Wa qaal al-Hasan ibn al-Mansour:
A-sufiyyu wahidun fidh-dhaati
Laa yaqbalahu ahadun
Wa laa yaqbalu ahadan
Wa qeela as-sufiyyu
kal-ardi yutrahu `alayhi kullu qabeehin
Wa laa yakhruju minhu
illa kullu maleehin
Wa yata’uhu al-barru
Wa qaalu min aqbahi
kulli qabeehin sufiyyun
Wa qaal ash-shibliyu
`an il-khalqi muttasilan bil-haqqi
`Ikaz al-himmam fee sharhi al-hikam li
Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Ajiba al-Hasani,
||Al-Hasan ibn al-Mansour said:
The Sufi is annihilated in the Essence
No one accepts him,
And he accepts no one.
The Sufi is like the earth, he accepts all forms of garbage,
And nothing comes from him except that which is sweet,
And on him steps the good and the sinner,
And they said from the ugliest of ugly is a stingy “Sufi”,
And Shibli said the Sufi is cutoff from creatures
and connected to the Truth
From The Commentary of the
Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah
as-Sakandari by Ibn `Ajiba
It is said, “Saahib al-haal la tatahammalah ul-jibaalu wa haadha madhharun liman wasala ila haqiqat
al-fana’. The possessor of states cannot be carried
even by the mountains and this is an appearance for one who has reached
the station of the reality of annihilation.
Hasan ibn al-Mansour wrote of the one who
became annihilated (fani) in the love of Allah swt, maqaam
al-fana’; the one who lost his sense of self in wonderment and awe
before Allah swt's Absolute Existence. Such
a person is difficult for the people to accept. When he reaches that
maqam, and wishes to divulge his station, whatever he does will
be different from what common people do. For that reason awliya-ullah
who reach that maqaam hide themselves.
And the example of that from the Holy Qur’an is the story of Sayyidina
Khidr - he did what people don’t usually do; things that even Sayyidina
Musa (as) could not accept. Allah teachs us
by means of that example, to learn, not because Musa (as) is lesser
in station - for he is one of the five ul
il-`adham, tremendous Prophets and no
one can reach the level of the prophets, nor of the Sahaba even - but
to show us the example of one brought near to Allah, as are His saints,
as mentioned in the hadith qudsi, “My
saints are under My domes; no one knows them except Me.” Allah’s saints,
He Himself keeps hidden, for they are precious to Him. Similarly, as
quoted in a hadith qudsi which even the rigorous Ibn Taymiyya
accepted, “man `adha lee waliyyan `aadhantahu bil-harb.” – “Whoever
comes against a Friend of Mine I declare war on him.”
When they are among the people they say and do things that not everyone
accepts. That is the meaning of, “no one will accept him.” For the same
reason, when the Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad (s) came forth, his people
rejected him. Similarly all prophets were rejected by their people.
That is the case of the prophets what then do you think about awliya?
Of course they will be rejected completely, because they are normal
human beings who have been granted heavenly power by Allah swt.
Today’s `ulama say there are no longer any awliya. But
this is not the case. Rather they became blind - they can no longer
see them. Why have they become blind? Because awliya have hidden
themselves, particularly in this time. They know that no one will accept
Thus the highest level of wali, is one who acts like normal people,
not different. You see him acting like a normal person and they say
of him, “He is like us. What is different?” What they don’t know about
him is that person has been tested by awliya; he has been tested
by the Prophet (s), and finally Allah swt tested him, and he passed
his tests and was given his spiritual trusts (amaanat).
So no one accepts them, therefore they hide the power Allah has bestowed
on them. If they display anything of what they have, everyone comes
Ibn `Ajiba continues: “Wa la yaqbalu
ahad” – “And he does not accept anyone.” This means he sees them
as astray, deviated. So he is calls them to return to the Path but they
do not listen. He becomes fed up and leaves them.
That is why Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami, when he was constantly worshipping
Allah swt, ascending in closeness, until he could even hear the angels
arrived at a station where he sought the Divine Presence. At that time
he said, “O my Lord! Open for me the gate to Your Divine Presence.”
Allah said, “O Bayazid! If you want to enter My Presence, you must become
a garbage dump for people.”
