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Five Commands of Prophet Yahya (a)

& Five Commands of Prophet Muhammad (s)

The Fiqh of Islam, Vol 8

Ramadan Series 2013

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

17 July 2013 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

Fajr Suhbah

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. For every `amal we have to say, “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem,” as every action that is done without Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem is not fruitful and has no continuity.

كل أمر ذي بال لا يبدأ فيه ببسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فهو أقطع أو(فهو ابتر)

Kullu amrin dhiy baalin lam yabdaa feehi bi-Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem fa huwa abtar.

The Prophet (s) said, “Any action which does not begin with ‘Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem’ is cut off; it has no continuity.” (Ahmad, Musnad)

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

Today we were going to continue the hadith of al-Harith al-Ash`ari (r) narrated by Imam Ahmad and Imam Tirmidhi. We mentioned the first part in the previous session, that Allah (swt) has ordered Sayyidina Yahya ibn Zakariyya (a) five words: first, it is haraam to make shirk with Allah (swt), as we explained, and the second order is that Allah (swt) has ordered people for salaat, wa amarakum bi ‘s-salaat; Allah (swt) said to them that it is an obligation from Him to do your worshipness in your prayers. That is why the Prophet (s) said:

ما بين الكفر والايمان ترك الصلاة

Maa bayna ‘l-kufri wa ‘l-imaan tarku ’s-salaat.

What is between disbelief and belief is the leaving of prayers. (Tirmidhi)

Salaat is what is between belief and unbelief; either you are on this side a believer or on other side an unbeliever. To be a believer is to pray, to be an unbeliever is to drop your salaat.

Prophet (s) said:

الصلاةُ عمودُ الدين

As-salaatu `imaadu ‘d-deen,

Prayer is the pillar of the religion. (Bayhaqi)

We cannot lean on anything except on our prayers. There are the five obligations in Islam that Allah ordered us and the Prophet (s) has mentioned the great importance of prayer:

عنْ عمرو بن سعيد القرشي، قَالَ : " كُنْتُ عِنْدَ عُثْمَانَ فَدَعَا بِطَهُورٍ ، فَقَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، يَقُولُ : مَا مِنِ امْرِئٍ مُسْلِمٍ ، تَحْضُرُهُ صَلَاةٌ مَكْتُوبَةٌ ، فَيُحْسِنُ وُضُوءَهَا ، وَخُشُوعَهَا ، وَرُكُوعَهَا ، إِلَّا كَانَتْ كَفَّارَةً لِمَا قَبْلَهَا مِنَ الذُّنُوبِ ، مَا لَمْ يُؤْتِ كَبِيرَةً ، وَذَلِكَ الدَّهْرَ كُلَّهُ "

`an `umri ibn sa`eed al-qurashiyy qaala: kuntu `inda `Uthman fa-da`aa bituhoorin fa-qaal: sami`tu rasoolullahi sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallama yaqool maa min imriyy’in muslimin tahduruhu salaatun maktoobatun fa yuhsinu wudoo’aahaa wa khushoo`ahaa wa rukoo`ahaa illa kaanat kafaaratan limaa qablahaa min adh-dhunoob maa lam yooti kabeeratan wa dhaalik ad-dahra kullahu.

Sayyidina `Uthman (r) heard the Prophet (s) say, “There is not any Muslim person who prepares for the obligatory prayers, and perfects its ablution and its reverence and its bowing except that it would be expiation for whatever of sins occurred prior to that prayer, as long as it is not a grave sin, and that covers all of time.” (Muslim)

And it is better to renew the wudu on every prayer as a cleansing process. Immediately renew wudu and go for the prayer, and that prayer must be performed right with the details of khushu’, ruku`, qiyaam, sujood and all parts, and not like a rooster pecking in prayer, but you must give all the arkaans of salaat, and not go up and down quickly and recite incorrectly. So these are important aspects to Muslims, as salaat is a very important rukun in Islam. And Prophet (s) said:

صَلاَةُ الْجَمَاعَةِ تَفْضُلُ صَلاَةَ الْفَذِّ بِسَبْعٍ وَعِشْرِينَ دَرَجَةً

Salaatu ‘l-jamaa`ati tafdulu salaat al-faddhha bi-sab`in wa `ishreena darajah.

The prayer in congregation is twenty-seven times superior to the prayer offered by a person alone. (Bukhari)

The prayer in jama`ah is twenty-seven times better than a prayer prayed alone. That means when you pray Zhuhr in jama`ah, it is twenty-seven times praying Zhuhr. We will go into that discussion of the Baab as-Salaat later.

So the second declaration that Allah gave to Sayyidina Yahya (a) is that He ordered his people for salaat and he said, Fa ‘idha sallaytum fa laa taltafitoo, “When you pray, don’t look right or left with your eyes.” fa inna ’Llaaha yansibu wajhahu li-wajhi `abdihi fee salaatihi maa lam yaltafit, “Allah (swt) looks to His servant face-to-face when His Servant is praying and looking forward to the place where he makes sajda. If you look right or left, then Allah will stop looking at you” and you will lose that importance, that Reality or that Light which Allah is dressing you with and shining you with from His Mercy, His Beauty and His Love when you are looking forward and thinking about Allah (swt) and making your prayer without gossips or dunya in your ear and without looking right or left.

Then Sayyidina Yahya (a) said, “Allah ordered us for siyaam.” Look, here we see him presenting the Five Pillars of Islam. The first one is not to make shirk (by believing in) Tawheed by saying, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah,” then prayers, then siyaam, and of course zakaat, which is not in this narration of hadith. He described the siyaam as a person between a group of people with a basket of musk, perfume that everyone is smelling and wants to have. The person holding it is happy with that smell and doesn’t want to let it go. Everyone around him is trying to get some nice smell from it.

Prophet (s) said:

ولخلوف فيه أطيب عند الله من ريح المسك

Wa la-khuloof feehi atyabu `inda-Llah min reeha ’l-misk.

And the breath (of an observer of fast) is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. (Muslim)

Wa inna reeha as-saaim atyab min reeha ‘l-misk. The musk is one of the finest and very precious perfumes that comes from the deer and everyone wants to have that fragrance. Prophet (s) said, “The smell of the mouth of the fasting person is better to Allah (swt) than the smell of musk.” This means after `Asr or Zhuhr it is not advisable, as the Prophet (s) prohibited or did not approve, for people to put perfumes when they are fasting because the smell of the mouth of the fasting person to angels and Paradise is better than the best perfumes in this world. So Allah is giving importance to fasting by saying:

الصوم لي وانا اُجزي به

As-sawmu lee wa anaa ajzee beeh.

Fasting is for Me and I will reward it. (Hadith Qudsi)

The reward of fasting is not brought by angels, but is given directly by Allah (swt). “I am The One Who will reward for it and dress My servant with the smell of Heavens when he is fasting.” So that is why when it is said khaloof as-saaim atyab min at-teeb, “The smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better than musk,” it means Allah will dress the fasting person with heavenly smells.

So the first order is shirk, second salaat, third siyaam, and fourth sadaqa. Wa amarakum bis-sadaqatee, “He ordered you for charity,” and, fa innaka mathalu dhaalika mathalu rajulin asarahul `adoo fa awsaqoo yadayhi ila `unuqihi wa qad-damuhu li yadriba `unuqahu fa qaal, anaa aftadee minkum bil-qaleel wal-katheer fa-fada nafsahu minhum, “Charity is like someone who gets caught by the enemy and they tie his hands to his neck, causing him to not breathe, speak or move, which also makes the sound of his voice to change,” like mine just changed (Mawlana demonstrates with hands around his to neck.) They tie his neck and want to kill him and he says to them, “Please, I will give you what I have and you take it and leave me alone. I will give you whatever I have and I will be free.” It means here that you give a little and Allah gives you a lot. He gave them a little and they gave him his life; you give a little charity and Allah gives you Paradise.

The wealth of dunya is not necessarily just money, as charity can even be a smile in the face of your brother as the Prophet (s) said, “It is from imaan.” So sadaqa is any charity: if you visit a homeless person or smile in his face, or visit a sick person and give him ma`nawiyyat, spiritual uplifting, he will be happy and that is a sadaqa. Going to a masjid and leaving your work is a sadaqa; anything you do and give in Allah’s Way, no matter how small, is a sadaqa. So you give a little, and Allah gives you a lot!

And he ordered you to remember Allah (swt) in every `amal you do.

أَنَا جَلِيْسُ مَنْ ذَكَرَنِي

Anaa jaleesu man dhakaranee.

I sit with him who remembers me. (Ahmad, Bayhaqi)

وأنا معه إذا ذكرني فإن ذكرني في نفسه ذكرته في نفسي، ومن ذكرني في ملأ ذكرته في ملأ خير منه

Anaa ma`ahu idhaa dhakaranee, fa in dhakaranee fee nafsihi dhakartahu fee nafsee wa man dhakaranee fee malaa’in dhakartahu fee malaa’in khayran minhu.

I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself, and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than it. (Hadith Qudsi)

“I will be with the one who remembers Me. If he mentions Me in a group (such as this one), I will mention him in a group in Paradise better than his group, I will mention him in My Presence.”

O Muslims! Mention Allah by saying, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah `alayhi afdalu ‘s-salaat wa ‘s-salaam. Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah! Yaa shaf`ee al-mudhnibeen, anzhurnaa bi nazhrati ’l-mahabbah, wa bi nazharati ’l-`afuww, wa qadimnaa ilaa hudoori ’Llaahi `azza wa jall, maghfooran lanaa min tarafi ’l-haqq. Wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum ja’ooka f ’astaghfaroollaaha w ’astaghfara lahumu ‘r-rasoolu la-wajadoo ’Llaaha tawwaaba ‘r-raheema. Naqool astaghfirullah, astagfirullah, astagfirullah!”

The example of the person doing dhikrullah is that of a man whom the enemy is trying to catch and the enemy is very fast, until he reached a fortress and hides himself there. So the one who remembers Allah (swt) is like someone running and every time he says, “Allah,” or “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah,” it is as if Allah is giving him a fortress, immediately dressing him as if he is inside a fortress from Shaytan. Shaytan is running after everyone to catch them and so Allah will protect dhaakirullah, those who remember Him, through a heavenly fortress which Shaytan cannot penetrate.

Then the Prophet (s) said to the Sahaabah (r) after mentioning that story of Sayyidina Yahya (a) and the Five Orders of Allah to him, at the end of that hadith Prophet (s) said:

‏.‏ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ وَأَنَا آمُرُكُمْ بِخَمْسٍ اللَّهُ أَمَرَنِي بِهِنَّ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ وَالْجِهَادُ وَالْهِجْرَةُ وَالْجَمَاعَةُ فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ فَارَقَ الْجَمَاعَةَ قِيدَ شِبْرٍ فَقَدْ خَلَعَ رِبْقَةَ الإِسْلاَمِ مِنْ عُنُقِهِ إِلاَّ أَنْ يَرْجِعَ وَمَنِ ادَّعَى دَعْوَى الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْ جُثَا جَهَنَّمَ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ رَجُلٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَإِنْ صَلَّى وَصَامَ قَالَ ‏"‏ وَإِنْ صَلَّى وَصَامَ فَادْعُوا بِدَعْوَى اللَّهِ الَّذِي سَمَّاكُمُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ

Qaala an-nabiyyu sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam wa anaa amrukum khamsin Allahu amaranee bihinna ‘s-sam`u wa’t-taa`ati wa’l-hihaad wa’l-hijratu wa’l-jamaa`atu fa innahu man faaraqa ‘l-jamaa`ata qeeda shibrin faqad khala`a ribqata ‘l-islaami min `unuqihi illaa an yarji`a wa mani ’d-da`a da`wa ‘l-jaahiliyya fa innahu min juthaa jahannam. fa qaala rajulin yaa rasoolullah wa in sallaa wa saama. qaala wa in sallaa wa saama fad`oo wa da`wa’Llaah alladhee sammaakumu ‘l-muslimeena ‘l-mu’mimeena ‘l-`ibaadaLlaah.

The Prophet (s) said, “And I command you with five that Allah (swt) commanded me: listening and obeying, jihad, hijrah (migration), and the jama`ah. For indeed whoever parts from the community the measure of a hand-span, then he has cast off the yoke of Islam from his neck, unless he returns, and whoever calls with the call of jaahiliyyah (ignorance) then he is from the coals of Hell.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah! Even if he performs salaat and fasts?” So he (s) said, “Even if he performs salaah and fasts. So call with the call that Allah named you with: Muslims, believers, worshippers of Allah. (Tirmidhi, Ahmad)

“Wa anaa amoorukum bi khams, I order you five also. Allahu amaranee bihinn, Allah ordered me to do them and I order you to do them as well.” Prophet (s) ordered the Sahaabah (r) to do them and then us, as well. Are we doing them? Let us see.

1. The first order is “as-sama`.”

What is as-sama`? It means to listen, not just to hear in our ear, but, as we say, “Listen to me!” It means, “Accept what I am saying to you,” i.e. accept what Allah (swt) and what Prophet (s) is saying to you. So “listen” to what Prophet (s) is teaching us and to what Allah is revealing to us. Therefore, it is mentioned, “Sami`naa wa ata`anaa.” After sama` who remembers Allah (swt) and then does voluntary worship, as Prophet (s) mentioned in the hadith:

عن ‏ ‏أبي هريرة ‏ ‏قال ‏‏قال رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏إن الله قال ‏ ‏من عادى لي وليا فقد ‏ ‏آذنته ‏ ‏بالحرب وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها وإن سألني لأعطينه ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن نفس المؤمن يكره الموت وأنا أكره مساءته ‏

ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره

الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها،

Man `ada lee waliyan aadhantahu bi ’l-harb wa maa taqarraba ilayya `abdee bi-shayyin ahabba ilayya mimmaa aftaradtu `alayhi wa maa yazaalu `abdee yataqarabu ilayya bi’ n-nawaafil hatta uhibbah. Fa idhaa ahbaabtahu kuntu sama`uhulladhee yasma`u bihi wa basarahulladhee yubsiru bihi, wa yadahulladhee yabtishu bihaa wa rijlahullatee yamshee bihaa.

My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the hand with which he acts, and the legs with which he walks (and other versions include, “and the tongue with which he speaks.”). (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)

Whom do we listen to mostly? [Ourselves.] Good answer! You are focusing, the others are not, good answer, We listen to ourselves and don’t listen to anyone else. Allah (swt) wants us to listen to Him. So when you listen, Allah will give you a special hearing, the power of listening; you will not be listening to yourself anymore, but to Allah (swt). And this is being given by doing what? By doing nawaafil. How? By increasing your nawaafil, do more of whatever you are doing.

2. The second order is at-ta`at, “Allah ordered me to obey.”

Islam is obedience. If you want to be a mu’min, a Muslim, be obedient to Allah, as He has said in the Holy Qur’an:

أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ

Atee`oollaha wa atee`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.

Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)

Allah is saying in Holy Qur’an, “Atee`oollah.” I heard it from Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, saying that this verse of Holy Qur’an carries a lot of power in it and as soon as you recite it, Allah will dress you with the light of that ayah:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ ذَلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلاً

Yaa ayyuhalladheena aamanoo atee`oollaha wa atee`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum. fa-in tanaaza`tum fee shay’in faruddoohu ila’Llaahi wa ‘r-rasooli in kuntum tu’minoona billaahi wa ‘l-yawmi ‘l-aakhir dhaalika khayrun wa ahsanu ta’weelaa.

O you who have believed! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best (way) and best in result. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)

That ayah is full of power and energy. As soon as you read it, Allah will dress you from that ayah to put you on the track of obedience. And the verse continues, “If you disagree on something, then send it back to Prophet (s).” Fa-in tanaaza`tum fee shay’in faruddoohu ila’Llaahi wa ‘r-rasooli, “If you disagree on something send it,” or, “look back to what Allah (swt) is saying in Holy Qur’an and what the Prophet (s) is saying in holy hadith in. Allah will open for you, because this is ita`at, obedience, Allah said, “Take it back to Allah, take it back to Prophet (s),” Allah will inspire you what you need to do because you are accepting His Ilhaam to you. So ita`at is a powerful work on the ego to make it submit to Allah (swt), because the Prophet (s) used to say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَلَا أَقَلَّ مِنْ ذَلِكَ

Allahumma laa takilnee ila nafsee tarfat `aynin wa laa aqala min dhalika.

O Allah! Don't leave me to my ego for the blink of an eye or less.

“O Allah! Don’t leave me to myself for the blink of an eye,” because immediately our self wants us to obey it and not to obey Allah and His Prophet. So the Prophet (s) said it, although he does not need to do so, but he is teaching us. We have to be careful not to render all our matters to our ego, but to Allah and His Prophet; this will be ita`at, obedience. When you render to His Prophet (s) you will be safe, because Shaytan can no longer play with you, as you are now looking at the meaning of it and how you are going to handle the situation according to the Holy Qur’an and holy hadith.

O Muslims! We need heavenly power to enlighten all of us, to make peace in our heart and in our lives. This life is ending, people come and go, but one day we are all going to be between the Hands of Allah (swt) and He will bring us back to judge us.

Bayazid al-Bistami (q), one of the great scholars of Islam, said, “I always look at people from a certain view and learn from that wisdom, I look and I respect.” People asked him, “Why you are respecting the young one?” He said, “I respect the young one because he has less sins than me,” a young one like 15 or 20 years younger. He would say about anyone who was younger than him, “I look at him that he is younger than me, so he has less sins than me.” And he said, “I look at the one older than me and respect him also, more than I respect myself, because he has more `ibaadah than me. So this one has less sins than me and this one has more `ibaadah than me, therefore I have to respect everyone on the right and on the left.”

He said, “Yaa Rabbee, open for me Your Door! I want to come there, I want to come to be with your Beloved One, to be with Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!” Allah said to him when Abu Yazid (q) asked Him, kayf al-wusoolu ilayk yaa Rabbee, “What is the way to reach Your Divinely Presence, Your Love, Your `Ishq, Your Hudoor, Your Fanaa` and Your Presence? How can I reach `ishq of Prophet (s), fanaa` of Prophet and hudoor of Prophet, to be in the presence of the Prophet (s)? How can I reach that?” He heard a voice in his heart saying, itruk nafsaka wa ta`al, “Leave your self and come.” That is the Door! Don’t look right or left, don’t waste your time.

One hadith from Prophet (s) is enough to teach the whole ummah, the whole universe and to fill everyone with barakah, don’t underestimate the power of Prophet (s)! The barakah of that hadith is enough for this life and the next. That gives us also an understanding that one word or even one letter of Holy Qur’an can make us happy in dunya and Akhirah, but there is a condition, “Leave your self and come.”

Sayyidina Musa (a) went to Sayyidina Khidr (a), although he is higher than him, but he went. He left his self and went and tried to accept what Khidr (a) is doing. We must also try. Then about Sayyidina Khidr (a), Allah (swt) said:

وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا

Wa `allamnaahu min ladunna `ilma.

And We had taught him knowledge from Our Own Presence. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:65)

If we leave our selves, meaning disobedience to Allah, He will give us His Paradises and His `Ilm ladunniyy, the Heavenly Knowledge. Allah is not closing it, He will give, but let us take it. It is there, hanging between Earth and Heaven. “Come to Me and take it!” Allah is saying, Utruk nafsaka wa ta`al, “Leave your self and come.”

O Muslims! When we leave our selves, that means we reach the level of humility and humbleness. The Prophet (s) was on the highest and perfect manners, and that means to be humble. When he was humble, Allah raised him. He dressed Prophet (s) with the best character and the best character is to be humble with everyone. If we are humble all the problems of this world will be solved. And when we are humble, we will listen and obey, as-sama` wa't-ta`at.

3. The third order is al-jihaad.

First to listen, then to obey, and third to struggle in the Way of Allah, struggle in any way: in education, in work, in worshipness, in tazkiyyah, in cleanliness, in purification of the self, in accepting others, in listening and obeying or in disobeying your ego, your self and Shaytan, all of this is jihad. It is not as they think today that jihad is only to fight. No, jihad is from 13 or 14 different categories and only one of them is fighting, and it has principles that allow you to fight. The rest of them are different kinds of struggle between good and evil. Allah (swt) said:

فَأَلْهَمَهَا فُجُورَهَا وَتَقْوَاهَا

Fa alhamahaa fujoorahaa wa taqwaahaa.

He inspired the self of its good and its bad. (Surat ash-Shams, 91:8)

Allah showed us that you are going to struggle between fujoor and taqwa. He showed us the fujoor and the taqwa of the nafs. The fujoor is the corruption, rebelliousness and hypocrisy; hence, everything that Allah does not like. On the other hand, taqwaa is what Allah likes.

4. The fourth important order is migration, al-hijra.

You don’t find one wali or pious person who stayed where they were born. No, they made hijra. The first one to make migration was the Prophet (s) with all his Sahaabah (r) from Mecca, which he loved the most, but left Mecca fee sabeelillah and went to Madinah and was buried there. `Alaa saakinihaa afdal as-salaat was-salaam, upon its holy inhabitant the best prayers and greetings of peace! He inhabited Madinah. We cannot say “buried,” but, “he inhabited and overtook” Madinah and his barakah is everywhere. Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah, yaa Rahmatan li ’l-`Alameen, yaa Shafee`al-Mudhnibeen, yaa Sayyidi ’r-Rusul, yaa Habeebullah!

انما الاعمال بالنيات و انما لامرئ ما نوي فمن كانت هجرته الي الله و رسوله فهجرته الي الله و رسوله، ومن كانت هجرته الي دنيا يصيبها أو إمرأة يتزوجها فهجرته الي ما هاجر اليه

Innama ‘l-`amaalu bin-niyyaat wa innamaa la-mar’u maa nooi fa-man kaanat hijratuhu ila’Llaahu wa rasooluhu fa-hijratuhu ila’Llaahu wa rasooluhu wa man kaanat hijratuhu ilaa dunyaa yaseebuhaa aw imra’atu yatazawjihaa fa-hijratuhu ilaa maa haajara ilayh.

Deeds are only by intentions, for each man is only for which he has intended. And so whoevers hijra is for Allah and His Messenger (s), then indeed his hijra is only to Allah and His Messenger, but whoevers hijra is to the world he wishes to acquire or a woman he seeks to marry, then his hijra is only to that which he has actually immigrated. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Everything is according to intentions. Your niyyah is to migrate to Allah and His Prophet (s). “Migrate” means to make `amal, migrate from bad to good. If you cannot migrate physically then migrate spiritually, make hijra from `amaal ad-daniyya il al-`amaalu saaliha. So migration is one of the sunnah of Prophet (s) and anyone who migrates from one place to another, it will be written for him as if he complied with the order of the Prophet (s).

5. The fifth and last order is al-jama`ah, to be with the group of the Muslim and not be alone. Al-Muslimu akhul Muslim, “The Muslim is the brother of the other Muslim.” Come back together and you will be strong and powerful. It is like someone who has a hundred sticks or twigs and beating with just one does nothing, but if you put all of them together and hit, it will give you pain. So don’t be alone! Be where there is goodness. Don’t be alone with Shaytan, but be with the jama`ah who are remembering Allah (swt).

Jaabir ibn `Abdullah (r) narrates:

قَالَ جَابِرُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ ب: خَرَجَ عَلَيْنَا النَّبِيُّ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم فَقَالَ: يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، إِنَّ لِلَّهِ سَرَايَا مِنَ الْمَلاَئِكَةِ تَحِلُّ وَتَقِفُ عَلَى مَجَالِسِ الذِّكْرِ فِي الْأَرْضِ. فَارْتَعُوا فِي رِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ. قَالُوا: وَأَيْنَ رِيَاضُ الْجَنَّةِ؟ قَالَ: مَجَالِسُ الذِّكْرِ. فَاغْدُوا وَرُوْحُوا فِي ذِكْرِ اللهِ وَذَكِّرُوهُ أَنْفُسَكُمْ. مَنْ كَانَ يُحِبُّ أَنْ يَّعْلَمَ مَنْزِلَتَهُ عِنْدَ اللهِ فَلْيَنْظُرْ كَيْفَ مَنْزِلَةُ اللهِ عِنْدَهُ، فَإِنَّ اللهَ يُنْزِلُ الْعَبْدَ مِنْهُ حَيْثُ أَنْزَلَهُ مِنْ نَفْسِهِ

Kharaja `alayna ‘n-nabiyyu sallaAllahu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, fa qaal: yaa ayyuha ‘n-naas, inna lillaahi saraayaa min al-malaaikati tahillu wa taqifu `alaa majaalis adh-dhikri fi ‘l-ardi farta`oo fee riyaadi ‘l-jannah. Qaaloo wa ayna riyaadu ‘l-jannah? Qaala majaalisu ‘dh-dhikri, faghdoo wa roohoo fee dhikrillahi wa dhakkiroohu anfusakum man kaana yuhibbu an ya`lama manzilatahu `indallaahi fal-yanzhur kayfa manzilatu’Llahi `indahu fa inna ’Llaaha yunzilu ‘l-`abda minhu haythu anzalahu min nafsih.

The Holy Prophet (s) came to us and said, “O people! There are armies of Allah’s angels who come to dhikr sessions on earth and stay there. So eat wholeheartedly from the gardens of Paradise!” The Companions said, “Where are the gardens of Paradise?” He replied, “Dhikr sessions, so remember Allah (swt) morning and evening and continually remind yourselves of Him. Whoever wants to know his own status and station in the Sight of Allah (swt) should see what he deems of Allah (swt), because Allah (swt) ranks a person as he believes Him in his heart.”

(Abu Yala, Musnad; al-Bayhaqi; al-Haakim said its chain of narrators is sahih.)

Fa ‘idhaa marartum bi riyaad al-jannatu farta`oo. The Prophet (s) said, “If you pass by the Gardens of Paradise sit there, don’t move.” The Sahaabah (r) asked, “What are these Gardens of Paradise, where can we find them?” The Prophet (s) said, “They are the circles of dhikr,” such as this one or in masaajid and homes, anywhere you sit and remember Allah (swt) and Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) said, “Anytime you pass by such gatherings, sit with them, as they are riyaad al-jannah, the Gardens of Paradise.”

May Allah give us Gardens of Paradise and make us always to be with the Prophet (s) in dunya and Akhirah!

Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.



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