Suhbah at Centre for Spiritual & Cultural Advancement, CSCA
With these recitations of qasaa'id, good jinns appear to protect us from the bad jinns who might come, and I heard Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q) say tonight is the night of good jinn and angels. On that night Sayyidina Muhammad (s) lost his grandson, and Allah knows best. We always say, “Allahumma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa salli `ala Ahli Bayt an-Nabi (s).” These musha`ara (reciters) are making not competition...they feel overwhelmed to bring out the love of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), so they are struggling with themselves. I want to go to Pakistan! Safdar is correct (in saying), Mawlana is Pakistani!
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.
Bika yaa Sayyidee, yaa Sultan al-Awliya, madad. Madad, yaa Rasoolullah!
On this night, Sayyidina al-Husayn (a) was killed and we ask You, Yaa Allah, to raise the punishment off Ummat an-Nabi (s) for his sake.
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.
As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Alhamdulillah we thank Allah (swt) that He made us to know each other because in every one there is a secret and these secrets that are in every one, they are like...today they sell jigsaw puzzles with pieces that fit here and there. Allah (swt) has given everyone a piece of the big cake. You put that piece in its place and your brother puts his piece in its place and everyone puts theirs and the cake will become one, full, with nothing missing from the big cake. We read the Hadith hundreds of times but we don't understand its meaning, when Allah (swt) said as Prophet (s) told us in a Qudsi Hadith, of which there are two narrations:
يد الله على الجماعة
Allah's Hand is over the group. (at-Tabarani)
يد الله مع الجماعة
Allah’s Hand is over the congregation. (Tirmidhi)
Allah’s Hand is with the jama`ah, which means His Qudrah, because if one piece is missing the cake is not completed. If one is missing your turban...I was one time with Mawlana and he told me that every wali has his followers and, for example, his followers are like a crown on the head of the wali, but if one piece of the crown is missing it looks ugly; the crown must have all the jewels on it, there cannot be one piece empty. So yadu ‘l-Llaahi `alaa ‘l-jama`ah or yadu ‘l-Llaahi ma`a ‘l-jama`ah, Allah’s Hand of Qudrah, Power is with the group, from which not one part is missing! If one part is missing then with Allah's Rahmat to Prophet (s) and from Prophet to Awliyaullah, they immediately cover the missing part by placing an angel there to represent you in that association!
`Abdul-Wahhab ash-Sha`raani of Egypt (r), one of the greatest scholars, said, “Allah assigns for every wali an angel that performs his work and is responsible every 24 hours to carry out what is written for that wali on the Preserved Tablets, to help him.” He said the one who you have to ask, you visit a wali at his grave, because when he was alive you visited him and asked for his du`a, is it not? He said, “The one whom you asked for du`a when he was alive, you can ask for his du`a when he is dead because Allah (swt) will appoint an angel that will not leave the wali until completing the du`a in dunya and in Akhirah, to resolve the problems of those who are coming to ask for his du`a. If that wali intercedes for his followers, that angel will come and help and sometimes Allah will give permission to the wali to come out of his grave and yaqdi haajatahu, he will fulfill whatever the mureed needs, he will not let him down.” It is granted for Awliyaullah because:
بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ
No, they live, finding their sustenance provided in the Presence of their Lord. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:169)
That is why they can come out in many forms. These are not my words, these are words of `Abdul-Wahhab ash-Sha`raani, because today they ask, “What is your proof?” The words of `Abdul-Wahhab ash-Sha`raani are my proof! Awliya want their followers to know that this dunya is finishing, and Prophet (s) said:
انما بعثت لاتمم مكارم الاخلاق
I have been sent to perfect the best of conduct (your behavior and character).
“I have been sent to build up the character of human beings, to polish them,” and the best way to polish is through hunger. Allah polishes His servants hearts by hunger, al-Joo`: when you are hungry, cannot find food and you have no money, you have nothing, you will get frustrated and slowly, slowly that will go out of you and you will become a person that can be patient. So the best way to show that reality of hunger is by humbleness. When you train yourself not to eat too much and not to eat kebab all the time, then you will understand the meaning of hunger, because, “The stomach is the house of sickness.” If you don't want to get sick don't eat, you will not die. What makes us eat is our desire of the ego, that is why you get picky, thinking, “I want this, I don't need this,” because you need food for energy but you train yourself to know that one day, you might not have food.
Who is the highest of the Ummah? Who is the highest in the whole Creation? Sayyidina Muhammad, `alayhi afdal as-salaatu wa ‘s-salaam, and his Family (`alayhimu ‘s-salaam). I am going to mention an incident that happened between the Prophet (s) and his daughter, Fatimah az-Zahra (a), to show how much Allah gave Ahl al-Bayt the power, gave the whole Creation under them, and how much they suffered and never said no and how much we are always saying no, all the time! Prophet (s) never said laa, “no”, to anyone.
One day, Prophet (s) said to `Amran ibn Husayn (r) [who narrated it a very long Hadith as recorded in Imam Ghazali’s Ihya `Uloom al-Din, summarized here]:
I used to have manzila wa jaa `inda an-Nabi, I used to be very close to Prophet (s) and have high status in the tribes. He said that Prophet (s) said to him, yaa `imraan, inna laka `indanaa manzila wa jaa, “You have high status with us and a special place in hearts of people, they love you. Come with me, I want to visit my daughter, Sayyida Fatimah az-Zahra (a).”
He (s) wanted to visit his daughter and to take `Amran ibn Husayn (r) with him; look how close he is. We thank Allah (swt) for creating us to be from Ummat an-Nabi (s), but can we ask to be so near to Prophet (s) like the Sahaabah? It is not through wealth that you’ll be near Prophet (s), but by showing good manners, mentioning his name, showing love to him! Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah are not like Salafis, they are Lovers of Prophet (s) and for them Ahl al-Bayt is their thrones!
What do you think Prophet is taking `Amran ibn Husayn to visit his daughter, the highest among the whole Ummah, the only one between his daughters that got Sayyidina al-Hasan and Sayyidina al-Husayn, two beautiful, strong, young ones that when Prophet (s) wants to feel happy he goes to see them! He (s) used to let them ride on his back while he was praying and would not raise his head until they got off. This is royalty, they are the royals of the Ummah! We wish to be under their feet! Let them crush us with their feet, we will be happy! How Awliya become Awliya? They crushed themselves on the threshold of Prophet (s) and Ahl al-Bayt (a)! All the qasaa’id that has been written is to show love to Ahl al-Bayt. Those who are singing it show their real love from the bottom of their hearts. May Allah keep us always with Ahl al-Bayt!
Awliyaullah are busy these ten days in dhikrullah. Now you have to express yourself in a way that Salafis don’t say, “You said something that is not acceptable.” We are becoming very tight. `Abdul-Wahhab ash-Sha`raani (q) did not care, he said, “The wali comes from his grave to help his follower.” They didn’t have such opposition at that time, but today `ulama are afraid of Salafis. Why are you afraid of Salafis? They are never going to accept. O Ahlu ’s-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah, you have to acknowledge this: they are never going to accept our `Aqeedah, so don't tire yourself in all the ways to improve them because they will not listen!
Today there is Dai`sh, ISIS, killing, burning and drowning people; they put them in a cage and drown them. Did you see that? Can you imagine? Dai`sh caught 10-15 people and put them in a car and threw a rocket on them, burn them or put them in a cage underwater to kill them. So what are governments doing today? They are uniting to come against Dai`sh, ISIS? Correct? O stupids! Can you imagine if you are not happy with Dai`sh and all Muslims are not happy with what ISIS is doing, why are they not saying anything to the ones who killed Sayyidina al-Husayn (a)?
One drop of his blood is more valuable to Allah than the whole Ummah and no one tries to observe these ten days of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`at, just a few here and there. We have to give our life! He gave his life for Ummat an-Nabi (s)! They slaughtered him and cut his neck, took his head and brought it in a leather pouch to Yazeed. How were they able to cut that neck? Today you cannot even cut the neck of a cat! Can you slaughter a cat? No (it would revolt you)! They slaughtered the grandson of Prophet (s) and the whole Ummah is keeping quiet! There must be one day coming to cry every night for the whole Ummat an-Nabi (s) in the time of Sayyidina al-Mahdi (a), remembering what they have done to Sayyidina al-Husayn (a)! In that time they will be ordered to sit every day after Salaat al-`Isha and read the story of Sayyidina al-Husayn (a), Shaheed al-Ummah, Sayyid Shabaab Ahl al-Jannah, the head and Master of the Youth of Paradise!
Prophet (s) took `Amran ibn Husayn (r) to visit his daughter and he knocked on the door of Sayyida Fatimah (a), first asking, “Can I come?” Look at the adab. He does not need to knock, he is Sayyid ar-Rasool (s) and her father, but he knocked to teach us adab as Allah (swt) said in Holy Quran:
وَأْتُواْ الْبُيُوتَ مِنْ أَبْوَابِهَا
Enter houses through the proper doors and fear Allah. (Surat al-Baqara, 2:189)
It means, take your guide to take you through the door: he is the abwaab, door, and everyone has a door through which they will enter. Sayyidina Ya`qub (a) told his sons, “Enter the city from different doors,” so each one entered through twelve different doors. This was in his heart, he knew why he gave that advice. Every one of us has a door to the Prophet (s), but you have to use it! Don’t turn your back to it, face it and you will find your reality there.
Today people are trying to find their realities through different kinds of beliefs. They are so happy--Shaytan is playing with them, especially Muslims-- to go to those who show them all kinds of incorrect muraqabah, and they think they can reach [high heavenly states] by balancing and raising hands and legs [in yoga positions]. Muslims are running after it, saying, “This is our way.” Yoga will not take you anywhere; there is one place yoga can take you, to the way of nowhere! You will never reach anywhere [of value practicing yoga]. However, Islam can take you anywhere! Love of Prophet (s) gives you your light, the love of Ahl al-Bayt will be your power and through them you are powerful, but without them you are nothing!
So Prophet (s) knocked at the door and said, adkhul, “Can I come?” Sayyida Fatimah (a) said, “Yes, you can come, idkhul yaa Rasoolullah.” She didn’t say, “Come in, my father.” She showed adab, respect. How much Prophet (s) was happy to hear his most beloved daughter! She said “Udkhul yaa Rasoolullah” with a sweet sound, not like ours; her voice is heavenly, like angelic music. The Prophet (s) said, ana wa mam ma`ee, “Me and the one with me?” He wanted tell her that he had a guest. She said, wa mam ma`k, “You and the one who is with you, both come.” Wa `am ma`k yaa Rasoolullah, “Who is with you?” The Prophet (s) said, “I have `Imran with me.” Wa alladhee ba`asaka bika nabiyyan, haqqa nabiyyan, ma `alayya illa abaa. “I take an oath, yaa Rasoolullah, by The One who sent you as a prophet, that I have only one gown.” She was at home and the gown could not cover her head and legs at same time. She is the daughter of the one who went to Qaaba Qawsayn and she had nothing to wear except one gown that she shared with Sayyidina `Ali (a) to pray. He wore it and prayed, then she wore it and prayed! Sayyida Fatimah (a) said, “He showed me, ‘This is how you wrap it on yourself,’ and I wrapped it on myself covering my body, but I did not cover my head. What should I do?”
Prophet (s) gave her a khilq, a piece of cloth from around his neck, and said, “Put this on your head.” Sayyida Fatimah (a) said, “I put it and then I said to Prophet (s) to come in. Prophet (s) said, “As-salaamu `alaykee yaa binta, kayfa asbahtee. Salaam, my beloved daughter. How is your day?” She said, “W'Allahi asbahtu waja`, my day? Today I woke up with pain in my body.” This is the daughter of Prophet (s). When our daughters or children are in pain we run to hospitals or doctors, is it not? That is how you show you love your daughter, your children, and care for them. So what did Prophet (s) have to do when she said she had pain in her stomach? “I am in pain and what made that pain worse is that I am hungry.” Prophet (s) was going to her to eat, because he didn’t have food at home. She said, “I am in pain because I am hungry.” Here we are eating kebab and still we are not happy. Look at the difference.
