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"Laa Hawla wa Laa Quwwata Illa Billah"

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah”, “There is no power and no strength except Allah”, is the refrain of the oppressed, and the comfort of the distressed.  It is the Promise, as Mawlay ibn ‘Arabi ad-Darqawi (q.s.) said, that whatever we lose can be replaced with something better, but if we lose Allah (s.w.t.), then nothing can replace Him.  He is Omniscient and Omnipotent.  He has Power over all things.  There is not better recourse than Allah (s.w.t.).
Imam ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (q.s.), in ‘Gifts for the Seeker’, wrote, “It is reported that ‘Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah’ is a remedy for 99 ailments, the least of which is sorrow.  It is a remedy for sorrow because grief mostly occurs when one misses something one loves, or when a distressful thing occurs; and whenever either of these things occurs people perceive their helplessness and inability to achieve their desired aims; hence they feel sorrow.  If at such times they repeat …

Imam Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuthi (q.s.) on Celebrating ‘Iyd-al-Milad an-Nabi

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from “Celebrating ‘Iyd al-Milad an-Nabi”, by Imam Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuthi (q.s.).
The question under consideration is the verdict of the shari’ah on celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal.  From the point of view of the shari’ah, is this a praiseworthy action or a blameworthy one?  And do those who arrange such a celebration receive blessings or not?
The reply to this question is that the Milad, celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (s.a.w.), is, in fact, such an occasion of happiness on which people assemble and recite the Qur’an to the extent that is easy.  Then they relate the prophecies concerning the appearance of the Prophet (s.a.w.) that have been transmitted in ahadits and atsar, and the miraculous events and signs that took place on his birth.  Then food is set before them, and according to their desire, they partake thereof to satisfaction.  This festival of celebrating …

Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.) & His Students’ Opinion on the Celebration of the Mawlid

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
This is Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah’s (r.a.) opinion about Mawlid from Majma’ Fatawi ibn Taymiyyah: “To celebrate and to honour the birth of the Prophet (s.a.w.), and to take it as an honoured season, as some of the people are doing, is good and in it there is a great reward, because of their good intentions in honouring the Prophet (s.a.w.).”
Imam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (r.a.), the most renowned student of Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.), wrote, in Madarij as-Salikin, “Listening to a good voice celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (s.a.w.) or celebrating any of the holy days in our history gives peace to the heart, and gives the listener light from the Prophet (s.a.w.) to his heart, and he will drink more from the Muhammadan spring.”
One of the more renowned scholars is Hafizh ibn Katsir (r.a.).  Hafizh ibn Katsir (r.a.) was a muhaddits from the followers of Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.).  Hafizh ibn Katsir (r.a.), in the last days of his life, wrote a book …

Habib 'Umar al-Hafizh's (q.s.) Du'a for Rabi' al-Awwal

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Every year in Rabi’ al-Awwal, Habib ‘Umar ibn al-Hafizh (q.s.) gives a prayer upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) to be read by anyone who wishes.  This year he has given us the following prayer to be read 7,000 times if possible, in this blessed month:

Allaahumma innā nad’uuka bi asmaa’ik’al-husnaa wa kalimaatik at-taammaati an tuswalliya wa tusallima ‘alaa shariif adz-dzaat kariim asw-swifaat ‘abdika wa habiibika sayyidinaa Muhammadin wa ‘alaa aalihi wa swahbihi al-qaadat wa ikhwaanihi min an-nibiyyiin wa aalihim wa swahbihim wa at-taabi’iin, wa an tughiits al-muslimiin wa talthufa bihim wa swahbihiim  wa at-taabi’iin bihim fiimaa tajrii bihi al-maqaadiir, yaa ni’ma al-mawlaa wa ni`ma an-naswiir wa an tufarrija kuruubahum wa takshifa as-su’ wa adh-dhurraa ‘anhum.  Ya Qadiru Ya Qawwiyu Ya Matiinu Ya Arham ar-Rahimiin Aamiin.
O Allah, we call upon You and ask You by Your Beautiful Names and Your Complete Words, to Bestow prayers and peace upon the possessor of…

Mawlana Waffie Mohammed's Ode to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Waffie Mohammed wrote:
“From the barren lands of Arabia, A beautiful tree appeared, Providing shade for the travelers, And fruits on which they fed.
Sincere, truthful and trustworthy, Polite, loving and kind. Everyone loved him dearly, He was courteous and kind.
A special person from God was he, A mercy to the worlds. Elevated is his personality, His coming was foretold.
A mirror of true reflection, The lamp that gives us light, The best of all creation, The full moon in the night.
The last of all Messengers, The perfect guide, is he, For Arabs and foreigners, Peace on him and his family.”

Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi: Our Doors are Open

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi said, with regards to the Path, “Our doors are open; some chose to watch from outside while others knocked and entered.  Some of those who entered preferred to sit at the threshold in service of the household; it did not take them long to be admitted.  Most of the visitors went in and busied themselves in looking at the beauty of house.
The first drink was offered but not of all of them took it, some felt not thirsty.  Most of the ones who tasted it never had enough of it and stopped in the corridor asking for more.  For them, it was the elixir; they, out of ecstasy, kept talking about the drink and asking for more of it until they were intoxicated and thus unable to attend the party.  They forgot that the drink was just to welcome them in and the food was to be served afterwards and greater pleasures are anticipated.
Those who went in and sat at the banquet had the greatest honour of the company of the landlord.  The secr…