Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ramadan : New Moon-sighting Dua

When the crescent of Ramadan is sighted, turn towards Qiblah, raising hands towards the sky, address it as under: - RABBEE WA RABBUKALLAAHU RABBUL A'ALAMEEN ALLAAHUMMA AHILLAHOO A'LAYNAA BIL-AMNI WAL EEMAANI WAS SALAAMATI WAL ISLAAMI WAL MUSAARA-A'TI ILAA MAA TUH'IBBU WAL TARZ'AA ALLAAHUMMA BAARIK LANAA FEE SHARINAA HAAD'AA WAR-ZUQNAA KHAYRAHOO WA A'WNAHOO WAS'RIF A'NNAA Z'URRAHOO WA SHARRAHOO WA BALAAA-AHOO WA FITNATAHOO My Lord and your Lord is Allah, the Lord of the worlds. O Allah for us let this month be a period of peace, faith safety and total submission to Thy will; make us walk apace swiftly to that which Thou likes and approves. O Allah pour out much blessings on us in this month, make available for us its generous good and assistance, and keep us safe from the harm, evil, misfortune and mischief that may try to trap us in this month. Dua of Imam Zainul Abedin (A.S.): He used to invoke the following Dua at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan: - All praise is due to God who guided us to praise Him, and made us worthy of it in order that we may be grateful for His goodness, and that He may, thereupon confer on us the reward of the righteous. And all praise be to God, who conferred on us His religion, and distinguished us with His creed, and conducted us into the path of His goodness, in order that, through His grace we may walk along them towards His approbation - a praise which He may accept from us, and on account of which He may be pleased with us. And praise be to God who ordained His month, the month of Ramadan, the month of fasts, the month of Islam the month of purity, the month of purification and the month of standing up (for prayer) to be one of those paths. In this month the Qur'an was made to descend, as guidance to mankind and contains clear instruction and distinction (between right and wrong). And He manifested its superiority to all the other months by allotting it abundant honors and celebrated excellence: therefore, He prohibited in it what He had allowed in other months in order to exalt it; and forbade in it food and drink, in order to honor it And appointed for it a definite time, which the High and Glorious doth not to be anticipated before it, and would not accept if delayed after it. Then He gave excellence to one of its nights over a thousand months and named it 'Lailetul Qadr" the night of Qadr (destiny), wherein descend the angels and the spirit by permission of their Lord, for every matter; peace and everlasting blessing till the dawn of the morning to whomsoever of His servants He will, according to the decree confirmed by Him. O Lord, bless Mohammad and his Aal (family) and inspire us to know its excellence and honor its dignity, and to abstain from whatever Thou hast forbidden in it; and help us to observe its fasts, by restraining our limbs from disobeying Thee and employing them in that which would please Thee: So that we may not lend our ears to any vain (speech-such as singing, etc.) and may not direct our eyes towards any amusement; and so that we may not stretch our hands towards anything forbidden, and may not step with our feet towards anything prohibited; and so that nothing may fill our bellies but what Thou hast made lawful and our tongue may not utter anything save what Thou hast permitted; and we may cease to exert ourselves except in that which would bring us nearer Thy reward, and stop doing everything save that which would protect us from Thy torment. Then, purify all this from showiness loved by the ostentatious and notoriety desired by seekers of fame (so that) we may not, in our worship of Thee, join anyone besides Thee, and may not, therein desire any other object except Thee. O Lord, bless Mohammad and his Aal (family) and give us grace to perform timely the five prayers with due regard to their limits which Thou hast enjoined and ceremonies which Thou hast prescribed, and times which Thou hast fixed; and in this respect raise us to the rank of those who performed them i.e., the five daily prayers) with success, who duly observed their essential points, who always performed them at (proper) times, in most perfect and complete purity and most evident and touching humility, according to the rules laid down by Thy servant and Thy apostle, Thy favors on him and his Aal (family), concerning their bows and prostrations and all the other excellent (rites). And, O Lord, give us grace, in this month, to show favor to our relations and do good to them, and to take care of our neighbours with kindness and benevolence, and to purge our property of obligations, and purify it by giving the legal alms; and to call back him who deserted us, and be just to him who was unjust to us, and make peace with him who was hostile to us-far be it from us to reconcile him who is abhorred on account of Thee and for Thy sake; for, verily he is an enemy whom we will never be on good terms. And give us grace, therein to approach Thee by means of pure deeds, whereby Thou mayest purify us of sins. And guard us, therein, from, relapsing into blemishes, so that, none of Thy angels may have occasion to report unto Thee but such of conduct as would (necessarily) fall under the heads of obedience to Thee and means of approaching Thee. O Lord, I beg Thee for the sake of this month, and for the sake of him who adored Thee in it, from its beginning to the time of its closing, whether he belonged to the class of angels whom Thou didst advance to nearness, or of prophets whom Thou didst send, or of pious servants whom Thou didst distinguish, to bless Muhammad and his Aal (family) and make us, in this month, worthy of that which Thou hast promised to Thy friend out of Thy bounty; and entitled us to that to which Thou hast entitled those who are most diligent in Thy service; and place us in the class of those who deserve high and exalter (rank) by Thy mercy O Lord, bless Mohammad and his Aal (family), and restrain us from unbelief in Thy unity, and deficiency in glorifying Thee and entertaining doubt in Thy religion, and being blind to Thy path, and neglecting to honor Thee, and being deceived by Satan, Thy enemy, the stoned one. O Lord, bless Mohammad and his Aal (family), and since, in every night of the nights of this our month, there are men whom Thy pardon doth liberate, or whom Thy forbearance forgives, therefore, let us be of these men; and let us be to our month the best of people and companions. O Lord, bless Mohammad and his Aal (family), and obliterate our sins along with the disappearance of its crescent, and remove from us our penalties with the expiration of its days; so that the month may pass from us while Thou hast cleansed us, within it, of guilt's, and freed us of sins. O Lord, bless Mohammad and his Aal (family), and if we deviate in it then set us right; and if we hesitate make us firm, and if Satan, Thy enemy, overwhelms us then deliver us from him. O Lord, fill