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Why Your Soul Craves The Love Of Allah – Habib Hussein al-Saqqaf

Habib Hussein al-Saqqaf was invited to the SeekersRetreat 2016 but was unable to come. Instead, he prepared this beautiful video for the participants and now, we are releasing his gift to the public. Even if you weren’t able to come to the retreat, inshaAllah you will gain much benefit from his talk.

Our Origins and Love

Habib Hussein begins by talking about the various components of human beings; the high elements and the low elements. The high element is from the spirit, and yearns for permanent, lasting things. However, the lower element is the body, which runs after temporary things.

He goes on to say that we need to reconsider our idea of love. We may love people, groups, or things that give us a sort of happiness, even though they give us little or no benefit. On the other hand, Allah is our maker and Sustainer, and He gives us everything we need.

What Allah wants from us is not for us to pray with a sense of obligation, but a sense of true love and intimacy with Him.

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Photo by Ken Tsang.

Beneficial Knowledge and Intentions, a khutbah by Habib Hussein Al Saggaf

Making the intention to gain beneficial knowledge through daily readings of the Qur’an and hadith collections is the key message in this Friday Sermon given by Habib Hussein Al Saggaf. He goes on to encourage us to make sincere intention to do good deeds because Allah rewards us for good intentions even if were unable to carry it out later due to unforeseen circumstances.

Habib Hussein Al Saggaf

Seeking Beneficial KnowledgeHabib Hussein Al Saggaf is a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1971. His father raised him on the love of seeking knowledge, love of the spiritual scholars, love of the righteous and saints of Allah. He memorized the Holy Qur’an before reaching his teenage years. He spent much time in the company of the people of knowledge, religious scholars and the righteous. It was with these kind of people that he was raised, nurtured, and protected under the guidance of Al Habib Al Imam ‘Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad As-Saqqaf, from whom he was given the ijazah (permission to carry on the knowledge attained). He was also given special attention by and received ijazah from Habib al-Imam Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha Al Haddad, through whom more than 500,000 individuals came into Islam. He was also given ijazah from Al Habib Al ‘Alamah Yahya bin Ahmad Al ‘Aydrus, Al Habib Omar bin Zain  ‘Aydid, Al Habib Abu Bakr bin ‘Ali al-Mash-hur and the respected Habib Omar bin Muhammad bin Salem bin Hafith, who gave him permission to teach and call people to Allah. Habib Hussein then went on to study at Al-Azhar University in Egypt in 1992 for six years in the faculty of Shari’ah, Islamic Law, from where he graduated with a degree in Islamic Shari’ah. After his graduation he traveled to the city of Tarim in the Hadramawt valley of Yemen, which is known as the city of scholars and saints. There he became a student of Habib Omar bin Hafith, and studied in Dar Al Mustafa Institute in various Islamic sciences.

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