Saints of Singapore

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Saints in Islam are known by the Koranic term Awliya’ Allah or “friends of God”. Allah Most High emphatically declares in the Koran:

أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ – الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُونَ – لَهُمُ الْبُشْرَىٰ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ –

Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity. [10:62-64]

The Prophet (ﷺ) further described and gave glad tidings to the saints when he said:

حَدَّثَنَا زُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، وَعُثْمَانُ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا جَرِيرٌ، عَنْ عُمَارَةَ بْنِ الْقَعْقَاعِ، عَنْ أَبِي زُرْعَةَ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ جَرِيرٍ، أَنَّ عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ إِنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِ اللَّهِ لأُنَاسًا مَا هُمْ بِأَنْبِيَاءَ وَلاَ شُهَدَاءَ يَغْبِطُهُمُ الأَنْبِيَاءُ وَالشُّهَدَاءُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِمَكَانِهِمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ تُخْبِرُنَا مَنْ هُمْ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ هُمْ قَوْمٌ تَحَابُّوا بِرُوحِ اللَّهِ عَلَى غَيْرِ أَرْحَامٍ بَيْنَهُمْ وَلاَ أَمْوَالٍ يَتَعَاطَوْنَهَا فَوَاللَّهِ إِنَّ وُجُوهَهُمْ لَنُورٌ وَإِنَّهُمْ عَلَى نُورٍ لاَ يَخَافُونَ إِذَا خَافَ النَّاسُ وَلاَ يَحْزَنُونَ إِذَا حَزِنَ النَّاسُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ وَقَرَأَ هَذِهِ الآيَةَ ‏{‏ أَلاَ إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ ‏}‏ ‏.‏

Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab: reported the Prophet (ﷺ) as saying: “There are people from the servants of Allah who are neither prophets nor martyrs; the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection for their rank from Allah, the Most High.”

They (the people) asked: “Tell us, Messenger of Allah, who are they?” He replied: “They are people who love one another for the spirit of Allah (i.e. the Qur’an), without having any mutual kinship and giving property to one. I swear by Allah, their faces will glow and they will be (sitting) in (pulpits of) light. They will have no fear (on the Day) when the people will have fear, and they will not grieve when the people will grieve.

He then recited the following Qur’anic verse: “Behold! Verily for the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.” [Sunan Abi Dawud 3527]

There is no canonisation in the Islamic tradition i.e. there is no formal process to recognise a saint. Rather, what we have are signs to identify a saint. Of these, there is one defining characteristic that the Prophet (ﷺ) has taught us to look for:

حَدَّثَنَا سُوَيْدُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سُلَيْمٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ خُثَيْمٍ، عَنْ شَهْرِ بْنِ حَوْشَبٍ، عَنْ أَسْمَاءَ بِنْتِ يَزِيدَ، أَنَّهَا سَمِعَتْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ يَقُولُ ‏”‏ أَلاَ أُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِخِيَارِكُمْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا بَلَى يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ خِيَارُكُمُ الَّذِينَ إِذَا رُءُوا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

It was narrated from Asma’ bint Yazid that she heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “Shall I not tell you of the best of you?” They said: “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” He said: “The best of you are those who, when they are seen, Allah the Mighty, the Majestic, is remembered.” [Ibn Majah Book 37, Hadith 4258]

In other words, if in the presence of someone you find your heart burning with the love of Allah Most High or even being reminded of His Essence, Attributes and Actions such that it engulfs your inner core with a sense of reverential awe for the Transcendent Lord, then know fully well that he/she is a saint. And Allah and His Messenger know best.

Saints in Singapore

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Ancient Temasek, historic Singha Pura and modern Singapore have all been the home and transit point of innumerable Saints of Islam who came for trade and missionary activities here and in the region. Their piety, honesty, outpouring of love, knowledge of the Divine, ability to cure and miracle-working left an indelible impression on the local populace. So much so, the graves of many of these holy personages were singled out for posterity.

Over time, tombs and shrine complexes were built around many of them to facilitate visitation [ziyara]. Even as late as post-independence, the island was dotted with Muslim shrines that were known as “keramat” or “maqam”. They welcomed visitors of all stature and religion in their droves; providing refuge to the poor and needy, solace to the troubled and distressed, and divine openings to dervishes and those spiritually inclined.

