Monday, 14 June 2010
Du'a of Wali 'Abbas (q.s.), The Saint of Rajab
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Oscar Wilde said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
In the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.), there lived a notorious criminal. He used to frequent the streets after midnight. If he found someone walking alone at night, he robbed him; sometimes beat him or killed him, and then returned home. They were unable to catch that highwayman. The Prophet (s.a.w.) used to curse that highwayman in his time, saying, he would never pray for him or bury him in the graveyard of the Muslims. But no one knew who he was.
One of the Attributes of Allah (s.w.t.) is as-Sattar, the One Who Veils the Faults and Mistakes of Others. Just as He Veiled the sin of the man in Bani Isra’il that caused Allah (s.w.t.) to withhold the rains for forty days, so too did He Veil the identity of the highwayman from the Prophet (s.a.w.).
After many years, the highwayman passed away. Because the Prophet (s.a.w.) used to curse him, his identity became known. The children dragged his body through the streets of Madina and threw him into a dry well. As soon as they had thrown him into the well, Allah (s.w.t.) Informed the Prophet (s.a.w.) that one of His awliya’ had passed away. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was Instructed to retrieve the body, wash him and perform the janazah for the corpse. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was astonished. All his life, he had cursed that person. Now that he had passed away, Allah (s.w.t.) Told him that he was a wali. No one has a say in the Judgement of Allah (s.w.t.); not even the Prophet (s.a.w.). If Allah (s.w.t.) so Willed that a criminal be a wali, no one can question Him.
Shaykh Ibrahim Inyas (q.s.) taught us that it would be preferable to think that someone is a saint and he turns out to be the worst sinner rather than to think that someone is a sinner and he turns out to be the biggest saint. The people of taswawwuf try to look at everyone with the eye of love. To control the nafs, we have to look at everyone as being better than us. We do not know if Allah (s.w.t.) is going to Raise that person's maqam. One Glance from the Divine and all the Qualities are Inherent.
The Mercy of Allah (s.w.t.) is so great that we are forbidden to look at what people are doing on the outside. It is the most difficult thing. It is the recognition that we all have a Master to Judge us. The cure is to look at ourselves. To make it so, we behave with adab towards Allah (s.w.t.) and Creation. It is not our place to correct anyone else. It is only our place to correct ourselves. The adab is to correct the Self and leave everyone else to their Master. This is the true understanding of Sufism. When we change ourselves, we have already changed the world.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) immediately called Abu Bakr as-Swiddiq (r.a.) to help him fulfill the Divine Command. Abu Bakr (r.a.) himself was astounded. But the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Allah has Informed me today that that person was a wali.”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) went into the well, took that person's body out with his own hands and with his swahabah, carried him to his house. He cleaned him, washed him, wrapped him in a shroud, prayed for him, and then took him from the mosque to al-Baqi; cemetery, a distance of fifteen minutes’ walk. It took the Prophet (s.a.w.) more than two hours to move from the mosque to the cemetery. All the swahabah were astonished at the way the Prophet (s.a.w.) was walking. He had performed ablution for the dead with his own hands on that man, washed him and prayed for him. Now that he was taking him to his grave, he was walking on tiptoes, very carefully and very slowly.
“Ya Rasulullah,” they asked him, “Why were you walking on tiptoes?”
He replied, “Allah had Ordered all awliya’ from East to West, all the angels from the seven heavens and all the spiritual beings to be present and follow the bier of that wali. There were so many of them filling the way that I could not find a place to put my feet. Never in my life was I as surprised as I was today.”
After they buried him, the Prophet (s.a.w.) did not speak with anyone but quickly returned to his house trembling and shivering. He sat with Abu Bakr asw-Swiddiq (r.a.) asking himself what that wali had done, a robber all his life, to merit such a high degree of Honour from Allah (s.w.t.). The Prophet (s.a.w.) waited for Jibril (a.s.) to come and inform them of the matter. When Jibril (a.s.) came, the Prophet (s.a.w.) discovered that he knew nothing as well.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) immediately went in person with Abu Bakr as-Swiddiq (r.a.) to the house of the departed wali. The Prophet (s.a.w.) disregarded his status as the Beloved of Allah (s.w.t.) and humbly went to the house of that wali to ask his child what her father had done in his life.
