Maintaining Our Connection to the Quran on Eid

Try to recite a portion of the Quran on Eid.

If you do this on the day of Eid and the next day and the day after you will maintain the connection you made with the speech of Allah during Ramadan. The comfort you felt and the ease with which you recited it will continue throughout the year. You will not fall into the darkness of abandoning the Quran. Continue reading Maintaining Our Connection to the Quran on Eid

Intentions for Establishing an Institute

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

We are establishing an institute for Qur’an memorisation and teaching Arabic. What intentions should we make in doing so?

You should intend: to elevate the word of Allah; to support the cause of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ according to the methodology of his pure inheritors; to be a means for the downpour of Allah’s mercy, warding off evil and allowing the light of guidance reach people’s hearts; to serve the Three Objectives (knowledge (`ilm), spiritual wayfaring (suluk) and calling to Allah (da`wah); to connect to the Qur’an and its secrets and to the one to whom the Qur’an was revealed ﷺ and to open up the meanings and understanding of the Qur’an and the speech of the Prophet ﷺ through the Arabic language. You should also intend what the pious intended, what Qutb al-Zaman intended and all good intentions which are in Allah’s knowledge.

If Allah blesses a single seed it becomes many seeds: The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases; and Allah is Ample-Giving, All-Knowing (al-Baqarah, 2:261).

Habib Muhammad al-Haddar made many great intentions when he founded his Ribat (learning institute) in al-Bayda. As a result, someone saw his father in a dream who told him to tell Habib Muhammad that as soon as he built the Ribat those who were being punished in their graves in the local graveyard were no longer punished.

Is it Permissible for a Male Teacher to Teach a Woman the Qur’an?


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

Is it permissible for a male teacher to teach a woman the Qur’an?

This is permissible if the male teacher teaches from behind a veil and as long as the two are not alone together. It has been narrated that: “A man must never be alone with a woman even if he is teaching her the Qur’an and even if she is Maryam bint `Imran.” The Companions would take knowledge from the wives of the Prophet, the Mothers of the Believers from behind a veil.

The Best Method of Memorising the Qur’an

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

What is the best method of memorising the Qur’an?

You should take between five and ten verses (depending on their length) at a time and repeat them until you have memorised them.

Finding Qur’an Recitation Difficult

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

I find it difficult to recite the Qur’an, so during Ramadan I read a translation of the Qur’an. Will I be rewarded for this?

You will receive the reward of seeking knowledge and the reward for this is great. You should continue this but also recite even a small portion of the Qur’an, even if it is repeating Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Falaq and Surat al-Nas. You should also say ‘la ilaha ill’Allah’ in abundance and intend by doing so reciting the Qur’an.

(Note: words of remembrance such as alhamdulillah and la ilaha ill’Allah are contained in the Qur’an so when saying them one can intend reciting the Qur’an and gain extra reward)


Fatihah of Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad

This is a recording of Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad reciting Surat al-Fatihah and the tashahhud. It was recorded in the Comoros Islands in 1974.

It can also be found on Youtube

Habib Ahmad received Surat al-Fatihah from the great Imam, Habib Ahmad bin Hasan al-`Attas, who himself received it directly from the Prophetﷺ.
 May Allah benefit us by this recital.

On the Wisdom of Reciting al-Fatihah and Donating Its Reward to the Dead

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

What is the wisdom behind reciting Surat al-Fatihah and donating the reward for its recitation to the dead?

It is recited because it is the greatest chapter of the Qur’an and there is a great reward for reciting it. It should thus be given precedence over other verses or chapters of the Qur’an. However, donating the reward of any recitation of the Qur’an is one of the best actions that someone can perform on behalf of a dead person. The dead are those most in need of these gifts, since they no longer have the ability to act. They may, however, still receive them from people whom Allah has given the opportunity to act while they are still alive. May Allah make us among the people of the Qur’an and among those who act according to it. May He have mercy on those among us who are dead and those who are alive, O Most Merciful, through Your immense mercy.

On Intentions for Reciting the Qur’an

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

What intentions should we make before reciting the Qur’an?

We should intend:

Listening to the speech of Allah as if we are hearing it conveyed to us by Allah on the tongue of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ

Having an intimate conversation with Allah through His speech, the best thing through with which we commune with Him

Drawing near to Him through His speech

Opening the door to knowledge through its sublime source, which is Allah’s speech

Seeking the downpour of Allah’s mercy, as Allah says: When the Qur’an is recited, listen to it with attention and be silent so that you receive mercy.1

Using our time in the best way

Seeking to please the Prophet ﷺ

Beautifying our hearts, minds and tongues with Allah’s speech

Joining with those in the heavens and the earth who are reciting the Qur’an at that time.



1 Al-A`raf, 7:204