A truly blessed sitting with our father Shaykh Rabee, may Allah preserve him, in his house after Isha in Makkah KSA on 16/04/1435 corresponding to 16/02/2014
The Shaykh (hafidhahullaah) began by saying:
“All praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the evils of our deeds. Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find guidance. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, alone, without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.
O you who have believed, fear Allah as He truly should be feared and do not die except as Muslims in submission to Him. (3:102)
O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Verily, Allah is ever watching over you. (4:1)
O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak with an upright word. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment. (33:70-71)
Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, and the worst affairs are newly invented matters. Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance.
You have heard this great Prophetic khutbah, he used to give sermon by way of it, for it comprises of (affairs) related to belief, actions and taqwa (piety). So it is desirable that a person reflects upon it. (Allah The Most High said) “Fear Allah as He truly should be feared”. (3:102)
Anas (radiallaahu anhu) said (in explanation of this verse), “That He should be obeyed and not disobeyed, that He is remembered and not forgotten and that He is shown gratitude and not ungratefulness”. And Allah said “… and that you do not die except as Muslims” it is from the Sunnah of Allah, the Blessed and Exalted and His mercy to his servants, that the one who remains firm upon the true Islam, he will depart (upon death) as a Muslim. This (affair) is not in your hand, but it is in the hand of Allah, by which he bestows a favour upon him (the servant). When you are steadfast (with istiqaamah) and are pious (with taqwa) and you follow His shari’ah, in both creed and methodology, then Allah will make him firm upon the true Islam and enter him into gardens beneath which rivers flow. “The day on which Allaah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believe alongside him…”. (66:8)
“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul…” (4:1) The origin of mankind returns to one (soul), from Adam then Hawaa, so they do not excel over each other except with respect to piety (taqwaa). “Verily the most honourable of you with Allah, is the most pious amongst you. “No matter which land or area you are from, if you are pious (taqiyy) … “Verily, the most honourable amongst you with Allaah [the Sublime and Exalted] is the most pious amongst you.” Taqwa (piety) is a great affair, (it is) that you believe in the correct authentic belief, that you act upon what is in His Book, that you obey His Messenger (alayhis salaatu was salaam). You treat lawful what he declared lawful and you treat as unlawful what He declared unlawful. You abandon the doubtful matters. All of this is the taqwa of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.
“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak with an upright word. He will then rectify for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” (33:70-71) A great ayah, there is none which has the right to be worshipped but Allah! “Fear Allaah and speak with an upright word…” Do not speak except the truth and what is correct! Avoid desires and excess speech, may Allaah bless you. “He does not utter a word except that there is a watcher by him ready to record it.” (50:18) So let him have taqwa of Allah, the Blessed and Exalted and respect those Angels, those who write every small and large thing, “He does not utter a word except that there is a watcher by him ready to record it.” (50:18) And the one who witnesses and brings to mind these verses and this hadeeth (mentioned previously) then he will remain upright if Allah wills. And this an indication that success has been granted to him from Allah. It is an indication that Allah desired for him goodness. He desired that he should be from the people of taqwa and the people of Paradise, if Allah wills.
One must avoid lying for “truthfulness leads to righteousnesss and righteousness leads to Paradise” look at this, Allahu Akbar! The man who is truthful and observes truthfulness with great care, he is cautious of what he says and intends, until he is written as truthful (siddeeq) with Allaah. Being a siddeeq (truthful to the utmost) is a lofty rank, there are the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the righteous, the level of siddeeq is higher than the martyr, the person who adheres to truthfulness he is truthful in his speech and his action, truthful in his creed and his methodology. He observes truth with great care and likewise is truthful (with great care). And a man does not cease to lie, and lying guides to sinfulness and sinfulness leads to the Fire. And a man does not cease to tell lies until he is written with Allah as a liar. So beware of lying, beware of lying…. this is the meaning of “fear Allaah and speak with an upright word…” so if you have taqwa of Allah and speak the truth Allah will suffice you and will rectify your actions, “He will rectify for you your deeds and forgive you your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” Allahu akbar. Piety (taqwa), truthfulness (sidq) and righteousness (birr) make your actions correct (rectified) and acceptable to Allah, because they are upon the legislation of Allah. There is no innovation in them, no deviations in them. “And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained (success)…” he has been successful with (attaining) Paradise.
We ask Allah that he sustains us with taqwa (piety) and ikhlaas (sincerity) in speech and action, in creed and methodology, for indeed our Lord is the hearer of the supplication and may He send salaat and salaam upon our Prophet Muhammad, his Family and his Companions.” End of advice from Shaykh Rabee.
Abdulilah: “O Shaykh, you wrote in your refutation of Bakr Abu Zayd that I prefer to be killed a thousand times than that I should tell a single lie upon a Muslim.”
Shaykh Rabee: “We ask Allaah to make us from the truthful, (upon a man is to) have taqwa and to observe truthfulness with care… one should beware from the vile qualities (traits).”
Our Shaykh was pleased to hear about the Masjid Athari Project again and made dua for its success. He asked to be excused as he was very busy with his work, may Allaah preserve him for many many years to come, ameen.
From those present in the gathering: Abu Idrees, Abdulilah Lahmami, Bilal Hussein, Ozan ibn Bedir, Abu Amaan, Waqqas and other brothers from the UK that were on Umrah with the TaqwaHajj Group.