Monday, March 4, 2013

Shaykh Afeefuddin al-Jailani on lovers of the Prophet


Shaykh Afeefuddin al-Jailani began his tausiyah by praising Allah for having gathered at the majlis, hearts and souls who are connected with the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam. And prayed so that, with the barakah from the majlis, Allah would lift whatever calamities the Syrians are facing this moment. Shaykh Afeefuddin was speaking at Ba'alawi KL in conjunction with a Mawlidur Rasul event on 3rd of March 2013. 

He said:

"Apart from Prophet Muhammad, there is not a single creation or a person created by Allah whose name is mentioned in the heart of so many people and who occupies a special place in the hearts of people. The Prophet's name is mentioned 58 times in the Qasidah al-Muhammadiah which was recited a while ago. And imagine if we were to multiply that figure with the number of audience presence here tonight. That is a sign of his nobility. And indeed Allah Himself said He would ennoble the Prophet's name. His name resides at a lofty position beside Allah and his name remains in the heart of his lovers."

"Consider the number of kitab which has been authored about him; the amount of charity given for his sake, the number of groupings established to honor him and the number of people who have died out of longing for him salallah alaihi wasalam. We live in a time where the munkar is commonplace yet there are plenty of hearts that are in love and are longing for Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam." 

"I heard about this narrative from Habib Zain bin Ibrahim bin Semait, about Habib Hamid bin Umar. It was related that the habib during a visitation to the Prophet's maqam had stood outside the sacred compound feeling unsure if he should step in. He was reluctant to go in, given his shortcomings and he was feeling remorse about his weaknesses. Then appeared one man who works at the mosque, came looking for him. The man told Habib Hamid he had fallen asleep near the Prophet's maqam and Rasulullah appeared in his dream saying: "Habib Hamid is standing at the door, please go and invite him in and ask him to greet me. I so wish to answer his salam."


"There is another true story about one Iraqi mu'aleem who's very keen on writing poetry in praise of Rasulullah. He's not well off and could not afford umrah or hajj. One day a man offered to sponsor a trip to Madinah and Makkah, to which the mu'aleem gladly accepted. Overjoyed at the opportunity, he spent the travelling days singing and reciting qasidah. Every time they stopped for a break, the Iraqi mu'aleem would urge his mates to hurry up and get on with the journey. But his joyous mood disappeared when they were about half-day away from reaching Madinah. The man then related his dream about the Prophet saying to him: 'O fulan bin fulan, just as you have expressed your love and longing for me in your poetry and qasidah, I too miss you and long to meet you. But if I were to do that, if I were to get up from my grave that would mean qiyamah (the end of time). Therefore, you must die, in order for you to see me.' The man eventually passed away!"

Shaykh Afeefuddin said, that goes to show that the Prophet had been longing to see the man even before he had such a feeling. The Prophet was someone one who missed his ummat a great deal. Even in times like these with vice abound, he is missing us and waiting to see us, as narrated in a hadith where the Prophet expressed this in front of his sahabah, telling them about his lovers - those who have not met him in person, yet have faith in him.

Shaykh Afeefuddin ended his tausiyah with a lengthy and heartfelt prayer for our brothers and sisters in Syria, and that the attendees would leave the majlis bringing its barakah to their families and friends.

Allahu a'lam. May I be forgiven for errors and omissions. Credit goes to the interpreter whose name I didn't catch.

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