Secrets of Whirling and Black Robes
from the light we come and
to the light we shall return
inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
"To God we belong and to Him is our return." (2:156)
36:22 And why should I not
worship He who created me
and to whom you will be
from The Teaching of Mawlana
Shaykh Hisham al Kabbani
Have Been Given a Two Way- Ticket back to Paradise
Mawlana Shaykh’s teaching every ending is actually a new beginning, like a circle. When you
complete one cycle, you start a new cycle, or when you learn one knowledge,
there is always new knowledge to learn, and the most important point for us
to understand in spirituality is that you came from somewhere before this
physical existence and you are going somewhere after this existence.
inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
God we belong and to Him is our return." (2:156) In this material world we are being tested by what we call satan or evilness, and the Divine is saying to you “seek refuge in Me from that one, for he is your fiercest enemy.” That evilness, whether we call it Satan, or El-Diablo, or just “negative energy”, it exists everywhere. All you need to do is turn on the news for proof of that. And that evilness doesn’t approach you in a straightforward manner with horns and a tail because in a proper state of mind you would never accept to follow that. So instead, that negative energy becomes a very subtle energy that’s constantly bombarding the heart with bad inspirations and bad thoughts, and doing its best to block your connection to the Divine Presence, like a storm cloud that blocks the satellite reception. If that signal is blocked then you become blind and everything you do becomes filled with tremendous difficulty.
Negativity knows that there is a
tremendous light shining from the heart. If evilness approaches too directly
it will be exposed and burned by that light. That is why they say “evilness
lurks in the shadows.” So Evilness attacks with subtlety, with whispers and
gossips. He comes and whispers into the heart, saying
“you came from nowhere and you’re going nowhere!”
He gives you that mantra – like we have our mantras, and all
spiritual people have mantras and Holy recitations –
satan gives people a mantra that comes against the Divine Presence
without them being consciously aware of it. He gives them the mantra that
“you came from nowhere and you’re going nowhere!” and they repeat it
throughout their lives until one day they decide that when they die they
want to burn themselves. May God forgive us -
Negativity is the one from fire! So
who is inspiring people to burn themselves?
We are a Reflection in This World
are an honoured creation deserving an honoured and peaceful death, because
death is like a state of sleep. If someone lit a match under your foot while
you were sleeping you would wake up screaming - imagine feeling your whole
body being burned. But people repeated his mantra until it penetrated deep
into their consciousness, and they forgot that
death is not the end. So we must be endlessly
thankful to the Divine for granting us to be under the guidance of Saints,
because they are not blind. They know all of the subtle ways that satan uses
to attack people and influence them in the wrong direction, and with that
knowledge they are able to guide us out of difficulties. Mawlana is teaching
us that Negativity is constantly whispering and inspiring us towards the belief
that he wants us to have, saying “you came from nowhere and you are going
But spiritual guides are
teaching us that you have an existence in the world of light first! If
you didn’t exist in the world of light you could not exist here. The Divine
is like the nucleus of an atom, powering that atom, and we are like
electrons seeking to collide with the Divine Presence, but there is no
permission for that so we begin to spin around it seeking a means to
approach. It shows us that we are all connected to the center, to that
source of power, and then the Divine gives us a sign that we are
connected which is our bellybutton. With a little bit of
contemplation we begin to see just how deep
Negativity has penetrated into the
heart, because that reality goes beyond the concept of life and death. It
can even impact something as basic as the concept of day and night, because
the next level of attack is for that evilness to
come and teach you that your life begins with the day and ends with night;
constantly reinforcing the notion that you exist and then you die and that
is it. It is so subtle that most people never see it.
/ Negativity is very consistent in his
approach – he has to get you to bite on every level, no matter how small or
insignificant, because these are all subconscious attacks on your faith. So
that evilness makes everyone to think that their existence is during the day
and it ends at night when it becomes dark.
7:25 He said: "Therein shall ye live, and therein shall ye die;
but from it shall ye be taken out (at last)."
7:27 O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as
He got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to
expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye
cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without
The day actually starts at Maghreb (sunset) Layl and
it never ends.
