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Revive a Sunnah: Takbeer During the 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 10, 2010

 

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying La ilaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu akbar) and Tahmed (saying Alhamdu Lillah),” or similar words. [al-Musnad]

 

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them both) used to go out to the market-place on first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people used to recite Takbeer because of their Takbeer. [Bukhari]

RAS 09 – The Night of Power

September 3, 2010

The last ten nights of Ramadan are here, so we need to act now if we want to seek out Laylatul-Qadr – one single night that is better than a thousand months!

Your Previous Sins are Forgiven

There are many virtues of Laylatul-Qadr, not only is this single night better than a thousand months of worship but it is also a night when sins are forgiven.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said:  “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]

Staying up at Night

When the last ten nights came the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would stay up at night and increase his worship.

A’isha said: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would pray and sleep during the twenty days [of Ramadan], then during the ten [last nights] he would stay awake and tighten his belt. [Ahmad]

Dua of Laylatul-Qadr

A’isha said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), if I know which night is Laylatul-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, Say:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni

O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me

[Tirmidhi]

Other recommended acts include; making lots of dua to Allah, making dhikr, reciting Qur’an, waking up others.

Action Points

  • Make the intention to stay awake during the last ten nights. Not just the 27th night as is common, but at the very least all the odd numbered nights.
  • Implement the various sunnan of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) – wake someone up, recite the Qur’an, pray qiyam.
  • Learn the above dua and recite it as much as you can during the last ten nights. Don’t forget to also make other duas for yourself and others.

RAS 08 – Observing I’tikaf

August 27, 2010

As we are drawing closer to the last ten night of Ramadan, it is essential that we try our utmost to seek out Laylatul-Qadr. One of the best ways to do so is by observing i’tikaf (seclusion in the masjid) and spending the last ten nights of Ramadan in the ibadah of Allah.

I’tikaf – A forgotten Sunnah?

Unfortunately not a lot of people observe this sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), be that due to work, busy lifestyles etc. However the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), the sahabah and those after them were very strict in adhering to this sunnah.

A’ishah said that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to observe i’tikaf during the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah took his soul, then his wives observed i’tikaf after he was gone. [Bukhari]

Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri said: It is strange that the Muslims have given up i’tikaf when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) did not give it up from the time he entered Medina until Allah took him (in death).

Purpose of I’tikaf

The Prophet observed i’tikaf to draw closer to Allah and seek out Laylatul-Qadr.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) observed i’tikaf during the first ten days of Ramadan, then he observed i’tikaf during the middle ten days in a small tent at the door of which was a reed mat. He took the mat in his hand and lifted it. Then he put his head out and spoke to the people, and they came close to him. He said: “I observed i’tikaf during the first ten days seeking this night, then I observed i’tikaf during the middle ten days. Then someone came and said to me that it is in the last ten days (i.e Laylatul-Qadr), so whoever among you wishes to observe i’tikaf let him do so.” So the people observed i’tikaf with him[Muslim]

Other reasons include; renewing ones spirituality and increasing in worship of Allah with prayer, reciting Qur’an, making dua and dhikr

Action Points

  • Make intention to observe i’tikaf, even if is just for one hour.
  • Increase your worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

RAS 07 – Making Dua Whilst Fasting

August 20, 2010

There are many blessings of the month of Ramadan and so we should all hasten in doing good deeds and spreading the khayr. One blessing of Ramadan that we should take advantage of is that the dua of the fasting person is not rejected. Therefore we should spend our time making dua, for the dunya and akhirah, for ourselves and others.

Three Prayers are not Rejected

It was narrated from Anas that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveller.” [Bayhaqi]

Dua after Iftar

Ibn ‘Umar said: When the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) broke his fast, he would say:

ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَ ابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ، وَ ثَبَتَ الأجْرُ إنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

Dhahabadh-dhamaa’u wab-tallatil ‘uruuqi, wa thabatal-ajru inshaa’Allah

The thirst is gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is confirmed, if Allah Wills. [Abu Dawud]

Action Points

  • Make a dua list. Repeat these duas throughout Ramadan, especially the last ten night.
  • Make time before and after Iftar to make dua. Many times when Iftar time draws near we are rushing to prepare food etc. Have the food ready ten minutes early and spend some time making dua.
  • Memorise the above dua.

RAS 06 – Reciting Surat al-Mulk

August 13, 2010

With the onset of the month of Ramadan, it is time to really step it up with regards to our ibadah. This makes it the perfect time to start implementing some of the various sunnahs of the day. One sunnah is the regular recitation of Surat al-Mulk, a short but very powerful and rewarding surah to read.

