The Holy Month of Rajab

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Rajab is the Month of God

Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) who has blessed us to see another year. Ahead of us begins a very important month in the Islamic calendar, the holy month of Rajab al-Haram. It stands alone out of the four months which God has declared sacred Rajab, Dhul-Qida, Dhul-Hijja, and Muharram. It also opens the series of three holy months culminating in Ramadan: Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan. During these three months everyone must prepare and keep himself, as much as possible, away from low traits, bad manners and sins.

The following hadiths shows the importance of this month:

It has been mentioned by Abu Nu’`aym in his Hilya from Anas Ibn Malik (Radi’Allahu Anh) said, that the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to make the following du`a, when the month of Rajab came in:

Allahuma Barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha`bana wa ballighna Ramadan
(O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and let us reach Ramadan)

It has been mentioned by Abu’l-Fath ibn Abi ’l-Fawaris in his `Amali and Imam as-Suyuti has also mentioned in his Jami` as-Saghir from Hasan al-Basri that the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said:

Rajab is the month of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala). Sha`ban is my month. Ramadan is the month of my Ummah (community).

From the above hadith, it shows that it is preferable to make du`a, to live through the coming months, in order to perform good actions in them, because a believer increases his goodness with age. The best of people is the one who lives long and performs good actions.

Fasting during the Holy month of Rajab

Fasting the months of Rajab and Sha`ban as a nafila or supererogatory worship is recommended, with the intention of following the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) by which the merit of this fast has clearly been established.

Relevant in this context is another traditional report related to us by Shaikh Imam Hibatu’llah ibn al-Mubarak as-Saqati (Radi’Allahu Anh). According to this report, Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said:

The month of Rajab is a glorious month indeed. If someone has fasted for one day in Rajab, Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) will record it in his credit column as the fast of a thousand years.

If someone has fasted for two days in Rajab, Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) will record it in his credit column as the fast of two thousand years.

If someone has fasted for three days in Rajab, Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) it in his credit column as the fast of three thousand years.

If someone has fasted for seven days in Rajab, all the seven gates of Hell (Jahannam) wil be locked to make sure that he stays out of it.

If someone has fasted for eight days in Rajab, al the eight gates of the Garden of Paradise will be held open for him, so that he may enter by whichever gate he chooses.

If someone has fasted for fifteen days in Rajab, all his bad deeds will be replaced by good deeds, and a crier will call out from heaven above: “Allah has now forgiven you, so use the opportunity to set about good work anew!”

……..” It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the First Friday in Rajab, for it is the night that the angels call the Night of (the Granting of) Wishes (Lailat ar-Ragha’ib). This is because, by the time the first third of the night has elapsed, there will not be a single angel still at large in the heavens, nor in any region of the earth bar one. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’ba and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah (Exalted is He) will condescend to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” Their response to this will be: “Our Lord, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab,” whereupon Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) will tell them: “That I have already done!”

Special Prayers during the Month of Rajab

The first Thursday of the holy month Rajab is both known as the “Night of wishes” or “Lailat Al-Ragha’ib” during which is performed the Salat Al-Ragha’ib. This sunnah prayer is performed between Magrib and Isha and it consists of 12 rakats (units) done in pairs (i.e. after each two rakats you must give Salams).

In each unit recite, Surah Al-Fatiha (1 time), Surah Al Qadr (3 times) and Surah Al Ikhlas (12 times)

Upon completing the 12 rakats recite the following:

Recite Salawaat on Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) (70 times) while sitting:

اللھم صل علی محمد النبي الامي وعلی آله
“Allahumma Salli ‘Ala Muhammad, AnNabiyyil Ummiyi, Wa ‘Ala Aalihi”
O Allah send blessings on Muhammad, the Ummi Prophet, and on his descendants.

Recite Tasbeeh (70 times) in Sajdah:

سبوح قدوس رب الملائكة والروح
“SubbuHun Quddusun, Rabbul Malaikati Warruh”
Holy and most Holy is the Lord of the Angels and spirts.

Recite Istighfar (70 times) while sitting:

رب اغفر و ارحم وتجاوز عما تعلم انك انت العلي الاعظم
“Rabbigh-Fir, War-Ham, Watajawaz ‘Amma Ta’lamu, Innaka antal ‘Aliyyul Aa’zam”
O Lord! Forgive, have mercy and be indulgent about that which you know well, verily you are Sublime, Mighty.

Recite Tasbeeh (70 times) in Sajdah:

سبوح قدوس رب الملائكة والروح
“SubbuHun Quddusun, Rabbul Malaikati Warruh”
Holy and most Holy is the Lord of the Angels and spirts.

After completing all the above recitations, Ask Dua and seek your need with Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) and Insha’Allah it will bw granted.

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said: “There is no one who prays this prayer that Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) does not forgive their sins even if they are as many as all the bubbles in the sea, as many as the grains of sand in the deserts, as heavy as the mountains and as many as the leaves on all the trees and Allah will give them the sufa’it (power, gift) to bring 700 of their family to the paradise on the Day of Judgement even though they were supposed to go to hell.”

Lailat ul-Isra wal- Miraj (the 27th of Rajab): This is the night when the Holy prophet was taken up to the heavens to meet his Lord Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala). It is also known as the night of Ascension. It is the practice of the learned ones to pray 20 rakats between Magrib and Isha. This prayer can be prayed either 2 rakats or 4 rakats at a time reciting 20 Surah Al Ikhlas in each rakat. When finished you should recite out loud 100 Istighfar and 100 Salawat sharifah.

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said “On this night 70,000 angels descend with Allah’s Rahmah (Mercy) and Noor (Light) searching for houses whose occupants are awake and engaged in Dhikr. The angels are then commanded to pour Allah’s mercy and blessings upon such houses and their occupants.”

Dua of Rajab

This Dua is to be recited everyday in this holy month:

Audu billahi min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem

Allahuma innee istaghfiruka min kulli maa tubtu lahu ilayka thumma ‘udtu feeh. wa istaghfiruka min kulli maa ‘aradtu bihi wajhika wa-khaalatanee feehi maa laysa feehi ridaak. wa istaghfiruk li-ni`am allatee taqawwaytu biha `ala ma`aseeyatik. wa istaghfiruka min aadh-dhunub allatee laa ya`lamahu ghayruka wa laa yattali`u `alayha ahadu n siwaak wa laa yasa`uha illa rahmatika wa la tunjee minha illa maghfiratuka wa hilmuka. laa ilaha illa-Anta, subhaanak! innee kuntu min adh-dhaalimeen.

Allahuma innee istaghfiruka min kulli dhulmin dhalamtu bihi `ibadaka. Fa ayyaama `abdin min `ibaadik aw `amatin min ‘imaa’ika dhalamtu fee badanihi aw `irdihi aw maalih fa `atihi min khazaa’inik allatee laa tanqus. Wa as’aluka an tukrimanee bi-rahmatika allatee wasi`at kulla shay wa laa t`uheenanee min `adaabik wa ta`teeayanee maa as’aluka fa-innee haqeequn bi-rahmatik ya arham ur-Raahimeen. wa salla-Allahu `ala Sayiddina Muhammadin wa `ala alihi wa sahbihi ajma`een. wa laa hawla wa laa quwatta illa billah il-`Alee ul-‘Aadheem

In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for everything for which I repented to You then returned to. And I ask forgiveness of You for everything I displeased You with and all that concerns me with which You are displeased. And I ask forgiveness of You for the favors which I used for increasing my disobedience towards You. And I ask forgiveness of You for the sins which no one knows except You and no one sees except You and nothing encompasses except Your Mercy and nothing delivers from except Your forgiveness and clemency. There is no god except You alone. You are the Most High, and I was one of the [self] oppressors!

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for the injustice I committed against Your servants. Whatever of Your male or female servants whom I have hurt, physically or in their dignity or in their property give them of Your bounty which lacks nothing. And I ask You to honor me with Your mercy which encompasses all things. Do not humble me with Your punishment but give me what I ask of You, for I am in great need of Your mercy, O Most Merciful of the merciful. May Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and upon all his companions. There is no power and no might except in Allah the High, the Exalted.

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حزب البر للإمام الشاذلي  أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ * وَإِذَا جَاءَكَ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِآيَاتِنَا فَقُلْ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ كَتَبَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ الرَّحْمَةَ أَنَّهُ مَنْ عَمِلَ مِنْكُمْ سُوءًا بِجَهَالَةٍ ثُمَّ تَابَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَنَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ * بَدِيعُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَنَّى يَكُونُ لَهُ وَلَدٌ وَلَمْ تَكُنْ لَهُ صَاحِبَةٌ وَخَلَقَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ * ذ … Read More

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Endless Ocean of Allah’s Love

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Fill your heart with Allah’s Love

– Dedicated to the Rose who touched my Soul

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In Allah’s Love

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In Allah’s Love

– By Mawlana Rumi & Dedicated to the Rose who touched my Soul

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Supplication of Imam Shafi’i

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Imam Shafi’i RadiyaAllahu ‘Anh

“Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him err in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so that truth may manifest itself in his heart and on his tongue. If it be that the truth is on my side, may he follow me; and if the truth be on his side, may I follow him.’”

