Thursday, April 30, 2009
O son, you will know that when someone speaks from his heart, everything he says will fall into your heart. I've been listening to this talk over and over again and Alhamdulillah I discover new things each time and I was inspired to record its transcript for you, albeit partially.
(In order to worship him). That’s the most common question usually the most common answer. Let me ask you this, is worship an objective by itself or is it a means to an objective? When Allah tells us to do fasting, we do fasting because he tell us to do fasting. So that's fulfilling the objective but then also what's the benefit of fasting? How about people lie and cheat while they are fasting, do they have a fast? Fasting as a worship has an objective, the objective is to polish you, to give you better traits. To sharpen your skills and qualities. What else? What's more important than that? (Purifying the soul) Is purifying the soul an objective by itself? What do I want at the end? I want to be close to Allah! All these things are means so they can get you close to the Creator. All these things are objectives, mechanisms and tools so that they that make us fit to enter the presence that’s already there, but we are not there. Often people ask me question, 'Sheikh, how can I get close to Allah?' Allah is close to you but are you close to Him? He is close to you but are you close to him?
The poet says - 'For the teacher: stand up and honor your teacher for the teacher is almost a messenger.' Alexander the so called great, people used to observe him treating his guru diffrently than he treat his own father, with so much respect and glorification than he treat his father. They say 'how come you treat your teacher more than you treat your own father?' He says 'my father is my biological father and this one is my ideological father. That one brought me to the world, this one who illuminated the world.' My father is both. I am sad and always sad for my father's early departure. I was 19 when he died, I wasn’t capacitated yet to observe more truth and take it in. I told the shaikh 'can I speak to my father, can I sit with him?' I want to apply the rules of the world in the world of barzakh, do a time machine. He said, 'listen son, you wanting to be with them for that reason, to them is like that they are saying it's like someone who goes for a vacation for two weeks. The whole dunya is like a few weeks compared to them. You are going to be there. Concentrate on the more important things.'
I seek refuge in Allah for any unintentional mistakes. This transcript is not verbatim. I only wish to inspire you to listen to the actual audio tapes at http://www.greenmountainschool.org/event_alHikam.htm. May Allah increase us in knowledge, grant us wisdom and take us to His Nur. Ameen.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
lahauwala quwata illah billah (there is no power and no strength save with Allah)
Al-Ghazali: The Path of the Sufis
Further reading: Sheikh Hamza Yusuf quoting Sidi Ahmed Zarruq on why some people wrongly reject Sufism.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Reference: Qasidah Burdah is a translation from a book on the same by Ahmad Lutfi bin Abdul Wahab al Linggi
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ ۚ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَـٰنُ ۚ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
From:Suhrawardi, The Shape of Light: Hayakal Al-Nur
By Yahya ibn Habash al-Suhrawardi, Tosun Bayrak
Published by Fons Vitae, 1998
ISBN 0188752056, 9780188752052
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
By Sahl ibn 'Abd Allah al-Tustari, Annabel Keeler, Ali Keeler, Yousef Meri
Translated by Annabel Keeler, Ali Keeler
Published by Fons Vitae, 2009
ISBN 1891785192, 9781891785191
Monday, April 20, 2009
O son, may you learn the morals exemplified by the Ashabul Kahf and know that Allah will protect you if your himma (determination) to defend your faith surpass what may have been more desirable for a youth. This is a story of seven young men who fled into a cave for fear of losing their iman, a compelling story mentioned in Surah No 18 of the Qur'an, a surah named after these young devout royals. Like most believers I fell for them the first instant I read their story but hearing from Habib Ali Zainal Abidin spoke about these gentlemen has made me adore them even more.
In Surah al-Kahf, apart from the fable of the seven sleepers, it also comprise two other major subjects, namely a lesson on ruh as given in the story of Khidr and Musa; and about Zulkarnain the great traveler. These parables are major lessons in their own right. Khidr, Musa and Zulkarnain are prominent characters, yet, the Ashabul Kahf was chosen to be the surah's title. That says a lot about these men who lived between the time of the prophethood of Nabi Musa a.s. and Nabi Muhammad s.a.w and who were followers of Isawi teachings.
Allah in His mercy made the sun rise and set in such a way that the Ashabul Kahf would not be affected by its rays. "And you might have seen the sun when it rose, declining to the right from their Cave and when it set, turning away from them to the left, while they lay in the midst of the cave. That is the proof of Allah. He whom Allah guides he is the rightly-guided but he whom He sends astray, for him you will find no Wali (guiding friend) to lead him" (Al Kahf:17)
According to Habib Ali Zainal Abidin, Allah could have placed a rock or any covering at the mouth of the cave so as to protect the Ashabul Kahf, but Allah wanted to grant His bounties by instructing the sun to be of service to them. Allah also made them "turn on their right and on their left sides, and their dog stretching forth his two forelegs at the entrance."
If God had not made them twist and turn they would have been consumed by the earth for that is the sunnah of Allah for it. What is more amazing is that Allah even made a dog affectionate towards them - the solehin -'yuhibbu solehin'. So who are we not to love the solehin? Imagine a dog getting mentioned in the holy Book. It was narrated that as the dog was tailing the men while they were taking refuge, Allah made the dog speak to them saying that he knew they were fleeing for Allah's sake and that he wanted to follow and guard them!
This story of Ashabul Kahf is loaded with precious lessons especially for the young people who are often easily distracted and whose iman is vulnerable. It is not only a parable which fascinates our mind but Allah promises that reciting its verses would bring us tremendous benefits as follows:
1. Those who memorize the first 10 and/or the last 10 verses will be protected from fitnah Dajjal.
2. Hussain Ibn Hudair while reciting this verse had made his horse neighed for it saw clouds descending onto his home. The clouds were visible manifestation of sakinah that Allah promised to those who recite the Qur'an. Even if there was no physical evidence, the hearts are able to feel the serenity and blessings.
3. For houses in which the Qur'an are being recited, the angels will see them shine like stars just as we human see the stars shining as a guiding light in the night skies. Likewise, if we were to recite any verses such as Al-Fatihah or Yaasin before a corpse or burial place, the recipients will benefit from the light of the Qur'an in the same manner.
4. Anyone who recites Surah al-Kahf on a friday, will be granted protection from all kinds of fitnah and his sins pardoned until the next friday.
5. Allah will grant those who recite the Qur'an, a bright light shining forth from his feet to the highest skies and Allah will reserve these for him during the darkest hours in the hereafter.
6. Whoever recites the last 5 verses of al-Kahf before bedtime, he shall wake up at whatever time he wants.
7. A house in which Surah al-Kahf is recited will be protected from shayatin and certainly the best protection is from Allah the Most High.
O son, I hope you will feel encouraged to amal Surah al-Kahf as much as I was motivated hearing this tausiyah (lesson) from Habib Ali Zainal Abidin. Although I have already known some of the virtues of Surah al-Kahf listed above, hearing it from Habib Ali has left a lasting impression in my heart, bi-iznillah. Certainly, the barakah that one gets from learning directly from a guru cannot be over emphasized. May Allah increase us in knowledge and make us steadfast in our amal. Allahumma Ameen.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wallahu'alam. May Allah have mercy on me for any unintentional mistakes in this transmission. May the fragrances of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah's gnosis engulf our hearts and minds. Ameen.
Friday, April 17, 2009
A friend of mine, a friend on the Path, is blessed to have gotten an ijazah for a hadith from his guru who received it from the fragrance of the land of al-Haram as-Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawi al-Maaliki al-Hasani (rh). A truly great man whom I had met only once but his perfumed soul lingers in my heart until today and for the longest time. Alhamdulillah indeed!
The same hadith was narrated from Mu’az bin Jabal (ra) where Rasulullah (saw) had said:
يا معاذ، إني أحبك فقلاَللهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ
O Mu’az, truly I have LOVE for you, therefore you should say:
"O Allah I plea that You make me always remember You, be grateful to You, and be of good service to You.”
"Allahumma a'inni 'ala zikrika wa shukrika wa husni ibadatika."
Imagine, O son, the LOVE that the Prophet s.a.w has for us, and I say 'has' not 'had' for he is near and he is with us. Therefore, to show your appreciation for the Beloved of Allah, Yaseen Habibullah, please memorize this short but meaningful du'a and recite it after solat or whenever really. Please also pay attention to the three key words mentioned therein:
- be grateful and
These are what Allah would LOVE us do for His sake, so hasten O son.
I pray we will all be istiqamah (constant) in reciting this du'a.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
by Sheikh Ahmad al-Alawi
Damainya jiwa di halaman Hiraq;
satu rasa yang tidak pernah aku fikir wujud.
Terimakasih Ya Rabb kerana mengizinkan kami
menyusuri perjalanan kekasihMu,
Mendaki gunung khauf dan raja'
dengan langkah-langkah harapan
mengusir kerikil kejahilan;
Demi mencari ilmu yang diwarisi Al-Amin,
Ilmu yang menuntut agar dibaca
dengan nama Tuhan
yang mengajar dengan Pena.
di atas gunung yang sunyi sepi
berbumbung, berdinding, berlantai batu,
menyeru Ilahi yang maha suci;
Tapi siapalah yang dapat mencungkil apa yang kau rasa
dalam keheningan suasana...
munajat seorang kekasih Allah.
kami cuba menjejaki pendakian mu,
cuba mengintai ruang suluk mu,
pada malam nan indah syahdu.
Namun ianya pasti tidak sesyahdu
kasih yang Siti Khadijah panjatkan padamu,
menongkah bongkah batu seorang diri demi yang dicintai;
itulah wanita mulia, hebat peribadi.
Damainya jiwa di halaman Hiraq
suara mu'azzin menderu merdu
mengisi langit malam;
bersolat berimamkan guru
yang menunjuk jalan tareq Rasul junjungan.
Tunjukilah kami dalam beriman dengan ayat-ayat Tuhan;
Kami mohon berteduh dibawah panji mu
dunya wal akhirah.
di halaman Hiraq
selama kami berkelana
di halaman Tuhan.