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Friday, February 25, 2005

Duaa Nasiri

O You to Whose mercy one flees!
You in Whom the one in need and distress seeks refuge!

O Master, You Whose pardon is near!
O You Who help all who call on Him!

This highly potent du'a by the renowned Sufi Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Nasir, was recited across Morocco and inspired resistance to the French Occupation. So powerful was it that the French President had to issue an order banning its recitation from the mosques. Moroccans date the movement to return King Muhammad from that outlawing of the du'a. It is appropriate to the present state of the 'Umma.

An Audio Link of Du'a Here...

English Translation by Aisha Bewley and Arabic Text Here...

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Who is Rumaysa?

I came across the story of Rumaysa (may Allah be pleased with her) and it inspired me. She was a model Muslimah who sacrificed and loved for the sake of Allah. The prophet muhammed (peace be upon him) had compassion for her. . . So do I.

Rumaysa bint Milhan, one of the women companions of the prophet (peace be upon him), also known as "Umm Sulaym", was known for her excellent character, the power of her intellect and her independent attitude of mind.

It was noticed that the Prophet, peace be on him, had a special compassion for Umm Sulaym and her family and when asked about it, he replied: "Her brother was killed beside me."

The Prophet used to visit their home. Sometimes he would have a siesta in their house and, as he slept, she would wipe the perspiration from his forehead. Once when the Prophet awoke from his siesta, he asked: "Umm Sulaym, what are you doing?" "I am taking these (drops of perspiration) as a barakah (blessing) which comes from you ," she replied.

Umm Sulaym was a model Muslim, a model wife and mother. Her belief in God was strong and uncompromising. She was not prepared to endanger her faith and the upbringing of her children for wealth and luxury, however abundant and tempting.

She was devoted to the Prophet and dedicated her son Anas to his service. She took the responsibility of educating her children and she played an active part in public life, sharing with the other Muslims the hardships and the joys of building a community and living for the pleasure of God.

More about Rumaysa...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Hizb ul Bahr

Litany of the Sea

The Mystical Teachings of al-Shadhili from Ibn al-Sabbagh's Durrat al-Asrar wa Tufat al-Abarar

By God, I did not utter it (the litany of the Sea) except as it came from the prophet of God, from whose instruction I learned it. "Guard it; he said to me, "for it contains the greatest name of God"

Excerpt from the Litany of the Sea

Help us, for Thou art the best of helpers.

Open to us the hand of mercy, for Thou art the best of openers. Pardon us, for Thou art the best of pardoners.

Be compassionate toward us, for Thou art the best of those who show compassion.

Sustain us, for Thou art the best of sustainers. Guide us and rescue us from the unjust people.

Send us a gentle breeze, as Thou dost know how to do, and let it blow on us from the storehouses of Thy mercy.

Let it bear us along as it by miraculous intervention, with security and well-being, in religion, worldly affairs, and the hereafter."

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Mawlid Hajji Imran

DeenPort Audio: Mawlid Hajji Imran - with Shaykh Diya'
Burdah and Hadra

A beautiful mawlid held for Hajji Imran Chowdhury with Shaykh Diya (a young scholar, Qur'anic reciter, and Islamic singer).

Track 1: Stunningly beautiful Qur'anic recitation.
Track 2: A very lively rendition of the Qasida Burda (first 2 chapters).
Track 3: A passionate and moving hadra.

To Download: Mawlid Hajji Imran

This is absolutely beautiful!! I pray that I am chosen among the blessed people of gatherings such as these.

Sayyid Muhammad ‘Alawi al-Maliki

By Mostafa Badawi

Just before dawn on Friday the 15th of Ramadan of this year the Muslim community lost one of its most eminent scholars and men of Allah. Sayyid Muhammad ‘Alawi al-Maliki came from a long line of eminent scholars...

May Allah have mercy on his soul and perfume his resting place. Ameen.

For the full obituary see: