The atoms of love that are thrust into our hearts puts us in a state of
increase and leaves us yearning for more. That is why even those who are close
to Allah complain of distance from him. We sang the qasida "I am always
complaining of my longing for the light of existence" - the entire
creation was created from the light and countenance of the prophet (peace be
upon him) - all light, physical and metaphysical, including the light of faith
in our hearts - it is all from the light of the prophet (peace be upon him) and
the light of the prophet originates in the pre-eternal light of Allah.
The reality of the Prophet (peace be upon him) remains behind a veil in this
world, but an element of his reality will manifest in the hereafter. He is the
supreme creation, light and angelic within, and human externally. That is why
he could go days without eating and when asked, he said "I spend the night
with my Lord who feeds and nourishes me". That is why when he smiled they
said "like light" emenated from between his front two teeth. The
companion who described said "like" because the light of the Prophet
(peace be upon him) is more powerful and luminous than any we could see in this
Light opens the heart and when the heart is open it sees subtleties in the universe.
The inner sight, baseera, cannot be attained without light of the Prophet
(peace be upon him). It cannot be attained without attachment to him, and
without sending salawat upon him. His light(sallallahu alayhi wasallam), his
illuminating penetrating light by which subtleties are understood. When you see
him in your sleep, part of his spirit is visiting you and that light is in your
heart while your eyes are closed. This light manifests when you block out all
other distractions. The illumined program now works and all light of the unseen
is reflected therein. The first light created was his light (peace be upon
There was a sheikh, who due to his love, wrote a book on the life of the
Prophet (peace be upon him) and he saw the Prophet in his sleep and he was
extremely pleased with him and patted him on the back. When the sheikh woke up,
the blessed fingermarks were still on his back. The imprints remained until he
died and people visited him to witnessthem. These lights in the hearts of
muslims are from the light of the Prophet, and they increase by the sending of
invocations upon him. These sacred gusts, feelings and emotions we feel from
listening to qasaid and words of praise are because they are charged with love
and when they are heard, the hearts are cleansed.
Alhamdulila, alhamdulila that we have attachment to the Prophet (peace be upon
him). There are muslims who pass day and night without mentioning him. If the
muslim only knew how much the Prophet loved him and thought of him then he would
crawl all the way to madinah just to send salaam upon him - and you could not
recompense him even if you walked to him on your eyes!
This is a holy blessed light. And the torrential light on the heart is more
profuse before fajr. Whoever wants his portion should wake up before fajr. With
years and years of struggle you WILL attain, but it will not equate to just 3
minutes before fajr when hidden gifts exist in deep darkness, and only the
righteous can withstand the light. When a person maintains the night prayer, he
will taste the sweetness of discourse with Allah. He will feel glory as he
stands before the King. He feels mighty as he is the slave of Allah. Illumined
hearts are all standing, either with their hearts or physically. "My eyes
sleep but my heart does not sleep."
The prophet (peace be upon him) had profound love for the ummah. The companions
were once speaking about the Prophets and they were saying how Allah made musa
his kaleem, and Ibrahim His khalil. And the Prophet said to them: "all of
this is true and I am the Habib of Allah and it is no boast". Adam and all
his progeny, all glory we have is due to our connection to the Prophet. The
sahaba, their entire lives were based on his love, even the children. The very
soul of religion is love for the prophet (peace be upon him). The songs and
qasaid stirs love of the prophet. We should not leave this life but that our
heart is completely filled by his love (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam).
The love the sahaba had is beyond the confines of the human intellect. Were we
to take one hair of Abu bakr or Umar and were it to be distributed across the
ummah, then the love inside that one strand of hair would fill the hearts of
the ummah with love! Such was their love, and the awliya after them only take a
portion of that love. Someone who's light is weak, they do not see who the
sahaba are, by virtue of their meeting him (peace be upon him). Great as Imam
Junayd was, 1000 Junayds would not equate to one bedouin sahabi. If that is one
bedouin sahabi then what of the 10 guarranteed paradise? The ummah will see
their light on the day of judgement.
The time before and after fajr on jumuah is blessed, and after 'asr to magrib
is blessed. May this jumuah not leave us before we are blessed with its baraka.
On the day of Judgement, all will know the rank of the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa ala aalihi wa sallim.