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Signs of the Last Days

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

24 October 2014 Houston, Texas

Jumu`ah Khutbah at Ghous-e Azam Masjid

As-salaamu `alaykum. (Opening du`a of khutbah.) Alhamdulillah that Allah (swt) blessed us with His Mercy, blessed us and honored us to be Muslims. Islam is not only a religion of peace, harmony and love, but as Allah (swt) said:

إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُُ

Inna ad-deena `inda Allaahi al-islaam.

The religion in Allah’s view is Islam (submission to His Will). (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:19)

The religion for ahlu ‘s-samaawaati wa ‘l-araadeen, for heavenly angels and worldly creatures, human beings, jinn and others, is Islam and we have been granted that without any effort from ourselves. We have been granted to be Muslim through our parents from childhood, and this honor is from Allah (swt). The best among us are those converts for whom Allah (swt) waved their sins.

ماعلمت أن الإسلام يهدم ما كان قبله

Do you not know that (embracing) Islam wipes out all that has gone before it (previous misdeeds).

(Narrated Ibn Shumasha from Amr bin Al-'As, Muslim)

Islam takes all the sins from the life of that person; when he takes Islam, Allah (swt) erases all his sins because Allah guided them and they became Muslim although their families, their parents, those whom they love might, sometimes have been an obstacle, but they overcome those obstacles and they kept their `Aqeedah. That is why as Muslims raised in Islam, I don’t like to say it but in a meaning, we must not be proud. Although Allah (swt) honored us, we must feel as Prophet (s) said:

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاء رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا

وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا

Qul innamaa anaa basharun mithlukum yoohaa ilayya annamaa ilaahukum ilaahun waahidun faman kaana yarjoo liqaa rabbihi fal-ya`mal `amalan saalihan wa laa yushrik bi-`ibaadati Rabbihi aahada.

Say, "I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me that your Allah is one Allah. Whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness and in the worship of his Lord admit no one as partner. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:110)

Allah mentioned in Holy Qur’an that even Prophet (s) humbled himself and said, “I am only a human being like you,” but he is not like us, as Muhammad al-Busayri (r) said:

محمد بشروليس كالبش بل هو ياقوتة والناس كالحجر

Muhammad is a man, but not like other men! He is a gem and human beings are stones.

(Imam Muhammad al-Busayri, Qasidat al-Burdat ash-Shareefah)

“Muhammad (s) is a human being, but not a human being like us,” if he is like us he would not be able to go to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa passing all these planets, all these universes, reaching Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa. What Prophet (s) gave to us is honor:

lillahi ’l-`izzatu wa li rasoolihi wali ‘l-mu’mineen.

Great honor is for Allah and for the Prophet (s) and for the Believers (Al-Munaafiqoon, 63:8)

Honor is for Allah (swt), for Prophet (s), for Mu'mins. And we are in a time that we have to look very carefully on what is going around and what Prophet (s) has said, and then you can judge yourself as to what you decide, your conclusion. Inna min ashraat al-saa’a, from the conditions of the Last Days:

لا تقوم الساعة حتى يتسافد في الطريق تسافد الحمير

Laa taqoom as-sa`ata hattaa yatasaafadu fi ‘t-tareeq tasaafadu 'l-hameer.

The Hour will not come until there are men and women in the streets having sexual relations with each other like donkeys. (Ibn Hibbaan, Kitaab al-Fitan)

Allahu Akbar! Look Prophet (s) 1500 years ago he was mentioning what is happening today. The Day of Judgement doesn’t come until the Signs of that day is coming, and one of these Signs Prophet (s) is telling his Sahaabah (r) and everyone else from Muslims around the world, laa taqoom as-sa`at hattaa yatasaafadu fi ‘t-tareeq tasaafadu 'l-hameer.

You might ask why I am saying that, because what we are seeing and what we are living today is typical and explains that Hadith completely, that Prophet (s) mentioned 1500 years ago, that Day of Judgement will not come until one of the Signs comes, which is you will see people on the streets yatasaafadu, hug each other, women and men, in the parks, in the big stores, in the streets, wherever you find them, wherever you go out you see them kissing each other, laying down in the park with each other in front of everyone like donkeys. He said, Prophet (s) mentioned how donkeys don’t feel ashamed of what they are doing in the streets, all kinds of sex acts, and Prophet (s) said human beings are going to do that in the Last Days, and this is what we are now seeing.

