A Poem of Love

MUHAMMAD


A Poem of Love
by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani


His birth is the birth of Islam
His birth in this world is the birth of Islam
But his light was the first to be created
And from this light is the birth of all creation
He was and he is still, the Prophet of all prophets
The beacon of the universe and Paradises
The ocean of beauty and majesty
The sky of happiness and love
He is the perfect servant of Allah {swt}
He is The Servant
He is The Jewel, he is The Gem
He is The Mirror of the reflections of the Divine
That brings the light of heavens on this dark earth
He is the one who is with everyone
As Allah said, w`alamoo anna feekum rasoolullah
Know that the Prophet is within you
He is the one that will intercede for humanity
He is the one that can stand in front of Allah {swt} by Allah's permission
He is the Means for all creation
He is the Intercessor for all creations
He is the Light, the one Allah dresses with Light upon Light
He is the Illumination that illuminates the universe
His secrets are in heavens, His secrets are in the Presence
His Secrets are in the Divine
His Secrets are like an abundant river
His Secrets dominate the creation because he is Muhammad Rasoolullah (s)
He is the one that has been brought to the Nearness
The Nearness that no nearness can reach
The Nearness where it was revealed to him what he was asking for
The Nearness Gibril was unable to reach
The Nearness of all nearnesses and that no one can understand
His level, no one can understand
His level, no one can reach
His level, neither angel, nor human nor jinn can understand
He is what he is, only His Lord knows who he is
And as for us we say: he is the jewel of jewels
Light of lights, Secret of secrets
Heaven of heavens, the door to the Divine
The way to every seeker, the struggle of every gnostic
He is the one Allah created as Mercy for His humanity
He is the Mercy and the mercy is He
He is the Gifted-Mercy, he is the Undescribed Mercy
He is the joy and, oh rejoice O human beings in that mercy of his
Allah {swt} gave him what He did not give anyone else
Dressed him with what he did not dress anyone else
Loved him with what He did not love anyone else
He was and still is and forever will be
For every human being and for every angel that exists:
The Honored One
For him humanity was honored when Allah said:
Wa laqad karamnaa bani Adaam
Allah honored human beings for the honor of the leader
And the light and the prophet of humanity and creation
May Allah dress us with the endless dresses He dressed his Prophet
And keep us with him dunya and akhira
And make him intercede for every sin we have done
And for every lie we have lied and for every imperfection we have made
And for every mischief we have produced, for what we know and don't know
As You, O Allah, said: Laa taqnatoo bi'rahmatillha
Dont lose hope of Muhammad (s}!
O Allah make us at his threshold, at his feet, under his feet
Sincere slaves to you and sincere believers in your Prophet
We congratulate the Muslim world for the birth of the Prophet (s)
For his birth is the birth of beauty and the birth of paradises
And the light of whatever Allah created from the light of Muhammad Rasoolullah
On this night may Allah dress us with the dress of Rabbi`al-Awwal


Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

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Monday, April 13, 2015

The amazing greatness of Prophet ﷺ


 
The amazing greatness of Prophet ﷺ

الرَّحْمَنُ عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ عَلَّمَهُ
الْبَيَانَ
(God) Most Gracious! It is He Who has taught the Qur'an. He has created Man.
(Surat ar-Rahmaan, 55:1-3)

If we say this, this is the literal meaning: Allah taught Prophet (s), Allah taught Qur’an and created Creation, but Creation was not there yet. Allah said, “Ar-Rahmaan. `Allama 'l-qur'an,” and after He taught Qur’an He created Creation, but to whom He taught Qur’an? To angels? No. To jinn? No. Because all jinn, all angels, all Creation was created after Allah created the Light of Muhammad (s), so to whom He was teaching Qur’an?

To Prophet (s), Sayyidina Muhammad `alayhi afdalu ’s-salat wa ’s-salaam! But Allah (swt) needs to teach him? Kun fayakoon, when He created his Light from His Noor He put that Light in Bahru ’l-Qudrah, hadith mash-hoor `an Jaabir.

عن جابر بن عبد الله بلفظ قال قلت: يا رسول الله، بأبي أنت وأمي، أخبرني عن أول شيء خلقه الله قبل الأشياء. قال: يا جابر، إن الله تعالى خلق قبل الأشياء نور نبيك من نوره، فجعل ذلك النور يدور بالقُدرة حيث شاء الله،
The Prophet (s) said, “The first thing that Allah created was my Light, which He put in the Bahr al-Qudrah and from that He created everything else.”

Allah (swt) Granted Prophet (s) Unlimited, Continuous Knowledge!

He put the Light of Muhammad in Bahru ’l-Qudrah and that Light was turning, and when it turned, like today they put a turbine on a plane and when it turns that plane will fly, so Prophet’s Light was turning and turning! Without going into that hadith it is long. Allah created from that energy, from that light that was coming out of Muhammad (s), He created Creation, because when it turns it creates energy and all of us are energy. That power, that soul we don’t see it, we call it qudrah in Arabic, in English we call it energy, but is it energy? No one knows, it is something hidden.

“That one who I created first is the one I taught!” Ar-Rahmaan. `Allama 'l-qur'an, He taught the Qur’an to that one whose Light He created before anyone else:

كنت نبي و ادم بين الماء و الطين
I was a prophet when Adam was between water and clay.
كنت نبيا وآدم بين الروح والجسد
I was a prophet while Adam was between soul and body.

Two narrations, Allahu Akbar! So He taught Qur’an to Prophet (s) first! That’s why he said to Jibreel (a) maa anaa bi qaaree, the Holy Qur’an you see it like that, small (the size of a book). The Holy Qur’an is 500 pages, but is this what Allah taught Prophet (s), 500 pages? If that is the case, we are demeaning Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s), we are making Divine Knowledge to look like nothing.

Allah (swt) is giving knowledge, `ilm, laa awwala lahaa wa laa akhira lahaa, you cannot count it, there is no count because it is Allah’s Words. Allah (swt) is teaching Prophet (s) in Arabic, but that is His Own Words, not created words, which means the Holy Qur’an is ghayri makhlooq, it is not created. In Ahlu ‘s-Sunnah wa’l Jama’ah, if you say that the Qur’an is makhlooq (created) they say you are kaafir. The Qur’an is Allah’s Words, it cannot be makhlooq, created, you cannot say that, and Allah knows what they are.

But we know there is no limitation on knowledge for Prophet (s), he was given `Uloom al-Awwaleen: even if you go far away, as much as there is of Creation, and do you think Creation ends? It means `Uloom al-Awwaleen that Allah gave to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is still coming, so can a book contain them? There is no way to count them, so we cannot say “so far” as that knowledge is uncountable, it is infinite knowledge! When we do a book study, we finish volume three, volume four, but for Prophet (s) there are no volumes! There is no one, two, three, four, there is only continuous knowledge, al-`alim:

إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ

To you We have granted the Fount (of Abundance). (Surat al-Kawthar, 108:1)

‘Kawthar’ is knowledge, “We have given you the River of Knowledge,” the Ocean the Abundance, yaa Sayyidee yaa Rasoolullah, yaa Rahmatan li ‘l-`Alameen, albisnaa min hadhihi ’l-`uloom, dress us from these knowledges! Dress us from what Allah (swt) gave to you!

So when Jibreel (a) said, Iqraa, bismi Rabbika ’Lladhee khalaq, It means, “Read on the Power of Attorney that Allah gave to you, read about Khalq!” Khalq, Creation never ends, it has no beginning and no end. That means keep reading, keep taking, keep milking that knowledge. We can say “milking” because when Prophet (s) went to Mi’raaj they gave him three cups and what did he take? The milk, al-bara`a, innocence. So keep taking that, yaa Rasoolullah, tell them about Khalq, Creation!

الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ
Created man from a clot. (Surat al-Alaq, 96:2)
“Tell Those Who Don’t Believer You About the Miracles We Revealed”

“When they don’t believe you, tell them about Creation from wherever you want, from beginning or end, no problem, but if they don’t believe you tell them about the secret of Creation, that Allah created Creation in the womb of the mother from a clot.” From 1500 years ago, Allah (swt) gave them an evidence in the Last Days to understand that, to tell the Wahhabis that Allah has given Muhammad (s) what no one gave!

Suhba of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Complete video suhba link :
http://sufilive.com/When-the-Heart-of-the-Wali-is-Touched-The-Light-from-the-Divine-Secret-Appear--5632.html

THE SACRED LOVE AWLIYAULLAH HAVE FOR THEIR FOLLOWERS

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THE SACRED LOVE AWLIYAULLAH HAVE FOR THEIR FOLLOWERS 

PART 1
When high level awliyaullah speak, they take their mureeds all the way to the spiritual presence of #ProphetMuhammad ﷺ. Their talk or advice is mostly for Akhirah, not for dunya. Some people might come to them for dunya with this or that problem, which to #awliyaullah is the lowest level of asking, but they are more happy from followers whose hearts request to learn about the Heavenly World, `Alam al-Malakoot.

PART 2
Awliyaullah take their mureeds to `Alam al-Malakoot and show them that Fayd al-Noor, Outpouring of the Light, and al-Anwaar al-Qudsiyyyah, the Manifestation of the Holy Lights, which can be hundreds of millions of lights, always descending.

 PART 3
We can say that when Allah ﷻ manifests His Light there is no limit, it might be trillions or quadrillions of His Lights, and they are infinite! There is no restriction or limitation on these Heavenly Lights descending in the second level of Awliyaullah. Those who are present in this level with their hearts are receiving those Lights and those not present in their hearts will be yuhramu, prevented from getting them.

 PART 4
But rahmata ‘n-Nabi, Rahmatan li 'l-`Alameen, Sayyidina Muhammad, `alayhi afdalu 's-salaatu wa ‘s-salaam, ya Sayyidee, ya Rasoolullah! Ya Rahmatan li 'l-`Alameen, adrikna ya Rasoolullah!
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From rahmatu ‘n-Nabi ﷺ, mercy of the Prophet that awliyaullah inherit, they request their followers who are lazy in reaching that level also be granted the Manifestation of that Light. That is not something easy!
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Shaykh Muhammad @HishamKabbani ��
Courtesy of Sufilive.com
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Awliya Surrender Fully to Their Lord

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Awliya Surrender Fully to Their Lord 

Part 1

Truly Allah defends those who believed. (Surat al-Hajj, 22:38)
Do you want a judge or Allah to petition you? Believe in Allah ﷻ and He will support you! This suhbat is enough until you die, because I am not only speaking it to you but Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (qs) is opening it to dress you with it! Secrets hidden between the two meems just opened to whoever heard this, here or on the Internet, so good tidings to you.
Part 2 

When Awliyaullah speak and we listen and repeat what they say, it is full of tajalliyaat, Heavenly Manifestations, and Allah (swt) will order His angels to dress all of us with the reality of what we are speaking. It is not only typing by it or hearing it on the Internet; no, they dress you! But you cannot feel or see it as Iblees comes to destroy it as he thinks he won, because he trapped everyone and is taking them to his side. But he does not know Allah (swt) forgave us before we came to dunya, when there was no time, when all souls were in the Divine Presence, when Allah asked, "Am I not your Lord?" and we all said, "Yes!" (Surat al-Araaf, 7:172)
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Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
14 February 2015 Montreal, Canada
Courtesy of Sufilive.com (downloadable)
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Secrets of Holy Qur'an and the five level of the heart!

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Secrets of Holy Qur'an and the five level of the heart!

