Imam Hasan, the son of Imam Abdullah bin Alawi al-Haddad was
a seeker, a person of piety and a scholar who acted according to his knowledge.
Imam al-Haddad, however, was waiting for him to reach higher levels. He said:
“When that son of mine performs hajj something will be ingrained in him which was
not in him before.”
So he went to perform hajj and implemented all the sunnahs,
exerted great caution and effort until the hajj had its effect upon him. Then
he returned to Hadramawt and became a paragon of renunciation of worldly things
They told him that part of his house was falling and it
needed to be repaired (houses in Hadramawt are built from mud bricks and
require regular repair) but he replied that he did not need that part of the
house and life was short.
He focused on teaching and preparing for the next life until one half of the house caved in. He said: “The other half of the house is sufficient.” He carried on in this way until only one room of the house was left standing. When people criticised him, he replied with a verse of poetry:
يقولون بيتك بيت صغير كأن نسجته لك العنكبوت
فقلت المقام قليل به وهذا كثير على من يموت
They say your house is so small it could have been woven by
I say to them I will not live long in it and it is plenty
big enough for someone who is sure to die
This is the exact opposite of what hajj does to some people.
They go to hajj and they have some humility but they return with more desire
and concern for worldly things. This would be a sign that their hajj has not
been accepted and we seek Allah’s refuge from that.
The whole purpose of hajj is to draw us closer to Allah, the
King, the Living and that we see things as they truly are.
Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The best prayer is the prayer of the Day of Arafah. The best thing which I and the Prophets before me have said is:
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيُي و يُمِيت وَ هُوَ حَيٌّ لا يَموتُ بِيَدِهِ الخَيْرُ و هَو عَلَى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِيرٍ
La ilaha ill’Allahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu’l-mulku wa lahu’l-hamdu yuhi wa yumit wa huwa hayyun la yamut bi yadihi’-khayr wa `ala kulli shayin qadir
“There is no deity save Allah alone. He has no partners. To Him belongs the dominion and all praise. He brings life and brings death and He is the Living Who never dies. To Him belongs all good. He has power over all things.”
The Prophet ﷺ called it a prayer (dua) but where is the request? What is the person actually asking for when he says it?
The reality is all requests are contained in it if you are connected
to its meaning and realise its
If you say it with realisation, your Lord gazes upon you and all requests made to Him by anyone in the past and the future are insignificant compared to what He then gives you.
The believers should repeat it on the Day of Arafah whether they are performing hajj or not.
Saying it removes
darkness from you until you become pure light. It removes the darkness of
witnessing created things by affirming to Whom truly belongs the dominion and
the power to give life and death.
Can you then have hope in other than Him, fear other than
Him or rely on other than Him? No!
May Allah enable us to realise these realities.
May He bless us on the Day of Arafat such that the forces of disbelief, misguidance, corruption and deviance are stopped in their tracks. May the banners of Muhammad be unfurled in every place so that the promised time soon comes in which la ilaha ill’Allah enters every single house.
If you do this on the day of Eid and the next day and the day after you will maintain the connection you made with the speech of Allah during Ramadan. The comfort you felt and the ease with which you recited it will continue throughout the year. You will not fall into the darkness of abandoning the Quran.
The more you are distracted with Eid, however, the harder it
will be to return to the Qur’an. The soul is slow to become accustomed to doing
good but fast to become accustomed to leaving it.
O Allah, make us among the people of the Quran. Do not make
us among those who the Prophet ﷺ complained about to
his Lord. Allah then revealed: The Messenger cried out: “Lord, my people
had abandoned this Quran.” (25:30)
Habib Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)
Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)
How do we preserve the light of Ramadan once the month has ended?
One of the keys to preserving what we have attained is in the intentions we make before the month ends. We should make firm intentions to do good in Shawwal and beyond. We also need to beg Allah to preserve and increase the gifts He has given us. We need to be consistent in our attendance of gatherings and classes, consistent in our recitation of the Quran while reflecting upon its meanings and consistent in our recitation of the adhkar with presence of heart. We must also choose the best company and sit in the presence of people who have been given light.
He could have made it a specific night so people could be completely prepared
But it is concealed in order that the believer remains in a state of anticipation
– awaiting and hoping for the bounty of Allah. Thus his connection to Allah is
not based upon one specific time which comes and goes and then he turns away
from Allah and gets on with something else. This is the divine wisdom.
Furthermore that anticipation of Allah’s bounty nurtures a state of knowledge of Allah in the heart – the more you turn to Him, the more you seek His pleasure, the more you hope for His gifts the more light increases in your heart. Allah says in the hadith qudsi: “I am as my servant perceives Me.”
The more you think good of Him, the more good grows in your heart; the more
you believe He will give you, the more He will give you.
This develops and nurtures your relationship with Allah which is the secret behind Laylat al-Qadr, the secret behind Ramadan and the secret behind every act of worship.
Habib Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)
Habib Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) tells us how victories and openings come through learning about the Isra and Mi`raj. Extracts from a talk delivered at Majelis Rasulullah in Jakarta, Indonesia on the night of the Isra and Mi`raj, Rajab 1439.
The key to attaining divine gifts is showing mercy. When the Prophet ﷺ showed mercy to the people of Ta’if, even though he could have asked for their destruction, Allah bestowed upon him the greatest of gifts on the night of the Mi`raj.
The Prophet ﷺ made his Isra from Makkah, which at that time was the centre of the struggle between truth and falsehood. He went to Masjid al-Aqsa which is now the centre of the struggle between truth and falsehood. Just as the Prophet was given victory in Makkah, likewise victory will be given in Masjid al-Aqsa. If we see how difficult the situation is in Palestine now, we recall how difficult the situation was then in Makkah in the time of the Prophet ﷺ . Victory eventually came in Makkah to people whose hearts had absolute love for the Prophet. Victory will be given in Palestine to people whose hearts have absolute love for the Prophet.
On the day the Prophet ﷺ was given victory in Makkah, he ordered his army not to disturb a dog which was nursing its puppies. This was an army whose soldiers’ hearts were filled with prophetic mercy. In our times armies have no regard for human life, let alone animal life. The army that will be given victory at the end of time must be made up of those whose hearts are filled with mercy. They cannot be people who encourage others to blow up innocent civilians.
Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) said: we would love for our brethren in faith, male and female, young and old to plead with Allah during the blessed month of Rajab by reciting the following Qur’anic prayer for forgiveness which also contains a prayer for the Muslims:
These are adhkar that many of the pious people would read every day for the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) reads them constantly in these days and recommends others to read them.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ informed us that there is no action more beloved to Allah on the Day of Eid than making a sacrifice. He told his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatimah al-Zahra’ that she would be forgiven for her previous wrongdoings with the first drop of blood to be shed from the sacrificed animal. She asked if this reward was specifically for the Household of the Prophet and he replied: “For us and for all Muslims.”
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