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If one is a Sufi, for him only Allah exists. The Sufi does not exist. The Sufi is not there.
Only Allah is, and if Allah is then there is nothing to ask for.
Allah created Adam and Eve (A.S) and placed them in heaven. But in order to lead Adam
and Eve (A.S) astray, satan, using various acts of subterfuge, deceived the peacock and
tricked the serpent into carrying him (in its mouth) into heaven. Once there, he took on
the form of an angel, deceived Eve (A.S) into eating of the forbidden fruit, and thereby
changed heaven into hell for them.
Now, just as Adam (A.S) was about to swallow the forbidden fruit Eve (A.S) had given
him, the Angel Gabriel (A.S) came and pinched his throat closed, in order to stop him
from swallowing it. But Eve (A.S) had swallowed the fruit, and as a result, it was decreed
that females will not keep any secrets. They will tell what is in their hearts, without
concealing it. But in males there is the quality of pondering over things before they
speak. The place where Adam's throat was constricted stands out like a knot and has
come to be called the Adam's apple.
Above that knot, Allah placed the spring called zamzam. As long as one is alive, water,
which is the grace, the rahmat, of Allah, flows from that spring. When the water stops
flowing from that spring, it signals the time of death for that individual. This is why people
often keep asking for water near the time of death.
Now, while Adam and Eve (A.S) were still in heaven they had no urine or feces, no lust or
anger; they did not have the pride or other evil qualities of satan, the qualities of hell. Up
to that point they were aware only of a body of light, the heavenly body. But the moment
they ate the forbidden fruit, the beauty of that heavenly body of light disappeared and
the body of hell became visible. Then they began to be aware of their nakedness, of their
private parts, and they ran and hid behind some trees in order to conceal the nakedness
of that body. They begged the trees to give them leaves to cover themselves, but none
would agree to do so. Finally the incense tree, a creeper, agreed to lend them its leaves,
but no sooner had they used them to cover their private parts than the tree realized it
had acted without Allah's permission. Judging itself to be guilty, as a penance it wound
itself around their hair and hauled them up and held them suspended in midair.
Then the sound of Allah came through Gabriel (A.S), "O Adam! You ate of the forbidden
fruit without My permission. Therefore, you are banished to the hell called the world. You
have no place in heaven any longer. If you can regain the heaven I gave you originally,
you can come back, but for now you have taken on the form of satan, the body of hell.
As long as you have this form, you cannot stay here."
And so Allah commanded that Adam (A.S) be cast out of heaven. But Adam (A.S) kept
begging and begging Allah for forgiveness. He asked in the name of every prophet who
was going to be born from him, prophet after prophet. He asked in the name of every
saint that would be born from him. But Allah paid no heed, and the angels continued
dragging him out of heaven. Finally Adam (A.S) pleaded, "In the name of Muhammad

Rasl who will be born from me, please forgive me, for his sake." Until then his body had
been dragged along the ground, but now he was lifted up and made to stand upright, and
then pulled along on his feet.
And so it came about that Adam (A.S) was thrown to the east and Eve (A.S) to the west.
The peacock was banished to the north and the serpent to the south. Satan was thrown
into hell. This is what happened.
Although Adam (A.S) begged in the name of every prophet, Allah did not forgive him.
Even when he pleaded in the name of Muhammad (S.A.W.), the only reprieve he was
granted was to be allowed to stand up and walk.
If we think about this, we will realize that if we fail to obey the word of Allah, there is no
one in this world who can grant us forgiveness. Which saint, which prophet, can possibly
grant us forgiveness? Even though Adam (A.S) begged in the name of every prophet, he
was not forgiven.
Only when we acquire that light-form in which Allah created us that beautiful heavenly
form we had in heaven only in that form can we see Allah. Anyone who has been
deceived by satan and taken on his qualities and partaken of the prohibited (harm) food
that satan indulges in will assume the body-form that belongs to hell. That body-form
imbibes and grows on prohibited foods, contrary to the commands of Allah. Such a one
has agreed to wear the clothes of hell (which are satan's qualities), and as a result, the
form of light and heavenly beauty will disappear.
No matter what religion we may follow, no matter what scripture we may read, once we
realize Allah's truth, we will understand the difference between right and wrong, between
that which is permissible and that which is prohibited (hall and harm), between good
and evil (khair and sharr), and between the essence and the creations (dht and sift).
And once we understand these, we must then exclude what is prohibited, keep what is
good and discard what is evil, and cast off the things that are wrong for us (as decreed
by Allah), thus making ourselves worthy of being in heaven again.
Adam (A.S) was raised to the fourth heaven. [There are eight heavens.] That fourth
heaven is our qalb, our innermost heart. Satan will climb up to that point to deceive that
house of our heart, but he can go no higher. He can climb only up to that fourth level,
which is the fourth heaven. From there he can practice his deceptions, instilling jealousy,
envy, treachery, and deceit, cunning, divisiveness, pride, and anger into the heart, thus
feeding it with disruptive forces and disunity. Satan will commit all these actions that are
contrary to the laws of Allah.
God created the jinns and satan out of fire, which contains the qualities of anger,
hastiness, hatred, pride, the arrogance of the 'I', jealousy, treachery, deceit, and
cunning. Anyone who has the fire of anger has the quality of the jinns, of satan. Anyone
who lets those fire qualities come into him, who is deceived by those qualities and
accepts the food and speech of hell, will be changed into hell. He will forfeit his beauty,
his light-form, and the heaven which belongs to that beauty.

