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Atlanta Speeches of Shaykh Hassan Cisse (4) 

December, 1993 ~ Masjid Ibraheemiyya ~ Atlanta Zawiyya

       After 'Isha prayer and following poetic recitations in the Arabic language by Al-Hajj Jibri'al, Imam Ibraheem Secka introduced Shaykh Hassan and described him as "Ar-Raasi Khuna Fil Ilmi" (one firmly grounded in knowledge), (Qur`an, sura 3 Ayat 7). Then Shaykh Hassan began to talk saying, "Al-hamdu li-llah wa salatu wa salaamu `ala ashraaf-ul-mursaleen, Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallim.
       Brothers and sisters in Islam, at-taheeyatan mubarakaatan tayyibaatan min andi-llah ahyaatan taheeyatan mubarakaatan min andi-llah! This is a blessed greeting from Allah. I am addressing it to all of you, and saying As-Salaamu `alaykum wa Rahmatu-llahi ta'ala wa barakatuhu. As our brother Baye has said, I also am very pleased to be here with you today. I will give you good tidings that the Prophet (pbuh) has narrated to us from Allah. Allah has said in the Holy Hadiths: "Allah's love is due to those who are sitting together because of Allah, to those who are exchanging visits for the sake of Allah, and to those who are spending their money for the sake of Allah." A brother has reported it from the Prophet (pbuh) as well. He was going to a city to visit his brother in Islam, and halfway to the city Allah sent an angel down to question him. The angel came in the form of a man and asked him, "Where are you going?" He said, "I am going to that city." "Do you have any relatives there or do you have business?" He said, "No, I have a brother in Islam whom I love, and I am going to pay him a visit." Then the man told him: "I am not a man. I am an angel. Allah sent me down to give you good tidings that Allah loves you the way you love your brother."
       Al hamdu li-llah that we love each other because of Allah, and that our gathering today and sitting together is because of Him, and that the visit is also because of Him. Every individual person has spent some money to reach this place because of Allah. So we know by that, that Allah loves us. If that is the case, we also should love Allah. We should love His Prophet (pbuh). We should love the religion of Islam. Out of that love, in all of these poems that Al Hajj Jibri'al is reciting, jazaka-llah khayrun, my Grandfather has expressed the love he has himself for the Prophet (pbuh). He recited one verse: "If they ask me 'Whom do you love?' I will say 'Ta Ha, the Prophet of Allah (pbuh), and His beloved is him who I love, no one else'." Elsewhere, he said: "If they ask me 'Whom do you love, whom do you follow?' If the answer comes from me I will say: 'The Prophet Muhammad' (pbuh)." And throughout the history of Islam, these kinds of poems have been expressed, even at the time of the Prophet (pbuh). Ka`b ibn Zuhayr (ra), has a long Qasidat (poem) also honoring the Prophet (pbuh). When his brother came to Islam he wrote him a letter, blaming him and asking him why he followed the Prophet. What did Muhammad (pbuh) have that he should leave his tribe, that he should leave his history and follow the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)? Later on he was among the blacklisted (Ka`b ibn Zuhayr). The Prophet (pbuh) put names of enemies of Islam in a list (including Ka`b ibn Zuhayr) and that they should be killed with whatever. He (Ka`b) made a poem, a very nice poem, and came to the Masjid (Mosque). The Prophet (pbuh) was in the Masjid. When Umar (ra) saw him, he wanted to kill him before he reached the Prophet (pbuh) because he knew that the Prophet (pbuh) would forgive him. The last part of the poem said: "The Messenger (pbuh) is a light, a light that can guide. And he is a sword from Allah to those who want to stop His religion, to those who want to fight Islam, that he should fight back." After hearing it, the Prophet (pbuh) was so pleased that he took off his cover (mantle, cloak) and gave it to Ka`b ibn Zuhayr (ra).
