The Realities of Ramadan Sharif

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulullah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

As written in the Arabic script, the word Ramadan is made up of five letters, namely raa, miim, daad, alif and nuun. The initial raa stands for Rahma (mercy) and ra’fa (compassionate kindness). The miim stands for mujaazaat (recompense), mahabba (loving affection) and minna (gracious favour). The daad stands for damaan (guarantee) meaning the assurance of spiritual reward. The alif is the first letter of the Arabic word ulfa, meaning intimate affection and nearness. The final nuun stands for nuur (light), and nawaat (the receiving of benefit).

If you give this month (of fasting) its proper due, and perform its requirements as you should, all of this things will come to you from the Lord of Truth I. In this world, you will receive them as an enlightenment for your hearts, and as a blessing and benefit to be enjoyed both outwardly and inwardly. In the Hereafter, you will receive that which no eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard of, and which has never even occurred to any human heart.

Most of you will get nothing of any value out of the month of fasting (shahrassiyaam). Respect for the commandment (ihtiramalamr) is in proportion to the respect that is paid to the one who commands it (ihtiramalamr bih). So how can a person derive any benefit from this month, if he is one of those who have no respect for Allah I, His Messengers (Rusul), His Prophets (ambiyaa’), and the righteous (Salihin) among His servants (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon them all)? Continue reading “The Realities of Ramadan Sharif”

ACT WELL YOUR SHA’BAN FOR A FRUITFUL RAMADAN

Auzubillahi min ash-Shaytanir rajim

Bismillahir Rahamanir Raheem

As we bid the auspicious month of Allah, the noble month of Rajab bye, and resume the exalted month of Sha’ban, it is imperative to mention few words from our learned and saintly past encouraging towards the proper efforts in Sha’ban to get a successful and accepted Ramadan. It is said that if our Sha’ban is not proper, our Ramadan can never be perfect or good enough. The most blissful month of Ramadan is nothing but a downpour of Allah’s mercy and invaluable gifts, the clouds of this Divine rains forms in Rajab, and the strong winds heralding the rains comes in Sha’ban.

  • Rain waters are collected in clean pots after rinsing the pots clean, the heart is the depository of Divine graces and the cleanser for the receptacle of the heart is Tawba, profuse and sincere Tawba. This is the foundation of every noble aspiration in our Deen and also our recourse at every junction of our spiritual journey. The saintly ‘alim and Mujahid, the noblest Imam, Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi al-Qadiri al-Maliki (rahimahullah) once mentioned that Tawba is the veil over the filth of our disobedience, our sins, and a veil over the inadequacy of our devotions. Tawba is the security for our past and an assurance for our future. Tawba is life after death, since hearts become dead and decadent with sins and their coming to life again is only through most sincere Tawba.

So, as we gradually journey through Sha’ban enroute Ramadan, it is most imperative to increase our prayers of Istighfar and returning often in repentance so that we arrive the noble month of Ramadan with a clean slate. Any prayers of Tawba from the sunnah would do, and we can as well use few of them interchangeably. Saying Astagfirullah, Astagfirullah, in hundreds or a thousand of times with attentive heart post salat throughout the month of Sha’ban would prove very beneficial. Other longer versions of Dua of Tawba are: Continue reading “ACT WELL YOUR SHA’BAN FOR A FRUITFUL RAMADAN”

Laylatul Bara’a

The Fifteenth Night of Sha’aban [Its Virtues And The Recommended Duties]

Auzubillahi min ash-Shaytani rrajim, Bismillahi ‘r-rahmani ‘r-rahim

     Bara’at night is the fifteen night of the blessed month of Sha’aban. That is, it is the night between its fourteenth and fifteen days. In the eternal past, before creating anything, Allahu ta’ala predestined, decreed all things. Of these, He informs His angels about everything that will happen during one year on this night. On this night also the Holy Qur’an descended on to the Lawhil mafuz. Rasulullah ‘salallahu alaihi wa sallam’ would worship and pray very much during this night.

     Of the greatest sayings of the noblest of Allah’s servants, Rasulu-karim Muhammad Mustafa {alaihi ‘s-Salam} and laylatul Bara’a the following are choosen to deepen our understanding of the reverence due to this night so that we use the night wisely in Ibadat and supplications.

    Our beloved Prophet, Sayyidna Rasulullah {sallallahu alaihi wa sallam} said;

  1. Jibrail (alaihi ‘salam) came to me and said, “Get up, perform Salat and pray! Tonight is the fifteenth night of Sha’aban.” Allahu ta’ala forgives those who respect this night. Only, He does not forgive polytheists, sorcerers, witches, misers, those who have alcoholic drinks, those who take interest and those who commit fornication.
  2. Know that Barat Night is an opportunity, a great fortune! For, it is a certain night. It is the fifteenth night of Sha’aban. Qadr night is very great, but it is not known for certain which night it is. Worship very much on this night. Or else you will repent on the Judgement Day!