Apart from a few notable ones, most of these shrines have made way in the name of progress and eradicating superstition. The graves therein have been exhumed and reinterred at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery. A rising tide of puritanism and a general ignorance of history have resulted in these saintly souls being slowly, but surely, forgotten by many Muslims of Singapore, much to our detriment.

It is our hope at TAQWA.sg that our feeble attempt to record the final resting abodes of some of the pious men and women would help create a Ziyara Heritage Trail, inspire people to visit them, and remember them in their prayers as “mercy descends when the righteous are mentioned and remembered.”

The Saintly List

» Maqam Habib Noh

Address: Masjid Haji Muhammad Salleh, 37 Palmer Road, (S) 079424.

  • Habib Nuh b. Muhammad al-Habashi
  • Habib ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Salim al-Habashi

» Maqam Muhammad Salih

Address: Masjid Jamae Chulia, 218 South Bridge Road, (S) 058767.

  • Sheikh Muhammad Salih

» Keramat Iskander Syah

Address: Lewin Terrace, Fort Canning Hill Park.

  • Sang Nila Utama’s Sheikh
  • Sang Nila Utama

» Keramat Lucky Gardens

Address: Lucky Gardens Cemetery.

  • <Name to be confirmed>

» Keramat Siglap

Address: Off Jalan Sempadan, Siglap.

  • Peghulu Tok Lasam

» Keramat Bukit Kasita

Address: 532 Kampong Bahru Road, (S) 099456.

  • Kyai Haji Abdul Halim Karto

» Maqam Kunj Koya Tangal

Address: Masjid Malabar, 471 Victoria Street, (S) 198370.

  • Habib Muhammad al-Shatiri

» Keramat Radin Mas

Address: 9 Mount Faber Road, (S) 099208.

  • Puteri Radin Mas Ayu al-Shahida
  • Puteri Radin Mas Ayu’s father

» Maqam Syeda Sharifa
(restricted access)

Address: 49 Moonstone Lane, (S) 328477.

  • Syeda Sharifa

» Maqam Sharifah Rogayah

Address: Duxton Plain Park, Keong Saik Road.

  • Sharifa Ruqayya al-Shatiriyya

» Keramat Kusu

Address: 50 Khusu Island, (S) 098065.

  • Syed ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Kaf
  • Nenek Ghalib
  • Puteri Fatima

» Maqam Aljunied

Address: Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, 10 Keng Chow Street, (S) 059607.

  • Syed ‘Umar b. Al-Junaid

» Kubur Kassim

Address: 426 Siglap Road.

  • Khwaja Habib Allah Shah al-Chishti al-Qadiri
  • Sheikh ‘Ali b. Abu Bakr al-Khatib

» Pusara Aman & Pusara Abadi

Address: Pusara Aman Muslim Cemetery, Jalan Bahar.

  • Habib ‘Abd Allah b. Aydarus Ba Rum al-‘Alawi
  • Habib Salim b. Muhammad al-‘Attas
  • Habib A’wad b. Hamid Ba ‘Alawi
  • Habib ‘Abd Allah b. Hasan al-Saqqaf
  • Habib ‘Alawi al-Habashi
  • Habib ‘Abd Allah al-Shatiri
  • Habib Maliki
  • Syed Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Kaf
  • Syed ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Ahmad al-Kaf
  • Syed ‘Umar b. al-Junaid
  • Syed ‘Abd Allah Ba al-Faqih
  • Syed ‘Abd Allah b. Ahmad al-Jufri
  • Sheikh ‘Umar b. ‘Abd Allah Ba Gharib al-Qadiri
  • Sheikh Zakariya b. ‘Umar Ba Gharib al-Naqshbandi
  • Sheikh Babu Sahib Muhammad Muhy al-Din al-Qadiri
  • Sheikh ‘Umar b. ‘Abd Allah al-Khatib
  • Sheikh Muhammad Fadl Allah al-Suhaimi
  • Sheikh Muhammad Taha b. Muhammad Fadl Allah al-Suhaimi
  • Sheikh Ahmad Zuhri al-Qadiri
  • Sheikh Muhammad Hasan Ash’ari b. Mustafa al-Bakri
  • Khwaja Kalim Allah Shah Muhammad Ibrahim al-Chishti al-Qadiri
  • Ustadh Pir Muhammad b. Sini Rawthar al-Lughawi
  • Ustadh Ahmad Sonhadji b. Muhammad Millatu al-Mufassir

