Weekly Salawat: Ya Wajid

We continue our journey through Sayyidi Habib `Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Habib 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 واجِدُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الواجِد و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً وهَبْ لي بِهِ وَجْداً أَجِدُ بِهِ هَزَّةَ الشَّوْقِ إلى اللِّقاءِ في لُطْفٍ و عَافِية

O Allah, O One Who possesses everything, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet who possesses everything, and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with feeling the delight of longing for the meeting (with You) in goodness and wellbeing.

Insights into Purification: Water and Impurities

Extracts from lessons given by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) on the rulings and etiquettes of purification. Habib Umar is teaching Habib Abdullah bin Husayn Balfaqih’s “Kifayat al-Raghib” in Shafi`i fiqh.

Water and Impurities

When water is mixed with other substances it takes on the properties of those substances and is thus no longer fit to be used for purification. When it is mixed with impure substances it becomes impure. Likewise we must be careful who we mix with so that we do not take on negative attributes and lose our purity.

A small amount of water easily becomes impure, but when more water is added to it until it becomes a large amount, it is now pure and can be used for purification. For that reason Islam encourages us to come together for worship. When there are a large number of us our impurities are diluted until they are no longer manifest.

Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Surabaya, 2014

Weekly Salawat: Ya Qayyum

We continue our journey through Sayyidi Habib `Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Habib 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 قَيُّومُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ القَائِمِ بِالحَقِّ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً وقَوِّمْني على صِرَاطِكَ المُسْتَقِيمِ تَقْوِيما

O Allah, O Self-Existing, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet who stands up for the truth and upon his Family and Companions, and by him set me straight upon Your straight path.

On Attaining the Attributes of the Great Imams and Visiting Them

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

Does someone have to visit Tarim in order to attain the attributes of the great Imams of the past?

This is one of the means to do so but what is required above all is complete determination and true focus on the path regardless of where you are in the world. The only time when it is compulsory to travel is to perform Hajj (if it is incumbent upon you) or to seek knowledge which it is compulsory for you to learn. Travelling to visit the pious, to visit blessed places and to seek other types of knowledge is recommended. In general travelling is permissible, unless it is undertaken for something that is forbidden, in which case it is forbidden. The Prophet ﷺ informed us that the Jewish scholar told the man who wished to repent to leave a land inhabited by evil people and to travel to a land inhabited by pious people. He informed us that Allah showed mercy to him due to his proximity to the land of the pious. This shows the merit of going to the places where the pious reside.

Salat of Habib Muhammad bin Aydarus al-Habashi

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This salat was composed by Habib Muhammad bin Aydarus al-Habashi, may Allah have mercy upon him. Habib Muhammad was born in al-Hawtah, Hadramawt, but he later moved to Indonesia and died in Surabaya in 1337 (1919 CE). He was one of the closest students of Habib Ali al-Habashi, and he is responsible for compiling Habib Ali’s salawat in the book, Majma` al-Lata’if al-`Arshiyah.

 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ و سَلِّمْ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ و على آلِ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ

عَدَدَ النِّعَمِ الَّتي أَفَضْتَها على قَلْبِ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ و على قُلُوبِ آلِ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ

صَلاةً تُرْضِيكَ و تُرْضِي سَيِّدَنا مُحَمَّداً و تُرْضِي آلَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ

و تُقَرِّبُنا بِها إِلَيْكَ و إلى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ و آلِ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ

حتَّى نَلْقَاكَ و أَنْتَ رَاضٍ عَنَّا يا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمين

O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad and upon the family of our Master Muhammad to the number of the blessings which You have poured into the heart of our Master Muhammad and into the hearts of the family of our Master Muhammad. May these prayers please You, please our Master Muhammad and please the family of our Master Muhammad, and may they bring us close to You, to our Master Muhammad and to the family of our Master Muhammad so that You are pleased with us when we meet You, O Most Merciful.

Being with Allah and His Messenger ﷺ

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Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) reflects upon the meaning of being with Allah and His Messenger ﷺ.  Extracts from a lesson in Ihya `Ulum al-Din in Dar al-Mustafa, Tarim, on 9th Rabi` al-Awwal 1436 /31st  December 2014.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“A person is with the one they love.”

Thus you can gauge your love for Allah and His Messenger by gauging how much you are with them.

The Prophet was in the highest state of being with his Lord. For that reason he said:

“I am nothing but a slave. I eat as a slave eats and I sit as a slave sits.”

Sayyiduna Ibrahim says in the Qur’an that it is his Lord:

“Who created me and it is He who guides me; Who gives me food and drink.”[1]

He was constantly with Allah, even when he ate and drank. One of the knowers of Allah said:

“For twenty years people think I have been speaking to them, when in reality I have been speaking to Allah.” If you speak for His sake, in accordance with His Sacred Law and your heart is present with Him, then in reality you are speaking to Him.

