Enter the Cave, 7 Sleeps, 7 Holy Attributes of Divine Face Require Good Manners
This Article Has Been Translated
From the Realities of Mawlana Shaykh (Q) as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi
A’udhu Billahi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu wa Salaam Ashrafil Mursaleen Sayyedina wa Mawlana Muhammad ul Mustafa ﷺ Madad Ya Syeddi Ya Rasool ul Kareem Ya Habeeb ul Azeem unzur halana wa ishfalana wa abina bi madadakum wa nazarakum, Madad Ya Syeddi Ya Sultanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Abdullah Faiz Daghestani Sultanul Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil Haqqani Sultanul Qulubina Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani Madad Al Haqq Ya Hujjatullahi al Mukhlis.
A’udhu Billahi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Nawaytul arbaeen, nawaytul itikaf, nuwaytul khalwa, sulook was siyam fi hadhal majlis. Atiullah Wa Atiurrasool Wal Ulil Amre Minkum.That always a reminder for myself ana abdukal ajizu daifu miskeen wa zalim wa jahl.
﴾أَطِيعُواللَّه وَأَطِيعُوٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ… ﴿٥٩…
4:59 – “…Atiullaha wa atiur Rasula wa Ulil amre minkum…” (Surat An-Nisa)
“… Obey Allah, Obey the Messenger, and those in authority among you…” (The Women, 4:59)
The Month of Safar and Reality of 18; 8 Upholds the Throne of 1 Sultanan Nasira
That by the Grace of Allah (AJ), we are still in existence, that we’re taking a path in which to be nothing. To be nothing and that Allah’s (AJ) rahmah (mercy) to dress us and bless us in these Holy Month of Safar, and the realities of Ashabul Kahf. That the 9 and the Sultanate of Allah (AJ) has to do with the realities of 9, and every insan is stamped with 8 and 1. Allah (AJ) describes, 8 will uphold the throne, for the 1 Sultan.
﴾وَالْمَلَكُ عَلَىٰ أَرْجَائِهَا ۚ وَيَحْمِلُ عَرْشَ رَبِّكَ فَوْقَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ ثَمَانِيَةٌ ﴿١٧
69:17 – “Wal Malaku ‘ala arjayeha, wa yahmilu ‘Arsha Rabbika fawqahum yawmaidhin thamaniyatun.” (Surat Haqqah)
“And the angels/ will be on its sides, and eight will, that Day, bear the Throne of thy Lord above them.” (The Reality, 69:17)
Awliyaullah (saints) come into our lives and remind us, that the, Allah (AJ) not sitting on a chair. The 1 is Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ, and Allah (AJ) upon the throne, upon the heart of Prophet ﷺ. And that 8 hold the throne of Allah (AJ) for the Sultan, Sultanan Nasira (the Victorious King).
﴾وَقُل رَّبِّ أَدْخِلْنِي مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مُخْرَجَ صِدْقٍ وَاجْعَل لِّي مِن لَّدُنكَ سُلْطَانًا نَّصِيرًا ﴿٨٠
17:80 – “… waj’al li min ladunka Sultanan NaSeera.” (Surat Al-Isra)
“…and grant me from Your Presence a Victorious King to aid (me).” (The Night Journey, 17:80)
And that our life, the best of our life, the highest honor of our life, is to be from the 8. Live a life in which we serve the Sultan and the Sultan is serving Allah (AJ). So, it means Allah (AJ) even stamped on your right hand is a one line and upside-down triangle, which is a 8. On your left hand is a 8 and 1 because we are in perfect symmetry. The right side reflects to the left, the left side reflects to the right. So, that in this Sultanate of 8 and 1 is 9. So, then 9 has to do with the Sultanate of Allah (AJ).
Ashab e Kahf Run to the Cave to the Presence of the Mercy to Creation ﷺ
This is the second lunar month (Safar), and 9 times 2, then guides us to 18, Surat al-Kahf (18th chapter of holy Quran). That our life is about being from the people of the Cave. Where Allah (AJ) describe them, and reminder for myself that they ran. That what was in store for them in their world was from Shaytan (satan). And they took a life in which they ran from that shaytan, and that Allah (AJ) said, ‘Run to the Cave, and that I may shower my mercy upon you’.
