Friday, March 16, 2007

PATH TO RIGHTEOUSNESS







PATH TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
(Shaykh Syed Muhammad bin Yahya AlHusainy)

Source of righteousness is AlQuran and Sunnah

AlQuran: Allahu waliyullazi na amanu
Rough meaning: Allah is the wali of the believers
He takes them from dark to light and from wrong to righteousness
The state of righteousness brings one closer to the Creator
The closer you are to the sunnah of Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam the closer you are to righteousness
The zikr of the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam by itself is elevating

If anyone does nothing else in life except the Fard and salawat alan Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam only, he is amongst the auliya of Allah.

A sahabi once asked Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam
Ya Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam what if I make one quarter of my doas solah and salawat alan Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam
That is good. But increase is better

What if I increase it from one quarter to half?
That is good. But more is better

What if I increase from half to three quarters?
That is good. But more is better

What if I do my whole doa solah and salam on you purely?
Allah will suffice from any hardships you have.


Rough meaning of AlQuran: Isn’t Allah enough for His slave?
Of course for those with tahkik in iman
Allah is the wali of mu’min, takes from wrong to righteousness
Becomes a wali to Him means support and care
Inayah of Allah takes care of you… falam….. sleep
Going to the Nur and righteousness is through becoming wali to Allah
Those who TRULY believe in Allah and his prophet.
Alquran: Allazina amanu wa kanu yattakun
Allah will put them on Nur and way of rightouesness
No worries about them

Saydina Ibrahim AlKhalil Alaihi salam , wanted to burn him
People always think it is up to them to do things
(one time someone said to me if you speak about mawlid I will make sure you will never speak again.
AlShaykh replied “Wallallah If I knew the power was in your hands I will worship you instead)
Saydina Ibrahim Khalilul Rahman was given options to swing his stands to suit them
He said “no”
They said “we will burn you”
They got the fire burning for 6 months
It was so hot and so high that even birds couldn’t fly in the air space above it
They tied Saydina Ibrahim Alaihi salam to a device (catapult) that will throw straight into the fire
Saydina Jibrail alaihi salam came to him while Saydina Ibrahim alaihi salam while he was airborne and asked “Assalamu alayka Ya habibur Rahman”
“Wa alaykum salam Ya Jibril”
“Ya Kholilul Rahman, do you have anything to ask of Allah at this time?”
“Ya Jibril, to you NO.I have no need and nothing to ask. His knowledge of where I am is enough for me”

AlQuran: “ Qul na ya na rukuni bardan wa salam ala ibrahim”
Rough translation: Oh fire be cold and be peaceful for Ibrahim”
Not cold only, if be cold only Saydina Ibrahim alaihi salam would have frozen to death.
Allah said bardan wa salam…. And peaceful.

So who are they?
Quran: Allazi na amanu yattakun.
Lahumul Bushra… they have the care of Allah. When?
Fi hayatid duniya wal akhirah

They have the care of Allah and righteousness in the duniya and in akhirah.
ONLY WAY is to be CLOSE TO ALLAH.
And to be CLOSE to Allah means you have to be close to His beloved Habibul Azam Sayyidina Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam
That means hubbur Rasul Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam should dominate the mind, the thought, the fikr, your body, the eyes, the ears, the limbs.So everything about you is hubbun Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam.
In this kind of realationship, one like to be alone.
Therefore best would be if you love him alone Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam.This way is the GATE to Allah Taala.

Ibn Majah narrates in Hadith Hasan
The hadith says that Sahlu ibn Saad (big sahabah) Radhi Allahu Anhum.
His name was Hazan (difficult) versus sahel (easy land, flat land)
Habibul Azam Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam used to change the name of some sahabi if meanings were bad or rough.
Amongst the people he changed name was Ghawi( misguided) bin Zalim (oppressor)
It was cultural for the Arabs to give their sons tough hostile name such as
Hamza (Lion) Ali (superior) Harb (war) Husam (sword) Muhannat (another type of sword)
Whereas it was cultural to name their slaves soft names such as Wardah (flower)
Reason: Sons were for batlle. Sons were asked to join battle to show commitment and truthful.


Isharah
Surah Ali Imran verse 61.
“……Qul taa lau nad’U Wa abna ana wa abna akum wa nisa ana wa nisa akumwa amfusana wa amfusakum thumma nabtahil fanaj’al la’nat Allahu alal kazibin.”

Delegation of Basara Najran (Yemen) wanted to debate with the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam.and got the highest amongst them to do mubahalah.( Referenace Tafsir Imam AlGhazi.)
Mubahalah is when you line up a team from us in front of a team from you and we will both ask the Creator descend the curse amongst those who lied upon God.
Theological war.
Next day, the biggest of the scholar of Najran said, “If Muhammad puts his friends and his people and not him, then do mubahalah. Don’t worry.If he puts himself maybe he is truthful."
The next day the ayah mentioned was revealed.Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam put the first line AlHasan wal Husayn(wa abna ana wa abna akum) then Saydatina Fatimah (wa nisa ana wa nisa akum) (wa anfusana wa anfusakum) and he Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam took the hand of Al Ali and said and then we will ask Allah to descend His curse upon those who lied.
The chief of the Priest said, “Do not come close to this man. Walallah these faces, if they asked Allah to destroy all these mountains, it will happen this way."
Why? Whose gonna be the first line? Wa abna ana wa abna akum.

Ghawi bin Zalim was hunting trip in the desert for the desert big birds. Those days there were no grocery stores.
Ghawi bin Zalim was a Bedouin.He caught and killed the bird. Lit the fire and put the bird on the grill. When it was time to eat, he remembered his idol. (Quraisy were quite sophisticated then…. had take-away Gods then).He felt it was poor adab not to offer god to eat. He took the idol right in front of the meal.He asked the idol to eat three times and nothing happened. Suddenly a desert fox came, ate the bird and when the fox finished, it raised its foot and started to urinate right on top of the idol.
Ghawi lost it.
“Those who depend on you when there is a battle and hardship would surely be humiliated for a fox to urinate on top of the head of god”
He went to Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam and took shahadah. Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam changed his name from Ghawi (misguided) to Rashid (guided)

A man came to Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam “Guide me to the deed. Yuhibbunillah yuhibbulinnas”.
(What kind of education did they have. SubhanAllah eloquent speech, unbelievable thought….. they graduate from University of Muhammadun Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam)
Yuhibbunillah : zuhud in dunia
Detachment , give for the path of Allah, righteous reason
Yuhibbulinnas: zuhud from people have in their hands they will love you
Don’t take their position, power, money
Only know them for the sake of Allah.

If know people for the sake of Allah, Allah will bring people that they love him and Allah loves them.Those who believe have most love for Allah.
Sahabat kirom, exited life while still alive
Arrive in akhirah whilst in duniya
Remember Saydina Abu Bakar Radhi Allahu anhu when he gave all his money…. What did you leave for your family ? ALLAH AND HIS RASUL Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam.

Zuhd is emptying love for duniya from heart
70-80% crime is for money
Be abda of Allah
Not abda for dollar, pounds, euro
20% of the rest of crimes are realted to other passions of human nature

From Saydina Ali Karamallahu wajhah:
The nafs is crying on dunia knowing that to be safe is really to abandon whole dunia.
No home will you have in akhirah except home that you build while in duniya.
If he builds with goodness and righteousness, he’ll have good living
Build with evil, all will be lost

Work for tomorrow/living place where Ridzwan is the security guard of that home and your neighbour is Ahmad and Allah is his Creator

Abu Bakar at death bed and Saydatina Ayesha Radhi Allahu Anha was crying “Should I call the doctor?”
“I have already asked the doctor”
“What did he say”
“He said Qa la inni fa alu lima urid” “I will do whatever I will”

Reasons not effector.
Usually knife cuts That’s classical conditioning Conditional response.
Allah wills the knife to cut.
Not when Allah does not will example Saydina Ibrahim Alaihi salam and Saydina Ismail alaihi salam.

