Quli-llahumma Maliku l-mulki, tu'ti l-mulka man tasha'u wa tanzi'u l-mulka
mimman tasha'u wa tu, izzu man tasha'u,
wa tudhillu man tasha'u, bi
yadika l-khayr, innaka 'ala kulli shayy'in qadir. Tuliju l-layla fi n-nahar,
wa tuliju nahara fi l-layl,
wa tukhriju l-hayya mina l-mayyit, wa
tukhriju l-mayyita mina l-hayy, wa tarzuqu man tasha'u bi ghayri hisab.
Say: O Allah HuMa, Master of the Kingdom,
Thou givest the Kingdom to whom Thou wilt,
and seizest the Kingdom from whom Thou wilt, Thou exaltest whom Thou
wilt, and Thou abasest whom Thou wilt; in Thou hand is the good; Thou
art overt all things Powerful. Thou makest the night to enter into the
day and Thou makest the day to enter into the night, Thou bringest forth
the living from the dead and Thou bringest forth the dead from the
living, And Thou providest whomsoever Thou wilt without reckoning.
(Holy Quran S.28: V.88)…
kullu shayy’in halikun
illa Wajhahu, laHu l-Hukmu wa ilayhi turja’un.
All things perish except His Face. His is the Judgment, and unto Him you
shall be returned….
A Local Representative or Someone Who Leads
is in no way anything close to
the Greatness of the Living Murshids
They exist on this earth solely for the
purpose of Guiding Souls to their Heavenly Realities.
What are Naqshbandi Murshids
The Four Levels of Murshid
By Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
If you really love Allah, follow me and Allah will love you. (Qur’an )
The Naqshbandi shaykhs are guides to Sayedena Muhammad [S] and Allah .
Whatever Prophet gives you, take it, and whatever he prohibits, stop it.
They maintain the discipline of shari‘ah, to build you up with daily
obligations and to a level of iman and progressing to the level of Ihsan.
Genuine Murshids are of four
Guides mainly for receiving baraka and usually accomplishes that goal by
giving you an awrad and daily practices.
Guides who lift you up by taking away your bad actions and desires.
Guides who get rid of all your desires for dunya.
The highest in rank who will build you up with discipline and take you to
your station in the Divine Presence.
He is on the first level and has permission to teach you and put on your
tongue the talqin of dhikr.
He teaches you how to remember and call upon Allah, and how to follow
Allah’s orders. He gives you the first step on the road of tariqat. Like a
child whose first word is “baba,” you call on who you love first. So he
teaches you how to say “Allah” and to build that connection between your
heart and Heavens.
By recitation, you will see Allah’s signs.
If you do not see them, you haven’t reached the level of what the Murshid
is trying to show you.
He has to put on your tongue the sultan of dhikr as described in the
We revealed the Qur‘an and We are protecting it.
He will put the recitation of Qur’an and the names of Allah and the
direction to Prophet (i.e., how to recite salawat) according to your
personal necessity, to reach the presence of Sayedena Muhammad [s]. The
recitation of salawat varies from one person to another. They tell you
which names of Allah to recite and how to recite the salawat according to
your capability and necessity.
The Murshid at-Tabarruk
must have knowledge and power of all praises of Allah - whether spoken or
He must know the dhikr of every single creation that exits, both living
He also knows what your body needs to recite tasbih as every cell in your
body has a certain tasbih.
This Murshid knows which language and what kind of tasbih every creature
makes, hearing them all at once, but never do they overlap or get
He knows all the tasbihs for Muslims and non-Muslims, because their bodies
make tasbih regardless of whether his/her body and mind accept Islam.
He receives from the Prophet’s ? knowledge precise information regarding
what every living and non-living creature is doing, both in dunya and
He also knows fully about the jinn and their favors from Allah and/or
He knows precisely how every human being and jinn can attain the
satisfaction of Allah, including what actions will open the doors to reach
baraka of the presence of Sayedena Muhammad [S].
He will know what Tasbih the murid needs for his body and for his soul,
The Murshid at-Tabarruk knows the names of all humans throughout creation,
as taught to Adam , and exemplified in the verses of Qur’an, wherein Allah
asks the angels if they knew all the names of creation but they did not.
When He asked the question of Adam, he recited all the names of creation
one-by-one. As he did so, each of their spiritual forms appeared in front
of Adam. This Murshid must have inherited that power from Adam.
He must know the angels of every being in creation,
including the ones that record your good and bad actions, as well as the
ones that monitor your food intake.
He must know all the angels in service to humans.
He must even know the different shifts of angels that descend-ones that
descend ten minutes before Fajr, before Maghrib, and between Maghrib and
(Note: in previous times, the shift changed at Zuhr, but during
Grandshaykh Abdullah’s time it changed to between Asr and Maghrib).
These angels that come at shifts are expecting the murid to be
performing his prescribed awrad from this Murshid.
They expect to see the murid engaged in these practices when they
descend, in order to pass to him/her their heavenly lights and
If the murid is not so engaged in his awrad during these special times,
the angels cannot illuminate his or her heart. In fact,
murids who don’t do their awrad are like donkeys.
In return for keeping his or her daily obligations, the murid can depend
on the protection of the Murshid and is guaranteed his connection to
Sayedena Muhammad [S]. This connection must exist in order the Murshid
to pass the murid on to the second level, to the Murshid at-Tazkiyya.
