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Balance Your Dunya and Your Akhirah

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

26 April 2013 London, UK

Jumu`ah Khutbah at CSCA, Feltham (2)

Yaa ayyuha ’l-muminoon al-haadiroon, ittaqullah ta`alaa wa atee`ooh. Inna-Allah ma`a ’Lladheena ’t-taqaw w ’alladheena hum muhsinoon

Allah (swt) has ordered us to have taqwaa, as having it will make you a mu’min, and most people understand that taqwaa is fear of Allah only, but in fact it includes love of the Prophet (s).

Allah (swt) said:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ

Yaa ayyuhalladheena aamanoo ’taqoollaaha.

O you who believe! Fear Allah. (Surat at-Tawbah, 9:119)

“O you who believe, have taqwaa.” Tawqaa is a sword with two sides: if you fear Allah, you will be saved by Allah from Hellfire, and on the other side, if you have taqwaa, Allah will love you and put you with the Prophet (s). So the sword has two sides and they go along with each other without killing you, but may cut you. So if you want to have taqwaa to fear Allah (swt) and go to Paradise, that one is for you and if you want taqwaa to love Allah and not to be away from Him, He will put you with the Prophet (s).

Taqwaa hiyya asaasu ’l-`adl: Taqwaa is the origin and principle of justice; there can be no justice without taqwaa and if you are not a muttaqee, fulfilling the principles of taqwaa, you will be unjust. Even in a family, you see a father shows more love to one child than to another and that is not justice as you must love all the children the same, you cannot love one and leave one. (Also) you cannot say, “I love Allah,” and you don't love the Prophet (s). You love Allah as The Creator, al-Khaliq, but you love the Prophet (s) as al-`abd mute`ee li rabihi, the Obedient Servant, the one whom Allah (swt) praised Himself that He created the Prophet (s).

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِه

Subhaan-alladhee asraa bi `abdihi.

Glory be to He Who transported His servant.

(Surat al-'Israa, 17:1)

Allah (swt) praised Himself that He brought His servant to Masjid al-Aqsa, so it is not even enough to put n`al ash-shareef on your head! (When they see it) some people say, “What is this?” That is a sign, a symbol of the Prophet's shoes. We will be honored if we are not dust under feet of the Prophet (s), but if we are his shoes it is better. Of course we love the Prophet (s), and Allah is praising Himself for loving Muhammad (s), so He said:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Qul in kuntum tuhibboona 'Llaaha fattabi`oonee yuhbibkumullaahu wa yaghfir lakum dhunoobakum w 'Allaahu 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. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:31)

“Say, ‘If you really love Allah, follow Me!’” We follow every aspect that Prophet (s) showed us to be just with ourselves. This is a moment of reflection, to think this is Yawm al-Jumu`ah, so are you just to yourself or not? Young or old, no one can say that they are just. If you are just, then Allah will open your eyes to see. If you can claim that, and no one can claim that, then it is better to put our head on the carpet in sajda, crying, “Yaa Rabbee! Make us to be just!”

Are we making salawaat on the Prophet (s)? If we were just, we would be making salawaat on the Prophet (s) as the angels are doing, as in every moment they are making salawaat on the Prophet (s)!

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ

Inna-Llaaha wa malaa'ikatahu yusalloona `ala 'n-nabiyy.

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. (Surat al-Ahzaab, 33:56)

With all those mistakes and Shaytan running after us, what did the Prophet (s) say? Do you want to be saved? If you want to be saved then follow the hadith, adnoo shayaatenakum, “Make Shaytan tired by disobeying him.” It is so simple. How many times in the day does Shaytan come in your ear and throw gossips in your heart? You have a thought in every moment and with every blink of an eye! Allah is saying to the Prophet (s) and the Prophet (s) is saying to the ummah that there is a way out: make him tired. Yaa Rabbee, how to make Shaytan tired? It’s so simple. He is trying to say, “I am your Lord,” so tell him khasi’it, “Shut up!” Tell him, “You are the worst one, you are not my Lord!”

So what did the Prophet (s) tell us? Make your Shaytan tired by saying one sentence, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah.” That will make your Shaytan tired. With every bad thought, say “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah.” If you don’t do it every time and a bad thought comes, then say it during the day sometime, that will make your Shaytan tired. If you do it, then Shaytan will be so tired he will be crippled and will leave you, saying, “No use for this one, I will find someone else!”

That is `adl, justice, but do it, for `adl means to be fair. Some speakers go on the minbar and, mashaa-Allah, they are nice speakers, but they say one thing, which recently I began to say ‘no’. It is a question. Before, I was saying like them, and they said, “There is no need for dunya, leave dunya, dunya is bad.” Do they say that or not, “Dunya is bad.” They say, “Dunya is not good so you have to leave dunya, you have to be pious.”

Okay, I like to be pious, but I see in the speaker's hand a gold Rolex watch. How do you advise people to leave dunya and you have a Rolex in your hand, and not a normal one, but yellow gold, not white with diamonds around it (platinum, the most expensive). How are you teaching to leave dunya when with one simple show-off, showing your watch by wearing short sleeves as if making wudu, they put a Rolex on their right hand so people can see it? Then they are teaching, “Don’t love dunya” and they are immersed in dunya! When they do that and young people who, of course alhamdulillah, would like to leave dunya, but if we do so then someone else will replace us. Instead of being in the best places as doctors or lawyers or engineers, we would be in the worst places in the world and someone else would take our place!

No, Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur'an:

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Rabbana atinaa fi ’d-dunya hasanatan wa fi ‘l-akhirati hasanatan wa qina `adhaba ‘ n-naar.

Our Lord, give us in this world (that which is) good and in the Hereafter (that which is) good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire. (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:201)

Allah is saying, “O our Lord! Give us good of this life and good of the Next and protect us from the Fire.” Hasana means “everything that is good.” So Allah is giving you a way to say, “Yaa Rabbee, give me dunya to give to Your servants,” then take it!

One time a rich person came to me and said, “I want to sell everything and leave dunya. The example of their wealth is that while we speak of hundreds and thousand of pounds, they have hundreds of millions or one-billion pounds! He said, “I want to leave dunya.”

I said, “No, don't do that. When you do that, there will be no more income and all the people and organizations you are helping around the world will stop receiving. Allah made you an instrument as He gave you a mind to help others, not to put your wealth in your pocket. If you stop, all these organizations and foundations will stop getting your help and instead of getting rewards, you will not be getting anything!”

Allah (swt) said, Rabbana atinaa fi ’d-dunya hasanatan wa fi ‘l-akhirati hasanatan “O our Lord! Give us good of this life and good of the Next Life.” It depends on where you are (in spiritual levels). Sayyidina `Ali (r) explained it in one sentence:

اعمل لدنياك كانك تعيش ابدا وعمل لاخرتك كانك تموت غدا

`Amal li-dunyaaka ka-annaka ta`ayshu abadan wa `amal li-akhiratika ka-annaka tamootu ghadan.

Work for dunya as if you are going to live forever and work for Akhirah as if you are dying tomorrow.

Do for your dunya as if you are living forever, wa `amal li akhiratika ka-annaka tamootu ghadan, but do for your Next Life as if you are dying tomorrow. That means to balance: have one leg in dunya and one in Akhirah. The leg in dunya is to help those who have no shoes, help those who need to be helped with what you have and then your dunya will become Akhirah.

That is why the Prophet (s) said:

ينقطع عمل ابن ادم الا من ثلاث: صدقه جاريه; علم ينتفع به; ولد صالح يدعوا له

Yanqati` `amal ibn Adam illa min thalaath: sadaqatun jaariyah wa `ilmun yantafi`u bih wa waladun saalihun yada`u lah.

The deeds of the Children of Sayyidina Adam are cut except three: a flowing donation in Allah’s Way, and some knowledge that you leave behind (that benefits people) and a child who prays for you. (Muslim)

Even Salafis say the deeds of human beings stop. No, the Prophet (s) said they stop except for three things: one is sadaqatun jaariyah, a flowing donation. If you give £1, that is written as if in every moment you are giving to a poor person and it will be written as fulfilling Allah’s (swt) order. When you give to important places that teach love and discipline to Allah (swt), such as a homeless home or a place that serves the poor, or for a masjid or a school, that is written for you as non-stop charity, that is maa'un jaariya, a flowing river going towards the ocean. That small `amal is running to reach the ocean and when it reaches the ocean, that is what we need, to reach the Ocean of Mercy!

Second is `ilmun yantafi`u bih, to leave behind knowledge that will benefit people. Everyone wants to be knowledgeable, and Allah is saying to the Prophet (s) and the Prophet (s) is telling us through this hadith, “Teach your children to say, ‘Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.’” This is the beginning of knowledge and that is knowledge that people can benefit from. It is not from knowledge of computers, looking at Facebook and to have thousands of fans behind you, some of whom are naked, and why (say) “istaghfirullah” as they are doing it! Istaghfirullah is for every moment. (They say) “I am innocent. I am looking at my page. I don’t know those who are following me,” but you are looking at that boy and that girl (which is inappropriate)!

So it is knowledge that is beneficial, knowledge of Shari`ah. It is better to look on Facebook for knowledge of Shari`ah, not to look at fans who are happy with you and follow you. If you see my picture on Facebook in any way, say, “These Shaytans are putting it there.” I am not, as I am innocent! I hear too many people saying, “Your picture is on Facebook.” I don’t know who is putting it there.

Wa waladun saalihun yada`u lah, if you teach your children `ilm, after they grow up they will make du`a for you. Teach your children to make du`a for you, because when they are young their du`as are accepted. That is why tahfeezh al-Qur’an, memorizing Holy Qur’an must be done when they are young as they have no sins. May Allah (swt) keep us under the love of Prophet (s) and awliyaullah.

Aqoolu qawlee hadha wa astaghfirullaha ’l-`Azheem lee wa lakum wa li-saairi ’l-mustaghfireen fa yaa fawzan li ’l-mustaghfireen, astaghfirullah.

I ask Allah's forgiveness for you and me and for all those who ask for forgiveness, and it is a victory for those who ask for forgiveness, astaghfirullah.

(Du`a)

Shaykh `Ali (r) will send his turban around to collect, so put fee sabeelillah for this masjid and prepare for tomorrow, for jubbas (of Shaykh Nazim) as they are few and very old. The barakah of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) and awilyaullah is in everything they use, so if you want it, it is ready. And also I have a turban and whoever buys a jubba I will cut a piece from the turban of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim for them!

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