On Making Up the Adhkar before Sleeping

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

If I fall asleep before completing the adhkar that it is recommended to recite before sleeping should I make them up when I wake up?

You will be rewarded for intending to recite them all even if you fall asleep before completing them. Strictly speaking they are adhkar for a specific time and thus cannot be made up. However, if you do make them up you are guaranteeing yourself the reward for reciting them and teaching your lower self a lesson that it cannot fall asleep before completing them.

On Maintaining Awrad After Giving Birth

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

After giving birth I have not been able to be consistent in my awrad and other acts of worship. What can I do to maintain my spiritual progress?

You should realise that raising your children is a type of worship so you should make a good intention in raising them and intend to follow the Prophet in doing so.

You should take a moderate path – not neglecting the awrad completely and not trying to do too much. Rather you should do that which is easy for you to maintain. You will still be rewarded for that which you are unable to do.

On Staying Awake After Fajr

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

How can I stay awake after fajr until sunrise?

You can do this by reflecting upon the reward and benefits of doing so and by keeping this time alive with Allah’s remembrance with a group of people. If this is not possible you can drive sleep away by walking around in the place where you prayed. If you pray fajr with a small group of people you can delay the prayer so that there is not too long to wait until sunrise.

On Balancing Awrad and Household Duties

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

A lot of my time is spent raising my children and doing the housework. How can I be consistent in reading my awrad?

Try to read the awrad while doing the housework. Perhaps the children will then memorise these awrad. A young child memorised Surah Ya Sin before knowing how to read and write just by hearing his mother reciting it while cleaning the house every day.

On Following Adhkar Through Live Broadcast

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

 

I follow the adhkar that are broadcast live from Dar al-Mustafa. However there is a time difference. Is it acceptable for me to read those adkhar at that time even though I am in a different time zone?

This is acceptable. There is some latitude because the time of the adhkar of the morning begins at midnight and ends at the time for zuhr prayer. The time of the adhkar of the evening begins at the time of the zuhr prayer and ends at midnight. It is also possible to change the wording of the adhkar. For example, in Dar al-Mustafa they may be saying: “I ask for the good of this night,” so you could say: “I ask for the good of this day.”

The most important thing is focus and presence of heart when you read the adkhar. If you find this focus when following the broadcast then carry on. If not then it is better to do it alone.

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 Overcoming Weak Aspiration During Menstruation

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

I feel spiritually weak during my menstrual cycle. How can I overcome this?

Remember that this is from Allah. Just as Allah has made things incumbent upon a woman who is pure, He has made other things prohibited for a woman who is on her cycle. Performing that which is incumbent on her when she is pure is an act of worship and abstaining from performing it when she is on her cycle is also an act of worship. Reciting your adhkar when you are on your cycle (except reciting the Qur’an) especially in the last part of the night is a means of drawing close to Allah. Remember that the best of women experienced this – the wives of the Prophets and women who were knowers of Allah – and they were able to reach the highest of stations, so there is no harm, weakness or lowliness in it.

On Making Up Pre-Fajr Adhkar

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

Sometimes I am unable to wake up in order to read the adhkar before Fajr. May I make up these adhkar along with the adhkar of the morning after Fajr?

We should arrange our time so that we are able to wake up before Fajr, even it is only a few minutes before Fajr enters. Our hearts should be awake in the last part of the night. In general if anyone misses reading their adhkar at the set time they can make them up afterwards at any time. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said that if someone oversleeps and fails to perform the prayers that he regularly performs at night but then makes them up between sunrise and midday it will be recorded for him as if he prayed it at night.

This applies to someone who regularly reads their adhkar and rarely misses them. If they were to miss them and they then made them up at this time it would be recorded for them as if they had read them at night.

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.

On Reading Awrad Before and After Their Appointed Time

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

Sometimes I am busy and unable to read my awrad at their appointed times. Can I read them before the set time or make them up after?

Yes, if you are busy can read some of your awrad before or after the set time. Awrad should always be made up if you are unable to read them at their set time. Someone who is usually busy at the set time should choose another time to read them.

If you do this, then the wird is likely to coincide with the appointed time somewhere else in the world. If, for example, you read your morning wird at night, then it will at least be morning somewhere in the world and so it will be on time somewhere else.

If you are unable to do that you should read them in your heart at work at the set time without saying them out loud.

You should also persist in your awrad and endeavour to have presence of heart, as this is the foundation of attaining benefit. Imam al-Haddad said: “Performing regular acts of devotion/awrad without presence does not benefit (the seeker), and doing them without persistence and consistency does not have an effect (upon his heart).”

You should strive and persist in your awrad. Doing so is a sign of your concern for your spiritual progress and will lead to much benefit, whether you recite them at their set time or at other times.