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The Intercession of Sayyidina Muhammad for His Ummah

Grandshaykh `AbdAllah's Notebook Series, Part 18

Ramadan Series, Vol 28

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

3 July 2016 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan

Zhuhr Suhbah

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.

وَقَالُوا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي هَدَانَا لِهَٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِنَهْتَدِيَ لَوْلَا أَنْ هَدَانَا اللَّهُ

They said, “Praise be to Allah Who guided us to this, for we would not have been guided had Allah not guided us.” (Surat al-A’raaf, 7:43)

This verse is enough to tell us that Allah is The One Who guided us or else we are worth nothing. This whole universe doesn’t weigh a wing of a mosquito to Allah (swt):

لو كانت الدنيا تعدل عند الله جناح بعوضة ما سقى كافراً منها شربة ماء

If the value of this dunya weighed the wing of a mosquito, Allah would never give a cup of water for the unbelievers to drink. (Tirmidhi)

The smallest could be a mosquito. Allah is giving an example that whatever you do or achieve in this dunya is nothing, what you really achieve is rahmatullah, that through His mercy everything can live and without His mercy nothing can live. Allah (swt) has given everyone something that they are happy with: one person is happy to have that body and the other is happy to have that soul. No one will share their body or soul with anyone, everyone is holding on to it; however, from the mercy Allah has given Prophet (s), he shared everything with everyone. Grandshaykh (q) said, “On the Day of Judgement when Allah judges between His servants, Hukmullah, His Judgement is going to go through and then He will ask Prophet (s) to give them shafa`ah.” What do you think Prophet (s) will do? He will intercede for his Ummah that Allah (swt) judged between different ummahs and Anbiyaa.

فَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَه ُُ وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَ

Whosoever has done an atom's weight of good shall see it, and whosoever has done an atom's weight of evil shall see it. (Surat al-Zalzalah, 99:7-8)

Allah will give His Judgement and then say, “Yaa Muhammad, I am giving them to you! I gave My Judgment and I am giving you shafa`ah.” SallAllahu `ala Sayyidina Muhammad (s)! What will the Prophet (s) do? He will intercede, he will go into sajda asking for his Ummah; all of you know the Hadith, in Adab al-Mufrad, Bukhari:

He (s) will go into sajda and Allah will open for him du`as that He never opened for him before; not in dunya and not in Barzakh. Allah opened for him this special du`a only for Yawm al-Mahshar, the Day of Resurrection, revealing and passing to Prophet (s) the du`a to make for the Ummah. At that moment, he makes a du`a that he never heard before nor after, and Allah (swt) will say, “Raise your head, I will give you what you want. Irfa’ ra’sak wa sal tu`ta, it is enough.”

وأوحى إليه ربه يامحمد أرفع رأسك وسل تٌعطى

His Lord revealed to him, “O Muhammad, raise your head, ask, and you will be given.”

(Bukhari’s al-Adab al-Mufrad)

What is the reality of that du`a? When the Prophet (s) goes into sajda, the Reality of that du`a didn’t open before, although we know millions of du`as, but they are dunya du`a and this is du`a for Akhirah, Yawm al-Mahshar. Allah does not give the du`a for Akhirah the same as for dunya, there is a difference. So that du`a that Allah opens for him, Grandshaykh (q) said that Allah will dress the Prophet (s) from the Light of Asmaa’ullah al-Husna, the Ninety-Nine Names and Attributes, and he will recite according to the Realities in those Names without seeing what every Name includes. Every Name has characteristics that are like an ocean that no one knows except Allah (swt) and He will dress them on Prophet (s), which is the meaning of shafa`ah: Allah will dress him to be able to ask Him forgiveness for his Ummah.

Allah will say, “Raise your head, I will give you what you want.”

The Prophet (s) will say, “Yaa Rabbee, you know what I want. Give me my Ummah.”

