Habib Umar’s “The Shimmering Light”
“Verily, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you who believe! Send blessings on him, and salute him with a worthy salutation.”
– Qur’an 33:56 –
“The closest people to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who invoked the most blessings upon me.”
– The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) –
Most of the Digital Mawlids that are posted are written by scholars and saints who have long passed. This week’s Digital Mawlid features the erudite scholar and sage Habib Umar and his Mawlid, Diya al-Lami (“The Shimmering Light”).
About Habib Umar
Habib Umar bin Hafiz is the Director of Dar Al Mustafa, a seminary in Tarim, Yemen which is regarded as one of the foremost contemporary centres of Islamic education in the world. Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his Prophetic lineage and status as one of the most important scholars alive today. His scholarship and preaching is highly regarded by Muslim communities from Indonesia to East Africa to Muslim communities in Europe and North America. Habib Umar also exerts global influence through his leadership of the Ba’Alawi spiritual and social movement with its roots in Yemen’s Hadhramaut valley. Habib Umar was ranked 33rd in this year’s list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims published by an international group of experts lead under the auspices of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies in Amman, Jordan.
Habib Umar founded and runs Dar al Mustafa, a center for traditional Islamic scholarship that currently hosts an array of international students. The work of the seminary was featured in a major New York Times profilein 2009. He has joined the ranks of the world’s leading Muslim academics and scholars as a signatory of ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’, a document that builds bridges between Muslims and Christians. He recently spoke at Cambridge University on the need to continue such dialogues.
About Habib Umar’s US Visit
Habib Umar has arrived in the US as part of his “Tranquility Amidst Turbulence Tour” which also includes Canada and the United Kingdom. (For more information about the tour visit: www.habibumar.org)
Also, check out the previous post on five ways you can help the tour.
About the Shimmering Light
For more information about The Shimmering Light, including audio tracks, and a pdf of the poem in Arabic with English translation and transliteration, visit Project Nur.