Mawlana Syaikh Hisyam Kabbani qs
Kamis, 6 November 2008
Chicago, Illinois - Amerika Serikat
Bosnian Mosque, Northbrook
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"Change We Need"
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani | Thursday, Nov 06, 2008 | Chicago, IL US
Bosnian Mosque, Northbrook
May Allah bless Imam Senad and his community. It is an honor for us to
be here and that he opened the mosque for us.
We will first do dhikr and then short talk and then perform a
After Imam Senad's permission,
Audhu billah min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كلمتان
خفيفتان على اللسان ثقيلتان في الميزان حبيبتان إلى الرحمن سبحان الله
Kalimatan khafeefataan `ala al-lisan thaqeelataan fi 'l-meezaan.
Two words that are light on the tongue and heavy on the scales in Day
of Judgment. These words will erase sins, even if the sins are too
heavy they will erase them. The Prophet (s) recommended these two
words, to Sahaba to recite them. SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi SubhanAllah
il-`adheem, istaghfirullah. They are strong enough to erase any sins.
We are living in a world that is running so fast towards its
destination. People they think that they are going to live forever.
But we are, as Allah described us in Holy Qur'an:
إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا الْأَمَانَةَ عَلَى السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ
وَالْجِبَالِ فَأَبَيْنَ أَن يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا
وَحَمَلَهَا الْإِنسَانُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا
Inna `aradnaa alamaanata `ala as-samaawati wa'l-ardi wa'l-jibaali fa
abayna an yahmilnaha wa ashfaqna minha wa hamalaha al-insaanu innahu
kaana dhalooman jahoola,
We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the
Mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof: but
man undertook it;- He was indeed unjust and foolish;- Al-Ahzab [33:72]
We gave this trust, Allah is saying, "I offered My trust to the
heavens and earth," and they said, "no Ya Rabbee! we cannot carry it.
It is difficult." Human being said, "We can carry it," and Allah
described human being as dhalooman jahoolan. Why to carry it. Heavens
and earth said, "No we cannot carry it, don't send it on us." Because
if they carried it and didn't fulfill it then Allah swt would have
shattered this universe. That is why you see this universe is here.
That is what human beings took. That is why Allah disasters come on
human being. The earth is not affected. If there is a flood who is
affected? Us. Because you took the trust. If you want the trust keep
it clean as I gave it to you. If you make it clean I have to clean
you. Do you keep your son dirty or your daughter? Do you keep yourself
dirty? No we go and take a shower.
Why we are keeping our trust dirty. We read Holy Qur'an and we read
holy hadith and we put all these verses of Holy Qur'an in our homes
and in our schools but what we are taking wisdom out of it.
Looking – everyone is looking at Masud's baby and they are happy. Why
don't we smile to keep our trust clean. Everyone's eyes are diverted
to an innocent person always. But our eyes are not diverted towards
each other because we are sinful. That is the big difference.
Awliyaullah they can balance it. They have that vision. They don't
like anything in this universe, the only thing they like is that how
much they are closer day by day to the Divine Presence. To reach their
destination. We were driving today to come here and we were counting
the minutes, how many minutes left. We want to reach our destination.
Everyone likes to reach his destination. We were running to be here by
eight o'clock to reach our destination to reach on time. Also our
souls are running to reach their destinations. Our bodies, they don't
want. Because they carried the trust. The soul was clean, it didn't
carry the trust. The body is ignorant and oppressor.
This dunya is running to its destination. No one can stop it. Imams,
presidents, kings. They cannot stop the destination that is coming the
end goal for reaching our destinations. It is coming. Awliyaullah they
have a computer, you see these very very advanced computers today,
they are very small, they have everything when the time comes, the
computer calls adhan. Dhuhr time comes the computer calls adhan. How
does it know? It is calculating the second. You don't have one of
these. Imam you have one? I have one in my pocket. Finished `Isha
time. It calls the adhan.
This earth is moving to its destination to make sajda. Ya Rabbee, I
have come to my destination, I am traveling fast to reach you. No one
can stop it.
They have signs, awliyaullah. They live with signs. Without signs,
the Prophet (s) predicted signs of the last, of the end of this
When Jibreel asked him three questions, about Islam, iman and ihsan
and then asked him the more questions, "when is the time of the
Judgment Day?" and the Prophet (s) said, "The one asking knows more
than the one asked." Then Jibreel asked, "what are the signs of the
last days?" and the Prophet (s) mentioned one of these signs in that
hadith: that desert people who are living in desert will compete in
building high rises, turning deserts into paradises, dunya paradises.
