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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Women are honoured


Women are honoured to carry themselves the greatest secret - that of human life.

Jalaluddin Rumi wrote:

The Prophet, to whose speech the whole world was enslaved,
Used to say, “Speak to me, O Aisha!”
The Prophet said that women dominate men of intellect
and Possessors of hearts,
but ignorant men dominate women,
for they are shackled by the ferocity of animals.
They have no kindness, gentleness, or love,
Since animality dominates their nature.
Love and kindness are human attributes,
Anger and sensuality belong to the animal.
She is not your “Sweetheart” – She is the radiance of God!

What better example of a women is there than the daughter of the
Prophet (s.w.a), Fatimah az-Zahrah (r.a)? When she saw that her father was
constantly saying, “O my Community,” she wanted to do something herself
for the benefit of this Community. when God ordered the Prophet s.w.a to find
a husband for his daughter, the Prophet s.w.a called all the Companions
without discrimination and said to them, “God has ordered me to say that
whoever recites the Quran from beginning to end tonight may marry my
daughter Fatimah, if she consents.”

That night, all the Companions tried to recite the Quran from
beginning to end. All stayed at the mosque trying to finish except Ali ibn
Abi Talib (r.a) who went home and slept. Everyone, including the blessed
Prophet (s.w.a) assembled in the mosque when Bilal (r.a) recited the call for the
dawn prayer. After performing the dawn prayer, Prophet Muhammad (s.w.a)
asked, who finished the Quran last night so that I can marry him to my
daughter Fatimah?” No one was able to answer, because it is very difficult
to finish the thirty parts of the Quran in only seven or eight hours.

Ali ibn Abi Talib (r.a) said, “O Messenger of God, I finished reciting the
Quran last night.”

The other Companions looked at him and said, “How is it that you
finished the Quran? You slept all night.”

He said, “No, I completed Quran from beginning to end.”

The Prophet (s.w.a) said to Ali (r.a) “Who is your witness?”

Ali (r.a) said, “God is my witness and you, O Prophet (s.w.a), are my witness
that I completed it. O Messenger of God, I recited the following: “There is no
God but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God” three times; “I seek the
forgiveness of God” seventy times; the Opening Chapter once; the Chapter
of Sincerity three times; the Chapter of the Dawn once; then the Chapter of
Humanity once; There is no god but God” ten times ; and ten times “Peace
and the blessings of God be upon Muhammad and his family.”

The Prophet (s.w.a) said, “As God bears witness, I also bear witness that Ali
has completed the Quran.” If you recite what he recited, it is equivalent to
having completed the Quran.”

The Prophet (s.w.a.) asked Fatimah (r.a), “o Fatimah, do you accept Ali as
your husband?”

She said, “On one condition.”

All the Companions looked at Ali (r.a), at Fatimah (r.a), and at the Prophet
(s.w.a). the Prophet’s face changed as he wondered why Fatimah (r.a) said this?
What could the condition be? The angel Gabriel (a.s) came and told him, “O
Prophet, do not make a quick decision concerning her. God is telling you to
ask her what her condition is.”

The Prophet (s.w.a) said, “O Fatimah, what is your condition?”

She said, “The condition does not concern Ali, but it is related to me. If
that condition is fulfilled, I will accept. If not, I will never accept to marry

Again, the angel Gabriel (a.s) came to the Prophet (s.w.a) saying, “God is
ordering you to ask her what her condition is.” Now look at what God had
put into her heart and consider the benefit and station of women in

The Prophet (s.w.a) said, “O Fatimah, what is your condition?”

She said, “I hear you continuously, day and night, praying for your
Community. You say “O my Lord! Give me permission to lead my
Community to you! Forgive them! Purify them! Take away their sins,
difficulties and burdens!” I hear you, and know how much you suffer for
your Community. I know from what you have said that when you pass
away, you will still be saying, “My Community!” before your Lord, in your
grave, and on the Judgement Day.

My father, I see you suffering so much for your Community. Since
that love of your Community is also in my heart, I want your Community as
my dowry. If you accept, I will marry Ali.”

