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Difference between our messenger and God’s messenger

Habib Jifri says:

There is a huge difference between defending the messenger of ALLAH and defending MY messenger. We often hear people saying my messenger, my prophet, my book, my religion, etc… which points to selfishness and ego. It is like to be angry for My tribe, my group, my party, my car or my children. To be angry for the sake of Allah’s Messenger is much greater than all of these.  The first thing to be noted is this fusion of selfishness. Why do we go so deep to search inside our mind? Because it effects our actions and dealings. Whenever we anger for the messenger of God, it should be connected to the will of God. If we anger for our own messenger we would anger as per our own will, destroying and hurting. Wishing sky to fall upon the wrong doer, and also upon the whole country and all other fellow citizens!!

This is because of the confusion between our messenger and Allah’s messenger. We need to deal with issue as it is connected to the messenger of Allah and not to messenger of ours. He is not our messenger but Almighty Allah’s Messenger sent to us. It is a big difference.

 

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Difference between divine and devilish scholarships

In this short video Habib Ali Al Jifri differentiates between the scholars rightly guided by Almighty Allah and the scholars  misguided by the damned devil. Generally speaking, this interesting anecdote portrays the traditional sufi scholars on the one hand and the modern extremist scholars on the other. I find for myself a great lesson here, and hope the same for my friends who dare for soul searching. May Allah join us with the true followers of our beloved Master. (Peace and Blessings be upon him). Ameen.

Translation subtitles: “Elders say about a student who was confused wondering which faction he should join? He saw two contradictory factions Claiming affiliation to Quran and Sunnah. So he confused the right group to be joined with. Seeking advice, he went to a holy man. He told the student “Come with me I will show you”

Then he went to the first group and stood upright in the audience. This is a kind of test to know the truth. It was a big class and the lecture was on. The scholar saw them standing and shouted. “Sit down, why are you standing?” He said: “I don’t want to sit in your class” The scholar asked “why?” He said: “I have something against you in my mind” The scholar replied angrily “ I have a thousand things against you. Get out Devil, Don’t disturb our class” The saint told the student “Let us go before they hurt us”

They went to the second group and stood up in the audience. The speaker said: “could you please be seated” See the difference between sit down and please be seated He said: “I don’t want to sit in your class” The scholar: Why? Saint said: “I have something (unfavorable) regarding you in my mind” This scholar felt very humble.He started weeping and said: (Alas!)Inna Lillaah wa inna ilahi Rajioon I repent and seek forgiveness from Allah. He might have some information about my faults (from Almighty Allah). I do regret and repent!” He went on weeping. The holy man turned to the student and rhetorically asked “Which class you would join, Here or There?”

The level of religiousness is manifested in the character of the adherents.If you feel confused as different groups claiming that they are the right one, Just look into their behavioral attributes. Wherever good conducts exist, there exists the religion as well as the knowledge. If such qualities are stripped out, there is no religion and no knowledge at all.
There is no religiousness or knowledge without good conduct. So if religion or knowledge do not yield good conducts and manners to their followers,( it means) there are faults and flaws in their religiosity and learning.”

Tears as Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) relic brought to Chechnya

Just to Share this News from AFP
By Maria Antonova (AFP) – 5 days ago

MOSCOW — Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov broke into floods of tears as he unveiled a purported relic of the Prophet Mohammed in a bizarre ceremony involving a Rolls Royce motorcade, reports said Thursday.

The government of the majority Muslim Russian Northern Caucasus region, recovering after two separatist wars and still battling Islamic insurgents, boasted that the cup was 1,400 years old and had belonged to the Prophet.

The cup had earlier been flown into the Chechen capital Grozny from London where it was kept by unnamed descendants of Mohammed’s cousin Ali.

Kadyrov, clad in a bright purple shirt and trousers and a black Muslim skullcap, triumphantly carried the boxed relic straight off the plane at the airport at the ceremony on Wednesday.

