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The Shaykh Cleans His Mureeds in Salaat al-Najaat

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

27 July 2017 Feltham, London, UK

Centre for Spiritual & Cultural Advancement (CSCA)

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. 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.

What is the water Allah (swt) mentioned in Holy Qur’an?

وَأَلَّوِ اسْتَقَامُوا عَلَى الطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَاهُم مَّاء غَدَقًا

If they had (only) remained on the (right) Way, We would certainly have bestowed on them rain in abundance. (Surat al-Jinn, 72:16)

It means, “If they keep on the Right Path, We will quench their thirst,” for Reality, Haqaa`iq, that we don’t yet know, which is like a waterfall from the Knowledge of Heavens.

فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا

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)

Allah (swt) said, “When I ordered Musa to meet an `abd from among many, min `abdan min `ibaadinaa,” where are the others? Many assume that servant was Sayyidina Khidr (a), which is true, but who are the others and where are they? “We dressed him as a true `abd,” means we are not true servants, we are still struggling, and with what? We only know dunya, we are not concerned about Akhirah.

When Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) suddenly disappeared, Prophet (s) found him crying in the Ka`bah and asked, “Why are you crying when Allah made you ‘as-Siddiq’?”

Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) replied, “Yes, He made me that, but can anyone prevent it if Allah takes that back?”

They cannot. Musa (a) traveled through the desert on a very difficult journey to meet one `abd. Where are the rest? Yaa Allah! You made us Your `abd, slave, Your slave to Your Prophet (s), and we are honored with that. Yaa Allah! Open our eyes, as if You don’t who will? On the Day of Promises, Allah created our souls from the Noor of Prophet (s) and Sayyidina Musa (a) wanted to know what happened there, what Allah gave him and his Ummah and to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and his Ummah, and to all Anbiya and their Nations, all of which are under the flag of Prophet (s)! Allah honored us to be from the Light of Sayyidina Muhammad (s)!

رواه عبد الرزاق بسنده عن جابر بن عبد الله بلفظ قال قلت: يا رسول الله، بأبي أنت وأمي، أخبرني عن أول شيء خلقه الله قبل الأشياء. قال: يا جابر، إن الله تعالى خلق قبل الأشياء نور نبيك من نوره،...

When Jaabir (r) asked, “Let my father and mother be sacrificed for you, oh Prophet of Allah! What is the first thing that Allah (swt) created?” the Prophet (s) said, “The first thing that Allah (swt) created is the Light of your Prophet from His Light, O Jaabir.”

(Musannaf `Abdu ’r-Razzaq)

We are helpless, weak servants unable to do anything, but unfortunately we are proud, arrogant and think we know everything, but we know nothing!

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)

“We come to what they have done and We scatter it as if doesn’t exist!” What `amal is that, prayer or sins? Which do you want it to be? There are two answers. If it is sins, to scatter it is saving Ummat an-Nabi (s). That happened on the Day of Promises, when Allah showed us the nafs, ego, and what is good and bad for it.

فَأَلْهَمَهَا فُجُورَهَا وَتَقْوَاهَا

He inspired the self of its good and its bad. (Surat ash-Shams, 91:8)

Allah gave an oath, Fa alhamahaa fujoorahaa wa taqwaahaa, saying taqwa (piety) came after fujoor (corruption, rebelliousness). He inspired us and brought the souls’ attention to that: Allah taught them what is bad, first to get rid of it, then taqwa comes. We are now struggling between rebelliousness and taqwaahaa. Allah doesn’t look at our dirtiness, our sins, as it doesn’t befit Him. He looks at our beauty, which is what?

وإعلموا أن فيكم رسول الله

And know Allah's Messenger is in you. (Surat al-Hujuraat, 49:7)

“You must know I put his Light in you!” Every sajda we make is with the Light of Prophet (s) from Allah (swt)! Why does Allah wants us to make sajda? One cannot be Muslim without making sajda; non-Muslims don’t prostrate as we do.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ أَقْرَبُ مَا يَكُونُ الْعَبْدُ مِنْ رَبِّهِ وَهُوَ سَاجِدٌ فَأَكْثِرُوا الدُّعَاءَ

482 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الصَّلَاةِ باب مَا يُقَالُ فِي الرُّكُوعِ وَالسُّجُودِ

Abu Hurayrah (r) said: The Messenger of Allah (s) said, “The servant is nearest to his Lord during prostration, so increase your supplications therein.” (Sahih Muslim)

To Allah, His servant’s dearest action is sajda: He ordered angels to make sajda because He loves it. Muslims are not accepted without sajda: day and night, nothing we do is accepted without sajda, in which the `abd prostrates to his Lord, Allah Almighty. What is in the sajda? Sayyidina Abu Yazid al-Bastami[1] (q) said when he prayed Salaat al-Najaat (before Fajr time), after the Sunnah of salaam he immediately went to sajda and he gave the secret of that sajda to Awliya.

