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Sufism: Rewards of Worship vs.

Rewards of Resisting Sin

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

14 November 2015 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

Zhuhr Suhbah

A`oodhu billahi mina ‘sh-Shaytani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.

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

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.

Previously, we were talking about Allah's Holy Name, al-Mu`tee. The gift is not a gift if it is limited, the gift has no limit. Allah is The Giver, so there is no limit and no lack or deficiency in His gift, and He is The Benefitter and The Cause of Harm. We spoke about the meaning of al-A`taa, and how any human being can give, but it has limits and Allah (swt) gives with no limits. We have to establish this first: the giving of a servant is limited and only imitational and that limited giving does not...if you visit someone rich, he might give you a gift when you leave because he can afford it, and the next time you come he might give you another gift; the third time you come, you begin to see the gift becomes smaller, less and less valuable, because he has limits, he cannot keep giving and giving and giving.

However, Allah (swt) gives and gives and gives and is still giving non-stop! For that reason, awliyaullah know that reality and `ulama al-Ummah know that reality in a limited way. Awliyaullah have no limits as some of those who are considered as bal ahyaaun `inda rabbihim yurzaqoon, bal ahyaaun `inda rabbihim yurzaqoon, Allah is still giving them from His `ataa, even in their grave He is giving and in their Akhirah, He is giving non-stop in Paradise!

بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ

No, they live, finding their sustenance provided in the Presence of their Lord. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:169)

Whatever Allah gives you have to take; if we don't take what He is giving it means you are rejecting His generosity it means you are falling into a big sin. When this majlis, `inda dhikr as-saaliheen tanzal ar-rahmat, with remembrance of the pious mercy descends, when you avoid receiving that rahmat, you are getting a sin. For example, you go to visit a very generous person and he gives you from what Allah gave him, and you refuse to accept it. That is bad for you because you cannot reject a gift from a generous person. Therefore, what do you think about Allah (swt) the Creator. If He gives you something you take it. And Allah said in Holy Qur'an:

وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا

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

And are we taking? No, don't be afraid to say it: what He is giving we are not taking. Allah is the Giver and whatever He gives we must take, we cannot say, “No need, no problem,” and not take! For that reason, Allah (swt) said:

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

[O Muhammad!] Say, "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, for Allah forgives all sins, for He is The Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

(Surat az-Zumar, 39:53)

أَنَا جَلِيْسُ مَنْ ذَكَرَنِي

I sit with him who remembers Me. (Hadith Qudsiyy. Ahmad, Bayhaqi)

The Prophet (s), who is The Most Truthful of the Truthful, informed us:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا مررتم برياض الجنة فارتع. قالو وما رياض الجنة؟ قال "حلق الذكر"

Ibn `Umar reported that the Prophet (s) said: "When you pass by the Gardens of Paradise, avail yourselves of them." The Companions asked: "What are the Gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "The circles of dhikr.” (Tirmidhi)

“Go and sit in the groves of Paradise, don't continue walking.” The Sahaabah (r) were astonished: they know the Rawdat of the Prophet (s) is in Madina and that is Paradise, but they don't know there are paradises here and there.

From Grandshaykh `AbdAllah’s notes:

The Sahaabah (r) said, “Yaa Rasoolullah ayna najid hadhihi 'r-rawdaat, aw hadhihi riyaad. idhaa marartum bi hadhihi 'r-riyaad farta`oo. ayna najid hadhihi riyaad? Qaala: hilaaq adh-dhikr.” If three people sit together making dhikrullah, then that place becomes a garden from the Gardens of Paradise.

Yaqool hadrat ash-Shaykh `AbdAllah al-Fa'iz ad-Daghestani (q) law `abad al-`abd `ibadat ath-thaqalayn, ins wal-jinn, min awwal ad-dunya ila akhirihaa dhak al-`abd yusbihu `aabid, wa yu`teehi al-madad. Grandshaykh `AbdAllah said, if anyone makes `ibaadah, worships Allah on the number of human beings and jinn, Allah will give him from His `Ataa, maa laa `aynun raa't wa laa udhunun sami`ata laa khatar `alaa qalbi bashar, Allah will give him what no eye has seen nor has any ear heard nor has anyone thought about it. He will give that and you are obliged to do that. On the other hand, you see how much the `abid gets, but laa taqnatoo min rahmatillah, don't despair of Allah's mercy!

God bless these awliyaullah, who expressed how much Allah (swt) will give a person! If one person leaves one manhiyya, one forbidden, Allah will reward him maa laa `aynun raa't wa laa udhunun sami`ata laa khatar `alaa qalbi bashar, because to sit and worship is easy, but like someone joins the army and the enemy is far away and he looks at them and says, “I am going to shoot you, I am going to shoot you!” but he does not shoot because he knows if he shoots the enemies will come and kill him, he is only saying it by tongue, but at end does not get anywhere.

Similarly, when someone wants to forbid himself from committing a sin, four enemies come on him, four battalions of Iblees, nafs, dunya, hawaa, shaytan, the self (ego), the physical world, worldly desire and Shaytan all come to him, saying, “No way I will not let you sin!” These four powers will come to stop you from trying to not commit a sin, they want you to sin! So they will give bad desires in your heart to tempt you so you don’t avoid that sin and they blow bad desires in you to commit the sin. Therefore, if you resist all that and ask forgiveness and leave that sin, Allah will reward you the equivalent of all the worship of the Jinn and Ins combined! That is a`taaullah.

There are four enemies who live in the qalb, heart: nafs, dunya, hawa, shaytan. Your nafs is your enemy within you and Shaytan is also the enemy within you as the Prophet (s) said: “I am the only one who rode on my shaytan.” It is not easy: Shaytan is following (tracking) you to put you in Hellfire. Nafs, the self, dunya, all of us are running for dunya!

حب الدنيا رأس كل خطيئة

Love of dunya is the head of every sin. (Bayhaqi)

It is in your hand. Today not one person is seeking Allah purely, most people are seeking dunya purely. Allah is seeking you, saying, “I will give you from My `ataa, generosity!” Why does `ataa come? If you are the beloved of Allah, He gives you everything. If you loved something from dunya, Allah will give it to you and that is `aataullah, when you love what Allah mentioned in Holy Qur'an: “Leave what Prophet (s) forbade and take what he ordered.” (59:7)

عن أبي هريرة - رضي الله عنه - قال : قال النبي - صلى الله عليه وسلم - : يقول الله تعالى :( أنا عند ظن عبدي بي ، وأنا معه إذا ذكرني ، فإن ذكرني في نفسه ذكرته في نفسي ، وإن ذكرني في ملإ ذكرته في ملإ خير منهم ، وإن تقرب إلي بشبر تقربت إليه ذراعا ، وإن تقرب إلي ذراعا تقربت إليه باعا ، وإن أتاني يمشي أتيته هرولة ) رواه البخاري ومسلم

(Hadith Qudsiyy) “I am as my slave thinks of me. And I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers me to himself, then I remember him to myself. If He remembers me in a group, then I remember him in a group better than it. Whoever approaches Me by a hand's span, I approach him by an arm's length. Whoever approaches Me by an arm's length, I approach him by two arm's length. If he comes to Me walking, I come to him running.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

So don't commit the sin by believing and accepting these four enemies, nafs, dunya, hawwa, shaytan. They are within us and that is our problem: how to eliminate that power? Not by machine guns; using machine guns is easy! There might be rockets within you that commit a sin. Sayyidina Yusuf (s) was nearly going to fall into the test by Zulaykha, the wife of the King of Egypt, but Allah saved him, because he said, “O Allah! If you are not supporting me I am falling.”