This first level begins with reciting daily 5,000 times “Allah, Allah” and
reciting 500 times salawat in the prescribed fashion.
The next level is reciting daily 24,000 times “Allah, Allah” and 5,000
This is only the first level out of seventeen distinct levels of the
Grandshaykh stopped at just this first level because he said people’s
minds couldn’t carry more than that.
After all seventeen levels comes the Murshid at-Tazkiyya.
In other Naqshbandi chains other than our Golden Chain, there may be a
physically different shaykh for each of the four levels. In some cases, a
shaykh can carry two or three levels before another shaykh physically
However in the Golden Chain, the Shaykh of this time has authority and
power to govern all four levels for every murid. That is why once a person
takes bay’ at‘ in our way, they will never need another Murshid. Nowadays,
our Shaykh just wants us to realize we are incapable of doing anything of
The worse we think we are, the happier they are with us. He wants us to
know that never will our ‘amal take us anywhere, and that the only chance
we have is the intercession of our Shaykh. Therefore, we must constantly
ask for his forgiveness and mercy.
Grandshaykh Abdullah (may Allah sanctify his soul)
often reminded us of the following:
“You must always keep three nails tacked to your forehead (i.e. remember
these three rules at all times if you want to succeed in tariqat).
“If I give you a
broken shovel and tell you to dig
down until the middle of the earth to get your diamonds, you dig. You
never ask why or complain; you just dig.
“If I give you a
bucket and say ‘empty the ocean’,
don’t ask if the water will ever decrease, or argue that it is impossible to
empty the ocean with a bucket: just start scooping! The second the thought
occurs to you that the task is impossible, impractical, or useless, you failed
that test and will have to start all over again.
“If I tell the
ant her sustenance is in the West and she is in the East,
she will just start walking. The murid must be like that ant: do not use your
mind to understand how you will get your sustenance, just go! If you die trying,
you die, you surrender.”
The most important instruction is, if one completes these three actions
consistently, Allah will send the angel
Reeha Sibah, who will carry
the murid to the Divine Presence! He will do this for us because we obeyed
Allah by obeying our Shaykh, and His Mercy is Infinite and He may do as He
pleases. We will reach the Divine Stations not because of our ‘amal,
worship, or any sacrifice, but because of our level of surrender.
Upon hearing this, a murid asked, “Why
then strive in worship?” The
Shaykh will take each of his followers into the Divine Presence at some
but only the ones who strive in Allah’s Way will actually see and hear in
For the special ones who fulfill their obligations, visions and sounds
will open for them. You must never try to be proud of completing your
obligations, no. Realize it is worth nothing, but offer them obediently
and humbly, knowing that without your Shaykh you are a loser.
The second category is Murshid at-Tazkiyya.
He guides you in a cleansing process called tazkiyat an-nafs.
How does one clean one’s self? What kind of struggle must one go through in
order to achieve control over one’s desires?
The Prophet described this struggle,
al-jihad an-nafs, as the
jihad al-akbar in this Hadith:
We returned from the jihad al-asghar to the jihad al-akbar. ”His companions
asked him, “What is the jihad al-akbar?” meaning, “What could be greater
than fighting against unbelief, in the way of God and expecting to die at
any moment?” He replied, “The jihad al-nafs.”
It is very difficult to fight one’s self. It is easy to fight one’s enemy
because you know he is your enemy,
but your self will never tell you it is your enemy.
The Prophet [s] said:
Whoever guarantees whatever is between his two jaws and his two legs,
I will guarantee him paradise.
Desire is whatever comes and goes from the mouth and whatever proceeds from
sexual desire, shahwat al-haraam. Jihad an-nafs brings control of such
Your self will never allow you to control it. It is always in a fight with
The tongue always desires the best food. In struggling with the self, first
is the desire for food.
You want the best kind of food, always seeking more types of food. If you
have ten, you want twelve. Always the eyes are hungry!
The Prophet [S], along with the sahaba, most frequently ate leftover sauces of
meat, without any meat. They dipped the bread in the sauce, considered it a
great meal, and they were happy, Alhamdulillah. Nowadays, oh! We want so
many foods, shipped from other countries, to make exotic dishes of every
kind! So, at this level, prohibiting your tongue from eating what is
forbidden and even from overeating, is essential. Backbiting, lying,
spreading mischief and planning conspiracies - all this is through the
tongue and must be avoided as it is from shaytan. Anyone indulging in these
practices becomes like a peacock ‑ arrogant. Pharaoh became so arrogant,
saying, “I am your Lord most high.” He did not see anyone higher than
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya destroys these desires. How?
By showing how to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet [S].
Everyone has these four enemies attached to him, without exception. The
Murshid teaches you to struggle with these enemies by following the sunnah
of Prophet Muhammad [S].
In addition, the Murshid at-Tazkiyya has complete knowledge of the four
Islamic schools of thought.
He must know the biographies and all the legal rulings, scholarly opinions
and religious teachings of Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi‘i, and
Imam Ahmed. In order to guide the murid, this level of Murshid has
complete spiritual access to all that these four legendary imams brought,
and is he able to follow them without any mistake, or else he cannot guide
All the qualities of a Murshid at-Tabarruk must be held by a Murshid
at-Tazkiyya and on top of that he must have knowledge of the four schools
of thought, and he must possess an ijaza.
