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.

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

 

August 10

Preparation For Laylatul Qadr

One of the most important dua to ask throughout the month of Ramadhan is to ask to be able to utilise the opportunity given during Laylatul Qadr to get divine grace. In Suratul Qadr, Allah considers the night to be better than a thousand months (approx 80 years). To be able to gain 80 years worth of grace is an awesome achievement.



It is recommended to recite Suratud Dukhan and Suratul Qadr every day from the beginning of the month until the 23rd of the month in preparation of Laylatul Qadr.



From ahadith we know that the affairs for every year, i.e., sustenance, provisions, age…. are assigned during Laylatul Qadr. Therefore to ponder and think of one’s aspirations and goals is the most important of preparations for the night.





Hadith from Hadith Qudsi



Prophet Musa (pbuh) once addressed Allah saying: “Lord! I desire to be near to You.”



Allah said “Whoever desires nearness to Me is one who remains awake during Laylatul Qadr (doing ibada).”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to earn Your mercy.”



Allah replied “My mercy is granted to anyone who is merciful to the underprivileged during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to pass on the right path.”



Allah replied “This is granted to anyone who gives sadaqa during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to enjoy the trees and fruits of Janna!”



Allah replied “This is granted to anyone who praises Me during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to achieve salvation from the fire!”



Allah replied “This is granted to anyone who seeks forgiveness during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to achieve Your pleasure!”



Allah replied “I shall be pleased with anyone who prays two (mustahab) rak’ats salaa during Laylatul Qadr.”





Laylatul Qadr



“Allah has favoured Friday over all other days, the month of Ramadhan over all other months, and Laylatul Qadr over all other nights.” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)



This name was used for Laylatul Qadr because Allah determines what will happen for everyone in the entire next year. The “Qadr” in this sense means destiny. According to Al Qummi’s Tafsir, as explained on p. 432 of its second volume, such destiny includes life and death, sustenance, abundance of crops or famine and everything good or bad. This means that Allah determines in this night each and every event to occur during the next year to any and all of His creation.



Sulayman al- Marzawi asked Imam Ali Ar Ridha (pbuh) “Could you please tell us why Suratul Qadr was revealed?”



Imam replied: “O Sulayman! Laylatul Qadr is the night when Allah decrees what will take place from one year to another of life or death, good or evil, regarding sustenance and whatever He then decrees is sure destiny.”



“Whoever spends Laylatul Qadr in ibada to his/her Rabb will have all his/her sins forgiven even if they had numbered as many as the stars in the heavens, the weight of the mountains, or the measures of the seas.” Imam Muhammad Al Baqir (pbuh)



“The Holy Qur’an was revealed as a whole during the month of Ramadan at the Ancient House (the Ka’ba), then from there it was revealed along the span of (more than) twenty years.” Imam Sadiq (pbuh)



“The Books of Ibrahim (pbuh) were revealed on the first night of the month of Ramadan; the Torah was revealed on the sixth of the month of Ramadan; the Gospel (Injil) was revealed on the thirteenth of the month of Ramadan; the Psalms (Zabur) were revealed on the eighteenth of the month of Ramadan, and the Holy Qur’an was revealed on the twenty-fourth of the month of Ramadan.” Imam Sadiq (pbuh)



“During Laylatul Qadr, the angels, the spirit, and the trusted scribes all descend to the lower heavens and write down whatever Allah decrees that year, and if Allah wishes to advance something or postpone it or add thereto, He orders the angel to erase it and replace it with whatever He decrees.” Imam Sadiq (pbuh)



Ibn Abbas is quoted saying, “The Holy Qur’an was revealed as a whole from the Safeguarded Scroll from the heavens to the lower earth on Laylatul Qadr, then Jibrail used to reveal it unto Rasulullah (pbuh) gradually.”



Imam Baqir (pbuh), quoting Rasulullah (pbuh) has said that whoever spends Laylatul Qadr adoring his Lord will have all his sins forgiven even if they had numbered as many as the stars in the heavens, the weight of the mountains, or the measures of the seas.



