`Isha Suhbah at As-Siddiq Institute & Mosque (ASIM) (2)
[Shaykh Hisham spoke after his esteemed guests, Imam Fode of Gambia, visiting from Vancouver, and Professor Ware, African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.]
I will end on what the professor has said, by saying that Imam Jazuli was inspired by love of the Prophet (s) to write Dala`il al-Khayraat, and that is a wird of the Naqshbandi Order, to recite one juz every day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc, There was a wali in Maghrib (Morocco), but before we discuss that, Imam Jazuli (q) was first buried in Fes, not in Marrakech, and after 100 years (when they opened his grave) they found his body was completely intact, there was not even dust on his shroud; as you know when the deceased are buried dirt is thrown on them, but there was nothing. Then they buried his body in Marrakech. One of his khulafaa reached the Level of Mureed: wilaayat is not cheap and there are too many steps to get to it, but if they want to give to us by wahban, a grant, that is up to them. We ask Allah (swt) to give it to us wahban, so that we don’t have to work for it because we are weak, we are helpless, all of us.
So that wali was Ahmad al-Talmaysani (q), from Talmaysan, and he recited 100,000 times Dala`il al-Khayraat, and the whole book is 100 pages. When he finished reading that 100,000 times salawaat on the Prophet (s), which we have here and everyone knows it, he finished, prayed two raka`ts and presented it to the Prophet (s). In the evening when he slept, he saw the Prophet (s) in the dream, saying to him, “Yaa Ahmad, you finished 100,000 times salawaat of Dala`il al-Khayraat, but I will teach you one salawaat that is 800,000 times better than reciting Dala`il al-Khayraat!” Ahmad al-Talmaysani (q) was happy and he asked the Prophet (s), “What is that?” and the Prophet (s) said, “It is Salaat al-Faatih.”
‘Faatih’ to what? To open what has been closed. What is closed? Everything is closed! Is anyone seeing anything? Can anyone claim he has kashf now? No way! Those who [can legitimately] claim they have kashf are very few, but we have to say, may Allah open for us because we are reciting Salaat al-Faatih, it is called ‘Faatihi’:
عنعبد الله بن بشر الخثعمي، عن أبيه أنه سمع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: لتفتحن القسطنطينية، فلنعم الأمير أميرها، ولنعم الجيش ذلك الجيش
la-tuftahanna al-qunstaantaniyya, wa la-ni`ma ’l-ameeru ameeruhaa wa la-ni`ma ’l-jaysh dhaalik al-jaysh.
You will conquer Constantinople and what an honored leader is the leader of that army and what an honored army is that army. (Ahmad in his Musnad)
When Mehmet al-Fatih went to open Constantinople, by that Hadith he would open it and he became a king, so we will become kings [as we recite it]: our status on Judgment Day and here in this life is as a king. Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (s), said:
من قال لا اله الا الله دخل الجنة
Whoever says ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Llah’ enters Jannah.
Allah gave us a key to Paradise but still we don’t see because we are too much involved in forbiddens, but as much as we can approach by love of Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s), by remembering Allah and reciting salawaat on the Prophet (s) [we will be saved]. That is why the Prophet (s) advised his Sahaabah (r), “When you pass by Riyaad al-Jannah,the Gardens of Paradise, sit with those who are sitting.” They said, “What is that Garden of Paradise, yaa Rasoolullah?” The Prophet (s) said, “They are the Circles of Dhikr.”
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا مررتم برياض الجنة فارتع. قالو وما رياض الجنة؟ قال "حلق الذكر"
Ibn `Umar reported that the Prophet (s) said: "When you pass by the Gardens of Paradise, avail yourselves of them." The Companions asked: "What are the Gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "The circles of dhikr.” (Tirmidhi)
In this one or two hours we gathered here, with the Manifestation of Allah's Presence these become a Garden of Paradise. We all run to Madinat al-Munawwarah to enter Rawdat an-Nabi (s), and many people cannot go or can go only once in their lifetime, but Allah has made every circle of dhikrullah a rawdah, and when you enter Paradise you cannot be thrown in the Fire of Hell. So the Prophet (s) encouraged the Sahaabah (r) to go into that circle of Paradise because then all your sins are waived!
I am not going to give a lecture, we are weak and uneducated. How do you say, “Don't say to a professor, ‘We are uneducated.’ Don't say it to a scholar,” or me or him (Imam Fode). Allah said in Holy Qur'an:
وَفَوْقَ كُلِّ ذِي عِلْمٍ عَلِيمٌ
Above every knower is a (higher) knower. (Surah Yusuf, 12:76)
Finished! It means you cannot say to yourself you know something, you know nothing! If you want to know, there is a way they open from their side, not from our side. That is inaayatullah, when Allah's Care overcomes His servants then everything opens! Our side is blocked by our sins, but the other side can open on us. We ask, yaa Rabbee, You created us, if You want to throw us in Hellfire because of our weakness, laa yaleeq bi shaanihi, it is not befitting our Lord, Who created Creation and then threw us in dunya and we fight with each other! That is what is happening, so Allah will not leave us to Hellfire in the hands of Iblees, with His Rahmat and His Greatness that He has bestowed on the Prophet (s) to carry the load of the Ummah!
أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ
Have We not expanded for you your breast? And We removed from you your burden that weighed so heavily on your back. (Surat ash-Sharh, 94:1-8)
“The load of the sins of the Ummah has made your back so heavy. I am going to erase all of that for you.” The Prophet (s) is infallible, does he have wizr, Professor? Does he have sins or heaviness on him? [No.] So why the Surah says, wa wada`na `anka wizrak, We have taken away that heavy load you are carrying”? He is carrying his Ummah on his shoulders and he will not enter Paradise before the whole Ummah enters Paradise! Dive into that ocean of love of the Prophet (s)! We have to make a conference titled, “For Love of the Prophet (s).”
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Say (O Muhammad), "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your sins, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:31)
[Allah (swt) told the Prophet (s) to say] “If you want to love Allah, follow me!” May Allah (swt) forgive us and bless us and support us and erase all ours sins. One wali can erase the sins of the whole Ummah! Don’t underestimate the awliyaullah! In every moment there are 124,000 walis; if one leaves the dunya, dies, another comes and fills his place. Always there are 124,000 walis because awliyaullah, as the Prophet (s) mentioned in Hadith:
العلماء ورثة الانبياء
The (genuine) scholars are Inheritors of the Prophets.
Here it means the `arifoon billah, Lovers of Allah, not the ones who study paper (sorry Professor). And in Surat al-`Araaf, Imam Fode would have reached if he continued his talk, Allah says to Sayyidina Musa (a):
قَالَ رَبِّ أَرِنِي أَنظُرْ إِلَيْكَ قَالَ لَن تَرَانِي وَلَـكِنِ انظُرْ إِلَى الْجَبَلِ
He said, "O my Lord! Show Yourself to me, that I may look upon You." Allah said, "By no means can you see Me (directly), but look upon the mountain....”
When Sayyidina Musa (a) was happy to reach that valley and Allah said, “Take off your shoes,” about that verse, Sayyidina Muhiyyidin ibn `Arabi (q) said that in old times they used to make shoes from the skin of donkeys and that is a sign of ignorance. “Take off your shoes,” means, “Don’t come to Me with your self (ego), come to Me mujarrada `ana an-nafs, completely stripped of your ego! Qaala anzhur il al-jabal, Look at the mountain and that is your ego, like big mountain. You cannot come to Me and say, ‘Let me see you.’ No! Destroy the mountain of your ego and your ignorance, then come to see Me.” And when Allah manifested on the mountain of his ego, then He shattered the ego of Sayyidina Musa (a) and he fell down, fainted, and when he awoke he saw the mountain replaced with the Prophet (s) and 124,000 prophets praying there, and he saw himself there praying with the Prophet (s)!
That reality is there, but the surah, picture (image) is here in the imaginary dunya. As Sayyidina Muhiyyidin ibn `Arabi (q) said, “Everything is imaginary (not true).” You created these pictures (images) in your minds but the realities are in Akhirah, only the imaginary are in dunya. So Sayyidina Musa (a) saw his reality with the Prophet (s) and ibn `Abbas (r) said there are 124,000 prophets, so every prophet has an inheritor: these are awliyaullah who inherit from all prophets and the Ghawth inherits from the Prophet (s) and the five Qutbs inherit from five major prophets and the rest inherit from different anbiyallah. May Allah submerge us in the ocean of the reality of Alif, which is al-wujood al-mutlaq, the Absolute Existence! If you take the Alif from ‘Allah’ you are left with ‘lillah’. That means al-wujood al-mutlaq in Alif and the first letter of Holy Qur'an after Surat al-Fatihah is Alif: Alif. Laam. Meem. So in Alif we find the Realities of Allah and in Baa we find realities of the Prophet (s).
I am not going into that, but I am going to thank Professor Ware for bringing Imam Fode and also himself, it is lillahi fee khalqihi shu`oon, in every creation of human beings Allah has a different purpose, so everyone existing is dedicated to a different purpose that Allah created and that purpose is hidden. Everyone has a secret and everyone possesses something that the other does not. May Allah (swt) keep us with the Prophet (s) in dunya and Akhirah. We thank both of them and Taysir also came. May Allah forgive us and may Allah bless you and we thank for coming, Doctor, also from far away.
Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah. If you are ready to continue, Ali Elsayed is ready to stay to morning in dhikrullah praising the Prophet (s) and we can keep them both together, Tijani and Naqshbandi! Thank you very much.
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 Spiritual unveiling; ability to see the Unseen, prophets, etc.