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Is my fast voided?
Guest posted a topic in General Islamic DiscussionSalam guys, Quick question, i woke up, looked at my phone to see if there was prayer and I looked at the wrong column and thought I was fairly early so I decided to have a quick suhoor before prayer came. I finished, looked back on the calender because i just didn’t feel something was right, then i realised i was looking at the wrong column all that time and that prayer was NOW and it was already there when I woke up Thats issue #1, am I in trouble for that or something? Issue #2, when spitting out the food from my mouth, there was food stuck between my teeth which i had to also use my tongue to help remove them, does that count as breaking my fast?
Stopping Eating before Fajr Azaan
Guest posted a topic in General Islamic DiscussionAsalaam Alaikum, Just a quick question because many of us are unaware of this issue. When are we exactly required to stop eating sehri. Can we eat till we hear azaan? Is it ok to do brush after sehri? any time during day? Thanks Wasalaam
When Does Ramadan 2015 Start? (Ayatollah Saanei)
personager posted a topic in Jurisprudence/LawsSalam, I am a follower of Ayatollah Saanei living in the UK. I'm having trouble finding out when it is he has declared Ramadan to begin (in the UK) this year. If anyone can let me know or point me in the correct direction I will be very grateful. Also, I find it rather difficult to stay up to date with his fatwas as his website is barely ever updated. If anyone can let me know how I can stay up to date with his rulings, it will be very helpful Thank you
Ramazan in the holy messenger's sermon
Shaikh Hakim posted a topic in General Islamic Discussionخطبة النبي (ص) في استقبال شهر رمضان المبارك خطب نبينا الأكرم محمد (ص) خطبة مؤثرة وهو يستقبل شهر رمضان المبارك فقال».يا أيها الناس من حسّن منكم في هذا الشهر خلقه، كان له جواز على الصراط يوم تزلُّ فيه الأقدام، ومن خفّف من هذا الشهر عما ملكت يمينه، خفّف الله عليه حسابه، ومن كفّ فيه شرّه، كفّ الله عنه غضبه يوم يلقاه، ومن أكرم فيه يتيماً، أكرمه الله يوم يلقاه، ومن وصل فيه رحمه، وصله الله برحمته يوم يلقاه، ومن قطع فيه رحمه، قطع الله عنه رحمته يوم يلقاه، ومن تلا فيه آية من القرآن، كان له مثل أجر من ختم القرآن في غيره من الشهور« ».أيها الناس إنّ أبواب الجنان في هذا الشهر مفتّحة فسلوا ربكم أن لا يغلقها عليكم، وأبواب النيران مغلقة فسلوا ربكم أن لا يفتحها عليكم، والشياطين مغلولة، فسلوا ربكم أن لا يسلطها عليكم« ».أيها الناس إنّه قد أقبل عليكم شهر الله بالبركة والرحمة والمغفرة، شهر هو عند الله أفضل الشهور، وأيامه أفضل الأيام، ولياليه أفضل الليالي، وساعاته أفضل الساعات، هو شهر دعيتم فيه الى ضيافة الله وجعلتم فيه من أهل كرامة الله، أنفاسكم فيه تسبيح، ونومكم فيه عبادة، وعملكم فيه مقبول، ودعاؤكم فيه مستجاب، فاسألوا الله ربكم بنيات صادقة وقلوب طاهرة أن يوفقكم لصيامه وتلاوة كتابه، فإنّ الشقيّ من حُرم غفران الله في هذا الشهر العظيم« : The holy messenger gave an impressive sermon welcoming the month of Ramazan. He said: “O people! The month of Allah with its blessings, mercy and forgiveness has come upon you. It is the most preferred month among the months in the viewpoint of Allah; its days are the best of days, its nights are the best of nights, and its hours are the best of hours. It is a month in which you have been invited as guests of Allah and have been placed among those honored by Allah. Your breathing in it is an act of praising [Allah], your sleep an act of worship; your good deeds are accepted, and your prayers answered. Therefore, ask Allah with sincere intentions and pure hearts to help you in fasting and reciting His Book during this [month]. Indeed damned (شقي) is the one who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness during this august month. “O people! The gates of Paradise are wide open during this month; therefore, ask your Lord not to close them in your face and the gates of Hell-Fire are locked; therefore, ask your Lord not to open them for you. The devils are chained; therefore, ask your Lord not to give them power upon you. “O people! Whoever among you improves his character during this month, he shall have the pass [to cross] over the Bridge (Sirãt) on the day when [people’s] feet shall slip. Whoever is lenient with his slaves during this month, Allah will be lenient with him in the reckoning of his [deeds on the Day of Judgement]. Whoever checks his evil deeds during this month, Allah shall withhold His anger from him on the day he meets Him. Whoever honors an orphan during this month, Allah shall honor him on the day he meets Him. Whoever maintains, during this month, contact with his relatives (Rahim), Allah will maintain His mercy for him on the day he meets Him and whoever sever, during this month, contact with his relatives (Rahim), Allah will sever His mercy for him on the day he meets Him. Whoever recites a verse from Quran during this month, his reward will be like the reward of one who has completed the recitation of Quran during the other months.” Source: www.sistani.org (the translation is edited)
Ramazan Daily Dua
anzurna posted a topic in General Islamic DiscussionSalam, I was reading the daily dua of Ramazan as here http://www.duas.org/pdfs/Ram30days.pdf On 27th day of ramazan, I found out that it called that night as great night (Shab-e-Qadar), while in Shia community 23rd night is most authentically the great night (Shab-e-Qadar). Can any friend please clarify this discrepancy ? Thank you.
Islamic Calendar Ramazan Etc
Vale of Tempe posted a topic in General Islamic DiscussionFrom Imam Sadiq (as) ... donno saheeh or not Shaban would never be of 30 days Ramadhan will never be less than 30 days Shawal will be of 29 days Zeeqad 30 days Zilhajj 29 days Muharram 30 other months are full (30) or of lesser duration (29 days) Note: "you should complete the number" = must fast 30 days in Ramazan ??? The month of Ramazan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days; Allah desires ease for you, and He does not desire for you difficulty, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for His having guided you and that you may give thanks. ( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #185) Anybody tackled dis issue b4?
