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A Believer Will Never Lie

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

11 October 2012 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Jumu`ah Khutbah at Private Residence

Salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

Alhamdulillah nasta`eenahu wa nastaghfirahu wa nastadeeh... wa ash-hadu laa ilaaha illa-Llah wahdahu laa shareek lahu wa laa matheel lahu fee `uloowi shaanihi wa `azheemi sultaanih wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasooluh...ridwaanullaahi ta`ala `alayhim ajma`een...

O Muslims! Believers! Alhamdulillah that we have been gathered here in this place to perform Salaat al-Jumu`ah. And as you know, all of us believe in Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s), and whatever he came with, and he came with something very important that we all need to know. He (s) said:

انما بعثت لاتمم مكارم الاخلاق

Innamaa bu`ithtu li utammimu makaarim al-akhlaaq.

I have been sent to perfect the best of conduct (your behavior and character). (Bazzaar)

“I have been sent by Allah (swt) to complete your human behavior,” which means whatever it consists of, good or bad, the Prophet (s) came to take the bad out and build up the good. And all of us know that throughout our lives we have done many bad deeds and not behaved as Allah (swt) and Prophet (s) want. That is why the Prophet (s) raised the Sahaabah (r), and said:

أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم

As-haabee ka 'n-nujoom bi ayyihim aqtadaytum ahtadaytum.

My Companions are like stars (on a dark night); whichever of them you follow, you will be guided. (`Abd ibn Humayd)

Whichever Sahaabah you take as a guide, you will be on the safe side and guided. And we are all asking to the last breath, “Yaa Rabbee, guide us!” Many scholars explained the above hadith, “Allah has sent me to ‘utammim,’” which they translated as “perfected,” but in reality “utammim” means “completing.” That means Allah (swt) gave the authority to someone to complete you even if you don’t deserve it, and He put that responsibility on the shoulders of His Servant to complete you. So even if our outward behavior is not good, Allah gave the power to perfect us despite what ill we have done.

The evidence of this is the hadith of the Prophet (s), where he said, “I am going to do the good on your behalf.” Like father to son, how much the father took on his shoulders for his son, and how much he carried for the sake of his children, and how much he worked for everyone? So the Prophet (s) took on his shoulders that no one among the ummah will leave (this world) without being perfected and completed. How do we know that? Because we know this authentic hadith:

حياتي خير لكم تحدثون ويحدث لكم ، فإذا أنا مت كانت وفاتي خيرا لكم ، تعرض علي أعمالكم فان رأيت خيرا حمدت الله تعالى وإن رأيت شرا استغفرت لكم

Hayaatee khayrun lakum tuhadithoona wa yuhdatha lakum fa idhaa anaa mitt kaana wafaatee khayran lakum. Tu`radu `alayya `amalakum fa in ra’aitu khayran hamadt 'allah ta`ala wa in ra’itu sharran astaghfarta lakum.

My life is good for you as you will relate from me and it will be related to you, and when I die my passing will be better for you. (Meaning, “My death is better for you than my life, because then I can pray for you.”) I observe your deeds. If I find good I thank Allah, and if I see bad, I ask forgiveness for you. (al-Bazzaar in his Musnad)

We don't know (if Prophet observes) day-to-day or night-to-night or in heavenly terms, how the Prophet (s) observes the `amal of his ummah, (but we know) “if I see good I say ‘alhamdulillah’ and if I see bad I ask forgiveness on their behalf.”

In every 24 hours, Allah gave the Prophet (s) power to see every one of his ummah and their actions, and he is in his Holy Grave which is rawdatan min riyaad al-jannah. He can even detect anything you think! Like today technology detects all kinds of things, even a beam shot from a satellite, and they can see and hear what you are doing; therefore, with the heavenly power in which Allah dressed him, can’t the Prophet (s) see what you are doing or thinking? Be careful and feel ashamed! “If I see good I thank Allah, and if I see other than that I ask forgiveness on their behalf.” So is this completing you or not? It means every day you are newly born! Every day the Prophet (s) takes on his shoulders to make istighfaar in the Divine Presence on behalf of everyone, saying, “Yaa Rabbee! This servant did this and that, and I am asking forgiveness on his behalf.”

Will Allah (swt) accept it or not? Inshaa-Allah. Yes, everything is “God Willing,” although in some countries it generally means “no.” Allah does accept it, because the ayah says:

وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا

Wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum ja’ooka f ’astaghfaroollaaha w ’astaghfara lahumu ‘r-rasoolu la-wajadoo ’Llaaha tawwaaba ‘r-raheema.

If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come to you and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:64)

Here “Kaf” is directed to Sayyidina Muhammad (s), and so we say, “Yaa Rabbee! For the sake of Prophet (s) we are asking istighfaar,” and Allah will forgive you because the Prophet (s) will ask forgiveness on your behalf. However, the condition is that you must come to the Prophet (s) and ask Allah to forgive you, and the Prophet (s) will ask on your behalf, then they would find Allah ‘Oft-Forgiving and Merciful.’ So say “istaghfirullah” because that is taking everything!

That is a verse of Holy Qur'an, and Allah (swt) gave us many things we can mention (to save ourselves), and even if we are involved in the wealth and fitna of dunya, Allah gave us a way out to receive His Forgiveness, but we must remember them! Don't simply say, “I am involved in dunya.” Even if you go places that are not accepted, Allah (swt) will forgive you! Listen to this hadith:

ما قال عبد لا إله إلا الله قط مخلصا إلا فتحت له أبواب السماء حتى يفضي إلى العرش ما اجتنبت الكبائر

Man qaala laa ilaaha illa-Llah mukhlisan illa futihat lahu abwaab as-samaaa hatta yufdee ila al-`arsh majtunibat al-kabaair.

