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"The Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid extends a Ramadaan Mubarak greeting to the Habibia family and the Muslim Ummah. May Allah grant His blessings and bounty to everyone, Insha Allah."
All praise is due to Allah, Lord, Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer of the worlds. Peace and salutations upon His Most Beloved, the Choicest of His creation, Sayyiduna Wa Moulana Rasoolullah SAW; and upon all his pure household RA, companions RA and those who follow in righteousness.
Once again; Allah SWT has afforded us, through His infinite Grace and Mercy, to find ourselves on the dawn of the holy month of Ramadaan. We beseech His forgiveness and pardon, and ask Him to grant us the opportunity to observe the holy month of Ramadaan and everyday of our lives, in a way that will take us closer to Him.
Ramadaan, the month of immense blessings, is the month of patience and perseverance. It is given this name because it burns ones sins away, and therefore, the one who observes it’s fasting correctly to the best of his ability, is free from sins like he was on the day when he was born. it is undoubtedly, the greatest month of the year, and being such, according to the Hadith of our Beloved Prophet SAW, “Whosoever does an a voluntary act during it is like one who has done a compulsory act during any other time of the year, and whosoever does a compulsory act, is like the one who does 70 compulsory acts during any other time of the year.” Charity during this month is the best of charities and a `Umrah during this month is equal to a Hajj.
We are thus, encouraged and inspired to follow the Sunnah of our Illustrious Master, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SAW in every aspect and moment, so that we can attain eternal success and happiness. With these few words, Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid wishes all Muslims, a beautiful month of Ramadaan.
Ramadaan Kareem, Ramadaan Mubarak
Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu
Moulana Goolam Qutboodien Kagee
Al-Imam Al-Baihaqi (RA) reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) that Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi
Wasalaam) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it he (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, “O
People! The month of Allah (Ramadaan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgiveness.
Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the
nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in
which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a
reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.
Therefore, you must invoke your Lord in all earnestness with hearts free from sin and evil, and pray that Allah may help
you to keep fast, and to recite the Holy Qur’an. Indeed!, miserable is the one who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness in
this great month. While fasting remember the hunger and thirst on the Day of Judgement. Give alms to the poor and
needy. Pay respect to your elders, have sympathy for your youngsters and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen.
Guard your tongue against unworthy words, and your eyes from scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your
ears from sounds that should not be heard.
Be kind to orphans so that if your children may become orphans they will also be treated with kindness. Do repent to
Allah for your sins and supplicate with raised hands at the times of prayer as these are the best times, during which
Allah Almighty looks at His servants with mercy. Allah Answers if they supplicate, Responds if they call, Grants if He is
asked, and Accepts if they entreat. O people! you have made your conscience the slave of your desires.
Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before Allah for long intervals, and make this load lighter. Understand fully that Allah has promised in His Honour and Majesty that, people who perform salat and sajda (prostration) will be guarded from Hell-fire on the Day of Judgement.
O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: “but not all of us have the means to do so” The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else.
O people!, anyone who during this month cultivates good manners, will walk over the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) on the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy his accounting, and for anyone who doesn’t hurt others during this month, Allah will safeguard him from His Wrath on the Day of Judgement. Anyone who respects and treats an orphan with kindness during this month, Allah shall look at him with kindness on that Day. Anyone who treats his kinsmen well during this month, Allah will bestow His Mercy on him on that Day, while anyone who mistreats his kinsmen during this month, Allah will keep away from His Mercy.
Whomsoever offers the recommended prayers during this month, Allah will save him from Hell, and whomever observes his obligations during this month, his reward will be seventy times the reward during other months. Whomever repeatedly invokes Allah’s blessings on me, Allah will keep his scale of good deeds heavy, while the scales of others will be tending to lightness. Whomever recites during this month an ayat (verse) of the Holy Qur’an, will get the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an in other months.
O people!, the gates of Paradise remain open during this month. Pray to your Lord that they may not be closed for you. While the gates of Hell are closed, pray to your Lord that they never open for you. Satan has been chained, invoke your Lord not to let him dominate you.”
Ali ibn Talib (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) said: “I asked, ‘O messenger of Allah, what are the best deeds during this month’?” ‘He replied: ‘O Abu Al-Hasan, the best of deeds during this month is to be far from what Allah has forbidden’.”
All praise is due to Allah, Lord, Cherisher and Sustainer of the universe; and peace and salutations upon the Choicest of His creation,
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah Muhammad SAW, and upon his noble Ahlul Bayt and Sahaabah RA.
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah RA reports: "The Holy Prophet SAW used to give his companions glad tidings by saying: "Indeed, the month of
Ramadaan has come to you. It is a month full of blessings, and Allah has prescribed upon you to fast during the month. The
doors of the gardens are open in it, the doors of the Fire are close and the devils are chained. In it there is a night more
virtuous than one thousand months, and whosoever is denied its blessings the mercy of Allah is prohibited for him."
Narrated by Imam Ahmad RA
Every year, the blessed month of Ramadaan comes and goes, but we do not grasp the opportunity in the way that we should. Few are
those who really obtain its full blessings and few are those who are spiritually enriched. Just as it is important for us to observe the fast of
this month, at the same time we have to realise that fasting is an `Ibaadah that is spiritual more than physical, and it has been prescribed
for us to attain consciousness of Allah SWT and gain closer to Him.
Imam Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali RA beautifully states in poetry in Lataa'if Al-Ma`aarif:
Ramadaan, the field of cultivation for the servants of Allah has come
In order to purify their hearts from corruption
Therefore, give it its due rights in your sayings and actions
And store away your provisions for your return to Allah.
Ramadaan is the ideal opportunity to improve ourselves and awaken from our negligence and heedlessness. Fasting is a shield that protects
us as long we do not damage it, and it is an act of patience and perseverance. That is why it is the only act for which the reward is not
limited to 10 times or even 700 times, but Allah alone knows its full reward.
Ramadaan is the month for us to make a determined resolution to observe and enjoin what is good, abstain from and forbid what is evil. It
is the best time of the year for us to plant strong roots and sincerely become embodiments of sacrifice and benevolence. Sayyiduna
Salmaan Al-Farisee RA reports that Rasoolullah SAW said: "Whosoever does one voluntary act of good, will get the reward of
doing an obligatory act in any other part of the year. And whosoever does one obligatory act, he will get the reward of
doing 70 obligatory acts in any other part of the year."
The blessings that the holy month of Ramadaan contains cannot be counted. It is up to us to put the utmost efforts in everything we do
during this month, so that we can progress further in our journey towards Allah and the Hereafter.
Rasulullah SAW said, 'O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will
reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: "but not all of us have the
means to do so". The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may
consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else'.
Whilst Muslims across the globe eagerly anticipate the imminent arrival of the exalted month of Ramadhaan in order that they may enjoy a spiritually motivating journey in the quest to gain the pleasure of Allah Ta Aala , there are those who prepare to set course for an altogether different route. A route which will spark the flames of controversy within the Muslim ranks.
South African Muslims are by no means strangers to controversy in this blessed month. This is due to the fact that only in the month of Ramadhaan, do we begin to realize just how many Muslims there are out there. For eleven months they remain like bears in hibernation, and suddenly adopt a 'Ramadhaan Beard', 'Ramadhaan Dress code’, 'Ramadhaan Code of conduct', etc. These are the ever elusive 'Ramadhaan Muslims'. Only in Ramadhaan do we become conscious of 'Halaal' & 'Haraam'. Hence the circulation of the 'haraam' debacle
This is the opportune moment for those who are hell-bent on causing chaos in the Ummah! It is for this reason that we find a number of controversial issues surface mainly in the month of Ramadhaan.
This essay will (insha Allah) aim to shed light on a controversy which has wreaked havoc for Muslims in most of the Arab world, and the west as well. It is undoubtedly a controversy which has unsuspectingly crept into South Africa by covert means, and is destroying the very ambience of the month Ramadhaan. I refer to the matter pertaining to the 'Night Prayer' of Ramadhaan, Salaatut Taraaweeh!
For approximately 1420yrs, Mulsims have been praying their Taraaweeh Salaah with congregation in 20 Rakaats with utmost certainty. Until now...a group of misguided Muslims who have, either a very shallow understanding of hadith, or are intentionally providing calculated misinformation to the Muslims by claiming that the Taraaweeh prayer is only 8 Rakaats.
The Taraaweeh prayer in the current format of 20 Rakaats has always been the Ijmaa’ (consensus) of the Ulama for centuries.
Prior to any form of rebuttal (which will come in the form of a series of objective questions), we must ensure that all readers are fully aware of the concept of Taraweeh as it has been practiced from the era of the righteously guided companions (radhiyallahu anhum ajma'een), till today.
If we are to conduct a word search for the word 'Taraweeh' from the blessed lips of Nabi Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the books of Hadith, we will unfortunately come up very short. The current institution of Taraaweeh was originally known as 'Qiyaamul Layl' (to stand in prayer at night).
The word 'taraaweeh' is the plural form derived from the word 'tarweehah', which literally translates as a 'break, interval, pause' etc. Since the Taraaweeh prayer consisted of 'breaks' or short 'Tarweehah' in-between Rakaats, it came to be known as Salaatut Taraaweeh. The Taraaweeh salaah is Sunnat-e-Muakkadah and this is the consensus of the Jurists in Islam.
Narrated by 'Urwa: That he was informed by 'Aisha, "Allah's Apostle went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed behind him. In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second night). In the next morning the people again talked about it and on the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people. Allah's Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him. On the fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not accommodate them, but the Prophet came out (only) for the Morning Prayer. When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud and (addressing the people) said, "Amma ba'du, your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on." So, Allah's Apostle died and the situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually). "
(Sahih Bukhari, Chapter on the Night Prayer in Ramadhaan)
The above hadith incontrovertibly explains that the Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) did lead the companions in the night prayer in the month of Ramadhaan.
There are numerous ahaadeeth which explain various opinions in relation to the number of rakaats read in the night prayer of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) There are two conflicting viewpoints which have now taken center stage:
1. Taraaweeh is 20 Rakaats as this has been the teaching for approximately 1420 years.
2. Taraaweeh was read as 8 Rakaats. This means that 20 Rakaats is a bid'ah.
Since the latter view is a more recent one, we will commence by analyzing its origin so that the reader may be able to fully grasp the subject.
Those who aggressively market this opinion have forwarded two proofs from the books of hadith.
Proof 1 : The first proof (recorded in the Musnad Abu Ya'la & Tabraani) explains that the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) recited in the month of Ramadhaan 11 rakaats (8 + 3 witr) at night.
Rebuttal : When we analyze the sanad (chain) of the above proof, we conclude that one of the narrators in this chain is Isa bin Jaariyah. The scholars who were masters in the subject of Rijaal such as Yahya bin Maeen have classified him as a weak narrator. Great muhaddithoon such as Imaam Nasai (Rahimahollah) have classified him as Matrook. Meaning that if they found him in the chain, they would abandon that narrative. On this basis, the above narration is weak.
Proof 2 : Taraaweeh is 8 Rakaats as this is evident in the most authentic book of hadith, Sahih Bukhari:
Narrated by Abu Salma bin 'Abdur Rahman: I asked 'Aisha, "How is the prayer of Allah's Prophet during the month of Ramadan." She said, "Allah's Prophet never exceeded eleven Rakat in Ramadan or in other months; he used to offer four Rakat-- do not ask me about their beauty and length, then four Rakat, do not ask me about their beauty and length, and then three Rakat." Aisha further said, "I said, 'O Allah's Prophet! Do you sleep before offering the Witr prayer?' He replied, 'O 'Aisha! My eyes sleep but my heart remains awake'!" (Sahih Bukhari)
Since those who quote the above hadith, do so with a bit of a swagger, we must insist on presenting a preliminary observation which unveils the shallow minded viewpoint for what it is...calculated misinformation!
