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A symptom of belief in the heart is to obey the Shariat



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A symptom of belief in the heart is to obey the Shariat


12- It is very easy not to commit a haram and to carry out the rules of Islam. It seems difficult to the sick-hearted. Yes, there are many jobs that are easy for healthy people. Yet they are difficult to the sick. The sickness of the heart involves not believing in the Shariat entirely. Even if such people say that they believe, it is not a real confirmation. It is a confirmation through words. A symptom that indicates the existence of a real confirmation, true iman in the heart, is to feel it easy to walk along the path of the Shariat.


Allah's worldly blessings are for everybody


13 - Allahu ta'ala gives favors, blessings, gifts that is, His kindness reach everybody every moment, no matter whether he is good or evil. Without discriminating, He sends everybody property, children, food, the right way to Islam, guidance, safety, and every goodness.


The difference is in the way people accept and receive Allah's gifts, or in their not being able to receive them. It is declared in the thirty-third Ayat of Surat-un-Nahl:

"Allahu ta'ala does not torment or do injustice to His born servants (men). They treat themselves cruelly and torment themselves with their own evil thoughts and loathsome deeds that draw them to torments and sufferings."

As a matter of fact, while the sun shines over the laundryman and over the linen in the same manner, it tans the man's face, while whitening the linen.


[By the same token, though it shines over the apple and over the pepper in the same manner, it reddens and sweetens the apple, yet it reddens and makes bitter the pepper. Though the sweetness and the bitterness are caused by the rays of the sun, the difference between them is not from the sun; it is from themselves. Because Allahu ta'ala pities all people very much, more than a mother's mercy upon her child, He has declared in the Qur'an al-karim how every person, every family, every society and every nation, all over the world, in each century should act in each of their undertakings, in which way they should run their activities, and what they should abstain from in order to be comfortable in this and the next worlds. The Ahl as-sunnat scholars learnt all these with their keen insight, and, writing millions of books, they communicated them to the whole world. This means to say that Allahu ta'ala has not left people free in their actions. Consequently, there is not a place left on the earth where Islam has not been conveyed. Islam cannot be separated from worldly affairs. Attempting to do so means to strive to destroy Islam and the Muslims from the earth?]

The reason why people will not attain the blessings of the hereafter is because they turn away from Him. He who turns away will certainly get nothing. A container with a covered brim will certainly not get April's rain. Yes, many people who have turned away still seem to live with worldly blessings and so they are considered as not being deprived. But these are given to them as a reward for their struggling for this world. However, things that are regarded as worldly blessings are, in actual fact, the seeds of torment and calamity. They are disasters which Allahu ta'ala deceptively gives their owners by misrepresenting them as blessings. As a matter of fact, it is declared in the fifty-sixth ayat of Surat-ul-Muminun, "Do disbelievers presume that we are doing them a favor or are helping them by giving them property and many children? Do they say that we are rewarding them because they disbelieve my Prophet and dislike the Islamic religion? No, it is not so. They are wrong. They do not understand that these are not blessings, but disasters." Then, the worldly things that are given to those whose hearts have turned away from Allahu ta'ala are all desolation and calamity. They are like the sweetmeats given to the diabetic.


[The heart is a force existing in the piece of flesh which is (also) called heart (qalb). As for the soul; it occupies the whole body. When a heart wants to follow his nafs and commit disbelief or sins, if Allahu ta'ala pities that person, He does not will him to commit disbelief and sins. So he cannot do them. If He does not pity him, He wills him to commit the sins and creates them, and then punishes him. Therefore, the reason why a man is drawn to torments and disasters is due to his own behavior; that is, he follows his nafs.

Question: If Allahu ta'ala did not create the nafs, then people would have been free from being deceived. Nobody would have committed bad deeds and all would have gone to Paradise. Would it not be better?

