23 July 2016 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan
A'oodhu billahi min ash-shaytani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleen Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een.
Alhamdulillah for the blessings that are with us due to the presence of the righteous ones among us and specifically Shaykh Salahuddin.
O brothers and sisters! Every day is passing, which means the Last Days are approaching. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem:
اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ
The Hour (of Judgment) approached and the moon split. (Surat al-Qamar, 54:1)
That ayah was revealed to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) almost 1500 years ago, so we don’t want to speculate or say too much, other than the Hour is like lamha 'l-basar, the Day of Resurrection is so near, it comes so quickly, like lightning or thunder that suddenly attracts you. Before lightning strikes we hear thunder. Allah said, “Judgment Day approached and the moon split.” We are in the middle of this issue, that every day is passing and something is happening, there is no peacefulness, everyone is worried, every person has problems, and dunya is boiling. May Allah (swt) protect us.
We have to think well and we must have taqwa or then we will have a problem: we will have no knowledge, our `ilm will be worthless. Allah (swt) said, ittaqullah wa yu`allimukumullah, "Fear Allah and you will be taught by Him."
وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
Fear Allah and Allah will teach you (Surat al-Baqara, 2:282)
You must have taqwa with yourself, your wife, your community, your family, your school, with every system and in everything Allah created. If you don't have taqwa then you are running towards m`asiyya (sins): less taqwa, more ma`siyya; more taqwa, more rewards. So it depends how far we are in reaching taqwa: if we are far then our days are miserable and Akhirah will be a problem for us, but if we have taqwa and are struggling to keep it in our hearts, Allah (swt) said:
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Say, "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, for Allah forgives all sins for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat az-Zumar, 39:53)
Don't despair of Allah's Mercy. We are trying our best not to lose hope. These days very heavy on Ummat an-Nabi (s). There are too many problems around us and no safety. You don't know if you go out in the morning if you will come back in the evening. Allah's Care, inaayatullah, is the only thing that can save us, but to attract that cafre we have to know there is no way to reach it except with what Allah has given us, where Allah said in Holy Qur'an:
وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا
Leave what Prophet (s) forbade and take what he ordered. (Surat al-Hashr, 59:7)
What the Prophet (s) gave to you take it, it means follow it, and don't do the opposite. What did the Prophet (s) give to us? Allah (swt) said:
إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُُ
The religion in Allah’s view is Islam (submission to His Will). (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:19)
Also, the Prophet (s) said:
Religion is advice.
It means advice is Islam: advice is within and for Islam. The advice Prophet (s) came with is, ilaahi Anta maqsoodi wa ridaaka matloobi, “Allah! You are my goal and Your pleasure is what I seek!” That is the Message of Islam, to advise us what is good and what is bad. And Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur'an:
وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا
If they had only, when they were unjust (oppressor) to themselves, come to you and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisaa, 4:64)
“When they oppressed themselves, there is no safety except when they come to you, yaa Muhammad!” If you go to anyone other than Prophet (s), you are mistaken! You might fall into the traps of Shaytan. He (s) is the only one to come to: jaa'ooka, “They come to you, yaa Muhammad,” means our way is to reach the Prophet (s), to find a way that he (s) will be happy with us, because then he will present us to Allah (swt) with happiness and istighfaar on our behalf! If he is not happy with us, he will turn his face away from us. Don't make the Prophet (s) upset because we don't want him to turn his face away from us on the Day of Judgment, we want him to intercede for us!
That is why Allah said, “Your safety, your key to your Trust and treasures and happiness is to reach the Prophet (s).” It is a very clear ayah: Wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum, “When they oppressed themselves there is no safety, except to come to the Prophet (s), jaa'ooka, they come to you, it is the only way, that is their first step.” ‘When they come to you’ means, “They are humbly asking you to intercede for them; they come to you with istighfaar, saying, ‘Allah wants you, O Prophet, to be judge.’”