this month with our worship of Thee alone, and adorn its moments with our service to Thee; and help us in the day-time to observe fast, and at night to pray and beseech Thee and humble (ourselves) unto Thee, and abase (ourselves) in thy presence; so that neither its day may bear witness against us of negligence, nor its night of default. O Lord, and let us be like this in all the months and days, as long as Thou keeps us alive; and let us be of Thy righteous servants, who will inherit paradise, wherein they shall live forever; and who do give what they give with a fearing heart, for verily, they shall return to Thee! And let us be of those who are prompt in charity and excel therein. Lord confers blessings on Mohammad and his Aal (family), in every time and every moment, and in every condition, greater in number to the blessings Thou didst confer on whomsoever Thou didst bless: Verily Thou art the doer of what Thou resolves. O Allah, Surely you Are All-Powerful over every thing, You are RAHMAN & RAHIM, Please forgive all our sins and Please accept our all humble duas May Allah forgive all our sins Ameen......... May Allah Bless you all and may He turn all your noble thoughts, feelings, wishes and desires into reality. May He also endow you with a very long, happy, healthy and a fruitful life as He guides you on the path that He wishes us to travel upon. Ameen

Dua's & Aamal for the Month of Ramadan

May Allah swt give us strenght and taufiq to perform the recommended act of the months. "Allahuma barikna Wabalighna shahara Ramdhan............Allahuma Ameen ." The month of Ramadan Kareem is very dear to Allah. It is the most august of all months, pure, generous and merciful. Do not let its nights go waste in slumber, its days in careless omission or loss of remembrance of Allah.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

12th Imam a.s. - 5 of 10‏

This Article send by Mustafa Mawjee On the occasion of the birth anniversary of our 12th Imam a.s. ~ an invaluable insight into his life, his ghaiba (occultation) and our duties towards the Imam of our time ~ in 10 parts Part 5 Laylatul Baraa'ah - The Night of Salvation For Any Ibadaat to reach its zenith we have to understand its significance & than perform it with body, heart, mind & soul & on this note I want share just a few pointers on the merit of SHAB E BARAAT. The 15th night of Shabaan is a very blessed night, Next to the “Night of Qadr. In our minds, everything we do that night is connected to the birth anniversary or the khushali of the 12th imam, but the true fact is that there are two very important yet very separate significances of this night and day… eide baraat is something very diff from the birth of the 12th imam, though both are celebrated on the same night. In actual fact, our twelfth Imam was born at dawn on the 15th of shaban. Many names have been given to this auspicious night. Laylatul Baraa'ah is in Persian meaning the NIGHT OF SALVATION & in urdu it is called Shabe Baraat, the NIGHT OF FREEDOM It is the night of seeking pardon and repenting to Almighty Allah and getting an escape from jahannam. It is also called Shabe Dua – spending the night in Prayers, Shabe Qabooliat when the duas are answered if done with sincerity and Shabe Barakah when the bounties and blessing are in plentiful. Every single deed on this night gets magnified & thawab multiplied due to the greatness of shabe baraat. Imam Ali (a.s.) relates: The 15th of Shabaan is a highly virtuous night and the believers should spend this night offering prayers and should observe fast on the following day. Our 8th Imam has said, about this night of 15th of Shaban: “It is the night for TAWBA and getting freedom from the fire of hell. Imam Ali (as) did not sleep on 3 nights: the night of shabe qadr, the night of eidul fitr, and the night of shabe baraat. He used to be in worship the whole night until dawn… This is a night in which not a single person supplicates to Allah except that his prayers are accepted. Nobody asks for a single thing on this night except that it will be given to him. No one asks Allah for forgiveness except that his sins are wiped out. No one turns in repentance to Allah except that He accepts their repentance. Whoever is deprived of the goodness of this night has definitely been deprived of something great." In order to make the most of this special night and ensure that all of his actions are performed properly, one must remove the material pleasures and enjoyments of this world from in front of his eyes and from his heart, he must think to himself that tonight is his last night on this Earth, tomorrow he shall die and thus, he will no longer have the opportunity to perform any more good deeds and that tomorrow the Day of Judgment will take place. The merit of this night starts from just before maghrib, starting with the dua to be recited just before sunset and GHUSL to be performed on that eve so that the burden of sins may be reduced and as if its your last ghusl. The most recommended amaal are (1) Tasbeeh of Astaghfar (2) Sura Yaseen 3 times with different Niyyah each: For long life, Prosperity. Safety from misfortune. Imam A;li (as) states: “I swear by the One who holds the life of ‘Ali in His hands there is not a single servant of Allah except that all the good and bad that will reach him in this year is divided up and handed out on the 15th of Sha‘ban and this good and bad will continue from the 15th of Sha‘ban until the next year on the same night. The servant who stays up this night and recites the Du‘a of Khidr will have his supplications answered." This dua popularly known as Dua e Kumayl. Ziarat of Imam Zamana Since it is the night of the birth of Imam Zamana(atfs) 4 Rakat namaz - after SURA E HAMD, SURAE IKHLAS is recited 100 times. namaze jafare tayyar – recommended by 8th Imam Any other duas/tasbeeh that keep us connected to our CREATOR. ARIZA: Towards the end of the night, Momineen and Mominaat usually present their ARIZA containing their griefs, worries and desires to the last Imam Mohammad Mehdi(a.s.) because it is the birth anniversary of the 12th imam and we use him as a wasila to reach A.H. In Islam. Both the night and the day carries emphasis, therefore the day of 15th Shabaan is a doubly blessed day for it is also the day of the birth of the last hujjat of Allah, in which prayers and also supplications and the ziyarat to Imam Husein (A.S.) has been recommended. Whilst the destiny is written on shabe baraat it is sealed on shabe Qadr. Allah (swt) in HIS MERCY and Rahma is giving us these awakening moments – a few more days to bring about the necessary changes within us. Let us pray together therefore, in the words of the dua that we recite 7 times at sunset - ‘If You have written my name in the list of good people then, I thank you, but if You have written my name in the list of bad people, then please remove it because You are the only one who can remove it from there.’ O Allah if Thou has forgiven us during the previous days of Shaban, then please be merciful to us in the days now follow. And that may He grant us the tawfeeq to perform the aamaals in the correct manner, this is also a night of eid for our marhumeen so let us not forget to remember and pray for them and we forgive and remember one another in our duas.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Maxim of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)

