Posted by: seekerofthesacred | June 21, 2009

Sayyidinah al-Habib Umar’s Messages and Lessons for the Shahr al-Mawlid


Alhamdulillah wa Sallallahu wa Sallama Ala Rasulillahi wa Ala Alihi…

All Praise is due to Allah for allowing us to reach this blessed month of the Noble Birth of our Master and Beloved Muhammad SallallahuAlayhiWaSallam… Our only plea is that Allah granht us Tawfiq to follow upon his footsteps till the day we meet our Lord… Allahumma Ameen Ya Rabb!

Sorry for being EXTREMELY late in conveying these noble messages…

Sayyidinah al-Habib Umar gave many advices, lessons, talks and Mawlid’s during the honoured month of Rabi’ al-Awwal which in itself is not only a testemant to the dedication that Habib Umar has for Da’wah, but more importantly a reminder that we should strive for us to Learn, Implement and Impart the Prophetic Message of Ilm and Taqwa…

The Annual Grand Mawlid – al-Mawlid as-Sanawi al-Kabir – Translated from Sayyidi al-Habib Umar’s website

It took place on Monday, 26th of Rabi’ al-Awwal, 1430. The  Mawlid, consisting of the  recitation of the Sacred Sirah and the Shamail al-Mardiyyah, began after Salat ad-Dhuhr. Numerous Ulema’, Mashayikh and notables of Hadhramout were present, who gave lessons after the Mawlid, focussing on Nasihah – Sincere Council, Guiding to Allah, encouragement upon travelling the path of the Messenger of Allah SallalllahuAlayhiWaSallam and a warning for all who oppose this noble path.

The first speech was given by the Mufti of Tarim, Habib Ali al-Mashhur bin Hafiz, who welcomed those that were present, and who began his statement with the greatness of the blessing of Islam. All Praise is due to Allah for the Blessing of Islam and it Suffices as a Blessing! He then went on to explain the pillars of Islam, starting with the Kalimah “La Ilaha Illallah”. He then spoke about the Salah, its place in the religion – “Salah is the Pillar of the Religion” a Hadith – and encouraged persevering in performing it with it’s outward conditions and inward relaities such as Khushu’ – Humbleness and Hudhur – Presecence of heart, such that you are fully aware of every word you utter. He warned against those acts of disobediance which bring upon calamities and mentioned the conditions for a valid sincere Tawbah – Tawbat an-Nasuh.

The conditions for repentance are well known:

  1. Leaving the sin;
  2. Remorse over having committed the sin;
  3. Resolve never to return to the sin;
  4. (If it relates to the rights of another person, then to) Return the rights or property one wrongly took. [al-Bariqa fi Sharh al-Tariqa; Riyad al-Salihin]

Thereafter Habib Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Shihab gave a speech in which he praised Allah for the blessing of the gathering upon remembrance of the Shamail – or inward and outward traits – of the Prophet SallalllahuAlayhiWaSallam and upon the intention of sending blessings upon him. The Habib encouraged the following of the Messenger in all situations, whether in speech or action. He mentioned that the narrating of the stories of the Early Generation – the Salaf as-Salih – should be brought “back to life”. All of this should be done with Truthdulness – Sidq – Sincerity – Ikhlas – Scrupulousness – Wara’. He mentioned that the state that the Muslim’s find themselves in lie in their taking upon disobedience to the Creator, hence the Habib called upon Tawbat an-Nasuh, seeking of beneficial knowledge which would gain you success on the Day of Reckonning amd he blessed those who were studying in Tarim and called upon them to implement what they were taught and to call to Allah with al-Hikma – Wisdom – and al-Maw’idhat al-Hasanah – Beutiful Advice.

