VIDEO: A Night of Praising the Prophet at Dar al-Mustafa

A night of praising the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) led by Habib Umar at Dar al-Mustafa.

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Dhul-Qa’da Reflections: Preparing for the Blessed Month of Dhul-Hijja – Interpreter’s Path

Dhul-Qa’da Reflections: Preparing for the Blessed Month of Dhul-Hijja  – Interpreter’s Path

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The following is a summary of some of the points mentioned by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him) on 17th Dhu’l-Qa`ida with some additions for extra clarity and benefit:

He reminded us of the greatness of attaining the knowledge of Allah, knowledge of the Creator. What knowledge is more noble or more pure than this? Where will other knowledge take you? Does other knowledge inform you of your own creation and of your Creator? Does other knowledge bring you to closer to Allah?

He mentioned the fast approaching time of Hajj, when the delegations come to Allah and His House, to the places made sacred by their connection to Him and His Beloved; Allah bless him and grant him peace, Allah made the Ka`ba, the Sacred House, and the Sacred Months as a source of support for people[1] – through it people’s affairs are rectified.

In spite of the great oppression and disbelief prevalent in the world the existence of hearts that realise the greatness of Allah prevents punishment from descending. These sacred symbols are in place “so that you may know that Allah knows all that is in the heavens and the earth and has knowledge of every thing“.[2]But the greatest of things sacred is Muhammad; Allah bless him and grant him peace, the Messenger of Allah, the one whom Allah sent for us to be guided, for us to be saved. Those visiting Tayba (Medina) would witness the effects of the light and love of the Prophet; Allah bless him and grant him peace, even upon animals and inanimate objects. He said; Allah bless him and grant him peace, of Uhud: “It is a mountain which loves us and we love it.” Because of its love, this rocky mountain will be one of the mountains of Paradise.

How hard are our hearts in comparison to this mountain! May Allah soften and purify our hearts! Feed our hearts and let them taste the sweetness of faith. “All of you are hungry except the one I feed, so ask Me and I will feed you.”[3]

His Hawd (pool); Allah bless him and grant him peace, is the widest and purest of the pools of the Prophets and we can drink from it in this life before drinking  from it in the next by following his example and strengthening our connection to Allah, our witnessing of Allah, our humility and presence of heart in front of Allah, and by remembering and seeking to honour the covenant that we took with Allah in the spiritual realm[4] especially at these blessed times.

Protect us all from the tribulations of this Dunya; the only ones protected are those You have given to drink from la ilaha ill’Allah Muhammad Rasulullah; don’t give those with darkness in their hearts power over us!

In spite of the lowliness of our state Allah shows compassion to those who seek and ask Him: Say: “My Lord would not have cared about you had it not been for your supplication.”[5]

If the Hajj has not been made possible for you, join with those making Hajj and share in their reward: by spending your wealth for the sake of Allah on your relatives, on the needy, by turning to Allah with your whole being. Make numerous your footsteps to the places of good, especially at the time of Fajr, and you will receive glad tidings from him; Allah bless him and grant him peace: “Give glad tidings of complete light on the Day of Judgement to those who walk constantly to the mosque in the darkness.” Those whose light is complete will no doubt be in his company; Allah bless him and grant him peace,  “on the day on which Allah does not disgrace the Prophet and those who believe along with him. Their light stretches out in front of them and upon their right sides”.[6]

Share in their reward by worshipping and remembering Allah between Maghrib and Isha, and from Fajr until sunrise.[7] Attend the prayer in congregation, attend the gatherings of knowledge. He said; Allah bless him and grant him peace: “The one who goes out to the mosque wanting only to learn good or teach it has the reward of a complete Hajj.”[8] Just as those performing Hajj respond to the call of Allah by saying “labbayk” we must be swift to respond to the call of Allah in performing that which is obligatory and avoiding that which is prohibited. Ask to be present with them, and thank Allah for allowing our spirits to be with them. So many hearts whether they be in the far East or the far West receive the gifts of Arafat and Mina because of their truthfulness with Allah.

