On Buying Products from Countries in which Muslims are Being Oppressed

I buy and sell products online and I found that most of the products I was buying are produced in countries in which Muslims are being oppressed. Should I continue buying from these countries?

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

Unfortunately Muslims suffer oppression both in non-Muslim countries and in Muslim countries. If you know for certain that your money will be used in acts of disobedience to Allah or that it will benefit individuals or companies known to be engaged in this oppression then these transactions must be avoided. If that is not the case, then you are permitted to buy products from those countries. The Prophet ﷺ allowed some trade with Mecca to continue even though the disbelievers of Quraysh were oppressing the Muslims. When the Companion Thumamah bin Uthal prevented caravans from carrying food to Mecca, the Prophet commanded him to allow them to do so.

 

Etiquette of Sleep and Wakefulness

When someone neglects the etiquette of being awake, their wakefulness becomes sleep. When someone abides by the etiquette of sleep, however, their sleep becomes wakefulness.

Much harm is caused to Muslims by their hearts being asleep. Being distracted by other than Him is, in reality, sleep. If we realised the truth, we would wake up.

Sleeper, wake up! Muslims are in a deep sleep. That is why disbelievers being given power over Muslims can be likened to the animals of the jungle playing around a sleeping lion.

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

Source: Tawjih al-Nabih, Page 292

On the Etiquettes of Service

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

What are some of the etiquettes of service (khidmah)?

Any type of service, whether it be service of a shaykh or anyone else, should be conducted with the intention of purifying the soul by means of the benefit that comes about through it. Being a cause of any kind of benefit is in fact a type of service. Assisting the shaykh in implementing his objectives or assisting anyone in implementing any objective which is valid in the Shariah is a type of service. Any action which requires humility is more beneficial for the soul, such as cleaning, washing and cooking. An important etiquette is to keep the private affairs of the shaykh or anyone else being served secret. The person serving should have sincerity at all times and should believe that he benefits himself through his service and not that he is doing a favour to those he is serving.

 

Adhkar for Masjid al-Aqsa

 

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) recommends reciting the following adkhar every day with the intention of bringing relief and protecting Masjid al-Aqsa from being violated.

Recite 450 times:

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل

Hasbunallahu wa ni`ama’l-wakil

“Allah is sufficient for us and He is the best protector.” (3:173)

Recite 100 times:

 

وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Wa ufawwidu amri ila-Allah, inna-Allaha basirun bil-‘ibaad

“I surrender my affair to Allah: Allah is well aware of His servants.” (40:44)

Recite 70 times:

 

رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Rabbana’ghfirlanaa dhunubanaa wa israafana fi amrinaa wa thabbit aqdamanaa wa’nsurnaa `ala’l-qawmi’l-kafirin

‘Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our transgressions, make our feet firm and assist us against those who reject faith.’ (3:147)

Recite 10 times:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ الَّذي أَسْرَيْتَ بِهِ مِنْ المَسْجِدِ الحَرامِ إلى المَسْجِدِ الأَقْصى، وأَعْرَجْتَ بِهِ إِلى السَّمَاوَاتِ العُلا، وعلى آلِهِ وصَحْبِهِ خَيْرِ المَلا، وعلى مَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسانٍ وأَيْقِظْ قُلُوبَ المُسْلِمينَ، ورُدَّ كَيْدَ أَعْدَائِكَ مِنْ اليَهُودِ المُعْتَدِينَ على بَيْتِ المَقْدِس، وكُلِّ مَنْ والاهُمْ مِنْ أَهْلِ الشَّرِّ في الأَرْضِ وادْفَعْ شَرَّهُمْ وضُرَّهُمْ عَنَّا وعَنْ أَهْلِ لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا الله، وأَلْهِمْنا رُشْدَنا في كُلِّ حَرَكَةٍ وسُكُونٍ يا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِين

Allahumma salli wa sallim ‘ala sayyidinaa Muhammad alladhi asrayta bihi min al-masjid’il-harami il’al-masjidil aqsa, wa a’rajta bihi ilassamaawatil ‘ula, wa ‘ala aalihi wa sahbihi khayri’l-mala, wa ‘ala man tabi’ahum bi ihsaan, wa ayqidh quluba’l-muslimin, wa rudda kayda a’daika minal yahudil mu’tadina ‘ala bayti’l-maqdis, wa kulli man waalaahum min ahli sharri fil ardh, wadfa’ sharrahum wa durrahum ‘anna wa ‘an ahli laa ilaaha ill’Allah, wa alhimnaa rushdanaa fi kulli harakatin wa sukun, ya Arhamarraahimin!

