Should I Recite Awrad if I Have Prayers to Make Up?

Hb Umar dars

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

Should I recite awrad if I have prayers to make up?

There is a difference of opinion regarding this but the best course of action is to gradually make up your prayers and to take the position that it is permissible to recite the awrad and pray supererogatory prayers at the same time.

On Getting Rid of Waswasah Upon Entering the Prayer

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

What can I do to get rid of satanic whisperings (waswasah) at the time of entering the prayer?

You can do this by being aware of the greatness of Allah. Imam Ahmad bin Hasan al-`Attas was of the opinion that it is sufficient for someone entering the prayer to bring to mind Allah’s greatness. You should recite also Surat al-Nas at this time for protection.

 

Translator’s Note

According to the Shafi School the intention must be combined with the opening takbir. People sometimes find this difficult to act upon and as a result they can be affected by whisperings and doubts. Imam Ahmad bin Hasan al-`Attas thus directed people not to worry about whether the intention was made at the correct time, but rather to focus on the meaning of the opening takbir which is to realise and express Allah’s greatness.

 

All Good is Contained in Two Rakats

Al Habib Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al Haddar

Habib Muhammad al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him) alerts us to the significance of every prayer we pray.

All you have to do is to pray two rakats, for in them Allah has combined all good things. Firstly in doing so you visit Allah, for when the Prophet ﷺ visited his Lord on the Night of the Mi`raj he addressed Him by saying:

التَّحيِّاتُ المبُارَكاتُ الصَّلواتُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ لِلَّه

 

‘Greetings, blessings and the best of prayers to Allah.’ If you say this you will be given the reward of making Hajj.

Secondly you visit your Prophet for you say:

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّها النَّبِيُّ و رَحْمَةُ اللهِ و بَركاتُه

 

‘Peace be upon you, O Prophet and the mercy and blessings of Allah.’ Think of how much good you gain when you visit the Prophet.

Then you say:

السَّلامُ عَلَيْنا و على عِبادِ اللهِ الصَّالِحين

 

‘Peace be upon us and upon all of Allah’s pious slaves.’ This is what the Prophet said when Allah greeted him. He wished to include all pious people. These words reach every single pious person in the heavens and earth, those who are alive and those who are dead, and every single one of them will respond to your greeting. There is, however, a group of them who do not return your greeting because they are completely absorbed with the worship of their Lord and witnessing Him, so Allah responds on their behalf. One of the scholars said: “If only none of them responded so that Allah Himself would respond on behalf of all them, for nothing is greater than that.”

Then you finish by giving greetings of salam to those on your right, firstly the recording angel and then all the pious people in the heavens and the earth. Then you give greetings to those on your left, firstly the recording angel and then all the pious people in the heavens and the earth. Allah then records for you good deeds according to the number of pious people. All of this is in two rakats! If your heart and mind are present you will gain so much!

So all praise is due to Allah for the blessing of Islam, the blessing of following the Messenger, and the blessing of being members of his Ummah. We should rejoice for the good which Allah has prepared for us and this rejoicing is only complete when we die upon la ilaha ill’Allah.

 

On the Most Important Sunnah Prayers

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

Once someone is consistent in praying the compulsory prayers what Sunnah prayers should they pray?

The most important Sunnah prayers are Witr and the Sunnah before Fajr. Witr is compulsory according to the Hanafi School and some of the Companions and Hanafi scholars were of the opinion that the Sunnah of Fajr is also compulsory. After that, the other Sunnah prayers before and after the compulsory prayers should be performed as well as the Duha (midmorning) prayer.

On Staying Awake After Fajr

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

How can I stay awake after fajr until sunrise?

You can do this by reflecting upon the reward and benefits of doing so and by keeping this time alive with Allah’s remembrance with a group of people. If this is not possible you can drive sleep away by walking around in the place where you prayed. If you pray fajr with a small group of people you can delay the prayer so that there is not too long to wait until sunrise.

Adhkar and Advice for a New Mosque

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

A mosque has just been established. What adhkar should be recited in it and what other advice do you have for us?

The Qur’an should be recited in abundance, especially Surat al-Fath, and also al-baqiyat al-salihat (subhanallah wa’l-hamdulillah wa la ilaha ill’Allah w’allahu akbar). You should bestow abundant prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ.

Regular reminders should be delivered to the congregation. Topics should include the merit of praying in congregation, the etiquettes of wudu’ and prayer and the reward for showing good character. There should also be a circle of knowledge every day or every few days or every week. The toilets and wudu’ areas should be well built and well maintained. Someone should be appointed to warmly receive visitors.

On Helping New Muslims at the Mosque

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

What can we do to help new Muslims at our mosque?

You should be cheerful in your dealings with them, you should invite them to your homes and help and serve them. You should discuss with them the attributes of Allah, the Prophets and the pious and talk to them about the next life.

Reflections upon the Function of Mosques

Habib Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) reflects upon the function of mosques. Extracts from a lesson in Ihya Ulum al-Din delivered in Abu Dhabi, on 10th September 2014/ 15th Dhu’l-Qa`dah 1435.

Mosques are essentially established for the worship and remembrance of Allah. Some people say: “Is that all they are for?” We should beware of saying this because one of the root causes of our problems is the absence of Allah’s remembrance in our lives.

It is true to say that the mosque has many other functions. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ would receive delegations in his mosque and he would send out armies from it. However, some mosques are so full of politics they are like parliaments. You never hear anything in the mosque which softens your heart.

We should be aware of the greatness of the mosque. Allah says in the hadith qudsi:

“Mosques are My houses on the earth. Those who frequent them are My visitors. Good tidings to a slave who purifies himself in his house and then visits Me in My house for it is the duty of the Host to honor His guest.”

The mosque is like a piece of Paradise. Entering it allows you to return to Allah. It should be a place which unites people’s hearts. This is one of the benefits of praying together in congregation. When people line up to pray together it gets rid of the distance between them.

Unfortunately this is not always the case. At one mosque in a city in the West a dispute broke out over the permissibility of remembering Allah aloud after the prayer. The dispute led to a fight and someone called the police. When police officers entered the mosque, an old man asked them to remove their boots out of respect for the place. One of the officers responded by saying: “If you people had any respect for this place we wouldn’t be here!”

 

Making Our Houses Places of Worship

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

Just as we pray the two units of prayer when we enter the mosque, we should likewise perform the two cycles of prayer when we enter our house following the action of our Beloved Prophet ﷺ. Make sure that the worship you perform in the mosque is replicated in your house so that your house is filled with the light of Allah.

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On Women Attaining the Reward for Praying for Forty Days in Congregation

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

The hadith states that if someone prays the five prayers in congregation for forty days consistently catching the opening takbir with the imam they will be safe from the Fire and safe from hypocrisy.[1] How can a woman attain this reward if her monthly cycle prevents her from praying forty days consistently?

She can attain the reward by praying in congregation consistently up until her cycle starts. Then as soon as it finishes she continues where she left off.

[1] Narrated by al-Tirmidhi