From Darkness to Light

Principles of Sufism



Sufic Haqqu




Sherif Baba




We should not fall into hopelessness by looking at the darkness of life.

When Allah created he gave the command 'To Be' and created everything. This is not a word that was said a million years ago - that command 'To Be' is in every breath that we take. All the people in this universe are inside this command to be at every moment. So if we are careful of these breaths, then we will see how this command 'To Be' becomes. All of the words that we speak that come in correctness and through our belief, are inside this command 'To Be', and if that sincerity and faithfulness is in existence, then every breath that we take comes with the command 'To Be' of Allah. That's why we have to be very careful of what we say and of our breath, because when we use our words in emptiness, for nothing, then that command 'To Be' comes upon us in the form of negativity. When we speak beautifully, then the command 'Be' comes to us with beauty, and we try to see the beauty that is inside of the ugliness of life, because every breath comes not just from the mouth, but to look is also a breath, to hear is also a breath - what works from every sense that we have is also a breath. When we can work this with beautiful people in a beautiful way, then the command 'Be' of Allah works with us with evolution and maturity.

We look at our times. Because we are all speaking empty words, we're disrupting the harmony. We become imprisoned by time. We create darkness, and then we begin to complain. Now who is it that makes this happen? The human being is such, he must be in command of his origin, know himself, and not be imprisoned by time, but will make time his own prisoner. All of the prophets, all of the saints of Allah, have continued this way. They have made time their servant. But we look today, all of our people have become imprisoned by time, and then we complain about this darkness.

We are not to complain. We have to live in this beauty, seeing that it is beautiful. We are never to abandon hope in the compassion and beneficence of Allah. So how does this rahmet, this beneficence, come? It manifests upon the gatherings of people that are one in thought and heart. To speak the beauty, to speak of the words that are left to us by the saints of Allah, as we remember them - the Prophet, may peace be upon him, says that as you speak of the holy ones, then their rahmet, their beneficence, will rain down upon you, and so will the bounty of our lives, of our pockets, increase, and the unity that we have we one another increase, and we will be able to get on the path of haqq, of righteousness, with this passionate love, and create a unity among people. How are you going to create this? With what you reflect from you in your life, and how you live your life.

We are to see nothing as being dark. We have to try to see the beautiful side of everything, and if we are passing though one of the circles of this life, we have to turn it from fire into a garden of roses. So how is this turned? If you go to Ibrahim, to Abraham, you'll find out how this is lived. This is the path of ashk, of passionate love, and as we hold onto the divine rules with this ashk, with this passionate love, as we see people as being beautiful, as we get closer to Haqq, to the righteous one, with justice and compassion and with passionate love, then we we see what we are looking for in ourselves, and we will make time our prisoner. Time will be expecting a command from you. Now it is Time that has made us his prisoner, and this circle of life is turning with fire. But for the beautiful people, this circle of fire does not touch them.

People - these beautiful people who live with ashk, with this passionate love, who know what is right and what is righteous - through the command of the Creator can turn the fire into water. They can take the thorns and the bushes and turn them into roses. We have seen this, and we keep seeing this. There were rose gardens like this in the past, and now there are also rose gardens. It is enough that to see this beauty you live with the beautiful ones.

We are always saying this hadisi kudsi, these words of Allah spoken through the Prophet, Allah is beautiful and loves the beautiful. So how does he love the beautiful? Not the beautiful of face and makeup. The real beauty is in the virtue and the behavior that is given to us by our morality? Now what is this good behavior? These are told to people in different ways. Adab, this good behavior, is not to hold your hands to each other and to bow your head. And virtue is not fear. It is to show the love and respect that you have for Allah through your relationship with the people. If you do not show love and respect to the people, if you are crushing their rights and running roughshod over them, then that is not virtue, this is the lack of it. If you do not approach people through generosity, and justice and togetherness, then this is the greatest form of misbehavior.

The love that you have for the people, and for nature, for animals, for the plants, it is your adab, it is your good behavior that is part of what you are born with, your original make. How do we learn these? We learn this, not through books, but through what we have from the love of people.

Know little, live with what you know, and what you don't know the Creator will teach you.

Transcribed from uStream, recorded December 8, 2013.