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Islam is a Gift from Allah to Creation

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

16 December 2015 Jakarta, Indonesia

Mawlid with Dik Doank & Opick

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillaahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.

Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een.

Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa habeebuhu wa rasooluh.

Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,

nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta'ala al-`Azheem fee hadha 'l-masjid.

أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ

Atee`oollaha wa atee`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.

Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. We thank Allah (swt) that He created us Muslim. I will tell you a story about Sayyidina Musa (a) to make you happy and to honor you with the honor of Islam. Islam is not something that you only practice, it is also a gift from Allah (swt) to His Creation. When someone gives you a gift, you put it in a special place in your home as a remembrance. You have to put Allah’s Love in your heart for as long as you live, because it is the most precious gift to human beings, and so is the love of Prophet (s) and the Sahaabah (r)!

Just now tonight, people are happy listening to songs praising Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s). Although I did not understand the lyrics, I felt the emotion and love from those who sang and said to myself that everyone here is so happy that he or she is listening and that is rejuvenating their hearts and minds. In fact, every cell of their body is being rejuvenated in happiness! There are three trillion cells that rejuvenate every six months, old ones go and new ones take their place. Allah can see and hear every cell without needing any means as He is The Creator: He can hear and see what every cell is doing in the body. He gave that to Prophet (s), the Sahaabah (r), to Awliyaullah and everyone else. So as everyone here is happy and singing songs filled with emotion, what do you think about the Sahaabah (r) with Prophet (s)? Everyone is happy to take pictures to hang in their house. On the Day of Judgement, they will say, “Yaa Rabbee, we sat in this majlis, association, and we heard the praisings and salutations on Prophet (s). We were like that in dunya, keep us like that in Akhirah!”

We must be happy to praise Prophet (s) as much as we can as it is Allah's Order. Alhamdulillah I was surprised that everyone knew the lyrics and sang along. Praising the Prophet (s) attracts angels: they will recite the praises Allah taught them and He will order them to sing their heavenly songs, not like our normal earthly songs, but heavenly songs that attract Awliyaullah more and more to hear that angelic voice. If everyone stays on Siraat al-Mustaqeem, they will begin to hear those angels recite, “Ameen yaa Rabbi 'l-`Alameen!”

One day, Sayyidina Musa (a) went on a journey through the desert and reached a mountain and as he approached it, he heard a voice coming from a cave. He liked that voice but could not understand it because it was far away, so he tried to get closer and heard recitations in an angelic voice, perhaps of a man, but he was not sure. He came closer and heard the love and emotions in that voice, just as you sang here with love and emotion. He was not yet not able to understand until he reached closer. He entered the cave and saw a man in sajda. Shaykh Opick sang, “sujood, sujood,” it is not for anyone but Allah. That is enough to take him to Paradise, because he encouraged people and himself to make sujood. That is why he prays the five prayers. Those who hear the recitation are the same as those who speak or sing (share the reward).

قُولُواْ آمَنَّا بِاللّهِ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالأسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى وَمَا أُوتِيَ النَّبِيُّونَ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ لاَ نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ

Say: "We believe in God, and in that which has been bestowed from on High upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Ibrahim and Isma`eel and Ishaq and Yaqub and their descendants, and that which has been promised to Musa and `Isa, and that which has been promised to all the [other] Prophets by their Sustainer: we make no distinction between any of them and to Him we surrender ourselves."

(Surat al-Baqarah, 2:136)

Don't separate or differentiate between them!

يحشر المرء مع من أحب

Each person will be resurrected with the one he loves. (Tabarani)

People will be resurrected with whom they love, so this whole group, the audience and the singers, will go to the same place in Paradise for praising Prophet (s) and bringing people to Islam!

To continue, Sayyidina Musa (a) looked at that man in sajda and began to understand what he was saying: he was thanking Allah (swt) that He created him to make sajda in dunya. Subhaan alladhee faddalanee `alaa katheerin min man khalaqa tafdeelan, “Praise be to Allah (swt) that He favored me over many, many others.”

Sayyidina Musa (a) looked at him and thought, “What is this man in sajda saying when has no legs or arms, only a head and torso?” He said, “O my brother, how has He favored you?”