Maxim No. 1 On His Own Description I am Mahdi; I am Qaem (the upriser); I am the one who will establish justice on the earth as it has been filled with injustice. Maxim No. 2 On His Own Description I am the one supported by God on earth; I am the one who shall take revenge on His enemies. Maxim No. 3 On the Description of God's Proofs God has kept them away from sins, untouched by flaws, purified of corruption and immune to mistakes. God has designated them as the guardians of His Knowledge, trustees of His Wisdom, confidant of His Secrets and supported them with logic. Maxim No. 4 On the Fact that God Is With Them God is with us and His Being makes us free from want. Truth is with us and we do not fear if the people were to turn their back on us. Maxim No. 5 On Their Righteousness And they should know that truth is with us and near us, and those who claim the same are dishonest. Except for the misled and those who lead others astray, no one makes such a claim other than us. Maxim No. 6 On Their Being God's Creation We are the Lord's Creation and others were later remade in our image. Maxim No. 7 On Their Hearts Being the Focus of God's Will Our hearts bear God's Will. When He Wills, we also will the same. Maxim No. 8 On Affairs Entrusted to Them Fear God, surrender to us and leave the affairs to us. It is for us to take you away from the spring satiated, as you were taken to the spring by us and do not pursue that which have been concealed from you. Maxim No. 9 On Not Going Astray Do not go astray from the right path and strengthen your move on this path based on established traditions by befriending us. Maxim No. 10 On Seeking Enlightenment From Others Seeking enlightenment from other than the prophet's Household (AS) is akin to denying us. Maxim No. 11 On Those Who Do Injustice to Imam Mahdi (AS) Those who do injustice to me are among the oppressors and subject to God's Curse, because the Almighty says: "Verily God's curse is upon oppressors." Maxim No. 12 On Those Disliked by Imam Mahdi (AS) The Lord, His angels, prophets and saints dislike those who are disliked by me. Maxim No. 13 On Those Who Deny Imam Mahdi (AS) There is no kinship between God and others, and those who deny me are not with me. Maxim No. 14 On Those Who Hurt Imam Mahdi (AS) Only the ignorant and unwise Shiites whose piety is weaker than the wings of a fly hurt me. Maxim No. 15 On Those who Seize His Belongings A fire blazes in the hearts of those who unjustly confiscate our belongings and will soon be thrown by their face into that fire. Maxim No. 16 On Reasons for Taking Khums I will not accept your offers but only if you become pure. Maxim No. 17 On the Reason Behind His Occultation Neither my forefathers swore allegiance to the seditious, nor will I at the time of my reappearance. Maxim No. 18 On the Benefit of His Occultation Benefiting from me during my occultation is like benefiting from the sun when it is covered in cloud. Maxim No. 19 On Benefiting From Imam Mahdi (AS) During Occultation I provide the people on the earth with safety and security just as the stars do for those in heavens. Maxim No. 20 On Benefiting From Imam Mahdi (AS) During Occultation The Lord, through me, keeps misfortunes away from my household and my Shiite followers. Maxim No. 21 On Referring to Narrators of Traditions in His Occultation In case of new events, refer to narrators of my traditions because they are my proof to you as I am the sign of the Lord's proof to them. Maxim No. 22 On Those Who Claim to Have Seen Imam Mahdi (AS) Those who claim to have seen me before the appearance of Sufyani and the call from the sky are liars and accusers. Maxim No. 23 On Being Aware of Shiite Followers I am aware of your situation and nothing remains hidden from me. Maxim No. 24 On Giving Considerations to His Shiite Followers I have not neglected or forgotten you because if so, you would have been long plagued by endless misfortunes and destroyed by your enemies. Maxim No. 25 On Reappearance Depending on God’s Will My reappearance depends on the Lord’s Will and this will take place after a long time, darkening of hearts and prevalence of injustice on the earth. Maxim No. 26 On Not Determining the Time of Reappearance My reappearance depends on the Lord's Will and those who falsely determine a time are liars. Maxim No. 27 On Reappearance Marking the Prevalence of Truth Upon the Lord's permission, truth will prevail and falsehood will be defeated. Maxim No. 28 On Leaving the Time of Reappearance to the Lord Do not ask of things that do not benefit you and do not trouble yourself to find something that has not been asked of you. Maxim No. 29 On Duties of Muslims in the Era of Occultation All of you should try to befriend us and keep away from things disliked and rejected by us, for our order will come without notice when there is no time for repentance and regret will not save you from our retribution. Maxim No. 30 On the Reason for His Delayed Reappearance If my Shiite followers--may god reward them for their obedience--were to unite to fulfill their pledge, our meeting with them would not have been delayed and they would have met me sooner--a meeting based on their awareness and sincerity toward us. Maxim No. 31 On the Reason for Being Deprived of Meeting Him Nothing keeps us away from them, except acts disliked and disapproved by me. Maxim No. 32 On Praying for His Reappearance Pray for my reappearance, as their victory depends on it. Maxim No. 33 On Keeping Away From Sins The end result--with the admirable intervention of the Lord--will be auspicious as long as Shiites keep away from sins. Maxim No. 34 On the Earth Being Full of Divine Signs Verily the earth will not remain devoid of divine signs, whether evident or concealed. Maxim No. 35 On the Victory of Truth Over Falsehood God is averse to keeping the truth incomplete and not destroying falsehood. Maxim No. 36 On the Lord's Irrepressible Power The Lord's power cannot be overwhelmed, His Will is irrepressible and nothing will hinder His Victory. Maxim No. 37 On Seeking Refuge in God I take refuge in God from blindness after illumination, from deviation after guidance and from destructive conduct and annihilating seditions. Maxim No. 38 On the Purposefulness of Creation Verily God has not created mankind in vain and did not left them to wander aimlessly. Maxim No. 39 On Those Who Appeal for Guidance If you are in search of guidance you shall be guided, and if you seek you shall find. Maxim No. 40 On the Virtues of Prayers Nothing disgraces Satan like prayers, so pray and disgrace Satan.

