The Dome of Provisions (Vol 3)
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
15 Sept 2009 Fenton, Michigan
A`udhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajim. Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Rahim.
Nawaytu ‘l-arba`in, nawaytu ‘l-`itikaf, nawaytu ‘l-khalwah, nawaytu ‘l-`uzla,
nawaytu ‘r-riyada, nawaytu ‘s-suluk, lillahi ta`ala fi hadha ‘l-masjid.
Ati` Allah wa at`i ar-Rasula wa uli ‘l-amri minkum.
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (4:59)
In the previous session, we spoke about the Dome of Provisions. That dome is from under `Arsh, where it belongs to Prophet Allah gave it to Prophet , with all the angels Allah created with it from that time up to day of Judgment. Where Prophet (saws) said, "Ana al-qassim - I am the one who divides provisions, both physical and spiritual." We explained that.
And last what we said is that Allah , for rizq, physical provision, Allah assigned on every bite you eat angels that take that bite all the way through your system. And Allah assigned angels, that both groups of angels are under command of Sayyidina Muhammad , and the other group are those who bring inspirations to your heart and they are filling you with spiritual knowledge.
They are downloading in you all these knowledges that are veiled from your mind; your heart can take them in, but your mind cannot read them because there is a password. You have to know that password and that password comes with your five pillars of Islam, the six pillars of Iman and the one pillar of Ihsan. If you are really progressing through dunya, these three different levels of the hadith of Prophet , then your password will be given to you. They gave you your password on the Day of Promises, al-yawma alastu bi rabbikum qaaloo bala.* On Day of Promises when our Lord said, "Am I not your Lord?" and we said, "Bala - yes."your password was released to you but you came to dunya and you forgot it.
Why? Because of negative energy, or all what the desires of this dunya, the dirty desires, has veiled you since childhood. When you have been raised up to adulthood you have been raised on blending. With what you have Heavenly, you have blended with what you have desire of this dirty world and that made it impossible for you to remember that password. They showing me on internet, if you forget password they give you a hint, that remind you of your password. So also Allah SWT has given you some hints in order that you remember your password in dunya. They were showing me on the internet if you put your email, they give you hint if you forgot your password and you go through many words.
And I will tell the story of Grandshaykh , may Allah bless his soul and Mawlana Shaykh , may Allah give him long life, how it works. And Mawlana Shaykh, by order of Prophet was ordered to do seclusion in Madinah tul-Munawwarah for six months. So he was in the same room with Mawlana Shaykh , Grandshaykh . It is never happened before a Sultan al-Awliya has his mureed with him in same room because too many states or trance happen that the mureed cannot carry. But Grandshaykh with his power was able to make sure that Mawlana Shaykh, who was young, can carry that.
So he was ordered to go every day to Masjid an-Nabawi Ash-Shareef from Madrasat al-Shoona of Bukhari people, who put that school to teach under that name and to teach Qu'ran and Shari`ah. So he was doing seclusion there and he was ordered to go for five prayers in Haram an-Nabawi, and from the school to Haram an-Nabawi. Now they demolish it, but it takes about fifteen minutes walking. So he was ordered, that as soon as he step out from the building, an-nazar bar qadam, one of the eleven principles of Shah Naqshband of the Naqshbandi Orders' principles, that you keep your eyes on your feet, not looking right or left; that you have to look where your feet are going. You don't look anywhere else. Anything else is excluded; you are in seclusion.
Going, and look at where you put your feet, go, pray and come back, five times a day. And every time he goes, not ablution but shower. Sleep one hour or two hours in twenty-four hours. Not like you - you want to sleep every moment. " Awraad - haddith wa laa harraj - You cannot begin to describe." It means as much as you describe, you are short, for awraad. When I was doing seclusion, if I was reading fifteen juz a day, Mawlana might be doing one khatm a day or more. So in any case looking at his footsteps - that is difficult, not easy to keep head down and not be attracted to anything, coming and going with adab.
So we are speaking about what? Password. Don't forget. You forgot your password? All of us. So last he finished, so happy. Of course when you finish seclusion you will be very happy. All what you have been suffering in seclusion, of non-sleeping (deprivation) - What is that? (when you are deprived of sleep) All that you will forget, you will say, "Oh, I want to go another time." Because that ishk, that love to Allah and to Prophet is there. It is increasing there. You like to have it another, because you forgot all the difficulties.
So he is coming back, coming out of Haram an-Nabi from Baab Fatima. This is adab, to come to Presence of Prophet from Bab Jibreel and make salaam to Prophet and to Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r) and Sayyyidina `Umar (r) and though they are not there, you also need to give salaam to Sayyidina `Uthman (r), Sayyidina 'Ali (r) and Sayyidina al-Hasan and Sayyidina al-Husayn . Then you go to mahbit al-wahy, where Sayyidina Jibreel used to come down and pray two rakaats, and then you go left to where Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra has been buried. Angels moved her to be near her father. People don't know that. And then there is the grave where Sayyidina 'Isa will be buried, and then you go to ...and make du'a. And every time you enter you have to do that. Then you go to presence of Prophet and ask permission to leave. So that is adab.
So when he finished, going out of Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra's door and he is going and turning there. Where all hills and shops, not like today; there was a huge market with people living there. And there is one library of Arif Basha, one of famous Ottoman governors of Madinatul-Munawwara, who is from Turkey, running affairs of the city. And that is the way Mawlana Shaykh has to pass on his way. And that story I heard from Mawlana Grandshaykh many, many times. But last time he said it he made an addition, not like the times he mentioned it before. And I mention the addition.
And he was walking out, looking at his foot, and at that moment Grandshaykh is saying, "Prophet ordered me, as I asked the Prophet, 'My son - this is last day of seclusion, he is ready to receive his trust. Can you certify that, ya Sayyidee, ya Rasulullah?'" - as the Prophet has to certify that. At that moment Grandshayk was on that high hill watching Mawlana Shaykh walking and he was standing in the middle between Sayyidina Muhammad and Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r). And he (turned to) Sayyidina Abu Bakr and saying, "Ya Sayyidee! Can you petition or request or petition the Prophet that my son is ready?" That is the adab you have to go through.
Grandshaykh he said, "And that was presented to Prophet and I was between Sayyidina Muhammad and Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r). And Prophet said to me, 'He is not ready yet. Don't give his trust.'"
So when he said that, Grandshaykh said, "Prophet, at that moment, did not give the permission because yet he didn't remember his password that has been given to him in the Day of Promises. He has to know it."
That is why awliyaullah say tests comes and every test has a very important password. If you know it, it opens your trust from one door to another door. And it was not yet ready.
And why not yet ready? There is wisdom to that; the wisdom is that he is still on the road walking. And then he reaches the room, you give him the last test, or the test. So until he reaches, and Grandshaykh was watching him through all the roads that he was passing until he reached the school back, he was under the observation of Grandshaykh and Sayyidina Muhammad and Sayyidina Abu Bakr (r). That is not easy, to be under that observation of Prophet . Quran says: "And know the Prophet is in you." Awliya can see you if you even deep in a mine. This book ?? is mining. It is mining. Sometimes you have explosion in mine and finished, it collapse on you.
So he entered the room and Grandshaykh said, "I scolded him, 'Why you have made me,' he was laughing, Shaykh, 'you made me shy in front of the Prophet ? I have presented you, have finished all your tests and Prophet said you are still arrogant!' That is why he didn't accept to get your trust!" Awliyaullah are nice, they joke with each other and make tests to each other. And he wants to give him a hard time. "You don't know that the most arrogant is Shaytan? Why you are arrogant of your worshipness? I gave you six months of seclusion! I don't want to see you until I know why you are arrogant!" So giving a hint. The computer will give hint to get password.
And Mawlana Shaykh looking and smiling at Grandshaykh . "You are smiling - go from here!" Then Mawlana laughing. And Grandshaykh, "You are still here! Go from here!" and he threw the plate on him. Then Mawlana Shaykh said, "Sayyidee, may I say the reason I am arrogant.?" This is Grandshaykh's story; I heard it many times with its details. If Mawlana said, it might be people will doubt, but coming directly from Sultan al-Awliya...So he said, "Yes, Sayyidee, of course you have to say, 'Why are you arrogant?'" He said, "Ya Sayyidee, of course, because I have someone behind me like a roaring lion, like you. I am proud because of you. You are my pride. I am depending on you - that is why I am proud, not of myself, but of being student to such a Shaykh. Am not depending on myself, I am depending on you." At that moment, hahaha, the Prophet's spirituality appeared and said, "Give him his trust." That was the password, that ,"I have such a Shaykh like you," in one word. So everyone, at that moment more and more was passed to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim until he became Sultan al-Awliya today.
So Allah is, just gave everyone their password. Something has been given to you but you have to remember it, to know it, in order to get it.
So we go back to Dome of Provisions. That is why we say 'dome' is d-o-m-e. People write it 'dum' or 'dom' but it has to be 'dome'. Every wali has a dome. And the greatest one is the dome of Prophet which covers all of them from `Arsh ar-Rahman all the way down. So angels connect you; since you are connected to a shaykh that is connected to Prophet , you will be receiving continuously spiritual provisions that are being downloaded to your heart. And at same time you will receive the physical provisions you need in daily life and that is why, remember that there is a password. Try to meditate on it. Contemplate. They will never give it to you easy. They want you to struggle to get it back. They are giving with dome, dome - hints. That means that dome, and that is why they want to mention Dome of Provisions and that password is coming not now but at end of the series. We ask Allah to keep us under their guidance.
So angels that been assigned, everyone has a different - not the same. And there are angels that have been assigned for Prophet that he can use them the way he likes. And for .. and those special angels that have been assigned for special people to Prophet , are mainly for the Naqshbandi Distinguished Order. All other tariqahs have angels that come from Prophet to them, but in Naqshbandi 0rder there are angels that no one can describe them except those who are Sultan al-Awliya and they are able to see and describe them.
And he said the angels that are muwakilleen for the Prophet worldly and Heavenly provision, "laa yuheet bihm nabiyyin mursal wa la malakan muqarrab - Not one prophet of 124,000 prophets and not one angel in heaven and earth can reach to know the distinguishing characteristics of these angels." No one can know, of any prophet or any messenger or any wali or any angel, except the Prophet , what Allah gave him of these angels - and inheritors of Prophet , who are Sultans of awliya, who are able to have on their tongues Sultan adh-Dhikr. And not every Sultan al-Awliya can have Sultan adh-Dhikr on their tongue.
We will explain next time what is Sultan adh-Dhikr. Some might know and some people might not know and I am sure many people on internet don't know. And we explain that next time. It is coming, it is coming. Wait, important secrets coming with this series. It is one page series but... it is condensed so they are zooming in now to bring out. Insha-Allah we will always be under feet of Prophet , under feet of Grandshaykh , under feet of Mawlana Shaykh , under feet of Sayyidina Mahdi and insha-Allah we will see Prophet in dunya and akhira.
bi hurmati 'l-habeeb bi hurmati 'l-fatiha
*وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى شَهِدْنَا أَن تَقُولُواْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ
Wa idh akhadha rabbuka min banee adama min dhuhoorihim dhurriyyatahum wa ashhadahum `ala anfusihim alastu bi-rabbikum qaaloo balaa shahidnaa an taqooloo yawma 'l-qiyamati inna kunna `an haadhaa ghaafileen
When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful" (7:172)