Go to media page

A`udhu billahi min ash-Shaytaan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

Nawaytu ‘l-arba`een, nawaytu ‘l-`itikaaf, nawaytu ‘l-khalwah, nawaytu ‘l-riyaada, nawaytu ‘s-salook, nawaytu ‘l-`uzlah lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid. 

Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-Rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum

In the previous session we were discussing the marriage of Sayyidina `Ali (r) and Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra . And we were saying that Allah created the whole universe for the sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

لولاك لولاك ما خلقت الأفلاك‏.

“Law laaka, law laaka ma khalaqta al-aflaak”

“If not for you, [O Muhammad (s)], I would not have created the heavenly bodies.”

Whatever the Prophet (s) wants, will happen. Allah will never to Prophet (s) no. He never spoke except it was revelation.

وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى

Maa yantiqa `an il-hawa in huwa illa wahyun yuhaa.

He does not speak from his own desires, that [which he conveys to you] is but [a divine] inspiration with which he is being inspired. [53:3-4]

With all that he asked, when he was asking his daughter if she will marry `Umar (r), if she will marry Sayyidina `Ali (r), he asked her if she will accept him, although he has the right to ask her, because his words are revelation, but still he asked her whether she likes or not. Grandshaykh said that today there are people who force their daughters who to marry for a handful of money and if they don’t marry the one they like they beat them [all of which is wrong].

He is mukaarim al-akhlaq, he doesn’t have to ask, best of manners, although he could tell his daughter you have to marry, but he asked her, “Do you like to marry Sayyidina `Ali (r).” And she said, “No!” and we explained that in the previous session. But Grandshaykh put here between two brackets a small story. When she said, “No!” the Prophet (s) got red, because she said, “No!” and that is because he thought, and this is a very important point, in order to teach us and make sure you understand that point. He got red [embarrassed].

He thought that there is a… that she doesn’t want to marry Sayyidina `Ali (r) because Allah gave Sayyidina `Ali (r) these eyebrows, long ones and they are connecting, like the forehead here is coming out like a visor, so when he is, as he is well known that he is very strong and when fighting his enemy he was sweating a lot and in order to keep seeing, the eyebrows would collect the sweat, like something that collects the rain, and carries it to the side, he was like that and the Prophet (s) thought that because he is like that and therefore she likes Sayyidina `Umar (r) as Sayyidina `Umar (r) is more attractive than Sayyidina `Ali (r).

This is the point and it is not for Prophet (s), because the Prophet (s) knows. We say the Prophet (s) knows everything [as Allah revealed it to them] and some say awliyaullah know everything [as Allah reveals to them]. Don’t say, “The shaykh knows everything.”

He is giving an example that if Allah wants His Prophet (s) to know everything then His Prophet (s) knows everything and for sure Allah gave him the `uloom al-awwaleen wal-akhireen – knowledge of the first and the lasts. Still he is teaching us that the Prophet (s) got red before the Sahaba because he thought that she thought that Sayyidina `Umar (r) was more beautiful than Sayyidina `Ali (r).

If Allah wants a wali to know then he inherits from Prophet (s), but if he doesn’t want him to know then he blocks him. So awliyaullah may be under a test also. So many people today think they reached a high level of spirituality. Whatever high level of spirituality you reached, if Allah doesn’t want you to know, that blockage will be there, Allah will block you. That is an important point. Because all of us, we think when we get inspiration, something in our ears [that it is correct, but in fact], it might not be the truth.

I was discussing that point with someone, that you know there are today, thousands of emails coming and thousands of phone calls coming, they go through a server to be filtered to see which one is correct and which one has a meaning and which one has not meaning. Which one is a problem and which one is not a problem. There are big servers that filter these emails.

Also our ears are like this, thousands and thousands of signals come. We have to filter them. If we cannot filter them then we mix apples and oranges and it becomes like a soup.

Sayyidina Adam was a prophet and what happened?

