On Ba Alawi Terminology: Imam, Shaykh and Habib

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

 

The early scholars of the Ba `Alawi Way are often known as ‘Imam.’ Then they became to be known as ‘Shaykh.’ In latter times they became known as ‘Haba’ib.’ What is the reason behind this?

This relates to the era in which they lived. When the term ‘Imam’ was widely used in the Ummah, that term was used. Then when the concept of the Shaykh of Tariqah   became widespread, they used that term. They then increased in number and some of them had reached the rank of ‘Imam’ or ‘Shaykh’ and some had not, so the term ‘Habib’ was used to include all of them. The word ‘Habib’ means the one who is loved for Allah’s sake. Love for the relatives of the Prophet ﷺ is a requirement. Allah says to the Prophet: Say: I do not ask any reward from you for this (conveying the message) other than love for (my) kinsfolk.[1]

 

[1] Al-Shura, 42:23

On Attending Gatherings in which Forbidden Musical Instruments are Used

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

 

Can we attend gatherings in which forbidden musical instruments are used?

If there is scholarly consensus that they are forbidden then there is no way we can attend. If the scholars differ over whether they are permissible or not, we should assess what benefit there is in attending. If there is great benefit to be had in attending, we can overlook the fact that the scholars differ over the permissibility of these instruments. If there is not great benefit to be had, it is better not to attend.

Entering Paradise with the Beloved ﷺ

Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) tells us how to enter Paradise with the Beloved ﷺ . Extracts from a talk  in the mawlid in Dar al-Mustafa 2nd Rabi` al-Awwal 1345/ 2nd January 2014.

Adam and all the other Prophets will be under my banner on the Day of Judgement.” Where will you be on that day? Let us all be under the banner of the Beloved. He will be the first to enter Paradise. The other prophets are forbidden from entering until he enters, and the other nations are forbidden from entering until his Ummah enters.

The Prophet said:

“I am the first to knock on the gates of Paradise and with me will be the poor among the believers.”

The gates are open and he knows that Paradise was created for him and for those that love him and follow him, but out of his immense etiquette he stops. He waits for permission from his Lord. The Prophet is far greater in status than the angel Riḍwān, the guardian of Paradise, but out of his etiquette with his Lord he waits.

Who is at the gate?” Ridwan asks. 

I am Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah.” 

Welcome, O Messenger of Allah. I have been ordered by my Lord not to allow anyone to enter until you enter.”

People will enter Paradise in groups, one after the other, but there will be a group that enters with him. Most of the people in that group will be from the early generations, but in every generation there are people who will be in that group:

“In every generation of my Ummah there are those who outstrip the others.”

The Prophet will enter Paradise and then he will come out again to intercede for various people. He will bring whole groups to enter Paradise.

People talk a lot about the future, but this is the greatest future that is awaiting us. If we were aware of these events we would not be deceived by anyone.

People compete with each other to have their name written in different places, but his name is inscribed upon the Throne. Who inscribed it there? With Whose name is his? Allah placed his name next to His to show his greatness. Whoever lives on the face of the earth not knowing the greatness of Muhammad is someone who is in loss, someone distant from his Lord.

If you wish to drink from his Pool in the next life, drink from the pool of attachment to him in this life, the pool of following him, the pool of his knowledge, the pool of his guidance, the pool of raising your children according to his way. If your children taste the sweetness of the connection to him and love for him they will be safe from all types of tribulation.

 

Weekly Ṣalawāt: Yā Salām

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا سَلام صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ السَّلام و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و سَلِّمْنِي بِهِ و لَقِّني به تَحِيَّةً و سلاماً

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Salām ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-nabī as-salām wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim tasliman wa sallimnī bihi wa laqqinī bihi taḥiyyatan wa salāmā

O Allāh, O Flawless One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet of Peace and by him grant me safety and allow me to receive salutations and peace (in Paradise).

The above is a prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ composed by Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ. The weekly salat has no set number and has not been prescribed by one of our teachers. We started sending out these salawat out of a desire to share some of these beautiful formulas with those that we love. Try to read it once at least upon first seeing it and then read it as many times as you are able. The more salawat you read, the more gifts you will receive. It should not take priority over any other adhkar you have been given by your teachers. The best time to read it is on Thursday night and Friday since the Messenger of Allah ﷺ encouraged us to bestow abundant prayers upon him at these times. It can of course, be read at any time and in any place.

On Laziness after Gatherings of Remembrance

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

 

I sometimes experience laziness or bad thoughts after attending gatherings of remembrance. What can I do to combat this?

This is a result of the anger of the Devil and the frustration of the lower self, due to the good that you have attained. So ignore these things and the Devil will achieve nothing, and continue doing good works.

Seeking Allah’s Relief through Prayers Upon the Prophet ﷺ

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) teaches us to seek Allah’s relief through prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَدْعُوكَ بِأَسْمَائِكَ الحُسْنى وكَلِمَاتِكَ التَّامَّاتِ أَنْ تُصَلَّيَ وتُسَلِّمَ على شَرِيفِ الذَّات، كَريمِ الصِّفات، عَبْدِكَ وَحَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمِّدٍ وعلى آلِهِ وصَحْبِهِ القادَات، وإِخْوَانِهِ مِنْ النَّبِيِّينَ وآلِهِم وصَحْبِهِمْ والتَّابِعِين

وأَنْ تُغِيثَ المُسْلِمين، وتَلْطُفَ بِهِم فِيما تَجْري بِهِ المَقادِير، يا نِعْمَ المَوْلى و نِعْمَ النَّصِير، وأَنْ تُفَرِّجَ كُرُوبَهُم، وتَكْشِفَ السُّوءَ والضُرَّ عَنْهُمْ
يا قادِرُ يا قَوِيُّ يا مَتِينُ يا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمين آمين

Allahumma inna nad`uka bi asmaik’al-husna wa kalimatik’attammati an tusalliya wa tusallima `ala sharif-dhat karim assifat `abdika wa habibika sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi’l-qadat wa ikhwanihi min an-nibiyyin wa alihim wa sahbihim w’attabi`in, wa an tughithal-muslimin wa taltufa bihim fīma tajri bihi’l-maqadir, ya ni`ma al-mawla wa ni`ma’nnasir wa an tufarrija kurubahum wa takshifa’ssu’ wa’ durra `anhum ya Qadiru ya Qawwiyu ya Matinu ya Arham ar-Rahimin Amin.

O Allah, we call upon You and ask You by Your beautiful names and Your complete words, to bestow prayers and peace upon the possessor of the most noble essence and the most honourable attributes, Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, and upon his Family and Companions, the best of leaders, and upon his brothers among the Prophets and their Families and Companions and those that follow them. We ask You to aid the Muslims and treat them gently in that which Your decree has in store for them, for You are the best of protectors and best of supporters, and to relieve their tribulations and to remove evil and harm from them, O All-Powerful, O Strong, O Firm, O Most Merciful, Amin.