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To Cause Confusion is Worse than Killing

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

9 October 2012 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Suhbah at Private Residence

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani '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

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)

To obey means the obligation of every `abd to fulfill whatever Allah has asked him to do. When Allah says, “Obey Allah and obey the Prophet,” it means to “obey Islam” and what all Allah has said in Holy Qur’an from beginning to end, and also to obey what Prophet (s) said in ahadeeth from beginning to end!

Qur’an al-Kareem is perfect! It is Allah’s Word, which is why you cannot take some of it and leave some of it; you have to take all the verses as they were revealed to Prophet (s), who heard the Holy Qur’an recited by Jibreel (a). Did anyone else hear that? No. Prophet (s) heard the revelation coming to him through Jibreel as Allah wanted; all of the Sahaabah did not hear Jibreel, but they heard Prophet (s).

With what voice did Prophet (s) recite the Qur’an to them? No one knows because no one heard that except the Sahaabah (r). There was no tape recorder at that time but they had it recorded in their hearts and they were able to keep whatever Prophet (s) recited to them in their hearts with the sweetness that Prophet (s) had recited! Today we call them muqaari`een “the reciters of Qur’an.” No other recitations can be compared with the voice of Prophet (s), with all its sweetness that attracted the Sahaabah to him, and the sweetness came with what Allah (swt) gave him. When we drink tea, we use various sweetners--sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, honey--and each is different. No one heard the sweetness of the voice of Prophet (s) except the Sahaabah (r), how honored and lucky they were! How much Allah gave them of love of Prophet (s) and brought them nearer him! We wish to be at their threshold, at the door of the Sahaabah, because Prophet (s) 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, ad-Daraqutnee, ibn `Adiyy, ibn `Abd al-Barr, with unsound chains but the meaning is sound.)

It means any Sahaabah you follow, you will be guided to the right way. So we and everyone from Ummat an-Nabi (s) are to be guided; without guidance we will lose our understanding of Islam. Also, guidance has to be complete. When we were coming here, you cannot drive here halfway and say, “Finish, I don’t know the rest of the way!” A guide must direct you from beginning to end because we don’t know the way, so our host sent his son to make sure we were guided from there to here. So the Shaykh has responsibility to guide you from the beginning to the end. That is why Prophet (s) said, “Anyone of the Sahaabah you follow, you will be guided.” Allah (swt) guided the ummah by the guidance of Sahaabah (r) and after them, the ummah was guided by the Four Imams and the Tabi`een, who showed us the way to Allah (swt).

If we are negligent and not following what has been said to us, then we are not complying with what Allah wants, which means we are not perfect. Many people think they are perfect, many like to be leaders, but this chair we are sitting on is not for us and it will not be there forever for you. When you leave from here, someone else will sit on it; no one can live forever and occupy his chair. So politicians and non-politicians must know their worth is what they have done for Islam and that there is nothing else in Allah’s Eyes!

Allah (swt) has warned us to be careful, addressing the believers:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَأٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ

Yaa ayyuhaalladheena amanoo in ja’akum faasiqun bi-naba’in fatabayyanoo an tuseeboo qawman bi-jahaalatin fatusbihoo `alaa ma fa`altum naadimeen.

O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, unless you harm people unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done.

(Surat al-Hujuraat, 49:6)

You cannot take the rumor and accept it. It is your duty to check it. Is it correct or not? It doesn’t mean that if someone is a leader, he is infallible. No one is ma`soom except Prophet (s), no one is protected excepted Sahaabah; we are not infallible, we are not ma`soom. So if there is rumor or fitna, what is our duty? To check it. Allah (swt) is saying, “O mu’min! O those who believe in Me and My Prophet, if a corrupted one, a faasiq, one who likes to create fitna, comes to you with a false story, your duty is to verify it.” Why? An tuseeboo qawman bi-jahaalatin fatusbihoo `ala ma fa`altum naadimeen, because you will fall if you don’t check it and through your ignorance you might accuse him falsely. And then there is no tawbah on it, so don’t think Allah will forgive, no way! Allah will forgive anything that concerns `ibaadah, but when it concerns the rights of a Muslim, you cannot receive forgiveness until the one you wronged forgives you. So you might have to run after the one you accused, and you might accuse falsely, and you will wake up and regret it, because fitna has no forgiveness! Prophet (s) said:

الفتنه نائمه لعن الله من ايقضها

Al-fitnatu naa’imatun la`an-Allahu man ayqadahaa.

Fitna (trial/disturbance/trouble) is dormant. Allah will curse who brings it up.

