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When you know too little, too much!

6 Jan

You know what happens when you know too little, too much? Disaster. Kaboom, yes Kabooooom with as many “ooos” as you like.

Because when you do things for the sake of doing them, mostly because you see everyone around you doing it, you put yourself, your faith, your belief in great danger. Allah doesn’t want you to offer  Salah five times a day without even knowing the meaning of it. He doesn’t want you to fast in the Holy month of Ramadan to overeat at Iftar. He doesn’t want you to cover your head when you hear the call for prayer, HE doesn’t want you to place The Holy Quran on a beautifully carved wooden shelf and forget to read it everyday. He doesn’t.

He Wants you to know your actions. Because you cannot escape the consequences of them. Whether you’re listening to music or not, wear jeans or hijab, smoke or drink,  you should know what the hell you’re up to and have a rock solid answer for every action.

Don’t cover your head because your mum says so. Don’t smoke to look cool or because everyone is doing so. Try to become friends with all the “whys”, ponder, investigate. Stop nodding at everything you’re told. Find out whether something is allowed in Islam or not through references and then adjust yourself accordingly, please don’t try to find gray areas and try to fit Islam according to your own desire.

Knowing your actions, or what you’re doing and why you’re doing is so immensely IMPORTANT that Allah Almighty has based Jannah and Jahannam on it. Rejoicing in Heaven or burning in the scorching heat of Jahannam will be judged on your actions in life, a repercussion you may say. That will be the reaction of your actions, so you better know what your doing, right? Hell yeah!

All your actions have consequences. Don’t ever be fooled into thinking that your actions don’t have consequences. Don’t think you can get away with bad choices even if you don’t seem to get caught.

So, please know what your up to, then what your family is up to, your friends, your neighbors, your servants, so you may direct them in the right course of direction, so we may all live happily together in Jannah!

Start compiling questions and seek for answers from the Holy Quran, may Allah be your protector and helper!

Watch the way you live your life because you reap what you sow.

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Learn from The Best

3 Nov

In Chapter 19, Al-Naml (The Ant), verse 19, Solomon (Hazrat Suleman R.A) makes a powerful yet humble supplication to Allah. He says:

“My Lord, arouse me to be thankful for Thy favor wherewith the thou hast favored me and my parents, and to do good that shall be pleasing unto Thee, and include me in (the number of) thy righteous slaves.”

What a beautiful one, indeed! In prayers you communicate with Allah Almighty, do you comprehend how powerful this communication and the word Almighty is? Don’t just say your “dua” for the sake of saying it after every salah but take it as a golden opportunity to forward your message to Allah. Keeping this mind, you’ll be surprised how it works wonders for you. And please, don’t just cram some verses in Arabic without knowing their meaning and true essence in mind, a supplication can be as powerful as one in Arabic, if it comes straight from the heart. There is no point in cramming them without any true understanding, so first learn their meaning and then include them in your daily supplications.

And since I plan to share some supplications from The Glorious Quran here, God willing, you can make most out of it and learn them by heart. Because you’ll be learning from the Best, The Word of Allah.

So please, make this dua one of your daily routine one’s. And please do remember Pakistan, Palestine, Kashmir and other Muslim countries in your prayers.

Pakistan Zindabad!

I confess, i’m guilty my Lord!

27 Sep

Yes! for a change, let’s just talk about me. And me alone!

Often in life many of us may fool others, but we should try not to fool ourselves. It is important to be aware of our actions and motivations. Self-criticism is a great way of “keeping an eye on yourself”, it means we have to be honest with “ourselves”. There is no benefit from trying to justify our bad actions. If we can learn to be honest with ourselves our conscience will prevent us from undertaking regrettable actions. Most of the times, we wrongly invest our oh-so-precious time and effort in justifying our actions to ourselves, and this my friend is the danger of not being honest with yourself.

Keeping that in mind, i have something to confess. But first let me tell you one thing that i (consciously) keep myself miles away from a place where people are engaged in some kind of Gheebat or even something close to it. But last night, i went to see someone and that person told me that our President, Mr. Zardari misspelled God , finding it hard to believe i took off to another gathering. And politics was “the topic of the day”. And there i mentioned what out Current President did during his recent visit to Mazar-e-Quaid i-e he misspelled the words, God and Strength. After that, we cursed ourselves, our political leaders, made fun of everyone and said some nasty things that we shouldn’t have.

Late at night, while was checking my mail and surfing for some news i stumbled upon this article, it said, “Zardari’s misspelled remarks proved fabricated” Shocked as i was, i said to myself “You disgust Me”.

It was then i realized what great sin I’ve committed.It wasn’t just the backbitting i should be worrying about but it was actually a greater sin than backbiting, and this is Bauhtaan, (slander) accusing someone of  something that is untrue or without any evidence.

In surah-e-Al-Humaza 104, verse 1 of the Holy Quran:-

“Woe to every slanderer and backbiter.”

In Surah-e-Hujrat (The private apartments) 49, verse 6 of the Holy Quran,

“O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and after wards you become regretful for what you have done.”

In another Hadith ,narrated by Al-Bukhaari, 2317:-

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Alaah be upon him) said: “Whoever has wronged his brother with regard to his honor or anything else, let him seek his forgiveness today, before there will be no dinar and no dirham, and if he has any good deeds to his credit they will be taken from him in a manner commensurate with the wrong he did, and if he has no good deeds, then some of his counterpart’s bad deeds will be taken and added to his burden.”

Always remember, Self criticism is not easy, but it is a valuable aspect of our self improvement. When we criticize our bad actions, it is unhelpful to retain a powerful sense of guilt. Guilt does not help us to improve, it can just make us feel miserable. When we have become aware of wrong actions, make a resolution to avoid doing it and then focus on doing the right thing. This is much better than becoming debilitated from guilt.

So please Lord i beg of your forgiveness and won’t repeat this horrible mistake ever, insha Allah! And if Mr. Zardari you happen to be reading this article 😉 well, avoid any on-air comments or some legal action. hehe I appologize for everything i said. i truly am.

Final ashra of Ramadan starts

22 Sep

Ramadan is divided into three ten-days parts, or Ashra (Arabic for ten). They are named:-

  1. Rahmat (Mercy of God!
  2. Maghfirat (Forgiveness of God)
  3. Najat (Salvation) respectively.

Laylat ul-Qadr which falls during the last Ashra, commemorates the revelation of the first verse of the Holy Quran and is considered the most holy night of the year.

In Quran Allah describes Lailat aul Qadr in 97th            

View of Badshahi Mosque after Iftari

Surah-al Qadr in such words:-

“1.Undoubtedly, We sent it down in the blessed and valuable night.
2.And what you know, what the blessed night is?
3.The blessed and valuable Night is better than a thousand months.
4.Therein descend angels and Jibril (the Spirit) by the command of their Lord for every affair.
5.That is all peace till the rising of the dawn.”

Already we are in the final Ashra (ten days) of Ramadan. And last night was the first “Takk Raat” night of 21, 22, 23, 25, 27 and 29th Ramadan. Lailat ul-Qadr is one of these first nights. But nobody knows which one. So each should be given equal attention and importance and yesterday was the first of the them, a night which is better than a thousand months. So watch out for the next one, and try to make most out of this final Ashra.

Ramadan Mubarak everyone once again!

Know your Quran, know your Namaz

1 Jan

So tell me, when you offer your prayers, do you know what your saying, as in word by word? And same with the Holy Quran, when you read Quran, do you know what you’re reading? what Quran demands of you? Do you read the Arabic text or it’s translation?

Well as far as the first question about the prayer is concerned firstly i had literary “NO” idea what i was saying, and that was not many years ago. Last year i made a conscious effort to understand what i was reciting. And same is the case with Quran, not many years ago i only and only used to read the Arabic portion, missing the complete picture of what Quran demanded of me, but thanks to a loyal friend who made me realize the right way to read Quran, i-e understand it.
Now this year all we need to do is:

Learn Arabic.

Don’t take it lightly. What’s the point of doing your namaz and knowing not what you just said or did? Is this what Allah demands of you, that you must stand in front of him and utter some verses you know not, just cram ’em and you’ll end up in heaven. It’s much more complicated than that pal.

