June 22

Salaat Ruyati Hilal – Salaat Upon Seeing New Moon

It is desirable to pray a 2 rakat Salat after seeing the moon of the first night of every lunar month, within 3 days & earlier the better. Also give sadqa /charity & Inshallah you will be safe throughout the month.

 

This salaat is to be prayed exactly like the morning prayer, except make full adjustments.

 

Make Niyat of Ruyatil Hilal

In first Rakat recite after Sura Fatiaah recite Sooratul Ikhlass 30 times

In the second rakat after Sura Fatiaah recite Sooratul Qadr 30 times

 

After Salaam Recite the following :-

Transliteration

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There is not a "moving creature" in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah. He knows its habitation and its repository. All is in a manifest Book.

If Allah touch you with affliction, there is none that can relieve there from save He; and if He desires good for you, there is none who can repel His bounty. He makes it available to whom He wills of his bondmen. He is the Oft-forgiving, the Merciful.

 

Allah will vouchsafe, after hardship, ease.

 

That which Allah wills (will come to pass)! There is no strength save in Allah.

 

Allah is sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in whom we trust!
I confide my cause unto Allah. Verily, Allah is Seer of (His) bondmen,
There is no god save Thou. Be Thou glorified! Verily, I have been a wrongdoer, My Lord! I am needy of whatever good Thou sends down for me.

 

My Lord! Leave me not alone (childless), though Thou art the best of inheritors

 

Transliteration

WA MAA MIN DAAABBTIN FIL ARZ“I ILLAA A‘LALLAAHI RIZQUHAA WA YA‘–LAMU MUSTAQARRHAA WA MUSTAWDA’A HAA KULLUN FEE KITAABIM MUBEEN WA IY YAMSASKALLAAHU BI – Z “URRIN FALAA KAASHIFA LAHOO ILLAA HOO WA IY YURIDKA BI – KHAY RIN FALAA RAAADDA LI – FAZ “ LIH YUS ‘ EEBU BIHEE MAY YASHAAA – U MIN I‘BAADIH WA HUWAL GHAFOORUR RAH ‘ EEM
SAYAJ – A’ LULLAAHU BA ‘ – DA US ‘ RIY YUSRAA
MAA SHAAA – ALLAAHU LAA QUWWATA ILLAA BILLAAH
H‘ASBUNALLAAHU WA ALLAH NI ‘ – MAL WAKEEL
WA UFAWWIZ’U AMREEE ILALLAAH INNALLAAHA BAS ‘ EERUM BIL – I‘BAAD LAAA ILAAHA ILLAAA ANTA SUBH‘AANAKA INNEE KUNTU MINAZ‘ Z‘AALIMEEN RABBI INNEE LIMAAA ANZALTA ILAYYA MIN KHAYRIN FAQEER RABBI LAA TAD ‘ ARNEE FARADAW WA ANTA KHAYRUL WAARITHEEN

February 3

The Greatest Role Model

By:  Huda Jawad

rawla_202How can we describe a personality so great that history has not been able to contain it? What of the presence that has survived limitless attempts to demean its greatness? How does one pay due respect to the Mercy of Mankind and its greatest teacher? Indeed, as the season of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) unfolds, many Muslims find themselves seeking the best method we can honour our beloved Prophet.

This is where the immense contradiction the Muslim world faces today manifests itself. The Prophet Muhammad was a man of gentleness, and yet, Muslims continue to suffer from harshness towards themselves and others. The Prophet was a man of forgiveness, and yet we hold grudges and seek revenge. The Prophet was a man of the hereafter, and yet we are individuals concerned with this world. Above all, the Prophet Muhammad is the most outstanding exemplar of a man of God, and yet we are surrounded with men of materialism.

The character of the Prophet Muhammad is the standard by which we should all conduct ourselves. But although we have recognized his greatness and perfection, we have yet to implement his examples and teachings into ourselves. Indeed, the Holy Qur’an mentions the status of the Prophet Muhammad before Muslims: "Certainly a Messenger has come to you from among yourselves; grievous to him is your falling into distress, excessively solicitous respecting you; to the believers is he most kind and merciful." (9:128)

It now becomes apparent that the beauty of Islam is found in its teachings being practical and implementable. God did not just list commandments for us to follow and laws to obey. Instead, He blessed mankind with the most esteemed leaders and teachers who practically implemented every single one of those commandments and laws.

