Returning to the Haramain and Sharifain by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi:
A Sufi secret to return to Makkah al Mukarramah and Madinah al Munawarrah: using your finger, write the verse below (in Arabic) on one of the walls in either Haram and insha’Allah you will come back the following year
“Inn al Ladhi Farada ‘Alayk al Qur’ana Laradduka Ila Ma’ad”
[Indeed the One who revealed to you the Qur’an will certainly bring you back home again] [Qur’an 28:85]
Shaykh Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi talking about Shaykh Arif Usman Alayhi Rahma from Damascus:
‘’Shaykh Arif Usman was a lover of The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, Shaykh Arif Usman inherited from Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabhani strong attachment to Rasul Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam , One of the students of Shaykh Arif Usman told me that Shaykh Arif Usman saw Rasul Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam in a dream , he asked him to open his mouth and when he opened his mouth Rasul Allah put s… ome of his saliva in his mouth , he told me that Shaykh Arif Usman had his watch all the time and when it breaks he would just move it and say ‘’ Allahumma shalli ala sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa shahbihi wa sallim’’whenever he wants to do something he would send prayers upon the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and it is done , he even cured people by the name of the Prophet Sallalllahu Alayhi Wasallam.’’
An Extra Note on Shaykh Arif Usman Alayhi Rahma:
Shaykh Arif Usman alayhi rahma wrote a letter to Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Alayhi Rahma calling him a Mujaddid and a Wali. He also supported his arabic book on ilm ul ghaib and his Aqida.
1. Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Hafizullah Ta’ala mentions Shaykh Arif Usman whilst speaking about the late Shaykh Ahmad Habbal al-Rifai Alayhi Rahma :
2. Shaykh Munawwar Ateeq Rizvi Hafizullah Ta’ala’s note regarding Shaykh Arif Usman Alayhi Rahma on Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Alayhi Rahma
We went twice to meet Shaykh Abdul Rahman Shaghouri Alayhi Rahma’s home on Jabl Qasyoon with Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.
On the first occasion, he looked at us as we walked into his room to greet him and have a seat . He pointed to the heavens and said: “Laa taufiqa illa billah!” (“There is no Taufiq, except through Allah!”)
When I think back, I can’t remember how loud his voice was when he said it. That is because he had difficulty speaking (I assume due to his age at the time). But, the intensity with which he said it erased my memory of his volume – since it does not matter. Now, those words are chiseled deep into my heart.
The second time we went was when he invited us for dinner. That was amazing. SubhanAllah, even at his age I saw him struggling to eat his own food himself, not wanting any assistance. He was close to 100 years old, I think.
His face was one of those faces you could look at all day – but wouldn’t out of awe. I can tell you that his face had an illumination that you have to see to believe.
May Allah forgive him, and enter him into jannat-i-firdaus. Ameen.
Hadra with Shaykh Abdul Rahman Shaghouri Alayhi Rahma and Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi:
Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi in the home of Shaykh Abdul Rahman Shaghouri Alayhi Rahma:
About Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Hafizullah Ta’ala :
Born in Damascus on the 13th of Dhul Hijja, 1382 AH (1963 CE), Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi is from a noble family of scholars that descend from the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). From this household have emerged numerous renowned men of Allah who have taught the sacred sciences for many centuries. Shaykh Muhammad’s father, the light of Damascus and master of the Islamic disciplines, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi, was one of the greatest scholars of The Levant in recent times.
Shaykh Muhammad’s grandfather was a great scholar and Gnostic, Sayyid Ismail al-Yaqoubi; his father’s maternal uncle was Shaykh Arabi al-Yaqoubi and his paternal uncle was the famous Gnostic, Shaykh Sharif al-Yaqoubi. Amongst his blessed ancestors, three have held the Maliki Imamate at the Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus – may Allah envelope them all in His mercy.
Shaykh Muhammad traces his lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) through the great Mawlay Idris al-Anwar who built the city of Fes, a descendant of Sayyiduna al-Hasan the Second, who is the son of Sayyiduna al-Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and son of Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah ennoble his countenance).