Dua Of Ramadhan First Day
awaiter of zuhur posted a topic in General Islamic Discussionاللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِاسْمِكَ الَّذِي دَانَ لَهُ كُلُّ شَيْءٍ وَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ وَ بِعَظَمَتِكَ الَّتِي تَوَاضَعَ لَهَا كُلُّ شَيْءٍ وَ بِعِزَّتِكَ الَّتِي قَهَرَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ وَ بِقُوَّتِكَ الَّتِي خَضَعَ لَهَا كُلُّ شَيْءٍ وَ بِجَبَرُوتِكَ الَّتِي غَلَبَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ وَ بِعِلْمِكَ الَّذِي أَحَاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ يَا نُورُ يَا قُدُّوسُ يَا أَوَّلا قَبْلَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَ يَا بَاقِيا بَعْدَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ يَا اللَّهُ يَا رَحْمَانُ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تُغَيِّرُ النِّعَمَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تُنْزِلُ النِّقَمَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تَقْطَعُ الرَّجَاءَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تُدِيلُ الْأَعْدَاءَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تَرُدُّ الدُّعَاءَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي يُسْتَحَقُّ بِهَا نُزُولُ الْبَلاءِ، وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تَحْبِسُ غَيْثَ السَّمَاءِ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تَكْشِفُ الْغِطَاءَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تُعَجِّلُ الْفَنَاءَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تُورِثُ النَّدَمَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِيَ الذُّنُوبَ الَّتِي تَهْتِكُ الْعِصَمَ وَ أَلْبِسْنِي دِرْعَكَ الْحَصِينَةَ الَّتِي لا تُرَامُ وَ عَافِنِي مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أُحَاذِرُ بِاللَّيْلِ وَ النَّهَارِ فِي مُسْتَقْبَلِ سَنَتِي هَذِهِ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَ رَبَّ الْأَرَضِينَ السَّبْعِ وَ مَا فِيهِنَّ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ وَ رَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ وَ رَبَّ السَّبْعِ الْمَثَانِي وَ الْقُرْآنِ الْعَظِيمِ وَ رَبَّ إِسْرَافِيلَ وَ مِيكَائِيلَ وَ جَبْرَئِيلَ وَ رَبَّ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ سَيِّدِ الْمُرْسَلِينَ وَ خَاتَمِ النَّبِيِّينَ أَسْأَلُكَ بِكَ وَ بِمَا سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ يَا عَظِيمُ أَنْتَ الَّذِي تَمُنُّ بِالْعَظِيمِ، وَ تَدْفَعُ كُلَّ مَحْذُورٍ وَ تُعْطِي كُلَّ جَزِيلٍ وَ تُضَاعِفُ [مِنَ] الْحَسَنَاتِ بِالْقَلِيلِ وَ بِالْكَثِيرِ وَ تَفْعَلُ مَا تَشَاءُ يَا قَدِيرُ يَا اللَّهُ يَا رَحْمَانُ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ وَ أَلْبِسْنِي فِي مُسْتَقْبَلِ سَنَتِي هَذِهِ سِتْرَكَ وَ نَضِّرْ وَجْهِي بِنُورِكَ وَ أَحِبَّنِي بِمَحَبَّتِكَ وَ بَلِّغْنِي رِضْوَانَكَ وَ شَرِيفَ كَرَامَتِكَ وَ جَسِيمَ عَطِيَّتِكَ وَ أَعْطِنِي مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا عِنْدَكَ وَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا أَنْتَ مُعْطِيهِ أَحَدا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ وَ أَلْبِسْنِي مَعَ ذَلِكَ عَافِيَتَكَ يَا مَوْضِعَ كُلِّ شَكْوَى وَ يَا شَاهِدَ كُلِّ نَجْوَى وَ يَا عَالِمَ كُلِّ خَفِيَّةٍ وَ يَا دَافِعَ مَا تَشَاءُ مِنْ بَلِيَّةٍ يَا كَرِيمَ الْعَفْوِ يَا حَسَنَ التَّجَاوُزِ تَوَفَّنِي عَلَى مِلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَ فِطْرَتِهِ، وَ عَلَى دِينِ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ سُنَّتِهِ وَ عَلَى خَيْرِ الْوَفَاةِ فَتَوَفَّنِي مُوَالِيا لِأَوْلِيَائِكَ وَ مُعَادِيا لِأَعْدَائِكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَ جَنِّبْنِي فِي هَذِهِ السَّنَةِ كُلَّ عَمَلٍ أَوْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ فِعْلٍ يُبَاعِدُنِي مِنْكَ وَ اجْلِبْنِي إِلَى كُلِّ عَمَلٍ أَوْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ فِعْلٍ يُقَرِّبُنِي مِنْكَ فِي هَذِهِ السَّنَةِ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ وَ امْنَعْنِي مِنْ كُلِّ عَمَلٍ أَوْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ فِعْلٍ يَكُونُ مِنِّي أَخَافُ ضَرَرَ عَاقِبَتِهِ وَ أَخَافُ مَقْتَكَ إِيَّايَ عَلَيْهِ حِذَارَ أَنْ تَصْرِفَ وَجْهَكَ الْكَرِيمَ عَنِّي فَأَسْتَوْجِبَ بِهِ نَقْصا مِنْ حَظٍّ لِي عِنْدَكَ يَا رَءُوفُ يَا رَحِيمُ. اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي فِي مُسْتَقْبَلِ سَنَتِي هَذِهِ فِي حِفْظِكَ وَ فِي جِوَارِكَ وَ فِي كَنَفِكَ وَ جَلِّلْنِي سِتْرَ عَافِيَتِكَ وَ هَبْ لِي كَرَامَتَكَ عَزَّ جَارُكَ وَ جَلَّ ثَنَاؤُكَ وَ لا إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي تَابِعا لِصَالِحِي مَنْ مَضَى مِنْ أَوْلِيَائِكَ وَ أَلْحِقْنِي بِهِمْ وَ اجْعَلْنِي مُسَلِّما لِمَنْ قَالَ بِالصِّدْقِ عَلَيْكَ مِنْهُمْ وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ اللَّهُمَّ [يَا إِلَهِي] أَنْ تُحِيطَ بِي خَطِيئَتِي وَ ظُلْمِي وَ إِسْرَافِي عَلَى نَفْسِي وَ اتِّبَاعِي لِهَوَايَ وَ اشْتِغَالِي بِشَهَوَاتِي فَيَحُولُ ذَلِكَ بَيْنِي وَ بَيْنَ رَحْمَتِكَ وَ رِضْوَانِكَ فَأَكُونَ مَنْسِيّا عِنْدَكَ مُتَعَرِّضا لِسَخَطِكَ وَ نِقْمَتِكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْنِي لِكُلِّ عَمَلٍ صَالِحٍ تَرْضَى بِهِ عَنِّي وَ قَرِّبْنِي إِلَيْكَ زُلْفَى اللَّهُمَّ كَمَا كَفَيْتَ نَبِيَّكَ مُحَمَّدا صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ هَوْلَ عَدُوِّهِ وَ فَرَّجْتَ هَمَّهُ وَ كَشَفْتَ غَمَّهُ [كَرْبَهُ] وَ صَدَقْتَهُ وَعْدَكَ وَ أَنْجَزْتَ لَهُ عَهْدَكَ، اللَّهُمَّ فَبِذَلِكَ فَاكْفِنِي هَوْلَ هَذِهِ السَّنَةِ وَ آفَاتِهَا وَ أَسْقَامَهَا وَ فِتْنَتَهَا وَ شُرُورَهَا وَ أَحْزَانَهَا وَ ضِيقَ الْمَعَاشِ فِيهَا وَ بَلِّغْنِي بِرَحْمَتِكَ كَمَالَ الْعَافِيَةِ بِتَمَامِ دَوَامِ النِّعْمَةِ عِنْدِي إِلَى مُنْتَهَى أَجَلِي أَسْأَلُكَ سُؤَالَ مَنْ أَسَاءَ وَ ظَلَمَ وَ اسْتَكَانَ وَ اعْتَرَفَ وَ أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي مَا مَضَى مِنَ الذُّنُوبِ الَّتِي حَصَرَتْهَا حَفَظَتُكَ وَ أَحْصَتْهَا كِرَامُ مَلائِكَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَ أَنْ تَعْصِمَنِي إِلَهِي [اللَّهُمَ] مِنَ الذُّنُوبِ فِيمَا بَقِيَ مِنْ عُمُرِي إِلَى مُنْتَهَى أَجَلِي يَا اللَّهُ يَا رَحْمَانُ يَا رَحِيمُ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آتِنِي كُلَّ مَا سَأَلْتُكَ وَ رَغِبْتُ إِلَيْكَ فِيهِ فَإِنَّكَ أَمَرْتَنِي بِالدُّعَاءِ وَ تَكَفَّلْتَ لِي بِالْإِجَابَةِ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ.