Answer: The creation of the nafs is intended for man's living, multiplying and working in the world, and for their earning thawab of Jihad for the Hereafter. Allahu ta'ala created the nafs for many reasons. On the other hand, pitying all men, He created 'aql (reason, wisdom) in them. He also sent down commands and prohibitions so that everyone could stop following his nafs, control it, avoid its harms, and thereby live in comfort. The 'aql is a power which examines and distinguishes the good and bad influences coming from the brain, satan, and the nafs. During this process, if it can choose the good, it is called ''Aql-i salim'. Allahu ta'ala, by means of sending prophets, also informed His born servants of what is good and useful, what is bad and harmful, and that all the desires of the nafs are bad. The aql can discriminate between the desires of the nafs and the things which were determined to be useful by the Prophets, and communicate this realization to the heart. If the heart prefers the thoughts which came from the aql, the desires of nafs are not fulfilled; that is, you will not let your limbs do that action. If one prefers and wishes to do the deeds which are said to be good according to the Shariat, one will attain happiness. The process of preferring and wishing good or evil with the heart is called 'Kasb.' Human limbs of movement depend on the brain, and the brain depends on the heart. They act compatibly with the orders of the heart. The heart is a center wherein all the influences coming from the sense organs, the spirit, the nafs, and Satan are accumulated. Therefore, if the heart follows the 'aql, creation of the nafs will not prevent people from attaining eternal blessings.].


There is no mercy for kafirs in the next world

14 - Although Allah's mercy and compassion reaches everybody, Muslims and disbelievers alike, in this world and He rewards everybody's good deeds in this world, there will not be a mote of mercy for the disbelievers in the Hereafter. As a matter of fact, it is declared in the Qur'an, in the fifteenth ayat of surat-u Hud, "Those with a short sight and defective mind do every favor in order to obtain worldly comforts and benefits such as fame, rank and reverence. We give the rewards for these efforts of theirs only in this world. Their earnings in the Hereafter will only be fire of Hell. For they have received the recompense for their efforts in this world. They have only one credit left, which is fire of Hell, the punishment for their corrupt intentions. Their efforts in this world, which they have done for their ambitions and lusts and for show, will prove to be to no avail to them, nor will they be able to rescue themselves from Hell."

It is declared in the eighteenth ayat of Surat-ul-Isra', "Those with minds and visions which are restricted within the frame of this world give up the Hereafter and run after the transient pleasures of the present life. We easily and abundantly give what We want of these blessings, which they think of day and night and of which they vie for by enduring many hardships, to whomever We want. But by doing this, We are not really doing them a favor. We are preparing the fire of Hell for them. In the next world, they will be kept far away from mercy and will be drawn to Hell in a degrading manner. As for those who, instead of holding to only worldly blessings, each of which is transient and leaves torments and disasters behind, wish for the endless, real and never-changing blessings of the Hereafter, which I point out and like, We like all their efforts because they follow the way which I declare in the Qur'an. Both to the lovers of this world and to those who believe My words and carry out My commands, We shall give what they want in this world. We shall not deprive anybody of what he expects. We scatter our blessings to all. There is nobody whom your Allah's blessings do not reach."


Signs of love


15 - For adapting oneself to Muhammad 'alaihis-salatu wa-s-salam' completely and flawlessly, one needs to love him completely and without defect. The symptom of complete and perfect love is to bear hostility against his enemies, and to dislike those who dislike him. Love cannot include sloth. Lovers, being crazy about their darlings, cannot do anything against them. They cannot come to a mutual agreement with those who act against them. The love for two opposites cannot settle in the same heart together. To love one of two opposites entails enmity towards the other.


These worldly blessings are transient and deceitful. If they are yours today, they will be somebody else's tomorrow. But those which will be obtained in the Hereafter are endless and will be earned in the world. If a few days' life in this world is spent following Hadrat Muhammad, who is the most valuable man in this and the next worlds, one may hope for endless bliss, eternal salvation. Otherwise, unless one adapts oneself to him, everything turns into nothing. Every good deed and act of kindness done without following him remains here, nothing will be obtained in the Hereafter.

Hadrat Muhammad is Allah's darling

16 - Hadrat Muhammad is the darling of Allahu ta'ala. The best of everything will be given to the darling.

