a`oodhu billah mina 'sh-shaytani 'r-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'r-riyaada, nawaytu 's-salook, nawaytu 'l-'uzlah, nawytu 's-siyam lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid
As-salam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi ta`ala wa barakaatuh
Alhamdulillahi Rabbi 'l-`Alameen, wa ’s-salaatu wa ’s-salaamu `alaa ashrafi 'l-mursaleena Sayyidina wa Nabiyyina Muhammadin wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een wa man tabi`ahum bi ihsaanin ila yawmi 'd-deen
May Allah make us from the Ummah of al-Mustafa (s)
O brothers and sisters and we hope we will be mumins because Allah swt said in Holy Qur'an:
قَالَتِ الْأَعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُل لَّمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَكِن قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَلَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الْإِيمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَإِن تُطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ لَا يَلِتْكُم مِّنْ أَعْمَالِكُمْ شَيْئًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Qaalati ala `araabu aamanna qul lam tuminoo wa laakin qooloo aslamnaa wa lammaa yadkhuli al-eemaanu fee quloobikum wa in tutee`oo Allaha wa rasoolahu laa yalitkum min a`maalikum shayan inna Allaha ghafoorun raheemun.
The desert Arabs say, "We believe." Say, "Ye have no faith; but ye (only)say, 'We have submitted our wills to Allah,' For not yet has Faith entered your hearts. But if ye obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not belittle aught of your deeds: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Surat Al-Hujurat, 49:14)
Don't say we are mu'min; say we are Muslim wa lammaa yadkhulul-imaanu fee quloobikum,
until iman enters you heart.
Today as before when you commit a sin iman disappears. If you consider yourself mumin, do you? Everyone considers himself mumin.
Being mumin has conditions and principles. But people think they are mumin, alhamdulillah insha Allah we are that, however Allah is saying "don't say you are mumin" telling the Prophet (s) to tell Sahaba "until iman enters your heart." When iman enters your heart you don't commit sins. How do you make sins while believing in angels where believing in angels means believing in what angels are going to write in your notebooks, left and right.
We believe aamanaa billaahi wa malaaikatihi wa kutubihi, in all His Holy books that He revealed to His prophets that were messengers to their nations, wa bi 'l-yawmi 'l-aakhir, and that we believe in the Last Day, the Day of Judgment. If you believe in any of that - because they are all connected together - then if you make a sin, iman is gone, even though Islam is still there.
At that moment shaytan played with you and made you fall into ghaflah, heedlessness. When you fall into heedlessness, it is easy for shaytan to enter there.
When you become heedless, for even a moment even a wali, may make a mistake? That is why we pray, Allahuma inna na`udhu bika min al-ghaflah, O Allah! We seek refuge in You from the moment of heedlessness.
Sayyidina Dawud (as), everyone knows the story. In that time it was allowed to marry without limits. He had 99 wives, yet one time he saw the wife of his neighbor, who worked for him as a general. He ordered the neighbor to divorce his wife in order for him to marry her.
That is the moment for Allah swt, there is no one who can say "I am perfect." Only Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is perfect.
Of course the prophets (as) are infallible, ma`soom, but sometimes there were some situations of imperfection, like Sayyidina Sulayman (as) when Allah swt threw on his chair a lady with whom he was fascinated, Sheba. So that moment was not a perfect moment. There is a wisdom in that event and because they are prophets we cannot say anything.
But for us, when we lose our iman we have done something wrong, and that something wrong is like a vacuum it will suck every goodness from your body until you…
وَأَقِمِ الصَّلاَةَ طَرَفَيِ النَّهَارِ وَزُلَفًا مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ إِنَّ الْحَسَنَاتِ يُذْهِبْنَ السَّـيِّئَاتِ ذَلِكَ ذِكْرَى لِلذَّاكِرِينَ
Wa aqimi as-salaata tarafayi an-nahaari wa zulafan mina al-layli inna al-hasanat yudhhibna as-sayyiaat. Dhaalika dhikraa li 'dh-dhaakireena.
And be constant in praying at the beginning and the end of the day, as well as during the early watches of the night: for, verily, good deeds drive away evil deeds: this is a reminder to all who bear [God] in mind. (Surah Hud, 11:114)
To do good, hasana, will erase the sayyiat, the badness and the sin. So hasanat they immediately clean you up. Hasanaat takes sayyiat but sayyiat cannot take away hasanaat.
