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Laylatul Qadr 27 Ramadan 1438 night of June 21-22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Are we looking for laylat al Qadr in these last ten days?

Remember that A wife of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked him what prayers she should say on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) if she knew which night it was. The Prophet told her to say: “O God, Thou art forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.”

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee

And Allah (SWT) says in Quran Sharif:

Inna anzalnaa -hu fe laylah mubaarakah Inna kunnaa mundhiren

We revealed this Quran in a blessed night (Laylat al-Qadr); for We wanted to forewarn mankind.

fe -haa yufraq kull ‘amr h.akem

In that night every matter is decided wisely

The Holy Quran, 44:3-4



 

 

26 Rajab Lailat-ul-Mi’raj

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

السلام عليكم

 

 

 

 

سبحان الذي اسرى بعبده ليلا من المسجد الحرام الى المسجد الاقصى الذي باركنا حوله لنريه من اياتنا انه هو السميع البصير

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Subhana allathee asra bi’abdihi laylan mina almasjidi alharami ‘ila almasjidi al-aqsa allathee barakna hawlahu linuriyahu min ayatina innahu huwa as-samee’u albaseer

Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).

In the words of Rasul Allah (SAW)

Narrated Anas bin Malik

Dome of the Rock

The night Allah’s Apostle was taken for a journey from the sacred mosque (of Mecca) Al-Ka’ba: Three persons came to him in a dream while he was sleeping in the Sacred Mosque before the Divine Inspiration was revealed to Him. One of them said, “Which of them is he?” The middle (second) angel said, “He is the best of them.” The last (third) angle said, “Take the best of them.” Only that much happened on that night and he did not see them till they came on another night, after The Divine Inspiration was revealed to him. And he saw them, his eyes were asleep but his heart was not—-and so is the case with the prophets: their eyes sleep while their hearts do not sleep. So those angels did not talk to him till they carried him and placed him beside the well of Zam-Zam. From among them Gabriel took charge of him. Gabriel cut open (the part of his body) between his throat and the middle of his chest (heart) and took all the material out of his chest and abdomen and then washed it with Zam-Zam water with his own hands till he cleansed the inside of his body, and then a gold tray containing a gold bowl full of belief and wisdom was brought and then Gabriel stuffed his chest and throat blood vessels with it and then closed it (the chest). He then ascended with him to the heaven of the world and knocked on one of its doors.

The dwellers of the Heaven asked, ‘Who is it?’ He said, “Gabriel.” They said, “Who is accompanying you?” He said, “Muhammad.” They said, “Has he been called?” He said, “Yes” They said, “He is welcomed.” So the dwellers of the Heaven became pleased with his arrival, and they did not know what Allah would do to the Prophet on earth unless Allah informed them. The Prophet met Adam over the nearest Heaven. Gabriel said to the Prophet, “He is your father; greet him.” The Prophet greeted him and Adam returned his greeting and said, “Welcome, O my Son! O what a good son you are!” Behold, he saw two flowing rivers, while he was in the nearest sky. He asked, “What are these two rivers, O Gabriel?” Gabriel said, “These are the sources of the Nile and the Euphrates.”

Then Gabriel took him around that Heaven and behold, he saw another river at the bank of which there was a palace built of pearls and emerald. He put his hand into the river and found its mud like musk Adhfar. He asked, “What is this, O Gabriel?” Gabriel said, “This is the Kauthar which your Lord has kept for you.” Then Gabriel ascended (with him) to the second Heaven and the angels asked the same questions as those on the first Heaven, i.e., “Who is it?” Gabriel replied, “Gabriel”. They asked, “Who is accompanying you?” He said, “Muhammad.” They asked, “Has he been sent for?” He said, “Yes.” Then they said, “He is welcomed.” Then he (Gabriel) ascended with the Prophet to the third Heaven, and the angels said the same as the angels of the first and the second Heavens had said.

