Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Thursday, Mar 01, 2007 | Oakland, CA US
A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
Ati` Allah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli ’l-amri minkum - Obey Allah, obey the
Prohet and obey those in authority among you. [4:59]
In the previous session we made an introduction and speaking awliyaullah and
about how Allah swt gave awliyaullah what he did not give others and prepared
them so that they can guide the Ummah towards the Last Days and through the
Last Days to reach Judgment Day in the best way, taking from what the Prophet
(s) has given them through the knowledge of realities, which is knowledge of
dhaahir and knowledge of the hidden.
When Abdul Wahhaab ash-Sha`rani was asked about ilm al-baatin, he said that to
us there is only one `ilm, `ilm adh-dhaahir, because for us everything is not
hidden. For us is the knowledge of realties; already these discoveries have
been made so we know what has been hidden. According to the level of the wali,
what is hidden from them he might know it. So to them, there are not two
different kinds of knowledge. There is knowledge always appearing to them and
this is the knowledge of realities. We explained about that - about the
importance of awliyaullah. The session yesterday was different… you were asking
about the essence, so it was the session before.
Awliyaullah: what is there job? What Grandshaykh said has a very, very deep
meaning. He said it in a way that I feel shy to say it but we have to be more
polite, because a wali can say about himself whatever he likes but a student
cannot repeat as he says it; we have to try to put it in a way that is
acceptable to us.
That awliyaullah …what am I going to say? Awliyaullah are people who are
cleaners; they clean what we make dirty. They have been carrying that
responsibility which is a heavy responsibility. La yukallifullahu nafsa illa
wu`saha. According to their levels, awliyaullah carry the dirtiness of their
followers (put in a polite way; he used another word). We dump our dirtiness on
them. That is why it is said that on the Day of Judgment, from Allah’s infinite
mercy or love to His servant, for ummat an-Nabi, that they believed in him and
didn’t associate anyone with him, Allah swt sends His mercy on them and because
of that we will be feeling shy and sweating because we were running away and
throwing our dirtiness everywhere and in return Allah swt is sending His mercy
Awliyaullah are inheriting from Muhammadun Rasulullah the manifestation from
the verse, “wa ma arsalanaaka illa rahmatan lil-`alameen. - We have sent you
not except as a mercy to humanity.” And how do we explain that mercy? It is
impossible to give the explanation of that meaning in full; whatever we say, it
When we say that Allah swt has mercy on me and my family it means we have a
good life; we’re not sick, we have healthy children, we have good parents, we
are eating well, we are breathing well; we are living well, we are not in a
difficulty. It means anything that you can explain as a favor is a mercy that
Allah swt favored you with. Breathing is a mercy. If that breathing stops,
y’Allah swt goes away. So every action, even the smallest one, is a mercy. And
who is that mercy? - It is Muhammad (s). Allah swt said, “We sent you not
except as mercy.” So it means all these mercies we are receiving are coming to
us through the Prophet (s).
It is not shirk. The Prophet (s) said, “ana al-Haashir, wa ana al-Maahi, wa ana
Abu'l-Qaasim, wa ana Taha wa Yasin.” – ‘I am the one taking sins away and on
resurrection the one to whom all people run on Judgment Day. And I am Taha and
Yasin. And I am Abul –Qaasim. Allah swt gave me the responsibility of dividing
that mercy on humanity.’
So that heavy burden that is on awliyaullah, from what they inherit of the
mercy of the Prophet (s) , they carry our dirtiness. As we were explaining two
sessions before, Grandshaykh said, “The Prophet (s) said to me in my
seclusions, your job” (he said to Grandshaykh, Shaykh Abdullah al-Faiz
ad-Daghestani, Sultan al-Awliya) “is that you have to carry the dirtiness of
everyone and you have to be able to take responsibility for what they have
done. You have to purify them and clean them and you have to present them to me
and I present them to the Divine Presence.”
That is big. That is two lines but it makes you stunned. It makes us look into
it carefully: that the Prophet (s) is saying “your job” - it means he has been
assigned a job. It means he has been assigned an authority from the Prophet (s)
meaning from the Prophet (s) to him and from Allah swt to the Prophet (s) that
he has to carry from everyone.
