The blessing of Allah is Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Feel this greatness in your hearts in all that you do. Know this. Experience this…make him ﷺ beloved to you.
~ al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz hafizu Llah –
The Prophet ﷺ is the most generous of people and he is at his most generous in Ramadan. He is more generous than a wind bringing rain. He continues to bestow gifts upon people day after day. He said: “Your actions are displayed to me. If I see something good, I praise Allah and if I see other than that, I seek Allah’s forgiveness for you.”
Jewels from Ramadan gatherings with Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz hafizu Llah –
Bi Fatima by Sayyidi Habib `Umar حفظه الله
بِفَـاطِــمَـةْ قَـدْ صَــفَـا حَــاِلـي وَ نـِـلْـتُ الْـمَـرَ امْ
بِــضْـعَــةْ مُـحَــمَّـدْ حَــبِـيْبُ اللهِ خَــيْـرُ ا لأَ نــَامْ
By Fatima my state has been purified and I’ve attained all that I seek.
A piece of Muhammad, Allah’s Beloved, the best of humanity
أَعْــلَـى لــَــهَـا الُلهُ قَـدْرً ا فِـي اْلــعُـلا َ وَ الْــمَــقَـامْ
نِــعْمَ الْــبَــتُـوْ لِ الرَّ ضِــيَّـةْ نُــوْر كُـلِّ الــظُّـلا َمْ
Allah raised her rank and station to the highest
How excellent is the Chaste, Pleasing One, a light in every darkness
أُمُّ الْـحَـسَـنْ وَ الْـحُـسِـيـن أَهْـلُ الْــمَرَاقِـي الْــعِـظَـامْ
لــَـهُمْ عَـطَـايــَا مِنَ الْــمَـوْلَـى كِــبَـارْ جــسَـامْ
Mother of al Hasan and al Husayn, of tremendous ascension
Recipients of grand, momentous Divine gifts
هُمْ سَـادَة أَهْــل الْـجِـنَـانِ الْــعَـالـِـيـَّةْ يـَـا غُــلا َمْ
مَــنْ حــبُّـهُمْ صــدقْ بـَـا يـَـسْـكُــنْ بِــدَ ارِ الــسَّــــلا َمْ
They are the masters of the highest paradise
Whoever loves them truthfully will dwell in the abode of peace
وَ مَـنْ تـَـــعَـلَّـقْ بِـــهِمْ يــَـظْــفَرْ بِـــنَــيْـلِ الْــمَرَ امْ
أَكــرَ مْـتِ يـَـا بِــضْــعَـةْ أَحْــمَـدْ فَـانْــعِـمِـي بـِالـتَّـــمَـامْ
And whoever attaches himself to them shall attain all desires
How generous you are, O piece of Ahmed, so please complete the favour
وَ امْــنَـحِــيْ عَــبْـدَ كُمْ فِـي الْــقُرْ بِ أَعْـلَـى و سَـــامْ
نقوم بحمل الريات الهد أحسن قيام
And confer upon your slave the highest distinction of proximity
The distinction of upholding the Flag of guidance most excellently
تَـــعُمُّ دَ عْــوَ تَـــةُ فِـي ا لأ َ كْــــوَ انِ كُــلَّ ا لأَ نَــامْ
نــَـلْـــبَــسُ خَــلْـعِ إِرْثُ مَــا يــَصِـفْ سَــنَـاهَــا كَـــلا َمْ
So that the Prophets call encompasses all humanity
And thus we are dressed with the robe of Prophetic inheritance, whose brilliance is indescribable
يـَـانُــوْ رُ قَــلْـبِـيْ وَ يــَا أُمِّـيْ عَــلَــيْـك الـسَّـــلا َمْ
فِـيْ كُــلِّ حَــالٍ وَ شَــأْنٍ كُــلِّ لــَحْـظَــةٍ دَ وَ امْ
O light of my heart, o my mother, upon you be peace
Perpetual in every state, affair, moment
عَــلَــيـْكَ صَـلَّـى ِإ لـــهِـيْ مَــعَ أَبِــيْـكَ ا لإِ مَـــامْ
ِإمَـــامْ كُــلِّ الْــوَ رَ ى فِـي كُــلِّ خَــاصٍّ وَ عَــامْ
May Allah send Blessings upon you along with your father, the imam
Imam of all creation, the elite and the commoners
الــشَّــا فِــعُ الْــمَــبْـتَــغ يَــوْ مُ الـلِّــقَـاءِ وَ الزِّ حَـــامْ
يـَـوْ مُ الْــمَــلا َ ئِــكْ تُـــنَـادِ يْ جَــمْـعَ كُــلّ ا لأَ نَــامْ
The sought over intercessor on the day of meeting and thronging
The day the angels call out to all in the assembly
غُـضُّــوْ ا أَبـْـصَــارَكُمْ تَــمُـرُّ بِــنْـت الـنَّـبِـيِّ بِـالـسَّــــلا َمْ
وَ نــَكِّـسُـوْ ا رُ ؤُ وْ سَـكُـمْ مَــاأَعْــظَـمَـهُ وَ الله ُ مَــقَـامْ
“Lower your gaze for the daughter of the Prophet is passing in safety
And bow your heads”. O how tremendous a station!
