The Assembly Of Light

Shaykh Muhammad  Nazim  Al-Haqqani  An-Naqshibendi,  Sohbat  of  the  15th  of  March,  2014.  

 Janabi  Mawla,  the  one  who  gives  life.  Melaike-i  Kiramlar  (the  noble  angels),  who  take  away  tiredness  the ones,  who  teach  us  servanthood.  Janabi  Rasul  salawatullahi  wa  salamu  alaih.   Welcome  O  friends  of  Shah  Mardan.  May  our  assembly  be  an  assembly  of  light. 

We  want  nur  my  son, light.  Ummuhan  Sultan  helps  us  Praise  be  to  Allah,  thanks  to  Allah.  The  one,  who  is  ready  for  all  of  us  O companions  of  Shah  Mardan,  friends  of  Shah  Mardan.  The  friends  of  lions  are  not  foxes  or  wolves.  The companions  of  Allah’s  lions  are  like  them.

 O  companions  of  Shah  Mardan,  his  companions,  you  also  be lions.  Don’t  be  a  fox,  don’t  be  a  wolf,  don’t  be  a  jackal.

 Allahu  Akbar.  Lets  say  Allahu  Akbar,  Allahu  Akbar, Allahu  Akbar  wa  Lillahi  l-hamd. 

 Come in  O  companions  may  our  assembly,  our  council  be  a  blessed  council.  May  our  hearts  be  opened, may  we be  happy.  Lets  feel  relieved  my  son. 

The  world  makes  people  sad,  the  world  makes  people  sad.  For what?  The  world  has  no  value.  For  this  reason  a  human  being  after  he  loses  his  world  becomes  sad.  Don’t be  sad.  Rabbin  Ta’ala  wa  Taqaddas  Hazrat  made  His  Beloved  the  Sultan  of  this  universe,  made  him Sultanu  l-Kawnayn.  He  made  him  the  Sultan  of  this  world  and  the  hereafter.  Our  master,  master  of  the universe. 

 Go ahead  Shah  Mardan.  May  our  assembly  be  an  assembly  of  lions.  May  our  assembly  be  for  the honorable  ones,  my  son.  Do  not  go  to  the  assembly  of  inglorious  ones!  You  will  lose  your  honor.

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (q.s)

 Enter  the assembly  of  honorable  ones,  so  you  may  find  honor.  You  want  honor.  Say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim. “Innahu  min  Sulaymana  wa  innahu  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim”  (27:30)  A  blessed  letter  came  to Balqis.  A  blessed  letter,  a  text  came.  A  letter  came,  she  looked  inside.  “Innahu  min  Sulaymana”  It’s  from Sulaiman.  Who  is  Sulaiman?  Who  is  Sulaiman?  “Innahu  min  Sulaymana  wa  innahu  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani r-Rahim”  (27:30)  The  one,  who  shakes  the  earth  and  heavens,  who  stirs  up  the  sky,  this  power  came  from the  Owner  of  Majesty.  Say  then  “Innahu  min  Sulaymana  wa  innahu .. Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim” (27:30)  

O Allah,  what  a  great  favour  to  say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim.  Say  O  people!  Say  O  people,  say Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim  You  may  find  honor,  power.  You  may  find  majesty.  You  may  be  respected on  earth  and  heavens.

  Say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim.  Allahu  Akbar.  O  Allah  forgive  us  .  For  Prophet Sulaiman  this  came.  “Innahu  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-rRahim”  (27:30)  “Innahu  min  Sulaymana  wa  innahu Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim”  (27:30) 

It  came  from  Prophet  Sulaiman  he  says.  What  power  does Basmala-i  Sharif  hold?  Shaykh  Mehmed  Efendi.  Allah  Allah,  Allah  Allah.  Allah  Allah.  Allah  Jabbar. 

Our Lord.  In  the  Name  of  our  Creator  say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim,  say  my  son,  say.  Say  my  deputies.  O the  one,  who  reveres  his  Lord,  the  companions  of  Shah  Mardan,  say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim.  May you  find  everything. 