» Exhumed & Reinterred

  • Syed Ismail @ Syed Ahmad b. Abd Allah al-Juni
    Originally interred at: 8th mile stone, Bukit Timah Road
  • Syed Muhsin/Husain al-‘Attas (name to be confirmed)
    Originally interred at: Lorong 40 Geylang
  • al-Imam al-Faqih Haji ‘Abd al-Jalil (d. 1827)
    Originally interred at: courtyard entered from Arab St, between Victoria St and North Bridge Rd
  • Syed Mustafa al-‘AydarusBismillah Wali
    Originally interred at: Chai Chee (Uttamram Hill)
  • Muhammad Bakr Shah & Jamman Shah
    Originally interred at: 31 Rangoon Road
  • Syed Husain and Syed Muhammad
    Originally interred at: Keramat Panjang, 14 Ringwood Road, Katong
  • Saints of al-Qadiri and al-‘Aydarus families
    Originally interred at: Maqam Kallang
  • Sharifa Khadija
    Originally interred at: Keramat Katijah, Lorong 40 Geylang
  • Siti Amina
    Originally interred at: compound of Paya Lebar Police Station
  • Siti Mariam
    Originally interred at: compound of Rumah Miskin Police Station
  • Siti Zainab
    Originally interred at: Thomson Road
  • Siti Aisha
    Originally interred at: Ama Keng Village

» To be verified

  • Maulana Abdur Rahman (d. 1822)
    Originally interred at: unknown
  • Shafie al-Quaurawani (d. 1837)
    Originally interred at: unknown
  • Sheikh Daud al-Ishtakhari (d. 1839)
    Originally interred at: unknown
  • Sheikh Yusuf al-Basri (d. 1852)
    Originally interred at: unknown
  • Sheikh Sulaiman al-Kazaruni (d. 1855)
    Originally interred at: unknown
  • Sheikh Abdur Rahman al-Ajjuri (d. 1860)
    Originally interred at: unknown
  • Keramat at Istana ground

» Addendum: Honorary Mention

  • Syed ‘Abd al-Qadir Shah al-Hamid b. Hasan Quddus al-Naguri
    Nagore Dargah Memorial at Boon Tat Street
  • Sheikh Muhammad ‘Abd al-Alim al-Siddiqi al-Qadiri
    Masjid Abdul Aleem Siddique at Lorong K Telok Kurau
  • Khwaja Nur Allah al-Mustafa Abu Bakr b. ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Chishti al-Qadiri
    Former Imam at Masjid Malabar

Supplication [du’a]

We seek the pleasure [rida], divine mercy [rahma] and perpetual blessing [baraka] of Allah Most High upon the Saints of Singapore and all who tread the path they have laid.

May this island and her inhabitants be forever protected and grow from strength-to-strength by virtue of these friends of Allah Most High who were inspired by the final revelation [al-Qur’an] and the prophetic example [al-Sunna] of the paragon of creation, Muhammad (ﷺ).

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Salat for the Day of Ashura

The importance and special qualities of the Day of Ashura are well-established. What is less known (or forgotten) are prayers associated with the day.

To revive the practice of performing additional prayers during the nights and days of special occasions, we quote the following 3 prayers from Sayyiduna al-Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani’s  al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq.

If one is able to and possesses high spiritual resolve [himma], one may perform all 3 prayers at various times of the night and day of Ashura. Success is from Allah and He is the Guide!

Prayer 1

Transmitted on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be well pleased with him and his father), Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

If someone performs four cycles of ritual prayer [sallâ arba’a raka’ât] on the day of Ashura—reciting in each cycle the Opening Sura of the Book [fâtihat al-kitâb], one time, and the Sura that begins with “Qul Huwa Llâhu Ahad” [surat al-ikhlâs], fifty times—Allah (Exalted is He) will forgive him the sins of fifty bygone years, and of fifty years that are still in the future. Allah (Exalted is He) will also build for him, in the midst of the Heavenly Host [al-mala’ al-a’lâ], a thousand palaces of light.

