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x‫ﻴﻢ‬s‫ ﺍاﻟﺮﱠﺣ‬v‫ﻦ‬k‫ﻤ‬n‫ ﺍاﻟﺮﱠﺣ‬s‫ ﺍاﻟﻠﻪ‬x‫ﻢ‬n‫ﺑﹺِﺴ‬

Rec.fica.on  of  the  Ummah
What  follows  is  a  summary  of  a  Friday  khutbah  delivered  by  Sayyidi  al-­‐Habib  `Umar  bin   Hafiz  (may  Allah  preserve  him  and  benefit  us  by  him)  in  Masjid  al-­‐Rawdah,  Tarim,  on  10th   Jumad   al-­‐Awwal   1434   /  22nd  March   2013.   In  it   he  discusses   the   problems  the   Ummah   is   currently   facing   and   offers   soluGons   to  those   problems.   These   words   come  in  the  wake   of   the  shocking  events  that  took  place  in  Syria  the  previous  night.

O  believers  in  Allah,  the  Messenger  of  Allah  (may  Allah  bless  him  and  grant  him   peace),   the   one   entrusted   with   guiding   us   and   recOfying   us,   taught   us   how   to   respond   to   calamiOes   and   hardship.   He   taught   us   that   the   founding   principle   is   returning  to  Allah  and  calling  upon  the  One  Who  has  control  over  all  affairs.  He   emphasised  our  need  to  realise  our  slavehood  to  Him  and  to  realise  our  complete   subjecOon  to  His  power  and  authority. In   spite   of   this,   many   hearts   have   deviated   and   instead   of   turning   to   Allah,   the   One   Who  says  to  anything:  “Be”  and  it  is,  they  seek  to  recOfy  the  Ummah  through  means   which   were   not   legislated   by   the   Seal   of   Prophets.   At   the   same   Ome;   they   persist   in   disobeying  Allah  in  their  homes,  on  the  streets  and  in  their  dealings  with  each  other.   They   disobey   Him   with   their   tongues,   their   eyes,   their   ears,   their   hearts,   their   stomachs,  their  private  parts,  their  hands  and  their  feet.  They  disobey  Him  by  day   and  by  night,  in  secret  and  openly.  For  that  reason  their  suffering  conOnues  and  they   are  unable  to  recOfy  themselves  or  anyone  else.  They  try  to  repair  a  crack  but  this   leads  to  numerous  other  cracks;  they  try  to  solve  one  problem  but  this  leads  to   numerous  other  problems.  This  will  always  be  Allah’s  way.   Who   will   teach   the   Ummah   the   necessity   of   returning   to   Allah   and   changing   ourselves   so   that   He   changes   us?   Who   will   teach   the   Ummah   the   necessity   of   improving   our   transacOon   with   Him  –   by   veneraOng  His  religion  and   establishing   His   Sacred  Law  in  ourselves  and  our  families?  We  must  surrender   our  affairs  to  the  Best   of  CreaOon,  who  was  sent  to  recOfy  our  worldly  affairs  and  help  us  to  prepare  for  our   return  to  Allah.   Had   it   not   been   for   the   existence   of   a   few   people   who   humble   themselves   to   Allah,   cry  to  Him  and  plead  with  Him,  things  would  be  far  worse.  How  many  people  are   crying  in  the  night,  pleading  with  Allah  to  remove  the  tribulaOons  that  have   befallen   the  Ummah  of  Muhammad?  How  many  people  have  sought  means  to  recOfy  the   Ummah  while  forgeQng  that  Allah  is  the  One  who  created  those  means?  Is  it  not   incredible  that  people  who  belong  to  a  religion  that  teaches  them  excellence  and   perfecOon  even  in  the  way  they  slaughter  their  animals  are  unable  to  treat  each   other  well?  Has  the  Ome  not  come  for  us  to  realise  the  greatness  of  this  religion?   This  is  a  religion  which  teaches  us  not  to  wrong  each  other;  it  teaches  us  jusOce,   piety   and   awareness   of   Allah.   Look   what   the   Messenger   said   to   the   Noble  

