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Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
04-10-2008, 3 Rabi` ath-Thani, 1428
Salam alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakutuh.
So where we arrived? Murshid at-tabarruk. Now insha-Allah we go to…
A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytaan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaada, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid
We were discussing before that there are four levels of murshid, I will make a summary. There are different kinds of murshid and in every level, there are different levels, or there are different. Stations and every station has different levels.
And we were trying to explain what Grandshaykh Shaykh Abdullah and Grandshaykh Sharafuddin and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim what they said about being a murshid. Today you hear a lot of what people say, I have this murshid, and this murshid, and so on. And these murshid might not have the reality of the smell of a murshid. But unfortunately today people are not knowing where to look for a murshid. They hear his speech and like it and the consider him murshid. Some of these murshid are not even looking into Shariah, they have no prayers, no fasting and …
So we are coming to murshid at-tazkiyya, murshid of purification and chastening. When you move from one level to another It means you have accomplished all that was in previous level. Like when you go in university from bachelor to master it means you have complete your master. And when you go to PhD you have complete all of the master level.
So murshid at-tazkiyya carries all that we mentioned of the levels that came with the first station, murshid at-tabarruk. He is mazhar al-jamal for the entire station before and so he has been elevated from murshid at-tabarruk to murshid at-tazkiyya ad in him, whatever was in murshid attabarruk he inherited it in order to go to 2nd station.
What is the first duty in the 2nd station? What he has to do that he, in order he will be improving himself. Because even the murshid, if we say this one is a pir or murshid, he doesn’t have to make anything, only to meet people and talk to people. No he has obligations he has to do them. The first obligation for murshid at-tazkiyyat, means he has to be fully completing whatever came in the 4 schools of thought, the 4 madhhabs, all of that they have teach in it, he has to take it and learn and not do anything that contradicts the four madhhabs. Not only not to contradict one madhhab, but all four of them and he must go to the azeema of the madhhab, not the rukhsa. You have to take the hardest way on yourself. That means he has to make sure that every movement he has to move with wisdom. He cannot say one word without wisdom, he cannot move one move without wisdom and he cannot each without any wisdom. Everything he does he has ot put in front of his eyes. Raas al-hikmatu makhafatullah - Fear of Allah of 2 kinds. Fear of his punishment and fear of being far from his love.
And any bad intention that comes to his mind he must not step in that level. He must cut all the gossips that come into the hearts of a person. Especially when you enter into prayer, too many inspirations, bad thoughts come to the mind.. especially to the imam or the one who says I am a pir.
Look I was mentioning to you yesterday they have a Milaad that each one in front of his name is mufti pir, `allama, Mawlana allam al-Hasani al-Husayni. All these titles, for what? For ego why they reached level of irshad? If they reached the level of irshad they will never put in front of his name `allama. I never saw Mawlana shaykh put in font of his name allam. Only he put shaykh. And he put ash-Shami an-Naqshbandi, and then khadim al-fuqara - the servant of the people.
If you don’t put `allama, mufti, pir they get upset.
But Grandshaykh, when his Grandshaykh was about to pass away, he called him, “Abdullah Effendi - that is the way they address them.” Respected Nazim, Nazim Effendi.” Our duty is to say Sultan al-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim but that is not his duty; he is his shaykh.
So he called him, “Abdullah Effendi, respected son.” Because Shaykh Sharafuddin, before he died by three months, he asked the Prophet (s) in association of awliyaullah that in order he will be able to extract from Holy Qur'an, to be able to extract the names of the high level awliyaullah that are in the four levels of murshid and the other levels of wilayah - to be able to extract their names from Holy Qur'an. And when he categorized them he pulled out the names of 49 deputies of Mahdi and the 50 caliphas and he pulled the name of a’immat al-ishraqiyoon, and the names of the Shuyukh al-Islam in time of Mahdi… and 313 saints that are at the feet of 313 messengers, because there are 313 messengers that are prophets and are messengers and there are 313 ashaab Badr, the companions of the Prophet (s) in Badr that were there supporting him. And these 313 are inheritors from different messengers and prophets and Sahaba. So he was asking permission to go deep into that ocean of the verse of Qur’an from Surat al-An`am to extract the names of those awliya.
So for three months, as Grandshaykh may Allah bless his soul, was explaining to us, Grandshaykh Sharafuddin was going into these verses and diving in them to pull out these names and Grandshaykh showed that to us and I copied them all. And we have the copy but the original disappeared, when Grandshaykh passed away, it was gone.
So he was extracting those names. And so irshad is not so easy. Irshad is not to give you a lesson and go. Now the murshid will put you in his level but he doesn’t open your eyes as you are not yet ready. Like you see these welders who cover their eyes when they are welding, they have these cover.
Also the light of wilayah when they want to open to your eyes then if they take that black shield then your eyes are gone.
So he extracted from that verse:
وَتِلْكَ حُجَّتُنَا آتَيْنَاهَا إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَى قَوْمِهِ نَرْفَعُ دَرَجَاتٍ مَّن نَّشَاء إِنَّ رَبَّكَ حَكِيمٌ عَلِيمٌ (6:83)
6:83 And this was Our argument which We vouchsafed unto Abraham against his people: [for] We do raise by degrees whom We will. Verily, thy Sustainer is wise, all-knowing.
Wa tilka hujjatuna ataynaha ibraheema `ala qawmihi narfa`u darajatin man nasha’u inna rabbaka hakeemun `aleemun
وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ إِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ كُلاًّ هَدَيْنَا وَنُوحًا هَدَيْنَا مِن قَبْلُ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِهِ دَاوُودَ وَسُلَيْمَانَ وَأَيُّوبَ وَيُوسُفَ وَمُوسَى وَهَارُونَ وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ (6:84)
Wa wahabna lahu ishaqa waya`qooba kullan hadayna wanoohan hadayna min qablu wamin thurriyyatihi dawooda wasulaymana wa ayyooba wa yoosufa wa moosa wa haroona wa kadhaalika najzee al-muhsineena
6:84 And We bestowed upon him Isaac and Jacob; and We guided each of them as We had guided Noah aforetime. And out of his offspring, [We bestowed prophethood upon] David, and Solomon, and Job, and Joseph, and Moses, and Aaron: for thus do We reward the doers of good;
وَزَكَرِيَّا وَيَحْيَى وَعِيسَى وَإِلْيَاسَ كُلٌّ مِّنَ الصَّالِحِينَ (6:85)
Wa zakariyya wayahya wa`eesa wa ilyasa kullun mina as-saliheena
6:85 and [upon] Zachariah, and John, and Jesus, and Elijah: every one of them was of the righteous;
وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَالْيَسَعَ وَيُونُسَ وَلُوطًا وَكُلاًّ فضَّلْنَا عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ (6:86)
Wa isma`eela wailyasa`a wa yoonusa wa lootan wa kullan faddalna `ala al-`alameena
6:86 and [upon] Ishmael, and Elisha, and Jonah, and Lot. And every one of them did We favour above other people;
وَمِنْ آبَائِهِمْ وَذُرِّيَّاتِهِمْ وَإِخْوَانِهِمْ وَاجْتَبَيْنَاهُمْ وَهَدَيْنَاهُمْ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ (6:87(
Wa min aba’ihim wa dhurriyyatihim wa ikhwanihim w’ajtabaynahum wa hadaynahum ila siratin mustaqeem.
and [We exalted likewise] some of their forefathers and-their offspring and their brethren: We elected them [all], and guided them onto a straight way.
Al-An'am (The Cattle) 6:87
He begin from Nuh and then Ibrahim, ishaq, Ya`qub and Isma`il and their progeny, one after one after one, all of them he guided them. Ajtabaynahum wa hadaynahum.. He guided them who guided them? Allah swt. And who was the real vehicle to guide them? It was Sayyidina Muhammad. Because Allah said to all the Prophet (s)s, if he comes in your time you follow him and you will be normal people. So guidance coming from Allah to prophet and from prophet to all these messengers who are described in that verse of Surat al-An`am. And from their progeny they will be guided and so he was picking who will be guided and classifying their rank. Not from their time, but from time of Sayyidina Mahdi. What passes passed, but he is trying to bring that up.
So anyone who read daily these names, Allah opens to his heart guidance because they are the guided ones. So through them you will be guided. And anyone ask Allah for their sake for forgiveness or for a problem, difficulty or for a marriage, then Allah for their sake, will cure or make difficulties to be solves, problems to go for the sake of these awliya. With that wisdom he pulled them out, to benefit the Ummah, those who are allowed and been give permission to know them and to know about hem. Not everyone knows them and knows about them. It might be this is first time you are hearing about that.
So that secret that grand Grandshaykh was addressing and pulling them out to tell those who are in time of Mahdi, take these, they are ready for you. You greet them daily, you meet them daily. They are not hiding. When you know someone you knock at his door he will greet you. So it is important to know them, to know their names at least.
So that was so heavy he said for him, to pull them out. Like searching for a ring in this universe. How difficult it will be. Take a ring and throw in this room. Or 1, 2 acre garden, can you find it. It means you have to look for it everywhere. How are you going to find all these guides, these awliya. It took him three months to pull them out, and the one who pulls you out knows about you. The one who pulls you out. Not the one who is hiding. That is why he is Grandshaykh and that is why he is from golden chain. And the one who inherits from him as well. He gave everything to Grandshaykh and Grandshaykh gave all ot Mawlana shaykh Nazim. So the one who pulls you out of thousands of people, knows about you. Whey are you hiding I know you.
So that was very difficult on his heart. He told Grandshaykh Abdullah that “O my son, pulling these names out was very difficult on my heart and I am passing away in three days.” Then he wrote his will. “Whatever the Prophet gave to me, I am inheriting to my son, means Shaykh Abdullah al-Faiz Daghestani, I gave to him and dressed him.”
So he wrote his will to his students east and west. So what happened? He passed after three days and they buried him in a village called Gunekoy or Rashadiyya, near Yalova. After that they buried him, then Grandshaykh came back to his house and took the will and tore it apart and buried it.
Not like here, `allamma, mufti, pir,… `allama. He said, “I don’t want anyone to know about me. I am not here for fame - to say, ‘O he became the shaykh, O he inherited.’ I don’t want people to know. I am a simple servant. I am afraid that if Allah will call me on Judgment Day, Abdullah you are not good. Except if the Prophet intercedes.”
What is benefit to ..
Today they go to any pir and take a half page and say, I have appointed so and so as my representative. They make a big issue out of it and they want everyone ot know and for every to bow to them and to kiss their feet even. Why? It is love of riyaasa. Love to be at the top.
So he tears it apart. He said, “who wants me Allah will send. I am not going to show myself.”
And he said, “they never knew me except Hajj Abdullah.” After grand Grandshaykh passed away, he was most enlightened person through his heart, without studying anything. His heart was connected with the Prophet’s (s), always knowledge coming out.
One time Grandshaykh Sharafuddin was sitting at top of hill teaching scholars of Shariah. And Grandshaykh was passing below at the bottom of hill. And they asked him “Why do you always give him so much importance?” He said “Do you want to know where he is putting his feet now? Or you want to know on Judgment Day?” They said, “tell us where he is putting his feet now, why we wait to Judgment Day.”
Then he said, “Where he is putting his feet I never put them.”
They used to know him only as Hajji in his area.
I have the stick of Grandshaykh , I brought it from Lebanon. And written on it is written Hajji Abdullah Husayn Abdullah. Someone made it for him. Note even shaykh is written there.
So they hide their names, they don’t want to be known.
Similarly when Grandshaykh Abdullah passed away he wrote his will and said, “what I have I am inheriting to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim.” And that was 1973, after we along with Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, buried Grandshaykh, we put the will in a big safe box, the old style, you cannot move it even.
So one time Mawlana Shaykh asked, :Show me the will.” And he saw it, kissed it and told us “hide it back. No need for anyone to see it.” So we put it back.
