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The Secrets of Rajab by Habib Umar and Habib Kadhim – Muwasala

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When the month of Rajab enters, the Beloved ﷺ would seek its blessings, saying,“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`bān and enable us to reach Ramaḍān!” (Aḥmad, al-Baiḥaqi, Ibn Majah)

Muwasala[Recommended supplications during the blessed month]

Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him) recommends reading the following formulas of istighfār in the blessed month of Rajab.

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِما يَعْلَمُهُ الله أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ كَما يُحِبُّهُ الله

Astaghfirullāh limā ya`lamuhu Allāh, Astaghfirullāh kamā yuḥibbuhu-llāh

I seek the forgiveness of Allah for everything that He knows; I seek Allah’s forgiveness in the way that He loves.

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ ذا الجَلالِ و الإِكْرَام مِنْ جَميعِ الذُّنوبِ و الآثام

Astaghfirullāh dha’l-Jalāli w’al-Ikrām min jamī` adhunūbi wa al-āthām.

I seek the forgiveness of Allah, the Possessor of Majesty and Honour, for all my sins and wrongdoings.

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلاّ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنَ الرَّحِيمَ الْحَيَّ الْقَيُّومَ الَّذِي لا يَمُوتُ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي

Astaghfirullāh alladhī lā ilāha illā huwa arraḥmān arraḥīm al-Ḥayya al-Qayyum alladhī lā yamūtu wa atūbu ilayhi rabbi-ghfir lī

I seek the forgiveness of Allah, besides Who there is no god; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, the Living, the Sustainer, the One Who never dies and I repent to Him. O Lord, forgive me.

[What is being read in Tarim?]
The Secrets of Rajab
In Tarim the following formula is read 70 times in congregation immediately after the `Ishā’ Prayer every night in Rajab. The one reading it raises his hands while doing so:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لي وارْحَمْنِي وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ

Rabbi ‘ghfir lī w’ arḥamnī wa tub `alayya.

O Allāh forgive me, have mercy upon me, and grant me repentance.

It is also good to read what is known in Ḥaḍramawt as Istighfār Rajab, a compilation of istighfār compiled by Ḥabīb Ḥasan, the son of Imām `Abdullāh bin `Alawī al-Ḥaddād:

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.All praise is due to Allāh Lord of the Worlds.

O Allāh bestow prayers and peace upon our Master Muḥammad and upon his Family and Companions.

I seek the forgiveness of Allāh (3 times) for every word, act and thought and every inward and outward action of mine which Allāh dislikes.

I seek the forgiveness of Allāh, besides Who there is no god; the Living, the Sustainer, and I repent to Him.

O Allāh forgive me for what I have done previously, what I will do, what I have done in secret and in private, for my excesses and for that about which You have more knowledge than I. You are the one who puts people ahead and puts people behind and You have power over all things.

I seek the forgiveness of Allāh, the Possessor of Majesty and Honour, for all my sins and wrongdoings. I seek the forgiveness of Allāh for every one of my sins: those committed in private, those committed in public, the small and the large, those committed previously and those committed recently, the first and the last of them, outward and inward sins, and I repent to Him.

O Allāh I seek Your forgiveness for any sin from which I have repented and then committed again.

I seek Your forgiveness for any action which I performed initially for Your noble countenance and then something else which is displeasing to You detracted from my sincerity.

The Secrets of RajabI seek Your forgiveness for anything that I have promised to do for Your sake and then broken my promise to You.

I seek Your forgiveness for anything that my caprice has called me to do by taking dispensations in affairs which are dubious, which are in Your sight forbidden.

I seek Your forgiveness, there is no god but You, O Knower of the Seen and Unseen, for every wrong or act of disobedience that I have committed in broad daylight or in the darkness of the night, in the company of people or whilst alone, in public or in private, in the knowledge that You were gazing upon me as I committed it. I repent to You, O Forbearing One, O Most Generous, O Most Merciful.

I seek Your forgiveness for deriving strength from the blessings You have bestowed upon me and then using that strength to disobey You.

I seek Your forgiveness for sins which only You know about and only You can see, sins which only Your forbearance can encompass and from which only Your pardon can save me.

I seek Your forgiveness for every oath I have made and then broken, for which I will be taken to account.

