31 January 2015 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan
Zhuhr Suhbah (1)
A`oodhu billahi min ash-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 al-`Azheem 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. Ayyuha ’l-muslimoom, ayyuha ’l-muminoon salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
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.
Alhamdu laka yaa Allah, al-`izzatu laka ya Allah, al-quwwatu laka ya Allah, al-kibr laka ya Allah, al-karamu laka yaa Allah, ar-rahma laka ya Allah, al-maghfirata laka ya Allah.
Allah (swt) hamada nafsahu bi nafsihi, Allah praised Himself to Himself by Himself. Qaal: fee Surati ’l-Fatiha, alhamdulillah, Glory to Allah (swt).
As we said before yesterday, when Allah (swt) gives you a ni`mat, what do you say? “Alhamdulillah,” you did not say, “SubhaanAllah.” When you are eating you say, “Alhamdulillah,” but when you are not expecting something you say, “SubhaanAllah.” When Allah saves you from something you say, “Al-quwatta wa ‘l-kibaru wa ‘r-rahmah laka yaa Allah,” because He sent His mercy to save us. The beginning of Surat al-Fatihah is “al-Hamd”. Al-Hamd on what? When you do something pr receive a favor you say, “Alhamdulillah.” Allah said ‘alhamdulillah’ on what? He said ‘alhamdulillah’ on what He has given us, and we say, “Alhamdulillah to The One Who has made us human beings and created us and created Creation for Bani Adam (a)!” for every detail that Allah created Creation with:
اللَّـهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ ۖ مَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِهِ مِن وَلِيٍّ وَلَا شَفِيعٍ ۚ أَفَلَا تَتَذَكَّرُونَ
Allah is He Who created the Heavens and the Earth and everything in between them in six days, and is established on the Throne of His Almightiness. You have no friend or intercessor other than Him. Do you not reflect? (Surat al-Sajda, 32:4)
He created Heavens and Earth. What are Heavens, as-samaawaat? Kullu maa siwallah `azza wa jall, everything other than Allah (swt) is created. Of that Creation Allah created in six days, He said ‘six days’ in order for us to understand. Allah can do it in one day or in one moment by saying, “Kun fayakoon,” He does not need six days! But Allah put a number to teach us that everything has been done by numbers and the importance of numbers.
سَأَلَ سَائِلٌ بِعَذَابٍ وَاقِعٍ لِّلْكَافِرِينَ لَيْسَ لَهُ دَافِعٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ ذِي الْمَعَارِجِ تَعْرُجُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ إِلَيْهِ فِي يَوْمٍ كَانَ مِقْدَارُهُ خَمْسِينَ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ فَاصْبِرْ صَبْرًا جَمِيلًا
One who is minded to ask might ask about the suffering [in the Hereafter], which is bound to befall those who deny the truth. [Know then that] nothing can ward it off [since it will come] from Allah, unto Whom there are many ways of ascent: all the angels and all the inspiration [ever granted to Man] ascend to Him [daily] in a day the length whereof is [like] fifty thousand years… Therefore, [O Believer,] endure all adversity with goodly patience. (Surat al-Ma`arij, 70:1-5)
He made angels and ar-Rooh, which is different from angels, two Creations: Allah created angels and Allah created ar-Rooh. What is ar-Rooh? It is said to be a huge angel that counts all angels under him. From the greatness that Allah created him, when he opens his wings all angels can come under them, from the greatness of that angel. It might be the rooh, soul, comes from that angel. Today, say you put water in a jar. The rooh is like a jar for all souls. He said, “First He created Heavens and Earth in six days”, then He says, “the angels and the Rooh ascend to Him in a day the measure of which is 50,000 years” of what you count. It is one day, a day not as you think, but it is 50,000 years long. So six days multiplied by 50,000 years is a number [300,000]. Allah does not need 300,000 years to create the Heavens and Earth, but He said the angels and Rooh are ascending to Him in a day which is 50,000 years. Imagine how large is this universe.
Do they ascend one time or are they still ascending? Repeat the ayah (above); that is one mi`raaj, But Allah is making them go, go, in many ma`arij, ascensions, and these ascensions no one knows their measurement, they are still ascending more and more. Allah is showing the angels, “This greatness of Heavens never ends, from the Day I created you until ... they are ascending one heavenly day after one heavenly day, from the day I created until Eternity.”
That rooh, wa nafakhtu feehi min roohee, Allah said about Sayyidina Adam (a), “Blow into him from My Spirit.” He blows in him and Sayyidina Adam (a) moves. Does He blows like we blow? No, He uses that word in Holy Qur'an. That rooh He blows from the essence of arwaah comes out and goes to Sayyidina Adam (a). That hamd, He is glorifying Himself for all that He has created to tell us, "I am the One Who can create and I can make people to die.” Whatever ni`mat He gave us on our behalf, to save us, especially Ummat an-Nabi (s), He says ‘alhamdulillah’, but hamd to whom? Rabbi ‘l-`Alameen. And who says that? Muslims. That He specified with Muslims with every breath going in and out, we praise Allah, the Lord of `Alameen, the Lord of Creation!
And the first letter of hamd is the first letter of Allah. And all of Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes that we, Ummat an-Nabi (s), have been dressed with is from Allah's mercy on us, and all of them begin with what? Alif. Alif at-ta`reef, the Alif Laam. You cannot say of Allah “kareem”, you have to say “al-Kareem”, The Generous, “al-Rahman”, The Merciful. The Alif indicates istiqaamah; it indicates Siraat al-Mustaqeem, because when you glorify Allah you are crossing that Bridge between Heaven and Hell!
That is why Allah (swt) said:
وَلِلَّـهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا ۖ وَذَرُوا الَّذِينَ يُلْحِدُونَ فِي أَسْمَائِهِ ۚ سَيُجْزَوْنَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
The Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so invoke Him by them and leave (the company of) those who practice deviation concerning His Names (as) they will be requited for what they have done.
(Surat al-`Araaf, 7:180)
Allah (swt) is ordering us to call on Him by His Beautiful Names and Attributes because He wants us to be on that Bridge between Hell and Heaven! As much as you mentioned His Names and Attributes you are moving on the Siraat al-Mustaqeem. As much as you are praying you are approaching the final destination. If you die and you are in the middle, you are not at the end, you will not be with the Prophet (s), who is at the end. So we are given a jisr between Heaven and Hell: as much as we pray and behave ourselves and keep our obligations, don’t go here and there, leave bad manners, do as much as we can of the 500 obligations and leave the forbiddens, we are approaching the end, and for sure we cannot come to the end. Awliya say from inayatullah, Allah’s Care, when it reaches you, Allah gave you a bridge and distance and your duty is to walk through all kinds of obligations until you reach where you reach, and when Allah sees you:
وَقُلِ اعْمَلُوا فَسَيَرَى اللَّـهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۖ وَسَتُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
wa qul i`maloo fa-sa-yaraa ’Llahu `amalakum wa-rasooluhu wa ’l-mu’minoon wa sa-turaddoona ilaa `aalimi l-ghaybi wa ’sh-shahaadati fa-yunabbi’ukum bi-maa kuntum ta`maloon.
And say [to them, O Prophet]: "Act! And Allah will behold your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger, and the Believers, and [in the end] you will be brought before Him Who knows all that is beyond the reach of a created being's perception, as well as all that can be witnessed by a creature's senses or mind, and then He will make you understand what you have done." (Surat al-Tawbah, 9:105)
Allah said, “This is My Way, so do as much as you can and Allah will see your actions.” And so do as much as you can; even the one who is sick prays sitting and he gets double reward because he is doing the prayers and didn’t leave them.. The one who is healthy, Allah will give him rewards, but the one who is sick Allah will multiply his rewards. So Allah says `imaloo, work, and Allah is going to see what you are doing and so can His Prophet (s), and then when you reach the level of mu’min you can see also, and then on Judgment Day He will inform you of what you have done, to show you how much more Allah has given you,more than you deserve. And His looking at us is mercy also: when you do something small Allah will blow it out and make it huge, Allah will be happy, is it not?
So He wants us to do as much as we can and when the Angel of Death comes if we are still in the middle, for sure we cannot reach the end, as the mixed soup of our `amal is full of garbage, but Allah will send `inayatullah, His Lovely, Absolute Care, and as soon as that `inaayatullah comes on you, Allah creates an angel, ar-reehu 's-sabaa, like the breeze of youth, like the spring of Heavens, that smell that comes from Heavens comes and carries you and takes you to where you arrive. At the moment of death, Allah sends the reehu ’s-saba, an angel from Heavens, that will dress you with perfect `amal. And Sayyidina Jibreel will see you as a perfect `abd and then send you to Paradise.
But Allah said, “Do! Act!” Don’t waste time on nonsense, like ‘this one said this’ and ‘this one said that’, raising up fitna:
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 sleeping and whoever raises it will be cursed by Allah, so instead of mentioning the person's bad character, praise his good character. As the Prophet (s) said, ahsan al-akhlaaq, the best of character is not to backbite. So as backbiting, gheebah, is a big sin, so change it to speak of that person’s good character, instead bad character. What are you losing? You are adding in front of it “laa” and the Prophet (s) never in his life said “laa”, he never said anything that makes people unhappy. So Allah said, “Learn from the Seal of Messengers,” and inaayatullah, care of Allah will come, and that Allah sends that angel.
Grandshaykh (q) said, and I am quoting him:
When Allah created Creation, He created first the Light of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and from that Light all Creation came and from that Creation Allah sent seven jewels.
Grandshaykh (q) called them ‘jewels’; they are diamonds, but in all their deep mining in the sea and Earth, Allah sent seven such pear-shaped jewels that no one ever saw and awliyaullah know.
And by kun fayakoon, the rasm of one of these angels has been put on these jewels. The beauty of Sayyidina Jibreel, with his touch these jewels become ignited and their light is disseminating different Heavenly Lights on Earth. These seven jewels, only one person can bring them up because Allah (swt) hid them. These seven jewels are in the seven major oceans, or else these oceans would have come on Earth. These jewels are hidden in different places and they appear to the Prophet (s) continually. He (s) did not look at them, as when Mount Uhud came to the Prophet (s) and said, “Whatever you need, I will turn myself into gold,” and the Prophet (s) said, “We don’t need.” And they are kept for Mahdi (a), that he comes with them.
Awliyaullah knowledge is from the care of Allah (swt) for His servants. So He created these seven jewels that if you see them in a dream, that will be one of the main illuminations of your heart. But that fee `ilmillah, we don’t claim anything, but only I claim that is in a pear-shape, as if I am seeing the pear-shape now, but not more than that. When Allah gives He gives, and when awliya give they give. So our duty is to keep ourselves clean because they will dress us from the beauty of these jewels and wherever you are light will come, as Allah said qul `imaloo, “Let them do,” and then that Light of Sayyidina Jibreel will dress you, because we don’t know when we leave dunya.
And the Prophet (s) said in the Signs of the Last Days, but before we say that, which is the quickest way that a person can die? All of us are going to die; some are on the bed of death and it takes one or two weeks; some have failure of kidney, that takes time, but there is one where you are immediately gone. The Prophet (s) said from the Signs of the Last Days that people will die in big numbers from something that takes them quickly, mawtu ’l-fujaa'ah, that is from Signs of the Last Days. And today you hear everywhere, “This person died” of “that person died, he has nothing.”
I know one mureed of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q), a jeweler who works with Bulgari watches and jewelry and he is an expert. I was going to arrive to London and I heard that person, Hosni's brother Selim of Sri Lanka, was preparing the program for me for the next day. He was sitting with his wife and in few seconds he had a heart attack and he died. He was studying more in jewelry to improve his business, and that day I came to London he was preparing for me and he died suddenly, mawtu ‘l-fujaa'ah. You know someone he has sickness and dies suddenly. I know someone whom they told him, “Take from that Chinese medicine, it will give you strength.” He began to take it until one day he began to not feel good. He went to a doctor, who asked him to take a blood test and I will cut it short. That medicine that they sell in every supermarket, they did lab tests and they found his creatinine is 2500 when it should normally be 1, is there a doctor here? They found the side effect of this herb blocked his kidneys and he was supposed to die. So you don’t know, but after he was on heavy medication for one year, he came back to normal.
So Allah said wa qul `imaloo, “do what you can. Remember Me by My Beautiful Names and Attributes.” Every Name of Allah is a gift from Allah (swt) to human beings! If you think about it, every name is one that if you think about it, He gave to Ummat an-Nabi (s). I did not see it in any other religion, I only saw it in Islam. May Allah dress us from Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes! He blessed us with them but He is asking one thing: `imaloo, work, do good. And this meeting is dressed under good `amal, and anything you do good. We ask Allah to dress us under good `amal and if you do good or not, your niyyah is to do it.
May Allah give shifa`a to all of you and especially to Zaeim and Abdul-Wahid and to all of us, and if you thank Allah day and night it is not enough for what Allah has given to you! When Allah called the Prophet (s) “yaa `abdee, O My servant,” the Prophet (s) was so happy, so Allah made us His `abd! So we have to think how nice it is when Allah calls us “yaa `abdee”. When someone calls you “yaa `abdee” you get upset, but when Allah says “yaa `abdee” you don’t get upset. When I say to someone, “Yaa `abdee, get me water,” you get upset but when Allah says “yaa `abdee” you get happy. And may Allah make us His `abd and not to be `abd of Shaytan.
Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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