Saydina Safina Radhi Allahu anhu was the mawla of Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam. He Radhi Allahu anhu took the tabiin but the safina (ship) that took them went down and broke before reaching shore. They took pieces of wood and swam to East African shore
Upon arriving on the shore,they saw lions and tigers.
The tabiin hid behind Saydina Safina Radhi allahu anhu who took few stpes towards them and said “Assalamu alayka ya abal harith (lion)”
“I am Saydina Mawla of Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam”
All narrator said that the lion close mouth, bow down, made way for Saydina Safina Radhi Allahu Anhu and the tabiin and lead them towards food in the middle of the island.

Ocean cannot drown no matter how much water like Saydina Yunus Alaihi salam in the stomach of the fish.
Fish didn’t eat, water didn’t drown although Saydian Yunus Alaihi salam was at the bottom of the ocean.

Saydina Musa Alaihi salam when they came to water after being chase
“We are surely drowning”
“Surely not,With me is my Lord”
Believe in Allah caused the ocean to part into 2 way motorway.


No Problem.

If Allah with you, you have nothing to fear
If Allah is not with you, you have everything to fear.

REALISE: PLEASING NOT TO PEOPLE BUT TO ALLAH

Question

Those who believe and do good and Allah will make them loved

Allah loves His slave and order Saydina Jibrail alaihi salam to love him and announce to the people of heaven and earth. Allah loves him, so love him. People will love you and you walk with the care of Allah.

Pleasing people is difficult task. 6 billion people on earth.
You can’t even please 1 billion.

Question

Do not be saddened by what people say

Example of the narration Luqman and his son and the lesson regarding the donkey

KEY:


PLEASE ALLAH ROBBUL ALAMIN
THEN MALAIKAH, AMBIYA, AULIYA, SOLIHIN WILL BE PLEASED WITH YOU
BE VICTORIOUS AND RIGHTEOUS

Question

Example of Saydina Ali Karamallahu Wajhah who went to correct the situation when a woman asked his help. Her abusive husband who was initially very hostile but when he realized it was Amirul Mu’minin in front of him, he went on his knees. and begged to be overlooked.
Saydina Ali Karamallahu Wajhah said “Get up. Please Allah and I will be happy”

Monday, March 12, 2007

Muslim in the west: conflict/co-existence

Muslim in the west: conflict / co-existence

AlhamdulilLah on 05.03.07 we had the chance to listen to Syeikh Syed Muhammad Bin Yahya An-niwowy (May Allah preserve him and increase his rank and make us benefit from him) at Glasgow University. Here is the excerpt from his talk:

-Dunya is like a prison with rivers and mountains etc within encapsulating wall. Some may find it is comforting to live in, but some, upon curiosity struggling to go outside, to find what beyond the wall. There are also some cracks on the walls through which light from outside can penetrate, thus outside contain ‘lights’ which is analogy to guidance for better lives. Prophets were sent down to lead the latter type of people.

-Allah commanded ‘adl wal ihsan (justice and general decency). 16:90 Inna Allaha yamuru bialAAadli waalihsani waeetai thee alqurba wayanha AAani alfahshai waalmunkari waalbaghyi yaAAithukum laAAallakum tathakkaroona (Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition)..
-Shaykh also mentioned that there is no absolute justice, so as long as there is justice (at various degree and level), the world will be in peace.
-Ihsan with creation; included in ‘general decency’ is the way we as slaves dealing with our sole Creator.
- From hadith jibril regarding ihsan. Also a hadith that say “Those who do good deeds (decent action) has do ihsan.
-From the ayat in Al-baqarah 2:112 Bala man aslama wajhahu lillahi wahuwa muhsinun falahu ajruhu AAinda rabbihi wala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoon (Nay,-whoever submits His whole self to Allah and is a doer of good,- He will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve).
And from the ayat in Al-Baqarah 2:83 Waith akhathna meethaqa banee israeela la taAAbudoona illa Allaha wabialwalidayni ihsanan wathee alqurba waalyatama waalmasakeeni waqooloo lilnnasi husnan waaqeemoo alssalata waatoo alzzakata thumma tawallaytum illa qaleelan minkum waantum muAAridoona (And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel: Worship none but Allah. treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practise regular charity. Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and ye backslide
And from the ayat in An-Nisa’ 4:36 WaoAAbudoo Allaha wala tushrikoo bihi shayan wabialwalidayni ihsanan wabithee alqurba waalyatama waalmasakeeni waaljari thee alqurba waaljari aljunubi waalssahibi bialjanbi waibni alssabeeli wama malakat aymanukum inna Allaha la yuhibbu man kana mukhtalan fakhooran (Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious)….in summary, “decency” is an integral in Islam

- Don’t limit being good for things only as RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam is mercy for every creation living and non-living. 21:107 Wama arsalnaka illa rahmatan lilAAalameena….and the meaning of ‘creation’ in the ayat encompass objects and living things, and in harmony to all others. A firman: Everyhting has orbits and ends, so we have to interact with ihsan to everything (sorry didn’t know which ayat)

- From Sahih Muslim ‘Never does a Muslim plant trees or cultivate land and birds or a man or a beast eat out of them but that is a charity on his behalf’ ie it will become an ongoing sadaqah until Day of Judgement.

Many a time non-Muslims come forward defending on behalf of Muslims issues. Muslim in UK has unique opportunity to lead other Muslims world wide, and those opportunity COMES with responsibility . The latter entails endevour to harmonise things with ihsan.

- Everyone of us has responsibility as in the hadith: “Ala kullukum ra’i, wa kullukum mas’ulun ‘an ra’iyatihi”

-Islam affirmed every human dignity. As Islam aim is to give live and not to take it and this has no contradiction with basic human values i.e dignity

Hence, Shaykh Sayid Muhammad proposed:
1. ..- We need a full time, 24hrs professional for islam. eg Muslim professional da’ie which include Muslim thinkers
2- Mosque should be the hub of community. Make it a central and get people involve and educate people
3. we have to induce/inculcate tolerance in ourselves and start building bridges and not burning bridges. We have to think of the well-being of everyone: society, country and the world. We should demonstrate ourselves as leaders by examples i.e diligently work and concern profoundly the well being of societies, we have job to brighten the world hence proving that Rasulullah sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasallam was sent as a mercy to creations
- RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam had a jewish neighbour who threw rubbish at his house everyday. One day, there was no rubbish and RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam went to meet him at his house and found that he was ill.

- Arab was well-known as people who are very generous and warm hospitality. Travellers used to travel and go to any tribe’s place and stayed overnight without being questioned anything, even their names. Hatim Al-Tha’I at the time before Islam was famous for his generosity. He always feed large group of people and have the largest fire to attract travelers to his place. His son, Adib Al-Hatim was the king of the tribe and went to Syria to fight with RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam. He fled the battlefield and his sister and aunt were captured. RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam sent them back with presents. When Adib was asked by them why did he left them, he answered “I knew I left you in the hand of honourable people.” (ie. Muslims was well-known for being honourable and dignified).

- When Sayidina Umar RadhiyaAllahu anh was a khalifah, he saw a christian man was beging on the street. The man said ‘you have over-taxed us’. He ordered money to be given to the man and people to look after him.

- Never in history a religious figure built nuclear weapon or said ‘who don’t believe in me, I’ll wipe him out’.

- If we are narrow-minded, we’ll see that there’s conflict like Sayidina Isa Alyhi Salaam was blindfolded by 2 soldiers and one of them hit him. They asked him, who hit him?

- Rahmat (mercy) can be defined as hope and opportunity.

- Allah created people and Allah created religion. Even in the time of RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam there’s other religions.

- Decency should come from the heart.

