Speak from the Heart
Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
10-18-2008 | New Jersey
[Home of Raza Chaudury]
Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, subhanAllah.
Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Kareem Allah.
Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Sultan Allah.
Allah swt is the sultan, the king of kings. Is there any king except Allah swt? No.
King is the One that, …
Audhu billah 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 Prophet (s), and obey those who are on authority.
What is the meaning of a king? A king is that owns everything in his kingdom. King is the one that whatever he wants happens in his kingdom. And whenever he likes something, he will order and everyone must listen and accept. Everyone o f us feels he is a king for himself. No? King of himself. Whatever himself or herself, says, that person obeys. He doesn’t care for his wife, he doesn’t care for his children. The wife doesn’t care for her husband, the children don’t care for the parents. Every one thinks he is king for himself.
But a real king must have power forever. You cannot be king and someone will pull away your soul and you die. Then that one who pulled your soul is the king, not you.
Allah swt is the king and he is the only king and he is the One King and there is no any other king, is not considered a king but is considered a subject to Allah. Whatever level he reached in dunya, he is always a subject always a servant to Allah.
That is why the Prophet (s) said, "an-naasu sawaaasiyyatun ka asnaan al-musht - People are equal like teeth of a comb.” Allah the people here today and the people who are outside which we see on the streets, they are equal. Don’t say, “I am better than him or he is better than that one.” Judgment is not for us. Judgment is for the king.
In the jungle who is the king? Tarzan? There are too many Tarzans here.
He knows his name, we have one here.
He is super-Tarzan.
In the jungle, the lion can anyone stand in front of the lion? No. when he what you say in English, when he roars, every other creature in the jungle is shaking, even you, evn Tarzan.
Is it not? Tarzan will not shake? Even Tarzan who is able to work along with the king, he shakes. Why? Because lion is the king of the jungle.
Kings of today and kings of the past, they cannot be more than the lion. Whatever power they have they cannot be more than a lion.
You as a king to yourself cannot be more than a lion to yourself. But one day that lion is going, so how can you be king anymore. King on what? King on 3 feet by 6 feet. He will become a lion for the grave. He will be a king there, not more than that.
So we are here today, and Allah swt we have to know that Allah brought us together. It is not that we decided to come together and we came together. No.
Allah’s Will before He created us in earth, in His Will and in His knowledge He said, "This group of people are going to meet at this day at this time in this place in this city in this room. And that owner of that place is taking pictures.” Allah has written it before else this will never happen,
So we must not be proud. We must not be proud to ourselves and say, "O these people came to see this one or that one. We have to say because they are honorable people and we came to see them and to get blessings from them. Because if there was no one to whom are you going to talk? To the four walls. So who needs who? The speaker needs people to listen.
You can talk to the walls and then they say this one is crazy. Many people like to talk and sing in the bathroom. And more than that they like to go to the bathroom and smoke there.
Can you eat in the bathroom. What tawbah istaghfirullah. How you smoke in bathroom. That means that cigarette is as bad as that bathroom. Because al-jins ma` al-jins, the gender with the gender, that is a principle in Shariah. That smoke is similar to that, they are sucking your money only. You cannot eat there, but you can smoke there. So what does that mean? It means they are equal to each other.
Those who are smoking, I am not trying to criticize, but as much as possible we are trying to eliminate problems from our bodies that might harm it. Allah honored human beings so if he honored we must respect what he gave us.
Everyone knows that cigarette makes cancer, lung cancer. Still people are smoking. They know it is not accepted. You are harming your body and Allah said, "I gave you your body as a trust and you have to give it back to me as I gave it.” Are we clean now?
Don’t say we are clean Shaykh Mustafa. We changed. We didn’t change but we mixed what Allah honored us with something that is not honorable.
O people we are coming here to execute, to execute? To fulfill a requirement that Allah swt wrote it for us that this day we are going to meet altogether. So no one is better that any other. And the speaker is the lowest off everyone. Why? Because he is in need for everyone. Is it not? I will tell you why.