So, ask yourself questions like these and try to get answers. You will come to the same conclusion, insha Allah.

Happy thinking!
And a Happy New Year 2008.

Women in Islam

27 Nov

One question that has been bothering alot of you is going to be discussed here. Right now. So listen carefully. Here it goes.

Questions: Are men and women equal in Islam? How does Islam value women?

Answer: No! Why? I’ll tell you why. And how it honors women is given below.

You see, women in Islam are Not equal to men likewise men are not equal to women. But it doesn’t mean that they are not equally good. Both are different, physically, psychologically and biologically. They both have a job that they have to perform. That is why one of them is called ‘man’ and other ‘woman’. Because of this difference they are not equal, they don’t have equal rights and same is the case with their duties. It’s common sense.

Islam is the ONLY religion which showed alot of respect to women when men were not doing so. Before Islam women were treated worse than animals and slaves. The practice those days towards women were horrendous. They had no rights, right to speak, right to have an opinion, right to inherit, right to own property, and since they had no right to own so couldn’t spend on themselves as well which means,no right to hang out in malls. Imagine it. They had no respect, they used to bury the baby as soon as they found out, it’s a girl. They were burred alive, abandoned, left on their own in deserts because of the fear that an increase of female offspring would result in economic burdens, as well as fear of the humiliation frequently caused by girls being captured by a hostile tribe and subsequently preferring their captors to their parents and brothers. In short they had NO rights whatsoever. They had no respect, were treated like cattle and useless animals. They used to sell women as they used to sell their sheep. They looked down upon women. They didn’t even wish to own them. This was their society.

And then there was Islam, which treated women with dignity, honor, it gave them their due respect. Firstly, it ordered to

1. Stop the killing of baby-girls instantly.

According to Quran, Surah Al-An’am, (The Cattle) Chapter 6 , verse 151:

“…Kill not your children on a plea of want. We provide sustenance for you and for them. Come not near shameful deeds, whether open or secret. Take not life which Allah has made sacred…”

A similar guidance is repeated in Surah Al-Isra (The Night journey) Chapter 17, Verse 31:

“Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.”

2. And then they were given given the right to inheritance.

According to Quran, surah Al Nisa (The Women) Verse 7:

“Unto men (of the family) belongs a share of that which Parents and near kindred leave, and unto women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be a little or much – a determinate share.”

3. Right to own Property:

More than 1,300 years before the west gave economical rights to women, Islam recognized the rights of adult women. Any adult woman has the right to possess or to own or to dispose any of her own property in any way she feels fit irrespective of whether she is single or married. The first time that rights of married women was recognized in the West whereby she could own and dispose of property without the control, approval or consent of her husband was in 1870s in England under the “Married Women Property Act”. This Act was later amended in 1882 and 1887. Women have the right to own and manage their money. And men, may it be their husband’s can’t have that money without their consent.

4. Right to education.

According to The Holy Prophet:

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and Muslim woman.”

5. Right to refuse any marriage proposal that doesn’t please them.

In Quran there are 177 verses that refer to women. A comprehensive note on Women in Islam by Zakir Naik is Women in Islam. I’m sure all of you’re questions regarding Women will be covered by these articles. And do check out “Women in Hinduism

So now do you think we Muslims are barbaric for making women wear a veil? If so, then i’m curious to ask you, do you even know the meaning of barbaric? They were crude people who had no cloths on whereas we are the one’s wearing ’em and actually you are the one’s who are not, so who’s barbaric now?

A tell tale

21 Jul

The importance of communication has gained recognition because it is the most vital mean by which people are connected together in the society. That’s why scientists across the globe are burning the midnight oil to provide better, efficient and ultimate modes of communication.Turning dreams into relity.

Speaking of communication, can you guess which is the fastest, most effective, one that never fails, never delays either it’s hot like hell or pouring down for days, mean of spreading daily news, rumors, fashion, gossip, concocted stories.
Take a wild guess.
Okay for your convenience i’m giving you six options. Take your pick.

  1. T.V
  2. Radio
  3. Internet
  4. Fax
  5. Telephone
  6. Newspapers

And the correct answer is secret option no.7 “Women”
surprised? heh!

