Tuesday, December 3, 2019

"Be ambitious, aim high!" - Habib Faishol Al Kaff at Masjid Raya Bandung, Indonesia - 24 Sept 2019

Bismillah.

Below is my translation of Habib Faishol's tausiyah at Masjid Raya Bandung, as interpreted by Sayyid Mujtaba.

Habib Faishol AlKaff (right)
Sayyid Mujtaba bin Shahab (translator - left)

Praise be to Allah for allowing us to gather at this sacred place. Greetings and salutations are for Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam the Messenger who was sent as a mercy to the universe.

It is common nowadays to see two kinds of large gatherings. One group gathers to watch a singer performs, the other group gathers in order to mention Allah, to make salawat and to watch the faces of Allah's Beloveds. They differ greatly.

Who brought us here? It is Allah.

There are people who take pride in meeting their favourite artiste or VIPs. But the real honor is to be at this kind of gathering.

In the hereafter, the former group will wish to be sent back to this dunya so that they could attend this gathering. 

We are here as a result of the tawfik from Allah. That we are able to partake the sweet scent of love for Allah, love for Rasulullah, and love for the solehin. This love is one that is deep-seated in the hearts. Alhamdulillah that Allah has given you such a major blessing.

You have love [for Allah, Rasulullah, and the solehin] and to your knowledge, the love that you have is one that is on the right path.

I wish to ask all of you men and women. Every one of us has a target in our lives. What is your objective for sitting here? What are your life goals?

Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam encourages us to be ambitious and set a big goal. For anything that you wish to ask from Allah, ask Him for great things, ask Him to grant you the highest Heaven - Syurga Firdaus.

A poet once said: if you have a target, a vision, or a desire, then do not settle for anything that is below the stars.

Speaking of ambitions, we are reminded of a sahabi (a companion of the Prophet). He is Sayidina Amar bin Jamuh. He is old and limping. So that makes him ineligible to participate in a battle. For that reason, his children prevented him from joining the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam to go to war. Sayidina Amar was not happy about this. He was a highly ambitious man. So he went to see Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam complaining about his children. He badly wanted to be involved in jihad.  

"O Rasulullah, my children are not letting me join you in jihad fi sabillillah."
The Prophet responded: "What is it that you want from jihad, O Amar?"
"I wish to set my limping foot in Heaven!"

At seeing Amar's bold ambition, the Prophet relented. Amar was enlisted in the army. He fought and died as a syahid. His dream came true. He made it to Heaven, limping.

I ask from Allah, so that we will not leave this place unless He grants us a strong determination, a high aspiration to earn His redha. Such a character is natural for real men, like Sayidina Umar Abdul Aziz who said: 'I do not achieve something good, only to want something that is much better than that.'

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Habib Faishol ended his tausiyah with a lengthy and meaningful du'a. One du'a is for Allah to make us pleasing to the hearts of our guru.

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin.



Habib Umar bin Hafiz
at Masjid Raya Bandung
24 Sept 2019


Video source:
Credit: Nabawi TV and Nahdatul Ulama Indonesia

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"Jika kau mempunyai keinginan, 
maka janganlah engkau rela 
dengan keinginan yang di bawah bintang."
- Penyair Arab


Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Opener | The Provider |The Healer

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah that we have witnessed some amazing times of our lives thus far. He is Time. Therefore, anything and everything which had been manifested in the times that passed was all about Him and His Power, His Beauty and His Perfection. 

His Plans prevailed and will always prevail. Two years ago when I decided to work on a part-time basis and planned to base myself in Penang, He was quick to place me in a better circumstance, something that never crossed my mind. He is indeed the Opener of new doors and new paths - to success, happiness, and better wisdom.

I strongly encourage you to recite Salawat Fateh. Now that Rabiul Awwal is over, I stopped reciting the salawat which Habib Umar bin Hafiz prescribed for Rabiul Awwal 1441 Hijri, and I have moved on to Salawat Fateh, prescribed by Habib Umar in 2016:

Allahumma salli wa salim wa barik ala Sayyidina Muhammad
O Allah, bestow Your prayers and peace upon our master Muhammad

Al Fatihi lima ughliq
the one who opens that which is closed

wal khatimi lima sabaq
the seal of those that came before

nasiril haqqi bil haqq
the defender of truth with truth

wal haadi ila siratal mustaqim
the guide to the straight path

wa ala alihi wa sohbihi
and upon his family and companions

haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihil azim
befitting his immense position and grandeur 



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There's a new recommended practice I discovered on Facebook. It's taught by Ustazah Asma', one popular Malaysian da'ie. She taught this to a group of students. Recite it every time you drink plain water especially if you have special health-related needs.

Allah humma inni
as aluka 'ilman nafi'an
wa rizqan wasi'an
wa shifa an
min kulli da in   

O Allah, grant me beneficial knowledge
and plenty of rizq 
and cure all illnesses.

Take note that rizq (provisions) would include getting good/caring teachers/supervisors etc., not just money. And illness should include those which are non-zahir i.e. hasad, ujub etc.

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Do make notes, practice, and share.

I was delighted to have read a Facebook posting of my schoolmate. She's in the same class when we're 16 and 17. She's just obtained a Ph.D. qualification MaShaAllah and she is a regular tholabul ilmi. She wrote some notes from a majlis taa'lim she attended on 26 Nov 2019, translated as below:

According to Ustaz Syed Norhisham bin Tuan Padang:
Imam Al Ghazali wrote in a poem: knowledge is like an animal you are hunting. Taking notes of lessons that you learn is analogous to tying up the hunted beast. It would be stupid for one who took the trouble hunting for it, only to let it roam free because he/she did not tie it up.

To learn is fard (obligatory).
Taking notes is sunnah.
Sharing knowledge wins you a reward.
Practicing knowledge brings barakah.

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So I deduce from the above, blogging (writing notes on useful lessons) is a sunnah.
Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Menuntut ilmu itu fardu
Mencatat ilmu adalah sunnah
Berkongsi ilmu itu satu pahala
Mengamalkan ilmu itu satu keberkatan

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Habib Umar bin Hafidz in East Kalimantan - 17 Sept 2019 | Tabligh Akbar "A million prayers for Kaltim"

Bismillah.


"In case we don't get to meet again...let's convene at the well of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam."
"Promise...we shall meet at the well of Prophet Muhammad."
"May our faces recognize one another at the well of Prophet Muhammad."


"Praise be to Allah...for we are here to face the Lord. Direct our hearts to Allah. Make tawassul (connection) to the one who is closest and most noble in the sight of Allah."


"Be grateful that we have been created as the ummah of Prophet Muhammad even though we did not ask for it. One who knows the significance of this matter, Allah will not disappoint him/her.  Allah is Most Generous. He knows what is in the heart, He knows our minds, He knows our secrets and that which is even more secret. Allah is ever watchful of anything that appears in the heart. He knows what is coming next. O Allah, restore our hearts, a heart that will never be spoiled again. Make us istiqamah, and never to digress again."



"In every forty people among you, there is one wali. How many "group of forty" do we have here this evening? Imagine the number of awliya."

"We may be physically here, but in reality, we are at a grandeur place. The people of heaven are proud of you. Have certainty that none can grant mercy save Allah. None can protect us from calamities, save Allah. Is there a modern invention that is capable of preventing earthquakes? It is a sign of Allah's power. Calamities befall a nation on account of their misdeeds."



"Sayidina Umar pleaded to Sayidina Abbas Ibn Mutalib, asking him to make a petition to Allah for they had been suffering from a severe drought, and he did so because Sayidina Abbas was a close relative of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.  Sayidina Abas began his du'a by admitting the fact that a musibah (calamity) befalls a nation due to their wrongdoings and that Allah would only remove the musibah if the people would repent. By the blessings of Prophet Muhammad, grant them their wishes. And instantaneously it rained in Madinah and Makkah."

"How much have we sinned? Our zahir and batin. Our hearts and limbs? None can forgive us except Allah. Let us improve our tawbah. Whoever is serious and sincere about making tawbah and determined not to repeat his/her mistakes, Allah will surely accept such tawbah. Let us all, everyone who is gathered here repent. Make a strong intention to pray, pay the alms, fast, and be dutiful to our parents, maintain good relationships. Those who have a tendency to lie, make an intention to guard your words. Allah loves that a person makes tawbah. He rejoices in His servants making tawbah more than someone who is happy at finding the treasures he'd lost. He is happy even though He has no need for His creations. Allah loves a servant who makes tawbah who makes an effort to purify him/herself."
  
"O Allah, make us among those who love to repent and correct ourselves. Purify us before we leave. Forgive us. Replace our wrongdoings with good deeds. We leave it to You O Allah for the wrongs we did unto Your servants. Let us convene with Prophet Muhammad. Make all who are present here to gather again at the well of Prophet Muhammad, people who make sincere tawbah. And when we are there, let us remember what is said here."

  

"O Allah, beautify our limbs with all kinds of servitude. Beautify our secrets with the lights of witnessing You. Grant us our wishes, both that concerns our religion and our worldly matters. Let's promise to reunite at the well of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam. And that we would know one another at the gathering."

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Pic and video recording credit: Nabawi TV
Kaltim = Kalimantan Timur/East Kalimantan


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Qasidah Qul Ya'Adzim | Habib Kadzim's counsel in conjunction with Rabiul Awwal 1441 Hijri

Bismillah.

This has to be here, a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite qasidah - Qul Ya Adzim. The video is three days old. Take it as a sweet Rabiul Awwal gift.

As a matter of fact, Nabawi TV has been gifting its followers and supporters with amazing live streaming of Habib Kadzim's tausiyah in Indonesia since 9 Nov 2019. The channel was launched by the venerable Habib Umar bin Hafiz in 2015 if I am not mistaken.

Below is a brief summary of recommended practice and advice (mauidhatul hasanah) from Habib Kadzim, given on several occasions in Indonesia in this blessed month of Rabiul Awwal:

  • "From the bottom of my heart, please use siwak and quit smoking. Siwak is a sunnah from the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam. Smoking is not an act of any sahabah or anbiya." "Siwak is from Rasul. Cigarettes are from Shaytan." From East Kalimantan to Surabaya to Jakarta, Habib Kadzim kept encouraging people to use siwak. "Replace cigarettes with siwak." When a person uses siwak prior to performing solah, Allah will have redha upon him/her and would grant 70 times reward for each solah made. So that in the akhirah we will be amazed at the number of rewards that we are given just because of a small act of using siwak. Someone who makes it a habit to use siwak, his/her last words upon death would be la ilaha illallah. For that reason, shaytan truly hates siwak.
  • That you should make a strong intention to perform hajj so that Allah would facilitate and make it happen. And should you die before going for hajj, Allah would regard you as one who has fulfilled the hajj.
  • At the minimum, you should recite 10 salawat in the morning (after Subuh) and 10 in the evening (after Maghrib). If you are too busy and forgot about it, then you should recite 20 salawat before you sleep. One who does this will be guaranteed of shafaat from Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam. If you could recite 100 times that would be better as Allah would grant your wishes for both dunya and akhirah, and protect you from anything that you dislike. It would be even better to recite 100 salawat after each of the five solah, so that you will have made 500 salawat in a day. There are pious people who make 25,000 salawat in a day and the guru to my guru, to his guru, customarily recites 25,000 salawat, 25,000 Ya Allah and 25,000 la ilaha illallah. On Fridays, make 80 salawat after Asar. According to a hadith Allah would pardon 80 years of your sins. Do so with an intention to enliven the sunnah of Rasulullah. The time nearing Maghrib, before sunset is the time of Saidatina Fatimah who is also known as Al Batul, one who performed plenty of ibadah continuously.
  • Recite Jazallahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan mahuwa ahluh. Imam Sha'rani recites this 100 times every night. If you can't, then at least recite it 3 times. One who makes this salawat would keep 70 angels occupied with recording the rewards for 1000 days.
  • Recite Astaghfirullah lil mukmina wal mukminat 27 times after each of the five solah. And for Subuh, do also recite 27 times before. If you can't then just recite 27 times after.     
  • Take a bath on Friday morning and make niyyat so that Allah would purify your heart and soul. It is important to purify our heart because Allah looks at our hearts, whereas people look at our outer appearance. If you make such an intention, Allah would look at your heart with a special attention. 
  • Recite Surah Al Kahf on Fridays. If you can't read the entire surah, then you should recite the first 10 verses so that you would be protected from Al Masih ad-Dajjal.
  • Be early for Friday prayers, turn up before the khatib goes on the mimbar, so that you will be rewarded as if you had given one camel for charity.
  • After solah Jummah and after any majalis that you attend, recite Zikir AzimSubhanakallah humma la ila ha illa anta wa astaghfiruka wa atubu ilaik so that Allah would seal what you have learned until Qiyamah.
  • After taking wudhu, recite Ashhadu an lailaha illallah wa ash hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa Rasuluh. Many people already memorize this. Be sure to internalize it and not just say it because that would unlock the doors to all eight Heavens.
  • Wear a white outfit on Fridays because it is sunnah and leave your colorful outfits for other days.
  • Cut your nails on Fridays. Based on a sound hadith, you would be cured of 70 illnesses and given 70 medications (cure).
  • Fulfill all five obligatory prayers (solah), ideally in a congregation, so that your rizq will be blessed with lots of barakah.
  • Read the Al Quran at least one page every day. If you can't, then at least recite Surah Al Ikhlas.    
  • Recite Subhanallah 100 times, so that you would be rewarded as if you had performed hajj a hundred times. If you recite subhanallah wa bihamdih, you will have a date tree made of nur, planted for you in Heaven.
  • Show your gratitude that Allah has given you good health and eased your affairs, by attending majlis taalim and mawlid.
  • Serve your parents. Be good to them.
  • Cover your head with a skullcap (kopiah)
  • Wear a ring.
  • Make one rakaat of witir.
  • Get up slightly early before Subuh to perform Qiyamulail.

In conclusion, try to do as many of the sunnah as you can. Ty adding bit by bit until more and more light would seep into your heart so that your yearning for Rasulullah would increase and your longing to meet Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam would also increase. So that we belong with the people, or rather the relatives of the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam, whom he longs to meet, as related in a hadith.

 
Habib Musa Kadzim at Cidodol, Jakarta on 23 Nov 2019
Credit: Majelis Rasulullah SAW and Nabawi TV Indonesia






Alhamdulillah wa shukru lillah.
: )

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Dalailul Khayrat Recitation by Muhammad Qalby on Nabawi TV

Bismillah,

I am very pleased to have discovered this beautiful recital of Asmaun Nabi (the Prophet's names) from Dalailul Khayrat on Nabawi TV YouTube channel.
Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah!

It's a pretty new recording. It's dated 29 Oct 2019, so that's about two weeks old whereas my Dalailul Khayrat kitab is 10 years old. It's dated 1st March 2009. About a month before this blog began. MaShaAllah! 

But...it's never too late to begin, or begin again...and begin again.

201 names of the Beloved of Allah - let's listen to them, recite them and feel them. It takes only 19 minutes.

At a mawlid celebration, I attended yesterday, the ustaz said, salawat is, in fact, sunnatullah and not just the sunnah of Prophet, because Allah Himself offers greetings and salutations to Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.

So consider the importance of making salawat.

May Allah guide us all. May Allah make it light on our tongues to praise Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam. May Allah make our hearts yearn for him salallah alaihi wasalam. May by his blessings, we would attain a big and meaningful success in this dunya and akhirah, especially.

Aameen.




Dalailul Khayrat

My 10 years old Kitab. May Allah forgive me for the time I had wasted.
Let's make an intention so that each day of the next 10 years
shall not pass without the recital of Asmaun Nabi.
Aameen.

PDF File: 201-Names-of-Our-Master-and-Prophet

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Merciful | Hadith Ar-Rahmah ijazah from Habib Kadzim As-Seggaf, delivered at Masjid Nurur Rahmah, Surabaya Indonesia on 11 Nov 2019

Bismillah.




Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Allah The Most Merciful has shown His generous mercy upon us again and again. Glory be to Him, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Kareem, Ya Wali, Ya Wadud.

Alhamdulillah that Allah has blessed this region with the presence of the venerable Habib Kadzim As-Seggaf in conjunction with Mawlid Ar-Rasul 1441 Hijri. 

By the grace of Allah I was able to listen to his tausiyah on 12 Rabiul Awwal at Monas in Jakarta, and then in Malang, then Gresik and last night was a special one, held in Surabaya. A heap of thanks goes to the Indonesian-based Nabawi TV YouTube channel, for organizing all the wonderful live streamings.

The tausiyah held at Masjid Nur Rahmah in Surabaya was special because Habib Kadzim had granted ijazah for Hadith Ar Rahmah bil Awaliah [Hadith of Mercy]. He did so upon request from Habib Idrus Al-Aydrus who wanted it to be a blessing so that the jamaah would have a stronger connection to the mashaikh.

According to Habib Kadzim, he had received the ijazah for Hadith Ar-Rahmah from his guru Habib Zain bin Ibrahim bin Samait on the compound of Masjid Nabawi in Madinah. Habib Zain had received the same ijazah from his guru Habib Abdul Kadir bin Ahmad As-Saggaf who had received it from the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam.

Habib Kadzim made the audience recite after him the said hadith as follows:
Ar Rahimu yarhamu humur Rahman
tabaraka wa taala
ir hamu man fil ardhi
yar hamukum man fis samaa'

In short, it means, Allah Ar-Rahman, the Merciful will show mercy to those who are merciful. Therefore, show mercy towards those on earth, so that the angels in Heaven would also be merciful towards us.

This Hadith Ar-Rahmah is usually given by a shaykh to his mureed as the first hadith which the shaykh had heard from his teacher and it traced all the way back through a chain of transmission right to the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam.

I was reminded of the first time I heard it from Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ya'qoubi of Damascus when he visited KL in December 2009. In fact, when I reviewed some of the old postings of 2009, I came across the first posting I ever made about Habib Kadzim, it was dated 13 April 2009, just a few days after this blog came into being, MaShaAllah!

So I regard this visit by Habib Kadzim in 2019 as a merciful reminder from Allah for this faqir to look back 10 years ago, and refresh, and strengthen her resolve. Indeed 2009 seemed like a great year.

Let's have the links here: 

It gave me great joy in reading the wonderful comments left by the visitors at that time. Revisiting these two postings had truly rejuvenated my tired spirit. We have come a long way. Ten years have passed just like that.

I am motivated now, to increase my himmah in following the advice and awrad given by Habib Kadzim this time around. The key messages/practices are the same as what he had recommended ten years ago. We cannot afford to wait another 10 years for another so-called "second chance"!

Yesterday at a majlis in Gresik, Habib Kadzim, yet again urged the audience to recite:

Astaghfirullah lil 
mukmina 
wal mukminat

To recite 27 times after each solah, but for Subuh, one should also recite it 27 times before the prayer, if possible, otherwise, just recite 27 times after.



Habib Kadzim As-Seggaf at Masjid Nurur Rahmah, Surabaya
11 Nov 2019

May by the blessings of Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam in this blessed month of Rabiul Awwal, may Allah grant us tawfiq to do as told.
Aamiiin.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of the visitors who had left such kind words in both the old (2009) postings shared above. You have revived my spirits, that once upon a time as early as 2009 this blog had such lovely vibes. May Allah bless you abundantly.
Aaamiiin.

2009 --- 2019

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Reference:
Recording of Habib Kadzim's tausiyah and ijazah ceremony held at Masjid Nurur Rahmah, Surabaya on 11 Nov 2019 was provided by Nabawi TV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8plppsia2jM


Sunday, November 10, 2019

12 Rabi'ul Awal 1441 Hijri | Habib Kadzim As-Segaf at MONAS, Jakarta, 9 Nov 2019



Bismillah.

It was a delight following the live streaming by Nabawi TV on the Mawlid celebration held in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday, 9th of Nov 2019. It was a delight seeing the beautiful crowd gathering at MONAS. It was indeed a beautiful and special assembly on the occasion of Mawlid An-Nabi. 

Below is my humble attempt at translating into English the translation of Habib Kadzim's speech made by Habib Ja'far Al-Attas. It is almost verbatim though some parts have been abridged, slightly. And some parts might have been omitted inadvertently. Do highlight to me any mistakes that you may find and pardon me for that. For those of you who understand the Indonesian language or Malay, it would be better that you listen to Habib Kadzim's speech on Nabawi TV YouTube channel at this link.
With due respect to the other speakers at the event, Habib Kadzim spoke from 1:42:36 to 2:45:59.

One other notable speaker at the event was Habib Muhammad bin Umar bin Hafiz, the son of the eminent Habib Umar bin Hafiz. You will notice the praiseworthy adab showed by Habib Muhammad who kept his speech very brief and rushed back to his seat. He appeared to have quickly ended his talk after admitting that he had only spoken because it was an instruction from his guide Habib Kadzim. MaShaAllah Tabarakallah.

Habib Kadzim bin Ja'far As-Segaf is a senior murid of Habib Umar bin Hafiz of Yemen. He was also the guide for the late Habib Munzir Al-Musawa, a prominent and much-loved da'ie of Indonesia who passed away in 2013.

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Translation of Habib Kadzim's speech:

Praise be to Allah who is generous, who honored us with His grace, that we are gathered here at this place. That Allah honors us with the light of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam. The light, as narrated in the Quran: "Verily, there has come to you a convincing proof (Prophet Muhammad) from your Lord, and We sent down to you a manifest light (the Quran)."

The Prophetic lights that we received would open up our chests, illuminate our hearts and minds with such brilliant lights. When Allah expands our chests, we are able to comprehend our life here in this world and in the hereafter. We become aware of these worldly bounties leading to the eternal bounties in the hereafter. When the heart is pleased with Allah, the person would turn to Him truthfully. Just as the sahabah and the tabi'in (companions) who faced Allah and the Prophet with much longing. They performed ibadah towards Allah with great affection and yearning, for He has blessed them with iman and Islam.

When the intellect is illuminated with the Prophetic light, we would understand how best to perform ibadah for Allah. When the intellect is illuminated with the Prophetic light, we would have knowledge of the most appropriate form of ibadah that could bring us closer to Allah and Rasulallah.

We would understand the lessons and examples from the Prophet, lessons that were all beautiful and graceful that originated from Allah, and not from himself. As Allah has said [in the Quran]: the Prophet did not speak from his nafs, but it is all a revelation from Allah.

We should be grateful that Allah loves this ummah by virtue of His beloved Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam. A majority of this ummah will occupy the Heavens. The ummah of Prophet Muhammad does not live very long and yet the rewards for their ibadah are multiplied by the blessings of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.

As related in a hadith by Imam Tirmidhi related by Abdullah bin Mas'ud: the lifespan of the ummah of Prophet Muhammad is between the age of 60 and 70. And very rarely they exceed that age.

Even though their life is short, there is plenty of ibadah that they could do. There is Friday that is loaded with blessings. As narrated in a sound hadith by Imam Abi Dawud: every step taken to the masjid for Friday prayers will be rewarded as if he had spent a year of fasting and qiyamulail.

Imagine the number of steps that we had taken from our house to the masjid on Fridays, imagine the huge rewards that Allah would grant us. And then, there is the reward of Laylatul Qadar which is better than 83 years 1000 months. Muslims who perform Isha and Subuh in the congregation during Ramadhan, would only take them about 10 minutes, yet they would receive the merits as if they had performed ibadah for 1000 months. Rejoice in this great barakah attributed to Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.   
  
Similarly for those who perform the Hajj. Spending three days in Masjidil Haram is equivalent to 1000 years of worship, and that is the age of Prophet Nuh alaihisalam. There is a hadith by Imam Bazzak, the Prophet said: performing one rakaat of solah at Masjid Nabawi is the same as 1000 rakaat. And the rewards for praying one rakaat at Masjidil Haram is equivalent to 100,000 rakaat.   

We should be grateful that Islam is our religion, a sacred one. It is a religion that is easy. It is the final religion that encapsulates all other religions. It is a religion that gives the right to the physical and spiritual aspects of men. It gives the right to the leaders and ulama (scholars). And it gives full rights to women. There are four surah in the Quran that mentions the rights of women. These are very clear compared to others: Surah An-Nisa, Surah Maryam, Surah At-Talaq, and Surah At-Tahrim.

These surah describe in detail all matters that relate to women. Maryam is the only woman who gets mentioned by Allah, she has a surah named after her. Saidatina Khadijah Al-Kubra (the wife of Prophet Muhammad) held an honorable position but she was not mentioned in the Quran. Saidatina Asiah, the wife of Firaun was not directly mentioned in the Quran. Saidatina Fatimah Az-Zahrah, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad was not mentioned either. Saidatina Maryam was mentioned in the Quran because she gave birth to Prophet Isa alaihisalam. It was incredible that Prophet Isa was given birth by Maryam without a father. This amazing story of the Quran will be cited until Qiyamah. 

This religion honors the rights of women on matters of inheritance, wealth and sainthood. There are many stories of women who are loved by Allah; wives of the prophets, sahabah, and ulama. Allah gives them rights as Muslims.

Islam even gives rights to animals. We are not allowed to kill animals cruelly. We are not allowed to overfeed them. Islam forbids us from mistreating the animals, nor starving them to death. This is how Islam treats animals, so you can imagine how Islam protects the rights of men and women.  

Alhamdulillah that we are Muslims, that we have iman and Islam. Let's be patient with this short life for we shall be rewarded with great favors eternally. Hold strong onto this pure religion. Be grateful that we are ummah of Prophet Muhammad, that we are Muslims. Be grateful for this religion that came through Prophet Muhammad. That the sahabah had strived hard for the sake of this religion. So did Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.