That is why al-Hasan ibn Mansour says here, “As-sufi kal-ard.” – “The Sufi is like the earth.” Here earth means
something strong. Whatever Allah wills it accepts. It has no will of
Awliyaullah are like that, like the earth. “Yutrahu `alayhi kullu qabeehin”
- “They throw anything
ugly on them,” including, in the next verse, “min aqbah
il-qabeeh - the ugliest of the the
ugly,” and they accept it. Qabeeh
means not ugly, but worse, something deteriorated, putrid, like the
worst garbage that they throw on the earth. And when they accept it,
nothing comes from them except goodness. He doesn’t treat you like
you treated him. He treats you the opposite of how you treated him.
That is why in another story of Abayazid, when he made a test for the `ulama, they
decided to stone him, to kill him, because he did something they did
not understand. He was testing them, for they in fact had tried to test
him. He was not someone inclined to commit such wrong, heresy, for even
Ibn Taymiyya praises him.
When they had stoned Bayazid and thought
he was dead, they threw him in a garbage dump. He was actually still
alive, but very weak. Eventually after seven days had passed lying injured
in the dump, he revived slightly and was able to move. So he began searching
for something to eat. He found a bone, with a bit of fetid meat on it,
probably thrown out one week before. When he took it a dog came and
opposed him, saying, “This is my territory, and this my food. You cannot
That means that at that point Allah opened
to him to understand even the speech of animals. And Bayazid relates
that he said, “I was saying, “Ya Allah ya Rabbee! What I seek is that
I seek for the sake of Your love, [similar to what al-Hasan ibn al-Mansour
whom we quoted above]. I wish they had killed me, and You gave me
back life. And then after I regained my life (or my strength) that
they would stone me to death again; then You revive me again; and
they stone me yet again; then You revive me again, endlessly, because
each time they stone me I will pray for them that You O Allah, will
forgive them their sins. And whatever You have granted me as a reward
for my prayers and spiritual struggle, You will share its reward with
them.” This shows how much the wali, when he enters in the
love of Allah, will love His servants.
That is what is meant by the awliya that
al-Hasan ibn al-Mansour, is mentioning.
Do you think there are no awliya like that today? They are
present, but no one accepts them. Only a few will understand. That
is why today they say “There are no more awliya.” Or they say,
“Every mu’min is a wali.” If that is the case, Allah
would not differentiate between mu’min and wali. And
who can truly say they are mu’min? Don’t they know that Allah
"Qaalati ala`rabu amanna qul lam tuminoo wa laakin qooloo aslamna
wa lamma yadkhuli aleemanu
fee quloobikum wain
tutee`oo Allaha warasoolahu laa
yalitkum min a`malikum shayan inna Allaha ghafoorun raheem."
“The desert Arabs say, "We believe."
Say, "Ye have no faith; but ye (only)say, 'We have submitted
our wills to Allah,' For not yet has Faith entered your hearts. But
if ye obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not belittle aught of
your deeds: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [49: 14]
Who can give certification that iman has
entered your heart? That certificate is not given by one Muslim to
another Muslim. That is given from Allah swt to the believer.
“As-sufi kal-ard yata’uhu al-barru wal-faajir
wa laa yakhruju
minhu illa maaliyyatin...”
“And on him steps the good and the sinner
And nothing comes from him except that
which is sweet.”
Everyone walks on the earth - the good
and the bad. Awliya put up a zawiya
or khaniqa or ribat,
wherever they are, and everyone comes to them and they receive anyone
in their meetings, fajir or barr.
They cannot say, “We will not meet this person or that person.” Today
they tell you, “These people are your enemy. You cannot meet them.
These people cursed us, you cannot meet them.”
The Prophet (s) came to all humanity -
enemy or not.
“Wa maa arsalnaaka illa
basheeran wa nadheeran wa laakinna akthara an-naasi laa ya`lamoon.
"We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving
them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand
If an enemy came to him (s) he had to open
his door. Since awliyaullah inherited that character, their
doors must be open. Else what is the benefit of becoming a wali?
Allah gave them wilayat to hear people,
to treat them and to bring them to Islam. When you close your door
and say, “I don’t work with those people,” you have isolated yourself
and become a barrier to the Way. You have to work with people of any
faith, any religion and any group to convey them to haqq.
That is why we see Mawlana Shaykh meeting
with everyone. And we seek to follow in his footsteps. You cannot
close the door saying, “You are not a member.” Now everything is by
membership – for money. They tell you, “Pay $50 and become a member.”
Nothing is for Allah any longer.
“Yata’ahu al-barru wal-faajir.” – “The good and the bad will step on
him.” That means he will carry burdens. He eliminates the garbage
of everyone, and in return gives them his prayers, du`a, to change
their hearts. He is trying to give them the best. That is why the
good and the bad step on him.
