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JESUS CHRIST THE SON
OF MARY

AND HIS MOST BLESSED MOTHER

 
Upon our Prophet Muhammad and his House
and upon them the blessings and peace of God
 
Translation of a talk given in Arabic
at Dâr al-Fatwâ in Beirut, Lebanon
on 10 January 2003 by the Shaykh
AL-SAYYID AL-HABIB `ALI JAFRI OF YEMEN
 
Translated by GF Haddad – Qasyoun/at/ziplip.com - Dhul-Qi`da 1423
 
 
Note: Dâr al-Fatwâ in Beirut is the chief Sunni body in charge of
giving fatwâ in the Republic of Lebanon and comprises an Islamic
University that delivers bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees
in the Sharî`a.
 
[Subheadings and emphases added by the translator]
 
 
{Glory belongs to God Who has sent down upon His servant the Book
and has not assigned unto it any crookedness} (18:1). I bear witness
that there is no god but God alone, without partner, and I bear
witness that our liege-lord Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.
Allâh bless and greet and lavish His benediction upon him and upon
his forefathers and brethren among the Prophets and Messengers - our
liege-lords Abraham, Moses, Jesus and all the intervening Prophets,
and upon his House and Companions and those that follow them
faithfully until the Day of Judgment!
 
 
THE HONOR AND PURPOSE OF RELIGION
 
To proceed: God Most High, the Exalted, has granted us immense honor
and chosen us for this magnificent Religion, the Religion of Islam
which He was well-pleased to make the seal of all religions, the
Religion that is right and true for all times and all places. One
that belongs to such a Religion prepares himself for a most
important task and tremendous mission: excellence in bringing forth
to the people of the earth the manifest proofs for the discourses,
the directives, and the manifold guidance of heaven.
 
Thus, the greatness of this Religion is that it has come to prepare
its adherents and followers for an immense task, the most important
task in this existence: to warn the people of the earth against the
errors in which they live and which signify, in this world, great
destructive strife and dissension and all sorts of diseases and
problems while they signify, in the next world, great hindrance from
the convoy of the blessed whom God the Most Glorious chooses for His
good pleasure. This is our mission.
 
 
COMPREHENSION (FIQH) OF THE MISSION
 
When the Muslim and the Believer becomes fully aware and comprehends
his mission, he is then able to understand others with that
comprehension of his mission. And to the extent that the Muslim and
the Believer only dimly understands the greatness of the mission
with which God entrusted him exclusively of others, he is hardly
able to understand well and widen the scope of his relationship with
creatures in all their variety.
 
When we say "hardly able" we do not only mean the wrong behavior
that stems from inflexibility, prejudice, and extremism. We are
saying that he is hardly able to understand in all the senses of
being hardly able to understand, whether through inflexibility, or
wronging others, or harming them without any justification, or, on
the other hand, because of a debility he finds in himself which
causes him to lose touch with his own mission. From this debility
follows the dissolution of his personality into his connection to
his surroundings in this world. He is liquefied just like a liquid.
He takes the form and color of his container and cannot have the
least influence on others. Both matters are wrong.
 
 
THE VASTNESS OF COMPREHENSION
 
However, when the Believer fears God and fully comprehends the
gravity of his mission, he realizes that his Religion is the one
vast Religion: vast - vast! - and comprehensive. If he comprehends
how to inter-relate with it, he becomes vast enough for the folk of
the earth and the folk of the heaven in his connection and his
relationship.
 
THE MEANING OF "BECOMING VAST" HERE IS TO GIVE EACH AND EVERY THING ITS DUE RIGHT; EXCELLENCE IN CONVEYING THE MESSAGE OF GOD REGARDING THE PATH OF RIGHT; EXCELLENCE IN TREADING THE PATH OF RIGHT; EXCELLENCE IN DEALING WITH THE SCALE OF THE SACRED LAW BOTH TOWARD THOSE WHO ACT EXCELLENTLY AND THOSE WHO ACT WRONG - WHETHER SUCH BE ALLIES OR ENEMIES - WITHOUT THE LEAST PART NOR GAIN IN ALL THIS FOR THE EGO.
 
 
INCOMPREHENSION CAUSED BY THE EGO
 
Every inability that any creature on the face of the earth
experiences in fully comprehending [the Religion] in the sense of
understanding how to inter-relate with others around him - mostly
human beings but also jinn, inanimate forms, vegetation, and animals
- every such inability is caused only because such a person has
contented himself with his egotism and his exclusive attachment to
the demands of his ego. THE STRONGER THE EGO BECOMES IN MAKING ONE DO ITS WILL OR FULFILL ITS DEMANDS AND ITS LUSTS, THE WEAKER DOES ONE BECOME IN UNDERSTANDING HIS SURROUNDINGS WHETHER IN PERCEPTION (FAHMAN) OR ABILITY (TA'AHHULAN).
 
Thus, the weakening of comprehension is connected with perception;
and the weakening of comprehension is connected with ability.
Perception is the basis, after which it produces interaction
(ta`âmul).
 
 
THE COMPREHENSIVE GOODNESS OF ISLAM
 
Also among the manifestations of the magnificence, vastness,
preparedness (tahayyu'), and suitability (salâhiyya) of this
Religion for action in every context of time and place: the fact
that this Religion has produced excellence in all of its past ages;
guided us to connect us to everything right and good in what has
passed; and assigned for us in this a golden rule by which we know
how to produce everything right and good in all things to come.
 
This is why our Religion is the only Religion that comprehends the
totality of the Prophets and Messengers in belief, confirmation,
loyalty, and love. You do not find any of the other religions
believing in all the Prophets. You only find, here, an exception of
this Prophet, there, an exception of that Prophet, and there, yet
other exceptions. As for us, the Muslims, God has made it religion
for us to have complete belief and faith in the message of all the
Messengers and the Prophethood of all the Prophets. More than that:
the belief of any given believer among us becomes invalid if he does
not believe in the Prophethood of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Noah and
other of the Prophets whom God Most High mentioned in His Book.
 
The vastness of acceptance we just mentioned makes our Religion
encompassing and comprehensive (jâmi`). It is the quintessence
(khulâsa) of what the Prophets have conveyed and enjoined to their
respective communities. Anyone of us that reads and recites the
Qur'ân with contemplation of and affect from the magnificent
greatness of that Book, will find news from our liege-lord Noah;
before him, our liege-lord Adam; after them, Hûd; after him, Sâlih;
after him, Abraham; after him, Moses; just as the news do come
regarding our liege-lord the Christ - upon our Prophet and upon him
the best blessings and salutations of peace!
 
 
MUHAMMAD THE QUINTESSENCE OF PROPHETS
 
What is the purpose of all this in the context of our receiving our
guidance from our liege-lord Muhammad, upon him blessings and peace?
Would it not be enough that the news come to us [only] regarding our
liege-lord Muhammad? No, because THE ORIGIN OF THE NEWS CONCERNING
OUR LIEGE-LORD MUHAMMAD IS A VAST CAPACITY OR RECIPIENCY (SI`A) INTO WHICH WAS POURED THE QUINTESSENCE OF WHAT ALL THE PROPHETS BROUGHT SO THAT IT WOULD BE EMBODIED IN THE PERSON OF OUR LIEGE-LORD MUHAMMAD MHMD The blessings of my Lord and His salutations of peace upon him and his House!
 
