Monthly Archives: December 2014

Weekly Salawat: Prayers upon the One Whose Heart Never Sleeps ﷺ

Through prayers upon the Beloved ﷺ, the one whose heart never sleeps, Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) teaches us to ask for the best and sweetest of things:

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ لا يَنَامُ، صَلِّ عَلَى مَنْ قَلْبُهُ لا يَنَام، حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّد، صَلاةً تَسْتَيْقِظُ بِهَا قُلُوبُنَا مِنَ المَنَام، ونُدْرِكُ بِهَا غَايَةَ المَرَام، وَتَجْمَعُ لَنَا بِهَا خَيْرَاتِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْقِيَام، وَنَنَالُ بِهَا شَرِيفَ

المحَادَثَةِ بِأَعْذَبِ الْكَلام، فِي دَارِ الْمَقَام، وَأَنْتَ عَنَّا رَاضٍ يَاذَا الْجَلالِ وَالإِكْرَام، وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ وَسَلِّم تَسْلِيمَاً، وَالْحَمْدُ للهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِين


O Living, O Self-Existing, the One Who never sleeps, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon the one whose heart never sleeps, Your Beloved, our Master Muhammad, and upon his Family and Companions.

Through those prayers may our hearts awaken from their slumber, may we attain all that we seek, may we receive all the good things of this life and the next and may we be honored with the sweetest of conversations in the ever-lasting abode while You are content with us, O Possessor of Majesty and Generosity.

All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

VIDEO: Allah’s Lordship and the Light of the Best of Creation ﷺ

In the following lecture, Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) talks about the secrets of realizing Allah’s Lordship and the wisdom behind afflictions and tribulations that befall us. He tells us to answer the Prophetic call and to establish the most complete connection to Allah’s Belovedﷺ. The lecture was delivered on the 18th of Rabi` al-Awwal 1433H at Dar al-Mustafa.

Please click the “CC” button on the video player to access the subtitles.

On Teaching Our Children to Love the Prophet ﷺ

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

How do we teach our children to love the Prophet ?

We should teach them about his life and tell them stories about him. We should teach them about his greatness in Allah’s sight and teach them that he is the one who benefits Allah’s creation the most and that he is the greatest intercessor on the Day of Judgement. We must also teach them how to bestow prayers upon him.

On Remaining Firm in Worship

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

How do I remain firm in performing acts of worship?

You need to realise the greatness of the One you are worshipping and that He is worthy of being worshipped and that worship is the greatest honour that Allah bestows upon a person and through it he is raised.

Intentions for Reciting the Mawlid

Before reciting the Mawlid, the scholars traditionally make a number of intentions. They then read Surat al-Fatihah and donate its reward to the Prophet ﷺ in the hope that their recitation and their intentions are accepted.

Here are some of the intentions that Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) makes prior to reciting the Mawlid.

The intentions in Arabic can also be downloaded here.


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On the Remedy for a Harsh Tongue

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

I have a harsh tongue. What can I do to remedy this?

You must remember the consequences of what you say in the next life and reflect on what has been narrated about guarding the tongue in the Sunnah.

Repeat this du`a in abundance:

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِ قَلْبِي و سَدِّدْ لِسَاني

Allahumma’hdi qalbi wa saddid lisani

O Allah, guide my heart and set right my tongue

Also repeat this verse 100 times a day:

هُوَ اللهُ الَّذي لا إِلهَ إِلا هو عَالِمُ الغَيْبِ والشَّهادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيم

HuAllahu’lladhi la ilaha illa hu, ‘Alimu’l ghaybi wash-shahada, Hu arrahmanu’ rahim

He is Allah, there is no god other than Him, knower of the unseen and the seen, He is the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful. (Al-Hashr, 59:22)


Adhkar and Advice for a New Mosque

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

A mosque has just been established. What adhkar should be recited in it and what other advice do you have for us?

The Qur’an should be recited in abundance, especially Surat al-Fath, and also al-baqiyat al-salihat (subhanallah wa’l-hamdulillah wa la ilaha ill’Allah w’allahu akbar). You should bestow abundant prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ.

Regular reminders should be delivered to the congregation. Topics should include the merit of praying in congregation, the etiquettes of wudu’ and prayer and the reward for showing good character. There should also be a circle of knowledge every day or every few days or every week. The toilets and wudu’ areas should be well built and well maintained. Someone should be appointed to warmly receive visitors.

Seeking Allah’s Support through His Beloved ﷺ

In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) teaches us to seek Allah’s support for ourselves and all Muslims through His Beloved, to whom Allah promised His mighty support.

اللَّهُمَّ يا نعْمَ المَوْلى ويا نعْمَ النَّصِير صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ عَدَدَ عِلْمِكَ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ مَنْ جَعَلْتَهُ لَنا حِرْزاً حَرِيزاً، و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ وانْصُرْنا بِهِ والمُسْلِمينَ بِأَسْرَارِ — ويَنْصُرَكَ اللهُ نَصْراً عَزِيزاً

Allahumma ya ni`m’al-mawla wa ya ni`m’al-nasir salli wa sallim `adada `ilmika `ala sayyidina Muhammad man ja`ltahu lana hirzan harizan wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi wa’nsurna bihi wa’l-muslimina bi asrari: wa yansurak’Allahu nasran `azīza

O Allah, O Best of Protectors and Best of Supporters, bestow prayers and peace to the amount of Your knowledge upon our Master Muhammad, the one You made for us an impregnable fortress and upon his Family and Companions, and by him support us and all Muslims through the secrets of: “That Allah may support you with a mighty support.”

The Immediate Effects of True Love

Insights from Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

By Allah we pity those people for whom a night or two pass and they have no longing in their hearts to meet the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. What kind of faith do such people have? What effect has the Book of Allah had on them? Witnessing Allah’s oneness is built upon such expressions of faith.

As soon as the Companions received ‘la ilaha ill’Allah’ from our master, Muhammad bin Abdullah, as soon as they put their hands in his (to pledge allegiance to him), as soon as his light entered their hearts, they were filled with longing for him. The earth under his feet then became more beloved to them than their own houses, children and homelands.

They expressed this openly. One of them said: “By Allah, there was no city more hated to me than your city, but now your city has become the most beloved of cities to me.” When did this take place? Immediately after he said ‘la ilaha ill’Allah.’ As soon as it entered his heart, the earth under the feet of our Master Muhammad become more beloved to him than his own land, his own family and his own children. This is longing and this is love which is the product of enabling grace and the light of faith.


A Gift for the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in Rabi` al-Awwal

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

What is the most beautiful gift that someone can give to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in the month of Rabi` al-Awwal?

In reality we are unable to benefit him in any way but what pleases him is for us to understand his words and his teachings and then by acting upon that to attain high stations. He is content with that which benefits us.

One of the greatest of those things (as we understand from the Book and the Sunnah) is for us to be a means of guidance for someone. That person may be a non-Muslim who accepts Islam or a disobedient or heedless Muslim who repents and becomes upright.

Another thing is giving life to his Sunnah and establishing it. If we establish the Sunnah in our homes and teach it to our children this makes him happy because it is us that benefit from this. He said in the hadith: “Whoever brings life to my Sunnah during the time of corruption of my Ummah will have the reward of a martyr” (or in one narration: “one hundred martyrs”).

Another thing is to do good to the creation in general, to the believers specifically, and the elite of the believers more specifically.

A further thing is to strengthen our love for the believers, for the people of the Prophetic Household and for the Companions.

Finally, we should make big intentions in Rabi’ al-Awwal, such as gathering together to celebrate the birth of the Prophet and spreading knowledge.