[As-Sayyid Abdulhakim-i Arwasi Effendi said, "Every prophet is superior to all his people in every respect, in his time, and in his place. Yet Muhammad ('alaihissalam) is the highest of all of the creatures which have come and will come to the world from the day it was created to Doomsday. No one is superior to him in any respect. This fact is not difficult to realize. Allahu ta'ala, who makes what He wills and what He likes, created him so. No person has power enough to praise him. No human being is able to criticize him." It is written in the preface of the book Marifatnama that Allahu ta'ala said, "Were it not for thee, I would not have created the heavens." The same is also written in the sixth and thirteenth pages of the book Mawahib-i Ladunniyya and in the thirteenth and fifteenth pages of the book Anwar-i Muhammadiyya. This fact is also stated in the letters numbered 122 and 124 in the third volume of Maktubat by Imam-i Rabbani, and in the Persian annotation of that volume.


Miracles of our Prophet. Superiority of the Qur'an

17 - Allahu ta'ala has gathered in His darling all the visible and invisible advantages, all the superior traits and all that is beautiful and which can exist in a person. For example, his face was the most beautiful among all human beings and was very luminous. His blessed face was white mixed with red and shone like the moon. His words were so sweet that they pleased hearts and attracted souls. His mind was so great that, though coming from among the very violent and obstinate people of the Arabic Peninsula, he handled them very well, endured their torments and thus brought them to tenderness and obedience. Many of them abandoned their religions and converted to Islam; for the cause of Islam, they even fought against their fathers and children. For his (the Prophet's) sake they sacrificed their possessions and homes and shed their own blood. As a matter of fact, they were not used to such things. He was so good-tempered, so tender, so forgiving, so patient, so kind and so benevolent that everybody admired him. Those who saw him or heard about him, became Muslims willingly. No unseemliness or defect was ever noted in any of his actions, in any of his words. Though for his own sake he never became offended with anybody, he was harsh and severe against those who spoke ill of or laid hands on the religion. If he hadn't been tender and affable towards everybody, it would have been beyond anybody's strength to sit beside him or to listen to him owing to his awe-inspiring prophethood and his great manners (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa sallam).

Despite the fact that he had not read or learned anything from anybody, that he had never been able to write, and that he had come from people who did not travel and who knew nothing of past history and of those around them, he communicated facts written in the Tawrat (the book which was revealed to Hadrat Musa) and the Injil (the real Bible) and in all other holy books. He conveyed information about the states of ancient people. Giving evidences and proofs, he silenced all the notables of every religion and every profession. As the greatest mujiza (a prophet's miracle), he put forward the Qur'an al-karim, and though he made the challenge: "You cannot express anything like even one of its six thousand two hundred and thirty-six ayats (verses)," nobody was able to meet his challenge, though all the enemies of Islam all over the world co-operated and poured out their possessions and wealth in order to do this for more than fourteen hundred years. And today, Jews, priests and masonic lodges, however hard they are striving, by spending out millions and using all their forces cannot compete with it. In the early days of Islam, the Arabs were much more advanced in literary arts such as poetry and eloquence than in any other area, so that most of their accomplishments were based on literature. Yet they had to admit that they would fall far short of saying anything to compete with the very powerful expressive style of the Qur'an. Being unable to surpass the Qur'an, many of them came to reason and converted to Islam. And the ones who did not believe had to fight in order to prevent Islam from spreading.


There are innumerable things in the Qur'an al-karim that nobody can do or say. We will explain six of them here:

Firstly: Ijaz, and balaghat. This means to convey many things smoothly and perfectly in few words.

Secondly: Though its letters and words are like Arabic letters and words, the prayers, that is, words and sentences, are quite unlike the words, poems and orations of Arabs. Qur'an al-karim is not of man: it is Allah's word. The comparison of human words to the Qur'an al-karim is like the resemblance of pieces of glass to diamonds. After understanding this very well, philologists admit it.

Thirdly: A person does not become bored with Qur'an al-karim, no matter how much he reads it. His desire, zeal, love and pleasure increase. On the other hand, no such desire or taste occurs while reading the translations of the Qur'an al-karim or other types of its written forms or all other books; instead, boredom sets in. Getting tired is different from getting bored.

Fourthly: Many known and unknown facts, about the states of past people are told in the Qur'an al-karim.

