Suhbah at Shah Jahan Mosque
As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
Someone must say thank you for organizing the masjid, and the someone who says thank you is my shaykh, Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani (q), who always used to come to this masjid. There must be something special here, there must be a wali that has been buried here that awliyaullah are attracted in their lives and in their deaths to come and visit the people and the masjid to take the barakah of that wali. As I know and I heard that it was the first masjid to be put in England, in all of Northern Europe, that wali has been assigned by the Prophet (s). Some people might say, "How do you know?" I know because my shaykh told me. Under that dome [here in this mosque] is a place where awliyaullah must pass every 24 hours. There are many domes around the world, there are 124,000 domes as there are 124,000 prophets, and every prophet has his own dome. The dome that is above all other domes is the Dome of Sayyidina Muhammad (s). There must be a wali buried under that dome, as he was part of the soil that made this masjid a masjid of barakah.
I am trying to be a simple person, but Shaytan is always behind Allah's servants. For that reason, unity between Muslims is important and especially in these days about which the Prophet (s) said:
ستكون فتن كقطع الليل المظلم
There will be confusion like a chunk of dark nights.
There are going to be in the future fitan, huge ones, huge ones, ka qita` al-layli 'l-muzhlim, like pieces of darkness in the sky, chunks of them, like when you look at the sky at night and you don’t see stars, you see chunks of dark night. He mentioned fitan ka qita` al-layli 'l-muzhlim, al-layl al-muzhlim means “a dark sky with no stars”, there is something else. Today we don’t see in the skies what we used to see before. Before you could see that rahmat coming, at night you could see the stars. Today you see airplanes that Allah (swt) ordered His Prophet (s) to tell us about to be very careful, not to interfere in anything. Instead of a sky illuminated by stars, today it is a sky illuminated by darkness, and this darkness is made by the people on Earth. They made the Earth with its skies to be with no rahmah. There is no rahmah on Earth today. There are Muslims killing Muslims and non-Muslims killing each other, and non-Muslims killing Muslims. It is complete fitna and complete chaos, so we say, yaa Rabbee aba`idnaa `an hadhab'l-fitna, keep us away from this fitna because it is not going to benefit anyone.
Alhamdulillah that Allah has sent al-kazhimeen al-ghayth wab'l-`afeen `anib’n-naas, those who see wrongdoings and keep their anger down and they forgive people. Allah mentioned them in the Holy Qur’an and we wish to be such people or part of such people. Do you get angry? Yes, but Allah wants us to make mujaahadah, to struggle, because the Prophet (s) said:
الفتنة نائمة لعن الله من أيقظها
Fitna is dormant and Allah curses whoever awakes it. (Al-Rafi`i; al-Ajlouni in Kashf al-Khafaa.)
Fitna is dormant and Allah will curse who brings it up. So today anyone who brings fitna up will be cursed. What did the Prophet say? Al-fitnatu naa’imatun, we have to take it word by word: the fitna is dormant. La`ana ‘Llahu man ayqadhahaa, Allah will curse whoever brings it up. So He put the curse on the same darajah, level, as the curse of Iblees. Allah cursed Iblees, and Prophet says in that Hadith that Allah will curse, which means He will dress him with the darkness of Iblees when he brings fitna up, because fitna can bring wars, as we are seeing and people are dying for no reason.
So avoiding fitna is the most dangerous responsibility as a Muslim, and also for others, or else we will be cursed (for causing it) not like Iblees, but we will be dressed with something of his bad characters, but still Allah will forgive as He sent the Prophet (s) as a mercy for humanity. Allah made the reality of the Prophet (s) hidden; do you think that the reality of the Prophet (s) has been seen? No one can see the reality, the core of the reality of the Prophet (s), except the Prophet (s) as no one can know his essence. The Sahaabah (r) knew, but it differs from one Sahaabah to another.
When the Prophet (s) asked for help for one of the battles, and usually the Prophet (s) would never ask, he did so to tell to them to be careful, to teach us how the Sahaabah (r) were reacting with the Prophet (s), and so to teach us how to react with each other, otherwise we cannot understand Islam. He told them to give what they could from their wealth. So Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) gave what he gave, Sayyidina `Umar (r) gave what he gave, Sayyidina `Uthmaan (r) gave what he gave, Sayyidina `Ali (r) and all the other Sahaabah (r) gave what they gave.
The Prophet (s) asked Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r), “Yaa Abu Bakr, what did you give?
As-Siddiq (r) said, “Yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolallah, I gave everything that I own for Allah and His Prophet.”
The Prophet (s) said, “What did you leave for your family?”
He said, “I left for them Allah and His Prophet (s).”
