25. Dhul Qadah 1438  Jumu'ah
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ANECDOTES

1    Once a group of us who stayed at the guest apartment called Rabatus Sadah near the Masjidul-Harram at Mekah Al Mukarammah decided to visit Al Habib Alattas who was then residing at an apartment at Shari’ Mansoor, which was only a ten minute walking distance away. Among us was Al Habib Ali bin Esa Al Haddad and Al Habib Awad Bin Hamid from Singapore. On that particular morning, everyone was getting ready and I saw Al Habib Awad tying his white cap with an imammah cloth. This is the first time, I saw him doing it, as it was quite usual for us just to wear the hard white cap called songkok Palembang at home. While observing him, I saw his face was sullen and gloomy and I enquired as to why he was depressed. He explained he was ashamed to meet Al Habib Al Attas without having and wearing the outer white robe, the hallmark of dress etiquette for Habaib in Hadramaut. Finally all of us walked to Al Habib Al Attas’s apartment, located on the first floor of the building. As expected, Al Habib was delighted to receive us and after the customary affectionate greetings and supplications, he asked us to sit down while he immediately went inside to his bed-room. He came out and brought his own outer robe and gave it to Habib Awad . It was really an extraordinary occurrence.       

لآحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةََ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيْم

 

 


 

 

2.  Dr Hisham bin Abdul Rahman Aljufri had a book entitled المراجعات. This is the dialogue between Syi’ah and Sunni doctrine so as to strengthen the inference of Syi’ah belief. This book is available in the Malay language entitled “Dialog Sunnah Syi'ah” written by A.Syarafuddin al-Musawi. Dr Hisham wanted to know Al Habib’s stance on Syi’ah’s doctrine but he dared not ask directly. He maintained his reverence and adab between a murid and Sheikh. During one of the close session with Al Habib, he sat next to him and indiscreetly put the book on the floor. Al Habib noticed Dr Hisham’s gesture and politely asked him on his demeanour. On being informed scarcely even on the title of the book, Al Habib brushed aside the book with the back of his palm and warned Dr Hisham not even to open the book. He would be afflicted with the darkening of the heart in which case, it may take several months to cleanse it.

 

On reflection, our tariqa Ba’alawi would not condone an atom of aspersion on the family and the companions of Rasullulah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. Who could compare the sacrifice of Saidina Abu Bakar, رضي الله عنه who stayed in thick and thin with Rasullulah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم, spent the time with him in the cave, escaping and migrating together to Medina, not to mention his total sacrifice in life and possessions?

While not denying of Rasullulah’s صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم perpetual love to Saidatinah Khadijah الكبرى,رضي الله عنها, Saidatinah Aisha الرضى, رضي الله عنها, the beautiful الحميراء came in his life with her unflinching love, at the time when Rasullulah  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم had just gone through tribulation and at one of the lowest ebb in his life. There were the unhappy episodes on the recently demise of Saidatinah Khadijah رضي الله عنها and his uncle, custodian and savior Abu Talib, the cruel rejection towards him by the community at Taif, the economic boycott that entailed the tying of stone to the stomach to prevent hunger, the confederates attempt to murder him on his bed and the inevitable escape and migration to Medina.  Needless to say, Saidatinah Aisha الرضى, رضي الله عنها brought warm comfort in his life.

 

We are reminded of the supplication,

اَللّهُمَّ ارزقني حبك و حبب من يحبك

“Oh Allah, please bestow upon me, the love for You and the love on those who love You".  امين