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Urs of Shaykh Muhyddin Ansari – Grand Shaykh of Ansari Qadiri Rifai Order

shaykhmuhyiddinansariAnsari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Tariqa celebrates the Urs (union of the devotee with his Beloved) of Shaykh Muhyiddin Ansari, who is our Grand Shaykh, and the Shaykh of our Shaykh, Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari.

Below is a chapter from the book, “What About My Wood?” by Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari.

Chapter: Shaykh Muhyiddin’s Treasure

For Shaykh Muhyiddin Ansari, it was very important not to break anyone’s heart, as it should be for all Sufis. Sufis should be able to get along with everyone. When Muhyiddin Baba was with children, he acted as a child. When he was with adults, he acted as an adult. He went along with the mentality of the person with whom he happened to be keeping company.

One day, a friend of his invited him to go on a treasure hunt. He thought that since Muhyiddin Baba was a shaykh, he would be able to help find the treasure with his special powers. Shaykh Muhyiddin consented to go and took one of his young dervishes along.

While they were digging here and there, the young dervish thought, “Why is my shaykh looking for treasure?”

The shaykh was able to read the dervish’s thoughts and said, “My Son, I don’t do this to get rich. Come here, son, let me show you something.” He grabbed a handful of earth and said, “Be gold.” The dirt instantly became a handful of gold.

Shaykh Muhyiddin said, “If I want, I can do this. But I will not. I came here only because I didn’t want to break my friend’s heart. If I want, I can turn anything to gold, just like that. But we obey Allah’s decrees. We don’t try to override them. We want to be natural, simple, and to not do anything against the laws of nature.”

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Choosing Allah consciously

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Excerpt from a talk by Shaykh Taner Ansari:

All humans have nafs (ego), brain and a line to God. We have to find the correct way. Allah is Rahman (The Most Merciful) and Rahim (The Most Compassionate), so He helps us find the right course by logic, by contemplating, deduction and induction.

The first thing is this: you have to accept it – there is a God, but it’s not you. Our job is to find our essence through contemplation. Islam is acknowledgment of the fact that there is a God, and don’t try to be God yourself. You have to accept that there are rules and regulations. You have to be in sync with this.

Do we have any will power? Yes, if we didn’t have any will power, Allah wouldn’t have created us. Why? Because Allah wants to be chosen scientifically with our own free will, with no force. If Allah wanted to force (people to believe), everybody would believe.

Making the choice of choosing Allah has to be the beginning of your life. Everything has to be based on this. This is the truth and this is what we have to make peace with. Islam is making peace with Allah’s decrees and Allah’s systems. This is physics. If you think you have power too, show it to me. I am not going to ask you to make a galaxy. I am going to ask you not to eat, and don’t go to the bathroom. If you think you have power, do this.

One of the rules of being a Sufi is that you have to be on the lookout for Allah’s signs. Listen to my advice. Surrender and learn the easy way. My students have to be conscious of what they are doing. Each action has to be willing (voluntary and conscious). I don’t want you to do habitual actions – habitual actions is the killer of all faiths. Mean what you say each time.

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Special Sufi Zikr led by the Heads of our Sufi Order – 19 and 26 October, Monday, 7:30 PM

Dear all,

Shaykh 2015

We are pleased to announce that Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari, leaders of our Sufi Order, will be leading Zikr (Meditation) on the 19th and 26th October.

Date: 19th and 26th October, Mondays
Venue: Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT

They will present a talk and have a questions and answer session. This will be followed by Zikr (Meditation) and then dinner.

We greatly look forward to seeing you there.

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Truth is your purpose – Sufi Words of Wisdom

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By Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari

“When the problem is with you, you have to address the problem, which is you.

You have to enhance your understanding. You have to enhance your perceptions. Open your mind to different possibilities.

And we teach this. There is a way to do this. With Zikr of Allah, you do cleansing on your nafs (person/alter ego), so you will have a better eyesight and better understanding…

… so you can base your stipulation on the real truth.

As a scientist, observe the being as is.

You cannot make the truth as you want it to be. Truth is not going to suit you. That is why it is the Truth. Reality.

We have to accept the truth and base our actions on the solid foundation of the truth.

Allah has created us for this purpose.

But not by force. No forcing. No compulsion. You still volunteer and be willing to accept your duty that you are created for.”

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Zikr during Ramadan is at 8 PM

Dear all,

Please note that during the Holy Month of Ramadan, our weekly Monday Zikr in Notting Hill will commence at 8 PM.

