he Tariqa of the Prophet
Muhammad is one. It is the same way as that of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.
If you want to know the way to reach God, then pray five times a day and
make dhikr. This way of the Shadhiliyya is the straight way. You do not
need many months or many years; but one hour is all that is necessary to
know the Tariqa and to know your God. All of you come as children to Him
and so I must give you the understanding of who you are. You are from the
Knowers (al-`Arifun). If you are not in knowing, then you are in the beginning
of knowing and this is a beginning which the ends of most of the ways have
not yet reached. There is only one way, no more ways; all ways converge
is the 'insan al-kamal and through him all the knowledge (ma'arifa) from
Adam until now is ours because the truth is within our hearts. This is
the way of the "Muhammad of the time" or the "Jesus of the time." He is
the Prophet of the Holy Light (Imam al-Huda). Turn back to the Way of Muhammad
which comes through him; it is the Truth and its embodiment.
This Way is the way to know God. I knew this after a meeting of only
one hour when I met my Shaykh Abd'ar-Rahman as-Shadhili. No way is faster
than this one and no way has more knowledge. The shaykh takes the hand
of the murid and says to him, "Now you are facing God, face to Face." And
the shaykh says, "This is who you are. (Ha unt)." You see that your eye
is really the Eye of God. There is only one eye.
The Tariqa Shadhiliyya is the way of the person who forgets all things
and returns back to the truth as in the beginning; a child in the Presence
of God. You cannot see more than Him or hear of any other place. You cannot
speak without Him. You are with God, in God, to God in the origin of all
things. You do not sleep, you are not tired, you watch everything. And
so you meet your love to the end which has no end. Then you are together;
you are one thing only, without borders, without above or below, without
right or left. You are in this station and this station is in you: fana
al-mutlaq (annihilation in the freedom of God); the start which has no
start; the end which has no end.
The stations and steps begin in the first moments with your shaykh.
Your food is the love of politeness and peace and agreement to all the
orders without saying why? or what? You are always a witness in the garden
and the garden is the Truth of God. Because here you are so near the King
of kings, you only say what He gives you to say. God cares for the people
who seek the Truth. He takes the hand of the lovers in knowing and takes
their hearts to Him always, forever, face to face.
Pray for Muhammad and his family and the awliya (saints) and lovers of
the truth. There is no difference amongst them, of who they are, where
they have come from and what they are saying. They speak the language of
God, because they are His children and lovers. The Maker of the people
teaches them the truth. I ask God to open our hearts to Him that all our
things will be in His Hands. We ask Him that we may not be ashamed when
we meet Him. We ask Him that there may be no veil between us and Him and
to make us always under His eyes and orders, hand to hand, joining.
All of this comes from the hidden knowledge of Him. This is the first
time in my teaching that God gives me permission to give or to show all
that is written in these meetings. I do not know what is the wisdom of
God in all these things, but I think you must surely be the sons of God,
the eyes of the truth of Muhammad. After you leave you will return to give
this message of the real to the people. Then you are like guides. You are
the light in this world; this weeping sad world. You will be with the prophets
and messengers of God. You will be asked by God about the message. If you
have received it, you must give it, because you will take the people from
the darkness to the light; from death to life and from hating to loving.
For this, God permits you to be the prophets of the love of Him, giving
His kindness. This is your work, like the work of the candle which is light;
with the Love of God, give light to those whose way is dulled. Then you
will live and they will live in the Compassion of God and the prayers of
Him forever. You are the people of Him in the reality forever. You are
always in the garden. My Master and my King, the Owner of this world, is
with you always because you are His children. Amin.