On Reciting al-Wird al-Latif or the Ratib in the Evening

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

I recite al-Wird al-Latif in the morning. Should I recite al-Wird al-Latif again in the evening or the Ratib of Imam al-Haddad?

If it is possible to recite both, this is best. If this is not possible, then recite one or the other. One makes up for the other.

On Giving Adhkar in the Khulasah to Those Not in the Tariqah

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

Do we have permission to give the adhkar which are contained in the Khulasah to those not connected to the Tariqah?

You can certainly give them adhkar like the Wird al-Latif and any adhkar which are suitable to the state of the person being given them. For instance, someone who has problems with the Ahl al-Sunnah understanding of tawassul should not be given poems which contain tawassul.

On Reconciling Prophetic Mercy with the Supplication in Litany of Imām Abū Bakr al-Sakrān

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

How do we reconcile between the mercy that the Prophet showed towards the disbelievers and the supplication that we read in the litany of Imam Abū Bakr al-Sakrān: ‘deflect their gaze and turn it away from us..’?

This supplication is for protection from a specific category of people, namely those who have wicked intentions from among mankind and jinn-kind. For their gaze to be deflected is in reality a mercy for them. This is similar to some of the supplications that the Prophet made when he prayed against those who had wicked intentions and opposed him, such as: “O Allāh defeat them and shake them!” All of this is encompassed in the general meaning of mercy. It was appropriate for the state which he was in, placing everything in its correct context.

[The litany of Imam Abū Bakr al-Sakrān can be found in Khulāsat al-Madad after Surah Ya Sin. It is a short but very powerful litany that should be read daily for protection from all types of evil].

 

On Reconciling Prophetic Mercy with Supplications in Wird al-Sakran

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

How do we reconcile between the mercy that the Prophet showed towards the disbelievers and the supplication that we read in the Wird of Imam Abu Bakr al-Sakran: ‘deflect their gaze and turn it away from us..’?

This supplication is for protection from a specific category of people, namely those who have wicked intentions from among mankind and jinn-kind. For their gaze to be deflected is in reality a mercy for them. This is similar to some of the supplications that the Prophet ﷺ made when he prayed against those who had wicked intentions and opposed him, such as: “O Allah, defeat them and shake them!” All of this is encompassed in the general meaning of mercy. It was appropriate for the state which he was in, placing everything in its correct context.

[The litany of Imam Abu Bakr al-Sakran ibn Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf can be found in Khulasat al-Madad after Surah Ya Sin. It is a short but very powerful litany that should be read daily for protection from all types of evil].

 

 

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 the pious people. 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.

On Reading Wird al-Latif Outside Its Time

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

If I am unable to recite the Wird al-Latif after Fajr, up until what time can I still recite it?

You have until the time for zuhr prayer to perform it and it would be regarded as being a current performance (ada’), but you can make it up any time after that (qada’). The time of all the adhkar of the morning begin at midnight and end at the time for zuhr prayer. The time of all the adhkar of the evening begin at the time of the zuhr prayer and last until midnight.