Present-day institutions ignore this tradition by awarding PhDs. From the
beginning of Islam until thirty to forty years ago, there was no PhD,
there was only ijaza - permission. The Shaykh acknowledges the student has
completed their studies under his tutelage, and authorizes them to teach.
The Shaykh must receive his ijaza from a previous shaykh, going back in a
chain that reaches to one of the four imams.
This system has been completely destroyed within the past fifty years. Now
Islam is studied in university systems which have no relationship with how
Islam has been taught for fourteen centuries. That is why today’s scholars
have no light, but only interest in wealth and titles in which previously
scholars had no interest whatsoever. Scholars of the past sat in the
mosque’s corners, teaching their students the love, the moderation, and
blessing of Islam. These days some scholars are teaching how to fast, how
to create disasters, cutting and pasting from Qur’an and Hadith, teaching
their students to spread confusion. Why are Muslims not successful?
Because they are very far from their religion. People like us, we are not
leaders, and we are not presidents. We cannot bring change. Those who can
make a change are far from Islam; they are Muslim by name alone.
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya begins with
la ilaha ill-Allah.
the Prophet bring first La ilaha ill-Allah. When that kalimat is established
in the self, how can the four enemies attack you? When you believe in that,
and hold firm belief in Akhira, you cannot commit any wrong. We say it only
by tongue, but not by action. If we say it in truth with our tongues and our
actions, Allah and his Prophet will support us.
Don’t think we will not face difficulties. Did the
Prophet [S] suffer from his
people? He said:
No prophet was harmed by his people, as I was harmed by my people. He was
the best of messengers, but Allah sent him difficulties to observe his
constitution and consistency. Therefore la ilaha ill-Allah was only
established with the Prophet, as he was the perfect one to carry it. If one
of today’s scholars was to lift one foot from the earth and fly, he would
become so arrogant, and people will begin to worship him.
The Prophet [S] went into Isra and Mi’raj. In a physical body built according
to the laws of this world, he traveled against the laws of this world, to
Heaven and back, and he was never arrogant. He was the simplest person. He
never raised his head. Now if someone is lifted not even off the ground, but
just onto a chair, he becomes so arrogant that he will not even accept the
visitor who knocks on his door.
Don’t refuse to open your door!
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya is the one running after Allah. Allah sends to him
sincere servants, running to sit with him.
The first thing he teaches is
la ilaha ill-Allah, to establish
perfect tawhid in his followers.
When that is established, then they can say “Allah, Allah”.
At that time they see the signs of Allah everywhere. [Signs
of Allah is Sayedena Muhammad (s)
Then they can bear witness: ash-hadu alla ilaha ill-Allah wa ash-hadu anna
Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasuluh.
That is when they make true shahada.
His job is to put on your tongues isma al-jalala, “Allah, Allah” at least
24,000 times. Some might say that will take all day. Try it tomorrow, and
tell me how long it takes. It does not take longer than one hour, but more
likely half an hour.
And after that say 5000 salawat on the Prophet. That
takes half an hour. So the total for both is one hour!
In 1996 my shaykh, Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani (may Allah sanctify his
soul) ordered me into seclusion for forty days in a mosque in Turkey. He
said, “Every day do at least 48,000 “Allah, Allah” and 24,000 salawat and
ten juz of Qur’an. If you finish this, you can go up to 124,000 times
“Allah, Allah” and 48,000 salawat and twenty juz. If you finish that,
recite the entire Qur’an and 700,000 “Allah, Allah” and 240,000 salawat.”
It was tiring. Although I never completed the daily reading of thirty juz
of Qur’an, I did reach 700,000 “Allah, Allah”, 48,000 salawat and fifteen
juz. This was in addition to all other awrad.
That is Murshid at-Tazkiyya. When they say, “Do it”, they send support.
When you are walking in His Way, He comes towards you. It is a Qudsi
hadith, “If you come to Allah the span of one hand, He comes to you the
span of ten hands, and if you come to Him walking, He comes to you
running.” It means Allah sends His support, His power, as long as you show
If we show progress, Allah will send support. May Allah send us His
A Murshid at-Tazkiyya has
acquired all the characteristics of a
Murshid at-Tabarruk. He has the
method, the way, and has inherited the secret from the Prophet [s] to
perform a cleansing process on his followers through the disciple’s
struggle with his or her inner self.
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya must be someone who always keeps the sunnah and
the shari’ah of the Prophet in the highest way,
He is aware of any thought that comes to his mind that does not coincide
with the four schools of thought, and he prevents it, as he has been
raised to the station that his entire heart and mind are directed by the
four schools of thought, following the sunnah of the Prophet.
He has been granted the permission to instruct and guide his followers to
call upon their Lord in tahlil twenty-four thousand times and by saying
twenty-four thousand “Allah, Allah” and saying salawat five thousand times.
When they say “Allah”, the heart and tongue will work together, like the
combination of the body and soul, the combination of spirit and mind,
using the physical form and the spiritual form, combining these two
elements to make them seekers in the divine way.
Every time a murid says “Allah” his heart rhythm and his tongue rhythm go
together, flying to the Divine Presence.
Until today, murids of the Naqshbandi tariqat are the beginners, so they
are in the first stage. At that stage they cannot see that kind of
enlightenment opening in front of them.
