Rabia al Adawiyah is a famous lady in the Muslim world from the time of the tabiin (The
generation immediately following that of the Sahabah or Companions of the Prophet on whom
be peace) upto now; since the thirteenth century she has been a well-known personality in
Islam. She had the honour of being a beloved servant of her Lord, Allah Almighty, and we are
honoured to mention her name here and we are asking for her barakah, her blessing, for us
Look at those who are asking to be with their Lord; How they were. I am saying this so that
when ladies say, ?We are always in the background, men are always upfront no; Allah
Almighty gives you honour. Sometimes you may be upfront, also. That is Rabia, may Allah
bless her. Every night, from sunset to sunrise, she would pray one thousand rak?ts. Yes, she
had pleasure in being with her Lord Almighty always. But we say our prayers quickly, to run
away, if we even come to pray. Now in our time more ladies pray than men; if you look, you
can find that at this time they are more than men ? double. It is for this reason that the
Prophet Muhammad (sal), said that when the time approaches for Qiyamah, the Last Day, you
will be able to find more religious people among ladies and more among villagers than city
Rabia prayed every night, never becoming tired. The Prophet Muhammad (sal) said, My Lord
made me love prayer, salat, as I love my eyes. As he said, Prayer is Mihraj (that is, for each
individual worshipper, salat, the Islamic prayer, has the significance of an ascension to the
Divine Presence similar to the Holy Prophet's ascension to Heaven and to the Presence of his
Lord during his Mihraj) for Allah's servants. He gives them the honour of Mihraj when they
pray.? These are such people as understand what honour is, the perfect honour, and perfect
pleasure and perfect satisfaction and peace. When a person is with his Lord, he gives his
whole life to be with Him. For this reason earlier people (among Christians more than among
Jewish people) built monasteries on mountains. For what? To be with their Lord (that was at
the beginning; later they enjoyed themselves and fell down). Therefore, the perfection of
religions is in Islam and perfect pleasure for mankind is in praying. To the extent that people
can pray, can worship, that way is going to open to them.
Rabia would sit in the desert and around her deer were sitting and listening, yes; as a cat
comes and sits in front of you, in that way they were listening. They know the good people
and also the bad people, and the cruel people as to who they are. She sat reciting the Holy
Qur?an and they listened. Don?t be surprised that those deer came and listened to Rabia al-
Adawiah. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran that when David (alai) recited the psalms, the
mountains and everything on those mountains and the birds would come and listen to his
heavenly recitation. In such people there are examples for you, O Sons of Adam, O believers.
The path is correct; you can go on it. But we do not go on it; we go after our egos. It is
tasteful, going around after our egos!
Of what are we in need? We are in need to be patient. People have lost patience now;
therefore they do not come to pray. Praying needs patience; if no patience, you can't pray.
You must be patient so that you may pray and you may taste. Without being patient you can't
reach that pleasure. Everything is going to be difficult at first, not tasteful, but afterwards it is
going to be tasteful.
Hu Rabbi! Rabia al-Adawiyah said, ?At first, when my sheikh gave me the zikr Allah Allah
Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah it was so heavy. But I never gave up my wird and my dhikr, as
my grandsheikh had ordered me. Allah Almighty sees when you are bearing that difficulty for
the sake of the love of your Lord. He opened to my heart from His divine love. I left
everything else when that pleasure came. Now no zikr can be tasteful to me except to say
Allah Allah Allah.?
What does it mean? O my Lord, I like to be with You, to be with You. But people of no mind
are objecting, What is dhikr. Animals do not understand about dhikr. There is a well-known
saying, The one who does not taste does not know. The one who tastes it, knows. All of you
are mature people except this boy. This boy does not understand what mature people taste; as
yet he does not know. Therefore, those people who object to dhikr, to tariqats, are still like a
little boy, children yet, not understanding. May Allah make us to know, to taste.
Now people are of two kinds. Some of them reach maturity and taste during this life. The
second kind of people do not taste; they go, they die, before maturity. They can't get into the
first group. The first kind of people are going to be with their Lord forever because they say, ?
O my Lord, I want to be with You. For this reason we say, Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah? or
we say, La ilaha illallah, la ilaha illallah, la ilaha ill-allah, and dunya calls us, our nafs calls us, ?
Come to us, and we refuse, saying, No! La ilaha illallah, la ilaha illallah. I am asking for no one
else. When we are victorious, we will say, Allah Allah Allah, and everything will say with us,
Allah Allah Allah, the whole universe making dhikr. That is sultan adh-dhikr (The repetition of
the holy Name Allah is referred to here as the King of dhikrs or litanies of remembrance of
Allah Almighty). May Allah give us His dhikr's pleasure.
There was a lady, also, They are telling me to say for the pleasure of our daughters and
sisters, Grandsheikh Abdullah's mother's sister-in-law. She was always saying, La ilaha ill-
Allah. La ilaha Illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah, and if
anyone said something to her, she would say, O my son! O my daughter! May Allah also
make as tasteful for you as He has made for me this La ilaha illallah. Tasteful, sweet, La ilaha
illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah, with the rosary-
tasbih (The repetition of Allah?s Name, generally using a string of one hundred beads (also
called tasbih or subhah) to count or maintain concentration). Even at the time of sleeping, her
fingers were moving, never stopping and still she is in her grave like this. May Allah make His
dhikr, His remembrance, tasteful for us, also.
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