       It is reported also in the Hadith, that the Prophet (pbuh) was on the pulpit on Friday giving Khutbah (sermon). Before he came down from delivering the Khutbah, one of the congregation, and it was at the time of a drought, one of the congregation stood up and told him: "Oh, Prophet of Allah (pbuh)! People and animals are dying because of the drought, and the farms are in ruin. Whoever travels a long distance may die on the way due to thirst. You should ask Allah to send the rain down." The Prophet (pbuh) did not ask. He just looked to heaven and the rain started coming down. he said: "I wish my Uncle (ra) could have been here today so he would know now that what was in the poem that he made honoring me when I was young, that Allah did it today. Who will sing that poem?" `Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) said: "Oh Prophet (pbuh), I will say it." He recited: "His face is light and that face alone is enough to make the sky send the rain down. He is the one that if the orphans have no food, or anything, they will have it from him. If the widows also have nothing, they can rely on him and he will feed them." Busayri also made very nice poems honoring the Prophet (pbuh). He named his poem after the Burdah. It is the second Burdah. The real Burdah the Prophet (pbuh) gave to Ka`b ibn Zuhayr (ra). When Busayri made his poem he had seen the Prophet (pbuh) in a dream and the Prophet (pbuh) covered him with a Burdah. He was sick and paralyzed, and the following day he was cured of all sickness.
       The poem Burdah itself is full of blessings and secrets. It is said that in the country of Java, Malaysia that there are a lot of lions in the land. And that there is one verse in Burdah, that if you see a lion and recite it, the lion will run away from you. The verse says: "Whomever, his help and his sustenance, is through the Prophet (pbuh), if he meets with a lion the lion will run away from him." And it so happened, that a man was working in that desert until he came face to face with a lion. He couldn't remember that verse, so he started calling Burdah, "Ya Burdat-ul Nabi, Ya Burdah" (Shaykh laughs), and the lion ran away from him. He said all of the Burdah he could think of. Based on that, all of what we're doing, chanting about the character of the Prophet (pbuh), is not bid`ah.
       Today, Islamically, Whatever you are doing you have to justify it, based on Qur`an, and based on the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). Prior to all of these poems and praise, his Lord! The Creator of everyone has praised him. (Sura 68, Ayat 4) "Indeed you are in a great character." That is Allah praising His Prophet (pbuh). And the Prophet himself (pbuh) said: "I am the best of mankind, without any proudness." Then he deserves to be praised, and not only praised and honored, but we should follow him. We should love him, and we should follow him. He himself he said: "None of you will be complete in his Iman (faith, belief) until I'm the one he loves most, more than his father, his son, more than all of the people, and more than himself. Then Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) immediately told him: "Oh Prophet, I love you more than my parents, more than my children, and more than all the people, but not more than myself." The Prophet said: "No Umar, that belief is not completed." He left and came back to say: "Now you are the most beloved one to me. I love you more than even myself." Then the Prophet (pbuh) said: "Now your belief is completed." So loving the Prophet (pbuh) means that you should love him more than everything, even more than yourself, and if you love him you should follow him. "None of you will be complete his belief, until his desire is to follow what I brought from Allah." What he brought is the Qur`an and Sunnah.
       All of us know the five pillars of Islam: to bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger; to pray five times a day; to fast the month of Ramadan; to pay Zakat (poor tax) if you have wealth, and to go to Mecca to perform the pilgrimage of Islam if you can afford it. If you have the means and ability to go to Mecca you must do it. Out of all these five pillars, Salat (prayer) is the most important part. That's why I have to stop awhile to explain better about Salat. Siyam (fasting), you can stop it until you come back or until you get better, if you get sick or if you are traveling. Zakat, if you don't have wealth, you don't have to pay it. Hajj (pilgrimage), if you can't afford it you don't have to do it. But the only thing different is Salat. The Prophet (pbuh) has said: "Salat is the cornerstone of the religion. Whoever says his Salat has fortified the cornerstone of the religion. Whoever abandoned his Salat, or who has destroyed his Salat, has destroyed his religion. Elsewhere he said: "The treaty between you and us is Salat. Whoever neglects his Salat, is a kafir (rejecter, unbeliever)." So we should not become kafirs after Allah has blessed us to be Muslims. We should stay in our religion no matter how difficult it will be to us. No matter how big the fight is that the enemies of Islam are addressing toward the Muslims and toward Islam itself. We should stay in our religion. The Prophet (pbuh) has given good tidings that if we hold fast on to Qur`an and Sunnah, we will never be led astray after him.
