O son, it is my duty to share with you the lessons I learned at KL Ba'alawi Center last sunday, where a Mawlid was held, followed by tausiyah (lecture) from Habib Hamid Omar al-Habshi and Habib Abdul Aziz Shihab. Both of them are from Palembang, Indonesia and they both were students of the venerated Almarhum as-Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawi al-Maaliki al-Hasani rahimallahu ta'ala (1944 - 2004).
This posting features tausiyah from Habib Hamid Omar al-Habshi:
The best things to ask from Allah, he said were, forgiveness, rahmah (mercy) and tawbah (repentance). Hence this istighfar which is to be practised especially in the month of Rajab. Recite 70 times in the morning and 70 times in the afternoon and have husnul zan (positive expectation) towards Allah that His words are true; that those who recite this istighfar in Rajab, their bodies will never be harmed by the fires of Hell.
Habib Hamid also taught another wirid for Rajab which is the famous du'a of the Prophet s.a.w; but his guru Al-Maaliki had extended it to include petition for Allah to grant the ability to fast and do the qiyam (night prayers).
Allahumma bariklana fi Rajaba wa Sha'aban
Fabal lighna Ramadhan
Ya Robbal 'alamin
war zuqna siyamah
wa taqqabbal ha minna
O son, may you take heed and you should know by now that learning from books is not as good as hearing and learning a wirid from a Habib. Especially if it originated from Almarhum as-Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawi al-Maaliki al-Hasani rahimallahu ta'ala. So be grateful!