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Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf on the Last Ten Days of Ramadan

*Originally Published on 7/06/2018

Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf encourages us to maximise our benefit from the last ten days of Ramadan, and offers advice and practical tips.

 

Step 1: Appreciation & Intention

We can begin by appreciating the gift of these blessed ten days, and learning about what Allah is offering us therein. We can receive it with gratitude and joy, and thankfulness to Allah for His gift.

We can intend to fast happily, do good works and pray tarawih in order to follow the practice of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. Intend to deal with others well this Ramadan.

Step 2: Understanding

We know that the first part of Ramadan is mercy, the middle part of it is forgiveness, and the last part of it is freedom from the Fire. By recognizing that the last ten nights are freedom from the Fire, we can plan to strive harder in order to achieve it.

We can also keep in mind that Allah prescribed the fast to us, just as He did to others before us. It was not meant to be a pointless command to put us in difficultly, but rather to teach us valuable lessons in self-restraint and God-consciousness.

Step 3: Rejoice

Therefore, we can rejoice in the presence of these days, by exposing ourselves to the mercy of Allah, and embodying it by showing mercy to other. This is in the spirit of the hadith, “The merciful ones will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Show mercy to the ones on Earth, and the one beyond the heavens will be merciful to you.” (Tirmidhi) We should pray for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and we should pray that people who are isolated or unaware of the religion, find a connection to it.


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Ramadan is the month of the year that every Muslim is longing for. Time for a good clean-up, new resolutions, and reconnection with Allah. How many times you have told yourself at the start of the blessed month that this one will be better but before you realise it, you are already in the last ten days, wishing you did more?

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In this series of courses you will learn the main aspects of fasting such as its virtues such as taqwa, sincerity, connection with the Quran, patience and nearness to Allah. You will learn about the ruling related to fasting that are often underestimated my many Muslims as well as contemporary issues looked at by our scholars.

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Our Purpose on Earth

As Muslims, we know that we will be asked about our choices. and that Allah created us for a purpose. That purpose is to worship Him as He says in His book:

{ وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ }

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. (Surah al-Dhariyat 51:56)

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Remembering the Sunna to Find Love – Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf

Habib Kadhim states that it is an obligation for a Muslim to reach a high level of love for Allah and His Messenger. This can be achieved by following the Sunna of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate. All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the worlds. And peace and mercy be upon the most noble of prophets and messengers: our master and beloved, our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his good and pure family and elected companions—and upon all those who follow them with excellence until the Day we meet You, O Lord of the worlds. And may we be included among them and with them, through His mercy. Truly, He is the Most Merciful and the Most Generous.

Among the greatest of Allah’s favors on His Muslim slave, and from the greatest blessings of this glorious religion is when a Muslim actualizes their love for Allah and for His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace, his family, and companions.

This refined sense of love for the Generous Lord and for His great Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, is the spirit of this religion, and the spirit of acts of worship, and it is a individual obligation upon every male and female Muslim.

Love of Allah and His Messenger

It is an obligation for a Muslim to reach the levels of love for Allah and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace. And our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, prescribed words, actions, and traits that allow a Muslim who follows his Sunna to reach to the reality of this lofty degree of faith and high sanctified state of loving Allah the Glorious and Majestic. And what is greater than that Allah will love him?

Many Qur’anic verses and Prophetic narrations indicate this trait of belief in the hearts of the Muslims from the Umma of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace. The greatest and easiest path that allows the Muslim man and Muslim woman to reach love of Allah and His Messenger is by following the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. As our Lord informed us in His Wise Book by His saying:

Say [O Prophet], ‘If you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is most forgiving, most merciful.

When we reflect on this great Qur’anic description which is full of mercy and compassion for Allah’s servants, our Lord informs us that if we want His love, Majestic and Exalted is He, then we must follow the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, according to our ability, for each and every Muslim man and woman in their environment or in their home.

The Door to Allah’s Love

The door to attaining Allah’s love and a way to increase one’s love for the Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace, is following the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, and to remove any obstacles that block Muslims from higher and more sacred and refined levels of faith.

When we ponder the Qur’an, our Lord, Glorious and Exalted, informs us that the relationships that exist between the Muslim and those around him or the way a Muslim interacts with others in general, that these relationships could prevent or delay one from attaining the love of Allah.

Positive relationships rooted in one’s faith that a Muslim has with his father, relatives, spouse, with the environment he lives within — these help one reach this exalted and refined love of Allah. As Allah the Glorious and Exalted says:

Say [Prophet], ‘If your fathers, sons, brothers, wives, tribes, the wealth you have acquired, the trade which you fear will decline, and the dwellings you love are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger…then wait…

So we see these as obstacles that could delay one from attaining love of Allah the Exalted and His Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions).

On the other hand, these relationships can be rooted in faith, radiant, and positive thereby assist one in attaining Allah’s love. For a Muslim to have a good relationship with his or her parents is a way to attaining Allah’s love and the love of His Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, his family, and his Companions.

A Great and Lofty Goal

In this brief lesson, we exhibit this great attribute of faith and lofty goal that every Muslim should strive to actualize in their lives and seek from their Lord the Exalted, as we’ve been taught by the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Every Muslim should make it a goal in their lives to reach this refined level of love for Allah and His Messenger, so that the moment of death does not come to him and he is lowered into his grave except that he has is a lover of Allah and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace.

The first means that helps one attain this love is following the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family and Companions, in blessed days, such as Ramadan and other sacred months, and throughout the year.

For in these seasons acts of righteousness have greater blessing, reward, and affect on the heart of the Muslim.

The Blessed Month of Ramadan

This occurs in Ramadan, the sacred months, and the month in which the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family and Companions, was born.

Therefore, firstly, a Muslim must have the lofty goal in this life, through the affects of righteous actions, to attain the love of Allah and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace. And not leave this world or enter his grave without being a lover of Allah and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace.

When a Muslim actualizes this attribute, death comes to him and he yearns and loves to meet Allah, and Allah loves to meet him.

How does one attain this? There are a number of means and actions that the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, prescribed for us to do and taught us, that if we perform we will attain love of Allah the Glorious and Exalted.

Which means that we will love Allah the Exalted—and greater than that is Allah the Exalted will love us.

Attaining the Love of Allah

From among what the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, prescribed are qualities we need to actualize. If we actualize these qualities then Allah the Exalted will love us.

From among what he prescribed are actions that we need to perform, and if we perform them then we attain the love of Allah. Another means prescribed are statements we must say and repeat abundantly so that their lights and blessings reach our hearts, which then help us reach the love of Allah the Glorious and Majestic and we become beloved to Allah.

Also, pay attention how a Muslim cannot truly love Allah until Allah the Glorious and Exalted loves him. Our Lord the Exalted says:

You who believe, if any of you go back on your faith, Allah will soon replace you with people He loves and who love Him.

Look, O Muslim, how Allah mentioned His love for His servants before mentioning the servants’ love for Allah because a person cannot truly love Allah until Allah the Glorious and Exalted loves them.

Allah Reminds You to Rememeber

A person cannot remember Allah until Allah reminds them. A person cannot turn to Allah until Allah turns towards them. Or to put it another way, they cannot turn to Allah until Allah manifests Himself with His Name, Al Tawwab, so then the lights of repentance and regret take place in the person’s heart so they turn back to Allah and they take the means of turning to Him through saying: Astaghfirullah.

Our Lord says at the beginning of Sura Hūd:

Ask your Lord for forgiveness, then turn back to Him. He will grant you wholesome enjoyment.

So by having a foothold in seeking Allah’s forgiveness, one reaches the station of turning to Allah. And in the station of turning to Allah, through actualization, one attains the fruits of love.

As our Lord has told us, Glorious and Exalted:

Allah loves those who turn to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean.

So we can summarize this great and important subject within the religion, love of Allah and His Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace, by taking the means to it.

What is the most important means to it? Following the Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace, as indicated by the Qur’anic text.

Words Beloved to Allah

Another aspect of this love is that Allah will love you and if Allah loves you, you will know some of the meanings of your shared love for Him as well, O Muslim. Another means are certain statements that we can utter.

The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, tells us in authenticated Hadiths some of the statements that are beloved to Allah.

What does it mean that these statements are beloved to Allah? That whoever abundantly says these statements becomes beloved to Allah and helps one reach the love of Allah.

The explanation of love of Allah is a broad and lengthy subject; it is an immense ocean, of which Imam al Ghazali has dedicated an entire book within his great work Ihya Ulum al-Deen, called the “Book of Love, Intimacy, Longing, and Contentment” due to the subtleties of this love and the its difficulty for some people to understand.

Is Love More Than Obedience?

Some scholars even denied this kind love and said that “Love is obedience. By obeying Allah, fulfilling the obligations and voluntary act of worship—this is love!”

They denied that there are any other refined feelings that a believer would feel towards Allah the Exalted. It is more refined than the feelings a man has for his wife, and greater than the feelings a parents has for his children, and greater than other any feelings of love one may have for people.

It is a refined love that is rooted in transmission and in the intellect, rooted in the Qur’an and the Sunna, and rooted in the lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad , Allah bless him and give him peace.

Love of the Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace, was clear and simple, and during the lives of the noble Companions, all their hearts, both men and women, were overflowing with love.

What might be difficult for some to understand is the love of Allah the Glorious and Exalted, but when we read the Qur’an with deep reflection we find that this love is a rooted matter in the Book of Allah the Exalted. We see this in the verse from Sura al Ma’ida in which Allah the Exalted says,

You who believe, if any of you go back on your faith, Allah will soon replace you with people He loves and who love Him.

This verse confirms that there are people who love of Allah, and whom Allah the Exalted loves.

The Qur’an on Love

So the way to reach this love is through reflection upon the verses of the Qur’an and through following the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, in all times and periods, especially during the seasons of goodness when righteous acts bear more fruit, bring greater reward, and have a more immediate affect on the heart of the believer, such as the sacred months, as we mentioned, and during the great month of Ramadan.

Firstly, we should ponder the qualities mentioned:

Allah loves those who turn to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean.” “Allah loves those who act with excellence.

We find that there are qualities, if a member of the Umma actualizes them, Allah will love them, Muslim man or Muslim woman. Whoever actualizes the quality of excellence (ihsan): perfecting worship, perfecting obedience, and perfecting everything that is beloved to Allah the Exalted. Repentance: whoever continuously turns towards Allah becomes beloved to Allah.

Purity: whoever remains in a state of purity, whether inward or outward purity. Purifying the heart from dishonesty, hatred, pride, vanity—which corrupt a person’s relationships with those around him and nullify righteous deeds with Allah. We cannot have pride, because it belongs to Allah the Glorious and Majestic.

The Way of the Servant is Humility

The way of the servant and of humanity is humility, and we are all servants of Allah, or slaves. Those who are upon the Way of Prophecy are called servants, and those who strayed from the Way of Prophecy are called slaves in the Quran.

As your Lord the Glorious and Exalted says:

Your Lord is never unjust to His slaves.

So we must actualize the qualities mentioned. Then we must abundantly say the words that are beloved to Allah: Subhan Allah, and Al-hamdu lillah, and la ilaha illa Allah, and Allahu Akbar

“The most beloved statements to Allah are four,” the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “Subhan Allah, Al hamdu lillah, la ilaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar. There is no harm in starting with whichever you choose.”

He also said: “Two statements that are beloved to the Most Merciful, easy on the tongue, weighty on the scales: Subhan Allah wa bi hamdihi, Subhan Allah al adheem.”

These are two great statements whose affect on the heart of the believer is immense in illuminating the heart and in actualizing the love of Allah and Allah’s love for him.

The Secrets of Ikhlas

Additionally, abundantly reciting Sura al Ikhlas. It has come in narration that the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said about a man who would recite Sura al Ikhlas abundantly, “Tell him that Allah the Exalted loves him.” Therefore, we should recite it in abundance.

We should send invocations of Allah’s peace and mercy upon the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

We should not allow our following the Sunna and worship only to be limited to the in the great month of Ramadan. We should follow even the detailed aspects of the Sunna in Ramadan, for there are Sunnas that are specific to Ramadan, such as breaking our fast by eating dates or praying Tarawih.

If a person follows even these specific Sunnas — like eating an odd number of dates when breaking one’s fast in Ramadan, or praying the Witr prayer, then this person will attain the secrets of this religion like Laylat al-Qadr because his heart will then be prepared to attain the blessings of Laylat al-Qadr.

He breaks his fast on an odd number of dates and prays the Witr prayer, and Laylat al-Qadr comes on one of the odd nights.

Following the Sunna

So following the Sunna of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, in all seasons, and especially during the sacred months and Ramadan, has the fastest effect on the heart of the individual, until his heart experiences the love of Allah and the greatness of these acts of worship, and he will experience Allah’s love for him and Allah’s being with this person.

We ask Allah that He actualizes us and this Muslim Umma in love of Allah the Glorious and Exalted, and that He makes us of those beloved to Allah and followers of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

And that we worship Allah in all states and not, like some people who worship Allah in Ramadan and follow the Sunna in Ramadan, but when Ramadan is over he forgets the Sunna of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

The statement applies to this kind of person: “Whoever worships Ramadan, Ramadan has ended. And whoever worships the Lord of Ramadan, He is Everlasting and never fades.”

Our Lord is One

So the Lord we worship in Ramadan, He is the same outside of Ramadan. And our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, whose Sunna we give life to in Ramadan, we should give life to outside of Ramadan.

We ask Allah that He prepares our hearts for this exalted love and that He gives us felicity through it in this life, and in the hereafter after death, and in Paradise with our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, and the elect of Allah’s righteous servants, and all praise belongs to Allah.


Habib Kadhim currently teaches at the prestigious Islamic institute, Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim as well as sitting on the Council for Legal Verdicts at the same establishment.

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Heroes and Heroines of Islam: Part 5 by Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf

We regularly hear of the great heroes and heroines of Islam. However, we know little about what made these men and women so beloved to Allah and their people. In these series of talks, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf speaks about these famous men and women.

In the fifth and final installment of the series, Habib Kadhim speaks about the qualities that gave these people their strength and courage. heroes and heroines of Islam

Returning to Allah

As an example, we have Umm Salama, who was faced with difficult times. She made a duaa to Allah, asking that her losses be replaced with something better.  For many people, it is difficult to think of finding fulfillment after suffering a loss. However, it is important to remember that Allah can, indeed, make that happen. The Prophet promised us that even the smallest test, such feeling the pain of a thorn, is a chance for believers to return to their Lord and be rewarded for their patience.

Using Our Talents

Habib Khadhim concluded the lecture by encouraging everyone to use their particular talents for the benefit of Islam. Whether it is a good memory, deep empathy, or good speaking skills, we can bring great benefit if we use these qualities well. We may or may not be recognized for our efforts, but we can be sure of our reward with Allah.

In the next life, we will see many great women who we did not know about on this Earth, but caused great light to be brought to Islam. For example, the mothers of Imam al-Bukhari and Imam al-Shafi, were both single mothers who likely did not have a lot of resources. However, through their piety, commitment, and righteous parenting, they were both a means for reviving many Islamic sciences.

This concludes the series “Heroes and Heroines of Islam,” by Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf. 


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Becoming Beloved to Allah – Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf

Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf counsels us on how we can become beloved to Allah through the means given to us by Allah and His Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate. We praise Allah for what He has given, inspired, and bestowed to human beings. He granted this creation the ability to love, and to attain elevated stations of love. And Allah informed us of this reality in the the most truthful speech.

He revealed it to the foremost among humans, in what is in the Qur’an: “O you who believe, whoever among you turns away from His religion, Allah will bring forth a people who loves He loves and who love Him.” (Sura al Maida 5:54)

In this Divine statement is a clear message that among Allah’s servants there are those He particularly love and who particularly love Him. And we, in these blessed nights [of Ramadan] seek out this love for Allah.

We try to become established in those matters that lead to the love of Allah. And we seek that love from Allah, Mighty and Majestic.

The Doors to Allah’s Love

Our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, opened that door of seeking love from Allah. Had our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, not opened these doors through his teachings we might have considered ourselves to puny and too insignificant to seek the love of the exalted Lord.

However, the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, opened for us the door of this seeking and being avid for Allah’s love, and attaining this tremendous good. And he taught us to seek Allah’s love through the dua:

عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ مِنْ دُعَاءِ دَاوُدَ يَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَحُبَّ مَنْ يُحِبُّكَ وَالْعَمَلَ الَّذِي يُبَلِّغُنِي حُبَّكَ اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ حُبَّكَ أَحَبَّ إِلَيَّ مِنْ نَفْسِي وَأَهْلِي وَمِنْ الْمَاءِ الْبَارِدِ

O Allah, I ask you for your love and the love of those who love you and the deeds that will bring me your love. O Allah, make your love more beloved to me than myself and my family and even cold water. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi 3490)

Look at how the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, opened for us the door of seeking and being avid and being keen in asking for Allah’s love. So that we truly love and we are truly beloved to Allah.

To Be Beloved to Allah

Rabia al Adawiyya used to say in her entreaties to Allah: “I am not amazed that I love Allah, but I am mazed that Allah loves me.” Just consider how you, an insignificant, originated creation can be beloved to the Great Creator, the Merciful Creator, the Noble Creator.

So there are means for attaining this love and then Allah gifts to the person its blessings and traces. How do we earn this love?

Through the speech beloved to Allah. The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said there are four statements: “Subhan Allah, alhamduliLlah, La ilaha illa Allah, Allah akbar.” These are statements beloved to Allah, the Tremendous.

As much as we repeat the mention of these, they are the means to be beloved to Allah, O you perishing, puny creation, who will depart from this life. It is possible for you to be beloved to the Creator of all creation.

Consider, O puny creation within creation, it is possible for the Creator of all creation to love you, for He is Merciful.

Allah Loves Excellence

Then, by repeating certain auras of the Qur’an, such as Al Ikhlas. When we repeat Sura al Ikhlas, this is a means for Allah to love us. The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said of a Companion who loved Sura al Ikhlas and therefore repeated it often: “Inform him that Allah loves him.” What a tremendous Sura. It is a means to attain Allah’s love.

Had it been a means for us to love Allah, that would be sufficient joy and honor. So, how about if it is a means for Allah to love us, Mighty and Exalted? We should recite it a lot to become beloved to the Tremendous Creator.

There are qualities beloved to Allah in His servants. Allah loves those of excellence. We should therefore strive to excel in all that we do, so that we can be beloved to Allah through this.

Turn to Him in Repentance

Then, we should always renew our repentance. “Truly, Allah loves those who are oft-repentant and who purify themselves.” (Sura al Baqara 2:222)

Then, outward and inward purity. Inward means the purity of soundness of the heart. So that we have nothing against anyone in this Umma, or in creation, or humanity – Muslims and believers especially. Through such qualities you will be beloved to Allah. This is through acquiring qualities that in reality are qualities of Allah.

If we characterize ourselves with excellence, this is a quality that Allah possesses. Caring is a quality of Allah. Mercy is a quality of Allah. We acquire the character trait. We resemble the name only, not the reality. For where is Allah’s Mercy for it to be comparable to our mercy? How can out mercy for our children and family compare to Allah’s Mercy for us?

Mercy Takes You to the Merciful

However, when we’re merciful to our children, families, neighbors, and all mankind, and likewise to ourselves – by raising ourselves to the grounds of closeness to the Most Real – or rather, we rise up to the fields of love of Allah, we are merciful to ourselves before we are merciful to others. By being merciful to other we are merciful to ourselves.

When we give ourselves our rights, by busying ourselves with remembrance and good; our due of sleep and of food; even our share of permissible things, these become a means of attaining Allah’s love. So we should be merciful to ourselves, to our relative and our children, in seeking our Lord’s Mercy on us. This will make us beloved to Allah.

Characterizing ourselves with such a trait that Allah loves is a means for attaining to Divine Love.

Consistency Even in Small Things

The actions most beloved to Allah are those that are consistent, even if they are small. So if we for instance perform one rakat of Witr every night or send twenty blessings upon the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, before sleep, but do so consistently, they are a means to attain Allah‘s love, even if they are small.

These are the four means:

  • Speech beloved to Allah.
  • Qualities beloved to Allah.
  • Renewal of repentance.
  • Outward and inward purity.

We ask Allah by His Favour and Generosity that He makes us of His servants who love Him and who are beloved to Him. That He make us stand in the niche of worship out of love for Him. That we worship Allah out of yearning for Him. That we worship Allah out of gratitude for what He has granted us of Islam and Faith. And that He make us members of the Umma of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. And all praise is to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.


Habib Kadhim currently teaches at the prestigious Islamic institute, Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim as well as sitting on the Council for Legal Verdicts at the same establishment.

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Heroes and Heroines of Islam: Part 4 by Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf

We regularly hear of the great heroes and heroines of Islam. However, we know little about what made these men and women so beloved to Allah and their people. In these series of talks, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf speaks about these famous men and women.

In the fourth segment of this series, Habib Kadhim continues to speak about the great women of Islam.heroes and heroines of Islam

Umm Salama

Umm Salama, the wife of the Prophet, was an extremely wise woman. The Prophet would seek her advice, such as the time when the Companions were heading to Mecca to make Umra. When the Meccans prevented them, the Prophet commanded his Companions to shave their heads and sacrifice their animals, to release themselves from the state pf ihram.

However, they were in a state of shock, because they though that the promise of them entering Mecca was specific to that year. When they did not begin to release themselves from Ihram, the Prophet came to Umm Salama to seek her advice. Rather than jumping to conclusions and blaming anyone, she immediately realized that they were still in shock, and she suggested to the Prophet that he begin the sacrifices himself. Once he did, the Companions immediately jumped to follow him.

This story teaches us an important lesson. When analyzing historical events, we should take care to see them from an illuminated perspective, rather than an egotistical perspective. An egotistical perspective will inherently be biased and flawed, and using it can lead to misjudging the people in question.

We live in a time where everyone wants others to follow their opinions. When calling to Allah, we should avoid trying to convince people to follow our particular sect, perspective, or school of thought. Rather, we should help the person to find their way to Allah, and not harm to speak ill of, or condemn, anyone.


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Heroes and Heroines of Islam: Part Three – Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf

We regularly hear of the great heroes and heroines of Islam. However, we know little about what made these men and women so beloved to Allah and their people. In these series of talks, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf speaks about these famous men and women.heroes and heroines of Islam

In this segment, Habib Kadhim turns our attention to some of the heroines of Islam. He begins by speaking about Maryam, the mother of Isa, who underwent many challenges in her life. After her miracle pregnancy and the subsequent birth of Isa, she moved to Egypt, and then, when he was twelve years old, she moved back to their hometown.

She met life’s challenges with strength and faith, and after his ascension, she remained on Earth in worship for another six years.

Aminah, mother of the Prophet

Of course, when discussing heroines of Islam, we should never forget about Aminah, mother of the Prophet Muhammad. She is the means of the coming of the Prophet, and the connection we have to Allah. She was a very intelligent woman, and she was a poet with mastery of the Arabic language.

When she became pregnant, her face became illuminates with this light. She regularly saw various Prophets of previous generations. They would congratulate her, telling her that she was carrying the last Prophet.

Aisha, the Scholar

Our Lady Aisha was extremely intelligent and a scholar and eloquent. She was also very learned in the field of medicine, which she had learned from the Bedouin tribes, and was able to prescribe and prepare medications.

In addition, she was known as a scholar of Hadith, and after the death of the Prophet, many of the Companions would come to her, seeking her teachings about the Prophet and the Islamic sciences.


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Heroes and Heroines of Islam: Part One–Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf

We regularly hear of the great heroes and heroines of Islam. However, we know little about what made these men and women so beloved to Allah and their people.

In these series of talks, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf speaks about these famous men and women. In the first segment of the series, Habib Kadhim begins by speaking about the greatest of all people; the Prophets, who were sent to communities throughout time, until the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

We regularly hear mention of the great heroes and heroines of Islam. These people were so beloved to Allah, that He caused their stories to be remembered, thousands and thousands of years after their departure from this world.

Their influence was spread in many ways. For example, the Companions of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ all inherited different aspects of his character. They inherited these traits for two reasons. Firstly, due to the inherent nature that Allah had created them with. And secondly due to their individual readiness and aptitude to develop in that area.

However, the greatest of the qualities are found in the lives of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs, of when the Prophet ﷺ said, “The gentlest of this Umma is Abu Bakr, the strictest (or most scrupulous) is Umar ibn al Khattab, the most modest is Uthman ibn Affan, and the most knowledgeable was Ali ibn Abi Talib.”


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The Noble Intention of Parents

From Habib Kadhim Al-Saqqaf – Parenting in the Modern World Raising Pious Children

Translated by Shaykh Ahmed Abdo, during the Australian tour, 2017

The noble intention of mothers, fathers and grandparents has an effect on subsequent generations. That’s why we find great Imams, like Imam Bukhari, Imam Shafi’i, before they were born their parents made noble and pious intentions for their children and look what came of them. It is quite clear that good pious intentions of parents will impact upon their children.

The great Salahudeen Ayoubi, he was the one responsible for the re-opening of Jerusalem al Quds. His father was a little delayed in getting married, however he really loved the scholars and the Awliya and he used to frequently visit the scholars and pious ones. So they used to always say to him “Why don’t you get married?”, and he used to always come up with excuses trying to avoid marriage altogether. They wanted to take him to the various scholars and have explained to him why getting married is good, for you are going to get have children and get lots of rewards. And we have in a hadith that two rakats from a married man is more virtuous than 72 rakat of a man that is single. And he used to say, “I just can’t find the right match”, so the people just left him.

And so one day one of the pious men in the city came to this particular shaykh, and he said look every time someone comes to court my daughter I find that these men are just not good. So this father came with his daughter to the shaykh, in order to have the shaykh persuade the daughter to accept one of these proposals. She was from a poor family, but she was quite knowledgeable, she was quite beautiful, she was intelligent.

When she comes to the shaykh with her dad, he says to her “Why don’t you want to get married? Allah has brought different young men to wed you, however you reject them, you’re intelligent you are understanding, you are beautiful”. And she responds to this shaykh, “I don’t want to get married to any ordinary type of man, the man I want to get married to, I want him to be the father of a child that is not ordinary but is a really pious one that Allah is going to grant victory to the Muslims through.”

At this response the shaykh said, “My daughter, this is a good intention, just wait out until that right man comes who is going to be the father of your children, that will allow the victory of the Muslims. And so whilst this young lady was with her father and the shaykh, some of the men came saying that outside is Najmudeen Ayoub the father of Salahudeen, he wants to speak with you. So the shaykh said to the lady and her father, if you could just move to the side a little I’m going to have a discussion with some other people.

Some people came in with Najmudeen (who was the father of the great Salahudeen) saying that they needed some private time with him. So these other men who were with Najmudeen said to the shaykh, “This is one of our generals of the Ummah of the state, Allah has given him wealth power and control and he still doesn’t want to get married.” The shaykh said to Najmudeen “Why don’t you want to get married? Allah has given you all these things.” And so this man says, “Look shaykh, let me let you in on a secret, I can marry the greatest women of the greatest generals of the army of the Muslims, however I don’t want any ordinary girl. I want a women who understands the importance and value of marriage, I want a woman who will be the mother of a general — a leader of the Muslims. And so the man said, “Shaykh, I don’t care if this women is the daughter of some army general of the Muslims or is from a poor family, it doesn’t really matter, just a girl that understands the value of marriage and who wants to be a mother of a child that will be a general a leader of the Muslims.” The shaykh said, “Don’t you worry my son I have this lady here for you with the same intention.

And so we have here a perfect match of intentions of the man and women who want the same thing from their children and they became the mother and father of this great conqueror and general Salahudeen Ayoubi. Therefore the Muslim man and women should make noble intentions before the birth of the child for that piety, this is first, such that we can produce a generation that holds and bears good and benefit for all people and Muslims.

Notes by Ali Chaudhry ~ Parenting in the Modern World Raising Pious Children ~ Habib Kadhim As-Saqqaf ~ Australia Tour 2017

