Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tunjjina Invocation/Salawat/Du'a

دُرُود تُنجّينا
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرّحمنِ الرَّحِيم

اللهمّ صَلّ عَلى سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ صَلوةً تُنَجِّيا بها مِنْ جَمِيعِ الا هْوَالِ

وَالافاتِ وَ تَقْضِى لنا بِها جَمِيعَ الحاجاتِ وَتُطَهِّرُنَا بِها مِنْ جَمِيعِ السَّيِّات

وَتَرْفَعُنَا بِها عِنْدَكَ أعْلى الدَّرَجَاتِ وَتُبَلّغُنَا بِهَآ اَقْصى الغَايَات

منْ جَمِيعِ الخَيرَاتِ في الحياةِ وَبعدَ المَمَاتِ

اِنَّكَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِير
Tunjjina innvocation
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful,

O’ Allah, bless our Master, our Leader Muhammad,

and upon the family of our Master, our Leader Muhammad.

Blessings that would rescue us from all anxieties and calamities.

That , through it, takes care of all of our needs

and purifies us from all of our sins;

raise us to your lofty ranks;

Where we can reach the highest goal and all manner of goodness;

in our life and after our death.

Truly you have power over everything.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Imam Shaf'i's poem



From

http://youtube.com/watch?v=bVXI-d3Wtow

the poem in arabic:

ولما قسـا قلبي وضـاقت مذاهبي
جعلت الرجـاء مني لعفوك سلمــا
تعاظمني ذنبـي فلمـا قرنتــه
بعفوك ربي كان عـفوك أعظمــا
فما زلتَ ذا عفو عن الذنب لم تزل
تـجـود وتعـفو منة وتكرمـــا
فلولاك لـم يصمـد لإبلـيس عابد
فكيف وقد أغوى صفيك أدما
فيا ليت شعــري هل أصير لجنة
أهنـــا؟ وأمـا للسعير فأندما
فإن تنتـقـم مني فلست بآسي
ولو أدخلت روحي بجــرم جهنمـا
فإن تعف عني تعف عـن متمرد
ظلوم غشــوم قاسي القلب مجرما
ويذكر أيام مضت من شبابه
وما كان فيها بالجهالة أجرما
يقيم إذا ما الليل مد ضلامه
على نفسه من شدة الخوف مأتما
يقول حبيبي أنت سؤلي وغايتي
كفى بك للراجين سؤلا و مغنما
الست الذي غذيتني و هديتني
ولازلت منانا علي ومنعما
عسى من له الإحسان يغفر زلتي
ويستر أوزاري وما قد تقدما

translation into English:
When my heart hardened and my ways narrowed
My hope of your forgiveness toward you was my approach
I greatened my sin, yet when i compare it with your forgiveness
My Lord your forgiveness was greater
Yet, you forgive sins and still
Generously and gracefully bestow and forgive
Were it not You, none worshiper withstand against Satan
How and he already has lured Your chosen Adam
Alas! Would i be lead to paradise then I am a fortunate
Or a remorse to hell I am lead
Indeed not despaired if You avenged me
Or into the core of hell You brought my soul
And if you forgive me, a mutinous You forgive...
A wrongful unfair pitiless criminal...
He remembers the past youth days
And what crimes of ignorance were committed
Then, when the dark spread out
Fearfully he mourns himself
Saying my beloved you are my request and wish
Sufficient You are for the hopeful to ask and gain
Were not you who fed me and guided me?!
And still, You give me generously and bless me
May You, Whom my charity to Him, forgive me faults,
Pardon my sins and what came before

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz

Dowra 2007 Part three

Awarif Al-Awarif


9th of Dhul-hijja, day of arafat, 10th of Muhraam are some extra fasts

Try not to leave the fasting of the three days in the month

Some people need extra fasting, this goes back to their guide

Some could be fasting outwardly for a love to be famous

Only the people of insight can understand this

Only Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala knows the intentions

To lick clean the bowl and your finger will bring wealth

Thank Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala for every last morsel

