Seek Forgiveness for the Believing Men and Women

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) marvels at Allah’s command to His Beloved ﷺ to seek forgiveness for the believing men and women and the Beloved’s request for us to do the same.

Be certain that there is no deity except Allah and seek forgiveness for your sins and for the sins of believing men and women (Muhammad, 47:19). In this we observe Your mercy and compassion for the believing men and women as You address Your servant, the one You made absolutely compassionate and merciful to the believers.  You say to him, “seek forgiveness for them, ask Me to forgive them, for I wish to forgive them. Turn to them, intercede for them and act as their intermediary, for you are the most beloved of all My creation to Me.”

Allah says to the one He loves the most: “Seek forgiveness for the believing men and women.” This is an amazing manifestation of Allah’s compassion and mercy for the believing men and women! Before we even gathered together and sought His forgiveness, Allah said to the greatest of all leaders: “Seek forgiveness for them – those who live in your time and those who will come after you. The subtle manifestations of My will have preceded such that I show mercy to them with the most noble of My creation in My sight acting as an intermediary: and seek forgiveness for your sins and for the sins of believing men and women. And he duly sought forgiveness for us.

Every day and night he would seek forgiveness for the believing men and women and he commanded all those who love him and follow him to do the same along with him: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and women every day twenty-seven times will be among those whose prayers are answered and those by whom the people of the earth receive provision and rain.” (Tabarani)

If the person who responds to the Prophet’s invitation to do this becomes someone whose prayers are answered and someone by whom the people of the earth receive provision and rain, then what about the Prophet himself? Just by following the Prophet, obeying his command and seeking forgiveness for believing men and women, this person receives something directly from the Prophet. He attains such a state in Allah’s sight that through him provision, rain and goodness is apportioned. But what about the source of all this – the Prophet himself? The individual follower reaches this state as a result of the Prophet. What does this tell us about the station of Muhammad in the sight of the King of Kings?

Extracts from a talk delivered in Dar al-Mustafa, 18th Shawwal 1440

In order to act upon the hadith we should say 27 times every day:

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ والمؤمِنَات

Astaghfirullaha lil-mu’minina wa’l-mu’minat

I seek forgiveness for the believing men and women

How Should Kohl be Used?

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

How should kohl be used?

Kohl is a sunnah of the Prophet  . It is recommended to apply it before going to sleep. The best type of kohl is called ithmid. It should be applied three times in the right eye and three times in the left eye, similar to the way the hands and feet are washed during wudu. There is a weaker opinion that it should be applied three times to the right eye and twice to the left eye so that the total number of times that it is applied is an odd number.

Qurbani / Udhiyah in Yemen

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The Messenger of Allah informed us that there is no action more beloved to Allah on the Day of Eid than making a sacrifice. He told his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatimah al-Zahra’ that she would be forgiven for her previous wrongdoings with the first drop of blood to be shed from the sacrificed animal. She asked if this reward was specifically for the Household of the Prophet and he replied: “For us and for all Muslims.”

Rafah Foundation is performing qurbani/udhiyah in Tarim. The meat will be distributed to poor people in Tarim and the surrounding area and refugees who have fled their homes in other parts of Yemen due to conflict.

Rafah Foundation supports teachers, students and educational institutions and those in need and is currently providing aid to those suffering the effects of war in Yemen.

 

Cost of a sheep: $108 US = £83 GB

Cost of a goat:  $118 US = £91 GB

 

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May Allah accept all our good deeds at this blessed time.

 

On Wearing a Turban (`Imamah)

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

What are the conditions and etiquettes of wearing a turban (`imamah)?

There are two conditions.

Firstly the material which the turban is made from must be permissible to wear and not silk for example. Secondly it must be worn with a good intention such as following the Prophet and the person wearing it must not be doing so to show off.

There are a number of etiquettes.

It should only be worn after the age of puberty out of veneration for this sunnah. Some people put a turban on their children with a good intention but this should not be done. Some scholars even regard the turban as a garment of adornment which should only be worn after getting married.

It should be worn while attending the Friday Prayer and at other important gatherings.

It should not be excessively large or small. The longest turban which the Prophet is recorded to have worn is 7 or 10 or 13 cubits but it is only fitting for scholars and pious elders to wear a turban this length. An appropriate length for students of sacred knowledge and those who wish to follow the sunnah is 5 cubits.[1]

When tying the turban, a tail or two tails (`adhbah) should be left at the back in accordance with the Sunnah.