Fitna is dormant. Look, this is so big! Whom did Allah curse? The curse came on Iblees. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an in that ayah (49:6) that if you are going to listen to fitna without verifying it, Allah will curse you! It means He will make you equal to Iblees, as Prophet (s) said, “Fitna is dormant and Allah cursed the one who woke it.” So what is our duty? The best way is not to listen to fitna, because when you listen you fall.

Sayyidina `Ali (r) said:

راس الحكمة مخافة الله

Raasu ’l-hikmatu makhaafatullah.

The head of wisdom is to fear Allah.

So how you can have wisdom? Sayyidina `Ali (r) said if you follow four points, you will get wisdom. You have to put in your mind that you are entering makhaafatullah (by remembering), “If I do anything wrong, Allah will curse me.” So he said the first and best way for a mu’min (to avoid that) is to keep quiet, not to say anything as-suqoot. You zip your mouth closed because as soon as you open it you will fall into mistakes. Check yourself daily to see how many times you fall into gheebat, backbiting and nameema, to slander, to spread bad rumors. As soon as we open our mouths, we fall into it.

Sayyidina `Ali said, as-saqoot “silence.” It is a principle, “If words are silver, silence is gold.” They say a good speaker is a “silver speaker,” but in the words of Sayyidina `Ali, to be silent is better. Today what makes people fall into sin is their speech. Prophet (s) said:

روى البخاري في صحيحه عن سهل بن سعد رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: من يضمن لي ما بين لحييه وما بين فخذيه، أضمن له الجنة

Man yadman lee maa bayna lahyatayhi wa maa bayna fakhdhayi adman lahu ’l-jannah.

Anyone who is able to control what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I will guarantee for him Paradise. (Bukhari, Muslim)

He said, “Be silent,” but can we be silent? We can try. So if we are not following the first principle, we are making a mistake.

The second principle of Sayyidina `Ali is as-sima`a, “to listen.” Don’t talk, be silent and only listen. You can see if they are speaking the truth or lying when you listen silently, and when you listen you are checking if what they are saying is correct or not. So first is silence, second as-simaa, and the third principle is an-nazhar, “to observe.” Watch them to determine what are they busy with: themselves, to bring their ego down, or they are busy making fitna? If they are busy cleaning themselves (of bad traits), alhamdulillah it is good, but if they are busy with fitna then we have to run away from them. So look at them, you can see their expressions, gestures and body language.

So now we have three principles: silence, to listen, then to observe, and the fourth is al-haraka “to act/move.” When you hear, do you keep quiet? You hear this one and that one and keep getting ideas to make sure you listen to everyone; the judge listens to everyone and it takes time to give a judgement, so how do they judge a case in seconds without checking what is right or what is fitna? They are falling into mistakes.

We cannot remain silent, it is so difficult because Shaytan keeps whispering, “Speak up, you are a professor, give a lecture!” No, it is better to run away because you might make a mistake and create ill-feelings or offend others by your talking! So first is silence, second is listening, third is observing, then fourth is to move. Just like a chess game: first you are silent, then listening, then looking, and it could take days for professional chess players to move one chess piece! This dunya is like a chess game!

When chess makes you forget Allah (swt) and takes you away from praying, just like TV, video games and movies, then such things are haraam (when they take you away from your obligations): dominoes, iPad, smartphones, computers... [Laughter.] They might take days to move one chess piece because they study each other before they make a move. So after silence, listening and watching, you begin your move and it will be on Siraat al-Mustaqeem, the Straight Path, because you studied, applied wisdom, and then reached Reality.

But unfortunately, today no one is taking this into consideration and our actions are like a soup and now everyone differs in ideas and motivation, and so everyone is running for a benefit and doesn’t care about fitna. Shaytan says, “Do this, there is benefit,” then they do it! Shaytan does not make you leave fitna, he encourages it so it will come between you and Allah!

وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا يَغْتَب بَّعْضُكُم بَعْضًا أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَن يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ

Wa laa tajasassoo wa laa yaghtab ba`dakum ba`dan ayyuhibbu ahadukum an yaakula lahma akheehi maytan fa-karihtumooh.

And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you would abhor it. (Surat al-Hujuraat, 49:12)

Don’t spy on each other, and also you must not backbite each other, or would you like to eat the raw flesh of your brother? No one likes that, but today we are eating the raw flesh of our brothers and sisters by spreading fitna and rumors! Allah (swt) is saying, “Do you like to eat the flesh of your brother or sister?” No way, as you will be disgusted! Just as carnivores eat flesh of each other, do you like to be one? Allahu Akbar!