﴾إِذْ أَوَى الْفِتْيَةُ إِلَى الْكَهْفِ فَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا ﴿١٠
18:10 – “Idha aw al fityatu ilal kahfi faqalo Rabbana atina min ladunka Rahmatan wa hayyi lana min amrina rashada.” (Surat Al-Kahf)
“When the young men fled for refuge to the Cave and said: Our Lord! Give us mercy from Thy presence, and shape for us right conduct in our plight.” (The Cave, 18:10)
Alhamdulilah, a reminder that mercy is the presence of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. When Allah (AJ) want to bestow a Rahmah (mercy), he sends Rahmatan lil’alameen (mercy to all the worlds). This means they bestow a love. When Allah (AJ) want to bestow a mercy, he bestows the love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ upon the heart. So, we have to always recap because people are coming new, they’re no, where did you get this from Shaykh? So, we brought you up to speed.
This is from the realities of malakut (heavenly realm). The malakut (heavenly realm) is the Sultanate of Allah (AJ). That this life of ours, to be from the 8 in which we live a life to serve Prophet ﷺ, to be of service to Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Allah (AJ) then begin to teach us, that be from Ashabul Kahf (People of the Cave). And they are the placeholders which means the highest reality is the Muhammadan reality. That Allah (AJ) has no time.
The 7 Sleepers and 1 Guardian of the Gate of the Cave
So then those 7 sleepers, and 1 guardian at the gate. 7 sleepers 1 guardian at the gate known to us as Qitmir. They say we don’t know the number. No, they know the number. Of course they know the number, this is a tremendous reality. If they don’t know it, THEY don’t know. It doesn’t mean it’s unknown.
﴾وَيَقُولُونَ سَبْعَةٌ وَثَامِنُهُمْ كَلْبُهُمْ ۚ قُل رَّبِّي أَعْلَمُ بِعِدَّتِهِم مَّا يَعْلَمُهُمْ إِلَّا قَلِيلٌ ۗ فَلَا تُمَارِ فِيهِمْ إِلَّا مِرَاءً ظَاهِرًا وَلَا تَسْتَفْتِ فِيهِم مِّنْهُمْ أَحَدًا ﴿٢٢…
18:22 – “… wa yaqooloona sab’atunw wa saaminuhum kalbuhum; qur Rabbeee a’lamu bi’iddatihim maa ya’lamuhum illaa qaleel; falaa tumaari feehim illaa miraaa’an zaahiranw wa laa tastafti feehim minhum ahadaa” (Surat Al Kahf)
“…and they will say there were seven, and the eighth of them was their dog. Say, [O Muhammad (pbuh)], “My Lord knows best their number; not many people know but it’s known to only few.” Do not argue or enter into controversies about them, except on a matter that is clear, nor inquire about them among (the speculators) from anyone.” (The Cave, 18:22)
Everything Was a Placeholder for Appearance of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
So, 7 and 1 means that what they want us to understand is that everything is a placeholder for the zuhoor (appearance) of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. So, the real Ashabul Kahf, the real Cave of Allah (AJ), has to come with the zuhoor of Prophet ﷺ. So, Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ is the real Cave of Allah (AJ). So, then those 7 have a secret within the heart of Prophet ﷺ. That’s why you see the number continuing always.
It means that Nabi Musa (as) had 12 tribes. Why? Because Nabi Musa (as) is a reflection of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ, and Prophet ﷺ has 12 Imams. And there are 12 Moons. There are 12 Ahl ul Bayt (family of Prophet ﷺ) that hold the secret of Prophet ﷺ. There are 12 Holy Companions who carry the Siddiqiya face of that reality and 12 Moons. It means everything Allah (AJ) describes is perfectly numbered.
﴾وَأَحَاطَ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ وَأَحْصَىٰ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عَدَدًا ﴿٢٨…
72:28 – “…wa ahata bima ladayhim wa ahsa kulla shay in ‘adada.” (Surat Al-Jinn)
“… and He has encompassed whatever is with them and has enumerated all things in number.” (The Jinn, 72:28)
Run From Shaitan to the Cave of Allah (AJ) – Presence of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ
So, they want us to know the highest reality is the arrival of Prophet ﷺ. When Prophet ﷺ comes, the Sultan has arrived. Now, every reality was a reflection of that reality. Under the Muhammadan reality, then the Cave is the highest. It means in this month of Safar, run to the Cave of Allah (AJ) which is the presence of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
What is A’udhu Billah? How are you going to seek refuge from shaytan unless you’re running towards Rahman (the Merciful)? This means then the easiest way to run towards Rahman is you make durood sharif on Prophet ﷺ. Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Remember me once, Allah (AJ) sends my soul to praise you 10 times.’
عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ – صلى الله عليه وسلم -: ” مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ صَلَاةً وَاحِدَةً، صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ عَشْرَ صَلَوَاتٍ، وَحُطَّتْ عَنْهُ عَشْرُ خَطِيئَاتٍ، وَرُفِعَتْ لَهُ عَشْرُ دَرَجَاتٍ “
Qala Rasulullah (saws): “Man Salla `alaiya Salatan wahidatan, Sallallahu `alayhi `ashra Salawatin, wa Huttat `anhu `ashru khaTeatin, wa ruf`at lahu `ashru darajatin.”
Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “Whoever sends blessings [Praises] upon me, God will shower His blessings upon him ten times, and will erase ten of his sins, and elevate [raise] his [spiritual] station ten times.” [Hadith recorded by Nasa’i]
You Feel Peace From Love of Awliya That Brings Presence of Prophet ﷺ
So, if you’re continuously making durood sharif, you’re continuously in the Cave of Allah (AJ) because presence of Prophet ﷺ is in front of us. You may not see it, but ask anybody from Ahl Haqaiq (people of realities) and their students, they feel it. They feel a paradise all around them. They feel the tranquility all around them. They feel a sense of love and fragrance. If now they have many difficulties in their personal lives, but when they come to the center of that reality, to the presence of their Shaykh, and their zawiyas, they feel the peace. Why? What peace is that? This is the love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ because you have entered now into the presence of ashiqeen (lovers). That their love is immense. As a result, Prophet ﷺ is always with them alayhis salatu salaam. Continuous nazar (gaze) upon them, continuous lights upon them, continuous faiz (downpouring) upon them, continuous blessings upon them, because their entire being is in love with Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Prophet ﷺ promises that you be with whom you love, so master your love!
قَالَ رَسُول اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم: الْمَرْءُ مَعَ مَنْ أَحَب
Qala Rasulullah ﷺ: “Almar o, ma’a man ahab.”
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “One is with those whom he loves.”
Love of Everything Else Will Disappoint You
Cut everything else out of your love, except for the love of Allah (AJ) and His Rasul. Every other love will disappoint you. That’s why the turooqs (spiritual paths) come and teach, ‘Oh, you put lot of emphasis on your spouses. They going to disappoint you. You put lot of love on other things and other people. They’re going to disappoint you.’ And because they don’t have the correct love, they put that love on everything else. Then when they become disappointed, they say, ‘Shaykh, we’re heartbroken.’ When they come and teach, no, your love, because Allah (AJ) describes, ‘I created no one with two hearts.’
﴾مَّا جَعَلَ اللَّـهُ لِرَجُلٍ مِّن قَلْبَيْنِ فِي جَوْفِهِ ۚ …﴿٤
33:4 – “Ma ja’ala Allahu lirajulin min Qalbayni fee jawfihi…” (Surat Al-Ahzab)
“Allah has not made for a man two hearts in his interior…” (The Combined Forces, 33:4)
Your heart, what were we just reciting? Ma fi qalbi ghairullah, Nur Muhammadun sallalah.
Hasbi Rabbi JalAllah, Ma fi qalbi ghairullah NurMuhammad sallallah, La ilaha illAllah
Sufficient for me is my Lord, Allah the Almighty. There is no one in my heart besides Allah (AJ), and the true light of the prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him. There is no diety but Allah.
It means that, they come and they teach, even with their zikr (remembrance), and their teachings, keep your love for Allah’s (AJ) Divinely Presence. That will never let you down.
Being Of Service Increases Love of Prophet ﷺ
Keep the love. If you want the extension of Allah’s (AJ) Divinely Presence, put your love upon Prophet ﷺ and towards the Companions. That your faith, is if “you love me more than you love yourself.”
لاَ يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى أَكُونَ أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ وَالِدِهِ وَوَلَدِهِ وَالنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِينَ
“La yuminu ahadukum hatta akona ahabba ilayhi min walidihi wa waladihi wan Nasi ajma’yeen.”
