بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ وَ الصَّلاَةُ وَ السَّلاَمُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عَلَى آلِهِ وَ صَحْبِهِ اَجْمَعِينَ
The prıncıple to not ınterfere ın the duty of allah
This principle expresses the mystery of conforming to haqq and hikmah, and submission (taslîm) and tawakkul.
Hazrat Bediüzzaman describes the people of istiqâmah in service as follows:
1) “Thus, the salve and remedy for this terrible disease is ikhlas. That is to say, one succeeds in gaining ikhlas by preferring the ‘ibâdah of haqq over the ‘ibâdah of nafs and manifesting the mystery of اِنْ اَجْرِىَ اِلاَّ عَلَى اللهِ1 through the sake of Haqq being victorious over the sake of the nafs and ananiyyah and manifesting the mystery of وَمَا عَلَى الرَّسُولِ اِلاَّ الْبَلاَغُ2 through displaying istighnâ from the material and ma’nawî reward received from people and knowing that the points of favourable acceptance and effect and gaining people’s attention are the duty of Janâb-i Haqq and His favour, and they are not included in the tablîgh, which is one's own duty, nor necessary, nor is one charged with gaining them. Otherwise, he will lose ikhlas.” The Twentieth Flash – First Cause
2) “Although those who work and strive on the way of Haqq should think only of their own duties, they think of those that pertain to Janâb-i Haqq and fall into error by basing their actions on them. It is written in the risale on Adabu'd-Din wa'd-Dunyâ, that one time Shaytan tempted Hazrat ‘Îsâ ‘Alayhissalâm saying: "Since the appointed hour of death and all things are specified by Ilahî Qadar, throw yourself down from this high place and see, you will die." Hazrat ‘Îsâ ‘Alayhissalâm replied: اِنَّ لِلّٰهِ اَنْ يَخْتَبِرَ عَبْدَهُ وَلَيْسَ لِلْعَبْدِ اَنْ يَخْتَبِرَ رَبَّهُ That is, "Janâb-i Haqq tests his ‘abd and says: If you do this I will do that. Let's see, if you are able to do it. But the ‘abd does not have the right and power to test Janâb-i Haqq and says: If I act that way, will You do this? in such a testing manner the demeanour of examination toward Janâb-i Haqq’s rubûbiyyah is bad adab and contrary to ‘ubûdiyyah." Since this is the haqiqah, man should do his own duty and not interfere in Janâb-i Haqq's duty.
It is well-known that when one of the heroes of Islam who many times defeated Genghis Khan’s army, Jalal ad-Din Khwarazm-Shah, was going to the war, his ministers and followers said to him: "You will be victorious; Janâb-i Haqq will make you victor." He replied: "I am charged by Allah's command to act on the way of jihâd, I do not interfere in Janâb-i Haqq's duty. To make us victor or vanquished is His duty." Thus, due to understanding the mystery of submission (taslîm), he was wondrously victorious in numbers many times.
Yes, one should not think of the results which pertain to Janâb-i Haqq in his actions which he performs through juz’ al-ikhtiyârî in his hand. For example, for a number of our brothers, the people joining the Risale-i Nur increases their enthusiasm and zeal. And when the people do not listen, the ma’nawî power of the weak ones is broken and their enthusiasm wanes to an extent. Whereas Ar-Rasûl Al-Akram ‘Alayhissalâtu Wassalâm, who is the Absolute Ustadh, Universal Leader and Perfect Guide, took as his absolute guide the Ilahî decree,وَمَا عَلَى الرَّسُولِ اِلاَّ الْبَلاَغُ 3 and when people held back and did not listen, he did tablîgh with greater effort, zeal and seriousness. For through the mystery of the âyah, اِنَّكَ لاَ تَهْدِى مَنْ اَحْبَبْتَ وَلٰكِنَّ اللهَ يَهْدِى مَنْ يَشَۤاءُ 4 he understood that making people listen and giving hidâyah to them is the duty of Janâb-i Haqq. And he did not interfere in Janâb-i Haqq's duty.
