Weekly Salawat: The Possessor of the Highest Station

Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) recommends reciting  the following prayer upon the Prophet . It should be recited at least twice in the morning or evening, or even better ten times. If someone recites it consistently, the Messenger of Allah will be with them at the time of death and the pains of the throes of death will be reduced.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الأُمِّي الحَبيب ،العَالي القَدْر، العَظِيم الجَاه ،و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ

O Allah, bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, the Unlettered Prophet, the Beloved, the Possessor of the Highest Station and the Greatest Rank   and upon his Family and Companions.

Travels of the Soul

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

Allah created the souls of the Prophets and gave them the ability to travel such that on the night of the Isra and Mi`raj they could be present in Bayt al-Maqdis and also in the high heavens. He also created the souls of the elite of His servants who were not prophets, such as Ja`far bin Abi Talib. His soul had the ability to fly from Jordan to al-Madinah al-Munawwarah, give greetings to the Beloved ﷺ , speak to him and return in the blink of an eye.

The soul of Muhammad, however, is greater, faster and more expansive. His soul has a greater ability to travel and communicate. His soul is constantly being addressed by the people of the heavens and the earth when they bestow their prayers and peace upon him. Allah gives him greetings of peace and his soul receives these greetings from his Creator, the One who ennobled him and made him the closest of His creation to Him and the most noble of His slaves to Him.

Allah bestows gives him greetings of peace and likewise the angels give him greetings of peace. He said about this ﷺ:

“Whenever a Muslim gives me greetings of peace, Allah returns my soul to me so that I may return those greetings.”

Principles to Follow When Talking About Imam al-Mahdi

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

  • What principles should be followed when talking about Imam al-Mahdi?

We should restrict ourselves to talking about what is narrated in the hadith about him. We should realise that his coming is a sign of Allah and something that Allah has promised that will come to pass at its appointed time. Our hearts should not be focused on his coming but rather on the obligations we would have to fulfil where he to appear. We should ask ourselves what we are doing to serve the Sacred Law which he will come to serve. Also refer to the section in the book ‘Tawhij al-Nabih’ (page 192) for clarification of our methodology in relation to these affairs.

Sayyiduna Ja`far: A Tale of Love and Sacrifice

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

When Sayyiduna Ja`far’s right hand was cut off, he seized the standard with his left hand until that too was cut off. He then clasped the standard with both arms until he was mortally wounded. His companions took the standard from him and took him to the side. They found that he had been struck eighty times (by swords, spears and arrows) but all these wounds were on the front part of his body, not on his back or his side. This was because he remained firm and did not for a moment turn his back to the enemy. He was offered water but he refused to drink it, saying that he was fasting.

“You are fasting on an extremely hot day while being in the midst of this battle?” they asked.

“I desire to break my fast in Paradise,” Ja`far said.

They took the water away from him and at sunset he duly broke his fast in Paradise, as the Messenger of Allahﷺ testified.

On the same day the Prophet was in al-Madina. He raised his head and said: “Wa alayka al-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh” and he began to speak. A group of his Companions were sitting around him observing what was happening with humility and etiquette.

When he had finished speaking, they asked him:

“Who were you speaking to, O Messenger of Allah?”

“That was Ja`far bin Abi Talib in front of me with a group of angels. Allah replaced his arms with two wings with which he can fly wherever he wishes in Paradise.”

He was thus knows as ‘al-Tayyar’ or ‘the Flyer’ long before aeroplanes were invented. He did not merely fly in the sky but in Paradise. He came from Mu’tah in Jordan to al-Madinah. What need was there for him to come to al-Madinah if he was already one of the people of Paradise? What was the purpose of him coming to al-Madinah? The purpose was to visit one person who was more beloved to him than Paradise. His name is Muhammad, your Prophet ﷺ. Had it not been for this love there would have been no need for him to go to al-Madinah to give greetings to the Messenger of Allah. Even Paradise did not cause him to forget Muhammad because he knew that he was only entering Paradise due to the fact that he was a follower of Muhammad. He knew that the true sign of his faith was for Allah and His Messenger to be more beloved to him than anything else, including Paradise.