Fifthly: It foretells the things that will happen in the future, many of which have already happened and are still happening.

Sixthly: Pieces of knowledge which nobody can know at any time. Allahu ta'ala has explained the 'Ulum-i-awwalin the 'Ulum-i-akhirin in Qur'an al-karim.

The fact that Qur'an al-karim is a mujiza (miracle) is explained very well in the book Herkese Lazim Olan Iman (Iman Which is Necessary for Everybody), published by Hakikat Kitabevi in the Turkish and English languages, and in the sixteenth letter in the third volume of the book Maktubat-i Mathumiyya. The Turkish and English translations of this letter exist at the end of the books Could not answer, and Cevab Veremedi.


This means to say that, for wise and reasonable people, it is a very obvious fact that a person who, while having been born and raised in a big city among its inhabitants and having lived for forty years together with them and having never read books or traveled or recited poems or made speeches, suddenly brought a book which nobody can write and which, with its subtleties --six of which we have explained- is above any word or any book, and who is in every respect, the best of all the people and Prophets (salawatullahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajmain), owing to his beautiful habits and superior manners, is Allah's beloved Prophet.

Miracles of our Prophet. Superiority of the Qur'an

17 - Allahu ta'ala has gathered in His darling all the visible and invisible advantages, all the superior traits and all that is beautiful and which can exist in a person. For example, his face was the most beautiful among all human beings and was very luminous. His blessed face was white mixed with red and shone like the moon. His words were so sweet that they pleased hearts and attracted souls. His mind was so great that, though coming from among the very violent and obstinate people of the Arabic Peninsula, he handled them very well, endured their torments and thus brought them to tenderness and obedience. Many of them abandoned their religions and converted to Islam; for the cause of Islam, they even fought against their fathers and children. For his (the Prophet's) sake they sacrificed their possessions and homes and shed their own blood. As a matter of fact, they were not used to such things. He was so good-tempered, so tender, so forgiving, so patient, so kind and so benevolent that everybody admired him. Those who saw him or heard about him, became Muslims willingly. No unseemliness or defect was ever noted in any of his actions, in any of his words. Though for his own sake he never became offended with anybody, he was harsh and severe against those who spoke ill of or laid hands on the religion. If he hadn't been tender and affable towards everybody, it would have been beyond anybody's strength to sit beside him or to listen to him owing to his awe-inspiring prophethood and his great manners (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa sallam).


Despite the fact that he had not read or learned anything from anybody, that he had never been able to write, and that he had come from people who did not travel and who knew nothing of past history and of those around them, he communicated facts written in the Tawrat (the book which was revealed to Hadrat Musa) and the Injil (the real Bible) and in all other holy books. He conveyed information about the states of ancient people. Giving evidences and proofs, he silenced all the notables of every religion and every profession. As the greatest mujiza (a prophet's miracle), he put forward the Qur'an al-karim, and though he made the challenge: "You cannot express anything like even one of its six thousand two hundred and thirty-six ayats (verses)," nobody was able to meet his challenge, though all the enemies of Islam all over the world co-operated and poured out their possessions and wealth in order to do this for more than fourteen hundred years. And today, Jews, priests and masonic lodges, however hard they are striving, by spending out millions and using all their forces cannot compete with it. In the early days of Islam, the Arabs were much more advanced in literary arts such as poetry and eloquence than in any other area, so that most of their accomplishments were based on literature. Yet they had to admit that they would fall far short of saying anything to compete with the very powerful expressive style of the Qur'an. Being unable to surpass the Qur'an, many of them came to reason and converted to Islam. And the ones who did not believe had to fight in order to prevent Islam from spreading.

There are innumerable things in the Qur'an al-karim that nobody can do or say. We will explain six of them here:

Firstly: Ijaz, and balaghat. This means to convey many things smoothly and perfectly in few words.

Secondly: Though its letters and words are like Arabic letters and words, the prayers, that is, words and sentences, are quite unlike the words, poems and orations of Arabs. Qur'an al-karim is not of man: it is Allah's word. The comparison of human words to the Qur'an al-karim is like the resemblance of pieces of glass to diamonds. After understanding this very well, philologists admit it.