“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
Our struggle is how to increase the love of Prophet ﷺ and take away the love of myself. If you want to increase the love of Prophet ﷺ, then be of khidmat. Be of service. Be of service to that love and to that way. And then it brings a fragrance and a perfection within our lives.
Ashab ul Kahf Were Asleep and in Full Submission
As a result, they begin to teach then this reality of Ashabul Kahf, that Allah (AJ) describing, that they sought into the Cave and that the reality of the Cave. And by the movement of the Sun, they were turning right, because to avoid the sun not to burn, then they would turn left. This is a deep reality that when you enter into that Cave, what Allah (AJ) wants from you to be a sleeper.
﴾وَتَرَى الشَّمْسَ إِذَا طَلَعَت تَّزَاوَرُ عَن كَهْفِهِمْ ذَاتَ الْيَمِينِ وَإِذَا غَرَبَت تَّقْرِضُهُمْ ذَاتَ الشِّمَالِ وَهُمْ فِي فَجْوَةٍ مِّنْهُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّـهِ ۗ مَن يَهْدِ اللَّـهُ فَهُوَ الْمُهْتَدِ ۖ وَمَن يُضْلِلْ فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُ وَلِيًّا مُّرْشِدًا ﴿١٧
18:17 – “Wa tarash shamsa idha tala’at tazawaru an kahfihim dhata al yameeni wa idha gharabat taqriduhum dhataash shimali wa hum fee faj watin minhu, Dhalika min ayati Allahi, man yahdillahu fahuwal Muhtadi, wa man yudlil falan tajida lahu waliyyan murshida.” (Surat Al-Kahf)
“And You would have seen the sun, when it rose, declining to the right from their Cave, and when it set, turning away from them to the left, while they lay in the open space in the midst of the Cave. That was from the Signs of Allah: He whom Allah, guides is rightly guided; but he whom Allah leaves to stray, for him you will never find Saintly Guide to the Right Way.” (The Cave, 18:17)
Enter Into the Cave and Submit
“Sallu alayhi wa sallimu taslim.” You say taslima, Shaykh its taslima, because I know Arabic. No, it’s taslim, submit!
﴾إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيماً ﴿٥٦
33:56 – “InnAllaha wa malayikatahu yusalluna ‘alan Nabiyi yaa ayyuhal ladhina aamanu sallu ‘alayhi wa sallimu taslim.” (Surat Al-Ahzab)
“Allah and His angels send blessings upon the Prophet [Muhammad ﷺ]: O you that believe! Send your blessings upon him, and salute him with all respect.” (The Combined Forces, 33:56)
Praise upon Prophet ﷺ and submit. Submit! Because the root of taslima is taslim. You’re not going to have peace until you submit. So, then the Ashabul Kahf (People of the Cave) are teaching that we went into the Cave. What gives us our status was the state of sleeping. Otherwise Allah (AJ) would have described the people of the Cave as they were sitting and conversing, and talking, and having a good time. But the outside was blocked, and nobody could see them. They would say they were having a party inside the Cave. No, no, Allah (AJ) is describing like a state of fana (annihilation), they were like dead. We sealed their hearing.
﴾فَضَرَبْنَا عَلَىٰ آذَانِهِمْ فِي الْكَهْفِ سِنِينَ عَدَدًا ﴿١١
18:11 – “Fadarabnaa ‘alaa aazanihim fil Kahfi seneena ‘adadaa” (Surat Al-Kahf)
“Then We draw (a veil) over their ears, for a number of years, in the Cave, (so that they heard not)” (The Cave, 18:11)
Prophet’s ﷺ Companions Were the Nation of ‘Samina wa Atana’
Now it means that you entering in with the love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Prophet ﷺ is going to have a condition. You want to enter in, and enter into this state of taslim, then submit. The first thing you’re going to submit, like my Holy Companions, they lead the example for all nations. They were the nation of ‘samina wa atana’, we heard and we obeyed.