– Imam Shafi’i (may Allah have mercy on him)

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Ashura

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Historical Significance of ‘Ashura

Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) who has blessed us to see another year. We are now in the month of God, al-Muharram, in which fasting is more beloved to God than any days other than Ramadan. In this holy month is an excellent day—the day of ‘Ashura—which falls on the 10th of Muharram. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) recommended that we fast on this day, by his Sunnah. He also indicated how we should observe the fast of ‘Ashura.

The following hadith shows the importance of this day:

Abu Qatada (Radi’Allahu Anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]

Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu ‘anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said that after Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. [Sahih Muslim]

Hakam ibn Al-Arat (Radi’Allahu Anh) relates: I went to Ibn Abbas (Radi’Allahu Anh)… I said to him: Tell me about fasting on ‘Ashura. He said, “When you seen the new moon of Muharram count the (days) and (begin to) observe fast on the 9th.” I said to him: “Is it how the Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) observed the fast?” He said, “Yes.” [Sahih Muslim]

Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radi’Allahu Anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… They said: “It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Hazrat Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Sayyidina Musa (Alaihis-Salaam) observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it.” The Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) responded: “We have more right, and we have closer connection with Sayyidina Musa (Alaihis-Salaam) than you have”; so Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

The following is taken from Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq
Written by Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (Radi’Allahu Anh):

‘Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) repentance of Sayyidina Adam (Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf (Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa (Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah and Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radi’Allahu Anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.

Worship Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) as much as you can on ‘Ashura. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person, Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’ala) will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again, Insha’Allah.

Dua of  ‘Ashura (Muharram)

General prayer of Sayyidina Ali bin Abu Talib (Radi’Allahu Anh):

Oh Allah! Forgive me my sins of which you are more aware than me. And if I commit these sins again, even then forgive me. Whatever promises I had made with myself to follow your commands have not been fulfilled. I seek your forbearance. If I have sought your proximity with my tongue, but my heart did not keep pace with my tongue, overlook my lapse. O God, forgive me for my futile talk, vain desires and lapses of the tongue.

Deen Islam

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HUMILITY

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

ONE WHO IS REAL IS HUMBLE

To be real on this path you must be humble–
If you look down at others you’ll get pushed down the stairs.

If your heart goes around on high, you fly far from this path.
There’s no use hiding it–
What’s inside always leaks outside.

Even the one with the long white beard, the one who looks so wise–
If he breaks a single heart, why bother going to Mecca?
If he has no compassion, what’s the point?

My heart is the throne of the Beloved,
the Beloved the heart’s destiny:
Whoever breaks another’s heart will find no homecoming
in this world or any other.

The ones who know say very little
while the beasts are always speaking volumes;
One word is enough for one who knows.

If there is any meaning in the holy books, it is this:
Whatever is good for you, grant it to others too–

Whoever comes to this earth migrates back;
Whoever drinks the wine of love
understands what I say–

Yunus, don’t look down at the world in scorn–

Keep your eyes fixed on your Beloved’s face,
then you will not see the bridge
on Judgment Day.

Yunus Emre

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Reply of Allah Almighty

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

HERE I AM…

All night, a man called “Allah Allah”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then Satan said, “Hey! Mr Gullible!
How come you’ve been calling all night,
And never once heard Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala say, “Here I am”?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what… Nothing!”

The man suddenly felt despair and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground,
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met Sayyedna Ibrahim Alaihes Salaam,
Who asked,”Why are you regretting praising Almighty Allah?”

The man said, “I called and called,
But Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala never replied, “Here I am!”
Sayyedna Ibrahim Alaihes Salaam explained,
“The Almighty Allah Says;
“Your calling of my name is My Reply.
Your longing for Me is My Message to you.
Your Fear and Hope are the keys to unlocking the doors to Me.”

Therefore, in the silence surrounding every call to “ALLAH”,
Wait a thousand replies of “HERE I AM!”

Subhan’Allah! Lets all strive to Remember Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) with every breath!

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Darood Taj

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Darood/Salawat Taj

O Allah, send blessings and Peace upon our Master and Patron Muhammad, The Owner of the Crown and the Ascent and the Buraq and the Standard, The Repeller of Affliction and Disease and Drought and Illness and Pain.