       On the Day of Judgment in Hellfire, the kafirs will be asked: "What brought you to Sakhar?" Sakhar is an area in Hellfire. They will say, "We are here because we were not praying." In Salat, you can identify all of the five pillars of Islam. Calling Adhan (the call to prayer) you will say: "Ash-hadu an la ilaha illa-llah, ash-hadu anna Muhammadur Rasulu-llah." Calling for Iqama (prayer is ready) you will say: "Ash-hadu an la ilaha illa-llah, ash-hadu anna Muhammadur Rasulu-llah." In at-tash-shahud you will say: "Ash-hadu an la ilaha illa-llah, ash-hadu anna Muhammadur Rasulu-llah." The real meaning of Siyam (fasting) is that you stop eating and drinking, from dawn to sunset. In all of the period that you are saying prayers, you will never eat. You will never drink until you finish the prayer. Zakat is your wealth. During the time that you use to make that wealth, you take part of it to say your prayers. Five minutes for Salat, twenty-five minutes a day, out of 24 hours. Perform Hajj also if you have the means and ability. If you don't have it you don't have to. But throughout Salat you are facing the Ka`aba, and going to Hajj means to go around the Ka`aba, to make Tawwaf (circling around). So the five pillars of Islam can be easily identified in Salat. That's why it is the most important part of the religion. All of these, all of the other pillars, Allah sent by Angel Jibri'al to the Prophet (pbuh) during 23 years, and in 6000 visits. But for Salat, Allah invited him in the Night Journey, and ascended him to the highest position to give him Salat. At the beginning it was to perform fifty (50) prayers a day. When he was coming back down, Prophet Moses (pbuh) advised him: "My nation was stronger than yours and they couldn't do this. Go to your Lord and ask him to reduce it." Allah reduced five. He said: "Go back." He went back and forth between Allah and Moses (pbuh) until the prayer became 5 prayers. Still, Moses (pbuh) asked him to go back and ask for reduction. But he said: "I couldn't go anymore." But Allah said in the Qur`an: "My statement will never be changed." "If you do one good, Allah will make it ten for you." And five times ten, that is fifty, as it was before. The five daily prayers are equal to fifty prayers a day.
       After that, Muslims are just like those who are seeking worldly things, like wealth. In their business, they want the business to flourish. They want development in the business. They want promotion in the business. Why not want these things in the religion? In the religion also there is a way to have promotion. It is to be lifted unto the highest degrees, to a higher position, and to be closer to Allah. How? By following the path of those whom Allah has guided. The Ulama (scholars), and the Awliya (saints), who will guide you toward the right path, the Path of the Prophet (pbuh). The Sufi people, throughout the history of Islam, have been receiving attack from those who are not with them, but Sufism is based on the Qur`an and the Sunnah. They say: "The Sufi is he/she whom subjects himself/herself to adopt the character and the behavior of Qur`an and the Sunnah." So, if the person is following the Prophet (pbuh), and following the teaching of Qur`an, what blame do we have against him? There is none. As long as you are following Allah, and following His Prophet, you should not be blamed. And there is one word, in Islam that if you say it 'La ilaha illa-llah, Muhammadar Rasulu-llah' you're a Muslim.    Whoever has said it is well protected. His life, his property, and his reputation, is well protected. Usama (ra) said to the Prophet (pbuh): "I killed a person after I heard him say La ilaha illa-llah." The Prophet angrily said: "After you heard him say La ilaha illa-llah you killed him? Why didn't you open his heart to see if he was saying it truly or falsely?" He said that the Prophet (pbuh) was blaming him so much that he wished he had not told him that he killed that person.
