Salat Al-Tajiyyah

“The Salutation of the Crowning Adornment” [salatu-t tajiyyah] is a benediction that has found universal fame. It was written by Habib Abu Bakr b. Salim, Allah illuminate his resting abode, who is laid to rest in Aynat, Hadramawt. He is known by the epithet, “honour of creation” [fakhru-l wujud]. His saintliness and piety is widely acknowledged.

This salutation is an overflowing spring of blessings and is certainly one of the favourite benedictions of all lovers of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. Many saints [awliya] and pious [salihin] have embraced Salatu-t Taj as part of their daily litany and attained much Enabling Grace [tawfiq] as a result.

The benefits of this prayer are so vast that they cannot be completely encompassed. Its recitation brings the reader purity of heart, clarity of intellect and vision of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace. Regular recitation increases sustenance, protects from the evils of magic and jinn, and removes calamities.

The many references to the blessed night journey and ascension to the Heavens [al-isra wa-l mi’raj] of the Holy Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, makes this benediction a favourite to be recited on the night of 27th Rajab, wherein that momentous event is widely believed to have happened.

Success is from Allah!

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Arabic text & English translation

The Salutation of the Crowning Adornment

By the honour of creation, our master & guide,
Habib Abu Bakr ibn Salim

In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate

O Allah, bestow blessings upon our master and patron, Muhammad; the owner of the crown, the ascent, the Burāq, and the standard. [He is] the thwarter of affliction, disease, drought, illness, and pain. His name is written on high, served, and engraved in the Tablet and the Pen. [He is] the leader of all – Arabs and non-Arabs.

His body is sanctified, fragrant, pure, and illumined in the house and the sanctuary. [He is] the sun of brightness, the full moon in darkness, the foremost one in the highest fields, the light of guidance, the cave of refuge for mortals, the lamp that dispels the night. [He is] the best-natured one, the intercessor of nations. [He is] the owner of munificence and generosity.

And Allah is his Protector, Gabriel is his servant, the Burāq is his mount, the Ascent is his voyage, the Lote-Tree of the Furthermost Boundary is his station. And two Bow-Lengths or nearer is his desire; his desire is his goal; and he has reached his goal.

[He is] master of the Messengers, seal of the Prophets, intercessor for sinners, bosom friend of strangers, mercy to the worlds, respite of those who burn with love, goal of those who yearn, sun of Gnostics, guiding lamp of seekers, illumination of those in close proximity, beloved of the poor, strangers and destitute.

[He is] master of humans and jinn, Prophet of the two sanctuaries, leader of the two Qiblas, our means [to salvation] in the two abodes, owner of “two Bow-Lengths or nearer”, beloved of the Lord of the two Easts and the two Wests, grandfather of al-Ḥasan and al-Ḥusain, our patron and the patron of humans and jinn.

[He is] Abu l-Qāsim MUḤAMMAD, son of ‘Abdullah, a radiant light from the Life-Giving Luminosity of Allah. O you who yearn for the radiance of his beauty! Send blessings and utmost greetings of peace upon him, his family and companions.

And Allah is the Guide!

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Days of Allah – Rajab

Day Name Resting Abode
1 ‘Urs Shaykh al-Islam Abū Muhammad Sufyān b. ‘Uyaynah b. Maymūn al-Hilālī al-Kūfī
Wiki
al-Ḥajūn,Makkatu-l Mukarramah
‘Urs Khwaja Qutbuddin Mawdud b. Abu Yusuf Chishti
Bio | His passing | Wiki
Chist, AF
‘Urs Khwaja Jalilullah Shah
Bio
Tippusamutram, TN, IN
2 ‘Urs Sayyid Shah Anis Ahmad Qadri Amjhahi
His Maqam
Daudnagar, Aurangabad, Bihar, IN
3 ‘Urs Imam ‘Ali b. ‘Muhammad al-Hadi al-Naqi
Wiki
Samarra, IQ
‘Urs ‘Abdul Salam b. ‘Abdul Wahhab b. Muhyuddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 187)
Al-Halba, Baghdad, IQ
‘Urs Khwaja Nuruddin Haji Sharif Zandani Chishti
Bio | Bio 2 | Wiki | His Dargah
Zandana, UZ
5 ‘Urs * Imam al-‘Arus Sayyid Muhammad b. Ahmad Lebbai
Founder of the ‘Arusi-Qadiri Path of Islamic Spirituality
Kilakarai, TN, IN
6 ‘Urs Khwaja Mu’inuddin al-Chishti al-Sanjari al-Ajmiri
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki
Ajmir, IN
‘Urs Habib Ahmad b. Hasan al-‘Attas
Imams of the Valley (p. 96)
Huraidah, YE
7 ‘Urs Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani
Bio | Saltanat | Wiki
Lefke, CY
8 ‘Urs Muhammad Abul Yusr ‘Abidin al-Husaini
Bio
Damascus, SY
‘Urs Muhammad Ibrahim b. Muhammad Kassim al-Chishti al-Qadiri
Brief Bio | Video
Singapore, SG
9 ‘Urs Abu Ni’ma Maslama b. Ni’ma al-Saruji
Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 395)
Saruj, IQ
10 ‘Urs Sayyid Sa’dullah Husaini
His Dargah | Wiki (Bada Pahad Dargah)
Jakora, Nizamabad, IN
11 ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad Madani
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.2, p.32]
Naushara, IN
‘Urs Sayyid Shah Abul Husain Ahmad-e-Nuri Marehrawi – Bio Marehra, UP, IN
‘Urs Muhammad ‘Ali Salahuddin b. Awang urf Haji Ali Pulau Pisang – Bio Kelantan, MY
12 ‘Urs ‘Abdul Khaliq Chishti
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.120]
Lahore, PK
‘Urs Muhammad al-Hashimi al-Tilmisani
Bio 1 | Bio 2
Damascus, SY
13 Urs Muhaddith Abu Isa Muhammad b. Isa al-Tirmidhi
Wiki | Bio | Jami’ | Shama’il
Sherobod, UZ
‘’ Urs * Sayyid Mūsā b. Sayyid ‘Ali al-Jilani
Bio
Baghdad, IQ
14 ‘Urs Pir Muhammad Sahib
Book | His Dargah
Thakkalai, TN, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Al-Habib Ahmad Mashhur b. Taha al-Haddad
An Appreciation | Imams of the Valley (p. 142)
Makkatu-l Mukarramah
‘’ ‘Urs Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi
Bio
Cairo, EG
15 ‘Urs Khwaja Nasiruddin Abu Yusuf b. Saman Chishti
Bio | Bio (FaceBook) | Wiki | His Dargah
Chisht, AF / Jalandhar City, Punjab, IN
16 ‘Urs Khwaja Shamsuddin Ghazi
Bio | FaceBook
Osmanabad, IN
17 ‘Urs Prophet Dawud
Bio | Wiki
Jerusalem
18 ‘Urs Sayyid ‘Abdullah Shah
Library in his honour
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
19 ‘Urs Emir Abd El-Kader Ben Muhieddine
Wiki
Damascus, SY
20 ‘Urs Ala’uddin Attar Bukhari
Bio 1 | Wiki
Jafaaniyan, Transoxiana, UZ
‘’ ‘Urs Salahuddin Hussaini Suharawardi urf Baba Abdal
Bio 1 | Wiki
Punganur Road, Basinikonda, Madanapalle, Chittor District, AP, IN
21 ‘Urs Ummu-l Mu’minin Zainab bint Jahsh
Bio | Wiki
‘Urs Sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris al-Fasi
BioBio | Bio | Wiki
21/22 ‘Urs Qadi Zia’uddin b. Sulaiman al-Uthmani urf Shaikh Jiya
Bio
Nutani (Neyutini Unaaw), Lucknow, IN
22 ‘Urs * Imam Abu ‘Abdillah Ja’far b. Muhammad as-Sadiq
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘Urs Rukn al-Din Abu Makarim Ahmad ‘Ala al-Dawla Al-Simnani
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.32]
Sufiyabad-e Khudadad, Simnan, PK
23 ‘Urs Imam Ibn Hajar al-Haithami
Bio | Wiki
Makkatu-l Mukarramah
24 ‘Urs Imam Yahya b. Sharaf al-Nawawi
Bio | On Tasawwuf | Wiki | His Shrine
Nawa, SY
25 ‘Urs * Imam Abu Ibrahim Musa b. Ja’far al-Kazim
Al-Kazim and the Sufi Tradition
Baghdad, IQ
‘Urs Muhammad Bello b. Uthman b. Fuduye (Usman dan Fodio)
Wiki
Wurno, Sokoto, NG
26 ‘Urs Abdul Hamid Kishk
Wiki | Arabic Site
, EG
27 Laylatu-l Isra’ wa-l Mi’raj – The Night Journey and Heavenly Ascension of the Chosen Beloved Ahadith | Wiki
‘’ ‘Urs * Imam Abu-l Qāsim al-Junaid b. Muḥammad al-Baghdādī
Bio | Wiki
Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Badruddin urf Pir Badr-e Alam
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.225]
Choti Dargah, Bihar, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Shah Makhdum Rupos
Bio [Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.248]
Dargapara, BD
‘’ ‘Urs Al-Habib Attas al-Habshi
Anecdote
Makkatu-l Mukarramah
28 ‘Urs Sharafuddin Wilayat ‘Ali Shah
MaqamArticleWiki
Malir town, Karachi, PK
29 ‘Urs Imam Muhammad b. Idris al-Shafi’i
Bio 1 | Bio 2Wiki
Cairo, EG
30 ‘Urs Sayyid Sulaiman Shah b. Sayyid Husain Shah
Wiki
Sirikot, Haripur, PK
? ‘Urs Qadi Thana’ullah Panipati
Bio
Panipat, IN