﴾إِنَّمَا كَانَ قَوْلَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذَا دُعُوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَرَسُولِهِ لِيَحْكُمَ بَيْنَهُمْ أَن يَقُولُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۚ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ ﴿٥١
24:51 – “Innama kana qawlal mumineena idha du’ao ilAllahi wa Rasulihi liyahkuma baynahum an yaqolo samina wa atana, wa olaika humul muflihoon.” (Surat An-Nur)
“The only statement of the [true] believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say, “We hear and we obey.” And those are the successful.” (The Light, 24:51)
Every Other Nation Questioned Their Prophet
Every other nation questioned everything from their prophet. Why, why? Why this? Why that? Why this cow? Why that cow? Why this red? Why this white? Prophet ﷺ had trained his Companions in itiba and obedience. They were the Masters, the Sayyids, the Masters of obedience that Allah (AJ) say, ‘We sealed their hearing’. Companions are holding the reality of Ashab ul-Kahf, that they come and teach us, that enter into this state of, of like sleeping in which you are in taslim and submit.
Obey Allah (AJ), the Messenger (saws), and Those in Authority
And the most difficult part of submission is to hear and to obey. To hear what they want, ihtiba and obey. That’s why “Atiullaha wa atiur Rasola wa Ulil amre minkum“, so that shaytan can’t play with you.
﴾ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُواللَّه وَأَطِيعُوٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ…﴿٥٩
4:59 – “Ya ayyu hal latheena amanoo Atiullaha wa atiur Rasola wa Ulil amre minkum…” (Surat An-Nisa)
“O You who have believed, Obey Allah, Obey the Messenger, and those in authority among you…” (The Women, 4:59)
They say oh, I want to obey Allah (AJ), but where is Allah (AJ) to be found? So, some of our cousins, when they saw, oh yeah, yeah, we give, we give in the way of Allah (AJ). Here we take a $100 and we throw it up, Allah (AJ), Ya Rabbi whatever you want, keep it. Oh, oh, look, it all came back. [Shaykh laughs] They would play tricks with Allah (AJ). Oh, if Allah (AJ) wants it, he could take it. Allah (AJ) is rich, why he needs it?
Prophet ﷺ brought the perfection of character, no, no. And Qur’an brought the reality in which you can’t escape. There’s no crookedness. Obey Allah (AJ). If you’re not able to reach that reality, obey Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. If you cannot reach to Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ, then you’re under an authority to obey ulil amre minkum. There is no if, and, or what. It’s to obey the ulil amr (People of the Command/Saints). So, then the whole ocean of itiba (obedience) is to open this reality, ‘Ya Rabbi, I want to be from Ashab ul-Kahf.’ This means fill yourself with the love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
Ashab ul Kahf Threw Rocks at Qitmir (the Dog)
These ulil amr, they’re waiting like Qitmir. They’re waiting to bring you in to this characteristics. So, what Qitmir, the dog gave an as example? Everything from Allah (AJ) must be alive right now. It’s not a story telling, must be in our life right now. So, before we can get into the Cave, Qitmir is teaching us. ‘They threw rocks at me. When we’re going to the Cave, I took a decision I want to be on this path, and I want to enter into that reality.’ Qitmir comes and teaches they were throwing rocks at me. Who? The Ashab ul-Kahf were throwing rocks at me. Holy people, they going to throw rocks at you!
You’re going to be tested. You’re going to be tested with your character. Things will come that you’re not really appreciating, not understanding. No, why he treat me like this? Why he said like this? Why is like this? Why like that? Why were they throwing rocks at the dog? Because this dog is he going to eat us, or he’s going to be friendly with us? If we’re going to the Cave and bringing this najis (dirty) dog with us, he’s going to eat us. So, Allah (AJ) test that dog. And you see he is not like what you think.
You Are Being Tested to Become Aware of your Sickness
So, then testing, they test, and they test. Our life was about being tested and is about being tested. They throw rock at you and see if you open your mouth, say something bad, make a comment that’s not correct. You’re in the presence of the love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. There’s no permission to say anything bad. There’s no permission to make any type of comment. There’s no, there’s no permission to criticize anything in that environment. Because that’s the exact sickness they want you to see. We go somewhere and intentionally its late. Shaykh its late, its late, its late. Well then, you have a problem with sabr (patience). That’s what they’re showing. Shaykh I’m hungry, I’m hungry, I’m hungry. Oh, why? Why you don’t eat at home? This not a restaurant here. It’s a zawiya. Eat at home. Don’t come starving like that and then eat here. It means every characteristic will be shown in the testing. And that’s the exact characteristic Allah (AJ) wants you to work on.