We will begin with a half an hour talk, and then we will have a short Zikr. Afterwards, we will break fast (iftar) together and pray the sunset prayer together, if you wish to join us.

Dinner will be served after the prayer. All who come in peace are welcome, whether you are fasting or not.

Zikr Time: Every Monday, 8 PM (until week ending 19 July 2015)

Zikr Venue: Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, W8 4RT (Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate)

Love and Salams,
Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order of the United Kingdom

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The Islamic Calendar, The Month of Sha’ban & the Holy Night, Nisfu Sha’ban (Sha’ban 14-15, 1436 / June 1-2, 2015)

A note on the Islamic Calendar

Sufis  can  think  of  the  calendar  as  a  way  to  observe  Allah.  Often  when  we  are  caught  up  in   daily  tasks  and  routines  we  consume  time  blindly.  Special  months  and  holy  days  help  us  to   stop  living  automatically  and  pay  more  attention  to  what  Allah  is  sharing  with  us  all  the   time.

“My  servants  annoy  Me  when  they  complain  about  time,  for  I  am  time  (ana  ad-­‐dahr);   in  My  hand  is  the  day  and  the  night”.   — hadith  qudsi

Special  days  can  help  us  contemplate  the  meaning  of  this  hadith  qudsi.  The  calendar  is  one   means  of  noticing  His  qualities  and  actions  in  time  and  how  they  permeate  everything.

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The  Month  of  Sha’ban  

The  month  of  Sha’ban  (the  eighth  month of the Islamic Calendar)  has  its  own  special  qualities.  For  the   pre-­‐Islamic  Arabs,  it  was  called  the  month  of  separation,  when  the  tribes  and  clans  would   disperse  in  search  of  water  or  grasslands  for  their  flocks.

According  to  our  pir  Abdul  Qadir  al-­‐Geylani (may  Allah   sanctify  his  secret),  the  month  is  particularly  associated  with  the  Prophet  Muhammad   (peace  be  upon  him),  and  so  is  an  occasion  to  remember  him  more  and  do  more  salawat.

The  Prophet  (peace  be  upon  him)  used  to  observe  a  lot  of  optional  fast  days  in  the  first  half   of  Sha’ban,  more  than  any  other  month.  In  the  last  half  of  Sha’ban,  he  did  not  fast,  as   Ramadan  is  approaching.

A narrative  holds  that  in  a  sermon,  the  Prophet  (peace  be  upon  him)  said:     “O  people!    Lighten  and  cleanse  your  bodies  by  way  of  fasting  in  Sha’ban,  so  that  it   shall  be  easy  and  helpful  to  you  for  the  fast  during  Ramadan.  Whoso  fasts  for  three   days  during  Sha’ban,  all  his  past  sins  are  wiped  away.”

Holy Day & Night: Sha’ban 14-15, 1436 / June 1-2, 2015 — Nisfu Sha’ban (mid-Sha’ban)

The night when all sins are forgiven if prayed with sincerity. A blessed day to fast. Starts on Sha’ban 14 after sundown and ends at dusk on Sha-ban 15.

For this Holy Day do the following zikr:
1001 Estaughfirallah (trans: I ask for Your forgiveness)
501 Ya Gafur Ya Awf (Gafur: Forgiver, Hider of Faults or Shame; Awf: Forgiver)

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Intent of Sufism – by Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari

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From: ~~ Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari ~~

INTENT OF SUFISM:

Allah has created you. He gave you all this: hands, seeing, hearing, this machine, all this. He wants to do something with you without your objecting. And what are you doing, you’re objecting. Why are you objecting?

There are many reasons. One: you are not understanding, two: you want to be with your nafs and you don’t want to share this kingdom with your Lord, who has given it to you to begin with. You are objecting because you have an understanding particular to you, which is different from Allah’s understanding, and you want to act with this understanding, ignoring Allah’s purpose and the understanding that He is looking for. That way you are trying to be God yourself and this is shirk, setting up partners with Allah. This is what Allah doesn’t forgive.

The goal of Sufism is to overcome all this and to unite your purpose with Allah’s purpose, to unite your existence with Allah’s existence, to unite your love with Allah’s love. Everything needs to be aligned. When you start doing this, then the purpose becomes one. We call this tawhid, oneness.
This is where the combination is, in this body, Allah and you together, in oneness. Our objection to surrender, to act, and to understand comes mainly from ignorance and our attachments to the desires of our nafs, which we think has priority over Allah’s wisdom. What do you want to do? Do you want Allah, or do you want you?