When will you ascend to these degrees, my brother? Will you allow your life to pass by and the meeting with Allah to come without attaining this station? What effect have the passing of the days and nights, your actions, your prayer, your charity, your fasting, your hajj had on you?

 

Weekly Salawat: Ya Majid

 

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 ماجِدُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ

الماجِد و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً واجْعَلْنِي بِهِ في مَنَازِلِ قُرْبِكَ مَاجِداً كَرِيماً

 

O Allah, O Magnificent One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the magnificent Prophet and upon his Family and Companions, and by him bless me with the noble and magnificent stations of closeness to You.

Martyrs of Mu’tah

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

مؤتة

The Battle of Mu’tah, in modern day Jordan, took place in Jumada al-Ula in the eighth year of the Hijrah. The Prophet ﷺ had sent al-Harith bin `Umayr Al-Azdi with a letter for the ruler of Busra in Syria. On his way, however, he was intercepted and killed by Shurahbil bin `Amr Al-Ghassani. As a result, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ sent an army to discipline the transgressors. He appointed Sayyiduna Zayd bin Harithah to lead the army and gave him the standard. Sayyiduna Ja`far bin Abi Talib would replace him if he was killed, and Sayyiduna `Abdullah bin Rawahah would succeed Ja`far in case the latter fell. These were among the greatest of the Companions.

Sayyiduna Zayd bin Harithah was the beloved of the Messenger of Allah and preferred him over his own parents and family.

Sayyiduna Ja`far bin Abi Talib was the older brother of Sayyiduna `Ali. He made hijrah twice: to Abyssinia first and then to al-Madinah. He was the one to whom the Messenger of Allah said: “You resemble me in your physical appearance and in your character.”

Sayyiduna `Abdullah bin Rawahah was one of the Prophet’s poets. He used his poetry to praise and defend the Messenger of Allah . Before departing on this expedition he wept. He explained it was not out of fear of going into battle, but rather due to his reflection upon Allah’s statement, referring to the Hell Fire: Every one of you will pass over it.1 He wept out of fear that he would not be among those saved from it.

In the Battle, the Companions came up against vastly superior forces made up of Byzantine soldiers and Arab tribes loyal to them. When the fighting started, Sayyiduna Zayd was the first to be martyred. Sayyiduna Ja`far then assumed leadership and carried the standard in his right hand until it was cut off. He seized the standard with his left hand until that too was cut off. He then clasped the standard with both arms until he was mortally wounded. He was offered water but he refused to drink it, due to the fact that he was fasting. Sayyiduna `Abdullah bin Rawahah then took the standard until he too was killed. Sayyiduna Khalid bin Walid later assumed leadership and managed to inflict losses upon the enemy and then withdraw safely with only a few losses. The Messenger of Allah described him as one of the swords of Allah.

The Messenger of Allah , meanwhile, was in al-Madinah watching events unfold. He informed his Companions that Allah had given Sayyiduna Ja`far two wings to replace his hands and allowed to him fly wherever he wished in Paradise. He also informed them that Sayyiduna Ja`far, out of his love for the Messenger, came to give him greetings of salam before entering Paradise.

Upon learning of the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Ja`far, the Prophet went to his house. He counselled Ja`far’s wife, Sayyidatuna Asma’ bint `Umays, to remain steadfast and he treated Ja`far’s sons, `Abdullah and Muhammad, with immense compassion. He kept them with him for three days until things had settled in their house. When the army returned to al-Madinah, he went out to meet it with `Abdullah riding with him on his camel.

Every year in Jumada al-Ula, Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) travels to Jordan to visit Sayyiduna Ja`far and the other martyrs of Mu’tah. In doing so, he encourages the Ummah to strengthen its connection to that blessed generation and to emulate them in their love for Allah and His Messenger and their readiness to sacrifice everything for them.

Taken from Sayyid Ahmad bin Zayni Dahlan’s al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah and some of Habib `Umar’s lectures.

1 Maryam, 19:71

 

Finding Strength in our Weakness

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

To be raised by Allah, one needs to lower oneself and realize one’s weakness and one’s slavehood to Allah.

We should repeat this prayer which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ taught the Companion, Buraydah. He said to him: “Shall I not teach you words that Allah teaches to the one for whom He wants good, and then never allows him to forget them?

