Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sheikh Ahmed Tijani

Islamophobia part one


Islam is not the property of anyone except Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala made the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)

Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala will protect the Deen of Islam

I am a good for nothing, compared to nothing

I have memorized the Quran and the Bible

Over 100,000 have taken Islam with me

I don’t talk about Islamophobia, I talk about Islam-a-luviya

I wish that Tony was here, so that he could take Islam, shahada form me

If we where protectors of Islam, then the Arabs would not be disgraced

Where’s the reverend? He’ll take shahada before he leaves (a Christian cleric gave a short talk before him)

We call ourselves Muslims and we don’t even follow the Sunna

If I had knowledge like the scholar then people(?) would be in trouble

Palestine belongs to the Muslim Umma

I love all Arabs because of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), even if I see a drunk Arab, I respect him

We have Islamophobia inside Islam, Arabs against Arabs, Arabs don’t go to Pakistani masjids and vice versa, there’s no unity amongst the Muslims

I am in love with Birmingham because the sisters cover their heads

How many of you have memorised the Quran? (not many put their hands up, when as low as one juz, only 5 people put their hands up), the future is bleak

How can you say you love Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and want to destroy his property?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Sheikh Ibrahim Osi Efa

Advice on Ramadhan

Bismillah

Assalamu alaykum

(Notes kindly provided by Arshad Mahmood, Jakallah khair)

If there are any mistakes in the notes, they are due to us, not the original dars of the shaykh and may Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala) forgive us for our shortcomings.

"Subhanallah, we have been doing these blessed Mawlids for 6 months now consistently, and I want you all to concentrate on the word "consistency" carefully for the next few weeks, particularly in Ramadhan.

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) was/is the most consistent person on the face of the earth, and he (Peace and blessing be upon him) said in a hadith, "Allah loves those acts which are consistent, although they may appear small and insignificant to you, but with Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala), they are highly regarded and that is what really matters".

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) said that, “Ramadhan is such a blessed month, that if my Ummah understood its blessings properly, they would wish for this month to be all year round.” This is a month in which we can practise consistency and implement it after Ramadhan too,inshallah.

Ramadhan is surely a blessed month and Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) wants to forgive you by the end of this blessed month, and that is why he is offering you opportunity after opportunity in this month, just look carefully at the opportunities within it "5 times Salah with Jama’at, Lailatul Qadr which is better than 1 thousand months, Taraweeh prayers, Suhur, Iftaar, Itikaaf in the Masjid, the multiplication of rewards, the Nawafil acts getting elevated to status of Fard in terms of reward, the reward for Fard being multiplied.

Shaykh also mentioned that in Ramadhan Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) provides you opportunities to become people of Allah. Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) has placed the five pillars of Islam within this month.

1) Tawheed - The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) said that, “Repeat the recitation of the shahada in abundance in Ramadhan”.

2) Salah - 20 rakaat nafl is equal to 20 rakaat faraid in Ramadhan. Then on top of that you have the Taraweeh prayer.

3) Fasting - The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that the reward of fast is paradise.....according to the Hadith Qudsi by Allah(Subhanu wa ta’ala)

4) Zakah - The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) was more generous in the month of Ramadhan. He was generous anyway, so you can’t imagine him being more generous. Sadaqah in the month of Ramadhan is equal to giving Zakah.

5) Hajj - The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) said that the one who makes Umrah in the month of Ramadan, it is as he did Hajj with me.

The shaykh also mentioned that we should “increase in our istighfaar”, “increase in Quran recitation”, “increase in Salawat upon the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)” and try to do “Qiyamul Lail (staying up at nights)”.

And once you do become the people of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala, you won’t talk about things that have been made a duty upon you as Muslims, but you will talk about privileges of being Muslims. You will say “what a privilege it is to be a Muslim”. You will remove something harmful in someone’s way, you will not think that it’s my duty, but you will feel privileged to do so. Once you become people of Allah Subhanu wa ta’la, you will see things that a normal person won’t see.

The sheikh mentioned the story of Imam Nawawi (May Allahs mercy be with me) that when he was 7 years old. He woke up at night and started waking everyone up and shouted “what is this light everywhere?” and from that his father realised that it was Laila Tul Qadr that night.

Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala also made all those things Haram upon you while fasting (some haram in any circumstances but some specifically in Ramadhan), which are the barriers to attaining his love and pleasure (food, water, backbiting, slandering, lying, see how Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala has put it on a plate for you in this blessed month.

Spend this month wisely, like the people of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala do. If you have holidays from work, then take them in this month because this is the holiday of the people of Allah. Forget ibiza, costa dela , the people of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala take holidays from the Duniya in Ramadhan and spend this month in giving it its dues.

But most importantly, take the month of Ramadhan with you, after Ramadhan, and keep up these actions, because that’s the whole point.

