From Al- Habib Kazim Ja‘far Muhammad al-Saqqaf

1)            Make due preparation for the first night of the month of Ramadhan as this is the night that Allah t’ala gazes upon his slaves.  Whoever Allah t’ala gazes upon, he’ll never be punished.[1]

  • Read Surah Fath on this night
  • Make ghusl (male & female)
  • Intend to fast for the entire month

Some people are cognisant of the Divine gaze and are affected by it whereas others remain unaware and unaffected…

2)           Complete the obligation of fasting but also other works to draw nearer to Allah t’ala such as strengthening the ties of sisterhood.[2]

  • The devil always attempts to cheat a human being and render him in a state of ingratitude
  • A small amount of shukr will make one ascend in degrees
  • We should make a firm intention to act in accordance with what we have learnt, even if it is a little.
  • Consistent small works and a little thankfulness is better than a lot of inconsistent acts.
  • The mercy that Allah t’ala shows you is in proportion to the mercy you show to others.
  • Our Beloved  said: when 2 Muslims meet 100 mercies descend – 90 are for the one with the best character and higher countenance (by the mercy of Allah t’ala 10 mercies go to the other).

3)             Recite the noble Quran by day and by night;

  • To recite it by day will ensure that the Quran will bear witness for you on the day of judgement
  • To recite it by night (especially in the last third of the night) will ensure that the Quran is actually embodied and will physically act as an intercessor for you on the day of judgement.

4)            Pray 20 rakat – Salaatul-Tarawih

5)             Breaking the fast:

  • With dates – 3, 5 or 7 – this prepares you to embrace the  odd night of Laylatul Qadr as you have taken on “oddities” in your acts.
  • Pray to Allah t’ala as every day a dua will be accepted from you:

–          1st night – a good ending

–          2nd night – emancipation from the hell-fire

–          3rd night – well-being here and in the hereafter

–          4th night – companionship of our Beloved

–          Rest of the nights (26 in total) = choice of your own prayer

5)               Make an intention for each fast on the night preceding the fast.

6)            During the daylight hours control the tongue and don’t speak out of anger, lying, backbiting – the fast can be rendered void if you do so.

7)             In the last 10 nights of Ramadhan say abundantly the dua of our Beloved

أَللّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنّ يْ

Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibul afwa fa-fu anni

O Allah! You are the Most forgiving, You love forgiveness, so forgive me.

8)            There are blessings in suhoor – even if you are not hungry, observe eating even if it’s a small amount.

9)             Don’t argue/dispute with anybody – especially in the last 10 nights.

10)          If Jummah falls on an odd night in the last 10 days – bring it to life as this is likely to be Laylatul Qadr.

11)            If you go to the Masjid make intention for itikaaf for the duration of time that you spend in there – to increase your rewards.

12)          If you go to the Masjid for itikaaf or salaatul-tarawih – when you enter the Masjid say that you are making an oath to Allah t’ala upon yourself – to pray 20 rakat or to sit itikaaf – as  it   then becomes wajib for you to complete the oath.  Therefore the reward is x70 more for performing a wajib.

Habib Khazim said if we do all of the above we have good hope that we will bring to life all of the blessings of this sacred month inshallah…

[1] al-Shaikh ‘Umar Husain al-Khatib

[2] al-Shaikh ‘Umar Husain al-Khatib


Supplication for breaking the fast;



Jazakumallahu khairan dear ‘Dew-drop’ and a special sister for their contributions. 

May Allah allow us all to take benefit from time spent in blessed company and enable us to bring life to the month ahead, may he allow us to remember those in need and may he grant us freedom from the fire and entry to jannah without hisab.

Ramadhan Mabruk to all



The word Sha’ban [in the Arabic script] is spelt with five letters:    

  The shin stands for sharaf [nobility]         ش

 the ‘ain for ‘uluww [sublimity]                    ع

  the ba’ for birr [piety]                                 ب

 alif for ulfa [harmonious intimacy]             ا

 and the nun for nur [radiant light]                   ن


The Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, said:

 “There are five nights on which du‘ā’ is not turned back: Friday eve, on the eve of Rajab, the 15th night of Sha‘bān, Laylat Al-Qadr, and on the eve of the two ‘Eids.”