Don’t Judge Allah’s Creation
Why do you come and judge Allah’s (AJ) creation? It’s the only shirk (polytheism) that we should be scared of. There’s no shirk in which you going to think that this is Buddha, and you’re going to worship it. He (Prophet ﷺ) said, ‘I fear for my nation the hidden shirk.‘ What’s the hidden shirk? Judging Allah’s (AJ) creation because judgement only for Allah (AJ). Allah (AJ) knows his servants. [Hds]
Hidden Saints Are Everywhere, Even in the Pharaoh’s Court
We’ve said before, we’ll say it again. There was an awliya in the court of Fir’aun (Pharoah). So he was dressed probably in, can you imagine how the magicians were dressed? Very little clothes, probably lots of tattoos, all sorts of gold around them. And Allah (AJ) describes in holy Qur’an, that we had from our servants. Not a regular person, Allah (AJ) saying from our servants which mean from awliya (saints). In the court of Fir’aun, appearing to be from the people of Fir’aun. And he served a purpose with full faith and service to Allah (AJ). So, how you can judge? And his responsibility was that every time Fir’aun want to kill Nabi Musa (Moses) (AS), because he was angry at him, he would say, why you want to be upset? Just because his belief? His responsibility was to cool him down, cool him down.
﴾وَقَالَ رَجُلٌ مُّؤْمِنٌ مِّنْ آلِ فِرْعَوْنَ يَكْتُمُ إِيمَانَهُ أَتَقْتُلُونَ رَجُلًا أَن يَقُولَ رَبِّيَ اللَّـهُ وَقَدْ جَاءَكُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ ۖ وَإِن يَكُ كَاذِبًا فَعَلَيْهِ كَذِبُهُ ۖ وَإِن يَكُ صَادِقًا يُصِبْكُم بَعْضُ الَّذِي يَعِدُكُمْ ۖ … ﴿٢٨
40:28 – “Wa qaala rajulum mu’minummin Aali Fir’awna yaktumu eemaanahooo ataqtuloona rajulan ai yaqoola Rabbi yal laahu wa qad jaaa’akum bil haiyinaati mir Rabbikum wa iny yaku kaaziban fa’alaihi kazi buhoo wa iny yaku saadiqany yasibkum ba’dul lazee ya’idukum…” (Surat Al-Ghafir)
“A believer, a man from among the people of Pharaoh, who had concealed his faith, said: “Will ye slay a man because he says, ‘My Lord is Allah’?- when he has indeed come to you with Clear (Signs) from your Lord? and if he be a liar, on him is (the sin of) his lie: but, if he is telling the Truth, then will fall on you something of the (calamity) of which he warns you:…” (The Forgiver, 40:28)
Spiritual Paths Teach to Strive to Perfect Our Character
So, it means there are hidden servants of Allah (AJ) everywhere. Turooq come and say this is adab (manners) of the Kingdom, not the barn. And in the Kingdom, watch your tongue. Watch what you say. Watch what you comment. Watch what you’re thinking. Allah (AJ) is present. Prophet ﷺ is present. Awliyaullah (saints) are present. This means these are the characteristics that the turooq (spiritual path) comes to perfect.
That perfect all the bad manners, all the bad characteristics. That when you place judgement, then you’re making a big shirk (polytheism) with Allah (AJ), and that you have to be most scared of. Not worry about everybody else, what they’re doing, what they’re eating, what they look like, what they’re dressed like. Allah (AJ) only going to ask you about you and your grave, you and your grave. Not anyone else’s.
Allah (AJ) Can Bless Anyone but, He Wants Good Character
So, the turooqs (spiritual paths) come and teach us, that perfect your character, perfect your character. Ya Rabbi, I want to be like them. Then we’re going to throw rocks. We’re going to test you, test you, test you until Allah (AJ) gave a tongue to the dog. He stood up, said no matter how much you throw rocks at me, I’m not changing. I’m going to come with you, and I’ll be of service, to guard the gate, to guard the cave.
