"O Allah! We seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) We seek strength, and We ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and We do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (We are about to take) is better for my religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for us and make it easy for us and then add blessings [baraka'] in it, for us. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for us, bad for our religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from us and turn us away from it and whatever is better for us, ordain [destine] that for us and then make us satisfied with it."
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Importance of a good shaykh by Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu anhu
Al Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu anhu said: You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaykh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge ['ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice ['ulama 'ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.
Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He). What each of you should do, when the night has grown dark and people have gone to bed and their voices are silent, is get up, take an ablution [yatawadda'], perform two cycles of ritual prayer [yusalli rak'atain] and say: "O my Lord, guide me to one of Your righteous servants near to You, so that he may guide me toward You and make me familiar with Your path." The instrument [sabab] is necessary. Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) was quite capable of guiding [His servants] to Him without the Prophets [anbiya']. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must awaken from your heedless folly. As the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: If someone relies entirely on his own subjective judgement, he will go astray. Try to find someone who will be a mirror for the face of your religion [din], just as you look in the mirror to check the appearance of your outer face, your turban and your hair. Be sensible! What is this crazy foolishness? You say, "I don't need anyone to teach me," and yet the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: The believer is the believer's mirror [al-mu'minu mir'atu 'l-mu'min].
When the believer's faith is sound, he comes to be a mirror for all creatures. They behold their religious faces [wujuh adyanihim] reflected in the mirror of his speech, every time they see him and get close to him. What is this craziness? Not a moment goes by without your begging Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) to provide you with more than you already have to eat, to drink, and to wear, with more sexual opportunities and more income. These are not things that could increase or decrease, even if you were to be joined in your plea by every supplicant whose prayers are answered [da 'in mujab].
Supplication [da 'wa] will neither increase one's sustenance by so much as an atom, nor reduce it by an atom. This is a foregone conclusion [mafrugh minhu]. You must devote your attention to doing what you have been commanded to do, and to avoiding what you have been forbidden to do. You should not worry about that which is bound to come your way, because He guarantees that it will come to you. Allotted shares [aqsam] arrive at their appointed times, whether they be sweet or bitter, whether you like them or dislike them.
The people [of the Way] attain to a condition in which they no longer have any prayer of supplication [du'a] or request [su'al] to make. They do not beg [in their prayers] to gain advantages, nor to get rid of disadvantages. Their supplication comes to be a matter concerning their hearts, sometimes for their own sake and sometimes for the sake of all creatures, so they utter the prayer of supplication without conscious premeditation [fi ghaiba].
"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
[When the believer's faith is sound], fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], remembrance [dhikr] and all acts of obedience [ta 'at] become second nature to him, mingled with his flesh and blood. Then he receives protection from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) under all circumstances. The restraint of the law [hukm] does not desert him, not for an instant, while he is on this course. The law comes to be like the vessel in which he sits, as he travels over the ocean of the power [qudra] of his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). He goes on traveling over it until he arrives at the shore of the hereafter, at the shore of the ocean of grace and the hand of nearness. Thus he is sometimes in the company of creatures and at certain times in the company of the Creator. His work and toil are with creatures, while his relaxation is with the Creator.
From Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, "The Sublime Revelation (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)," translated by Muhtar Holland (Al-Baz Publishing, Houston, 1992), p. 426-8.
Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him. (It was related by al-Bukhari)
“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”
Thursday, May 1, 2008
AL-ALLAMAH AS-SYAYKH SAYYID HABIB NOH BIN MUHAMMAD AL-HABSYI (1788-(27/07)1866)
Not much is known about the early life of this famous 19th century saint except that he came from the northern Malaysian state of Kedah and lived for a while in Penang an island off the coast of Kedah. He was a direct descendant of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). He was an Arab from Hadramaut, the area of southern Arabia that is now known as Yemen.
He made his appearance in Singapore after the island became a British colony in 1819. He came into prominence because being a majdhub he did things that are out of the ordinary. He loved children who liked to accompany him everywhere he went. He would enter a shop, take out all the money from the cash drawer and throw it to the waiting children. Those shopkeepers who were aware of his holy state did not make any attempt to stop him and were rewarded by Allah with prosperity in their business thereafter.
Such activities however, were frowned upon by the British colonial masters who tried to put him in jail a number of times. However, after doing this many times, they finally gave up and left him alone. The reason? Each time he was arrested, and put in jail, he mysteriously disappeared from his cell and was seen outside walking free. This is one of the signs of awliya, their service to God has set them free from man.
People in those days flocked to see him and sought the blessings of his sincere invocation. Since those were the days of sailing ships, traveling by ship was often hazardous and it took a few months to sail from Singapore to Jeddah, Arabia. Muslims planning to sail back to Indonesia, India and Arabia made it their practice to come and ask him to pray for their safe journey.
