‘La hawla wa la quwatta illa billahi l-’Aliyyi l-’Adhim’
By Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi al-Murabit
A’udhu billahi min ash-shaytan ar-rajim Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
‘La hawla wa la quwatta illa billahi l-’Aliyyi l-’Adhim’
Today we see all these things happening in the war and nobody, nobody standing up and saying that we have to tell you La hawla wa laquwatta illa billahi l-’Aliyyi l-’Adhim. The power belongs to Allah and He lets the human being borrow this attribute as long as He has decreed that they may have it and if He wants He takes if from them. The Rasul, sallallahu alayhi wa sallem, said, ‘You want something and Allah wants something, and what you want is not what Allah wants but what Allah wants will certainly come.’
One of the books by one of the great Sufis is entitled, The Giving Upof the Management of Affairs. This is an age where everybody thinks their achievement is to manage their affair. If you manage youraffair then you come under the rules of things. You come under the force of things, which even the kuffar, great kuffar, have recognised. There is a point when you stop moving by your ruh, byyour energy that Allah has given you and then you have to react to events. ‘I have to get the money.’ ‘I have to pay the thing.’ ‘We have been attacked.’ ‘We now have to show we will not stand for this, so now we must move in order to punish those who did this thing.’ And they fall under the force of things. So they no longer are the master. Already they are the servant of events. And hidden in events is the secret of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala. So that they are moving in the dark. They are moving blindly because when Allah has decreed that the thing will happen and he lifts the veil from some people’s eyes, He puts a veil over other people’s eyes and they think they are acting by their intellect and making decisions and showing their power but in fact they are moving exactly the way Allah has decreed that they will move. But the people of knowledge move in another way. In hadith Qursi Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, said, ‘My slave approaches me by nawafil acts until I love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks.
This is another level of existence which is not understood by everyone. But these people are the free people because they are the slaves of Allah. These people are the slaves because they are free by their nafs and by their ideas and by their illusions of their power, that it belongs to them. In all this affair that is happening now no one has said La hawla wa la quwatta illa billahi l-’Aliyyi l-’Adhim. The banner of Islam has not been raised. The banner of Islam is ‘We call on you to say Ash-shaddu an la ilaha illa’llah wa ash-shaddu anna Muhammadun Rasoolullah. And then if you do not there are consequences. That is the process has not gone through. This is not fi sabilillah, this is again people under the course of things. There are these wicked people, they have done these wicked things to these people so we will punish them and we shall be wicked to them. Youhave done something evil to us and we are going to punish you and all the way along the line innocent people are killed and darkness falls and every body speaks words of folly. On both sides because it is not an Islamic matter until you say La hawla wa la quwatta illa billahi l-’Aliyyi l-’Adhim.
Fuqara you have to understand how to live your own life before you can make sense of what people are doing thousands of miles away under command, under compulsion and not with the freedom of the actions of the arifin and salihun. You have to understand that the thing is dependent not on these people but it is dependent on those people who move freely in obedience to what Allah has ordered because their actions are powerful. They say that the words of the arifeen are over the actions of common people. They say that when a man of the bhatin comes together with a man of dhahir then between them great things happen because the right from the person of the bhatin illuminates the actions of the person of the dhahir.
Abu Yazid Bistami, radiya’llahu anhu, also Moulay Abdalqadir al- Jilani, said, ‘The one who does not have a Shaykh as a Master has shaytan as a master. This is the position of the Arabs today because they have turned their backs on the arifeen, the awliya of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and the salihun, they have denied that people have degrees with Allah and in doing that they deny the Qur’an itself. If the deny the Qur’an then of course you are aside from Islam.
This is the situation in which we find ourselves. We want to restore to ourselves certainty, yaqin. Ilm al-yaqin, ayn al-yaqin, haqq al-yaqin. These three things are in Qur’an. They are not some invention of tasawwuf by the sufis. Ilm al-yaqin is knowledge of the certainty. Ayn al-yaqin is the witness, source of the certainty. Haqq al-yaqin is when you become certain, truth. These are the stages of knowledge. This is what you have turned to when you have taken the tariqa. Moulay Abdalqadir al-Jilani, Moulay Al- ‘Arabi Darqawi. This is what you have taken on, is to have knowledge. Fear Allah and He will give you knowledge.
The kuffar do not understand why we talk about fear of Allah. But the point is if you fear Allah, then in your heart there is love of Allahand I will prove it to you. If your child becomes ill, you become afraid that the illness may be more serious. It may be endangering its life and you become afraid. Why are you afraid? Because you love the child and your love for the child makes you afraid. The mother is afraid of the child that he will go out and that there is traffic. So even out of her sight she is afraid. This is the love, this is the proof of love. There is no love without fear, fear is the proof of love. Fear is the outside of love. Khawf - fear, and in it is raja’ - hope. Hope that Allah says My Rahma is with you it is above My Wrath. This is the dominant power of existence. If we took our strength from Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, we would act differently. We won’t rush into the street with banners, we won’t shout.
We will wait until Allah says to move. And when we move we want to move by Allah, not by ourselves, because at that moment we are over all the enemies of Islam because we move fi sabilillah.
Rasul, salla’llahu alayhi wa sallam, spoke about the time when best thing you could do is cling to your houses and not go outside the door. This is not cowardice, this is because you want to be able to move in a way that is pleasing to Allah and if you do not see a way it is better that you hide. This is not cowardice, this is preparation and you want victory for Islam, you want victory for the muslims. It cannot be done in the madness and frenzy of a whole intrigue that involves many things, some of which do not even know what motivates them to the actions that they have done.
