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10 Things to Ponder upon as Ramadaan Ends

It seems like yesterday that we welcomed Ramadhan. Now we are in to the last few moments of this mubarak month.

It’s time to reflect on how we spent the month and to use these last days to rescue it. If it ends well, it was spent well. As the hadith goes, ‘Actions are judged by their endings’.

Here are 10 things to ponder before Ramadhan ends:

1. How have I spent Ramadhan? Am I happy with my worship? Where can I improve for these final days? Did I sin in Ramadhan? If so which ones? The sins I couldn’t avoid in Ramadhan are probably my biggest vices given I couldn’t stop them during such a blessed time. These sins require special attention and intervention.

2. What habits have I picked up in Ramadhan? Can I continue some of them? Fasting is the most obvious one. What about reciting Qur’an, dhikr, dua, five prayers, charity, frequenting the masjid, night time worship, watching my tongue, eating together as a family, sharing food with others, seeking out good content online, etc etc? Guess what? None of these are exclusive to Ramadhan. Let’s pick a few and continue on them afterwards.

3. What have I cut down on? Obviously food… But what else? TV or screen time in general, smoking, swearing, backbiting, arguing etc? How does it feel? Wouldn’t it be great if this could continue?

4. What have I realised is lacking in my learning? Perhaps I don’t know how to pray properly, I don’t read Qur’an well, I don’t know what the Qur’an says, I don’t know many basic duas, I know very little about my Prophet’s life. Whatever your gaps in knowledge, you can fill them by reading good books or taking courses.

5. What about my children’s learning? Are they going to a good Islamic supplementary school? Do they recite Qur’an well, have good knowledge of Islam, seem keen on religion? Or are they somewhat indifferent? Ramadhan is a good time to think about the whole family’s religiosity and think about solutions.

6. How am I towards my parents? Ill conduct towards parents is one of the worst of the major sins. According to a hadith, Allah punishes such people in the dunya. We must be attentive to them and make sure we are good to them. We don’t have to give in to unjust demands but there is no excuse for neglect and bad behaviour towards them.

7. Are there any other relationships I need to mend? It’s not too late. Reach out before Ramadhan ends. Mending relationships is spiritually and emotionally enriching, and breaking family ties is a sin. And don’t forget your neighbours.

8. What about company? Do my friends bring me closer to deen or distance me from deen. Its something to think about. After all, ‘a man is upon the religion of his friend.’ A friend who turns you away from Allah is a friend you do not need.

9. Set a few post Ramadhan resolutions. This is the best month of the year, and the best time to change and stay changed. Make those resolutions now.

10. What have I planned for Eid? If I commit any sin on Eid day, then what does it say about my Ramadhan? What I do immediately after Ramadhan is either a sign that my Ramadhan is accepted or a sign that Ramadhan was rejected. What is sinning on eid day a sign of?

It’s time to think, evaluate and plan ahead. Let’s step into Shawaal a changed person. Inshallah.

Concluding Ramadan with Istighfar (Seeking Forgiveness)

Hafiz Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) said:
Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) is the conclusion of all good actions, thus salah, hajj, standing in salah at night (qiyam al-layl) are all concluded with it.
Gatherings are also concluded with it. If they are gatherings of knowledge, it serves as a seal for them, and if they are futile gatherings, it serves as a compensation.

Likewise, the fasts of Ramadan should be concluded with Istighfar.

Umar Ibn Abd al-Azeez (rahimahullah) sent a message to different cities, ordering the people to end Ramadan with Istighfar and charity, i.e., sadaqat al-fitr, because sadaqat al-fitr is a purification for the fasting person from vain and obscene talk.

Furthermore, Istighfar repairs the damage caused to the fast through vain and obscene talk.

This is why some of the previous scholars said sadaqat al-fitr for the one fasting is like sajdat al-sahw for salah.”
Lataa’if al-Ma’arif (pg. 383)

May Allah Ta’ala forgive all our shortcomings during the month of Ramadan and accept all our good actions, through His grace and mercy. Aameen.

Why Does Evil Still Occur in Ramadhan if the Devils Are Chained?

Al-Qurtubi (rahmatullahi alayh) states:

“If it is said: How is it that we see an abundance of evil and sins occurring in Ramadhan; if the devils were chained up this would not occur?

The response: They are only chained away from those who fast (correctly) fulfilling the conditions of the fast and being mindful of its etiquette.

Or it is said that those who are chained are some of the devils; i.e. the rebellious ones, and not all of them, as has been previously mentioned within some of the other narrations.

Or, it is said that what is intended is that evil is minimized in (Ramadhan); and this is something well-known. For the occurrence of that (evil/sins) is less within than it is in other months.