At least a century ago, a student of hadith could not take the narration he learned into the public domain, until he was educated on the various commands, the socio-historic background, wisdom, etc. regarding that particular narration. Fast forward to the modern age, and even a child has access to the Prophetic traditions at the click of a button. Whilst there is nothing wrong in providing access to the books of ahaadeeth, the detrimental effects of taking a hadith and practicing upon them without a solid grounding, will result in the exact same dilemma as we face now (the view of Taraaweeh being 8 rakaats).
We also see an increase in the number of people who walk around with their 'translated' copies of Sahih Bukhari due to their lack of understanding the Arabic language. This causes a huge portion of the hadith, its socio-historic background, and command in the shariah to become literally ‘Lost in Translation'. Furthermore, we find the view regarding 8 rakaats to be spreading among the youth like a house on fire. This is because; the perpetrators responsible for the arousal of this controversy know that the youth of the modern age are always looking for upgrades. They are constantly upgrading their vehicles, mobiles, and latest gadgetry. Now, all of a sudden, when it comes to their religion, they want to downgrade? They are conditioned to take the 'easy path' of 8 rakaats, in the face of a mountainous journey of 20 rakaats. Being youth, they choose that which is easy, whilst still allowing them to feel some sort of 'religious fulfillment' in reciting 8 rakaats, and also giving them the 'free time' to pursue idle causes. We do know very well that an idle mind is the devils’ playground.
Rebuttal 2: When the above proof is presented to the layman, he is immediately faced with the following questions.
1. If Sahih Bukhari explains that the Taraaweeh of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) was 8 Rakaats, then why am I reading 20?
2. Why have our Ulama not told us this?
3. Have they intentionally hidden this information from us?
This is exactly the sort of designed responses that the people of mischief have planned.
The answer to this seemingly brilliant proof is actually quite a simple one. It lies within the words of Sayyidah Ayeshah (radhiyallahu anha). She stated:
'Allah's Prophet never exceeded eleven Rakat in Ramadan or in other months'
To the unsuspecting-shallow-minded-Muslim, the above statement is used to prove that the Prophet ﷺ (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) read 8 rakaats plus 3 witr. To the Islamically educated Muslim, the above statement is pivotal in disproving their stance. The fact that the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) is described to have recited these 8 rakaats IN & OUT of Ramadhaan sparks us to inquire the following:
Does this mean that the Prophet ﷺ(peace be upon him) read 'Taraaweeh' even out of Ramadhaan? If so, why are we only reciting it in Ramadhaan? Remember, we clearly explained that the original word was not Taraaweeh, but 'Qiyaamul Layal' (to stand in prayer at night). So? Is there any such prayer which the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)ﷺ recited at night, both in and out of Ramadhaan? Yes! It is known as Tahajjud.
It is by no means a coincidence that above 'so-called' proof for 8 Rakaats Taraaweeh, is in fact NOT ABOUT TARAAWEEH AT ALL! It is about Salaatut Tahajjud.
Further proof which strengthens this stance is the undeniable fact that Imaam Bukhari (rahimahollah) himself placed the above quoted hadith in the chapter on Tahajjud.
We would further like to inquire from these people who make such claims to answer the following questions for us:
'If you are so adamant that this hadith is proof of 8 rakaats Taraaweeh, and not Tahajjud, are you also reciting these 8 rakaats in the other 11 months like the Prophet ﷺ(? If not, then why are you only practicing upon the numerical aspect only? Is this not in a way, a form of misguidance by your own standard?
Furthermore, Imaam Bukhari (rahimahollah) was a muqallid (adherer) to the Muzh-hub of Imaam Shaafa'e (rahimahollah). In the Shaafa'ee Mazh-hub, Taraaweeh remains to this day as 20 Rakaats. Our next question to these people is, "Don't you think that the man who collected this hadith (Imaam Bukhari) would have understood it better? Hence his placing of it in the subject of Tahajjud? If not, are you now saying that you possess a far superior understanding of this hadith, than the compiler himself?
Point of Interest: Based on the above hadith, they conclude that the current format of Taraaweeh is a Bid'ah (innovation). One of the first people to have made this unscholarly statement was a person known as Al-Hilli (1250-1325CE). He argued in his book 'Minhaajul Kaaraamah' that Taraaweeh was a Bid'ah. For those who are unaware, Al-Hilli was a very high ranking Shia scholar. As for those who understand the viewpoint of the Shias, suffice to say that this statement was just to throw dust in in the direction of Ameerul Mu'mineen, Sayyidona Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) who established the current format of 20 Rakaats Taraaweeh.
We have thus far established that the Noble Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) did offer the Taraaweeh Salaah in the month of Ramadhaan. He (sallallahu alayhi was sallam) sometimes prayed individually and other times in Jama’ah (congregation). There are numerous narrations which prove that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) did offer 20 Rakaats of Salaatut Taraaweeh.
Hadhrath Abdullah Ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhuma) states:
“During the month of Ramadhan, aside from the praying of wit’r the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam) would pray 20 rak’aats of Taraaweeh.”
Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybha - Hadith 7692
Imaam Bayhaqi - Sunan al-Kubra, Hadith 4391
Allaamah Ibn Hajr Asqalani - Fathu-hul Bari, Hadith 1908
Imaam Zhahabi - Meezaanul I’tidaal.
(hadith numbers will vary depending on publication)
The narrator, Hadhrath Abdullah ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhuma) is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Islamic matters. So there is no discrepancy in relation to the sanad (chain) of the above mentioned narration. It is from here that the basis of the current format of Taraaweeh is established as 20 Rakaats. It also rubbishes the clichéd statement that Taraaweeh in the 20 Rakaat format is a Bid’ah (innovation). It is not an innovation, but a practice of the Noble Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).
After the greatest calamity on the earth (the demise of the Noble Prophet peace be upon him), the Ummah was faced with many problems. The first Caliph, Sayyidona Abu Bakr As-Siddique (radhiyallahu ahnu) faced numerous problems. Many became Murtads (Apostates). Though his reign as Caliph was a short lived one, he focused his energy on the ‘bigger picture’, which was to bring these apostates to justice. In this era, Taraaweeh remaind as it was practiced during the lifetime of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). It was only during the reign of Sayyidona Umar (Radhiyallah anhu) that the current format of Taraawaeeh was instated.
“Narrated by Hadhrath Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu anhu): Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven." Ibn Shihab (a sub-narrator) said, "Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) passed away and the people continued observing that (individually, not in congregation), and it remained as it was during the Caliphate of Abu Bakr and in the early days of 'Umar's Caliphate." 'Abdur Rahman bin 'Abdul Qari said, "I went out in the company of 'Umar bin Al-Khattab one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found the people praying in different groups. A man praying alone or a man praying with a little group behind him. So, 'Umar said, 'In my opinion I would better collect these (people) under the leadership of one Qari (Reciter) (i.e. let them pray in congregation!)'. So, he made up his mind to congregate them behind Ubay bin Ka'b. Then on another night I went again in his company and the people were praying behind their reciter. On that, 'Umar remarked, 'What an excellent Bid'ah (i.e. innovation in religion) this is; but the prayer which they do not perform, but sleep at its time is better than the one they are offering.' He meant the prayer in the last part of the night. (In those days) people used to pray in the early part of the night." (Sahih Bukhari, Book of Salaatut Taraaweeh).
A few aspects emerge from the above mentioned narration.
The companions were reciting Taraaweeh. Some individually, and others in congregation
Sayyidona Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) felt that it was in his opinion better for the companions to be in unified on the matter of Taraaweeh as opposed to being divided. (somthing that the preachers of 8 rakaats seem hell-bent on achieving)
A Bid’ah is not necessarily a one-sided affair. Sayyidona Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) displayed to the Ummah that if a practice is instated for the benefit of the Muslims, it may be regarded as a good innovation. This is also the view of Allaamah Ibn Hajr Asqalani (rahimahollah) under the commentary of the above hadith in his masterpiece, Fath-hul-Baari.
Ibn Hajr further explains that the view of Sayyidona Umar (radhiyallhu anhu) was accepted by the jumhoor (overwhelming majority) of the companions. This means that some of the greatest companions who were still alive at the time did not oppose the establishment of Taraaweeh in congregation for the Ummah at large by Ameerul Mu’mineen Sayyidoan Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). For the newly sprung mushroom type ideologies to now declare that the current format of Taraaweeh is incorrect, and a Bid’ah (innovation), is basically to state that the giants of that era were Bid’atees (innovators). (Ma'aazhallah)
The reason why none of the giants among the sahaabas never objected, is because they were most likely also aware of the following hadith recorded in the Mustadhrak of Imaam Haakim who graded it sahih: The Prophet (peace be upon him said),
“…take hold of my Sunnah, and the Sunnah of the righteously guided Caliphs...”
It must be noteDd that the hadith does not clarify the amount of rakaats that were established in during that era, though the evidence is highly in favor of the 20 Rakaats.
Hadrat Sa’ib ibn Yazid (radhiyallahu anhu) has stated that,
“We, (the Companions of the Beloved Prophet peace be upon him) used to pray twenty rakaats Taraaweeh prayer in the era of the Caliph ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab.” (Sunan al-Bayhaqi)
Hadrat Yazid ibn Ruman (radhiyallahu anhu) reports that,
“...during the time of Hadhrat ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, people used to pray 23 Rak’ahs during Ramadhan (20 rak’ahs for Taraaweeh prayer and 3 rak’ats for witr.)” (Muwatta Imam Malik)
Imam Badr al-Din Aini (rahimahollah) states in his renowned commentary on Sahih Bukhari entitled, “Umdat al-Qari”:
‘Allama ibn ‘Abd al-Barr has states that it is the ruling of the majority of the scholars that taraaweeh is twenty Rakaats. The scholars and jurists of Kufa, Imam Ash-Shaafa’i and the majority of the Fuqaha (Jurists) have stated this, and this is the sound opinion as transmitted from Hadhrat Ubayy ibn Ka’b that no companion had a difference of opinion in it. (‘Umdatul Qari)
Imam Tirmidhi states: The majority of the scholars practice which has been transmitted from Hadrat ‘Umar Faruq, Hadrat ‘Ali and the other companions that Taraaweeh is twenty rakaats. Imam Sufiyan al-Thawri, Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak and Imam aAsh-Shafa’i have stated the same (that Taraaweeh is twenty rakaats). Imam Shafa’i has stated that we have found the residents of our city Makkatul Mukarramah performing twenty rakaats for the Tarawih prayer. (Tirmidhi – Chapter on worshipping the nights of Ramadhan )
"Umar was the first to set the example of the night prayer of Ramadhaan, the Taraaweeh, and gathered people for it, and instructed dfferent regions (of the Muslim empire) regarding it. this was during the month of Ramadhaan of the year 14 Hijri. He appointed for the people, reciters of the Qur'an who led the Taraaweeh prayer for men and women."
(Tabqaat ibn Sa'd, Taareekhul Khulafa by Imaam Jalaaluddin Suyuti, Umdatul Qari by Allaamah Badruddin Ayni rahimahomollah)
The Taraaweeh remained in the format instated by Sayyidona Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) throughout the Khilaafah of Sayyidona Uthmaan and Sayyidona Ali (radhiyallahu anhuma) & the generations to follow. It has only been in recent history that a minority of misguided people whose aim to cause confusion and dispute among the Ummah, have begun to preach a different method.