Thereafter Habib Salim bin Abdullah bin Umar ash-Shatri gave a speech in which he mentioned the greatness of Rabi’ al-Awwal in that it was the time of birth of the Noble Prophet SallallahuAlayhiWaSallam as well as the Prophetic Migration – The Hijra and the Death of the Beloved. He mentioned that the way that we celebrated the Mawlid was upon the “Legislated Way” – at-Tariqah al-Mashru’ah”, which is far from the mixing of the opposite genders and other such disobediences. He also mentiioned that the Barakah of these gatherings were from Habib Umar’s father al-Habib Muhammad, his striving for Allah’s cause through Da’wah in his life until his assasination.

Then it was Habib Umar’s turn. The full speech is translated here, with credits to Sidi Amjad Tarsin and IslamCrunch:

On the last Monday in Rabi Al-Awwal, a special mawlid was held in Dar Al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen. We were blessed to have Sidi Amjad Tarsin share with us the link to the live broadcast as well as his live translation of Habib Umar’s speech. All praises to Allah for allowing us to gather the pearls of wisdom, advice and knowledge from Habib Umar. We would like to share with you the notes we took. All mistakes are entirely from us, we are incapable of fully translating the tremendous wisdom of Habib Umar. Please be aware that these notes are for reference only. If you are plan on posting this elsewhere, kindly include the link to this post.The first noble scholar to speak was Habib Mashhur, Habib Umar bin Hafidh’s oldest brother. Habib Mashhur is also the mufti of Tarim. The next to speak was Habib Abdullah bin Shihab. Soon after, Habib Salim Al-Shatiry, the Sultan of Scholars, began his speech. Habib Salim said that all these majalis (gatherings) were from the barakah of the martyrdom of Habib Umar’s beloved father.

After this, Habib Umar began by speaking about the blessings of these gatherings.

Praise is due to Allah with thanks, for the blessings that come down in succession. We praise Him in secret and openly, and in the mornings and evenings (part of an Imam Al-Haddad poem).

He sent upon the clouds of His mercy and made us of the Community of the best of His creation. And He allowed us to enjoy life – those who remember, remember and they turn to the Most Merciful, Mighty and Majestic is He. And He prepared for us those who remind us, and those who make us pay attention, and those who warns us, and those who guide us.

In this month of Rabi Al-Awwal, Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wasalam was born, and he came into existence. Alhamdulilah for this blessing.

And how many people have attended this gathering? From all over the world, from within Hadramawt and from outside Hadramawt. All trying to implement the methodology our Prophet taught us, peace be upon him.

We came from different tribes, different places. Coming together to remember Allah. [On the day of judgment) there will be people on pedestals of light. The prophets and martyrs will have ghibt (halal jealousy) for these people on the pedestals of light. And the prophets and martyrs will ask: Who are these people? [They will be told:] they are the ones who love one another for the sake of Allah. May Allah make us from them!

We have heard the description of the Prophet peace and mercy be upon him. And remember the responsibilities upon us, [knowing and working for]:

  • the realities of islam
  • the realities of iman
  • the realities of ihsan

And these realities will not manifest within someone except that they are connected to this Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him. [Therefore,] follow this Prophet!

You have heard about the martyrdom of our father, Habib Muhammad Bin Salim Bin Hafidh Bin Shaykh Abu Bakr Bin Salim. And all the good that came from him [and his sacrifice]. His [courage and selflessness] could not have come except through the connection to the Prophet and [through] the Prophet’s teachings, peace and mercy be upon him.

We saw how the pious predecessors were concerned with Da’awah and their extreme level of mercy towards creation. As we just heard about the life of Habib Umar bin Abdullah Al Shatiry and how he was merciful to the young and old. Likewise with Habib Muhammad bin Shihab; how people used to weep in his gatherings.

All of these blessed occurrences was due to their connection to the Prophet and the mercy of the Prophet; [for he is] the door to God’s mercy. Our righteous predecessors saw before them the faces of those who manifested these realities, those who had the secrets of this message. Such as Habib Ali Al-Habshi and many others. These are the realities of the jewels of this valley (Hadramawt). The jewels of the Muslims in the East and West.

All of this was attainable through the connection to Al-Amin, peace be upon him. How many blessings have occurred through these moments of purity [with Allah]? In which the pious predecessors turned to their Lord and the light [He gave them] was spread to others through their sincerity.

