Saturday, January 21, 2012

Practices for Rabi'ul Awal by Habib Umar bin Hafiz


Something special to memorize in anticipation of the coming Rabi'ul Awal, from Habib Umar bin Hafiz. This salawat was taught by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w to Habib Ali bin Salim al-Ada'j bin Shaykh Abu Bakar bin Salim when the latter had an encounter with the Prophet s.a.w at his maqam.

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.”

In his lesson, Habib Umar enlisted several things that we could do that would please the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. Not that anything we do could benefit him, rather he would be pleased if we do something that is beneficial to ourself.
  • That we understand his speech and his teachings.
  • That we become the source of guidance to other people.
  • That we establish the Sunnah in our homes and teach the children.
  • That we do good to the creation, the believers and the elite of the believers.
  • That we stengthen our love for the believers, ahlul bayt and the companions.
  • That we make intention to gather and attend lessons.
Habib Umar also urged us to keep inspiring people to long for the Messenger of Allah s.a.w by "mentioning the Prophet's virtues, qualities and life; by embodying the Prophet's character and dealings; and by deepening our love, longing and veneration for Him."


May Allah, with the shafaat from Rasulullah s.a.w make it easy for us to memorize and practise the above salawat. We do not have the capacity to embody the Prophet's character and emulate him in his dealings, for we are constantly sinning and lacking adab. In fact our mouths and lips are too dirty and unworthy to be speaking about and mentioning the most honorable of creation, and to be quoting lessons from the elite of his servants, alas...may it suffice that Allah knows that we have got a heart and there in our heart is a spot where we acknowledge Muhammad Rasulullah s.a.w. that we know his mercy for his ummah encompasses all, not just for the righteous among us but  for the weak ones among us too! And who says the wrong-doers and sinners cannot have affection for him too?

Weak one,

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