She told him, “Ya Rasulullah, I am ashamed before you. What am I going to tell you? He was a killer, a thief. I never saw him do anything good. He robbed and stole day and night, except for one month during the year. When that month came, he would say, ‘This is the month of Allah,’ because he heard you say, ‘Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha’ban is the month of the Prophet and Ramadhan is the month of the community.’ So, he said, ‘I do not care for the month of the Prophet or the month of the community; only for the month of my Lord.’ So, he sat in his room and performed seclusion during this month every single year.”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked her, “What kind of seclusion did he do?”
She told him, “Ya Rasulullah, one day he was out in the street looking for someone to rob. He found an old man. He beat him until he was unconscious and robbed him. He found a small piece of folded paper in his pocket. He opened it and found a prayer inside. He liked that prayer very much. Every year when the month of Rajab, the month of Allah, came around, my father used to sit and read that prayer day and night, weeping and reading, except when he wanted to eat or perform ablution. After the month was over he would get up and say, ‘The month of God is finished. Now for my pleasure,' and go back to robbing and stealing for eleven more months.'”
Shaykh Nazhim al-Haqqani (q.s.) said that this supplication purifies us from our sins and leaves us as pure as a newborn child. When the Prophet (s.a.w.) asked the daughter to bring him the paper, he kissed it and rubbed this paper over his body. We are advised not to forget this supplication, but practice it during the coming month. Keep reciting it and Allah (s.w.t.) will Give us as He Wills, according to our intention.
Allah (s.w.t.) Told the Prophet (s.a.w.), “O my beloved Prophet, that person came and repented to me in the most precious month of the year. For that reason, because he sacrificed at least one month of the year for Me, I have Forgiven him all his mistakes and I have Changed all his sins into laudable deeds. As he had many sins, now he has many rewards.”
Because of one du’a, Allah (s.w.t.) made him a wali, a person who never worshipped Allah (s.w.t.) as he should have. The swahabah did not know him. He was not known in any of the majalis or even in the swalah jama’ah. But we have a Merciful and Loving God. Do we think for a moment that such a God does not Know us? Or is negligent of our needs?
This is the Du’a of the Wali ‘Abbas, to be read three times daily in Rajab.
Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Rahiim,
Allahumma inii astaghfiruka min kulli maa tubtu anhu ilayka tsumma ‘udtu fiih wa astaghfiruka min kulli maa aradtu bihi wajhaka faakhaalathanii fiih maa laysa fiih ridhaaka. Wa astaghfiruka lilni’am illatii taqawwaytu bihaa ‘alaa ma’swiyatika wa astaghfiruka min adz-dzunuubi illatii laa ya’lamuhaa ghayruka wa laa yathali’u ‘alayhaa ahadun siwaaka wa laa tasa’uhaa illaa rahmatika wa laa tunjii minhaa illaa maghfiratuka wa hilmuka. Laa ilaha illaa anta subhaanaka innii kuntu min azh-zhaalimiin.
Allahumma inii istaghfiruka min kulli zhulmin zhalamtu bihi ‘ibaadika faa ayyumaa ‘abdin min ‘ibaadika aw amatin min imaa’ika zhalamtu fii badanihi aw ‘irdhihii aw maalihi faa’atihi min khazaa’iniki illatii laa tanqusw. Wa as’aluka an tukrimanii birahmatiki illatii wasi’at kulla shay’in wa laa tuhiinanii bi’adzaabika wa tu’thiyyanii maa as’aluka fa’innii haqiiqun bi rahmatika yaa arhama ar-Raahimiin. Wa swalaa Allahu ‘alaa Sayyidinaa Muhammadin wa alihi wa swahbihi ajmaiin. Wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa bi Allah al-’aliyyii al-‘adziim.
In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful
O Allah, I ask Forgiveness of You for everything for which I repented to You then returned to. And I ask Forgiveness of You for everything I displeased You with and all that concerns me with which You are Displeased. And I ask Forgiveness of You for the Favours which I used for increasing my disobedience towards You. And I ask forgiveness of You for the sins which no one knows except You and no one sees except You and nothing encompasses except Your Mercy and nothing delivers from except Your Forgiveness and Clemency. There is no god except You Alone. You are the Most High, and I was one of the self oppressors!
O Allah, I ask Forgiveness of You for the injustice I committed against Your Servants. Whatever of Your male or female servants whom I have hurt, physically or in their dignity or in their property, Give them of Your Bounty which lacks nothing. And I ask You to Honour me with Your Mercy which encompasses all things. Do not humble me with Your Punishment but give me what I ask of You, for I am in great need of Your Mercy, O Most Merciful of the Merciful. May Allah Send Blessings upon Muhammad and upon all his companions. There is no power and no might except in Allah the High, the Exalted.