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Grand Mawlid 2018

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

10 November 2018 Feltham, London, UK

Centre for Spirituality and Cultural Advancement (CSCA)

[With guests Shaykh `Ali ibn as-Sayyid Ibn al-Rahman al-Hashemi of Abu Dhabi, and Shaykh Zymer Salihi of St. Ann's Priory and Dergah of London.]

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

Bi munasabat Mawlid an-Nabi (s) nahtafil bi Mawlid inshaa-Allah wa ‘l-jumu`ati 'l-qaadima. On the occasion of the birth of the Prophet (s) we will celebrate inshaa-Allah and on the upcoming Jumu`ah. Inshaa-Allah, Allah (swt) will open for those who recite Surat Al-Fatihah. [Recites from Opening of Mawlid Dayba'i.] “Muhammad Khayr al-bariyyaat” means no one other than Prophet (s) can claim to be someone, nor anyone can claim to make salawaat on himself.

إنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. O Believers! Pray upon him and greet him with a worthy salutation! (Surat al-'Ahzaab, 33:56)

Look at Allah’s (swt) greatness. What He (swt) said is out of respect to his Beloved.

[Mawlana asks Shaykh `Ali Elsayed to translate a paragraph from Mawlid Dayba'i .]

Shaykh `Ali Elsayed: Allah, The Most Generous cause this gathering to be showered with goodness, happiness, Light and blessing, and He takes care of us for the sake of the Best of Creation!

He is showing humbleness to His Prophet (s), that is the word: showing humbleness to the Prophet (s) as much as He can for the Prophet (s) to reach Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa. He gave him permission. There was no obstacle for the Prophet (s) to see His Lord. According to Imam as-Sha`rawi, the Prophet (s) directed himself to see His Lord, and he said, “He saw His Lord with the eyes of his head.” It means the Prophet (s) saw Allah with eyes that we don't have in dunya, only in Akhirah. But the Prophet (s) has been loved and given the permission to see Allah (swt) more than anything else and that is why the Prophet (s), according to people who understand Haqiqa say as I said, it is a ni`mah that the Prophet (s) can look and see His Lord in whatever way He wanted.

We are following the Beloved of the Merciful and asking that, for his sake, Allah opens to us whatever Allah opened to him, and that He gives us all kinds of things that he asked, you asked, I asked for in dunya. Other than that, he is responsible to bring his Ummah to the Maqaam of ‘Kun fayakoon’ or Maqaam Qaaba Qawsayni aw Adnaa.

He seeks for His servants to praise and exalt His Prophet (s) all through his love and love of Awliya, and that Allah will give support and victory to the mu’mineen. That is the condition the Prophet (s) gave to see whatever condition the Muslims are in, and that Allah gives them a long life in service of The Merciful.

Now I will end the Mawlid recitation and ask Shaykh Sha'ir to come here. Allahumma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa `ala aali Sayyidina Muhammad (s).

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

How many of you like `Ali to recite qasidahs? [`Ali Elsayed's first time reciting from new English Mawlid.]

Ali Elsayed:

Allah's Words:

Say [O Prophet]: "If you love God, follow me, [and] God will love you and forgive you your sins; for God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace." (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:31)

Ali Elsayed:

Holy Quran:

Whoever obeys the Prophet obeys Allah; (Surat an-Nisaa, 4:80)

..and it was not you who threw, [O Prophet], when you threw, but it was God who threw… (Surat al-Anfaal, 8:17)

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. O Believers! Pray upon him and greet him with a worthy salutation! (Surat al-'Ahzaab, 33:56)

We have truly sent thee as a witness, as a bringer of Glad Tidings, and as a Warner:In order that ye (O men) may believe in Allah and His Messenger, that ye may assist and honour Him, and celebrate His praise morning and evening. (Surat al-Fath, 48:9-10)

Surely you are always before our eyes. (Surat at-Tur, 52:48)

Verily! You are of a Tremendous Character. (Surat al-Qalam, 68:4)

We will continue to give you, [O Prophet], until you are pleased. (Surat ad-Duha 93:5)

Verily, We have given thee good in abundance. (Surat al-Kawthar, 108:1)

[`Ali Elsayed sings qasidahs]

[Shaykh Sahib recites Du`a al-Khatm.]

