Shaykh Habib ‘Ali Jifri gives the Hadith of Love

بسم الله الحمد لله و صلاة و سلام على رسول الله و على آله و سلم

I was blessed to attend the 2011 Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto this past December. I usually dislike conferences as being shallow, mostly image and lacking substance, but this was an exception. I would recommend everyone attend, and I intend to go next year, in sha Allah.

The following is a cell-phone clip from a talk by Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri presenting the famous and beautiful Hadith Musalsal of Love.

For those who cannot watch the video, Shaykh Habib ‘Ali narrates that one day the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم met Mu’adh ibn Jabal رحمه الله and said, “Indeed I love you. So when you finish your prayers, do not forget to say ‘Oh Allah, I seek your help in remembering you, and thanking you and perfecting my worship of you.'”. When Mu’adh told the next person, he began by saying “Indeed, I love you”, thus spreading the love of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, and continued with the rest of the narration.

This tradition continued from one to the next to begin by telling the recipient, “Indeed, I love you”, until it came to Shaykh Habib ‘Ali from his Shaykhs. So Shaykh Habib ‘Ali said to the crowd of around ~20,000, “Indeed, I love you all, So whenever you finish your prayers, do not forget to say ‘Oh Allah, I seek your help in remembering you, and thanking you and perfecting my worship of you.'”

The Love of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم traveled through time and place through an unbroken chain and reached us.  This type of hadith, where you say it to the next person, is called a Hadith Musalsal. I put this video to help dispel the “Jahil mullah molvie terrorist” stereotype that is presented by some within the Ahmadiyya community.

One final point. When someone watches a video like this, his or her natural reaction is to want to do Durood Shareef (Salawat). The most proper way of doing so is to send ask Allah to send prayers upon the Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family. A simple form would be Allahumma salli ‘ala saydina Muhammad wa ‘ala aali saydina Muhammad.

May Allah guide us all.

و صلى الله على سيدنا محمد و على آله و سلم تسليما

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  1. That was a nice video akhi!!!

    I remember growing up as an Ahmadi…they gave us poems in Urdu and I couldnt ever understand…and they never gave a translation. I have heard that recently, translations have begun to be given. However, new converts arent really impressed by hearing a poem in urdu.

    Everytime I see Muslims, I am blessed to see the spectrum of Islam. Islam is in Central Asia, Indonesia, Central Europe, North Africa, etc etc, there are Muslim brothers from all nations that speack a variety of languages. I am then happy to be a part of this global mission of Muhammad (saw)…

    Then I remember, Ahmadis are 90% pakistani, their Khalifa 2nd wasnt interested in the Islamic culture, he was only interested in the Punjabee culture of his religion. And this was another argument that was used with the Indian govt in 1948 as the “A” secured Qadian based on the fact that Ahmadiyyat was inclusive to the Indian experience and had no connections with Arabia and the greater Muslim community.

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