Turkish English Tafsir Lesson 308-309

Turkish English Tafsir Lesson 308-309

Al-Quran Al-Kareem – Tafsir (Exegesis) Lesson 308

On the 39th to 75th verses of Surah al-Anfal [8].

 

I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Hodja recites the 39th and 40th verses of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Our lecture continues with the 39th and 40th verses of Surah al-Anfal [8] of Almighty Allah who is the Most Exalted Rabb of all the worlds (alamin), and Allah has every fibre of our being in the hands of qudrah (omnipotence). Almighty Rabb commands the following for the better good peace, felicity, and bliss of all humanity. “So, fight them until there is no fitnah, and the religion is completely the religion of Allah. If they go back, then Allah sees whatever they do. If they do not renounce, and go back to old times, then know that Allah is your helper. How good a Mawla! How good a helper!

You see beloved friends, wipe out everyone who work for the detriment of humankind that attack Allah and the laws of Allah, who hinder the peace, tranquillity, and justice in the world. Allah says make truth (haqq), justice, true social peace, and the true (haqq) love that embraces all humanity predominant because Holy Islam is the embodiment of truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa). It is the seas of love that encompasses pre-eternity (azal) and eternity (abad). It embraces all creatures (makhluq). It makes the truth (haqq) predominant.

Hodja recites the 41st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Almighty Rabb said the following in this verse of the Quran. Let us see what the religion (din) of Islam whose goal is to not leave a single person poor in the world with social justice says: “And know what one fifth of whatever you take as booty of war is surely for Allah. That is for the Prophet and his relatives, and orphans and the needy and the stranded traveller. If you do believe in Allah, and in the ayat (signs/verses) that We have sent down to our glorious Messenger Muhammad on the Day of Badr where two armies faced each other, the day of criterion between haqq (truth) and batil (wrong), then know that, and also know Allah is powerful (qudrah) over everything.”

As you see, four fifth is given to ghazis (veterans), mujāhidīn (fighters). It is given to the mujāhidīn (fighters) who abolish the injustice (zulm) upon all humanity in the world, and Janâb-i Haqq says, “One fifth is My right,” and commands them to distribute it to the poor and needy who are mentioned. Do not forget that making the poor happy is as though making Allah happy, and the share given to the poor is the share of Allah because Janâb-i Haqq accepted the rights of all poor and needy people as Allah’s own right.

 

Time Stamp: 5:20

 

People who don’t understand Islam well stay in dark, and their brains will not be enlighten. To understand Islam is to understand the truth (haqq), law (huquq), knowledge (ilm), learning (irfan), beginningless (azali) and eternal (abadi) truths (haqiqa), and eternal felicity.

Hodja recites the 42nd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

In this exalted verse Janâb-i Haqq says, “Remember when you were on the near side of the valley, and they were on the far side, and the caravan was below you. Had you agreed with them in regards to that being the place of meeting, surely you would have differed about the place of meeting. However, Allah ordained (taqdeer) like this for the what (victory) was destined to happen. So that whoever is going to perish may perish after seeing a manifest sign, and whoever survives may live after seeing a manifest sign. Allah is indeed All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

Janâb-i Haqq shows truths to servants (qul) as a miracle, and signs (ayat), showing them the Real (al-Haqq). That is, shows them the signs and proofs. Those who have the ability to see much or less would surely see the truth (haqq) and become Muslims. As for those who do not, they would attack the truth (haqq) and Allah. See, to attack the command of Allah is to attack Allah.

Hodja recites the 43rd and 44th verses of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Recall when Allah showed to you few in number in your sleep.”

That is, Allah was showing him the enemy army few in number.

“If Allah had shown them many in number, you would surely have been disheartened, and you would have fallen into conflict about the fight, but Allah kept you away from such a thing because Allah knows the secrets of the hearts.” See, the All-Knowing knows that as well.

“And when you met them, Allah showed them to you as few in number in your eyes, and reduced your number in their eyes, so that Allah may bring about what is ordained, and all matters are returned to Allah.

You see beloved friends. Janâb-i Haqq personally created all the worlds (alamin) with omnipotence (qudrah), and all creatures are both signs of holy omnipotence (qudrah) of Allah, and mirrors of Allah’s asmāʾ (names), and evsaf (qualities).

 

Time Stamp: 10:30

 

You will see if you see out of the window of truth (haqq). Come, see the universe from the perspective of Al-Quran Al-Karim first, and see the Real (al-Haqq), and meet the Real (al-Haqq), and be at Allah’s command. Being a servant (qul) of Allah is eternal bliss and eternal sultanate because Allah is the Creator. Allah is our God. Allah is our Rabb and Malik. Allah is our Almighty Fayyad (doer of good). Allah has no equals, no peers, no partners, no viziers, and no       equivalents. Allah is attributed with exalted attributes (sifāt), and is free and away from imperfect attributes (sifāt). Why don’t you be a servant (qul) of your own creator? Just think about this!

Hodja recites the 45th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“O you who believe! Stand firm when you meet an enemy community, and remember (dhikr) Allah much, so that you may find salvation.”

Muslims, everyone who believes in Allah, and those who adhere to the commands of Allah as is due, and every believer (mu’min) is under Allah’s protection in the world.

Hodja recites the 46th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

And obey Allah and the Messenger, and do not quarrel with each other, lest you should be disheartened and lose your power. Be patient (sabr) because Allah is with those who are patient (sabr).

Sabr or patience which comes from the way of Allah for Allah is true and is filled with bravery. This sabr or patience is filled to the brim with grace (lutf) and bravery. It is filled with heroism, bravery, and wisdom (hikmat). It is filled to the brim with chastity and honour. Whatever is necessary for the heroism that is the defender of sanctity; Almighty Allah fills that patience (sabr) to the brim with it and equips you.

Hodja recites the 47th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Surely, do not be like those who come out of their homes boastfully and showing off to people, and prevent people from the way of Allah. Allah encompasses whatever they do.”

O Muslim! Your duty is not to boast about, nor is it to show off. Your duty is to establish peace and divine justice on earth for the peace and salvation of all humanity. That is for the better of all humanity. As for the idolatry or polytheism mindsets, they do not think about anyone, rather they shed blood over humanity, and they wish to reign over the corpses and graves of humanity.

No matter how many tyrants of the world and archenemies of humanity there are that are hostile to the truth (haqq), you should work for the better good of humanity, and defend the truth (haqq) against them. You are to be at the command of truth (haqq) and justice, and know that those who work for the better good of humanity are the masters of humanity. As for those who do not work for the better good of humanity, they are hostile to humanity. If you do not bring value to humanity, then at least bring no harm. That is why the unjust (zalim) who inflict injustice (zulm) upon humanity, and disbelieving disbelievers (kāfir), and hypocrites (munafiq) who are filled with hypocrisy (nifaq), and polytheists (mushrik) who are filled with polytheism (shirk) are not for the better good of humanity. Rather they are parasites who wish to bleed humanity dry. The world and humanity must be purified from these microbes.

 

Time Stamp: 16:30

 

Hodja recites the 48th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“When Shaitan made their deeds seem good to them and said, ‘Today, no one of mankind can overpower you, and I am your helper.’.”

Shaitan came to help Abu Jahl with his personal army. That is to help Abu Jahl’s army of idol. Shaitans are always like that, they come to the aid of evil people, but they run away from there when they are overwhelmed, and leave their friends alone.

“Then seeing the two groups faced each other, he turned back and retreated. Shaitan fled with his army. And said, ‘I am surely away from you.’.”

Do you see what Shaitan said before, and what he said then?

I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan.

“He said, ‘I am seeing things you cannot see, and I fear Allah.’.”

Had you feared Allah, then you wouldn’t have disobeyed the command of Allah, and you wouldn’t have been driven off from the mercy (rahmat) of Allah for eternity. You wouldn’t have been the leader of evil, those who are evil, and false deities (taghuts).”

He says, “Besides, Allah is severe in punishment.”

Shaitan who was struck by eternal punishment says this, and the fellows of shaitan are all the same. People who are like Shaitan, who have his mindset, and who carry a heart that turned into a shaitan are always like that. Islam came to save everyone who respond to guidance (hidayat), who wish to be saved.

Hodja recites the 49th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“The hypocrites (munafiq) and those who have sickness in their hearts said (about Muslims), ‘Their religion has deceived those people.’.” Why do they say this? They saw Abu Jahl powerful, and they were saying “How can this army of Islam that consisted of a handful of people fight them? They are only a handful, and how will they fight the massive army of Abu Jahl.” That is what hypocrites (munafiq) said to believers (mu’min), but they did not know about the aid of Allah because the hypocrites (munafiq) are faithless. They appear as Muslims but they are disbelievers (kāfir) inside. They appear as Muslims, utter hypocrites (munafiq) are like that.  “But whoever relies upon Allah (tawakkul) should know that Allah is Victorious, Powerful, and Wise.

Janâb-i Haqq says the following.

Hodja recites the 50th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Angels were beating the faces and backs of those who disbelieved (kāfir), and were saying, “Taste the punishment of jahannam!” while hitting them. So, who were they beating? The angels were beating the faces and backs of the polytheists (mushrik) and disbelievers (kāfir). They were saying, “Taste the punishment of jahannam.” They were saying this.

Hodja recites a part of the 50th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Only if you were to see them when the angels take out their souls by saying that.

