Archive for May, 2006

Does the soul of a Muslim return to visit his late residence?

May 25, 2006

The following fatwa is from the famous collection of Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imām Aĥmad RiĎā Khān (RA), Fatāwā Ar-Riđawiyyah

It addresses the question on the frequency and purpose of the return of the departed Muslim souls to their late residence.


Mawlana Jalal Al-Din Rumi and Islamic Spirituality

May 25, 2006

Excellent article by Sidi Muhammad Isa Waley


May 25, 2006

This has been taken from the brilliant English translation of Shaykh ul
Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Khandelwi's ( may Allah have mercy on
him) book Virtues of Salah un Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم . This book along with Mufti
Muhammad Ameens book Aab e Kautar are a must for every Sunni home.


1. Bestow your generous attention , O Seal of the
Prophets, For greatly bereaved is the world since your
demise, O Rasul of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم
2. You who are indeed last of the Messengers and their
seal. How can you ignore us when drowned in
wretchedness and ill fortune as we are ?

3. Through your evergreen freshness , O dearest one ,
grace know this world, and from your restful sleep
awake, to fill us with guiding light.

4. Lift now your countenance from within your Yemeni
shroud, for your blessed face is the very life and
light of day.

5. Turn for us the darkness of our sorrowful night
into the blessed light of day , and crown for us our
day with successful accomplishments.

6. And now do don your fragrant smelling garments ,
and on your head the white turban do place.

7. Let your dark and precious locks of hair hang down
, that their shade fall upon your blessed feet

8. Wrap your feet in your shoes from mountainous Ta'if
and make their straps bind our souls to you.

9. This entire universe desires to be spread out for
your feet, and sincerely wishes for the honour that
you tread upon her.

10. Com forth from your sepulchre into the Nabawi
Masjid , that we may kiss and lay our heads on the
dust under your feet where you tread.

11. O Rasul صلي الله عليه و سلم  , grant refuge and help for the needy
and console the hearts of those filled with love for

12. Sinners we are, drowned in the sea of our
iniquity. Yet great is the thirst of our endeavour to
follow your way.

13. You are the rain cloud of mercy and your
generosity demands that succour be granted to the
thirsty seeker in search of you.

14. How wonderful would be that day when to your abode
I shall come and blacken my eyes with the dust of
Medina. ( may the Lord hasten that day of my arrival
in Medina, to refresh my eyes with the dust of Medina.

15. How wonderful would be that day, when after
prayers of thanks, prostration of thanks, my soul I
shall fly midst the holy sepulchre ?

16. When in loving madness, cheering heart and
overflowing yearning, I shall walk near your blessed
grave and the Green Dome.

17. How glorious that day when from the clouds of my
eyes, raindrops of tears shall sprinkle upon the
threshold of your haram and your blessed grave.

18. When in joyful bliss I shall feel blessed to sweep
away the dust of your Haram and in ecstasy to remove
all dust from around you.

19. Though dust be hurtful to the eyes, yet your dust
be a light and cure for me, and though litter be of no
benefit to wounds, to me the litter of Medina shall be
a perfect cure for the ills of my heart.

20. To your honoured mimbar shall I go and rubbing
thereon my face , gone pale of love for you, that
golden it shall become.

21. Then to your musallah and the niche to stand in
prayer fulfilling my hearts desires, and standing
where you did stand, wash your footsteps in streams of
my blood.

22. Then to every pillar of your Mosque to stand in
utmost humbleness. Begging of Allah the faith and rank
of the Siddiq.

23. Indeed will the great hopes and desires of my
heart, in extreme pleasure cause every candle on earth
to glow more brightly.

24. And though my body does not appear in your
presence yet, grateful am I to Allah, that my soul is
there for me

25. O Prophet of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم  , frustrated have I
become, dejected of my selfishness. Help this helpless
soul and turn to him your look of favour.

26. If your loving kindness be not showered upon us,
paralysis would overtake us and vanquished shall we

27. Our ill-fate has turned us from Allah's path of
righteousness. Pray to him on our behalf for complete

28. ( This dua was then said ) O Allah , firstly grant
us true faith in a good fruitful life. And guide us,
Allah to a steadfast following in the deen

29. And that when the terror of Qiyaamat we meet, the
Lord of the day of reckoning shall save us therefrom
in honour and dignity

30. And that in spite of our numerous heinous sins,
Allah shall grant Muhammad صلي الله عليه و سلم  to intercede for us,
for without it we are lost

31. and that you shall arrive on the plain of
reckoning , while we, encircled by our sins , look on
as you shall bend your head in prayer, calling out , "
Forgive my people, Allah forgive them".

32. And may through your glorious efforts and the
blessings of the holy ones, this Jami also be included
amongst the accepted and pardoned ones. Aameen

Qadri RiĎawiyyah Tariqa of Maulana Ibrahim Khushtar Siddiqui (RA)

May 25, 2006

An excellent site on the Qadri RiĎawiyyah Tariqa of the late Maulana Ibrahim Khushtar Siddiqui (RA).


The site contains valuable information on Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (RA).

As-Shaykh As-Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Al-Rifa’i (hafizahullah) on Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (RA)

May 23, 2006

In the name of Allah Al Rahman Al-Raheem

Al-Allama Al-Kabir As-Shaykh Ahmad Ridha Khan Al-Barelwi (alayhi ar-rahma)

By the pen of the distinguished spiritual guide and teacher, the esteemed:

As-Shaykh As-Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Al-Rifa’i (hafizahullah).

Born in 1272 A.H. (1856 C.E.), (Shaykh Ahmad Ridha Khan (rahmatullah alay)), indeed from an early age he occupied himself in the study of the sacred sciences, distinguishing himself until he became capable of issuing fatawa (formal legal opinions) at an early age. (13 years 10 months 5 days, on the 15th Sh’aban 1286 A.H. (1864 C.E.) ‘Rasa’il Ridhwiyya’ Vol 2 pg 301/315 Maktaba Hamidiyya Lahore 1988), since he was raised in a noble religious environment, indeed his father (Allama Naqi Ali Khan (rahmatullah alayh)) and his grandfather (Allama Ridha Ali Khan (rahmatullah alayh)) were from amongst the ranks of the most eminent ulama and ascetics.


Born in the town of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, in India, he thus became known as the Barelwi (‘al-Barelwi’) referring to his relationship with this region, as is the custom of the ulama and the famous personalities of Hind.

Religious services:

After completing his familiarisation with the various sacred sciences and receiving the cloak of succession and deputyship (khirqat ul khilafa) in the Qadiri tariqa, in particular, alongside the Naqshbandi, Chistiyy and Suharwardi tariqas the Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) occupied himself with teaching, issuing legal rules, writing, delivering sermons, spiritual instruction and reformation of the Muslim Ummah.

His many precious works:

The Shaykh authored approximately 1,000 works in the various different religious sciences and other fields in Arabic, Urdu and Farsi, most of them published, and to Allah is all praise. Possessing tremendous genius, lively minded, swift in writing, the knowledge and cognizance came to him continuously from the help of Allah and the blessings of His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and there is much that bears testimony to that, and any who peruses his numerous, beneficial works perceives that.

His character:

The Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) was of outstanding character and distinguished morals.  He loved for the sake of Allah and became angry for the sake of Allah.  The Shaykh had an intense sense of honour in all what concerned Allah (jalla jalaluhu) and His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam)

His love for the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)

The Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) was a great lover of our Liege-Lord Al Mustafa (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam).  To the extent that due to his intense love and following of the noble Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) he named himself the slave of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) (Abd ul Mustafa) and he would conclude his sittings of zhikr with the famous qasida he composed on the praise, extolling, eulogy and declaration of the station of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) with the opening verses: ‘ A hundred thousand salawat and salams upon you O Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) O Soul of the Mercy of Allah to mankind)

The Shaykh’s connection to Tasawuff:

As we have mentioned the Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) took his spiritual path from the eminent Gnostic scholars of his time, who saw him worthy and deserving of succession (khilafa), instruction and purification after they passed onto the next world.  And indeed he performed this duty admirably, and he would zealously protect the shari’ah and tariqa together and rejected separation between them and he would say: ‘ Verily the shariah is the foundation and tariqa is a branch.  The shari’ah is a source head and the tariqa is an ocean bursting forth from this spring.  It is not possible to arrive to Allah except by suluk upon the shar’iah and who proceeded on a way other than the way of the shari’ah is destroyed and strays from the way of truth”.

