What Are You?

Insha Allah, I am going to talk about something important that all of us have to do. My job is to show you an understanding of it; it is you who is going to do it. All our life, our fight is for this land. What is this land? This body here. Who is going to be in this body? That is your call. Do you want Allah or you to be in this body? This is the fight – you, your nafs and Allah, which one? And which one is you?

First of all, you need to determine what is you? To come to that point you need a lot of education, training, agony, and letting go of the nafs and attachments. What is nafs? Nafs is all attachments and focuses on other than Allah. When you identify with your nafs and say it is you, then you have problems. But when you identify with your Creator, there is no problem except letting go of the nafs.

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We are on this earth to earn nearness to Allah so that we will not get kicked out of His presence, but be there forever.  How one reaches this nearness is as Allah says in Qur’an-i-Karim: Only those who do good actions draw near, not your race, not your face, but your good actions can bring you closer to Allah. So this points out to us that we have to act. Everything is in the action.
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How should we pray when traveling

Recommended Prayers 

Protection Prayers

To be recited every morning:

1. Sura Al Ikhlas (3 times)

2. Sura Al Falak (1 time)

3. Sura Al Naas (1 time)

4. Fatiha ( Salawat + Sura Al Fatiha )

Fatiha and Protection Prayers

Traveling Prayers

To be recited before starting a journey:

1. Protection prayers (as above)

2. Think of the whole bus / plane / vehicle:
Ya Muqtadir Ya Qadir Ya Salaam (3 times)

3. Think of the machine of the vehicle:
Ya Qawi Ya Matin Ya Salaam (3 times)

4. Think of everything, the vehicle, you and all the passengers:
Ya Muhaymin Ya Hafiz Ya Salaam (3 times)

Thank Allah at the end of the journey.

Love, Peace and Togetherness for Goodness
Ya Wadud Ya Salaam Ya Jami Ya Nafi



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Sufism saves you from shirk

Allah does not have a partner. And Allah does not need a partner. Allah is Generous and He wants to be known. That is why He is sharing certain things with you and each one of you He is sharing different things in different magnitudes, in different angles. So that is how you are perceiving Allah one-to-one a unique way. Nobody else is understanding Allah like you do. So this is particular to you. And do not think that this is the only way because Allah is particular to somebody else in a different way. When you talk to him, he may give you a different angle. So do not say this is wrong. Say, Okay this is different. So Allah has bestowed somebody else with different kind of knowledge or different magnitude, that is His business. We cannot mind that. All we can mind is we. So if Allah shares something with us, do not attribute that power, wealth or whatever with that… So whatever is in the heavens and the earth and everything else belongs to Allah directly or indirectly, actually directly! But sometimes it seems indirectly. So if Allah has shared you life, His life with you, this is Allah’s life. If Allah shares some intelligence with you, this is Allah’s intelligence. If Allah shares some money, power, boys, girls, women, men, this with you, then it all belongs to Allah.

So, the most important thing is shirk and on the contrary of what they think about Sufism, they think we are doing shirk, we are not doing shirk. We are very adamant about NOT DOING SHIRK. That is why, you should say A’uzubillahi minash shaytanir rajim [I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the outcast] or Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim [In the name of Allah, The One Who Acts with Mercy, The Source of Mercy] before doing anything. This is what I want you to do: when you wake up, before you start anything, say A’uzubillahi minash shaytanir rajim, Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim for your day. And start your day with Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Allah gave this Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim to save you from shirk. Because there, you are acknowledging that it is Allah’s powers and it is Allah, He actually is the Door and the Owner of Praise and Power is Allah. We are acknowledging that, then play our role as this person.

So Sufism is very keen on not doing shirk. That is why we have to keep cleaning ourselves so that we have to detach ourselves so we cannot, our nafs will not pop up some place and say,”I did it. I am doing it. I am better than you, better than her/him, whatever. I have more money. I have more power.” These are all shirk business. Yes, you may have more power than somebody else but actually it is amaanat: Temporary. Allah, it is all Allah’s power, He can take it anytime He wishes.



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Divorce your nafs

What we teach is how to object your nafs, your ego, so you can see what the system is. I mean, you cannot feel and see the system but your emotions, your nafs, your ego is blocking you. It is dominating you. As long as your nafs is dominating you, as long as you are a slave to your nafs, then you are not free. When you are not free, you cannot see, or do, what the universe is asking from you. So you have to divorce your nafs, your ego. Layer by layer. Divide and conquer. You have to divide into seven pieces, and then take them one by one. That is how you do it. If you open a total war, you lose it because at this time, your nafs is stronger because you think that is you. When you come to the realization that hey, that is not you, that is the animal in you. That is your horse. Then you will win.

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Your existence has always been and will always be, because Allah exists all the time and He will always exist. How can you exist without His existence? So what is Allah doing? Look at electricity. It can be light or it can go into running a refrigerator. What determines what it will become? The form it is subjected to determines this. Allah is energy. When energy is subjected to one type of machine it becomes Light, when subjected to another machine it becomes radio. Did electricity exist before or not? Is it going to exist later? Energy will always exist.

In the Olympics there is a torch. They light it and run and then they light another light. Is it the same light, the same fire? Yes. Your body, every cell in your body, has lived or been carried from the beginning of time or before. Adam and Eve, everything they did and from then on is imprinted, so your cells are conscious of the past. What is not conscious of the past is your brain, or at least it thinks it is not. Now the question is, is it or is it not? Did your brain exist before? If it did exist, you do not remember. But still your body remembers. Your soul remembers. Your consciousness of today – your thinking now – does not remember because it did not exist before. Think about it. Why am I saying this? So what happened before?

Your Ruh remembers everything. The brain that stands for you now does not remember because it did not exist like this before. It will exist like this afterwards. Every cell in your body existed before, or at least its imprint. This is like going to Turkey and seeing that they are still driving ‘56 Chevys. They get the car repaired so many times that everything is changed, but the image is still there.
The chemical makeup of cells, every atom, was created at the beginning. So actually, everything you have is billions of years old.

When we say the Prophet (pbuh) is the beginning of the creation, we cannot comprehend it. [Publisher’s note regarding the same subject: a reference to Allah in the Qur’an (6:103) No vision can comprehend, attain or overtake Him, but He comprehends and overtakes all vision. He is Al Latif [The Subtle One], Al Khabir [The All-Aware One].] But this is not a concept; it is a Reality, in other words, it is the Truth (Haqq). Wake up. How does Allah make a tree? Allah is Hayy (Living). He can start life, well not start it, it is already there. Say the first Big Bang is the beginning; that is where you get Muhammad’s Nur (Light of Muhammad).

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