Imprison Your Ego

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Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbat of the 31srt of March, 2016.

As -salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

Audhu billahi min ash-shaytani r-rajim. Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. Aṣ-ṣalatu wa s-salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin Sayyidi lawwalīna wa l-akhirīn. Madad ya RasulAllah, madad ya Sadati As’habi RasulAllah, madad ya Sheikh Abdullah Daghistani, Sheikh Abdullah Fa’iz ad-Daghistani, Sheikh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani madad. ṭarīqatuna ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi jam’iyyah.

Our Prophet is saying “Rabbana la takilna ila anfūsina tarfata ‘ayn, wa la aqilla min dhalik.” Its meaning is “O Allah! Don’t leave us to our egos, even for a blink of an eye.” Because ego… Our Prophet, who said this, is the Beloved of Allah, the Prophet for whose honor Allah created the universes. He [JJ] said “I forgive your past and future sins”. Of course, our Prophet has no sins. Actually, even ordinary Prophets are innocent and free from sin. Despite the fact that our Prophet did not have such things, despite the fact that our Prophet was so great and big, he is asking Allah Azza wa Jalla not to leave him to his ego.

People like us should pay more attention. The ego embarrasses a person. If you follow your ego, you will be embarrassed both in this world and even more so in akhirah. But what do we do? Forget about a blink, we satisfy our egos and then ask for repentance afterwards. We say we will not do it again. This lasts only for 1, 2 or 3 days, when it should last for a lifetime.

Therefore, don’t compromise even a little. Don’t obey your ego even a little. Because when you obey your ego, your ego never says “Let me take you to the mosque, let’s go pray, let’s go for dhikr, let’s listen to a sohbat.” It doesn’t care. It only cares about the stomach and below it. That is the ego’s concern. Nothing else. “I shall do all kinds of evil ” it says. The ego never orders to do good things. If you follow your ego, you will regret it.

You should imprison your ego. There is no other choice. Don’t think you can feed your ego and then it will obey you. The more you feed it, the wilder it grows. Therefore, be cautious. Don’t obey your ego. You will regret both in dunya and be slapped by Allah. Don’t say “Why did this happen to me?” afterwards.

Prophet (saws) he was saying “O My Lord – Rabbana la takilna ila nafsina tarfata ‘ayn wa la aqilla min dhalik.” O My Lord, don’t let us to follow or to look for, after, – Don’t let us for our ego one second ‘tarfata ‘aynin’ meaning to open and close your eyes. And who saying this? Our Prophet (saws), the Beloved, most Beloved in whole universe for Allah Azza wa Jalla. He was praised, with his name, and Allah say, praise him every time. And there is no sin for Prophet (saws).

All Prophets there are no sin for them, Allah keep them away from to doing bad thing, wrong thing. ‘Ma’sum’ meaning [blameless]. And Prophet (saws) he has nothing. Even with this, he was saying O my Lord don’t let [leave] me one second to my ego. But for us it is not one second. We are one day, two days, one week, two weeks, month, years, whole life, we are only trying to feed our ego, to make her to [be] full. We say, we must feed her and after she will become satisfied, and no more. But no. As much you give, it wants more, more, more. No, you cannot feed. You must keep yourself. Because ego not taking you…

Never we hear ego take people to mosque, to hajj, to pay zakat, to give sadaqa, to do good thing. Never. Because it’s thinking from stomach and down. It is only this – what ego order. Meaning, it is ‘süfli” Meaning it is low, not high. High from up [above] stomach, and upstairs – high. Down, it is for ego, for toilet, for every bad thing. It is this [that] ego order you. So, as much as you do wrong thing, it is not satisfied. We must keep ego tightly. Not to give her, to give it freedom.

No, it must be in jail every time. In our jail to not make, who there is (hapisteyken şeylere ne derler? prisoner? not prisoner. criminal?) a criminal people, you can send them away after you catch them. If you send them away, they will also be doing same thing. But in prison it is good for them, for other people also. This is our ego also, criminal. You must keep them very tight, very in guard [guarded]. Don’t let them [for] one second out. If you go one second, quickly making problem. Especially for who are following tariqat following Allah. Ego more enemy for them. Attacking more and more.

And there are people asking, how we can manage for win on our ego? You must fight whole your life. Don’t say I put my ego under my feet and ok finished now. No. Whole your life it is like this, until last breath and after you will be free from ego. When you finish, you are under the ground, you finished from ego. So, don’t ask me how we can make our ego down. You must fight every time. Don’t give any chance for your ego, because if you follow ego, you’ll be rezil, ashamed in dunya. It makes you ashamed every time, and that is enough. Allah send you one slap from Him also, make everything bad for you and for akhira it is worse.

So, insha’Allah, Allah keep us safe from our ego. Amin. Wa min Allahi t-tawfīq Al-Fātiha

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