In Allah’s Infinite Mercy and Love
Labayk Allahume labbayk! I have come O Allah I have come to you!
Beloveds, peace be upon you and upon all those with you on this great day of Arafat!
May Allah’s wonderful Mercy cover us and all the pilgrims of love, guiding, protecting and flowing thru us as a great flood, filling all hearts.
Our beloved Muhammad, may he be embraced in the sublime peace of union with Allah, has declared, “Arafat is the Hajj.” For Arafat is the unveiling of the Beloved.
On the Day of Arafat, in the Islamic year 1400, Nur al Anwar stood side by side with Shaykh Muzaffer Effendi, may their secrets be blest together, under a tarp stretched horizontally to protect against the powerful desert sun, along with 40 dervishes of Effendi from Turkey and America who had joined with their shaykh for Hajj. Nur was holding up the tent with his umbrella while a hafiz chanter recited the thousand Names of Allah that the Angel Gabriel had recited over the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, before one of the holy battles. The recitation had been requested by Shaykh Muzaffer, who was brimming with the light of prophecy during this Hajj, and the event reverberated with the power and significance of the original event. As Nur stood upright holding up the tent he was like the axis and tent pole of the community of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, may sublime peace shower upon him eternally. During that recitation Nur became a true inheritor of the Prophet. He became Shaykh Nur, inheritor of the ancient lineage of prophecy kept alive by the mercy of Allah to awaken and guide humanity throughout the ages. This happened at the foot of Mount Arafat, the Mount of Mercy, simultaneously with the waves of pilgrims calling out Allah, ascending and descending the small mountain of vast mercy. It was as though verses of the Koran were being embodied and lived before our eyes.
This event stands out in my heart as the centerpiece of that Hajj. It belongs to each of you. It is part of your heritage, part of the bloodstream of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi lineage. It was a divine gift that will affect all of us eternally. The thousand Names of Allah were conferred upon Shaykh Nur, and thereby transmitted to us, just as the 28 Names have been transmitted to us thru Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, may Allah sanctify and ennoble his great secret.
Stand on the Mount of Arafat tomorrow with the Pirs, with the Prophets of Allah, with the Mothers of the Faithful and with humanity, knowing that you are with Allah.
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alemin! All Praise flows to the One Alone, to Allah, Cherisher and Sustainer of all hearts. And peace and blessings be upon the beloved of Allah, Muhammad the Praiseworthy, and upon his family, his companions, and humanity. And peace be upon the blessed Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, upon Ishmael and Isaac, and upon the Mothers of the Faithful and all the Messengers and Prophets of Allah and their communities throughout time and eternity.