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.

June 27

Wiladate Imam Zamaan Mubarak!

Wiladate Imam Zamaan Mubarak!

Shabe Bara’at is the night that Allah (SWT) closes our previous book and plans all the happenings to take place for the year to come.

So, I ask you to forgive me for anything said or done as I do not know what is going to be written in my destiny for the upcoming year.

No man or woman on earth knows when they will leave this world…It could be any moment, and fast and unexpected….

Death might come while I perhaps have hurt my brothers and sisters.

Therefore I want to ask for your forgiveness today…

Forgive me if I ever hurt you – even if it was a “silly” remark

Forgive me if I ever hurt you – by giving you an unpleasant look

Forgive me if I ever hurt you – by talking behind your back

Forgive me if I ever hurt you – by raising my voice or by being arrogant

Forgive me if I taken something and not returned it

Please Forgive me for the countless harm I may have caused intentionally or unintentionally.

And may Allah (SWT) forgive us all, grant us and all our marhoomeen an opportunity to serve with our living Imam.

May Allah (SWT) hasten the reappearance of our Holy 12th Imam (ATFS) and give us the tawfeeq to do right.

May Allah (SWT) safeguard all the innocent victims of bloodshed around the world from the tyrants and oppressors

(aameen, thumma aameen)

Let us keep each other in duas as we are all so mohtaaj of these.

iltemase dua.

June 24

Translation Of Dua-e-Areeza

Submitting our Wishes and Hajaats to Allah SWT via Areeza to Imam of our Time (Aft) is one of the most effective methods of getting our wishes accepted & Hajaats coming to fruition



Translation of Dua-e-Areeza

I have written to you O my master, may His mercy and blessing be on you, seeking a favour from you.

I have complained to you for what has happened to me seeking solutions

firstly from Allah and then from you for a matter that has obsessed me.

I am helpless in combating the problem and for that I have resorted to seeking help from Allah and from you.

Knowing the status you have with Allah.

I am confident that you will help me get the solutions to my problems swiftly and that you will intercede on my behalf.

I am helpless and moreover I am sinful:

so help O master and present this problem to Allah and I pray to Him that He will solve this quickly

and grant me victory and success in finding the solution to my problems.

(Write your personal wishes and problems in the provided space)



I am not able to carry or bear with it. Although I am responsible for the increase of my sins and

ignorant about my responsibilities (Wajibaats), from Allah which are given to me.

So help me O my master. Peace be upon you during this time of problems and sorrow.

presents my prayers to Allah before I compensate and before my enemies engulfs me.

For you have shown me your blessings.

So I pray to Allah for great salvation and near victory with calmness from all fears,

for Allah is most high and does what he wants. Allah is sufficient for me from beginning and in my hopes.

Whatever Allah wish there is neither strength nor any power except in Allah the High, the Great.

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*When putting the Areeza in the sea, we normally recite the following,

addressing Husayn bin Rawh, the 3rd Na’ib of the 12th Imam a.s.:

“O Husayn bin Rawh, Salamun Alykum.

I bear witness that you died in the path of Allah and (hence), you are alive and are sustained by Allah.

I am addressing you in your life which you lead with Allah – this is my note and wishes to the master of the Era,

the 12th Imam (AS), so please hand it over to him for you are indeed trustworthy”.

(courtesy:fourteenstars)

May 17

The Laws of Death

Imam Ali al-Hadi (peace be upon him) has said: “Remember when you are on your deathbed and your body is lying before your family members, then there is no physician to prevent you (from death) nor a friend to avail you.” (Bihar al-Anwar) When most of us are around a dying or deceased person, whether it is someone we love and feel close to or perhaps somebody we may not be so familiar with, we are overcome with a sense of confusion, shock, nervousness, and fear. It is unfortunate that during this time, the people surrounding the near-death person often forego some of the obligatory and recommended acts and supplications. According to the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them), if these acts are performed correctly for the sake of Allah, not only is there reward for the persons who carry out those funeral rites, but there is also great potential for the deceased to be rewarded with a better final destination, insha’Allah.



On the Deathbed



A Muhtadir is a dying person. A person becomes Muhtadir when death becomes apparent to one, and for example, is told that (s)he only has an hour or so to live and is nearing the final breath. At this stage, there are certain Islamic laws and rulings which become obligatory in regard to the Muhtadir.



Editor’s Note: The jurisprudential issues mentioned in this article are based on the rulings of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani. The rulings referenced are from his book Ahkam al-Amwat (Rules Relating to the Deceased), translated into English by Shaikh Saleem Bhimji and available online.