15th Shabaan - Aamal of Neema-e-Shabaan‏

The 15th of Shabaan is also known as Neema-e-Shabaan and it is also remembered as Shab-e-Barat among Muslims. It is a highly virtuous night during which our last Imam Mohammad Mehdi(atfs) was born. 15th of Shabaan 1429 A.H. is falling on the night between 17th and 18th of August in India, Pakistan and Thailand. Please re-confirm with your local Mosque/imambargah for the exact occurrence in your location. Special Aamal of 15th of Shabaan Imam Ali(a.s.) relates from the Prophet Mohammad(sawaw) that the 15th of Shabaan is a highly virtuous night and the believers should spend this night offering prayers and should observe fast on the following day. Verily during this night until dawn Allah(swt) inquires Malaik (angels) - is there anyone who repents his sins and I forgive him/her? Is there anyone who asks for increase in earnings (Rizk/Rozi) and I grant so. Imam Zain-al-Abideen(a.s.) said that if someone wishes to meet the souls of the One Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Prophets, he/she should recite the ziarat of Imam Hussain(a.s.) during this night . Since it is the night of the birth of Imam Zamana(a.s.), it is recommended to recite the ziarat of Imam Zamana(a.s.) as well. The following Aamal have been recommended by Masoomeen(a.s.) for this night: (1)    Take bath and put on clean clothes (2)    Keep vigil the night long in prayers till dawn. (3)    Recite Ziarat of Imam Hussain(a.s.) (4)    Recite Dua-e-Kumail (5)    Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.) said that whoever recites : 100 times "Subhan Allah", 100 times "Alhamd-o-lillah", 100 times "Allaho Akbar" and 100 times "La ilaha il-Allah" during this night, Allah(swt) will forgive his/her previous sins and will accept his/her prayers. (6) The following dua is equivalent to the Ziarat of Imam Zamana(a.s.) and is recommended to be recited during this night. ALLAHUMMA BIHAQQE LAILATINA HAZEHI WA MOULUDIHA WA HUJ-JATIKA WA MO-OODIHAL LATI QARANTA ILA FADLIHA FADLAN FA-TAMMAT KALIMATUKA SIDQAN WA ADLAN LA MUBAD-DIL BI-KALIMATIKA WA LA MOAQ-QIBA LI-AYATIKA NURU-KAL MUTA-AL-LIQU WA ZIYA-UKAL MUSHRIKU WAL ALAMUN-NOORU FI TAKHYA-ID-DAIJOORIL GHA-IBUL MASTOOR JAL-LA MAOLIDUHU WA KARUMA MUHTIDUHU WAL MALA-IKATU SHUH-HADUHU WAL LAHUY NASIRUHU WA MU-AI-YIDUHU IZA AANA MIAADUHU WAL MALA-IKATU AMDADUHU SAIFULLAHIL LAZI LA YANBU WA NOORUHUL LAZI LA YAKHBU WA ZUL HILMIL LAZI LA YASBU MADARUD DAHRI WA NAWAMISUL ASRI WA WULATUL AMRI WAL MUNAZ-ZALU ALAIHIMUZ ZIKRU WA MA YANZILU FI LAILATIL QADRI WA ASHABUL HASHRI WA AN NIASHRI TARAJIMATU WAH-YIHI WA WULATU AMRIHI WA NAHYIHI ALLA HUMMA FA SAL-LE ALA KHATIMIHIM WA QAA-IMIHIMUL MASTOORI AN AWALIMIHIM WA ADRIK BINA AY-YAMAHI WA ZAHOORAHU WA QIYAMAHU WAJ ALNA MIN ANSARIHI WAQRIN  SARANA BISARIHI WAKTUBNA FI AAWANIHI WA KHULASA-IHI WA AHYINA FI DAOLATIHI NA-IMEENA WA BISUHBATIHI GHANIMEENA WA BIHAQQIHI QAAIMEENA WA MINAS SOO-I SALIMEENA YA ARHAMAR RAHIMEENA WAL HAMDU LILLAHI RAB BIL AALAMEENA WA SALLE ALA MOHAMMADIN KHATAMIN NABEEYEENA WAL MURSALEENA WA ALA AHLI BAITIHIS SADIQEENA WA ITRATIHIN NATIQEENA WAL AN JAMEE AZ ZALIMEENA WAHKUM BAINANA WA BAINAHUM YA AHKAMAL HAKIMEEN (7) Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.) and Imam Jafer Sadiq(a.s.) used to pray a 4 Rakaat Namaz in this night. In each rakat recite : - 100 times Sura-e-Fatiha and - 100 times Sura-e-Akhlas (Qul-ho-Allah-ho-Ahad). After salam of the prayer, the following dua is to recited : ALLAHUMA INNI ILAIKA FAQEERUN WA MIN AZABIKA KHAYEFUN WA BIKA MUSTAJEERUN RABBI LA TUBADDIL ISMI WA LA TUGHAYYER JISMI RABBI LA TAJHAD BALAYI RABBI LA TUSHMIT BIYAL AADAYI AAOOZO BI-AFWIKA MIN IQABIKA WA AAOOZO BIREHMATEKA MIN AZABIKA WA AAOOZO BIRIZAKA MIN SAKHTIKA WA AAOOZO BIKA MINKA JALLA SANAAOKA ANTA KAMA ASNEITA ALA NAFSIKA WA FAUQA MA YAQOOLUL QAEELOONA FEEKA (8) It is also recommended to recite : 10 Rakaat prayer in sets of 2 Rakaat each. In each Rakat recite once Sura-e-Hamd and 10 times Sura-e-Qul-ho-Allah-ho-Ahad. After each 2 Rakat set offer Sajda and recite this Dua : `ALLAHUMMA LAKA SAJADA SAWADI WA KHAYALI WA BAYADI YA AZEEMA KULLE AZEEMIN IGHFIRLI ZAMBI-AL AZEEMA FA INNAHU LA YAGHFIRU-HU GHAIRUKA YA AZEEMO Best Dua during this night is "Dua-e-Kumail" and “Dua-e-Nudbaâ€. In addition, recite Quran and other virtuous duas as you deem necessary and ask for the forgiveness of past sins and the betterment of the future. Towards the end of the night, Momineen and Mominaat usually present their griefs, worries and desires to the last Imam Mohammad Mehdi(a.s.) called "AREEZA" which is in fact a letter to the Imam(a.s.). This letter is written with a lot of love and affection using Safron as ink and is traditionally wrapped up in flour or pure soil and sprinkled with scents (Itar) and is thrown in a river with the intention that it reaches our beloved Imam-e-Zamana(a.s.). (a) According to Imam Ali Ibn Moosa Ar Rizaa (AS) it is highly desirable to pray Namaaz of Jaafar-E-Tayyar tonight. (b) Imam Jaafar Ibn Muhammad As Saadiq (AS) has advised the faithfuls to pray 2 rakaat namaz tonight after the Ishaa prayers. In the first rakaat recite