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Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani




In Pakistan they have special schools, only after you memorize Qur'an and hadith and memorize Shariah. And that is one year just how to speak. That is why they can speak like machine guns. India same way. They make them to learn how to speak.

Also in Arabic language, to become khateeb to deliver Jumu`ah they have to give you a lesson in how to give khitaab, how to speak. That is why they are so fluent.


[Shaykh Hisham requests Abdul Haqq to speak.]


Shaykh Abdul Haqq


La hawla wa la quwatta illah billah

Audhu billah min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem


Note book is coming.

[Mawlana: we will continue after, you open the road for me]

tariqat as-suhba wa’l khayru feel-jami`a.

Allah, Allah, kareem Allah.

anta rabbuna wa nahnu `ibadak, wa an abduk ad-da`eef. Forgive me, my sins have caught up with me. Allah is lord. No on can say they know anything about Allah swt in his absolute greatness and all of us are coming as weak servant. I am coming as a weak servant. It might be that everyone in this circle is form high awliyaullah.

Mawlana said to me once, you may consider everything to be a robot. You are in the presence of your Lord and he is showing you what he wants to show you. And that the others are all appearances. And especially when I was getting very angry, that was every few seconds. Nothing except Allah. Kullu man alayha fan, la yabqa illa wajha. There is nothing except the face of Allah. Everything is going to disappear except his intention.

Allahuma salli wa sallim` ala Sayyidina Muhammad. Everything should vanish except that its intentions should show up.

I saw in a book by Sayyidina Muhyideen ibn Arabi, who is buried by our Grandshaykh in Damascus. And he wrote a poem “when the dust clears we will see who is sitting on horse and who is sitting on a donkey.”

And yesterday we were discussing that ayah that Allah will never change the situation of a people until we change what is in our own hearts.

Allah is not going to .. until we make our rebellion firm like Fira`un. Or he is not going to change us to better until we show an action towards it.

And Mawlana explaining a new view, wa fawqa kulli dhi `ilmin `aleem

That Allah is not going to change anything in our situation until we change our intention. According to our good intentions we will find a way out. Everyone is into something, into some test, especially  in this tariqah. It is good because it is the way for us to improve. Else we are never struggling therefore never improving.

So we have nothing, we must ask Allah to inspire us with good intentions that through those good intentions you should be happy with us. That we need to find a way. Ilahee ant maqsoodee wa ridaaka matloobee. It is only by tongue but we are asking Allah to make it a reality and to make more good intentions to come up and through those good intentions he will create in us more good actions that he likes.

Mawlana was speaking today about the village where they were doing matches, matchmaking marriages according to the proper matches. Our problem is that our acquiring of targets is wrong. We don’t have the equipment to know what is correct target and what is not. We don’t know that when we are gong to do something if it is the perfect situation. We were once doing some repairs at dergah. We asked him, is this is a good idea. It is a very good idea, but we have to check if it is a perfect idea. The lowest level is waste of time and at worst it could be something harmful.

Sayyidina Abu Bakr used to say, "O Allah show me truth as true and falsehood as false so I can avoid it.” And he said, asked the one nearest you. Show us. Show us truth as being true we can move on it and grant us good inspirations to move on it with whatever himmah we have. And show us falsehood as falsehood. Make us to see falsehood as falsehood, make power to avoid it, shaytan will not make falsehood look bad but make it to look nice.

We must not just have nice party but to have some learning. Every second believer is confronted with something to do and not to do. To avoid wrong and to go for goodness. To ask to run on what is good. I am asking on behalf of everyone.

May Allah grant us blessings and for sake of Rasulullah and sake of Mawlana Shaykh



Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani


May Allah bless this tongue.


[Shaykh Abdul Haqq: it is enough of blessing to sit in your presence.]