You must, as it were, begin all over again. And what is the beginning all over again, it is that this time we do not look at masses, at armies, and masses of people, and rushing and hurtling. We look at this one and this one and this one to find his own strength and his own recognition of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and then that person can change everything. What is this, this man of knowledge of Allah can change the whole situation.
Sidi Ali al-Jamal, the great wali of Fez in our tariqa, he said, ‘One man of knowledge, meaning knowledge of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, can create a whole city. But a whole city cannot create that man.’ This is the reality in which we live.
Moulay Abdalqadir al-Jilani said, ‘The whole world is before you like a mirror, so what you see is what is your own reality.’ If you look now and see all this turbidity and darkness and turbulence and massacre and chaos and everybody pronouncing moral judgments, you will be lost, it will become your reality and it is not reality it is illusion, wahm. Because there is not a helping hand that can be placed at the moment. There will be a moment, but it is Allah’s plot. Allah said, ‘Plot, I too am plotting.’ And Allah is the great plotter, the greater plotter, the best plotter.
So we have to recognise that Allah has put us here, he has not put us there. Ibn al-’Arabi, Shaykh al-Akbar, said, ‘Do not let the people of chaos and trouble make you lose the assurance of the reality of the destiny, of the haqiqa, because you begin to think that, ‘Okay nothing has any meaning, people are being killed and tragedy and horrors,’ and you begin to think that the world is a chaos. No. Every man dies his own death. Everyone takes his own path to Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala. And you have to say, ‘Where do I stand? Have I got a sure seal? Allah give me an Iman that will last to the grave.’ ‘Give me an Iman that will last until the grave,’ that is the du’a of the muslims since the time of Rasul, salla’llahu alayhi wa sallam, for fourteen hundred years, ‘Oh Allah, give me an Iman that will last’, meaning till the time, I have to say, the time of the .
This is what we want. And these people will not go off and thesepeople will not be led astray. These people will not be confused by the kuffar and their ignorance and their darkness and their falsemoralities. Nor will they be confused by people who declare the words of Islam, and do not declare the words of Allah. We will apply the ayats of Qur’an according to what our tafsirs have told us these ayats mean and what their significance is. The people talk of jihadwhich is not acceptable as jihad. Jihad has to be fi sabilillah and not for the name of one man of a country. How can you declare that when your country does not collect Zakat? Islam is built on five pillars, Shahada, Salat, Zakat, Sawm, Hajj. If there is no Zakat there is no amr of Islam. The first jihad after Rasul, salla’llahu alayhi wa sallam, was that of Abu Bakr Siddiq, he made war on the tribe who had not paid Zakat. And here we have people going to Jihad who do not even bother with Zakat. This cannot be. It is like we have to start all over again. If there has been an earthquake, after the earthquake you have to rebuild your house. There is an earthquake going on and you must prepared the minute tremors calm down, to start building the house. What is the house we have to build?
The house we have to build is Dar al-Islam. We have to build a house on Shahada and Shahada is the very verb from which shahid comes. Shahada is ‘I declare’ ‘I witness’ La ilaha illa’llah Muhammadun rasuloollah. Salat must be established. Already you go into the mosques and some people are praying like this and some people are praying like this. Everybody is praying a different way. You sit a different way, you stand a different way, the adhans are different. You must re-establish what was the source. Where did this come from? It came from Madinah. What is the ‘amal of Madinah? It is not an accident that the shaytans who now control Arabia arrested Shaykh Al- Alawi al-Maliki, Allah protect him, because he was teaching the ‘Amal of the Ahl of Madinah. They said, ‘You cannot do this.’ In the haram of Makkah you cannot teach the Muwatta of Imam Malik. No, they say, that is not Islam. Eventually they put him on trial for his life because he taught Deen of Islam. They have another religion they have invented. One which has allowed to happen in their country what is happening now and ruled by the people who themselves their father was a traitor to the Khalif. He made his bayat to the Khalif and he turned and broke his bayat, went to the kuffar and was given his money and was given contracts. This is the world we live in.
If you look at this when you go on you will be lost. You have to become strong. Not strong that later on you will go out and fight. No, no, no, you have to create Islam. Africa must become a green continent. This continent must recover what has been lost elsewhere from Cape Town to Cairo, from Cape Town to Tangiers, From Cape Town to the seas and oceans on the other side of Mozambique. All this must become the people of Islam. The Rasul, salla’llahu alayhi wa sallam, said, ‘The people who have Islam will be the people of Bilal.’ This is your job, your battle, your struggle, this is your victory and you will have success where everywhere else people are having disaster, you will have success.
Go with love of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and Allah will love you. You love Him, He loves you. If you fear Him, He will look after you, you will have success, you are the people of success. You will have expansion, you will have knowledge, you will have increase of knowledge every day of your life and you will see things that you will not believe. But everything you see will be the confirmation of La hawla wa la quwatta ila billahi l-’Aliyyil-’Adhim.
May Allah give success to the people of Cape Town and protectionsagainst the shaytans. May Allah strengthen the people of Cape Town and their Deen. Allah give them a good tongue to speak well of each other. Allah lift them up them up beyond conflict with each other. Allah protect the people of Cape Town. Allah spread the Deen of Islam in its purest form to all of Southern Africa. Allah reach out so that the Deen goes back to the Arabs in the northern part of Africa. Allah strengthen all of Africa by the light of Islam. Allah be merciful to the Arabs and forgive them for the terrible betrayal they have made.