Conclusion: The above controversy which continues to cause havoc amongst Muslims is the result of taking a hadith in isolation. People are now preaching that we should abandon the four schools of fiqh (Hanafi, Shaafaee, Maaliki, Humbali) because we are told to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah. This is yet again, calculated misinformation to cause the Ummah to become divided. The four schools of Fiqh have based their rulings primarily on the Qur’an and Sunnah. For us to now leave their rulings and compose our own, is to say that we have a better understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah than them! It is evident that even these misguided people don’t know the difference between Tahajjud and Taraaweeh, and they believe that they are superior to our predecessors who were luminaries that brightened the horizons of guidance for the future generations. Muslims should hold steadfast to the Four Schools of Fiqh as leaving the majority is the first step toward misguidance.
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All praise is due to Allah -Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala-, and our choicest blessings and Salutations upon the Master of all creation, Sayyidina Muhammad Rasullulah -Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam-, his Purified Household and companions – may Allah have mercy on all of them -.
The Habibia Soofie Masjid and family would like to bid a sore and sombre farewell to Hazrath Hajee Shah Mohamed Saied Soofie Siddiqi, the head custodian of the Habibia Soofie Saheb Badsha Peer Darbaar in Durban and the Sahibe Sajjada (Head) of the Chishti Nizami Habibi Soofie Order of South Africa, who passed away whilst on Umrah, in the holy land of Makkatul Mukarramah.
Hazrath Hajee Shah Mohamed Saied Soofie was the second eldest son of Hazrath Shah Goolam Muhammad Soofie Sani (may the mercy of Allah -Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala- be upon them), and was honoured with the head custodianship of the Mazaar of Hazrath Soofie Saheb - Rahmatullahi Alayhi - and Hazrath Sheikh Ahmed Badsha Peer - Rahmatullahi Alayhi - after the demise of his father in 1978. Hazrath played a very instrumental role and was often the supervisor to the renovations of various Soofie Masaajid such as Soofie Masjid Riverside, Soofie Masjid Kenville, the Soofie Masjid in Cape Town as well as the Mazaar of Hazrath Soofie Saheb, Hazrath Sheikh Ahmed Badsha Peer and Hazrath Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi (may the mercy of Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - be upon them). Hazrath Saied was also the most senior member of the Soofie family.
It is at this time we remember the Hadith of the beloved Prophet - Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam - "A person who passes away while performing the Hajj or Umrah will not be questioned (in the qabr) nor will any reckoning be taken from him (on the day of Qiyamah). He will be told: “Enter Jannah in peace with those who have attained salvation” (Bayhaqi). It was the wish of Hazrath to pass away in the holy lands of Makkatul Mukarammah or Madinatul Munawarrah and by the grace of Almighty Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - and through his infinite mercy, the wish was accepted and Hazrath passed away in the precincts of the Holy Haram of Makkah in the hour of Thuhr Salaah on Sunday, 7th Rabi-ul-Akhir 1437. Hazrath was honoured to have his Janaaza Salaah in front of the Ka’aba in the Haram of Makkah with over a million people reading for him. Hazrath was then buried in the cemetery of the Haram, which is located a few kilometers away from Jannatul Mu'ala.
Hazrath Shah Mohamed Saied Soofie will be remembered for his humble, kind and modest ways. He was a person who occupied himself with the remembrance of Allah -Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala -. His nights were spent in voluntarily and Tahajjud prayers, whilst the day was spent attending functions, visiting the sick and ensuring the needs of the community was fulfilled. He would ensure that he always honoured the invite of his Muslim brother, whether they be rich or poor. Hazrath has left a great legacy and history will judge his unselfish contribution to the Muslim community in Durban and all over South Africa.
When the news of Hazrath's passing reached South Africa, thousands of Mureedeen, devotees and followers gathered in Riverside and other Masaajid across the country, whilst others took to social media expressing their deepest sympathy and condolences, in respect to this great Sufi master. What more can be said about a man who lived his life in the service of Allah and Islam, illuminated his days and nights with Athkaar and Durood, and in reward, he was granted an Illuminated end.
We pray to Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - to grant him a high abode in Jannah-Tul-Firdaus, to make his grave a Garden from the Gardens of Paradise, to widen his grave and to fill it with Light upon Light Insha Allah. May Allah - Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - honour him with the company of the beloved Prophet Muhammad - Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam -, the Awliyaa and the Saliheen and may he be raised on the day Qiyaamah with all the great personalities amongst whom he lays buried in Makkatul Mukarramah.
Moulana Goolam Qutbuddien Kagee
Habibia Soofie Masjid- Cape Town
"Ramadan has arrived, the cultivating land of servants,
so that it can purify the hearts from vice
Therefore, fulfil its rights in word and deed,
and store your provision for the ultimate return
Certainly, the one who cultivates the seeds
and does not water it,
shall find himself regretfully astray on
the Day of Reckoning."
Our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam came, holding the flag of Islam in his hand, and bearing a motto of which the very first word was "La" (No!). That one word - "La" - at the very beginning of the testimony contains the whole destructive but also the entire constructive power that Islam came out with in the shape of a glorious revolution. The question that arises: Why did Islam appear first with a word such as "La" (No!)?
How does it come about that this word "La" occurs at the very beginning of the sentence which has as its goal the affirmation of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala's Wahdaniyyah (Unity and Oneness)? A very simple linguistic explanation would arise in the fact that a negative syntactic form is more effective for an affirmation of the subject than a positive one would be.
Thus "La" (No!) on the flag of Islam was not meant for some existing deities. Not only because they are not in existence but also because their existence is not possible at all. The word "La" (No!) was therefore sent to the human intellect, and to human reason and knowledge, putting forward first of all the semantic and ontological absurdity of the existence of plurality in the concepts of Almighty Allah, Perfection, Unity, Oneness and Sovereignty etc.
So Islam and its "La" (No!) first revolutionized the human intellect. Ontically, no other deity can ever compete with Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. However, as we learn from the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an, they have been competing with Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal as materialized deaf and dumb idols whose brittle nature was shown by Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam who destroyed them into pieces.
At one time this word "La" (No!) created a generation - the generation of Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een - without comparison in the history of Islam, even in the history of man. This is without any question of a doubt the open truth of history, and we as the favoured Ummah of Almighty Allah's Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam ought to ponder over it deeply so that we may reach and attain its secret.
Why did this call begin in this manner? And why did the Divine Wisdom decide that this call be confronted in the initial stages with the word "La"? It was Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala's Wisdom that this fundamental question should be made to His Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and to his Ummah. This Doonya belongs exclusively to Almighty Allah and should be purified and cleansed for none other than Rabbul Ala'meen. It cannot be purified for Him unless the banner of:
"La Illaha Illalla."
is unfurled across the length and breath of this earth. Man is a slave and servant to his Glorious Creator and Sustainer alone, and he can remain so only if he unfurls the banner of:
"La Illaha Illalla." - "There is no deity except Allah."
It was Almighty Rabbul Ala'meen's Wisdom that this fundamental question of faith and belief should be made the central theme of the initial call to His Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam to all of humanity. The very first message brought to the people was that they bear witness with the declaration of:
"La Illaha Illalla." - "There is no deity except Allah."
Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam devoted his efforts to making known to people Who their True Creator and Sustainer is and that they should worship Him and Him Alone. The Meccan portion of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an revealed to our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam - over a period of thirteen years, dealt only with:
"La Illaha Illalla." - "There is no deity except Allah."
This is the great question upon which mankind's existence depends and will continue to depend until the end of time. And thus the full thirteen years of the Meccan period were spent in explaining and expounding this fundamental question, that question from which all other questions and details pertaining to human life are derived.
The Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an made this question the only subject of its message during the Meccan period and never discussed other subsidiary and derived matters. These subsidiary topics were not mentioned until Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala decided that matters pertaining to faith had been fully explained and that
"La Illaha Illalla." - "There is no deity except Allah."
had entered into the hearts of that illustrious selected group of people who were to establish His Din and were to give it a practical form. Those who call toward Allah's Din and want to establish the way of life prescribed by this Din should ponder at length over this significant fact, that for thirteen long years the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an exclusively expounded this faith and did not deviate from this issue to describe the details of that system which was to be established on this faith or any laws for the organization of the Muslim Ummah.
From the viewpoint of the limited understanding of mankind, it does not seem as though this would be the easiest way to reach the hearts of the pagan Arabs. They knew their language well and knew the meaning of "Ilah" (Allah), and they also knew the meaning of:
"La Illaha Illalla.: - "There is no deity except Allah."
They knew that "Uluhiyah" means 'sovereignty' and they also realized that ascribing sovereignty only to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala meant that their ego, the authority and self-proclaimed prestige and power would be taken away from the priests, the leaders of the tribes, the wealthy and the rulers, and would revert only to Rabbul Ala'meen.
It also meant that only Almighty Allah's authority would prevail in the hearts and conscience, in matters pertaining to religious observances and in the affairs of life such as business, the distribution of wealth and the dispensation of justice - in short, in the soul and bodies of men. They knew very well that the proclamation of
"La Illaha Illalla" was a serious challenge to that worldly authority which had usurped the greatest attribute of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, namely, sovereignty.
"La Illaha Illalla." - "There is no deity except Allah."
was a rebellion against all modes of behaviour which have been devised under this usurpation and was a declaration of war against the authority which legislates laws not permitted by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. It was no secret to the pagan Arabs who knew the real meaning of this message - what its significance was in relation to their pagan traditions, their rule and their power. They greeted this call - this revolutionary message with anger, and fought against it with that vigour which is well known to us.
At the time of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam's call to Messengership, Arab society was devoid of proper distribution of wealth and devoid of justice. A small group monopolized all wealth and commerce, which increased through usury (Ribah). The great majority of the people were poor and hungry. The wealthy were regarded as noble and distinguished, and the common people were not only deprived of wealth but also of dignity and honour.
The moral level of Arabia was extremely low from every point of view and only a few primitive tribal mores prevailed. Oppression, repression and injustice was the rule of the day. The Divine Declaration of "La Illaha Illalla" was capable of starting a social movement, declaring war against the class of nobles and the wealthy, taking away their wealth and distributing it among the poor, the needy and the destitute.
When, after hard work and dedication, belief became firm and the authority to which this belief refers was acknowledged, when people recognized their Supreme Creator and Sustainer and worshipped Him Alone, when they became independent not only of other human beings but also of their own desires, and when "La Illaha Illalla" became imprinted on their hearts - then Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, through faith and through the believers, provided everything which was needed.
Almighty Allah's earth became free so that His Authority might be established and that the earth might be cleared of all rebels against Him, whether they were Roman, Persian or Arab. The society was freed from the shackles of oppression, and the Islamic system was established in which justice was Allah's Justice and in which weighing was Almighty Allah's Balance. The banner of social justice was raised in the name of One Creator, and the name of the banner was Al-Islam. No other name was added to it and "La Illaha Illalla" was written on it.
When belief in "La Illaha Illalla" penetrates into the deep recesses of the heart, it also penetrates through the whole system of life, which is a practical interpretation of this faith. By this I mean, those who believe are already pleased with the system which this faith uniquely determines and submit in principle to all the laws and injunctions and details even before they are promulgated. Indeed, the spirit of submission is the first requirement of Imaan. Through this spirit of submission the believers learn the Islamic regulations and laws with eagerness and pleasure.
In this manner, the killing of daughters, drinking and fornication was forbidden, usury was prohibited, and gambling was proscribed, and all the evil habits of the Days of Ignorance were completely abolished - abolished by a few verses of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an or by a few words from the lips of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Islam is a most beautiful and practical religion; it has come to order the practical affairs of life. Islam is not a 'theory' based on 'assumptions' - it is a way of life working with actuality. Thus it is first necessary that a Muslim community come into existence which believes in "La Illaha Illalla" which commits itself to obey none other but Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, denying all other authority, and which challenges the legality of any law which is not based on this belief.
