Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. First and foremost we must offer our thanks to the Chairman of HAK (Amanah Hawi Al-Khairat), Habib Abdul Rahman bin Ali Al-Haddad and his team for having organized the 301-st Haul of Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad. Three venues were chosen for the haul this year: Masjid Baitul Aman, Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz and Masjid Al-Falah.
We're grateful to have made it at Masjid Al-Falah on Sunday evening. Among the guest speakers who gave tausiyah were Habib Najmuddin bin Othman, Shaykh Abdul Aziz Al-Fatani, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad of Cambridge U.K. and Habib Soleh Al-Jufri of Indonesia.
Habib Soleh Al-Jufri said:
One great bounty that we ought to be grateful for after iman and Islam is that we are connected/associated with the awliya, solehin and prominent salaf, that our lives are guided by virtue of our association with those whom Allah loves. That's a sign of Allah answering our prayer, the prayer we recite so many times in a day in our solat - ihdina siratal mustaqim.
Whose path do we ask to follow? "The path of those You bestow favor upon." It's the path of the anbiya, the siddiqin, the syuhada and solehin. Sitting here in a majlis like this: haul, mawlid, listening to stories of great saints, reciting Simtud Duror - is a sign that that prayer of ours - ihdina siratal mustaqim, has been granted.
In celebrating this haul, we must know the sirah (history) of the person we are remembering and honoring. Only then we would be ready to follow them. And you must really love the person or you would not have come to events like this, events that they too loved and attended during their lifetime.
You should be grateful, really, but coming here is not good enough. You must make an effort to heed their advice, and take it with you, put it to practice no matter where you are - at home, in the office, on the road everywhere.
As we pray to Allah to make us follow the path of those He bestow favor upon, we must steer clear from the path of those who incurred His wrath and went astray. Don't dress like they do. Avoid following them zahir and batin. Stick to this rule, stay connected to the righteous people until your life ends and you will earn husnul khatimah. InshaAllah.
As you become istiqamah in attending majlis such as this and in your love for the solehin, then you will want to emulate their qualities. Their practices which you are accustomed to [e.g. the wirid, Ratib etc.] would engulf you and influence you so that you would also display commendable attributes (sifat immaniyat) such as patience, taqwa, ehsan, yaqin, muraqabah and so on. Allah loves good qualities as narrated in various verses of the Qur'an, He loves those who are patient, who are God-fearing, who do good, who have certitude etc.
Once you are adorned with sifat imaniyat, you must drop all negative attributes. It is not possible for something good to co-exist with something bad. Then you may start having the consciousness of being watched by Allah that you feel haya' (shy) towards Allah. For example, a smoker would feel shy if someone he respects sees him smoking. There are certain people whom he'd hide his smoking habits because he is just shy towards them. This feeling of shyness is the first step of muraqabah. But it's unlikely that you'll attain muraqabah if you don't truly repent (taubat nasuha). You must repent from major sins like drinking alcohol, taking drugs etc. and minor sins like looking at women (or men if you are a woman), watching TV programmes that might excite your shahwat etc. You must truthfully regret your bad actions and make a strong intention to leave all those negative things. Once you have made a true taubat nasuha you will notice that reading the Quran becomes easy, making zikir, fasting, giving sadaqah, attending majlis 'ilm all these will become easy for you. Then muraqabah becomes something that is natural for you.
There are two types of muraqabah: watching your actions and muraqabah of the heart. The latter means that you must guard your heart from pride, takabbur, envy, having bad opinions of others and from thinking of anything save Allah.
May Allah give us tawfik, the strength to emulate the good qualities which the honorable people have. May Allah grant us husnul khatimah and gather us with the righteous and with Rasulullah s.a.w.
Wallahu a'lam May I be forgiven for any errors and omissions.
Will be posting Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad's tausiyah later InshaAllah.
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