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Prophet (s) Will Intercede for His Ummah

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

5 November 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia

Baitul Ihsan

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

In the Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Beneficent. Praise be to Allah, Who has guided us to this and we would not have found guidance had Allah not guided us. (Surat al-A`raf, 7:43) I have no success without Him and I rely on none other than Him. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone and without any partner, without anyone similar to Him, and without anyone who may be compared to Him, an attestation reaching out until the Day of Permanence.

And I bear witness that our leader, our support and our master Muhammad is His Servant, His Beloved and His Emissary, Allah Most High having sent him as a Mercy for the Worlds. May Allah Most High bless him, his Family, Children, Wives, Companions and followers, and his Rightly-Guided and guiding Khalifahs after him, and his Deputies perfected in his obedience, especially on the imams, truly the Khalifahs of the Emissary of Allah, the Commanders of the Faithful, their Excellencies Abu Bakr, `Umar, `Uthman and `Ali, of glorious standing, and on the rest of the Companions and their successors, may Allah Most High be pleased with them all.

O Believers who are present here! Fear Allah and obey Him! Allah is with those who fear Him and with those who perform good deeds. Allah, The Sublime and Most High, said in His Book which He sent down to His Chosen Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), "And We have only created Jinns and Mankind in order for them to worship us. I do not wish to have nourishment from them, nor do I wish for them to feed Me. Allah is The Provider of Nourishment, The Possessor of Firm Strength. Allah The Sublime has spoken truly.” (Surat al-Ziyaraat, 51:56-58)

Allahumma salli wa sallim wa baarik `alayka yaa Sayyidi, yaa RasoolAllah!

Allahumma salli wa sallim wa baarik `alayka yaa Sayyidi, yaa HabeebAllah!

As-salaatu wa salaamu `alayka yaa awwala khalqillahi wa khatama rasoolillah!

Alfu, alfu salaatu wa ‘s-salaamu `alayka yaa Sayyidi, yaa Habeebi, yaa RasoolAllah.

Allahumma thabitna `alaa ‘d-deeni habeebika al-Mustafa. Allahumma thabitna wana wirna bi ‘d-deeni habeebika al-Mustafa. Allahumma na’wirna wa ja’ana `alaa ataabi habeebika al-Mustafa. Allahumma kunnana wa laa takun `alayna bi jahi habeebika al-Mustafa. Allahumma thabitna `alaa ‘l-haqq. Allahumma thabitna `alaa ‘l-haqq. Allahumma thabithum `alaa ‘l-haqq. Allahumma thabithum `alaa ‘l-haqq.

Yaa Rabbana, yaa Allah! Yaa Allah! Yaa Allah! Yaa Allah, salli wa sallim `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad wa `alaa aalihi Sayyidina Muhammad `alayhi afdhalu ‘s-salaatu wa ‘s-salaam.

O Allah! Make us steadfast in the presence of Sayyidina al-Mustafa (s)! Prophet (s) said:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان فى الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم

There are two words that are very easy to say, yet very heavy on the Scale, most beloved to The Merciful, “SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

He sees the Ummah is incapable to do anything of value in Allah's Presence as they are weak servants. We all say, “Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad,” which makes Prophet ask Allah to give us an easy way, and therefore, Allah gave Sayyidina Muhammad (s) an easy way and good tidings when he said:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان فى الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم

There are two words that are very easy to say, yet very heavy on the Scale, most beloved to The Merciful, “SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

This very hot water is hard to drink, and this water is very cold. We cannot touch the hot one and cannot touch the cold one, but if you mix them in the glass then you can drink. So repeat after me, “SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihi subhaanAllahi ’l-`Azheem, astaghfirullah.” Saying that erases the all sins: these words are enough to clean the whole Ummah from beginning to end with the mercy of Rasoolullah (s) and shafa`tahu, his Intercession! Allah (swt) gave us the thing most beloved to Himself, His Beloved Mustafa (s), whom He sent as Prophet to all the Worlds, not just a prophet to the Ummah, but since that Light was in the forehead of Sayyidina Adam (a)!

رواه عبد الرزاق بسنده عن جابر بن عبد الله بلفظ قال قلت: يا رسول الله، بأبي أنت وأمي، أخبرني عن أول شيء خلقه الله قبل الأشياء. قال: يا جابر، إن الله تعالى خلق قبل الأشياء نور نبيك من نوره،...

When Jaabir (r) asked, “Let my father and mother be sacrificed for you, O Prophet of Allah! What is the first thing that Allah (swt) created?” the Prophet (s) said, “The first thing that Allah (swt) created is the Light of your Prophet from His Light, O Jaabir.” (Musannaf `Abdu ’r-Razzaq)

Why did Allah create the Light of Prophet (s) first? Because he (s) witnesses all the good and bad actions of all Ummahs, from the era of Sayyidina Adam (a) to the Last Nation. That is why when he sees so many sins on the Ummah, he petitions Allah for us, which is why Allah created him first, and then he (s) enters Paradise first with his Sahaabah and then the rest of his Ummah. First to enter Paradise is the Nation of Muhammad (s). On the Day of Judgment, when Allah resurrects what is in the graves, the first to come forth is Hadrat Rasoolullah (s).

In Imam Bukhari’s book Adab al-Mufrad, Sayyidina Anas (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said:

The Prophet (s) will go into sajda on the Day of Judgment and Allah (swt) will open du`as to him that were never opened to him before. Allah (swt) will then tell him to raise his head and ask, and Prophet (s) will raise his head and hands and ask for his Ummah. Allah (swt) will say, “Go and take one-third of them.” The Prophet (s) will not be satisfied, he will go into sajda once more and make prayers that were never opened before. Then again Allah (swt) will say, “Ask and you will be given.” Prophet (s) will ask for his Ummah and Allah (swt) will give him another third of the Ummah. Then the Prophet (s) will go into sajda and new prayers will be opened to him that were never opened before. Allah (swt) will tell him to raise his head and ask. Prophet (s) will raise his head and hands and ask for his Ummah. Allah (swt) will then say, “Take all of them, except for that one!” That person will be the worst of the entire Ummah and everyone must think it may be them as we are all sinners from the Prophet’s (s) Nation. Then Allah will ask, “Who gave My Mercy to Muhammad (s)? I did, as I am Arhama ‘r-Rahimeen! I am The Best, Rahmah on Rahmah! Go with Prophet (s) to Paradise without hisaab, giving any account!”

When he (s) is in the Presence of Allah in that Great Gathering, he does not see himself: he sees all the sins the Ummah has on it, but he makes sajda and a du`a that Allah will reveal to his heart, du`as never opened before to anyone, not like any du`a we make here in dunya. Here everyone makes a certain du`a, but that du`a which is then revealed to Prophet (s), no one ever heard it or recited it, and no angel knows it!

In that sajda, Prophet (s) will ask Allah to free his Ummah, and Allah will say to him, irfa` raasak sa'l tu`ta, “Raise your head and ask for whatever you want.”

Prophet (s) does not want anything except for his Ummah to be forgiven, and he says, “O Allah! You gave me Shafa`ah and so give them to me as they loved me, so save them!”

Allah says, “Yaa Muhammad! I love you and anyone you love, and I will support your Ummah in anything you ask. Ask Me for whatever you want.”

Prophet (s) says, “I want my Ummah as I cannot go to Paradise without them following me.”

Allah says, “Take one-third of the Ummah with no account.”

كل أمر ذي بال لا يبدأ فيه ببسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فهو أقطع أو(فهو ابتر)

The Prophet (s) said, “Any action that does not begin with ‘Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem’ is cut off; it has no continuity.” (Ahmad, al-Musnad)

Astaghfirullah al-`azheem wa atoobu ilayh. Our every action, even holding this cup, must be done with reciting, “A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.” Every `amal that begins with “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” is connected, and every `amal done without “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” is disconnected. Inshaa-Allah we hope we are connected with the barakah of these people.

