I do not know where to start actually. I'm looking at my Conversations with GOD lecture notes and there are many stories in here, and many advise and I do not wish to distort any facts, so for those looking for the exact script, you may refer to SimplyIslam.sg. I saw that they have a video or audio for this lecture here.
Alhamdullilah, went to this lecture with my kakak sedara K.Kin and sister Massy. We came early, solat magrib there and got good seats. Auditorium was packed and hubby who came late also heard the lecture from outside cos the seats inside were full.
Good Job to SimplyIslam.com for arranging prayer mats and area. It was clean and comfortable for the Jemaah.
Shaykh Hisham is a very charismatic Shaykh. He waved to the crowd when he entered the Auditorium ! But he does look much older since the last time I saw him.
He's style of Dakwah is different from the Habaibs from Tareem but still I don't think we should make bad comments to the Shaykh unless our knowledge in Sufism is really high. I for one just wish to say that I came to hear the pearls of wisdom. That's all. And I did. I got some good advise, good motivation and happy that sis Massy got to see the people of the Naqshabandi Tariqat.
Shaykh Hisham told us the story about How Nabi Musa (a.s) spoke to Allah (swt) and how he requested to see Allah (swt). Allah (swt) asked Nabi Musa (a.s) to remove his shoes. Removing shoes is a symbol of respect. Shoes is a sign of Ignorance. It means to take away the selfishness. To speak to Allah (swt), one must remove all ego from one's heart.
It is not easy to make a conversation, it is easy to make Doa, but Doa is not a conversation. Not everyone can enter the conversation. You have to know the password.
Allah (swt) says that as long as my Servant approaches me, as long as he travels to me, I will love him.
You need to show to really want to travel yourself to Maqamul Ihsan. Elevate yourself to that state. So what do you have to do ?
You have to love Allah (swt). Allah (swt) says if you love me, do what the Prophet (saw) did. You have to revive the Sunnah. Follow his Sunnah.
When you have reached that state, you can hear revelations in your heart. You can hear Conversations. Allah (swt) says, when I love them, I will give them ears what people cannot hear. Eyes which people cannot see.
I suppose when Shaykh says this, I picture it to be like what the Walis can do. They have reached that stage where they are so close to Allah (swt).
Shaykh says there is a Hadith Rasullulah that says Those who remember Allah (swt), standing or sitting or laying down, mentioning his name, in constant conversation with Allah(swt) in the heart, Allah (swt) will give you more. You must love and think of Allah (swt).
The talk ended with an interesting Q&A session, and I cannot forget the part where the rat ran across the stage to and fro... We all pointed and laugh and it made the Shaykh made some jokes about it.
To listen to the audio of the talk and the interesting question and answer session, you can visit Ukhti27 blog here.