Laylatul Qadr – Sura Al Rum

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If recited with Suratul ‘Ankabut (29) on Laylatul Qadr, then guaranteed entry into Janna and Imam Sadiq (pbuh) says that he does not fear Allah will record a sin against him for giving these 2 suras such a status

The sura derives it’s name from the prophecy of the victory of the Romans over the Persians. The prophecy was made at a time when there were no signs of hope of any victory for the Romans. It was also accompanies by a prophecy of the victory of the Muslims over the Quraysh of Makka.

The sura deals with the rise and fall of temporal power.

The human being is invited to reflect upon the fate of those who belied and ridiculed the Messengers sent by Allah and those who disobeyed His laws.

Ramadhan – Will of Imam Ali (pbuh)

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Some extracts from the will of Imam Ali (pbuh) to ponder on:

  • I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: “Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting.”
  • Remain attached to the Qur’an. Nobody should surpass you in being intent on it, or more sincere in implementing it.
  • Be in awe of Allah in relation to your salaa. It is the pillar of your religion
  • Maintain communication and exchange of opinion among yourselves. Beware of disunity and enmity.
  • Persist in striving in the cause of Allah, with your money, your souls, and your tongue.

Ramadhan – Imam Ali (pbuh)

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REFLECTING ON THE WORDS OF IMAM (pbuh)

‘When a word comes from the heart, it falls onto the heart; but when it comes from the tongue, it will go no further than the ears’

‘The intelligent person seeks perfection whilst the ignorant person seeks possession’

Silence that puts the garment of dignity on you is better than words that bring you remorse’

There is no good in worship without pondering upon its meaning, and no good in reading the Quran without reflection’

‘Your remedy is within you — but you do not sense it.
Your sickness is within you — but you do not perceive it.
You presume that you are a small entity –
whereas within you is concealed the vast world.
You are indeed that magnificent book –
by whose alphabet the hidden becomes evident.
Therefore you have no needs beyond yourself
Your essence and secrets are in you — if only you can reflect’

Ramadhan – Words of Imam Ali (pbuh)

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WORDS OF IMAM ALI (PBUH)

  • “No honour is nobler than humility and kindness.”
  • About himself he prayed, “O Lord forgive me for my mistakes the people are not aware of.”
  • His opponents created enmity with him, wronged him, spoke ill of him and came to fight with him still people heard him saying,“Oblige your brothers by warning them, correct them by showing favours and giving them favours.” He said , “You should tie the knot of love and affection with your brother, remembering that your brother is not strong enough to break the knot nor is he capable of harming you.”
  • When the people advised him to treat the oppressors (who had become very strong in the previous regimes) kindly, so that they may not weaken his government, Ali (pbuh) replied, “Your friend is he who saves you from ills and your enemy is he who induces you to do bad deeds. Adopt truthfulness even if you are the loser, and avoid telling lies even if you are profited by it.”

Ramadhan – Battle of Badr

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The 17th of Ramadhan brings one resonating thought “WE WON” – at the battle of Badr with 313 against maybe 10,000….

It is not difficult to picture the battle and see the angels that Divinity sent as reinforcements –

KEY CONCEPTS:

  1. Plan a strategy for every challenge however overwhelming the odds against you

  2. Ask HIM for help just as the Prophet (pbuh) did

  3. Then do your BEST and hand it over to HIM – HE will deal with it

  4. Give 1/5 of the share from your gain…..

  5. And finally – BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL WIN

Ramadhan – Birth of Imam Hasan (pbuh)

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Born in Madina in 3AH after the battle of Badr, he was the first grandson of the Prophet (pbuh). Part of the Ahlul Kisaa (33:33) and referred to on numerous occasions with Imam Husayn (pbuh) as the son of Rasulullah (pbuh). The title affirmed by the Qur’an in 3:61 on the occasion of Mubahila.

Ramadhan – Ayyamul Biydh 02

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What is initially understood by light is physical light that comes from lighted objects such as, the sun, the stars, and man-made lamps without which the world would be shrouded in darkness. 

Light is that which is essentially manifest and makes other things manifest and visible as well; it is clear and it makes  clear; it is apparent and it makes  apparent.  

The application of the word light, however, is not limited to physical light. It can be applied to whatever is “manifest and makes manifest” or, put differently, to whatever is “apparent and makes apparent”.  It has the ability to transform.  

