Prophet’s Light Preceded All Creation
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
5 January 2013 New Jersey
Zhuhr Suhbah at Private Residence
Earlier in his life, Sayyidina Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (q) doubted (his
faith) and to doubt means to think. In Islam it is best not to think too
much. So that ayah is important:
فَاعْتَزِلُواْ النِّسَاء فِي الْمَحِيضِ
Fa`ataziloo ‘n-nisaa’a fee ‘l-maheedh.
So keep away from women in their courses and do not approach them. (Surat al-Baqarah, 2:222)
Abu Hamid had a brother, Ahmad, and he was older and higher in knowledge, so whenever they prayed Abu Hamid followed and alhamdulillah Ahmad
led it, and everyone understands that is the way. One day Abu Hamid did
not pray behind his brother and that went on for several days. Ahmad
was wondering why Abu Hamid didn't pray behind him and he left it for
some days, until people began to ask why he is not praying behind him.
went to see his younger brother and asked him, “Why you are not praying
behind me?” and he did not answer. Ahmad was older and more studied, so
he had right to lead him. Finally, Ahmad went to his mother and
complained about this situation, then his mother called Abu Hamid and
asked him, “Why are you not praying behind your brother?”
Look at the principle observed here, sami`na wa ataa`naa, “we listen and we obey.”. In Shari`ah you must obey the mother! Today they say sami`na wa akhflifna, “we listen and did the opposite,” even with their father!
Abu Hamid answered, “I cannot pray with him because every time he prays, I see him dipped in a ditch of blood.”
she informed his brother of that and his brother came to Abu Hamid and
said, “Why you are not praying behind me? I am not in any way associated
Look at the difference between awliyaullah and `ulama: as soon as they perceived something they transmit it.
Abu Hamid said, “O my brother! Did you not hear that verse, Fa`ataziloo ‘n-nisaa’a fee ‘l-maheed? Every time you say ‘Allahu Akbar’ (takbeer in prayer) you are in blood, and do you want me to explain why?”
Ahmad said, “No, you don't need to say. I have been asked to give a fatwa about blood and menstruation and I am not able to compile it, so whenever I start to pray I begin to think about that.”
Abu Hamid said, “How I can pray behind someone who needs to make wudu?”
That fatwa came to his ears and for many months it was coming to his mind. So subhaan-Allah, the knowledge of `ulama is one thing and the knowledge of awliya is something else. Both are needed! Both are needed, like two wings of an airplane of which you need both to fly. Inshaa-Allah, Allah
will open the hearts of His sincere servants, the lovers of Prophet
(s), to give them more meanings about Holy Qur'an. It is not easy to
understand Holy Qur'an and actually it is impossible. Whatever they have
of tafseer is in limits. When Allah (swt) wants the real tafseer will come, so may Allah throw in your hearts the realities of these tafseer!
joins discussion with a guest, Shaykh Muhammad Ma`sood Ahmad from
Bolton, UK who mentions several of his books to be translated into
pray for you for this work and this is very nice work! (...) There was
one shaykh from Turkey, I visited him in Japan, and he makes business
cards and puts his picture but not his name on the cards, and he puts “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah” on
the top and then his phone number and email. He goes to the train
station, thousands of people passing everyday, and he hands out his
cards and says, “Read, read,” so they recite Shahaadah, which is written there and he says, “Khalaas, you are Muslim!” He doesn’t do anything else with them, and sometimes he gets phone calls from people who are interested.
I am going to UK and to the House of Commons to observe Mawlid an-Nabi (s) (for the third time). There will be congressmen and lords there. How many books can we get from you in England? (...)
This (picture on a calendar) is Aya Sofia (famous mosque in Istanbul) which, when the Ottomans opened it, was full of jinn that used to fly around in it and that was documented. Due to the magic the priests had done, those jinn were
there and no one could change that until one of our grandshaykhs from
Daghestan came and said, “I will do it,” and that is Grandshaykh
Sharafuddin ad-Daghestani (q). He entered the mosque and put his shoes
upside down to oppose the baatil, then he began to recite Surah Yaseen in reverse order. You know if you recite “rabb” in reverse it is “barr.” That is very difficult to do! And he recited the whole Surah Yaseen and then those jinns began to die one-by-one and fall down, and it was cleared out.
