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On the occasion of Muharram 10, Ashura


Allah created heavens, earth, planets, sun, moon and all creation. And created Adam. He created earth but what is the purpose of earth, without inhabitants?

So Allah created Iblees who caused Adam to disobey and go to earth and in doing so he became cursed.

In doing so Iblees never disbelieved in the Creator. For the disobedience there was wisdom, to cause Adam to go on earth. It means that things to us might be seen in a way, but this is because we think about it in our minds. But in reality Allah wants it His way; they plan and Allah plans and Allah is the Best Planner.

So Allah did not tell you the future. Allah is not able to tell you the future? Allah gave Sayyidina Muhammad `uloom al-awwaleen wa al-akhireen - knowledge of before and after. That means He gave him knowledge of the unseen, of the future. But the Prophet (s) covered that from us. Because the Prophet (s) is an obedient servant to his Lord. So whatever Allah planned the Prophet (s) followed. But for us, whatever Allah planned we don’t follow. So if we know the future we would pan according to the future we are seeing which might cross or be an obstacle in the plans that Allah planned for you because you’re going to use your mind to execute the best for your future and if you do that it might not go according to what Allah planned.

Since we don’t know, he hid it, then we follow what Allah wanted and it gets revealed to us as it happens. If we knew we might not follow what Allah wanted.

So Sayyidina Muhammad migrated from Makkah to Madina. The one who knows before and after knowledge. The one who went to qaaba qawsayni aw adna. The one who is hiding himself from Quraysh in the cave.

He could not just say Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem and reach to Madina. Did he not say Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem and go on ascension to qaaba qawsayni?

What is Buraq? It is [through power of] Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. With Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem the Prophet (s) can say to something, “be!” and it will be.

Prophet (s) doesn’t need any promotion that we are trying to promote him and trying to defend.


إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ خَوَّانٍ كَفُورٍ

Inna Allah yudafi`u an alladheena aamanoo - Verily Allah will defend (from ill) those who believe: [22:38]   

There is only one believer. If we were believers, we would have gone to Mi’raj also. Because the Prophet (s) will not leave his Ummah behind. How is he going to take us when we are not believers?

The Prophet (s) is the believer that he knew that in front of him he has to execute the plan that Allah planned. He did not say “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” and appear in Madina. No, he said, “I must be in that cave in that moment, in order to show the greatness that Allah swt gave to Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.” Allah wants to teach Sayyidina Abu Bakr from these unseen knowledges.  To do that he must go into seclusion, as the Prophet (s) went into seclusion in the cave.

They say the Prophet (s) got the message at forty years of age. No; that is for kindergarten. He got the message even before he was created! He got the message when Adam was between clay and water! He got the message when his light was created. Does not the one from whose light everything is created know why he was created?

But he (s) has good adab with his Lord. Not like us. If we know something we show ourselves in a crowd. If the Prophet (s) did not show himself - why should we show ourselves? The best people are those who are humble; they don’t want to be on the podium. They don’t want to be known. They want to be at the door, the door of humbleness, not the door of arrogance. The Prophet (s) was at door of his Lord. That is why Allah swt said to him, “Come!” Come where? To qaaba qawsayni aw adna.

He did not say “how?” If he said, “how,” it would mean he had doubt. But Allah said, “Come!” so he accepted. Not like us, we say, “How? Will You send a car?”

So the Prophet (s)… look - he knows the wisdom. We are coming to the story of Karbala, but before we reach that, the Prophet (s) said “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its door.”

And he (s) said in another place, or it is said, “whatever Allah put in my heart I put in the heart of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.” So what was wisdom of migration from Makkah to Madina? Why was not Prophet (s) able to stay in Makkah and do what he did in Makkah? It is very simple but he wants to execute what Allah has planned.

So the day that decision to go to Madina, the Quraysh enemies knew about and wanted to kill the Prophet (s). Can anyone kill the Prophet (s)? No, but they conspired to kill him. And Iblees was whispering conspiracy to the tribes, so that all the leaders of the tribe will come together and hit the Prophet (s) at one time with one hit.

Who stayed in the bed of Prophet (s)? Sayyidina `Ali (r). Why did he stay in his bed? Was not the Prophet (s) able to recite from Surah Yasin and throw sand on them and they would not see anything and they would pass out? Even could he not stay in bed and throw sand on them and they would not have seen him? But he put Sayyidina `Ali (r) in his bed.

Sayyidina Ali didn’t say “no.” He gave himself to the Prophet (s). He sacrificed himself to the Prophet (s). He sacrificed him to the Ummah. He gave up. He said, “Let me die for you Ya sayyidee, Ya Rasulullah, you go.”

