Monday, May 15, 2006

If We Really Love Muhammad (s), We Will Follow His Way

Khutbat al-Jumu`ah

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

12th May 2006, ASIM, Burton, Michigan

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Ayyuhal muminoon al-hadiroon, ittaqullah wa ati`ooh

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O Muslims, Alhamdulillah, Allah is providing us with health, with everything that we need and that we ask for. Alhamdulillah that Allah swt making you not to sleep hungry. If you look around the world today, and you will find how many people are dying from hunger, how many people are dying from thirstiness, how many people are dying from different diseases. We have to say alhamdulillah ya rabbee shukhran. We have to thank Allah swt for what he honored us and gave us.

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Sayyidina Muhammad used to wrap his stomach with stones because of hunger not to feel the hunger. Sayyidina ‘Umar, all of you know that famous story, when he was khalifa of Muslims, when he was given baya that he is amir al-mumineen he used to go at night to different districts of the city to see who is in need. One day he passed by a house and heard children inside crying asking their mother for food. And he was listening to the conversation going on, and she said, “wait till the food is cooked,” and she was cooking with a pot on the fire. Then after some hours, he stood listening and the children slept without eating. He knocked on the door, and asked the woman why she let the children sleep without eating. She said, “W’allahi, I don’t have anything to feed them”. “What are you cooking then?” “I put stones in the water and boiled it to let the children think that I am cooking something. In that way they fell asleep”.

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Sayyidina ‘Umar (r) then went and brought many provisions for that lady and her children. His assistant asked him “let me carry them”. He said, “No you cannot carry my responsibility and my sins on Judgment Day”. He carried all of those provisions, and took to that lady one month’s worth of provisions.

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We are alhamdulillah with Prophet’s grace; Allah swt sent him mercy to humanity. With that love to Sayyidina Muhammad, He swt is giving us and honoring us. Look today how many people are writing seeking help and how many are suffering in not getting help. That is why we have to thank Allah swt and we have to remember that Allah swt said in Holy Qur’an, “If you worship Me and be sincere, I will provide you don’t worry about provision.” The problem is that today, Muslims are not today relying on what Allah swt said in Holy Qur’an.

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Ma khalaqta al-jinna wal ins illa li-yabudoon. “I did not create jinn and ins except to worship Me. I don’t want from provision nor do I need them to feed Me”. It means: I don’t want them to think about their provision. If they are really worshipping Me, I will provide them, I will send them from nowhere.

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And Allah swt is providing them. If people are suffering the responsibility falls on the leaders of those countries who are responsible. And those who are suffering and dying, Allah swt will send them where? He will send them to Paradise.

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But those tyrants who are leaders of Muslims today will suffer on Judgment Day. So it is better not to be a leader. If you are a leader you are responsible. Those who are running to be leaders around the world are going to be responsible.

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Even prophets. On Judgment Day all of their people and nations are going to run to them and they are not going to find a way to come out of the resurrection day to be questioned, prophets and their nations. As it is mentioned in hadith that all will come to Prophet Muhammad (s). All, from Adam (as) up to Prophet (s) `Isa, as Prophet (s) said, Adam wa man dunahu tahta liwaee yawm al-qiyamat. “Adam and whoever is other than him will be under my flag on the Day of Rising”.

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And it is mentioned in hadith that all prophets, all the nations go to their prophets. The People of Nuh go to Sayyidina Nuh; the people of Ibrahim go to Sayyidina Ibrahim; the people of Sayyidina Musa (as) go to Sayyidina Musa (as) and all the prophets in between, their people will go to their prophet and all of them will say, “we have nothing to offer. Let us go to Muhammad”. It means, “Let us go to the master whom Allah swt made the seal of the messengers”. And Prophet Muhammad (s) will say ana laha, ana laha, “I am for it! I am for it!”

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All prophets come to Prophet (s) asking for the shafa’ and the Prophet goes into sajda [and makes du`a that is inspired to his heart, du`a never before opened] saying, “Ya Rabbee,” and Allah swt says, s’al, tu‘ta, washfa’ tushafa’ – “ask and you will be given, intercede and it will be granted!” and the Prophet (s) asks and Allah swt gives. That is Sayyidina Muhammad between prophets and these prophets are needing his help.

