Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad ‘Adil ar-Rabbani, sohbet on 8th June 2019, at Shaykh Nāẓim Dergah, Lefke, Cyprus.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh.
A‘ūdhu billāhi minash-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismillāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā RasūlAllāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūlillāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh Abdullāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī. Madad. Ṭarīqatunā aṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.
A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. “Al-mālu wa-l- banūna zīnatu l-ḥayāti d-dunyā, wa-l-bāqiyātu ṣ-ṣāliḥātu khayrun ‘inda rabbika thawāban wa-khayrun amala” (18:46), ṣadaqAllāhu l-‘aẓīm.
Allāh ﷻ says, “Wealth and children are a decoration for this world (dunyā).” They are beautiful. This is beauty, beautiful for everyone in this world. However, goodness is in leaving them behind as good and virtuous. When Allāh gives in this world, we should give thanks to Allāh. We should always remember Allāh and thank Him for the favours He gives. We should leave behind something for the next world (Ākhirah). Our Prophet ﷺ is saying when a person passes away to the next world… If they were praying in this world, their reward (thawāb) is written. If they were fasting, their reward is written. They give charity (ṣadaqah) and alms (zakāh), go on Ḥajj, they can do all these things while alive and it is written. But when they die, they can’t do any of them.
Everything is cut off then, except three things, said our Prophet ﷺ – ongoing charity (ṣadaqah jāriyah), a good child, and knowledge left behind. If you leave useful knowledge, your book of deeds will remain open until the Day of Reckoning (Qiyāmah). It will be written as if you are still living. Therefore, our ancestors founded charitable foundations. In order for that charity to last until the Day of Reckoning, they devoted portions of land and money to those foundations. They said, “We bequeath this until the end of time. We gave it while we were alive and in order to have its reward continue to be written for us, we devote it until the end of time.”
This is a good tradition of Islām. But of course, many things have changed since then. There were many people who didn’t respect Islām, didn’t respect rights, didn’t respect foundations. Most do not operate as a foundation, they are used for other purposes, or became forgotten and ruined. Allāh ﷻ gives according to the intention. When you say you devote something until the end of time, as our Prophet ﷺ said, its reward is written for you until the end of time. When your intention is like that, it will be written like that. The page remains open for rewards in the presence of Allāh. That reward is always written. Not to compare, but in this world people put money in a bank and it keeps growing in their account. Same with this, it doesn’t stop. Even if it is changed, someone can ruin it, burn it, steal it, destroy or replace it – but its reward doesn’t stop, with Allāh’s permission. Therefore, this is a good thing.
If someone takes a property or foundation without right, this will become a trouble for them. People who work in foundations, get paid for their work. Everything is done for them. But as we said, if something is taken illegally from there, this will bring them no benefit but only great harm instead. Such harm that they will regret it badly.
May Allāh let us do charitable work. May our charity last, inshāAllāh (God willing).
Allāh ﷻ says in the Quran: “Al-mālu wa-l-banūn zīnatu l-ḥayāti d-dunyā, wa-l- bāqiyātu ṣ-ṣāliḥātu khayrun ‘inda rabbika thawāban wa-khayrun amala” (18:46).
Allāh ﷻ says, money, children, and fortune, these are good for happiness for this life. These are good for people and will make them happy. If people are rich, have children and they have everything, they’re happy in this life. These are like decorations, nice decoration, but the most important is to send for the next world as well. “Al-bāqiyātu ṣ-ṣāliḥāt” – meaning that it will be gone but what will remain is what you send for the next world. “Al-bāqiyātu ṣ-ṣāliḥātu khayrun ‘inda rabbika thawāban wa-khayrun amala” (18:46).
Allāh rewards you for this and you will be happy, and this is for people… Normally the Prophet ﷺ said, when someone dies that your deeds end. Your deeds in this life – your prayers, your fasts, your Ḥajj, your almsgiving, your charity – it is for this life. While we are alive, we can do all these; but when we die, we get lowered into a grave, we cannot do anything. This life ends. The Prophet ﷺ said, until the last breath you can do everything but when this ends, no more breath coming, going out, you are like only a piece of something. (The community) must get rid of you (i.e. your remains).
But the Prophet ﷺ said, there are three good deeds of people that continue on. First, ongoing charity (ṣadaqah jāriyah), charity that continues forever, until the Day of Reckoning. If you provide access to water, (for instance) you dig a well, you make or give something to a mosque, education for a mosque, for everything that is good for believers, for human beings. There is reward in it and this will be written in your book of deeds. Ongoing, the account is not closed. Until the Day of Reckoning, it will be like this. Second, good descendants. Your children, your grandchildren, and great grandchildren, everything they are doing and their prayers for you, it will be written in your book as well. Third, to give good knowledge for people, that can be of benefit for people. This too keeps your book still going, writing rewards from Allāh ﷻ. Of course this…
Sometimes people, they are not giving attention to these things. It is very important because for one Fātiḥah, when you go through or near a cemetery, those people (in the graves) they are waiting. “Oh, if they give us Fātiḥah or give us ṣalawāt or give us something.” This is important even for non-relatives, when you pass through a cemetery. So, it is to make charity, to make – waqf, what is meaning – trust. Trust is very important in Islām. Old time people they were making trusts, giving small things, big thing, as much they can. They said, “We make this charity until the end of time, to benefit this ummah, this nation, to benefit from what we done.”
There are millions of these that people made, but through the centuries, many bad people have come along. They destroy, they kill, they take out of this, burn paper. What, where is trust, where is this, we don’t know. Very few are left.
But Allāh ﷻ, as Prophet ﷺ said, the important thing is intention, your intention – “I give this until the end of time” – Allāh will accept this since you give this. Not looking if it is destroyed, is still there or not still there. You will be rewarded as if it is there until the end of time. This is very important, because many people give everything and they are happy with what they have done and Allāh will not disappoint them. Allah will reward them, inshāAllāh.
This is important for people who when they hear about trust, lands or property or other, they quickly like to take from this because they are thinking it will be something in which they can hide and not give much. But it is important to not take anything unjustly from a trust. You must give as much as it is worth. Even though many people steal from trusts and this is very bad, because it is cursed to take anything from a trust, property or money or anything, from a trust without right. You are stealing. You say you thought it is good for you. No, this is not good at all. You must be careful! Those who work for a trust, it is okay for them to take a salary, to take what they have a right to, they can take – but only within limits.
So Allāh help us to give something to remember us. Many people they like to do something to not be forgotten by people. It is easy to forget people, it is okay – billions of people – not important. But important to not forget, to give something to remember, Allāh remembers you through what you give and it is the most important thing. Allāh help us to make charity to make every good thing for ourself and Islām, inshāAllāh.
Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq (may Allah grant us the ability and success).