The Physical cleanness, everyone is clean, they go to the shower two, three times a day. But the dirtiness is the disobedience.
Sheytan was a beautiful creature, he was shining inside the Paradises. Angels, they were looking up to that one. His appearances was very beautiful too. Soon as he became disobedience to Allah, that Nur, that light went away, and he turned into the worst ugly creature through disobedience. And he was sent down to earth. He changed all that with disobedience.
Islam came to make us to be clean, to be clean from every wrong ideas and to enter into Paradise. Allah swt is saying to us, ‘You must come out clean because where you came from is Paradise and Paradise is for clean people. When you go to the world you are dirtying yourself. Clean yourself before you come out from it and only then will you come back to Paradise. Otherwise, if you didn’t clean yourself in the world, then the fire is waiting for you because the fire is the only thing that will clean you.’
Maybe you don’t know but I used to do welding job. I was a welder and I used to do swords. I work on big pieces of metals that were very rusty. There was a coal fire burning and when I put that rusty metal inside the fire, the whole thing turned red. Then I took it out, and placed it on a metal platform and start hitting it with a hammer… tak, tak, tak, tak, two three times and later when it cooled down I would find that there is no more rust. It cleaned the rust right away. If you want to clean that rust by hand it would be impossible. But putting it in the fire, taking it out, putting it on earth, tak, tak, tak three times and it is shiny (Sheykh smiles).
So Allah swt is saying to us that if you come out dirty from this life then the fire is going to clean you. Bodily dirtiness is not like that rust. The body may be dirty on the outside. Maybe you worked too much and you didn’t get the chance to clean yourself up and the Angel of Death came to you. That is okay. Dirtiness is here (Sheykh pointing at the heart).
Pride is the biggest dirtiness that man can have. And praising his own ego, ooh… Then you do need to stay some time in the fire because that is a big dirtiness that you have inside and it needs to be cleaned.
If you think of life like this and if you think like this every day, when Maghrib time approaches we start judging our own selves making our own accounting. Then slowly we will reach somewhere. Daily we will put our lives in front of us saying, ‘I did this, this, this and this today. I got up in the morning I went to this way I came across this person and the person looked very ugly to me but I still did not think bad about this person and I prayed for that one. This happened that happened…’ and you calculate your own self and you can find for yourself what kind of life you have lived today.
So that is important. You must get rid of that smell. You must get rid of the inside dirtiness. That’s why Islam came, to get rid of the characteristics of the ego.
SATANIC SECTS IN ISLAM:
Auzubillahi mina Shaytani Rajeem
Some Qaum (sect) of Satan also doing all five obligatory duties of a Muslims, except that they do not accept and follow Imams/Shaykhs of this time and did not give bayat (oath of allegiance).
If you believe in the words of Muhyiddin Shaykh (Shaykh Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Al-Jilaniabove all the words of your local scholars, then this is what he said: “Those who do not have a Shaykh, their Shaykh is Satan”
Ok, now, if you do not believe in Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani (Q.S) lets see what Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says:
“Those who die without an Imam dies death of Jahiliyah (death of pre Islamic period)”
OK, now, may be you are a quranist, that you don’t believe in hadiths?, lets see what Quran says:
Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?
Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, seals his hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?
The Advocates (guides) are Allah, Rasool and those who are in authority among you.
4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you.
They are the helpers in the Path of Truth, so now can you reject to follow Imams of this times, even if you are Sunni,Salafi or quranist?
17:80 Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”
And Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says. Imams will be there in every century. So the common sense is enough to understand that, that Imams lineage must be from the same unbroken chain of Aqeedha and group.
Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam said: “Allah shall raise for this Ummah at the head of every century a man who shall renew (or revive) for it its religion.”
—Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 37: Kitab al-Malahim [Battles]
How can some Imams (Mujaddids) be from some aqeedha which is opposite to the aqeedha of the major body of Muslims and their Imams?
Sahih Muslim Book 020, Hadith Number 4553.
Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman said, “People used to ask the Prophet, peace be upon him, about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we were lost in ignorance (jahiliyyah) and evil, then Allah brought this good (i.e. Islam). Will some evil come after this good thing?’ He said, ‘Yes’ I asked, ‘And will some good come after that evil?’ He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted with some evil’ I asked, ‘How will it be tainted?’ He said, ‘There will be some people who will lead others on a path different from mine. You will see good and bad in them.’ I asked, ‘Will some evil come after that good?’ He said, ‘Some people will be standing and calling at the gates of Hell; whoever responds to their call, they will throw him into the Fire.’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them for us.’ He said, ‘They will be from our own people, and will speak our language.’ I asked, ‘What do you advise me to do if I should live to see that?’ He said, ‘Stick to the main body (jama’ah) of the Muslims and their leader (imam).’ I asked, What if there is no main body and no leader?’ He said, ‘Isolate yourself from all of these sects, even if you have to eat the roots of trees until death overcomes you while you are in that state.’ “
Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The Jews split into 71 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians split into 72 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 71 will enter Hell. By Him in Whose Power is the life of Muhammad, without doubt, my Ummah will be divided into 73 groups. Only one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell.”