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : يأتي على الناس زمان القابض على دينه كالقابض على الجمر

Qaala rasoolullah yaatee `ala an-naasi zamaan al-qaabidu `ala deenihi ka ’l-qaabidu `alaa al-jamr.

The one holding his religion firmly in his hand is like someone holding a burning coal. (Tirmidhi)

Prophet (s) gave good tidings to the people who are holding their religion as if they are holding fire in their hands. Today our youngsters are holding fires to keep their religion, as they are seeing so many horrible things outside!

وأخرج أحمد والبخاري ومسلم وابن ماجة عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه: سمعت رسول الله يقول: يكون بين يدي الساعة أيام فيرفع فيها العلم وينزل فيها الجهل ويكثر فيها الهرج

Qaala rasoolullahi (s) ina bayna yadayyi 's-sa`ati ayyaaman yurfa` feeha al-`ilm wa yanzilu feeha 'l-jahl, wa yuktharu feeha 'l-harju wa 'l-marj.

The Prophet (s) said: Among the Signs of the Last Days there will be days when too much ignorance will come to the hearts of people and knowledge will be lifted up and in these days there will be too much fear and too much killing. (Abdullah ibn Mas`ood, Bukhari and Muslim)

Among the days of the Last Days in a small time period, bayna yadayy as-saa`a, between the hands of the Last Days, so near the Last Days, ayyaamun yurfa`u feehaa al-`ilm wa yanzilu feehaa al-jahl, there will be some days, some time that we are seeing today, when ignorance covers Earth and comes on everyone, fitan, different kinds of confusions, and jahl, ignorance will overcome the people, then at that time yurfa`u feehaa al-`ilm, knowledge will be lifted up, it will be taken away and only ignorance will be left, and too many knowledges will be gone! This is what we are seeing today. Wa-tazharu feehaa ‘l-fitan, and too much fitna appears from every corner of the world, yukdharu feeha 'l-harju wa 'l-marj, and too much killings. Prophet (s) is telling us sign by sign: ignorance will fill the Earth; knowledge will be lifted up; confusion will come over my Ummah; there will be harj and marj, killing and death everywhere.

Qaaloo yaa rasoolullah, ma 'l-marj wa 'l-harj? Qaala qatl, al-qatl!

They said, “Yaa rasoolullah, what is this harj wa marj?” He (s) said, “Killing and killing and killing and killing and killing.” (Al-Bukhari)

Today there are Signs of these ahaadith that Prophet (s) mentioned 1500 years ago, 1436 years ago, or slightly before that but add to it 13 years, and it is everything he mentioned. As-saadiq huwa ‘l-saadiq al-masdooq, he (s) is the Trusted One, the Trustworthy One.

Why the Ummah is Falling Down

In another narration, they asked Prophet (s) and he said:

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَقْبِضُ الْعِلْمَ انْتِزَاعًا يَنْتَزِعُهُ مِنْ الْعِبَادِ وَلَكِنْ يَقْبِضُ الْعِلْمَ بِقَبْضِ الْعُلَمَاءِ حَتَّى إِذَا لَمْ يُبْقِ عَالِمًا اتَّخَذَ النَّاسُ رُءُوسًا جُهَّالًا فَسُئِلُوا فَأَفْتَوْا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ فَضَلُّوا وَأَضَلُّوا

`Abdullah ibnu `Amr ibn al-`Aas (r) said, I heard Prophet (s) say:

Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but rather He takes away knowledge when the scholars die, such that He leaves no scholar behind and the people turn to the ignorant as their leaders. They are asked to give religious judgments without knowledge, thus they are led astray and lead others astray.” (Narrated `Abdullah ibnu `Amr ibn al-`Aas (r) , Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah (swt) does not take the `ilm as you would understand, by pulling the knowledge; rather, bal yantizi`uhu intiz`a`an, He will extract it from the people by the death of `ulama because they have no substitute as the `ulama of today are not like `ulama before such as al-Khulafa al-Rashidoon (r), the Sahaabah first, then the Four Imams, then many different imams came after. But they were not like today’s scholars, with my respect to all `ulama of today as there are some very, very good `ulama and there are others trying their best, but they are not like `ulama before. So Prophet (s) said, wa laakin yaqbid al-’ilmu bi-qabdi l-`ulama, but He will take the knowledge by the death of these `ulama,” then there will no be `ulama strong enough to adjust the Ummah back to that past enlightenment, and that’s why you see the Ummah falling down. Then he said, “Hattaa idhaa lam yabqaa `aliman ta’khadh al-naasu ru’oosan jahhaalan, until by Allah (swt) taking the soul of these good `ulama, there will be no `ulama left.” There will be one here, one there, but not enough `ulama today who are sincere and pious.