Awliyaullah are counting moment by moment. So what do they do? They
are in presence of their lord. The Prophet (s) said, "the best time I
am in is when I am in prayers." Why shaykh? The Prophet (s) for him
the best time for him is in the prayers. For awliyaullah when is the
best time for them? In their prayers. When you recite al-Fatiha, whom
are you addressing. Alhamdulillah. Ya Rabbee, praise be to You.
Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem you are directing your conversation to Allah and
your salutation and your respect and acceptance that you are our Lord.
So why then we pray quickly?
If you are with a girl, … he is smiling. You invite her today for a
coffee or a tea, why? I am giving that example because it is
happening. And you want to speak with her is it not. Are you trying to
stretch the time or shrink it. They try to stretch the time, why?
Because their desires asking them to do that.
What about then the desires to stretch the time when you are in a
prayer? Instead of that we shorten it, Ya imam? We are in a rush. That
is a small example. That all of us, I am not excluding us, all of us
are falling into it.
Scholars go and speak today on the minbar, or give presentations in
schools or in university touching on issues that are very high issues.
Why are you flying so high. Look at your bottom. You stretch your time
with a lady or a body but you cut your time with Allah swt when you
كُلُّ حِزْبٍ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ فَرِحُونَ
Kullu hizbin bima ladayhim farihoon - Every party with what they have
are happy". Al-Mu'minun [23:53]
We are making tafsir to this ayah.. They translated with 100 different
meanings. But one of the meanings is that you are with Hizb
ash-Shaytaan you are trying to stretch your time with that one but in
the prayer you are with Allah and you are shortening your time.
Awliyaullah what do they do? They stretch the time, when they are in
prayer they like to stretch the prayer completely. That is why in
taraweeh they stretch the prayer in order to recite the Holy Qur'an.
It was not in time of the prophet to recite the whole Qur'an and it
was not in time of the prophet to read the whole Qur'an. But in time
of Sayyidina `Umar (r) they made it twenty raka`ats and now they made
it to recite the whole of the Holy Qur'an.
Why? So they can stretch the time in Allah's Presence. So we have to
stretch the prayer in order to be longer in Allah's Presence.
What are your five pillars of Islam: shahadatu an la ilaha illa-Allah
wa anna muhammadan `abuduhu rasuluhu wa iqamus-salaat, wa ita'u
'z-zakat, wa sawmu Ramadan wa hajj al-bayt. Look SubhanAllah insalaat
there are five pillars.
Awliyaullah are not blind, they see. When you say Allahu Akbar, … huh?
Iqamus-salaat. You are there in front of Ka`bah. When you sit for
at-tahiyat ashhadu an la ilaha illa-Allah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan
abduhu wa rasuluh…
So two pillars are there. When you say "Allahu Akbar" you don't drink
and eat. So you are fasting. When you say "Allahu Akbar" you are not
working. You are giving charity. In that time you are able to work but
you are not you are giving that time in charity.
So when you say "Allahu Akbar" you are in Ka`bah. Don't think you are
not there. When awliyaullah, who are not stupid, they are taken to
Ka`bah. But we cannot see. We are veiled. You are seeing the wall or
you are seeing the imam. But in reality you are not praying towards
the wall - you are praying towards the Ka`bah. Allah doesn't have
power to take away that veil to show you in Ka`bah? We say, "Allahu
Akbar," that "Allah is greater!" Cannot He take the veil away and show
you the Ka`bah? Today you open the TV and you see Ka`bah. Cannot Allah
open heavenly TV and take you to Ka`bah? But we are veiled. He didn't
veil us, but we veiled ourselves.
This dunya is moving to its destination. Last year in March in Mawlid
an-Nabi (s) it began. They opened it. They opened for people to see
that; for people to know there is a change coming. That change is an
opening for something big going to happen. Awliyaullah were waiting
and waiting and waiting for that thing to happen. From March that last
year in California many people heard that. Many messages came that a
change is going to happen. That change happened.
Don't think there are no awliyaullah that Allah gave them authority on
dunya. They have authority on dunya. Allah gave them that power.
By Mawlana's order two weeks I came here and by Mawlana's order this
week I came here. It is not because I want to come or because you
invited me. Two years I didn't come. But there is an important message
to be delivered for this week to be delivered also.
There are - when awliyaullah want you to see - when Mawlana Shaykh
wants you to see, you see. You are not the shaykh. You are the sheep.