On this basis we can know the high rank of our liege-lord the
Christ, upon him peace. On this basis we can know the high rank of
his mother - Mary, upon her peace. Thus do we know that the two of
them have received an exalted rank in the presence of God Most
Glorious and Exalted. We also know that our liege-lord Jesus stands
out from the rest of the Prophets, in our relationship with him,
with a special characteristic.
 
 
OUR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PROPHETS
 
Our relationship with the entirety of our liege-lords the Prophets
consists in belief, love, faith, and the learning of lessons and
wisdoms from their stories, the reports that come from them, and
their lives. We may hear, for example, that the father of Prophets,
our liege-lord Abraham, upon him peace, stands out in his connection
to us, in a way, because Primordial Monotheism (al-hanîfiyya) is
ascribed to him; also, because he is one of the forefathers of our
liege-lord Muhammad - upon him blessings and peace; and because he
actually supplicated for God to send Muhammad at the end of times.
 
Moses, upon him peace, obtained a special characteristic in his
connection to us in the fact that he is the one that advised our
liege-lord Muhammad - upon him blessings and peace - to ask God Most
Glorious and Exalted for leniency when the prayer was made
obligatory - fifty daily prayers.
 
However, our liege-lord the Christ, upon him peace, stands out in
his connection to this Community of Islâm (Umma). Together with the
lessons we take from God Most High in the Qur'ân and from the words
of the Beloved in the Sunna - God bless and greet him and his House
and Companions - in the reports about our liege-lord Jesus, the
jihad of our liege-lord Jesus, the high character of our liege-lord
Jesus, the values of our liege-lord Jesus, the immense rank of our
liege-lord Jesus before his Lord, the superlative knowledge of our
liege-lord Jesus which he received from his Lord, in addition, WE,
THE MASSES OF THE MUSLIMS, HAVE A SPECIAL CONNECTION WITH A CERTAIN GREAT MISSION OF OUR LIEGE-LORD THE CHRIST.  
 
OUR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHRIST JESUS
 
This great mission is that, among the major signs of the final Hour
and among the keys of the huge deliverance that will dawn upon this
Community of Islâm, there will come a time on this earth when the
call to the pre-morning prayer will be raised in Damascus - at the
white minaret East of Damascus; the imâm will want to step forward
to lead the prayer when - lo and behold! - the people will watch in
astonishment while our liege-lord Jesus descends from the heaven,
his two hands resting on the wings of the angels, his head seemingly
dripping with water, wearing clothes which our liege-lord Muhammad -
upon him blessings and peace - described in great detail. He said
that the color of his clothes resembled saffron dye, as if his
clothes had been dyed with saffron and wars.
 
Our Prophet Muhammad - upon him blessings and peace - described for
us the very appearance of the clothes in which Jesus would descend!
Such vestimentary description signifies nothing other than
additional emphasis on reflection, perception, and discernment
(dhawq) for the meaning of our connection with this great master who
was thus honored by his Lord.
 
 
THE DESCENT OF JESUS
 
He will descend. When the Imâm Muhammad al-Mahdî - a scion of the
Prophetic House - sees him as he was readying himself to lead the
prayer, he will move back and say to our liege-lord Jesus: "Step
forward, Spirit from God!"
 
It has been mentioned in the hadîth that the breath of our
liege-lord Jesus, the day he descends, does not encounter a
disbeliever whose belief is despaired of, except that disbeliever
will die on the spot. This is due to the greatness of the spiritual
state in which our liege-lord Jesus will descend: a heavenly state
for one beloved of God among God's servants whom He caused to
perdure in the nearest heaven for more than two thousand years,
after which he descends to this earth. Hence, as stated in the
hadîth narrated by al-Tirmidhî, he does not breathe one breath
except every disbeliever this breath reaches will die on the spot,
and his breath reaches the extent of his gaze. That is, when our
liege-lord Jesus descends upon this earth, his breath will reach as
far as his eyes can see.
 
 
JESUS AND THE MAHDI
 
When our liege-lord the Mahdî sees him he will move back and say:
"Step forward, Spirit from God!" Jesus will say: "The call to prayer
was raised but for you, therefore, step forward!" Then our
liege-lord Jesus will pray behind our liege-lord al-Mahdî. Because
of this, it was said that among the immense merits of this Community
of Islâm is that a Prophet beloved of God and brought near Him - one
of the Messengers of High Resolve (ulîl-`azm) - will pray behind an
individual from this Community.
 
After the dawn prayer, our liege-lord the Mahdî will step back and
hand over the leadership of the Community of Islâm to our liege-lord
Jesus. When our liege-lord Jesus receives the leadership of the
Community he will take up the flag and prepare the army to march to
Jerusalem so as to seize it back and return it to truth and guidance
and light.
 
 
THE GREAT DECEIVER (DAJJAL)
 
In that time the Great Deceiver or Dajjâl will have appeared. All
the uproar and loud cries of the voices of money and materialism in
the world today, in all their manifestations, are only preliminaries
for the Dajjâl. Everything that you see in this world producing weak
souls and raising entire generations with the most tenuous of links
to principles and values - people made into worldly automatons,
worshippers of the world, their sole concern the world, their
thought the world, their religion the world, their consciences the
world - when the people are ripe in this sense, the Dajjâl will
emerge onto this world in the form of a missionary - a reformist
missionary.
 
He will appear among the people then he will acquire fame and more
fame. Many miracles will show at his hands. He will claim
Prophethood. Then he will claim Divinity - our refuge is Allâh! We
might very nearly have to envisage or imagine that a Muslim can
actually follow some misshapen creature walking this earth and whom
he will consider his Divine Lord!
 
However, the Most Beloved - God bless and greet him and his Family -
told us about the Dajjâl. He said he might enter an all-Muslim town
and then exit it, all its population now disbelievers! God is our
refuge from such a thing! Someone asked, what is the reason? It was
said that the reason is that he will go to people whose hearts have
grown attached to love of the world and whose entire identities have
thoroughly mixed with the world and its train. For such, "whoever
pays leads" (man yadfa` yutba`)!
 
This is what the people are being trained for today. They are being
prepared for the Dajjâl and his sovereignty. They are being educated
today - in their economy, their politics, their societies, their
relationships, their commerce, their undertakings and derelictions -
all on the debilitated foundation that is the attachment of hearts
to trivial worldly interests.
 
Whoever pays leads. For this was it related that the Dajjâl will
roam the earth. God will permit that people be tried at his hands.
He will have control of their sustenance - agriculture, food, water
- to the point he will say, "O heaven, rain!" and rain will pour; "O
earth, sprout!" and vegetation will grow; "O plantations, bear
fruit!" and fruit will ripen; "O living one, die! O dead one, rise!"
and the dead will rise. God will grant him these displays and watch
those whose hearts have latched upon externalities (mazâhir) be
seduced while those whose hearts have latched upon the Hidden and
Manifest (al-bâtin al-zâhir) remain oblivious to all but Him.
 