Mu’adh ibn Jabal, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, has said: “Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha’ban and forgives all those created by Him, except the one who associates partners with Him or the one who has malice in his heart (against a Muslim)”



O Allah! You shower favours on everyone And no one can do You any favour. O The Possessor of Majesty and Honour, O The Distributor of bounty and rewards, There is no one worthy of worship except You. You help the fallen And provide refuge to the refugees And give peace to those who are in fear.

O Allah! If in the Mother of All Books that is with You You have written me down as someone who is Doubtful of achieving salvation, or deprived, Or rejected or without enough sustenance, Then, O Allah, with Your Grace Remove all of these misfortunes from me and in the Mother of All Books that is with You, establish me as someone who is blessed, with abundant provision and charitable good deeds. Indeed, what You said in The Book You sent Through the tongue of Your Blessed Prophet is true That Allah changes and establishes what He wants And with Him is the Mother of All Books.

O My Lord! For the sake of Your Divine Manifestation On this fifteenth night of the blessed month of Sha’ban In which You issue all Wise and Irrevocable Decrees Remove from us all calamities and hardships, those that we know about as well as those that we don’t, while You know everything. Truly, You are the Most Powerful, Most Generous.

And may Allah the Exalted shower blessings and peace on Sayyidina Muhammad, and on his family and his companions And all praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds. 

Arabic script  Transliteration


Also in the Hadrami tradition it is also highly recommended to read Surah Yā-Sīn 3 times on that night, each time with a specific intention: 1. The first time with the intention of Allah  increasing the length of your life in worship and good deeds. 2. The second time with the intention of Allah protecting you from tribulations. 3. Lastly, with the intention of Allah not making you reliant on other people.  


اللّهُمَ إنَّكَ عفوٌ كريمٌ تُحِبَّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَني، اللّهُمَّ إنّي أسْألُكَ العَفْوَ والعَافية والمُعَافَاةَ الدَّائِمة في الدِّين والدُّنيا والأخِرَة

Allahumma  innaka  ‘Afūwun  Karīmun  tuib  ul  ‘afwa  fa‘afu  ‘annī,  Allahumma  innī  as’aluka  al-‘afū, wa  al-‘āfīyah  wa  al-mu‘āfāt  ad-da’imah  fī  ad-dīni  wa  ad-dunyā  wa  al-ākhirah.

O Allah, You are Pardoning and Generous and You love to pardon, so pardon me. O Allah, I ask You for pardoning, good health [in body], and to be [spiritually] health always in my religion, and in this life, and in the hereafter.

Salaams and Jummah Mubarak

‘And if we truly love the Messenger of Allah then we must love his Companions—so for instance, if we love Shaykh So-and-so, then by extension we must also love the companions of that Shaykh; as for loving that Shaykh yet not loving his companions, that is a lie. True love has its signs 

 A sweet burst of the most beautiful example of meeting for the sake of Allah subhana wa ta’ala and his Habib Sallallahu alayhi wasallam this Jummah… 

Below is a link to one of the recently added articles on Marifa.net. A moving conversation between two luminaries of our time translated by shaykh Abdul Aziz.

Have your tissues at the ready…subhan’Allah…   


May Allah make us amongst the lovers insha’Allah Ameen

On Repentance


If you desire repentance, it is necessary upon you not to be void of reflection throughout your life. Reflect on what you have done during your day. If you find obedience, show gratitude to Allah (تبارك وتعالى) for it. If you find disobedience, reproach yourself for that and seek forgiveness from Allah (تبارك وتعالى) and repent to Him. There is no session with Allah (تبارك وتعالى) that is more beneficial to you than a session in which you reproach yourself. Do not reproach it laughing and cheerful. Rather, reproach it in a hardworking and sincere manner, showing a frown and being sad hearted, defeated, and lowly. If you do this, Allah (تبارك وتعالى) will replace your sadness with joy, low state with high rank, darkness with light, and veiling with unveiling.

Taj al-Arus of Ibn Ata’Allah as-Sakandari

You can read more excerpts from this book on the link below…



Allah help us to take ourselves to account before we are taken to account for what we have earned.

