Khutbat al-Jumu`ah at As-Siddiq Institute & Mosque (ASIM)
O Muslims! O human beings! Allah (swt) has sent messengers, prophets, in order to guide humanity to what Allah (swt) likes. Because Allah said in Holy Qur'an, fa alhamaha fujooraha wa taqwaha; He inspired the self what is good and what is bad. So Allah (swt) wants humanity to be good in order that everyone will live in harmony with the others. As you look at the constellations in the universe, always they are on time, always have the right spaces from each other and they have the design that Allah (swt) wanted them to be, and they never said, "No" and Allah (swt) wants us, as He said in Holy Qur'an, wa laqad karamna bani Adam. "We have honored human beings," and He wants us to understand what is good and rewards us what we are doing good.
The Prophet (s) related in an authentic Hadith from Muslim that Ayesha (r), she said that the Prophet (s) said...look, how Islam did not honor women, where we are learning from them in many ways what the Prophet (s) was saying? So this is Sayyidah Ayesha (r), wife of the Prophet (s) telling us what he said to her and she is spreading that knowledge and people till today are doing what she told them, spreading that knowledge. So she passed that knowledge with accuracy to the Sahabah (a) after the Prophet left this world.
وعن عائشة رضى الله عنها ان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : انه خلق كل انسان من بنى آدمد ز
على ستين وثلاث مائة مفصل 360 فمن كبر الله وحمد الله وهلل الله وسبح الله واستغفره وعزل حجرا عن طريق الناس او شوكة او عظما عن طريق الناس وأمر بمعروف او نهى عن منكر عدد تلك الستين والثلاث مائة السلامى فانه يمشى يومئذ وقحزح نفسه عن النار
Prophet (s) said, "Human beings have been created, everyone of Bani Adam, Allah (swt) gave him 360 joints," pressure points, like today they do acupuncture and they say there are 360 or 366 points. Sayyidina Muhammad (s) 1400 years ago said that Allah (swt) put in human being 360 pressure points. Any point you press on it has to have an effect on the body and this kind of knowledge if we call it human being's physical knowledge of the body, or medical knowledge of the body, not everyone can do that, but only few can do that as they learnt it.
But Prophet (s) indicated or said there is such knowledge, that is why said that famous Hadith, that everyone to today mention it:
اطلب العلم و لو في الصين
Atlub al-`ilm wa law fi 's-seen.
Seek knowledge even if it as far as China.
That kind of acupuncture came from China, whereas the Prophet (s) said, “Go to China and learn it,” and not only this but many other ahadith. That is a beautiful hadith showing the Chinese have that talent, just as this beautiful person, Simon, and another lady visiting have that talent.
So to make it very short and very quick, Prophet (s) said, "There are 360 different mafsal, (joints or pressure points).” If you touch them physically you relieve the body, but on the other side to open them to do that, as the physical body has 360 joints, the spiritual body or soul also has 360 points that need to be checked and used. Just as we accept a physical guide to do acupuncture on these points, we must also accept a spiritual guide to move or put pressure on the spiritual pressure points. The Prophet (s) gave you a very simple equation to be able to get spiritual benefit from these pressure points: you must press these points on the body to spiritually relieve them and yourself, as when you relieve from difficulty you relieve yourself.
So we go to doctors and they put their needles or press on the points and that treats you for a time, then that ailment returns, but when you treat the spiritual pressure points you relieve that problem in a way that you won't need acupuncturists. So the Prophet (s) said to move that and someone who uses what the Prophet (s) said to activate the 360 points, “when evening comes, that patient will be removed from Hellfire,” which means means removed from difficulties in dunya and in Akhirah.
So these 360 points are very important to take away anger, malice, hate, envy and aggression. Take all these away! When you become a subtle person, you will be happy and will also find your illnesses rsolved, because you rendered it to Allah (swt), and therefore, you are not worrying too much anymore as you are submitting to Allah (swt). An example is yesterday, something happened to a child that was sitting a chair eating, and hshe had taweez on around her neck. No one knows how that young girl wearing that taweez fell from the chair, and her taweez wrapped on the top of the chair and hung her from her neck! But because of her purity and innocence, Allah (swt) saved her with His Command, "O Fire! Be cool on Ibraheem."
Even if you are in fire, when Allah (swt) wants you to feel a cool breeze, you will feel it by following the way of Prophet (s). So for the barakah of Ramadan and that iftaar, nothing happened to that child. This is an axample that when we follow what Prophet (s) taught us, we will leave difficulties.
Abu Hurayrah (r) narrated from the Prophet (s):
Man kabbar Allah wa hammadAllah wa halala lillahi wa sabahAllah wa’staghfarahu wa `azal hajar `ani 't-tareeq. (Bukhari and Muslim)
He said, "man kabbar Allah.” when Qur'an is being read, everyone is like dead person, not saying, “Allahu Akbar” or “SubhaanAllah.” When they say that, others mock them, saying it is bid'a, but for them it is not bid'a when they stand up in conferences and say, “Takbeer! Allahu Akbar!” We never heard before that it is bid'a! Why not takbeer when reading Qur'an or hadith or when reciting hadith?
“Man kabbar Allah” means, “Whoever makes Allah (swt) the Greatest as Pride and Honor come from You (Allah)!” and He (swt) said, wa Hammad-Allah, “Be thankful to Allah (swt),” as He said, "Who thanks Allah, Allah (swt) increases him.” So make tahleel and SabbahAllah and w’astaghfarallah and ask forgiveness of Allah (swt). So say, "You are the Greatest! You are Lord of Heavens and Earth! Thank You for creating us! We have to worship You and thank You and glorify You and make istighfaar to You!" To complete 360 times a day, recite 72 times each, “Allahu Akbar, alhamdulillah, labbayk allahumma labbayk, SubhaanAllah, astaaghfirullah,” which eaquals 360, and you will not reach the evening of that day without being removed from any bad deeds and you will be taken away from Hellfire and taken to Paradise!
Man kabbar Allah wa hammadAllah wa halala lillahi wa sabahAllah wa’staghfarahu wa `azal hajar `ani 't-tareeq, is even to remove a stone from the street, which basically means if you see someone that needs help and you help them. “Removing a stone” means to help people, not to break arm or legs. If you see a branch on the road or a small stone, then you remove it from the way of people. Another example is to call people to goodness if you see someone doing wrong and you know him, you might advise him (not like those people who go on streets and tell people, "You are doing wrong," like witnesses going from door-to-door, like these groups in Islam that call people by name, "Come to pray."
So if you recite these by the number of pressure points as mentioned in the first hadith, by that night at Maghrib, Allah (swt) will take him away from punishment and Hellfire. In dunya there are lot of punishments and if you do this you will avoid such difficulties. That is why many people recite many recitations of the Prophet (s), and if you recite, “HasbunAllah wa ni`ma ’l-wakeel,” and “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi, subhaanAllah al-`azheem, astaghfirullah,” even one time, Allah (swt) will give you a house in Paradise, as stated in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah (r), Man kabbar Allah wa hamadAllah wa halala lillahi wa sabahAllah wa’staghfarahu wa `azal hajar `ani 't-tareeq.
Prophet (s) also said whoever goes to the masjid (walking or by car), in the evening you went and in the morning went, then Allah (swt) will give him a nuzul, a new place, which means in Allah's Heavenly day and night, Allah (swt) will give you a better and higher palace or castle in Heaven, qasrah fi ’l jannah, than the one He gave you before.
May Allah (swt) open for us His Heavens and keep us in company of the Prophet (s), maa` alladheena ana`ma Allahu `alayhim min an-nabiyyeen wa 's-siddiqeen wa 'sh-shuhadaa'i wa 's-saaliheen, wa hasuna ulaa'ika rafeeqa.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.