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Our Good Deeds Are Not Enough to Enter Paradise

Ramadan Series 2017, Vol 12

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

10 June 2017 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

Zhuhr Suhbah

[NOTE: on video, audio begins at 07:10.]

Sayyid al-qawm khaadimahum, the best master is the one who serves people, and the best of them is Sayyidina Muhammad (s), as he said:

أنا سيد ولد آدم ولا فخر

I am the Master of the Children of Adam and I say this with no pride. (Musnad Ahmad)

That means we all have pride we need to eliminate. We are passing like the sun and moon in an eclipse and nothing will be left. Some people try to step on their egos, to achieve what Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) achieved, about which the Prophet (s) said to the Sahaabah (r), “If you want to see someone who mootoo qabl an tamoot, died before he died (mastered his ego), look at Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r).”

We have to surrender as submission saves us. When you only submit to your ego, you will struggle. This suhbah is not specifically intended for anyone, it is in general for us all to take wisdom from it. We have to say every time that we make suhbah for a general purpose, not for any specific person. You see we have to submit to everything: the speaker must submit to the cameraman, the camera is doing its job, the person behind the camera is doing his job, only I am not doing my job!

Sayyidina `Ali (r) told the Sahaabah (r), “The entire Holy Qur'an, Hadith and Shari`ah is based on one issue, and if you keep it you will be saved.” It means all philosophers, analysts, transcribers and critics, don't bother yourself with anything else!

They said, “Yaa Habeebullah wa Habeeb ar-Rasool, what do we have to say?”

راس الحكمة مخاة الله

(Sayyidina `Ali [a] said), “The head of wisdom is fear of Allah.”

It is not fear of Allah in the sense that you run away; rather, it is to fear losing His love. On Judgment Day, all mu’mins are ahbaab Rasoolullah, that is granted already. What we must have is makhafatullah, fear to be away from Allah and the Prophet (s)! You might be forgiven in Paradise but not granted to see Allah (swt). We want to be those who see Allah (swt), what Prophet (s) mentioned in Hadith; we are afraid of not seeing Allah (swt) on Judgment Day, which is very important. Awliyaullah tried their best to follow the Way of Allah and Prophet (s) to be considered their lovers:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad), "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your sins, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat Aali-'Imraan, 3:31)

Yesterday we mentioned how the Prophet (s) and Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra (a) ate three-to-seven dates daily and sometimes the Prophet (s) tied his stomach in order not to feel the pain of hunger, because he did not eat for several days and Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra (a) the same. [On video, audio restored at this point.] Now we try to open our belts when we want to eat the maximum amount or our pants will fall down! You have to be careful, don’t eat like wild animals, eat like sheep, whatever grass they find they eat they eat, they don’t say, “Where is the tastiest food?” That is why Anbiya like to be shepherds in life: for at least forty days, to learn how to take care of your sheep. You have a sheep in your body; that submission is there but you have to polish it, then you will achieve your goal.

Allah (swt) said:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِِ

I have only created jinn and men so that they may worship Me. No sustenance do I require of them, nor do I require they should feed Me. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 51:56-57)

“I didn’t create jinn and human beings except to worship Me,” full stop, period! Any worship is accepted: prayer, fasting, Zakaat are worship, so we can consider ourselves worshippers. Is salawaat on the Prophet (s) worship? Yes, and it is best worship, because Allah ordered the angels to recite salawaat non-stop, they constantly recite it, why? Because Allah ordered them! Allah ordered us to pray five daily prayers, but do we? Some pray, some don't. Allah ordered us to pay Zakaat, and some pay, some do not. Some fast and some do not, you find both sides. When you are a worshipper, Allah will provide your rizq, He will not prevent it as His Will is to give creatures their daily provision. “I don’t want rizq from them, rizq is Mine and I will give: you must give `ibaadah.”

