Event with Habeeb Shaykh and Group
A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`ala fee haadha 'l-masjid.
Ati`ullaha wa ati`u 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (4:59)
Ya Rabbana, ya Rabbana, ya Rabbana, ya Hayyul, ya Qayyum!
As-salaamu `alaykum! Labbayk, allahumma labbayk. Allahu akbar. Yaa Sayyidee yaa Rasulullah jinaka yaa Sayyidee...
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلاَّ لِيُطَاعَ بِإِذْنِ اللّهِ وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا
wa law annahum idh dhalamoo anfusahum jaa'ooka w 'astaghfarullah w 'astaghfara lahumu 'r-rasoola la-wajad-Allah tawaaban raheeema.
We sent not an apostle, but to be obeyed, in accordance with the will of Allah. If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come unto thee and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (4:64)
Our brothers and sistersm as-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakutuh. I will speak English as many people can understand. I will not be too long.
If what Allah is inspiring us through Sayyidina Habeeb ash-Shaykh `Abdul-Qadir and his group through their praising of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in such high spiritual way, and everyone in the audience is so happy, what do you think about when Allah praises His prophet when he says:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا
Inna Allah wa mala`ikatahu yusalloona `ala an-nabiyy - Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. (33:56)
How do you think that angels are celebrating the praise of the Prophet (s) when it is coming from their Lord?
When a president comes to your country here, at the airport you can see M-16 and M-18 army jets escorting the president of any other country. And you see the red carpet and all these very beautiful, nicely dressed people standing on both sides welcoming that president who is coming, is it not? The whole country will be decorated with flags and decorated with people welcoming the president that is coming and all TV stations will be showing that celebration and that festival and the folkloric dancing. That means they show their best, welcoming an important guest coming to their country.
That is if a president is coming. If a king is coming that is a different story. All these carriages and fancy dresses and different styles of flowers will be thrown on streets all the way that the king and queen are passing. It means the way the streets that this queen or king or president is passing through has to be decorated on both sides.This is meant for men's invitation, whether men-to-men or women-to-women, an earthly invitation. What do you think about the invitation that is coming from Allah (swt) to Sayyidina Muhammad (s), from the Creator to the servant? Allah invited him to come on the Night of `Isra and Mi`raaj. What kind of decorations Allah ordered to be put for the visit of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), can we imagine?
Mawlana Shaykh's qasaa'id that he read is Man's writing, authored by people, and we are singing it and if you know Arabic, you will be amazed by the praising of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) by common people. What do you think about the praises that Allah ordered the angels when He said inna Allah wa mala`ikatahu yusalloona ala an-nabiyy,"Allah and His angels are praising Muhammad." What kind of language is it? Is it poetry? No, it has to be something heavenly. This is the word from the Holy Qur'an and the Holy Qur'an is not makhlooq (created), it is abadiyyun, kalaamullah, the Quran is Allah's Ancient Words, which are not created, so Qur'an is not created. His words are "with" Him, so when He says inna Allah wa mala`ikatahu yusalloona ala an-nabiyy, it means the salawaat that Allah (swt) is sending to Prophet (s) is not created, it is in the Holy Qur'an. That means the heavenly praises of Allah on His Prophet are within the Holy Qur'an where Allah ordered the angels to praise Prophet (s). That is not easy (to understand); it is difficult.
al-quran ghayru makhlooq fa jami`il-quran ghayru makhlooq. Fa kayf idhan, bi ayyi siffa amr'Allahu lil-mala'ikat an yusalloo `ala an-Nabi, bi ayyi tariqah ..haadha `adhamat an-nabi `alayhi 's-salaat wa 's-salaam min Allah `ala an-nabiyy la yumkin na`rifahu li-anna haadha min sirral-quran. nahnu la na`lamu ghayru fi'l-qasaa'id. haqiqat madh an-nabi fil haqaiq al-quran al-`ilm ind-Allah. wa maa ya'lamoo taweelahu ill 'Llah. atruk ash-Shaykh lit-tafseer.
The Qur'an is not created, and that means all of the Qur'an is uncreated. How? By which means did Allah praise His Prophet? This is from the immense greatness of the Prophet (s), from Allah to His Prophet, and there is no possibility for us to know it. This is from the secret of the Qur'an, but we on the other hand, know nothing but singing qaseedas. The reality of the praising of the Prophet is within the reality of the Qur'an, and that knowledge is with Allah alone. I leave to the shaykh to explain.
وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلاَّ اللّهُ - wa maa ya`alamu taaweelahu ill-L'lah - But no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. (3:7)
It means that Allah (swt) invited the Prophet to His Divine Presence when He said:
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ
Subhaan alladhee asraa bi-`abdihi laylan min al-masjidi 'l-haraam ila 'l-masjidi'l-aqsa 'lladhee baarakna hawlahu li-nooriyyahu min ayyaatina, innahu huwa 's-sami`u 'l-baseer.
Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless, that We might show him some of Our Signs, for He is the One Who hears and sees (all things). (17:1)
Allah invited Prophet to Qaaba Qawsayni aw adnaa - the Station of Two Bow's-length or Nearer. What has been decorated on this travel? Imagine if a king is invited in dunya, they decorate the whole country for that distinguished person who is visiting. So that is for dunya, what kind of decorations and celebrations were prepared for the arrival of Sayyidina Muhammad might be that all angles, all heavenly angels of Heavens and Earth were celebrating that beautiful, musical heavenly praises on Prophet as the Prophet was moving through this universe to Qaaba Qawsayni aw adnaa - the Station of Two Bow's-length or Nearer. In dunya, a king passing through the streets sees people on right and left giving him salaam until he reaches. So what about Sayyidina Muhammad? Are not angels giving him salaams as he is passing all the way up to seven heavens, all the way up to Qaaba Qawsayni aw adnaa - the Station of Two Bow's-length or Nearer! For sure! And what kind of salaams are there and with what kind of language?
Li-dhaalik laa yumkin li-ahad ma`rifatu haqaa'iq an-nabi (s) laa fi 'd-dunya wa laa fi 'l-akhira.li-anna Allah la shareek lahu fee mulkihi wa an-Nabi (s) ka-`abdun lillaahi `azza wa jall, laa shareek lahu fee `uboodiyatah.
The Prophet (s) no one can reach his level and he has no partner in his servanthood. Just as Allah swt has no partner in His being Creator, also what Allah swt gave to Sayyidina Muhammad (s), no one will know it in dunya and in akhira - it is hidden. Never mind, that is too difficult (to translate). That is, I don't know... Mawlana, my shaykh, has thrown in my heart this kind of knowledge.
Adam wa man doonahu tahta liwa'ee yawm al-qiyaamah. kullu 'l-anbiya ma` umamihim sayaatoona ila hadrat an-nabi (s) wa yatluboona an yuqadimahum ila hadrat Allah `azza wa jall li anna laa yumkin li shafa`at umamihim, yatluboona shafa`at an-Nabi (s). Fa li-dhaalika qadrat an-nabi wa miqdaar an-nabi wa marifat asraar an-nabi laa yumkin li 'l-bashr li ma`rifatihaa illa qaleelan li 'l-awliya, hasal `ala qaleelan min haadhihi 'l-umoor al-ukhrawiya, aw li-haadhihi 'l-asraar alladhee huwa nuqtatan fee bahr, wa laa haadha akthar min nuqta fee bahr.
`indama yashfa` an-nabi laa yumkin maa `ataullah min asraar wa laa yumkim hasaluha wa la yumkim ma`rifatiha li awliyaullah aw sahaaba an ya`rif min hadhihi 'l-asraar illa ka-nuqtatun mina 'l-bahr.
Li-dhaalik narjullah `azza wa jall an yajma`na ma` an-nabi fi 'd-dunya qabl al-akhirah. wa qaala an -nabi man ra'anee fi 'l-manaam fa sa-yaraanee haqqan. wa qaala imam as-suyuti haqqan yura an-nabi fi 'd-dunya li anna kullun sawfa yarawna an-nabi fi 'l-akhira. sa yaranee ma`nahu fi 'd-dunya la`ala yaraahu qabl mawtihi. wa nas'al-Allahu an naraa an-nabi fi 'd-dunya wa fi 'l-akhira.
ameen, ameen wa salaamun `ala al-mursaleen w'alhamdulillahi rabb\i 'l-`alaameen.
Adam and all other than him will be under my flag on the Day of Judgment. Our Prophet (s) has a flag in akhirah and all the prophets with their ummas will be hoping for his intercession coming to his presence asking him to present them in the Divine Presence, seeking the intercession of the Prophet (s)! None of the awliyaullah nor even the Sahaba know the secret of Prophet (s) and whatever we know is just a glimpse, a drop! If all the creatures of Earth make salawaat on Prophet (s), it can not be compared with the salawaat of those angels! We hope that this meeting will allow us meet Prophet (s) in this life before the next life, as the Prophet (s) said, "Anyone who saw me in a dream, (it means) they met me." Imam as-Suyuti said that "to see me haqqan" means you will see him in this life, as everyone will see the Prophet (s) in the next life, so that is nothing extraordinary, but seeing him in this life is special. Therefore we hope that before sakaraatu 'l-mawt, the pain of our death, we will see him and in akhirah inshaAllah we will all meet with him.
We are very thankful for you Shaykh Shareef and Mrs. Shareef and may Allah give everyone happiness who is here and especially our shaykh Habeeb Abdul Qadir, and his family and children I am happy to be with them and to be at their feet as those who praise the Prophet (s) we have to honor them.
May Allah bless all of you and as-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakutuh. I have to run as I have another event. So we will keep Habeeb Shaykh here and we keep the people there and he has the whole group with him.