Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillahi rabbil alamin wasalatu wa salamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa Sahbihi ajmain nahmadulllahu ta’ala wa nastaghfiruhu wa nashadu an-lailaha ilallahu wahdahu la sharika lah wa nashadu anna sayyidina muhammadin abduhu wa habibuhu wa Rasuluhu Salallahu Alayhi wa ala alihi wa azwajihi wa ashabihi wa atbaihi.
Khulafail rashidin mahdin min ba’di wuzerail immeti alal tahkik. khususan minhum alal amidi khulafai rasulillahi ala tahqeeq. umara il mu’mineen. Hazreti Abu Bakr wa Umar wa Uthman wa Ali. Wa ala baqiyati wa Sahabai wa tabieen, Ridwanallahu ta’ala alayhim ajmain. Ya ayyuhal mu’minun al hadirun, ittaqullaha ta’ala wa ati’uh. inna allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wal-lathina hum muhsinun.
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashraf al-Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah, who is the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, He who has Power and Might over everythings. And may all peace and blessings be upon the Imam of the Messengers, The Master of the Prophets, The crown of Creations, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad (asws), and upon his blessed family and noble companions, especially upon the Four rightly guided Khalifah, Hz. Abu Bakr el-Siddiq, Hz. Umar el-Faruq, Hz. Osman el-Ghani, and Hz. Ali el-Murtaza, and all those who follow them until the Last Day.
O Believers, welcome to you. Jumma Mubarak. We are in the Holy day of Jumma, in this most Holy Month of Rabiulawal, the month of the Prophet (asws). We must understand the blessing of Allah swt in giving us the ability to remember and to appreciate this tremendous day of Jumma. Because Allah swt through His Holy Prophet (asws) said in a Hadiths e-Sharif, ‘the best day on which the sun has risen, is Friday. On it, Adam(as) was created. On it, he was made to enter Paradise. And on it he was expelled from it. And the last hour will take place on no other day than Friday.’
And Prophet (asws) is also saying about the day of Jumma that it is an Eid for the Believers. Hz Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated that the Holy Prophet (asws) said, ‘we are the last but the foremost on the Day of resurrection. Though the former nations were given the revelations before us and Friday was their day and its celebration was made obligation for them, but they differed about it. So Allah give us the guidance for Friday and all the other people were behind us in this respect. The Jews Holy day is the day after, and the Christians day is the one after that.’ And Hujjatul Islam Imam al-Ghazali said, ‘the one who gets the blessing of Jumma is that believer who looks forward to it anxiously and eagerly. And the most wretched person is that individual who is in ghaflat and doesn’t even know which day it is.’
So insyaAllah ar-Rahman, we should be awake and show the proper respect on this holy day of Jumma because it is honoured and respected in the sight of Allah swt.
As Muslims, we must show respect, honour and love to that which Allah swt has shown respect, honour and love to. And the most beloved one in the presence of Allah swt is His Habib, Sayidinna Muhammad (asws). Allah swt, He has honoured His beloved Prophet above all creations and has praised Him throughout the verse of the Holy Quran. Allah swt says about the Holy Prophet in the Holy Quran, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim wa–Innaka la’alá khuluqin ‘aẓīm, – Verily you are of a tremendous character.’ And in another verse, Allah swt said, “Wa Laqad kaana lakum fii Rasuulillaahi uswatun hasanah – Verily in the Prophet of Allah, you have the best example.’
In the Holy Quran, Allah swt is even bestowing His own Divine names upon the Prophet (asws), saying that the Prophet is Rauf and Rahim. We cannot be muslim without saying the name of the Prophet. For the Shahadat, the statement that a person must make to enter into the fold of Islam is, ‘Ash Hadu Alla Ilaha Illallah Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abduhu Wa Rasuluh.’ So Allah swt has set a condition upon the faith of an individual that he must show honour and respect to the Prophet in order to submit to the will of Allah. Indeed Allah swt is saying in the Holy Quran, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Ati’ullah wa at’u rasul wa ulil amri minkum – Obey Allah, obey the Prophet and obey your rightly guided leaders.’ So in order to obey Allah, we must obey the Prophet. This is a Divine Command. Even more than that, if we claim to love Allah, then we must love and obey His Prophet. Because Allah swt said in the Quran e-Kerim in Surahtul al-Imran, ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Say to them Ya Muhammad, if you love Allah then you must obey Me. Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.’