What does carry from someone mean? It means he has to be in everyone’s [all
human beings] lives. He has to be with everyone in every moment of his or her
life or how will he carry from everyone? How will he know what they are doing?
He has to carry them and carry their difficulties and problems and then purify
them and then give them back to the Prophet (s) clean.
It is not an easy thing to be waliullah. It is not as they say "O, everyone is
a wali." It might be that everyone is wali on a common level but there are
And he has to carry their burdens.
مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ حُمِّلُوا التَّوْرَاةَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَحْمِلُوهَا كَمَثَلِ
الْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ أَسْفَارًا بِئْسَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا
بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Mathalu alladheena hummilo’t-tawrata thumma lam yahmilooha kamathali’l-himari
yahmilu asfaaran b’isa mathalu’l-qawmilladheena kadhdhaboo bi-ayaatillahi
w’Allahu laa yahdee l-qawma’dh-dhalimeen.
62:5 The similitude of those who were charged with the (obligations of the)
Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations) , is that of a
donkey which carries huge tomes (but understands them not). Evil is the
similitude of people who falsify the Signs of Allah. and Allah guides not
people who do wrong. Al-Jumu'ah [62:5]
Allah swt is describing those going astray are like a donkey carrying his
dirtiness on his back. All of us, unfortunately, (O, don’t make us donkeys - I
am between all of you), can we say we have no sins? What are we carrying then?
Sins are what? They are dirtiness. They are like a child who messed himself. It
is smelly. So what do you do? You go clean that child. Ok, who cleans the
child? - The one who is responsible. Clean it, take the crap, wrap it up, and
throw it away. Today they are selling these pampers these diapers. They are
selling them. You must be happy, young ones. In previous times when you were
child, and when I was child, think how they were cleaning us. They take these
diapers, it was like a cloth; they clean it or wrap it, those who are
responsible or parents. They wash it. How much did their hands become clean
when they do that?
Can you do that now, to wash the young people? They are very expensive, but
Shaytan is making us to waste. Cleaning them, boiling with soap, then rinse
them, and hang them to dry. Then clean the child every day as well. Today you
are cleaning 10-15 diapers. Show me today one man or woman who can do that.
That process is being done by the one on authority. We are like children. In
the eyes of awliyaullah we are like children; every moment we are falling into
a trap of shaytan, and falling into sins. Like a donkey carrying a load himl,
load of what? - A load of anything. So what kind of load are we carrying, that
breaks our backs? If hasanaat, it doesn’t break our backs. What breaks our
backs is what Allah swt doesn’t like us to do. So what are they doing, those
responsible for us? They are taking that dirtiness and cleaning us of that
dirtiness. That is the meaning of guide. That is their duty, 24-7: to take and
Allah swt left the Prophet (s) fresh alive, in his grave, present. If we cannot
see, there are awliya who can see him. If the Prophet (s) disappeared then
everything would fall down. Allah swt created the heavens without any supports:
اللّهُ الَّذِي رَفَعَ السَّمَاوَاتِ بِغَيْرِ عَمَدٍ تَرَوْنَهَا ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى
عَلَى الْعَرْشِ وَسَخَّرَ الشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ كُلٌّ يَجْرِي لأَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى
يُدَبِّرُ الأَمْرَ يُفَصِّلُ الآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُم بِلِقَاء رَبِّكُمْ تُوقِنُونَ
Allahu alladhee rafa`a as-samawati bi-ghayri `amadin tarawnaha thumma istawa
Allah is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that ye can see; is
firmly established on the throne (of authority); Ar-Ra'd [13:2]
Allah swt created the heavens, meaning what we are seeing, without any pillar.