Everyone gives life, but angels take some lives in that way, by beating them. They take out their souls by beating them, and sent them straight to jahannam by breaking their backs. O humankind! Do not object to Allah. Do not deny the commands of Allah, acknowledge Allah. Work for the better good of humanity for Allah, and ensure peace and tranquillity, establish this on earth. Come, and work for the good until the moment you die, and do not hurt anyone. Do whatever Allah told you, and abstain from harams, and stay away from sin. Excel each other in halals and sawābs.

Hodja recites the 51st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Janâb-i Haqq says the following in this verse of the Quran.

“This is the result you have wrought with your own hands. And verily, Allah is not unjust to the servants (qul).”

Allah is free and away from injustice (zulm) since it is Allah who forbids injustice (zulm) and says you shouldn’t be unjust towards anyone. It is Allah who forbids injustice (zulm); thus, Allah is not unjust to anyone. Allah is the possessor of justice, mercy, rahmat, beginningless (azali) and eternal (abadi) love, praise and being praised.

 

Time Stamp: 23:34

 

Hodja recites the 52nd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8]

“Similar to the way of Pharaoh’s people and those before them, they also disbelieved in the ayat (signs/verses) of Allah.”

Who are they? Those who disbelieve are all deniers of their respected eras.

“So, Allah seized them due to their sins.”

Allah shall seize every sinner, but the hour of it is within the ordainment (taqdeer) of Janâb-i Allah. There will not be anyone unseized, and the armies of Azrail take lives and take them away.

Also, there are calamities that shall be given by Allah, which shall befall some before they die. These are worldly calamities, and those in the grave in sakarat al-mawt (unconsciousness), and in great gathering (mahshar) will be given whatever they have earned. Allah will seize those criminals in order to punish them for their crimes.

“Allah is All-Strong, and severe in punishment.”

All strength and omnipotence (qudrah) belong to Allah, and they are from Allah. Nobody in all the worlds (alamin) have no power or strength besides Allah. It is Allah who gave whatever is given to those in the worlds (alamin). Nobody has the chance of creating their own power and strength, and that is why all power and strength belong to Allah. These do not belong to anyone else. Do you think you can use the power and strength that Allah gave you, and use it for denying Allah, and use your power in harams and rebellion, do injustice (zulm), and then you will say, “Do not throw me into jahannam (hell),” when Allah seizes you? You will not be placed in Allah’s janna (paradise). So, what can you do? Why don’t you use the power, strength, and all the bounties (nimat) given by Allah in the way of Allah! O servants (qul) of Allah! Get your mind straight!

Hodja recites the 53rd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“This is because Allah is not to change the bounty (nimat) that is given to a people unless they change themselves. Allah is indeed All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

Do not misuse the bounty (nimat) Allah has given. Do not distort your innate nature (fitrah). Almighty Allah has given us a good innate nature (fitrah), given it to the whole of humankind. Allah sent Allah’s own book Al-Quran Al-Karim so that people may be elevated with Islam, and sent Hz. Muhammad as a guide and evidence. Allah sent him so that he may properly explain the commands that come from Allah, and establish the truth (haqq) in the world. Allah sent him as a manifestation of mercy (rahmat) upon all the worlds (alamin). Use your reason (aql), and try to understand the truth (haqq). Allah has given you intellect (aql). Allah gave it to you so that you may understand and comprehend the Quran, and asmāʾ (names), commands and laws, justice (huquq), and supremacy of justice (huquq) of Allah Ta’ala with the intellect (aql). Did not give it to you so that you may neglect truth (haqq) and law (huquq).

 

Time Stamp: 28:30

 

Hodja recites the 54th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Just like those who followed the way of Pharaoh and those before them, they denied the ayat (signs/verses) of their Rabb. So, We destroyed them for their sins,” says Janâb-i Haqq. There are such sins that require your destruction on earth right away, and you will be destroyed right away. This had happened to People of Nūh. What happened to People of Hūd, People of Sālih, and Nimrod against Ibrahim, and People’s of Shuʿayb and Lūt? What happened to Pharaohs against Musa, and Şeddat? What happened to them and those who were like them? Allah destroyed all peoples who were to be destroyed while they are on earth, and rooted them out, saving those who believed. That is why Janâb-i haqq says, “We drowned Pharaoh and those who followed him in water.” So, what did Janâb-i Haqq do with Pharaoh? Janâb-i Haqq drowned him. Pharaoh went into sea, and Allah drowned him in the sea. Janâb-i Haqq says all peoples whom Allah destroyed were wrongdoers (zalim).

Now, who is a wrongdoer or zalim? He who disbelieves in the truth (haqq) and law (huquq) of Allah Ta’ala and he who disbelieves in its supremacy, and he who does not establish the justice, and all those who object to the divine commands should take a look at themselves. There are people who do injustice (zulm) to themselves, and those who do injustice (zulm) to humanity. Zulm is the antonym of justice. So, what is the antonym of faith (iman)? It is kufr (disbelief). What is the antonym of sadaqat (loyalty)? It is nifaq (hypocrisy). What is the antonym of tawhid (monotheism)? It is shirk (polytheism). These are zulm one by one. The owners of these are one by one zalims, and those who support them are also zalims. It is kufr to show consent to kufr. It is zulm to show consent to zulm, do not forget this!

Hodja recites the 55th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

 

Time Stamp: 31:41

 

“The worst of all the moving creatures before Allah is those who persist in denial, never to have faith,” says Janâb-i Haqq. Allah wants to meet with the servants (qul). You are to accept and believe in Allah in a way that suits the glory of Allah, in the way that Allah wants because it is Allah who created us, and we cannot deny Allah. Allah created us. “Summa, summa, alhamdulillah.” If Allah hadn’t created us, then we couldn’t know Allah. There is no eternal frustration and misfortune besides not knowing such an Exalted Being. The worst misfortune is to not being created and now acknowledging the Most Exalted. Is there a greater happiness than acknowledging the Most Exalted? A happiness that shall last for eternity is to acknowledge the Most Exalted. This is because it is Allah who created us, and made us existent, and gave us bodies, and introduced Oneself to us, and sent the Book, introduced Oneself through works, and gave intellect (aql) to our brains. So, what did Allah give us? Allah gave us spirit (ruh) and body. What didn’t Allah give you? How can you deny the Rabb? It is said that you should adopt faith (iman)! It is said, “The worst of all the moving creatures before Allah is those who persist in denial, never to have faith.” This is the 55th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8] of the glorious Quran.

Hodja recites the 56th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Let us see what Almighty Rabb says.

“They are those with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time, and they never hesitate.”

Another betrayal is that of those who break the promise given to Allah, those who break the promise given to the Prophet, and those who break their promise even though they promised for the sake of truth (haqq) and justice. So, whomever you promised in a legitimate manner, keep your word, and be a man of your word.

Hodja recites the 57th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

So, if you find them in battle, severely punish them and make them an example for those behind them, that they may take a lesson.”

You see, Janâb-i Haqq says, “Overcome the tyrants and the unjust (zalim) who betray people, who break their promise, who do injustice (zulm) as occasion serves.

Hodja recites the 58th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

 

Time Stamp: 35:30

 

“And if you fear from a people’s betrayal which is against the covenant, then notify them that you have broken off the covenant in the same way before battle, because Allah does not like those who betray.”

Hodja recites the 59th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Do not let those deniers are ahead and saved. Surely, they cannot incapacitate.”

So, Janâb-i Haqq says, “We will not leave the denier until eternity. Allah does not let them free neither in the world, nor in the grave, nor in the great gathering (mahshar). Allah throws them in jahannam (hell) and gives them the punishment they deserved until eternity. This is the requital of kufr (disbelief). So, while there is iman (faith), and what is essential (asl-i) is faith (iman), why do you adhere to disbelief (kufr) which is non-essential?

Hodja recites the 60th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“And against them you should muster up all kinds of power to the extent of your ability, and do whatever is necessary for jihad in accord with the conditions of the age, make a complete preparation with all your ability. Prepare, so that you may frighten the enemies of Allah, and your own enemies, and others whom Allah knows but you do not know. And whatever you expend in the way of Allah will be repaid its sawāb (reward) in full, and you will not be done an injustice.”

That is for peace in the world, reign of truth (haqq), for iman (faith) to overcome kufr (disbelief), for tawhid (monotheism) to overcome shirk (polytheism), for establishing a true social justice on earth. It is said that is why you should prepare power, and be powerful. Those who do not learn from knowledge (ilm) and learning, and those who do not learn from the book or science, and who do not learn from truth and justice, and those who do not accept the supremacy of huquq (law) in the world only learn from power. Janâb-i Haqq tells you to prepare power to ensure peace. Islam is peace from a to z, and it is justice and love, mercy, and rahmat. Do not forget these! Islam came to remove ignorance from the face of the earth. It came to make knowledge (ilm), learning (irfan), and science predominant. It came to establish justice and destroy injustice (zulm). It came to remove poverty. It came for the prosperity of the whole of humankind. It came to remove sickness and microbes. It came for the felicity and wellness of all humanity. It did not came so that you may pollute air or water. It came to protect nature as well. It came to protect the seas. It came to protect earth, heavens, and water. It came to protect the heavens and the earth.

 

Time Stamp: 40:00

 

Because it is Almighty Allah who personally created all this and sent Islam. Islam is the laws of the Creator. That is why Islam came to establish an immaculate earth in accord with the innate nature (fitrah) and creation of kurra-e-arz (terrestrial globe), water, and atmosphere so that all creatures (makhluqat) may live in comfort.

Thus, Janâb-i Haqq commanded that in the 60th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8]. Now, let us see what is said in the 61st verse.

Hodja recites the 61st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“If they side with peace, you too should side with it.”

