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Allow Your Emotions to Be Elevated – Habib Umar

Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) calls us to allow our emotions to be elevated in order for us to taste the sweetness of faith and to be with Allah’s Beloved ﷺ

The Prophets, their Families and Companions and the angels are all party to intense feelings and emotions – emotions which are extremely lofty, noble, pure, divine, majestic and precious. These emotions constitute their connection to the Knower of all that is concealed, their love for Him and their seeking and receiving love from Him. They include complete submission to Him and love for His sake in order to receive His love. All the angels experience these emotions from the greatest of them down to the least of them, as do the Prophets and Messengers and their Families and Companions and followers and their leader and imam, Muhammad ﷺ.

But whatever love they have for each other for Allah’s sake cannot be compared to the love contained in the heart of the Beloved, the Chosen One. There is only one reason for this: that he is the one who knows Allah better than all of them. Since he knows Allah best, his love for Allah is more intense than all those who love for Allah’s sake. This is why Allah says: the Prophet is more caring towards the believers than they are to their own selves (al-Ahzab, 33:6).

Allah describes him as being extremely perturbed by the hardships you suffer, as being absolutely concerned for your welfare: a Messenger has come to you; grievous to him is your suffering; immensely concerned is he for you.. (al-Tawbah, 9:128) What is this verse telling us? It is saying look at your feelings towards My Beloved. Do you love anyone more than him? No one can be compared to him regarding the care and concern he has for this Ummah in this life and even after he passed from this life: “My life is best for you and my death is best for you.” How? In his life he showed people the path when things happened to them. After his death he said: “Your actions are displayed to me. I praise Allah for any good I find, and if I find other than that, I seek Allah’s forgiveness for you.” He did not say “if I find evil”. Out of his compassion he chose not to attribute evil to us. Instead he said: “If I find other than that..

You are being invited to allow your feelings and emotions to be elevated. Iblis and his forces are competing in this. They want to control our emotions so that we venerate things and people who should not be venerated; so that we love people who are not beloved to Allah and so that we commemorate things which have no value in the sight of Allah and His Messenger.

The Prophet told us that with our emotions we will taste the sweetness of faith. We will taste that sweetness when Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to us than everything else.. Everything else, including Paradise. Had Paradise been more beloved to them, then Thawban would not have cried and neither would some of the other Companions. Paradise with its everlasting bliss was not more beloved to them than seeing the Prophet! They were unable to bear the thought of not seeing him!

Allah knew their sincerity and gave them the good tidings of being with the one they loved: Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger will be with those who Allah has blessed: the Prophets, the Siddiqun, martyrs and the pious – and what blessed company that is! This is purely from the bounty of Allah (al-Nisa, 4:69).

If you read this verse, you notice He did not mention Paradise or any of its pleasures. All He mentions is being with.. This is the highest pleasure of Paradise. These are the loftiest emotions that can be experienced.

The Best of Creation clarified things when he said: “None of you believe until I am more beloved to that person than his children, his parents and all people.” We ask Allah to bear witness to our joy at your Prophet and all that he taught. Allow us to live our lives with these noble feelings and emotions so that we meet You in the best of states.

* Courtesy of Muwasala

Reflections on the Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascension – By Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this video, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin highlights the great virtue, rank and special uniqueness of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the tremendous event of the night journey and ascension (Isra’ and Mi’raj). He calls us to recognize these meanings about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and try our utmost to connect ourselves with him by following the beauty of his character and worship.

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 2–On Admonition About The Caprices Of The Self

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Part 2

After having his secret love discovered in the first chapter due to the toll hiding it took on his appearance, the poet now admits his faults. He recognises that he should have listened to the advice his whitening hair was giving him, but his recalcitrant ego was would pay no heed. He compares it to an obstinate steed and yearns for someone to bring it back under his control.
The poet then proceeds to advise this reader on how to best protect himself from the ego, and its vain desires. He speaks from experience as someone who has seen the pitfalls and is now well versed in how to avoid them. His advice also extends to the subtle plots of the Devil, and how to avoid them.
After this sincere counsel, he returns to his own regrets and then asks God’s pardon for imparting advice not acted upon. His recognition of his deficiency is sincere enough for him to admit all the lost opportunities in drawing closer to God through voluntary worship. This sets the scene for the him to actually admit who his beloved is in the third chapter.
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About Nasheed Hub

Throughout the decades and civilisations of Islam, the vocal tradition, sometimes known as nasheed or devotional songs, were penned as a way of celebrating and giving thanks to Allah for the message of Islam, as well as for the Messenger himself.
These nasheeds were a way for people to turn towards their Lord in joyful celebration, rather than stringent routine. They were also tools to spread the message of Islam in a non-confrontational way. These nasheeds were able to reach out to those who were alienated or indifferent to the religion and the Muslim community, as well as to teach children who were too young for academic study.
These nasheeds originating from all corners of the Muslim world – from West Africa to Malaysia, from Turkey to Great Britian – mirror their own culture but all carry a common thread: love of Allah and His Messenger.
This series will explore the different nasheeds, penned by some of the great historical Muslim figures, poets, and scholars.


With gratitude to The Winterspring Mawlid and Dr. Asim Yusuf.


Resources for Seekers

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/video/nasheed-hub-qasidah-burda-part-1-lyrical-loveyearning/
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/audio/nasheed-hub-talaal-badru-alayna/
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/video/shaykh-ibrahim-osi-efa-sura-luqman-listening-spiritual-poetry/

Maqam: The Station of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said urges us to reflect on our relationship with the Messenger of Allah. Do you know himﷺ? What does it truly mean to love himﷺ?

We are fortunate to have the recordings of Shaykh Faid Mohammed from Simply Islam’s two day retreat in Singapore. Our journey begins with the maqam, the station, status and esteem, of the Beloved of Godﷺ.

Day 1: The Maqam of the Beloved


There is no way to approach Allah, Most High, without His Messenger ﷺ,  Shaykh Faid reminds us. Our relationship with the Messenger ﷺ stems from the Qur’an which declares to us, “If you really want Allah to love you, follow him and Allah will love you.” This is the station of the Beloved of Allahﷺ

Day 2: Loving Him ﷺ

Resources for Seekers:

 We are grateful to Simply Islam, Singapore for the videos.