There was a very famous wali. He was considered and is still considered the Ghawth. Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q). Makan al-jannah. You heard about him. He has a calipha. He is in Baghdad. He has calipha that is very advanced and he is very old, near 80 years of age.
It is not by age. Sainthood is not by age. You might be a saint and seven years of age. If Allah wants it will happen. And you can be Shaykh of 7 years of age and you have mureeds of 60 years of age.
Do we have an example? `Isa (as). Musa (as). [Jesus and Moses].
“Ayna `Isa ayna Musa Ayna Nuh. Anta ya siddiq al-`asee. Tub ila al-mawla al-jaleel - Where is Musa (as), where is `Isa (as), where is Nuh? O Siddiq, you are for sure a disobedient servant. So repent to Allah the Almighty.”
Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.
إِلاَّ تَنصُرُوهُ فَقَدْ نَصَرَهُ اللّهُ إِذْ أَخْرَجَهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لاَ تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَنَا فَأَنزَلَ اللّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَّمْ تَرَوْهَا وَجَعَلَ كَلِمَةَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ السُّفْلَى وَكَلِمَةُ اللّهِ هِيَ الْعُلْيَا وَاللّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
Illa tansuroohu faqad nasarahu Allahu idh akhrajahu alladheena kafaroo thaniya ithnayni idh huma fi ’l-ghari idh yaqoolu li-sahibihi la tahzan inna Allaha ma`ana fa anzala Allahu sakeenatahu `alayhi wa ayyadahu bi-junoodin lam tarawha wa ja`ala kalimata alladheena kafaroo as-sufla wa kalimatu Allahi hiya al-`ulya w’Allahu `azeezun hakeemun
If ye help not (your leader), (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, "Have no fear, for Allah is with us": then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for Allah is Exalted in might, Wise. At-Tauba [9:40]
Allah said in Holy Qur'an that He is the 2d , it means he is prophet and Sayyidina Abu Bakr, together, thani ithnayn idh huma fi ’l-ghar. They a re in a cave both of them and Sayyidina Abu Bakr (ra) is crying. Sayyidina Muhammad (s) looked at him and said, “Ya Aba Bakr, why are you crying?” that was when they were migrating from Mecca to Madina and they entered in the cave, by Allah’s order. Else the Prophet (s) would have moved and no one would have sent him but Allah wants to show us a miracle.
And they entered the cave and then Abu Bakr (ra) was in tears. And Sayyidina Muhammad (s) said, "why are you crying don’t be sad Allah is with us. Allah is with good people. Allah is with you, if you face little difficulties in dunya it is ok. Prophet faced lot of difficulties. You are not better.
He said to his companion, don’t cry, why are you crying. You are making my heart sad. It is enough that I am already sad for `Ali (r), karamAllahu wajhah. He is in my bed. When they came the unbelievers, they enemy want to kill the Prophet (s) and they knew he is going to sleep in that house and in that bed, what Sayyidina `Ali (r) said, He said, “Ya Rasulullah I will stay in the bed instead of you. If they will kill they kill me then you are safe and you go.
He gave his life. But where did he stay? In which bed? In the bed of Rasulullah. What is the meaning of that, it has a big meaning?
Do you let a stranger to sleep in your bed. No! He is French.
Pommes frites. French fries.
So where we now arrived? Ah Sayyidina `Ali (r). `Ali Reza! Why he stayed in the bed. Why the Prophet allowed it. Do you let anyone stay in your bed? [No!] He is the Prophet (s), you cannot, if you want to touch anything from relics of the Prophet (s), you have to do it with full respect. There are hairs of the Prophet around the world, when you open it up and look at it and you say, "ashhadu an la ilaha illa-Allah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan Rasulullah” as if you are saying shahada in front of the Prophet (s), because it is part of his beard.
There were three holy hairs with the last emperor of the Ottomans and one is in Topkapi Palace and when you go and say before it with a pure heart “ashhadu an la ilaha illa-Allah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan Rasulullah” that hair stands up and it moves.
And once I was with Mawlana and he said, ashhadu an la ilaha illa-Allah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan Rasulullah and I was young. And I said, "what is happening.” As if everything disappeared and you see that hair in a round cylinder and as soon as he said, "ashhadu an la ilaha illa-Allah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan Rasulullah” the hair was saluting back.
