The Power of Tasbeeh and Aayaat ash-Shifaa`
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
7 December 2012 Burton, Michigan
Jumu`ah Khutbah at As-Siddiq Mosque
O Muslims and Believers! Allah (swt) created everything and ordered them to do tasbeeh, which means to recite, “SubhaanAllah wa ‘l-hamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa-Llah Allahu Akbar,” or any praise of Allah (swt) through His Beautiful Names and Attributes.
Allah (swt) said:
أَنَا جَلِيْسُ مَنْ ذَكَرَنِي
Anaa jaleesu man dhakaranee.
I sit with him who remembers Me. (Ahmad, Bayhaqi)
So to remember Allah (swt) non-stop is a must in every moment of our lives! Allah (swt) made everything make tasbeeh and the existence of any element is through its tasbeeh that no one knows except that element. Also, Allah (swt) created us from many different elements in our body, each of which makes its own tasbeeh and functions in the body through its tasbeeh. But we are struggling against evil, struggling to do good and avoid bad, and since we are in that transitional place we are unable to hear the tasbeeh of our body (constantly remembering Allah). When a part of the body is sick its because there is a change in tasbeeh which makes it sick, and in order to heal you must change that tasbeeh to take that illness from the body. The Prophet (s) mentioned about ruqya, taweez, hijab, whatever you want to call it, which is to recite and Aayaat ash-Shifaa’, the six aayaat in Holy Qur'an for curing illness.
الْفَاتِحَةُ لِمَا قُرِئَتْ لَهُ
Al-Fatihatu limaa quriyat lahu.
Prophet (s) said, “Surat al-Fatihah is for whatever it is recited for [it will cure or accomplish].” (al-Bayhaqi in Shu`b al-Imaan)
and give long life by that tasbeeh, which we are doing (involuntarily) and not feeling it. We say the body makes tasbeeh because everything in the universe does tasbeeh and we are part of this universe, as Allah (swt) mentioned in Holy Qur’an:
وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدَهِ
Wa in min shay'in illa yusabihu bihamdih.
And there is not a thing but celebrates His praise! (Surat al-'Israa, 17:44)
Everything makes tasbeeh, but we cannot understand or hear it because of our physical desires, the nafs/ego ruling over us in dunya and its power overrules the good self. Allah (swt) wants us to come out from the ruling of the bad self and replace that with ruling of the good self.
Proof of this is in the hadith of Abu Dharr al-Ghifar (r):
في حديث أبي ذر قال تناول رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم سبع حصيات فسبحن في يده حتى سمعت لهن حنينا ثم وضعهن في يد أبي بكر فسبحن ثم وضعهن في يد عمر فسبحن ثم وضعهن في يد عثمان فسبحن أخرجه البزار والطبراني في الأوسط وفي رواية الطبراني فسمع تسبيحهن من في الحلقة وفيه ثم دفعهن إلينا فلم يسبحن مع أحد منا
Tanawala an-Nabi (s) saba` hasaayaat, fa sabahna bi yaddih, hatta sami`ta lahu haneenan, thumma wada`hunna fee yad abi bakrin fasabhna thumma wad`ahunna fee yad `Umar fasabahna thumma wada`ahunna fee yadi `uthmaan sabahna fasama`a tasbeehihinna man fi’l-halaqata wa feehi thumma dafa`hunna ilaynaa falam yusabihna ma` ahadun minnaa.
The Prophet (s) picked up seven stones, hasaayaat with his holy hands, and they were glorifying Allah (swt) in his hand, and we were able to hear their tasbeeh. I heard them in a passionate voice yearning (with love of the Prophet [s] and yearning with love of Allah [swt]).
You see how they used to live? Not like today, we are sitting and praying on carpets and you step out and see nicely cut grass and nice asphalt roads. Then there were only small streets and alleys between houses, all of them covered with small pebbles on the ground. Prophet (s) sat with the Sahaabah and picked up seven stones from the floor, which means he was sitting in a place, perhaps in a house, and there was nothing (under them) but pebbles. Do you sit on pebbles today? You feel pain in your feet and your legs, and they were sitting on pebbles!
And Allah (swt) said everything is making tasbeeh but you are not able to hear it, but when sitting on a Holy Hand the Sahaabah (r) were able to hear it!
