Sunday, July 3, 2011

Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al Kattani on loving Ahlul Bayt (Part 3)

Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al Kattani
3 July 2011
Kuala Lumpur


Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al Kattani continued his lectures for the third night in a row at KL Ba'alawi. Several more hadith were discussed with an intention to finish up all 40 hadith so that he could give ijazah to the attendees Inshaallah. The kitab was originally compiled by his guide Shaykh Muhammad bin Jaafar al Kattani on hadith concerning love for ahlul bayt.

In reference to the 16th hadith listed in the kitab, Shaykh Muhammad said this particular hadith gave a high regard towards the ahlul bayt because Prophet Muhammad s.a.w made a swear by his own life - wallazi nafsi biyadihi.  He would only do such a thing for major issues and he had said that while knowing the consequences of one who lies in his swear. The person might become dumb and in akhirah his face might turn black.

Take note of the phrase la yukminu ahadukum used in this hadith. In other hadith such as the one which talks about adab with the neighbors, a different phrase is being used e.g. your iman is not complete if you cause trouble to your neighbors. But in this particular hadith, la yukminu ahadukum means 'you do not have iman at all' unless you love the ahlul bayt because of your love for the Prophet.

Shaykh Muhammad said we must have mahabbah (love) towards Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. According to Al Bukhari there are three levels of mahabbah that is takzim (the kind of love a son would have towards his father); ro'fah (the sympathy/empathy a father would have towards his son) and istihsan (the feeling of togetherness).

We must have all three. Whenever we listen to the Prophet's sirah (history) about his struggles and the challenges he had faced, we should feel sorry for him. We should also feel istihsan, in that we are together [present] with Rasulullah s.a.w.

The hadith says yuhibbukum lihubbi, so why do we have to love ahlul bayt? Because they are related with Prophet Muhammad and as a sign of our love for Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

Shaykh Muhammad raised his concerns on some people who wrongly accused the Prophet's parents as being in hell. He said they should know that his parents belong with ahlul fatrah. There was no prophet in between Nabi Isa and Nabi Muhammad therefore they had not received any taklif (order) with regards to Islam.

We should also take note that Prophet Muhammad was sent to the entire universe and not just a small community. There is a difference between kaum and ummah. In fact, there are several other terms used in the Quran which proved that Prophet Muhammad was sent to a wider audience, for example kazzabat (referring to the people of Prophet Lut, Nuh and Samud) as compared to kazzaba (in reference to Prophet Muhammad). Similarly, fikum is used to refer to the small communities of the other prophets, whereas ilaikum is used for Prophet Muhammad.

In another hadith  we learned how Prophet Muhammad responded to a certain group of people who would purposely stop talking upon seeing someone from his family. He repeated his warning that none shall taste iman unless he learns to love ahlul bayt because of their kinship with him.

Shaykh Muhammad stressed on the adab shown by Prophet Muhammad who did not mention Abu Sufian's name, he didn't question why Abu Sufian had done that but he spoke in general terms. Allah forbids us from talking about someone's aib (fault).

In a hadith from Al-Tirmizi and Al-Hakim in their Sahih, from Ibn Abbas: 'Love Allah who provides you food and all other blessings; love me for the sake of your love for Allah; and love my family for the sake of your love for me.'

Shaykh Muhammad said it's logical that we love the One who created us, who constantly gives us His blessings, who beautifes our creation, who gives us hearing, eyesight and so on. We have been chosen to be ummah of Muhammad and not ummah of any other prophets. We should be thankful that Allah has not created us as animals and that He has given us iman. Shaykh quoted Abul Hassan Al Fasi who said: [something to this effect] - 'O Lord, I was nought and You created me, I was ignorant and You taught me, I was proud and You changed me. O Lord, all my flaws You turned them into perfection until all my defects were gone, while Your perfections subsist.'

In another hadith by Al Thabarani in his kitab Al-Kabir and Al Baihaqi in kitab Al-Sya'b, the Prophet said whoever loves himself more than he loves him (the Prophet), has no iman. Sayyidina Umar once confessed that he loved Rasulullah more than he loved his wife and children but he loved himself more than he loved the Prophet. Rasulullah s.a.w told Sayyidina Umar that for that reason his iman was not complete. Sayyidina Umar then quickly replied saying he loved Rasulullah more than he loved himself.

Shaykh Muhammad said, from this incident we learned that mahabbah (love) may be increased almost instantly. Your weaknesses in matters of worship may be redeemed but not your weaknesses in mahabbah. Those who will stand firm on the sirat are those who love ahlul bayt the most.
Wallahu a'lam.
My notes were not in verbatim. May I be forgiven for any errors or omissions.
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