Think about the sacrifices made by the Caliphate of Rasulallah, Sayyidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq; about Sayyidina Umar Al-Khatab who prepared the armies for Rasulallah who paved the way for a lot of victories for Islam. We heard about Sayyidina Uthman ibn Affan who gave away all of his wealth for Rasulallah salallah alaihiwasalam; think about the struggles of Sayyidina Ali bin Abi Talib and his brother Jaafar bin Abi Talib; Sayyidina Talhah and Zubair radhiallahuanhu; Sayyidina Saad bin Muadz and Saad bin Ubadah; Sayyidina Said bin Zaid and Khalid Al-Walid. They were all like stars surrounding Rasulullah salallah alaihiwasalam; they were our salaf, they were pious, they were in front of Prophet Muhammad, they followed his footsteps. We love them even though we are yet to see them. We heard about their noble characters that were loved by Allah. There was not much knowledge during the time of Prophet Muhammad, there was not major amal at that time. There was only love for Allah and makrifatullah (gnosis of Allah) and sacrifices for Rasulallah salallah alaihiwasalam.  

Alhamdulillah, we are like the companions who made sacrifices. We read the Quran, just like them. We tawaf (circumambulate) the Kaabah just like the companions. And we visit Prophet Muhammad just as sahabah and tabi'in did. May Allah make perfect His favors for us, that we will convene with Prophet Muhammad and his companions in Heaven. 

May Allah protect and keep this country peaceful. This gathering is just a small indication of our love for Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam. It does not do justice to the joy and happiness that we have for Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam. We do not doubt the great blessings that Allah would grant to this gathering. 

As ordered by Allah: O you believers, make sujud (prostrate), rukuk (bow), perform ibadah and do good deeds on this earth. And we do as ordered. When Prophet Muhammad is satisfied, happy and proud of us, the companions and awliya would be pleased with us too. As said in the Quran: the awliya are not overcome by sadness nor worry. Nor do they have fear in their hearts.

The awliya have attained ehsan. They performed ibadah as if they could see Allah. This was the state experienced by Talhah and other sahabah. They performed ibadah as if they were seeing Allah. Sayyidina Talhah bin Ubaidillah when he performed ibadah in his garden, he stood in solah as if he was a statue, that the birds would fly to him and perch on him. Such was the degree of his khusyuq (focus) towards Allah. 

Let's be grateful to Allah for this blessing of Islam and iman. This is the greatest blessing from Allah. There are many learned professors, philosophers, and scholars who have yet to be granted hidayah to embrace Islam. Yet those who are present here are Muslims and we glorify Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam. However, our praises for Rasulallah is insignificant compared to the honor that Allah and His angels afford to Rasulallah. The proof that Allah honors Prophet Muhammad is evident in the Quran, He addressed the Prophet with praiseworthy and noble names: Ya ayyuhan Nabi, Ya ayyuhan Rasul. 

The Prophet is mentioned in most surah in the Quran. There are nine surah that do not mention Prophet Muhammad such as Surah Nuh and Li ila fi Quraish. There is wisdom in this as kept hidden by Allah. 

Allah has blessed us with iman and Islam, so strengthen it in our hearts until we die in the kalimah La ilaha illallah Muhammad Rasulallah. Let's strengthen our iman by reading the Quran and by showing a good behavior towards both Muslims and non-Muslims, emulating the way Prophet Muhammad behaved, even towards the Jews in Madinah, and mushrikin and munafiqin in Makkah. Let's follow Prophet Muhammad in our life entirely, in our dealings (mu'amalah) in society.

Let's make salawat for Prophet Muhammad 20 times before we sleep, or 10 times in the morning and 10 times in the evening, as narrated by Imam Tabrani and Bukhari, until we attain syafaah from Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam

And we make salawat to Rasulallah salallah alaihiwasalam 100 times every day after Subuh in the morning and in the evening after Maghrib. So that Allah fulfills our wishes in this dunya and akhirah. As narrated in a hadith by Prophet Muhammad: whoever makes salawat to me in the morning and in the evening for 100 times, Allah will fulfill 100 of his/her wishes; 70 for akhirah and 30 for dunya. Therefore, make salawat, as it would guarantee us of success and happiness; and it would save us from hellfire. 

And we offer our thanks to Prophet Muhammad: may you receive the best rewards from Allah. Thank you O Rasulallah, may you be rewarded by Allah for you have delivered the risalah, you fulfilled the amanah and fought the best jihad.

And he makes istighfar for us while he is in the grave. May Allah reward him with the best favors in dunya and akhirah.

As narrated in a sound hadith, the Prophet said: whoever recites these six phrases: Jaza Allah anna Muhammadan mahuwa ahluh, he would tire the angels in reciting favors for him.

And we add 'Sayyidina' in those six words, before 'Muhammadan' to honor the Prophet. Seventy angels would write the rewards meant for you for 1000 days. One thousand days seem like a big number for us but it is little by His generosity and knowledge. 

This world was discovered 13,000 years ago, so compare that with 1000 days. One day by Allah's measure is equivalent to 1000 years in dunya.

This salawat is traceable to a sound (hassanhadith not known by those who claimed it to be a weak (dhaif) hadith. So recite Jazallahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan mahuwa ahluh until our heart becomes beautiful with love for Rasulallah. When we have a love for Rasulallah, he would love us too and he would miss us.

As narrated in a hadith, the Prophet expressed his longing for his relatives to which Sayyidina Umar remarked: "Are we not your relatives, O Rasulallah?" The Prophet replied, "You are my sahabah. My families are those who come after me, they believe in me and they wish to see me. They long to see my face even if they have to sacrifice themselves and their wealth." 

So, keep nurturing the love and yearning for Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam. We have the mawlid every year to remind us of our love and to increase our affection for Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam.  

In every reminder we make, we explain and clarify the religion, that it is a mercy to all creations, for us and all other creatures. The religion forbids us from polluting the sea and river. It teaches us about the need to keep it clean. The religion teaches us about preserving and protecting the forest, that we cannot simply cut the trees and burn them. This is what we understood about the reality of religion. That this religion brings mercy to men and jinn. Therefore, we strive hard for this deen so that we could enter the Heavens with rivers flowing underneath. 

Allah created eight Heavens in the highest realm. Prophet Muhammad entered the Heavens during Israk Mikraj. There were eight doors. The keys to which are in the hands of all Muslim and Muslimah. Are those keys made of silver or gold? The keys to the Heavens are not made of gold or silver but syahadah: La ilaha illallah Muhammad Rasulallah.   

As narrated by Imam Bukhari from Abi Hurairah radhiallahu anhu: one who takes wudhu and makes perfect his wudhu, raises his hands and recites Ash hadu an la ilaha illallah wa ash hadu anna Muhammad Rasulallah the doors will be opened, and he/she can enter through any of the eight doors.

Therefore, we should keep renewing the meaning of La ilahaillallah Muhammad Rasulallah in our hearts. And let's prepare for our meeting with Allah. We should be happy about our meeting with Allah, as we think about death that is approaching us. Our life in this world is for a limited time. We are created from the earth and we shall return as dust. We shall then eat from the food that is buried in the earth. We shall eat insects and plants from the ground.

But, we have ruh (spirit) that does not feed on food in the ground. The ruh is not buried in the ground. The ruh feeds on zikrullah and it shall return to Allah the Most-High. Therefore, feed our ruh with plenty of zikrullah especially when we are about to sleep and upon waking up. And be grateful to Allah for nikmat Islam. There is no problem in this world except that the solution may be found in Islam, if we follow it properly.

Therefore, hold strong to this religion, purify our hearts from its illness, from pride and hasad. Improve our mannerisms until we could emulate the akhlak of Rasulallah salallah alaihi wasalam, so that people would be attracted to Islam. There will come a time when all the unbelievers would embrace Islam by batches including the Yahud and Nasra. Prophet Isa will descend and emerge as a fair leader. All ahlul kitab would accept Islam. Everyone would embrace Islam. This will come to be true. As mentioned in the Quran, Allah promised to the believers that Allah would give them a just leader (khalifah) like the people before them. This is from Surah Al-Kahf. This is for certain as mentioned by Rasulallah.

This religion will flourish. It is one that is built on love and compassion, devoid of violence. It does not propagate reproach nor hatred. It does not acknowledge coercion. This religion encompasses a wide scope. It has made clear the right path from misguidance. This is a true and clear religion that originates from sanad (chain of transmission) from ulama to ulama from yesteryears; from a teacher to the teachers of the past; to the lineage of saints, right to all the prophets and to Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.

This is a genuine religion that will spread to each corner of the earth and it will be triumphant. And all who are granted tawfik will embrace it, except for some who will be left behind, those who ignore Allah, they are devilish in nature and will be hellbound. They shall face a dreadful torment. That is the reward for those who do not believe, that is the place of shaytan and iblis. They are the source of mischief and destruction on this earth and the source of cruelty, that people abuse one another. They do not receive guidance, they are not within the mercy of Allah. They don't bring good to this world, they don't intend peace in the society or harmony among communities. If they do not repent and try to understand the reality of Islam they will be grouped with the devils and dajjal, the greatest liar.

We are asked to make istighfar in our solah during the last tasyahud to seek protection from fitnah in this life, in the grave and from Massih Ad-Dajjal. May we be protected so that we don't belong with those who will be punished by Allah, those who refuse to abide by the orders of Allah. They are deceived by the glories of this world, making them forgetful. 

Let's disperse from this blessed Mawlid with good intentions, with pure determinations. Let us try to emulate the behaviors of Rasulallah, at home, in our actions, in our journeys, no matter where we are we exhibit the examples set by Rasulallah until it becomes visible the virtues of this religion.

May Allah grant the best reward for Prophet Muhammad, and that Allah will reward the awliya and ulama especially the Wali Songo (the nine saints of Java) and all the awliya and the companions who helped to spread and propagate this great religion in the east and in the west.

May Allah grant a big reward for Syed Munzir Al-Musawa in the hereafter. He passed away and returned to the mercy of Allah after having completed a task for the deen. May Allah bless his grave with the biggest mercy and may Allah give him much good until the Day of Judgment. That all good which you do here will get to the grave of Habib Munzir Al-Musawa.

As narrated in a hadith: he/she will earn the reward of those to whom he/she has guided to good. And those who carry out a good sunnah, the merits shall be for him until Qiyamah. May Allah bless Habib Munzir Al-Musawa and that Allah would make the coming generation pious. May Allah look after his family. May Allah grant them sihah wal afiah.

May Allah bless Habib Muhsin Al-Hamid, may Allah grant good health to him and all the habaib who help in spreading this deen, and those who support the religion will be rewarded directly from Allah and Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam

Praise Allah for this great blessing. We ask from Allah, the Essence Al-Awal, none came before Him, the last Essence and there is no ending for Him. Az-Zahir, nothing is above Him. Al-Batin, there is nothing beneath Him, the Creator of all.

There is not a country, kingdom or government as recorded in history, that has the power to claim to be the creator of mountains and the animals. So how can they have access to the skies? There are countless planets in the Milkyway, all are a creation of Allah. There is no one government that can claim to be the creator of the creatures on earth, what more those creations in the skies?

Praise be to Allah, the Most-Noble, the Creator of all things. He sent us Prophet Muhammad. At this place, today we commemorate the Mawlid. We make salawat and we praise Prophet Muhammad. We send salutations to Prophet Muhammad, we say Assalamualaika Ya Rasulullah, Assalamualaika Ya Habibullah, Assalamualaika Ya Nabi Allah. Assalamualaika Ya Habibullah, Assalamualaika Ya Safwatallah! This gathering is here to honor you O Rasulallah, the hearts wish to honor you O Rasulallah. Increase the glorification, adoration, and love in our hearts for you.

Magnify our love for Rasulallah. Let us praise our great Prophet who brings us out from darkness to light. And may Allah guide us.



O Allah, grant light in our hearts, improve our characters, remove our veils. Fill our hearts with love and longing for Rasulallah until we are able to look upon his noble face in this dunya and in the hereafter; in this world when we die and in the akhirah; in this world, at the well, and in the heaven until we could see his face; in our sleep and in person, as did your elite lovers and your honorable saints and the honorable ulama. They love Nabi. They look upon Nabi and other prophets and their families and companions; and those who follow them in a good way.

O Allah, accept us, shine Your light in our hearts, improve our akhlak. Fill our hearts with love, grant us makrifah, grant us maqam Musyahadah, grant us perfect iman so that we pray to you as if we are seeing you. Grant us maqam Muraqabah so that we are able to feel Your presence at all times that we are able to feel Your presence at all the places we go. Grant us useful knowledge, and a bright light. Make us all who are present as qurrata ain to Prophet Muhammad.

Keep us away from wrongdoings and sins. Grant us aafiyah in this world and the hereafter. Grant us Your pardon in this world and in the hereafter. Grant us safety in this world, for our religion and dunya and in the hereafter. Elevate our ranks to a high station that You are proud of.

Make our face radiant at gazing upon Your Essence. Make our grave a garden of Your Heavens. Make our hearts face You always, and that we are always serving Your Nabi, the Quran, the sunnah of the Prophet and his dakwah, and the awliya Allah.

Make us among those whom You love; who love You and whom You love in return; one who loves You and whom You love; who loves You and loved by You. Protect us from all other attachments except to You.

Make this country safe and peaceful, full of light, knowledge, goodness, and mercy from Allah, and hidayah. Make alive anything that is lost from us, and from the path of solehin. Grant mercy to Your saints in the east and west, Sayyidina Shaykh Abdul Kadir Al-Jailani, Shaykh Abul Hassan As-Shadhili, Sayyidina Fakeh Al-Muqaddam, all who toiled in spreading this religion, all who propagated the teachings, who enlivened the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.

Elevate their stations in Heaven. Grant them plenty of favors. Bless all their students. Make us among those who love for Your sake and do everything that is pleasing to You. Lift all calamities that are afflicting the Islamic countries; all hardships; all dangers; war; diseases and all the troubles; and all that is causing sufferings.

Make us the cause for good, who prevent evils. Bless those who gather and practice sunnah. Do not punish us for our sins and ugliness. Help us pay off all our debts. Remove our troubles and afflictions. Cure our illnesses. Cure the sickness of all Muslims in the east and west, those who are hospitalized and at homes. Descend upon them shifa, cure from Your shifa. None can remove anything except You.

Increase our knowledge. Grant us tawfiq. Make our limbs obedient to You. Make our hearts love You. Make our spirits attain makrifah towards You. Illuminate our intellects. And brighten our hearts. Purify our deeds. Beautify our manners. Give us perfect health and aafiyah. Give us good in this world, and all the rewards in the hereafter.

Allow us to gaze at Your Majestic Essence. Allow us to gaze at Your Majestic Essence. Give us the joy of looking at Your Great Essence, without having to go through punishment and interrogation, without reckoning; with Your Most Compassionate Essence, the Most-Holy.

O Allah, Most-Sacred, Al-Awal, Al-Akhir, Ya Qawiyal Matin, the One who loves all who are poor. We are all Your servants sitting before You, we are faqir waiting at Your door. We are poor and faqir kneeling before You. Honor us with obedience towards You. Migrate us from wrongdoings to obedience; from heedlessness to zikir; from illness to good health; from hardships to prosperity; from turning our backs to You, to facing You. Grant us all good from You. Increase our iman and yaqin; give us good health, knowledge, and all the favors; and all the blessings that You give to your honorable servants.

WaSalamualaikum warahmatullah.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Prophetic pass

Bismillah.

There is no doubt that Habib Umar bin Hafiz's actions have inspired many people to learn more, do more and become more. I will speak/write from my own experience with the hope that more people would want to read up/listen to Habib Umar's advice over the years especially on the importance of learning and reciting salawat for Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.

Thanks to the advancement of social media (yes, there are plenty of socmed pros too ok), yup, thanks especially to Muwasala who has been active on various socmed platforms in propagating lessons given by the venerable Habib Umar bin Hafiz, particularly on the various "new" salawat that the habib would ask people to recite in Rabiul Awal each year.


If you care to search, this blog has been following the annual Rabiul Awal salawat challenge (or rather amanah) since 2015. Except for 2018 cos I slacked in blogging.

It is interesting to note that the salawat which Habib Umar prescribed this year (2019) contains one same line with the salawat he taught us in 2015 - that is wa adzib huzna qalbi. It means: "remove the sadness in my heart."

So in 2015, he asked us to recite the recommended salawat for 10,000 times; in 2016 he prescribed the well known Salawat Fatih for 10,000 times; in 2017 another "new" salawat for 3,000 times, and in 2018 he tasked us with reciting another new salawat for 5,000 times.

This year the minimum recommended recital is also 5,000 times. Please refer to the posting dated 29 Oct 2019.

Habib Umar bin Hafiz is [I repeat] a true leader as he is able to inspire people to learn more, do more and become more. I am one of those, Alhamdulillah, who have been deeply inspired by the Habib. By his barakah, for 2019 challenge, I have been able to recite 3300 times, so far. Alhamdulillah. I am determined to exceed the 5000-target because according to Habib Umar, those who do more, will get more rewards from Allah.

I wish to impress upon the young ones in my family (some of them follow this blog) to make an attempt to learn salawat and make it a habit because I reckon, the merits for those who recite plenty of salawat are worth more than a million dollars. It is like the mother of all VIP pass there is. No, it is not comparable to the other mortals because Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam is THE Beloved of Allah. Those other so-called VIPs, who cares?

I wish to remind you, O young man/woman, it does not matter how bad your days/years had been; it does not matter if some people cut ties with you, belittle you, or if for any reason you feel left out, it does not matter, as long as you keep an open express channel with Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam. Reciting salawat is the Prophetic-pass, the only pass you will ever need. And it will sort out everything for you. Not only will it sort things out for you, but it will also elevate you. Elevate you it will, to a better consciousness, better peace of mind, and ultimately it could place you at a better "seat" in the Hereafter. Let those who take pride in their fancy superbikes or Ferraris or whatever, let them speed as they wish, but you, we, let us speed up on the express-lane to Prophet Muhammad.

OK?

It's been a week since I memorized the salawat which Habib Umar taught us this year. What do I feel? I feel so much calmer as I am able to recognize and discard all nonsense and just move forward with the salawat, hoping for more shafaat from the Prophet and more bounties from Allah. I also feel that 5000 is achievable. It's not that difficult if we really want it hard enough. I will be 50 next year, and I've made an intention to recite 50,000 salawat from now until my birthday month in the year 2020 InShaAllah, bi-iznillah. It would be the best birthday present one could give to oneself. Forget those thematic fancy birthday parties. Who cares? [We can have a much grander party if we get admitted to Heaven. I am already dreaming about my hairstyles there LOL]

And do not be shy about it. Don't be shy talking about it, just as I am not shy about sharing and promoting it. Because as said Habib Umar bin Hafiz, and I quote this from Muwasala FB: 
"Those who spread, share and publish prayers upon the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam are among those who are closest to him because they will have the reward of all those who bestow prayers upon him as a result of their efforts. They have a high rank in the sight of Allah and His Messenger salallah alaihi wasalam."

Who cares about being a celebrity in this world? Who cares about having tonnes of followers on IG or having a blue-tick next to one's name? We should care about having a high rank in the sight of Allah and Prophet Muhammad.

Our path is one that is private and direct to the one man that matters most - Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.

So hurry up!

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The Salawat prescribed by Habib Umar bin Hafiz for Rabiul Awal in 1441 Hijri/2019:
Allahumma Ya Robba
Sayyidina Muhammad wa ali Sayyidina Muhammad
solli 'ala Sayyidina Muhammad
wa 'ala ali Sayyidina Muhammad 
wa soh bihi wasallim 'adada 'ilmik
wa az hib huzna qalbi (remove sadness from my heart)
fid dunya wal akhirah (in this world and the hereafter)

wa far rij kuruba ummatihi (relieve the hardship of this ummah)
wa hawwil ahwa lahum (and make their state)
ila ahsanil ahwal (the best possible state)
Ya Rahman


Habib Umar bin Hafiz
[Pic credit: Habib Umar followers]

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Gurindam Wahai Saudara

Bismillah.

Wahai Saudara,
Aku di sini lebih lama
Atas jemputan Al Muqaddim,
Si Pemula segala gerak,
Si Empunya gedung tawfik
Sang Pengatur semua, atas inayahNya

Demi guru-guru pembimbing
Aku nyatakan di sini pesan-pesan mereka
Bahawa diamlah engkau berteman Yang Qadim
Berpaut di dahan meninggi ke langit
Dengan hati nan pasrah
Bak amanat seorang Murabbi
'Merendah diri lah,
kerana ilmu tidak berhimpun di tempat tinggi.
Ibarat air
yang hanya bertakung di lembah.'

Telah aku bermula bersama Al Awwal
Setia ke akhir, denganNya ku pohon
Jadi apalah hendak dihairankan
pada watak-watak yang tidak pernah diundang datangnya?
Apalah ertinya, pujian manis bersulam dusta?
Di mana nilainya, pada yang datang dan pergi?
Si Muhaddas tak mengerti diri
Menyinggah menitip fitnah
Lantas berlalu, terbang bak debu-debu
Tiada meninggalkan bekas apa pun

Sedangkan yang Haq
akan tetap berkata-kata
Biarpun tanpa dia, dia dan dia
Dan tanpamu, saudara.

Selagi aku kenal dan kekal bersama Yang Qadim
Bahagiaku, tidak berpaksi penanda aras ciptaanmu
Allah Hu, Dia bersamaku.
Itu cukup memadai bagiku!

- E.Ismail
Lisan al-Din
10 tahun mengimbau pengajaran
2009 - 2019
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"Seandainya Allah perlihatkan pahala kesabaran, pasti banyak manusia yang berlumba-lumba mendekati ujian."
- Habib Umar bin Hafiz
@Pena_Tarim



Tuesday, October 29, 2019

One birthday that matters | Welcoming Rabi'ul Awal

Bismillah.

The only birthday that matters this year and every year, takes place in this blessed month of Rabiul Awal.

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Who cares about those seemingly cool, fanciful, thematic birthday parties for other mortals? Who cares?

My life began to matter the year I realized the existence of the honorable Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam. My existence began to carry meaning only from the time I became conscious of making salawat for the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam. The times, the years prior to this realization, were as if, nullified, as if I was not yet alive.

It is quite likely that our years in the grave will be greater than the number of years we spend on this earth. Do you think those who are still alive when we are dead, would care about planning an elaborate party for us every single year, on our birthday? No way. But it is our salawat that would light up our grave, way brighter than all the birthday cakes' candles could. 

But, yes, there is a very small group of people who are extremely special that their passing is remembered hundreds of years after their demise; that their names live on, long after their death. And these people never bothered about celebrating birthdays.

For Muslims, the only one birthday that should matter is that of the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam.  I came to this consciousness quite late in life, that I do not care about how many assets, qualifications, etc. I have to this day, instead, I rejoice with much gratitude and humility, the number of salawat that Allah has made easy for me to memorize to this day, that He made light on the tongue to recite. This is the most expensive "branded" stuff we should be proud to carry. Our attachment to making salawat is a mark of achievement. This is my advice to the young ones in my family who follow this blog.

Moreover, as said Habib Umar bin Hafiz and this I picked up from Muwasala IG, the more we thank Allah for the blessing i.e. our connection with the Prophet through salawat, our knowledge about his prophethood, greatness, and station in the sight of Allah; the more we thank Allah for these, the more Allah would increase the blessings. So acknowledge the blessings we have been given.

Now, here's another new salawat to learn and memorize by heart, and recite over and over. The "challenge" given by Habib Umar bin Hafiz for this year is to recite it 5000 times in this blessed month. [Source: Muwasala FB] 

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Allahumma Ya Robba
Sayyidina Muhammad wa ali Sayyidina Muhammad
solli 'ala Sayyidina Muhammad
wa 'ala ali Sayyidina Muhammad 
wa soh bihi wasallim 'adada 'ilmik
wa az hib huzna qalbi (remove sadness from my heart)
fid dunya wal akhirah (in this world and the hereafter)

wa far rij kuruba ummatihi (relieve the hardship of this ummah)
wa hawwil ahwa lahum (and make their state)
ila ahsanil ahwal (the best possible state)
Ya Rahman

(Please refer to the original poster below from Muwasala FB for the correct pronunciation and transliteration.)
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Oh well, if you find it hard to memorize, then try this shorter one. This salawat has been quite popular in Malaysia lately as it's taught by many a da'ie.

Jazallahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan 
(sallallah alaihi wasalam)
ma huwa ahluh.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

An English translation of the speech by Habib Umar bin Hafiz, delivered at Monas, Indonesia on 24 September 2019

Bismillah.


Alhamdulillah, praises be to Allah, our foremost praises, befitting the greatness of His blessings and gifts.

There is no God but Allah, who is omnipotent and without equals. In His hands reside all matters and everything shall return to Him. For a person to truly comprehend his/her Spirit in this regard, for him/her, there is no bigger pleasure. There is no person greater in nobility than Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam. We are gathered here by virtue of Allah's greatness and by virtue of the Prophet's preeminence.

Who is the one who assembled you here?
Who made you present?
Who gave you the strength for you to turn up?
Who lets you join the gathering at this place?
      
Should the entire creations plotted for someone to attend and if Allah does not will for the person to be here, he/she will not be here. It is Allah, Himself and His Essence who made you present. It is Allah the Almighty who brought you here. True indeed, it is He Allah who lets us convene here. 

