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Shaykh Muzaffer al Jerrahi was a master of Essence, chosen by Allah the Exalted to bear the light of La ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulallah to the West in the late 20th century. He was the one who smelled the fragrance from the rose garden of Allah�s lovers, still unknown to themselves, and he traveled to this country to meet them and make them blossom. He tended them and watered them with his tears and prayed for their forgiveness. He illumined for them the path of truth, and caused them to fall in love with the truth and with the prophets of truth and with the beloved of the truth, Muhammad Mustafa, may his crown of truth send peace into the world. Muzaffer Efendi then offered the lovers the delicate scale in which to weigh their actions and inmost intentions. He offered himself as the bright mirror into which they could gaze upon their own perfection. He found Nur, his inheritor. He named him, and brought him to the lovers as the servant of love. Efendi broke the conventions and rules for the sake of love. He gave all for love. And we are these roses of love, knowing only love, whose hearts are lit by the fire of love, not by some earthly flame, because we were found by the true servant of love. May he be blessed with the highest blessings and may every breath of every dervish in our order bless him and Shaykh Nur as long as our creation lasts. May Allah most High bless his family and protect them from all unhappiness or harm. May the tariqat of Muhammad which he brought to this time and land flourish abundantly, abundantly, abundantly. Ya Nur, dearest beloved who is love, light of Allah, light of the lights of the heart, flowering sword of La ilaha ilallah, jewel of Bismillah, smile of the Prophet Muhammmad�s heart, may Allah immerse him always in complete Peace, heart treasure and companion of the Prophet of Allah, repository of his secret, friend of humanity, heart awakener, Ya Saki pourer of the wine of mystic love which Muzaffer Ashki poured into you, revealer of the secret Ashki revealed in you, lover of Allah in all Allah�s beautiful manifestations, servant of the Prophets, friend and reviver of the holy traditions, ecstatic dancing tzadiq, mystic child of the divine Mother, Great Swan parting the water of Reality, leading the way into the infinitely opening space of Divine Essence, Living Buddha Jikai. You give us�your living Buddha successors, your Sufi family, your mystic body�the koan of realization, the mother of Wisdom, perfection of the Wisdom of What Is. You�holy heart of compassion, churner of the butter of goodness, tender human being, envisioner of the New Humanity, Pir and guide of the New Humanity, New Humanity itself, Medet! Help us who are your spiritual kin, your very self, guide us further as you have guided us here, onto the evermore bewildering journey of mystic love, inspire us with the wine of your love which is the Ashk Muhammadi, take us away from our selves and give us to the Prophet of Love who is Allah�s infinite abyss of love, may Allah rejoice him eternally with the oceanic gnosis of love. Please pray intensely for us that our hearts be kind and generous, our actions selfless, our breaths only for Allah, our awakening where self and other disappear, our place the placeless, our time the timeless, our face all creation as you saw your face. Pray that we be true servants of the Truth and servants of humanity, dying and living, dying and living, dying and living. And bless Muzaffer Ashki whose essence is in your essence, and bless all of your teachers and guides. And bless your family, your wife Sheila and all your children and grandchildren, your mother Adelaide Aisha and your father Alec, and all your spiritual children and companions. May they eternally flourish. May your way, following the blessed universal Muhammad, who is embraced in Allah's infinite radiance, remain until the last day, bringing goodness and joy to humanity. May the seeds of your heart, your spiritual community, bloom in the gardens of Paradise and the sublime garden of Essence. May your community never cease increasing. May you be rewarded with the joyful news of divine forgiveness for all humanity and the return of humanity into its beloved Source. We love you! Take us completely! Reveal each one of us as Divine Reality and New Humanity!
In the Name of Allah�s Boundless Compassion and Infinite Love
Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim resounds throughout the 18,000 universes, filling every pore of creation, causing all beings to tremble and vibrate with love. All in creation proclaim the infinite love and compassion of Allah. All come into existence through Allah�s love, are sustained through this love, and guided to higher and higher levels of being through love. May we never allow limited conceptions to cause us to despair of Allah�s unlimited love. It is Allah�s love for us rises like a wave inside our being and becomes our love to Allah. Whatever is not this love will pass away. Whatever relations that are not bonded with this love will untie. Allah�s love alone remains when everything else disappears. May in every conscious moment we rely on Allah�s Love alone. May we never depend on ourselves, for the only limit to mercy is ourselves. Every burden disappears as we cry out to Allah. We increase our capacity for His great love through gratitude and contentment with our life experience and through offering selfless love to others. The more we turn and return to Allah's mercy the more the infinity of divine love can pour through us. We are the baby at the breast of divine love. The more we draw the milk the more it flows. Both names Rahman and Rahim derive from the root word meaning �womb�. The power of love contained in the Rahman is likened to the boundless love of a mother for her children. Here we have the divine feminine opening within the heart of Islam. In the mirror of creation, Allah has pointed to the mother to let us taste the nature of divine love��Paradise is at the feet of the mother.� Then Allah tells us that Rahim is ninety-nine times more powerful than the Rahman. Ya Rahim O Love of Allah for Allah O secret of Allah shared with the intimate lovers O lightning flash that breaks all the mirrors O longing in the dervish heart that is never quenched O power that draws us to return without hesitation O Love that lifts the curtain on Itself and shows us our own face. O Love that leaves no trace other than Itself
The Banquet of Friends, the Feast of Love
2700 years ago the Prophet Isaiah revealed a beautiful promise from God �On this holy mountain the Lord of Hosts will prepare a banquet of rich sustenance for all the peoples, a banquet of holy food and mature wine strained clear of all impurity, a banquet of deep wisdom and intoxicating divine love. On this sacred mountain the Lord will destroy the veil shrouding humanity, the obscuring veil of blindness and self‐interest thrown over all the nations. He will destroy death and negativity forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face, and throughout the world remove the indignities from His people.� This banquet is the great gathering of humanity, the homecoming into the One Reality. The sufis and mystics of all traditions, are the ones extending the Divine invitation to the banquet. They have touched the ground of their being and realize that the ground is the same for all. They are God�s messengers and peacemakers. They know that all the hearts are rays of one heart. They see that all the traditions are streams in one ocean of revelation. Each brings innumerable gifts to the human family to be shared, not disputed. 700 years after Isaiah came Jesus, the living spirit of God, to invite the poor in spirit, the excluded, the transgressor to the banquet. The Last Supper, which was a Passover feast, represents the Agape, the banquet of love to which all were invited. Divine doors opened, barriers came down. There were no criteria necessary to attend the feast besides love. God was revealed as love longing for Itself. To feel love was to be called. To love Jesus, the son of Man, was to love God and to be loved by God. By merging into the essence of Jesus one merged into God. �May they all be one. As You Father are in me and I in You so may they be in Us. I made Your Name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love You have for me may be in them, and I in them. (From the holy disciple John)� The way was made easy. The latter days were here, the afternoon of creation, and the divine urgency of love opened the way to Itself. 600 years after the Spirit of God blew through the human hearts, calling them home, came the Majestic Prophet completing the message and uniting all the paths of return. With his embodiment, and with allthe main traditions now on earth, the axis of unity reveals itself at the center of all religions and paths of belief as Love. Once this axis is seen, the divine unity is revealed. Religions are no longer irreconcilable realities, but rather streams from the same Source of Love, facets of one diamond. The last and greatest obstacle to the banquet is now dissolved. All humanity can gather together as they are, with their varying beliefs, with their individual fragrance and color. These are to be shared and delighted in, rather than converted and eliminated. Shaykh Nur calls the Prophet Muhammad the Distributor of the light of prophecy into all human hearts because through him the divine permission and mercy has reached its culmination. All hearts are invited to be the vessels of divine revelation. They are the endless flowing fountains of paradise pouring the water of love and wisdom to each other. All the hearts are truly one heart. The prophetic message is
saying �yes�.. holy Jesus. The banquet is initiation into universal tariqat.� We are the empty vessel of divine manifestation. �I am neither Muslim. and all the sources of truth. and all human definition. The banquet represents the return of us all into God through the mystical body of the blessed Muhammad. peace be upon them all.. Simply by accepting the invitation. It is endless in the sense that as long as there is a heart. Finally we have come to know ourself.. Empty of all form.The Divine Pronoun. and linking ourselves heart to heart we are absorbed into the mystical body and returned to our original state in God. nor Christian nor Jew. enlightened Fatima. Sage. Buddha. exalted Mariam. divine revelation will never cease flowing. Whatever God manifests in our heart moment by moment is who we are. beyond Name. The banquet is holy friendship. women and men from the East and West merged in God. and have let go of limited identities. we can now say with Ibn Arabi �My heart is capable of all forms. form. may his secret be sanctified . We can say with Rumi. truthful Abraham. humanity is love. The Way of Love print close Hu.� We are divine and we have no identity from the world. God is love. the Essence of Allah. gender. Avatar. The banquet is the One Being living the exalted life of Love. Often translated as �He� Shaykh al-Akbar Muhyiddin Ibn al-�Arabi. as God. as the light of love kindled at the table of prophecy leaps from heart to heart..now complete in the sense that it is given to all. loving each other in God. sublime Moses. With every offering of love we extend the banquet.
call on Him with love!� The eyes of the dervish who is a true lover see nothing but God. and the tongue with which he speaks. Love is the dervish�s life. no beginning. makes him weep. that He may love you too. to the right�love. He who gives his life for love will sooner or later find his dearest. on earth�love. Hell becomes Paradise for the lover. for your own true self is also He. The dervish does not stop at the names. address Him with love. Love your beloved. his heart knows nothing but Him. When the lover enters Paradise. a monastery. Unveiling of Love . Such an ocean it is. the Loved One is He. the dervish could not stay alive. The Tablets of Torah. Love ruins the dervish. the pilgrim�s Kaba. his cause is God. no shore. Love is my religion and my faith Tarjuman al-Ashwaq Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Ashki al-Jerrahi. he burns with your love till Paradise is like Hell for him� O dervish calling yourself a lover! With His love do you not whirl around? With His love do you not travel the eighteen thousand worlds? Then take to the floor and whirl with His love. but discovers the Named and surrenders to his Beloved. love your own true self. God is the eye by which he sees. the hand with which he holds. love still endures and will endure forever. Love is the last of the last� After everything has come to nought and perished.My heart has become capable of all forms: For gazelles. may his secret be sanctified The Real Beloved is the very self of love and of the lover. his cure is God. the Dear One is He. union in separation. Were he not in love. Love is an ocean. the Book of the Quran I profess the religion of Love. the Lover He. Love turns the fire into light. no end. everywhere and everything is love. you cannot seek Him. his health. In heaven�love. his remedy is God. The dervish finds separation in union. A temple for idols. Love is without end. Love is the first of the first. the Beloved is He. that this sea has no bottom. Unless He loves. you cannot love Him. unless He is seeking you. his comfort. brings him to life. for monks. His sole concern is God. The knight of love will reach his beloved early or late. If his heart should be devoid of love for as much as a single moment. he would pass away. There is nothing prior to love. to the left�love. for the beloved is He. the Friend is He. and will be so for all eternity. and whatever the direction Taken by its mount. It is eternal. offer us with Your mighty hand the drinking-glass of love. and no limits� O Lord! Letting Your guidance escort us. his pain is God. a meadow. Love is He. Love Him. union makes him flourish. so that our hearts may never for even one moment be parted from Your love� Through divine love.
any remedy. the favorite of the universe. without any escape. may his secret be sanctified You alone.112 Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. For you I have been mortally wounded by sweet arrows in the mystical assembly of the heroic lovers of Love. I�m ashamed of my words. the consecration of my life. Always ascending. the hidden pearl. when I arrive at Love itself. my Beloved. well-being and joy. I am lost in the desert. Selected from Mathnawi 1. without path or trace. mountainous and remote. I am an ant on a small leaf of the immense tree of Love. which removes reason from the enamored ones. Always courting my soul. I am amazed by this depth of Love. heart in prostration. An excerpt from �Countenance and Heart of the Shaykh�. and true being. O thief of God-filled hearts. are protection. The proof of the sun is the sun itself: If you want proof. inner force.Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. You are closer than my central artery. I cannot find words to describe my mystical spouse. support. always in sympathy. It is the radiant death of mortality. don�t turn your face away. The straps of your sandals I kiss with delight. this infinite aspiration that no flood can extinguish confirms the mystery of Assumption. I kneel in your presence. a mote of pollen in the endless abyss of Love. Only Love can explain the destiny of lovers. Without home or asylum. Only Love itself can explain Love. may his secret be sanctified No Matter what I say to explain or describe Love.. the thrill of my existence.. I am the virgin bride of Divine Wisdom. the flowering desert of your Love. enraptured and exalted by your essence. you are my rapture. I submit to your overwhelming embrace. an epic poem in Atom From the Sun of Knowledge . My naked heart is a brilliant ember before the royal blue throne of the ardent saints of my lineage. annihilated by this magnificent Love.
intimacy.Shaykha Fariha Love. and to cry out with all the beautiful names. all-providing Mother. unfolds in the Bismillahirrahmanirrahim�in the all-encompassing womb of Love. Tariqat. Muhammad Mustafa. where Love alone is real. Allah is glorious Truth and Supreme Reality. We are with our Beloved in the open space. How many thousand thousand times have You told me I am Yours O Love tell me one more time How many pens and how many oceans of ink have flowed in Love�s name O Love send me oceans more How many universes of hearts have been broken in Love�s cause O Love I offer You one more How many tears for eons of years have filled Love�s beakers O Love I can�t stop crying How many swans in the heavens of Love have cried Your name and passed away from life and form O Love take me too Lineage print close The Prophet and Beloved of Allah. and constant remembrance are the glorious way. The Principle of Perfect Humanity. Allah is all-embracing. and more love. The path of ease opens the heart to adore our Beloved in all beautiful forms. the path of ease. in the great freedom of only Hu. all-forgiving. may divine peace and . Allah is intimate lover and watchful guide. Essentially love. love. Allah is hidden Mystery.
may his spiritual secret be sanctified The Sufi Order of Nur Ashki Jerrahi originated with an embodiment of Divine Love. and an outpouring of the Divine Heart. His vision of Universal Islam opens a new era of spiritual flowering.blessings be upon him and his family The initiatory power received as one enters the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order streams from the Divine Heart and from the heart of the beloved Prophet Muhammad. For the remaining fifteen years of his life Shaykh Nur spread the lineage through the Americas. Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. In 1980 in the Masjid al-Farah. he replied. It takes the color and shape of each vessel. and then upon the head of Fariha al-Jerrahi. Hazreti Pir Muhammad Nureddin Jerrahi. for love!� The coming of the qutub�a true human being whose love spiritually supports . When Shaykh Nur asked Shaykh Muzaffer why Pir Nureddin had been born. Islam is like clear water poured into different vessels. daughter and son-in-law of the Prophet. born in Istanbul in 1678 CE. the dervish becomes an illumined vessel for the light of the lineage. may Allah embrace him in the peace of perfect union. Shaykh Muzaffer placed the crown of the order. This light of transmission flows through the incomparable Hazreti Fatima and Hazreti Ali. The unbroken chain of transmission continues until it reaches these shores with Nureddin Jerrahi�s nineteenth successor. When personally linked with the hand of the shaykh. upon the head of Lex Hixon. Nur al-Anwar al-Jerrahi. the taj. to the founding pir of our order. Hazreti Pir Muhammad Nureddin al-Jerrahi al-Halveti. . Pir Nureddin alJerrahi. and heart to heart through eleven centuries of mystic shaykhs. �For love. who were kneeling side by side. for love.Shaykh Muzaffer al-Jerrahi The Pir print close The calligraphic signature of the founding saint of our Order.
immediately recognized the spiritual beauty of Nureddin and welcomed him by name. accompanied by two older khalifas of the Order. having completed his religious studies with highest honors. calling out �Here I am O Lord. The emissary quickly returned the Sultan�s funds. is the secret of Pir Nureddin. and became a dervish of Nureddin Jerrahi. Shaykh Ali Alauddin sent him to Istanbul. The Day of Arafat is the holy day on which the throng of pilgrims who have traveled to Mecca gather on the open plain of Mount Arafat. One of Hazreti Pir�s many miraculous manifestations took place in the last three years of his physical life. bearing multiple initiatory lineages within itself. Somewhat later Sultan Ahmet III. and various ways of making dhikr. following the way of the Prophet Muhammad. here I am before You. Thus the Jerrahi Order became a rich. He returned all his possessions to his parents� house and declared that he had died. Nureddin was honored with the crown-turban of the order and invested with the responsibilities of a mystic shaykh. The clothing and life of a scholar and judge were exchanged for those of a humble lover. which is the royal seal of Allah Most High. may the sweet peace of knowing this secret flow always into his blessed heart. to prepare for the arrival of Nureddin by building a retreat room for him within the mosque. next to which Nureddin�s future tekke swould be built. Nureddin means the Light of the Way of Truth. The Prophet is the inheritor of all the revelatory traditions. The Sultan sent his emissary to Nureddin with the funds. then presiding over the Ottoman Empire. After seven years of devotion to his shaykh and a life of great simplicity. while the Pir is the inheritor of the tariqats. requested that he pay for the construction of Nureddin�s tekke. articles of ritual clothing. Nureddin was appointed to the position of chief Islamic Judge of Egypt. Among the saints this degree of universality is only given to a master of the Essence. Soon after. which are distillations of revelatory light. but the winds were unfavorable. as well as the elevated stations of consciousness that each of these represent. which became part of the Jerrahi inheritance. a Divinely ordained leader of a new branch of the Tariqat. Then Nureddin lifted the corner of the sheepskin where he was sitting and gold coins miraculously manifested. He received many sacramental gifts for his new order from the shaykhs of other noble tariqas. Shaykh Ali Alauddin al-Halveti al-Kostendili. as Allah had willed. was precisely predicted through the inspiration of a great Shaykh 300 years before his birth. He entered total ecstasy. The Sultan of all hearts declares �I have inscribed Mercy for Myself and My Mercy embraces all existence. upon him be peace. The passionate dhikrullah that night affected him so profoundly that he abandoned his place among the guests and plunged into the circle of inebriated dervishes. Pir Nurredin. and to introduce him intimately to Tariqat. The secret of Pir Nureddin relates to the nature of Universal Mercy. is an axis joining all the spokes of the wheel and a vessel of the totality of the divine names. the path of Love. releasing his mind forever from all worldly conventions. received a dream in which the Prophet. At nineteen years of age. This was Nureddin�s first center within the city of Istanbul. Nureddin was recognized as a pir. showing that he had no need of material help. To be in the Essence is to have the totality of the Names and Attributes. he was struck with love.� This great declaration that love is the core of creation and all creation is Allah�s Mercy. He receives it directly from the Prophet Muhammad. Empty of himself and overflowing with the realization of Love.� in an enactment . For Shaykh Nur this meant the surgeon of the heart who performs the delicate operations necessary for clearing the heart of obstruction. In the interim. The Halveti guide. At that time the muezzin of the Janfeda Mosque in Istanbul. certain illahis. peace be upon him. resigned from his official function in the court. These gifts include the colored sheepskins. he threw himself at the feet of the shaykh and begged to become his dervish. AlJerrahi means the Surgeon. was instructed in dream by the Prophet Muhammad. and to carry these means to be the bearer of Universal Mercy. He was prepared to leave his native Istanbul for the long journey. When the emissary came into Nureddin�s presence. his uncle took the opportunity to bring him to the meeting place of the Halveti Sufi Order (Halveti��always on retreat with Allah�). to find the site for his new tekke. Nur would also refer to him as �the whirling diamond�. universal synergy of spiritual knowledge and practice.the whole world�by the name of Muhammad Nureddin al-Jerrahi.
without necessarily using common speech or social contact. and essence. . sense their presence within us. one in essence. as has been confirmed in dreams. often guides subtly and through dreams. or mature mystic guides. Nureddin Jerrahi and his dervishes would gather outside the walls of the city of Istanbul and offer the afternoon prayer together.of the Day of Ultimate Awakening. dazzlingly diverse in manifestation. God-conscious love. a revealed Name of Allah and a spiritual name of Shaykh Muzaffer al-Jerrahi The original Shaykh of Islam is. may peace be upon him. His representatives. the noble Prophet Muhammad. Through the spiritual power of the Pir they were mystically transported to the plain of Arafat. where they praised Allah in the company of the pilgrims. Communities of true lovers ever since have gathered around the shaykhs. They radiate the Pir�s particular spiritual configuration of mercy. of course. The relation of shaykh and dervish is . The Paradise consciousness awakened on earth through Pir Nureddin Jerrahi extends through his community of spiritual heirs. All-Powerful Love. Then they returned again to their own city within the same cycle of prayer.Nur al-Jerrahi. Atom. may we call their names. and inherit their ashk illahi. representing all of her or his enlightened predecessors. world-healing. The shaykh is not a personality but a spiritual principle. universality. As dervish lovers of these three noble beings. their whirling. On this day. from the introduction to �Countenance and Heart of the Shaykh� The shaykh.The Mighty One. who are rightly called inheritors of the wealth of the Prophet. Shaykh Muzaffer Ashki and Shaykh Nur al-Anwar are of the stature of pirs themselves. The Shaykh print close Al-Aziz.
This promise has been passed in an unbroken stream of light through 124. Taking Hand: The Transmission of Light print close Al-Shakur. is . the mystic right hand of Divine Presence descended upon that linking. This act of taking hand creates a unique bond with the beloved Muhammad. is again being confirmed. The right hand of the shaykh is simply a conduit. Shaykh Nur has conveyed the experience of hand-taking with these words: The initiation is called taking hand. In this sacred moment.. which is good until the End of Time. Now this Divine Promise. It is not a personal relationship in the ordinary sense. is ultimately the right hand of the Prophet. The dervish develops profound spiritual trust toward the shaykh. beyond the respect and loyalty devout Muslims feel for their noble Prophet. Allah. It sacramentally replicates the historical event in the life of the Prophet when certain companions.. The ceremony is a mystic crowning in which the Crown of Light..000 Prophets to the beloved Muhammad of Arabia and transmitted from him through fourteen centuries of mystic shaykhs. whether this service be visible or invisible. the promise that even the veils of soul and Lord will vanish in the supreme realization of identity. ceremonially clasped his right hand. Outwardly we are serving the shaykh.The Source of Gratitude. When the lovers of Love linked the right-hand side of their being with the Prophet of Love.. and the shaykh prays for the dervish to become a mature and responsible human being.. usually given to the soul in Paradise. Nor is the shaykh in control of the psyche or the personal life of the dervish. The relation of shaykh and dervish is a sacred relationship guiding the dervish to their own illumined heart by advancing through the seven levels of the self. upon him be peace.solely spiritual. therefore... marking a vast intensification of their commitment. upon him be peace. This is the promise of the soul�s union with its Lord in the bridal chamber of Divine Love.. dhikr and prayer. Each offering dedicated to the dervish community is also service to the shaykh. The dervish advances on the spiritual path through service to the shaykh. Every action and intention for the sake of Truth is service. or vice-versa.. In this way Allah confirms the original promise made to the noble Adam. already loyal to the holy way of life. inwardly we are serving Allah Most High. are essential forms of service. Most Thankful Our mystic path begins with the initiation of hand-taking. Love and respect to the shaykh. The right hand that is offered and received in this reenactment. the dervish is united with the lineage of saints and receives a seed of light in the heart that subtly contains the entire spiritual path and the highest levels of realization.
and we love the countless intimate friends of Allah. the Nur Muhammad. transmitter of his religion .. Atom Please refer to the introduction of this book for an in-depth description of taking hand. the shining members of his household. which is the one light shared by all of the Prophets and fountainheads of the great spiritual paths. The Beloved Prophet Muhammad. not verbally but directly. .. Adam the Pure. Receiving this crown enables one to experience Paradise consciousness here and now. Allah�s Mercy to all Creation and the Distributor of the Light of Prophecy into all hearts. Muhammad Mustafa. The initiated dervishes can now transmit at least a glimpse of Paradise to their loved ones and colleagues. Father of True Religion Ishmael and Isaac. receives their continuous spiritual protection and is guided by their light to the Prophet of Allah. and all humanity. The dervishes are not seeking their own spiritual bliss but are clearly motivated by the longing to be of service to humanity and to their own society in particular. Dome of Prophets and Saints print close We revere and love inherently all the 124. With the infinite power of Love expressed within La ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulallah.actually conferred here on earth.. Muzaffer Ashki al-Jerrahi and Nur al-Anwar al-Jerrahi. the root of all spiritual paths of return. Savior of Humanity in the Ark of Prophecy Blessed Abraham. The heart of the dervish ignited by Love soars into the Infinite Heart. and is filled with the perfect peace of submission. Rukaya and Umm Khulthum The twelve noble wives of the Prophet: Hazreti Khadija. the one who brings forth the Living Word of Love The Beloved Jesus. clearing all negativity and obstructions on the path of return to the Source of Love. the Great Friend. may Allah Most High bless him with sublime peace. illusion is dispelled. The dervish disappears into Allah and reappears as the Divine Attributes of Allah.000 Prophets of Allah sent to all communities. during one�s prayers and even during the struggles of daily life. Mother of Humanity Noah. We welcome them into our mystic circle of remembrance. daughter of the Prophet. The following are those most often invoked before dhikr. the vessel of all Divine Names Eve the Pure. The dervish who is embraced within the mystic family of Nureddin Jerrahi. thereby elevating all humankind. may Allah�s sublime peace shower upon him. First Witness Hazreti Aisha the Beloved. Spirit of Allah and Ressurector of Dead Hearts Blessed Amina and Abdullah. The Light of Muhammad.Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. parents of the Illumined Prophet Hazreti Fatima the Radiant. his blessed community. may Allah Most High sanctify their secret. her sisters Zayneb. Mothers of the faithful Noble Moses. for the Prophetic Light is the key to the treasury of boundless Love. and first khalifa. who speaks with Allah and receives the Life-Giving Law Hazreti Maryam. the Holy Sacrifices to Allah Hazreti Hagar and Hazreti Sarah. will then open the dervish heart to the infinite Mercy of Allah.
Amina Teslima al-Jerrahi Pir Muhammad Nureddin al-Latif al-Jerrahi Muzaffer Ashki al-Aziz al-Jerrahi. Pir to the West .Hazreti Hafsa. the Just. and founders of mystic lineages. discerner of the Truth Hazreti Osman. who testifies to the Truth Hazreti Omar. and Hazreti Maymunah Seyyida Zaynab. as-Siddiq. al-Taqi Hazreti Ali al-Naqi. shaykh of our founding Pir Mother of our founding Pir. Hazreti Safiyyah. Guardian of the Two Lights Hazreti Ali The lineage of the Twelve Imams which followed Hazreti Ali�this is the direct genetic line of the Prophet through his daughter Fatima: Hazreti Hasan and Hazreti Huseyn. beloved grandsons of the Prophet. Hazreti Zaynab bint Jahsh. Hazreti Umm Salama. al-Hadi Hazreti Hasan al-Askari Hazreti Muhammad al-Mahdi. may Allah be pleased with them all: Hazreti Uways al-Qarani Hazreti Hasan al-Basri Hazreti Rabia al-Adawiya Hazreti Beyazit Bestami (Abu Yazid) Hazreti Ibrahim Adham Hazreti Mansur al-Hallaj Hazreti Junayd Bagdadi Hazreti Ahmed Rufai Hazreti Abdul Qadir Geylani Hazreti Muinuddin Chisti Shaykh al-Akbar Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Hazreti Shems Tabrizi Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi Hazreti Ahmed Bedawi Ibrahim Dusuqi Hazreti Yunus Emre Hazreti Aziz Mahmud Hudai Hazreti Hajji Bektash Hazreti Abul Hasan Hazreti Muhammad Shah Naqshiband Hazreti Omar al-Halveti Hazreti Sunbul Yusuf Sinan Hazreti Ahmed Tijani Hazreti Ahmadou Bamba Hazreti Merkez Efendi Hazreti Ali Alauddin al-Kostendili al-Halveti. Hazreti Maryam Qibtiyah. Hazreti Zaynab. Hazreti Umm Habiba. Hazreti Juwayriyah. the daughter of Hazreti Fatima and Hazreti Ali The four Rightly Guided Khalifs: Hazreti Abu Bakr. Master of the Age The great friends of Allah. the mystic martyrs of Islam Hazreti Ali Zayn al-Abidin Hazreti Muhammad al-Baqir Hazreti Jafar al-Sadiq Hazreti Musa al-Kazim Hazreti Ali al-Rida Hazreti Muhammad al-Jawad. Hazreti Sawda.
particularly the poor. She was the teacher of the leading saints of the time. I desire from You only You. and is one of the portals to the Essence.19)!� . Let Heaven be denied to me. Many of these lives were recorded in a book on women saints by Abu Abdu-r-Rahman as-Sulami which had been lost until a few years ago.� She passed away in 801 CE. please give it to my enemies. As for me. but do not deny me Yourself. Hazreti Maryam of Basra was a companion of Rabia al-Adawiya.The Shaykh al-Akbar. Whatever pleasures of Paradise you desire to bestow on me. The people of Egypt invited her to live amongst them and she remained there until her death. A glimpse of her station is within one of her recorded prayers: �O Lord! Whatever worldly good You desire to bestow on me. please give it to the faithful ones. She was given special gifts of intercession so that her prayers for others. were always fulfilled. She said before passing away. Her tomb near Cairo is a place of pilgrimage.� Hazreti Rabia al-Adawiya of Basra is known for her consummate love and wisdom. including that of the Qutbiyya. �I will break my fast on the nectar of the Eternal and Blessed Abode. all attributes may belong to whomever God wills equally among women as among men. upon them be peace. Pir of the New Humanity Ya Hazreti Maryam! Ya Hazreti Fatima! All stations. reciting Allah's own heart-melting exclamation. Hazreti Sayyida Nafisa was the great grand-daughter of the Holy Prophet�s grandson. all degrees.Nur al-Anwar al-Malik al-Jerrahi. She would remain standing in ecstatic worship throughout the entire night. Hasan. inshallah. . They share all degrees. Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi The following are women saints whom we introduce with a brief description because so little is written and known about them. �How profoundly loving and kind is Allah toward His servants (Holy Quran 42.