So at that time people were divided and we, me and my brother,were supporting Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. Not supporting him - he is supporting us - but pushing for people to be with him according to the will.
So my uncle the mufti asked to see the will. We went to the safe and opened it and the will was gone.
So the real murshid wants to hide himself, he wants to hide from people. Murshid at-tazkiyya is the one who is purifying himself. So how you want the murshid who is giving himself titles.
So if you see the names that Grandshaykh Sharafuddin pulled out he didn’t put in front of them Shaykh, Mawlana, pir, `allama, doctor, sahib. No, only the name and the group.
So the murshid at-tazkiyya is the one who is trying to purify himself. Even he is murshid he must keep trying to follow footsteps of the Prophet.
And he must not have the simplest khaatir, thought, that comes to his mind at any moment, the bad thought. And he has to follow what the four schools of thought say without any discrepancy or leaving the smallest detail. No you have to do everything. And he has to, if he is in that second station, he will be receiving from his murshid who is in the higher station, murshid at-tasfiyya or murshid at-tarbiyya. So he has to seek permission from murshid at-tasifyyah who will take permission from murshid at-tarbiyya who will take form the Sultan al-Awliya and who will take from the Prophet the permission to put on the tongue of the students that he has to recite Allah 24,000 times a day.
So in the previous station he was obliged to observe 24,000 dhikrullah and 5000 salawat and now he is obliged to put that on the tongue of his students.
He will be given the permission to call any shaykh of Naqshbandi Sufi order, if he calls any shaykh, that is what I was speaking. The names of the shaykhs that Grandshaykh Sharafuddin pulled out, he has permission to call anyone of them and they have to appear. And anyone of the 7007 Naqshbandi sufi shaykhs, if he calls them they must appear and he needs their support and he has to ask them questions.
And he has to know all awliyaullah and at any time there are 124,000 awliya, he has to know them, know their names, and have contact with them and he can call them at any time and they have to respond to him. And whatever knowledge they have he has to get it from them and to learn it and he has to know which prophet they are inheriting from and he must know the source of their knowledge in order to be murshid at-tazkiyya.
So sainthood is not easy. Today they say “this one is a saint; this one is saint, and they fill closets with books of that one and that one, look in the corner here. For what?
That is unfortunately, these kinds of knowledge that we are getting from our shuyukh is not something simple. We will stop here and continue tomorrow about murshid at-tazkiyya. But we have to say, even there is murshid by name, at least they teach their students there is Allah, there is Prophet. That is good but they are not that type. That type is for some, ala awliyaullahi la khawfan alayhim wa lahum yahzanoon. And the Prophet (s) said in holy hadith “awliyaee tahta qibaabee la ya`alamahum ghayree – My saints are under My domes, no one knows them except Me.”
Not like today they say “all of us are awliyaullah.” Where are they? Where are they hiding themselves. Go back to history and read. How many saints came in history. 124,000 saints, when one dies another replaces him, up to Judgment Day. Where are these awliyaullah? They are hidden.
And the prophet said a holy hadith which ibn Taymiyya mentioned and he cannot say “no”. He said man aadha lee waliyyan, aadhantahu bil-harb – who declares war on a Friend of Mine, I declare war on him.”
When Allah declares war it is not like when we declare war. He is not shooting bullets. He can shoot what He wants, kun fayakoon – be and it will be. How many today are enemy against the word “saint” even. They say “there is no such thing.” Not even the person, but just the word. It is mentioned by Allah in Holy Qur'an.
They say it is “everyone”. Why to mention it then. If everyone is a wali, why He won’t say man adha lee an-naas. That means there is wali and there is not wali. And this khitaab (address) is to people of Holy Qur'an, to Muslims.
So in any case, wilayah is not so easy. Wilayah is something that is so difficult.
May Allah forgive us and bless us and our families and anyone hearing us and send us to paradise without account and all of us to be with our shuyukh.
Bi hurmatil habib, bi hurmatil Fatiha.
Did we miss something, I feel there is something we didn’st explain.
Something about his will.