This means that Allah (AJ) is giving us, that anything najis, anything that is bad, I can bless it. Don’t worry about that. Give everybody hope. There’s no judgement. This one is bad, this one is this, this one is that. Allah (AJ) said, ‘I took a dirty dog, and put him in a position of authority that you can’t even imagine.’ That they came to look at the Cave, the haybah and the tajalli (manifestation) on the dog scared everybody. If Allah (AJ) say I, if I can do for a dog, can I do for you? This was our hope. This why all these salawats (praisings), that ‘Ya Rabbi, don’t, don’t take away hope.‘ So, why should you take away hope? I can clean and bless anything, but I want good character. That when they test you, don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. Don’t talk bad, don’t gossip especially not about them or their family. [Slwt]
أَنْتَ المُرْتَجَى، يَوْمَ الزَّحَامْ اِشْفَعْ لَنَا يَا، يَا خَيْرُ الْأَنَامْ
Antal murtajaa, Yaumaz zihaam Ishafa’lana Yaa, Yaa Khairul Anam
You are our only hope on the Day of the Gathered Crowd (Judgement Day), intercede for us, O best of mankind
Then you reach from haywan (animal), and wild dog, to tame dog. And the whole tariq (way) comes and teaches, be tamed, be polite, be correct. Worry about yourself. Worry about your heart. Worry about your condition. Worry about your family. Worry about your life. Put your affairs into order, and everything will begin to open.
Understanding the 7 Holy Attributes of the Divine Face
Then the Ahl Ashabul Kahf begin to teach these position and these 7. They represent the Divinely Face of Allah (AJ), Wajhi kal Kareem (the holy generous face). These are 7 attributes that govern our existence throughout this universe. You have 2 ears so 2 attributes of Allah (AJ): one for the right, one for the left. I won’t give them to you because you have to get the book. Two eyes: one right, one left, each Ismullah al Azam. Each one Ismullah al zat, the essences. So, one attribute (right ear), two attribute (left ear), three attribute (right eye), four attribute (left eye), five attribute (right nostril), six attribute (left nostril), seventh attribute of Allah (AJ) (on mouth).
7 Eternal Flames and the Emerald Throne
Seven names of Allah (AJ) which they describe as eternal flames. These are an eternal reality. And even in other religions, they describe that. They went to paradise, and they saw the Heavens. They saw the Green Kingdom, the Emerald Throne. And in front of the Throne were 7 flames. Because these are the realities that Prophet’s ﷺ zuhoor (appearance) has to bring. That it won’t be known in its full reality unto the arrival of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
7 Ashabul Kahf, 7 Awliya Always Carry the 7 Holy Attributes
So, means then these Ashab ul-Kahf, each one of these realities carries an essence of Allah (AJ) from the Divinely Face. Our life is to receive their faiz (downpouring). Our life is to dress by those lights and those blessings, so that when we purify our self, Allah (AJ) say I want for you the highest reality of this Cave. Follow the way and the characteristics of being tested, and being patient, being calm, have good character. Learn to say nothing. Fight against yourself. Come against all your bad desires.
As soon as these Ashab al Kahf begin to dress you, these 7 will dress you from these attributes of Allah (AJ). As-Sami, Al Basir, Alim, Al Qadir, Noor, ul Hay. This means that all of these lights from seeing, from Allah’s (AJ) attribute of seeing, from Allah’s (AJ) attributes of hearing, from Allah’s (AJ) attributes of Al Alim, of ancient knowledges, Allah’s (AJ) attributes of Al Qadir, that power your tongue. All these attributes will begin to dress the servant from these 7 Ashabul Kahf. And this is a position in which is an eternal reality and that every time, 1 of the 7 passes, a new wali (saint) will be put onto that place and to sit at that position. And upon this Earth, those 7 must always be upon this Earth taking from that attribute of Allah (AJ), from Prophet ﷺ, and reflecting that down onto the Earth, and to insan (mankind).
This means our life is to reach to these realities, to be dressed by these realities. These are not something small, that this month (Safar), Allah (AJ), “Subhanal Alim ul Hakim” ‘Glory be to my Lord, the All-Knowing, the Wise’, is the month in which because the holy surat is describing, that from being Ashabul Kahf, and reaching into that realities, then Allah (AJ), then describes, that one of those people who’ve been dressed from that reality, Nabi Musa (AS) wanted to meet him.