This method of the shaykh clarifies the lies, the deceit, falsehood and slander of his opponents who contradicted the saying of Allah (t’ala):  ‘O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.’ (Surah Al Hujurat (42) Verse 6).  Indeed most definitely he was a lover of the Master Al Mustafa (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) with a complete love and a complete following of the Shar’iah al Mustafawiyyah upon Him (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) be the best of salawat and salam.

His Jihad:

At the time of Indian Revolution, in 1857 C.E., the Shaykh (radhiyAllahu anhu) issued a legal ruling prohibiting association, mutual relations and friendship with the English colonialist disbelievers.  He gave fatwa that friendship was absolutely haram with every mushrik whether it be a compliant non-Muslim or one’s own children or father or brother or close relative.

His piety and scrupulousness: 

The Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) was diligent on the 5 prayers with congregation, God fearing and scrupulous, remembering Allah in all his states.  Indeed he visited the two holy sanctuaries in 1295 A.H. (1878 C.E.) to carry out the obligation of Hajj and visitation of the grave of his beloved Al-Mustafa (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) and indeed seized the opportunity and gathered with the gnostic scholars and the muhadithin in those blessed lands and mutually exchanged with them ijazat in the Shar’iah Sciences and in suluk and tasawuff.  He then returned to the two holy sanctuaries again for Hajj and Ziyara and realisation of benefits, spiritual and knowledge based.

His status and rank:

Many consider the Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) the reviver of the age (Mujaddid Al-Asr) to the Muslim Ummah and in  particular in the land of Hind where he became known as the reviver of the ummah (Mujaddid al Ummah), confirming the statement of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam):  ‘Verily Allah sends for this Ummah at the head of every century, one who revives for it it’s Deen’.  And verily the great majority  (As-Sawad Al A’zam) from Ahl as Sunnah in the Indian subcontinent (comprising Pakistan, India and Bangladesh) consider him to this day their Imam and Spiritual Guide and constantly repeat his sincere, delightful qas’aid and eulogies to the Master, the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) in their sittings, celebrations, in particular their celebration of the birth of the Noble Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam).  And the Shaykh did not travel onto Allah from this world until he had fulfilled his exalted mission in the renewal of the religion and awakening of the soul and sense of honour for Islam and for the Messenger (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) in the hearts and minds of the Muslims.

May Allah have mercy on him, a wide mercy and establish him in his spacious paradise and benefit the Muslims with his knowledge and his sincere, ample spiritual overflowing, Amin.

And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Liege Lord Muhammad and upon his family and companions

As-Shaykh As-Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Al-Rifa’i (rahmatullah alayh).

8th Dhul Hijjah 1409 A.H. 11 July 1989 C.E. (Kuwait).

Translated from the original Arabic:

Pg 5-8 “Al Khutut Ar-Ra’isiyyah lil Iqtisad al Islami”

By Al-Imam Al-Mujaddid Ahmad Ridha Khan (rahmatullah alayh) (1272 AH – 1340 AH)

Published by Idarat tahqeeq Imam Ahmad Ridha (rahmatullah alayh) Karachi.

Al-Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafidh on Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (RA)

May 20, 2006

Dressed up for the Mawlid

May 19, 2006

An interesting blog, of a teacher who has lived in the
Middle East for over five years. He and his family recently moved to
Damascus, Syria, where he his working as a teacher.

The women won it – Salma Yaqoob

May 15, 2006

sorry its not news but I have just found out! More young and educated Muslims needed in such positions

Hadhrami migration in the 19th and 20th centuries by Ulrike Freitag

May 5, 2006

Memorial: Al-Hajjah Farizah Rabbat Umm Ibrahim Al-Yaqoubi Al-Hassani(RA)

May 4, 2006

by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi Al-Hassani