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Khatam Sharif in honour of the venerable
Sultan al Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim
Molvi har giz na shud Mawla-i Rum
Ta ghulam e shams Tabrizi na shud
Molvi can never become the Master of Rum,
Until he becomes a slave of Shams Tabrizi
Listen dear friend to the story of Molvi. He was a man seeking external knowledge at all
times, whilst being unaware of the ways of the path, sulook. He had become well known for
his pursuit of knowledge but was very far from any contact with the real path, as the main
object of all knowledge is to reach the Divine presence.
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However, on whomever Allah almightys grace shines, one day or another he will indeed
attain His qurb, nearness. It was not long before the Lords grace shone upon Molvi and from
the unseen, help finally reached him. Indeed all achievements only come about through
Divine Grace and without His favour nothing comes about.
So it was Shaykh Shams Tabrezi who set off for Rum and cast his tawajjuh upon Molvi,
who fell unconscious forgetting all he had attained. He dropped his robe of knowledge and
readily accepted Shams as his Master.
At one time Molvi was known as a man of dignity and splendor. His popularity was such that
crowds would be attracted to him, and out of respect and honour they would rush to kiss his
hands and feet. He used to be carried in the royal carriage with an entourage and had
hundreds of soldiers and servants at his disposal.
Indeed, what a glance was thrown on him by Shams that on this day the Master of
knowledge fell down unconscious. It was this glance that made him leave all his desires and
signs of pomp and splendor. He completely surrendered himself to his Shaykh and desired
only to seek his pleasure and follow in his footsteps. He found new pleasures in even
carrying on his head the blessed sandals of the Shaykh. Having found the threshold of the
master all that he was had now turned to dust.
And so, upon Jalaluddin Rumi there was the full effect of the influence of Shams, who
filled his heart with burning love and certainty. Whatever bounty he received from the hands
of the Shaykh filled his every breath with gratitude and trust.
So then look dear friend, from what did Shams transform Rumi into and through this
companionship what great wonders resulted. Most certainly it was the link of the ordinary to
the extraordinary that the Molvi of Rum had now become Mawlana Rum .
Introduction ordinary to the extraordinary
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim said;
We are going to speak from our Grandshaykhs lectures, as he was a
representative of the Holy Prophet (S) in our time. Every wali, saint, must be a
representative of his Prophet in his own time. They are masters for teaching people
the ways of Allah Almighty. Each one of mankind is going towards his Lord, but each
has a private and different destination. Everyone must know his destination. The
Awliya, saints, have lights in their hearts; they are not blind. For most people, their
hearts eyes are veiled, but Awliya have taken off the veils and like Prophets, may
look to the future. With their light, they may help people to their destinations, as
Allah Almighty says to His Prophet Muhammad (S), in the Holy Quran,
Say: This is my way, that I am inviting you unto your Lord, Allah Almighty, with
exact vision and perfect guidance which I am on as are they who completely follow
(Surah Yusuf, Verse 108)
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Ordinary Arabs living in Makkah and Madinah sharif became known as the Sahaba,
companions of the Prophet (S). Abu Bakr became al Siddiq , Umar became al Faruq ,
Uthman became al Dhul nurayn and Ali became al Murtada . All these ordinary people
became special because of their love and association with the extraordinary one (S). Thus,
the Sahaba remained firm in their obedience and loyalty to Rasulullah (S) and his noble
cause, as Allah almighty declares in the holy Quran;
"Whoever obeys the Messenger, he indeed obeys Allah."
(Holy Quran 4:80)
The mufassirin explain that in following Allahs command to obey Him and His Messenger
(S) we are being taught the correct adab to reach Allah almighty. The qurb, nearness to
Allah almighty, can only be attained through his beloved, Rasulullah (S). The Awliya explain
that the Sahaba understood this ayah and pledged their loyalty to Rasulullah (S). They spent
their entire lives in obedience as they knew that success in attaining his pleasure, meant
success in attaining Allah almightys pleasure. Thus, they attained closeness to their Lord
through the guidance of Rasulullah (S); the Tabiin, next generation, attained it from the
hands of the Sahaba, and the Taba tabiin, third generation, attained it from the Tabiin.
Consequently, people in each generation sought to attain nearness to Rasulullah (S) and
Allah almighty by keeping their pledge of obedience to those extraordinary ones who
represented Rasulullah (S) in their respective times. They received guidance from these
noble people by surrendering themselves and linking onto this unbroken chain which traces
back to Rasulullah (S).
In this manner, representatives of Rasulullah (S) emerged in each generation that excelled
in their love for Rasulullah (S) who guided and taught people the adab of this path, Sulook,
which were passed down through this chain. In following the Sunnah of Rasulullah (S), these
Masters call others and provide them with the opportunity to become a part of this chain and
attain salvation. All those who seek and find such masters then surrender themselves as
murids and are guided and trained in this path. Allah almighty says in the holy Quran;
O Lord! We have heard a proclaimer calling to faith (saying):Believe in your Lord; so we
have come to believe. O Lord! Forgive us our sins, and wipe off our misdeeds from us and
cause us (in all grace) to die with the righteous.
O Lord! Grant us that which You have promised to us through Your Apostles and disgrace us
not on the Day of Reckoning. Surely You never fail in Your Promise.
(Sura al-Imran: Ayah 193&194) (English Translation from Jamal ul Quran)
The Awliya explain that as adab is the key to attaining closeness to Rasulullah (S) it is
therefore necessary for us to adopt this adab and seek the perfect man, the master, the
extraordinary one who is representing Rasulullah (S) in his time and connect with this
unbroken golden chain.
Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi said, Turn this dust into gold dust by kissing the threshold of
the perfect man.
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In this day and age we have a perfect example of the one who has attained nearness and
acceptance in the Divine presence through connecting with the extraordinary. He can be
described as a true murid, a seeker who found the perfect man. His total surrender to his
Master helped him succeed on this path to Allah almighty, as he was also transformed into
This extraordinary man who accepts everyone regardless of creed, colour or social status
onto this path, who purifies many souls through guidance, who has lifted the ordinary to
become extraordinary by taking them into the presence of Rasulullah (S), who is still
continuing to carry the whole world, is Sultan al Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim.
Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim was born on Sunday 21st April 1922 (26th Shaban
1341AH), in the sea side city of Larnaca, Cyprus. His lineage from his fathers side traces
back to the seal of prophets Sayyiduna Muhammad (S), as he is a direct descendant of
Sayyiduna Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani , founder of the Qadiriyya order. His blessed mother
also belonged to a very noble family as she was a descendant of the great sufi saint
Mawlana Jalaludin Rumi , the founder of the Mevlavi order whose lineage goes back to
Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al Siddiq .
Mawlanas home in Larnaca was situated next to a large mosque which also housed the
shrine of Sayyidah Umm Haram , a lady Sahabiya. His grandfather was a Shaykh in the
Qadriyya order who remained the imam of this mosque and served people at the mizar for
As a child, on many occasions Mawlana would disappear from home and would spend much
of his time at the mizar. His mother would often find him either sitting in dhikr circles with
Ulama and Awliya in the mosque or sitting alone next to the shrine. It was apparent that he
would be involved in deep conversation as he would ask and respond to questions with
Sayyidah Umm Haram .
In his youth Mawlana impressed many of his teachers through his ability to learn. It was
only necessary for them to merely mention a complicated point once for Mawlana, who not
only understood it, but was able to further elaborate upon it. He had