December 2006


Don’t Forget – Say Meded

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Ey Benim Şeyh Sultanim (O My Sheykh Sultan)

Sometimes, we chant this after listening to a sohbet of Sheykh Mevlana Nazim:

Chant

Alhamdulillah, we were busy with productive activities in the Dergah while our Sheykh was away.

Cleaning Tesbih

Sheykh Abdul Kerim lead a zikir in Virginia on Saturday evening, December 16th. Pictures from the event:

Virginia 1

Virginia 2

On our Prophet’s intercession on the Day of Judgement…

Narrated Ma’bad bin Hilal Al’Anzi:

We, i.e. some people from Basra gathered and went to Anas bin Malik,
and we went in company with Thabit Al-Bunnani so that he might ask him
about the Hadith of Intercession on our behalf. Behold, Anas was in
his palace, and our arrival coincided with his Duha prayer. We asked
permission to enter and he admitted us while he was sitting on his
bed. We said to Thabit, “Do not ask him about anything else first but
the Hadith of Intercession.” He said, “O Abu Hamza! There are your
brethren from Basra coming to ask you about the Hadith of
Intercession.”

Anas then said, “Muhammad talked to us saying, ‘On the Day of
Resurrection the people will surge with each other like waves, and
then they will come to Adam (as) and say, ‘Please intercede for us
with your Lord.’ Adam (as) will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is greater
than it has ever been or will ever be, I ate the fruit which was
forbidden to me and so I am not fit for that (intercession) but you’d
better go to Nuh (as) as he is the first of the “ulul azim” (greatest
prophets) sent to man.

They will go to Nuh (as) and say, ‘Please intercede for us with your
Lord.’ Nuh (as) will reply, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is greater than it
has ever been or will ever be, once I prayed to him asking that he
should not leave any disbeliever upon this earth, now I am concerned
about myself. I am not fit for that intercession but you’d better go
to Abraham (as) as he is the Khalil (friend) of the Beneficent.’

They will go to Abraham (as) and he will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is
greater than it has ever been or will ever be, I am not fit for that,
for on three occasions I said words near lying and now I am thinking
of myslef, you’d better go to Moses (as) as he is the one to whom
Allah spoke directly.’

So they will go to Moses (as) and he will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is
greater than it has ever been or will ever be, though I was not
commanded to kill I killed a man, therefore I am not fit for that, but
you’d better go to Jesus (as) as he is a soul created by Allah and His
Word.’ (Be: And it was)

They will go to Jesus (as) and he will say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is
greater than it has ever been or will ever be’. Jesus (as) will utter
no sin, in concern he will say ‘my nefs, my nefs, my nefs, I am not
fit for that, but you’d better go to Muhammad (saw).’

They would come to me and I will immediately fall down, prostrate
before Him beneath the Arsh-i Rahman (the divine throne) and He will
inspire me to praise Him with such praises as I do not know now. Then
it will be said, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head and speak, for you will
be listened to; and ask, for you will be granted (your request); and
intercede, for your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O
Lord, my followers! My followers!’ And then it will be said, ‘Go and
take out of Hell (Fire) all those who have faith in their hearts,
equal to the weight of a barley grain.’

I will go and do so and return to praise Him with the same praises,
and fall down (prostrate) before Him. Then it will be said, ‘O
Muhammad, raise your head and speak, for you will be listened to, and
ask, for you will be granted (your request); and intercede, for your
intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my followers! My
followers!’ It will be said, ‘Go and take out of it all those who have
faith in their hearts equal to the weight of a small ant or a mustard
seed.’

I will go and do so and return to praise Him with the same praises, and fall down in prostration before Him. It will be said, ‘O,
Muhammad, raise your head and speak, for you will be listened to, and
ask, for you will be granted (your request); and intercede, for your
intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my followers!’
Then He will say, ‘Go and take out (all those) in whose hearts there
is faith even to the lightest, lightest mustard seed. (Take them) out
of the Fire.’ I will go and do so.”

When we left Anas, I said to some of my companions, “Let’s pass by
Al-Hasan who is hiding himself in the house of Abi Khalifa and request
him to tell us what Anas bin Malik has told us.” So we went to him
and we greeted him and he admitted us. We said to him, “O Abu Said! We
came to you from your brother Anas Bin Malik and he related to us a
Hadith about the intercession the like of which I have never heard.”
He said, “What is that?” Then we told him of the Hadith and said, “He
stopped at this point (of the Hadith).” He said, “What then?” We
said, “He did not add anything to that.” He said, Anas related the
Hadith to me twenty years ago when he was a young fellow. I don’t
know whether he forgot or if he did not like to let you depend on what
he might have said.” We said, “O Abu Said! Let us know that.” He
smiled and said, “Man was created hasty. I did not mention that, but
that I wanted to inform you of it.