It was related that the Dajjâl will roam the entire earth. It was
related from the Beloved that he said: "Let none of you ever wish to
meet the Arch-Deceiver!" In addition to the extreme gravity of the
warnings of the Beloved against the Dajjâl, he even said that there
had never been any Prophet except he warned his people about the
strife of the Dajjâl. Indeed, IN EVERY PRAYER, AFTER RECITING THE FINAL WITNESSING OF FAITH (TASHAHHUD) AND THE BENEDICTION UPON HIS PURE SELF, HE WOULD SEEK REFUGE IN HIS LORD FROM "THE TRIAL (FITNA) OF LIFE AND THE TRIAL OF DEATH AND THE TRIAL OF THE ARCH-DECEIVER MASIKH." May God save us and you from his trial!
He - upon him blessings and peace - insisted so much on the terrible
gravity of the Dajjâl's strife before the Companions that some of
them said, "We believed he was already among the date-trees of
Madîna." They believed he had arrived and would appear any moment
among the people because of the fear caused by the reports of the
Prophet - upon him blessings and peace - about him.
 
 
THE DIVINE PROTECTION
 
Despite these incessant warnings and the fear caused by this
forthcoming strife, the Messenger of God - upon him blessings and
peace - said: "Whoever recites Sûrat al-Kahf the night before Jumu`a
and its day, God will protect him from the strife of Dajjâl."
 
O Messenger of God! You told us of a calamity that would shake the
entire earth - a man that would control the world from East to West,
roaming the earth, in his hand many of the powers that cause these
calamities. The people of faith will experience hunger, poverty,
distress. Then you said, after warning us of this terrible disaster
that would befall us - so great that the Companions themselves
thought the Dajjâl had almost come out - that the remedy is to
recite Sûrat al-Kahf the night before Jumu`a and its day? One Sûra
of the Qur'ân containing one hundred and ten verses. Are you telling
me that if I recite it, I will be safe from this huge disaster?
 
He says yes! So that you would understand that the greatness of this
safety and salvation are linked to God Most High. WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF ISLAM WHOSE SALVATION AND SAFETY AND PRESERVATION DO NOT DEPEND ON SHORT-SIGHTED EXTERNALITIES AND POWERS NOR ON THEIR "MOVERS AND SHAKERS". We are a Community whose paths of salvation in the world
and the hereafter consist in the attachment of our hearts to this
most glorious Book, in the arousal of feelings in our hearts telling
us of the greatness of the message that comes from God. There is no
Muslim that regularly reads Sûrat al-Kahf every night before Jumu`a
and every day of Jumu`a except he obtains a guarantee from the
Beloved Elect - upon him blessings and peace - regarding his
salvation from the trial of the Dajjâl.
It was related from both Ibn Mas`ûd and al-Hasan al-Basrî that they
received the news or rather heard the rumor that the Dajjâl had come
out. Al-H.asan laughed. He was asked "What makes you laugh?" He
replied: "If he came out now, the boys of al-Basra would play with
him the way they play with a foot ball." Why? Because in the time in
which al-Hasan and Ibn Mas`ûd were told of this rumor, the people
had a firm foothold in certitude in their relationship with God. The
sway of the Dajjâl and his power cannot in the least affect hearts
upon which the lights of certitude have dawned. THE SWAY OF THE
DAJJAL HOLDS ONLY OVER HEARTS WHOSE CERTITUDE HAS WILTED AND WHOSE
ATTACHMENT TO EVANESCENT MATTERS HAVE GROWN STRONG.
 
 
THE INVINCIBILITY OF MADINA
 
It was related that the Dajjâl would roam the earth and that when he
reaches Madîna the Radiant - upon its dweller the best blessings and
greetings of peace! - and desires to enter it, the angels will stand
in front of him at the gates of Madîna and bar his passage. They
will stand in front of him at a place the Messenger of Allâh - upon
him blessings and peace - has named for us - al-Jurf - a place known
today in Madîna al-Munawwara. He will stand on a mountain there and
look toward the Mosque of the Beloved and his grave, saying: "Look
there, at that white building: that is the palace of Ahmad." He will
try to enter but will be unable. Some of his followers will bring
some people. The Prophet - upon him blessings and peace - said that
when the Dajjâl stands at the gates of Madîna, Madîna will shake
three times; at that time, anyone in whose heart remain hypocrisy
and dissemblance or other than firm attachment to God Most High
shall be corrupted and follow the Dajjâl. One of the narrations
specifies they will reach eighty thousand. God is our refuge from
that!
 
 
THE RIGHTEOUS WITNESS
 
Some of the soldiers of the Dajjâl will seize a man from among the
righteous whom they think to be a common person. They will stand him
before the Dajjâl who will say to him: "Do you believe that I am
your Lord?" He will reply: "No! You are none other than the
Arch-Deceiver." He will say: "I am your Lord!" "No! You are the
Dajjâl!" He will say: "I am your Lord!" "No! You are the Dajjâl!" He
will then order for a saw to be brought. The saw will be placed in
the middle of the righteous man's head and he will be sawed in half
until he becomes two separate pieces and the horses will pass
between the two. Then the Dajjâl will give an order. He will be
brought back together again and the Dajjâl will pass his hand over
him, after which he will live a second time, by the power of God.
When he comes alive the Dajjâl will look at him, thinking that he
has definitely gained control over him, and say: "I have caused you
to die and caused you to come alive again. Do you now believe that I
am your Lord?" The man will reply: "My certitude has only increased
that you are the Dajjâl of whom the Messenger of Allâh - upon him
blessings and peace - told us!" He will order him to be killed but
will be unable to do so anymore.
 
 
THE KILLING OF THE DAJJAL
 
Just as the Dajjâl orders the righteous man to be killed he will
hear a voice crying out: "The Spirit from God, Jesus, has
descended!" When the Dajjâl hears the name of our liege-lord `Isâ he
will shake and tremble in fear. He will rush to Palestine. There,
the army of our liege-lord Jesus and our liege-lord al-Mahdî will
meet the army of the Dajjâl at the gate of Ludd. When the Dajjâl
looks and sees our liege-lord Jesus, upon him peace, surrounded with
a halo of light, the Dajjâl will melt - as mentioned in the hadîth -
just as salt melts in water. Our liege-lord Jesus will approach him
and so will our liege-lord al-Mahdî. They will strike him with their
two swords and kill him.
 
O nations of the Believers, this matter is not just a story we hear
for our hearts to be moved a little. This is about living, this is a
method one follows, a path one takes, this is a transaction that is
going to take place and in which we are going to be involved. AT
THIS VERY MOMENT THE ARMIES OF THE CHRIST ARE GETTING READY AND SO ARE THE ARMIES OF THE DAJJAL. THE MEANING OF THIS PREPARATION IS THAT CERTAIN ATTRIBUTES IN THE HEARTS ARE RISING AND TAKING FIRM ROOT IN THE ARMY OF TRUTH AND RIGHT WHILE CERTAIN ATTRIBUTES ARE ALSO FORMING IN THE ARMY OF FALSEHOOD.
 