One who can do 20 Rakats in Ramadhan Taraweeh prayers, can do 20 rakats nawafil daily after Ramadhan.
One who can increase his recitation of the Quran in Ramadhan, can continue it after Ramadhan too.
One who can control the eyes, ears, mouth, limbs inside Ramadhan, can surely do so after Ramadhan.
One who can fast for 29/30 days in Ramadhan, can surely , fast the fasting of Shawaal, Ashura etc etc.

Oh believers, don’t let this month slip without realising the purpose of it, become people of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala, increase your charity, increase your smiling at others, increase your love for children, elders, neighbours, community.
Don’t just focus on the Faraid in this month, focus on the Sunnah too, focus on the Nawafil too.

May Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) forgive us all. Ameen

The Ka'aba

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Habib Umar Ibn Hafiz / Sheikh Ibrahim Osi efa

Sheikh Ibrahim Osi efa

I cannot introduce the one who is introduced

The word imtthalun (the Arabic root means example and it also indicates to internal opening, a change, Sheikh Ibrahim compares Habib Umar to this word)

I could speak about those who serve him, his people, his grandfather. I could speak about his family. (He traced his linage back to the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him))

Allah is the one who raises and debases

They say it’s a family affair

Have love for the family

Have love for this man


Habib Umar ibn Hafiz
Mawlid


We have gathered today because we love Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) and his Messenger (Peace and blessings be upon him)

Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) makes things great and the greatest is the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)

The Companions (May Allah be pleased with them) sat together, The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) asked them why they where sat. They said to remember Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala), The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, “ I didn’t ask you, to doubt you but I was ordered to sit in gathering such as this.” This is a place where mercy descends

Thank Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and purify your intentions

No one sends blessings on him (Peace and blessings be upon him) except that Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala raises us and he (Peace and blessings be upon him) returns them

Imagine the greatness of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him), he is sent blessing by millions of people, angels and so forth

Imagine how great he (Peace and blessings be upon him) is where he lead all the Prophets (upon them peace) in prayer and later returned to his bed

How great his soul is (Peace and blessings be upon him) when he can return our blessings wherever we are

This great soul dwelled in a blessed body (Peace and blessings be upon him)

In 23 years he gave all of mankind a message, he guided us completely

This inheritance allows us to behold the creation

Souls without their potion of this inheritance are like people who turn back their backs on the signs from Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

It doesn’t matter what people own of the world, unless they know Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

Creation only serves a purpose towards creation

We should use it for good

If we had insight we would prefer what Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala would prefer

After the Gazwa Hunian, the people who entered Islam were given money and things to strengthen them, some of the Ansar (May Allah be pleased with them) where unhappy about not receiving some booty. When he (Peace and blessings be upon him) heard this, he (Peace and blessings be upon him) called the Ansar and Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with them) and asked them, “What is this news that has reached me?” The Ansar (May Allah be pleased with them) where ashamed and became silent, he (Peace and blessings be upon him) repeated this three times, then said, “Didn’t I reach you and guide you, didn’t Allah guide you through me?” “Oh, yes.” The blessing is all from Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) and his Messenger (Peace and blessings be upon him). “Oh people of Ansar, Are you sad about these things? They will leave with these things and you will leave with me. If its wasn’t for the migration I would be an Ansar and that I would go the way the Ansar would go, if others went another way, I would go with the Ansar.” (Peace and blessings be upon him).
They wept until their beards were wet.

Let us return to our homes with the Sunna of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)

Get your inheritance of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)

The shop is always open

In these gathering the hearts are purified, resolve is taken, take guidance to inspire, this is a summary of inheritance
Humble yourself to it and who want to get the most precious thing the gift of the Prophets (Peace and blessings be upon him) inheritance

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz

Grand Mawlid
Part Seven

He asked for forgiveness from Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala for himself and everyone

When the people wanted to ask for forgiveness, all they had to do is walk towards the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

By sitting here, there is no veil between us and the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) despite the gap in time

The one who chose him, gave him his rank and only he knows what his rank is

Not a single person who gives him a greeting except he returns it

You are the manifest outward peace and its the only place you can get peace in this world

Our creator is one, learn how to have a manners with everything

We still find fruits from the events of the past. i.e. Abbasids

When one of the companions did something for the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) he asked what he wanted. The companion said he wanted the Prophets (Peace and blessing be upon him) companion in heaven

The greatest of the people are the Muslims who will come to the hawd, inshallah

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sheikh Habib Ali Al Jifri

Grand Mawlid
Part Six

Blessings and peace upon the most beautiful Blessings and peace upon the most beautiful

At a time when beauty is in short supply, humanity is in dire need of beauty

At a time, we celebrate the birth of the manifest beauty

At a time, when the Umma feel oppressed, we can’t feel defeated

The eye of the poet lamented, because desired to be sparrow, so he could get closer to the Prophets (Peace and blessing be upon him) grave.

