Thursday, December 9, 2010

Different zikir for different level of nafs - Shaykh Hisham Kabbani


Shaykh Hisham Kabbani during a sohba in Kuala Lumpur last night, explained the different types of zikir. He said, there are five types of zikir for the five levels of nafs.

1. Nafs amarah - the level of darkness and impurities. In order to get rid of the problem of bad ego and desires, the zikir is La ilaha illAllah.

2. Nafs lawamah - for the soul that keeps blaming itself for its transgression, the zikir is Allah...Allah...

3. Nafs mulhimmah - for the inspired self, and no one knows when inspiration comes to the soul, the zikir is Hu.

4. Nafs mutmainnah - for the content self, one who is happy and who has reached perfection, the zikir is Haq.

5. Nafs radhiah - for the soul who is pleased in submission, the zikir is Hayy.

Shaykh Hisham also spoke on the importance of making reference to a book/kitab when giving sohba or when speaking on matters of religion or spirituality. He said reference is important, we all refer to the Al-Qur'an, that is a book, it's just like when writing, we need to make footnotes and quote our sources.

Concluding the sohba last night, he read out a chapter from a kitab by Imam Sha'arani on three types of unsuccesful people namely the son, the wife and the servants of a shaykh. He explained why these people tend to be unsuccessful unless they see their father, their husband or their murshid in the right light. A common pitfall for them is they fail to value the shaykh as he rightfully deserves due to familiarity and constant association. However, if they could overcome the challenge, they could potentially be the one who benefits the most from their relationship with the shaykh.

Shaykh Hisham took the opportunity to commend his wife Hajah Naziha Adil who had served Grand Shaykh since she was 5 years old, and later served her father Mawlana Shaykh Nazim for decades and now serving him (Shaykh Hisham). MashaAllah!
Wallahu a'lam.
Please refer to: 
for full recording of the sohba.

1 comment:

  1. Salam Ezza....

    Thanks for sharing......

    Kak Mastura