The intention that was rooted in your heart to attend [this majlis] and the capacity that was present in your limbs that enabled you to be present, all are by the permission and the will of Allah. It is Allah the Almighty who gathered you by His blessings.  
Why did Allah make you present here?
Why were you gathered here?
These are divine secrets of His Will and Power.
And these are divine secrets of His Will among men.
And His actions are never in vain.
And His divine will is never worthless. 
Why did Allah bring you? Why did He make you present at this place? He alone, exalted is He, Allah!

Even though you were carried by the angels to come and gather here, given the fact that you were attending for the sake of acquiring knowledge, your presence was possible only by the strength and will from Allah. Indeed, Allah is great and His greatness cannot be fathomed, it is He who assembled you at this event.

Can you imagine this?
Can you feel it?
What do you reckon, the lesson that Allah wants to give?
Why did He make you come here?
And Allah it is He who brought you. 
Who is Allah?

Allah is the One, who would bring together in the Hereafter, people of the past and those who would come in the future. There will be two groupings. One group will occupy the Heavens, and the other is destined for Hell.

Those who are in the Heavens are made of groups and batches. Those who end up in Hell are also made up of groups and clusters. What are these groups and batches? 

Those who are grouped together in the world will be convened in similar groups at the Resurrection. Likewise, the groupings in the world are twofold. One group is meant to go to Heaven, and the other is Hell-bound. 

As for the group who lacks vision and mission on matters of wealth, or ephemeral or any worldly matters, what do you think of them?

And those who are truthfully present, they would be convened by Allah, as one who is noble. Allah the Almighty enabled us to be present and the purpose and secrets of which are magnificent.

Therefore, reflect on our efforts and resolve so that we may attain the bounties that Allah has prepared for us.

Lures from our desires, devils, people, and jinn, would all influence us towards the groups that would disgrace and dishonor us. For example, music groups that perform songs containing negative lyrics. And those who watch obscene nude shows. Or groups whose mission is to discredit the Quran. Or groups who are intent on humiliating and inflicting danger on people. Or groups that do not conform to the Shari'ah. These are the groups who are bound for Hell.

Indeed, it is Allah who made you turn away from those ugly groups. Instead, He honors you by letting you join this worthy gathering. Therefore, be serious in making your heart present with Allah because none shall be beneficial for you in the Hereafter, save your steadfastness and truthfulness.  

Allah says: Today is a fruitful day for those who displayed a strong resolve. Heaven is their reward, with rivers flowing underneath. They will dwell therein for eternity. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Allah.   

Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Allah. Make your heart present and reflect on this statement. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Allah. 

Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Allah. This is indeed an amazing outcome. This is an awesome achievement.
  
O Allah, make us, all who are present in this gathering and those who are listening to this program, make us reap a great bounty. O Allah, let everyone who is present and all who are following, all, everyone, achieve significant success.

Allah is the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth and all that it contains. He is powerful over each and everything. O Allah, You are our Lord, the sovereign owner of all kingdoms in the heavens and in the earth. One who is in control of each and everything. Make the attendees of this gathering and all who are listening and those who support it; make us obtain good fortune.

You have been given the tawfik (strength) to come here, and you have been given the tawfik to make du'a. You left your homes to be on the path of Allah. There is a hadith of Prophet Muhammad that says: 'Whoever travels in pursuit of knowledge, verily he/she is on the path of Allah until he/she gets home.'  

All of you studied, you listened, you made zikir, you were brought to the remembrance of Allah and you remembered. And you glorified Allah and you professed La ila ha illallah. And you sent greetings and salutations to the Prophet salallah alihi wasalam. And you called upon Allah. You pinned your hopes onto Allah. You begged to Allah. You had your intentions for Allah. You pleaded to Allah. You spoke to Allah.   

Allah is indeed closer to each one of us than our jugular veins. Therefore, focus your attention on Him. Firm up your resolve and be more determined about obeying Him, with all your heart and your limbs. This is a sign of your resoluteness with Allah.

Now that you have been granted this splendid blessing, guard yourself against the enticement of your desires and the devils, refrain from engaging in sinful conducts. Not with your heart, nor your limbs. Allah has blessed you with a body, as such do not use His bounties to go against Him.

O the Essence that created the eyes. O Allah, You know how the eyes have transgressed. Forgive our eyes and that of the audience who had misused their eyes. Protect our eyes for the remaining of our lives. Prevent us from using our eyes for evil deeds. Do not disgrace our eyes with sins and wrongdoings.    

O Allah, make our eyes ready to gaze the faces of the Prophets, the saints and those who are pious. And those who lost their lives for Your sake. That we are able to gaze at the Heavens. Honor our eyes so that we are able to gaze at the countenance of the Lord.

Protect your eyes. We have plans to be together in the Hereafter. Prepare yourself for this gathering. Do you not care that you might miss the gathering just because of a small thing like a handphone? Or a blameworthy sighting?

I am truly worried about you, my brother. Think about it. You reflecting on a thing is part of ibadah. Do not lose out on wonderful opportunities, on account of a minor thing. Do not waste the opportunity to be with Prophet Muhammad, the warner, and bearer of glad tidings. Do not waste the chance to befriend this enlightened being.

Be serious about Allah. Leave all the sins committed by your eyes. Do not look down on a Muslim. Do not look at the world and all its glories and fascinations. Do not acclaim infidelity, wickedness, and evils by mingling with it or by praising those shameful acts. Do not laud evil for it is a grave violation and misdeed.   

Do not make glorious anything save the shi'ar (signs) of Allah for these are the symbols of the religion. Among the greatest signs of the religion are the Prophets, the Apostles, the Kaabah and the Al-Quran. 

Partake in the glorious Quran. Discuss and contemplate on the Al-Quran. Do not boycott the Al-Quran. Do not distance yourself from the Quran for therein lies plenty of light, gifts, and virtues. The five daily prayers are another great shi'ar of Allah. Earlier, you were reminded to observe the five daily prayers and to perform it in the congregation.   

Those who use siwak prior to offering prayers would receive 70 times greater rewards than those who don't. We are being indoctrinated on using the latest electronic gadgets, but we are not being educated on siwak. You have to prevent yourself from being a shameful follower. Anything that is not favored by Allah the Almighty is blameworthy.
  
Consider the attributes of the noble people of the past. Allah says: Verily Allah adorns you with iman and beautifies your heart and Allah has made you loathe wickedness, infidelity, and evil. These are the people who are guided and blessed with His bounties.

Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing and All-Wise. Ya Alimu Ya Hakim, grant us your blessings and gifts just as You have bestowed upon those who are before us, the companions of your Prophet and his family. Gather us together with them. Strengthen our footing on their tariqa and their path. There are many thoughts that try to derail us from their path. Our children and women are being influenced by these notions. But we are not following them. Those who do, are foolish, they slipped. They disobey the orders of the Lord. They forsake the opportunity to follow the beloved of Allah, the chosen man Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihiwasalam. None shall achieve blessedness by disobeying the Creator. There are plenty of signs alluding to felicity that occurred among the righteous (Mukminin). In reality, they are the ones who achieve the honor. As can be seen in this world, the real benefactor of bliss is the Mukminin. Honor and glory belong to Allah, the Apostles, and the righteous. But the disbelievers (munafiq) do not realize this.

O Allah, educate our hearts. Do not allow a single speck of ingratitude in our hearts. Or stupidity that might cause us to join the hypocrites. Honor us with servitude towards You. And that we are able to humble ourselves before You.

This gathering is visible on earth but its pearls and diamonds will be in the heavens as we gain blessings and honor by attaining the blessings of Allah the creator of the heavens and the earth.  

"Be witness O My Angels, that We have forgiven all of them." This is glad tidings from Allah which Prophet Muhammad had related.

Consider and reflect upon what we have just elaborated so that you understand the purpose of this gathering. Protect your limbs from wrongdoings. Do not let your tongue utter anything that is forbidden by Allah. Instead of backbiting, slandering or defaming anyone, let your tongue engage in zikrullah and selawat to Prophet Muhammad. Offer counsel to fellow Muslims and non-Muslims too. Your counsel toward a non-Muslim might become a cause for Allah to grant him/her hidayat (guidance) converting him/her from a non-believer to Islam. Whoever becomes the reason for anyone to receive hidayah, that is, in fact, better for him than the red camels. Therefore, enjoin yourselves in the battalion serving Allah so that you may be admitted as the armies for the Prophets and Apostles.  They are the true winners in this world and the hereafter.

Listen to the words of Allah. Listen to the words of Allah. And not the words of the lowly people. Not the speech of those who prevent people from thinking for their own good. [Unsure about this sentence as I couldn't figure out this part as clearly as the rest.]

Do not listen to people's speech. Listen to the words of Allah.

We will help our Apostles and the righteous who are with them in this world and during the resurrection, the day when no excuse will be granted to the oppressors.

