/ Khutbahs
Finding and Exercising Our True Power

The Power of Command

And what IS "The Command"? All commands are but One Command. The command is: BE!

BE: a better person, there for me, more loving, honest, true, reliable, etc.
You may think that the command to DO is also one, but let me ask you, how well has that been working for you? Rather Command yourself to BE the kind of person who DOES Things, Who accomplishes, who completes, who creates, who works for things til they're done, etc.

Or, maybe you don't WANT to....

We might observe that the people who ARE using this command are using it for their own benefit, and it might also be at the expense of the others - and those wo are not using it are not out of fear and the desire to be abstentious out of some pretense to spirituality?

And it IS as we command it. Fact is, we WANT this world of trouble because it is what makes us feel real. Because we believe we were BORN into it, we refer to it as OUR REALITY.
And we're not commanding tha world of perfection because we do not see it through the eye of our belief. n other words, we do not know what to believe, and how to turn our beliefs into reality by living in them/ but we do it all the time. we turn our beliefs into reality by living in them. unfortunately, out beliefs are in an imperfect world of life disease war and death, so that's the world we live in. Aah, how beautigul it would be if we all beleved differently, and that it the point of the teacings of "The Faith". And what is "The Faith"? Whatt is it in which we are suoposed to believe in order to change our world and the world of those around us? And why don't we even when we know we should because of the huge amount of benefit it would bring?

How do we make it work? We make it work by showing it to others. Not by showing OFF to others.
We make it work by making it work for others, not by making it work for ourselves. ALl the succes practitioners are selling there work successfully and claiming that as the proff of their success and of the success of their system, or belief.
Now I'm going to tell you something that you may not believe, but I ask you to suspend disbelief for only a moment and give this idea the possibility of being true. It can be proven and I assert that it is true, but in order to implement it you must also believe it.

We start with a qusstion.

What is Your Real Power?

Common responses are: I don't have any. All power is with Allah. If Allah wills it done, it is done. And if not, not. 

Yes, Yes. But surely you have SOME power. After all, you speak, eat, decide, choose, do, don't, love, hate, desire, accomplish, fail, etc. All these are manifestations of your personal power, no?

The reality is that we're using it all time. We're simply not aware of it because we're still living in a dream. Nor are we aware of how it works. If we were, we could use it to accomplish miracles.

How can you really take control of your life if you do not believe you can?

How can you reach your center of command If you do not believe in yourself, that it exists?

The correction of belief is the core reasoning behind Sufism.

If it hadn't gone wrong, it wouldn't need correction.

How can you know something is true without experiencing it?

Why are the Muslims in spiritual and material poverty?  Could it be simply because they are following false beliefs and denying themselves the right to experiential verification? Not believing in themselves, or denying their insights and intuitions, is the central practice around which constellate the erroneous practices and beliefs that lead us astray, and sometimes forever, because we believe so fervently in error.

The successful in this life are those who have discovered the secret that they really are in command. The errors they may commit are due to not giving thanks and paying due respect to the creator in honoring divine teachings and the rights of mankind. The forgetting of the original purpose to serve and its divine manifestation, selfless service.

So every Muslim has heard of the 100th Name, the so-called Name of Power, and in fact we all use it all the time simply without knowing it. And in our denial, deliberately overlooking it so that we can continue to be the victim of God, and not take any real responsibility for anything in our lives. But Allah created with a single word. It is eternal and always in action and therefore we, as his creation, are using it all the time. I mean ALL the time. Not just sporadically or occasionally, but it is continuously active, with never a microsecond of pause. For with even a microsecond of pause there would be no creation, yet it is supported continuously by the ever present nature of this single word, be.

Since Allah created us in the Divine image, we are created with all the powers, qualities and attributes of divinity. But we will not for various reasons, choose to believe that much less take responsibility for it. Therefore we remain unsuccessful. Therefore the need for a correction in faith. If we believe incorrectly, and that debilitates us, and we grow tired of debilitation and seek some modicum of power or control in our lives, then we must eventually turn to God.  Godlessness seeks Godliness. Debilitation seeks recuperation, rehabilitation. Error seeks correction, and suffering seeks relief.

So if the point of religion and life is Witnessing, what is there beyond that? Once the so-called 'obligations' of the deen are fulfilled and completed, what is there  to do? What rights do we really have as fully surrendered and fully awakened and aware Muslims? Do we have any power? Some? None?  And if we do? How much? And what are we to do with it? How do we get it, use it?

Correction of Faith

Correcting our false beliefs is unfortunately not just a simple matter of finding and reading. Our beliefs have served us to varying degrees and are not easily dismissed since we have invested a great deal of time and energy into cultivating them.

The Point

The big question is, what is the point (of all this - Islam, Sufism, Religion, Spirituality, Godly Behavior, Path, Practice, Teacher)?

(The essence of Godly behavior is Compassion - the awakening of the Bodhi Chitta - the center of love and compassion for one's fellow in one's heart.)

