Drink the drink of the people of purity! You will see wonders!

Bismillah – Thanks to Sidi `Abdul`Aziz Suraqah for reminding us of this wonder and Moulay l-Hassan al-`Alaoui for keeping his tongue always moist mentioning Allah Ta`la.

اشرب شراب أهل الصّفا ترى العجائب
مع رجال المعرفة والخمر طايب
وجدتهم أهل الغرام وهم في حضرة
عيونهم مذبّلة وجوههم صفرا
وجدتهم الأشواق وهم في حضرة
أصحاب العهد والميثاق فازوا بنظرة
بالغوث طابت الأذواق ليلة هنيّة

قلت لهم ندخل حماكم يا ذا الموالي
قالوا تقبل شرطنا والشّرط غالي
تصبر على هذا الهوى سبعين ليلة
تصبر عى هذا الغرام طول اللّيالي
تشرب كؤوس من عسل والمرّ يحلى
ترجع سبيكة من ذهب يا من عرفنا
يا من يلمني في الحبيب اللّي شاهدتوا
في القلب حاضر لايغيب إن غاب مـتّ

Last days of Rabi` al-‘Awwal Sharif: so pray for blessings and peace on the Best of Creation!

The Shimmering Light PDF

Thanks to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani @FarazRabbani at www.seekershub.com for the text.

If you take benefit from this, please recite surat al-Fatihah al-Sharifah for the Prophet, upon whom be peace and blessings, his family and companions, and for our all our teachers, especially Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, and the author of this honourable poem celebrating the Beloved Prophet’s birth – sollAllahu `alayhi wa sallim – Habib `Umar ibn Hafiz.

Shaykh Nazim on media, ourselves, and our youth

Bismillahi l-Rahmani l-Rahim

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate One, the Most Merciful:

Our teacher, Shaykh Nazim, passed away in May – oh Almighty God, mercy him, be pleased with him, and bless his sacred heart!

It has been very hard. I believe that he lives on: through his awesome spirit, awake, alive, and active; through those that he trained, perfecting their manners; and through his large body of published work, largely in the form of recordings and transcriptions of his near-daily extempore lectures (suhbaat) regarding the path to self-knowledge and to knowing and pleasing Almighty God (tariqah). This is the path of the prophet Muhammad and, indeed, of all God’s messengers – may He shower them and all their families with abundant peace and blessings forever!

Tonight we read to the children from a talk he gave in his beloved Damascus in the spring of 1980 to some of his students, many of whom were Westerners. He spoke about the heavy trial of media – of television and magazines – as it was 34 years ago. I share his words here for us to reflect about our devices and what they earn us: will those earnings stand in our favour or be arrayed against us at our end?

Once somebody came to our Grandshaykh [Abdullah al-Fa’iz al-Daghistani] and asked him about television. What place, if any, should this new instrument that the twentieth century has created have in our lives?

What do all people want? They want to keep their brains busy so that they don’t have to use them for thinking. In the Holy Qur’an this is referred to as, “All talk that diverts your mind from Allah Almighty.” The greatest affliction of our time is brought about through television. Television is used to show young people sick behaviour and to occupy them in distraction.

My Grandshaykh answered the man, “You may watch that which you may learn from.” To look at a sex film is no doubt prohibited, as is everything which results in immorality.

No one – especially not young people – keeps to this rule of only watching what is useful and what does not provoke immorality. This is the answer of true religion: if it makes a harmful impression on your character, it is forbidden to watch; otherwise, one may watch in order to derive a hidden wisdom or to learn from it.

I have heard that in the West there are some channels that show only documentary films and other educational programs; however, virtually no one watches these channels – perhaps one person in a thousand. From this, it can be easily determined for which reasons people watch television. There exist magazines in which documentary articles are found, but people skip these pages and look for the pictures of women. In such a case, television and other media destroy good character among people and the relation between friends and in the family.

In Islam, we judge each matter according to its usefulness. If someone can find something good an useful in a given thing, that thing is permitted – otherwise not. You must use this criterion for everything: watch whether your ego finds pleasure in it; if so, then leave it. That which your ego does not like, you must keep it. Maybe you like to watch television when it shows such vulgar films and your ego is so happy with it; your soul, however, is very sorrowful. Therefore, after every enjoyment of your ego follows complete sorrow in your heart. Surely, most of you have experienced this. For instance, as someone is leaving the theatre, movie or opera house, a black cloud befalls his or her heart. Everyone knows that the enjoyment coming from outside is only temporary, and that the true place of joy is our soul. When our soul is really satisfied, it remains so forever.