� Ibn al-Arabi also recorded that although Allah had offered his entire Kingdom to her. �She was indeed a mercy to the world. I am ceaselessly preoccupied with Him. So why not relinquish. that which is heavy. You must live your knowledge of Allah.� She passed away in 957 or 958 CE.� She told him. �The conventionally religious believer is one who lives in the hope that Allah will witness her. O Allah. who praised her. the inner heart is utterly at peace. O my Supreme Desire! O my Uncontainable Desire! O my Only Desire!� Hazreti Fatima of Nishapur taught in Mecca. absorbed in absolute silence!� Hazreti al-Wahatiyya Umm al-Fadl taught the great spiritual masters of her time.. Hazreti Dhakkara (�the Invoker�) was called a majnuna. �The heaviest burden for the slave of Allah is in turning away from her Source. �Allah has given me a special gift of al-Fatiha�I can wield its power in any way I wish. �No action benefits the slave as much as seeking sustenance from lawful sources. my heart refuses to love anything but You. until the undeniable recognition dawns that it is Allah alone who is perpetually and infinitely present with you. I have ceased all inner turmoil and am consciously inseparable from Truth. spiritual states. Although the coarser outer heart may still offer mild complaints. Nothing is as fulfilling to the lover as the certainty that all nourishment and fulfillment come directly from Allah. Hazreti Fatima Umm al-Yumn enlightens us with these practical words. and this means dying to your false sense of individuality. She taught.� Hazreti Zubda (�Essence�) al-Harith taught. do not be distressed by the events of the world. She said. a woman mad with love for God. I would be completely ashamed if He ever saw me preoccupied with other than Him. �You Allah are All�everything else is inauspicious for . and nothing is of interest to her other than the Beloved. �She is my teacher.� Hazreti �Unayza of Baghdad transmits her own spiritual practice: �Be fully present with Allah in every moment. most relieving choice is always to turn to Allah in loving surrender. �The lover is never weary from confiding in her Beloved. She expressed. my only Aspiration. and you will effortlessly contemplate Allah as All in All.� Hazreti �Amra of Farghana was the unique one of her time in ethical conduct. all feeling of isolation or alienation vanishes completely. in exchange for that which is light?� Hazreti Lubaba the Devotee of Syria reveals her state of intimacy with God: �Since Allah has bestowed upon me knowledge of Him.� The saints Abu Yazid al-Bistami and Dhul Nun alMisri praised her exalted station. When one turns to the Omnipresent Source of Love..Hazreti Rayhana the Enraptured had inscribed upon her blessed breast: �You are my Intimate Companion. �The core of my awareness has become lost in Divine Light. �Remain always in touch with the imperturbable silence of your spiritual heart..� Hazreti A�isha al-Hiri of Nishapur transmits to us this powerful understanding: �When one feels lonely in solitude. I however am a gnostic�one who lives only for Allah and who desires only to witness Him ceaselessly. do not pursue your own individual desire for peace. while the lightest. She declared.� Hazreti �Afiyya the Infatuated used to cry out. with finality. Then the Divine wisdom and purpose for each event will be unveiled to you.� She passed in the beginning of the 10th Century. she refused it saying.� Hazreti Nuna Fatima al-Muthanna was one of the first mystic guides of Ibn al-Arabi. �If you desire knowledge of Allah. and clairvoyance. and the latter also said. CE. �My station of gnosis is concealed from humanity. and my limitless Happiness. Through desire and longing for my own Supreme Source. Hazreti Fatima al-Juwayriyya taught. it is because of lack of intimacy with one�s Lord.� Fatima passed away in 838 CE.
� Hazreti Babajan (�Holy Master�) was born into a Muslim family in Baluchistan. she travelled to Mecca to offer the Pilgrimage. Hazreti Babajan once proclaimed from her station of baqa bi-Llah. is a prodigious. She returned to India and settled in Poona.. salams. In this time she became the disciple of a Hindu master and then later a Sufi master.. O Allah the Living One The Prophet Muhammad. What is Paradise? It is the circles of divine remembrance. subsistence in Allah. Humble Lovers of Divine Love enter the sacred circle with upright mind and spirit purified. A small protective shelter was built around her. After years of living as a holy beggar. eventually establishing herself under a large tree from where she did not move. �It is I who have created all! I am the Source of everything in creation.� . reports in his oral tradition. She left home at age eighteen to escape marriage and wandered for many years. Meher Baba.. one who knows the Quran by heart.Shaykh Nur. I am the Truth. and disciples came from around the world to receive the light of her guidance. where she studied as a hafiza. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Communal Dhikr: Divine Remembrance print close Ya Hayy.� �Our most profound and humble greetings. and kisses to the earth where the feet of these holy mothers have walked. upon him be peace. She initiated the well-known sage. a profusion of blessings in present time from the mystic saints of all traditions� powerful and living blessings .me. This circle of encounter. storm-tossed sea.O Life. whirling eternally.
Casting overboard the ballast of all worlds. May this circle of love be an unveiling. please refer to this chapter. May this circle of love be pure mercy. Now the dervish dancer. all the mystic meanings of Quran. May this circle of love be an ascension. This circle of encounter is the rootedness of humanity. May this circle of love be healing for all humanity. from �Circle of Encounter� in Atom For further study on the meanings of dhikrullah. The green branches of their mystic Orders bear precious golden fruit. . May this circle of love be the gathering of all the letters of Quran. These souls awake in Allah drinking deeply from the cry Allah Allah Allah that comes forth from the amazement surging in the circle. obeys Allah.that emanate from the single Source. the vast inheritance of humankind. are forerunners of true humanity. This life-giving circle is no game but the dimension of sheer aliveness. Ya Allah. the consciousness that responds to Allah. The four rivers of paradise flowing. the only One. May this circle of love be gnosis. who belongs only to Divine Love. this harmonious resonance the Divine Conquest of humanity. salutes Allah� the vocation of loving the Beloved. the goal of the spiritual journey� establishment in Allah. all self-love. this illumined heart of the body of resurrection. returning into the Essence. Pure light. Amin. the station of marifat. May this circle of love be the cup of wine pouring. The community of universal dance contains the essential code of Truth. the circle becomes open space without any horizons.Nur al-Jerrahi. encounters the uncreated essence of the soul. tasting the ease of Paradise. . The practitioners of this global dance. disciples trained in the liberty of love.
tafakur. drinking blissfully the sweet nectar. Let go of all resistance. If we can see this we are already healing. whether we are alone or with others. We begin to see that the �I� is a formation of energy and conceptions drawn from the deeper ocean of Self.� We remain centered in the heart and become the arena of open consciousness. for without some degree of contemplation they are empty. Maintain this awareness throughout your day. Tafakur occurs when we turn the eye of our awareness inward toward the heart. this splendid sentence represents the goal of the Sufi path. Without knowing ourselves we cannot know our Lord. We then drop deeper into the heart level and see how the angry self is drawing its energy from the ocean of our heart. the Supreme Witness as in �Shahada�. knowing that this is where Allah Most High dwells. the process is more akin to feeling or sensing the �being� in our heart. One of the greatest support in our quest is contemplation. At first. Tafakur of the highest level is the state in which the dervish is completely and consciously absorbed in . of the human being. All of the radiant forms of worship. all of the teachings. which are the soggy rafts on this endless ocean. all of the experiences lead to this knowledge. The next step is to allow the limited self to dissolve. whatever else you may be doing. Spoken on the tongue of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Tafakur is like the bee who at first hovers around the flower and then finally buries himself completely in the heart of the flower. let go of all identity and self imagery. embracing and dissolving the limited sense of �I�.Allah. We begin to discern that this �person� is really a figment. an illusory knot of certain disappointed expectations and energies. and allow your own attributes to melt into the attributes of Allah. even religious identities. Know yourself and you will know your Lord.Tafakkur. or lying down. Look to �see� what is there. which is not �our self� but pure existence beyond name. We are angry. Contemplation print close Al-Shahid . the bearing Witness. which is the sense of �I�. sitting. In this state. whether we are �standing. Contemplation is actually the underlying state and the marrow of all of the practices. If we continue this practice we will reach the state of continous tafakur. and without knowing our Lord we will miss the essence of our life. Know that Allah is making tafakur upon you and that your tafakur is really Allah�s. Let�s take a practical example of tafakur. as our consciousness is drawn deeper and deeper into the true Self. We make tafakur by looking inside and seeing who the angry person is. and then dropping deeper and deeper into this existence. It is not who we truly are. allow your limited self to pass away into the reality of Allah. We feel our �heart being� enveloping.
Our eye is healed so that we see with the divine eye and we are naturally and spontaneously in constant divine presence. La ilaha ilallah is the sword of light which cuts through illusion. This mutual longing is the fire that becomes the light that reveals the face of Allah as our own essential face. the unity of our being. It is a proof of Allah�s love to us that they are revealed and known. our longing is Allah�s longing and our calling is Allah�s calling. �Before perceiving anything I see in it the Power of Allah. Now go from the Names to the One named. the Names given in one�s personal tasbih. Hazreti Abu Bakr sees without the support of creation. may Allah be pleased with him. Regarding this state the Prophet has said. gazing upon Divine Reality. and she replied. At this level. what cannot be reached by the intellect. because the Names are the qualities and �energies� of Allah. Mariam. and the names and phrases in the litanies. We call on Allah knowing that Allah is nearer to us than our own life breath. This state is a beautiful taste of tafakur. Shaykh Muzaffer states.Truth. and it is to the degree that we long that we are answered. In calling Allah�s name we reach our true self. In reciting this name one is very quickly brought to a state of blessed bewilderment in which mind and body dissolve and one merges into the divine breath. and beyond all. Allah. Hu is the divine merciful breath which contains in Itself all forms and all beings of the entire creation. The most venerable Abu Bakr. once invited her out of her simple dwelling on a beautiful day to witness the splendor of Allah�s creation.� Once you come to this place. clearing the �courtyard of the heart� from all obstruction so that the light of the heart shines forth. which is the true meaning of shahid. It exists before the Names and after them. the fulfillment of all desire. This clearing restores the heart to its original station of Truth. The gnostic eye of the dervish is open. and you will see its teachings and wisdom with your own eyes. Everything in creation will speak to you of Allah. Only the heart can know Hu. Hu. said. Hu is the name of Essence beyond all the Names. You will see Allah�s face wherever you turn. Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim. the Koran will sing to you. His constant meditation is on Allah and He sees Allah manifesting each event. Therefore Hu combines both intimacy and inconceivability. Among the Names most recommended to recite are La ilaha ilallah Muhammad rasulallah. Allah is the Name of power (Ismi Jalal). while Itself remains uncontainable and ungraspable. �One hour of contemplation is better than a lifetime of worship. Hu also has the meaning �He�. and love is released from its bondage to the world and finds its true home in Allah. Allah is the source and matrix of our existence. Through reciting this name we increase our longing and burning for Allah. Each Name is a light and a power streaming from the Source of Reality. it exists as the essence of all. for one only shares oneself with one�s beloved. In reality. This �He� is not a gender indication but calls on the One Who is adored. . the embrace of all that we are.� Tasbih Dhikr Meditations In Islam the main practice of tafakkur is through recitation of the divine Names. Subhanallah. The renowned Rabia Adawiyya had also reached the level of a pure witness. and for the Sufis this is a very intimate name. as only Allah can see Allah. By lovingly repeating them we merge with their light and are returned and dissolved into our Source. Allah is the One who sees. and Allahu Akbar. The recitations of Holy Quran and the Litanies are in themselves forms of contemplation for they consist entirely of the Beautiful Names. Alhamdulillah. It is reported that her companion. dhikrullah. �Indeed contemplation is the highest form of worship. We should learn all of the Names and feel them flowing through our hearts. �Why do I need to look upon creation when I am witnessing the Creator directly?� Shaykh Muzaffer once told Shaykh Nur �You have filled yourself with divine sweetness from your constant contemplation of the Names.�� He is informing us that he sees Allah prior to seeing the created world.
� Meditation on Mercy and Gratitude: �Be grateful to Me. then gradually reduce the tempo until the repetition entirely ceases and one remains suspended in a state of radiance. Both are silent. �The seven ascending heavens and the abundant earth. Breath Meditations An immediate way to awaken your heart is to focus on the breath. the Ruh which brings holy inspiration to the heart. Inhale on the A and and exhale on the -llah. Repeat the name at a very rapid pace. The path of breath leads to the heart. The following verses are among the special jewels for contemplation. Remain there for the time you desire. so that there is a flow and succession of Names each calling out itself. When we offer breath meditation we can do so simply by following the breath in and out. or let it repeat itself. and there is not a thing that exists that does not celebrate His Praises (Holy Qur�an 17:44). 2:152). or Hu in an audible voice.� . It could be a moment or a prolonged time. With the inbreath you draw in Allah�s love. Continue this cycle. �Surely Allah is pure Awareness and sees His servants as they truly are (Holy Qur�an 35:31). 33. fill your life with pure gratitude. A special way of meditatiing on La ilaha ilallah is to inhale on La ilaha and exhale on ilallah. 165. Allow the Names to flow into this open space. Allah.� Meditation on Allah�s Gaze: Feel the loving gaze of Allah upon you and within your heart at all times. use the tasbih to count so that you offer one of the recommended nubers: 11. To benefit from the nectar of their teachings bring them into your self and contemplate them as your self. then bringing it into the heart so that it is outwardly inaudible but inwardly heard. until another comes in. Another meditation is to sit in tranquility. 100. Quranic Meditations The entire Quran is praise and tafakur on Allah. and the breath reveals itself as pure praise of Allah. at first silent in the heart. You may visualize a luminous Arabic letter Alif* entering your heart as you inhale. or until thoughts begin stirring. Extend this Mercy to all lives. In the final step. Remember that the out-breath is always approximately twice as long as the in-breath. or 500. As long as you recite the name. Allah Who creates what He wills has joined the heart and lungs together in the breast. and then audible on the tongue. leave the name and go into the open space beyond the name. In the realm of the body the breath has the place of Spirit. Follow the Name which enters and repeat it in the heart. going into silence and open space and then out again for a set number of repetitions. or inversely inhale on ilallah and exhale on La ilaha.Following are two different forms of meditative tasbih: Shaykh Nur recommended beginning with the recitation of La ilaha ilallah. relax the mind and drop into the depth of your heart. With the outbreath you extend this love to all beings. Meditation on Allah�s Face: �Wherever you turn. 2:115).� With a grateful heart. declare His Glory. and do not even for an instant turn away from Me (Holy Qur�an. Meditation on Praise: See and hear the entire creation praising Allah. there is the radiantly beautiful Countenance of Allah (Holy Quran. or we can join it with a divine name. With each in-breath and out-breath gratitude arises naturally in the heart. Then return to the name. then lowering the invocation to a whisper. see everything around you as Allah�s Mercy. and all countless beings therein.� Another tasbih of breath is practiced with the name Allah.
Meditation on the Power of Allah: Contemplate Allah�s Power in creation. Allah alone is the origin and doer of all action. which is the only gift we bring to Allah? We then look at the intentions behind our actions. This is a simple form of vigilance which brings amazing fruits. but Allah threw it (Holy Qur�an. This fruitful procedure helps to free us from unconscious action. However. Source of Love�from the ant who walks in the night. and the microbe seeking its nourishment. They take form within the precious human heart and as the entire creation of manifest Being. See how the vast realms of being are simultaneously flowing from Allah.� The beat of our heart. It helps us to discern the true from the imagined and the noble Tasbih: Personal Dhikr print close In the words of Hazreti Ali. like rays from a vast cosmic sun. The Divine Names. and the most valuable of all that is treasured.� Contemplate Shaykh Nur�s magnificent interpretation of this ayat in his book. Meditation on the Perfection of the Human Being: Meditate on the human being as the crown of creation. to the greatest expanse of billions of whirling galaxies. 8:17). and remains hidden within His Essence. �Praise is the heaviest of that which is weighed. and flowing back into the Allah. may Allah be pleased with him. One name is kept secret by the Almighty Lord. and ninety-nine in the Holy Quran. One thousand are known only to the Angels. This meditation opens the heart in love and adoration to the One in Whom we and all life forms exist. Our path is to become conscious of this praise. Another thousand only the Prophets know. Know that we cannot take even one breath without Allah willing this breath. This is called the Supreme Name to signify that one Name is unique to Him. The Self-revealing nature of Allah manifests in the Most Beautiful Names given to humanity. three hundred in the Gospel. Therefore we inquire into the state of our intentions. three hundred in the Psalms. the flow of the breath. the Source of All Nourishment. Attributes of the Real. moment by moment. we are instructed by adab to take responsibility for all negative acts which might come from us. .� Be aware that you are not the doer of your action. to know ourselves as pure praise of Allah. We look first at the fundamental intention toward our life. Source of Creation. so that we attribute all good which flows from ourselves to its true source. What do we desire from this life. our entire existence is praise. The people of knowledge have identified three thousand distinct ones. the vessel of Allah�s attributes. 2:30). how do we wish to dedicate this life that is so generously given? Will our life bear the fruit of a heart of light. thy Lord declared to the angels: I will create perfect humanity to be My mirror on earth (Holy Qur�an. 24:35). Self Investigation The Truthful one reports that the worth of our actions in the sight of Allah is according to the intention within them.Meditation on Action: �And when you threw (the dust) it was not you that threw.� Meditation on the Ayat of Light �Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth (Holy Qur�an. are infinite and ceaselessly flowing from the hidden Essence. There are three hundred in the Torah. �Behold. and the agent of Allah�s actions. and even at the intentions within the intentions. subsisting in Allah. Sufi Meditation.
- Shaykh Muzzafer Efendi, Irshad In reality, each of us contains all the Beautiful Names, yet we have fallen unconscious and no longer know ourselves. Our path of awakening is furthered by sincere recitation of Allah�s Names, each a unique resonance in which the heart unveils itself and knows its Lord. The power of the Name clears the body, mind and heart of the dervish and reveals mystic knowledge to this devoted one, opening the way to the Divine Essence beyond all Names, the Heart of Reality. Our mystic guide, Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, has received twenty-eight Beautiful Divine Names for his followers to recite on their path of perfection. The number twenty-eight is of great mystical significance. There are twenty-eight days in the lunar cycle, there are twenty-eight letters in the Arabic alphabet, there are twenty-eight letters in the Divine Name La ilaha ilallah Muhammad Rasulallah. The number twentyeight is said to represent perfection and completion and Therefore the path of return through the twentyeight Names is a path of human perfection. In the transmission of handtaking, the dervish receives the entire twenty-eight Names given to the Pir in the pure form of light. The initial three that the dervish is invited to recite on tasbih beads are the most powerful and contain all Ninety-nine Names. The remaining ones are given according to the guidance received in dreams. Tasbih is a life-line to one�s heart. It is a primary responsibility of the dervish and should be adhered to daily. It is much better to offer a small amount consistently than to offer large numbers one day and then none the next. Continuity in practice bears fruit. Choose a quiet moment to recite your tasbih on the beads you have received. It is recommended to make an ablution before you begin. Face the Qiblah�outwardly the direction of the Kaba in Mecca, inwardly the heart. You may hold the beads in the vicinity of your heart as you recite. Close your eyes, enter a contemplative state and feel the presence of the shaykh or one of the Pirs kneeling knee to knee with you. Dedicate your tasbih with the following prayer: Illahi anta maksudi wa ridaka maglubi O Allah You are my goal and Your pleasure is my only desire! Feel your heart calling the Name. Know that the heart has a mouth with which to call on Allah, so offer your dhikr from here. Feel its sound as Allah�s resonance, and trust that the power of the Name will bestow its bounty upon you. If you are troubled by distracting thoughts, which Sheykh Muzaffer has called �the thieves of dhikr�, give them all to Allah, Who is the guardian of our affairs and the Caretaker of the universe, al-Wakil. Every thought that comes, simply give it to Allah. If we remain in a state of dhikr, our affairs are cared for. As we entrust everything to Allah peace comes to our heart. After the tasbih recitation, remain in a state of absorption in Allah. Each Name evokes a different quality of Allah within the heart. Each Name is a medicine for a particular weakness of the limited self and also a balm for the lover. The medicine is most effective when administered by the doctor, who is the shaykh. When a lover of Allah desires to recite certain Names independent of the traditional tasbih it should be done only as praise and not with the intention to acquire powers. The recitations mentioned by Shaykh Muzaffer in the beginning of his book Irshad and his small book of Ninety-nine Names can be safely followed. The dervish daily tasbih transmitted upon taking hand is outlined, translated and explained in the following pages. The number of recitations mentioned with the names is the initial practice given to the dervish at hand-taking. The shaykh will increase the amount periodically. Indeed the hearts find complete satisfaction and all-embracing peace in the remembrance of Allah - Holy Quran
The initial daily dervish tasbih, in brief: 165 repetitions of La ilaha Ilallah Muhammadun Rasulullah 165 repetitions of Ya Allah 165 repetitions of Hu 33 repetitions of the Quranic chapter al-Ikhlas 33 repetitions of the Salawat prayer 33 repetitions of Estaghfirullah
La ilaha Ilallah - Muhammadun Rasulallah There is no reality apart from Allah, the Supreme Reality. Allah alone is worthy of worship, for Allah alone is. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, the principle of Perfect Humanity, the expression of Allah�s complete Love. -Nur al-Jerrahi Recite the Name, turning the head from the right shoulder to the left, dropping it slightly toward the heart as you say Ilallah. After each audible repetition of La ilaha Ilallah, say or sense inwardly, in the heart, Muhammadun Rasulallah. You may feel it wordlessly as a burst of light. La ilaha Ilallah reveals pure unity of Being, and Muhammadun Rasulallah opens ever deeper levels of the heart. They will interpenetrate so that they are almost simultaneous. The two affirmations are never separate�transcendent Reality and shining humanity at its core. We disappear, are extinguished, in the glorious transcendence of La ilaha Ilallah, and we reappear in the love of Muhammadun Rasulallah. Recited together, they ignite each other and illumine creation. In the mystic accounts spoken from the lips of the Prophet of Allah, it is related that in the realm of preeternity, Divine Reality is a hidden treasure. There is no form, no light, no heavens, no earth, nothing of creation is there. Sublime Reality speaks of this, �I was a hidden treasure, unknown and unknowable. Desiring to be known, I brought forth from my essence the light of humanity.� The name of this light in mystical Islam is Nur Muhammad. It is called by distinct names in all traditions, each indicating the same primal essence. As the Light bursts forth from the Hiddenness, it proclaims La ilaha Ilallah ceaselessly. Divine Sublimity responds, Muhammadun Rasulullah��Humanity is My hidden treasure, My representative in creation, the mirror in which I gaze. By humanity am I known and praised and loved. Humanity manifests La ilaha Ilallah, expressing My own secret.� This mystery of original manifestation is not located in a historical past�it is an ever-unfolding splendor in the eternal Now. La ilaha Ilallah is the resonance of Allah�s Existence. La ilaha Ilallah is the sheer beauty of Allah, beyond conception and literal meaning.
La ilaha Ilallah is Allah�s delight, Allah�s own praise and dhikr. La ilaha Ilallah is the song of Allah�s Love, Muhammad Rasulullah is the form beloved. La ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulullah is the One Face gazing in many mirrors. La ilaha Ilallah is the mustard seed of faith, the sword of light, the key of the heart. La ilaha Ilallah is the great news brought by all prophets, the essence of all holy books, the medicine for all ills, the balm for all hearts. La ilaha Ilallah is the cry of New Humanity. Humanity will know itself when it gazes at its essence and origin. La ilaha Ilallah is the eye of this gaze. La ilaha ilallah signifies I am That. By joining La ilaha Ilallah Muhammadun Rasulallah in recitation, distracting thoughts are prevented. When thoughts persist, focus your concentration even more on Muhammadun Rasulallah. Eventually you will feel the infinite petalled rose of Muhammadan Light blossom in the heart, each petal a Divine Attribute. In an intimate state of dialogue with the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, Hazreti Ali inquires:
�O Messenger of God! What is the shortest way by which to reach God, exalted is He?�
The Prince of Prophets replies, �O Ali! The shortest way by which to reach God, Exalted is He, is Divine Remembrance, dhikrullah. The most excellent dhikr, which opens the gates of Paradise, closes the doors of Hell, and transforms fire into light, is the confession and affirmation of that saving declaration of the Oneness of God: LA ILAHA ILLA-LLAH� - Hadith Qudsi, from Unveiling of Love
Ya Allah O Allah! Recite using one breath for many repetitions. This name, the �Name of Power,� ismi jalal, is said to contain all of the Divine Names and Attributes of God ever revealed to humanity. Begin recitings Ya Allah, and then after thirty-three repetitions, you may drop the Ya and plunge directly into Allah. You may feel the Name filling the heart with Allah, or you may feel it as a knocking or pounding upon the heart. Eventually the heart itself will answer and speak the Name of Allah with its own life-rhythm. Many there be, very many indeed, who attain the Beloved by saying �Allah� just once with love and longing. - Shaykh Muzaffer
chapter 112 In the name of Allah. . nor does He originate from any other reality. giving him life and making the human being the Crown of Creation. As we recite Hu. Sura Ikhlas The Verse of Sincerity. It is Allah�s Hu. the Infinitely Merciful Say: He is Allah. we disappear from name and form and our spirit is merged into the Soul of souls. the Essence from which all qualities arise.Know that the desire that burns with the Name is Allah The tongue that speaks the Name is Allah The breath that carries the Name is Allah The hearing that receives the Name is Allah Know your non-existence that you may know Allah Hu Divine Essence! This name refers to the indescribable Essence of Allah beyond created attributes. And there is nothing comparable to Him. the All-Encompassing. Hu is the breath that Jesus blew. it is Allah�s Breath which blows through our breath. the One Reality Allah. There is no reality apart from Him. for apart from Him nothing exists. Hu is also the Breath and Spirit of Allah blown into Adam. As we recite Hu. the Tenderly Compassionate. Transparency and Unity Bismillahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim Qul Hu Allah Hu Ahad Allah Hu Samad Lam yalid wa lam yulad Wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan Ahad Holy Quran.
the family of Muhammad. forgive us! Recite preferably in the evening. . 34 Times: Allahu Akbar O Allah our hearts are bewildered as You transcend every form and conception... Recite preferably in the afternoon.O children of Adam. and yet every moment You mysteriously manifest anew. 33 Times: Alhamdulillah Our hearts flow in spontaneous praise and gratitude to You O Allah. were you to come before Me with negative thoughts and actions as vast as the entire earth�facing My Unity alone. Salawat Blessings upon the Prophet of Allah Allahumma salli �ala sayyidina Muhammad wa �ala ali Muhammad wa sahbihi wa sallim O Allah bless our master Muhammad the Praiseworthy. without ascribing any duality to Supreme Reality�I would present you an equally vast forgiveness. . This cry cleanses and heals the heart of the negation of love. The Prophet Muhammad declared to his beloved wife Aisha that the value of reciting three Sura Ikhlas was equivalent to the power of reciting the entire Quran. Estaghfirullah O Allah.Recite preferably before sunrise. and all his companions throughout time.Hadith Qudsi The dhikr after salat is: 33 Times: Subhanallah Our hearts are awed by Your Sublime Glory O Allah. showering them ceaselessly with peace. .
the inspired interpreter commented. In the context of Islamic spirituality. may Allah embrace him in the perfect peace of union. Universal Islam: The Five Pillars. nor is there any fixed system of dream symbolism. Sharia print close . Make preparations. The shaykh does not deal with psychological or merely stress-releasing dreams. he remarked. Discover what that is and give it back. one must seek and await signs of the Good Pleasure of Allah Most High. After taking hand. Two dervishes came to our previous Grand Shaykh and reported the same dream: climbing a minaret and giving the Call to Prayer.6 Muhammad the Truthful. in some cases. Divine Insistence. �You are going on pilgrimage.� To the second. They require interpretation by the shaykh or khalifa and are not to be taken literally. The most intimate teaching in our Dervish Order comes through spiritual dreams and their inspired interpretation.Dream print close Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams and events -Holy Quran 12. the aspirant often receives a significant dream of Divine Permission or. no sacred rite is considered to be automatically effective. for dream imagery is divine metaphor. Significant dreams should always be told first to the shaykh or representatives. Dreams are sent by the Truth to the hearts of the dervishes to reveal Divine guidance and knowledge.� Before taking hand. Dreams are gifts to the mystic body of the community�they are not solely for the dreamer. one usually experiences a dream confirming that the ceremony was accepted by Allah. and then they may be shared with dervishes and friends. reported that spiritual dreams convey one fortieth of the power of Revelation. It is recommended that dervishes keep a dream journal. Rather. To the first. �You have taken something that does not belong to you.
