On Dealing With Those Who Disagree With the Mawlid

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

How do we deal with those who condemn celebrating the mawlid?

The mawlid is part of the Prophetic Biography (Sirah) and it should be treated just as the Sirah, the remembrance of Allah and the remembrance of the Prophet ﷺ are treated.

We should realise that the misgivings people have about the mawlid are false and that they have been wrongly spread in the Ummah. There is no valid evidence either intellectually or in the Sacred Law to support the prohibition of the recitation of the mawlid. There is no text in the Sacred Law that prohibits celebrating the birth of an animal, let alone the Prophet ﷺ. Thus reciting the mawlid would at the very least be permissible (mubah). However it is combined with acts of obedience, leads to an increase in people’s faith and increases their love for and connection to the Prophet ﷺ. It is thus regarded as being recommended (mandub) since it takes the ruling of the objectives that it is being used to achieve. It should be used in the best way, just as other means are used.

That being said, we must recognise that people have been affected by false beliefs so we should not be so rigid that we cause divisions amongst the Muslims and add fuel to the fire.

The situation may dictate that the mawlid be concealed or left, such as when it would have a detrimental effect on the da`wah. It should not be left merely in response to those who condemn it, especially when it is not expected that those people will respond to our da`wah. When the majority will benefit it should not be left.

We can also call it by another name such as ‘Commemorating the life of the Prophet’ or a gathering of remembrance or knowledge or poetry so that when people find out what it contains they will see that there is nothing in it which is impermissible.

 

Should we invite those who disagree with the Mawlid to attend?

Of the people that disagree with the mawlid, some are prepared to discuss the issue and if they can be convinced of its merit then they can be invited to attend. If they remain unconvinced we should show patience with them. Others may be aggressive in their rejection of the mawlid so we should not discuss the issue with them and we should not invite them. Those who have problems with some of the things that take place in the mawlid can be invited to attend at the end of the gathering, to share a meal for example.

 

Weekly Ṣalawāt: Yā `Alīm

We continue our journey through Sayyidī Ḥabīb `Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Ḥabīb `Umar calls upon Allah by His beautiful names one by one and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ. He thus teaches us about the attributes of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and teaches us how to seek a portion of those attributes.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا عَلِيمُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ العَلِيمِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و عَلِّمْنِي بِهِ مِن لَّدُنْكَ عِلْمَاً

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā `Alīmu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-nabī al-`Alīmi wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa `allimnī bihi milladunka `ilmā

O Allāh, O All-Knowing, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet, the most knowledgeable of all people and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with knowledge directly from Your presence.

On Using Images of the Dead for Humanitarian Causes

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

 

Should images of dead people be used to raise awareness of humanitarian issues?

Firstly, the dead person should not be displayed in a way that is degrading, since the sanctity of the believer is the same whether he is dead or alive. Secondly there must be some benefit in displaying these images. Thirdly the person displaying them must have a good intention.

On Giving Advice to People Involved in Dawah

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

 

Sometimes the behaviour of certain people involved in da`wah or spreading knowledge appears to be inconsistent with Prophetic teachings. Should we maintain a good opinion of them and make excuses for them or should we apply different criteria to them?

We should maintain a good opinion of all people. This does not prevent us, however, from giving sincere advice and counsel to such people. Our counsel should be appropriate to their station and personality.

Weekly Ṣalawāt: Yā Fattāḥ

We continue our journey through Sayyidī Ḥabīb `Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Ḥabīb `Umar calls upon Allah by His beautiful names one by one and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ. He thus teaches us about the attributes of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and teaches us how to seek a portion of those attributes.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا فَتَّاحُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ جَامِعِ الفَتْحِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و افْتَحْ لِي بِهِ فَتْحاً مُبِيناً

 

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Fattāḥu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-nabī jāmi`i’l-fatḥi wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’aftaḥ lī bihi fatḥan mubīnā

O Allāh, O Opener, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet, the one who attained all openings and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with a clear opening.

On Academic Studies

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

 

What should our perspective be on academic studies?

Academic studies should be seen merely as a means of attaining knowledge. We recognise that this is the system in place and that it encompasses various philosophies. There is no harm in using it as a means to attain knowledge as long as we do not contravene the Sacred Law in doing so. It is important to emphasise that academic studies do not take the place of Islamic studies. Thus anyone who enters into academic studies must also devote some time to studying the Sacred Law at the hands of those who are worthy of teaching it and possess sound chains of connection in the Islamic sciences.

Weekly Ṣalawāt: Yā Razzāq

We continue our journey through Sayyidī Ḥabīb `Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Ḥabīb `Umar calls upon Allah by His beautiful names one by one and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ. He thus teaches us about the attributes of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and teaches us how to seek a portion of those attributes.

 

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا رَزَّاقُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ وَاسِطَةِ الأَرْزَاقِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و ارْزُقْنِي بِهِ مِنْ أَرْزَاقِكَ الحِسِّيِّةِ و المَعْنَوِيِّةِ رِزْقاً واسِعَاً

 

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Razzāqu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-nabī wāsiṭati’l-arzāq wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’arzuqnī bihi min arzāqika al-ḥissiyyati w’al-ma`nawiyyati rizqan wāsi`ā

O Allāh, O Provider, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet, the means to attaining all provision and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with the most immense portion of Your physical and spiritual provision.

 

Weekly Ṣalawāt: Yā Wahhāb

We continue our journey through Sayyidī Ḥabīb `Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Ḥabīb `Umar calls upon Allah by His beautiful names one by one and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ. He thus teaches us about the attributes of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and teaches us how to seek a portion of those attributes.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا وَهَّابُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ مِفْتَاحِ بَابِ المَواهِب و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و هَبْ لِي بِهِ من مَوَاهِبِكَ ما أَنْتَ أَهْلُهُ فَضْلاً و إِحْسَاناً

 

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Wahhābu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-nabī miftāḥi bābi al-mawāhib wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa hab lī bihi min mawāhibika mā anta ahluhuh faḍlan wa iḥsāna

O Allāh, O Bestower, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet, the key to the door of Your gifts and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bestow upon me Your gifts as only You are worthy of doing, out of Your bounty and kindness.