Suhbah at Private Residence (2)
A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`ala fee haadha 'l-masjid.
أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Ati`oollaha wa ati`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (4:59)
As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
Every majlis and meeting has a beginning and an end. Similarly, every life has a beginning and an end. You have asked me to say something; however, I am not a scholar or pretending to be anyone. But may Allah (swt) forgive us, we are all helpless and weak servants. Narju rahmatillaah, wa ‘l-m`adhira, wa at-taqwa, wa mahabbat an-Nabee (s), “We hope for Allah's Mercy, and to be excused, and we seek piety, and love of Prophet (s).” We have traveled a lot and been around the world many times, and there is nothing that we can take with us. Whether we collect millions or just pennies, we will take nothing with us except--and I do not want to say--our `amal, as Allah (swt) said:
وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاء مَّنثُورًا
Wa qadimnaa ilaa maa `amiloo min `amalin fa-ja`alnaahu habaa’an manthoora.
And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We shall make such deeds as scattered dust. (Surat al-Furqan, 25:23)
If we say we are coming with our `amal, we are mistaken, as the only thing that will save us is shafa`at an-Nabee (s), as Prophet (s) said:
شفعتي لاهل الكبائر من امتي
Shafa`tee li ahl al-kabaa'ir min ummatee.
My intercession is for those who committed grave sins. (Tirmidhi)
I would like to mention a story because everything is based on stories. Perhaps some people might accept what I say, while others may not, but I will say that the Holy Qur’an is filled with various heavenly stories as Allah (swt) said in Surah Yusuf:
نَحْنُ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ أَحْسَنَ الْقَصَصِ
Nahnu naqussu `alayka ahsana al-qasas.
We relate unto you the most beautiful of stories. (Surat al-Yusuf, 12:3)
Therefore, if we speak about the Greatness of Prophet (s) and go into this subject, it is possible that some people may not be at that level to understand, but this story might shed some light on what many us are not paying attention to.
Allah (swt) revealed messages for Prophets, and many stories in the Holy Qur’an are related to Sayyidina Musa (a), when he is asking Allah questions on various issues and topics. Also, one of the traditions of Prophets is to travel to different places and unlike today, there were no technological advances such as airplanes or other forms of transportation and they went everywhere on foot. It is said the person who travels becomes strong and healthy, because the piety and sincerity of others reflects on them and they adopt the same mannerisms and characteristics in themselves. In addition, walking makes one physically stronger.
The Prophet (s) said:
Human beings are born on 360 joints.
And every joint needs sadaqa from you to keep it healthy. Why do you think people begin to feel pain in various parts of their bodies? Because we are not doing enough; as Prophet (s) said, “Human beings are born are 360 mafsil,” meaning a point where two bones are separated. Prophet (s) has given us an easy way to cure ourselves.
It means to recite daily 75 times each, “SubhaanAllah, alhamdulillah, laa ilaaha illa-Llah, Allahu Akbar, astaghfirullah,” which totals 360. So if you don’t want to face a difficulty in your day, you have in front of you an easy method that will enter your body and take it away from Hellfire! Although this is an authentic hadith, we don’t follow it, not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t learn its wisdom. Education is very important in Islam, and one can easily present lectures on metaphysics that are beyond our understanding, but then no one will learn anything. If you speak about the manifestations of Allah’s Beautiful Names and Attributes, and describe Prophet’s M`iraaj to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa, the Station of Two Bow’s-length or Nearer, it is deep knowledge beyond our comprehension. Here is something easy to apply, as we mentioned, that humans are born on 360 joints or points. We see in Chinese medicine and in Buddhist and Hindu cultures they practice acupuncture and reflexology, using the pressure points Prophet (s) mentioned 1500 years ago, and subhaanAllah, Muslims ignore it although Prophet (s) always speaks the truth!
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)
Three medical doctors and a doctor of Shari`ah thoroughly studied the human anatomy and discovered there are 84 different points from the hip down, 64 different points from the hip up, and various additional points in the brain. All the points they found totalled 360, just as Prophet (s) mentioned! However many of us dismiss this knowledge and some like to only speak about higher knowledge. We cannot just skip to the tenth step without studying the first one.
Once Sayyidina Musa (a) was traveling in a desert and came to a huge mountain, from where he heard a very beautiful, melodious voice coming from a cave and he was instantly attracted to it. As he approached, the voice grew louder and clearer, then he heard someone repeatedly reciting:
Alhamdulillah alladhee fadalanee `alaa katheerin mimman khalaqnaa tafdeela.
Praise to Allah, the One Who has favored me over many whom He previously favored, and He favored me more.
It is similar to this ayah:
وَفَضَّلْنَاهُمْ عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلاً
wa faddalnaahumwa `alaa katheerin mimman khalaqnaa tafdeelaa.
We have ...conferred on them special favors, above a great part of Our Creation. (Surat al-Isra, 17:70)
When you have something valuable, you say, “Alhamdulillah, Allah favored me.” Sayyidina Musa (a) was very happy to hear that ayah and saw a man by himself in sajda, doing nothing else but reciting that ayah. SubhaanAllah, when Allah (swt) wants to teach someone, no one can object!
فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا
Fawajadaa `abdan min `ibaadinaa aataynahu rahmatan min `indinaa wa `allamnaahu min ladunnaa `ilma.
And they found a servant from among Our servants to whom We had given mercy from Us and had taught him a (certain) knowledge. (Surah al-Kahf, 18:65)
Allah (swt) can teach someone who doesn’t know anything and make their tongue fluent with knowledge, and no one can object to it, as that is His Will:
وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
Ittaqullah wa yu`allimakullah.
Fear Allah and Allah will teach you. (Surat al-Baqarah, 2:282)
If you have taqwa, Allah will teach you without a book (spiritually, intuitively), and if you don’t have taqwa then you need a book. However, I do not claim to have taqwa. Now we most often have to listen to scholars. May Allah (swt) give our scholars intelligence and good hearts, not to be hypocrites, and as we mentioned earlier, “When they speak they lie.” With respect to all the scholars around the world, how many say something that is not true? Some do, and we must refrain from that.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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