Fa bakaa Rasoolullah, the Prophet (s) had tears coming from his eyes, crying for his daughter and for himself, and he said, laa tajzee ya binta, “Don't get frustrated, my daughter. Fa w ’Allahi ma dhuktu ta`am thalattati ayyaam, “By Allah, my daughter, I did not taste food for three days.” The Mountain of Uhud came to Prophet (s) and by the order of Allah (swt) said, “I will turn myself into gold for you, yaa Rasoolullah!” Prophet (s) said, “We don't need it, Allah will send.” For three days, Prophet (s) wrapped a stone on his stomach (to make it tight) because he was hungry. Look how much they suffered! Today if they don't seat us at a table we are angry, thinking, “Huh? I am a boss, a leader, I have to be at the table!” This is the difference, our character and behavior has to be polished. Prophet (s) said, w’Allahi law sa'ltu rabbee la-at`amanee. “If I had asked my Lord, He would have given me.” Allah (swt) gave to Sayyida Maryam (a):
كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقاً قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّى لَكِ هَـذَا قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ اللّهِ إنَّ اللّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاء بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ
Whenever he (Zakariyya) entered her prayer niche, he found with her provision. He said, "O Mary! From where does this come to you?" She said, "From Allah, for Allah provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure." (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:37)
Whenever Sayyidina Zakariyya (a) entered her niche, he found food there with food Allah had given her, so can’t He give to Prophet (s)? He said, “If I asked, Allah would give me.” Bal aathamtu li ‘l-akhirah `alaa ‘d-dunya, “I forsaked dunya for Akhirah, Akhirah is better for me. I am hungry, hungry; I die, I die; I don't want dunya, I want Akhirah.” Then, he tapped on her leg and said, abshiree, fa w’Allahi innaki ilaa sayyidatu nisaa’ ahl al-jannah, “W’Allahi, you are the Sayyida, Master and Head of all ladies that will enter Paradise!”
Now the Hadith finished, but from the stories of the lives of the Sahaabah (r) it is said that she did not have more than one gown. When she and Sayyidina `Ali (r) slept, they covered with the gown, which was not too long; if they pulled it up, their legs would appear and if they covered their legs their head will appear, because it was short. They didn’t have anything. It is said the night that she was a bride and went to the house of Sayyidina `Ali (r) to marry, she had nothing with her except one gown and one straw pillow. That is what the daughter of Sayyid al-Bashar (s) had from dunya!
Allah (swt) gave her the honor that on the Day of Judgment, all the people of Paradise will hear a voice before they enter saying, “Look down, Fatimah az-Zahra (a), Sayyidat Nisaa’ Ahl al-Jannah, the Master of the Ladies of Paradise is passing.” Everyone will look down and she will pass. That is what we are lacking, the realities of how to be humble. When you are humble, Allah (swt) will open for you. How did Awliyaullah achieve their ranks? By being humble, nothing else. Grandshaykh (q) used to say that the Prophet (s) was the most humble and Allah (swt) raised him, while Iblees was the most arrogant and Allah put him down.
The Prophet (s) said to his Sahaabah (r):
عن حارثة بن وهب رضي الله عنه: قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: ألا أخبركم بأهل الجنة؟ كل ضعيف متضعف لو أقسم على الله لأبره, ألا أخبركم بأهل النار كل عتل جواظ مستكبر
(The Prophet [s] said) Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? (They will be) every weak and oppressed person. Were he to swear by Allah, Allah would fulfill his oath. (Haritha bin Wahb. Bukhari, Muslim)
`Alaa ukhbirukum bi ahli ‘l-jannah, “Do you want me to tell you about the People of Paradise?” They said, “Yes, yaa Rasoolullah.” He said, kullu da`eefin mutada`af, “Everyone who is humble and lowers himself even more.” The more you humble yourself, the more Allah will raise you up. Allah raised the Prophet (s) to Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa and beyond because of his humbleness. So our message for this night, the night where Allah (swt) is giving permission to Sayyidina al-Husayn (r) to say something, because Ahl al-Bayt are alive to say something:
بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ
Bal ahyaa’un `inda rabbihim yurzaqoon.
No, they live, finding their sustenance provided in the Presence of their Lord.
(Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:169)
All Awliyaullah are alive. It is already midnight for Awliya, as they follow the time of Mecca and Madinah. All Awliya and martyrs are requesting that Allah (swt) give permission for Sayyidina Mahdi (a) to appear, they are petitioning Allah to give him the permission to come. Inshaa-Allah Allah (swt) will grant His Awliya what they are asking for sake of the Ummah! There is too much going around us from the Signs of Last Days. Tomorrow inshaa-Allah we will speak about some Signs of the Last Days. Yesterday I had a very humble guest, a khalifah of his brother and father, Shaykh Zahid Sultani of Kashmir, who asked about the Last Days. SubhaanAllah, what is happening now is as the Prophet (s) mentioned in detail 1500 years ago.
We ask Allah (swt) to protect us, our families and Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah from what is coming. The best thing is to sit at home, not to interfere, go to work, come back and sit at home, don’t talk to neighbors, don't talk to anyone. Be with yourself and your family, then you will be saved. The Anti-Messiah will pass through every piece and corner of this world, he will not leave one single area that he will not pass through, and this is from the Signs of Last Days. May Allah forgive us!
O Ahlu ’s-Sunnah wa ’l-Jama`ah, wake up! We all have to wake up and call and ask: “Yaa Rabbee! For the sake of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), for the love of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), for the Maqaam of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), grant us peace, happiness and contentment, and take away all these bad things coming to the Ummah! Make us stronger and stronger to get rid of all these evil powers!” And inshaa-Allah we will be saved, as the Prophet (s) said, “To be saved is to sit at home.” Then we will be dressed with barakah, with mercy, with maghfirah and will be sent to Paradise.
Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
May Allah (swt) bless Sayyida Fatimah az-Zahra (r) and raise her higher and higher. It is narrated by Sayyidina Anas bin Malik (r) that Fatimah (r) came to the Prophet (s) with a piece of bread in her hand and she gave it to her father to eat. The Prophet (s) said, “What is that you gave me, O Fatimah?” She said, “I did not feel at ease until I gave this to you to eat, then I will eat.” The Prophet (s) replied, W'Allahi haadha awwal ta`am dakhal mundhu thalathati ayyam, “O Fatimah! By Allah, this is the first bit of food to enter my stomach in three days.”
You hear that and say, like Americans, “What the hell?” We are eating like animals and are still hungry! They had no food except for a piece of bread. She did not want to eat before her father and she had no food. When something came to her hand, she made the food and brought it to him. Her father said, “It has been three days since anything came to my mouth.”
A famous wali, Ibn `Ataullah as-Sakandari (q), said, “For seven days I did not eat anything. I was so happy that I put my ego down. I said, ‘Yaa Rabbee, I am going to ask You in a du`a to grant me to not eat for another three days. If you did not get food to come to me, I will pray a thousand raka`ats.’” Look at how Awliyaullah trained their egos, riding on it by not giving it food! We cannot do that, but we say, “We are weak servants. Yaa Rabb, dress us with what you dressed Your Awliya without us doing what they did, because we cannot do it!” May Allah forgive us.
When the Prophet (s) first entered Madinah, he found the Jews fasting that day. He asked for what reason they are fasting and they said, “This is the day Sayyidina Musa (a) was saved from Pharaoh.” The Prophet(s) said, “We have more rights on Musa than them,” and recommended to fast that day and said, “If Allah gives me life, next year I will fast on the 9th and the 10th.” So if you can fast tomorrow, do it, as it will waive one year's sins. This is for those who are able; for those who are not able, what can you do? Say, “Yaa Rabbee! We are weak, we cannot do it, so dress us as if we have done it.” Allah will be happy because we showed our weakness. We are weak. Someone came today and said that his mother died of cancer, she was 47 years old. Look, alhamdulillah we are all healthy, we are not sick. We must thank Allah at every moment and put a reminder on our phones to say, “Shukran lillah, shukran lillah, shukran lillah.” That is Tariqah, to pressure yourself to make dhikrullah in every direction, in every way you go with one of Beautiful Names of Allah. This (phone) is an instrument to remind you to say “alhamdulillah” this hour, the next hour “shukran lillah,” the next, “astaghfirullah,” that is a reminder (a dhikr app). Iblees does not want us to remember.
May Allah (swt) forgive us. Tomorrow there is ziyarah to the Holy Hair of the Prophet (s) and Sayyidina `Ali (r) inshaa-allah.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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