We Have Honored the Children of Adam by Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani
WE HAVE HONORED THE CHILDREN OF ADAM
As a multi-layered personality, Shaykh Nazim is many things to many people. In his presence, one feels strangely secure.
He is the kind of person you would like to share a bomb shelter with. As a person who treads lightly in the Dunya, he may appear soft and bending (like the proverb of the Malaysian rice plant in the wind) but when it comes to submitting to his Creator, he is unwavering.
Here, it is easy to sense that his iman is like steel. Perhaps the uniqueness of Shaykh Nazim in this arrogant day and age is his manner of approach.
His presence does not announce itself to you as king or conqueror but rather as a servant. What is so engaging is that he essentially humbles himself to you with a fine-tuned subtlety before you realize that you must humble yourself to him.
One of his favorite English expressions is “Mercy Oceans,” his Grand Shaykh ‘Abdullah ad-Daghestani’s way of explaining the Sunnah and its countless mercies. And for those who think the Sunnah—the way of our beloved master Muhammad is a simple matter of beard length and counting the rewards like bank notes, there is a very rude awakening.
For Shaykh Nazim, the Sunnah is strict Shariah—as well as charity, generosity, hard work, heart knowledge, and compassion.
Of all the people I have encountered on this earth, Say- yid Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani is the closest I have seen anybody come to epitomize the Sunnah. In his commanding presence, I felt like an unclean grain of sand being washed around in the depths of his “Mercy Oceans.”
I remember him once saying on the lawn of a murid’s house: “My people, are you happy? Allah is happy.
The Angels are happy. They are not for crying…” Indeed, in just a few words he had taught us the excellence of a positive outlook on life and the fact that other people’s hearts will open