Prayers to Recite for Illness

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

What can be recited for those who are suffering from illness?

The following things can be recited:

  1. Recite the following six verses of healing from the Qur’an. The sick person can recite them in the morning and evening or they can be read over water and drunk in the morning and evening:

وَيَشْفِ صُدُورَ قَوْمٍ مُّؤْمِنِينَ

وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ

يَخْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ لِلنَّاسِ

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ

قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ

  1. The following prayer upon the Prophet (al-Salat al-Tibbiyyah) can also be recited in the same way:

 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ طِبِّ القُلوبِ و دَوائِها

وعَافِيةِ الأَبْدانِ و شِفائِها و قُوتِ الأَرْواحِ و غِذَائِها و نُورِ الأَبْصارِ و ضِيائِها وعلى آلِهِ وصَحْبِهِ وَ سَلِّمْ

Allahumma salli `ala sayyidina Muhammad tibbi’l-qulubi wa dawa’iha wa afiyati-l’abdani wa shifa’iha wa quti’l-arwahi wa ghidha’iha wa nuri’l-absari wa diya’iha wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim 

O Allah bestow your peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad and upon his Family and Companions, the source of medicine and healing for people’s hearts, the source of health and well-being for people’s bodies, the source of nourishment for people’s souls and the source of light for people’s vision.

 

  1. Repeat the following in abundance:

يَالَطِيفًا بِخَلْقِهِ ، يَا عَلِيمًا بِخَلْقِهِ ، يَا خَبِيرًا بِخَلْقِهِ اُلْطُفْ بِنَا يَا لَطِيْفُ ، يَا عَلِيْمُ ، يَا خَبِيْرُ

Ya Latifan bi khalqihi ya `Aliman bi khalqihi ya Khabiran bi khalqihi ultuf bina ya Latifu ya `Alimu ya Khabiru

O One Who is gentle with His creation, O One who has complete knowledge of His creation, O One who has complete awareness of His creation! Treat us with gentleness O Gentle, O All-Knowing, O All-Aware!

 

  1. Repeat twenty times in the morning and evening:

و إِذا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِين

Wa idha maridtu fa huwa yashfin

When I am ill, it is He Who cures me (26:80)

 

 

  1. Repeat the following verse 7 times or up to 70 times a day

وَبِالْحَقِّ أَنزَلْنَاهُ وَبِالْحَقِّ نَزَلَ

Wa bi’lhaqqi anzalnahu wa bi’lhaqqi nazal

We sent it down in truth, and in truth it has descended (17:105)

 

  1. These surahs: al-Inshirah, al-Qadr, Quraysh, al-Ikhlas, al-Falaq and al-Nas

 

  1. This Prophetic dua:

Say 3 times:

بِسمِ الله

Bismillah

In the name of Allah

Then say 7 times:

أَعوذُ بِعِزِّةِ اللهِ و قُدْرَتِهِ مِنْ شَرِّ ما أَجِدُ و أُحاذِر

A`udhu bi `izzatillahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajid wa uhadhir

I seek refuge in Allah’s might and power from any evil that I am experiencing or I fear

 

  1. Repeat this Prophetic dua:

 

بِاسْمِ اللهِ أَرْقِيكَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ يُؤذِيكَ

Bismillahi arqika min kulli shay’in yu’dhik

In the name of Allah I seek healing for you from everything which harms you

 

9. This can also be repeated 100 times a day or more or less

رَبِّ إِنِّي مَسَّني الضُّرُّ و أَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمينَ

Rabbi inni massani addurru wa anta arhamu’rrahimin

My Lord, affliction has seized me, but You are the Most Merciful

 

 

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The Door of Repentance is Open

Hb Umar Singapore 37

 

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) discusses tawbah (repentance) and reminds us that Allah’s door is always open. A summary of a lecture delivered by in Sultan Mosque, Singapore, 17th November 2015 / 6th Safar 1437.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ informed us that Allah has opened the door of repentance, a door so wide that it would take seventy years to cross from one side to the other and that it will remain open until the sun rises from the west. Out of His immense generosity, Allah has opened to us this door and invited us to enter.