When asked about which group will be on the right path, the Beloved Messenger of Allah replied, “The main body (Jamaat) of the Muslims.”
[Ibn Majah’s Kitab al-Fitan; Hafiz ibn Kathir’s Signs before Day of Judgment, page 14]
Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam said :“There was disagreement amongst Jews and they split into 72 groups. In exactly the same way, there will be disagreement and divisions in my Ummah. It will split into 73 groups. Except for one of these groups, all the remaining will be thrown into Hell.”
When asked about which group will be on the right path, the Beloved Messenger of Allah replied, “The group on the right path, which will enter Paradise, will be the group which follows my Sunnah and this will be the largest group of Muslims.”
[Tirmidhi; Imam Ahmad; Abu Dawud; Mishkat]
Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, said, “Without doubt, my Ummah will never be gathered in misguidance. Whenever you see disagreement, hold fast to the greater majority.”
Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam said “”Follow the way of the largest group of Muslims! For he who deviates from this group will be thrown into Hell!”
Th Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah beupon him, said, “The devil continually pursues human as a wolf pursues sheep. The wolf only dares to attack those sheep which have separated from the rest of the flock and are standing alone. And so, my followers and my devotees! Save yourselves from being caught in the traps of misguidance and firmly remain with the largest and most well-known group of Muslims!”
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from the largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.”
Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “He who deviates himself from the largest group of Muslims, even as much as a hand span, has himself cut off his connection with Islam.”
[Abu Dawud; Imam Ahmed]
Prophet peace and blessings of Allah beupon him, said, “The Jews divided into 71 sects, 1 will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians were divided into 72 sects. By the One whose Hand my soul is in, my Ummah will be divided into 73 sects, 72 of which will enter Hell.”
The Companions asked, “Which is the saved sect?” The Holy Prophet replied, “al-Jamaah.”
[Ibn Majah’s Kitaab Al Fitan, Hadith no. 3982]
So it is incumbent up on Muslims to follow the Major group of Muslims, that is to follow Quran ,sunnah and ahlul bayt:
Tirmidhi, Husna and Al-Hakim record from Zaid bin Arqam that
the Holy Prophet (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim) said: “I
am leaving amongst you those things that if you remain attached to
them you will not deviate after me. (they are) the Book of Allah
and my Progeny (‘Itriy), my Ahlul Bayt . They will not separate till
they reach me at the pool. So be careful how you behave with them
What happened to your intellect?
The master (Shaykh of Tasawwuf) must have four qualifications:
He must be a scholar in all the obligations of the religion;
He must be a Knower (carif);
He must be an expert in the way of purifying the Self;
He must be authorised by his shaikh to give guidance.
Being a Scholar in the Obligations of the Religion
The Shaykh must be a scholar in all religious obligations, such as the conditions of prayers, the conditions of fasting and the conditions of zakat (obligatory charity). He must be knowledgeable in the Jurisprudence of Islam and all necessary matters of Islamic Shari’ah. He must be a scholar in the Science of Tawhid (Oneness) according to the Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’at, and all the and all the other conditions of faith (iman).
Being a Knower
To be a Knower means the master or murshid must have the knowledge of the conditions of the state of Ihsan, as mentioned by the Prophet (s) in the hadith, “Worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, and if you are not seeing Him, know that He is seeing you.” A Knower must bear witness in his heart that Allah is the Unique One in His Essence, and in His Attributes, and in His Actions. He must know about His Attributes through Vision and Taste, by experiencing self-effacement in the Divine Presence.
The Master must have already purified or sanctified himself as a seeker under a master of his own. He will have come to know the different stages of the ego, its illnesses and its defects. The Master must be fully aware of all the methods Satan uses to enter the heart. He must know all the ways to sanctify others and the methods to heal his followers in order to raise them up to reach the State of Perfection.
If a seeker comes to the shaikh with perfect sincerity and truthfulness, asking to be initiated in the order, the shaikh must not hurry to initiate him, until he knows that he will remain trustworthy when he reaches the Goal. He must look at his capability. If his capability corresponds to the capability of the Close Ones (muqarrabin), then he will show him the way, as it is the way of the Trustworthy.
