The Passing of Ḥabīb Munzir al-Musāwā
Key figure in calling to Allah in Southeast Asia
Innā lillāhi wa innā ilayhi raji`ūn – Verily to Allah we belong and to Him we return.
We are greatly saddened by the recent death of a very close student of Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) and a key figure in calling to Allah in South East Asia, al-Sayyid al-Ḥabīb Munzir bin Fu`ād bin `Abd al-Raḥmān al-Musāwā.
Ḥabīb Munzir was born in Cipanas, West Java, Indonesia on February 23, 1973 / 19th of Muḥarram 1393H. After completing his elementary Islamic education under the tutelage of Ḥabīb `Abd al-Raḥmān al-Saqqāf (may Allah have mercy on him) in Bukit Duri, Jakarta, he was selected in 1993 to join the first group of Indonesian students to study under Ḥabīb `Umar in Tarīm. This was before Dār al-Muṣṭafā had moved to its current building, and Ḥabib `Umar would teach his students in his house.
Upon completing his studies in 1998, Ḥabīb Munzir returned home and expended his energies calling people to Allah. He established ‘Majlis Rasulullahﷺ,’ a gathering which began with six people but became one of the largest gatherings of remembrance and knowledge in Indonesia today. Prior to his passing, over 30,000 people attended his weekly mawlid gatherings at Al-Munawar Mosque in Jakarta and up to a million people would attend his special mawlid events held at Istiqlal Mosque and the National Monument Complex. Most of them were young people and many came from troubled backgrounds and are often neglected by society. In his early days, he would go from door to door calling people to Allah and would send out hand-written invitations to young people known to be drug users inviting them to attend his gatherings.
From Banten to Bali to the most remote regions of Papua and even neighboring lands such as Singapore and Malaysia, Ḥabīb Munzir would tirelessly reach out and convey the message of our Beloved Prophet ﷺ with complete gentleness and kindness. He is known for his noble disposition and wisdom, and his ability to transcend barriers in his efforts to unite the Ummah.
Ḥabīb Munzir passed away on Sunday 15th of September 2013/ 9th Dhu’l-Qa`dah 1434 at the age of 40, leaving behind his wives and three children. The funeral prayer will be after Zuhr prayer on Monday and he will be laid to rest after at the al-Ḥaddād burial complex in Kalibata, South Jakarta.
“Indeed, a reunion with the Belovedﷺ, is the remedy,” Ḥabīb Munzir once said.
May Allah Most High have mercy on him and grant him the best resting place in His company and that of his Beloved Grandfather, Sayyidunā Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), and may He grant much ease to the loving family and students he left behind.