I’tikaf - The Spiritual Retreat
hesham102001 posted a topic in General Islamic DiscussionI’tikaf - The Spiritual Retreat Written by Saleem Bhimji for Al-Fath Al-Mubin Publications and the Islamic Publishing House [www.al-mubin.org & www.iph.ca] With information extracted from http://www.hawzah.net/Per/K/Etekaf/ & http://www.etekaf.org/html/adab.htm The large number of youth and others participating in this great event, something which has only taken form in the last twenty years since the victory of the Islamic revolution, may not be something as seen in other communities around the world – particularly the “West”. Insha-Allah, may Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) make our communities as large and prosperous as these and may our youth make maximum benefit from this very powerful spiritual retreat. Download PDF Format The Messenger of Allah (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) has said: “The persons who secludes himself (in the Masjid in I’tikaf) in true faith and hope (for the reward of Allah), all of his previous sins shall be forgiven.” (Kanzul Ummal, Hadith 24007) One of the greatest traditions of Islam, the spark of which has recently been reignited in the hearts of the youth, is that of I’tikaf. This is a tradition which has been in Islam from the first days of the revelation and is also something known and recognized in other Divine religions sent by Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) and practiced by them – more or less: "And when We made the House a pilgrimage for mankind and a (place of) security, and said, ‘Appoint for yourselves a place of prayer on the standing-place of Ibrahim [Maqam-e-Ibrahim].’ And We enjoined Ibrahim and Ismail saying: ‘Purify My House for those who visit (it) and those who abide (in it) for devotion, those who bow down (and) those who prostrate themselves.’ (Suratul Baqarah (2), Verse 125) The great Masajid of Islam located in cities such as Makkah, Madinah, Kerbala, Najaf, Samarrah, Kadhamain, Qum, Isfahan, Mashad and other major Muslim cities have hosted this spiritual retreat for over 1,400 years primarily in the “White Nights” of Rajab – the 13th, 14th and 15th, and more specifically in the month of Ramadhan – that too primarily in the last 10 nights of the blessed month. Since the life of the transient world keeps us busy for the whole year in studies, work, business, traveling and other such things and causes us to be negligent of the next life, we may sometimes think that these thing are the sole purpose in life and thus, we end up forgetting our true goal – Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him). Thus, it is for this reason that I’tikaf is referred to as “The spring of life in a world struck with the drought of negligence of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him).” It is the negligence of ourselves and our Creator which is given a fresh breath of life in this short three day period of I’tikaf. In addition, we can once again find ourselves and our Lord and return back to Him now (spiritually return back to Him) before we are forced to return back to him by the separation of the soul from the body in a state of complete negligence of Him. The period of I’tikaf is the best time to force one’s self to sit and think and reflect on the self and the world around; the period of the I’tikaf is the best time to forget the worries of the transient world and to return to the soul and the Creator of the soul; the period of the I’tikaf is the best time to return back to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) in true repentance for our sins committed through the year and to concentrate on the Words of Allah in the Quran, the prayers and supplications used to call upon Him and all of those things which are related to Him and His Sacred Essence. I’tikaf is not a three day holiday from work or school; it is not a time to sit in the Masjid in complete ignorance of ones’ self and his spiritual surroundings; it is not the venue to pass one’s time in idleness. I’tikaf is not the act of sleeping and snoring in the Masjid and killing time… Truly, I’tikaf is a three day spiritual retreat to build the self; it is the act of leaving one’s personal house to be in the service of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) and to recognize one’s self in Allah’s house (the Masjid) while at the same time, being a guest in the House of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) – eating His food which He has sent and being around His servants which He has guided. Definition of I’tikaf The literal definition of the word I’tikaf is to stay in a particular place, however in the definition of the faith of Islam, this word means to stay in the Masjid for a particular time period in the worship of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) while maintaining certain conditions, which shall be covered later on in this article. In the state of I’tikaf, a person can stand, sit, sleep, etc… and there is not one particular ‘form’ that this retreat must be carried out in (unlike the salat which has a specific form to it). What is important in this period is to obey the commandments of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him), to refrain from the things which He has prohibited (both in life in general and in this three day sojourn) and to be in the service of Him. Conditions of I’tikaf There are a few conditions for the person who wishes to partake in the Divine blessing of I’tikaf: 1. Intelligence (Aql): Thus, the person must not be mentally unstable; 2. True Faith (Iman): Thus, although a Non-Muslim can perform the I’tikaf and it may be correct from the point of view of the outer actions, however to earn the Divine Reward, he or she must be a true believer; 3. Intention (Niyyat): I’tikaf must be performed for the purpose of seeking closeness to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) and not to show off or due to societal or family or peer pressure; 4. Fasting (Sawm) During I’tikaf: The person who is not able to fast, for