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Hold Your Faith and Persevere in Tariqah

to Receive Allah’s Abundant Heavenly Showers

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

19 May 2012 Burton, Michigan

Suhbah at As-Siddiq Mosque

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

nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`alaa fee haadha 'l-masjid.

Allahumma tahhir qalbee min ash-shirki wa ‘n-nifaaq.

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

As a beginning, the Prophet (s) said, “Making prayer with siwaak is equal to 27 prayers.” We say that every time, and people are still not using their siwaak! So dhikr with siwaak is like 27 dhikr, if we want to understand from the hadith, so be sure next time to have your siwaak and as long as you remember it is better inshaa-Allah.

When the Prophet (s) used siwaak, he covered his mouth, rubbed his teeth and said, Allahumma taahir qalbee min ash-shirki wa ‘n-nifaaq, “O Allah! Purify my heart from shirk and hypocrisy.” That is to tell us everyone has shirk and hypocrisy in his heart. So that miswak has a secret, not because of cleaning the teeth, but because the Prophet (s) ordered it and it purifies us from shirk and hypocrisy. We will again explain what hypocrisy is, who a hypocrite is, and what he does. Now we begin with siwaak, saying, “Allahumma taahir qalbee min ash-shirki wa ‘n-nifaaq.”

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`alaa 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. (Surat an-Nisa,4:59)

Alhamdulillahi rabbil-`alameen wa ‘s-salaatu wa ‘s-salaamu `alaa ashraf al-anbiyaa wa ‘l-mursaleen wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.

O Allah! Make us among your sincere and pure believers, and among those who believed in Sayyidina Muhammad (s) although we did not see him! This shows how much power Allah (swt) gave to Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!

Munaafiqoon say one thing, but in their hearts they keep something else. (On your face) they show they love you, but in their hearts they do not believe in you. May Allah (swt) protect us from being such people, because you don't know if sometimes you might fall into that trap; not just sometimes, but all the time, as there are many moments in our lives that we fall into the trap of Shaytan! So we are asking that Allah (swt) keeps us from falling into Shaytan's hands. Particularly politicians and businessmen always tell lies. Politicians lie for their politics. Don’t become or imitate a politician by petting someone, lying by saying you love and respect him while you are stabbing him in the back! Don’t mislead people by flattering them because that is the way of politicians.

Once a man came to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) and said, “Yaa Sayyidi! I am being pushed to become a politician.”

Mawlana said, “Okay, no problem, but to be a politician you must be a hyena or a wolf because you are going to lie a lot.”

There are some businessmen who are pure, but some will do their best to lie and cheat in order to sell their product to make a profit and they don’t care about you!

The munaafiqoon as described by the Prophet (s) is the one who, idhaa hadatha kadhab, “When he speaks he lies.” In the time of the Prophet (s), many lied and pretended to be believers! That is why we have to be very careful of those who hold leadership positions, when they tell you something that is not allowed in tariqah. Why are we in tariqah?

Allah (swt) said in the Holy Qur'an:

وَأَلَّوِ اسْتَقَامُوا عَلَى الطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَاهُم مَّاء غَدَقًا

Wa law istiqaamoo `alaa ‘t-tareeqati la-asqaynaahum maa’an ghadaqa.

If they had (only) remained on the (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them rain in abundance. (Surat al-Jinn, 72:16)

Rain is not only drops of water, but also rahmat, mercy. So Allah (swt) is saying, “We would have showered them with Heavenly Knowledge.” The first thing Allah (swt) gave to Sayyidina Khidr (a) before giving him Heavenly Knowledge was Mercy, as in the ayah:

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

Fawajadaa `abdan min `ibaadinaa aataynaahu 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 (Divine) knowledge. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:65)

In order to get the knowledge, you must first knock at Prophet’s (s) door, as he is that rahmat mentioned in the ayah. When Khidr (a) surrendered to the Prophet (s), as did all Prophets, Allah (swt) gave him Mercy from Himself and taught him Heavenly Knowledge. That means you must have love in what you believe, to have faith and keep on the Straight Path, then Allah (swt) will shower us with mercy, which is to be in the Prophet’s presence, and then dress us with Heavenly Knowledge.

