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Special Tasbeeh

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

1 March 2013 Burton, Michigan

Jumu`ah Khutbah at As-Siddiq Mosque


O Believers, People of Islam! Wherever you are, alhamdulillah that Allah (swt) has granted us a favor, that if we stay day and night worshipping in sajda it is not enough to thank Him for His Favors that He is favoring us with, especially to make us from Ummat an-Nabi (s)!

Allah (swt) said:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ

Kuntum khayra ummatin ukhrijat li’n-naas taamuroona bi’l-ma`roofi wa tanhawna `ani’l-munkari wa tu’minoona billaah.

You are the best of nations evolved for Mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:110)

“You are,” or “you were” since the time Allah created us, He picked us up and dressed us with His mercy and dressed us with love. Prophet made us from that group that is above every other group, the best group, the best ummah that has been sent to humanity! That means everyone of Ummat an-Nabi (s), Allah dressed with something special that makes him more honored than anyone else. That means “sent to human beings,” so there is no one higher than Ummat an-Nabi (s), and Sayyidina Adam (a) knew that. Allah (swt) said to him, “If Sayyidina Muhammad (s) comes in your time, you and everyone will be under him.”

Prophet (s) said:

ادم فمن سواه إلا تحت لوائي يوم القيامة ولا فخر

Adam faman siwaahu illah tahta liwaa'ee Yawma 'l-Qiyaamah wa laa fakhr.

Therefore,Prophet (s) said, “Adam and whoever is other than him will be under my flag on the Day of Judgment, without vanity.” (Ahmad, Musnad)

That has a big meaning in the interpretation, and that means literally we are under (the flag of Prophet (s), from Sayyidina Adam (a) up to and including Sayyidina `Isa (a). So what do we have to do? We have to thank Allah (swt), we have to say, “Yaa Rabbee! Shukran lillah, shukran laka, yaa Allah!” If we thank Him we get more, as Allah (swt) said:

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ

La-in shakartum la-azeedanakum.

If you thank Me, I will give you more. (Surah Ibraaheem, 14:7)

If we thank Him for food, He gives more? Yes, it is okay, and if we thank Him for more rizq, He gives you more, and if we thank Him for health, He gives more, it is okay. However, in reality, it means, “If you thank Me for making you from Ummat an-Nabi (s), then I will make you stars on dark nights and just as stars shine, you will shine in Paradise! I will dress you with dresses that I did not dress anyone else!” When Allah (swt) says, “I will increase it for you,” does it mean more food? And so if we thank Him, He increases for us. Is it more food? We can survive with less food. Is it more rizq? We can survive with less rizq. Is it more health? We can survive with less health, then cross to other side. So what is He dressing us with?

Ma laa `aynun ra'aat, wa laa udhunun sami`at wa laa khatar `ala qalbi bashar.

No eye has seen and no ear heard and never imagined (by mind), nor has it occurred to the human heart. (Sahih Muslim)

And that is why the Prophet (s) said, “Any day that any person wakes up, an angel will be screaming, yasrukh, shouting and saying, ‘Ayyuha ‘n-naas!’ to every human being.” So there is someone shouting when everyone wakes up, so everyone has to hear and if you don’t have an ear that can hear, the Prophet (s) is telling what you have to do: sabbih al-Malik al-Quddus, praise the King of Kings, the Sultan of Sultans, the One Who has no resemblance, the One Who owns everything, praise Him and glorify Him!

And Sayyidina Ibraaheem (a) said:

Yaa Rabbu! Ma jazaau man sabahaka fa awhaa ilayh, laa ya`lam taweelahu illa rabbi 'l-`alameen.

So no one will reward him except Allah (swt). And so if you say, “SubhaanAllah wa ‘l-hamdulillah laa ilaaha illa-Llah w’Allahu Akbar,” or, “Suboohun qudoosun rabbuna wa rabbu ‘l-malaa’ikatuh wa ’r-rooh” even one time, then Allah will dress you with dresses that no one can understand, then you will be dressed in the endless mercy of Allah (swt)! Don’t say, “This is too much,” no, no! This is in limits if you compare it with Allah’s Greatness. Allah is Merciful and there is no limit to His Mercy! So anytime you praise Him, Allah (swt) will dress us with His Endless Mercy!