So what will happen? Prophet (s) described the time we are living in today as ittakhadha l-naasu ru’oosan jahaallan, fa-sa’aloo fa’aftoo bi-ghayri `ilm fadalloo wa-adalloo. At that time, what must they do? They will see leaders of different groups and they have no knowledge, and people need to go to someone, so they go to them and they begin to give fatwas, but the wrong fatwas so people will begin to deviate from the Right Way. Fa-dalloo wa-adalloo, they are lost and make the people who follow them lost. We are in that time now and the time that everything is mixed like a soup, we cannot know what to do. Prophet (s) said:

ستكون فتن كقطع الليل المظلم

Satakunoo fitanan ka-qita`ti 'l-layli 'l-muzhlim.

There will be confusion like a chunk of dark nights. (Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash`aree, Abu Dawud)

There is going to be fitna on Earth, not one fitna but too many, everywhere you will see fitna and confusions, fighting, misjudgement, and everywhere you see people cannot make a legitimate fatwa and it will be Satakunoo fitanan ka-qita`ti 'l-layli 'l-muzhlim, like a big chunk of dark nights, how confusions will appear all over the Earth. What we have to do when this happens? Prophet (s) is teaching us. What do you and people have to do? He (s) said:

الْقَاعِدُ فِيهَا خَيْرٌ مِنَ الْقَائِمِ

Al-qaa`idu feehaa khayrun min al-qaa’im (al-waaqif).

The one sitting is better than the one standing. (Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash`aree, Abu Dawud)

When you are ‘sitting’ means you are at home; if you have work you do your work and you come home. It means don’t interfere. Al-qaa`idu feehaa khayrun min al-qaa’im (al-waaqif), the one who is sitting in the house, in the masjid, in a safe place, is better than the one standing, because that one likes to watch everything from the window, he likes to look, and Prophet (s) said, “No, don’t look, sit,” because when you sit you don’t know anything as you cannot see what happened, you are not sitting in your chair looking at the battle in front of you. Today they brought that battle inside your house to sit and watch. They make Shaytan come to your home to destroy your social life; they brought technology to kill your life. Today people are holding their mobile phones day and and night, wasting their time answering or watching. They gave it to you free on a golden plate, saying, “Take it!” and we say, “What I want you are giving me. You want to give me fire?” But now everyone has to have a phone. Is that halaal or haraam? It depends on what you are using it for. To make that phone halaal, you must program it to remind you every hour or every fifteen hours to say, “Astaghfirullah” or “Alhamdulillah” or “Shukranlillah”. Program it to remind you of dhikrullah, to say, “Shukran yaa Rabbee, thank you, O my Lord.” Then it becomes halaal if you are using it for good work, and if it is for your job, that’s your job, but navigating the Internet is not your responsibility, it’s Shaytan’s responsibility! What you need to do is make your phone remind you of dhikrullah. Can you not set your phone to say “alhamdulillah” every fifteen minutes or twenty minutes or every half hour? Then it reminds you of something good.

When you say “astaghfirullah” what happens? Allah forgives your sins. If you have an alert to say it now, that becomes halaal, not to use it only for navigating the Internet. Navigate the whole Internet for a Hadith or read Holy Qur’an, if you don’t have Holy Qur'an (on the phone) carrying it in your pocket, read from your computer. The problem is also we take that with us in our pocket going to restrooms with it. I don’t know what is the fatwa on that? Some scholars they say don’t take it, t least put it outside when you enter the bathroom. May Allah (swt) forgive us.

So what people will do until Allah (swt) takes people, takes scholars away by losing one good one after another good one, there will be no good scholar left except some who make fatwas and they don’t know anything from iftaa; they give fatawa on different ahaadith and verses of Holy Qur'an, but they are lost and only make others lost! This is in Sahih Bukhari and this we are seeing it today.

We are, yaa Rabbee, innocent from that, we have nothing to do with killing, we have nothing to do with fitna! We are peaceful people, only listening to Your Order as You said in Holy Qur'an:

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)

وَفَوْقَ كُلِّ ذِي عِلْمٍ عَلِيمٌ

Wa fawqa kulli dhi `ilmin `aleem.

Above every knower is a (higher) knower. (Surah Yusuf, 12:76)

Be with those people who are trying their best to bring the community to peace! Prophet (s) warned us:

عَلَيْكُمْ بِهَذَا الْعِلْمِ قَبْلَ أَنْ يُقْبَضَ وَقَبْضُهُ أَنْ يُرْفَعَ

`Alaykum bi-hadha ‘l-`ilmi qabla an yuqbada wa qabduhu an yurfa`.