Obligatory Rules Relating to a Person in the State of Ihtidar



Asking for Forgiveness: Regardless of how pious and God-fearing one may be, asking for forgiveness for sins is an act which even the sinless and infallible Ahlul Bayt would practice. Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him) has said: “When a believing Muslim frequently asks Allah for forgiveness, his record (of deeds) will ascend while it will be glowing.” (Makarim al-Akhlaq)



The Will Relating to the Rights of Others: Imam Sadiq has said, “One who dies without a will dies the death of one during the Days of Ignorance (pre-Islamic age).” (Wasail al-Shia) In addition to the specific rules governing an Islamic will, it must be noted that if the Muhtadir has any property or trust in his/her possession which rightfully belongs to someone else, or if the Muhtadir owes something to someone and is not able to fulfill the trust or pay back that which he owes, then this must be informed to those around the dying person. (Ruling #7) Imam Sadiq has said: “In no way is Allah worshipped better than by fulfilling the right of a believer.” (Al-Kafi)



The Will Relating to the Wajib Actions that Have Become Qadha: If the Muhtadir has not performed any obligatory actions in his life (for any reason whatsoever) and they have now become delayed or Qadha, this should be written in the will or at least others should be informed. For example, a person’s will may include the following: one year of missed Salat, five missed fasts due to sickness, one month of fasts voluntarily missed (and any Kaffara on fasts), Hajj not performed, $200 of unpaid Khums, $1000 of unpaid Zakat, etc. (Ruling #8)



Rules Relating to People Around a Person in the State of Ihtidar



Lay the Dying Person Facing the Qibla: It is obligatory upon every Muslim to lay a dying person facing the Qibla (on his/her back with the soles of the feet facing the Qibla), and if the dying person consents to it, there is no need to seek permission from the guardian. Otherwise, the permission must be sought. (Ruling #35, 37) Once while visiting a Muhtadir person, the Holy Prophet said: “Make this man face towards the Qibla, because if you do this, then the angels will turn their attention towards him, and Allah will also turn His attention to him until he leaves this world.” (Thawab al-A’mal)



The Recommended Rules: The shahadatain of Islam (testimony in Allah and His Messenger), the acknowledgment of the 12 Imams, and the other tenets of faith be repeated to the dying person in such a manner that he or she would understand them. It is also recommended that these things recited to him are repeated until the time of his or her death. (Ruling 38) The Infallibles have taught us, “At the time of death, one should recite La Ilaha Illallah to the dying person, since whoever’s last words are the La Ilaha Illallah will go to Paradise.” (Thawab al-A’mal) The Muhtadir should be carried to the place where (s)he used to offer prayers, as long as doing so would not cause pain to the person. (Ruling #40) For a person in the agony of death, it is recommended to recite Surah Ya Sin, Surah as-Safaat, Surah al-Ahzab, Ayat al-Kursi, the 54th verse of Surah of al-Aaraf, the last three verses of Surah al-Baqarah by his side, and as much as possible from the Holy Qur’an. (Ruling #41)



Recommended Du’as to be Recited: Recitation of the following du’a to the Muhtadir in a way that (s)he may understand it is recommended: “O Allah! Forgive my sins, which are many, and accept the little I have done in Your servitude. O the one who accepts the little (good deeds) and forgives the many (sins). Accept from me the little (good deeds) and forgive the many (sins). Truly, You are the Forgiver and the Merciful. O Allah, have mercy on me, truly You are the Merciful.” (Ruling #39) The recitation of Du’a Adeela is recommended, as well as recitation of a number of short supplications in which the shahadatain is repeated, Allah is acknowledged as the ultimate guardian, the Day of Resurrection is mentioned, and prayers are made for acceptance of good deeds and mercy.



Preparing the Body for Burial



Once the person has departed from this world, it is recommended to shut the eyes and lips, close the mouth, straighten the hands and feet, and spread a cloth over the dead body.



Obligatory Rules While Preparing the Body for Burial



The Wajib actions while preparing the body for burial become the obligation of the rightful guardian of the deceased, and if there is no guardian, then all surrounding Muslims become responsible. If any one person takes up the responsibility, then all others will be relieved of the responsibility; however, if nobody attend to the dead body as prescribed, then all will be considered sinful. Please refer to Ahkam al-Amwat for detailed information regarding this responsibility.