Audhu billah min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

Nawaytu'l-arba`een, nawaytu'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu'l-khalwah, nawaytu'l-riyaada, nawaytu's-salook, nawaytu'l-`uzlah, nawytu as-siyam lillahi ta`ala fee hadha'l-masjid 


Anyone who wants to sit for remembrance of Allah even for short time, it is advisable to make the intention that I am making intention for making 40 days seclusion, and I am making intention of itikaaf  for 10 days of Ramadan, and you will be written that as you made the intention. And I intend spiritual exercise and I intend salook. To be on that way and to follow my shaykh and nawaytu as-siyaam, I intend to fast from talking nonsense in this masjid.

Allah will give the benefits of what we are asking. Sometimes people have in their lives different states. They pass through different trances. I am like everyone, I am passing that trance. That I feel ashamed to speak. I used to speak a lot. Directly. From whatever I get thru my heart. But I begin to realize that this has some kind of, not some kind of, but it has a problem. Which is a problem of ego. Because you show that you know something and you are getting directly. But that is ok. That is a trance you pass in it. But now I feel shy not to open a notebook, not to open Mawlana Shaykh’s or Grandshaykh’s notes, to show we are in need of their words. Because every word they say is an ocean. It opens for you big distances.

Always Grandshaykh used to say, and I used to write every word he says, since the day I knew him until he passed away. I used to write hundreds of these notebooks. And one time he said to me, and I will share this with you for the first time.

One time he said to me, “Hisham.” “Na`m sayyidee.” He said, " have something to say for you, good tidings! As Allah swt made Ka`b al-Ahbar for the Prophet (s).”

You know Ka`b al-Ahbar, he is the head of  priests or rabbis that accepted the Prophet (s), he is writing everything that the Prophet (s) used to say, although what I wrote is very minimal. But he wants to show his love and that it is good to take notes.

And if you go to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, you see thousands of notebooks in his home in Damascus. All these years that he was with Mawlana Grandshaykh Abdullah, and he was writing.

And he said to me and to Shaykh Adnan, “Whenever you speak read from my notes and speak.” So I feel in that state now that it is not nice to directly, although Mawlana gave us that authority, but it is better to go through what he says, as his words are like jewels. Our words are like pebbles. We need pebbles to build a building, we cannot build it from jewels. We are all like that that; we try to give what come to our heart. I believe that all Mawlana’s representatives have been given that authority and they have been given spiritual support that when they speak Mawlana will open to them.

So I like to speak or explain from what Mawlana Shaykh or Grandshaykh has said.

As we said previously that the Prophet (s), whatever Allah revealed to him, and what he gave to the Ummah, all what he gave to Ummah and to awliyaullah are only from the level of Sayyidina Jibreel and down. All these knowledges are from where Jibreel stands and down. Not above. Above what Sayyidina Jibreel has, only Allah gave to Sayyidina Muhammad (s). So there are 3 levels here. There is level below Sayyidina Jibreel ; the level of Sayyidina Jibreel and the level above Sayyidina Jibreel .

On the night of Mi’raj, Jibreel moved the Prophet (s) to a certain level and then he stopped. Then Jibreel said, "I cannot proceed any further, I will be burned.” Then the Prophet (s) continued on his way alone.

All knowledge we have today, scientific, and spiritual and books that have been written and most books that were written were written after the Prophet (s) and mostly only of philosophers, Socrates and Plato. Only after prophet came these books were written and these formed huge libraries. All of that knowledge is from Sayyidina Jibreel and down. All that awliyaullah are telling is form that level and down.

The rest of the knowledge is for Sayyidina Muhammad (s). Allah has no partner as creator and similarly the Prophet (s) has no partner [in knowledge and in station], he has no partner as all other servants are under him.


وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

Wa qul jaa al-haqqu wa zahaqa al-batilu inna al-batila kana zahooqa.

And say: "Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish."  Al-Isra [17:81]

This means that falsehood is completely crushed. Even that secret, the secret of that verse not one wali has opened it. No one got the secret of that word. Only for the Companion of Mahdi did Allah open to his heart.

Not Mahdi , but Sahib al-Mahdi - the one that comes near time of Mahdi , who comes before when Mahdi [will appear], it will open secrets from above the maqam of Sayyidina Jibreel that the Prophet (s)  opens to Sayyidina Mahdi .

