Beyond the Outward 2

  • There is a story I want to tell
    So my brothers lend me your ears
    There is a story I want to tell
    So my sisters listen with love
    About the purest of Allah’s beloved
    Rasulu Karimu Mustafa

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

There is a story I want to tell
About the purest of all the pure
The noblest of servants Habibullah
Rahmatan lil alamin

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

There is a story I want to tell
About the best of all that is made
Khairul khalqin Rasulullah
The crown of Nubuwwa Habibullah

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

There is a story I want to tell
About the light from Allah Habibullah
Nur Mujassami and Nurullah
The Imam of the Prophets Rasulullah

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

There is a story I want to tell
About the seal of the messengers sent
Khatam-i ambiya-i Rasulullah
Mukhbir Sadiq Mustafa

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

A sahabi arrived with due respect
In the blessed presence of Habibu Rahman
Asking a question useful to him
And the entire creation until the end

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

‘We heard of Musa and his staff
And that Isa made the dead to rise
Countless are Mujizas we’ve read about
Regarding the prophets that came before’

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

‘Ya Muhammad! Ya Habib!
Rasulu Karimu Mustafa!
What is the Mujiza you’ve brought to us
Ahead of the countless we already saw?’

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Our Prophet replied with a certainty pure
And his like will never be seen
Muhammad is sublime Subhanallah!
Let us reflect on Khulqul azhim
Allah and His angels send salam
On the Imam of the pure Habibullah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

‘My life is the Mujiza ahead of all
For I was sent as the walking Qur’an
Huswatun Hasana Rasulullah
Here is a model perfected for all

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Following the sunnah of Habibullah
Is the proof of Iman and nothing else
Without the sunnah your case is lost
The path to jannat is to be like him

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Your beard, your trouser and your turban
Is a drop in an ocean of the sunnah please
The spirit of the sunnah is greatest of all
Reflect on the stories of the saintly pure

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

The beginning of the inward of the path
Is to possess a heart that never offends
Wishing the creation all the best
And sorrowing for them when ill-at-ease

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

The step that follows is such a heart
That is filled with mercy for friends and foes
The worst of errors are waived away
Reflecting the mercy of the Lord of the worlds

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Our Lord gives and also forgives
Man only gets and soonest forgets
The rahma of Allah is Mustafa
Compassion and mercy to the worst of foes

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

The perfection of the inward is to act and react
Only and only for Allah’s sake
To seek salvation for one and all
With vengeance and rage thrown to the dogs

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Mercy and tears for those in pains
Prayers of succour for soul constrained
Moral purity without a stain
Are the fruits of sunnah check yourself

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

The best of servants Rasulullah

Lailaha illallah

The crown of the saintly Habibullah

Lailaha illallah

The Imam of Prophets Mustafa

Lailaha illallah

The seal of messengers and Nurullah

Lailaha illallah

The best of husbands Rasulullah

Lailaha illallah

The best of teachers Habibullah

Lailaha illallah

The best of neighbors Mustafa

Lailaha illallah

The mercy on the universe and Allah’s beloved
The purest and best in all that is good

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Here my verses have come to an end
But the virtues of Muhammad are never to end
I am like a bat exposed to light
In the state of blindness I failed to see

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah
Forgive my lapses Ya Wadud
In my attempt to praise your beloved
I am ashame of the verses I write
How can the wretched praised the crowned

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

I am like the dog of Ashab Khaf
Though filthy and worthless it’s in Jannat placed
For walking some steps with the beloved
It won a rank that men would crave

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

My desire is fulfilled Ya Karim
If for a moment You accept my verse
And on my death I pass away
With love for Your Habib in my heart

Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illallah
Lailaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur-Rasulullah

Preserving your Gems

A summary explanation of the Hadith ash-Sharif on the inherent virtues in a believer and how they are lost

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 Our beloved Prophet and noble master, Rasulullah Muhammad Mustafa [sallallahu alaihi wa sallam] said:

There are four invaluable gifts embedded in the son of Adam (alaihi ‘s-salam). These four gifts are in turn removed by other four vices, evils. As for the invaluable gems (gifts), they are; Intellect, Religion, Shame and (ability and inclination) to do good deeds. Of these: anger removes intellect, envy removes religion, desire removes shame and sense of caution and backbiting removes goods deeds.