Ghusl al-Mayyit: Ghusl al-Mayyit is the obligatory bath for the deceased consisting of three washes/Ghusls. The first bathing should be with water mixed with “Sidr” (Beri) leaves. The second bathing should be with water mixed with camphor. The third should be with unmixed water. (Ruling #52) For full details, please refer to the Ahkam al-Amwat link mentioned above. Imam Sadiq has said: “There is not a single believer who gives another believer the Ghusl (after his death) and while shifting, the body says: ‘O Allah, this is the body of your believing slave. You have taken his soul from him and separated his soul from him, so forgive his sins, forgive his sins’ except that Allah forgives that person (who is performing the Ghusl) his sins for one year, except the major sins.” (Ahkam al-Amwat)



Kafan and Hunut: Kafan is the obligatory three pieces of cloth used (loin cloth, a shirt or tunic, and a full cover) to dress the deceased after the obligatory Ghusl al-Mayyit. Hunut is the obligatory application of camphor powder to the forehead, both the palms, both the knees, and both the big toes of its feet after the Ghusl has been performed. (Ruling #100) Imam Sadiq said: “My father (Imam Baqir) recommended me that I should provide a (good) Kafan for him, since the deceased will have pride over one another according to the type of Kafan that they have.” (Wasail al-Shia) It is in fact highly recommended for one to purchase and keep his/her Kafan in his/her lifetime. For full details on how to properly execute the Kafan and Hunut, please refer to the Ahkam al-Amwat link mentioned previously.



Salat al-Mayyit: It is obligatory to offer Salat al-Mayyit (funeral prayers) for every Muslim, as well as for a Muslim child if it has completed 6 years of its age (or a younger child who was aware of what prayer is). Salat al-Mayyit should be offered after the dead body has been given Ghusl, Hunut, and Kafan. The intention for the Salat al-Mayyit and the recitation of the five Takbirs will slightly differ depending on the type of deceased person, the detail of which can be found in Ahkam al-Amwat. The followers of the Ahlul Bayt recite five Takbirs in Salat al-Mayyit, while the non-Shias recite only four Takbirs. When Imam Sadiq was asked about this difference, the Imam replied, “Since Islam is built on five strong pillars, which are Salat, Zakat, Saum, Hajj, and the Wilayat of us, the Ahul Bayt. Therefore, Allah designated that one Takbir be recited for each of these pillars (of Islam), and our Shia have confirmed their belief in each of these five pillars of Islam, while those who are opposed to us do not believe in our Wilayat, the fifth pillar; thus, they only recite four Takbirs, and the Shia recite five.” (Wasail al-Shia)





Before Burial



Transporting the Mayyit: While the deceased is transported from one place to another, a coffin is traditionally used. A short du’a admiring the greatness of Allah should be recited.



Procession: The procession is when the body is carried from the place of Ghusl to the graveyard. Those accompanying the procession should recite a short du’a that asks Allah to pardon the deceased while testifying one’s belief in the Ahlul Bayt. The body should be carried haltingly, that is, the coffin should be placed on the ground and carried three times, such that the fourth halt is by the grave.



Burial



This is when the deceased is laid to rest in a grave in a Muslim graveyard on his/her right side facing the Qibla. The grave must be deep enough that its smell does not come out, nor does it allow beasts of prey to dig it out.





Recommended Acts of the Burial



Talqeen: Talqeen is usually performed before closing the grave. (Please note that the Talqeen may be performed at various stages while preparing the body for burial, i.e. while preparing the Kafan, etc.) Talqeen is performed by the person laying the deceased in the grave. (S)he should perform Talqeen by way of holding the right and left shoulders of the deceased and shaking them gently while speaking into the deceased’s ear. Talqeen is performed to remind the deceased of the answers to the questions which angels will ask during interrogation in the grave. These questions include: Who is your Lord? Who is your Prophet? What is your religion? What is your book? Who are your Holy Imams? For the complete Talqeen to be read to the deceased, please click here.



It has been narrated that the angel of death watches which people offer their prayers on time and which people take their prayers lightly by not praying on time or not praying all together. Accordingly, those who had weak faith and didn’t pray will forget the answers to the questions in the grave (even if Talqeen is performed), whereas one who had strong faith and always prayed as soon as the time set in will be reminded of the answers by the questioning angels. So if there are any outstanding missed prayers of a believer as outlined in the Will or told to others, they should be performed as soon as possible to benefit the deceased. (Manazil-e-Akhira)



Jarida: Jarida is to place two pieces of fresh, green leafless twigs in the grave with the dead body. One twig should be placed below the armpit and the other twig should be placed above the armpit. (Ruling #108) The Ahlul Bayt really emphasized the importance of Jarida, as they said that as long as the twigs remained green and fresh, the deceased will be free from the squeezing of the grave.



It is also recommended to place some Khak-e-Shifa (soil from the grave of Imam Hussain) inside the grave and apply it to the forehead, palms, knees, and big toes, as this will protect the dead from chastisement of the grave.





After Burial



Recitation of Surah Fatiha while facing the Qibla and gifting the reward to the dwellers of a graveyard is one of the easiest things to do. This can be performed from anywhere.