Guest Speaker Shaykh `Ali ibn as-Sayyid ibn `Abd al-Rahman al-Hashemi of Abu Dhabi:

Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem

As-salaam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh Alhamdulilllah

We ask Allah to give Mawlana health and a long life and may Allah let us rejoice always by seeing him. All praise is to Allah who perfects the good deeds and Allah's praise and blessings on the Sayyidina Muhammad (s) the Master of all created things and on his Family and Companions and his followers in goodness up the Judgment Day. I am very pleased with this blessed gathering and this wonderful sitting as the Prophet (s). This is the Ummah of Islam where we celebrate the Mawlid of the Prophet (s), in our countries we also celebrate Mawlid of the Prophet (s), and the ulama of all the Arab and Muslim lands attend and celebrate this blessed day.

The Prophet (s) was mercy gifted to the worlds: as he himself said, إنما أنا رحمة مهداة "Verily I am the Gifted Mercy," Mercy to all creation, to rocks, to trees, to Mankind. He was rahmat and he (s) has taught us mercy and, therefore, we are an Ummah of mercy and an Ummah of forgiveness and an Ummah of softness and an Ummah of love.

And therefore this ummah is witness, where Allah addressing His Holy Prophet (s) said:

فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِن كُلِّ أمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَى هَـؤُلاء شَهِيدًا

How will it be when We bring each nation with its witnesses and we bring you, yaa Muhammad, as the witness on all of them? (Surat an-Nisa, 4:41)

So we are the witnessing Ummah, which corrects the errors of prior nations and builds and does not destroy. Therefore we find you in this good nation and in this blessed gathering You are all working in this masjid put by Mawlana Shaykh [Nazim] (may Allah grant him mercy) to make this a blessed event in this month and all of you young and old, the ones standing up for this day.

Some people are cut off from the blessing of such kind of gatherings; they are those as mentioned in the Hadith atadroona man al-mahroom, "Do you know who the deprived one is?" They said, "Allah and His Prophet know best." He said, “Those who, when my name is mentioned in their presence and they don't praise me.”

The praise of the Prophet (s) is with the Presence of Allah and His action. Because all other worship is by yourself such as prayer and fasting and hajj with the exception of the prayers on the Prophet (s) which is done "with Allah" for Allah is the One who is praying on His Prophet (s):

إنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Verily, Allah and His angels send praise on the Prophet. O Believers! Pray upon him and greet him with a worthy salutation! (Surat al-'Ahzaab, 33:56)

All of this celebration, with blessed recitation and with playing the daff are all signs of your love to Rasoolullah (s). So good tidings to the one who loves the Prophet (s) for a man came to the Prophet (s) and said, "I don't have much of prayers and fasting but I do love you," and the Prophet (s) said, "you will be with the one you love."

We will in-sha-Allah be with the Prophet (s) will be under the great intercession of the Prophet (s) On the Day of Judgment for all people even the great prophets other than Rasoolullah (s) will be saying, “Myself, myself,” but the Prophet (s) will be saying, “My Ummah, my Ummah.” [Du`a.]

I will not go long in my words and I thank the esteemed shaykh for giving us this chance to speak. May Allah bring us together always on goodness and in celebrating the birth of the Prophet (s).

We ask Allah to grant us health and …may Allah grant us perfect health [continues du`a].

O Allah correct our religion which is what our afterlife is built on and correct our worldly life in which we are living.

And recite Fatiha for our Prophet (s).

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani: We thank you for your visit to us and inshaa-Allah those who are here.

Shaykh `Ali ibn as-Sayyid ibn `Abd al-Rahman al-Hashemi: Inshaa-Allah your du`a is accepted.

Shaykh Hisham: We are very grateful that His Eminence is here among us. Many times I said I will go to the Emirates to do dhikr there. They told me, “Don't go,” but I went and they have established a zawiya for Naqshbandis there, and it is working. From there we went to India.

Shaykh `Ali ibn as-Sayyid ibn `Abd al-Rahman al-Hashemi:

The ultimate path is Islam were Allah swt said:

وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الإِسْلاَمِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ

For, if one goes in search of a religion other than self-surrender unto God, it will never be accepted from him, (Surat Aali-`Imran, 3:85)

Seeing you and visiting you has been the most immense opportunity for me since I came to London, and even to the UK - to meet with such an esteemed person as Sayyidina ash-Shaykh. On Judgment Day a person will be asked, "are you a scholar; did you meet with a scholar; did you at least look at the face of a scholar?" The face before us is such a great blessing. Alhamdulillah we were able to meet such a great scholar and the one whom he represents, and to see this shining light in front of us, and may Allah grant us to hold fast to this pure path (tareeq as-saniyya) as we ask always ihdina 's-siraat al-mustaqeem, Guide us to the Straight Path…


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