O Allah, bestow Your prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, the one who You caused to travel by night from the Masjid al-Haram to the Masjid al-Aqsa and then raised to the highest heavens and upon his Family and Companions, the best of people and upon those who follow them with excellence. May Allah awaken the hearts of the Muslims and foil the plots of the aggressors, Your enemies who are violating Bayt al-Maqdis and all those who support them among the people of evil on the earth. May He protect us and all the people of la ilaha ill’Allah from their harm and evil and may He inspire us to do what is right in every moment, O Most Merciful!

Intentions for Establishing an Institute

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

We are establishing an institute for Qur’an memorisation and teaching Arabic. What intentions should we make in doing so?

You should intend: to elevate the word of Allah; to support the cause of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ according to the methodology of his pure inheritors; to be a means for the downpour of Allah’s mercy, warding off evil and allowing the light of guidance reach people’s hearts; to serve the Three Objectives (knowledge (`ilm), spiritual wayfaring (suluk) and calling to Allah (da`wah); to connect to the Qur’an and its secrets and to the one to whom the Qur’an was revealed ﷺ and to open up the meanings and understanding of the Qur’an and the speech of the Prophet ﷺ through the Arabic language. You should also intend what the pious intended, what Qutb al-Zaman intended and all good intentions which are in Allah’s knowledge.

If Allah blesses a single seed it becomes many seeds: The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases; and Allah is Ample-Giving, All-Knowing (al-Baqarah, 2:261).

Habib Muhammad al-Haddar made many great intentions when he founded his Ribat (learning institute) in al-Bayda. As a result, someone saw his father in a dream who told him to tell Habib Muhammad that as soon as he built the Ribat those who were being punished in their graves in the local graveyard were no longer punished.

On Christmas Greetings

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

What is the ruling on greeting Christians at Christmas?

As Muslims, we honour Sayyiduna Isa (peace be upon him) and his birth and the Prophet himself prayed in the place in which he was born on the night of the Isra and Mi`raj. There is no harm in greeting Christians as long as the greeting does not imply an affirmation of their belief in the Trinity. It is also impermissible to take part in any ceremony in which there is an affirmation of their belief in the Trinity or in which there is a contravention of the Sacred Law.

See also this answer on greeting non Muslims on their holy days

On Recent Political Events in the US

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

How should we react to recent political events in the US?

You should not be concerned whether one president comes or one goes. Your Lord is Allah and your intermediary is His Messenger ﷺ. Everyone is in His dominion. None of the events which take place on the earth should shake our belief in the information we have received from the heavens. The Prophet ﷺ  said: “Be certain that victory comes with perseverance, relief comes after affliction and ease comes after hardship.” You should not be worried and you should not fall short in fulfilling your religious obligations. There is no doubt that Islam will spread to the different corners of the earth.

Advice on Reconciliation

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

What advice do you have for someone involved in reconciling between conflicting parties?

This is a great thing and there is a great reward in it. Someone engaged in this should humbly plead with Allah for success and then he should surrender the affair to Allah. He should take people’s personalities and understandings into consideration so that what he says will be accepted by them.

On Dealing With Opposition Due to Lack of Knowledge

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

There are brothers and sisters who have attended the Dowra or have studied abroad for a short time. They then return to their communities to teach what they learn as they have been encouraged by their teachers to do so but they encounter people (some of whom are connected to this path) who do not support them and even discourage others from taking knowledge from them on the grounds they have not studied enough. What is the best way of dealing with this? 

They should persevere in their dawah and not be affected by what these people say. They should show these people respect, maintain good relations with them and not treat them in the same way as they are treating them. They should emphasise the well-known principle that anyone who has even one piece of Islamic knowledge is an ‘alim (literally someone who knows) and he must act upon it and teach it. They must teach what they know and learn that which they do not know. If the people who are opposing them are aware of Imam al-Haddad then they can tell them what Imam al-Haddad says in the introduction of al-Dawah al-Tammah.