Islam is built on taste, and if we don’t have that, fitna is one of the main principles we have to worry about. What do we benefit from it? Nothing, except that you find a way to become something, to open the way for yourself and close it off for others! But what will Allah do on the Day of Judgment? He will take all hasanaat and give to the one who was wronged. Prophet (s) said that two will come before Him on the Day of Judgment, the oppressor and the oppressed. As I said in the beginning, Allah will not forgive; He forgives for `ibaadah, but you have to go to the person whom you oppressed and ask their forgiveness. So what will Allah do on that Day? The oppressed one will say, “Yaa Rabbee, he oppressed and accused me falsely, he spread rumors and fabricated positions to people in order to get benefit for himself, and tried to do everything wrong against me to put me down and step on me!”

Like what they are doing in Syria now, mass killing and stepping over dead bodies! Prophet (s) said fitna is worse than killing, because to kill is one time, but fitna is continuous. Why? Because everyone wants from the cake before someone else takes. So Allah asks the oppressed, “What do you want?” He says, “I want my right from him!” Allah will take some of the hasanaat of the oppressor and give it to the oppressed, and ask him, “Are you satisfied?” He will reply, “No! He did the worst for me in dunya, he made people run from me.” Then, Allah takes all his hasanaat and gives to the oppressed one and asks again, “Are you satisfied now?” Still the reply will be, “No.” Then Allah takes the sayyi`aat (sins) from the oppressed and puts them on the oppressor until he gives it all. Then Allah asks, “Are you satisfied?” He says, “Yes.” So he is left with no sins and got hasanaats also! This is important; you must write it.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ أَتَدْرُونَ مَا الْمُفْلِسُ قَالُوا الْمُفْلِسُ فِينَا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَنْ لَا دِرْهَمَ لَهُ وَلَا مَتَاعَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْمُفْلِسُ مِنْ أُمَّتِي مَنْ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِصَلَاتِهِ وَصِيَامِهِ وَزَكَاتِهِ وَيَأْتِي قَدْ شَتَمَ هَذَا وَقَذَفَ هَذَا وَأَكَلَ مَالَ هَذَا وَسَفَكَ دَمَ هَذَا وَضَرَبَ هَذَا فَيَقْعُدُ فَيَقْتَصُّ هَذَا مِنْ حَسَنَاتِهِ وَهَذَا مِنْ حَسَنَاتِهِ فَإِنْ فَنِيَتْ حَسَنَاتُهُ قَبْلَ أَنْ يُقْتَصَّ مَا عَلَيْهِ مِنْ الْخَطَايَا أُخِذَ مِنْ خَطَايَاهُمْ فَطُرِحَ عَلَيْهِ ثُمَّ طُرِحَ فِي النَّارِ . رواه مسلم والترمذي

`an Abi Hurayrah (r) anna rasoolullahi (s) qaala atradoona maa al-muflis? Qaaloo al-muflis feenaa man laa dirham lahu wa laa mataa`. Faqaala inna’l-muflis min ummatee man yaatee yawm al-qiyamati bi-salaatin wa siyaamin wa zakaatin wa yaatee wa qad shatama hadhaa wa qadhafa hadhaa wa akala maala hadhaa wa safaka dam hadhaa wa daraba hadhaa fa-yu`tee hadhaa min hasanaatihi fa in fanayta hasanaatahu qabl an yuqdaa maa `alayhi aakhadha min khataayaahum faturihat `alayhi thumma turiha fi ’n-naar.

The Prophet (s) said:

Do you know who the muflis (bankrupt one) is? The muflis from my Ummah is one who comes on the Day of Judgment having performed prayer, fasting, and giving zakaat. However, along with all of this, he abused this person and slandered that person, ate the wealth of this person and unlawfully spilled the blood of that person. These people will take from his good deeds. If, however, his good deeds become exhausted, then their sins will be put upon him and he will be thrown into the Fire. (Muslim and Tirmidhi)

May Allah protect us from fitna and may Allah forgive everyone, and open the hearts of everyone in dunya and Akhirah, and give long life and keep them in high stations in dunya and Akhirah.

They think they understand Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q), that he said this or that, and they think they know. But the worst lie is when you say Mawlana said something and you fabricate that because Mawlana didn’t say it! When people makeup or spread a story and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) didn’t say it. I know what Mawlana says; if I don’t hear it directly then it comes through my heart and every story I can hear. Awliyaullah don’t sit playing dominos or chess; their hearts are open and we know what Mawlana wants and doesn’t want!

May Allah protect us and bless this country and bless everyone for the benefit of the Malaysian people.

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


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