The disbelievers of Quraysh requested that the Prophet ﷺ ask Allah to turn Mount Safa into gold. Allah gave the Prophet a choice:  He would either turn Safa into gold but if the Quraysh did not then believe, He would punish them in the most severe way, or He would open to the Ummah the door of mercy and repentance. The Prophet chose the latter, because he knew what would be most beneficial for the Ummah. As a result, the Quraysh eventually entered Islam in droves.

Allah has no need of His creation but rather His creation is in desperate need of Him. It is only out of His kindness and compassion that He has given us the opportunity to repent and He promised that if someone sincerely repents He will replace their bad deeds with good deeds. Allah says: You must all repent to Allah, O believers, perhaps that you may succeed.[1] He thus made it obligatory for every person to repent. Even the Prophets and the Siddiqun are in need of repenting to Allah, let alone those who are lower in rank.

Each person’s repentance is according to their knowledge of Allah’s greatness. There are angels who remain in prostration to Allah from the time they were created until the Day of Judgement. When the Day of Judgement comes, they say: “Transcendent are You, O Allah, we have not worshipped You as You are worthy of being worshipped.” No one knows Allah better than the Messenger of Allah ﷺ so he is thus the master of those who repent. He said: “Repent to Allah, for I repent to Allah seventy times a day.”

People’s repentance is of different degrees: there are those who repent from disbelief and accept Islam; there are those who repent from major sins; there are those who repent from minor sins; there are those who repent from things which are disliked or dubious and there are those who repent from being heedless of Allah even for a moment.

It is said that the deeds which the pious consider to be good are considered by those who have been drawn near to be bad deeds. Imam al-Junayd said that he had been seeking forgiveness for thirty years for one word which he said. He sought forgiveness for saying ‘alhamdulillah’ (all praise be to Allah) which is in itself a good deed. However, he felt that he had said it at the wrong time. He was told that a fire had burned down all the shops in the area but when the fire reached his shop it went out and did not burn it. He said ‘alhamdulillah,’ but then realised that he was showing gratitude for other people’s misfortune. For that reason he sought Allah’s forgiveness.

On another occasion he saw a young man begging in the street. A thought crossed his mind that this young man could use his strength to earn a living and would thus not need to beg. When he went to sleep that night he saw in a dream that the young man was dead and had been placed in front of him.

A voice said: “Eat from his flesh, for you have backbitten him.”

Imam al-Junayd said: “It was only a thought that crossed my mind.”

The voice said: “Such a thing is not permitted for people like you.”

The scholars are in agreement that if someone sincerely repents from any sin it will be accepted although there is a difference of opinion over the sin of deliberately killing a Muslim. This is due to the fact that a Muslim’s blood is sacrosanct. The Prophet  ﷺ said: “If all the inhabitants of the heavens and earth conspired to wrongly kill a Muslim, Allah would cast them all into the Fire.” The correct opinion, however, is that someone may repent from deliberately killing a Muslim.

Once when Sayyiduna `Abdullah Ibn `Abbas was sitting in a gathering, a man came and asked him if someone who has committed murder may repent. Ibn `Abbas said yes. Then another man came and asked the same question. Ibn `Abbas said no. The people present were surprised. Ibn `Abbas explained by saying: “I could tell that the first man had already committed murder and wished to repent so I opened the door of repentance to him and thus prevented him from causing more corruption on the earth. I could tell that the second man had been a dispute with someone and was contemplating killing him. I told him that he could not repent so that he would not end up in the Fire.” They found it to be exactly as Ibn `Abbas had said.

From this we learn that giving a formal legal opinion (fatwa) is a huge responsibility. Today we have people with very little knowledge giving fatwa. They give one opinion in the morning and in the evening they give a contradictory opinion. They give an opinion based on a political or social situation and then the situation changes and they give a different opinion. This is because they follow their caprice and their desires and do not seek Allah’s pleasure. Ibn `Abbas took into account the state of the person asking. Scholars should have compassion for people, want good for them and fear exposing them to the wrath of Allah.

