Importance of Dhikr

What did the Prophet (s) say about anger? Al-ghadabu kufran Ya Aba Bakr. He is addressing his companion and friend when he was in the cave. He said, “O Aba Bakr, anger is disbelief. When you get angry you are on the side of unbelievers are we getting angry? A lot. Too much.

The Prophet (s) in order to build bridges with the non-Muslims, when he was in Mecca, he was praying towards Masjid al-Aqsa in order to build bridges. He was always praying towards there, although he was able to pray towards Mecca, towards ka’ba, he was trying to win people hearts who are not accept ing Islam. That is why he was directing himself to Jerusalem to Masjid al-Aqsa. Until Allah sent, YaMuhammad (s), those how are going to believe are going to come and those who are not will not. So turn yourself back to Ka’ba.

But he tried because he wants everyone to come in the fold of Islam. Because the Prophet (s) his message is to make everyone discipline himself and go in the way of Allah wt.

So anger takes you away to the way of shaytan. That is why men and women, husband and wife, brother and family, brother and brother, sister and sister, husband and wife, if they are fighting with each other you must know that at that moment you are on the side of shaytan. No excuse.

Because “al-jidal yudfi`u nur al-qalb – argument will extinguish the light of the heart.” Don’t argue if you want to reach maqam al-ihsan if you want to reach moral excellence if you want to reach maqam al-Ihsan. If you don’t then you say shahada and say your 5 prayers and fast Ramadan and give charity and you make your hajj, then you will be ok.

But if you want to be seeker and gnostic  in the way to Divine Presence then this will not take your there. What will take you there is when you build up knowledge of yourself.

Not to be on the way of anger, as Sayyidina Muhammad (s) said to Sayyidina Abu Bakr, anger will take you to the way of disbelief.

Why we have bloodshed on earth. Because everyone wants his opinion to be accepted and he will not accept the opinion of anyone else. So when you have argument with brother or sister or father or mother or wife or husband. What do you have to do? You have to go take shower and pray 2 rakaats. If that doesn’t cool you don then go for a walk out of the house.

That is for everyone. For brother and sister and husband and wife.

Then when you begin to control that aspect of your character you begin to control it and you begin to control your jealousy then you being to control your other bad characters. One after one. else you cannot move in the way of Gnosticism.

You are coming here not to learn about prayers, everyone knows about prayers. But you are coming to learn about spirituality. That is what you are trying to do here. You are trying to teach people to build their spirituality. How to ascend up to reach the Divine Presence. What kind of procedures we have to follow. What kind of teaching we have to follow?

So we hope the first step, we take lesson today with us, is to know the greatness of our lord and to know about our lord is to know about yourself. When you know about yourself then you being to know about your lord. First step in that is to keep your anger down. Try. That is not easy. The road has lot of obstacles. Try to keep on the road by reciting, “Ya Haleem. Ya Haleem.” What is, “Ya Haleem.” The Forebearer. Is it correct? Forbearance. “Ya Haleem,Ya Haleem,Ya Haleem,Ya Haleem,Ya Haleem.” Keep reciting, gives you that forbearance and calamity. You become calm. Then “Ya Saboor” teaches you patience. These are swords against bad characteristics. These are … why Allah said, “Call on Me by My heavenly Beautiful Names and Attributes.” Why? Because there is power in these Names that change the bad characteristics to good characteristics.

Allah is patient with everyone. He sent Sayyidina Muhammad (s) to show his patience with all His servants to bring us to his way. May Allah bring us to his way and the way of Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

May Allah bless us to see Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in dunya and akhira. In every moment of our lives to feel his presence of His Prophet and to feel the presence of His awliya.

Wa min Allah at-tawfeeq bi-hurmati ‘l-Fatiha.

We have to remember every time there is dhikrullah to bring water as that water will be cure for people and shifa as the Prophet said, al-fatihat lima quriat lah.

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