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

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Jihad – A Sacred Struggle

The term Jihad, etymologically derived from the word “mujahada“, is primarily used in contemporary discourse to describe martial resistance. This is an unfortunate post-modern phenomenon, for Jihad as “holy war” – while being a valid part of the Islamic tradition in the face of persecution, oppression and foreign aggression – is but one aspect of this panoptic term.

Even then, the use of the term in martial struggle has been usurped unceremoniously by those who have gone beyond the acceptable remit of Prophetic example [sunnah] and the parameters of the Islamic legal code [shar’i]. We disassociate ourselves from such methodologically-challenged-extremists who are far from the teachings of the Islamic faith and code of conduct.

The people of spiritual excellence [ihsan] have always been at the forefront to set things right in moments of difficulty. In this regard, we turn to the Sultan of the Saints,  Sayyidina-sh Shaikh Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased with him and perfume his resting abode), for direction and clarity in these times of dismay and confusion. We let the master’s blessed words speak for themselves:

The Qur’anic guidance on this matter is contained in the following revelation:

And as for those who strive in Our cause [jâhadû fî-nâ], surely We shall guide them in Our ways. [29:69]

The Prophet of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace), on returning from the military expedition of Tabuk, said:

We have come home from the lesser holy war [al-jihad al-asghar] to fight the greater holy war [al-jihad al-akbar].

What he (Allah bless him and give him peace) meant by “the greater holy war” was the struggle with

  • the accursed Satan,
  • the lower self, and
  • passionate desire

[mujahadatu-sh shaitan wa-n nafs wa-l hawa]. He referred to it in such a manner because of its constant duration, the extent of the exertion it demands, the danger it entails, and the fear that it might turn out badly at the very end. We seek refuge in Allah from such a calamitous end!

The struggle with the accursed Satan is an inner struggle [mujahada batina] for it is waged by

  • the heart,
  • the core of one’s being, and
  • faith

[bi-l qalb wa-l janan wa-l iman]. Therefore, when you struggle with him, your succour and support is the Universally Merciful [ar-rahman], your mainstay is the Mightiest King and Fairest Judge [al-malik ad-dayyan], and your hope is the beatific vision of the Countenance of the Majestic Benefactor [al-jalil al-mannan].

The “lesser holy war” is the outer battle [jihad az-zahir] with the sword and the spear, in which your support is provided by the worldly ruler and the armed forces, and in which your hope is to enter the Gardens of Paradise. If you are killed in the struggle, your reward will be life everlasting in the abode of perpetuity, Allah willing!

But if you are slain in the course of waging war on the accursed Satan and while you are committed to opposing his vile schemes, due to the expiration of your appointed term and because your decreed moment to die has arrived, your reward will be the beatific vision of the Countenance of the Lord of All the Worlds at the Meeting.