No one can reach that level of imaan as what Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) saw from the Reality of the Prophet (s) he was unable to hold himself and he gave everything! It is like when a father is so happy with his son, for example, that he became an important person or his son did well in a qiraat recitation or in his exams, and the father says, “I will give all kinds of wealth for the masjid,” or, “Yaa Allah, if my son does well in the exam, then I will give thousands and thousands to the masaajid.” Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) was seeing with the special light in his eyes and everyone has light in their eyes that differs from one to another. He saw what others were not seeing; his eyes were the eyes of “as-Siddiq al-Akbar” which was written on his eyes!
Don't think that is too much. Today for passports they take fingerprints and a picture of the iris because the identity is in the eye, as well. It is in science that everyone's iris is different from the other, like the thumbprint, when you stamp something with your thumb. He has a different thumbprint and I have a different thumbprint and no one on Earth has the same thumbprint as another. Imagine how many millions and billions of human beings came on Earth and died and they all have different fingerprints. How is that possible?
I saw on TV a man who has 123 children--from many wives through his life--and he doesn’t know their names. He is from Iraq and today they tell him, “This is your son from this wife,” what can they do? Too many children. So your eyes have like fingerprints (in them), that’s why when the name of the Prophet (s) comes we kiss and wipe our eyes and say, qurrati `aynee bika yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolallah, “You are the coolness of my eyes, O my Master, O Messenger of Allah.” What does that mean and why do we gesture this way? The first one to kiss his eyes was Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r). Why to kiss? He loved the Prophet (s), so whenever his name came kissed Prophet (s) with his hands, the thumb and index finger. Why through these two fingers? Because you are using your thumb and the Shahadah/index finger, saying Shahadah, bearing witness, “Yaa Rabbee! My witness that I am Muslim is my thumb, my ID, my fingerprint, and I read Shahadah and I accept Your Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!” When I kiss and put my thumbs on my eyes, then the fingerprints of my eyes that are different from my thumbs will witness for me on the Day of Judgement that I mentioned that Muhammad (s) is Rasoolullah!
SubhaanAllah! Allah (swt) put these secrets into the Shahadah finger and the thumb! When you kiss, you are kissing the Reality of the Essence of the Prophet (s). When you kiss, you are kissing the Prophet (s) himself! That is why Ahlu’s-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah are Ahlu ’s-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah: they are lovers of the Prophet (s), kissing him without knowing it, they think it is a custom which, when you hear the name of the Prophet (s), you kiss the thumbs and forefinger. It’s not only a custom, but it’s a reality that on Judgment Day your hands, your legs, your thumbs are going to witness on your behalf and your thumb, forefinger and iris are going to witness that you said, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah `alayha nahyaa wa `alayhaa namoot wa `alayhaa nalqa 'Llah!”
Allah (swt) wanted to raise His Beloved Prophet (s) and He brought him up to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa. So what Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) saw when he brought everything he owned to the Prophet (s) meant, “Yaa Rabbee, I don't own anything in this dunya. I am coming to You, I only own one thing, my Shahaadah, my love to Your Prophet (s). That’s how I am coming to You.” He was able to see the Reality of the Prophet (s), where he was reaching; not everything, of course, because the Prophet (s) is the only one to have his name with Allah's Name, but Sayyidina Abu Bakr saw something that made him happy to give everything.
Sayyidina `Umar (r) came with what he gave and the Prophet (s) said, “What did you leave for your family?”
He said, “I brought half and left half.”
The Prophet (s) said, “Yaa `Umar, your imaan is half that of Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r)”, although the Prophet (s) also , “If there is a prophet after me it would be Sayyidina `Umar (r).”
So what would Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) be? Sayyidina Muhammad is the Seal of Messengers, but if there was to be another prophet he said `Umar (r) will be a prophet, but he gave half and Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) gave everything! So we don't know what Allah has put in the heart of Muslims and Mu'mins.
Al-muqatta`at from Qur’an al-Kareem. The first muqatta`at are: Alif, Laam, Meem. Alif always belongs to Allah (swt), it is standing, only Allah (swt) owns that. No one owns, laa shareeka lahu, He owns it. And it is said that Alif is al-wujood al-akbar, the biggest existence that exists, meaning everything else doesn’t exist, it’s a mirage: existence only belongs to Allah. If you take the Alif from the word “Allah” it becomes “lillah”, that everything belongs to Allah (swt). If you say “Allah” it means “Allah, the Creator,” and He is known through His Beautiful Names and Attributes. And if you take the Alif, “lillah” is left, which means “al-wujoodu lillah”, not the Beautiful Names, but the Existence that Allah created as a servant belongs to Allah (swt). If you take the first Laam then it become “Lahu”, “to Him”, there will be nothing left for anyone. Prophet (s) knew that Reality and he stood and did not know what to say, he didn’t say anything in Haqeeqat ad-Daa’im wajab al-adab. If you take the second Laam, what is left? “Huwa”, The Hidden Treasure:
كنت كنزا مخفياً فأحببت أن أعرف فخلقت الخلق
Kuntu kanzan makhfiyyan fa ahbabtuhu an u`rafa fa khalaqtu ‘l-khalq.