Stories on Habib Noh often revolve around his miracles--especially his incredible ability to appear in a number of places at the same time. He had been seen in Mecca when it was known that he has not left Singapore. He has been known to say farewell to travellers leaving Singapore with the words 'I will be there when you arrive'. When the traveller reached his destination months later, Habib Noh would be there to welcome him at the harbour.
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani implores Allah to bless the wali Habib Noh with a high station in Paradise and for the sake of Allah subhana wa ta`ala's beloved awliya to forgive the attenders their sins
Once a prominent Singapore businessman was about to set sail before lunch-time on a certain day. He received word that Habib Noh wanted to have lunch with him in his house that very day. Because of his love for this great wali, he did not depart on the ship that day but stayed behind to have lunch with Habib Noh.He did not know at that time that Habib Noh--who was also known for his gift of knowing about events to come and his state of unveiling (kashf)--had come to lunch with a purpose. That was to prevent him from sailing on a ship that was doomed to be shipwrecked near Penang a few days later, going down with most of its passengers.
A gentleman by the name of Tok Mat, who owned a horse carriage, used to take Habib Noh on rides in his carriage. One night Tok Mat was returning home alone in his carriage felt quite frightened, as Singapore, one-hundred years ago, was not a safe place as it is now. Robbers and bandits were everywhere, waiting to take unwitting travelers by surprise. Tok Mat felt fearful and wished Habib Noh was there to protect him. He turned around and was shocked to see Habib Noh sitting in his carriage and smiling at him.
Numerous stories like these are still talked about till this very day in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and even in far away India and Yemen, among people who accept the miracles of awliya as commonplace. Speak to the present caretaker of the Habib Noh shrine, 51 year old Hassan Al-Khatib, and he will share with you his rich repertoire of stories on the life of Habib Noh. He will also tell you of unsuccessful attempts by local Wahabis and their Saudi friends to stop people from visiting this maqam.
Habib Noh died peacefully on Friday 14 Rabi`ul Awal 1283 Hijra (1866 CE ) and was buried on the hill at his own prior request. As with the martyrs and great saints, his spirit lives on and many miracles are still happening to those who have strong certainty and ask Allah for help with the baraka of this Saint of Singapore.
Today 131 years after he has left us, Habib Noh is still held in high esteem. Whenever he meets visitors from Singapore, Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani, world leader of the Nasqshbandi-Haqqani order, requests that they convey his salaams to Habib Noh. He also makes it a point to visit Habib Noh whenever he is in Singapore.
A measure of the high respect given to this saint can be seen in the action of Shaykh Hisham during this visit. Shaykh Hisham took off his shoes at the bottom of the hill on which the maqam is situated and walked barefooted up the 47 steps leading to the tomb as a sign of respect, although he was told that normally visitors take off their shoes at the top of the steps.
Al-Habib Ali bin Abdurrahman Alhabsyi
Al-Habib Ali Alhabsyi adalah putera dari Al-Habib Abdurrahman Alhabsyi. Ayah beliau tinggal di Jakarta. Ibunda beliau yaitu Nyai Salmah berasal dari Jatinegara, Jakarta Timur. Dalam perkawinannya dengan Al-Habib Abdurrahman Alhabsyi lama sekali tidak memperoleh seorang putera pun. Pada suatu ketika Nyai Salmah bermimpi menggali sumur dan sumur tersebut airnya melimpah-limpah hingga membanjiri sekelilingnya. Lalu diceritakanlah mimpinya itu kepada suaminya. Mendengar mimpi istrinya, Al-Habib Abdurrahman segera menemui Al-Habib Syeikh bin Ahmad Bafaqih untuk menceritakan dan menanyakan perihal mimpi istrinya tersebut. Lalu Al-Habib Syeikh menerangkan tentang perihal mimpi tersebut bahwa Nyai Salmah istri Al-Habib Abdurrahman akan mendapatkan seorang putra yang saleh dan ilmunya akan melimpah-limpah keberkatannya.
Apa yang dikemukakan oleh Al-Habib Syeikh itu tidak berapa lama menjadi kenyataan. Nyai Salmah mengandung dan pada hari Minggu tanggal 20 Jumadil 'Awal 1286 bertepatan tanggal 20 April 1870 lahirlah seorang putra yang kemudian diberi nama Ali bin Abdurrahman Alhabsyi.
Al-Habib Abdurrahman Alhabsyi tidak lama hidup mendampingi putra yang beliau cintai tersebut. Beliau berpulang ke rahmatullah ketika putra beliau masih berumur 10 tahun. Tetapi sebelum beliau wafat, beliau sempat menyampaikan suatu wasiat kepada istrinya agar putra beliau hendaknya dikirim ke Hadramaut dan Makkah untuk belajar ilmu agama Islam di tempat-tempat tersebut.
Untuk memenuhi wasiat suaminya, Nyai Salmah menjual gelang satu-satunya perhiasan yang dimilikinya untuk biaya perjalanan Habib Ali Alhabsyi ke Hadramaut dan Makkah. Karena di waktu wafatnya Al-Habib Abdurrahman Alhabsyi tidak meninggalkan harta benda apapun. Dalam usia 10 tahun berangkatlah Al-Habib Ali Alhabsyi dari Jakarta menuju Hadramaut, dengan bekal sekedar ongkos tiket kapal laut sampai di tempat yang dituju.
