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Habib Abu Bakr Al-Masyhur’s Address at the Hawl of Imam Al-Haddad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Habib Abu Bakr (crop-small)Extracts from the lecture of Habib Abu Bakr Al-Adni bin Ali Al-Masyhur at the Annual Gathering of Remembrance of Imam Abdullah bin Alawi Al-Haddad held in 2015 at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam

Habib Abu Bakr began by praising Allah, and sending blessings and peace upon The Messenger ﷺ, his family and companions, and Imam Abdullah the son of Alawi Al-Haddad.

He said, “We are present on a beautiful, majestic night that puts forth to us the beauties of humanity and the universe, the virtues of peace, the symbols of tranquility, and the exemplary characters of those who thread the path of The Messenger ﷺ.

There are scholars in every era whom we can learn from… so why do we celebrate scholars who have passed on centuries ago?

Objectives of Annual Gatherings of Remembrance (Hawl)

It is to remind us of great people who had left us, like Imam Al-Haddad, so that we may take after them – in educating our children, our women, and our community peacefully, with the best of etiquette.

There are two key objectives of attending this Hawl:

  1. To take blessings from those near to Allah. To seek knowledge from the chosen friends of Allah and from the pious. Allah sends his mercy upon those in remembrance of  pious people; and
  2. To introduce prominent people from the previous generations to the people of today so the young men and women of this generation will have a strong link to the ways of the pious people of Hadramawt: its culture; its spirituality (tasawwuf) and the methodology (manhaj) of Ash-Sha’irah (in the science of aqidah).

We face formidable challenges which threaten the integrity of the people who profess iman and they need to be reminded of such examples in this era of constant change. We need to remember the exemplary characters of people who are determined to keep to their promise to Allah. We must study their history, how they managed their time, their litanies, and so forth so that we become renewed in our understanding towards honourable people like Imam Al-Haddad.

Imam Al-Haddad and His Da’wah

Imam Al-Haddad was a descendant of The Messenger ﷺ. He possessed secret knowledge of Allah and renewed the calling of our Prophet ﷺ, with had a sound chain of transmission in calling the people to Allah (sanad of da’wah) back to his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. His ancestor, Imam Ahmad bin Isa Al-Muhajir ilaAllah had migrated from Iraq to Hadramawt, bringing with him the message (risalah) of peace to the region. Another of his ancestors, Ali Al-Uraidhi, had also been a reviver of this message of peace in the blessed city of Madinah and had studied with Imam Ali Zainal Abidin who had inherited this knowledge from Sayyidina Hassan and Sayyidina Hussein, and other companions of The Messenger ﷺ. This chain is found in verses of poetry (i.e. poetry praising past scholars) recited earlier and speaks of the origins of his teachings and his teachers, Imam Ali Zainal Abidin, Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir, and others. It is an unbroken chain of transmission. Imam al-Haddad himself said, “I learned from my teachers who were given guidance and were always hand in hand with Al-Quran.”

Key Principles in the Teachings of Imam Al-Haddad

The 5 key principles of the spiritual teachings of Imam Al-Haddad are:

  • Knowledge (ilm)
  • Practice (amal)
  • Sincerity (ikhlas)
  • Reverential fear of Allah (khauf)
  • Scrupulousness (wara’)

I call upon all present to diligently read the books of Imam Al-Haddad. His teachings teach us to guard our tongues, to not slander others, and to avoid being involved in defamation which may lead to bloodshed. His lifestyle is preserved through his books, other recorded works, and his poetry – symbolic of the message of peace he stands for. Therefore, it is not surprising that people call Imam Al-Haddad the renewer (mujaddid) of the religion of the 13th century (hijriyyah). Further to this, be firm upon the recitation of the prophetic litanies compiled by Imam Al-Haddad, the Subtle Invocations (Wiridul Latif), and make it a daily practice. The legacies of Imam Al-Haddad are well suited to the fulfillment of the rights of Allah and mankind alike till this very day.