O human beings! You have to give `ibaadah to Allah (swt)! Say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadan Rasoolullah” and make salawaat on the Prophet (s): `ibaadah is our duty. Allah (swt) honors us with what He said in Holy Qur’an, “As I gave food to the Virgin Mary, I will give you food.”

كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقاً

Whenever he (Zakariyya) entered her (Maryam’s) prayer niche, he found provision with her.

(Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:37)

Jabal Uhud is the heaviest mountain in the whole universe, not only on our planet Earth, but on all other planets. Jabal Uhud exists everywhere! It is not like other mountains. It is on every planet and there are tawaa`if, different groups created by Allah who are worshipping Him at that mountain on their planets. Don’t think Jabal Uhud is saamit, dumb and does not speak: no, he is alive, he speaks. When the Sahaabah (r) asked Prophet (s), he said, “Uhud is from us.”

وعن أبي هريرة ـ رضي الله عنه ـ قال: قال رسول

الله ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ: ( إن أُحُدا جبل يحبنا ونحبه ) رواه مسلم

“Jabal Uhud is from us: he loves us and we love him,” yuhibuhoo wa yuhiboona wa nuhibahu. They asked “Yaa Rasoolullah, is he hearing and talking?” He said, “Yes, he is alive.” Jabal Uhud is alive and every stone on it is alive and ready to speak; that is why the mountains made tasbeeh when the Prophet (s) passed by.

Allah will give you rizq when you follow His Orders, and what are His Orders? To do `ibaadah. How many prayers has Allah ordered us to pray? Five, but in reality it is fifty, which Allah assigned to the Prophet (s) in Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa when He said, “Your Ummah has to offer fifty prayers in a day and night.

The Prophet (s) was happy, submitting and surrendering. When he passed the Fourth Paradise, Sayyidina Musa (a) asked, “What has Allah given you?”

The Prophet (s) said, “Fifty prayers a day.”

Musa (a) said, “Oh, it’s too much! I have experience with my people, they will not do it.”

The Prophet (s) said, “But that is Allah’s Order.”

Sayyidina Musa (a) said, “Yes, but you have to request it to be reduced.”

The Prophet (s) said, “I feel shy to go back and ask again.”

Sayyidina Musa (as) said, “Ask from here.”

So the Prophet (s) said, “Yaa Rabbee, make it easy on my Ummah. Sayyidina Musa is advising me to ask for less….” Allah loves Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and Sayyidina Musa (a). Prophet (s) said, “Yaa Rabbee, give us a discount,” meaning, “Make it less, yaa Rabbee.”

Allah reduced it to forty-five prayers and then Sayyidina Musa (a) said, “More, more,” and Prophet (s) began to ask and then Allah eventually reduced it to five daily prayers.

Sayyidina Musa (a) said, “More! Cut it more.”

The Prophet (s) said, “I feel shy.”

Allah wants our five prayers and He will not let it go, so if you don't do it in your life you will do it in Hellfire, where you will pray all the prayers you missed, and fast all the days you missed! But through Shafa`at an-Nabi (s) for the Ummah, we hope everyone will be saved. Awliyaullah say whenever you pray Fard prayer, pray another to make up what you missed and Allah will accept it, it is His Judgement.