It Will Intercede For You

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “A surah from the Qur’an containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the Surah Tabaarak Aladhi bi yadihi’l-mulk (i.e. Surat al-Mulk).” [Tirmidhi]

Reciting it Every Night

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: Whoever reads Tabaarak allaahi bi yadihi’l-mulk (i.e. Surat al-Mulk) every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well. [al-Nasaa’i]

Virtues of Surat al-Mulk

From the above two hadith we see that Surat al-Mulk has the following virtues:

  • It will intercede for you.
  • It will protect you from the grave punishment.

Action Points

  • Recite this surah every night. Allocate yourself a specific time for it to be recited (e.g. straight after Maghrib) so that you get into a routine.
  • Memorise this surah. This will mean that even if you don’t have a mushaf at hand you can still read this surah. If you memorise one ayah a day you will have the complete surah memorised within the month. Set this as one of your Ramadan goals!

RAS 05 – Saying the Shahadah after Wudhu

August 6, 2010

How many times do we make wudhu in a day? If we renew our wudhu before each salah, that would be five times. Therefore that gives us at the very least five chances in the day to implement this simple sunnah, so no excuses!

Saying the Shahadah after Wudhu

It is from the sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) that you say the shahadah / testification after you complete your wudhu.

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدَاً عَبْدَهُ وَرَسُولَهُ

Ashhadu al- laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluh

I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger

The Eight Doors of Paradise

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “There is no one among you who does wudhu and does it properly and does it well, then he says, I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger except that the eight doors of Paradise will be opened to him and he may enter through whichever of them he wishes.” [Muslim]

Action Points

  • Each time you make wudhu make sure you say the shahadah.
  • Write out the hadith and stick it somewhere that will remind you to implement this sunnah.
  • Remember, the hadith talks about doing wudhu well and then saying the shahadah. Each time you do wudhu, make sure you are doing it properly. DON’T RUSH.
  • Teach others (friends, family) and earn reward!

RAS 04 – Start with the Right Foot

July 30, 2010

Implementing the sunnah is really very easy, simply because the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) provided guidance in all matters of our lives. Even when it comes to something as trivial as putting on shoes we have a chance of earning reward.

How to Put On / Take Off Shoes

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said, “When any of you puts on his shoes, he should put on the right one first; and when he takes them off, he should begin with the left. Let the right shoe be the first to be put on and the last to be taken off.” [Bukhari]

Did you know?

  • The Prophet only ever owned 3-4 pairs of sandals in his whole life.
  • It is not allowed for a person to walk with one shoe as this is the walk of Shaytan.

Action Points

  • This is a very simple sunnah to follow as long as you remember! Keep this hadith in mind when putting on and taking off shoes.
  • Teach your siblings / children this sunnah, so that it becomes a habit for them while they are young.

RAS 03 – Sending Salaam on the Prophet

July 23, 2010

So we learnt about the importance of giving salaam to others, but did you know that it is the way of Allah and the angels to send salaam on the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم)?

Allah tells us in the Qur’an:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ۚ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ

وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you that believe! Send your blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. [Surat al-Ahzab, 33:56]

So if Allah sends peace and blessings on the Prophet, and so do the angels, then shouldn’t we? This is an important sunnah that really needs to be revived. Not because we don’t do it at all, but because we don’t do it enough!

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RAS 02 – Waking up the Sunnah way!

July 16, 2010

The reason why people refer to Islam as a way of life rather than a religion is that it guides us in all aspects of our life. From the big stuff, like beliefs and ibadah, to the tiniest things that we – most of the time – have no idea about!

This week Insha’Allah we will look at the way the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) woke up from his sleep and how easy it is for all of us to gain so much ajr, from the very moment we open our eyes in the morning.

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RAS 01 – Spread Salaam

July 9, 2010

We all know that we should meet and greet each other with salaam, but how many times have we seen our friends and greeted them with something else? How many times have we seen a Muslim on the street and looked the other way?

Importance of Salaam

A man asked the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), ‘What is the best thing in Islam?’ He said, ‘Feeding others and giving the greeting of salaam to those whom you know and those whom you do not know.’ [Bukhari]

Did you know?

  • Abdullah ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhu) used to go out to the market place just to give salaam to the people.
  • As salaamu alaykum is the greeting of paradise – “Their greeting therein will be: ‘Peace!’” [Surah Ibrahim, 14:23]
  • The angels reply to you when you give salaam to others.

Action Points

  • Get into the habit of greeting your friends and family with salaam, and the best salaam at that – as salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. Bagging yourself 30 hasanat in the space of a few seconds.
  • It’s easy to give salaam to people we know, but what about those we don’t know? This week try and give your salaam to at least 10 people that you don’t know.
  • When entering and leaving the house give salaam, even if the house is empty – the angels will reply.

More Information

The Importance of Giving Salaam

The Greeting


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