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Prophet (s) is Observing Our Actions

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

9 January 2015 Hyderabad, India

Suhbah at Indo Arab League

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakaatuh. A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.

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

nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, lillahi ta`ala al-`Azheem fee hadha 'l-masjid.

Alhamdulillah, nasta`eenuhu wa nastaghfiruhu wa nastahdeeh wa na`oodhu billahi min shuroori anfusinaa wa sayyi’aati `amaalinaa, man yahdi Llahu fa-laa mudilla lah wa man yudlil fa laa haadiya lah, wa nashhadu an laa ilaaha illa ’Llah wahdahu laa shareeka lah wa laa matheela lahu fee `uloowi shaa’nihi wa `azheemi sultaanih wa nashhadu anna sayyidanaa wa mawlaanaa Muhammadan `abduhu wa habeebuhu wa rasooluh arsalahu rahmatan li ’l-`aalameen wa shafee`an li ’l-mudhnibeen wa habeeban li ’l-mu’mineen. Narju ’Llaha `azza wa-jall an yaj`alanaa min ahibbaa’i 'l-nabi (s) wa an yahshuranaa ma` al-habeebi 'l-mustafaa wa-an yajma`anaa bihi fee 'l-dunyaa qabla 'l-Akhirah wa fee 'l-Akhirah wa yarzuqanaa shafaa`atahu wa an yusharrifanaa bi-sharbatin hanee’atin maree’atin min kaa’sihi ‘sh-shareef wa min kawtharihi 'l-`azheem. Qaala Llahu ta`aalaa fee kitaabihi 'l-kareem.

إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ

Behold! We have bestowed upon you abundant good (kawthar), so pray to your Lord and sacrifice for Him alone. (Surat al-Kawthar, 108:1-2)

First, I would like to say that is my pleasure and my happiness to be with you tonight in this masjid. I am not someone worthy of your love, I am a sinful person. Our sins never end. The only one that doesn’t do sins is Sayyidina Muhammad (s), Sahaabatihi 'l-kiraam hum mahfoozhoon tahta 'l-himaaya, The Sahaabah (r) are protected. Prophets are infallible, ma`soomeen. Mahabbatukum allatee azhartumhaa la-naa, narju Llaha an yajma`anaa ma` al-habeeb al-mustafaa, haythu qaal.

يحشر المرء مع من أحب

Each person will be resurrected with the one he loves. (Tabarani)

This is a declaration from Prophet (s) for the whole Ummah. One man came to him on a Friday and this is a very well known story, and stood by the door, and Sahaabah (r) were praying with prophet, listening to his khutbah, his address. and he said yaa Muhammad, he didn’t even say yaa rasoolallah. He said “yaa Muhammad, mataa 'l-sa`ah?” When is the Day of Judgement? Because that man is worried. We must be worried. That man seeing prophet (s) and still worried. we are not seeing prophet and we are not worried. the one who sees prophet immediately to paradise, because noor an-Nabi (s) erases everything. so we are in need to mention prophet in every moment in our life in order to be able to see him if we can. If we cannot see him, he is observing us:

تعرض علي أعمالكم

I observe the `amal of my Ummah. (al-Bazzaar in his Musnad)

So that man, or Bedouin, coming and saying “yaa Muhammad, when is the Day of Judgement?” and Prophet didn’t answer, he continued the khutba because in the khutba you cannot stop, you have to continue. He said another time yaa Muhammad mataa 'l-sa`ah, and prophet didn’t answer, not because he doesn’t know. prophet knows everything. but he doesn’t respond because he’s on the minbar. when the khateeb is on the minbar he can only speak for naseehah. and jibreel came and said yaa Muhammad, Allah sends His salaams on you. What kind of happiness when Allah send salaams on Prophet and Sahaabah (r) sitting in front of him. imagine, imagine we can say yaa sayyidee yaa rasoolullah, yaa rahmatan li ’l-`aalameen, nazaran minka ilaynaa tuhyee quloobanaa. He looks at us, we hope that he be with us, and for sure he is watching us because Allah gave him that power. Do Jibreel came and said, “Yaa Muhammad, answer that Bedouin,” amrun ilaahi, Allah’s order to Prophet through Jibreel to answer that Bedouin coming from the desert.

See how much Allah likes the Prophet’s humbleness! He didn’t say, “Muhammad (s), wait for the Bedouin”, He said “If you are asking for the Day of Judgement, what have you prepared for it?” Are we going to die? Is there anyone not going to die? No one. So what have we prepared for the Day of Judgement? That’s what we need to ask. Ask yourself, what have you prepared for the Day of Judgement? Did you prepare a lot of money in the bank or some jewelry to eat it in the grave? What have you prepared? We didn’t prepare anything! You cannot buy Jannah with money or jewelry, you buy it with salawaat on Prophet (s)!

If you son asks you for something do you give it or not? you give it. So salawaat, you are asking Allah through the best of servants, s Muhammad (s). allah will not reject anything you ask through Prophet. Allah will accept anything that comes from prophet. so that Bedouin knew that he cannot go right or left, he has to go directly to the one whom Allah loves, as Imam Busairi said, huwa 'l-habeebu ’Lladhee turjaa shafaa`atuhu. From no one else Allah will accept his intercession except Prophet (s). So do we need the intercession of Prophet? Yes. Salloo `alayh. Allahumma salli `alaa Sayyidina Muhammad wa `alaa aali Muhammad.

That salawaat is enough when it is put on the scale in the Day of Judgement, it will make the scale heavy and throw all the sins away and bring all the hasanaat up. Not one angel can know what reward Allah will give to whomever makes salawaat on Prophet. That Bedouin knew. So he came on jumu`ah when Prophet is on the minbar, asking him when is the Day of Judgement? because he wants to prepare his Akhirah, and Jibreel came and said “Yaa Muhammad answer.” And he said, “what have you prepared for it? you need to prepare a lot.” Mawlana, when we go to hajj don’t we put a lot of money in our pockets? we are preparing for our hajj, we need money, we can buy and gets things. So what we prepared for our Akhirah? you prepared your fasting? you prepared your salaat? But Prophet didn’t expect to hear from the Bedouin except one thing. And the Bedouin said, when Prophet said “What did you prepared?” What are we preparing for our Akhirah? flowers? turban? prayers? fasting? what did the Bedouin say? “Laa min khathrati 'l-salaat wa laa min kathrati 's-sawm.” Yaa Rasoolallah I have not prepared a lot of prayers or a lot of fastings. That’s not important to me. I am praying and fasting, but this is not what I have prepared for Akhirah to save myself. Allah said in the Holy Quran,

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)

We come to what they have done in dunya and we throw it in their faces if Allah doesn’t want to accept. So this means we need to prepare something else. he said “yaa rasoolallah, not for too many prayers or fasts”, but one thing, it’s two letters in Arabic which makes a word. He said hubbuka yaa rasoolallah. Hubb. Haa and Baa. Two letters. This is what I prepared. What does it mean? It’s a famous hadith? what does hubb mean? It is two letters. The Haa came first, Baa came after. What comes first in our life? dunya. what comes after? Akhirah. Haa in Arabic is hayaat. Allah gives you hayaat, life. So I prepared yaa Rasoolullah life. I filled all my life with something that is special to me. And Baa is baqaa’. If you hayaat is good, you get baqaa’, ever living. I prepared my hayaat on one issue. I am not depending on my prayers or hajj or fasting or zakat. this is obligation. This I have to do it. No one can say I am fasting. Allah ordered you to fast. It is not a favour you are doing to Allah. You are doing your fard, your obligation. But what have you prepared from yourself? So I was filling my life, yaa Rasoolullah with hubb. I love you yaa Muhammad (s).

Yaa Rasoolullah I’m filling my life with your love. Your love is what will save me. Nothing else. Allah out of love to His beloved one made all angels make salawaat on him. How can I depend on my `amal? No, I depend on my love for you. And Prophet said:

يحشر المرء مع من أحب

Each person will be resurrected with the one he loves. (Tabarani)

People will be resurrected with whom they love. Whom do we love? Sayyidna Muhammad (s). Who loves sayyidina Muhammad raise their hands! Yaa Siddiq, yaa Siddiq, yaa Siddiq, yaa Farooq, yaa `Umar al-Farooq, yaa `Umar al-Farooq, yaa `Uthman, yaa `Uhman, yaa `Uthman, yaa `Ali, yaa `Ali, yaa `Ali! Shahi Mardan!

Prophet (s) answered him by Allah’s ordered, look at Allah’s `azhamah. Prophet (s), [audience making a lot of noise] when they cut they cut the connection, some interruption it’s cut.

Unzhur mahabbat Allahi li-khalqihi, hubbu ’Llah (swt) for His servants. He ordered His Prophet to answer the Bedouin. When you say a Bedouin in your mind, he is the lowest of people. The first level that is poor, man in the desert, doesn’t know cities, he is in a village. To Allah (swt) laa farqa bayna `arabiyyin wa laa `ajamiyyin illa bi ’t-taqwaa. There is no difference between Arab and non-Arab except through righteousness, piety, sincerity. Allah loves that. That Bedouin was sincere when he was asking. Are we sincere? If we are sincere, let us ask! Hubbak yaa rasoolallah! Hubbak yaa rasoolallah! hubbak yaa rasoolallah! That’s what we need. Prophet said people will be with me. that’s what it means. Yuhsharu 'l-mar’u ma` man ahabb. The Bedouin wants to be with Prophet (s), so he will be with Prophet in the Day of Judgement. That’s why Prophet said khitaabun umumiy, a declaration for everyone that you will be resurrected with Prophet if you love him (s). We love you yaa sayyidee yaa Rasoolullah, nuhibbuka yaa rasoolallah, nuhibbuka yaa rasoolallah, nuhibbuka yaa rasoolallah! Yaa siddiq. Allahu akbar.