عن جابر بن عبد الله - رضي الله عنهما - قال : خرج علينا النبي - صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم - ، فقال : " خرج من عندي خليلي جبريل آنفا فقال : يا [ ص: 356 ] محمد ، والذي بعثك بالحق إن لله عبدا من عبيده ، عبد الله - تعالى - خمسمائة سنة على رأس جبل في البحر عرضه وطوله ثلاثون ذراعا في ثلاثين ذراعا ، والبحر محيط به أربعة آلاف فرسخ من كل ناحية ، وأخرج الله - تعالى - له عينا عذبة بعرض الأصبع تبض بماء عذب فتستنقع في أسفل الجبل، وشجرة رمان تخرج له كل ليلة رمانة فتغذيه يومه ، فإذا أمسى نزل فأصاب من الوضوء وأخذ تلك الرمانة فأكلها ثم قام لصلاته ، فسأل ربه - عز وجل - عند وقت الأجل أن يقبضه ساجدا ، وأن لا يجعل للأرض ولا لشيء يفسده عليه سبيلا حتى بعثه وهو ساجد قال : ففعل فنحن نمر عليه إذا هبطنا وإذا عرجنا ، فنجد له في العلم أنه يبعث يوم القيامة فيوقف بين يدي الله - عز وجل - فيقول له الرب : أدخلوا عبدي الجنة برحمتي ، فيقول : رب بل بعملي ، فيقول الرب : أدخلوا عبدي الجنة برحمتي ، فيقول : يا رب ، بل بعملي ، فيقول الرب : أدخلوا عبدي الجنة برحمتي ، فيقول : رب بل بعملي ، فيقول الله - عز وجل - للملائكة : قايسوا عبدي بنعمتي عليه وبعمله فتوجد نعمة البصر قد أحاطت بعبادة خمس مائة سنة وبقيت نعمة الجسد فضلا عليه فيقول : أدخلواعبدي النار قال : فيجر إلى النار فينادي : رب برحمتك أدخلني الجنة ، فيقول : ردوه فيوقف بين يديه فيقول : يا عبدي ، من خلقك ولم تك شيئا ؟ فيقول : أنت يا رب ، فيقول : كان ذلك من قبلك أو برحمتي ؟ فيقول : بل برحمتك . فيقول : من قواك لعبادة خمس مائة عام ؟ فيقول : أنت يا رب ، فيقول : من أنزلك في جبل وسط اللجة وأخرج لك الماء العذب من الماء المالح وأخرج لك كل ليلة رمانة وإنما تخرج مرة في السنة ، وسألتني أن أقبضك ساجدا ففعلت ذلك بك ؟ فيقول : أنت يا رب ، فقال الله - عز وجل - : فذلك برحمتي وبرحمتي أدخلك الجنة ، أدخلوا عبدي الجنة فنعم العبد كنت يا عبدي ، فيدخله الله الجنة ، قال جبريل - عليه السلام - : إنما الأشياء برحمة الله - تعالى - يا محمد.

(al-Hakim in his Mustadrak)

Jaabir (s) said, “The Prophet (s) passed by us and said he saw Jibreel (a) saying to him, “Yaa Muhammad (s), one of Allah’s servants worshipped Him for five-hundred years on top of a mountain that is so steep and the ocean surrounds it, which is not heavier than Jabal Uhud, and on Judgment Day Jabal Uhud will bear witness for those who visited it for your safety.”

Allah gave him that authority. If you put all mountains on Earth on one side of the Scale and Jabal Uhud on the other, Jabal Uhud will outweighs it. That is why Jabal Uhud is on every planet. Where Allah created Creation, He created Jabal Uhud. Prophet (s) loves that mountain and he loves Prophet (s). That mountain (Uhud) came to the Prophet (s) and said, “I will turn myself into gold to supply your army.” The Prophet (s) said, “No we don't need that, we need Allah’s support, but we appreciate your offer.” Allah loves that mountain and Prophet (s) loves him and he loves everyone. So anyone who goes there in Madinat al-Munawwarah, on Judgment Day, Jabal Uhud will witness they are a mu’min.

So the Prophet (s) mentioned there is “one servant from among His servants,” as Sayyidina Musa (a) found:

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)

“We gave him mercy from Ourselves and We taught him from Heavenly Knowledge.” Jaabir mentioned that `abd was on top of a mountain in the middle of an ocean, and Allah knows which ocean, and for five-hundred years he never came down from the top of the mountain. Allah provided him with pure, crystal water, not salty water. There is a sweetwater fountain in that mountain from which he drank and that was his food for five-hundred years as Allah made it a source of energy for him to keep worshipping.