       La ilaha illa-llah is the word. Whoever has said it, is well protected, and the Sufis have broken it down into Islam, Iman, and Ihsan, following the Prophet (pbuh). Jibri'al came to him and asked him: "What is Islam?" He said: "To bear witness that there is no god but Allah and to say the five daily prayers, to fast the month of Ramadan, to give Zakat, and to perform Hajj." He said: "You're right" and he asked him: "What is Iman?" Belief? It is that you believe in Allah, in His Angels, in His Books, in His Prophets, in the Day of Judgment, and the fate, That the good and the bad, the nice ones and the nasty ones, that all of them are created by Allah. He said: "you're right" and he asked him: "What is Ihsan?" He said: "That you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, if not He is seeing you. That is Ihsan." The Sufi people say that Islam has three different positions. The first one of those positions is Tawbah. Tawbah means Repentance. The Prophet (pbuh) said: "If you live 99 years in kufr (unbelief), the day you say La ilaha illa-llah, Muhammadar Rasulu-llah, you are Muslim, like all Muslims." And he said: "Repentance leaves out what preceded it of sins." And repentance has conditions, you must make a firm decision that what you have committed in the past you will never do again for the rest of your life. That is the meaning of repentance. If you say, "I repent" today, and tomorrow you commit it again, you are only fooling yourself. That's not repentance.
       During one Juma`ah, the Prophet (pbuh) delivered a Khutbah (sermon) wherein he said: "Oh Mankind, repent to Allah before you become too busy to repent." Allah will accept your repentance, unless you wait until the last minute, and then seeing the truth, you repent. No way! You have to repent now before you become too busy to do it. Fortify the link between you and your Lord by remembering Him plenty, openly and secretly. You will be given wealth. Allah will mend things up for you and Allah will make you victorious. That is to repent. The second step, is Istiqamah. If you repent, you should stay in the repentance, following the Prophet (pbuh). To be a Righteous (Upstanding) person means what? Is to follow the teaching of Qur`an. Where Allah wants you to stop, you stop there. What Allah wants you to do, you do your best to do it. The third position is Taqwah. Taqwah is to fear Allah. Allah says in the Book: "The best one amongst you at the presence of Allah is he who fears Allah most." And Taqwah literally means to do what Allah wants you to do and to stop where He wants you to stop. It is the key to all good things including Ilm (knowledge), and all Muslims should want it because a Muslim has no excuse to be ignorant. You have to spend all your life studying. From the time you're born to the moment you enter your grave, as the Prophet (pbuh) said. The Taqwah is the key to that. Allah says in the Book [Sura 2, Ayat 282]: "Fear Allah and Allah will teach you and Allah knows everything." It is reported in the stories of the Sufi people that one day, Shayban Ar-Rai was coming to pay visit to Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal. With Imam Ahmad was Imam Ash-Shafi`i. Imam Shafi`i said: "He is from some people who claim that they receive knowledge without any intermediary. I will question him and see." Imam Ahmad told him, "No don't test him. Leave him alone." When he arrived, Imam Shafi`i insisted on questioning the man, and said to Shayban: "Do you people claim that you receive knowledge directly from Allah without any intermediary?" He said: "Yes, haven't you read in the Qur`an: 'Fear Allah and Allah will teach you and Allah knows everything'. Haven't you read this ayat?" He said: "Now you want to claim that you can know everything. I want to test you." He said "O.K. Bismi-llah!" Then he asked the first question: "What is the amount of cattle, camels or goats that a Muslim must have for paying Zakat?" Then Shayban questioned Imam Shafi`i again: "In your way or in ours?" and he asked him: "Oh, there are two ways?" Shayban said: "Yes, there are two different ways. In your way, out of every forty (40) there is one for Allah. In our way, all of it belongs to Allah." Then Imam Shafi`i said: "O.K. Now if a person is praying a Salat of (4) four raka'at and he forgot out of 4 raka'at, 4 sujoud, what is the way to correct that Salat? Shayban said: "That persons heart is careless of Allah, he should be taken to be educated, or to be beaten up." Because the answers were so strong, Imam Shafi'i fainted and fell down, especially because of being told "in your way, one out of every 40 is given to Allah, and in our way, all of it belongs to Allah."
