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Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani



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I know a doctor also and he is very clever, he did 4 years surgery, 4 years nephrology, 4 years …always he was studying. The called him to one country and he went there with the Minister of Education of royal family. And one time a very important. Guest came and they put him in same room with the doctor and he snores a lot. that doctor cannot sleep. He snores more than AH, more than AF. He snores like Beethoven, like making music, together with Mozart, all mixed together. AF, when he sleeps in our house, when he snores the whole house shakes, in California long time ago.

So the doctor cannot sleep, the house is shaking the room is shaking and it is a palace.

What he has to do? That guest is going to stay with him one week so it means we cannot work. So he came to him, the latest medication they gave to people for snoring. I will give you. That man was very happy, he said, "my wife cannot sleep in the same room, I have to sleep maybe one mile from her.”

So he brought an injection and it contains numbing and he said, "I have to inject that in your nose. It will not hurt but all your snoring will be finished.” He is correct the snoring will be finished for one week.

Then he gave him that injection and from pain he was so shaking. That injection went in and for one week that snoring  stopped. Then it started again. He came back to the doctor and said, “I am snoring again.” So the doctor said, "what can I do, I need to work.” “Ok give my 100 dollars back then.” “Oh it is too late.”

Before two years he [Shaykh M] could not walk, we have to help him with crutches. And he was on way to see someone and they had accident. His wife died, his driver died and at that moment he saw Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, pushing him out of the car. Because he did something unacceptable.

He is Shaykh of Indonesia. He has many students alhamdulillah. First time he came to see me in Indonesia, along with some other people he doesn’t have money, they had money and bought him tickets.

He is professor and he is retired. He is representing Mawlana there. Every day he is traveling. I don’t know where he got that energy. He goes every from one village to another.

Why he got that accident. Not to put him down or dishonor him. But to give an example. He is representing Mawlana Shaykh.

But one time he gave me a book where there is the silsilah. Many people do that. We are all in this problem and in this sickness. That after some years of hard working and always with me and when I go there he introduce me to different people and arrange different functions, and these functions are 100000 or 500,000, not 100 people like here. Am I saying the truth or not? Yes.

So after 3 years had a book, I think Dala’il al-Khayrat, and in it is the silsilah of Naqshbandi Golden Chain. And what he did, he added my name and he added his name after it. Out of innocence. Because people in Indonesia have to go to whom? They go to him. So he added his name as the 41. awliyaullah don’t like that. While the shaykh is alive you cannot do that. If someone is to be added, he will add it himself.

Today this one, his love doesn’t change. However much you shout at him, his love doesn’t change. But this sickness is everywhere. As soon as they have been told you can represent and do dhikr they become the calipha and their name is after Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. So for that, he got that accident. They saved him,...

After that he is so… he is a professor. You know what is professor? Many many years in university. He knows all the politicians and everyone there. And thousands of students. He is very humble. He goes from one island to another, one island to another. They have 22,000 islands. He visited I think 5000 islands, everywhere.

You know when Aceh was hit by the tsunami, and the only masjids saved was Naqshbandi masjids. That one they always show is a Naqshbandi masjid. And the village they go, Xamhoori, that one was saved.

I am coming through here on the way to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, when you go there, I used to go with Mawlana Shaykh. Last time was 2001. When you go from the airport, if there is an event when you go from the home to the masjid... you have to do it in Indonesia.

So what they have in Sri Lanka, next time [do it] in Indonesia. It is not 10,000. 10,000 is nothing. 50,000 at least. From the house where Mawlana Shaykh is going to pass to the mosque, might be 10 miles far, they bring a horse or a truck and they put a huge chair in the truck and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim is not facing straight forward but facing the back to people behind the truck and like an ocean of human beings, behind the truck and all with takbir and Mawlana waving to the people until he reaches the mosque. There he goes inside and makes whatever he wants to make of dhikr and suhbat and then at the end they want to make baya`. We didn’t do this in Indonesia. I saw Indonesia dangerous for baraka they tear you apart. There we do the way of raising the hands. They raise their hands and take baya`, 50,000,  20,000 people.

Not in Sri Lanka - they use ropes - they throw ropes from one place to another and people holding the ropes and then Mawlana is holding in his hands hundreds of ropes and he gives baya`.

One time he was in Pakistan in `Ali al-Hujwiri’s Mosque and the police were arranging for him to come and there were 100s of thousands. And Mawlana went into the maqam of `Ali al-Hujwiri but it was on microphones so everyone heard it. And then he has to go back out. There, there are people like sand in the desert and they are going to rip Mawlana apart. What to do to get Mawlana out, even security can do nothing. There was a window in the back of the maqam and they told him to climb on their backs and to get out the window. Mawlana went out the window and escaped in a car. And the people were thinking Mawlana is still in there and they are pushing to get in.

Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem


Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum  


I… many times now, since the last some years ago, I said it and I will repeat it. I felt that ego can trick you in every moment in your life. And it is very difficult to make sure that you can stop your ego from not tricking you. Everyone, including all of us, there are weak points in our lives that ego can come through and tricks human being. It means Shaytan, because Allah is in heart of human beings, as the Prophet (s) mentioned his hadith that He made a place for Shaytan in the heart. Therefore don’t say “I am clean!” No you are not. Shaytan can enter. Allah has given him that possibility, Allah gave him the possibility to approach. That is why when you hear gossips in your mind - things that are not related to Shariah or tariqah - know that Shaytan is there playing with you.

There is a space there fill it, `Ali!

Professor are you there? Sleeping? He cannot hear anymore he needs to be very near. Omar Kone you hided yourself completely.

Sahib take your turban so we can see him.


A`udhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum


So as much as you are more and more in tariqah, you can understand more the tricks of the ego. And everyone of us his ego, or her ego tricks that person. Because there are weak points, there are points in the heart or in yourself that are vulnerable, they say, to attack. It is like gravity points. Gravity points, you are going down a hill and you make a wrong move inclination what happens to the car. It tips off, flips over. Because all arrows when you are playing with these arrows to throw in the middle of the center, you try to get in the middle of the center you don’t try to get it around. So Shaytan wants to get it in the middle in order to flip you. Many different tricks that will happen. And they know how to come. Allah swt gave them a place for us to understand how much we are vulnerable. What you need? You need an alarm system. Alarm system protects you from thieves. They try to come to your home and immediately the alarm system will send message to station and immediately the police will come.

Do we have an alarm system in our hearts to tell us that Shaytan is coming in? Yes, of course. But we are not using it.

Whenever something comes, weigh it according to Shariah. Or weigh it according to the state of excellence, Maqam al-Ihsan. You are tariqah people. So you are saying we are following tariqah you must follow the Maqam al-Ihsan. Then you will be saved. You will be struggling but you will be saved.

So since all of us are under these attacks from Shaytan and Allah swt gave us a way out of it by following His obedience and obeying His Prophet and obeying those who are in authority, then we will be able to avoid what Shaytan is trying to do.

When you look at this picture that is on the wall, it is a picture of Ka`bah, and you see all these people facing what? All of them are facing Ka`bah from all directions. So their concentration is where? Their focus is where? On the Ka`bah. Their focus is on rida’ullah, Allah’s satisfaction and pleasure. They go there, look all of them wearing white, they go there and still they are struggling there. But their focus is on Ka`bah. We don’t say Shaytan will not go there but they are struggling there.

You have to know there is Ka`bah in the heart. That is why the Holy Prophet (s) revealed that hadith to us from Allah swt, that “the heart of the believer is the House of Allah.” You don’t want the House of Allah in your heart to be dirty. You have to keep cleaning it.

In previous time they used to clean the Ka`bah. And they still do that 2 times a year. In Ottoman times they used to open it once a week and they clean it with very concentrated rose water. The caliph will come crawling on his chest and clean it with rose water and then standing and praying 2 raka`ats.

Also in Madinat al-munawwara they go from Bab at-Tawbah, they go with rose water and the emperor himself or if he is not in Madina he sends someone representing him and they go on their chest and they clean the floor of the grave of  the Prophet (s) and they go on their chest out of respect. And they don’t stand up sweeping. No they are crawling and they go out backwards. And if the caliph is not there he sends the imam of the masjid and after cleaning the Rawdah then he goes to do Jumu`ah.

So that is the sign we have to clean our hearts with what? With rose water. As much as concentrated as much as it is affective. Some people might dilute it with water so it has no more smell. Then it is kindergarten. When it is no longer dilute then it is becoming professional incense.

So people today, we come back to that issue. They are not paying attention to all that. They are only paying attention to how to work and make money and build their lives. That is ok, but as you are doing that you must also do something for your akhira. If you don’t do that for akhira it means you are still running around the bushes.

Now those who are following the madhahib al-arba` the different schools of thought. Today Azhar of Egypt said that 8 schools of thought are acceptable. Eight schools of thought. First Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, Hanbali, Ja`fari, Zaydi? and one more I am not recalling right now.

These schools of thought are eight. How Grandshaykh described them? Because all of us are following one of them. You choose one and you are following it. Either you are following Maliki or Hanafi or Ja`fari or  Zaydi.