Salat al-Wahshat: Washa al-Qabr means “terror of the grave”. The first night after the person is buried is known to be the most difficult. According to scholars, performing Salat al-Wahshat for the deceased person is a way of relieving him/her of the terror faced in the grave. The more people that offer this prayer for the deceased, the better it is. This prayer is performed after the Isha prayers. In the first rak’at, we recite Ayat al-Kursi after Sura Fatiha. In the second rak’at, recite Sura Qadr ten times after Sura Fatiha. Then we say, “O Allah, bless Muhammad and his Family, and give the reward of this prayer to [name of deceased].”



Visting the Graveyard: Although visiting the graveyard may be like sprinkling salt on open wounds, our Imams have told us that doing so comforts the grave dwellers and is highly recommended. When Imam Ali al-Ridha was asked, “Does a believer who has passed away know those people who visit the grave?” The Imam replied, “Of course, he is acquainted with those who visit him as long as they are sitting beside the grave. As soon as they get up from his grave side and leave, the fear takes over the person in the grave because of his leaving.” (Wasail al-Shia)



Rights of the Grieving Family: We should offer condolences to one who has lost someone. However, if the time lapse between the death and when one is able to offer condolences is long and will bring up sad memories to the family of the deceased, it is obviously not recommended to offer condolences. The Holy Prophet has said: “Whoever offers condolences to one who is grieving will be clothed with a beautiful and respectful robe on the Day of Judgment.” (Thawab al-Amal)



Although we may like to spend most of the first few days with the family of a deceased person, it is best to avoid eating a meal with them for the first three days. Imam Sadiq has said, “Eating food with the members of the family of the deceased is one of the actions of the people of Ignorance. However, the way of Islam is that food should be sent to their house, just as the Prophet did after the passing away of Ja’far ibn Abi Talib.” (Wasail al-Shia)





In Conclusion



Despite Islam’s emphasis on constantly remembering death, it is a topic considered taboo in the West. As true believers, death is something we must constantly think about and in fact look forward to. In the words of one scholar, death is nothing but reunion with the Beloved.



Shaikh Abbas al-Qummi mentions in Manazil-e-Akhira:



“At the time of death, the Holy Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt come near the head of the dying person, who is able to see them. It is narrated in Bihar al-Anwar that once Imam Ali al-Ridha (peace be upon him) went to meet one of his companions who was about to die. He looked towards the Imam and said, ‘I see the radiant faces of your Grandfather (the Holy Prophet), Your Father (the Commander of the faithful), Your Mother (Hazrat Fatema), and the other Imams in your ancestry. I also see your luminous face along with them.’ It is a fact that every dying man has a glimpse of the Ahlul Bayt according to his love for and knowledge of them. For a believer, their sight is a blessing from Allah, and for a hypocrite and disbeliever, it is a sign of Allah’s wrath.”



Reference: http://islamicinsights.com/religion/religion/the-laws-of-death.html



Author: Zara Syed

May 16

‘Lailatul Raghaib’ (Night of Desires)

First Thursday in Rajab called ‘Laylat al-Ragha’ib (Night of Desires).



This rite is a special prayer to be offered on this night. As is mentioned by Sayyid Ibn Tawus in his book of ‘Iqbal al-Amal’ andAllamah al-Majlisiy in ‘Ijazat Bani-Zuhrah,’ the reward of him who offers this prayer is that a great number of his sins are forgiven and that on the first night in the grave, Almighty Allah sends him the reward of this prayer in the form of a life form with happy mien and fluency to say to him, “Good tidings, You have escaped all hardships.” The offerer of this prayer will then ask him about his character, saying, “Who are you? Indeed, I have never seen such good looking face, and I have never heard such fluent words, and I have never smelled such nice scent.” He will be answered, “I am the reward of the prayer that you offered at so-and-so night in so-and-so month in so-and-so year at the town of so-and-so. I am here now so as to settle your right, to entertain you in your loneliness, and to save you from this cheerless situation. When the Trumpet shall be blown (declaring the Resurrection Day), I will cast a shadow over your head in the Resurrection Court. So, be happy, for you shall never be deprived of goodness.”



The Holy Prophet (s.a) has said, that these prayers are Means of forgiveness and On the first night in our grave,, the Almighty will send the reward off this prayer in the best,, enlightened and eloquent form.. When inquired,, will reply,, ‘‘My Beloved,, glad tidings to you that you have found salvation from every hardship and horror..’’When asked,, ‘‘Who are you?’’ ‘‘By God I haven’t seen any one more beautiful than you,, I haven’t heard a word sweeter than yours,, or a fragrance better than you?’’ In reply,, ‘‘I am,, that prayer which you offered on the eve off the first Friday of the month of Rajab. I have come to you,, to be your companion in this loneliness,, to remove from you your fright and horror.. Be lest assured that my shelter will be with you until the blowing off the Horn off the Day off Judgment..’’



One should observe fast on the first Thursday in Rajab.