Nowadays, people demand pleasure from without; however, they are wrong in this. Therefore, the whole world is full of outward pleasures, but no one is really satisfied. Perhaps a man is sitting in prison – but if his heart is free, he is happy and content. Another may be sitting on a throne, surrounded by all the pleasures in the world – but his heart is in prison, so he cannot find real happiness.

Someone asking for pleasure from without is like a thirsty person who drinks salt-water: he will never be satisfied. A cup of fresh-water will quench your thirst. but whole oceans of salt-water will never satisfy. Now, oh Western people, now that you have reached the peak of your enjoyments, if you do not give your souls from the pure spring water, you will never quench your thirst. Therefore, stop and pause to reflect one minute upon this point. Come to the true source and quench your thirst; otherwise, you will die without satisfaction or joy and without peace in your hearts.

Shaykh Hisham, Shaykh Adnan, and Shaykh Muhammad.
Shaykh Hisham, Shaykh Adnan, and Shaykh Muhammad.

Reflect, for these are huge cannonballs being fired upon the bastions of the devils.

– from Mercy Oceans’ Hidden Treasures, 2nd ed. 1988. Sebat: Konya, Turkey.

Indeed. Let’s recite a prayer – for the souls of the prophets, their families, their successors, our pious teachers, for our families and friends, and for all people of good intention – that Almighty God aid them, guide them on the straight path to peace and satisfaction, and keep them from the path of anger and misguidance. I’ll recite the prayer with which Almighty God begins His Glorious Recitation, the noble surat al-Fātihah.

Muslim Sharia Scholars against pseudo “Islamic State” (ISIS)

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Merciful:

The following is taken from an letter to the leader, fighters, and followers of the group calling itself the Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIL, or ISIS) and to its fighters and followers by more than 170 major scholars, muftis, and senior Imams from throughout the Muslim world.  It is not the opinion of one Muslim nor a statement from a liberal or quietist Muslim group. It consists of authoritative sharia pronouncements and supporting arguments by a large sample of prominent scholars from across the major Sunni schools of Islamic sharia law. ISIS is a Salafi Sunni group.

I hope it can be of benefit for those trying to add substance to the claim that the beliefs and actions of ISIS are opposed by the mainstream majority of the Muslims throughout the world. In addition, I hope that any Muslim who sympathizes with ISIS sincerely and thoughtfully considers these points: these scholars, or `ulama, are unanimous in declaring much of ISIS’s conduct haram, or categorically forbidden. The inhuman conduct that has so appalled Western audiences in recent months is appalling to mainstream Muslim authorities around the world and across the various schools of thought.  

For the 15-page letter in its entirety, as well its translation into Arabic and several European languages, please visit lettertobaghdadi.com. In the following excerpts, section headings, punctuation edits, and emphatic styling have been added to the original for readability and emphasis. 

Don’t Oversimplify Islam

It is not permissible to constantly speak of “simplifying matters” or to cherry-pick an extract from the Qur’an without understanding it within its full context. It is also not permissible to say, “Islam is simple, and the Prophet, may peace be upon him, and his noble Companions were simple: why complicate Islam?” . . . And the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace, said, “Whoever speaks about the Qur’an without knowledge should await his seat in the Fire.”

Respect the lives of Ambassadors and Emissaries

It is known that all religions forbid the killing of emissaries. What is meant by emissaries here are people who are sent from one group of people to another to perform a noble task such as reconciliation or the delivery of a message. Emissaries have a special inviolability.

Ibn Masoud [among the most learned of the Prophet’s companions] said, “The Sunnah [or exemplary conduct of the Prophet] [carries on with the customary rule] that emissaries are never killed.” . . . Aid workers are also emissaries of mercy and kindness, yet you killed the aid worker David Haines [along with others]. What you have done is unquestionably forbidden (haram).

War Crimes: Islam forbids the Killing of Prisoners

When Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq [i.e. the Prophet Muhammad’s immediate successor], may God be pleased with him, prepared an army and sent it to the Levant, he said:

You will find people who have devoted themselves to monasteries, leave them to their devotions . . . Do not kill the old and decrepit, women, or children; do not destroy buildings; do not cut down trees or harm livestock without good cause; do not burn or drown palms; do not be treacherous; do not mutilate; do not be cowardly; and do not loot . . . 