The School of Hadramawt

The path of Imam Al-Haddad, The School of Hadramaut or The Methodology of Bani Alawi, benefits humanity. It is an inherited path that brings peace in every situation. We need to understand this in this era of tribulations. Is the calling a call for fighting or hostility amongst each other? Or is it a call to overthrow the government of a country? Imam Al-Haddad’s writings reflects peace and beauty, and has shaped (the Islam practiced in) countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa and Sri Lanka. The teachings of Hadrami scholars encompasses the concepts of peace and compassion. In facing the tribulations of the end of times, avoid being involved with people who bring defamation, bloodshed and falsehood. Rather, be with the people of truth in the cause of Allah – people who teach us the meaning of tranquility and peace. Refer to its key concepts (qawaid) in resolving economic, faith (iman), social, and other conflicts. When faced with conflicts – remember and fear Allah. We were never taught to bear weapons nor to kill each other. It is obligatory upon us to review and reflect deeply upon the teachings of Imam Al-Haddad. The concept of Imam Al-Haddad’s teachings is based on the fundamentals of compassion and is not about animosity or killing.

Habib Abu Bakr’s Parting Word

I wish to extend in this mosque, in our assembly, the single most important task we have – to reconcile humanity and to band the people towards Allah.

In the age of social media, what is being taught in schools today violates decorum manners (adab). The media delivers messages with a propaganda to steer lives, resulting in confusion amongst the young men and women of this era of tribulations. Much of the information found in social media contradicts adab so reflect on yourselves and seek to review information with and acquire knowledge from a teacher with a sound chain of transmission. Seeking and acquiring knowledge in a proper manner from scholars with a sound chain of transmission develops our relationship with Allah, and purifies our hearts and souls, and will result in being educated with goodness.”

Watch event (Habib’s speech begins at 1:08h):

Profile: Habib Ali Bakr

11156255_1595012820737578_3026086907059502411_nHabib Ali bin Abu Bakr ibn Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim, better known as Habib Ali Bakr, was born on 7 March 1963 in the blessed land of Hadramawt. Habib Ali Bakr had sought Sacred Knowledge in many places, including Inaat, Tarim, Seiyun, Baidoh, Shihr and Jeddah, from the foremost scholars of our time. His teachers include: the great scholar and Chief Mufti of Tarim, Al-Habib Ali Masyhur bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz (the elder brother of Habib Umar bin Hafiz); Ad-Da’I ilaAllah Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz; Al-Habib Umar bin Alawi Al-Kaff; Qutb az-Zaman Al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad Al-Seggaf, Al-Habib Ali bin Hasan bin Ismail Al-Hamid; Al-Habib Hassan bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiriy and his brother, Sultan al-Ulama’ Al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiriy; Al-Mufakkir Al-Habib Abu Bakr Al-Adniy bin Ali Al-Masyhur; Ash-Shaykh Abdul Qawiy Ba’Fadhal, Al-Mufti Ash-Shaykh Fadhl bin Abdul Rahman BaFadhal; Ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Ali Al-Khatib; and other esteemed scholars.

Habib Ali Bakr currently serves the ummah, amongst other things, as Head of Majlis Al-Muwasolah Bayna Ulama’, and Principle of Ma’had Al-Yusra, Tarim, Hadramawt, Yemen, an institution specialising in teaching the Noble Qur’an, the Islamic Sciences, and the Arabic Language.

Habib Ali Bakr also travels extensively within the Arab world to: Saudi Arabia; Oman; Egypt; and Syria, and East Asia to: Singapore; Malaysia; Indonesia; Brunei; Thailand; China and Hong Kong calling the people of these lands to Allah, promoting unity amongst Muslims, and spreading goodness in each of these lands.

Majlis Al-Muwasolah wishes Habib Ali Bakr success in his da’wah efforts.

Habib Umar’s Address for Rabi’ul Awwal 1437H

2015-12-23 18.20.49The following is a paraphrased extract of Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s Monthly Letter for Rabi’ul Awwal 1437H.

It is of utmost importance that we understand how to establish our lives upon the Prophetic Path, emulating the one who is being remembered this month, the master of the people of this world and the hereafter: Rasulullah ﷺ.