 First  we  say  Allah’s  Name.  This  is  necessary  for  all  servants,  whatever  they  do,  they  must  first  say  Allah’s Name.  This  is  necessary  for  all  servants,  whatever  they  do.  Our  Lord,  O  our  lord,  our  Subhan. 

O companions  of  Shah  Mardan.  Be  among  the  companions  of  Shah  Mardan.  Be  so  that  the  mercy  of heavens  &  earth  may  be  opened,  the  lights  may  be  opened,  the  honors  may  be  opened  Shaykh  Mehmed Efendi.  You  too  Mehmed.  Let’s  ask.  Let’s  ask,  let’s  ask  this.  “Ar-Rahman”(55:1)  “Khalaqa  l-insana”(55:3) “Allamahu  l-bayana”(55:4) 

Allahu  Akbar.  What  a  beautiful  addressing  Shaykh  Mehmed  Efendi.  “ArRahman”(55:1)  “Khalaqa  l-insana”(55:3)  He  created  who?  The  human  being,  the  perfect  human  being, Allah  created  the  one,  Allah  created  the  one,  to  whom  He  granted  His  addressing.  “Khalaqa  l-insana. Allamahu  l-bayana”(55:3,4).

We  may  be  opened  also.   O companions  of  Shah  Mardan.  Stay  in  the  assembly  of  Shah  Mardan,  enter,  take.  The  ones  with  Shah Mardan  they  don’t  get  weak.  They  gain  power.  Gain  power.  They  take  nur  (light),  take  honor. 

Take miracles.  Let’s  say  Bismillahi  r-Rahamni  r-Rahim.  O  our  Lord,  even  if  we  are  weak  we  find  strength  with this  word.  Shaykh  Mehmed  Efendi,  let’s  say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim.  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  rRahim.  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim.  Allah  Allah. 

What  majesty  he  has,  Shaykh  Mehmed  Efendi.  Speak about  it,  Shaykh  Mehmed,  speak  don’t  be  scared,  you  are  authorized.  What  does  he  do?  If  there  are  100 worlds  like  this  world  it  can  destroy.   Say  Bismillahi  r-Rahmani  r-Rahim,  don’t  be  afraid.  They  will  dress  you  with  power,  they  dress  you  honor, they  dress  with  wonders  my  son. 

Beware.  Allah,  we  are  weak.  Qawwi  dha’fana  fi  ridhak.  With  Your permission  give  us  strength  our  Lord.  With  Your  Beloved’s  permission  may  power  reach  us,  honor  reach us.  May  the  miracles  reach  us.  “Wa  laqad  karramna  bani  adama”(17:70)  May  Allah  bless  you,  we  stayed  in Shah  Mardan’s  assembly  even  for  a  little  while. 

They  let  us  stay,  let  us  stay,  they  dress  us.  In  the  assembly of  Shah  Mardan  even  if  we  stay  a  few  seconds,  we  will  be  dressed  from  their  nur.  Be  together,  he  says,  O Shah  Mardan.

 O  Shah  Mardan.  SubhanAllah.  If  they  dress  us  in  that,  what  a  beauty  it  has. What  an  honor,  what  a  wonder  that  is,  our  son  Shaykh  Mehmed  Efendi.  You  understand  inshaAllah,  you understand.  He  is  his  apprentice.  May  Allah  increase  our  strength.  You  need  to  have  adab  to  say  –  may Allah  increase  our  strength  We  don’t  have  it.  Don’t  enter  upon  Rabbu  l-‘Izzet,  from  that  side.  Don’t  enter. Rabbu  l-‘Izzet  has  a  presence.  Don’t  get  near  to  that  presence.  No.  Keep  your  good  manners.  Keep  your adab,  what  you  need  will  be  given  to  you. 

O  our  Lord,  I  ask  for  Your  forgiveness.  Ya  Afuw.  Innaka ‘Afuwwun  Kareem.  Fa’fu  ‘anna  ya  Kareem,  bi  jahi  man  anzalta  alaihi  Surata  l-Fatiha.   May Allah  give  you  the  chance  to  be  in  the  assembly  of  honorable  ones.  They  come  and  find,  you  also  go and  find,  my  son.  Fatiha.  May  Allah  open  it  for  you.