"From Allah's Generosity, al-Karam al-Ilahiyya, it is said that any verse of Holy Qur’an you read, all what Allah has put in that verse of manifestations and secrets in every letter of that verse, He will dress you with it, regardless if you are understanding or not, that is something else.

We are saying, from Allah's Generosity, Al-Karam al-Ilaahiyya, when the servant reads a verse of Holy Qur'an, that verse is naatiqee, every verse is alive, every word of Holy Qur'an is alive, there is rooh in it. Since there is rooh in it, that manifestation of life that Allah has put in Holy Qur'an--because Holy Qur'an is Kalaamullah, which cannot be dead, it is always alive--so what Allah put in every word, every letter, every verse, every surah, there are secrets coming from Bahr al-Qudrah, the Ocean of Power from which universes appear, because universes appear from the Ocean of Qudrah, al-Qaadir, al-Muqtadir, He can bring whatever He wants. That verse is naatiqee, alive, it has life and Allah physically dressed that dress from Bahr al-Qudrah, the Ocean of Existence, for things to appear: for human beings to appear to come to dunya, for branches, trees, universes, skies, animals, everything appears from Bahr al-Qudrah through the Light of al-Khaaliq, the Creator. But Allah (swt) does not dress you with that, He adds on it to continuously give you from the secrets. When Allah dresses you with the secrets of the Dhaat al-Buht lillahi ta`ala, the Divine Presence, the Divine Essence, whatever comes of Realities appear to be dressed on human beings and to angels and to whom Allah wants to be dressed."

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
http://sufilive.com/Our-Goal-is-the-Happiness-of-Allah-swt-and-His-Prophet-pbuh--5807.html

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Biography of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (Ra)

 

Biography of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (Ra) 
By Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
( Naqshbandi Golden Chain Series -5)

I have discovered — and exaggeration is not in my nature –
that he who is my sustenance will come to me.
I run to him, and my quest for him is agony for me.
Were I to sit still, he would come to me without distress

Urwa ibn Adhana

The son of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, son of al-Imam Zain al-`Abidin, son of al-Husayn, son of `Ali bin Abi Talib , Ja`far was born on the eighth of Ramadan in the year 83 H. His mother was the daughter of al-Qassim , whose great grandfather was Abu Bakr as-Siddiq .

He spent his life in worship and acts of piety for the sake of Allah. He rejected all positions of fame in favor of `uzla or isolation from the lower world. One of his contemporaries, `Umar ibn Abi-l-Muqdam, said, “When I look at Ja`far bin Muhammad I see the lineage and the secret of the Prophet Muhammad united in him.”

He received from the Prophet two lines of inheritance: the secret of the Prophet through ‘Ali and the secret of the Prophet through Abu Bakr . In him the two lineages met and for that reason he was called “The Inheritor of the Prophetic Station (Maqam an-Nubuwwa) and the Inheritor of the Truthful Station (Maqam as-siddiqiyya).” In him was reflected the light of the knowledge of Truth and Reality. That light shone forth and that knowledge was spread widely through him during his lifetime.

Ja`far narrated from his father, Muhammad al-Baqir, that a man came to his grandfather, Zain al-`Abidin, and said, “Tell me about Abu Bakr!” He said, “You mean as-Siddiq?” The man said, “How do you call him as-Siddiq when he is against you, the Family of the Prophet ?” He replied, “Woe to you. The Prophet called him as-Siddiq, and Allah accepted his title of as-Siddiq. If you want to come to me, keep the love of Abu Bakr and `Umar in your heart.”

Ja`far said, “The best intercession that I hope for is the intercession of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq .” From him is reported also the following invocation: “O Allah, You are my Witness that I love Abu Bakr and I love `Umar and if what I am saying is not true may Allah cut me off from the intercession of Muhammad .”

He took the knowledge of hadith from two sources: from his father through `Ali and from his maternal grandfather al-Qassim. Then he increased his knowledge of hadith by sitting with `Urwa, `Aata, Nafi` and Zuhri. The two Sufyans, Sufyan ath-Thawri and Sufyan ibn `Uyayna, Imam Malik, Imam Abu Hanifa, and al-Qattan all narrated hadith through him, as did many others from later hadith scholars. He was a mufassir al-Qur’an or master in exegesis, a scholar of jurisprudence, and one of the greatest mujtahids (qualified to give legal decisions) in Madinah.

Ja`far acquired both the external religious knowledge as well as the internal confirmation of its reality in the heart. The latter was reflected in his many visions and miraculous powers, too numerous to tell.

One time someone complained to al-Mansur, the governor of Madinah, about Ja`far . They brought him before Mansur and asked the man who had complained, “Do you swear that Ja`far did as you say?” He said, “I swear that he did that.” Ja`far said, “Let him swear that I did what he accused me of and let him swear that Allah punish him if he is lying.” The man insisted on his complaint and Ja`far insisted that he take the oath. Finally the man accepted to take the oath. No sooner were the words of the oath out of his mouth than he fell down dead.

Once he heard that al-Hakm bin al-’Abbas al-Kalbi crucified his own uncle Zaid on a date palm. He was so unhappy about this that he raised his hands and said, “O Allah send him one of your dogs to teach him a lesson.” Only a brief time passed before al-Hakm was eaten by a lion in the desert.

Imam at-Tabari narrates that Wahb said, “I heard Layth ibn Sa`d say, I went on pilgrimage in the year 113 H., and after I prayed the afternoon obligatory prayer (salat al-`Asr) I was reading some verses of the Holy Qur’an and I saw someone sitting beside me invoking Allah saying ‘Ya Allah, Ya Allah…’ repeatedly until he lost his breath. He then continued by saying ‘Ya Hayy, Ya Hayy…’ until his breath was again lost. He then raised his hands and said, ‘O Allah, I have the desire to eat grapes, O Allah give me some. And my robe (jubba) is becoming so old and tattered, please O Allah grant me a new one.’ Laith bin Sa`d said that ‘He had hardly finished his words before a basket of grapes appeared in front of him, and at that time there were no grapes in season. Beside the basket of grapes there appeared two cloaks more beautiful than I had ever seen before.’ I said, ‘O my partner let me share with you.’ He said, ‘How are you a partner?’ I replied, ‘You were praying and I was saying Amin.’ Then Imam Ja`far said, ‘Then come and eat with me,’ and he gave me one of the two cloaks. Then he walked off until he met a man who said, ‘O son of the Prophet , cover me because I have nothing but these tattered garments to cover me.’ He immediately gave him the cloak that he had just received. I asked that man, ‘Who is that?’ He replied, ‘That is the great Imam, Ja`far as-Sadiq.’ I ran after him to find him but he had disappeared.”

This is only a sample of the many anecdotes and stories of the miraculous powers (karamat) of Ja`far as-Sadiq .

From his knowledge he used to say to Sufyan ath-Thawri, “If Allah bestows on you a favor, and you wish to keep that favor, then you must praise and thank Him excessively, because He said, “If you are thankful Allah will increase for you”[14:7]. He also said, “If the door of provision is closed for you, then make a great deal of istighfar (begging forgiveness), because Allah said, “Seek forgiveness of your Lord, certainly Your Lord is oft-Forgiving” [11:52]. And he said to Sufyan, “If you are upset by the tyranny of a Sultan or other oppression that you witness, say “There is no change and no power except with Allah,” (la hawla wa la quwwata illa-billah) because it is the key to Relief and one of the Treasures of Paradise.”

“The Nun [letter “n”] at the beginning of Surat 68 represents the light of Pre-eternity, out of which Allah created all creations, and which is Muhammad . That is why He said in the same surat [verse 4]: ‘Truly Thou art of a sublime nature’ – that is: you were privileged with that light from pre-eternity.”

“Allah Almighty and Exalted told the lower world, “Serve the one who serves Me and tire the one who serves you.”

