Ya Sabur (the Most Patient)

 

Allah says: “Those who patiently persevere will receive a reward without measure.” (39:10) In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), teaches us to ask Allah through the Prophet, the most patient of people, to make us among those who patiently persevere and thus receive a reward without measure.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا صَبورُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الصَّبور و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و اجْعَلْني بِهِ مِنْ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِين يُؤْتَوْنَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَاب في خَيْرٍ و لُطْفٍ و عَافِيَةٍ إِحْسَاناً و كَرَماً

O Allah, the Most Patient, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the most patient Prophet, and upon his Family and Companions. By him make me among the patient who are given their reward without measure accompanied with goodness, kindness and wellbeing out of Your grace and generosity.

Ya Rashid (the Guide to what is right)

We continue our journey through Sayyidi Habib Umar’s collection of prayers using Allah’s beautiful names. In this collection, Habib Umar calls upon Allah by His beautiful names and then asks Him to bestow prayers upon His Beloved by those names. Finally, he asks Allah for a portion of those attributes which belong to Allah and which He has bestowed upon His Messenger ﷺ.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا رَشِيدُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الرَّشِيدِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و أَلْهِمْني بِهِ رُشْدِي وارْزُقْني نَشْرَ الرُّشْدِ في الخَلْقِ خُصوصاً و عُموماً و هَيِّئْ لي بِهِ مِنْ أَمْري رَشَداً

 

O Allah, the Guide to what is right, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet, the rightly guided one and upon his Family and Companions. By him inspire me to do what is right and allow me to spread guidance to all people – both the elite and ordinary people – and by him arrange my affairs in the right way.

 

Ya Warith (the Inheritor)

Allah says: “then We gave the Book as inheritance to those whom We chose of Our servants.” (35:32) In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), teaches us to seek our portion of that inheritance.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا وارِثُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ أَعْظَمِ وارِثٍ لِكِتابِكَ المُهَيْمِنِ الكَرِيمِ المَجِيدِ العَظِيمِ و مُوَرِّثٍ لِأَسْرَارِهِ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، واجْعَلْ سَهْمِي مِنْ إِرْثِهِ سَهْماً جَسِيماً فَخِيماً و حَظِّي مِنْهُ حَظَّاً وافِراً عَظِيماً

O Allah, the Inheritor, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet, the greatest inheritor of Your mighty and noble Book, the guardian of all other books, and the greatest transmitter of its secrets, and upon his Family and Companions. Bless me with a vast portion of his inheritance.

Ya Badi` (the Wondrous)

In this prayer, Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), calls upon Allah, the Wondrous to bestow prayers upon His Beloved, the most wondrous of His creation in every sense.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا بَدِيعُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ أَبْدَعِ خَلْقِكَ رُوحاً و جِسْماً حِسَّاً و مَعْنىً ظاهِراً و باطِناً أَوَّلاً و آخِراً و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً، و هَبْ لي بِهِ بَدائِعَ المعَارِفِ و العُلُومِ و الشُّهُودَ الأَسْنى و مَكِّني بِهِ تَمْكِيناً

Allahumma ya Allahu ya Badi`u salli `ala `abdika wa habibika sayyidina Muhammad an-Nabi abda`i khalqika ruhan wa jisman wa hissan wa ma`nan zahiran wa batinan awwalan wa akhiran wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim taslīman wa hab li bihi bada’i`a’l-ma`arifi wa’l-`ulumi wa’shuhuda’-asna ma makkinni bihi tamikina

 

O Allah, the Wondrous, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet, the most wondrous of all Your creatures from the first of them to the last – spiritually and physically, outwardly and inwardly – and upon his Family and Companions. By him bestow upon me wondrous knowledge of You and Your creation and the most splendid type of divine witnessing. By him make me completely firm in all of this.

Ya Ghani (the Independent One)

 Allah says to His Beloved in Surat al-Duha:

“Did He not find you in need and make you independent?”

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz says about this:

Allah is the One who makes independent all those who realise that they are in need of Him. Due to your inward neediness, Allah made you independent of everything other than Him, for true wealth is the wealth of the soul.”

Here he teaches us to seek to be independent of all other than Him and to be completely content with Him.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا غَنِيُّ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الغَنِيِّ بِكَ و أَعْظَمِ خَلْقِكَ افْتِقاراً إِلَيْكَ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً وأَغْنِني بِحَلالِكَ عَنْ حَرَامِكَ و بِطَاعَتِكَ عَنْ مَعْصِيَتِكَ و ارْزُقْني غِنَى القَلْب

O Allah, O Independent One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet who is independent through You and the one who is most in need of You, and upon his Family and Companions. Make me content with that which You have made lawful for me, so that I do not resort to that which You have made unlawful, make me content with obedience to You so that I do not disobey You and give me a heart that is contented.

 

Ya Jami` (the Uniter)

 

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz teaches us to ask Allah by His name the Uniter (al-Jami`) and by His Prophet ﷺ to combine for us all good and felicity in this life and the next.

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا جَامِع صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الجامِع لِأَسْرَارِكَ و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً واجْمَعْ لي بِهِ بَيْنَ خَيْراتِ و سَعَاداتِ الدَّارَيْنِ واجْمَعْ بِهِ شَمْلي اجْمَعْني بِهِ عَلَيْكَ جَمْعاً

O Allah, O Uniter, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet who gathered Your secrets, and upon his Family and Companions, and by him combine for me all the good and felicity of both abodes and unite my affairs and allow me to focus completely upon You.

Ya Muqsit (the Equitable)

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz teaches us to ask Allah by His name the Equitable to bestow prayers upon His equitable Prophet   and by him to make us among those who are just and equitable, for “Allah loves those who judge with equity.” (5.42)

اللَّهُمَّ يا اللهُ يا مُقْسِطُ صَلِّ على عَبْدِكَ و حَبِيبِكَ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ المُقْسِط و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ و سَلِّمْ تَسْلِيماً  واجْعَلْني بِهِ مُقْسِطاً و مُنْصِفاً حَكِيماً

O Allah, O Equitable One, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the equitable Prophet, and upon his Family and Companions, and by him make me equitable, just and wise.

Muhammad ﷺ: the First, the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden

Among Allah’s beautiful names are the First (al-Awwal), the Last (al-Akhir), the Manifest (al-Zahir) and the Hidden (al-Batin). Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) explains why the Prophet ﷺ  is also the First, the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden.

“Your Lord is the First, the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden. The Prophet  ﷺ is also First, the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden. On the night of the Isra’ and Mi`raj, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ  was greeted by one of the Prophets as follows: “Peace be upon you, the First One; peace be upon you, the Last One; peace be upon you the Manifest One; peace be upon you, the Hidden One.”

Allah is the First in the absolute sense, but Muhammad is the first in creation. Allah is the Last in the absolute sense, but Muhammad is the last in creation. Allah is the Manifest in the absolute sense, but Muhammad is the most manifest in creation. He is the one who said: “Adam and everyone who came after him will be under by banner on the Day of Resurrection.” Is there anyone who is more manifest than him? Allah is the Hidden in the absolute sense, which is why Abu Bakr al-Siddiq said: “No one knows Allah except Allah.” There is no one more hidden than Muhammad in creation. Only his Lord truly knows him, so he is the Hidden One ﷺ .

He attained all stations of perfection and he has no partner in them. So far is he beyond anyone resembling him.