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Advice of Sayyidina al-Hasan al-Basri

Dr Nour Kabbani

24 May 2017 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

Salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-'Alameen wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma'een nahmadu ta`ala `ala karamihi wa ...ihsaanai wa narju maghfiratahu.

Alhamdulillah, we have passed Rajabun Shahrullah wa Sha`baanu Shahree and inshaa-Allah, Saturday May 27th will be Ramadan. May Allah open His mercy on all of us and especially on the Naqshbandi and all Sufi orders. I will give the mic to Shaykh Nour.

Dr Nour Kabbani

A'oodhu billahi mina 'sh-Shaytani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-'Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu 'alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa `aalihi wa sahbihi ajma'een wa man taba`ahum ila yawmi ‘d-deen. Dastoor ya Sayyidee, Qutb al-Mutasarrif. Salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh, yaa Sayyidee Grandshaykh `AbdAllah al-Fa'iz ad-Daghestani (q) wa yaa Sayyidee Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. Tariqatuna as-suhbat...

Salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Istaghfirullah al-`Azheem wa atoobu ‘ilayh, I am not a person who can speak, but Mawlana said to speak so we will speak from what Grandshaykh Mawlana Shaykh Nazim said in his suhbahs, what has been written in books and translated into many languages. Inshaa-Allah, on Saturday we will begin to speak from these books and comment on these advices he gave us.

He said in one of his suhbat that Sayyidina Hasan al-Basri (q), who was one of the Tabi`een min kibaar at-Tabi`een and an imam of azh-Zhaahir and al-Baatin, the Apparent and the Hidden Knowledges, hosted visitors to whom he gave advice, and he asked his followers to keep his advice as much as they can. Awliyaullah say simple things that click in the mind, that we can take home with us and apply. Their knowledge is so great and yet they give in such a way that is so simple. Today there are so many that speak and speak and speak, that no one can remember what they said, and even they cannot remember! It is the practice of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and Mawlana Shaykh Hisham to give advice that is simple.

Imam Hasan al-Basri (q) said during day or night, everyone will come across something that is either ordered by Allah and His Prophet (s) or forbidden. You will encounter things in your daily life that are obligatory or Sunnah, so do them, even little ones, don't say it’s okay to leave them. We all come across either an ordered or forbidden action; however, any act we do must be fard, mandatory; or wajib, required; or a Sunnah of the Prophet (s); or mustahabb, loved by the Prophet (s); or makrooh, disliked; or something that is outright haraam, forbidden.

When we come to something ordered, we must run to do it. Today we, myself included, are leaving the Sunnah and the adab of the Prophet (s). For example, when we pray, who puts his hand in his pocket to get a miswaak? Not many, and that is where it starts. Don't underestimate any Sunnah or see it as low. The Sunnah of the Prophet (s) is to carry and use a miswaak, and to dismiss that simple practice will cause us to leave the big Sunnahs, like praying two or four raka`ats before the fard of Salaat al-Zhuhr or Salaat al-Asr. Whatever Sunnah you leave leads to a bigger omission. We begin with small things, then continue to larger things. For example, today I prayed without turban, but I had a hat on so I thought, “It’s okay, I don’t need to wear my turban.” But it is important to wear it, so I put it on.

Another reason to not leave small, good actions is because Mawlana Shaykh Nazim said Allah has put His greatest pleasure in little things, just as He hid Laylat al-Qadr and we don't know which person is Sayyidina al-Khidr (a). So whatever action makes Allah and Prophet (s) happy, do it! Even if it is not fard but mustahabb, still it is a barrier that protects the Sunnah, and the Sunnah protects the fard.

On the other side, the same thing applies to sins. We say, “O! This is only makrooh, disliked, so we can do it because it’s not forbidden.” The biggest forbidden is gheebah, backbiting. We must know that anything disliked by Allah is liked by Shaytan: that is where Allah's anger is! Imam Hasan al-Basri (q) said, “Don't be brave in committing sins, don’t open your chest (exposing yourself) doing disobedience.” Two things to hold on to: grab the things Allah and His Messenger (s) ordered, and leave whatever Allah and the Prophet (s) prohibited. Do the things Prophet (s) loved, like wearing a turban and jubbah and using the miswak, and eating suhoor. Some people don't eat sahoor, they prefer to sleep; but it is a stong Sunnah of the Prophet (s), who said we need to eat before fasting.

Pay attention to these little things. We are doing dhikr here and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) said this form of dhikr is important, but he said the most important dhikr is to remember Allah (swt) when you encounter an order or a forbidden. What we are doing here is remembrance, but when you encounter a forbidden act and leave it, or you do something loved by Allah and His Prophet (s), that is real remembrance. So let us do as much as we can from mimma jaa bihi an-Nabi (s). May Allah (swt) accept our fasting and Taraweeh with Mawlana, inshaa-Allah, and grant us to do it easily and quickly, inshaa-Allah! Ameen, ameen, ameen was ‘s-salaamun `alaa ‘l-mursaleen.

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