His name is written on high, served and engraved in the Tablet and the Pen, The Leader of All, Arabs and non-Arabs, Whose body is sanctified, fragrant, and pure, Illumined in the House and the Haram, The Sun of Brightness, the Full Moon in Darkness,

The Foremost One in the Highest Fields, the Light of Guidance, The Cave of Refuge for Mortals, the Lamp That Dispels the Night, The Best-Natured One, The Intercessor of Nations, The Owner of Munificence and Generosity.

Allah is his Protector, Gabriel is his servant. The Buraq is his mount, the Ascent is his voyage, The Lote-Tree of the Furthermost Boundary is his station, Two Bow-Lengths or Nearer is his desire, His desire is his goal, and he has found his goal,

The Master of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, The intercessor of sinners, the friend of the strangers, The Mercy for the Worlds, The rest of those who burn with love, the goal of those who yearn, The sun of knowers, the lamp of travellers,

The light of Those Brought Near, The friend of the poor and destitute, The master of Humans and Jinn, The Prophet of the Two Sanctuaries, The Imam of the Two Qiblas, Our Means in the Two Abodes, The Owner of Qaba Qawsayn,

The Beloved of the Lord of the Two Easts and the Two Wests, The grandfather of al-Hasan and al-Husayn, Our patron and the patron of Humans and Jinn: Abu al-Qasim Muhammad Son of `Abd Allah, A light from the light of Allah.

O you who yearn for the light of his beauty, Send blessings and utmost greetings of peace upon him and upon his Family.

IN ARABIC:

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Last Message of Imam Al Ghazzali (ra)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

IMAM AL GHAZZALI (RA)

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Imam Al Ghazzali left Dunya on Monday the 14th of Jumada Thani AH 505 (December 18, 1111), at the age of fifty-three. Margaret Smith in Al-Ghazzali the Mystic relates what took place in the days after his death according to his brother Ahmad Ghazzali.

At the dawn of the day of his death, Imam Al-Ghazzali performed his ablutions and prayed and then said to his brother, “Bring me my shroud.” and taking it, he kissed it and laid it over his eyes and said, “Most gladly do I enter into the Presence of the King,” and he stretched out his feet and went forth to meet Him, and so passed into the Paradise of God, “worthy of all honor, of loftier station than the stars, giving more guidance to men than the full moon when darkness has fallen.” He was buried outside Tus in a grave near that of the poet Firdaousi. Ibn Al-Samani records that he visited Imam Al-Ghazzali’s grave there.

There is a story to the effect that when Imam Al-Ghazzali fell ill and felt that his death was approaching, he sent away those who were with him. No one entered his presence until the next morning when they went in as he had bidden them. They found him facing Qiblah, clad in his shroud, dead, and at his head they found a sheet of paper bearing these verses:

“Say to my friends when they look upon me dead
Weeping for me and mourning me in sorrow
Do not believe that this corpse you see is myself.
In the name of God I tell you it is not I
I am a spirit and this is nothing but flesh
It was my abode and my garment for a time.
I am a treasure, by a talisman kept hid,
Fashioned of dust which served me as a shrine.
I am a pearl which has left it’s shell deserted
It was my prison where I spent my time in grief.
I am a bird and this body was my cage
Whence I have now flown forth and it is left as a token,
Praise be to God Who has now set me free
And prepared for me my place in the highest of the heaven.
Until today I was dead though alive in your midst.
Now I live in truth with the grave-clothes discarded.
Today I hold converse with the saints above.
Now with no veil between I see God face to face
I look upon the tablet (Lawh Al-Mahfuz) and therein I read
Whatever was and is and all that is to be.
Let my house fall in ruins. Lay my cage in the ground.
Cast away the talisman. It is a token, no more.
Lay aside my cloak. It was but my outer garment.
Place them all in the grave. Let them be forgotten.
I have passed on my way and you are left behind
Your place of abode was no dwelling-place for me.
Think not that death is death. Nay, it is life,
A life that surpasses all we could dream of here.
While in this world we are granted sleep.
Death is but sleep, a sleep that shall be prolonged.
Be not afraid when death draws near.
It is but the departure for this blessed home
Think of the mercy and love of your Lord,
Give thanks for His Grace and come without fear.
What I am now even so shall you be
For I know that you are even as I am.
The souls of all people come forth from God.
The bodies of all are compounded alike.
Good and evil alike it was ours.
I give you now a message of good cheer.
May God’s peace and joy for evermore be yours.”

Taken from “Al-Ghazzali His Psychology Of The Greater Struggle”
by Laleh Bakhtair (Page 111)

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Welcoming the Blessed Month of Sha’ban

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين

وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

The Sha‘bān Letter

Compiled and translated by Sidi Amjad Tarsin

(taken from Shaykh Abdulkarim Yahya’s blog)

All praises are due to Allah the Exalted who has blessed us to be on the doorstep of Ramaḍān. Many of the pious predecessors used to spend months preparing for the efforts they were going to exert in the holy month of Ramaḍān. These are excerpts from the book, “Kanz An-Najāḥ wa As-Surūr” (The Treasures of Success and Happiness) regarding the greatness of Sha‘bān and some of the recommended things to do during this month.

1. Repentance & Fasting:

It is highly recommended to repent frequently (tawbah) and increase in acts of worship, especially fasting. Whosoever prepares themselves with acts of worship and repentance in Sha‘bān will reap the benefits of those acts in Ramaḍān.

Usama ibn Zayd, may Allah be pleased with him, asked the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, “I have never seen you offer fast in a month as you do in Sha‘bān.” The Prophet said, “It is a month people disregard that is between Rajab and Ramaḍān. In that month deeds are presented to the Lord of the Worlds, so I like my deeds to be presented while I am fasting.” [Nasa’i].

2. Salutations Upon the Prophet (peace be upon him):

Sha‘bān is the month of the Prophet peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, for he said, “Sha‘bān is my month.”

It was in this month that the famous verse regarding sending blessing and peace on the Prophet was revealed:
{ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلاَئِكَـتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِيِّ يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ صَلُّواْ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُواْ تَسْلِيماً}
{ Allah and His Angels send their blessings upon the Prophet, O you who believe send blessings upon him and salutations of peace} (33:56)

Therefore, it is highly encouraged to increase in sending one’s salutations upon the Prophet, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him. Scholars have said, “Rajab is the month of repentance, Sha‘bān is the month of sending salutations upon the Prophet, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, and Ramaḍān is the month of the Qur’an.”

3. The 15th Night of Sha‘bān:

On the relation of ‘Atā’ ibn Yasār, may Allah be well pleased with him, who said, “On the 15th night of Sha‘bān the Angel of Death, peace be upon him, copies down the names of all those who will die from that Sha‘bān to the next Sha‘bān…and there is no night after Laylat Al-Qadr better than the 15th night of Sha‘bān.”

Other hadiths also describe the 15th night as being the night in which Allah decrees everyone’s provisions, even after-worldly provisions (Paradise, Hell), therefore it is important to bring that night to life through Prayer, reading Qur’an, and repentance.

Related by Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be well pleased with him and his father, that the Prophet, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, said, “There are five nights on which du‘ā’ is not turned back: Friday eve, on the eve of Rajab, the 15th night of Sha‘bān, Laylat Al-Qadr, and on the eve of the two ‘Eids.”

It is also recommended to say the du‘ā’:

اللّهُمَ إنَّكَ عفوٌ كريمٌ تُحِبَّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَني، اللّهُمَّ إنّي أسْألُكَ العَفْوَ والعَافية والمُعَافَاةَ الدَّائِمة في الدِّين والدُّنيا والأخِرَة

Allahumma innaka ‘Afūwun Karīmun tuḥib ul ‘afwa fa‘afu ‘annī, Allahumma innī as’aluka al-‘afū, wa al-‘āfīyah wa al-mu‘āfāt ad-da’imah fī ad-dīni wa ad-dunyā wa al-ākhirah.

O Allah, You are Pardoning and Generous and You love to pardon, so pardon me. O Allah, I ask You for pardoning, good health [in body], and to be [spiritually] health always in my religion, and in this life, and in the hereafter.

It is also highly recommended to read Surah Yā-Sīn 3 times that night, each time with a specific intention:

1. The first time with the intention of Allah increasing the length of your life in worship and good deeds.

2. The second time with the intention of Allah protecting you from tribulations.

3. Lastly, with the intention of Allah not making you reliant on other people.

Clarification: “Giving life to the night” is said to be staying up most of the night in worship, although other scholars have said just one hour. Others have said just be determined to pray ‘Ishā in congregation and Fajr in congregation and that will fulfill “giving life to the night.”

May Allah bless us all and the whole Ummah throughout this month and bless us even more in Ramaḍān.

