“Remember Me and I will remember you”.
(Remember Me. I will remember you)
Sa’id‚ ibn al-Musayyib‚ said that it means remember Me by obedience and I will remember you with reward. It is said that you remember Me by supplication and glorification, etc. The commentators have said many things, especially the Sufis when they explain this subject by using expressions with specific meanings while there is no proof that it is specific. In general, this ayah‚ clarifies the nobility of dhikr and it is explained by the words of the Messenger of Allah as related from his Lord; “I am in My slave’s opinion of Me and I am with Him when He remembers Me. When he remembers Me in himself, I remember him in Myself. If he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in a better assembly than his. There are three types of remembrance; Continue reading “From ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi”
What inspired this gathering tonight was the desire to commemorate the night that the Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, was taken by Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, upon the back of the white Buraq to the Masjid al-Aqsa in al-Quds and from there He, subhanahu wa ta’ala, raised His slave to Himself through the seven heavens to His presence.
In the presence of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, he was welcomed, shown what was to be seen and given all he could desire. Continue reading “الإسراء والمعراج – al-Isra’ wa’l-Mi’raj – Durban, South Africa, 17th July 2010”
The Miftahu’l-Wird, or ‘Key to the Source’, is the name of the collection of portions of the Qur’an and Du’a collected together by Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib al-Idrisi al-Hasani for his fuqara.
Wird can mean a part or section but here, as the title suggests it is a means of arriving at water for the thirsty. It also has the meaning of arriving at water after having been without it and an element of time as in the watering of animals at particular times of day. This relates also to the traditional daily gathering of the fuqara after Subh and Maghrib to recite it together. For the people of the path it is literally a quenching that revives and fortifies. It has the power that water does for the man parched by the sun. Continue reading “Miftāhu’l-Wird”
If we look at the world we live in with the eyes of the dominant culture, which is hard not to, given the all-pervasive nature of information dissemination, we will see a society in rapid change, with ever-shifting values. This makes it difficult to know where, and who we are, where we are going and even where we have come from.While the whole world seems to be swept along on a hurricane of delusion and deceit, the Muslim who stands by what Allah has revealed to him through His beloved Rasul, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, remains firm like a mountain. Whatever comes to him, he always washes and stands before his Lord five times a day. He does as commanded and avoids what is forbidden. The degree of his firmness is his holding to the Shari’ah following in the footsteps of the Prophet and his companions. Continue reading “KHUTBAH 12th November 1999 – Norwich, England”
Shaykh Abu Madyan al-Ghawth
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Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, says in suratu’l-Hajj;
“I allowed time to the kafirun
but then I seized them.
How terrible was My denial!
How many wrongdoing cities We destroyed,
and now all their roofs and walls are fallen in;
How many abandoned wells and stuccoed palaces!
Have they not travelled about the earth
and do they not have hearts to understand with
or ears to hear with?
It is not their eyes which are blind
but the hearts in their breasts which are blind.”
In this era of disasters and cataclysm brought by Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, it is time for Muslims to wake up and take charge as much as we are able according to what Allah sent us and what His Rasulullah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallim, demonstrated of our Deen. While the Kuffar continue to deny Allah by attributing last year’s tsunami and the recent hurricane in the southern states of North America to the forces of nature, we have to understand that the world is in rapid change, not in the way the media and politicians like to present as technological and democratic, but in the way Allah mentions in the first of the ayaat that were recited. Continue reading “KHUTBAH 9th September 2005 – Rasesa, Botswana”
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, tells us in suratul Al ‘Imran;
“Allah witnesses that there is no God but Him
As do the Angels and the people of knowledge,
There is no god but Him,
the Almighty, the All-Wise.
The Deen with Allah is Islam.
Those given the book only differed
After knowledge had come to them, envying one another.
As for those who reject Allah’s signs,
Allah is swift at reckoning.
If they argue with you, say,
I have submitted myself completely to Allah,
and so have all who follow me.”
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Creator and Originator of everything from the beginning of time until its end tells us that He sent sayyidina Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallim, with Islam for man to live by. With Allah it is the only deen that is acceptable; that means it is the only road -Shari’ah- that leads to Him and the Garden in the Akhirah, the permanent destination. It is not a religion among religions; all religions are astray and do not lead to Allah or salvation. This includes ‘Islam’ if it turns into a religion as opposed to the way of Islam -submission- that all the prophets brought. Continue reading “KHUTBAH 11th June 2004 – Gaborone, Botswana”