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Asma' Allah Jalla Jalaluh and Asma' u'n Nabi Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam

Assalamu alaikum

I have several dreams I need interpretation to, but I’ll start with one in particular which belongs to my mum. In her dream she is calling the Prophet Muhammad’s name over and over again, once awake, the name is still on her lips.

Please help

Jazak Allah Khayr,

Wa ‘alaykum us Salaam Nahdia,

Maa shaa Allah! This is a very good dream. May Allah bless her, Amin.

She repeats the name of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam. This shows her love for him, and he has said in his Hadith that on the Day of Judgement, you will be with those whom you love.

At the same time, she should recite Asma Allah al-Husna, the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah everyday.

With salaams and du’a,


Sharif ‘Abdulrahman Ahmad Badawy, well-known as Sharif Khitamy, passed away on 20 Rabi‘ Thani 1426, 29 May 2005, in Mombasa, Kenya at the age of 84. May Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, give him a high place in Paradise, and raise his spiritual station even higher, Amin.

He was laid to rest alongside his grandfather, the revered sufi saint of Kenya, Sayyid Salih Jamalillayl in Lamu, Kenya. The Jamalillayl family are in the Ba ‘Alawi tradition who trace their ancestry from our Beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam.

His grandfather built the Masjid Riyadah in Lamu, the cradle of Islamic civilization in Eastern Africa, and established the tradition of the celebration of the annual Mawlid u’n Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, based on the recitation of Simtud Durar composed by al-Habib al-Imam ‘Ali bin Muhammad al-Habshi. As head of the Masjid Riyadah and its affiliated Islamic College, he continued this noble tradition, with people coming for the annual Mawlid celebrations from all over East Africa, as well as the Middle East.

Among some shuyukh and dignitaries who more recently came for the Mawlid are Shaykh Hasan Muhammad Shaddad ‘Umar Ba ‘Umar from Madina; Shaykh ‘Umar bin Hafiz and Shaykh ‘Ali al-Jufri from Tarim; Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba Shu‘ayb from U.K; and Shaykh Hasan Mwinyi, the former President of Tanzania.

To talk of Sharif Khitamy is to talk of the Mawlid in Lamu. And how fitting that he passed away on 20 Rabi‘ Thani, the very day of the anniversary of al-Habib al-Imam ‘Ali bin Muhammad al-Habshi, Sahib al-Mawlid.

In the final years of his life, he was the elder shaykh in Kenya, and all the mashaayikh would stand up in his honour when he entered a gathering. He had a commanding personality which automatically commanded respect.

He was steeped in sufi tradition. He would come and kiss the hand of al-Habib al-Imam Ahmad Mashhur bin Taha al-Haddad. Once, he tried to kiss the feet of al-Habib as well, but al-Habib wouldn’t let him; he tucked them in.

He continued with the tradition of having dars of ‘ilm (study circles) and dhikr (remembrance) of Allah, supporting spiritual gatherings of dhikr, especially among the ‘Alawiyyin and in Tariqa al-Qadiriyya.

He was a faith-healer (tabib) par-excellence, who would recite verses of the Holy Qur’an and Prophetic Invocations to heal people, even to the extent of removing the effect of poison from them. His faith-healing services were in great demand, both in Kenya and in the Middle East.

He produced many tabibs and scholars who continue in the noble Ba ‘Alawi tradition to serve people and propagate Islam, Al-Hamdu Lillah.

May Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, make us benefit from our mashaayikh, and may He make us tread their noble spiritual path, Amin.


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