Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Salaam alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
Please be seated
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
Alhamdulillahi rabbil-alameen was-salaat was-salaam ala ashrafil-`alameena Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallim,
O brothers and sisters may Allah bless you all. It is an honor for me to be here today with Shaykh Suleymani, and Dr. Abdus-Salaam from Palestine and Shaykh Irfan Chisti. May Allah give to Shaykh Suleymani and the board to keep running this mosque on love of Sayyidina Muhammad .
I have to ask you that If you didn’t fill these papers you can fill them and give to us before you go out so we can arrange and call you to events.
Mawlana Shaykh has asked me and his asking to me is like an order to come to London frequently and to look after his students.
The topic I cannot speak about most is to speak about the Prophet . you can speak about any topic, such as discussing hadith and Tafsir, but when it comes to showing our love and the respect to our prophet, I feel my tongue is frozen. Because it is not an easy subject to say what we don’t experience.
To say as professor Dr. Abdul Salaam just mentioned how you love your son and your leader by saying salam day after one day. The feeling of love is not easy and the feeling that takes over your heart and possesses and to become honored by the, light Nuri Muhammad , is not something so simple that needs a lot of work. The Prophet has built up his Sahaba on that. We need builders, we need contractors, we need machineries we need all kind of wirings, we need all kinds of vehicles in order to be able to connect ourselves with this huge contractor that can contract to build us up in every dimension of our lives.
Wiring is not so easy, if you want that energy, that light, you need an electrician to come or an engineer to come and wire the whole system or it will burn everything it will not work. Our whole body has been wired by wires, by veins and capillaries and arteries. If you add them together these arteries and capillaries and veins make millions of millions of miles in order to understand Allah swt and understand the greatness of Sayyidina Muhammad .
That is why Imam al-Busayri was unable to describe the description of the Prophet greatness. Huwa basharun wa laysa kal-bashari - He is a human being but he is not like human beings. He is the original and we are the copy. We are photocopying machine making copies. And it is good to be copies as they are not responsible. He is the original he is responsible. That is why he said, shafa`atee li ahl al-kabair min ummatee. So we are not responsible we and all scholars in all centuries are like an ant in front of a lion.
But Allah said `amaloo. Do. So we must do. So we have to know is the wring working or not working.
Allah said in Holy Qur'an:
هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ
hal yastawoon alladheena ya`lamoona walladheen la ya`lamoon - are those who know the same as those who know? [39:9]
What is the different between those who know and those who don’t know. What are these two groups? Those who know are whom? Are they scientists? are they professors, doctors, Nobel prizes’ people or are they scholars, or they are ulama are those who are eyes are opened..?
Allah gave that responsibility to Muhammad who is basharun wa laysa kal-bashari. How he went for Isra wa Mi’raj with this body. Did anyone check his body. How can we express… who saw his body, as scientists of today were able to check the body of the Prophet . that is why Muhammad al-Busayri is amazed and cannot express it very well he wants to express out of his love to Sayyidina Muhammad how the Prophet went for Mi’raj. We can understand how he went from Mecca to Madina and to masjid al-aqsaa some scholars say he went to Madina as well.
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ
Subhan-alladhee asra bi `abdihi laylan min al-masjid al-haraam il al-masjid al-aqsa alladhee barakna hawlahu li-nuriyahu min ayaatina innahu huwa as-samee`ul-baseer
Glory be to He who transported His servant by night from the Inviolable House of Worship [at Mecca] to the Remote House of Worship [,at Jerusalem] - the environs of which We had blessed -so that We might show him some of Our symbols: for, verily, He alone is all-hearing, all-seeing. [17:1]
That we can understand. But can you go in space. You cannot go with very complicated machine. What Allah gave to him he was able to move beyond this universe. The creator is Allah swt cannot give direction or space on these issues. These issues we don’t open. But we know the Prophet was able to reach where no one reached. Not using any kind of machinery like they use to go to Mars today. And it has to go in a speed that it takes 3-4 years to reach mars and 3-4 years to return and that might be nearer than sun, where sun is 60 million miles and mars is shorter distance and going and coming needs 8 years.
Yet the Prophet ….
Today they call us extremist and radical but we are the ones who extend our hand to everyone. Love of the Prophet will take extremism from ourselves. Those extreme ideas that some Muslim are going deep into it.
Not to thinks as something from outside.
One sahabi, Sayyidina `Umar (r), he asked about Sayyidina Uwais al-Qarani, and that story I heard it many times from Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. And he said there are things that are known, those who know are not equal to those who don’t know. Those how have cataract cannot see and those who don’t can see. Even between Sahaba they differed on what they received from the Prophet . That is why those who came after, they were collecting the narrations, they were getting from different groups and not every Sahabi had all the knowledge. So the Prophet gave some to some and not to others and vice versa.
And so when the Prophet asked Sayyidina `Umar (r) and Sayyidina `Ali (r) to go to Sayyidina Uwais after he passed and give him a trust. So Sayyidina Uwais asked Sayyidina `Ali (r) can you describe the Prophet . and Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, "Ya Uwais I saw the Prophet one time, in a vision, he asked me to look at him and I saw him from at me from belly and up and I saw whole universe disappeared and up to his neck past the throne.”
“And then he said, ‘Look from my belly and down’ and I looked and everything disappeared of the whole universe and all I saw was the Prophet from the belly down to his knees which I were reaching to the seventh earth and I could not see below his knees”
“And then he said, ‘look at me all.’ And he said then everything disappeared and I saw the Prophet from up to down filling this entire universe.”
So Sayyidina Uwais said, yes, Ya `Ali you really saw him.
When we raise our children with love the Prophet then …
Let us ask ourselves are we able to do that?
Salaam alaykum [scholar leaves]
So when we go one hand they come to us, Allah swt said, I am waiting.
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Qul ya `ibadiya alladheena asrafoo `ala anfusihim la taqnatoo min rahmatillahi inna Allaha yaghfiru aldh-dhunooba jamee`an innahu huwa al-ghafooru’r-raheem.
Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah. for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Az-Zumar [39:53]
And we mentioned before in kuntum tuhiboon Allah:
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
In kuntum tuhiboona-Allaha fatabi`oonee yuhbibkumullah.
We are not stress this because, “If you really love Allah you follow Muhammad, Allah will love you.” [3:31]
That means as soon as you say I want to follow the way of Sayyidina Muhammad and you put your foot step one foot is enough for the Prophet to welcome us and taking us in Allah swt presence and take that cataract away.
You think in this mehfil you think in this gathering today there are no awliyaullah sitting here? But we don’t have eyes to see. There are no angels? There are, Allah mentioned it, the Prophet mentioned it in hadith. Where are they? We cannot see them. Why? Because we are blind.
Are we improving or not? We are improving, showing respect coming here but not enough. How many of us know about his event and didn’t not come. There is no excuse when the name of Sayyidina Muhammad comes in any mosque and any center you must run for it. Naqshbandi, Qadiri, Chisti, anything any tariqah. Even those who have no tariqah, you hear they are remembering and celebrating the Prophet love and birthday run to celebrate. But we don’t know, we don’t do that.
I was visiting Imam Bukhari mosque in Bukhara where he used to teach Sahih al-Bukhari. It is a big mosque and a school. Not like this mosque, but bigger than that. A huge area. And it takes 10,000 people and I was told not only 10,000 people, but when Imam Bukhari sit to give hadith the masjid capacity is enough for 10,000 people if you include the courtyard and the “parking area” that no, there were more than 30,000 or 40,000 people and there was no speaker system. And everyone was hearing what he was saying. How did that happen? They are wired with this light. We are wired but we are blocked.
I will not be long, but when that light moves, that light of Sayyidina Muhammad the whole heavens, Allah is not waiting for us to make salawat on the Prophet . He ordered us to make salawat, but he and his angels are doing salawat in every moment. By Allah’s orders angels are yusalloon wa la yazaaloon – they are praising and not stopping. They are not in need of our salawat on the Prophet . I will leave that with you. That is the code. I know some people. Don’t smile and don’t laugh. I have to take example and you have to take example. I saw people who are reading 1 million salawat on the Prophet . That is by means of tayy al-lisan. Allah will fold your tongue. There are people with tayy al-lisan. That Allah put light on their tongue they do salawat even when they are talking with people they are doing salawat in their heart in spite of that.
So we must begin by doing salawat on the Prophet .
This will take us to bahr as-salam - the ocean of safety and take away all kinds of radicalization and extremism. I would like to thank Professor Sulaymani and the board and thank Sufi Muslim Council and may Allah give you long life in love of the Prophet . Don’t forget these papers fill them as quickly as possible and we will collect them.