“Wa qaalu min
aqbahi kulli qabeehin sufiyyun shaheehun.” – He said, “And the ugliest of the ugly
is the one who pretends he is a Sufi and yet he is stingy.” A Sufi
cannot be stingy. A Sufi is always generous with the gifts he has
been granted by His Lord, not withholding it graspingly. Allah swt
is Akram al-akrameen.
Similarly, the Prophet (s) is described by Allah swt as:
“bil mumineen ra’ufun raheem.” – “to the Believers is he most kind and merciful.” [9:128]
He is raheem ,will ask Allah’s forgiveness
on behalf of everyone.
لِّلْعَالَمِينَ“Wa maa arsalnaaka illa rahmatan lil`alameen.” – “We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.” [21:
Therefore a Sufi cannot be stingy. The
worst of the worst is someone who pretends to be a Sufi and yet he is
stingy, grasping. Not stingy with his money, but stingy in carrying
the difficulties of people and giving back from himself, whatever Allah
gave him of hasanaat, as gifts to them.
To make it more clear, he carries the sins
of those who are under his authority by asking Allah’s forgiveness for
them and gives them in return whatever levels Allah has raised him to
by requesting Allah bestow whatever he received of rewards on them.
That is for whoever comes to visit him.
You only need to connect these things together
to get the picture. But today’s `ulama and those “scholars” on
the Internet are unable to make such connections.
The Prophet (s) said, “Any people who sit
in a group and make dhikr, the angels will encompass them and
touch them with their wings…. And someone not from them, but who came
only for a certain issue, sits with them. Allah said, ‘la yasshqaa
That means that anyone coming for only
a few minutes, even if he is not one of them, will be rewarded for being
with them. Anyone who comes to the wali, the wali will
give to him from what Allah swt and the Prophet (s) gave him. That is
what it means – the opposite of stingy. Giving what Allah adorned him
with of mercy; taking on and carrying the difficulties and problems
of the person who cam to see him.
“Wa qaal ash-shibliyu as-sufiyyu munqati`un `an il-khalqi muttasilan bil-haqqi.” Ash-Shibli said,
“The Sufi is disconnected from the creation and connected to the Truth,
il-khalq” – how do you translate it? Its literal meaning is
“his heart is cut off from the people and connected with Allah.” “Munqat’i `an
il-khalq” means he does not involve himself in issues that do
not concern him, of what others are doing that is opposite of the Truth.
He is connected with Truth. He likes everything about Truth and dislikes
all that is the opposite – ignorance or falsehood.
Literally it means he is disconnected from
the creation and connected to Allah. But it also means he rejects
all that is false and he loves all that is true. When he disconnects
himself from falsehood, he veils it, as if he is not seeing it, though
he knows of it. Yet he doesn’t go and backbite the people regarding
what they are committing of falsehood and wrongdoing. He connects
himself to Truth and disconnects himself from falsehood. He does this
in order to balance their falsehood by bringing Truth to the other
side of the balance. Otherwise if falsehood increases unchecked, it
will be a disaster for the Ummah.
Thus the awliya are like mountains
in the Ummah; they balance everything, as the mountains keep the earth
“wal jibaala awatada.” –“And the mountains as pegs?” [78:7]
If falsehood were to increase unchecked
there would no longer be a balance and the world would turn upside down.
Thus the awliya balance everything.
So Allah said:
“In order that ye may not transgress
(due) balance.” [55:8]
Don’t try to deceive in what Allah has made balanced.
“Wa aqeemoo al-wazna
bil-qisti wa laa tukhsir ul-meezaan.”- “So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.”
It means make everything in the scale balanced.
If the awliya are not balancing
falsehood through worship, what the evil ones are committing of falsehood
this dunya would have long been gone. So from the Signs of Last Days `Abdullah
bin 'Amr Ibn al-`AaĀs
(r) related that the Prophet (s) said:
Allah will not take knowledge from the
hearts of the scholars but he takes the scholars (they die). There will be no more scholars to take their
place so people will take extremely ignorant leaders. They will be
asked questions and will give fatwas (legal rulings) without knowledge. They
are misguided and they misguide others.
The awliya are balancing everything
from time of the Prophet (s) and through very century, balancing falsehood.
But now that balancing is coming to an end and so there is no longer
any balance. That is why today one sees so much killing. And while everyone
speaks of peace, peace, peace in fact everywhere people are dying.
May Allah keep us under wings of awliya
and balance our `amal to be in a good way.