Posted by: seekerofthesacred | February 19, 2010

Shahr al-Mawlid – Resources

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim

الحمد لله رب ألعالمين، وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على نورك ألساري ومددك ألجاري واجمعني به في كل أطواري وعلى آله وصحبه يا نور. أما بعد

By the grace of Allah, we have reached the month of Rabi` al-Awwal, in which the mercy to all of creation was born, Salwat Allah wa Salamuh `Alayh. The Mashayekh, who have mastered the Qur’an and Sunnah and are utterly sincere in their adherence to these, have mentioned many matters concerning this month, and the purpose of this article will be to list some of these.

Abyat Sayyidina al-`Abbas Radhiyallah `Anh fil Mawlid

Sayyiduna al-`Abbas, the uncle of the Messenger Salawat Allah wa Salamuh `Alayh said:

And when you were born the earth shined and
the horizons were illuminated by your light

So it is we, who in this luminance and this light,
do tread the paths of right guidance

From the Kanz an-Najah was-Surur – Translated by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله حق حمده
اللهم صل وسلم على سيدنا محمد نورك الساري ومددك الجاري واجمعني به في كل أطواري وعلى آله وصحبه يا نور

{INDEED, there has come unto you [O mankind] a Messenger from amongst yourselves; heavily it weighs upon him [the thought] that you might suffer [in the life to come]; full of concern for you, full of compassion and mercy towards the believers}
(9:128)

Anas reported that the Messenger of God, peace and mercy be upon him, said:“None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father, and all people.”
{Muslim, Al-Bukhari and an-Nasa’i}

These are some excerpts from the book Kanz Al-Najah wa As-Suroor, a book highlighting the special qualities of each month. We are now in the month of Rabi Al-Awwal. We ask Allah that He blesses us in this month with a sincere connection to and love for the beloved Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. Ameen.

Know that during this month it is recommended for one to increase in his or her sending of blessings and mercy upon the Prophet (salawat or durood shareef), the Master of Humankind, peace and mercy be upon him. The reason is because it was in this month that the greatest blessing was revealed to the world. In this month the cause of the greatest happiness emerged. In this month the Sun of Guidance rose over mankind and jinn. In this month the Prophet peace and mercy be upon him was born.

Recommended Things to do this Month:

  • Increase in the sending of mercy, peace, and blessings upon the Messenger of God. Allah commands this in the verse {Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation!} (33:56).
  • Read and reflect upon the Biography (Sirah) of the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him. Many scholars strongly encourage people to take advantage of this month by reading his life and inculcating his Prophetic character into one’s own. Two great books that are in English are “Muhammad – His Life Based on the Earliest Sources” by Martin Lings (http://islamicbookstore.com/b3800.html), and “Al-Shifa” by Qadi ‘Iyad (http://islamicbookstore.com/b3759.html)
  • For a good audio version of the Prophetic Biography there is “The Life of the Prophet Muhammad ” by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (http://islamicbookstore.com/a4749.html)
  • Give out charity (sadaqah) in its many forms as often as possible.
  • Increase in reading the Quran.
  • Fast as often as possible this month.
  • Express one’s love for the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, inwardly and outwardly.
  • Renew one’s oath to follow Allah’s Messenger, peace and mercy be upon him, in his or her inward and outward actions.
  • Attend gatherings of remembrance of Allah and His Messenger, such as Mawlids, Hadith readings, or any other praiseworthy gathering to remember the Most High and His Beloved, peace and mercy be upon him.

We ask Allah that He blesses us, our families, and the entire Ummah during this month by allowing us to reconnect with the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him. We should try to embody him, peace and mercy be upon him, in all that we do, say, and think. If we attempt to actualize our love for the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, during this month and during our entire lives it may be that Allah will grant us the Prophet’s intercession on the Day of Judgment and He grants us a place in the highest levels of Paradise in the company of the Prophets, the Siddiqeen, and the Elite Angels. Ameen!

والحمد لله رب العالمين

Salawat of al-Habib `Umar – Narrated by Shaykh `AbdulKarim Yahya – May Allah preserve them both

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

وبعد فهذه صيغة صلاة على النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم للحبيب عمر بن حفيظ

وأوصى بالإكثار منها في شهر مولده صلى الله عليه وسلم

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

This is a formula of prayers (salat) on the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him, his folk and companions and grant them peace) by Habib Umar bin Hafiz. He advised us to read it a lot in the month of the Beloved’s birth (Allah bless him and grant him peace):

اللهم صل وسلم وبارك على النور المبين، عبدك وحبيبك سيدنا محمد الأمين، وعلى أله وصحبه، وحققنا بحبه، وأكرمنا بقربه، واجمعلنا من رفقائه، يا رب العالمين

Allahumma Salli wa Sallim wa Barik ‘ala al-Nur al-Mubin ‘abdika wa Habibika Sayyidina Muhammad al-Amin wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa haqiqna bihubbihi wa akrimna biqurbihi wa-j’alna min rufaqa’ihi ya Rabbal-‘alamin.

“O Allah send prayers, peace and blessings upon the Manifest Light, Your Slave and Your Beloved, our Liegelord Muhammad the Trustworthy, as well as his folk and companions, and make us true in his love, honor us with nearness to him, and include us among his entourage. O Lord of the Worlds.”

On Adherence – al-Habib `Ali – Translated by Shaykh `AbdulKarim Yahya

Shaykh `AbdulKarim mentioned that the definition of adherence was one of the gems from the “Wayfarers to God” series of Habib `Ali. He translated a passage on this very topic as follows:

The following of our beloved prophet is the meaning of adherence to Allah’s commands. The aim of this following, and the wisdom of following, and the secret in the nobility of following is for a person to leave the aims of his/her self for the aims of their lord. This is the aim or intent of the reality of worship. Were you to contemplate…”

Two Sermons on the Messenger of Allah – Allahumma Salli wa Sallim `Alayh wa Alih – al-Habib `Umar b. Hafiz – may Allah preserve him

28th Safar 1431 – Yearning for the greatest emitter of beauty (the Messenger) and taking refuge in it

YouTube Excerpt:

MP4: http://alhabibomar.com/GetFile.aspx?SectionID=9&RefID=1013&SubID=1921&s=p

5th Rabi` al-Awwal 1431

Mawlid recitation, speeches, Adhan, Salah and Dua – mp3

Dhikr after Salah – including the Wird of Imam as-Saqqaf and Imam an-Nawawi – mp3

The Monthly Word of Last Year – Habib `Umar translated by Shaykh Khalil Moore

http://www.reflectonthis.com/files/montly_word_rabi_al-awwal-1430.pdf

…and finally, the Qasaid!

Imam al-Haddad – Part of the Ta’iyyah Poem sung by al-Munshid `Abd al-Rahman Ba Hashwan

Various Qasaid of the Habaib – sung by Ustadh Salman Ba Hurmi

Wulid al-Huda – Poem of the Leader of Poets Ahmed Shawqi

Keep me in your Duas,

Was-Salam

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