At that moment, a deer came and raised its leg for that man began to suck its milk, his food for 24 hours which he drank and went back into sajda. Whenever the deer came, the man raised his head, drank milk like a child, went back into sajda and said, “Praise be to Allah, that He favored and preferred me above many.” He was in the cave from the time of Sayyidina Ibrahim (a), about 400 years! Sayyidina Nuh (a) was blessed with a thousand years; in those days people lived for 300, 400 or 500 years, they had long lives. Since then the man had been in the cave in sajda.

He answered, “Yaa Musa, I cannot thank Allah enough!” This is important for all of us to make us happy and to honor us, that Allah made us from the Ummah of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). He said, “Because Allah has created me Muslim,” as Sayyidina Ibrahim (a) said, ana awwal al-muslimeen, “Thank Allah that he made me Muslim.”

وَأُمِرْتُ لِأَنْ أَكُونَ أَوَّلَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ

And I am granted to be foremost among those who surrender themselves to Allah.

(Surat az-Zumar, 39:12)

Because Allah created him Muslim, he was so happy and considered himself over many whom Allah favored, so tonight alhamdulillah all of you showed your love and your sajda to Allah (swt) that He favored us with Islam, He did not create us non-Muslim, He created us one by one as past of His Chosen Ummah. That is why we have to be very careful in addressing people, because we don't know what kind of manifestation, tajalli and Light Allah is sending to each one.

Do you want Paradise? Of course, everyone wants Paradise, or else why would they come here from far away to see lovely, beautiful people? This is a garden of flowers with different colors, everyone is different, you cannot see anyone the same, which is Allah’s Qudrah that everyone has different features. An artist draws many copies of the same thing, but Allah does not need to copy, He can create everyone with different features. Can you find anyone with the same features? Impossible! He says, “Kun faya kun!” He Doesn't need preparation, when He Wills something immediately al-Khaliq creates and Creation appears!

وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الرُّوحِ ۖ قُلِ الرُّوحُ مِنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّي وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّنَ الْعِلْمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

They ask you about the soul. Say, “The soul is from the affair of My Lord and you have been given nothing but a little of knowledge.” (Surat al-Isra, 17:85)

Wa maa uteekum ila al-`ilmi illa qaleel, “What you have been given from knowledge is very little,” the rest Allah gave to Prophet (s), `Uloom al-Awwaleen wa ’l-Akhireen. If we had been given the knowledge, could anyone, whether a scientist, professor, PhD or anyone else, describe for me what ar-ruh, the soul is? No one can. What is that ruh made of? When it enters the body is alive and when it leaves the body is dead. We cannot see it or even sense it, so how we can claim we have knowledge? Does anyone know when the soul reaches the womb of the mother? No one does. Now they perform an ultrasound, but they do not know more than that.

I have given this example many times: the world population is six billion, but how many human beings are born every day? One million, 10 million, 100 million? Everyday new a Creation is created all at the same time, is it not? All of them go directly to the right mother. Although all of them go out together from Bahr al-Qudrah, the Ocean of Power where Allah (swt) creates souls, they know exactly which womb to reach on Earth and they reach immediately, in seconds, with what kind of speed, what kind of power, what kind of feature? No one knows!

Today when a child is born in the hospital, they put a bracelet to identify it so they aren’t mistaken for another baby. When Allah sends the ruh, it knows its name that Allah gave in Heaven, as every soul has seven names. Allah sends these names with the ruh to dress them in their dunya. It knows exactly which womb it belongs to and does not make a mistake, it goes to the womb Allah directed it to. They all enter, some at the same time and some at different times. Can any scientist or doctor tell how that works? No one. Can anyone predict the precise moment when the ruh will leave? No one can, it is impossible. No one knows when it goes in the body and when it comes out, and in between there is a life cycle it must complete. No one knows the life cycle Allah gave everyone from His Will. For example, we are all sitting in a plane and it has to take off and land after ten or twenty hours, but we cannot change the destination. We can sleep, eat, drink, use social media while inside, but we cannot control the destination of the plane. Similarly, no one can control when the ruh comes in and goes out. Allah gave us partial will, but the general will is in His Hands. He (swt) gave Divine Knowledge:

فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا

So they found one of Our Servants on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our Own Presence. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:65)

He can give knowledge to whom He likes, that is why the knowledge of Awliyaullah is different from others as they have special powers to interpret and understand specifically granted to them by Allah.