It is just a different
manifestation.” The night is actually the birth of a new day, which is why
Thursday night is known as the “Night of Power” for Sufis, because Thursday
night is actually the birth of Jummah/Friday, which is the holiest
day of the week. So every day is a new birth, and that is why the fajr
prayer at sunrise is the most powerful prayer of the day.
7:172 When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins
- their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying):
"Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea!
We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment:
"Of this we were never mindful":
Night is symbolic of our existence in the Heavenly Kingdom [symbolized by
the color black like mankind's shadow]. The
Day is our manifestation in the World of Form. Allah always mentions Night
and Then Day to give importance and superiority of the night to the day. Our
souls base is in heavens then the creation of the form in the material
world. All Holly
Events are at Night Isra wal
Miraj Night of
Power Night of
Blessings Blackness of the night
represents , the returning and union with our Heavenly Reality our souls ,
what we call fana, or annihilation, and that station of annihilation
is what we are seeking on the spiritual path.
So then night time is not the
end, it is actually the birth of a new day. In that understanding there is
hope, because instead of being constantly told that you didn’t have an
existence before you were born and you won’t have an existence after your
Sufi teachings begin to counter that attack and teach that you have
always existed, and as the night approaches you come into a new existence.
When you find yourself under
the guidance of such huge Saints from the Heavenly Kingdom, like Sultan
al-Awliya Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani and Mawlana Shaykh Hisham
Qabbani, you’re now being guided on a path towards self-realization – the
knowledge of the self and the secrets of the spiritual kingdom – and they
begin to reveal things that we never would have realized without their
Why Not Count the 9 months of infancy
For example, when a baby
reaches 12 months of age people say “you are 1 year old”. But Sufism
comes and teaches us that you had an existence in the womb of your mother.
That existence lasted 9 months before your physical arrival, and
before the womb you had an existence in Bahul Qudra, in God’s
infinite Ocean of Power.
69:17 And the angels will
be on its sides, and eight will, that Day,
bear the Throne of thy Lord above them. 8 bearers
and One Lord
The number 9 represents the
station of the Sultan, 9 Great Prophets Reflecting to 9 Sultan of Saints,
and the nine Saints holding the highest stations in the Divine Presence.
Nine is highest single-digit number and it represents completion and
perfection. We are all a reflection of that nine, which means that we are
dressed from that perfection in the womb, where these nine huge sultans are
spiritually guiding and assistance in our formation in life. You were not
born a giraffe or a monkey; you were born with that perfection and honour
that was given to Sayidina Adam (as) and which was passed-on to the Prophets
“We have honoured the children of Adam” (17:70).
So the womb holds a tremendous
reality for us. If you were given the spiritual vision or the ability to see
the womb at a microscopic level, you would see that it is an entire universe
unto itself, drawing from the secret of the two bow-lengths (53:9).The two
bow-lengths is from the reality of Prophet’s (s) ascension into Paradise,
when he was raised to the station of “two bow-lengths or nearer” to the
Divine Presence. Why two bow-lengths? Why
not three? One understanding that is coming from Mawlana Shaykh is that
from the two bow-lengths is manifesting two parents in the material world
who come together in a spiritual union to conceive a child in that
But Shaytan –
wants us to completely negate the reality of our existence in the womb. So
when you reach twelve months they say you are one years old, but in
reality you are twenty-one months old! ( 21 secret of BismiAllah)
they negate those 9 months as if you had no existence ? Can you see
how Negativity is playing with us? We’re susceptible to his attack
because we can’t see inside the womb with our natural vision. The baby is in
seclusion, in complete darkness, and satan is making us to think that there
is no existence in that darkness. We came from nowhere and we are going
nowhere. So when that negativity has constantly negated our existence in
the womb, it begins to inspire to kill what is
in the womb.
Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000
Why? Because it doesn’t really
exist for them. Therefore, since you had no physical manifestation before
this life, you came from nothing. And since you will have no physical
manifestation in the grave, you are returning to nothing. That is from
Negativity teaching and it is designed to make us lose hope.
But spiritual mentors come and
teach us that “No, you have always
had an existence!”
because they are very aware of his attacks.
That is why when you look closely at these traditional Sufi practices such
as the whirling you realize that everything about that these spiritual
Masters taught was designed to combat the subtle attacks of Evilness. For example, the
traditional garments of a whirling dervish are encoded with meanings and
protections from negative energy.