   Video  link:  http://saltanat.org/videopage.php?id=11024&name=2014-0315_tr_NurMeclisi.mp4

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Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (Q.S) speaking about his Khalifa Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al Kibrisi (Q.S)

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani (Q.S) speaking about his Khalifa Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al Kibrisi (Q.S) after Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al Kibrisi (Q.S) veiled from this world in 2012

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.
Allahumma Swalli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Ala Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Sallim

DISCOURSE-1 My Shaykh Didn’t Cry For Me (July 1, 2012, Lefke Cyprus)
Shaykh Mohammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibendi, Sohbat of the 1st of July 2012.
He came to me in the evening, at midnight. What did he say? They told him that “Your
Shaykh didn’t cry for you”. At midnight, a crying state came upon me. I said “O Abdul Karim! I may cry for you!” “My Shaykh didn’t cry for me” he said. Such a crying state came upon me at midnight, don’t even ask. I felt lighter. I felt lighter. When it happens, I will call him. You understand? When the Sahib, Al Mahdi (as) comes we will call him here. Have no fear, O Bahlul! What is this? All these awliyas,all this power..They
can make it all upside down!

S.H. He went like a lion! I went & saw him. He is like a lion.

Mawlana Shaykh. They took him to the other side, for service. They made him disappear from here, as if he is dead. Understand? May you know this.Therefore you complete the mission here. All is good with him.He said “My Shaykh didn’t cry for me”. This news reached me at midnight. And I said, “O
Abdul Karim, may I cry for you?” I cried for him, I cried for him. He got happy, he was relieved.I said “You continue to take care of your own mission”. They took him to the other side now,
to the back of mount Qaf. You understand? To the side of awliyas. The strong ones are on this side. They made him disappear from here. You understand? Huuu, We will keep appearances.The spirituality is different. He has a power on him. He has the power of a dragon on him. He stood out against the world of kufr-unbelief, only one man. He stood out against the unbelievers of Turkey, made them upside down! And US also, another center of kufr- unbelief. He also taught them their lesson & limits! He came here like a lion. And he returned to his mission here. He is an astonishing man. His tajalli/manifestation appears to be like this now, but he will come. When the Sahibul Waqt
appears, he comes.

S.H. I would insult him, poke him from here and he would laugh.

Mawlana Shaykh. He started his mission there now. He is not from the common people. No! No! One man,one man on his own stirred up the whole country.
S.H. No one put anything in his food to poison & kill him?

M. It doesn’t touch him, doesn’t affect him. His mission is different, these ones’ mind &mentality is different. …He was touched, then he said “My Shaykh didn’t cry for me”. Such a state of crying came on me & I said “O Abdul Karim. Don’t say I didn’t cry. You are like my son. You know your mission & you carry on with it. You go about your mission”. But I cried,cried at midnight. I cried in the bed, quite a long time. “My Shaykh didn’t cry for me” he came,
saying like this. I cried for you. I may cry now that you see it? I cried. I cried a lot at midnight. I cried a lot, O Hussein.
He has started his mission now. He is received by the other… They put these ones at the back of mount Qaf. This one was a dragon, one who stood up against whole world…

S.H. Upon the power/support that comes from you, not by his own will.
Mawlana Shaykh . There is nothing in us but our Grandshaykh Hadrat…

S.H. No Mawlana, with your support..
Mawlana Shyakh . A dragon, a dragon…

Video Link: http://saltanat.org/videopage.php?id=4310&name=2012-07-
01_tr_SeyhimBanaAglamadi.mp4