So how can we show this proper respect, this proper love, this proper obedience to the Holy Prophet (asws)? We must run to learn about his life, his mission, his seerah and his legacy. In this month of Rabiul- Awwal, the month of the birth of the Prophet, as believers, we should sit and understand and connect ourselves to the Holy Prophet (asws) and to Allah swt and run to learn more about his character, about his mission and about his seerah. And to better understand the Holy Prophet (asws), it is important to understand the society that existed in Arabia before he was born.
Before the Holy Prophet (asws), the Quraisy, the Arabs, indeed the whole world was in a state of Jahiliyyah, ignorance. Before the Holy Prophet came into the world, the world was covered in darkness, the Arab time where they used to say, ‘me and my tribe against you and your tribe,’ ‘me and my clan against the other clans.’ This was tribalism. This was the level of selfishness and cruelty that existed at that time. The weak in the society they were oppressed and they had no protections. The slaves, the orphans and the women, they were cast aside, and the rich became richer and the tyrants became more oppressive. Society had become so cold hearted that the people at that time would bury their newborn daughters. And in the midst of this darkness, in the midst of this cruelty, Allah swt sent His most beloved one, the Habibullah, Sayidinna Muhammad (asws). And at the time of his birth, so many signs appeared showing the great mission of the Holy Prophet.
Before he was born a light came out of his mother, Hz Amina’s womb, that illuminated the palaces in Syria. When he was born, the flames that the fire worshipers had kept burning for thousands of years suddenly it extinguished. When he was born, the idols in the Ka’aba all fell down and broke. When he was born, alaihi salatu wa salaam, the palaces of the tyrannical Kings, they crumbled and they were destroyed. These miracles were giving a sign to the whole world about the Greatness of our Prophet (asws) and his mission. Because upon the birth of the Holy Prophet, all the earlier revelations, all the earlier religions, they became bankrupt and he came as the Khatme Nubuwwat, the seals of the Messengers. And he brought the complete message of Islam and with his birth, the palaces of the tyrants they were destroyed because he came to destroy tyranny and cruelty and its place to bring rahmat and the mercy of Allah swt from the Heavens to the world. Allah swt is saying that the Holy Prophet (asws), ‘BismillahirRahmanirRahim. Wama arsalnaka illa rahmatililAAalameen ~ and we did not send you, except as a mercy for all the universes.’ And our Holy Prophet (asws), he’s the prophet of mercy. Look at what he did. As soon as he was born, he went into sejdah and he said, ‘I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except for Allah. And that I am Rasulullah, Ummati, Ummati (my ummat, my ummat).’ From his birth, the Holy Propet brought mercy, praying for his ummat. And his ummat is not just limited to the muslims. It is to every human beings who live from his time until the end of time, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, everyone. So from as soon as he entered this world, Holy Prophet (asws) began to spread his mercy. And the mission of the Holy Prophet it is nothing but to unite the people under La ilaha ilallah.
The mission of the Holy Prophet is to complete the potential of human beings to become true servants of their Lord, Allah swt. The mission of the Holy Prophet is to raise an ummat of mercy because Holy Prophet took those people who were burying their own daughters and transformed them into the most noble human beings who ever walked upon the face of the earth, the Sahaba e-Kiram. Because when they gave shahadat, when they submitted to the will of Allah swt and they followed in obedience completely to the Holy Prophet (asws), they reached to peace. Because the shahadat, it brings peace to mankind. It makes a man to understand the reason of his creation and to live for the sake of his Lord, Allah swt. And when humans are submitted and living for their Lord, then peace not only enters the heart of individuals, but communities, nations and the whole world.
So the Holy Prophet (asws), his message brings mercy and peace to all of the universes. But the tyrants, the cruel ones, they try to suppress and to bring an end to that mercy. When Holy Prophet (asws) said that the rich must help the poor, that the strong must help the weak, that there was no difference between an Arab and an Ajam except for taqwa. The tyrants and the cruel ones understood that their power was under threat by the message of the Holy Prophet (asws). And so they fought against that message. And the Holy Prophet and the Sahaba e-Kiram, they had to struggle, they had to strive, they had to sacrifice in order to keep that message of mercy alive so that it could reach to us.
The powerful leaders of the Quraisy, they hated the message of Islam so much that they put a ban on the Holy Prophet (asws) and his followers. They said that no one from the Quraisy could buy, sell, help or even speak with the Holy Prophet and his followers. They said he founded a cult. So Rasulullah (asws) and the Sahaba e-Kiram they had to leave their homes and live in the outskirts of Mecca. One of the Sahabi said that they were so hungry that they would eat pieces of dried up leather that they could find on the ground. And the Sahaba e-Kiram they were so starving, they were starving so badly that they began to tie rocks to their stomachs to lessen their hunger. So they went to the Holy Prophet and they showed him their state, showing the rocks tied to their stomachs and that they had tied these rocks. And the Holy Prophet lifted his shirt and showed them that he had tied two rocks to his stomachs.