- When Sayidina Ali KaramulLahu wajhah was a khalifah, a Christian man came and complained to him. He’s an army but have less wages because of his religion. Sayidina Ali KaramulLahu wajhah brought him to the Minister of Finance (Abdullah Bin Rafi’) and put the minister into jail.

“Decency is cornerstone for all human decency” and Islam emphasise this by this verse 49:13:
Ya ayyuha alnnasu inna khalaqnakum min thakarin waontha wajaAAalnakum shuAAooban waqabaila litaAAarafoo. (O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). 49:13

Keyword is TAQWA = IHSAN

Power of words. Words can affect everything, that words we speak to ourselves and to external environments. Thus say good words. Firman: do good and decent, because Allah likes decent



Q&A

- What good are you if you do good to those who do good to you?
King barbar occupied Morocco and became a muslim. He went to Madinah to visit, and to find a spouse for his only daughter. He went to a pious man’s house in madinah and this man had 3 sons. The king voiced his intention and the man requested some time. He called his 3 sons one at a time. He called the first one and asked, ‘what will you do if someone do bad to you?’ The first son said ‘I’ll do something equal to him ie. Eye for an eye and ear for an ear.’ Then, he asked the same questions to the 2nd son and the son answered ‘I’ll forgive his mistakes.’ When the man asked the same question to his third son ‘what will you do if someone did something bad to you?’ he answered ‘I’ll do good to him. My nature/habits (goodness) will overcome his nature (badness).’

- We should always serve humanity. We should find common denominator e.g in middle ages, scientist spearheading n majority were Muslims. And they actually did something that benefits entire humanity. Likewise, we have to excel like our predecessors, be excel in sciences and benefits others, as Islam’s code is conducive to development, don’t be narrow-minded. Previous excellent scientists were also dedicated jews/Christians, thus no religion restrict development

- Syeikh Sayid Muhammad did not believe in conflict per say, as conflict can be solved by having dialogue. The latter opens ways for intellectual exchange therefore DO NOT stop dialogue.
- Do not focus on negativity as it is always there. Nobody can please everyone.
- We have to nurture ihsan by learning the qur’an and sunnah. Think ourself as human.
- If you can articulate what your opponent are thinking and his points, you haven’t even you haven’t even begun to bring them closer. You’re narrow-minded as you’re judging people on your standard.
-violence and radical is not native to Islam and not to other religion

-The truth is usually unpopular, its very easy to stripe human rights. E.g in any wars, they call “target” referring to “people” or human beings. The former is not decent at all.

Its not about other people, its about us, our job as muslims is to depict the best in moral, and set high standard to it.
- core thing is to educate Muslim youth, and long term plans starts at home, emphasise on morality
- blame game is endless, thus Muslim should search for truth and present the truth; as it is unfair to judge at one side only. A fair judge is who looks at both sides.

(thank you Ummu Muhammad for her contribution).

How to fold a prayer mat?

BismilLah.

It was so interesting that we just realised that we're losing our adaab.. SubhanaAllah! when we went to Syeikh Abdul Aziz's place.. we learnt lots of things! Indeed so little is our knowledge..
My daughter, Khadijah (6 yrs old) was going to fold a prayer mat and the Sheikh showed her the correct way.. ie.. you have to fold it in such a way that the feet part goes together first.. and not folding it from the lower part to the place you put your head.. SubhanaAllah..
Hmm.. just wondering.. Maybe we have so little knowledge.. because we have little adab?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Pictures of Habib Kadzim






Umm Muhammad said: may Allah shine him n bless us all with his barakah originated fr our Liege lord- Shamsal Huda. Ameen

Above are the intention for studying from Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad (RahimuLlah) translated as: All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions. I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He. (Our thanks to www.deenport.com)

notes:


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- All the notes were just our own paraphrasing while listening to the dars. Any mistakes are ours and please forgive us for that.
-Last but not least, please make du'a for us, for our dunya wal akhirat.