surah hamd and sureh Kaafiroon and in the second Rakaat recite sureh Al Fathihah and sureh Al Iklaas. After the salaam recite Tasbih of Fatima Zahra (SA) and then the following dua'a YAA MAN ILAYHI MALJAA-UL I'BAADI FIL MUHIMMATI WA ILAYHI YAFZA-U'L KHALQU FIL MULIMMAAT YAA A'ALIMAL JAHRI WAL KHAFIYYAAT WA YAA MAN LAA TAKHFAA A'LAYHI KHAWAAT'IRUL AWHAAMI WA TAS'ARRUFUL KHAT'ARAAT YAA RABBAL KHALAAYIQI WAL BARIYYAAT YAA MAN BI-YADIHI MALAKOOTUL ARZ"EENA WAS SAMAAWAAT ANTALLAAHU LAA ILAAHA ILAA ANTA AMUTTU ILAYKA BI-LAA ILAAHA ILLAA ANTA FA-YAA LAA ILAAHA ILLAA ANTAJ-A'LNEE FEE HAA;DIHIL LAYLATI MIMMAN NAZ'ARTA ILAYHI FA-RAH'MATIHU WA SAMIA'-TA DAA'AA-AHU FA-AJABTAHU WA A'LIMTAS-TIQAALATAHU FA-AQALTAHU WA TAJAAWAZTA A'N SAALIFI KHAT'EEE-ATIHI WA A'Z'EEMI JAEAARATIHI FAQADIS-TAJARTU BIKA MIN D'UNOOBEE WA LAJAATU ILAYKA FEE SATRI U'YOOBEE ALLAAHUMMA FAJUD A'LAYYA BI-KARAMIKA WA FAZ''LIKA WAH'-T'UT'KHAT'AAYAAYA BI-H'ILMIKA WA A'FWIKA WA TAGHAMMADNEE FEE HAAD'IHIL LAYLATI BI-SAABIGHI KARAAMATIKA WAJ-A'LNEE FEEHAA MIN AWALIYAAA-IKAL LAD'EENAJ-TABAYTAHUM LI-T'AA-A'TIKA WAKH-TARTAHUM LI-I'BAADATIKA WA JA-A'LTAHUM KHAALIS'TAKA WA S'AFWATAKA ALLAAHUMMAJ A'LNEE MIMMAN SA-A'DA JADDUHU WA TAWAFFARA MINAL KHAYRAATI H'AZ'Z'UHU WAJ-A'LNEE MIMMAN SALIMA FA-NA-I'MA WA FAAZA FA-GHANIMA WAK-FINEE SHARRA MAA ASLAFTU WAA'-S'IMNEE MINAL IZDIYAADI FEE MAA'-S'IYATIKA WA H'ABBIB ILAYYA T'AA-A'TAKA WA MAA YUQARRIBUNEE MINKA WA YUZLIFUNEE I'NDAKA SAYYIDEE ILAYKA YALJAA-UL HAARIBU WA MINKA YALTAMISUT'T'AALIBU WA A'LAA KARAMIKA YU-A'WWILUL MUSTAQEELUT TAA-IBU ADDABTA I'BAADAKA WA ANTA AKRAMUL AKRAMEEN WA AMARTA BIL A'FWI I'BAADAKA WA ANTAL GHAFOORUR RAH'EEM ALLAAHUMMA FALAA TAH'RIMNEE MAA RAJAWTU MIN KARAMIKA WA LAA TUWYASNEE MIN SAABIGHI NI-A'MIKA WA LAA TUKHAYYIBNEE MIN JAZEELI QISAMIKA FEE HAAD'IHIL LAYLATI LI-AHLI TA'AA-A'TIKA WAJ-A'LNEE FEE JUNNATIN MIN SHIRAARI BIRAYYATIKA RABBI IN LAM AKUN MIN AHLI D'AALIKA FA-ANTA AHLUL KARAMI WAL A'FWI WAL MAGHFIRATI WAJUD A'LAYYA BIMAA ASTAH'IQQUHU FAQAD H'ASUNA Z'ANNEE BIKA WA TAH'AQQAQA RAJAAA-EE LAKA WA A'LIQAT NAFSEE BIKARAMAKA FA ANTA ARH'AMUR RAAH'IMEEN WA AKRAMUL AKRAMEEN ALLAAHUMMA WAKH-S'US'NEE MIN KARAMIKA BI-JAZEELI QISAMIKA WA A-O'OD'U BI-A'FWIKA MIN U'QOOBATIKA WAGHFIR LIYAD'-D'ANBAL LAD'EE YAH'BISU A'LAYYAL KHULUQA WA YUZ''AYYIQU A'LAYYAR RIZQA H'ATTAA AQOOMA BI-S'AALIH'I RIZ''AAKA WA AN-A'MA BI-JAZEELI A'T'AAA-IKA WA AS-A'DA BI-SAABIGHI NAA'-MAAA-IKA FAQAD LUD'TU BI-H'ARAMIKA WA TA-A'RRAZ''TU LI-KARAMIKA WAS-TA-A'D'TU BI-AFWIKA MIN U'QOOBQTIKA WA BI-H'ILMIKA MIN GHAZ''ABIKA FAJUD BIMAA SA-ALTUKA WA ANIL MAL-TAMASTU MINKA AS-ALUKA BIKA LAA BI-SHAY-IN HUWA AA'-Z'AMU MINKA Then go into sajda and say YA RABB ( 20 times) YAA ALLAAH (7 times) LAAH'AWLA WA LAA QUWWATA ILLAA BILLAAH (7 times) MAA SHAAA-ALLAAH (10 times) ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA MUH'AMMADIN WA AALI MUH'AMMAD once (c) Shaykh Toosi (RA) and Kafami (RA) have advised the faithfuls to recitethe following Dua'a (this dua'a is also recited after Namaaz-e-Shifa) ILAAHEE TA-A'RRAZ''A LAKA FEE HAA'DAL LAYLIL MUTA-A'RRIZOONA WA QAS'AADAKAL QAAS'IDOONA WA AMMALA FAZ''LAKA WA MAA'-ROOFAKAT T'AALIBOON WA LAKA FEE HAA'DAL LAYLI NAFAH'AATUN WA JAWAA-IZU WA A'T'AAYAA WA MAWAAHIBU TAMUNNU BIHAA A'LAA MAN LAM TASBIQ LAHUL I'NAAYATU MINKA WA HAA ANAA D'AA U'BAYDUKAL FAQEERU ILAYKAL MOO-AMMILU FAZ''LAKA WA MAA'-ROOFAKA FA-IN KUNTA YAA MAWLAAYA TAFAZ''Z''ALTA FEE HAAD'IHIL LAYLATI A;LAA AH'ADIN MIN KHALQIKA WA U'DTA A'LAYHI BI-A'AA-IDATIN MIN A'T'FIKA FAS'ALLI A'LAA MUH'AMMADIN WA AALI MUH'AMMADINIT'TAYYIBEENAT'TAAHIREENAL FAAZ''ILEENA WAJUD A'LAYYA BIT'AWLIKA WA MAA'-ROOFIKA YAA RABBAL A'ALAMEEN WA S'ALLAALLAAHU A'LAA MUH'AMMADIN KHAATMIN NABIYYEEN WA AALIHIT'T'AAHIREEN WA EALLAMA TASLEEMAA INNAALLAAHA H'AMEEDUM MAJEED ALLAAHUMMA INNEE AD-O'O'KA KAMAA AMARTA FAS-TAJIB LEE KAMAA WA-A'DTA INNAKA LAA TUKHLIFUL MEE-A'AD (d)The Holy Prophet (SA) used to recite the following in sajdah tonight after the Tahajjud prayers (it can be recited tonight after praying a 10 Rakaat Namaaz in 5 sets of 2 Rakaat each; in each rakaat recite surah Al Faatiha once and surah Al Iklaas 10 times) (i)    SAJADA LAKA SAWAADEE WA KHAYAALEE WA AAMANA BIKA FUW-AADEE HAAD'IHI YADAAYA WA MAA JANAYTUHU A'LAA NAFSEE YAA A'Z'EEM TURJAA LIKULLI A'Z'EEMIN IGHFIR LIYAL A'Z'EEMA FA-INNAHU LAA YAGHFIRUD'D'ANBAL A'Z'EEMA ILLAR RABBUL A'Z'EEM (ii)    A-O'OD'U BINOORI WAJHIKALLAD'EE AZ''AAA-AT LAHUS SAMAAWAATU WAL ARZ''OONA WAN-KASHAFAT LAHUZ'Z'ULUMAATU WA S'ALAH'A A'LAYHI AMRUL AWWALEENA WAL AKHIREEN MIN FUJAA-ATI NAQIMATIKA WA MIN TAH'WEELI A'AFIYATIKA WA MIN ZAWAALI NIA'-MATIKA ALLAAHUMMAR-ZUQNEE QALBAN TAQIYYAN NAQIYYAN WA MINASH SHIRKI BAREE-AN LAA KAAFIRAN WA LAA SHAQIYYAA A'FFARTU WAJHEE FIT TURAABI WA H'UQQA LEE AN ASJIDA LAKA (e) According to the Holy Prophet it is highly desirable to pray 100 rakat namaz tonight in 50 sets of 2 rakaats each as under in every rakaat after the recitation of surah al fatiha recite surah Al Ikhlas 10 times after the namaz recite the following 1) Ayat al Kursee 10 times 2)al Faatiha 10 times 3) Sub han Allah 100 times According to imam Jafar E Sadiq (A.S) it is highly desirable