Profile: Sayyidi Al-Habīb Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz

Sayyidil HabibHis Birth and Lineage

He is the caller to Allah, the erudite scholar, al-Habib Umar the son of Muhammad, bin Salim, bin Hafiz, bin Abdullah, bin Abu Bakr, bin Aidarus, bin Umar, bin Aidarus, bin Umar, bin Abu Bakr, bin Aidarus, bin Husain, bin Shaykh Abu Bakr, bin Salim, bin Abdullah, bin Abdul-Rahman, bin Abdullah, bin al-Shaykh Abdul-Rahman al-Saqqaf, bin Muhammad Mawla al-Dawilah, bin Ali, bin Alawi, bin Al-Faqih al-Muqaddam Muhammad, bin Ali, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Mirbat, bin Ali, bin Alawi, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Sawma’a, bin Alawi, bin Ubaydullah, bin al-Imam al-Muhajir il-Allah (the Migrant to Allah) Ahmad, bin Isa, bin Muhammad al-Naqib, bin Ali al-Uraydi, bin Ja’far as-Sadiq, bin Muhammad al-Baqir, bin Ali Zain al-Abidin, bin Husain as-Sibt, bin Ali, bin Abu Talib and Fatima al-Zahra, the daughter of our Liegelord, Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets (Peace and blessings be upon him).

He was born in Tarim, Hadramaut in the Republic of Yemen, prior to Fajr on Monday, the 4th of Muharram, 1383 AH, which corresponds to the 27th of May, 1963. He grew up in Tarim. He memorized the Magnificent Quran and was reared in a pious fashion, in the care of his father, in an environment of knowledge, faith and virtuous character.

His Study of the Islamic Sciences

From an early age he studied the sciences of the pure Sacred Law including: the Qur’an, Prophetic Tradition (Hadith), Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Creed (Tawhid), foundations of Sacred Law (Usul al-Fiqh), the various disciplines of the Arabic language, and the knowledge of Spiritual travel from the scholars of Hadramaut. Among the greatest of them was his father, al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim, the Mufti of Tarim, as well as virtuous, gnostic scholars such as: al-Habib Muhammad bin Alawi bin Shihab al-Din, al-Habib Ahmad bin Ali Ibn al-Shaykh Abu Bakr, al-Habib Abdullah bin Shaykh al-Aidarus, the historian and eminent scholar, al-Habib Abdullah bin Hasan Bil-Faqih, the historian and linguist, al-Habib Umar bin Alawi al-Kaf, al-Habib Ahmad bin Hasan al-Haddad, Habib Umar’s older brother, Habib Ali al-Mashhur, al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah al-Shatiri, the Shaykh and Mufti Fadl bin Abdul-Rahman Ba Fadl, and Shaykh Tawfiq Aman. He began to teach and invite to Allah when he was 15 years old, while continuing to study and receive lessons.

His Migration to al-Bayda

When the situation became difficult due to the Communist Regime that existed in South Yemen at that time, Habib Umar migrated to the city of al-Bayda in North Yemen (not under Communist government), at the beginning of Safar 1402 AH (December 1981). There he persevered in study and invitation to Allah. He resided in the Ribat of al-Bayda and took knowledge from the Imam, the Gnostic, al-Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Haddar and the erudite scholar al-Habib Zain bin Ibrahim Bin Sumayt. He was avid in establishing lessons and assemblies of knowledge. He would often travel in order to call to Allah in the various localities of al-Bayda, al-Hudaydah and Ta`izz. He used to frequently visit Ta`izz in order to take knowledge from the erudite scholar, the Hadith narrator al-Habib Ibrahim bin Umar bin Aqil.

His Repeated Visits to the two Noble Sacred Precincts of Mecca and Medina

He began to frequent the two Sacred Precincts from the month of Rajab 1402 AH (April 1982) onwards. There he learned from the Imam, the Gnostic, the Caller to Allah, al-Habib Abdul-Qadir bin Ahmad Al-Saqqaf and the Gnostic, the Caller to Allah, al-Habib Ahmad Mashhur bin Tahir al-Haddad, and the Gnostic, the erudite scholar, al-Habib Abu Bakr al-Attas bin Abdullah al-Habshi. He took license to narrate from the chains of transmission in Hadith and in other sciences from the narrator of connected chains, Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Faddani and the erudite scholar, the conveyer of Hadith of the two Sanctuaries, the noble descendant of the Prophet, Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki, as well as other scholars.