Forgiveness
The Prophet forgave and showed patience towards the shortcomings of others. It is well-known that even those who mistreated the Prophet were visited by him during their illnesses or times of grief, including the woman who tormented the Prophet every day on his way to prayer. He said, "Forgiving is the best of all deeds. Pardoning is incumbent upon you, for verily pardoning [others] only increases the servant’s honour, so pardon each others’ faults, and God will grant you honour." (al-Kafi)

Meaningful and Kind Speech
The Prophet Muhammad was the first to greet others. The Prophet of Islam spoke in short, meaningful sentences and never disrupted the speech of others. The gatherings in which the Prophet was present were dignified, with a clear level of modesty, dignity, truthfulness, and pleasantness. He advises us "Say a good (word) to derive benefit, and avoid speaking evil words to be safe."

Sublime Morals
The Prophet said, "The first thing that shall be put in the Scales (on the Day of Judgment) are good morals." The morals and ethics of the Prophet were recognized by God in the Qur’an: "And truly you (Muhammad) possess great morals." (52:4) It is through the exalted morals of the Prophets that God was able to lead otherwise ruined and corrupt societies towards the ark of salvation. Consider then the impact of our morals and behaviour on ourselves, our communities, and our social spheres.

Attaining Honour Through Humility
When attending gatherings or entering a room, the Prophet did not seek out a specific place to sit and instead sat anywhere. The Prophet Muhammad held the status of prophecy and divine leadership, and yet his humility and modesty in dealing with the people and his way of life were so simple and gentle that when he was among the people and a newcomer wanted to speak to him, he would need to inquire and ask, "Which one of you is the Prophet?" During journeys and trips, the Prophet would do work just like everyone else, including collecting firewood. He declared, "I do not like to be treated as if I were privileged, because God does not like any of His creatures to consider himself privileged or to be treated as if he were privileged over others."

He also reminds us, "Humility adds nothing to God’s servants but dignity. Be humble, therefore, and God will grant you dignity." The Prophet also said, "There are four distinguishing marks of the humble ones: they pay constant attention to Allah in private and in public, they carry out good works, they contemplate about the Day of Resurrection, and they engage in intimate supplication with God."

Respect: A Sign of a Muslim
The Prophet respected everyone, regardless of their social class, profession, religion, or race. He was patient, loving, and peaceful with everyone he met, and through his great conduct Islam spread throughout Arabia. Our Prophet stayed away from things that lacked value and listened attentively to the speech of others.

A Perfect Exemplar
The perfection of the Prophet Muhammad cannot be expressed by the writer, poet, historian, scholar, or observer. Instead, we must turn to the most perfect divine book, the Holy Qur’an to understand the superiority and status of the Prophet Muhammad: "Certainly you have in the Messenger of God an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in God and the latter day and remembers Allah much." (33:21)

January 31

Martyrdom Of Our 11th Imam A.S.- 8th Rabbiul Awwal

Condolences to all mu’mineen on the martyrdom anniversary of our 11th Imam a.s.

Imam Hasan Askari (A.S.) Introduced the Saviour of Humanity

Imam Hassan al-Askari imam hassan al-askari(A.S) has said:

"There are two characteristics, which surpass all others:

Having faith in Allah, and Benefiting one’s brothers (in faith)." (1)

One of the major responsibilities of Imam Hassan al-Askari (A.S), for which he endeavoured earnestly, was to introduce the Imam after him to the Shias and to inform them of the next Imam’s occultation.

At the time, the Abbasid dynasty, having had heard the words of the previous Imams (A.S.) and those of Prophets’ (A.S) about the saviour that would be born to Imam Hassan al-Askari (A.S), were in close watch of Imam Hassan’s (A.S.) residency to make sure he would not have a son. Thereupon, Imam Hassan al-Askari (A.S) had to hide his son from the guards sent by the government and in that manner save his son’s life.

