25. Dhul Qadah 1438  Jumu'ah
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Once Al-Habib Ahmad Mashur paid a visit to Al Habib Omar bin Ahmad Ben Smeth at Comoros Island in Africa. Out of deep reverence for this great scholar and Qadi, he did not immediately thrust himself at his doorway but stood at a distance away and whispered soft supplication for a while before entering the house. Needless to say Al Habib Omar received him with warm adoration. On entering the house, one would see a calligraphic frame at the reception hall which if one were to read it, is in fact a supplication to ask Allah’s forgiveness for Al Habib Omar. His house had two separate living rooms, one served as a common waiting area for all the guests and the other where he would have confidential discussion. As there were other visiting guests on that day, Al-Habib Ahmad Mashur was first ushered to the main common lounge. It was here that a phenomenon occurred. From time to time, Al Habib Ahmad would stand up and sat down again. It was later revealed that he would stand every time Al Habib Omar stood in the next hall to usher the guest, although these two rooms are two closed areas[1].

َلآحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةََ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيْم

 


 

 

Martin Lings famous work was in the autobiography of “Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم , his life based on the earliest source”.alt Martin Lings lived with his wife in Cairo for over twelve years. On his return, he continued his education and earned his BA in Arabic and a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) He worked at the British Museum and later British Library, overseeing eastern manuscripts and other textual works, rising to the position of Keeper of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts. Therefore he had access to manuscripts beyond the reach of normal Islamic scholars. Once, in one of the Majlis Ta’alim held by Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ahmed Fredericks, he was queried on the authenticity of certain pages from the autobiography book but he did not respond. 

Subsequently, he had of dream of meeting Al-Habib Ahmad Mashur who provided him with the interpretation dalils.

 

لآحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةََ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيْم



 

بِسمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

كَم تَرَكُواْ مِن جَنَّـٰتٍ وَعُيُونٍ (٢٥) وَزُرُوعٍ وَمَقَامٍ كَرِيمٍ (٢٦) وَنَعمَةٍ كَانُواْ فِيها فَـٰكِهِينَ

How many were the gardens and the water springs that they left behind, And the corn-fields and the noble buildings. And the prosperous comforts of life wherein they used to take delight.

Once Al Habib was meditative and posed the question why the word na’mah ( نَعمَةٍ ) was used instead of ni’mah ( نِعمَةٍ ) in the surah Dukhan. Undeniably, it could not be answered. He explained na’mah has no perpetual prosperity and would be followed by excruciating chastisement whereas ni’mah constitutes the essence of perpetual blessed felicity in this world and the hereafter.

He was then asked on the condition of the non-Muslims who had contributed beneficially to the well-being of the community such as providing water and electricity? He replied Allah would reward them fully in this life but would not extend the bounty in the hereafter.

 


 

Once I had a prearranged meeting in Penang on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Later I was informed that Al-Habib Ahmad Mashur Al Haddad would be in Singapore and having Majlis Ta’alim the same night. Although the flight to Penang was confirmed but return travel to Singapore was not possible as this is the night, beginning of the Chinese festival. Nonetheless, I bought an open ticket to Singapore. After finishing the meeting, I rushed to the airport and saw a long queue for all outward bound flights and submitted my name on the waiting list. There was nothing else that could be done; only Allah knows of my exigency. Suddenly someone unknown from the check-in counter came out and offered me to travel to Kuala Lumpur only. He mentioned it was not possible to fly to Singapore. The event was least expected but I was grateful for the kind gesture. On arrival at the Kuala Lumpur airport, the crowd waiting in the queue was almost double than the one in Penang and I thought to myself that this is the limit of my travel. After registering for the on call waiting list, I sat all alone at a quite corner. Again miraculously, someone appeared from nowhere and told me that it is impossible to get a seat in the plane and whether I was prepared to travel by ‘jump seat’. Although I did not understand the terminology, I just agreed and found myself sitting behind the pilots in the cockpit سُبْحَانَ اللهِ. and finally managed to attend to the function.

 لآحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةََ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيْم

[1]  Narrated by Sheikh Muhammad Bashuib of London. He used to make pre appointed call usually to Africa, where Habib was normally based.  His manner adab is superbly unparalleled as he would have wudu’ and face the qiblat before speaking to Al Habib.