�Islam is everything beautiful.The King. when we restrain from food. Islam is submission to the Source of Love. Our celebration of the first revelation of the Divine signs to the heart of Muhammad. we prostrate in continuous prayer to our Creator and Cherisher. This is manifested by sharing a portion of lawfully earned income with those in need. may Allah shower him in radiant Peace. wahdat al-wujud. the dervish embarks on life�s pilgrimage through Divine Radiance back into to the Source of Love. anointed with the beautiful attributes of the Beloved. of this universal way. In observing these five pillars.Al-Malik. occurs in the noble month of Ramadan. the dervish fasts from the limited self and feasts on Divine Love alone. Ramadan is a beautiful embodiment of our burning love for Allah. a revealed Name of Allah Universal Islam is the name inspired to Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi to describe the generosity. When asked �What is Islam?� Shaykh Muzaffer replied. The second pillar: Overflowing with the infinite love of La ilaha Ilallah. Allah Most High reveals La ilaha Ilallah as the essential affirmation of Unity and completes it with Muhammad Rasulullah. humanity is its perfect manifestation. drink. and Mystery. This adoration finds expression in salat. Fifth pillar: Intimately guided by the wisdom of La ilaha Ilallah. Muhammad the Glorious. Once in our lifetime. The dervish affirms this truth through dhikr and tasbih. thoughts and gestures. First pillar: The heart of this great path is awakening into �Pure Unity of Being�. the cycle of five daily prayers enjoined upon the lovers of Love by Allah Most High as a way of meeting with Him. A loving smile is counted as charitable offering.* Beyond this is the continuous flow of generous actions. Fourth pillar: Called to Divine Nearness through La ilaha Ilallah. Holy Quran identifies five pillars. the physical temple representing Divine Essence. we are called to the holy city of Mecca to circumambulate the Kaaba. peace be upon him. and at night plunge into the extended Tarawih prayers. zakat. conscious merging into the Source. one is honoring the divine law or sharia of the Prophet Muhammad. vast openness and universality of the path of Islam. Transcendence. may peace be upon him and upon all the community of messengers.� O Kaaba O mystery . and through aligning the heart with the heart of the shaykh. we long to share with all beings the bounties bestowed on us by the Generous One. beginning with Adam and culminating with the Seal of Prophecy. The Prophet of Allah has enjoined that we offer charity constantly through every limb of our body. Third pillar: Filled with the gratitude of La ilaha Ilallah. Here we offer our gratitude for Allah�s guidance to humanity revealed through the stream of prophetic souls. and sexual embrace during the day. or fundamental supports. and re-emerging as pure love moved by the Divine Will alone. and in abstaining from what is not pleasing to Allah.
Hadith Salat is the ascension of the believer.Hadith . .O majesty O sublimity O radiance O peace O black light of Essence O trusted guardian O adored O refuge of the lovers O primal form O beginning O last station before annihilation O sun in the heart of Muhammad may Allah shower upon him Divine peace O blessed giver of blessing O friend O intimate one O seal of secrets O generous O essence of Allah in the Cube O face of Allah in the pilgrims O door to Essence O mirror of the formless face gazing in adoration at itself in humanity O perpetual Ramadan of the most Merciful of the Merciful O gathering of all nations of praise O great chant from the Mother of the Book O divine presence assuming all forms loving all forms O greatest freedom with Allah O empty space beyond all religions O turbulent ocean of all praise O Mystery perpetually revealing itself and concealing itself O one wrapped in the black cloak O most noble O Sherif of all holy grounds Sublime threshold of the far lote tree O station of nearer than two bow lengths O Kaaba Salat print close In salat I find the refreshment for my eyes. .
Salat is sometimes painful because we will be facing what we have hidden. The lover comes to prayer knowing that Allah is longing and waiting.Allah. I take refuge from all negativity in Your boundless Love. kneeling. In the boundless love of Allah Most High for Muhammad and humanity. Your Name is pure blessing. from the angelic plane to beings on all planes of existence. through Your Mercy. Reveal Your Direct Path. The second part beginning with �O Lord. a poor and empty one. and the witnessing of the Beloved. we worship only You� initiates the supplication of the servant.� Filled with the radiance of this praise we now offer the Fatiha. Those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. Audhu bilahi minash shaytan ir-rajim bismillah irrahman ir-rahim. You are a faqir. the greatest divine remembrance. we worship only You and rely upon You alone. the mystic way of those who. Lover and Sustainer of all Worlds. As you call out Allahu Akbar feel that you have left everything behind you�your dominion. Infinitely Merciful Perfect praise flows to Allah alone. and granted to the community of the Prophet to be offered five times daily for Allah�s pleasure alone. The lover is also longing to meet with the Beloved in the intimate bridal chamber of union. On the night of his Ascension. The first part of the Fatiha is pure glorification and praise. and here opens the flood of what has been hidden in one�s own heart.Al-Kabir . and all hearts are constantly praising You. prostrating. have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. your pleasures and your obsessions. may Allah bless him with the peace of perfect union. your relationships. all those modes were gathered together into one glorious form of praise called salat. who has come to be filled with the radiance of Allah. Presiding magnificently over the Day of Divine Awakening. bowing. calls salat the dhikrullah alakbar. and chanting the Holy Names. We . the Prophet witnessed the angels in each of the seven heavens perpetually worshipping Allah in unique ways: standing. Salat is the crown of prayer. which is salat. your physical sustenance. and shedding what we have gathered from prayer time to prayer time. the magnificent prayer which is shared between Allah and the servant: In the name of Allah Most High Who is Tenderly Compassionate. Enter salat with complete faith that you meet Allah. O Lord. your possessions. Your might is exalted and beyond reach and there is no reality apart from You alone. Leave also your self on this threshold. containing in itself all forms of praise flowing within the creation. Most intimately called Rahman and Rahim. It is the ascension of the believer. the Supremely Great The Prophet Muhammad. So salat is both praise and petition. following the Ascension of the Prophet. You are flooded with the praise of Subhanaka allahuma wa bi hamdika wa tabaraka asmuka wa ta�ala jadika wa la ilaha ila ghayruk. �Glorious are you O my beloved Allah.
The ablution before prayer is the royal wedding garment with which we can authentically enter Divine Presence and delight in the communion desired by the mystical King. the lover praises the Beloved with His own words in rhythmic verses of Holy Koran. This position represents the station of intimate communion with Love experienced by the Prophet Muhammad. for if you perform the washing without uttering Allah�s Name. then we should pray knowing that Allah is seeing us. the lover falls into deep prostration. selfless awareness in which to perform true salat? Allah alone can provide this. and then comes to her knees. peace be upon him. We enter true salat and allow Allah alone to be present in the station of prayer. Then. Ablution is beyond the act of washing the physical body. may Allah shower endless Peace upon him. ‐ Shaykh Nur al‐Jerrahi. This will increase your concentration. While standing as the primal Alif and the sacred pen. It is the clearing away from our subtle body of any sense of separation. Then she beseeches the Beloved in bowing low and glorifying Him. Atom . the body and all the space around becomes Allah�s gaze. All dust and stain are removed through immersing ourself in pure Mercy. and salat will become profound meditation. peace be upon him. it is Allah Who comes to prayer. Twice the lover travels through the cycle of praise. Bring your awareness into the heart. In fact they will never have existed. for a community of angelic beings is praying with you. has shared with us that communal salat is twenty-seven times more powerful than salat offered individually. the mystic guide of all tariqats described an exalted degree of prayer when he proclaimed. It is Allah Who calls to prayer. Shaykh Muzaffer said that one moment of presence in salat is sufficient to validate the prayer. has likened the practice of the five daily prayers to bathing in a beautiful river flowing in front of our house. and feel Allah�s gaze there.� This is the state of Ihsan.offer these to the only One Who can truly help us. Distraction in prayer is experienced by most practitioners. The noble Prophet. the ablution is void How can we obtain a robe of stainless. If you are alone. �I do not pray to a God I cannot see. it is Allah Who performs the prayer and speaks the prayer. Hazreti Ali. may divine peace be upon him. This is why the Prophet. The graceful movements of salat are the lover�s ecstacy. Remain longer in the postures of bowing (ruku) and prostration (sajda). which forms like a film on our pure awareness. Salat is pure presence of Allah. on the night of his ascension when he came nearer than two bow lengths to the Essence of Reality. Ablution print close Ablution is preparation and part of prayer. feel Allah�s gaze within your heart. The Prophet Muhammad. Then rising up for a moment with the affirmation that Allah hears the one who praises Him. filling the entire heart. tells us that if we do not see Allah directly. In salat. as He provides every miraculous gift by which we exist and praise. so that the heart itself becomes the divine gaze. in the bliss of submission. spiritual perfection. then offer the intention of leading the prayer.
Forearms: Pass left palm. then pass wet hands across back of neck once briefly. The basic method of performing wudu. Ears and neck: Wipe each ear once briefly inside and outside with wet fingers. draw them three times over your face going from crown to chin. may my feet take me to the places of Your pleasure. We even have the permission when it is not convenient to remove our shoes to pass the . or simply Allah throughout the ablution. and sprinkling a few drops on one�s undergarment. The first is with water but reduces the washing to the hands and forearms in one gesture and then brushing the water over the head. may my hands be vessels of Your mercy. Feet: Wipe right foot up to the ankle three times with left hand. may my neck be bowed before You. then expel it with a rapid breath. may You strengthen my arms in Your service. holding a little water. You may also offer a specific prayer for each part of the body bathed by water. then pass the right hand three times over the left hand. There are simpler forms of ablution one can offer. Shaykh Muzaffer recommends sipping a little ablution water. As you touch the different parts of your body with water feel the light of Allah illuminating them. Bismillah ir‐ Rahman ir‐Rahim. Head: Pass wet palms over hair. three times over the right arm up to elbow. �O Allah. once briefly. may my head disappear in the flames of Your love. then repeat three times for the left arm. Face: With a little water in your hands. Physical cleanliness is a preparation for wudu. front to back. then left foot three times with right hand. This includes instinjah.� Hands: Pass the left hand holding a little water. may my mouth sing Your praises and call to the truth. the minor ablution is the following: With the intention of making wudu. over the right three times. three times. cleansing the private parts with water after elimination. Mouth: Rinse three times with water from the right hand. Nostrils: Gently inhale the water from your cupped right hand. repeat softly the divine phrase. may my face merge into Your face. and completing by drawing the left hand over the feet. may I always breathe Your fragrance. may my ears hear Your voice. One can rinse the hands once more after washing the feet. with a little water.
The second is called tayyamum and is the ablution with clean earth in the case there is no water available. . Beyond the practice of ablution for salat. making the intention of performing the ablution of tayyamum. with the fine dust that adheres to the palm of the hands one draws the palms over the face. Again one taps the ground. and draws the left hand over the right hand and forearm up to the elbow. One can also do the ablution of tayyamum by tapping one�s hands on the trunk of a tree. Both hands are used to tap the earth three times. I even make tayyamum on the seat of the car as I am traveling. unless seated firmly in an upright position After bathroom After passing wind After any flow of blood. For guidance regarding ablution and prayer. and remains so until one comes to a place with water. It is recommended for dervishes to keep their ablution as much as possible. Then. which consists of a shower or bath accompanied by wudu.water over the shoes themselves. the �smaller ablution� described above. The dervishes who stood to your left and right in the four steps of the initiation ceremony may be considered special friends on the path. you may consult a senior dervish or leader of the order. The Prophet has stated that entering sleep with ablution ensures that our soul is taken to the Throne of Allah and that our sleep is counted as prayer. it is recommended that one be in a state of ablution for reading Quran and also for sleeping. These permissions are intended to make ablution easy. Tayyamum is a �valid� ablution. This is a helpful practice when we have little time but desire to be in the state of ablution. and then the right hand over the left forearm. The state of ablution needs to be renewed: After sleep or loss of consciousness. Remember that we must accompany it with Allah�s Name. even from a small cut After vomiting After becoming angry After lovemaking�this requires a �full ablution�.
have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. Reveal Your Direct Path. the opening sura of Holy Quran. Sura Fatiha. O Lord. . Most intimately called Rahman and Rahim.Al-Fatiha print close Audhu bi-llahi mina-sh-shaytan-r-rajim Bismillahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim Al-hamdu-li-llahi-r-Rabbi-l-alamin Ar-Rahmani-r-Rahim Maliki yaumi-d-din Iyyaka na�budu wa iyyaka nasta�in Ihdina-s-sirata-l-mustaqim As-sirata-l-ladhina an �amta alayhim Ghayri-l-maghdubi alayhim wa la-d-daalin I take refuge with Allah the All-Merciful from the principle of rebellion and negativity In the name of Allah Most High Who is Tenderly Compassionate. the mystic way of those who. Infinitely Merciful Perfect praise flows to Allah alone. Those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. Lover and Sustainer of all Worlds. Presiding magnificently over the Day of Divine Awakening. through Your Mercy. is called the �Mother of the Book� for it is said to contain the spiritual power and blessing of the entire Quran. we worship only You and rely upon You alone.
humbly and constantly request Divine Benediction for him. . we enter the original Night of Power experienced by the holy Prophet. for this would be idolatry. Ya Allah. we mystically ascend through the boundless realms of revelation with seven steps of light�the seven verses of Sura Fatiha. which are the seven heavens and the seven levels of the self. the elevation of created multiplicity to the level of uncreated Unity. bringing them all to their time of Truth. In the practice of Sufism everything is witnessed as part of oneself. Lead us not along the circuitous paths of those who are wandering away from their Source. sparkling with its secrets. For in actuality it is Allah who is praising the Prophet with the tongue of humanity. . Only to You O Allah do we offer the full commitment of our lives. may the infinite blessing of Sura Fatiha always be his. the Ultimate Source of the unfolding of all worlds�Allah. flowing like a healing spring with its Living Water. Who is complete Love. may Allah the Exalted bestow His grace ceaselessly upon him. Allah is praised. but lead us along the direct path to the highest illumination. soon after his first visit to Shaykh Muzaffer in Istanbul. the Prophet is praised and humanity is praised on the breath of Love coursing though the salawat. overflowing with Compassion and Grace. and from your infinite power alone do we seek the strength that we need. who is complete Love. humanity. overflowing with Compassion and Grace�and who is master of the spiritual discipline of all beings. May our spontaneous praise and gratitude be directed to Allah alone. we may envision him before us or inside our self. His being is our own inner heart. Reaching the seventh mystical plane and sealing the confirmation of all revelation with the ecstatic cry amin. we can no longer be aware of our individual existence. the Implanter of the Glorious Quran in the Heart of Humanity. either in his human form or as brilliant light. Crushed in the all-powerful embrace of Sura Fatiha. as is the entire creation. In the love between Allah. he is the . Atom Following is an interpretation of Sura Fatiha given by Nur al-Jerrahi on his In the Spirit radio show. Salawat print close O noble believers.Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. the Prophet and his ummat. from the angelic heavens to the lowest realms.Holy Quran 33. the path of return traveled by those saints and sages who have been blessed by awakening fully to your Holy Presence.saluting him repeatedly with utmost love and respect. Ya Allah.Through this recitation. the Crown of Creation and the Axis of Manifest Being. bringing all back to the Source of Love. Allah Most High and His noble prophets are within one�s being.56 Salawat are the prayers of angels and humanity praising and invoking blessing upon the Prophet Muhammad. resides the great secret of Creation. Therefore when we pray for blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad. May we live simply by reliance on the power of the Holy Name of Allah. permeated with its mystery. Know that Allah desires the salawat prayer from our heart and greatly rewards it. Ya Allah.
precious pearl of our self. All humanity is his body. We beseech Allah to offer him the peace and blessings so that they originate from the Source of All Blessedness. Whenever the name of the holy Prophet is mentioned we invoke blessings upon him: salallahu �alayhi wa salam, �Blessings and peace be upon him.� When offering the Fatiha outside of the salat prayer, we begin with the salawat: Allahumma salli �ala sayyidina Muhammad O Allah bless our master Muhammad, wa �ala ali Muhammad the family of Muhammad, wa sahbihi wa sallim and all of his companions througout time, and shower them with great peace.
O Allah, You Who are the only Reality and the loving foundation of our existence, please send Your blessings which are inestimable and beyond our understanding, to the Prophet Muhammad who is the soul of our being, and upon his family, and upon his intimate lovers, and upon the entire human family which is his blessed community. This shorter version is also used: Allahumma salli �ala sayyidina Muhammad salallahu �alayhi wa salam Our love for the Prophet expands our Fatiha to inconceivable dimensions: �Disappear with ecstatic love into the Prophet of Allah, and you will disappear into Allah in mystic union (Nur al-Jerrahi, Atom).� When Holy Quran revealed that the believers should send praises upon the Prophet, the companions came to him asking how they should praise him. After a long silence, the Prophet responded with the following salawat. Since that time, it has been recited in the seated portion of salat. It may also be recited outside of salat. Allahumma salli �ala sayyidina Muhammadin O Allah, shower your Grace upon our Master Muhammad wa �ala ali Muhammadin and upon his family kama sallayta �ala Ibrahim wa �ala ali Ibrahim as you have showered Your Grace upon Abraham and the family of Abraham, innaka Hamidun Majid indeed You are Most Praiseworthy and Glorious. Wa barik �ala sayyidina Muhammadin And bless our Master Muhammad wa �ala ali Muhammadin and his family kama barakta �ala Ibrahim wa �ala ali Ibrahim as You have blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham, innaka Hamidun Majid truly You are Most Praiseworthy and Glorious.
Allah Most High has revealed that when we pray for blessings upon Muhammad, Allah sends ten blessings upon us.
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Allah- The Ultimate Source, Supreme Reality, The One God
The Holy Quran and the Noble Sunna are our only base and support. Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
Holy Quran, consisting of 6,666 verses, was revealed by Allah Most High to the heart of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, over a period of twenty three years. Six months after the final revelation, the Prophet�s earthly life completed, making his life synonomous with the Generous Book. The physical text of symbols that we hold in our hand is actually a mirror for the true Quran which is the continuous revelation of Allah unfolding as the ocean of manifest Being and the life of each being. The true Quran is the form of the perfect human being. Therefore when Hazreti Aysha the beloved wife of the Prophet was asked about her noble husband, she answered simply that he was the living Quran. For the dervish, the shaykh is also the living Quran. Sitting in the presence of the shaykh is like reading Quran. The true Quran is the great ocean of knowledge which sustains the way of Islam, disappearance into the Source of Love. The physical text of symbols contains the nucleus of every event occuring from the beginning of this creation to its completion. The mystic shaykhs declare that there are twenty eight levels of interpretation in Holy Quran and there are as many meanings as there are words and letters. The Quran is always protected by living guardians who are the friends of Allah. These are the ones who have merged back into divine Essence, and whose lives have become the interpretation of the Book. Their generosity and nobility, luminous wisdom and love for humanity, are the signs of their station. They are the ones who offer the Good News, as Quran is also called, to the believers and lovers of Truth. Without their
divine vision, interpretation of the Quran contracts into a simple, literal meaning. As the inner eye within the heart opens through the grace of the Pirs, the dervish is able to understand some of the deeper meanings of the Book. Rumi has compared the Quran to a bride who lifts her veil only to the one who approaches her with a pure heart. Holy Quran speaking of itself: This is a miraculous manifestation through Arabic letters of the mysterious Universal Quran, which remains timelessly inscribed upon a boundless transcendental tablet. Holy Quran 85.21-22 Proclaim that your Lord is Most Bountiful, for He wrote upon your heart with the Mystic Pen, revealing to humanity what it never could have known. Holy Quran 96.3-5 We first divinely revealed luminous verses from this Glorious Quran during the most sanctified night, for We long eternally to offer Our compassionate Divine Warning. On that mystic Night outside time, every facet of infinite Divine Wisdom is made clear. Holy Quran 44.3-4 We have made this Arabic Quran easy to understand and remember. Are there any true human beings who long to receive its perfect guidance? Holy Quran 54.32 Whenever this Holy Quran is being prayerfully recited, listen to it with the complete attention of your entire being, keeping profound inward silence, that you may consciously receive the inconceivable Divine Mystery. Holy Quran 7.204 Every being in existence is revealed and contained in the Cosmic Quran. Holy Quran 6.38 Quranic interpretations by Shaykh Nur in Atom from the Sun of Knowledge
Sunna and Hadith print
The sunna of the Prophet is the living manifestation of La ilaha Ilallah. He is perfect in intention. Hadith Qudsi are the direct words of Allah Most High spoken into the Prophet�s heart�this places them on the level of Holy Quran. proclaims: When Allah Most High decreed the existence of creation. in thought and in action. is preserved in the great body of Hadith�the recorded accounts of his life and teachings. Reveals the Mercy to all Worlds. Advises the Friend of all souls. By coming close to him we come close to Allah Most High. While pointing at his noble heart three times. may Allah exalt him and bless him and shower him with light. upon him be peace. I do not permit Myself a single act of compulsion. so neither is compulsion of any kind permissible among you. and embrace wholeheartedly whatever genuinely frees you from doubt. I alone become the hearing with which they hear. Nine hadith Qudsi recorded in Atom from the Sun of Knowledge: The noble Caretaker who guards the ocean of Quranic meaning.Al-Wadud. peace be upon him. and every La ilaha Ilallah�is a supreme form of charitable giving. who experience intimacy in Me. reports these words directly from the Most High: My love belongs to those who love each other in Me. He firmly committed Himself by inscribing in His Original Book. in complete submission to the Source of Love and in compassionate caretaking of the human family. and he is the shining model for humanity. the glorious Seal of Messengers proclaims: True religion is right here! Pronounces the President of the Parliament of Prophets: No one has become truly faithful to universal religion until they wish for their sisters and brothers exactly what they desire for themself. The noble Bearer of Glorious Quran recites these words directly from the Revealer of the Quran: O My servants. The sunna of the Prophet Muhammad. �My Divine Mercy extends infinitely beyond My Divine Judgement. the Source of Love Sunna is the way of life of the blessed Prophet Muhammad. the seeing with which . every Allahu Akbar. His life is the interpretation of Holy Quran. It is the expression of his pure and perfect nature. The intimate Beloved of Allah reveals these astonishing words directly from his most precious Lord: When I intensely love one of My servants. upon him be peace: Abandon instantly whatever makes you feel doubtful. Allah. and who visit each other joyfully for My Sake. Prophet Muhammad.� The Beloved Muhammad. every Al-hamdulillah.The Loving. upon him be peace. who shower each other with goodness for My Sake. upon him be peace: Every single repetition of praise�every Subhanallah.
and the feet with which they walk. and we may tend to read this as real. upon him be peace. Humankind is My Wealth and I am its wealth.� �I am the Secret of Humanity and humanity is My Secret. Sometimes we become bewildered at the degree of negativity and distortion projected by the limited self. Allah. The First Light and Universal Intellect. This is the Hidden Treasure. Tariqat print close Ya Hazreti Ali! Tariqat is the path of return to our Source through returning to our own heart. I would instantly grant it.they see. Tariqat is the sacred community of humanity centered around living teachers of truth. may Allah shower him with sublime peace. I am humanity and humanity is I. Tariqat is the bond to a living shaykh who connects us to the great friends of Allah. The antidote is La ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulullah�knowing and affirming the radiance and beauty of our own soul as none other that the radiance of the One Reality��blazing. Tariqat invites us into our heart. the Beloved. .� Shaykh Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Tariqat is the blessed way of the Prophet Muhammad. Love. These knots of negativity are to be unmasked. and there we meet our Lord. The journey there requires us to be holy warriors of Love as we encounter the lands of the limited self�the biological. the goal and essence of life. blissful. the hands with which they grasp. unity of pure Being. Tariqat is the life of the heart. always consulting the heart and following the heart. confronted and dispelled by the sword of light given to the dervish at hand-taking�La ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulullah. relates these words directly from the Source of the Universe: I manifest in the manner in which each conscious being expects Me to manifest. the priceless pearl. survival and psychological self�which has projected illusory forms of seeing and responding to the life experience. Were such a servant to request absolutely anything of Me. wielded with the compassion and love of Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.
reappearing with the beautiful attributes of Allah. lovingly submitting to Allah alone without the slightest coercion. Tariqat is returning to innocence and becoming Paradise. Tariqat is true knowledge. Tariqat is feeding the hungry. Tariqat is the great wedding of all souls with the Beloved. clothing the naked. and rejoicing the downhearted. Tariqat is knowing that Allah dwells within the heart. Tariqat is disappearing into Allah. the Living Gospel. cleansing the lens of perception. giving drink to the thirsty. Tariqat is universal forgiveness. Tariqat is to take complete responsibility for one�s life and actions. Tariqat is the way of the beloved Jesus. Tariqat is the banquet table to which all humanity is invited. Tariqat is abandoning oneself to Love. Tariqat is the life of ceaseless prayer and praise of the One. Tariqat is speaking the truth from a sincere heart. The Litanies of Nureddin Jerrahi print close . Tariqat is dying before dying and resurrecting before the resurrection. Tariqat is to offer good in return for wrong. Tariqat is universal sisterhood and brotherhood.Tariqat is polishing the mirror of the heart. and becoming the servant of humanity. transforming darkness into light.
The Morning Wird is given later. are among the great spiritual treasures divinely unveiled to the heart of Pir Nureddin Jerrahi. Holy Quran When our beloved Prophet was asked by Allah Most High in the secret shrine of his heart whether he . The Prophet Muhammad and Servanthood print close Surely Allah is sufficient for His servant. In the form of small books. the Wirds are special configurations of Quranic passages and the Prophet Muhammad�s own praises and supplications. the noble litanies of the Order. The Evening Wird can be recited by every dervish after taking hand. The Wirds are �the Diamonds of the Order�. and keeping us conscious of the Pir�s light. The Jerrahi dervishes have chanted these sacred texts every day since the time of the Pir. and a spiritual name of Hazreti Pir! The Wird Sharifs. maintaining their power of protecting us and the world from negativity. a revealed name of Allah.The Divinely Subtle. condensed forms of light which clear and illuminate the hearts of those chanting and receiving them.Al-Latif.