She asked for all of the Prophet’s Community, everyone without
discrimination. What was the Prophet (s.w.a) going to say? It was not in his hand
to give such a dowry. He waited for Gabriel (a.s), but Gabriel did not come quickly. He kept him waiting for some time, then came and said,
“God sends you His greetings and accepts Fatimah’s request. He gives her what
she asked for her dowry to marry Ali,” the Prophet (s.w.a) immediately stood
up and performed two rakats of prostrations of thankfulness to his Lord.

Fatimah (r.a) was only concerned for the salvation of the Community of
the Prophet (s.w.a). No one is going to be outside of her dowry because if God
removes one person from the dowry, it will be as if her marriage to Ali (r.a)
had been invalid. Therefore, she is going to take the entire Community
under her wing and they shall enter with her into Paradise.

This is from the power of one Muslim woman. She will take everyone with her into

What about other such women in islam? What will their power be?
What about saints? What about prophets? God has created human beings
pure. He keeps them pure with such power as that of the Prophet (s.w.a), Abu
Bakr (r.a) Umar (r.a) Uthman (r.a), Ali (r.a), and especially our grandmother,
Fatimah az-Zahrah (r.a), as well as our Grandshaykh, our Shaykh, and the
masters of the Naqshbandi Order and other orders.

May God guide us and all seekers in the Way of Divine Love and the
Divine Presence.

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Chairman, Islamic Supreme Council of America
Washington, D.C.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Melbourne Retreat Rabiul'Awwal 1428

Assalamu'alaikum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh

Alhamdulillah I felt great blessing in the Melbourne Retreat that just passed over the Easter long weekend. It was a great opportunity to reunite with the neighbouring mureeds down in Melbourne. The entire event was a great spritual re-charge for all of us. Below is my husband's account of what happened at the blissful gathering not forgetting some memorable moments caught on camera!
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

We greeted the fresh scents of Melbourne on the early rise of Friday morning with our hearts occupied with high enthusiasm and at the same time anxiety of what to expect. It had been a while since we rejoiced with our Melbournite comrades. The atmosphere was filled with a heightening sense of welcome and reunion from Sayyid Hazem and the rest of the local mureeds, greeting us with open arms and hearts. Our advent was quickly set straight with a highly motivating suhba by Sayyid Hazem on what to expect for the weekend and how our aims should be set in tune with our Lord. It was a highly inspiring reminder that stayed with us throughout the visit. As 8 of us squeezed into one of the visiting brothers' four wheel-drive to head for Jumuaah prayers, the feeling of togetherness felt more imminent. It brought to my head the picture of how our Master always emphasises in togetherness in brotherhood and establishing the concept of having 'Goodness in Congregation' such that even in a small squeezy compartment, we are together journeying.

The days and nights of the weekend followed with highly spiritually powered chantings of congregational zikrullah with Sayyid Hazem orchestrating and firing up vibes of pure rhythms of praise to our Lord Almighty Allah and His most Blessed of Creation, Muhammad sallallahu 'alaihi wassalam. In many of the gatherings of remembrance we were graced by the whirling of a humble dervish whom I strongly felt unveiled a great presence to the gathering bringing forth a strong symbolism of being in tune with surrendering ourselves to the Divine Will of our Lord.

Perhaps the most imminent of feelings in the gatherings was the feeling of ukhuwah (brotherhood) that felt like a strong force being pulled together by the will of our shaykh directed by our Lord Most High, a feeling that none of us could deny. Amongst ourselves we not only exchanged life experiences and showered embraces, we all felt this bond that established a firmhold around us encapsulating us as a jamaah (congregation) as our Master often testifies: "Whenever any group of our brothers or sisters meet for the sake of Allah, joining their hearts to the hearts of the Masters of this Way, that meeting will attain the level of an association with the Sheikh. In such a meeting, such a power descends on the hearts of the attenders that even the deepest roots of hidden idolatry, of ego-worship, can be pulled out. Such an assembly is more beneficial than years of superogatory worship"

We departed with a longing that was stronger that ever for each other, knowing that even if we did not get to see each other again, our residence was together within our hearts where the throne of our Lord is. May Allah bless our Master Mawlana Shaykh Nazim and always keep us in his company and in the Blessed Presence of the Masters of the Way to our Lord's Divinely Presence. Ameen!

Bi hurmatil Habib, bi hurmatil- Fatihah


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