Hence, them all being chained up does not necessitate that evil or sins will not occur. For there are other reasons besides the devils which cause this; such as despicable souls and evil ways, as well as human devils.”

[By Ibn Hajr (rahmimahullah) in Fathul-Baari]

The Night of Power and What to do in it

We all know that Allah is merciful and bountiful, and He likes to forgive. Therefore, He provided us many opportunities to forgive, but one of them is most important, it is time of the night of power. The night of power is the time of decree. It is the time of destiny, it is time of revealetion of the Qur’an, Allah sent down the holy book in it. It is the single night worth a thousand month of reward in Islam as Allah said in the Holy Book: “We have indeed sent it down in the night of power. The night of power is better than a thousands months. The angels and spirits descend in it by the permission of your Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of morning.”(Al-Qadr). It is the time to seek forgiveness. it is also called “Laylatul Qadr”. But the exact time of it isn’t known but it falls within the last ten days of Ramadan as the companion ‘Ubay ibn Ka’b (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) came out to inform us about it, but two Muslims were quarreling with each other, so the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I came out to inform you but such and such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it on 29th, 27th, 25th, 23th and 21th nights of Ramadan (Ibn Majah)

The companion Anas ibn Malik (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported: “When  Ramadan approached, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “This month has come to you and in it, there is a night that is better than a thousands months, whoever is deprived of it, is deprived of its all goodness. And no one is deprived of its goodness except one who is truly deprived.” (ibn Majah). But there is question that what must to do in it?.  We should know it. Let’s take a look at best things to do during this night.

1. Take a break for Allah
We often get caught up in our daily lives with things like work, family and business. But during this night, we should totally dedicate ourselves to Allah and reap the blessings.

2. Stand for Prayer
It is time of seeking forgiveness, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “whoever stays up and prays on laylatul Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven (Muslim). Therefore, we should strive to stay up at least on numbered nights of the last 10 days. If we can’t manage that, then let’s pray at least on the 27th night, if one prays on all of the last odd numbered nights, then there is more of a chance that one may have caught this most powerfull night.

Here are some prayers.
• Two rak’ah Salaatut Tawbah
• Salaatut Tasbeeh according to one Hadith.
• Salatul wudhu (tahiyatul wudhu)
Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to Bilal (Radhiyallahu Anhu): “Tell me about the best of your deeds since your embracing Islam, because I heard your footsteps in front of me in paradise. Bilal (Radhiyallahu Anhu) replied: “I don’t consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night and day,  and perform prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Muslim)

3. MAKE MUCH DUA’
We should be very busy in dua’ as much as we can . Allah the Almighty said in the Qur’an: “When the servants ask you concerning Me, Tell them, I am indeed close to them, I listen to every prayer when he calls on Me.” (2/186) and on another place (Hadith Qudsi), Allah said: “the most excellent worship is dua'” (Tirmidhi).

Therefore, ask Allah for every thing that they you need. Not just for yourself and family but for the people around the world who are suffering and getting hardship. But a special dua’ was informed by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): ‘Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) said: O Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)! What do you think, I should say in my supplication if I come upon Laylatul Qadr? he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Say: “Allahumma innaka Afuwwun kareem tuhibbul Afwa fa’fu anni (O Allah! You are the Forgiver and loves to forgive, so forgive me!)

4. Recite and reflect on the Holy Qur’an
The recitation and reflection on the Qur’an during this night can also serve as a great means of worship worthy of blessed night, therefore, we should read the Qur’an, and when we get Chance, try to reflect on the Qur’an.

5. Remain in I’tikaaf
The best way of searching for the the blessed night is to remain in i’tikaaf for which both men and women can do. If it is not possible for the whole of ten days, then we should try to remain i’tikaaf for odd nights. If it is also not possible you can do niyyat of i’tikaaf when you enter the mosque.

6. DON’T WASTE TIME
We must make a firm intention that during this night, we will not take part in idle talk. There are 355 days in the year for all that, some ladies consider that this is time of shopping and waste these blessed nights. How can
they miss this night?! Who is to say that they will live to see the next Ramadan? Therefore,we should respect these nights.

7. MAKE INTENTION YOUR LIFE CHANGE
We should make necessary changes to improve ourselves as Muslims and what better time to make such changes than this night where we can change our lives forever. We must try to change and make firm commitment to Allah and may be that he will wipe off our sins until we become like new born babies INSHA ALLAH.

8. DON’T LOSE HOPE IN ALLAH۔
One of the most worst things we can do during this time is to lose hope in Allah. Remember! Allah wants to forgive you and opened the pathway to His Mercy and unlimited treasures for you. Therefore we must have firm belief that every thing we will get rewards and Allah accept every dua’.

