Ansari 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.”
From: ~ Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari ~
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE SAME THING:
Think about how many levels Allah is living His life. How many dimensions, how many levels, how many ways, how many manners! Do more thinking about these things. Start with the ones that are very apparent. Everyone has life, so think about life first. That’s the main thing, how does He live?
Manifest life the way Allah lives. Think about consciousness. Is all life conscious or do you first find consciousness in a brain? What is happening? Think about the dimensions. How many dimensions are there? How many ways are there? I am trying to encourage you get used to thinking in this way.
Very rarely does Allah make me repeat the same thing. He has been making me talk for 10 years or more now. It’s the same subject, but there are so many angles you can look at the same thing from. For example, take a sphere: how many circles can you put around a sphere? There are 360 degrees one way, 360 degrees every other way. There are so many different angles to look at it from.
That’s why you can sit here and talk about the same subject until you die and not say the same words. What does Allah say in the Quran? “If the oceans were ink and all the forests were pens, Allah’s words would not be finished.” He counted His blessings and He could not count them all.
From: ~ Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari ~
It is impossible to be quiet after seeing what is happening in the World, especially with those so-called Muslims.
The root of the problem is ignorance. The whole problem comes from not knowing Allah and what He likes and what He doesn’t like. Although He wrote what He wants, in several holy books and told us through the messages of 124,000 messengers.
How can you even think of killing the children is pleasing to Allah. How can you think that violence represents the peace (which Islam stands for)?
Most of the Muslims read Quran in Arabic, but do not understand.
Allah says in Qurani Kerim, “I do not abuse my creation.” He says, “Oh Muhammed (peace be upon him), if they make peace, make peace.”
If you want to represent Islam, then you have to be an element of peace, love, togetherness, kindness, mercy and knowledge. The ignorant will not be in the paradise.
SUFISM REVIVES THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE FOUND IN ALL RELIGIONS
by Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari
In Sufism, we take religion back to its origins and revive it. What is the name of our Pir, Abdul Qadir al Geylani? It is Muhyiddin and that means “reviver of the religion.” What is the name of my Shaykh? Muhyiddin Ansari which also means “reviver of the religion.” So we have to revive the philosophy of what you call “religion.” What we are really reviving is the message of Allah.
We show people Allah’s answers to the important questions: Why does Allah want to talk to you? Why is He giving you this message? What are you going to do with Allah’s message? Do you understand the message? How are you going to accomplish the purpose for which Allah gave this to you?
We don’t call Sufism a religion, we call it tariqat, which means “the path.” It is a body of knowledge including the whats, whys and how to’s that exist in order to help people get to the target. We first teach you the batin, the inner purpose and meaning, then we give you the zahir, the outer form. In metaphorical terms, we teach you that if you want to keep food, you have to put it in the refrigerator or dry it or preserve it. Then we show you a few methods to help you succeed.
You have to understand both the inner and the outer. That is why you have a head-it is created so that you can have understanding and do the right thing in the best manner possible. The head is not just a place to hang your hat.
ALLAH’S MAGNIFICENCE IN YOU COMES WITH YOUR SURRENDER
From: Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari
Allah is wise. Allah is merciful. Allah is all knowing. Allah is the accountant. Whatever attributes that are covering you and that you are utilizing are Allah’s. Allah is using you to manifest these attributes in different degrees.
As your surrender increases, this manifestation increases in you according to Allah’s will, not according to your will. Whoever Allah loves and manifests His qualities to a greater degree is closer to Allah. However much of Allah’s magnificence is being manifested in you, it belongs to Allah. Everything is Allah’s. We have nothing.
At times, some people refer to a shaykh as a big shaykh. What’s a big shaykh? A big shaykh is the one who has surrendered more than anybody else has. Allah’s manifestation of His attributes is more in him than in anybody else.
Sunday 12 October 2014, 6pm – 8:15pm
Kensington Unitarians, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, W8 4RT
He was told: “What if Layla were not?” He said: “I would have wept her into existence.” – from ‘Majnun Layla’ by Qassim Haddad
This event is a voluntary donations concert towards the completion of a new Sufi centre, but you are welcome to attend in peace regardless of your contribution.
We are delighted to have the Turkish ney virtuoso Murad Ferhad. He is joined by Stanislaw Vidya on Bulgarian flute (kaval), Cheong Li on Chinese violin (erhu), and Khaled Hakim on daf and vocals to perform traditional Sufi music. There will be a specially created piece on the myth of Orpheus.
Poetry from Orpheus and Eurydice, Majnun and Layla, and the Persian Sufi poets.
We would be so pleased if you brought something small to share in a little feast with everyone – even if it’s just a tangerine.
Grand Shaykh Taner Ansari of the Ansari Sufi Order will be there to talk about the new Sufi Centre and to lead a short zikr meditation for humanity.
Suggested donation of £8.
For more info: http://www.meetup.com/SufiMusic/events or ring 07821 182696
(kindly supported by Kensington Unitarians)