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“I Am with the One Who Remembers Me”

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

7 March 2013 Maryland

Suhbah at Private Residence

It is not going to be long, but a few words with lots of wisdom. The one given all the wisdom that Allah didn’t give to anyone is Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Prophet (s), from the knowledge that Allah gave to him, said:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان فى الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم

Kalimataan khafeefataan `ala al-lisaan thaqeelataan fi ’l-meezaan habeebataan li’r-rahmaan: SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem.

The Prophet (s) said, “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.”

“I’m going to teach you two words, kalimataan khafifataan `alaa ‘l-lisaan, they are very light on the tongue and thaqeelataan fi ‘l-meezan, very heavy on the Scale.”

This means that everyone can say them. Thaqeelataan fi ‘l-meezan, they are very heavy in the meezaan. When he says thaqeelataan fi ‘l-meezan, “very heavy on the Scale,” it means there is no limit for their heaviness, for their weight, anything you put on the other side is still lighter. These two wordsm subhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem, are thaqeelataan fi ‘l-meezan, heavier than everything you put on the Scales to weigh. They bring the other side of the balance as if there is a feather, nothing, meaning that he is telling us that Allah (swt) gave him these two words to save the whole human beings from what they are doing in this dunya.

This dunya, every one is attached to it and everyone wants to enjoy it to its maximum! Some enjoy it by Love of Allah (swt) and Prophet, love of Islam and Holy Qur’an, love of awliyaullah and `ulama. That means, they spend their time in this way and for them it is the happiest time. Others like the love of dunya: to drink, to womanize, to do everything that they think is a pleasure for them. Also, there are some who are in between: one day thumma aamanoo, they are on the right track and one day thumma kafaroo, they are on the wrong track.

So Allah (swt) is telling His Prophet (s), “Yaa Rasoolullah! These are two words.” That’s why Prophet (s) said:

There are two words that are very light on the tongue, but very heavy on the Scale.

“Astaghfirullah” is the addition, but the two words are, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem.” To say these two words is heavier than any scale! So our duty is to keep repeating it, because in every moment all these gossips that come to us in the mind will turn us away from Allah (swt). So we say, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem! SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem! SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem!” They are heavier than anything that Allah doesn’t like and anything that is away from Allah (swt).

This will bring us back to the track, like in the old times there used to be trams that were connected, not the one that goes on the mountains, but the trams that are in the cities. So sometimes the wires that go and connect, they pull wires over in the streets (above the tram lines) so as they connect, they move. Sometimes you see the trams stop and the driver goes out, pulls the wire, the connection, then tries to fix it and then puts it back, then it goes. “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem” can not only put the train back, but can put the whole ummah back, because you are praising The One to Be Praised, you are glorifying The One to Be Glorified! SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem! He is “The `Azheem.” When He says “`Azheem,” there is no way to describe His Greatness!

When Allah is happy with us, even for just one thing you might do in your life, it will bring His happiness and all your sins will be forgiven! So Prophet (s) is coming and saying, “This is a gold plate and inside are these two words; read them and you will be saved!” How much people are running after dunya, running after dunya, running after dunya? Speaking these two words makes you to correct your track, going back to Allah (swt). So Allah gave us a ni`mah that we can’t thank Him (enough) for and that ni`mah is, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem.” If we recite it on behalf of the whole ummah, it has the power to make your Scale, your Balance, heavier than all your bad `amal.

Prophet (s) didn’t say how much to recite, he said, “Two words that are light on the tongue and heavy on the Scale,” so finished! You recite them one time, you recite them five times with the prayers, you recite them one-hundred times, it is up to you! So if in such an association of dhikrullah you recite, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem, astaghfirullah,” that will bring us all back to the track.

Grandshaykh (q), may Allah bless his soul, said that awliyaullah in that one association for the love of Allah or of dhikrullah, are able to erase even if you recite it one time, he said 70, another time he said 70,000 (sins), and I read in many books that it is “alfa alfa marrah,” meaning one million (sins)! He said that association of dhikrullah is able to erase and wave 70,000 bad associations in the surroundings. So that means one house that has dhikrullah will erase yarfa`, the darkness from 70,000 homes around it, and not only homes that people are living and sleeping in at night, but even if they are doing the worst that they do, that association of dhikrullah is able to clear and clean 70,000 homes around it!

Look at how many are in this surrounding, because of the dhikr that we have done: old ones, young ones, adult ones, ‘halfway to the grave ones” (Laughter.), it will clean all these homes. That is the barakah of dhikr. Why? Because there is an important saying in a Hadith al-Qudsi, it is a Holy Hadith which means that, that hadith has been revealed by Allah to Prophet (s) to say it. He said:

أَنَا جَلِيْسُ مَنْ ذَكَرَنِي

Anaa jaleesu man dhakaranee.

I sit with him who remembers me. (Ahmad, Bayhaqi)

“I’m sitting with the one who is remembering Me,” not physically, but, “I’m sitting with him, with the one who is remembering Me.” If you want to translate it, it is, “I’m his Companion, sitting with the one who is remembering Me.” Look how he (a mureed) is sitting with me; he is jalees to me, meaning, “with no form nor description;” not sitting in the literal meaning, but in the interpretational meaning. It is that Allah will be with you if you are doing dhikrullah.

