On Informing the Shaykh of One’s Affairs

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

Should the seeker inform his Shaykh about all of his affairs?

He should refer to his Shaykh concerning those affairs which require clarification and guidance, or that which the Shaykh has asked about, or those things which are related to the affairs of spiritual wayfaring of his heart, or actions of the limbs. Continue reading On Informing the Shaykh of One’s Affairs

On Strengthening Your Connection to Your Shaykh and Attaining True Love for Him

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

How can I strengthen my connection to my shaykh?

Generally speaking, you strengthen your attachment to your shaykh by knowing his merits and unique attributes and realising that he is a deputy of the Prophet ﷺ and the imams in his chain of connection. Furthermore you must strive to obey his instructions and love him for the sake of Allah. Continue reading On Strengthening Your Connection to Your Shaykh and Attaining True Love for Him

On the Meaning of a Spiritual Opening (fath) and Different Types of Shuyukh

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

What is the meaning of an opening (fath)? Is it something that happens instantly or gradually?

An opening has different degrees and different meanings. When the people of tasawwuf talk about it, they mean by it an unveiling which allows the person who receives it to witness the spiritual and angelic realm having previously being restricted to witnessing the physical realm. He is thus raised from the state of certainty based upon knowledge (`ilm al-yaqin) to the state of certainty based upon witnessing (`ayn al-yaqin). Continue reading On the Meaning of a Spiritual Opening (fath) and Different Types of Shuyukh

On Entering Spiritual Seclusion without Supervision of a Shaykh

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

Is it possible for a seeker to enter khalwah (spiritual seclusion) without the supervision of a shaykh?

This is like someone taking medicine without the supervision of a doctor. There may be general benefit in taking the medicine, but the patient will not receive full treatment without the supervision of the doctor.

On Seeing Your Shaykh in a Dream

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

If you see your shaykh in a dream, what does it signify?

For the seeker to see his shaykh in a dream is generally a sign of his connection to him. It may be accompanied by some advice, direction or encouragement from the shaykh. If this advice is clear and in accordance with the principles of the Sacred Law and the spiritual way, then he can act upon it. If it is not, he should not follow this advice and he should know that his lower self is to blame.