وَرَاوَدَتْهُ الَّتِي هُوَ فِي بَيْتِهَا عَن نَّفْسِهِ وَغَلَّقَتِ الْأَبْوَابَ وَقَالَتْ هَيْتَ لَكَ ۚ قَالَ مَعَاذَ اللَّـهِ ۖ إِنَّهُ رَبِّي أَحْسَنَ مَثْوَايَ ۖ إِنَّهُ لَا يُفْلِحُ الظَّالِمُونَ

But she in whose house he was, sought to seduce him from himself: she bolted the doors, and said: "Now come unto me!" He said: "May God preserve me! Truly He is My Lord and has made my stay in this house good. Indeed to no good come those who do wrong!" (Surat Yusuf, 12:23)

Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q) told a story, I don't know if I can say it. ... He said there was someone in his village who committed a sin that was bad enough to take him in the wrong direction and it was a way for Iblees to blow in him shahwat khamseen rajul, the desire for ladies, and Shaytan blew in him the power of fifty men to cause him to sleep with a lady. He said, “Something came within me that gave me power that I want to go into haraam. I turned, yaa Rabbee, that is my problem and I am asking forgiveness!” Grandshaykh (q) said as soon as he said that his thumb burst, blood came out and the shahwah, desire went down and he did not do haraam.

Grandshaykh (q) said, “I knew that person very well and he does not do anything without telling me. He came to me very afraid, frightened that when Shaytan comes to a person he will take over.” That is why we have to be very careful. With all that, Allah saved him because what did he do? Istighfaar! `Ataaullah laa yantahiyy. Allah's generosity does not end, because if you are looking for Him, He is looking for you:

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

My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. ...

(Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)

“As long as My servant approaches me through voluntary worship, I will love him.” Does Allah love us or not? We don't know, because we are not doing fully well in our worshipness. He said, maa zaala `abdee yataqarrabu ilaya bi’ n-nawaafil, “Who continuously dedicates himself through worship.” Dedicate yourself to Allah and He will be seeking you and say, “Come to Me, come, I will sit with you!”

أَنَا جَلِيْسُ مَنْ ذَكَرَنِي

I sit with him who remembers Me. (Hadith Qudsiyy. Ahmad, Bayhaqi)

What is ‘sitting with you’, does it mean like our sitting? No! It means, “I will give you whatever you want, whatever you ask I will give, I will not put you down as you are My sincere servant!

Today we are running away, killing for no reason, shouting and screaming and fighting for no reason. Allah is saying, “If you want to do good, kill your desires within you, then come to Me, as when you have no desires you will not commit a sin.”

One story that is an example of this is when Sayyidina Bayazid al-Bistami (q) was approaching his worship with full power, he was in full worshipness, asking, “Yaa Rabbee! Open for me, let me enter Your heavenly garden!” and when he was asking and asking, he heard itruk nafsaka wa ta`al, leave yourself and come, My door is open. You cannot enter with your self so leave yourself, it cannot be in My gardens. Then (if you do that), welcome.”

Sayyidina Bayazid (q) said salaktu min nafsee kama yasluk al-hayat min jildihaa, “As the snake peels its skin, I left my ego and I heard a voice saying, ‘Come into My garden,’ as the Prophet (s) mentioned, riyaad al-jannah.”

Grandshaykh `AbdAllah said, `ibaadatu 'th-thaqalayn, “The one whose worship equals that of jinn and ins, still the person who leaves one forbidden will be given all that? Why? Because to leave one sin is difficult, as the Prophet (s) said:

اللَّهُمَّ لَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَلَا أَقَلَّ مِنْ ذَلِكَ

O Allah! Don't leave me to my ego for the blink of an eye or less.

The Prophet (s) is not ath-thaqalayn, he is ‘The Worshipper Who’s Worship Surpasses All Worshippers,’ jinn, human beings, animals and angels. The Prophet (s) is already worshipping more than all of them and yet he is saying, “Don't leave me to my ego for the blink of an eye.” If the Prophet (s) says that, are we safe from that? We are fully diving in our egos! The Prophet (s) is saying, “Yaa Rabb, don't let me to depend on my worshipness for even the blink of an eye!” because Allah (swt) said:

وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاء مَّنثُورًا

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We shall make such deeds as floating dust scattered about. (Surat al-Furqaan, 25:23)

For this reason, awliyaullah say we cannot depend on our `amal, good deeds, so they advise that every day we make istighfaar. If the Prophet (s) is saying, “O Allah, don't leave me to myself!” how can we say we are leaning on our worship or our actions? No, we must lean on hubb an-nabi (s) wa aalihi wa madhhabee haqqun wa yaqeen wa `umdatee fee kulli heen! How many of ascetics, zuhadaa, jaaoo wa antahoo, yaqool Mawlana Shaykh, how many ascetics came and left dunya? If we bring all their prayers combined, it means in the past they came, they were born, they were pious, they were sincere, they prayed and they died, so Allah will give them from His endless treasures.