Habib Umar then mentioned the story of the three men who stayed in Madinah and did not go out with the Prophet on the expedition to Tabuk. When Allah eventually accepted their repentance, the Prophet smiled at one of them, Ka`b bin Malik, and said to him: “This is your best day since the day your mother gave birth to you.” This shows the greatness of repentance – it was the best day of his life because it was the day on which Allah accepted his repentance. Allah made it the best day for Ka`b, so make it the best night for us. May Allah allow us to repent to Him sincerely.

The scholars say that sincere repentance is guaranteed to be accepted if it fulfils the conditions, because Allah says: He is the One who accepts the repentance of His slaves.[2]

The most important element of repentance is having remorse for one’s sins. The secret to this remorse is knowing the greatness of the One you have disobeyed. According to your knowledge of His greatness you fear your sins and return to Him.

This is one of the differences between the believer and the hypocrite. Whenever the believer remembers his sins he increases in fear, remorse and pain, whereas the hypocrite may even be proud of his sins. The scholars say that being happy for committing a sin is worse than the sin itself, because such a person has no regard for Allah.

There are things which assist in your repentance being accepted such as making wudu and performing two units of prayer and giving charity. One of the greatest of these things is coming to the Prophet ﷺ , which Allah mentions in His Book.

Al-`Utbi was at the grave of the Prophet when a Bedouin approached and said: “O Allah, You said: If only when they wronged themselves, they came to you and sought Allah’s forgiveness and the Messenger sought forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. [3] I have come to Your Prophet seeking forgiveness, so forgive me.” Al-`Utbi fell asleep and saw the Prophet in a dream. The Prophet told him to tell the Bedouin that Allah had forgiven him.

On another occasion a Bedouin approached the grave of the Prophet ﷺ and said: “O Allah, this is Your Beloved, the Devil is Your enemy and I am Your slave. If You forgive me, Your Beloved will rejoice, Your enemy will grieve and Your slave will be saved. But if You do not forgive me, Your Beloved will grieve, Your enemy will rejoice and Your slave will be destroyed. You are too generous to cause Your enemy to rejoice, Your Beloved to grieve and Your slave to be destroyed.” We ask Allah that He causes His Beloved to rejoice and causes His enemy to grieve by allowing us to repent.

Allah has invited us to repent to Him so no one has any excuse not to enter after the door has been opened. We all have wrong deeds and if You forgive them we will be saved. But how can we meet You if we have even one sin that You have not forgiven? How will you respond if He asks you about that sin?

One of the pious said: “What a disgrace it would be to meet You having committed sins. You may pardon me out of Your bounty but I how can I stand in front of You having disobeyed You?”

Allah rejoices over the repentance of His slave more than a woman who, having despaired of conceiving, is then blessed with a child; He rejoices more than someone who, having lost the most precious thing he possesses, then finds it and He rejoices more than someone who, having been extremely thirsty, then finds water.

How do you see Your Lord? How can you not return to Him? You will stand in front of Him. So prepare now for that time. Repent sincerely by having true remorse and a firm resolve never to return to disobedience.

O Allah, enable our eyes to repent so that we never look at that which is forbidden, so that we do not look at another Muslim with contempt and so that we do not look at worldly things with veneration as long as we live. Allow us then to see the face of Your Beloved on the Day of Judgement, to see Paradise and to gaze upon Your noble countenance

O Allah, enable our ears to repent so that we do not listen to anything which is forbidden. Allow us then to hear the good tidings of the angels at the point of death, to hear the speech of Your Prophets on the Day of Judgement, and to hear Your words of pardon.

On that day, there are those You do not gaze upon and do not speak to. There are others who You veil so that no one, not even the angels, can hear what You are saying to them. You remind them of their sins and they are certain that they will be doomed but then You say: “I concealed it during your life and today I forgive you.”

