Category Archives: Obstacles

On Removing Love of Dunya

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

  • What can I do to remove my love of the Dunya? What can I read to stop me being overly concerned with pleasing people?

Recite this 40 times a day:

يا حَيُّ قَيُّومُ لا إِلهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Ya Hayyu ya Qayyumu la ilaha illa anta

O Living, O Self-Existing there is no deity save You

 

Recite this verse 100 times a day:

هُوَ اللهُ الَّذي لا إِلهَ إِلا هو عَالِمُ الغَيْبِ والشَّهادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيم

Huw’Allahu’lladhi la ilaha illa hu, ‘Alimu’l ghaybi wash-shahadah, Hu arrahmanu’ rahim

He is Allah, there is no deity save Him, Knower of the unseen and the seen, He is the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.[1]

 

Recite the du`a of Imam al-Haddad several times a day:[2]

اللَّهُمَّ أَخْرِجْ مِنْ قَلْبِي كُلَّ قَدْرٍ لِلدُّنْيَا، وَكُلَّ مَحَلٍّ لِلْخَلْقِ؛ يَمِيْلُ بِي إِلَى مَعْصِيَتِك، أَوْ يُشْغِلُنِي عَنْ طَاعَتِك، أَوْ يَحُولُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ التَّحَقُّقِ بِمَعْرِفَتِكَ الْخَاصَّة، وَمَحَبَّتِكَ الْخَالِصَة

Allahumma akhrij min qalbi kulla qadrin liddunya wa kulla mahallin lilkhalq yamilu bi ila ma`siyatik aw yushghiluni `an ta`atik aw yahulu bayni wa bayna’ttahaqquq bi ma`rifatika al-khassah wa mahabbitaka’l-khalisah

O Allah, remove from my heart any love for the material world and any status I may afford to people which cause me to disobey You or distract me from worshipping You or come between me and attaining special knowledge of You and sincere love for You.

 

[1] Al-Hashr, 59:22

[2] In the Khulasah, Habib Umar suggests reciting it after every prayer

Preparing to Meet Allah by Guarding our Sight, Hearing and Speech

Taken from a Friday khutbah by Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)  at Masjid Nur Muhammad in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 14, 2014.

Khutbah Jumu`ah, Masjid Nur Muhammad, Kemang, 2014

 

We must guard our sight, our hearing and our speech. If we do so our hearts will be protected and we will attain uprightness. When we look at, listen to or talk about that which does not concern us we are at odds with our fitrah, the state in which Allah created us.

Allah says: “Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.” (Q 17:36)

Do not let the enemies of Allah control your sight, your hearing and your speech to the point that they dictate what takes place in our households, to the point that what we see, hear, and say goes against the laws of Allah the teachings of our Prophet ﷺ . Allah says: “If you obey most of those on the earth, they will lead you astray from Allah’s way.” (Q 6:116)

 

Our Sight

We should use our sight to gaze upon the pious with love and longing. We should use our ability to see to gaze upon Allah’s creation and reflect upon it. If we disobey Allah with our eyes we may be deprived of the vision of Allah Most High.

 

Our Hearing

The believers are those that only listen to that which benefits them. Allah says: “When they hear idle talk they turn aside from it and say: ‘We shall have our deeds and you shall have your deeds; peace be on you, we do not desire the ignorant.’” (Q 28:55)

Lend your ears only to the sayings of the Companions of Allah, the sayings of the Prophets, and of our Prophet Muhammad, for doing so will prepare us for the ultimate communion with Allah on the Day of Judgment.

 

Our Speech

Remember that wherever we are, Allah is with us. When four people convene, the fifth is Allah. When six people convene, the seventh is Allah. He knows what takes place between them. He knows what is being said and He knows still what is kept hidden.

On the Day of Judgment, Allah will call upon His servants and commune with them, but there will be some people who have incurred Allah’s wrath and will not be called upon by Him, and we seek refuge in Allah from this.

On this day (Friday) have we recited the Qur’an and heard it being recited? Have we recited Surah al-Kahf?  How many times have we bestowed prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ?

Use your hearing, sight, and speech, only for things that please Allah Most High.

We ask Allah to rectify the state of the Muslims.

On Preventing Excessive Use of the Internet and Mobile Devices

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

How can we prevent excessive use of the Internet and mobile devices?

This can be done by focusing the heart on remembrance and reflection. You should remember Allah until His remembrance dominates your heart. You should reflect upon the life of the Prophet ﷺ. This engenders a longing to be in his company and a longing to meet him. You should also avoid keeping the company of those who spend a lot of time using the internet.

Our use of mobile devices must be governed by taqwa, knowledge and intelligence. We must use them in the best way, be in complete control of them and avoid any evil that their use may entail. Making light of a small part of evil leads to a great amount of evil. By using them correctly we are supporting the cause of Allah. One of the first manifestations of victory is in our use of these devices. This is related to our victory in our use of our limbs which points to a victory in our battle with our lower selves. Anyone who is in control of their body and lower self will receive assistance from Allah. Allah says: If you assist Allah, He will assist you and make your feet firm.[1] He also says: Allah will truly assist whoever assists Him.[2] Allah then mentions the signs of those who assist Him: they are those who establish the prayer, pay zakat, enjoin good and forbid evil.

 

[1] Muhammad, 47:7

[2] Al-Hajj, 22:40

The Ummah’s Golden Calf

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

Look at how the businessmen in Makkah and Jeddah have mastered their trade. They plaster their advertisements everywhere! If only these billboards clarified the rites of the Hajj and the etiquettes of entering Makkah! These advertisements are proof of their love of material things.

