November 2, 2007 § Leave a comment
On Friday 26 Safar, 1428 (March 16,2007) our sheykh, Sheykh Abdul-Kerim, Deputy to Grand Sheykh Maulana Nazim al-Hakkani the world leader for the most distinguished Osmanli Naks-i’bendi way, gave khutbe where he discusses how believers look with the nur of Allah explaining that,
“Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “Be careful from the vision of a believer because he looks with the Nur of ALLAH. You cannot fool him.” When a believer looks with the Nur of ALLAH, he must know what is valuable. That’s the sign which is showing that you cannot fool him now. Sheytan cannot fool him, Dunya cannot fool him and the treasures and the pleasures of this world cannot fool that one. If a man is saying this and still running after Dunya and leaving the duties that ALLAH (subhana wa ta’ala) put as obligations on him, he already got fooled. He can say as much as he wants and he can read this (Qur’an-e Kerim) as much as he wants. It’s because if he is a real believer, then he must know what is valuable. Of course, we need to go to work and we need to earn. But the priority is ALLAH, His orders and His Prophet (sws).”(source)
This should be in the minds of all those who approach the minbar/pulpit taking on the duty of imam. It doesn’t matter if these duties are being performed regularly in masajid, occasionally with friends and co-workers or at your place of business in the community prayer room. We must remember that the imam is Sayyidina Maulana Muhammad’s (alayhi salatu wa salam) position, a very heavy thing to carry. We must keep this in mind and what it means to approach the minbar or leading the prayers, the Holy Prophet’s position, we should think on it.
October 10, 2007 § 1 Comment
On a cool evening during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Osmanli Naks’i-bendi-Hakkani Sufi Association spent the night in prayer and worship to their Lord. Some of this worship included music and whirling captured in this video. Shaykh Abdul-Kerim holds these events weekly on Friday at 353 W 39th St, Rm #304 in Manhattan (NYC).
October 1, 2007 § 7 Comments
This is one of my favorite video clips. It features a gathering of Chechen Muslims, from the Qadiri Sufi Association, reciting, “la ilaha illa Allah”, “there is no god but the One God”. Every time I watch this clip it makes the hairs on the back on my neck stand-up! SubhanAllah! Glory be to Him, the Lord of the Worlds!
September 21, 2007 § Leave a comment
July 9, 2006 § 14 Comments
Let me tell you a little secret… I have been waiting nearly six months to make a post like this. I wanted to wait until readership for Wa Salaam was at a level where it could actually be of benefit. So where do we start?
Well lets start with the basics. In Islam there are 5 fundamental principles that are the foundation of our belief, so much that they are termed “Pillars”. Some of you non-Muslims may have heard of the term “5 Pillars of Islam”, which basically means that the essence of Islam is in the performance and maintenance of these rites.
The second of these 5 Pillars is observing the obligatory prayer or as-Salaah, which there is no English equivalent but for our purposes we will say “Reverence and Worship”. Salaat is different from a prayer or supplication, in Arabic this kind of prayer is called a dua’a. But the Salaat is something very specific, the act of Salaat is obligatory upon every Muslim after puberty and is a means to commune with the Almighty without the dependence of intercessors or lesser gods…