Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
16 May 2015 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan
Based on Grandshaykh `AbdAllah’s Suhbahs
A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillaahi 'r-Rahmaani '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.
Today is 27th of Rajab. May Allah open for us the secret of Mi`raaj. The secrets of Israa’ wa 'l-Mi`raaj is not something that is in the hands of human beings, it is in the Hands of the Creator. Anything in the Hands of the Creator, and of course everything is in the Hands of the Creator, but anything that human beings think they have power over, their power is zero.
Four years ago, I mentioned the importance of the first day of Rajab was to bring the Prophet (s) to al-Hadarah al-Ilahiyya, to the Divine Presence. We say, “al-Hadarah al-Ilahiyya” and we say, “al-Hadarah al-Muhammadiyya.” It means the Greatness of Allah that He created angels especially to show His `Azhamat to these angels and no one can know these angels or describe their realities except Allah (swt). Al-Hadarah al-Muhammadiyya is the association of awliyaullah with the Prophet (s) and it is completely different from al-Hadarah al-Ilahiyya, which is something completely unknown: Qul Huw Allahu Ahad, “Say, ‘He: the Completely Unknown.’”
Allah is One and al-Hadarah al-Ilahiyya, no one can know who is there, but for Prophet (s). Who is in His hadrah? Awliya know. Allah’s hadrah no one knows, but He wanted Prophet (s) to know so He brought him on Laylat al-’Israa wa ‘l-Mi`raaj, like today. Awliyaullah try to pull Realities, such as: why is it on the 27th, not on the 28th or 26th? Because according to numbers it is 27, which is 2 + 7 = 9. ‘Israa and Mi`raaj is mentioned in Holy Qur'an two times. Mi`raaj is 27 = 9, and multiply by 2 = 99, representing Allah's Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names and Attributes! Allah (swt) especially wanted that day because He revealed to His Prophet (s) whatever He likes to reveal of the Ninety-Nine Names and that is why it is on 27th.
Awliyaullah pull these knowledges in order to give to their followers, because when you mention the Ninety-Nine Names you will be dressed by them. Inna lillahi tisa` wa tisa`oon `ism, you ask Allah by these Names. It is said that awliya are alive in the Presence of their Lord:
بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ
No, they live, finding their sustenance provided in the Presence of their Lord. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:169)
It means they are in that Presence in which Allah (swt) wants them to be as servants and Allah as the Creator. They are present provided with sustenance, yurzaqoon. What are they provided with, bananas?
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 Zakariyya (a) entered Sayyida Maryam’s (a) mihraab, he found provision there. What is that provision, is it just food? It is the knowledge, min al-`uloom, ‘from the knowledge’ that Allah provides them every moment in His Presence. That is why awliyaullah are hiding themselves, they cannot spread that knowledge. If someone has jewelry, do you give him diamonds or you give him rocks? Allah gives diamonds, but not everyone can have those diamonds, it is only for those whom Allah wanted to carry the risalah, Message. And who can carry the Message better than awliyaullah? They take from the Prophet (s) and spread it.
Great-Grandshaykh Sharafuddin Narrates His Vision
This suhbah was given by Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q) on September 22, 1968, 47 years ago.Grandshaykh (q) said Shaykh Sharafuddin (q) called him and said, “Prepare yourself.”
He said, “Yaa Sayyidee, prepare for what?”
Shaykh Sharafuddin replied, “Today I have been informed by mushahadah, kashf al-awliya, in a heavenly vision. I saw something that people cannot see. Allah (swt) showed me through His Prophet (s) `Abdul Lateef [governor of that area] running, then knocking at my door. I was in deep meditation. I opened the door and he said, ‘Yaa Sayyidee! Who are these people I saw coming? Their numbers cannot be counted, they are too many men, women and children, all running toward your door! Then suddenly, someone very tall appeared.’”
Grandshaykh (q) described the hand of that person as ‘double the size of a normal hand, you can put ten big red beans in his hand, and he is tall beyond his knees.’ That is some of the description of Sayyidina al-Mahdi (a)! He is calling to a this huge crowd that has no beginning and no end, running towards Shaykh Sharafuddin (q), which means running towards the Naqshbandi Tariqah. Grandshaykh (a) said, “This is the only tariqah that is still giving knowledge.” The reservoir is full, but there is one tap that is dripping one after one, and that tap is the Naqshbandi tap.
`Abdul Lateef continued, “That tall man is saying to the crowd, ‘Run after me, come with me!’” Grandshaykh, may Allah bless his soul, understood that appearance of Sayyidina Mahdi (a): the fact that he is coming from a distance means there is time for him to appear. One time he was coming out from khalwah, and someone in khalwah feels and hears everything completely differently, as everything is coming to him from the Prophet (s).
Grandshaykh (q) said, “You are speaking of Sayyidina Mahdi (a), but I am not seeing any rain nor any clouds.”
Shaykh Sharafuddin (q) said, “Yaa waladee! Anyone who is waiting for him will be written as being with him. You see that crowd coming: there are 70,000 crowds like that running behind them towards Sayyidina Mahdi (a), he is saying, ‘Tell the people I am coming behind you! Prepare yourselves, I am coming with my khulafah and my deputies!’”
