Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah, we're indeed grateful to be in his majlis at Masjid Muaz bin Jabal, Malaysia. It was a pleasant surprise indeed. We have been following him virtually for so long and there he was right before our eyes. MashaAllah, he was a picture of plenty of humility. Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya filled the place of Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin who was accompanying Habib Umar bin Hafiz to Johor.
He was absolutely a person with abundant humility for he said: "It's an honor to be with you, an honor we don't deserve. I am sorry about the absence of Habib Ali. May Allah make us represent them well. It's an honor to visit this region and I say that without exaggeration. We consider you people of South East Asia, we consider you all our role model...I come to learn from the shaykh whom I accompany and from you all."
MashaAllah, that generous remark came from one who was born in California, who embraced Islam in 1989, who had emigrated to Damascus in search of knowledge and afterward moved to Tarem to be a student at the most remarkable traditional Islamic Institution - Darul Mustafa in the southern region of Yemen. How true indeed the saying that water will only accumulate at a low point of the earth. Likewise, knowledge will only accumulate in a humble heart. May Allah make us emulate the degree of humility and adab in speaking. Ameen.
Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya reminded the audience of the mission for which humanity is placed on this earth, which is to be khilafah (caliphate) of Allah. That the purpose of our creation is to know Allah. Allah puts us on the earth to know Him. He puts the earth, heaven, hell, dunya and akhirah for us to know Allah. Our mission is to establish and represent Allah who we have known and represent those attributes of Allah that we have known and that which the Prophet s.a.w has demonstrated to us. Our mission is to take up vicegerency by developing it in taqwa. Our mission is to declare His Oneness, declare His Messenger and follow the imam of taqwa, none other than the Prophet s.a.w. To develop taqwa is to follow Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. When people leave this way of taqwa they would do the opposite, they are divorced from LailahaillAllah. They are inclined to destroy, they are the materialists who are engaged in destruction. They are cut off from revelation and become misguided like cattle. They compete in their abilities to destroy.
This is the time for the revival of Islamic knowledge. Be a participant in that revival. Let's use our energy to hear the Quran and Prophet Muhammad. Do not compete with the disbelievers. The human being is the most honorable creature and we are created to serve the other creatures. Human being has a soul and capacity to know Allah. It is a nobility, a reason for which we are created.
Know that there are two types of knowledge. One of which is aimed for worship (amal) and the other one is a fruit of which is amal. Knowledge is the fruit of taqwa and the sign of knowledge is mahabbah. The sign of someone who knows Prophet Muhammad is to love him. The one who knows loves. What is the path of love? There is a verse of Al Imran in the Qur'an that says if you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will love you. If Allah loves you, you know him.
The way to realize the purpose of our creation is to love and follow the Prophet. The disbelievers might come to the table with their scientific knowledge, we bring to the table, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
The above is not a verbatim transcript of his talk. May I be forgiven for any errors and omissions.Visit Interpreter's Path to watch his video.
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