Monday, March 25, 2013

Habib Husin Alwi Agiel al-Maliki on the privileges of ummat Muhammad


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Habib Husin Alwi Agiel al-Maliki of Surabaya, Indonesia has begun a series of lecture on a kitab written by Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki on the privileges of being the ummat of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam

Habib Husin Alwi is a mureed of the esteemed scholar of Makkah, Almarhum Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki. MashaAllah you could see a speck of the caliber of his shaykh from his teaching. It was my first time to sit in his majlis. His tausiyah was very well paced, the tone of his voice very reassuring, and the contents were thorough and insightful. And plenty of never-heard-before and startling facts, especially for a novice like me. Habib Husin started off by explaining the benefits of attending a majlis 'ilm which many people must have heard many times before, but the way he deliberated on the matter was impressive on the heart.

I will share the full lesson later Insha Allah [Cos it's getting late]. Meantime, here is what he said when asked about the virtues of a person who transmit knowledge.

Habib Husin said, the rewards for those who transmit knowledge are simply amazing. Suffice it to understand the value of knowledge from just one verse of the Qur'an:

Shahidallahu annahu 
laa ilaaha illa huwa
wal malaaikatu
wal 'ulul 'ilmi
qaaiman bil qist
laa ilaaha illah huwal Azizul Hakeem

"Allah Himself bears witness that
none is to be worshipped but He
and so do the angels
and the men of knowledge
maintaining His creation with justice
none is to be worshipped but He, the Mighty, the Wise."
- Quran 3:18

Habib Husin said, Allah witnesses with His own Essence that He is to be worshipped. Who else bear witness? The angels. Who else? Men. Not just any men. Not he who is rich or he who has a certain position. But he who has knowledge - 'ulul 'ilmi. Allah is witness that a knowledgable person has attained tawhid laa ilaaha illaa huwa. The others, the wealthy, leaders etc., their proclamation of kalimah tawhid is not known or not certain. 

This describes the value of those who posses knowledge. The value of those who have knowledge and transmit it to others is even greater.

To be continued Insha Allah

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