Hasanaat remove sayyiaat but if you do a sin Allah will not allow that sin to take from your hasanaat. Those hasanaat are still there, but Allah inspires in your immediately to ask forgivenesss.
So that is a very delicate understanding here: that sayyiaat cannot destroy your hasanaat, because you are from Ummat an-Nabi (s) what you do good stays for you. That sayyiaat will be written but cannot affect the hasanaat. But the hasanaat will affect and remove the sayyiaat.
So look how much Allah is merciful with Ummat an-Nabi (s). We have to learn, from the time of the Prophet (s) 1436, and from the time of hijrah.
What changed within the Ummah? All the bad things are there. But those who gave their lives for the Prophet (s), Allah swt is happy with them. Like such a meeting: people left everything and they came. Came for what? You don't know if there is rahmat coming or not? Can you see? You cannot see it but it is there. And the proof is in the sign that the Prophet (s) gave when he said, idhaa marartum bi riyaad al-jannata farta`oo, "when you are passing by Gardens of Heavens sit."
Gardens of Jannah, Riyaad a-Jannah. Why are they called riyaad? They have gardens and a small palace within the garden. The Prophet (s) is telling his Ummah if you pass by gardens of heavens sit, which means that there exist gardens of heaven on earth. For one garden, people are killing each other to go and pray in it. Which garden is that? One garden from Paradise exists in this dunya and everyone fights to go and pray there.
"ما بين قبري ومنبري روضةٌ من رياض الجنة"
It is what the Prophet (s) said, maa bayna qabree wa minbaree rawdatan min riyaad al-jannah.
He (s) said, "what lies between my pulpit and my grave is a piece of heaven from among many pieces of heaven." (Bukhari and Muslim from Abu Hurayrah [r])
وَعَنْ أَنَسٍ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ - ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - : " إِذَا مَرَرْتُمْ بِرِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ فَارْتَعُوا " قَالُوا : وَمَا رِيَاضُ الْجَنَّةِ ؟ قَالَ : " حِلَقُ الذِّكْرِ " ( رَوَاهُ التِّرْمِذِيُّ ) .
And the Prophet (s) said, idhaa marartum bi riyaad al-jannati farta`oo, "when you pass by gardens, [plural] sit there." They asked what are the gardens of Paradise?" and he (s) said, "the circles of Dhikr."
Because to the Ummah they acquire different gardens than the one that the Prophet (s) mentioned "there is a garden between my minbar and my grave." When we pray there we are in a Paradise garden. And not only praying there but simply reading the hadith itself you get dressed from that garden of Jannah because the words of the Prophet (s) are alive, not dead like our words
So for the benefit of the Ummah, for us, he said, "When you pass by the gardens of Paradise, sit." But not everyone can go to Madinatul-munawarah. However Awliyaullah say that if you pray and if you intend when you pray that you are in the Rawdatu 'sh-sharifa ,in the garden of the Prophet (s), you will be dressed in that dress even if you are far away. As soon as you say nawaytu yaa rabb an usalli raka`taan mustaqbilan al-ka`batu 'sh-sharifa waaqifan `inda 'r-rawdatu 'sh-sharifa, facing the Kaba and standing in the Rawda, then it is as if you went there and when you finished that ends. You can do it from wherever you are.That is for Ummat an-Nabi (s).
So the Prophet (s) said to the Sahaba, "If you pass by these gardens sit and be part of them." They said to the Prophet (s), "What are these riyaad al-jannah?". He (s) said, hilaq adh-dhikr, "the circles of Dhikrullah." So people who are coming for Dhikrullah, even in their homes, or making their awrad, that place becomes a garden of Paradise, as long as they are sitting with Dhikrullah. When standing and finished that disappears.
Allah swt loves Ummat an-Nabi (s). If Allah makes us to be from other nations, can you say, "No yaa Rabb, I don't want I want to be from Ummat an-Nabi (s)"? The best of ummahs is ummat an-Nabi (s).
Grandshaykh used to say ummatan maghfoora - an ummah that Allah has forgiven its sins before they have been created. Allah knows He knows what is going to be created, He is creating them and Allah said, "Before their creation I forgave them." That is not for their sake but for the sake of the Prophet (s).
Allah swt gave Ummat an-Nabi (s) jewels. In many places it is mentioned that one tear from an eye, coming out bi khashiyatillah, from fear of Allah swt, that eye will never see hellfire.