Don’t reject money for a desire to be known, the hidden desires are more dangerous that the physical desires

Don’t waste food, here we feed the leftover food to the animals

Every Sunna you follow raises you

The path of the majority is clear for everyone

The problem is constantly filling your stomach

There is nothing wrong with choosing food to maintain your health

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) went to the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) house there was small amount of milk given to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he told him to bring the people of the platform. Ten by ten people drank and seventy people drank from this and Abu Huraira was fearful he wouldn’t have anything. When the two of them remained the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Drink.” He quenched his thirst and drank more. “If I drank anymore it would come out of my fingertips.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) “Drink you were afraid that you wouldn’t get anything, now drink.” He drank more then Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) drank last

The people grieved for Jafir ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) was martyred in Mu’tar – he was concerned about the poor this was one of his attributes

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Edward Said

Orientalism parts one to four (Be aware that are some strange and violent images)






Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz

Dowra part two

Awarif al-Marif



Presence of heart is humility – in prostration

Abdullah ibn Hassan At-Tahr said, “Presence of heart in works is better that presence of heart in speech.”

Don’t be like someone who only understands his own experience – there was once a blind man who heard a sound and said is it like a rooster? He was able to see a rooster once and then was blind again, so he thought it was similar

Call Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) in accordance to your need, the nearest to him was the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

How was the presence heart of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) when the Gnostics were given a piece

The world is folded up and vanishes when they prostrate, they think that they have plunged into the lowest depths of the earth

The Prophet and messengers (upon them peace) have different states

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a clear light of guidance

Above every person with knowledge is a more knowledge person

He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) traversed the seven heavens, every place and station, he was above all on the night journey

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) soul is more vast than to be distracts by our current state

No one is like him in experience

He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the sun of merit and they are the planets

All of the Messengers and Prophets, he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) he is above them

The one who made the night and day is one

The one who made tomorrow and today is one

These Gnostics have bodies in the world but souls elsewhere

Their whole bodies prostrate, every fibre of their being prostrates

If your heart prostrates you will be given a gift

They are the nation of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

The prayer is the accession

The final tasshudd – testification, is the place of returning to the created realm

Come to prayer and take your provision

Make a supplication after prayer

Make the supplication that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), “I have wronged myself much, no one else can forgive except you, forgive me and accept my repentance because you are all-forgiving and all-merciful.”

If you go up the stair say Allahuakbar (God is the greatest) and go down saying Subhanllah (Praise be God’s)

When people would reach high place they would say Allahuakbar

A village may not be punished because of the remembrance of Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala in it

Connect yourself to the believers

If you are connected to the believers then you’ll receive it but if your cell phone is out of coverage you won’t get it

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sheikh Atabek Shukurov Nasafi



This is a picture of Sheikh Atabek (in the black hat and brown cloak) leaving the teaching rooms of Madina Masjid, Bradford.

Anyone who has lost a teacher knows how I feel right now and it is impossible to describe the loss of a teacher.

Knowledge is not cheap and it is not acquired without struggle. Looks like many of us took knowledge for granted and we will truly know the loss of knowledge when there is nothing left to go to.

They say a picture paints a thousand words so here are a thousand words left unspoken. The loss of a teacher is a loss of mercy.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz

Dowra 2007 part one

Awarif Al-Marif



Be like the people and you will be like them

Don’t be enamoured by the closing of the disbelievers

Don’t turn you back to the Qibla when urinating

Do not relieve yourself in pathways, animals homes, etc

Go in with left foot

Step out from the bathroom with right foot

Clean yourself from filth in the toilet

When leaving you can say Gufrank – your forgiveness

Use the supplications when entering and leaving the toilet

Make wudu with all the sunnas

People eat off newspapers and then throw it away, it will have Allah’s Subhanu wa ta’ala name in it or Muhammads (peace and blessings be upon him), they shouldn’t do this

We need to learn manners

People should not throw schoolbooks into the bin during the summer breaks – why don’t we respect the words

Rest on the left foot in the toilet

Be silent – don’t talk to anyone

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prohibited talking whilst relieving oneself

