In this prayer, Habib Ali al-Habashi very beautifully praises the Prophet ﷺ as being ‘the first to drink’, meaning he, being the first in creation and the most beloved of the creation to Allah, was the first to drink from the oceans of Allah’s love, knowledge and other gifts. Continue reading The One Who Was First to Drink
This is how Imam al-Haddad (may Allah benefit us by him) describes standing at Arafat:
و في عرفاتٍ كلُّ ذنبٍ مُكَفَّرٌ و مُغْتَفَرٌ مِنَّا بِرَحْمَةِ غَافِرِ
وقفنا بها و الحمدلله و الثنا و شكراً له إن المزيد لشاكِرِ
Imam al-Haddad (may Allah benefit us by him) says:
وشاهدتْ الأرواحُ مِنَّا شعائراً معظمةً قَدْ ضَمَّها البيتُ و الفِنا
مقامٌ و حِجْرٌ و الشَّرابُ وإِنه لَكَوْثَرُ دارِ الخُلْدِ في عَالَمِ الفَنا
و كَمْ مَرَّةٍ عانقتُها و التزمتُها بِمُلْتَزَمِ الخَيْراتِ و الفوزِ و الهَنا
Our souls witnessed the sacred and venerated places in the precincts of Allah’s House: Continue reading Imam al-Haddad and the Ka’bah
This is how Imam al-Haddad addresses a plea to the Prophet ﷺ . Verses from his great poem, al-Ra’iyyah al-Kubra:
نبيَّ الهُدى لا تَنْسَني من شفاعةٍ
فإني مُسيءٌ مُذْنِبٌ ذو جرائرِ
Imam al-Haddad (may Allah benefit us by him) teaches us that there are two types of wellbeing (‘afiyah):
Physical ‘afiyah is for the body to be safe from falling into sin and not to be affected by illness.
Spiritual ‘afiyah is for the heart to be free from doubt and delusion and from concealing hatred for any Muslim.
The one who is blessed with both types of ‘afiyah will be consistent in seeking Allah and obeying Him. This is a manifestation of Allah’s bounty and He gives it to whomever He wishes.
Image: the minaret of Masjid al-Fath, the mosque which Imam al-Haddad built at Hawi, near Tarim.
Habib Muhammad was born in the village of Budah in the Dawan Valley south of Hadramawt in 1349 (1931). His father, Habib Husayn was a saintly man who was nicknamed ‘Jibril’ due to the sheer number of times he would see the Prophet ﷺ in his dreams. Continue reading Habib Muhammad bin Husayn ‘Jibril’ al-Attas
Habib Hasan bin Ahmad al-Aydarus taught for years in Tarim’s famous Ribat. He particularly loved to teach children the basics, hoping for the reward of teaching them the acts of worship they would perform for the rest of their lives. Continue reading Habib Hasan bin Ahmad al-Aydarus
We are all familiar with the well-known Quranic supplication: “Our Lord! Grant us the good of this world and the good of the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire” (2:201). But what is meant by the good of this world and the next? Imam al-Haddad (may Allah benefit us by him) gives three meanings for each.
The good of this world has three meanings: Continue reading The Good of this World and the Good of the Hereafter
Habib Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf was born in Seiyun, the principal city of Hadramawt in 1972 (1392). He is a direct descendant of many imams of the Prophetic house, including Imam Taha bin Umar al-Safi (died 1007), the first of the Alawi Sayyids to settle in Seiyun, and Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf (died 819). The al-Saqqaf tribe is known in Seiyun for having produced great scholars and men of God in every generation, the most recent being Habib Abd al-Qadir al-Saqqaf.
Hadramawt was in the grip of an oppressive socialist government so his parents moved to Jeddah when he was three years old. His father Sayyid Abd al-Rahman was a doctor who would frequent the circles of knowledge in the Hijaz. As a result, Habib Muhammad grew up with a love for scholars. Continue reading Habib Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf
In these supplications, Habib Ali al-Habashi (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him) teaches us to seek high degrees of love and closeness to Allah and His Beloved ﷺ :