to pray 6 rakaat namaz in 3 sets of 2 rakats as foll: in every rakat recite Fatiha with Ya-Seen and Aal-Mulk For the rest of the month including tonight recite : ALLAHUMMA IN LAM TAKUN GHAFARTA LANAA FEEMA MAZ'AA MIN SHAA BAANA FAGHFIR LANAA FEEMA BAQIYA MINHU (f) Aamaal Of Surah Yaseen Shaykh Kafamee writes in his "Misbah" to recite Surah Yaseen 3 times: 1)once for long life 2)for prosperity 3)safety from misfortune. Then recite the following 21 times without talking to anyone throughout the Amal : 1) ALLAHUMMA INNAKA D'U ANAATIN WA LAA T'AAQATA LANAA LI-H'UKMIKA 2) YAA ALLAH, YA ALLAH, YAA ALLAH, AL-AMAAN, AL AMAAN, AL AMAAN 3) MINATT'AA -O'ON WAL WABAA-I WA SOO-IL QAZ"AAA-I WA SHAMATATIL AA'-DAAA-I RABBANAK-SHIF A'NNAL A'D'AABA INNAA MOO-MINOONA BI-RAH'MATIKA YAA ARH'AMAR RAHIM'EEN

Morality of Imam Zayn al-`Abidin‏

AHL AL-BAYT THE CELESTIAL BEINGS ON THE EARTH Author: Allama Hussein AnsariyanTranslator: Dr. Ali Akbar Aghili Ashtiani A relative of Imam Zayn al-`Abidin was standing beside him, raising his voice and abusing him. The Imam did not answer him until he went back to his house. At this moment, the Imam said to his companions, “Did you hear what this man said? I would like you to come with me to hear my response.” The Imam put on his shoes and set out with his companions saying to himself, وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ (134) …and those who restrain their anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of the good. (3:134) When they reached the house of that man, the Imam introduced himself to the servant who conveyed it to his master. The man who seemed to be looking for trouble came out. He was sure that the Imam had come for retaliation; rather, the Imam said, “My brother! A few minutes ago, you were standing beside me and said such and such words against me. If I am the one whom you described, I will ask for Allah’s forgiveness; but if what you said about me is not true, may Allah forgive you.” The man kissed the Imam’s forehead, saying, “What I said about you is not true and it is more deserving of me.”[1] The Lepers Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) has reported: One day, Imam Zayn al-`Abidin was passing by the lepers while he was riding. The lepers who were eating invited the Imam to share food with them. The Imam said, “I am fasting; otherwise, I would sit with you.” When the Imam reached home, he had some food prepared, invited the lepers and ate with them.[2] Forgiving A Neighbor Husham ibn Isma`il was appointed as ruler of Medina by `Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan. One of the grandsons of Imam `Ali (a.s) reports: Husham ibn Isma`il was a bad neighbor who persecuted Imam Zayn al-`Abidin greatly. When he was dismissed, he was brought to public with his hands tied, on the order of Walid ibn `Abd al-Malik for retaliation. While he was under arrest near Marwan’s house, Imam Zayn al-`Abidin passed by and greeted him. The Imam had already advised his companions not to offend Husham.[3] ........................ [1] Kitab al-Irshad by Shaykh al-Mufid 145/2. [2] Al-Kafi, 132/2, H 8. [3] Kitab al-Irshad by Shaykh al-Mufid: 147/2. ....................... A Hidden Charity There were families in Medina whose needs were fulfilled without knowing wherefrom. When Imam `Ali ibn al-Husayn passed away, they found out that it was the Imam who had secretly helped them. It is also reported: Imam Zayn al-`Abidin would come out of house at nights with a purse full of Dirhams and Dinars and go from one door to another leaving some Dirhams and Dinars at the door of each house. Only when he had passed away, they found out that the benefactor had been Imam Zayn al-`Abidin.[1] Prayer And Charity Abu-Hamzah Thamali has reported: I saw Imam Zayn al-`Abidin in prayer while his cloak was falling off his shoulders but he did not make any attempt to hold it until he completed his prayer. I asked about it. The Imam said, “Woe to you! Do you know before Whom was I standing? Prayer is not accepted save with full concentration and presence of heart.” A Qur’anic Pardon One of the slave-girls of Imam Zayn al-`Abidin was pouring water on his hands while performing ablution when all of a sudden the ewer hit and hurt the Imam’s face. The Imam raised his head towards her. The slave-girl said: Allah says, “Those who restrain their anger.” The Imam said, “I restrained my anger.” The slave-girl said, “…and pardon men.” The Imam said, “I pardoned you.” The slave-girl said, “…and Allah loves the doers of good.” The Imam said, “You are free in the way of Allah.”[2] Day of Loss Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) reported: There was a clown in Medina who would make people laugh. One day he said to himself, “This man (Imam Zayn al-`Abidin) has made me helpless to make him laugh!” So, when the Imam was followed by two of his servants, he passed by the clown. Seeing the Imam, the clown walked behind him, drew his cloak and ran away. The Imam did not pay any attention to the clown but people went after him and took back the cloak. Addressing people, the Imam said, “Who is this man?” They said, “He is a making people of Medina laugh.” The Imam said, “Tell him there is a day for Allah in which idle people will suffer losses.”