Weekly Salawat: Al-Baṣīr

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 بَصِيرُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ البَصِيرُ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و  بِهِ بَصِّرْنِي بِكَ تَبْصِيراً

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Baṣīru ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-baṣīr wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa bihi baṣṣirnī bika tabṣīrā

O Allāh, O All-Seeing, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet who possesses complete awareness and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with complete awareness of You.

On Balancing Awrad and Household Duties

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

A lot of my time is spent raising my children and doing the housework. How can I be consistent in reading my awrad?

Try to read the awrad while doing the housework. Perhaps the children will then memorise these awrad. A young child memorised Surah Ya Sin before knowing how to read and write just by hearing his mother reciting it while cleaning the house every day.

On Giving Zakat to Non Muslims

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

Is it permissible to give zakat money to non-Muslims?

One of the categories of people who qualify to receive zakat are ‘those whose hearts are to be reconciled’ (al-mu’allafah qulubuhum). This term has two meanings. The first is those who have recently embraced Islam but are still weak in their resolve and in their faith. The second is those who it is hoped will embrace Islam, especially if they are given some zakat. Some scholars follow the second interpretation. So if all the needy Muslims in the community have been given some zakat then it is permissible to follow the second opinion and give to those who are close to Islam. It is better, however, that they be given money which is not zakat.

 

Weekly Salawat: Al-Samī`

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 سَمِيعُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ السَّمِيعِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و اسْمَعْنِي بِهِ و اسْمَعْنِي مِنْكَ بِهِ إِسْمَاعاً

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Samī`u ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī as-samī` wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’asma`nī bihi w’asma`nī minka bihi ismā`ā

O Allāh, O All-Hearing, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet who hears all and upon his Family and Companions, and by him hear me and allow me to hear You.

On Ridding Ourselves of Harshness and Arrogance

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

 

How can we rid ourselves of harshness and arrogance?

The illnesses of the heart must be treated with a combination of knowledge and action. We thus treat harshness by continuously reading what has been narrated in the Qur’an and the Sunnah about the blameworthiness of harshness and what has been narrated about the praiseworthiness of being gentle and merciful. We must then strive to be gentle and merciful.

We treat arrogance by reminding ourselves that someone who shows arrogance is liable to be rejected and abased by Allah. Rationally it is not befitting for a person to be arrogant and the Sacred Law does not permit anyone to be arrogant. We must study what has been narrated about the blameworthiness of arrogance and reflect upon the statement of the Prophet ﷺ: “Whoever who has an atom’s weight of arrogance in their heart will not enter Paradise.” We should also read about the virtue of humility, the lives of the people of humility, love them for the sake of Allah and strive to emulate them. We must continue to force ourselves to do that until the light of humility becomes firm established in our hearts.

Making Our Houses Places of Worship

Advice from Sayyidi Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).

Just as we pray the two units of prayer when we enter the mosque, we should likewise perform the two cycles of prayer when we enter our house following the action of our Beloved Prophet ﷺ. Make sure that the worship you perform in the mosque is replicated in your house so that your house is filled with the light of Allah.

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Weekly Salawat: Al-Mui`zz

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 مُعِزُّ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الِّذي تُعِزُّ مَنْ وَالَاهُ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و أَعِزَّنِي بِهِ في الدَّارَيْنِ إِعْزَازاً

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Mui`zzu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī alladhī tu`izzu man wālāhu wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa a`izzanī bihi fi’ddarayani i`zazā

O Allāh, O Bestower of Honour, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, upon whose followers You bestow honour and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bestow honour upon me.

The Body and the Soul

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Sayyidi Habib Umar assists with the burial of Habib Muhammad, the brother of  Habib Abu Bakr al-Adani bin Ali al-Mashhur. May Allah have mercy upon him.

Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) discusses the relationship between the soul and the body and the consequences of the soul dominating the body and vice versa. This is an extract from a talk delivered in the mawlid in Dar al-Mustafa on 18th Jumada al-Akhirah 1435 / 17th April 2014.