       Taqwah is also the way if you want Paradise. Allah says in the Book: "Paradise has been prepared for those who fear Allah." If you want to be a Wali of Allah, Taqwah is the way. Allah says in the Book: "Indeed, the Walis of Allah, there is no fear on them and no grief in them." When He described them He said, "They are those who believe and those who have Taqwah." Allah is with everyone. He said in Suratul Waqi`at, "He is with you wherever you are." Even if you can fool people, you cannot fool Allah. He's with you when you are with people, and when you are alone. There is special way that Allah will be with you, but you can only experience it through Taqwah. Allah also said: "Indeed, Allah is with those who have Taqwah and those who worship Him in a nice way." If you want to be safe from Hellfire on the Day of Judgment, Taqwah is the way. Allah has said: "Then, We will save those who have Taqwah." Taqwah is the way to become exalted at the presence of Allah. If you want your problems to be solved, Taqwah is the key. "If you fear Allah, Allah will make a way out for you, out of your problems, and He will bring wealth to you from where you were not expecting it." If you want ease in your business: "If you fear Allah, Allah will make in your affairs ease." Taqwah is the key of all good things in this life and in the hereafter. That's why in the steps of the state of Islam (of the Sufi Path); repentance, to be a righteous person, and to have Taqwah, Taqwah is the highest. Then, the next state (of the Sufi Path) is Iman (Belief). Belief is not something you can just claim. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Iman is what you have established in your heart, and your actions prove it." You are fooling no one but yourself, if you claim that you are a believer and a Muslim, and all the while you are doing something else.
It is today that you have a choice. Tomorrow, in the Afterlife, there is no choosing. There are only two houses to choose. The house of the beloved of Allah is Paradise, and the house of the enemies of Allah is Hellfire, and there is no third house. In this life, if you are not pleased with America you can move out to Africa, to Asia, to Australia, to any of the five continents. But there in the Afterlife, it's either Paradise or Hellfire, and you must choose here in this life before you go to that end. Again there, there is no more choosing. The Prophet (pbuh) said: "What I fear most for you, is that you may follow the desire of the Nafs (lower self)." Following it will prevent you from listening to the truth. Even if the truth is clearly in front of you, you will never follow it because you are following the Nafs. And the Nafs is with Shaytan, pushing you to commit crimes, pushing you to what Allah forbids, pushing you to commit what Allah tries to prevent you from doing. That is the action of the Nafs.
       The Prophet (pbuh) said... [The Shaykh spoke only in Arabic] "Tubal Amal" is to have long hopes. Long hopes will make you forget about the Hereafter. Every day one is thinking of tomorrow, and tomorrow never comes. Before tomorrow comes the person may finish his life and die. Now, when you have time for it. Now, when you have your health to do it. Now, when you have your means, your wealth, your youth, your everything, do it. Don't wait until you become a poor person. Don't wait until you get sick. Don't wait until death comes. You have to make use of your assets and opportunities to save yourself in this life and in the Hereafter, [Shaykh recites Qur`an]. We should not deceive ourselves. Whatever Allah has, we can only get through obedience. Whoever obeys Him will get it. Whoever disobeys Him has no way out, and in no way will he get it. The Prophet (pbuh) said: "This life has packed to go and the Hereafter has packed to come, and each one of them has its own children." The Prophet advised: "Be among the children of the Hereafter. Don't be among the children of this life." This life very soon will be finished and vanished, and what a human being will have will only be according to what he has done of good things in his life. Take, for an example, that you have three different friends, your belongings, your relatives, and your good deeds. You've had a problem at midnight and you asked them for help. One of them said: "I cannot go beyond this house." The second one said: "I cannot go beyond this city." and the third one says to you: "Let's go! Wherever you go, I'll go with you." Who will you choose? When death comes to you, they only wrap you up, fold sheets of cloth to wrap you up and to send you down to your grave. That's what you have of the wealth. The rest of it cannot go out of the house. Next, are your relatives and your friends, of the relatives, the first thing that sprang into their minds is, "How much he has in his safe? How many houses has he?" and to immediately plan on how to distribute it between themselves. Their next step is to take you behind the city, outside of where people live and dig a hole and put you there.