(Mawlana recites Shahaadah for a married couple.)
Now you must marry again because after Shahaadah
it is new. Allah is addressing everyone that they must marry because
marriage is the way that He wants for His servants and don’t look at
whether they are rich or not, look at their good manners, both sides
(husband and wife). Neither of you need a wakeel, and she is mature and was already married.
Prophet (s) said:
النكاح سنتي فمن رغب عن سنتي فقد رغب عني
an-nikaahu sunnatee faman raghiba `an sunnatee faqad ragha `annee.
Marriage is my way and the one who desires other than my way desires other than me.
(Mawlana performs the nikah and baya`; the ceremony is in English and then completed in Arabic because he says that for it to be legal it must be done in Arabic.)
Now you have taken Shahaadah
and you are better than us as you are newly born. We have been born
Muslim, so everything which we did is written. The good is from Allah,
so no problem! The bad is from us. Whatever (sins) you have done in your
life have been waived, you are newly-born, so keep this purity!
(Mawlana speaks to guest.)
Why you came here? Not for these books, these are a supplement, but to witness this Shahaadah and for us to make Shahaadah ourselves, and you said Shahaadah and everyone said Shahaadah. May Allah accept that Shahaadah! And anyone who says Shahaadah with a good niyyah or intention and he makes sins, Allah will forgive. Fatihah.
(Mawlana hands a book to the newly-weds.) Here, this is the dowry and cash is accepted. Bismillah.
These are very nice books and you can in the future buy some from
Shaykh Nisaa to distribute to people. There is a lot of light on your
face, and you are sweating from your past life when you were drinking
and doing whatever you were doing. Allah will forgive. Inshaa-Allah (you will have a)happy life.
(Mawlana distributes sweets.)
we are receiving heavenly food! Pass them on one one and it is not
accepted to have two, you must pass them on to everyone. For the
children, never mind, they can take.
person came to me in California; sometimes I live in California and
stay between there and Michigan. One time a man came to me, and we used
to do dhikr and a talk on Thursdays and Saturdays. Most of the people attending were converts. One time a man came and we were doing dhikrullah,
remembering the 99 Names and Attributes, and he was sitting and
listening. So he began to attend and he was 95 years old. We were doing dhikrullah,
remembering Allah, and we prayed our prayers and he sat on his chair
enjoying it, and I gave a talk. Then he left, came the next week again,
we did dhikr and
I gave a talk and we prayed and he didn't pray, and he left. Then the
third week he came again and this time he stayed. He said, “I want to
become a Muslim.” Ninety-five years of age!
He said, “Is there any way to become Muslim?”
I said, “Of course! Say what we just said, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah.”
And he came the next week and we did dhikr and
I gave a talk and we prayed `Isha and he prayed with us. And he said,
“I want to learn the prayers.” The week after he came and did everything
and he had a book and he began to learn the prayers, and this took like
a month-and-a-half. Then the week after he didn’t show up and the week
after that he didn’t show up. The week after he didn’t show up and I
sent someone to check on him, and they said he had died. What do you
think, did he die on Islam? Yes, and 95 years of whatever he did wrong
was completely erased! And he was newly born for three weeks: he had
and then he died, so it was as if he did sins of three weeks, if he did
any at the age of 95, and then died, as Islam erases what came before.
If someone decides to become Muslim, all sins he has committed are taken
away. Alhamdulillah, most converts are lucky because half of their life is wiped from the books and there are no sins on them!
Muslims, however, have to struggle to be relieved from these sins, but
all of us have been promised by Allah (swt) and as the Prophet (s) said,
“Whoever makes a promise must fulfill it.” So what about the One Who
created promise? He is going give intercession to the Prophet (s) to
intercede for the whole ummah! Our hope is the intercession of Prophet (s) for the ummah to
enter Paradise with no question, for the whole of humanity to enter
Paradise without question (the account on Day of Resurrection)!
what is written in that book? You have to do this and do that, Islamic
issues. If someone is lost, do you judge him or the one who made him
lost? The one who initiated, the one who pushed him to do that act is
responsible. There is responsibility on us (to do good deeds and
actions), but the bigger responsibility is on the one who pushed (us
into doing bad deeds and actions). Allah called Himself “al-Ghaffaar,” The Forgiver and “ar-Rahmaan,”
The Merciful, and He promised that He is like that. So will He judge
the ones who are lost us or the one who made us lost? He will judge
Shaytan, the one running after people to mislead them, and He will
forgive the one who is lost, but after He has judged him.
اَ يُكَلِّفُ اللّهُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ
Laa yukallifullahu nafsan illa wus`ahaa lahaa maa kasabat wa `alayhaa maa ’ktasabat.
no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets
every good that it earns and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Surat al-Baqarah, 2:286)
“Anyone who has done good will see good and anyone who has done bad will see bad,” but laa yunafiz amrahu,
Allah (swt) will not execute His order, He gives the order that anyone
who has done good will see good and that anyone who has done bad will
see bad. The judgment is made and now it is up to the one to whom Allah
(swt) gave the salahiyyah, the authority of intercession. So Prophet (s), the One with the Intercession, will not leave his ummah behind!
people go to psychiatrists and they think they are going to recover by
therapists or psychologists or psychiatrists. The psychiatrist builds
his diagnosis on logic: “You do this and you do that and this results,”
and then he checks what goes up and what comes down and they base their
diagnosis on this. Psychiatry is one of the most difficult practices
because like to real shuyookh,
not the fake shaykhs, people come with negative energy and that energy
will reflect itself on everything. Like they say to you during war,
“Don’t throw chemical weapons,” because it will spread. And in medicine
when you sneeze, how much of not only germs, but vapor, that mist of the
breath, comes out of one sneeze? Millions of germs come out with one
sneeze, and all that will go over everyone and will affect you medically
and spiritually, according to that one who sneezed. If that one who
sneezed is a bad person you will get a virus, and you will get a virus
for your spirituality, for your soul. And if that person who sneezed is a
good person, a wali, you don’t get a virus, but something that will dress your soul in positive energy.
fast is the speed of sneezing? When all these small mists and viruses
or good energy or positive energy comes, with what velocity do they come
out? At least with a speed of 100 MPH it is coming out! That is why it
is recommended not to cover it as it will hit you back and if you don’t
cover it, it will hit the others. So that is the effect of sneezing. So
also the effect of being with people who carry a lot of negative energy,
you are going to get some of it; like someone who sits with a
blacksmith one hour, at least he will get some sparks that will burn his
hands, feet and clothes, or if you go to a perfumer you get a nice
smell. When sitting with awliyaullah you get a nice smell, and when sitting with bad people you burn yourself.
with mental problems go to psychiatrists and they dump on him all their
negative energy and that psychiatrist will find that he is very tired
at the end of the day and has to go home because he listens to them, and
half of what they say is from their imagination. The shuyookh are
psychiatrists and they listen to people’s sicknesses, and those who
don’t have authority, as shaykhs possess authority from one shaykh to
another up to the Prophet (s), cannot carry this burden and it will
affect them. That is why some fake shaykhs go crazy at the end because
they are using the Allah’s Beautiful Names and Attributes in the wrong
place or an ayah in the wrong place. And the poor psychiatrist is like that, and the doctor is the same, their power will be gone.