The Prophet (s) used to push the Sahaba to cry and shed tears from their eyes even by pressing themselves to get a tear because that tear is enough to pull you out of hellfire. And how many people, as soon as they begin Dhikrullah their eyes shed tears. Some people at one time and some at other times, because everyone is different. It maybe at this time or that time, not all at the same time.
What we have to know is that Allah gave us something that is so valuable and that is Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. And we said many times the Basmalah consists of nineteen letters. Ahlul-Abaa, the People of the Cloak are Sayyidina Muhammad (s), Sayyidina `Ali (r), Sayyida Fatimatu'z-Zahra, Sayyidina al-Hassan and Sayyidina al-Hussain. If you count how many letters are in each of their names, you find they are 19 [Just as the protective letters of the Basmalah are 19].
These are the ones that the Prophet (s) covered with his cloak, Ahlu 'l-Abaa and Allah asked him to say in the Holy Qur'an:
قُل لَّا أَسْأَلُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ أَجْرًا إِلَّا الْمَوَدَّةَ فِي الْقُرْبَى
Say: "No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin." (Surat Ash-Shura, 42:23)
I am not asking any reward for my message to reach you except I want you to take care of my family. Who are they and what are their names, Ahlul-Bayt. What are their names?
Here Allah is showing the Ummah how much He loves them and how much He asked through the Holy Qur'an for people to take care of them. To take what? To take care of them and learn from them.
Do people today take care of them, or their grandchildren? That is the order until the Day of Judgment. Forget the grandchildren up to the Day of Judgment they must take care of the holy family. Do they take care of these five even? No they don't take care.
They asked the Prophet (s) and he (s) said: "These two: al-Hassan wal Hussain reyhanatayn ahl al-jannah. they are the two rayhanas the best smelling flowers of Paradise. Take care of them. Yes they took care of them, what did they do? They killed them.
Who can imagine that someone will kill the grandchildren of the Prophet (s)? These are the ones whom was mentioned them many times he was carrying them on his shoulders when he was praying. In hadith of the Prophet (s) sometimes he kept in sajda until one hour until they go off of his back, waiting for them to get off from his back. One time someone pulled one of them and he said to him, "leave them, they are Shuhada Ahl al-jannah, the martyrs of all Paradises."
Sayyidina al-Husayn (as) went to Karbala because he promised those who wrote for him letters to come to Kufa to take baya` from him, although he had been advised not to go. But he said, "I have all these letters that they are going to support me." What did they do with him? They betrayed him. He received the letters from them one by one, with their names. So seventy two of them went with Sayyidina al-Husayn (as). He left and took his family and his children with him to Kufa.
That is because he promised wa man wa`da wafaa and whoever promises fulfills his promise. Even though he knew he is going to be killed he said, "I will not break my promise."
Today who can keep his promise? No one. Everyone who makes a promise has broken it, since the day of Promises, in which Allah said, alastu bi rabbikum qaaloo bala. "Am I not your Lord?" and we said, "Yes, indeed!"
وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى شَهِدْنَا أَن تَقُولُواْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ
Wa idh akhadha rabbuka min banee aadama min zhuhoorihim dhurriyyatahum wa ashhadahum `ala anfusihim alastu bi-rabbikum qaaloo balaa shahidnaa an taqooloo yawma al-qiyaamati innaa kunnaa `an haadhaa ghaafileena.
And whenever thy Sustainer brings forth their offspring from the loins of the children of Adam, He [thus] calls upon them to bear witness about themselves: "Am I not your Sustainer?" - to which they answer: "Yea, indeed, we do bear witness thereto!" [Of this We remind you,] lest you say on the Day of Resurrection, "Verily, we were unaware of this"; (Surat al-A`raf, 7:172)
Sayyidina al-Husayn (as) was like a lion approaching Kufa. They then told him to go back, but he said, "no I promised and I cannot break my promise in front of Allah swt. Whatever happens will happen. I am moving forward, but if they want to kill me I will be their intercessor on the Day of Judgment."
He said, in a message to Yazeed, "My grandfather has the power on Day of Judgment, no Husayn can be after me, I am the only Husayn the grandson of the Prophet (s). There is not one in east or west, can you find another Husayn." Similarly no one can be his brother Sayyidina al-Hasan.
So he said to Yazeed, "What will he do in front of the Prophet (s) if they kill me now? Only tell me. I am coming here, with my wife and children (and he was around 50 years of age), what do you expect my grandfather will say to you O Yazeed, how are you going to stand in front of the Prophet (s)?