Only under the care of the Murshid at-Tazkiyya will the mubtadi‘ move to
the stage of musta‘i, in which the Shaykh will put on his tongue the dhikr
that will lift him or her to the Divine Presence.
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya can call upon any Naqshbandi Shaykh, alive or
When he calls on them, that shaykh
will be immediately present through the spiritual power of the Murshid
at-Tazkiyya. How many shaykhs
have reached the level of sainthood through the Naqshbandi tariqat?
Whichever one the Murshid at-Tazkiyya calls, living or non-living, they
must appear and fulfill whatever need he has.
From the power Allah has given to the Prophet , he in turn grants to the
Murshid at-Tazkiyya, for that Murshid to know all awliya-ullah in every
century, by name and by spirit.
Further, he has a relationship with them, because he needs them and they
He must know the extent of their knowledge, and from what fountains of
knowledge they are quenching their thirst.
At any specific moment, he must know what knowledge that wali is
receiving, and for what hikmat and purpose they are receiving it.
In addition, he must know every wali among them, and from which prophet he
inherits his secrets, for each wali is on the footsteps of one of the one
hundred twenty-four thousand anbiya, according to the hadith al-‘ulama
warith at-al anbiya.
Another specialty of Murshid at-Tazkiyya is that he is constantly aware of
the attacks by the four enemies on each of his followers.
Allah grants him a power to be with each of his murids, to ascertain which
of the four enemies are attacking and tricking them.
At that time,
he will grab the enemies and prevent them from attacking his
In his company, his followers will reach the station of zahid in this
They become devoted purely to building up a perfect and ideal society,
community and nation, in which no one discriminates against any of Allah’s
Whenever any of his followers has a feeling of laziness, tiredness,
regret, depression or any other negative condition, with one word Murshid
at-Tazkiyya can remove that condition and make that murid to feel relaxed.
That is why when sitting with Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, it removes all burdens
due to that attraction coming from his eyes.
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya must build up his followers to keep the highest
level of the shari’ah and the sunnah of the Prophet [S]. That means in
addition to the obligations, the Shaykh will push his murid to carry many
voluntary forms of worship. An example is a rukhsa - you have wudu and
keep it until the next prayer time. You don’t renew the wudu at that time.
But the second level of adheema is to make wudu at each prayer time; the
higher level is to make ghusl at each prayer time.
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya must hold the power to give the murid real
In my experience, many people come and say, “I saw a Shaykh in my dream.
He looked like this (describing him) and gave me an item from Sayedena
Muhammad .” Later, they encounter the Shaykh physically, or they see his
photo on the Internet, or they see a murid of the Shaykh in a dream when
they did not know him.
Then they meet that Shaykh later, and realize they previously met him in
the dream. The Murshid can reach anyone in the world through dreams and
visions. People can become followers through dreams and visions, devoted
to follow the way of ahl as-sunnah wal-jama‘at at the highest level, even
taking orders from the Shaykh through dreams and visions. Such is the
power of the Murshid at-Tazkiyya.
At that time, the Murshid at-Tazkiyya will give the follower yaqaza, and
to keep his breaths, any breath ‑ either exhaled or inhaled ‑ must be done
with observation that at any moment,
Allah can stop the murid from inhaling or exhaling.
This means that in every second, with the baraka of the Murshid which he
takes from the Prophet [S], the murid will remember his Lord with every
Now for many of us, breathing is something the body does automatically
without our awareness. We talk
and we are breathing, unaware. We don’t remember it. When we dive in the
sea, then we remember, to go up to the surface and take a breath of air.
The Murshid at-Tazkiyya will make the murid aware that at every moment he
or she is submerged in an ocean, that the energy they take in or put out,
[Body Mind Soul Meditations]
They then remember on every breath to say “Allah, Allah” when exhaling and
inhaling, and remembering Allah through His attributes,
“Hu, Hu, Hu” or through His
other names, depending on the time of day and condition.
Each inhalation and each exhalation is with one name of Allah.
With every inhalation there are
ten angels accompanying that breath, and ten with every exhalation.
Each angel is created with a different light from Allah’s Lights.
Grandshaykh said that nine-tenths of that Light is from Sayedena Muhammad
[S] and one-tenth is from the Light of creation.
We cannot be from Allah’s Light; that is impossible.
We are servants of Allah and cannot share in His Light.
Each inhalation and exhalation is with nine-tenths of the Light of Prophet
and one-tenth from bahr al-qudra.
The awliya say that human beings have twenty-four thousand breaths in
Every inhalation and exhalation must be with dhikr-ullah. Only the
Murshid at-Tazkiyya can put that on your tongue.
Each breath is on dhikr-ullah, but you are heedless of it. If you reach a
higher level, you will have awareness of each breath. Once you reach the level
that you are aware of the twenty-four thousand breaths, the
Murshid will increase that awareness to seven hundred thousand times per
That is called the power of ta’i al-Lisan.
They expand time in order to allow you to call upon your Lord seven
hundred thousand times, by stretching time, without making that time
bigger, but by increasing it with the power of the tongue, just as Allah
can make the entire world go through the eye of the needle without making
the world smaller or the needle larger.
That is from haqiqat at-ta’i- one of the 6 realities in the human being.
The reality of shrinking distance is within the human heart.
For one who has reached this level, they only need to
say “bismillah ir-rahman ir-raheem” and can be at any location on earth
within an instant.
How do they do that? Now you move with your physical body. The body is
restricted with the laws of physics of the world, gravity, etc.
When you move, you move with that ability. You use a vehicle, such as a
car, which has physical power to carry you.
To go faster you use an airplane. It has a more powerful engine that
carries you. So why are we not stunned, when we can fly a distance that,
for example, a century ago it took three years to reach, say from China to
Mecca? If at that time you said, “Something will one day carry you in the
air,” people would have laughed at you. So awliya-ullah found a more
powerful energy that can carry you: the energy of the spirit.
The car and the plane use fuel
from deep within the earth. It was secluded by itself and it became
energy, whereas it had previously been something else, and Allah
knows what. Spirit is related to heaven. So Allah knows what kind of
energy that contains.
When awliya want to move, they take the body and put it in the spirit and
then move with the speed of the spirit. Then when they arrive, they take
the body out of the spirit and the spirit enters the body. Why can we
accept that with an airplane, but not with the body and spirit? That
requires a foundation of belief in the unseen. Awliya use that same power
to shrink distances.
Energy can carry anything. To lift a two-ton block of iron, you bring a
crane, and with a small engine it can lift it. Why do we look at that
power of the spirit as non-functional? You can make use of it, by using
the power developed by saints.
Ta’i al-lisan is similar to ta’i al-makan. If you want to make dhikr
twenty-four thousand times, you can by repeating “Allah, Allah” with every
exhalation and inhalation. If you want to make dhikr on beads, you can
reach, for example, two hundred thousand recitations by normal tongue.
But to go to seven hundred thousand times you need ta’i al-lisan.
Murshid at-Tazkiyya’s power, which he receives from the Prophet [S], he can
make you to say “Allah, Allah” seven hundred thousand times in one hour;
for some murids in a half hour; for some in fifteen minutes, and for some
in one minute.
How is that possible?
How can the tongue achieve that?
Under the tongue, Allah created an artery that goes directly to the heart.
If the darkness, by means of the murids progress in following the
murshid’s orders, is removed from the tongue and the heart, you become
nurani, and at that time you are no longer the body, or the tongue, but
you are using the Light, which relates to the heavens. Anything related to
heavens can do anything; nothing is impossible, there are no limits.
People’s minds relate to the earthly world.
But when people become
nuriyaaniyoon, this is the meaning of the Qudsi hadith:
Neither heavens nor earth can contain Me, but the heart of my believing
servant. The heart in that state can perform miracles. That heart can
reach seven million times “Allah, Allah”, even seventy million times. That
is all granted to every human being, if he wants to follow awliya-ullah.
My saints are under my domes; no one knows them except me. ?
Murshid at-Tasfiyya is the third level of Murshid, above the levels of
Murshid at-Tazkiyyat and Murshid at-Tabarruk. Murshid at-Tabarruk is the
first level of sainthood in the Naqshbandi Sufi order. The second level,
Murshid at-Tazkiyyat, must include all the aspects of Murshid at-Tabarruk
and similarly Murshid at-Tasfiyya carries all that Murshid at-Tazkiyyat
and Murshid at-Tabarruk carry. All the characteristics of the preceding
levels will be reflected on that Murshid at-Tasfiyya.
Murshid at-Tabarruk and Murshid at-Tasfiyya have no interest in this
They are zahid. It is enough for them to eat a little, drink a little, and
their life consists of worship and guiding people.
Murshid at-Tasfiyya is zahid fid-dunya as well as zahid fil-akhira. That means for him paradise
is not his goal. Many people ask for everlasting paradise, jannat al-khuld.
However paradise is not the goal of awliya-ullah; they must be ascetic.
Their only goal is their Creator.
Whatever is other than Allah means nothing to them - maa siwallah.
Everything that Allah has created is maa siwahu. Allah is the Creator and everything else is His creation.
Awliya-ullah at that level are not interested in acquiring anything that
Allah created. Their love is only for Him, and for them akhira is no
different than dunya. For us, akhira is our hope and our goal. For them
Allah is their hope and their goal.
The Prophet said:
After people have been judged and sent to paradise and the fire, Allah
will appear to some of the people of paradise [He will reveal Himself,
The hope of these awliya is only Allah - nothing else. His
entire focus through his heart cannot be to other than Allah [Aza waJal]. If for one
instant his Light went to other than Allah, he will be completely removed
from the Divine Presence.
And if Allah [Aza waJal] reveals to that wali anything of
the unseen high levels, stages, states and knowledge, he must not look at
He must keep his concentration focused to reach the door of His Lord.
One of these great murshids, Bayazid al-Bistami, who is higher than that
level, was looking forward never looking back to right or left. He reached
a level where he heard voices coming from the Divine Presence. He said, “O
my Lord, open for me Your door. This is my hope, my ‘ishq. Open for me
Your door.” And he heard a voice:
“O Bayazid. My door cannot be opened until you become a servant to My
servants, mazballatan lil‘ibad for other creation ‑ a dump for their
garbage. Then I will open for you My door.”
Grandshaykh was not asked to be a garbage can to himself, rather, to be a
garbage can to the lowest person he meets. You can be a garbage can to
your father, your mother, your wife, your brother or your friend, but to a
stranger that you do not know? And I am sure that no one accepts to be a
garbage can to his father or mother. He does not even agree that he is
garbage. He thinks he has the best mind and everyone else is dumb, an
Even these children running around think they are higher than adults in
intelligence. They want to teach us! We will not go into that story, but
it means to carry the burdens of my servants. Why did Sayyidina Muhammad
come as a “mercy for mankind”?
Because he carried the burden of his ummah.
Wa innaka la‘ala khuluqin ‘adheem. “You are of a higher character.” That
is the best character. When Prophet Muhammad [S] was harmed he did not
retaliate, but when he had the power to retaliate and he did not and
rather he forgave,
wa innaka la‘ala khuluqin ‘adheema, he is the most
humble. He is the highest, but he shows himself the lowest.
Now today’s people mistakenly say, ana basharan mithlukum, that the
Prophet [S] was only body, flesh and soul. The fact is, Allah made him the
highest and yet the Prophet made himself on the same level with anyone.
While being the greatest of mankind, he lowered his head, and he did not
raise it. Do you carry the burdens of each other? No. So following the way
of awliya-ullah, when he went through all those burdens, Shaykh Bayazid
al-Bistami asked Allah [Aza waJal], “Make my body as big as hell, so that no one
will go to hell but me.” And he was sincere in his du’a. He was one
hundred percent sincere in that appeal.
The Murshid at-Tasfiyya’s only
goal is Allah:
ilahi anta maqsoodi wa rida’ ka matlubi.
When the door is opened to the Murshid at-Tasfiyya, at that time Allah
will reveal to him
everything written on the lawh al-mahfoudh.
Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet,
it was moved from lawh al-mahfoudh to
When a Murshid reaches that level, he will be able to know
the secrets of the Qur’an that were revealed to the Prophet. “Tasfiyya”
means to give up everything. An example is, when a store has a clearance
or going-out-of-business sale, and all items in the store are liquidated.
When a true servant of Allah reaches that level, Allah [Aza waJal] will open
everything to him or her.
He gives such servants power to attract their
followers without saying one word - only through the jazbat, attraction of
There are many awliya today living and many that have passed away. People
go to their burial places and feel their jazbat. The same can occur with
living awliya, who can pull you to them without doing anything, for that
power is granted from Allah through the Prophet, and is in their hearts.
Allah [Aza waJal] gave that murshid a specialty to look at his followers. Every
servant has been molded, when he or she was born into this world and his
parents raised him. They have been molded with eight hundred thousand
different bad manners that cannot be counted! You cannot count eight
hundred thousand bad manners, can you? Of course not.
There are eight hundred thousand spiritual points located throughout the
physical body, each of which has bad characteristics of the self, the bad
desire of the ego.
Presently, traditional and alternative medicine practitioners recognize
the physical body has three hundred sixty healing points.
But in reality,
there are eight hundred thousand spiritual pressure points through which
awliya-ullah clean our bad characteristics.
Without cleaning you of these eight hundred thousand points, before anyone
can be presented to and experience the
spirituality of Sayyidina Muhammad
or communicate with his heart, even the
Murshid at-Tasfiyya was granted the power to clean the eight
hundred thousand bad characteristics. Seven hundred forbidden actions lead
you to eight hundred thousand forms of bad character, and awliya-ullah are
able to pull them away.
By tongue you cannot classify these characteristics. The Murshid
at-Tasfiyya pulls out those bad characteristics like a sieve, sifting the
grain until only the clean grains (good characteristics) can pass through.
Furthermore, Allah made the Murshid at-Tasfiyya to always be present with
saints that have passed away from this physical world, as well as those
who are living in this world.
All saints are connected with him at all times,
feeding him what they have and what they are doing, as
he is one of the highest.
He is able to look at his
murid twelve thousand times a day.
Every time he looks at his murid he sends wisdom to him, advice to do goodness.
Don’t think that is too much!
They are rare, like diamonds.
Some Muslims, particularly those who were raised in the U.S., know nothing
about awliya-ullah or about karamat. Most unfortunately, a majority of
Muslims around the world have been brainwashed against the true Islamic
heritage and traditional Islamic teachings and practices by the Wahhabi
doctrine. May Allah protect us from that kind of ideology or mentality!
Such is the power and scope of knowledge of the Murshid at-Tasfiyya, that
from every word of the Holy Qur’an, the lowest he can extract are
meanings. Sa-usleehi saqar. La-wahatan lilbashr. ‘Alayha tis‘at ‘ashr.
“Soon we will we cast him into hellfire. Over it are nineteen.
And we have
set none but angels that are guardians of the fire.” These nineteen are
special angels, guardians of the fire.
They are huge and immensely strong.
The Murshid at-Tasfiyya also holds the key to a personal miracle for each murid.
For every murid there is a secret in the Qur’an,
mentioned as wa laa yaabis wa laa ratbin illa fee
The Murshid knows which of the words of Qur’an are
designed to stop you from falling into darkness and being thrown into the
hellfire, guarded by nineteen angels. He gives you that awrad to recite
The Murshid at-Tasfiyya knows the awrad that is custom designed for you;
for this reason you need a wali. If someone puts together a
wird made from
the wrong codes, it will not be effective.
The Murshid at-Tasfiyya can put together from Qur’ an and hadith an-nabi
recitations to clean you from your personal bad characteristics that will
lead you to hellfire if they are not removed.
There are five hundred ma‘muraat and eight hundred forbidden actions.
The Murshid at-Tasfiyya will guide you to the five hundred orders and
guide you to avoid falling into the eight hundred forbidden actions, all
by that single word he assigns you to recite from the Holy Qur’an; for
each individual a different word.
Another characteristic that Allah gave the Murshid at-Tasfiyya: by his
observing this universe he will pull out from
each planet thirty-five
different signs of the Oneness of Allah [Aza waJal].
From any planet he looks at
with his spiritual vision,
he will derive thirty-five spiritual signs of
Further, he can plant these different signs into the five levels of the
heart - qalb, sirr, sirr-as-sirr, khafa, and akhfa.
When you say la ilaha ill-Allah - it’s recitation will take you by tongue
and by heart, qawlan wa fi‘lan, where you will be made to observe the
oneness of Allah [Aza waJal].
Allah gave the Murshid at-Tasfiyya this miraculous power of
vision that is stronger than the vision of his physical eyes.
The Qutb of that time will be under his authority.
Allah gives the Murshid at-Tasfiyya the power to recite on every outgoing
breath and in each inhaling breath seven hundred thousand times “Allah,
He possesses ‘ilm al-yaqeen, ‘ayn al-yaqeen, Haqq al-yaqeen, and
la rayba feeh.
All that we have just described of the Murshid at-Tasfiyya is a mere
glimpse of his station and powers.
The highest level of Irshad for the scholars guiding the ummah is Murshid
“al-‘ulama warithat al-anbiya.” All the knowledge of the Awliya is but a
drop in the Ocean of the knowledge of the Prophet, which he opened to all
Awliya. From beginning to end that is but a drop in the Ocean, so imagine
then what Allah [Aza waJal] gave to the Prophet [S].
This series is about the Awliya of the Naqshbandi Sufi order. Those who
have the chance to associate with them have the chance to benefit from
them. Those who have no such chance or have not taken bay’at‘ with one
such master have lost that chance.
Once Grandshaykh Sharafuddin was discussing what the Awliya send. At this
association were thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of murids in
his association. One night they were sitting and a stranger came. Shaykh
Sharafuddin was looking at his heart and observed that person had no
chance to benefit from the high teachings normally coming in that
To prevent that association from dropping in levels and in order to keep
it at a high level, he said, “O my son. I was thinking about you.” He
didn’t want to waste the time of the murids by speaking at a lower level
or by getting questions, etc. which interrupt the flow. Shaykh Sharafuddin
had a jubba gifted to him by Sultan Abdul Hamid. That jubba was
decorated with seven hundred thousand gold coins, fully decorated with
threads, etc. He wanted to show his murids that he had no attachment to it
compared to the value of that association, and he gave that jubba to that
stranger. That stranger was overjoyed, and at the same worried that the
shaykh would take it back, so he left quickly.
That is why such lectures
are only for the followers of ahl as-sunnah wal-jama‘at who are holding
fast to every sunnah and understanding spiritual realities.
We previously described three kinds of murshid: tabarruk, tazkiyya, and
These three different levels can be in any tariqat. The murshid of any tariqat can reach these three levels.
But the Murshid at-Tarbiyya level is only found in the Naqshbandi
Allah has granted that to the Naqshbandi tariqat. Whatever levels those
mashaykh of other tariqats reach, they reach only to the level of Murshid
But those who are Naqshbandi and have reached the level of tarbiyya have
already passed the preceding three levels.
Murshid at-Tarbiyya, the guide who raises up murids, in order to reach
that level he has reached the
level of absolute ijtihad, al-ijtihad
Not only in shari’ah, but in haqiqat. That is similar in Arabic,
al-shamila, to the power of attorney.
There is a general power of attorney with specific power, and more
broadly, there is a complete power of attorney. And above that, in our
Arabic tradition, there is wakalat shamila kamilat mutlaqa: general,
complete and un-terminated power of attorney.
In Islam, the Divine Law we follow, the shari‘ah, addresses life’s
circumstances in broad, open-minded ways. We can separate and later
divorce without ever returning to our spouse, without speaking with him or
her. We can marry a person who is in absentia (not present), and join that
spouse at a later time.
So that Murshid at-Tarbiyya is given the general, complete and unterminated power of making juristic decisions, as well as decisions in
realities. It is these murshids about whom
Allah said, rijaalun sadaqu ma
they are given the full trust of Allah.
Grandshaykh, may Allah sanctify his soul, said there are nine awliya whose
du’a Allah will accept and change whatever they ask from the lawh al-mahfoudh.
Mujtahid mutlaq in shari‘ah and haqiqat.
When Grandshaykh was asked by his Grandshaykh, Shaykh Sharafuddin, to
accept that level of irshad by his shaykh, he said, “If you are asking I
am saying no.” Shaykh Sharafuddin said, “It is an order from the Prophet
[S].” Grandshaykh said,
“If it is an order, ala raasee wal-ayn. But if it is
being given, then I don’t accept that responsibility.
I don’t accept but
on one condition.” That night in the gathering of Awliya in majlis
an-nabi, Grandshaykh Sharafuddin discussed this situation with the Prophet
[S]. “He is not accepting, except with a condition.” Prophet said, “Ask that
condition.” The next day he went to his murid, and following the order of
the Prophet, Shaykh Sharafuddin asked Shaykh Abdullah what was his
condition. Shaykh Abdullah answered, “In this time there is too much
darkness, ignorance, lies, deceit, poison, and cheating. In this kind of
ignorance present today, it does not take one year or fifteen years or one
hundred years to reach any level of achievement in spirituality.
happy in my majlis. But as soon as they walk out the door, the bad desires
will bring them down. So why waste my time, when it’s better to do my
awrad by myself.” Shaykh Sharafuddin said, “So what do you want?”
Shaykh Abdullah said,
“I want a grant from the Prophet [S] that whoever sits
in my gathering, listening to my talks, without doing anything on his own
behalf, I am asking permission to raise him to my level. Not only that, if
I speak of any wali in my gathering, whichever wali I mention, I want my
murids to be granted the level of that wali.
Otherwise I don’t need it.”
You see the level of Murshid at-Tarbiyya? He knows we are not going to
achieve anything on our own. Like a father with his child, he carries the
whole responsibility. Even if they are grown up and running in the
streets, parents will do the best for their child.
Grandshaykh Sharafuddin said, “I will ask.”
In the diwan al-awliya Shaykh Sharafuddin said, “Abdullah Effendim is
putting these conditions.”
The Prophet [S] said, ana raadi, anaa raadi, ana raadi - “I accept! I
accept! I accept!” with his hand on his heart. And he added, “Not one wali
has previously asked me that for his murids.”[That
is Why Naqshbandi Dawah is So Important, just for them to sit in an association
The Sultan AlAwliya will carry all those Present to that reality ]
That means the Prophet [S] is not waiting for us to progress in tariqat, as
he knows we cannot do anything in this time. We are mujtahidin mutlaq,
which means no one can deduce a juristic ruling from shari‘ah or haqiqat
except the Murshid at-Tarbiyya; he is the highest.
On top of that power,
he must have gone deep enough and obtained the realities and certainties,
and authenticated all the knowledge and confirmed/verified all the
knowledge that is in ‘ilm al-yaqeen, ‘ayn al-yaqeen and haqq al-yaqeen.
This level of Murshid is similar to digital channels as we now have,
multiplexed from one satellite, signals that can be seen and heard
simultaneously, and not imagined but rather reality, with complete
The Murshid at-Tarbiyya does not experience imagination or
illusion, but actually lives in that time or place, possessing the
ultimate capacities of hearing and sight.
The Murshid is present in all these realities as if he is living in the
past, the present and even the future, up to Judgment Day. Allah [Aza
him the five different elements of Irshad:
Allah’s care (inayatullah)
The Prophet’s care, vision and support (inayat an-nabi)
The preceding guides’ care and vision (inayatanmin al-murshideen al-‘idham)
His grandshaykh’s care (inayat al-murshid)
The care and vision of the two angels on right and left shoulders (inayat
The murshid is allowed to know every detail of the Day of Promises, when
the souls were asked, “Am I not your Lord?”
They said, “Yes.”
Allah asked the spirits “Who am I and who are you?”
The spirits replied, “You are our Lord and we are your servants.” At that
time Allah planned every thing that every person must do in his life in
That was in ‘alam al-meethaaq - the World of Promises. At that time,
Murshid at-Tarbiyya was there and knew it by details and when he came to
the dunya still remembered that day and its details.
How many Murshid at-Tarbiyya came since the time of the Prophet up to
Allah gave him the knowledge of all awliya-ullah, from the time of
Sayyidina Adam up to Judgment Day, with their names and their knowledge.
This is a key specialty of Murshid at-Tarbiyya.
The shaykhs are inheritors of prophets. Not these scholars of today - they
are juhala - ignoramuses. ‘Ulama are pious and sincere, possessing
knowledge of both ‘ilm ash-shari‘ah (law) and ‘ilm al-haqiqat
Another characteristic given to Murshid at-Tarbiyya by Allah is that
whatever changes occur on the Preserved Tablet, he knows about it.
the twenty-four thousand breaths of each murid, that murshid will know his
murid’s state and stations for each of these breaths.
The metabolism, breathing, chemistry levels, nervous reactions, and the
smallest capillaries, he is aware of each and every change in them.
If you put the capillaries (that are smaller than a single hair) in line,
they reach from earth to the moon. There are three trillion cells in the
The Murshid at-Tarbiyya is aware of all of them. All this
information, ability and power is coming from a drop of the Prophet’s
People are now playing in this dunya. That is why when they become aware
of these realities they abandon their concern for this dunya. Only one
dive into this Reality Ocean is enough happiness for them, in this life
and in the Eternal Life.
Murshid at-Tarbiyya has to know the sustenance of his murid, the knowledge
of his murid in dunya, and the conditions of the murid’s body from the day
of his creation until the Day of Judgment.
He must know every Arabic letter, that has existed on the lawh al-mahfoudh,
because it is lughat ahl al-jannat. Whatever is written there, he must
know how many letters have been written from beginning to end. Not the
twenty-seven letters of the alphabet, rather each letter as it appears in
the lawh al-mahfoudh, one by one, is considered an individual letter.
Bihurmat al habeeb wa bi hurmat al-Fatiha. For the sake of the Beloved,
for his sake we recite the Opening Chapter of Qur‘an.