When the revival of this religion starts among a people, this aspect of it must have first priority. The very first Islamic call was based on it; thirteen complete years of the Meccan period of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an were devoted to this Divine Message of "La Illaha Illalla." The Most Glorious Qur'an did not come down at once but took thirteen years to construct and strengthen the structure of Imaan. Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala could have revealed the entire Qur'an at once and then left the Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een to learn it for a period of thirteen years so that they would master the "Islamic Theory."
But Almighty Rabbul Ala'meen did not choose this method. He wanted something else. He wanted to lay the foundations of a community, a nation, a movement and a belief simultaneously. He wanted the community and the movement to be founded on a belief, while with dynamic progress of the community the faith also grew. This is the glorious character of our beautiful Din, and the Meccan period of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an testifies to it.
The theoretical foundation of Islam, in every period of history, has been to witness "La Illaha Illalla" which means to bear witness that the only true Creator is Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, that He Alone is Gafooroor Raheem, that He Alone is the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of the heavens and the earth, and that He Alone is the Real Sovereign; to believe in Him in our hearts, to worship Him Alone, and to put into practice His Holy Sharia'h.
Without the declaration and complete acceptance of "La Illaha Illalla" which differentiates the one who says he is a Muslim from a non-Muslim, there cannot be any practical significance to this declaration, nor will it have any weight according to the Islamic Law. We know of Almighty Allah's guidance through one source only, that is, through our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Thus, in the second part of the Holy Islamic Code, we bear witness:
"And I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."
In this great Islamic society, all nations and all races were gathered and united as a single Ummah under the banner of "La Illaha Illallahu Muhammadar Rasoolullah." Their various characteristics were united, and with Muhabbat and mutual cooperation, harmony and unity they took part in the construction of the Islamic community and Islamic culture. This marvelous civilization was not an "Arab civilization" not even for a single day; it was purely an Islamic civilization. It was never a 'nationality' but always a 'community' of belief - united under the banner of the Holy Code of Islam
"La Illaha Illallahu Muhammadar Rasoolullah."
These are characteristics which were never achieved by any other group of people in the entire history of mankind.
Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa sal-Allaahu wa-salkam
'alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad Sallallaho Alaahi Wasallam.
Was Salamu alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhoo.
Imam Abdul Hamid
Salam Alaikum, Why must we follow the Hadith and Sunnah? Is not the Qur'an enough? I have heard that the Hadith were not even preserved and most of them are "made-up."
Wa Alaykum As-Salam,
The Blessed Qur'an commands us in numerous Verses to "Obey the Prophet", "Take what he gives you", "Avoid what he forbids you", "He is the best example for you"....all in addition to the original order of "Obey Allah".
Allah Almighty would not have ordered us to obey the Prophet (SAW) if the teachings of the Prophet (SAW) were not to be preserved and known?!
The first Muslims, the Sahabah, took the above Divine Commandments seriously and therefore obeyed the Prophet (SAW) in everything and noted all his teachings and counsels (which then became known as "al-Sunnah")
Then it was these same Sahabah who passed down both the Qur'an and the Sunnah to future generations, as the sources of ISLAM.
By claiming now to follow "Only the Qur'an", one is basically saying:
- "I disobey those Verses of the Qur'an which order me to obey the Prophet (SAW) and take him as an example" (how can I if nothing of his teachings is preserved anyways)
- "I will take from the Prophet (SAW), the Qur'an only, but I will not take anything else from him"
- "I will trust the Sahabah to deliver the Qur'an to me but I don't trust them to deliver the Sunnah!!!"
Needless to say, such an attitude does not make any sense. By rejecting the Sunnah, one must necessarily reject the Qur'an as well, as they both come to us from the same sources: The Prophet (SAW) and the Sahabah.
Therefore, by rejecting the Sunnah, we are destroying the foundations of Islam itself.
Furthermore, the Prophetic Sunnah is there to explain the Qur'an, as the Qur'an itself states (check for example the initial
Verses of Surah al-Jumu'ah). Allah Almighty states that He has sent us the Book and its Teacher.
So are we going to say to Allah: We accept the Book but we don't accept the Teacher?!
Indeed, without the Sunnah, many injunctions of the Qur'an would be impossible to fulfill. For example, the Qur'an orders us to pray, but nowhere does it explain how the Prayer is done. This is only learned from the Sunnah.
Without the Sunnah, we will also not be able to know the various backgrounds (asbab al-nuzul) of the various Surahs of the Qur'an, as well as their merits, number of verses....etc.
In short, the Qur'an cannot be practiced without the Sunnah.
Of course, I understand that many fabrications crept into the large corpus of the Sunnah. However, our great scholars have worked hard to weed these out and set methodologies for us also to weed them out.
It is very easy to know which of the Sunnah is very authentic, which is semi-authentic, which is questionable, and what is fabrication.
We should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
The Sunnah is full of great Prophetic Treasures. I will advise people to study it before they judge it. A good start would be the 40 Hadith of Imam al-Nawawi, and the Riyadh al-Salihin by him as well.
It would be shame for us Muslims to claim that the Ummah preserved the Word of God, the Qur'an, but did not preserve anything from the Words of his Final Prophet (SAW)!!!
It would also be lie!
Sayyiduna Rasulullah (Peace and blessings be upon him) advised us: "Be conscious of Allah wherever you may be. Follow up a misdeed with a good deed and you will obliterate the misdeed. Furthermore, interact with people by practicing beautiful conduct" (Al-Bukhari and others).
Imam Shafi`i said: "3 things in this world have been made lovely to me: avoiding affectation, treating people kindly, and following the way of tasawwuf.
He also said: I accompanied the Sufis and received from them naught but three expressions: their statement that time is a sword: if you do not cut it, it cuts you; their statement that if you do not keep your ego busy with truth it will keep you busy with falsehood; and their statement that deprivation is immunity".
In usul ul fiqh [Islamic Jurisprudence] there is a principle that "The origin of all things is permissibility unless otherwise directed by the Shariah.”
Allah Azza Wa Jalla says: [And do not speak of that which you have no knowledge. Verily, all your hearing, your sight and your heart, you will be responsible for all of that.]
We have persevere to attain the pleasure of Allah Azza Wa Jalla by always doing and speaking that which He is pleased with. He will account us for everything on the Day of Reckoning; and therefore, we should hold ourselves accountable before we are held accountable.
Al Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu was Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen
"Blessed is He Who sent down the Criterion to His servant, that it may be an admonition to all creatures. [Surah Al Furqan verse 1].
Alal Muslimeena Jami'ah! There are many beautiful verses spread throughout the Most Holy and Noble Qur'an that invites a true Mu'min to read them repeatedly, to reflect and ponder upon them, and to put them into daily practice. If we try to put the gist of life into a single phrase, that phrase is "Qiyam Lillah" - standing up for the sake of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala Most Exalted and Merciful. "Qiyam Lillah" is not just an act; it is a decision to ordain one's life according to divine values and to dedicate it totally and completely to Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen. It is a way of life. It is the resolution to live a life of courage and commitment, the resolution to live and die for a divine cause and to face all the trials, the tribulations, the dangers, the anxieties and the personal losses and setbacks that one may encounter on the path of faith and commitment. Almighty Allah Tabaraqa Wata'ala reminds us in verse 139 of Surah Al-Imran:
"So lose not heart, nor fall into despair, for ye must gain mastery if you are true in Faith."
O you who believe! Conviction in this Divine promise is the real prize of a truthful believer. Almighty Allah Most Exalted has bestowed upon us the greatest favour and blessing, that is Islam. He alone is our Helper and Protector. The aim of man's existence, in the sight of Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal, is total submission, that is, to attain a true awareness of our Most Merciful Creator and Maker, to conduct our life in conformity with His Commands and to seek Him by following the path laid down by His Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. These then are the first glimpses of a true Muh'min who has resolved to live a life of Qiyam Lillah and who invites others to do the same. This dictum is the only way to the betterment of both worlds.
Ibad Allah! This refers to a state where Truth is triumphant and no battles are waged for the souls of men and they do not have to undergo the ordeal of deciding which way to turn; where only Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is obeyed and Divine honours are paid to Him Alone; where justice and faith in Allah prevail. It was Qiyam for the sake of Almighty Allah that made Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam, the friend [Khalil] of the Beneficent, attain to the station of sincere friendship [Khullah] of Almighty Allah and liberated him from the multiple manifestations of the world of corporeal nature. Islam is the faith that defines us, defines who we are, defines our identity. Islam is the religion that Almighty Allah Most Merciful has chosen for us, has perfected for us, and has granted us, as the Qur'an so eloquently expresses in part of verse 3 of Surah Al Maidah:
"This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion."
But why is it that we believe that Islam is such a tremendous bounty from Almighty Allah? Because there is nothing like Islam on earth: It is Islam that has taught human beings that the Lord their Creator is the One and Only. That He has no partners, no wife, and no son, and that there can be no compromise on His Oneness. It is Islam that has taught human beings that they are all equal and that no Arab is superior to a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab is superior to an Arab, and that the best of all of us is the one who is the most righteous. Islam is a favour, Islam is a privilege, Islam is a great bounty from Almighty Allah Most Exalted and Merciful. All we have to do is to be grateful for this great blessing and say as we are commanded in verse 43 of Surah Al-A'raf:
"Praise be to Allah who has guided us to this: never could we
have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah"
Beloved people of Imaan! Today is the day when the Divine spiritual breeze has begun to blow. Today, is the best day for making Qiyam for the sake of reform [Islah]. If we let this golden opportunity slip and if we fail to stand for the sake of our Most Exalted Creator and Maker and revive the rites of our Din, tomorrow will be a day when we will be overwhelmed by a hoard of lustful blasphemers who will make our religion and dignity the victim of their venomous and vicious aims. Today what excuse do we have to offer before Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen? We have all seen how the avowed enemies of Islam continue to perpetrate their hatred for Islam, for our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and for the Muslim Ummah.
O Ummatul Muslimeen! It is our self-seeking character and our abandoning of Qiyam for Almighty Allah's sake that has made us see these dark days, allowing all the world's people to dominate us and subjecting the Islamic countries to the Jahilliyah influence of foreigners. It is our Qiyam for the sake of selfish personal interests that has strangled the spirit of solidarity and true brotherhood within the Ummah. It is Qiyam for the carnal self that has scattered us and separated us from one another. It is Qiyam for personal benefit that allows despotic rulers to rule over Muslim countries. It is Qiyam for the fear of Islam that Western countries have snatched away the Hijab from chaste Muslim women. It is Qiyam for the sake of hatred and greed that has made the media moguls and their mouthpieces defame Islam and the Beloved of Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal.
Fa ya Ayyuhan nas! We observe that the precious fruits of action according to religious precepts are not fully realized in this world. Neither do those who do good arrive at their reward, nor those who blaspheme and spread corruption, Fithnah, and oppression realize the requital for their evil actions. It is Qiyam for the sake of carrying out acts beneficial to ourselves and our community and to avoid acts of corruption. These are the provisions and commandments that Islam has brought and to which it has summoned; as we see, some of them pertain to belief, some to ethics, and some to action. It is Qiyam to accept them and to put them into action. This is the means to happiness, because, as we know, a Muh'min cannot find happiness without being a realist, adopting high ethical standards in life, and acting in accordance with them.
Ummatal Qur'an! It is Qiyam for the sake of making every individual in a society responsible for determining what is Halal and Haram and what is harmful in accordance with laws of human design, and in such a case human laws would have supplanted Divine Laws and there would be no further need for religion. If we consider closely, however, we see that the decrees and provision of Islam does not only address worship of Almighty Allah Most Merciful but has also provided commands and provisions covering all aspects of individual and social life.