9. Strive to gain Forgiveness
We should strive and do our utmost to gain the mercy of Allah in it. If we leave this night without gaining the mercy, then surely, we are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world.

10. Get your Family involved for Tahajjud and other act and deeds. Don’t forget to wake up your partner, parents and brothers to remind them to take part in these last ten days.

11. Offer Salah ‘Isha and Fajr in Congregation

Hadhrat Uthman bin ‘Affan (Radhiyallahu Anhu)reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying: “One who performs ‘Isha prayer in congregation is as if he has performed salah of half of the night, and one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation is as if he has performed salah of whole night.” (Muslim)

Imam Malik narrated that he had heard that Sa’id ibn Musayyib (rahimahullah) used to say: “Whoever is present at ‘Isha on laylatul Qadr, he has taken his portion from it. (Muwatta Malik)

Misconception is being spread that who will pray four Rak’at nafl in particular way in last Friday of Ramadan is equal to previous 700 salah that they were not offered. It is wrong and it is not established in the Hadith or Qur’an.

Conclusion
These are some of the things to do in the Night of Power.
In the end, May Allah give us Tawfiq to do so. Aameen!

SEARCH for the Night of LAILATUL-QADR

Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah’s reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim; the addition “and it is facilitated for him” is recorded by Ahmad from the report of `Ubaadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.]

 ﻣﻦ ﻗﺎﻡ ﻟﻴﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﺭ ‏[ ﺛﻢ ﻭﻓﻘﺖ ﻟﻪ ‏] , ﺇﻳﻤﺎﻧﺎ ﻭﺍﺣﺘﺴﺎﺑﺎ , ﻏﻔﺮ ﻟﻪ ﻣﺎ ﺗﻘﺪﻡ ﻣﻦ ﺫﻧﺒﻪ ‏
ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺍﻟﺒﺨﺎﺭﻱ ﻭﻣﺴﻠﻢ ﻭﺍﻹﻣﺎﻡ ﺃﺣﻤﺪ ﻭﺍﻟﺰﻳﺎﺩﺓﻟﻪ

MAKING SUPPLICATIONS (Duaa)

It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night.

`A’ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam),

“O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?”

And he instructed her to say:

“ALLAHUMMA INNAKA `AFUWWUN TUH.IBBUL `AFWA FA`FU `ANNEE

(O ALLAH! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me).”* [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmizi]

 ﻗﻠﺖ ﻳﺎ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﺭﺃﻳﺖ ﺇﻥ ﻋﻠﻤﺖ ﺃﻱ ﻟﻴﻠﺔ ﻟﻴﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﺭ ﻣﺎ ﺃﻗﻮﻝ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ ﻗﺎﻝ ﻗﻮﻟﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻬﻢ ﺇﻧﻚ ﻋﻔﻮ ﻛﺮﻳﻢ ﺗﺤﺐ ﺍﻟﻌﻔﻮ ﻓﺎﻋﻒ ﻋﻨﻲ ‏
ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺃﺣﻤﺪ، ﺍﺑﻦ ﻣﺎﺟﻪ، ﺍﻟﺘﺮﻣﺬﻱ ﻭﺻﺤﺤﻪ ﺍﻷﻟﺒﺎﻧﻲ

ABANDONING WORLDLY PLEASURES FOR THE SAKE OF WORSHIP

It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which *Laylat ul-Qadr* is likely to be.

This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. `A’ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported:

“When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) would tighten his izaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 ﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻨﺒﻲ ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﺇﺫﺍ ﺩﺧﻞ ﺍﻟﻌﺸﺮ ﺷﺪ ﻣﺌﺰﺭﻩ ، ﻭﺃﺣﻴﺎ ﻟﻴﻠﻪ ، ﻭﺃﻳﻘﻆ ﺃﻫﻠﻪ ‏
ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺍﻟﺒﺨﺎﺭﻱ ﻭﻣﺴﻠﻢ

And she said: “Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights.” [Muslim]

Ramadan – The Month of Dua’

Here are some etiquettes of dua to increase your chances of it being accepted .

Remember that Allaah loves to be asked, and He encourages that in all things. He is angry with the one who does not ask of Him and He encourages His slaves to ask of Him. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation)”

[Ghaafir 40:60]

Du’aa’ is very important in Islam, so much so that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Du’aa’ is worship.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3372; Abu Dawood, 1479; Ibn Maajah, 3828; Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2590.

The etiquette of du’aa’:

1 – The one who is making du’aa’ should believe in Tawheed with regard to the divinity, Lordship, names and attributes of Allaah. His heart should be filled with Tawheed.

Dua cannot be directed to an idol , a dead or an alive person – no matter how pious he may be .

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright”

[al-Baqarah 2:186]

2 – Sincerity towards Allaah alone in making du’aa’. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allaah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him)”

[al-Bayyinah 98:5]

Du’aa’ is worship, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, so sincerity (ikhlaas) is a condition of its being accepted.

Don’t make dua with a wandering mind or a careless attitude .

3 – We should ask of Allaah by His most beautiful names. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names”

[al-A’raaf 7:180]

4 – We should praise Allaah as He deserves before we call upon Him.

Al-Tirmidhi (3476) narrated that Fadaalah ibn ‘Ubayd (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: Whilst the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was sitting, a man came in and prayed and said, “O Allaah, forgive me and have mercy on me.” The Messenger of Allaah (S) said, “You have been too hasty, O worshipper. When you have prayed and are sitting, praise Allaah as He deserves to be praised, and send blessings upon me, then call upon Him.”

According to another version (3477): “When one of you prays, let him start with praise of Allaah, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then let him ask whatever he likes after that.”

Then another man prayed after that, and he praised Allaah and sent blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O worshipper, ask and you will be answered.” Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2765, 2767.

5 – Sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every du’aa’ is kept back until you send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat, 1/220;

6 – Facing towards the qiblah.

Muslim (1763) narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: On the day of Badr, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) looked at the mushrikeen, who were one thousand strong, and his companions numbered three hundred and nineteen. Then the Prophet of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) turned to face the qiblah, then he stretched forth his hands and started to cry out to his Lord:

“O Allaah, grant me what You have promised me, O Allaah, give me what You have promised me. O Allaah, if this small band of Muslims perishes, You will not be worshipped on earth.” He kept on crying out to his Lord, stretching forth his hands, facing towards the qiblah, until his cloak fell from his shoulders…

al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Muslim: This shows that it is mustahabb to face towards the qiblah when making du’aa’, and to raise the hands.

7 – Raising the hands.

Abu Dawood (1488) narrated that Salmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Your Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, is Kind and Most Generous, and He is too kind to let His slave, if he raises his hands to Him, bring them back empty.” Abi Dawood, 1320.

The palm of the hand should be raised heavenwards, in the manner of a humble beggar who hopes to be given something.

Abu Dawood (1486) narrated from Maalik ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you ask of Allaah, ask of Him with the palms of your hands, not with the backs of them.” Abi Dawood, 1318.

8 – Having certain faith that Allaah will respond, and focusing with proper presence of mind,

because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Call upon Allaah when you are certain of a response, and remember that Allaah will not answer a du’aa’ that comes from a negligent and heedless heart.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3479;

9 – Asking frequently.

A person should ask his Lord for whatever he wants of the good things in this world and the Hereafter, and he should beseech Allaah in du’aa’, and not seek a hasty response, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The slave will receive a response so long as his du’aa’ does not involve sin or severing of family ties, and so long as he is not hasty.” It was said, “What does being hasty mean?” He said: “When he says, ‘I made du’aa’ and I made du’aa’, and I have not seen any response,’ and he gets frustrated and stops making du’aa’.” Narrated by al-Bukahari, 6340; Muslim, 2735.

10. He should be firm in his du’aa’,

because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one of you should say, ‘O Allaah, forgive me if You wish, O Allaah, have mercy on me if You wish’; he should be firm in his asking, for Allaah cannot be compelled.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6339; Muslim, 2679.

11 – Beseeching, humility, hope and fear. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret”

[al-A’raaf 7:55]

“Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us”

[al-Anbiya’ 21:60]

“And remember your Lord within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words in the mornings and in the afternoons”

[al-A’raaf 7:205]

12 – Saying du’aa’s three times.

Al-Bukhaari (240) and Muslim (1794) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Whilst the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was praying at the Ka’bah, Abu Jahl and his companions were sitting nearby.

They had slaughtered a camel the previous day, and Abu Jahl said: “Which of you will go and get the abdominal contents of the camel of Banu So and so and put it on the back of Muhammad when he prostrates?” The worst of the people went and got it, and when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prostrated, he placed it between his shoulders. They started laughing, leaning against one another.

I was standing there watching, and if I had had any power, I would have lifted it from the back of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) remained in prostration, not lifting his head, until someone went and told Faatimah.

She came with Juwayriyah, and lifted it from him, then she turned to them and rebuked them. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had finished his prayer, he raised his voice and prayed against them – and when he made du’aa’ or asked of Allaah he would repeat it three times – and he said: “O Allaah, punish Quraysh” three times. When they heard his voice, they stopped laughing and were afraid because of his du’aa’.

Then he said, “O Allaah, punish Abu Jahl ibn Hishaam, ‘Utbah ibn Rabee’ah, Shaybah ibn Rabee’ah, al-Waleed ibn ‘Uqbah, Umayyah ibn Khalaf and ‘Uqbah ibn Abu Mu’ayt,” and he mentioned the seventh but I cannot remember who it was. By the One Who sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) with the truth, I saw those whom he had named slain on the day of Badr, then they were dragged and thrown into the well, the well of Badr.

13 – Ensuring that one’s food and clothing are halaal.

Muslim (1015) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O people, Allaah is Good and does not accept anything but that which is good. Allaah enjoins upon the believers the same as He enjoined upon the Messengers. He says (interpretation of the meaning):

‘O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful) foods which Allaah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits)] and do righteous deeds. Verily, I am Well‑Acquainted with what you do’

[al-Mu’minoon 23:51]

‘O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with’

[al-Baqarah 2:172]

Then he mentioned a man who travels for a long distance and is disheveled and dusty, and he stretches forth his hands towards heaven saying, ‘O Lord, O Lord,’ but his food is haraam, his drink is haraam, his clothing is haraam, he has been nourished with haraam, so how can he be responded to?

Ibn Rajab (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Ensuring that one’s food, drink and clothing are halaal, and that one is nourished with halaal, is a means of having one’s du’aa’ answered. End quote.

14 – Saying du’aa’ silently and not out loud. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret”

[al-A’raaf 7:55]

And Allaah praised His slave Zakariyyah (peace be upon him) by saying (interpretation of the meaning):

“When he called to his Lord (Allaah) a call in secret”

[Maryam 19:3]

MAY ALLAH ACCEPT ALL OF YOUR DUAS – AMEEN .

PRAY FOR THE BLEEDING UMMAT TOO AS THE DISBELIEVERS HAVE LAID SIEGE TO ISLAM

“ULEMA IFTAAR”? A SILLY BID’AH

By Mujlisul Ulama

M.M.Ravat

Nizamiye Al-Azhar School

Malabar, Port Elizabeth

Your e-mail pertaining to the new bid’ah of ulema iftaar refers.

Please be informed that this bid’ah is not permissible. Where in the Sunnah is there a basis for this confounded practice of riya and israaf. If you have an excess of money, feed the poor and needy. There are innumerable of poor Muslims around you in Port Elizabeth.

This type of gluttony in the name of the Deen is a satanic inspiration. There is no such stupid practice as an ‘ulema iftaar’. Iftaar is for all Muslims alike, and the Masnoon method is only Iftaar with dates or water or dates and water, not gluttony with pies, samoosas and devouring food like animals. The Qur’aan Majeed says that the kuffaar eat like animals. But nowadays the molvis and Muslims in general also devour food like animals, hence they no longer distinguish between halaal and haraam.

You should have at least some Islamic conscience to think about the suffering Muslims. Instead, you give vent to nafsaani lust by innovating a silly bid’ah and feeding obese characters who masquerade as ‘ulema’. Wasting money in such bid’ah practices transforms you into ‘brothers’ of the shayaateen’ according to the Qur’aan Majeed.

It is our dua that Allah Ta’ala guides you and opens up your clogged brains to understand that the Deen and its practices are not designed for merrymaking. The a’maal of the Deen are for gaining Allah’s Pleasure and Salvation in the Aakhirah. What type of molvis are you people? Did you learn about ‘ulema iftaar’ at the Madrasah where the molvi certificate was doled out to you? Did any of the Akaabir of this Ummah from the time of the Sahaabah to this day organize a stupid, confounded riya practice of ‘ulema iftaar’?

Have you no shame and no conscience to organize a stupid  feast for fat characters who daily resort to gluttony at their homes while excluding the poor who cannot afford the sumptuous dishes you intend preparing for those who are not in need of it?

Ramadhaan is a month of greater Imaani emotion and love for Allah’s suffering Makhlooq. So why don’t you rather organize a feast for the destitute – Fuqara and Masaaqeen – thereby gaining thawaab and Allah’s Pleasure? Why feed fat characters who will only gluttonously devour the food and excrete. Instead of thawaab, you are deserving of Allah’s punishment for israaf and riya.

Did the Sahaabah ever have an exclusive ‘ulema’ iftaar? Did any other among the Salafus Saaliheen or even among our recent Akaabir Ulama ever have a stupid, exclusive iftaar programmed for ‘ulema’. Those who will have the misfortune of devouring the contaminated food you will be providing cannever be Ulama in the true meaning of the word.

It is absolutely ludicrous, to say the least, that during this Mubaarak month, and at the time of Iftaar when Allah Ta’ala’s Special Presence is the closest to us that you, masquerading as ulama, deem it valid and appropriate to waste this Mubaarak occasion and time in silly merrymaking with the bid’ah so-called ‘ulema’  gluttonous feast, deceptively dubbed ‘Iftaar’.

Open the kutub and edify yourself regarding the meaning and method of Iftaar. It is palpably clear that you lack the haziest idea of the Sunnah concept of Iftaar.

May Allah Ta’ala guide you and all of us to understand and appreciate this Deen and this glorious Month.

20 RAK’AT TARAWEEH IN THE LIGHT OF EVIDENCES

By: Mufti Muhammad Nadeem uddin Qasmi

Ramadan is the month of blessings. It is time to start fixing and adjusting our schedule accordingly. During the month, special evening prayers in Ramadan are known as taraweeh.

What are benefits of it?

There are many benefits of it.

• The Prophet (may Allah peace and blessings be upon him) said whoever stood in Ramadan (in worship) with Iman and to seek reward, all his past sins are forgiven (Muslim, vol,1, p 259)

• Abu Dhar (May Allah be well pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said “whoever stands with the Imam until he finishes, it is equivalent to spend the whole night in prayer” (Tirmidhi 809)

What is place of Taraweeh in shari’ah?

Taraweeh is a emphasized Sunnah not fardh for all in Ramadan according to hadiths.

• Sayyida Aisha (May Allah be well pleased with her) related: After these nights (23, 25, and 27) the congregation grew to a very large number on the 29th night. The Masjid of prophet had filled to capacity, but the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) didn’t came out because of the fear that taraweeh would become compulsory upon you (Bukhari, vol,1 pg 269)

• Allama Shaami writes: Taraweeh is Sunnah Mua’kkadah on both men and women (Al Durrul Mukhtar, vol 1 pg 520)

How many Rak’ats?

It is an accepted fact among the authentic scholars of Islam that the Taraweeh prayer is 20 Rak’ats. The practice of 20 rak’at of Taraweeh continued throughout the era of the sahaba, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali (may Allah be well pleased with them), and remained unaltered in the entire world untill today, this form of worship has been passed down from generation to generation, and safeguarded to this day. This is still practiced in the holiest masjids of Islam in Makkah, Madinah and Masjid al-Aqsa. Besides this, many evidences are proven that the number of taraweeh is 20 Rak’ats.

Ahadith:

1. Ibn Abbas reports that the Prophet Muhammad (May Allah peace and blessings be upon him) used to perform 20 Rak’ats and 3 wire in Ramadan (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah, vol,2 pg 284, Mujamul kabeer lit Tibrani, vol 5 pg 433, Sunan e Kubra lil Bayhaqi, vol 2 pg 495)

2. It is reported by Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah that the Prophet Muhammad (May Allah peace and blessings be upon him) came out in a Ramadan night and performed 24 Rakats (including ‘Isha Salah) and 3 witr (Tarikh e Jurhani lishmi, pg 317)

Practices of Khulafa Rashideen

1. Hadhrat ‘Umar (may Allah be well pleased with him) commanded a person to perform 20 Rak’ats for people. (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah, vol 1 ,pg 483)

2. It is reported on the authority of Sa’ib ibn Yazid that in the era of Hazrat ‘Umar (may Allah be well pleased with him), people used to offer 20 Rak’ats taraweeh, and in era of ‘Uthman, they would support themselves with a staff because of the long Rak’ats (Sunan kubra lil Bayhaqi, vol 2, pg 496)

3. Ubayy ibn K’ab (may Allah be well pleased with him) reports that ‘Umar (may Allah be well pleased with him) instructed him saying that if he leads the Salah, it will be better. Thereafter, he said “perform twenty Rakats for the people” (Atharul Sunan pg 255)

4. This is reported by Hasan that ‘Umar gathered the people behind the Ubayy ibn Ka’b (may Allah be well pleased with him) in the month of Ramadan, then they used to perform twenty Rak’ats (Abu Dawood vol 1,pg 203)

5. It is reported by Hasan bin Ali that ‘Ali commanded the Qurra (Huffaz) to perform 20 Rak’ats (Musnad Al Imam Zayd 158,159)

6. Sayyidna ‘Ali would state: May Allah enlighten the grave of ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) just as he has enlightened our masjid for us (Due to the fact of establishing the 20 Rak’ats for the Ummah. (Minhajus Sunnah, vol 2,pg 224)

The Prophet Muhammad (May Allah Peace and blessings be upon him) gave advise about khulafa’s action and said: “After me, you will see much differences, in such a condition, it is compulsory upon you that you hold firmly to my Sunnah and the rightly guided path of khulafa rashideen (Mishkatul Masabih pg 30)

• On another place, the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah peace and blessings be upon him) stated: I don’t know how long I will remain amongst you, after me, follow Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (may Allah be well pleased with them). (Mishkat pg 560)

Practices of the Sahaabah

1. Abdullah ibn Mas’úd used to perform twenty Rak’ats (Tuhfatul Ahwazi, vol 2, pg 75)

2. This is reported by Yazid ibn Khusaifah from Sa’ib ibn Yazid that all the people used to perform twenty Rak’ats of taraweeh in the month of Ramadan during the era of Hazrat ‘Umar (may Allah be well pleased with him) (Sunanul Kubra lil Bayhaqi, vol 2, pg 496)

3: Ubayy ibn K’ab (may Allah be well pleased with him) used to perform in Madinah 20 Rak’ats (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah, vol 2, pg 224, Musnad Ahmad, vol 2, pg 424)

4. Yazid ibn Ruman reports that people used to perform 23 Rakats (Muatta Imam Malik, pg 98)

It was nature of Sahaaba that without order and permission of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) they wouldn’t create innovative practices in Deen. Ahle sunnah wal jama’at are the ones who are satisfied and content with the practices of Sahaba.

Practices of Tabí’een

1. ‘Ata (Rahimahullah) says “I found the people that they used to perform 23 Rakats consisting of witr (Musannaf ibn e abi Shaiba, vol 5, pg 224)

2 Ibraheem Nakha’i (Rahimahullah) says “that people perform five tarwiha (5 breaks) in Ramazan” (Kitabul Athaar Abi Yusuf, pg 41)

3. It is reported on the authority of Shutayr ibn Shakal (Rahimahullah) that he used to perform in Ramadan 20+3 witr (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah, vol 5 , pg 222)

4. Abu’l Khusaib (Rahimahullah) said that Suwa’id ibn Ghaflah used to perform 5 tarwiha in 20 Rak’ats (Al Sunanul Kubra lil Bayhaqi, vol 2 ,496)

Sayings of Ulama

1. Imam Ghazali writes: Taraweeh is twenty Rak’ats, its method is well known, and it is Sunnah Mua’kkadah (Ihya ul uloom, vol. 1 pg 139)

2. Sayyid ‘Abdul Qadir Jilani writes: Taraweeh is a Sunnah of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and it comprises of twenty Rakats (Ghunyatut Talibeen pg 464)

3. Imam Ibn Qudama Hambali states: “according to Imam Ahmad Rahimahullah, the most acceptable view is of twenty Rak’ats.” (Al-Mughni ,vol. 1,pg 802)

4. Ibn Taymiyah writes: “it has been accepted that Ubayy ibn Ka’b used to lead the Salah for the people by performing twenty Rak’ats in Ramadan and three Rakats witr. Accordingly, most of the ‘Ulama regarded twenty Rak’ats as Sunnah because Ubayy ibn Ka’b used to lead the congregation of Muhajirin and Ansar and none of them rejected his act (Fatawa ibn Taymiyah, vol. 23, pg 112)

Consensus (ijma) of the Sahaaba

1. Mulla Ali Qari states that the Sahaaba have made consensus on the practice of twenty Rak’ats of taraweeh.(Mirqat, vol.3 pg 194)

2: Ibn Qudama has stated the same in Al-Mughni  (Al-Mughni, vol.1, pg 803)

3. Majority of ‘Ulama are in agreement of that narration reported by Ali and ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhum) (Tirmidhi, vol 1, pg 166)

4. Allama Kasaani also reports the consensus of Sahaba on performing 20 Rak’ats (Badaius’ Sanai vol 1, pg 644)

5. Asad bin ‘Amr related from Qadi Imam Abu Yusuf: I asked Imam Abu Hanifa about the matter of taraweeh and what ‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) had done in this respect. Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah) replied: “20 Rak’ats taraweeh is Sunnah Mua’kkadah, ‘Umar didn’t establish this form from his own nor was he one to create innovation in this Deen. (Maraqiul Falaah, pg 334)

6. In the time of Ibn Taymiyah when the Rawafidh (Shia’) put the blame upon Hadhrat ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) for creating the innovated practice of 20 Rak’ats. Ibn Taymiyah responded to this allegation by writing in defense of Hadhrat ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) by establishing 20 Rak’ats of taraweeh, had it been deemed to adopt a bad practice, then Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu Anhu) would have put an end to this in his khilafat, however, in his khilafat, he too would offer 20 Rak’ats taraweeh prayer in Kufah (Fatawa ibn Taymiyah)

In Short, there are many evidences to prove that 20 Rak’ats trawih are Sunnah Mu’akkadah.

