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Competition in Building High Rises

Signs of the Last Days, Part 2

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

5 March 2016 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan (1)

[Series source text: السنن الواردة في الفتن وغوائلها والساعة وأشراطها As-Sunan al-Waridah Fi ‘l-Fitani wa Ghawaali’ihaa wa ‘s-Saa`ati wa Ashraatihaa, by `Uthman bin Sa`eed al-Muqri ad-Daani; research and Hadith authentication by Dr. Ridaaullah bin Muhammad Idris Mubarakfuri; published by Daar al-`Aasima, Riyadh. Originally published 444 Hijri.]

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.

Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,

nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta`ala al-`Azheem fee hadha '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)

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان فى الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم

There are two words that are very easy to say, yet very heavy on the Scale, most beloved to The Merciful, “SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Today we begin a series of `alamaat us-sa`ah. We said that Allah (swt) sent His Messenger, Sayyidina Muhammad (s), about whom He said:

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

(O Muhammad!) We have sent you not except as a Mercy for all the Worlds. (Surat al-Anbiyaa, 21:107)

Anyone who has lived, whoever came to dunya from the time of the Prophet (s) all the way to the Day of Judgement is Ummat an-Nabi (s). Some accepted, they are Ummat at-Ijaaba, they are Muslim, they believe in Prophet (s). Others ignored and did not accept, they are not Muslim, but Prophet (s) came as da`wa for everyone, so whoever he called to Islam but they didn’t yet come are Ummat at-Da`wa and Allah can guide them.

وَيَقُولُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْلَا أُنزِلَ عَلَيْهِ آيَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ ۗ إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُنذِرٌ ۖ وَلِكُلِّ قَوْمٍ هَادٍ

Those who disbelieve say, “If only a sign from his Lord were revealed to him.” You are nothing but a warner and to every nation there is a guide. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 13:7)

Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the Guide for Humanity from Adam (a) up to the Day of Judgement and he (s) said:

آدم ومن دونه تحت لواي يوم القيامة

Adam and who is under Adam is under my flag on Judgment Day. (Tirmidhi)

أنا سيد ولد آدم ولا فخر

I am the Master of the Children of Adam and I say this with no pride. (Musnad Ahmad)

For anyone to say that this or that is going to happen, they need to be trustworthy and there was no one more trustworthy than Prophet (s). From their trustworthiness, Awliyaullah are drinking the milk, inheriting from Prophet (s), but he is the Trustworthy One whom Allah (swt) dressed with As-Saadiq al-Masdooq, “The One Who says the Truth” and confirmed that he is trustworthy, meaning whatever he says is correct. When Prophet (s) told Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) he went for Israa’ wa 'l-Mi`raaj, without hesitation or doubt Sayyidina Abu Bakr replied, “Sadaqta yaa Rasoolullah! Say what you want to say, I believe you!” That is why he is called ‘as-Siddiq,’ he accepted everything from Prophet (s).

Today people try to defame Prophet (s) by ignoring his Ahadeeth. There is a group of people who say, “We don’t follow Hadith, we only follow Qur’an,” although Allah (swt) said in the Holy Qur’an:

وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَى

Nor does he say (anything) of (his own) desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him.

(Surat an-Najm, 53:3-4)

If it is not wahiyy, he doesn’t speak, nor does he ever speak from desire or ego because he has no ego! Allah (swt) said:

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِي

You are of the most exalted character. (Surat al-Qalam, 68:4)

So Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) immediately said, “Sadaqta yaa Rasoolullah!” he didn’t even try to think about it, although Prophet (s) said about Sayyidina `Umar (r):

لو كان بعدي نبي لكان عمر

If there were to be a prophet after me, it would have been `Umar. (Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (s) gave Sayyidina `Umar (r) a high level although he questioned, and Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) did not. Who can be like Abu Bakr Siddiq (r) today? Sayyidina `Umar questioned for an instant. Today they zoom into Hadith so deep, but in universities students are taught to criticize the author, they have to do that, they question every Hadith of Prophet (s) and that's not adab! There is no resemblance between Holy Qur’an and Sahih al-Bukhari, you cannot compare them! Holy Qur’an is Allah’s Words and Hadith is Prophet's (s) words, but they brought them down, including Sahih al-Bukhari, they deleted this or that, thinking they are making it more academic. There is no academics in Islam! In Shari`ah this is Imaan al-Ghayb, Faith in the Unseen. If a Hadith came from Prophet (s), the adab is to say, “Yes!” Don't argue! The example is when Sayyidina `Umar (r) said to the Hajaru ‘l-Aswad, the Black Stone:

إنّـي اعلم أنّك حجر لا تضرّ ولا تنفع ولولا أنّـي رأيت النبي يقبلّك ما قبلتك.