Now let me explain it to you how we channel this flood of gossip 24/7 by an example  experienced by none other but me.

“A couple of days back an elderly (female) relative of mine was telling me a story about someone, and asked me to keep it hush- hush, as  the woman who gave her this secret inside story asked her not to spread this news any further(yeah right!) ‘beacuse’ the lady who was actually involved in the story only took that woman in confidence, and shared her secret with her, after given the assority that she would tell no one about it.”
puzzled? thought so.

Now that it has become an open secret, i wanna ask these ladies a aquestion, so if your one of them feel free to answer.

Why? why? why do you do this, what good can come out of it except feeding haterd,contempt, misconceptions and poluting minds with nothing but filth and malice for one another.Not only you’r breaking someone’s trust but you’r also committing another sin, and that sin is backbiting(gheebah). No woman would dare uttering a single word about someone in a hateful manner if they knew the consequences of backbiting.

According to The Holy Quran:
Surah-e-Hujrat/The Private Apartments, Verse 12:
“O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it…But fear Allah: For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. ”
 
According to Jami Tirmidhi (vol.1)
Chapter 23, Piety and joining ties:
(1941) Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah reported:
“Someone asked Allah’s Messenger, “what is backbiting?” He said,” It is the remembrance of your brother in a way that he doesnot like.” He asked,” what if that fault is found in him?” He said,” If what you say is found in him then that is backbiting, Nut if what you say is not found in him then that is reviling him.”

And most of the times its sheer jealousy that causes us to say fallacious, concocted details , to  hurt their reputaion and what not. As far as jealousy is concerned lets see what Sahih Hadith has to say about it.

According to Jami Tirmidhi (vol.1)
Chapter 23, Piety and joining ties:
(1942) Sayyidina Anas reported:
“Allah’s Messenger said,” Donot sever ties of relationship, don’t criticise one who is absent, donot despise anyone and donot be jealous of anyone. But be slaves of Allah, brothers mutually. It is not lawful for a Muslim to abandon his brother for over three days.”

Another one says:

(1943) “Envy is disallowed except in two cases: a man whom ALLAH has given wealth and he spends of it by night and by day, and a man whom Allah has given Quran and he stands with it (giving its right) by night and by day.”

So next time when you conversazione with your friends (females particularly, as women are more habitual backbiters than men) try your level best to avoid backbiting,educate young girls about it, as they say ” It’s better to nip the evil in the bud”, tell them its horrifying penalties, try to educate them, Enlighten them, but first you need to educate yourself, enlighten yourself.

I think it would be a good idea, what do you think?

When you’re too ignorant

6 Mar

“Who are you? If not muslim then who exactly are you?”
were the questions echoing in my head as i woke up this morning. Why is it that we more often than not forget to offer our prayers. We would rather watch a three hourly boring movie, chatter with friends, surf on net meaninglessly, stare at a a wall for hours for all we care.
And what really really scares me the most is that we know that we’ll be questioned about our prayers in the life here after but no effort on our part is made never to repeat this mistake ever again. We regret it but when the time comes we repeat the same mistake over and over again.

(The word for prayers in Quran is ‘Salah’ meaning to pray, or to bless, generally refers to prayers that Muslims offer to God and most commonly refers to the five daily ritual prayers in Islam. It is quite commonly known with the word namāz (نماز  ).Salah is the second pillar of Islam, the requirement to pray five times a day at fixed times. Each salah is performed facing towards the Kaaba in Mecca. In the very early days of Islam, when it was based primarily in Mecca, Muslims offered salah facing towards Jerusalem, but then God revealed a verse of the Qu’ran to Muhammad, telling the Muslims to pray facing Mecca from then on. Salah is intended to focus the mind on God; it is a personal communication with God, expressing gratitude and worship. Salah is compulsory but there are flexibilities under certain circumstances For example in the case of sickness or lack of space, a worshipper can offer salah while sitting, or even lying, and the prayer can be shortened when travelling.