And how many groups of people became Muslim, without a sword, without wars, but through the sincerity of these men. The people of Allah worship Allah through dhikr (remembrance), through ritual prayer, and through salawat upon the Prophet. And there is no way to draw closer to Allah through one of his creation than through remembering the Prophet Muhammad, sala Allahu alayhi wasalam. There is no invoking blessings upon anyone like invoking blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wasalam! May Allah build up our hearts through remembering this Prophet. As our beloved Prophet told us: “None of you truly believes until I become more beloved than his parents and his children and all people.”

If we remember his birth, his migration, the wars he fought in, and the tears he wept… O you whose eyes rarely weep out of love and out of fear of Allah! How many a tear did your Prophet shed? We ask Allah that He shows mercy to us.

Whose Ummah is this? He is this Ummah’s example, he is this Ummah’s light. He is the one who will show them mercy [when interceding for them before Allah] and he is the one who has the most right to their love. Before anyone [in rank], before any human or jinn, there is Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wasalam. The Sahaba always used to think of him in their seclusion and they used to cry remembering him.

Habib Jafar bin Muhammad Al-Aydarus wrote: “My young heart has become torn asunder out of love for the best of creation.”

We have to revive these meanings [and realities]! We have to have Allah and His Messenger be more beloved to us than anything. May Allah revive all the good qualities that were in the gatherings of the pious predecessors. You would see their gatherings full of tranquility. And of fear of Allah. If anyone came in [to their gatherings] with a heart full of worldly worries, they would leave them with their heart freed of those worries. If they came in in darkness, they would leave illuminated. He is the One who your heart is in His hands. He is the One whose hand lies your husn al khatima (a good ending). He is the Hayy Al-Qayyum (the Living, the Self-Sustaining)! May Allah bring back upon us what our righteous predecessors had of His grace. And may Allah increase us from His grace, rectify this valley, rectify all the Muslims, rectify them from the barriers that veil them from Your Greatness. And allow us to taste the sweetness of faith. wa Alhamdulilah rabb al alameen.

Translated by Amjad Tarsin.
Compiled by Mikael Pittam and Amjad Tarsin.

To hear the full lecture, please visit Habib Umar’s website:

Click on the “Play” button on the right column of the page.

The Monthly Word of Habib Umar, available from his website, has also been translated by Shaykh Khalil Moore of ReflectOnThis:

Here are some highlights from this month’s edition (the download link for the complete PDF is below):

…we have neglected the binding ties of guidance with the Messenger of God (blessings and peace be upon him and his family and companions) and we have neglected to place him in the proper station of leadership that will take our minds, emotions, feelings, intellects, and hearts unto a beautiful obedience to him.
It should be known, therefore, that his followers have in their possession that which can relieve humanity of the fatal circumstances and evils that have befallen them in their social interactions, their economies, and their communities, and in all of their affairs.
Such manifestations are only a necessary result of turning away from the remembrance of God (dhikr-Allah) and departing from His way.
We have the responsibility to remind others that we have the solution to their problems and that which will prevent calamities from befalling them. We have neglected this because we have neglected to institute and perfect the binding ties of guidance with the Messenger of God (blessings and peace be upon him and his family and companions). We have neglected to place him in that leadership position that God has granted him.
There is no room for vicegerency without the way and guidance of the one whom He entrusted, chose, and elected to speak on His behalf and guide to His path.
For indeed, mercy is a universal. And hence, we find contained in the societal norms of this religion of Islam, within its ecosystems and the refined culture of its sacred law (shari’ah), we see all throughout its history many who were able to live in its precincts and find equity and protection from injustice in diverse societies from the time of the rightly-guided caliphs (al-khulafa al-rashideen) up through the time of those who came after them.
We have in front of us an opportunity for mastership and a chance to dispatch in the path of rendering service to the world—we attained to it, but now we have neglected it.

Download the complete PDF here: montly_word_rabi_al-awwal-1430


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