I know that you are stone that cannot harm or benefit and if I had not seen the Prophet (s) kiss you, I would not have kissed you. (Bukhari)

That is true; Sayyidina `Umar (r) understood our hearts, that some people might say that, so he said it publicly to teach us a lesson, for Sayyidina `Ali (r) to explain it; had Sayyidina `Umar (r) not said that, Sayyidina `Ali (r) would have never said, “How is that so, O Ibn al-Khattab? By Allah, He will resurrect it on the Day of Judgment and it will have a tongue and lips and will be a witness to whomever was loyal to it.”

Or in another riwayah:

انْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي الْحَجَرِ : " وَاللَّهِ لَيَبْعَثَنَّهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ لَهُ عَيْنَانِ يُبْصِرُ بِهِمَا ، وَلِسَانٌ يَنْطِقُ بِهِ يَشْهَدُ عَلَى مَنِ اسْتَلَمَهُ بِحَقٍّ "

Ibn `Abbas (r) said the Prophet (s) said, “By Allah, He will send it forth on the Day of Judgment possessing two eyes by which it sees and a tongue with which it speaks and it will bear witness on whoever greeted with Truth.” (Tirmidhi, Abu Nu`aym al-Isfahani, Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal)

Sayyidina `Ali (a) said, “Wait, wait, yaa `Umar! Don’t say that! That stone will come on the Day of Judgement and witness that you kissed that reality, that secret Allah put there that people are dying to reach. It will intercede for you and your children!" It is not dead, like the pebbles that made tasbeeh in the hands of Prophet (s): he put them in the hands of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) they made tasbeeh, then he put them in the hands of `Umar (r) and `Uthman (r) and they made tasbeeh, which is a sign of khilafah. He then placed the pebbles in the hands of the other Sahaabah (r) and the tasbeeh stopped, so the way was open through those four and no one can reach the faith of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r).

عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه قال: أمرنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يوما أن نتصدق، فوافق ذلك مالا عندي، فقلت: اليوم أسبق أبا بكر إن سبقته يوما، فجئت بنصف مالي، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما أبقيت لأهلك؟ فقلت: مثله، وأتى أبو بكر بكل ما عنده، فقال يا أبا بكر: ما أبقيت لأهلك؟ فقال: أبقيت لهم الله ورسوله، فقلت: لا أسابقك إلى شيء أبدا

`Umar ibn al-Khattab (r) said: One day the Messenger of Allah (s) ordered us to give charity. At that time, I had wealth so I said, “Today I will beat Abu Bakr if I am going to do at all,” So I brought half of my wealth and the Messenger of Allah (s) said, “What have you left for your family?” I said, “The equivalent amount.” Then Abu Bakr came with all of he owned. The Prophet said, “What have you left for your family?” He said, “I left Allah and His Messenger.” Then I said, “I will never again compete with him in anything.” (Tirmidhi)

When Prophet (s) asked the Sahaabah (r) to bring sadaqah to defend Madinah from an attacking army, he asked Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r), “What did you leave for your family?” He said, “I left Allah and You!” He asked Sayyidina `Umar (r), “What did you leave for your family?” Sayyidina `Umar said, “I left half.” Prophet (s) said, “Your imaan is half of Abu Bakr's imaan.” Although they both had high levels of imaan, we hope we may be dust on their shoes, but this Hadith distinguishes them, although Prophet (s) loved them all. Sayyidina Abu Bakr said, “You spoke the truth, yaa Rasoolullah.”

You have to accept whatever Prophet (s) says! When Grandshaykh taught scholars, “Don’t ignore a Hadith even if you think there is a problem with it. You should like it, take it and say, “Sadaqta, yaa Rasoolullah.” If you feel there is problem according to your analysis, leave it and don't argue, perhaps it's correct, how do you know? Keep limits. Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi (q) said in his Tafseer Surat al-`Asr, ‘The Century,’ as mentioned in Ruh al-Bayaan by Isma`il Hakki: “Wa ‘l-`Asr, Allah is giving an oath by the century, Salat al-`Asr, by 100 years or by the age of Prophet (s), 63 years.” For Awliyaullah, “century” is from the Prophet’s birth until he left this dunya, 63 years. One time, Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi (q) saw Prophet (s) in a dream and no one can deny that. Imam Bukhari saw Prophet every day in a dream when he would check Hadiths and Prophet (s) advised him in which chapters to put them. Awliya have this from Prophet (s)!

بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ

No, they live, finding their sustenance provided in the Presence of their Lord. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:169)

From this we understand Awliyaullah can speak with Prophet (s). So Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi asked Prophet (s) in his dream, “Yaa Rasoolullah, did you mention that Hadith?” and Prophet (s) answered, “Yes, that is a true Hadith.” Today, people like to collect ijaaza and they must go through big scholars. That is isnaad for the people: they believe what that scholar said because he is trustworthy, especially among the Ba`Alawi as they have Awliya in their countries and among themselves, so they ask their shaykh about a Hadith and take it through its isnaad from one shaykh in their Golden Chain to another and confirm it.

What then do you think about someone directly asking Prophet (s) and listening from him? Prophet (s) doesn't say anything from his desire, but it is wahiyy, Divine Revelation. For example, that Hadith from Sayyidina `Umar (r) is mentioned in many different ways, but this is a short one:

قال فأخبرني عن الساعة قال ما المسؤول عنها بأعلم من السائل قال فأخبرني عن أماراتها قال أن تلد الأمة ربتها و أن ترى الحفاة العراة العالة رعاء الشاء يتطاولون في البنيان

He (Jibreel) said, “Inform me about the Hour.” The Prophet (s) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Inform me about the signs of its coming.” Said the Prophet (s), “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress, and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman of sheep arrogantly building high buildings.”

(Muslim, Bukhari and others)

Because in the time of Prophet (s) 1400 years ago, or 500, 300 or 100 years ago, there was no such thing, their buildings consisted of one or two floors, the maximum was up to three floors or else you are disrespecting al-`uloow, the height, which is for Allah, Al-`Aliyy al-`Azheem! So in the Sunnah is that you cannot build higher than three storeys. No one expected it when the Prophet (s) said. “The Day of Judgement will not come until people will compete in building high rises.” Who could imagine that today they would build 100 floors, above the clouds, yet Prophet (s) said it 1400 years ago. How did he get it? It's not wahiyy? It's mentioned it detail in the question Jibreel (a) asked Prophet (s) when he came to him, which is proof that the Prophet (s) said the truth. No one can bring such a thing, to say something like that 1400 years ago, no way! No one can say it and the Hadith of Prophet, yatataawaloona fi ‘l-bunyaan, went from one generation to another until it was recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and people took it as a Sign of the Last Days and they were looking but no one was building like that until it happened now! The first one was the Empire State Building in New York, which is nearly 100 years old, and 1300 years ago no one knew something like this was going to happen, but Prophet (s) said it will.

إنها نبوة ورحمة , ثم خلافة ورحمة, ثم ملك عضوض , ثم جبرية , ثم طواغيت

It is prophecy and mercy, then the caliphate and mercy, then tormenting dynasties, then compulsion, then tyrants. (Ahmad)

Anas (r) said it also in another way, that Prophet (s) said, “Innahaa nubuwwa wa rahmah.” When asked about one of the Signs of the Last Days, he said, “The first of it is a prophecy and a mercy,” with the appearance of Prophet (s) is the end of dunya. It begins with him, `alamat us-sa`at, the Sign of the Last Days is the coming of the Prophet (s). It wasn’t Sayyidina Musa, Sayyidina `Isa, Sayyidina Nuh, Sayyidina Ibrahim or Sayyidina Adam (a), no. Iqtarabat as-sa`ata w ’anshaqq al-qamar was with Prophet (s). Allah (swt) mentioned in the Holy Qur’an:

اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ

The Hour (of Judgment) approached and the moon split. (Surat al-Qamar, 54:1)

The Day of Judgement is so near now; that is why he said, “Innaha nubuwwa wa rahma,” meaning with the time of Prophet’s (s) appearance, his birth, because he is Rahmatan li ’l-`Aalameen, it is not after 40 years, his appearance is rahmah, so from his birth he has been known as Rahmatan li ’l-`Aalameen, that's why he was known as al-Ameen, The Trustworthy One. When the tribes were rebuilding the Ka`bah and brought the Black Stone to be restored there, the 41 tribes began to fight as to who will be the one to put the Black Stone in its place. So they began to argue, not like today when the one with a machine gun takes the lead and they threaten you with death, not with words! Your word is enough, you don’t need to kill. So they argued and finally agreed to accept the decision of the first person to enter from outside the Ka`bah.