SOHBET-2
Condolences On The Passing OF A Brother (Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al Kibrisi Q.S)
Shaykh Mohammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibendi, Sohbat of the 2nd of July 2012.
As-Salamu Alaikum. O believers! May salam/peace be upon believers, in dunya & in akhirah.There is safety for them, there is peace for them. And in the end, there is Allah Almighty’s
salam- “Salamun Qawlaan Min Rabbin Rahim” (36:58).
Today a mu’min & Muslim brother of ours who was making service in the way of Tariqat & in the way of Allah, one of our sons who devoted himself to the way of Allah, was called from
dunya to akhirah, and he is gone. May paradise be his abode. How beautiful, he is gone on such a beautiful day. He didn’t let anyone be oppressed, carried everyone’s burdens. This holy
one was like a son to us. He was a countryman, he was a villager. He was a young Muslim from a village which no one heard of,or knew it’s name. He knew as much as he had learned.
But his heart was full of faith and he was a believer, a son of ours dressed with the attribute of a lion; one who rejected & did not accept whatever is done against Islam.May Allah grant him his reward. May he reach the holy presence of the Prophet (sas). This is the holy month of our Prophet (sas), Shaban al Muazzam. He passed away in this holy month & reached to akhirah. They welcomed him there. Because in dunya, he stood out against the world of unbelief-kufr.Then, he was sent to the United States. There also he showed & revealed Islam, and declared
Islam. And Allah knows their numbers, he became a means/wasila for a lot of people who did not know the way to enter Islam. And he did service, aiming to keep the orders of Islam & to make them to be kept by others as well. May Allah grant him His Mercy.It is not an easy thing to become a neighbor to the Prophet (sas) but we wish for him to be a
neighbor to the Prophet(sas). He was a brother of mine, a son of mine who had great love, great effort & strength/courage. I am giving him my blessings and may he reach the Mercy &
Intercession of the Great Prophet (sas). Ya Rabbi Ya Allah. May You also reward us with a good end/akibat, O Lord. Dunya has no
value. A person is shrouded & buried in a hole, leaving whatever he has gained here. O people, think on this! Leave fighting for dunya. Your Akhirah is eternal. Our dunya is temporary. We are here today, gone tomorrow. Because no one can stay here. Try in this dunya to gain the pleasure of our Lord and the pleasure of His Beloved (Sas). May Allah not deprive us of this & may He grant him Mercy as well. May his abode be paradise, Jannatul

Firdaus. Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar. La ilaha illa Allah wa Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar wa lillah al Hamd. O our Lord, may You not shame us. He didn’t shame us till now, will not shame us from now on, either. May You not turn us away from Your Path, from Your Beloved’s way. May You not let us fall into bewilderment, O Lord. We have fallen into bewilderment, also fallen into
such a situation. O Lord, send us a Saviour. May You send us the one who will save us from the hands of the bewildered so that we can keep Your Orders. There can be no order higher than
Your Orders. And who declares it, is Your Beloved, Muhammad Mustafa (sas). I send him endless salat & salam. I sent my condolences to all the Muslim World who are close to him. Not only his villagers but I send my condolences to the whole Muslim World, that this believer who had such a great effort, did all he could do. And our hope is that he earned to be neighbors to the Prophet (sas) in this Holy Month. May Allah grant him Mercy & give us a blessed life. May we not leave his place empty, we
will hold on to it. Unbelief-kufr will be destroyed & the fortresses of faith will be high. Ya Rabbi tawba ya Rabbi. Tawba Ya Rabbi tawba Astaghfirullah. Fatiha.
Video link: http://saltanat.org/videopage.php?id=4305&name=2012-07-02_tr_AbdulKerim.mp4