He then sped through Grozny in a Rolls-Royce cabriolet surrounded by a motorcade of dozens of luxury cars, the first Russian television pictures of the event showed Thursday.

The flag-waving delegation then arrived to Grozny’s central mosque greeted by a crowd of singing and clapping people.

The Chechen leader proceeded to take the jade-coloured bowl out of bubble wrapping, and broke down in uncontrollable tears after kissing the object, covering his reddening face and shaking violently.

Chechen television aired a 18-minute long special on the event posted on the websiteChechnyatoday.com that shows Kadyrov’s car covered in traditional rugs gliding along a major street in slow motion to the sounds of a Chechen song with English-language lyrics “You came to me… when I was so lost.”

Footage showed a crowd of several hundred assembled near the mosque to listen to impassioned speeches in Chechen and shout “Allahu Akbar!” before the cup was shown to the public. Several took a sip from the cup and prayed.

The Chechen government said in a statement on its website that “the cup was used by Prophet Mohammed, passing to his cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib the fourth Caliph.” Further details on its authenticity were not immediately available. 

Anyone will be able to drink water from it on the day of Mohammed’s birthday, the Chechen government said.

“Nobody can say anything else about the origin of the cup,” a Chechen government spokesman told AFP. “The negotiations were led by the famous businessman Ruslan Baisarov and it was announced by Ramzan Kadyrov,” he said.

Baisarov owns major stakes in Russia’s top copper and coal companies and has promised to finance the development of a ski resort in Chechnya planned by the Chechen President.

Kadyrov, who has ruled the war-torn region since 2007 and was reappointed in the post earlier this year, has overseen several grandiose projects and events in Grozny aimed at boosting his political clout.

He has also encouraged the revival of Islam in the region, inaugurating in 2008 the “Heart of Chechnya” mosque, said to be the biggest in Europe.

But rights groups have long accused him of presiding over a personal militia that they say has carried out serial rights violations, torture and even murder.

Mentioning the Beloved By Alhabib Mohammad Alsaqqaf

Alhabib Mohammad Alsaqqaf in this episode of his “Raboeyat” reminds us of the impact of the name of the beloved peace be upon him on the muslims in the past and how they glorified him so much. Salla Allah Aleih Wassalam.

Revival of the Religious Sciences by Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali (R)

There is much more to know about that miraculous Book ihya’ `ulum al-din and it’s great author Abu Hamid Muhammed al-Ghazali, the most applauded Muslim scholar simultaneously in the secular world and in the Muslim world.  Wikipedia says: “Ghazali has sometimes been acclaimed by secular historians such as William Montgomery Watt to be the greatest Muslim after Muhammad (PBUH) (traditionally among Sunni Muslims, the greatest Muslim after the Prophet, is Abu Bakr (RA)” His works has been transported – not merely translated – to the western world to an extent that modern publishers cite western libraries and sources to prove their authenticity.

Today we are so lucky to have many of his works easily accessible on line. Live classes by Habeeb Husain Saqaaf on Imam Ghazali’s famous book “Dear Son!” (Ayyuhal Walad) are expected on each Friday via www.hemmah.net. There is a dedicated site namely www.ghazali.org  with considerable collection of resources.

Here is the opening session of a series of lectures by Yahya Rhodus on Disciplining the Soul , an excerpt from Ihya Uloom al Deen. This has been  recently uploaded by Zaytuna college of California, USA.

According to Sheikh Abdullah Al Aidaroos each reading of Ihya gives fresh ideas, increases knowledge and uncovers new secrets. Nobody would be astonished to hear a scholar like Imam Al Nawawi say: “Ihya is close to be the Quran!” (كاد الاحياء ان يكون قرانا)Another scholar said: If you did not read Ihya you are not amongst Ahya (living beings)!! A Yemeni scholar Sheikh Isamaeel Bin Faqeeh has been quoted; “Muhammed Bin Abdillah (PBUH) is the Greatest Messenger, Muhammad Bin Idrees Al Shafiee is the greatest schlolar and Muhamed Bin Muhammed Al Ghazali is the greatest author. It can be added that Imam Muhammed al Busairi is arguably the greatest poet.