Imam Baqir (pbuh) has said, “The 17th night of the month of Ramadan is when the two parties met, and the 19th is when the lists of the pilgrims is written down, and the 21st is when the successor to the Prophet passed away and Isa (pbuh) was raised to heaven and Musa (pbuh) passed away, whereas the 23rd is hoped to be Laylatul-Qadr.”



Ahmed ibn Muhammad ibn Yahya quotes his father saying, “I was in the company of Imam Sadiq (pbuh) when Abu Baseer asked him, ‘Which night is the one when one is to plead to his Lord whatever he wishes to plead?’ Imam answered him by saying, ‘Either the twenty-first or the twenty-third.’ He then asked him: ‘What if I have no strength to observe both of them?’



Imam said, ‘How easy it is to observe them when compared to your pleas!”’



Imam Sadiq (pbuh) has also said: “The twenty-third night of the month of Ramadan is the one when every weighty matter is decided, when trials, tribulations, deaths, and means of sustenance and other matters are determined, and so will whatever Allah decrees to take place for the entire next year; so, congratulations to anyone who remains awake during it bowing, prostrating, contemplating upon his sins, weeping on their account, for if you do all of that, God willing, you Will never be disappointed.”



Then he added, “Allah will order an angel to call out during each and every day of the month of Ramadan conveying Allah’s message to them thus: ‘ Good news, O My servants, I have forgiven your past sins and permitted some of you to intercede on behalf of the rest on Lailatul-Qadr except those who break their fast with an intoxicant or those who bear grudge against another Muslim brother!’”



It is narrated that Allah wards off evil and sins and all types of trials on the 25th night from all His servants who fast and grants them light in their hearing and vision; Janna is decorated during Laylatul Qadr’s day and night.



Suggested things to do on Laylatul Qadr



Physically

· Make sure you are comfortable.



· Don’t eat too much for you will feel sleepy.



· Give sadaqa



Mentally

· Concentrate on Allah today by focusing your thoughts on the importance of this night and how it is the unfortunate who are devoid of the blessings of this night. To keep your thoughts focused everytime they stray recite “Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’un” “Indeed we are from Allah and towards Him is our return.” 2:156





Emotionally

· Make sure you are at peace with your relations especially your parents and blood ties. Ask their forgiveness for any wrong doing or hurt you may have caused them.



· Forgive those who have hurt you. Release yourself from their prison. Remember ‘The reward for goodness is only good”.



Spiritually

· Ponder over the translation of the duas so you can ‘connect’



· When reciting the names of the Ma’sumeen think about each of them, ‘connecting’ to them.



· Imagine yourself at the day of Judgement – cry and beseech Him for forgiveness and a fresh start. The Prophet (SAW) when asked what one should ask Allah for during these nights, said “Ask for your safety (here and in the hereafter)”.



DIVIDE THE NIGHT INTO 3 PARTS



1. The first part to gain knowledge. Listen to some lectures or read and make notes. Maybe the understanding of the suwer of ‘Ankabut and Room for Imam Ja’fer As Sadiq (AS) has told Abu Baseer that whoever reads these suwer on the 23rd night of the month of Ramadhan will certainly be among the residents of Janna without any exception, adding, “… and I do not fear that Allah will record a sin against me for giving such a status for these two suwer”





2. The 2nd part to be allocated for meditation. Ask yourself questions – Who am I? What do I wish to be? Where do I wish to go? How will I get there? Find time to talk to your Rabb and tell Him your insecurities, fears, aspirations……….. Ask the help of the Ma’sumeen to intercede (tawassul) and help……..Recite the duas/munajat from Saheefa Sajjadiyya to help focus.





3. The 3rd part to be allocated for Salatul Layl to connect with Salatul Fajr.



THE NIGHT OF POWER: A NIGHT BETTER THAN A THOUSAND MONTHS-1



Alhamdulillah, by the grace of the Almighty we once again have the chance to get our destinies written as it’s a night/nights where we can pray for the forthcoming year. But as all programmes need preparation, these nights need preparation too.



(from lectures given by Raziyabai Janmohammed & Nasreenbai Tejani in tadabbur classes and Sheikh Alidina’s lectures in the mosque).



PREPARATION:

When should you start preparing??



