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How Can It Be That Prophet (s) Is Just Like Us

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

25 December 2013 Karawang (near Cirebon), Indonesia

Mawlid at Masjid Raya Perumnas Teluk Jambe Desa Sukaluyu

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi ta`ala wa barakaatuh.

O Believers! May Allah make us with the Prophet (s) in the Next Life and make us with him in this life! O Muslims! Alhamdulillah we are here with Ahbaab an-Nabi (s) and Allah honored us to be with them and Allah honored this Earth to carry on its back in every country Ahbaab ar-Rasool and dhurriyyat ar-Rasool, the offspring (descendants) of the Prophet (s), and made us to know them and made us to know those who are hidden awliyaullah. Allah granted to mu’mins and Muslims to know who is a wali and who is not a wali, who is a habeeb and who is not a habeeb. May Allah keep us at the threshold of Prophet (s), keep us with the Prophet (s) in dunya and Akhirah, and not only that, but in every moment in dunya and Akhirah inshaa-Allah.

Alhamdulillah we came here driving nearly one-and-a-half hours to come by the invitation of Habeeb `Alawi and what he showed me and said about me I don't deserve. I deserve to be at the door by the shoes, not inside, to be polishing the shoes of people, cleaning them; that would be best for me. But from his humbleness he invited all of us and if he invites every day, I would come driving for two hours every day!

To understand a person you have to look at his behavior: if his behavior is really very qualified in Islam or in Shari`ah or in Tariqat, then you understand this person deserves all kinds of honor. And since the first time I saw him, I said this habeeb is different from many of them; some are like him and some are not. His characteristic behavior is that he is very humble.

To quote the hadith of the Prophet (s), the Prophet (s) called the tree and the tree came to him and we quote that to support kissing his feet, and to conclude that, he (Habeeb `Alawi) kissed my hand and my feet. That is great humility from him to do that and I say to Habeeb `Alawi, may Allah grant to bring you near to the Prophet (s) and to bring you near to the Divine Presence!

يَا مَعْشَرَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَن تَنفُذُوا مِنْ أَقْطَارِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ فَانفُذُوا لَا تَنفُذُونَ إِلَّا بِسُلْطَانٍ

O you assembly of Jinns and men! If it be you can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass! Not without authority shall you be able to pass! (Surah ar-Rahman, 55:33)

Who has Allah authorized and given permission, as Allah said in Holy Qur`an, “O human beings and jinn, if you want to penetrate through this universe do it, but you need a Sultan.” Who did it? The Prophet (s)! He went past the universe and went all the way to the First Paradise and then the Second Paradise, and then the Third Paradise, and then the Fourth Paradise, and then the Fifth Paradise, and then the Sixth Paradise, then the Seventh Paradise, then Jannat al-Firdaws, then to Maq`ad Sidqin `inda Maleekin Muqtadir, the Station of “Firmly Established in the Favor of a Mighty King,”[1] then Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa, the Station of “Two Bow’s-length or Nearer.”

This whole universe he passed, this universe that we are in, which are six-thousand galaxies, and of the six-thousand galaxies each one has eighty billion stars and every star is bigger than our solar system!

Who passed them, who went and came back and stopped everywhere? This whole universe for the Prophet (s) is so small! In his eyes, it's like the head of a pin. That whole universe with all its stars and all its galaxies that Allah created for him, that is like the head of a pin for the Prophet (s). With that head of a pin, the Prophet (s) was able to see every smallest thing in that universe and whatever Allah gave them within this universe. With that, the Prophet (s) is humble and with that, he said:

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ

Qul innamaa anaa basharun mithlukum.

Say,“I am but a man like yourselves.” (Surat al-Kahf, 18:110)

He did all that and then said, "I am like you." How are you like us, yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah, yaa Rahmatali ‘l-`Alameen? How are you like us?

Muhammad basharun wa laysa ka ‘l-bashari huwa yaaqootatun wa ’n-naasu ka ‘l-hajari.

Muhammad is a man, but not like other men! He is a gem and human beings are stones.

(Shaykh Muhammad al-Busayri, Burdat ash-Shareef)

“Muhammad (s) is a human being, but not like us” means there are differences in his form, he is subtle. He is a gem, a jewel, and everyone else are pebbles or rocks. Rocks have no benefits, all benefit is in Muhammad (s)! All awliya have to take from Prophet (s), everyone has to accept Prophet (s) on the Day of Judgement to take his shafa`ah in order to enter Paradise. With all that, but still he is humble!

Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur'an: ya ma`ashar al-jinni wa ’l-ins, “O gathering of jinn and Mankind,” the jama`at of jinn and Bani Adam. There are mu’min and ghayr mu’min jinn. There are jinn who make children and there are those who don’t have children, they are the devils.They are the junood of Iblees, the army of Iblees. So to all jinn and all ins, Allah is saying in the Holy Qur’an, He is putting a shart, condition, “If you were able to penetrate from the levels in the atmosphere, do it, but you need a Sultan.” Finished, you cannot do it! It means if you don’t have that, you cannot do it. If you really have...now they go, the last thing they went to is the planet Mars. How many years did it take them to reach there? Four-and-a-half years to reach Mars and it is the nearest planet. Allah is saying, “If you were able to go, go, but you need a Sultan.” Who is the Sultan of this world that He created? Whom did He appoint Sultan?

إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً

Verily, I am making a deputy on Earth. (Surat al-Baqarah, 2:30)

It means, “We have made a Sultan for the Creation.” Allah created Creation and gave it to Muhammad (s)! It might be some people say the Prophet (s) used the Buraaq to go there. What are you speaking? What are you saying, that he moved through this whole universe and still he used the Buraaq? Allah said, “O gathering of jinn and human beings! If you are able to penetrate through Heavens and Earth, do it! You cannot do it without a Sultan.” So what the Sultan used? He is the Sultan! Through him we can reach, without him we cannot reach. If they say he used the Buraaq, no he did not! He used it tashreefan, like a king coming to another country; you honor him by sending a Rolls Royce to the airport, but he doesn't need that because he is able to go anywhere.

Prophet (s) can move in any direction! Prophet (s) went for Israa and then went for Mi`raj! He doesn’t need Buraaq. It is double honor: honor to the Buraaq and honor to Jibril (a) that he is accompanying the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) doesn't need! What is the evidence? The evidence is that he (s) left Sayyidina Jibril and Jibril said, "I cannot go, this is my limit, I cannot go past it." The Buraaq completely stood back, and who is better, the Buraaq or Jibril? Who is the Sultan? The Prophet (s) is Sultan. How he became Sultan? Because Allah dressed him with the station of Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa. Allah dressed him with the Manifestation of that maqaam of Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa and He became Sultan by himself, by Allah's Greatness, as He made him (s) Sultan!

So if you approach that Sultan you can penetrate the universe and the only way to approach that Sultan is through humbleness. He (s) was the most humble! He said, innamaa anaa basharun mithlukum, “I am a man like you.” (Surat al-Kahf, 18:10)

Laa yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah! Allah (swt) said that in Holy Qur'an, which we believe and accept, but that is only to be humble. Allah (swt) said that in Holy Qur’an to teach us, to honor you and to raise your name higher and higher and always to make salawaat on you, yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah (s)! Fa`afuw anna wa qadimna li hazoorillah tahireen, we ask you, yaa Sayyidee, to present us to the Presence of Allah (swt) pure and clean!

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)

When Allah (swt) dressed Prophet (s) with the maqaam of Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa, He said to him, man anaa, “Who am I?" Allah said that how? By a voice, inspiration, a revelation, something we don't know. He addressed Prophet (s) with that message and no one else was there, only `Abd and Rabb, Allah (swt), the Creator and His servant, he was there. Allah asked him, “Who am I?” and he (s) said, “Yaa Rabbee, Anta 'l-Qahhaar," a heavy Name. In Allah's 99 Beautiful Names and Attributes, al-Qahhaar is a very heavy Name. Don’t call your children `Abdal-Qahhaar, it is something that carries a lot.

He said, "Yaa Rabbee, Anta al-Qahhaar."

And Allah asked, “Why did you give Me the Name al-Qahhaar?"

And the Prophet (s) said, “From the treasury of Your Names and Attributes I saw the Name al-Qahhaar. You are al-Qahhaar."

And Allah said, "What do you mean then?"

There is an ocean, not a normal ocean, but it means with no beginning and no end for one Paradise that is known as the Ocean of Divine Names and Attributes, with millions of Names and Attributes! The Prophet (s) chose that Name in particular. He could choose any name, al-Muhsin, al-Mu’min, al-Ra’oof, but he chose al-Qahhaar, The Vanquisher/Subduer. He was able to choose any other Name.

Allah asked him, “Why did you choose this Name?"

And the Prophet (s) said, “Because You are the Subduer, the Vanquisher, taqhur, Qaahir. You can crush everyone.”

"Why do you want Me to crush?" (We don’t call this Name that is one of the heavy Names.) Why did you choose the Name that is 'The Crusher'?"

He (s) said, "Yaa Rabbee, because al-Qahhaar is The Crusher, Subduer, Vanquisher, Destroyer. You can demolish and vanquish every sin of Bani Adam! That is why I am calling on Your Name al-Qahhaar, to crush the sins of my ummah and all of them go to Paradise and I am waiting for Your answer now."

And that is from the heart of Sayyidina Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani(q) that he is sending now and he is present, Mawlana is present!

Then, the Prophet (s) didn't move without getting the answer that Allah will give him the shafa`ah to take everyone to Paradise. `Asl ash-shafa`ah, the reality of the shafa`ah is from that Ocean of al-Qahhaar. From the secret of al-Qahhaar, Prophet (s) intercedes for everyone and all the sins will disappear!

May Allah forgive us. That all comes from humbleness and Habeeb `Alawi is carrying that humbleness. May Allah (swt) open to his eyes and to his heart and to everyone. Salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

You cannot find this in a book, this is only from the hearts of awliyullah. Anyone who wants baya`, raise his hand now. (Baya`.)

Wa min Allahi at-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.


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[1] C.f. 54:55