That is why Allah sent everyone to him (s), and said, “When you do something wrong, there is no other way except to come to Muhammad (s).” That is not shirk or kufr, that is a verse in Holy Qur'an that many Ahl as-Sunnah wa 'l-Jama'ah scholars mention. When you oppress yourself, like if you don't pray or you pray one time but stop another time, or pray Zhuhr and don't pray `Asr, or pray `Asr but not Zhuhr, or you don’t pray Fajr, etc., that is m`asiyya, zhulm an-nafs, oppressing the body. Allah created a balance for the body.
وَالسَّمَاء رَفَعَهَا وَوَضَعَ الْمِيزَانَ أَلَّا تَطْغَوْا فِي الْمِيزَانِ
And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice). In order that you may not transgress (due) balance.” (Surat ar-Rahman, 55:7,8)
وَأَقِيمُوا الْوَزْنَ بِالْقِسْطِ وَلَا تُخْسِرُوا الْمِيزَانَ
So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance. (ar-Rahman, 55:9)
After Allah created Heavens and Earth, He created the Balance. Don't do something wrong with the balance; make the two sides balance equally, as one neutralizes the other. If one is too much on the side of sins, go back quickly, don't let one side, the side of Shaytan, be heavier and the side of Rahman be lighter. Allah does not like that, because He gave you a balanced system, like an engine whose oil you check. If there is no oil, the engine will break. Don't break your engine. This body has been given oil through prayers and whatever worship you must complete within 24 hours in order to keep that power for yourself and continue your day and night.
When a mu’min goes to sleep, his soul goes under the `Arsh to make sajda to be supported by heavenly powers that rejuvenate the body. If the soul is strong the body is strong, and if the body is protected the soul will be protected. So keep the balance that Allah has given us, in order to survive physically and spiritually. The body and every atom has mass and the electrons are energy circumambulating the mass. If you preserve the body from falling into sins you keep your energy circumambulating the body, and the soul circumambulates the body to keep it alive and fresh.
We have to understand that Allah created everything with a wisdom and every part of our body has been created with wisdom and we must have taqwa that Allah (swt) will take care of us. If we take care of the obligations He ordered, He will take care of our life. Allah is The Most Merciful, His Mercy is for everyone and He can forgive everyone, but to attract that we need to follow His Way! It’s up to you, we say, “Yaa Rabb, we want to follow Your Way,” and Allah says, “If you want to follow My Way, then follow the Prophet (s).” That is teaching for you, me and everyone: we must follow Sayyidina Muhammad (s), as Allah said:
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
(O Muhammad!) We have sent you not except as a Mercy for all the Worlds. (Surat al-Anbiyaa, 21:107)
“Verily, We have sent rahmah for everyone.” He is the Rahmat al-Muhdaat li ‘l-Ummah, rahmah for his Ummah, the Gifted Mercy that is within and among us.
وإعلموا أن فيكم رسول الله
And know Allah's Messenger is in you. (Surat al-Hujuraat, 49:7)
Know that the Prophet (s) is among you and with you and in you. He is always with us! That is why he (s) said:
تعرض علي أعمال لكم فإن وجدت خيراً حمدت الله وما وجدت غير ذلك استغفرت لكم.
My life is a great good for you: you relate from it and narrations are related to you. And my death contains good for you as well, for I observe the `amal of my Ummah. If I find good I thank Allah, and if I see other than that, bad, I ask forgiveness for you. (al-Bazzaar in his Musnad)
“The deeds of my Ummah are displayed to me and that is a grant from Allah.” It means he is with us, seeing what we are doing: Allah gave him that, it is a grant, wahban, for our benefit.
إِنَّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحًا مُّبِينًا لِيَغْفِرَ لَكَ اللَّهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِن ذَنبِكَ وَمَا تَأَخَّرَ وَيُتِمَّ نِعْمَتَهُ عَلَيْكَ وَيَهْدِيَكَ صِرَاطًا مُّسْتَقِيمًا
Verily, We have granted you a manifest victory that Allah may forgive your faults of the past and those to follow, fulfill His favor to you and guide you on the Straight Way. (Surat al-Fath, 48:1,2)
“We have made for you a manifest victory to forgive your former and latter sins.” Prophet (s) is infallible and Allah opened a big door for him and his Ummah, who must not fight. We are in the 21st century, 15th century Hijri and still we are wild. When are we going to be domestic? We are very wild, against ourselves and our communities. Everyone on Earth must take care and be responsible in what concerns him, not to be involved in anything that creates fitna and confusion. We are peaceful people and we like peace for everyone.
Allah (swt) said, Maliki yawmi'-d-deen, “He is The Owner of the Day of Resurrection.” Ad-deena `inda'Llahi al-Islam, “He is The Owner of deen, Islam.” Allah gave everyone Islam within them to guide them to the Right Way. Everyone has a day when he leaves dunya: that is a day of judgment for Barzakh. When we leave dunya we go to the grave. If we were good by praying, fasting, paying Zakaat, performing Hajj and saying Shahadah, then we will be judged with care and mercy in the grave.
Like Rabi`a al`Adawiyya (q), who was always concerned with how the Angel of Death (a) would come to take her soul, with mercy or punishment? Also, she was concerned with the two angels, Ankar (a) and Nakeer (a), who questioned the deceased in the grave: will they come with punishment or mercy? May Allah (swt) protect us. When Allah (swt) calls us on the Day of Judgment, will it be with punishment or mercy? We will come with these two situations: if we oppressed ourselves, then we come to Him wa'btaghaw ilayhi al-waseela, “Take the means of approach to Him,” and Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the way, the means: he intercedes for everyone. Allah said, “Wa'btaghaw ilayhi al-waseela,” that is not kufr, to seek Allah (swt) through His Prophet (s). He is the waseela, gateway, who went to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa. Did Sayyidina Adam, Sayyidina Nuh, Sayyidina Ibrahim, Sayyidina Musa or Sayyidina `Isa (a) go there? Only Sayyidina Muhammad (s) went!
So w'abtaghaw ilayhi al-waseela, means wa'btaghaw ilayhi Muhammad, “Seek the means to Him” is seek “Muhammad to reach Him”. That is not shirk. Seek with what Prophet (s) gave you, your waseela is Islam. So everyone will have one day in the grave to be judged and asked. The big judgment is on the Day of Resurrection, when Allah orders Sayyidina Israfil (a) to blow the Trumpet and everyone will come out of their graves.
I heard Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, say, “If you go around the world, North to South and East to West, in every handful of soil on Earth is the remains of a deceased person.” Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`oon is read for the soul, but our body will become a handful of dust, soil or sand in the ground. Wherever you put your hand is the remains of a deceased person, so imagine how many handfuls you can count? Millions, billions or trillions? In Barzakh, the Afterlife, will be the second cycle and you live al-Hayaat al-Barzakhiyya, the life in the grave. Either you are going to be in punishment or in rewards in Jannah. May Allah (swt) keep us in Jannah and turn our graves into gardens!
ما بين قبري و منبري روضة من رياض الجنة
Between my grave and my pulpit is a garden from the Gardens of Paradise. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Prophet (s) said, “Between my grave and my minbar is a part of Paradise.” So we have to ask Allah every day to turn our graves min Rawdatu ‘l-Riyaad al-Jannah, a piece of Paradise. May Allah (swt) balance our `amal and support us with inaayatullah, His Care.
Wa law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum jaa’ooka fastagfarullah. “They come to you, yaa Muhammad (s), to ask forgiveness.” So our `amal, our prayer, everything we do, we have to wrap it with salawaat `ala ‘n-Nabi because he is observing if we are doing good or bad; if we are doing good he is happy, if we are doing bad he will make istighfaar on our behalf.
May Allah forgive us, may Allah bless us.
Bi hurmati ‘l-Habeeb, bi hurmati ‘l-Fatihah.
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