~Just after Maahe Ramadhan (for next year, inshallah)



We start by first asking ALLAH (SWT) to help us to worship Him (lots of “other” things are being worshipped today).



~Do all the “preparations” earlier so as not to regret later.



~Jibraeel was asked how were a momin’s wishes be fulfilled in this night? He replied that his halal wishes are fulfilled, his maghfirah getting accepted, but for those who “drink”, do “qat-e-rehmi” and those who do “fitna and fasaad”.



~A suitable state:



1. manzil (keeping in mind the great night)



2. maksad (get all the benefits of it – The guests of Allah-believers- get invitation to a DASTARKHAAN/table-laid full of ne’amats as gifts – but all depends on how we take it (rooh’s feast to get the best).



~ Hadith says do duas to beforehand to be able to stay alive for this night and also that we get tawfeek to grab these ne’amats and do istighfaar. We should be able to select good things and get closer to Allah s.w.t.– we should be eager to get them, and not just do the amals as rituals and also to make our Imame wakt happy).



~Be mentally prepared. Keep Allah s.w.t in front of you; our mind should be in amals; remove all bad thoughts by reciting constantly before amal nights: INNA LILLAAHI WA INNA ILAYIH RAAJIUN – so our duas should not be thrown back- have KHUSHU and KHUZU.



~Strive to do as much as you can even if you feel you can’t or don’t feel like doing.



~Get a proper place, preferably a masjid and comfortable clothes, for proper concentration (on the 23rd night we see pacheris going up and down).



~Give sadqa.



~Get all the meanings to understand what is recited (alhamdulillah- the media room in providing that).



~Do everything with ma-arifa (like why we do this amal and why we recite that dua).



~Wait earnestly for this night to get your duas accepted



~This night should be divided into three parts, namely for ilm (gaining knowledge), meditation and salaah.



~To take full advantage, 6th Imam said, do ghusl twice, first part of the night, just before sunset and later part (ghusl is for the removal of the dirt gathered in our souls – ‘cleanliness is half imaan’). So with Jihad-e-nafs remove all inside impurity.



~ The Hole Prophet was asked, “ Which is the best dua to be recited in these nights?” He replied, “That dua which gives you Duniya and Akhiraah najaat/success”.



A NIGHT BETTER THAN A THOUSAND MONTHS………2



PREPARATION:



~ After the ghusl (of before maghrib), pray namaze maghribayn. Then pray 2 rakat prayer with 7 times sura e tawheed after sura e alhamd (this is to assure oursleves of how we are in need of our Lord).



~ 70 times astaghfaar (think of your 70 different sins or 10 sins each of 7 organs, like mouth,eyes,hands,etc, or even think about the ‘manzar’/state of qayamat – the Holy Prophet said thinking about all this with sure intention of not committing again, will make your istighfaar be accepted).



~LA’ANAH: this is a dua too, but when we send la’anah to the oppressors, we have to be careful that we are not in that category, if not directly, undirectly!! Keeping in mind the present oppressors, pray earnestly for the return of our Imam to end the oppression.



~As told by Agha Mirza, try to cry with repentence; keep your hands behind the neck, or keep sand/mud on your head, or remember your grave. Keep your head rubbing on the wall; stand a bit, sit a bit and think of hell’s manzar/state.



~Do the amaal of the Holy Quran – shafa’at from Quran and Ahlulbayt- we need masumeen for our shafa’at!!



~DUA: for hajj, for hujjah – The Proof (Imame Zamana – on whom the angels are descending with our amaals), for others first specially the oppressed around the world and those suffering from diseases as well as from natural and man-made disasters, for best life, for ilm, for the life hereafter, akhiraah, barzakh, etc.



~Recite Ziyarate waaritha (all prophets come down to our Imam; our amaals going to Imam, he being the ‘waarith’ of all the prophets’ ilm and struggle – so many lessons in this ziyarah).



~Ask Imame Zamana for shafa’at and maghfirah, and very humbly to take ALL OUR AMAALS AND DUAS to Alllah s.w.t.



~ Even the days following are auspicious and important; use them to perform good deeds and reciting other duas.