I was a Hidden Treasure (and) I wanted to be known, so I created Creation. (Hadith Qudsi)
“I was a Hidden Treasure (and) I wanted to be known, so I created Creation”, wa bihi `arafoonee, “so know me through it”. Allah said, Qul Hu Allahu Ahad. “Yaa Muhammad, say ‘Hu’, the Hidden Treasure that no one knows about it.” His Essence, His Reality is hidden through the letter Hu. Where are all these letters hidden? Where are all these meanings hidden? In al-Muqata`at. “Alif. Laam. Meem.” Alif indicates Allah and Laam indicates Jibreel (a) and the last letter is Meem, is it correct? Who is Meem? How many Meems in it? There are two Meems in it. Tashdeed yes, but meaning is in the two Meems there: one mutaharrif and one is saakit. One is facing Jibreel (a) and the Laam and in the middle, between the two Meems is Yaa, and the Yaa in Arabic is equivalent to Alif. So from Meem, when Jibreel (a) delivered the Revelation to Prophet (s) he delivered to the Meem that he is in front of, and in the middle the Prophet (s) with the Revelation takes it as, laa yukallifullahu nafsan illa wusa`aha, and he gives according to our capacity from the second Meem, which is facing the Ummah.
The first Meem is facing the Realities, facing Muhammadan Rasoolullah as `Abd of Allah (swt), taking the Revelation from Jibreel (a) that is given to Muhammad (s), that is facing the Essence of the Reality. The second Meem is facing the Ummah. So whatever is hidden is in between the two Meems; when awliyaullah want to look at their followers they look from the two Meems in order to see what they are doing, from what Prophet (s) gave them a little bit of drops of Reality as it is an ocean and they are able to dive in that.
And with all this, we still don’t know anything yet, we are only smelling like you smell perfumes, and these perfumes come from the Reality of the Prophet (s)! Awliyaullah put it and give to their followers. It is enough for a wali to look in your face: he will reflect into your eyes, through your eyes whatever realities he has from Prophet (s) to you! And that is not the baya`; the importance of baya` is to reach the reality of the shaykh transmitted from his eyes to your eyes.
The Prophet (s) said:
ما صب الله في صدري شيئا إلا صببته في صدر أبي بكر
Whatever Allah has poured in my heart, I poured in the heart of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.
(Tabari, Nuzhat al-Majaalis wa Muntakhab an-Nafaa'is)
And that is why Abu Hurayrah (r) said:
حَفِظْتُ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وِعَاءَيْنِ ، فَأَمَّا أَحَدُهُمَا فَبَثَثْتُهُ ، وَأَمَّا الْآخَرُ فَلَوْ بَثَثْتُهُ قُطِعَ هَذَا الْبُلْعُومُ
I learned two kinds of knowledge from Prophet (s): one I shared with everyone and one had I shared it they would cut my neck. (Bukhari)
Abu Hurayrah (r) said, “If I shared the other one they would cut my neck.” Who would cut his neck, who was living at that time there? The Sahaabah (r)! That means the Sahaabah (r) would cut his neck, and he is Sahaabi (r), so who is going to cut his neck? He said, “If I tell what Prophet (s) gave to me, one I can tell you and the other if I tell they will cut my neck,” who will cut his neck? The Sahaabah (r) would cut his neck as they cannot carry it. That is why we said at the beginning, laa yukallifallaha nafsan illa wusa`ahaa, that Allah does not give anyone more than he can carry. But the wali knows how much the heart can carry, you don’t know. Do you know how much you carry inside you, mixed with all kinds of sins blended with Shaytan’s power so you feel exhausted and you cannot carry too much, but in reality you can carry a lot! Awliyaullah know this and they reflect from their eyes to the eyes of their followers.
We ask Allah to open for use these Realities which are important to learn and know. From books you learn how to pray, fast, perform Hajj, salaat, pay zakaat, buyoo`, `aqaaid, which are very important, but the hidden part in your heart is qaal wa qeel, qaa’il wa fa`il, “you say it but you act on it.” May Allah (swt) put us in a haal that will not take our minds away; that is the haal that you are mentioning, so you don't want your jazbah to become too strong as then you will not sit with anyone, you will run away from people. Awliyaullah who are not strong enough to carry it run away, they leave people and go to forests, deserts and caves, and Allah will save them. May Allah bless us.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah. Thank you very much.
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