Shaykh Nazim: Footballs, Turbans and Faith

“You may be walking down the street when a football hits you on your head, knocking off your turban. If you look back to see who hit you on the head with that football, you fall down from the level of real faith. Why did you look back?

Do you not know that the initial cause is your Lord, and that whoever kicked that ball at you is only a secondary cause? What do you have to do with a secondary cause when you know the origin of all causes?

If you are a real believer in your Lord, then why are you angry with that boy and looking back to see who struck you with that football, in order to quarrel with him and make trouble (fitna)?

If you continue walking, then there will be no quarrel, no fitna, no badness springing up; therefore, one of the main desirable results of being patient in the face of unliked things is that it promotes peace in the world among its people.

We must practice holding our tempers and being patient, for every time we are successful, the way of real faith is opened up to us.”

~ Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani

(Mercy Oceans’ Hidden Treasures)


Jesus Christ: Love your Enemies

One of the greatest tests in life is how we choose to react to what people do to us, or what they say about us… We can’t change that, but we can change how we choose to react to it.


Shaykh Nazim: On Peace and Sowing Wildness

“We pray for a peaceful world, for all the burning fires to be extinguished, from East to West. But the walls of alienation have become so formidable that no nation can even consider real closeness or cooperation with another. Familiarity is imprisoned and wildness and alienation are spreading day by day so quickly that unless that current can be stemmed soon, it will sweep away the whole world. That wildness current is gushing forth, and no dams that we may erect can contain it, as man only reaps what he sows. Man is sowing wildness, and so he must reap wildness, not familiarity and friendship. This current has swept over every level of human interaction; it has covered the Earth. What should be the result? According to tradition mankind will eat itself up in a spree of violence until Divine Intervention calls a halt to that raging fire.”

~ Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani

(Mercy Oceans Divine Sources – 1983)