our masters teach that as soon as you read on someone because of his
problem, then immediately you have to channel out, as the plug has three
connections, one is 110V or 240V, whatever it is, and the other is
negative and the third is grounded to Earth. So when people come to see awliyaullah,
they have a socket with three prongs: two are connected with the shaykh
and the third is neutral and that is where the big shaykh who is behind
him channels it to Earth. You have to channel it to carry it away or
else you will get sick after a while. You have to immediately channel
that energy away to water or to soil, to ground. If you don’t channel it
away you will keep carrying it and that negative energy will add up one
after one and begin to affect your life if you don’t channel it, even
if you are a shaykh.
we have to be very careful from whom we are taking, whether he has a
channel out or not. If he has no channel out then we fall into the
negativity of the people who come and listen, like in this association
100% people are good people. But there is a question mark: they are good
people in the sense that they are coming to seek advice, and the
speaker has to know he is not higher than them and he has to know that
he is the first one in need of the advice coming from the big shaykhs,
as Allah (swt) said:
فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنفُسَكُمْ
Fa laa tuzakoo anfusakum.
Don’t praise yourself. (Surat an-Najm, 53:32)
And the Prophet (s) used to say:
اللهم لاتكلني الى نفسي طرفة عين ولا أقل من ذلك
Allahumma laa takilnee ila nafsee tarfat `aynin wa laa aqala min dhalika.
O Allah! Don't leave me to my ego for the blink of an eye or less.
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) heard this hadith and he began to cry and he
couldn’t sleep anymore. If Prophet (s) said this, “Don’t leave me to
myself for the blink of an eye,” he who is--you mentioned one word,
“intelligence,” and intelligence came from him to the whole humanity
because we are created from his Light. It means the light is Light as
all the lights come from one source and as Allah knows, what He created
first is the Light of the Prophet (s) and from the Light of the Prophet
(s) He created all Creation and we are part of that Light of Prophet
(s). So how is that Light going to be dumped in Hellfire? Impossible! It
will go back to its origin:
إنَّا لله و إنَّا إليه راجعون
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`oon.
To Allah we belong and unto Him do we return. (Surat al-Baqara, 2:156)
are owned by Allah (swt) and we are going back, so where are we going
back to? To Prophet (s)! We are going back to the main source of the
Light where we came from, because Allah created us from the Light of the
Prophet (s). He created the Light of Prophet and from that Light, check
the hadith of Ibn `Asakir, that what Allah created is from the Light of
Prophet (s). And still he (s) is saying, “Don’t leave me to myself for
the blink of an eye!”
have an eye doctor here, how many blinks per minute? Seven to eight per
minute, and the Prophet (s) saying, “Don’t leave me to myself for one
seventh of a minute!” One seventh of minute to myself! Today we are with
ourselves all of our time. The Prophet (s) said, “Don’t leave me to my
self for the blink of an eye as Shaytan might come and put his
influence.” And the Prophet (s) is the only one with no place for
Shaytan in his heart as Allah sent Jibreel (a) to take that spec away.
So we are under negative energy, we are tremendously under the effect of
Shaytan, (whether we are) `alims or common people. So where the Prophet (s) was saying, “Don’t leave me to my ego,” it means the `alim
is also in need of saying that hundreds of times a day. And the Prophet
(s), who is going to intercede for everyone, is saying that for the
people to come back to the normal track, the Way of Allah and His
Prophet (s), because sometimes we deviate.
I said yesterday that the Prophet (s) never said, anaa, “Me.” You cannot find a hadith that begins with “anaa”
except one, because that hadith carries a lot of power that has been
given to the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) was given all kinds of
knowledge and, for sure, you know the hadith of the Prophet (s), “Allah
has given me `Uloom al-Awwaleen w ‘al-Aakhireen, Knowledge of what is Before and what is After.” `Uloom al-Awwaleen w ‘al-Aakhireen,
the Knowledge of Before and After: there is no ‘before’ to Allah (swt),
for Allah there is no ‘after”’ ‘always’ is from no before to no after
and there is no distance which these two words cannot accommodate, `Uloom al-Awwaleen w ‘al-Aakhireen. Since Allah has no ‘before,’ no one knows when Allah has given the `ilm
to the Prophet (s). Did He give it to the Prophet (s) when He created
the Prophet (s) on Earth, or did He give him the knowledge when He
created the Prophet (s) when he was in Heavens, where the Prophet (s)
كنت نبيًا وآدم بين الماء والطين
Kuntu nabiyyan wa adama bayna ’l-maa’i wa ’t-teen.
