Post Tarawih Qasaid

The tradition after the Tarawih prayer in Tarim is to recite poetry in praise of the Prophet ﷺ . Through praising him and bestowing prayers upon him it is hoped that people’s worship is accepted, and he is at his most generous in Ramadan, as the hadith tells us. Other poems that welcome Ramadan, talk about its merits and bid farewell to it are also read throughout the month along with a selection of duas. Many of these can be found in Habib Muhammad al-Haddar’s book al-Nafahat al-Ramadaniyyah. Coffee is served to rejuvenate those present.

Every night, a section is read from three collections of poetry. Each section corresponds to a letter of the Arabic Alphabet and the verses from that section end in that letter. The collections can be downloaded here:

Al-Fazaziyyah

Al-Qawafi

Al-Witriyyah

On Using Computer Generated Music in Gatherings

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

Can we use computer generated music in order to encourage people to attend our gatherings?

If the sounds generated resemble instruments which are forbidden (such as the flute) they should be avoided but if they resemble instruments which are permissible (such as drums) this is acceptable. We should not hasten to attract people using means unless they are clearly permissible for people will attend your gatherings in due course without the use of these means. Showing good character, reciting with beautiful voices and making our gatherings beautiful are prophetic means of calling people to Allah and are effective.

The Best Dua to be Recited at the End of a Gathering

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

What is the best dua to recite at the end of a gathering?

The best dua is the dua which the Prophet ﷺ taught us:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ

Subhanakallahumma wa bi hamdika ashadu alla ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk

Transcendent are You, O Allah, and praise be to You as You praise Yourself. I bear witness that there is no deity save You. I seek Your forgiveness and I repent to You.

If possible you can also recite the verses of Habib `Abdullah bin Husayn bin Tahir which are traditionally recited at the end of gatherings. They can be found in the Khulasah. They should be recited before the Prophetic dua, which should be the last thing to be recited.

 

The Fruits of Gatherings of Knowledge

Advice from Habib Muhammad al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him). 

Knowledge without action is like a tree without any fruit. If you learn things and then do not act upon them they are a proof against you. The words which you hear are recorded by everything – even your body.

The verses of the Qur’an will say:

“I am the verse which you heard!”

Believers thus intend to act upon everything they hear. They say:

 “We hear and we obey!”

And ask for enabling grace (tawfīq). They prepare themselves to receive Allah’s gifts (nafahat). These gifts come to you without any effort. The gatherings of knowledge contain great gifts from Allah.

O Allah, do not deprive of us the good You possess due to the evil we possess.

On Attending Gatherings in which Forbidden Musical Instruments are Used

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

 

Can we attend gatherings in which forbidden musical instruments are used?

If there is scholarly consensus that they are forbidden then there is no way we can attend. If the scholars differ over whether they are permissible or not, we should assess what benefit there is in attending. If there is great benefit to be had in attending, we can overlook the fact that the scholars differ over the permissibility of these instruments. If there is not great benefit to be had, it is better not to attend.

On Laziness after Gatherings of Remembrance

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

 

I sometimes experience laziness or bad thoughts after attending gatherings of remembrance. What can I do to combat this?

This is a result of the anger of the Devil and the frustration of the lower self, due to the good that you have attained. So ignore these things and the Devil will achieve nothing, and continue doing good works.

On People Not Connected to the Tariqah Attending Gatherings

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

We have a weekly gathering in which we read adhkar of the Ba `Alawi Tariqah. Is it fine for people who are not connected to the Tariqah to attend?

It is fine for everyone who loves good and everyone who wishes to benefit to attend. Attending these gatherings is not restricted to those who have entered this Tariqah. One of the objectives of the Tariqah is benefiting people. Even non-Muslims may attend if it is likely that they will benefit as long as they do not show bad etiquette and do not cause people to have doubts.

Those who should not attend are those who criticise or have doubts about what is taking place in the gathering. This is to protect them from becoming confused and from committing a wrongdoing by condemning the people in the gathering. It is also to protect the people that attend the gathering from becoming confused and thus not attending.