Fasting for Love: Habib Kadhim’s Ramadan Message #Fast4Love

Note: This is translation of the Arabic video from the Fasting for Love webinar
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate. All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the worlds. And peace and mercy be upon the most noble of prophets and messengers: our master and beloved, our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his good and pure family and elected companions—and upon all those who follow them with excellence until the Day we meet You, O Lord of the worlds. And may we be included among them and with them, through His mercy. Truly, He is the Most Merciful and the Most Generous.
To proceed:
Among the greatest of Allah’s favors—Glorious and Exalted—upon His Muslim slave, and from the greatest blessings of this glorious religion is when a Muslim actualizes their love for Allah and for His Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions). This refined sense of love for the Generous Lord and for His great Prophet is the spirit of this religion, and the spirit of acts of worship, and it is a individual obligation upon every male and female Muslim. It is an obligation for a Muslim to reach the levels of love for Allah and His Messenger. And our Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) prescribed sayings, actions, and traits that allow a Muslim who follows his Sunna to reach to the reality of this lofty degree of faith and high sanctified state of loving Allah the Glorious and Majestic, and to what is greater than that, which is Allah—Glorious and Exalted—will love him. And many Quranic verses and Prophetic narrations indicate this trait of belief in the hearts of the Muslims from the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him). The greatest and easiest path that allows the Muslim man and Muslim woman to reach love of Allah and His Messenger is by following the Prophet. As our Lord informed us in His Wise Book by His saying—Glorious and Majestic: “Say [O Prophet], ‘If you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; Allah is most forgiving, most merciful.’” When we reflect on this great Quranic description which is full of mercy and compassion for Allah’s servants, our Lord informs us that if we want His love—Majestic and Exalted is He—then we must follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) according to our ability, for each and every Muslim man and woman in their environment or in their home.
The door to attaining Allah’s love and a way to increase one’s love for the Messenger (peace and mercy be upon him) is following the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) and by removing any obstacles that block Muslims from higher and more sacred and refined levels of faith.
Attaining Love of Allah
When we ponder the Quran, our Lord—Glorious and Exalted—informs us that the relationships that exist between the Muslim and those around him or the way a Muslim interacts with others in general, that these relationships could prevent or delay one from attaining the love of Allah. Positive relationships rooted in one’s faith that a Muslim has with his father, relatives, spouse, with the environment he lives within—these could help one reach this exalted and refined love of Allah. As Allah the Glorious and Exalted says, “Say [Prophet], ‘If your fathers, sons, brothers, wives, tribes, the wealth you have acquired, the trade which you fear will decline, and the dwellings you love are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger…then wait…’” So we see these as obstacles that could delay one from attaining love of Allah the Exalted and His Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions). On the other hand, these relationships can be rooted in faith, radiant, and positive thereby assist one in attaining Allah’s love. For a Muslim to have a good relationship with his or her parents is a way to attaining Allah’s love and the love of His Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions)—
In this brief lesson, we exhibit this great attribute of faith and lofty goal that every Muslim should strive to actualize in their lives and seek from their Lord the Exalted, as we’ve been taught by the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him). Every Muslim should make it a goal in their lives to reach this refined level of love for Allah and His Messenger, so that the moment of death does not come to him and he is lowered into his grave except that he has is a lover of Allah and His Messenger.
A Lover of Allah and His Messenger
The first means that helps one attain this love is following the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions)—in blessed days, such as Ramadan and other sacred months, and throughout the year. For in these seasons acts of righteousness have greater blessing, reward, and affect on the heart of the Muslim. This occurs in Ramadan, the sacred months, and the month in which the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions) was born. Therefore, firstly, a Muslim must have the lofty goal in this life, through the affects of righteous actions, to attain the love of Allah and His Messenger; and not leave this world or enter his grave without being a lover of Allah and His Messenger. When a Muslim actualizes this attribute, death comes to him and he yearns and loves to meet Allah, and Allah loves to meet him.
How does one attain this?
There are a number of means and actions that the Prophet prescribed for us to do and taught us, that if we perform we will attain love of Allah the Glorious and Exalted. Which means that we will love Allah the Exalted—and greater than that is Allah the Exalted will love us. From among what the Prophet prescribed are qualities we need to actualize—if we actualize these qualities then Allah the Exalted will love us. From among what he prescribed are actions that we need to perform, and if we perform them then we attain the love of Allah. Another means prescribed are statements we must say and repeat abundantly so that their lights and blessings reach our hearts, which then help us reach the love of Allah the Glorious and Majestic and we become beloved to Allah. Also, pay attention how a Muslim cannot truly love Allah until Allah the Glorious and Exalted loves him. Our Lord the Exalted says, “You who believe, if any of you go back on your faith, Allah will soon replace you with people He loves and who love Him.” Look, O Muslim, how Allah mentioned His love for His servants before mentioning the servants’ love for Allah because a person cannot truly love Allah until Allah the Glorious and Exalted loves them.
Who is Al-Tawwab?
A person cannot remember Allah until Allah reminds them. A person cannot turn to Allah until Allah turns towards them. Or to put it another way, they cannot turn to Allah until Allah manifests Himself with His Name, Al-Tawwab, so then the lights of repentance and regret take place in the person’s heart so they turn back to Allah and they take the means of turning to Him through saying, “Astaghfirullah.” Our Lord says at the beginning of Surat Hūd, “Ask your Lord for forgiveness, then turn back to Him. He will grant you wholesome enjoyment.” So by having a foothold in seeking Allah’s forgiveness, one reaches the station of turning to Allah. And in the station of turning to Allah, through actualization, one attains the fruits of love. As our Lord has told us—Glorious and Exalted, “Allah loves those who turn to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean.”
So we can summarize this great and important subject within the religion, love of Allah and His Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him), by taking the means to it. What is the most important means to it? Following the Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) as indicated by the Quranic text. Another aspect of this love is that Allah will love you and if Allah loves you, you will know some of the meanings of your shared love for Him as well, O Muslim.
An Immense Ocean
Another means are certain statements that we can utter. The Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions) tells us in authenticated hadiths some of the statements that are beloved to Allah. What does it mean that these statements are beloved to Allah? That whoever abundantly says these statements becomes beloved to Allah and helps one reach the love of Allah. The explanation of love of Allah is a broad and lengthy subject; it is an immense ocean, of which Imam Al-Ghazali has dedicated an entire book within his great work Ihya Ulum Al-Deen, called the “Book of Love, Intimacy, Longing, and Contentment” due to the subtleties of this love and the its difficulty for some people to understand. Some scholars even denied this kind love and said that “Love is obedience. By obeying Allah, fulfilling the obligations and voluntary act of worship—this is love!” They denied that there are any other refined feelings that a believer would feel towards Allah the Exalted. It is more refined than the feelings a man has for his wife, and greater than the feelings a parents has for his children, and greater than other any feelings of love one may have for people. It is a refined love that is rooted in transmission and in the intellect, rooted in the Quran and the Sunna, and rooted in the lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions). Love of Messenger (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions) was clear and simple, and during the lives of the noble Companions, all their hearts, both men and women, were overflowing with love. What might be difficult for some to understand is the love of Allah the Glorious and Exalted, but when we read the Quran with deep reflection we find that this love is a rooted matter in the Book of Allah the Exalted. We see this in the verse from Surat Al-Ma’idah in which Allah the Exalted says, “You who believe, if any of you go back on your faith, Allah will soon replace you with people He loves and who love Him.” This verse confirms that there are people who love of Allah, and whom Allah the Exalted loves.
Reflect & Follow
So the way to reach this love is through reflection upon the verses of the Quran and through following the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) in all times and periods, especially during the seasons of goodness when righteous acts bear more fruit, bring greater reward, and have a more immediate affect on the heart of the believer, such as the sacred months, as we mentioned, and during the great month of Ramadan.
Firstly, we should ponder the qualities mentioned: “Allah loves those who turn to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean.” “Allah loves those who act with excellence.” We find that there are qualities, if a member of the Ummah actualizes them, Allah will love them, Muslim man or Muslim woman. Whoever actualizes the quality of excellence (ihsan): perfecting worship, perfecting obedience, and perfecting everything that is beloved to Allah the Exalted.
Repentance: whoever continuously turns towards Allah becomes beloved to Allah.
Purity:
Whoever remains in a state of purity, whether inward or outward purity. Purifying the heart from dishonesty, hatred, pride, vanity—which corrupt a person’s relationships with those around him and nullify righteous deeds with Allah. We cannot have pride, because it belongs to Allah the Glorious and Majestic. The way of the servant and of humanity is humility, and we are all servants of Allah, or slaves. Those who are upon the Way of Prophecy are called servants, and those who strayed from the Way of Prophecy are called slaves in the Quran. As your Lord the Glorious and Exalted says, “your Lord is never unjust to His slaves.” So we must actualize the qualities mentioned.
Subhan Allah wa bi hamdihi, Subhan Allah al-adheem
Then we must abundantly say the words that are beloved to Allah: Subhan Allah, and Al-hamdu lillah, and la ilaha illa Allah, and Allahu Akbar. “The most beloved statements to Allah are four,” the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) said, “Subhan Allah, Al-hamdu lillah, la ilaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar. There is no harm in starting with whichever you choose.” He also said, “Two statements that are beloved to the Most Merciful, easy on the tongue, weighty on the scales: Subhan Allah wa bi hamdihi, Subhan Allah al-adheem.” These are two great statements whose affect on the heart of the believer is immense in illuminating the heart and in actualizing the love of Allah and Allah’s love for him.
Additionally, abundantly reciting Surat Al-Ikhlas. It has come in narration that the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) said about a man who would recite Surat Al-Ikhlas abundantly, “Tell him that Allah the Exalted loves him.” Therefore, we should recite it in abundance.
We should send invocations of Allah’s peace and mercy upon the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him).
Beyond Ramadan
We should not allow our following the Sunna and worship only to be limited to the in the great month of Ramadan. We should follow even the detailed aspects of the Sunna in Ramadan, for there are Sunnas that are specific to Ramadan, such as breaking our fast by eating dates or praying Taraweeh. If a person follows even these specific Sunnas—like eating an odd number of dates when breaking one’s fast in Ramadan, or praying the Witr prayer—then this person will attain the secrets of this religion like the Night of Great Worth (Laylat Al-Qadr) because his heart will then be prepared to attain the blessings of Laylat Al-Qadr. He breaks his fast on an odd number of dates and prays the Witr prayer, and Laylat Al-Qadr comes on one of the odd nights. So following the Sunna of the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) in all seasons, and especially during the sacred months and Ramadan, has the fastest affect on the heart of the individual, until his heart experiences the love of Allah and the greatness of these acts of worship, and he will experience Allah’s love for him and Allah’s being with this person.
Ameen.
We ask Allah that He actualizes us and this Muslim Ummah in love of Allah the Glorious and Exalted, and that He makes us of those beloved to Allah and followers of the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him). And that we worship Allah in all states and not, like some people who worship Allah in Ramadan and follow the Sunna in Ramadan, but when Ramadan is over he forgets the Sunna of the Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him). The statement applies to this kind of person: “Whoever worships Ramadan, Ramadan has ended. And whoever worships the Lord of Ramadan, He is Everlasting and never fades.” So the Lord we worship in Ramadan, He is the same outside of Ramadan; and our Prophet whose Sunna we give life to in Ramadan, we should give life to outside of Ramadan. We ask Allah that He prepares our hearts for this exalted love and that He gives us felicity through it in this life, and in the hereafter after death, and in Paradise with our Prophet (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him) and the elect of Allah’s righteous servants, and all praise belongs to Allah.