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Home Talks Knowledge and wisdom Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani Glastonbury Assembly Rooms - February 1999.

Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani Glastonbury Assembly Rooms - February 1999.

As Salam alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatauhu.   By the Name of Allah, Most Magnificent and Most Munificent.

We are asking our meeting is a holy meeting. We are fed up from meetings that are not from the Lord of Heavens. Everywhere you will find meetings and gatherings but all of them are tasteless - no taste. Because taste and enjoyment is coming through your soul to your physical being. Don’t think that taste and enjoyment is coming from outside to you, but you must ask happiness, contentment, satisfaction and pleasure from yourself to yourself. What is coming from outside is temporary. When thirsty you are drinking. When you are coming here - no more taste. The first night can’t continue into other nights, always coming down.

Every pleasure that man can taste through material being going to be less, less, less than finished, stopping. If something is full with honey you may take one spoon first, it is so good. You are taking second one, it is pleasure, taking third spoon - good, taking fourth and saying enough. If I am insisting you should take more, five or six spoons, you are saying enough. Why? It is honey, so sweet, why aren’t you taking? By force you may take seven spoons, then if I am saying you must eat much more, eight or nine, even I am hitting you with a stick you can’t eat. Why? It is honey! Taste! Yes! The first spoonful is tasteful and up to two or three but after that and you are feeling... That is an example, particularly with young people who are beginning to compete with their physical reaching of physical enjoyments. It is a good example how things are not going to be how they are beginning. Day by day coming down, weekly coming down, monthly coming down, yearly coming down then finish.

But spiritual pleasure is the opposite. Whoever is asking for spiritual pleasure, it is not coming down.

You may be coming down but it is growing up, you may be one hundred years old, you may be ninety years old, you may be more than one hundred years old but your feelings, it is so fresh, so lovely. Therefore I am happy to look here and see many youngsters attending. I know you taste everything in this life more or less and everyone knows that enjoyment of this life is mixed with disliked things with so many tasteless events happening to you or happening around you. You can’t even be able to take this material taste pure, number Never. But you are tasting up to today enjoyment for your youth but now you are asking and it is your right to ask for some never ending enjoyment, never getting less. That is your right.

And in our days it is difficult to find a source, a pure source to give to you or to all youngsters what they are in need of a pure enjoyment, a pure pleasure, forever. And everyone’s target, it is to reach to endless and pure enjoyment and pleasure and happiness and contentment.  People are asking such things through material aspects. Material aspects are never taking you to that pure source. No, pure sources coming through heavens. Not from earth but from the heavens coming. Pure source bringing holy ones who are belonging to heavens among mankind. Who created man, who created earth, who created everything for you, who granted to you never-ending favours. But you are not running after that. You are going to be cheated through your material being to run after material aspects. And people are thinking it is the main means for reaching to never-ending pleasures and we said it is impossible.  And a pure source is coming from heavens.  Who is reaching to them may drink.  Who is drinking never getting thirsty but they will never be satisfied by drinking, they are drinking not for thirst but they are drinking to reach much more pleasure.

Therefore all Prophets are looking and seeing and knowing through traditional knowledge that no prophet ever lived in a palace. Do you think? Holy ones mostly lived through caves or through very simple huts, they’re never taking such materiel pleasures. I am saying to you about Jesus Christ that he was travelling from East to West from North to South. Once he met a person on top of a mountain who was sitting, and he was saluting; saying ‘Salamu alaykum’ and he was saying ‘Walaykum Salam’, Greetings, giving and taking. And Jesus was saying ‘Who are you?’ The man replied, ‘I am a humble servant for my Lord, I am here trying to keep this Divine Service.’  That is the highest honour to you - all mankind, to belong to the Lord’s Divinely Service. If you are going to be here for Her Majesty’s Royal Service you should be so proud, ‘we are Royalty because I am from the staff of Her Majesty the Queen and her Royal Service. What about your Lord’s service? Whole prophets calling you to be for the Almighty’s Divinely Service. Why are you not accepting? What are you doing for twenty four hours? For whom is your service, your daily service? Even if you are giving a few minutes for your Lord’s Divinely Service, tell me! No one saying ‘Yes we are.  No, that person (on the mountain) was saying “I am that one - I am keeping my Lord’s Divinely Service here. I am for Him, Almighty.”

