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When Truth is Called Falsehood and Falsehood called Truth

 Everyday I ask my Lord to protect us from deviating from the Path of Truth, to keep us from tumbling into a deep abyss.  We must constantly ask for such protection as we are living in a time which the Holy Prophet has described:  “…when good people will be thought of as bad people, and bad people as good: honest people as liars and liars as honest people; deceivers as trustworthy and trustworthy people as deceivers”.

These are the conditions prevalent in our time; every moral value is turned upside-down so that people can no longer distinguish between good and evil.  We are asking our Lord Almighty to steady us on the Path of Truth and to help us adhere to it even if many people attack us and insist that we are misguided.  And because we have been informed by the Holy Prophet, Peace be upon Him, that true people will come under such heavy criticism in the last times we are heartened by such criticism and take it as verification of our being on a true way…

The animosity that most Muslims show towards the followers of the Sufi Path is indeed a sign of the last times.  Up until fifty years ago the Sufi Orders, and especially the Naqshbandiyya, were universally accepted by the scholars and Imams of most Muslim countries.  No one of any rank or importance would show such untempered  antagonism towards Sufis: indeed, the Sufis were held in great esteem by religious scholars, many of whom submitted themselves to Sufi Sheikhs as their humble followers.  Truth and purity were recognised as such, for those were times when some perspective still remained with people.

But nowadays we can observe so many “religious scholars” sprouting up like mushrooms - without roots - who object to the Sufi Way.  Yes, in our time the Holy Prophet’s prophecy is being fulfilled, and the viewpoints of a formerly isolated and condemned sect are being universally propagated through the power of unearned money**.  Quickly the beliefs that Sunni Muslims have held for fourteen hundred years, which recognised the necessity of the inner work of the Sufis, have been replaced by a dry externalist doctrine…

** The Wahhabis or as they choose to call themselves ‘Salafiyya’.

Extract from a talk by Sheikh Nazim from ‘Mercy Oceans Pink Pearls’ 1983.

 
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On the authority of an-Nawwas ibn Sam’an, the Prophet (saws) said:
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