If you are killed by the enemy in battle, you will be a martyr. But if you are slain by the accursed Devil through following him obediently and carrying out his orders, you will be a pariah [tarid], banished from the intimate proximity of the All-Compelling King [al-malik al-jabbar]. May Allah save us from such a wretched state of being!

The war on the battlefield has a fixed term and there comes a point when it is over. But the struggle against the accursed Devil and the lower self [jihadu-sh shaitan wa-n nafs] is one that has no final end and no point of termination. As Allah (eminent is His Glory) has declared:

And serve your Lord, till Certainty comes to you. [15:99]

That is to say, the “greater holy war” is waged till death arrives and the meeting (with Him) materialises, for worshipful service [ibadat] is performed by opposing the accursed Satan and passionate desires. Failing which, Allah (eminent is His Glory) has ordained:

Then they shall be pitched into it (the Fires of Hell) – they and the perverse, and the hosts of Iblis, all together. [26:94-95]

And Allah is the Guide.

Compiled from the works of Sayyidina-sh Shaikh Muhyiddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased with him and perfume his resting abode).

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Days of Allah – Rabi’ Al-Awwal

Day Name Resting Abode
1 ‘Urs Muhammad b. Zakariya al-Marghaylani al-Bukhari al-Madani al-Naqshbandi – Bio Madinatu-l Munawwara
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Muhammad Zahid Wakhshi
Bio  His Grave! | Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila)
Wakhsh, TJ
2 ‘Urs Prophet Lut
Bio 1 | His TombWiki
Palestine
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Shah Ahmad Sa’id Faruqi Mujaddidi
BioWiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila)
Madinatu-l Munawwara
3 ‘Urs Abu Nasr Habib b. Muhammad al-‘Ajami al-Basri
Bio 1 | Bio 2
Baghdad, IQ
‘Urs Abu Muhammad al-Madani
Bio
Rashadiya (Gunekoy), TR
‘’ ‘Urs Mian Sher Muhammad Sharqpuri urf Sher-e Rabbani
Website (urdu) | Vid | Wiki (Sharqpur) | FaceBook
Sharqpur, Punjab, PK
4 ‘Urs Khwaja Qutbuddin Abu Muhammad Chishti
Bio
Chist, AF
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Abū-Alī Fadl b. Muhammad al-Fārmadī at-Tūsī
Bio 1Bio 2Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila)
Farmad, IR
‘’ ‘Urs ‘Abdullah Tahir b. Haji Ahmad urf Haji Abdullah Tahir Bunut Payong
Bio
Kelantan, MY
5 ‘Urs Imam Abu Yusuf Ya’qub al-Ansari
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki
Baghdad, IQ
‘Urs Shah Farhan urf Shah Paran
Wiki
Sylhet, BD
6 ‘Urs Sayyid Ahmad Bādshah Pīr
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Bio 3
Durban, ZA
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Allah Bakhsh ‘Abbasi Ghaffari urf Sohna Saeen
Bio | Islah-ul-Muslimeen | Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila) FaceBook
Allahabad, Kandiaro, Sindh, PK
‘’ ‘Urs Shah Muntajabuddin urf Zar Zari Zar Baksh
Bio | Bio 2 | Wiki | FaceBook
Khuldabad, IN
7 ‘Urs ‘Abd al-Rahim b. Tajuddin ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Jilani – Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 193) Bab al-Harb, Baghdad, IQ
‘Urs Mir Muhammad urf Baba Sain, Mian Mir
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Bio 3 | Wiki | FaceBook
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.136]
Lahore, PK
8 ‘Urs Imam Hasan b. ‘Ali al-Askari al-Zaki
Wiki
Samarra, IQ
‘Urs Fateh Ali Waisi
Website
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.231]
Calcutta, IN
9 ‘Urs Muhammad Ma’sūm Fārūqī Sirhindī Naqshbandī
Bio
Sirhind, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Muhammad Sādiq Fārūqī Sirhindī Naqshbandī
Bio
Sirhind, IN
10/14 ‘Urs Imam Abu ‘Abdi-Llah Malik b. Anas al-Asbahi
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Bio 3
Madinatu-l Munawwara
11 ‘Urs Imam Abu ‘Abdi-Llah Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Hanbal al-Shaybani al-Baghdadi – Bio 1 | Bio 2 Baghdad, IQ
12 Mawlid Al-Habib Al-Mustafa Sayyiduna Abu-l Qasim
Muhammad b. ‘Abdu-Llah b. ‘Abdu-l Muttalib b. 
Madinatu-l Munawwara
‘’ ‘Urs Abu Yaqub Yusuf Hamadānī
