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Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm


A Compendium of the talks of:

Rady Allāhu ‘Anhu

Compiled by his grandson:

As-Sayyid Muhammad bin Mustafā Bū Numay
Rahmatullāhi ‘alayh

Translated from the Arabic by:

Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad



In the words of my master, my grandfather, may Allah make people benefit from him, who explained what Allah, The Exalted said (in the Qur’an).

And the servants of the Most Affectionate (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the foolish ones address them, they say, “peace”. And those who spend the night for their Lord, in prostration and standing (in worship). (25:63-64)

My grandfather, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

We wish that may Allah make us among the servants of the Most Affectionate. The attribution (of servitude) is a bestowal of honours, and the connection (of the servant with Allah) is honourable. O the best servitude! Serving, glorifying, and honouring The Most Affectionate, The Glorified and The Exalted. Who has the ability to receive it? And what is better than this servitude?

“Don’t call me except as ‘O servant’ (of Allah) because that indeed is my best attributive name”.

O Allah! Make us Your servants and not the servants of our desires or of satan or of this world.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

Did I not command you, O children of Adam that you should not worship satan? Surely, he is an open enemy to you. (6:60)

If we worship him and listen to his words, then he will lead us to disaster, and to disgrace and to immorality.

O Allah! Make us among those about whom You said:

And the servants of the Most Affectionate (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility. (25:63)

The first quality from their qualities is humility and their natural disposition to good morals. He does not raise his head nor is proud. As it has been related in the story of Luqman the Wise when he said (to his son):

And walk not in the land exultingly. Surely, you cannot split the earth apart, nor stretch to the mountains in height. (17:37)

He walks on the earth in humility and that is the opposite of pride. Because pride is an affliction, may Allah save us from it. Pride and faith cannot be combined in the heart of a believer.

Undoubtedly, Allah does not love any arrogant boaster. ((31:18)

And to be puffed up with pride is a calamity, may Allah save us from it.

O lowly self that has been sweetened with humility, and exalted with nearness to Allah, and invited to intimacy. And there is no intimacy except through humility.

Be humble and don’t be arrogant as narrated in the Saying of the Prophet, may Allah bless him.

O the best of the humble among people, especially to those who are older, to people of virtue and knowledge, and to people of eminence and goodness.

What does it harm you if you are humble to them and associate with them with pleasant words? Love is necessary. And it will create friendship among yourselves and create intimacy. And all this is through the means of humility.

And when the foolish ones address them, they say “peace”. (25:63)

When the foolish ones address them with harsh and obscene words, they reply to them with wholesomeness. Firstly, this repels the evil of those who are foolish. And secondly, it is to wish for reward (from Allah) with pleasant words. And all pleasant words are well-known. There is a reward for being pleasant and it is a good deed. To talk pleasantly is a good deed from good deeds and it is from the qualities of Muslim believers, and from the qualities of the servants of the Most Affectionate (Allah).

Oh! Oh! (The anguish) at the present condition.

What is this quality which is attributed to them by my Lord and their Lord and their Creator? How does He explain to us their noble attributes?

And those who spend the night for their Lord in prostration and standing (in worship). (25:64)

Wishing for His Good Pleasure and wishing for His Mercy and wishing for whatever flows to those devoted to Him from the spiritual lights and from the blessings and from the spiritual strength and from every goodness.

Those who are with Allah and who drink from the cup of His love and pass the night in prostration and standing (in His worship), taste the deliciousness of worship, and taste the deliciousness of obedience (to Him). Sleep does not overcome them, nor does satan overcome them, nor does passion overcome them. They are captivated by Godly consideration and they drink from the cup of love. And to them is shown the spiritual light of nearness, and they disappear (into it).

And someone said: “Truly, I don’t dislike anything except the crowing of the rooster at night’s end.” He says to it: “Keep quiet! Don’t distract me from the remembrance of my Lord.”

In what a high position are these people! Some of them pray a thousand raka‘āt optional Prayers everyday. Among them at the present moment are those who are established on praying eleven raka‘āt Witr Prayer at the end of the night and this is the smallest thing (good deed that they do).

And all this is with regard to you and is in your scripture (the Qur’an).

O the one enveloped in a cloak.
Arise and warn.
And magnify your Lord.
And keep clean your clothes.
And uncleanness shun.
And bestow not favour to anyone seeking increase.
And for the sake of your Lord, be patient. (74:1-7)

Like, for example, you practice patience in selling and buying what you need for yourself. You patiently bear (the heat of) the sun, hard labour and walking. You patiently put up with (people’s) talk to attain a worldly objective.

And for the sake of your Lord, be patient. (74:7)

He is the One Who rewards you and He is the One, The Glorified and The Exalted, Who gives you. May Allah make us among those who patiently persevere. Amin.