The affair of the body is contemptible when it is compared with the soul. Allah says: The soul is from Your Lord’s affair.1 For this reason the soul lives on forever, whereas in most cases the body turns to dust. Allah allows worms and other creatures to consume the body. Some people are proud of their bodies, but if they were to reflect on this, their pride would disappear. Once the worms have consumed the body they consume each other, until there is only one left and it dies of hunger. This shows us that death comes to everything, and that Allah alone is the Living who never dies.

The knower of Allah, Sayyidi Ahmad bin `Alwan, said: “Whoever’s main concern in this life is nourishing their body then let them seek their reward from the worms.” Such people did not nourish their souls but instead spent their lives strengthening and nourishing their bodies. This is what people hear today: “Your bodies, your bodies – concern yourselves with your bodies – your appearance, your health, your physique!” It as is if they do not possess souls. They thus miss out on the unique attributes of the soul. The physical attributes of the body then dominate the soul. Their souls in a sense die so that their bodies are like graves before they enter their graves. Their souls are buried in their bodies before their bodies are buried in the earth.

Imam al-Haddad says:

The world of the soul is certainly better and loftier than the world of the body

And this is clear to anyone who possesses knowledge

Why have you thus spent your life striving

To serve your body and your physical form?

You have done wrong, my son, and it is only yourself that you have wronged,

And wronging the self is the worst type of wrong

Arise, may Allah guide you, from the slumber of heedlessness

And trivial pleasures and do not base your actions upon illusion

Those who take advantage of the gifts bestowed upon this Ummah, however, may receive Allah’s bounty. Their bodies are then ennobled: They lie in the earth but no creature is permitted to consume them. These bodies attain special attributes. No substances have been placed on them to preserve them, but rather their souls had a strong attachment to the Living, the Remaining and He decreed that their bodies remain. They released themselves from being restricted to their physical and carnal nature and were concerned with their souls. They thus became completely spiritual, so that their bodies were given some of the attributes of the soul. Their bodies thus resembled the soul, which cannot be consumed by worms and cannot return to dust.

Shaykh `Isa al-Bayanuni said:

A body which has become dominated by the love of Ahmad:

By Allah the earth cannot consume it

How can the earth consume it, when its heart was filled

With love for him and its mouth was filled with praise for him?

He did not say anyone who merely loves the Prophet , but rather: “A body which has become dominated by the love of Aḥmad.” When Shaykh `Īsā died, he was buried in al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah. Every time they unearthed his grave, they found his body in the same state that it was in when he was first buried.

The hadith tell us that there are five categories of people whose bodies do not decay: the Prophets, the Martyrs, the scholars who act on their knowledge, those who memorise the Qur’an and then give the Qur’an its due and those who give the call to prayer for seven years for Allah’s sake without receiving any wage. These people’s bodies remain preserved in the earth under Allah’s care. At the first blast on the Horn, Allah causes every living thing in the heavens and earth to die. He then brings back all the bodies that had turned into earth: As We originated the first creation, so We shall bring it forth again. It is a promise binding upon Us. Truly We shall fulfil it.2 Then the trumpet will be blown a second time and everyone will be resurrected from their graves: Then it is blown another time and there they stand, awaiting.3

1 Al-Isra’, 17:85

2 Al-Anbiya’, 21:104

3 Al-Zumar 39:68

 

The White Days of Sha`ban

We are now approaching the “White Days” of the month of Sha`ban. The “White Days” are the days which follow nights in which the moon is full, namely the 13th, 14th and 15th days of each lunar month.
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) encouraged his Companions to fast three days in every month and to fast these days specifically.
We should attempt to fast all three days if we are able, since Sayyidah `A’ishah said of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace): “I did not see him fasting in any month more than Sha`ban.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
If we are unable to do so, we should attempt to fast the fifteenth, since the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said that when this night comes we should spend it in prayer and fast the following day. Please check the moon sighting in your locality.