The salah must be performed in the Arabic language to the best of each worshipper’s ability (although any du’a, or extra prayers said afterwards need not be in Arabic), and the lines are to be recited by heart, although beginners may use written aids. The worshipper’s body and clothing, as well as the place of prayer, must be cleansed. All prayers should be conducted within the prescribed time period or waqt (Arabic for ‘time’) and with the appropriate number of units (raka’ah). While the prayers may be made at any point within the waqt, it is considered best to begin them as soon as possible after the call to prayer is heard.)

According to Surah AL-ANKABOOT (THE SPIDER) in Quran
Surah number 29, Verse number 45:

“Recite that which has been revealed to you of the Book and keep up prayer; surely prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and evil, and certainly the remembrance of Allah is the greatest, and Allah knows what you do. “

Why is it that offering our prayers would be the last thing on our mind. Why is it not taken seriously by all of us as unfortumately it has now become a nearly universal Muslim trait, almost everyone has bouts of it and half of them regret it but still they are not pushed enough to do anything about it. Is it because born in a muslim family is often taken for granted and we don’t really ‘really’ believe in life here after cos trust me if we did, none of us would ever miss his prayers ever ever again. And if you think my observation about us muslims  is incorretc then simply ask yourself, ” when was the last time you offered your prayers five times a day the whole week?” not months, not years, just plain weeks and you’ll be surprised, unfortunately!

Instead of pointing fingers at others, all we need is a ‘self-analysis’. Talk to yourslf, ask yourself why you’re too casual about such huge obligation of your. How can something of this high importance seem so unimportant to you. And promise yourself that you won’t miss any of your prayers ever again (if GOD be willing) cos  if you don’t do anything about it now, your ignorance and carelessness might grease the slope from mild carelessness to extreme carelessness when it comes to offering prayers specifically. Because, you can be the happiest man in the world, living your dream but if you’re not a ‘true muslim’, your nothing. You’re even more misreable than a pauper.

So promise  yourself.
I just did.

All about Ramadan/Ramazan

12 Oct

The word “Ramadan” comes from the Arabic root word ‘ramida’ or ‘ar-ramad’ for “parched thirst” and
“sun-baked ground.” It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who spend the month in fasting.
It is by nature a time of sacrifice.

Now the question arises “why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?”
Well the answer is simply because fasting during Ramadan is ordained in The Holy Quran to all muslims by ALLAH subhan-o-taala.

And the references from The Holy Qu’ran are as follows:

Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verses 183, 184) :

“O You who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for youas it was ordained
for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God:[fasting] during
a certain number of days. But whoever of you is ill, or on a journey, [shall
fast insted for the same ]number of days; and [in such cases] it is incumbent
uopn those who can afford it to make sacrifice by feeding a needy person.And
whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby;
for to fast is to do good unto yourself- if you but knew it.”

Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verse 185) :

“It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was was [first] bestowed fromon
high as a guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and asthe
standard by which to discern the true from the false. Hence, whoever of youlives
to see this month shall fast through it; but he that is ill, or on
ajourney,[shall fats instead for the same] number of other days. GOD willsthat
you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [hedesires]
that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol GODfor His
having guided you aright, and that you render your thanks [unto Him].”

Word used in Quran:
The word used in The Holy Quran for fasting is Al-Saum. Which means to abstain from food, drink and sexual intercourse from before the break of the dawn until sunset.

Al-Rayan/Ar-Raiyan:
It is one of the gates in the paradise through which only those who fast will be allowed to enter.

Reference by sahih-bhukhari:

Narrated Sahl (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1188, verse 1778)

The Prophet said, “There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who
observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except
them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to
observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it.
After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”

Timings:
About the timings to observe fast, Allah has mentioned in Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verse 187).

” …and eat and drink until the white thread appears to you, distinct from the
black thread,…”

Narrated ‘Adi bin Hatim: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1200, verse 1798)

When the above verses were revealed: ‘Until the white thread appears to you,
distinct from the black thread,’ I took two (hair) strings, one black and the
other white, and kept them under my pillow and went on looking at them
throughout the night but could not make anything out of it. So, the next morning
I went to Allah’s Apostle and told him the whole story. He explained to me,
“That verse means the darkness of the night and the whiteness of the dawn.”

