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Some of the Proper Manners of Service (khidma) Ones Teachers—and in All Religious Activism – Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Some of the Proper Manners of Service (khidma) Ones Teachers—and in All Religious Activism

Muwasala—an excellent resource for reliable Islamic guidance—share the following response from Habib Umar bin Hafiz:

What are some of the etiquettes of service (khidma)? [Muwasala]

[The Intention in Serving]

Any type of service, whether it be service of a shaykh or anyone else, should be conducted with the intention of purifying the soul by means of the benefit that comes about through it

[All Benefit Is Service]

Being a cause of any kind of benefit is in fact a type of service.

[The Reality of Service]

Assisting the shaykh in implementing his objectives or assisting anyone in implementing any objective which is valid in the Shariah is a type of service.

[What Service is Most Spiritually Beneficial?]

Any action which requires humility is more beneficial for the soul, such as cleaning, washing and cooking. An important etiquette is to keep the private affairs of the shaykh or anyone else being served secret.

[Sincerely Seeking The Pleasure of Allah in Serving is the Key]

The person serving should have sincerity at all times and should believe that he benefits himself through his service and not that he is doing a favour to those he is serving.

Muwasala is an online repository for the scholarly teachings of the blessed tradition of Ḥaḍramawt. The word muwasala simultaneously means “connection” and “continuity.” These two words explain the underlying purpose of this website: to open the doors for seekers to benefit from one of the great scholarly traditions of the Ummah, firstly by establishing a connection to its teachings, and secondly by embarking upon a continual path of study.

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The Radiant Intentions of the Pious

The Prayer Comes in While I Am in Class. What Can I Do? (Habib Umar Bin Hafiz)

Answered by  Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Question: Assalam aleykum

I am student, and usually the time for Dhuhr prayer comes in while I am in class. We are not allowed to leave the class for prayer, so what is the best thing to do in this situation?

Answer: [Assalam alaykum]

Establishing the Prayer in the Most Beautiful Manner

It would be beautiful if you finish your class and then arrange a congregation (group prayer) with your classmates. It is even better and more beautiful if the teacher(s) and headmaster join you.

Performing the Prayer in the Beginning of the Time

The special virtue of performing a prayer at the first of its time is a matter of difference of opinion, and what is narrated in the sunnah is that the Prophet (may Allah peace and blessings be upon him and his folk) would pray a prayer mostly at the first half of its time and that he would sometimes delay a prayer beyond its first time. It is related that he would delay the Dhuhr prayer on a hot day to a cooler time.

Praying at Work or School

And so the one who is busy at work while the prayer time comes in should manage his work time to be able to pray (giving priority to congregation without necessarily praying at the first of the prayer’s time) and so should the students at school. All praises be to Allah; our schools are usually surrounded by mosques or have prayer spaces inside them that can be used after classes or after the school day ends. Furthermore, it happens during the year that prayer times coincide with breaks between classes.

Priority of the Congregation Over the Beginning of the Time

In any case, there is sufficient time to pray during a class period, as the time for prayer is extended. Therefore, praying in congregation later is better than praying early while alone and being remiss with your class duties, while Allah has given you a stretch of time.

Prohibition of Delaying the Prayer Beyond its Time

However if it is the case that you will end up delaying a prayer beyond its time because of class (which usually does not happen in schools in the Islamic world), then you have to leave for prayer.

Importance of Balancing Duties and Managing Time

Therefore you should combine between giving your educational or work duty its due importance and managing your time so that you can perform prayers in congregation.

Virtue of a Larger Congregation

Last but not least, having a larger congregation is always better, for a man praying with another man is better than praying alone, and praying with two men is better than praying with one man, and praying with three men is better than praying with two men, and so on and so forth.

Translated by: Abdullah Alrajhy

Habib Umar bin Hafiz  is a descendant of the Prophet (upon him be Allah’s peace and blessings). Born into a family of scholars, Habib Umar, pursued the sacred sciences from a young age, including Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, ‘Aqeedah, Arabic, and Spirituality. In 1994, he established Dar al-Mustafa, an educational institute in Tarim, Yemem.