When the ram wants to see he can take the whole flock back home to
And hunters have what? They have the dogs to bring the preyers to the
hunter. The pray. You send the dog everywhere to get the prey come.
There was a message to that one, two weeks ago, to that one who is
responsible for that whole area spiritually. Every area is under the
responsibility of a wali in the whole world. And Sultan al-Awliya are
responsible on the whole world. There was a message to be delivered to
that one who is responsible to that area of the Midwest and there is
congratulations to be given to thatwali who is responsible.
So awliyaullah are not veiled. When they want to send a message, they send.
So Mawlana Shaykh wants to send that message. Since this is the
century of change is coming there is going to be a change for the
whole world, from worse to good. Allah doesn't change from good to
worse. Allah loves His servants - He wants to change from bad to good.
That is why the title is "change we need." They have not put that.
Awliyaullah changed that inspired their heart to change that and it
was changed. And with this new situation there is a big change that is
going to take place for everyone to feel happiness, everyone to feel
grateful to Allah swt because it is preparation for reaching this
world to its destination. When this world reaches its destination we
are reaching our destination,
Many times I asked, may Allah give him long life, Mawlana Shaykh many
times I asked him about his legs because they were swollen and always
he refuses to be treated. Why?
People wondered. We wondered, but when he wants you to know, you know.
Because he wants to carry the pain on behalf of his followers that his
followers will not be in pain in dunya or akhira. He will carry their
pain on their behalf that they will not be in pain in dunya and akhira
and he will sacrifice his safety and his comfort for us to be
Awliyaullah they didn't move without permission. Now is the time that
Allah swt even a wali will be tested. The Prophet (s), how many times
he was given hard time and he is Seal of the Messengers? He was given
a hard time for his holy body and his body is holy and it went in
Mi'raj and still he has been treated by his people in the worst way in
the battle of Uhud. That was when they broke his teeth. That was after
the Mi'raj. The one who went in Mi'raj in his holy body and came back,
Allah did not leave him alone: "O Muhammad carry the difficulty of the
Ummah." To carry the difficulty he had to have his teeth broken. That
Allah tests his awliyaullah - don't think Allah doesn't test them. He
wants them to carry as much as possible to take responsibility for
their followers. Such a shaykh you have and such a saint you have.
Scholars are children at the doors of awliyaullah. They are not
awliyaullah - they are people who study and people who still have
arrogance and pride and ego and desires. Still because they didn't try
to struggle against these characters in order to reach the level of
ihsan. They didn't reach above the first two levels. Awliyaullah went
far in to the maqam al-ihsan in order to change their behavior to
I saw Mawlana many times, after everyone sleeps, he goes to the
garbage in the house - and show me one scholar that does that and
show me one representative or deputy that does that. He goes there and
he doesn't say anything to anyone. He moves the garbage and he sees a
piece of bread he takes it out. He sees food that is there and takes
it out. Saves it and then the next day, he didn't eat it in the night
because he was not hungry, but the next day when people are eating on
his table, he brings that food and eats it. I saw that hundreds of
times. Not now, but when he was in Damascus in 1980s. Show me one of
these scholars who are doing interfaith activities do that. No, they
throw the food. He doesn't want to throw any favor of Allah.
Allah left Fira`un. He said, "I am going to destroy Fira`un to
Sayyidina Musa." Why Allah didn't destroy him for 40 years? Because
Fira`un was saving all these crumbs that fall down from the table. He
used to collect them and eat them. He said, "I cannot throw them
because this is ni`mat of Allah."
Because when destination came, because we are on the way to
destination, and that is coming. So prepare ourselves for that
destination. So when his destination came, Shaytan came and said to
him, "You are saving food and crumbs. Why? You are God! Step on that!"
How many times we are stepping on our crumbs? On our table and on the
floor. Not only that, we take food and throw them.
I am not planning to address this and Mawlana Shaykh is insisting to
say that change is coming. And that change began at Mawlid an-Nabi (s)
in March. Some people in California they heard and saw that. Those who
understood, understood that.
Mawlana said someone, by name, is coming. And that one came now. And
we will see what kind of changes are going to happen. It is not his
changes and it isn't his people's changes. No there is a heavenly
change coming for the better. Not only for Muslims, for everyone.
Allah doesn't look who is Muslim and not. But change for everyone. In
akhira is something else. Allah will bring a change that is expected.
Don't forget to say, "Subhanallah wa bihamdihi Subhanallah il-`adheem