Fighting Desires and Build Internal Energy
From the Realities of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani ق as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi.
A’udhu Billahi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
We are asking to enter the oceans of Divine Rahmah and Mercy and to share from their teachings first for myself, and if anybody finds any benefit then Alhamdulillah. From Mawlana Shaykh’s teaching that many different realities and what we are in search of and most of all, what we are in need of is protection. Protection from bad desires, protection from many different difficulties that are constantly moving towards us, attaching themselves towards us. And making us to fall and to make wrong choices, bad actions and eventually trying to cause difficulty upon the eternal soul.
If you Only Focus on Physicality, There is No Protection
Those whom are inspired by the Divine to be seekers in life, they find themselves in such associations. They are seeking and their soul is seeking its reality and pushing the physicality and the body, says, ‘Come, let’s go find our reality and our secret.’ And tariqa and Sufis come to begin to explain the physiology of the self and the understanding of the self. From Mawlana Shaykh’s teachings that if you focus on your external and you build all the external and you focus all on the physicality, there is no protection. There is no light, there is no feeling and there is no taste- all of it becomes only a facade.
We described before: you can cook a turkey very fast, put it on high heat and make the whole outside look brown. But if that’s not well done, you bite into that, it’s all raw in the inside. Means that those that focus only on the external, on the form, on the body, that they find themselves to have no protection, no ability to defend against bad desires, always afflicted by confusion. Because again like everything else in the material world that if you make a beautiful structure only on the outside is beautiful and inside, is of no substance, is of no power, of no benefit, just the facade of the outside, then anyone comes can blow that house down. I huff and I puff and I blow that house down.
If shaitan comes to any form and anyone just working on their external form, they do all their practices and that’s all and they only do the form, they have no taste and they have no feeling. They are not feeling what they are saying, they are not tasting what they are reading. And many different energies attack them and make them to lose to their desires and fall in the oceans of difficulty.
Focus on the Core of Your Energy – The Heart
Mawlana Shaykh comes into our lives and begins to teach that you focus on the inside. That is the secret of qudra, that is the secret of power. That is the secret that the Divine wants for us, that build the inside, strengthen your inside, build your heart. The only chakra that you focused, the only lata’if, we call lata’if, the only subtle energy point that focus on is the heart. It is the core of the entire being. Build the energy within the heart, build the power of the soul, means then the core becomes powered. When that core becomes powered, the soul is energized, the heart has been cleansed and purified with the chanting and with the practices, with the breathing, with everything that has to do with the spirit and not only the physicality. You can’t leave the physicality. You put a discipline upon the physicality.
When the Inner Core is Strengthen, it Protects the Physicality
But sufism comes and says: you first focus on the inside. You begin the cooking process. Don’t worry about the browning of the turkey right now. Cook yourself inside. Make your zikr, your practices, look into your heart. Meditate and contemplate and sit by yourself with yourself in the presence of your Divine Creator. Have a daily accounting, a daily hisab, breathing and meditating. As that energy begins to build, as that core begins to strengthen, it begins to send the energy that will protect the physicality. If there is nothing happening inside, the outside is like paper, what we call like a paper lion: immediately you blow and it falls. One test comes, one difficulty comes, one hardship comes and that falls to pieces.
We have had examples before: if the inside is strong, if they come and try to break the door down, never they are going to enter because the inside is built, the inside has power. Means if a burglar comes from the outside and there is nothing on the inside of any value to the Divine Presence, it breaks it, smashes and goes straight through. Because there is nothing in to protect and the outside was very flimsy. Could be a very subtle glass door, so easy to get through. But if there is a power on the inside and there is a protection on the inside, the protection on the inside will begin to send a shield to the outside and no way to penetrate that. And that becomes the reality of our self.
Heart of the Believer is the House of the Divine
As much as we focus on our heart, focus on our practices, build the reality of the heart, build the reality of the soul, all of the meditations and contemplation and the breathing, all of the accounting, all of the chantings, the awrad and the zikr, it brings the Divine Gaze within the heart. That Allah says, ‘I’m not in heavens and I’m not on earth but I’m in the heart of my believer’ and ‘Qalb al mu’min baytullah.’ So if baytullah, if the Divine Light begins to shine within the heart means an energy begins to emanate, that energy begins to protect the body.