Cough whilst in the toilet if someone is trying to get in

Be mindful of the drip of urine but don’t go to the extreme

Two men where punished in the grave because of not cleaning themselves properly after relieving himself and the other used to a talebearer

Most punishment of the grave is from this

Sa'ad ibn Muadh (may Allah be pleased with him) died, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stood over said subhanuallah (praise be to God) repeatedly and then said Allah uakbar (God is the greatest), because the grave was tight, so he said subhanuallah repeatedly then Allah uakbar when it was opened

Don’t have misgivings

The key to prayer is wudu

If something is wrong with your key then you cannot open the door

It is also a key to touching the Quran

Wudu is a weapon for each believer

Even black magic doesn’t affect a person in wudu

Stay wudu as much as you can

The night journey indicates to the stations of the Prophets in them

Only the people of heaven will see Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

Speaking to much in Allahs (Subhanu wa ta’ala) presence is not manners, as Musa (upon him peace) was commanded to speak

The manners of the knower of Allah, is the same as a repenter on his travels

Some of the knowers of Allah speak of high speech then said this is a language that we don’t even know

When a servant is closer to Allah he must have more manners, because of what he has been honoured with nearness

If he is in the kings land or palace or attend an assembly of the king must be better than those who don’t

When he comes to the house of king, he shows more manners likewise when he sees him, he must have more manners

When his station with Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) is increased then he must be better

We cannot understand this

His heart became like his body, his insight became like his eyesight

Even the one who runs the race and fails gets a booby prize because he has exhausting himself and Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) may bestow on his a favour

Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) gives and it is not from anything from the servants side, this is from Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) generosity

Their striving is the gift of the giver

Recognise the station of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)

He revealed what he saw, his heart did not lie

He saw with his sight

Would you despite with him about what he saw?

O’ Allah fill our hearts with your and his love

“O’ Allah from what you have given me of goodness, I am still in poverty.” Said Musa (upon him peace)

Musa (upon him peace) said, “O’ my Lord from what you have given me of goodness, I am still in poverty.” He worked for ten years with Shuwaib and then Musa (upon him peace) was given Prophethood. Musa found sweetness when speaking to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala about his staff

The supplication of Yunis (upon him peace) is, “There is no other deity except you and I was an wrongdoer.”

If you stand in front of the generous and admit your inadequacies you will get more

Isa (upon him peace) said, “If I said it, you would’ve known it.” When questioned

Ibn Al-Mubarak (May Allah show him mercy) said, “We more in need of a little manners than knowledge.”

Chapter 33

Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala praised the purity of the people of the raised platform - Suffa

They would not sleep in major impurity at night

They said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us purity

Someone said to Salman Al-Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) “Your Prophet has taught you everything, even how to go to toilet?” He said, “Yes.”

The should not relieve themselves on solid ground, they should break up the soil

By doing these things, we draw closer to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala even in this need we have to do

In all of these states we are connected to Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala

May Allah give us the best manners and make us upright

There was an aunt of two great Imams said to them when they were young said, “If you were careful of the manners of entering the bathroom, the light of knowledge would appear on your face.” By fulfilling all the Sunnas, people would be reminded of Allah when they were seen. Abdullah ibn Hussan At-Tahr and Tahr ibn Hussan At-Tahr

May Allah subhanu wa ta'ala revive these manners in us

Friday, July 04, 2008

Quranic passages on the obedience to Allah (Mighty and majestic) and obedience to His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yusuf Al-Kandhelwi from his text 'The Life of the companions'

Translation complied by Arfan Shah



The Opening 1-7

"In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate; Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all

Beings; the All-merciful, the All-compassionate; the Master of the Day of Doom. Thee only we serve;

Thee alone we pray for succour. Guide us in the straight path; the path of those whom Thou hast

blessed, not of those against whom Thou art wrathful, nor of those who are astray."


The Family of 'Imrân 3:51

"Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path."


The Cattle 6:161-3

"Say: As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of

Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater."

"Say: my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him)."