That is, Islam always offers peace even to the enemy. Peace is brought forward. This is the command of Allah. Allah says the following.

Hodja recites a part of the 61st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

It is Almighty Allah who says these. Says, “If they side with peace, then you too should side with peace, and trust Allah.” This is because of the following.

Hodja recites a part of the 61st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Surely, Allah is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”

Beloved friends,

Come, let us prevent everything that harms all creatures, foremost humankind. And let us make benevolence predominant. Come, let us not turn this beautiful world into jahannam. We can turn this world into janna, and in consequence of this world there is the real janna, and this way we can prepare for it and enter janna. Death is foreordained, and so is resurrection. Janna is foreordained, and so is jahannam. Come, and let us prepare for janna. The pathway to janna is goodness, beauty, knowledge (ilm), learning (irfan), faith (iman), justice, truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa), obeying the Real (al-Haqq) and not rebelling. not rebelling. Let us not corrupt the heavens and the earth. Let us not pollute it or ruin it. The world is talking a about global disaster. Who is the preparer and cause of this global disaster? Humanity is preparing this global disaster with their own hands, and they are throwing themselves into danger by their own hand. You can find many surahs and verses on this matter in Al-Quran Al-Karim.

Hodja recites the 62nd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Let us see what Janâb-i Haqq says in the person of Hz. Muhammad: “If they intent to deceive you…”

In the person of Muhammad, it is said that whoever works for the better good of humanity and for the sake of justice and truth (haqq); if they want to deceive you, then, surely Allah is all-sufficient for you.

Hodja recites a part of the 62nd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Says, “Surely, Allah is all-sufficient for you.”

As long as you are at the command of Allah, obey Allah, and work for the better good of humanity and all creatures. And then you will earn the pleasure (riza) of Allah (c.c.), and you will have worked for the better good of humanity, and you will receive the rewards of this good act abundantly in the world, grave, and great gathering (mahshar).

After announcing this, Janâb-i Mawla says the following.

Hodja recites a part of the 62nd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“It is Allah who will strengthen you with Allah’s help and the believers.”

That is the help of Allah and the help of the believers, it is said that these are with Hz. Muhammad. If you follow the way of Muhammad, way of knowledge (ilm), learning (irfan), truth (haqq), and justice, who accept the principles of the Prophet of Mercy who offered the world a mercy and he embraces the whole world with his mercy as your own principles and work for that cause, then you will also find that help with you in that way. You will find the help of Allah, and the help of good people.

 

Time Stamp: 46:10

 

Hodja recites the 63rd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Allah attuned the hearts of believers.” That is Allah Ta’ala. O Rabb! Attune the hearts of all believers (mu’min), whoever there is in this world! O Rabb! Give us unity, solidarity, brotherhood, and love!

“Otherwise, had you spent all that is on earth, you would not have attuned their hearts like this.” You couldn’t bring about love (muhabbat), and acquaintanceship. Allah is All-Able (al-Qadir). It is Allah who created the hearts and spirits (ruh). That is why it is Allah who attunes the hearts, gives love and familiarity. “But Allah attuned them. Surely, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

O my Exalted Rabb! Against the unjust (zalim), against those who rain down bombs unto people, against those who murder humanity violently, against the enemies of truth (haqq), faith (iman) and justice, against the enemies of law (huquq), and against those who disacknowledge the reign of law (huquq); our Rabb, unite all faithful hearts in the world against them. Unite their powers, and unite their hearts. O Rabb, make Your own justice reign over the world through Your help, Your grace (lutf) and guidance (hidayat), Your generosity (karam), your success (tawfiq) and guidance (hidayat)! Make all cadres who will obey You, and rule with Your decrees (hukm) rulers of the world. O Allah! So that humanity may be saved. O Rabb! It is You who possess a mercy that is unequalled. It is You who encompasses all with Your mercy (rahmat). It is You who rules over everything with Your omnipotence (qudrah). It is You who is All-Able (al-Qadir) to do everything You wish. O Rabb of all the worlds!

Hodja recites the 64th and 65th verses of Surah al-Anfal [8].

O glorious Prophet! O Muhammad Mustafa salla Allahu Ta’ala ‚alayhi wa sallam!

“O Prophet! Allah is sufficient for you.” That is what Almighty Allah says: O My beloved! I am sufficient for you. I will help you and make you victorious, and give you inaam (gift, reward) and ihsan (excellence), and I will protect you and keep you under protection. You are under My protection, and I am sufficient for you. That is what Janâb-i Haqq said. Surely, Allah who is the Rabb of all the worlds is sufficient for everyone. Allah addresses the beloved Muhammad and says, “Allah is sufficient for you,” and adds, “and the believers (mu’min) who follow you.” See, believers (mu’min) are mentioned. So, who are surely believers (mu’min)? They are those who side with what is right, truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa), who follow the prophet, and do whatever Allah says at his command. These revered figures are believers (mu’min) of the world.

“O Prophet Muhammad Mustafa salla Allahu Ta’ala ‚alayhi wa sallam! Motivate the believers to jihad,” says Allah. “If there are twenty steadfast people among you, they will overcome two hundred. And if there are one hundred steadfast people among you, they will overcome one thousand of the deniers, because they are a people who do not understand truth (haqiqa) and the end result.”

The faithless have no intellect (aql) because if they did, and they used it, they wouldn’t have denied faith (iman). They wouldn’t have denied truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa). They wouldn’t have sided with injustice (zulm). They wouldn’t have sided with disbelief (kufr) and polytheism (shirk). They wouldn’t object to knowledge (ilm), learning (irfan), true science, aql-e-saleem (sound intellect), and the graces (lutf) Allah has given such as the Quran and Hz. Muhammad. They wouldn’t object to these eternal graces (lutf) and manifestations (tajalli) of Almighty Allah. They wouldn’t deny haqq (rights), and they wouldn’t side with batil (wrongs).

 

Time Stamp: 52:35

 

Hodja recites the 66th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Let us see what Janâb-i Haqq says in this sacred verse: “Now Allah has lightened your burden, and surely knows that there is a weakness in you. So, if there are one hundred among you, they will overcome two hundred enemy. And if there are one thousand of you, then they will overcome two thousand enemy by Allah’s leave. Allah is with the patient (sabr).

Hodja recites the 67th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Janâb-i Haqq says, “It is not befitting for any prophet to have captives until he has become predominant in the world. You desire goods of this world whereas Allah desires for you to earn the afterlife (ākhira). Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

Hodja recites the 68th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Had there not been a writ (decree) from Allah, surely a severe punishment would have overtaken you because of the ransom you took.”

Hodja recites the 69th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“So, eat of what you have gotten of spoils of war in a good and halal manner, and abstain from objecting to Allah. Surely, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

You see beloved friends, Al-Quran Al-Karim is the safest environment that sheds light (nūr), gives life, prepares people to the immortal life, protects you from all dangers, and it is Almighty Allah’s Holy Book that admits you into that setting. Come, and let us understand and comprehend this well, and work for the better good of humanity. Let us spread (tabligh) the book of Allah to the servants (qul) of Allah.

Astaizu billah.

Hodja recites the 70th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Janâb-i Haqq says the following in this verse of the Quran.

“O Prophet! Say to the prisoners in your hands, “If Allah finds any good in your hearts, Allah will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and will forgive you your sins because Allah is Forgiving.

Janâb-i Haqq addresses the prisoners here along with all humanity and says the following: Come! I am Allah who is your Rabb. Acknowledge Me through My book, the Quran. And acknowledge Muhammad. I am Forgiving. Let me forgive you your past sins. Come to iman as is due, and become Muslims. That is, acknowledge Allah and be at the command of Allah. Allah’s commands are that which has been sent down to Hz. Muhammad as Al-Quran Al-Karim in the name of Islam. All of the laws of Janâb-i Haqq are Allah’s own commands.

It is Janâb-i Haqq who personally brought forth religion (din), and the religion (din) is Islam. All prophets of the past are revered figures whom were assigned by Allah the One. Their faith (iman) is the faith (iman) of Islam. Allah is One, and so are the principles of faith (iman). Prophets were assigned to a single religion (din), and as the conditions of ages changed, Shari Ta’ala (Almighty Law-Maker), Allah Ta’ala personally changed the rules of the sharia (law), and renewed them. Lastly, Allah personally renewed the past with Islam, the Quran, and Hz. Muhammad. There is a universal faith (iman) in the faith (iman) of Islam. The fundamentals (amantu) of Islam encompasses all prophets and all holy books, and it is universal, beginningless (azali) and eternal (abadi). That said, Allah is One. Allah manifested to all of the servants (qul) with Islam, and the mercy (rahmat) of Islam. Many of the people do not know this truth. Had they known, there would have been unity, solidarity, and brotherhood in the world. The entire world has the change to become a single state and a single nation with Islam because Allah is One; aren’t all humanity servants (qul) of Allah? Yes, then isn’t Al-Quran Al-Karim the book of Allah? Then why won’t entire humanity unite in the command of Allah? Why won’t they establish peace and justice? This is possible through Islam because it embraces all humanity. The faith (iman) of Islam is universal. The values it brings are for the better good of all humanity. A mentality that says let me eat and let others stay hungry is not present in Islam. The mentality that says, “Let me have it, and let others not,” is not present in Islam. That is an accursed (malun) mentality, which Islam rejects. It is Hz. Muhammad (asw) who said, “He who sleeps with a full stomach while his neighbour sleeps hungry is not from among us.”

