Sheykh Faris Al-Zahrani - Spent over 10 years in Saudi Dungeons and now sentenced to death after all these years. This is how the saudi regime treats the callers to the truth, the scholars who are not afraid to speak up
May Allah grant him martyrdom and destroy the saudi regime, ameen
اللهم إرزقه الصبر والثبات على الحق وإكتبه من الشهداء في سبيلك يارب وإهلك آل سلول الكفار المرتدين وأرنا فيهم عجائب قدرتك ياقوي ياقهار .اللهم عليك بولات خمور المداخلة فإنهم أفسدوا في الأرض وظلموا عبادك الموحدين
Shaykh Faris was born in 1978 in Al-Baha province. He attended the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University where he attained a masters degree in Islamic law. During his time at the university he was also an Imam in one of the masajid in Al-Baha region. He was arrested in Abha by Saudi police on August 5, 2004. He is known for his critics on the the regime of Sa’ud, and his harsh positions against the Tawaghit.
The Wisdom Of Being In A Constant State Of Struggle
Inside of ourselves, there is the Hawa, the desires, that may be physical or may not be physical. There may be other things too, but the desire, that is also our enemy. And, inside of us, Allah (SWT) has also put the ego, the Nafs, which is also our enemy, and our biggest enemy. And, the sheytan is outside, but it can also come inside, according to how you open yourself (for it) to come. So, we are complete surrounded by enemies. What do you do? Of course, in this world they are going to say, ‘make peace with the enemies.’ The enemy is there, not to make peace, but it is there to destroy you. Do you think by saying, 'okay, we love you,’ they are going to stop destroying you? This is our Nafs. This is the Dunya. This is the Hawa. This is the sheytan.
So, you are in a constant state of struggle and you must be in a constant state of struggle. When you’re not struggling in this Dunya, that’s when you should worry. When you’re not struggling with sheytan, that’s when you should worry. When you’re not struggling with your desires, that’s when you should worry; meaning, when you give in. We haven’t reached to that yet, when we give in to the will of Allah, and all these things stop being a struggle for us. But you know what, it continues to be a struggle to us. If it’s not one, it’s the other. Name me one single Prophet, 124,000 of them, that their lives were free from cares; from any struggle. Name me a single Prophet that maybe towards the end of their life, they found what we call peace, and contentment, and satisfaction in this life. None. All of them struggled right up to the end. All the Evliya'Allah, they struggled right up to the end, because we are in enemy territory.
The person who comes to a Shaykh, he comes with his own intelligence, with his own mind. He has already reached to certain stations, he already knows certain secrets of this world, but he cannot figure out certain things, so he comes to a Shaykh.
So he sits in the association of the Shaykh, and he listened. He has the right to accept or not accept. He doesn’t have the right to fight about it. But he has the right to question. Until he realized, “that is a master. That is my guide. I can trust that one.”
When you trust that one, you go and said, “I am submitting, initiating to you.” Meaning, I’m accepting what you are going to tell me, what I have to do. So that time, the Sheykh looks at you, he sees, ok the world or the benefit of this world, or the worldly matter that has been holding you from one angle.
Someone once stood up, he looked at Isa (a.s), he loved him, he loved his companion and he said to Isa (a.s), “what should I do, to enter to Paradise?” Isa looked at him, he saw clearly the matter right away, what he love and said to him, “for you to enter into the Paradise, go get everything that you own, take all that money, go and distribute it to the poor people. Then come back and follow me. Live like me.”
He said, “You mean all my wealth? All my wealth that belongs to me from my father, from my forefathers, set it to give to the strangers I don’t know? ”
“Did you ask me the entrance to Paradise? For you, that is what it is, because you want Paradise from one side, but you don’t want to give up from this world.”
So when Isa (a.s) looked at him, he saw that he was in love with this world. So he hit him from that angle saying, “first, get rid of that love.”
When you get rid of that (worldly) love from your heart, you find space to put other love, you find space to put really your Lord’s love in it. Otherwise when that love is occupying your heart, you will not be able to find space to put that, then you are not going to be successful in that work that you are doing.
Teaching of Grandsheykh Mawlana Abdullah ED-Dagistani EN-Naqshbandi Hz.
You must give yourself to the hands of a guide, surrender, or else no benefit can you take. A guide is one who knows your destination. He is an open-eyed person. A blind man can’t guide, he is in need for one. In our days very few persons are accepting a guide for themselves, everyone is so proud, saying, «I am clever, I know better.» They may know this world’s knowledge, but this guidance is not such that you can read in books and follow. You only know it with a murshid. You must have a guide; only pride is keeping people away. There is no reaching the Divine Presence without a real guide.
Whoever is asking improvement in the Way of Allah must ask for a guide. It is the quickest and shortest way. Sayyidinâ ‘Alî asked the Prophet, what is the easiest way to our Lord? He said, «Oh ‘Alî, look for one Friend of Allah and stay in his shadow. A shadow is not going to seperate trom a man. Then you may reach easily and quickly the Lord’s Presence.»
Wake up to yourself, and find yourself which category you are in. We have seen for fifteen years, so many people I have seen sitting in front of me, matter of fact, I help them, I go out of my way to give them the shahadat. Sometimes later their ego didn’t accept. They are somewhere now. So many, they left Islam again.
Wake up to yourself. Allah jalla wa’ala swt grant you something, you got to hold it tightly. It is your job to keep it, protect it. You cannot blame anybody else but you, your own self and your own sheytan. If you open door to sheytan, definitely sheytan is going to knock you down. If you shut down the door to sheytan and you say, ‘NO, I have a murshid, I have a Sheykh, I have to follow what that one says,’ then you’ll be alright. Otherwise, you are not more clever than sheytan.
You know, when the fish gets hooked and if it’s a strong one, yes so many people, you are a strong one that’s why you came around me. Meaning your ego is very strong. But you need somebody to work on it properly. Every sheykh is not going to work like this with you. They don’t even have the permission. Sometimes you are asking, ‘ Why are you doing this? Why are you being so hard on us? So many other sheykhs, they are not even doing this?’
You are right. They don’t have the permission. Soon, so many of them they are going to come. Preparing them for Mahdi too. Those ones, all are going to be trained too. For Mahdi. Otherwise, Mahdi is saying, ‘I don’t want weak ones around me. Those ones around me, they have to be strong ones.’
You have to have a guide in front of you. If you don’t have a guide in front of you then you are going to lose the right direction. The guide is that one who sees. That’s what Sheykh means. Sheykh is the one who sees ahead. It’s not an ordinary person’s seeing, no. If Sheykh has the ordinary vision too then it’s no good. That is a jubbah sheykh, zikir sheykh but it’s not a Murshid. Murshid is that one who knows when the road comes to fork, which way to turn. He sees the light going ahead and the Holy Prophet (sws) is holding that torch. Anyone who is following, they may go then, InshaAllah ar-Rahman.