Link to the original answer

أنا طالب في المدرسة عند دخول الوقت لصلاة الظهر تكون عندنا حصة و لا يسمح لنا بالخروج من القاعة للصلاة, فما الأفضل لنا فعله ؟
يكون من الطيب أن تكمل حصتك، ثم بعد انتهائها تتفق مع جماعة من الطلاب لتصلوا جماعة، وإن خرج معكم المدرس والمدير وأهل المدرسة فذلك أجمل وأفضل. فإن فضيلة أول الوقت مختلَف فيها، والوارد في السنة أن تكون صلاته صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم غالباً في النصف الأول من أوقات الصلوات، وقد يؤخر شيئًا من الصلوات عن أول وقتها كما جاء في الإبراد بالظهر. إذن فالمنشغل أيضاً بعمل يتجاوز وقتَ الصلاة ينبغي له أن يرتب، مثله في ذلك مثل الطلاب في المدارس. والحمد لله فعامة المدارس حواليها مساجد أو وسطها مصليات يقدر الناس أن يصلوا فيها، فيمكن بعد انتهاء الحصة أو الدوام أن يخرجوا إلى ذلك المكان، على أنه قد يصادف في بعض أيام السنة أن يكون وقت الصلاة في وقت الاستراحة. وعلى أي حال فلن يخرج وقت الصلاة وأنت في هذه الحصة، فوقت الصلاة متسع، فإذا أتممت الحصة فاجتماعكم جميعاً يكون أزكى من أن تقدِّمها أنت فرادى، أو أن تخلَّ بواجبك مع سعة الوقت الذي آتاك الله إياه. فإن وصل الحد إلى إخراج الفريضة عن وقتها -وهذا لا يحصل غالباً في المدارس الموجودة في العالم الإسلامي- فيجب القيام للصلاة. فلأجل ذلك ينبغي أن تجمع بين تعظيم مهمتك في العلم أو في أي عمل آخر وبين ترتيب أن تكون الصلاة في جماعة، وكلما استوعبت فيها عدداً أكبر كان أفضل، فإن صلاة الرجل مع الرجل أزكى من صلاته وحده، وصلاته مع الرجلين أزكى من صلاته مع الرجل، وصلاته مع الثلاثة أزكى وهكذا ..

Disciplining the Soul, by Habib Umar bin Hafiz

The Ihya Ulum al-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences) is considered to be one of the most widely-read, most reliable  books in the Islamic world, covering various topics from practice to spirituality. In this series, Habib Umar bin Hafiz taught the section “On Disciplining the Soul”, during a trip to Denmark.

We are grateful to Muwasala for these recordings

Resources for Seekers

FREE DOWNLOAD: Ad-Diya al-Lami – Habib Umar bin Hafiz

The Resplendent Illumination: A Remembrancer on the Life of the Messenger & The Purifying Drink: On the History of the Resplendent Messenger (Peace be upon him)

Mawlid of Habib Umar bin Hafiz

This commonly recited works, have been prepared and translated by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan and Shaykh Riyad Saloojee. Offered free, with thanks to DTI Publishing House.
Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan, with the aid of [Shaykh] Riyad Saloojee, has translated from Arabic into English two short works on the Prophetic Biography. These works mention the birth, life and attributes of the Messenger of Allāh – may Allāh send peace and blessings upon him, his family and companions – and also contain supplications to Allāh, the Real, exalted is He.
The first book is entitled “The Resplendent Illumination: a Remembrancer of the Life of the Messenger” and the second, “The Purifying Drink: On the History of the Resplendent Messenger”. May Allāh reward them abundantly for this translation; and for the publication of the works in both English and Arabic so that the non-Arabic speaker may follow the Arabic and understand its meaning.
DOWNLOAD: Two free mawlid books from Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Your Free Ramadan Gift – A Lesson Set from Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Your Free Ramadan Gift

In gratitude of your support, we we’d like to gift to you this special lesson set this  Ramadan.
The Path to Spiritual Excellence, a nine part lesson set from Habib Umar bin Hafiz.
Taught in Arabic by Habib Umar and translated into English by Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya.
Download your copy from the SeekersHub website.
Thanks to DTI and Mahabbah Foundation
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Commemorating The Battle of Badr

The date of the Battle of Badr falls on the 17th day of Ramadan, in the Islamic calendar. It is one of the most important historical events for Muslims.

Why is Badr significant? Shaykh Amer Jamil explains from the site of the battle

The power of faith, lessons from the battle of Badr by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

Dua Nasiri (text and alternate audio). This highly potent du’a by the renowned Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Nasir, was recited across Morocco and inspired resistance to the French occupation. So powerful was it that the French President had to issue an order banning its recitation from the mosques.

Photo credit: UmmSqueaky.

