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Atlanta Speech (3)

Atlanta Speeches of Shaykh Hassan Cisse (3) 

December. 1993 ~ Dr. Khadijah Askari Cisse's Home ~ Monroe, Georgia

       On Saturday evening after salatul 'Isha, we were again blessed to experience Al Hajj Jibri'als' recitation of the Diwan (Divine) of Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse. [The "Diwan of Al-Hajj Ibrahim Niasse" is a collection of verses and poems in commemoration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It numbers 2,972 verses in 178 pieces. In Arabic it is entitled "Taisir el-Wusul ila Hadra er-Rasul" or "How to gain Access easily to the Apostle (pbuh)."] Shaykh Hassan sat and listened for a while and then he interrupted the recital and said, "I want to make some comments on these poems that you are saying. The Prophet (pbuh) said 'If you love because of Allah and you hate because of Him, then your Iman (faith) has been completed.' All of these poems are from Shaykh Ibrahim, addressing the Prophet (pbuh) with his love, addressing the Prophet (pbuh) in order to solve the problems of the Muslims, the problems of his followers, and his disciples all over.
       I want you to recite verse by verse... [Hajj Jibri'al recites the Diwan.]. He said 'I came to you when I was a young man.' The first Hajj of the Shaykh was in 1937. That's why he is addressing the Prophet (pbuh) in that poem by saying, 'I came to you when I was a young man'. 'I came to you when I was 50. I came to you when I was old, and still my love is increasing day by day.' [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] 'Drowning in my love, (In Arabic, when they say 'tihyam' it means, if you love something and you get crazy in that love.) and my love, my craziness in that love is for you. My poems other than for you are forbidden.' I remember that once, while the Shaykh was traveling to Mecca, and writing his poem to greet the Prophet (pbuh), one of the millionaires of the Nigerians was seated next to the Shaykh in the plane. He said 'Shaykh, could you mention my name in that poem?' 'I am ready to pay 500 pounds [1,400 dollars?] for each verse it is mentioned in.' The Shaykh said 'I am not making my poems for anyone but the Prophet (pbuh).' That is why he said 'This poem is only addressed to you, other than for you is haram. Making my poem to honor anyone else other than you, is something that is forbidden.' [Hajj Jibri'al recites further.] 'Unto you, otherwise my beard could never move.' He said that all of his traveling, and all of his trips (in the path) are just to the Prophet (pbuh). Other than that, his beard could never move. 'And my tongue is chanting the poems for you while all my neighbors they are sleeping.' He was using all of his nights, writing the poems to greet the Prophet (pbuh). That's why he made all of these poems forbidden to anyone else other than the Prophet (pbuh). People were sleeping, and of all his nighttime he spent writing these poems. [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] He said 'Coming back from that Holy Place, now I am in Ghana. All the area sleeps and my heart is still in that place.' I had an argument one-day, with an Arab man in Saudi. I was in Mecca going to Jeddah and there in the cab he greeted me. He said 'Where are you from?' I said 'I am from Senegal.' He said 'Do you know Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse?' I said 'Yes, I know him.' He said 'What do you know of him?' I said 'Yes, I know him. He is one of the leaders of the Muslims, and of the big Scholars, and he spends his time calling for Islam and spreading knowledge.' And he said 'And what?' as if he was angry. I said: 'Briefly, my brother.' He said 'Yes, no one will deny that Shaykh Ibrahim has spread knowledge and has brought into Islam thousands of people. But with all that, there is something which spoils his services for Islam.' I said 'What is that?' He said 'he loves the Prophet (pbuh) too much!' I said 'Loving the Prophet (pbuh) too much? That spoils his work for Islam or makes it nicer?' He said 'No! It spoils his work for Islam because he raised the Prophet (pbuh) to the level of Allah!' I said 'Where did the Shaykh do this?' He said 'In his poems.' I said 'In which poem?' 'In the one he made when he was here, and in it said to the Prophet (pbuh) 'When I was to leave and I went to the Prophet to say good-bye! good-bye! I couldn't move. My tears were coming down and my heart was bleeding.' 