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Dhikr that is Very Heavy in the Scale

Ramadan Series, Vol 13

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

18 June 2016 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

`Asr Suhbah (2)

If we think a little bit about the Prophet (s) is mentioning that Hadith, “Kalimatan, two words are very light on our tongues.”

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)

Look at Allah’s Mercy: when you praise Him He gives you everything. Allah loves the `abd who praises Him by always saying, “Alhamdulillah, shukran lillah, Allahu Akbar” and who makes salawaat on His Prophet (s).

وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا

If they had only, when they were unjust (oppressor) to themselves, come to you and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisaa, 4:64)

Everyone knows that we have to come to Prophet (s) in every `amal, because we are zhaalim, an oppressor on every `amal we do, we are not doing it perfectly. Wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum, “When they are oppressing themselves,” “themselves” here means oppressing the `amal they are doing. When we say, “Allahu Akbar” and enter in prayer, how many gossips and bad thoughts come to our ears? We are making a soup of our prayers, but it’s accepted. Allah’s Mercy accepts it and gives us rewards but we have to admit that we are zhaalim to our `amal, and that we need to go to Prophet (s). One day the Sahaabah (r) did something and Prophet was not happy, Allah was not happy with four of them. They had to come to Prophet (s) to apologise and make istighfaar in his presence and that khitaab. When the Qur’an says something it’s not only for Sahaabah, it’s for the whole Ummah and the whole universe! He said, wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum, “If they had only, when they were unjust (oppressor) to themselves….”

Zhulm an-nafs ay ishraak shay’an aakhar ma` Allah `Azza wa Jall wa nafsuna daa’iman tureed an takun shareekan li ‘Llah `Azza wa Jall, our ego always wants to be partners with Allah (swt). That’s why Prophet (s) mentioned ash-shirk al-khafiyy; who would know about it if Prophet (s) did not mention it? By ‘shirk’ we understand we are mushrikoon, those who associate someone with Allah (swt), but we say, “No, we are ghayr mushrik,” although Prophet (s) said, “No, you are; there is ash-shirk al-khafiyy.” It’s your desires, ego, bad nafs that push you to do something, push you to say, Anaa, anaa, al-anaaniyya, al-ana, “I am, I can do that, I did that, I got that,” while in reality, Allah did that!

When we oppress ourselves, where must we go? To Prophet (s), jaa’ooka f ’astaghfaroollaaha, “They come to you, they ask forgiveness from Allah (swt).” It is still not accepted, it’s still in preliminary stages and needs Prophet’s Seal to be accepted. W’astaghfara lahumu ‘r-rasoolu la-wajadoo ’Llaaha, “And when Prophet (s) makes istighfaar for them, they will find Allah (swt) tawwaaba ‘r-raheemah.”

Now we will read the ayah in the same way, but will stop in another place: Wa law annahum izh-zhalamoo anfusahum jaa’ooka f’astaghfaroollaaha w’astaghfara lahumu ‘r-rasoolu la-wajadoo ’Llaah!

Yumkin laka hasab darajat al-`abd ru’yat maa lam yarawhu ahad, anwaaru ‘l-Haqq `Azza wa Jall tatajalla `alayh, bi ‘stighfaar ar-rasool la-wajadoo ’Llaah! That’s everyone goal: ilaahee Anta Maqsoodi wa ridaaka matloobee, “Yaa Rabbee, You are my goal, to reach You, for You to be happy with me is my concern, this is what I want, that You be happy with me.” How is Allah happy with you? You find Him. How to find Him? You need istighfaar ar-Rasool; your istighfaar is not enough, it is a mixed soup! When you see something wrong on the street, naked men and women, and you say ‘astaghfirullah,’ but still you look. Can anyone deny that? Men and women. You can not walk down the street without seeing that. Sahaabah (r) did `itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan in order to only to see Prophet (s), no one else. Awliyaullah enter seclusion, either `itikaf or khalwah, in order to see nothing but Prophet (s) and Anwaarullah `Azza wa Jall. They are the Maqsood al-Awliya, to whom Allah taught:

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ

If you thank Me, I will give you more. (Surah Ibraaheem, 14:7)

أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Behold! Verily on the Friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Surah Yunus, 10:62)

“Ask Me, I give you. My Awliyaullah have nothing to fear or be sad about, for what? I will give them what they want.”

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ

Have We not expanded for you your breast? And We removed from you your burden that weighed so heavily on your back. And We have elevated your remembrance! (Surat ash-Sharh, 94:1-4)

“What you want I am giving you and your Ummah, yaa Rasoolullah.” Allah is giving, but you have to put into your mind, O Muslims of Ahlu ‘s-Sunnah Wa ‘l-Jama`ah and Ummat al-Imaan wa ‘l-Islam around the world, is that Prophet is the one that we can lean on on the Day of Judgement. Huwa ‘sh-Shaf`ee’, he is the one that intercede for us! Allah is giving you a recipe to make soup: “Two words are very light on the tongue, but heavy on the Scale.”

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.”

‘Heavy’ means there are no limits, its weight is limitless! If your bad `amal is heavy, these two words are heavier; they will be heavier when the angels put your bad `amal on the scale. Your good `amal, reciting, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi SubhanAllahi l-‘Azheem” once in your life is enough to erase all your sins in dunya! That’s why it is necessary to praise Allah (swt), wa la in shakartum la-azeedannakum, to, “Always be thankful to Me and I will give you more!” Yaa Rabbee, we don’t know how to be thankful to You except by saying, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem, astaghfirullah.”

Bi hurmati ‘l-habeeb, bi hurmati ‘l-Fatihah.


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