So yes, they Holy Prophet (asws) had to struggle for the message of Islam, to bring mercy into the world. Someone once asked the Prophet (asws), ‘Ya Rasulullah, was the hardest day of your life the day of Uhud, when your uncle Hz Hamza was martyred and two of your teeth, they were lost in the battle?’ and Holy Prophet answered, ‘No. The hardest day in my life was the day of Taif.’ Because when Holy Prophet went to Taif, he was hoping that his cousins there would give him refuge from the Quraisy and that the message of Islam could spread there. But instead, the leaders of Taif sent small children to stone the Prophet until his shoes became filled with blood and the Angel Jibreel (as) came to the Holy Prophet with the Angel of the mountain and said, ‘Ya Rasulullah, with your command, we can crush all of Taif under the mountains.’ And Holy Prohet (asws) said, ‘No, Ya Jibreel. I pray that Allah swt blesses their children to be Muslims and to worship Allah. And to worship Allah alone. Even if they rejected Islam, I pray that Allah swt blesses their descendants to become Muslims.’ Subhana’Allah. Look at the character, the mercy of our Prophet.
So yes, Holy Prophet (asws) and his followers they had to struggle, they suffered in order for the mercy of Islam to reach to us everywhere in the world. That struggle did not end there. The Prophet (asws) left his mission for us to continue. Because one day, when Holy Prophet was approaching old age, he came back to his home from the battle, and his clothes, even his beard, they were all covered in dust. And his beloved daughter, Hz Fatime (ra) said, ‘O my beloved father, you should rest.’
And he said, ‘Ya Fatime, I will not rest. Do you see how the light is entering into this house from that window? I will not rest until the light of Islam enters into every home, just like that sun.’
And she said, ‘O my father, what about when you leave this world?’
He said, ‘there will be those who come after me, who will continue my work.’
Throughout the history of Islam, the true believers, the great scholars and the great individuals of this ummat, they strive and struggle to continue the mission of the Holy Prophet (asws). And in this day, we should sit and remember his struggle. We should sit and remember the great blessings that the Holy Prophet came with, the rahmat of Allah swt. To remember, to reflect and to praise the Holy Prophet, it is the sunnah of our role model, the Sahaba e-Kiram. The Sahaba e-Kiram, they were completely drown in the ocean of loving the Prophet. And there were so many examples in the hadiths, in the seerah of the Sahabis, praising that Prophet.
The uncle of the Holy Prophet (asws), Hz Abbas (ra) wrote a poem saying, ‘when you were born, a light rose over the earth until it illuminated the horizon with its radiance. We are in that illumination. And that original light and those paths of guidance and thanks to them, we pierce through.’
And Hz Hassan ibn Sabit who was the official poet of the Holy Prophet (asws) wrote about him, ‘my eye has not beheld one more perfect than you. And no woman has ever given birth to one more beautiful than you. You were created free from any defect, indeed it is as though you were created in the manner that you wish.’
So to praise the Holy Prophet, to honor him and to thank him for his birth, to thank Allah for his birth, it is a sunnah of the Sahabi. It is even a sunnah of the Sahabi to jump up and down in praise of the Prophet. The Abyssinian Muslims they were parading, jumping in the Masjidil Nabawi, chanting, ‘Muhammadun Abdun Saleh – Muhammad is a righteous servant of his Lord.’ The respect of the Holy Prophet, it did not end when the Holy Prophet departed from this earthly realm. One day, Khalifah Marwan saw a man putting his face on the grave of the Holy Prophet out of respect and kissing it. And he Khalifah, surprised, said to the man, ‘do you know what you are doing?’ and pulled him aside. And he saw that the man was a great Sahabi, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. Hz Abu Ayyub said, ‘yes, I know what I’m doing. I’m visiting the Prophet of Allah and not a stone.’ Hz Bilal al-Habashi after the Prophet (asws) was veiled from this world, he moved to Syria out of sadness, because he could not stay in Medina. And one night, in his dream, he saw the Prophet come to him and say, ‘why are you avoiding me Ya Bilal?’ So that day, Hz Bilal rode his horse non-stop to Medina, out of love for the Prophet. And when he arrived, the Prophet grandson, Hz Hasan and Husein pleaded with him to call the azan one more time. And when Hz Bilal called the azan, all the people of Medina came out believing that the Holy Prophet had return and Bilal was calling the azan again. And when Hz Bilal reached to Ashaduana MuhammadarRasulullah, because of his intense love and yearning for the Prophet, he could not continue, and he lost his consciousness.