The service can be as simple as sitting quietly in a state of peaceful absorbtion. even while working and helping in the world. he answered with the fullness of divine wisdom. �My ummat. for here we will find ourself naturally in a state of dhikrullah. and the responsibility of the dervish is to keep the heart free. His hearing. It is thru this level of seeing that the shaykh reveals the purity of the dervish heart. Through his example we know that servanthood is the highest station of the human being. may Allah�s peace be upon him forever. and selfless service a sure way to realization. He did not exist except in Allah. He is the magnificent empty vessel of life which resounds only with Allah. my humanity. If these come. �fakhri fahri�poverty is my pride. Outwardly. The mystic community is the perfect context in which to practice loving service. and knowing were only through Allah.. His only desire was for the Pleasure of Allah and the salvation of humanity. Community Life and Adab print close . He declared that if he received a mountain of wealth in the morning it would be given away by nightfall. following simply the command of Allah. Dervish heart and dervish path are sustained by true vision. From this state will flow all the other divinely pleasing forms of service to human beings and creation. As the dervish heart remains in conscious dhikr (and gratitude. O Merciful Allah forgive human beings all their errors.� Therefore we call him Muhammad Abduhu wa Rasuluhu. He declared of his own life. The heart of the dervish is the dwelling of Allah and a lamp for all the hearts. melt them away with La ilaha ilallah Muhammad rasulallah. This we do with our heart through dhikrullah. His way is our light. and here is the true meaning of faqir. On the night of his Ascension into mystic intimacy with Allah. love and awe are part of dhikr. �A servant prophet. And it is through this level of seeing that the dervish opens in turn the hearts of others.� The mystic masters interpret this to mean poverty on all levels..would prefer to be a king prophet or a servant prophet. His passionate answer was. Dervish Service There is only one Master and therefore true service is to Allah alone. as is singing the ilahis).. He was empty of all but Allah. He preferred not to act rather than act without the divine command. Yet these kinds of services will be empty shells unless they are offered with a heart immersed in Allah and free of any desire for esteem or reward. Muhammad the Servant and Messenger of the All-Merciful Source. or refreshing the community by offering water or tea. seeing. On the inner level his poverty was also complete. and we are able to freely express our love to Allah. the shaykh and to our fellow dervishes. the heart is serving Allah. He refrained from all personal initiative. He is the servant of humanity. The dervish is watchful that obsession. A mature dervish has the responsibility of vision�of sustaining the vision of the Loving Truth even when circumstances challenge it. my people. attending to the needs of guests. he distributed everything to the needy of his community. so that he owned nothing. he was asked by his Lord to request his most ardent wish and everything his heart desired.� He is the supreme intercessor. doubt and complaint do not cloud their heart.
By allowing each other to be. we allow living Truth to reveal Itself. pleasing to Allah the Beloved. As one mystical body. pouring Allah�s love. protecting them. In tariqat. may Allah sanctify his secret. praying and praising Allah together. we are whirling within the heart of Allah. comfort and peace to others. and that he was sent to complete it. eliminating pain and hardship. love. but for Allah�s sake. it is good behavior�on condition that it is not done for personal benefit. The highest level of adab is the knowledge that we have no independent existence apart from the One Reality. We are companions of Truth. Adab. is the state of perfect awareness. Hadith Spiritual community is one of the greatest of divine gifts. ascending. offering to each other the natural radiance of the human soul unobstructed by limited psychological and emotional prisms. He has revealed that the essence of religion is the perfection of moral character. peace be upon him. says the following on adab: A good rule to remember is that if a thing is done to bring salvation. He is the owner of perfect spiritual states and beautiful manners. Allah. The adab we bear toward others is our adab toward Allah. and to as many people as possible. we learn adab in the presence of the shaykh. counseling and helping each other. Perfect adab is constant awareness of Allah. From this awareness flows all beautiful behavior. mingling all their qualities and becoming one mystic body.Al-Ahad. We are unveiling. Hazreti Pir Nureddin Jerrahi said that his dervishes were like wine grapes crushed together. . Mature adab never hardens into fixed rules or the correction of others.The One. pouring. His outward behavior and inner character is our model and goal. Shaykh al-Akbar. truth. The union of such souls transcends space and time. harmonizing. even to the slightest degree. The dervish must be very careful not to break a heart because this heart is Allah�s heart. commonly translated as moral character and refined behavior. Ibn al-Arabi. On our path as dervishes we learn to govern the other aspects of our humanity with the light of adab so that we become complete human beings. Beyond our conscious awareness we are communing. We practice adab in the community of lovers. through our full attentiveness to the teaching and our joyful service. The principles of adab are rooted in the divine humanity of the Prophet Muhammad. All-Embracing One Proclaims the tender Intercessor who wept all night for the forgiveness of his spiritual community: Never turn away from one another or undercut one another. and gracious sensitivity which is innate to our soul. We learn to still our mind and empty our hearts of all but Allah in the holy battle with the limited self. to oneself.
and in times of particular need. Wa min sharri ghasiqin idha waqab With which they darken their consciousness. magic Wa min sharri hasidin idha hasad And obsession they project. and the Ayat al-Kursi. the Infinitely Merciful Qul a�udhu bi-Rabbi-l-falaq Affirm with your whole being.Spiritual Protection print close Every dervish of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi tariqat receives the powerful spiritual protection of the shaykhs and pirs of our lineage who form a shield of light against negativity. personal initiative is also very important. Therefore it is recommended that they increase their protection and well-being through recitation of the Wird. weekly. The Fatiha is on page 40 of this book. daily. Among these are the Fatiha. the Tenderly Compassionate.� Surat an-Nas [Sura 114] . Wa min sharri-n-naffathati fi-l-�uqad Total refuge from the confusion. Surat al-Falaq [Sura 113] Bismi-Llahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim In the name of Allah. their light can attract negative beings whom they would encounter either in waking or dream states. Inside the Wird are salawat and special verses which are particularly helpful for protection. Surat al-Falaq and Surat an-Nas. As the dervish progresses on the path. However. �I seek true refuge with the Lord of perpetually dawning Wisdom Min sharri ma khalaq Perfect refuge from all the negativity generated by limited conscious beings.
Ayat l-Kursi . Maliki-n-nas Ilahi-n-nas The Sovereign of humankind. the Tenderly Compassionate.Bismi-Llahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim In the name of Allah. Allah. the Preserver of all beings Recite Ya Hafiz 16 times for special protection over yourself or over another. the Divine Guide of humankind Min sharri-l-waswasi-l-khannas Sure refuge from all the negativity that whispers divisively Alladhi yuwaswisu fi suduri-n-nas. �I seek true refuge with the Lord and Lover of humankind.� Al-Hafiz. mina-l-jinnati wa-n-nas Into the pure heart of humanity and into the hearts of conscious beings on the subtle planes of being. the Infinitely Merciful Qul a�udhu bi-Rabbi-n-nas Affirm with your whole being.The Sole Preservation.
Man dhalladhi yashfa�u �indahu illa bi-idhnih Who is there who could intercede in His presence. and each time. to blow it in one of the directions around your person. There is no reality or divinity apart from Him. . Al-Hayyu-l-Qayyum The Living One. After the second recitation you breathe over the right shoulder. After the fifth you blow above yourself. After the third recitation you blow it over the left shoulder. Wa la ya�uduhu hifzuhuma As He effortlessly creates. After the fourth recitation you blow into your hands and pass them over your head toward your back. after the recitation. Wasi�a kursiyuhu-s-samawati wa-l-ard The mysterious Throne of His Presence permeates every heavenly and earthly dimension. Wa Huwa-l-�Aliyu-l-�Azim For He is the Most High. except through His own permission? Ya�lamu ma bayna aydihim wa ma khalfahum He alone knows what causes precede and what results follow from each event. protects and preserves all manifestation. A very effective way of protecting yourself with the Ayat al-Kursi is to recite it seven times. Lahu ma fi-s-samawati wa ma fi-l-ard All heavenly and earthly planes of being belong solely to Him.Allahu La ilaha illa Hu Allah alone. so that the power of the Quranic words permeates your interior. Wa la yuhituna bi shay�in min �ilmihi illa bima sha�a And human beings can grasp nothing of His Encompassing Divine Knowledge except As He wills. the Supremely Glorious. you inhale. La ta�khudhuhu sinatu-w-wa la nawm His Divine Awareness never lapses nor sleeps. absolutely Self-Manifesting and All-Encompassing. and after the sixth you blow toward the earth. After the seventh recitation. After the first recitation you breathe out in front of yourself.
the Tenderly Compassionate. the Protector of all beings For the purposes of healing. the Infinitely Merciful Wa nunazilu mina-l-Qur�an ma huwa shifa�un We send down in the Quran that which is a healing wa rahmatu-lil-mu�minina and a mercy to the faithful. Shaykh Turgul Efendi recommends reciting this verse a single time preceded by a salawat and one Fatiha and then auzu billahi mina-sh-shaytani-r-rajim...82 Knowledge and Love print close .The Sole Protection. Allah. Bismi-Llahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim In the name of Allah. Holy Quran 17.Al-Muhaymin. wa la yazidu-z-zalimina �illa khasara To the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss.
and knowledge is the prism of realization of this existence. through opening your heart to the shaykh. increase and advance me in spiritual states and mystic knowledge. the one unlettered in human instruction. Study print close . Love fuels our desire to know Allah and knowledge increases the depth of our love. Love is the essential core of existence.The Knower. through your meditation and practice of selfless generosity. shifted and formed anew. Allah the All-Knowing One Allah Most High has revealed for humanity this prayer through the heart of the Prophet Muhammad. Hadith and mystic books will come to you. Then you will be able to read the book of creation and the books of all human hearts. Love grows eternally deeper and vaster. Seek knowledge there through your tasbih and salat. The dervish heart is an open book whose pages are inscribed by the Divine Pen. Love and knowledge are the two wings of the dervish. while knowledge is continuously overturned. True knowing comes directly into the heart from Allah. Then the deeper meanings of Quran. Love and knowledge are actually one. Seek knowledge there. You will come to realize the truth of the Prophet�s words: Know yourself and you will know your Lord. and taught by Allah alone: O precious Lord.Al-Alim. Our dervish life is childlike spontaneous affirmation of Allah�s love and ceaseless searching to increase our knowledge of Allah�s Being.
Rabia al-Adawiya and the other great friends of Allah. They both encouraged intellectual inquiry.Al-Alim. Books by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi (Lex Hixon): Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Heart of the Koran Sufi Meditation 101 Diamonds Books by Shaykh Muzaffer Ashki al-Jerrahi: Love is the Wine The Unveiling of Love The Blessed Virgin Mary Irshad The Ninety Nine Names of Allah Adornment of Hearts Garden of Dervishes Lights of the Hearts (forthcoming) Pathways of Light.The Knower. You will observe differences of style and approach. Mevlana Jelaludin Rumi. The intellect leads us to the Truth. Stages of Illumination print close In the following page we present two texts of succinct teachings on the path by our two great guides. Shaykh Muzaffer said that the most important gift that a human being has is the intellect because it is the light of guidance within the heart. According to Shaykh Nur �the illumined intellect is manna from Heaven. as well as those of Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi. Allah the All-Knowing One Both Shaykh Nur and Shaykh Muzaffer�s knowledge of the body of Islamic mysticism was very thorough. for .� The study of Shaykh Nur�s and Shaykh Muzaffer�s writings is highly recommended. may Allah Most High exalt their souls. Shaykh Nur Hixon and Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak.
every shaykh has a unique interpretation within the fundamental unity of the Muhammadan way...... He edited the notes to create a compact outline of our dervish path.. although it easily becomes a channel for evil or negativity�not to be destroyed.............. Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim -....... ... Atom from the Sun of Knowledge. Levels of Mystic Embrace Notes on the Path by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi The Four Gates and the Forty Stages on the Way of Truth Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi Ya Hazreti Pir Muhammad Nureddin al-Jerrahi .............. destructive............... Several of these ideas are further discussed and elaborated in the introduction of his book.In the Name of Allah The Tenderly Compassionate. Survival instinct: Domineering or aggressive self�self perpetuating�uncivilized�in its extreme form.................. The Infinitely Merciful I. Structures of Consciousness: The seven levels shared by all human beings without exception 1..... therefore the wording does not always reflect the diamond-like precision that Shaykh Nur brings to his formally published texts.. We have decided to keep it in the informal. Nevertheless............... Levels of Mystic Embrace Notes on the Path by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi The following text is based on the teachings which Shaykh Nur gave at a seminar at Naropa Institute in 1989....... not evil in itself........................ this is a precious jewel-box of some of his inspired interpretations of the path.... criminal behavior�biological self�natural................. shorthand style of the notes........... but made transparent to the higher levels............
The Seeker: Seeking genuine structures of value (love. Hu. transcendental to earthly A.) 3. abdallah (servanthood is higher than prophethood)�with recognition of all facets of reality and all responsibilities. upon him be peace) II. Traversing the Seven Levels Hand-taking correlates to Mary being crowned Queen of Heaven. Four Steps/Taking Hand. Divine Attributes manifesting: Divine Splendor manifesting through human context�the steep part of the mystic path begins 5. Tariqat: The steep path�intimacy with God�all mystic orders of Islam�tasting honey�journey in God as the Divine Names�four of the seven levels of consciousness have now been traversed Step 3. harmony. True Human Being: Fullness of shariat�genuine fulfillment for self and others 4. yet transparent to the Divine Light�servant�s hands are Rahman and Rahim�breath is Ya Hayy�mature of the mature�the sixth and seventh levels of consciousness are now traversed Shariat: Making honey Tariqat: Tasting honey Haqiqat: Becoming honey Marifat: Feeding honey to the universe Shariat: Humanity�s journey to God Tariqat: Humanity�s journey in God Haqiqat: God�s journey to God Marifat: God�s journey in humanity . beauty)�shariat begins (whether it is the shariat of Islam. Humanity as the Crown of Creation: The Divine Attributes consciously expressed in the world by the practitioner coming forth as these Attributes�zikr gives a glimpse of this level�highest region of Paradise 7. The Mystic Path: A movement from inner to outer. Hu 6. etc.2. shariat of Christianity. Infinite Fecundity: Radiant�luminous�green�no sense of separate self can exist on this level�Divine Consciousness alone exists as the eyes by which we see and the hands with which we serve (from an oral tradition of the Prophet Muhammad. Mystic union: Blending with the Essence: Luminous darkness�beyond Divine Attributes�hidden treasure�Hu. Marifat: God�s journey in humanity�feeding honey to the universe�entering the marketplace with bliss-bestowing hands�being Divine Compassion�servant. Haqiqat: Truth�Haqq�only Essence of Divinity exists�being honey�maturity�peak of the mountain of Light�ocean of Love with no shores�only God�fifth level of consciousness is reached Step 4. Step 1. represents a vision of complete spiritual evolution. The spirit of Shariat (or five pillars of Islam): Serving God�making honey�two or three levels of the seven levels of consciousness are traversed�journey to God Step 2.
although the human being is higher in spiritual stature than angelic beings 5. Pilgrimage (Hajj)�At least once in a lifetime if permitted by Allah. Witnessing to the existence of angelic beings emanating from the One Reality. La ilaha Ilallah. whether it appears good or bad. by which It sends Itself to Itself (Ibn al-Arabi) 3. Charitable giving�minimum of one-fortieth of liquid assets per year to anyone in need (in practice. God will recreate every structure of value on a non-physical plane of being called Paradise C. Witnessing that the entire universe is waiting for the call to return into its Original Source 7. Witnessing to the unity of Existence. Embracing Universal Islam: Shahada 1. after physical death. even if we don�t fully actualize it 3. Muhammadan Rasulallah�Central pillar that subtly contains and supports the other four 2. Prayers�Five times a day. a longing. the unity of Reality. Witnessing that after the return to the Source. Practicing Universal Islam: The Five Pillars Process of outwardly manifesting the shahada: 1. Witnessing to the prophethood of all prophets sent by this Reality. healing and guiding humanity. not a . the unity of God 2. Witnessing to the veracity of all holy books and of all revealed scriptures that come forth from this Reality 4. comes forth from the perfectly merciful will of this Reality 6. Witnessing that everything which happens. as an ideal. more is usually given) 4.Shariat: Service Tariqat: Intimacy Haqiqat: Maturity Marifat: The mature of the mature Shariat: Believer Tariqat: Dervish Haqiqat: Sufi Marifat: Shaykh Shariat: Levels 2-3 Tariqat: Level 4 Haqiqat: Level 5 Marifat: Level 6-7 B.
Jesus. Practicing the Way of the Prophet Muhammad: Sunna Interpretable guidelines from the holy Sunna. Holy Quran These are matters between the soul and its Lord. upon him be peace My yoke is easy. such as removing shoes. (God is always greater than any possible conception or description) Not making any distinction in essence between the prophets or any distinction in essence . upon him be peace There is no compulsion in Islam. but particularly Quran Ceremonies for newborn children and physical death transition Proper regard for true religious scholars of Islam as well as for authentic shaykhs and shaykhas who inherit on various levels the spiritual wealth of the Prophet Praying for the peace of the Prophet whenever mentioning his name and thus participating with angelic beings who do this Being a merciful caretaker of all creatures and the courageous advocate of justice founded on the equality before Allah of all human beings and especially the equality of men and women Always saying and really meaning. Inshallah (God-willing). Rasulallah. Ramadan�Thirty day fast between sunrise and sunset celebrating the holy descent of the glorious Quran into the heart of the Prophet and re-manifesting once a year D. covering head Abstaining from various kinds of food and drink. Here is a partial list: Ablutions before formal prayer and certain other times Special clothing for men and women during prayer. Alhamdulillah (God alone deserves praise and gratitude).requirement 5. such as pork and intoxicants of various kinds Sacrament and responsibilities of marriage (including the right of either partner to initiate divorce) Responsibility to study all fields of knowledge. the way of life of the Prophet: Make Islam easy. All dimensions of human life are sanctified and harmonized by abiding by various properly interpreted Quranic injunctions and Hadith (oral tradition of the Prophet). Spiritual authority remains essentially decentralized in its human expression. and Allahu Akbar. my burden is light.
this is not merely a material universe but a spiritual creation. various levels of gambling are not authentically Islamic. Not risking ones own or others� lives gratuitously�this would include observing the most refined standards of healthy living Respect for civil law Longing for world peace and harmonious world civilization III. to be used selflessly for the greater good of the community Mutual acceptance and cooperation in Truth between different dimensions of a society. mainly generosity. and greeting it with a holy kiss Assuming that the Quran always contains more levels of meaning than we can understand Various structures of governance must acknowledge the One God and are accountable to the One God. which benefits the community in some real way. greeting each other at all times with As-salam alaykum. such as different economic and social levels Natural resources belong to the Creator. The only legitimate income is from honorable physical or mental labor. Commentary . and understanding in this light various customs and practices such as the veil. Inheritance and various abstract investments are legitimate if kept in harmony with all Islamic principles. Respect for the integrity of personal property and personal space Respect for all the noble religious traditions and complete freedom and protection for their practice Universal brotherhood and sisterhood. and customs concerning monthly periods Permission to engage in essentially defensive warfare for the protection of spiritual values Regarding wealth and property as essentially God-given. the configuration of public prayer. and meaning it Regarding women as a special embodiment of spirituality.between their teachings Honoring parents Revering the Holy Quran (not keeping it in a low place). the protection of women. the human being is simply the sensitive caretaker.
........ He or she can also consciously affirm Universal Islam as part of the Hand Taking. but which do not have a special ceremony connected with them as Taking Hand and Shahada do........... namely: The Testimony of Faith Ritual Prayer Almsgiving Fasting Pilgrimage To these........ one must satisfy ten conditions.. because Taking Hand contains the entire mystic path... both material and spiritual .. and through this the atmosphere of Shahada.............. the Five Pillars......... which go together.... Other persons will come to the Mystic Path from another noble tradition such as Christianity. Judaism....... and Sunna will distinctly change for them.... or an indigenous tradition.......... ....................................... The first five are the familiar Pillars of Islam....... The aspirant who remains simply with the initiation of Hand Taking is a full dervish of the Order... Hinduism. the Masters of the Mystical Path have added the following five: Lawful earning and lawful spending Abstaining from unlawful things... and spiritual acceleration.... Buddhism.....Al-Nur..The One Light In the Ashki-Jerrahi Order of Islamic Sufism..... Members of other Islamic or non-Islamic mystic orders may Take Hand as a blessing. Some persons who are already involved in Islam will ascend to the Mystic Path through joining the Order. They need not embrace the Shariat of Islam. The Four Gates and the Forty Stages on the Way of Truth Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi First Gate: The Gate of the Sharia To enter...... Or the aspirant can move into tradition by accepting the Five Pillars and the Sunna.................. confirmation.. the aspirant can begin with Taking Hand and remain there......
and avoiding contradictory behavior Emptying one�s heart of all obsession with wealth or possessions. striving to keep the approval of Allah Ensuring that one is always pleasing to the Founding Saint of the Order of the Tariqa to which one belongs (or to the Shaykh) Exact performance of the litanies (awrad) and remembrances set for one by the Shaykh Following the Shaykh�s advice. the Supreme Truth Third Gate: The Gate of Haqiqa . and preventing their violation The Second Gate: The Gate of Tariqa Here again we meet with ten conditions. Allah. namely: Sincere repentance and seeking forgiveness Transformation of character Devoted service to a perfect guide Fear of Allah without despair of His mercy Renunciation of worldly pleasures for love of the Truth alone Self-sacrifice in Allah�s cause.Marriage Occasional battle with the external foe. filling it instead with the love of Allah and His Messenger Al-Haqq-The True. but constant battle with the lower self Promoting the complete fulfillment of Allah�s commandments.
with anger and wrath toward no one Self-knowledge Attaining closeness to the Truth Excerpted from The Garden of Dervishes .Again there are ten conditions. namely: Utter humility Religious tolerance Few expectations Causing no harm to any creature Hurting no person�s feelings Kind and generous treatment of the poor Traveling the prescribed way of Allah Learning from all one sees Constant and heart-felt supplication to Allah Approaching as close as one is able to the knowledge of Allah and His mystery Fourth Gate: The Gate of Marifa This final gate also presents ten conditions: Propriety in controlling one�s hands. �Modesty is part of true faith. tongue and sexuality Struggling with the self to the point where it becomes compliant Observing solitude Complete and confident acceptance of the teachings of Allah�s saints Modesty.� Generosity and hospitality Distinguishing Truth from falsehood Forbearance. As the blessed Prophet said.
the pouring forth in infinite creativity and the drawing back of all into Its own Essence. the infinite kingdom where Allah Alone exists. if its limits could be imagined. Realize Me. limited consciousness dissolves like the dew drops on a blade of grass when the sun rises. Be aware of the waves which rise and fall within it. The latter is also called the �gnostic heart�. In the realm of qalb. and the desire of Love for Itself. Religion is the act of returning home. The heart is the Kaba of Allah and the home of humanity.� Sufism is the path of the heart. to be put into one of the corners of the Heart of the gnostic. Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi. we were never separated. What we bring to Allah ultimately is our heart. The Prophet Muhammad would take oath through the power of the �One Who Holds my heart between his two fingers. the zone of psychological and emotional vibrations which circulate around the true heart. Our path is the melting of the prison wall of imagined separation. together with the essence that brought it into existence. but though it be filled. it thirsts on. witness Me. And the deeper we fall into the ocean of qalb the stronger is the power of love over us. into Allah. Ibn al Arabi. When we speak of the heart we normally mean the emotional/physical one. We give up all control and submit to the loving embrace of Allah when we say yes and plunge into the heart. Hadith Qudsi The Prophet Muhammad. and it always brings us home. And as our awareness begins to inhabit the deeper realms. Shaykh Nur referred to this as the �courtyard of the heart�. The heart is clearly not something we control.000 universes dwell inside the heart of my believing servant. but do not be carried away by them.� We are free to take this image literally or understand it as a figurative way to express a relationship of intimacy. or distress. In reality. The qalb itself is pure love. and the return into the true self of the heart. Allah Most High has informed us that the heart of each of us is held between His two fingers and turned ceaselessly. which we have mistaken for our home. love reaches us there and calls us to return into the heart. he would have no consciousness of it. �Were limitless existence. receiving moment by moment the fresh news from its Lord. Both are true. the qalb. the submission which alone brings peace. The root of qalb means to turn and fluctuate. which has been our great longing from the time we came into human form. may Allah sanctify his secret. We know that we are in the heart when we speak the truth. we open to the divine realities which are named the secret and the secret of the secret. Allah speaks tenderly into our spiritual ear �I am closer to you than your own life vein. We know that we are in the heart when we act for the sake of love. When we consciously inhabit the qalb we see everything through the eyes of love. may he be blessed with Allah�s mercy. This is teslimyet.� The path however begins where we are. for I am the One within your heart. In the heart we meet Allah and we disappear into Allah.The Heart print close I Who do not fit inside the 18. inhabited by feelings of elation. It is established that the Heart encompasses the Reality. pointed to his heart and said that true religion is right here. Do everything from the heart. We see all life forms simply as the play of Love. If our conscience is in the outer courtyard. said of this heart. return entirely into Me. as Abu Yazid has said. . like thunderclouds surrounding a core of light. may Allah�s infinite peace always embrace him. Love is the guide because it is the very essence of the heart. we only imagined we were. and not with the desire to gain something from our action. sadness. and if we cover our words it is only to protect someone else. Keep vigilance with your heart and you will be with Allah. says that fluctuation is the true nature of the heart as it moves in the waves of Allah�s revelations.
To awaken. When we offer an act of love. embracing all creation. It is the eye of Reality. Meeting on Thursday nights for dhikr. the heart is Allah�s seeing. The heart is the tiniest." ‐ Shaykh Nur al‐Jerrahi. for our heart is none other than the heart of Allah. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge ‐ Pir Publications . to love. is to live within the heart of Allah. and the life of Reality. when we immerse ourselves in the state of dhikrullah. The heart is continuously pregnant with revelation. Dhikrullah print close "The Maturing process in a dervish order is communal. The mystical ascension into Paradise consciousness and beyond into the Garden of Essence occurs hand in hand. The heart is the greatness of humanity. the dynamic circle of Divine Remembrance. we deny our heart and leave a trace on the pure mirror around the heart. and on another level. hearts intertwined eternally. we encounter each other primarily as aspiring souls and only secondarily as personalities with psychological and sociological profiles. On one level the heart is seeing Allah.The heart is the open space of divine manifestation. When we commit any act against love. most hidden of creation and it is the vastness beyond all horizons. we clarify all obscuration.
. The dervishes that reach perfection and therefore are saints. peace be upon him We wish to offer here a simple transcription of the salat prayer according to the traditional form used by the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order and lightly elucidated with teachings from Atom from the Sun of Knowledge . "Remember Me and I will remember you. the ceremony of remembrance formulates a microscopic mirror of the reality of existence. In the spiritual dimension the process of centering in Allah and finding Union with Him is described. the least of its fruits being ecstasy (Arabic: wajd). "Remembrance provides a means for the dervishes to express their longing for Allah." Allah reveals in His Holy Qur?an.. but yearn to behold the Countenance of Allah (Arabic: wajhullah). (?Friends of Allah? in Muslim terminology) become the light of Allah?s Countenance. Oral traditions of the Prophet Muhammad. The ceremony reiterates the stages of Ascent towards being lost in Allah (Arabic: fanafillah) and the stages of Descent to the plane of manifestation. Salat is the ascension of the believer. True dervishes neither look for spiritual rewards. nor desire Paradise."Lasting between one and three hours. where one remains subsistent in Allah (Arabic: baqabillah). which they longed to behold. "The Saints are the light of Allah?s Countenance" writes Sheikh Muzaffer. The motion of the dhikrullah reflects the revolving of the spheres. "The mystical fruits can be tasted in the Dhikrullah." ?Sixteena Gul Ashki Friedrich from the forward to Garden of Dervishes by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al‐Jerrahi © 1991 Pir Publications All Rights Reserved Preface print close In the Name of Allah�s Boundless Compassion and Infinite Love In salat I find the refreshment for my eyes. The practice of Dhikrullah makes the dervish conscious of his or her inherent remembrance. Thus the Path to perfection that the sufis have vowed to follow is shown in concentrated form in the ceremony of dhikrullah. the Beloved. "Allah Most High promises spiritual seekers his closeness through remembrance. and eventually of the remembrance of every created being in the universe.
