Days of Allah – Safar Al-Muzaffar

Day Name Resting Abode
1 ‘Urs Syed Waris Ali Shah
Bio
Dewa Sharif, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Ahmad b. Muhammad Salih al-Rifa’i al-Habbal
Bio 1 | Bio 2
Damascus, SY
3 ‘Urs Khwaja Dana Jamaluddin Badshah
Bio | Tomb | Video
Surat, IN
4 ‘Urs Sidi Al-Buzidi Al-Bujrafi
Bio | Wiki
Nador, MA
5 ‘Urs Ummu-l Mu’minin Maymuna b. Harith
Bio
Saraf, Al-Hijaz
‘’ ‘Urs Madihu-r Rasul Sadaqatu-Llah b. Sulaiman al-Qahiri
Bio
Kayalpatnam, IN
7 ‘Urs Abu Muhammad Baha’u-d Din Zakariyya Multani
Bio
Multan, PK
8 ‘Urs Sayyid ‘Umar b. Ahmad b. Sumait
Bio
Comoros Islands
‘’ ‘Urs Deewana Shah ‘Abdur Razzaq
Dargah Complex
Kapasan Sharif, IN
11 ‘Urs Abul Mawahib Abd al-Wahhab al-Tazi al-Fasi
Bio (author of Salat al-Nariyya)
Bab al-Futuh, MA
13 ‘Urs Muhaddith Abu Abdu-r Rahman Ahmad b. Shu’aib al-Nasa’i – Bio 1 | Bio 2 Damascus, SY
‘’ ‘Urs * Ahmad Abdul Qadir b. Shahul Hamid al-Kirkari al-Siddiqi
Bio
Kilakkarai, IN
14 ‘Urs Taika Sahib Abdul Qadir b. Umar al-Qahiri
Bio
Kayalpatnam, IN
15 ‘Urs Arshad al-Qadri
Bio 1 | Bio 2
Bihar, IN
17 ‘Urs Muhammad Qassim al-‘Alawi [2 Jun 1999]
Bio
Birmingham, GB
18 ‘Urs Data Ganj Baksh ‘Ali b. Uthman al-Jullabi al-Hujwiri
Bio 1Bio 2
Lahore, PK
‘’ ‘Urs Khadimu-r Rasul Amadou Bamba Mbàkke
WikiHis Mosque
Touba, SN
23 ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad Taha b. Muhammad Fadhlullah al-Suhaimi
Bio
Singapore, SG
24 ‘Urs Muhammad al-Baqqali
Bio
Tangier, MA
25 ‘Urs A’la Hazrat Abu Hamid Ahmad Raza Khan
Bio 1 | Bio 2
Bareilly, IN
26 ‘Urs Sayyid Malik b. al-Arabi al-Sanusi
Bio
Madinatu-l Munawwara
27 ‘Urs Sultan Salahuddin al-Ayyubi
Bio
Damascus, SY
‘’ ‘Urs (Mohammed) Marmaduke Pickthall [19 May 1936]
Wiki
Brookwood, GB
28 ‘Urs Imam Abu Muhammad Al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali
Bio
Madinatu-l Munawwara
‘’ ‘Urs Mujaddid alf Thani Ahmad al-Faruqi al-Sirhindi
Bio
Punjab, IN
29 ‘Urs Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah
Bio | His famous poem
Golra Sharif, PK
30 ‘Urs Sayyid Jamalu-Llah (Jamalu-l Awliya)
Bio (Urdu)
Rampur, IN
? ‘Urs Syed Zahoor Shah
Bio
Riche Terre, MU
? ‘Urs Syed Misri Shah
Wiki
Nasarpur, Sindh, PK

Last Wednesday of Safar
Kanzu-n Najah wa-s Surur |
Mandi Safar (Far East) | Odukathu Putan (South India)

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

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Wedding Greeting & Marriage Intentions

With the year end marriage season upon us once again, here are two documents for (a) those attending Walima functions and (b) all newly weds (and long married couples!):

Wedding Greeting

A traditional supplication read at weddings in South India, Sri Lanka and the Far East. Includes a listing of the masha’ikh of the Arusi-Qadiri Sufi path:

Marriage Intentions

A beautiful set of intentions of marriage. Adapted from the intentions composed by Habib ‘Ali b. Abu Bakr al-Sakran al-Saqqaf, radiya Llahu anhu:

And Allah is the Guide, eminent is His Glory.