 

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He is Prophet of Mercy upon the worlds (alamin). He is the Prophet of Mercy for all the worlds (alamin). He is the prophet who embraces the worlds (alamin) with love. This is the universal prophet. He embraces all humanity, and that is why unity, brotherhood, peace and tranquillity are possible with Islam. Islam is the religion (din) of all humanity because Allah is the Rabb of all the worlds (alamin). Allah is the Rabb of us all. Allah is your Rabb as much as Allah is my Rabb, and vice versa. We are all servants (qul) of Allah. Where does this segregation, dualism, separation, disintegration, enmity, and grudge come from? These come from disacknowledging Allah. These come from disacknowledging the commands of Allah. Islam sides with science. Islam itself is science in every regard. It is a science that is above sciences. It is supernatural science. It presents you the beginningless (azali) and eternal (abadi) values of eternity that embraces all the worlds (alamin), the truths that are presented to you have been brought forth with divine revelation (wahy-i ilahi), which is Islam. These values brought forth by Allah are real. Prophets cannot even place a single dot to Allah’s book, they cannot even throw in a single letter, nor they can take out a single letter from it. Prophets implement the command of Allah as is due, and they spread (tabligh) it. That is why they are prophets.

That is what Janâb-i Haqq said in the 70th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8]. Our lecture continues with the 71st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Hodja recites the 71st verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“If they wish to betray you, they should know that Allah caused them to be crushed because they betrayed Allah before this as well. Allah is truly knowing of everything, possessor of decree (hukm) and wisdom (hikmat).”

They do not learn when you told them stop or keep quiet. They do not learn from knowledge (ilm). They do not listen to Allah or the Messenger. Therefore, Allah gives their bane in whatever language they understand. Janâb-i Haqq sends a book to the servants (qul) in order not to afflict them with a bane, and warns them. Allah warns them through Islamic scholars (âlim), and through those who know. This goes for all prophets; thousands of prophets were sent. Why? They came to warn humankind. They were standing against Allah and the Messenger. They do not wake up. They fight those who believe. To fight those who believe is to fight Allah. They can’t learn from news when disbelief (kufr) settles on their heart, they don’t hear a word, and they can’t hear the truth. Such a shame, really.

Hodja recites the 72nd verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Let us see what our Almighty Rabb in this verse of the Quran.

“Those who truly believed (iman) and emigrated (hijra) and struggled (jihad) in the way of Allah with their wealth and lives, and those who give refuge and help them are friends to each other.” Allah praises the muhajirun (early Muslims) and the ansar (helpers) here. There are always people on earth who are in the position of Muslim, muhajirun (early Muslims) and the ansar (helpers), and there should be people like that. Especially those who are ansar (helpers) should continue to be helpers (ansar) until grave. Ansar is those who are always helpers.

As for those who believed (iman) but did not emigrate (hijra) yet, you owe no duty of protection over them until they emigrate (hijra). However, if they seek help from you in religion (din), it is your duty to help them except against a people with whom you have a treaty. Allah sees whatever you do.

So, Janâb-i Haqq says that regardless of how many Muslims there are in the world, believers (mu’min) who seek help, and people who have been oppressed (zulm) who are in need who face difficulties; it is an obligation upon those who are able to help to help. That said, Islam itself is Allah Ta’ala’s hand of help on the world, it is the hand of mercy (rahmat). What did Allah do to earth with Islam? Allah made Islam manifest to the world; it is Allah’s help. Islam is Allah’s saviour, mercy (rahmat); and Allah has filled it to the brim with beauties. Islam is for preparing you to immortal life, and eternally blissful life.

Hodja recites the 73rd and 74th verses of Surah al-Anfal [8].

Our Almighty Rabb says the following in this verse of the Quran: “As for the disbelievers (kāfir), they are friends and helpers to each other. If you do not do so, there will be a great fitnah (trial) and corruption (fasād) on earth.”

Janâb-i Haqq says that ahlul kufr (people of disbelief) are helping each other. O ahlul iman (people of faith)! O Islamic world that sides with truth (haqq), justice, and the better good of humanity. Come together and be united so that the world may work for the better good of humanity. Also, establish peace and tranquillity. Otherwise, it is said that there will be a great fitnah (trial) and corruption (fasād) on earth.

So, what will happen when good people do not fulfil their duty and evil people become predominant? Then there will be fitnah (trial) and corruption (fasād) on earth. Today, people are being killed in masses. A part of the world have trouble finding food while another part is dealing with obesity. More than half of the world is obese. A part of the world is being extravagant, running themselves and the bounties (nimat). There is no justice, no normal consumption, no normal distribution, nor a just distribution in the world. So, what does one part of the world do while the other part is hungry? They are sick due to binge-eating. One part of the world is afflicted with something while the other part is afflicted with something else.

Janâb-i Haqq says the following in the next light-shedding verses (ayat).

 

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Hodja recites the 75th verse of Surah al-Anfal [8].

“Those who believed later on and emigrated (hijra) and joined you in war are also with you. As for the relatives, they are closer to each other according to the Book of Allah. Without a doubt, Allah is All-Knowing of everything.

“Those people who believed (iman), emigrated (hijra), and joined in the struggle (jihad) in the way of Allah, and those who gave them refuge and help…” Now, these are also from among the ansar (helpers), and Janâb-i Haqq praises the aids that were done to muhajirun (early Muslims), and they came to their aid. “Those are true believers (mu’min). For them is forgiveness and a generous provision (rizq).”

As you see, those who believed (iman) and emigrated (hijra) and joined the struggle (jihad) in the way of Allah, along with those who sheltered them and helped them are being praised by Janâb-i Haqq. It is our obligation to endeavour to be a servant (qul) whom Allah praises, and this where the obligation of a servant (qul) lies. You are to do what is praised by Allah; and do whatever is the pleasure (riza) of Allah, and excel each other in fazilat. You need to excel each other in fazilat, and lord of humanity is those who work for the better good of humanity.

May Janâb-i Haqq admit us all into the group of servants (qul) with whom Allah is pleased, who are true servants (qul) of Allah. May Allah make the peace, tranquillity, and serenity of people certain.

I will give you certain discovery notes in regards to these verses in our next lecture, insha Allah. Thanks and praises be to Allah who graced us with our lesson today. May Allah’s peace be upon all believers. May Allah’s peace, happiness, and mercy (rahmat) and forgiveness be upon them. May Allah make it easy for people to be true servants (qul), to have true good deeds (amal-e-saleh), to be true mujāhidīn (fighters), and utterly work to bring peace to the world. My wishes… O the world! Be at the command of Allah! Work for peace, and stop with injustice (zulm). I am trying to announce you the commands of Allah, and I am reciting the verses (ayat) of Allah. I do not wish to announce (tabligh) someone else’s word as the word, other than the verses (ayat) of Allah), the words of our Prophet, and the knowledge (ilm) of true Islamic scholars (âlim). I cannot be a servant (qul) of something else where there is the Real (al-Haqq), and we are all here and I am a servant (qul) of Allah. I am someone from among you, and we are all servants (qul) of Allah. We should be helpful to each other, that is what we strive for.

 

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Al-Quran Al-Kareem – Tafsir (Exegesis) Lesson 309

 

I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Beloved listeners,

We have been conveying sacred meanings of the sacred verses of Surah al-Anfal [8] and certain discovery notes. Now, we will continue our lessons of the life-giving light (nūr) in regards to riwayat (narration) and dirayat (comprehension) of the verses of Surah al-Anfal [8] starting from the 48th verse in order for them to be understood better. Janâb-i Haqq sent the glorious Quran, lightful Islam, and the universal prophet of mercy, Hz. Muhammad upon all the worlds (alamin) and humankind so that they may find life in the world, and find the eternal life in grave and the great gathering (mahshar); that is why Janâb-i Haqq manifested to the worlds (alamin) with Islam. May Janâb-i Haqq make us among the servants (qul) who find life. Allah Ta’ala is a beginningless (azali) and eternally (abadi) Being. Allah’s bounties (nimat) and rahmat al-rahman is endless and boundless. Rahmat al-rahim continue forever with janna (paradise). It is surely the servants (qul) of Allah who are the recipients of these bounties (nimat) of Allah who bestows (lutf) the immortal life to people along with this mercy (rahmat), these gifts (inaam) and benevolence (ihsan), and these blessings (lutf). Let us be servants (qul) of Allah, that is the whole point. When you do not become a servant (qul) of Allah and be a servant to others, then you should know that everything is fāni (mortal) and only baqī (permanent) is Allah. Those who abandon the baqī (permanent) and serve the fāni (mortal) are those who ruin the eternal life, and they willingly purchase frustration for themselves. They are those who give up the eternally blissful life. That is why Janâb-i Haqq placed batil (wrong) against every haqq (right) in order to test humankind in every matter. That said, there is haqq (truth) and haqiqa (reality) against batil (wrong). This is an utter test in the world. See, there was an army of shirk (polytheism) in the Battle of Badr, and they were up against Allah. They wanted to destroy Allah’s messenger (rasul), who is Muhammad, and Islam and Al-Quran Al-Karim. There were people who assumed the world was an idol empire. There was a mentality that wanted the world to stay as an idol empire. See, against those who tried to establish an idol empire in the kingdom (mulk) of Allah; Janâb-i Haqq sent Hz. Muhammad, Al-Quran Al-Karim, and Islam, which are beginningless (azali) and eternal (abadi) holy truths. The army of shirk (polytheism) and the army of haqq (truth) came face to face in Badr. The army of shirk (polytheism) had Shaitans army, conceit, pride, and lust. That said, on that day Islam was new-born. The truths brought by previous prophets had experienced an utter interregnum, and there were only handful of people on earth, the truths disappeared, and nightmares descended upon the world. Injustice (zulm) was playing about in the world. It was a setting like that, and against the army of shirk (polytheism) and the armies of Shaitan, the army of the Real (al-Haqq) came about with Hz. Muhammad.

 

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At that time Shaitan’s army and the armies of idols and shirk (polytheism) had found the world empty, and claimed it for themselves. That is why they were so arrogant. Army of shirk (polytheism), army of Shaitan; what did they do with arrogance, conceit, and lust? They walked towards Badr, and Shaitan fled from Badr when he saw the manifestation of divine and ruhani powers. So, what did Shaitan see? You see, he saw Almighty Allah’s manifestation with divine and ruhani powers. What was Jibril (a.s.) doing around Hz. Muhammad with his army of angels? They came to help, and seeing this, Shaitan fled with his army. Polytheists (mushrik) and hypocrites (munafiq) were looking down on Muslims, and they were seeing them few in number. They were seeing them weak because polytheists (mushrik) and hypocrites (munafiq) couldn’t see the truth. The spiritual worlds of the polytheists (mushrikun) are filled to the brim with polytheism (shirk). The spiritual worlds of the hypocrites (munafiqun) are filled to the brim with hypocrisy (nifaq), and they have no chance of seeing the truth. That said, the number of Muslims soldiers on that day was about three hundred, and the polytheists (mushrik) and hypocrites (munafiq) were seeing them as three hundred poor and wretched people, and they were up against them with a powerful army of one thousand. The polytheists (mushrik) and hypocrites (munafiq) were saying how dare they stand against an army of one thousand with a handful of three hundred people. There was Muattib bin Kuşeyr from among the hypocrites (munafiq) of Madinah in the army of Islam. This person was in the Islamic army. There were also secret Muslims in the army of polytheists (mushrik). Some of those secret Muslims died on the side of disbelievers (kāfir) in Badr. Among them there were people like Ebu Kays, Haris, and Ali ibn Umeyye, As Ibnu’l Munebbih, and Ibnu’l Haccac in the army of polytheists (mushrik), and they died on the side of that army of polytheism (shirk). They were deceived by the enemy’s strength. If one’s faith (iman) is weak, then it cannot see the power of Allah. It rather sees the enemy’s power as a great power. They were deceived by the power of the enemy. The disbelievers (kāfir) suffer a lot when their lives are taken. Such a punishment before them, and such a curse afterwards that they are thrown into darkness, and the pain persists while they are resurrected, and continues towards eternity. The polytheists (mushrik) cannot see these truths. The hypocrites (munafiq) or deniers (munkir) cannot see these truths, but people with weaker faith (iman) couldn’t see this either, and some of them died on the side of the enemy. Such a shame, really.

 

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O humanity! See the omnipotence (qudrah) of Allah. It is Almighty Allah who created whatever there is in the worlds (alamin). See the omnipotence (qudrah) of Allah and do not ever be deceived by the power of the enemy! It is you who shall save the enemy from the evil they have fallen into by Allah’s omnipotence (qudrah) and help. That is, through Allah’s grace (lutf), generosity (karam), help, aid, success (tawfiq) and guidance (hidayat). Then again, breaking of the covenant and innate nature (fitrah), and not wanting to hear the truth (haqq), who is it? That is whoever breaks the promises they have given to Allah from qālū balā to the grave, and whoever corrupts their innate nature (fitrah). Now, what is innate nature (fitrah)? Every person is created with an innate nature (fitrah) of Islam. Every child that is born is born with an innate nature (fitrah) of Islam. See, whoever breaks this innate nature (fitrah), and does not want to hear the truth (haqq), whether the corruption belongs to an individual or society, this led to people lose bounties (nimat). These are the causes that take away eternal bounties (nimat) from them. These are also the causes that demand calamities to befall people in the world. Those who follow Pharaoh and substituted faith (iman) and acknowledgement (tasdiq) with denial and disbelief (kufr) have caused spiritual destruction, and they have turned into primitive, low, and shameless people. That is, those who follow Pharaoh. That is those who substituted faith (iman) and acknowledgement (tasdiq) with denial, disbelief (kufr), and hypocrisy (nifaq); they cause spiritual or anfusi destruction. Now, what is anfusi destruction? That is when a person destroys his inner world. He who destroys his inner (anfusi) world surely works towards the destruction of his physical (afaqi) world. This mindset is so primitive and so low. This mindset is utterly shameless because it does not hesitate to afflict others with the evil it has done to itself. Holy Islam came to save them from their situation, and it came to save everyone. The Jews of Banu Qurayza had broken the agreement in Badr and Trench, and they sided with them? Sided with whom? They sided with the polytheists (mushrik) and idolaters. Their chief was Ka’b ibn al-Ashraf, and he made an alliance agreement with the polytheists (mushrik), and this is one of the circumstances of revelation (asbāb al-nuzūl) of the 52nd and 53rd verses, along with similar causes. For one thing, he who helps the unjust (zalim) become unjust (zalim), and he who helps the polytheist (mushrik) becomes a polytheist (mushrik). Had they read the Torah even a little bit to see the truth (haqq), they wouldn’t have sided with idols and polytheism (shirk). Had they sided with Musa even a little bit, they wouldn’t have stood against Muhammad. This is because Hz. Musa had heralded Hz. Muhammad with the Torah, and informed this of his people. He said that Muhammad shall come with a brand-new sharia (law) of Islam. He told the world to become Muslims right away. As for Isa (a.s.), he came to herald the coming of Hz. Muhammad. The belief between the prophets is one, and it is Allah who assigned them all, and they are prophets that are assigned by Allah who is One.

 

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Janâb-i Haqq sent prophets starting with Adam (a.s.) until Hz. Muhammad as necessary, and lastly sent Hz. Muhammad. What did they do while they knew this, while they knew this in the Torah, while they knew this in Injil, while it was clear as day because Musa and Isa heralded, and while they knew Hz. Muhammad in Torah and Injil better than they knew their own sons? They covered up these verses (ayat), and they either changed the verses about Muhammad Mustafa, or distorted them, or changed their meaning. So, is there a religion (din) or faith (iman) despite Allah, without accepting Allah? Allah has sent Al-Quran Al-Karim, and Muhammad. Allah had sent other prophets before. So, what is religiousness without accepting what is sent by Allah, the book, laws, and the envoy. That is a religiousness equal to irreligion. Some people do not accept Allah, nor do they accept Allah’s principles, but they talk about religiousness. That is a religiousness equal to irreligion. He came to save the world from that. All prophets and lastly Hz. Muhammad came for that, and Islam came for that. These verses also mention nebiz, which is to terminate an agreement. Islam says once a Muslim has given a promise for something he keeps his word and fulfils it. That is loyalty to promise. This is about Hz. Musa and Bani Israil, as well as Mount Sinai and the ahd-e-misaq (covenant). That is in the trial… The trial on Mount Sinai. Janâb-i Haqq obtained a promise from Bani Israil therein, saying they will believe in Muhammad and subject to him, but they broke their promise.

Hazreti Mûsâ Benî İsrâil’den Tur-i Sina da ahdi misâk da yani mülâkatta Tur-i Sina da mülâkatta Cenab-ı Hak orada Benî İsrâil’den söz aldı Muhammed’e îmân edeceksiniz ona tâbî olacaksınız diye, sözlerinden caydılar.

But of course, there are many Jewish scholars who became Muslims back then. Abdullah ibn Salam was one of them for example, and those who knew many truths became Muslims. Allah is One. Allah is the ruler and the Rabb of all the worlds (alamin). The religion (din) has always come as one, and it has never been two. Besides, Allah is not two.

See the 13th verse of Surah al-Maidah [5], where the word irhab is mentioned. Says frighten them, intimidate them, and prepare power, but for what? That is for peace, the goal is peace. That is to establish peace and justice in the world. That is, what should you do against those who stand against peace? It is said that you should prepare a dissuasive power against the enemies of peace and justice, and frighten them, intimidate them, and prepare a force in order to keep true justice upright. Do not forget that the goal is only peace, tranquillity, and safety because Islam is the principles of exalted values that stand against the enemies of humanity, and it embraces humanity. It is the laws of Allah.

Hatred, grudge, jealousy, and enmity was gone, and Janâb-i Haqq gave them coalescence. What is in the societies where Islam is understood and practiced correctly? There isn’t hatred, or grudge, or jealousy, or enmity. So, what is in it? There is love and intimacy in it because Islam is nothing but love, muhabbat, and intimacy. It is also a manifestation of Allah’s mercy (rahmat) and love.

 

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So, you should understand Islam correctly. Aws and Khazraj tribes were extremely hostile to one another in Madinah. Almighty Allah gave them friendship and love when they became Muslims. They became one heart one fist, and they found peace. They became the ansar (helpers), and they became brothers with muhajirun (early Muslims). There is no end of Allah’s omnipotence (qudrah). There is no end of Almighty Allah’s omnipotence (qudrah), nor can one stand against Allah’s will (irada). O humankind! Acknowledge Allah. There is end to Allah’s omnipotence (qudrah), nor can someone stand against Allah’s will (irada). The unjust (zalim) has not got away with what they did, nor will they get away in the future.

Hodja recites a part of the 4th verse of Surah Ali Imran [3].

Do not forget this! This is the word of Almighty Allah.

Janâb-i Haqq says, “I will fulfil My justice, and take My revenge.” Allah’s revenge is but a complete justice, and is free and away from injustice (zulm). Now, our lesson continues with the discovery notes in regards to the 64th to 69th verses.