 
CHRIST, ANTI-CHRIST, AND THE JEWS
 
It is also said that the wisdom for which God has the killing of the
Dajjâl take place at the hands of our liege-lord the Christ is that
the Dajjâl is the manifestation of the oppression of materialism
while our liege-lord the Christ is the manifestation of the
supremacy of the spirit in this existence. The Dajjâl is also named
"anointed" (masîh), but "the anointed arch-liar and deceiver"
(al-masîh al-kadhdhâb al-dajjâl). He was named masîh because at some
point in his career he will claim that he is our liege-lord the
Christ.
 
This is because when the Jews fought the Christ - the spirit from
God - and refused to believe in him and submit to his mission, they
then denied that the Christ had appeared even as it was written in
their books that the Christ would appear. Therefore, they claimed
that our liege-lord Jesus was a great liar - and he is far exalted
beyond their claim! - and they opposed him and tried to kill him.
But God saved him, {They did not slay him, neither crucified him,
only a likeness of that was shown to them} (4:157).
 
Then our liege-lord the Christ was raised up to the near heaven -
upon him peace - and the Jews remained as they were, in their belief
that the Christ had not yet come out. They are now waiting for a
christ to come, and their christ is the Dajjâl. About ten years ago
or more a manifestation took place in Tel-Aviv in which a large
placard was hoisted, saying: "Welcome to the impending appearance of
the Prince of Peace." This is the one they claim to be the Christ,
but he is the Arch-Deceiver.
 
 
THE SECRET OF THE CREATION OF JESUS AND MARY
 
The entire matter is connected to the days in which God caused our
liege-lord Jesus to exist.
 
The time in which our lady Mary was born - the purest and most
blessed, upon her peace! - was a time in which the tyranny of
materiality held full sway over the Jews. The interests of the world
dominated them completely. They even altered the word of God for the
purpose of their buying and selling - the rulings of the sacred Law.
God forbade usury in all the dispensations, so they altered the
rulings and made usury permitted to themselves. They made permitted
to themselves much of what God had forbidden them. They made up
clouds to obscure the order of the heavenly call which had been
directed to them for the purpose of running after material concerns.
They became slaves of materialism.
 
Among the Jews there remained some righteous souls such as the
Prophets and their entourage and those that affiliated themselves to
them. Among these righteous souls was our lady Hanna the mother of
our lady Mary, upon both of them peace. Hanna was one of the
righteous women, one of the Godwary, worshipful, devoted to prayer
and good works. She had great love for Prophets, saints, and the
devotees that were in Jerusalem. When she became pregnant from her
husband, she felt that she might give birth to a boy and so she
vowed that what she carried in her womb would be dedicated to the
service of God. {Lord, I have vowed to You, in dedication, what is
in my womb} (3:35). She vowed that the newborn would serve the
temple of Jerusalem so as to become prepared for the service of the
Religion.
 
 
HANNA'S VOW
 
Look at the effect of intention. What is our goal when we want to
have children, what is our intention? The very deliverance which the
Community awaits, at the hands of our liege-lord Jesus, upon him
peace! - there will be for Hanna an ample portion of its reward and
benefit. For she possessed an intention with God! Look at this
fortunate woman who, when she intended that in her offspring there
would be someone who serves God, someone who would serve this
Religion, when she was truthful in such an intention, God honored
her because of her intention, but not in the way she thought. For
she gave birth to a female child.
 
(And when she gave birth to her she said, Lord, I have given birth
to her, a female. And God knows very well what she had given birth
to; the male is not as the female. And I have named her Mary, and
commend her to You with her seed, to protect them from the accursed
Satan( (3:36). What was the reply? (Her Lord received the child with
gracious favor(. The sum total of what the hearts of the truthful
seek is that their Lord receive them with gracious favor! {Her Lord
received the child with gracious favor, and by His goodness she grew
up comely. Zachariah taking charge of her} (3:37). The intention of
Hanna made the one she bore to be accepted, even though it was other
than what she had envisaged and wished for, since she had wished for
a boy and she got a girl.
 
RIGHTEOUS AND TRUTHFUL INTENTIONS ARE NOT IN VAIN IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD REGARDLESS OF THE JUDICIAL CALCULATIONS OF HUMANKIND AND EVEN IF HUMAN HOPE AND HUMAN PLANS DID NOT MATERIALIZE. A girl came, but
intentions are never lost in the presence of God - and thousands
upon thousands of men are not worth Mary's foot!
 
 
SECLUSIONS AND MIRACLES OF MARY
 
She gave birth to our lady Mary. Our Lady Mary grew up, fed with
purity, light, Godwariness, and righteousness. Those of the
Prophets, saints, and hermits that were in Jerusalem drew lots to
see who would take charge of her. The lot fell to Zachariah. He was
a relative of Mary. Zachariah placed her in a mihrab. The mihrab
back then was not the prayer-niche we know today but consisted in an
isolated cell or tower that had no door nor opening except from the
top. It could be entered only with a ladder from the outside and
another ladder down into it. Zachariah placed her in it. He would
bring her food and go. She practiced her devotions and worship in
absolute dedication and chastity, orienting herself wholly to her
Lord in her cell.
 
God showed our liege-lord Zachariah certain wonders. {Whenever
Zachariah went into the sanctuary where she was, he found that she
had food. He said: O Mary! Whence comes unto you this (food)? She
answered: It is from God. God gives without stint to whom He will.
There Zachariah prayed unto his Lord} (3:37-38). Consider the saying
of God, {There}. Zachariah is a Prophet and therefore better than
our lady Mary who is a truthful saint (Siddîqa). However, because of
the high rank which our lady Mary gained, upon her peace, she became
in a position to teach one of the Prophets! At that point, one of
the Prophets actually became her pupil in the Religion.
 
They said that our liege-lord Zachariah wondered from where the
fruits he found there came. They said he would find with her the
fruits of winter in the summer season and the fruits of summer in
the winter season. He knew full well that no one other than he
entered that place which was shut tight and inaccessible - but, more
importantly, such fruits were not to be found in the land since they
were out of season! She said, {It is from God}.
 
Yes, O Prophet of God, the fact of the matter is the certitude that
sustenance is from my Lord and not from any created cause. We do
know that we are commanded to deal with created causes and effects -
however, if created causes and effects have been suppressed, then
the sustenance of God Almighty can never be suppressed!
 
{There Zachariah prayed unto his Lord}. He asked for a pious
offspring. God gave him our liege-lord John, upon him peace.
 
Then came the tremendous event in which God manifested Himself and
for which He had prepared our lady Mary. {And make mention of Mary
in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a
chamber looking East} (19:16). The Ulema said that {East} was an
allusion to the Orient from where the sun rose - that is, to the
East from her perspective. The people are accustomed to praise the
East because it is the place from the direction of which the light
comes. {When she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking
East and had chosen seclusion (hijâb) from them} (19:16-17). They
said that the hijâb meant she hid herself from mankind to dedicated
herself to the Divine worship. After she tasted the sweetness of
worship in her cell she wished to taste the sweetness of worship in
her travelling on the earth.
 
 
ANNUNCIATION
 
{Then We sent unto her Our spirit and it assumed for her the
likeness of a perfect man} (19:17). When she saw our liege-lord
Gabriel, he assumed for her an excellent likeness, the likeness of a
human being. {She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from
you, if you are God fearing. He said: I am only a messenger of your
Lord} (19:18-19). She realized the secret behind his presence - the
receiving of the manifestation (tajallî) that dawned upon her from
God. {That I may bestow on you a faultless son} (19:19). What is
behind such a gift? {She said: How can I have a son when no mortal
has touched me, neither have I been unchaste! He said: So your Lord
said} (19:20-21).
 