whatever reason, is deprived from the Divine grace of being able to perform I’tikaf. He or she may still gain a reward from Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) for having the intention to perform this act of worship, however can not directly participate in this act as will be mentioned. Therefore, if a person is a traveler or one who is not able to fast due to some danger to his life, he can not partake in I’tikaf. However, if the traveler who wants to perform the I’tikaf makes an oath that he will fast for three days on a trip, then he can perform the I’tikaf even though his salat may be prayed as that of a traveler. In addition, if one needs to perform any sort of fasting whether it be obligatory, recommended, a penitence for a missed fast, on behalf of someone else, etc… then one’s I’tikaf will be correct with the performance of this type of fast. 5. Permission: One must have the permission of the person whom he needs to gain permission from to carry out this act (guardian, husband, etc…) to ensure the correctness of the I’tikaf. 6. Place: One must stay inside the Masjid for the entire period for his I’tikaf to be correct (the rules of this will be explained in more detail later…) Time Period (Length) of the I’tikaf The person performing I’tikaf must stay in this state for a minimum of three complete days from sunrise of the first day until the sunset of the third day (for example if he starts I’tikaf on Monday at Fajr time, he must complete it until Thursday at Maghrib time). The first two days of I’tikaf are recommended and if a person wishes, he may leave after this period and end his I’tikaf, however if he completes two full days of I’tikaf in the Masjid (until the Maghrib of the second day), then it becomes obligatory upon him to continue his fast on the third day and to stay in the Masjid for the remaining period of his I’tikaf – meaning till the time of Maghrib of the third day. Similarly, if a person goes into I’tikaf for 5 days, the 6th day becomes obligatory; and if he goes into I’tikaf for 8 days then the 9th day becomes obligatory and so on… Thus, I’tikaf is for 3 full days and 2 nights which are in between these days and this period must be maintained. In this ruling, just as that of the daily Salat, the meaning of three complete days means three periods of Fajr to Maghrib. Time of I’tikaf Anytime in which fasting is permissible is an opportune time for I’tikaf and the state of I’tikaf does not have a specific time related to it. Of course the “White Days” which are the 13th, 14th and 15th of the lunar month and the last ten days of the Month of Ramadhan are the best times for this spiritual exercise. Therefore, one can not make I’tikaf on the day of `Eid since it is forbidden to fast on that day and similarly, he can not start I’tikaf two days before `Eid. It has been mentioned that the Prophet of Islam (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) used to perform I’tikaf in the Month of Ramadhan in the first 10 days (three days), the second 10 days (three days) and then in the last ten days (three days) as well. Permission of the Guardian As mentioned previously in passing, I’tikaf performed without the permission of his guardian or any person whose rights would be taken away if the person was to go in a state of I’tikaf is not correct. Thus, it is for this reason that the wife must also take her husband’s permission if her I’tikaf would infringe on marital rights with his wife. Similarly, if one’s parents are not happy or are concerned for their son or daughter and do not permit him to make I’tikaf, then the child is not permitted to go forth for this (recommended) act of worship. The Intention (Niyyah) for I’tikaf The intention for I’tikaf is of three main types. The most common form is the recommended I’tikaf, however it can also become obligatory (wajib) if a person makes an oath or promise to Allah ( for the fulfillment of something (and in that oath he had promised Allah (that he would perform I’tikaf if his prayer is fulfilled). The third intention which can be made for I’tikaf is that it is being done on behalf of someone else – similar to how people perform Hajj for their deceased relatives or make up missed prayers of parents who have passed away or otheres. Therefore, it is necessary for the correctness of I’tikaf to specify the intention and the type that one wants to perform. Time and Place of the Intention of the I’tikaf and the Place of I’tikaf The intention must be made from the beginning of the time of Fajr on the first day and it is not permissible to delay it until the end of the time of Fajr (just before sunrise), however if just before the rising of the sun of Fajr, one makes his intention, this will still be sufficient. At the time of making intention for I’tikaf, the person must be inside the Masjid in which he/she wishes to perform I’tikaf, however if at the beginning time of Fajr he leaves to redo his Wu¤h£ or for another important task, then he is still able to do his intention (upon returning). The place of I’tikaf must be the Masjid and therefore, performing I’tikaf in any place other than a Masjid such as a room or hall used for salat a Musalla (specific building which is made only for Jam¡`at Salat and other places like this (which are not proper Masajid) is not correct. The preferential order of where I’tikaf should be performed is: Masjidul Haram, Masjid an-Nabi (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family), Masjid Kufa and then the Masjid of Basrah – after these, then any other “Central” and “Congregational” Masjid is permissible to perform the I’tikaf in. By stating this, it clearly means that in places like the traditonal Hussainiyah or Imambargah and other places such as this, it is not correct to perform the I’tikaf – this act is limited to the four mentioned Masajid and then the Central Masjid of a city. Based on this ruling, although the scholars permit I’tikaf in these other buildings (which are not proper Mas¡jid), however the specific rulings of I’tikaf would not hold in other such venues. If one was to perform I’tikaf