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

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



 

 

19 June – Birthday Hazrat Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (ra)

June 19th, 2017

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (ra)

Over the course of his eighty-eight years of life, the great Sufi mystic and teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan wove the timeless essence of Sufism into the unfolding expressions of contemporary culture and consciousness. A senior statesman of the world spiritual community, Pir Vilayat stood out as one who saw spiritual awakening as not separate from intellectual learning and creativity, or from full engagement with the latest developments in philosophy, psychology, science, culture, and the arts. He spoke five languages, studied philosophy at Oxford, and was an accomplished cellist. As Pir Zia, his son and spiritual heir, reflected: “Spurning the temptation to succumb to the inertia of routinization, impelled by a string of discoveries—spiritual openings alternating with deep readings of science and scripture—Pir Vilayat blazed a trail toward the spirituality of the future.”

For more information on the Sufi Order International see www.sufiorder.org.


 

17 June – Urs Hazrat Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin west, 2004CE

June 17th, 2017

Pir Vilayat’s Dargah in Delhi, Nizamuddin West

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, was his father’s (Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan) successor and during his fifty years as head of the Sufi Order International became an internationally-recognized spiritual teacher and master of meditation. He was an avid student of many religious and spiritual traditions and incorporated the rich mystical heritage of East and West into his teachings, adding to it the scholarship of the West in music, science, and psychology. He initiated dozens of international inter-religious conferences as well as convening spiritual and scientific leaders for public dialogues. He founded the Abode of the Message, a spiritual community in the Berkshires for over thirty years, and Omega Institute, a flourishing learning center.

He published many books on aspects of meditation and realization. His last book, In Search of the Hidden Treasure (2003), is an imagined congress of classic Sufi mystics commenting on contemporary and universal themes.

Pir Vilayat died on June 17, 2004 in Suresnes, France. His Dargah is in Nizamuddin West, Delhi, India not far from his father’s Dargah and that of Nizamuddin Awlia. Many pilgrims visit his Dargah on the Urs and during the Urs celebrations of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Khwaja Nizamuddin Awlia, may Allah have mercy on them all.



 

21st Ramadhan Urs Hazrat Ali, 40AH/661AD

June 16th, 2017

Hazrat Ali (ra)

Imam Ali (ra) was the cousin of Rasul Allah (saw) and married his (saw) daughter Fatima (ra). They had two sons, Hassan and Hussein, and two daughters Zainab and Umm Kulthum, a third son, Mohsin, died during childhood. May Allah (swt) be pleased with them all. He (ra) was the fourth Caliph of Islam in the Sunni tradition and the first Imam of the Shi’a tradition. There is so much that can be said about Hazrat Ali, that I will leave it to one wonderful story about his mathematical genius and his kind way of settling problems.

A person was about to die, and before dying he wrote his Will which went as follows:

“I have 17 Camels, and I have three sons. Divide my Camels in such a way that my eldest son gets half of them, the second one gets 1/3rd of the total and my youngest son gets 1/9th of the total number of Camels.”

After his death when the relatives read his will they got extremely perplexed and said to each other that how can we divide 17 camels like this.

So after a long hard thought they decided that there was only one man in Arabia who could help them: “Imam Ali (AS).”

So they all came to the door of Imam Ali (AS) and put forward their problem.

Imam Ali (AS) said, “Ok, I will divide the camels as per the man’s will.”

Imam Ali (AS) said, “I will lend one of my camels to the total which makes it 18 (17+1=18), now lets divide as per his will.”

The eldest son gets 1/2 of 18 = 9
The second one gets 1/3 of 18 = 6
The youngest gets 1/9 of 18 = 2
Now the total number of camels = 17 (9+6+2=17)

Then Imam Ali (AS) said, “Now I will take my Camel back.”

Death

On the 19th of Ramadan, while worshipping in the Great Mosque of Kufa, Ali was attacked by the Khawarij Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam. Ali ordered his sons not to attack the Kharijites, instead stipulating that if he survived, ibn Muljam would be pardoned whereas if he died, ibn Muljam should be given only one equal hit (regardless of whether or not he dies from the hit).[99]

The wound Ali received by ibn Muljam’s poison-coated sword while prostrating in the Fajr prayer resulted in his death in Kufa a few days later on 28 February 661 (21 Ramadan 40 A.H). Thus, Hasan fulfilled Qisas and gave equal punishment to ibn Muljam upon Ali’s death.

Rawze-e-Sharif (Blue Mosque), Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan

According to Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid, Ali did not want his grave to be desecrated by his enemies and consequently asked his friends and family to bury him secretly. This secret gravesite was revealed later during the Abbasid caliphate by Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, his descendant and the sixth Shia Imam.[101] Most Shi’as accept that Ali is buried at the Tomb of Imam Ali in the Imam Ali Mosque at what is now the city of Najaf, which grew around the mosque and shrine called Masjid Ali.

However another story, usually maintained by some Afghans, notes that his body was taken and buried in the Afghan city of Mazar-E-Sharif at the famous Blue Mosque or Rawze-e-Sharif.



 

18th Ramadhan Urs Hazrat Khwaja Nasir Uddin Chiragh Delhvi, 1356 AD

June 13th, 2017

Nasir Uddin Dehlvi

Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud Chirag-e-Delhi (ca 1274-1356) was a 14th century mystic-poet and a Sufi Saint of Chishti Order. He was a murid (disciple) of noted Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, and later khalifa, his successor. He was the last important Sufi of Chishti Order from Delhi.

He was given the title, “Roshan Chirag-e-Delhi”, which in Urdu, means “Illuminated Lamp of Delhi”.

Hazrat Nasir Uddin Mahmud Chiragh Dehlavi (or… Chiragh-e-Delhi) was born as Nasiruddin around 1274, at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. His father Syed Yahya, who traded in Pashmina, and his grand father, Syed Abdul Latif, first migrated from Khorasan, north-eastern Iran, to Lahore, and thereafter settled in Ayodhya, in Awadh. His father died when he was only nine years of age, thereafter growing up with his mother, he received his early education from Maulana Abdul Karim Sherwani, and later continued it, with Maulana Iftikhar Uddin Gilani.

At age forty, he left Ayodhya for Delhi, where he became the disciple of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, it was here that he stayed for the rest of his life as his murid (disciple),and eventually after his death, became his successor. In time, he also became a known poet in Persian language.

He died in 18 Ramzan 757AH or 1356CE at the age of 82, and is buried in a part of South Delhi, India which is known as “Chirag-e-Delhi” after him.

One of his noted disciple was Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gezu Daraz, who later moved to Daulatabad around 1398, owing to the attack of Timur on Delhi, and from where at the invitation of Bahamani King, Firuz Shah Bahamani, moved to Gulbarga, Karnataka, where he stayed for the following 22 years of his life, spreading the Chishti Order in the South, till his death in November 1422. The Dargah (mausoleum) of Khwaja Bande Nawaz, exists today in the city of Gulbarga, as a symbol of multi-religious unity.

During his stay in Delhi, he continued to visit Ayodhya often, where he made a number of disciples, notably, Shaikh Zainuddin Ali Awadhi, Shaikh Fatehullah Awadhi and Allama Kamaluddin Awadhi.