The number of Muslims had increased to 40 when Hz. Umar became a Muslim in Mecca. This is one of the matters that 64th verse points to, but of course, the number increased only up to 40 Muslims after years. At least 6 years of prophethood in Mecca had past like that. Thereafter, as faith (iman) settled and rooted in the hearts, the faith (iman) of the hearts started enlightening their surroundings. Faith (iman) of the believer (mu’min) is at least ten times greater than disbeliever (kāfir) and his disbelief (kufr).

A poet once said, “Iman (faith) is greater, and a heart without iman (faith) is dead weight.” Iman (faith) is so great, and it is such a substance (jawhar) that it has at least ten times more power against kufr (disbelief), and it is a power that makes a person powerful. Whoever has iman (faith) has power. A person’s power is bound to the power of his iman (faith). As for the power of iman (faith), it is bound to understanding Al-Quran Al-Karim well, affirming (tasdiq) the truths and having a good avowal (iqrār), and having good deeds (amal-e-saleh). Imans (faiths) are nourished with true information, knowledge (ilm), and learning (irfan). As for the source of true information, knowledge (ilm), and learning (irfan), it is the sharia (law) of Islam. As for the source of sharia (law) of Islam, it is Al-Quran Al-Karim, Hz. Muhammad, and these are manifestations of Almighty Allah. Al-Quran Al-Karim is a manifestation of Allah’s knowledge (ilm). Al-Quran Al-Karim is a book that is above human, above nature, and above arsh al-âlâ, and it came from al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet), and it came to there from the knowledge (ilm) of Allah.

 

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That is why beloved friends, what does 20 believers (mu’min) do when they come together? They show themselves, and there manifests a power. War is for the pleasure (riza) of Allah. It is for the command of Almighty Allah. It is with the goal of iʻlā‐i kalimatullah (to exalt the religion of Allah), and it is for establishing peace and justice on earth. There are no race wars in Islam. Devilish wars are not allowed by Islam and in Islam there is no fight due to enmity. In Islam there is no war with a materialist mindset oriented towards looting and procuring income. In Islam, war is only for the peace, comfort, tranquillity, and justice; which are for the better good of all humanity. The wars in Islam are for the sake of peace, and for the sake of truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa) because everything in Islam is but a divine command, divine law. Allah has no wrong laws. Allah has no flaws or imperfections. Humankind should endeavour to understand Islam correctly, and they should also do jihad (struggle) for that purpose. The jihad that is done to obtain true knowledge (ilm) and true learning (irfan) is jihad al-kabir. Narrating Islam correctly to people is also jihad al-kabir. Jihad al-kabir means major jihad. That is why the jihads in Islam are not for the sake of racism, devilish enmity, or plunder.

A believer (mu’min) may stand up against ten enemies, and there is a sacred power here. This power is the power of faith (iman). True faith (iman) has true power. This is not physical power, rather this is a power that comes with spiritual powers effect on matter. Because there is an interaction from the spirit (ruh) to the body, and vice versa.

If it is more than one against two, then it is not counted as desertion. If weapons and tools are adequate, jihad and war are an obligation (fard) in cases that bring benefit. Those who do not fight are counted as deserters, and thrown into Fire. We can see this when we look at the 16th verse. Now, the goal of war is not to harm humanity, rather we should never forget that this is a war for peace, which is for the better good of humanity.

We will not forget that Islam is peace, and that there is no virulent warfare in Islam. Islam and Muslims are friends to all humanity. However, you cannot make a mentality that is hostile to Allah and the laws and provisions (hukm) of Allah by force, because hostility comes from them. There is no enmity in Islam. Islam is the manifestation of Allah’s mercy (rahmat) upon all the worlds (alamin). Can there be hostility here? Hostility comes from adversary. It comes from those who attack Islam. It comes from denying Allah. It comes from disbelief (kufr), injustice (zulm), polytheism (shirk), and hypocrisy (nifaq). There is no harm that is originates from Islam, and there cannot be any because Islam is divine. It is preferable (mandub) to fight more than two. Even if there is lack of means, there should be at least one squadron that consists of one hundred fighters. There are many battles where we defeated an enemy force that is ten times in number. That is, ten times of the number of Muslims. However, throughout history, for 14 centuries, the armies of Allah and Islam have done jihad with the power of faith (iman) in order to bring peace to the world, which has been for the benefit of all humanity.

 

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Neither a church has been demolished, nor a synagogue, nor any other place of worship. Nobody has been forced to believe in Islam. However, Allah Ta’ala says, “I am the Rabb of the worlds (alamin). You are to acknowledge My rulership and sovereignty. Islam is my laws.” It is Allah Ta’ala who says this. This is a right of Allah (c.c.), because that is Allah. The Rabb of all the worlds (alamin), Rabb of us all.

Another word mentioned is izhan. Izhan is to strike the enemy overwhelmingly, destroying their force. So, what is said in regards to those who are hostile to humanity, who do not learn from faith (iman), knowledge (ilm), or learning (irfan), who do not accept science, who use their intellect (aql) for evil, who do not acknowledge truth (haqq), justice, or supremacy of law (huquq)? It is said, “You should hit the enemy good,” against them, and this is izhan.

Allah says destroy the force of the wrongdoers (zalim) so that humanity may be saved. So that the just people be rulers of the word. Let those who shall work for the better good of humanity be the rulers of the world.

Then again, in the 4th verse of Surah Muhammad, to take prisoners of war before utterly destroying the enemy, which is izhan, is against command and will. This was a danger in Badr. Almighty Allah protected them, but a lot of harm was seen in Uhud. The matter of izhan here is to establish the sovereignty of truth (haqq), and to make your dissuasive power predominant. That is another meaning of the word izhan. This is because Islam, and the sovereignty of truth (haqq) which is for the benefit of humanity, and the dissuasive force of it should be made predominant principally. This is one of the purposes when we mention izhan. A narration that comes from Abdullah ibn Abbas says the following.

Hz. Abbas was also a prisoner of war in Battle of Badr, and at that time he was yet to be a Muslim because he was in the army of Abu Jahl. He took with him 20 ukiyyah (ounce) of gold in order to feed the polytheist soldiers. Abbas was a soldier in Abu Jahl’s army at the time. Now, who is Abbas? He is the uncle of Hz. Muhammad. See, that misconception was there in the early days as well. He had 20 ukiyyah (ounce) gold with him, and he took it with him in order to feed the polytheist soldiers. He was one of the ten people who undertook feeding the army of polytheism (shirk). Abbas was taken prisoner before his turn came. We are talking about that day’s Abbas. We are talking about Abbas who was in the ranks of Abu Jahl.

He said the following when he was taken prisoner: “I was a Muslim. I joined this battle unwillingly.”

Our Prophet (asw) said, “O Abbas! We cannot give you the gold that you wish to use against us,” and took ransom (fidyah) from him.

 

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He told abbas to give the ransom (fidyah) of Akīl b. Ebî Tâlib and Nevfel Bin Hâris, and Abbas said this to our Prophet, “You turned me into a beggar.” Then, our Prophet said, “Where is the gold you have given to Ummul Fadl?” See, he had given that gold to his wife by night in Mecca, and our Prophet was in Madinah. How could our Prophet know about it?

Abbas said, “O Muhammad! Who told you?” Our Prophet (asw) said, “It is my Almighty Rabb. O Abbas! Almighty Allah informed me.”

Then, Abbas said, “I had doubts, but now I have no doubt.” And he became a Muslim along with all three of his nephews. They became Muslims after they were taken as prisoner. They became Muslims when they witnessed this miracle. But of course, before this, every aspect of Badr was a miracle, and this was yet another miracle. Hz. Abbas gave 20 slaves instead of the gold after he became a Muslim. He then praised Almighty Allah after he became a Muslim. He said, “Allah gave me 20 slaves. Each of them undertakes (mudaraba) as partners with 20 thousand, and he said, ‘He gave me the Zamzam.’ And he said, ‘I am now expecting the forgiveness of Allah.’.” There is Al-Suyuti and Al-Alusi in the source of this narration.

Now, even if they are relatives there is no walayah (guardianship) or wirasat (heirship) between believer (mu’min) and disbeliever (kāfir). Pay attention to this! Now, even if they are relatives there is no walayah (guardianship) or wirasat (heirship) between believer (mu’min) and disbeliever (kāfir). Be in consultation and solidarity otherwise there will be fasad al-kabir (major corruption) says Janâb-i Haqq and warns people, and makes mention of iva. Be in consultation and solidarity. O all faithful Muslims in the world who learn from truth (haqq), reality (haqiqa), divine justice, peace and tranquillity! You have to be in consultation and solidarity. This is what Allah commands, and says otherwise there will be fasad al-kabir (major corruption). There will be a major fasad, and peace will be distorted in the world, justice will be gone, and the unjust (zalim) will do whatever they want in the absence of rivals. Do not give the world to the unjust (zalim), or there will be corruption (fitnah).

Iva. They became helpers (ansar), filled to the brim with faith (iman), and emigrated to Allah and the Messenger, emigrated to truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa), and they did jihad in the way of Allah. It is said that whoever has these qualities is from among you. See, it is said that whoever has these qualities is from among you, and it is said to the Muslims that those who have these qualities are among those who say labbayk to the command of the Real (al-Haqq). The second emigration (hijra) was after Treaty of Hudaybiyya. Some say it was after Badr. Now, you know about the first emigration (hijra). Until the Treaty of Hudaybiyya the Muslims who groaned bitterly under the tyranny (zulm) of idolaters were emigrating (hijra) because they were being oppressed (zulm) by the idolaters, and they weren’t given any freedom of belief, or a chance to live. That is why the Muslims who groaned bitterly under the tyranny (zulm) emigrated (hijra). So, towards whom is emigration (hijra) in Islam? It is towards Allah and the Messenger, truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa). The place where Muslims live Islam is his place of emigration (hijra).

