On the Greatness of Visiting the Pious

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

Before I visit the Prophet ﷺ and Sayyidah Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) I have many things in my heart that I wish to express but when I get there my mind goes blank. What should I do?

Your standing in those places suffices even if you do not say anything. Habib `Alawi bin Shihab said that he knew the intention of anyone that was coming to visit him when they passed Masjid Surur, before even reaching his house. If that was his state, how much greater is the knowledge of the Messenger of Allah and Sayyidah Khadijah of those visiting them? Someone complained to Imam al-Haddad that he would visit Sayyiduna al-Faqih al-Muqaddam and his heart would be full of needs but when he reached the grave he forgot everything. Imam al-Haddad informed him that merely reaching al-Faqih al-Muqaddam was enough.

On Truthfulness

Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) expounds on some of the meanings of truthfulness. Extracts from his rawhah lesson in Dar al-Mustafa 30th Rabi` al-Thani 1434 / 12th March 2013.

Truthfulness (sidq) is a station beyond sincerity (ikhlas). Sincerity relates to your intention and your purpose. Truthfulness is comprehensive and incorporates every expression of your approach to Allah, your aims, your actions and your mastering and perfecting your actions. One way of differentiating between the two is that the truthful person has no pride in his actions (`ujb), whereas the sincere person shows no ostentation (riya).

One definition of truthfulness is for someone to focus all their inward and outward strength on attaining their goal. The truthful person combines perfection and mastery of the action, as well as sincerity and other qualities. May Allah bless us with truthfulness. The people of Allah would say in seeking to raise people’s ambitions and warn them against following the way of majority of people:

Truthfulness has gone, as have truthful people, my friend

So do not look for truthfulness among the people of this time

They were referring to the majority of people, who are heedless. However, there will always be truthful people on the earth. Allah says on the Day of Judgement:

This is the day on which the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness.1

He also says:

The one who brought the truth and he who believes in it – they are the people of taqwa. They shall have all that they wish with their Lord. This is the reward of the people of excellence.2

Do not act for the sake of people.. Rather, give and withhold for Allah’s sake, take and leave for Allah’s sake and act for Allah’s sake. The lowest degree of truthfulness is for your inward and outward state to be equal. This is the first stage. Then your inward state becomes better than your outward state.

O Allah, make our inward states better than our outwards states, and make our outward states upright!

1 Al-Ma’idah, 5:119

2 Al-Zumar, 39:33-34

True Intellect

Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) reflects upon the true meaning of intellect. Extracts from a talk in the mawlid in Dar al-Mustafa 12th Rabi` al-Thani 1434 / 21st February 2013.

To truly possess intellect means to understand the truth that Allah revealed to the Messenger of Truth ﷺ. Whoever does not understand this cannot be described as possessing intellect. Such a person may know how to eat and drink, trade, give and take in this worldly life, but Allah guides even animals to these things. He is the One who apportions and guides. He guides animals to fulfil their worldly needs:

Your Lord taught the bee: make your homes on hills, in trees, and in men’s habitations; then eat of all the produce (of the earth) and follow the ways of your Lord made smooth. There issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, in which is healing for people: truly in this is a sign for those who reflect.1

In spite of this amazing divine order and this precious beneficial substance which comes forth from bees, it does not cause the bee to be considered among those who have intellect; those who are chosen to have direct knowledge of Allah. Only those who understand the message that Allah has revealed are the people of intellect:

Give glad tidings to My slaves – those who listen to the word and follow the best of it: those are the ones who Allah has guided, and those are the ones endued with intellect.2

This is why they say that if you know everything but you were not blessed with knowledge of the Creator, in reality you know nothing. What do you know if you do not know the Creator, His names and His attributes? If you knew this you would venerate Him and be in a position to attain His closeness and pleasure.

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1Al-Nahl, 16:68

2Al-Zumar, 39:17

 

 

Differentiating Between Being Proud of One’s Religion and Between Being Arrogant

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

How do we differentiate between being proud of one’s religion and being arrogant?

Being proud of one’s religion is coupled with humility, fear of the return to Him and good action according to the Sacred Law and in veneration of it. At the core of our religion is humility, fear of Allah, being good to people and wisdom. The two greatest signs that point to someone being arrogant are that they look down upon others and do not accept the truth when confronted by it. Arrogant people are certain that they are better than others and do not live in fear of a bad ending.

On Prayer and Vigilance

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) explains that if the prayer is correctly established, it is a means for seekers to take themselves to account (make muhasabah) and be in a state of vigilance (muraqabah). 

One of the wisdoms of the prayer is that it enables us to be in a state of vigilance and to constantly take ourselves to account. By being in control of your body you prepare your heart to attain this. Your prayer then puts light into your time so that the time between each prayer becomes illuminated. The Prophet ﷺ pointed to this when he said: “One prayer to the next; one Friday prayer to the next and one Ramadan to the next – all of these wipe out the sins a person commits between them, as long as grave sins are avoided.” Continue reading On Prayer and Vigilance

Possessing a Little is Possessing Everything

A reminder from Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him). Extracts from a lesson in Ihya Ulum al-Din in Dar al-Mustafa, Dhu’l-Qa`dah 1432 / October 2011

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “If any one of you wakes up with a healthy body; in a state of safety; possessing his day’s provision, it is as if he possesses the whole world and everything in it.”1 Continue reading Possessing a Little is Possessing Everything

The Believer is like a Bee

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) reflects upon a beautiful hadith in a lesson in Dar al-Mustafa, 9th Shawwal 1432 / 7th September 2011.

Let us reflect upon the following beautiful hadith, narrated by Imam Ahmad on the authority of `Abdullah bin `Amr.

قال رسول الله ﷺ : و الذي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ إِنَّ مَثَلَ المؤمِنِ كَمَثَلِ النَّحْلَةِ أَكَلَتْ طَيِّبَاً و وَضَعَتْ طَيِّبَاً و وَقَعَتْ فَلَمْ تَكْسِرْ و لَمْ تُفْسِدْ

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “By the One in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, the believer is like a bee which eats that which is pure and wholesome and lays that which is pure and wholesome. When it lands on something it does not break or ruin it.” Continue reading The Believer is like a Bee

Turning Ourselves to Allah

Advice from Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him). Extracts from a talk during the mawlid in Dar al-Mustafa the night of 28th Sha`ban 1432/ 28th July 2011.

When people turn themselves in full obedience to Allah, saying and realising: I have turned myself to the One who created the heavens and the earth,1 Allah then makes His creation subservient to them. Even the angels of the highest gatherings compete to be with such a person and to pray behind him. This is the reward of those who respond to His call and make their only desire calling to Him and serving Him. Continue reading Turning Ourselves to Allah

Counsels for Our Students

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) counsels his students. Taken from an interview conducted by the Malaysian satellite channel “Astro,” Jumada al-Akhirah 1430/ May 2009.

What advice do you have for your students and what hopes do you have for them for the future?

We counsel our students specifically and students of the Sacred Law generally to check their intention and the thoughts which enter their minds, which cause them either to act sincerely for the sake of Allah or to seek other than Allah. We counsel them to reject every thought originating from caprice (hawa), from the lower self (nafs) and from the Devil which calls them to seek other than Allah and to desire anything other than attaining His nearness and pleasure. Continue reading Counsels for Our Students