SOHBET-3
Be Small Obedient+Servants
Shaykh Mohammad Nazim Al-Haqqani An-Naqshibendi, Sohbat on the 3rd of July, 2012.
As-Salamu Alaikum.
People chanting: “Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha illa Allah. Wa Allahu Akbar Allahu
Akbar Wa lillah al Hamd”.
Subhana Rabbi`Aliyil a`lal Wahhab. Subhanaka! La uhsi thana’an ‘alayka. La ilaha illa Anta Subhanaka. Wa Aghfirlana wa Arhamna. Wa tub alayna wahdina waskina. Wa aslih sha’nana wa
sha’nal muslimin wansurna alal qawmil kafirin. “Rabbana Aghfir Lana Wa Li’akhwanina AlLadhina Sabaquna Bil-‘Imani Wa La Taj`al Fi Qulubina Ghillaan Lilladhina ‘Amanu Rabbana
‘Innaka Ra’ufun Rahimun” (59:10).
The deceased was like my son. He was like my son.
Rahmatullahu alayh. Allah gives to him from His endless Mercy Oceans. His father was like this, not himself. Subhana Allah. Subhana Allah. He asking me, the night that he passed away: “My Shaykh is not crying for me”. I said to him “I am crying”. And I am crying half night for him. He was so happy. Subhan Allah Al ‘Aliy Al Azim. O poor one.. Ridha an Lillahil Taala al Fatiha! First for
our Prophet (sas), then for all the prophets & saints.
Mehmed! Who looks over them now? Who is looking over now in AbdulKarim’s place?
Guest. Luqman Hoja Effendi.
Mawlana. Is he here?
Guest. No.
Mawlana. He is there.
Guest. Yes, in America.
Mawlana. Ok good, he is Ottoman. Ottoman. These are all the ones who are in US.
Guest. Yes, most of them are from US. Mustafa Hoja is the deputy in Germany.
Mawlana. Ok, very good. I also give permission for your mission. Continue
Guest. I am kissing your feet on behalf of S. AbdulKarim.

Mawlana. Astaghfirullah! Allah gives you much more chance to be on right way that he was trying to keep it. Take up the flag of Islam, up always. Don’t come to say “I am this one, I am that one”.No. We are all obedient servants. Allah.. Pray for me. I am weak. I am weak. Asking forgiveness from my Lord Almighty Allah. Fatiha.
Guest. Please pray that we can continue his work.

Mawlana. You must keep straight way that Prophet (sas) bringing & awliyas keeping it. No anyone or anything else. All of us, we must try to be all small obedient servants. Masha Allah, Allah giving to you nur/light. I am happy with you. As you are doing, I am giving to you also ijazat/permission to keep the way. If anyone, other, giving you may take. Doesn’t matter. We are
asking only straight way to the Holy Prophet (sas), to awliyas. Nothing else.

Guest. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Many people have slandered Shaykh AbdulKarim & his
people &his work saying “we have separated from you”. But pray..

Mawlana. Separated?

Guest. We are not separated from you.

Guest. The world of unbelief claims that we have separated from you? ( in arabic)

M. No, no. We are all servants. Naqshbandi servants. Finished. We are not asking from earth.We are asking from Heavens- our gift, or reward. That is. Masha Allah Masha Allah.

Guest. Insha Allah we want to build Sh. Abdulkarim’s maqam in New York.

Mawlana . Where?

Guest. In the Ottoman dargah in NY. There is Sh. Abdullah Daghestani’s maqam, next to it insha
Allah.

Mawlana. Ok, ok. No harm. He will be happy with this. Insha’Allah he will stay as the Master there. His service is accepted. Are you Turkish or German?

Guest. I am Turk, Ottoman insha Allah.

Mawlana. Really, are you Ottoman? From Menemen (Izmir)?

Guest. Giresun. it. Collect.

Mawlana: There is nothing like “it is your place, this is my place…” We are all obedient servants for Allah Almighty. We are asking nothing else. We are asking His forgiveness only. Not to say “I am this one or I am that one”. No! I am nothing. But since 80 years, always my Grand shaykh- I am kissing (his) feet up to day.

Mawlana. New York?
Guest. Yes, I am in New York.
Mawlana . Masha Allah. All of you have nur. Masha Allah Masha Allah. You may take up holy flag of Prophet, peace be upon him. And keep each one, another. If not listening me, I have.. Where is my stick? My stick may reach from East to West! I am nothing but sometimes something! Anything you may ask, ask… No, not to me. Who is now on yourself,who is appointed?

Guest. Luqman Effendi.
Mawlana . Luqman Effendi? Ask him.

Guest. You accept him as deputy?
Mawlana. How I won’t accept? They will put me as deputy rather? They are..
Guest. If you accept.
Mawlana. It is accepted. Show respect & make service. May Allah make you plenty & your majesty go up.