There what you will find is what the Prophet (pbuh) said: "A grave is one of two. A garden of Paradise or a hole of Hellfire." If you have good deeds you will see a very nice creation that Allah created in a form of animal, whose perfume is extremely beautiful. The person will be saying to that creation: "Come near me!" That animal will say: "I am not only to come near you, but I will be your animal. You ride on me to the Day of Judgment. I am your good deeds. I have been riding you throughout your life. You used to leave your sleep and pray at night. Your wealth was for the sake of Allah. Your help was for the Muslims. Today, Allah created me in this manner for you to ride me to the Day of Judgment." If the situation is the opposite, there will be an animal with a nasty smell, smelling very bad and you will say: "Get away from me! Be away from this place." It will say: "No, I'm going to ride on you until the Day of Judgment."
       Therefore, we have to choose what we will have, in this place. Today, If you are traveling to Mecca, the Dollars used in America are not the same as the Riyals used in Saudi, but you can make a bank transfer. If you want to transfer anything for yourself to your grave, you can do it now! Something for yourself to the Day of Judgment, you can do it now. You must, because after death there is no more transferring. They say that a man who had children over slept one night, and they ate dinner without him. When he got up after midnight he said: "Where is my dinner?" They said: "Oh! We thought that you would not get up until morning." He said: "O.K." The following morning he made an announcement to many poor people that he had invited to his house: "These are my cows, choose the best one, take what you like and take it for the sake of Allah. Theses are my cows take one!" He said this until the people of the family were crying. He said: "If while I am still living with you, you forget me, what will be the case when you bury me in the grave." Therefore you have to send for what you will want, in this life. The Prophet has said (pbuh): "Today is for performing deeds and no one will take account with you, but tomorrow is for nothing but to take account with you." Allah will meet every individual person, face to face, and ask him, what he did with his life. If it was good he will be among the happy people. If it was bad he will be among the unhappy people. May Allah make us among the happy people! (Ameen!) That is the Prophet (pbuh) advising the Ummat on how we should behave as Muslims, and as Believers. Iman also has been divided into three (3) steps. The first one is Sidq, to be truthful. A believer should never tell lies. The Prophet (pbuh) said that even Shaytan when he made his statement "I will lead all mankind astray except Your servants who are sincere in You." made an exception just to avoid telling lies. If Iblis the Shaytan is avoiding telling lies, all of the Believers should avoid it. The Prophet (pbuh) said: "A believer never tell lies." You should be truthful in your word, between you and yourself, between you and your family, between you and your friends, between you and your fellow Muslims, between you with Allah and His religion, and between you with the Prophet (pbuh). You should be truthful. Don't tell lies. To say that you are Muslim and you are not, you are not fooling anyone but yourself. Next is Ikhlas, to be sincere in what you're doing. A little that you may do with sincerity is better than doing a lot without it. All of this will promote you to the higher position of At-Tutmamina, which is to get comfort in your heart, and to get comfort in your living. Allah says in the Book: "Heart is the most important part of the body. If it is good everything is good. If it is bad, the whole body is bad." The Prophet (pbuh) also has said it. Then from those three positions, As-Sidq, Al-Ikhlas, At- Tutmamina you move to upper degrees (in the Sufi Path) that is Al-Ihsan, which is to worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, and if not then to know that He is Seeing you. Also with Ihsaan you have three (3) different steps. They begin with Muraqabah. With Muraqabah you have to observe Allah in everything. Observe Him when you are with the people, and observe Him when you are by yourself. It is reported that a very pious lady said that a man burst into her house, and asked to sleep with her. She said: "After you close all doors and windows." The man hurried and closed all the doors and windows. Then she said: "But there is one door you did not close." He said: "Which door is that? I closed all doors." She said: "The door between us and Allah. Allah is Seeing us." That, is to observe. She observed Allah. If you observe Allah in your actions, and in your daily movements, that will move you to the upper degree of Mushahadat. Mushahadat means to witness Allah in every thing, in His creation. Some people say that they see Allah before creation, or say that they see Allah after the creation. If they see the created person, they say: "This person is created and Who Created him is Allah." Some say they nullify everything. Nothing is, but Allah, what they see is Allah. That is Mushahadat, to observe Allah and you see Him in everything. If you are observing Him and seeing Him, that will lift you to the higher degree which is Al-Ma`arifat. That is the knowledge of Allah, and to have the knowledge of Allah. Allah will be directing you in your actions, in and out, secretly and outwardly, and helping you to follow the steps of the Prophet (pbuh), which will lead a person to Paradise and to be among the happy people.
