Mukhtar al-Hadith: Selection of Noble Prophetic Traditions


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  • Author: Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz
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Mukhtar al-Hadith: Selection of Noble Prophetic Traditions. al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz, Ribat Institute. 9780956587411.

English Translations & Notes By Fa'iz Amir
Paperback 44 Pages
Published By the Ribat Institute

Chinese calligraphy design Zainab An Hui

This text is a translation of 59 prophetic traditions compiled by al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz drawn from the compilation of Al-Habib Muhammad al-Haddar, Shifa al-Saqim which itself is a selection of prophetic traditions extracted from al Suyuti's Fayd al-Qadir
The text includes a foreword by al-Habib 'Umar, footnote references & biographies of the traditionists.

Foreword xiii
Al-Habib 'Umar b. Hafiiz  xiii
Biography xv
1. Actions are solely by intentions... 1
2. The most abhorrent of men before God... 2
3. Fear God wherever you are... 2
4. The most beloved of places to God... 3
5. Love God for His bounties... 3
6. Be pious towards your parents... 4
7. Give glad tidings... 4
8. Between every two adhans is prayer... 5
9. The miser is he who... 5
10. The trustworthy, honest Muslim trader... 6
11. The prayer of three (kinds of people)... 6
12. Keep the company of elders... 7
13. Strive against the polytheists... 7
14. Renew your faith... 8
15. Love of the world... 8
16. Paradise is surrounded by hardships... 9
viii 17. Five things are from the rights... 9
18. The finest of you are those most beautiful... 10
19. The finest of you are those who learn... 10
20. All creatures are God's dependants... 11
21. Leave that which causes you doubt... 11
22. Supplication between the adhan... 12
23. He who is pleased with God ... 12
24. It may be that the dishevelled one... 13
25. The two raka' of the dawn prayer... 13
26. Two raka' using a toothstick... 14
27. The All-Merciful, Blessed and Most High... 14
28. Visit the graves... 15
29. Beautify the Qur'an... 15
30. Sura al-Tabarak is a safeguard... 16
31. My intercession is for those... 16
32. Undisclosed charity ... 17
33. Prayer in congregation... 17
34. The food of two suffices three... 18
35. Seeking out the lawful... 18
36. Time expended in the morning... 19
37. The reward for gatherings... 19 ix
38. Fatima is part of me... 20
39. The distinction between us... 20
40. I am as My servant regards Me to be... 21
41. Qul Huwa Allahu AHad... 21
42. It suffices one as a lie... 22
43. Two sayings are light on the tongue... 22
44. All things have a quintessence... 23
45. Had the world amounted to the wing... 23
46. Whoever treads a path... 24
47. Whoever prays al-'isha in congregation... 24
48. A person is with whom he loves... 25
49. Vinegar is a fine condiment... 25
50. You are only provided for... 26
51. Those who are excessive... 26
52. A servant believes not until he loves... 27
53. I do not eat whilst reclining... 27
54. Only keep the company of a believer... 28
55. La Hawla wa la quwwata... 28
56. Makes things easy... 29
57. The most learned in Qur'an ... 29
58. The martyr is pardoned... 30
59. I am as my servant regards Me to be... 30

Habib 'Umar bin Hafiz
Habib umar bin hafiz is a descendant of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, through his grandson Imam Hussain, may Allah be pleased with him. He was born in Tarim, Hadramaut in Yemen, and raised in a household that possessed a tradition and lineage of Islamic scholarship and righteousness, his father being the famous martyr, scholar, and caller to Islam, Al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim.
Having memorized the Quran at a very early age, Habib Umar also memorized the core texts in fiqh, hadith, Arabic Language, and other religious sciences. He studied many sciences including spirituality from his father Al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim, acquiring from him a deep love and concern for dawah and religious counsel in the way of Allah. He attended numerous circles of knowledge held by traditional scholars, such as Muhammad bin Alawi bin Shihab and al-Shaikh Fadl Baa Fadl. Later, he enrolled at the Ribat of al-Baydai, where he began to study the traditional sciences under the expert tutelage of Al-Habib Muhammad bin Abd-Allah al-Haddar, as well as under the Shafii jurist and scholar Al-Habib Zain bin Sumait. Habib Umar was given permission to teach soon after.

Afterwards, he began to visit many neighbouring towns and communities across Yemen and studied with the mufti of Taeiz, al-Habib Ibrahim bin Aqil bin Yahya, who began to show him much love and attention. He received similar treatment from his Shaikh al-Habib Muhammad al-Haddar, who gave him his daughter's hand in marriage after being impressed by his uprightness and intelligence. Al-Habib Umar then traveled to the Hijaz and studied several books with prominent scholars, including Al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad al-Saqqaf, Al-Habib Ahmed Mashur al-Haddad, and Al-Habib Attas al-Habashi.

Wherever Habib Umar has gone, no stone has been left unturned in his attempt to revive the love of Allah and His Messenger, peace and blessing be upon him, in the hearts of people. After returning to Tarim, he established Dar al-Mustafa, an educational institute to which students from across the world have come to study. Habib Umar currently lives in Tarim, where he oversees the development of Dar al-Mustafa and the many schools that have been set up under his management.

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