Question: Can you please say something about how the Prophet (asws) lived and fought with the ego before Jibril (as) came to the Holy Prophet (asws) declaring his Prophethood?
The Holy Prophet (asws), he did not have an ego the same way that we are having an ego. The Holy Prophet (asws) when he was a child, and everybody knows, whether you are a believer or unbeliever, Muslim or non-Muslim, if you are a child before you reach to the age of maturity, you are innocent, you are a maksum. You are innocent. And if that child dies before the age of maturity, he goes straight to Paradise. He is at that level of what? Of Saints.
And when the Holy Prophet (asws) was a child, at that time he was living in the desert, because it was a tradition of the Arabs to send their, especially those ones who are noble born, to send their children to the desert, to be raised in the desert, to learn the desert ways, and to be living there, to be trained there. Because there was a wet nurse for the Holy Prophet (asws) also. And so, the Prophet (asws) was in the desert and one day, his milk brothers, you know milk brothers? Meaning that it is not related to you by blood, but that person is related to you by milk. Because he is sharing the same milk from your mother or from one woman. Milk brother. They come running to their milk mother to say, ‘mother, they took him!’
And she says, ‘who took him?’
‘Two men they came and they took him.’ They got in a panic. They went around looking for him. Later they found him. Holy Prophet related that incident saying, ‘when I was that age, the angels they came. And they performed a surgery on me. And they cut open my heart, and they cleaned my heart.’
Holy Prophet (asws) is habibullah. Every child of Adam, when he’s born, he’s touched by sheytan. That is why the child cries when he’s born. The baby cries because sheytan touches, except for two. Holy Prophet (asws) is saying, of course the Prophet they are different, but they are speaking specifically about Isa (as) and he says about himself. So the sheytans they cannot come near to the Holy Prophet (asws). Whether he was a child or teenager or grown up.
You are not talking about a normal human being here. You are talking about that one that when he was born, right after, he was able to speak perfectly. That one that when he was born, great light was coming from the Paradises and coming from his mother’s house, the father’s house, that the Angels were circling around, that every living creatures in the face of this world and in the universe, they are welcoming him, knowing that the Prophet of the last days have been born. That he was aware of himself when he was born. Otherwise, if he’s not aware of his own Prophethood, why is he going to say, ‘La ilaha illallah, inni Rasulullah (I am Rasulullah), Ummati, Ummati.’ Not only he recognize Allah and he recognize his own Prophethood, he recognize his ummat that he’s sent for. Prophet (asws) was not sent here for his family or for his friends. He’s sent here for his ummat. To become an intercessor, to become the one who brings Mercy to the entire ummat, entire mankind, until Judgment Day.We are talking about the one when he was a baby and his wet nurse was looking at him, he was laughing. It was a full moon one night and she saw the baby laughing. And she looked and the baby was doing this (Sheykh moves his finger up and down), and she looked at the baby laughing and the baby was looking out through the window. And whenever the baby was doing this (moving his finger up and down), it was a full moon that night, the moon was moving up and down. He was commanding it. That later, the same moon, he split. That later, when they offered him everything that they could offer him; the most richest, the most well connected women, that when they offered him kingship, when they offered to say, ‘we will follow you one day, next day we follow our old ways, next day we follow you,’ saying that we have a compromise. He said, even if you were to give the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left, I will not forsake the way of Allah. And the Sahabi e-Kiram they saw the sun in his right hand and the moon in his left.
So we are talking about Rasulullah (asws). It’s very unusual. The one who has no shadow. The one, whenever he walks, a cloud hovers over him. To cool him. The one that wild animals they spoke to him in perfect Arabic, declaring his Prophethood. The one, that rocks in the hands of his enemy, Abu Jahil, when Abu Jahil came to him holding in his hands, putting it in his back and said, ‘if you are a Prophet, tell me what is in my hands?’ And Prophet just smiled and shook his head, and says, ‘Ya Abu Jahil, why don’t you turn around and open your palm and listen to what those stones that you have collected is saying to you.’ And when Abu Jahil opened his hands, the stones were saying, ‘La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah.’ And he dropped it and he says, ‘You are a magician!’ That’s the one that the trees they uprooted themselves, they pulled their roots from the grounds and they crawled to him to kiss his hand and they crawled back. So many unusual things.
So now, don’t look at ego, how the prophet had and how we have. Because that one is the beloved of Allah, that Allah swt said, ‘Before I created anything, I created the light of My beloved one.’ Don’t look at that one because he was born thirteen hundred years ago, that he’s a man like us. That one is the most ancient. That one is the first one that Allah (swt) had created. That one is the reason why Allah created everything else in existence. That He says in his hadiths e-Qudsi, ‘Lau laqa. Lau laqa – if it were not for you. If it were not for you, Ya Muhammad, I would not have created the Universes.’
So, yesterday somebody asked a question of anthropomorphism. He’s saying that if Allah has a face, hands, He sits, He stands, He gets angry, is this anthropomorphic? We say, No. this is not anthropomorphic. Because in Islam, we never make Allah to look like a man. In Islam, we never reduce Allah to say that Allah is like a man. All other religions they do that. That’s why in Islam, we say, ‘Allahu Akhbar.’ Allah is the Greatest and He is greater than that. Wa lam yakul lahu kufuwan ahad. That Allah has all these qualities that we are familiar with so that we know something of Him, but He is removed from everything. He is removed even from something that we think we are familiar with. He is far removed from that. In the Surahtul Ikhlas saying, Allah is One. Say, ‘Qul Huw-Allahu Ahad Allah-us-Samad Lam yalid wl lam yulad. Wa lam yakul lahu kufuwan ahad,’ and there is nothing that is like Him, that is closed to Him. That even if you think you know something, He is beyond that. He escapes you.
So now we cannot contained, we are not making Allah to be an Idol. We cannot contained. Never is going to be. Because always you think, He is beyond that. So don’t make your Holy Prophet (asws) in your own image. To think just because you are like this, that he is also like this. He didn’t come from us. We came from Him. Allah is the Creator of everything. And we are saying, ‘Shukr Alhamdulillah, that we are following a real inheritor of the Prophet (asws), Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al Rabbani Sheykh Effendi, SahibulSaif, that he pulled us out from our own ignorance and he gives us so much understanding and knowledge, and he’s given us a taste of the honor of servanthood. And he has open our hearts to understand a little bit more about ourselves and a little bit more about our Lord. May Allah raise his station higher and higher. May he never stopped sending his support to us. May Allah forgive me and bless you. Al-Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
29 Shawwal 1436H
August 14, 2015