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) said, people are like mines, some have gold, some have other things. The best in ignorance is the best in religion

Can you imagine the harshness of the state of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) (after being rejected by the people of Ta’if)

Some people rested on a wall and saw the state of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) and where moved by the ties of kinship

The worst of the people of Ta’if, made two lines and they kicked, stoned and punched him (Peace and blessing be upon him). Whenever he (Peace and blessing be upon him) would fall, they would pick him (Peace and blessing be upon him) up and push him forward. They wouldn’t give him (Peace and blessing be upon him) any time to rest

Abu Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with him) said he never say anyone who loved a man like they love the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) honoured him by saying that anyone who entered the house of Abu Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with him) is safe, because his status was low at that time

What changed Ikrimah ibn Abu Jahl (may Allah be pleased with him) to become a person who died for Islam, weeks after entering it. He was bleeding on the battlefield and was thirsty, closed his lips and wished his brother to drink.

Imam Ahmed Rafi went to Hajj with 90,000 people, he saw a wounded dog and nursed it for 3 days, even though the spit of the dog is najis and it would only be allowed in the Maliki Madhab

Habib Umars Sheikh Abdulqadir As Saqaf, was about to leave in a car, a man came to kiss and shake his hand. Then he closed to door and then came back and talked to him for five minutes(through the window), after that he went. The Sheikh said that when the man closed to door of the car, he closed it on his index finger. (He didn't say anything to that man, all the time he was speaking to him.)

There was man who killed a scholar who had a son, the son grew up to become a scholar and when the man repented, he called one of the students of the son. When the student realised he put the phone down and told scholar (son), he said, “It is better that we see his Islam, rather than we our rights from him.”

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Sheikh Ahmed Tijani / Sidi Moez Masud

Grand Mawlid 06
Part five

Sheikh Ahmed Tijani

Are you wahabis? Say Ya Rasul Allah!

If you insult Abdul Qadir Jilani, you salat is not valid

He (Peace and blessing be upon him) was the first creation and will be the first recreated

Everyone who came here today, came on the invitation of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)


Sidi Moez Masud

How can you enjoy life when he (Allah) has given you the ability to enjoy

I wanted to enjoy myself, was there hope for me?
Don’t despair of the mercy of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

I was looking for Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

I was looking for the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

I wasted time that I should’ve given to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

People do drugs to get high but they can get it in the deen

On the day of judgement we will be given back what we have spent

The paradise of this world is the paradise of the pleasure of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and leave the hell of this world

Friday, September 08, 2006

Sidi Yusuf Islam

Grand Mawlid 06
Part four

We are here to celebrate the legacy of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him), the greatest legacy

The best guidance is the Quran and the best guide is the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

There are two challenges that we need to face
Challenge of leadership
The lack of fiqh

To apply knowledge needs wisdom

Wisdom is the application of knowledge to the maximum good and the least harm

Even the greatest enemies of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him), could not help but to admire him

The sign of a Muslim was a just balance, at the heart of the balance was mercy

Islam belongs to all mankind

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Sheikh Jihad Brown

Grand Mawlid 06
Part three

Abu Dhar Dar (May Allah be pleased with him) disseminated the knowledge of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) into Damascus

We know what we have benefited from them

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) marched into Mecca before its conquest, a dog had given birth, he (Peace and blessing be upon him) appointed a guard, so nobody would hurt the dog

He (Peace and blessing be upon him) sets the standard of human conduct

He (Peace and blessing be upon him) always put others first

How many of us will take this standard? Who will take a silent oath to do this today?

We must preserve the balance of justice. Who will raise this standard?

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) is like rain who revives the earth and his (Peace and blessing be upon him) nation (umma) are like rain

Courage is not that we have no fear of death but when everything seems futile but you might not get the benefit

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Imam M.Pirzada

Grand Mawlid
Part two

We are have been honoured to be made Muslims, believer of the Prophets (upon them peace) and the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

The Prophets (Peace and blessing be upon him) remembrance was raised high by Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala, “We have raised your remembrance.” Q94.4

Whoever remembers Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala will remember the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

In shahadda we mention Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala then the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

There were a people who swore at Muslims, their children became Muslims, then the people who called him names now, their children will become Muslims

Many people are successful but no one could become supremely successful like him

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sheikh Samir An Nass

If we really loved the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) would we put him through, what we will on the day of judgement, (he will run to save us.)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sheikh Ahmed Ba'bikr

Grand Mawlid 06
Part one

All the people loved him (Peace and blessing be upon him) because he loved Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

We are free to praise Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala in any in this country

There is no greater gift to this world, other than him (Peace and blessing be upon him)

He (Peace and blessing be upon him) was (is) the key to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

We are proud to be the people of the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him)

I hope that we will be gathered around the hawd

We should not be ashamed to celebrate his (Peace and blessing be upon him) birthday

They made a new category just for Habib Umar ibn Hafiz, at the airport (the airport reception showed him due respect), this doesn’t happen in Muslim countries

He (Sidi Fuad) was happy to leave the rulers, who think they are ruling but are really slaves.