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Atlanta Speech (2)

Atlanta Speeches of Shaykh Hassan Cisse (2)

December, 1993 ~ The Jeffries' Home ~ Friday After Wazeefah

       A brief word or two needs to be stated about Al Hajj Jibri'al Madaha. Hajj Jibri'al is a lively seventy-one year old wonder (1993). He is an erudite scholar, a man who has accompanied the righteous and the scholarly for many years. He left his homeland of Ghana, walking toward Mecca in 1944. He arrived there, Al Hamdu li-llah, in 1949. He told me (Abdullah Abdul Malik ibn Daud) that on his sojourn towards the Great Pilgrimage, he spent his years in Nigeria, Chad, and in the Sudan. He is an example of the perfect murid, he is always ready to serve and be courteous. He speaks very few words and absolutely no vain talk or useless conversation. He spends his time in zikr (or remembrance) of The Almighty. The One who is Allah.
       Hajj Jibri'al's accompaniment of the Shaykh here in America definitely added spice to an already electrically charged occurrence. The evening at Dr. Daud Jeffries' home, following the Congregational Salat and Wazeefah, began with a recitation of beautiful Arabic poetry by Al Hajj Jibri'al. The recitation was from the collection of poems "Diwan" (Divine) about the Prophet (pbuh), by the illustrious pole (Qutub), the possessor of the Flood (Fayda), and our beloved radiant moon, Shaykh of Islam Al Hajj Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, the maternal grandfather of Shaykh Hassan Cisse.
       After the poetry recitation ended, followed by three recitations of Salatul Fatihi, Shaykh Hassan Cisse said: "Al Hamdu li-llahi, wa salatu, wa salaamu, `ala Rasulu-llahi! Brothers and sisters in Islam! As-Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatu-llahi, wa Barakatuhu! I just want to comment on the poems we've just heard from our brother Jibri'al by Shaykh Ibrahim. All of his poems are just to express his love for Allah, his love for the Prophet (pbuh), his love for the religion of Islam, and praying that Allah should solve the problems of the Muslims throughout the world. All of us should know that after believing in Allah and believing in 'La ilaha illa-llah, Muhammadar Rasulu-llah', there is nothing better than loving the Prophet (pbuh). One of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh), at his time, used to come to see the Prophet (pbuh) after midnight. The Prophet said 'Why do you come to my house at this time?' The man said: 'I love you very much!' Always I think that very soon you will die and go to Paradise and you will be in a higher position than ours', and that I will not be able to see you. Then I say to myself that I should use this occasion to see you before that time.' The Prophet (pbuh) said: 'Everyone is going to live with whom he loves, on the Day of Judgment.' Then, we love the Prophet (pbuh), we love his companions, and we hope that Allah will let us live with them on Yaum ul Qiyyamat (The Day of Resurrection). The Shaykh, and all of the Waliys (Friends, Protectors) throughout history, completed themselves in expressing love for the Prophet (pbuh), because the Prophet (pbuh), for them, is not a dead person who is buried and finished. Some people think that he was sent to convey a message and that he conveyed the message and is finished. No! The Prophet (pbuh), (and every other Prophet, peace on them!), is still alive in his grave! Whenever you pray for him, he will get the message that you have done so. On Friday, during the day and Friday night, an angel will tell him 'so and so, in the city of so and so, and in so and so country prayed for you'. And the Prophet (pbuh) will return it with his greeting. Once, Shaykh Ahmad ar-Rifa'i went to visit the tomb of the Prophet (pbuh), and said to him: 'Away from you, I used to send my soul to kiss the earth of your grave on my behalf. Today, I come in person, put your hand out so I may kiss it.' And the hand of the Prophet (pbuh) came out for him, and he kissed it!
       Sidi (Sayyid) Abdul Qadir Al Jilani, said that he did not marry until the Prophet (pbuh) appeared to him and order him to get married. Abu al-Abbas Al Mursi said at his time: 'For the last forty years, if the Prophet (pbuh) disappeared for one minute, I would not consider myself among the Muslims.' So it is not strange that Shaykh Ahmad Tijani came to tell us that he met the Prophet (pbuh) in broad daylight. And that he (the Prophet, pbuh) gave him the Tariqa of Tijaniyya. The Tariqa Tijaniyya is not a new religion. It is not something added to the message of Islam. It is but confirmation of the Prophet's path (pbuh).