The first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijja are approaching. He informed us; Allah bless him and grant him peace, that there are no days in which righteous actions are more beloved to Allah than these days. Fasting one day is equal to fasting for a year and praying on one night is equal to praying on Laylat al-Qadr. Fasting on the Day of Arafat is equal to fasting a thousand days and it wipes out the sins of the previous year and the year to come.

Let us end this month with tawba so we enter those sacred times and places in a state of purity.

[1] See Surat al-Ma’ida 5:97 [2] See Surat al-Ma’ida 5:97 [3] Hadith Qudsi narrated by [4] Where every soul bore witness to the lordship of Allah. See Al-A`raf 7.172 [5] Al-Furqan 25.77 [6]Al-Tahrim 66.8 [7] The hadith mention that the one who prays Fajr in congregation and then sits remembering Allah until sunrise and then prays two rakats will receive the complete reward of a hajj and an umra and all his sins will be forgiven (Tirmidhi, Tabarani, Ahmad and others). [8] Narrated by Tabarani on the authority of Abu Umama

– Transcribed and translated by Ustadh Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him and his teachers)

Detailed information on Dhul Hijja: Merits & Striving in Spiritual works

Lower Your Gaze – Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya

Lower Your Gaze – Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya

Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya shares a valuable gem from Habib Umar’s lessons on lowering the gaze.


The following question was asked at one of the Red Sulfur lessons a couple of weeks back. Please benefit and share with others.

A male university student complained about the mixing of men and women in the university and the negative effects it has. He asked some advice from Sayyidi al-Habib Umar on his weekly internet lesson. This is a summary of Habib’s answer to the brother’s question. His answer deals with the brother’s situation in particular but both men and women can apply it to their own situation.

Habib Umar said that this is a common complaint. The fact that it is common, however, is not an excuse for believers to make light of the issue. The one who is sincere with Allah in dealing with this issue is considered someone that strives in the way of Allah. The believer must first lower his gaze and not allow it to become fixed upon that which is unlawful. He will then taste the sweetness of faith (as is narrated in the hadith).

He must concentrate on strengthening the realities of faith in his heart and reject completely the base desires of the lower self, in awareness of Allah’s saying: He knows the treachery of the eyes and that which the hearts conceal. He must hate to see acts of disobedience to Allah and must wish to change the situation if he were able to do so. If the opportunity arises he must give good advice if it is likely to be accepted.

Many women, both Muslim and non-Muslim have been deceived into thinking that for them to expose their bodies is an expression of their freedom. This is not progress as people claim but rather a return to the pre-Islamic days of ignorance. As Allah says Do not show off your beauty in public, as was done in the times of ignorance.

For protection from falling into disobedience a believer should read the following Prophetic supplication 19 times before entering a place where disobedience is likely to occur:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم اللَّهم يا حَيُّ يَا قَيَّومُ برحمتِكَ أسْتَغِيْثُ ومِن عَذابِكَ أسْتَجِيرُ أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأنِي كُلَّهُ ولاَ تَكِلْنِي إلى نَفْسِي وَلا إِلى أحَدٍ مِن خَلقِكَ طَرفَةَ عَينٍ

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim Allahumma Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum birahmatik astaghithu wa min `adhabika astajir. Aslih li sh’ani kullahu wa la takilni ila nafsi wa ila ahadin min khalqika tarfata `ayn

In the name of Allah, O Allah, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate. O Living! O Sustainer! I call upon Your Mercy for assistance, and from Your chastisement I seek refuge! Make good all my affairs and do not entrust me to myself or any of Your creation for the blink of an eye.[1]

He should also repeat this supplication if any bad thoughts come to mind. The one who is sincere will be assisted by Allah. Even if he is in a place where the curse of Allah is descending, only mercy will descend upon him. However if he is content for Allah to be disobeyed or worse takes part in it he will expose himself to the wrath of Allah, may Allah protect us from that!