Truly the Messenger of Allah ﷺ told the truth! One day he recounted to his Companions the story of the people of Musa who, after being saved from Fir`awn, began worshipping the golden calf. The Companions were astounded that after receiving these signs these people lowered themselves to such a level. The Prophet told them not to be surprised.

He told them:

“Every nation has its (golden) calf, and the calf of my nation is gold and silver.”

They will worship material things, all their ambitions will be focused on attaining material things and they will travel and attain qualifications for worldly gain.

To Allah we belong and to Him we will return!

[We wonder what Habib Muhammad would have said if he had seen the state of Makkah today!]

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 Losing Spiritual Aspiration

 

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

What advice do you have for us if we lose our aspiration for travelling the spiritual path and for performing acts of worship?

You must re-new your approach to Allah. Sit for an hour or two or three facing the qiblah imagining that you are in the Blessed Rawdah or in front of the grave of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ , seeking a connection to him, closeness to him, and his companionship, while bestowing many prayers upon him. This will be a means of renewing your approach.

You can also stand facing the qiblah and say Allaaah (extending the ‘a’) 66 times.

Even if you yourself are weak then have strong determination and ambition and seek strength from the All-Powerful for then your weakness will be transformed into strength. Take strength from being broken for His sake for He says: ‘I am with the ones whose hearts are broken for My sake.’ Your feeling of weakness should not drive you to despair, rather it should be a means of truly submitting to Allah which pushes you to truly seek Him.

Drive yourself forward by giving it hope: remind it of the reward (of these actions) and their end result in the next life. Bring to mind the merits of these actions mentioned by your Prophet ﷺ. Also study the biographies of those who exerted great efforts in performing acts of obedience. We should have remorse for opportunities to worship Allah that pass us by.

If you become lazy at certain times do not despair. Do not waver and do not delay – go back to what you were doing for you are, by your nature, deficient. It may be that your laziness teaches you a great lesson. It may bring about in you a brokenness in front of Allah, and may remove pride (`ujb) from your heart. This may be more beneficial for you than actually performing the action itself.

On Going Against the Lower Self

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

 

What can we read to help us to go against our lower selves?

 

Read the following verse 100 times a day:

هُوَ اللهُ الَّذي لا إِلهَ إِلا هو عَالِمُ الغَيْبِ والشَّهادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيم

 

HuwAllahu’lladhi la ilaha illa hu, ‘Alimu’l ghaybi wash-shahadah, Hu arrahmanu’ rahim

 

He is Allah, there is no deity other than Him, knower of the unseen and the seen, He is the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful. (Al-Hashr, 59:22)

 

 

Also regularly repeat the dua of Imam al-Haddad:

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي واهْدِني ووَفِّقْنِي لِتَهْذِيب ِأَخْلاقِ نَفْسِي وتَلْطِيفِ كَثَافَتِها ِبِالرِّياضَةِ البَالِغَةِ الماحِقَةِ لِلرُّعُوناتِ النَّفْسِيِّةِ القاهِرَةِ لِلْحُظوظِ الشِّهْوَانِيِّةِ المُزيَّنِةِ بِالحُضورِ الدَّائِمِ مَعَ اللهِ عَزَّ وجَلَّ و وَصْفِ حُسْنِ الأَدَبِ على بِساط ِالذِّلِّةِ والانْكِسارِ والافْتِقَارِ والاضْطِرارِ تَحْقِيقاً لِلْعُبُودِيةِ و وَفَاءً بِحَقِّ الرُّبُوبِيَةِ إِنَّكَ على كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِير.

O Allah, assist me, guide me and enable me to refine the attributes of my lower self. Enable me to lighten its heaviness with great acts of spiritual striving which destroy its lowly tendencies and overcome its base desires.

May these acts be beautified by constant presence with Allah (mighty  and glorious) and perfect etiquette with Him in a state of lowliness, brokenness and complete neediness, while attaining true slave-hood and honouring His lordship, for truly You are able to do all things.

 

On Travelling to Allah in a Bad Environment

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

 

How can I travel the path to Allah when I am in a bad environment which hardens my heart?

 

You can do this by making sure your heart is continually present with Allah and those in Allah’s presence. Thus although your body is in a bad environment, your heart is in a good one. You can only do this by sincerely turning to Allah and by forcing yourself to be present with Him. One of the best means of softening the heart is bestowing abundant prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ and imagining that you are in the blessed Rawdah in front of him.

On Time Thieves

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

Regarding the events that take place around us we find that people ask other people much more than they ask Allah. If only they asked Allah every night and shed tears they would play a part in saving the Ummah. But no, they spend five or six hours on the internet or watching the satellite channels and most of what they hear is lies.

They ask all these forms of media and they do not ask Allah. In whose hands are our affairs? Who is the One who is capable of changing our state? Why do you not present your problems to Him and trust in Him? May Allah guide the Muslims and give them the ability to stand at His door so that He rectifies their affairs.

We must beware of “time thieves” who use various means to steal our precious time. As a result of the work of these time thieves, many Muslims in the East and the West waste their time doing things which will be a cause of regret on the Day of Judgement, things which lead to a bad ending, things which will prevent them from being under the banner of the Prophet ﷺ and drinking from his pool. Had they listened to the call of Allah and His Beloved they would have chosen something better. We all know that He sees us, so why is there no awe for Him in our hearts?

On a Seeker being Involved in Business

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

Can the seeker be involved in business?

Yes, as long as there is nothing dubious in his business. He must pray his prayers in congregation, being there to make the opening takbīr with the imām. He must also spend a portion time in remembrance of Allāh and recitation of the Qur’ān.