Allah gives him. In the first sajda, one-third of the Ummah will go to Paradise with no account, because that Noor from the Asmaa’u ‘l-Husna will be dressed on those in the first group going to Paradise. They will go and then stop at a place waiting for the others, for family: their father, mother, brother, sister, and wives who are still to be judged. They will stop, as that is adab; they want their families to go with them, as:

الجنة تحت اقدام الامهات

Paradise is under the feet of mothers. (Ahmad, Nasai)

That secret of what Allah will grant to the ladies of Ummat an-Nabi (s) will appear there. The second time, Prophet (s) will go into sajda asking Allah (swt) and he (s) said Allah will open a du`a to his heart that has never been opened before, not even in the first sajda, and it will be more than the first time, something different. Scholars wonder what kind of Arabic it is, or is it Arabic? Of course it is Arabic, as the language of Jannah is Arabic. Those who are not Arabs and don't speak Arabic, at that time their tongues will speak Arabic without any hesitation.

So what kind of Arabic or letters have been arranged to give it meaning? Is it similar to what we are reading? No, it is coming from the secrets of the Holy Qur'an, which is Kalaamu ‘Llah al-Qadeemi, Allah’s Ancient Words: they are not created, and anything not created belongs to Allah. Everything ‘belongs’ to Allah, but that moment is something special. So He (swt) will dress him in the knowledge of the Ninety-Nine Names and Grandshaykh (q) said it is but a drop in an ocean, because Allah is Laa shareeka lahu: no one, not even Prophet (s), can equal Allah in knowledge: there is no partner for it, every moment new oceans emerge. That’s why many times Prophet (s) spoke a Hadith and then after two days or a week repeated it in a different way with something more, depending on the Ascension at that moment and what was revealed to him. All Ahadith are Revelations.

وَالنَّجْمِ إِذَا هَوَى مَا ضَلَّ صَاحِبُكُمْ وَمَا غَوَى وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى إِنْ هُوَ إِلا وَحْيٌ يُوحَى

(I swear) by the star when it sets, your companion is neither astray nor is deceived, nor does he say (anything) of (his own) desire. It is nothing but Revelation that is revealed (to him).

(Suratal-Najm, 53:1-4)

Prophet (s) doesn’t speak from his ego; rather, it is Revelation from Allah (swt) to read to the Ummah, and as he rises in Ascension the more complete the Hadith becomes. So it differs: some will be added or some will be subtracted, it’s up to Prophet (s) to say what Revelation he gets from Allah. Prophet (s) will ask the second time in du`as that were never opened before and Allah (swt) will say, “Raise your head, I will give you what you want,” and Allah (swt) will send half of the remainder to Paradise with no account. Allahumma ija`lnaa min al-firqa al-oola, may Allah make us from the first group!

Then the third time the Prophet (s) goes into sajda and asks Allah (swt) du`as that He never opened before and Allah (swt) will say, “Take all of them and go.”

In Imam Bukhari’s book Adab al-Mufrad, Sayyidina Anas (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said:

The Prophet (s) will go into sajda on the Day of Judgment and Allah (swt) will open du`as to him that were never opened to him before. Allah (swt) will then tell him to raise his head and ask, and Prophet (s) will raise his head and hands and ask for his Ummah. Allah (swt) will say, “Go and take one-third of them.” The Prophet (s) will not be satisfied, he will go into sajda once more and make prayers that were never opened before. Then again Allah (swt) will say, “Ask and you will be given.” Prophet (s) will ask for his Ummah and Allah (swt) will give him another third of the Ummah. Then the Prophet (s) will go into sajda and new prayers will be opened to him that were never opened before. Allah (swt) will tell him to raise his head and ask. Prophet (s) will raise his head and hands and ask for his Ummah. Allah (swt) will then say, “Take all of them, except for that one!” That person will be the worst of the entire Ummah and everyone must think it may be them as we are all sinners from the Prophet’s (s) Nation. Then Allah will ask, “Who gave My Mercy to Muhammad (s)? I did, as I am Arhama ‘r-Rahimeen! I am The Best, Rahmah on Rahmah! Go with Prophet (s) to Paradise without hisaab, giving any account!”

