Friday, October 21, 2016

Be among those who are supported with a mighty support


Bi-iznillah God Willing, this time next week, our much loved Habib Umar bin Hafiz will be in Kuala Lumpur at Muadz bin Jabbal Mosque. 

Imagine 44 years ago, when he was nine years old, he saw his father for the last time when the latter placed his shawl at a mosque before the Friday prayers and handed him the keys to their house. It was for the last time, because his father, Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz was abducted by the communists who had control over Hadramawt at that time.

Habib Umar bin Hafiz began teaching at the age of 15 and continued to receive lessons as well. After the passing of his guru Habib Muhammad bin Alawi, he decided to migrate to the Hijaz but ended up in al-Bayda where he visited and studied with Habib Muhammad al-Haddar who was his late father's close friend. He was probably in his late teens then. 

Imagine the kind of life he chose to live, independent and with great resolve to pursue Islamic teachings, alone, separated from his mother and older brothers who were in Tarim. His other siblings were in Hijaz. He undertook hijrah all by himself, bringing with him 300 shillings, all by himself - physically - maybe, but you might imagine young Habib Umar being quietly fired up by the fighting spirits and legacy of his father whom he lost when he was only nine.

This 53 year old venerable preacher and caller of the Truth will be coming to Malaysia next week inShaAllah. Those who have attended his majalis before, it's little wonder to us that the heart blooms with delight just knowing that he is visiting, again.

Illustrated by: Ameen Jauhari
(As commissioned by Lisan al-Din, 

but we may have to do it again because it seems Habib Umar has shunned his glasses lately. 
He might have undergone a LASIK procedure?) 

In case you have yet to memorize this salawat which Habib Umar bin Hafiz had taught in conjunction with the arrival of Rabiul Awal last year.

Allahumma ya ni'mal mawla wa ya ni'mal nasir
salli wa salim 'adada 'ilmika
ala Sayyidina Muhammad
man ja altahu lana hirzan harizan
wa ala alihi wa sahbihi
wan surna bihi wal muslimina
bi asrari wa yan surakallahu nasran aziza 

O Allah, O Best of Protectors and Best of Supporters
bestow prayers and peace to the amount of Your knowledge
upon our Master Muhammad
the one You made for us an impregnable fortress
and upon his family and companions
and by him, support us and all Muslims
through the secrets of
"That Allah may support you with a mighty support."

اللَّهُمَّ يا نعْمَ المَوْلى ويا نعْمَ النَّصِير 

صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ عَدَدَ عِلْمِكَ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ 

مَنْ جَعَلْتَهُ لَنا حِرْزاً حَرِيزاً،

 و على آلِهِ و صَحْبِهِ وانْصُرْنا بِهِ والمُسْلِمينَ

 بِأَسْرَارِ — ويَنْصُرَكَ اللهُ نَصْراً عَزِي


Click the link below to read about Habib Umar and his brother's [Habib Masshur] steadfastness on their mission to study and spread knowledge of Islam, as related by Habib Ali Al Jifri on the blessed day of Muharram, three years ago.

Wish you a wonderful Friday loaded with blessings!
Wish you a pleasant and productive weekend!

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