       We should not sleep through life. We should always be doing our best. We should always be fighting Shaytan. Allah also advised Prophet Moses (pbuh): "Don't stop fighting Shaytan until you see yourself inside Paradise, and even if you see yourself inside Paradise, remember that your father Adam (pbuh) was there and I drove him out of it." Then, we should always strive throughout our lifetime. We should not sleep through it. The Prophet (pbuh) said: "Good things will never be forgotten. Even if people forget them, Allah will never forget. It is well recorded for you and you will find it with Allah." Bad deeds will never be forgotten, sins. They are there, in a book. Every person will receive his book, and all his actions throughout his life will be in that book. If the good things are more than the bad things then he will be happy. That's why the Prophet (pbuh) said: "He is a loser, whose ones are more than his tens until he becomes an unhappy person." If you do one good thing Allah will consider it ten. If you do one bad thing Allah will consider it one. It is not advisable, that you follow up your good deeds with bad things, until the ones are more than your tens, and he said: "He who pays for good deeds, by good payments, and good rewards, and punishes for bad deeds the way He punishes, will never die." That is Allah. Then, the most fearful part of this Hadith is where the Prophet (pbuh) said: "Do whatever you like!" The way you lend, is the same way you will receive your payment. If you lend good things, expect Allah to pay you good things. But if you lend bad things, then don't expect a good reward from bad. What was bad a hundred years or a thousand years ago, is still bad today. What was good a thousand years or fourteen centuries ago is still good today. That's why loving the Prophet (pbuh) means to follow him.
       Those are briefly the steps of Al-Islam, Al-Iman, and Al-Ihsaan. The first part of it, Angel Jibri'al as a man, came and asked the Prophet (pbuh). The Prophet (pbuh) gave him the answers. He came in a form of human being, Dihya Al-Qalbi one of the Sahabah of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Sufi Ulama wrote down steps of the Sufi Path. In Islam, there is Tawbah, Istaqamah, and Taqwah. In Iman, there is Sidq, Ikhlas, and Tutmamina. In Ihsaan, there is Muraqabah, Mushahadat, and Ma`arifat, and from there to where? To Allah! Allah will never be finished. The Prophet (pbuh) is still getting promotion in Allah, yes. Allah has no end. Whatever good things you are doing, don't think that you will reach a state where Allah will not have something to give you for them. Through every position in the positions of Islam, the next one in front of you will be addressing you: "What you want is further down. Go ahead! What you want is further down." In this Dunya (world), the advise is to look down on those who have less than what you have, because Allah has blessed you with something that they don't have. But in religious affairs, always look up to those whom Allah has blessed to have some knowledge, and who may have some righteousness that you don't have. Then follow their steps. It may be that Allah will lift you up to their degrees.
       May Allah bless our community! May Allah guide all of us to the right path! May Allah help Muslims all over the world! May Allah help Islam, and raise the flag of Islam. May Allah help Muslims to unify themselves and to care for each other, because the Prophet (pbuh) has said: "Your belief will never be accepted, until you love for your brother/sister in Islam what you love for yourself." May Allah help us in that. As-Salaamu `Alaykum, wa Rahmatu-llahi Ta`Ala, wa Barakatuhu!

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

Al Hamdu li-llah.