Between the Maghrib (sunset) and Isha' (evening) Prayers, one should offer a twelve Rakah prayer each couple of which is separated by Taslim (i.e. the concluding part of a prayer). In each Rak`ah, one should recite the Surah of al-Fatihah once, the Surah of al-Qadr three times, and the Surah of al-Taweed twelve times.

After accomplishing the prayer, one should recite the following invocation seventy times:



Recite 70 times:


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First Line:



“Allahumma s’ale a’laa muh’ammadin nabiyyil ummi wa a’laa aaleh.”

O Allah send blessings on Muhammad, the Ummi Prophet, and on his descendants.



Second Line:

Then go into sajdah & recite 70 times:



“subbuh’un quddoos rabbul malaaaekate war-rooh’”

Holy and most Holy is the Lord of the Angels and spirits.



Then sit erect & say 70 times:



Third Line:



“rabbighfir war-ham watajaawaz a’mma ta’lamo innaka antal a’liyyul a’zam.”

O Lord! Forgive, have mercy and be indulgent about that which Thou knows well, verily Thou art Sublime, Mighty.



Fourth Line:



Then go into sajdah & recite 70 times:



“subbuh’un quddoos rabbul malaaaekate war-rooh’”

Holy and most Holy is the Lord of the Angels and spirits.

May 8

Seven Qualities that Allah Loves and does Not Love

Seven Qualities that Allah Loves

  1. TAWBAH (Repentance) “For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly (in repentance)” [Surah Al Baqarah 2:222]

  2. TAHARAH (Purification) “Allah loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” [Surah Al Baqarah 2:222]

  3. TAQWA (Piety) “For Allah loves the righteous (the pious).” [Surah Al Tawbah 9:4]

  4. IHSAN (Goodness & Perfection) “For Allah loves those who do good” [Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:134]

  5. TAWAKKUL (Trust in Allah) “For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” [Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:159]

  6. ADL (Justice) “For Allah loves those who judge in equity.” [Surah Al Ma’idah 5:42] “For Allah loves those who are fair (and just).” [Surah Al Hujurat 49:9]

  7. SABR (Patience) “And Allah Loves those who are firm and steadfast (As-Sabirin (the patient)).” [Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:146]

Seven Qualities that Allah does not Love

  1. ISRAAF (Extravagance) “But waste not by excess: for Allah loves not the wasters (Al- Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance)).” [Surah Al An’am 6:141]

  2. ISTIKBAAR (Pride) “Verily He loves not the arrogant (proud).” [Surah Al Nahl 16:23]

  3. MUKHTAL FAKHOOR (Arrogant boaster) “For Allah loves not any arrogant boaster.” [Surah Luqman 31:18]

  4. UDWAAN (Transgression) “For Allah loves not transgressors.” [Surah Al Ma’idah 5:87]

  5. ZULM (Evil, Wrongdoing) “But Allah loves not those who do wrong (Zalimun (oppressors, polytheists and wrong doers)).” [Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:57]

  6. KHIYAANAH (Treachery) “For Allah loves not the treacherous.” [Surah Al Anfal 8:58]

  7. MUFSIDEEN (Mischief-makers) “And Allah loves not those who do mischief.” [Surah Al Ma’idah 5:64]


THE DONKEY

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realizing what was happening cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL:

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.

The trick of getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.

Each of our troubles is a steppingstone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

  2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.

  3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

  4. Give more.

  5. Expect less

May 7

A’maal to be done on any One Day in the Month of Jamadiul Aakher

Jamadul Aakher (Thani) 1434 From April 12, 2013 Until May 10, 2013

Recommended A’maal to be done on any one day in the month of Jamadiul Aakher…

Sayyid ibn Tawus has stated that one should recite four rakaats of prayer - two sets of rakaats -during this month anytime he wishes. One who performs the following a’maals will have guaranteed safety for  his life, wealth, and family for the full year. If he dies, he will achieve the thawaab of a martyr.

METHOD :To pray 4 RAKAAT NAMAAZ- ( 2 RAKAAT X 2) as below:

1st RAKAAT- AFTER AL HAMD/FATIHA- ONE TIMEAYATUL KURSI


سُوۡرَةُالبَقَرَة


ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلۡحَىُّ ٱلۡقَيُّومُ‌ۚ لَا تَأۡخُذُهُ ۥ سِنَةٌ۬ وَلَا نَوۡمٌ۬‌ۚ لَّهُ ۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَمَا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ‌ۗ مَن ذَا ٱلَّذِى يَشۡفَعُ عِندَهُ ۥۤ إِلَّا بِإِذۡنِهِۦ‌ۚ يَعۡلَمُ مَا بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيهِمۡ وَمَا خَلۡفَهُمۡ‌ۖ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَىۡءٍ۬ مِّنۡ عِلۡمِهِۦۤ إِلَّا بِمَا شَآءَ‌ۚ وَسِعَ كُرۡسِيُّهُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَ‌ۖ وَلَا يَـُٔودُهُ ۥ حِفۡظُهُمَا‌ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَلِىُّ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ (٢٥٥) لَآ إِكۡرَاهَ فِى ٱلدِّينِ‌ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ ٱلرُّشۡدُ مِنَ ٱلۡغَىِّ‌ۚ فَمَن يَكۡفُرۡ بِٱلطَّـٰغُوتِ وَيُؤۡمِنۢ بِٱللَّهِ فَقَدِ ٱسۡتَمۡسَكَ بِٱلۡعُرۡوَةِ ٱلۡوُثۡقَىٰ لَا ٱنفِصَامَ لَهَا‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ (٢٥٦) ٱللَّهُ وَلِىُّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ يُخۡرِجُهُم مِّنَ ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ‌ۖ وَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوٓاْ أَوۡلِيَآؤُهُمُ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتُ يُخۡرِجُونَهُم مِّنَ ٱلنُّورِ إِلَى ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ‌ۗ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ أَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلنَّارِ‌ۖ هُمۡ فِيہَا خَـٰلِدُونَ (٢٥٧)

and 25 X SURA AL QADR 

سُوۡرَةُالقَدر

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ

إِنَّآأَنزَلۡنَـٰهُفِىلَيۡلَةِٱلۡقَدۡرِ (١وَمَآأَدۡرَٮٰكَمَالَيۡلَةُٱلۡقَدۡرِ (٢لَيۡلَةُٱلۡقَدۡرِخَيۡرٌ۬مِّنۡأَلۡفِشَہۡرٍ۬ (٣تَنَزَّلُٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةُوَٱلرُّوحُفِيہَابِإِذۡنِرَبِّہِممِّنكُلِّأَمۡرٍ۬ (٤سَلَـٰمٌهِىَحَتَّىٰمَطۡلَعِٱلۡفَجۡرِ (٥)

2nd  RAKAAT- AFTER AL HAMD/FATIHA- ONE TIME SURA AT TAKATHUR (102)

 

سُوۡرَةُالتّکاثُر

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ



أَلۡهَٮٰكُمُٱلتَّكَاثُرُ (١حَتَّىٰزُرۡتُمُٱلۡمَقَابِرَ (٢كَلَّاسَوۡفَتَعۡلَمُونَ (٣ثُمَّكَلَّاسَوۡفَتَعۡلَمُونَ (٤كَلَّالَوۡتَعۡلَمُونَعِلۡمَٱلۡيَقِينِ (٥لَتَرَوُنَّٱلۡجَحِيمَ (٦ثُمَّلَتَرَوُنَّہَاعَيۡنَٱلۡيَقِينِ (٧ثُمَّلَتُسۡـَٔلُنَّيَوۡمَٮِٕذٍعَنِٱلنَّعِيمِ (٨)

 
and   25 X SUR AL IKHLAS

 
سُوۡرَةُالإخلاص

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ

قُلۡهُوَٱللَّهُأَحَدٌ (١ٱللَّهُٱلصَّمَدُ (٢لَمۡيَلِدۡوَلَمۡيُولَدۡ (٣وَلَمۡيَكُنلَّهُۥڪُفُوًاأَحَدٌ (٤)



After salaam to commence second prayer.

3rd  RAKAAT- AFTER AL HAMD/FATIHA- ONE TIME SURA AL KAFIRUN

 
سُوۡرَةُالکافِرون

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ

قُلۡيَـٰٓأَيُّہَاٱلۡڪَـٰفِرُونَ (١لَآأَعۡبُدُمَاتَعۡبُدُونَ (٢وَلَآأَنتُمۡعَـٰبِدُونَمَآأَعۡبُدُ (٣وَلَآأَنَا۟عَابِدٌ۬مَّاعَبَدتُّمۡ (٤وَلَآأَنتُمۡعَـٰبِدُونَمَآأَعۡبُدُ (٥لَكُمۡدِينُكُمۡوَلِىَدِينِ (٦)

 
and  25times X SURA AL FALAQ

 
سُوۡرَةُالفَلَق

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ

قُلۡأَعُوذُبِرَبِّٱلفَلَقِ (١مِنشَرِّمَاخَلَقَ (٢وَمِنشَرِّغَاسِقٍإِذَاوَقَبَ (٣وَمِنشَرِّٱلنَّفَّـٰثَـٰتِفِىٱلعُقَدِ (٤وَمِنشَرِّحَاسِدٍإِذَاحَسَدَ (٥)

4th  RAKAAT- AFTER AL HAMD/FATIHA – ONE TIME SURA AN NASR (IZAA JA)