And the Prophet (s) said, “There is an ocean and around it are angels made from lights [that means the Prophet (s) is seeing that ocean in Paradise and angels of light] riding on horses of light and in their hands are heavenly spears of light. Yusabihoona hawla al-bahr, they are praising Allah (swt) around that ocean, saying, “Subhaana ‘l-Hayyi ‘l-lladhee la yamoot. Subhaan dhi ‘l-mulki wa ‘l-malakoot. Subhaan dhi `izzi wa’l-jabaroot. Subhaana ‘l-Hayyi ‘l-lladhee la yamoot. Suboohun qudoosun rabbuna wa rabbu ‘l-malaa’ikatuh wa ’r-rooh.” Subhaan means, “Glory to The One Who is outside the realm of this world and the world of Paradise!” He (Allah) is outside that realm because nothing can contain Him, tunazzih, exalted above every Creation! He is not in need of anything! You need everything, but He does not need, The Exalted One, Owner of Mulk, the Kingdom in this Life and Heavens! Subhaan dhi `izzi wa’l-jabaroot. He is the Master of Everything! Subhaana ‘l-Hayyi ‘l-lladhee la yamoot, Glory to He Who is Living, Who never dies!”

Whomever says, “Suboohun qudoosun rabbuna wa rabbu ‘l-malaa’ikatuh wa ’r-rooh,” one time a day or one time a month or one time a year or one time in his life, Allah will forgive his sins even if they were as the foam of the ocean, meaning those believers who are doing their obligations. They do their obligations and we all do our obligations, but we are sinful people and no one can say, “We have no sins.” No one is without sin, no one is infallible except the prophets and angels. And if he recites that one time, all his sins will be forgiven, even if they are as much as the foam on the ocean!

Look, you have to think, as:

تفكر ساعة خير من عبادة سبعين سنة

Tafakkarru sa`atin khayrun min `ibaadati saba`een sannah.

To remember Allah (swt) (contemplate or meditate) for one hour is better than seventy years of worship.

And zabad al-bahr, you see this world is surrounded by one sea, with Earth in the middle (and water) above Sweden and the North Pole, or Australia or America, up and down, or (around) the Middle East there are oceans. So He said, “Even if your sins are like the foam that comes on the shore,” and how many waves are coming on all shores of the world? Even if your sins are like that much foam, saying that (reciting this) one time is enough to forgive these sins! Look at how much Allah has care for the ummah and how much the Prophet (s) cares for his ummah! He was teaching these du`as to the members of the ummah, and if one du`a is like this, then what do you think about the others?

O Muslims! Allah (swt) said:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ

Kuntum khayra ummatin ukhrijat li’n-naas taamuroona bi’l-ma`roofi wa tanhawna `ani’l-munkari wa tu’minoona billaah.

You are the best of people evolved for Mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:110)

With that one du`a Allah is dressing us with all His favors and forgiving us all our sins. What about two du`as or ten, or a whole lifetime of doing du`a? Think!

This is narrated by ad-Daylami, from Anas bin Malik (r). And I won’t be long as people are busy, but I will relate this discussion between Sayyidina Musa (a) and a frog.

All the night, Sayyidina Musa (a) was standing and praising Allah (swt) and in the morning when he woke up, some pride came to him from his worship. How much pride comes to us? One time in his life there came pride in him. What did Allah answer him? Allah wished to show him his pride, what it is. So in the morning he passed by the shores of an ocean and there he found a frog, and that frog spoke with him. Too many animals, wild and domestic, spoke with prophets.

That frog said, “Were you amazed and proud of your prayers last night? I have been praising and exalting, glorifying Allah since He created me 400 years ago!”

Sayyidina Musa (a) said, “For the right of The One Who made you to speak to me in my language, what is your tasbeeh, what are you saying?”

And the frog said, subhaan man yusabihoo lahu man fi ‘l-bihar..., “Praise be to Him as the ones in the oceans praise Him, praise be to The One as the ones on Earth praise Him, praise be to Allah as much as the ones on tops of mountains praise Him, and praise be to Allah for everyone praising Him through their lips and tongues!

May Allah make us to make this tasbeeh at least one time per day: suboohun quddoosun rabbunaa wa rabbu ‘l-malaa’ikatu wa ‘r-rooh.


(Salaat al-Jumu`ah.)


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