Look, al-hubb madhaa yaf`al? It makes miracles. Al-hubb yaf`al al-mu`jizaat. Love makes miracles. With love your life will change. Listen to that story. Prophet (s) has a beloved lady that he loves her so much, he loves her so much, he didn’t love anyone more than that lady. His love to Allah is different, something else. but he loved that lady so much that he never wanted her to be in pain. and that lady loves prophet so much that whenever he comes home he looks at her and he smiles, he’s happy. she looks at him, she is smiling, happy, taking care of him, sometimes at night when she is in his bed, he needs anything, she helps him, and she takes care of him for everything, she leaves her home and comes to prophet (s). that lady you must all love. you must care and mention her name and mention her love to prophet. she is the beloved of humanity. in every moment of our lives we must say, “Yaa Fatima, yaa Fatima az-Zahra, yaa Fatima az-Zahra. Daughter of Prophet (s). Allahu Akbar. Yaa Hasan wa Husayn. We raise our hands for the love of Sayyidna Muhammad, for the love of Sayyidina Khadija al-Kubra, for the love of Sayyidina Fatima al-Zahra, our love is for Sayyidina al-Hasan and Sayyidina al-Husayn, and awlaad an-nabi, wa azwaaj an-nabi, wa ahibbaa’ an-nabi (s)!”

Out of hubb miracles happen, sayyidatunaa Fatima al-Zahra, when her father s Muhammad Muhammad got sick, she was not sleeping, he was in his bed, the bed when he is going to al-rafeeq al-`alaa, to leave this dunya to go to Allah (swt). He was sweating and sweating and his daughter was rubbing the sweat and crying, crying, crying. Prophet looked at her and she was so much tears coming from her eyes for the love of sayyidina Muhammad (s). “My father, you are sayyid al-bashar, and I am your beloved daughter, how can I live after you?” Look at the love. Sayyida Ayesha was sitting and seeing what was going on and suddenly Prophet (s) said to her “approach me”, and Sayyida Fatima al-Zahra approached him and he put his mouth on her ear and he said something.

When he said that she was smiling, everything gone from her heart. The pain that Prophet is leaving her gone, and she began to smile. Sayyida Ayesha wanted to know what was going on. She didn’t say anything to her, she said later. What Prophet (s) told her in her ear? He said “yaa fatima why are you crying? I am your father. I am sayyid al-bashar. Ana habeebu rabbu 'l-`aalameen. wa anti habeebatee. And you are my loved one. Don’t worry. Don’t feel pain, you are going to follow me after six months.” And as Prophet (s) she left dunya following her father to Akhirah. That is a lady that is the mother of all ladies, the mother of sayyidina Hasan and Hussein. Her rank, no one can know, only Allah knows. That is hubb, al-hubb al-ilaahi, that is the fruit of love when we have the fruit of love, that love will do miracles. and one miracle, you see Prophet (s). When you really love Prophet (s) he will appear. Prophet is not dead in the meaning of death because as Imam Suyuti was mentioning in his tafsir, ad-Durr al-Manthoor, about the salawaat on Prophet (s):

ما من مسلم يصلي علي ألا رد الله علي روحي فأرد عليه السلام

Whoever sends one salawaat on me, Allah sends my soul back to me to make salawaat on them.

If everyone here makes salawaat on Prophet (s), this is how he is explaining it, it means the soul of Prophet is inside Prophet Muhammad. It means he’s alive. Around the world, 24 hours, people are making salawaat. There is no way that in 24 hours people stop making salawaat. They are doing salawaat day and night around the world. This means the soul of Prophet is always in him. That’s why Suyuti said the Prophet is alive in his grave. What did Prophet say? Anaa hayyun tarriyyun fee qabree. “I am fresh and alive in my grave.”

Man sallaa `alayya radda Llahu `azza wa-jall roohee hatta usallee `alayh. Allah sends back my soul to my body in order to make salawaat on that person. What kind of salawaat?

Did we ask ourselves? We know when we do salawaat there are 100s of different styles and formats. Say 1000 formats. But when Prophet makes salawaat on you, what kind of salawaat? What will he say? Leave this. Prophet said:

من صلى علي مرة صلى الله عليه بها عشرا

Whoever prays on me one time, Allah prays on him ten times. (Sahih Muslim)

What is Allah’s salawaat? If he we say a salawaat Allah returns for us 10. 10 salawaat. Allah’s salawaat is not like our salawaat. Our salawaat might be thrown in our faces because it is like soup, mixed with everything, but Allah’s salawaat on us and Prophet’s salawaat on us are different. No one knows the rewards. For each salawaat Allah gives you different rewards, not the same. Not like a photocopy. 10 different salawaats, different from the first one, from the second one, from the third one.

O mu’mins, O Muslims, they told me to only speak for 45 minutes and it’s already 45 minutes. They said that people want to have dhikr, I don’t know. Raise your hand if you want dhikr. I will begin the beginning and I will give Ali to continue.


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