(The Prophet (s) said:) I was a Prophet when Adam was between soil and water.
And in another hadith:
كنت نبيا وآدم بين الروح والجسد
Kuntu nabiyyan wa Adam bayn ar-roohi wa 'l-jasad.
I was a Prophet when Adam was between soul and body.
he was first created, when his Light was created, at what instant was
that knowledge given? When did Allah create the Light of Sayyidina
Muhammad (s)? Even angels don’t know as they were created afterwards. If
Prophet (s) was created after the angels they would know, but he was
created before them; the Light of the Prophet (s) was created before any
Creation, so no one knows what Allah gave to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) and
still he said, “Don’t leave me to my self (ego) for the blink of an
eye! O Allah, don’t leave me to my self!”
we are teaching our children to say, “I am proud of you!” “Proud” is a
big word in Islam; we can change that to say, “I am happy with you,” as
you cannot have pride, takabbur, in Islam. Only Allah has takabbur: al-ghuru lillah, al-kibar lillah, al-takabur lillah. That attribute is only for Allah and it is of His Beautiful Name and Attributes.
So however high the `alim
reaches, whatever heights we reach we are still in limits as compared
to the Prophet (s), and however high the Prophet (s) reaches he is still
the servant to Allah (swt), and the greatness is Allah’s giving to His
servant, which means to the Prophet (s), and to “a servant” is awliyaullah and prophets, like Khidr (a) and Sayyidina Musa (a):
فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا
Fawajada `abdan min `ibaadinaa aataynaahu rahmatan min `indinaa wa `allamnaahu min ladunnaa `ilma.
they found one of Our Servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from
Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our Own Presence. (Surat al-Kahf, 18:65)
Fa wajada `abdan min `ibaadina, “He
found one of Our servants.” First is to find that person and Sayyidina
Musa (a) was looking for that person. It means as servants of Allah and
as human beings we have to look for these servants because He said, `abdan mina `ibaadina,
servants; therefore, there are many. So our first duty is to look for
one; if Sayyidina Musa (a) is looking for one, our duty is to look for
one who is carrying that type of knowledge. “What did We give him?” aataynaahu rahmat,
“First We gave him Our Mercy.” Without the mercy you cannot get the
Heavenly Knowledge, and who is Allah’s Mercy? It is the Prophet (s). So
means there is no possibility to reach any `Ilm al-Ladunni,
Heavenly Knowledge, without going through the Prophet (s). So Sayyidina
Khidr (a) introduced Sayyidina Musa (a) to the Light of Prophet (s) and
that is why he was able to get that mercy and that knowledge from
Prophet (s), because Allah gives to the Prophet (s) as he is the mirror
of the whole Creation!
Sayyidina Muhiyudeen Ibn Arabi (q) said, “The Prophet (s) is the mirror
and when Allah (s) creates it will be reflected on the mirror and
reflected back to Earth, so Prophet (s) is the reflection of the
Creations that are in the Presence of Allah.” That is why they say that
human beings who are on Earth are a reflection of their realities which
are still in the Presence of Allah (swt) from the day of Alastu bi rabbikum. Qaaloo balaa,
on the Day of “Allah asked us ‘Am I not your Lord?’ and we said,
‘Yes!’” We are in the Presence of Allah and our souls are pure and clean
and reflected in the mirror of Prophet (s), to be reflected in dunya at the time Allah wants.
might benefit the person or destroy the person. To benefit the person
it means you have to apply it on your self (ego) before you apply it on
others, then it benefits you. You are not speaking to people for them to
hear you and say, “O that is a big scholar!”
Allah (swt) said:
وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاء مَّنثُورًا
Wa qadimnaa ilaa maa `amiloo min `amalin fa-ja`alnaahu habaa’an manthoora.
We shall turn to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We shall
make such deeds as scattered dust (and throw it in their faces)! (Surat al-Furqaan, 25:23)
Because they want the fame. Allah does not like people to be arrogant. `Ilm might destroy a person or benefit a person. The Prophet (s) knows every one of his ummah and whether they are doing for Allah (swt) or not, because:
خير لكم تحدثون ويحدث لكم ، فإذا أنا مت كانت وفاتي خيرا لكم ، تعرض علي
أعمالكم فان رأيت خيرا حمدت الله تعالى وإن رأيت شرا استغفرت لكمHayaatee
khayrun lakum tuhadithoona wa yuhdatha lakum fa idhaa anaa mitt kahan
wafaatee khayran lakum. Tu`radu `alayya `amal ummatee, wa in wajadtu
khayran hamadt 'allah wa in wajadtu ghayrah astaghfarta lahum.I observe the `amal of my ummah. If I find good I thank Allah, and if I see other than that, bad, I ask forgiveness for them. (Bukhari, Muslim)
That is why he is hazir nadhir, he observes the `amal of his nation: if it is good it is good and he praises Allah and if it is bad, he asks forgiveness for them:
أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللّهَ
وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًاWa
law annahum idh zhalamoo anfusahum ja’ooka f ’astaghfaroollaaha w
’astaghfara lahumu ‘r-rasoolu la-wajadoo ’Llaaha tawwaaba ‘r-raheema.If
they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come to you and
asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for
them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:64)
So we are asking Allah’s Forgiveness, and we come back to the plug for shuyookh, awliyullah, mashaykh:
when they carry from people if they don’t channel it stays with them
and effects them. When the psychiatrist or doctor doesn’t channel the
negative energy away they will be in problems. I saw many psychiatrists
come to my master, Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani (q), saying,
“O my shaykh! We face too many problems.” Mawlana says, “What kind of problem?”
“Too much heaviness.”
“And what do you do?”
“I am a psychiatrist.”
Then Mawlana will give each psychiatrist a different wird or dhikr to do, and the main one is to when you come home in evening make wudu or shower, and then whatever you have carried in the day, send it to Prophet (s) or to Ka`bah,
and if you have a shaykh send it to him because it will be easier as he
sends it to the Prophet (s). And many don’t know that so their life is
miserable. I know many who ask me for du`a.
They have to channel it by letting it go, by having a grounded line,
like if you have a short, that is a neutral line and will take all the
power. Your shaykh is that line and he can take it and throw it away.
May Allah keep us on the threshold of our shuyookh and bless them!
I explained many times, as we know there are 124,000 awliya on Earth, not just one or ten walis: it is on the number of Sahaabah and the number of prophets. And that number is mentioned in the tafseer of Surat al-`Araaf of Ibn `Abbas (r). There are 124,000 walis
and our duty is to respect all of them, we don’t differentiate. If you
differentiate and say, “My shaykh is better than your shaykh,” that is
الفتنه نائمه لعن الله من ايقضها
Al-fitnatu naa'imatan la`anallaha man ayqadahaa .
Fitna is dormant and Allah cursed the one who awoke it.
We respect all shuyookh. We believe our shaykh is Sultan al-Awliya, but never mind, keep that to yourself as you cannot impose that on others. Everyone believes their shaykh is Sultan al-Awliya because
he looks after them so well and we don’t have to involve ourselves in
what Allah knows best. So we say may Allah give our shuyookh
long life and the best life, to keep their good works on track, to take
us (with them to Prophet). You know the train how many wagons or cars
it has, might be 100 or 200 or 50, and the best one is behind the
engine, the luxury one that carries passengers. What the first one can
see the last one cannot see. We hope we are in the first one, to be with
the Prophet (s) and to be with awliyaullah!
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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