Imam al-Haddad’s Counsels on Hajj and Umrah

Counsels on Travelling

You must hold fast to all the acts of devotion which you perform regularly when you are not travelling. Do not make light of leaving any of them. You should make up any acts of devotion which you are unable to perform due to travelling when you are able to do so, if they are of the sort which can be made up. If it is not possible to make them up, then remember that Allah has made things easy for people travelling. The hadith states: “If a believer travels or becomes sick, Allah orders His angels to record for him the same actions that he would perform when he was not travelling and was in good health.”1 This is a blessing, a mercy and ease from Allah. All praise be to Allah – He is so merciful and kind to His slaves! Continue reading Imam al-Haddad’s Counsels on Hajj and Umrah

Imam ‘Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad

His Lineage

He is al-Imam al-Habib `Abdullah bin `Alawi bin Muhammad bin Ahmad bin `Abdullah bin Muhammad bin `Alawi bin Ahmad “al-Haddad” bin Abu Bakr bin Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Abdullah bin Ahmad bin `Abd al-Rahman bin `Alawi `Amm al-Faqih (uncle of al-Faqih al-Muqaddam), bin Muhammad 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 ﷺ. Continue reading Imam ‘Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad

Salat of Imam al-Haddad

The following prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ was composed by Imam al-Haddad

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على سَيِّدِنا و مَوْلانا مُحَمَّدٍ الَّذي أُمِرْنا على لِسَانِهِ بِحِفْظِ الحُدُودِ و الوَفَاءِ بِالعُهُودِ و الرِّضا بِالمَوْجُودِ و الصَّبْرِ على المَفْقُودِ

O Allah, bestow prayers upon our Master Muhammad, on whose tongue we have been commanded to maintain the boundaries, to honour our trusts, to be content with what we possess and to patiently bear any losses we suffer.

On the Statement of Imam al-Haddad: “We will not leave them, even if they leave us.”

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

Please explain the statement of Imam al-Haddad: “We will not leave them, even if they leave us.”

The Shuyukh honour their covenants with those who are attached to them even if those people do not treat them well. As far as they are able, they continue to give good advice to them, pray for them and intercede on their behalf with Allah.

 

Benefiting from the Pious

Advice from Imam al-Haddad (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him).

You must keep the company of pious people, display the same etiquettes that they display and seek to benefit from their deeds and words. You do this by visiting both the living and dead amongst them in a state of great reverence for them, truthfully having the best opinion of them. This is how visitors benefit from those that they are visiting and receive spiritual assistance from them. Continue reading Benefiting from the Pious

Love for and Etiquette with One’s Shaykh

“How do we attain true love for our shaykh?”

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

“By asking for that from Allah and pleading with Him to be given it. We should also study how the Companions were with the Messenger of Allah, and how the seekers of the past were with their shaykhs. We can find this in their biographies.” Continue reading Love for and Etiquette with One’s Shaykh

On the Additions at the End of Ratib al-Haddad

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

Are the additions at the end of the Ratib of Imam al-Haddad part of it?

The additions were added by later scholars. They originate from narrations of the Prophet ﷺ. There were originally three fatihahs at the end of the Ratib: the first for al-Faqih al-Muqaddam, the second for the Ba ‘Alawi shaykhs and the Sufis wherever they may be and the third for the Ummah. The rest were added by various scholars.