Monday, March 18, 2013

Habib Umar bin Hamid al-Jailani at Masjid Tuanku Mizan - 16 March 2013


Habib Umar bin Hamid al-Jailani was one of the guest speakers at Mawlidur Rasul & Haul of Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jailani event held on March 16, 2013 at Masjid Tuanku Mizan, Malaysia. It was an annual grand event organized by the Al-Wariseen Trust Kuala Lumpur.

Habib Umar al-Jailani spoke in Arabic and his speech was interpreted by Habib Ali Zaenal Abidin al-Hamid of Darul Murtadza KL.

Habib Umar began his tausiyah with praises to Allah and salutations to the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam. He said, we ought to praise Allah for the blessings of gratitude. That Allah makes us praise Him and therefore making our praising Him a continual act.

We are a chosen ummat. One that is in the middle. Allah says so in the Qur'an. We are people from the middle upon whom the Prophet has been sent and who will be a witness of people from the past. Tonight we express our delight for the blessings of the chosen Prophet. We must always remember him salallah alaihi wasalam.

It is human nature to establish a relationship with others especially those who have been kind to us. At the mention of the Prophet's name, some could smell a sweet fragrant due to their close relationship with the Prophet. We are asked to remember him. We mention his name in our solat: "Assalamualaika ayyuhan nabiyu warahmatullah..."  We must try to feel his presence, that our salam reaches him and he answers.

Similarly, we must feel a connection to the solehin. Today, we celebrate the haul of Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jailani. His role in dakwah had been instrumental. He was always concerned about the affairs of Muslims. It is amazing how his message of dakwah has carried on to this day. His name is remembered until today. There wasn't any media infrastructure during his time nor did he have access to properties or facilities, yet his knowledge and his name are being mentioned everywhere. Allah chooses whoever He deems worthy of His love. He says in the Qur'an: "The believers will be given wudda (love).."  By virtue of His love, other people would love the person too. 

Al-Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jailani was said to have performed tawaf 40,000 times. His name is in so many hearts. He used to say, if he were to have a special position by Allah, he would gather everyone and save them. This attitude of his was from the exemplary character of the Prophet whose primary concern was to protect and save his ummat. The shaykh was also caring towards the fuqara (the poor).

There were two fundamental kalimat (statements) he made. Anyone who could understand them, would experience miracles.
  • "Be with Allah, devoid any traces of makhluk."
  • "Be with makhluk without having the intention of taking benefits from them."
Whoever understood this would experience a better relationship with Allah. He/she would only depend on the Ever-Living. The person will be among those who have a perfect relationship with Allah. He/she would truly live the meaning of Inna solati wa nusuki wamahyaya wamamati. 

As for the second statement, it forbids one from taking the rights of other people. It promotes ithar instead of istighsar. That is to put others first and not be selfish. Allah says in the Qur'an, to be fair and to show ehsan.

Al-Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jailani occupied a high maqam in regard to Allah. He transcended time and space. A person who has a good relationship with Allah usually brings tremendous benefit to other people. One who is selfish or has a personal agenda will not have his amal last a long time. Prophet Ibrahim was another good example of one whose good deeds were solely for Allah's sake. He asked Allah for the best of praise among people and his prayers were granted. More importantly he was sincere in his deeds and therefore his name is mentioned ever so regularly.

Habib Umar al-Jailani concluded his tausiyah by advising the audience to enliven the heart with zikir laailahailallah while standing, sitting and lying down. Proclamation of kalimat tawhid has a significant value to Allah and he prays so that we will all end our lives with laailahaillallah.

May I be forgiven for any errors and omissions.

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