Guest.Allah bless you.Allah gives you health & strength.

Mawlana. Amin. What can we do? Our situation is like this. Pray for us, in this holy night- the Night of Baraat. Where is this one from?
Guest. This one is Greek. He is building our mosque there. M. Iranian?
Mawlana . Speaking Iranian.

S.N. He is Greek Sayyidi.

Mawlana. Greek? Speaking Greek & joking. Athens?

Guest. My mother, yes.

Mawlana. He has nur on his face. Sadiq/True one. Keep all of you, yourself. If anything, you may ask,you may understand.. You may ask anyone from Naqshbandi people. It is ok. I am giving it,
Masha Allah. Speaking Greek & joking. I am tired!
Fatiha. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim.

Guest. This is for Sh. AbdulKarim Effendi (sweet).

Mawlana. You eat it. As-Salamu Alaikum
Video Link: http://saltanat.org/videopage.php?id=4364&name=2012-07-
03_en_BeSmallObedientServants.mp4

wa salamun alal Mursaleen walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen

Shaykh Nazim Shaykh Abdul Kerim

Naqshbandi Principle: Awareness of Numbers (Wuquf e Adadi)

Bismillahi Rahmani RaheemAl-Ahad-Allah-Name

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim

Madad Ya Al Haqqani Madad Ya Sahibu Saif, Madad Ya Ambiya Wa Awliya Allah

There are eight Naqshbandi Principles formulated by the Imam  of the Khwajagan (early Naqshabndi Silsila) order , Hazret Shaykh Abdul Khaliq Ghujdavani (Q.S) and three other principles formulated by the Imam of the Tariqah Khwajah Muhammad Baha’uddin Naqshbandi Al-Uwaisi Al-Bukhari (Q.S).

They are:

1-Hosh Dar Dam (Awareness of breath), 2-Nazar Bar Qadam (Watching the step), 3-Safar dar Watan (Journey in the Spiritual Path) , 4-Khalwat Dar Anjuman (Solitude in the Society) , 5-Yad Kard (Reminding outwardly and inwardly of God’s Name), 6-Baz Gasht (return to the responsibilities of a person according to  Shari’ah after performing pure Zikr), 7-Concentration on God (Yaddasht), 8-Nigadasht (Guarding one’s spiritual state) 

Other three Principles taught by Khwajah Shah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) as an additional three methods of training the students were:

9-Awareness of time (Wuquf E Zamani), 10-Counting the Zikr repetitions (Wuquf e Adadi), 11-Constant Attachment of Heart to God (Wuquf E Qalbi)

In this article I am inspired to write about:Awareness of Numbers (Wuquf e Adadi)

Counting the Zikr for Awareness of Numbers (Wuquf e Adadi):

Awareness of the Number means to prepare the heart to reach in the perfection of remembering “Al Ahad-the One”

“Awareness of numbers” means that the Murid (Seeker), while reciting Zikr (Wird) should count his Zikr and follow up according to the order of precedence (Thartheeb). It is the traditional example taught by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). All prayers, including ritual prayers ,formal prayers , voluntary prayers, and voluntary remembrance of God (Zikr) all practiced on certain numbers. You cannot say: I am praying four raka (Circle) Maghrib prayer, because you feel more attachment to God today!, you can only pray three raka for Maghrib, but if you still like to pray you need to follow the numbers and rows allowed for each prayer.

Counting Zikr is part of disciplining the heart and mind and to be focused on what is required in the time. This will help heart to focus on the Zikr and the One who purify the seeker who Sit’s in the Adkaar -the One and Only Allah Almighty.

Khwajah Baha’uddin Naqshbandi (Q.S) said: “Focusing on the number of Zikr is the first step in the field of acquiring spiritual knowledge!”

The daily spiritual practice (Awrad) are set up in three orders. First: it is to make intention to do Zikr, the intention also include the days of spiritual retreat (Khalwat or Riyada) and one should observe the number of days second, it has certain number to be recited.Third is the step by step order (thartheeb), and the Zikr has to be recited in this order.