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki | Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 460)
Marv, near Mary, TM
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Ahmad al-Badawi al-Fasi
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | His Letters | His Mosque
Tanta, EG
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Abdul Khaliq Ghujdawani – Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki (bio) | Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila) Tus, Khorasan, IR
3/13 ‘Urs Muhammad Baha’u-d Din Shah Naqshband al-Bukhari Bio 1 | Bio 2 Bukhara, UZ
‘’ ‘Urs ‘Alau’ddin ‘Ali Ahmad Sabir Kalyari
Bio1 | Bio 2 | Bio (Urdu) | Wiki (bio) | Wiki (dargah)
Kaliyar Sharif, IN
14 ‘Urs Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Bio 3 | Wiki
Qutb Minar, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Umar Pulavar
Bio 1 | Singapore School
Ettayapuam, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Habib Nuh al-Habshi
Bio
Singapore, SG
15 ‘Urs Imam Abu ‘Amr ‘Abdu-r Rahman b. ‘Amr al-Awza’i
Bio 1 | Bio 2Wiki
Beirut, LB
‘’ ‘Urs Muhammad al-Nuski (பால்-குடி அப்பா)
Bio
Kayalpatnam, IN
16-17-18-19 ‘Urs Ghazi Yusuf Shah Mudi
Bio (Urdu video) | His Maqam | FaceBook
Manora, Karachi, PK
16 ‘Urs Zia Hasan Jili Kalimi
Brief Bio
Tolichowki, Hyderabad, IN
‘Urs ‘Abdul Mustafa al-Azhari
FaceBook
Darul uloom Amjadia Karachi, PK
17 ‘Urs Abdur Rahman b. Muhammad al-Fasi al-Fihri
Bio
Fez, MA
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Mahmūd Anjīr-Faghnawī
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila)
Bukhara, UZ
‘Urs Abu Ahmad al-Sughuri
Bio
Sughur, Daghestan, RU
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Shah Aal-e-Ahmad Ache Miya
Bio
Marehra Sharif, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Sakhi Shah Muhammad Ghaus
Bio
Lahore, PK
18 ‘Urs Abu Bakr ‘Abdul Aziz b. Muhyuddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani – Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 179) Al-Jibal, Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Dawud b. Sulaiman b. ‘Abdul Jabbar b. Muhyuddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani – Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 186) Al-Halba, Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs ‘Abdul Qadir Thani b. Muhammad al-Husaini
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.29]
Uch, PK
‘Urs Abu-l Mahâsin Yûsef al-Fâsî
Bio (French)
Fez, MA
‘’ ‘Urs Daniyal b. Hasan Balkhi
Teacher of Muhammad Jaunpuri
Jaunpur, UP, IN
19 ‘Urs Sulaiman al-Qahiri
Bio
Kayalpatnam, IN
20 ‘Urs Abu-l Wafa Muhammad al-Kakis
Qala’id al-Jawahir (p.351)
Qalaminiya, IQ
‘Urs Abdul Muqtadir Siddiqi Fazl
His Shaikh | A student of hisMap
Edi Bazaar, Hyderabad, IN
21 ‘Urs Muhaddith ‘Abdu-l Haqq Dehlawi
Bio
Qutb Minar, IN
‘Urs Muhammad Hasan Jili Kalimi
Brief Bio
Tolichowki, Hyderabad, IN
22 ‘Urs Rabi’a al-Adawiyyah al-Basriyyah
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Bio 3
Basra, IQ
23 ‘Urs Fadlur Rahman Gunjmuradabadi 
Website
 | An Anecdote
Muradabad, IN
24 ‘Urs Khwaja Shah Kalimullah b. Nurullah Jahanabadi Chishti
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Wiki
Aurangabad, IN
‘Urs Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi
Bio 1
Damascus, SY
25 ‘Urs Khwaja Rahmatullah Naib urf Naib-e-Rasul
Bio
Rahmatabad, IN
26 ‘Urs Muhammad Sa’id b. Jamaluddin b. Idris al-Linggi
Bio
Seremban, MY
‘Urs Bibi Syed Ali Fatima
Her Story | Video
Athangkarai, TN, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Muhammad Sirajuddin Naqshbandi
Wiki (Bio) Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila)
Mussa Zai Sharif, Dera Ismail Khan, PK
27 ‘Urs Abu Muhammad Abdul Rahman b. Muhammad al-Fâsî
Bio (French)
Fez, MA
‘Urs Sayyid Isma’il b. ‘Abdu-l Qadir
Bio | Pic | Malacca Tourism
Pulau Besar, MY
28 ‘Urs Al-Shaikh ‘Umar b. ‘Abdullah Bagharib
Bio
Singapore, SG
29 ‘Urs Khwaja Muhammad Chishti
Bio 1
Akbarabad, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Ubaidullah Ahrar
Bio 1 | Pic | Vid | Wiki (Naqshbandi-Tahiri silsila)
Samarkand, UZ
30 ‘Urs Ummu-l Mu’minin Juwayriyyah
Bio
Madinatu-l Munawwarah