VIDEO GUIDE: How To Make Your Ramadan Count – Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, Dr. Umar Abd-Allah, and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ramadan advice from great luminaries of our time:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on the fiqh of fasting

Habib Umar bin Hafiz on the stations of those who love Allah

Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf on the many ways to beloved states

Dr. Umar al Faruq Abd-Allah on finding Allah through fasting

With Ramadan fast approaching, SeekersHub Global wants to aid you and your loved ones in meeting the goals of this noble month.

That’s why we’ve compiled a simple, three-step video guide on how to make the most of Ramadan.

These three steps are the keys to right guidance in any matter: knowledge, sincerity, and action.

(1) Knowledge:  Fiqh of Fasting: How to Make Your Fast Last – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

  • KnowledgeThe verses on fasting Ramadan are only four: Surat al Baqara verses 183-187. Reflect on these verses
  • The spiritual purpose of fasting is to attain imindfulness, thankfulness, and magnification of Allah which results in realization of His closeness
  • The validity of our fasts rests on abstaining from a few permissible things. It does not rest on staying away from all that is impermissible. This is a mercy from Allah Most High.

BONUS: Question & Answer Session – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

(2) Sincerity and Love : The Stations of Those Who Love Allah – Habib Umar bin HafizSincerity

  • People become enraptured in their love for creation, but as Allah Most High tells us “those who believe are more intense in their love of Allah”
  • A sign of loving Allah, and of Allah’s loving His servant, is that the servant loves the remembrance of Allah
  • We must strive to make our fasts an expression of our love of Allah

(3) Action: Finding Allah Through Fasting – Dr. Umar Abd-Allah and Seeking Allah: The Many Ways to Beloved States – Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf

  • Action We were created to worship God through acts such as fasting
  • We must prioritize our acts of worship according to the Divine command. Obligatory acts come first
  • Allah and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) have told us what leads to the love of Allah — of actions, words, and states
  • We should strive in this month to leave sin, and inculcate virtue

 Finding Allah Through Fasting – Dr. Umar al-Faruq Abd-Allah

Seeking Allah: The Many Ways to Beloved States – Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf

ACT NOW: Join our #SpreadLight campaign: Can we reach one million students? Help SeekersHub Global #SpreadLight: support us through your generous Ramadan donation: become a monthly supporter; or give one-time support — or give your zakat through SeekersHub, to support needy and deserving scholars and students of knowledge.

We need to raise $100,000 by Ramadan – A message from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,
Dear fellow seekers on the path to Allah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. As Ramadan is fast approaching, I wanted to make an urgent appeal for support – and share some good news with you.
First, the urgent appeal…
SeekersHub urgently needs to raise $100,000 before the start of Ramadan to pay our scholars and staff; assist a number of scholars and seekers who are in dire need; and cover the costs of our upcoming programs and initiatives that will directly benefit you and your community.
You can make an immediate one-time donation; become a monthly donor; or give your zakat – which is used to support deserving and needy scholars and seekers of knowledge (considered the best of zakat).
Remember that hastening your charity has greater reward than ‘waiting for Ramadan’.
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Second, the good news:

(1) Alhamdulillah, SeekersHub Global will be broadcasting a full range of daily Ramadan programming from our website.
This will include live broadcasts of the lessons and Tarawih recitation by Shaykh Ahmad Saad al-Azhari, whom SeekersHub Toronto is hosting for the entire month of Ramadan.
(2) In Ramadan, SeekersHub is launching its full Spanish-language site – with thousands of Answers, articles, audio and video lessons, and other resources, alhamdulillah. (BTW: The site is up, but in development… try to find it!)
(3) During Ramadan, our Term 3 courses will open for registration. We have many new courses, including:
Being Muslim: A Clear Introduction to Islam and Principles of Calling to Allah, with a new SeekersHub teacher, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin;
Explanation of Surat al-Fatiha, with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus; and
New courses in our Arabic Steps curriculum for both beginners (with new SeekersHub teacher, Shaykh Shuaib Ally) and more advanced seekers (with Shaykh Ali Hani, one of the foremost specialists of Qur’anic and Arabic studies in the world).
Take the Ramadan Short Courses: In the meantime, registration is open for our special Ramadan short courses. These are all completely free – supported by our Knowledge Without Barriers program.
Help us spread light by enrolling, and sharing widely with your friends and family.
Register here for Ramadan courses

Third: help us #SpreadLight:

In Ramadan, we’re launching our #SpreadLight campaign, to increase our capacity and reach from serving tens of thousands of students across the world to reach and serve hundreds of thousands of students.
This is at the counsel and call of our senior scholars – who have labelled our work as “the most pressing communal obligation of our times.”
Another of our teachers has challenged us, “This project needs to reach millions of people.”
We’re taking this challenge, trust, and responsibility on – with your support, prayers, and active involvement – and have set a goal of striving to reach a million students through our programs by the end of 2018, by Allah’s leave.
To make this happen, we need three things from you:
(1) Your immediate support, even if small; Donate Now.
(2) Host a fundraising iftar at your home or in your community, to raise funds for the #SpreadLight campaign. Just email [email protected]
(3) Join Team Lanterns. We’re putting a team together to raise funds by taking our message to your family, friends, and community. It’s simple and can be done online. Join the team here.
(4) Join the SeekersHub team – whether to help get the word out about our courses and services in the Outreach team; or to help directly with the #SpreadLight campaign in the Development team; or to help with the Techology team.
Just email [email protected] with the subject line: Volunteering with Seekers, and share some background about yourself, your interests, skills, and time commitment. We need a lot of hands on deck to make this happen, alhamdulillah!
May Allah make this Ramadan a Ramadan of light, in which we turn to the Light of Allah’s Closeness, Love, and Good Pleasure-through turning to His Light of the Qur’an, the Light of His Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), through the lights of prayer, fasting, recitation, charity, remembrance, service, and all doors of good that our Merciful and Loving Lord has facilitated for us.
May Allah bless you, your families, communities, and the Umma of the Beloved Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him and his folk).
Wassalaam,
Faraz Rabbani
Executive Director and Senior Instructor, SeekersHub Global
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The passing of Habib ‘Umar’s mother

To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the blessed mother of Habib Umar bin Hafidh, Hababah Zahra bint Hafiz bin `Abdullah al-Haddar.

When her husband, Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz, was abducted and martyred she showed great steadfastness and gave her children the best upbringing.

Habib Ali Mashhour bin Hafidh

Habib Ali Mashhour bin Hafidh, Mufti of Tarim

Her oldest son is Habib `Ali al-Mashur, Mufti of Tarim, and her youngest son is Habib `Umar. She also leaves behind her others sons: Habib `Attas, Sayyid Salim, Sayyid `Abdullah and three daughters.

She passed away at the age of nearly 96 after a life spent in worship and service. She was known for her uprightness, taqwa, fear of Allah and humility. She was constantly engaged in the remembrance of Allah. Her nights were spent standing in prayer and her days were spent fasting. She would give abundant charity in private.

If something bad was said about someone in her presence she would cut the person speaking off saying:

“May Allah guide us and guide him (or her) and may He guard our tongues and our hearts.”

Habib Ali al-Jifri said he would always request dua from her, but out of humility she would say that she was in need of dua due to her shortcomings. When she did make dua, she would always pray for the whole Ummah.

The janazah took place in Tarim on 22nd Sha`ban (9th June 2015).

May Allah pour His mercy upon her, raise her to the highest of stations and make her grave one of the gardens of Paradise. May He bless her children and loved ones with steadfastness.

Source: Muwasala

Playing with your Children – Advice from Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Advice from Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him), posted, with thanks from Muwasala
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Parents should supervise their children playing and play with them at times. One of the pious would always play with his children to make sure they were not affected by bad influences and to make sure they were learning as they played.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ was often the ‘camel’ for Sayyiduna al-Hasan and Sayyiduna al-Husayn to ride upon.
Once Hasan and Husayn were wrestling with each other. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ was watching and cheering on Hasan. Sayyidatuna Fatimah saw this and asked him why he was supporting Hasan and not Husayn.
He replied:
“I am only supporting Hasan because Jibril is supporting Husayn.”
This is the care that Hasan and Husayn received. They were playing under the watchful eye of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and Sayyiduna Jibril.
Kids-Quran-Looking-Up.pngRelated resources from SeekersHub Global:

Parenting: Planting the seeds of prayer in our young ones

Raising Your Children with Deen & Dunya
Islamic Parenting: Ten Keys to Raising Righteous Children – Faraz Rabbani
Fostering Love and Sympathy Between Siblings – Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
Six Steps to Instilling the Attribute of Courage in Muslim Children – Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
My Father Was Smarter Than I Thought – Faraz Rabbani