So itmeans any such association that is involving dhikrullah and involving awliyaullah, that they can present that dhikr to Prophet (s) and Prophet (s) presents it to Allah (swt). This group of people here are under (the hadith):

يد الله معالجماعة

Yadul-Llahi m`a al-jama`at,

Allah's Hand is with the group. (Bukhari)

This group of people are under the Hands of Allah, meaning under inaayatullah, the Care of Allah (swt). When someone is under that care, the Care of Allah, can Shaytan approach? No way, he cannot! There is no way for Shaytan to enter in the association (in which) we just now recited, although you might have had bad gossips or bad thoughts that come to the mind, but nevermind! That will burn him; dhikrullah is the fire for Shaytan to burn him, it’s a fire that can burn the fire! It takes everything bad and erases it completely, maahoo, meaning completely leveling it; you cannot see it anymore.

It is like when you throw... there are buildings now... if an airplane throws a rocket, what will happen? It will level it with the ground, until there is nothing. These associations of dhikrullah are like a sword, like a rocket that levels everything bad, and immediately with Allah’s Order to angels, angels build back that building on a strong structure. So between every one of us and Prophet (s) there are seventy-thousand veils of darkness from our side, which is accumulated. Such associations raise these veils one-after-one and as much as you are doing dhikrullah, as much as you are erasing and taking away these veils, when these seventy-thousand veils are taken with, “Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah,” Prophet is present and he is not going to hide himself. But this is not for us, it is for high caliber ones like Grandshaykh (q) and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, may Allah give him long life.

I think this will be enough to make us digest.

Why did Prophet (s) say, “Kalimataan habeebataan ila ‘r-Rahman khafeefataan `ala ’l-lisaan thaqeelataan fi ‘l-meezaan. SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem.” To tell us that there is too much to say! So we must decide, because Shaytan is playing with them, causing them to run away. Prophet (s) is saying, “So I am giving you two words that are very light on the tongue.” Let us say it: “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem.” It means, “I am not giving you a heavy word, but two words that are very simple to say.” Wherever you are going, you can say this.

Narjullaah `azza wa jalla, we hope; not hope, but we ask humbly (for Allah) to forgive us and to bless these meetings and this night of a very holy day that Allah (swt) gave to Prophet, Jumu`ah. In Jumu`ah many things happened in history, from the time of Adam (a). He was sent down from Paradise on Jumu`ah, and then many other prophets…. But tonight is Thursday evening, the night of Jumu`ah, and dhikrullah is recommended. Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, said, “Awliyaullah know that there is one hour in Jumu`ah that du`a is accepted and all awliya look for which hour that is. Awliyaullah found that hour is before Maghrib by one hour.” That’s why Grandshaykh (q) used to do dhikr on Fridays one hour before Maghrib, but because people are busy with their work, etc., Mawlana moved it to Thursday evening, which is still Jumu`ah night.

Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.

(A mureed asks Mawlana about an ayah.)

Ask Hajjah Naziha, she knows. Allah mentioned in the Holy Qur’an that ayah:

وَيُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلاَئِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ وَيُرْسِلُ الصَّوَاعِقَ فَيُصِيبُ بِهَا مَن يَشَاء وَهُمْ يُجَادِلُونَ فِي اللّهِ وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ الْمِحَالِ

Wa yusabbihu ‘r-ra`du bi-hamdihi wa ‘l-malaaikatu min kheefatihi wa yursilu ‘s-sawaa`iqa fayuseebu bihaa man yashaau wa hum yujaadiloona fillaahi wa huwa shadeedu ‘l-mihaali.

And the thunder extols His limitless glory and praises Him, and (so do) the angels in awe of Him; and He lets loose the thunderbolts and strikes with them, whom He wills, yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about Allah with the strength of His Power (Supreme)! (Surat ar-Ra`ad, 13:13)

Wa yusabbihu ‘r-ra`du bi-hamdihi wa ‘l-malaaikatu min kheefatihi. Ra`d is an angel as big as the thumb. It has a whip. When he hits the cloud, he moves it; he is responsible for the cloud. He is so small, but when he hits he is able to hit the cloud. We know today in physics when two clouds hit together, they make an electric shock, they discharge electricity and then you can hear that (thunder sound). Now if you bring 220 volts and put two wires together, what will happen? Sparks fly and a big explosion comes up. So with that small angel, Allah (swt) wants to show that this small angel can make that sound by hitting the cloud. Allah (swt) is praising Himself by Himself! Who makes that small angel, Ra`d. He is so small, yet he is praising his Lord! Allah gave him that power to hit the clouds with his whip.

If you want to go to the interpretational meaning, it is that these small angels can affect your life and change all the badness and turn it into goodness by whipping Shaytan away from you by you saying, “SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi subhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem wa yusabbihu ‘r-ra`du bi-hamdihi wa ‘l-malaa’ikatu min kheefatihi.” Angels, from their fear of Allah to be upset with them, are always praising Him in every moment in order that not one moment passes without praising Him, so their life is in continuous praising. If the praising stops they die, but their praising never stops, so they are praising. Some angels are praising from fear to be away from Allah (swt), some are praising Allah for His Love and some are praising by Allah giving them an order to praise Prophet (s).

May Allah forgive us. Fatihah.

Thank you, and now one qaseedah, or you are tired?

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


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