So for now Allah opened for Sahib al-Mahdi, Allah opened for him the secret of that holy verse. It means: “I am the one that is going to destroy falsehood and kufr. That I have that secret that Allah opened power for me to destroy any falsehood that is in the Ummah.” Not one wali had that power or Allah gave him.

And Mawlana Shaykh inherited that secret from Grandshaykh. Sometimes you hear him say, “I am going to crush falsehood” and he says, “falsehood is under our feet; we want to take it away.”

So all these knowledges that he is going to open in this suhbat that he gave which we are going through it now, we can make for future sessions also, to continue on that. I will speak about what Allah gave to us, but before that, the knowledge that is above maqam of Sayyidina Jibreel where the Prophet (s) has no shareek in knowledge he is going to pass it to Sayyidina Mahdi before he is going to appear. He is going to appear with takbir: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar , Allahu Akbar ! With that takbir he will fill the hearts of the believers with secrets, they don’t necessary have to see him to be attracted to him. You know how you put a magnet and it will attract nails even if it is far. So his appearance is like a magnet to the whole world and he will attract people from the whole world and people will feel driven to his appearance. He will appear in Medina and in Damascus, anyone who is in western Hemisphere or eastern Hemisphere will be driven to his presence.

He said, "he will be inheriting the secrets of knowledge and he will come with knowledge higher than awliyaullah and coming with knowledge higher than the knowledge of previous prophets by 700 times, bringing these secrets up.”

The Prophet (s) didn’t give everything out, he hid many things [the Ummah cannot understand yet]. He will bring that up. Because at that time nothing will remain hidden, it is the Last Days and nothing can remain hidden. It will be the Golden Age. That is why we ask Allah to give us life to see Mahdi . At that time every person will have a spiritual sword and hold it against his self - in a few seconds he will defeat it. After that, each person will be able to read the Preserved Tablets in the morning to know what he has to do today.

And that is very near.  Don’t think it is too late. It is so near.

And he said that "it is very important for those following the path to reflect. Reflect on what? Reflect on what Allah swt will give us of wisdom if we leave our ego down if we put our ego down."

[It means we must ask] “Ya Rabbee, give us power. We are reflecting that You are the one who can save us from our ego”. That will give us the knowledge of wisdom that you will be coming with that, that every movement you move will be wisdom. When you talk wisdom comes. When you sleep, your sleep is `ibadah. Your day will be `ibadah and your night will be ibadah. Ahl at-tariqah, the people of that Sufi path, must think two times. Sabahan wa masa’an morning and evening and when we reflect we must not look at what other people are doing, we must not look at their uyyoob, their shortcoming. We must veil our eyes from that, that is not our business. Don’t take that from here and spread it there. You are seeking that path and you are looking to find the path that takes you to shore of safety. Don’t look right or left, else you will deviate from the path, the track.

Awliyaullah give you a track like a train so if the tires go right or left what happens you will be derailed. Else you will be like those people who said we pass deregulation. They deregulated everything and now it is all a big mess. Now to go back to the path they have to happy the price. Now we have derailed we have to pay the price. They told us not to go right or left. That price will be high not simple as we promised to go along. When we took hand of shaykh we promised. We cannot make a defacto on our promise (default) - you promised, now you have to fulfil it. المومن اذا وعد وفا Al-mu’min idha wa`ada wafa. We promised Allah on the Day of Promises to obey Him and we are now derailing. The prophet was pulling the Sahaba on track. The Sahaba, after the Prophet (s) were pulling people on track. After Sahaba, awliyaullah are pulling people on track.

If you don’t derail and accept not to look at other people mistakes, and Mawlana Shaykh said, " we in tariqah, we don’t accept paradise.” You want paradise. But the people of the path don’t want Paradise, they want Ridwan Allah al-akbar. They want Allah’s greatest pleasure that Allah be happy with you. Ridwan Allah al-akbar will take you to be with prophet in the highest level in paradise. You don’t want to be in lowest level of paradise you want to be in the highest level with the one you love. Then if you fulfill what they are asking, you will be in the station of :

وَمَن يُطِعِ اللّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاء وَالصَّالِحِينَ وَحَسُنَ أُولَـئِكَ رَفِيقًا

Wa man yuti`i Allaha wa’r-rasoola faula’ika ma` alladheena an`ama Allahu `alayhim mina an-nabiyyeena wa’s-siddeeqeena wa’sh-shuhada’i wa’s-saliheena wa hasuna ula’ika rafeeqa.

