29 Ramadan 1427/21 October 2006
A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytaan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaada, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid
alimatan thaqeelataan fil meezan khafeefataan ala al-lisan subhanallah wa bi-hamdihi subhanallahil-`adheem istaghfirullah – two words that are very heavy in the Scale and very light on the tongue, subhanallah wa bi-hamdihi subhanallahil-`adheem istaghfirullah – Glory to Allah I and His Praise and thanks, Glory be to God the Greatest, may Allah I forgive us.
Allah I as we said in the previous session the head of every association is to understand why we are meeting, or why we are sitting together, for what reason? What is the benefit?
What is the benefit that Allah I has revealed the holy Qur'an to the Prophet e and what is the benefit of sending the seal of the messenger Sayyidina Muhammad e and what is the benefit of sending all the prophets and messengers?
It all depends on one holy verse of the Qur'an. Like the head to the body, that verse is the head of all that Allah I has revealed to the Prophet e and all that the Prophet e has revealed in hadith.
And that verse is,
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ ذَلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلاً
Ya ayyuhalladheena aamanoo Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-Rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum fa in tanaza`tum fee shayin faruddoohu ila Allahi war-rasooli in kuntum tuminoona billahi wa’l-yawm’il-akhiri dhaalika khayrun wa ahsanu taweela
O believers obey the Prophet e and obey those who are in authority. And if ye have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah I and the messenger if ye are (in truth) believers in Allah I and the Last Day. That is better and more seemly in the end. [4:59]
That is it, that is Islam and that is the religion and that is the message that Allah I conveyed to humanity. Allah I doesn’t want more than that from anyone except obedience. If we obey we are in safety and if we disobey then there is a question mark.
And Allah I said ati` Allah. Then he didn’t stop. He said, ati` ar-Rasul, obey my Prophet e that I am sending to you. If you don’t obey the Prophet e then what happens. That means you disobeyed Allah I. If you pray, Allah I has mentioned obligatory, when we say ashadu an La ilaha ill-Allah can we say at the end as-salaam alaykum ayyuhan-nabiyyu….ibadillah…ashadu an La ilaha ill-Allah. Can we stop at that point. No, your prayer is invalid if you stop at this point and say as-salaam alaykum wa rahmatullah. So if you don’t, “Sayyidina Muhammad e is the messenger,” your prayer is thrown in your face because you read Fatiha nicely you did ruku` nicely you did sujood nicely. Then at that time they will throw the salaat in your face.
As-salaamu alayka ayyuhan-nabi, sending salaam saluations to you, Ya Muhammad e. If you don’t say that your prayer is not considered. It is not acceptable to stop at ashadu an La ilaha ill-Allah, you can stop at ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah e and stop, then that is accepted, you don’t need to continue and say allahuma salli Muhammadin…
When we say as-salaam alayka ayyuhan nabiyyu was salaamu` alayna wa `ala ibadillah is-saliheen. We are sending salaams on ourselves, the angels accompanying us. And then we send salaam on `ibadullah as-saliheen. These are the authorities. The awliyaullah. Everyone must know who is their authority or their `amal may go somewhere else. In every amal you have to be careful and you have to know who is your authority. You might else go to a door that lead to a hallway that ends up in punishment or is full of obstacles or full of thorns and full of stinging that poke you.
Authority must be known because when you know your authority you go directly there, you don’t need different ways or different doors. It is one door. If you want to reach your ear how do you reach your ear. Touch it like that it is so simple. Why you want to go all the way like that and you cannot reach. The door is there, one door. Not two doors or 3 or 4 or 100. You come to that door you are safe. Sayyidina Muhammad e said, “I am the city of knowledge and Ali y is its door.” Finished. Why are we looking here and there?
Everyone enter a door. If you enter a wrong room then it is your mistake. Those who kept straight forward to that door reached and those who did not fell into obstacles.
May Allah I, I am not going to be long else at Fajr time need to continue with that suhbat. But now we are only a short one, may Allah I keep us on the right way.
Wa min Allah at-tawfiq bi-hurmatil Fatiha.