In seeking cure for my constant shortcomings as sister to the many wonderful people in my life (you know who you are) I was advised to seek guidance from a book that has been sitting on the bookshelf for a while. ‘The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam’ is book fifteen of Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Uloom al-Din and proves to be an enlightening read which focuses on the nuances and subtleties of relationships through encouraging us in actions that strengthen bonds so that insha’allah they will be a waseela for us on the day of reckoning.

“Know that the contract of brotherhood is a bond between two persons, like the contract of marriage between two spouses. For just as marriage gives rise to certain duties which must be fulfilled when it is entered into, so does the contract of brotherhood confer upon your brother a certain right touching your property, your person, your tongue and your heart – by way of forgiveness, prayer, sincerity, loyalty, relief and considerateness.”

The contract is further elaborated through an exposition of the eight duties of brotherhood in Islam. Some of the Prophetic sayings enjoining each duty are summarised below…

The first duty is the material
The Messenger of God (peace & blessings be upon him) said:
“Two brothers are likened to a pair of hands, one of which washes the other.”
“Each time two people are in company together, the dearer to God is he who is kinder to his companion.”

The second duty is to render personal aid in the satisfaction of needs
Al-Hassan (May Allah give him peace) used to say, “Our brothers are dearer to us than our families and our children, because our families remind us of this world while our brothers remind us of the Other.”

The third duty concerns the tongue
As for silence, the tongue should not mention a brother’s faults in his absence or presence. Rather one should feign ignorance
Ibn -al Mubarak (May Allah give him peace said, “The believer tries to find excuses for others, while the hypocrite looks out for mistakes’’

The fourth duty is to use the tongue to speak out
The Messenger of God (peace & blessings be upon him) said: “The Muslim is brother to the Muslim. He does not wrong him, does not forsake him, and does not betray him.” He also said, “Abu Hirr! Be a good neighbour to your neighbour and you will be a Muslim. Be a good fellow to your companion and you will be a Mu’min.”

Imam al-Shafi’i (May Allah give him peace) said:
“To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.”

The fifth duty is forgiveness of mistakes and failings
It has been said that one should seek seventy excuses for one’s brother’s misdeed, and if his heart will accept none of them he should turn the blame upon himself, saying to his heart, “How hard you are! Your brother pleads seventy excuses, yet you will not accept him. You are the one at fault, not your brother.”

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (May Allah give him peace) said, “The affection of a day is a link. That of a month is kinship. That of a year is a blood-tie. If anyone cuts it, God will cut him off.”

The sixth duty is to pray for one’s brother
For in reality his prayer for his brother is a prayer for himself.
The Messenger of God (peace & blessings be upon him) said:
, “Whenever a man prays for his brother in secret, the angel says, And to you the same.

The seventh duty is loyalty and sincerity
“Tell My servants to say what is kindlier. Surely, Shaytan sets them in variance.” (Al-Qur’an 17:53)

The Messenger of God (peace & blessings be upon him) said:
“Among the seven whom Allah keeps in His shadow are also two men who love each other for His sake, constant whether together or apart.”

The eighth duty is relief from discomfort and inconvenience.
Al-Junayed (R) said, “If two became brothers for God’s sake, and one of them is uncomfortable or embarrassed with his fellow, there must be a fault in one of them.”

May Allah enable us to fulfil our obligations and bring us together with the intentions to benefit each other in this life and the akhirah.


The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam , Imam Ghazali trans. Muhtar Holland




Rajab Reminder

Salaams & an early Rajab Mabrook to all

We are mubarak indeed in that we have been fortunate enough to see another sacred month where we can benefit hugely from the blessings that rain down in a month known as the month of Allah.  I wanted to share this reminder sent by a servant of Allah…



This is an excerpt from the book Kanz Al-Najah wa As-Suroor (The Treasures of Success and Happiness), a book highlighting the special qualities of each month. As the blessed and holy month of Rajab approaches (please check your local sightings or mosques to know when the month of Rajab begins in your area, hopefully this information will be of use in allowing us all to appreciate it and benefit from it:

So, my dear friend, put forth a great effort in the month of Rajab, may Allah have mercy on you. It is the season of great profits, so take advantage of your time! Whoever is spiritually sick due to their sins – know that the medicine has come.
* Know that Rajab is a virtuous month in which worship is gloriously rewarded – especially fasting and seeking repentance (istighfar).
* Also, making du’a during the eve of the first of Rajab is highly recommended. The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said, “There are five nights in which du’a (supplication) is not rejected: the eve of Rajab, the 15th night of Sha’aban, the eve of Friday, on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr, and on the eve of Eid Al-Adha.” [Al-Suyuti in his Al-Jami’].