[3] ............... [1] `Ilal al-Shara’i`: 231/1, H 8. [2] Al-Amali by Shaykh al-Saduq: 201, H 12. [3] Al-Amali by Shaykh al-Saduq: 220, H 6. ................ Unknown Among Travelers Imam al-Sadiq has reported: Imam Zayn al-`Abidin used to go on trips without letting his co-travelers recognize him so that he could help them as an unknown person. However, he was recognized by one of his co-travelers, “Do you know who this man is? This is `Ali ibn al-Husayn.” People rushed to him kissing his hands and feet, saying, “O son of Allah’s Messenger: We might have harmed you with our hands and tongues hence deserving hell! What made you travel in this way?” The Imam said, “Once I traveled with a group who knew me very well, they treated me for the sake of the Holy Prophet in a way I did not deserve. I thought you might do the same. For this reason, I prefer to travel as an unknown person.”[1] Kindness To A Camel Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) has reported: When he was passing away, `Ali ibn al-Husayn said to his son, Imam al-Baqir, “I have gone on Hajj on this camel for twenty times and I have not given it a lash. Bury it when it dies so that it will not be eaten by wild animals, for Allah’s Messenger has said: Any camel which goes to `Arafah for seven times, Allah will make it one of the blessings of Paradise and place blessing in its offspring.” When the camel of the Imam died, they buried it.[2] Giving Away His Food When `Ali ibn al-Husayn was fasting, he would have a sheep slaughtered, its meat cut into pieces and cooked. At sunset while he had not broken his fast, he would order to bring the bowls, fill them and take them to such and such houses until there was no more food in the pot. Then, they brought bread and date for the Imam to break his fast with.[3] Helping The Needy When dark overwhelmed Medina and people were at rest, Imam Zayn al-`Abidin would come out of house to go to the needy people and divide among them the food which he carried in a bag on his shoulder while covering his face so that none would know him. On many occasions, he would stand waiting at the doors so that they would come and take their shares. When they saw him face to face, they would say: He is the possessor of bag!”[4] ..................... [1] `Uyun Akhbar al-Rida: 145/2, Chapter: 40, H 13. [2] Thawab al-A`mal wa-`Iqab al-A`mal: 50. [3] Al-Kafi: 68/4; H 3. [4] Al-Manaqib: 163/4. .................... The Story of Grapes Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) has reported: Imam Zayn al-`Abidin was very fond of grapes. One day, they had brought fresh grapes to Medina. His wife bought some of them for him to break his fast with. When they brought them before him and he stretched out his hand to take some, a needy person knocked the door and asked for something. The Imam told his wife to take the grapes for the needy person. She said, “Some of it was enough for the needy person.” The Imam said, “No, By Allah; take all of it for him.” The next day, again they bought grapes for him but an indigent person came to the door and the Imam gave him all of the grapes. The third night, no needy came. So the Imam ate the grapes saying, “We did not lose anything in it, thanks to Allah.”[1] Nobility in Childhood `Abdullah ibn Mubarak reports: When I was on Hajj to Mecca, I caught sight of a seven or eight year old child walking alongside a caravan of pilgrims with no provision with him. I went forward, saluted him and asked, “With whom did you cover the desert?” He said, “With the Beneficent Allah.” He looked great to me. I asked, “Where is your provision, my son?” He said, “My piety is my provision and my Lord is my goal.” He looked magnanimous. I asked, “Which lineage do you come from?” He said, “`Abd al-Muttalib.” - “Which family?” - “Hashim.” - “Which branch.” - `Ali - Fatimah.” - O my master! Have you composed a poem? - “Yes, I have.” - “Recite part of your poem.” The Imam recited a poem with the following words: We are those sent to the pond of Kawthar. We give water to some and repel others. None can attain salvation but through our mediation. One who loves us will not suffer losses and one who makes us happy will receive happiness from us and whoever harms us will be of low birth. One who usurps our right will be punished on the Judgment Day! [1] Al-Manaqib: 154/4. Then I lost sight of him until I came to Mecca. When I completed my Hajj rituals and returned to al-Abtah, I saw a circle of people round someone. It was the same child with whom I spoke. I asked who he was. They said that he was Zayn al-`Abidin.[1] Asking For Forgiveness Imam al-Baqir (a.s) has reported: My father sent his slave on mission but he delayed in fulfilling it. He lashed him with one stroke. The slave said, “O `Ali ibn al-Husayn. You send me on a mission and hit me!” My father cried, saying, “My son! Go to the grave of the Holy Prophet, perform a two-unit prayer and say: O Lord: Forgive `Ali ibn al-Husayn on the Judgment Day.” Then he said to the slave, “You are free in the way of Allah.” Abu-Basir says: I said to the Imam, “May I be your ransom. It seems that setting a slave free is the atonement of hitting him!” But the Imam kept silent.