Then he ascended with him to the fourth Heaven and they said the same; and then he ascended with him to the fifth Heaven and they said the same; and then he ascended with him to the sixth Heaven and they said the same; then he ascended with him to the seventh Heaven and they said the same. On each Heaven there were prophets whose names he had mentioned and of whom I remember Idris on the second Heaven, Aaron on the fourth Heavens another prophet whose name I don’t remember, on the fifth Heaven, Abraham on the sixth Heaven, and Moses on the seventh Heaven because of his privilege of talking to Allah directly. Moses said (to Allah), “O Lord! I thought that none would be raised up above me.”

But Gabriel ascended with him (the Prophet) for a distance above that, the distance of which only Allah knows, till he reached the Lote Tree (beyond which none may pass) and then the Irresistible, the Lord of Honor and Majesty approached and came closer till he (Gabriel) was about two bow lengths or (even) nearer. (It is said that it was Gabriel who approached and came closer to the Prophet. Among the things which Allah revealed to him then, was: “Fifty prayers were enjoined on his followers in a day and a night.”

Then the Prophet descended till he met Moses, and then Moses stopped him and asked, “O Muhammad ! What did your Lord en join upon you?” The Prophet replied,” He enjoined upon me to perform fifty prayers in a day and a night.” Moses said, “Your followers cannot do that; Go back so that your Lord may reduce it for you and for them.” So the Prophet turned to Gabriel as if he wanted to consult him about that issue. Gabriel told him of his opinion, saying, “Yes, if you wish.” So Gabriel ascended with him to the Irresistible and said while he was in his place, “O Lord, please lighten our burden as my followers cannot do that.” So Allah deducted for him ten prayers where upon he returned to Moses who stopped him again and kept on sending him back to his Lord till the enjoined prayers were reduced to only five prayers.

Then Moses stopped him when the prayers had been reduced to five and said, “O Muhammad! By Allah, I tried to persuade my nation, Bani Israel to do less than this, but they could not do it and gave it up. However, your followers are weaker in body, heart, sight and hearing, so return to your Lord so that He may lighten your burden.”

The Prophet turned towards Gabriel for advice and Gabriel did not disapprove of that. So he ascended with him for the fifth time. The Prophet said, “O Lord, my followers are weak in their bodies, hearts, hearing and constitution, so lighten our burden.” On that the Irresistible said, “O Muhammad!” the Prophet replied, “Labbaik and Sa’daik.” Allah said, “The Word that comes from Me does not change, so it will be as I enjoined on you in the Mother of the Book.” Allah added, “Every good deed will be rewarded as ten times so it is fifty (prayers) in the Mother of the Book (in reward) but you are to perform only five (in practice).”

The Prophet returned to Moses who asked, “What have you done?” He said, “He has lightened our burden: He has given us for every good deed a tenfold reward.” Moses said, “By Allah! I tried to make Bani Israel observe less than that, but they gave it up. So go back to your Lord that He may lighten your burden further.” Allah’s Apostle said, “O Moses! By Allah, I feel shy of returning too many times to my Lord.” On that Gabriel said, “Descend in Allah’s Name.” The Prophet then woke while he was in the Sacred Mosque (at Mecca).

Part 2

Narrated Abu Huraira

On the night Allah’s Apostle was taken on a night journey (Miraj) two cups, one containing wine and the other milk, were presented to him at Jerusalem. He looked at it and took the cup of milk. Gabriel said, “Praise be to Allah Who guided you to Al-Fitra (the right path); if you had taken (the cup of) wine, your nation would have gone astray.”

Lastly about fasting in Sha’ban

Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu’n Nadr, the mawla of Umar ibn Ubaydullah, from Abu Salama ibn Abd ar-Rahman that A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to fast for so long that we thought he would never stop fasting, and he would go without fasting for so long that we thought he would never fast again. I never saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, fast for a complete month except for Ramadan, and I never saw him do more fasting in any one month than he did in Shaban.’

And for making up fast for last year’s Ramadan

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Abu Salama ibn Abd ar-Rahman that he heard A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, “I used to have to make up days from Ramadan and not be able to do them until Shaban came.”

Wa allahu alim.


 

Eid Mubarak!