The Companions and the pious people of this Ummah were constantly with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in all their states.

One of the Companions repeated three times, addressing the Prophet  ﷺ:

“I love Allah and His Messenger!”

He replied ﷺ on each occasion:

“You are with the one you love.”

Sayyiduna Abu’l-`Abbas al-Mursi said:

“If the Prophet ﷺ was absent from me for an instant I would not consider myself a Muslim.”

Habib `Umar bin `Abd al-Rahman al-`Attas asked:

“How can he be absent from us when he is the source of our existence?”

In other words, without him, we do not exist.

Imam al-Haddad said:

و لي من رسولِ اللهِ جَدِّي عِنَايَةٌ    و وَجْهٌ و إِمْدَادٌ و إِرْثٌ و إِيثَارُ

 

‘I receive from my grandfather, the Messenger of Allah, care, status, assistance, inheritance and preferential treatment.’

These people reached the highest stations of being with the Beloved ﷺ .

So do not claim to love him and then depart from him. Are you with him in emulating his character? If you truly loved him you would be with him. Do you think being with him is only in the next life? That which will be manifest in the next life is only that which is stored up in this life. If you want to be with him there, be certain that you have to be with him here.

How long have you been with your lower self (nafs)? It calls you to base things while Allah and His Messenger call you to lofty things. Your lower self calls you to the Fire, while they call you to Paradise. Being with Allah and His Messenger is better than being with your lower self. Your lower self is the thing which cuts you off most from being with Allah and His Messenger and it is the biggest veil between you and your Lord.

Some people reach high stations in closeness to the Beloved ﷺ before the month of Rabi is over. If you are not going to attain it in this month, then when?

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[1] Al-Shu`ara’, 26:78-9

 

On Taking Permission Before Reciting a New Dhikr

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

If we come across a new dhikr or dua should we take permission before reciting it?

If it is from the Sunnah there is no need to take permission. Likewise there is no need to take permission before reciting the duas and adhkar of the great Imams of the Ummah as long as the meaning is clear and they are easy to read. Besides that, permission should be sought. It is always best to consult your shaykh before taking on a new wird as he knows what is most suitable for your spiritual state.

On Maintaining Awrad After Giving Birth

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

After giving birth I have not been able to be consistent in my awrad and other acts of worship. What can I do to maintain my spiritual progress?

You should realise that raising your children is a type of worship so you should make a good intention in raising them and intend to follow the Prophet in doing so.

You should take a moderate path – not neglecting the awrad completely and not trying to do too much. Rather you should do that which is easy for you to maintain. You will still be rewarded for that which you are unable to do.

On Removing Love of Dunya

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

  • What can I do to remove my love of the Dunya? What can I read to stop me being overly concerned with pleasing people?

Recite this 40 times a day:

يا حَيُّ قَيُّومُ لا إِلهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Ya Hayyu ya Qayyumu la ilaha illa anta

O Living, O Self-Existing there is no deity save You

 

Recite this verse 100 times a day:

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

Huw’Allahu’lladhi la ilaha illa hu, ‘Alimu’l ghaybi wash-shahadah, Hu arrahmanu’ rahim

He is Allah, there is no deity save Him, Knower of the unseen and the seen, He is the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.[1]

 

Recite the du`a of Imam al-Haddad several times a day:[2]

اللَّهُمَّ أَخْرِجْ مِنْ قَلْبِي كُلَّ قَدْرٍ لِلدُّنْيَا، وَكُلَّ مَحَلٍّ لِلْخَلْقِ؛ يَمِيْلُ بِي إِلَى مَعْصِيَتِك، أَوْ يُشْغِلُنِي عَنْ طَاعَتِك، أَوْ يَحُولُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ التَّحَقُّقِ بِمَعْرِفَتِكَ الْخَاصَّة، وَمَحَبَّتِكَ الْخَالِصَة

Allahumma akhrij min qalbi kulla qadrin liddunya wa kulla mahallin lilkhalq yamilu bi ila ma`siyatik aw yushghiluni `an ta`atik aw yahulu bayni wa bayna’ttahaqquq bi ma`rifatika al-khassah wa mahabbitaka’l-khalisah

O Allah, remove from my heart any love for the material world and any status I may afford to people which cause me to disobey You or distract me from worshipping You or come between me and attaining special knowledge of You and sincere love for You.

 

[1] Al-Hashr, 59:22

[2] In the Khulasah, Habib Umar suggests reciting it after every prayer