Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hijrah

The one who makes Hijra is the one who distances himself from what God has forbidden AL-HABIB ALI AL-JIFRI We should all reflect and contemplate at the beginning of every Hijri year on the wisdom inherent in the interchange between day and night, and the passing of months, we are a community which ties its calendar and its history to the Exodus of the Messenger of God ,peace and blessing be upon him. We could have based our calendar on the birth of the Messenger of God peace and blessing be upon him. ...A human being dies in the manner in which lived, and is resurrected in the manner in which he died. When a believer is aware of such meanings, he becomes an individual who can build a nation, and will be chosen by God to bring succour to the nation of Mohammed ,peace and blessing be upon him . We are close to receiving succour as a nation. perhaps many of you will see this unfold for yourselves. Let not the strutting about of the Deniers of truth through the land deceive you:  brief is their comfort, those whom God will choose to bring succour to the community will be those whose certainty regarding the news they have received from God and His Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him is greater than their certainty in the information they receive via their sensory faculties. This is something we need to be aware of: those through whom God will bring the succour which is shortly coming to this community will be those whose lives exemplify these meanings, those whose days and nights pass-by with them forsaking what God has forbidden in themselves, their spouses, their offspring and in their dealings with those around them. The Messenger of God ,peace and blessing be upon him said: “this affair will reach every place which experiences night and day, and God will not leave a dwelling made mortar or of hair except that God will cause this faith to reach it, whether by the honour of the people of honour or the abasement of the abased” . If you live these meanings, with a heart which is settled and certain of these facts, Islam will enter every house through your dignity, and if you are heedless of this, living a purely worldly existence, forgetful of your afterlife and the fact you are a Muslim who carried the responsibility of spreading goodness and faith through your good character, rectitude and lofty aspiration, the faith will still spread but will do so without you, leaving you in a lowly state, so observe your year from its very beginning and check how it passes by. O God bless this year and allow us to turn towards your presence with good works and ennoble us by accepting us and granting us rootedness in what You love and that which is pleasing to You. Hijra from the trilateral verbal root Hjr to emigrate, to disassociate, separate , part, secede, keep away, part company, to give up, renounce, forgo, avoid, to abandon, surrender, leave behind, relinquish, leave, give up, vacate. Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. Beirut: Librairie Du Liban, London: Macdonald & Evans Ltd.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

mawlid advice from Ustaza Eiman

As Salam Alaykum Sisters,

Alhamdulillah the blessed days of Mawlid Al-Nabi are upon us.

The Mawlid is an important time to rekindle the love we have for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Here are some wonderful tips for this blessed month:

· Renew your Tawbah (Prayer of Repentance)

· Perform more Salawat upon the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)

· Follow every Sunnah you have learned

· Read Seerah books together as a family

· Perform extra Nawafel (Extra Prayers)

· Give Sadaqah (Charity)

· Get up early to make Tahajjud (Night Prayer)

These are highly praiseworthy practices of the Muslims. May Allah shower us with light and mercy.

We wish you peace and prosperity to your friends and love ones.

Wa Aikum Salam,

Ustadah Eiman Sidky

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chapter 5 (on Regular Devotions)

17.02.2007
- The hadith of 5 before 5. ~ rush before you die
Wird means regular eg fever that occurred at the same time every year or taking camel for drink every 4 days

29.01.2012
- a pivotal chapter
- Ba Alawi based on Syazili inwardly which focused in mujahadah and ghazali which is adab. The more we read ad’iya eg going in the bathroom, we noticed the time, the place, the zone we’re in. We learned the adab of life. Live constantly in Muraqabah, questioning our steps

- Do not waste time: use every minutes of our time for beneficial acts.
- imarah= to build, establish
- wazaif from wazifah = regular, responsible for,
- wirid = illness that come in regular basis,
qu’an ; hablul warid: jugular vein, blood from heart to brain - showing the health of our body
wurud; people who take water for hujjaj in Mina from mekkah
wirid - something consistent, take animal to the place of drinking, a plant that flowers in particular times every year.

-barakah = increase, something happen beyond the outward value of the thing
- by organising our time, we will get barakah in it

Allah created different awrad because we are created differently

increase baraka in your house by organising it, organise our home (think where is the television), open your door (house should always be prepared for guests)
Immense barakah in the time before fajar because from the hadith qudsi: Allah descends (‘adzim)

12/02/12

One whom Allah love, organise their time according to prayer time (moon and sun).
Al-Warid: comes from Allah, Imam Syazili: there’s different state of actions for diff state of (heart?).:Imam Ibnu ata’illah if u want to know what’s you r state with Allah, look at how much He bestowed upon you (Look at your state, did you wake up for tahajjud? An angle came every night to wake people. Imam Ali bin Hassan Al-Attas; Wirid is your physical action and inward action, warid is what flows in the heart of slave from meaning of subleties in the heart, and secret and as a result the heart and chest open up, and heart enlightened.