When I read that Hadith a long time ago, I wondered how is there mountain on an island in the middle of the ocean, and a waterfall flowing non-stop from the top of mountain on perhaps four acres of land? How big is the mountain going to be? Not too big, but a good size, and there is hole on the top from where sweetwater flows, not salty water. I wondered, is there something like that on Earth? After many years thinking about that, I saw a documentary clip of someone buying a two or three-acre island in the ocean, and sweetwater flows from a hole in the middle!

مَرَجَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ يَلْتَقِيَا نِبَيْنَهُمَا بَرْزَخ ٌ لاَ يَبْغِيَانِ

He has let loose the two seas meeting together (and) between them is a barrier that neither can transgress. (Surat ar-Rahman, 55:19-20)

“He made the two oceans meet and neither of them takes over the other.” Everything in its place: the salty water and the sweetwater, Shari`ah and Haqiqat are there. They meet in the Dijla and the Furat, the Tigris and the Euphrates: each river is its own. Do you believe there is sweetwater coming from the bottom of ocean, did you hear about that? I saw it and I tasted it. In our country, they were cleaning the ocean and the divers went 100 feet and found a small spring coming from the rocks below. They tasted it and found it was sweetwater. So that captain leading the operation filled bottles and and brought us that sweetwater from the bottom of ocean that flows out with force. Allah created sweetwater in salty water. Are we not stunned? We must be very careful as Allah's miracles are everywhere, things no one can imagine! I saw it with my eyes, heard it with my ears and tasted it with my mouth.

Sayyidina Jaabir (r) related that `abd was living on top of that mountain and Allah (swt) made a hole to provide him water that flowed all the way down, replenishing the soil. And Allah created rummaan, a pomegranate tree where that `abd sat, and nothing disturbed it and every day of every season it gave one pomegranate--not two, not less--which that person ate for five-hundred years. One pomegranate tree and one freshwater spring gave him life for five-hundred years. Don't ask how is that possible! In old times they lived for five-hundred years, not like people now who die after seventy years. Sayyidina Nuh (a) was 950 years old.

At night, that man made wudu, ate the pomegranate and prayed standing up, worshipping Allah (swt). One day it came to his heart to ask Allah (swt) that when He takes his soul, to take it while he is in sajda, which is sign of Tawheed. He made that intention and tried his best for his wish to be fulfilled. Sayyidina Azra`eel (a) took his soul when he was in sajda and it is well-known whoever dies like that, Allah will send them to Paradise with no account.

Allah ordered his `abd to Paradise without account and asked, “How do you want Me to judge you?”

He said, “Yaa Rabbee, judge me according to my `amal,” because he saw his deeds were very good, no sins, nothing in his life except his worship on top of that mountain, so there was no need to open his books and weigh them. He thought his `amal, his prayers, his fasting, were enough that Allah will take him to Paradise. Then Allah (swt) ordered an angel to put one of his eyes on the Scale and put his worship on the other side of the Scale, and the eye was heavier. His `amal was habaa`a manthoora, thrown in his face, all five-hundred years of his worship!

وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاء مَّنثُورًا

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We shall make such deeds as floating dust scattered about. (Surat al-Furqaan, 25:23)

Who can guarantee that Allah will not throw our `ibaadah in our faces? Subhaan-Allah. No one can guarantee our safety! That is why Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, raas al-hikmata makhaafatullah, “The head of wisdom is fear of Allah.” That’s also why Prophet (s) said:

من حوسب عذب

(Yaa `Ayesha!) Who will be judged will be punished for sure. (Bukhari)

“Ask Allah not to judge you,” because anyone judged will be punished as for sure they did something wrong in their life. When you check in your heart what you have done, you will find many, many problems we have forgotten! It is good we forgot about them: an-Naasu min an-nisyaan, part of the creation of human beings is to forget[1] for if you don't forget your life will be miserable. When you forget, that ma`siyya will fade down and in the end will disappear: with one istighfaar, Allah will take it away!

Allah (swt) said, “Take My servant with My Rahmah!” and that man said, “No, yaa Rabbee, with my `amal.”

Allah said, “Okay, as you like. I gave you a healthy body that is heavier than all your five-hundred years of worship. O angels, take him to Hellfire!”

That is really correct. Grandshaykh (q) used to tell us this story, and when they moved from Daghestan to Turkey in the time of the Czar and so on, he went to establish a village for the refugees of that time and the imam of the village was very tough, always threatening in his khutbah, not leaving space for love and peace, shouting, “You have to do this and do that!” People of the village followed his warnings but were frustrated, until one day he came with a ghutra, the white scarf worn by men in the Gulf States, wrapped around his head, covering his mouth and ears.

Surprised, the people asked , “What is that?”

He said, “For seventy years, I have advised you to fear Allah and beware of His adhaab, and tonight in the dream Allah asked, ‘Do you want Me to judge you by your `amal or by My rahmah?’ I said, ‘By my `amal, that is enough.’” His `amal had always been to warn and threaten the people that Allah will throw them in Hellfire, so Allah said, “With your `amal, O My angels, take him to Hellfire!” So imagine the scene as he took his scarf from his face!

He continued, “In my dream, the flames of Hellfire burned my face, and when I awoke my face was burned! For seventy years I have been warning you, but now I am saying love Allah and Prophet (s) and don’t worry!”

So his love for Allah and Prophet (s) saved him from Hellfire and Allah gave him a lesson for the whole village to see how his face and beard were burned. We have to make sure that Allah (swt) saves us with His Rahmah, Huw ar-Rahmat al-Mughdaat, which is Prophet (s), who will save us through his Intercession, and there is no other way. If the Prophet (s) told his wife Sayyida `Ayesha (r), Umm al-Mu’mineen to ask, “Yaa Allah, don’t judge me,” what about us?

May Allah forgive us, may Allah bless us, may Allah support us! Don’t worry about your rizq, it will come witho9ut your effort as Allah will open doors! I don't think any of you are sleeping without food, it is abundant. Allah said, “I have created human beings and jinn to worship Me. I don’t want them to give Me from their rizq, I will provide for them.”

May Allah give us something that He will not take. He is Al-Kareem, The Generous One: what He gives He does not take back. Even if you established a bad connection with Him, still He is Al-Kareem and will give you more without hesitation, not like us, He is above that and provides for everyone on Earth, in Heavens and all Creation! May Allah forgive us.

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

This is only to make us happy! Sayyidina Abu Yazid al-Bistami (q) was always asking Allah to open His door for him to enter His Divine Presence, and Allah (swt) brought him nearer and nearer. He built familiarity with the Divine Presence when he was struggling and asking, “Yaa Allah! Let me in Your door.” He showed his love and respect for Allah and Prophet (s) and approached closer and closer. One day, Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami (q) heard a voice saying, ya `abd as-soow, “O My bad servant! What do you think if I expose your badness to people? They will stone you to death!”

He asked Allah to open His door and after him struggling many years, Allah did open His door to him, but said, “That door will not open until you become and sacrifice yourself for My servants. Let them throw their loads on your shoulders and carry them, then I will accept you.” So he did that; he did something for which he knew he would be stoned, because Allah had said, “I will make people throw stones at your badness.”

Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami (q) said, Yaa Rabbee wa `izzatik law akhbarta an-naas bima kashafta lee min s`at rahmatik lama `abadatak ahadun! “If you expose me to people, I will expose what You showed me of Your mercy: that You are forgiving everyone with Your rahmah, then no one will make sajda anymore!” (Laughter.)

When Awliyaullah enter haal, they say things that are real and affect you and everyone, because they have familiarity with Allah and the Prophet (s) in their hearts. Allahumma ja`alnaa ma`ahum, O Allah, make us from them, bi jaahi Habeeb al-Mustafa!

Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati sirr Surat al-Fatihah.


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[1] The root of the word insaan, human beings, is nisyaan, forgetfulness.