We often refer to knowledge as light, for it is in its essence clear and also sheds light on other realities. 

The Qur’an refers to Eiman as light for it illuminates the heart, guiding one to reach his or her  full potential. 

“He who was lifeless, then We gave him life and provided him with a light by which he walks among the people…” 6:122

So  in a nutshell to energise ourselves especially in this month we need to interact with the frequencies of the Qur’an & the Ma’sumeen and be transformed by them…..

Ramadhan – Ayyamul Biydh 01

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Imam as-Sadiq (pbuh) has said “Whosever prays during the nights of Ayyamul Biydh stands at the door of the abundant favours and bounties”. 

 The recommended dua is Dua Al Mujeer.

It is a means for forgiveness of   sins even if they are equal to raindrops, leaves on a tree or sand in a desert. 

This Dua was revealed to the  prophet (pbuh) when he was praying  at Maqam-e-Ibrahim.  

Other benefits of the Dua are:

  1. Cure for sickness 
  2. Alleviation of debt 
  3. Increase in sustenance 
  4. Independence 
  5. Solution of problems 
  6. Removal of sorrows

Ramadhan – Salatut Tahajjud

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One of the practices to adopt in this month is the praying of Salatul Layl (Namaz Shab, Salatut Tahajjud).

The Prophet (pbuh) has said:

Three things bring happiness to the heart of a believer:

  1. Meeting brethren in faith
  2. Iftar  Breaking the fast
  3. Waking up in the later part of the night for Salatut  Tahajjud

Ramadhan – Legacy of Sayyida Khadija (pbuh)

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KHADIJA

She who captured the heart of Rasulullah (pbuh) and was the love of his life – 

  1. What was it about the Prophet (pbuh) that inspired such love that she laid her life’s work at his feet?
  2. What energised her to take him food every day to the cave where he meditated ? (And she didn’t have funky trainers) Whenever I look at that mountain, I think of her climbing up to take him lunch?
  3. What was it about him that she forsook the ‘respect’ the Makkans (her people, her community) had for her – She was titled ‘Malikatul Arab’?

That is Khadija – she saw him reflect divinity… and in essence that is what life is about – To manifest the attributes of Allah. Did the Prophet (pbuh) not say?

“Takhalluqu bi akhlaqillah” (Adopt in yourself the akhlaq of Allah”

Take home message is: If you want to be loved then manifest the Asmaul Husna…. If you want to love then seek Divinity in him/her…

That is the legacy of Khadija (pbuh)

Ramadhan – Wafat of Sayyida Khadija (pbuh)

SAYYIDA KHADIJA (pbuh) 

Listed below a few aspects of her awesomeness:

  • Successful business woman known as the Queen of ‘Arabia 
  • Employed Rasulullah (pbuh) to head the trade caravans based on his experience of trade markets with Abu Talib as mentor and his reputation of being Truthful & Trustworthy
  • Impressed with his awesomeness, asked her fried Nafisa to initiate marriage proposal.
  • Abu Talib read nikah, placed black turban on Rasulullah’s head (thus Sayyids wear black turbans) and gave him a green aqeeq ring.  
  • First to believe in Rasulullah (pbuh) 
  • First to pray behind him
  • THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE
  • Mother of Sayyida Fatima Zahra (pbuh)
  • Her wealth sustained his mission but when she died he didn’t have enough funds to buy a shroud (Jibrail brings one)

Ramadhan 10 – Fasting 02

DEGREES OF FASTING

1. Jurisprudential Fasting

Refraining  from what they must jurisprudentially such as eating, drinking….etc.

2. Ethical Fasting

Here it is refraining not only  from what is jurisprudentially mentioned, but they also observe an ethical fasting too.  Such noble fasters let their eyes, ears and all other body parts fast against whatever which is regarded in religion as Haram.

3. Mystical Fasting

Detaching oneself  from anything that does not remind one of Divinity.  It is a  state of absolute detachment and total  servitude to God. This is called  the fasting of Haqiqa (Reality).

Ramadhan 09 – Fridays in the month of Ramadhan

JUMUA’ IN RAMADHAN

Its Rahma raining from the heavens (and because of Ramadhan an absolute downpour)… 

Some of the recommended ‘amal for the day of Jumua’

  1. Recite Suratul Jumua’ in the first rakat of Fajr salaa and Suratul Ikhlas in the second.
  2. Recite Suratur Rahmaan after the ta’qibaat of Salatul Fajr.
  3. Recite salawat as much as possible
  4. Recite Suratul Ikhlas as much as you can
  5. Recite Ayatul Kursi as many times as possible from Fajr to Dhuhr.
  6. Do ghusl of Jumua’. It is recommended to do ghusl between Fajr and Dhuhr (as near to the time of Dhur as possible). Rasulullah (pbuh) said to Imam Ali (pbuh): “Ya Ali! Do ghusl on Friday even if it means that by purchasing the water you will have to give up a day’s food for there is no better good deed than it.”
  7. Cut nails, trim hair, wear neat clean clothes and apply perfume.
  8. Eat a pomegranate for sehri if possible. 
  9. Utilise time in learning about religion.
  10. Visit the graves of relations and mu’mineen.
  11. Recite Dua An-Nudba
  12. Do Istighfaar after Salatul ‘Asr 70x
  13. The day of Jumua’ is associated with Imam Mahdi (pbuh). He was born on a Friday and his zhuhur will be on a Friday. It is recommended to give sadaqa on Friday for his safety and remember him in earnest.

Ramadhan 08 – Thursdays in the month of Ramadhan

THURSDAYS IN THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN

Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (pbuh): “As soon as the sun sets and Friday begins, Allah orders an angel to announce ‘Is there any mu’min who before the night ends ask for safety in this world and peace in the aakhira so I may grant it? Is there anyone who turns to me in tawba so I may forgive? Is there anyone who is in distress? Who is seeking livelihood, or seeks health in illness, or freedom in captivity, or gain in times of loss? I will grant whatever is asked for if I am called upon tonight?’”

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • To recite as may times as possible, Tasbihate ‘Arbaa
  • Salawat
  • Suratul Jumua’ in the first rakaat for salatul Maghrib and suratul Ikhlas in the second rakaat. 
  • In  salatul Eisha, suratul Jumua’ in the first rakaat and suratul A’laa in the second.
  • Dua Kumayl
  • Recitation of Qur’an
  • Remembering the Marhumeen

Ramadhan 07 – Fasting 01

DID YOU KNOW?

The English word ‘fast’ comes from the Tentonic ‘Fastan’ which means firm (in the sense of observing something strictly – to the letter of the law). 

It  is associated with the abstinence of food. 

The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Chinese fasted to cure various illnesses. The Egyptians believed that to maintain physical and mental health, one should fast for three days in a month. They also fasted before battle and the Greeks and Romans followed suit believing it to energise them.

Socrates and Plato were known to have fastd for 10 day durations.

The Jews fast 6 days in a year – one of them being Yom Kippur (The day of atonement). 

Studies show that just three days of fasting reboots the immune system and even helps in reducing the harmfful effects of chemotherapy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10878625/Fasting-for-three-days-can-regenerate-entire-immune-system-study-finds.html

The word for fasting used in the Qur’an is ‘sawm’ and is used some twelves times. Four of these refer to the command of fasting in the month of Ramadan,  five deal with fasting as an expiation for a wrong deed or compensation for omission of wajibat. 

One praises the act of fasting and one refers to the fast of  Sayyida Maryam during her vow of silence.

Ramadhan 06 – Extract from Dua of Abu Hamza Thimali

Abu Hamza Thimali  was a companion of Imam Zaynul Aabedeen (pbuh) and learnt this dua from him.

Abu Hamza was his kuniyya. His name was Saabit bin Dinaar. Imam Ali Ar-Ridha (pbuh) has said that Abu Hamza was the Salman of his time. He served 4 Aimma – Imam Ali Zaynul Aabedeen (pbuh), Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (pbuh), Imam Ja’fer As-Sadiq (pbuh) and for a short time Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (pbuh).

Imam Sadiq (pbuh) once sent for him and when he presented himself in Imam’s presence, Imam told him: “O Abu Hamza! I get comfort and relief when I see you.”

It is reported that Abu Hamza had a young daughter who once fell and broke a bone in her hand. Abu Hamza was grieved at seeing his daughter in pain and wept pleading to Allah to make her better. When the young child was taken to the doctor to set the bones and bandage her hand, he could not find anything wrong. He remarked that it is surely the dua of Abu Hamza that cured the little girl.

Ramadhan 05 – Suhoor & Iftaar

SO WHAT DO YOU START AND BREAK YOUR FAST WITH?

It is highly recommended to have suhur (sehri) even if it is only a glass of water. The Prophet (pbuh) used to have dry dates and Al-Sawiq’ (a dish made from cracked wheat or barley mixed with dates and sugar)

The Prophet (pbuh) broke his fast with fresh dates  if in season, or dry dates, raisins, or something sweet. If none of these were available then he would break his fast with luke warm water.

Find out the importance of suhoor and iftaar and recommended recitations during these times

Ramadhan 04 – Preparation & 1st night

Preparation for the month of Ramadhan & recommended a’maal for the first night

If you get the opportunity to see the new moon, raised our hands in dua asking  for forgiveness, direction and the ability to reach our best..

Recite Suratul Fatiha 7x for protection of eyes (physical pain and so that they never cry in pain)

Preparations should be about Qur’an, dua and the opportunity to feed others.

Make your Ramadhan’s legacies for yourselves  and your friends and families to look back on and draw strength from

(Ramadhan is not just about Iftar)

Ramadhan 03 – Conversing with Divinity

Communication with Allah:

  1. Love of all existence
  2. Not a monologue
  3. Hear Him first (recite the Qur’an)
  4. Don’t pile on empty phrases
  5. Talk to Him
  6. Be consistent
  7. Answer is guaranteed

Ramadhan 02 – Sermon of the Prophet – part 2

SERMON GIVEN BY THE PROPHET (PBUH) ON THE LAST NIGHT OF SHA’BAN ABOUT THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN

O people!

Indeed in this month the doors of Janna are open, therefore ask Allah not to close them for you; The doors of Jahannam are closed,so ask Allah to keep them closed for you.

During this month Shaytan is imprisoned; so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you.

Imam Ali (pbuh)  says that I stood up and asked: “O Prophet !  What are the best deeds during this month?”

The Prophet (pbuh)  replied: “Stopping oneself from doing those deeds which are forbidden by Allah…”

Ramadhan 01 – Sermon of the Prophet – part 1

SERMON GIVEN BY THE PROPHET (PBUH) ON THE LAST NIGHT OF SHA’BAN ABOUT THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN

O people! Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah.

A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness.

A month which to Allah is the best of months, its days the best of days, its nights the best of nights and its hours the best of hours.

It is the month which invites you to be the guests of Allah and invites you to be one of those near to Him.

Each breath you take glorifies Him; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted  and your duas are answered.

So, ask Allah, your Lord; to give you a sound body and an enlightened heart so you may be able to fast and recite his book, for only he is unhappy who is devoid of Allah’s forgiveness during this great month.

Laylatul Qadr – Sura Al-Ankabut

A summary:

The sura is divided into 8 sections  (remember the 8 legs of the spider)

Its message revolves around afflictions or tests necessary to test one’s faith.

  1. The first section alludes to physical, emotional & social afflictions
  2. The second section reminds of the tests of past prophets
  3. The name of the sura comes from this section and warns against the flimsiness of relying on other that Divinity
  4. The solution lies in the Qur’an and Salaa
  5. When interacting with the Ahlul Kitab there is a necessity to do so with commonalities
  6. A warning against defiance
  7. When it gets impossible to survive in a situation then His earth is vast and migration (Hijra)  is necessary. A reminder that every soul will taste death.
  8. Finally, it is He who sustains and protects and for us is to strive to do

Preparation for Laylatul Qadr – part 3

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR LAYLATUL QADR

  1. Get to know who YOU really are and what YOU really want. Verbalise it and keep on talking to HIM.
  2.  As for forgiveness until you are forgived out….
  3. Find a Mujibud Da’wat (Someone who cares for you enough to pray for your hajat). Someone you can confide in.
  4. Make an effort by the 23rd to know the basics of the Qur’an and a short biodata of the 14 Ma’sumeen.
  5. Reach for the stars…..
  6. Remember each other in your duas

Preparation for Laylatul Qadr – part 2

Laylatul Qadr is all about formulating a plan of how to leave a legacy, for that in essence is the purpose of life.

Continuation from part 1

3. Write down your aspirations

Preparation for Laylatul Qadr – part 1

Laylatul Qadr is all about formulating a plan of how to leave a legacy, for that in essence is the purpose of life.

  1. Formulate a mission statement
  2. Find your USP – what you do for a passion.

Synopsis of Suratul Qadr

In preparation for Laylatul Qadr, a synopsis of Suratul Qadr as well as advise on planning out the night of Qadr