August 30

The Power of Prayers

One of the best ways to assist your evolution into higher consciousness and stabilise your sixth sense so that you become an evolved being is to pray. Prayer immediately raises your personal vibration and ushers more light into your body, opens your heart chakra, which in turn activates your sixth sense and connects you with your Higher Self. Prayer isn’t complicated or difficult.

It is simply the practice of communicating on an intimate heart-to-heart level with your Creator.
When you pray you ask your personal ego to step aside and you surrender your personal energy over to a Higher Power, asking it to work through you, to bring about balance and healing.

Prayer allows Divine power to do for you what your own personal power and resources operating on a five sensory level can’t. Just in case you don’t already know this, in blind study after blind study, research shows that prayer works, so even science confirms that prayer is probably a good idea.
Prayer heals. Prayer calms. Prayer strengthens. Prayer balances and restores order. Prayer attracts solutions that we could never even imagine possible, which is what we call miracles. Prayer is a direct link to heaven and keeps us plugged into our source.

Some people wonder if there is a correct way to pray. I believe the answer to this is, “Yes, there is. Your way.” Prayer is such a personal and intimate connection with Divine Source that the right way to pray is in whatever way you personally intuitively feel moved to pray. After all, prayer, like everything else soulful, is an art, and your prayer is your art.

The other day I went to my computer to log onto the Internet for something and much to my dismay there was something wrong with my computer and I couldn’t establish the connection I had wanted to.

I felt frustrated and really disappointed that I was unable to gain access to this vast and free resource when I really needed it. Praying is very similar to logging on to the Internet, only better.
It is spiritually logging on to Divine Wisdom, the ultimate resource for needed support and guidance.
Like everything else that connects us to our sixth sense, prayer is most effective when practiced. That means we should pray all the time, until it becomes automatic.

Pray when you first wake up in the morning.
Pray when you take a shower.
Pray before your drink your morning coffee and when you drive to work.
Pray for direction, for the easiest and best way to get through your day.
Pray for inspiration, and for your health.
Pray for success in your projects and for patience when those around you get on your nerves.
Pray for forgiveness and an open heart.
Pray for the answer to your problems and where to find your car keys.
Pray for creative inspiration and for better health.
Pray to release the past and to open your mind and heart to a better future.
Pray for the willingness to let go of the old and outdated and reach out for something new.
Pray for understanding.
Pray for faith. Pray for peace. Pray for a happy heart in spite of everything. That’s just for starters. You can then begin to pray for others, and their well-being. Pray for your family, your job, and your co-workers. Pray for your enemies and your competition.
And most of all, pray for the world and world peace.

In fact, pray for everything you can think of.

When you pray you instantly raise your personal vibration to a higher and more harmonious energy pattern. This higher vibration has a healing effect on your physical and emotional body.
It calms your anxiety, soothes your nerves, and eases your tension. It has helped relieve high blood pressure, lift depression, and cure sickness, although the scientists aren’t sure how. In fact prayer has even been known to cause miracles!

Prayer is basic training for anyone who wants to become a six-sensory being. It not only opens you up to receiving assistance from a higher power, it also relieves you of the stress of “figuring things out” for yourself. Prayer simply turns things over to Divine Source for solution and takes the pressure off of you. One of the hallmarks of a six sensory being is the absence of worry over how things will work out.

There are no instructions when it comes to prayer. Pray whenever you feel like it, about anything you feel like, and in whatever way you feel like.

Don’t worry if you are doing it right. God knows better than you, what you mean and need.
The point of prayer is not so much what you pray for, or how, because we are often confused when we pray, but that in praying we allow for Divine Spirit to enter into our hearts and into our lives to straighten things out.

The beauty of prayer is that with it God does straighten things out and always better than we could have asked for or imagined.

July 16

A’amal For 1st Night Of The Holy Month Of Ramadhan

 

2 Rakaat Namaz

It is reported that on the first night or first day one should offer 2 rakaat namaz. In the first rakaat, after al-hamd recite soora al fath and in the 2nd rakaat recite any soora after al-hamd. Allah will protect him from all calamities in the coming year.

Bath

It is recommended to have relations with spouse, and bath in running water. It is recommended to put 30 handfuls of water on ones head as it will be real purification for the next year and will protect the performer from Scabies and other diseases throughout the next year.

 

Ziyarat-e-Imam Husain

It is sunnat to recite Ziarat-e-Imam Husain on the first night and also on Nights of 15th and 29th. It carries great Sawab (reward). Sins are removed from the reciter and Allah will grant sawab of Haj & Umra.

 

**Dua Jaushane Kabeer

Very important to recite on the 1st of Holy Ramadhan.

In one of the battles Rasulullah (S.A.W.) perceived his armour to be heavy. Jibrail came and said: “O’ Muhammad! Your Rabb conveys his greetings to you and has said to take this coat of armour (Jawshan in Arabic) and to recite it as this is a protection for you and your Ummah.”

It has been narrated from Imam Husayn (A.S.) that:”My father advised to me that I should memorize and protect this dua and write it on the Kafan (burial shroud) and that I should teach it to my family members and he highly encouraged me to read this dua as it contains 1,000 names of Allah…..”

 

Niyyat for the Whole Month

One should have intention for fasts for the whole month also one should make intention each night and a fresh Niyyat should be made as follows.I do intend to observe fast for the month of Ramadhan (tomorrow) being obligatory for the sake of nearness of All_h (wajib qurbatan ilallah)

 

General Rites of the Month

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.
 