'And the one he made in Africa, wherein he said 'Oh, I am sad today when Medina is far away from me. I just look like Yaqub when his son Yusuf was away from him.' I said 'In which ones?' He said 'In none of the other poems. These poems I have in my house in Mecca. I live on the street of Abu Lahab in Mecca. I will give you my address, and when you come back to Mecca come to my house. I will show you the poems.' I said O.K. my brother, I agree with you that Shaykh Ibrahim loves the Prophet (pbuh) very much but in the Qur`an Allah has said 'Whoever obeys the Prophet (pbuh) has obeyed Allah.' However, there is one verse in Qur`an that I don't understand because I am not an Arab. Maybe since you are Arab, you will explain this verse for me. He said 'What is that verse?' Allah says in Suratul Taubah 'Wa-llahu wa Rasuluhu ahaqqu an yudurhu.' [Sura 9, verse 62]        (Hajj Jibri'al laughs with delight and exclaims 'Na`am! Na`am! Cisse! Radiya-llahu anhu) He answered, 'Allah and His Prophet, He deserves to be satisfied.' Shaykh said He (Allah) said: 'Allah and His Prophet,' He mentioned two! Allah and His Messenger, deserves to be satisfied. He (Allah) mentioned two, and in the end He addressed One! That is not understood in the Arabic language. In the Arabic language you address two, you should refer to them as two. But here, He (Allah) mentioned Allah and the Prophet and referred to them as One! He said 'Oh my brother, it looks like Shaykh Ibrahim is from Senegal, and you're from Senegal. That's why you are backing him up instead of telling me, that what satisfies Allah is the same thing that satisfies the Prophet, and what satisfies the Prophet is the same thing that satisfies Allah? It is not two different satisfactions! That's why He (Allah) mentioned Allah, mentioned the Prophet, and referred to them as one.' [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] 'In Ghana, all the neighbors sleep and all my heart, is still in the sand where the Prophet (pbuh) is buried.' Yesterday, I mentioned to you one of the Waliys, Shaykh Ahmadur Rafai. In his poems he said when he went to visit the Prophet (pbuh), 'Away from this land, I used to send my spirit on my behalf to kiss the earth where the Prophet has been buried,. Today, I come in person, bring out your hand so I may kiss it.' And the Prophet's hand came out for him and he kissed it. Some people consider the Prophet (pbuh), to be only a dead person, that he was sent to convey the message and is finished. But he is still alive! He is still alive! He is all over the world!
       In Mecca, there is one Meccan man who used to receive some people from Java and Malaysia. He was their host. At that time he was rich. A time came when he no longer had anything. Then when the people came for him, he was embarrassed and thought that he should go and hide somewhere. After a while, he decided that since they came for the Prophet (pbuh), he should at least take them to Medina and leave them at the Mosque of the Prophet, and go back home. When he went to Medina, and was visiting the Prophet (pbuh), and facing that place,... [The Shaykh points to a framed picture of the Prophet's tomb hanging on the living room wall.] those three gates, the first one is the gate going straight to the tomb of the Prophet (pbuh), and the second is to Abu Bakr (ra), and the third is to Umar (ra), ...and was standing by that place, the man addressed the Prophet (pbuh) and said 'These people, they came for you. They used to come to me when I had money, to take care of them. Today, they come when I don't have it. I am here to leave them with you and go.' Then he went to Rawda. Rawda is the next space between where the Prophet (pbuh) is buried and his pulpit. The Prophet (pbuh) has said 'Between my house and my pulpit is a garden of the gardens of paradise.' He went to the Rawda and said two raka'at, and there he slept. While he slept he saw the Prophet (pbuh), who told him 'Go out from this Masjid (Mosque) and go to the place so-and-so, and ask the person there to give you what you need to take care of your guests.' When he got up he said to himself, that before he leaves (Medina), he would go and see to what the Prophet (pbuh) told him to do. He went to the place as the Prophet (pbuh) told him. He went to the place the Prophet (pbuh) had mentioned to him. When he called on that name, the man came and said to him 'Welcome to the messenger of the Messenger of Allah! Tell me how much you need for your guests and I will give it to you!' So, for those people who are thinking that the Prophet (pbuh) has left and is finished, we tell them No! The Prophet (pbuh) received on the Night Journey three (3) different kinds knowledge from Allah. The first, is knowledge that is between him and Allah. He will never release that knowledge to anyone. It is a secret between him and his Lord. The second, is the Shari`at and Qur`an. Allah