The Journey, Towards The Divine Presence.
“Oh you company of Jinn and Men,
if you have the power to penetrate (all) the
regions of the heavens and earth, then penetrate
(them)! You will never penetrate them
except with (Our) permission.”
Which then of the favours of your Lord
will you deny"
Sura Ar Rahman: 55:33-34
The Prophet Muhammad (sal) said that "Nothing is better than one's personal experiences" Some of the Spiritual Openings of Moulana Sheikh Nazim's Mureeds or followers are given below:-
Many of Moulana Sheik Nazim’s Mureeds have experienced the seeing of lights of different shapes and colours.It is quite common among these Mureeds to see pin points of different coloured lights at various times of the day and night. These lights appear in flashes and disappear. Some also see waves of gold or silver light appearing in front of them. These lights darkness these mureeds are able to see all around them.
Some have also experienced seeing a big golden or silvery light close to their foreheads or at the positions where their hearts are. Some Mureeds also see big flashes of light appearing in blotches in front of them. Some also have experienced seeing lights in the form of streaks and lightning. Others have perceived lights in the shape of the moon and stars.
White have been seen by these Mureeds. Light like that of the shining sun at noon with all its intensity and brightness have been witnessed. In short so many types of lights have been seen by these Mureeds that it would be difficult to enumerate all of them here.
A feeling of saintly Presence...
A common experience of many Mureeds is the sudden inhalation of a whiff of incense or attar (perfume). The type of perfume in almost all cases is one that is not being worn by the Mureed and is easily recognized due to its unexpected presence.
During the repetition of Dhikr some Mureeds have experienced a sweet taste on their tongues which lingers sometimes from between a day to three or four days on end. Mureeds have been given various types of liquids such as water and milk etc to drink by Prophets, particularly Holy Prophet (Sal) and Seyyidina Khidr (Alai) during the recital of Salawath (Durood) and Dhikr. These liquids represent secret knowledge.
A connection with the Divine...
Many Mureeds have had the experience of seeing Moulana Sheikh Nazim and also other members of the Golden Chain of Spiritual Transmission of the Naqshabandi Tariqat appearing before them. Some have had the experience of seeing a host of the Saints (awliya) appearing before them.
A selection of Mureeds see Moulana Sheikh Nazim in flashes at various times of the day or night. Some see the entire form of the Sheikh, while some see just the bust or only his face. Certain of these Mureeds see Moulana Sheikh Nazim in front of them all the time and Moulana is always with them. Wherever they may be or wherever they may go Moulana Sheikh Nazim is always present with them.
Some of them have also been granted the gift of being able to communicate with Moulana. Any question that they put to their Sheik is immediately answered knowledge have been communicated to his Mureeds by Moulana Sheikh Nazim in this manner.
Questions by these Mureeds regarding day to day life, or questions relating to religion and Marifatullah (hidden knowledge) and also many other subjects have been answered by Moulana Sheikh Nazim. When this type of communication has been granted to a mureed, he no longer needs to resort to books in order to further his knowledge. Anything that he desires to know is told to him by his Sheik.
There are some Mureeds who have been given the gift by Moulana Sheikh Nazim of being able to see the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) appearing before them. To some of them the Holy Prophet (Sal) appears to them in flashes. Some are in the presence of the Holy Prophet (Sal) at all times 24 hours a day. They are able to communicate with the Holy Prophet (Sal). They are able to put questions to Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) and they are answered by him. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) teaches, instructs and guides them.
Many Mureeds have also the gift of being able to interpret dreams. This they do either by asking for the interpretation of these dreams from Moulana Sheikh Nazim or from the Holy Prophet (Sal). Sometimes they do this by means of interpreting these dreams according to the knowledge that has been given to them. When a person relates a dream to these Mureeds, they are even able to actually see the dream visually unfolding before the very eyes of their hearts. In some instances, these Mureeds have been able to remind the one who related his
dream of certain portions of his dream that had been forgotten by him and therefore omitted in the narration of it and subsequently the dreamer is able to recollect quite clearly what he had forgotten.
The existence of Seyyidina Mahdi (Alai) in these times is doubly confirmed by some Mureeds of Moulana Sheik Nazim who have been given the gift of seeing Seyyidina Mahdi (Alai). He is so powerful that it is not possible for people to look at his eyes. Moulana Sheikh Nazim has however, granted some of his Mureeds the power to look directly into the eyes of Seyyidina Mahdi (Alai) and also to communicate with him.
Annihilation in the Sheikh...
Certain of the Mureeds of Moulana Sheikh Nazim experience that Moulana appears within them. When this happens, they are no longer conscious of themselves as themselves. They loose their identity and are conscious of themselves as their Sheikh. They see through Moulana's eyes when they look, they hear through Moulana's ears when they speak. They no longer see or feel themselves as they no longer exist, only Moulana exists.
When a mureed in this state makes any movement, this movement is seen by the mureed to be a reflection of Moulana Sheikh Nazim. This state is temporary for some Mureeds while for others it is established and permanent. In this state the Mureed is known to be going through the process of Fana fi Sheik.