Then Prophet Muhammad (s) makes another sajda and petitions Allah with du`as no one ever asked before, and he said, “At that moment, Allah sends to my heart du`a that never came before even in Revelation,” because most du`as brought to Prophet are in the Qur’an. Then Allah (swt) says sa'l tu`ta, “Ask and you will be granted!” and Prophet (s) says, “Give me my Ummah,” and Allah (swt) says, “Take one-third,” and He gives another third.

First one-third is given, then another one-third is given, the Prophet (s) makes sajda another time. How many sajda do we make in a day? Each salaat has its own sajda, but if you make a voluntary sajda outside the prayer you will enter Paradise without account! And then Allah says, “Raise your head and ask for whatever you want!” and Prophet says, “Give me the last third, all of them,” and Allah gives all of them except the last person. Allah says, “Before you were created and came to dunya, at that time Allah gave you permission to take three divisions of the Ummah to Paradise with no account.” Be happy that Allah (swt) already forgave us before we came to dunya.

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)

It is done, so be happy you are entering Paradise with no account! Now `ibaadah is for shukr since we were forgiven since that time. Allah knows the time when He forgave us for sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). So we must give shukr, complete our prayers and also teach our children to pray.

With the words Allah (swt) spoke to Prophet (s) (and we don't know the words between them, although in Paradise the language is Arabic), we know in that third sajda He forgave everyone except for one person, “That one I am not forgiving yet.” That is the worst one among the entire Ummah, one you cannot trust, who commits all kinds of sins. Allah looks at that one and says, “The mercy that is in the heart of Prophet (s) is from Me, which is him, but I am going to forgive that person’s sins in dunya for your sake, yaa Muhammad.” If that one is going to Paradise, it means the entire Ummah is going!

Allah (swt) said, “We have opened your chest, yaa Muhammad, to know that We sent you with what you want!”

Prophet (s) said, “Yaa Rabbee! I want my Ummah,” so Allah gave him the Ummah to do what he likes to do. By saying, liyaghfira lakallahu ma taqaddama min dhanbika wa maa taa’ akhkhar, “That Allah may forgive your faults of the past and those to follow,” it is as if to tell us and help us understand that Prophet is ma`soom, infallible, without sin. So who is Allah speaking about [dhanbak]: wa wada`na `anka wizrak? He is speaking about the Ummah, and through the shafa`ah of Prophet (s), who is asking Allah to forgive us, “They are forgiven for their past and future sins, yaa Muhammad.”

We are in this masjid, I am speaking and you are translating, is it correct? Even if you speak until morning, without an amplifier no one can hear you, so what is needed? The amplifier is necessary as it increases or decreases the sound. Awliyaullah know that fact and they have an amplifier to raise their followers to the right level, which only they can do. If this majlis says, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” the wali and his followers hear it through that amplifier. They don't leave anyone not to hear. That is why when Sayyidina Israfil (a) will blow the trumpet, everyone will hear it and die, no one will be left on Earth, only the Divine Presence of Allah, The Creator will remain, and He will say to Himself:

لِّمَنِ الْمُلْكُ الْيَوْمَ ۖ لِلَّـهِ الْوَاحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ

To whom is the Kingdom this Day? To Allah, The Unique One, The Destroyer. (Surat Ghafir, 40:16)

The One who abolishes everything and Who destroys everything, which means there will be nothing left on Earth, and Allah will create a new dunya, bigger and cleaner. When Allah descends for the Divine Judgment, people might think He comes on a chair, but we have to know there are meanings in Holy Qu’ran: wasi`a kursiyuhu ‘s-samaawaati wa ‘l-ard, we read that every day. That is not a physical chair, it is a divine chair, and Allah descends to a clean, divine place to judge His servants. May Allah (swt) give us no judgment! We say, “Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah, yaa Rahmatan lil-`Alameen, as you said to Sayyida `Ayesha man hoosib u`dhdhib:

من حوسب عذب

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

If Allah wants to judge us, for sure we have hidden sins that we forgot about and the angels wrote them, so Allah hold us to account for them. May Allah forgive us and not question us! Yaa Allah, if there will be questions we are asking shafa`ah from Prophet (s). May Allah forgive us and bless us.