OUR DESTINY IS IN OUR HANDS; SO LETS THINK BEFORE WASTING AWAY THESE NIGHTS AND ASK ALLAH TO GRANT US THE TAWFEEK TO PERFORM THE AAMAALS WITH MA’ARIFA/UNDERSTANDING, AAMEEN.


August 6

Namaaz-e-Qazaa-e-Umr

(This is not to a replacement of Qaza Namaaz but an atonement for them) I know I can benefit from this ….after all who knows if we will be alive by the next month of Ramadhan next year:

Hazrat Amir-ul-mo’mineen (AS) said that any person who has accumulated a lot of Qazaa Namaz (missed a lot of salaat) and does not have the strength to offer them should offer Namaaz-e-qazaa-e-umr. This namaaz is the kaffara to cover 700 years of Qazaa Namaaz. One person asked Wali-Ullah “but the people of the ummat of Nabi live only 70-100 years at the most?” Hazrat Ali (AS) replied that the Namaaz-e-Kaffara covers your whole life’s qazaa namaaz, your parents’, your grand parents’, your great grand parent’s and others going back up to 700 years qazaa namaaz.

When to pray: On the last Friday of the month of Ramadhan before sunset.

How to pray: It’s a 4 rakaat namaaz with one salaam. In every rakaat recite Sura-e-fateha (Alhamd) once; followed by Sura-e-Ikhlaas (Qulhuwallahu ahad) 25 times; followed by Ayatul-Kursi once and followed by Sura-e-Kauthar 15 times.

The Holy Qur’an says: “If someone trusts Allah, He will suffice Him. He will surely bring about what He decrees. Allah has set a measure for everything”. (Surah al-Talaq, 65:3)

July 25

Salaat Al Walidayn – Prayer For One’s Parents

Highly recommended namaaz to be prayed during the month of Ramadhan

1st Rakat: Sura Alhamd, then recite 10 times

RABBANAGHFIR LEE WALIWAALIDAYYA WALIL MOOMINEENA YAWMA YAQOOMUL HISAAB

O our Lord, forgive me and my parents and believe on day when the reckoning shall come to pass

2nd Rakat: Sura Alhamd, then recite 10 times

RABBANAGHFIR LEE WALIWAALIDAYYA WALIMAN DAKHALA BAYTIHA MOOMINAAT WA LAA TAZIDIZ’Z’AALIMEENA ILLAA TABAARAA

O our Lord, forgive me, my parents and him who enters my abode as a believer, and the believing men and the believing women, and do not give the unjust increase save in perdition.

After SALAAM recite 10 times

Rabbirh’am humaa kamaa rabbayaanee s’agheeraa

O our Lord, have mercy on them (PARENTS) just as they nourished me when I was small.

July 25

Namaaz/Amaal For Any One Day In The Holy Month Of Ramadhan

Recite the 12 rakaat namaaz in twos.

In each rakaat after Sura e Al-hamd, recite 25 times Sura e Ikhlaas.

After finishing this prayer, recite 70 times:

“SUBHANAL LAHI WAL HAMDU LILLAHI WA LA ILAHA ILLAL LAHU WALLAHU AKBER, WALA HAWLA WALA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAHIL ALIYYIL AZEEM”.

Next recite 70 times:

“ASTAGHFIRUL LAHAL LADHI LA ILLAHA ILLA HUWAR RAHMANUR RAHEEMUL HAYYUL QAYYUM, WA ATUBU ILAIH”.

The reward as mentioned above is given as soon as one lifts his/her head from the last sajdah.

The a’amaal has the following benefits, if done on any one day in Holy Ramadhan.

ALL your sins are forgiven.

Sawab of seven hundred thousand for going to Hajj.

Sawab of seven hundred thousand for going to Umra.

Sawab of seven hundred nights of doing ibadaat after getting up from sleep.

Sawab of having kept seven hundred fasts.

To be kept away from the calamities of this life and of the hereafter.

One will always say the right religious things.

If the person dies in the same year, he/she will get the status of a martyr.

Last but not least, assurance that one will safely get into paradise after death.

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

salaatul_hilal

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

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.

Fifth:

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.

