In the name of Allah, the most Merciful and the most Benevolent

Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammad
wa ala alihi wa ashabihi
wa sallam

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Muhammad Kabbani
Enlightens the People at Plano Center
with Islamic Spirit

By Syed Shahzaman

June 22, 1997, Plano, Texas

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani is introduced
by Imam Khalil of a local mosque. Seated
beside the shaykh is Imam Abdul Aleem
of Masjid al-Haqq.

It was a beautiful Sunday evening. And it was a memorable and blessed day for the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims of North Texas. Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a very well known scholar of Islamic teachings throughout the Middle East and the USA, enlightened the large audience at Plano Center with the teachings of the Seal of the Prophets, the Prophet of Islam, Sayyidina Muhammad (sallallaho alayhi hi wasallam).

The Ahl as-Sunna wal-Jama`at community of
Dallas-Fort Worth were excited to finally have
a representative who stands up for their cause
among the many Salafi-dominated mosques
in the area.

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani was born to a conservative religious family blessed with many authoritative shaykhs of Shari`a. Presently Shaykh Kabbani's cousin is the Mufti of his motherland, Lebanon and his uncle was the previou mufti. Another of Shaykh Kabbani's uncles held the position of Deputy-Mufti as well. He was well-educated by his family in shari`ah, studying Islamic sciences every night after completing his schoolwork. Shaykh Kabbani received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the American University at Beirut. Later he finished the study of medicine at Louvain, Belgium. Shaykh Kabbani then went on to study Islamic law in Shafi`i Madhhab and received his 'ijaza from Damascus.

Shaykh Kabbani started speaking after the introductory recitation of the Holy Quran and praise of the Prophet (s), The audience were immediately struck with the sincerity and joy that the shaykh seemed to radiate. Shaykh Kabbani urged the people to keep high respect and love for Allah and His beloved Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad (s), the Mercy to all humanity. He explained the subject of the intercession of Prophet Muhammad (s) on the Judgment Day. As the lecture came to its last few minutes, the audience demanded more time for the shaykh to speak. The large gathered audience was overwhelmed with happiness as they were reminded of the great love and esteem in which the Companions of Sayyidina Muhammad (s) held him, and which was emulated by the Tabi`een and Tabi` Tabi`een and by the great and pious `ulama of the later centuries as well. Some people had tears in their eyes as they felt that love in their heart for Prophet Muhammad (s) evoked by the shaykh's sincere and impassioned words.

The large gathered audience were
pleased to listen to traditional Urdu
na`at in praise of the Prophet (s), after
being enlightened on the
state of love which enraptured
the Sahaba of our beloved
Prophet Muhammad (s).

Shaykh Kabbani extended his talk to encompass topics of general concerns Muslim people now face. He continued by discussing with the current situations and divisions among Muslims. While mosques are the central point for all Muslims in which to gather and to talk about all their concerns, Shaykh Kabbani pointed out, this event was denied access in local mosques. Shaykh Kabbani was hard on those people who don't allow Muslims to use mosque platforms to discuss important Islamic topics. "Why rent a civic center and sit in chairs, like in a church while talking about the love of Prophet (s) when a much more appropriate place--the masjid--is available? What right do the mosque authorities have to separate the Muslim people, when the Prophet (s) declared them one Ummah and one Body?" were questions he posed to the audience.

 

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, ASFA
Chairman, visits with Shaykh Ma`sum
an-Naqshbandi, currently residing in
Dallas. The shaykh, whom Shaykh Hisham
considers to be a
wali, expressed
his admiration for the work Shaykh Hisham
is doing in educating the public in the
knowledge of the
din according to Ahl as-
Sunna wal-Jama`at.

As the time of Maghrib approached the crowd waxed enthusiastic. Shaykh Kabbani finished with du`a for all Muslims to be united in a foreign land. After salatul-Maghrib people joined in sitting to partake a lovely meal with the shaykh. After dinner many people gathered around the shaykh to ask for his du`a. for themselves, their business and their children. Thus the evening came to a close with happiness in the hearts of people that will stay with them for a very long time.

Shaykh Hisham sits on the porch of
Masjid al-Haqq, enjoying the evening
with a large group of Muslim
brothers and sisters who came to hear
the shaykh talk and lead
dhikrullah.

 

On another note: eleven non-Muslims attended this event. They were very pleased with the image of Islam that they found and were surprised to discover through the course of the event that Islam, far from being a violent religion of terrorism is a way of life of peace and love. They saw clearly that Islam means love and respect, and all stayed to the end, coming to meet with the shaykh, ask his advice and even sought his prayers. We feel certain that with such lovely gatherings, and the presence of such an enlightened speaker, these people will all become Muslim, insha-Allah.

  Muslims of Ahl as-Sunna wal-Jama`at
raise their hands in du`a, as is the sunna,
to close the event at Plano Center.