Prayer 2

According to another traditional report [hadith] reported by Abu Huraira (may Allah be well pleased with him), the prayer [salât] prescription is as follows:

[The worshipper should perform] four cycles of ritual prayer [arba’a raka’ât], with two salutation [taslimatain], reciting in each cycle:

  • the Opening Sura of the Book [fâtihat al-kitâb], one time.
  • the Sura that begins with “Idhâ zulzilati l-ardu zilzâla-hâ” [surat al-zilzâl], one time.
  • the Sura that begins with “Qul yâ ayyuha l-kâfirun” [surat al-kâfirun], one time.
  • the Sura that begins with “Qul Huwa Llâhu Ahad” [surat al-ikhlâs], one time.

Then, when he has concluded his performance of the ritual prayer, he should invoke blessings upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), seventy times.

Prayer 3 – salât al-khusamâ

The ritual prayer for one’s adversaries in litigation [salât al-khusamâ’] consists of four cycles [arba’a raka’ât], with only one salutation [taslima]. It is performed as follows:

  • In the first cycle, the worshipper must recite the Opening Sura of the Book [fâtihat al-kitâb] (one time) and “Qul Huwa Llâhu Ahad” [surat al-ikhlâs], eleven times.
  • In the second cycle, he must recite the Opening Sura of the Book [fâtihat al-kitâb] (one time), “Qul Huwa Llâhu Ahad” [surat al-ikhlâs], ten times, and “Qul yâ ayyuha l-kâfirun” [surat al-kâfirun], three times.
  • In the third cycle, he must recite the Opening Sura of the Book [fâtihat al-kitâb] (one time), “Qul Huwa Llâhu Ahad” [surat al-ikhlâs], ten times, and “Alhâ-kumu t-takâthuru” [surat at-takâthur], one time.
  • In the fourth cycle, he must recite the Opening Sura of the Book [fâtihat al-kitâb] (one time), “Qul Huwa Llâhu Ahad” [surat al-ikhlâs], fifteen times, and the Verse of the Throne [âyat al-kursi], one time.

Then he must donate the spiritual reward [earned by his performance of this prayer] to his adversaries in litigation [khusamâ], so that Allah may satisfy their claim on the Day of Resurrection [yawm al-qiyamâ], if Allah (Exalted is He) so wills.

He must perform this ritual prayer on seven specific occasions, namely:

  1. on the first night of [the month of] Rajab;
  2. on the night of the middle of [the month of] Sha’ban;
  3. on the last Friday of [the month of] Ramadan;
  4. on the Festival of Fast-break [Eid al-Fitr];
  5. on the Festival of Sacrifice [Eid al-Adha];
  6. on the Day of Arafa;
  7. on the Day of Ashura.

Regarding Virtuous Deeds

Imam al-Nawawi states in his al-Adhkar:

And he whom anything from the virtues of deeds reaches him should perform them, even though only once (in his lifetime) and even if the narration is weak.

In a narration recorded by Al-Hafiz Abu Musa Muhammad b. Bakr b. ‘Isa al-Madani in his book al-Waza’if, on the authority of Jabir b. Abdullah:

Whoever, a deed of virtue reaches him from Allah and he acts upon it out of faith and hope in reward, Allah will bestow that upon him, even though it was not like what he thought!

And Allah and His Messenger know best!

Dhikr and Du’a for Ashura

The following are the Arabic text and English translation of traditional invocations [adhkar] and supplications [ad’iyya] for the day of Ashura:

Invocation & Supplication for Ashura

Special Supplication for Ashura

And Allah is the Guide, eminent is His Glory.