It has surveyed the full extent of human life in a marvelous way and has set forth appropriate provisions for every individual and social activity. Finally, it has secured the happiness of the individual in human society from every standpoint, to the greatest possible degree, as any fair-minded person will affirm. As has been explained, Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala explains Islam in verse 19 of Surah Al-Imran in accordance with the limited compass of human understanding:
"Truly, religion before Allah is Surrender (Islam), and those who received the Book did not differ until after knowledge reached them, through transgression
among themselves, and as to whosoever disbelieves in Almighty Allah's Signs, - Allah is swift in reckoning."
O you who believe! Summon the people to Allah's Way by explaining what is true and sound and what is corrupt, with good advice and counsel, and by demonstrating the Truth in the best possible manner, because Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala knows best who has found the way and who is lost. Of course, one must know that human happiness and individual and social prosperity are based upon practice of religious commandments. Apart from that, merely nominal attachment to religion is useless, since what has value is the Truth itself, not summons to the Truth. One who calls himself or herself a Muslim and who, for all his or her inner darkness, base morals, and ugly behaviour, awaits the angel of happiness, is just like a patient who pockets the doctor's prescription and expects to get well. Certainly no one will get anywhere that way.
O seekers of Allah who are committed to the Truth! O you who believe! Read the admonition of the Most Glorious Creator of the heavens and the earth. Accept the sole remedy of reform suggested by Him. Abandon personal and selfish interests, that you may Insha'Allah attain to felicity in this world and in the Aghirah. Verily, there are times in your life wherein Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala sets gusts of spiritual opportunity going. Look out, and place yourself in its path and remember that whoever chooses Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen as his or her Protector and Guardian will escape the darkness of bewilderment and misguidance. The aim and idea behind all our acts should be for the Pleasure and Favour of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and the service of Islam, the service of our Beloved Nabee - Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and the service of the Muslim Ummah.
And Almighty Allah knows best.
Imam Abdul Hameed
Al Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu was Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen
Wa Ba'd: Alal Muslimeena Jamia'h! Some people hope for wealth as if there is nothing else worth hoping or living for.
There are even some people who deprive themselves of knowledge and sleep because their primary goal is to acquire more wealth. Such individuals deprive themselves of the truth for they imagine wealth to be a goal and not a means. Wealth is like a bridge that rescues us from destruction. How wrong are those who spend their entire lives strengthening the bridge itself while ignoring its purpose. Did our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam not remind us when he said:
"The greatest Fitnah of my Ummah will be their wealth."
People of Imaan! As true Muslims, we must never ever give ourselves up for the love of wealth, instead we should give up wealth for our sake. There are many people who spend their entire lives searching for more wealth and by the time they find it they need another lifetime to spend it.....but alas, that day that they long for shall never come! In one of the most explicit verses in this regard the Most Holy and Noble Qur'an in verse 24 of Surah Al-Tawbah, a Muslim is advised to understand his or her priorities, or suffer the consequences:
"Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight, are more beloved to you that Allah and His Messenger, and striving in His Cause, then wait until Allah executes His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are rebellious (disobedient to Allah)."
Ayyuhal Muslimoon! There are many wealthy people who abandon the borders of humanity and decency as a result of their intense inclination towards acquiring wealth to the point that they add to their oppression the act of depriving the needy of their rights. Such oppressors have certainly lost the human light in them. Generosity is a factor of human integrity. It is a manifestation of the originality of human feelings and a sign of stable thinking. Generosity is also the best trait among all authentic characteristics. It is evident that generosity can only be praiseworthy, if nearness to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is sought. Bragging, boasting, seeking name and fame should not play a role in generosity. Almighty Allah informs us in Surah al-Taghabun verse 15:
"Your wealth and your children are only a trial (Fithnah).
And Allah - With Him is a great reward (Paradise),"
Ummatal Islam! Some people appear to be very rich but are actually very poor. They possess all the wealth in the world but cannot even spend it on themselves. Their wealth becomes like a chain of gold tied around their necks from which they gain nothing save pain and torture. Here money becomes an affliction and wealth a disaster. In this life our existence is surrounded by certain necessities which hold a tight grip on us from the day that we are born. Some of these necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter are basic and preservation of life's system depends on them. And in verse 28 of Surah al-Anfal we are informed:
"And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial
(Fithnah) and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward."
Ya Ibad Allah! According to natural motives and the sense of need, man seeks wealth and struggles with all his might against all problems and difficulties which may stand in his way to make more money; for to most people wealth - and owning more and more is the great beauty of life. It is natural for the condition of men to vary in this field. For instance, if a man is surrounded by poverty and weakness, he starts to seek sustenance by all means possible trying to eradicate the poverty which surrounded him. If a man has acquired wealth, he becomes inflicted with conceit and arrogance as if there was a direct relationship between wealth and the latter traits.
Shaba bal Islam! Finally, if a man acquires wealth and security for himself, he becomes intoxicated with conceit and arrogance and evil inspirations endlessly battle his mind. Wealth, while one of the greatest blessings that mankind has been given, is at the same time one of the greatest trials and temptations. Hence, every material possession is only a test and a trial. To make this test even more difficult, the value of wealth is raised high above most other worldly goods. Almost every person has a strong craving for wealth. Almighty Allah informs us in verse 14 of Surah Al-Imran:
"Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver
(wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present
world's life; but Allah has the excellent return (Paradise) with Him."
Countless verses throughout the Most Glorious Qur'an censure those who hoard wealth in denial of Almighty Allah's rights as we learn from verses 1 to 3 in Surah al-Humazah:
"Woe to every slanderer and backbiter. Who has gathered wealth and counted it. He presumes that his money will make him immortal."
And in verse 77 of Surah Mariam Almighty Allah makes things crystal clear:
"Have you seen him who disbelieved in Our Verses and (yet) says: 'I shall certainly be given wealth and children."
Beloved Ummah of Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam! Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala threatens such people with the warning that is made clear to us in verse 178 of Surah Al-Imran:
"And let not those who disbelieve ever think that (because) We extend their time (of enjoyment) it is better for them. We only extend it for them so that they may increase in sin, and for them is a humiliating punishment."
By these sacred verses, we come to understand that an unrighteous life of wealth and worldly enjoyments is not a blessing, but rather a curse (balah). In truth, man is tested both in wealth and in poverty for Almighty Allah informs us with words of wisdom in verses 15 to 20 in Surah al-Fajr;
"As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honour and gifts, then he says (puffed up): My Lord has honoured me. But when He tries him, by straightening his means of life, he says: My Lord has humiliated me!. Nay! But you treat not the orphans with kindness or generosity! And urge not on the feeding of the poor! And devour inheritance - all with greed! And you love wealth with a great love!"
Three things destroy, and three things save. As for the three things that destroy, they are: greediness that is obeyed, and desires that are followed, and a person becoming self-conceited (and proud) with himself. As for the three things that save, they are: the fear of Almighty Allah in secret and in public, and moderation in poverty and richness, and fairness in anger and pleasure."
Ih'watal Imaan! Extreme love for this world cannot exist in a heart devoted to Allah. The Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam said: "The Day of Judgement has come close, and mankind will only increase their desire for this world, and they will only go farther and farther away from Almighty Allah Subhanahu Waya'ala. There is a direct relationship between a love of this world and loss of devotion to Almighty Allah; the more a person loves this world, the less he or she loves Allah, and vice-versa.
Ayyatuhal Muslimeen! Therefore, one's love for money will harm him or her in this world, and in the Hereafter as well. On the Day of Judgement, every single person will be questioned about the money that he or she has earned. In fact, this questioning will take place as soon as one is resurrected from the Qabir. Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam stated: "The two feet of the son of Adam will not move on the Day of Judgement in front of Almighty Allah until he or she is asked about five things: about one's life, and how it was spent? About our youth, and what we consumed in it? About our money and how it was earned? How was our wealth spent? And how much did he we act upon that which we knew. Out of the five above questions, two deals directly with money. It is for all of these reasons that the Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam used to pray:
"O Allah! I seek Your refuge from the evils of the Fithnah of wealth, and the evils of the Fithnah of poverty."
Ya Ummatal Tawhid! Both poverty and wealth are Fitnahs - ways by which Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala tests us.A person cannot remain upon two divergent paths, or retain a tight grip on two items moving in opposite directions. Given that the path to fulfillment of illicit worldly desires and the path to the pleasure of Almighty Allah travel in different directions, excessive love of wealth risks compromising obedience to Allah, and the blessings to be gained from seeking His pleasure. This section can be summarized in the hadith of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam in which he said: "The plentiful (i.e. the wealthy) will be the lowest on the Day of Judgement, except he who distributed his money unselfishly which was earned from pure Halal means."
Ya Bani Adam! The vast wealth of the rich does not deceive the poor. Wealth is like salt water - the more you drink the thirstier you become. Wealth is not everything in man's life, nor does his real happiness lie in collecting money. Many people today make the mistake of believing that money is the be all and end all of life. They waste the primes of their life seeking wealth while depriving themselves of everything else. We struggle to acquire grand palaces, fancy cars, the latest fashions, etc. thinking that they are the way to earthly happiness while in fact they only bring disappointment and deprivation to us. Hazrat Ali R.A. said: "A greedy person is a captor of humiliation, whose captivity does not cease."
And Almighty Allah knows best.
Imam Abdul Hamid
"O Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen!
With Thy Holy Name I begin and from Thee I seek guidance and support.
Beloved people of Imaan! In Islam, all existence is the creation of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and an image of His knowledge and power; the whole universe is attracted to Him, and man is His creature, superior to others, and His Khalifah on earth. By employing his intrinsic talents, man can build the world created for him, in the most beautiful ways and flying on the two wings of faith and knowledge, rise to the highest peaks of spiritual attainment. Conversely, man can create oppression and corruption by going astray and wasting and perverting his Allah-given potential. The only light illuminating his path is belief in Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and submission to His Commands.
Dearest brothers & Sisters in Islam: If you've arrived at a stage of reasoning at which you're questioning things and searching through the darkness for something that can make sense out of existence, then perhaps the time has come for you to sit down and try to work out what you believe. Over the centuries, there have been a chain of awareness relating to the existence of our Most Glorious and Exalted Creator and Sustainer, different generations been granted such awareness through various enlightened people whom Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala brought close to Himself. These chosen Messengers called people to Almighty Allah and organized those who responded to their call into communities of faith.
The three great monotheist religions are, as we know, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Of these, Islam differs somewhat from the other two, in that it claims to be the final and summative statement of genuine revealed knowledge of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen, encompassing all the truths taught by the Ambiya Alayhim Salaam who lived prior to Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, and remains eternally valid due to the very nature of its miraculous revelation in the form of exact-word statements that were learnt, memorized, written down and passed on to all future generations.
All religion starts with realization. It lies at the very heart of religion, and it can begin even when faith, or even the possibility of faith, is very weak. No religious leader or teacher in the world can make it happen, although they may do their best to guide people toward Almighty Allah. One of the most important declarations which Muslims believe that have been made by Almighty Allah is verse 256 of Surah Al-Baqara. If a thing is true, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks or says about it, it will in the end be self-evident, and people, when they attain reason, will either come to realize it or deliberately choose to ignore it.
"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear
from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped
the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth
and knoweth all things."
You cannot be forced to feel faith any more than you can be forced to feel love. It's a matter of awareness. According to Islam, the person who submits to the Will of Almighty Allah, which is a good Will, and obeys the Law of the Exalted Creator, which is the best Law, is a sound and honest person. He is gaining protection of his own rights, showing genuine respect for the rights of others, and enjoying a high degree of responsible, creative freedom. Submission to the good Will of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen, therefore, does not take away or curtail individual freedom. On the contrary, it gives freedom of a high degree in abundant measures.