Fifth: Pray Salaat Ruyati Hilal – Salaat upon seeing new moon


June 26

Dua Is The Weapon Of The Believer

"When my servants asks you about me, then (say to them) verily I am near. I answer the prayer of supplicant when he beseeches me". (2:186)

Many verses in the Quran stress on dua, and explain the value of dua. Also, there are numerous Ahadith (traditions) of the Prophet (saww) and Imams (as), which stress on the importance of dua in the life of a believer. Allah openly invites a man to invocate. "And says your Lord: ‘Call to me, I will answer you". (40:60)

The Prophet (saww) says: "The best form of worship is Dua". The most laziest man is that who doesn’t remember Allah by his lips or tongue, inspite of being healthy and idle. The Prophet (saww) says: "The most incapable man is the one who neglects dua".

Imam Ali (a.s) says: "The best deed to Allah is Dua".

Imam Muhammad Bakir (a.s) says : "Do not get bored with Dua as it is very highly ranked by Allah".

Imam Jaffer Sadiq (a.s ) says : "Increase Dua because it is the key to all mercy and fulfiller of every need".

Few observations about Dua:

(a) Dua is a Link: The biggest benefit of Dua is that it is a kind of link between a man and Allah. Man is in great need to make contact with Allah. This need is present in all spheres of a man’s life. One of these spheres in which he feels this need is his psychological sphere (i.e. his Nafs).

How? What do we mean by Psychological need? A man must have a balance in his nafs. A balance between his feeling weak and his feeling strong. If a man feels weak and sees his nafs weak, in face of difficulties and problems, he will not be able to face life and will crumble. At the same time, if a man is full of courage, then this leads him to be proud. So there must be a balance in the Nafs of a Person.

How and when can you get this balance? It can be obtained when you link yourself with Allah and get into contact with Allah (swt). Dua gives a man strength when he feels weak, because such a man sees that all the troubles and all the forces against him are nothing compared to Allah and His strengh. But at the same time he doesn’t get proud, because he who remembers Allah and His position, will feel weak and disgraced when he compares Allah’s strength with his own.

For example, if you are in contact with a King or a ruler, you have confidence that he will help you, since he has strength, and at the same time when you compare his strength with your own, you won’t be proud. Thus Dua gives you confidence, and at the same time prevents you from being proud. That is why a great many Duas stress on this, i.e. they talk of the greatness of Allah, and remind man of his weakness compared to Allah (swt).

"O Allah! I ask you by Your mercy that encompasses everything. O Allah! You are strong and I am weak"

(b) Dua is a Weapon: It is essential that a man recites Dua at all times, especially in this era. I think that the need is greater today, because we are living in dangerous conditions. Today can be compared to the battle of Khandaq where Kufr could have defeated Islam and falsehood could have won against truth. Today everywhere Muslims are suffering. In Iraq and in Palestine, massacres are taking place. In the Israeli prisons, severe tortures to Muslim Mujahids is norm of the day. In the face of all this, we must recite dua constantly.

Of course, we must act too. In Hadith – "A prayer of supplicant without action is same as an arrow without a string". But action without Allah’s help is also of no use. Our enemies have the strongest of weapons, while we are weak and disunited. We don’t possess even one quarter of technology they have. So how can we confront them? ‘Dua plus Action’ shall help us. Dua not only can uplift us spiritually, but is gives us strength as well.

As the Prophet (saww) said: "Dua is a Mumin’s weapon".

(c) Beseech Allah for everything and on everytime: One other observation is that we should beseech Allah’s help to all our serious and trivial problems. It is true that a man should ask Allah for everything, even for the salt of his table, but important things come first. Our Prophets asked for victory, asked for truth to win. The followers of Nabi Musa (a.s) used to ask for steadfastness, and patience against troubles. Everybody should ask for Islam’s victory. Dua should go with the times, and many Ulamas say that Dua is not that which is written in books only, but a man is allowed to pray the way he wants.

Dua is a contact with Allah, so make the contact the way you feel best. Of course, the Duas of our Imams (a.s) are more comprehensive and effective, but making contact yourself with your own words and thoughts is allowed too. Express your inner feelings to Allah. Our Imams would pray for social conditions and political conditions that they lived in. Imam Ali (a.s) would pray against Moawiya and Amr Ibn Aas. Imam Hussein (as) prayed against the army of Bani Ummaya on the day of Ashura. We must in this time pray for our Mujahids in the prisoners, for the Ulemas, and for the victory of the Islam. If the Dua in books doesn’t express what you feel, go ahead and express your feelings from the bottom of your heart.

Pray to Allah on every occasion : happy or sad. Quran says: "And when touches a man (an) affliction, he cries to Us, but when we remove from him his affliction, he passes on as though he had not called to us (on account of the affliction which did touch him)".

Allah brings problems so that we may establish contact with Him, but some people even don’t do this, even if they are faced by problems.

(d) Dua with Jama’ah: Dua of a congregation (Jama’ah) is better than an individual’s dua. The people should get used to praying together. Dua Komail, Dua Nudbah, Dua Tawassul, etc. should be prayed in congregation. The christians have a good habit of praying together when faced with difficulty.

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) says: "If 40 people gather together and pray, Allah shall certainly accept at least one man’s dua". Some people in the congregation may be good and sincere, and because of them, dua of all the rest shall be accepted.

(e) Understand the meaning of what you recite in Dua : Reciting Duas taught to us by our beloved Prophet and Imams (as) without understanding their meaning, makes it loose most of its significance and benefits. Then it is little surprise we hardly feel its effect on us or its benefit in our life.