When the dervishes begin they’re all wearing a long black
robe, which is symbolic of the reality of the Heavens. Black represents our
existence before our physical manifestation in the material world. That
dimension is a subtle dimension robed in mystery, but it is more real than
this physical dimension. If it didn't exist, how could you exist here? How
could anything exist? Where does it come from? You must know that you come
from that dimension first. A baby doesn't appear out of nowhere. It has 9
months of existence in the darkness of the womb, veiled from the world. It
is showing you that you don’t just come and go.
You have an existence in the
world of light and you are going to return to that light.
67:2 [He] who created death
and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the
Exalted in Might, the Forgiving –
We come from the Ocean of
Annihilation, but when we enter the world of Form we become drunk and
unconscious of our Heavenly reality. Spiritual masters are Seeking to sober
us and return us to The Divine, so that we may enter in His Oceans of
4:59 O you who have
believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger
and those in authority
You are an Imitated Being.
What you are seeing is not your reality. Your reality is from Paradise, and
that is an honour that has been given to you from your Creator, but the ego
is blocking you from establishing a relationship with your reality because
the ego knows when that happens, it will no longer be Lord over you.
Therefore, you must seek fana, or annihilation, with your Real Being. That
is the station that a Sufi seeks to return to in this life, the station of
annihilation – first, it is annihilation in the light of the Master, then at
a higher level it is annihilation in the light of the Prophet [s]. So when
we reach toward that annihilation it means that we are accepting to be
“O my Lord! I am coming to you on my hands and knees asking to be
of service. O my Lord! I am asking that Thy Will Be Done.”
The Divine is saying “don’t
approach me with arrogance, thinking that you are something.”
Negativity also had
arrogance when he refused to accept the authority that was given to Prophet
Adam (as) and for that he was thrown out of Paradise. Yet this world teaches
us from the time we are children that we have to be something important, and
constantly pumping us up until we are like a huge balloon filled with hot
air. At some point, that balloon is going to pop, and when it does you will
be in tremendous difficulty.
So the Saints come and teach
us that it is better to accept to be humble. Accept to be nothing, don’t
follow your ego. As Jesus (as) was teaching his disciples, we are praying to
Allah“ Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” When I get out of the way,
then the Divine Will can manifest through me and like a mirror that light
will reflect out towards all creation. But first I must cease to exist. I
must cease to manifest. That is the reality that science is teaching us with
They say that all information can be broken down into a series
of one’s and zero’s. When you are “one” it means you are on, you are
manifesting. “Zero” means you are “off”, not manifesting, you are in
annihilation. In the Divine Presence you
must be “off” because God is “on”. There can only be One Creator, there
cannot be two in His presence. That is the reality before our
physical existence, and spiritual mentors are teaching us that we must seek
to annihilate ourselves and die before we die. The Saints are those who have
reached that station, and have died before they died. It means that they
have died to their desires.
That is why
the station of annihilation is represented by the color black.
Black is the only color that does not emit any light of its own. The Divine
says in the Holy Quran: “Say: I seek refuge with the Rabbil-Falaq”
It means, “seek refuge with
the Lords of Annihilation” because they represent the highest realities of
Paradise. So in the spiritual government, the Lords of Annihilation are
always in black, and if you were to see them in a vision you would see them
dressed in black. They are the hidden Saints supporting the sultans, taking
from the secret of Sayidina Ali (as).
The Saints represents the moon
because the moon has no light of its own. It is in complete submission – no
ego – so it is able to perfectly reflect
light of the Sun like the Divine Presence.
But the moon has two faces,
one visible and one that is never visible, what they call the “dark side of
the moon.” The dark side of the moon represents The Hidden Secrets it
represents complete annihilation and not wanting to be known.
So that station of
annihilation is represented by the black robes worn by the dervishes,
showing us that they have an existence before their manifestation in white,
before they begin to turn. When they start turning they are dressed in
white, symbolizing their manifestation in the material world.
Then when they
stop turning, they cover themselves again in a black robe. It means that
their physical manifestation has died and they have returned to their real
being, their real reality in the Divine Presence. This is one of the secrets
of Sufi whirling, and its purpose is to emphasize that in life there
is no ending, only a new beginning..
inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
"To God we belong and to Him is our return."