The secret of Allah's Words in Holy Qur'an is that it is not created. Allah’s Beautiful Names and Attributes are divine with no time limits, from al-azal ila ’l-abad, pre-Eternal to Eternal. No one can say that Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes are created; sometimes in translation, instead of saying, “Allah is continuously manifesting His Divine, Beautiful Names and Attributes,” you say, “He is ‘creating’ Divine Names and Attributes,” which is a mistake! I gave a suhbah in Indonesia about this, where I mistakenly said, “Allah created New, Beautiful Names and Attributes,” when I actually meant to say, “More of Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes are appearing from Allah’s Divine Essence, and manifesting to the Prophet (s).” Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes are not created, as they are Divine and Endless, with which He dressed the Prophet (s)! If we keep on the Right Path, we will be dressed with that dress and with His Mercy, He might dress us with drops from this ocean. We are asking Allah (swt) to dress each and every Muslim and everyone in tariqah with these Beautiful Names and Attributes!

So we must be careful not to say something without truth, just to flatter people (manipulating them) without actually believing it. If there is something to correct, correct it!

لاَّ يُحِبُّ اللّهُ الْجَهْرَ بِالسُّوَءِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ إِلاَّ مَن ظُلِمَ وَكَانَ اللّهُ سَمِيعًا عَلِيمًا

Laa yuhibbu ’Llaahu ’l-jahra bi ’s-sooi mina ’l-qawli illa man zhulima wa kaana Allaahu samee`an `aleema.

Allah loves not that evil should be voiced in public except where injustice has been done, for Allah is All-Hearing and All-Knowing. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:148)

Allah (swt) does not like anyone to speak badly about someone in public or expose them unless he oppressed them, then Allah (swt) gives permission to the oppressed to speak out against the oppressor. May Allah (swt) not make us oppressors, but make us oppressed! Dress us, yaa Allah, with Your blessings of Mercy!

Don’t break your promise, as the Prophet (s) said that a munaafiq has three characters:

آية المنافق ثلاث : إذا حدث كذب ، و إذا وعد أخلف و إذا ائتمن خان

Aayatul munaafiqu thalaatha: idhaa hadatha kadhab, wa idhaa wa`ada akhlaf, wa idhaa ‘tumina khaan.

The signs of a hypocrite are three: when he speaks he lies, and when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is charged with a trust, he deceives. (al-Bukhari)

From life experience, and I had many, you trust someone with something and when you come to take it he says, “No.” That is why it is ordered in the Holy Qur'an:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِذَا تَدَايَنتُم بِدَيْنٍ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى فَاكْتُبُوهُ وَلْيَكْتُب بَّيْنَكُمْ كَاتِبٌ بِالْعَدْلِ وَلاَ يَأْبَ كَاتِبٌ أَنْ يَكْتُبَ كَمَا عَلَّمَهُ اللّهُ فَلْيَكْتُبْ

Ya ayyuhalladheena aamanoo idhaa tadayantum bi daynin ilaa ajalin musamman faktuboohu wa ‘l-yaktub baynakum kaatibun bi ‘l-`adli wa laa yaa’ba kaatibun an yaktuba kamaa `allamahu ‘Llahu fa ‘l-yaktub.

O you who believe! When you deal with each other in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, record it in writing. Let a scribe write down faithfully as between the parties; let the scribe not refuse to write, as Allah Has taught him so let him write. (Surat al-Baqarah, 2:282)

Allah (swt) is saying, wa ‘l-yaktub baynakum kaatibun bi ‘l-`adli, whenever you want to make a deal you must write it and if you don’t, that is your mistake. Reehaan is a loan to be repaid, so you can give a loan to someone and put a lien on what that person owns to make sure he will pay you back.

So in continuation of the hadith, Prophet (s) said, wa idhaa ‘tumina khaan, “And if he is trusted he betrays that trust.” Are we trusted? Did we betray the trust? Yes, because on the Day of Promises Allah (swt) asked us, “Am I not your Lord?” and we said, “Yes!” Then Allah (swt) ordered us to make tawheed, pray, fast, give zakaat, and perform Hajj, but we broke our trust!

إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا الْأَمَانَةَ عَلَى السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَالْجِبَالِ فَأَبَيْنَ أَن يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا وَحَمَلَهَا الْإِنسَانُ

إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا

Inna `aradnaa al-amaanata `ala ‘s-samaawati wa ‘l-ardi wa ‘l-jibaali fa-abayna an yahmilnaahaa wa ashfaqnaa minhaa wa hamalahaa ‘l-insaanu innahu kaana zhalooman jahoola.

We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the Mountains, but they refused to undertake it, being afraid, but Man undertook it. Lo! He has proved a tyrant and a fool.

(Surat al-Ahzaab, 33:72)

Allah (swt) said, “We offered Our Trust to heavens and earth to carry, but they said, ‘Yaa Rabbee, please, we cannot carry that heavy Trust.’ And when We offered it to human beings they said, ‘We will take it!’ and therefore, they are oppressors and ignorant because they betrayed the amaanah I gave to them.” That amaanah is to love Allah (swt) and the Prophet (s)! So when they came to dunya, except for Muslims, some began worshipping idols, as in Hinduism and Zenism, and some began worshipping Uzayr (a).

We are muwahidoon, monotheists, who say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah,” that Allah is the Lord and Muhammad is His Messenger. When you say that, you become a mu'min.

قال أبو الدرداء وذكر بعضهم قال عبدالله بن جراد يارسول الله هل يزني المؤمن قال قد يكون ذلك قال هل يسرق المؤمن قال قد يكون ذلك قال هل يكذب المؤمن قال لا ثم أتبعها نبي الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : { إنما يفتري الكذب الذين لا يؤمنون بآيات الله } النحل : 105

Sa’alat Rasoolullahi (s) fa qultu: ya Rasoolullah hal yaznee al-mu’min? Qaala: qad yakoonu dhalika. Qaala: hal yakdhib al-mu’min? Qaala (s): laa thumma atba`ahaa an-Nabi (s) : Inamaa yaftaree al-kadhib alladheena laa yu’minoona bi-ayaatillaah.

One time the Sahaabah (r) asked the Prophet (s), “Yaa Rasoolullah! Does the mu’min steal or rob?" The Prophet (s) replied, "Perhaps." They asked, "Does the mu’min make zina (adultery)?" The Prophet (s) replied, "Perhaps." They asked, "Does the mu’min steal?" The Prophet (s) replied, “Perhaps.” Then they asked him, "Does the mu’min lie?" To this the Prophet (s) replied, "This, no!" Then the Prophet (s) followed it by (reciting), “Only they invent falsehood who believe not Allah's revelations, and (only) they are the liars.” [Surat al-Nahl, 16:105] (Kanzu ’l-`Ummal, 8994)

That means the believer cannot lie. So when Allah (swt) asked, “Am I not your Lord?” the mu’min cannot say ‘no’ when he comes to dunya. Everyone was created clean, but when they came to dunya they lied and worshipped themselves! We must not betray our Holy Qur'an, our Lord, and our Prophet (s). Prophet (s) said, al-munaafiq idhaa wa`ada akhlaf, “If a munaafiq makes a promise, he pulls out of his promise,” which is a sign of hypocrisy. A mu’min cannot show signs of hypocrisy! Al-mu’min idhaa wa`ada wafaa, if a believer promises something he must fulfill it, he cannot say later, “No, I cannot.” Then why did he say “I can” in the first place?

Once the Prophet (s) was going out from Madinah to another area and two of his Sahaabah (r) asked him, “Since you are going to that area from this route, can we quickly go to our village and come back?”

He (s) said, “Yes, go and come back; I will be waiting here.”

So they went, but Maghrib time came and the Prophet (s) didn't break his promise, he spent the night in the desert with his companions, waiting. The two Sahaabah (r) didn't come back until the next day. So the Prophet (s) didn't break his promise and waited for them, but if a hypocrite had promised he would have broken it!