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

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Correct Understanding of the Mawlid – 2

In response to the question, “Is there any basis for the Mawlid within the Prophetic Sunna?” the foremost Shafi’i jurist of this age and scion of the Prophetic household in Madinah, Al-Habib Al-‘Allamah Zayn b. Sumayt al-Shafi’i al-Husayni (may Allah protect him and keep him well) said:

Yes! The Imām and Hadīth master, Ahmad Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalānī derived a sound basis for it from the Sunna. It is the Hadīth found in the two rigorously authentic collections [of al-Bukhārī and Muslim]. It states that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) entered Madinah and found that the Jews were fasting on the day of ‘Āshūrā’.

He asked them regarding this and they replied: “It was the day in which Allah drowned Pharaoh and saved Mūsā (peace be upon him), so we fast on this day out of thanks for Allah, the Exalted.” So, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) started to fast on that day and ordered the Muslims to fast it as well.  He [Ibn Hajar] said:

This [Hadīth] indicates observing thanks to Allah for His bounties that He gifted, when He  repelled harm on a particular day. Thanks to Allah is obtained from various  types of worship, such as prostration, fasting, and charity. What bounty is greater than the appearance of this Prophet of mercy (Allah bless him and give him peace? [summarized from Al-Hāwī of Al-Suyūtī]

From this, it is known that gathering for the sake of hearing the story of his birth (Allah bless him and give him peace) is from the greatest of acts that draw one near [to Allah], for it is a means of showing gratitude to Allah for the appearance of the possessor of miracles, as well as the opportunity to feed others, pray, and send many prayers and salutations and other good deeds.

The notable scholars have explicitly stated that performing a Mawlid [in a locality] will ensure security for that year and glad tidings in this world in obtaining one’s wants and needs.  Actions are only according to their intentions, and Allah, the Glorified and Exalted knows best. With peace.

Benefit

The Hadīth master, Shamsu-d Dīn ibn al-Jazarī said in his book, ‘Urf Al-Ta’rīf bī-l Mawlid Al-Sharīf:

It has been narrated that Abū Lahab was seen in a dream after his death. He was asked about his condition in the fire, to which he replied: ‘The punishment is lightened for me every Monday night and I drink water from between my fingers the size of this – and he pointed to the tips of his finger – because of manumitting Thuwayba when she brought me the good news of the Prophet’s birth and because of her breastfeeding him.”

So if Abū Lahab, the unbeliever who was condemned in the Qur’ān (refer to Chapter 110), receives reward for showing delight during the night of the Prophet’s birth (Allah bless him and give him peace, then what is the state of the Muslim monotheist from his own nation (Allah bless him and give him peace) who dresses nicely and gives out from love of him (Allah bless him and give him peace? By my life! His reward from Allah the Generous is nothing more  than entering the gardens of Paradise out of His bounty!

— Al-Shafi’i Al-Husaini. (2008). Issues of Controversy. Available: http://www.marifah.net/jurisprudence–fiqh/articles/fiqh/issues-of-controversy.html. Last accessed 6 Feb 2011.

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