At that moment Sayyidina `Ali (r) did not yet get the reality. The Prophet (s) tested him: is he going to give his life for me or not. If so then one meaning; if not then another meaning. And `Ali (r) said, “fidaak abee bika wa ummee, I sacrifice my father and mother for you, my beloved Prophet.” He stayed in that bed that was still warm when the Prophet (s) went for Isra and Mi’raj [and returned]. In that short time in which Allah shortened the time and the distance and brought him to His Presence and then sent him back.

When a king has a kingdom who can sit on the chair of the king? Only the king. It might be sometimes even not the queen can do that. When the king is alive, who sits on the throne? And sometimes if he has a child, the son of the king and he sits there, they don’t say anything. When the king goes away, who sits on the chair? It is the son. What does that mean? It means “You will inherit the kingdom and you become a king.” It means that when Sayyidina `Ali (r) karam-Allahu wajha, gave his life to Sayyidina Muhammad, Sayyidina Muhammad has put him in that bed which was the City of Knowledge. That is why he said, "I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its door.”

That bed was belonged to the City of Knowledge in which Allah put the knowledge of awwaleen and akhireen. Otherwise Prophet (s) would go to Madina without putting Sayyidina `Ali (r) in that bed. He wanted to inherit him that knowledge, that knowledge that Sayyidina `Ali (r) brought that is flowing until today and people are taking wisdom from it. He dressed him from that knowledge that is one of the importances of hijrah.

It is not the importance of hijrah to go in the desert seek a daleel, a guide. Why does he need a daleel? That is teaching to us, we need a guide a teacher. And that is teaching to us, you need a guide, a teacher, a master, a shaykh to reach the Prophet (s). You cannot reach with your barefoot going in desert your feet will burn.

You need someone to guide you. This life is worse than desert. So how you can travel all this distance without a guide, without a master, without a shaykh?

So then he dressed Sayyidina `Ali (r) with all these secrets in the bed, now he wants to dress Sayyidina Abu Bakr . He took him and went. The one who threw the sand and read:


وَجَعَلْنَا مِن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ سَدًّا وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ سَدًّا فَأَغْشَيْنَاهُمْ فَهُمْ لاَ يُبْصِرُونَ

wa ja`alana min bayni aydeehim saddan wa min khalfihim saddan fa-agshaynaahum fa hum laa yubsiroon, - And We have put a bar in front of them and a bar behind them, and further, We have covered them up; so that they cannot see. Ya-Sin [36:9] 

Was he not able to throw it in the face of the enemy when they came after him? Allah said, “Go to the cave, O believers, O human beings, and Allah will spread his mercy on you.”

Go to the cave means go back to your spirituality, go back to your heart. Go back to the cave of the Ummah. The cave hides the needy ones, the cave is Sayyidina Muhammad, he is the cave of the Ummah. فَأْوُوا إِلَى الْكَهْفِ Fa’u ila al-kahf. Take ye hence to the Cave.” [18:16] He wants to show Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq the real cave. He wants to spread his mercy. He gave Sayyidina Ali, now he wants to give to Sayyidina Abu Bakr.

He went to cave. Allah could not make the enemy not to see? But no the plan is not like that. The plan has to be as Allah planned by Allah swt. That is why don’t plan for yourself anything, leave everything to Allah. When you leave everything to Allah everything will come good to you. When you leave things to your Creator, all will come good.

They are demonstrating for cartoon, cartoon, cartoon. We are trying to get rid of hate. Why is it the first [such] cartoon? No. Before they were even trying to kill the Prophet (s).

Why don’t you make demonstrations against Iblees? Who is worse? Why you don’t make demonstrations against your ego, your bad desires, that trick you every moment, creating in you wild cartoons worse than what they are creating?

[The Prophet (s) taught,] “Whoever loves me will follow me?” How many of us are doing the Sunnah of the Prophet (s)? What we do is worse than cartoons. We are showing our hatred by not following the Sunnah. They say “for what, Sunnah?” They are worse than those who made some cartoons which itself is not something new, but happened four months ago.

Anyway to leave that, Allah had a put a plan. We are tariqah people we are trying to follow the way of Prophet (s). We cannot say “yes, we followed”, but we are trying.

So what did the Prophet (s) do in Ghaari Thawr? The Prophet (s) entered and Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddiq put his leg for Prophet (s) to put his head to rest. As Prophet (s) was resting a snake was coming from the hole. So Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddiq was seeing it and saying the snake is hungry, “Let the snake eat me and then Prophet (s) will be safe.”

If people don’t give up themselves they aren’t going to get heavenly knowledge. If we are not going to give up backbiting and bad character we will not achieve.

That is why they say this pir and this pir but no one is like that.