أتَــَـذْ كُـرِ يــْنِـي مَــعَـكِ أَعْـبُرْ وَ مَـنْ لَــهُ ذِ مَـــامْ
حَـاشَـــاكِ يـَـا أُمُّـــنَـا تـَــنـْسِـيْنَ هَــذَا الْـغُــــلا َمْ
Please remember me, so I cross with you, and all under your care.
Far be it for you, O mother, to forget this boy of yours!
مَـحْــسُـو بِــكُـمْ يـَـرْ تـَـجِــيْـه مِـنـْكُـمْ بِــهِ ا لإِ هْــتِـمَـامْ
أَ نْـتُــمْ مَــرَ ا مُــهْ وَ مَـقْـصُـوْ دُهُ وَ نـِـعْمَ الْــمَـرَ امْ
Your child is hoping for your attention
You are his goal and desire, and what an excellent desire!
يـَـا بِــنْـتَ طــهَ فَـــؤَ ادِ يْ فِـيْ مَـحَـــبَّــتِـكِ هَــــامْ
وَ اللهِ أَ نْــتُـــمْ مُــرَ ادِ يْ فِي الــدُّ نــَا وَ الْــقِــــيَـامْ
O daughter of Taha, my heart is enraptured by your love
By Allah, you are my desire in this world and the Resurrection
وَ مَــا أَنــَا ِإ لاَّ بِــكُـمْ يـَـا سَـــادَ تِــيْ يـَـا كِــرَ امْ
عَـــلَــيْـكِ مَـــعَ وَ الِـــدكِ أَذْ كَـي الـصَّــــلا َةُ وَ الـسَّـــلا َمْ
And I am through none other than you, O my generous masters
Upon you with your parents be the purest of salutation and peace
وَ أَهْـلُ الْـكِــسَـاءْ وَ اهْـلِ بَـــيـْتِـهِ عَــالِــيِـيْنَ الْــمَـــقَـامْ
وَ الـصَّـحْـبِ أَجْــمَــعْ وَ مَـنْ عَــلَـى هُـدَ اهُ اسْــتَــقَـامْ
And the people of the cloak and his family; all of lofty stations,
And all the companions and those steadfast upon guidance.
Shaykh al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafīz hafizu Llah was asked:
What should our intentions be upon receiving Ramadān?
Shaykh al-Habīb’s (hafizu Llah) reply was:
1. We intend to please Allāh ﷻ and companionship of His Chosen One ﷺ.
2. Attaining good deeds from Allah ﷻ.
3. Sincere du’ā for the uplifting (of evils) and rescuing of the Muslims, for this is the period (Ramadān) of Badr and the opening of Makkah.
4. That our state with Allāh ﷻ is good.
5. That an eternal connection is made with Allāh ﷻ.
During Ramadan, Imam Shāfi would complete the Qur’an once during the day and once during the night, so that by the end of the month he had completed the Qur’an sixty times. People used to be so absorbed in worship during Ramadan that they would hardly see their relatives or their friends. They would see each other briefly at the Friday prayer but even then everyone would be busy with prayer and reciting the Qur’an. For this reason ‘Eid would be a joyful occasion, because on that day it would be as if people were meeting each other for the first time after having been apart from each other for a whole month.
– Sayyidi Habib ‘Umār bin Hafīdh حفظ الله –
The following advice has been given by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him). Please benefit and share with your loved ones.
There are a number of ways to get the most out of Rajab. Some of the most important are as follows:
We ask Allah to give us a great portion of the gifts bestowed in this month and that He makes us among those who attain acceptance and felicity in this life and the next.
O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban, allow us to reach Ramadan and assist us in fasting and praying in the night.
The following story was narrated by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him).
When Sayyiduna Ja`far’s right hand was cut off, he seized the standard with his left hand until that too was cut off. He then clasped the standard with both arms until he was mortally wounded. His companions took the standard from him and took him to the side. They found that he had been struck eighty times (by swords, spears and arrows) but all these wounds were on the front part of his body, not on his back or his side. This was because he remained firm and did not for a moment turn his back to the enemy. He was offered water but he refused to drink it, saying that he was fasting.
“You are fasting on an extremely hot day while being in the midst of this battle?” they asked.
“I desire to break my fast in Paradise,” Ja`far said.
They took the water away from him and at sunset he duly broke his fast in Paradise, as the Messenger of Allahﷺ testified.
On the same day the Prophet was in al-Madina. He raised his head and said: “Wa alayka al-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh” and he began to speak. A group of his Companions were sitting around him observing what was happening with humility and etiquette.
When he had finished speaking, they asked him:
“Who were you speaking to, O Messenger of Allah?”
“That was Ja`far bin Abi Talib in front of me with a group of angels. Allah replaced his arms with two wings with which he can fly wherever he wishes in Paradise.”
He was thus knows as ‘al-Tayyar’ or ‘the Flyer’ long before airoplanes were invented. He did not merely fly in the sky but in Paradise. He came from Mu’tah in Jordan to al-Madinah. What need was there for him to come to al-Madinah if he was already one of the people of Paradise? What was the purpose of him coming to al-Madinah? The purpose was to visit one person who was more beloved to him than Paradise. His name is Muhammad, your Prophet ﷺ. Had it not been for this love there would have been no need for him to go to al-Madinah to give greetings to the Messenger of Allah. Even Paradise did not cause him to forget Muhammad because he knew that he was only entering Paradise due to the fact that he was a follower of Muhammad. He knew that the true sign of his faith was for Allah and His Messenger to be more beloved to him than anything else, including Paradise.