Be Prepared For Death

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 21st of July, 2016.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.

A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni rrajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūla Llāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqāni. Madad. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

Our Prophet (saw) said: “people get old but by two things stay young.” You aren’t aware you are old. What are these two things? One is the love of the world, loving whatever there is in the world. You think you are young, you don’t think you are old. Whatever is in the world, possessions – that love won’t end just because people got old. There is no such thing. It doesn’t end. You can control that love of the world only by training the ego. “Now I’m young, I love the world, I want to have everything. I won’t do anything, when I get old.” Sometimes as you get older, it comes out more; there may be more love of the world.

The second one is hope, it means “ṭūlu l-amal”. People think they will live more. They don’t say: “we got old, we have to pray more, remember Allāh more”. So, “ṭūlu l-amal” – hope – they think they’ll never die. But you are old. That you are approaching the place where everybody is going, is clear. So pull yourself together. Be for Allāh. Go in the way of Allāh and the Prophet (saw). “We aren’t that old now, we’ll live more, we’ll pray later. If they are praying, I’ll do ḥajj later. We are 60 years old, we can do ḥajj when we are 70, 80. If we make ḥajj, we won’t have any sins.” That is also hope. But Allāh gave us a life, hope won’t make it longer. Do everything as if it will end soon. When you have no hope, you say I do them all at once, so I gain my ākhirah. Like that it has to be continuous.

You have to do good, thinking “We can go evening or morning, how will I face Allāh in the ākhirah?” This is what the Prophet (saw) says and he (saw) is truthful, trustworthy. Every word he (saw) says is the truest. Everybody has this. They have, but the Prophet (saw) says it to train it. Be careful to use these qualities in a way that it serves Allāh. Do everything for Allāh’s sake.

Prophet (saws) he is saying, and he is the most perfect saying. What he said: there is two things in human beings, even when human being is getting old, very old even, these two things still, people… in people it is like young.” As much as he is old, he thinks he is still young. What are these two things? First love of this life, enjoyment of this life – property, car, land, money, everything. Old people they are…don’t think they are saying: “we are old, we don’t want anymore.” Maybe sometimes they want more than young. Why? Because the secret of this, Prophet (saws) is saying, they still think young in their mind. “We are still, we can live many (years) and we need this, we must collect, we must take more, and more, and more.” And it is not good because we are not created only for love of collecting money, collecting land, collecting property or what. We will leave this and we [go] for ākhirah.

And it is seeing also old – they will be not thinking for this. Why? Prophet (saws) saying, this feeling still not changing in human being, feeling young. For this they want more and more.

Second one, what feeling is still young, is hope, long hope. Hope – not feeling even they are old, they say “we still we will live. We will not die.” Even they are not thinking about dying. Only thinking for life. Even, Mawlānā was saying, there is a saying in Turkish “One leg in hole, hole meaning grave, and still they are not feeling this, not doing good thing, not obeying Allāh, not making charity or to do anything. No they not thinking at all. In our ṭarīqah, everyday you must think seven times for death. It is when you waking up – maybe we cannot reach evening we say. When in nighttime you sleep, maybe we cannot wake up. All life, Allāh He give us our life and He [appoint] a certain time for us. So, to be long hope we will live many years, it is not from teaching of Islām, or teaching of ṭarīqah.

Every time we must say “we be ready to be in front of Divine Presence of Allāh and we must be in good condition, not to be ashamed of what we do in our life.” Who are saying, “Oh we will live too much, maybe I’m now 70 years, after 10 years I can go to ḥajj and all my sin it will go.” Allāh knows you will be maybe one hour later you will die. You don’t know. You don’t have guarantee for this. So, we must be ready. Prophet (saws) saying these two things for desire of human being, for everybody this. But we must make it, trim it, to make it good for our way, way of Prophet (saws). When we, in shā’a Llāh, meet him, to be not ashamed in front of him, to be happy, in shā’a Llāh. Allāh help us, all of us.

Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq, al-Fātiḥah.

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