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Praise Prophet Continuously

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

15 November 2009 | Washington, DC Suburb

Mawlid in Private Home

May Allah (swt) accept this Mawlid from all of us. It is barakah to recite Mawlid of Prophet (s) every night, not just one night and then sit. Every night people can read one or two pages; that would be nice. Because He (s) is our way, `ihdeenas Sirat-ul Mustaqeem, Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is As-Siratul Mustaqeem. Allah (swt) said in Surat al-Fatihah, Siraata 'lladheena an`amta `alayhim, “The path that you have favored people with.” That path is the path of Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

Awliyaaullah say that as-Siraata 'l-Mustaqeem is a bridge between Yawm al-Mahshar, the day of Resurrection and Paradise, you have to cross that bridge. If you fall on the right side there is punishment, and if you fall on the left side there is punishment. Whoever crosses that bridge is safe. That bridge can be thinner than a hair or as wide as the universe. Allah said in Holy Qur’an, in kuntum tuhibbunallah fattabi`oonee yuhbib kumullah, “If you really love Allah (swt),follow Sayyidina Muhammad (s); Allah will love you.” So that path is Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

Whoever is coming from the right door, Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur’an, وَأْتُواْ الْبُيُوتَ مِنْ أَبْوَابِهَا - "w 'aatoo 'l-buyoota min abwaabihaa, - Don’t enter the home from the back door, enter from the main door.” (2:189) The main door to Paradise is Sayyidina Muhammad (s). If we are connected to Prophet (s), He (s) is pulling everyone, and He (s) wants everyone in Paradise from his ummah. He (s) doesn’t want anyone to be left behind for Iblees. If Prophet (s) doesn’t leave anyone behind for Iblees to take, what do you think of Allah (swt), The Most Generous, Arhamu 'r-Raahimeen, The Most Absolute rahmah is in His Hand! That’s why He said Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is Rahmatan li 'l-`alameen - Mercy to all the Worlds.

So if we remember what Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur’an as an order to angels and humanity, إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا - Inn 'Llaha wa malaa`ikatahu yusalloona`ala 'n-Nabi yaa ayyuhalladheen aamanoo salloo `alayhi wa sallimoo tasleema - Indeed Allah and His angels are praising and sending praises on Prophet (s), O you who believe Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect." (33:52)

That praising is continuously, non-stop. Allah (swt) is sending favors on Prophet (s) and praising Him (s). Angels are praising Prophet (s). O Muslims! It is an order on us to make salawaat on Prophet (s). It is not an order on us to do anything else in this life! If someone will not do anything in his life, except stand in front of the presence of Prophet (s) in Madinah, in front of His (s) grave, and continuously praise Prophet (s) day and night, he will not be in need for any food or any drink. Allah will provide for him. Because Allah ordered, “O believers! Praise him, send salawaat on him continuously.” Allah didn’t mean 10 or 15 times; He said “continuously.” It is a continuous order, non-stop future order.

Sayyida Maryam (a), Virgin Mary, didn’t need anything. Sayyidina Zakariyya (a), a prophet, was surprised. How can she survive? What do you think she was praying in her niche? What was she saying? Allah said in Holy Qur’an:

كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقاً قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّى لَكِ هَـذَا قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ اللّهِ إنَّ اللّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاء بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

kullamaa dakhala `alayha zakariyya al-mihraaba wajada `aindaha rizqa. qaala yaa maryamu anna laki haadha qaalat huwa min `indillaahi inna Allaha yarzuqu man yashaa'u bi-ghayri hisaab.

Whenever he (Zakariyya) entered her prayer niche, he found her sustenance provided her. He said: "O Mary! Whence (comes) this to you?" She said: "From Allah. for Allah Provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure." ” (3:37)

It might be physical provisions, or it might be spiritual provisions. When Adam (a) ate from the tree, he immediately went into sajdah and asked Allah (swt) to forgive him for the sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!!! He said, “Yaa Rabbee! Forgive me for the sake of Muhammad (s).” Allah said, “Yaa Adam (a), how you knew about Muhammad (s)?” Adam (s) said, “Yaa Rabbee, His (s) name is everywhere in Paradise.” Allah said, “If it was not for Muhammad (s), I would not have created anything, I created them for Him (s).” So Adam (a) asked Allah (swt) to forgive him for the sake of Muhammad (s). What do you think Sayyida Maryam (a) was doing? She (a) was also sending salawaat on Prophet (s). She (a) realized Haqeeqatun Nabi (s). That’s why when the Prophet’s blessed mother Sayyida Aminah (r) was giving birth, three ladies came to help: Sayyida Hawa (a), Sayyida Aasiyah (a), and Sayyida Maryam (a). They knew about Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and they were sending salawaat on Him (s). Because of their salawaat, Allah saved Sayyida Aasiyah (a) from Pharoah, made Sayyida Hawa (a) to be the mother for the whole world, and made Sayyida Maryam (a) to be a miracle for humanity to bring Sayyidina `Isa (a).

O Muslims, if we do salawaat daily, it is not enough to give Sayyidina Muhammad (s) his rights. I am surprised with Indonesians. I go everywhere, I haven’t seen people like Indonesians. They meet every day or every other day in tens of thousands in different locations. Not in one location, it might be on one location and then in another location. They block the streets, 10,000 or 20,000 getting together to celebrate the Prophet’s (s) birthday. And all of them eat there, they provide food. In one gathering, we were there for two hours, and there were 5,000 people, and all of them ate. Imagine how much they were cooking and offering people food! You cannot believe it. It was tray after tray of rice and meat for 5,000 people! Think about it. And not one went hungry, all of them ate. That is the barakah of Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!

Allah (swt) will make your life a happy life. Because Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the happiness, the love, the rahmah, and the shifaa from any disease, and the barakah from every disease.

May Allah forgive us and bless us. May Allah bless the owner of this house, and everyone else here or not here, and wherever they are listening and seeing us. And may Allah give our shaykh long life and give all our families shifa’a.

Bi hurmati 'l-Habeeb, Bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.