Consider now the presence of food for our lady Mary as she was in
her cell, dedicated to her worship, without means nor sensory cause.
THIS WAS A PREAMBLE SO THAT OUR LADY MARY WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT FOR THE EXISTENCE OF THE NEWBORN, ALSO, THERE WAS NO PRE-CONDITION OF MEANS. The matter was not, for our lady Mary, merely a mental
apprehension. Rather, it was a discernment of certitude and of the
heart (dhawq yaqînî qalbî). For she witnessed and saw with her very
eyes the Divine gift with which human custom and cause-and-effect
were breached right in front of her! After that, she did not
consider it strange that a customary cause be breached in the
occurrence of a newborn child for her.
 
 
BIRTH OF JESUS AND FURTHER TESTS OF MARY
 
Then came the time for giving birth. It was said that the spirit [of
the child] was breathed into her, the pregnancy took place, and the
time of birth came all at one and the same time. Do not think this
strange. The matter, from beginning to end, violates custom. The
matter is one of the manifestations of the power of God Almighty!
 
When she felt the time of birth had come, {And the pangs of
childbirth drove her unto the trunk of the palm tree. She said: Oh,
would that I had died before this and had become a thing of naught,
forgotten!} (19:23). When she reached this stage, the Ulema pondered
why she had asked for death while she was in the very midst of
Divine generosity. One of them said: "Because she knows that the
Israelites had reached such a lowly state of vile attachment to the
world and its overwhelming lusts and materialism that they would
never accept the sight of God's favor and the breach of customary
laws that took place with Mary." Someone else said, "No, she wished
that she had not lived to see that day only because God had shown
her that her son might one day be worshipped together with God
Almighty."
 
She gave birth to our liege-lord Jesus - upon our Prophet and upon
him the best blessings and salutations of peace! The lights of Jesus
dawned upon this earth. When he saw the [distraught] state of his
mother he addressed her even as he was in her womb or from below her
[after birth]. He caused her to apprehend another meaning that
reminded her of the magnificence of God Who is with her - High and
Exalted! {And shake the trunk of the palm tree toward you, you will
cause ripe dates to fall upon thee} (19:25).
 
Here we tend to recite this verse without pausing. The palm tree is
solid. It is difficult for a human being to shake it. A strong and
mighty man would hardly budge a palm tree, even a number of men! The
palm tree trunk at the bottom is very large while its top is thin so
that the wind can move it. Try to move a fully grown palm tree at
the bottom of its trunk, you will not be able. How then can a woman
in the weakness of giving birth be able to shake it? Yet this act is
demanded of her and it is not sufficient for her to merely see the
Divine bounty.
 
In the first two phases, she saw the Divine gift before her. The
first time was for her schooling. Lo and behold, fruits and
sustenance descended from the heaven and were laid before her
without her asking. The second time she was told that she would give
birth without outward nor sensory cause and without connection to
any man, again, without her asking. Now, it is asked of her that she
herself move the palm tree.
 
Some of the Ulema said that this was an allusion to the world of
cause and effect and to the fact that mankind is not to leave aside
material means even though they rely on their Causator. This is a
fine explanation. However, there is another meaning. THE CERTITUDE THAT HAD BUILT UP IN OUR MOST BLESSED LADY MARY - UPON HER PEACE - THE VIRGIN, HAD TAKEN ROOT IN HER CONSCIENCE WITH SUCH STRENGTH THAT IT WAS NOW ASKED OF HER TO DO WHAT NO MIND WOULD ACCEPT TO DO WHATSOEVER.
 
 
LESSONS FROM MARY'S CERTITUDE
 
The mind says that in such a state there is no way for her to move
the trunk of the palm tree. However, the order or directive came to
her from her own child - a breach of custom in its own right, a
newborn infant speaking - and with this same breach of custom she
was ordered to stretch her hand to do what she knew she was unable
to do of her own power howsoever! And this is a meaning from
certitude to which our lady Mary ascended.
 
We own a share of this certitude which we ought to grasp and follow.
When God Most Glorious and Exalted asks us to do something from
which we find our strength falling short, we ought not to
procrastinate obeying the Divine order with the excuse that we are
too weak or that others are stronger. The day the Umma reaches the
certitude that when they are true in helping God, God will help them
[47:7] - at that time the palm trees of existence shall shake for
this Community!
 
 
JEALOUSY OF THE ISRAELITES
 
Our pure lady the Virgin rose with her newborn child and returned to
the Israelites. The Jews received her and saw her whom they knew to
be chosen. Some of them might well have harbored jealousy in their
souls against her because of her special station. Those whose hearts
have muddied or become diseased find it difficult to watch those
that are hale respected and honored in the society.
 
This is what is called jealousy (hasad). The mark of jealousy is
recognized in the heart of the jealous person by the fact that when
he sees markers of distinction before him - whether in Religion or
anything else - something takes hold in his heart; after this he
bides his time patiently, patiently, until, when he hears the
smallest suspicion or accusation, he shouts "Yes!" loud and clear in
its confirmation and is overjoyed at its news. Why? Because in his
heart there is filth and turbidity.
 
When such filth and turbidity had taken root in the hearts of those
people, they felt that in the special distinction of our liege-lord
Mary - upon her peace - lay an implicit address to themselves. They
seemed to hear the message: "You ought to return to purity, O those
who have polluted yourselves with the world and its lucre and its
show to which you should never have attached yourselves! Here,
before your eyes, is a weak woman that has been honored with this
high station of purity while you, who lead your society, how far
behind you have left purity!"
 
 
THE GREAT ADMONITION TO MARY AND JESUS' NATION
 
Thus, the state of purity of the Virgin Mary was a state of
admonition that had been overturning the beds of those possessed of
insight among the worshippers of money and materiality. Now, as soon
as they saw the nursing infant in her arms, they became overjoyed.
{They said: O Mary! You have come with an amazing thing!} (19:27).
Why did they not ask when they had a chance to learn something? But
their muddied hearts could not bear to see the purity of the Virgin
before their eyes. This is the wont of those who have polluted
themselves with the worship of Mammon. It is too much for them to
see purity revered and followed among the people.
 
{Then she pointed to him. They said, How can we talk to one who is
in the cradle, an infant?} (19:29). God did not give them pause for
her to answer them. Lo and behold! our liege-lord the Christ replied
to them and spoke although he was a nursing infant: {He spoke: Lo! I
am the slave of God. He has given me the Scripture and has appointed
me a Prophet} (19:30). He listed the meanings which God Most High
had especially bestowed upon him and the ranks with which He had
honored him. He made the key to that list the affirmation that he
was the slave of God, his servanthood to God Most High. Then,
proceeding from the secret of his servanthood to God Most High, came
the ranks: {He has given me the Scripture and has appointed me a
Prophet}.
 
