Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
18 June 2016 Fenton Zawiya
Zhuhr Suhbah (1)
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. 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.
Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) has created us from Ummat an-Nabi (s), and not only that but He honored the Ummah above every honor: whatever He honored all previous nations was not up to what He honored Ummat an-Nabi (s) with. This Ummah is marhooma, there is mercy on it. Allah (swt) said in Holy Qur’an, aamuroona bi’l-ma`roofi wa tanhawna `ani’l-munkari:
كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ
You were the best of Nations evolved for Mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:110)
There are different types of prophets: prophets without a message, prophets with a message, and Ooli ‘l-`Azham, the Highest Prophets. Some are prophets and some are messengers; the brothers of Sayyidina Yusuf (a) were prophets but not messengers. Sayyidina Yusuf (a) was a messenger. Messengers come with a message from Allah on how to worship Him and how to have a relationship with each other, which is why the Prophet (s) said:
انما بعثت لاتمم مكارم الاخلاق
I have been sent to perfect the best of conduct (your behavior and character). (Bazzaar)
Perfecting our manners is very important as without perfect manners, we would be like animals, not knowing what is nice and not nice. Animals know how to go to their home at night and how to go outside in the morning. In every session with his Sahaabah (r), the Prophet (s) taught them the meaning of nabi: the one who yatanaba, predicted what will happen in the future and everything Allah said to him (s) and he told the Sahaabah (r), which is why he (s) said, “Whomever you follow of my Companions, you will be guided for sure.”
أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم
My Companions are like stars (on a dark night); whichever of them you follow, you will be guided.
(`Abd ibn Humayd, ad-Daraqutnee, ibn `Adiyy, ibn `Abd al-Barr,
with unsound chains but the meaning is sound.)
`An `Awf ibn Malik fee Hadith Sahih, mentioned a Hadith that he heard from the Prophet (s) about Signs of the Last Days. The Sahaabah (r) thought they were going to be in that time, and yes, they were in the time of the Last Days, as the Prophet (s) said (cited in previous transcripts), “The first and biggest Sign of the Last Day is when I am born and when I leave dunya.” The biggest Sign of Last Days is the death of the Prophet (s) because the wahiyy of Sayyidina Jibreel (a) stopped coming on Earth when Prophet (s) passed away. Prophet’s (s) death is one of the greatest Signs of the Last Days from which we need to take `ibrah, example, as one day we are going to die and will be judged.
Hadith of the Six Signs of the Last Days
أَتَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي غَزْوَةِ تَبُوكَ وَهُوَ فِي قُبَّةٍ مِنْ أَدَمٍ فَقَالَ: اعْدُدْ سِتًّا بَيْنَ يَدَيْ السَّاعَة.ِ مَوْتِي ثُمَّ فَتْحُ بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ ثُمَّ مُوْتَانٌ يَأْخُذُ فِيكُمْ كَقُعَاصِ الْغَنَمِ ثُمَّ اسْتِفَاضَةُ الْمَالِ حَتَّى يُعْطَى الرَّجُلُ مِائَةَ دِينَارٍ فَيَظَلُّ سَاخِطًا ثُمَّ فِتْنَةٌ لَا يَبْقَى بَيْتٌ مِنْ الْعَرَبِ إِلَّا دَخَلَتْهُ ثُمَّ هُدْنَةٌ تَكُونُ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَ بَنِي الْأَصْفَرِ فَيَغْدِرُونَ فَيَأْتُونَكُمْ تَحْتَ ثَمَانِينَ غَايَة،ً تَحْتَ كُلِّ غَايَةٍ اثْنَا عَشَرَ أَلْفًا.
