Friday, May 22, 2009

Sheikh Fahmi Zamzam on the virtues of Al-Waqi'ah

Bismillah.

O son,
This 56th verse of the Qur'an, despite its meaning - 'The (Inevitable) Event' (Al-Waqi'ah), is overshadowed by it's 'enriching' virtue. It is common knowledge that reciting this verse on a regular basis will enrich its reciter or at least protect him/her from poverty - God willing. And everybody is known to have passed on this tip to everybody else. I have to admit that every now and then I do jump on this 'Gold Rush' bandwagon. But as I have mentioned many times before, when you learn something from a qualified guru with silsilah (authentic lineage), the effects of the lesson is extraordinary - it sticks in your heart and you will have the tendency to be istiqamah (consistent) in practising what's been taught bi-iznillah.

I wish to share what I have recently learned from Sheikh Fahmi Zamzam al-Banjari an-Nadwi al-Maliki on the virtues and the prescribed practice for 'Al-Waqiah'. Apart from barakah from venerable Shuyukh, the weight of this lesson, in my opinion, lies on the meanings of the du'a that should accompany each recitation.

a. Recite Surah al-Waqi'ah daily, between Asar and Maghrib.
b. Upon reciting the verse, say this specially composed du'a, as prescribed in 'Provision for the Hereafter' - a Malay book called Bekal Akhirat compiled by Sheikh Fahmi as instructed by his guru, the honorable Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Hasani al-Maliki (1944-2004):

Allahumma sun wuju hana bil yasari
O Allah protect the dignity of our face because we are among those who are wealthy
wala tu hina bil ikhtaari
do not humiliate us on account of our poverty
fanas tar zikhu min tholibi rizkhika
from asking from people who they themselves ask provision from You
wanas taqtifu shiraa ra qolkhika
at times we have to submit our necks to your evil creations
wanash taqilu bihamdi man aqthonaa
and we might have to praise them unnecessarily
wa tub tala bizammi man mana 'ana
and when they do not provide us, we become angry
wa anta min wara-i zaalika kullihi ahlul 'atho-i wal man'ie
and You are the One who could give and withold our provision
Allahumma kama sunta wujuhana 'anis sujudi illa laka
O Allah protect our face from prostrating to your creations
fasunna 'anil hajati illa ilaika
to fulfill our wish, except You
bijudika wakaramika wa fadhlika ya arhamar rahimin
by Your generosity, by Your bounty, by Your compassion, by Your mercy
# Allahumma aqnina bihalalika 'an haramika wabitho'atika 'an maqsiyatika wabifadhlika 'amman siwaka
O Allah enrich us with all that is halal and not haram, with obedience and not disobedience, by means of Your bounty and not anyone else.
wasallah hu'ala Saidina Muhammad wa'ala alihi wasohbihi wasallam
walhamdulillah hirobbil 'alamin.

c. Recite du'a # for 70 times on any day.
d. For men: having completed your Friday prayers, before moving away, recite dua # for 5 times after reciting 7 times of al-Fatihah, al-Ikhlas, al-Falaq and an-Nas. For ladies: do the same after zohor prayers on Fridays.
e. Additionally, recite: Allahu Ya Ghani Ya Hamid, Ya Mubdi Ya Mu'id Ya Rahim Ya Wadud for 70 times.

O son,
The Prophet s.a.w had taught this du'a (#) to a sahabi assuring him that even if his debts were as high as Mount Sabir in Mina, Allah would help him repay the debts. I have heard about the merit of this du'a from someone else before, but having heard it from Sheikh Fahmi gave me a stronger conviction that Rasulullah s.a.w would never ever say anything that is untrue and that with a strong certainty on the words of the Prophet s.a.w. you will most definitely benefit from the du'a as well, bi-iznillah.

Note: The translation of the above al-Waqi'ah du'a is only an approximation. I'm hoping one of you readers to help fine tune. Click here for Lisan al-Din related posting on teachings by Sheikh Fahmi Zamzam - Talqin Zikir.

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