Gathering with Habib Qurayshi
(Translated from Arabic)
Salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Glory to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Blessings and peace on His Beloved, Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and upon his Family (r) and all Companions (r). [Mawlana weeps.] Glory to Allah, Who reunited us around the Love of the Elect One (s) in such a gathering blessed for all, as we are reaching the blessed month, the month of Islam and humanity and love and the Message, the message of the Beloved of Allah, Muhammad (s).
Victory to the one who loves the Prophet (s) and blessings to you and us with them, that we should be accepted by Allah and by His Prophet (s)! There is no gathering in which the Beloved Elect One (s) is mentioned except he is present [Mawlana weeps] either visibly or spiritually. Know that this present gathering is encompassed and surrounded by his Lights because of the presence of the lovers, the scholars, the students, and the spiritual persons who are learning the love of The Elect (s). I do not know, therefore, where to start and where to end; my tongue cannot speak for what is present herein of Manifestations descending upon us by the blessing of the love of the Beloved (s)!
Especially Habib al-Qurayshi I thank, and all the Habibs and lovers who are accompanying the Prophet (s) and will be resurrected with him on Resurrection Day, because he (s) said, “One will be resurrected with whomever he loves.” So from here, O Messenger of Allah! O beloved of Allah! Here are your beloved ones, so accept us with them through your love!
The discourse is much about counsels and advice, and learning never ends with them, but it extends to another ocean, the Ocean of Divine Care, the Names of Allah and His Attributes, the Names of His Prophet (s), the ocean of awliya (q) and `ulama and the Righteous. The ocean always keeps reaching you, and that is also the ocean of your teacher, Habib `Umar, may Allah be well pleased with him and support him with what He loves, and likewise Habib `Ali; he is beloved among awliya. Therefore, blessings to both of them and to shuyukh through them because their light reaches everywhere and it issues from the Prophet (s). O Habib Quraysh, it is a torchlight from the blazing light of the Prophet (s) and learning never stops, and above every `alim there is a `alim and above every `aleem there is a `aleem and Allah is the `Aleem Above All, and from His Knowledge manifests an ocean for the `ulama of the ummah, who see what is not seen, who hear what is unheard!
These rare imams of the `ulama about whom the Prophet (s) referred in his Hadith Qudsi:
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 مما افترضت عليه وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها وإن سألني لأعطينه ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن نفس المؤمن يكره الموت وأنا أكره مساءته
ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره
الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها،
My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the hand with which he acts, and the legs with which he walks (and other versions include, "and the tongue with which he speaks."). (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)
For sound can be heard with instruments such as radio or TV, and our hearts are divine radios and TVs: we can hear what Allah wishes for us to hear through them. Let us witness then and see and hear what cannot be heard or seen, and speak the unspoken.
The words of the awliya are pearls. Abu Yazid al-Bistami (q) said, "O my Lord! I spent my life in Your love, how to reach you?"
We also wish to reach what Sayyidina Abu Yazid (q) reached! How to reach you? O Allah! Open for me Your Door, the Door of the Elect (s), for he is the one that leads to Allah! And here we say also, "O Allah! Open for us the Door of Your Prophet, of Your awliya, of Your lovers, of the Habibs, so that we will see what cannot be seen!"
Abu Yazid (q) then was imploring Allah with this du`a until he heard a caller in his heart saying, "O Abu Yazid! Do you really wish to enter through My Door and into My Paradise? The heart contains but only One, not two or three or four."
He said, "And what is that One, O Allah?"
He replied, "Abu Yazid, you cannot reach Me with yourself; leave yourself and come, leave yourself, leave your learning and come to Me bare of everything. I shall cast upon you and dress you and give you of My secrets and make you of My lovers and accept you as a servant to Me."
O our Lord, we are powerless! Whoever tries to resemble a people, he is one of them. We do not dare; we try to resemble the Prophet (s), but we are allowed to say we try to resemble Abu Yazid al-Bistami (q)! O our Lord, he asked and we ask too, his request includes us.
So He entered him into His Ocean and called unto him with a Divine call, "O Abu Yazid! I honored you by letting you devoid yourself of your ego on one condition: you must make your ego a dumping ground for My servants! Give them your all and divest yourself of your own self for them. Through that you will enter My Ocean."
Abu Yazid accepted that and divested himself of his own identity for their sake. O victory to him, and victory to us if we try to resemble him! But the ocean of the Prophet (s) is other than that, his ocean all servants enter. Always he feared and still does on behalf of his community and so until the Day of Resurrection. So, O my Master! O Messenger of Allah (s)! Enter us into your ocean!