Because the Prophet (s) said, “whoever prays on me Allah sends back my soul to salute him back.” Immediately that hair was standing up.
You cannot touch anything from the Prophet’s relics. That bed that Sayyidina `Ali (r) stayed in it, made him to be “ana madinatul-`ilm wa `aliyyun baabuha – I am the city of knowledge and `Ali (r) is its door.” because he inherited in that moment what the Prophet (s) gave at that moment to Sayyidina `Ali (r). Why? Because he knows he is going to be dead - they will kill him. No he said, "They kill me, they kill me, I am staying there.”
He gave him that inheritance.
When you love the Prophet (s) with love like that there are different inheritances and the Prophet (s) will bless you with inheritance.
So when they were together in the cave and prophet said, " why are you crying ya Aba Bakr?” he said, "I am not crying because I am sad or I am worried about myself.” “Tell me why are you crying?” He said that in order for us to know, because the Prophet (s) knows already. He said, “Ya Rasulullah I am worried for you, that is why I am crying.” He said, “Allah revealed to me, la tahzan inna Allah ma`na - "Have no fear and do not be sad, for Allah is with us"
He said, “Ya Rasulullah! Look at my leg.” The Prophet (s) looked, a snake is eating the leg of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.
What happened is when they entered that cave the Prophet (s) was tired. And he came inside and he said to abu baker you sit and I lied down. And he put his head on the leg of Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. And he was resting. But not resting, in fact he was in Mi’raj. That cave is a Mi’raj.
So Abu Bakr as-Siddiq was looking and he saw a hole, and you know in dserts and mountains, you look and you see holes. and you know the snakes go in these holes as they are cooler. And Sayyidina Abu Bakr (ra) put his toe in that hole and the snake came and found the foot of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (ra) and what happened? It began to chew it. You know how they chew. They swallow it. If a snake will swallow your whole foot what will happen? All the poison is inside. The venom is inside. It will kill you immediately. Oh! Sayyidina Abu Bakr didn’t die. There is a secret there. He is chewing and chewing and reaching to the knee, and all the leg inside now. Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq was in huge pain. But pain is not equal to love.
You say pain, when love is there, pain disappears. When you love someone you don’t feel the pain of the lover that he is giving to you. Because love gives you pain. But the pain of the love is stronger than pain of the snake; he was not feeling the pain of the snake but he was feeling the pain of the lover of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) that this snake is going to eat me and then he is going to eat the prophet. For that reason he was crying. And one drop of these tears came on the cheek of the Prophet (s). And he awoke and said, “Why are you crying?”
Immediately Allah sent that verse, “la tahzan - don’t be sad” and He sent His peacefulness on him. And the Prophet (s) said to the snake, “Don’t you know flesh of Trustworthy people, siddiqiyoon is forbidden to eat? Why are you eating the leg of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. It is haram on you to eat it. Drop it immediately.” The snake immediately pulled back and said to the Prophet (s), “Ya Rasulullah!” in Arabic language, full Arabic. The snake said, “Ya Rasulullah! Allah swt created me 40,000 years ago. And when we knew about your coming my love to you exceeded everything. I asked Allah to give me life to see you. And Allah responded and said, " I am giving you life to my Beloeved Prophet. And when you came to this cave I was waiting to see you, out of love to you. The leg of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq was filling that hole, blocking that order of Allah. And I was eating that leg because I am yearning to see you. But I am eating without harming it.”
Then the Prophet (s) said, "look at me now.” And the snake looked and said, “Allahuma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammad..” And she said ashhadu an la ilaha illa-Allah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan Rasulullah. And will a snake say that? Of course, Allah said:
Tusabbihu lahu as-samawatu as-sab`u wa ’l-ardu wa man feehinna wa in min shayin illa yusabbihu bi-hamdihi wa laakin la tafqahoona tasbeehahum innahu kana haleeman ghafooran.