When Muslims repent they show the world the beauty of Islam and they make it a safer place, because they take themselves to account out of fear of their Lord. O Allah, fill our hearts with veneration for You.

Allow us to prepare for times which are approaching us all:

The first is when our souls leave our bodies. Give us the best of endings. May our faith not be removed at this point.

The second is when we are placed in our graves. Give us comfort in our graves and make them gardens of Paradise.

The third is when we are called by name to stand in front of Allah, the Knower of all things, the One Who has power over all things. Show us mercy and compassion at that time so that we hear the good tidings: “You have attained everlasting felicity.”

The fourth is when our actions are weighed upon the Scales. May Allah make our good deeds weighty on that day.

The fifth is when we receive the books in which our deeds are recorded. May we receive our books in our right hands.

The sixth is when we are commanded to cross the bridge (Sirat) which passes over the Fire. Allow us to cross the Bridge with the Prophet ﷺ and enter Paradise with him, for he will be the first to enter.

Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves and if You do not forgive us and show us mercy we will among the losers. Only You may forgive us. O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon us. You said in the hadith qudsi: “My slaves, you commit sins in the day and the night and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness and I will forgive you.”

[1] Al-Nur, 24:31

[2] Al-Shura, 42:25

[3] Al-Nisa’, 4:64

Adkhar for Someone Who Has Not Been Able to Conceive

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

What can someone who has not been able to conceive recite?

Our Shaykh, Habib `Attas al-Habashi, used to recommend reciting Surat al-Fatihah 41 times between the Sunnah and Fard of Fajr with the intention of being blessed with a child.

Also recite the following verses 100 times a day or more or less:

رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِن لَّدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاء

Rabbi hab li milladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka sami`u-du`a’

“O my Lord! Grant me from You pure descendants, for You hear all prayers!” (Al `Imran, 3:38)

رَبِّ لا تَذَرْني فَرْداً و أَنْتَ خَيْرُ الوارِثينَ

Rabbi la tadharni fardan wa anta khayrul-warithin

“O my Lord! Leave me not without offspring, and You are the best of inheritors.” (Al-Anbiya’, 21:89)

 

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wa dhurriyyatina qurrata `ayun wa’ja’lna lilmuttaqina imama

“Our Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous.” (Al-Furqan, 25:74)

What Should be Read on the Last Night of the Year?

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

What should be read on the last night of the year?

You should read the duas of the pious mentioned in the book ‘Kanz al-Najah wa’l-Surur,’ you should seek forgiveness from Allah (istighfar) and bestow prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ in abundance.

Habib Ali al-Habashi composed a special prayer to be read at the end of the year. You can download the prayer with translation here.

 

On Increasing Awrad

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

At what point should I increase my awrad?

You do this when you are consistent in reciting the awrad that you are already reciting and you have the desire to increase and sufficient time to do so.

How to Make Tasbih on Your Fingers

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

How do you make the tasbih of Sayyidah Fatimah on your fingers?

It can be done in any way but the way that Imam al-Haddad describes is to begin by placing one’s right thumb at the top of on one’s right index finger. One then counts three tasbihs on one’s index finger – one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom. You then do the same on the remaining three fingers of the right hand. You then place your left thumb on at the top of your left index finger and count three tasbihs on that finger and three on each of the other three fingers of the left hand. You have now counted twenty four. You now return to the right hand and count a further nine in the same way – three on the index finger, three on the middle finger and three on the third finger.

You repeat this for tahmid and takbir, except when you go to sleep when you repeat the takbir 34 times.

Words of Protection for Children

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

What can we read to protect our children?

Read over them Ayat al-Kursi, Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Falaq and Surat al-Nas and then the following duas:

 

أُعِيذُكَ بِكَلِماتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةْ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطانٍ وهَامَّةْ وكُلِّ عَيْنٍ لامَّةْ

U`idhuka bi kalimatillahi’tammah, min kulli shaytanin wa hammah wa kulli ‘aynin lammah

I seek refuge for you in the complete words of Allah from every devil, every creature and every evil eye.