Anas told me the same as he told you and said that the Prophet added,
‘I then return for a fourth time and praise Him similarly and
prostrate before Him me the same as he ‘O Muhammad, raise your head
and speak, for you will be listened to; and ask, for you will be
granted (your request): and intercede, for your intercession will be
accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, allow me to intercede for whoever
said, ‘None has the right to be worshiped except Allah.’ Then Allah
will say, ‘By my Power, and my Majesty, and by My Supremacy, and by My
Greatness, I will take out of Hell (Fire) whoever said: ‘None has the
right to be worshipped except Allah.'”

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 601)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

Below is a message recieved regarding Sheykh Mevlana’s sohbet about the nature of Isa (as) which he made after the Pope attacked our Prophet (saw) and religion.

Dear Sir
You claim “We are not to attack the Christians or Jews.”
What absolute rubbish.
Review what is happening now in Sudan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Israel and Afganistan and Pakistan. Violence and attacks against Christians and their places of worship.

DON’T LIE

Muslims have a long and bloody history of violence against Jews and Christians.

In Oct 2002 Ayatollah Mohsen Mujtahed Shabestari called for the death of 4 prominent American Christians including Franklin Graham.

If you believe the murder of innocent people is what power and strength is all about you are profoundly misled and influenced by Satan.

In the end Islam will be seen for what it is. A religion with Satanic Origins. If muslims do not repent and follow Jesus they will spend eternity in hell. This is a fact.

The Bible is very Clear. See Galatians Chap 2 verse 16.

“Know that a man is not justified by observing the law.” Justification is ONLY through faith in Christ.”

For your only eternal benefit turn from evil and read the Bible.

Regards
Phil

Selamu Aleykum Phil,

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You talk about the long and bloody history but give examples from recent events. You’re talking about some Iranian Shia mullah who gave a fatwa just yesterday and blaming Islam??!! You can’t compare. You have no idea of world politics. The Shia don’t even represent the majority of Muslims. Anybody who understands Islam will see what it brought to humanity. Spirituality, science, civilization. Yes, most of the ideas of Evangelists are based on Protestant thought, which borrowed from medieval Islamic knowledge. There’s no need to go into the roots of the Renaissance and how it was mainly the knowledge that the West took from Muslims that made them wake up and smell the roses. And in the mean time, what were the Europeans doing? Not much, other than killing each other, and trying to discover how to clean up after visiting the bathroom.

In this last one hundred years, every body’s killing each other. Western technology has brought about weapons of mass destruction. It has been the bloodiest century mankind has ever seen. More than 180 million people were killed. Think about it. World War I and WWII and all the rest. Christians didn’t kill Jews? They slaughtered Jews all throughout their history. Christians never went around America and massacred the natives, slaughtered, completely destroyed and erased their culture? Is this their contribution to humanity. While in Muslim lands, all the minority religions survive to this day only because they were allowed to. Nobody was forced into Islam. It is not allowed. The languages, culture, religion, everything could have been wiped out. Look at the Holy Land. For hundreds of years, these people lived together, especially under the Ottoman Empire. No other religious empire reached to the heights of power and tolerance like the Ottomans did. No comparison.

If you want more information about Islam, you should stop watching TV and do some real research. That doesn’t mean Christian websites either. Anyone who’s looking for real information about anything can’t take their information from a local pastor. You believe
that. OK. Prove it to me.

By the way, the Crusades happened 300 years before the establishment of the Ottoman Empire. Which Christianity are you identifying with? With the Crusades? Then why aren’t you Catholic? What is the history of this Christianity that you’re talking about? You don’t even live your religion as it was sent down. Christians, with the passage of time have ruined their religion and changed it to fit their egoistic desires. So the law only belongs to the Jews? The New Testament is only about love and faith?

You’re telling me the Creator of everything in existence knowing full well my capacity for reason hasn’t provided me with a way through that intellect to reach and understand the necessity of faith and guidance? But you’ve already condemned me to Hell before explaining to me how I should live and what I should do. That’s alright. Because Islam is the Truth. Otherwise, it would not have survived to this day under those circumstances. More than 1.2 billion people would not be following if it were violent.

What’s your authority that you can take a 1700 year-old scripture, take one line out of context and make an all encompassing eternal adjudication of every one’s life. What kind of mentality is this? Is this proper thinking? We are following Isa (Jesus Christ) since it is one of the fundamentals of our belief, if you know anything about it. We’re hoping to be with him when he comes down again. He will decide among the two of us which one is right. We will see.

If you’re sincere, may you be guided to the Truth. If you have evil intentions, may you find what you’re looking for.