Days of Allah – Muharram Al-Haram

Day Name Resting Abode
1 New Hijri Year
‘’ ‘Urs * Abu-l Ḥasan ‘Ali b. Muhammad al-Qurashi al-Hankari – Bio Baghdad, IQ
2 ‘Urs * Abu Mahfuz Ma’ruf b. Firuz al-Karkhi
Bio 1 | Bio 2Tomb
Baghdad, IQ
3 ‘Urs ‘Uthman b. Muhammad b. Ibrahim b. Abi Shaiba
Bio  His Passing
‘Urs Hasan Raza Khan
Kalam
Bareilly, IN
4 ‘Urs Abu Sa’id Hasan b. Yasar al-Basri
Bio
Basra, IQ
5 ‘Urs Abu ‘Ali Fudayl b. ‘Iyad
Bio | Bio 2
Makkatu-l Mukarramah
‘’ ‘Urs Ganj-e-Shakar Baba Faridu-d Din Mas’ud
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki
Pakpattan, PK
6 ‘Urs ‘Abd Allah b. Maslama al-Qa’nabi al-Rahib
Bio (important student of Imam Malik b. Anas)
Basra, IQ
‘Urs Shah ‘Abdu-Llah Husaini Qadiri Shattari
Bio
Ahmedabad, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Prophet Zakariyya
Bio | Wiki
Palestine, PL
‘’ ‘Urs Prophet Yahya
Bio | Wiki
Palestine, PL
7 ‘Urs Battle of Khaybar
Wiki | Britannica
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Afaq Dehlvi
Bio (Eng) | Bio (Urdu)
Ahmedabad, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Mawla Al-Dawila Al-Alawi (Syed Alavi Thangal)
His ShrineWiki
Mambaram, KL, IN
8 ‘Urs Abu-l Fath Hashmat Ali Khan Qadiri
Bio
Pilibhit Sharif, IN
9 ‘Urs Habib ‘Ali b. Muhammad al-Attas
Obituary
Huraida, YE
10 Yawmu-l ‘Ashura – Day of Ashura
Recommended to Fast on 9th and 10th | DhikrDu’a
‘’ ‘Urs * Imam Abu Abdi-Llah Husain b. ‘Ali al-Sibt ash-Shahid – Tragedy of Karbala | Ahlu-l Bayt Cairo, EG/
Karbala, IQ
‘Urs Abu Ishaq al-Isfarâyînî
Bio (defender of Imam al-Ash’ari)
Isfarayin, IR
‘’ ‘Urs Abu-l Hasan Ali al-Kharaqani
Bio | Wiki
Kharaqan, IR
‘’ ‘Urs Ummu-l Khair Fatimah
Bio | Mother of Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
Jilan, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Mirza Mazhar Jan-e-Janaan urf Shamsuddin Habibullah
BioWiki
Delhi, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Shah Barkatullah Marehrawi
Bio
Marehra, IN
11 ‘Urs Abu ‘Abd Allah Wahb b. Munabbih al-Ṣan’ani al-Dhimari
His Passing  Wiki
Dhimar, YE
12 ‘Urs Najmuddin ‘Abd al-Ghaffar b. ‘Abd al-Karim al-Qazwini al-Shafi’i
Bio (Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis: Central Asia and Middle East, p. 233)
Qazwin, IR
13 ‘Urs Syed Waris Ali Shah
Bio | Wiki
Dewa Sharif, IN
14 ‘Urs Mufti-e-Azam Muhammad Mustafa Raza Khan
BioWiki
Bareilly, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Mamshad Uluw al-Dinawari
Bio
Daynur, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Shah Hamza Marehrawi
Bio
Marehra, IN
15 ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad Baghdadi al-Qadiri
His Wedding
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
16 ‘Urs Qutbuddin Aibak
Bio 1  Bio 2  Wiki
Lahore, PK
17 ‘Urs Muhammad Effendi al-Yaraghi
Bio
Daghestan, RU
18 ‘Urs * Imam Abu-l Hasan ‘Ali Zainu-l ‘Abidin b. Husain al-SajjadShort Bio Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘’ ‘Urs Ismail b. Haji Abdul Majid al-Kalantani
Wiki
Machang, Kelantan, MY
19 ‘Urs * Sayyid Ahmad b. Sayyid Hasan al-Jilani
Bio
Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Durwesh Muhammad
BioWiki
Asqarar, UZ
20 ‘Urs Companion Bilal al-Habashi
Bio
Damascus, SY
21 ‘Urs Khwaja Zindapir Sahib
Bio | Pictures
Ghamkol, Kohat, PK
22 ‘Urs Sayyid Shamsuddin Qadiri urf Nana Pir
His Dargah
Chuduguppa, Bidar, KA, IN
23 ‘Urs Nasiruddin Yusuf b. Tashfin al-Sanhaji
Wiki  His Passing before meeting Al-Ghazali
Marrakech, MA
*24 ‘Urs Abu Tayyib ibn Salama al-Dubbi al-Shafi’i
Bio (Ibn Khallikan’s Bio Dictionary, p. 610)
Baghdad, IQ
25 ‘Urs Abu ‘Ali al-Tanukhi
Bio (Ibn Khallikan’s Bio Dictionary, p. 564)
Baghdad, IQ
26 ‘Urs * Sayyid Hasan al-Jilani
Bio
Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad Taju-d Din Baba
Bio
Nagpur, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Sāhib Husaynī al-Qadiri
Bio
Tekmal, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sir ‘Abdullah Archibald Hamilton [18 Mar 1939]
Bio
Brookwood, GB
27 ‘Urs Sayyid Ashraf Jahangir Simnani
Bio | Wiki
Kichaucha, IN
28 ‘Urs Haider ‘Ali Thani Shah Wajihu-d Din Husaini Qadiri Shattari – Bio Ahmedabad, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Shah Waliyu-Llah Dehlavi
Bio
Delhi, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sharif Sa’id b. ‘Abdullah al-Bid
Bio
Mambrui, KE
29 ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad ad-Dandarawi
Bio
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘Urs Syed ‘Ali Mira Datar
Bio  Bio 2
Unjha, GJ, IN
30 ‘Urs Izzeddin Al-Haznevi
Bio
TR