 

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After giving you these truths and certain notes on these verses of Surah al-Anfal [8], I will now remind you of certain quotes from Zahid al-Kawthari. Zahid al-Kawthari says that lack of madhab (school) is a bridge to irreligiousness. Now, what is madhab? Madhab is the way that the ulama (âlims) who follow the way of Hz. Muhammad. That is, the ecole (school) of the mujtahids who know Islam which has been brought by Hz. Muhammad. Now, if you expel those who know and bring the ignorant people who do not know to the fore, will there be a religion (din) left? No, there won’t. See, this is the danger of lack of madhab (school). What is meant by madhab is the ecoles (schools) that know Islam. It is mujtahids. For example, the Hanafite mujtahids, and the mujtahids of Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali are mujtahid ecoles (school) that know Islam best. Also, those who don’t know should follow the way of those who know, and learn from those who know. This is what it means, but your teacher must be a person who knows the truth, and be a mujtahid. The knowledge (ilm) of a non-mujtahid person can’t be imitated. Those who don’t know should at least imitate a mujtahid, or follow the way of those who know which are also mujtahids. That is why Zahid al-Kawthari said lack of madhab (school) is a bridge to irreligion. Prof. Said Ramazan el-Buti from among Damascus ulama (âlims) says, “The most dangerous bid’ah (innovation) is lack of madhab (school),” and he adds, “and the gravest and most dangerous bid’ah (innovation) is what those who make propaganda of lack of madhab (school), that is the greatest bid’ah (innovation). It is said that the Rafidhis and Wahhabites are among them, and so are people Talfīq. That is, conformists. They conform to the systems, but which systems? That is the false deity (taghut) based systems that are not for the benefit of humanity, and it is said that they conform polytheism (shirk) based systems. And it is said they are reformists who make reforms at a whim by wiping out Islam. That is not contemporaneity, nor is that scientific. That said, Islam and Al-Quran Al-Karim are ahead of all ages, it is a science above science, and Al-Quran Al-Karim is in the source of all beneficial sciences in the world. That is why we say to reformists that only Allah does and has done reforms in the religion (din). The sharia (law) of Islam, Al-Quran Al-Karim, and Hz. Muhammad renewed the entire past, and encompassed the documents of future and eternity that embraces all ages until the Last Day (qiyamah). That is why we should not do a reform in Islam, rather we should do a reform in the heads that do not understand Islam correctly. We should make a reform in the heads that do not get Al-Quran Al-Karim correctly. It is Allah who personally made the reform, renewed and abrogated (naskh) all provisions (hukm) of the past whose removal is necessary. Islam and Al-Quran Al-Karim are nasih and the past is mansuh.

 

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If there are non-abrogated ones from the past, they are valid when they pass the affirmation (tasdiq) of Hz. Muhammad and the Quran. However, it has to be affirmed (tasdiq) by Al-Quran Al-Karim. It has to be affirmed (tasdiq) by Hz. Muhammad. This is because Janâb-i Haqq renewed the past with Al-Quran Al-Karim, Hz. Muhammad, and Islam. And now Islam is ahead of all ages, it is always brand-new, never gets old. This is because it is the last book, and the last sharia (law) of Islam. As for Hz. Muhammad, he is the universal prophet of all ages, he is the prophet of all nations whether they believe or not. The reformists should pay attention to this, and they should rectify their own mindsets. Radical reformists… Now, the religion (din) of Islam does not need a single reform since Al-Quran Al-Karim is always new and ahead of all ages. When you understand Islam correctly, you will not find any word or a thing in it that is outdated. Historicists did not understand Islam. There are also fazlurrahmancılar, and they didn’t understand it either. Had they understood the religion (din) of Islam, they wouldn’t have placed historicism before the Quran. Nothing or no period in time can be placed before the Quran, this is because Al-Quran Al-Karim is Allah’s Book. Nothing can be placed before it. It is a book above ages, above nations, above nature, and even above eternity (abad) and pre-eternity (azal) because Al-Quran Al-Karim is of divine.

Now, the following method is being implemented. Destroy the competent people who know Islam. Some people follow a method that is oriented at destroying Islam. They may do this knowingly or unknowingly; in the end it is betrayal. That is betrayal to truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa). It is necessary to know that if you destroy the people who are competent in one thing, that thing itself is also destroyed. That said, Islam is a light (nūr) that is lighted by Allah without a beginning (azal) or ending (abad). See, it is a light (nūr), and there is no chance of turning it off. This is because it is Allah Ta’ala who personally makes that light (nūr) of Islam shine, and Islam is the divine laws and rulership of Allah. Can you destroy Allah? No, you can’t. You can’t destroy Islam ether. What do you understand when we say Islam? You should be understanding the better good of humanity, peace of humanity, establishing and implementing social justice on earth, and prosperity of all creatures (makhluq); this is Islam. If you attribute Islam to someone and ostracize it, then what are you doing against Allah? You are actually siding against Allah.

 

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Islam does not let anyone speak ill about any prophet. It is the mu’min (believer), muhaymin (guardian), and musadiq (verifier) of all holy books. It only removed fabrications and distortion. Islam removes fabrications and distortions, and makes the truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa) predominant. Ahlus-Sunnah scholars (âlims) of Islam have pointed out to certain views and to people of intemperance (ifrat) out of Ahlus-Sunnah. Ahlus-Sunnah scholars (âlims) have said the following about Ibn Taymiyyah: “He had deviated to excessiveness, and he has exorbitant aspects.” That is, they say he was deviated to excessiveness, and they have criticized certain views of Ibn Taymiyyah. Ibn Taymiyyah claimed jahannam (hell) wasn’t eternal, which is completely contrary to Al-Quran Al-Karim because Al-Quran Al-Karim clearly states that jahannam (hell) is for eternity. This is the literal meaning of the verses. That said, we can also see that Ibn Tamiyyah’s views on triple talaq (instant divorce) do not suit that of Ahlus-Sunnah. Then, we can see that he is a man of excessive takfir, meaning he accuses this or that with being a kāfir (disbeliever), and accuses people with polytheism (shirk). It is said that he said, “He is the grand kāfir (disbeliever),” for Muhyiddin ibn Arabi. Ahlus-Sunnah scholars (âlims) say he called him sheikh-i ekfer (most kāfir sheikh).

. İbn Battuta is an important historian, he is an Islamic historian who said that Ibn Taymiyyah said, “This is how Allah rose over (istawā) the throne (arsh),” while he walked down from the kursi (chair) in Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. This is a major polytheism (shirk) because he associated Allah with time and space by saying Allah is sitting somewhere on the throne (arsh). Allah is free and away from time and space, and Allah was existing before arsh-i ala was not existing. Allah personally created all that. Allah does not need time or space. Now, Ibn Taymiyyah claimed Allah sits on the throne (arsh), and this does not suit the understanding of aqidah (creed) and kalam (utterance) of Islam and Ahlus-Sunnah. That is even shirk (polytheism) because Allah is free and away from time and space. Times and spaces are in need of Allah, but Allah does not need anything. Then again, he was an anthropomorphist, and portrayed Allah as a jism (body), which also a wrong of Ibn Taymiyyah. That is, he was an anthropomorphist and portrayed Allah as a jism (body). He also had excessive aspects in the matters of tawassul and istivase, and if you want to learn about his other excessive aspects, and if you want to learn about the example of the Wahhabites, then you may refer to these books: Berâetü’l Eş’ariyyin min Akâidi’l Muhâlifîn – Ehl-i Sünnet’in Müdafaası, this is the Turkish translation of the book. It is Ehl-i Sünnet’in Müdafaası, and the translator is a person named Hasip Seven. Then again, there is another book called, “Those who distort it while fixing the religion.” However, if you wish to understand and listen to the wrong views that do not suit Ahlus-Sunnah, then buy the book called “Dini Tamir Ederken Tahrip Edenler.” One of the trusted authors, muallif, and translators of this book is Ahmet Davutoğlu.

 

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Now that we have presented you short but to the point information in this matter, I will not talk about Mawlana for a little bit. Now, let us talk about certain quotes from Mawlana. That said, I will also be trying to give notes on how many kinds of Mawlana there are in the world. Let us hear some quotes from Mawlana, he says, “Trees may be pruned, bad grass may be cut, surgical operations may be done, what is to be cut can be cut away, vineyards may be pruned, decayed tooth may be pulled away, but I cannot leave the baqī (permanent) for fani (mortal).”

He says, “The world is a corpse, and I cannot be rapacious. I am not a dog to rip off forelock of the dead.”

Now, let us see why these quotes have been said. He says that trees may be pruned, and bad grass may be cut, surgical operations may be done, what is to be cut can be cut away, vineyards may be pruned, decayed tooth may be pulled away.” What does this mean? He refers to fight for peace, and he clarifies the verses whose meanings I gave earlier. He also says, “But I cannot leave the baqī (permanent) for fani (mortal).” Who is baqī (permanent)? That is Allah Ta’ala. Now, who is fani (mortal)? That is, everyone besides Allah is fani (mortal).

He says that the world is a corpse, and that he cannot be rapacious. That is, one day you will completely lose the world, and you will go away from the world. Thus, you will lose the world. Now, he says the world is a corpse, and he cannot be rapacious. That is, he says he will not adhere to the world with greed. He says he is not a dog to rip off the forelock of the dead. That is, he says he cannot attack anyone’s right in an illegitimately or unjustly.

Therefore, what does he say to those who neglect the influence of Allah, who leave the baqī (permanent) and hold fast to the fani (mortal), and those who do not observe justice (huquq)? He says you have held fast to a corpse, and you are dogs, and you are violating people’s right. He says this to those who do not observe truth (haqq) and justice (huquq). He even says, “I am not a dog to rip off the forelock of the dead.” Not every dog rip off forelock of the dead, but there are some dogs that are worse than all dogs. That is why it said to humanity that they should observe truth (haqq) and justice (huquq), and do not be assaulters.

He says, “I came to give life. I am Isa (Jesus). I came to resurrect the dead. I came to give life.” What does this mean? The life-giver here is Islam itself.

“Ignorance kills, knowledge (ilm) and learning (irfan) brings life,” meaning if you side with knowledge (ilm), and side with Islam and the Quran so that ignorance may be removed; and that knowledge (ilm) and learning (irfan) may give you life.

He says, “Rip and tear the ranks of war.” He says, “I do not cut throats for power (quwwat) to be the state.” He says, “I have cut a few throats so that the worlds (alamin) may be saved.” He also points out to the Islamic jihad for peace.

 

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Mawlana says here that Islam works for the salvation of the worlds (alamin), and that jihad is made for the salvation of the worlds (alamin). He says, “I do not cut throats for power (quwwat) to be the state.” He says, “Rip and tear the ranks of war.” He says, “I have cut a few throats for the salvation of humanity.” What he actually says is that he has pulled out the decayed teeth, and says this the jihad in Islam. It is to save the body from microbes, and decays. What is meant here by body is the humankind. He says, “You have considered throwing yourselves into the fire of kufr (disbelief) by dancing a custom and religion (din) out of ignorance.” He says, “I forbid from fire.” It is faith (iman) and Islam what shall save all humanity from fire. It is Hz. Muhammad and the Quran. Mawlana speaks what he understands in the name of religion (din) of Islam. Mawlana also says, “Unjust victory is to plant a seed of injustice, and to ride a horse towards a dragon.” See, he says unjust victory is to plant a seed of injustice, and to ride a horse towards a dragon. He also says, “Lions of time have overpowered you while you try to overpower us.” He addresses people of disbelief (ahlul kufr), and the unjust (zalim), and those who attack Allah, the law (huquq) of Allah, supremacy of law (huquq), and Islam. Hz. Ali says, “I am a servant (qul) of the Real (al-Haqq), and I strike my sword for Allah’s pleasure (riza), and I am a lion of Allah, not of desires. My doings (af’al) are witnesses of my religion (din). I am not a picture of lion, rather I am the meaning of the sign (ayat) in jihad.” He also says, “Allah strikes the sword by my hand.” That is, he says Janâb-i Haqq strikes the sword. Surely, Janâb-i Haqq strikes the sword that is in the hands of a lion of truth (haqq) because the strength (quwwat) and power (qudrah) in the servant (qul) belongs to Allah. It is Allah who created the servant (qul).

It is Allah who equips the servant (qul) with abilities (quwwat). Just take a look at how Allah equipped those who are in the way of Allah.

Mawlana says this about Hz. Ali: “I have known but besides the Real (al-Haqq) non-existent. Even if I have no body (jism), I am still bravest of the brave. I am a dagger, a sword, a flower. Death is my majlis (parliament) of Turkistan.”

He says, “Be in the spirit of Ashab Al-Qir’am. Throw dust to stranger, do not befriend him, turn away. This is not because you are not friendly, rather because they are not friendly to you. Do not let ahlul taqwa (pious people) and sühela leave you. If you turn your back to men of truth (haqq), and embrace polytheism (shirk), then ahlul taqwa (pious people) and sühela leave will leave you, and they will turn away from you.” That is why do not let ahlul taqwa (pious people) and sühela leave you. Mawlana says, “Foreign religions and tariqah (schools) are hostile to men of truth (ahlul haqq) because all the religions that do not suit the truth (haqq) in the world that are not right (haqq), and all the tariqah (schools) in the world that are not right and real; Mawlana says they are all hostile to men of truth (ahlul haqq). Men of truth (ahlul haqq) are the roses of the garden of truth (haqiqa). Pay attention to this! Men of truth (ahlul haqq) are the roses of the garden of truth (haqiqa). Those wolves are enemies of Yusuf. Those wolves that are enemies of Yusuf; throw fire on those wolves and burn them as though you were burning harmal.

 

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These sayings are taken from Mawlana’s composition of Tâhirü’l-Mevlevî. These words are of Mawlana. You can find this composition of Tâhirü’l-Mevlevî in Şamil Yayınevi with numbers like 38, 56, 41, and 14. You can find these texts and what is in the composition of Tâhirü’l-Mevlevî. Now, who is the true Mawlana. Everyone talks about a Mawlana. There is a Mawlana understood by the unbelievers. They acknowledge a Mawlana without the Quran, Muhammad, sunnah (customs), sharia (law), and fiqh (jurisprudence). Pay attention! Those who acknowledge Mawlana without acknowledging the Quran, and those who acknowledge Mawlana without acknowledging the sunnah (customs), and those who acknowledge Mawlana without acknowledging Islamic fiqh (jurisprudence) and sharia (law) of Islam are talking about a Mawlana but which one is it? Pay attention to this! Then again, some people say the following to Mawlana. Some call him awliya of shaitan. Some of those who call him that are Wahhabites. Is this true? The Mawlana they see is not the real Mawlana. This is the same mentality just like they referred to Muhyiddin ibn Arabi as sheikh-i ekfer (most kāfir sheikh). Then again some acknowledge Mawlana as an elder mason. These are masons, and those who call him an elder mason. There is also a Mawlana acknowledged by street hooligans. If you ask who the real Mawlana is, he is a Mawlana who adheres to the Quran and sunnah (customs). The real Mawlana is the one who says, “I am the servant of the Qur’an as long as I have life.” That is a Mawlana who is devoted to Al-Quran Al-Karim and sunnah (customs). One that does not follow the Quran, sunnah (customs), Islamic fiqh (jurisprudence), and sharia (law)… Now, what is meant by fiqh here is bâtini fiqh (esoteric jurisprudence), and zahiri fiqh (exoteric jurisprudence), bâtini taqwa (esoteric piety), zahiri taqwa (exoteric piety), wara‘, zuhd (detachment), ma’rifat (spiritual knowledge), knowledge (ilm), learning (irfan); besides all these are interbedded. They are all contents of the sharia (law) of Islam. As for those who neglect the sharia (law) of Islam, and bring forth the idea that there is a way besides this Islam are those who have no knowledge about Mawlana or the Awliya, or tasawwuf (sufism). These people claim to be men of awliya, but you should be wary about them. There is no understanding of tasawwuf (sufism) in Islam that does not suit the sharia (law) and contradicts the original (asl-i) sources of Islam, the Quran, sunnah (customs), ijma (consensus), and analogy (qiyas). Bayazid Bastami says the following in this matter, quddisa sirruh: “If one ascends to heavens and sit cross-legged, and you see an aspect of him that contradicts the sharia (law), then it is not a wonder (karamat) but gradual destruction (istidraj).”

 

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O humanity in the world! Get your mind straight! We are to understand Islam correctly, and the people who we know. That said, it is surely polytheism (shirk) to bring somebody to the fore by neglecting the prophet and forgetting about Allah, never! However, those who practice that polytheism (shirk) are guilty. What is the crime of Mawlana? Some people misunderstood Isa (a.s.), what is the crime of Isa (Jesus)? Some people misnarrated Hz. Ali, what is the crime of Hz. Ali? The crime belongs to those who invent lies, and those who do not acknowledge the truth (haqq). Falsehoods are where ignorance is present. As for Islam, it came to remove this ignorance from the face of the earth. I say this to people of awliya, “Awliya call people to Allah. Prophets call people to Allah. Islamic scholars (âlim) call people to Allah. He who calls to himself is astray, and you should beware of them.

You know about those who call to themselves, who always talk about themselves, beware of them. The real danger is therein, along with bigotry, obsession. That is where ignorance reproduces along with microbes, where polytheism (shirk) raises cadres. The only being to whom everyone shall call is Almighty Allah. Do not call people to yourself, rather narrate Al-Quran Al-Karim and invite to Allah. Now, to whom am I saying this? I am saying this to everyone who makes this wrong. Calling to someone or calling to yourself, it doesn’t matter. Those who call to someone else are the same as those who call to themselves, and they are men of the same cadre. They procure income from there. There is only servitude to Allah in Islam. There is Allah’s commands and laws. Our obligation is to understand those commands and laws correctly, and be servants (qul) of Allah at the command of Allah altogether. Our obligation is not to call people to worship someone else. No awliya has called people to himself, nor a true Islamic scholar (âlim) has called people to himself. Look at those who call to themselves, and you will see what kind of wrongs next to rights, and what kind of danger they have. Just analyse those who call people to themselves, and you will see many aspects of them that do not suit truth and reality (haqq wa haqiqa). That is why may Janâb-i Haqq make all of us…

Hodja recites a prayer.

May Janâb-i Haqq make us all easily become means of guidance (hidayat) for humanity, and do not make us from among those who fall into misguidance (dalalah), or those who call people to misguidance (dalalah).

 

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