in any place other than the “Central Masjid” then he would need to do so with the intention that this act would bring him closer to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) and that he is hoping for a reward in this act (of being done outside of a proper Masjid as per the Islamic legislations). Therefore, if there are three or four Masajid in one city, since they are not of the four Masajid in which I’tikaf can be performed in (with that special intention), the people may use all of them for the program of I’tikaf. The meaning of the Central or Congregational Masjid is that which a majority of the people frequent (other than this Masjid would be those referred to with names such as the Masjid of the Bazar, the Masjid of a School, the Masjid inside a factory, etc…) and it is not permissible to perform the I’tikaf in these places. The courtyards and entrances of the Masjid are not considered as a part of the Masjid except in the case that they are recognized and known (by others) to be an actual part of the Masjid. If a person doubts if the place in which he is, is actually a Masjid or not, then according to the rules, he is not permitted to perform I’tikaf there until he ascertains and has certainty that the place where he is truly is a part of the Masjid. Prohibited Acts During I’tikaf The prohibited accts during the state of I’tikaf include: 1. Applying perfume and smelling perfume with the intention of deriving pleasure. This act makes I’tikaf null and void and is also a sin. 2. Discussions and arguments both in relation to the world and the faith. This means that a person argues with another to prove that he is better or smarter or that he knows more, etc… However, if a person must argue or debate to uphold the truth and destroy falsehood, it is permissible - rather this is the best form of worship and servitude to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) during this noble state. 3. Buying and selling anything. 4. Deriving pleasure from the opposite sex in any way – holding hands, hugging, kissing, etc… is completely forbidden in the state of I’tikaf. If any of these things are performed, one’s I’tikaf becomes void and in certain cases a Kaffarah or penitence must be paid out (which will be discussed below). NOTE : Seeing as how the person in I’tikaf is also in a state of fasting, all of those things which make the fast void must not be performed which include: eating, drinking, sexual intercourse, masturbation (which is a sin at all times), ascribing lies to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him), the Noble Prophet (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) or the A’immah (prayers be upon all of them), swallowing thick dust (and smoking as an extension), immersing one’s head in water (such as in a swimming pool), remaining in a state of ritual impurity until the time of Fajr, and vomiting. If any of these are done, then one must make up the fast in those ways mentioned in the books of Legal Rulings. In addition, the rights of others who are in the Msajid must also be observed. The respect and honor of the Masjid must be observed and one should try to stay in a state of Wudhu the entire period. Also, the cleanliness of the Masjid must also be maintained. Those in this state should also try and keep away from talking about issues of the transient world (talking about anything other than Allah) are some of the things which have been mentioned in the books which highlight the spiritual traits of this state. Leaving the Masjid During the Period of I’tikaf It is not permissible to leave the Masjid during the state of I’tikaf except for a reason and necessity which would (a) be a logical and reasonable excuse; (B) be deemed so according to the general population and © the religious rules of Islam dictate. Thus, in the following examples, it would be permitted to leave the Masjid while in the state of I’tikaf: going to a doctor in cases of emergency, going to the bathroom (as these are logical reasons), visiting someone who is very sick and taking part in the burial rites of a person IF the person who has passed away was a close relation to the person performing I’tikaf (which would be a necessity deemed so by the general consensus and population), or to perform a Ghusl (if needed) or to do Wudhu (which are necessities which the religion dictates). Leaving the Masjid for classes (school) or for study sessions with a study partner or for Tabl¢gh and propagation of the faith and other things such as this is not permissible as they do not fall into any of the three categories mentioned above (since when a person makes the intention to perform I’tikaf he has also taken into consideration that he will not be attending school and has made the necessary arrangements before hand. Similarly, the one engaged in I’tikaf knows from before hand that if his ‘field of work’ is Tabl¢gh, that he would be disconnecting himself from that ‘job’ for this period). If a person performs his I’tikaf in a place in which another person was already in I’tikaf (but had left for a brief moment) however he has left his prayer mat or other signs that he was coming back to that spot, then the second person must leave that area, otherwise he would be considered as a usurper of that piece of land where he is performing his I’tikaf. His I’tikaf would be correct if he continues to stay there however he would have committed a sin. If a person in I’tikaf has a wet dream and needs to perform a Ghusl, however it is not possible to do this in the Masjid (or its compound), it is obviously obligatory upon him to leave the Masjid and his I’tikaf will be considered null and void. The same rule applies to sisters who are not able to stay inside the Masjid due to their monthly cycle since they are not permitted to stay inside a Masjid, they too must immediately leave the Masjid and for them too, their I’tikaf is null and void. According to obligatory precaution, if a person leaves the Masjid for a necessity, he must choose the shortest and closest route to leave and return by and it is obligatory that he does not