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ضَعِيفٌ فَقَوِّ في رِضَاكَ ضَعْفِي وَ خُذْ إِلى الخَيْرِ بِناصِيَتِي و اجْعَلْ الإسْلامَ مُنْتَهَى رِضَاي اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ضَعِيفٌ فَقَوِّنِي ، وَإِنِّي ذَلِيلٌ فَأَعِزَّنِي ، وَفَقِيرٌ فَارْزُقْنِي

Allahumma inni da`ifun faqawwi fi ridak da`fi wa khudh il’al-khayri bi nasiyatī wa’ja`l al-islama muntaha ridayi. Allahumma inni da`ifun faqawwini  wa inni dhalilun fa a`izanni wa inni faqirun farzuqni

“O Allah, truly I am weak so give me the strength to do that which pleases You, take me in my entirety to all goodness and make complete submission to You the summit of my aspirations. O Allah, truly I am weak so give me strength, truly I am abased so ennoble me, truly I am in need so provide for me.”[1]

May Allah give us the ability to read these words, for if He does it is a sign that He wants good for us and He will then surely give us what we are asking for. May Allah shower peace and blessings upon the one who taught us them and may He be pleased and have mercy upon all those who conveyed them to us.

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[1]Narrated by al-Hakim and Ibn Abi Shaybah

Advice in Times of Hardship

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

These are difficult times for Muslims in America. Recently young Muslims have been killed and an Islamic centre has been burnt down. What advice do you have for us?

These are some of the tribulations that occur at the end of time. Following the correct moderate path is what deflects these tribulations.

Muslims should follow the example of those that Allah describes in the Qur’an:

“Many a prophet was killed[1] with a number of devoted men beside them but they never lost heart due to what befell them in Allah’s way. They were not weakened and they did not give in. Allah loves those who are steadfast. All that they said was: ‘Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our transgressions, make our feet firm and assist us against those who reject faith.’ So Allah gave them a reward in this world and the best reward of the Hereafter, and Allah loves the people of excellence.” (3.146 -8)

Just as Allah gave the previous nations the reward of this life and the next, Allah; out of His generosity, will give a similar or even better reward to someone who says the same thing and attains the same state.

Muslims should beware of doing anything that contravenes the Sacred Law or of denying anyone their rights. Their actions should reflect the true teachings of Islam. Allah will give them support in the face of what they are suffering. Those who are involved in calling to Allah should remind people of what we have just mentioned and try to make people’s faith firm. They should aim to prevent things like this happening.

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[1] Another reading of the Qur’an would translate as: ‘Many of the pious fought with the Prophets..’

Insights into Purification: Covering Containers

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.

 

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ taught us not to leave containers with food or drink in them uncovered overnight. Even empty containers should not be left uncovered. If they are left uncovered, they should be washed before being used. If they cannot be covered completely, it is enough to put a stick or something similar over the container and to mention the name of Allah. This will be a means of protection.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Cover your containers and tie up your water flasks for there is one night in the year during which disease descends. It enters every container that is not covered and every flask that is not sealed.” (Narrated by Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ took care of people’s welfare inwardly and outwardly and he clarified the Sacred Law with regards to the most subtle of things. He was entrusted with conveyance of the message and he did so in the most amazing way.

[Note: those who observe Habib Umar while he is teaching will notice that the cup which he drinks from has a lid which he puts on when he finishes drinking.]

 

The Passing of Habib Sadiq al-`Aydarus

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To Allah we belong and to Him we will return.

It with great sadness that we announce the death of Habib Sadiq bin Muhammad al-`Aydarus. Habib Sadiq passed away on Wednesday 22nd Rabi al-Thani 1436 / 11th February 2015 at the age of nearly 80.

Habib Sadiq was the mufti of the Yemeni port city of Aden and khatib of the mosque of his ancestor, Imam Abu Bakr al-Aydarus al-Adani. He lived his life in service of Islam, educating, guiding and uniting the people of his city.

Sayyidi Habib `Umar spoke tonight of his loss. He talked about the gazes and spiritual guidance that Habib Sadiq had received from the great men that he had met. He said that it was the spiritual connections between the people of Allah that brought him to Tarim around a month before his death.

May Allah pour His mercy upon him and raise him to the highest of stations.

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