But if we can clear the innermost heart by excluding satan's qualities, satan's food, and
satan's actions, we will regain our original beautiful form, the form that belonged to Adam
(A.S), the form of light. At that stage we will have no lust, anger, miserliness, or greed.
What we will see at all times will be Allah's grace, His rahmat. Every type of food will
have seventy thousand tastes. Every fruit will have seventy thousand tastes for us.
Honey will have seventy thousand sweetnesses. Flowers will emit seventy thousand
fragrances. Milk will have seventy thousand different tastes. In everything we look at, we
will see Allah's grace and love in limitless, bounteous ways, in that fourth heaven which is
the qalb of man, the house of Adam (A.S).
Adam (A.S) was created in the world, the duny, and placed in the fourth heaven, but he
disobeyed the command of Allah and paid heed to the words of satan. Anyone who
disregards the word of Allah and gives ear to the word of satan creates, in that house of
the heart, many millions of idols and statues. His every thought or intention turns into
something he worships as an equal to Allah. Each thought becomes an idol. Each
intention becomes a statue. Each yearning becomes a god in place of Allah. As long as
anyone persists in such thoughts he will not be forgiven. We create these idols and
statues when we take on these different states. Whether they are outer idols and statues
or inner ones, they all belong to hell. We should realize this and eliminate our satanic
qualities. Thus said Allhu ta'l Nyan.
Now, when Allah had satan thrown down from heaven, He also cast out the incense tree,
saying, "Since you gave of your leaves and twigs without My permission, I banish you to
be burnt in the world of hell. However, since you did it out of love for your father and
mother, I endow you with fragrance. Let Adam's progeny enjoy that fragrance, but for it
to come forth you will have to be burnt in fire and charred." This is why the children of
Adam (A.S) burn incense at their ceremonies. Unless it is burnt, it has no fragrance.
If we who are children of Adam (A.S) can progress without being deceived by satan, if we
can realize the truth and adhere to Allah's laws, our form will become a light-form, and
with the beauty of that light we will regain the heaven that was decreed for us by Allah.
Only when we are filled with Allah's qualities and have unwavering faith in Him will we be
able to realize who we are and understand who Allah is. At that point we will see Allah,
man, and heaven in the same place. That is true prayer. To meet Allah face to face, to
dwell in the same heaven in which He dwells, and to worship Him that is prayer. To live
every moment in heaven, to eat the food of heaven and worship the One who resides in
heaven that is true worship.
Otherwise, no matter who offers prayers of supplication on our behalf, we will end up
with the same as what was meted out to Adam(A.S). We cannot look upon anything or
anyone as equal to Allah, whether it be a shaikh or a sayyid, a saint or a qutb. Such
beings can only give us the map for our path. They will reveal to us what is within our
heart. They will give us the method by which we can create light within our heart. They
will point out and explain to us the meaning of mn-Islm and show us the way of good
and evil, of permissible and prohibited. They will show us what earns Allah's love as well
as what actions stem from the ignorance belonging to hell. They will explain the right and

