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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


He said, may Allah be pleased with him.

The spiritual states of nearness with Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta‘ala) and the cutting off from the worldly matters is not permanent for a Faithful Muslim Believer. But there are specific times for it. So when it is said that someone is in a spiritual state (haal), it means a spiritual state at a specific time when he is together with the Chosen (Prophet, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam); and a spiritual state at the time in which he is together with the pious servants of Allah; and the time when his heart is in the presence of Allah; and the time when the unseen things are unveiled to him. And these spiritual states are not permanent but there are moments and there are specific times for it.

And the sufiyyah (sufi masters, may Allah be pleased with them) talk of a spiritual state (haal) and a spiritual station (maqam). As for the spiritual station, it is the one which has been ordained for a person. For example, the spiritual station of tawakkul (total trust and reliance on Allah, trusting that Allah will bring out the best outcome), so the person forever remains reliant (on Allah). And the spiritual stations are different for different people.

As for the spiritual states, it is the unveiling of spiritual mysteries and witnessing them, and these things and the mysteries are not permanent. If they remain, their hearts are expanded and light dawns in them. And if lights dawn in their hearts, they see the world as a corpse. They do not strive to support themselves or their family and they do not want to build for this world. These things are not witnessed except with the cleansing of the heart and nearness to the gnostics. So, continuous remembrance of Allah, and sitting with the people of Allah and the people of spiritual light and people of Presence, unveils things for him. This is because if a person is close to the gnostics, he becomes like them.

Al-Habib ‘Ali said:

And the one who is near them
will be counted as someone who is drawn close to Allah.

It spreads from them to his heart. And spiritual light spreads and is not seen with the eye but rays from the heart spread from gnostics to those sitting with them, and to those who are with them. These things are felt, and realized, and perceived with glances. The glance which comes from the eye of the heart to the eye of vision spreads to the heart of his companion.

Glances from him transform ignorance into knowledge
as it is the elixir and chemistry.

So the glances of the Chosen (Prophet), may Allah bless him, are like elixir. And elixir changes copper to gold. And chemistry is a well-known subject of learning. And his glances, may Allah bless him, go to whomever he bestows them. And when he glances at him, he changes the matter. First the bedouin was rude and in the end, he became a Companion, and then he became pious and then he was given as an example (to be emulated). In this way is his inheritance, may Allah bless him, because the glances are connected from his time to our time now. And these glances are from the spiritual mysteries of inheritance. All Praise is for Allah! How many shining faces have we seen, and how many have we seen in this community who are great shaykhs, the virtuous, the outstanding.

Then he said, may Allah be pleased with him.

Anything that strengthens spiritual light, distances a person from sin. Exert for this spiritual light! It is realized in three ways. First, with deeds that cause spiritual light from worship, and from obedience (to Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta‘ala), and from attachment to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, and with Remembrance (of Allah). Secondly, with closeness to people of spiritual light; you will not be doomed if you sit with them. Third, with a breath from the breaths of Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, directed at the servant. So the person exerts to perfect his spiritual light. And if the spiritual light enters the heart, spiritual mysteries are opened. And its opposite is that if there is a reduction in spiritual light, there comes darkness, problems and shaytan. But if a person sits with a gnostic even if once, and realizes with the Presence and turning to Allah, and wishing for what is in him, he has already obtained something from his spiritual states. And Allah has already honoured him with something from His spiritual mysteries. And my Lord will not reject him even if he is opposed. The Generous (Allah) does not refrain from giving. Surely, one day, he will return to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, and return to the Straight Path (of Islam).