والحمد لله رب العالمين

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TO BE IN LOVE…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

TO BE IN LOVE…

To be in love with love is to gain a soul,
to sit on the throne of hearts.

To love the world is to be afflicted.
Later the secrets start to make sense.

Don’t be a bramble,
become the rose. Let your maturity unfold.
The brambles will only burn.

Prayer was created by God so man could ask for help.
It’s too bad if you haven’t learned to ask.

Accept the breath of those who are mature-
let it become your divining rod.
If you obey your self, things turn out wrong.

Renouncing the world is the beginning of worship.
If you are a believer, believe this.

Respect your parents and ancestry,
and you will have fine green clothes of your own.

If you earn the complaints of neighbors,
You’ll stay in Hell forever.

Yunus heard these words from the masters.
If you need this advice, take it.

They say one who is received by a heart
becomes more beautiful.

Yunus Emre

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A Sinner Enters Heaven

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A SINNER ENTERS HEAVEN

Seek forgiveness from your Lord

A sinner died, and, as his coffin passed,
A man who practised every prayer and fast
Turned ostentatiously aside — how could
He pray for one of whom he knew no good?
He saw the sinner in his dreams that night,
His face transfigured with celestial light.
‘How did you enter heaven’s gates,’ he said,
‘A sinner stained with filth from foot to head?’
‘God saw your merciless, disdainful pride,
And pitied my poor soul,’ the man replied.

What generous love His wisdom here displays!
His part is mercy, ours is endless praise;
His Wisdom’s like a crow’s wing in the night —
He sends a child out with a taper’s light,
And then a wind that quenches this thin flame;
The child will suffer words of scathing blame,
But in that narrow darkness he will find
The thousand ways in which his Lord is kind.
If all were pure of all iniquity,
God could not show His generosity;

The end of Wisdom is for God to show —
Perpetually — His love to those below.
One drop of God’s great Wisdom will be yours,
A sea of mercy with uncharted shores;
My child, the seven heavens, day and night,
For your sake wage their old unwearied fight;
For your sake angels pray — your love and hate
Reflected back are hell’s or heaven’s gate.
The angels have bowed down to you and drowned
Your soul in Being, past all plummet’s sound —
Do not despise yourself, for there is none
Who could with you sustain comparison;
Do not torment yourself — your soul is All,
Your body but a fleeting particle.
This All will clarify, and in its light
Each particle will shine, distinctly bright —
As flesh remains an agent of the soul,
Your soul’s an agent of the sacred Whole.
But ‘part’ and ‘whole’ must disappear at last;
The Way is one, and number is surpassed.
A hundred thousand clouds above you press;
Their rain is pure, unending happiness;
And when the desert blooms with flowers, their scent
And beauty minister to your content;
The prayers of all the angels, all they do,
All their obedience, God bestows on you.

Taken from The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-din Attar

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LOVE OF HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAAW)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

FOR THE LOVE OF MY BELOVED

HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAAW)

LOOKING FOR YOUR FACE

From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it

Today I have seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that I was looking for

Today I have found you
and those who laughed
and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking
as I did

I am bewildered by the magnificence
of your beauty
and wish to see you
with a hundred eyes

My heart has burned with passion
and has searched forever
for this wondrous beauty
that I now behold

I am ashamed
to call this love human
and afraid of God
to call it divine

Your fragrant breath
like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden
You have breathed new life into me
I have become your sunshine
and also your shadow

My soul is screaming in ecstasy
Every fiber of my being
is in love with you

Your efflugence
has lit a fire in my heart
for me
the earth and sky

My arrow of love
has arrived at the target
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer

Mawlana Rumi (Q)

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Ahd Namah – Promise to Allah (swt)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Translation of ‘Ahd Namah

Promise to Allah (swt)

In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

O Allah! The Creator of the skies and the earth
The Knower of the hidden and the open
Your are The Beneficent, The Merciful
O Allah! I promise you in this earthly life
and I bear witness that
that there is no one worthy of worship except You
You are One and Only without any partner
and I bear witness that
Sayyidina Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wa Sallam
is Your servant and Your Messenger
(O Allah!) Please do not leave me to my own self
Because if You abandon me to my own desires
I might be drawn towards evil and away from goodness
and I have no support except Your Mercy
So accept my promise with You
to be kept till the Day of Judgement
Truly, You never break a promise
And may the blessings of Allah, The Exalted
be on his best creation
Sayyidina Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wa Sallam
and on his family and all companions
(O Allah! Accept this prayer)
With Your Mercy, O The Most Merciful of those who show mercy.

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