Let me quote from http://www.ghazali.org about the great genius and his wonderful work

“Because of him the lame walked briskly,
And the songless through him burst into melody.(
Muthanabbi)”

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is one of the great Muslim jurist, theologian and mystics of the Muslim world. He lived in the 12th Century. He was a polymath who wrote on a wide range of topics including jurisprudence, theology, mysticism and philosophy. In the west he is famous for his devastating attack on philosophy specifically metaphysics in his tahfut al-falasifa, Incoherence of the philosophers. He is also the author of the famed ihya’ `ulum al-din (Revival of Religious Sciences) a book that combined mysticism with practical everyday life actions by emphasizing the underlying psychology of daily life practices and its ramification on life in this world and the hereafter. AKA: al-Ghazzali , Algazel (450-505 AH/1058-1111 AD)

The Revival of the Religious Sciences is widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality, and is perhaps the most read work in the Muslim world, after the Qurān.
it is divided into four parts, each containing ten chapters. Part one deals with knowledge and the requirements of faith—ritual purity, prayer, charity, fasting, pilgrimage, recitation of the Qurān, and so forth; part two concentrates on people and society—the manners related to eating, marriage, earning a living, and friendship; parts three and four are dedicated to the inner life of the soul and discuss first the vices that people must overcome in themselves and then the virtues that they must strive to achieve….

Finally I cannot but express my pity and pathos towards some ‘modern-Muslims’ who cannot conceive the greatness of these pioneers of the religion and bring new versions of their own which is really unknown to the Muslims of our good old days.
May Allah guide us all to the Truth. Aameen

Habeeb Ali Jifri Speaks on Niqab (Face Veil)

“Sister asks about the face veil for Muslim women. Should they cover their face or not? This question has been frequently asked and people have gone to the two extreme sides.

One Party claimed it is not Islamic at all, it is bigotry and it is only a native custom of a few countries. This is one extreme and it disregards many statements about the ladies of Ansar that  after the revelation of the verses of Hijab they couldn’t be recognized whether they are coming in or going away due to the thickness of their veil

The other party says the scholars who say it is permissible to unveil are materialistic and scholars of the Court who wants to deceive and to get complements. It is another baseless and extremist view because there are texts establishing the permissibility provided that certain conditions are met.

The Middle Way that suits to the greatness of our religion is the consensus among scholars that; if a woman has concerns over her safety due to her beautification on the face or being exceedingly beautiful or being in a bad location she should cover her face so that she would not endanger herself and others. In other cases, without any safety concerns, or in a case where the veil itself poses concerns, she can unveil her face while there is no beautification.

After this provision, we know out of pragmatism,  in a country where covering face is a customary, unveiling exposes her to troubles as people are not accustomed to see women’s faces in public. If a woman shows her face off, even without  beautification, she draws people’s gazes towards her. But in countries where ladies are used to unveil their faces, if she opts to cover her face  it is the ideal option in following the Beloved Prophet (SAWS), However,  It is also permissible for her to reveal her face if there is no beautification on her face that draws people’s attention. Meanwhile Modesty is an integral part of Believing. Allaah knows best.”

الاخت تسأل ايضا عن الحجاب بالنسبة للمرأة المؤمنة المسلمة هل يجب تغطية الوجه ام لا .كثر السؤال عن هذا الامر وتطرف الناس فيه الى طرفين .طرف اشمأز من الامر وادعى انها ليس من الاسلام وان هذا من التعصب وان هذا من العادات التي تتميز بها بلدان غير بلدان هذا تطرف فيه نوع من  التجاهل لكثير من النصوص الصريحة التي جاءت في اخبار نساء الانصار انهن من بعد نزول آيات الحجاب كن لا يعلمن امقبلات هن  ام مدبرات من شدة غطائهن الذي عليهن .وطرف اخر قال: العلماء الذين افتوا للمرأة  بجواز كشف وجهها هولاء علماء الدنيا وعلماء سلطان وارادوا ان ينافقوا وان يجاملوا وهذا تطرف باطل لان ايضا من النصوص ما يثبت جواز كشف الوجه لكن بضوابط معينة. المسلك الوسط التي تتناسب مع عظمة الدين الذي ننتمي اليه  ان المراة مجمع على انها ان خشيت الفتنة بسبب زينة اظهرتها في وجهها او وضعتها في وجهها او من شدة جمالها او بسبب سوء المكان الذي هي فيه فيجب ان تغطي وجهها حتى لا تفتن نفسها و غيرها .وهناك فيما دون ذلك او بعدم خشية الفتنة او خشية الفتنة بعكس ذلك فعندها لها ان تكشف وجهها بدون ان يكون في الوجه شيء من الزينة. وبعد هذا الحكم من فقه المعاملة ان نعرف ان بلدا  اشتهر فيها غطاء الوجه ان كشف الوجه فيها نوع من  التعرض للفتنة لان الناس لم تألف في هذه البلاد رؤية وجوه النساء فمن كشفت وجهها وان لم يكن متزينة عرضت نفسها للفت الانظار اليها . وبلدا عهدت واعتادت كشف الوجه واذا غطت الوجه وهو من كمال الاتباع للنبي صلى الله عليه واله وصحبه وسلم وان لم تغط الوجه ولم تكن على وجهها زينة تلفت النظر اليها فيجوز لها ان تكشف وجهها والحياء شعبة من شعب الايمان . والله تعالى اعلم

Top Muslim Scholars Condemn Moscow Attack

“We condemn the recent criminal terrorist attacks, perpetrated against brothers and sisters in Islam and in Humanity, in Iraq, Moscow, and Dagestan. Islam absolutely upholds the sanctity of human life, and no grievances, even when legitimate, can ever be used to justify or legitimate such murderous and evil acts. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and our condolences to the Iraqi and Russian peoples and their religious and political leaderships.”

Signatories (25)
1.Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmad Al-Milibari, Secretary General of the Ahl Al-Sunna Association, India
2.Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, Grand Mufti of Syria
3.Dr. Ahmad Abd Al-Aziz Al-Haddad, Mufti of Dubai, UAE

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Time Management – Habeeb Husein Al Saqaf

Your time can be divided into four :

  1. The time you Do not benefit neither here nor in the hereafter.
  2. The time you benefit for your life Here more than in the hereafter.
  3. The time you benefit from it in the Hereafter more than in the life here.
  4. The time you benefit from it in life Both Here and in the hereafter.

And look at your times ,business, and needs.

  1. That you don’t benefit from neither in life here nor in the hereafter Stop it.
  2. That you benefit from in life here more than in the hereafter Reduce it.
  3. That you benefit from it in the hereafter more than in life here Increase it.
  4. That you benefit from it in the life here and in the hereafter Keep it.

How do I know if I gained benefit from my time?

Know that the benefit of time is in 2 things.

1. Getting More knowledge
2. Getting Closer to ALLAH.

Note that more money is not included in the benefit of knowledge or benefit of time.What’s the use of having more money and getting more ignorant?.

The day that its sun rises and sets and you didn’t gain more knowledge is a bad day to you.

Oh Allah! Make Every Day of Our Life Getting More Knowledge and Getting Closer to You, Aameen!

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Attributes of a Devotee – Habeeb Husain Al Saqaf

This touching Arabic lecture (with English subtitles) by Habeeb Husain Al Saqaaf  speaks about 5 attributes that a devotee should be adorned with. His words, his accent and even his gestures really penetrate the heart and lead us to the spiritual panorama of our great religion.