`Awf ibn Malik narrated, “I came to the Prophet (s) when he was in the battle of Tabouk at the Dome of Adam and he said, ‘Count six Signs of the Hour: my death, then the conquering of Jerusalem, then death that will take you like the sickness of sheep, then the outpouring of wealth until a man is given one hundred dinars but is still upset, then there will be chaos that enters the house of every Arab, then there will be a peace treaty between you and Bani al-Asfar but they will break it and come to you with eighty flags, under each flag will be twelve thousand of them.’” (Bukhari, Ibn Majah, Ahmad)
1 Prophet’s (s) Death
“The first sign is my death, mawtee.” When the Prophet (s) said, “The first Sign of the Last Day is my death,” we have to understand that iqtarabat as-sa`at, as Allah (swt) said, “The Day of Judgment has come near.” What they are seeing of millions and billions of stars in millions of years, which is true, but all of that is within the Signs of the Last Days. If Allah wants to destroy all that it will be in one second with Kun fa yakoon! That’s why Prophet (s) said, “Prepare yourself now. I am telling you and predicting for you, I am seeing from the knowledge that Allah gave me of `Uloom al-Awaleen wa ‘l-Akhireen, the first big event that will happen as a Sign of the Last Days is my death.”
فيقول صلى الله عليه وسلم : إذا أصيب أحدكم بمصيبة فليذكر مصيبته بي فإنها أعظم المصائب .
If one of you is afflicted with a calamity, then let him remember his calamity by me (his death); for indeed, it is the greatest of calamities. (Sunan ad-Darimi, at-Tabarani al-Kabir)
With the death of Prophet (s) everything shut down. He was so empowered and his Ummah was so empowered by him (s). For example, when you turn these fans off they stop turning. The peak of humanity was the presence of Prophet (s). He also said, Hayaatee khayrun lakum, “My death is good for you as I will check what you are doing. If I see good, hamadtallah, I praise Allah that He kept you safe, and if I see bad, I make istighfaar for you.”
تعرض علي أعمال لكم فإن وجدت خيراً حمدت الله وما وجدت غير ذلك استغفرت لكم.
My life is a great good for you: you relate from it and narrations are related to you. And my death contains good for you as well, for I observe the `amal of my Ummah. If I find good I thank Allah, and if I see other than that, bad, I ask forgiveness for you. (al-Bazzaar in his Musnad)
The Prophet (s) observes each person from his Ummah. Who keeps the Prophet (s) alive in his heart, it is as if he is in the time of the Prophet (s); even though that person is not a Sahaabi, he will be considered from the mu’mineen, someone who believed in al-Ghayb al-Mutlaq, “the Unseen,” the main principle of the second level of Islam, Imaan. They keep what the Prophet (s) mentioned in his life, as he said in a Hadith Qudsi:
عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن الله قال من عادى لي وليا فقد آذنته بالحرب وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها وإن سألني لأعطينه ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن نفس المؤمن يكره الموت وأنا أكره مساءته
ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره
الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها،
My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the hand with which he acts, and the legs with which he walks (and other versions include, “and the tongue with which he speaks.”). (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)
When Allah gives, He gives everything! Why do people deny that Allah can make someone a Wali?
أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Behold! Verily on the Friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Surah Yunus, 10:62)
Awliyaullah have nothing to fear, nothing to be sad for, because they kept their covenant with Allah (swt) and Allah kept them sincere, dressed them with His Mercy and the mercy of Prophet (s). So he said, “As long as My servant approaches Me through voluntary worship, I will love him.” This is beginning of miracles! “When I love him, I will be the ears he can hear with.” Now you are sitting hearing the speaker, who is in need of the advice as much as you. It is not that he has a higher level, no, he might be on the lowest level. If we bring a voice detector here, it will detect a sound, is it not? Why can’t we hear that sound? If we bring a TV or radio we can hear something, people speaking and doing things. Why can a human invention hear and the Creation of Allah cannot hear? When Allah (swt) says, “I will be the ear that he can hear with,” it means you can hear any magnetic wave--long, short, acute, digital--according to your level. That is why in the heart a piece of flesh, which is the center of the body that can hear everything if you direct it in the right direction, if you listen to the Prophet (s).
When he (s) was present, the Sahaabah (r) sat with him and heard him every day, and he said, “When I leave dunya is the beginning of the Signs of the Last Days.” Now we are in the Last Days and Prophet (s) said, “Count six: between them is my death.” If we are able to hear, then we say to ourselves we are achieving something. If we still are not able to hear, we are in siffat al-awwam, the level of common people.