Grandshaykh (q) used to say, “Once every 24 hours, I present all my followers to Prophet (s) during the five minutes I am in the sajda of Salaat al-Najaat; they pass in front of me one by one.” This includes all those who were with him on Day of Promises, when Allah gave every Wali a group to be raised and guided by them:

وَلِكُلِّ قَوْمٍ هَادٍ

For every people there is a guide. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 13:7)

Do you know your guide? Those who know or don’t know, their guide comes to them even if they are in China and he is in America, Alaska or South America. They can reach their mureeds anywhere and at any time, so don’t underestimate their power. They sit with you, but don’t think they are like you as Allah gave them different levels in their hearts. Allah (swt) granted us this because:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ

You were the best of Nations evolved for Mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:110)

Sayyidina Abu Yazid (q) was one of these Awliya who recommended we make sajda for five or ten minutes, and he guided them. Sayyidina Ibn `Arabi (q) had such a power to make everyone on Earth Muslim in five minutes, about which he said, “I can put Light in their hearts.” Shocked, the `ulama declared, “You have gone outside Shari`ah!” He could have saved himself, but he left it to Allah (swt) when he said, “What you worship is under my feet.” They hanged him, although he was one of the biggest Awliya. Six-hundred years later, Sultan Salim questioned so many people about this event, until finally he met a 150-year-old man, who said, “I heard they killed him in that area (in Damascus).” Sultan Salim ordered that area excavated, and they discovered Ibn `Arabi’s grave, under which they found a treasure of gold; hence, his statement, “What you worship is under my feet” became apparent.

Awliya are not interested in dunya, and he told them, “You worship dunya!” Dunya is passing. Awliya ask their followers what is important: “Do you know with whom you stood on the Day of Promises, when Allah asked, ‘Who am I?’” If you remember that you are a Wali. Your guide wants you to be a Wali, a true guide in the eyes of people. Guides are not sheep.

إِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى بِعَبْدٍ خَيْرًا ، جَعَلَ لَهُ وَاعِظًا مِنْ قَلْبِهِ يَأْمُرُهُ وَيَنْهَاهُ

If Allah (swt) wants goodness for His servant, He will make for him a guide in his heart.[2]

If Allah loves someone, He will make a guide in his heart, then there is no need to go to your shaykh as he will come to you if you are asking. Many people are asking and Awliya are ordered to come to them. Anyone who is brought up on something will grow old on that way. Inshaa-Allah, may Allah keep us on the way of Prophet (s), under his guidance, under his feet! May we move behind him with our heavenly feet! Imagine, think a little bit, do we believe in Prophet (s) or not? To stand up on what he taught us, to follow any way he followed in his Ascension fi Mi`raaj Shareef , when Allah opened a way to honor him (s), and we were with him because his Light is in us! The Prophet (s) transmits Light every moment: whatever Allah gave him he transmits to everyone, and what we want more than anything is to see him (s)! When Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) entered the Ka`bah and started crying, questioning if Allah takes back that honor He granted him, can anyone object?

Then Prophet (s) began to cry and Sayyidina Jibreel (a) came and said, “Allah sends you salaam and says, ‘Stop it, why are you crying?’ He will not change whatever He granted.” Any message that came to Prophet (s), Sayyidina Abu Bakr (s) never questioned it; rather, he always said, “Sadaqta yaa Rasoolullah.” Where are these Awliya today?

إنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. O Believers! Pray upon him and greet him with a worthy salutation! (Surat al-'Ahzaab, 33:56)

Allah said, “Allah and His angels are making salawaat on Prophet (s).” Therefore, why did Allah order that if our salawaat is useless? This ayah means, “O Believers! I honored you to be like Me and My angels making salawaat to raise your levels.” So if you have to pray and need wudu, by reciting salawaat your body will be showered and cleaned from all kinds of sins, as who imitates and follow:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad), "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your sins, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat Aali-'Imraan, 3:31)

أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ

[Allah asked] “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes!” (Surat al-Araaf, 7:172)

One salawaat will be put on the Scale and all your sins will disappear! Is that our salawaat? No, it is Salawaat an-Nabi from Prophet (s), which is enough for the whole Ummah to go to Paradise, Ummatan marhoomaa, the forgiven Nation! We recite istighfaar and salawaat one after the other, but what the angels recite is limitless as they are created from Light. What they recite can fill millions and millions in a small space, and their salawaat is never repeated, each is unique. From His Greatness, Allah creates a new salawaat every time an angel recites! Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.


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[1] One of the greatest scholars in Islam, whom even Ibn Taymiyyah accepted and wrote about.

[2] Abu Na`eem al-Ispahani in Hilyat al-Awliya, from Ahmad bin Hanbal.