On Keenness to Perform Recommended Acts and Reluctance to Perform Obligatory Acts

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

What is the state of someone who is keen to perform sunnah acts, and to attend gatherings of remembrance and learning, and yet is reluctant to perform his obligatory prayers, and misses most of them? Continue reading On Keenness to Perform Recommended Acts and Reluctance to Perform Obligatory Acts

On Attaining Humility and Tasting Sweetness in Worship

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

How do we attain humility (khushu’) in our worship and taste the sweetness of it?

You do this by standing at Allah’s door in the best of ways, remembering Him constantly, reflecting upon your beginning and your return to Him, and reflecting upon the life and states of the Beloved ﷺ

On Recommended Acts during an Eclipse

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

What is it recommended to do when an eclipse occurs?

It is recommended to take a bath (ghusl), to give charity, seek forgiveness and bestow prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ in abundance. It is also recommended to pray two rakats (in congregation). The best way of performing it is that be in each rakats two standings in which one recites the Qur’an and two bows (ruku`). It is recommended that there be two khutbahs after the rakats (similar to Jumah).

On the Intention for Reciting Surat al-Waq’iah

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

With what intention should we recite Surat al-Waq’iah?

We should recite Surat al-Waq’iah with the intention of increasing in certainty and increasing in inward and outward provision. The Surah mentions the states of the hereafter, reflecting upon which is one of the foundations in strengthening one’s certainty. Allah also calls us to strengthen our certainty by looking at the created things around us: Do you see the seed that you sow in the ground? Is it you that cause it to grow or are We the cause? Do you see the water which you drink? Do you bring it down from the clouds or do We?