After the martyrdom of Imam Hassan al-Askari (A.S), Imam Mahdi (A.S) went into the periods of his short and long occultation, whereupon most Shiias were deprived from seeing their Imam. Upon this matter, at the time of Imam al-Askari (A.S) it was necessary to introduce Imam Mahdi (A.S) to certain Shiias, and clarify his processes of occultation. Many narrations have been recorded on this matter, but in this excerpt we will refer to only one.

Ahmad ibn Is’haq, one of the reliable companions of Imam Hassan al-Askari (A.S), has narrated: "In one of my visits to the Imam, I had intended to ask about his successor. Yet before I had spoken, the Imam (A.S) said: ‘O Ahmad ibn Is’haq! From the creation of Adam, Allah (SWT) has never left the earth without His successor on people, and will never do so until the Day of Judgment…

‘I asked: ‘O son of the messenger of Allah! So who is the successor and Imam after you?’

Imam Askari (A.S) stood up immediately, and entered the house. He then returned carrying a three year old boy, whose face was filled with a halo of light. He said: ‘O Ahmad! If it were not for your eminence in the eyes of Almighty Allah and His chosen people, I would not have shown you my child. His name and nickname are the same as that of Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.W); and it is he who will fill the earth with justice after it has been corrupted with oppression…By Allah (SWT)! He will live through a long occultation from which people will not survive perdition and deviation, except for those who stand firm on believing in his Imamate, and those who are honoured with the opportunity to pray for haste in his reappearance."

Ahmad ibn Ishaq narrates: "The minute I asked Imam Askari (A.S): ‘Will any sign or miracle appear to make me confident?’ The child began speaking: ‘I am the remainder of Allah (Baqiatullah) on earth; the one who will take revenge on the enemies of Allah; and after seeing me, do not search for any other signs!"…

(Selection taken from," An Analysis of the Life of Imam Hassan Askari (A.S)", by Muhammad Baqir Qurashi) Footnote: 1- Tuhaf al-Uqul, p. 489

January 21

Salaat & Aamaal for the 1st of Rabbiul Awwal

 

General Rites of the Months

The general rites to be advisably done in each month are as follows:

First: It is recommended to say the famous supplicatory prayers at the sight of the new moon. The most preferable of these is the supplication No. 43 of Sahifae Sajjadiyyah, which has been mentioned within the rites at the beginning of Holy Ramadhan.

Second: It is recommended to recite Surah al Fateha seven times in order to escape eye ache.

Third: It is recommended to have some cheese, for it has been narrated that one who usually eats some cheese at the beginning of each month will have almost all his requests answered.

Fourth: At the first night of each month, it is recommended to offer a two unit prayer with Surah al Fateha and Surah An’aam (No. 6). One may then pray Almighty Allah to save him from any terror or pain and to make him live throughout that month peacefully and safely.

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Salaat Ruyati Hilal – Salaat upon seeing new moon

It is desirable to pray a 2 rakat Salaat after seeing the moon of the first night of every lunar month, within 3 days & earlier the better. Also give sadaqa /charity & Inshallah you will be safe throughout the month.

This salaat is to be prayed exactly like the morning prayer, except make foll adjustments.

  1. Make Niyat of Ruyatil Hilal

  2. In first Rakat recite after Sura Fateha recite Sooratul Ikhlass 30 times

  3. In the second rakat after Sura Fateha  recite Sooratul Qadr 30 times

  4. After Salaam Recite the following :-

    Transliteration

There is not a "moving creature" in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah. He knows its habitation and its repository. All is in a manifest Book.

If Allah touch you with affliction, there is none that can relieve there from save He; and if He desires good for you, there is none who can repel His bounty. He makes it available to whom He wills of his bondmen. He is the Oft-forgiving, the Merciful.

Allah will vouchsafe, after hardship, ease. That which Allah wills (will come to pass)! There is no strength save in Allah.

Allah is sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in whom we trust!
I confide my cause unto Allah. Verily, Allah is Seer of (His) bondmen,
There is no god save Thou. Be Thou glorified! Verily, I have been a wrongdoer, My Lord! I am needy of whatever good Thou sends down for me. My Lord! Leave me not alone (childless), though Thou art the best of inheritors.

 

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