Last Saturday I went with four friends to the Zawiya of Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili in Kharabsheh (shaykh Nuh’s zawiya), hoping to attend a lesson of tafseer by shaykh Ali Hani. However the class was cancelled. As we were walking away, I saw a car with a shaykh inside, and I recognized him from the dhikr of shaykh Abd al-Karim Urabi in Sahab. There were two other men standing outside the car, and something about them told me that they were going to meet Habib Umar, who was in Amman at the time. “What if Habib Umar is about to come out of that door right there?” I thought. After all, he had spent the night before in the city of Irbid with shaykh Abd al-Karim Urabi, I had heard, and the next day, Sunday, he would be giving a lesson from the Sunni Path offices, which, I believe, are in Kharabsheh. And here was a man from shaykh Urabi’s circle, in Kharabsheh, dressed like he was going to meet Habib Umar!
I went to the car, opened the door, gave him my salams, and said to him: I recognized you from the dhikr of shaykh Abd al-Karim Urabi.
- Shaykh Abd al-Karim is my uncle, he replied!
- Do you know anything about Habib Umar’s whereabouts today?
- We’re going to him right now! He will be giving a lesson at the maqam of Nabi Shu’ayb! You can follow us there.
- SubhanAllah! That’s great. I know the way, we’ll see you there.
And so we set off!
When we got there, we found some shaykh Nuh murids, and assorted visitors. A Turkish man told us that his group had just prayed the Jumu’ah prayer the day before in Masjid al-Aqsa, and the Jumu’ah before that in Mecca, and the Jumu’ah before that in Madina. MashaAllah. There were also some Druze visitors from Palestine.
Then a large bus full of Yemeni and Saudi students in Jordan arrived. They were doing a tour of the maqams of Jordan, and had planned to be there to attend Habib Umar’s talk. Someone from the group seems to have come from Riyadh, and some people were asking if he was Habib Umar’s son. He made a beautiful du’a for us at the maqam.
Habib Umar never showed up. Someone apologized to us that there was some kind of “da’wa emergency.” I asked the imam of the Nabi Shu’ayb mosque, and he told me that he had heard that a certain prince from the Hashemite royal family, a lover of the Ahl Allah, had insisted to have him over at his place, which means that it was more of an “emergency da’wa”.
But alhamdulillah we got to listen to three amazing duroos by some great Jordanian scholars. The first one to speak was Shaykh Abdul Jaleel, about whom I have written earlier. He dazzled our minds with very deep spiritual discourse on the tajalliyat of Allah Most High on His servants, and gave us truly illuminating tafseer of certain Qur’anic ayas. The end purpose of the talk was to inspire us to forget the dunya and to raise our aspirations to be elevated spiritually. If only I had recorded it I would have translated it here on this blog. The way the shaykh talked, and the way he sat back on the floor after his talk… mashaAllah. He has a very powerful presence, and is no ordinary person.
The second speaker was the Mufti of Salt, and the Valley of Shu’ayb is in fact on the outskirts of the city of Salt. His talk was about visiting the awliya and the Prophets, alayhim assalam. His lesson was also of utmost beauty. And he concluded it by saying to us: “To be in the presence of the awliya of Allah, His true servants, is to be in Paradise. Reflect upon His saying Most High:
“Oh soul at peace: return to your Lord well pleased and well pleasing. Enter you among My servants. Enter My Paradise!””
Also there was the Mufti’s shaykh and predecessor, an old man called Muhammad Amin al-Kilani, a descendant of Rasool Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, through Shaykhul Islam Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (aka al-Kilani). This old man radiated so much nur, and so much humility, that I instantly held him in the highest regard and came to believe in his wilaya. I cannot express the love that one feels when looking at his face, and at the humility in his eyes. I heard that he leads a dhikr circle in the city of Salt, and I plan to attend it one day, bi-idhn Allah. He did not give any talks, and had to leave early.
The final talk was about being like the Prophets. The shaykh who spoke told us that if we want to be like the Prophets, we must have a constant concern and care for our families and friends and loved ones. If we do not fear for them, and for their state in the afterlife, then we have no inheritance from the Prophets, alayhim assalam.
After all the lessons we finally went on the ziyara of the maqam. There shaykh Abdul Jaleel spoke again, about the wonders of this place, and about the benefit of visiting the Prophets of Allah Most High, alayhim assalam.
He said: there are those who say: the Prophets cannot harm or benefit anyone. Of course, all benefits and harms come from Allah, but He has put benefit and harm in other things. Look at the Sun. Allah has made all life on this Earth dependent on it. It gives life to us. And it can also be harmful. Look at water. Allah has made life from water, and therefore it benefits us. But it can also cause destruction and flooding, so it can harm.
And likewise, Allah Most High made the Prophets a cause of benefit for those who are near them. Look at Rasool Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa Sallam. The Qur’an calls him a “Siraj Muneer.” “Siraj” in the Qur’an means a “Sun”. The Qur’an calls the Sun a “Siraj.”And so just as the Sun gives life to every living thing on this Earth- it is the source of the life of the bodies, likewise our Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, is the Sun that gives life to the souls.
And when we visit the Prophets of Allah, in their gaze upon us is great benefit.
The Muslims used to say to the Prophet Muhammad: “Raa’ina ya Rasool Allah”, which means: “Look after us, oh Rasool Allah. Turn toward us and give us your attention. Listen to us.” It was a call of affection and love.
But this same word had an insulting meaning in the language of the Jews of Madina, so when they heard the Muslims say it, they would go to the Prophet and say it as well, and laugh, because they were insulting the Prophet while outwardly saying something normal.
But then the Qur’an was revealed, forbidding anyone from addressing the Prophet with this word, and telling them to say instead: “Undhurna” (Q 2: 104). Meaning: look at us.
Thus in the Qur’an is an address to the believers to say to the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam: Look at us, oh Rasool Allah! And in this is an ishara to the benefit of the spiritual gaze of Rasool Allah upon the believers.
Shaykh Abdul Jaleel, may Allah be pleased with him and bless him, also told us many stories about the blessings of that place, but I will speak of them in another post, inshaAllah ta’ala.
In the end, though Habib Umar never showed up, my friends and I ended up experiencing a truly blessed day in the company of great mashayekh and awliya and ulamaa, and the company and presence of the Prophet of Allah Shu’ayb, alayhi assalam, and all the blessed Yemeni and Saudi students, most of them Ba Alawi’s or simply lovers of Habib Umar.