A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillaahi 'r-Rahmaani '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.
أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Atee`oollaha wa atee`oo 'r-Rasoola wa ooli 'l-amri minkum.
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)
On the Internet and to everyone, as-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
Islam is something you have to taste. If we don't taste Islam through our hearts, we will be unable to understand it. That's why those today who are fighting under the name of Islam are not tasting the reality of Islam: if you taste it, you will quench your thirst from it.
Everyone has a mind that is different from the other; Islam wants to say that you have a different mind from the other, but Allah (swt), to show His Greatness, made you different tribes and races. To design software, an engineer spends years and years to make one software, while Allah gave all of us different software, never the same mind and same thinking. Everyone is trying to be different and not be like the other person, although their names may be the same; so many people are called “`AbdAllah” or “Muhammad” or different names, but the reality of Oneness, Tawheed, doesn't change.
From the beginning of the 20th century, many scholars have come, mainly to correct the beliefs of other people. I am from Ahlu ’s-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah. Inshaa-Allah, may Allah keep us that way, and we love Sayyidina Muhammad (s) so much, but we have to be careful not to throw words that put us in error. You see in technology, on computers, if something is wrong, you see the word “error” and you look for what caused the error. Also, on foreheads of human beings appears the word “error.” Who sees this? Awliyaullah. Allah (swt) gave them to us to bring us out of error. The most important subject that people these days are falling into without knowing is the error they commit in Tawheed. People are not up to the level of understanding the meaning of Tawheed.
Real Tawheed Began on the Day of Promises
We say “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah,” Kalimat at-Tawheed. You say it, but in your du`a or actions or speaking you make an error and you have to fix it. In the famous hadith when Sayyidina Gibril (a) asked Prophet (s) first about Islam, and Prophet (s) said, “First we [our souls] witnessed ‘Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadur-Rasoolullah’ on the Day of Promises in the Presence of Allah (swt) in the Meeting of Souls when Allah, The Creator, asked us, ‘Who is your Lord?’ and we said, ‘You are our Creator!’” Our souls witnessed that. If we are not able to see what our soul said there and what `ibaadah we did there, then we are not able to declare true Tawheed! Today they speak about Tawheed, but how deep can you go? You say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah” and maybe you go to the first stage, and that Reality is infinite, it never ends!
Allah brought Prophet (s) to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adna to tell him and show him what nobody knows, to show him the Realities, and he said Allah gave him the `Uloom al-Awwaleen wa ‘l-Akhireen, Knowledges of Before and After. Allah asked the Prophet (s), “Describe Me,” a Creator is asking this from His `Abd! The Prophet (s) looked at the souls of the human beings and saw the miseries and saw what we are going to do in this world and all the other Creation and saw all the bloodshed, and Prophet (s) is asked, “Describe Me, describe what you are seeing!” Allah is showing him something. “Describe that noor, that reality that has been opened for you.” Allahumma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala aali Sayyidina Muhammadin wa sallim.
Prophet (s) Described Allah (swt) as “Al-Qahhaar”, Who Takes Everything From Existence to Total Non-Existence
The Prophet (s) said, “Yaa Rabbee, you are Al-Qahhaar, The Subduer,” meaning, “You are The One Who erases and destroys everything! You are the One Who makes things to not be seen, dissolves them completely and extinguishes them, makes them to be finished without any athar, trace!”
That is why one wali said, khalaqa kulla shay’in min `adamin, thumma `adamahu, “Allah created everything, everyone from Adam, pulled them out from Absolute non-Existence and from that non-Existence then destroyed them, as if they did not exist! Created them from non-Existence and then brought them to nothingness!” Allahu Akbar!
To say “Tawheed is the state of nothingness”, then you can understand Tawheed. Who can raise their head? That is why that wali said that Allah (swt) created Creation from nothing and then He made them nothing, He brought them and then sent them to nothing! When Prophet (s) saw them brought out and saw what kind of sins they would do, that minimum appearance which to us is immeasurable, in which Allah wanted them to appear, we think in that moment we are existing, we did this and that. Like scientists say the universe is trillions of years old, but to Allah (swt) trillions of years is nothing! We say, “This one lived 80 years, 90 years,” and to Allah it is nothing.
