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Friday, January 26, 2007

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz 05-08

Dowra notes nine

Awarif Al Ma’arif

Praise be to the one who gives various gifts

In each place there is a right thing to say

All these things have an effect of the heart, anyone who raises above them will not be effected by these things (trails)

It depends on what is in the heart, that will cause effect

People who have a firm conviction will not be effected by these things and the speech of human beings will not have an effect on anyone because they are present with Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

The one who is strong, will fill with longing when he hears poetry which reminds him of Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala, so he can be reminded

He was never in a state of loss, so he didn’t change

As soon as you remember Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala, you will forget your own existance

As is it can a poet Labids verse, “Everything except Allah is futile.” The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) said there was no truer speech from a poet

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) used to wake up in the night and affirm the truth

Allah Subhnau wa ta'ala says in his book that he never sent a Prophet, except that he was sent to be obeyed by his permission

Some people think they have some light but they are veiled by another veil

There are 70,000 veils between us and Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala if they had not been there, everything would’ve been burned

The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) cried when he heard Ibn Masud (May Allahs mercy be with him) recited the ayat that the Prophet will be brought forward as a witness on the day of judgement

People of reality of certainty cry, for a high reason

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Habib Umar trans Sidi Yahya Rhodus 01-08

Dowra notes seven

Awarif Al-Ma’arif

People who experience spiritual states shouldn’t mention them

Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) would reflect, so deeply on the Quran and he would faint and pass out for days

All praise be to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

All dhkir has ranks

The state of the heart with Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

Everything they do affects their hearts and they are concerned with the eyes and the hearts

So he doesn’t listen to the appropriate

The eyes and the ears are part of mans responsibility on himself

He guards these, by being careful to what enters these organs

Those are the people who are guarded and the people of the inner most core

By having this core this will need to follow and this is blessing from Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

Imam Sharwardi (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him) will mention different states of listening

Good works like reading the Quran, hadith and stories of the righteous it guides to good and guidance

This will busy their person with the good and remove them from bad

But if it is a bad music then it will lead to bad

Some of the companions used to recite poetry in order to make the camels go faster, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) used to tell the companion to be easy because the camels would love his voice and go very fast

May righteous people used poetry to explain a meaning

If they use it to bad purposes then this can lead to sin

The general meaning of the word Sam’a it means listening

How many of us have had this happen to us?

One of the companions of Ibn Masud (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him)was in the market and he heard the Quran and he passed out for a day

There are good things in poetry and bad things

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said poetry has wisdom in it

You can't always say its permissible or haram

Poetry can help people be reminded

Some peoples hearts become pure and that wont depend on what they listen to

Aisha (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with her) used to have a servant who used to sing to her and the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) came in and sat down. When Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) came in, the servant fled, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) laughed and Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) wanted he hear what the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was listening. Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) refused to leave until he heard what the Prophet heard

Dawud (Upon him peace) used to recite beautifully that people used to expire and water used to stop, people used to gather to hear him sing

Monday, January 15, 2007

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz 02-08

Dowra notes eight

Listening

Dancing is not appropriate for the scholars

The beginning is with Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and the end is too

Sounds can have negative effects

The beginning is listening and this leads to a state of emotion with Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

This emotion has an effect on the body and can make it move

People are at different levels and may want to move to some poetry

He may listen to something to that he needs to change about himself

If he has a high level of understanding then it will lead him to a higher level with Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

They listen to poetry to be reminded of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala, everything guides them to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) once said to Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) that he was from his family and Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) was so happy that he danced

The voice at the time of singing is not permitted and neither at the time of death i.e. wailing etc.

Imam Shafi (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him) said there was no good in poetry, he also said a person who involves himself in singing a lot, his testification is not accepted

Singing can cause corruption in the heart

A woman’s singing voice is not permitted to listen to, in any state

The reality of tasawwaf is sincere intention

Its not appropriate for a student of knowledge to ask for money

There was once a man who took money from people to pay for guests and for charity, he was close to death and someone asked you will die and you haven’t paid any of these debts off. He said that Allah has promised to repay my debts and before he died someone came to pay his debt.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Imam Qusheri's favourite student

Imam Qusheri had a favourite student and people noticed that he liked him, others students became jealous.

So he set all of his students a task, kill this bird but do it where nobody is watching.

The students came back one by one with their birds killed except the favourite student.

He came back with the bird alive. He said, “I couldn’t find any spot where no one was looking.”

The students stopped what they where doing and realised why he liked him so much.

He was always aware that Allah Subhanu wa ta’ala was looking at him.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Habib Umar Ibn Hafiz (trans) Sidi Yahya Rhodus 30-07

Dowra notes six

Awarif Al Ma’arif

Be context with things don’t complain a lot

These people are rewarded with poverty in the world, because he is in need and doesn’t ask for anything, they don’t sit with people

Others who sit with people don’t ask them for them anything, like the poor of the Jews

How come the poor are complaining about there state

The state of the Sufi has good etiquette with Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala, wherever Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala puts him

We have problems with ostentations don’t let other thoughts come into your heart

These are lowly things and don’t let your heart get attached by them and connect Yourself with Allah and know these lowly things, you have to turn away

If Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala blesses a person by informing him of his faults

He has to turn away from everything other than Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

Every sincere person will try to be better than what the people think of him

If he doesn’t know what the legal ruling of something he must ask for it

The Prophet (peace and blessing upon him) reached such a state of humility that he cold be taken by the hand by any servant

Reciting the Quran with tawjeed is a means to get closer to Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

And if he can he should reflect on every verse and bless us to among those people and continue for us to raise in ranks.