And so, my brothers! You too do not interfere by basing your actions on what is not your duty, and do not take up a position testing your Khâliq!” The Seventeenth Flash-13th Note
3) “The cause of gaining ikhlas in one's actions is to think only of their being a command of Allah and of their result being the acceptance, approval and pleasure of Allah, and he should not interfere in the duty of Allah.” The Seventeenth Flash-13th Note-The Third Matter
4) “The acceptance and pleasure of Janâb-i Haqq are gained by ikhlas, not by a great number of followers or great success. Since they belong to the duty of Allah, they are not to be demanded but rather given sometimes.” The Twentieth Flash-3rd Cause
5) “The accomplishment is not through a great number of followers. Rather, it is through gaining the acceptance and pleasure of Allah. What do you suppose yourself to be that you forget your duty and interfere in the duty of Allah with such ambition by saying: "Let everyone listen to me"? To make people accept and make them gather around you are the duties of Janâb-i Haqq. Perform your duty; do not interfere in the duty of Allah.” The Twentieth Flash–3rd Cause
6) “We should strive to perform the service of îmân which is our duty with ikhlas, and not concern ourselves with being successful or obtaining good results which is Allah's duty.” The Rays ( 479 )
7) “At this time of wahm and alarm, the safest place for us is prison. Inshaallah, the risales of Nûr will win the freedom of both us and themselves. Since in an unprecedented way, under these harsh conditions in the face of so many opponents they are making themselves read and making their students work in prison in various ways, and through Ilahî ‘inâyah not allowing them to be ruined; we are bound to be content with this much and to offer shukr instead of complaining. It is because of this contentment that I am able to endure all my severe distress. I do not interfere in Allah's duty.” The Rays (515)
8) “As students of the Risale-i Nur, our duty is service, it is not to interfere in the duty of Allah, and not a form of testing Him through basing our services on His duty and focusing on quality, not on quantity.” Kastamonu Addendum (120)
9) “students of the Risale-i Nur prefer the service of the Nur over levels of walâyah. They do not seek kashf and karâmât and do not attempt to pick the fruits of the âkhirah in this world. And they do not interfere with matters which are Allah’s duty and outside of their duties such as success, to make people accept, to give superiority and to make victorious, to grant fame, honour, azwaq and ‘inayah which they deserve. And they do not base their actions on them. They work purely and sincerely saying: ‘Our duty is service and that is sufficient’ ” Kastamonu Addendum (289)
10) “Our duty is, with ikhlas, steadfastness and mutual solidarity and taking precautions as much as we can, to affirm by deed the guidance of Imam ‘Ali سِرًّا تَنَوَّرَتْ ,5 to act in accordance with it. We should not respond to opponents or be alarmed by their attacks. Success, the conquests of the Nur and its spreading and being sought, are all Allah’s duty. We should perform our own duty and not interfere in Allah’s duty.” Emirdağ Addendum-1 (212)
11) “It is absolutely essential and a necessity to always act with precaution, ikhlas, mutual solidarity, steadfastness, not being shaken and to perform our duty and not to interfere in Allah’s duty and to act in accordance with the principle of سِرًّا تَنَوَّرَتْ ,6 and not to feel alarmed or despaired.” Emirdağ Addendum-2 (14)
12) “Our duty is to serve îmân and the Qur’an with ikhlas. It is Allah’s duty to make us successful and to make people accept and to dispel opponents. We will not interfere in these. Even if we are defeated, it will not lessen our ma’nawî strength and our service. It is a necessity to content on this point.
For example one time they said to Jalal ad-Din Khwarazm-Shah, an all-subduing hero of Islam: “You will be victorious over Genghis!”
He replied: “Our duty is jihad. To give us victory is Allah’s duty. I do not interfere in that!”
Your sincere service up to now without shaking indicates that you have followed that all-subduing hero. It is a necessity not to be shaken even if only one or two people out of a thousand accept from you. Sometimes, one or two men are the equivalent of a thousand.” Emirdağ Addendum-2 (55)
13) “These last thirty years, for the haqiqah of constructive action and not acting negatively and not interfering in Allah’s duty, I have responded with patience and resignation to all the treatment I have received....
....The greatest condition of the ma’nawî jihad is not interfering in Allah’s duty that “Our duty is service, the result is Janâb-i Haqq’s. We are charged with performing our duty and are obliged to do so.”
The lesson I have received from the Qur’an is to act with ikhlas and say as Jalal ad-Din Khwarazm-Shah did: ‘’My duty is the service of îmân; it is Janâb-i Haqq’s duty to make successful or not.” Emirdağ Addendum-2 (241-242)
14) “The Nur Students do not feel compelled to seek customers and supporters to themselves; they say: “Our duty is service. We do not seek customers; let them come and seek us out and find us. They attach no importance to quantity. They prefer one person with true ikhlas over a hundred people without it.” Emirdağ Addendum-2 (170)
15) “The way of the Risale-i Nur is: It performs its duty and does not interfere in the duty of Janâb-i Haqq. Its duty is tablîgh. To make it accepted is the duty of Janâb-i Haqq.” Kastamonu Addendum (284)
It is certainly understood from the above, that it is a fundamental principle to strive in carrying out the orders and advice because they are ordered in the manner they have been ordered and entrust the results with Allah through an awareness of it being an ‘ibâdah.
1 (Verily my reward is from Allah alone)
2 (No more is the Prophet bound to do than deliver the message)
3 (No more is the Prophet bound to do than deliver the message)
4 (It is true you will not be able to give hidâyah to everyone whom you love; but Allah gives hidâyah to those whom He wills)
5 (illuminates discreetly)
6 (Illuminates discreetly)