This is a summary of a reminder delivered by Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf.

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our Master Muhammad and upon his family and companions.

I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He.

The key to all the gifts is Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). Praise be to Allah for the light that we all carry and the nation carries which comes from Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). We are connected to this eternal light which is a gift from Allah; La ila ha il Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah. The truthful ones in the ummah (nation) all came and were yearning for Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). All the good that everyone does in this nation comes from Allah through His intermediary Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). Every single mercy that exists is from the Messenger (prayers and peace be upon him). Therefore he is the mercy towards humanity and other than humanity. All of our commerce comes from Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). The greatest commerce we can do with Allah with which we build our relationship is salawat and following the sunnan and conveying what we can. These all tie us to Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). This will increase his love and mercy and gentleness towards us. Nothing compares to his gentleness and mercy. We should have a sensation of this mercy that exists. It comes by arrival to nearness to Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him). For bodies to arrive near him is a great thing. The Shuyukh in olden times had such a yearning to visit him that they wouldn’t mind dying straight after.

If we visit whilst he has passed away, it is like visiting him whilst he is still alive because he is still alive (prayers and peace be upon him). If you say “Peace be upon you O Messenger of Allah”, he responds. People see him and hear his response. This is agreed upon with all the saints. All those honoured with sainthood hear his response. Some wouldn’t be able to enter Madinah without his permission. Habib Ahmad Mashour al Haddad wouldn’t go to Madinah and leave Madinah without the permission of the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him). Years later the Prophet said, “you are Ahmad, you don’t need permission.” People are different in their ranks of connection.

Imam Bahraq wanted to visit and when he embarked on the journey he hired a camel to go to Madinah but did not have enough funds despite the yearning. “Whatever Allah gives me I will give it all to you,” is what he said to the owner of some camels. The owner said “it’s upon me to take you with whatever camel.” He got onto the first camel but due to the powerful yearning that he had for the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) and this yearning that the camel saw, in a short period of time the camel died during the journey. Whenever he got onto a camel they died. 20 died. In our times, one of the righteous wanted to go to Madinah. He got into a car and it moved. He got towards the driver’s side and the tyre exploded. Each side exploded due to the yearning (for the Prophet). When Imam Bahraq got to Madinah, he read some salawat and it was as if the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) placed a hat on his head. When he recovered from a state of unconsciousness, he had a hat on his head. Those visiting him fought to touch it. He said this came from the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) through the camels so gave it to the camel driver as a payment and reward.

Abu Mahdura (may Allah be pleased with him) was a caller to prayer and someone close to the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him). The Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) had touched his forelock and he didn’t cut it.

We ask Allah in these nights to place love and yearning for him in our hearts (prayers and peace be upon him). Alhamdulilah for this faith and love of the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) in our hearts. We just need to trigger it. It is moved by these poems. It’s like tea. If you don’t stir the sugar in your tea, you won’t taste the sweetness. Love and sweetness is present. When one is present and hears poetry, love of the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) is stirred but if one is absent then one will not feel that love. One will love in his mind and not in his nature.

May Allah grant us true love and yearning of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace be upon him).

Allahumma Amin. Allahumma Amin. Allahumma Amin.

Any mistakes, errors or misinterpretations of words are from me. Please correct me when you spot any mistakes.