It is impossible to force or impose a belief by means of decree, command, adjudicate, terror, pressure, or violence. No human being can be drilled like an animal. One minute there may be nothing at all; you're going along your merry way when all of a sudden - wham! Your whole Doonya suddenly changes, and you become the most insightful and enlightened being because of your flash of insight. Alhumdoelillah! all of a sudden, you become aware of His Exalted Presence and you realize that you are an insignificant speck of dust in the vastness of Almighty Allah's creation. You really don't know how to describe it.
You feel an incredible wave of emotion that you cannot explain, a kind of overwhelming joy, gratitude, and amazement that your Glorious Creator and Sustainer sees, loves, and cares about you. Suddenly you come to the realization that all those times when you felt alone, you were not alone at all since Almighty Allah was always with you. You have heard many stories of how people broke down and burst into tears and how ridiculous it sounded at the time, but now, it is your turn, your time has come and you want to shout out in joy and cry at the same time.
Suddenly, you find that the temporal world is indeed a cultivating ground for the Aghirah, and death is not the end of life but only a passage to immortality and the beginning of a new existence. All this time you thought that man becomes a Muslim when he confesses belief in the Oneness of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and in Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam as His Last Messenger. But this is far from the full meaning of Faith because the full meaning of Faith in Islam is not, by any means, something nominal or mere formality. Faith in Islam is a state of happiness acquired by virtue of positive action and constructive conceptions as well as dynamic and effective measures.
You want to announce to the world that the Most Noble and Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah and Seerah of our Beloved Nabee - Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam defines these required measures and establishes the standards that builds up a meaningful Faith. You know now that a true Muh'min is one who believes in Almighty Allah, His angels, His Books, as completed by the Qur'an, His Messengers with Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam being the Last and Final of them all, the Day of Final Judgement, and the absolute Knowledge and Wisdom of Almighty Allah. It is now clear to you that the very meaning of Faith makes Islam penetrate deeply and constructively into every aspect of life.
You feel greatly blessed because you know that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala wants to help you fulfill the purpose of life so that you may realize the goal of existence and enjoy the good taste of life according to Islam's Divine guidance. Yes, you fully agree that life is a trust from your Creator, and as a trustee, you must at all times handle that trust with honesty and skill, with mindfulness of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen and with consciousness of responsibility to Him alone.
We can pass our lives as automatons, like machines, or we can take the leap of faith and change our entire motivation. Even if we cannot see our Most Glorious Creator, we could start to alter our lives and behave in such a way that He sees us and that He understands all our inner thoughts and motivations. We can make the leap of faith like true believers and come full circle to the Shahadah, the Divine Declaration of Faith: "La Ilaha Ilal Lahu Muhammadur Rasulullah." [There is no deity except Allah, and Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallamis His Messenger].
Faith is a force that is greater than knowledge or power of will. The darkest defeat turns to triumph if we trust in Almighty Allah's Wisdom and Will. For faith is a mover of mountains. There is nothing man cannot achieve if he has the courage to try it and then has the faith to believe. Yes, opening the eyes of the spirit takes a great deal of courage and a moment of decision. The moment of realization that maybe it is all real where submission to Almighty Allah begins. It is not the end of the story by any means, but only the beginning. If the reality of Islam is not present in us, we cannot hope for any help from Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala since it is faith alone that counts with Him and carries weight for this is made crystal clear to us in verse 9 of Surah Yunus:
"Allah shall guide to the Path of Happiness those who believe and do good deeds."
A person who believes willingly implements the law that he or she has come to accept as expressions of the Eternal Wisdom of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen. Such a person recognizes, moreover, that while obeying those laws he or she is journeying towards eternity and an imperishable realm across a span of infinite time. The narrow vision of human knowledge is incapable of fully comprehending the lofty destiny of such a person.
And Almighty Allah knows best.
Imam Abdul Hamid
01 ISLAMIC NEW YEAR; Sheikh Hazrath Shihaabuddeen Suhrawardi RA, Iraq
01 Urs of Sheikh Abul Hassan Ali Bukhaari RA, Baghdaad, Iraq
02 Urs of Hazrath Khwaja Ma'roof Karkhi RA, Baghdaad, Iraq
05 Urs of Hazrath Baba Fariduddin Ganje Shakar RA, Pakistan
07 Sheikh Hazrath Fuzail Bin Ayaz RA
10 YAUMUL ASHURA; Martydom of Sayyidunaa Hazrath Imam Husain RA,
18 Hazrath Imam Zainul Aabdin, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah
20 Sayyidunaa Hazrath Bilal Habashi RA, Damascus, Syria
07 Khwaja Muhammad Sulaymaan Tonsawee RA
13 Sheikh Imam Abu `Abdur Rahmaan An-Nasaa’ee RA
18 Urs of Hazrath Imam Al-Hujweri Data Ganj Baksh RA, Lahore, Pakistan
23 Hazrath Imam Baqir RA
27 Imam Salahuddeen Al-Ayyoobi RA, Damascus, Syria
28 Sayyidunaa Imam Hasan Ibn `Ali RA, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah
02 Urs of Hazrath Khwaja Baha'udden Suhrawardi RA
06 Urs of Sayed Sheikh Ahmad Badsha Peer RA, Durban, South Africa
12 MILAADUN NABI SAW
13 Urs of Hazrath Alaa`uddeen Ali Ahmed Saabir Kalyari RA, Kalyar, India
14 Urs of Hazrath Khwaja Qutboodien Bakhtiyar Kaki RA, Delhi, India
07 Urs of Hazrath Sheikh Imam Maalik Ibn Anas RA, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah
09 Sheikh Hazrath Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal RA
11 Giyarwee Shareef: Urs of Sheikh Hazrath Imam Abdul Qaadir Al-Jilani RA,
12 Sheikh Hazrath Mo`inuddeen Ibn `Arabi RA, Damascus, Syria
14 Imam Hazrath Sheikh Hujjatul Islam Muhammad Al-Ghazzaali RA, Baghdaad, Iraq
19 Urs of Hazrath Khwaja Nizaamuddeen Auliyaa, Delhi, India
24 Hazrath Qasim Bin Muhammad bin Abu Bakr Siddiq RA
26 Hazrath Sultan Ibrahim bin Adham RA
29 Urs of Sayyidunaa Hazrath Khalid bin Waleed RA, Syria
05 Urs of Hazrath Moulana Jalaaludeen Rumi RA, Turkey
18 Hazrath Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi Siddiqi RA, Cape Town, South Africa
22 Sayyidunaa Hazrath Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq RA, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah
26 Sayyidah Asmaa Bint Sayyidunaa Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq RA,
02 Hazrath Qutbu Africa Soofie Saheb RA, Hazrath Shah Abdul Aziz Soofie RA,
Durban, South Africa
04 Sheikh Hazrath Imam Muhammad Ibn Idrees Ash-Shafi`ee RA, Cairo, Egypt
05 Hazrath Khwaja Hasan Basri RA
06 Hazrath Sultanul Hind Khwaja Gharib Nawaaz Mu`inuddeen Chisti RA
11 Hazrath Shah Goolam Fareed Soofie RA, Durban, South Africa
13 Al-Imam Al-Hafidh Muhammad Ibn `Isa At-Tirmithi RA
22 Sayyidunaa Hazrath Imam Ja`far As-Saadiq RA
27 LAYLATUL MI`RAAJ; Hazrath Imam Junaid Al-Baghdadi RA
02 Sheikh Hazrath Imam Abu Hanifah RA
15 LAYLATUL BARAAT; Hazrath Bayazeed Bustami RA
18 Hazrath Syed Shareef Ahmed RA
20 Hazrath Sultan Shamsuddeen RA
24 Hazrath Haji Shah Yusuf Habibi RA
02 Noble Martyrs RA of Badr
03 Sayyidah Faatimah Az-Zahra Bint Rasoolullah SAW, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah
09 Hazrath Bu-Ali Qalandar RA
17 Sayyidah `Aa-ishah As-Siddeeqah RA, Wife of Rasoolullah SAW,
18 Hazrath Khwaja Naseeruddeen Chiragh RA, Delhi, India
21 Sayyidunaa Hazrath `Ali Ibn Abu Talib RA
27 LAYLATUL QADR
01 `EIDUL FITR; Hazrat Imam Muhammad Bin Ismail Bukhari RA
01 Hazrath Imam Sharfuddin Buseeri RA
01 Hazrat Imam Fakhruddin Razi RA
06 Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Uthmaan Harooni
07 Hazrath Sayyidunaa Owais Qarni RA
15 Hazrath Sayyidunaa Hamza RA
20 Sayyidah Ruqayyah RA
22 Sayyidunaa Imam Ja`far As-Saadiq RA
24 Hazrath Imam Hussain Bin Mansur Hallaj RA
06 Hazrat Khwaja Habib Ali Shah RA
07 Urs of Imam Muhammad Baaqir RA
09 Hazrath Imam Muslim Bin Aqeel RA
09 DAY OF HAJJ
11 Martyrdom of Hazrath Sayyidunaa Uthmaan Ibn `Affaan RA
26 Martyrdom of Hazrath Sayyidunaa Umar Farooq Ibn Khattaab RA
On the first night of Sha'baan
Read 12 rakaats Salaah with 6 salaams.
In every rakaat after Surah Fateha read 15 times Surah Ikhlaas, Insha Allah, Allah will forgive all of ones sins. At Dawn read 2 rakaats of Nafil Salaah, in each rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Ikhlaas 100 times, In Rukhu and Sajda read,
"Subhuhun, Qudoosun, Rabbuna Wa Rabbul Malikati War Rooh, Khaliqun Noori, Subahaana Man Huwa Qaa-imun A’la Kulli Nafsim Bima Kasa-Bat"
On the first Monday night of Sha’baan, if one desires that ones sins be forgiven, one should make Ghusl and thereafter perform 12 rakaats with 3 Salaams, Insha Allah, Allah will grant forgiveness. If one has to fast for the first three days of Sha’baan, Allah will reward one with 70 years of Ibaadath and one will die a Shaheed (Martyr).
One who recites 1000 times, "La Ilaaha Illalahu Wa La Na’budhu Illa Iyyahu, Mukhliseen La-Hud Deena, Wa Lo Karihal Mushrikoon."
"There is no God but Allah, we do not worship anyone besides him, sincerely, for him is this Deen, even if those whom associate partners to
Allah dislike it. Allah will grant him the reward of 100 years, all his sins will be forgiven, and on the day of Resurrection he will rise with a Noor."
Sayedina Shamsul Aulia Sultaanul Asfiya Al-Murshid Al-Haadi Khwaja Hafiz Mohammad Ali Shah Khairabaadi R.A. has stated thatbefore sunset of the 15th of night of Sha’baan read 40 times, La Hola Wa La Quwata Illah Billa, Allah will forgive 40 years of ones sins, 40 Hoors will be provided by Allah Ta-Ala for ones service, and one will be granted the permission to intercede for 40 people.
21 Qualities of Shabe Baraat
1. One should give money or clothing as charity, Allah Ta-Ala will give that person Barakah and will increase one's sustenance,
2. One should keep people away from vain and evil talks
3. One should keep one away from Bidat and Athiesm.
4. One should read more namaaz on this night preferably over a 100 rakaaths.
5. Read Surah Ikhlaas 2000 or 1000 times.
6. One should weep and cry and beg Allah to forgive one's sins Maghfirath is guaranteed.
7. One should make ghusl and keep fast. One will be pack of one's sin just as new born baby.
8. If one has been disobedient to one's parents, one should make taubah for this act.
9. One must unite with ones family otherwise Allah will not forgive one on this night.
10. Indulge in Zikrullah since the Zakir (the performer of zikr) is promised Jannath on this night.
1 I. If one has made enemies with anyone for any reason, try to make up on this night.
12. One should keep away from backbiting, being an artist, an alcoholic animosity, a magician, and one who bears hatred in ones heart.These people should make taubah first and ask Allah for His forgiveness.
13. On this night make due for oneself, ones present government and for all Muslims.
14. Apply Surma 3 times to your first eye and 2 times to your second eye.There are 2 benefits:-one would not have pains on ones eye's anymore and one will not be lazy for performing one's prayer.
15. Keep utensils upside down for there will be barakah in ones food and clothing.
16. Refrain from eating flesh.
17. Keep all the people of the house awake.
18. Make extra Tasbeeh in ruku and sajda in one's namaaz.
l9. The place of Nafil Namaaz should be calm and peaceful.
20. Read in sajda,
"Sajada Laka Sawaadi wa Bayaadi Wa Khayaali, Wa Aamana Bika Fuadhi, Wa Aqarra bika Lisaani, Wa Haa Ana Dha Bayna Yadayka, Ya Azeemoo Kuli Azeemin, Ighfir Zanbi Al Azeem, Fa-inahu La Yaghfiruz Zunooba Ghairuka Ya Azeemu."
“My outer form, My reputation, My thoughts all submit in prostration to You (O Allah); My heart believes in You (O Allah), My tongue admits to You (O Allah), Now here I am infront of You (O Allah), O’ Greatest of the Greatest, Forgive my great number of disobedience, for Indeed nobody is capable of forgiving sin except You, O Greatest of Great!”
Thereafter read Durood Shareef and recite this Dua a 100 times,
"Allahuma Hab Lee Qalban Naqiyyan, Taqiyyan, Minash Shirki Bariyan, La Kaafiran Wa La Shaqiyyan."
“O Allah, grant me a heart that is pure, pious, purified from associating partners with You, A heart that is neither disbelieving nor hardened!”
After that go into sajda and recite;
"Ighfir Wajhi Fit Turraab, Li Sayyidi, Wa Haqqi Wajhi Sayyidi An Tagfiral Wujooha Lahu."
21. Stay awake the whole night.
Sayedina Shamsul Aulia Sultaanul Asfiya Al-Murshid Al-Haadi Khwaja Hafiz Mohammad Ali Shah R.A. has advised his companions that on the day of Shabe Baraat one should read 2 rakaats of Salaatul Barkath. In every rakaat after Surah Fateha read Ayatul Kursi 3 times. Thereafter read 4 rakaats of Nafil Salaah with one salaam. In every rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Ikhlaas 25 times. One can also read 20 rakaatswith 10 salaams. In every rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Ikhlaas once.After the Nafil Salaah read 3 times Surah Yaseen, After each Surah Yaseen ;ask Allah to prolong your life; after the second Surah Yaseen, ask for barkath in your rozi; and after the third Surah Yaseen ask Allah to safeguard and protect you. One can also read a 100 rakaatswith 50 salaams. In every rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Ikhlaas 10 times. Then go into sajda and read the following Dua,
"A’oozu Bi Noori Wajhikal Ladhi Ada’at Bihi Samaawaatus Sab-u’ Wal Ardoonas Sab-u’, Wan Kashafat bihiz Zulumaatu, Wa Salaha A’laihil
Amrul Awwaleena Wal Aakhireena, Wa A’oozu Bika min Fujaa-a’ti Niqmatika, Wa Min Tahawwali A’afiyatika, Wa Min Sharree Kitaabin Qada Sabaqa, A’oozu Bi-A’fwika min I’qaabika, Wa A’oozu Bi Ridaaka Min Sakhatika, Wa A’oozu Bika minka Jalla Thanaa-uka, Wa Ablaghu Madhatuka, Wa La Uhsi Thanaa-an Alayka, Anta Kama Athnayta A’la Nafsika Ya Zal Jalaali Wal Ikraami."
“I seek refuge in the light that illuminated the seven heavens and the seven earths, through which darkness was exposed, through which the
fate of the beginners and last comers was purified. I seek refuge from the surprise of Your retribution, and from the uncertain change to Your Compassion, and from all that which has already been decided in destiny. I seek protection in Your Compassion from Your Punishment,
and I seek protection in Your Pleasure from Your Anger, I Seek protection O’ whose praise is exalted and whose praise unlimited, and I
am incapable of completing praises on You, Praise on you, as You have Praised Yourself, O’ You the Exalted and Honorable!”
After the recitation of this Dua, there are many other supplications for the night of Baraa-ah.
"Allahuma Sah-hil A’layna ma Qaddarta fi Hadhi hil laylatil Mubarakah wa la tahrimna min barakati hadhi hil layla, waj a’l aakhira kalaamina bish shaahadati wa aakhiru u’mrina bis sa-a’dathi wa anzilna manzilash shuhada-I was saliheen, wa ha sun a ulaaika rafeeqa, bi rahmatika Ya
"O’ Allah! Ease for us what You have decreed in this blessed night, do not prohibit us from the blessings of this night, make the last of our words the testification of faith and the last of our lives with happiness, and grant us the status of the martyrs and the pious, and how excellent are they in companionship; with Your mercy, O’ Most Merciful of those who have mercy."
Sayedina Shamsul Aulia Sultaanul Asfiya Al-Murshid Al-Haadi Khwaja Hafiz Mohammad Ali Shah R.A. has mentioned that it is written in the various books of the Mashaaikh-e-Izaam, that after Salaatul Esha one should perform thirty rakaats of Salaah, in every rakaat, one shouldrecite after Surah Fateha, Surah Ikhlaas 3 times and Surah Qadr once. After the completion of this Salaah one should recite the following praise and thana once:
"There is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, He has no partner; glorybe to Allah, all praise to Allah, there is none worthy of worship but Allah, and Allah is The Greatest; and there is no power nor might except from Allah, The Most High, The Great."
After this send one hundred salutations upon the master, Allah’s Messenger S.A.W. and recite Ayatul Kursi one hundred times, thereafter make
the following Dua,
"Allahuma ya Rabbi inni as-aluka bi wajhikal kareemi in kunta katabtani fi ummil kitaabi shaqiyan, famhu a’nni ismash shaqaa-I, wa in kunta
Qadarta A’layya Soo-an fas rifhu a’nni, wa simni, ilas sanatil mustaqbilati waj a’l li naseeban min kulli khairin qasamtuhu bayna I’baadikas Salihin."
"O’ Allah, my Lord! I ask You through Your Noble Countenance, if You have recorded me in the origin of scriptures as being miserable, then erase from me the name of miserable. And if You have decreed an evil for me then remove it from my path, save me until the following year, grant me a fortune of every good that You have divided amongst Your pious servants. O’ All-Living, O’ All Sufficient, with Your mercy I seek salvation."
In another narration it has been written that one should read 30 rakaats of Salaah, in each rakaat after Surah Fateha, Surah Qadr, Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas three times. The following Dua has also been advised to be recited on the night of Bara’ah,
"O’ Allah! Make us from the most of Your servants in fortune from every good that You divide amongst Your servants during this night, from light through which You guide, or from mercy that You spread, or sustenance that You multiply, or calamity that You prevent, or evil that You remove, or bounty that You divide amongst the believers, with the Truth of there is none worthy of worship but You. O’ Allah! Grant me a pure heart from ascribing partners to You, free from sin, not a disbeliever nor miserable. I rub my face in the sand for my Master, and it is the right of my Master that faces are rubbed in the sand for him; my transitory face has prostrated for Your Eternal Countenance; my Lord! Do not disfigure a face that has feel in prostration to You."
Mention your needs that you wish fulfilled, thereafter continue:
"O’ Allah! Possessor of all blessings, upon who no favour is done, O’ One of Majesty and Honour, O’ One of Eternity and Blessings, there is no one worthy of worship but You. O’ Support of those who seek You, O’ Companion of those who seek Your companionship, O’ Saviour of those who ask Your salvation, and O’ Most Merciful of those who have mercy. O’ Allah! If You have recorded me in the origin of the book with You, as miserable and poverty stricken, then remove from me the name of miserable, and maintain me in the origin of the book with You, as happy and wealthy. And if You have recorded me in the origin of the book with You, as prohibited and restricted in sustenance, then remove my prohibition and the restriction of my sustenance, and record me as one blessed with good fortune, and abundant in sustenance. Verily, You have said in the origin of the book: [Allah removes what He wills and He authenticates, and with Him is the origin of the book."
On this night also one can read 2 rakaats of nafil for one's dire needs and increase in sustenance. The elders and the pious have read this Salaah and have achieved their desires. In every rakaat after Surah Fateha read a 1000 times Surah Ikhlaas, Insha-Allah one will attain one's desire.
Before the Fardh of Fajr Salaah, read two rakaats Sunnat, reading Surah Inshirah in the first Rakaat and Surah Feel in the second rakaat.
The Holy Prophet S.A.W has stated that the performance of this Sunnah is greater in reward than the entire world. The same Sunnah is also a cure for different sicknesses, especially piles, boils, abscess, provided it is perfformed regulary. It is reported that if one reads Surah Kafiroon in the first rakaat and Surah Ikhlaas in the second rakaat, one would noy see any form of unlawful thing's in one house. Note that our Nabi S.A.W performed only these two rakaats of Sunnah before Fajr, not even Nafl or Salaat Tahiyatul Musjid or even Tahiyatul Wudhu. No Nafl was read even after Fard of Fajr until sunrise.
Read 7 times Surah Fateha, Surah Naas, Surah Falaq, Surah Ikhlaas, SurahKafiroon, Ayatul Kursi and Kalim Tamjeed. Thereafter read the followind Durood Shareef once,
"Allahuma Salle A’la Muhammadin A’bdika Wa Nabiyyika Wa Habeebika Wa Rasoolikan Nabiyyil Ummiyyi Wa A’la Aalihi Wa Aalihi Wa Ashaabihi Wa Ba Rik Wa Sallim."
Thereafter recite 7 times:
"A’dada Maa A’limal Lawhu, Zinatta Ma A’limal Lawhu, Mil-A Ma Alimal Lawhu, Tabarr Ra’tu Min Haulee Wa Quwwatti, Wa Al Ja’atu Ila Haulil Laahi Wa Quwattihi Fi Jami-ee Umooree."
"By Allah’s infinite knowledge, by Allah’s weight of knowledge, by the quantity of Allah’s Knowledge, I release myself from my power and my strength, and I turn to Allah’s power and Allah’s strength in all my affairs."
Thereafter recite 7 times:
"Allahumagh Firlee Wa Li Waalidayya Wa Lima Tawaalada War Humhumaa Kama Rabbayaani Sagheera, Wagh Firil Lawhumma Li Jamee-il Mu’mineena Wal Mu’minaat, Wal Muslimeena Wal Muslimaat, Al Ahyaa-I Minhum Wal Amwaati, Bi Rahmatika Ya Arhamar Rahwhimeen."
"‘O Allah, forgive me and my parents, and all parents, and have mercy on them just like they had mercy whilst raising me when I was small, O’ Allah and forgive All the Believing Men and All the Believing Woman, and the Muslim Men and the Muslim Woman, those whom are alive, and also those whom have passed on, (Forgive them) by Your Mercy, O’ Most Merciful of those who have Mercy."
Thereafter recite 7 times:
"Allahuma Rab Bif A'la Bi Wa Bi A'jilan Wa Aajilan Fid Deeni Wad Dunya Wal Aakhirati, Ma Anta Lahu Ahlun, Wa La Taf A'l Bina Ya Moulana, Ma Nahnu Lahu Ahlun, Innaka Ghafoorun, Haleemun, Jawaadun, Kareemun, Malikun, Barrun, Rabbun, Raoofur Raheem".