[Ibn `Abbas narrates that the Prophet ﷺ used these words to protect al-Hasan and al-Husayn and he would say, “Your father (Ibrahim) used these words to protect Isma’il and Ishaq.]

 

حَصَّنْتُكَ بالحَيِّ القَيُّومِ الّذي لايَموتُ أبَدَاً ودَفَعْتُ عَنْكَ السُّوءَ بِأَلْفِ أَلْفِ اَلْفِ لا حَوْلَ و لا قُوَّةَ إِلا باللهِ العَليِّ العَظِيمِ

Hassantuka bil-Hayyi’l Qayyum, alladhi la yamutu abadan wa dafa’tu ‘ankassu’a bi alfi alfi alfi la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahi ‘Aliyyi’l `Azim

I place you in the protection of the Living the Self-Sufficient who never dies and I drive evil away from you with “there is no strength nor might except in Allah the Sublime the Almighty” a billion times over.

 

Note: the pronoun used here is for a singular male. If you are reading it for a girl replace the “ka” with “ki” and if you are reading it for more than one child use the plural “kum.

How We Direct Our Love and Our Hatred

By Habib Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

The Messenger of Allah said ﷺ: “Whoever possesses these three qualities will taste the sweetness of faith: that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anything else; that he only loves another person for Allah’s sake and that he would hate to return to disbelief after Allah had saved him from it just as he would hate to be cast into the Fire.”

Imam al-Nawawi said of this hadith in his commentary on Sahih Muslim: “This is an immense hadith and one of the foundations of Islam.”

Notice that the Prophet ﷺ directed us to love Allah and His Messenger and taught us that our love for Allah’s slaves should be rooted in our love for Allah: “He only loves another person for Allah’s sake.”

Our hatred, however, should be directed at the evil which we may fall into and not at anyone else: “He would hate to return to disbelief after Allah had saved him from it just as he would hate to be cast into the Fire.”

He said that a person will taste the sweetness of faith when he possesses these qualities and not through performing outward acts of worship. This is not, however, to negate the importance of these acts of worship, for they are a means of drawing close to Allah.

This is how the Prophet ﷺ taught us the concept of love and hatred. Where do we find ourselves in relation to this hadith?

O Allah, enable us to love You and Your Prophet ﷺ and to love Your creation for Your sake. Protect us from disbelief and the things which lead to it.

Weekly Salawat: Ya Sabur (the Most Patient)

 

Allah says: “Those who patiently persevere will receive a reward without measure.” (39:10) In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), teaches us to ask Allah through the Prophet, the most patient of people, to make us among those who patiently persevere and thus receive a reward without measure.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا صَبورُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الصَّبور و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و اجْعَلْني بِهِ مِنْ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِين يُؤْتَوْنَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَاب في خَيْرٍ و لُطْفٍ و عَافِيَةٍ إِحْسَاناً و كَرَماً

O Allah, the Most Patient, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the most patient Prophet, and upon his Family and Companions. By him make me among the patient who are given their reward without measure accompanied with goodness, kindness and wellbeing out of Your grace and generosity.

Ya Sabur (the Most Patient)

 

Allah says: “Those who patiently persevere will receive a reward without measure.” (39:10) In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), teaches us to ask Allah through the Prophet, the most patient of people, to make us among those who patiently persevere and thus receive a reward without measure.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا صَبورُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الصَّبور و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و اجْعَلْني بِهِ مِنْ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِين يُؤْتَوْنَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَاب في خَيْرٍ و لُطْفٍ و عَافِيَةٍ إِحْسَاناً و كَرَماً

O Allah, the Most Patient, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the most patient Prophet, and upon his Family and Companions. By him make me among the patient who are given their reward without measure accompanied with goodness, kindness and wellbeing out of Your grace and generosity.