The Prophet (s) came to raise us up, not to be only on the level of common people, but to be on a higher level. There is always an Ascension. He said, “If you want to hear, make Allah love you: for Allah to love you do voluntary worship,” not only the obligations that you must do, whether you are happy with it or not, prayer, fasting, Hajj, Zakat, and Shahadah. That is why Allah (swt) said, “As long as My servant approaches Me through voluntary worship,” which is anything that helps the Ummah. Anything that helps you in your life you can teach to others to build up their life. Allah will give you ears you can hear what others do not, eyes you can see with, a tongue that you can speak with, hands to act with and feet to walk in the Way of Allah, Siraat al-Mustaqeem. To go in that way needs mahabbatullah, love of Allah, which comes from mahabbat an-Nabi (s).
2 Bayt al-Maqdis in Muslim Hands
The second sign the Prophet (s) mentioned in that Hadith is fath al Bayt al-Maqdis, “Muslims will take over Masjid al-Aqsa, Bayt al-Maqdis,” where Prophet (s) went for Israa’ and Mi`raaj.
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ
Glory be to He Who transported His servant. (Surat al-Israa’, 17:1)
Praise be to Allah (swt) that He took his servant, `abd, Sayyidina Muhammad (s), from the Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa. How happy and honored the Prophet (s) was when Allah (swt) addressed him as ‘`abd,’ the worshipper! The opening of Bayt al-Maqdis in the Jerusalem Area, which today is under occupation unfortunately, but inshaa-Allah, Allah will make peace there and bring it back to the right people. He (s) said, fath Bayt al-Maqdis, “To open the city of Bayt al-Maqdis.” It happened when Sayyidina `Umar (r) went from Madinat al-Munawwarah to Jerusalem and made peace between the tribes there, between the Believers and those of other religions. He let the Christians and Jews pray their prayers and he made a place for Muslims to pray. He did not fight, but brought peace with him. Sayyidina `Umar (r) was the first one to open Bayt al-Maqdis, the second to open it completely was Sayyidina Salahuddin al-`Ayubi.
3 Massive Death
The third sign is there will be a lot of death, thumma mawtanun ya’khudu feekum ka-qu’aasi ‘l-ghanami, “Death coming like a plague.” It is mentioned like a mad cow disease between the Ummah from which 25,000 people at that time would die at once.
4 Excessive Wealth
The fourth sign is there will be a time will come when there will be too much money between the hands of people. If you want to give sadaqa, people won't appreciate it; it is mentioned that if you give someone 100 dinars he would still get upset, because there will be a lot of money and that amount isn’t enough. That is what we see in the Gulf Area, the Arabian Peninsula, in Mecca, Madinah, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai, there is a lot of money there. Of course, if you are going to give a beggar 100 dinars when you yourself own a high-rise building, he will say, “Keep it, I don’t need it.” There really is lot of money between the hands of people today. Everyone has enough money, Allah has assigned their rizq for everyone, especially in the Gulf countries, Allah has given them oil from which they became millionaires and billionaires, yet they are still not happy.
5 Fitna in Every Home
Fifth, there will be a big confusion that enters every house from Ummat an-Nabi (s). Fitnatun laa yabqaa baytan min al-`arab illaa dakhalat-hu, there will not be one home from the homes of the Arabs that it will not enter. That is happening today in Arab countries. There are going to be big changes there and Prophet (s) predicted it 1400 years ago. Now people are leaving their religion behind and not keeping it strong, as the Prophet (s) mentioned, “The one holding his religion is like someone holding fire.”
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : يأتي على الناس زمان القابض على دينه كالقابض على الجمر
The one holding his religion firmly in his hand is like someone holding a burning coal. (Tirmidhi)
Today people are holding fire in their hands, because there is nothing left of Islam but its name.
يوشك أن يأتي على الناس زمان لا يبقى من الإسلام إلا اسمه
There will come a time upon a people when nothing remains from Islam except its name. (Bayhaqi)
People don't look at what you do, they only see that you are a Muslim, so they assume you are bad person, they don’t check, they don’t see what Islam came with or what the Qur’an says. People are not studying and learning the Holy Qur’an, or following the constitution of Islam. That’s why badaa ad-deenu ghariban, religion began as a strange element in the Gulf Area, in Mecca and Madinah, and it will be ending in a strange way.