On the Day of Promises we promised our Lord to do our prayers, to pay our zakaat, and to perform Hajj, but today we see Muslims aren’t praying; rather, they make an excuse, saying, “We observe office hours, so I must miss my prayers,” or, “I live in a country where if I pray they will think this or that.” That is wrong. It’s better if you go back home, where they will not ask you about your prayers! You cannot break what you promised Allah (swt), to pray! Today there is fatwa you can follow: if you have a cubicle in your office, pray there, but don’t say, “I cannot pray.” Ad-darooraat yubeeh al-mahzhooraat, “The necessity waives what is forbidden.” You are asked to pray standing, unless in several cases you can pray sitting and in some cases you can even pray laying down, but don’t miss the prayer! In your office you cannot say, “I don’t pray.” Close your office and pray! And if you are around other people, then “wherever you direct your face, Allah is there.”

There is no direction: you pray sitting and face whatever direction you are in that office, but don’t say, “I am not praying because I am in my office.” No, you are in cubicle where everyone can see you, so pray sitting, and if you cannot, as they might ask why are you facing that way or moving your finger like that, say, “I am trying to get my energy back.”

There are many ways to cover that and you can say, “I am making exercise for my stomach,” or follow the Maliki school of thought and keep your hands by your side when you pray (not arms folded across your torso), and move your head. However you pray, don’t miss the prayer! You also have an excuse to pray only by moving your eyes or only your head (without physically performing the positions of salaat). Allahu Akbar! Imagine, you raise your hands and say, “Allahu Akbar,” look forward and read Surat al-Fatihah and then a surah, and to perform ruku` simply lower your gaze, then recite “Sami`allahu liman hameeda,” then raise your gaze towards the ceiling, then recite “Rabbana laka ‘l-hamd.” there is a way to pray in every circumstance, so don’t say you cannot, because the signs of a munaafiq are three: if he is trusted he breaks his trust, if he speaks he lies and if he promises he breaks his promise.

Before 9/11 you could put a carpet and pray on the street. Can you do that now? Some people stop their cars and pray sitting, or they pray while in the car, on the bus, or while airplane is moving. So don’t miss it! When you arrive home, you can do qada, make it up. The `ulama today gave a fatwa that if you are flying in a plane to pray sitting, and if you want to be more sincere, you can repeat the missed prayer later, although it is not considered missed since you prayed on time in the plane. Al-mu’min idhaa wa`ada wafaa, “If a believer promises, he keeps it,” not like the one who made a promise and breaks it. Let us not be like that! Siraatu 'l-Mustaqeem is the Right Way that we have to follow; if not, we will not receive Allah's Mercy, as He (swt) said:

وَأَلَّوِ اسْتَقَامُوا عَلَى الطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَاهُم مَّاء غَدَقًا

Wa law istiqaamoo `alaa at-tareeqati la-asqaynaahum maa’an ghadaqa.

If they had (only) remained on the (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them rain in abundance. (Surat al-Jinn, 72:16)

Allah (swt) is saying, “If they were to keep on the Right Way, We would have showered them with endless Mercy that has no beginning and no end.” Ghadaqa means “with no end.” Sometimes they say, “It is going to rain in the midwest area, and it will cause 6-15 inches of flooding.” Ghadaqa means “Allah will ‘flood’ you with Mercy if you keep istiqaamah, if you don’t break your promise with Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s).”

That is why the Prophet (s) said, “A mu’min might steal or commit adultery, but as for lying, no way a mu’min will do that!” And this also means if you promised something to your Lord on the Day of Promises and then turned back on your word, it is considered a lie. So the Prophet (s) said (according to that hadith), “Don’t lie on your Lord, don’t lie on the Prophet (s) and so the good tidings.”

We spoke on the difficulties we are facing today and how to try to overcome them and how not to be hypocrites (in dealing with these difficulties), but to be good mu’mineen.

The Prophet (s) asked the Sahaabah, “Who has the strongest faith from among all of creation?” They said, “Yaa Rasoolullah! The strongest in faith must be the angels.” He (s) said, “How would the angels not have strong faith when they see what they are seeing in Paradise; they know what Allah is ordering them and they don’t disobey!” And they said, “The Prophets.” He (s) said, “How would they not have strong faith when Jibreel (a) comes to them and reveals the message to them?” And they thought and said, “Then your Companions, yaa Rasoolullah!” He (s ) said, “How would you not have strong faith when you see me? You are my Companions! And so then, who has strong faith? Do you have an answer?” He said, “It is a group of people coming after me and they never saw me and they believe in me.”