I seek Your forgivenessthere is no god but You, transcendent are You, truly I am amongst the wrongdoers. So We responded to him and delivered him from distress; thus do We deliver those who have faith. And remember Zakariyyā, when he cried to his Lord: “O my Lord! Leave me not without offspring, for You are the best of bestowers.”

The Secrets of RajabMy Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy.”

I seek Your forgiveness for every obligation which You have requested that I fulfil in the day or the night which I have subsequently neglected out of heedlessness, absent-mindedness, forgetfulness or ignorance, and for which I will be punished.

I seek Your forgiveness for every sunnah of the Master of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, Your Prophet our Master Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) which I have left out of heedlessness, absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, ignorance or not caring.

I seek Your forgiveness, there is no god but You, alone without partner, Muhammad is Your slave and messenger. Transcendent are You, O Lord of the Worlds. To You belongs the dominion and all praise. You are sufficient for us, and You are the best disposer of our affairs. He is the best of those who protect and the best of those who assist. There is no strength nor might except in Allāh, the Sublime, the Awesome.

O Allāh, You are the Repairer of every breakage, the Companion of everyone who is alone, the One who brings ease to every difficulty, the One who is not in need of clarification or explanation. You are able to do whatever You will.

Send blessings upon our Master Muḥammad to the number of those who send blessings upon him, and to the number of those who do not. O Allah send blessings upon the spirit of our Master Muḥammad, upon the earth in which our Master Muḥammad is buried, upon the grave in which our Master Muḥammad lies, upon the physical form of our Master Muḥammad and upon the name of our Master Muḥammad.

There has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves, grievous to whom is your burden, concerned (is he) for you; for the believers (he is) full of compassion, merciful. If they turn away then say: Allāh is sufficient for me; there is no god but He. On Him do I rely; He is the Lord of the Awesome Throne.

May peace and blessings of Allāh be upon our Master Muḥammad and upon his Family and Companions. All praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the Worlds, in every instant forever, the number of His creation, to His satisfaction, the weight of His throne and the amount of ink of His words.

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Watch this beautiful lesson on Rajab by Habib Khadhim translated by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi Efa
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True Life, A lesson on Hamza (May God be pleased with him) – Habib Umar bin Hafiz


Habib Umar talks about the meaning of true life. He reflects on the story of Sayyiduna Hamza and how he attained true life through love of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)

Allah says:

He was dead and then We gave him life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men.

This is the sign of the people of truth, those whom we have guided, signs appear on them.
Life and death in this context are spiritual.
They have nothing to do with physical life and death.

“He was dead”

He was a disbeliever and We gave him life through Islam,
He was an innovator and We gave him life through the Sunnah
He was in disobedience and We gave him life through repentance and obedience.
He was heedless and We gave him life through remembrance.

There are different degrees, the soul has the capacity to attain knowledge of Allah. But before it gains knowledge it is in a state similar to death.
Then it gains essential knowledge and ascends, then it increases in knowledge until it possesses great light and becomes firm.

As Allah says:

We gave him life – he attained knowledge, We gave him life – he increased in knowledge,
whereby he can walk amongst men ­– he became firm.

Then he influences, benefits, and teaches others and shows them the way.

The Companions (May God be pleased with them) narrate different reasons for the revelation of this verse, although the meaning is general and applies to anyone.

One narration is that once Abu Jahl severely insulted the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his whole clan, Banu Hashim, while he was sitting with the nobles of Quraysh.
Then Sayyiduna Hamza, who was not Muslim at that point, came into Makkah.
The daughters of ‘Abd Manaf came to him and said to him:

“Will you allow this fool to insult your nephew?
Will you allow him to insult your clan and your womenfolk while you are present?
Do you not have any sense of honor?”

They stirred up his anger until he approached Abu Jahl while he was sitting with his companions.

“O Abu al-Hakam, what did you say about Muhammad?
Muhammad is more noble and greater than you!
You are a fool who worships something that cannot hear or see!
I follow his religion!
Take this!”

He struck him in the face in front of everyone.

“Return this blow if you are able!”

Abu Jahl said to his companions

“Leave him, for I have greatly insulted his nephew”

The Hamza went to the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) and entered Allah’s religion.

He was dead and then We gave him life

People like Hamza.
The beginning of life is defending Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Love for him is true life.
The Companions and those that came after them only attained life through love of the Prophet (Peace be upon him).

He was dead and then We gave him life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men.

After announcing his Islam he spent the night wondering what he had done.
So he went to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the Prophet (Peace be upon him) put his hand on his chest and read over him and his doubts were removed.
He then began calling people to Islam.

Once Sayyiduna Umar ibn al-Khattab accepted Islam,  the Muslims began praying openly in the Masjid al-Haram.
At one end of the row was Sayyiduna Umar and at the other end was Sayyiduna Hamza (May God be pleased with them).
So if one of the idol worshippers came and saw Umar at one end and Hamza at the other end he would be quiet and leave.

Allah brought them to life and through them He brought Islam to life.

Hamza then made hijrah and met the Prophet (Peace be upon him) when he arrived in al-Madinah. He continued to keep his company, he was with him at Badr and then Uhud where he was martyred (May God be pleased with him) and he attained everlasting life in the proximity of the Living, the Eternal and attained His pleasure.

For Allah’s sake his stomach was cut open, his liver was extracted and his body was mutilated.
When the Prophet (Peace be upon him) saw him he wept

Another narration states that the verse was revealed concerning Sayyiduna Umar ibn al-Khattab and Abu Jahl. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“O Allah, strengthen Islam with one of the two Umars: Umar ibn al-Khattab or Amr ibn Hisham (Abu Jahl).”

The prayer was answered concerning Sayyiduna Umar, so by him Allah strengthened Islam.

He was dead and then We gave him life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men.

 The like of Sayyiduna Hamza and Sayyiduna Umar are torches that guide people to the truth, as the hadith states:

“Allah placed the truth on Umar’s tongue and in his heart.”

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, as narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari:

“O son of al-Khattab, I swear by the One in Whose hand is my soul, whenever the devil sees you coming, he takes a different path.”

 Can he whom We gave life and a light whereby he can walk amongst men be like him who is in the depth of darkness?

Can he be like Abu Jahl, who arrogantly denied the truth, even though he knew Muhammad was a Messenger sent by Allah?
His ignorance and arrogance caused him to reject the truth until the day he was killed in Badr.
He flexed his muscles and claimed that they would drink wine and gain eternal status among the Arabs and he was merely sealing his own destruction.

 He is in the depth of darkness, from which he can never come out.

Allah! He will never come out!
From the darkness to the blackness of the Fire!
We seek refuge in Allah!

Can he whom We gave life and a light whereby he can walk amongst men be like him who is in the depth of darkness?

No. The two things, the two groups, the two individuals are not equal.

May Allah bring us to life with the light of Iman and the light of Islam, the light of certainty, the light of knowledge of Him, the light of truthfulness, repentance, fear of Him.
Illuminate out hearts with the light of Quran, Illuminate our graves and give us light on the Day of Resurrection.

On the Day on which Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their light will run before them and by their right hands.

O Allah, place light in our hearts, place light in our graves, place light on our flesh, place light in our blood, place light in our bones, place light in our veins, place light in our nerves, place light in front of us, place light behind us, place light on our right, place light on our left, place light above us, place light beneath us.

Increase our light, give us light, make us light through Your mercy, O Most Merciful.

Give us everlasting life. Make us among the elite whom You have made felicitous. Give us a connection to your Prophet Muhammad which cannot be severed,
O Most Generous, O Most Merciful.

Intention for Sending Blessings upon the Prophet

Intention for Sending Blessings upon the Prophet

From Habib Umar’s Facebook page.

The intention of Imam al-Haddad for sending blessings upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم:

O God, I intend by my sending blessings upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم fulfilling Your command, and professing belief in Your book, and following the way of Your Prophet, our liege lord صلى الله عليه و سلم Muhammad and (declaring) love for him, yearning for him and venerating his right and to ennoble

him, and due to the fact that he is deserving of that صلى الله عليه و سلم, so accept this from me by virtue of Your grace and excellence.

Remove the veil of heedlessness from my heart, and make me from the righteous. O God, increase him in eminence beyond the eminence with which You have preferred him, and increase him in honour beyond the honour which You have given him صلى الله عليه و سلم, and raise his station in the stations of the Emissaries, and raise too his level in the levels of the Prophets.

I ask of You Your Divine pleasure and for Paradise, O Lord of Creations, with well-being in religious and worldly life and in the Hereafter.

I ask of You death upon the Book, the Prophetic Way and Community and upon the testament of faith, without change or alteration.

By Your grace and excellence towards me, forgive me for what I have sinned. Indeed You are the Oft- Returning, the Most Merciful, and may God send blessings upon our liegelord Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم and on his folk and his Companions.

ADVICE: Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and His Messenger – Habib Umar

ADVICE: Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and His Messenger – Habib Umar

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Please benefit from and share the following Rabi’ al-Awwal advice recently delivered by Sayyidi Habib Umar and translated by Ustadh Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him and his teachers).

May Allah Most High bless us with remembrance of Him and His Beloved (Allah bless him and grant him peace) in this noble month, make us amongst those who are mentioned in His Presence, and bless our hearts with noble intentions that raise us to the ranks of those beloved to Him.

Welcoming Rabi` al-Awwal
By Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and His Messenger

Sayyidi al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him) said (Mawlid, Dar al-Mustafa, 3rd Rabi` al-Awwal/ 26th January 2012):

The new moon of Rabi` al-Awwal has appeared, the month in which Allah brought forth His best
and perfect slave, His Chosen One, His Beloved, The Most Noble of the First and the Last in the
sight of the Lord of the Worlds. His uncle `Abbas addressed him at the end of his life, on their
return from Tabuk, his last expedition, with the following verse:

When you were born the earth and the horizons were illuminated by your light
We remain bathed in that glow and it continues to light the path as we travel it

Every mawlid composed later is merely echoing what the Companions said to the Chosen One.
They were the first people to celebrate the mawlid.

Our Master `Isa will descend to the earth and you will see how he will be ennobled by following
Muhammad. Any of you that are with him at that time will see how he mentions the Master of
Creation. His heart and the hearts of those present will be filled with veneration when they
mention his name. He knows our Master Muhammad better than us, for  a Prophet knows a
Prophet. No member of this nation knows him in the way that the Spirit of Allah.

They said this openly: “All that we knew of the Messenger of Allah was his shadow.”

This is how the Master of the Followers, Uways al-Qarani, addressed the greatest of the
Companions, our Masters `Umar and `Ali, who knew the Beloved better than anyone. He said:
“All that you knew of the Messenger of Allah was his shadow.”

They said: “True, all that we knew of the Messenger of Allah was his shadow.”

Direct your hearts to attain His pleasure and a portion of His gifts. In every day and night there
are gifts, and in every month, and in this month in particular. You attain these gifts according to
your connection to the one who taught us, the unique one. Take a portion of his vast, noble,
priceless teachings, with sincere desire, to attain the reality of:

It is more fitting that they please Allah and His Messenger if they are truly believers.
(Al-Tawbah, 9:62)

Strive in this noble month to please the Chosen One, seeking to please Allah. Please him with
your intentions, your ambitions, your words and deeds. Allah is pleased with those that praise
his Prophet, those that venerate His Prophet, those that support His Prophet. He is pleased with
that which pleases the Prophet.

It is more fitting that they please Allah and His Messenger if they are truly believers

You have spent so much of your time and thoughts seeking to please yourself, your family, your
relatives and your friends. This may have caused you to travel from one country to another.
Have you sought the pleasure of the Beloved? How much do you think about this? How much do
you worry about this? How far have you travelled seeking his pleasure? How much hardship
have you borne? How much have you sacrificed? There is nothing on the earth or in this life
whose pleasure is more worthy of seeking than Muhammad.

It is more fitting that they please Allah and His Messenger if they are truly believers

According to your faith you strive to please  Allah’s Beloved.  Seek his pleasure! When the
Companions saw that he was pleased, when his face shone with happiness, they said: “It was
more beloved to us than red camels.” Nothing was harder for them to bear than seeing him
angry, seeing the vein between his blessed eyes swell up.

Look for the true meaning of seeking his pleasure in this month. You won’t find it on the satellite
channels. Seek it from its source, connect to the light of his message. This will show you how to
seek his pleasure, in which is the pleasure of the Most High. If  you have in your heart an
attribute which does not please him, then strive to rid your heart of it. He is not pleased with
arrogance, so do not be content to show arrogance, even to inanimate objects, let alone animals
or humans, for the Lord of all things dislikes you doing this.

Seek it by giving life to the sunnah in your house in Rabi` al-Awwal! If your family are heedless of
Allah between Maghrib  and `Isha, joking or watching TV  then bring to life the sunnah of
venerating this time. Teach them at home at this time. If they are young teach them the Arabic
letters so that they are connected to the Qur’an. If they are older, go over with them the Qur’an
they have memorised.

If the sunnah of seeking forgiveness before Fajr is absent, bring it to life in Rabi` al-Awwal. Let
there be at least one person seeking forgiveness before Fajr in the house, one person saying to
the Oft-Forgiving “forgive me!” at the time which Allah loves for people to seek His forgiveness,
at the time when delegations came to the door of the Bestower.

If no-one in the house prays in congregation then teach your wife, your sister, your daughter to
only pray in congregation. Bring life to these sunnahs. Remove anything that displeases your
Lord from your house, anything that displeases your Prophet, audio or visual. Let the house be
filled in Rabi` with the remembrance of the Beloved, with the mention of his attributes, his life,
his birth. You will be enlightened and so will your family.

Allah bless the people of good who are striving in the East and West,  the people who are
remembering and reciting the mawlid, for they are the keys to removing tribulation. People
raising their voices with the remembrance of Allah and His Messenger in their houses, in the
mosques and in the streets causes hardships to be relieved. So many Muslim groups have lost
the way. They do not know how to rectify themselves or those around them. They do not seek it
from the door that Allah has opened:

Allah will not change what is in a people until they change what is in themselves. (Al-Ra`d, 13:11)

Let us change what is in our selves. Let us make our children feel that Rabi` al-Awwal has
entered, and that it is connected to the Beloved. Make them feel that their lives are founded
upon loving him, venerating him and following him. This is the foundation of the whole religion.
May Allah grant you strong ambition and high intentions! May the end of the month not come
before some of the rays of the Beloved’s light bring some relief to the suffering of the Muslims.

O Lord, bless us in this month. Bless us in our remembrance of You and Your Messenger. Make
us amongst those who are mentioned in Your presence, and amongst those who are mentioned
in his presence.  Bless our hearts with noble intentions that raise us to the ranks of those
beloved to You, so that we on the Day of Judgement we are with those that you mentioned:

The Day on which Allah will not humiliate the Prophet and those who believe with him.

Make us with him, and our families, our children, our friends, our neighbours, our students.

Their light will run before them and by their right hands, while they say: “O Lord, perfect our
light for us, and forgive us, for You have power over all things.”
(Al-Tahrim,  66:8)

If anyone has anything in their heart that prevents them from seeking Your pleasure and Your
Messenger’s pleasure then remove it  so that they prefer You and Your Messenger over
everyone else.  So that when we sleep tonight nothing is more beloved to us than You and Your
Messenger. Increase us in love tomorrow and in the coming days until we meet You, O Most
Generous!

Video: Habib ‘Umar b. Hafiz: The Spiritual Imperative – Ribat Institute

Video: Habib ‘Umar b. Hafiz: The Spiritual Imperative – Ribat Institute

An insightful lecture delivered by one of the true carriers of prophetic spirituality in our times, al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz. The lecture addresses the importance of spirituality, and the emphasis of cleansing the heart. The lecturer engages the audience by enumerating many heart-touching narratives.

Shaykh Muhammad Ba Shu’ayb – Intro: The Spiritual Imperative from Ribat Films on Vimeo.

Habib ‘Umar b. Hafiz: The Spiritual Imperative. Part One from Ribat Films on Vimeo.

Habib ‘Umar b. Hafiz: The Spiritual Imperative. Part Two from Ribat Films on Vimeo.

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Habib Umar bin Hafiz shares important advice on seeking knowledge to the students at SeekersGuidance — and all sincere seekers. Recorded during Habib Umar’s historic visit to the Bay Area in California in April 2011.

Habib Umar – What Distinguishes Us?

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