It is a very important point that Grandsheikh Abdullah will speak upon tonight.  I say
    that Grandsheikh will speak because the Awliya are living real lives; they are living
    stars, not dead stars; they are living persons even after their disappearance from
    bodily life.  When they leave this world and go to heavenly life, they leave behind them
    a deputy whom they cause to speak on their behalf; therefore, when I speak here, my
    Grandsheikh is speaking through me – making me speak on behalf of him.  For this
    reason, I said that he is going to speak on an important point.

    Grandsheikh was saying that a great Wali (saint) and lover of the Prophet, Ibn Omar
    Es-Safadi, was saying: “If a person leaves everything and abstains from action, saying
    that he need not act because he trusts in his Lord and that his Lord is sufficient for
    him and will provide what His servant is in need of, then that person has become an
    unrighteous and sinful person.”

    Here Grandsheikh is clarifying the real relationship between the servant and his Lord,
    saying: “There is a certain distance which servants must advance, and only when that
    distance has been covered and its limit crossed, that servant may say, ‘From here on I
    leave everything to my Lord and from this point on I entrust all my affairs to my Lord!’ ”
    For example, a farmer plows his field and plants corn, then he leaves it and has the
    right to just wait until the harvest yields, but if a person is not plowing and not planting,
    but just saying, “I am trusting in my Lord to give me corn at harvest time”, he is indeed
    far astray in his thinking and actions.  You must be aware of your duty and carry it
    out.  You can’t bring rain, you can’t force the corn to grow and bring forth cobs, but
    you can plan and plow – then you can trust in your Lord to finish what you have
    begun.  This is what true trust in Allah (Tawakkul) is like.

    This is a very important point, and one often misunderstood, especially in European
    countries, where people raise objections to Islam, claiming that Islam tells people that
    they need not work, and should depend only on their Lord’s favours.  In the present
    time even in the Muslim world, the younger generation is saying that Islam is the
    cause for the backwardness of their countries – but this is the result of wrong
    understanding.  In fact, what Islam tells us is that we may begin a work with our own
    action, but it is Allah who completes, and that the success of any endeavor is
    ultimately in His Hands.

    This is a world of causes.  We are in need of causes and must hold on to them in this
    life, because miraculous doings may occur sometimes for Prophets and Saints, but
    not for everyone.  For that reason we have been ordered by our Prophet Muhammad
    (sal), to hold to causes so that we may witness effects and obtain results.  Allah
    Almighty says that no one reaches anything in this world without acting – he must act
    and see the results.  So, to act is a command from Allah Almighty and therefore we
    must not just sit down without movement and without action.  Trusting in Allah, or
    leaving your affairs to Allah, is correct only after we have finished our duty.

    Sometimes in Tariqats, Sheikhs may try a murid by ordering him to abandon every
    cause, to not seek his own means of existence.  But such cases are only rare
    exceptions and not the general rule – the general rule is to seek means, as Allah

    Why was our Grandsheikh speaking upon this point?  He is not mentioning it here in
    the context of worldly works, or actions for this life, but rather he is referring to effort
    required of us for reaching heavenly stations and Divine Knowledge Oceans.  You
    must strive and do good actions as much as you can, and when you finish, after doing
    your utmost, Allah Almighty will lift you up.  If you are asking for heavenly stations and
    miraculous powers, you must first struggle and not just say, “Allah may give us,” or,
    “My action is not sufficient for me to reach such heavenly stations.”

    A good analogy to illustrate this point is this one:  Someone was given a broken pick
    and spade and was told: “Take these instruments and dig up all seven layers of the
    Earth until you reach the end where you will find your treasure.”  Do you think that it is
    possible to reach it with a broken pick and spade?  - Of course not, but despite this
    you must dig as best as you can and not give up, saying, “How can I perform this
    feat?”  Your duty is to dig little by little, and your Lord is looking after you so that when
    He sees that you are firmly believing and working as ordered, He will send His Help
    just as you have reached the point of exhaustion and can’t do more.  At that time He
    will send a huge machine that will dig up your treasures for you instantly and
    effortlessly.  Because you are a powerless servant carrying out His order, He will bring
    your treasure up for you with His power, not yours.  He is only testing you: are you
    listening, believing, and obeying?  If you begin, He will finish, but if you say, “It is
    impossible for even the largest machines – so how shall I ever do it?”, you will be
    banned from the Divine Presence.  If you begin your digging in spite of the obvious
    impossibility of the task, then Allah’s Holy Verse in the Qur’an will apply to you:

    “Allah does not burden anyone beyond his capabilities.”

    We are not claiming that we will attain all heavenly stations as a result of our
    practices; we are only doing what our power enables us to do and, in reality, to reach
    the goal by means of our practices is like trying to reach the moon with a ladder; even
    if all the world’s ladders were tied together you couldn’t reach it – its impossible; but
    we must try anyway, for perhaps one night from the moon there will descend a ladder
    to meet our ladder, and at that time it may be possible to go up, but for us to build up
    to the moon – never.  We must do our duty.  Allah says that doing our duty is the
    cause of our reaching to Heavens, but you must know that it is not enough.  We know
    that ladders go up, but not to the moon.  This is the precise meaning of Tariqat, and
    we are not cheating people: if one is working with sincerity, our Lord may send a
    ladder at any time from the moon to take you up, but you must do your work, and trust
    in your Lord.

    Many people are reading in books about miraculous happenings, and sometimes our
    ego asks for us to be one of these ‘miracle-makers’.  Tariqat is the way to be able to
    perform miracles, but we are not working in order to be able to do such things, but
    only for our Lord’s pleasure.  When He is pleased with us, He will also make us
    pleased with Him, and at that time you won’t be able to even look at or consider
    miraculous doings; it is only your ego asking to perform such feats.

    Our Grandsheikh is saying at the end of this lecture: “I am speaking on behalf of the
    Master of the Time, Seyyedina Al-Mahdi, because he is not yet permitted to appear
    and address people directly; therefore, I have been given permission in his stead.  
    When he appears you will witness how he speaks.”  Grandsheikh continued: “This
    assembly has the same virtues as the assembly of Seyyedina Al-Mahdi, and holds the
    same reward.  This knowledge is not the result of reading books, but come directly
    from the heart of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sal).  Allah Almighty gives this
    knowledge to those who trust in Him and keep His orders with full respect.”

                                                                The End


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