* Masters of the ‘Arusiyyah branch of the Qadiriyyah way of Islamic Spirituality

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Muharram Essentials

Du’a Awwal al-Sana – Awwal Muharram

It is from the practice of the pious [sâlihîn] to recite the following supplication [du’â] three (3) times after the sunset prayers [salâtu-l maghrib] on the first day of Muharram which is the Islamic New Year.

Amongst others, this supplication can be found in:

  • kanzu-n najahi wa-s surur
    by: Al-‘Allamah Al-Shaikh ‘Abdul Hamid b. Muhammad ‘Ali Quds
  • al-munjiyat
    by: Shaikh Dr. Thaika Shu’aib al-Kirkari al-Siddiqi

Some saints [awliyâ] have said that reciting this supplication will result in Allah, Most High, assigning two (2) Angels to protect the reciter from committing (major) sins.


And Allah and His Messenger know best!

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْم

وَصَلَّى اللهُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى اَلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ وَسَلَّمَ، اَللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ اْلأَبَدِيُّ الْقَدِيْمُ اْلأَوَّلُ ، وَعَلَى فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيْمِ وَكَرَمِ جُوْدِكَ الْمُعَوَّلِ، وَهَذَا عَامٌ جَدِيْدٌ قَدْ أَقْبَلَ ، أَسْئَلُكَ الْعِصْمَةَ فِيْهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ وَأَوْلِيَائِهِ وَجُنُوْدِهِ، وَالْعَوْنَ عَلَى هَذِهِ النَّفْسِ اْلأَمَّارَةِ بِالسُّوْءِ، وَاْلإِشْتِغَالَ بِمَا يُقَرِّبُنِي إِلَيْكَ زُلْفَى، يَا ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَاْلإِكْرَامِ ، وَصَلَّى اللهُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ اْلأُمِّيِّ وَعَلَى اَلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ وَسَلَّمَ

bismi Llâhi-r raḥmâni-r raḥîm, wa sṣalla Llâhu ‘alâ sayyidinâ Muḥammadin wa ‘alâ âlihi wa sṣahḥbihi wa sallam, Allâhumma anta-l abadiyyu-l qadîmu-l awwal, wa ‘alâ fadḍlika-l azẓîmi wa karami jûdika-l mu’awwali, wa hâdhâ âmun jadîdun qad aqbal, as’aluka-l ‘iṣmata fîhi mina-sh shaiṭâni wa awliyâ’ihi wa junûdihi, wa-l ‘awna ‘alâ hâdhihi-n nafsi-l ammârati bi-s sû’i, wa-l ishtighâla bimâ yuqarribunî ilaika zulfâ, yâ dha-l jalâli wa-l ikrâmi, wa ṣalla Llâhu ‘alâ sayyidinâ Muḥammadini-n nabiyyi-l ummiyyi wa ‘alâ âlihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallam.

In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate. And blessings and peace be upon our liege-lord Muhammad, his family and companions. O Allah, Thou are the First from All Eternity. By Thou great bounty and generosity, this is the dawn of another new year. (So) I beseech Thee at this hour to bestow upon me (a) an impregnable shield from the malevolent plots of the accursed Satan, his allies and his foot-soldiers and (b) succour over the evil-self that incites to deviation, disobedience, and sin and (c) to engage in that which brings proximity to Thee. O possessor of Supreme Majesty and Unrivalled Generosity. And blessings and peace be upon the unlettered Prophet, Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

A Longer Du’a Awwal Al-Sana

This is another du’a for the beginning of the New Year from the Office of the Mufti, Singapore:

Success and guidance is from Allah. There is no power or might, except Allah.