That group of people are those who are present here, or those outside, and you cannot just say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” but you must also say, “Muhammadun Rasoolullah” and then you are Muslim.

وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ

Wa rafa`naa laka dhikrak.

And We have elevated your remembrance! (Ash-Sharh, 94:4)

Allah (swt) is saying, “We have raised up your remembrance, yaa Muhammad! I have ordered all angels to make salawaat on you in every moment!” And some unbelievers came to the Prophet (s) and said, “No one will speak about you after (you leave this world) because you have no male offspring!” At that time Allah (swt) revealed Surat al-Kawthar:

إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْإِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الْأَبْتَرُ

Inna a`taynaaka ‘l-kawthar fa salli li rabbika wanhar inna shaaniaka huwa ‘l-abtar.

To you We granted the Fount (of Abundance); therefore, to your Lord turn in prayer and sacrifice, as he who hates you will be cut off (from future hope). (Surat al-Kawthar, 108: 1-3)

They taunted the Prophet (s) by saying, “You have no descendants, you are cut-off!” So Allah answered them, saying, “O Muhammad! We have given you al-Kawthar in abundance, something that has no beginning and no end!” That is the name of a river in Paradise, known as the “River of Abundance” and “the River of Abundant Knowledge.” It is the river of whatever Allah (swt) wants and all kinds of rivers are in it. When you drink from that river, you get whatever taste you want from your drink; for example, if you want the dunya taste of apple juice, pomegranate or a milk shake, you get that taste; if you ask for knowledge, you get knowledge; if you ask for love, you get love of Allah (swt) and love of the Prophet (s); whatever you wish, you will get that when you drink from that river!

So pray as much as you can. Sayyida A`yesha (r) often saw the Prophet's feet were swollen from standing in prayer, while we are pray for two minutes and see it as too long. Allah (swt) said, fa salli li rabbika wanhar inna shaaniaka huwa ‘l-abtar, “Pray to Allah with thanks and sacrifice for Him. Your enemy that is shaming you is cut-off.” That is why everyone was cut-off except Sayyidina Muhammad (s), and also why everyone is cut-off from Paradise except mu’min and Muslims (who declare Allah’s Oneness and the messengerhood of Prophet)!

The flag of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) will be raised in every masjid, and in every khutbah, discussion and prayer, the name of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) will be mentioned, not only here, but around the world! Whoever is speaking about Islam has to mention Sayyidina Muhammad (s), either willing or unwillingly! And not only are the Muslims or mu’mineen mentioning the name of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), but Allah (swt) put that on every tongue, mu’min or non-mu’min! His name is everywhere in the Muslim or non-Muslim world as he is “The Messenger of Peace” and “The Messenger of Love,” “The Messenger of Knowledge,” and “The Messenger of Piety,” and he is also the Seal of Messengers (s)!

O Believers! Be happy that Allah (swt) made us Muslim! It is not because you are clever that you became Muslim; rather, it is from Allah's Will! If we thank Allah day and night, it is not enough! We ask, O our Lord! We are helpless servants and Your slaves. A slave cannot raise his head; we are under Your Orders! And You said in Holy Qur'an:

ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ

Id`oonee astajib lakum.

Supplicate to Me and I will give you! (Surat al-Mu’min, 40:60)

So we ask You to dress us with love and sincerity to Sayyidina Muhammad (s), and that he guides us to Siraatu 'l-Mustaqeem. We are weak servants who fall right and left. We enjoy driving on back roads as they are scenic, but You said, “Go on the highway as it is shorter and come quickly to see Me!” So we don’t want to go on the back roads, as there are too many traps of Shaytan and dunya pleasures, but we fell in the traps of Shaytan anyway and we ask for Your forgiveness! We know our weakness and helplessness and that we are not sincere, but we say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah!” That is our treasure for Akhirah and there is no other treasure! The mu’mineen and Saaliheen, the awliyaullah as they have been called, knew these secrets.

أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

Alaa bi dhikrillahi tatma'inna ‘l-quloob.