The daily pattern of differing prayer lengths are provided at the end of the workbook. and some four. then repeat three times for the left arm. then the body moves into bowing at the hips until the back is parallel to the earth. three times. Head: Pass wet palms over hair. then expel it with a rapid breath. The basic method of performing wudu. Forearms: Pass left palm. As phrases and verses of Quran are melodiously recited. there are different lengths of prayer: some two rakats. 2003 Ablution preceding prayer: Wudu print close Ablution is re–immersing ourselves in the light of divine awareness. or simply Allah throughout the ablution. plunging gracefully into prostration. . Therefore in this transcription we have indicated the option of completing the prayer at the conclusion of two. the lover of Allah passes through various contemplative movements and postures. front to back. Face: With a little water in your hands. with a little water. A cycle of prayer or rakat begins with the standing posture. some three. and four rakats. the minor ablution is the following: With the intention of making wudu. once briefly. three times over the right arm up to elbow. over the right three times. As you touch the different parts of your body with water feel the light of Allah illuminating them. forehead on the ground. raising the head and torso and shifting back into a briefly held seated position. rising briefly to standing again. dissolves into Divine light and reemerges as Divine light. Nostrils: Gently inhale the water from your cupped right hand. as it peacefully praises and prostrates. in which one can follow and become one with the greater communal body. three. Salat is most effortlessly learned by participating in group prayers. During the daily cycle of prayer-times. repeat the divine phrase. Hands: Pass the left hand holding a little water. Editor December. M. preparing us for salat. Salat–the bezel for the jewel of Quranic chant–takes a cyclically patterned form. Bismillah irRahman irRahim. then finally melting into a second prostration. draw them three times over your face going from crown to chin. Mouth: Rinse three times with water from the right hand. Brown. completing the rakat.by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. then pass the right hand three times over the left hand. hands gently clasped.
cycle by cycle print close . then pass wet hands across back of neck once briefly. Ears and neck: Wipe each ear once briefly inside and outside with wet fingers. recited in pairs) Supreme Reality is always greater than any conception Ashhadu an La ilaha illaLlah (twice) I witness that there is no reality apart from Supreme Reality Ashhadu anna MuhammadarRasuluLlah (twice) I witness that Muhammad is an authentic Messenger of Supreme Reality Hayya ‘al assalat (twice) Come to salat Hayya ‘al alfalah (twice) Come to the highest spiritual realization Allahu Akbar (twice) Allah is always greater La ilaha illaLlah Nothing exists apart from Allah Salat. The call to prayer: Adhan print close Supreme Reality is calling us through the beautiful human voice. holding a little water. hands held at ear level in a gesture of complete openness of mind and heart. then left foot three times with right hand. and chants melodiously these revealed phrases: Allahu Akbar (four times. Feet: Wipe right foot up to the ankle three times with left hand. the human instrument of this divine call. faces the direction of prayer. One can rinse the hands once more after washing the feet. The mu’adhan.
Initiating Salat...... BismiLlahirRahmanir Rahim”) Initiating the state of Salat: Face qiblah–outwardly this is the direction of the Holy Kaaba in Mecca... Completing a four‐rakat prayer ........................... This gesture. inwardly it is the awareness that one is facing only Allah... Completing a three‐rakat prayer e. and all hearts praise You wa TaBarakaSmuk Your Name is pure blessing wa Ta‘Ala Jadduk Your Might is exalted wa La ilaha ghayruk and there is no reality apart from You ......................................... a. “O Allah.. Continuing a three‐rakat or four‐rakat d. Continuing a four‐rakat prayer f.... or beside the shoulders for women).. right hand placed gently over the left.... and above the heart for women)... palms open and facing forward (traditionally hands beside the head for men. signifying the openness of the entire being to the Divine Radiance and Magnificence........ and beginning the first cycle (rakat) b.. I intend to offer the fard maghrib prayer seeking your good pleasure.................. pronouncing the words under your breath: Subhanaka Allahumma wa biHamdik Glorious O Allah.. and beginning the first cycle (rakat) State Intention: Quietly state the intention to pray (for example. Completing a two‐rakat prayer c................... is accompanied by the words of transcendence: Allahu Akbar Unite the hands (just below the navel for men........... Allow these praises to arise......... Raise the hands... Initiating Salat...........
the All‐ Encompassing . the opening chapter of Quran: BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the Name of Allah. wa iyyaka nasta‘in O Lord. the Tenderly Compassionate. Amin Continue with another short selection of Quran. the Cherisher and Lover of the Worlds ArRahmanirRahim Most Compassionate. the Tenderly Compassionate. “He is Allah. such as al‐Ikhlas: BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the name of Allah. the Infinitely Merciful Alhamdu liLlahi Rabbil‘alamin Praise be to Allah. Most Merciful. we worship only You and rely upon You alone. Ghayril maghdubi ‘alayhim wa laddaallin those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. Siratalladhina an ‘amta ‘alayhim the mystic way of those who have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. the Infinitely Merciful Qul: huwaLlahu Ahad AllahusSamad Affirm with your whole being. the One and Only Reality. Audhu Billahi minashaytan irrajim I take refuge in Allah from all negativity Chant Sura Fatiha. Maliki yawmiddin Magnificently presiding over the return into the Radiance of Allah Iyyaka na‘budu. Ihdinassiratalmustaqima Reveal Your Direct Path.
Nor do multiple realities come forth separate from Him. initiating movement down toward full prostration: Allahu Akbar As feet. the knees bend. there is absolutely nothing. all praise flows to you! With the words of transcendence. Another divinely revealed form of praise is whispered three times slowly: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala Glorious is Supreme Reality One has now released any trace of separate individuality as the soul melts into its Original Source.” Allahu Akbar Ruku–bowing the whole torso from the hips repeat three times: Subhana RabbilAzim Glory to the Lord and Supreme Teacher Who is sheer magnificence While rising up again to standing: SamiaLlahu liman hamida Allah hears the one who praises Him Reaching the upright position. the body tilts forward.Lam yalid wa lam yulad Who does not originate from some other reality. wa lam yakullahu kufuwan ahad for apart from Him. and the forehead rests in the space between hands. knees and hands touch the earth. With the cry: . follow with the cry of gratitude: Rabbana lakalhamd O My Lord.
Maliki yawmiddin Magnificently presiding over the return into the Radiance of Allah Iyyaka na‘budu. we worship only You and rely upon You alone. Ihdinassiratalmustaqima Reveal Your Direct Path. Then return to prostration intoning: Allahu Akbar In prostration whisper again three times: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala Glorious is Supreme Reality With the cry: Allahu Akbar one rises from prostration to the standing position. . Initiating the second rakat In all prayers. the Tenderly Compassionate. including recitation of Sura Fatiha. the Amin. Allahu Akbar raise the head and torso into a seated position momentarily. and the other ayat(s) of Quran: BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the Name of Allah. the Infinitely Merciful Alhamdu liLlahi Rabbil‘alamin Praise be to Allah. the Cherisher and Lover of the Worlds ArRahmanirRahim Most Compassionate. wa iyyaka nasta‘in O Lord. Most Merciful. the cycle is performed a second time.
the Tenderly Compassionate. there is absolutely nothing. the One and Only Reality. Amin BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the name of Allah.Siratalladhina an ‘amta ‘alayhim the mystic way of those who have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. “He is Allah.” Allahu Akbar Ruku‐bowing the whole torso from the hips: Subhana RabbilAzim (three times) Glory to the Lord and Supreme Teacher Who is sheer magnificence While rising up again to standing: SamiaLlahu liman hamida Allah hears the one who praises Him In the upright position: Rabbana lakalhamd O My Lord. Ghayril maghdubi ‘alayhim wa laddaallin those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. Nor do multiple realities come forth separate from Him. wa lam yakullahu kufuwan ahad for apart from Him. the All‐ Encompassing Lam yalid wa lam yulad Who does not originate from some other reality. all praise flows to you! . the Infinitely Merciful Qul: huwaLlahu Ahad AllahusSamad Affirm with your whole being.
In the seated position. and which recurs between the soul and Lord during every salat: Attahiyyatu liLlahi wa salawatu wattayyibatu (The Prophet cries:) O Allah. prayers. With the words of transcendence. Move again toward full prostration intoning: Allahu Akbar In prostration whisper: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala (three times) Glorious is Supreme Reality Intoning: Allahu Akbar rise out of prostration into seated position. assalamu alayka ayyuhanNabiyyu (Allah Most High responds:) Peace be upon you. and pure deeds. to You belong all my greetings. . O beloved Prophet. whisper: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala(three times) Glorious is Supreme Reality The weight of the body now shifts back to kneel on the legs: Allahu Akbar Pause in the seated position. initiate movement down toward full prostration: Allahu Akbar In prostration. quietly recite this divine conversation which occurred in the Prophet�s Ascension.
wa RahmatuLlahi wa BarakatuHu and may My divine mercy and blessings flow always upon you. O most Compassionate of the Compassionate. grant us pure goodness and beauty in this life wa fil akhirati hasanatan and in the life beyond death. The Word of Peace is repeated twice. my parents. at this point continue to kneel. Assalamu alayna wa ala ibadiLlahi salihin (The Prophet prays:) Peace be upon us and upon all the righteous servants of Allah‐ ashadu an La ilaha ilaLlah (The angels exclaim:) We bear witness that there is no reality apart from Allah. wa qina adhab annar and protect us all from the fire of purification Rabbana ghfirli wali walidaya wal Mu’minuna O Lord. Completing a two‐rakat prayer When you are offering a two‐rakat salat. you have just completed two rakats or cycles of salat. wa ashadu anna Muhammadin AbduHu wa RasuluHu and we bear witness that Muhammad is His pure servant and Messenger! Upon reciting this mystic dialogue. . first to the right along the lines of prayer and then to the left: AsSalamu ‘alaykum wa RahmatuLlah. heal and forgive me. and all those faithful to Love Yawm ‘il yakum ‘il hisab On the Day of Ultimate Justice BiRahmatika Ya Arhama Rahimin By your supremely tender Compassion. quietly reciting these salawat and supplications: Rabbana atina fidunya hasanatan O Lord.
The patterns of our dervish tradition appear in a later section. . Now the main body of the two‐rakat prayer is complete. immediately after the mystic dialogue (at‐tahiyyatu) intone: Allahu Akbar and rise up into the standing position. praises and forms of remembrance. Most Merciful. Ihdinassiratalmustaqima Reveal Your Direct Path.AsSalamu ‘alaykum wa RahmatuLlah May the Sublime Peace and Compassionate blessings of Allah be with you. Siratalladhina an ‘amta ‘alayhim the mystic way of those who have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. the Tenderly Compassionate. we worship only You and rely upon You alone. the Cherisher and Lover of the Worlds ArRahmanirRahim Most Compassionate. The short sura that follows al‐Fatiha in the first two cycles is left out in the third and fourth cycles?nly the Fatiha is recited: BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the Name of Allah. Continuing a three‐rakat or four‐rakat If you are offering a three‐ or four‐rakat prayer. Ghayril maghdubi ‘alayhim wa laddaallin those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. Maliki yawmiddin Magnificently presiding over the return into the Radiance of Allah Iyyaka na‘budu. the Infinitely Merciful Alhamdu liLlahi Rabbil‘alamin Praise be to Allah. This is the beginning of the third rakat. wa iyyaka nasta‘in O Lord. The heart naturally overflows with further supplications.
Amin Allahu Akbar Moving to ruku. and in the deep bow whispering: Subhana RabbilAzim (three times) Glory to the Lord and Supreme Teacher Who is sheer magnificence Rising up to standing: SamiaLlahu liman hamida Allah hears the one who praises Him Arriving in the upright position: Rabbana lakalhamd O My Lord. Allahu Akbar Return to full prostration. all praise flows to you! Moving toward full prostration: Allahu Akbar In prostration. whisper three times: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala Glorious is Supreme Reality Shifting back to sitting: Allahu Akbar Pause in the seated position. Whisper three times: .
remain in the seated position. and salaams: Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin O Allah. and pure deeds. If you are performing a four‐rakat prayer. to You belong all my greetings. Completing a three‐rakat prayer To complete a three‐rakat prayer now quietly repeat the divine conversation: Attahiyyatu liLlahi wa salawatu wattayyibatu (The Prophet cries:) O Allah. supplications. rise to standing with the last Allahu Akbar above. O beloved Prophet. wa ashadu anna Muhammadin AbduHu wa RasuluHu and we bear witness that Muhammad is His pure servant and Messenger! Salat approaches completion with the salawat. shower blessings upon our Master Muhammad wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin and upon his family . prayers. assalamu alayka ayyuhanNabiyyu (Allah Most High responds:) Peace be upon you. wa RahmatuLlahi wa BarakatuHu and may My divine mercy and blessings flow always upon you. and continue below. Assalamu alayna wa ala ibadiLlahi salihin (The Prophet prays:) Peace be upon us and upon all the righteous servants of Allah‐ ashadu an La ilaha ilaLlah (The angels exclaim:) We bear witness that there is no reality apart from Allah. Subhana Rabbil‘Ala Glorious is Supreme Reality Raising the head and torso: Allahu Akbar If you are performing a three‐rakat prayer.
Rabbana atina fidunya hasanatan O Lord. AsSalamu ‘alaykum wa RahmatuLlah May the Sublime Peace and Compassionate blessings of Allah be with you. innaka Hamidun Majid truly You are Most Praiseworthy and Glorious. innaka Hamidun Majid indeed You are Most Praiseworthy and Glorious. grant us pure goodness and beauty in this life wa fil akhirati hasanatan and in the life beyond death. heal and forgive me. wa qina adhab annar and protect us all from the fire of purification Rabbana ghfirli wali walidaya wal Mu’minuna O Lord. The Words of Peace are offered first to the right along the lines of prayer and then to the left: AsSalamu ‘alaykum wa RahmatuLlah. kama sallayta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim as you have blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham. Wa barik ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin And shower Your grace upon our Master Muhammad wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin and his family kama barakta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim as You have graced Abraham and the family of Abraham. . my parents. O most Compassionate of the Compassionate. and all those faithful to Love Yawm ‘il yakum ‘il hisab On the Day of Ultimate Justice BiRahmatika Ya Arhama Rahimin By your supremely tender Compassion.
Most Merciful. bowing: Subhana RabbilAzim (three times) . wa iyyaka nasta‘in O Lord. the Cherisher and Lover of the Worlds ArRahmanirRahim Most Compassionate. Ghayril maghdubi ‘alayhim wa laddaallin those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. Continuing a four‐rakat prayer If you are offering a four‐rakat prayer. praises and forms of remembrance. Ihdinassiratalmustaqima Reveal Your Direct Path. The additional sura is again omitted. Maliki yawmiddin Magnificently presiding over the return into the Radiance of Allah Iyyaka na‘budu. Amin Allahu Akbar Move to ruku. BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the Name of Allah. you will have risen into the standing position with the last Allahu Akbar�Now begin the fourth rakat with al‐Fatiha. the Infinitely Merciful Alhamdu liLlahi Rabbil‘alamin Praise be to Allah. we worship only You and rely upon You alone. Siratalladhina an ‘amta ‘alayhim the mystic way of those who have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. Now the main body of the three‐rakat salat is complete. The heart naturally overflows with further supplications. the Tenderly Compassionate. immediately after the second prostration of the third rakat.
all praise flows to you! Moving toward full prostration: Allahu Akbar In prostration.Glory to the Lord and Supreme Teacher Who is sheer magnificence Rising up to standing: SamiaLlahu liman hamida Allah hears the one who praises Him Arriving in the upright position: Rabbana lakalhamd O My Lord. Allahu Akbar Return to full prostration. Whisper: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala (three times) Glorious is Supreme Reality Raising the head and torso: Allahu Akbar . whisper: Subhana Rabbil‘Ala (three times) Glorious is Supreme Reality Shifting back to sitting: Allahu Akbar Pause in the seated position.
prayers. shower blessings upon our Master Muhammad wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin and upon his family kama sallayta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim as you have blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham. wa ashadu anna Muhammadin AbduHu wa RasuluHu and we bear witness that Muhammad is His pure servant and Messenger! Continue with the closing salawat and supplications: Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin O Allah. quietly repeat the divine conversation: Attahiyyatu liLlahi wa salawatu wattayyibatu (The Prophet cries:) O Allah. and pure deeds. O beloved Prophet. Remain in the seated position. to You belong all my greetings. assalamu alayka ayyuhanNabiyyu (Allah Most High responds:) Peace be upon you. wa RahmatuLlahi wa BarakatuHu and may My divine mercy and blessings flow always upon you. Completing a four‐rakat prayer To complete a four‐rakat prayer. Assalamu alayna wa ala ibadiLlahi salihin (The Prophet prays:) Peace be upon us and upon all the righteous servants of Allah‐ ashadu an La ilaha ilaLlah (The angels exclaim:) We bear witness that there is no reality apart from Allah. and continue below. innaka Hamidun Majid indeed You are Most Praiseworthy and Glorious. Wa barik ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin And shower Your grace upon our Master Muhammad wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin .
first to the right along the lines of prayer and then to the left: AsSalamu ‘alaykum wa RahmatuLlah. wa qina adhab annar and protect us all from the fire of purification Rabbana ghfirli wali walidaya wal Mu’minuna O Lord. The heart naturally overflows with further supplications. innaka Hamidun Majid truly You are Most Praiseworthy and Glorious. my parents.and his family kama barakta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim as You have graced Abraham and the family of Abraham. Praises and verses recited following salat print close . Following are the traditional forms. praises and forms of remembrance. O most Compassionate of the Compassionate. The Words of Peace are offered twice. heal and forgive me. grant us pure goodness and beauty in this life wa fil akhirati hasanatan and in the life beyond death. AsSalamu ‘alaykum wa RahmatuLlah May the Sublime Peace and Compassionate blessings of Allah be with you. Rabbana atina fidunya hasanatan O Lord. and all those faithful to Love Yawm ‘il yakum ‘il hisab On the Day of Ultimate Justice BiRahmatika Ya Arhama Rahimin By your supremely tender Compassion. Now salat is complete.
quietly: Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammad O Allah bless our master Muhammad. the Messenger of Allah. you may offer the devotions below. full of Majesty. and come back to this section later. and Infinite Generosity If you are performing additional sets of salat. Clear us of our mistakes O Allah. wa sahbihi wa Sallim and his companions. we invoke blessings: All. remain seated and intone the word of forgiveness: EstaghfiruLlah EstaghfiruLlah EstaghfiruLlah Forgive us O Allah.Immediately after giving the salams to the right and left. O Allah Allahumma anta Salam wa minka salam O Allah You are Peace and the Source of Boundless Peace wa tabarakta ya DhulJalali walIkram Blessed are You. whether fard or sunna. wa ‘ala ali Muhammad the family of Muhammad. you may stand now and begin again at the initiation of salat. When completed all of the intended rakats of the current prayer time. Leader (often someone other than the dervish who lead the salat prayer): ‘Ala Muhammadin RasulullahilSalawat Upon the Blessed soul of Muhammad. Leader: SubhanaLlah walHamduliLlah Allah’s Glory is limitless! All praise flows to Allah! wa La ilaha IllaLlahu waLlahu Akbar And there is nothing apart from Allah! Allah transcends all limits! Wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa Billahil‘Aliyyil‘Azim . and shower them with peace. Cleanse our spiritual bodies of any subtle distortion of love. Bounty.
absolutely Self‐Manifesting and All‐Encompassing. Leader chants Ayat al‐Kursi. SadaqaLlahul‘Azim Spoken by Allah the Supremely Tremendous Leader: . the Most High. Lahu ma fissamawati wa ma filard All heavenly and earthly planes of being belong solely to Him. alHayyulQayyum the Living One. wa la ya’uduHu hifzuhuma as He effortlessly creates.255 Allahu La ilaha illa Hu Allah Alone. the Supremely Glorious. La ta’khudhuhu sinatuwwa la nawm His Divine Awareness never lapses nor sleeps. protects and preserves all manifestation.And no power or strength exists except in Allah. 2. Wasi‘a kursiyuHussamawati wal ard The mysterious Throne of His Presence permeates every heavenly and earthly dimension. wa la yuhituna bi shay’in min ‘Ilmihi and human beings can grasp nothing of His Encompassing Divine Knowledge illa bima sha’a except as He wills. Man dhalladhi yashfa‘u ‘indaHu illa biidhnih Who is there who could intercede in His presence. except through His own permission? Ya‘lamu ma bayna aydihim wa ma khalfahum He alone knows what causes precede and what results follow from each event. wa Huwal‘Aliyul‘Azim for He is the Most High. the Most Tremendous. There is no reality or divinity apart from Him.
Praise be to Allah: All: alHamduliLlah (33 times) All Praise flows to You Allah! Leader: alHamduliLlahi Rabbil‘alamin Allahu Akbar All Praise to the Lover and Cherisher of the worlds. Glory to Allah’s Transcendence! All: Allahu Akbar (34 times) Allah You are beyond all conception! Leader: Allahu Akbarun Kabiran walhamduliLlahi kathiran Great and Glorious is Allah. Wahdahu la sharikaLlah He is Alone. Glory to Allah: All: SubhanaLlah (33 times) Glory to You Allah! Leader: SubhanalKarim daiman alHamduliLlah Glory to the Most Generous One. vDhulJalali walkamali SubhanaLlah O Lord of Power and Perfection. and praise flows to Allah most abundantly Haqqan La ilaha illaLlahu O Truth! There is no reality apart from Allah. perpetually. there is nothing beside Allah LahulMulk wa lahulhamd To Allah belongs the Kingdom and to Him belongs all praise .
. and the others respond Amin after each request or praise. nor shall they grieve! Raise the hands in du’a�supplicate freely from the heart to Allah Most Generous.Yuhyi wa Yumit The One who breathes His own Life into beings and the One who draws living beings to Himself through the door of death Wa HuwalAliyyulAzim And He is the Most Exalted The Supplication: Leader: BismillahirRahmanirRahim In the Name of Allah. One should seal the supplication by offering a Fatiha. La khawfun ‘alayhim wa la hum yahzunun Neither shall there be any fear. One may also use the mode of the salawat in one’s supplication: Asalatu wasalamu alayka ya Rasulullah May Divine Blessings and Peace be upon you O Messenger of Allah Asalatu wasalamu alayka ya Habibullah May Divine Blessings and Peace be upon you O Beloved of Allah Asalatu wasalamu alayka ya Sayyid alawalina walakhirin May Divine Blessings and Peace be upon you O Master of the First and the Last Wa salamun ‘alalmursalin And Peace be upon all the holy messengers WalHamdulillahirRabbil Alamin And praise be to Allah. Allah answers prayers for the sake of the Prophet ‘alayhi salam. using English or one’s most natural language. In a community prayer one person may supplicate aloud. Lord and Cherisher of all universes. the All‐compassionate and Loving ‘Ala inna awliya Allah Surely upon the intimate friends of Allah.
wa iyyaka nasta‘in O Lord.. the Infinitely Merciful Alhamdu liLlahi Rabbil‘alamin Praise be to Allah. Ihdinassiratalmustaqima Reveal Your Direct Path. we worship only You and rely upon You alone. Ya Allah Hu All: . Most Merciful. Ghayril maghdubi ‘alayhim wa laddaallin those who never wander from the spiritual path and therefore never experience Your awesome Correction. the Tenderly Compassionate. Leader: AlFatiha All: Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammad O Allah bless our master Muhammad. the Cherisher and Lover of the Worlds ArRahmanirRahim Most Compassionate. Siratalladhina an ‘amta ‘alayhim the mystic way of those who have received and truly assimilated Your sublime Guidance. Amin Leader: Bismi Zatika Ya Allah Hu In the Name of Your Most Glorious Essence... Maliki yawmiddin Magnificently presiding over the return into the Radiance of Allah Iyyaka na‘budu. All: BismiLlahirRahmanirRahim In the Name of Allah.
. Spiritual quality: The quality of fajr is purity of intention. Those who participate in salat experience the personal and cosmic harmony that flows mercifully from the Source of Being. The fard (required) prayers are as follows: Dawn (fajr) Rakats: 2 Recitation: The Quranic recitations in the fard rakats of fajr are prayed aloud. Noon (zuhr) Rakats: 4 Recitation: The Quranic suras are recited under the breath to intensify inwardness. Salat is a spiritual astrolabe. as one is newly born into the Divine Light we call creation. and extends until just before the sun breaks the horizon. The five daily prayers of Islam establish conscious connection with this cosmic dimension. Times of Prayer print close All creation is immersed in ecstatic praise of its Creator. a way for the timeless soul to navigate successfully through the temporal cosmos.Huuu making a prostration of gratitude for salat. Time: This period for salat arrives when the first white light extends across the horizon. The quality of light at each divinely ordained salat invokes a particular state of consciousness and hints at certain spiritual gifts that this period of prayer contains. Give the kiss of peace or extend the hand of peace to all those who have shared this communion with Divine Peace: AsSalamu ‘alaykum May Allah’s great Peace be upon you. The times move a minute or two each day as the sun subtly changes its orientation to the earth.
Spiritual quality: This prayer transmits the sense of Allah�s Sovereign Power and Divine Clarity. rectitude. Spiritual quality: The quality of this salat is the refreshing energy of transcendence. leaving the door to Supreme Identity wide open all night. extending to fajr. until the twilight disappears into the full blackness of night. Spiritual quality: The serenity and completion radiated by the sunset prayer heals the entire heart and mind. just as twilight coolness refreshes the body after the heat of the day. Spiritual quality: This is the salat of Divine Mystery. Night Prayer (isha) Rakats: 4 Recitation: The Quranic suras in the first two rakats are recited aloud. Time: The period for sunset prayer begins immediately after the Sun has dropped below the horizon. One�s entire being is filled with the youthfulness of Paradise consciousness. as well as unveiling human dignity. extending until the time of the afternoon prayer. Afternoon prayer (asr) Rakats: 4 Recitation: The Quranic suras are recited under the breath to intensify inwardness. which leads beyond the far . Time: This central prayer period of the day opens when the shadow projected by a vertical pole is twice the length of the pole. Postponing and waiting for this prayer is considered a blessing. and plenitude. Time: The period for night prayer begins approximately an hour to an hour and a half after sunset. Time: When the sun passes its zenith. Sunset prayer (maghrib) Rakats: 3 Recitation: The Quranic suras in the first two rakats are recited aloud.
Then. After this fard. Maghrib: 2 sunna after the fard Isha: 4 sunna before the 4 fard. Once lovers establish the basic five‐times daily salat. and continue to follow the pattern of a three‐rakat prayer. sometimes before. 2 sunna after the fard. no prostrations are made until just after sundown. upon him be peace. he would ecstatically overflow with extra rakats. the original Divine Mystery. Fajr: 2 sunna rakats preceding the 2 fard rakats Zuhr: 4 sunna preceding the 4 fard. many crown the prayers of the day with 3 more rakats. After the 2 sunna. with another Allahu Akbar. This entering into Essence was demonstrated and activated for all humankind by the Seal of Prophesy during his mystical night journey. raise the hands intoning Allahu Akbar. Remain standing and quietly offer a personal supplication or another Fatiha. the sublime annihilation of limited existence. The Way of Love print close . sometimes after the set pattern of fard rakats. would come to salat. Into the mystic darkness of the isha prayer. These 3 rakats are called the witr prayer. they naturally overflow into this state of gratitude. and 2 sunna following the fard Asr: 4 sunna preceding the 4 fard. The witr prayer has a unique design: after the Fatiha is chanted in the third rakat. offering additional rakats. the ray of our separate human awareness disappears. move to the bowing posture.boundary of Paradise into the Garden of Essence. Sunna Prayers print close When the Prophet Muhammad.
for monks. Such an ocean it is. he burns with your love till Paradise is like Hell for him� . offer us with Your mighty hand the drinking-glass of love. and all human definition. that this sea has no bottom. gender. It is eternal. When the lover enters Paradise. may his secret be sanctified The Real Beloved is the very self of love and of the lover. Love is the first of the first. There is nothing prior to love. Love turns the fire into light. may his secret be sanctified My heart has become capable of all forms: For gazelles. no beginning. Hell becomes Paradise for the lover. a meadow.Hu. the Essence of Allah. A temple for idols. and no limits� O Lord! Letting Your guidance escort us. and whatever the direction Taken by its mount. the pilgrim�s Kaba. the Book of the Quran I profess the religion of Love. form. The Tablets of Torah.The Divine Pronoun. so that our hearts may never for even one moment be parted from Your love� Through divine love. Love is an ocean. a monastery. beyond Name. Often translated as �He� Shaykh al-Akbar Muhyiddin Ibn al-�Arabi. love still endures and will endure forever. Love is without end. and will be so for all eternity. no shore. Love is the last of the last� After everything has come to nought and perished. no end. Love is my religion and my faith Tarjuman al-Ashwaq Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Ashki al-Jerrahi.
