Seek Forgiveness and Confound the Devil!

Habib Muhammad al-Haddar reminds us of the greatness of seeking forgiveness and how this confounds the Devil.

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The one who keeps seeking forgiveness is not regarded as a persistent sinner even if he were to return to the same sin seventy times a day.”[1]

All praise belongs to Allah for the blessing of seeking forgiveness (istighfar). Even if you were to keep committing a sin seventy times but you sought forgiveness, your Lord is All-Forgiving. The main thing is you seek forgiveness with your tongue and your heart. If the Devil tries to outdo you by sending you astray, outdo him by seeking forgiveness more. Continue reading Seek Forgiveness and Confound the Devil!

Times with Habib Muhammad al-Haddar: Reminiscing

In an emotional talk, Habib Umar bin Hafiz reminisced about time spent with his shaykh and mentor, Habib Muhammad al-Haddar. He recalled as a young child seeing him in the company of his father, the shahid Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz.

Habib Umar then described meeting Habib Muhammad al-Haddar in his Ribat in al-Bayda. Still a teenager, Habib Umar had left the oppression of South Yemen and was planning to seek knowledge in the Hijaz. Habib Umar was yearning to visit the Prophet ﷺ and spend time in those blessed places, but Habib Muhammad assured him that the spirit of the Prophet was with him in al-Bayda. Continue reading Times with Habib Muhammad al-Haddar: Reminiscing

Habib Muhammad al-Haddar

His Lineage

He is al-Habib al-`Allamah Muhammad bin `Abdullah “al-Haddar” bin Shaykh bin Ahmad bin Muhsin bin `Ali bin Salih bin Muhammad bin Salih bin Ahmad bin al-Husayn bin al-Shaykh al-Fakhr Abu Bakr bin Salim bin `Abdullah bin `Abd al-Rahman bin `Abdullah bin Shaykh `Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf bin Shaykh Muhammad Mawla al-Dawilah, bin `Ali Mawla al-Darak, bin `Alawi al-Ghayur, bin al-Faqih al-Muqaddam Muḥammad, bin `Ali, bin Muḥammad Sahib Mirbat, bin `Ali Khali` Qasam, bin `Alawi, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Sawma`ah, bin `Alawi, bin `Ubaydullah, bin al-Imam al-Muhajir il-Allah Ahmad, bin ` Isa, bin Muhammad al-Naqib, bin `Ali al-`Uraydi, bin Ja`far al-Sadiq, bin Muhammad al-Baqir, bin `Ali Zayn al-`Abidin, bin Husayn al-Sibt, bin `Ali bin Abi Talib and Fatimah al-Zahra’, the daughter of our Master Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets . Continue reading Habib Muhammad al-Haddar

All Good is Contained in Two Rakats

Habib Muhammad al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him) alerts us to the significance of every prayer we pray.

All you have to do is to pray two rakats, for in them Allah has combined all good things. Firstly in doing so you visit Allah, for when the Prophet ﷺ visited his Lord on the Night of the Mi`raj he addressed Him by saying:

التَّحيِّاتُ المبُارَكاتُ الصَّلواتُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ لِلَّه

‘Greetings, blessings and the best of prayers to Allah.’ If you say this you will be given the reward of making Hajj. Continue reading All Good is Contained in Two Rakats

Salat for the Visit of Nabi Allah Hud

This is a prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ composed by Habib Muhammad al-Haddar to be read by those visiting the Prophet Hud (peace be upon him). 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ و سَلِّمْ في كُلِّ لَحْظَةٍ أَبَداً عَدَدَ ذَرَّاتِ الوُجُود

عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ و على نَبِيِّ اللهِ هُود و على آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ و على آلِ نَبِيِّ اللهِ هُود

‘O Allah, bestow prayers and peace in every instant for eternity upon our Master Muhammad and upon the Prophet of Allah, Hud, upon the family and followers of our Master Muhammad and upon the family and followers of the Prophet of Allah, Hud.’

The Fruits of Gatherings of Knowledge

Advice from Habib Muhammad al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him). 

Knowledge without action is like a tree without any fruit. If you learn things and then do not act upon them they are a proof against you. The words which you hear are recorded by everything – even your body.

The verses of the Qur’an will say:

“I am the verse which you heard!”

Believers thus intend to act upon everything they hear. They say:

 “We hear and we obey!”

And ask for enabling grace (tawfīq). They prepare themselves to receive Allah’s gifts (nafahat). These gifts come to you without any effort. The gatherings of knowledge contain great gifts from Allah.

O Allah, do not deprive of us the good You possess due to the evil we possess.

Preparing for the Grave

Advice from Habib Muhammad al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy on him and benefit us by him). 

Make your grave the most important thing, for the day on which you are placed in your grave is the hardest day, the day on which you are most in need. For this reason some scholars were of the opinion that it is obligatory to seek refuge in Allah from the punishment of the grave in every prayer. Among them was Imam Ta’us al-San`ani, the student of Sayyiduna `Abdullah Ibn `Abbas. One day he asked his son if he had sought refuge from the punishment of the grave in his prayer. When his son said no, he told him to repeat his prayer. The Prophet himself sought refuge from it, so why do we not do so? He taught us to say: 

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ و مِنْ عَذَابِ القَبْرِ و مِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ المَحْيا و المَمَات و مِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ المَسِيحِ الدَّجَّال

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the Hell Fire, the punishment of the grave, the tribulations of life and death and the tribulation of al-Masih al-Dajjal.

الشاطري الهدار السقاف

[Image: from right to left – Habib Abd al-Qadir al-Saqqaf, Habib Hasan al-Shatiri and Habib Muhammad al-Haddar]

The Ummah’s Golden Calf

Advice from Habib Muhammad al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him). 

Look at how the businessmen in Makkah and Jeddah have mastered their trade. They plaster their advertisements everywhere! If only these billboards clarified the rites of the Hajj and the etiquettes of entering Makkah! These advertisements are proof of their love of material things.

Truly the Messenger of Allah ﷺ told the truth! One day he recounted to his Companions the story of the people of Musa who, after being saved from Fir`awn, began worshipping the golden calf. The Companions were astounded that after receiving these signs these people lowered themselves to such a level. The Prophet told them not to be surprised.

He told them:

“Every nation has its (golden) calf, and the calf of my nation is gold and silver.”

They will worship material things, all their ambitions will be focused on attaining material things and they will travel and attain qualifications for worldly gain.

To Allah we belong and to Him we will return!

[We wonder what Habib Muhammad would have said if he had seen the state of Makkah today!]