فَوَسْوَسَ لَهُمَا الشَّيْطَانُ لِيُبْدِيَ لَهُمَا مَا وُورِيَ عَنْهُمَا مِن سَوْءَاتِهِمَا وَقَالَ مَا نَهَاكُمَا رَبُّكُمَا عَنْ هَـذِهِ الشَّجَرَةِ إِلاَّ أَن تَكُونَا مَلَكَيْنِ أَوْ تَكُونَا مِنَ الْخَالِدِينَ

Fawaswasa lahuma ash-Shaytaanu li-yubdiya lahuma ma wooriya `anhuma min sawaatihima wa qaala maa nahaakuma rabbukuma `an hadhihi ash-shajarati illa an takoona malakayni aw takoona mina al-khalideena

Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before) he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.” [7:20]

Shaytaan came and whispered in their ears to show them they were wrong and to humiliate them. As soon as they listened what happened? All their private parts appeared to them. So what did they do? They began to take leaves and cover themselves.

So don’t expose yourself… you think what is coming to you is correct, that Allah told them not to eat from the tree, "because Allah doesn’t want you to become two angels who will live forever." So they mixed the apples and oranges; they mixed the real inspirations of heavens and the ones from Iblees and they didn’t filter it, and what happened? They fell down. So always when something comes don’t say, “That is the truth.” Try to filter it. Try to make it clear and in order that we will not do a mistake we try to check what we are getting.

So Grandshaykh قدس سرّه said that sometimes people don’t have enough knowledge and will be confused. So what do they have to do? They must put the issue in the mizan, Shariah-wise and asked is this acceptable Shariah-wise or not. Grandshaykh قدس سرّه said if you think it is not acceptable leave it; that is not an inspiration; rather that is a whisper.

So we have to be very careful in what comes to our ears. Look like one wali, he said, and I will jump forward [in the notes] in order to explain [this subtle point]: Grandshaykh, may Allah bless him, said that one wali said, “Ya Rabbee, I am not happy with your angels.”

Awliyaullah are like that. They are in a haal, a trance. He said, “I am not happy with Your angels. I am not accepting them; all of them.”

Allah said, “If you don’t accept them, [still] they are My angels.” It means, “You will go to hellfire.” He said, “I will go to hellfire, but I don’t accept them.” The inspiration was coming to his heart how? “You will go to hellfire.” He said, “I prefer to go to hellfire than to accept them.”

Then Allah said, “Why?” Awliyaullah they have haatif, we say a heavenly telephone; a heavenly direct line they can hear. Not they can hear directly but they hear the Divine Presence through angels. But he is not accepting that, even though he is hearing through them (angels).

He said, “Send me to hellfire, I will be happier there than sitting with them.” Allah asked, “Why?” That wali said, “Because ya Rabbee, when you asked them something they criticized and complained.” He asked, “What did they complain?” “Ya Rabbee you said:

وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً قَالُواْ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاء وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ

Wa idh qaala Rabbuka lil-malaikati innee ja`ilun fee al-ardi khaleefatan qaloo ataj`alu feeha man yufsidu feeha wa yasfiku ad-dimaa wanahnu nusabbihu bihamdika wa nuqaddisu laka qala innee a`lamu ma la ta`lamoona.

Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” They said: “Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?” He said: “I know what ye know not.” [ 2:30]

The wali is saying on tongue of Grandshaykh. Look awliyaullah how far their knowledge goes. “You said ya Rabbee, ‘I am going to make a calipha on earth.’ They said, ‘O what is this? You are going to make a human race that is going to shed blood on earth. We are enough, we are praising you.’”

It means they have objected on what Allah said. They have to say “yes, sami`na wa ata`na.”

Allah said, “I know more than you.” Because they did that, what did Allah do? He taught Adam the whole Names.

وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الأَسْمَاء كُلَّهَا ثُمَّ عَرَضَهُمْ عَلَى الْمَلاَئِكَةِ فَقَالَ أَنبِئُونِي بِأَسْمَاء هَـؤُلاء إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

قَالُواْ سُبْحَانَكَ لاَ عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلاَّ مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ

Wa `allama adama al-asmaa kullaha thumma `aradahum `ala al-malaikati faqaala anbioonee biasmai haulai in kuntum saadiqeen. 

Qaaloo subhanaka la `ilma lana illa ma `allamtana innaka anta al-`aleemu al-hakeem.

And He imparted unto Adam the names of all things; then He brought them within the ken of the angels and said: “Declare unto Me the names of these [things], if what you say is true.” They replied: “Limitless art Thou in Thy glory! No knowledge have we save that which Thou hast imparted unto us. Verily, Thou alone art all-knowing, truly wise.” [2:31-32]

Because they said that Allah wants to show them that Adam is honoured more than them. So He taught him the names. What names? Mine and your names?

For the sake of the light of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) Allah was teaching him the names. It means He is giving to Adam to reach the light of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in the forehead of Sayyidina Adam and He taught the names of every creation that Allah is creating in every moment.

He told them, “Tell me their names?” And they said, “We don’t know.” And then Allah said to Adam to show them the Names.

قَالَ يَا آدَمُ أَنبِئْهُم بِأَسْمَآئِهِمْ فَلَمَّا أَنبَأَهُمْ بِأَسْمَآئِهِمْ قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ غَيْبَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَأَعْلَمُ مَا تُبْدُونَ وَمَا كُنتُمْ تَكْتُمُونَ

Qaala ya adamu anbihum biasmaihim falamma anbaahum biasmaihim qaala alam aqul lakum innee a`lamu ghayba as-samawati wal-ardi wa a`lamu ma tubdoona wa maa kuntum taktumoon.

Said He: “O Adam , convey unto them the names of these [things].” And as soon as [Adam ] had conveyed unto them their names, [God] said: “Did I not say unto you, `Verily, I alone know the hidden reality of the heavens and the earth, and know all that you bring into the open and all. that you would conceal'?” [2:33]

Then the wali said, “That is why I don’t like them, they didn’t listen and obey you.”

So these awliya are so beloved to Allah . Awliyaee tahta qibaabee laa y`alamahum ghayree. “My saints are under My domes, no one knows them except Me.”

So these inspirations have to be filtered. You cannot take everything and begin to say it. ...So out of love wherever inspiration or whispering come to our ears so it was like orange and apples, like a soup.

So we go back to [the story of] Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra that on Judgment Day before everything, she will say, “Ya Rabbee give me my dowry.” That dowry is the whole Ummah. “Else my marriage with Sayyidina `Ali (r) is not completed?” So Allah will give the whole Ummah for Sayyida Fatima .

Look for one lady, how Allah honoured Ahlul-Bayt, and honoured women because they are women. Women are women and men are men.

Look that woman, even before going on the Bridge, Sirat. Grandshaykh said that Allah will make His judgment. The people of Hell [will be sent] to Hell and the people of Paradise to Paradise. And she will ask to have her dowry. That is before the intercession of the Prophet (s). One lady will pull them out.

Now what do you expect Prophet (s) to intercede? His intercession is to dress the whole Ummah with the manifestations of mercy that are coming on Judgment Day. Thus by intercession of Sayyida Fatima they will be taken to Paradise and with the intercession of the Prophet (s) they will be raised in level to the level of:

الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاء وَالصَّالِحِينَ وَحَسُنَ أُولَـئِكَ رَفِيقًا

Alladheena an`ama Allahu `alayhim mina ’n-nabiyyeena wa ’s-siddeeqeena wa ’sh-shuhada’i wa ’s-saaliheena wa hasuna ulaa’ika rafeeqa.

Those on whom is the Grace of Allah , of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship! [4:69]

Wa min Allah at-tawfeeq bi hurmati ‘l-Fatiha.