All who obey Allah and the apostle are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship! An-Nisa, 4:69.

He said: “O my children these words I am telling you are like a naqsh. They will not change. La yatazalzalu wa la yataghayr. What I am saying is not going to change and what I am saying is from the Prophet (s). I speak with evidence and if there is no evidence I don’t speak.”

He said, “because I am speaking from the heart of the Prophet (s). That he is not accepting except what he is saying. There are awliyaullah, min bayyin al-awliya la yu`aadoohum - from Allah through the Prophet (s)  they are able to say, "O you went through that journey and deserve to be a saint,” but they refused. They say “what is the benefit?” They say, “We want to be from maqam al-awwam – the common people. We don’t want that responsibility. - La yureedoon al-mas’ooliyya.” They don’t want responsibility. “Why do I want responsibility?” Because when given authority, and made saints by Allah and the Prophet (s),

أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ           

Ala inna awliyaa Allahi la khawfun `alayhim wa la hum yahzanoon

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

Awliyaullah don’t have anything to fear, not that what we explained every time: that they are ok and they are not sad. No, [here] it means that “you are not responsible if you carry sainthood. I am leaving it to how you see it as you are giving it to your students.”

They don’t want responsibility, awliya, because it is big responsibility. When they have been given the level of sainthood they are under responsibility. So Allah promised them and the Prophet (s) promised them “don’t worry. - There is nothing to fear and no sadness for them”; that means Allah will clean all their students. They present them to the Prophet (s) and the Prophet (s) presents them to Allah. That is how they accept sainthood; else it is a big responsibility and he said, speaking about himself, “When that has been given to me” (and I explained many times, how he refused until he got the answer from the Prophet (s) accepting his condition that anyone taking baya` from him would be raised to whatever level he is, without looking at their worship or actions) but from that secret Allah opened to my heart a wisdom that in the night of ascension, Laylat al-Isra wa’l-Mi’raj, Allah said to the Prophet (s), “I gave you a nation that will never get tired of making sins, doing forbiddens. All their lives they are committing sins. But, Ya Muhammad, I gave you an Ummah that before I created them I forgave them.”

“Before I created them I forgive them.” This is for everyone, not only for tariqah people. “When I received that from the heart of the Prophet (s), I relaxed. Sakana qalbee. My heart went into peace and satisfaction, it became still.”

[Other hadith with similar meaning:

The Prophet Muhammad (s) quoted Allah swt as saying:O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you..."
Hadith Qudsi, Number 17

The Prophet (s) also quoted Allah swt as saying: "O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you..."
Hadith Qudsi, Number 34]

All awliyaullah’s work is to save their followers. And the Prophet’s works is to save the Ummah. But Allah is saying to the Prophet (s), “Before I created them I forgive them” and he said that the daleel for that is that Adam , when he committed the sin, he went into sajda for forty years.

Allahu Akbar. Can you do that? For forty years he went into sajda. And tears were coming from his eyes, when he went into sajda it is like flowing rivers coming out of his eyes. He never raised his head and if Allah did not call him “Ya Adam” he would have left his head in sajda until Judgment Day. If Allah gave him life until Day of Judgment there would have been tears coming from his eyes and in sajda. Why he made sajda? On behalf of everyone. Instead of staying in Judgment Day in sajda he made it in dunya. He asked forgiveness for everyone according to the name that Allah gave that person on the Preserved Tablets.

Your name is strange Soihibou. It means sahib but in a humble way you say it.

[So Allah told him:] “O Adam stop crying!” All these tears, every drop of these tears represents one person. Until he covered every person then Allah said, "raise your head. I forgive them. I forgive them because you asked me for sake of Muhammad. I am forgiving you and forgiving them.”

We continue next time.

[adhan is called]