The Ummah is saved, so what will he (s) do there? That is the important question that comes to the heart of Awliyaullah and they like to find an answer. Every Wali has an interpretation and just as the `ulama have associations between each other, meetings arranged so they come together, Awliyaullah also have their own associations in which they sit together. We don't want to go deep into this subject. [“Please!” someone cries out.] Inshaa-Allah we will be like him; out of his love he is saying this. Awliyaullah have their own associations and everyone opens up secrets they were given. As the time of appearances of the Last Days approaches, and among them is the appearance of Sayyidina Mahdi (a), these knowledges are opened slowly, slowly to prepare the Ummah to receive the Signs of the Last Days, because it is going to be:

فَكَيْفَ تَتَّقُونَ إِن كَفَرْتُمْ يَوْمًا يَجْعَلُ الْوِلْدَانَ شِيبًا

How, then, if you refuse to acknowledge the truth, will you protect yourselves on that Day which shall turn the hair of children grey? (Surat al-Muzzammil, 73:17)

It will make children's hair turn white from horror. It is said that there will be a lot of dead people and those who are alive will step over dead bodies in public. There will be no place to walk normally and they will have to jump over each other. That is coming, may Allah protect us. [Ameen!] The Prophet (s) said:

عن أبي هريرة:أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: لا تقوم الساعة حتى تقتتل فئتان عظيمتان، يكون بينهما مقتلة عظيمة، دعوتهما واحدة.

Abu Hurayrah (r) related that the Prophet (s) said, “The Hour will not appear until there will be two enormous groups fighting each other in a colossal battle, (and) their issue is one.” (Bukhari)

There will be a huge battle with great killing and they call for the same thing, Wa da`waahuma waahida, they fight for one issue: Haqq against baatil. Everyone claims he is on Haqq, so that means at that time everything is a soup. Where is the Truth? That is what we are seeing now: people being killed with no measure, only massacring, thousands and thousands of people are killed. So what will the Prophet (s) do in that moment? Grandshaykh (q) said from his sources, when Prophet (s) sees the third group going, he sees that Allah (swt) has dressed them all--the first group, second group, third group--from Tajalli al-Jinaan and that will allow them to see Allah (swt) in Paradise, to see they must go through the door, which is Prophet (s).

What will Prophet (s) do at that moment? No one knows, except for some kind of knowledge that comes to some Awliyaullah from time to time, ‘to smell a good fragrance,’ which means to receive something for the benefit of the Ummah. Whatever Allah has given to Prophet (s) of his `ibaadah from the Day of Promises, from the day that He created his (s) Light:

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)

First, Allah created the Light of Prophet (s), and from that time whatever Allah gave Prophet (s) from `Uloom al-Awwaleen wa ’l-Akhireen until the Day of Judgement, until that sajda, until these three groups will enter Paradise, he (s) will dress the Ummah with everything Allah gave him! Not only that, he will ask, “Yaa Rabbee!” when they are dressed from Prophet’s prayers and Light, if any unbeliever look at them, they will think they are Ummat al-Muhammad! Everyone will resemble each other until you cannot differentiate among them, because everyone will inherit from the Light of Prophet (s), so they all carry the Seema ‘n-Nabi (s), features of whatever Allah wants them to see and they know they belong to the Paradise of Muhammadiyyoon, a special Paradise reserved for Ummat an-Nabi (s).

Other Ummahs that accepted other prophets will be in the paradises of their prophets, but the Paradise of Prophet Muhammad (s) will be in the front and its inhabitants dressed from the Ninety-Nine Names and Attributes. Everywhere at that moment will be calm. Allah (swt) will send everyone to what He granted them in that Paradise. May Allah make us in that Paradise with that group inshaa-Allah!

وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَۚ وَحَسُنَ أُولَٰئِكَ رَفِيقًا

All who obey Allah and the Messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah: the Prophets, the Sincere (lovers of truth), the Witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good). Ah! What a beautiful fellowship! (Surat an-Nisa, 4:69)

So to prepare that in dunya, Allah gave Sayyidina Muhammad (s) that power and that is why one salawaat on the Prophet (s) is so valuable to Allah that He gives you ten salawaat in return. The Prophet (s) gave everything to the Ummah and on Judgment Day he will stand with nothing, because he granted it all to the Ummah and has nothing but Rahmatullah. And he says, “Yaa Rabbee, wherever you want to send me, send me.” He knows he has nothing to enter Paradise except by Allah's Mercy, so he gave everything!

When you give something, you don't take it back. It means he was fidaa ‘l-Ummah, he sacrificed all his benefits for the Ummah. Our example is the Sahaabah (r) sacrificed themselves for the Prophet (s). At that time, Allah will dress him not only with the Ninety-Nine Names, but also with new Names coming. We know ninety-nine and scholars know up to three-thousand Divine Names. Awliyaullah say that every Creation, every human being that exists in dunya is by a Name Allah created and each of these Names comes from the main Name, `AbdAllah.

أفضل الأسماء ما عبد وما حمد

The best names are those which indicate servanthood or praise of Allah.

Allah will dress him from these secrets, and whatever Allah gives to Prophet (s) he continuously sends to the Ummah, so he is without anything, and Allah will dress him in al-`Ilmu ‘l-Ladunni especially for the Day of Judgement. May Allah forgive us.

Before the Prophet (s) returned to Allah, Azra’eel (a) came to him and said, “I take the souls of all Creation and for your soul I ask permission, as Allah is giving you the choice: do you want to stay or go?”

The Prophet (s) said, “I prefer to go to be with my Lord.”

At that time, the Prophet (s) was sweating and sweating, his cloak was soaked. Why was the Prophet (s) sweating? Rahmatan bi Ummatihi, mercy on his Ummah, not because of sickness, not like us:

محمد بشر وليس كالبشر بل هو يعقوتة والناس كالحجر

Muhammad (s) is a human being, but not like you. He is a jewel and people are like rocks.

(Burdah by Imam Busayri)

I have a holy hair of the Prophet (s) that, when I received it, I put in a special glass made from white sapphire, and it is rare to have a tube like that. When we put it inside that tube and locked it, it was sweating, there was condensation inside the tube!

الأنبياء أحياء في قبورهم يصلون

I am alive and fresh in my grave. (Abu Dawood)

So when Prophet (s) was leaving dunya he sweat profusely, and at a certain moment he called Sayyidina `Ali, Sayyidina `Umar and all Sahaabah (r) and said, “When I give my soul to Allah (swt), take the robe in which I am sweating to the desert towards Yemen, because there is barakah in Yemen.”

اللهم بارك لنا في شامنا ويمننا

[Prophet (s) said] O Allah! Bless us in our Sham and in our Yemen. (Muslim)

There is barakah there, because Sayyidina `Uways al-Qarani (r) was there; an `Uwaysiyy can transmit things from far away. They say sometimes between Awliya there is a gap and from far away they give each other through `Uwaysiyy power. Sayyidina `Uways al-Qarani (r) wanted to go see the Prophet (s) and his mother said, “I am sick, don't leave me,” so he stayed and Allah opened for him to see the Prophet (s) better than anyone else from his place!

Prophet (s) said, “Give that cloak to `Uways al-Qarani,” so they took the cloak and went to the village on the way to Yemen as mentioned by the Prophet (s). There they did not find `Uways and no one knew him by that name, in the village he was known by another name. They asked and asked, but no one knew ‘Uways.’ Sayyidina `Umar (r) became agitated, saying, “Prophet (s) told us to go find him and we can’t! What are we doing wrong? We are asking and asking and no one knows him.” He became afraid.

Then they asked a child, who said, “Oh, that one! He is looking after his sheep over there.”

