Archive for April, 2015

IOS organizes lecture on relevance of Sufism in contemporary context |

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

By TCN News,

New Delhi: The Institute of Objective Studies organised the Seventh Qazi Mujahidul Islam Memorial Lecture on “Sufism: Relevance and Significance in Contemporary Context” at the conference hall of the Institute here on April 18, 2015.

Delivering the lecture, Shah Qadri Syed Mustafa Rifai Jilani Nadwi, Sajjadah Nashin, Khanqah Qadriya wo Rafaiya, Bangalore, Founder President of Idaarah Al-Islah, Bangalore and Member General Assembly, IOS, New Delhi, noted that Sufism did not denote merely to dress up in woolen garments and patched clothes, nor did it mean to go into a state of ecstasy at a melodious devotional song (qawwali) sung by a qawwals.

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Practices during Rajab

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

As salaam alaykum! As we progress through the sacred month of Rajab, our heart connection with Allah (swt) deepens in preparation for the return of the “friend” during Ramadhan, insha’allah. We find ourselves in remembrance more and more, our salat deepens in meaning, our desire for that connection growing stronger and stronger.

In our desire for that connection we are drawn to practices in time taken out of our daily routines. These practices are very meaningful and lead us on a path of joy and harmony. We must remember that Allah (swt) our creator and sustainer remembers us just as we remember Him. Practitioners of the methods of gaining insight into the inner life, the inner guidance which constantly comes to us have been inspired to pass on some of these methods to us.

Here I speak particularly of the du’a of Awli Abbas, brought to us by Sheikh Nazim (ra). It is said to be performed in Arabic or your native tongue three times per day during the month of Rajab leaving you as pure as a newly born child. What a wonderful way to greet Ramadhan!

After performing wudhu you may recite:

From the blog “A Muslim Convert Once More”

Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim

Allhumma inni astaghfiruka min kulli ma tubtu laha ilayka thumma adtu fihi.  Wa astaghfiruka min kulli ma aradtu bihi wajhaka wa khalatani fihi ma laysa fihi ridaka.  Wa astaghfiruka Im ni’am allati taqawwaytu biha ala ma’siatika.  Wa astaghfiruka minadh dhunub illati la ya’lamuha ghayruka wa la yattali’u alayha ahadim siwaka wa la yasa’uha illa rahmatuka wa latunji minha illa maghfiratuka wa hilmuka.  La ilaha illa anta Subhanaka inni kuntu minadh dhalimin.

Allahumma inni astaghfiruka min dhulmin dhalamtu bihi ibadaka fa ayyama abdin min ibadaka aw amatin min ima’ika dhalamtu fi badamihi aw irdihi aw malihi fa atihi min khara’inik allati la tanqusu wa as’aluka an tukrimani bi rahmatik allafi wasi’at  kulla shay’.  Wa la tuhimani bi adhabika wa ta’tiyani ma as’aluka fa inni haqiqun bi rahmatika ya Arhamar Rahimin.  Wa sali’Allahu ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa alihi wa sahbihi ajma’in.  Wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahi Aliyy al Adhim.

In the Name of Allah, The All Beneficent, The All Merciful.

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of you for everything for which I repented to You and then returned to.  I ask forgiveness of You for everything I displeased You with and all that concerns me with which You are displeased O Allah.  I ask forgiveness of You for the favours which I used for increasing my disobedience towards You.  I ask forgiveness of You for the sins which no one knows except You and no one sees except You and nothing encompasses except Your mercy and nothing delivers from except Your forgiveness and clemency. There is no god except You alone. You are most High, and I was one of the oppressors.

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for the injustice I committed against Your servants.  Whatever of your male or female servants whom I have hurt, physically or in their dignity or in their property, give them of Your bounty which lacks nothing.  And I ask You to honour me with Your Mercy which encompasses all things.  Do not humble me with your punishment but give me what I ask of You, for I am in great need of Your Mercy.  O Most Merciful of the merciful.  May Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and all his companions.  There is no power nor might except in Allah, The High, The Exalted.

hasbun allahi wa nim'al wakeel

hasbun allahi wa nim’al wakeel


Entering the sacred month of Rajab

Monday, April 20th, 2015
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

As salaam alaykum! Today we enter the sacred month of Rajab. This begins the time of the heart which flows through Rajab and Sha’ban and ends with the festival at the end of the month of Ramadhan – Eid ul Fitr.

