Rajab Mubarak!

Du’a for month of Rajab

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An evening of Sufi and Qawwali music in Bengaluru

Nizami Bandhu bring the 750-year-old legacy of Sufi and Qawwali music in a performance in the city

Source: An evening of Sufi and Qawwali music in Bengaluru

By  Ranjani Govind

March 21, 2019 12:17 IST
Updated: March 21, 2019 16:22 IST

Nizami Bandhu from the Sikandra Gharana boasts of a 750-year-old legacy. Led by Ustad Chand Nizami with Shadab Faridi Nizami and Sohrab Faridi Nizami, the artisteswill perform at a fund raiser for the Indian Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in Bengaluru on March 22. “We will perform songs by Bulleh Shah, Rumi, Amir Khusro, saints Meera, Kabir and Surdas,” says Chand Nizami in his Urdu-laced Hindi over the phone from Delhi. “We dedicate our programme to the IT capital, Bengaluru where work-stressed professionals and music lovers can mingle with the mystics for a meditative session.” Continue reading

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13th Rajab Birthday Hazrat Ali (ra)

Rawze e Sharif in Mazar e Sharif, Afghanistan

Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) was the cousin and son-in-law of the prophet Muhammad (saw), and ruled over the Islamic Caliphate from 656 to 661. Sunni Muslims consider Ali the fourth and final of the Rashidun (rightly guided Caliphs), while Shi’a Muslims regard Ali as the first Imam and consider him and his descendants the rightful successors to Muhammad (saw), all of which are members of the Ahl al-Bayt (people of the house of Muhammad (saw)). Continue reading

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On the shootings in New Zealand Mosques

It has taken me a couple of days and lots of inner inquiry to come to some kind of peace and respond appropriately to the recent horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand. Not the least of my need for time in response is that we are currently in the month of Rajab and preparing for the coming of Ramadan. During this time we should be especially careful of our delicate hearts and souls, introspection is so important as we examine our motives and responses

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Preparing for Ramadan – Rajab 2

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

As we progress through this month we are aware of the approach of Ramadan coming on the horizon. Our preparations for reaching that sacred time can prepare our heart for all the inner works and insights available to us during that time.

Of course we continue our du’a, imploring Allah (swt) to grant us blessing during this month and the next, Sha’aban, and allow us to reach Ramadan. This du’a can be repeated as often as you wish during these two months. Remember to clear your heart and mind of distractions and make your intention to sincerely ask for this blessing.

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6 Rajab Urs Hazrat Khwaja Mu’in al-Din Chishti, Ajmer Sharif, India 633AH/1230CE

Ajmer Sharif

Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti was born in 1141 and died in 1230 CE, also known as Gharib Nawaz , is the most famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order of South Asia. He was born in 536 A.H./1141 CE, in Sajistan, Khorasan (other accounts say Isfahan) in Persia. He was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad.

He was one of the most outstanding figures in the annals of Islamic mysticism and founder of the Chistiyya order in India. Continue reading

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