The point is to know our Reality. To be a true Gnostic, A Wali, a friend, a Saint. And this is not too much for us. Indeed anything less is but arrogance and a waste of time. For it is truly our created nature. Not just our 'destiny', but our true reality. And, it can be proven if one has Faith in the message of Islam, "Laa ilaha illa llah, Muhammadur Rasulullah".

Putting all the bits and pieces together is the work of the Sufi.

Otherwise it will not be done and the truth will not be reached due to the obliteration and obfuscation of its facts, by its enemies. And in order to reach sound conclusions, one must begin with Faith. And this Faith must not be misleading, which means that every part of it must be verified as fact - not only by one's own personal experience but by the experience of others following the same path. And the path followed must have on it people who have reached similar conclusions and who are confirmed in their conclusions by the recognized masters of that faith. (In other words, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha; Path, Practice, Teacher.)

Part of the test for the validity of a Faith is that it is followed by many and applicable to all, and that it will have a certifiably realized teacher at it core.

The Point is Gnosis -  Knowing our Reality with Certainty - beyond an iota of doubt.

You have to be a Gnostic to become a Gnostic. You must Know in order to know. You must know something in order to learn more. that beginning knowledge is what you are looking for. Pay attention to that and it will grow. But most of us ignore what we know in search of more in the form of different, but the more we are looking for is more of the same. So we must identify what we know in order to pay attention to it that it will grow. we all have the seed, and in watering that, we discover what it becomes. But our habit is to ignore that, so go back to what you ignore but nevertheless is always there anyway. Water the seed that is already within you. Seek it not elsewhere, not even in your teacher. For he is watering his seed and trying to teach you how to water your own. Through trial and error, hit and miss, fearlessly exercising your intuition until it accurately honest in on what is important, desired and truly useful. It's your knowing that is valuable to you.

Shah Ni`matullah wrote

Everything but God is useless, my friend
Though the intellect neglects this
"if you only knew it"

We are waves of an ocean, whose shore is the world
But our essence is water
"if you only knew it"

All unlearned in the Prophet's knowledge
Are ignorant of God
"if you only knew it"

Everything but God, Oh Dervish!
Is without profit and worthless
"if you only knew it"

He who understands this completely
Is a Perfect Slave of God
"if you only knew it"

Every Ray of Light
That descends upon my Heart
Descends from God
"if you only knew it"

I am killed in Love and
Alive eternally
My Master is a murderer
"if you only knew it"

And O the Glory of Knowing the Truth, and the glory is not inherent in the knowing but in the truth. How can you truly know what glory is without experiencing it and how can you have experienced it without knowing what it is. These are some of the aspects of certainty (iqan) (Islam, Iman, Ihsan, Iqan).

And here is the knowledge of Certainty: It exists.
Certitude, the state of certainty, exists. I state that this is certain. I assert that certainty exists of a certainty. Certitude exists; there are people who are certain; they are prospering, in heaven and on earth - their certitude prospers them, enriches them. They can teach what they know - the useful knowledge that prospers them. That is  the knowledge (hearing the word) of Certainty.

Your move, if you will, is to act upon the hearing of the word and seek the people heard of. Seek the source of the information in order to learn from it.

And the learning is the keeping of company.

Gnosis (ma`rifat) is the knowing by experience - by having thrown yourself into the washing machine and coming out clean.

The True Meaning of Shahadah is - Kalima Tayyiba, the Best of Words

Certainty - a definition by wiki:
Certainty can be defined as either (a) perfect knowledge that is total security from error, or (b) the mental state of being without doubt. Objectively defined, certainty is total continuity and validity of all foundational inquiry, to the highest degree of precision. ..

Some aspects of Certainty
Certainty means an established fact, an absolute reality, indubitable.
Certainty can be ignored or denied, but it cannot be disproven.

For individual edification, the establishment of Certainty has three stages.
1. one must hear of it (have word of it), seek knowledge of it, and learn about it by studying the meaning and implications of it. (`Ilmul Yaqin)
2. one must seek, bear witness to and learn from its source (`Ainul Yaqin), and
3. one must experience the truth of it for oneself (Haqqul Yaqin)

The lasting knowing brought about by the experience of the truth of reality is called realization, or enlightenment. And in the Sufi way it is slightly different and more complete than in the ways before it. That is why Prophet Muhammad (saws) was called Khatam un Nabiyyin, the Seal (or Finality) of the Prophets. Because in Sufi lore, he was the first and therefore the last, and from him came the light of all other prophets, and from them the light of the saints, and from them the light of the friends and from them the light of the friends of the friends.

The Criteria of Certainty
The realization of certainty is attained by witnessing
 and the desire to know that fact in all its ramifications

Realization is attained by witnessing, and witnessing has three levels or aspects.
1. we witness the establishment and manifestation of a fact. i.e. that there is a teacher holding forth a fact and maintaining that the fact is true and useful to the student.
2. we witness a sense of absence of longing for the reality of that fact to be present in out lives independently of the teacher. In other words, we want what He has and will do whatever it takes to get it.

Path: the means to that realization