That way is built on killing one’s own will, and connecting and submitting oneself to the will of one’s shaikh. One must do as the Prophet (s) said, “Die before you die!” He must leave his natural will, which causes him to move according to his mind, and leave all his affairs to the will of his shaikh. The shaikh will lift him up through a path filled with difficulties, train him through worship, and guide him to a state of complete Self-Effacement. Only this will elevate him to the Divine Presence.
That is why Khwaja Ubaidullah al-Ahrar said: “Who is the shaikh? The shaikh is the one who can know, through the vision that Allah has granted him, the capability of his murid. From the day he meets him to the day of his death, he will know which state the murid will attain, and in which way he will taste, and in which way he will reach the Divine Presence. If the shaikh cannot summon that knowledge, it is forbidden (haram) for him to give the seeker initiation.”
He continued, “The shaikh must avoid the wealth of his murid. If the murid wishes to help the shaikh it is his choice. The states of guidance are above all states, and the master must not ask except from the Divine Presence.”
“It is said that one time a murid of Junaid came to him and wanted to give him all his money. Junaid refused and said, ‘No.’ When that same murid reached the State of Perfection and was lifted up to the Divine Presence, he came to Junaid and again wanted to give all his money to him. At that time he said, ‘Yes. Now, I accept, because when you give now, you will not regret later.’
“That is why we don’t like our murids to give all their money to the shaikh. When they haven’t reached the state of perfection, they might regret later and be in doubt, and they will be harmed. But when the murid reaches that state he will give sincerely and will never regret it later. The evidence of this is that Sayyidina Abu Bakr and Sayyidina ‘Umar came to the Prophet (s) and from the first Sayyidina Abu Bakr gave all his money. The Prophet (s) asked, ‘What have you left for your family?’ He replied, ‘I have left them Allah and his Prophet (s).’ When the murid reaches the state of real generosity and real perfection, then the shaikh may accept what he gives. If he has not reached that state his gift must not be accepted.”
The shaikh must not order any of his followers to do something he himself cannot do or would not do. He must know all the obligatory and forbidden actions according to the Shari’ah. Similary, he must know all the States of spirituality, and must have tasted all Tastes, so that he is an example, and when he speaks he speaks with real knowledge.
An example of this is a lady who came to a perfect shaikh one time with her son, saying, “My son is always asking for sweets. Please pray for him to leave that desire, as I don’t always have sweets to give him.” He said, “Be patient for three days and then bring him back to me.” After three days she brought him back and the shaikh told him, “O my son, don’t eat candies, because it is harmful for your stomach.” From that day the child never ate sweets again. Some time later someone asked the shaikh, “Why did you wait three days to give the child that advice?” The shaikh replied, “When the lady came to me, she asked me to prevent her child from eating sweets. I couldn’t do that for him because I myself was under that temptation of eating sweets. So I stopped eating sweets for three days. When I had stopped, I was able to make a du’a for him, and that du’a was acceptable.”
Qushayri relates in his Letter that allaj was once asked to talk about poverty. He said, “Wait a minute.” He entered his house, went out somewhere and came back. Then he sat and spoke, saying poverty consists of this and this and that. One murid asked him, “O my shaikh, why didn’t you speak like this from the beginning?” He said, “When I was asked, I had one dirham in my house. I couldn’t speak about poverty while I still had something. So I went took that dirham, went and spent it in Allah’s way, and then I could speak on poverty.”
Having His Master’s Authorization
The Shaikh must have authorization from his Master for training and uplifting his followers and showing the Way of this Path. That ijaza (permission) must reach him through the chain of the grandshaikhs from one to another, all the way back to the Prophet (s). As the wise person will not go to a doctor who has no license in healing, so the seeker in this way must find a perfect guide who has received the license, the ijaza, from his shaikh.
Imam Muslim said, “This great knowledge [the knowledge of the self] is by itself the religion. So you have to know from whom you take your religion.” In the book of Hafiz ibn Ali Kanz al-cUmmal,” the following hadith is found. The Prophet (s) said, “O Umar, your din is your flesh and blood. Look at those from whom you take your din; take it from those who are on the right path and don’t take from those who deviated.” A knower said, “Knowledge is a spirit which is blown into the hearts, not philosophy or pretty tales to be written. So be very careful from whom you take it.”
The Signs of Mastery
The main indication of mastery is that when you sit with a master you feel a breeze of faith, spiritual pleasure. He doesn’t speak except for Allah. He is always advising the good. You will benefit from being in his company as you benefit from his words. You will benefit when you are far from him as you benefit when you are near him. You must see among his murids the picture of faith, sincerity, humbleness and taqwa (God-consciousness), and you must remember, when you are mixing with them, the highest state of love and truth and deference to others. You must see that his followers represent all different kinds of people in the community. That is how the Companions of the Prophet were.
The above description is enough to understand and distinguish between a true Shaykh and false Shaykh.