keep himself out of the Masjid for more than the needed time period. It is also obligatory that he does not sit underneath an area which shades him. Rather, according to precaution, it is not permitted for him to sit outside of the Masjid except for cases of necessity. If the person performing I’tikaf leaves the Masjid in order to complete a necessity upon him, and the time period which he leaves the Masjid for is a very long one such as that people would doubt or not consider him being in a state of I’tikaf, then his I’tikaf would be null and void. Penitence for Breaking the Rules of the I’tikaf In some instances, if a person does one of the things which breaks his state of I’tikaf, he must offer a penitence. Some examples of this are mentioned as follows: 1. If a person has sexual relations during the period of I’tikaf and I’tikaf was wajib for him to perform (due to a promise, oath, etc… which he made), then he must make up the I’tikaf by performing it properly at a later date. 2. If a person performs one of the other things which makes I’tikaf void and his I’tikaf was obligatory (due to a promise, oath, etc… which he made), then he must finish the time remaining of I’tikaf and redo it later on. 3. If I’tikaf was not obligatory and if a person does something on the first day of I’tikaf then he must immediately come out of this state, however if it is on the third day then he must finish the period remaining. 4. If a person performs one of the other things which makes I’tikaf void and his I’tikaf was a recommended one and this happens after the second day, then he must redo the I’tikaf later on, however if it is before the end of the second day, then he has no responsibility on him to redo it. Frequently Asked Questions on I’tikaf: 1. There is a close relationship to I’tikaf and the ihram for Hajj. As was seen, there are certain things forbidden while in the ihram of Hajj which are also forbidden for the one in the state of I’tikaf. This point should be kept in mind especially in the spiritual aspect of this great act of worship. 2. The intention for this act should be pronounced verbally just so one is focused on this act and whom he is doing it for. Some scholars have even stated that the intention should be renewed every day. 3. Although it is discouraged to sleep in a Masjid according to the verdict of the scholars, there are ‘exceptions to this rule’ – one being in the state of I’tikaf as this itself is an act of worship which has been legislated by Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) to be performed only in a Masjid. To sleep at other times is discouraged. 4. A person can change his clothes during the period of I’tikaf if the need arises (they become dirty, najis, etc…) and there is no problem in this, however to take a bath, especially with soap which may be perfumed (done with the intention of clinging to the transient world) must be avoided – except in the case of necessity where one must take a bath. 5. People can come and visit the Masjid during the period of I’tikaf and there is even no problem if friends or family come to bring the person in I’tikaf food, drink (to break his fast with) or things which they may need and are a dire necessity during this three day period. 6. Food is usually prepared by the community members or the leaders of the Masjid for those in the state of I’tikaf as the people in I’tikaf are not permitted to leave the Masjid (except for the conditions previously stated). The person who plans to enter this spiritual retreat can also bring things with him when he begins his three day sojourn if he so desires. 7. In regards to the breaking of the fast and eating before the fast starts, one can not leave the Masjid to procure this. Therefore, he should have either brought things with him or the Masjid organizers should be so kind so as to provide this to those in the state of worship for this three day period. If there is a kitchen in the Masjid, those in the worship of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) may use it to make their own food. 8. The three day period should be spent in contemplation of the faith of Islam, recitation of the Noble Quran and supplications and anything else which can draw a person closer to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him). If a person has missed prayers, he should try and make them up in this special period. If he has a clean slate of prayers, then he should try and recite the recommended prayers. Other than this, all other spiritual acts of nearness to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) should be maintained. However at the same time, one should not do things which keep him busy with the transient world that he has turned away from for these three days – meaning that reading things which would keep his mind busy with work, school, etc… should be refrained from. In addition, all other things which are commonly used to “kill time” should be completely left for this short three day period. …and all the praise belongs to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) for the help in the writing and translation of this work, only the mistakes are mine.
Amaal E Shabe Qadr
hesham102001 posted a topic in General Islamic Discussion'Common' A'amaal for Laylatul Qadr >>Click here to 'prepare' for it << 19th, 21st & 23rd Nights of the Ramadhan month A'amal Real zip Pdf Eve of Destiny (Laylatul Qadr) is the night, which is the most blessed and excellent of all nights. A prayer during this night is superior to the prayer of a thousand months. The destiny for the year is decided on this night. The Angels and Roohul Ameen (a highly dignified Angel) descend on this earth, with the permission of Allah (swt) & call on the Imam of the time,and what is ordained (by Allah) for everybody is presented before the Imam.Read more about Laylatul Qadr first to understand importance & Prepare & also Pray for getting benefits from this great night. Specific '19th & 21st Night' Duas /Aa'mal | Specific '23rd Night' Duas /A'amal TheCommon A'maalsfor all 3 nights are given below : -1. Take a Ghusl preferably near sunset time (wudhu also required) and Give/pre arrange for Sadqa/Charity tonight.2. Recite two Rakats Salat, in every Rakat recite Sura-al-Hamd, and Sura Ikhlaas seven times.