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The Virtues of the Sacred Month of Rajab

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 

We offer our Hamd to our Karim Lord, Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala, for the unique blessing of Iman and for all He has mercifully put in place to ensure our forgiveness and our success on the Day of Hisab. Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala loves all possessors of Iman. With their guidance to Iman He has extended a ‘hand’ of friendship to them, and with the bond of love established, He also took it upon His majesty to fulfill all rights of friendship due. A reflection over the obligatory and nawafil ibadats as well as many little deeds that give so much rewards and exaltation would reveal how much our Lord and Creator has put in place to raise our rewards, cleanse us of sins and even turn our evils and lapses to good.

The month of Rajab is one of the sacred time selected by Allahu ta’ala to offset our deficit by granting abundance of reward. Our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) and their pious  heirs and lovers (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) would make the best of this month, exerting themselves in ibadats and good deeds. This write up is to remind Muslims of the sacredness of this noble months, of the sacred duties in it, and of the rewards attainable by those who sincerely make efforts to win Allah’s mercy in it.

The Hujjatul Islam, al-Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (rahimahullah) quoted the noblest Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) as saying:

Rajab is the month of Allahu ta’ala, Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah. Continue reading “The Virtues of the Sacred Month of Rajab”

Beyond the Outward 1

The path of Sunnah leads to life
Without the Sunnah life is a waste
Embrace the Sunnah with all your hearts
This is the purpose and the goal

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

The last of Prophets Mustafa
Is the best example sent to man
The walking Qur’ani Habibullah
Is a model sent to all

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

The outward Sunnah should not be left
But the inward of Sunnah counts the most
The beauty of a shell counts for naught
When the nut is pure decay

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

The Pivot of Sunnah comes in three
Just like the Deen of Rasulullah
Iman, ‘Amal and Ihsan
The bases of Sunnah are just like this

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah
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Profuse Salawat for Mustafa
Is the basis of love never forget
Misers of the worlds fall behind
Any believer devoids of this

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

When a believer sends Salam
Upon the Sayyed-il Mursalin
The Angels reply with ten Salams

Ten of his sins are wiped away
And his maqam is raised in tens
You get as much as you are able to give
With Salawats light your path

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

When a believer makes Dua
Saying Salawat before he starts
And Salawat at the end
He’s sure of acceptance Masha Allah
Since Salawat is never repelled
What it covers is not repelled

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah
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Outward appearance of Rasulullah
Is surely an asset great indeed
What a honour without compare
Dressing and walking like Allah’s Habib
What a favour rare in life
Talking and acting like Rasulullah
If your dress is close to his
Your manners and reaction should be like his
You insult the Sunnah when you act
Against the Sunnah despite your dress
Rasulu Karim is the Prophet of mercy
O my brothers mind your beards

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

Moral purity that baffles the world
Is the true reflection of Mustafa
Total forgiveness for friends and foes
Is the true reflection of Rasulullah
Clean appearance without a stain
Is the true reflection of Habibullah
Smile endearing that softens the hearts
Is the true reflection of Mujtaba
Tears of mercy for others in pains
Is the true reflection of Nurullah
The Sunnah appearance begins the journey

To be successful act like him

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

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The fruit of following Allah’s Habib
Is in your mercy for those he leads
The sign of success in life is this
Serving the Ummah of Rasulullah

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

Love the Muslims with all your heart
And protect their honours without a fail
Believers are blessed in Allah’s estimation
Both the sinners and the saintly pure

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

Seek the saintly and sit with them
Through their barkat get some light
Advice the sinners with endearing words
Never for once insult nor curse
He who calls a believer a kafir
Loses his Iman Subhanallah!

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

Whatever you have here on earth
Think of the Ummah of Mustafa
With your knowledge and your strength
Assist the Ummah of Rasulullah
With your progenies and your wealth
Help the Ummah of Habibullah
Whatever you spend to raise his Ummah
Is an investment you’re sure to reap

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah

As long as Allah keeps me alive
At your service Rasulullah
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With every mote of my being
At your service Rasulullah
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With all the blood in my veins
At your service Rasulullah
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With my progenies until the end
At your service Rasulullah
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With my knowledge and all I have
At your service Rasulullah
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May my parents and all they have
And my children and all my beloved
Become a Labaik just for once
At your service Rasulullah
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May the Angel take my soul
When my heart and body unite
At your service Rasulullah
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Hamd eternally to the Lord of all
Salat and Salam on Rasulullah
On his Sahabah and all his Ahl
And our beloved Mujaddidi
Ahmad ar-Rabbani the great Sila
On all our masters pure as gem
The Saintly heirs of Rasulullah
In their love I find my joys
In love for them I want to die
With the pure I want to rise
On the Day of Hisab Ya Karim
Along with them I want to pass
Through the bridge of Sirat
In their company I want to stay
Happy eternally in Jannat Firdaus
These are my wishes Ya Allahu
Through the rank of Rasulullah

La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illallah
La ilaha illa Allahu
Muhammadur Rasulullah