As for killing prisoners, it is forbidden in Islamic Law. Yet you have killed many prisoners including the 1700 captives at Camp Speicher in Tikrit in June 2014, the 200 captives at the Sha’er gas field in July 2014, the 700 captives of the Sha’etat tribe in Deir el-Zor of whom 600 were unarmed civilians, the 250 captives at the Tabqah air base in Al-Raqqah in August 2014, Kurdish and Lebanese soldiers, and many untold others whom God knows. These are heinous war crimes.

Don’t Declare People Non-Muslims

Quintessentially in Islam, anyone who says “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God” is a Muslim and cannot be declared a non-Muslim. God Most High says:

O you who believe, when you are going forth in the way of God, be discriminating, and do not say to him who offers you peace, ‘You are not a believer,” desiring the transient goods of the life of this world. With God are plenteous spoils. So were you formerly, but God has been gracious to you. So be discriminating. Surely God is ever Aware of what you do. (Al-Nisa’, 4: 94)

The meaning of “be discriminating” in the above verse is to ask them, “Are you Muslims?” The answer is to be taken at face-value without questioning or testing their faith.

Respect People of Other Faiths

Regarding Arab Christians, you gave them three choices: jizyah [or poll tax], the sword, or conversion to Islam. You painted their homes red, destroyed their churches, and, in some cases, looted their homes and property. You killed some of them and caused many others to flee their homes with nothing but their lives and the clothes on their backs.

These Christians are not combatants against Islam or transgressors against it; indeed they are friends, neighbours, and co-citizens. From the legal perspective of Shari’ah, they all fall under ancient agreements that are around 1400 years old, and the rulings of jihad do not apply to them. . . . [T]hey are not enemies but friends. For the past 1400 years, they have defended their countries against the Crusaders, colonialists, Israel, and in other wars. How, then, can you treat them as enemies? 

Don’t Destroy the Resting Places of Prophets and Prophetic Companions

You have blown up and destroyed the graves of Prophets and Companions. Scholars disagree on the subject of graves. Nevertheless, it is not permissible to blow up the graves of Prophets and Companions and disinter their remains; just as it is not permissible to burn grapes under the pretext that some people use them to make wine.

The Rule Regarding Rebelling against the Leader of a Muslim Country

It is impermissible to rebel against the leader who is not guilty of declared and candid disbelief (al-kufr al-bawwah), [that is], disbelief that he himself admits to openly [such that] all Muslims are in consensus regarding such a person being a non-Muslim—or by his prohibiting the establishment of prayers. The evidence of this is in God Most High’s words: “O you who believe, obey God, and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you . . . ” (Al-Nisa’, 4:59)

Your pseudo-Caliphate is Illegitimate

In your speech, you quoted the Companion Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq (may God be pleased with him): “I have been given authority over you, and I am not the best of you.” This begs the question: who gave you authority over the [global Muslim community]? Was it your group? If this is the case, then a group of no more than several thousand has appointed itself the ruler of over a billion and a half Muslims.

This attitude is based upon a corrupt circular logic that says: “Only we are Muslims, and we decide who the caliph is. We have chosen one, so whoever does not accept our caliph is not a Muslim.” In this case, a caliph is nothing more than the leader of a certain group that declares more than 99% of Muslims non-Muslim.

On the other hand, if you recognize [as Muslim] the billion and a half people who consider themselves Muslims, how can you not consult (shura) them regarding your so-called caliphate?

Thus, you face one of two conclusions. Either you concur that they are Muslims and that they did not appoint you caliph over them—in which case, you are not the caliph. Or . . . [assuming the majority are not Muslim, as you say], [the only real] Muslims are a small group not in need of a caliph, so why use the word “caliph” at all? In truth, the caliphate must emerge from a consensus of Muslim countries, organizations of Islamic scholars, and Muslims across the globe . . .

Executive Summary

  1. It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas, and one cannot “cherry-pick” Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.
  2. It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.
  3. It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.
  4. It is permissible in Islam for scholars to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.
  5. It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.
  6. It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.
  7. It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.
  8. Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.
  9. It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.
  10. It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any “People of the Scripture”.
  11. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.
  12. The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.
  13. It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.
  14. It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.
  15. It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.
  16. It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy.
  17. It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.
  18. It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.
  19. It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God Almighty.
  20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.
  21. Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.
  22. It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.
  23. Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam. After the death of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.

