Monday, March 12, 2007

My Saints Are Under My Domes

Salaams everyone. I was just discussing with my friends about sainthood and how saints have to receive permission before they can intervene with Allah's will. There was a suhbah (advise) by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani (click on link below) that actually discusses this very subject. The suhbah was entitled "My Saints Are Under My Domes". Very interesting indeed. Please read the whole suhbah if you have the time. In any case, the following is an extract of that suhbah...
"My Saints Are Under My Domes"
Pears and Corals - Mystic Horizons (Volume 1)
By Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
There was a Naqshbandi saint by the name of Saad ad-Din Jabawi. I saw these events concerning him when I was about eighteen or nineteen years old. I was in Grandshaykh's house in Damascus. A delegation of scholars visited him, saying, "O Mawlana, they want to make a road and Saad ad-Din Jabawi's grave or shrine is in the way. The government sent bulldozers to raze that grave, but they cannot touch it. Every time the bulldozer comes to that point, it stops. If they try to strike the grave, the bulldozer breaks down." They had come to Grandshaykh knowing that there he had a connection with Saad ad-Din Jabawi through the Path, and asked him, "Please, solve this problem for us." Mawlana Shaykh Abd Allah replied, "Give me two or three days." After two days, he said, "Go to the burial place of the saint tonight. Perform the remembrance of God (dhikr), all of you, then open his grave in the morning and remove him for burial elsewhere."
Saad ad-Din Jabawi had died five hundred years ago! So they said like the Wahhabis say today, "What is left of him?" They said, "He's finished. There's just dust there now!" What dust? The Prophet (s) said, "God has forbidden the earth to eat the body of prophets."1 God has said in the Quran, "They (martyrs) are alive in the presence of their Lord, being provided for" [3:169]. What is true of prophets and martyrs in these two examples is true of saints also, of righteous people, of true people. They are alive. So they laughed - "He's still there?" Of course he is still there, otherwise why is your bulldozer unable to go through? That night they went and recited dhikr. In the morning, Shaykh Abd Allah's students began to open the grave, block after block, until they came to the main stone. They took that big stone away and the air all around was filled with a beautiful fragrance. A brilliant light emerged. It was the hour of the dawn prayer when all is dark with the day just beginning to break on the horizon. They found him there in his burial shroud as though he had been buried that very day, perfectly clean. His face looked as if he had just died. It seemed as if his skin would redden if you just pinched it. I was there. When they opened the tomb and removed him I was with my brother. They lifted him from the grave and buried him in another place not far away.
He had been buried there for five-hundred years. How is it that people say, "There are no saints," when God says in His Holy Quran, "God's saints - there is no fear and no sadness for them" [10:62], and in a sacred Tradition, "My saints are under my domes. No one knows them except Me." Scholars are known by everyone. If He wanted to mention scholars, He would have said ulama. But He said awliya, "My saints are under My domes," not, "My scholars are under My domes." No one knows them - they are hidden. Saints are hidden. And you do not buy sanctity with the knowledge of a scholar. A saint is given to people by God. Saints do not become saints by going to universities and receiving degrees. The condition of sainthood is a reward granted from God to a person's heart. Even if he knows nothing at all in the way of academic knowledge, God opens up paths in his heart and, at that time, there is nothing he does not know.


irving said...

Alhamdulillah! What a beautiful and uplifting post. There is truth there any darvish can feel in his or her heart. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Ya Haqq!

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