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Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm


A Compendium of the talks of:

Rady Allāhu ‘Anhu

Compiled by his grandson:

As-Sayyid Muhammad bin Mustafā Bū Numay
Rahmatullāhi ‘alayh


(Please note: In this Dars, there is a further elaboration on the Hadith Qudsi quoted in Dars 20).

My master, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

And the best thing that draws you near to your Lord are the obligatory duties which Allah has made obligatory on you, whether it is a personal obligatory duty (fard ‘ayn) or a communal obligatory duty (fard kifaya). Examples (of personal obligatory duties) are Prayer, the fulfillment of the rights of those who nourished him, being good to parents. And whenever you fulfill what is binding on you, you draw near to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, and you become the Beloved of Allah. So, to draw near to Allah with the obligatory duties is the beginning and the completion of all things because the obligatory duties are like the foundation. And can a building stand without a foundation?

And a servant does not cease to draw near to Allah with additional worship, that is additional (nawafil) Prayer and all the other types of nawafil and good deeds, those that can be seen such as the recitation of the Qur’an and dhikr (remembrance of Allah) as well as those that cannot be seen such as abstinence in worldly matters, and scrupulousness, and trust (in Allah) and being pleased (with the Decree of Allah). This is a sign of love. And the love of Allah for the servant is a magnificent thing. He bestows success to whomever He is pleased with, and deals with him with excellence.

So the first thing with which he draws near to Allah are the obligatory duties. He does not leave out any of the obligatory duties, even though he may fall short on the nawafil (the additional supererogatory acts of worship). But you draw nearer (to Allah) by performing both the faraid (obligatory) as well as the nawafil (additional). And he becomes the beloved of Allah. When he supplicates to Him, he is answered, and when he asks Him, he is given. And if he becomes the beloved of Allah, he hears and sees (with the power bestowed) by Allah, and Allah helps and assists him when he hears, and talks, and in all matters, to the extent that his limbs move when moved by Him.

And in a Hadith (Qudsi):

And with Me (My Power) he sees; and with Me, he holds; and with Me, he hears; and with Me, he walks.

So if the Power of Allah is with him, then he is the beloved, and whatever he determines, he fulfills, and whatever he does, he succeeds and makes it right and proper. And his holding is the holding of Allah, and his hearing is from the hearing of Allah. And he hears from far away. And it is not strange if one of them hears the adhan (call to Prayer) in Makkah or hears people talking far away, and he sees from the east to the west because he sees with the seeing of Allah. And he prays the morning Prayer in Mombasa and the noon Prayer in Makkah because he has become among the favourites and he walks with the Power of Allah, and he holds with His holding. Even if he were to grasp the mountain, he would split it. Allah helps him with the power which brings near to him what is far, and makes soft for him what is hard, and bestows on him the mystery of “be, and it became”.

It has been reported in another Hadith (Qudsi) that indeed Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, says:

O My servant! Indeed, I am Allah. None is to be worshipped but Me. When I say to a thing, “Be”, and it becomes instantaneously. I am giving you the ability to say to a thing, “be”, and it becomes.

These are the Friends of Allah (awliya’) who stand by the binding obligatory duties and do not leave out anything from the obligatory. And they are established on the Sunnah as much as they can. And they walk on the Path of the Master of existence (Prophet Muhammad), may Allah bless him; and they give in charity for the love of Allah. Such are those whom Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, loves.

And these things (the miracles) have been proven. How many miracles have been seen from the Friends of Allah such that the deniers can no longer deny them.

It has been reported about al-Habib Tahir bin Husayn bin Tahir that guests came to him, seventy of them, and they came suddenly to him. So he told the servant to prepare coffee in a pot, and he went out and brought a basket of dates. And he told his servant: “follow me”. So he said, “Whom will this suffice, O Habib, a basket of dates and a pot of coffee?” So he told him, “Don’t worry, just follow me”. Then Habib Tahir said to them, “This is for you. In the Name of Allah, welcome”. So the basket was passed around all the seventy of them, and they ate and they were satiated, and the dates in the basket did not get finished. And coffee was passed around them until they were satiated with coffee. This is not strange as al-Habib Tahir bin Husayn worshipped Allah, and stood by the obligatory duties and fulfilled the additional (nawafil) duties as well, so he heard and saw (with the power bestowed) by Allah, and his hand and feet moved (when moved) by Him. And whatever he intended: “be” and it became.

(Allah says in the Holy Qur’an):

No doubt! Indeed, the Friends of Allah, there is no fear upon them, nor shall they grieve. Those who accepted Faith and had reverential awe of Allah. For them are glad tidings in the life of this world and in the Hereafter. There is no changing the Words of Allah. (10:62-64)

And the precedence of this is from al-Habib al-A‘zam (the Most Beloved Prophet), may Allah bless him and his Family, in the (historical) incident of Hadrat Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) in the Battle of Khandaq, and you have already heard about that. And so, if this happens with the awliya’ (Friends of Allah), then how about the Prophet, may Allah bless him and his Family. And so how many (miracles) are of the Beloved Prophet, may Allah bless him, and how many (miracles) of his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them).