(for seeking protection against sinning for the seven organs ) After finishing Salat recite 70 times: I seek the forgiveness of Allah and I repent before Him. astaghfiru allaha wa atubu ilayhi ÃóÓúÊóÛúÝöÑõ Çááøåó æóÃóÊõæÈõ Åáóíúåö. It is reported from the Prophet (pbuh) that by the time the reciter will rise from his place Allah (swt) will have forgiven him and his parents.Try to first be really repentant for serious mistakes done, sincerely ask for forgiveness either by: (a) recalling 70 different sins OR (B) feeling remorseful for 10 sins of the 7 main organs: eyes, ears, tongue, hands, mouth, stomach + private parts OR © some particular sins that you may have committed repeatedly OR (d) recalling the variety of punishments of different sins and finally resolve NOT TO Repeat them in the future, then only can one realistically expect to deserve the reward the HP has promised “Whoever performs this act will surely be forgiven by the Almighty even before here rises from his place".3. Remember your sins & seek forgiveness. Recite 100 times I seek the forgiveness of Allah, my Lord, and I repent before Him. astaghfiru allaha rabby wa atubu ilayhi ÃóÓúÊóÛúÝöÑõ Çááøåó ÑóÈøöí æóÃóÊõæÈõ Åáóíúåö. -Recite other Duas related to Repentance:-Munajat e Taebeen , Dua Tauba & Dua Kumayl .4. The Holy Qur'an should be opened and placed in front, then one should recite:When opening the qur’an and praying for your needs with the intercession of the qur’an, realize that while the qur’an is a cure for spiritual illness, it only benefits the pious ones and the evil doers are deprived of its illumination. Thus increase the chances for qur’an intercession to work on your behalf by earnestly following the rulings of the qur’an. real mp3 O Allah , in the name of this Holy Book sent by Thee, whatever there be in the Book. Including Ism-e-A'azam and Asmaa-e-Husnaa and the things to be dreaded, the things that may be expected and desired,( like blessings of Heaven). treat me as one of those who are free from Hell fire "Alaahumma inni asaloka be kitaabekal munzale Wa maa feeh, wa feehismokal akbaro wa asmaakal husnaa, wa maa yokhaafo Wa yurjaa an taj-alani min otaqaaeka minan-Naar", After this beg from Allah swt for your needs include spiritual improvement 4. Place the Holy Qur'an on ones head and say, While placing the qur’an on the head. Remind yourself that true salvation can only be achieved by always keeping the rules of qur’an ahead of us to follow. The fact that we put the Qur’an on our head is a sign of respect and reverence. We beseech Allah by the thaqalayn - the speaking and the silent Qur'an. - Holy Qur'an (39:56) O Allah! I appeal to Thee in the name of this Qur'an and the Rooh that was sent along with it, and in the name of the Momin (believer) whose praise is contained in this Book and The obligation that is on them. No one else recognizes the right and truth more than Thee "Allaahumma be haqqe haazal Qur'an we be haqqe man arsaltahoo beh, Wa be haqqe kulle momenin madahtahoo feeh, we be haqqeka alaihim fa-laa ahada a'arafo be haqqeka mink", After this repeat 10 times each: As you seek intercession of the Almighty (bika ya al…) and the 14 infallibles realize that God is limitless in Mercy and the Infalliablesare pure agencies for the distribution of divine mercy to all creations. Èößó íóÇ Çááøåõ¡ bika yaallahu For Your sake, O Allah, ÈöãõÍóãøÏò¡ bi-muhammadin for the sake of Muhammad, ÈöÚóáöíø¡ bi-`aliyyin for the sake of `Ali, ÈöÝóÇØöãóÉó¡ bi-fatimata for the sake of Fatimah, ÈöÇáÍóÓóäö¡ bilhasani for the sake of Hasan, ÈöÇáÍõÓóíúäö¡ bilhusayni for the sake of Husayn, ÈöÚóáöíø Èúäö ÇáÍõÓóíúäö¡ bi-`aliyyi bni alhusayni for the sake of `Ali ibn Husayn, ÈöãõÍóãøÏö Èúäö Úóáöíø¡ bi-muhammadi bni `aliyyin for the sake of Muhammad ibn `Ali, ÈöÌóÚúÝóÑö Èúäö ãõÍóãøÏò¡ bi-ja`fari bni muhammadin for the sake of Ja`far ibn Muhammad, ÈöãõæÓóì Èúäö ÌóÚúÝóÑò¡ bi-musa bni ja`farin for the sake of Musa ibn Jafar, ÈöÚóáöíø Èúäö ãõæÓóì¡ bi-`aliyyi bni musa for the sake of `Ali ibn Musa, ÈöãõÍóãøÏö Èúäö Úóáöíø¡ bi-muhammadi bni `aliyyin for the sake of Muhammad ibn `Ali, ÈöÚóáöíø Èúäö ãõÍóãøÏò¡ bi-`aliyyi bni muhammadin for the sake of `Ali ibn Muhammad, ÈöÇáÍóÓóäö Èúäö Úóáöíø¡ bilhasani bni `aliyyin for the sake of Hasan ibn `Ali, ÈöÇáÍõÌøÉö¡ bilhujjati for the sake of al-Hujjah. One should then pray to Almighty Allah to fulfill one’s desires. 5. Recite the Ziarat of Imam Hussain (A.S.). According to Hadith, during Lailat-e-Qadr an angel proclaims from the Arsh (throne) on the Seventh sky that Allah has forgiven who have visited the grave of Imam Hussain (as). Whileperforming Ziyarah of Imam Hussain (as), remind yourself that on this night, the souls of 124,000 Prophets (peace be upon them all) visit Imam, who is aware of our inner spiritual reality and is hurt and repulsed by our record of repeated evil deeds, indifference to God’s commandments; thus, we should avoid disgracing ourselves in that great audience of Imam. Also, associate thethemes in the ZIYARAH of: - Firm bond of love and obedience of God (SALAT). -Economic betterment of community (ZAKAT). -Overall mobilization of forces towards virtue (AMR BIL MA`RUF). -Overall cleansing of evil from society. -All-out war in all spheres of life to promote truth (JIHAD). -Tremendous endurance of all ensuing difficulties (SABR). -Complete distancing (LA`NAH) from all forms of injustice (DHULM) with destiny- shaping opportunity of this night and resolve to become on active player in improving the future in preparation for the REAPPEARANCE OF AL-MAHDI. 6. Recite Duas Jawshan Kabir & Jawshan Saghir. 