The Doa in Entering Ramadhan of Sayyidil Habib Abu Bakr Al-Masyhur

al-habib-abubakar-al-adni-bin-ali-al-masyhurThe Doa in Entering Ramadhan of Sayyidil Habib Abu Bakr Al-Masyhur
O Allāh! Let the month of Ramadhan appear over us and upon the ummah by your Everlasting Grandeur and Your Favourable Gifts and Your Gentleness and Mercy for each praying and fasting servant. And equip our hearts, spirits and limbs for this pure servitude and do not prevent us O our Master from Your Bounty, Pardon and Mercy because of our wrongdoings and disobedience O Effacer, O Veiler O the Most Merciful of the merciful!

  دعاء دخول رمضان لسيدي الحبيب ابوبكر المشهور حفظه الله

اللهم أهِل شهر رمضان علينا وعلى الأمة بعزك الدائم وعطائك الملائم ،ورافتك ورحمتك لكل عابد قائم صائم ..وهَيِّئ قلوبنا وارواحنا وجوارحنا لهذه العبودية المحضة ولا تحرمنا يا مولانا بفضلك ومغفرتك ورحمتك بذنوبنا وجرائرنا ومعاصينا يا غفار ياستار يا ارحم الراحمين

Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s Ramadhan Reminders

From amongst the reminders of Al-Habib Umar in meeting with Ramadhan:
  1. Recite lots of the following doa (supplication) from our Predecessors in Ramadhan:

    (x3)أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله أسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار

    (x3) اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّا

    يا كَرِيم

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  2. Recite “Surah al-Fath” (إِنَّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحًا مُّبِينًا) on the first night of Ramadhan
  3. Perfect your siyam (fasting) and your qiyam (supererogatory prayers including Tarawih, Witr etc.) by protecting your limbs from wasteful and sinful acts
  4. Put in effort to make iftar (breaking the fast) with only the halal (permissible)
  5. Take a portion of Ramadhan by reciting al-Qur’an with tadabbur (reflection)
  6. Strive to bring presence to heart (i.e. do not direct yourselves to things unrelated to Ramadhan)

:مما أوصى به الحبيب عمر في هذا اليوم عن شهر رمضان
 ١ الإكثار من قول الدعاء الذي يقوله السلف في رمضان: (أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله، أستغفر الله…)الخ
٢ قراءة سورة (الفتح) أول ليلة من رمضان
 ٣ إحسان الصيام والقيام، بكف الجوارح عن اللغو والرفث
٤  التحري على الإفطار على الحلال
 ٥ أخذ النصيب من تدبر القرآن
 ٦ المواظبة على حضور القلب

Wasiat Ramadhan Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Termasuk yang diwasiatkan oleh Al-Habib Umar dalam menyambut dan menghadapi bulan Ramadhan:
  1. Memperbanyakan doa yang sangat ditekankan oleh para salaf di bulan Ramadhan:

    (x3)أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله أسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار

    (x3) اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّا

    يا كَرِيم

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  2. Membaca “Surah al-Fath” (إِنَّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحًا مُّبِينًا) di malam pertama bulan Ramadhan
  3. Perbaiki siyam (puasa) dan qiyam (Solat Tarawih, Solat Witir dsn) dengan menjaga anggota tubuh daripada melakukan perkara yang sia-sia dan berdosa
  4. Berusaha untuk berbuka dengan hanya makanan yang halal
  5. Mengambil bahagian dari bulan Ramadhan dengan membaca al-Qur’an dengan tadabbur
  6. Berusaha agar hati selalu hadir (tidak menoleh pada selain kepentingan bulan Ramadhan)

:مما أوصى به الحبيب عمر في هذا اليوم عن شهر رمضان
 ١ الإكثار من قول الدعاء الذي يقوله السلف في رمضان: (أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله، أستغفر الله…)الخ
٢ قراءة سورة (الفتح) أول ليلة من رمضان
 ٣ إحسان الصيام والقيام، بكف الجوارح عن اللغو والرفث
٤  التحري على الإفطار على الحلال
 ٥ أخذ النصيب من تدبر القرآن
 ٦ المواظبة على حضور القلب

Fawaid: Programming the Heart to Meet Lailah Al-Qadr

facebook_1434426356808The following are Habib Kazim bin Ja’far as-Seggaf’s counsels on preparing for Ramadhan.