﴾فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا ﴿٦٥
18:65 – “Fawajada ‘abdan min ‘ibadinaa ataynahu rahmatan min ‘indina wa ‘allamnahu mil ladunna ‘ilma.” (Surat Al-Kahf)
“So they found one of Our servant from among Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught [unseen/heavenly] knowledge from Our own Presence…” (The Cave, 18:65)
Tafakkur (Contemplate) to Open Realities, Don’t Just Talk About it
So, then this holy Surat is all about, this way of marifah (gnosticism), that come take away the bad characteristics. Make intention, ‘Ya Rabbi, I want to be in that Cave. I want to be with those who know that reality, they most have some sort of connection with that Cave.’ And our life is to be inside that cave, and they begin to teach, all your tafakkur, all your contemplation, is to open up your reality. It’s not to only talk about it.
We said what before, those ulema (scholars) who talk about what? Women, Weddings, and Wudu (ablution) – WWW championship. I think somebody sent us a picture, oh, 500 videos of women, how to get them. Then once you got them, weddings. Weddings, nikkahs, how to do weddings, this is a wedding. Ask this one for this one, ask so and so for that, and then, wudu. This is not our life. This is not the reality. My children can describe that.
How to Open the Holy Attributes
Al Sami’ (All hearing)
What Allah (AJ) wants from us is from malakut (heavenly realm). Open your hearing, open the way of ‘samina wa atana’ (we heard and obey).
Al Basir (All Seeing)
These awliya (saints) from that Cave, they’re responsible. If you want, their nazar (gaze) will be upon you, and begin to test. We’ll dress you from Al-Basir (All-Seeing), take a way in which your eyes are continuously closed, be somebody who meditates, and continuously trying to open. Then the other one will come to teach, you want to hear? Then close off the hearing of your ears and hear through your heart. Keep the company of these Shaykhs because they’re going to perfect all of these attributes.
Al Qadir (All Powerful)
You want Allah’s (AJ) qadir and power, then be careful of how you breathe and what you breathe. Be conscious of that breath. Your life is about every breath. Can you then be around smoking? How Allah’s (AJ) Qadir, qudrah (power) can dress your soul? Because they take, there is a Hu and Allah’s (AJ) force in everything. It’s all existing by Allah’s (AJ) force. That force is known as Hu. So, that attribute of Hu is everywhere. When they begin to train you with your breath, that you bringing in from Siffat al-Qadir (All Powerful). Your breath is, is a powered breath by Allah (AJ). How you can contaminate it and be next to some body who wants to burn themself and put fire upon themself? Or how can you be with somebody who says that, no, he’s a this and this, but he is smoking. You can’t.
Al ‘Aleem (All Knower)
So, means these characteristics have to be taken off and taken away. So that insan (mankind) understand your perfection is not in women, weddings, and wudu. Your perfection in your reality is Allah (AJ) wants to open your hearing, real Divine hearing. Allah (AJ) want to open your breath with Allah’s (AJ) qudra (power). If that breath is beginning to open, Allah (AJ) want open with Alim, Siffat al-Alim, Allah’s (AJ) ancient knowledges to be bestowed upon the servant.
Noor ul Hay (The Light and the Ever-Living)
As-Sami, Al-Basir that he want to open the hearing and the seeing. Alim al-Qadir Noor al-Hay, Noor al-Hay. That when all of these are opening. Then they begin to bestow a noor on you, a light from Allah’s (AJ) Divinely Light. If you’re then from the siffat (attribute) of light, then they begin to dress you from the oceans of Al-Hayat. It means you been dressed from Siffat Ar-Rahman, which is noor (light). Siffat Ar-Raheem is the attribute of Hay. Allah (AJ) then dressing you from Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.
Al Muqtadir (Detrminer)
And then the last, and most powerful, Al Muqtadir (Determiner). That you’re reflection ofthe qadir that coming from your heart. And that you’re reflecting these lights upon humanity, humanity, and you’re qamarun, qamarun. All Ahl ul Bayt (holy family of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) and Ashab an Nabi (Holy Companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ), they are Qamarun. They’re the full moons of the nation of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. And we pray that Allah (AJ) dress us, bless us, and to reach for something far greater than what we understand inshaAllah.
Subhana rabbika rabbal ‘izzati ‘amma yasifoon, wa salaamun ‘alal mursaleen, walhamdulillahi rabbil ‘aalameen. Bi hurmati Muhammad al-Mustafa wa bi sirri surat al-Fatiha.
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