Acts of obedience

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O disciple, know that only when you realize that your days in this world are few and your death near, will you be capable of acts of obedience, of avoiding lusts, and of turning away from this world. Keep your ultimate end before your eyes, make ready for death, and know that it may descend upon you at any moment.

– Imām ‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Alawī al-Ḥaddād rahimahu Llah –

I am with those whose hearts break for My sake

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A disciple should always be extremely aware of his shortcomings towards his Lord. When these shortcomings bring him sadness and his heart breaks, let him know that God is with him, for He says, Transcendent is He,

I am with those whose hearts break for My sake.

– Imām ‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Alawī al-Ḥaddād رحمه الله تعالى

Intention for Sending Blessings upon the Prophet ﷺ

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The intention of Imam al-Haddad for sending blessings upon the Prophet ﷺ:

O God, I intend by my sending blessings upon the Prophet ﷺ fulfilling Your command, and professing belief in Your book, and following the way of Your Prophet, our liege lord ﷺ Muhammad and (declaring) love for him, yearning for him and venerating his right and to ennoble

him, and due to the fact that he is deserving of that ﷺ, so accept this from me by virtue of Your grace and excellence.

Remove the veil of heedlessness from my heart, and make me from the righteous. O God, increase him in eminence beyond the eminence with which You have preferred him, and increase him in honour beyond the honour which You have given him ﷺ, and raise his station in the stations of the Emissaries, and raise too his level in the levels of the Prophets.

I ask of You Your Divine pleasure and for Paradise, O Lord of Creations, with well-being in religious and worldly life and in the Hereafter.

I ask of You death upon the Book, the Prophetic Way and Community and upon the testament of faith, without change or alteration.

By Your grace and excellence towards me, forgive me for what I have sinned. Indeed You are the Oft- Returning, the Most Merciful, and may God send blessings upon our liegelord Muhammad ﷺ and on his folk and his Companions.

The Madarriya

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Imam ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (rahimahu Llah), (may we recall the anniversary of his demise being on the 8th Dhul Qa’ada with prayers for him and his lineage) complemented the Imam Busayri’s famous poem the Mudariyya by adding additional verses. With every two couplets of the original Imam al-Haddad added an additional three, thus multiplying the blessings upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Hence it is known as the Quintet or Takhmis. It is assumed that this poem was penned in 1079 the year Imam al-Haddad performed Hajj.

May the fragrance be guided to his presence in a sequence,
By the numbers of people that fill the streets,
Whenever the eyes blink,
May it be multiplied by the number of leaves that the trees hold,
And by every letter ever to be uttered, read and scribed.

And by the number of everything that Allah has bestowed or taken,
And by the number of portions of sustenance that have always been distributed,
And by the number of souls in the creation that seek sustenance,
And by the weight of the mountains
Followed by the drops of water and rain.

And by all the hours that have passed by in the universe from eternity,
And by every creature that has walked on foot, on the face of the earth,
And by the number of all the nations that Allah has created,
And by the number of birds, beast, fish,
Followed by the jinn, angels and human.

May the blessing be coupled with endless peace,
May its fragrance rise among the people,
By the number of plants on the earth that have been consumed,
By the number of atoms, ants and all the grains,
And also by the number of hairs, wool, feathers and fur.

And by the number of all things in existence, of every kind,
And by the number of all the things that are in Allah’s knowledge,
And by the amount of all sustenance that Allah has distributed,
And by the amount of knowledge that Allah encompasses,
And by what the Pen of decree and destiny has written.

And by the number of all the wonders on the earth,
And by the number of people who travel its highlands,
And by the number of things that rise to the highest level,
And by the number of all the blessings that Allah has bestowed
Upon the creation from the time of their creation to the time of their resurrection.

From the book:  The Key to Arriving at the Door of the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

Madarriya

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Imam Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad, complemented the famous poem the Madarriya of Imam al-Busayri, by supplementing the poem with additional verses.

The benefits of reciting it are immense. The composition of the poem remained incomplete as it had been related that when the Imam reached the verses “wa ma qas sha’sha’ al-qamaru’“, while he was standing by the coast, he saw a man walking towards him on water. The man said,

Stop here, because you have overburdened the angels in recording the merits of this poem!

Nonetheless, it is sufficient honour to knoe that the great Qutb Imam al-Haddad has composed these verses.

From the book:  The Key to Arriving at the Door of the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

Stranger or wayfarer

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Be in the world as though a stranger or a wayfarer, and consider yourself one of the inhabitants of the graves

— Īmām al-Haddād rahimahu Llah –

I ask for aid that…

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Oh One, who is swift in sending aid.
I ask for aid that will arrive to me swiftly.
It will defeat all difficulty and it will bring all that I hope for.