Many from this ummah are in situations of despair, living in places where the (correct) picture of Islam is distorted such that non-Muslims are prevented from understanding and embracing Islam. Our role is to partake in the very foundations of Prophethood and it is incumbent upon us to establish ourselves upon the reality of Islam. This requires us to display the best of Islam and leave all types of rivalrous activities e.g. competing between (Muslim) groups and raising one’s self (above others).

The Muslim should establish healthy relations with everyone in society and endear himself to his neighbours, and the people he interacts with at work to address the insults and slanders made towards Islam. His outward appearance, his speech, his bodily movements, the way he interacts with others, his mannerisms, and his good character should invalidate the accusations hurled by the enemies of Islam – what is seen in Muslims will not reflect what is being portrayed about Islam (in the media). Regardless, efforts to distort Islam will continue, but Allah Himself is All Protecting (of it) as is mentioned in Surah as-Saf verse 8:

يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمٌّ نُورَه

Meaning: They intend to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths. But Allah will bring His Light to perfection.

and in Surah at-Taubah verse 32:

يُرِيدُونَ أَن يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَن يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ

Meaning: They intend to extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected.

Muslims are advised to not provoke others, or give others an opportunity to act insolently and aggressively against Islam. They should be excellent representatives of the religion, ignoring the attacks made by the media whilst staying focused on what Allah commands them to be engaged in. They should avoid getting involved in disputations for it is a door to misguidance.

There is a clear prohibition of disputations in the Quran except in the best way. However, we have to know what the “best way” is so that we can preoccupy ourselves, not merely with establishing the truth, but rather with establishing the truth in the way which is most beloved to Allah and His Messenger ﷺ. It is from the wisdoms (of being faced with hardships) that one becomes humbled to Allah, and one’s heart becomes protected from being hardened and deceived by the devil’s “decorations”. So do preoccupy yourself in seeking Allah’s pleasure.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to safeguard our manners (adab) towards Allah by doing deeds which heighten our love for Him like servitude towards one’s parents, fostering bonds of kinship, educating the young, being well-mannered with family members, helping those in need, and increasing one’s knowledge in the sacred sciences. These pursuits will reap inward and outward benefits, and align us with (more lofty) concerns, and strengthen our bond with Allah and His Messenger ﷺ.

Sayyidil Habib’s full “Monthly Letter” in Arabic:

Amanat Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz Sempena Bulan Mawlid


Matlamat yang terpenting bagi kita (ummat Islam) ialah memahami bagaimana hendak mendirikan kehidupan kita atas Manhaj Nubuwah (Perjalanan Kenabian) lantas menjadikan kehidupan ini seperti insan yang diingati pada bulan ini iaitu penghulu sekalian warga dunia dan akhirat: Rasulullah .

Ramai dari kalangan ummat ini hidup dalam keadaan huru-hara di mana tanggapan masyarakat terhadap agama Islam telah dipesongkan sekaligus menjadi penghalang bagi mereka yang bukan Islam untuk memahami dan memeluk agama Islam. Oleh itu, tugas kita sekarang ialah untuk kembali mengasaskan diri kita atas hakikat Islam. Bagi mencapai matlamat tersebut, kita perlu menterjemahkan Islam dengan terjemahan yang terbaik, dan meninggalkan segala persaingan sesama kita, ketaksuban dan meninggi-ninggikan diri (melebihi yang lain).