The Sufi orders ,especially Naqshbandiyya are known for forty days retreat .

Allah says: 2:203 And remember Allah during [specific] numbered days.

The Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is Witr (one) and loves ‘the Witr’ (i.e.,odd numbers).  (Book #75, Hadith #419)

This are the mysteries of keeping a special numbers  for each Zikr.

The Quran gives examples that the Prophets were sent for 40 days retreat, three days seclusion and or isolation/ signs etc to equip them to receive certain divine blessings.

The numbers have a spiritual energy and a value. We can see how the digital electronics and satellite are working.

Only number that exist is Number One (1), rest remain as “Zero (0) , it is the one that give value to Zero. One manifest in Zero in various levels and equations and bring the miracles. Digital technology is based on 1 and 0.

When a person recite 100 la ilaha illa Allah it brings a value in the spiritual energy and make a positive effect in the Soul of the person who recite the Zikr.

When a person use computer , he put A to Z words and 1 to 0 numbers and the digital technology read it as Zero and One (0 and 1) mode, which then reverted and displayed in the screen in an understandable words.

The Awliya Allah were known the miraculous powers of Numbers and the essential way of arranging Zikr in numbers and order.

Counting the Zikr repetition is part of proper manner in the tariqah (Spiritual Way). One who does Zikr without counting it falls into heedless stations.  Conscious breathing and consciousness of numbers are essential parts for a follower to progress in this way.

if a person misses the Zikr, he must do as soon as he is able to do it. The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) says: “Whoever misses any part of Wird (essential supplications) or portion (of reciting Quran) at night, and reads it between Fajr prayer and Zuhr (noon prayer), it will be as if he read it all night” (Sahih Muslim 747, Musnab Ahmad 377-Chapter Musnad Umar Ibn Khattab) 66-alwahid

THE COUNTING OF SEEKER AND COUNTING OF THE CREATOR:

The Seeker should count his Zikr in a manner , as if he feels he is sitting in the presence of Allah the Mighty and Sublime!.

Because every action begin with intention (Niyyah)and rewarded according to the Sincerity.  Counting Zikr is part of attentiveness to engage with it completely and to disregard other things and to guard heart from falling to heedlessness.

Quran 54.52. And everything that they did exists (recorded) in (their) notebooks (of deeds):

Quran 72:28 “This is to ascertain that they have delivered their Lord’s messages. He is fully aware of what they have. He has counted the numbers of everything”

Imam Malik narrates in his Muwatta: Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu’z Zinad from al-Araj from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “By the One in Whose hand my self is, the smell of the breath of a man fasting is better with Allah than the scent of musk.’ He leaves his desires and his food and drink for My sake. Fasting is for Me and I reward it. Every good action is rewarded by ten times its kind, up to seven hundred times, except fasting, which is for Me, and I reward it.’ ”  (Book 18, Hadith 18.22.58)

Counting of special days: Narrated ‘Aisha(R.A): Allah’s Apostle (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.”  (Sahih Bukhari,Book 32, Hadith 234)

Example:Imagine if a treasury gate is left opened , and so many people coming in, the watchman is not there to count and regulate the people and to safeguard other than the appointed people entering in it. What will happen? So robbers will enter in the treasury and steal the wealth. But if there is a guard near the gate, and he is recording who is entering inside the treasury and keeping a record , that time he is making sure the right people have come inside and the correct duties are undertaken there.

Therefore awareness of numbers and counting the Zikr repetition eventually make a seeker to safeguard his heart from everything other than his Creator.  He will observe what is coming in to his heart and he regulate the flows that is coming into the heart.  By counting one does not over burden himself, this is how a Seeker benefit from Counting the Number and keeping awareness of the Zikr he is doing. It has been narrated in Hadiths that the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, instructed Sahaba with specific number of Zikr for different occasions.

This is only an introductory note , by following a true Shaykh, one may reach further inner understanding of the methods and Sufi principles .
Wa salamun alal Mursaleen walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aaalameen

by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani

Everything is fake except one
Everything is falsehood except One (Hadith)