I�m ashamed of my words. unless He is seeking you. Selected from Mathnawi 1. Only Love can explain the destiny of lovers. Love your beloved. for your own true self is also He. his remedy is God. you cannot love Him. Were he not in love. brings him to life. The proof of the sun is the sun itself: If you want proof. He who gives his life for love will sooner or later find his dearest. his health. Love Him. I kneel in your presence. Unless He loves.O dervish calling yourself a lover! With His love do you not whirl around? With His love do you not travel the eighteen thousand worlds? Then take to the floor and whirl with His love. heart in prostration. the Loved One is He. union in separation. don�t turn your face away. for the beloved is He. to the right�love. the Friend is He. inner force. makes him weep. may his secret be sanctified You alone. and true being. he would pass away. The dervish does not stop at the names. The dervish finds separation in union. Love ruins the dervish. address Him with love. If his heart should be devoid of love for as much as a single moment. and the tongue with which he speaks. everywhere and everything is love. you cannot seek Him. his cure is God. my Beloved. his heart knows nothing but Him. Only Love itself can explain Love. to the left�love. Always courting my soul. his pain is God. the dervish could not stay alive. In heaven�love. well-being and joy.. the hand with which he holds. when I arrive at Love itself. Love is the dervish�s life. God is the eye by which he sees. that He may love you too. you are my rapture. The straps of your sandals I kiss with delight. support. Unveiling of Love Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. always in sympathy. the Lover He. Love is He.112 Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. union makes him flourish. are protection. call on Him with love!� The eyes of the dervish who is a true lover see nothing but God. His sole concern is God. the thrill of my existence. may his secret be sanctified No Matter what I say to explain or describe Love. The knight of love will reach his beloved early or late. but discovers the Named and surrenders to his Beloved. I cannot find words to describe my mystical spouse. his comfort.. on earth�love. the Dear One is He. . enraptured and exalted by your essence. his cause is God. the Beloved is He. love your own true self. the consecration of my life.
An excerpt from �Countenance and Heart of the Shaykh�. Essentially love. any remedy. I am amazed by this depth of Love. the path of ease. the flowering desert of your Love. the hidden pearl. I am the virgin bride of Divine Wisdom. You are closer than my central artery. For you I have been mortally wounded by sweet arrows in the mystical assembly of the heroic lovers of Love. intimacy.the favorite of the universe. Without home or asylum. this infinite aspiration that no flood can extinguish confirms the mystery of Assumption. all-providing Mother. and more love. I submit to your overwhelming embrace. Allah is glorious Truth and Supreme Reality. where Love alone is real. My naked heart is a brilliant ember before the royal blue throne of the ardent saints of my lineage. in the great freedom of only Hu. Tariqat. unfolds in the Bismillahirrahmanirrahim�in the all-encompassing womb of Love. and to cry out with all the beautiful names. all-forgiving. Allah is hidden Mystery. How many thousand thousand times have You told me I am Yours O Love tell me one more time How many pens and how many oceans of ink have flowed in Love�s name O Love send me oceans more How many universes of hearts have been broken in Love�s cause O Love I offer You one more How many tears for eons of years have filled Love�s beakers O Love I can�t stop crying How many swans in the heavens of Love have cried Your name . mountainous and remote. an epic poem in Atom From the Sun of Knowledge Shaykha Fariha Love. Allah is intimate lover and watchful guide. Always ascending. without path or trace. love. Allah is all-embracing. I am lost in the desert. I am an ant on a small leaf of the immense tree of Love. without any escape. O thief of God-filled hearts. and constant remembrance are the glorious way. a mote of pollen in the endless abyss of Love. We are with our Beloved in the open space. annihilated by this magnificent Love. The path of ease opens the heart to adore our Beloved in all beautiful forms. It is the radiant death of mortality. which removes reason from the enamored ones.
or even a crown of light. one central initiation offers all the blessings of the path. I have conducted this rite of entrance and sacrament of spiritual completeness for more than five hundred sincere aspirants. This act of taking hand creates a unique bond with the beloved Muhammad. is ultimately the right hand of the Prophet. Those gifted by Allah with spiritual sight can perceive light. Among the four hundred major branches of the Dervish Orders. The invisible crown is usually symbolized by the gift of a white cap to the men and a white or colored veil to the women. for myself.and passed away from life and form O Love take me too Four Steps and Seven Levels print close From Atom from the Sun of Knowledge by Lex Hixon Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi My central responsibility in our Dervish Order is to offer initiation and to interpret dreams. upon him be peace. The ceremony is a mystic crowning in which the Crown of Light. the path is most often characterized by eight Divine Names. is actually conferred here on earth. although many modem women prefer the cap. which indicate Divine Permission to receive initiation and to advance along the mystic path. already loyal to the holy way of life. thereby elevating all humankind. Out of traditional Islamic courtesy. women initiates do not usually clasp the hand of the shaykh but both hold the same set of prayer beads. linking arms and helping the aspirant take these four ultimate steps. for the initiate. rather than a series of successive initiations that certain other Orders prescribe. beyond the respect and loyalty devout Muslims feel for their noble Prophet. and for the mature brothers or sisters who stand on each side of the new dervish. The initiation is called taking hand. ceremonially clasped his right hand. almost like breathing. the dervish meeting hall. The initiated dervishes can now transmit at least a glimpse of Paradise to their loved ones and colleagues. characterized by Nureddin Jerrahi by means of twenty-eight Divine Names. sometimes by twelve. therefore. descending over the head of the new dervish at the appropriate moment. The right hand that is offered and received in this reenactment. therefore Paradise consciousness must become fully present during the initiation. The dervishes are not seeking their own spiritual bliss but are clearly motivated by the longing to be of service to humanity and to their own society in particular. This initiation ceremony is not secret. In the Jerrahi Order. during one's prayers and even during the struggles of daily life. so it has become natural to me. This ceremony always remains a moving experience for the community as a whole. Receiving this crown enables one to experience Paradise consciousness here and now. The right hand of the shaykh is simply a conduit. The Crown of Paradise can be transmitted only in Paradise. marking a vast intensification of their commitment. rarely by eighteen. usually given to the soul in Paradise. It sacramentally replicates the historical event in the life of the Prophet when certain companions. not verbally but directly. . It is often performed in the presence of visitors to the tekke. That Pir Nureddin selected twenty-eight indicates that he placed the Divine Seal upon the fullness of the mystic way of Islam.
its noble trunk the sublime Ali. The Shaykh gestures again and welcomes the aspirant to the third step. sacrifice. but fasting at all times. The Islamic greetings of peace--as-salam alaykum. The mind of the dervish operates only with Divine Clarity and by the principle of Divine Unity. The eyes of the dervish perceive only Divine Beauty. but not just to the earthly Kaaba in the noble city of Mecca. Now the initiate kneels knee-to-knee with the Shaykh. where the diamond of Divine Essence is concealed from the conventional gaze of the world. while retaining the conscious union with Truth characteristic of the third step. without surface or depth. This is the mystery of nurun ala nur. and the process is repeated as the aspirant is welcomed to the tariqa. verbally or nonverbally. The great branches of this tree of Tariqa are the Pirs who have founded initiatory lineages. the way of ceaseless acts of generosity and kindness to all beings as one family of consciousness. the beloved Muhammad Mustafa. waking and sleeping. upon him be peace. the secret heart of humanity. when he washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Compassion and Mercy. the path of mystic dreams and their inspired interpretation. The hands of the new dervish now become the Divine Energies. and responsibility. Here the path disappears into the boundless green meadow of Truth. The heart of the dervish becomes Divine justice and Divine Love. nor is it left behind by the next three steps. cleansing the entire' being of the initiate from all misunderstandings or partial understandings imposed since childhood by the limited society or arising from the narrow structures of the limited self. Sharia is to remain constantly in the open and submitted state of a pilgrim while approaching the true Kaaba. and the way of fasting--not just abstaining from food and drink from dawn to sunset during Ramadan. every intention. upon him be peace. The Shaykh beckons a fourth time. The flowers of all colors and fragrances that grow from these branches are the countless dervishes. The tariqa is a mystic tree--its spreading roots the beloved Prophet Muhammad. The breath of the dervish becomes Divine Life. la ilaha illallah. Here in Truth alone. should now become visible to the eyes of the heart. thereby opening their hearts and illumining their minds. the haqiqa. A distinct spiritual energy is experienced at each of the four steps. externally or internally. The Shaykh . The aspirant is now asked to focus on the eyes of the heart themselves. the aspirant and the entire community are asked to gaze with the eyes of the heart. From this primary pillar of Islam. is obviously not just for beginners. the noble sharia. for haqiqa the beloved Abraham. alaykum assalam--are exchanged. and the new dervish take the final step onto the white sheepskin. The Shaykh prays that the inconceivable Divine Mercy. The culmination of wisdom is to become dust beneath the feet of humanity. the depth of the Sacred Law. The special protector and guide for sharia is the beloved Moses. and the Shaykh welcomes the initiate to the dimension of sharia. This ocean of Divine Light is not placid but always filled with giant waves of love. firmly clasping his right hand or prayer beads. are composed purely of Divine Light. the Light of Allah within the Light of Allah. and for marifa the Seal of Messengers. I welcome aspirants to this exalted level by reminding them that sharia is essentially the repetition of the affirmation of Unity. sharia is the way of holy pilgrimage. This is the marifa. Finally. which is always descending as an invisible rain upon the planetary plane and upon the human heart. without any division or partition. every perception. the Distributor of the Light of Prophecy to all Hearts. the peak of the mountain of light. and the smaller limbs are all the noble shaykhs and shaykhas. too. perceiving that they. This is the steeply ascending path the Holy Quran speaks about. laid out in front of the kneeling guide to symbolize the sacrifice of the ego. beginning with the right foot.The Shaykh gestures to the experienced dervishes to help the initiate make the first step. Now one can perceive only a shoreless ocean of light--indescribable and inconceivable. rahman and rahim. The fruits are love and wisdom. struggle. I remind the aspirant that sharia is the way of constant prayerfulness and delight in the prayers. the other four pillars extend. the courageous descent of the dervish soul from the peak of light into the valley of suffering. with every breath. The sap of this tree is the ecstasy of conscious union with Reality. the path of the joyful uproar and sweet companionship of the dervish lovers of Truth. demonstrated by the beloved Jesus. The Shaykh beckons the dervish to take another step. every step. the upward spiraling path that traverses the seven levels of consciousness. The harmony of all four is ineffably beautiful. from limited conceptuality and limited emotionality. Marifa is the selfless service of humankind and of creation as a whole. This first step. This is the path of profound purification. for tariqa the beloved Jesus.
arms linked in mutual. but that one is simply returning to the existential situation. The atmosphere has now become light. I add that here and now this Divine Promise. beginning with the left foot. This promise has been passed in an unbroken stream of light through 124. for often friends or family members take the four steps together. exactly as if kissing the hand of Pir and of Prophet. the promise that even the veils of soul and Lord will vanish in the supreme realization of identity. along with the Shaykh and the entire community. joyous. the new dervish and the attending senior dervishes. At this point in the ancient ceremony of taking hand. then offering it to the new dervish to greet in the same manner. Allah Most High simply calls out the Word of Power. In this way Allah confirms the original promise made to the noble Adam. His or her individual existence has now become ceaseless Divine Remembrance. precisely as Allah has foreordained.prays that even the slightest shadow of the negation of love should be swept away from this aspiring heart and that it should be filled entirely with Divine Light. Now the affirmation of Unity. I now request the entire community to embrace the new dervish or dervishes. the affirmation of Unity and praises of the Prophet. the call of Divine Transcendence. allahu akbar. which is good until the End of Time. the dervishes are one family. not as an abstraction or as a pious wish but as living Reality. The Shaykh places the traditional prayer beads of Islam into the right hand of the fully initiated brother or sister. The Shaykh opens his palms and allows words of prayer to stream spontaneously through his heart to his lips. that none of the spiritual riches of the four steps can be lost. his words become Divine Energy and bring directly into being. into a person of perpetual prayer. and makes the same four steps backward. fill the heart of this dervish with the exquisite wine of Love. symbolizing that every breath has now become equivalent to repeating one of the Divine Names. Together. The Shaykh now confers the cap or veil. touching it to eyes and forehead. The Shaykh concludes the seventh affirmation by intoning muhammad rasulallah. before the eyes of the heart. more free from selfdeception. but among North American and Mexican dervishes. la ilaha illallah. In traditional Muslim circles. repeat eleven times the Arabic phrase estaghfirullah. hearts merged in the beautiful state of eternal companionship. The newly invested dervish kisses the hand of the Shaykh. the sisters embrace the sisters and the brothers embrace the brothers. which opens the mind entirely to the power of Divine Forgiveness. the Quranic passage describing the original event in the desert of Arabia is melodiously chanted. these culturally ingrained restrictions often cannot be imposed. I reassure the new brother or sister that these four steps backward are not retreat or regression. I interpret the Divine Words to the new dervish in this way. more uncompromising about Truth. precisely what is described or prayed. I often conclude this long prayer by supplicating Allah Most High that our Pir Nureddin Jerrahi fix his spiritual gaze upon the heart of the new dervish. the seventh repetition occurring at the level where only Divine Consciousness exists. and the dervish community begins to sing. that his saintly mother Amina Taslima transmit her purity and sanctity to this dervish. once for each level of consciousness. night and day. the mystic right hand of Divine Presence descended upon that linking. filling it with the Light of Universal Islam. before our eyes. loving support. There are tears and laughter. After all. The astonishing fact of initiation is that the dervish has been transformed. This is the mystery of Divine Creativity described by the Holy Quran. Whenever the Shaykh welcomes a new dervish to the four steps or prays for the aspirant.000 Prophets to the beloved Muhammad of Arabia and transmitted from him through fourteen centuries of mystic shaykhs. greeting it thrice with a noble kiss. This is the promise of the soul's union with its Lord in the bridal chamber of Divine Love. and that the representative of Pir Nureddin to modern humanity. which symbolizes the mystic way as the right foot symbolizes the sacred law. upon him be peace. Be! and whatever He wills directly and effortlessly comes into being. When the lovers of Love linked the righthand side of their being with the Prophet of Love. We do not enter the path to engage in religious fantasy but to become more realistic. is repeated together by Shaykh and aspirant seven times. Muzaffer Ashqi. Naming the place and year before the eyes of these honorable witnesses. Whatever is appropriate for the initiate is now prayed in a graceful and uplifting manner. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. to realize and actualize these sublime gifts that now remain radiant at the core of his or her being. is again being confirmed. in a beautiful traditional melody. . playful. stands.
I believe that Rahima's blessed dream of the seven levels of consciousness belongs as well to the lovers of Truth across the whole planet into the distant future. Abdul Qadir. for we hold in common the spiritual wealth of our dreams and their interpretations. which remained vague to me. When the dreamer was guided to the fifth floor. A young girl. beautiful antique furniture. and younger brother. The second floor was an extremely simple dwelling--bare wooden floor. There were carpets. Rahima continued speaking. The third floor was a very comfortable home. The powerful blessing of a mystic dream does not belong exclusively to the individual dreamer. were about to be displayed in simple. integration. When taken to the sixth floor. no sacred rite is considered to be automatically effective. bed. It was kept clean and was attractive in its modest way. All who were present entered a mild state of ecstasy.' Before taking hand the aspirant often receives a significant dream of Divine Permission or. The shaykh does not deal with psychological or merely stress-releasing dreams. a gift of the fourth level. Rather. empirical fact. Divine Insistence. according to modern standards. found rather unsettling. While visiting Mesquita Maria de la Luz. When Rahima was taken to the fourth floor. There were absolutely no signs of human habitation or refinement. "You have taken something that does not belong to you. he remarked. Make preparations. I was honored to hear and interpret this dream. wearing white and kneeling on sheepskins. translate his daughter's dream from Spanish to English. the esoteric teachings of Sufism are firmly based. Upon this crystal clear analysis of evolutionary levels. calmly and confidently. table. Two dervishes came to our previous Grand Shaykh and reported the same dream: climbing a minaret and giving the Call to Prayer. I began to realize that certain mysteries of the spiritual path. nor is there any fixed system of dream symbolism. the fourth level of consciousness.The Divine Light shining from the countenance of the newly unveiled dervish is an undeniable. and illumination belong to the entire community. This one is among the most astonishing. Its healing. the inspired interpreter commented. one must seek and await signs of the Good Pleasure of Allah Most High. The ground floor was dirt. she found an empty. This esoteric map of consciousness was transmitted with accuracy and clarity in a spiritual dream granted by Allah through the blessings of Pir Nureddin Jerrahi to a Mexican girl of twelve. I have listened to thousands of profound dreams during the last eleven years. and so forth. natural imagery appropriate to her own psyche. concerns the seven levels of consciousness. candle-lit space where a circle of dervishes. At this point in the recounting of the dream. In the context of Islamic spirituality. with the simple. Arriving at the seventh floor. radio. in some cases. One of the fundamental teachings. Along with her mother. where our Order is led by a gifted and dedicated woman. After taking hand one usually experiences a dream confirming that the ceremony was accepted by Allah. accurately pictured the most sophisticated esoteric teaching of Islamic mysticism. dramatic imagery. In my role as guide. precious ancient vases. The most intimate teaching in our Dervish Order comes through spiritual dreams and their inspired interpretation. Rahima entered a brilliant. high ceilings. As I listened to her father. To the first. Discover what that is and give it back. and other works of art. filled with a deep. large gilded mirrors. chair. she was amazed to find a brilliant palace--marble floors. One does not have to consult ancient textbooks to discover the perennial teaching of Sufism. the Mosque of the Mother of the Prophet in Mexico City. Rahima dreamed that she was guided by someone she did not recognize through a large house with seven floors. Rahima had participated in the ceremony of taking hand about a year before her extraordinary dream. "You are going on pilgrimage. refrigerator. were engaged in the ancient ceremony of Divine Remembrance. The place was not even kept clean. without any self-consciousness. sunlit room. illuminated through large skylights . rumbling music that she." To the second. as a twelve-year-old. shared by the various intertwining lineages of initiation that form the tree of Tariqa. father. I began to realize what an immense gift this was to our Order. she encountered total darkness. Amina Taslima al-Jerrahi. television.
may receive glorious intimations of the fourth level of consciousness. or even on the second level. Each time. unless they remain dominated by the first level. into the third level. there is nothing intrinsically evil about this first level. This dream imagery has nothing to do with social standing or affluence. There is no possibility for hospitality. but where one's awareness remains primarily focused is what counts for evolutionary development. we recognize that gifted persons on the third level. Most of humanity is focused on this level. Sincere seekers on the second level receive certain glimpses of the third level. There are persons living in presidential palaces who are occupying the dirt floor of the first level of consciousness. One could reasonably inquire. Here. Almost as an afterthought. Rahima mentioned that her guide took her back through the same sevenfold structure several times. Suddenly. wrapped around her waist. is the real basis for civilization. They are not. She thought carefully for a moment. definitively. There are many dimensions within this second level of consciousness. landing on her feet. The first level is the domineering self. civilized existence? The four higher levels are the fruition of the mystic path of return. She fell with equal gentleness to the earth below. and evolutionary. one of the plants reached toward her with a long creeper. very few persons remain focused on this level." The interpretation of this dream can be extensive. ethical and religious ideals are in full flower. The transition to the fourth level usually occurs after physical death in the realm of Paradise consciousness. how can there be levels higher than this fulfillment of human aspiration to an excellent. however. but to be established there is an entirely different order of experience. religion. The golden light and the dark green of the leaves created a joyful. where basic human refinements are beginning to appear. obviously or subtly. or awakening to our true nature. strictly speaking. the critique of selfish impulses. This level of development. through this initiation. as well as persons who live in thatched huts who are enjoying the glorious palace of the fourth level of consciousness.and filled with lush green plants. Not even all . and our planet. then replied. during which I spoke about this dream for several hours. Once again. for disciplined and fruitful ways of life. works of human hands. it provides a biological ground floor for human reality. nor are they brought about by human efforts. Through this consciousness. When one reaches the fourth level. science. she was thrown out the window again. art. I asked her how many times she ascended these floors. expansive feeling. They are the manifestation of Divine Reality through our human reality. basis for the aggressiveness. the lungs breathe and the heart beats. Only war criminals and other enemies of humanity could be said to live primarily on the first level of consciousness. In traditional Sufi parlance. One usually must reach the third level of consciousness to receive authentic initiation into a mystical Order. The second floor in the dream represents the critical or inquiring self. The evolutionary efforts carried on by this second level of the self constitute the critique of the domineering ego. There is not even the cleanliness that is essential for human dignity. but only excellent persons of good will become established on the third level. the third level is the fulfilled or satisfied self. and gently threw her out an open window. part of human potential and human effort. and violent urge for survival that seriously threaten the coherence of our personhood. so that she was perfectly clear about the various levels. Only genuine mystics can generate enough spiritual intensity to enter this and higher levels during earthly experience. I offered a seminar in Mexico City on the seven levels of consciousness. nor were there indications of human habitation. Perhaps the majority of human beings reach upper regions of the second level. Although most human beings experience disconcerting flashes of this domineering ego. Nevertheless. "Four times. They are all essentially positive. our society. The third floor of this structure of consciousness is the fulfillment of our humanity. There is nothing intrinsically human here. The search is carried on here for truly human and humane values. Divine Attributes begin to manifest directly and adorn the human being. No person was present. honorable. These manifestations are not. Human potential is here unfolded harmoniously. territoriality. education. or one may be lifted by Divine Grace. This is symbolized in Rahima's dream as rare works of craftsmanship and art.
One surprising piece of good news brought by Rahima's dream is the confirmation that the ancient ceremony of dhikr. actually affords the blessed dervishes in the circle a glimpse of the sixth level. hence the symbol of total darkness. essential Divine Energies descend through the hearts and even through the physical bodies of the dervishes. Green is also the chosen color of the beloved Messenger of Allah. The enigmatic seventh level of consciousness is a realm of brightness. This dream is itself one of those rare works of Divine Art that manifested in the palatial fourth floor of her dream. Her unknown guide was probably Nureddin Jerrahi. tenderly opened the way for this amazing dream. Thus the seventh level resembles the fifth level in its absence of human reference. Yet here the imagery of light and luxurious growth replaces the imagery of mystic darkness. On the sixth level. �Excerpted from Atom from the Sun of Knowledge by Lex Hixon Nur al-Jerrahi Copyright � by Pir Publications. In Sufi terminology. The human person of Rahima was not permitted to remain but was removed instantly in a playful and humorous manner. The fifth level is that of mystic union. even as a mode of pure Divine Expression. she will have to practice spiritual discipline and experience intense yearning to become fully established on this fourth level and to progress further. kneeling on sheepskins. Divine Reality becomes visible and experienceable as human reality. her grateful brothers and sisters. but as the mystic crown. the fifth level is the peaceful self. Inc. from which universes are taking shape and into which finite existence disappears again. My Shaykh. was already in communion with the fourth level of consciousness. may his spirit be sanctified. In the precious sacrament of dhikr. In Sufi parlance. The colors on this seventh level indicate why Nureddin Jerrahi designated a golden cap wrapped in green cloth as the turban of his Order. If we were to correlate the seven levels with the four steps. the astonishing dimension of spiritual manifestation that lies beyond mystic union. This was the only floor in the dream structure that caused Rahima nervousness and concern. not through beautiful Divine Manifestations.) . indicating that she. The thunderous music in the dream represents the Divine Resonance. since this radiant blackness is so far from our ordinary level of experience. As she grows older. as on the fourth level. which in traditional Sufi parlance is the tranquil self. All rights reserved. if you imagine that you exist. The human form has been transcended. symbolized by the circle of dervishes. although most of them may not even have become established on the fourth level. traditionally conducted by candlelight. subtle humor. which has now become a channel of spiritual energy and illumination for us all. whose intercessory power. the sixth level is the complete self. by the Permission and Foreknowledge of Allah. On the fifth level. where no finite modes of thought or perception operate. Muzaffer Ashqi. clarity. sharia would be the third level. used to comment simply. although only twelve years old. tariqa the fourth. all possibility of the idolatrous perception of duality is tossed out the window. and haqiqa the fifth. O Lord Increase me in Knowledge print close A Khutba of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi delivered in 1994 (Transcribed and lightly edited for literal clarity after his passing. creation appears once more. the sublime human form. "On the seventh level of consciousness. there is only Truth and its Resonance. the seventh level is the pure self Rahima was taken through this symbolic dream structure four times." By the dynamic golden greenness of Supreme Reality. The final two levels of consciousness are an expression of marifa. it is idolatry.the members of a mystical Order become established on the fourth level. In Sufi parlance. To be included in a larger book of his discourses by the same title.
Show them the straight way." The Efendi was very pleased with my insight. we know immediately there is something slightly off pitch. Of course we contemplate the past and we revere the . but the fact is that one�s heart matures in Islam and then one has an instant sensibility like a tuning fork�a sense of perfect pitch. One of the prayers that Allah asks his Messenger to pray is. the vast Ocean of Light without shores.�" but "�may I be increased in knowledge. Reveals the Holy Qur�an: "All beings bow before the Ultimate Reality. I didn�t study Arabic with him. As-salatu wa-s-Salamu �alayk Ya Nur Muhammad. the Reality that calls Itself Allah Most High and by all of the beautiful Divine Names. salallahu �alayhi wa sallim. salallahu �alayhi wa sallim. It would be impossible for the atom not to whirl. even from stars and galaxies as they whirl and revolve. What comes to my mind from Qur�an are the various prayers that Allah Most High taught to the Prophet. we learn more and more what we are really crying for. Once in Spring Valley with Muzaffer Efendi. It is because we are all totally receptive and open to Allah. increase me in knowledge. "O Lord. and how we have to have this knowledge to function as instruments for the uplift of our culture and of this time. "O Lord. Ya Nuru-l-Anwar. Of course we encourage study in Islam itself. but our order specializes in it. Our minds are not even always engaged in it. Our cry becomes a conscious cry for the Infinite. Once we see the spontaneous praise that is arising from our own heart. from all beings. Think of the Night Journey of Rasulallah. Insha�llah. representing those passages in Qur�an which were prayers. I don�t know how he made this training of the heart. He trained me in the subtle discernment of Islam. Our cry also even goes beyond that: it becomes a cry for all humanity. I intercede for them. increase me in knowledge. I said to Efendi. wa-l-Hamdu-li-Llahi-r-Rabbi-l-�alamin. when he entered the Garden of Essence." This should be our true cry. salallahu �alayhi wa sallim. "O Lord." It doesn�t make any difference how much knowledge we have. As-salatu wa-s-Salamu �alayk Ya Nurun �ala Nur. In fact." no matter what their thoughts or motivations. So when we see a book that says The Prayers of Muhammad. and to Whom we are really crying. for our sisters and brothers who are not yet consciously receiving the great Mercy of Allah. directed only to the Source and Goal of Being. Bowing is something intrinsic and natural to our being. my community. As-salatu wa-s-Salamu �alayk Ya Nuru-l-Arshi-Llah. we grow and the child in us grows into a mature human being. himself that Allah was asking to pray in this way. Did he stay there in rapt contemplation and just enter the state of total union and communion with his Lord? No.) Similarly it would be impossible for the heart not to cry out to Allah. someone had a book entitled. "O Lord. What better time than the Juma to make that cry. Our cry becomes a cry for them. may my community be increased in knowledge. like our little brother here who is crying. wa-l-Hamdu-li-Llah. "O Messenger. and how profound our responsibilities are. sala-Llahu �alayhi wa Sallim." that would be a tremendous turning point in our lives. even from the atoms as they whirl. We ask the lovers to study and to recite and to praise. I don�t know how he did that�I didn�t go to any seminars with him. (We are to make this cry) no matter how much we know�imagine. then we will understand why such perfect Mercy and Justice flows constantly from Allah Most High to all the dimensions and beings in His creation." If we could pray for this with a genuine cry like our little brother was making. except to bow before the Creator.Al-Hamdu-li-Llah. are wandering without a clear goal. if we could really cry out to Allah. May we be swept away in the flood of praise which is arising from all minds and hearts in creation. There is no other possibility for us as creations. increase me in knowledge. As-salatu wa-s-Salamu �alayk Ya Rasulu-Llah. upon him be peace. pray: �O Lord. (A small child in the room begins to cry loudly. the more genuine knowledge we have. as-salatu wa-s-Salamu �alayk Ya Habibu-Llah. Gradually. He placed the insight in me in the first place. it was Rasulallah. my sisters and brothers. "These aren�t the prayers of Muhammad." The more genuine knowledge we have the more we realize how little we know. the more we really will cry. Islam is always for this time. The Prayers of Muhammad. These are the prayers that Allah showed to him and asked him to pray. He prays. Allah wasn�t saying. Our hearts are being trained directly. all of humanity. as created beings. I objected to the title. without a conscious relation to the Supreme Reality.