When they saw Prophet (s) coming, although he had not yet declared his message, they were very happy and said, “We trust him, he is the Trustworthy One.” The unbelievers trusted him! He told them to put the Black Stone in a blanket or sheet and each tribe held a corner of it and he placed it with his own hands, then everyone was happy. So nubuwwa and rahmah, rahmah here means “peace,” he brought peace between the tribes, he brought them together and built them with a new education, Shari`ah, which until today is the main education people like to study. After that, he said that there will be khilafah, thumma khilaafah wa rahmah, “With khilaafah there is rahmah,” mercy. Without khilafah, mercy will be taken away. So with nubuwwa there is rahmah, then khilafah and rahmah, then mulkun `adood aw malikun `adood, the time kings, such as Umara’a al-Ummuwayyin wa ‘l-`Abbasiyyin and Mulook al-Uthmaniyyin, the dynasties, which is the period of kings, which, like khilafah, were also after their own desires, then will come tyrants. In another Hadith, Sahaabah (r) asked Prophet (s) if the Hour would come after him, and he (s) said:

سيكون من بعدي خلفاء ومن بعد الخلفاء أمراء ومن بعد الأمراء ملوك ومن بعد الملوك جبابرة

After the there will be caliphs, and after the caliphs there will be princes, and after the princes there will be kings, and after the kings there will be tyrants. (Tabarani)

So first we have khilafah, then umara’a (the Abbasiyyin), then al-mulook (the Uthmaniyyin), then the kings, which are very few, and then jabaabira, tyrants. We are at the end now, in the Signs of the Last Days that Prophet (s) mentioned 1400 years ago.

يدرس الإسلام كما يدرس وشي الثوب ، حتى لا يدرى ما صيام ولا صلاة ولا نسك ولا صدقة، وليسرى على كتاب الله في ليلة فلا يبقى في الأرض منه آية ، وتبقى طوائف من الناس، الشيخ الكبير والعجوز، يقولون : أدركنا آباءنا على هذه الكلمة : لا إله إلا الله، وهم لا يدرون ما صلاة ولا صيام ولا نسك ولا صدقة، فأعرض عنه حذيفة ، ثم ردها عليه ثلاثا، كل ذلك يعرض عنه حذيفة ، ثم أقبل عليه في الثالثة ، فقال : " يا صلة تنجيهم من النار -ثلاثاً-"

(Ibn Majah)

This means that Islam will be completely gone, flattened, extinct, like today everyone is cursing Islam. How many Muslims are there in the world? 1.6 billion. The rest of the 4 billion try to demolish Islam. Hatta laa tu`arafu salaatun wa laa siyaamun, “Until it will reach its maximum point where no one will recognize praying and fasting.” Who is recognizing salaat today? Very few people, and if you want to check the real salaat, not the salaat like a rooster, pecking his head on the floor, which Prophet (s) prohibited in prayer. When we pray individually it must be slowly and nicely (with intention, purpose). When you lead the prayer as imam, don't make the prayer long because there are children and elderly people behind you who might need to use the bathroom, or who are sick or have knee problems, but the imam is reciting one juz! Prophet (s) made us pay attention to that: don't make the ruku` and qiyaam long because Shaytan will come in the jama`ah, which is the easiest way for him to come. When you are praying alone and Shaytan comes while you are in qiyaam go to ruku`, when you are in ruku` and Shaytan comes go to qiyaam, keep playing with him! But praying behind an imam who recites Surat al-Baqarah, so long, Shaytan will easily play with the congregation.

Why did Imam Shafi`i (r) say that you have to recite behind the imam? Because he realized that there is a problem. When you stay quiet behind the imam and don’t recite, as in other madhaahib, Shaytan will come and you will stop focusing and follow your thoughts, your mind will wander, you think about “After I finish my prayer I have to do this and this,” and you lost your prayer! So don't be too long or too short in the prayer, be moderate. When you are alone you can read as much as you can, it's no problem.

Adrakoona man qablinaa yaqooloon laa ilaha illAllah. He said, “They will no longer know about siyaam, salaah and various other conditions in Shari`ah. They will say, ‘We heard that some people came before us.’ They will be the old men, shuyookh, illa baqiya min shaykhin kabeer wa `ajooz.”

You go to them and they will say, “Yes my son, there used to be people saying ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Llah.’” It will even be to that extent! There is coming a time where you will be afraid to say “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah” and some don't want to hear the adhaan. In Arab and some other countries, at Fajr time they lower the volume of the adhaan from the minarets, it’s very quiet, because they say that it disturbs the neighbors, it is to that extent, meaning, they are putting down ‘laa ilaaha illa-Llah’! Is it not from the Signs of the Last Days? May Allah (swt) forgive us!

And they asked, “If they don't know siyaam or salaat, how is saying ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Llaah’ going to benefit them?” Prophet (s) said, “It will save them from Hellfire!” So say “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah!” It is our ticket to Paradise, inshaa-Allah! We will examine different Ahadeeth on the Signs of the Last Days. This book, As-Sunan al-Waridah Fi ‘l-Fitani wa Ghawali’iha wa ‘s-Saa`ati wa Ashraatiha, Diraasa wa Tahqeeq by Dr. Ridaullah bin Muhammad Idris Mubarakfuri, and published in Riyaad, in Najd, but was originally compiled a thousand years ago and contains Ahadeeth of the Signs of the Last Days, so they cannot deny this book as it is printed there.

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


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