7. Pray for others - Think of the many people all over the world who are in great difficulty & pray for them . He accepts 10. Keep awake the whole night. It has been reported that whoever keeps awake during Laylatul Qadr will have all his sins forgiven even if they number the stars in the sky, the stones in the mountains and are of the quantity of water in the seas. 11. Remember Imam Mahdi (atfs) much throughout the night & recite Dua Faraj for Imam atfs as many times as possible intermittently . Ziarat Ale Yasin & Dua Nudba &may also be recited 12. Reading some Fiqh rules is highly recommended: use www.Islamic-laws.com 13. Recite the 15 Whispered prayers & Dua Makarem akhlaq (noble traits)from Sahifa Sajjadia 14. Recite Salaat of Jafar e Tayyar & Tahajjud Salaat at the end of the night. 15. Allama Majlisi has stated that the best prayer during these nights is to seek forgiveness and seek ones wishes for this world and the hereafter and recite as much salwaat as possible. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) was asked what should be sought from Allah (swt) on Laylatul Qadr and he replied, "Health". 16. Recite a hundred rakats and it is preferable that in each rakat after the recitation of Sura Fatiha, Sura Ikhlaasbe recited ten times.(can be recited as 6 day salat if someone has Qaza or sitting ) 17. Last 10 Nights duas 18 Al-Kaf`amiy has narrated that Imam Zayn al-Abiden (a.s) used to say this supplication very frequently at the Qadr nights while sitting, standing, in rukuu', and prostrating: realmedia mp3 pdf Çááøåõãø Åöäøí ÃóãúÓóíúÊõ áóßó ÚóÈúÏÇð ÏóÇÎöÑÇð alluhumma inni amsaytu laka `abdan dakhiran O Allah: surely, I am at this evening Your passive slave; áÇ Ãóãúáößõ áöäóÝúÓöí äóÝúÚÇð æóáÇ ÖóÑøÇð lu amliku linafsy naf`an wa lu ¤arran I have no control of hurt or good to myself, æóáÇ ÃóÕúÑöÝõ ÚóäúåóÇ ÓõæÁð¡ wa lu asrifu `anhu su‘an And I cannot drive back any evil from myself, ÃóÔúåóÏõ ÈöÐáößó Úóáóì äóÝúÓöí¡ ash-hadu bidhalika `alu nafse I testify to so against myself, æóÃóÚúÊóÑöÝõ áóßó ÈöÖóÚúÝö ÞõæøÊöí¡ wa a`tarifu laka bi¤a`fi quwwate And to You do I confess of my powerlessness æóÞöáøÉö ÍöíáóÊöí¡ wa qillati helate And my feebleness ÝóÕóáø Úóáóì ãõÍóãøÏò æóÂáö ãõÍóãøÏò fasall `alu muhammadin wa uli muhammadin So, (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad, æóÃóäúÌöÒú áöí ãóÇ æóÚóÏúÊóäöí wa anjiz le mu wa`adtany And fulfill that of which You have promised me, æóÌóãöíÚó ÇáãõÄúãöäöíäó æóÇáãõÄúãöäóÇÊö wa jame`a almu´minena wal-mu´minuti As well as all the believing men and women, ãöäó ÇáãóÛúÝöÑóÉö Ýöí åÐöåö ÇááøíúáóÉö¡ mina almaghfirati fe hadhihi allaylati That is Your forgiveness at this night. æóÃóÊúãöãú Úóáóíø ãóÇ ÂÊóíúÊóäöí wa atmim `alayya mu utaytany And accomplish that which You have conferred upon me, ÝóÅöäøí ÚóÈúÏõßó ÇáãöÓßöíäõ ÇáãõÓúÊóßöíäõ fa’inne `abduka almiskenu almustakenu For I am Your slave—the poor, the humble, ÇáÖøÚöíÝõ ÇáÝóÞöíÑõ Çáãóåöíäõ. aldha`efu alfaqeru almahenu The weak, the needy, the humiliated. Çááøåõãø áÇ ÊóÌúÚóáúäöí äóÇÓöíÇð áöÐößúÑößó ÝöíãóÇ ÃóæúáóíúÊóäöí¡ alluhumma lu taj`alny nusiyan lidhikrika femu awlaytane O Allah: (please) do not make me negligent of the mention of You as regards that which You have bestowed upon me, æóáÇ ÛóÇÝöáÇð áÅÍúÓóÇäößó ÝöíãóÇ ÃóÚúØóíúÊóäöí¡ wa lu ghufilan liihsunika femu a`taytane And do not make me inadvertent to Your favors to me as regards that which You have given me, æóáÇ ÂíöÓÇð ãöäú ÅöÌóÇÈóÊößó æóÅöäú ÃóÈúØóÃóÊú Úóäøí wa lu uyisan min ijubatika wa in abtat `anne And do not make me despair of Your responding to me, even if such response is postponed, Ýöí ÓóÑøóÇÁó Ãóæú ÖóÑøóÇÁó fe sarru‘a awdharru‘a Whether I be in prosperity or adversity Ãóæú ÔöÏøÉò Ãóæú ÑóÎóÇÁò aw shiddatin aw rakhu‘in Or hardship or comfort Ãóæú ÚóÇÝöíóÉò Ãóæú ÈóáÇÁò aw `ufiyatin aw balu‘in Or well-being or ordeal, Ãóæú ÈõÄúÓò Ãóæú äóÚúãóÇÁó aw bu´sin aw na`mu‘a Or misery or bliss. Åöäøßó ÓóãöíÚõ ÇáÏøÚóÇÁö. innaka same`u alddu`u‘i Verily, You are the Hearer of prayers. Alternate Translation :I have passed the evening as a very humble servant of Thee. I have no control over the gains and losses for my person. I cannot remove any evil from myself. I depose against my conscience. I admit my weakness and inability of managing my affairs. Bestow Tine blessings on Mohammad (S.A.W.) and his Aal (A.S.). Whatever Thou hast given me or promised, fulfill that. Verily! I am Tine humble, weak and destitute servant. O Allah! Let me not forget the blessings that Thou hast bestowed on me, and let me not be forgetful about Tine kindness. Do not deny me Tine acceptance though it may be delayed, may it pertain to sorrow or happiness, and may it be connected with peace and tranquility or hardship and vicissitudes or pertaining to blessings. Thou hearse and accepts invocations in every condition. In surah AL Qadr Allah (swt) clearly states: "Surely We revealed it (the Holy Qur'an) on the grand night. And what will make you comprehend what the grand night. The grand night is better than a thousand months. The angels and Gabriel descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair, Peace! It is till the break of the morning." (97:1-5) Allah (swt) is inviting all the believers for a Divine feast; the invitation which has been brought by the messengers. Allah (swt) is the host, his most favorite angels are the servants and the believers are the guests. The table is spread with Divine blessings containing all sorts of rewards and favors. Though the eyes cannot see them nor the ears hear them not the human hearts imagine them, yet the bounties are all kept in readiness to be awarded to the guests in accordance to her actions. On a final note, our destiny to large extent can be changed in this very night and much depends on us, how we decide to utilize both the night and the day of Qadr and for that matter each single moment of this blessed month of Ramadhan. Let us therefore pray together that we may be granted the Tawfiq to be able to do the A’maals of Laylatul Qadr in its correct essence, that we may be granted the Maghferah and that we may earn the Pleasure of Allah (swt) in such a manner that our lives take a positive turn in a manner that we may earn the salvation for both this world and the Hereafter. Ameen A humble request that we remember each other in our prayers and especially those we do not forget the oppressed , the suffering & our Deceased.
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