“Prayer is the pillar of every pious person; Pilgrimage is the Jihad of every weak one; the Zakat of the body is fasting; and the one who asks for Allah’s grants without performing good deeds is like one trying to shoot an arrow without a bow.”

“Open the door of provision by giving donation; fence in your money with the payment of zakat; the best is he who wastes not; planning is the foundation of your life, and to act prudently is the basis of intellect.”

“Whoever makes his parents sad has denied their rights on him.”

“The jurists are the trustees of the Prophet … If you find the jurists sticking to the company of the Sultans, say to them, ‘This is forbidden,’ as the jurist cannot express his honest opinion under the pressure of the Sultan’s proximity.”

“No food is better than God-fear and there is nothing better than silence; no enemy is more powerful than ignorance; no illness is greater than lying.”

“If you see something you don’t like in your brother try to find from one to seventy excuses for him. If you can’t find an excuse, say, ‘There might be an excuse but I don’t know it.’”

“If you hear a word from a Muslim which is offensive, try to find a good meaning for it. If you don’t find a good meaning for it, say to yourself, ‘I do not understand what he said,’ in order to keep harmony between Muslims.”

Friday, March 6, 2015

'Secret of Secrets'

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This is an excerpt from the Sobah given on 03/05/2015 by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani on the 
'Secret of Secrets'

"Allah created human beings and no one knows the secret of that creation except the one who created creation and what He has dressed this creation with and how it came to existence from `adm no existence to existence min al-`adm il azh-zhuhoor from no existence to appearance and as awliyaullah may Allah bless their souls, they say that the heart we see, that organ, for them it is not an organ, it is a treasure that Allah has put from His endless heavenly treasures that He said about Himself, kuntu kanzan makhfiyyan wa `aradtu an `uraf fa khalaqtu'l-khalq. in arabic, I was always a Hidden Treasure. makhfiyyan means not only hidden but veiled no one can see.
That appearance of creation Allah has put that organ in it, its house, in the meaning of a place that receives from these treasures that Allah reveals to the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). What does Allah reveal to the Prophet (s)? What kind of treasures? The Prophet (s) does not need money, wealth. He rejected the Mountain of Uhud when it came to the Prophet (s) and said,
"I will turn myself to gold, do what you want with it, Ya rasulullah" The Prophet (s) said we are not in need for that.
So Dunya treasures appears you can see it with your eyes but heavenly treasures you can not see by your eyes, because they are secrets, they are planted and manifested in the hearts of everyone that Allah created as humanity and other creations, everyone received a bit of that treasure that Allah has put in the heart of the Prophet (s).
So what kind of treasure is it? Is it physical treasure or is it unseen treasures? What is there that we cannot see? It is like light, a light of a rainbow, you can see seven lights is it not, seven different lights in a rainbow but if you look closer with some kind of telescope or magnifier or whatever you will see more colors. One color become infinite colors not the same color, red becomes infinine and black inifinte degrees of black.
So the color that has put that reality that was put into heart of the Prophet (s) not everyone can see. You need a binoculars, someting to look in order to see the different colors. That is why we said in the previous session that there is an engine in the heart, huwa al-muharrik, that engine is the one to make you to move. Allah has put in everyone 3 different levels after the heart, as an organ, as a shell where all dunya work passes through it, beyond that there is the reality of the secret, which why it is called "secret" because you cannot see it.
This is what we are speaking about the colors, not the physical colors, in order to explain that there are different levels of secrets that Allah has put in the heat of every one and no similarity, no photocopy, everyone will get different than the other. So the first level of the heart that is related to Dunya, related to eating, sleeping, studying, going to University, reading books, that is all related to Dunya matters.
The Akhira matters, that has its own realities and the Dunya has its realities that is one day going to extinguish, disappear and the next higher level is the secret, it is a secret which you cannot see it and you need binoculars.
Above that is the Secret of Secrets which you do not need only a binocular, I do not know what else, you need a telescpoe? you need heavenly instrument that enables you to see the Secret of Secrets and then human being can not go higher, that is it.
Above that is the Maqaam al-Akhfaa, which is for the Prophet (s) that light there, the realities, the colors there, no one can see them except Sayyidina Muhammad (s). and he is seeing them with Allah's Nur that He dressed him with, he is able to see them all at same time and no overlapping and everyone will be distinguised by a specific Noor (Light) that is idientifed by that light and that is in the level of Akhfa and that level is only for the Prophet (s).
Al Fatiha
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Transcript Those for Whose Sake Prophets and Martyrs Will Rejoice - Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani - Thursday, Dec 15, 2011

