Friday, February 22, 2013

The power of 'BismillahiRahmaniRahim'

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani
 Credit: Sufilive

If we were to live during the times of the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam and if we're feeling distraught, we could at any time look for cure from Habibullah, from his words of wisdom and advice.

If we were around in the times of Ibn Athaillah as-Sakandari and if we were despondent, we could knock on his door and ask for a hikmah or two.

If you still have a father, and you are feeling dispirited, you could rest your head on his lap or lean on his shoulder and let him console you.

If there's a Sufi, a wise old man whom you could regard as your own grandfather, if there's such a man in your neighborhood, someone like Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, you would surely run to him for strength when your heart feels a little weak. Tonight, praise be to Allah, we could still benefit from his words though he is far away in Cyprus. Just like any other Sufi, whenever you seek something they'll just know what exactly you are seeking and their words simply hit you like hitting the nail on the head. 

In his sohbet recorded on 30 Jan 2013, dear Mawlana, despite looking somewhat frail, his words were weighty and sharp. He said we should be grateful that Allah found us worthy of BismilahiRahmaniRahim and that He let it descend on the Prophet and his ummah.

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim urged us to recite BismillahiRahmaniRahim 7, 40, 70 or 100 times a day. It is the cure for all our troubles. It satisfies man internally and externally. It's powerful that it can throw the east to the west and vice versa. It's sufficient that we teach people just BismillahiRahmaniRahim and it should suffice that we learn only BismillahiRahmaniRahim. Those who remember God's pure name in BismillahiRahmaniRahim will be purified. With the name of Allah every work is completed. Take from its nur, its power and your every work becomes easy.

[MashaAllah, that's exactly what I needed to hear - "with the name of Allah every work is completed." Talk about unfinished business!]
At one point in the video, Shaykh Nazim said "I am weak, O Lord, I only want Your pleasure." I think that is true regardless of a person's age. But imagine if we did not work hard on acquiring knowledge and polishing our akhlak from now, do you think we could be someone useful in old age like Shaykh Nazim? God willing we will all turn 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90...but what kind of an old chap will we be? 

May Allah increase us in knowledge
and let us bring benefit to people
right until our last day.

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