There is one more, I am trying to remember.

So how to describe them? That is why I said we are going around the bushes. He said an example is that you have creature on top of a mountain and you don’t know what kind of creature is that. You know there is a creature there something there up, a living creature. A human being an animal a giraffe, a cow a goat, there is something there. An you are looking from the bottom of the mountain and it is very high mountain and you cannot see except there is something moving. And you are saying that is a creature.

What is that? It is a creature. Let us say a sheep, take an example, as Grandshaykh took the example. Take the lamb it is not wild. Goats are a bit wild they go everywhere.

So you know there is a sheep there you can see there is a creature but you don’t the size of his ears you don’t know the color his eyes and you don’t know this and that, describing him.

Might be a goat. Can you distinguish to tell if it is a goat or sheep. Might be Himalayan mountain. Do you want to go up to see.

So he said, "schools of thought are like that. They know there is a creature there, but they describe in the way they think about it.” But today there are advanced methods that can take you up to show you what that is. That is why awliya today take you up and show you the animal and can tell you what kind of eyes, what kind of ears and all specifics.

He said schools of thought are like that. Therefore Shariah can be stretched. And the Prophet (s) said, "The different in [schools of thought] is mercy” it gives wider way to find a solution for your problem. He said, "all of them are describing that animal but they don’t know what is that animal.” He said, awliyaullah are different they go up the mountain and they see the animal. The hold the ears and they hold the eyes and they hold the leg and they hold the tongue. Then they give you a full description of that animal.

That is why as they are ascending they are bringing a detailed description from their connection with the Holy Prophet (s).

So the bases are the same for that description. The branches of the tree, and the leaves, they can give you how many there are and how many blossoms there are and how many fruits there are on that tree, how many apples are red, how many are bright red, how many are bright red and not only that the will give you every apple its taste and they will tell you “you want the ripe one?”, “you want the sour one?”, “you want the sweet one?” with the taste.

That is different between scholars of taste and the scholars of books - there is a huge difference. That is why these awliya as they are ascending with the Prophet (s) he is giving from his knowledge as he is ascending in every moment and they are giving that knowledge to their students.

That is why it is a danger to call yourself a shaykh. Because are we ascending? No. so how can we call ourselves a shaykh when we are not ascending. They are ascending they are going up they are giving that knowledge. They know best.

So I am repeating what I was saying before, that when you go into understanding these differences and levels between what they say and what you say is like one speaking from higher than a professor and someone speaking from kindergarten. So which one you have to listen to? The one who is the kindergarten teacher. Might be has pampers also. So he is teacher for children too much headache, he reflects his pampers to their pampers and he has bigger pampers.

So awliyaullah as described in holy Qur’an,

أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Alaa inna awliyaullahi la khawfun `alayhim wa laa hum yahzanoon

Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; [10:62]        


So which one we have to listen? To listen to them or to listen to us? We have to listen to them is it not.

So that is why, Grandshaykh before he left, he said, "Whenever you want to address people open my notes and read from it and explain. That is as if you are throwing a stone and hitting two birds. With one stone you hit two birds. First you hit your own bird, that means your arrogance and your ego, and then you hit those who are listening to hear what Grandshaykh said or what Mawlana Shaykh said. By this way it will take away the arrogance that comes to your heart thinking you speak from your own information that comes, knowledge. Or as if “O I am getting from the heart of my shaykh to you directly.” That is a sickness as we want to show to people we are the shaykh and we are the calipha. And we are falling into this category and that is why I am repeating it many times. I feel we are all like that. So better no, open and read one line, they open to you at that time. But it shows they don’t open if you are not reading from what they are saying to you to show them humility and to show I am knocking at your door, “O Mawlana, O my shaykh. I am knocking at your door.

So people when they see you looking on a notebook of Grandshaykh lecture may Allah bless his soul, or they look at notebook of Mawlana Shaykh lecture. They say, "O they are the same. And your ego you will be hitting it not with a bullet but with a cannon. And hitting it in the target’s center the weak point. That will bring the ego down.

I am not saying form myself, I am saying from Grandshaykh. That is what it says, open and read. So I am telling many people today, take from Grandshaykh books or from Mawlana's books or whatever books are available that can take from their secrets and give a taste to give to you, like my books or Shaykh Adnan’s books that explain to you from their teaching.