Will the Prophet (s) look at him? When Sayyidina Hamza was killed by Wahshi the Prophet (s) never turned his face to Wahshi when much later he came and repented. The Prophet (s) accepted him to be Muslim, he accepted his repentance and shahada but he did not look at him. So when you kill his grandson, what do you think he will do? That messenger came to Yazeed and there are many narrations of this issue, Allah knows best the hearts, but the actions were wrong. He sent 10,000 soldiers against 72 people.
10,000 soldiers against 72 who were the family of Sayyidina al-Husayn (as). He asked for water for his children and grandchildren but they never gave him one drop. They killed his son `Ali al-Akbar in front of his face. Then what happened they attacked Sayyidina al-Husayn (as) and cut him into pieces. You see in videos today where they take people and put them in machine to grind them up - it was like that cutting his body and chopping into pieces. But not his head. They took as present for Yazeed, as a 'gift'. Where are you Ahl as-Sunnah wa 'l-Jama`ah?
Where are you not even one of you observe that day of Ashura. Did you see any masjid observing Ashura? How dare you call yourselves Ahl as-Sunnah wa 'l-Jama`ah when you don't observe the best of manners and best of characters of Sayyidina al-Husayn and to speak about his reputation, his piety, and to speak about his family? Where are you? No they are sleeping?
it is not an issue of Shia only it is for all Muslims. They say in their masajid they are Ahl as-Sunnah wa 'l-Jama`ah. I am saying this out of love to them, not out of anything else. No one is telling his son or daughter about this, nor wife nor other adults They don't know anything about Ashura and Sayyidina al-Husayn.
Did they do that in Senegal, in Ivory Coast. In Pakistan do they do that? Don't tell me in Pakistan they do that. It might be five percent who observe that day. Every masjid must be doing that. They celebrate the beginning of the Hijrah year but not the death of Sayyidina al-Husayn. Do all masajid observe that night as they do for Laylat al-Bara`ah? If you know that for Sayyidina al-Husayn that just to mention his name is enough to to come to Paradise. If you give food on that day, for Sayyidina al-Husayn, Allah will give you food in Paradise.
Allah said in Holy Qur'an, qul laa asalukum `alayhi ajara illa 'l-mawadat fi 'l-qurbaa.
It is finished.
"I don't ask any favor of you, except that you take care of my family."
To take care of them also means to remember them and teach about them and observe what they have done, whether good or bad. No one takes care of that. I am surprised!
Do any masaajid in America observe Ashura? It might be a very few but certainly not all of them.
O Muslims if we really want to be in Riyaad al-Jannah turn your circles into remembrance of Ahl al-Bayt. Because they are Riyaad al-Jannah. If you hold onto Sayyida Fatimat az-Zahra (as) she will take you to Paradise If you hold onto Sayyidina al-Husayn he takes you to Paradise, or Sayyidina al-Hasan, or Sayyidina `Ali (r) and of course Sayyidina Muhammad (s). He takes the whole nation to Paradise.
But I like to say we forget not to say more than that.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ خَوَّانٍ كَفُورٍ
Inna Allah yudafi`oo `ani 'Lladheen aamanoo. Inna Allaha laa yuhibbu kulla khawwaanin kafoor.
Verily, God will ward off [all evil] from those who attain to faith; [and,] verily, God does not love anyone who betrays his trust and is bereft of gratitude. (Surat Al-Hajj, 22:38)
Allah will defend the believers.
We say we hope we are believers, but we are weak and helpless and heedless and we don't know what to do. we are very sorry that we don't take care of the life of the Best of creation and the life of his grandchildren and companions.
عَن عَطاء بن ابي مَرْوَان قَالَ حَدثنِي ابي بن كَعْب قَالَ قَالَ مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ الصَّلَاة وَالسَّلَام يَا رب اقريب انت فأناجيك اَوْ بعيد فأناديك فَقيل لَهُ يَا مُوسَى انا جليس من يذكرنِ
Ubayy ibn Ka`b related that Sayyidina Musa (as) said, "O my Lord, are you near me that I have a quiet conversation with You or are You far away, that I must call upon You?" and it was said to him, "O Musa I am sitting with the one who remembers Me." (Imam Bayhaqi in Shu`b al-Iman)
It is a hadith of the Prophet (s), anaa jaleesu man dhakaranee. "I am sitting with the one who remembers Me."
And what the Prophet (s) said, by the same meaning. "Whenever you pass by riyaad al-jannah sit!"
So we are sitting. are we sitting or not? Yes we are sitting in a circle of Dhikr.
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