They approached him from behind as was looking at his sheep, but in Reality where he was looking no one knows.

As they approached, without turning to look at them, he said, “Yaa `Umar! Give me the amaanah Prophet (s) gave you.” Sayyidina `Umar (r) gave him the cloak, which he put on his heart, kissed it and said, “I am accepting, I am accepting, I am accepting.”

Sayyidina `Umar (r) thought, “What is he accepting?”

As the Prophet (s) said, “Paradise is beneath the feet of mothers,” Awliyullah say out of his love to his mother, Sayyidina `Uways was already in Paradise in this life, and in Paradise everyone can see the Prophet (s), so he was able to see.

Sayyidina `Uways (r) asked Sayyidina `Umar (r), “How did you see the Prophet (s)?”

Sayyidina `Umar (r) said, “What are you asking? Always I was with the Prophet (s) and he looks like this,” describing shamaa'il an-Nabi (s), his characteristics.

He said, “Yaa `Umar, everyone has seen his dress, his eyes, his face and so on. Did you ever see something special?”

Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, “Yaa `Uways, I saw him one time in my life.”

He said, “How did you see him?”

Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, “One day the Prophet (s) called me and said to me, ‘Yaa `Ali.’” He said this happened in the battle where he had a problem with his eyes and the enemy challenged him to a duel and the wrestler called him bad names.

Prophet (s) didn’t want him to be harmed so he said, “Yaa `Ali, come to me, look at me from my belly up.”

Sayyidina `Ali (r) saw the whole dunya had disappeared and everything was Sayyidina Muhammad (s)! He did not see from his knees and down, and he did not see from his neck and above, which means it is not for him to witness, that is only for the Prophet (s). Awliyaullah interpret this as the head of the Prophet (s) is making sajda at `Arsh ar-Rahman. When the Prophet (s) said, “Look at my belly and down.” Sayyidina `Ali (r) saw the whole dunya disappeared but not Prophet’s feet. Then he (s) said, “Look at me completely.”

Sayyidina `Ali (r) said to `Uways (r), “I saw the whole dunya completely disappear and everywhere I turned my face, I saw nothing but the Prophet (s) everywhere.”

Sayyidina `Uways (r) said, “You are right, you saw him once.”

That is why Awliyaullah respect to Sayyidina `Uways al-Qarani (r) so highly, because of one hasanah for his mother, Allah granted him to see the Prophet (s) from far away.

So what is in that robe? In each drop of the Prophet’s sweat was the secret of his asking forgiveness for each person in Ummat an-Nabi (s) up to the Day of Judgement! Every drop represents one of his Ummah and Sayyidina `Uways al-Qarani (r) is responsible to present that to the Prophet (s) with all of them clean, ready for his Shafa`ah on the Day of Judgement!

Rahmatullah cannot be counted or evaluated; only Allah knows His rahmah; and what He dressed His Prophet (s) with only the Prophet (s) knows; and what He dressed his Awliya with Awliya know; what He dressed the Sahaabah (r) with only Allah knows and each of them is a Wali, they are stars in dark nights and you can be guided through them.

اصحابي كالنجوم بايهم اقتديتم اهتديتم

My Companions are like stars (on a dark night); whichever of them you follow, you will be guided.

(`Abd ibn Humayd, ad-Daraqutnee, ibn `Adiyy, ibn `Abd al-Barr, with unsound chains but the meaning is sound.)

May Allah grant us from that Tajalli! These visions come to Awliyaullah to tell their students, to show the greatness of salawaat in their lives. Excessive salawaat is not shirk. You can do as much as you like, Allah likes that and there is from ten to seven-hundred rewards, up to infinite rewards for each salawaat, no one knows. When inaayatullah, Allah’s care comes, no one can take it away, so we hope that we are always supported under inaayatullah and that it solves all our problems and cures everyone as we are weak servants! May it solve all our problems in dunya and stop all this bloodshed.

Wa min Allahi ‘t-tawfeeq bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.


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