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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.

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Spiritual Sexuality

Our Grand-Shaikh, Imam al-‘Arus Sayyid Muhammad b. Ahmad Lebbai (may Allah perfume his resting abode), has said the following while discussing the concept of akmalu-sh shuhud (the most perfect perception):

If you want to transform your lawful matrimonial act (sexual intercourse) into the most meritorious spiritual exercise, carefully observe the following points while making union with your lawful wife:

  • You should not be focused on gratifying sexual pleasure alone. Rather, your intent should be aimed at fulfilling your spiritual aspiration, viz., Kulli Juz’i (The divine whole, and the mortal parts).
  • You should not harbour any other thought except the dhikr of the Divine Name “Allah” in your mind. The dhikr of the firm statement “la ilaha illa-Llah” alone has to be in your wife’s mind, perceiving only the Reality.
  • In doing so, your position becomes as if you are the qalam (pen) and she the lawh (tablet), resulting in the production of a copy from the original work called Nur Muhammadiyyah (the Light of Muhammad and its Excellences).

It is only when you follow these instructions that your matrimonial act will amount to following the qualities of the chosen beloved (Allah bless him and give him peace).

This (i.e. spiritual dimension of lawful intercourse) is why the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said:

حبب إلي من دنياكم ثلاث النساء والطيب وقرة عيني في الصلوة

There are three things that delight me in your world:
lawful wives, sweet odours and prayers that
give me pleasure and cool my eyes.

— Shu’ayb, T (1993). Arabic Arwi and Persion in Sarandib and Tamil Nadu. 1st ed. Madras: Imamul ‘Arus Trust. 472.

This is a spiritual method/exercise that should be accompanied by the Prophetic guidelines on bedroom relations in relation to the lawful [halal], prohibited [haram], recommended [mandub], and disliked [makruh]. Special attention should be paid to privacy, cleanliness, and the relevant supplications to be uttered at the appropriate moments. These are compiled in the document below:

Invocations & Supplications

Success and guidance is from Allah!

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Preserving One’s Chastity

Preserving one’s chastity is an important pre-requisite to attaining benefit from one’s spiritual works. It is imperative to safeguard oneself from transgressing the remit defined by the sacred law [sharī’a] with regards to the opposite gender.

Fornication [zina] does not constitute transgressions by sexual organs alone. It includes infractions by one’s:

  • Sight (i.e. looking at the prohibited),
  • Hearing (i.e. listening to obscenities),
  • Speech (i.e. speaking indecently),
  • Limbs (i.e. reaching and walking toward the foul and filthy), and
  • Heart, Mind and Soul (i.e. harbouring and cultivating  illicit desires).

In an encompassing Prophetic tradition, Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu anhu narrates from the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alaihi wa sallam:

“Allah has written the very portion of zina which a person will indulge in. There will be no escape from it. The zina of the eye is the (lustful) look; the zina of the ears is the listening (to voluptuous songs or talk); the zina of the tongue is (the licentious) speech; the zina of the hand is the (lustful) grip; the zina of the feet is the walking (to the place where one intends to commit zina); the heart yearns and desires and the private parts approve or disapprove them.” — Muslim and Bukhari (slightly shorter version)

Challenges of the Modern Age

In this age of connectivity and “web 2.0″, safeguarding our sensory glands, physical limbs, and spiritual organs from the harmful and forbidden is a great challenge. We are living in a time where:

  1. Access to pornography has become unbridled
  2. Modesty or haya as a character trait and virtue is being re-defined
  3. Traditional barriers to interaction between non-mahram are being re-aligned

All of these pose immense challenges to not just unmarried individuals but also married couples, families and communities. It is amazing to note that both the Qur’an and the Ahadith make reference to the above and provide guidance:

  1. Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and be modest. That is purer for them.” — Al-Qur’an 24:30
  2. Modesty [haya] and trustworthiness will be the first to go from this world. So, keep asking Allah for them.” — Sunan Al-Baihaqi
  3. No man is alone with a woman but Satan is the third one present.” — Musnad Ahmad, Jami’ al-Tirmidhi, and Mustadrak al-Hakim

Spiritual Exercises

For those who are struggling with the above challenges and aspire to protect their chastity in an immaculate manner, Shaikhuna Thaika Shuaib suggests the following spiritual practices using Surah Yusuf and Surah Muzzammil:

1. Surah Yusuf

Phase 1

  • Read and reflect upon the story of Prophet Yusuf alaihi-s salam in the Noble Qur’an. Specifically, one should recite verses 30 to 35 and 50 to 57 from Surah Yusuf ten times daily  for a continuous period of 40 days.
  • Then, one should read verse 53 three times with full comprehension of the meaning, and beseech Allah to protect one’s chastity.
  • By the end of the 40 days, it is likely that the verses would have been committed to memory. If they are not, they should be memorised before proceeding.

Phase 2

Then, one should begin performing daily 2 cycles of supererogatory [nawafil] prayer, ideally between the recommended [sunna] and obligatory [fard] prayers of the ritual morning prayer [salatu-l fajr].

This prayer falls under the sphere of the Prayer for Fulfilment of Need [salatu-l hajat] and be performed in the following manner:

  • In the first cycle [rak’a], surah al-Fatiha should be followed by verses 30 to 35 of Surah Yusuf.
  • In the second cycle [rak’a], surah al-Fatiha should be followed by verses 50 to 57 of Surah Yusuf .
  • On completion of the prayer, one should recite verse 53 three times with full understanding, and implore Him:

    O my Lord, the test that Sayyiduna Yusuf alaihi-s salam faced was an immense one. Just as you bestowed Your Mercy on Your Friend and Prophet Sayyiduna Yusuf alaihi-s salam, who preserved his chastity in that moment of trial, protect this weak slave of yours from such calamitous moments and enable this poor slave of yours with the ability to safeguard his chastity.

    O my Lord, invoke your choicest salutations, shower unstinted peace and rain manifold blessings upon our liege-lord Muhammad, his pure family, his noble companions and all who traverse his path seeking You.

Success and guidance is from Allah. And He is the enabling Guide.

2. Surah Muzzammil

Some of the pious and righteous have said that amongst the benefits of this special surah is that it is a panacea for ghafla or “heedlessness”. Many a time, the compromise to one’s chastity is due to heedlessness at a given moment or in a given situation.

To combat this, it is recommended to recite Surah Muzzammil daily with the intention of protection against the terrible malady of heedlessness.

Allah’s Promise

Allah, exalted is His Fame, has promised that the one who preserves his chastity accrues immeasurable good.  He, most High, has also warned of the tribulations the one who slips in this regard will face. Allah says in Surah Maryam:

“Yet they were succeeded by generations [of people] who lost all [thought of] prayer and followed [but] their own lusts; and these will, in time, meet with utter disillusion. Except, however, shall be those who repent and attain to faith and do righteous deeds: for it is they who will enter paradise and will not be wronged in any way: [theirs will be the] gardens of perpetual bliss which the Most Gracious has promised unto His servants, in a realm which is beyond the reach of human perception: [and,] verily, His promise is ever sure of fulfilment! No empty talk will they hear there – nothing but [tidings of] inner soundness and peace; and there will they have their sustenance by day and by night: this is the paradise which We grant as heritage unto such of Our servants who are conscious of Us [who guard against evil].” — Al-Qur’an 19:59-63

He, eminent is His Glory, further admonishes in Surah al-Qaṣaṣ:

“But if they hearken not to you, know that they only follow their own lusts: and who is more astray than one who follow his own lusts, devoid of guidance from Allah? for Allah guides not people given to wrong-doing.” — Al-Qur’an 28:50

May Allah, most High, bestow enabling grace [tawfīq] to protect our chastity and attain the numerous associated benefits—both here and in the Hereafter.

And Allah and His Messenger know best.

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