Transcript Those for Whose Sake Prophets and Martyrs Will Rejoice - Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani - Thursday, Dec 15, 2011

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Those for Whose Sake Prophets and Martyrs Will Rejoice
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
15 December 2011     Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suhbah at KL Zawiya
As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`ala fee haadha 'l-masjid.
Kalimataani khafeefatani `ala’l-lisaan thaqeelataan fi ’l-meezaani, Subhaan-Allah wa bi-hamdihi subhanallahi ’l-`azheem astagfirullah.
أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
ati`oollaha wa ati`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (an-Nisa, 4:59)
To obey is to accept and to love; if you don’t accept and love then you don’t obey, so obedience is under these two elements. When we love and fear losing that love, we always keep trying to fix it and this enables us (to be obedient). Also, to obey Allah (swt) is to love whom Allah (swt) loves, and whom does Allah love? Those who are loved by Allah must be happy, because it is not easy for someone to be loved by Allah. In the general meaning, of course Allah loves everyone, but Allah (swt) put tests on us in order to perfect that love. He is waiting for us to improve ourselves to be accepted in His Divine Presence, then for sure we are going to win His love! But if you really love Allah, how can you follow Him?
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
qul 'in kuntum tuhibboona Allaha fa `attabi`oonee yuhbibkumu Allahu wa yaghfir lakum dhunoobakum wa Allahu Ghafooru 'r-Raheem.
Say (O Muhammad), "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your sins, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. ('Ali Imraan, 3:31)
Follow Allah (swt) by following Muhammad (s)! This is a very beautiful gathering today with many decorations and a very nice banner that reads “Allah (swt)” and “Muhammad (s),” which shows that all of you have the respect for The One you love. So, Allah said in the Holy Qur’an, “If you love Me, follow My messenger,”  and ati`oollaha, “Obey Me,” meaning, “Show your love to Me by following Muhammad (s).” That is why He says in another ayah: 
مَّنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللّهَ
Man yuti`i ar-rasoola faqad ataa`a Allah.
Who obeys the Prophet obeys Allah. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:80)
So when you obey the Prophet (s), immediately you are obeying Allah (swt). “If you love Me, follow Muhammad.” To “follow” means “to obey;” ittiba` is obedience. Do we love Allah (swt) and Prophet (s)? Yes, we do. Then, our duty is to follow what they asked us to do. So the first thing to ask is, “Are we doing the five prayers?” I am checking myself and you check yourself. Are you doing the five prayers? If you are not, then how are you obeying? Then say, “I have to do these.” Then, try to progress in your `ibadaah, do your five prayers. Are you fasting? You know better, and many Muslims say they are. For sure you fast (in this country), but there are Muslims who don't fast. Why do many Muslims fast, but don't pray? There is question mark. Too many Muslims are not praying. So that means our love and our obedience is not perfect yet and we have to complete it.
If we know what the Prophet (s) said to the Sahaabah (r), we will be in sajda day and night. I will quote one hadeeth of the Prophet (s). This is not fiqh teaching or a fiqh session in which we study the principles of praying, fasting, and mu`amalaat of imaan.  It is a general advice, as the Prophet (s) said, ad-deenu naseeha, “Religion is advice.”