You will see many world leaders who will be terrified and crying in the hereafter. You will see the millionaires in tears out of despondency and dejection. There will be many who, during their lifetime was so used to receiving applause whenever they appear, but their plea for pardon will not be accepted. That is the day when the tyrants will not be forgiven. They will be cursed and they will end up at a stinking abode. 

"As decreed, We have determined for our servants who become messengers, that they will be defended and they will be victorious. Indeed Our armies will be made triumphant." These are the words of Allah. Have certainty and hold strongly to it.

Indeed, there has been plenty of unrest, chaos, and crisis that went on for years and years. Surely, those who deceived and tyrannized will be humiliated. None shall be destroyed and shamed except those who transgressed from the Lord of the heavens and the earth.  

Be counted as one who is on Allah's side so that you may win His love and be near Him. Look at the legacy of Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam that is the tradition from the effects of his preaching and of Shariat.   

So much so that the late Sayyid Munzir Al Musawa had become affiliated with it. He eventually followed suit, as he listened to the guidance of his teachers and applied it. He took the covenant to connect people with the Lord. He started off with a small group until light engulfed the hearts of those who listened to him. There were evildoers who repented and became devout believers. And they too continued the path. You are proof of the connections you have had with the inheritors of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.
  
Allah showers upon this gathering much tranquility and peace. The fact that you are on the minds of those in the Heavens, is of greater value than you being regarded by people in this world. Indeed, the consequence of this majlis will be very significant in the hereafter.

Allah will call on the people gathered at the Resurrection. "Where are those who love one another for My sake? Where are the people who sit together for My sake? Where are they, people who visited one another for My sake? Who among you helped one another for My sake? On this day I shall place you under my Throne, this day when there is no other shelter except that which I have prepared."   

May we belong with them and that we get enlisted with them. Therefore, let us become the armies of Allah. Invite all others to Allah.   

Cleanse and purify your homes from the programs propagated by the enemies of Allah. Look upon your hearts. Purify your hearts from everything that is not favored by Allah. And protect your body and the seven organs: your eyes, ears, tongue, stomach, private parts, hands, and legs. Do not use them except for servitude towards Allah.

Certainly, Allah has honored you with Islam and iman. And among this group, you belong with ahlul sunnah wal jamaah. You are not misguided. Nor are you transgressing in your approach 

We are not involved in discrediting the families and companions of Rasulallah. We do not brand anyone of us as infidels. Nor do we offend the mukminin. We do not kill other Muslims. We do not alter the creed by fusing it with influences from the non-believers. You abide by Imam Shafie on matters that relate to jurisprudence (fiqh). You follow Imam As-Shaari theology. And you are on the quest of cleansing and refining your hearts according to mahzab ehsan, a path led by the Sufis (ahlul tasawuf).

Hold on to these until the time comes for you to meet the Lord. We shall be together again in the Hereafter under the sacred banner of the Prophet (Liwal Hamd); at the well of Rasulallah; as we cross the Bridge (As-Sirat) and as we enter the Heavens. And we shall get everything in the Heavens. And we shall be together when we gaze upon the Holy Countenance of Allah!

O Allah, keep us together, Ya Rahman Ya Rahim. Place us in that row O Allah for You are Most Generous. O Allah, we are asking for a big favor and this is indeed a big group. And our sins are too numerous to count. Even though our sins are insurmountable, we have big hopes that You and the greatness of  Your Essence, could grant us this favor.   

O Allah, indeed, our sins are beyond countable and this is such a huge gathering, but this does not stop us from having big hopes for Your vast mercy. There is no Essence that could forgive something that is big except the Essence that is supreme.   

None could grant a wish so weighty, except the One who is Great. And all who ever felt great and important would fall short and disgraced before His Essence. Pin all your hopes to Allah. Be devoted to Allah, and ask from Him.

Think about this. Habib Sayyid Ali bin Abdul Rahman As-Saggaf is old and not in good health, yet he is present among us. What is it that made him come and be with us? It is because he understands haqiqah and he yearns for something precious and glorious. 

The scholars (ulama) serve as a light for you. May Allah grant him good health and afiah. May we derive much benefit from the ulama and the righteous (solehin) who are still alive with us.  

When you look at them the ulama, you will be reminded of Allah. Hearing them speak could increase your iman. And when you sit with them, you will become more attentive (khusyuq) towards Allah. These are true characteristics of those who are 'aleem. They are like lamps. Allah's mercy descends for their sake. As we lose more ulama, people will fall back.  

We have lost two notable Indonesians. They were two luminaries. In fact, they were like two moons high above. They were  Al Habib Husin bin Abdullah As-Saggaf and Shaykh Maimun Zubir. And there were many other ulama and solehin who had passed away. May Allah grant mercy and elevate their standing. And that Allah would replace this loss by sending us great people like them, here in Indonesia and in every corner of this earth. May we benefit from the ulama who are still with us and that Allah will direct us to beneficial circumstances.   

May Allah grant tawfik to Governor Anis Baswedan. May Allah strengthen his resolve towards Allah. And that he will be facilitated in carrying out his duties in the best possible manner. May Allah improve the affairs of the Rulers and their people, all governments and races. And that Allah will prevent provocations of the Shayatin and protect them from disunity.
   
May Allah protect our hearts and keep it safe from enmities. And that Allah would make each one of us as a cause for far-reaching compassion and love for one another. May Allah protect us from being the cause of harm and evil among Muslims. The best person is he/she who is beneficial to others. There is no deed that is more sinful after polytheism (shirik) than to cause harm and mischief to other people.

We shall now make du'a for one pious person who has just passed away in Yemen. His name is Habib Abu Bakar bin Husin bin Abdillah Al-Hadar. He was offering Subuh prayers in congregation. He returned home afterward to once again lead the Subuh prayer for his family. He then offered to serve his mother and passed away.

O Allah, elevate his stature. Make his grave a garden of Paradise. Replace this loss by giving us more solehin. Place his ruh at the highest Heaven. And that Allah will grant blessings to his families and children.

We pray for Allah's mercy to be granted to all who passed away among us and the audience, and all Muslimin. Whoever among them who is blessed with divine favors, we pray so that Allah will multiply the favors. And those who might be suffering in their graves, we pray so that Allah would forgive them and alleviate all their sufferings. May Allah grant us mercy when the time comes for us to die. 

Come, let us enjoin the battalion of Allah. Magnify your hopes for Allah. Do not ever lose hope of His mercy and bounties. Do not give up in despair. Call upon Allah. Let us all call on Him together:
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah

Know that Allah is listening to you now. He is watching you. You will not be forsaken when you put your hopes on Allah.
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah

Indeed, Allah will answer our pleas. He will forgive those who are sinful. It is He Allah who could help us in this dunya and akhirah, we and our families and each and every one among us. And everyone in our country and all Muslimin. Ask of Allah, beg from Him. Surely you will receive honor and bounties by pleading to Allah.

There are many people in this world who beg from other than Allah. Yet, Allah has honored you. You raise your hands only to Allah. Extend your hands to Allah. Extend your hands to Allah. Humble yourself before Allah. Glory is our Lord, Allah. Indeed Allah is Most Generous.  

He is Allah, O my beloved. He is Allah, O my brothers. He is Allah, O my brothers. He is Allah, O you who are listening to me.
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah
Ya Allahu Ya Allah

Be kind and merciful towards us O Allah, Most Loving. O Allah, give us all that we hope for. Grant us our petitions. Cure those who are ill among us. Grant felicity to those on whom You are testing. We beg You, for a good ending (husnul khatimah). A perfect husnul khatimah. The best supplication is for husnul khatimah. 

Let our last words when we die be La ila ha illallah. La ila ha illallah. 

That we understand completely the true meaning of La ila ha illallah. And that we belong with those who are perfect in their comprehension of La ila ha illallah.

La ila ha illallah Muhamadur Rasulluh salallahualaih wa ala alihi wa sohbih wa salam fikulli lahdhatin abada adada khalqih waridho nafsih wa zinata arshih wa mida dakalimatih.

Al-Fatihah.

We apologize for this lengthy talk. However, all that we have conveyed to you, will prepare you for a long day, coming your way.




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This translation was prepared by this faqir, based upon a video recording published by Nabawi TV Indonesia. The video is available at this link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkPJKBmKmA&t=2927s

The English translation was also guided by the transcript of the original text (in the Indonesian language) which this faqir had prepared and posted on this blog at this link:
http://lisanaldin.blogspot.com/2019/10/rihlah-habib-umar-bin-hafiz-monas.html

La hawla wala quwwata illah billah.
Kindly forgive me and point out to me any errors/mistakes that you may find in both the Indonesian transcript and the English translation. Thank you.

Allahu 'alam.