told the Prophet (pbuh) to convey the Message revealed to him from his Lord. If he did not release the second, he did not convey the Message. That is the Message of Qur`an. He released it, and he conveyed it to the first generation of Islam. During his last Hajj, the last ayat of Qur`an, Surah 5: Ayat 3, 'This day have I perfected your religion.' was revealed to him, and the Deen (religion) was closed (completed). That Message of Qur`an contains everything that was revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) during the twenty-three (23) years of his Prophethood. And the third knowledge, he was given the choice to release to whomever he likes, or whomever he wishes. The Muslims are still having the benefit of that third knowledge, and by it are still receiving benefit from the Prophet (pbuh). Still, that third knowledge, yes! That is why I said that those who only consider him as dead, cannot get any usefulness from him. We are telling them No! And Shaykh Ibrahim said that whoever said that it is not possible to see the Prophet (pbuh), then we know from there that he is not among those who are seeing him.
     [Hajj Jibri`al recites more Diwan] 'When I came to you by land, I sent my poems to you, when I came by boat, also I wrote some poems to you. Today I am coming to you by air, and again I am writing a poem for you.' [Hajj Jibri`al recites.] 'I am addressing him with my poems while he is in Medina. Tayyiba is Medina. It is one of the names of Medina. I am seeing the Ka`aba and writing my poems to the Prophet while he is in Medina.' [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] 'I am here in Mecca, making Tawwaf, and kissing the Black Stone because the Prophet has done it.' He just wanted to repeat what Umar ibn al-Khattab had said, when he made Tawwaf and came to the Black Stone which is: 'If I hadn't seen the Prophet kissing you, I wouldn't have kissed you.' [Hajj Jibri`al recites.] 'At Zamzam, on top of the well, inside Mecca, wherever I go, I am chanting the poems of the Prophet (pbuh). [Hajj Jibri`al recites.] 'At Mutalzam'. Mutalzam is one side of the Ka`aba. It is the gate of the Ka`aba, where everyone is going around and saying 'Allahu Akbar'. Some say 'Subhana-llah', some say different du`as, all of them are in (the state of) Ihram and I am still chanting the poems of the Prophet (pbuh).' [Hajj Jibri'al recites Diwan.] Yes, he is in Mecca but his heart is in Medina. He said: 'When I will see myself in Medina where the Prophet who brought this religion to us is, where I will have the opportunity to visit the tomb of the Prophet (pbuh).' [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] He said: 'Tayyiba', that is Medina, the place where Jibri'al was coming up and down between Allah and the Prophet (pbuh). Within twenty three (23) years, Jibri'al came to the Prophet (pbuh) six thousand (6,000) times; just up and down 6,000 times. Other Prophets (a.s.), he came to them four (4) times or five (5) times. But for the Prophet (pbuh) 6,000 times in 23 years. [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] 'In that place, Jibri'al was put in the office. To serve whom? To serve the Prophet (pbuh)! To serve the Prophet who is the Seal of all the Prophets. [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] He said: 'I offer my prayers upon the Prophet (pbuh), my greetings to the Prophet (pbuh). I came with big hope but I came just to take what I want. Not just any hope, but I came to take it.' [Hajj Jibri'al recites.] 'Again, I offer my prayers upon the Prophet and greetings to him, and I'm asking Allah to solve the problems of the Muslims all over the world.' [Hajj Jibri`al recites.] He offers the prayers, once again, with the greetings and is hoping that he will go back to his house with full respect from everyone. Busayri said a poem like this. He said: 'It is impossible that you came to the Prophet (pbuh) with hopes, that you never received. It is impossible that you came to the Prophet (pbuh), and will go back with no respect. Whenever you come from the Prophet (pbuh), everyone will respect you.' [Hajj Jibri`al recites Diwan...] 'I offer my prayers for the Prophet (pbuh) with my greetings, and I am asking Allah that all of the delegation that came with me, will go back safe and with all that they need.'
       [Hajj Jibri'al recites Diwan... ] 'Baraka-llah! Jazaka-llah khayrun!' That is part of that poem. [Al Hajj Jibri'al closes the event with some of his own rhythmic poetry, for our beloved champion of the Shari`ah and Revivalist of the Sunnah, Maulana Shaykh ul Islam, Al Hajj Ibrahim Niasse (ra).]

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

 

Al Hamdu li-llah.