“O Allah, Do with me and do with them, immediately or later, for our Deen and Dunya that which you are worthy of, Our Master don’t do to us that which we are deserving of, Indeed You are Oft Forgiving, Most Compassionate, Most Generous, Most Honourable, The Sovereign, Kind, Lord, Most Gracious in Mercy."
Thereafter recite 6 times:
"Allahumah Dini Bi Raf-a’tika Yaa Naafioo, wa Ya Raafioo, Tawafani Muslimau Wa Alhiqni Bis Saaliheen."
"O’ Allah, Guide me by Your Elevated Status, O’ You the Benefactor, O You the Elevated, take my life as a Muslim, and place me with those who are righteous."
Thereafter recite 6 times:
"Allahuma Ahyeeni Muhiban Laka, Wa Amitnee Muhiban Laka, Wa Ahshurni Tahta Aqdaam Ki laabi Ahbaa ika."
“O’ Allah, Awaken me with love for you, and put me to rest with love for you, and give rise to me whilst I take my shelter under the feet of those whom you love.”
Recite 3 times:
"SubhanAllahil A’liyid Dayaan, SubhanAllahil Hannaanil Mannaani, SubhaanAllahish Shadeedil Arkaani, SubhanAllahil Musabah fi kuli
Makanin, Subhaana Man la Yashguluhu Sha’nan a’n Sha’nin, Subhanah man Yadh-habu Bil Lail Wa Ya’ti bin Nahar."
“Praised is He, the Elevated, The Judge, Praised is He the Affectionate, The Benefactor, Praised is He Who is relentless in His Support, Praised is He who’s Tasbeeh is done everywhere, praised is He who is not distracted from one happening because of another happening, Praise is He who alternates and brings the day after the night.”
Read 100 times:
"La-Ila Ha Illalaahu La Shareekala hu, La Hul Mulku, Wa La Hul Hamdu, Wa Huwa Ala Kuli Shay In Qadeer."
“There is no God except Allah, He is One, He has no partner, to Him is the Control of Everything, and for him is all praise, and He has control over everything.”
And thereafter Read 41 times:
“Ya Hayu, Ya Qayoom, Ya La Ilaha Ila Anta."
“O’ The All Living, O’ The All Powerful, O’ You, Who there is no other God except You."
This Namaaz is read immediately after sunrise. One can read 4 rakaats of this salaah, with two salaams. 1.In the first Rakaat, after reading Surah Fateha read Ayatul Kursi till Khalidoon. In the second Rakaat, after Surah Fateha, recite Amanar Rasoolu till the end of the Surah .This Salaah can be read as two rakaats only, or four rakaats. In the Hadith of the Prophet SAW it has been mentioned that one can read either two or four rakaats.
Namaaz-e-Istiaaza (Seeking God's Protection)
Two Rakaats are read, in the first Rakaat after Surah Fateha, read Surah Falaq, and in the second Rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Naas, after making salaam read Durood Shareef and the following Dua,
"Allahuma Inni A’oozubika Bismikal A’zam wa Kalimaatikat Taammah min Shariss Saamah Wal Haammah, Wa A’oozubika Bismikal A’zam Wa Kalimaatikat Taammah Min Sharri Ibaadika wa Sharri A’Zaabika, Wa A’oozubika Bismikal A’zam Wa Kalimaatikat Taammah Min Sharish Shaytaw Nir Rajeem, Wa A’oozubika Bismika Wa Kalimaatikat Taammah Min Sharri Ma Yajri Bihil Laylu Wan Nahaaru, Inna Rabiyal Lawhul Lazi La Ila Illa Huwa, A’layhi Tawakaltu Wa Huwa Rabul Arshil Azeem."
“O’ Allah, Indeed I seek protection in You, by Your greatest name36, and by Your complete word from the evil of Saamah and Haamah, And I seek protection in You, by Your greatest name and by your complete word, from the evil of Your Servants, and the evil of Your Punishment, And I seek protection in You by Your greatest name and Your complete word from Shaytaan, the cursed one, and I seek protection in You, by Your name and Your complete word, from that which happens during the day and night, Indeed, my Lord is Allah, who besides Him there is no other worthy of worship, I have placed my trust on Him, and He is the Lord of the great Throne.”
Read four Rakaats of the Sunnat Salaah, after Surah Fateha read Surah Kafiroon. In the second Rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Nasar, Surah Lahab and then Surah Ikhlaas in the third and fourth rakaat respectively. After the four Fardh of Zohar, read 2 Rakaats of Sunnah, reading Ayatul Kursi in the first and second rakaats.
Read four Rakaats of Sunnah before the Fardh namaaz. In the first Rakaat, after Surah Fateha read Surah Zilzalah, in the second Surah Wal Aadiyaat, in the third Surah Al Qaariya, and in the fourth read Surah Al Haakumut Takathur. Another way of performing this four rakaats is; after reciting Surah Fateha in the first Rakaat recite Surah Al Asar four times, in the second rakaat three times, and in the third and fourth, recite it twice and once respectively. If the time for Asar Salaah is short, then instead of performing four Rakaats, one can perform two rakaats, reciting five times Surah Al Asar in the first and the second Rakaat respectively. Sayedina Umar R.A., the second Caliph of Islam reports that the Messenger of Allah SAW said, "The Mercy of Allah descends on anyone who performs the Sunnah before the Fard of Asar." After performing the Fardh Namaaz, one can read Surah An Naba 5 times.The reciter will be captivated and absorbed in the Love of Allah Ta-Ala. After this recitation read Surah Wan Naaziyaat once, the reward for this recitation is that if the reciter passed away, after one namaaz Allah Ta Ala will pick him up towards the sky. His body will assume the shape of His soul. It is also recommended to recite Surah Inna Fatahna once, and also Musaba'ath-e-Ashrah before sunset.
After the three rakaats Fardh of Mughrib, read two rakaats of Sunnah, reading in the first rakaat, after Surah Fateha, Surah Kafiroon and in the 1 second Rakaat after Surah Fateha Surah Ikhlaas. i After the Sunnah, perform two Rakaats voluntary | prayers as a Hadya or Gift to the Master Piece 1 of all creation,The Messenger of Allah SAW. i for this Namaaz in the first Rakaat after Surah i Fateha, read Surah Wadduha, and in the second ¡ read Surah Alam Nashrah.
After reciting the two Sunnah, and two voluntary prayers as a gift for the Messenger of Allah S.A.W, perform six Rakaats, of Namaaz-e-Awaabeen. In every Rakaat read three times Surah Ikhlaas.After completing this Namaaz, go into sajda and read 3 times Hazrath Soofia R.A states that whoever read this namaaz regularly and sincerely, he will be forgiven.
After this Namaaz read 2 Rakaats Namaaz-e-Hifzul Imaan. In the first Rakaat after Surah Fateha read 7 times Surah Ikhlaas and Surah Falaq. In the second Rakaat, after Surah Fateha read 7 times Surah Ikhlaas and Surah Naas.
Read two rakaats of this Namaaz, reading in the first and the second Rakaats after Surah Fateha, five times Surah Kafiroon in each Rakaat.
Read two Rakaats. In the first Rakaat after Surah Fateha, recite Surah Burooj, and in the second , Rakaat recite Surah Tariq. Thereafter recite the' following dua after Salaam.
"Allahuma Inni Astaudi-uka Imaani Wa Deeni Fah Fizhumma."
“O’ Allah, Indeed I hand over my Imaan and my Deen to You, So Protect both of them for me.”
Sayedina Saeed Ibn Mansoor R.A states that the, Messenger of Allah SAW said, "Whomsoever reads the four rakaats of Sunnah before Esha Namaaz, is like one who reads Tahajud at nIght,i and whomsoever reads the four Rakaats of Sunnah after Esha Namaaz, is like one who recited these four rakaats on Lailatul Qadr.After the Fardh of Esha Salaah, read two Rakaats Sunnah, in the first Rakaat, recite Ayatul Kursi till Khalidoon, (Surah Baqarah, verses 255-257) and in the second rakaat also after Surah Fateha recite,Aamanar Rasul to Kaafiroon (Surah Baqarah,Verses 285 and 286). After these two Sunnah'Also perform two Rakaats of Namaaz called Saa'dathud Daarain (Eternal Success in both the worlds). In this namaaz, in each Rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Ikhlaas ten times. After completing Salaam, recite
"Ya Wahaabu" 70 times.
In the first Rakaat read Surah Qadr after the recitation of Surah Fateha. In the second and third rakaat also after Surah Fateha read Surah Kaafiroon and Surah Ikhlaas respectively. After the completion of salaam, read 4 times, Subhaanallahil Malikul Qudoos softly and then one time "Suboohun Qudoosun Rabboona Wa Rabul Malaa'AloikatiWar Rooh", time loudly.Then sit and read 2 rakaats of Nafil Namaaz. In the first Rakaat after Surah Fateha, read Surah Zilzala and in the second Rakaat after Surah Fateha read Surah Kaffirroon. One who reads these two Nafil Namaaz will get the reward of Tahajud Namaaz. Hazrath Khwaja Nasirudeen RA always read this namaaz followed by 300 times the first Kalima', after completing his recitation he always presented the sawaab of it to the Ahle Shijra. Immediately after this, he used to recite 301 I "Ya Allahu" It is also recommended that after Esha Namaaz one should read Surah Mulk.
This Salaah can be read upto a maximum of 12 rakaats. The procedure for performing Tahajud is as follows. In the first rakaat after Surah Fateha read Ayatul Kursi till Khalidoon accompanied with 3 times Surah Ikhlaas.
In the second rakaat, read Amanar Rasool till the end accompanied by 3 times Surah Ikhlaas. This is the first way one can recite all the twelve rakaats.
The second way is to recite 12 times Surah Ikhlaas in the first rakaat, and in every rakaat thereafter to reduce the Surah Ikhlaas by one. Until the last rakaat when there will be only one Surah Ikhlaas recited.
The third way is to recite 5 times Surah Ikhlaas after Surah Fateha, and after the Surah Ikhlaas, recite one Ruku of Surah Yusuf. Surah Yusuf has twelve ruku’s, and in the 12 rakaats the entire Surah Yusuf will be recited completely. According to various Ahadith and narrations, this Salaah is the best of all the Nafil and Voluntary Salaah. After the completion of this
Salaah, read 100 times Surah Alam Nashrah, 100 times, Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom and thereafter read 100 times the following Dua:
"Lillahi Mulkus Samawaati Wal Ardi Wa ma Feehinna, wa Huwa A’la Kulli Shayin Qadeer, Astaghfirullah Rabbi min kulli Dhanbin wa Khatee-atin wa Atubu ilaih, Wa As-aluhut taubah."
Thereafter recite 100 times 'Astaghfirulla' Some Mashaaikh have stated one should stay awake in the first part of the night until midnight, and then sleep till Fajr Namaaz so that the daily routine (Of Ibadah) may not be affected by the lack of sleep. Some have slept in the first half of the night and stayed awake for the remaining half so that they could perform their Ibadaath.
Hazrath Sheikh Saifudeen Kharzi R.A use to stay awake in the third part of the night, and he should then perform his Esha Salaah in Jamaat and stay awake till fajr Namaaz. Hazrath Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyaar Kaki R.A had continued this practise. Some of the pious people have remained with the wudhu they have made for Esha Namaaz till Fajr Namaaz. Sayedina Imam Abu Hanifa R.A, Sayidena Saeed Ibn Museeb R.A, Hazrath Khwaja Fuzail Bin Ayadh R.A. Our illustrious leader Hazrath Khwaja Sulaiman Tawsawi R.A and Hazrath Khwaja Muhammed Ali Shah R.A all took a rest, sleep or siesta between Esha and Tahajud Salaaah.