[1] A cubit (dhira`) is the length of the forearm from the middle finger tip to the bottom of the elbow

On Following the Sunnah and Avoiding Ostentation

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

I want to follow the Sunnah but I feel pride and ostentation in my heart when I do so. What should I do?

You should try to remove those blameworthy qualities while continuing to follow the Sunnah. The Devil may try to make you leave the Sunnah by making you fear falling into pride and ostentation. If he succeeds in doing that, he may then succeed in making you leave the prayer.

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See these classes delivered by Habib Ali al-Jifri on ostentation and how to deal with it

 

The Prophetic Balance: Showing Compassion While Being Firm

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

“We need the Prophetic balance. We need to show our children mercy, compassion and affection. Many people are deficient in this regard. At the same time we need to be firm and follow our guide, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. No-one can be compared to him in the mercy and affection he showed to children generally and to al-Hasan and al-Husayn specifically. He was very gentle to al-Hasan but when he began eating a date which had been given in zakat, the Prophet forcibly removed it from his mouth. He did not say: “He is only a young child and it is only one date.” Rather he showed compassion while at the same time being firm.”

 

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Intentions for Travelling

Advice on travelling from Habib `Ali al-Habashi (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him)

Habib `Ali says that travelling is in reality leaving behind one’s base nature to attain lofty stations in the proximity of Allah.

He then calls us to act upon the hadith of the Prophet ﷺ:

سَافِروا تَصِحُّوا سَافِروا تُرْزَقُوا

“Travel in the land, and you will be blessed with good health; travel in the land and you will be provided for.”[1]

Firstly, he says, we should intend by travelling obeying the command of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ to travel. We should then intend seeking provision – not merely material provision, but also spiritual provision – knowledge, guidance and light – which distinguishes man from animals. We should seek good health for our bodies, but more importantly we should seek to be healed from attachment to this world and other diseases of the heart.

We should also intend visiting the pious in the place to which we are travelling and seeking their blessings (barakah), for in every town there is a group of the people of truth, who protect that town; we should intend calling people to Allah (da`wah) and benefiting people with what knowledge we possess and teaching the ignorant and seeking in all of this the pleasure of Allah.

Beware of being cut off from Allah by being distracted by the adornment of the lands to which you are travelling and by seeking base pleasures as the peoples of those lands do. Be like someone who is merely passing by.

If you are deciding whether or not to do something, such as travelling, then bring the Chosen One ﷺ to your heart, consult him and then go with whatever your heart settles upon. If you find any of the pious then consult them too.

 

 Prayer for Travelling

Habib `Ali recommended repeating this prayer often, especially when one is travelling:

 

اللهُمَّ إنِّي في قَبْضَتِكَ حَيْثُما كُنْتُ فَلاحِظْني بِعَيْنِ عِنَايَتِكَ حَيْثُما كُنْتُ

“O Allah, I am in Your complete control wherever I am, so bless me with Your complete care wherever I am.”

 

 

[1] Narrated by al-Suyuti

How to Make Tasbih on Your Fingers

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

How do you make the tasbih of Sayyidah Fatimah on your fingers?

It can be done in any way but the way that Imam al-Haddad describes is to begin by placing one’s right thumb at the top of on one’s right index finger. One then counts three tasbihs on one’s index finger – one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom. You then do the same on the remaining three fingers of the right hand. You then place your left thumb on at the top of your left index finger and count three tasbihs on that finger and three on each of the other three fingers of the left hand. You have now counted twenty four. You now return to the right hand and count a further nine in the same way – three on the index finger, three on the middle finger and three on the third finger.

You repeat this for tahmid and takbir, except when you go to sleep when you repeat the takbir 34 times.

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 Spreading Peace

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

What is the best way of obeying the Prophetic command to spread peace, feed people, honour the ties of kinship and pray at night?

We do this by not harming any human or animal and by having a good transaction with inanimate objects such that we walk upon the earth in humility. We should look after our relatives and neighbours and speak well whenever we meet anyone. We should pray in the night even if it is only two units of prayer. We should give charity, give people gifts and invite them to our houses.