Thirdly: A person does not become bored with Qur'an al-karim, no matter how much he reads it. His desire, zeal, love and pleasure increase. On the other hand, no such desire or taste occurs while reading the translations of the Qur'an al-karim or other types of its written forms or all other books; instead, boredom sets in. Getting tired is different from getting bored.

Fourthly: Many known and unknown facts, about the states of past people are told in the Qur'an al-karim.

Fifthly: It foretells the things that will happen in the future, many of which have already happened and are still happening.

Sixthly: Pieces of knowledge which nobody can know at any time. Allahu ta'ala has explained the 'Ulum-i-awwalin the 'Ulum-i-akhirin in Qur'an al-karim.

The fact that Qur'an al-karim is a mujiza (miracle) is explained very well in the book Herkese Lazim Olan Iman (Iman Which is Necessary for Everybody), published by Hakikat Kitabevi in the Turkish and English languages, and in the sixteenth letter in the third volume of the book Maktubat-i Mathumiyya. The Turkish and English translations of this letter exist at the end of the books Could not answer, and Cevab Veremedi.

This means to say that, for wise and reasonable people, it is a very obvious fact that a person who, while having been born and raised in a big city among its inhabitants and having lived for forty years together with them and having never read books or traveled or recited poems or made speeches, suddenly brought a book which nobody can write and which, with its subtleties --six of which we have explained- is above any word or any book, and who is in every respect, the best of all the people and Prophets (salawatullahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajmain), owing to his beautiful habits and superior manners, is Allah's beloved Prophet.

How to follow the Messenger. Children's education.

18 - To following him means to like and do the rules of Islam willingly, to regard and revere his commands and the things which the Shariat cherishes and holds great, such as, his scholars and the pious, and to strive to spread his Shariat and not to love those who do not want to follow the orders of Allahu ta'ala.

[Our Prophet 'sall-Allahu alaihi wa sallam' said, "All of you are like shepherds of flocks. As a shepherd protects his flock, so you should protect those under your command from Hell! You should teach them Islam! If you don't, you will be held responsible." And once he said, "Many Muslim children will go to the Hell named Wayl because of their fathers, for their fathers, being seized by the ambition of earning money and making merry and running after worldly affairs only, did not teach their children Islam and the Qur'an al- karim. I am far removed from such fathers. And they are away from me. Those who do not teach their children their religion will go to Hell." And once he said, "Those who teach their children the Qur'an al-karim or who send them to teachers of the Qur'an al-karim for each letter of the Qur'an al-karim they will be given rewards as if they visited the Kaba ten times, and on the Day of Resurrection a crown of sovereignty will be put on their head. All people will see it and admire it." And once he said, "Teach your children how to perform salat (ritual prayer). When they are seven years old, command them to perform salat. When they are ten years old, beat them if they do not perform it and have them perform it." And once he said, "When a Muslim's child worships, his father will receive as much reward as he gets. When a person teaches his child to sin and whenever this child commits sins, his father also will be recorded sinful to the same extent." Ibni Abidin [Sayyid Muhammad Amin bin 'Umar bin Abdulaziz was fiqh savant. He was born in Damascus in 1198 and died there in 1252 A.H. He became mature with the tawajjuh and the presence of Mawlana Halid-i Baghdadi. When this sun of Wilayat set in Damascus, he became the imam and conducted the namaz of janaza performed for him. He wrote many books. His commentary for Durr-ul-Mukhtar consists of five volumes and has been printed several times under the name of Radd-ul-Mukhtar. It is the most dependable fiqh book in the Hanafi Madhhab. The major part of the fiqh information that covers 130 chapters of the Turkish version of our book, Endless Bliss, has been translated from its five volumes that were printed in Egypt in 1272 A.H. He is credited with many fatwas.] says at the end of the section on the makruh actions in namaz, "If a person has his child do the things that are haram for himself to do, he has committed a haram. A person who has his son wear silk clothes or ornaments him with gold or who has his children drink alcohol or lets them urinate in the direction of qibla [The direction a Muslim turns when performing namaz. This direction points to the Kaba.], or causes them to stretch their legs in the direction of qibla will be sinful."



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