You must acquire this knowledge before it is taken away, and its removal means it will be lifted up.

(Tafseer Ibn Ma`sood. Narrated Abu Umama, Ibn Majah)

“Run quickly for` ilm before it will be taken away!” It means if this situation on Earth continues, that genuine scholarship will be taken away as `ulama become fewer and fewer and ignorance increases. Wa `alaykum bi 'l-`amal, and your duty is to do what you have been ordered:

وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا

Wa maa aataakumu ’r-rasoolu fakhudhoohu wa maa nahaakum `anhu fantahoo.

Leave what Prophet (s) forbade and take what he ordered. (Surat al-Hashr, 59:7)

“Whatever Prophet (s) gave to you, take it, don’t question it, and whatever he prohibits you, leave it, don’t question it,” don’t say: no why is this? If you think this is not acceptable, drop it; if you think that is acceptable, take it. Wa `alaykum bi 'l-`ateeq, and always follow the old. We refer to the Ka`bah as al-Bayt al-`ateeq, the Ancient House. Prophet (s) says in that Hadith, ‘`alaykum bi 'l-`ateeq from knowledge’ which means, “Go back to my Sahaabah, go back to the Four Imams, go back to the past scholars that came on Earth”, as they are the very strong scholars who have shown us everything, so always take what they say and examine what they taught their communities at that time and teach from the old manuscripts that are available for the Ummah to be enlightened! May Allah (swt) honor us always to be Muslim and to not deviate from Islam even one day, as Prophet (s) often said:

نعوذ بالله من منافق عليم اللسان جهول القلب

Na`oodhu billahi min munaafiqin `aleemu ’l-lisaan jahoola ’l-qalb.

I seek refuge in Allah from a hypocrite who has an eloquent tongue but an ignorant heart.

(Narrated by Umm Salama, Muslim)

Look what he (s) was saying, and today we have people like that, and we say, “Yaa Rabbee, don’t make us like that! We are weak, we are helpless, we don’t deserve to stand and speak, we don’t deserve anything, we deserve to be at the doors, not more than that.” Show humbleness, show that you are caring and not praising your ego:

فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنفُسَكُمْ

Fa laa tuzakoo anfusakum.

Don’t praise yourself. (Surat an-Najm, 53:32)

Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur'an, “Don’t praise yourself,” don’t say, “I am this, I am that,” but help as much as you can. Say, “I seek refuge in Allah from a hypocrite who has an eloquent tongue but an ignorant heart.” That is big, I am speaking this in today’s khutbah, whereas I usually speak more about mercy and the love of Prophet (s) because I know this masjid is Ahlu ‘s-Sunnah wa ‘l-Jama`ah and everyone is in love with Prophet (s) in the way that he can express himself (not prevented from it), so I didn’t touch on that subject. Inshaa-Allah we are all lovers of Prophet (s) and every moment we have to remember Sayyidina Muhammad (s) in our hearts. So he said, and this is very important, he was feeling that this is going to come one day and he is seeking refuge in Allah (swt) that this doesn’t happen to his Ummah: al-munaafiq `aleemun bi 'l-lisaan, someone that can twist the words, a hypocrite who one day says something, then one day changes it to something else, jahool al-qalb. `Aleemun bi 'l-lisaan means someone very eloquent who attracts people when he speaks and people think he’s the best, but in reality to Prophet’s balance, that person is a munaafiq, a hypocrite who says what he does not do. First let him apply his advice to himself, then he can apply it to people, but instead he applies every advice on people then leaves that away from himself! Prophet (s) said such a person in the Ummah are like fitna because they say one thing but really in their heart is something else.

It is mentioned by at-Tirmidhi, `an abi raihaan saahib al-nabi (s) qaal sam`itu rasoolullahi (s) yaqool,

and this is a good tiding for us Muslims and Mu'min, that Prophet (s) said:

عن أبي ريحانة صاحب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : لا ترى النار عين بكت من خشية الله ، ولا عين سهرت في سبيل الله

Two eyes will never be touched by the Fire: an eye that sheds tears out of fear of Allah and a vigilant eye that stayed awake on guard (in struggle) for the sake of Allah. (al-Haakim, Ahmad, an-Nisaa’ee)