Whoever is sincere, the Doors of Heavens will open until it reaches the Throne, as long as they avoid the major sins.

And everyone here is sincere and every mu’min who goes to Jumu`ah is sincere.

They asked the Prophet (s) hal mu'min yasruq, “Will a believer steal?” Prophet (s) said, “Yes, it is possible,” as you see throughout history that many Muslims steal. In the time of Sayyidina `Umar (r), there was drought in Madinah and he revoked the law of cutting a thief’s hand for the crime of theft, which was the Shari`ah of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), because the poor had nothing to eat so perhaps they might steal food. Look how Islam is merciful!

So he asked if a mu’min might steal, and Prophet (s) said, “It might be.” Then he asked, “Does a mu’min commit adultery?” Prophet (s) said, “It might be.” And they asked, “Does a mu'min lie?” About this Prophet (s) said, “No, a mu’min will never lie.” You cannot lie; everything is forgiven except lying because by lying you make fitna, you make black white and white black, then people begin to fight each other. But with stealing, the thief puts on a mask so no one knows them, and in committing adultery or a big mistake or big sin, they try to veil it and Allah is as-Sattar, the Concealer. But when one lies, they say something false to someone that is then up in the air, and that one tells another and that one tells another and then fitna comes out. So Prophet (s) said:

الفتنة نائمة لعن الله من أيقظها

Al-fitnatu naa'imatan la`anallaha man ayqadahaa.

Fitna is dormant; Allah (swt) will curse who opens it.

Allah (swt) cursed lying and made it equal to Shaytan, because who is cursed? Iblees! So anyone that makes fitna is like Iblees, which is not allowed in a peaceful community. The media does that. Allah does not allow fitna to come out and fitna cannot be forgiven because it violates peoples’ rights, so if you lie on me then on Judgment Day you will be in trouble, whereas if you commit a sin, Allah (swy) says, “I forgive you, but if you lie on someone and harm or oppress him, you must ask for his forgiveness.”

From this hadith we learn that on Judgment Day there is an oppressor and the one whom he oppressed. The oppressed one says, “That one spread a lot of fitna against me and thereby oppressed me, so I want my right!” Allah will ask him, “Did you do that?” and that one will answer, “Yes, I did that.” You cannot lie there, so make Him happy! The oppressor will lose his good `amal as the oppressed will say, “Give me from his good deeds!” and Allah will take from his `amal and give it to the oppressed, who has good deeds as he prayed and fasted. Allah asks the oppressed one if he is satisfied and he will reply, “No, I am not!” Then Allah takes the sins of the oppressed and puts them on the oppressor, so that one goes to Hell.

Allah (swt) will take the rights of everyone on Judgment Day, so why do you create fitna for yourself when fitna is dormant and Allah will not forgive (the one who raises it)? Allah gives some keys and you cannot enter a house without key. Allah gave us the key to Paradise! What did He say?

ما من عبد قال : لا إله إلا الله في ساعة من ليل أو نهار ؛ إلا طمست ما في الصحيفة من السيئات ؛ حتى تسكن إلى مثلها من الحسنات .

Maa min `abdin qaala laa ilaaha illa-Llah fee sa`atin min laylin aw nahaarin illa tumissat maa fi’s-saheefata min as-sayyi`aat hatta taskun ila mithlihaa min al-hasanaat.

The Prophet (s) said, “If a servant of Allah says once in the day or in evening ‘laa ilaaha illa-Llah’ then Allah will cancel from his notebook on the left whatever is bad (sins).”

So Allah (swt) gave us a master key, as to open a building you have a master key that opens all its doors, so saying one time “laa ilaaha illa-Llah” will remove all sins and replace them with good deeds and multiply them.

Muhammad bin `Ali at-Tirmidhi said that a servant comes on Judgment Day and does not find in the Scale “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” and he says, “Yaa Rabb! I don’t see my `amal in the Scale; why is ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Llah’ not there when I used to say it during my life?” And the angels will respond to him, laa yasa`uah al-meezan wa laa yasa`uhu as-samawati wal-ard. “O Servant of Allah! Don't you know that the Scale cannot contain ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Llah’ and even Heavens and Earth cannot contain it? That will eat the Scale, so you cannot put it there.”

The proof is the hadith of Prophet (s) that “SubhaanAllah wa bi hamdihi” will cover Heavens and Earth, and Allah will fill your Scale with hasanaat the distance between Heavens and Earth, and to say “alhamdulillah” will fill the meezaan completely and therefore, you cannot put “laa ilaaha illa-Llah” in the Scale anymore, so where to put it? “Alhamdulillah” fills the meezaan and “laa ilaaha illa-Llah” will swallow it! Say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah!” That is our master key to Paradise! May Allah (swt) forgive us.

On the Day of Judgment, Allah (swt) will put a person on top of everyone for them all to see; even in front of hundreds of billions, Allah will place you for all to see and angels will come with ninety-nine books. In every book is what that one did in his lifetime (all his deeds) and the distance of each book is the entire distance between Heavens and Earth, and every notebook is as far as the horizon and full of all kinds of sins! Until that poor servant dhanna annahu haalik, is certain that he will go to Hellfire, at that time a noble piece of paper will come down and be placed on one side of the Scale, and Allah orders the angels to put it on one side and all ninety-nine books of sins on the other side, and the servant said in his life, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” which is then heavier on that side of the Scale than all the books of sins he did! When Allah's Name is mentioned, it is heavier than Heavens and Earth, so say “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah” and we will be saved! Don't forget to say it in the evening and the morning, and Allah will forgive anything you have done when you say Kalimat at-Tawheed (Shahadah).Particularly, we all feel we are sinners, but repentance is so easy, so connect your heart to Rawdat ash-Sharifah and ask Allah (swt) to forgive you and He will forgive!

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


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