 

salaatul_hilal

January 18

An Hour Of Prayer

By Barbara Bartocci (Readers’ Digest – September,1988)

It was my birthday, that morning in February 1978, and I felt harried as I grabbed my briefcase and headed for a business breakfast. Life had been a good to me overall. My small advertising agency was thriving. Husband and children were well. Yet something seemed to be missing – something that didn’t even a have a name. I felt it only as a small emptiness inside.

At the restaurant I joined Don Campbell, a tall, lantern-jawed man of 60-odd years. He was a successful marketing consultant with an unusual empathy for people. I was always struck by his calm, peaceful manner.

Over poached eggs we discussed an advertising project and then, business behind us, I mentioned my birthday and confessed to my nagging feeling of emptiness.

"Want to fill it?" Don asked.

"Sure."

"Start your day with an hour of prayer."

"I don’t have time for that!" I gasped.

"Exactly what I said twenty years ago. I was president of a Chicago ad agency and running every which way just to keep up.. I couldn’t find time for it. I had the sinking feeling that my life was getting out of control. Then a friend told me I was going about things backward.

" ‘You’re trying to fit God into your life,’ he said. ‘Five minutes here, ten minutes there. You need to fit your life around God, and you do that with a commitment. An hour a day – now that’s commitment.’ The idea is to take a chunk of time big enough to mean something to you and then, give that chunk to God."

Don’s eyes twinkled. "I thought my friend was off his rocker. To find an extra hour for God, I’d have to get up an hour earlier. I’d lose sleep and ruin my health." The twinkle turned into a grin. "But I haven’t been sick in twenty years."

Twenty years!

I left the restaurant in turmoil. An hour of prayer? Preposterous! Yet I couldn’t get Don’s idea out of my mind.

Saying nothing to our three teenagers or to my husband, Bill, I set my alarm for 5 a.m. We live in the Midwest and oh, it’s cold and dark at 5 a.m. in February. I wanted to curl back under the blanket, but I forced myself to get up.

The house wrapped around me, dark and gloomy. I tiptoed to the living room, ignoring Burt, our Labrador retriever, and settled on the couch. It was peculiar being alone with God. No church rituals.. Just me. And God. For an hour.

I glanced at my watch and cleared my throat. " Well, God, here I am. Now what?"

I would like to report that God replied immediately, but there was only quiet. As I watched the first tinges of sunrise I tried to pray, but thought instead of my son Andy and the fight we’d had the day before. I thought about a client whose business had hit a rough spot.. I thought of inconsequential things.

Yet gradually my erratic thoughts slowed. My breathing slowed, too, until I sensed a stillness within me. I grew aware of small sounds, the refrigerator hum, Burt’s tail slapping the floor, a frozen branch brushing a window. Then I felt the warm presence of love. I know no other way to describe it. The air, the very place in which I sat, seemed to change, as the ambiance of a house will change when someone you love is home.

I had been sitting for 50 minutes, but only then did I really begin to pray. And I discovered I wasn’t praying with my usual hurried words or my list of "gimmes."

All my life I’d been told God loves me. On that cold February morning I felt his love, and the immensity of it was so overwhelming that I sat in quiet thanksgiving for nearly 15 minutes. Then Andy’s alarm went off and Burt gave a small woof. The ordinary day had begun. But all through the rest of that day, I felt warmed by the memory of that love.

The next day morning the house seemed even darker and colder than before. But, shivering, I did get up. One more day, I thought.

And the next day, One more day.

Day by day, six year passed.

There have been plenty of crises in those years: difficulty with one of our teenagers, marital turbulence, a big financial loss. Through every crisis, I have found a quietness of soul in that hour with God. It gives me time to put things in perspective, to find God in every circumstance.Once I find him, there seems to be no problem that cannot be resolved.

Some mornings, I am quickly filled with the wonder and glory of God. But other mornings, I feel nothing. That’s when I remember something else Don Campbell said: "There will be times when your mind just won’t go into God’s sanctuary. That’s when you spend your hour in God’s waiting room. Still, you’re there, and God appreciates your struggle to stay there. What’s important is the commitment."

Because of it, my life is better. Starting my day with an hour of prayer has filled the empty space to overflowing.