Importance/Blessings/Fazeelat to observe fast during Ramadan:
At several places Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) narrated the fazeelat/blessings on those who observe fasts during Ramadan/Ramazan. Some of the hadeeth from Sahee-Bhukhari have been listed below:

Narrated Abu Huraira (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, chapter 1186, verse 1776)

Allah’s Apostle said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the
person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should
not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses
him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet added, “By Him in
Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person
is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the
fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast
is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good
deeds is multiplied ten times.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1189, verse 1781)

Allah’s Apostle said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven
are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1190, verse 1783)

The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of
sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins
will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere
faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be
forgiven.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 7 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1192, verse 1785)

The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions,
Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not
accept his fasting.)”

Shabay-Qadr/Lailatul-Qadr/Lailatul-Mubarika (The blessed night):
About the fazeelat/importance lailatul-Qadr (Qadr means destiny) ALLAH subhan-o-taala has given a whole surah by the name, Suran- Qadr, which is the ninety-seventh (97th) surah of The Holy Quran.

Surah-e-Al-Qadr: (Chapter 97)

“01. We revealed it (the Quran) on the Night Of Power. 02. Would that you knew
what the Night Of Power is like. 03. Better is the Night Of Power than a
thousand months. 04. On that night the Angles and the Sprit descend by their
Lord’s permission,with all His Decrees. 05. That Night is Peace, till the Break
of Dawn.”

Now the question arisies, what proof that we have that this night of blessings and Fazaail occurs in the Holy month of Ramazan as nothing about in which month it is present has been mentioned in The Holy Quran?

The answer to this question is present in the sahih-hadith of The Holy Prophet (PBUH) some are listed below.

Narrated ‘Aisha: Volume 8, Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1256, Verse 1891)

Allah’s Apostle said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan.”

Narrated Ibn Abbas: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1256, verse 1895)

The Prophet said, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan
,’ on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten
nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively).”

Narrated ‘Ubada bin As-Samit: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1256, verse 1897)

The Prophet came out to inform us about the Night of Qadr but two Muslims were
quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet said, “I came out to inform you
about the Night of Qadr but such-and-such persons were quarreling, so the news
about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for
it on the 29th, 27th and 25th (of Ramadan).

It’s clear from these hadith that one of the most meritorious aspects of the month of Ramadan is that it contains Laylatul-Qadr(the most blessed night of the year)

Taraweeh/Tarabe/Tarawih:
Another important feature of the month of Ramadan is Tarawih. It is a special Salah (prayer) consisting of 20 rak’at which is performed immediately after the Isha prayer. It should be noted that it is NOT an obligatory prayer but Sunnah.

As the Holy Prophet (PBUH) exclaimed:
Sahee-bHUKHARI hADITH:

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1253, verse 1884)

I heard Allah’s Apostle saying regarding Ramadan, “Whoever prayed at night in it
(the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah,
then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Narrated Abu Huraira: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1253, verse 1885)

Allah’s Apostle 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 died and
the people continued observing that (i.e. Nawafil offered 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 Ubai 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’a (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.”

I’tikaf:
It is a unique form of worship in which a person gives up all his activities. abandons his attachments, associations, daily routines and enters the mosque for a specific period.

References from Sahee-bhukhari hadith are:

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter 1258, verse 1899)

Allah’s Apostle used to practise Itikaf in the last ten days of the month of
Ramadan.

Narrated ‘Aisha: (Volume 8 Book of Al-Saum, Chapter1258 , verse 1900 )

(the wife of the Prophet) The Prophet used to practice Itikaf in the last ten
days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice Itikaf after
him.

Ramadan offers immense possibility of great spiritual journeys.It is no doubt a very special time for all of us (Muslims), but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year. In the Qur’an, we are commanded to fast so that we may “become pious”. This piety and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitude stay with us during our “normal” lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan.

Please Note: All the references of sahee-hadith in this article have only been taken from the book
Sahee-Bhukhari Shareef by Abu-Abdullah-Muhammad-bin-Ismaeel-Bhukhari.
Published in September 1985.

Wanna know more about the History and origin of the holy Month of Ramadan?

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All About Ramadan/Ramazan

May ALLAH bless us all.