A du’a that one can say at the beginning of the month comes from Rasul Allah (swt) who would say “Oh Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban that we may see Ramadhan.”

There are many benefits of Rajab and du’a and prayers for those who wish to take advantage of them.

Oh Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha'ban and let us see Ramadhan

Allahuma barik lana fi rajab wa sha’ban wa ballighna ramadhan

How can we honor the month of Rajab and use it as a preparation for Ramadan?

Reflect on your Life and Deeds. Muhasaba is a wonderful practice at any time of the year but it brings with it the special care one takes during this sacred month. In this practice you ask yourself the hard questions we normally don’t like to think about: If I died today, where would I stand with Allah? Have I prepared for Ramadan? Have I been conscious of what I am saying and doing to those around me? Am I stagnant in my worship?

Be conscious of your nafs. We should not always give the nafs what it wants. This can be something materialistic, for pleasure or for our getting “over” someone else. One of the goals is to increase in our awareness of Allah (swt) in our hearts by not indulging. Eat a simple meals, wake up early and go for a walk, pray extra prayers, pray deeply, remembering that Allah (swt) is guiding you in your heart, go to the mosque for fajr, exert yourself in the cause of Allah and do something to teach your nafs to be patient.

Fasting. There is no better way to prepare for Ramadan than to fast some extra days. A’isha (ra) was known to fast during the summer, and the explanation was that she would do that because it was a difficult thing to do yet showed her strong devotion. Ramadhan, in its course through the seasons year by year will come in the summer as it will this year (in the northern hemisphere) and we cannot change that. But we can follow our mother A’isha (ra) and be of those few that do something valuable before we are all obligated to fast. Now is the time to not only prepare for fasting but to gain some reward as the temperature rises.

Remember the Hereafter. Because of its complaint to Allah (swt) Hell is allowed to take two breaths each year – in the summer its breath is when the severest heat is felt and in the winter it is when the severest cold is felt. Therfore as the heat is felt in your heart and your body this summer remember the hereafter and how we want to avoid the hellfire.

Charity. In this sacred month, be charitable in the cause of Allah (swt). Remembering our Prophet’s (saw) behavior and character, be courteous, help someone, feed another, saying a kind word, sharing a reminder of the deen and even abstaining from doing a bad deed are all non-monetary forms of charity taught to us by the Messenger (swt)

Supplicate (make du`a’) to Allah. Remember the du’a above, Ask Allah (swt) for His forgiveness and guidance.

Take Care of Your Tree. Ibn Rajab used to say: “The year is like a tree. The days of Rajab are its leaves, the days of Sha’ban are its branching and the days of Ramadan are when its fruits are reaped. The reapers are the believers. It is befitting for the one who has blackened his pages with sins to whiten them with repentance in this month, and for the one who has squandered his life in idleness to profit in it from what remains of his life.”

And Allah Knows Best

Repost with URL – Islam from the heart class series continuing April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

key_and_heartAs salaam alaykum!

The next class in the series “Islam From The Heart” with Imam Salim Chishti will be at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, NY at 7:15 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015. The classes are free and open to the public. This class will be live streamed. Please write to for the streaming URL.

The URL for the audio stream is the class will begin at 7:15PM EDT, please adjust that for your local time zone. There will also be a video recording of the class which will be posted when it is up on YouTube, insha’allah.

The topic of this class will be “Inner meanings of Salat”

The class series concentrates on Islamic Sufism and subjects we hope to cover:

  • Sira (biography) of Prophet Muhammad (saw)
  • Early revelations and stories of the beginning of Islam and Sufism
  • Inner meanings of the five pillars
  • Softening of the heart (bringing closer to Allah (swt))
  • Angels – especially Jibril and Michael
  • Sufi practices
  • Dhikr
  • Prayer (darood, du’a and Salat)

The classes will be videotaped and live streamed, insha’allah. Each class will also have a short dhikr ullah, sohbet and, afterwards, tea at the Abode dinning room.

If you have questions please direct them here as a comment so that everyone can benefit from the answer.