So these are our examples in the kind of love that we must have for the Holy Prophet (asws). And because these people, the Sahaba e-Kiram obeyed and love the Prophet, they became beloved to Allah swt. Their love of the Prophet is beyond our imagination. And it is a miracle of this religion that in fourteen hundred years of Islam, this deep love of the Prophet which brings us to a deep love of Allah swt, it has never led anyone to shirk. The Christians, through their love of Isa (as), call him a god. But no one person in fourteen hundred years of Islam has ever said that the Prophet is an Illah. No. Na’uzubillah. Because we love him as the means, as the guide, as the way, as Allah swt said in the Holy Quran, ‘Seek means to come close to Me.’
Showing love and respect to the Prophet and gathering to show gratitude to Allah for the gift of the Prophet, is a way of the Sahaba. There’s a hadiths recorded in Sunan an-Nasa’i where Holy Prophet (asws) once approached a circle of his companions and asked, ‘what are you doing?’ and they said, ‘we have come together to pray to Allah and to praise Him for guiding us to His religion and blessing us with you.’ And Holy Prophet (asws) asked, ‘I ask you, by Allah, is that the only reason?’ and they said, ‘wallahi. We have not come together for any other reason.’ And Holy Prophet (asws) told them, saying, ‘I’m not asking you to swear an oath because of any suspicion. But because Jibreel (as) just came to me and told me that Allah jala wa’ala is boasting of you to His Angels right now.’
Love of the Prophet is to live each moment of our existence in full obedience and submission to the way of Allah because he is the means and he is the leader of the way to Allah swt. As Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (qs) is saying, ‘I am the slave of the Quran as long as I have life, and I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the chosen one.’
So what is it to be the dust on the path of the Prophet? It is not just words. It is actions. Because the prove of love it comes through actions. And if we want to see what the prove of the love of the Prophet (asws) is, we look to those stars in the sky for examples: the Sahaba e-Kiram. ‘My Sahabi,’ Prophet said, ‘are like the stars in the sky. If you follow any one of them, you will be rightly guided.’
Urwah bin Mas’ud Ats-Tsaqafi, in Sahih Bukhari narrated that one of the non-Muslim diplomats after visiting the Holy Prophet said, ‘O People, by Allah, I have served as a representative to Kings. I have been a representative to Caesar, to Kisra and to the Najashi, by Allah, I have absolutely never seen a King whose people venerate him the way the companions of Muhammad venerate Muhammad (asws). He does not spit except that it lands on the hands of one of them who rubs it on his face and his skin. And if he commands them, they race to fulfill his commands. If he made ablutions, they fight with each other for the remains of its water. If they speak, they lower their voices in his presence and they do not gaze at him except intently out of reverence and love for him.’ This is just a taste for us to understand that these are the stars in the sky that lead us to the Holy Prophet (asws), for us to fulfill our Shahadat saying, ‘Ashaduala ilaha ilallah. Wa ashaduana Muhammadan Abduhu wa rasuluhu.’
The state of the ummati Muhammad today, unfortunately, our eyes filled with tears and our hearts break. We see the honoured nation of the Prophet has fallen to humiliation and disgrace everywhere. We find that the Muslims are subject to tyranny, despotism and oppression. Our souls, they hurt when we see the conditions of our brothers and sisters in the ummat, because Rasulullah said in his hadiths e-sharif, ‘the believers, in their mutual love, mercy and compassion are like one body. If one organ complains, the rest of the body develop a fever.’ The body of this ummah is suffering and the answer is simple: we must unite. We must unite. There must be unity. Be we find that the muslims continue to be disunited, continue to divide and separate. How can we find unity? The first step in answering this question is to look at how Allah swt has said to us, commanded to us, saying in Surahtul al-Imran, ‘Hold fast altogether to the rope of Allah and do not become divided.’
Insya’Allah ar-Rahman, we will hold altogether to the rope of Allah and not divide. Insya’Allah ar-Rahman, we will then raise this potential of mercy that is inside of us as we are following the Prophet of Mercy and to spread it to the rest of the world.
Sohbet At The Islamic Center Of Little Rock, Arkansas by Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
22 Rabiulawal 1435H
January 24, 2014