The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory: there is not a thing but celebrates His praise; And yet ye understand not how they declare His glory! Verily He is Oft-Forbear, Most Forgiving! Al-Isra [17:44]
.. Every creature on earth mountains, trees and everything else knows Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is the Prophet and that he is the reason for creating everything.
Then as soon as she finished she died. She became smaller and smaller and smaller and disappeared.
So Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (ra) when he is seeing these things and when he heard the hadith of the prophet of Allah “don’t leave me to myself for the blink of an eye?”…
Who said that? The Prophet (s) said that to the Sahaba, this famous hadith. “O Allah don’t leave me to myself for the blink of an eye? I will be lost.” If the Prophet (s) is saying that, then what about us? Are we left to our ego or not? Do we listen to our ego or not? Can you do anything without your ego’s permission? No, you cannot.
Wa ma ubarriu nafsee inna an-nafsa la-ammaaratun bi’s-soo’i illa ma rahima rabbee inna rabbee ghafoorun raheem.
"Nor do I absolve my own self (of blame): the (human) soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft- forgiving, Most Merciful." Yusuf [12:53]
So the prophet said, "O Allah don’t leave me to myself for the blink of an eye?” when Sayyidina Abu Bakr heard that he diapered no one knew where he went. The Prophet (s) found him in Ka`bah crying. He said, "why are you crying?” Sayyidina Abu Bakr said, "O Prophet you are saying this; what about us? What about me?
What did he do? He took a pebble. If you have stone in your mouth can you talk anymore? Doctor? You are a dentist. What will happen? He will crack all his teeth. He put a stone in his mouth for 7 years in order not to talk nonsense. When he prays he takes it out and the rest of time he puts it in his mouth.
Think about what we are doing.
That is why he was sitting and crying. Ayna Musa, ayna `Isa, ayna nuh, anta ya Siddiq `aasee, tub il al-mawla al-jaleel.
He was singing to himself. Sometimes when you are overwhelmed you begin to talk to yourself. That means, if the Prophet (s) is saying to himself, “O Allah don’t leave me to myself for the blink of an eye?” “Where then is `Isa, where is Musa (as), what about Nuh? You as-Siddiq are disobedient to Allah. Repent to Allah.”
That is Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. What about us?
We are in a situation that as I said before, that we don't get tired from committing sins and what did Allah say to prophet because Sayyidina Muhammad (s) was worried about his Ummah; always he is saying, “Ya Rabbee, my nation, my nation.”
Allah said to Muhammad (s), “Ya Muhammad, who is better you or Me? Who is their creator? Who put that love in your heart to them? I gave you a nation that doesn’t get tired of committing sins and I am your Lord that I don’t get tired of forgiving them.”
[naray takbir! Nary risalah]
I gave you an Ummah that doesn’t get tired of doing anything and I am their Lord and I don’t get tired of forgiving them. Take them and go to Paradise. That is shafa`at an-nabi. his intercession.
Ya Muhammad. I gave everyone a heart. And in that heart I make five levels? How many chambers in the heart?
[four] four. We have a doctor here. Four chambers. In every chamber I put a level. For everyone. I gave him an ascension in every chamber that he can ascend. And I put a small place a clot inside, that is the place that Shaytan can come in. that is the fourth, actually that is the first one.
I gave your Ummah that heart and I gave these secrets with it.
And people might say what how we have in our hearts. We cannot see in it.
Not finding anything. No we believe in what the prophet said. What he said? Allah revealed to him in a holy hadith ma wasi`naee … mumin.
Neither my heavens nor my earth contained me but the heart of my belier contained me.
Is it not? So it means what is in the heart?
We are not yet in the level of the believer. He said the heart of the believer will contain me. So it means “I am preparing these treasures in everyone’s heart when you reach level of believer I open for you.”
That is for you; I don’t need it.
So that is why in every heart here are four chambers. First there is sirr, then sirr as-sirr. Zooming in. Like when you zoom in and zoom out. When you zoom out what you see? Less details. When you zoom in what you see? More details
First level is secret. That is already secret means it is already zoomed in.
They sell you juice today, either concentrated or diluted. If it is concentrated you must put water in it to dilute it. If you drink it concentrated you will burn your stomach.
