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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sheikh Yahya Rhodus

The means of arrival to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)


Second session of three

In reality we want quality not quantity

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best of actions are continuous even if little.”

Our true strength comes from him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

Once we realise this we will be able to understand

We pray that Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala manifests his name al-Mughani (the enricher)

What a great day to meet him,
he (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was born in the time of fajr

We should rejoice in his birth because he (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the greatest creation

Yusuf An-Nabahni (died 1350) left a great work called “Sharf Mua’bad”, this is all about the family of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions

There are people who love one, but not the other (companions and the family)

The scholar refers to the character, at a deeper level

The meaning and the reality

The companions (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) detailed his (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) life to the finest detail from how he ate grapes from a stem, Melons

How he (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) used to sit

He is the means to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

All the law of the sacred law of the previous Prophets was cancelled when he received Prophethood

Every good deed you receive is a difference between the heaven and the earth

Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala has preferred some over others and in the afterlife this is greater

Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that there is a difference of five hundred degrees between an teacher and an worshipper

Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) would circling his horse in a place as he (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) once did

They (companions) had a connection to him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

By serving the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) who approach Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

He (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the best of creation

An-Nabahni has gathered a book about different prayers that others have written (about him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).)

What we see here is the etiquette and Adab (manners) with the Messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)
Even the slightest affection to him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the greatest

Anything that attains distinction is linked to him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

The best of water was? The water that came from his hand (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

It is mentioned in the Shafi books

Then Zam zam, Khathar, nile and then the remaining water

His (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) heart was washed with Zam zam water

He (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is unconditionally the best in all human character

The dua of light

He (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was concerned about having light – so should we be

If there was complete darkness, we wouldn’t be able to see and if there was complete light we wouldn’t be able to see

We can see now because of the mixture of light

You can feel something darker over there, its brighter here but gloomy outside

Light – knowledge

Every act we practice is done in light

Knowledge is light cast into the heart, there are different aspects attached to light

The average person has access to knowledge, in a week that doesn’t equal what people had in a lifetime

(I think this was about publications of some kind)
1960 – 260
1970 – 2000
2000 – 200,000

Information overload

Within three years they are going to integrate television and internet, 5000 channels

Before the end of time three things will be rare
1. Sincere person
2. Permissible substance
3. Beneficial knowledge – Knowledge that takes you to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

What do you really want?

The doors of heaven are open, what are you asking for? A Scholar said, “Why are you asking for something worldly?”

If you’re asking Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala ask for something more

Ask for the pleasure of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala and his Messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

There is a relation between both

The pleasure is one

Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala will not allow the heart of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) to be happy with anything else

The sign of the pleasure of the Messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the pleasure of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala and this is a means to enter into his service

Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) used to hold his (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) shoes, siwak

We have to make a contribution to the Ulema

People sent time working so we could get this Deen

He (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) saw himself as a person who had to work endlessly

When we think about our shortcomings that should cause us to have extreme fear

Umar ibn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) used to wish he wasn’t born

There are attributes we should think about that remain with the arabs

It pains the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) to know we are in difficulty

He (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is concerned about us

Why aren’t we, concerned about us?

When was the last time we thought about others, we have to be concerned for people
We should want the Muslims to increase – for non-Muslims to enter Islam

Some the bedions showed the worst of manners and he (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) responding with patience, he is the best of creation

There harshness was replaced with his mercy

What about someone who came with manners, if this is what people without manners attained

You have to study the sacred law with a soul

There are Muslims who are unable to show good character to the people

Wrong is wrong

Where are the people who want to change something

We have forgotten the greatness of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

His grandson Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi is more worthy to talk about his grandfather (go to his Shammil course)

Shammil means natural disposition in Arabic

The foundation of this word is linked to his (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) character

The reasons for studying, is not only to hear

Its not a type of academic type of study

Its is to seek pleasure by through its meanings

There is a pleasure (ladtha) in mentioning him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

When the true servants are mentioned, mercy descends

What about the most righteous of true servants (sahileen) (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)?

It’s a means to draw closer to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)

Without a doubt

Hasan ibn Tahbit (may Allah be pleased with him) used to have a Minbar where he recited poetry about the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) asked Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala to help him with the holy spirit (Jibreel)

What about the one who gathers his (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) character?

Learning about his (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) character, makes us learn to love him

Faith (Iman) increases with love of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)