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Greatness of Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad (saw)

Khutbat al-Jumu`ah

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

April 21, 2006 | ASIM

Sayyidina `Isa (as) came to a civilization in Bayt al-Maqdis. Sayyidina Musa (as) came to a civilization in the land he lived, in Egypt. But Sayyidina Muhammad, Allah said, I am going to make his name on every tongue. That is why Allah swt said, inna aataynak al-kawthar: O Muhammad (s), We have give you a lot.

Al-Kawthar is from al-katheer, that is too much or a lot. And Kawthar is a river in paradise with no beginning and no end. Its cups around it are made from pearls, its shores are made from gold and its xxx are made from diamonds. Its water is perfectly clear like a diamond and so clear. Anyone drinks a cup from it or a sip will be dressed with the manifestations of Allah’s beautiful Names and Attributes. And Kawthar was given for eternal life to anyone drinks from it.

And that Kawthar is a message, the message that is continuous forever in dunya and akhira. The way of Gnosticism that, the way of marifah.

Allah brought him from a place no water, desert everywhere you look and he brought that huge message: inna ad-deena ind-Allahi al-islam.

Say. Muhammad (s), Allah has sent him inna arsalnaaka shahidan wa mubashiran wa nadheeran.

We have sent you O Muhammad (s), as a witness, to witness on everything. Someone who is witnessing will give you guidance. “We have sent you as a witness!” A teacher is a witness on his students, what they are doing. If he sees something wrong he will correct them.

Allah sent Sayyidina Muhammad (s) as a witness. He is seeing and witnessing everything that we are doing. Allah gave him that power, shahidan.

It means a witness is a guide - if he sees anything wrong he will correct any mistakes. That is why Allah said w`allamoo anna feekum rasulullah. Know that the light of Muhammad (s) is in you - it will guide you to what is right and what is wrong. His presence is with us. It is with us since Allah swt sent him wa ma arsalanaaka illa rahmatan lil-`alameen.

Sent when? There is no limit or restriction on sending. It means we have sent you to earth. We have sent that light that was in forehead of Adam (as), that went to the forehead of Sayyidina Nuh (as) that went to the forehead of Sayyidina Ibrahim (as), that went to Sayyidina Musa (as)’s forehead that went to Sayyidina `Isa (as)’s forehead. With all these Prophet the light of the Prophet was there. Because Allah said, if Muhammad (s) comes, all these Prophets will be from your ummah. They were taking from his knowledge. That is why he said, Adam (as) wa man dunahu tahta liwaee yawma al-qiyama. Adam (as) and whoever is other than him are under my flag on the Day of Judgment.

That light was passing through all the Prophets until it reached his father Abdullah (as) and finally passing to the womb of Sayyida Amina (as). There was a relative of Amina and he was hoping to be husband to Amina. One day he stopped asking her to be his wife. They asked him why? He said I saw that that light had transferred from Abdullah (as) to the womb of Sayyida Amina (as) [i.e. she had gotten married, and that light shone forth]

People are happy when they have a child. They celebrate from the day of birth. Why we are not happy with say. Muhammad (s)’s birth? With his birth Islam came. With his birth light came. With his birth mercy came. With his birth knowledge came.

O Muslims! Be happy with the birth of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Rejoice in what Allah has given us. Be happy in his mercy because Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the mercy. He is the mercy for everyone. Allah has granted him and gifted him gifts that he has not given to anyone.

He has gifted him different levels and al-Aala`ee in his tafsir of Surat an-Najm, when Allah called Sayyidina Muhammad (s) to night of ascension, he said that Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in that night of Isra and Mir`aj had five different vehicles. The first vehicle that Allah swt has sent to say. Muhammad (s) to come to Bayt al-Maqdis wa the Buraq, that heavenly creature that carried say. Muhammad (s) from Makkah to Bayt al-Maqdis, Jerusalem.

The 2nd vehicle was from the sama ad-dunya, the first level of the atmosphere, up thru the Buraq. That was a different one form the first one. That is why it is called a Mir`aj. The Mir`aj is a certain heavenly creature that carried the Prophet in his Mir`aj, going to heavens.

The 3rd vehicle, to the seventh paradise where the wings of the angels.

The 4th vehicle was the wing of Sayyidina Jibreel, and Sayyidina Jibreel has 600 wings and he has opened them all and carried say. Muhammad (s). With Sayyidina Jibreel he landed in sidrat al-muntaha. And the 5th was the Rafraf which always making a noise took him to qaaba qawsayni aw adna.

O Muslims! Allah has granted to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in qaaba qawsayni the writing of the pens, and that is the pens that are writing all that human beings are doing, by angels. Then he reached the highest level, which is `Arsh Allah and that is where he made sajda. That was qaaba qawsayn. That is where Allah gave Sayyidina Muhammad (s), where he gave him something from the ‘a lot’ that is the Kawthar.

Allah to whom he sent a physical vehicle? To no one. He sent to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) 5 different vehicles to reach from one level to another level. Allah has granted him and given him something that he gave no one else. So we must be happy that he is our Prophet that we believed in him and that we followed his footsteps.

Anyone who follows in the footsteps of the Prophet Allah will love him, as Allah said, in kuntum tuhiboon-Allah fatabi`oonee yuhbibkumullah.

We are still in the month of the Prophet, the month of happiness, the month in which the Prophet was born, Rabi` al-awwal. May Allah make every month Rabi` al-awwal, and make every night the birth night of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). May Allah forgive us for the sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

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