مَا وَسِعَنِيْ لَا سَمَائِيْ ولا اَرْضِيْ وَلَكِنْ وَسِعَنِيْ قَلْبِ عَبْدِيْ اَلْمُؤْمِنْ
“Maa wasi`anee laa Samayee, wa la ardee, laakin wasi’anee qalbi ‘Abdee al Mu’min.”
“Neither My Heavens nor My Earth can contain Me, but the heart of my Believing Servant.” (Hadith Qudsi conveyed by Prophet Muhammad (saw)
قَلْبَ الْمُؤْمِنْ بَيْتُ الرَّبْ
“Qalb al mu’min baytur rabb.”
“The heart of the believer is the House of the Lord.” Hadith Qudsi
The Earth is Also Protected by its Magnetic Core
Many times Mawlana Shaykh said that we are just like the earth. Divine is teaching that, ‘I show you My signs upon the horizon and within yourself.’
سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ … ٥٣
41:53 – “Sanureehim ayatina fil afaqi wa fee anfusihim hatta yatabayyana lahum annahu alhaqqu, …” (Surat Al Isra)
“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth…” (The Night Journey 41:53)
So then people who don’t want to look at themselves, go study how the earth is protected. What is creating the shield of protection for the earth, so that everything in the stars and in the heavens doesn’t fall upon our heads? A magnetic core. The heat and the core of the earth that moves and the metal within that core, it’s a magnetic core, molten lead, molten iron, all within the center of the earth. The energy of that is what’s creating an energy belt around the earth, and they describe layers of energy. So as things are trying to come and penetrate that earth, most, most of them burn before entering the atmosphere.
Energy Attaches to the Iron in the Blood
The Divine is teaching saying, ‘You are no different.’ If the energy within you is not developed, your heart is not developed, the core of your body is water, if it’s not purified, the iron within your blood, if it’s not polished and stamped with zikrullah, that iron becomes the source of your sickness.
So they say most infection, staph infection, is from the rotting iron. It attaches itself to the iron and immediately increases the sickness. So the practice of hijamah and taking away all the iron, they will pull the dirty blood from the body. And many different spiritual practices that when we chant, and when we are doing our spiritual practices, this nazmah and this qudra of Divine Energy attaches itself to the iron within our body. It doesn’t attach to the liquid. It attaches to the iron of the blood and moves and that iron within the blood begins to heat the moisture, begins to heat the water of the body and begins to change the whole being.
The Blood is Purified through Breathing and Divine Chanting
It can either be a fiery being or as soon as something happens, you become angry and you are flush red. Or a spiritual being where you have practised and opened the energy within your heart. The energy within your heart is now baytullah (house of Allah). That every pump of blood when you’re breathing, the Divine Energy comes to the breath, that breath goes into the lungs and those lungs nourish the blood and the blood moves into the heart. As soon as it enters into the heart, either it’s going to be stamped: if it’s from the house of Allah it be stamped by Allah-Hu. It’s stamped with the zikr of Allah. Once that energy stamps upon the blood, the heart shoots it the 11 essential organs of the body.
Be Thankful to Divine for Every Breath You Take
That is why they say that every step is based on the breath. Every spiritual order is based on the breath and consciousness of the breath because it is the Divine Blessing that is coming to us. Before you want this, you want that, you want money, you want jobs, you want wife, you want husband, you want children- Divine is saying ,’You want so many things but did you thank Me for the nafas, the breath that you have? You have 24 000 gifts in one day and you don’t thank Me once for those breath.’ So then we have all our wants and we have no thankfulness to the Divine and that is the formula for depression, sadness, always sad because you want but you never thank.
لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ
14:7 – “…La in shakartum la azeedanakum…” (Surah Ibraaheem)
“If you are grateful and thank Me, I will give you more (favours).” (Holy Quran, Surah Abraham)
So Divine teaching that you always have to be thankful. Say Alhamdulillah wa shukran lillah (All praise is to Allah, and Thanks be to Allah). Alhamdulillah wa shukran lillah because you have life. If God gets sick of you, He ends the breath and you are gone and all your complaints go with you. And Divine is teaching that, ‘You thank Me on a daily basis.’ Hamd is different than shukr. Alhamdulillah is that everything yu sabbihu bi-hamdi, that everything is praising the Divine and I too and all my being am praising you my Lord.
تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ ۚ وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا ٤٤
17:44 – “Tusabbihu lahus samawatus sab’u wal ardu wa man fee hinna wa in min shayin illa yusabbihu bihamdihi wa lakin la tafqahoona tasbeehahum innahu kana haleeman ghafoora.” (Surat Al Isra)
“The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt [praises] Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Allah] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.” (Holy Quran, The Night Journey 17:44)
So Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah for what you have given to me. Wa shukran lillah because this breath that my, my breath is coming in nice. Go watch people who suffer from breathing, we’ve said times before, this is Mawlana Shaykh’s training. When you think you have a hard time because your sustenance is short, go to the hospital where children have asthma. They cannot breathe and they cannot take air in and they gasp for breath. And they are small and they are innocent and they haven’t smoked and they haven’t done stupid things to harm themselves. It’s just what the cards have been put out, what destiny was written.
So when we go to those situations and see the difficulty of breath, that the hardship that they endure and what suffering really is, then we should say shukran lillah, shukran lillah, shukran lillah, shukran lillah 1000 times a day you make it and you still won’t be enough. The Divine is teaching you that that is the key. That when we are thanking and praising and thankful for everything that we have, then they begin to teach us this breath that’s coming in, thanking the Divine. As it’s moving through the body, be busy all day long with your chantings, whether asking for forgiveness, astaghfirullah for all the things we’ve done wrong known and unknown to us, or praising the Divine Presence, praising the prophetic reality.
Means that heart now becomes busy, it’s like a factory in praise, constantly praising, constantly praising, constantly purifying. As the heart is purifying, it’s now stamping with Divine Energy and every blood that’s flowing through it, it’s stamping with that praising. With that stamped blood now begins to go to each organ and fight on our behalf.
Negative Energy Attacks our Organs – Kidneys and Liver
Where before all the organs are under attack, all of them are under satanic attack, under bad energy attack, and every organ begins to collapse. Every difficulty comes to the body. It’s not a coincidence that the kidney and the livers are the ones that collapse most in the world because bad energy is encouraging you, ‘I want to take over your being. I want to come and take over completely your heart. Why don’t you smoke because as soon as you smoke you put all that horrible energy within your being and we get to move freely through your blood.’
So Prophetﷺ described shaitan moves through the blood. So Shaitan says, ‘Why you taking long time? Smoke, I can come in very quick! I’ll hit your heart, give you heart disease and heart attack and from your heart I’ll move with your blood and into your liver and into your kidneys, into your lungs.
Then I’ll inspire you to drink- drink and put spirits within your body.’ They don’t call it heavenly names, they call it spirits. What spirits are coming into your body? These spirits- negative spirits. They want to dilute what you are made of, of pure water. The body is a pure water. We are asking to purify this water filled with chanting, filled with Divine Energy. And negative energy comes and says, ‘No no, dilute that water and make it to be like fire. Fill it with all sorts of spirits and that blood becomes like fire.’ And that blood begins to nourish all the organs and begin to shut down the entire body.
Defend Your Kingdom and Focus on your Inner Being
So we are under attack whether we know it or we don’t. The reality of sufism is to come and teach us how to defend our self until we regain a consciousness and become aware of what the Divine has guided us to. That, ‘I thought I was just sitting on this carpet and chanting.’ And Divine is saying, ‘No, you are under an attack of negativity.’ And this negativity is overtaking us, unless we begin to chant and begin to practise and begin to understand, begin to focus on the inside, focus on the heart, focus on the energy. As soon as we empower the heart means nasrullah (victory of Allah) is coming, that the Divine Energy is now coming within the heart for a support.
إِذَا جَاءَ نَصْرُ اللَّـهِ وَالْفَتْحُ ١
110:1 –”Idha jaa a Nasrullahi wal Fath.” (Surat an Nasr)
“When there comes the Divine Support of Allah and the Victory.” (Holy Quran, The Divine Support)
If Divine Energy begins to come into the heart, again all the energy will change on all the organs of the body and now we are able to begin to secure the kingdom. This is a kingdom that the Divine has given to us. He says, ‘Before I can open the reality of My Heavenly Kingdoms, you still don’t know your own kingdom and your kingdom is under satanic attack, how are you going to witness the grandeur of My Divinely Kingdom?’
So many people who are zahiri in external practices only, they wonder why nothing opening for them, why no understanding and reality opening for them. Mawlana Shaykh is teaching: what Allah wants to show you from this heavenly kingdom? When you don’t know your own kingdom and you don’t know who you are. You don’t know what king is upon your throne, what king is sitting upon the heart? Is it satanic king, the king of bad desires and bad actions and bad will, bad want, or the Divine King, ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’.
We Need Guides of Manners and Purification – Murshid Tarbiya and Murshid Tazkiya
Means that the kingdom of the Divine must come into the heart, the light of the Divine come into the heart and begin to push all want and desire down. Only by the energy of the internal begins to push and protect with energy of external. That’s why Mawlana Shaykh under Naqshbandiya, under the levels of the murshid, Mawlana Shaykh is all of those realities. But the shaykh of tarbiyah (Guide of Manners) and shaykh ul tazkiyah (Guide of Purification), it’s the same. They are going to give us from their tarbiyah, they are going to give us from their understanding. Means there has to be amongst you a shaykh that teaches tarbiyah, manners, what’s right and what’s wrong, and what’s the understanding of the self. As you begin to tarbiyah, discipline and provide yourself with an etiquette of understanding, the do’s and don’ts, the right and wrong so that you can begin the internal cleansing. There has to be a guide that teaches that tarbiyah.
Tarbiyah is, is a mannerism. We have the expression, ‘Be tarbiyat,’ means a vulgar rude person. So its opposite is that when there is no tarbiyah, how could there be tazkiyah? How could you have purification if you have no manners? So it is impossible. So then the guides of tarbiyah, they come and they teach right and wrong: adab, don’t do, do, don’t do, do, perfecting the manners. So that when you see them, they are the best of manners, loving and humbling and always seeking God’s Support and seeking God’s Mercy and Forgiveness because they know that they are wrong and doing things wrong.
Tarbiya (Mannerism) is a Requirement for Tazkiya (Purification)
As soon as the tarbiyah comes, then the shaykh begins to inspire from the reality of tazkiyah that now the zikr and the practices will hold onto you because your manners are at least working towards goodness. Then when they begin to give you zikrs and begin to give you from their nazar and their gaze, that that zikr is now housed within a beautiful vessel to hold it in. If you have a, no tarbiyah and you are asking for a zikr, it’s like pouring a liquid gold into Styrofoam cup. As soon as that energy hits it melts everything, that the vehicle in which you are asking to place that is not yet purified and pure.
So they begin to teach us, then the same shaykh of the reality of tazkiyah says that you follow all the tarbiyah, you follow all the right and wrong. When they have jumped you through all the hoops and the character is correct, and the manners are correct, then the zikr that they give to you will hold onto the soul. It brings a light and brings a tremendous energy. That energy on the inside begins to provide an energy on the outside that again stops hawa (desires), stops the desire of dunya (material world), stops the desire of the Nafs (ego), and begins to fight against shaitan. Without the inside, the outside is definitely under attack.
We pray that Mawlana Shaykh open more and more understanding for us on how to build that inside energy, how to follow their tarbiyah, how to follow their tazkiyah and that the heart begin to open and that energy begin to shine within our hearts.
Subhana rabbika rabbal ‘izzati ‘amma yasifoon, wa salaamun ‘alal mursaleen, walhamdulillahi rabbil ‘aalameen. Bi hurmati Muhammad al-Mustafa wa bi sirri surat al-Fatiha
[Special thanks to sister Saira and sister Hafsa for their help with transcribing this suhbah.]
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