The Best Prayer is the Prayer of Arafah

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The best prayer is the prayer of the Day of Arafah. The best thing which I and the Prophets before me have said is:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيُي و يُمِيت وَ هُوَ حَيٌّ لا يَموتُ  بِيَدِهِ الخَيْرُ و هَو عَلَى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِيرٍ

La ilaha ill’Allahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu’l-mulku wa lahu’l-hamdu yuhi wa yumit wa huwa hayyun la yamut bi yadihi’-khayr wa `ala kulli shayin qadir

“There is no deity save Allah alone. He has no partners. To Him belongs the dominion and all praise. He brings life and brings death and He is the Living Who never dies. To Him belongs all good. He has power over all things.”

The Prophet called it a prayer (dua) but where is the request? What is the person actually asking for when he says it?

The reality is all requests are contained in it if you are connected to its meaning and realise its implications.

If you say it with realisation, your Lord gazes upon you and all requests made to Him by anyone in the past and the future are insignificant compared to what He then gives you.

The believers should repeat it on the Day of Arafah whether they are performing hajj or not.

Saying it removes darkness from you until you become pure light. It removes the darkness of witnessing created things by affirming to Whom truly belongs the dominion and the power to give life and death.

Can you then have hope in other than Him, fear other than Him or rely on other than Him? No!

May Allah enable us to realise these realities.

May He bless us on the Day of Arafat such that the forces of disbelief, misguidance, corruption and deviance are stopped in their tracks. May the banners of Muhammad be unfurled in every place so that the promised time soon comes in which la ilaha ill’Allah enters every single house.

Can I ask to be the Renewer (Mujaddid) of this Time?

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

Can I ask Allah to make me the renewer (mujaddid) of this time?

Allah has guaranteed that He will continue to renew the religion in people’s hearts and He uses various means to realise this. There will generally be one principle figure who is like the head. He is supported by others who make up the rest of the body. We should ask Allah to be among those who are involved in this renewal.

Obedience of the Heart

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Habib Ali al-Habashi (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him) teaches us to seek for our hearts to be in the highest of states. Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz recommends reciting this awesome supplication regularly:

اللَّهُمَّ أَوْصِلْنِي إِلى حَالةٍ لا يَعْمَلُ فِيها قَلْبِي مخُالَفَةً ، ولا يَهَمُّ بِها

ولا تُقَارِفُ فيها جَوارِحِي مَعْصِيةً

وبَلِّغْني إلى مَقامٍ لا يَفْتُرُ فِيهِ قَلْبِي عَنْ طَاعَةٍ لَكَ ، مَرْضِيِّةً لَدَيْكَ ، مَقْبولَةً عِنْدَكَ

ولا تَنْفَكُّ جَوارِحي فِيهِ عَنْ عَمَلٍ صَالِحٍ خَالِصٍ لِوَجْهِكَ ، مَقْبولٍ لَدَيْكَ يا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمين

‘O Allah, raise me to a state in which my heart does not commit any acts of disobedience, or even thinks of doing so, and to a state in which my body parts do not commit any acts of disobedience. Raise me to a station in which my heart remains constantly in acts of obedience to You, which are pleasing to You and accepted by You; enable my body to continue to perform pious actions sincerely for your sake which are accepted by You, O Most Merciful.’

Imam al-Haddad’s Prayer for Strength

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This is Imam al-Haddad’s Prayer for Strength. Habib Umar bin Hafiz recommends reciting it regularly.

(اللَّهُمَّ يا رَبُّ يا قَدِيرُ يا قَوِيُّ يا مَتِينُ  (ثلاثاً

أَسْأَلُكَ بِقُدْرَتِك وبِقُوَّتِكَ أَنْ تُمِدَّني في جَميعِ قِوايَ وجَوارِحِي الظَّاهِرة ِوالباطِنة ِبِقُوَّةٍ مِنْ قُوَّتِك َوقُدْرَةٍ مِنْ قُدْرَتِكَ أَقْدِرُ بِها وأَقْوَى بِها على القِيامِ بِما كَلَّفْتَنِي بِهِ مِنْ حُقُوقِ رُبوبِيَّتِك ونَدَبْتَنِي إِلَيْهِ مِنْها فِيما بَيْنِي وبَيْنِكَ وفِيما بَيْنِي وبَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ وعلى التَّمَتُّعِ بِكُلِّ ما خَوَّلْتَني مِنْ نِعَمِك الَّتي أَبَحْتَهَا لي في دِينِك ويَكونُ كُلُّ ذلِكَ على أَصْلَحِ الوُجُوهِ وأَكْمَلِها وأَحْسَنِها وأَفْضَلِها مَصْحُوباً بِالعَافِيةِ والقَبُولِ والرِّضى مِنْكَ يا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمين

O Allah, O Lord, O Omnipotent, O Most Powerful, O Most Firm (three times).

I ask You, through Your ability and power, to bolster my inward and outward strength, giving me the ability and strength to perform the things which You have charged me to perform which pertain to the rights of Your lordship;

And to perform what You have encouraged me to perform, whether this pertains to my relationship with You or my relationship with Your creation;

And to enjoy every one of the blessings that You have bestowed upon me, which You have made permissible to me in Your religion;

And that all this be in the best, most beneficial and perfect way, accompanied by well-being, acceptance and Your good pleasure, O Most Merciful.

The Best Dua the Seeker Can Make for his Shaykh

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

What is the best dua that the seeker can make for his shaykh?