Then he described himself as blessed, then he described himself as
dutiful so we would know that the secret of dutiful piety is not
binding merely upon those who possess it but also applies to others.
THE SOCIETIES THAT RECOGNIZE THE DEGREES OF PIETY AMONG ITS PEOPLE OF MERIT ARE THE SOCIETIES THAT RISE UP IN THE RANKS OF MERIT.
 
God had said to her before she went back out to her people: {And if
you meet any mortal, say: Lo! I have vowed a fast unto the
Beneficent, and may not speak this day to any mortal} (19:26).
Ponder this meaning. The rule would have been that He tell her: "Get
ready to answer them. Say to them, God is able over all things. Give
them the proof and the evidences: I carried and gave birth in a very
brief time, you saw me just before and I was not pregnant, if this
had been a falsehood or a sin, this should have taken the normal
span of time, nine months...." But He did not give her permission to
speak nor to prove her innocence. {Say: Lo! I have vowed a fast unto
the Beneficent, and may not speak this day to any mortal}. Meaning,
in facing this [trial] I have turned entirely to my Lord Almighty
and Glorious.
 
{Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They said: O
Mary! You have come with an amazing thing. O sister of Aaron! Your
father was not a wicked man nor was your mother a harlot} (19:27).
Ponder this here. It was said that {O sister of Aaron} implied
parentage. It was also said that Aaron was proverbially known for
integrity and purity. That is: You who have reached, because of your
purity, a proverbial level. {Your father was not a wicked man nor
was your mother a harlot}. This is a preamble for the charge that is
coming up. After falsehood settles firmly in the heart of the
dishonest person, he becomes refined in the art of bringing out that
falsehood. "We know so well that you are righteous and goodly, but
this - this terrible thing you have done!!" They seem happy to see
evil.
 
 
JESUS' ATTRIBUTES
 
{Then she pointed to him. They said, How can we talk to one who is
in the cradle, an infant?}. The answer came. {He spoke: Lo! I am the
slave of God. He has given me the Scripture and has appointed me a
Prophet and has made me blessed wheresoever I may be} (19:29-31). So
then blessing is with our liege-lord Jesus wherever he is. When he
walked upon the earth blessing was with him wherever he walked, and
after he ascended to the heaven blessing ascended wherever he
ascended.
 
{And He has enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I
remain alive and has made me dutiful toward her who bore me, and has
not made me arrogant, unblessed} (19:31-32). And now the fruit of
what preceded: {Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die,
and the day I shall be raised alive! Such was Jesus, son of Mary: a
statement of the truth concerning which they doubt©} (19:33). When
this meaning came into broad daylight they were crestfallen and
remained unable to say anything.
 
 
JESUS' MISSION
 
Our liege-lord Jesus grew up, fed with purity. When God willed to
send him forth, his mission among his people was the mission of the
spirit: to link the hearts back with their Lord and revive values
and morals. This is the reason we do not find, in the Evangel, much
talk about rulings and laws but instead find that the Evangel
focuses on morals, parables, and spirituality. For our liege-lord
Jesus said, as is mentioned in the Evangel: "I was sent for the lost
sheep of the Sons of Israel." That is, God sent me to those whom the
world has so overwhelmed that they have become as dumb beasts,
unconcerned by other than food, drink, and lusts, without the least
heed to rising to any Divine connection.
When they did not accept that magnificent mission, denying its
truth, plotting against it, denigrating it and defaming our
liege-lord Jesus while some of them believed in him, God desired to
cleanse him and raise him up to the second heaven. He raised him up
- upon him peace - and the days passed while they remained in their
disbelief, defacing the creed, far from spirituality and connection,
and so until the time came when our liege-lord Muhammad appeared -
upon him and his House blessings and peace! Our liege-lord Jesus had
given the glad tidings about him in the Evangel.
 
 
THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND HIS INHERITORS
 
Our liege-lord Muhammad appeared! God gave him a Book and He gave
him rulings. He guaranteed that they would not be altered nor
changed. The people then remained, on this earth, in the fold of
true submission (islâm) and belief (îmân). The spirituality of our
liege-lord Muhammad's proofs pointing to God rose and became
disseminated in his Companions and the people of his House as well
as all those that followed. The entire Community rose up in the
levels of their connection to God and showed such wonders that the
onlooker can hardly believe that such deeds took place at the hands
of human beings other than the sinless Prophets.
 
These wonders appeared in many of the individuals of this Community
and in their human transactions. Their spirits are intimately
connected with the One True God, Most High and Exalted - monks by
night and knights by day. And so the centuries passed. The world
began to enter many of the hearts of the followers of this religious
Community. The Prophet had predicted - upon him blessings and peace
- that every Community had its [golden] calf. That is: a calf that
is worshipped apart from God Most High. He said: "And the calf of my
Community is the dinar and the dirham." He also said, upon him
blessings and peace, as narrated in al-Bukhârî: "I do not fear that
you will commit idolatry after me" - because the creed is
well-preserved - "but I fear for you the lure of the world."
 
One day, the zakât funds came from al-Bahrayn, the poor among the
Companions came from the outer limits of the city, hoping for the
generosity of the Prophet - upon him blessings and peace - with
something from that zakât. The Beloved Prophet - upon him blessings
and peace - turned around after the dawn prayer and saw that the
mosque was full. He said: "Have the news reached you that the zakât
of al-Bahrayn has arrived?" They said, "Yes, O Messenger of God!" He
said, "Receive the good tidings and be glad, then! By God! I do not
fear poverty for you. However, I fear that the world will be laid
wide open before you just as it was laid open for those before you,
and you will compete in it just as they competed in it, and it will
destroy you just as it destroyed them."
 
He also said to some of his Companions one day: "What will you do
when a dish is brought to you in the morning and another dish in the
evening?" That is: what will you do when you start eating twice in
the same day? For some of our liege-lords the Companions might have
spent three days without eating, yet they took up their swords and
fought in the way of God. Yet they prayed at night and fasted by
day, learned and taught and called people to God! They owned hearts
that had become completely disconnected from material concerns in
the sense of followership. They remained connected to material
concerns only in the sense of worshipping their Lord. They treated
such concerns purely as ways and means, without any attachment to
them.
 
As a result, one of them saw no harm in facing an entire army alone.
It should come as no surprise that Ja`far ibn Abî T.âlib took up the
flag in his right hand, then his right hand was cut off, but his
soul did not allow him to let the flag go down because his heart had
lifted up the flag well before his hand! The flag was in his heart.
So the left hand took it up, then the left hand was cut off, then he
carried it up with his two limbs, then he fell on the ground but the
flag never fell from him. In his body there were over eighty cuts
from sword-blows, spears, and arrows. All these cuts were in the
front of his body for he had been facing the enemy at all times and
never thought of fleeing. Stranger yet is that when water was
presented to him so that he could relieve his thirst in the throes
of death, lips parched, completely exhausted, he said: "I am
fasting."
 
These are the attributes with which God granted them victory. "I am
fasting." They said: "In such a time, on such a day? Break your fast
today and you will fast again tomorrow!" He replied: "I long to
break my fast in Paradise." Such was his state. Then he gave up the
spirit [in Mu'ta, Jordan], and the Beloved Elect - upon him
blessings and peace - was sitting in the presence of his Companions
[in Madîna] when he described the entire battle in detail. After
this, he - upon him blessings and peace - rose his head and said:
"Wa-`alayk as-Salâm, wa-rahmatullâh, wa-barakâtuh, O Ja`far!" The
Companions expressed surprise, whereupon he said: "That was Ja`far,
the angels carried his spirit to Paradise and he refused to enter it
until he first greeted me!"
 
Such were those who owned spirits attached to the highest realities
- love and its heartfelt discernment. Their spirits were not
dedicated to pleasures nor motivated by them. Rather, they reveled
in and tasted the love of God and His Messenger. Since these were
their states, God exalted their lights. `Umar ibn al-Khattâb, God be
well-pleased with him, who used to nap or sleep under a tree on the
dirt, then would get up and dust himself off, is the one at whose
hand the two greatest empires of corruption at the time were
conquered - the Romans and the Persians.
 
 
THE END OF THE TYRANNY OF MATERIALISM
 
Such was the state which the Messenger of God - upon him blessings
and peace - left behind when he left us. Then the Community began to
go backward. Love of the world crept forward. The calf held sway
over the hearts. The people hanged back from true guidance.
Materialism captured their hearts. The people stood in need of those
that would return them to their spiritual realities. Since the faith
was preserved from corruption through the Divine guarantee that it
would never be altered exclusively of other faiths, the rulings of
the Law remained intact - in the books.
 
These rulings still have to be transformed into rules of living
practiced by the hearts. THE UMMA NEEDS, IN THIS AGE IN WHICH
MERCILESS MATERIALISM RULES, THE APPEARANCE OF MASSIVE SPIRITUALITY
CONNECTED TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD WITH AN UNBROKEN LINK TO THE HEAVEN.
THROUGH IT GOD WILL RETURN THE COMMUNITY TO ITS SPIRITUALITY, AND
THAT EVENT IS LINKED TO THE DESCENT OF JESUS, UPON HIM PEACE.
 
At that time, the manifestation of spirituality will descend, in
this age of utter materialism, and will link back the individuals of
this Community to their Book, their Religion, and the guidance of
our liege-lord Muhammad - upon him blessings and peace. He will walk
the earth, not with the dispensations of previous times that were in
use before him - since they have been corrupted - but he will orient
the people and spread goodness, peace, faith, and Islâm in the earth
through rules and rulings taken from the noble Qur'ân and from the
guidance of our liege-lord Muhammad because these were not
corrupted. The rulings remain the rulings but our liege-lord Jesus
will come in order to transform them into living rules that will
reach to the hearts of all people.
 
After the manifestation of absolute spirituality appears in this
existence in the face of absolute materiality, the latter will crack
and cave in before the former, because materiality comes second to
the spirit. Materiality was created only as a servant to the spirit,
were it not for the foolishness of the people and their covetousness
that caused them to make of themselves servants of materialism! WHEN
THE MANIFESTATION OF THE TYRANNY OF MATERIALISM LOOKS AT THE
MANIFESTATION OF THE SUPREMACY OF THE SPIRIT IT SHALL MELT AND BE
POWERLESS TO RESIST. AT THAT TIME THE DIVINE VICTORY WILL APPEAR IN
PLAIN SIGHT, AT THE HAND OF OUR LIEGE-LORD JESUS, UPON HIM PEACE.
 
 
CONVERSION OF THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
 
Jesus will kill the Dajjâl and the earth will be filled, from east
to West, with the lights of Islâm and faith. There will not remain a
single house in existence except the lights of belief and guidance
will enter it. Those truthful and sincere followers of Jesus that
love him and are connected to him will enter Islâm at his hands at
that time. It is among the great wonders that Jesus will descend "at
the site of the white minaret East of Damascus" while at the very
side of this minaret there is a Christian church, as if, upon his
descent, he will be greeted both by the Muslims and the Christians.
 
The Muslims will welcome him in their S.alât so that he will pray
among them. Then he will receive his followers that lived their
lives believing in him and loving him so that he will join them into
his Godly troops. After this, they will march one and all to fight
the oppression and the enmity of the Jews at that time. Then God
will raise up His light-tower over this world.
 
 
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS
 
We must remember that what we just heard is not merely a story for
our souls to be moved a little or for our thoughts to perk up
temporarily or become joyful or shed tears. The discourse about our
liege-lord the Christ is a method to be followed. Those that possess
this guidance and this discernment and taste for the spirit and for
their connection to spirituality will be the ones at whose hands God
will open the gates of deliverance for this Umma. We must know that
even if the greatest manifestation of the deliverance we await will
take place at the descent of our liege-lord the Christ,
nevertheless, it is not part of our Religion that we should wait
until our liege-lord the Christ descend and be content with the evil
which we are experiencing.
 
The story of the Christ was assigned, and news of it came from the
mouth of our liege-lord Muhammad, only so that we would know that
this is the path of right guidance. Namely, that the linkage of
hearts must be to their Almighty and Glorious Lord and that
materiliality belongs underhand and underfoot. Putting God first,
before anything else, is the way of safety and success.
 
It would have been possible for the Messenger of God ( never to tell
us anything about this. He could have said, You will be victorious,
end of the matter. But why, O Messenger of God, did you teach us and
remind us of all this, that salvation and victory will be at the
hands of our liege-lord the Christ? So that we would live this right
here and now and be prepared for this victory. Let each of you rise
in the morning and reach the night as he is preparing the Umma of
the Prophet ( for this final victory.
 
Let each rise in the morning and reach the night with his heart
bound to his Lord with hoops of steel, preferring God to everything
else. When the world comes to him with its pomp, trying to delay him
from his connection to his Lord, he prefers his Lord to everything
else. He does not accept for the world to enroll him. He refuses to
cheat or deceive in his buying and selling, in his trading, in his
property. He is not a slave to the dinar and the dirham.
 
The Messenger of God Muhammad said: "Perish the worshipper of gold
and silver and silk, who agrees when given and, if he does not get
anything, becomes angry. He has perished and failed! [Or: Perish,
and failure to him!] If adversity come to him, may it not go away."
That is, his state is a state of affliction. Consider the words of
the Prophet, "If adversity come to him [literally: If he gets
pricked by a thorn], may it not go away [literally: he does not
remove it]." That is: when a thorn pricks him, he can very well
remove it with pincers, but no! It is not the case. What is the
meaning of these words? Worldly people, when disease afflicts them,
go to the physician and undergo an operation in the best hospital,
end of story. The meaning is that the thorn, as trivial as it may
be, spoils one's serenity. It embitters him and troubles his peace.
A thorn! Ouch! What! But! He feels disturbed, afflicted. The
Messenger of God says, in this context, that the one who is a
worshipper of gold and silver, living for appearances - a silk shirt
- when a problem happens to him, he sips its sequels and treats it
as a disaster, so that even when the disaster is gone, its agony
lingers in himself.
 
But the one who is connected to God, God honors him. Even in the
worst affliction, God causes to descend upon his heart the coolness
of contentment so that he is at peace with God Most Glorious and
Exalted and accepts His Decree that came to pass.
 
Reflect and nourish your feelings with such high meanings. Ask for
your connection and your portion of the meaning of your affiliation
to the army of truth and the rallying-place (fustât) of belief so as
to come out of the predicament in which we are. Whoever neglects the
purification of his heart and the correction of his character, his
heart will be overcome by hypocrisy - our refuge is God! - little by
little until he leans to the rallying-place of disbelief which is
devoid of all faith.
 
The battle of disbelief and belief is coming whether we like it or
not. However, preparation for that battle is not merely with weapons
or swords or strategy! Rather, preparation for that battle is by
getting ready hearts whose fill is God - hearts that do not become
full except with the magnification of the Almighty. This is the real
preparation for what is coming upon this Community.
 
 
CLOSING SUPPLICATIONS
 
May God make us and you qualified for this preparation. May He bless
us and you with it. May He awaken us to its full meanings. May He
make sweet for us its wellsprings. May He cause us to stop at its
contents and secrets. May He cause us to attain realization with it
outwardly and inwardly.
 
Allâhumma! Thank and reward on our behalf our liege-lord Muhammad
with the best reward. Thank and reward on our behalf all the
Prophets and Messengers with the best reward. Allâhumma! Refresh our
eyes with a victory for the army of our liege-lord the Christ Jesus
when he comes. Make us of those You choose so that they will be on
the side of truth and belief.
 
Allâhumma! Purify and deliver our hearts from the darkness of
hypocrisy. Purify and deliver our hearts from the darkness of
hypocrisy. Purify and deliver our hearts from the darkness of
hypocrisy so that no trace of hypocrisy remain in our inward selves
nor its outward sign until, when You separate the people and set
apart falsehood from truth and hypocrisy from belief, we beg You to
place us in the ranks of the people of belief. We seek refuge in the
light of Your countenance which has dispelled all darkness from
being placed in the ranks of the people of hypocrisy and falsehood.
 
Our God and Lord! You see all that lies hidden in our hearts. If You
see in them anything that makes us deserving of a bad end, we ask
You to purify us of evil and to cleanse us of faults and to make our
records bright again and free from sins and to enlighten our hearts
and dispel all darkness in them until You bring us out of the
darkness and into light and give us life again after we were dead.
 
Allâhumma! Make us of those You raised unto life and about whom You
said, {Is he who was dead and We have raised him unto life, and set
for him a light wherein he walks among men, as him whose similitude
is in utter darkness whence he cannot emerge?} (6:122). Allâhumma!
Make us of the people of light by which we walk among the people. O
Living One Who never dies! O Most Generous of the generous!
 
Allâhumma! Grant us love of You and love of those who love You and
those whom You love and that which You love. Purify our hearts from
attachments other than to You. Make us of those folk whom You love
and who love You.
 
Allâhumma! The strifes and trials have become too much for the
people. Violence has overcome them. Evil and mischief have descended
upon them. But You are Allâh. What a fine reserve we have in You!
What a fine refuge! There is no refuge nor rescue from You except in
You. We ask You for a glance from You toward us. We ask You for
tenderness on Your part for us. We ask You for Your mercy for us by
which we may tread the paths of light and purity and by which we
will stand firm when creation is shaken with tribulations.
 
Allâhumma! Protect us from the evil of tribulations - those that
have already appeared and those that are still waiting to appear.
Make us of the people of wisdom. Raise us to the high stations with
those whom You love. Take us to the ways of those You have granted
success. Place us among their elect ones. Allâhumma! Bring us to
life in faith. Cause us to die doing our best. Resurrect us in the
throng of the liege-lord of the worlds, Muhammad, upon him and his
House and Companions Your blessings and peace!
 
Allâhumma! If You have decreed for us to live until the time our
liege-lord the Christ, upon him peace, we ask You, O God, the
character of those who are in his train, and excellence in serving
and aiding him and his army. We ask You for perfection in standing
firm in obedience to You and preferring the Everlasting to the
mortal.
 
And if we are not of those that will live to see that time, we call
upon You to witness, and upon Your Throne-bearing angels, and all
Your creation, that we believe You are Allâh, the One God besides
Whom there is no god, without partner, and that our liege-lord
Muhammad is Your servant and Messenger, and that our liege-lord
Jesus is Your servant and Messenger, Your word which You cast upon
Mary, and that we love those that are beloved to You and we
repudiate Your enemies.
 
Therefore, preserve this pronoucement of ours. Correct our
intentions in serving You. Make us of the righteous of this
Community. Grant us mercy in Your generosity.
 
Allâhumma! Look kindly upon the Community of our liege-lord Muhammad
with a glance from you. Indeed, we complain to You of what has
befallen us - unbearable harms, the oppression of our enemies, our
hankering after the fleeting things of this world, putting them
first rather than You. We complain to You of losing the manners of
our liege-lord Muhammad in the houses of his Community and losing
his Sunna in the houses of his Community. We ask You to return the
Muslims to You in a beautiful return.
 
Allâhumma! Relent upon us and the Muslims a most complete relenting.
Purify us with it heart, body, and soul. Allâhumma! Forgive us our
past sins and guard us in what remains.
 
Allâhumma! Whoever You cause to live among us, cause them to live
according to Islâm and Sunna. Whoever You cause to die among us,
cause them to die upon belief and the witnessing of faith. Prepare
for us an excellent abode, and more. Hasten for this Community the
time of their reform and guidance in which the obedient will be
honored, the disobedient changed through Your relenting, and those
who were not overtaken by Your relenting will be brought low.
 
Allâhumma! Bless this place. Bless this school. Bless this
institution. Bless his eminence the Mufti [of Lebanon], his deputy
and workers, our Shaykhs that are present, and the people of
learning in these regions. Help them in the duties and the trust
with which You have entrusted them.
 
Allâhumma! Cause them to attain, through excellence in their
service, what will prepare them to keep company with the most
excellent Beloved, upon him and his House Your blessings and peace,
and so all the Ulema of the Muslims. Bring the hearts together.
Unify the ranks. Chase out love of the world from the minds. Make us
firm upon what You love and what satisfies You. Thank and reward on
our behalf his eminence the Mufti with the best reward. Bless him
all his life, in his mission and service, and so all the Ulema of
the Muslims. Bless us in this gathering and grant us Your acceptance
in it.
 
Allâhumma! Truly we ask You for acceptance from Your side. If You
accept us, there no little with such acceptance just as plenty is
nothing with rejection. We ask You for Your acceptance of our good
deeds which You have granted us success to carry out. We ask You to
purify them of any dubious aspects and to raise us by them to the
levels of Your good pleasure.
 
We ask You forgiveness; protection; forbearance; pardon; and Your
clement disregard of the wrong we have done, O Living One Who never
dies, Whose subtle kindness never stops! Make us and all Muslims
safe, safe....
 
We ask You a vast expanse of guidance in these regions and in all
the regions East and West and that You be well-pleased in using us
to serve You in that with Your Attributes of kindness, munificence,
and lovingness, O Most Tender, O Most Giving. And let our last words
in this words be LA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH MUHAMMADUN RASULULLAH in full
realization of its realities in our minds and senses outwardly and
inwardly, O Most Merciful. The Blessings of God upon our liege-lord
Muhammad and his House and Companions. Our last word is, Praise to
God the Lord of the worlds. Al-Fâtiha.
 
 
 
GF Haddad
2003-01-20
 

 

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