The Sect of Ghayr Muqallideen

They say that the taraweeh prayer is eight Rak’ats. Usually, the narration of Hazrat Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) is used to support the view of 8 Rak’ats as sufficient by them:

Abu Salma related that he asked Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha): “How was the prayer of the Prophet in Ramadan? She replied: “The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would not pray more than 11 Rak’ats in Ramadan or outside of it.”(Sahih Bukhari, vol 1, pg 154).

Answering this narration:

In this narration, the words clearly state that the prayer of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) throughout the whole year in or out side of Ramadan would be no more than 11 Rak’ats. Therefore, this Hadith is in respect of Tahajjud and taraweeh is not prayed out of Ramadan.

Opinions of Ulama about this Narration

The scholars of the ummah answered the supporting proof the narration of Hadhrat Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anhu), it is in respect of Tahajjud prayer.

1. Allama Abu Bakr ibn Arabi writes: The 11 Rak’ats narration related by Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) refers to the Qiyamul Layl (Tahajjud) of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. (Arizatul Ahwadhi Sharh Tirmidhi, vol 4, pg 19)

2. Ibn Hajar Asqalani also refers to this narration as referring to Tahajjud with witr (Fathul Bari sharh Bukhari, vol. 3 pg 328)

3. Qadhi ‘Iyadh Maliki has taken all of the narrations of Hadhrat Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) as referring to the Tahajjud prayer of the Prophet (Sharh Muslim Nawawi, vol 1, pg 253)

4. Qadhi Muhammad Shawkani (who himself was a Ghayr Muqallid) writes: The narration of Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) referring to the 11 Rak’ats in and outside of Ramadan is in respect of Tahajjud. (Naylul Awtar, vol 3, pg 39)

5. Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dehlawi states: The narration of Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) is in regards to Tahajjud. (Fatawa Aziziyah pg 125)

If we assume that eight Rak’ats of taraweeh are correct, then it means that the entire ummah and big scholars of Islam were deviated for all these centuries by performing twenty Rak’ats without any sharí proof. It is impossible to happen.

It has been proven that the 20 Rak’ats taraweeh is Sunnah Mua’kkadah of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)

In the end, we pray for Allah to accept this, May Allah Grant them Tawfeeq. AAMEEN.

KHATAM IN ONE NIGHT

QUR’AAN KHATAM IN TARAAWEEH IN ONE NIGHT???

Please comment on the practice of completing the whole Qur’aan Shareef in Taraaweeh in one night. This practice has been advertised as follows:

As salaamou alaykum

Alhamdolillah Shukr completed 1 night taraweeh Quran Khatam with our cousin Hfzsab Yusuf Jassat Azaadville. 

1st rakaat completed 25 paras.

Started at 7.30pm until 3.15am.

The last 5 paras read in the remaining 19 rakaats.completed about 10 min before sehri end.

Allah be praised. Allah accept.

(End of advert)

COMMENT

The objective of Ibaadat is the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. It is haraam to advertise a man’s private ibaadat. If Yusuf Jassat is aware of the advert but does not prevent it, then it indicates Riya.

Ibaadat stemming from riya is shirk-e-asghar (the lesser shirk). Instead of thawaab, there is athaab for such mock ‘ibaadat’.

If a man sincerely desires to make khatam of the Qur’aan Majeed in one night in Salaat or out of Salaat, it should be a secret between himself and Allah Ta’ala. It is haraam and most despicable to advertise it. Why have they advertised this act?  What benefit is discerned in the advert? Is it Sunnah to make khatam of a Qur’aan in Taraaweeh in one night?

Today, the Deen is utilized for purposes of aggrandizement. The dunya is pursued with acts of the Aakhirat. In the Hadith this is mentioned as a sign of Qiyaamah.  May Allah Ta’ala save us from the evils of the nafs and the snares of shaitaan.

 

THE THREE CLASSES OF FASTING

In his Kitaab, Tableeghud Deen, Imaam Ghazali (rahmatullah alayh) says:

“Fasting, with regard to quality, are of three kinds:

(1) The Saum of the Awam (general public-the masses). Their fast consists of only abstention from the physical acts which nullify the fast. While they abstain from eating, etc., they involve their bodies in sin. Such saum is merely fasting in name. (Only the Fardh obligation is discharged thereby).

(2) In addition to abstaining from food, etc., the Sa-im (fasting person) restrains the body from acting in violation of the Shariah. He withholds his tongue from gheebat and eyes from casting gazes at ghair mahareem. This is the middle category of fasting.

(3) The third category of fasting is the Saum of the elite servants of Allah Ta’ala, viz. the Muttaqeen. In addition to their limbs abstaining from transgression, their hearts and minds arc perpetually engrossed in thikrullah. At all times, in their hearts there is nothing but the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. This is fasting in the state of kamal (perfection)”.