the wrong in everything. They will be like a staff that supports us as we walk on our
journey. They will give us a map that shows the direct path.
If you have a shaikh, he might take your hand and walk with you for part of the way, but
there is a limit beyond which even he cannot go. Then you will have to walk on alone and
find your own way, carrying the map he showed you the qualities and actions of Allah.
The shaikh will bring you up in the proper manner, feed you with Allah's qualities, raise
you to a state worthy of Allah's love, and explain the difference between what is
permissible and what is prohibited. Then, having taken you as far as he can, he will say,
"My children, now I have to go back, I have more work to do, work that Allah has given
me. Here is the path. From here on you must travel on your own. Go carefully."
After a time Adam (A.S) was taken up to the sixth heaven, which corresponds to the
sixth level of wisdom, divine analytic wisdom. The six heavens represent the six levels of
consciousness: perception, awareness, intellect, judgment or assessment, subtle wisdom,
and divine analytic wisdom, the wisdom of the qutbiyyat. The shaikh or sayyid or saint or
qutb can take you up to the sixth heaven, but from there onward you must go by
yourself. Beyond there, you have to proceed alone through the seventh and eighth
At that point you will begin to hear sounds and voices. You must not be disturbed or
agitated by them. If your mn is steadfast, if you keep firm your faith in your shaikh, or
sayyid, or saint, or qutb, then you will hear a voice which resembles his, instead of
hearing those other sounds and voices. So, if you go on the path your qutb or shaikh
mapped out for you, Allhu ta'l will send you sounds that resemble his. You must
proceed with determined faith, without any fear of the sounds you hear.
Beyond this are seventy thousand mysterious veils, angels, jinns, fairies, illumined beings
which are mixed into our body. We have to go beyond all of these before we can see
Allah face to face.
So, we must find our heaven. We must give up this body of hell and find the body of
light. If we can cut away the qualities that were injected into us when we were deceived
by satan, if we can regain that original light body, then we can find our way back to the
heaven from which we came. If we do not regain that light-form while we are in this
world we can never hope to return to heaven. Allah told Adam (A.S), "You can come back
here only when you have regained the resplendent form I gave you. Otherwise you will
remain in the form you are in now, the body of hell." We have to realize this truth. As
long as we hold on to this body which belongs to hell, we will be far, far away from Allah.
Nobody can grant us forgiveness no religion, no scripture, no doctrine Allah alone has the
power to judge. Even the shaikh and the archangels Jibrl, Mk'l, Isrfl, 'Izr'l, and the
angels Munkar and Nakr (may the peace of God be upon them all), can only take us to
the sixth heaven. Who can climb beyond that? Only the light of Allah. That was the state
of Muhammad (S.A.W.) when he climbed alone, as Allah's light, beyond the sixth heaven
and ascended on the Mirj to meet Allah face to face. We too must go in that same
state, in the form of Muhammad (Srat Muhammad), the form of true man (Sratul4

Insn), the form of light (Sratun-Nr), and as Allh-Muhammad (Srat-Allh). This is

the only form that can transcend the sixth heaven and meet Allah face to face.
Thus, from this form we are in now, we must transform ourselves into Sratur-Rahmn,
Sratur-Rahm, Sratul-Insn, Sratul-Ftihah, Sratur-Rasl, Sratun-Nr. Each of
these different names refer to man. We must open out and understand the meaning of
each srat, each form. Our true form must progress through these different stages. As
long as we fail to attain these stages, we will be bound to this hell-form, and no one can
forgive us. This is what has been said in the Qur'an.
Twenty-eight Arabic letters combine to form our subtle body. Of these, one is the world,
the ammrah, which is darkness. The other twenty-seven are forms that we must
understand, open out, and examine.
We have to surrender ourselves to Allah's will. We do not know what is going to happen
in the next moment. So we say, "Tawakkul-'alallh (It is within the will of God)." And for
this moment, for this waqt, we say, "Al-hamdu lillh (All praise is to Allah)." So, if we are
still alive for this waqt, then we say, "Al-hamdu lillh," and for the next waqt, we say,
"Tawakkul-'alallh." These are the two 'times' we have to act upon. In each, we must
surrender to His will.
We need to remember this at every moment. This is forgiveness. This is the state we
have to attain and make steadfast within us. This is dhikr, the remembrance of God. If
we can establish this state, if we can hand over responsibility for each moment, even the
moment of our death, into His hands that is tawakkul-'alallh. That is the only prayer that
worships Allah without considering anything to be equal to Him. Any other form of prayer
is idol-worship, the worship of things that are considered as comparable to Him. This is
the word to keep only Allah as our true faith. If we maintain this faith, Allah will be the
One who sees, who hears, who knows. This will be evident to us at every moment.
In no religion can anyone grant forgiveness. Even Adam (A.S), begging in the name of
the Raslullh (S.A.W.), was only granted a small respite to be allowed to stand erect.
Therefore, until we regain our light-form, until we come to partake of Allah's permissible
'foods' and relish their tastes, we will continue to dwell in the form that is hell. That body
will develop foul smells and fetid odors. Our blood will stink. And the food it eats will be
prohibited food. All these things are in our body now. Only when these qualities are
destroyed and this form is gone will we take on the form that belongs to heaven and the
grace of heaven.
The shaikh, sayyid, saint, and qutb can only give us the map. They may take us up to the
sixth heaven, but not beyond. We have to reflect on this. No religion, no idol, no
scripture, no magic or miracle, no sitthis or sakthis can take us there. They will be an
'opposite' to Allah. Our trust in them will compete with our belief in Allah. We must
surrender to Allah alone. He is the One who has the power to control all these energies.
We must believe this. Al-hamdu lillh: all praise belongs to God.
Good and evil belong to the one who has earned it. What good or evil the wife has earned
cannot be shared by the husband, and what the husband has earned cannot be shared by

the wife. What is earned by the shaikh cannot be given to a disciple, and that earned by a
disciple cannot go to the shaikh. Allah has decreed that each one's good and evil belong
to him alone. Therefore, each one of us must try to regain that resplendent form. Alhamdu lillh!
To help us escape from hell and satan, the shaikh must carry us over and release us from
the six regions belonging to lust and sex: arrogance, karma, and my; trahan,
singhan, and sran. Through karma we are connected to hell, and through my we
become infatuated and fall into a state of torpor. Trahan is the force one uses to return
into the place of birth. Singhan is the arrogance, like a lion, that one displays at the time
of sex. Sran takes different forms, such as miracles and sitthis.
These six places belong to the fire of hell. Then there are six qualities that compose the
kingdom of satan: lust, hatred, miserliness or greed, fanaticism, bigotry, and envy. So,
these twelve qualities must be overcome.
The shaikh will take us across these twelve, to the sixth heaven. To go beyond that we
have to take his map and go alone. Forgiveness, surrender to Allah (tawakkul), giving all
praise to Allah alone (al-hamdu lillh) these words will be the map. You must understand
their meaning and carry them with you to guide you on your journey. And through the
qutbiyyat you can acquire the wealth of 'ilm (divine knowledge) and the wisdom that will
transform you into Muhammad, the Nr, the light of Allah.
But if you want to proceed beyond the sixth heaven and go on to earn the crown, you
must climb up to the seventh heaven and even the eighth, the gem-studded palace,
where you will be crowned. A place will be defined for you there. You will be allotted
duties and stations in Allah's kingdom. That is where you will meet Allah face to face.
1. zamzam (A) A well situated near the Ka'bah in Mecca. It is said to flow from the spring of
abundance (kauthar) in paradise.
2. Allhu (A) Beautiful, undiminishing One.
ta'l (A) The One who exists in all lives in a state of humility and exaltedness.
Nyan (A) Ruler; protector; sustainer.
3. Mi'rj (A) The Ascent, also referred to as the 'Night-journey' in which Prophet Muhammad
ascended to the heavens and into the presence of Allah. See Glossary.
4. srat (A) Form. Thus we must transform ourselves into His form, the nature and qualities of arRahmn, ar-Rahm, al-insn, etc. See Glossary.
5. waqt (A) Time of prayer. In the religion of Islam, there are five specified waqts each day. But there
is really only one waqt, the never-ending prayer of direct communication with God when one is
merged with Him.
6. The use of the word 'food' is not conned to what we eat, but includes anything we choose to
nurture our lives. We should seek only hall, or permissible, enrichment and avoid all harm, or
prohibited, things.

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