فَارْتَقِبْ يَوْمَ تَأْتِي السَّمَاء بِدُخَانٍ مُّبِينٍ. يَغْشَى النَّاسَ هَذَا عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ
Wait then for the Day when the skies shall bring forth a pall of smoke which will make obvious (the approach of the Last Hour), enveloping all Mankind (and causing the sinners to exclaim:) “Grievous is this suffering!” (Surat ad-Dukhaan, 44:11-12)
“When the skies will bring this big smoke from this universe, the sun is dissolving.” Don't think the sun won't dissolve! Allah gives us an example of the dissolving of the sun when night comes and it no longer appears to you; that is because Earth is turning but He is showing us a Sign coming for the Day of Judgment!
[When Allah asked Prophet to describe him] Prophet (s) said, “You are The Destroyer, al-Qahhaar, The Destroyer Who completely destroys everything!” Allah (swt ) said, “Yaa Muhammad, why did you call Me this?”
Prophet (s) said, “Because You are The Merciful One.”
Now we will explain how The Merciful is The Destroyer. Prophet (s) said, “Yaa Allah! Because You destroy their sins!” That is The Destroyer, that is Tawheed: when you reach that level of understanding you will understand Tawheed. Today if you say something [that people don’t understand], some people say, “Oh no, don’t say that, because it is against Tawheed!” Who can come against Tawheed? Does Ahlu ’s-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah and `ulama, scholars, come against Tawheed?
The Tribe Within You
The understanding of Tawheed is different from one to another because everyone has a different mind and that is why Allah said:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
O Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another, (not that you will despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you and Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (Surat al-Hujuraat, 49:13)
“O Human Beings! We created you from male and female to know each other.” We are different from each other, different tribes: I am different from this one, he is different from that one. I am a tribe by myself--my body, my organs, my thinking, my chemistry--I am tribe by myself, a universe. There are too many systems working within myself by Allah’s (swt) Order. Everyone else is like that, each one is a tribe by themselves. You are a universe. Ask doctors, they study and study and still only know an atom of the human being. Can they see the soul? If they see the soul, then they are alright. Can they see it? (Mawlana asks a doctor, “Can you see it?”) [No.] It means you are nothing.
So Allah gave everyone a complete tribe with himself, the organs with this system of breathing, hearing, everything works together. The Prophet (s) said, k ’al-bunyan al-marsoos, “The body is like a building.” Allah said the body is like a building in which different elements come together to make a strong system. If one part has a sickness or an infection, the whole body will have a high temperature. Prophet (s) said a fever, al-humma:
مثل المؤمنين في توادهم وتراحمهم وتعاطفهم، مثل الجسد إذا اشتكى منه عضو تداعى له سائر الجسد بالسهر والحمى
The Believers, in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy, are just like one body: when one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.
(Narrated Nu`man bin Bishr, Muslim & Bukhari)
“O Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another, not that you will despise each other.” The whole body is aching, and this is an example of the tribes. Allah (swt) is saying, “Bring the body back to your self! We created you from male and female, We made you tribes, universes within yourself, to keep your body strong, to know what system is working and to fix it and when it is brought to good, then everything is working: your prayer will be good, your worship will be good.”
This is the spiritual interpretation of this ayah, but the literal meaning is, “We created you in tribes to come together and to know who is pious amongst you.” So the Prophet (s) saw that and he was worried about who he is responsible for. He (s) said, “You are al-Qahhar: everything is destroyed, the sins are gone, there is nothing left to be judged!”
First Worry About the Lesser Sins to Prevent Committing the Greater Sins
O Muslims! We have to always be open-minded to understand best what to do. Some people call the sins al-kabaa`ir, the greater sins, and as-saghaa`ir, the lesser, small sins. What is worse? Al-kabaa`ir, of course, but in reality the awliyaullah are more scared of as-saghaa`ir, not because they do al-kabaa’ir or al-saghaa’ir, but because their understanding of al-khabaa`ir and as-saghaa`ir is to commit any major sin, first you commit the minor sin, so the small sin takes you to the highest sin. So what is most important to stop? Stop the smaller sins as that will immediately stop leading to the big sin. The first step on the ladder (smaller sins) leads to the top of the ladder (greater sins).
In Arabic we have a parable about someone who looks at a girl or a girl who looks at a boy. In Islam, the first look [at a ghayr mahram, someone you may marry] is for you, so okay, they look the first time, then look down, then take a second look, then look down, then look a third time. So the beginning of the problem is an eye for something you like. Then the next day you don't look only, but you smile. Then on the third day, you look, smile and ask her for a date, a meeting. Then after meeting, on the fourth day, you know what happens! So what is the problem now? It begins from the beginning, from the first glance.
So we have to be careful. May Allah (swt) keep us always on the right track, the right way. Be careful of the small sins to save yourself from the big sins. It is a small suhbah today because we are leaving on the UK Tour. May Allah forgive us and bless us.
Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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