Reasons to take care of wirid:
- After we passed away, we can’t do the wirid
- to fulfill the rights of Allah, more imortant to fulfill Allah’s right than demand from Allah - act of servitude.
Syeikh abul Qasim Nisaburi (Nisabur; uzbekistan) Tasawuf is following the kitab and sunnah, and leaving desire and innovations and showing respect to teachers and finding excuses for your brothers and having reagular awrad and not having excuses in religion.

Habib Ali Al-Habsyi salawat: Allahumma sali ‘ala Muhammad bi lisanil jama’ah fi hadratil ‘adzimah...

Ratib is something in order (tartib)

Ibnu Ataillah, Allah knows that we will get bored, He coloured different act of worships, (When someone became muslim, he had this zeal and then after certain period he became fatara - the enthusiasm went off, and these are the one counted in Day of Judgement. Whoever at the period of lapse according to qur’an and sunnah is successful

Not everyone who pray established their prayers

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Commemorating Badr

On the 17th Ramadan we commemorate the Battle of Badr, which took place on that day in the second year of the Hijrah. Allah describes it as the Day of Discrimination, the Day of the meeting of the two forces. Sayyidi al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him) marks the event by completing the Qur'an in Tarawih on the eve of the 17th, after which there are big celebrations in Dar al-Mustafa attended by thousands. The rest of the night is spent in prayer, remembrance and supplication, since prayers are answered when the Qur'an is completed. On the following day at `Asr the poem Jaliat al-Kadr is read, in which the names of all the Companions that attended the Battle are mentioned.

The following is a summary of a recent khutbah in which Habib Umar summarised some of the lessons of Badr:[1]

He began by praising Allah and sending blessings upon the Messenger of Allah. He then enjoined people to have taqwa, attaining which is one of the aims of fasting and the wisdom behind Allah making it compulsory upon us.

The realities of taqwa which the Imam of the People of Taqwa (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and his Noble Companions possessed were made manifest in days such as these in the second year of the Hijra. In Sha`ban of that year both fasting and Zakat were made compulsory. The Prophet and his Companions then began fasting Ramadan in intense heat. On a day similar to this all those years ago your Prophet left his family and home and went out to Badr with around 313 of his Companions. Why did he go out? To give victory to the religion of Allah and to convey the message of his Lord. In spite of the heat and the difficulty of the journey he continued fasting on some days but he also broke his fast on other days.

On the expedition he shared a camel with Sayyiduna `Ali and Sayyiduna Mirtha bin Abi Mirtha and they each took it in turns to ride while the other two walked. They said to him: "O Messenger of Allah, you ride and we'll walk."

He replied (may Allah bless him and grant him peace): "Neither are you stronger walkers than me, nor am I in less need of the reward than you."

Here he taught us several lessons. He taught us a lesson in sacrifice and in negation of pride and satisfaction with one's actions. He displayed his need for the reward of Allah, in spite of the fact that even if he had ridden and let them walk he would have received the reward for their actions because he was the one that guided them to Allah. O believer, this is the Best of Creation saying: "nor am I in less need of the reward than you." Do you think you are not in need of the reward of Allah such that you leave prayers which you are able to perform or gatherings of remembrance which you are able to attend? You are in need of the reward of every action in Ramadan specifically and in the rest of your life so expend your efforts – try to reflect upon the Qur'an and to attend the gatherings of remembrance. It was the custom of the early Muslims to hold gatherings after praying Tarawih and Witr in which the attributes and etiquettes of the Chosen One were mentioned.

None of the Companions that went out expected to go into battle with Quraysh but Allah wished to ennoble those great people. The Angel Jibril later asked the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) how he and his Companions regarded the people of Badr. He replied "They are the best of us." Jibril said: "Likewise we regard the people of the heavens that attended Badr as being the best of us." They attained this rank because they gave victory to the best of people in the sight of Allah.

People naturally tend to choose that which is easier for their souls to bear but beyond that easier choice there may be something greater awaiting. If Allah then decrees something which is harder for the soul to bear the believer gains felicity by being content with the decree of Allah in the knowledge that this is better for him. Sayyiduna `Ali said: "If the veil were to be removed you would only choose what has already been decreed."

Allah promised you one of the two groups that it should be yours. You wished that the unarmed group should be yours, but Allah willed to establish the truth according to His words, and to cut off the roots of the disbelievers.[2]

The Companions succeeded because of they had the love of Allah and His Messenger in their hearts. Twelve nights of Ramadan have passed and you have not yet understood this concept. Ramadan has only come so that you can be elevated. This love is the foundation of victory and of honouring one's covenant with Allah. We witness this in the words of the Companions on the approach to Badr. The Messenger of Allah wished to hear their opinions after it had become clear what they were confronting.

Sayyiduna al-Miqdad bin al-Aswad said: "By Allah we will not say what the Children of Isra`il said to Musa: Go, you and your Lord and fight, while we sit here![3] Rather we say: Go, you and your Lord and fight, and we are with you fighting alongside you!"

Sayyiduna Sa`d bin Mu`adh said: "We believe in you and bear witness that your message is the truth. Go forth to perform what Allah has commanded. Perhaps you wished something and Allah willed something else. Make war with whoever you wish and make peace with whoever you wish and we are behind you. Take from our wealth what you wish and leave what you wish, and what you take is more beloved to us than that which you leave. By Allah, if you took us to the sea and then plunged into it, we would follow you. You have left behind people (in Medina). Our love for you is not more intense than their love." They knew that love of Allah and His Messenger was the foundation of their defence of truth and guidance. "Had they known that there would be fighting not a single man would have stayed behind... perhaps Allah will show you in us that which is a joy to your eye, O Messenger of Allah."

When the Prophet heard this his face lit up like a piece of the moon. He said: "Go forth with good tidings for Allah has promised me one of the two groups – either the caravan or the army. It is as if I can see the exact places where Quraysh will fall." He subsequently pointed out those exact places the day before the battle.

Look at the disparity between the two sides. The Muslims only had eight swords, two horses and seventy camels, each of which three people shared. The Quraysh, on the other hand, had hundreds of swords and spears, two hundred horses and they would slaughter nine or ten camels a day for food not to mention the camels that were being used to carry the army. The Quraysh approached arrogantly boasting about how they would defeat the Muslims. This is characteristic of the people of opposition to Allah, and those heedless of Him. The Muslims, however, approached in a state of humility and fear of their Lord and Allah duly raised them. Allah describes those that He loves as being humble and compassionate in their dealings with the Believers, severe in their dealings with the rejecters. They strive for the sake of Allah and are unafraid of the reproaches of those that find fault. That is the bounty of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases. Allah encompasses all and knows all things. [4]

In the second khutbah, after praising Allah and sending blessings upon the Messenger of Allah, Habib `Umar once again enjoined people to have taqwa. He said if you clothe yourselves in taqwa you will attain the secrets of fasting, the illumination of the night prayer and the reality of the transaction with Allah.

With true love for Allah and His Messenger you will be able fulfil the commandments of Allah and gain victory over your lower selves, over your desires and caprice, over this deceptive worldly life and over those who disbelieve from the devils of mankind and jinn.

Among the Companions were youths, some of them only fifteen or seventeen years old. One of those was Sayyiduna Harithah, who was one of the fourteen Companions martyred at Badr. His mother came to the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) upon his return to Medina. She asked him: "Where is my son? If he is in the Garden I will be content but if not you will see how I behave!"

The Messenger of Allah said to her: "Umm Haritha, do not be foolish – it is not one garden, but many, and your son has entered the highest garden of Firdaus!"

O people who are planning for the future, is there any future greater than this?

Let us make firm the foundation of love so that we follow the path of those Companions, may Allah be well pleased with them.

O Allah we love them for Your sake so show us their faces on the Day of Judgement and in Paradise.

Let there be nothing in our houses which displeases Your Prophet Muhammad, whether it be on our screens or in our behaviour. Help us to give this month its due and enable us to follow the Chosen One, honouring the covenant between us and You.

Invoke abundant blessings upon him because this is what will bring you close to him on that day. As he said: "The closest people to me on the Day of Judgement are the ones who invoke the most blessings upon me."

[1] Jum`a Khutbah, Masjid al-Rawdah, Tarim 12th Ramadan 1432, 12th August 2011

[2] Al-Anfal 8.7 What is meant by the "two groups" is the caravan led by Abu Sufayn, which the Muslims had originally set out to intercept, and the army which Quraysh sent out from Mecca. The Muslims naturally did not wish to come up against a fully equipped army.

[3] Al-Ma'idah 5.24

[4] Al-Ma'idah 5.54

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