Time of Ignorance

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 16th of May, 2018.

As-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.
A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm.
Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s- Salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīn 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-Dāghistānī, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī. Madad.
Ṭarīqatunā ṣ- ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.
People today are living in the time of ignorance. They think ignorance is knowledge. It is a difficult time for people. Muslims are the same. Muslims are making judgments without knowing the matter. It is not acceptable to make judgment. Muslims and other people – for everyone it says, “Walikullin darajātun mimmā ‘amilū” (6:132) – people have ranks. We are not communists. Even with communists, they claimed everybody was equal and that turned out to be a lie. They had ranks and it wasn’t as they said.
Allāh جل جلاله created people in levels and ranks. Why are we saying this now? In this, the end of times, shayāṭīn have increased. And shayṭān’s tools have increased. They take phones now… Before there were computers, but they had to turn them on. Now there is no need for that. They take the phones, search for whatever they want, then say, “I know now this is like this.” That is not so. It doesn’t work that way. You are not a muftī. You are not an imām, not an ‘ālim. What you learned as knowledge becomes ignorance because of what you do sometimes. Today is the first day of Ramaḍān. May Allāh جل جلاله bless it for everyone. Everyone knows it here. But shayṭān is not standing still. It is not Ramaḍān in Australia today. It is not, I don’t know, somewhere else. They say, “Let’s not fast today.” Look what they’re doing. If you don’t fast today, do you know what happens? You will have to fast 60 days of penalty. Because it is announced that today is Ramaḍān by the authorities. Everybody knows it is Ramaḍān. If you look as you like and follow what some scholar says in some country, you miss one day. And you put yourself under penalty. And even if you fast all your life, you can’t reach the reward of one day, says our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. It is a big game of shayṭān. This shayṭān has his part in everything. We are giving it as an example so that Muslims pay attention.
These incompetent people, sometimes their reading of books is not accepted. Because, as we said, what they read takes them out of the way. It takes them from the right way and puts them into the way of shayṭān. And now even worse are these tools: computers, smartphones, and internet, as we said. People of shayṭān are working not 24 hours but 48 hours. They destroyed the whole world. They are showing oppression as beauty and beauty as oppression. They are showing evil. We have to be careful about it. It is not a toy. You can’t learn religion from the phone. Pay attention to this. Ask. Ask the competent ones. Don’t act according to your mind. If you are in ṭarīqah, you follow your murshid. If you are Muslim, you should ask from a muftī or imām. They will show you the way, they know it. Even an imām cannot give fatwá. He should ask a muftī.
These issues are not playthings. These are the most important things. The matters of religion are not like the matters of this world. The matters of this world are worthless like a toys. “Lahwun wa-la‘ibun” (29:64). The matters of the world are games and entertainment. They have no value. People ask everyone about those worthless things. They look up in the internet, in their phones and can’t decide. They consult people and ask for advice. They go for consultants and pay money. They take it seriously whereas it has no value at all. That is just a game. Children play pretend games. That is the same. We are just bigger and it is a bigger game. We have to pay attention to a really serious matter. Don’t listen to anyone – Fatwá came from here, someone said something there. Don’t ask anything from incompetent people. Don’t act according to their opinions. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla said: Bismi Llāhi r- Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. “Wa in tuṭi‘ akthara man fī l-arḍi yuḍillūka ‘an sabīli Llāh” (6:116). If you follow the majority, they will lead you astray. They will take you out of your way. May Allāh . جل جلالهprotect us .
Today first of Ramaḍān mubārak, in shā’a Llāh, for all of us. Even in Ramaḍān shayṭān he go away but he left his deputies everywhere. Even in Ramaḍān making people to be doubt for what they are doing. Now here it is first of Ramaḍān in this country. There is many country, even only this country it is Ramaḍān only, it is not important. We must follow here. We must follow this because shayṭān he is make people to be doubt. They said, in Australia, in China, or in other place, tomorrow it will be Ramaḍān. Today Wednesday – we make Wednesday and they said it will be Thursday in another countries. So what we will do? We will break our fast? If you break your fast, you know what you will be, you have done? You must fast sixty days kaffārat for this day and one [more] for this day. And Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, like yesterday we said, if you fast whole your life after this it will be not enough, not reaching the reward of this days.
This day this in our country. Other country they can follow their country, no harm for them. But if you are saying, “I’m following this people and I will break my fast,” it will be like this and shayṭān he will be happy, very, very, happy – “I make all this people to destroy this day of fasting and they get no reward.” And even sometimes there will be punishment. Why punishment? Because we are, Allāh جل جلاله create us like in level: high level, second level, third level. “Walikullin darajāt” (6:132), He جل جلاله said Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. Shayṭān try to cheat people and make communism. He said you are all one same level. And they, it was the biggest lie because only they have tyrants they have level more than another not communism place. And it is normal for Allāh جل جلاله, He can do everything to – there is level and this level there is ‘ulamā’, imām, muftī, other. They can give fatwá. So you cannot look for your internet, your phone, and saying, “I see this and I will follow this.”
This is ignorance time, our time. You see all around you thought it is knowledge time but no it is real ignorant time because they ignore Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. It is ignorant time, ignorant people. The most ignorant people in this time. Even Muslim they are ignorant also. They thought if we look for book we can be give fatwá and give to be scholar. No. To be scholar you must study, you must be in under teacher, under guidance, under murshid, under Shaykh. Not easy to look and to understand. For this so many mashāyikh was forbidding their murīd to read book because when they read book they make it not to be good – to be opposite, to to be bad for them. For this they was sometimes saying “don’t read.” And now there is worse than book, this internet and telephone and computer. All people they become crazy and they are brain dirt – not brain washed – brain dirt. Now people, even for Ramaḍān, whole people they say, “Egypt like this. Saudi like this. Syria this, Lebanon this, Pakistan this.” You are living in Turkey. You are living in Cyprus and this government they saying this. And it is it must be you follow them.
We are not saying anything for how we – who is right, who is not right. It is… there is permission but normally it must be, even yesterday or today, for tomorrow it is very difficult to be [beginning Ramaḍān] but it is ok for people who are not saying, “Allāh جل جلاله give permission to follow their country,” and if they people who are doing this with knowing, they will punished by Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. So this is important for people to not learn their religion from internet. Especially to listen to people they are not known what they are or, there is people they are known, they are only speaking against mashāyikh, against Ahlu s- Sunnah, against imām, Madhhab, against awliyā’u Llāh – this don’t listen at all. This is only they are pouring ignorance for people to make their brain dirty, full of dirt, not washed. Washed it must be clean. This is dirty. Only in Ramaḍān, first of Ramaḍān, we are saying this.
In shā’a Llāh to be people satisfied because if you fast now maybe some people fasting, some country fasting tomorrow. And what will be harm for you? It is not ḥarām. Even other country, maybe they fast one day before. We can fast one day day before. After, but if they are fasting one day after, it is not. We lose many thing. If we fast one day before, like yesterday maybe in taqwīm Hāshimī it was first it was yesterday. If we fast it’s okay we get reward, even nāfilah you can reward also. But if it is tomorrow, you break your fast today – problem, big problem. Allāh جل جلاله make our people, give them good thinking to be more clever to know who are they are following, what they have from favour from Allāh جل جلاله, and to be thankful for Him جل جلاله – thank You for thank Him Allāh جل جلاله, shukran liLlāh
Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq, al-Fātiḥah.