Mahdī (ع) and the Role of Women

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 17th of July, 2016.

Q: As-salām ‘alaykum Shaykh Mehmet

S: Wa ‘alaykum as-salām wa raḥamatu Llāhi wa barakātuhu.

Q: I’d like to ask you a few questions with your permission.

S: Ja, in shā’a Llāh.

Q: Shaykh Mehmet, you have been chosen as the deputy of Imām Mahdī, what does that mean for you?

S: We are chosen … Mawlānā he appoint us to, for his place. So it is the place, when Mahdī (as) coming, he is also one of deputy of Mahdī (as). We are following order only. We are not saying I am this, I am that. Only when something happen, we can be, if we are not, another one. But, in shā’a Llāh, we hope it is near, Sayyidinā al-Mahdī. We are waiting long time ago, all people waiting, but it is now end of time, in shā’a Llāh. We hope to be his deputy, in shā’a Llāh.

Q: Imām Mahdī was supposed to reveal himself in 2011 at the Ḥajj but instead there was a spiritual meeting between you, Shaykh Nāẓim and the Mahdī. What did the Mahdī reveal to you at that time?

S: This date it is heavenly and it is appeared for Awliyā’u Llāh. Time it is not important because sometimes they give a date, but this date when you see in Heaven date, maybe it is near, maybe it is far. From love of Allāh, you cannot realise. It is just order of Allāh and it is like this. So we waiting.

Q: There has been some opposition to your leadership within the ṭarīqah itself. Has it been resolved to your satisfaction now?

S: Al-ḥamdu liLlāh we are only following order of Mawlānā and it is order for everybody. Somebody, if they are not happy you cannot force them. It is way of heart. You cannot force people to follow you. What only like to do, is to have good people with us. Maybe because after Mawlānā he select people, he choose people, who must be follow us, to not make it more hard. Because it is too hard to this situation, this position for us. If you have difficult people it will be more difficult. So he select them and he take them out. And al-ḥamdu liLlāh we are going now with very good people, in shā’a Llāh and good – asking Allāh to send people who will be good for ṭarīqah, for ummah, in shā’a Llāh.

Q: Imām Mahdī is supposed to be part of the Naqshbandī ṭarīqah, how do you feel about being a guide for the Mahdī?

S: This is maybe a little bit misunderstood. Mawlānā was saying for Imām Mahdī, when he comes, he is Mujtahid Muṭlaq. What meaning this? Ijtihād meaning to put rule for sharī‘ah. So Prophet (saws) he was first ruler. After him there were many madhhab, ṭarīqah. Also all, most of them, finish – only to four madhhab: Hanafī, Shāfi‘ī, Mālikī, Ḥanbalī. And ṭarīqah, there is 41 ṭarīqah. All this mujtahid meaning – everyone they have a different opinion. But when Mahdī (as) coming, Mawlānā was saying last time he.. it will be only one madhhab, one ṭarīqah. So no ṭarīqah in his time, only his, because he is real khalīfah and we, all people following him by ṭarīqah and by sharī‘ah also. So no Naqshbandī ṭarīqah at that time, only his, no any ṭarīqah.

Q: Why has the Mahdī needed to remain hidden for so long?

S: For some wisdom from Allāh (awj). But it need this I think. If he appear, people, no time for…when he appears he will be for his time, but now he didn’t because time not yet. Order not coming yet to appear. It must be cooked – this world. Still need I think. I don’t know if it still needs, but it looks like it’s very cooked, burned now. But, in shā’a Llāh we wait, in shā’a Llāh. Time Allāh He know the best, Allāh (awj) He knows.

Q: For such a huge spiritual being why would he only have 313 followers?

S: 313, I didn’t understand the question.

Q: They said that Imām Mahdī will have 313 followers, supporters.

S: Commanders, this. Commanders. The others are down of them, many they have – all, in shā’a Llāh, will be his follower.

Q: But he will also face a lot of opposition, who are the forces that will be opposing the Mahdī?

S: Of course the people who are following making this mess in this world, Islamic world especially, and other forces also who are against Islām also. All will be shayṭān’s army, all will be facing him.

Q: I would like to talk a little bit about Bībī Fāṭimah. You know our Prophet gave her so much respect and regard, but unfortunately she died quite sad and disappointed. And she faced opposition. Why is this?

S: There is many thing for this. She is, because she was the most beloved for Prophet (saws), she was very sad, very sensitive and she couldn’t more than six months live after Prophet (saws). Because he (saws) told her when he was ill, “I will pass away.” And she was very sad.

He told her good tiding for her “you will be with me after, the first one, you will be with me.” So she was like this, very sensitive and small thing happened at that time, she was…because ṣaḥābah (ra) they are good, but to make…it was test, it was really difficult, because the order of the Prophet and this sensitivity of Sayyidatinā Fāṭimah… So it was very difficult for them, but for order of Prophet (saws) they preferred to do it and she was disappointed for this. But Allāh reward her and she will be in shā’a Llāh happy, very happy because she’s the first one who went to Prophet (saws). It is little bit thing in dunyā we cannot… She was whole life suffering from dunyā, so after Prophet (saws) also this happened for her just to make her higher in her degree. So, no need to make it something big for to curse any ṣaḥābah or to say wrong thing for ṣaḥābah.