 
سُوۡرَةُالنّصر

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ

إِذَاجَآءَنَصرُٱللَّهِوَٱلفَتحُ (١وَرَأَيتَٱلنَّاسَيَدۡخُلُونَفِىدِينِٱللَّهِأَفوَاجًا (٢فَسَبِّحۡبِحَمدِرَبِّكَوَٱستَغفِرۡهُۚإِنَّهُ ۥڪَانَتَوَّابَا (٣)

and  25 times X SUR AN NAAS

 

سُوۡرَةُالنَّاس

بِسۡمِٱللهِٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِٱلرَّحِيمِ


قُلۡأَعُوذُبِرَبِّٱلنَّاسِ (١مَلِكِٱلنَّاسِ (٢إِلَـٰهِٱلنَّاسِ (٣مِنشَرِّٱلۡوَسۡوَاسِٱلۡخَنَّاسِ (٤ٱلَّذِىيُوَسۡوِسُفِىصُدُورِٱلنَّاسِ (٥مِنَٱلۡجِنَّةِوَٱلنَّاسِ (٦)


AFTER NAMAAZ RECITE THE FOLLOWING TASBEEHS

1. TASBIHATE ARBAA X 70 times

 
  ُسبْحَانَاللَّهِوَالْحَمْدُلِلَّهِوَلاَإِلَهَإِلاَّاللَّهُوَاللَّهُأَكْبَرُ  

2. SALAWAAT X 70 times

 
  اللَّهُمَّصَلِّعَلَىمُحَمَّدٍوَآلِمُحَمَّدٍ

3. ALLAHUMAGHFIRLil Muminina wal Muminat…. X3 times


   اللَّهُمَّاغْفِرْلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَوَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ

Go to SAJDAH /PROSTRATION & RECITE THE FOLLOWING :

YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM, YA DHALJALAL IWAL IKRAM,

YA ALLAHU YA RAHMAAN, YA RAHEEM, YA AR HAMARRAHIMEEN.



يَاحَيُّيَاقَيُّومُيَاذَاالْجَلاَلِوَالْإِكْرَامِيَااللَّهُيَارَحْمَانُيَارَحِيمُيَاأَرْحَمَالرَّاحِمِينَ

 

March 14

Poem of Death

Death came too soon, I was yet to repent,



My sins now unwashed remain with me till the end.



Time was spent on meaningless acts,



Worship ignored, a blind eye turned to the facts.



Days would go by without a thought,



That time was running out and my breaths were now numbered.



But I carried on, and indulged in life,



Forgetting my purpose, my aim in life.



I was being watched yet acted so selfishly,



I talked with disrespect and walked about aimlessly.



I feared very little and felt proud to be a Muslim,



But my actions were very different from the teachings of our religion.



Then one day He showed me His sign,



He took away my breath; it was now the end of the line.



I lay there helpless and watched in silence,



As all those around me screamed and wept.



I thought for a moment, what a bizarre scene,



But then realised I was no longer alive to intervene.



I wanted freedom, to be let loose to move,



But the wings of the flighty dove had now been removed.



I sunk so low as to feel my chest burdened,



With the weight of a thousand stones bearing on my soul now hardened.



In an instance life had swiftly come and gone,



Not once did I stop to think about what I’d done.



All that neglect, I had caused so much pain,



But any prayers and pleas were now in vain.



As I lay still, my cries would be unheard,



Like the boy who cried wolf to the disbelieving shepherd.



As folk sat weeping my journey had already begun,



Into the unseen, to darkness and beyond.



If only I had listened, had adhered and refrained,



This journey would have been to a place more serene.

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February 11

Middle – East Tour – PALESTINE

PALESTINE


Front View of Masjid-e-Aqsa

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The name ‘Al-Aqsa mosque’ translates to ‘the farthest mosque’ and is the 3rd most holy place for muslims. It was here that in around 621 AD the prophet Muhammed (saw) came on the night journey from Mecca riding on the Buraq. Note that the whole land on which the mosque is located is regarded as sacred to muslims and known as Haram Sharief.

The Mihrab of Masjid-e-Aqsa

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This marble structure is the mihrab of the present al-aqsa mosque. The mimbar on the right was given by the Jordanian government after the original (which was given by Salahuddin Ayyubi) was destroyed in a fire started by a fanatical jew in 1967.



The Original Qiblah, Masjid-e-Aqsa

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The floor underneath the present mosque is regarded to be the real al- aqsa mosque. This area underground is believed to be the original qibla to where muslims initially prayed. It is in the opposite direction of the present qibla in Mecca.

Underneath the present Mosque, Al-Aqsa

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 The stone pillars on the right are believed to have been erected by jinn’at in the time of Hazrat Sulaiman (a.s.). The small mihrab is believed to be the place where Mariam (a.s.) used to receive out of season fruits when she was pregnant with Hazrat Isa (a.s.).