The Heights 7:158

"Say: 'O mankind, I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, of Him to whom belongs the kingdom of

the heavens and of the earth. There is no god but He. He gives life, and causes death. Believe then in

Allah, and in His Messenger, the Prophet of the common folk, who believes in God and His words,

and follow him; haply so you will be guided."


The Women 4:59

"O believers! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If

you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in God

and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination."

64

"We did not send any Messenger but to be obeyed by the leave of Allah. Had they, after having

wronged themselves, come to you and sought forgiveness from Allah, and had the Messenger prayed

for their forgiveness, they would certainly have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful."


Spoils of war 8:20

"O believers, obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not turn away from Him, even as you are listening."

46

"And obey Allah, and His Messenger, and do not quarrel together, and so lose heart, and your power depart; and be patient; surely Allah is with the patient."

The Family of Imran 3:132

"And obey Allah and the Messenger, that ye may find mercy."


The Light 24:51 - 56

"All that the believers say, when they are called to Allah and His Messenger, that he may judge between them, is that they say, 'We hear, and we obey'; those are the prosperous. Whosever obeys Allah and His Messenger, and fears Allah and has awe of Him, they are the triumphant. They swear by Allah solemnly that, if thou order them, they will go forth. Say: Swear not; known obedience (is better). Allah is Informed of what ye do. Say: 'Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger; then, if you turn away, only upon him rests what is laid on him, and upon you rests what is laid on you. If you obey him, you will be guided. It is only for the Messenger to deliver the manifest Message.' Allah hath promised such of you as believe and do good work that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those who were before them to succeed (others); and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He hath approved for them, and will give them in exchange safety after their fear. They serve Me. They ascribe no thing as partner unto Me. Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are the miscreants. Perform the prayer, and pay the alms, and obey the Messenger, haply so you will find mercy."


The Clan 33:70-71

"O believers, Guard your duty to Allah, and speak words straight to the point; and He will set right your deeds for you and will forgive you your sins. Whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has won a mighty triumph."


Spoils of war 8:1-4

"They will question thee concerning the spoils. Say: 'The spoils belong to Allah and the Messenger; so fear you Allah, and set things right between you, and obey you Allah and His Messenger, if you are believers. Those only are believers who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts quake, and when His signs are recited to them, it increases them in faith, and in their Lord they put their trust. Those who perform the prayer, and expend of what We have provided them. Those in truth are the believers; they have degrees with their Lord, and forgiveness, and generous provision."

24

"O believers, respond to Allah and the Messenger when He calls you to what gives you life, and be sure that Allah intervenes between man and his heart, and that to Him you shall be gathered."


The Family of Imran 3:32

"Say: 'Obey Allah, and the Messenger.' But if they turn their backs, Allah loves not the unbelievers."


The Women 4: 13-14

"Those are Allahs' bounds. Whosever obeys Allah and His Messenger, He will admit him to gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein dwelling forever; that is the mighty triumph. But whosever disobeys Allah, and His Messenger, and transgresses His bounds, him He will admit to a Fire, therein dwelling forever, and for him there awaits a humbling chastisement."

69-70

"Whosoever obeys Allah, and the Messenger they are with those whom Allah has blessed, Prophets, just men, martyrs, the righteous; good companions they! That is the bounty from Allah; Allah suffices as One who knows."

80

"Whosoever obeys the Messenger, thereby obeys Allah; and whosoever turns his back - We have not sent thee to be a watcher over them."

Repentance 9:71

"And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and they establish worship and they pay the poor-due, and they obey Allah and His Messenger. As for these, Allah will have mercy on them. Allah is Mighty, Wise."


The Family of Imran 3:31

"Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."


The Clans 33:21

"You have had an excellent example in Allah's Messenger for whosoever hopes for God and the Last Day, and remembers God often."


The Gathering 59:7

"Whatever spoils Allah has passed on to His Messenger from the people of the towns is for Allah and for the Messenger, and for the kinsmen and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, so that it may not circulate only between the rich among you. And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you from, abstain (from it). And fear Allah; Allah is stern in reprisal."