The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, counselled his beloved daughter al-Sayyida Fatima, Allah be well-pleased with her, to read this morning and evening. It is narrated by Ibn al-Sunni, Nasa’i and Bazar. Haythami said it is sahih. It can be found in the Wird al-Latif of Imam al-Haddad.

Born and raised in berkeley, California, Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya, by the Grace of Allah, embraced Islam in 1989 in his home city. In 1996, having been inspired to study religious knowledge by the books of Imam Ghazali (Allah be pleased with him) and the call for the revival of Islamic knowledge, he traveled with his family to Damascus, Syria where he embarked on a course of active pursuit of knowledge. During his two-year stay in Damascus he focused his attention on the acquisition of an elementary knowledge of the Arabic language and Quranic recitation, studying the latter under the tutelage of the highly respected Shaykh of Qur’an Abu Anas (Allah preserve him) at the Rawda Mosque in Damascus. Thereafter he moved on with his family to Tarim, Hadramaut where he currently resides.

As a student at Dar al-Mustafa he has primarily turned his efforts towards keeping the company of his Shaykhs’ from the noble prophetic descendents of Ba Alawi and their lovers as well as attaining a knowledge of the Islamic Sciences. Specializing in jurisprudence according to the school of Muhammad Bin Idris al-Shafi’i (Allah be pleased with him), Shaykh AbdulKarim has studied the curriculum of jurisprudence at Dar al-Mustafa all the way to the Minhaj of Imam Nawawi (Allah be pleased him).

Since 1998, Shaykh AbdulKarim has been studying at the hands of Habib Umar and his older brother Habib Mashhour, the two sons of the late Habib Muhammad Bin Salim Bin Hafiz, as well as the other teachers of Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Hadramaut. Shaykh AbdulKarim has been given permission to answer questions according to the Shafi’i School as well as to teach jurisprudence, Arabic Grammar, and other disciplines by his Shaykh Habib Umar, Allah preserve him. He has also worked extensively as a translator For Habib Umar Bin Hafiz and Habib Ali al-Jifri (Allah preserve both of them).

Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum artwork taken from Deviant Art

FROM TARIM TO GRANADA with Habib Umar – There is No Conqueror Except God//Official Trailer – Radical Middle Way Video

YouTube – FROM TARIM TO GRANADA – There is No Conqueror Except God//Official Trailer



The living tradition of Tarim nestled in Yemen’s Hadhramaut valley and the glorious legacy of Granada meet for the first time.

In this special documentary feature film, Habib Umar bin Hafiz travels to Spain, visiting Muslim communities in Madrid and Granada. Accompanied by journalist and commentator Fuad Nahdi and Muslims from the Spain, Yemen and the UK, From Tarim to Granada chronicles a remarkable journey.


This is the story of new communities and ancient legacies. Of enduring faith and the burden of history. Of renewing the connection between East and West. Of finding a new convivencia for our times.

Be part of this remarkable journey

Crossroads of Islam, Past and Present

The New York Times recently featured an article on Habib ‘Umar, his school Dar al-Mustafa, and Tarim itself. Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (bio) , who teaches the Faith in Divine Unity & Trust in Divine Providence course here at SeekersGuidance,  was interviewed in it as well.

October 15, 2009




Crossroads of Islam, Past and Present


TARIM, Yemen — This remote desert valley, with its towering bluffs and ancient mud-brick houses, is probably best known to outsiders as the birthplace of Osama b  in Laden’s father. Most accounts about Yemen in the Western news media refer ominously to it as “the ancestral homeland” of the leader of Al Qaeda, as though his murderous ideology had somehow been shaped here. 

But in fact, Tarim and its environs are a historic center of Sufism, a mystical strand within Islam. The local religious school, Dar al-Mustafa, is a multicultural place full of students from Indonesia and California who stroll around its tiny campus wearing white skullcaps and colorful shawls.