       What Shaykh Ahmad Tijani told us, was to say 'Astaghfiru-llah.' Who can deny that 'Astaghfiru-llah' is a part of this religion? He told us to say 'La ilaha illa-llah.' Who can say that 'La ilaha illa-llah' is not a part of this religion? And he told us to say 'Allahumma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammad.' Who can deny that it is a part of this religion? All of these principles, you can trace back to the Qur`an and back to the Hadith (traditions) of the Prophet (pbuh). As for 'Astaghfiru-llah', Allah says: 'Ask your Lord's forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving.' And in the Hadith the Prophet (pbuh) said: 'Your sickness is your sins and the remedy for your sickness is to say 'Astaghfiru-llah'. 'Salatu `ala Nabiy'(prayer upon the Prophet) , Allah (swt) says in the Book 'Verily Allah and His angels send blessings upon the Prophet (pbuh). 'O ye who believe! Send abundant blessings and prayers of peace on him.' It is an order from Allah. All the believers should offer prayers upon the Prophet (pbuh). This is what the Tijaniys are doing day and night. But some who do not know our tariqah, think that when Tijaniys take their beads, they say 'Shaykh Ahmad Tijani! Shaykh Ahmad Tijani! Shaykh Ahmad Tijani!' His name is not among our zikr. When you finish your Wird, or your Wazeefah, you can pray for yourself, your parents, your friends, and the Shaykh if you like. If not, you can stay there, without praying for him, or them. It is not an obligation. Praying for him (or them) is good. We should be praying for all of the believers, for all those who are in the religion of Islam. Sometimes that is the only thing we can do for them. Like our brothers in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Palestine. We cannot fight for them. The only thing we can do for them today is to pray for them.
       The love Shaykh Ibrahim that expressed in his poems for the Prophet (pbuh) is not just a love and it's finished. No! It is a love that makes one ready to follow, step by step. He said, 'If the Best of Mankind is walking, I will be following and walking behind him, step by step, and if he stops, I will never move.' Loving the Prophet (pbuh) means to follow the message of Qur`an and the message of his Sunnah. In the Hadith the Prophet (pbuh) said: 'None of you will have his belief considered complete, until his desire will be following what I brought.' What he brought is the message, the Qur`an and the Sunnah. That is what he said. Towards the end of his life he said: 'I left with you, what if you hold fast on to it you will never be led astray after me.' That is the Book of Allah and my Sunnah.' Therefore, loving the Prophet (pbuh) means to follow him. If you love someone, you should follow him. These are the expressions. Before Shaykh Ibrahim, Al-Busayri wrote a very nice poem, called 'Al-Burda', about the Prophets' nature (pbuh). Throughout the Islamic world today, when the Maulid time (birthday) comes, you will see Muslims chanting and singing with 'Al-Burda' and 'Al- Hamziyya'. Both of them are poems by Muhammad al-Busayri. The history of 'Al-Burda' is that Al-Busayri was sick and paralyzed for a long time. It eventually came to his mind that he should write a poem commemorating the Prophet (pbuh). When he wrote the poem he saw the Prophet (pbuh) that same night, and the Prophet (pbuh) was very pleased with the poem. So pleased, that he covered him with his cover (Mantle or Robe). 'Al-Burda' means 'the cover' in the Arabic language. When he got up in the morning, there was no more illness. Early in the morning, before he had shown the 'Qadsidat' or the 'poem' to anyone, a Shaykh came and knocked on his door, saying 'Open, and show me the poem. I saw you last night reading in front of the Prophet (pbuh), and he was very pleased with it.' That is what is related of 'Al-Burda'.