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Companions:  “`Ikrimah  the  son  of  Abu  Jahl  is  about  to  approach  wishing  to  accept   Islam,  so  do  not  insult  his  father,  for  insulOng  the  dead  harms  those  who  are  alive.” People  have  reached  the  state  that  the  Prophet  warned  them  against:  “Do  not  return   to  being  disbelievers  aAer  I  have   gone  such  that  you   kill  each  other.”  If  they  differ  in   opinion   with  someone   they   regard   it   as   permissible   to   spill   his   blood—not   to   speak   of  taking  his  possessions  and  defaming  him.  Every  group  claims  to  provide  security   and  safety  but  this  claim  has  no  meaning  if  places  of  worship  are  not  places  of  safety. Nothing   is   graver   in   Allah’s   sight   than   bloodshed.   It   has   been   narrated:   “Had   all   the   inhabitants  of  the  heavens  and  the  earth  conspired  to  wrongly  spill  the  blood  of  a   Muslim,  Allah  would   throw   them  all   in   the  Fire.”   The   Messenger   of  Allah  (may   Allah   bless  him  and  grant  him  peace):  “ The  believer  remains  within  the  parameters  of  the   religion  as  long  as  he  does  not  unlawfully  shed  someone’s  blood.”  He  spoke  severely   to  Usamah  bin  Zayd,  who  was  beloved  to  him:  “Did  you  kill  the  one  who   fought  you   aAer  he  said:  lā  ilāha  ill’Allāh ?  Woe  to  you!  What  will  you  do  with  lā  ilāha  ill’Allāh  on   the   Day   of   Judgement?”   This   is   the   methodology   of   Muhammad,   the   one   who   forbade   Muslims   from   killing   the   enemy   when   they   are   retreaOng   from   the   baPlefield,   the   one   who   forbade   Muslims   from   killing   women   and   children.   He   refused  to  kill  the  hypocrites  as  long  as  they  outwardly  professed  Islam;  he  refused  to   kill  non-­‐Muslims  as  long  as  they  outwardly  honoured  the  treaty  that  he  had  made   with  them.  Who  is  our  example  if  it  is  not  our  Master  Ahmad?   He   informed   us   that   there   would   be   much   bloodshed   at   the   end   of   Ome.   He   informed  us  that  the  Ummah  would  divide  into  facOons  and  he  said  to  one  of  his   Companions:  “Distance  yourself  from  all  those  facOons,  even  if  it  means  that  you   hold  on  to  a  tree  trunk  unOl  death  comes  to  you.”   One   of   the   Companions   said:  “O   Messenger   of   Allah,  A   disbeliever   cut   off   my   hand   and  then  took  refuge  behind  a  tree  and  said  lā  ilāha  ill’Allāh.   Should  I  kill  him?” “Do  not  kill  him,  for   if   you  do  so  you  will  be   in   the  same  state  he  was   in  before   he   said   it,   and   he   will   be   in   the   same   state   you   were   in   before   you   killed   him.”   He   said   (may  Allah  bless  him  and   grant   him   peace):   “Whoever  kills  a  non-­‐Muslim  who   has   a   treaty  with  the  Muslims  or  is  a  subject  of  the  Islamic  state  will  not  smell  the  scent  of   Paradise.” In  spite  of  all  this  we  find  people  entering  one  of  the  houses  of  Allah  and  blowing  up   the  scholars  and  pious  people,  the  young  and  the  old,  hoping  to  enter  Paradise.  Who   gave   you   that  fatwa   (legal   opinion)?   The   Messenger   of   Allah   clarified   the   issue.   Where   did   you   get   your   understanding   from?   He   also   said:   “If   death   comes   to   someone  while  he  is  seeking  knowledge  to  revive  Islam  then  there  is  only  one  degree   between  him  and  the  Prophets  in  Paradise.”  Do  not  jusOfy  something  which  Allah   has   not  jusOfied.   If  a   man   was   wrongly   killed   in   the  East  and  a   man   in   the  West  was   content  with  this,  then  he  is  an  accomplice  of  the  one  who  killed  him.  “Whoever   assists   in  the   killing   of   a   Muslim   even   with  half   a   word   will   meet  Allah   and   it   will   be   wriPen  on  his  forehead:  ‘I  have  despaired  of  Allah’s  mercy.’”

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O   believers,   we   have   to   truly   return   to   Muhammad   so   that   Allah   removes   our   tribulaOons.   We   must   reproach   ourselves,   for  this   is   what   Allah   loves:   Allah   will  not   change  what  is  in  a  people  unGl  they  change  what  is  in  themselves. The   Prophet   informed   us   that   if   someone   recites   the   following   verse   seven   Omes   in   the   morning   and   seven   Omes   in   the   evening,   Allah   will   remove   his   worries   whether   they  are  connected  with  this  world  or  the  next:  

x‫ﻴﻢ‬s‫ﻈ‬k‫ ﺍاﻟﻌ‬v‫ﺵش‬n‫ﺮ‬k‫ﺏبﱡ ﺍاﻟﻌ‬k‫ ﺭر‬y‫ﻮ‬l‫ﻫ‬y‫ ﻭو‬l‫ﻛﱠﻠﹾْﺖ‬y‫ ﺗﹶَﻮ‬s‫ﻪ‬n‫ﻠﹶَﻴ‬k‫ ﺇإﻻﱠ ﻫﻮ ﻋ‬k‫ ﻻ ﺇإﻟﻪ‬l‫ ﺍاﻟﻠﻪ‬y‫ﻲ‬v‫ﺒ‬n‫ﺴ‬k‫ﺣ‬
Allah  is  sufficient  for  me;  there  is  no  god  but  He.  On  Him  I  rely;  He  is  the  Lord  of  the   Awesome  Throne.   May   Allah   inspire   the   Muslims   to   recite   it   and   inspire   them   to   seek   relief   from   their   sufferings  through  following  him. The  Messenger  of  Allah  (may  Allah  bless  him  and  grant  him  peace)  also  said:  "No   slave  ever  says  [the  following  words]  when  he  is  afflicted  with  worry  or  grief  except   that  Allah  removes  his  worry  and  replaces  his  sorrow  with  joy:

‫ﻲﱠ‬v‫ ﻓ‬u‫ﺎﺽض‬k‫ ﻣ‬،َ‫ﺪﹺِﻙكﹶ‬k‫ﻲ ﺑﹺِﻴ‬v‫ﺘ‬k‫ﻴ‬s‫ ﻧﹶَﺎﺻ‬،َ‫ﻚﹶ‬s‫ﺘ‬k‫ ﺍأﻣ‬l‫ﻦ‬n‫ﺪﹺِﻙكﹶَ ﺍاﺑ‬n‫ﺒ‬k‫ ﻋ‬l‫ﻦ‬n‫ﺪﹸُﻙكﹶَ ﺍاﺑ‬n‫ﺒ‬k‫ﻲ ﻋ‬vّ‫ﻢﱠ ﺍإﻧﹼ‬l‫ﺍاﻟﻠﱠﻬ‬ ،َ‫ﻚﹶ‬k‫ ﻧﹶَﻔﹾْﺴ‬s‫ ﺑﹺِﻪ‬k‫ﺖ‬n‫ﻤﱠﻴ‬k‫ ﺳ‬،َ‫ ﻟﹶَﻚﹶ‬y‫ﻮ‬l‫ ﻫ‬w‫ﻢ‬n‫ ﺍاﺳ‬v‫ﺎٔﻟﹸُﻚﹶَ ﺑﹺِﮑﱡﻞ‬n‫ ﺍأﺳ‬،َ‫ﺎﻭؤﻙكﹶ‬k‫ﻲﱠ ﻗﹶَﻀ‬v‫ ﻓ‬j‫ﺪﹾْﻝل‬k‫ ﻋ‬،َ‫ﻚﹶ‬l‫ﮑﹾْﻤ‬l‫ﺣ‬ x‫ﻠﹾْﻢ‬s‫ﻲ ﻋ‬v‫ ﻓ‬s‫ ﺑﹺِﻪ‬k‫ﺕت‬n‫ﺘﹶَﺄﺛﹶَﺮ‬n‫ ﺍاﺳ‬z‫ ﺍأﻭو‬،َ‫ﻚﹶ‬s‫ ﺧﹶَﻠﹾْﻘ‬n‫ﻦ‬s‫ﺪﺍاﹰً ﻣ‬n‫ ﺍأﺣ‬l‫ﺘﹶَﻪ‬n‫ﻠﱠﻤ‬k‫ ﻋ‬z‫ ﺍأﻭو‬،َ‫ﺘﹶَﺎﺑﻚﹶ‬s‫ﻲ ﻛ‬v‫ ﻓ‬l‫ﻟﹶَﺘﹶَﻪ‬k‫ ﺍأﻧﹾْﺰ‬z‫ﺍأﻭو‬ ‫ﻲ‬vm‫ﻤ‬k‫ ﻫ‬k‫ﺎﺏب‬k‫ﺫذﹺِﻫ‬y‫ﻭو‬

،‫ﻲ‬v‫ﻧ‬n‫ﺰ‬l‫ ﺣ‬k‫ﺀء‬t‫ﻼ‬k‫ﺟ‬y‫ ﻭو‬،‫ﺮﹺِﻱي‬k‫ﺼ‬k‫ ﺑ‬k‫ﻧﹸُﻮﺭر‬y‫ ﻭو‬،‫ﻲ‬v‫ ﻗﹶَﻠﹾْﺒ‬k‫ﺑﹺِﻴﻊ‬k‫ﺁآﻥنﹶَ ﺭر‬l‫ ﺍاﻟﻘﹸُﺮ‬k‫ﻞ‬k‫ﻌ‬n‫ ﺍأﻥنﹾْ ﺗﹶَﺠ‬،َ‫ﻨﹾْﺪﹶَﻙكﹶ‬s‫ﺐﹺِ ﻋ‬n‫ﺍاﻟﻐﹶَﻴ‬

O  Allah  I  am  Your  slave,  the  son  of  Your  male  and  female  slave,  my  forelock  is  in  Your   hand,  Your  order  will  be  implemented,  and  Your  decree  concerning  me  will  be  just.  I   ask  You  by  every  name  You  possess,  of  the  names  which  You  have  called  Yourself,  or   revealed  in  Your  Book,  or  taught  to  any  of  Your  creaOon  or  kept  to  Yourself  in  the   Unseen   Realm,   to   make   the   Qur'an   as   a   garden   for   my   heart   (to   wander   in),   and   to   make   it  the   light  of   my  vision,  and  the  cause   for  the  removal   of  my   sorrow  and  my   worry.” May  Allah  relieve  the  suffering  of  every  Muslim.   Our  Lord,  forgive  us  and  those  who  have  preceded  us  in  faith  and  do  not  allow  any   rancour  towards  those  who  believe  to  enter  our  hearts.  Our  Lord,  truly  You  are   Most  Kind,  Most  Merciful.

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