* On the 27th night of Rajab, the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, was taken on the Isra wa Mi’raj (The Night Journey and Ascension to the Heavens). This was a great and glorious night, as is known to most Muslims, in which the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, met his Lord and was given the commandment to perform the 5 daily prayers.

* Rajab is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Quran (the four months are : Rajab, Dhul Qi’da, Dhul Hijjah, and Muharram):

إن عدة الشهور عند الله اثنا عشر شهرا في كتاب الله يوم خلق السموت والارض منها اربعة حرم
{The number of months is twelve according to God, in the decree of God, on the day God created the heavens and the earth; and four of them are sacred} (9:36)
* Rajab is Allah’s month in which He pours His Mercy upon the penitent and He accepts the actions that people have done for His sake. The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said, “Rajab is the month of Allah, and Sha’aban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.” (Imam Al-Suyuti in Al-Jami).
* Scholars say: Rajab is the month of repentance (istighfar), and Sha’aban is the month of sending peace and mercy (salawat/durood shareef) upon the Prophet, and Ramadan is the month of Qur’an.

* One highly recommended act to do is say 70 times after the Fajr and ‘Isha prayers every morning and night of Rajab:

“اللهم اغفر لي وارحمني وتب عليَّ”

Transliteration: “Allahuma ighfir li wa Arhamni wa tub ‘alayya.”

Translation: Oh Allah forgive me, have mercy upon me, and grant me repentance.

* Sayyidna ‘Ali, may Allah be well pleased with him, used to allocate extra amounts of time for worship on four nights – the first night of Rajab, the nights before the two Eids, and the 15th night of Sha’aban.

* It is also highly recommended to say the following Prophetic prayer (known as Sayyid Al-Istighfar or the Master of Repentance) 3 times every morning and every evening in Rajab:

اللهم أنت ربي، لا اله الا أنت خلقتني وأنا عبدك، وأنا على عهدك ووعدك ما استطعت، أعوذ بك

من شر ما صنعت، أبوء لك بنعمتك عليَّ وأبوء يذنبي فاغفر لي فإنه لا يغفر الذنوب الا أنت

Transliteration: Allahuma anta rabi la ilaha illa ant, khalaqtani wa ana ‘abduk, wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa’adika ma astata’at, ‘authu bika min shar ma san’at, abu’u laka bi ni’matika ‘allaya wa abu’u bi dhanbi, faqhfir li fa’innahu la yaghfir al-dhunub ila anta.

Translation: O Allah, you are my Lord, and there is no god but you. You created me and I am your servant, and I am upon the convenant to the best of my ability. I seek refuge in you from the evil I have brought upon myself. I admit all the blessings you have given me and I admit my sins, so forgive me, for no one can forgive sins save You.

And success is from Allah

A Reminder

O you who believe! Let not a group of you belittle another; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let some women belittle other women; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another with nicknames. How bad it is to charge someone with iniquity after they have believed. And whosoever does not repent, such are indeed transgressors. O you who believe, avoid much suspicion; indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, nor backbite one another

(Al- Hujurat 11- 12)

Salaams & Jummah Mubarak 

Was pondering over the following verses recently and then came across this excellent khutbaby sidi Khalil Moore. He talks through the above ayahs and then gives an excellent commentary on 11 types of backbiting as defined by Imam Ghazali in Ihya ‘Ulum Al- Deen. The trappings of shaytan are numerous and gheeba is something that we can easily fall into as it is common place in today’s society; even for those of us who consider ourselves to be knowledgeable and therefore more vigilant. This reminder is for myself first and foremost and I hope it is of benefit to others too insha’allah.

May Allah forgive us and protect us from fooling ourselves, may he purify our hearts and allow us to truly benefit from our teachers & pious predecessors.


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