Zhuhr Suhbah at Private Residence (1)
Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een. Bismillahi Awwalan wa akhiran, Bismillahi Mashaa-Allah, Bismillahi Allahu Akbar, Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`alaa fee haadha 'l-masjid.
أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Ati`oollaha wa ati`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)
Alhamdulillahil ’Lladhee hadaana li ‘l-Islami wa maa kunnaa li-nahtadeea law laa an hadaanallaah.
Alhamdulillahi ’Lladhee shar-rafanaa bi Mawlidihi Sayyidina Muhammad bi Mawlidi ’l-Mustafa wa ja`alana min ummatih.
Praise be to Allah (swt) that He created us from Ummat an-Nabi (s). What would we have done if we were created from the nation of Sayyidina Musa (a) or Sayyidina `Isa (a)? Although all Prophets are honored, the honor of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is far superior to them all.
Allah (swt) raised Sayyidina `Isa (a) to the First Paradise and Sayyidina Idris (a) to the Fourth Paradise; these are two Prophets that have been raised. When people were coming to crucify Sayyidina `Isa (a), Allah raised him to the First Paradise, and Sayyidina Idris (a) was raised to the Fourth Paradise, but Allah raised Sayyidina Muhammad (s) to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa, above the Seven Paradises to the Divine Presence. Many scholars of Islam have said that Allah (swt) raised Prophet (s) to a maqaam where he was able to see his Lord with the eyes of his head, meaning physically. That never happened to anyone except Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!
This transpired because Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is “Habeebullah, Lover of Allah,” and Allah (swt) is “Habeebu Muhammad, Lover of Prophet (s).” He is the only Prophet (s) you can say this about; the others are “Khaleelullah, Friends of Allah,” but Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the “Lover of Allah.” Allah loved him, created him from His Light, and created all creation for his sake! And this is why we see all of these qasidas recited all over the world, especially in Indonesia where, mashaa-Allah, there are many habaa’ib. Islam is kept by habaa’ib, the Syeds, Ahlu ’l-Bayt. If there were no Ahlu ’l-Bayt, there would be no barakah in this world after Prophet (s), which is why they will remain on earth until the Day of Resurrection and until Allah (swt) takes everyone, including the Ahlu ’l-Bayt. Then there will be no barakah at that time, and Allah will order Sayyidina Israfeel (a) to blow in the Trumpet, causing everyone to die, and then the Day of Judgment will arrive and Allah (swt) will call everyone before Him for the Resurrection.
But the basis that we want to focus on is “cinta,” love. Mashaa-Allah, the first priority for Muslims in Indonesia is to send their children to memorize the Holy Qur’an, and Pakistanis and Muslims in many African countries do the same. “Cinta” is to love what Allah (swt) loves, which can save you from many difficulties in this life and from frightening situations in akhirah, as you might be questioned and punished. But if you have love for Allah (swt) and Prophet (s), you will be under their mercy, and anyone who is under their mercy will enter Paradise, as Allah said:
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
Wa maa arsalnaaka illa rahmatan li 'l-`alameen.
(O Muhammad!) We have sent you not except as a Mercy for all the Worlds.
(Surat al-Anbiya, 21:107)
Allah (swt) sent Prophet (s) as mercy for humanity in order to save them, so if you really love Prophet (s) you will be saved. Also, your love for Prophet (s) has to be more than you love yourself. Do you love yourself more, or your wife? Of course, we love ourselves more!
يَوْمَ يَفِرُّ الْمَرْءُ مِنْ أَخِيهِ وَأُمِّهِ وَأَبِيهِ وَصَاحِبَتِهِ وَبَنِيهِ
Yawma yafir’ul mar’oo wa min akheehi wa ummihi wa abeehi wa saahibatihi wa baneehi.
On the Day when people will run away from their brothers and sisters, from his mother and his father and then from wife and children. (Surat `Abasa, 80:34-36)
Everyone will say, “Myself, myself! I don’t care what happens to my family, I just want to save myself!” That will be us, but Prophet (s) will say, “Yaa Rabbee, my ummah, my ummah! Yaa Rabbee, I will not enter Paradise until the very last one from my ummah has first entered!” And this is Prophet’s shafa`a, he will not accept to go without his ummah. Now these days leaders of countries or a certain group or community choose to go first, which is incorrect. The community, the ummah, has to enter first, as the leaders make sure that everyone made a safe passage, just as the general of an army does not pull himself out from the battle until all his soldiers are out of danger. That is discipline of love, and if you really have love then you must sacrifice yourself for whom you love. So Prophet (s) will not enter Paradise until he makes sure that everyone has entered safely.
Grandshaykh (q) said, “Those who accepted Prophet (s), the Muslims from Ummat an-Nabi (s), are 400 billion in number. (A hadith supports this, stating, “There will be 372 billion from Ummat an-Nabi.”) Also anyone who loved Prophet (s) will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with him on the Day of Judgment and the rest will follow.” So the lovers of Prophet (s), those who reached the level of imaan and Islam while performing all their obligations, or who oppressed themselves by not praying, fasting and giving sadaqa but then recognized the importance of these obligations and began to fulfill them, will find Allah (swt) Most Forgiving. And those who performed their obligations completely, their shoulders will be touching the shoulders of Prophet (s) on the Day of Judgment, meaning they will be with him. They are not like those who are Muslims in name only, although they too will go to Paradise.
But then, let us think about 400 billion or even a smaller number, one-hundred thousand. How can one-hundred thousand people touch the shoulders of Prophet (s)? If only one comes on the right and another on the left, it might not be possible to accommodate others. It has been mentioned in many ahadith that, yuzahim katif min mu’mineen, “His shoulder will touch the shoulders of believers.” SubhaanAllah, this is something the mind cannot comprehend as this is a heavenly power that Allah (swt) will make everyone feel they are shoulder-to-shoulder with Prophet (s)! How many reflections of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) will appear to all those people!
It is said there are around one-to-two billion Muslims in the world, so let us say there are one billion. How many of them are able to see Prophet (s) in dreams? Perhaps 1.5 billion. If you call the entire Muslim population and ask them if they saw Prophet (s) in a dream tonight, most of them will answer, “Yes, we saw our Prophet in a dream,” or possibly they all did! And Prophet (s) said:
من رائني في المنام فقد راءني حقا
Man ra'anee fi 'l-manaami faqad ra’anee haqqan.
Who saw me in the dream saw me in reality. (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
He appears at night only to those for whom it is written; if it is not written, you will not see him. There are different people each night whose names are written on beautiful, heavenly invitations, “This person is invited to see Prophet (s) tonight in a dream,” as Prophet (s) said, “Who saw me in the dream saw me in reality, as Shaytan cannot take my image.”
So that vision is no longer a dream, because a dream can be of any kind. If we look at eShaykh.com, we see many people requesting dream interpretations without any mention of seeing Prophet (s). This is because while everyone dreams and many people see Prophet (s), many others don’t. Therefore, not everyone is invited to see Prophet (s), which requires a heavenly invitation and with the power that Allah (swt) granted to Prophet (s), he can be present with everyone in his dream. Allah gave him power that enables him to hear, see and receive from everyone who is calling on him, “Yaa Rasoolullah! Yaa Rahmatan li’l- `Alameen!”
If you say “Sallooo `ala ’n-Nabee,” Indonesians know to immediately say, “Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad, allahumma salli alayh!” And Prophet (s) hears all of this, as he is hearing and seeing. He said, “When they call on me, I return it.” If you make salawaat on him, Allah (swt) sends his soul back to his body to make salawaat. That is why scholars say that the Prophet’s soul is always in his body, as he is always answering and can observe and hear his ummah.
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)
With the power that Allah (swt) bestowed on him, he is able to see and hear his ummah and come to their aid to fulfill their needs, so you may see Prophet (s) in a dream by invitation. On the Day of Judgment, he will be his reflection in the same way you saw him in dreams. You will be with him because Allah (swt) will grant your eyes and heart to feel that you are in the presence of Prophet (s) and that your shoulder is rubbing his shoulder, meaning you will be so near! You do not have the ability to do that, as it is Prophet (s) to whom Allah granted these reflections to appear to mu’mineen. They feel they are with Prophet (s) and in reality they are! Just like when you see Prophet (s) in a dream, you see him in reality. Similarly, you will see Prophet (s) near you on the Day of Judgment. How many different reflections does Prophet (s) reflect from his reality to Muslims and mu’mineen? All Muslims will see him and be with him according to their levels, either shoulder-to-
shoulder, in the back row or in a row further down, but all will see Prophet (s), and all of that comes from love, cinta.
One day on Jumu`ah while Prophet (s) was giving the khutbah, a Bedouin stood by the door and said, “Yaa Rasoolullah! Tell me when is the Day of Judgment?” Prophet (s) did not answer as he was giving the Jumu`ah khutbah. The man asked another time,“Yaa Rasoolullah! When is the Day of Judgment?” Still, Prophet (s) did not answer. Then the third time, Jibreel (a) came and said, “Yaa Rasoolullah! Allah (swt) is telling you to answer.” Prophet (s) said, “It is a long and far journey; what have you prepared for it?” Today if we want to go somewhere, we pack a suitcase full of clothes!
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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