Q: What has been her role and the role of Bībī Zaynab in keeping the religion pure? What has been their contribution?

S: She is the mother of all Ahlu l-Bayt, the generation (descendants) of Prophet (saws). This is enough, and she was like mother for Prophet, even she’s daughter but she was like mother, yes. She had big, very big role. She’s named after ṣaḥābah she’s coming, Ḥasan, Ḥusayn, Sayyidatinā Fāṭimah. She is very huge

Q: And also Bībī Zaynab?

S: Bībī Zaynab, but she’s … Fāṭimah the best.

Q: But even Bībī Zaynab she went against and took on the authorities and challenged them, being a woman and, you know. How important was that, for us as Muslims, her example – that she stood up and spoke out against what she thought was wrong at the time?

S: After Karbalā’, this is another subject. Sayyidatinā Fāṭimah’s role another subject. Sayyidatinā Zaynab also big thing, but at that time what happened it was wrong. And it was against – the fitnah beginning from there…from not from… It is long story but it is really sad thing happened, very wrong thing happened at that time. For Islām especially, because this not accepting the highness of Prophet (saws). We said they’re making as they are the highest position in Quraysh. So it was really difficult. It is long thing to explain here. But al-ḥamdu liLlāh, Allāh He honour them and now everywhere millions of people visiting her, but who make wrong for them, nobody visit them, nobody asking about them.

Q: Shaykh Nāẓim had told me that Hz Abū Bakr said that he was keeping the amānah of Bībī Fāṭimah to give to Imām Mahdī. What is this amānah?

S: Spiritual amānah, spiritual thing, because she has big because Sayyidinā al-Mahdī also is from her grandsons. So from Prophet (saws), to grand, his grand-mother Bībī Fāṭimah, he will take it when he appears in shā’a Llāh.

Q: Shaykh Nāẓim always praised his wife, your mother, Hj Anne, saying that she is a great spiritual power and spiritual support for him. What is this.. what is the kind of spiritual support that she was giving him?

S: Because she is also one of 40 big Awliyā’- arba‘īn we call it, because there is seven of them ladies. This 40 awliyā’ every time they have. When somebody pass away another coming. Seven of them women, one of them Hj Anne. From this she was supporting. And supporting also in life. Because when he was married to her, going everywhere and she was not, she encouraging to go for give people blessing and to guide them to right way. She is not complaining at all and she was looking for the house and children. So he was also support by to be not worried for his house. And especially for spiritual support also.

Q: The power of the feminine, spiritual feminine, seems to be kind of hidden and not really so much talked about or understood. Is this understanding going to be part of the spiritual awakening in the future – the power of the female spirituality?

S: If you like if you see when you go anywhere, the ladies they are more than men. For ziyārah (visiting maqāms), for praying, it is more but they’re, Allāh gave them role to make good people. For her family or for another, their role it is big. They are the first teacher for men – big thing, like Bībī Fāṭimah, like other. So it is not what, feminine [feminists] they are saying “we don’t have anything.” No they have the biggest thing. They bring all this big people, Prophet (sas). Sayidatinā Āminah, her son Prophet (sas) – it is not enough? All these Awliyā’u Llāh they have mothers, all they must be pure people, good people.

Q: Shaykh Nāẓim used to say that the current flows with the two points, so the man and the woman, the male energy the female energy has to come together to become the real power. Is this the secret that they have to sort of work together to become more powerful?

S: Sometimes like this. Many times they cannot – they must suffer from this also.

Q: Not everybody is so lucky.

S: Yes, yes.

Q: Shaykh Nāẓim called Halā Sulṭān, his Sulṭāna. Is it possible for a woman to be a Sulṭān of men?

S: Of course these ṣaḥābah all, we call them Sulṭān – Ayūb Sulṭān. We call them in our tradition we call all ṣaḥābah – Sulṭān. So she is Sulṭāna mā shā’a Llāh.

Q: Imām Mahdī and Jesus are supposed to come together. Could this also be something like this coming together of male female balance? Somehow is this part of bringing harmony to the world?

S: At that time it is only by miracle coming, not by normal thing, male or female. Only miracle time at that time. No need for this, because it is only short period. After it will be Judgement or Qiyāmah. Because no time to make harmony to make this, only very short time.

Q: This will be instantly, everything will just shift overnight or very quickly. That they will appear and everything will just fall into place?

Q: Because the time will finish then the time for people to make amends or to say sorry it will be over.

S: Yes, maybe one months, five months, eight months one year – normally it must be one year, but if time no time, Prophet (saws) he said in one day, also it can all be all this.

Q: Thank you Shaykh Mehmet.

S: In sha Allāh, Allāh makes it very near to meet him in shā’a Llāh, all people meet him in shā’a Llāh. Allāh. Shāhidu l-Ḥaqq. As-salāmu ‘alaykum, Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq, al-Fātiḥah

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