No” or “Why?”
you become divided, without unity, because will and orders come only from the One.

Therefore, among the six pillars of faith in Islam, the sixth is so important. (The six
fundamental beliefs in Islam are: belief in One God Almighty, in His angels, in His
divinely-revealed scriptures, in His messengers or prophets, in the Day of Judgment
and Heaven and Hell, and finally, in His decree or will as the ultimate casual force.
Nothing can take place without His will and decree, nor can anything hold back what He
has willed and decreed.) It shows unity and servanthood: we are servants and we are
going to be in agreement with our Lord’s will. But, as we said, at our level, the common
level, we are quarreling, we are fighting, and we are not real Muslims. A real Muslim is
the one who surrenders to his Lord’s will; no more objections from him to his Lord. As
his Lord says, he says. “As You like, O my Lord!”

For this reason, it is the highest degree and the main attribute of our Prophet
Muhammad (sal), to agree with his Lord in everything. His heart was always in
agreement with Allah Almighty, and his body also did as his Lord willed. Everything
which appeared from the Prophet appeared according to his Lord’s will. Therefore in
Islam, we must practice first to be in a state of islam, to submit, not only to be obedient
to orders. We are trying to be obedient to orders, but among orders the most important
one is to agree with our Lord’s will.

One day Satan came to the Prophet Muhammad (sal), and the Prophet asked him,
“Which of my ummah will save himself from you?” Satan replied, “The one who is in
agreement with his Lord. If his Lord leaves him in any situation and he says, “I agree
with my Lord, no way for me with that member of the ummah.” If anyone agrees and is
satisfied with his situation, Satan says, “No way for me on that person.” It means that,
that person’s attribute is in line with his Lord’s attribute: if Allah says this, if our Lord’s
will orders this, I also agree with it.

It may be against our egos because our egos make objections, but our souls are never
going to object to anything. Our souls are swimming in our Lord’s Mercy Oceans, and
they see everything as a manifestation of our Lord’s Mercy Oceans, everything. They
see the whole universe as swimming in Mercy Oceans. Thus, souls are perfect; they
are pleased with their Lord. Only our egos are displeased, our egos make objections.
Whoever is on friendly terms with his ego goes far away from his Lord Almighty; he is
not going to make his Lord pleased with him. He is only trying to make his ego pleased,
and you are never going to make it pleased with you. You can’t find any limit to make
your ego pleased with you: it always has objections. But if you keep with your soul you
are in comfort, you are in peace and in pleasure.

Thus the Prophet, (sal), has informed us that there will be group of people among his
ummah such that even if there is every fitnah, every trouble, among the ummah, those
troubles will never reach them; they are always above troubles. Who are they? They
are those people who are always in agreement with their Lord. They always see
themselves as swimming in Mercy Oceans. If anyone looks at himself and sees himself
in Mercy Oceans, for what is he going to make objections and fall into troubles and
miseries and sufferings?

Everyone is trying to keep orders, but the first order that makes us Muslim, is
agreement with our Lord. We must be in agreement with Him. Our agreement already
took place on the Day of Promises; we have already made it but now we are losing it.
We gave our agreement that “You are our Lord and we are Your servants, and for
everything we agree that it shall be as You like”. No one said, “I am going to act as I
like” everyone gave his promise to his Lord that “I am going to be as You like, not as I
like”. Happiness and peace is for those who are going to be in agreement with their
Lord for everything, here and in the Hereafter.

We are practicing, and Allah Almighty is trying His servants. Everything in our lives is
going to be a trial from Allah Almighty; by every means He tries us. By every means
Allah Almighty looks to see if we are in agreement or are canceling that agreement. If
your keep His agreement, He keeps His agreement; if you keep your promise, He is
going to keep what He promised you: He tests you, in the mosque, in your home, with
your brothers, with your wife, with your children, with your relatives, with your business,
with your animals. You are being tried in your cat, in your dog. Yes. You must always
be awake; maybe Allah Almighty is trying you with something and asking you to be in
agreement with Him. Anything may happen in this Life, to you or to others. You must
say, “As my Lord likes, I agree with my Lord.”

At night, when you get into your bed to sleep, you must ask forgiveness from your Lord
Almighty, saying, “O my Lord, today I was such a guilty servant; I made so many
objections to Your will. I ask for forgiveness. I am trying to be as You like, O my Lord.
Keep me on my way, as You like.” And whoever keeps that adab, good manners, with
his Lord is going to be among His awliya. That is the way of the awliya, because they
are wearing the main attribute of beloved Muhammad (sal) . That is the secret of all
wilayah, sainthood.


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