  1. ANGER REMOVES INTELLECT

Since excessive anger is a step to insanity. When man gets angry his intellect vanishes and his wisdom suppressed. He becomes a toy in the hand of Shaytan who makes him utters statements that he is bound to regret. Know, and may Allahu ta’ala grant you safety, that anger comes in four shades and only one of these can be found in a true Muslim. Some are quick to anger and also quick to go out of it; some get angry late and go out of anger late; some get angry  quick and come out of it late; while some get angry late and quickly come out of anger. This (last type) is the anger of the believer. We attain to this fortune when we realise Allahu ta’ala’s sublimity over us and His promise to remove His anger on the Day of Accounting on those who restrain their anger when provoked by other creation of Allah. The Holy Qur’an elaborating on those who will enter into Allahu ta’ala’s rahma and compassion says:

Those who avoid the major sins (Kabair) and indecencies, and forgive when they are angry. (al-Shura: 37) Continue reading “Preserving your Gems”

The Virtues of the Sacred Month of Rajab

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

We offer our Hamd to our Karim Lord, Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala, for the unique blessing of Iman and for all He has mercifully put in place to ensure our forgiveness and our success on the Day of Hisab. Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala loves all possessors of Iman. With their guidance to Iman He has extended a ‘hand’ of friendship to them, and with the bond of love established, He also took it upon His majesty to fulfill all rights of friendship due. A reflection over the obligatory and nawafil ibadats as well as many little deeds that give so much rewards and exaltation would reveal how much our Lord and Creator has put in place to raise our rewards, cleanse us of sins and even turn our evils and lapses to good.

The month of Rajab is one of the sacred time selected by Allahu ta’ala to offset our deficit by granting abundance of reward. Our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) and their pious  heirs and lovers (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) would make the best of this month, exerting themselves in ibadats and good deeds. This write up is to remind Muslims of the sacredness of this noble months, of the sacred duties in it, and of the rewards attainable by those who sincerely make efforts to win Allah’s mercy in it.

The Hujjatul Islam, al-Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (rahimahullah) quoted the noblest Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) as saying:

Rajab is the month of Allahu ta’ala, Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah. Continue reading “The Virtues of the Sacred Month of Rajab”

Timbuktu: A Paradise in Shambles

Colonialism is one fettered wound that time has failed to heal. And what else can heal a wound which has defied the soothing balm of time except the sustained efforts of the truly committed whose only goal in life is the pleasure of their Lord and Creator, Allahu Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Pitiable is the situation of the Muslims today, especially the French colonized regions of West Africa. Indeed, the effects of colonialism is more telling on today’s Muslims, relative to the great heroes who confronted the army of exploitation and disbelief. Cut from the past and denuded socially through language and cultural impositions, the Muslims in colonised regions are deprived of a meaningful life in the present thus becoming a bad imitation of what our spiritual ancestors used to be.

I was blessed with a visit to what used to be the spiritual capital of the West Africa sub-region, the great city of Timbuktu. Decadence and disappointments we met as the journey progressed, but we kept the ‘joker’ close to our hearts; if all cities embrace laxities, the city of Timbuktu would surely struggle to be above board. Alas, the depth of colonial atrocities is beyond the wildest imaginations. The genocide lives on, as people remain robbed economically, persecuted spiritually and left with an educational system that would produce everything but a true Muslim. My heart bled and with tear-filled eyes, I recollect a famous quatrain, a merger of my couplet with the invaluable couplet of the unique and noble Shaykh, Hadrat Hafiz Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (Damat Barakatuhu):

The state of the Ummah is worrisome indeed

Men are rare but for the name

Adrift at sea with no Shore in sight

Emptiness we see wherever we turn Continue reading “Timbuktu: A Paradise in Shambles”