Is Asking For Intercession By The Prophet ﷺ Permissable?

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf of Zaytuna College was asked if tawwasul, specifically asking for the Prophet’s intercession is permissable and what the evidence is.

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Getting the most out of Rajab – Muwasala

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The following advice has been given by Sayyidī al-Habīb `Umar bin Hafīz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him). Please benefit and share with your loved ones.

There are a number of ways to get the most out of Rajab. Some of the most important are as follows:

  1. Seeking forgiveness in abundance and making sincere repentance;

  1. Making a sincere resolve to seek to approach Allah through performing acts of obedience and avoiding acts of disobedience;

  1. Assessing your state, rectifying it and striving to follow the Prophet ﷺin all that you do

  1. Improving your performance of the prayer by making sure that you implement the sunnahs pertaining to the prayer and pray with presence of heart. Also strive to pray in congregation in the first row without missing the opening takbīr;

  1. Improving your relationship with the Qur’ān by increasing the amount you read and reflect upon daily and seeking to acting upon it;

  1. Being consistent in reading your adhkār in the morning and evening, after the prayer and in your varying states (such as eating, entering the house and preparing for sleep);

  1. Improving your interaction with your family, friends, relatives, neighbours and with Allah’s slaves in general and the elect of His slaves specifically;

  1. Fasting whatever days you are able to, especially Monday and Thursday and the White Days (13th, 14th and 15th days of the month);

  1. Giving a portion of charity and doing what you can to help those in need and treating them kindly;

  1. Worshipping Allah in these nights, especially in the last portion of the night. Improve your state at this time so as to enter into those who Allah praises in the Qur’ān: Those who spend their wealth (in charity) and seek forgiveness in the last portion of the night.

We ask Allah to give us a great portion of the gifts bestowed in this month and that He makes us among those who attain acceptance and felicity in this life and the next.

O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha`bān, allow us to reach Ramaḍān and assist us in fasting and praying in the night.


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The Soul’s Journey after Death and The Day of Judgement – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

by Lina Abdul Wahab
Thanks to Sa’Adah for allowing us to share these videos with you.
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Shaykh Ibrahim Osi- Efa was blessed to have learnt from some very distinguished traditional scholars. Amongst some of whom he learnt from are Murabit al-Haj, al- Habib Umar bin Hafiz and Shayh Hassan al-Hindi. He studied for three years in Syria and Mauritania, followed by six blessed years in Tarim, Hadramaut. In Tarim, he had the opportunity to learn under the qualified hands of teachers such as Habib Kazim al- Saqqaf, al-Habib Ali al-Jifri and al-Shaikh Umar Husain al-Khatib.
The Journey
In these compelling video recordings of his lecture, he speaks about the soul. He opened his lecture on how our souls determine the state of our beings in this world and in the hereafter. He spoke about the believing souls and the concept of souls in Islam. He also touched upon what happens to our souls in the hereafter and how do we take care of our souls in this world, to prepare ourselves for the hereafter. He elaborates on what happens to the souls after death, based on the Quran and narrated authentic Hadith. In the second video, he patiently answered queries from attendees of his talk about the journey of the soul after physical death, for the souls do not die.

The Day
In this third video, Shaykh Ibrahim gives a comprehensive and intense narration on what happens on the Day of Judgement as promised by our Lord. He gives examples of the signs of the last days and also what we should expect to happen, based on all the Quranic warnings and narrations from authentic Hadith with regards to the topic.

His videos are compelling and intense, yet informative. He engages the audience with stories which one can really relate to and for one to take lessons from.

Reader on What it Means to be a Man According to Islam

Reader on Masculinity According to Islam


Habib Kadhim answers question ” What are the attributes of a real man?” during his 2012 visit to Melbourne, Australia.

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus – Futuwwa (Chivalry)

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus delivering a talk on Futuwwa (Chivalry) at Masjid An-Noor in Kendall, FL (visit for more information).

Abdal Hakim Murad on Masculinity – Taken from Contentions:

89. Futuwwa: the knight must be freed from the daze.

69. There is no secular masculinity.

76. Do not use your beard to open people’s ears.

85. Many wear the turban to prevent Allah from reading their minds.

75. He has not believed who has not felt the weight of the turban.

96. Sacred dress undresses the spirit.

Strength in Character – Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad

Shaykh Abdul Hakim Muard on the strength in character what true understanding can bring us.

Rediscovering the Way of Futuwwa, Islamic Chivalry – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

Mercy, Service and Justice for all – these are the key principles of the Way of Futuwwa. Inspired by the example of Sayyidna Ali, those who followed this code of noble behaviour were committed through discipline and strength to serve humanity. In an age of anger and senseless violence, the time has come for this great tradition to be revived once more.

Transcript of Rediscovering the Way of Futuwwa, Islamic Chivalry – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

Habib Ali al-Jifri on Futuwwa (Chivalry)

Glimpses of the Life of Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri

Glimpses of the Life of Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wakil al-Durubi

The Bani ‘Alawi: Background, Key Figures and the Spiritual Path – Treasures for the Seeker Blog

The Bani ‘Alawi: Background, Key Figures and the Spiritual Path – Treasures for the Seeker Blog

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صل وسلم على رسولك وآله أجمعين

as-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

We are blessed to have been given access to a recording of a course conducted by al-Habib Kazim as-Saqqaf, in which the essential principles of the Ba ‘Alawi way were outlined and explained, in addition to brief biographies of its key figures. We ask Allah to make this of benefit for those seeking an introduction to the path in English.

Teacheral-Habib Kazim as-Saqqaf

Translated byUstadh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

TextThe way of Bani ‘Alawi – al-Imam ‘Abdu Llah b. ‘Alawi al-’Attas

Part 1: The House of Prophecy: The Background

Part 2: The Methodology – Manhaj

Part 3: The Path – Tariqah

Part 4: The Spiritual Poles: Key Figures

Part 5: Questions and Answers

Part 6: Closing Dua

Alternatively, one is able to download the 6 parts combined as a ZIP file from here.

Please keep those involved in the process of allowing the recording to reach us in your prayers.

Video: Why did Allah send the Tsunami? – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

Video: Why did Allah send the Tsunami? – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa answers a question about the tsunami elucidating the wisdom behind its occurrence. To watch more of this lecture:

Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa teaches at:

Video: 5 Types of Divine Forgiveness – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

5 Types of Divine Forgiveness – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

A description of the character of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of God be upon him), a discussion of the Islamic virtue of hilm and the 5 types of Divine Forgiveness a Muslim can receive from Allah.

To view more of Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa’s lectures visit here

Remembering the Chosen One – The Prophet Muhammad – Sh. Yahya Rhodus, Sh. Ibrahim Osi-Efa, & Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam – Video

Remembering al-Mustafa (S) with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus on Vimeo

Recorded live at Remembering al-Mustafa event held by The Ribat Institute at St Columba’s house in Woking, England, on 25th of February 2011, 22 Rabi al-Awwal 1432, with Sh. Yahya Rhodus, Sh. Ibrahim Osi-Efa, & Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam.



1. Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa:


2. Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam:


3. Shaykh Yahya Rhodus


The book recommended by Shaykh Yahya is available online, in Arabic pdf:

Sifat Salat al-Muqarrabin – Imam al-Hasan ibn Salih al-Bahr al-Jifry