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.

The more you are distracted with Eid, however, the harder it will be to return to the Qur’an. The soul is slow to become accustomed to doing good but fast to become accustomed to leaving it.

O Allah, make us among the people of the Quran. Do not make us among those who the Prophet ﷺ complained about to his Lord. Allah then revealed: The Messenger cried out: “Lord, my people had abandoned this Quran.” (25:30)

Habib Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Intentions for Establishing an Institute

 

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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?

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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.

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. In addition to this you can repeat 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.

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.

 

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1 Al-A`raf, 7:204

Acting upon Surat al-Fatihah

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Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) asks us if we are truly acting upon what is contained in Surat al-Fatihah. Extracts from a lesson in Imam al-Muhasibi’s book, Adab al-Nufus in Dar al-Mustafa on 12th Jumad al-Akhirah 1434 /22nd April 2013.

What is your state in relation to In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful? Do you do anything in other than His name? Do you forget His divinity and His mercy?

What is your state in relation to All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds? Do you perceive blessings as coming from other than Him? Do you forget His bounty upon you? Do you praise Him as He is worthy of being praised? Do you witness that He has Lordship over all of the Worlds? Or are you deceived by some created thing? In this you are being tested.

You are being tested by the verse: The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Are you conscious of His mercy which encompasses you? Have you shown mercy to His slaves for His sake? Have you shown them mercy or animosity? Do you want good for them or evil?

You are being tested by the verse: Master of the Day of Recompense. Do you have complete certainty in the Day of Recompense? Have you prepared for it or not? Are you thinking about it or have you forgotten about it?

You are being tested by: You alone we worship. Do you find tranquility in worshipping Him? Do you know that worship is the purpose of your existence and creation? Have you given worship its due? Do you love it? Have you perfected it? Have you studied the rulings pertaining to it?

From You alone do we seek aid. Do you truly rely upon Him or have you been deceived by the means? Do you seek aid from your intellect, your ideas and from people while forgetting the One Whose aid you truly seek? If He causes someone to receive assistance from you, do you see it as coming from you or coming from Him?

You are being tested by the verse: Show us the Straight Path: have you been truthful in seeking this guidance? Have you expended your efforts in attaining it? Do you know the features of the Straight Path? Have you done your utmost to remain firm upon it or not?

The Path of those whom You have blessed: do you know their station? Do you love them? Have you taken them as allies? Have you tried to emulate them? Or does your state or the state of your family or children resemble the state of their enemies?

Not those upon whom is the wrath [of Allah], nor those who are astray. Do you resemble any of them? Do you believe any of the things they say which go against the way of your Lord? Are you fearful of being resurrected with them? If you are fearful, have you acted accordingly? You are being tested in this.