The seeker should ask:

  • that his shaykh be a source of pleasure for the Prophet ﷺ
  • that his shaykh be pleased by what the Prophet ﷺ gives him, his companions, the people of his time and the Ummah
  • that his shaykh be raised to the highest station of khilafah (representation) of the Prophet ﷺ
  • that his shaykh be engaged in that which is most beloved to the Prophet ﷺ – it is more fitting that they please Allah and His Messenger if they are truly believers.[1]

[1] Al-Tawbah, 9:62

Gaining Acceptance through the Prayers of the Pious | Wisdoms of Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad

Words of wisdom from Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him)

In al-Salat al-Ibrahimiyyah we say: “O Allah, bestow prayers upon our Master Muhammad just as You bestowed prayers upon our Master Ibrahim.”

In the dua of qunut we say: “O Allah, guide us among those You have guided.”

In the Qur’an, Sayyiduna Sulayman says: “Admit me, through Your mercy, to the ranks of Your pious slaves.” (27:19)

What these prayers have in common (and other similar prayers) is that they are based upon a prayer that has previously been answered. The person hopes that by making these prayers he will be accepted by Allah just as those who made them previously were accepted. He hopes that Allah will bestow His generosity upon him just as He bestowed it upon those who came before.

He follows in the footsteps of those who reached Allah and he hopes to be considered one of those people, among whom are the Prophets, the martyrs, the siddiqun and Allah’s pious slaves. Making these prayers assist him in attaining sincerity, for those people’s prayers were only accepted due to their sincerity and truthfulness. Not only does he follow them but his aspirations are raised and he finds comfort in doing so.

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.

 

Finding Strength in our Weakness

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Advice from Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

To be raised by Allah, one needs to lower oneself and realize one’s weakness and one’s slavehood to Allah.

We should repeat this prayer which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ taught the Companion, Buraydah. He said to him: “Shall I not teach you words that Allah teaches to the one for whom He wants good, and then never allows him to forget them?

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ضَعِيفٌ فَقَوِّ في رِضَاكَ ضَعْفِي وَ خُذْ إِلى الخَيْرِ بِناصِيَتِي و اجْعَلْ الإسْلامَ مُنْتَهَى رِضَاي اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ضَعِيفٌ فَقَوِّنِي ، وَإِنِّي ذَلِيلٌ فَأَعِزَّنِي ، وَفَقِيرٌ فَارْزُقْنِي

Allahumma inni da`ifun faqawwi fi ridak da`fi wa khudh il’al-khayri bi nasiyatī wa’ja`l al-islama muntaha ridayi. Allahumma inni da`ifun faqawwini  wa inni dhalilun fa a`izanni wa inni faqirun farzuqni

“O Allah, truly I am weak so give me the strength to do that which pleases You, take me in my entirety to all goodness and make complete submission to You the summit of my aspirations. O Allah, truly I am weak so give me strength, truly I am abased so ennoble me, truly I am in need so provide for me.”[1]

May Allah give us the ability to read these words, for if He does it is a sign that He wants good for us and He will then surely give us what we are asking for. May Allah shower peace and blessings upon the one who taught us them and may He be pleased and have mercy upon all those who conveyed them to us.

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[1]Narrated by al-Hakim and Ibn Abi Shaybah

Habib `Abdullah bin Husayn’s Prayer for the Removal of Hardships

This is Habib `Abdullah bin Husayn bin Tahir’s prayer which has been tried and tested for the removal of hardships:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ و عَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ صَلاةَ عَبْدٍ قَلَّتْ حِيلَتُهُ و رَسُولُ اللهِ وَسِيلتُهُ  وأَنْتَ لها يا إِلهي و لِكُلِّ كَرْبٍ عَظِيمٍ فَفَرِّجْ ما أَنا فيِهِ بِسِرِّ :بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

O Allah, bestow prayers upon our Master Muhammad and upon the Family of our Master Muhammad, the prayers of a slave who has no way out and the Messenger of Allah is his only intermediary. My Lord, You are here for this and for every great calamity so remove the hardship that I am in through the secret of: ‘In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.’

Prayers for our Hearts and our Homes

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Habib `Ali al-Habashi (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him) teaches us to ask for the attributes which should reside in our hearts and in our homes.

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz recommends reading these prayers:

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ مُسْتَقَرَّ العِلْمِ النَّافِعِ قُلُوبَنا، ومُسْتَقَرَّ أَرْبَابِهِ دِيارَنا

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ مُسْتَقَرَّ المَعْرِفَةِ بِاللهِ قُلُوبَنا، ومُسْتَقَرَّ أَرْبَابِها دِيارَنا

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ مُسْتَقَرَّ اليَقِينِ التَّامِّ قُلُوبَنا ، و مُسْتَقَرَّ أَرْبَابِهِ دِيارَنا

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ مُسْتَقَرَّ الوَرَعِ الحَاجِزِ قُلُوبَنا ، و مُسْتَقَرَّ أَرْبَابِهِ دِيارَنا

O Allah, make our hearts places where beneficial knowledge resides and make our homes places where those who possess it reside.

O Allah, make our hearts places where knowledge of Allah resides and make our homes places where those who possess it reside.

O Allah, make our hearts places where absolute certainty resides and make our homes places where those who possess it reside.

O Allah, make our hearts places where complete scrupulousness resides and make our homes places where those who possess it reside.