chemex coffeeAt SeekersHub Toronto’s weekly Circle of Praise, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani recently explained the Smaller Fatiha for Drinking Coffee, of the noble scholar al-Habib Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Mihdar (Allah have mercy upon him).

Listen to the podcast here.

This prayer and statement of intent has many lessons, including:

(1) having high purpose–seeking Allah Most High–in all our affairs, worldly and religious;

(2) thankfulness, through seeing everything as a blessing from the Bestower;

(3) having expansiveness of appreciation of blessings, and recognizing the greatest of our blessings;

(4) seeing everything as a sign of Allah;

(5) seeking the good of this life and the next–for oneself and others;

(6) sending blessings on the one who taught us to turn to Allah in all matters–the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk)–and other high spiritual meanings.

We also see why we recite the Fatiha before good matters and when seeking good from Allah. The key to this is to understand what it means to ask Allah to “Guide us to the Straight Path,” as this ‘straight path’ is the path to Allah’s pleasure and closeness in the pursuit of the good of this life and the next.

الفاتحة الصغرى للحبيب أحمد بن محمد المحضار رحمه الله تعالى
الفاتحة لمشايخ القهوة البُنية ، والسادة العلوية والصوفية ، وكل ولي وولية ، ومن شربها بنيّة … أن الله يُصلح الطوية، ويقضي الحوائج الدينية والدنيوية

 

 ، بجاه خير البرية … أن يسهل البنين والعُوَينَ ، ويقضي عنا الدين ، ويصلح ذات البين ، بجاه الحسن والحسين ، وعمران بن الحصين ، وخديجة زوجة سيد الكونين ، وإلى حضرة النبي سيدنا محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم .

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