Sayings to remember…

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Rasulillah…

  • Rasulullah s.a.w. said, “The most beloved of people to Allah is the person who bring most benefit to the people.”
  • al-Habib Abdullah bin Alwi al-Haddad said, “None can bring a better benefit to the people than a person who preaches and calls people to the Door of Allah. He teaches the obligatory, that is Oneness of Allah and obedience to him, reminding people of  His Signs and Bounties,giving good news of His Mercy and reminder of His Wrath that strike those that turn away from Him among the disbelievers and corrupters.”
  • If an advice comes from the bottom of the heart, it will enter to the depths of the heart. If it (advice) is from the tip of the tongue, it will not enter beyond the ear.
  • Good is abundant but the doers are few – Rasulullah s.a.w.
  • The elite are patient when calamity befell them, while the elect are thankful when calamity befell them.

Wara’ – Abstaining

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi wa solatu wasalaamu ‘ala Rasulillahi wa aalihi wa sohbihi ajmain…

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On the authority of Abu Dharr, Rasulullah s.a.w. said, “Part of the goodness of a man’s practice of Islam is that he abandon whatever does not concern him.”

A shaykh we know, may Allah be pleased with him said, “Wara’ is seclusion.” It is mentioned in the Risala of Qushayri that, withdrawal from those of his own kind is indispensable for the seeker in the beginning of his state, and then seclusion in the end (the desire of which comes naturally), because of his attainment of intimacy with Allah. This is because they have tasted the sweetness of being alone with the One. Wara’  according to Imam al-Haddad is the avoidance of not only everything that is haram but also everything that is syubhah. The Imam endeavored to be well-informed about everything that either came into his possesion or proceeded from it. This, he did without exaggeration and without obsessively prying into the affairs of others, keeping the golden mean.

Some musk from the spoils of war was brought to ‘Umar b. Abd al-‘Aziz, who held it to his nose and remarked, “The only benefit to this is its scent, and I hate to think that I alone sholud smell it without all the Muslims sharing it.”

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O young man, do not occupy yourself with that which is irrelevant to you so you miss that which is concerns you! Thinking of the states of another person and his faults are things that are of no concern to you, while reflecting on your states is your concern. Do not spend time in the company of neighbours, friends and acquiantances without good reason, for that is an illusion. Most of the lying takes place between two, and disobedience doet not happen but between two. None of you should go out of his home except to pursue essential personal nad family interests.

Make every effort not to be the first to speak and that your speech is only in answer to a question. When a person asks you about something, answer him only when there are benefits for both of you in responding to him, otherwise do nt answer him. When you see a muslim brother, do not ask him, “Where are you going to?” or “Where are you coming from?”. He may be unwilling to answer you about his personal affairs so he would lie and in result it would be you who pushed him into lying.

2. – Excerpt from Jila’ al-khatir discourses of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani 

Bidayah Al-Hidayah – Imam Al-Ghazali

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalamu ‘ala Rasulillah waalihi wa man waalah…

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The Benefits of the Book Bidayah Al-Hidayah

Habib ‘Ali bin Muhammad Al-Habsyi said, “It is an important book that gathers both the inward and outward knowledge, and a beginning that delivers one to the peak. It has brought those who practice its contents to meet Rasulullah solallahu alaihi wasalam in a wakeful state. Many ‘ulama of the past made resolutions to practice its contents. Habib ‘AbdurRahman bin Musthofa al-‘Aydarus, Habib Syaikh bin Muhammad al-Jufri and Habib AbuBakar bin Husain BilFaqih whom lived in Medina resolved to practiced the Bidayah’s contents. They fulfilled it and met Rasulullah s.a.w. while awake.

Al-Imam Al-Quthb Abdullah bin Alwi Al-Haddad said, “If you do not practice what is within the Bidayah, then say to yourself, ‘There is no doubt that my inability to do the minor devotions/amal/sunnahs means that I’m unable to do more and/or major sunnahs/devotions/amal.'”

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I hope that by sharing this excerpt from the book al Bidayah al Hidayah, the knowledge will sink deeper in me and it will be easier for me to practice them insha’Allah.

The proper way (Adab) of treating/interacting with Parents:

  1. Listen to their speech. Giving them full attention by not facing anywhere but them, maintaining eye contact.
  2. Standing up when they stand up as a gesture of respect.
  3. Obeying their orders except when they order one to acts of sin.
    Avoid walking in front of them i.e. overtaking.
    Raising one’s voice higher than theirs.
    Answering to their call.
    Strive to make them pleased.
    Being humble to them. ‘Lower your wings’ to them.
    Not to feel/think as if you have done them any benefit/deed no matter what you do and trying your utmost to assist them.
    Do not give them the look of disapproval/anger.
    Do not frown at them.
    Do not leave or go anywhere without their permission.

1. Excerpt from Thariqah Alawiyah by Habib Zain Bin Sumaith

Excerpts of Habib ‘Umar Bin Hafidz’s lectures 1

 On the loftiness of Dzikir (Remembrance of Allah)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…

…Keep remembrance of Allah every moment. Recall what Allah mentioned in The Qur’an : “O ye who believe, keep remembrance of Allah, abundant remembrance”.

Some of the companions asked The Prophet s.a.w., “Ya Rasulullah, among those who fight in the way of Allah who are the ones who obtained the greatest benefit?”

The Prophet s.a.w. replied, “They are those who keep remembrance of Allah the most among them.”

The companions asked again, “Ya Rasulullah, among those who pray who are they who reap the greatest benefit?”

The Prophet s.a.w. replied, “They are those who keep remembrance of Allah the most among them.”

Some of the companions asked again, “Ya Rasulullah, among those who give alms to the needy, who will reap the greatest benefit?”

The Prophet s.a.w. replied to them, “The ones who keep remembrance of Allah the most among them.”

… upon hearing these, Saiydina Abu Bakar and Sayidina ‘Umar both said to The Prophet s.a.w., ” This means that those who remember Allah the most are the ones who obtain the best of this world and the hereafter!”

The Prophet s.a.w. then said, “Yes, the people who keep remembrance of Allah the most obtains the best of this world and the hereafter.”

The Book of Assistance by Imam Al-Haddad

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…

On Regular Devotions : –

You must fill up your time with acts of worship so that no time passes without being used in some act of goodness…Multiplying and varying your wird brings about blessings as each wird (acts of devotion e.g. invocations, prayers, reflection and acquiring knowledge) has a particular effect on the heart, a light, a flow of assistance madad.

Assign to yourself some awrad (pl. wird) to persevere with at specific times that you make up for if missed.

My Master, Shaykh Abd Ar-Rahman As-Seggaf, May Allah be pleased with him, has said, : ” Whoever has no wird is a qird (monkey)!”

And the Prophet s.a.w. has said, : “Invoke Allah so abundantly that the hypocrites say that you are ostentatious!”

#Further :

http://wirid.net/

http://www.alhaddad.org/blog/?cat=6