The Heart of the Believer

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Shaykh Mehemt Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 2nd 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 Rasūlina Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūl Allāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqāni madad. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

The most important thing in the human body is the heart. Our Prophet (saw) said: “If that is good, the whole body becomes good if that is bad, the whole body becomes bad”. It is like this both physically and spiritually. If you have a heart disease they treat you. They do physical treatment but actually they need to do the spiritual treatment. A Muslim’s heart is clean. It is full of love of Allāh and fear of Allāh. It should be filled with goodness for people. It should be merciful. There should be mercy. When it is so then you are a true believer – you want goodness for everyone. You never want badness for anyone.

Once upon a time Sirrī Saqaṭī Hz. Ma‘rūf Karkhī Hz. he was in Baghdad. The river Tigris runs through Baghdad. The river Tigris is a big river. Because it was big they used to travel on it by boat, they went around. One day when they were sitting a boat passed them by. There were young people in it. They were singing and playing, making jokes, and also drinking alcohol. His friends said to him – “These are sinners. Curse on them.” He said “O Allāh make these people happy hereafter, just like they are happy here”. They asked him – “These people are sinners. We asked you to curse on them but you prayed for their ākhirah”. He answered them – “People, who will be happy in ākhirah should have gained Allāh’s pleasure, be granted Allāh’s forgiveness.” They heard later that those youngsters really repented and came to the right path.

The heart of a true Muslim, awliyā’, always wants goodness. They don’t respond to bad people with bad manners, they respond with the manners of awliyā’. If they are mistreated, they still do good. Finally, with Allāh’s permission they find goodness. A non-believer’s heart is just the opposite. There is no mercy in that heart, no goodness, just misery. They don’t want goodness for anyone. They only want goodness for themselves. They don’t want goodness for anyone else. A believer’s heart isn’t like that, his heart is pure and good just as our Prophet (sas) described. This is a good heart – a heart that doesn’t want badness for others.

A very important thing in life of human being, anybody – the heart. It is most important piece in our body. Prophet (saw) he was saying in his holy talk, ḥadīth – there is one piece of meat in your body, if it is good, all your body good. If it is spoilt and not good, all your body finished, not good. And this is for spiritual and material also. Material – now many hospitals, many doctors, they are experts and good doctors. They can make surgery, make bypass, other many things they do now for heart. They survive people. But this is not so important like spiritual one.

In spiritual one must be for good believing, good Awliyā’u Llāh, or normal believers. It must be full of love for Allāh and Prophet (saw) and for people also to need, to want, ask for good things for people, giving light, giving mercy for people. This is right one. Even they saw bad thing, they like to make it changing to better.

There is once in Baghdad Ma‘rūf al-Karkhi, he is big awliyā’. He was, mother and father they were Christian and they give him to one teacher to teach him. And of course, teacher he was a Christian. He was saying three in one, one in three something like this. He said “No, only One. Only one God, no three Gods. Cannot be.” He was small boy. And teacher was beating him. At the end he run away from teacher. And mother and father they were asking. They regret, they said “If he comes, we ask him which religion he will be and we follow him.” After a while, he come. He said only one God. They accept, mother and father also become Muslim. And he was from childhood like holy one. Many karāmāt for him. Even to visit his grave was famous to accept du‘ā’ for him, for who are visiting his grave.

Once he was sitting with his companions near river called Dijla (Tigris) passing through Turkey, coming through Baghdad. And this is big river. People can go by boat, even by ship. So there were many people going, coming. Once they were sitting and there was boat full of youngsters. They were singing, laughing, drinking. And these people they saw – “O Shaykh, look, these people, they are doing ḥarām, wrong thing middle of the day, middle of people. Curse them, pray for them to be cursed.” And he said “O Allāh, they are happy here. Make them happy in ākhirah also.” Companions were very astonished. “What? O Shaykh, what are you saying? These people, we tell you to curse them. You are making du‘ā’ for them.” He said if they are happy in ākhirah, it is real happiness. Bad people cannot be happy in ākhirah. So Allāh make them acceptable people. And really after a while, they hear all these youngsters from du‘ā’ of Ma‘rūf al-Karkhi, they become good people and left this bad life.

This is what Awliyā’u Llāh, they like for people. They like only good thing for people, they don’t like any bad thing. They want to be everybody to be good. Even Mawlānā many times we hear this in his ṣuḥbah. He said “I am wishing to be all this island to be real Muslim.” This for believers – clean heart, nice heart, soft heart – our aim, order. And who are not believer or not respecting Prophet (saw), their heart darkness and they don’t want anything good for people. Only they want bad thing for people. And they are miserable, here miserable and in next life also miserable. To be good heart, it is nice and it is good for you, for all human being. We try, in shā’ Allāh, to take this bad thing from our heart, in shā’ Allāh.

Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq al-Fātiḥah.

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