So Sayyidina Abu Bakr put his leg in the hole through where that snake was coming. And the snake began to eat from the leg of Sayyidina Abu Bakr . When snake eats it is not like other animals it is not biting like a lion - it takes everything inside and crushes everything; crushing bones and crushing the meat and Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) did not feel anything of that, out of his love for the Prophet (s). He is thinking “when that snake finishes eating me, it will eat my Prophet (s).”

At that time a tear came from his eye and dropped on the blessed face of the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) woke up and said, “O Abu Bakr do not worry, Allah is with us.”

Sayyidina Abu Bakr said, “O Prophet of Allah (s), I know that Allah is with us but a snake is eating my leg and when it finishes I am worried it will come and eat you.”

So Sayyidina Muhammad (s) looked and the snake backed up. Then Prophet (s) took his saliva and put it on Abu Bakr as-Siddiq’s leg and it was miraculously restored to what it was before.

Then Prophet (s) said to snake, “Don’t you know that Allah has forbidden snakes to eat the flesh of prophets and siddiqs, [veracious ones]?

The snake said, “O Prophet (s), I was alive since thousands of years and since that time, I heard of your name I was yearning to see you. And for that you came here and as-Siddiq’s leg was blocking me to see you.”

The Prophet (s) said, “Ok, come out.” And that snake looked at the Prophet (s) and then said shahada and then died.

So look at the wisdom, in that event. That snake wanted to see the Prophet (s). And Sayyidina Abu Bakr was to be tested and Sayyidina Abu Bakr gave himself to Prophet (s) as Sayyidina `Ali (r) gave his life to Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

So Prophet (s) then dressed Sayyidina Abu Bakr with `uloom al-awwaleen wal-akhireen – knowledge of the firsts and the lasts. So that is why we see that 41 tariqats taking from that knowledge of the Prophet (s) and that is why we seem them, 40 coming from Sayyidina `Ali (r) and one coming from Sayyidina Abu Bakr.

So that is the need to give oneself in Islam.

Sayyidina al-Husayn was told “why are you going to Baghdad, they will conspire and kill you?” But he didn’t want to break my promise. He said, "I am sacrificing myself for benefit of Ummah.” Because the Prophet Muhammad (s) said that “Al-Hasan and al-Husayn, he said that they are the leaders of the youths of Paradise.”

If he did not go there and stayed in Makkah, he will not have that problem. He inherited from Prophet (s) that knowledge. He knows he has to go there and be killed for the sake of the Ummah.

So what did Sayyidina Husayn do before he died? Awliya confirmed, that Sayyidina Husayn said, “Ya Rabbee, if they kill me for sake of the whole Ummah to enter Paradise, I accept to be shaheed. If I take them all to Paradise as shaheed. I will accept that killing from these people.”

Although who “these people” refers to we cannot say anything about them. That is why `ulama al-Ummah, the [traditional] scholars say “don’t bring this issue up.” Because most of them are Sahaaba. You cannot speak about Sahaaba in such a way. We cannot say anything.

That is why when I am asked to speak on these issues, I don’t like to speak on it. That issue is a red line; don’t cross it. You side with this one or you side with that one, but you don’t know where the fire will come on you from. These are Sahaaba, so you speak only about the mercy of these people... you just say that Sayyidina al-Husayn gave himself for the benefit of the Ummah.

So if we keep love of Ahl al-Bayt, as Prophet (s) said,

تركت فيكم ما إن تمسكتم به لن تضلوا كتاب الله وسنتي

taraktu feekum kitabullah was sunnatee - I left behind me the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah.” [al-Bayhaq? in al-Sunan al-kubr?, al-Hakim and Malik  in his Muwatta] And the Prophet (s) said,

قال رسول الله ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏إني قد تركت فيكم ما إن أخذتم به لن تضلوا بعدي ‏الثقلين ‏أحدهما أكبر من الآخر كتاب الله حبل ممدود من السماء إلى الأرض ‏وعترتي ‏أهل بيتي ألا وإنهما لن يفترقا حتى يردا علي الحوض

“I am leaving among you that which if you hold to it, you shall never go astray, one of them greater than the other: Allah's Book?a rope extended down from the heaven to the earth?and my mantle (`itra), the People of my House... [al-Tirmidhi (hasan ghar?b) and al-Hakim]

Therefore keep love of the Prophet (s) in your heart, love of the Sunnah in your heart, love of the Holy Qur’an in your heart, love of the Prophet’s Companions in your heart, love of Ahl al-Bayt in your heart - that is what is needed. Otherwise we may have question mark [behind our words and deeds].

Allah give us long life to see Mahdi , that Prophet (s) said is coming at end of world. Christians are waiting for Jesus, Sayyidina `Isa, and Jews waiting for the Messiah and Muslims are waiting for Sayyidina `Isa and Sayyidina Mahdi . Prepare yourself, not by concern about how people are thinking but by being good in the community and extending a hand to everyone.

Bi hurmatil Fatiha.