       Some anti-Sufis today, say that 'Al-Burda' is kufr (unbelief). That Al-Busayri is not a Muslim. That all of these big Shaykhs (of Sufism), are not Muslims. If they are not Muslims, who is Muslim? The Prophet (pbuh) said, 'I have been given orders to fight the non-believers until they say La ilaha illa-llah! If they say it they are well protected, themselves, their wealth, and their reputation. And to take account with them, that is between them and Allah on the Day of Judgment.' Al Hamdu li-llah! By this gathering of people remembering Allah, and also honoring the Prophet (pbuh), it may increase the love of the Prophet (pbuh) in our hearts. And when you love him, you may see him, either in a dream or in broad daylight. It is not impossible. Even until today, Allah is blessing good Muslims with seeing the Prophet (pbuh). That is why Shaykh Ibrahim said that whoever denies that seeing him is possible, we know that he is not among those that are seeing him. When he last went to Paris for medical treatment, I was in London. I went to see him at the hospital. He then dictated to us one of his poems, but he did not mention one particular verse of it until the following morning when I came to see him. I said 'Shaykh, when I was in London I saw the Prophet (pbuh) and he told me, this and that.' He said, 'That is true. I myself saw him here in Paris, and he said, I saw the Prophet (pbuh) in broad daylight in Paris.' Is Paris a place to see the Prophet (pbuh)? It is in a poem, and that is what he said. The Prophet (pbuh) said, 'Whoever sees me in a dream, he has seen me in reality for Shaytan cannot take my shape.' Shaytan can take the shape of Allah, but not the shape of the Prophet (pbuh). He can fool people with pretending to be Allah, but not with pretending to be the Prophet (pbuh). (Allah has protected the Prophet (pbuh) and us from this deception.)
       When Shaytan came to Sayyidna Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, and filled up the space (between the horizon and the sky) pretending to be Allah, and said to him, 'O my beloved servant Abdul Qadir, I am fully satisfied with you. From now on, don't pray, don't fast, don't do any of the obligations of Islam.' Immediately he knew that this was Shaytan talking to him, and he said, 'Stop it, shut up, you're the enemy of Allah. Why would Allah send his Prophet (pbuh) with the message, and then come after him to deny it again.' The simple intellect would say that this is false. Why would you send someone to deliver a message, and then go after him to say I did not say it? The Shaytan cannot take the shape of the Prophet (pbuh). We should try, and make effort always, to increase our love for the Prophet (pbuh). Attending Maulud, and attending all of these religious celebrations is a means to increase that love. And if we have it, that is happiness in this life and in the hereafter. I will remind you with the advice that Allah advised Prophet Moses (peace be upon him). He told him, 'Moses, if you don't do any wrong, don't be afraid of any authority as long as My authority is there, and Mine is there forever. Don't be afraid of poverty as long as my treasures are full, and they are full forever. Don't mention the fault of anyone as long as you have your own, and a servant never gets rid of his own faults. Don't stop fighting Shaytan as long as Shaytan is fighting you, and Shaytan is fighting you forever.' Whenever you want to pray, Shaytan will tell you, 'No, wait! Fajr (morning prayer) is not in yet.' When the time for Fajr comes, 'No, wait! You have more time. There is one hour and twenty minutes. Wait! The sun is not up yet.' Until the sun is up, and you've just prayed it. Shaytan will fool you until you've missed your prayer. If you want to spend your money for the sake of Allah, Shaytan will tell you 'If you do it, you will be poor. No one will help you.' If you want to commit crimes, Shaytan will push you to it by saying 'Do it one time and say 'Astaghfir-ullah'. It is simple. Just by following the orders of Shaytan, Shaytan will lead you into the hellfire without you knowing it. That is why Allah says in the Book, 'Verily, Shaytan is your enemy and you should consider him your enemy.' Shaytan has his party, and is calling his party. There is Hizbu-llah (Party of Allah) and hizbu-shaytan. The party of Allah are the believers, doing what Allah said and stopping where Allah wants them to stop. The hizbu-shaytan is the party of Shaytan, following Shaytan. Whatever Shaytan inspires to them, they will follow it and do it. Don't do this, they will not do it. Don't spend your money for the sake of Allah, they stop. Don't pray, they stop. Drink alcohol, use drugs, women, everything. Shaytan will push you, and in the end, following him will have caused you to lose yourself, in this life and in the hereafter. That is why the advice said 'Don't stop fighting Shaytan as long as Shaytan is fighting you, and Shaytan is fighting you forever.' He will never leave you alone. Allah helped the Prophet (pbuh) because his Shaytan was