Friday, October 15, 2010

Habib Umar bin Hafiz at Masjid Al-Bukhary Kuala Lumpur


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah for a blissful Friday evening - an evening with the much revered Habib Umar bin Hafiz at Masjid Al-Bukhary Kuala Lumpur. MashaAllah! It was my second time to sit in his sacred majlis. Allahu Allah what did I do to deserve that? Nothing! All praise be to Allah surely.

Habib Umar spoke about people whose heart Allah has made inclined towards the religion by making him understand his duties towards Allah. When Allah does that, it means that He wants to honor that person with a great bounty. And one who understands his duties for Allah will prepare himself appropriately. He will take advantage of dunya as a means to reap an everlasting reward in the hereafter. He who takes that kind of approach to life will receive extraordinary gifts from Allah.

He would also taste the joy of being close to Allah, and the pleasures and enjoyment of this world is not even one tenth of such happiness. The gifts from Allah in this world and in the hereafter are the best and beyond comparison. By Allah, the good among us deserve only all that is good. In a hadith qudsi, the Almighty has said: "I have prepared for My righteous servants, what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to human heart."

The kuffar have managed to lure people to commit maksiat (sinful acts) because the ummah failed to recognize the responsibilities that Allah has given them. Their heedlessness in carrying out their duties towards Allah caused them to be heedless in everything else. A gathering (such as this) to remember and honor one who is honorable in the eyes of Allah (Imam Al-Haddad) could help make the hearts realize their responsibilities - the eyes and the ears too. Otherwise, people are forever careless in carrying out their duties.
Some people used their eyes, ears and hearts to serve the enemies - the munafik (the hypocrites) and the fujjar (wicked person). Hence, they forgot the words of Allah. In order for the ummah to get back onto the right path, the eyes, the ears and the hearts must truly comprehend wahyu Allah (the Qur'an). They must regain awareness of the correct path.
Habib Jindan in his opening remark earlier, stressed the importance of honoring and learning from the solehin of the past. If you looked closer to the underlying meanings of the narrations in Qur'an you would surely find clues on how to benefit from the solehin and how to earn a lofty rank (darjat) as they had achieved. Likewise, narrations from the Qur'an also teach you lessons about the wickedness of the fasik and fujjar.  
Sahabah (companions of the Prophet) upon hearing stories of the pious, felt takzim (a sense of admiration). When they heard stories about the fasik, they instilled hatred towards the evildoers. People's dignities have suffered greatly due to their ignorance of the words of Allah. Instead of glorifying the solehin and awliya, they ridicule them. They humiliate and mock the righteous who are close to Allah. On the contrary, people nowadays tend to honor stories of the fasad, they would applaud the bad characters instead. They failed in making the right judgements thus causing their mentality to degenerate and become worse.
It was narrated that a group of people came to the Divine presence bringing with them loads of good deeds but Allah rebuked them for not having any love towards the solehin. Verily Allah had no needs for their amal. Those who love and hate solely for the sake of Allah are those with the strongest of iman. Allah has taught us how to appreciate stories of anbiya and solehin. At the beginning of Surah Yusuf, He said, "We shall narrate to you the most beautiful narrations..."  and at the end of the verse He said: "There is certainly a lesson in their histories for the ulul albab (possessors of understanding)." So only ulul albab would understand and appreciate histories of the solehin.
The children today are being fed with immoral tales, stories which are devoid of haqiqa (reality). It's all fantasies. By contrast, parables from the Qur'an are true stories, they are not fiction, they are stories about the righteous whom Allah has honored with much glory. The stories are clearly narrated to guide those who are yaqin (having certitude). In Surah Kahf, He said: "We narrate to you their story with truth. They were young men who believed in their Lord and We gave them more guidance." Allah told us wonderful stories of how He had turned their bodies right and left. He even mentioned about the presence of a dog among them. He had not forgotten to state a fact as minor as that - a dog. Things we thought He need not mention but He did. What an amazing story this ashabul kahf (People of the Caves)!
Wallahu a'lam.
Based on interpretation by Habib Soleh Al Jufri. The second part of Habib Umar's speech at Masjid Al-Bukhary where he spoke about Imam Al-Haddad will be posted separately InshaAllah.
Masjid Al-Bukhary KL
Pic credit: hitmansnr

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