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Imam al Haddad Rebukes One of His Students – Muwasala

Imam al Haddad writes a letter rebuking one of his students. It shows his concern for the student’s welfare and reminds us all of the purpose of this life.

We are blessed to have a large number of letters which Imam al Haddad wrote to his students. Each letter contains many lessons for us and paints a picture of the methods the Imam used in nurturing his students and guiding them along the path.

In this letter, Imam al Haddad issues a strong rebuke to one of his students. Before even addressing him personally, he eloquently reminds him of the worthlessness of this life and warns him against being attached to anything worldly. He asks Allah to rectify his heart and bless him with contentment.

Then comes the rebuke. The Imam says that it is as if none of the time they spent together has had any effect on him and uses a Quranic verse and one of the aphorisms of Imam Ibn Ataillah to make his point.

Finally he warns him against backbiting, which can be done with the pen just as it can be done with the tongue. In spite of the rebuke, the Imam remains compassionate and tells him that he loves him and is praying for him.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

My people, this worldly life is only temporary enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the everlasting abode.

All praise be to Allah, Who made love of this world and coveting it one of the clearest signs that a person’s heart has become hard and has been plunged into an ocean of darkness in which the raging winds of grief blow against it and the waves of anxiety break upon it from all sides.

Transcendent is the One Who gave no rest and respite to those who avidly seek this worldly life. If only instead of giving them respite, He prevented calamities from befalling them.

May Allah’s prayers and peace be upon our master Muhammad and his Family and Companions at all times.

From the one in most need of Allah the All Powerful, Abdullah ibn Alawi al Haddad al Alawi al Husayni, to the one who loves him for Allah’s sake, the one who is connected to the people of Allah: Ali bin Umar Uqbah. May Allah give him relief through contentment with the bitterness of Allah’s decree. May Allah sever his attachment to this ephemeral contemptible world and allow his heart to focus on the next life which is far greater and more enduring. Amin.

Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh,

Be certain, my beloved brother, that we have received your letter but we did not take any comfort from it other than from the praise of Allah which it contained and your greetings.

I am astonished. It is as if you do not know how Allah described this world in His Book and on the tongue of His Messenger!

I really wonder what effect those gatherings had upon you, gatherings that were filled with priceless pieces of wisdom. Was your heart not softened by them? Did your mind not find tranquility in them? It as if you have no heart and no mind! If you had them they would have benefited.

Do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; rather, they are further astray. [See Sura al Araf 7:179]

Everything that has happened to you or will happen is as one of them said: “Whoever does not turn himself to Allah due to the gentle manifestations of His kindness, will be dragged to Him with the fetters of severe trials.”

I have no preference in whether you travel or not. Had you not gone against our teachings, you would not have experienced what you are now experiencing.

Never write to us again mentioning something bad about a fellow Muslim. Do you not know that the most disliked of people to us are those who backbite others?

Do not send a letter without a seal.

We are praying for you.

Wassalam.


Reposted with gratitude to Muwasala.org.

 

The Lord of Forgiveness 01 – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba Dhib

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness: Sayyid al Istighfar Explained, by Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib.

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In this segment, the Shaykh speaks about the prayer called Sayyid al-Istighfar, or “The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness.” It is an established tradition, taught by the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace.lord of forgiveness

The author of this text, Ahmad al-Habshi, was a student of the great Iman al-Haddad for forty years, This teaches us that a true scholar is the one who keep the company of their teachers, even after becoming a scholar. He was known as the “Father of the Mosques,” because he would look out for mosques that were old or damaged, and would repair them with his own hands.

The author begins the text with an introduction to repentance. He mentions that repentance is a door to Allah, through which a person becomes closer to Allah and a righteous state. It is the first station of religion. When someone commits a sin, they are far away from Allah. and when they repent, they are returning to Allah. Of course, true repentance is not just a statement made by the tongue, it’s a resolution of the heart.

About the Series

In this five-part series, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib covers a short treatise on explaining the foremost way of seeking forgiveness as has come to us from Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The work, Tiryaq al Qulub wa al Absar fi Bayan al Ulum allati Tadamanha Sayyid alIstighfar (The Healing of Hearts and Eyesight in Exposition of the Knowledges Contained in The Foremost Way of Seeking Forgiveness) is by Imam Ahmed bin Zain al-Habshi (d. 1145 AH).

Text, transliteration and translation of Sayyid al Istighfar can be found below.

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta khalaqtani wa ana ʿabduka, wa ana ʿala ʿahdika wa waʿdika ma astataʿtu, aʿudhu bika min sharri ma sanaʿtu, abu’u laka bi niʿmatika ‘alayya, wa abu’u laka bi dhanbi faghfir li fa’innahu la yaghfiru ‘dh-dhunuba illa anta.

O Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but You. You created me and I am Your servant. I am upon Your covenant and promise to the best of my ability. I seek refuge in You from any evil I have wrought. I confess to You Your blessings upon me and I confess to You my sins. So forgive me, for no one forgives sins but You.


Resources for Seekers

Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, by Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad

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Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad — “And know that the loftiest of exemplars, the most noble and the greatest and the most binding to all Muslims is the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace: verily he is by unanimous agreement the Greatest Exemplar.

And the obligation due to him is the greatest after that of Allah; and the adab with him the most emphasised of the adab and obediences. For whosoever loves him and immensely esteems him, he has indeed loved Allah and whosoever obeys him has indeed obeyed Allah.

Says Allah, the Exalted: ‘Say, if ye do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. For Allah is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’ (âl-‘Imran: 31).

And says the Exalted: ‘He who obeys the Apostle, obeys Allah’ (an-Nisaa: 80).

And says the Exalted: ‘So take what the Apostle assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah; for Allah is strict in punishment’ (al-Hashr: 7).

And says the Exalted: ‘Then let those beware who withstand the Apostle’s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous Penalty be inflicted on them’ (an-Nur: 63).

And says the Exalted: ‘Verily, those who plight their fealty to thee do no less than plight their fealty to Allah: the Hand of Allah is over their hands: then anyone who violates his oath, does so to the harm of his own soul, and any one who fulfils what he has covenanted with Allah, Allah will soon grant him a great reward’ (al-Fat’h: 10).

And says the Exalted: ‘So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him and follow the light which is sent down with him – it is they who will prosper’ (al-A’araf: 157).

And says the Exalted: ‘O who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk, as ye may speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds become vain and ye perceive not. Those who lower their voice in the presence of Allah’s Apostle – their hearts has Allah tested for piety: for them is Forgiveness and a great reward’ (al-Hujurat: 2-3).

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘One of you does not believe until I become dearer to him than the soul that lies between the two sides’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘One of you does not believe until his desire follows what I have come with’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: ‘Were Musa and Isa alive, they cannot but follow me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Whosoever obeys me, has indeed obeyed Allah and whosoever disobeys me has indeed disobeyed Allah’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘All of you will enter paradise except those who refuse’. And they said: ‘And who refuses?’ And said he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Whoever obeys me enters Paradise, and whosoever disobeys me has indeed refused’. And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Who annoys me, annoys Allah and whosoever annoys Allah, He puts him into Hell’.

And what goes to perfect love to him and high esteem and beneficient adab towards him, blessings and peace be upon him, is love for the people of his house and his companions, esteem for them and respect.

Says Allah, the Exalted: ‘Say (O Prophet): no reward do I ask of you except the love of those near of kin’ (ash-Shura: 23).

And says the Exalted: ‘The vanguard (of Islam), the first of those who foresook (their home) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) who followed them in (all) good deeds – well-pleased is Allah with them, as they are with Him’ (at-Tawbah: 100).

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: ‘Love Allah for such of His bounties as He nourishes you with, and love me because you love Allah and love the people of my House because you love me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace to ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Iman does not enter the heart of one until they love you for the sake of Allah and for your nearness to me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace, to Fatima and ‘Ali and al-Hassan and al-Husayn, may Allah be pleased with them: ‘I am at war with those you are at war with and at peace with those you are at peace with’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace, in the hadith of Zayd bin Arqam, may Allah be pleased with them: ‘And my issues are the people of my house. I remind you, in the Name of Allah, about people of my house’.

And says Abubakr, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Have a conscientious regard to Muhammad in the people of his house’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Uphold me in my companions; do not take them as targets after me; whosoever loves them loves them because of my love; and whosoever is disaffected against them is disaffected against them because of disaffection against me; and whosoever molests them has indeed molested me; and whosoever molests me has indeed invoked the wrath of Allah and whoever invokes the wrath of Allah risks penalty from Him’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Do not abuse my companions. Verily, in the Name of Him in Whose Hands my soul is: were one of you to spend the like of the mountain of Uhud in gold he would not attain the rank of one of them, not even half of it’.

Let a Muslim, who is solicitous about his religion therefore, beware of hating a member of the house of the Apostle, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, or one of his companions because that harms his religion and his Hereafter. And because of it, he gets counted among those who offend His Prophet and annoy him, Allah bless him and grant him peace. Let him love them and praise them on account of good (in them) in the same manner as Allah has praised them as well as His Apostle.”

Extracted from Ad-da ‘wa-tut-taammah of Imam ‘Abdallah Ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (ra). Translated by Shaykh Mohamed Mlamali Adam.