Jesus Christ was saying, “Where is your home?” And the man said “No home for me - the whole world belongs to my Lord and anywhere that I am, I am for His Divinely Service. I am not in need of a home here.”  “Why, there are days and nights, night time you may go in and take your rest. It should rain, sunshining hot days, should be frozen weather!”

The man said, “Oh Ruh’Ullah!” The Holy Spirit is with Jesus Christ. When the man said Ruh’Ullah, the Holy Spirit of the Lord Almighty Allah Jesus Christ said, “How are you knowing I am that one? How are you saying this?”  “The person who is at the entrance of the Lord’s Divine Service, he is not knowing about you? Why shouldn’t I know that you are that one, Jesus Christ? Oh Jesus. One reason that I am not going to live in a small hut, is that there were so many prophets visiting me before who were saying that I am only going to live for seven hundred years. Therefore I cannot see the wisdom for a person to occupy himself building and living in a building for seven hundred years.”

And Jesus Christ was smiling and laughing and saying, “Oh my Lord’s servant, for seven hundred years you are not even going to live in a small hut? But after me there is another prophet coming named Paraklitos.”

Paraklitos in Arabic means Ahmed, the name of the Last Prophet, Sayiddina Muhammad, peace be upon him. And his nation’s ages are never going to be much more than sixty or seventy years. Sometimes I am going to (lead the funeral service) bury some people, dead people not live ones! In cemeteries I am visiting dead persons and on the gravestones of the dead person it is written mostly they are aged between fifty five, fifty eight, sixty five, seventy. The life age of people is coming down.  And they are going to build, even though their lives are so short, high buildings, skyscrapers. I am saying towers of Nimrod. Towers. They are not going to live more than seventy and they are building as if they are going to live for a thousand years or more. And Jesus was saying that they are such foolish people that will live at that time, how are they building such strong high buildings for sixty or seventy years of age. “What about you?” Jesus was saying.  “Oh Jesus. If I am only living sixty or seventy years I would be prostrating my whole life upto my life finishing and the angel of death coming and taking my soul - I would not be looking at anything else. One sajda, one prostration to my Lord, it is enough.”

Those people who understand the reality of mankind; what is their mission? They understand the real mission of mankind. We don’t know, we are asking, for example, why not six legs... as we look under the microscope, and, how does it grow? We care about things around us but we are not asking what is our mission, why are we here? Why have we been found here? We are not asking. Therefore you must know what is your mission. Those people they know why they are in this life on this planet, and you are not asking.  Twentieth century people are going to be more and more proud for such foolish technology, yes, technology is making them foolish. The are giving everything that has been granted to them to machines. Even now, there is a very new fashion; never carrying anything in their heads, just putting all of it into a computer. What is the head for? And if I am asking if there is anything inside, they are saying no, empty? “Yes, like football.” They are putting everything into computers, why? They are so proud. I am asking to break their pride and that this year all computers going to finish. They should forget everything. Their computers forget and nothing in their heads, they must begin from ABC, to collect new knowledge, but no time.  Yes, that pride making people to refuse asking about their mission. Because if a person is understanding their mission they must change their life direction. At that time everyone is going to know or must know or should know his life’s direction is wrong. It’s not the Lord of Heavens that is guiding us on a wrong direction. Therefore they are saying ‘we are not interested’. They are not interested in knowledge or wisdoms coming from Heavens.

Therefore I am saying that all holy men, the whole of prophets and saints are only interested in the Divine Service, Divine Presence of their Lord. Therefore no time for them to build and run after nonsense enjoyment of our physical being. Your physical being can take so much enjoyment but finally it is going to be dust. You are going to be dust. And what you gave to your physical being is going to be nothing. They are knowing. Therefore they never run after their physical enjoyment because physical enjoyment gives nothing to a person. But when you are in your Lord’s Divine Presence every time a new enjoyment just rests on you. New Light is covering you and new wisdoms coming on you and a new love is covering you and a new beauty is dressed on you. Why are you escaping? Why are you escaping? Why are we escaping? All of us, not only you. All of us are escaping from the endless, endless favours granted form the Lord of Heavens to ourselves. And we are just the most chosen creatures, the most beloved creatures, the most respected creatures, the most honoured creatures, and we are kicking all of this, running after nonsense....