Truly in remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquility. (Ar-Ra`d, 13:28)

Awliyaullah knew the secret of that verse, and they kept asking Allah (swt) by means of His Attributes, doing silent or loud dhikr. Allah (swt) will accept dhikr in any form, like sometimes you are driving and your heart is doing dhikr. Keep remembering Allah in every moment of your life, reminding yourself whether or not you committed a sin, because this is our ticket to Paradise, to Prophet (s) and to Allah (swt)! Those tickets have different colors--some are green, red, or yellow--and depending on how you have been in this life, it might take you to be with the Prophet (s).

من قال لا اله الا الله دخل الجنة

Man qaala laa ilaaha illa-Llah dakhal al-Jannah.

Whoever says “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah” enters Paradise.

We know we might be in the lowest paradise, but we ask You, O our Lord, grant us to be among those whom You have favored! Favor us among those whom You favored, of Prophets and the Siddiqeen and the Saaliheen and the Shuhadaa. So you see how He counted them: begin with Prophets, one level, then He mentioned “Siddiqeen,” then He mentioned “Saaliheen,” and then He mentioned “Shuhadaa,” and so Shuhadaa came between the top and middle level with the Prophet (s). That means Allah (swt) will give higher levels to as-Saaliheen and as-Siddiqeen than to ash-Shuhadaa, although they go to Paradise with no account.

Those whom Allah (swt) favored are the Prophets, the siddiqeen, the awliya and the shuhadaa. The awliya whom Allah favored are lowest of those levels and we ask to be among them. The shuhadaa also includes the ones who revive the sunnah of the Prophet (s) in a time when his sunnah has dropped, because the ummah becomes much more corrupt.

من احيا سنتي عند فساد أمتي فله أجر مائة شهيد

Man ahyaa sunnatee `inda fasaada ummatee falahu ajra miata shaheed.

There are people who continue to revive my sunnah. For each sunnah they revive, Allah will give them the reward of seventy martyrs (‘one-hundred martyrs,’ in different riwaya.)

One sunnah is to rub your teeth with the miswaak, not brush them, and then you get the reward of seventy martyrs! So we ask to see the Prophet (s) in this life, before the Next Life!

May Allah forgive us and bless us in this meeting, and on Monday, or Tuesday in some countries, it is the first of Rajab. We asked Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q) yesterday and he said it is Monday, so you want to consider it is Monday. On the same day, Monday, an eclipse is going to be seen in the U.S. southwest region and in many countries. And Rajabun shahrullah, “Rajab is the month of Allah.” Anyone that does something good in this month, angels will not write what he did, but it will be bi yadi ‘l-Qudrah, with Allah's Hand of Power! He will reward that servant for whatever good he did.

And the next month, Sha`baan, is the month of the Prophet (s), and Ramadan is the month of the ummah. So first, this month when to start preparing to enter, through the Divine Presence, the month of the Prophet (s) and that prepares us to fast Ramadan clean. The first ten days of Ramadan are mercy, the second ten days are forgiveness, and last ten days are to be freed from Hellfire and all your sins. May Allah bless us in these three months, in order to be blessed in Dhul-Qa`da and Dhul-Hijjah! The time is moving so fast as this is the Last Days, so not long ago we were fasting Ramadan, and now we are coming again to Rajab and Sha`baan. Now prepare yourselves for too many changes that will bring heavenly and peaceful life coming on earth!

May Allah keep us under His Protection and the ummah and everyone else, may Allah give everyone what they like. We say what we like, which is Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s). Keep on Siraatu 'l-Mustaqeem! Allah (swt) will shower us with mercy that no one saw before, and may Allah keep us to see that mercy: that is the Prophet (s)! That is the problem you see too much: one slap from here, one from there. And Sayyidina `Isa (a) said if you get slapped from here, turn your face to get another slap! But today we have no more sides to turn, from being slapped on every side! However, Allah (swt) said:

وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

Wa qul: ja'a al-haqq wa zahaq al-batil inna 'l-baatila kaana zahooqa.

Say (O Muhammad), "Haqq (Truth) has come and baatil (falsehood) has perished.”

(Surat al-'Israa, 17:81)

And now we see haqq is coming up and Shaytan is going away. May Allah forgive us.

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

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