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:
- Seeking forgiveness in abundance and making sincere repentance;
- Making a sincere resolve to seek to approach Allah through performing acts of obedience and avoiding acts of disobedience;
- Assessing your state, rectifying it and striving to follow the Prophet ﷺin all that you do
- Improving your performance of the prayer by making sure that you implement the sunnahs pertaining to the prayer and pray with presence of heart. Also strive to pray in congregation in the first row without missing the opening takbir;
- Improving your relationship with the Qur’an by increasing the amount you read and reflect upon daily and seeking to acting upon it;
- Being consistent in reading your adhkar in the morning and evening, after the prayer and in your varying states (such as eating, entering the house and preparing for sleep);
- Improving your interaction with your family, friends, relatives, neighbours and with Allah’s slaves in general and the elect of His slaves specifically;
- Fasting whatever days you are able to, especially Monday and Thursday and the White Days (13th, 14th and 15th days of the month);
- Giving a portion of charity and doing what you can to help those in need and treating them kindly;
- Worshipping Allah in these nights, especially in the last portion of the night. Improve your state at this time so as to enter into those who Allah praises in the Qur’an: Those who spend their wealth (in charity) and seek forgiveness in the last portion of the night.
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.
Our Lord (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Has Not Permitted Us To Love Anyone In Creation As Much As Sayyiduna Rasul’Allah ﷺ. Because He Himself Does Not Love Anyone In Creation As Much As He Loves Sayyiduna Rasul’Allah ﷺ. If The King Of The Kings, The One True God, Does Not Love Anyone As Much As He Loves Him ﷺ. How Can I, As A Slave, Love Anyone As Much As I Love The Chosen One ﷺ.
– Shaykh Habib ‘Umar Bin Hafiz (hafizu Llah) –
The only life is the life of the lovers, those whose utmost joy was in the love of the Beloved of Allah ﷺ.
One of them said when the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) died: “O Allah, blind me so that I see no-one after having seen Your Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)” – so that I would not become frustrated at being denied the vision of his light.
This love affected their states, their words and their deeds. The Prophet ﷺ left them in a state of love.
Look at the state of the Companions in Madinah when they heard the news of his death. Look at the strength of their connection to him and look at what the Ummah has lost! Some were silent, unable to speak. Some sat down and were unable to stand. Others were unable to think straight upon hearing the news.
Then Allah made them firm and calmed them. He sent down tranquillity upon them, so that they could then follow his teachings and Sunnah which he left for those that would come after him.
Truly he left us on the clearest of paths.
~ ‘The Lovers,’ with Sayyidi الحبيب عمر بن حفيظ – Habib Umar (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him)
There was a woman in al-Madīnah who was known for her coarseness and lack of shame. She once passed by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ while he was eating with some of his Companions. She requested some food and the Prophet brought her some food. “I want the food that is in your mouth,” she said. So he gave her some food from his blessed mouth. After eating it she changed completely and became known throughout al-Madīnah for her immense modesty.
— Glimpses of the Beloved ﷺ with Sayyidī الحبيب عمر بن حفيظ hafizu Llah –
Sayyidi al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him) answers the following questions:
Is any special formula of prayer upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) that we should read during Rabi` al-Awwal?
He said that there is no doubt that this is the month of bestowing prayers upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). Many of the pious of the Ummah are united with the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in this month. Any formula that we read is beneficial. You benefit according to the degree to which your heart is filled with the intention of obeying the command (to bestow prayers upon him) and love, longing and veneration for him. Read whatever formula you know and while doing so ask Allah to relieve the suffering of the Muslims.
Habib `Ali bin Salim al-Ada`j bin Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim saw the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) at the blessed shubbak (the grille in front of his grave) and asked him to teach him a formula to read. He told him to read:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ حَبِيبِ الرَّحْمَنْ عَدَدَ ما يَكوُن و ما قَدْ كَانْ
Allahumma salli `ala sayyidina Muhammad Habib al-Rahman `adada ma yakun wa ma qad kan
O Allah, bestow Your prayers upon our Master Muhammad, the Beloved of the Most Compassionate to the number of things that will be and that were.
– translated by Ustadh Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him) –
O Allah, all praise is due to You for this dazzling light which continues to illuminate the path for every humble slave. All praise is due to You for the light which extends for eternity, the light of Your Beloved, our Master Muhammad.
Through that light we are able to bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. Through it the light of faith shines in our heart.
– Sayyidī الحبيب عمر بن حفيظ – Habib Omar –
“’O people who weep in yearning for the Prophet (sall Allāhu `alayhi wa ālihi wa sallam), a tree weeped for him and he walked down from his Mimbar (pulpit) whilst he was delivering a Friday sermon, just to comfort the tree and make it happy! Don’t you think that for his blessed human followers who weep for him, he would come down from the Heavens to comfort you?’”
— Habib Umar Bin Hafiz hafizu Llah –
Once, Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahu Llah) was sick, and Imam Shaafi’i went to visit him.When Imam Ahmad (rahimahu Llah) got better, then Imam Shafi’i (rahimahu Llah) got sick. Imam Shafi’i (rahimahu Llah) said 2 lines of poetry :
“The one who i love was sick, so I visited him.
And I became sick over my grief for his sickness
Then my beloved came to visit me and
I became better from gazing at him.
Look at this affection and tenderness…How many questions did he differ from Imam Ahmad., yet the love only increased.
– Habib Umar Bin Hafiz hafidhu Llah –