Those pebbles were not only praising Allah (swt) and making tasbeeh, but yearning for Prophet (s) and to be in his hand, not on the floor. And every cell of our body is making tasbeeh, but we are blocked from hearing that tasbeeh and therefore we are need to work on ourselves in order to clear ourselves from interruptions that prevent us from hearing stones or our bodies that make tasbeeh!
The hadith continues:
Then he took these seven stones and put them in the hand of Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) and they praised Allah (swt) in the hand of Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r).
He knew because he was hearing the tasbeeh in the hand of Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r), but he didn't say they have ‘yearning.’ That yearning is adab, which means the stones also have adab! We must learn adab, which means when the Prophet (s) is present your look must be only to the Prophet (s), not to anyone else in the masjid or association. So the adab of a masjid is that when the teacher is present, you have no right to look at another person and you will interrupt the class if you look at someone coming in the door. Therefore, when your teacher is teaching you must not look even towards the door. These stones showed yearning when they were in the hand of the Prophet (s) and when in the hand of Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) they made tasbeeh, but did not have yearning.
“And then he put them in the hand of Sayyidina `Umar (r), and similarly they were making tasbeeh and then he put them in the hand of `Uthmaan (r), and similarly they were praising Allah (swt).”
He did not say what kind of tasbeeh; it might have been ‘subhaanAllah’ or ‘alhamdulillah’ or ‘laa ilaaha illa-Llah’ or ‘Allahu Akbar.’
And in another narration the hadith continues:
At that moment everyone in the circle heard the tasbeeh. Then the Prophet (s) took from the hand of Sayyidina `Usmaan and gave them in the hands of the Sahaabah, and no one heard their tasbeeh at that moment and they didn't make tasbeeh in a loud voice when put in the hands of other Sahaabah. (Bazzaar and at-Tabarani and many others)
So the pebbles made audible tasbeeh in the hands of Prophet (s), Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r), Sayyidina `Umar (r) and Sayyidina `Uthmaan (r), then Prophet (s) put them in the hands of the Sahaabah and they were not audible. Sayyidina `Ali was not present. Since we are not Sahaabah and they could not hear the tasbeeh any longer, how we can hear the tasbeeh of our bodies? There is a problem there: we cannot hear. So to fix that problem, we must do tasbeeh by heart (silent) and by tongue (aloud) because then Allah (swt) will grant your body to make more tasbeeh and then slowly, slowly Allah will open it for us to hear! That is why Prophet (s) said that Allah (swt) said:
من عادا لي وليا فقد آذنته بالحرب
Man `adaa lee waliyyan faqad aadhantahu bi ’l-harb.
Whoever comes against my wali, I declare war on him. (Hadith Qudsi; Bukhari from Abu Hurayrah)
And Allah (swt) said:
عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن الله قال من عادى لي وليا فقد آذنته بالحرب وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها وإن سألني لأعطينه ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن نفس المؤمن يكره الموت وأنا أكره مساءته
ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره
الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها،
Man `adaa lee waliyan faqad aadhantahu bi ’l-harb wa maa taqarraba ilayya `abdee bi-shayyin ahabba ilayya mimmaa ’ftaradtu `alayhi wa maa yazaalu `abdee yataqarabu ilayya bi’ n-nawaafil hatta uhibbah. Fa idhaa ahbaabtahu kuntu sama`uhulladhee yasma`u bihi wa basarahulladhee yubsiru bihi, wa yadahulladhee yabtishu bihaa wa rijlahullatee yamshee bihaa.
Whoever opposed a Friend of Mine verily I declare war on him. And My servant doe not cease to approach Me with anything more beloved to Me than what I have obligated on him, and My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the hand with which he acts, and the legs with which he walks (and other versions include, “and the tongue with which he speaks”). (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)
So if we make more tasbeeh voluntarily we will get to that level.
And in another hadith from Imam Bukhari as narrated by Ibn Mas`ood:
كنا نأكل مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الطعام ونحن نسمع تسبيح الطعام
Kunna naakul ma` an-Nabi (s) at-ta`am, wa nahnu nasma` tasbeeh at-ta`m.
We were sitting with the Prophet (s) eating food and we heard the food making tasbeeh and salawaat on the Prophet (s).
Although it was cooked on fire, the food itself was still making tasbeeh! If put on fire it is burned, and if it is boiled the whole taste changes, but it still makes tasbeeh. So what about our bodies? Are they making tasbeeh? Yes, but we are not hearing that. So may Allah (swt) forgive us and bless all mu’mins and Muslims around the world, whatever their background.
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