Photo One : Shaykh Syed Fatih al-Kittani Hafizullah Ta’ala
Photo Two : Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Hafizullah Ta’ala
The Imamah of Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Hafizullah Ta’ala was ordered by Shaykh Syed Fatih al-Kittani Hafizullah Ta’ala (He is one of the biggest Awliya in Damascus) to wear an Imamah, Shaykh Syed Fatih al-Kittani Hafizullah Ta’ala said that Rasul Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam told him to order Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Hafizullah Ta’ala to wear an Imamah.
Students attending classes of hadith often report the ecstatic Elysium of having dreams of the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, towards the conclusion of class. One sister had the double bounty of a dream with the Prophet, peace be upon him, and Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.
She documented the dream just a few days after we completed the “Shama’il.” She saw the Prophet peace be upon him, putting his hand on the chest of Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi , and saying “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Great) three times, followed by, “Allahu Shafi” (Allah is the Healer) once, then, “Yaa Wajhun Nur” (O Face of Light), three times, sealing the supplication with the Ayat al Kursi, the Verse of the Throne. Finally, the Prophet peace be upon him, gave Shaykh Muhammad a prescription: to take some dates with Zam Zam water. Two days later she dreamt that the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam offered him the dates and Zam Zam water.
As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh , To be invited to the holy cities is an immense blessing from Allah, and to tread on the very same soil that our beloved and most noble Master Muhammad (صلي الله عليه و سلم) also trod, we must undoubtedly count ourselves fortunate beyond what one can ever imagine.To have been selected amongst hundreds of brothers and sisters much better than ourselves to be a part of the visit to Madinah the Radiant we were blessed in so many ways.
One of the most unique aspects of the visit was that we were given the opportunity of connecting to our Most Beloved Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) through the recitation and commentary on the Shama’il of Imaam Tirmidhi (also known as Shama’il E Muhammadiyah) with an unbroken chain.This noble task was supremely conveyed to us by our eminent and erudite scholar Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi Al-Hasani may Allah increase him.So many students on the Rihla made the same assertion, that to be taught the Shama’il in Madinah by Shaykh Muhammad was a once in a lifetime opportunity.Every class was a savoured moment in time, the mental image of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) being built up in our minds, his Sunnah being brought to life by his grandson.We look back now remembering how Shaykh Muhammad showed us how most eloquently the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) would lick his fingers after a meal, how he would sit and how he would walk with vigour and determination.I remember the description of his illuminated face (صلي الله عليه و سلم) and how a companion came to the conclusion that it was indeed more beautiful than the full moon and his hair that he would care for by placing olive oil in it.Some days we would meet friends and comment on how we saw traits of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) in people we knew and saw, not a moment would pass by that our attention wouldn’t be brought back to the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) through a deed or spoken word.In studying the Shama’il we all felt so much more connected to the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) and our stay in his city was brought to life.
We were also blessed with Shaykh Muhammad’s presence when we visited the Rawdha, we observed the etiquette with which the Shaykh conducted himself in this, the most holiest of places.I guess it’s difficult for us to understand or even comprehend the manner with which the people who are close to Allah and his Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) make their salutations, after all, they are the true seekers, true heirs.Like Shaykh Hamza Yusuf said, these precious moments will either count for us or against us on the Day of Account.Being sat in the Rawdha was surreal, it was calm and serene, brothers and sisters supplicating, taking stock of the occasion and being mindful to pray in the exact points where the forehead of our Blessed Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) touched, we pray that those days count in our favour.As our gaze wondered, we saw Shaykh Muhammad looking into the Holy enclosure, later amongst friends we spoke about the meeting of the grandson with his Grandfather (صلي الله عليه و سلم).That night we were fortunate enough to witness a meeting of Gems , a meeting like no other.
We sat with him, sang with him, laughed with him and shed tears with him, for this and so much more we are indebted to Shaykh Muhammad for blessing us with his presence physically and spiritually during the visit to Madinah.