Allah (swt) said to you, "Have we not expanded your breast?" (when he was concerned for his ummah), meaning, "Have I not forgiven all their sins for you? Have I not given them to you?" Prophet (s) was asking that they enter Paradise with him, so [Allah (swt) said], "I expanded your breast by accepting that request and removing your sin." (Surat al-Inshirah)
Does Prophet (s) have a sin? "And we have taken down your sin." Rather, it means that we are all forgiven and purified through his Intercession! Allah has greatly honored us with the Beloved Elect (s)!
He is the Prophet and the Light which Allah created before creating all things. How can Light have sins? Rather the sins of the ummah were the burden and sins which Prophet (s) was carrying, as he said:
شفاعتي لأهل الكبائر من أمتي
Shafa`tee li ahl al-kabaa’ir min ummattee.
My intercession is for big sinners on Judgment Day. (Imam Ahmad)
O Messenger of Allah (s)! We are the great sinners of your ummah, we seek your Intercession here and at death and in the grave and on resurrection! We ask that Allah resurrect us with you on a seat of truthfulness near the Mighty King of All!
Allah (swt) addressed Sayyidina Musa (a) with a divine speech that soothed his heart and gave him huge honor, then a man came to Musa and asked him, "O Musa, who is more knowledgeable?" without finishing his sentence, meaning, "between you and me."
Sayyidina Musa (a) was great prophet and the man a humble believer, perhaps dusty and disheveled, a wali, and Musa said perhaps in his heart and no one heard him, "I am more knowledgeable."
But Allah heard and made Sayyidina Musa (a) in need of meeting another servant, Sayyidina Khidr (a), so that Sayyidina Musa (a) would know that there is another knowledge there, straight from Allah.
Learning is not from books, as Ibn Ajiba said, "`Ilm is from awraaq (leaves of books) and also from adhwaaq (spiritual tastes)." Thus we meet and kiss the hands and feet of Habib Qurashi and the other Habibs and beloved, because we hope to be with them in dunya and Paradise. Thus we learn adab and love.
فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا
Fawajadaa `abdan min `ibaadinaa aataynaahu rahmatan min `indinaa wa `allamnaahu min ladunna `ilma.
So they found one of Our Servants on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our Own Presence. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:65)
So Sayyidina Musa (a) went to search for that servant between the two oceans and he found
"one of our slaves," meaning they are many! As we have ascended the mountain the other day
on a mountain where that servant we met presents Allah's slaves to Him and prepares them,
and Allah returns us to the Station of Truth, the Station of True Servanthood to Him.
“And he found one of our slaves,” and Musa asked him, “Can I accompany you?” but he (Sayyidina Khidr) said, “You will not have patience with me.” (18:67)
Why? Because his learning differs from that of Sayyidina Musa (a), perhaps Allah gave him something different. He said, “Can I still be with you?” That servant said… “A servant to whom we gave mercy and taught knowledge from Ourselves” has conditions and the Essential One, He mentioned first: “We gave him (what first?), mercy.” If He gives mercy, the servant becomes Lordly (Rabbani), so the essential condition for the `Ilm al-Adhwaaq, Knowledge of Spiritual Tastes, is the Gifted Mercy granted by Allah (swt) and that is the Messenger of Allah (s), i.e., without Prophet (s) no one, past present and future, no one can reach Allah except through the blessing of the Prophet (s); i.e., “We gave him mercy, the mercy We gave through the Prophet.”
So through the Ocean of the Prophet (s), Allah (swt) dressed al-Khidr (a) and that was his Light and He made him reach through that to `Ilm al-Ladunni, "Knowledge from Ourselves" after which he
jettisoned the boat. How? It means, “ O idiot! Sink your ego to reach Me rather than stay with that Shaytan blocking you from progress!”
And likewise, the killing of the child (as narrated in Surat al-Kahf) is the killing of the ego, the despised ego-child (Tifl al-Nafs al-Madhmooma). When you slay it, the treasures under your wall will be brought to you! When you tread your ego underfoot, it will be given to you.
O servants of Allah! It is far from me to teach you anything; rather, I am your student and I seek from your lights, but may Allah gather us with His beloved Mustafa (s)! When we say shahadah, we assert our witnessing that Allah is our Creator and Lord! He created us and honored us and made us of the ummah of al-Mustafa (s), so blessings to us all through his blessing, and I kiss all your feet, especially Habib al-Qurayshi al-Makki al-Tihami.
Wa ‘s-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
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