Interesting ideas for Dhikr — January 1, 2012

Interesting ideas for Dhikr

  • Fill your Mp3 player/flash drive with audios of Surahs, Supplications, etc. Listen to them when you’re going out and you have nothing much to do. You can also listen to it while driving. This is of course better than using your ipod and time to listen to music.
  • Write down or print out the little Surahs on decorative paper and stick them where ever you’d like. For example behind your room’s door. You could create a collage behind your door of things you like without any human or animal figures and Surahs and Supplications. I’ve done that.
  • You could write your Supplications on ‘post its’ and stick them in a place where you would be saying the Supplication. For example, stick the supplication for before entering the washroom on your washroom’s door.
  • Mark Mondays and Thursdays on your calendar (phone as well) for Fasting. Collect a group of friend and relatives to fast on these days. Remind each other the previous day by a simple text message. Maximize your group :-).

Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said, “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.” [Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Deeds of people are presented (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays. So I like that my actions be presented while I am fasting.” [At-Tirmidhi].

`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to observe fast on Mondays and Thursdays. [At-Tirmidhi].

  • Have a goal set for reading the Qur’an. For example, finish one juz in so many days or one day, or so many pages for a day. This will make sure that you read the Qur’an every day. Don’t forget to reflect on it.

The Qur’an will be a Proof for or against Us on the Day of Judgement. This is due to the statement of the Messenger: “And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim]

Any more ideas anyone?

Virtues of reciting Surah al Mulk — November 28, 2011

Virtues of reciting Surah al Mulk

Surah Al-Mulk (The Sovereignty)

  • The Prophet said, ‘There is a surah in the Qur’an which is only thirty verses. It defended whoevere\recited it , until it puts him into paradise ‘ i.e.Surah al Mulk[Fath al Qadir 5/257, Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Tabrani inAl-Awsat & Ibn Mardawaith]
  • The Prophet said, ‘Surah al Mulk is the protector from the torment of the grave ‘[Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Hakim 2/498 & Nasai]
  • Jabir (radiAllahu anhu) said it was the custom of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam not to go to sleep until he had read Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk and Alif Laam Meem Tanzeel. [Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Darami]
  • Anas (radiAllahu anhu) reported Rasulullah (sallallahu alaiyhi wasalam) as saying, “There is a Surah which will plead for its reciter till it causes him to enter paradise” (Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk). [Tabrani]


Virtues of reciting Surat Yā-Sīn —

Virtues of reciting Surat Yā-Sīn

  • The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Surely everything has a heart, and the heart of the Qur’an is Yasin. I would love that it be in the heart of every person of my people’[Bazzar]. (S.Muhammad Ali Sabuni, Tafsir-al-SabuniVol.2)
  • The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Whoever recites Yasin once Allah will record the reward of reciting the Qur’an ten times.’[Maqal, Tirmidhi 2812/A & Dhahabi]
  • It has been reported by Aisha (radiAllahu anha)that the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that there is a surah in the Qur’an that intercedes for its reciter and forgive its listener. Know! It is Surah Yasin. It is called ‘Mu’amma’ in the Torah. It was enquired, what is Mu’amma? The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘it embraces the person with the goodness of this world and removes the dismay of the Hereafter’[Hashiya of Tafsir Jalalalayn , pg 368].
  • The Prophet said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Yasin in the night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah would forgive him’[Ibn Hibban, Darimi 3283/A, Abu Yala, Tabarani, Baihaqi & Ibn Mardawaih]
  • Ma`qil ibn Yasar (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, his family, companions, and followers) said,”Ya Sin is the heart of the Qur’an. No one reads it intending thereby Allah and the Next Abode except that Allah forgives them. Recite it for your deceased ones.” [Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i (this wording is his), and Hakim, who deemed it rigorously authenticated (sahih)]


Laylat Al-Qadr — August 27, 2011

Laylat Al-Qadr

Al-Qadr is the 97th sura of the Qur’an with 5 ayat.

إِنَّآ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ فِى لَيۡلَةِ ٱلۡقَدۡرِ

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: (1)

وَمَآ أَدۡرَٮٰكَ مَا لَيۡلَةُ ٱلۡقَدۡرِ

And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? (2)

لَيۡلَةُ ٱلۡقَدۡرِ خَيۡرٌ۬ مِّنۡ أَلۡفِ شَہۡرٍ۬

The Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. (3)

تَنَزَّلُ ٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ فِيہَا بِإِذۡنِ رَبِّہِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمۡرٍ۬

Therein come down the angels and the Spirit (Jibreel) by Allah’s permission, on every errand: (4)

سَلَـٰمٌ هِىَ حَتَّىٰ مَطۡلَعِ ٱلۡفَجۡرِ

It’s all Peace!… until the rise of Morn (Dawn)! (5)

Laylat al-Qadr is the anniversary of the night that the Qur’an was revealed. The Revelation of the Qur’an occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat Al-Qadr to Gabriel in the lowest heaven, and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by the angel Gabriel (Jibril). The revelation started in 610 CE at the Hira cave on Mount Nur in Mecca. The first Surat that was revealed was Surat Iqra. Iqra means ‘read’, the prophet was told to read by the angel Gabriel.

Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last five odd nights of the 3rd decade of Ramadan. There is no history in the Qur’an as to when the specific date is. Therefore in the Sunni communities of all the Islamic countries, the Laylat al-Qadar is found to be on the last nights of Ramadan. Mostly it is on one of the odd nights, i.e., 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night. And most probaly it falls on the 27th night of Ramadan. It is the night when Qur’an was revealed (as a whole on the 4th sky) and then was revealed piecemeal on the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in 23 years, 10 years in Makkah and 13 years in Madina. Qur’an says about Lailat al-Qadr in Surah ‘Qadr’ that this single night is better than thousand of months! Any action done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr. So Muslims remain engaged whole nigh in prayers and seek jannah for them.

Allah’s Messenger (SAW) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time. (Muslim).

Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, related that the Prophet (SAW) said: Look for Laylat al-Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Bukhari).

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).