His Move to the City of Al-Shihr

In the year 1413 AH (1992), he moved to the city of al-Shihr, in the province of Hadramaut where he taught in the Ribat of al-Shihr for Islamic Studies, following its reopening after having been dispossessed during the Communist Regime. He resided there for a period of time, summoning to Allah and teaching. Many students from various regions of Yemen and parts of South- East Asia sought knowledge from him. He lived, prior to his move to al-Shihr, for a period of approximately a year and a half in the Sultanate of Oman, inviting to Allah, teaching, and reminding people about the way of al-Mustafa (peace and blessings be upon him).

His Move to the City of Tarim

He then moved from al-Shihr toTarim, where he settled and received a number of students from various parts of the world. Dar al-Mustafa for Traditional Islamic Studies was founded in 1414 AH (1994). It is based on three objectives: the first being learning the sciences of the Sacred Law and related sciences from those who are apt to impart them with connected chains of transmission; the second purifying the soul and refining one’s character and the third conveying beneficial knowledge and calling to Allah, Mighty and Majestic. The official opening of the Dar al-Mustafa site took place on Tuesday, the 29th of Dhu’l-Hijjah, 1417 AH, corresponding to the 6th of May, 1997. Students and visitors continue to flock to it from all around the world. Graduates of Dar al-Mustafa have opened numerous centers of learning and invitation to Allah in a number of countries.

Habib Umar has an intense concern to raise religious consciousness in the City of Tarim. He has established many gatherings, the most important of which is the weekly Monday gathering, which is conducted in the town square of Tarim and is attended by hundreds of the city’s inhabitants. He also has made countless visits to the various regions of Yemen and has conducted many lectures in Yemeni universities, institutes and organisations.

His Travels

Habib Umar has made numerous journeys summoning to Allah and spreading knowledge of the Sacred Law to various lands, including the Gulf States, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the Comoros Islands, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. He has connected to the chains of transmission of the scholars of these regions. He has also participated in many Islamic conferences.

His Writings and Publications

Habib Umar has many audio and visual publications as well as writings. Among his works are (the books which have been translated into English are underlined, others are in the process of being translated):

  • Two collections of hadith: Selections from Shifa al-Saqim (al-Mukhtar min Shifa al-Saqim) and The Light of Faith From the Speech of the Beloved of al-Rahman(Nur al-Iman min Kalam Habib al-Rahman)
  • Aid to Those Seeking the Pleasure of the Creator Through the Clarification of Noble Character (Is’af Talibi Rida al-Khallaq bi Bayan MaKaram al-Akhlaq)
  • Advice to Students (Tawjihat al-Tullab)
  • Our Traits (Khuluquna)
  • Forthpourings of Favor from the Mercy of the Giver of Favors (Fa’idat al-mann min Rahamat Wahhab al-Minan)
  • Directing the Intelligent to the Contentment of the Beneficent (Tawjih al-Nabih li-Mardat Barih)
  • The Glorious Treasure (al-Dhakira al-Musharrafa)
  • The Summary of Prophetic Aid, a book of invocations (Khuslasa al-Maddad al-Nabawi fil-Adhkar)
  • Two mawlids, celebrating the life of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him): The Shimmering Light Mentioning the Birth of the Interceding Prophet (al-Diya al-Lami’ fi Dhikr Mawlid al-Nabi al-Shafi’) and The Pure Drink Mentioning the Life of the Fullest of Moons (al-Sharab al-Tuhur fi Dhikri Sirati Badri al-Budur)
  • The Forthpouring of Spiritual Aid, a Compellation of Sermons (Fayd al-Imdad)
  • The Preacher’s Refinement (Thaqafat al- Khatib)
  • A collection of poetry

Habib Umar has also conducted many programs to raise religious consciousness as well as numerous lessons and interviews on a number of satellite channels. He continues to teach, call to Allah, and expend his utmost in doing so. May Allah give him His enabling Grace, pardon him, give him His gentleness, and accept from him his endeavours, and likewise all Muslims.

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The Passing of Hababah Zahra bint `Abdullah al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy on her)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the blessed mother of the Mufti of Tarim, Habib `Ali al-Masyhur bin Hafiz, and Ad-dai ilaAllah Sayyidil-Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Hababah Zahra bint `Abdullah al-Haddar.