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Eid Mubarak!

May Allah (swt) bless you and your families on this joyous day!


 

15 Nisfu Sha’ban Lailat ul Bara’at – Saturday night in North America

Saturday, May 21st, 2016
15-shaban-lailat-ul-barat-full-moon

Full moon of Sha’ban

Lailat-ul-Bara’at or Shab e Barat (as it is known in the Indian Sub-continent) is the night of the full moon of the Islamic month of Sha’ban. Some scholars equate this night with Lailat Mubaraka (night of blessing) which is mentioned in the Qur’an. This is considered a very auspicious night for prayer and asking of forgiveness from Allah (swt). In English it can also be translated as night of emancipation, night of forgiveness or night of freedom or night of deliverance. It is also a preparation for the fasting and prayers during the holy month of Ramadhan. It is the special night of seeking forgiveness and repenting to God (tauba), remembering past sins and sincerely settling the mind that one will never commit sins in the future.

[Note: the Islamic day begins at sundown. So there may be some confusion on this date. To add to the confusion, the internet brings together people from all parts of the world so the date and time you are reading this may not be the same date and time as someone else. For North America the night of the 15th of Sha’ban in the Hijri calendar will begin at sundown on Saturday the 21st of May according to the common calendar. For other parts of the world please speak with someone locally to determine which night it is in your area.]

During this night tradition also says that that Allah (swt) determines the destiny of all people, including whether a person lives or dies, in the coming year. The date also commemorates the saving of Noah’s followers from the deluge by Allah (swt). Also on this night the Doors of Mercy and Forgiveness are opened wide, and those who sincerely grieve over and repent for their past sins and seek forgiveness from Allah are pardoned and forgiven by Allah.

It is reported from Sayyiduna Ali (ra) that the prophet Muhammad said:

“Let all of you spend the night of mid-Sha`ban in partly worship and its day in fasting. Allah descends to the nearest heaven during this night, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking sustenance that I may grant them sustenance? Is there no one under trial that I may relieve them? Is there not such-and-such, is there not such-and-such, and so forth until dawn rises.”

On this night we recite nawafil prayers, zikr, du’a, tasbih. Each Tasbih or Du’a should begin and terminate with the recital of Salawat and one who wishes for the acceptance of his Du’as should use the Wasila of Muhammad (saw)

Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani (ra) has mentioned in his famous book ”Ghunyat li Talibee Tariqil Haqq” (i.e., The Gift for the student who seeks the path of truth) that the month of Sha’ban according to some narrations is related to Muhammad (saw). So, it is our duty, to love and respect this month more than any other month (besides Ramadhan). One should also offer darood abundantly .

There are many traditions for the religious practices during this night, the following are some examples:

  • Perform 2 rakaat Nafl prayer, then recite Darood Ibrahim 100x
  • Perform 6 rakaat Nafl prayer (2+2+2), after Magrib. After every two rakaats read Surah Yaseen once.
  • Perform 12 rakaat nafl prayer, in each rakaat read:
    • Surah Fatiha once,
    • Surah Iklas: 10 times.
    • Afterwards recite Darood Sharif 100 times
  • Perform 8 rakaat nafl prayer with one salaam. In each rakaat read
    • Surah Fatiha (Alhamdo) : once,
    • Surah Iklas: 11 times.
  • Recite this dua : “Allahumma inni al-aloka afwa wal afiyata wal muafatad-daimata fid dunya wal akhirah”.
  • Perform 100 rakaat nafl prayer reciting in each rakaat reciting :
    • Surah Fatiha once,
    • Surah Iklas: 10 times.


 

Shaban 1437

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Shaban

Shaban

With the coming of Shaban we are reminded that our beloved guest, Ramadan, will soon be here. We prepare our innermost self for the arrival and pray that Allah (swt) will bring us once again to that sacred meeting.

“Sweep out the chambers of your heart, make it ready to be the rajab-duadwelling place of the beloved.” – Shabistari

‘A’ishah (ra) said: “The Messenger (saw) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’ban.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim).