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Every Knowledge Is Between Alif and Ya

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

8 May 2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dhuhr Suhbah in Private Home

As salamu `alaykum. A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.

Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,nawaytu 'r-riyaadah,

nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`ala fee haadha 'l-masjid, fee hadhal-manzil, fee hadhihi 'd-daar.

This is a meeting, an association of dhikrullah. Any association where you sit together for the love of Allah (swt), love of Prophet (s), and the love of awliyaullah (q) is an association that the Prophet (s) mentioned in many ahadeeth. Maa jaalas qawmun yadhkuroonallah illa haffathumu 'l-malaaika wa ghashyatuhumu 'r-rahma wa dhakarahumullahu feeman `inda aw li-Llahi mala`ikatun yatoofoona fi 't-turuqaat yalatamisoona maa dhakkira 'l-majaalis adh-dhikr. This means that there are angels that Allah (swt) created, yatoofoona fi 't-turuqaat, circumambulating, but before they circumambulate they roam.

Ignorant ones say, "Oh, how can angels roam?" How can cell phones roam? Wherever you go today, your cell phone is "roaming." Now they also want to put a chip under your skin to know what you are doing, where you are, and with whom you are meeting. Allah (swt) already put angels, cameras everywhere, to check who listens to Shaytan. Shaytan is a terrorist who violates Allah's (swt) rules, and anyone who is violating the rules of a country is a terrorist, correct? So anyone who violates Allah's (swt) rules is a terrorist. They don't need a definition for terrorism; it means, anyone who does not follow what Allah (swt) ordered and what Prophet (s) mentioned, that person is following the enemy, Iblees, and becoming a terrorist like Iblees (Shaytan).

Man kaffara musliman faqad ba'a bihi aw faqad kafar. "Whoever says to another Muslim, 'You are a kafir (unbeliever),' becomes a kaafir." How many Muslims today are saying to Muslims, "You are a kafir." The Prophet (s) said a Muslim is the one who spoke the words, Laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Anyone who says that person is a kaafir, then the accuser becomes kafir! Wa faqad ba'a bihi means, "it will come on him," because he did something unacceptable to his brother or sister in Islam. And more than that, whatever sin that accused one committed will be written for his attacker!

How many Muslims are killing Muslims today? There are suicide bombs everywhere, in Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, India, in many countries. And who is doing it? Muslim to Muslim. As it is prohibited among non-Muslims, it is even more prohibited among Muslims. There are suicide bombs and there are suicide "tongue bombs." The Prophet (s) said, "Whoever controls what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I guarantee for him Paradise." And, "When you see something wrong, try to expose it, to correct it." So when we see something wrong we are going to expose it until it is corrected, because these people have "tongue-bombs" and "body-action-bombs." They twist Allah's (swt) words according to their own interpretation and imagination. They don't know what they are saying from the beginning up to the end, so may Allah (swt) protect us!

Suicide bombing is a one-time killing, and you will be punished by Allah (swt) and by Prophet (s), but suicide-tongue-bombing is not a one-time killing, it is a killer every moment. Those on the Internet, attacking others without a reason, only because they are brainwashed, are suicide-tongue-bombing every moment, killing every moment. It is not one killing, as happens with a suicide bomb, but it means they are being punished and punished and punished, in every moment.

Iblees is punished but he does not feel his punishment now, he is going to feel it on the Day of Judgment. In-Allaha yumhil wa laa yuhmil, "Allah (swt) delays but He will never forget (punishment)." He has delayed it for Iblees until the Day of Judgment. When Israfeel (a) blows on the trumpet and everyone dies, Iblees will die, but he doesn't feel that punishment in dunya. Allah (swt) has accumulated it. If he felt it, he might repent, but he is not feeling it and that is greater punishment for him.

Arrogance is kufr. Those people who claim they are something, their arrogance is a punishment for them. Don't enter it; keep away from it. Don't get angry! they are so angry because they are arrogant and stubborn. They don't loosen their position because they have no mind to think; they are stupid, so every moment they are in 'killing forces.' They are going to be punished. That is why Allah (swt) will not forgive them on the Day of Judgment. They are zhulaam, oppressors, and Allah (swt) avenges the oppressed by taking all the hasanaat of oppressors and giving them to the oppressed ones. And how many oppressed ones are there in dunya? Too many!

And not only that, they are not trying to understand, to study and learn about the beauty of Islam, the beauty that Allah (swt) sent to His beloved Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad (s). (Mawlana stands.) As-salaam `alayka yaa Sayyidee, yaa Rasoolullah, as-salaatu w 'as-salaam yaa Sayyidee, yaa Muhammad (s)!! (Mawlana sits.) They have nothing. Instead of praising their Prophet (s), they are praising themselves and praising that one who doesn't even know how to clean himself for wudhu.

We went to a school for orphans in Ghana. Inside the classes were partitioned with bamboo, just like a stall; you would not put your goats in it. These people who are wasting their time on the Internet, sending countless emails, attacking from east and west, I challenge them to tell me the faraa'id al-wudu. In Ghana, the first class we went to was with young children memorizing the Qur'an, and on the board was written the Arabic alphabet. I noticed everything on their blackboards, the different teachings in Arabic, according to the level of the students. Until we came to the fifth grade, which is not yet the intermediary school; five years finishes the primary school. I saw first, maa hum faraa'id al- wudu, addik faraaid al-wudu' "Itemize the obligations of ablution." What are its obligations? Wa maa hiya nawaaqidh al-wudu, and what are the things that void your ablution? What are they? Count them. I am challenging them! Young students allover the world know it. Go research it!

And I challenge that 'khalifah' to know the basics of the Arabic alphabet; not only him, but also let them tell us what is the alphabet, from alif to ya, and how many letters are in the Arabic alphabet? What is the first letter ("alif"), and what do you know about alif? There is a great Middle Eastern scholar who put together 28 over-sized volumes, each 1500 pages, devoted to the letter alif alone. 28 volumes! The collection is like an atlas, 1500 pages in every volume! We have them in Lebanon. He then wrote about all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, from the beginning to the last letter, ya, and then it was sent for printing. During the war in Lebanon, his work of 40 years was destroyed, gone. But the first 28 volumes were saved because they were published. That was my uncle, who wrote 28 volumes on alif alone!

Khulafaa', `ulama! You think it's so simple to call yourself khalifah? So what does alif represent? The first letter of what? Ismu 'l-jalaalah. It is the first letter of the Name "Allah" (swt), encompassing the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names; that is the first letter. It means the knowledge of the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names is within al-ismu 'l-jalaalah, Allah. And what is alif ? It is the first letter of that Beautiful Name, Allah! What knowledge is in it no one can understand. We count only, alif, ba, ta, tha, jeem, ha, but we don't know the meanings. It is a secret open only to Prophet (s).

What is the last letter? Ya. What does it represent? Ya represents the first letter of the Prophet's (s) name, Ya Seen. And by revelation, he said that Ya Seen is qalbu 'l-qur'an, the heart of the the Holy Qur'an. Wal qalbu 'l-qur'an al fatihatu 'sh-shareefah. So Ya Seen is the heart of Qur'an. And by Ya Seen, wal qur'aani l-hakeem innaka lamina 'l-mursaleen, (36:3) Allah (swt) is giving an oath by "Ya Seen" and by Qur'an as Ya Seen is the heart of the Qur'an. It means Muhammad (Mawlana stands) (s) is the heart of the Holy Qur'an! (Mawlana sits.) Allah (swt) is giving an oath by al Qalbu 'l-Muhammadi, Ya Seen. Allah (swt) is saying, "I am giving an oath by him, by his name, by My beloved Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad, (Mawlana stands) (s)." (Mawlana sits)

When Allah (swt) gives an oath, it is not only by name; it is through His perfection and nearness! And the Prophet (s) in every moment, is rising and ascending. Moment by moment, nearer, nearer, nearer, zooming in, zooming in, zooming in! As he is zooming in, he is going deeper. As you zoom in on Google today, you can go deeper and deeper into the skies and more stars open up. Allah (swt) is saying, Ya Seen, wa 'l-qur'aani 'l-hakeem, and the Holy Qur'an, the Wise Qur'an, the talking Qur'an, Allah's Word, innaka la-minna 'l-mursaleen."You are a messenger," `ala siraatun-mustaqeem, "on the right path." Finished! It means anyone who follows the way of the Prophet (s) is following as-siraat.

So the entire knowledge of the Holy Qur'an and Holy Hadeeth, the knowledge of this universe, and all books that have been written, are going to be between alif and ya. Can it be outside alif and ya? Because every word is consisting of letters between alif and ya. So all knowledges are between the alif and ya. It means, "I, Allah (swt) is giving an oath, "I am giving an oath by My beloved Prophet, al-qalbu 'l-Muhammadi, that you, yaa Muhammad," (Mawlana stands.) "are My messenger." (Mawlana sits.) So everything is between heavenly knowledge, all of the alphabets, and what do they enter in? They appear from the alif, all the way through different levels, entering and diving in the ocean of Muhammadur-Rasoolullah. (Mawlana stands and sits.) There is no other way. If we have a dharra, an atom of understanding, we can learn. Then Allah (swt) opens, the Prophet (s) opens, and the awliyaaullah open.

If you are a mudda`ee, claiming something that does not belong to you, (Mawlana shrugs his shoulders) and not everyone is a d`aee, (one who invites to Islam) then there are two kinds of d`awaa. D`awatu 'l-haqq and d`awatu 'l-baatil. D`awatu 'l-haqq is for the one who calls to the way of Allah (swt), feeling the heat, fearing Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s) and the awliyaaullah. And there is the other, d`awatu 'l-Iblees, the one who thinks he is something and inside him is Iblees. He is not entering him from the eyes or from the mouth; he is entering from somewhere else. Just as Iblees and his devils came in the time of Prophet (s) and entered the three statues: Hubal, Laat and `Uzzah, their three biggest idols of worship.

There are people worshiping, these days, and thinking their "khalifah" is something. They are worshiping him, brainwashed by some titles. When they say, 'Buddha,' you can see a big Buddha, (Mawlana holds up his hands to show) the size of a building, or a small one. So there are small Buddhas and there are big Buddhas. Similarly, there are small Iblees and big Iblees. They are happy and amazed with Iblees. Iblees can fly! Iblees can do miracles, not Islamic miracles, but he can do anything; he can appear to you, he can come whispering at any moment. That is Iblees. So they came and entered the three big statues which then began to speak to the Sahaaba (r). The Sahaaba (r) were fascinated, stunned that the statues were speaking. Prophet (s) is saying to them, "Believe in Allah (swt)," and the statues were talking, saying, "We are your Lord." These are the khalifahs, the false khalifahs; they are telling those innocent people following them, that they are their Lord, "Follow us."

Allahu akbar. May Allah (swt) bring these people back to iman. They are worshiping a shaytan, not Shaytan, Iblees also. Not Abu Lahab, worse. Every Monday, Allah (swt) releases Abu Lahab from hellfire for a day, because on hearing his brother had had a son, Sayyidina Muhammad (s), (Mawlana stands, sits) he immediately freed his servant Thuweiba. On Monday, the Prophet's (s) birthday. So every Monday, Allah (swt) takes his punishment away because of that action.

When you are entering, be careful. If you don't know your limit, Allah (swt) may delay but one day a slap will come on your face. Iblees asked to be reprieved and Allah (swt) with His wisdom delayed his punishment. He delayed and delayed but in the end He will be punished. You don't want to be like Iblees; you already have gone too far. Be careful! Come back. Don't think awliyaaullah are petting and giving you something. We know what you are. There are many like you.

All knowledge, the books, libraries, book stores, Internet, encyclopedias, millions of Internet pages, is between alif and ya, and it is entering into the secret of the Prophet (s). Yesterday, I was told by one of Mawlana's mureeds that they are translating 100,000 pages from English to the Bahasa language, daily. Each day their company translates from many languages, 100,000 pages. Imagine how many millions of pages are translated.

