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Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

10 December 2020 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

سَابِقُوا إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا كَعَرْضِ السَّمَاء وَالْأَرْضِ أُعِدَّتْ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ ذَلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاء وَاللَّهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ

Race one with another for forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden wherein the breadth is of the Heavens and the Earth, which is in store for those who believe in Allah and His messengers. Such is the bounty of Allah, which He bestows upon whom He will, and Allah is of Infinite Bounty.

Know that the life of this world is only play, and idle talk, and pageantry, and boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children as the likeness of vegetation after rain, of which the growth is pleasing to the farmer, but afterward it dries up and you see it turning yellow, then it becomes straw. And in the Hereafter there is grievous punishment, and (also) forgiveness from Allah and His Good Pleasure, whereas the life of the world is but matter of illusion. (Surat al-Hadid, 57: 21,22)

Alhamdulillah, these verses describe the current state of the world in its entirety! It connects the reality of the Hereafter with the reality of this world, asking us to carry good manners and noble character. We struggle to be from those upon whom Allah has bestowed His Bounty: the Prophets, the Siddiqeen (Truthful), the Martyrs, and the Righteous Servants.

When this creature (Coronavirus) appeared, it made life's conditions unbearable. And then from every corner, from here and there, someone became a shaykh, another a knower and yet another a murshid. Let it be so, but within limits, and these limits are the necessity for true love of the Prophet (s).

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:

مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ صَلَاةً وَاحِدَةً صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ عَشْرًا، وَمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ عَشْرًا صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ مِائَةً، وَمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ مِائَةً كَتَبَ اللَّهُ بَيْنَ عَيْنَيْهِ: بَرَاءَةً مِنَ النِّفَاقِ، وَبَرَاءَةً مِنَ النَّارِ، وأَسْكَنَهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مَعَ الشُّهَدَاءِ. ( الطبراني في الاوسط و الجامع الصغير للسيوطي)

In the Hadith, the Prophet (s) said: “Whoever prays upon me once, Allah will pray upon them ten times. If my servant prays upon me ten times, their reward will be one hundred. If My Servant prays upon My Beloved, their reward is one thousand,” until he reached to one hundred thousand rewards, or in some narrations alf alf, one million.

We are struggling to fall within the circle of happiness, and to be from the followers of the Prophet (s) and his Ummah. For this reason, the Ummah gathered upon love of Prophet (s) and his importance. Alhamdulillah, many people have returned to what they were upon of Haqiqat al-Jadhbah, Haqiqat al-Tawajjuh, Haqiqat al-Fayd, Haqiqat al-Irshad. They all became from this type, until their bones became dry and brittle.

[These are the five latent powers in the heart of every mureed: Haqiqat al-Jadhbah (Power of Attraction of either objects or people to the Shaykh); Haqiqat al-Fayd (Power of Emanation or Outpouring of experience from the Prophet (s) through the Chain of transmission to the heart of the mureed); Haqiqat at-Tawajjuh (Power of Alignment of the Shaykh’s heart towards the mureed, and of the mureed’s towards their spiritual goal); Haqiqat at-Tawassul (Power of Connection to Divine Power and Favors through the Golden Chain); Haqiqat al-Irshad (Power of Guidance to the destination embarked upon through the Power of Connection); Haqiqat at-Tayy (Power of Folding Time and Space). (Pearls and Coral, v. 2)]

Sins have increased everywhere, so fear Allah, O servants of Allah, because dunya is perishing and Akhirah is perishing even more, and yet, there is no perishing there!

The Sahaba devoted themselves wholeheartedly and were annihilated in Prophet (s) from their love! We ask for that, and the Prophet (s) says this is the highest level of the Way. He (s) is the Master of the Ummah and the key to our path.

Today, mention of the Prophet (s) has increased by Allah's Order, because there is no salawat upon Prophet (s) in dunya or Akhirah, except with acceptance of the Ummah, and from the Ummah.

This is the Secret of Secrets from the abode of thoughts sent out in the deserts and valleys.

Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, all praise, thanks and glory to the Lord of the Universes. May Allah show us true love of the Prophet (s) and his company, and how the Sahaba remained behind their Prophet, as inshaAllah we also follow behind our Prophet (s). They asked for love, sang qasidas, and recited salawat, seeking that love.

O You Seekers of Love! We have recited qasaa'id, and read the chapters of love, and taught the people that holy love!

They don’t realize that this salawat is not only that of the Beginners, mubtadi'een, but of the Lovers, al-Muhibeen, and the Righteous Ones, as-Saaliheen, whom Allah blessed with the Prophets and with our Prophet (s). So glad tidings to those whom the Prophet (s) loves!

Ya Sayyidee, ya Rasoolullah (s)! We love and revere you, and inshaAllah we are with you in dunya and Akhirah!

Don’t think that dunya has been left: it is there, but we have left it. And Akhirah is nothing, we have left it as well, and its love. We have instead made love of the Prophet (s) our pride, and this is what the Awliya like to hear. Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb,

سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ

Sami’na wa ata’na ghufranaka Rabbana wa ilayka 'l-maseer.

We hear and we obey. (Grant us) Your forgiveness, our Lord! To You is the journey. (Surat al-Baqara. 2:285)

We hear and obey insha'Allah in love of Prophet (s).

جلس رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مع أصحابه رضي الله عنهم ، وسألهم مبتدأً بأبي بكر ماذا تحب من الدنيا ؟ فقال أبو بكر رضي الله عنه : أحب من الدنيا ثلاثا : الجلوس بين يديك ، والنظر إليك ، وإنفاق مالي عليك . وأنت يا عمر ؟ قال : أحب ثلاثا : أمر بالمعروف ولو كان سرا ، ونهي عن المنكر ولو كان جهرا ، وقول الحق ولو كان مرا . وأنت يا عثمان ؟ قال أحب ثلاثا : إطعام الطعام ، وإفشاء السلام ، والصلاة بالليل والناس نيام . وأنت يا علي ؟ قال : أحب ثلاثا : إكرام الضيف ، والصوم بالصيف ، وضرب العدو بالسيف . ثم سأل أبا ذر الغفاري : وأنت يا أبا ذر ماذا تحب في الدنيا ؟ قال أبو ذر : أحب من الدنيا ثلاثا : الجوع ، والمرض ، والموت . فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : ولِمَ ؟ فقال أبو ذر : أحب الجوع ليرق قلبي ، وأحب المرض ليخف ذنبي ، وأحب الموت لألقى ربي . فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : حب إلي من دنياكم ثلاث : الطيب ، والنساء ، وجعلت قرة عيني في الصلاة . وحينئذ تنزل جبريل عليه السلام وأقرأهم السلام وقال : وأنا أحب من دنياكم ثلاثا : تبليغ الرسالة ، وأداء الأمانة ، وحب المساكين . ثم صعد إلى السماء وتنزل مرة أخرى وقال : الله عز وجل يقرؤكم السلام ويقول : إنه يحب من دنياكم ثلاثا : لسانا ذاكرا ، وقلبا خاشعا ، وجسدا على البلاء صابراً

The Prophet (s) sat with his Companions (r) and asked them, beginning with Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r), "What do you like from this world?" and Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) answered, "I like three things from this world: to sit before you; to gaze at you; and, to spend my money for you."

"And you, O `Umar?" He answered, "I love three things from this dunya: to order the good even if it is in secret; to forbid the wrong even if loudly; and to speak a word of truth even if it be bitter."

"And you, O `Uthman?" He answered, "I love three: to give food to the hungry; to spread peace; and to pray at night when people are sleeping."

"And you O Ali?" He answered, "I love three things: to be generous with the guest; fasting in summer; and to strike the necks of the enemies with my sword."

Then Prophet (s) asked Abi Dharr al-Ghifari, "And you, O Aba Dharr, what do you love from this world?" Abu Dharr answered, "I love from this life three things: hunger, illness and death."

The Prophet (s) said, "And why?" Abu Dharr said, "I love hunger to soften my heart; I love illness to reduce my sins; and I love death because I meet my Lord."

Then the Prophet (s) said, "I was made to love three things from your dunya: perfume, women, and the coolness of my eyes is in the prayer."

At that time Jibril (a) descended and greeted them with salams and said, "And I love from your dunya three things: transmitting the Message [of Allah]; fulfilling the Trust; and love of the poor."

Then he ascended to Heavens and came down another time and said, "Allah The Glorified greets you with salams and He says that He loved three things from your dunya: a tongue which remembers Him; a heart that fears Him; and someone who is patient on difficulty to his person."

(Mentioned in Hashiyah to Imam al-Qastallani's Al-Mawaahib al-Laduniyya of ash-Shabramaalisee that this was related by Shaykh Abu Muhammad an-Nisaburi and considered weak.)


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