Intentions for Visiting the Shuyukh

Sayyidil Habib - GazeIntentions for Visiting the Shuyukh taken from Habib Sa’ad Al-Aydarus’ Book of Intentions

  1. To benefit from them in both religious and worldly matters
  1. To fulfil the following command of the Prophet:

” جالسوا الكبراء “

“Be in the company of the great ones.”

  1. To attain from them (i.e. from being in their presence) the mercy that descends upon them
  1. To obtain a gaze i.e. nazrah (نظرة) from them by which Allah will rectify your state and all of your affairs [1]
  1. Intend to be in the gathering of the righteous
  1. Intend that Allah may purify your heart
  1. Intend that Allah will bring you together (with the shaykh) inwardly, as He has brought you together outwardly

[1] The gaze (نظرة) of the ulama’, who are established in ilm and men who have arrived at the hallowed precincts, is a beneficial theriac. If one of them gazes at a truthful man he can, by the light of his inner eye, discover the aptitude and competence of the sincere man to receive Allah’s special gifts. There then comes into his heart love for the genuine aspirant and via the inner eye he gazes at him with the gaze of love. Such [elite] are amongst the soldiers of Allah, the Exalted, and they thus confer, through their gaze, sublime states [to people] and raise their stations. What does a rejecter reject of Allah’s Power? Indeed Allah, Transcendent and Exalted be He, in the same way as He has given some snakes (known as al-Silanah) [the power to destroy man by a mere look], He has also given the power of the gaze to some of His elect servants such that when they gaze at a sincere seeker, they accord him a state and a life [an eternal life of the heart, is what is meant here says Al-Habib Abd ar-Rahman bin Mustafa al-Aydarus]. And it was the custom of our Shaykh, may Allah bestow mercy upon him, to walk round Masjid al-Khif at Mina looking at the faces of the people. When he was asked about this he would say, ‘Allah has indeed servants who when they gaze at a person, it accords him bliss (sa’adah).

نيات زيارة الشيوخ

  نويت الاستفادة منه في دينه ودنياه ، وامتثال أمر الحبيب صلى الله عليه وسلم في قوله : ” جالسوا الكبراء ” ، وأن ينال من الرحمة التي تنزل عليهم ، وأن ينال نظره منه يصلح الله له حاله كله ، وينوي أن يجالس الصالحين ، وأن يطهر الله قلبه ، وأن يربط مابينه في الباطن كما ربطه في الظاهر


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