For the 15-page letter in its entirety, the full list of its signatories, and its translation into Arabic and several European languages, please visit lettertobaghdadi.com. In the about excerpts, section headings, punctuation edits, and emphatic styling have been added to the original for readability and emphasis.

SeekersGuidance – Can We Deny Having Committed Sins After We’ve Repented From Them? – Answers

Bismillah wa l-hamdulillah wa salaat wa salaam 3ala rasulillah!
MasahAllah, TabaarakAllah: May Allah reward Shaykh Faraz, his teachers, and the whole Seekers Guidance team: the following post is filled with gems. May Almighty Allah make us to take benefit for the sake of his Beloved (upon whom be peace and blessings, and by the barakaat of the elect from among his servants.

From the post:

The reason why it is so important not to talk about sin is because of what sin is: it is that which Allah hates, and may punish its doer for in the Hereafter. Sins go against the very purpose of the creation of humanity, which is to know and worship Allah. If you examine sins, all of them either entail or lead to social harms.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Believers see their sins as if they were sitting at the foot of a mountain and feared that it may fall on them, while the corrupt see their sins as if they were a mere fly that flew by their nose.” [Bukhari and Muslim] Sins are something extremely grave. The believer fears even getting close to sinning, because of their firm belief, sincere devotion, and true love.
When people start talking about sins, they lose their gravity and people start thinking (even if only subconsciously) that it is not all that bad to sin. For example, if one missed praying Fajr, one must feel remorseful. This remorse would lead to repentance and a determination not to make the same mistakes again. However, if one went to the breakfast table, and everyone was talking normally about how they didn’t get up for Fajr, this sin would feel less grave. Eventually, it would just be the way things are.
 

SeekersGuidance – Can We Deny Having Committed Sins After We’ve Repented From Them? – Answers.

A message from Shaykh Hisham Kabbani on Behalf of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (q)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

As-salaamu `alaykum from Sultan al-Awliya’s private quarters. Our Sultan Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani gives salaams and greeting of love and respect to all. Sultan is inviting your friends and family to watch Sufilive Broadcast. We are having daily an increasing number of viewers and masha-Allah, we are happy with that broadcast.

Please circulate this message to all websites, blogs and forums which you know on behalf of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, that Shaykh Hisham is urging you to increase your viewing of Sufilive.com and to try to double the viewers from 600 to 1200.

Also, don’t forget the broadcast is now live on Iphone, Blackberry, and Android phones.
Please connect daily to sufilive, and we can hit that target quickly and make our Sultan ever more pleased during this holy month of Rajab.
We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing more and more viewers on sufilive.

This message is from Shaykh Hisham from Mawlana Shaykh’s home in Lefke.

Supporting Mawlana Shaykh Hisham, of course!

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

Of course this little nothing supports and believes in Shaykh Hisham: will carry what ant-sized device he may to defend his beloved on all counts. This weak one writing was guided again and again to Islam through by the heart and tongue of Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani. I write this without remorse for all those times spent staring at Shaykh Hisham while rubbing my eyes because all that was there before me was Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani.

May Allah forgive us and guide us.

Baha’uddin Hughes
London, Ontario, Canada

Shaykh Gibril Haddad has written beautifully on recent events.

Beautiful Note of Support from Gibril of Brunei Darussalaam

gibril
Sunday, 6/6/10, 8:32 PM

Sultanul-Awliya I thank, and give praise to Allah With blessings of endless abundance on Rasul Allah For the lights and mercies showering down from high, Opening our path and hearts from earth to sky. What is this secret, what name seals this treasure That pours into our cups Niagaras without measure? Has creation tasted such openings after Famus- Sa’aada, That our Mawla decreed for us such shukr for your Suhba? Ya Nazimu lisan Madadil-Haqq, Your presence fills the worlds, announcing Haqq Refreshing hearts, O my Sultan, with the light of love: Shaykh Hisham cuts snakes’ heads and turns hyenas into doves. They want to bite into his flesh but he smiles and gives pearls. They live for his dishonor, but his Liwaa’ul-Hamd unfurls. Murid! Open your eyes to the Mirror of the Mirror of Rasul, Al-Halimu subhaan wa-ta’aala truly has dressed his soul. Let the Rajeem agonize in the puddle of separation! Allah’s Beloved owns plenty of true ones in his Nation. They will form a strong wall around his Ahlul-Bayt. The heart who plots against Awliya is already dead.

From: Brunei Darussalam
Email: qasyoun@fastmail.fm

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