Marwan-e-Masjid

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This praying area, which is underground and on the left side of the present al-aqsa mosque was the Marwan-e-masjid and has recently been restored. When the Crusaders had control of the mosque they used to use this area as stables for their horses and it became known as Solomon’s stables.

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

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The Dome of the Rock (Qubbatus Saqqara) is often mistaken to be the Al-Aqsa mosque. This structure was built by Caliph Abd al-Malik from 688 to 691 and houses the sacred rock from which the prophet Muhammed (saw) ascended to heaven after the night journey to Jerusalem.

Interior of Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

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This is the actual rock in the foreground and a cave exists underneath it. It is the opinion of some scholars that the angel Israfeel (a.s.) will blow the soor (trumpet) from this place to herald the Day of Judgement.

Buraq Masjid

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This small structure, on the right of the al-aqsa mosque is believed to be the place where the prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.) tied the buraq, the winged riding animal upon which he rode during the night of ascension. The western wall which is on the right is what the jews call the Wailing Wall.

Crusader Cross (on Haram Sharief)

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This is the remains of the cross on which the Crusaders, upon conquering Jerusalem, slaughtered thousands of the resident muslims on. It was broken up when Salahuddin Ayyubi re-conquered the city.

Masjid-e-Khalil, Hebron

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Masjid-e-Kalil in Hebron is built over a small cemetery where lies the graves of four of the most illustrious prophets and their wives. The four prophets are Hazrat Ebrahim (a.s.), his son Isaaq (a.s.), his son Yaqub (a.s.) and his son Yusuf (a.s.). A view down to the cemetery can be seen from the small circular structure above.

Tomb of Hazrat Ebrahim (AS)

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This is the tomb of Hazrat Ebrahim (a.s.) which is built directly above his actual grave which is below ground. On the far side are the windows from the jewish synagogue which is built right next to the mosque. This place is a source of great friction between muslims and jews.

Tomb of Hazrat Isaaq (AS), Hebron

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These are the tombs of Hazrat Isaaq (a.s.) (right) and his wife Rifaqah (left) and are directly over their graves which are below ground. These tombs are on the muslim side along with Sarah (a.s.), one of the wives of Ebrahim (a.s.). The tombs of Hazrat Yaqub and Yusuf (a.s.) are on the jewish side. Jews and muslims are allowed to enter the others area for 10 days in a year.

Mosque of Hazrat Yunus (AS)

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 The grave of Hazrat Yunus (a.s.) is housed inside this mosque, not far from Jerusalem. Occasionally, Jews come to visit also.

Grave of Abdullah bin Masood (RA)

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This small structure (close to the mosque of Yunus a.s.) contains the grave of Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood (r.a.); one of the most eminent companions of Rasulullah (s.a.w.). The olive tree on the left is believed to be more than 1400 years old.

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

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 It is believed by the Christians that Hazrat Isa (a.s.) was born in this place. A marble floor (inset) denotes the exact spot.

Tomb of Hazrat Lut (AS)

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 This building on the right houses a tomb which is believed to be of Hazrat Lut (a.s.) and is situated near the Dead Sea.

February 10

Middle – East Tour – SYRIA

SYRIA

Omayyad Mosque – Damascus

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This mosque is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Originally the site was a pagan temple, then a church before the mosque was built by Caliph Al-Walid 1 between 706 and 715.

Omayyad Mosque – Damascus

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This minaret, which is on the left side of the mosque is known as the Jesus minaret. It is from here that Hazrat Isa (a.s.) will descend back on earth towards the end of time.

Shrine of Yahya (AS) – Damascus

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Legend has it that this small structure within the Omayyad mosque houses the head of Hazrat Yahya (a.s.) (John the Baptist).

 

Grave of Salahuddin Ayyubi – Damascus

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The green tomb on the right houses the grave of Salahuddin Ayyubi, the great general who repelled the Crusaders and recaptured Jerusalem for the muslims.

 

Grave of Khalid bin Waleed (RA)

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Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed (r.a.), the companion of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) and the greatest muslim general is buried along with his son in a corner of this mosque in Hims.

 

Monastery of Bahira, The Monk

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This ruin was the monastery of Bahira, a righteous Christian monk who was aware of the coming of a great prophet. When the prophet Muhammed (saw) was between nine and twelve years old he accompanied his uncle Abu Talib to a business trip to Syria. Bahira saw a cloud giving constant shade to the prophet and recognised him to be the one that was foretold in the scriptures.

 

Krak de Chevalier, near Hims

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This is the interior of Krak de Chevalier castle, the best preserved Crusader castle in the world. Salahuddin Ayyuby laid siege to it but was unable to conquer it. It was eventually taken from the Crusaders by Sultan Baybers.