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If You Want Happiness, Follow Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

13 July 2012 Long Island, New York

Jumu`ah Khutbah (2)

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

(Mawlana recite the du`a of Jumu`ah Khutbah.)

Allah (swt) said in the Holy Qur’an:

يس وَالْقُرْآنِ الْحَكِيمِ إِنَّكَ لَمِنَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ تَنزِيلَ الْعَزِيزِ الرَّحِيمِ

Yaseen wa‘l qur’ani’l-hakeem innaka la-mina ’l-mursaleen `alaa siraatin mustaqeem.

Yaseen. By the wise Qur'an, verily you (O Muhammad) are of those sent on a Straight Path.

(Surah YaSeen, 36:1-5)

وَالنَّجْمِ إِذَا هَوَى مَا ضَلَّ صَاحِبُكُمْ وَمَا غَوَى وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَى

Wa ’n-najmi idhaa hawaa maa dalla saahibukum wa maa ghawaa. Wa maa yantiqu `ani 'l-hawaa in huwa illa wahyun yoohaa.

By the star when it goes down, your Companion is neither astray nor being misled, nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him.

(Surat an-Najm, 53:1-4)

O Muslims, Believers, Allah (swt) gave an oath, “Yaa Muhammad! You are a Messenger of Mine,” because ‘Yaseen’ is the name of Muhammad (s). “You are My Messenger and you are on the Straight Path.” When Allah (swt) says like that, we have to be careful to obey what Prophet (s) and Allah (swt) ordered us to do.

Allah (swt) said in the Holy Qur’an:

مَّنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللّهَ

Man yuti`i ar-rasoola faqad ataa`a Allah.

Who obeys the Prophet obeys Allah. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:80)

You cannot say, “I obey Allah and leave (obedience to) the Prophet (s),” or say, “I obey Prophet (s) and leave (obedience to) Allah (swt),” just as you cannot say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah” and stop, without saying, “Muhammadun Rasoolullah.” To be a mu’min or a Muslim, you have to do what Allah (swt) mentioned, by saying, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah,” which is Kalimat at-Tawheed, the words that declare Allah’s Oneness. To profess faith you cannot say alone, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” which are the words declaring Allah’s Oneness, expressing, “Yaa Rabbee! You are my Creator and there is no one else that created!” However, Allah (swt) wants you to say, “and Muhammad is Your Servant!” which is why you have to say, “Muhammadun Rasoolullah.” Allah raised Prophet (s), because if you are related to a president everyone will accept you and run after you. Allah raised Sayyidina Muhammad, wa ra fana laqa dhikrak, “We raised your name, yaa Muhammad (s), and We made people remember you, so if they relate themselves to you and say they are from your ummah, they are the ones who are being honored.”

Allah (swt) honored that ummah, ummat an-Nabi (s) and He gave them what He did not give anyone before. Allah gave us abundance from every side. He made us Muslims different from others. As you know, Prophet (s) has said in an authentic hadith:

ادم فمن سواه إلا تحت لوائي يوم القيامة ولا فخر

Adam faman siwaahu illah tahta liwaa'ee Yawma 'l-Qiyaamah wa laa fakhr.

Therefore,Prophet (s) said, “Adam and whoever is other than him will be under my flag on the Day of Judgment, without vanity.” (Ahmad, Musnad)

The Prophet (s) said that everyone on the Day of Judgment, from Adam (a) to Sayyidina `Isa (a), will be under his (s) flag. Therefore, don't think we are left behind because The One who created us, loved us and honored us also gave us a booster!

On the Day of Judgment when everyone is worried about themselves and running away from their brothers, fathers, mothers, wives and children, all Prophets will be shaking except for Sayyidina Muhammad (s), as he will say, ana laha, ana laha, “I will do it! I will do it!" What will he do there? According to a hadith in Imam Bukhari’s Adab al-Mufrad, on the Day of Judgment, the Prophet (s) will go into sajda in the Presence of Allah (swt) and he will be the only one for whom Allah (swt) will open to see everything, while we are blind. The Prophet (s) will make sajda, saying, “Yaa Rabbee!” and immediately Allah (swt) will send du`as to his heart that have never been sent to him before, through which he will petition Allah (swt), and about which the Prophet (s) will say, “I’ve never heard such du`as in my life, neither in my Mi`raaj or in my holy grave!” After he makes these du`as that no one knows, Allah (swt) will open something that will have to be in Arabic because the language of Paradise is Arabic, but what kind of Arabic? It might be the secrets of “Kaaf. Haa. Yaa. `Ayn. Saad.” “Alif. Laam. Meem.” “Yaa Seen.” “Taa Haa.” or, “Haa. Meem. `Ayn. Seen. Qaaf.” The different codes in Holy Qur’an that we do not understand, which Allah (swt) will open for Sayyidina Muhammad (s). After the Prophet (s) makes these du`as, Allah (swt) will then say:

يا محمد ارفع رأسك وسل تعط وقل يُسمع لك واشفع تشفع

Yaa Muhammad! Irfa` raasak wa sal tu`tah wa qul yasma` w’ashfa` tushafa`.

O Muhammad! Raise your head, ask and you will be given! Say and you will be heard! Intercede and it will be accepted! (Bukhari)

What do you think the Prophet (s) will ask at that time? There is nothing to ask but to be freed from Hellfire, so he will say, “Yaa Rabbee! I want my ummah! If You want to give me, then give me my ummah and I will be happy!” And Allah (swt) will say, “Take one-third of them with no questions or calculations.”

فَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَه ُوَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ

Faman ya`mal mithqala dharratin khayran yarah wa man ya`mal mithqala dharratin sharran yarah.

Whosoever has done an atom's weight of good shall see it, and whosoever has done an atom's weight of evil shall see it. (Surah az-Zalzalah, 99:7-8)

With the shafa`a of the Prophet (s) on us, Allah (swt) will say to him, “Ask and I will give you.” So the Prophet (s) will ask, “Yaa Rabbee!” and Allah will say, “Take what you want!” The Prophet (s) will say, “I want my ummah,” to which Allah (swt) will respond, “Okay, take one-third of them,” and they will all be sent to Paradise with no questions! This is shafa`a, intercession!

Then he will go into a second sajda, and as I said before, sajda is a sign of servanthood, Maqaam al-`Uboodiyya; when you want to show Allah (swt) a sign that you are His Servant, you make sajda. It is not enough to only say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah,” which is okay, but you must also make sajda, showing Him, “Yaa Rabbee! I make sajda to You, as I am Your Servant and I am nothing!”

In the continuation of the hadith, the Prophet (s) said that in the next sajda, Allah (swt) will open for him du`as that He didn’t open in the first one, which he will read and asks, and Allah (swt) will say, “Yaa Muhammad! Irfa` raasak wa sal tu`tah, raise your head, ask and you will be given,” and the Prophet (s) will say, “Yaa Rabbee! There are still some left from my ummah.” Allah (swt) will say, “Okay, take another one-third,” and the Prophet (s) will be happy because the angels take half of those left to Paradise. He will then go into a third sajda and Allah will open du`as that He didn’t open before, which Prophet (s) reads and says, “Yaa Rabbee! Give me!” and Allah will ask, “Raise your head! What do you want?” The Prophet (s) will reply, “I want the rest,” and Allah (swt) will say, “Take all of them, except that worst one there, as I want to judge him.”

That one will be the worst of the ummah. May Allah (swt) not make us to be the worst among the ummah, because you never know, it’s a big question mark. So the Prophet (s) will take all his ummah and send them to Paradise, but that one left for judgment who is also from the ummah will be shaking. Allah (swt) will look at him and say, “I gave that Mercy to My Beloved Prophet (s) and I want to show My Mercy is bigger than his mercy to you: with My Mercy you go to Paradise and also you are forgiven!” And with that, the entire Ummat an-Nabi (s) will enter Paradise!

O Muslims! Allah (swt) connected us to Sayyidina Muhammad (s), to Sayyid ar-Rasool, Sayyid Bani Adam, as he said:

‏‏أنا سيد ولد آدم ولا فخر

Ana sayyidu walad aadam wa laa fakhr.

I am the Master (leader) of the Children of Adam and I say this with no arrogance.

(Ahmad, Musnad)

Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the Master and Allah (swt) connected us to be from his ummah. So our duty is to show love and thanks to Allah (swt) by saying, “Yaa Rabbee! Shukran laka, yaa Allah!” or “Yaa Rabbee! Shukr,” as Turkish brothers and sisters say, and Arabs say, “Yaa Rabbee! Shukran.” May Allah (swt) forgive us and bless us.



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