Some Mureeds also experience the state of Fana fi Rasool which is the next stage towards the Divine Presence. In this stage the Holy Prophet (Sal) is experienced within the mureed. As in the earlier case the Mureeds lose their identity and are conscious of themselves as Moulana Sheikh Nazim who is lost in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal). They can no longer identify themselves as themselves. They now identify themselves while in this state as being mirrored by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal). They now see, hear and experience sensation through the Holy Prophet (Sal).
The expansion in Conciousness...
The ability to look into and witness events that have occurred in the past has also been given by Moulana Sheikh Nazim to some of his Mureeds. All that these Mureeds have to do is to think of this particular event and they are shown it as it actually happened. For example, if a mureed with this gift wished to see a certain incident related in the Quran, for instance the incident described in Sura Yoosuf where the ladies of the court of the King while paring fruits were so rapt in the beauty of Yoosuf (Alai) that they did not realize that they had cut their fingers, or the creation of Adam (Alai) or incidents in the life of any Prophet or Saint. These incidents are portrayed to them as they actually took place.
For instance, if these Mureeds were to read the life story of our Prophet (Sal) they would see the incidents unfold before them as if they were happening at that time. The same is true if they were to read the life story of a Saint. This is not only restricted to reading. The same would occur if another person is relating a story as well, where the story would unfold in front of the Mureeds who actually witness the events talked about. In short, all that these Mureeds wish to see of the past are depicted to them. This state is being experienced by some of Moulana Sheikh Nazim's Mureeds and they are also given access to witness whatever is presently occurring anywhere in the world. They have been given the gift of all that they wish to see.
A few Mureeds have been given the gift of being able to look through the eyes of everyone. These Mureeds, simply ask Moulana Sheikh Nazim for this ability and are then able to look through another’s eyes and see whatever they are seeing. Sights which have arrested one in the past and is imprinted in his memory may be recalled by him at a particular instant which a Mureed with this ability of looking through anyone’s eyes may see in all it?s glory. For instance, if a person has been to the Himalayas and seen a particular mountain range, all that the Mureed with this ability has to do is to ask Moulana Shaikh Nazim to let him look through this person's eyes and he would see what that person had seen. This phenomenon is not only limited to this, but also to dreams and spiritual visions. If a Mureed with this ability desires to look through the eyes of another Mureed with spiritual vision, he is shown this spiritual vision which may be the vision of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) or Moulana Sheikh Nazim or some other Prophet or Saint.
Sometimes, Mureeds have been transported to other countries and places. For example they may be transported in a moment to London where Moulana Sheikh Nazim would be delivering a lecture. Some are known to have visited Mecca, Medina, London and Baghdad in moments by the power and the grace of Moulana Sheikh Nazim. Of course there are also certain Mureeds who have had the opportunity of being transported beyond the limits of this world, beyond the limits of this Galaxy even, and to the very edges of the far Galaxies. They have been taken to the Paradises and have experienced the delights therein. They have even seen the hells too. They have also visited other worlds and met with their occupants.
Tasting the sweet fruit of divine Love...
A common phenomenon at this point is the experience of ecstasy in love oceans for Moulana Sheik Nazim, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sal) and ultimately towards the Divine Presence. This feeling of ecstasy can never be accurately expressed as there is no other sensation that can be compared to it. It can only be pointed out that it is even greater than the greatest feeling of love that two ardent lovers may have for each other. An example of this sensation may be realized from the story of Yoosuf (Alai) where Lady Zulaiha after pining away for the love of Yoosuf (Alai) finally has this, her greatest desire granted by Allah Almighty. Having wed Yoosuf (Alai) however, on the night of their marriage even this great love for him was forgotten in the ecstasy that she felt for Allah Almighty.
Witnessing of divine praising throughout Creation...
There are also Mureeds who have even developed to the state where they have been given the gift of being able to witness everything in creation performing Dhikr constantly. They witness everything that they look at shimmering in constant Dhikr. Some even hear this Dhikr. Some of the Mureeds of Moulana Sheikh Nazim have been given knowledge of the secrets of nature. For, instance the secrets of plants etc, have been granted to these Mureeds.
The ultimate experience for the Sufi...
A degree of Unity have been experienced by certain Mureeds where they have expanded to the extent that they see the Universe at a glance. They are able to see right across the Universe and also able to focus on any place that they desire. They see the entire Universe as one in all its vastness.
They have beheld that the entirety is made of one substance. At some point some Mureeds reach the state where they no longer can differentiate between themselves and the Universe in its entirety. At this point they see themselves as the entire Universe with a single soul their soul.
Moulana Sheikh Nazim says that the purpose of religion is to know Allah. He quotes the Hadith Qudsi:
"I was a Hidden Treasure and loved to be known"
Therefore the purpose of any religion is to find this Hidden Treasure and to discover its secrets. It is towards this end that Moulana Sheikh Nazim is training his Mureeds. He guides them to the Divine Presence and seats them on the Divine Throne of Allah Almighty to take command of the entire Universe. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran,
“I give sovereignty to whom I want.”
Moulana Sheik Nazim is therefore guiding every seeker who comes to him to achieve this goal. All the phenomena experienced by Mureeds discussed above only represent a tiny drop in the ocean of knowledge that Moulana Sheikh Nazim intends to impart to his Mureeds.
Moulana Sheikh Nazim puts it very simply when he says:
"Come to me and I shall give you everything?. Is thereanything that falls short of everything?"