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Habib Umar – Cautioning Against Greed and Materialism in Australia

Greed and materialism blamed for world woes – The National Newspaper

Conquering the pernicious greed that has savaged the global economy and curbing rampant materialism have been among the key messages brought to Australia by one of the eminent scholars of Islam, Sheikh Habib Umar Bin Salim Bin Hafiz.

Sheikh Umar has spoken to packed mosques and halls in Sydney during a hectic and much anticipated week-long Australian tour that also includes events in Brisbane and Melbourne.

To his supporters, the Yemeni-born cleric is a charismatic and revered descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.

To an enthralled audience of mostly Muslim students crammed into a lecture theatre at the University of Technology, Sydney, he emphasised the critical importance of self-control in suppressing the demons of selfish consumption.

“Those people who believe that this life is just a material existence will find that history has recorded many failures from them in the past and also in the present,” said the softly spoken religious leader, his words in Arabic translated by a colleague.

“They have lost their values and in so doing have lost their very humanity and need to be emancipated from this material cage into a realm which is vast and more sublime.

“The greed for money that is unchecked will produce the likes of the current financial crisis that we see now, just as it has in previous times.”

Speaking after his 40-minute address, he insisted that an insatiable desire for wealth was a cancer that had to be removed.

“When greed and avarice exist within a human being and they don’t have control over them, this person will try to devise ways to bring wealth by any means. So, perhaps they won’t mind if they have to be treacherous or plotting nor will they mind if they harm others. These are powerful causes that lead to any crisis,” he said.

Tyranny, he said, along with Aids, were the result of “the diseases of the human soul” and he was waiting for “a spiritual rain to descend” to wash away such ills.

His ideas have fallen on fertile ground. Australia’s 350,000 Muslims have often felt victimised at the hands of mainstream society following the attacks in New York and the Pentagon on September 11, and, for some, Sheikh Umar’s tour has been an opportunity to re-energise their faith.

“I’ve heard so much about this wonderful, wonderful person,” said Farah, a 23-year-old arts student. “He is a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. The way he talks is just so amazing, it is so humble, so beautiful and to be in his presence is just an inspiration. He is someone we can learn from.”

Ghassan Baghdadi, 31, who is studying ancient history, was equally enthusiastic about Sheikh Umar’s visit. “I have come seeking more spiritual knowledge and guidance. He is a very different type of Sheikh to what we usually get from other imams. His message is deeper, more spiritual. It’s been a privilege to be here.”

“The world needs more spiritualism,” Mr Baghdadi added. “When you are at peace with yourself, you can accomplish more when you have a clearer mind, a clearer view of life.”

Sara, a 19-year-old law student, said, “Spirituality is not just important to Muslims but even non-Muslims can appreciate the messages he sends across because it is all about humanity and love for the planet, so it is pretty good. Everyone can get something out of it.”

Sheikh Umar lives in the community where he was born in southern Yemen, the ancient town of Tarim that sits in the Hadhramaut Valley, which is steeped in rich theological and academic history.

As a young man, he saw his father, a distinguished scholar, abducted by communist forces. He has never been seen since, and Sheikh Umar has assumed the
responsibility of continuing his father’s work in the field of Da’wah, which promotes and spreads the word of Islam.

His missionary fervour has taken him to all corners of the globe, from the House of Lords in Britain to Africa and the Gulf States as well as Pakistan and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim democracy.

Islamic groups in Australia regard his lecture tour as a chance for Muslims to reaffirm their beliefs that can often weaken under the pressures of modern, western life, according to Ramzi Elsayed, president of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

“He is in the business of connecting people with our creator and god and reviving their spirituality. In a day and age when people are spiritually malnourished, he brings out in people a feeling they don’t often get and that guidance is being embraced.”

“We do find that when we get speakers and scholars of his calibre, it is a big morale boost to the Muslim community. It is uplifting and these messages will linger.”