– Qad Kafani, Imam al- Haddad rahimahu Llah –

Structuring Time

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The Proof of Islam (may God’s mercy be on him) wrote in his book The Beginning of Guidance [Bidayat al-Hidaya], in the chapter “Preparing for the Ritual Prayers”:

You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary, you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing [baraka] in each period. But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows even shorter? Therefore, be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children, and friends stay behind.

[Imam al-Ghazali] also wrote (may God’s mercy be on him),

Know that a night and a day comprise twenty-four hours; therefore do not sleep more than eight hours, for it should suffice you, for if you were to live sixty years, for instance, you would have wasted twenty, which is one third.

And he said:

If you do [remember death and prepare for its coming], you will know endless joy when death arrives. Whereas if you are complacent and procrastinate, death will come to you at an unforeseen moment and you will know regrets without end. At dawn people are grateful for the traveling they did by night. With death, certainty comes to you; you will surely have its experience, in time.

This book, though shorter than many lengthier treatises dealing with the same matter, contains what should be enough for the intelligent alert believer who is active in worship. A Shadhili scholar once said:

What Imam al-Ghazali (may God have mercy on him) has included in ‘The Beginning of Guidance‘ is sufficient for a sufi beginner; what he has included in ‘The Way of the Worshippers‘ [Minhaj al-‘Abidin] suffices the one in the middle; and ‘The Revival of the Religious Sciences‘ [Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din] is enough for the one near the end of the path.

The matter is this way for whoever is fair in his judgment and aims to adorn himself with the best of virtues and attributes. God grants success, there is no other Lord. How excellent are the poet’s words:

Gather provision for the inescapable.
Mankind has an appointment at the Resurrection.
Will it please you to be with those whose
provision is abundant while yours is amiss?
Also the famous poem which begins:
I see that daylight illumines for you
the upright road from which you swerve.
And where he says:
We fall prey to the illusion of the green branches
of hope, which never bear fruit.

This is a blessed poem belonging to a certain man from Yemen. Our master Shaykh ‘Umar al-Mihdar ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman used to like it and so did Shaykh Fadl ibn ‘Abdallah al-Tarimi al-Shihri, may God have mercy on them and spread their benefit and that of all virtuous servants of God.

-Imam Abdallah al-Haddad, Knowledge and Wisdom

Healing the Heart

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And devote your attention tot he heart and your inner state. Indeed he, upon whom be peace, said: ‘Allah does not look at your faces and your deeds. He only looks to your hearts and your intentions.’

Make your words a reality through your action. Make your actions a reality through your intention and your sincerity. Make your intention and your sincerity a reality through the purification of your inner being and the soundness of your heart, for your heart is your cardinal point around which all else revolves.

It has been narrated in tradition: ‘Beware! In the body is a morsel of flesh when it is sound, the whole body follows suit and becomes sound; and when it sickens, the body sickens likewise. Indeed it is your heart!’

It is an obligation to take care of the heart and to exert an effort to its health and to strengthening it. The heart, known in Arabic as the qalb, is susceptible to perturbation, turning and change, known in Arabic as al-taqallab so much so that he, upon whom peace said: ‘It changes much faster than the cooking pot as it boils.’ And he, upon whom be peace of Allah, used to frequently supplicate thus: ‘O Changer of hearts, hold my heart steadfastly upon your religion.’ And used to say: ‘Hearts are in the finger-clasp of the All-Merciful One. If He wills, He holds them steadfastly upon righteousness. And if He wills, they go astray from it.‘ And when He, upon whom be peace wanted to be emphatic in an oath, he would say: ‘No, in the Name of He who changes hearts.’

The Exalted said the Prophet Ibrahim, His Friend (Khalil) said:

“[And let me not be in disgrace] on the Day when (men) will be raised up, the Day when neither wealth nor sons will avail, but only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart.” 

(al-Shu’ara 26:88:-89)

Show the utmost concern – may Allah show you mercy – to come to your Lord with a heart sound and free from associating partners, hypocrisy, innovation, vile characteristics like arrogance, ostentation, envy and dishonesty towards the Muslims and vices of that nature. Seek Allah’s assistance and be steadfast. Work hard and exert yourself and say often:

“Our Lord! Let nor our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Your own Presence; for You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.” (Ali Imran 3:8)

p 22-23 of “Taqwa and Knowledge” from al-Nasaih al-Diniyyah by Imam ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad