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Dua For Refinement Of The Heart

August 3rd, 2010 20 comments

The following is a prayer by the great gnostic and caller to Islam, Imam Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (may Allah have mercy and be well-pleased with him):


اَللّهُمَّ أعِنِّي وَ اهْدِنِي وَ وَفِّقْنِي لِتَهذِيبِ أخْلاقِ نَفْسي وَ تَلْطِيفِ كَثافَتِها بِالرَّياضَةِ البالِغَةِ الماحِقَةِ لِلرُّعوناتِ النَّفْسِيَّةِ ألٌلقاهِرَةِ لِلحُظوظِ الشَّهْوانِيَّةِ المُزَيَّنَةِ بِالحُضورِ الدَّائمِ مَعَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ وَصْفِ حُسْنِ الأدَبِ عَلى بِساطَ الذِلَّةِ وَ الاِنْكِسارِ والاِفْتِقارِ وَ الاِضْطِرارِ تَحْقِيقاً لِلْعُبوديَّةِ وَ وفاءً بِحَقِّ الرُّبُوبيَّةِ إنَّكَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدير

O Allah! aid, guide and grant me (tawfiq) success to refine the qualities of my soul and clarify its density; through spiritual exertion that overcomes and effaces egoistic (nafsi) frivolities and subdues desirous motives; which is adorned by constant presence with Allah, Mighty and Majestic and the quality of good manners on the carpet of lowliness, brokenness, poverty and absolute need; thus realizing slavehood and fulfilling the rights of Lordship. Indeed you have power over all things.

taken from the blog of Abdul Karim Yahya

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Hizb Abi-Bakr As-Sakran

November 17th, 2009 6 comments

AlHabib AbiBakr bin AbdulRahman AlSeggaf (821H) better know as Shaykh Abi-Bakr As-Sakran for his intoxicating love for his maker was from the Ba’alawi of Hadhramaut.

This Hizb is a Reflection (Wird) and Remembrance (Zikr) consisting of phrases from Al-Quran used as protection and a shield against evil.

Translated by Habib AbdulKader Bin Ali Alhaddad

DU’A NISF SHA’BAN

August 7th, 2009 No comments

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Hizb AlFath – Imam Alhaddad

June 18th, 2009 5 comments

Hizb AlFathi – “The Litany of the Opening” is another dkhir compiled by Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi Alhaddad.
In the introduction to Al Wird Al Latif from the book “The Prophetic Invocations” it is mentioned that Hizb Al Fath is concerned with purifying the heart by removing the rust covering it, then acquiring virtues and practicing them to the full.

The PDF file below is in arabic text only. When I get the english translations it will be posted here too insha’allah.

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Ratib As Shahīr – Imam AlHaddad

June 18th, 2009 4 comments

Ratib Al-Haddad is a dhikr (remembrance of Allāh) to be recited every night after ‘Ishā salāh. It is a collection of sūrahs (chapters) and verses from the Holy Qur’ān Karīm as well as the kalimāt (declarations of Muslim belief), tasbīhāt (glorification of Allāh Subhānahū wa Ta‘ālā) and various du‘ā (supplications) which the Beloved Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafā Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa Sallam recommended in his Blessed Sayings or Hadīth Sharīf.

Imām ‘Abdallāh bin ‘Alawī al-Haddād, Rady Allāhu ‘Anhu (1044-1132 H), popularly known as Mawlānā al-Haddād, has rendered a great service to Muslims in compiling the most beloved of these supplications in one small kitāb (booklet) called Rātib al-Shahīr, popularly known after him as Rātib al-Haddād.

It consists of just the most basic supplications which take at most 15 minutes to recite.

Rataba in Arabic means to arrange in a regular sequence. Thus a Rātib is a sequential supplication to Allāh Subhānahū wa Ta‘ālā. So, Rātib al-Haddād consists of the most well-known supplications of Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, sequentially arranged by Mawlānā al-Haddād for regular voluntary recitation.

Shahīr in Arabic means famous. The Rātib of Mawlānā al-Haddād has become so famous that it is called Rātib al-Shahīr (The Famous Rātib).

Read the foreword from Shyakh Hamza Yusuf for the book Prophetic Invocation

English/Arabic Text for Ratib As Shahir

The Intentions of Marriage

December 16th, 2008 No comments

“Kitab an-niyat كتاب النيات (book of intentions)”
by Al Habib Muhammad bin A’lawi al-A’idarus (Sa’d)

The following are intentions one should have when entering into marriage. The intentions were composed by the great Shaykh, the ‘Arif of Allah, ‘Ali bin Abi-Bakr as-Sakran, may Allah shower them both with mercy.

I intend to enter into this marriage and take this wife (or husband) for the love of Allah ‘Azza-wa-Jall and to have children so that the human race shall continue. I also intend [to enter this marriage] for the love of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, so that he may take pride in it, as he said: “Marry and increase in numbers, as I will take pride in you before other nations on the Day of Judgement.” Read more…

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Dua and intention for studying

December 16th, 2008 4 comments

The Messenger, upon him be peace, said, actions are but by intentions and everyone will be rewarded according to what they intend.’ For this reason, one’s intention in studying is very important. Real success in one’s studies will be dependent on one’s intention as the messenger said, ‘everyone will be rewarded according to what they intend.’ One can be rewarded for secular studies by having a noble intention. The value of studying the religious sciences is raised by the quality of the intention. For this reason, Imam al-Haddâd encouraged his students to read the following intention

arabic

Al-hamdu_llilahi rabb_il_’âlamîn wa sallahu ‘ala saydinâ Muhamamdin wa ‘alâ âlihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
Nawaytu al-ta’alluma wa talîma wat_tadhakkara wa-tadhkîr wa_ na’fa’ wa_l_’intifâ’ wal-ifâdah wa’l_istifâdah wa_l-hath ‘ala_tamassuki bi kitâbillahi wa sunnati_rusûlihi wa_du’â il_al-hudâ wa_dalâlata ‘ala_l_khayri wabtighâha waj_hillâhi wa mardâtihi wa qurbihi wa thawâbihi subhânahu wa ta’âla

All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions.
I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He.

Among the supplications that we have been taught to improve our understanding and aid us in our study is:

Ya Fattâh, ya ‘Alîm iftah lanâ fathan qarîban
O Opener, O knowledgeable One, open up for us an opening soon.
May Allah grant us all success, âmîn.

Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmad Fredrickes

Imam al-Haddad – al-Wird al-Latif

October 25th, 2008 12 comments

As with all the litanies of Imam al-Haddad, al-Wird al-Latif is made up of nothing but the ‘prayers’ of the Prophet-peace be upon him and the formulae that he instructed his community to recite mornings and evenings. It is therefore strictly in conformity with the sunna, and once it is well-rehearsed and becomes regular practice, one can rest assured that he is following the ‘Prophetic’ instructions as to which adhkar he should use to begin and end his day.

The Arabic (including the Arabic transliteration) differs from other languages in its being the language of the Qu’ran, the language that Allah chose to make worthy of conveying His revelation. Revelation is eternal knowledge of reality expressed in human language. Its vehicle requires exceptional precision, depth, subtlety and malleability to render it adequate for the purpose. Furthermore, the manner in which Allah and, to a lesser extent. His Messenger peace be upon him use the language is of an altogether different order from its other usages. A single verse of the Qur’an will have many superimposed layers of meaning.

It may be used for protection from various inward and outward perils, for curing certain illnesses, for increasing certain kinds of provision, for haraka, and for the recompense promised for the recitation of each of its letters. Knowing this, Muslims all over the world have always recited both the Qur’an and the Prophetic invocations in their original Arabic, even when unable to understand the language, to make sure that they lose none of the secrets and baraka, much of which are lost in translation.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Commentary on Wird al-Latif .
This is an excerpt from the last CD in the series entitled “Purification of the Heart”.

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Salat Istikharah

July 5th, 2008 2 comments

Istikharah is to seek guidance from Allah when one is faced with a problem to which no solution is apparent. To ask Allah to guide you to the path best for you concerning an affair with two halal options.

Whenever a person is faced with a difficult problem, or becomes hesitant in making a decision and his knowledge of the matter is insufficient to guide him then after seeking advice from trusted friends and family, he should turn to Allah and beseech His grace. He should willingly and with an open heart and mind supplicate for divine guidance and ask for direction so that the problem is solved in his own best interest. The Du’a at such an occasion is called Istikharah.

Anytime a Muslim is making a decision, he or she should seek Allah’s guidance and wisdom. Allah alone knows what is best for us, and there may be good in what we perceive as bad, and bad in what we perceive as good. This prayer is usually made when making a decision to marry someone, or working out which university to attend, and so on. But it can be related to any significant, or insignificant aspect of a person’s life. If confused about a decision, where you have a choice to make, make this prayer. Simply, seek Allah (Ta’ala)’s guidance.

It comprises of a two rakat non-obligatory (nafil) prayer, prayed at anytime during the day, with the specified du’a recited at the end.

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Imam AlHaddad – Dua After Prayers 02

July 4th, 2008 2 comments

Here is the second dua for after solat from Imam Abdullah AlHaddad.

Again, the text and Malay translation provided by AlHabib Isa b Semait.
Jazak Allah Khairan. May Allah give you increase in all that you have given us