Programming the Heart to Meet Lailah Al-Qadr

Al-Habib mentioned 3 preparatory acts – 3 things practiced in 3’s to be exact – which one should do to program one’s heart to meet with and benefit fully from Lailah al-Qadr.

  1. Always make iftar with at least 3 dates. You can make iftar with more than 3 dates e.g. 5, 7, 9 and so on, so long as it is witir i.e. odd BUT if you break your fast with only 1 date, your heart will not be properly programmed to greet Lailah al-Qadr even though 1 is witir.
  2. Always perform at least 3 rakaats of witir in Ramadhan. Similarly, al-Habib mentioned that if you perform only 1 rakaat of witir, your heart will not be properly programmed to greet Lailah al-Qadr even though 1 rakaat satisfies the conditions for Solat al-Witir.
  3. Look at the hilal on the first 3 nights of Ramadhan, preferably after the sunnah ghusl in the nights of Ramadhan, and say to it “Hilal khair wa rushd… Rabbi wa Rabbukallah [O hilal good and guiding, my Lord and you Lord is Allah]” and then make the following doa from Nabi s.a.w on each of the 3 nights even if you do not actually sight the hilal:

اللَّهُمَّ أَهِلَّهُ عَلَيْنَا بِالأَمْنِ وَالإِيمَانِ وَالسَّلاَمَةِ بالإِسْلاَمِ بالتَّوْفِيقِ ومَا تُحِبُّ وَتَرْضَى

Transliteration: Allahum-ma ahil-lahu alaina bil-amani wa-al-iman wa-as-salamati bil-islam bit-tawfiqi wa ma tu-hib-bu wa tardha

Translation: O Allah, manifest al-hilal to us with peace and iman, with safety and Islam and with continued guidance to what You love and You are pleased with.

If one doesn’t do these 3 things and Lailah al-Qadr passes by without him experiencing its blessings, he only has himself to blame.

Advice On Reaping The Full Benefits Of Ramadhan

Al-Habib also gave the following advice on how one can get the FULL benefits of Ramadhan’s blessings:

  1. You should be happy and thankful that Allah sent Ramadhan to you (as a 29 or 30 day guest).
  2. You should honour Ramadhan with lots of ibadat e.g. read the lots of al-Quran, perform the 20 rakaat of Tarawih prayers every night, make lots of zikir etc.
  3. You should avoid arguments at ALL costs, especially in the last 10 days of Ramadhan, and be especially weary of arguments with your spouse for it is from amongst the works of the shaytan that he spoils your potential rewards during Ramadhan by making you argue with your spouse.

Further to the above, Al-Habib also gave a tip on how to maximise the rewards from Tarawih. Al-Habib said that one can make one’s Tarawih fardh by making nazar [1] just prior to making Takbiratul-ihram and get the 70x reward promised for an obligatory act performed in Ramadhan.

Allahu ‘alam.

These counsels have been paraphrased from Habib Kazim’s talk at a private function in Singapore on Monday, 18 July 2011.


[1] IMPORTANT: This team would like to advice caution here as this should only be performed by those who know the rulings and consequences pertaining to nazar.

Ramadhan Intentions by Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur (English-Arabic)

FullSizeRender (2)Ramadhan Intentions by Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur
  • We intend that which the Prophet ﷺ, the righteous predecessors from the noble family of the Prophet ﷺ and illustrious companions intended
  • We intend to fulfill the rights of the fast upon the way which is pleasing to the Divine All-Knowing Sovereign
  • We intend to be steadfast in the (tarāwīh) prayers and to guard our limbs from disobedience and wrongdoing
  • We intend to recite the Quran, do much Divine remembrance, recite prayers and salutations upon the Master of Creation
  • We intent to avoid backbiting, slandering, lying, and things which lead to disobedience
  • We intend to do much charity, to bring relief to widows, the poor and orphans
  • We intend to adhere to the etiquette of Islam perfectly
  • We intend to pray in congregation, on time consistently
  • We intend that which the righteous servants of Allāh intended in the first, middle and final ten days and the Night of Power and all other nights and days
May Allāh send his blessings and salutations upon our Master Muhammad ﷺ and his family and companions – بسرّ الفاتحة

نية رمضان بقلم سيدي الحبيب ابي بكر العدني بن علي المشهور
نوينا مانواه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم والسلف الصالح من ال البيت الكرام والصحابه الاعلام ونوينا القيام بحق الصيام على الوجه الذي يرضي الملك العلام ونوينا المحافظه على القيام وحفظ الجوارح عن المعاصي والاثام ونوينا تلاوة القران وكثرة الذكر والصلاة والسلام على سيد الانام ونوينا تجنب الغيبه والنميمه والكذب واسباب الحرام ونوينا كثرة الصدقات ومواساة الارامل والفقراء والايتام ونوينا كمال الإلتزام بآداب الإسلام والصلاة في الجماعه في اوقاتها بانتظام ونوينا كل نية صالحة نواها عباد الله الصالحين في العشر الاوائل والأواسط والأواخر وليلة القدر في سائر الليالي والأيام وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم بسر الفاتحة

Fawaid: Ramadhan Azkar

Do Lots of Four Things

It is narrated through Salman Al-Farisi that Rasulullah said ﷺ:

  يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ أَظَلَّكُمْ شَهْرٌ عَظِيمٌ شَهْرٌ مُبَارَكٌ , فَاسْتَكْثِرُوا فِيهِ مِنْ أَرْبَعِ خِصَالٍ , خَصْلَتَيْنِ تُرْضُونَ بِهِمَا رَبَّكُمْ , وَخَصْلَتَيْنِ لا غِنَى بِكُم عَنْهُمَا , فَأَمَّا الْخَصْلَتَانِ اللَّتَانِ تُرْضُونَ بِهِمَا رَبَّكُمْ , فَشَهَادَةُ أَنْ لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ وَتَسْتَغْفِرُونَهُ , وَأَمَّا اللَّتَانِ لا غِنَى بِكُمْ عَنْهُمَا , فَتَسْأَلُونَ اللَّهَ الْجَنَّةَ وَتَعُوذُونَ بِهِ مِنَ النَّارِ

O people! When the great, blessed month (Ramadhan) comes to you, do lots of four acts in it. Two acts with which you would please your Lord and two acts with which you cannot do without. As for the two which please your Lord, they are the testimony that there is no god but Allah and the seeking of His forgiveness. As for the two acts that you cannot do without, you should seek paradise from your Lord and seek protection from hell fire.

Hence, it is a practice throughout the Muslim world including in Singapore and throughout the Nusantara region that Muslims recite the following zikir throughout the days and nights of Ramadhan:

أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله أسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار

Meaning: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I seek forgiveness from Allah. We ask You for paradise and seek your protection from the hell fire. [1]

Recitation of Laylatul-Qadr

It is also narrated that the Mother of Believers, Sayyidatina Ai’shah bint Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, had ask Rasulullah ﷺ what she should recite if she knew that it was Laylatul Qadr and Rasulullah said ﷺ:

قُولي: اللَّهُمَّ إنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Say (O A’ishah): O Allah! You are Forgiving and Generous, you love to forgive, so forgive me.

Tarim

Recommended Recitation Formula

In extracting benefit from both these narrations, Muslims would recite an amalgamation of the two azkar above, in the following formula, repeatedly throughout Ramadhan:

(x3)أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله أسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار

Transliteration: Ash-hadu an laa ilaha illaAllah, astaghfiruAllah, nas-alu-ka-al-jannata, wa na-u’zubuki mi-nan-nar (x3)

Meaning: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I seek forgiveness from Allah. We ask You for paradise and seek your protection from the hell fire (x3).

(x3) اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّا

يا كَرِيم

Transliteration: Allahum-ma in-naka ‘a-fuw-wun tu-hib-bul-‘af-wa fa’ fu ‘an-naa (x3).

Ya Karim.

Meaning: O Allah! You are Forgiving, you love to forgive, so forgive me (x3). O (the most) Generous One!

May Allah forgive our sins and grant us success this coming Ramadhan!


Notes:

[1] Sayyidi al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz recommends reciting this 3,000 times in Ramadhan. Source: Preparing for Ramadhan

The Splitting of the Moon and the Signs of the Hour

Al-Habib Abu Bakr Al-Adniy bin Ali Al-Masyhur mentions the Splitting of the Moon in the section “Inshiqaq Al-Qamar fi Nisfi Shahri Sha’aban” or “The Splitting of the Moon on the Half of the Month of Sha’ban” in his ode to the month of Sha’ban, the Sha’baniyyah: Nisfu Shaban - Moonsplit

The Splitting of the Moon on the Half of the Month of Sha’ban

On (the night of) Half of Sha’ban whilst the Full Moon stood at the horizon

The (disbelieving) Quraysh spoke to the Messenger ﷺ in Makkah, requesting for a confirmation (of prophethood)

He ﷺ called them to the truth so that they would be purged from wastefully (engaging) in evil shirk

They conditioned (a miracle) that they see with their eyes the full moon split and so it split

A miracle to the Chosen One ﷺ from amongst his people – it came with it a sign so read it! (Read it) so that you may rejoice!

Habib Abu Bakr’s Nisfu Sha’ban Message

Habib Abu Bakr mentions a number of valuable lessons to be learnt from the story of the Splitting of the Moon.

  • Disbelievers are the ones who ask for proofs

The asbabul-wurud (reason for occurrence) of the Splitting of the Moon was a number of disbelieving Quraysh nobles asking the Prophet ﷺ for a miracle demonstrating his prophethood. The Prophet ﷺ acceded to this request and pointed to the moon, which duly split by the will of Allah, and one half of it was brought forth, hovering over Jabal Abi Qubays. The disbelievers were the only ones who had asked the Prophet ﷺ to demonstrate prophethood and despite prophethood being made apparent to them through the Splitting of the Moon, they continued to disbelieve, calling the incident a sihr mustamir or a continuous black magic.

  • Hikmah Balighah (Manifested Wisdom) has no bearing on the heedless

The disbelievers used to mock at Rasulullah ﷺ and Allah referred to the Splitting of the Moon as a hikmah balighah (manifested wisdom) in Surah Al-Qamar because it is as an isharah (indication) to us that, like sign of the Splitting of the Moon, many other Signs of the Hour will also come as wisdom and manifest but it will be of no use when brought forth to many of the people of our times.

  • The Splitting of Moon is a Sign of the Hour and an indicator of what is needed for the ummah in our times

Al-Habib Abu Bakr Al-Masyhur encourages teaching of knowledge of the Signs of the Hour to children and students alike, as they would be taught other core Islamic subjects, as indeed it is from amongst the core sciences of the Deen.

The words above are based on the words of Allah the Most High in Surah Al-Qamar:

١ ٱقۡتَرَبَتِ ٱلسَّاعَةُ وَٱنشَقَّ ٱلۡقَمَر

1. The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been split.

٢ وَإِن يَرَوۡاْ ءَايَةً۬ يُعۡرِضُواْ وَيَقُولُواْ سِحۡرٌ۬ مُّسۡتَمِرٌّ

 2. And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: “This is continuous magic.”

٣ وَڪَذَّبُواْ وَٱتَّبَعُوٓاْ أَهۡوَآءَهُمۡ‌ۚ وَڪُلُّ أَمۡرٍ۬ مُّسۡتَقِرٌّ۬ 

3. They mocked and followed their own lusts. And every matter will be settled.

٤ وَلَقَدۡ جَآءَهُم مِّنَ ٱلۡأَنۢبَآءِ مَا فِيهِ مُزۡدَجَرٌ

4. And indeed there has come to them news wherein there is (enough warning) to check.

٥ حِڪۡمَةُۢ بَـٰلِغَةٌ۬‌ۖ فَمَا تُغۡنِ ٱلنُّذُرُ

 5. Manifested wisdom but warners benefit them not.

٦ فَتَوَلَّ عَنۡهُمۡ‌ۘ يَوۡمَ يَدۡعُ ٱلدَّاعِ إِلَىٰ شَىۡءٍ۬ نُّڪُرٍ

 6. So withdraw from them. The Day that the caller will call (them) to a terrible thing.

The above is a paraphrased extract of Habib Abu Bakr Al-Adniy bin Ali Al-Masyhur’s Nisfu Sha’ban address to the congregation at Masjid An-Nahdhah, Singapore, on the eve of Nisfu Sha’ban 1436 corresponding with 1 June 2015.