" because the Lord is Ya Alim�the Lord is that infinite Knowledge and the Lord longs to transmit That. That is �knowledge�. Allahu Akbar. The ablution is like an armor of light. Allah alone is the Rabbi. if we keep all these things around us? But divesting ourselves of them takes knowledge. It is an intimate relationship. It is a total protection but without covering us over with any veils. increase me in knowledge. His intimate friends. O Lord. What good does it do to take off the shoes to come in to pray and to make the ablutions. also something simple. but Islam is for the present. and reading the minimal amount of things." What joy awakens in the Divine Heart when one of us cries. Al-hamdulillah. the Shaykh. here I am living in your creation. to humanity simply for that transmission of Knowledge. Allah Most High is available at all times. It is the Voice of Truth that speaks through the Prophets. There is an infinite Motherliness. "Mom!") just like a child calls to his mother and feels that she is available at all times. What joyful response one receives when one has a very fine teacher. upon them be peace. this takes knowledge of the heart. You can�t walk around barefoot in the world. the Voice of Truth. all the way up to college. It is possible that those Muslims whose knowledge is confined to a superficial understanding of the five pillars of Islam�as noble and valuable as those pillars are�their limited. as with the Rabbi. It is not something simple. for instance." But we do ask for the knowledge of how to take away the armor that we have placed around ourselves in protection against our supposed enemies. When we pray. At this time let�s exercise this knowledge to be able to cry to Allah with a real cry (the child calls out long and loud. Give me some other books to read. why do you think we take off our shoes and make ablutions? We are taking off the world. the coming generation. Salat is not something simple. "I really want knowledge. Let�s divest ourselves of all the hard thoughts and hard doctrines and hard resentments with which we surround ourselves. As rent I will give you the five times a day prayer�. The problem with schools today is that kids. how to take that armor off when we are meeting with a beloved friend. But in the masjid we take off the coverings. is not the �knowledge� we are talking about when we say. "O Lord increase me in knowledge. very oriented towards the present and the future of Islam. Maybe when certain people reach college they are there for a career. What I mean by �not something simple� is that everyday one sees new implications. They are there for various other reasons. To know. don�t really want to learn. Let�s divest ourselves. "Ya Rabb. Today on this Juma let us cry together. sincerity and good intention can be counterproductive and even harmful. It was the Voice of Truth that spoke to Pharaoh (through Moses when he confronted Pharaoh)." because without knowledge. Islam is for now and for the future generation. There is broken glass�there is everything there. It is." We are asking the Supreme Educator. with the Supreme Educator." and let�s cry it with knowledge." That is not the relationship with the Lord. increase me in knowledge. We take the ablutions so we will be protected. Let�s read outside of class.great moments in Islam�s past. Let�s cry. this act of opening ones heart. the Supreme Teacher. "O Lord increase me in knowledge. confined knowledge may be doing more harm for the Islamic cause than helping it. He sent His noble Prophets and His awliya. increase me in knowledge. and how to actually expose our naked heart and our naked being to the other person. It doesn�t mean �the Lord� in the sense of your landlord: "O landlord. "O Lord. It means the Guide and Educator. We take all of that off. Some commentators say that when you say Allahu Akbar in salat. It is a knowledge of the heart. I am thirsty for it. We are very. down to the exact number of miles. That is an example of Knowledge." The Hebrew word Rabbi comes from the same root as Rabb. we are taking off the armor of the world. new vastness about what this act means. How many people ever go to their teacher and say. "O Lord increase me in knowledge. When we see the vastness of what needs to be done we certainly will cry with a greater and greater cry. the hard coverings we place over our bodies and our minds to protect us from the negativity of the world. Allah alone is the Teacher. how far the Sun is from the Earth. Allah alone is the Prophetic Voice. even if she is in the middle of a Juma and there is a khutba going on. going to the minimal amount of classes. "O Lord. the motion of the hands here (raising his .
O Allah.open hands) means that you are putting the world behind you. The day of Juma was really the only time he addressed his community. This is the great moment of communication. Then one prays. I am sure there are lots of people who have. Because the day of Juma is also a kind of Day of Power. Imagine the increase in knowledge to hear the words of Rasulallah. salallahu �alayhi wa sallim. that Night of Power is manifesting at other times too. increase us in knowledge precisely through those events in our life�which You have permitted to occur�that we might think are the most unacceptable. are receiving the blessing of this day. For those of us who have the courage to see it. May the very movements of our salat this morning be. Knowledge of Hadith is considered worthy. Maybe a person has read all of Bukhari. but as far as giving an extended teaching. that is a beautiful interpretation. increase us in knowledge." One Hajj in her life! "She would tell us about her Hajj. "Well. with the eyes of the heart." Over the years this had such a profound affect on all the children that theywere increased in knowledge. it was not his style. or a khutba of any kind. O Allah. because then how can we be . subtly turned to the left. those very angels are active on the day of Juma as well. Then one can link one�s hands here (at the solar plexus) or here (at the heart) and enter into the innermost regions of one�s being. In our order we make the dhikr on Thursday night. and he actually spoke." the Knowledge that we are crying for now: "O Lord increase us in Knowledge. On that night it is revealed to one and all. don�t allow us to be proud and have proud hearts. Sometimes reading things does not increase one in knowledge. we meet and make the dervish circle�as a preparation for this moment that we are just about to enter. I am reminded of someone who told me that she received her Islamic education from her mother. But that might not be the knowledge with the capital "K. and one is in touch with the heart. Already in the Juma. that was not his way. All knowledge is valuable." I said. They may have a knowledge of the Hadith. This is the high-point. very real possibility that it is manifesting in the Juma. hidden in the last ten nights of the Ramadan. Knowledge of Qur�an is worthy. including any of our sisters who may be making Juma in their houses." May this be our breath." Someone may have more Knowledge from knowing a few hadith than other people from knowing all of the hadith of Bukhari. but they may not have been increased in knowledge. You are completely open. a knowledge of exactly how many miles it is to the sun. including people who have not consciously accepted the invitation to Islam. This person was a very. O Lord. There is another meaning of the Allahu Akbar: Aren�t you opening yourself completely. He was a man of extremely few words. but one that You choose for us. to actually hear him speak. and all Muslims who are absent from Juma for an acceptable reason. By revealing that night to us He is revealing the nature of the way Reality is. Allah�s generosity is such that He has manifested His Night of Power once a year. The day of Juma begins at sunset on Thursday. opening your heart and your being completely? You are not covering anything. in an unexpected manner. Scientific knowledge is considered worthy. and even all Muslims who are absent from Juma without an acceptable reason�we feel that everyone on the planet. "What did your mother teach you�Qur�an? Hadith?" She said. The mystics like to prepare themselves more deeply. because just as one takes off ones shoes. But not until one has divested oneself of everything. when we were kids she used to tell us about her Hajj. Imagine how it would increase one in knowledge. "No. bringing messages and bringing answers and responses to prayer. one has to put the world behind. I would say that there is a very. In Islam there is no knowledge which is denigrated. "O Lord increase me in knowledge. O Lord. in a direction that we don�t necessarily choose for ourselves. salallahu �alayhi wa sallim. like as I said earlier. I asked her. confirmed by the fact that Rasulallah. Then the head falls down slightly. "Then what did her teaching consist of?" She said. The very angels that ascend and descend on the Night of Power. addressed his community on this day. Al-hamdulillah. He would say a few things to answer a few questions. May it be our heartbeat on this day of Juma when great graces are descending from Allah. But we feel that every Muslim on this planet who is going to Juma now. Even his personal style was suspended on the Juma because of the depth and importance of that day. He would work out practical problems. very profound Muslim.
On waking I felt that the dream was significant for our tariqat. The first mentioning of salat in the dream. Upon returning from the retreat. a warrior of the dunya. But this (opens his hands in the gesture of prayer) is the gesture of total humility. The limitation. from the pain and the joy. we will have become prayer�the prayer which is an ascension. Let love empty us. who could be Sheyk Muazffer or Sheyk Nur. but to a coercive attitude transmitted by the limited religion.open to the Divine Knowledge? When we say Allahu Akbar. are rapidly letting go of limited understandings and subtle coercion within themselves. is essentially a lack of faith in the human soul and a narrow view of Allah�s mercy. which produces the limited religion. and the Path of Ease print A talk by Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. it clarified in my heart certain thoughts about our path which have been forming over the years of living in community with the dervish lovers of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Tariqat. May we become that kind of non-violent warrior of humility. in another scene. However. They do not want to impose ideas or forms . Amin. is pure beauty and divine attraction�the soul is drawn through its own desire to return to its Lord. I had a dream in which I was sitting at a long table next to Reyhan and was remarking to her that the further west one goes the less the dervishes are making salat. 1999 close Dear sisters and brothers on the path of love. the prayer which is a light to the eyes of the heart. A new ray of divine knowledge is now streaming into our community through this gathering. Then there will be no preaching about prayer. Love is sufficient to guide the lovers. Each one of us was opened and strengthened with a special gift. The dervishes of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Tariqat. and I want to thank my khalifa. I was told that I was not allowed to let my own salat lapse. At the end of the table sat a man who was an astrologer. Tariqat. We received a feast of light in Hawaii. and all the dervishes of the circle for their love and their inspiration in this gathering. When he heard me say this he replied that it is because a new astronomical time is coming. The true path. amin. and the divine direction in which it is flowing. your families. Ya Rabbi-l-�alamin. It was something completely new and indigenous to this land. In particular. it is the opposite of a gesture of something like this (raises hands with fists tightly closed) which is a gesture of a secular warrior. may eternal peace be upon him. the prayer in which we meet Allah and speak with Allah from the depths of our heart. "Let there be no coercion in My religion" proclaims Allah Most High in holy Quran. Let love make us nothing. the open way. warriors of love bearing the bright sword of love. Reyhan. moving toward the new time indicated by the astrologer. that is a gesture of complete humility. the West. Then we will see clearly that Truth stands out openly from untruth. From this comes the desire to shape and manipulate the human being rather than allow the person to blossom and grow according to their own potential. greetings to you. In the last part of the dream I was shown a huge fish that the dervishes of Hawaii were going to consume. the path streaming through the heart of the blessed Prophet Muhammad. and all those close to your heart. I asked if it were a tuna but the dervish who was overseeing it said no�it was not a fish from the east. which the dervishes in the West are less and less performing. refers not to the salat of light received by the Holy Prophet in the angelic heavens.
What are the signs and qualities of tariqat? At the center of tariqat is the human heart. is living with God in this world. we do not come to this lamp on our own. "Sun that rises from the East awakens now within the West� Eagle soaring in the West. for we are consulting with and following Allah. to the pressure of the Beloved which turns us into diamond. "While pointing at his noble heart three times. We submit ourselves willingly. We seek always to consult our heart and follow our heart. Tariqat is the way of divine ease. may Allah embrace him with complete peace. Following the call of "Remember Me and I will remember you. when the prayers and labors of the prophets and saints are fulfilled in a humanity about whom Quran speaks�"He loves them and they love Him. sensing his presence. "Offering the salat in community is 27 times more precious than solitary salat. Abu Hurayra answered that he was concerned due to his long absence. This is the resonance. We feel the joy of our companions� joy and we cry the tears that they cry. It is the first pillar of Islam. All guidance comes from here. What great ease Allah has granted us by placing the lamp of guidance and revelation within our own breast. for Allah is there. absented himself from his companions for such a long time that they became fearful for his well-being. for our hearts will be overflowing with love. and the hearts will fly to the truth. As dervishes we hope never to break a heart. the utterance. We move and breathe in Alhamdulillah. through the divine plan of love. In this time there is no question of imposing religious practices or doctrine. We will be seeking all the beautiful ways of worship. breathing a wonderful sigh of relief as our heart expands beyond the boundaries of fear. It is the ultimate gnosis and the essential path of return." sings Nur al Jerrahi. Gabriel. the lamp of our heart is ignited with the light of the glorious Seal of the Messengers. exalted guidance." we will gather with the lovers in the galaxies of dhikrullah. What great ease! In a noble hadith. We choose ease because Love has chosen ease for us. the same light which streams through all of Allah�s holy Messengers. The prayer of salat will stand out like the Mount Sinai or Mount Arafat. All knowledge. We embrace every human being as Allah�s Being. Tariqat joins our heart with the Prophetic heart and through this to the Divine Heart. upon him be peace. We realize our life as Allah�s life. the glorious Seal O Messengers proclaims: True religion is right here.on others�they only desire to open hearts. As the guide of all lovers has proclaimed. the Prophet." Community is Paradise. However. and found him in a garden in deep contemplation. Our task is to illuminate all aspects of our lives with this light. We constantly let go of our limited selves in great and small acts of sacrifice. and it is reported by the truthful Messenger to be the single most pleasing act to the Divine Essence. Worship is spontaneous and effortless. and accept every event coming to us as a divine gift. The truthful said that while he was immersed in prayer. and through the Divine Heart to all the hearts�in the great tree of life where each being has a holy place and where all are bonded in the matrix of love. nor do we light it on our own. Abu Hurayra left first to seek him. This is true tariqat. True Kaaba whirling in the West. "Allah most High Who does not fit into all the universes dwells inside the heart of the human being. Let us look at the path of divine ease and see what constitutes its nature. merging into the Beloved through chanting the Beautiful Names. And tariqat is this path of ease. "And we have made the way easy for you. Our love to humanity is our love to Allah. had brought a message from Allah the Exalted�if . All actions are divinely evaluated by the heart�s intention motivating them. It is the great praise of creation toward the Essence." Alhamdulillah! The Beloved has made the way easy for us because Love desires us as we desire Love. the trusted companion Abu Hurayra told of the night when the Beloved Prophet. and lovers will be gathering in graceful crowds to ascend to the Beloved. We are guided by Allah�s grace to a living guide who opens the way to further." The veils of separation are removed. We drink the honey of revelation from the great prophets and we make no division among them and we do not separate ourselves from the practitioners of other true paths. and even joyfully. Opening our hearts and our arms to other human beings is the way of Truth. transforming into light. Our love to Allah is our love to humanity. Many traditions speak of such a time. Love runs toward us and embraces us when we reach out and step toward Love. In this state we are able to see ourselves in a paradise of unity with Allah. represented by the West. When he approached. and the message of the light. all goodness. asked him gently what he desired. all joy are revealed within the heart. What great ease! We are now a living lamp. Our leap of faith is to say Yes. When we take the hand of a trusted sheyk. to let it completely flood our being until we are transformed entirely into light. The key to this transformation is La ilahe ilallah Muhammadun Rasulallah. We shed the limited self through weeping tears and turning only to Allah to complain of our hurt.
"Wherever you turn there is the Glorious Face of Allah". comes from these beloved near ones. Abu Hurayra answered with the report from Gabriel. the path of ease. unfolds in the Bismillahirrahmanirrahim�in the all-encompassing womb of love of the Being Who is Love and ever more love. mind. Nothing can compare. represented in what is distant and what considers itself independent. from the wrath of Allah. Allah will invoke blessings on them tenfold. love. Tariqat. This is the mystical state of the �Five under the Cloak�. which flows into tariqat and is the basis of tariqat. It is the blissful joy of being able to freely melt in this love and witness others melting in it too. The transmission of mystic knowledge. the family and the intimate companions of the Prophet. "Those who invoke blessings on the Prophet. that we desire toward Allah by directing it toward the sheyk and our fellow sisters and brothers. struck him down. and soul is to praise the Essence of Being with what is most pleasing. and his family and companions. the inner essence of revelation. is the desire of the dervish. He gave him his sandal to attest to the truth of the report. Essentially." The community of tariqat. This is the way of the �ahli bayt�. and to cry out with all the beautiful names." We take refuge with the Mercy of Allah. is the Divine Face. The Prophet. We offer abundant salawat upon the Beloved of Allah. intimacy with Allah and companionship with the friends. may Allah be pleased with him. represented in the beloved near ones. and constant remembrance are the glorious way. Abu Hurayra then asked if he could transmit this to the people. It is reported in hadith that when a lover utters La ilahe ilallah the throne of Allah begins to tremble and does not cease until the lover stops. paradise would be theirs. the people of the household of the Prophet of Allah. We experience the passion of divine love through loving each other. Hazreti Omar prevailed at that moment. The path of ease opens the heart to adore our Beloved in all beautiful forms. feeling its rainfall of blessing in ourselves and in creation. without being aware. Abu Hurayra did eventually transmit to the companions and inheritors the amazing news given on that special night. What great ease! We flow with acts of loving kindness. What great ease! To chant La ilahe ilallah with our whole heart. They both returned to the Prophet. he begged him not to tell the people because he feared that it would weaken their religion. We experience friendship with Allah through friendship to each other. We practice the gracious behavior. Upon being asked what the beloved Prophet had said. It is the deep joy of gaining strength from this love and being able to reach out to others. and their two noble sons. The inheritors of this radical transmission are the dervishes of the tariqats. adab. headed by Hazreti Omar. lovers. said yes. Allah is intimate lover and watchful guide. composed of the saints and friends of Allah.a person uttered once La ilahe ilallah sincerely. We are with Allah when we are together. love. intimacy. and particularly with the beloved Muhammad. all-penetrating. Allah is glorious Truth and Supreme Reality. the holy warrior. Allah is hidden Mystery. knowing that this is the inheritance of all humanity. Subtly. may divine peace flood him and them together. The experience of entering tariqat is the indescribable joy of meeting Allah�s love face to face. Allah is all-embracing. We cherish them and we follow their exalted way of intimacy and nobility. where Love alone is real. may Allah the Exalted elevate them to the highest levels of realization. "Wherever I look I see only saints. Love. We seek our delight through Allah�s delight. peace be upon him. and more love. and we seek to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. With every breath and act of goodness we exchange our clothes of worldliness for robes of light. Rather than spending years in fasting and afflicting the self to realize the truth we have only to plunge into the sea of light within La ilahe ilallah Muhammadun Rasulallah. It is the ultimate joy of seeing our sisters and brothers grow and transform into light. we transform into human beings of light. Hazreti Hasan and Hazreti Husayn. and prophets of Allah. . nothing can compare. may the peace of intimate union be his eternally. in the great freedom of only Hu. which refers to the Prophet wrapping in his cloak the blessed Fatima. What great ease! Nearness. and we gather together weekly like bees in the hive to make the honey of Allah�s delight for the whole world with La ilahe ilallah. all-providing Mother. As Abu Hurayra was leaving the garden he met with the other companions coming rapidly down the path. We have received the marrow of the way. and when Omar had heard the astounding revelation directly from the lips of the Beloved of Allah. yet clearly. Hazreti Omar. the glorious Ali. We are with our Beloved in the open space.
and eventually of the remembrance of every created being in the universe. nor desire Paradise. Thus the Path to perfection that the sufis have vowed to follow is shown in concentrated form in the ceremony of dhikrullah. it grows thick and stands on its own stem. but yearn to behold the Countenance of Allah (Arabic: wajhullah). The mystical ascension into Paradise consciousness and beyond into the Garden of Essence occurs hand in hand." Dhikrullah print close "The Maturing process in a dervish order is communal." Allah reveals in His Holy Qur?an. the dynamic circle of Divine Remembrance. the Beloved.. "Remembrance provides a means for the dervishes to express their longing for Allah. the least of its fruits being ecstasy (Arabic: wajd). where one remains subsistent in Allah (Arabic: baqabillah). The dervishes that reach perfection and therefore are saints. "The mystical fruits can be tasted in the Dhikrullah." ." ‐ Shaykh Nur al‐Jerrahi. The practice of Dhikrullah makes the dervish conscious of his or her inherent remembrance. the ceremony of remembrance formulates a microscopic mirror of the reality of existence.. we encounter each other primarily as aspiring souls and only secondarily as personalities with psychological and sociological profiles. In the spiritual dimension the process of centering in Allah and finding Union with Him is described. filling the sowers with wonder and delight. The motion of the dhikrullah reflects the revolving of the spheres. (?Friends of Allah? in Muslim terminology) become the light of Allah?s Countenance. "The Saints are the light of Allah?s Countenance" writes Sheikh Muzaffer. Meeting on Thursday nights for dhikr. The ceremony reiterates the stages of Ascent towards being lost in Allah (Arabic: fanafillah) and the stages of Descent to the plane of manifestation. and then becomes strong. which they longed to behold. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge ‐ Pir Publications "Lasting between one and three hours. "Remember Me and I will remember you. "Allah Most High promises spiritual seekers his closeness through remembrance."And their similitude in the Gospel is like a seed which sends forth its blade. True dervishes neither look for spiritual rewards. hearts intertwined eternally.
By giving away our limited self we receive the Divine creativity. This can only come when we are free of ourselves. as a �you have to. we seek it through concentration. is being faceless and selfless and timeless and spaceless. The empty vessel is the vessel that is always filled with fresh-flowing water. meditation. In prostration we come nearer than near and we go nearer than that. empty vessel. we carry the experience of prostration within us. It is a great blessing for us. Then we see the face of the Beloved everywhere. The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are those who love the salat.?Sixteena Gul Ashki Friedrich from the forward to Garden of Dervishes by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al‐Jerrahi © 1991 Pir Publications All Rights Reserved The Nur Ashki Jerrahi Dervishes print A Talk by Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi close The Nur Ashki Jerrahis. We love to serve. serving. It is offered in complete freedom and as an act of love.� then it loses its reality. When we rise up. That is something you have just taken out of a book. because as soon as we start seeing it as a duty. . peace be upon him. Love is an infinite rainbow of expressions and we desire to see them all. loved the salat. He loved the salat because Allah loves the salat. because the Prophet Muhammad. ready to serve. through prayer. That is old. and salat. �I don�t want that. Allah loves the salat for humanity because it is an ascension to Him. We love to bow down and we love to prostrate. So we become empty�empty cup. who know that everything is within the human heart and all knowledge has come forth from the human heart through Divine inspiration. We seek it through tasbih. If we are filled with ourselves. The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are those who love to burst out into song. with fresh-flowing nectar and with fruit and flesh that is tender and delicious to eat. The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are also those who are vigilant and careful and humble and awake to the needs of each other and to every human being. then we can�t even see another person. through the Divine Pen writing on the mystic tablet of the heart. We always go beyond and we are always embracing. Part of our identity is being without identity. beyond all borders and beyond all limits of an identity. This is what it is to be awake and conscious�to know where Allah is calling us. spontaneously. as a necessity. They love to create and they do create. knowing that all is love and that all is created for love by Love itself. Allah has spread the earth for us as a beautiful carpet on which to prostrate.� The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are the ones who trust and open their hearts. to know how to respond. Bring me the flesh that is fresh and tender from the ocean of your hearts. not as a duty. We might travel from identity to identity but we never identify with an identity. Who are we? Do they have an identity? Only Allah knows who the Nur Ashki Jerrahis are. We seek knowledge here in the breast. if we are filled with our own reflections and concerns and problems. There was a shaykh who would answer his disciples when they would quote something from Sufi texts. Allah is Love. The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are those who do everything for love and in love. to know what to do.
it has certain steps. peace be upon him. and then through longing Allah brings us to union. That is the Nur Ashki Jerrahi dervish. we recognize the Beloved wherever we turn and we recognize the truth whenever we hear the truth. the great river going to the heart of the Prophet Muhammad. The path is infinite. light within light. A dervish of Shaykh Nur. Each being is both complete and part of the whole. �the other. Longing . For. in dervish companionship with sisters and brothers. salallahu alayhi wa salam. When we feel apart. is the beloved of the Beloved. By our very unknowing. The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are those who pray for all humanity and for all beings. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi is the one who makes a feast out of whatever is on hand. It is an endless journey. Allah is joyful. the infinite light of Haqq. Wherever we are we are with Allah. We are everything and nothing. Wherever a dervish steps. going on Umra is that.. We know that Allah knows. Allah has said. peace be upon him. �I am with the one who is sick and when you visit those who are sick you visit Me. before Paradise. from then on the path becomes the pathless path and from then on it is purely companionship with Allah. Allah says. We never assume we know. and who makes a palace out of a simple hut and who makes Paradise within every human heart. We do not feel that we are missing something. The Prophet Muhammad. who are patient. wherever a lover of Allah steps. We always begin again. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi dervish is the one who waits to enter through the gates of Paradise. amazing experience. We are always rooted in the unknown.The Nur Ashki Jerrahis are those who wait. who is in that mystic darkness. as hard as we have struggled. Hazreti Pir�and on all the way through the great silsila. No one wants to be alone. stepping lightly and joyfully on it. Who is the Transcendent beyond all need is also the One Who is in those who are thirsty and hungry. until all human beings have entered. and it becomes a pathless path. we join with all beautiful paths of return. says he is waiting. A dhikr is that. as many mystic dreams and revelations we have received�yet we always feel at the beginning of the path. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi is pure beauty. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi is pure light. we can feel separation and longing.. we know. This is our silsila. radiant beauty. is the one who is under the cloak of the Prophet Muhammad. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi is the one who is eating the fruits from the Garden of Paradise.� Alhamdulillah.� Alhamdulillah. of all souls rising up together and praising the Source as one. And we are also waiting for the Beloved to manifest anew. As long as we have been a dervish. Shaykh Muzaffer Efendi. the beautiful blackness. for Allah is there waiting in the person we are reaching towards. going into the infinite heart of Bismillahi-r-rahmani-r-rahim and from there going into the Mystic Essence. so what could we miss? We are always with the Beloved. we have the taste of the great rising up of all humanity. a gathering is that. For those of us who have experienced Hajj.. �Something you know. The path of tariqa is a delimited path. We are those who wait.. the earth responds and the earth is joyful and brings forth more fruit and more beauty. We wait with the Prophet. the radiant blackness. I am with the one who is thirsty and when you offer drink to the thirsty you offer it to Me. Allah Who is above all the worlds. We always feel that we are at the beginning of the path. They bring blessing to the earth. We travel with companions and that is a great blessing. We do not seek our own happiness because that leads to unhappiness. the patient ones. and Allah allows us to know something. a glass of water.� We find our joy as others find joy. One of Shaykh Nur�s definitions of a dervish is. We are travelers from eternity to eternity. Then when the tariqa reaches the ocean of haqiqa. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi is the servant of the Servant. we will witness that. We were not created to be alone. a feast of bread. Wherever a dervish reaches out a hand. It is an amazing. Insha�allah. Alhamdulillah. and in companionship with the entire human family. We join with all beautiful lineages. We were created to be together in beautiful mystic couples. the one who is dying before dying and resurrecting before the resurrection. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi is the other. certain forms. When we seek the happiness of others then we receive true happiness. we know that Allah knows what is in our hearts and that Allah is with us.
May we be those who go beyond Paradise. �Allah gave me the message to tell you. And we don�t even hold on to that. It is a constant merging and separation. Although we carry Paradise in the heart. May we be those. What do we grieve about? We grieve when we feel separation from the Beloved. was asked if she was destined for Paradise. We don�t even long to be lost in bliss. and be always open to the traveler. Longing and loving is how we come to union. And fear�fear from being parted. and we can recognize it when it comes. grief over separation or parting or something we have missed. These are the two burdens in the human heart. that is our Paradise. Allah has promised that in Paradise there is no fear and no grief. Fear and grief�fear of separation. Alhamdulillah. Then in union we disappear again and lose any sense of separation and become whole. This is the realm of work and striving and serving and bearing and submitting. As long as we are alive in this body we are striving. Whatever we experience we experience in union. She brought the water to put out the fires of hell and she brought the fire to burn Paradise. There is a beautiful story of a dervish who was a very good dervish. Alhamdulillah.� As soon as the dervish heard that. As dervishes here in this world. fear from being alone. The best way to get through a test is to say Alhamdulillah. Thank You. That is the greatest thing here�to be striving and working. The shaykh was very disturbed but he went and told this dervish. �Did He call me His servant?� And he bowed down in joy and made prostrations of gratitude to have been called Allah�s servant. The masters say that would be losing the precious time that we have to go further into Reality. we strive. his servant. if you turn immediately and thank Allah. she did not project. which is called the realm of work. that you are destined for the fire. wherever the Beloved desires us to be. As soon as we are tested. She wanted to live only as a lover.is really the path to union. through the body and soul being together in this realm. fear of failing. Then we go back into a state of an individual. he leapt up and said. You will see how swiftly the difficulty will pass.� This was a dervish who would pray and offer everything he could to the poor. Allah. That was a just a holy test to reveal his high station and the nature of his passionate love. �Tell this servant of mine that he is destined for the fire. Submission�the most beautiful. That Paradise is simply being together with the Beloved. but his shaykh received a message from Allah which said. simply that consciousness. Most of what we fear is only a test. Of course he wasn�t touched at all by the fire. Alhamdulillah. Wherever the Beloved takes us. The Beard of Light from a Body of Purest Light print Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi close . Paradise is pure union at all moments. There is not the slightest taste or touch of separation. who taste Paradise in this world and go beyond it. to open oneself entirely and submit everything to Allah. she answered honestly. When Hazreti Rabia al-Adawiyya. Alhamdulillah. That is the Paradise that we come to as lovers. Alhamdulillah. �I don�t know.� She was with her Lord in every moment. and the consciousness of servanthood. to become completely transparent to Allah. we are never fully in that state until Allah transports us into the next world.
