How to Fall in Love with Allah – Habib Umar bin Hafiz

How To Fall In Love with Allah

Habib Umar bin Hafiz

In the Name of Allah, the Encompassingly Merciful, the Particularly Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah. May the best of blessings and most perfect of peace be upon our master Muhammad ibn Abdullah, and upon his followers, his companions, and all those guided by his teachings.

The following article is taken from a lesson by illuminated scholar Habib Umar bin Hafiz. Can we truly love Allah if we do not know him? A short reminder that loving Allah requires effort, knowledge, and preference of Allah over other things.

 

Love of Allah

There is no one more deserving of your love than the Most Merciful, who has created you and originated you from nothingness and bestowed upon you blessings. 

Love is the consequence of knowing. So, to the extent one knows the tremendousness and might of Allah Most High and gifts upon one, is to the extent that one will know and love one’s Lord.

A believer’s love does not become complete until they love Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) above else.

Say [Prophet], ‘if your fathers, sons, brothers, wives, tribes, the wealth that you acquired, the trade which you fear will decline and the dwelling you love are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and the struggle in His cause then wait until Allah brings about His punishment.’ Allah does not guide those who break away.

(Qur’an, 9:24)

In the above verse, Allah Most High is pointing out the corruption of those who love any of these things more than Allah and His Messenger. 

One must love those beloved to Allah and the most deserving of this love is the greatest of Allah’s creation His beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and the reality of this love cannot be expressed nor encompassed.

For the person in love with things other than Allah Most High has many expressions, states. One gets enraptured, taken and does wondrous things in expressing their love for creation and love takes one’s emotions, feelings, and thoughts.

Even so, there are some who choose to worship besides Allah as rivals to Him, loving them with love due only to Allah, but those who believe are more intense in their love of Allah.

(Qur’an, 2:165)

But those who believe are more intense in their love for Allah. To the extent of faith and knowing [Allah], is one’s love. For faith is connected to knowing [Allah]. To the extent that one’s faith increases when one’s knowledge increases.

 

To Know Allah

Knowing Allah Most High is acquired through proper reflection and contemplation on the speech of Allah and His Messenger. From sincerely directing oneself to Him and standing at the door of His Bounty and Grace through what He has ordained of acts of worship and by reflecting on the tremendousness of His Names and Attributes, Mighty and Majestic.

And reflecting on His creation and His fashioning, exalting thereby their Originator and Unique Creator. So if one’s reflection becomes good and its horizons expand, then one’s knowledge of Allah increases, and it is necessarily entailed by increasing in the knowledge of Allah to increase in love of Him.

By expanding one’s knowledge of Allah, one’s love becomes more expansive and stronger until Allah and His Messenger become more beloved to one than all else. 

As one’s love increases, one’s remembrance increases. For if one loves something, they make much mention of it and through much remembrance, one’s intimacy with the one remembered increases. 

So, remember me, I will remember you, and be thankful to me and do not disbelieve.

(Qur’an, 2:152)

 

Sign of Love

And the sign of love is preferring Allah. Preferring Allah and His command over all other commands and above all the desires of the self, and overall the wishes and inclinations of one’s caprice and desires. That is the sign of one’s love. Becoming deeply engaged in one’s remembrance is also a sure sign of love.

It is mentioned that one of the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon them all) asked His lord, “Give me a sign [to indicate] those whom You love, so that I love them, and those you don’t love, so that I don’t love them.” Allah Most High said, “If you see a servant loving my remembrance then know that I have been witness that I love them. And when you see a servant who does not remember me then know that I have not proclaimed it, and I do not love them.”

Allah Most High gives worldly matters to those He loves and those He doesn’t, but He only gives religion to those He loves. Truly the servant’s love for Allah is their honor, rank, dignity, and the means for their eternal felicity in this life and in the next.

So let us become attached to the love of Allah and let us be under the realities of Allah’s words: “and those who believe are more intense in their love of Allah.” And let us increase in love for Allah and His Messenger through fasting, standing in prayer, and all other acts of worship. For, as knowledge of Allah increases, love increases.

O Allah, free our hearts from being attached to other than You, and make us from people whom You love and who loves You.

 

 

About the Author

Habib Umar bin Hafiz is an Yemeni Sunni Islamic scholar, teacher, founder, and the dean of Dar al-Mustafa Islamic seminary. He is also a member of the Supreme Advisory Council for the Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi.

Habib Umar bin Hafiz was born on 27 May 1963 in Tarim, Yemen, and raised in a household that possessed a tradition and lineage of Islamic scholarship and righteousness by his father. His father was Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz, a Habib and mufti of Tarim, a pious caller to Islam, scholar, and a martyr of the communist uprising. He is a Sayyid (a descendant of the Islamic Prophet), through his grandson Hussein ibn Ali.

‘Arafah | Adhkar to Make on This Blessed Day

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This Thursday is one of the most important days of the year.

The Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – said regarding this day, “There is no day on which Allah sets free more slaves from Hell than He does on the Day of ‘Arafah.” (Muslim)

He said in another hadith, “The most excellent dua is the dua on the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said, is ‘There is no god but Allah, alone, without partner.'” (Imam Malik’s Muwatta)

The teacher of Habib Umar bin Hafiz of Tarim, Habib Muhammad al-Haddar, compiled the following list of adhkar to make on this special day.

Read them, share them, and more importantly, embody the meanings in these words.

Click here to see the adhkar.

 

The Dowra 2020: A Spiritual Lighthouse

With so many plans disrupted this year and put off by Covid-19, the believer knows that nothing is ever purely evil and even the darkest of places will have at least a speck of light.  Tarim is the lighthouse. This year they’re offering their summer course online.

This summer course, or dowrah, has been held annually since 1995 in the valleys of Tarim, Hadhramaut, but due to the global circumstances, they’ve decided to offer it online.

Teachers include:

  • Habib Umar Bin Hafiz
  • Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf
  • and others

They say, “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.  Although physical interaction with these scholars isn’t possible, let us at least try to connect with them virtually.

For more information regarding this summer program:

  • Click here for the official page for the dowra
  • Or, check the Facebook page of Muwasala, see here

If you feel you need more supplementary material to go along with this summer program, then SeekersGuidance has courses based on some of Habib Umar’s works, see the following list:

  • Epitome of Love: Commentary on Habib Umar’s Diya’ al-Lami | Click here for this free course
  • Habib Umar on the Path of Spiritual Excellence: An Explanation of Ba’l Faqih’s Treatise The Spheres of Islam, Iman, Ihsan, and `Irfan | Click here for this free course

May Allah accept from us and allow us to purify ourselves.

Dua for Hope: What We Should Say When We Feel Despair

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Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) tells the following story to illustrate the necessity of placing one’s hopes in Allah alone. (The story is narrated by Imam Ibn Asakir in Tarikh Dimashq)

When Imam Hasan Bin Ali agreed to give the caliphate to Mu`awiyah, one of the conditions of the agreement was that Mu`awiyah would send Imam Hasan 100,000 Dinars every year for him to spend on his guests and upon the needy. Mu`awiyah duly sent this amount every year and this continued for some years, until one year the money did not come. As a result, Imam Hasan incurred many debts due to the large amounts that he would spend in charity. He thought about reminding Mu`awiyah of the agreement and he asked for paper and pen so that he could write a letter to him. Then he decided against writing the letter.

That night he saw his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah, in a dream and he explained his situation to him.

The Messenger of Allah asked him: “My son, did you ask for a pen and paper to write to a created being like you?”

“I thought about doing this. Then I stopped.”

“Do not do this.”

“What should I do then?”

“Say:

الَّلهُمَّ اقْذِفْ في قَلْبِي رَجَاءَكَ واقْطَعْ رَجَائِي عَمَّنْ سِواكَ حَتَّى لا أَرْجُو أَحَداً غَيْرَكَ

الَّلهُمَّ وما ضَعُفَتْ عَنْهُ قُوَّتي وقَصُرَ عَنْهُ عَمَلِي ولَمْ ْتَنْتَهِ إِلَيْهِ رَغْبَتِي ولَمْ تَبْلُغْهُ مَسْأَلَتي ولَمْ يَجْرِ عَلى لِساني مِمَّا آتَيْتَ أَحَداً مِنْ الأَوَّلِينَ والآخِرينَ مِنْ اليَقِينِ فَخُصَّنِي بِهِ يا رَبَّ العَالمَين

“O Allah, cast into my heart hope in You and cut off any hope I have in other than You so that I have hope in no-one but You!

O Allah, however weak I am, however much my actions are deficient, however far short my desire (for good) falls, and in spite of the fact that I have not asked you, and that my tongue has not pronounced such a request, I ask You for the certainty that You have given any one of Your slaves from the first to the last of them, so bless me with it, O Lord of the Worlds.”

Sayyiduna al-Hasan repeated this du`a, pleading with Allah, for a week. Mu`awiyah then sent him 500,000 Dinars and he was then able to repay his debts and spend freely on those in need.

He then saw the Messenger of Allah in a dream once again and he told him what had happened.

The Messenger of Allah said to him: “My son, this is what happens to those who put their hopes in the Creator and not in the creation.

Habib Umar said: “Look at how the Messenger of Allah completed the nurturing of his grandson from beyond the grave. Although he had left this life, he was still concerned with al-Hasan’s elevation to the highest stations of truthfulness (al-siddiqiyya al-kubra) and absolute certainty (haqq al-yaqin).

Preserving the Light of Ramadan – Habib Umar bin Hafiz

How do we preserve the light of Ramadan once the month has ended?

 

One of the keys to preserving what we have attained is in the intentions we make before the month ends. We should make firm intentions to do good in Shawwal and beyond. We also need to beg Allah to preserve and increase the gifts He has given us. We need to be consistent in our attendance of gatherings and classes, consistent in our recitation of the Quran while reflecting upon its meanings and consistent in our recitation of the adhkar with presence of heart. We must also choose the best company and sit in the presence of people who have been given light.

Intentions For After Ramadan – Habib Umar bin Hafiz

What intentions should we make for after Ramadan?

 

We intend to be among those whose entire year is Ramadan

We intend that our connection with Allah is expressed in our actions throughout the day and the night

We intend to serve the Ummah in the best way by focusing on the Three Objectives (knowledge, devotion and service)

We intend to seek the pleasure of Allah and to make His Messenger ﷺ happy in all that we do

We intend to attain an increase in presence of heart with Allah at all times but especially during the prayer and recitation of the Quran and the adhkar

We intend to establish gatherings with our brothers and sisters who we love for Allah’s sake

We intend to fast the Six Days of Shawwal and other blessed days such as Tāsūā’ and Ashura (9th and 10th Muharram) and the Day of Arafah and at least three days in every month

Spiritual Prescription for Shaban – Habib Umar

* Courtesy of Muwasala

Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) recommends reading the following 40,000 times in the the month of Sha`ban:

 

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنْ الْظَّالِمِين

Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum la ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu min az-zalimin

‘O Living, O Self-Subsistent! There is no deity other than You. Transcendent are You, truly I am one of the wrongdoers.’