Sesampainya di Hadramaut, Al-Habib Ali sebagai seorang anak yang sholeh, tidak mensia-siakan masa mudanya yang berharga itu untuk menuntut ilmu yang bermanfaat, sambil mencari rizki yang halal untuk bekal hidup beliau selama menuntut ilmu di tempat yang jauh dari ibunya. Sebab beliau menyadari bahwa ibunya tidak mampu untuk mengirimkan uang kepada beliau selama menuntut ilmu di luar negeri tersebut.
Diantara pekerjaan beliau selama di Hadramaut dalam mencari rizki yang halal untuk bekal menuntut ilmu ialah mengambil upah menggembala kambing. Pekerjaan menggembala kambing ini rupanya telah menjadi kebiasaan kebanyakan para sholihin, terutama para Anbiya'. begitulah hikmah Ilahi dalam mendidik orang-orang besar yang akan diberikan tugas memimpin umat ini.
Di antara guru-guru beliau yang banyak memberikan pelajaran dan mendidik beliau selama di Hadramaut ialah Al-'Arif billah Al-Imam Al-Habib Ali bin Muhammad Alhabsyi, dan juga Al-Imam Al-Habib Ahmad bin Hasan Al-'Attos serta yang lain daripada ulama-ulama pada saat itu.
Setelah belajar di Hadramaut, beliau melanjutkan pelajaran di tanah suci Makkah, dibawah didikan ulama-ulama besar disana, diantaranya Mafti Makkah Al-Imam Muhammad bin Husin Alhabsyi, Sayid Bakri Sa'ta, As-Syeikh Muhammad Said Babsail, As-Syeikh Umar Hamdan dan lain-lain.
Berkat doa ibu dan ayah beliau, juga berkat doa para datuk-datuk beliau, terutama datuk beliau RAsullulloh SAW, dalam masa 6,5 tahun belajar di luar negeri Al-Habib Ali telah memperoleh ilmu Islam yang murni, luas dan mendalam yang dibawanya kembali ke Indonesia.
Sekembalinya di tanah air, mulailah beliau menjalankan dakwahnya, mengajak umat Islam untuk mengikuti ajaran-ajaran Islam yang suci dengan dasar cinta kepada Allah dan Rasul-Nya SAW.
Selain di pengajian tetap di majlis ta'lim Kwitang yang diadakan setiap hari Minggu pagi sejak kurang lebih 70 tahun yang lalu hingga sekarang dengan kunjungan umat Islam yang berpuluh-puluh ribu, beliau juga aktif menjalankan dakwah di lain-lain tempat di seluruh Indonesia. Bahkan hingga ke desa-desa yang terpencil di lereng-lereng gunung. Selain itu Al-Habib Ali Alhabsyi juga berdakwah ke Singapura dan Malaysia.
Beliau selain ahli dalam menyampaikan dakwah ilAllah, beliau juga terkenal dengan akhlaknya yang tinggi, baik terhadap kawan maupun terhadap orang yang tidak suka kepadanya. Semuanya dihadapinya dengan ramah-tamah dan sopan santun yang tinggi. Terlebih lagi khidmat beliau terhadap ibunya adalah sangat luar biasa. Dalam melakukan rasa bakti kepada ibunya sedemikian ikhlas dan tawadhu'nya, sehingga tidak pernah beliau membantah perintah ibunya. Biarpun beliau sedang berada di tempat yang jauh, misalnya sewaktu beliau sedang berdakwah di Surabaya ataupun di Singapura, bila beliau menerima telegram panggilan dari ibunya, segera beliaupulang secepat-cepatnya ke Jakarta untuk memenuhi panggilan ibunya tersebut.
Maka tidak heran apabila ilmu beliau sangat berkat, dan dakwah beliau dimana-mana mendapat sambutan yang menggembirakan. Setiap orang yang jumpa dengan beliau, apalagi sampai mendengarkan pidatonya, pastilah akan tertarik. Terutama di saat beliau mentalqinkan dzikir atau membaca sholawat dengan suara mengharukan, disertai tetesan air mata, maka segenap yang hadir turut meneteskan air mata. Dan yang demikian itu tidak mungkin jika tidak dikarenakan keluar dari hati yang ikhlas, hati yang disinari oleh nur iman dan nur mahabbah kepada Allah dan Rasul-Nya SAW.
Beliau berpulang ke rahmatulloh pada hari Minggu tanggal 20 Rajab 1388 bertepatan dengan 13 Oktober 1968, di tempat kediaman beliau di Kwitang Jakarta, dalam usia 102 tahun menurut Hijriyah atau usia 98 tahun menurut perhitungan Masehi.
Radhiyallohu anhu wa ardhah...