These were gathered by members of his family and his companions whenever he would trim it. tariqats. Every aspect of the Beloved of Allah is sacred and brings blessings to creation. The sight of his face would fill the hearts of the believers with joy. A number of these relics have been preserved until today in the keeping of religious institutions. His luminous body is still transmitting Allah�s blessing and pleasure in the exact place where his soul departed from it. They are considered to be great treasures of Islam. from whom no shadow falls on the earth. Once beofore a holy battle. the only relics that remain of his miraculous body are pieces of his blessed beard.S. The night before our travel with Ali through the Western circles and Mexico City. may Allah exalt his soul. healing. as though they had seen the face of God. Effendi brought 2 of these to the U. His way is all-embracing unity. and that of his family with constant blessing. Outside of his holy tomb. ignite our hearts and may these hearts be servants for humanity. Allah Most High said in Holy Quran that His Hand is over the Prophet�s hand. May we deepen our knowledge of his way and increase our capacity to be this knowledge. his blessed belly from asceticism. life bearing. luminous gnosis and pure love.The Prophet. His hands of power could plant a date seed which would grow within the hour. May passionate love of Allah Most Exalted. After holding it for a precious few months�he reports that it was like the sun shining in his house�he was moved to give it to the Nur Ashki Tariqat in replacement of the earlier relic. His entire body was fragrant like musk and he imparted a sweet smell to those whom he touched�the heads of children whom he caressed remained fragrant for days. May our gratitude be multiplied by the Divine gratitude. through his mother�s line.000 veils of light which radiate from the Glorious Countenance of Reality�for they are all his light. his blessed tongue from Divine Veracity. his blessed knees from awe of Allah. His way as the Nur Muhammad includes all paths of return. his blessed breast from the Lordly counsel of Allah Most High to creation. his blessed heart from piety and and love solely for the sake of Allah. when Hazreti Ali was suffering from an illness in the eye. in the original pledge of the companions under the tree at Hudaybia. When the soul of Muhammad. his blessed mouth from Divine Patience. and fill his life. His body was the best of bodies. At the time of Sheyk Muzaffer. After the original beard had come from . In his light�and the light shining within all prophets�our earthly natures are transformed into light. our limited conscience is opened to unlimited awareness. his blessed neck from the humility of the Most Compassionate. Last year. we received another holy relic of the beard. We are amazed that we hold part of the Prophet�s body of light. and one he gave to the Masjid in the keeping of Sheyk Nur. entered this world many miracles were manifested through his holy person. and his blessed feet from unswerving integrity. his blessed eyes from Divine Modesty. reports from oral tradition that the blessed head of the Prophet is created from Divine Guidance (Ya Hadi). through the grace of our brother Mujtaba Ali. he inwardly received the Divine Command to simply raise finger and point at the moon. In his light we are able to ascend through the 70. and powerful to bear his mission. the Prophet simiply placed his saliva onto the eye and it healed. and special families. and at some point it split into two. After Sheyk Nur passed. The full moon split into two. his blessed face from the certitude of the Eternal. Mujtaba was given the new beard. so that it could be shared and held by all of us. Sheyk Muzaffer. This trust represents a responsibility for our Tariqat in manifesting the way of the Prophets. his blessed brow from Holy Love. avoiding the paths of error. In the world of dreams to receive his saliva is to receive his transmission. now the vast Mosque of Medina where millions of lovers of Allah gather on pilgrimage. His way encompasses every level of realization available to humanity. the head of the Atlanta Circle. may Allah embrace him in His own peace. I was given the inspiration to take the relic of the holy beard onto the journey. and in particular his way which reveals the essence of the La ilaha ilallah. One he gave to the Spring Valley Tekke in the keeping of Sheyk Tosun. at the opening of the Masjid al Farah in 1980. may Allah sanctify his secret. when there was no food available. Once. When he was asked to prove through a miracle that he was truly a Prophet. is the shade for humanity from the burning nature of the limited world and from the transcendent glory of Reality. the Jerrahi Order in Istanbul held 3 relics of the holy beard. milk poured forth from his fingers for his companions to drink. the relic mysteriously disappeared. It had been held in his family. once the humble dwelling of his precious wife Aisha.
In every generation. His inspiration was to bring the beard to the holy shrine of Mariam Guadalupana. to remove any obstacles that cloud our oneness with God. in these vortexes of light. and we become disconnected. In our visit to Mexico City this time with the beard we followed his footsteps back to the shrine of Hazreti Mariam. it only traveled once when Sheyk Nur took it with him to Mexico City on the 7th anniversary of the circle. Jewish Sufis. sites of accelerated transmutation. rigid. between forces of light and dark. These great beings have come to be known as Sufis: people who have connected into the deepest essence of the heart. the tolerance. travelers on the airplanes. Taxi drivers. wholesome to drink. the breadth of vision. the Spirit of God. Human nature always has two sides: there is the fundamentalist. She is a great bridge between these two revelations. a battle that every Sufi undertakes. may Allah�s peace shine upon them eternally for all to see. One can use the word Sufi to refer to the mystical soul. that we are God's own essence. It is here. As we began our travel the power of the beard was immediately manifest. The nature of Islam is love and unity. . The path is to reconnect. but periodically it is completely refreshed through the hearts of very great beings. Going to the airport and boarding the plane to Kansas City was no longer just ordinary steps to come to our destination. There is also a mystical tradition stating that in the realm of Paradise the Blessed Mariam will be the bride of the Beloved Muhammad. When hearts are open. True tradition is like clear pure water. We were in a caravan of light moving with the companions and lovers of Allah. This is the radiant nature of our life together on earth. clarify and polish the heart. and ultimately the victory is the victory of the heart. may divine peace always embrace him and his noble wives and companions throughout time. the mystical side. Over time. There is no reality apart from the One Reality. misconceptions and aberrations creep up and choke the original message. there are living beings who transmit the original message. extremist. The Inner Jihad: a Sufi Point of View print Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi close Our spiritual path is to touch and illuminate hearts. the love. The real meaning of jihad is this all-important struggle within. oppressive. tyrannical side. thus mystically bringing together the traditions of Islam and Christianity. to ascend directly and immediately into our Source.000 messengers of God! The whole global family is included.' like a mirror that reflects divine reality. inevitably. The training of a dervish is called 'polishing the heart. There are Christian Sufis. narrow. Our Sufi lineage goes to the heart of the Prophet Muhammad. The rose fragrance of his love ignites our hearts and reveals in us the truth that we are not separate. people in airports. The Circles of Nur are the places of special awareness within this journey. We see all of humanity as one. but we forget that. hotel receptionists and residents all participated in this sacred companionship and bearing of the prophetic trust embodied in the relic of the blessed beard. Wisdom and love carry the sword. with its leaps and falls.Istanbul to NY. and then there's the open heart. It was a sacred journey in extraordinary companionship. in fact it is stated that there are 124. that we leave the horizontal journeying of limited consciousness. people are naturally guided to goodness and to helping others. as she is revered in both as the Virgin Mother who brought forth the living Word. His treasure. We are sharing the journey as travelers in one caravan returning to the Source.
The sharia is not as much a code of rules as a state of the heart. There are more and more people with open hearts manifesting in the world. The present fundamentalism that we see in the Islamic world may be a result of colonialism which stripped away the religion in many countries." Quran 29:69 "In truth God does not alter the state of a soul until this soul does it for itself.) "The sleep of he who is fasting is adoration before the eyes of Allah. The greatest teachers are the most merciful. which is their heart. Fundamentalists are basically just enforcing rules. and part of its teaching is to treat others as oneself. This whole process started with the heart. Emptiness is transparency.Of course you don�t find this teaching in the teaching of the fundamentalists. daughter of Abu Bakr Siddiq: "Persist in knocking at the doors of Paradise. In the Koran. and not rule-bound at all. and an outer. pricking people with it and saying this is the ocean. forgiveness and tolerance. Rules are not the Truth.s. may Divine Peace be with you." Holy Quran 13:12 "Everything has its entrance and the entrance of adoration is fasting.w. the most forgiving. These people are the fundamentalists. Any small part of the Koran taken out of context is as ridiculous as taking a sea urchin out of the ocean. more armored side. often political fanatics who totally distort the true message of Islam. To be empty of oneself is to be transparent to Divine Reality. it is stated that the truth is radiant and clear.a. s. Hunger is emptiness. and only survives through heart. Notes on Fasting print Shaykha Amina al-Jerrahi close "Whoever makes any effort in Our direction. . It is told that the blessed Prophet said to Hadrat-i Aysha. surely we will guide them. A heart hungry for God is sufficiently empty of itself to have room for God. They reflect His light. people can become attracted to anyone with a strong and simplistic statement to make. The heart is always victorious. but all traditions seem to have more a mystical nature. The sharia is always pointed to the heart. It is called the life-giving law. To be transparent before Divine Reality is to be free of all false reality." Hadith Sherif Dear ones." Hadith Sherif "Two joys have been prepared for those who realize the prescribed fast: the joy of breaking it and the joy of meeting your Lord." Hadith Sherif (noble oral tradition of the Prophet Muhammad." To which Aysha responded "And with what should I knock?" "With hunger" he responded. When the main tradition is cut off and real guides are no longer accessible. and cannot be imposed.
because He can�t get any closer. the temporal and finite part. In truth I clearly see that only the fast that is directed exclusively towards God. fire. said that there are demons in our interior that can only be overcome by fasting. a faqir. of expansion. The fast that is offered to God in response to Him. is to resist negative waves of emotion. that is what Ramadan is about. innate. peace and blessings upon him when he says: "spiritual poverty is my glory. and not the specific act of eating or of drinking. the one that is identified with the four terrestrial elements: water. For example. with "the joy of breaking it" the Prophet refers to all situations of joy. of fraternity between the spiritual companions of all times in sharing together this moment. The entire weight of a pattern that one has established in order to move and to see. I believe that in the above hadith. In truth the moment of breaking the fast is one of great blessing and great joy. of compulsions. the intention is presented and one consumes nothing during a series of hours. nor did it emerge as any one person's brilliant idea. and intrinsic part. may peace be with him. It is like saying: there is a burning bush awaiting us at the moment of ending the fast. there is a dimension within us that truly longs to practice an impeccable dedication in relation to the longing for God. that takes for granted absolutely all of the ingredients of this permanent and incessant unfolding of Divine attributes that is existence. This is the attitude of the one who feels attracted to the words of the Beloved of Allah. much stronger. And that they provoke in us the forgetting of a love that is of such a magnitude that in an instant it could blind all the demons of our heart. emptying ourselves of negativity. Divine Peace be with him. It is an experience that cannot be narrated. of obsessive tendencies. Fasting does not take place only in the literal sense. is only our transitory I. of seeing. The one who feels attracted to the reality that pulses in these words is a dervish. And it occurs to me that perhaps the fast. but this is not the only level of the fast that the sacred Quran unveils. Muzaffer Efendi said: There is a Mount Sinai for the one who fasts at the time of breaking his fast-Mount Sinai. throughout many eras of humanity. but how 'close' do we really are? The sacred Quran reveals that the fast draws the souls close to God and to the prophet Muhammad. In the journey brought by the experience of the fast there are multiple levels of the emptying of self and one of them for example. our vehicle. or what is usually called the ego. On the other hand. It is also true that every day of the fast is a universe unto itself. just as also it is the attitude towards the voluntary fast at any other time of the year. although he may never have heard these terms in his entire life. That is to say. this is a part of us that also coexists with another. but rather to be guided by the divine I-what is only Real. and earth. Emptying oneself of oneself is an entire. authentic. it is an entire universe of being. Something peculiar about the fast is that it is an act of adoration that does not give itself away. very subtle project. It is simply to say YES to God. kills "the demons" that prevent us from crying in the face of so much love. is an adornment of the heart that has been revealed by God in order to draw the souls that love Him near to Himself. that is offered exclusively to Him. and of perceiving existence with the eyes of emptiness. The other part of us." Perhaps for this reason the Prophet enjoyed fasting so much. Or perhaps one should say: he liked so much to be in the state of fasting because abstinence from eating and drinking is not an isolated act when it is offered to God. towards the obligatory month of Ramadan. where Hazreti Musa (Moses) spoke with Allah-the burning bush. I do not pretend to express the inexpressible. with the eyes free of the great weight that goes by unperceived-the weight of habitual conditioning. air. It is not something that occurred to someone. in effect. we have heard that one single tear shed for the love of God is capable of completely extinguishing the flames of hell. We have to witness in ourselves and in everyone else this divine I. . Fasting is a practice that has been realized now for many centuries. this grace. Without doubt. to the divine dynamic. in reality. Hadrat-i Isa (Jesus). The ego has not been created to guide us. of recurrences in our conditioning or of our patterns of habitual conduct. of harmful thoughts.This is the attitude towards fasting. it is not about a set of rules. He said that there is no fragrance more favored by God than the breath of the one who fasts.
we do not truly know.m. in jeans and without a veil to cover her head. The fast is a matter that one must settle exclusively with Him. We all can recognize. But in this case we have the possibility of this virginity. if I am accustomed to interact sitting in a seat. especially in the light of Divine Guidance. A resistance to breaking with these habitual patterns of our conditioning. who is also the Most Near. while traveling through the country-side of Marrakech in a fasting state. Of course we can have and should have this kind of exchange and can listen to the experiences of our companions on the path. He could not believe that this young foreigner. Only God knows if my fast is valid before His eyes. an ingenuous pilgrim. then to bathe with cold water is to transgress this. However. on the floor. 2004 . without the spiritual maturity or range to dare to let him know with a single look that the fast is a private affair between the human soul and Allah Most High. the sacred tradition too can become part of cultural conditioning and of family and social conditioning). may we always know that it is by His will and with His permission that we have been able to fulfill the fast. is easily detected in us. of this freshness before all that the revelation brings. February 1st. Maybe it is more notorious within a sacred tradition. The man could not believe what my traveling companion had said to him. I remember that one time while in Morocco during the month of Ramadan. (Perhaps he found out because my traveling companion did not believe it either). (Then again. is to violate this comfort. was indeed fasting in Ramadan. or of the practices of a sacred tradition which are not identified as culturally one's own. then coming to Zikr on Thursdays is to transgress this conditioning. January 31st & Sunday. if I am accustomed to getting up at 7 a. and it does help us to both recognize our conditioning and to violate it and to transgress it. then coming to sit in this way. no one knows except for Him.has merit. native to those lands. because there is no room for anything. then to fast is to transgress this conditioning. and may we not fall into the error of attributing it to our own selves or to anything akin to personal power. but we do not need to loose sight of the intimacy that the fast offers to usthe intimacy with God that opens before us. In Love. may God open your treasures in this blessed month of Ramadan. And there they had me. the true sheikha in the throne of the heart. of our habitual behavior. or anyone else within such intimacy. For example. Blessed be the voice of divine light in our heart: the true sheik. if I always bathe with hot water. Amina Teslima The Day of 'Arafah and the Eid ul-Adha print close Saturday. a happy Muslim. as is the specific case of this sacred tradition. One has to return again to knowing it in the light of this part of us that is free and that longs to realize this freedom of spirit in this world and in this body. peace be upon him. and to having a good breakfast. as was also the situation of the original community of the Prophet Muhammad. Dear sisters and brothers. We are entering upon an especially sacred time. I believe that it is a good moment to clarify this. If I am accustomed to going to bed every day at 9:30 at night. One of the issues that one can take note of is this resistance that is rooted in the sense of not transgressing the pattern of our habits. asked me to open my mouth and to show him my tongue so that he could see if it was sufficiently white enough for the fast. A sacred tradition always brings one to a place of breaking with these patterns. What we already know. No one sees it. If we present to Allah our intention to fast this day or another.
Everything has gone." ." 'Arafah is indicated to be the place where humanity will reawaken on the Last Day in the Divine Mercy which will reveal and evaluate the goodness in their lives. when Allah asked "Am I not your Lord?" and all souls without exception cried "Yes!" In his khutba on the Day of 'Arafah. Jan. to circumambulate the Kaaba as the angels whirl around the Divine Throne. the pilgrims on this year's Hajj will have gathered upon and around Jabal Rahma. This occurs on Mount 'Arafah during the Hajj. 31st. standing upon the Mt. ritually waiting (waqafa) all afternoon for sunset." What is the Day of 'Arafah? After the sun has passed noon. This is precisely the day of the month and the time of day that the Prophet Muhammad. Only after this. and Mount 'Arafah takes place in the first ten days of the month of Dhul Hijja. It is a state of complete immersing in Allah. the hill rising from high plain which we call Mt. he received the last Qur'anic revelation from his Lord: "This day I (Allah) have perfected your religion and fulfilled My favor unto you (Qur'an 5. as the Prophet stated "'Arafah is the Hajj. The pilgrimage culminates with the great gathering on the plain or "Mount" of 'Arafah north of Mecca on the ninth day. All are repenting."My intimate friend. asking for forgiveness from Allah. Another noble tradition states that their earthly wedding was performed here by the archangel Gabriel. The millions gathered here from all nations is a vivid representation all of humanity gathering at the End of Time. This is precisely the day of the month and the time of day that the Prophet Muhammad. supplicating with hands held high. It is a state in which all limits disappear. There is not even any separate sense of being a vessel. a form that Allah has made from the dust and clay of the earth. Only then are we completely empty. In the midst of this sermon. We will actually enter into the state of 'Arafah. on Saturday. The Prophet Muhammad gave his last khutba here. of Mercy (Jabal Rahma). The pilgrims stand. upon him . 31st. Their prayer was accepted. exhort those who become pilgrims to leave behind from that moment all carelessness. This event embodies the essential spirit of Hajj. They found each other again at 'Arafah and prayed together. upon him be peace. on Saturday. gave his last khutba. and chanting a special revealed litany received by the Prophet Muhammad from the Archangel Gabriel: After the sun has passed noon.Heart of the Koran What is 'Arafah? The Islamic pilgrimage. 'Arafah represents the placeless place where. This biological form can become transparent to the formless form of perfect humanity. Medina. 'Arafah.3). which is the mirror of the Divine Attributes. Jan. The brightness of Mount 'Arafah burns everything away and reveals the true human being. as it does in the Juma prayer. Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. tasting it directly. 1994." Islamic tradition reports that Hazreti Adam and Hazreti Eve were separated and lost when they decended from Paradise into earthly space and time. Hajj. the formless form that mercifully and miraculously manifests through a form of biological evolution. to the holy shrines of Mecca. the pilgrims on this year's Hajj will have gathered upon and around Jabal Rahma. is one able truly to make tawaaf. This is the Insan Kamil. was inspired to say: "'Arafah represents the highest time of contemplation and the highest point of examination of conscience.
O Allah. where they make an animal sacrifice to Allah. Through the spiritual power of the Pir they would all be transported to the plain of 'Arafah. gave his last khutba. Shaykh Muzaffer considers the night between the Day of 'Arafah and the Eid ul-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) one of the five most important nights during the year. The Eid ul-Adha The Eid ul-Adha actualizes the light of the sacrifice of Ishmael. Wa-n-Ni'mata And all Blessing comes from You alone. All are repenting.' Another way of participating directly in the spiritual event was initiated by the founder of our lineage. and chanting a special revealed litany received by the Prophet Muhammad from the Archangel Gabriel: Labayk Allahumma labayk Here I am. here I am Inna-l-Hamda Truly all praise is Yours alone.be peace. La sharika Lak And all the heavenly and earthly realms with all their inhabitants belong to You alone. here I am! Labayka la sharika laka. Hazreti Pir Nureddin Jerrahi. supplicating with hands held high. According to the tradition which continues today in Istanbul. The pilgrims stand. labayk Here I am ready to serve you. we will gather our tekkes on Saturday afternoon to chant Labbayk (above) and be mystically transported to 'Arafah. This is an opportunity to participate in the Hajj in a vivid way. where they praised Allah in the company of the pilgrims. saying: . the pilgrims on Hajj have come down from 'Arafah to the city of Muzdalifah. upon him be peace. We may stay up late together and possibly offer dhikrullah on Saturday night. the 31st of January. 'It is perfectly legitimate and wonderful to partake of the abundance of the Lord while upon Mount 'Arafah. In the morning we make Eid prayers in the same way as at the end of Ramadan. Then they would return again to their own city within the same cycle of prayer. The pilgrims who are physically gathering on 'Arafah don't fast-they are instructed by beloved Quran. At this time. Laka wa-l-Mulk. there is nothing besides You. when prayers are clearly answered. On the day of 'Arafah. Nureddin Jerrahi and his dervishes would gather outside the walls of the city of Istanbul and offer the afternoon prayer together. The millions gathered here from all nations is a vivid representation all of humanity gathering at the End of Time. ritually waiting (waqafa) all afternoon for sunset. inshallah. There is nothing apart from You! Commemorating the Day of 'Arafah A traditional form of partaking of the light of 'Arafah is to fast from pre-dawn until sunset on that day Saturday.
or if they prefer.In the name of Allah." he realized that his trial was over. to base the pilgrimage on the experience of the noble Abraham. emotional tears caused by thinking. how awful-he had to offer his son. this transcending of the religious ego. as the promise of Allah to continue the Prophetic line. donating money or food to the hungry on this day. Hazreti Ishmael was of course called to submit his own life. Allahu Akbar. It was a sacrifice of the religious ego of humanity. as needing any person. miraculous birth. this is from You and for You." . They are tears caused by contemplating the vastness of Allah's Mercy and Power. Ibrahim! This is the qurban offering. because You are the One who manifests the Prophetic Light. When Abraham heard the voice of Gabriel calling "Allahu Akbar. He was saying to Allah: "You can raise up Prophets out of stones if You want to. in the form of the Archangel Gabriel. and even though this is the only way that the Prophetic Light can enter into the next generation. The angel had now appeared in the heavens." he joined in the glorification and praise�" Shaykh Muzaffer Efendi. Qurban means to bring close-we are called to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of realizing our intimacy with the Source. There was nothing more to offer. "Summoning Gabriel from Paradise." The sacrifice asked of the noble Abraham was an offering of the limited human notion of religion itself as something that we have to do. he glorified and extolled his Lord with the words. Allah inspired the noble Prophet Muhammad. "How terrible. and in grateful response. Allah had created a ram as a substitute sacrifice for Ishmael. which would include the eventual culmination of the principle of Prophesy embodied in the Beloved Muhammad. and he also realized that the Mercy of the All-Compassionate and Beneficent had come overflowing. He was offering to Allah what was basically the future of the Prophetic lineage." The venerable Ishmael lay there listening to these utterances. nothing more within him to sacrifice. Allah is beyond all conception. he continues speaking�) But these are not ordinary. upon him be peace. also implying the lineage of Prophets which would flow from Ishmael. comes close to let Abraham know that his call to sacrifice has already been fulfilled. They are reliving that intense sacrifice asked of Abraham. his divinely granted son. Even though You have given me this sacred child. and You can take it away. Crying. Hazreti Abraham was called to sacrifice to Allah his precious Prophetic son. bearing that ram and proclaiming the Supreme Greatness of God. The noble Prophet had no ego. This is what the pilgrims do when they go to Mecca. "Allahu Akbar wa li-Llahi-l-Hamd. The Lord did not wish humanity to conceive of the universal religion as limited to any person. Shaykh Nur weeps. I am willing to give him up. Irshad This is the story of the "Hudara Takbir" which we often chant in the dhikr: Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha illa-Llahu Allah is Greater! Allah is Greater! There is no one but Allah! . did not look upon this boy as his son. but after a few seconds. Individual dervish circles may participate in the spirit of Abraham's sacrifice by themselves sacrificing a lamb. The noble Abraham. Accept it from me just as You accepted it from your friend. upon him be peace. no self. A ram materializes for the sacrifice. No one can camp in that valley without shedding tears. "Abraham received revelation from his Lord to sacrifice his most precious-we cannot say possession-his most precious _expression.Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. same as above The spiritual victory comes at the last moment-Abraham's knife is poised above Ishmael's neck. with the firewood for the sacrifice loaded upon his pack animal. Allah's Presence. through a holy. The Valley of Mina near Mecca is the very place where Abraham. instead of something that Allah is doing. upon him be peace. "La ilaha illa-Llahu wa-Llahu Akbar. O Allah. then commanded Gabriel to take it to Abraham. (With these words. took his son by the hand and walked humbly." They are gnostic tears. he looked upon him as the next Prophet. It was not as simple as offering his own son.
but before reciting Quran. The tremendous light and uplift of this festival actually lasts three or four days. Also as dervishes gather before the prayers begin. It is recomended that one recite it during the first ten days of the month of Hajj. it is recommended to make an offering of charity. both with Quran chanted out loud. Practitioners often use this day to make a special offering of their presence. Other opinions or schools of Islam may call for a greater number of recitations of Allahu Akbar before chanting Quran. La ilaha ilallahu as many times as the number of days and nights following each other! La ilaha ilalahu adada al layali wa dhuhr La ilaha ilallahu as many as the number of waves in all the oceans! La ilaha ilalahu adada amwaj al buhur La ilaha ilallahu wa Rahmatuhu is better than all that might be gathered in this world! La ilaha ilalahu wa rahmatuhu khayrun mima yajma'un La ilaha ilallahu as many as the number of thorns and trees! La ilaha ilalahu adada shawkah wa shajar . by calling or visiting family members. are celebrated in the following way: It is a sunna of the Prophet Muhammad to make full ablution in the morning. The Eid Prayers The Eid prayers of the morning of Sunday. It is a sunna to give a khutba after the Eid prayers are performed. For those who are unable to do so. Jan. which the Jerrahi tariqat follows. There are two rakats. 1st. EID MUBARAK A Blessed Feast The following is the prayer of Hazreti 'Ali. there are three (3) extra Allahu Akbars. This is the tradition of the Hanafi school. To begin the prayer (there is no adhan). All the schools are accepted as sunna. one could chant the takbir above. The same is done in the second rakat. Feb. After the khutba is the traditional time for making an animal sacrifice and distributing the meat to the poor. radhiyallahu anhu. this takbir is chanted after each salat. 31st through the afternoon prayer on the following Wednesday. the imam says Allahu Akbar as usual. On the way to the tekke. Allah is Infinitely Greater. the elderly or the sick. to dress beautifully. and to eat something before going to the place of prayer. or who are vegetarians.Wa-Llahu Akbar Allahu Akbar wa li-Llahi-l-Hamd Allah is Greater. this takbir may be chanted repeatedly as a group. and to Allah flows all Praise! From the dawn prayer on Saturday. to put on perfume.
La ilaha ilallahu as much as there is hair flowing from human heads. Ehsaneh and Hamed from the Washington D. circle.C. and as much as the fur on all the creatures! La ilaha ilalahu adada sha'rah wal wabar La ilaha ilallahu as many as the number of stones and pebbles in the universe! La ilaha ilalahu adadal hajarah wal madar La ilaha ilallahu as many as the number of times that eyes have blinked! La ilaha ilalahu adada lamha al uyun La ilaha ilallahu through the night as it dissipates and the dawn as it breathes away the darkness! La ilaha ilalahu fi layli idha asass wa subha idha tanaffass La ilaha ilallahu as many as the winds blowing through the deserts and cliffs! La ilaha ilalahu adadar riyaha fil barari wa sukhur La ilaha ilallahu from now until the Day on which the trumpet resounds! La ilaha ilalahu minal yawm illa yawmi yunfakhu fassur The above prayer was made known to us by our sister and brother. © 2008 Masjid al-Farah. Published by Pir Press .