Habib Umar (right) with Habib Ali Masyhur (left)

Habib Umar (right) with Habib Ali Masyhur (left)

When her husband, Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz, was abducted and martyred, she showed great steadfastness and gave her children the best upbringing. Her oldest son is Habib `Ali al-Masyhur and her youngest son is Habib `Umar. She also leaves behind her others sons: Habib `Attas, Sayyid Salim, Sayyid `Abdullah and three daughters.

She passed away at the age of nearly 96 after a life spent in worship and service. She was known for her uprightness, taqwa, fear of Allah and humility. She was constantly engaged in the remembrance of Allah. Her nights were spent standing in prayer and her days were spent fasting. She would give abundant charity in private.

May Allah pour His mercy upon her, raise her to the highest of stations and make her grave one of the gardens of Paradise. May He bless her children and loved ones with steadfastness.

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Profile: Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur

He is Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur whose lineage traces back to Sayyidinā Al-Imam Hussein radiyaAllāhu anhu and to the Master of Mankind, Sayyidina Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم.al-habib-abubakar-al-adni-bin-ali-al-masyhur

Born in the town of Ahwar in the year 1366AH into a household of piety and learning, Al-Habib memorised the Quran in his youth and studied with numerous scholars in Hadramaut. In his youth, he had already began preaching and inviting people to Allāh, Al-Habīb recalls that his father would ask him to prepare a script for the Friday sermon and read it to him before stepping up on the podium to give the sermon.

Al-Habīb Abu Bakr describes his father as the most influential person in his development. His father placed much importance on the education and spiritual development of his family. From his father’s actions and lectures, he learnt the meaning and purpose of life. Al-Habīb recalls that he used to see his father weeping in the middle of the night as he recited the Quran or supplicated to Allāh.

Besides learning with traditional scholars, Al-Habīb Abu Bakr also attended formal schools and graduated with a degree in education from the University of Aden.

Al-Habīb Abu Bakr later moved to the Hijaz and met with the Spiritual Pole of his time Al-Habīb ‘Abd Al-Qâdir As-Saqqaf. Al-Habīb Abu Bakr found in Al-Habīb ‘Abd Al-Qâdir everything that he was searching for and abandoned his intention of studying in Egypt.

When the communists left Yemen and the south and north region were united, Al-Habīb Abu Bakr returned to Yemen. He brought with him the desire and plans in unifying hearts and minds in order to create a conducive and peaceful environment. He opened many centres of learning which numbered up to about 83 branches.

His Thought

Al-Habīb has authored more than 150 works in various disciplines such as jurispudence, history, literature, Islamic thought, and methodology. In fact, he has produced several unprecedented writings which are of crucial importance to the Islamic world.

He has coined many new terms in the field of Fiqh At-Tahawwulāt (Knowledge of Transitions) such Sunnah Mawāqif, Manhaj As-Salāmah, and other interesting terms.

Fiqh At-Tahawwulāt

This is among the fields which he particularly specialises in. A study of the fourth pillar of the religion after Islam, Iman and Ihsan i.e. the knowledge of the Signs of the End of Time. The pillars are based upon the Hadīth of Jibril in which the angel Jibril came to the Prophet in the form of a man and asked him several questions in the presence of his noble companions. The fourth pillar of the dīn is unlike the first three which is fixed and definitive while this fourth pillar is transformative depending on the stages.

As for the fruit and benefit of this knowledge, it is to know the proper way to address and behave in face of trials and tribulations in each different stage of the transition mentioned in the Prophetic tradition until the Hour.

Al-Habīb mentioned that many scholars have fallen into becoming a helper of the False Messiah and his system due to their ignorance of this field of knowledge. He added that the actions of some of the great companions and great Imāms in facing tribulations displayed their firm grounding in this knowledge.

It is clear that al-Habib’s thought and contribution to the Islamic world is of critical importance and needs to be spread for the benefit of the community at large.

Profile: Shaykh Umar bin Hussein Al-Khatib

Shaykh Umar bin Hussein Al-Khatib Al-Ansari Al-Ausi was born in 1969, in the blessed Hadramawt Valley in South Yemen.

Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib had been a devoted student of the IslaShaykh Umarmic Sciences, having memorised the Quran and embarked on studies in various Islamic sciences, with scholars in the Hadramaut Valley, at a young age.

