Qasida Burda in Praise of the Prophet Muhammad – Sh. Diya – Video – and: Resources on the Burda and Praise Poetry

YouTube – Qasida Burda in Praise of the Prophet Muhammad – Sh. Diya

A powerful & moving rendition of the Qasida Burda of Imam Busiri by Shaykh Diya’ of Amman, Jordan. Chapters 1 & 2.

The Qasida Burda is one of the greatest poems ever written in praise of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk), and is recited with love and yearning by lovers of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) across the world. Numerous scholars have written commentaries on it.Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad has a beautiful translation of it, called The Mantle Adorned. See: Hamza Yusuf translated and supervised a moving rendition in Maghribi style: The Burda of al-Busiri – The Fez Singers.See also:First Poems of Praise for the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)Themes in Religious Poetry at the Time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

Blessings on the Beloved Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) – A Gift for Rabi` al-Awwal from Habib Umar bin Hafiz – Interpreter’s Path (Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya)

A Rabi’ul Awwal Gift « Interpreter’s Path

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

وبعد فهذه صيغة صلاة على النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم للحبيب عمر بن حفيظ
وأوصى بالإكثار منها في شهر مولده صلى الله عليه وسلم

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

This is a formula of prayers (salat) on the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him, his folk and companions and grant them peace) by Habib Umar bin Hafiz. He advised us to read it a lot in the month of the Beloved’s birth (Allah bless him and grant him peace):

اَللَّهُمُّ صَلِِّ وَسَلِِّمْ وَبارِِكْ عَلى النُّورِِ المُبين، عَبْدِِكَ وَحَبيبِِكَ سَيِّدِِنا محمدٍ الأمين، وَعَلى آلِهِِ ِوَصَحْبِهِ

وَحَقِِّقْنا بِِحُبِِّهِ، وَأكْرِِْمنا بُِِقُرْبِِهِ، وَاجْعََْلنا مِِنْ رُفَقائِهِ يا رَبََّ العالَمي

Allahumma Salli wa Sallim wa Barik ‘ala al-Nur al-Mubin ‘abdika wa Habibika Sayyidina Muhammad al-Amin wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa haqiqna bihubbihi wa akrimna biqurbihi wa-j’alna min rufaqa’ihi ya Rabbal-‘alamin.

“O Allah send prayers, peace and blessings upon the Manifest Light, Your Slave and Your Beloved, our Liegelord Muhammad the Trustworthy, as well as his folk and companions, and make us true in his love, honor us with nearness to him, and include us among his entourage. O Lord of the Worlds.”

From Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya’s excellent blog and site: A Rabi’ul Awwal Gift « Interpreter’s Path

Habib Umar’s Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim Featured on Al Jazeera English – Students in Yemen Fight Stereotypes

Al Jazeera English – Middle East – Students in Yemen fight stereotypes

Yemen is renowned for its religious schools, which attract hundreds of international students every year. Those schools are now under increasing scrutiny, with the United States, among the nations, concerned about a possible growing al-Qaeda presence there. But there is another side to education in Yemen, as Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from the Hadramaut Valley.

Some Prophetic Supplications for Difficulty and Distress

Dua 50 – The Prophet (saw)’s Prayers/Duas/Supplications – Musnoon Duas
When in any difficulty recite:

اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

“O Allah, I hope for Your mercy, do not leave me for even the duration of an eye blink and correct my total condition. Besides You there is none worthy of worship”. (Hisnul Hasin)

Alternate dua

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

“Allah is sufficient for us and He is the Best Guardian”. (Quran, Surah Al-Imraan)

Alternatively recite

اللَّهُ اللَّهُ رَبِّي لَا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئَاً

“Allah is my Lord, I do not ascribe anything unto Him”. (Hisnul Hasin from Abu Dawood)

or recite

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ

“O Alive and everlasting One, I beseech You by Your mercy.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

“O Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides You. You are Pure, definitely I have oppressed my soul by sinning”.

The Qur’an states that these words were recited when Yunus (peace and blessings be upon him) called upon Allah from the belly of the fish. Prophet Mohammad (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) stated in a hadith that when any Muslim makes this dua via these words to Allah, then Allah surely accepts his duas.

(Tirmidhi etc)

It is stated in a hadith that

لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ

is the medicine for 99 ailments, the least of which is depression.
(Baihaqi in Dawatul Kubra)

It means that these words are so beneficial and useful that big/great grievances, depression and sorrow are easily removed in its stride.

Abdullah bin Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stated that if a person constantly makes “Istaghfar”, then Allah removes every difficulty, frees him from every sorrow and makes a means for him to receive sustenance from places that he never thought of.  (Mishkat from Ahmad)

Source: Dua 50 – The Prophet (saw)’s Prayers/Duas/Supplications – Musnoon Duas (edited)

Who is Muhammad (God bless him and grant him peace)? – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Who is Muhammad (God bless him and grant him peace)?

Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

The following excerpt is from “Prolegemona to the Metaphysics of Islam: An Exposition of the Fundamental Elements of the Worldview of Islam” by Sayyid Naquib al-Attas. In it, he challenges the modern portrayal of man as a rational agent with independent creative capabilities and powers. al-Attas explains precisely who the noble Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) is and why he is relevant to our times.


“The Holy Prophet, upon whom be God’s blessing and Peace!, is the Seal of the Prophets, the universal and final Messenger of God to mankind, whom he leads from darkness to light; who is himself the Lamp spreading light; he is God’s Mercy to all creatures, and His favour to those who believe in him and in what he brought and he is God’s favour even to the People of the Book, who may yet come to believe in him.

He is man whom God has created with a character exalted as the standard for mankind; he is the Perfect Man and Exemplar par excellence. He it is who even God and His Angels honour and bless as the greatest of men, and all true believers, in compliance with God’s command, and in emulation of His Angels, do likewise, and have done and will do so in the Hereafter to him will God vouchsafe the Lauded Station.

Muhammad, the Messenger of God, is he whose very is a miracle of fulfillment, for he alone among all mankind is constantly praised in every age and generation after him without end, so that even taking into account the ages and generation before him he still would be the only man to whom such praise is due.

We praise him out of sincere love and respect and gratitude for having led us out of darkness into light, and he is loved above all other human beings including our selves. Our love and respect for him is such that neither time nor memory could dull, for he is in our selves in every age and generations – nay, he is closer than ourselves, and we emulate his words (qawl) and model actions (fi’l) and silent confirmation (taqrir) of usages known to him, so that next to the Holy Qur’an he is our most excellent and perfect guide and exemplar in life.

He is the perfect model for every Muslim male and female; adolescent, middle-aged and old, in such ways that Muslims do not suffer from the crises of identity. Because of him the external structure or pattern of Muslim society is not divided by the gap of generations such as we find prevalent in Western society.”

(p 79 to 81 of “Prolegomena to the Metaphysics of Islam” by Sayyid Naquib al-Attas)


Sayyid Muhammad al-Naquib bin Ali al-Attas (born September 5, 1931) is a prominent contemporary Muslim philosopher and thinker from Malaysia. He is the author of twenty-seven authoritative works on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly on Sufism, cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and Malay language and literature. (Source)

Previous Posts:

Man’s Indebtedness to Allah (exalted be He) – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Justice and Its Relationship to Knowledge  – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Al-Attas’ Concept of Ta‘dib as True and Comprehensive Education in Islam – Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud

Applying the Prophetic Sunna to the Modern World – Interview with Sayyid Naquib Al-Attas –

The Concept of Religion by Sayyid Naquib al-Attas – Michael Pollan on Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Michael Pollan on Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Michael Pollan, one of the best-known names in food-related issues, offers a guide about health and food. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual is a set of memorable ideas for eating wisely. Many of them are drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is for people who would like to become more mindful of what they are eating.

Pollan is the author of Food Rule: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Making 70 Excuses for Others in Islam – A Key Duty of Brotherhood

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful

Hamdun al-Qassar, one of the great early Muslims, said, “If a friend among your friends errs, make seventy excuses for them. If your hearts are unable to do this, then know that the shortcoming is in your own selves.” [Imam Bayhaqi, Shu`ab al-Iman, 7.522]

Imam Ghazali (Allah have mercy upon him) also quotes this in the Ihya.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Overlook the slips of respected people.” [Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad; Abu Dawud; Nasa’i in al-Kubra; and others–rigorously authentic (sahih), from A’isha (Allah be pleased with her)]

The General Basis for Making Excuses

Ibn Ajiba (Allah have mercy upon him) mentions that making excuses for others returns to the Prophet’s words (peace and blessings be upon him) that, “A believer is a mirror of the believer.” [Abu Dawud, from Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him); sound (hasan)] So what you see in your brethren is a reflection of what is within you–so beware.

The way of purity and sincerity is to look at everyone–friend and foe–with the eye of sincere concern (nasiha) and mercy. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that, “Religion is sincere concern (ad-dinu’n nasiha).” [Muslim and Nasa’i, from Tamim ad-Dari] And, “It is only the merciful who are granted mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth and the Lord of the Heavens will be merciful to you.” And, “None of you believes until they wish for others as they wish for themselves.” [Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi, from Abdullah ibn Amr (Allah be pleased with him); soundly authentic (hasan sahih) according to Tirmidhi]

This is why Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Munazil (Allah have mercy upon him), of the early Muslims, said, “The believer seeks excuses for their brethren, while the hypocrite seeks out the faults of their brethren.” [Sulami, Adab al-Suhba] 70 Excuses?

This is because the default assumption about all humans and their actions is that they are sound and free of error. This is considered our operating certainty.After this, if we find something that makes us doubt about them, we are not permitted to leave this operating certainty that they did not err for mere doubts or misgivings.

Allah Most High commanded us: “Believers! Leave much doubt, for most doubt is sinful.” [Qur’an, 49.12]

The doubts and misgivings about others that are sinful are those that do not have a sound basis that would be sufficient to leave our operating assumption about others that they are upright and their actions free of error.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

Seeking Allah in All One’s Actions – Magnifying, Multiplying, and Recording Intentions in Islam – Faraz Rabbani – YouTube Video

YouTube – Seeking Allah in All One’s Actions – Multiplying and Recording Intentions – Faraz Rabbani

Allah Most High has called His servants to seek Him in all they do, and the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) has explained that, “Each person shall have whatever they intended.” From this and other Prophetic teachings, the scholars recommend magnifying and multiplying one’s intentions. This short reply by Faraz Rabbani of SeekersGuidance  explains how to do so, and about recording one’s intentions.

Man’s Indebtedness to Allah (exalted be He) – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Man’s Indebtedness to Allah (exalted be He)

by Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

The following excerpt is from “Prolegemona to the Metaphysics of Islam: An Exposition of the Fundamental Elements of the Worldview of Islam” by Sayyid Naquib al-Attas. In it, he challenges the modern portrayal of man as a rational agent with independent creative capabilities and powers. al-Attas uses several ayahs of the Qur’an to remind us that all human beings are created in a state of absolute neediness to Allah (exalted be He)- the one who is absolutely free from all needs.

The mere fact of existence places man in a state of debt the moment he is created. As Allah (exalted be He) is the Master, Creator, and Sustainer of the universe – man cannot utilize material things to repay this debt as he is not their proper owner. The only way man can ever repay his momentous debt to his Creator is by engaging in khidmah (service) to others and humbly submitting his very self to His pronouncements.


“How can the concept of being indebted be explained in the religious and spiritual context? – one may ask; what is the nature of the debt?, and to whom is the debt owed?

We answer that man is indebted to God, his Creator and provider, for bringing him into existence and maintaining him in existence. Man was once nothing and did not exist, and now he is.

Read more

My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought – Faraz Rabbani

My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought
By: Faraz Rabbani

While growing up, fathers can seem rather annoying to their children. My father didn’t really seem to do all that much, but expected all these seemingly unreasonable things from me. Why, I’d wonder, why?

Now, with children of my own, my father seems a much smarter parent than I thought he was. Maybe he was on to something.

It would annoy me to no end, especially when I was in high school and later in college, that anyone who was home was expected to have lunch and dinner — and on weekends, breakfast — with the family. Non-presence was a non-option.

We had been raised to listen to our parents, and this expectation would be enforced without recourse to any disciplining (besides the fatherly frown when my sister or I tried to opt out).

It would annoy me to no end that there was usually no opting out of less-than-exciting “family outings,” some of which were just bland trips to boring uncle-types with their predictable conversations (and, yes, great food).

It would annoy me to no end that the entire family was normally expected to go on “family shopping trips” for nothing more exciting than buying the weekly groceries.

Some other things weren’t so annoying, but they didn’t seem related to good parenting in any way — at least back then.

Read more