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Devote Yourself Single-Heartedly to the One Lord

Laylat al-Qadr

Dr. Nour Kabbani

27April 2022 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

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

Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een, wa man tabi`ahum bi-ihsaan ila yawm ad-deen wa `alaa saai'r al-anbiyaa wa ‘l-mursaleen wa ‘l-awliya wa `ibaadillahi ‘s-saaliheen wa `alayna ma’ahum ajma`een, yaa Arham ar-Rahimeen. Wa laa hawla wa laa quwwatta illa billahi 'l-`Aliyyu 'l-`Azheem.

Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, `Azeez Allah.

Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Kareem Allah.

Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, SubhaanAllah.

Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah, Sultan Allah.

Awliyaullah say that there is Jannah on Earth and if you enter them you have received the best. They are hilaaq adh-dhikr. The angels surround these groups and then they send one of them to Allah’s (swt) Divine Presence, and they say, “We have found a group of Your servants praising Your favors, reading from Your Book, making salawaat on Rasoolullah (s), and they are asking goodness for their Akhirah and their dunya.”

Allah (swt) says to that one, “Go down to them and cover them with My Mercy.”

قالَ: هُمُ الجُلَساءُ لا يَشْقَى بهِمْ جَلِيسُهُمْ.

"They are the ones who sit, and who sits with them will never experience misery or difficulty." (Sahih Bukhari)

If you want Paradise, find the malaaika that are in the majaalis adh-dhikr. They will cover you with Divine Mercy.

This place is like that. There is nothing much here otherwise. We recall Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes, and read the Holy Book that Allah sent on Rasoolullah (s), and we bring blessings on Rasoolullah (s), and we ask. Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) said, “Don't ask for rocks that we find everywhere, but ask for yaaqoot and marjaan, pearls and coral, diamonds and jewels.” Don't ask for something dunya related. How many people ask for dunya? Does dunya stay in your hand? When present in majlis adh-dhikr, what do you ask?

Yaa ayyuhal insaan, O human beings! What do you want? We have a 'laundry list' or a 'wish list' that is so long. How long can your wish list be?

Awliyaullah have said, man `araf'Allah wa `arafa qadr ni`matahu lam yaltafit ila ad-dunya, “Whoever knows Allah and knows the value of Allah's favors on him will never look (with desire) at dunya." Not only that, he will never look to universes or Akhirah. He has only one wish! Your Lord is One, your request is One, and what do you want.

قُلِ ٱللَّهُ ثُمَّ ذَرْهُمْ فِى خَوْضِهِمْ يَلْعَبُونَ

Say: "Allah!": Then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling. (6:91)

Let them play with what they are playing. You see them everywhere. The mu’min who knows qadr—the status, value, and worth of Allah's ni`mat—will not look into kawnayn, the two universes, because Allah (swt) is more important. Which mu’min and Muslim has that in their heart? Some Muslims have worse behavior than people of other religions. They have so much they want to accomplish in this world.

Why did we put the cemetery here? They say, "Six (feet) by six under six." It is not enough to bury you, but after you're buried they heap more dirt on top of you. That is the dunya you wanted, so take it.

Don’t look into dunya: you must have one wish list and that is Allah (swt)! That is what Rasoolullah (s) was about. Laylat al-Qadr doesn't only mean ''Night of Power", but it means lofty stature and status - what is your eminence and prestige, the night of prestige, and qadr also means stature not just power or destiny. That one has great honor. That one has great prestige so that is the Night of Highest Stature.

Rasoolullah (s) went to Allah's Divine Presence. He did not look to dunya nor Akhirah. He had only one wish, Allah!

Sayyidina Sulayman (a) once went out with his entourage, and you know he controlled beasts, birds, and jinn. One `abid, devoted servant of Allah, looked at him and said, yaa ibn Dawud! laqad uteeta mulkan kabeera, you have been granted a huge dominion, a huge following and huge honors. That `abid was looking at him and Sayyidina Sulayman (a) heard him. A mu’min can hear everything. If Allah (swt) wants that ear to hear, He allows that mu’min to hear everything; He opens a spiritual iPhone to them.

One tasbeeh in the scroll of the Believer is better that what the son of David was given, one dhikrullah or one tahlil. What was given to the son of David goes but at-tasbeehu tabqaa, the remembrance of Allah (swt) remains.

Your value is not by what you have and possess. Sulayman (a) gave great guidance. Your value is not by what you possess and how many followers you have, nor how much wealth you have, or by what CEO or board's member you are. Sulayman (a) said, “The value of what I have is going away.” The tasbeeh does not go away.

This is the night of stature. Did Allah (swt) show the stature of Rasoolullah (s) or not? What was the stature of Rasoolullah (s)? How do you measure your worth, O mu’min?

Sulayman (a) said worth is not measured by the number of the people behind you, because they go from place to place. How do you measure your value? It is by how close you are to Allah (swt). How close did Rasoolullah (s) get to Allah? We hear it mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Did he enter the Divine Presence with his Companions, or did he enter with his Ahlu ‘l-Bayt, with his Family or did he enter with his followers? Not even Jibreel (a) came with him. What is your importance, that is what you find out on this night. That is what's important to the mu’min. How close you are to the Lord of heavens. That is what we need to find out. How do you find that out?

Simple. Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) gave the answer: “How much Allah (swt) is close to your heart is how much you are close to Him.” How much He is close to your heart, the closer you are to Him.

The closer He is to your heart the closer you are to Him. The emptier your heart is of anything else, the closer you are to Him. When you not only leave dunya but even looking at dunya, and you leave Akhirah and looking at Akhirah and you leave all the wish lists behind except Allah then you are closest to Him. That is the measure of how close Allah (swt) is to you. Then how close is Allah swt to you? That is what is important, not what you are doing in this dunya and how many people are with you in dunya, but how much is Allah with you in your heart. So find out! How do you find out?

In Surat Yasin. Did you hear of Sahib Yasin, as mentioned by Rasoolullah (s), the one that never deviated from the right path. We read Holy Qur'an, but we don't understand. Rasoolullah (s) is showing you your path to your Lord, is in the one carrying My Name and that surah is the heart of Holy Qur'an. And there is one called Sahibu Yasin, whose name is Habib an-Najjar.

There is a Hadith from Prophet Muhammad (s): "There are three Siddiqs (Truthful): Habib al-Najjar, the Believer from the people of Yasin; Hizqil, the Believer of Pharaoh's people; and `Ali b. Abi Talib (a) who is superior to the other two."

What did Habib al-Najjar say in that will you find your way?

وَمَا لِىَ لَآ أَعْبُدُ ٱلَّذِى فَطَرَنِى وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ.

“[As for me,] why should I not worship Him who has brought me into being, and to whom you all will be brought back? ( 36:22)

“Why don't I worship The One who started me and to Him I will return.” Who started you? Was it oil, gas, money? Why don't I worship The One Who created me and at the end we go back to Him?

ءَأَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِهِۦٓ ءَالِهَةً إِن يُرِدْنِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ بِضُرٍّ لَّا تُغْنِ عَنِّى شَفَـٰعَتُهُمْ شَيْـًٔا وَلَا يُنقِذُونِ

Should I take to worship­ping [other] deities beside Him? [But then] if The Most Gracious wills that harm befalls me, their intercession could not in the least avail me, nor could they save me. (36:23)

Do I take others besides Him? Have you taken dunya as other beside Him? Have you taken love of cars, mansions, vacations, food, of this and of that. Huge wish lists? All of these you seek besides Allah (swt). That is the True Path of Sahibu Yasin. Why do I take others as partners beside my Lord.

بِمَا غَفَرَ لِى رَبِّى وَجَعَلَنِى مِنَ ٱلْمُكْرَمِينَ

How my Sustainer has forgiven me [the sins of my past], and has placed me among the honored ones!” (36:23)

That is your qadr: to be of the Honored Ones. Laylat al-Qadr is not only about Rasoolullah (s) going to the Divine Presence and receiving the Holy Qur'an. Yes, RasulAllah (s) received the Holy Qur'an on that holy night, as well he (s) went for Mi`raj, but it is not only about that, but it is about following him (s).

Who do you follow in Surah Yasin? Sahibu Yasin.

Why did He call him 'Sahibu Yasin', the true companion is Yasin. The true companion of Rasoolullah (s) is the one who only fills his heart with Allah (swt) and empties his heart from everything other than Allah.

If you are doing that, continue, and if you have not done that, then start. How much Allah is close to you that is how close you are to Allah and how much Allah is important to you is how important you are to Him. How important was Allah (swt) to Rasoolullah (s) ? He did not see anything but Him (swt). They say he (s) was in istighraaq, deep, deep, deep drowning. When he was brought back to dunya to talk with the Companions he would say, istaghfirullah, because he was coming back from kamaal, perfection, to nuqsaan, a deficient state. When He was in the Divine Presence He was in kamaal, perfection, and therefore he said, “For that reason I make istighfaar.” When he was among people veils came down, because he had to be with people in order to deliver the Risalah, the Divine Message, and he would say, “O Allah, cover my heart with your Light.” That was his goal to reach nothing but Allah.

He reached all the way for that was his qadr, destiny.

On Laylat al-Qadr insha-Allah we can all follow and find our way back to Him. It is simple: follow Sahibu Yasin. Ask yourself, “Why don't I worship the one who started me, and after that I go back to Him, and why do I run after others besides Him?” If you do, you are missing the way of Rasoolullah (s). If you are on that way you are Sahibu Yasin and he will guide you as you are his Ummah. You are his Ummah and you have not left holding your hand.

One tasbeeh is better than the value of the mulk, the dominion of King Sulayman (a) and you will never reach what Sulayman (as) reached. He said, "one tasbeeha is more valuable than what I was given. That means this whole dunya." and you will never reach what sulayman reached. He reached the highest form of control over this world. How much can you reach, O CEO, O politicians running after elections? How much can you reach? You can only reach the ones that are alive, not the dead. You can only reach them for a temporary time, not unlimited. You, O CEO can only reach the ones under you. You are limited.

So seek the majlis of dhikrullah. See where people are sitting making dhikrullah and come there. That is better for you than all the wealth of this world, which has no value.

That is the way of Rasoolullah (s). He did not come to tell you to work for dunya. He told you come and follow me and have only Allah swt in your heart. Ins h we are on that way. Empty your heart of everything else. Try your best to be Sahibu Yaseen. Try your best to be from three Siddiqiyoon: 1) Sahib Yaseen, 2) Mu'min Aali Firawn Hizqil, and 3) Sayyidina `Ali (r). They to follow their way through Holy Qur'an and Sunnah. May Allah (swt) make us from them.

So you are in the best of places. Whatever is outside is not important, but whatever is here is very important.

May Allah (swt) fill His light in our hearts and may He open the locks of our hearts and infuse His Beautiful Lights and infuse the beautiful scents of Jannah in our hearts and reach salaam with Rasoolullah (s). Insha-Allah we will.

As much as you can this night, try to worship and try to bring prayers on the Prophet (s) salaat `alaa an-Nabi (s), and try to read from the Book of Allah, al-Quran al-Kareem, try to make dhikr and tasbeeh and remain in prayer, and Allah (swt) will open to your heart from His eternal treasuries!

Bi-hurmatil-habeeb bi-hurmatil-fatiha. Ameen ya Rabbi 'l-`alameen.


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