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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


In the words of my master, my grandfather, may Allah spread his benefit, at his home in Mombasa after the recitation of Qasida al-Burda of Imam al-Busiri on the last Thursday of Sha‘ban 1407 A.H. He said, may Allah be pleased with him.

The whole of this Burda is in praise of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) from its beginning to its end, chapter by chapter. Each chapter is complete knowledge. Its beginning awakens eagerness for his love, may Allah bless him and his Family, and grant him peace; and for (the love of) his city in which he was born, may Allah bless him and his Family, and grant him peace. Then there are things in it which if a Muslim hopes for, he can understand many things, like his saying:

Na‘am saraa tayfu man ahwaa fa arraqanee
wa’l hubbu ya‘taridulladhdhaati bi’l-alami

Yes, thoughts of the beloved came to me at night and kept me awake
and love transforms pleasure into pain

What is meant by this is the presence of the soul of the Chosen Prophet, may Allah’s blessings and salutations be upon him, to the extent that the commentator on the Burda said: “Whoever recites this couplet ten times every night and after it recites salat ‘alan-Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam), he sees the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam)”. And each letter in this Burda is light from the light of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and his Family and grant him peace. In it there are great specialities by the consensus of Muslims, from his miracles and his noble attributes (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam). It is a great, tremendous thing. It is not possible for a Muslim to fully mention the wonders and the marvels in it, from his noble character and his noble attributes. And we recite the Burda. That is by the Grace of Allah. He gives to whoever He wishes. This Burda is recited all over the world. This Burda is recited in the west. This Burda is recited in the east. This Burda is recited in Java. This Burda is recited in China. This Burda is recited as far as the land of Russia. It is famous and universal with the blessing of al-Habib al- A‘zam (the Most Beloved Prophet), may Allah’s blessings and His salutations be upon him.

Then he explained, may Allah be pleased with him.

It has been said that Shaykh al-Busiri, may Allah be pleased with him, was afflicted with semi-paralysis. And he came to the sea shore and got down and fanned himself and composed this Qasida al-Burda until he reached to his saying.

Fa mablaghu’l ‘ilmi feehi annahu basharun
So the knowledge about him is that he is a man

But he could not complete it. Whenever he strived, he could not do it. So he fell into a slumber and saw the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) who first touched on his illness, then said: Say!

wa annahu khayru Khalqillahi kullihimi
and that he is the best of all the creation of Allah

So when this Burda was completed by the Prophet, may Allah bless him and his Family, and grant him peace; why can’t we believe in it and make it like a refuge for us? It is a wonder that there are those who deny the Burda. These are the enemies of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam). All Praise is for Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta‘ala) who has chosen us for it. If a person was to explain a couplet from it, it would take him an hour, if only you could understand its meaning, but if Allah Wills, it will fill your hearts with grace. Like his saying;

Wa la’l-tamastu ghina’d-daarayni min yadihi
illastalamtu-nadaa min khayri mustalami

I did not seek for the wealth of the two worlds (this world and the Hereafter) from his hand
but I was invited to greet him the best of all the greetings

What is the wealth of this world? Allah made him al-Qasim (the Distributor), on him be blessing and salutation. (He said): “Indeed, I am the Distributor and Allah is the Giver.” He is the banner for those who came first and those who came later. And there is nothing except from his Spiritual Path. He is the Door of Allah and you do not get anything except from his door, it is the same whether done openly or secretly. And there are many proofs for that in his life as well as after he passed ahead to the Exalted Friend (Allah), may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him. And though he is alive, not in the sense of a full life, but with his awareness at all times and occasions, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him. That is why we look for him and seek his mediation. This most certainly takes place as he is the father of the souls, and the father of the spirits, and the key of goodness, and the key to everything for the Prophets and their followers and for generations of people and their followers. For this reason, he said,

“My life is better for you and my passing ahead is better for you”, may Allah bless him and his Family.