Alhamdulillah, with the barakah of Mawlana Shaykh Sharafuddin (qs), we have the names of these 99, 40 khulafah and 59 deputies, which goes back to 27 = 2+7 = 9, mentioned twice = 99. It means at that time, Allah will send over the Ummah that reality and secret of His 99 Beautiful Names and Attributes! However, Great-Grandshaykh Sharafuddin (q) told Grandshaykh `AbdAllah (q) that not everyone will accept Sayyidina Mahdi (a), not even `ulama.
Shaykh Sharafuddin (q) said, “Then 70,000 `ulama will deny him because of their arrogance and pride, saying, ‘What does he know of Shari`ah? I am the `alim.’”
Sayyidina `Ali and the Green Turbans
Sayyidina Mahdi (a) will completely 100% fulfill everything of Shari`ah of the Prophet (s) on Earth! At that time when Sayyidina Mahdi (a) approaches with that crowd, then Sayyidina `Ali (r) will appear, saying, “I will eliminate anyone who does not accept Mahdi (a)!” because these `ulama know the description of Mahdi (a) more than anyone and yet they will deny him, so their punishment is doubled. Until today, the majority of them say, laa Mahdi illa `Sayyidina 'Isa (a), “There is no Mahdi, only Sayyidina `Isa (a).”
When Sayyidina `Ali (r) appears, suddenly all believers, mu’mins in those crowds will have `amaa'imu khadra, green turbans on their heads. At that moment, those wearing green turbans will be separated from those who have no turbans or no green turban, meaning those who are denying Sayyidina Mahdi (a)!
وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ أَمْوَاتًا بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ
wa laa tahsabanna’Lladheen qutiloo fee sabeeilillah amwaatam bal ahyaaun `inda rabbihim yurzaqoon, But do not think of those that have been slain in the Way of God as dead. They are alive in the Presence of their Lord provided. (Surat Aali-`Imraan 3:169)
applies to dead people in the normal understanding of `ulama, but in this case it means “they will be given to see and know everything”, even the Preserved Tablets. When Sayyidina Khidr (a) raced with Sayyidina Askandar al-Kabeer (a) to get the Maa’u ’l-Hayaat, Water of Life, that water will be given to those with green turbans, then they will become alive with real life, as Imam al-Ghazali (r) said, “When we are in dunya we are asleep and when we die we wake up.” Otherwise we are sitting in this company, this audience of whoever we see in front of us, but in reality there are the Unseen and there Allah (swt) will dress us from `Uloom al-Awwaleen wa ‘l-Akhireen, Knowledges of the Firsts and Lasts!
So those with green turbans will be separated and they will be the only ones behind Sayyidina Mahdi (a), allahumma ij`alnaa minhum. At that time Mahdi (a) will not accept any mistake. Earth will be pure after the Anti-Christ and everything will be according to what is written on the Preserved Tablets. At that time, if someone wants to marry they must look to the Preserved Tablets; if it is written there they may marry and if not, they do not. Today many people marry according to their desires not according to what is on the Preserved Tablets, that is an example.
Those `ulama who will not believe in Sayyidina Mahdi (a) will be given a choice: either accept or don't accept. The majority at that time will accept, but the minority, like Iblees, will refuse. Iblees was with angels, he was an `alim ordered to bow before Sayyidina Adam (a) and he refused, thus he was cursed. Grandshaykh (q) said that Sayyidina Muhyiddin ibn `Arabi (q) said, “When Allah ordered angels to make sajda, Iblees did not make sajda in his mind or in his desire. He thought, ‘How can I make sajda to a human being when all my life I have been making sajda to the Creator?’ That thinking made him fall down.”
As Sayyidina Muhyiddin ibn `Arabi (q) said, he was not supposed to use his mind when the order came: when the order comes you must not use your mind. If Awliyaullah tell you, “Do this”, don't ask them why, sami`na wa ata`na. To you it might be wrong, to them it is not wrong. If you want your tap to run from that reservoir of Bahr al-Qudrah, if you are ordered something don't question, just do it because the wali is seeing different from what you are seeing.
There was one wali who was very famous and he had a son who was like many children, he lost his way. How this came by itself?One day, fed up with him, the father called all his mureeds, saying to them, “Today I have a problem. I want to solve it, but to do that I need you to give me as much money as you can.”
The shaykh gave the order and everyone gave money. He took the money, wrapped it and gave to it his son, the one who was lost, and said, “Go do what you like to do, finish it!”
All the mureeds said, “What is this?” giving it to his son who has lost his way; I don't mean anyone, I’m narrating the story of Mawlana Shaykh. After a while the son took the money was happy and he did everything that you imagine a boy will do. After a while, he came to his father repenting, seeking forgiveness and asking that Allah (swt) will forgive him and his father sent him in a seclusion and he came out clean. However, the mureeds asked about what is going on.
The shaykh said, “One day I was fed up with my son and I looked at Preserved Tablets and saw he is going to spend this much money in a bad way, so I wanted to make that pass quickly and that amount you gave me was the amount I saw he must spend in a wrong way, by tawfeeq of Allah. And so I gave him that money to quickly spend it and finish [fulfill what was written for him] and then his repentance came quickly, he made tawbah.”
May Allah forgive us.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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