Seorang Muslim perlu berusaha untuk memperbaiki hubungannya dengan setiap lapisan masyarakat termasuk jiran tetangga dan teman sepejabat di dalam rangka menjawab segala cacian dan tohmahan terhadap agama Islam. Dengan usaha membaiki akhlak secara menyeluruh, akan tertolak segala tuduhan para musuh Islam disebabkan tuduhan mereka berbeza dengan akhlak mulia seorang Muslim yang dikenali masyarakat umum. Mereka yang memusuhi Islam akan tetap berusaha memadamkan cahaya Allah dengan kata-kata mereka namun Allah sediri Maha Memelihara akan cahayaNya sebagaimana yang termaktub dalam Surah as-Saf ayat 8:
يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمٌّ نُورَه
Maksud: Mereka sentiasa berusaha hendak memadamkan cahaya Allah (agama Islam) dengan mulut mereka, sedang Allah tetap menyempurnakan cahayaNya.
dan surah at-Taubah ayat 32:
يُرِيدُونَ أَن يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَن يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ
Maksud: Mereka hendak memadamkan cahaya Allah (agama Islam) dengan mulut mereka, sedang Allah tidak menghendaki melainkan menyempurnakan cahayaNya.
Seorang Muslim diingatkan agar tidak menyinggung orang lain, memberikan kesempatan untuk orang lain bertindak biadab dan kasar terhadap Islam. Seorang Muslim sepatutnya menjadi duta agama yang cemerlang dengan tidak menghiraukan serangan oleh pihak media di samping memberikan tumpuan terhadap perkara-perkara yang dituntut oleh Allah. Mereka sepatutnya mengelakkan diri daripada saling berdebat kerana ini merupakan pintu kepada kesesatan.
Terdapat larangan yang jelas dalam beberapa ayat Al Qur’an untuk berdebat kecuali dengan cara yang terbaik. Hendaklah kita mengetahui apakah cara yang terbaik itu agar kita dapat menyibukkan diri kita – bukan semata-mata untuk menegakkan kebenaran – tetapi juga dengan jalan yang diredhai Allah. Allah swt menyukai kita menyibukkan diri dengan beribadah kepadanya seperti penyucian hati dan tadabbur ayat-ayat suci Al Qur’an. Antara hikmah yang terbesar tentang kesusahan dan ujian yang datang adalah agar hamba itu tunduk merendah diri dan merasa kecil di hadapan Allah, kerana kalau tidak begitu nescaya hati akan menjadi keras dan terpedaya dengan hiasan syaitan. Maka sibukkanlah diri sesuai dengan keredhaan Allah.
Oleh kerana itu, kita wajib menjaga adab dengan Allah dengan melaksanakan perkara yang mendatangkan kecintaan Allah seperti berbakti kepada ibu bapa, menghubungkan silaturrahim, mendidik anak-anak, menyantuni tetangga, membantu mereka yang memerlukan dan menambah pengetahuan dalam ilmu syariat. Semua ini mendatangkan keredhaan Allah kerana manfaat zahir dan batin yang diperolehi sekelian hamba Allah daripa usaha-usaha tersebut. Semua usaha ini semestinya berpaksikan kemahuan untuk menjalinan ikatan dengan Allah dan RasulNya dan bukan tujuan yang selainnya.
Amanat Sayyidil Habib dalam Bahasa Arab:

Profile: Ustaz Amin Buxton

Buxton Da'wah - ZoomUstaz Amin Buxton hails from the United Kingdom. He converted to Islam in 1999 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the famed School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), London, in 2003. Thereafter, Ustaz Amin enrolled at the prestigious Darul Mustafa Institute of Islamic Sciences, Tarim, Hadramawt, studying the sacred sciences at the feet of the scholars of Tarim. Today, Ustaz Amin continues to study at Darul Mustafa whilst carrying out teaching and translation duties at the same institution. Ustaz Amin also performs live Arabic-English translations of Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s speeches at various events, and has travelled to across Europe to teach Islam, both as a daiy (caller) in his own right, and as a translator for the likes of Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Kazim As-Seggaf, and others.

Ustaz Amin is the main administrator and writer at which functions as, amongst other things, an English-language da’wah (missionary) platform in the manhaj (methodology) of the School of Hadramawt.

He has translated several classical and contemporary Islamic literature into English including Qutbul-Irshad Imam Al-Haddad’s poem “If You Wish For Felicity”, and Shaykh Umar bin Hussein al-Khatib’s “Prophetic Guidance”. He is also author of “Imams of the Valley”.

Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura wishes Ustaz Amin Buxton every success in his da’wah efforts.