At gatherings of remembrance; before reading about the Prophet and his life (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), the scholars traditionally make a number of intentions, followed by a recitation of Surat al-Fatihah; donating its reward to the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the hope that their remembrance and their intentions are accepted.
Here are some of the intentions that Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) makes at these blessed gatherings. The original Arabic is also provided below.
We recite the Fatihah..
with the intention that Allah—by us remembering Him and remembering His Messenger, our Master Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him and his Family and Companions peace) and his birth and awesome attributes—opens the doors to attaining His support and assistance and guidance and to attaining uprightness and the speedy relief of the suffering of the Islamic Ummah..
with the intention that Allah deflects calamities from us and from all of the people of la ilaha ill’Allah in the East and the West..
with the intention that He grants us His guidance in all our movements and our stillness and that He makes us firm upon the truth in what we say, we do and we believe..
with the intention that He enables us to perfect our following of this Prophet, the Chosen One, Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him and his Family and Companions peace) in our words and deeds and intentions and aims and desires and our movements and our stillness and in every state, inward and outward, and that He allows us to beautify our emulation of him and allows us to walk along his path and drink from the waters he has drunk from..
with the intention that by him (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) He looks upon us, our families, our children, those dear to us and our descendants and upon those who are attached to us..
with the intention that He fills our hearts with the light of faith and certainty and knowledge of Him.. that He makes us among those He has chosen to bring close to Him and among those He has blessed with the realities of sincere and pure slavehood to Him..
with the intention that He protects us from all harm and that He rectifies the inward and the outward, and that He allows us to attain the realities of taqwa..
with the intention that He makes the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) pleased with his Ummah and that He makes us, our families, our children and our friends a joy to his eye..
and that He grants us the greatest portion of His remembrance and the remembrance of this Prophet, the Chosen One..
and that He grants us the greatest portion of His closeness and the closeness of this Prophet, the Chosen One..
and that He grants us the greatest portion of His love and the love of this Prophet, the Chosen One..
and that He grants us the greatest portion of His care and the care of this Prophet, the Chosen One..
and that He grants us the greatest portion of His pleasure and the pleasure of this Prophet, the Chosen One..inwardly and outwardly in every state and in every affair in this life, the Barzakh, the next life and that He gathers us together in the highest level of Firdaws while He is pleased with us.
with the intention that He gives us the greatest portion of being with him in the Barzakh and in the shade of the Throne and at the Pool and when he passes over the Bridge, and when he enters Paradise (may Allah bless him and grant him and his Family and Companions peace).
with the intention that He rectifies our hearts and our bodies, our inward and our outward and all our affairs, that He deflects all evil from us..
with the intention that He raises the ranks of the pious people of this Ummah and all the pious people and that we receive the blessings of the Prophets and Messengers and their families and those that follow them with excellence and that He gives them the greatest of rewards on our behalf and that He unites us with them in the Abode of Mercy while He is pleased with us, without any prior punishment or reprimand or trial or account..
with the intention of removing the tribulations that have befallen us and all the Muslims inwardly and outwardly..
with the intention that Allah blesses us with the most noble of attributes and unites us with the best of groups and that He rectifies every affair inwardly and outwardly in this life and the next..
with the intention that he gives us the best of endings in goodness, gentleness and wellbeing..
with the intentions that the pious people have made and will make and all pious intentions that the knowledge of our Lord, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, encompasses for us and the whole Ummah..
We donate the reward of the Fatihah to the spirit of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him and his Family and Companions peace) – al-Fatihah.
Please include the translator, Ustadh Amin Buxton (Allah preserve him and his teachers, and benefit us by them), in your prayers.

الفاتحة أن الله يفتح لنا بذكره وذكر رسوله النبي سيدنا محمد صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم وذكر مولده الكريم وشمائله العظيمة أبواب التأييد والنصرة والتسديد والاستقامة والفرج العاجل لجميع أمة الإسلام وأن يدفع البلاء عنا وعن أهل لا إله إلا الله في مشارق الأرض ومغاربها، وأن يلهمنا رشدنا في حركاتنا وسكناتنا وأن يثبتنا على الحق فيما نقول وفيما نفعل وفيما نعتقد وأن يرزقنا حسن المتابعة لهذا النبي المصطفى محمد صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم في الأقوال والأفعال والنيات والمقاصد والإرادات والحركات والسكنات في جميع الأحوال والشؤون في الظهور والبطون، وأن يرزقنا سبحانه وتعالى حسن الاقتداء به والسير في دربه والشرب من شربه، وأن ينظر به صلى الله عليه وسلم إلينا وإلى أهلينا وإلى أولادنا وإلى ذوينا وإلى ذرارينا وإلى من يوالينا وأن يملأ قلوبنا بأنوار الإيمان واليقين والمعرفة، وأن يجعلنا سبحانه وتعالى ممن ارتضاهم الله لقربه وشرفهم بحقائق العبودية له المحضة الخالصة، وأن يقينا الأسوى، ويصلح لنا السر والنجوى ويحققنا بحقائق التقوى، وأن يسره صلى الله عليه وسلم في أمته وأن يجعلنا سبحانه وتعالى وأهلينا وأولادنا وأصحابنا قرة عين له ويجعلنا من أسعد الناس بذكره وذكر هذا النبي المصطفى ومن أسعد الناس بقربه وقرب هذا النبي المصطفى ومن أسعد الناس بحبه وحب هذا النبي المصطفى ويجعلنا من أسعد الناس بعنايته وعناية هذا الحبيب المصطفى ويجعلنا من أسعد الناس برضاه ورضا هذا الحبيب المصطفى صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم ظاهراً وباطناً في كل شأن وحال في الدنيا والبرزخ والآخرة وأن يجمعنا به في الفردوس الأعلى وهو راضٍ عنا ويجعل لنا سبحانه الحظ الأوفر من الاجتماع به في البرزخ والاجتماع به في ظل العرش والاجتماع به على الحوض المورود والاجتماع به عند المرور على الصراط والاجتماع به عند دخول الجنة صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم، وأن الله يصلح قلوبنا وقوالبنا وظواهرنا وبواطننا وشؤوننا كلها، وأن يدفع عنا الشرور كلها ويعلي درجات الصالحين من أمته وجميع الصالحين ويعيد علينا عوائد النبيين والمرسلين وآل كل منهم وتابعيهم بإحسان ويجزيهم عنا خير الجزاء ويجمعنا بهم في مستقر الرحمة وهو راضٍ عنا من غير سابقة عذاب ولا عتاب ولا فتنة ولا حساب وبنية كشف البلايا عنا وعن جميع المسلمين في الظواهر والخفايا وأن يهبنا الله أعلى المزايا ويلحقنا بخيار السرايا ويصلح لنا كل الشأن ظاهراً وباطناً في الدارين ويختم لنا بأكمل الحسنى في خير ولطف وعافية وعلى ما نواه الصالحون وعلى ما ينويه الصالحون وعلى ما أحاط به علم ربنا الله الرحمن الرحيم من صالح النيات لنا وللأمة أجمعين وإلى حضرة النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم . الفاتحة

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