Who is the pillar? There is an abstract hidden pillar that we cannot see. If
that pillar will move everything will fall down. That is Sayyidina Muhammad
(s); he is the pillar of creation. That is why He created first Sayyidina
Muhammad as he is the pillar. When you make the infrastructure for a building,
you must put first a foundation. The Prophet (s) is the foundation; he is the
first, and cannot be last. He is the first and he is the last. And all that is
So what Allah swt said, the Prophet (s) said: “What Allah swt created first is
my light and,” he said, “I was a prophet when Adam between clay and water. If
the Prophet (s) was not carrying, then everything would fall down. Even human
beings will fall down.
Why are human beings standing? What is it that keeps them straight? It is the
spine. If the spine is crooked what will happen? You fall down. The one who is
the spine for the universe is Sayyidina Muhammad (s). If that spine of the
universe is taken away then the universe will fall. The awliyaullah are the
spine after the Prophet (s) to guide the Ummah and take them to right way.
If there was no dhikr tonight, that earthquake would have been ten times worse
than what happened. It would have been an 8.2. It would have been so strong
that everything would move. From last night to Fajr I was not well. I was
seeing things that made me uncomfortable. At 6:30 I went up, and as soon as I
lay down I slept. I was feeling very, very tired. When I was sleeping, my body
was completely shuddering like an earthquake. I said there is going to be
something today. So when we were in dhikr that earthquake came and that dhikr
made it very, very mild.
There are among awliyaullah those who are carrying and responsible and they
present to Grand Shaykh and Grand Grandshaykh through the line to the Prophet
(s). So he said, I am carrying; not only that, but I am cleaning what I am
seeing and I am purifying and uttahirra purifying it completely and delivering
those people to the Prophet (s). Clean. Then the Prophet (s) is delivering them
to Allah swt . He said that everyone that follows usul ash-Shariah, meaning he
keeps the Shariah very well and besides that, he keeps the tariqah the reality
of things, and the ma`rifatullah will be given a mindhaar, binoculars. They
will give him one, in order that he will be able to use it; this is a heavenly
one, not like the earthly one with which you can see in UV light. The heavenly
one can see not only UV light but if he looks inside the sun he can see what is
inside the sun even. Scientists cannot look into the sun. What will happen?
First we would go blind, then
we would become vaporized, and then we would become nothing; plasma.
So those awliyaullah are given binoculars that don’t let you go to plasma and
evaporate. They can see in any kind of conditions. Allah swt gave them this
kind of binoculars. They use it to guide their followers to the right way.
Grandshaykh said I have been given one to be able to use for my students and to
prepare them and to make them ready to be able to receive manifestations of
different knowledge that Allah swt will be sending to the Ummah.
It means he is preparing everyone to be able to carry a binocular smaller than
that; it depends on the level of the student who is progressing. So what is
needed from us? They keep usul ash-Shariah and usul at-tariqah well. We will
continue next time, bi-hurmatil- Fatiha.
Dr. Nazeer: You know there is a square and oranges in the courtyard [of Mawlana
Shaykh Nazim in Cyprus]. I ventured into the courtyard and broke an orange and
no one stopped me. I ate the sweetest orange I ever ate; even the seeds were
sweet and the skin was sweet. It was so good I broke another, and another, and
another - four of them and I ate them and shared with another brother. There is
a brother who has store at the entrance, and I took him along and told him he
must taste the orange. I took from the left side of tree, so I told him you
must take one or two oranges and give them to him. He said, "What? This is the
most sour orange I ever tasted." I could not figure out why one side was sour
and the other was sweet. It was sour for him and for us.
I kept asking who planted the tree, and then I asked gentleman who helps
Mawlana Shaykh. I was taking another orange and he said, “Don’t do it.” I said,
“Why?” He said, “That tree is in the middle of the courtyard it is for
decoration and he sees it when he comes out.”
I looked at it and I figured out that when he comes out his gaze falls on this
side of the tree.
This is one of the reasons. And the second reason is that when he makes adhan
in the morning that sweetness goes on the field. The third reason is to show
you both sides of human beings; the sweet side and the sour side. We were just
describing that awliyaullah clean the human being and that is one of the means
to clean humans. There are many that we don’t know. Many people have different
experiences with Mawlana. Like he asked a question and Mawlana shouted at him.
Wa min Allah at Tawfiq
wasalam, arief hamdani