On Serving the Ahl al-Bayt

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

How can we serve the Ahl al-Bayt in these times?

We must love them for the sake of Allah, which is something Allah has made incumbent on us in the Qur’an. We should support and honour them and those connected to them. We should follow their way and emulate them.

Post Tarawih Qasaid

The tradition after the Tarawih prayer in Tarim is to recite poetry in praise of the Prophet ﷺ . Through praising him and bestowing prayers upon him it is hoped that people’s worship is accepted, and he is at his most generous in Ramadan, as the hadith tells us. Other poems that welcome Ramadan, talk about its merits and bid farewell to it are also read throughout the month along with a selection of duas. Many of these can be found in Habib Muhammad al-Haddar’s book al-Nafahat al-Ramadaniyyah. Coffee is served to rejuvenate those present.

Every night, a section is read from three collections of poetry. Each section corresponds to a letter of the Arabic Alphabet and the verses from that section end in that letter. The collections can be downloaded here:

Al-Fazaziyyah

Al-Qawafi

Al-Witriyyah

DOWNLOAD: Mentioning the Best of Creation

Commentary by Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf on a poem by Habib Umar bin Hafiz entitled: “Mentioning the Best of Creation”

The commentary is taken from lessons delivered by Habib Kazim and translated by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi Efa at The Spring Lodge Retreat, UK April 2015.

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May Allah benefit us by the words of our teachers and may we be among those who constantly mention the Best of Creation ﷺ and are mentioned by him.

 

Believe in Him, Venerate Him and Support Him ﷺ

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) looks at the attributes of those who succeed. 

Look at how Allah describes those who succeed and their relationship with His Messenger ﷺ:

Those that believe in him, venerate him, support him and follow the light that was sent down with him – they are those who succeed (7:157) Continue reading Believe in Him, Venerate Him and Support Him ﷺ

Reflecting Upon the Hijrah

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) derives lessons to be learned from the Hijrah of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ . Extracts from a Friday khutbah.

Should you not reflect on why the Prophet ﷺ made the Hijrah? Why he bore those hardships? Why he was forced to migrate? He looked at the city of Makkah upon leaving it and said: “Allah knows that you are the most beloved of cities to me. Had not your people driven me out, I would not have left.” How can you live as a believer in him without realising what drove him to bear these hardships? Continue reading Reflecting Upon the Hijrah

VIDEO: Free Your Mind and Follow the Messenger ﷺ

“Only those who follow the Messenger of Allah ﷺ are truly alive and truly free. Everyone else is dead, even if they compete with each other over lethal weapons. They claim to be concerned for human rights, yet they compete over things that kill and destroy humans. Muhammad is the manifestation of human freedom.”

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz talking in Dar al-Mustafa at the closing ceremony of the Dowra, August 2015.

 

On Kissing the Thumbnails When the Prophet ﷺ is Mentioned During the Adhan

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

What is our position on kissing our thumbnails and rubbing them on our eyes when the Prophet is mentioned during the adhan?

This practice should be given its place, which is that it is the practice of many of the pious people of the Ummah. It cannot be considered an innovation or something prohibited. Likewise, it cannot be considered an obligation. We should not make an issue of these things, but rather we should focus on that which is more important and beneficial.