Weekly Salawat : Yā Ḥafīẓ

 

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 حَفِيظُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الحَفِيظ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و اجْعَلْنِي مُسْتَوْدِعاً لِأَسْرارِ المَعْرِفَةِ و المَحَبَّةِ حَفِيظاً و كُنْ لي مِنْ جَميعِ الأَسْوَاءِ في الدَّارَيْنِ حَافِظاً

 
 
 Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Ḥafīẓu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-ḥafīẓ wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’aj`alnī mustawdi`an li asrāri’l-ma`rifati w’al-maḥabbati ḥafīẓan wa kun lī min jamī`I’l-aswā’I f’iddarayni ḥāfiẓā
 
O Allāh, O Guardian, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the guardian Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and make me a guardian and a repository of the secrets of Your knowledge and love. Protect me from all evil in both abodes.

 

On Obedience to Parents

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

My parents have ordered me to cut ties with one of my relatives and prohibit me from practising certain elements of my religion. What should I do?

Cutting the ties of kinship is an act of disobedience and there can be no obedience to the creation if it constitutes disobedience to the Creator. Thus you cannot obey them in this or in anything which contravenes the Sacred Law. However, you can show wisdom in not openly displaying that you are going against their will and you must not be rude or aggressive towards them.

 

Weekly Salawat: Al-Ḥalīm

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 حَلِيمُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الحَلِيم و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً وارْزُقْنِي بِهِ حِلْماً و عِلْماً و إِيماناً و يَقِيناً


Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Ḥalīmu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-ḥalīm wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’arzuqnī bihi ḥilman wa `ilman wa īmānan wa yaqīnā

O Allāh, O Forbearing One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the forbearing Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and through Him bless me with forbearance, knowledge, faith and certainty.

The Dowra 2014 Rawhah: Qut al-Qulub and Rashafat

The following lessons were delivered by Habib Umar bin Hafiz based on Imam Abu Talib al-Makki’s foundational work in the science of Tasawwuf, Qut al Qulub. Habib is also commenting on the opening sections of Habib `Abd al-Rahman Balfaqih’s unique poem, al-Rashafat.

By using the book and the poem, Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar lays out the foundations which every seeker needs on the path to Allah Most High.

The classes were delivered at the Annual Summer Dowra Intensive in Tarim, Yemen (July-August 2014). Audio recordings are included below.

Habib Umar at Dowra 2014

 

A reader introducing the Rawhah, along with a translation of Habib `Abd al-Rahman Balfaqih’s poem, the Rashafat, can be downloaded here.

 

Qut al-Qulub


 

Rashafat

Advice On Raising Children

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

 

What advice do you have for raising children well?

  • We should have good intentions in doing so.
  • We should be conscious of their feelings and emotions.
  • We should let them constantly hear the remembrance of Allah and His Messengerﷺ.
  • We should gradually accustom them to following the Sunnah.
  • We should protect them from being exposed to evil and evil people whether that be through the company they keep or the things they watch or listen to.

On the Light of the Prophet ﷺ

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

What does it mean when we say that the Prophet ﷺ is created from Allah’s light?

This has been reported in several hadith narrations. In reality there is no light other than the light of Allah and every light is derived from His divine light. Allah says: Allah is the light of the heavens and earth.[1] The foundation of created light is the light of the Prophet ﷺ. His light and spirit was the first thing that Allah created before He created any physical things. He is the first in the created world. There are a number of things which are mentioned as being the first thing that Allah created, such as the Throne, the Foot-stool and the Pen. These things were created before other things and were among the first things to be created, but they were created after the light of the Prophet and were derived from his light.

[1] Al-Nur, 24:35

Weekly Salawat: Al-Khabīr

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 خَبِيرُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الخَبِير و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً واجْعَلْنِي بِأَسْرَارِ ما أَوْحَيْتَهُ إِلَيْهِ خَبِيرا

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Khabīru ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-khabīr wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’aj`alnī bi asrāri mā awḥaytahu ilayhi khabīrā.

O Allāh, O Totally Aware, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet who has total awareness, and upon his Family and Companions, and give me total awareness of the secrets which You revealed to him.

Translation of Jaliyat al-Kadr

On the 17th of Ramadan, a poem compiled by Habib ‘Abdullah bin Mustafa al-‘Aydarus (may Allah have mercy on him), Jaliyat al-Kadr, is traditionally recited in Dar al-Mustafa. It is a poem in which the names of all the Companions that attended the Battle of Badr (may Allah be well-pleased with them) are mentioned. 

The Jaliyat is known as a tawassul, or a type of supplication where the person offering the prayer beseeches Allah Most High by means of something or someone beloved to the Lord. In the case of this prayer, the poet calls upon his Lord to remove his difficulties by mentioning the Prophet, upon him be peace, and his closest and most beloved Companions who fought at the great battle of Badr.
This great poem has been translated by Sh. Abdul Aziz Ahmed (may Allah preserve him and increase him), and can be downloaded here.

Weekly Salawat: Al-Laṭīf

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 لَطِيفُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ اللَّطِيف و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و اجْرِ  بِهِ يا رَبِّ لُطْفَكَ الخَفِيَّ في أُمُوري و أُمُورِ المُسْلِمين

 

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Laṭīfu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-laṭīf wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’ajri bihi yā rabbi luṭfak al-khafiya fī umūrī wa umūri’l-muslimīn.

O Allāh, O Gentle, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the gentle Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and by him cause Your hidden gentleness to permeate my affairs and the affairs of all the Muslims.

Weekly Salawat: Al-Ḥakam

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 حَكَمُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الحاكِم بِالحَقِّ و العَدْلِ و الهُدى و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و  ارْزُقْني بِهِ الاسْتِسْلامَ لِحُكْمِكَ و العَمَلَ على أَحْكَامِ شَرْعِكَ و احْكُمْ لي بِالفَوْزِ يَوْمَ اللِّقَاءِ يا أَحْكَمَ الحَاكِمِين

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Ḥakamu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-ḥākim b’ilḥaqqī w’al-`adli w’al-hudā wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman w’arzuqnī bihi’l-istislāma liḥukmika w’al-`amala `alā aḥkāmi shar`ika w’aḥkum lī b’ilfawzi yawma’lliqā’I yā aḥkam al’ḥākimīn

O Allāh, O Arbitrator, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the Prophet who ruled according to truth, justice and guidance and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with complete surrender to Your judgement and the ability to act according to the rulings of Your Sacred Law and decree success for me on the Day of Meeting, O Most Just of Judges!