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Method of Seeing the Prophet ﷺ – Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad

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Sayyid Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad narrates that his grandfather, Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad (may Allah have mercy upon him and benefit us by him), gave permission for the following to be recited in order to see the Prophet ﷺ.

Recite this verse of the Burdah of Imam al-Busiri followed by any prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ. Repeat this ten times:

 

نَعَمْ سَرَى طَيْفُ مَنْ أَهْوَى فَأَرَّقَني

وَ الْحُبُّ يَعْتَرِضُ اللَّذَّاتِ باِلأَلَمِ

Na`am sara tayfu man ahwa fa arraqani

Wa’l-hubbu ya`taridu’l-ladhdhati bi’l-alami

Yes, a vision of the one I love came to me by night, and I could not sleep,

Oh, how love hinders the tasting of delight with its suffering

A second method Habib Ahmad mentioned was to go bed on Thursday night in a state of complete purity and to recite the same verse of the Burdah once followed by this prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ seven times:

 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ حَبِيبِ الرَّحْمَن وسَيِّدِ الأكْوَان الحاضِر مَعَ مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيْهِ في كُلِّ زَمَان ومَكان

Allahumma salli `ala sayyidina Muhammadin habibirrahman wa sayyidi’l-akwan al-hadir ma` man salla `alayhi fī kulli zaman wa makan

 O Allah, bestow Your blessings upon our Master Muhammad, the Beloved of the All Merciful, the master of all creation, the one who is present with whoever bestows prayers upon him in every time and place.

Understanding the Opening Verses of Surat `Abasa

He frowned and turned away when the blind man came to him – perhaps that he might be purified or take note of something useful to him. For the self-satisfied one you go out of your way – though you are not to be blamed for his lack of spiritual growth – but from the one who has come to you full of eagerness and awe you turn away. Surely this is a great lesson for those who wish to learn, [written] on honoured, exalted, pure pages, by the hands of noble and virtuous scribes. [`Abasa, 80:1-16]

The opening verses of Surat `Abasa are understood by most Qur’anic commentators to be a type of reproach (albeit gentle) from Allah to His Prophet  ﷺ for not giving priority to ‘the Blind Man’, when he approached the Prophet seeking knowledge. Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah benefit us by him), however, gives a different perspective on the verses and shows us that the Prophet ﷺ made the correct choice and behaved in an exemplary fashion.

These verses reflect the strong desire of the Prophet ﷺ to convey the message. This led him to focus all his energy and attention on someone who opposed him and did not believe in him despite the fact that had he not done so, it would not have harmed him. In doing so he went against both what he and people in general are accustomed to do doing, namely welcoming and giving attention to those that love and support them. At the same time, he was mildly displeased with a believer (the blind man) due to the inappropriate manner of his questioning even though he was seeking to benefit. Normally the Prophet ﷺ would not find such a question burdensome especially when it was coming from someone who believed in him and loved him. He thus frowned and turned away from the believer (which was something he would not do naturally) in order to teach him the correct etiquette and to instil in him concern for saving disbelievers from the Fire.  Allah then informed the Prophet that He was pleased with his actions: he might be purified or take note of something useful to him and that he and others will learn the etiquettes of asking questions.

Allah says to His Beloved ﷺ: you go against your own nature to focus on someone who is opposed to you even though had you not done so and had they not accepted Islam, it would not have been to your detriment. As for the one who came to you seeking you, you turned away from him even though it is human nature to welcome such a person. You went against human nature out of mercy for Allah’s slaves in the hope that they be guided. So what you did is a reminder for those who attempt to emulate you: This is a lesson from which those who wish to be taught should learn, [written] on honoured, exalted, pure pages, by the hands of noble and virtuous scribes.

May Allah enable us to follow his example.

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.

Intentions for Visiting Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub al-Ansari

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

What intentions should we make when visiting Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub al-Ansari in Istanbul?

Firstly we should intend making the Prophet ﷺ happy. We should ask that just as the Prophet physically resided in the house of Abu Ayyub that the light and guidance of the Prophet reside in our hearts and then our hearts resemble that house. We should congratulate Abu Ayyub on the gifts bestowed upon him by Allah: that the Prophet stayed in his house, that he was given the ability to follow the Prophet and sacrifice everything in the path of Allah. We should thank Allah along with him for this.

 

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Spending to Please the Prophet ﷺ

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

I have a small amount of money which I wish to spend in charity. How can I spend it in a way which is most pleasing to the Prophet ﷺ ?

Firstly, if there is someone locally who is in dire need then giving the money to him or her will please the Prophet the most. Then if there is a general need which is extremely pressing, such as building a mosque or digging a well, then priority should be given to this.

If there are a number of different causes and the need is equal, then priority should be given to supporting the spreading of knowledge and calling people to Allah.

If there are a number of different people whose need is equal then priority should be given to those who are more pious and closer to the Prophet .

 

 

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

When Rabi al-Awwal Comes..

 

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) tells us how to receive the month of Rabi al-Awwal.

When Rabi al-Awwal comes open your heart to receive the divine outpouring and to attain closeness to Allah and His Beloved. Do not place anything above him. We have not been permitted to love anyone or anything, however great, as much as him. May Allah not deprive any of us of the goodness that You have because of the evil which we have.

This is the month of ennoblement – the month in which the Beloved ﷺ emerged into the world – the blessing was completed, the earth was illuminated. Make us amongst those who receive this month in the best way. Continue reading

Welcoming Rabi al-Awwal by Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and His Messenger

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafīz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) teaches us how to welcome the month Rabi al-Awwal by. 

The new moon of Rabi al-Awwal has appeared, the month in which Allah brought forth His best and most perfect slave, His Chosen One, His Beloved, the Most Noble of the First and the Last in the sight of the Lord of the Worlds. His uncle al-`Abbas addressed him at the end of his life, on their return from Tabuk, his last expedition, with the following verse:

ُوأَنْتَ لَمَّا وُلِدْتَ أشْرَقَتْ الأَرْضُ وضَاءَتْ بِنُورِكَ الأُفُق
ُفَنَحْنُ في ذلك الضِّياءِ وفي النُّورِ وسُبْلِ الرَّشَادِ نَخْتَرِق

When you were born the earth and the horizons were illuminated by your light

We remain bathed in that glow and it continues to light the path as we travel it Continue reading