Prophet (s) said that it is easy for people to reach Paradise because Islam has taste, it is not based only on `Ilm al-Awraaq, Knowledge of Papers and Books (Shari`ah), but also on `Ilm al-Adhwaaq, Knowledge of Taste (Ma`rifatullah).[1] You taste its sweet fruit. What has the Prophet (s) encouraged the Ummah to do in order to enter Paradise? It consists of two or three words:

يا أيها الناس، أفشوا السلام، وأطعموا الطعام، وصلوا بالليل والناس نيام، تدخلوا الجنة بسلام

Spread (or say) the salaam, give food, and pray at night while people are asleep, then you will enter Paradise peacefully. (Tirmidhi)

Here ‘salaam’ means to say “As-salaamu `alaykum” and the other meaning, as you just said, is “to spread,” meaning, spread the love of Allah and His Prophet (s). This is what we are doing tonight. They are spreading the love of Allah and Prophet (s) through their praises and songs to the hearts of the audience. So ‘afshoo ‘s-salaam’ means to spread the heavenly peace to the hearts of the Ummah. When we see someone, we must ask them, “How are you?” as it is the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) to spread what we are spreading, that is why everyone came, not to hear me, they came to listen to songs. They are happy with the songs and the music that accompanies them and the singers made everyone happy and so Allah will be happy with them and with all those who show the Way of Allah and Prophet (s). That is afshoo‘s-salaam, it is afshoo‘l-hubb, “spread the love.” Allah is sending salawaat on Prophet (s) and ordered angels to show him love and they were preparing for the moment when He said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. O Believers! Pray upon him and greet him with a worthy salutation. (Surat al-Ahzaab, 33:56)

He was preparing the angels for the invitation of the Prophet (s) in Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa, Laylat al-Mi`raaj, how to entertain Prophet (s) in Paradise! When Sayyidina Jibreel (a) came with the Revelation and also on the Mi`raaj, he entertained the Prophet (s). That is afshoo ‘s-salaam: to make people happy, to rejuvenate the three trillion cells in their bodies! That is what they are doing and may Allah (swt) give them and their children happiness. That is what we need to do, as Allah (swt) said:

ووَذَكِّرْ فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

And remind (people), for reminding benefits the Believers. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 51:55)

We are reminding and that is a benefit, which is why sing the same lyrics in a song twice or more, until they make a new song, but it is all repetition. Angels, on the other hand, are always making a new salawaat: their praises are different in every moment and all of their salawaat on Prophet (s) is unique, they never repeat it from one time and to the next. Our children repeat verses and qasidahs because it is not easy create new praises of Prophet (s) continuously, it takes time. For them, time is free. Still, Allah will write for them when they sing salawaat on Prophet (s) and angels recite along with them!

Prophet (s) said, “Wa ‘ati`mu ‘t-ta`am, “After breaking the ice between you and your brother by saying ‘salaam,’ invite them for food, like in this occasion, and to sing songs that give them a bouquet of flowers from Paradise. Feed them, because it builds friendship. That is why it is important to speak at dinner, because people are happy to eat and listen and in this way you win their hearts, so afshoo ‘s-salaam, give salaam, then wa ‘ati`mu ‘t-ta`am, feed them. Salaam makes you happy and then food makes you more happy. What is next? You pray. Prophet (s) said, Wa salloo bi 'l-layl wa 'n-naasu niyaam, “Pray when people are sleeping,” meaning at night when we give salaam and then food, next host them and pray Salaat al-Layl with them, then you will enter Paradise! That is peace: give salaam to make friendship, give food to break the ice, pray together, then Allah will open Heaven. So there are three: salaam, ta`am and qiyaam.

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa ba rakaatuh. Inshaa-Allah everyone with their love to Allah (swt) and their salawaat on Prophet (s) will enter Paradise. With the barakah of these great people who are bringing new people to Islam, may they also bring Muslims back to practice their Islam, which they forgot.

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



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[1] Ibn `Ajeeba said: Al-`ilmu`ilmaan `Ilm al-Awraaq wa `Ilm al-Adhwaaq, “There are two kinds of knowledge, Knowledge of Books and Knowledge of Taste.”