Sunday, 31 January 2010

Worship Allah (s.w.t.), Respect Rasulullah (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from a swuhbah by Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on 20th January 2010.

Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim (q.s.) said that even ants, bacteria and viruses ask for Support from Allah (s.w.t.) to carry out their activities. It is impossible for any creature to exist and function without Divine Help of the Creator.  Only Allah (s.w.t.) needs no helper, for if He needed help, then the one giving Him help is above Him and that is impossible.  He is Self-Sufficient, in need of none, while all Creation is in need of Him.

All Creation except mankind acknowledge that they have been Created.  They acknowledge Who Created them and they know Allah (s.w.t.) according to the capacity Allah (s.w.t.) Placed within them.  They glorify Allah (s.w.t.), giving Him their highest glorification according to their abilities.  Even bacteria and viruses recite tasbih to Allah (s.w.t.).  Every grain of sand, every stone and rock, the mountains and even the sky itself, glorifies Allah (s.w.t.).

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Whatever is in the heavens and on earth let it declare the Praises and Glory of Allah: for He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Surah al-Hadid:1)

We are the only creature that dares to deny that we are Creations of Allah (s.w.t.).  Those who do fall below the level of bacteria.  They fall to the lowest level in Creation. People are too proud to glorify Him, and too busy to recite His Name.  Why are people so heedless?

Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low ― (Surah at-Tin:5)

The deniers should be ashamed to be the ones that deny their Creator.  Allah (s.w.t.) Honoured them by Raising them above all Creation and subjugating all of Creation under our rule.  The rest of the Creation bows to mankind as the Khalifah of Allah (s.w.t.).  Despite all that Allah (s.w.t.) has Bestowed on us, mankind is the only Creation to deny and defy Allah (s.w.t.).  These are the heedless, the impure.  We pray that we do not become like these, who take all that Allah (s.w.t.) has Given and are yet ungrateful and refuse to worship Him.  The disbelievers should realise that everything that is Created certainly has a Creator, so why do they deny the existence of Allah (s.w.t.)?  If any were to declare that a chair created itself, it is an illogical statement that would be rejected.  If a simple chair has a creator, and everyone accepts that logic, how is it that a complex creature like us does not have a Creator?

The scholars should stop harping on petty disputes and to bring this message to the masses.  People must be taught to recognise Who Created them.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) brought this message to his ummah.  He was a warner who taught mankind to worship his Lord.  And Allah (s.w.t.) Himself Teaches us to respect and recite swalawat upon Rasulullah (s.a.w.).  Those who do not respect Rasulullah (s.a.w.) bring Divine Anger upon themselves.  Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim (q.s.) mentioned an Ottoman sultan, Sulthan Ahmad, who built the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.  Allah (s.w.t.) Granted him such honour with such a vast kingdom with numerous subjects.  When he sat on his throne, each time the name of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was mentioned, he stood up to honour Rasulullah (s.a.w.), even if Rasulullah’s (s.a.w.) name was mentioned a hundred times during that day.  The more we honour Rasulullah (s.a.w.), the more honour is Granted by Allah (s.w.t.) to us.  In today’s world, people stand up when a king or president enters the room, even if he does so repeatedly.  So, why are we ashamed to honour Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), the Best of Creation, the True Khalifah in Allah’s (s.w.t.) Presence, the Chosen Creation representing the Lord of Creation.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) is constantly in contact with the Creator.  It is only the very ignorant who do not respect the Seal of Prophets (s.a.w.).

But for those who do not wish to learn, it is futile to try to teach them.  No one can reach their hearts as these people have already sealed their hearts against receiving Divine Lights.  When such people are advised, they do not listen, and even if they do listen, they do not understand.  When Rasulullah (s.a.w.) was preaching to the Jews of Madina, they said as much.

They say, “Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve Allah’s word we need no more).”  Nay Allah’s Curse is on them for their blasphemy; little is it they believe. (Surah al-Baqarah:88)

(They have incurred Divine Displeasure): in that they broke their Covenant: that they rejected the Signs of Allah; that they slew the Messengers in defiance of right; that they said, “Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve Allah’s Word; we need no more)”; nay Allah hath Set the seal on their hearts for their blasphemy, and little is it they believe. (Surah an-Nisa’:155)

We supplicate to Allah (s.w.t.), we seek His Forgiveness.  May our hearts never be Sealed.  Amin.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Shaykh ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi's (r.a.) Praise of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

This poem was written by Shaykh ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi (r.a.), who was martyred in the Battle of Tarifa, also known as the Battle of Rio Salado, defending the lands of the Muslims against the invading Christians.

“I desired to praise the Chosen One and was hindered
By my own inability to grasp the extent of his glory.
How can one such as I measure an ocean, when the ocean is vast?
And how can one such as I count the stones and the stars?
If all of my limbs were to become tongues, even then –
Even then I could not begin to praise him as I desired.
And if all of creation gathered together in an attempt
To praise him, even then they would stint in his due.
I have altogether ceased trying – awestruck, clinging to courtesy,
Tempered by timidity, glorifying his most exalted rank.
Indeed, sometimes silence holds within it the essence of eloquence,
And often speech merely fodder for the faultfinder.”

Wisdom of the Hadhrah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Gibril Haddad wrote on his website, “Living Islam”, regarding the hadhrah.  What is the wisdom of performing the hadhrah with bodily movements?  This is the same wisdom as the words of the Prophet (s.a.w.) to the Abyssinians who displayed themselves through certain choreographed movements in the Prophetic Mosque in Madina during ‘Iyd: “Jump, O Banu Arfada!” while ‘Aishah (r.a.) was watching with his permission.  Imam Muslim narrated it in his Swahih, Kitab asw-Swalat al-‘Idayn from ‘Aishah (r.a.) herself.

Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki (q.s.) said in his book on the celebration of the Mawlid titled Hawl al-Ihtifal bi Dzikri al-Mawlid an-Nabawi ash-Sharif, “There is no doubt that such singing, dancing, reciting of poetry, and banging the drum was for joy at being with the Prophet (s.a.w.) nor did he condemn or frown upon such displays in any way whatsoever.  These are common displays of happiness and lawful merriment.  Similarly, to stand up at the mention of the birth of the Prophet (s.a.w.) is an ordinary act that shows love and gladness symbolising the joy of Creation.”

In “Key to the Garden”, Habib Mashhur al-Haddad (q.s.), commented on the verse:

… the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah’s praises ... (Surah az-Zumar:23)

He said, “The ‘softening of the heart’ consists in the sensitivity and timidity that occur as a result of nearness and tajalli.  Sufficient is it to have Allah as one's intimate companion!  As for the ‘softening of the skin’ this is the ecstasy and swaying from side to side which result from intimacy and manifestation, or from fear and awe.  No blame is attached to someone who has reached this rank if he sways and chants, for in the painful throes of love and passion he finds something which arouses the highest yearning.”

He continued, “The exhortation provided by fear and awe brings forth tears and forces one to tremble and be humble. These are the states of the righteous believers when they hear the Speech and dzikr of Allah the Exalted.  ‘Their skins tremble’, and then soften with their hearts and incline to dzikr of Him, as they are Covered in serenity and dignity, so that they are neither frivolous, pretentious, noisy, or ostentatious.  Allah the Exalted has not Described them as people whose sense of reason has departed, who faint, dance, or jump about.”