destroyed, there was no more Shaytan to confuse him. On any other than him, Shaytan is constantly working. If you begin to eat, and you don't say 'Bismi-llah', Shaytan will eat with you. In sleeping with your wife, if you don't say 'Bismi-llah', Shaytan will enter with you. Entering your house, everything you do, if you don't mention Allah, Shaytan will go ahead with you. If you want to drink and you don't mention the name of Allah, Shaytan will drink with you. But whenever you mention Allah, Shaytan will run away from you. That is why it is very advisable throughout our lives to mention Allah. It is related in the Hadith, that the Prophet (pbuh) used to mention Allah throughout his life. And He (Allah) said, "Don't feel safe until you see yourself inside paradise, and even if you see yourself inside paradise, remember that your father Adam was there and I drove him out of it." That is why Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) said that if one foot was inside paradise and the other one was outside, he would never feel safe. Even then, he would never feel safe. He also said that if Allah announced that he would never accept anyone to paradise except one person, he would think that he may be that person, or if He says also that He would put only one person to Hellfire, he would think that he may be that person. He never felt safe. When the Prophet (pbuh) called one of the Sahabas and gave him the list of the munafiqeen, the hypocrites, Umar (ra), went to the man and said "Please tell me, secretly, if my name is on that list." All of that because he didn't feel safe, despite his closeness to the Prophet (pbuh). He didn't feel safe. We should follow the message and follow the orders of Allah to the end of our life, because no one can work to deserve to be accepted into paradise except by the Mercy of Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) said they asked him, "Even you?" He said "Even me, except if Allah showered me with His Mercy, no one can go to paradise (without it)." May Allah guide all of us to the right path. May Allah help the religion of Islam through us. But don't be afraid, surely Allah will help this religion. And surely Allah will help those who are helping Him. He said in the Qur`an, if you help Allah, He will help you. Allah doesn't need help from anyone, but helping Him is to follow His religion. Then He will help you. He has promised, and He is capable to fulfill His promises. We are human beings. If we promise we may do it or we may fail to do it, but if Allah wants to do anything, He will say to that thing 'Kun faya Kun', 'to be, and that thing will be'. It is not like with us. Therefore this work is upon us. It is our duty to follow the Message and to help the Message of Islam, to follow the steps of the Prophet (pbuh), to fight for the benefit of Islam, and for the benefit of the Muslims throughout the world. May Allah help! May Allah protect! May Allah make Muslims all over the world victorious over their enemies!
       Today, Islam is being attacked all over the world with no just reasoning. The attackers hate the Message. It is a message based on the intellect, and on an intellectual basis, the Qur`an itself is addressing the intellect of mankind. All the previous announcements, the Prophet (pbuh) said, are in Qur`an. This knowledge, today, science cannot deny it. When the Prophet (pbuh) went on 'the night journey' and came back the following day, the kuffar (unbelievers), were together with him and they couldn't believe it. They said, 'A distance of two months on a camel and you said you went to Jerusalem last night and came back? How is that? But today, with airplanes we know that it is possible. What the Prophet (pbuh) said 14 centuries ago is possible. When they told him, 'OK, you went there last night describe the city,' he wanted to say 'I went there overnight.' Angel Jibri'al had brought the city in front of him. With the television today, we can easily believe what the Prophet (pbuh) said. Even in the message, Allah did not only say that He knows what is in the womb of a woman, but also whether it is male or female. He knows the character of that person, whether he will be living long or short, whether he will be rich or he will be poor, and if he will be believer or unbeliever. That, only Allah knows. The doctors today, can know if what is inside is male or female. What we know not, they can know. But they cannot know whether it will be living long or short, what will be its behavior, what will be its character, whether or not it will be a believer or an unbeliever. It is only Allah who knows that. The doctors can't know this. So, all of the announcements in Qur`an are helping Muslims everyday to confirm their belief towards this religion. May Allah help this religion! May Allah help this religion and help us to be helpers for the religion, and make the religion a help for us! As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatu-llahi wa Barakatuhu.

Compiled by Abdullah Abdul-Malik ibn Daud.
Edited by A. H. Halim.

Al Hamdu li-llah.