But one person now, in the time of this suhbah by Grandshaykh in 1388 Hijri, 50 years ago, Allah opened this tajalli because there came too much fitna, so Allah opened to Ummat an-Nabi (s) rahmatan wasi`at. Law `aasin astaghfara rabbahu wa talaba al-maghfirah, if one sinner in this time--because there too much fitna in this time, so then there must also be too much Rahmah to balance--so if one person leaves one forbidden, Allah will give him what He gave to all these ascetics!

Law taraka manhiyyatan waahidatan la a`ataahu maa a`ataa haa’oolaa az-zuhhaad bi tarki manhiyyatin waahidah, if one person in this time completes all his obligations--fasting, Hajj, Tawheed and prayer--and on the other hand there are those who fast and pray and do dhikrullah and still they might sin but they ask forgiveness, if one of these people will ask forgiveness in this time, Allah will give that one what He gave all these zuhaada in their lives because you are seeking His forgiveness, so He is seeking you with rewards and treasures!

O Muslims! O Ummat an-Nabi (s)! Hubb ad-dunya raasu kull khatiyya, love of dunya is the head of every sin! [Mawlana addresses the youth.] Mashaa-Allah, you are still young ones, you have time to ask forgiveness, while we are old now and we don't know when we will go (die). Don't forget to read al-Fatiha for us on our graves. Inshaa-Allah we will read for each other. That is why the Prophet (s) said to recite Surat al-Yaseen on your deceased people, as Yaseen is Qalb al-Qur`an, the heart of Qur’an, so Allah will give that dead person a clean heart when you recite Yaseen on them, like a heart transplant. Also, Allah gives you a pure heart as living person as well as to the deceased. If you read Surat al-Yaseen two times you get two hearts. Read it daily so you get one new heart every day.

May Allah forgive us and bless us and keep us on the footsteps of awliyaullah.

Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.

Allah opened that tajalli 50 years ago! When Imam ash-Shafi`ee wrote his madhhab in Baghdad, he wrote according to the evil and situation in Baghdad, then when he went to Egypt he found the people more corrupt and he changed his madhhab to be more strict, and Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal was even more strict. That was about 300 years after Hijrah. He was a very famous, big scholar and he changed his madhhab.

Now it is 1437. What do you expect? It is not like in the time of Sayyidina Imam Shafi`ee, fitna is more today! Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, is not someone who studied Physics and Math and secular sciences, and yet he said that due to Allah's Mercy, He was preventing one certain kind of jinn from coming to dunya, that they were imprisoned, but now they found a way to come to dunya and that is what we are seeing today, lot of fitna. They found a way to enter through is a hole in the Earth’s atmosphere, the black holes/wormholes which we know in Physics [that were previously hidden]. Grandshaykh `AbdAllah did not study Physics, but he said they found that hole and came to Earth and it is not one hole, but many. Before that the sky was sealed with knots and:

وَالسَّمَاء ذَاتِ الْحُبُكِ

By the Sky with (its) numerous Paths. (Surat adh-Dhari`at, 51:7)

The sky with its knots that they discovered that recently; before there was one hole they can come through, but now there are so many. Before the sky was sealed with ropes and knots, now they found the strings of the String Theory, which is correct, holes that come from the atmosphere to Earth and that is what you are seeing today, all this fitna. He said that is going to grow and grow, and that bloodshed is a Sign of the Last Days!

May Allah protect Muslims and all humanity, wherever they are, as today they are killing and killing. May Allah send peace on Earth from this killing.

Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.

Five minutes until `Asr, five minutes is different from now. The Prophet (s) delayed the Sun from setting so some Sahaabah (r) could pray because they had not prayed Salaat al-`Asr.


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