On Losing Spiritual Aspiration

 

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What advice do you have for us if we lose our aspiration for travelling the spiritual path and for performing acts of worship?

You must re-new your approach to Allah. Sit for an hour or two or three facing the qiblah imagining that you are in the Blessed Rawdah or in front of the grave of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ , seeking a connection to him, closeness to him, and his companionship, while bestowing many prayers upon him. This will be a means of renewing your approach.

You can also stand facing the qiblah and say Allaaah (extending the ‘a’) 66 times.

Even if you yourself are weak then have strong determination and ambition and seek strength from the All-Powerful for then your weakness will be transformed into strength. Take strength from being broken for His sake for He says: ‘I am with the ones whose hearts are broken for My sake.’ Your feeling of weakness should not drive you to despair, rather it should be a means of truly submitting to Allah which pushes you to truly seek Him.

Drive yourself forward by giving it hope: remind it of the reward (of these actions) and their end result in the next life. Bring to mind the merits of these actions mentioned by your Prophet ﷺ. Also study the biographies of those who exerted great efforts in performing acts of obedience. We should have remorse for opportunities to worship Allah that pass us by.

If you become lazy at certain times do not despair. Do not waver and do not delay – go back to what you were doing for you are, by your nature, deficient. It may be that your laziness teaches you a great lesson. It may bring about in you a brokenness in front of Allah, and may remove pride (`ujb) from your heart. This may be more beneficial for you than actually performing the action itself.

The Passing of Habib `Ali bin Muhammad al-`Attas

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Habib `Ali bin Muhammad al-`Attas. He passed away on Tuesday, 9th Muḥarram 1435/ 12th November 2013 in Huraydah, Hadramawt, at the age of 102. In his youth he studied under Habib `Abdullah bin `Umar al-Shatiri in the Ribat of Tarim and became one of the greatest scholars of the region. He ended his life as he had lived it, and spent the night before he died poring over books of the Sacred Law.Habib `Abd al-Qadir al-Saqqaf described his existence in our times as a blessing. He was known for his knowledge, humility and uprightness. He said that he had not left the night prayer nor any of his adkhar for the last seventy years.

Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) and many of the scholars of Ḥaḍramawt attended his janazah after maghrib in his hometown of Ḥurayḍah. He was then buried outside the qubbah (dome) in which his ancestors, the great Imams, Habib Abu Bakr bin `Abdullah al-`Attas and Habib `Umar bin `Abd al-Rahman al-`Attas, are buried.

May Allah raise his rank and unite him with his forefathers and his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the highest stations of Paradise. May Allah bring forth people to replace this great scholar and fill the gap his death has left. May Allah bless all his loved ones with sabr.