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.” Continue reading On Following Adhkar Through Live Broadcast

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.