Weekly Salawat: Yā Wāsi` (1)

This is the first of two prayers invoking Allah’s name, al-Wasi`, ‘the Vast.’ Sayyidi Habib Umar teaches us to seek an expansion in the most precious of things: knowledge, understanding, love and benefit.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا واسِعُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الوَاسِع و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و وَسِّعْ لي بِهِ في العِلْمِ و الفَهْمِ و المَعْرِفَةِ و المَحَبَّةِ و المَشْهَدِ و الأَرْزَاقِ و الانْتِفَاع ِو النَّفْعِ و هَبْ لي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ عَطَاءً واسِعاً

 Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Wāsi`u ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-wāsi` wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa wassi` lī bihi fi’l-`ilmi wa’l-fahmi wa’l-ma`rifati wa’l-maḥabbati wa’l-mashhadi wa’l-arzāqi wa’l-intifā` wa’nnaf`i wa hab lī min ladunka `aṭā’an wāsi`ā

O Allāh, O Vast One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the vast Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and by him expand my knowledge, understanding, knowledge of You, love, my witnessing, my provision and my benefitting myself and others. Bestow vast gifts upon me direct from Your presence.

Weekly Salawat: Yā Mujīb

 

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 مُجِيبُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ المُجِيب و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و كُنْ لِدُعائِنا بِهِ مُجيباً و اجْعَلْنِي لِنِدائِكَ و نِدَائِهِ مُلَبِّياً مُسْتَجِيباً

 

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Mujību ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-mujīb wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa kun li du`ā’inā bihi mujīban w’aj`alnī li nidā’ika wa nidā’ihi mulabbiyan mustajībā

O Allāh, O Responsive One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the responsive Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and by him answer our prayers and make me someone who responds immediately to Your call and to his call.

The Loss of Habib Hamid Ba`Alawi

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of al-Mansib, Habib Hamid bin Muhammad Hamid Ba `Alawi. He was one of the pillars of Tarim and imam of Tarim’s greatest mosque, Masjid Ba `Alawi. He passed away before Fajr on Saturday, 19th Shawwal 1435/ 16th August 2014 at the age of 71. In his youth he studied under his father and other great imams, among them Ḥabīb `Alawi bin Shihab and his son Habib Muhammad and Habib Salim bin Hafiz.

His janazah took place after `Asr on Saturday. Before the prayer, Habib Salim al-Shatiri spoke of the honour that Habib Hamid was blessed with in being imam of Masjid Ba `Alawi. He mentioned that in every inch of the mosque one of the great imams had prostrated. Habib Hamid’s forefathers had been the imams of Masjid Ba `Alawi since the time of the great Imam, Hamid bin `Umar Hamid. Habib Hamid would always preside over the gatherings that took place in Masjid Ba `Alawi on blessed nights such as the night of `Ashura, Layat al-Isra w’al-Mi`raj and most recently the Khatam on the 27th night of Ramadan.

Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz then mentioned some of Habib Hamid’s virtues, particularly the noble character that he showed the people of his household. He said that the salvation of the Ummah is in returning to the values that Habib Hamid embodied.

Habib Hamid was then buried in the Zanbal graveyard. May Allah raise his rank and unite him with his forefathers and his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in the highest stations of Paradise. May Allah fill the gap his death has left. May Allah bless all his loved ones with sabr.

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Weekly Salawat: Yā Karīm

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 كريمُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الكَرِيم و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و كَرِّمْنِي بِهِ تَكْرِيماً

 

 Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Karīmu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-karīm wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa karrimnī bi takrīmā 

O Allāh, O Generous, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the generous Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and by him pour Your generosity upon me.

 

 

On Taking a Wage for Teaching the Islamic Sciences and the Qur’an

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

 

Should someone take money for teaching the Islamic Sciences?

Earning money should not be the intention and objective of the one teaching. Teaching the Islamic sciences should not be turned into a business. Rather, the teacher should be concerned about conveying the Sacred Law to people. If someone gives you something and he is happy to do so and it is easy for him to do so then you can accept it. If you need it, you can keep it and if you do not then you can give it to someone in need. You should not accept money if the person who gives it has gone through difficulty to obtain it – such as if he had to borrow the money. The highest level of sincerity is not to stipulate a fee, not to be concerned with the fee and to accept whatever comes your way regardless of how much it is and then spend it in a way which is pleasing to Allah.

The sign of the teacher’s truthfulness is that he does not differentiate in the way he teaches and cares for his students between those who pay him and those that do not and those that pay him a little and those that pay him a lot. Rather he treats them all equally.

 

Should I take a wage for teaching the Qur’an?

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The best thing to take a wage for is the Book of Allah.” Some scholars use this hadith as evidence for the permissibility of taking a wage for teaching the Qur’an. Your intention should be good and the sign of your sincerity is that you would continue teaching even if you stopped being paid. You should use what you earn to pay for your needs and you should give any extra money away in charity.

Weekly Salawat: Yā Jalīl

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 جَلِيلُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الجليل و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً و جَلِّلْنِي بِأَنْوَارِ قُرْبِكَ و اجْعَلْ لي عِنْدَكَ مَقَاماً جَلِيلاً

 

Allāhumma yā Allāhu yā Jalīlu ṣalli `alā `abdika wa ḥabībika sayyidinā Muḥammad an-Nabī al-jalīl wa `alā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman wa jallinlnī bi anwāri qurbik  w’aj`al lī `indaka maqāman jalīlā

O Allāh, O Majestic, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muḥammad, the majestic Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and honour me with the light of proximity to You and bless me with a majestic station in Your sight.