Sohbet by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad ‘Adil ar-Rabbani on 11 February 2016/2 Jumada al-Awwal 1437, at Akbaba Dargah, Sabah Namaz
As-salamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh. Audhu Billahi Minashaytanir Rajeem, Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Was-salatu Was-salamu ‘ala Rasulina Muhammadin Sayyidul Awwalin wal Akhirin, Madad Ya RasulAllah, Madad Ya Sadati Ashabi Rasulillah, Madad Ya Mashayikhina. Dastur. Shaykh Abdullah Daghestani, Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani. Madad. Tariqatunas sohba, wal khayru fil jam’iyya.
The religion of Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla started with Adam ‘Alayhis Salam and continued until our Holy Prophet ﷺ. The final religion is the religion of Islam. The law (sharia) of Musa (Moses) ‘Alayhis Salam was very important externally. When Isa (Jesus Christ) ‘Alayhis Salam came, he appealed more to spirituality (ruhaniyat). Because by then they had turned religion into a dry thing with no regard for spirituality and had changed it.
The Jews* changed religion according to their own minds, and in the end such a dry thing was left. So Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla sent Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ would never have regard for these decrees and just looked at the spiritual side. Thank Allah they are both in Islam. There is both spirituality and law in Islam.
There can be no spirituality without sharia. So a person cannot stir up and say, “I regard spirituality. Forget about sharia.” If you say that, you would be deviating from the path and leading people to the wrong path. This comes from laziness. Laziness comes from the ego and from Shaitan. Laziness is a bad illness. Learning is needed and you can ask what you do not know. It is not a shame to ask. They say, “Asking is half of knowledge.”
You will do work, and you will do worship. When you do so, work is also considered worship. You cannot say, “We are only worshipping.” When you do work, it is also considered great worship. It is also worship if you believe in Allah and work to make a living.
As we said, the religion of Islam demands it all together. The sharia of Hadrat Musa said it needed work and service. Spirituality came into prominence with Isa ‘Alayhis Salam. But because the religion of Islam is the last religion, it collected all religions within itself. Not separately, but comprising them all. What needed to be done was shown by Allah Jalla Jalaluh through Hadrat Prophet ﷺ. Doing it is a duty (wajib) and obligatory (fard). Doing what Allah says is fard.
Then there is the sunnat (practices of the Holy Prophet ﷺ) and the recommended (mustahab) of course. The more people can do them, the more it is of benefit to themselves. Allah Jalla Jalaluh does not need us. Society would be good if you do it. And when society is good, its goodness would reach you as well.
Instead of sitting in fear amongst bad people, everybody would be comfortable if there was a good and clean society. May Allah grant everybody to practice what the religion of Islam orders InshaAllah.
Wa Minallah at-Tawfeeq.
* Note: this is a reference to the state of religion the holy land during the time of Jesus, not all forms of Judaism throughout history or today.