He counts the following ulama’ as his teachers:

  • Al-Habib Al-Allamah Umar bin Alwi Al-Kaff
  • Al-Habib Al-Allamah Umar bin Ahmad Al-Masyur
  • Al-Habib Al-Allamah Hassan bin Abdullah As-Shatiriy
  • Al-Habib Al-Allamah Salim bin Abdullah As-Shatiriy
  • Al-Habib Al-Allamah Ali Masyur bin Muhammad Hafizh
  • The late Mufti of Tarim, Shaykh Fadhol bin Abdul Rahman Bafadhl
  • Al-Habib Al-Allamah Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafizh

Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib is a faqih (an expert in Islamic jurisprudence) and currently serves the ummah of Rasulullah as a senior teacher and a fatwa committee member at the world renowned Darul Mustafa Institute of Islamic Sciences. He currently teaches Fiqh, Aqidah, Al-Quran, and Hadith.

He is also an Imam and Khatib for the Juma’ah and Eid prayers at Masjid Ar-Raudhah, Aidid, Tarim.

Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib regularly travels around the world such as to Europe, Syria, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore to teach the Islam sciences.

We ask Allah to bless the efforts of Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib and to ease him in all his affairs. Amin!

Profile: Habib Ali Zainal Abidin bin Abu Bakar Al-Hamid

Habib Ali Al-Hamid22 April 2015 (4th Rajab 1436H) marked the inaugural session of Habib Ali Zainal Abidin bin Abu Bakar Al-Hamid’s monthly lessons in Singapore and it is only appropriate that Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura includes a post covering his profile.

Habib Ali Zainal Abidin bin Abu Bakar Al-Hamid was born on Friday, 12 April 1974, after the Jumaah prayers in the village of Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia. He is the second of six children. Habib Ali comes from a modest family. His home village has many traditional Islamic scholars and an Islamic seminary. Habib Ali embarked on the journey to seek Islamic knowledge in his home village and elsewhere in Indonesia at a young age.

At the age of 21, with the blessings of his father, Habib Ali furthered his studies in the city of Tarim, Hadramawt, Yemen.  Therein, Al-Habib studied at the feet of scholars including Ad-Dai ilaAllah Al-Allamah Al-Habib Umar bin Hafidz (the Dean and Founder of Dar Al-Mustafa Institute for Islamic Sciences), Ad-Dai ilaAllah Al-Allamah Al-Habib Ali Mashhur bin Hafiz (the chief Mufti of Tarim), Ad-Dai ilaAllah Al-Allamah Al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiri (the current Dean of Rubat Tarim), Al-Marhum Al-Habib Hasan bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiri (the former Dean of Rubat Tarim), Al-Habib Abdullah Bin Shihab, Habib Abdul Qadir Jailani Al-Mashhur, Habib Abdullah bin Shaykh Al-Aydarus, Al-Marhum Ash-Shaykh Fadal Ba Fadal (Mufti Tarim), Al-Habib Musa Al-Kazim bin Ja’afar As-Seggaf, Ash-Shaykh Umar bin Husain Al-Khatib, Ash-Shaykh Umar bin Abu Bakar Al-Khatib, Al-Habib Ali bin Abdul Rahman Al-Jufri. Al-Habib Ali is one of the earliest graduates of Dar Al-Mustafa, having enrolled therein soon after its founding by Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz. Habib Ali, like most of his contemporaries at Dar Al-Mustafa, had received personalised guidance from Sayyidil-Habib Umar and his brother Al-Habib Ali Mashhur whilst in Tarim.

After his time at Dar Al-Mustafa, Al-Habib Ali’s thirst for knowledge brought him to Egypt where he spent 5 years at the famed Al-Azhar University. Besides his studies at university, Al-Habib had also studied at the feet of the likes of Dr. Abdul Badi’ Abu Hashim, Dr. Saad Jawish, Dr. Ali Jum’ah and Dr. Muhammad Jibril. Whilst a student in Egypt, Habib Ali continued his da’wah work by teaching and tutoring students from various countries.

Today, Habib Ali is a major figure in da’wah. He is scholar-in-resident of Majlis Ta’lim Darul Murtadza, Jalsah Ithnayn and other study sessions in Malaysia and of Majlis Al-Hadyun Nabawi in Singapore.

Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura wishes Habib Ali success in his dakwah mission and in every other noble mission he embarks on.