Shaykh Nazim: Be Humble in Your Worship

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Shaykh Nazim Mercy Oceans Hidden Treasures : Be Humble In Your WorshipEvery religion teaches people to be humble, but the ego, the nafs, always likes to show itself off as being the best, the most excellent, the most learned and most competent person of all.
That is the basic mistake of the ego, and the Prophet ﷺ was sent to liberate people from the bonds of such foolish thoughts.
The most humble person among all the Sons of Adam (as)was our Prophet ﷺ.
— Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani (qs)
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Shaykh Nazim (qs): Be Humble in Your Worship

The following excerpt is taken from the transcribed talks of Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani (qs) under the out of print title of Mercy Oceans’ Hidden Treasures.

In this short talk, Shaykh Nazim (qs) elaborates on the great sins of pride and arrogance, and teaches that worship and good deeds which are tainted with such and with self-righteousness are entirely unacceptable in the Divine Presence of Allah Almighty.

It is vital for the student of sacred knowledge and the seeker of the Truth to remember that none can ever worship or know as much as did Iblis, Shaytan, yet he was rejected and cursed from the Divine Presence purely as a result of arrogance and pride, or egoism, in which he without realizing it established his self, the nafs, as a god before the Almighty.

Shaykh Nazim (qs) reminds us that the purpose of religion is to grow in humility, and that it is a tragic loss and mistake that many unconsciously use religion to rather increase in arrogance, pride and self-righteousness

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Shaykh Nazim (qs): Be Humble in Your Worship

No one, not even the Holy Prophet ﷺ himself, is going to reach any rank in the Divine Presence by means of his acts of worship. And even if the Holy Prophet ﷺ was to be offered a reward for his devotions, he would not accept it.

If a person is expecting a reward for his devotions, it means that he sees his own actions as being good enough and worthy of a reward from Allah. Whosoever thinks that his actions or worship are suitable for the Divine Presence has no knowledge of absolute truth, haqiqa, and its secret knowledges.

Whoever knows that even the Prophet’s devotions are not suitable for the Divine Presence will perform his devotions because Allah has ordered him to perform them, but he will never regard those acts as being worthy of Allah’s reward.

Whenever he is performing worship or doing a good deed, he will be ashamed of it, and say to himself, “How shall this ever reach to the Divine Presence, it is so pathetic.” But he knows that he has been ordered to worship, so he worships without expecting anything in return.

But there is another group of people who are very proud of their devotions…

You must be careful not to misunderstand me, nor to turn the intended meaning upside down. No doubt, as a result of what we are saying here, some people will accuse us of discouraging our followers from worship — far from it, Allah is my witness!

We are never discouraging anyone from worship, we are only teaching people the highest good manners, adab, with their Lord Almighty. And that adab is to not be contented with your worship while you effectively destroy its merits with your pride and with your thinking that it will be first-class in the Divine Presence.

It is better to present your worship to your Lord saying, “O my Lord, I am ashamed to send this before your Divine Presence. Forgive me my shortcomings and inability to worship or thank You as You deserve to be worshipped and thanked.”

Those who know the true value of their deeds regard them as being totally pathetic and worthless. They are always ashamed of them and seldom raise their heads to the skies out of their great humility.

Every religion teaches people to be humble, but the ego, the nafs, always likes to show itself off as being the best, the most excellent, the most learned and most competent person of all. That is the basic mistake of the ego, and the Prophet ﷺ was sent to liberate people from the bonds of such foolish thoughts. The most humble person among all the Sons of Adam (as) was our Prophet ﷺ.

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