Never an eye will see the Fire if that eye wept from love and fear of Allah (swt), which includes love of Prophet (s). Why he said ‘the eye’? That’s another technical explanation, but I will mention some of it. Why he said the eye, not the person? Why he didn’t say the ears, but he said the eye? Laa taraa ‘aynun al-naar, because the eye is the identity of every person. Prophet (s) mentioning that Hadith long time ago, about when the name of Prophet (s) is mentioned we kiss our thumbs and put them on our eyes, as Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq did, and that is because the thumb is the identity of every person, no two thumbs look the same, so everyone has his own identity that wants to say, “Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah!” That’s why 1400 years ago Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq kissed his two thumbs, because he knew the identity of every person is in their thumbs, so he kissed them, then put them on his eyes because eyes are another identity, so that is double identity, to demonstrate, “Yaa Rabbee! These two will witness on my behalf that in my life I loved Prophet (s); I kissed him a spiritual kiss and I loved him and my eyes and my thumbs are my witnesses!”

Today they found the thumb and eyes are the unique identifiers that distinguish every human being. Prophet (s) said, laa tara ‘n-naaru, “Never an eye will see Hellfire as long as it fears Allah and fears to be questioned, wa laa `aynun saharat fee sabeelillah, and an eye will never see a harm or Hellfire if all the nights were spent in the Way of Allah (swt).” It means qawwaamoona fi ‘l-laayaalee, they are standing up at night reciting and reading Holy Qur'an and salawaat on Prophet (s). Allah made angels in every moment, in every moment angels don’t die, which means for whatever length of time Allah wants, we don’t know how long, He ordered them to make salawaat on Prophet (s). So what is our duty then? If angels are making salawaat by order of Allah (swt) on Prophet (s)--and these angels are infallible, they have no sins on them, with purity they are doing salawaat--still Allah is accepting from us even without wudu to send salawaat on Prophet (s) and He will reward us! That’s an honor for those who make salawaat on Prophet (s) by Allah’s order:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Inna-Llaaha wa malaa'ikatahu yusalloona `ala 'n-nabiyy, yaa ayyuha ’Lladheena aamanoo salloo `alayhi wa sallimoo tasleema.

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. O Believers! Pray upon him and greet him with a worthy salutation. (Surat al-'Ahzaab, 33:56)

O Believers! Make salawaat on Prophet (s)! O Mu'mins, O Muslims! Allah (swt) granted this Ummah the best.

`Abdullah ibn al-Salaam (r) said the Prophet (s) said:

يا أيها الناس، أفشوا السلام، وأطعموا الطعام، وصلوا بالليل والناس نيام، تدخلوا الجنة بسلام

Afshoo 's-salaam wa 'ati`mu 't-ta`am wa salloo bi 'l-layl wa 'n-naasu niyaam tadkhulu 'l-jannata bi 's-salaam.

Spread (or say) the salaam, give food, and pray at night while people are asleep, then you will enter Paradise peacefully. (Tirmidhi)

This is a way for us to be relieved, so what is our duty? Afshoo 's-salaam. Prophet (s) said, “Say to each other: as-salaam `alaykum.” Is it easy or difficult? It’s very easy. See anyone, any Muslim, and say, “As-salaamu` alaykum,” afshoo 's-salaam, because then that man will say to you, “Wa `alaykum as-salaam yaa akhee, what’s your name? You are Muslim and I like to invite you for dinner.”

Wa 'ati`mu 't-ta`am, “and give food.” When you give food you will make a lovely relationship, and then he (s) said, wa salloo bi 'l-layl wa 'n-naasu niyaam, “and pray at night when everyone in your home is sleeping.”

1. So first, say: salaam `alaykum, it will open a door to make a relationship with these people;

2. Second, invite them to your home for dinner, lunch or whatever you want.

3. Then, pray at night when people are sleeping. What will happen? Very simple: tadkhulu 'l-jannata bi 's-salaam.

So I repeat the Hadith: Afshoo 's-salaam wa 'ati`mu 't-ta`am wa salloo bi 'l-layl wa 'n-naasu niyaam tadkhulu 'l-jannata bi 's-salaam, You say salaam, you give food, pray at night and you will enter Paradise peacefully!

May Allah (swt) accept from us and from everyone and I would like to thank the organizers of this masjid, the chairman and the board of trustees, may Allah support you all, and Shaykh Abdal-Mun’im whose shaykh is very close to me, Shaykh Mahmood Effendi in Turkey. May Allah (swt) support all of us Ahlu ‘s-Sunnah wa 'l-Jama`at, the Mu'mins and the Muslims inshaa-Allah.

Wa s-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu.


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