Oh youngsters, yesterday you were small ones, today you are young people. Yesterday I was like you but today time is running out. Time is running out. They are taking you from one to two. From two to three, from three to four, days, weeks, months, years taking you. Don’t think that time is standing, waiting for you, no There is a moving pathway at airports which I use when I am tired, some people said when I stand on it, without walking it will take me. Standing like this.. People are saying, ‘Oh Sheikh, take care for yourself, you may fall.’ What happened? Oh, finished, end of walkway. When your way is finishing you must fall down, finish. You can’t stand up on your legs. Walking legs cannot walk. Catching hands can’t catch. Speaking tongues can’t speak. Looking eyes can’t look. Haring ears can’t hear. Working heart; no more tick tock. One day, coming for everyone. It is not a permanent life, it is temporary. One, two, three, four, five, six.. It is continuing and everyone’s life is just appointed no less or no more, you must fulfil your breaths. Everyone has twenty four thousand breaths a day and every breath is making us closer to the end. One day is going to be the last day for me, you, him, her. Therefore don’t be cheated and give what your Lord has granted you from His endless favours. Give your thanks, give your love, your most respect to your Lord, so then you should be happy here and hereafter, then day by day you are not going to melt but you are growing and your pleasure is going to climb, and your last day for you should be your best day.

There is a wise, traditional example. Oh people, when you are born you are crying, with the first welcoming from your mother, small ones beginning by crying not laughing. You saw any baby instead of crying, laughing? You saw? Not even smiling?

But crying. Around that new baby the mother is smiling and the others showing happiness because a new on has come, but that one is crying. And the holy man’s wisdom is advising to everyone, ‘Oh people, the first day that you are coming to this life everyone around you is laughing, they are happy. But if you have a first day, you must have a last day. It is for everyone. When the last day is coming, people around you are going to cry. People are crying for you. Try, at that time, to smile. To be seen that you are smiling. Because you are facing, from your Lord, good tidings. You are being welcomed by your Lord. Your Lord is saying, “My servant is coming to Me.” Understanding my English? Not too much, but you must think on it, what I am saying. May Allah bless you and forgive me.  It is possible to continue up to morning but who is understanding through a few words, even a few words is enough for him, if a person has an understanding. If not understanding, no understanding with him, even if you try up to morning to make him understand, he is never going to understand. Therefore I hope that all of you are educated and are people with a good level of understanding, and I don’t want you to be fed up with me, because if you are going to be fed up with me, you’re not asking me to come again.  And it is enough....

May Allah bless you and give you from His endless favours and give you eternal life. Try to be for eternity. So sweet word, eternity. Eternity. Every pure heart runs after that word, I like it too much. Even though it is an English word, eternity, it is so sweet, through whole languages I like that word, eternity.  Oh youngsters you are like my grandsons and granddaughters. Ask to be for eternity. Make your efforts and aims for eternity, you should reach endless happiness, endless enjoyments. Don’t say I am Christian, I am Protestant, I am Catholic, I am Muslim, I am Buddhist. No, it is not important. Are you asking eternity or not? Do you think that you’d like to be for eternity? That is important, He is not looking to you for anything else, are my servants asking for Me or not?

Titles are only what you are dressing in. All titles are only clothes in this life. When it is taken away it is a naked body, you can’t look at it, finished, this dead body like wood, timber. Nothing in it. You may say that was a King, that was a Queen, that was a Bishop, that was a Sheikh, that was government, that was a knight, but it was only with clothes. Who is dressed with these eternal clothes, they are going with that honour to their Lord’s Divine Presence. When they are not asking that honour and asking honour with clothes, they are taking clothes and putting them in museums. So many important uniforms, dressings, but the people have finished.  Therefore my advice to you. I am a believer and you are believers. My advice is the same advice from the first prophet up to the last prophet; Oh people . Come to eternity. Come to eternal life. Come to eternal honour that the Lord of Heavens preparing for you and calling you. May Allah grant it to you.  Allah Allah.....  Those who are for eternity, their faces are never going to change, but their faces are going to be in lights here and hereafter. Always they are going to nice and beloved and full with lights. Their whole being will be surrounded by lights, some of them will be seen and mostly not seen also.  Thank you for your attention.



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The Prophet of Allah (saws) said, “People are either possessors of knowledge or seekers of knowledge, and only those two groups are of any use to humanity.”

Sunan al-Daremi  (Vol. I, p.89)