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بَدَأَ الإِسْلاَمُ غَرِيبًا وَسَيَعُودُ كَمَا بَدَأَ غَرِيبًا فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاءِ
(صحيح مسلم كتاب الإيمان باب بيان أن الإسلام بدأ غريبا وسيعود غريبا وأنه يأرز بين المسجدين)
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Islam began as a something strange and it will return to being strange, so blessed are the strangers.” (Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 145)
6 UnbelieversWill Break a Peace Treaty and Grow to 960,000 Troops
Sixth, then he said, “There will be a peace talk between you and the unbelievers.” That is hudna, a peace treaty. That is what we are seeing today, massacres in Sham, Iraq, Yemen, and Arab countries. This is a big fitna. He said there will be peace talks and a treaty in order for people to live in peace. Then he said, “The unbelievers will break the peace treaty and they will come after you under 80 flags,” which means 80 battalions and under every battalion there will be 12,000 soldiers. If you multiply 80 by 12,000 it is 960,000 soldiers, nearly a million. This is happening slowly, slowly; we saw how that group came and tried to bombard Muslims and non-Muslims, they don't care if they are killing innocent people. We will see this more and more, those armies are going to grow to 960,000 soldiers, which means there will be a massacre with so much killing everywhere, as Prophet (s) described in another Hadith about bloodshed will dominate the Earth and there will be blood everywhere running like rivers.
The death of the Prophet (s), as narrated in these six Signs of the Last Days narrated by Imam Bukhari (r), was the greatest affliction that came to Muslim countries. May Allah (swt) keep us safe and protect us as Allah (swt) said:
وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آدَمَ
We have honored the Children of Adam. (Surat al-Israa’, 17:70)
What honor did He grant human beings? The honor is to be from Ummat an-Nabi (s), He has honored us with His Habeeb, His Lover, Sayyidina Muhammad (s), His `Abd, to bring us to dunya, to know about Allah (swt) from Prophet (s), because no one can know about Allah except through the Prophet (s). He (swt) gave us that Shafaqa and Mercy! Ar-rahma wa ‘sh-shafaqa nuktataani min `ilmi ‘Llah, Rahmah and Shafaqa, “Mercy and Compassion, is a drop from the Ocean of Knowledge of Allah.” To honor us He sent us a drop of that in order that we understand the reality of Sayyidina Muhammad (s)! To honor us, Allah made our hearts to be clean. That is why the Prophet (s) said:
يولد الانسان على الفطرة ، فأبواه يهودانه أو ينصرانه أو يمجسانه
Man is born upon fitra (innocence), but it is his parents who make him a Jew, a Christian or a Magian.
Allah created us Muslims in reality, and when we came to dunya some people kept their Islam and some went to kufr, but in reality, as Prophet (s) said, every human being is brought to dunya innocent but his parents make him either a Jew, Christian, Zoroastrian or any other belief. They follow their parents who bring them to that belief, but in reality Allah created everyone on Noor al-Imaan, the Light of Faith, and He gave every human being a heart to contain that. Allah (swt) said to Prophet (s), who told us:
ما وسعني أرضي ولا سمائي ولكن وسعني قلب عبدي المؤمن
Neither My Heavens nor My Earth contain Me, but the heart of My believing servant contains Me.
(Hadith Qudsi, Al-Ihya of Imam al-Ghazali)
“The heart of the Believer contains My Noor.” There are five levels of the heart. The first level is Maqaam al-Awwam, the Level of Common People, where Shaytan can enter and exit. Everybody knows the Hadith of Prophet (s) of the black clot in the heart through which Shaytan can enter and throw gossips (waswasa). We are living in that level, we are living within the first level of heart and your desires, jinn and everything that relates to you enter there. If you are struggling with yourself, trying to behave better, according to what Prophet (s) mentioned in the Hadith, “I have been sent to perfect human behavior,” you will rise from the first to the second, third, fourth and fifth level, which we will describe in the future.
Wa min Allahi ‘-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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