Al-Qalbu 'l-Muhammadi is not just for entering into what relates to heaven. Every breath you are breathing is there! Everything you do goes to Qalbu 'l-Muhammadi (s); that is the door of the Holy Qur'an. Ya Seen wa 'l-quraani 'l-hakeem. Don't feel ashamed in front of the Prophet (s). If you sin, say 'astaghfirullah' and Allah (swt) will forgive you. But that is between you and Allah (swt,) He will forgive as He is Ghafooru 'r-Raheem. But accusing a Muslim and saying unacceptable things about them, humiliating them, carries a punishment unless you apologize. You must not think yourself above everyone. You must understand that grandeur and greatness are in effacing and humbling oneself, and not in self-exaltation.

That Prophet (s) described the ahlu 'l-`aba'ah. If you don't know, learn! He covered them with his cloak, Sayyida Khadijat-al-Kubra (a), Fatimatu 'z-Zahra (a), Sayyidina `Ali (a), Sayyidina Hassan (a) and Sayyidina Husayn (a). Five! Covered them. And what did he say? "These are my family." Don't come. (Mawlana raises his hand.) Don't teach me about, "Oh, he has sons-in-law." You are petty, to give such examples. You know nothing! You are speaking about an issue that happened, and it's wrong you caught it, an issue that happened before they were Muslim, not an issue that happened when they were Muslim. And half of your quotation was wrong. Sayyidina `Ali (a) was a Muslim, a boy, the first young person to accept Islam. You cannot give wrong examples. Behave yourself!

Sayyidina Husayn (a), when he was being surrounded by the army of Yazid, imagine! The grandson of Prophet (s), Sayyidina Husayn (a) asked for water for his infant son, Muhammad `Ali Asghar, seven months of age. He was thirsty! He asked Yazid to give him water. Do you know the story? If you don't, go and read! He refused and that seven-month-old child died. His brother, Muhammad `Ali Akbar, eleven years, as some seerahs say, also died of thirst, they didn't give him water. Because their character is like these people; they are the Yazids of the ummah. They are ferocious. Anyone who claims something is ferocious. What was Sayyidina Husayn's (a) answer when he saw, before they killed him, and all the family of Prophet (s) being killed? (Mawlana points at camera.) The Family of Prophet (s) was killed. Because you are preparing a threat against us, the family of Mawlana Shaykh. You raised knives in Cyprus; you raised knives on some people in Cyprus. Don't think you are something; you are nothing. We are not afraid of you and your people!

What was his answer to Yazid? He didn't fight with him. He said, an t`afoow`ind al-maqdirah. What does that mean in English? "Forgive when you can punish." He said, "Yazid, remember there is a Day of Judgment, and my grandfather is going to be the judge there." The shafa`ah is in his hands. "And he, with his hand, will take whom he likes to Paradise and whom he likes, to Hellfire." Allah will give him that authority. Man dhalladhee yashfa`u `indahoo illa bi idhnih, "Who is there that can intercede in His presence except by His permission?" (Al-Baqara, 2:255) He is the one who gives shafa`ah to the Prophet (s.)

The Prophet (s) said, shafaa'tee li ahl al-kabaairi min ummattee, "My shafa`ah is for the big sinners of my ummah." When he says, "the big," it means that the small sinners are entering also. Husayn (a) said, "When you come in front of my grandfather to be judged, and you are thirsty, at that time, when he can refuse you, he will give you water out of his rahmah, yaa Yazid. You are killing his grandchildren and his family and his sons-in-law, but my grandfather is not like your character." You have the character of Yazid. We forgave, but these people don't know anything about forgiveness. They are of the way of Yazid and Iblees. Iblees does not like anyone to go for shafa`ah or to be accepted. Look, even the rain that is falling, is angry with them. (It is raining very hard during this part of the suhbah) Every drop is cursing the Iblees character in them; not their bodies, but their bad characters.

So all knowledge enters between the alif and ya. You can zoom and dive in, and bring knowledge out. It will never end; secular knowledge, Islamic and spiritual knowledge. May Allah (swt) forgive us, May Allah (swt) bless us and may Allah (swt) support us. (Du`a)

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