In the time of Sayyidina Haroon al-Rasheed, the enemy invaded Baghdad and their numbers were so high that no army could defeat them. They were unbelievers. At that time, before fighting the two armies sent their `Ulama to debate, and the scholars of the unbelievers sent a message to Haroon ar-Rasheed, “We are coming, so send your `Ulama to debate us.” They were so intelligent,clever, and well-trained that Haroon ar-Rasheed was frightened, so he made wudu and slept, and in his dream Prophet (s) told him, “Yaa waladee, O my son, don't be afraid. Go to the big masjid in Baghdad and you will find someone reading the Qur’an. Tell him to fix the problem.”

The problem was that anyone who came to the masjid and said, “I am a mureed of Shaykh Abdul-Qadir Jilani,” no one draft him into the army or expect anything of him. Most of them relaxed in their homes and no one was left to go to fight. So Haroon ar-Rasheed went to the masjid and the unbelievers arrived, prepared a big stage where they sat waiting for that `alim to come and debate them. When a young boy, seven years of age arrived, they thought he was the son of one of the `Ulama.

Their leader looked at him and said, “What are you going to do here?”

The boy answered, “Debate you.”

The other `alim said, “OK, debate me! Did your father send you?”

The boy said, “No. Baghdad is an ocean of `Ulama who teach all kinds of knowledge, and I have studied with all of them, so debate me.”

Amazed, the challenger said, “How can I debate you when you are so young?”

The boy said, “What does my age have to do with it, knowledge is knowledge! Even at age three, I could memorize the Holy Qur`an! You are speaking about `ilm, and Allah gave Believers knowledge that He gave no one else, so debate me!”

That unbeliever scholar did not believe the boy, but he kept quiet because al-harbu khuda`a, war is strategy.

The boy said, “The `Ulama of Baghdad called me to them last night and instructed me to debate you, which means you don't deserve to debate one of our `Ulama. You are 70 years of age, I am 7 years of age, and if you have anything to debate, say it to me here.”

The boy was contemplating and the unbeliever said, “Let’s begin.”

The boy replied, “Let’s wait for ten minutes, because I hear the milk seller approaching. Wait for him, then I will debate you.”

That unbeliever scholar said, “I don't believe you,” but they waited.

Within that ten minutes, a man with donkey came selling milk. That was kashf[1].

The boy asked, “Is there water in this milk?”

The unbeliever said, “Yes, usually there is some water in milk.”

The boy asked, “Is there cheese in this milk?”

The unbeliever said, “Yes.”

The boy asked, “Is there there ghee in this milk?

The unbeliever said, “Yes.”

Then the boy said, “OK. Show us there is water, cheese, and ghee in the milk.”

The unbeliever said, “It requires a process to bring them out.”

The boy said, “Observe the pot,” then he said, “Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,” and immediately it began to shake. He said, “Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,” and the water appeared, then he said, “Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,” and the ghee appeared, and he said, “Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,” and the cheese appeared.

Astonished, the unbeliever asked, “How can you do that with your eyes? Can I be like you?”

The boy said, “Yes, you are welcome, but you don't have eyes like me and therefore cannot do what I do, because I have belief.”

That was Imam Shafi`ee in childhood! All of us sin day and night; we do things we shouldn’t. There are seven-hundred bad characteristics in the human being, and all of them will be asked on Judgment Day. We all need what that unbeliever needed: to be like Imam Shafi`ee. We need Awliyaullah to come to our rescue! And Awliyaullah also ask the Prophet (s) to rescue them!

May Allah forgive us and bless us, and give us endless happiness from Prophet (s). He is our Prophet, the one Allah brought to Heavens to see His Paradises.



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[1] A vision of those who are ‘unveiled’.