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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yahya an-Ninowi

Learn about the attributes of Awliya Allah - Lesson 1 of 3

Quran: the Awliya do not fear nor do they grieve

The Ayah gives us a way to be them

The Quran doesn’t not give you a situation without giving you a key to its solution

In society we have groups, classification.

Class, character – go to the Masjid certain people etc

Even the souls that love each other are near each other

Luqman tells his son to find the Awilya and love them because if you do being with in their company may a reason for your forgiveness

There is a Hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) found some of hs companions sitting in the group, the angels informed him that they where forgiven

Look for good company

If you are with a good companion then its like being with a perfume seller and being with bad company is the opposite

Remember the hadith that the man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) “When is the hour?” he asked, “What have your prepared for it?” said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) “nothing, except I love Allah and his Messenger.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “you will be with who you love.”

Check your heart, who do you love? Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)

Awilya comes from Wali which means closeness A’du means enemy which means running away

Awilya means the one who is close, supports and the one who loves

Oppressors are have Awilya and disbelievers also, protectors of each other

The Muslims are Awilya upon each other

To be a wali means to prohibit evil, command the good, establish prayer, pay zakat and they obey Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala and his messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)

Angels can help the believers – look at Badr the angels came to help the Muslims

And they will help some people on the day of judgement, this is from Allah subahnu wa ta’ala

There is an ayah where Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala, his Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and those who believe are protectors, the ones who pray and give charity whilst bowing. Imam Tabari and Razi commented on the section, “whilst bowing.” They narrate that man came to the Masjid An-Nabi and asked people for money, no one gave him anything and he prayed to Allah and said be my witness I have asked for money in the house of your Prophet and no one gave me anything. Ali ibn Talib was in prayer bowing, he threw his ring at him and took it as charity

Imam Suyuti says the Awilya means that when they are in a place Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala is mentioned

People make two kinds of Dhikr of creator or creation

When Dhikr is mentioned it is always mentioned as a lot (Kathin)

The one who is close to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala is the one mentions him a lot, in every action

He is with Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala his is disconnected from creation and he is linked to only to the creator

Awilya don’t see their actions they don’t mention it to others

They do not see the deed and they worry if the deed is accepted or not

Umar ibn abdul aziz (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If there was a call on the day of judgement that everyone will be excepted into heaven except one, I think that would be me.”

The people who are absent from Dhikr and others are absent in Dhikr

People absent in their prayer

The point is not quality and not quantity

Some companions used to apply one ayah and now people read the whole Quran and don’t apply it

You have faith and piety

Scholars have said Piety means –
1. Fearing Allah,
2. Work with the Quran
3. Contentment with little
4. Preparing for departure

There no fear upon them and no sadness. Fear is for the future and sadness is for the past

What is the worst disaster for the Awilya, to sin

Imam Razi went into the desert with his teacher some wild animals came, his teacher was reading the Quran and kept reading. When they left, a little mosquito came near his teacher was scared. Imam Razi said yesterday we had wild animals near you and you weren’t scared and now you are scared of a mosquito? He said I was making remembrance of Allah and that was protecting me, now I am alone

It was noted in the opening of Africa to the Muslims they came across a valley, it was known as the valley of death. They leader was advised to go around it, he refused and went to the valley with some men and said, “O’ inhabitants of the valley, tomorrow I will cross this valley with my men and if I see anything I will kill it.” Snakes could be seen leaving their holes to make way for them.

Lesson two of three

Can people still attain this rank?

Yes this is blessing until the day of judgement

There are three kinds of Awilya,
1. The ones who everyone knows,
2. The ones that the special people know,
3. The ones who only Awilya/Prophets know

Owais Al-Qarni (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told the companions to pray to him

There will be people who enter heaven secretly because they prayed secretly

The first condition of the Awilya is to have knowledge, to know Allah subhanu wa ta’ala

Scholars inherit the knowledge and waliyya

If Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala can teach a man who doesn’t know

When people have this knowledge then they realise what worship is

Are those who know and those who don’t, equal?

Sincerity is what Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala knows

Awilya have knowledge, sincerity, love and follow the sunna

We don’t know the names of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala but wwe know names of football player, film stars

Know people ask about the Sunna – to avoid it

Someone asked him about the beard it’s Sunna in Shafi and Maliki fiqh and the questioner wanted to know to avoid it

Its only Sunna!???

The Sunna is the key to success

Another sign is good deeds

In the hadith Qudsi it states the Fard is a means to drawing closer

Some people put the Sunna over the fard

Ibn Hajar said the one who is busy with the fard so he cant do the sunna, he has an excuse and the one doing the Sunna and leaving the fard is fooled.

Pray the twelve rakat (2 b4 fajr, 4 b4 zuhr and 2 after, 2 after Magrib and 2 after Isha) and Allah will build you a palace in heaven, some people work thirty years for a two bedroom house

Observing Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala, when you pray you know he sees you

People who bring themselves into account

Purification of clothes and bodily

You love people for the sake of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

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