But in secret when you zoom in, you go to secret of secret you don’t care if you burn yourself or not, you will burn in order to reach that level. That is why we say awliyaullah burn themselves that is level of annihilation. They burn themselves in order ot pull out from the secrets.
And how that knowledge came to us. They dove in and brought it out.
So second sirr as-sirr, third khafa and fourth akhfa, most hidden.
The first is for those awliyaullah in the first level. And the next level of awliyaullah are able to access sirr as-sirr. And in the fourth level is accessible to the Prophet and the fifth level is accessible to Allah.
So what Allah put in those levels no one knows.
So we go back to where we were at beginning. Where were we? We go back to Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q). You are good listener.
Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) was a very famous saint, wali in his time. And I give you an example. One lady comes always, she is student of Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) and when he gives lessons to ladies she comes and attends. But she is a lady that comes early, always she likes to come early. And she looks and she sees Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) sitting with his men students. Like 40 of them. And they have their lunch, late lunch. And everyone in front of him is a big. Not a leg. You know these big turkeys, like this, a big rooster. Everyone in front of him is a big rooster. And 40 of them sitting around the shaykh. And the shaykh makes du`a. Many people don’t recite du`a and that is why there’s no baraka. They begin to eat and they finish the whole rooster and even with the bones. That lady was very poor, and said to herself, “If they considered me a cat they would have left the bones for me, but no way.” Every day she comes to get some bones but no way. Then she had an idea for herself: “I will take my son and take him to Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) to be his student then he will have a rooster and he will eat half and I will take half.”
So she went to Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) and said, "Will you take my son as a student?” He said, "are you sure?” “yes.” So he said, “yes.” She was expecting to see her son with very much food, eating. And he said, "I accept him, leave him and come back in 40 days.” So she was expecting to get all these bones and whatever meat is on them she will take that, whether it is smelly or not, she doesn’t care.
So she came back after the 40 days and saw 40 students and she found them eating roosters. She didn’t ser her son. And she asked Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) “where is my son?” So Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) said to a servant, “take her to see her son.”
So he took her under the building in the basement and there is a small room. And it is dark, there is no light there. Her son is there and in front of him is dry bread and salt and water. Do you eat that? [no.] And she was so upset. She went to Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q), "O I am coming complaining!” And the students got afraid. How she complains to Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q), and he is the Ghawth? How she comes and criticizes the shaykh? Everyone was putting his head down and afraid the lady will say something and the shaykh will do one move and she will be finished. Awliyaullah have power in their hearts.
But they have mercy in their hearts.
So said, "I was expecting my sone to come and be like you and by like these ones; to be eating a rooster.” And he said, "O my sister, in order to reach the level that he can eat a rooster whole, with the bones, he must first go underground in a cave to destroy compleely his ego, eat as he is eating there for one year. In order to eat a rooster with the bones. All of the students went under that experience.”
Are we undergoing this training and discipline? No, we are not. If we don’t have 20 different foods on table we curse our wives. Especially Arabs. I don’t know Pakistanis if they are the same?
[Of course they are same.]
Are you Pakistani? Because this is broadcasting, we don’t want people to think there is no Pakistani there. And French [yes!]
Is it not? In order to be able to eat a rooster he has to go through that experience. It is not easy. Sainthood is not easy.
So we come back to the story, we begin with it. Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) had a student older than him in age but he sends him to give lectures, to give advice to his students. And when he gives advice everyone is listening. You don’t hear even the sound of needle when it falls on the floor. Here, we hear lot of voices - everyone is talking and everyone is speaking and the speaker is talking and no one is listening.
You know in the time of Grandshaykh, if we sit to listen to a lecture, if someone is scratching his head he shouts at him “you cannot do that. You bring the level of my lecture seven levels down; you have to keep focusing and you must not be looking into my eyes, looking down and giving full attention.”
He said, "Sultan al-Awliyaullah when they speak, everyone, every wali is ordered to listen to them.” This Grandshaykh, not us. Awliyullah, Sultan al-Awliya, when they speak have special headsets, not normal headsets they are hearing the advice of the Grandshaykh. In every century there is a Grandshaykh, a Sultan al-Awliya that every wali has to listen. So when you scratch your face in his suhbat then you are lowering the level of his lecture. That means that for all these saints that are there the level is lowered.
Now when we sit with Mawlana Shaykh we sit one with his leg like that. One with his foot up.
So today you cannot be strict like that. There is another tajallis coming down. That is why awliyaullah today they don’t say to their students anything. Let them do what they like.
They ask, “Pray for me.” “Ok, I am praying for you.” “Can I do this?” “Yes, do it.” “Can I do that?” “Yes, do that.” “Can I pray?” “Yes pray.” “Can I not pray?” “No you must pray.” That might be question mark.
So when Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) is giving his lecture no movement. And all scholars they don’t give their lectures to us, like normal people. No their lectures are for the highest level people. Evyerone is opening his eyes and listening.
That one, that professor or scholar has a son. The one that Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q) sends to speak. That son has studied the whole Islamic religion, its laws, its principles, Qur’an and Tafsir, memorized the Holy Qur'an in different riwayat, in 14 different ways. He said, "When my father speaks, everyone is opening his eyes. If I speak what will happen? All those who are listening will be 100 times more enchanted. I hope I get opportunity to speak.”
So subhanAllah that father who is a big saint and a representative of Sayyidina Abdul Qadir Jilani (q), he was detecting that in the heart of his son.
So one day he said to his son, "O my son, I am sick today. I cannot go and give lesson to the people. You go and speak to the people.” The son his wish had come true, was so happy. He was going to speak to the people more than his father. And he sat on chair and began to speak. And he is speaking so nicely. And everyone there, “haahha. [snores]. They are sleeping. And no one opening his eyes. And he opens his eyes and looked, they are all sleeping as if they took sleeping pill. What happened. They didn’t know, so he left and went to his father. His father looked at him before he said anything said, “O my son did they sleep?” “How did you know?” He said, "Of course I know. I knew your wish when it came to your heart. And I knew they would sleep because you were arrogant.
O my son you have to know that when I speak I consider what I say, is an advice for me first. I have to fulfill it I have to do it. I haveto experience it. I see myself the lowest among them. They are better than me and they are higher than me. Andw hatever I say is for my benefit to learn as I am getting from their hearts, as the believer is mirraaat akhee. The mu’min is a mirror for his brother or sister. They are my mirror. They are mirrors. When I speak I will get back my picture and will get my shortcoming, because they are mirrors. They come with humbleness to me and when I address them I look in the mirror. When I look in the mirror I see my wild characters. Sothen I know what I say is addressed ot myself. And what I say, they may take it or not. So that is why they open their eyes. But you, you were arrogant. You thought they are in need of what they say?”
You go to conferences. Raise your hand. [some raise hands] O, you go to conferences? Many professors here. You go to conference and half or more are sleeping and the speaker is speaking. Why? Because he is reading from the paper. Whatever he put in that paper is full of egoism. When he was writing he was thinking, “I know more than everyone.” That is why they sleep - they want to give to him back, “What you are saying is garbage.”
I went once to a conference in Los Angeles. It was [organized by] Harvard University Medical School. It was around 4000 doctors. It was a doctor conference. And it was about differences between modern medicine and traditional methods of medicine. I don’t know how they picked me, but they said, "speak from the Muslim perspective” and I was among 17 speakers for a three day conference. And doctors coming from around the world.
I prepared a paper you have to prepare a paper else they will not consider you anything. Is it not doctor, you have to prepare a paper to make a presentation. I was looking and seeing everyone seeping
So Mawlana said to me, in my heart, “Don’t use the paper.” So that is why I don’t use the paper in conferences. I prepare a paper but I don’t use it.
And he said to me, “speak to them directly.” I was struggling how am I going to speak to all these big doctors from around the world, Japanese, Korean, US, Canadian, from everywhere. I think it was 1998.then they call my name, come and speak.
Allahu Akbar. What you want to speak? I begin to speak. Don’t ask me what I spoke.
Every five minutes, you have 45 minutes to speak and then answer questions.
And every five minutes they were clapping. And it made the organizer, who is Dr. Benson, his name, tell the audience, “please stop clapping because the other speakers are getting upset: why are they clapping for you and you are Muslim and they didn’t clap for the others?”
And Mawlana made my tongue to be… and they had immediate recording of the lectures. And first lecture was sold immediately and the Muslim speech, that is my speech, 2800 copies were sold after I spoke; the second was from the Jewish community, and the third was from the Christian community.
What I said, I don’t know. When I gave my presentation I said “you can read the paper I prepared and you can copy and distribute more if you like.” Then I spoke. Speak from the heart people like. And when you speak from the heart, people will like it, when you speak from the ego, people don’t like it. Because when you speak from the heart you are zooming into the sirr, sirr as-sirr, khafa and akhfa: secret, secret of the secret, hidden and most hidden.
Where is ismullah al-`adham? ismullah al-`adham is in your heart.
Sayyidina Musa (as) asked, “Ya Rabbee teach me ismullah al-`adham. Because what name you can say to something “be” and it will be. Allah said, "no, why do you want to know that?”
That is why it came in Holy Qur'an
وَلَمَّا جَاء مُوسَى لِمِيقَاتِنَا وَكَلَّمَهُ رَبُّهُ قَالَ رَبِّ أَرِنِي أَنظُرْ إِلَيْكَ قَالَ لَن تَرَانِي وَلَـكِنِ انظُرْ إِلَى الْجَبَلِ فَإِنِ اسْتَقَرَّ مَكَانَهُ فَسَوْفَ تَرَانِي فَلَمَّا تَجَلَّى رَبُّهُ لِلْجَبَلِ جَعَلَهُ دَكًّا وَخَرَّ موسَى صَعِقًا فَلَمَّا أَفَاقَ قَالَ سُبْحَانَكَ تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَأَنَاْ أَوَّلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Wa lamma jaa musa li-meeqatina wa kallamahu rabbuhu qaala rabbi arinee andhur ilayka qaala lan taraanee wa lakini unthur ila al-jabali fa’ini ’staqarra makaanahu fasawfa taraanee fa-lamma tajalla rabbuhu li ’l-jabali ja`alahu dakkan wa kharra moosa sa`iqan fa-lamma aafaaqa qaala subhaanaka tubtu ilayka wa ana awwalu al-mumineen.
When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him, He said: "O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may look upon thee." Allah said: "By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me." When his Lord manifested His glory on the Mount, He made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his senses he said: "Glory be to Thee! to Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe." Al-A`raf [7:143]
When Musa (as) asked about IsmAllah al-`adham it means you want to see me. If you want to see me look at the mountain and I will manifest my Beautiful Names and Attributes on the mountain and if it stays in its place then you see me. But when he manifested to the mountain fell to pieces and Musa (as) fainted.
Law anzalna hadha ’l-qurana `ala jabalin la-raaytahu khashi`an mutasaddi`an min khashyatillahi wa tilka al-amthaalu nadribuha li ’n-nasi la`allahum yatafakkaroona
Had We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, verily, thou wouldst have seen it humble itself and cleave asunder for fear of Allah. Such are the similitudes which We propound to men, that they may reflect. Al-Hashr [59:21]
Allah said if we revealed the Holy Qur'an on mountain the whole mountain will shatter down. Because in Holy Qur'an is Ismullah al adham and that is why awliyaullah say I it is in the first verses of every surah you have to read the first 2 ayat one by one.
So Allah aid if we reveal the Holy Qur'an to mountain it will shatter but Allah revealed to the Prophet (s) and he didnt shatter.
So Allah said, “Don’t ask anything. If I want to give I give.”
Prophet Muhammad (s) didn’t ask anything. Only he was asking for his Ummah, “Ya Allah! Give me my Ummah!”
So Ismullah al-`adham, Allah is saying that “O Muhammad! The Greatest Name is there in the heart of My servants. That is why I said,
يقول الله : ما وسعني أرضي ولا سمائي ولكن وسعني قلب عبدي المؤمن
Neither heavens nor earth contained Me but the heart of My servant contains Me.
The Prophet (s) said [in qudsee hadith] Allah swt says, “If My servant makes mention of Me within himself, I make mention of him within Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a handspan, I draw near to him an arm’s length; and if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I come to him running.”
Allah is saying, “Come to Me. If you come to Me one hand I come to you one arm and if you come to Me one arm, I come to you one fathom.”
O Muslims! O believers and unbelievers! Everything is based on four letters in English. And in Arabic four letters. Everything is based on these four letters. In Arabic if you want to translate in English It is four letters in French It is five letters. Pommes frites. French fries.
Is it ok?
You like pommes frites or you like French fires? [pommes frites]
You are lying. What you like pommes frites. You are English - French fries.
Ask them who likes pommes frites. Do you like French fries or not? No it has to be pommes frites.
So that word French added one letter to that word. In Arabic it is two letter and can be four letters. In English four letters and in French five letters. That is what everything is based on . don’t look for anything else.
The Bedouin came to the prophet and asked, “when is Judgment Day?” And the prophet said, “What have you prepared for that?” What do you have? Huh? Did you prepare anything for Judgment Day? Say, yes. Don’t say, “no.” If we keep saying, “yes, yes, yes, oui, oui, oui.”
Then angels will believe you and they will write yes. He believes in that. Allah’s servants will write. Allah’s angels are pure, they will believe. So we say do you believe in that? We say, "Yes, yes, yes. Oui, oui, oui. Na`m na`m, na`m.”
Now all of them on right side look all of them said, "yes ya Rabbee.” What we have to write.
Write yes, they are accepting what that Bedouin says.
There was a wali goes from village to village. He goes on the minbar immediately without asking permission. He doesn’t ask anyone - not like today. Today, you have to ask the Board of Directors. Look what this one is doing and what they are doing today in mosques around the country.
So judge for yourself after that story. So he goes to a city and there is one mosque here and one mosque there.
And he goes up the minbar and says, alhamdulillah alladhee hadana li al-islami wa’l-iman wa ma kunna li nahtadee law la an hadana Allah. Praise be to Allah who guided us to Islam and we would not have been guided if He had not guided us
In French. Alhamdulillah alladhee hadaana lil-islam.
He began like that and then he claps like that. [boom ,boom.]
When he claps he attracts their attention: clap! [everyone claps]
He is clapping. So he claps and he says, “Everyone cry now! All of you now you must cry!” Without speaking, tears begin to come from their eyes with his power.
Then what he does? He claps again, and now they stop crying. And then he claps and he says, “laugh” and they begin to laugh. He raises his hand and says, “Ya Rabbee! These are Your servants. And when they see me and they listen to me, they begin to cry for their sins. And after that they begin to laugh, they are happy that You forgave them. It is easy is it not?”
Yes? Oui? Why is that? Because of these four letters.
So the Bedouin said, "I have prepared.” Prophet said, "what have you prepared it is long travel?” he said, “Ya Rasulullah it is too much for me, but I prepared one thing.” “What is that?” “I have prepared your love, O Muhammad (s).” The Prophet (s) said, “That is enough for you.” He left and went. He didn’t enter the mosque even.
Allah because created us He loves us. When a wali loves his Lord his heart is full of secrets. He gives secrets to that one, like you give secrets to your wife or your wife gives secrets to you. When you know your wife you give secrets to her after you are engaged and when you are married with her you give her all your secrets. Do you hide anything? Might be if you want to cheat. Why are you laughing, are you cheating? If all your secrets you give t o your wife and all you wife’s secrets she gives to you.
So what do you think about the Creator of secrets. When you love Him and love His prophet then it will burn every sin completely.
When we love the Prophet (s) and love Allah we listn to what hey ask us to do, we will follow and obey. That is why we will:
Ati`oollah wa ati` ar-rasula wa uli 'l-amri minkum
Obey Allah and obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority. (4:59)
[During dhikr: after completing la ilaha illa-Allah. ]
Just now they opened to me a vision. They opened the vision of a huge angel, that angel descended and with the power Allah gave it, it cleaned us of all our sins.