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What do you think about tyrants? If Prophets with their nations need to go to Prophet Muhammad (s), with their nations, and these prophets are all ma’sum, they are all protected. They have no sins ma’sum. Even if they did something they are still prophets. They go to Prophet (s). Where are these leaders going to go?

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That is why it is better to be a sheep, not to be a leader. No responsibility. The shepherd is responsible. Because today we cannot change anything any more. As the Prophet (s) said, man ra’minkum munkiran fa’l yughayiru bi-yaddih - “If someone sees something wrong let him try to change it with his hand.” Everything is wrong today. It means when you see something bad you move it. If you cannot with your hand, then with your tongue, speak about it. If not, then with your heart say, “Ya Rabbee you change it, we cannot do it. You do it, they are tyrants.”

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The Prophet (s) was sent as mercy to humanity. These leaders are tyrants to humanity. May Allah swt bring them back to their normal minds for this ummah to come strong. When they are heedless and ignorant of what the people need, the people are in problems, the Muslims are in problems. We are on haqq not on baatil, and still we are down. But still we are down. Haqq must be up, qul ja al-haqq wa zahaqq al-batila inn al-batila kaana zahooqa. Today we are seeing that, say haqq came. Haqq means Islam. Haqq came. Inna ad-deen ‘ind-Allah al-Islam.

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Islam means salam, greetings and it mean tasleem - submission that is Islam. Islam is not anything other than to be submitting to your Lord. Submit yourself first to Allah swt. Islam is to clean up yourself, before trying to clean others. Are we perfect? No. Are we sinners? Yes. Then you must keep your head into sajda, as Adam (as) did when he committed the sin and he was a Prophet (s). He ate from the tree when Allah swt said not to. He went into sajda crying for 40 years until Allah swt said “Enough”. If Adam (as) went into sajda for 40 years, how long for us? It might be 4 million years. And how many times are we disobeying? How many times we are not accepting what the Prophet (s) came with? The Prophet (s) said, alaykum bi sunnatee wa sunnat khulafa’ee min ba’dee. “Follow my Sunnah and the sunnah of my deputies after me”. Follow the sunnah means to follow the way the Prophet (s) put for us.

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We follow one day, we don’t follow the other day. We follow one step but we don’t follow the other steps. We are like a crippled person. We are crippled. Even though we are crippled Allah swt is Ghafooran Raheem. But Allah swt says dhakir fa inna ad-dhikra tanfa` al-mumineen. “Remind, for verily the reminder benefits the believers”. Even though we are crippled we keep moving, but ask forgiveness.

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May Allah swt inspire us to repent in every moment of our lives in order that He will be happy with us. And we are weak servants and we are trying what we can and you are Al-‘Adheem, you are the Majestic, the Creator, and we are the servants. The servant to the Creator is nothing. Since we are nothing. Don’t judge us on nothing. Since we are nothing, as if we don’t exist, then judge us as nothing, then everyone will go to Paradise.

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People put conferences, they put seminars, they put workshops. What is the benefit? They bring speakers from all around the world. It goes in from one ear and left the other ear. They spend money, money, money for what, if there is no teacher? Like someone who is handicapped. There are schools specialized in handicapped to train with some kind of therapy to at least think and walk and move a little bit. Give us teachers that can understand and observe daily in order to guide us and to see the problem in everyone of us and correct it. That is meaning of a guide. If there is no teacher how are you going to learn? Imam Malik had 900 teachers. In school you have so many teachers until you get PhD. And for Islam you [believe] you don’t need a teacher for the message of Islam that is so profound? They say “we don’t need teachers, we need lecturers”. The lecturer when he goes out the door you will not see him again in your life. But the teacher is important in your life. He will guide you. Like the shepherd and the sheep. He will protect from foxes and wolves. How many foxes and wolves are coming from shayateen? We don’t know that. May Allah swt send us a shepherd, a heavenly shepherd inspire us to be guided, in kuntum tuhiboon Allah swt fatabi`oonee

If we really love Muhammad we will follow his way.

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