On Accepting Allah’s Decree and Bettering One’s State

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

How does one combine between accepting the decree of Allah and bettering one’s state?

Accepting Allah’s decree means that you do not object to anything that He has decreed while at the same time you do not neglect what you are able to do to improve your own state. There is no contradiction between the two.

On What to Focus on at the Beginning of the Path

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

What should the seeker focus on at the beginning of the path – rectifying the heart or focusing on etiquette (adab)?

Rectification of the heart is the pinnacle of adab, so the seeker’s concern should be purifying his heart and ridding it of faults and blameworthy qualities.

On Envying the Dawah Successes of Others

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

How can we remove the desire to outdo our brothers and our envy for them, especially when we see their success in da’wah?

The cure for this is to look at the reality. The reality is that nothing happens except by the will of Allah, so how can we wish for other than what our Lord wills? The reality is that if our brothers succeed in da’wah or in any other realm of the religion, then this is a source of assistance, goodness, blessings and strength for all of us. So how can we dislike this strength, harbour envy towards the one who has been given it and desire for it to be removed? Continue reading On Envying the Dawah Successes of Others