So your taste is like the bakery where they have all these nice sweets and he is new chef, he puts salt in it instead of sugar. You never drank coffee with salt or tea? Did you ever drank something like that? By chance many times. People make the mistake between salt and sugar. So adab what you have to do? If it is salty you drink it and say, masha-Allah it is the best tea. It is bad adab to say this is salty. What do we do usually. We humiliate the owner of the house and say, "this is salty.” The owner of the house gets humiliated. If it is salty it is because you are salty. They sent it to you to know that you are like that.

Say, "O that is the best tea, how you did it”? Then owner of the house will not realize he made mistake. No, why to show that and make him upset. No “bismillahi.” [and drink]

Everything tasteful or not, it fills the stomach, it doesn’t mean anything any more - it is gone.

So that is why it is important to open Grandshaykh’s notes or Mawlana Shaykh’s notes and read one line and explain.

That is why he said, "The head of every lecture is as we said yesterday, Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum.

The head of every `amal is Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem .

The head of every advice is Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum.

Because the amal, why is it Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem because already you heard the advice and you want to execute it to obedience so amal comes so already you are in obedience. So what you need to say? Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

But in the advice you are still at the point where you might do the `amal or not. It is advice.

So advice starts with “Obey Allah, obey the Prophet and those in authority among you.”

Then when that moves in side your heart what happens the pot when it is boiling what happens, the top begins to shake. So when your heart begins to shake to do good `amal what happens. You begin to the work. So you say Audhu billah min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.

So what is in that? All ma’mooraat and all manhiyat. All that all ordered us to do  and all that Allah has forbidden is in that word: Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum.

There are 500 commands and 800 forbiddens and they are all in these 9 words, Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum.

And obey those who are in authority. As they are top of you they teach you obedience of Allah and of prophet. When that enters in your heat you will be called real immigrant. Real immigrant is not when one moves from one country to anther. Real immigrant is when you move from listening to Shaytan to listening to Allah and his prophet. That is al-muhajir al-haqiqi. The muhajir from falsehood to truth. From injustice to justice. From love of self to love of Allah and His Prophet.

So that is the real immigrant.

Let us ask ourselves are we immigrants or not yet? We are struggling to be immigrants. Your presence here from everywhere is a sign of immigration. You are asking asylum now. Why they ask asylum. Because they don’t want to be slaughtered or killed in their countries. The come to another country and ask asylum. You don’t want your self to be killed or slaughtered by Shaytan and we are coming asking asylum from Allah and his prophet. We are putting our paper and our petition to ask them to come to their territory to their presence. So you have already tried to find a shelter that takes them inside and save them from the tyranny of leadership of Shaytan. Because our hearts in our heart there is the leadership of Shaytan that is trying to take over. We are coming from every direction and that is why don’t think you are not rewarded for it. You are rewarded for it. You are blessed fro it. People coming from here and people coming from there not coming for any reward. Only asking for asylum ticket.

When you get that then you will be a resident. You will be resident in Allah hospitality and prophet’s hospitality. Do you want that hospital? Yes!

Or you want to be in hospitality of Shaytan.

Os that is a sign we are in. that is the real immigrant. That is the real explanation of an immigrant that left the leadership of Shaytan and realized there is no safety and no safe have except to be in the presence of Allah and his prophet. So we are saying, Ya rabbee give us a foot inside.

That is why he said in holy hadith that he revealed to prophet and prophet revealed to us. If My servant comes to me one hand I come to him one arm. I come to him longer distance. Who comes to me walking I come to him running. So only come to him walking Allah comes to you running.

He didn’t say how fast to go, per hour. Allah doesn’t need “per hour”. Kun fayakoon. In one instant you will be there. But you have to be show … so the most dangerous is not the sheep it is the shepherd. So don’t try to be a shepherd. We are sheep and Mawlana is the shepherd. He is responsible. When they ask us, what are we going to say?

When Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani’s قدس سرّه mureed passed away and they took his soul the two angels come to ask him in the grave: “Who is your Lord?” “Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه.” “Who is your messenger?” “Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه.”  “Who is your book?” “Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه.” “What is your religion?” “Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه.” Said, ", “What is that, that is kufr? That is not accepted Islamically. Take him to hell. That person is top of the list: mushrik, kafir take him to hell!”

As soon as they decided that Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه appeared. He said, "when you asked him ‘who is your Lord?’ he said, ‘Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه.’ And if you grind him to pieces he will say Abdul Qadir Jilani قدس سرّه. You have to ask me. He is a lover in my tariqah, so you must ask me.” And Allah said to the angels, "leave him. That person is migrating to Allah and His Prophet (s).” He didn’t see he is on the road to reach there.

When Sayyidina `Ali’s son and Sayyidina `Umar’s son were figh