[2] Retaliation Imam al-Rida reports: `Ali ibn al-Husayn hit his slave on one occasion. Being sorry, he entered home, took off his shirt and while giving a lash to his slave said, “Hit `Ali ibn al-Husayn!” The slave refused to do and the Imam gave him fifty Dinars.[3] Mother’s Right Imam Zayn al-`Abidin was said, “You are the most benevolent man but you don’t eat from the same plate with your mother while she likes to.” The Imam said, “I don’t like to stretch my hand to reach a morsel which my mother has an eye on it hence being disowned by her.” From that time on, he would put a cover on the plate of food when eating with his mother so he would put his hand under it and ate the food.[4] Security Against Loan `Isa ibn `Abdullah reports: `Abdullah was on the verge of death. The creditors had gathered in his house claiming their dues. He said, “I don’t have anything to pay you. Refer to either of my cousins, `Ali ibn al-Husayn or `Abdullah ibn Ja`far to pay my debt to you.” The creditors said, ..................... [1] Al-Manaqib: 155/4. [2] Bihar al-Anwar: 92/46, Chapter: 5, H 79. [3] Kitab Al-Zuhd: 45, Chapter: 7, H 119. [4] Al-Manaqib: 162/4. ..................... “`Abdullah ibn Ja`far is a man of long-term promise. He is negligent too. `Ali ibn al-Husayn, though not wealthy, is truthful. Hence, he is a better option for us.” The news reached Imam Zayn al-`Abidin. He said that he would undertake to pay the debt at harvest time, while he had no grain at all. When it was harvest time, Allah destined for him a certain amount of money with which he paid all the creditors’ claim.[1] An Extraordinary Example of Forbearance A man insulted Imam Zayn al-`Abidin (a.s). His slaves made an attempt to attack him. The Imam said, “Let him go. What is hidden of us is more than what he is saying about me.” Addressing the same man, the Imam said, “Do you need anything?” The man was ashamed. The Imam gave his garment to him together with a thousand Dirhams. The man said loudly, “I bear witness that you are the son of Allah’s Messenger.”[2] Reaction To Backbiting Imam Zayn al-`Abidin (a.s) reached a group of people who were talking behind his back. He stood near them saying, “If you are true about what you say, may Allah forgive me; and if you are lying, may Allah forgive you.”[3] Forgiving The Child’s Killer Imam Zayn al-`Abidin had a few guests; he asked his servant to be quick in preparing the food. The servant hastily brought the iron grid on which the meat had been grilled but it fell off his hand on the head of the Imam’s child who was in the ground floor and killed him. Addressing the servant who was shocked and trembling from fear, the Imam said, “You did not do it intentionally. Therefore, you are free in the way of Allah.” He then took part in the funeral service of his child.[4] Devotion Imam Zayn al-`Abidin had a needy cousin and the Imam would go to the door of his house as an unknown man giving him a few Dinars. But the cousin would say, “`Ali ibn al-Husayn does not observe ties of relationship towards me. May Allah not give him a good reward!” .......................... [1] Al-Kafi: 97/5, H 7. [2] Al-Manaqib: 157/2. [3] al-Khisal: 517/2, H 4. [4] Kashf al-Ghummah: 80/2. .......................... The Imam heard what he was saying but forbore it and did not wish to reveal his identity. When Imam Zayn al-`Abidin passed away, his cousin, whose nightly assistance had been cut off, realized that it was Imam Zayn al-`Abidin who fulfilled his needs. For this reason, he rushed to the Imam’s grave and wept bitterly.[1] ............................ [1] Kashf al-Ghummah: 106/2. ............................


Rabeeul Anaam Fi Adeea-e-Khairil Anaam A Tear for the Beloved Author Abdul Hussain Taalei Translator Dr Shabeeb Rizvi A) The Meaning of Awaiting: It is an innate behaviour from which emanates the preparation for whom we are Awaiting. Thus, as the intensity of the Awaiting increases, the measure of preparation also is on the rise. For example, when we wait for a difficult examination that we fear, we will ready ourselves for discussions and debates in better ways and means for we do not know as to what question will be asked and in what manner. Therefore, this Awaiting should be done in an even better manner because we are waiting for none other than our master, Saahebuz Zamaan (a.t.f.s.). It is obligatory on us that we acquaint ourselves with the characteristics of our master, the Awaited One, from the transmitted traditions related from his infallible ancestors. Consequently, we will be certain that our Imam (a.s.) is the twelfth Imam, he is still alive from the day of his birth and will continue to be till he reappears. He will infuse a new life into the Shariah of the seal of the Prophets, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.w.a.), through the establishment of justice and uprooting evil. It is quite possible that this affair is brought to its completion in this very year or perhaps, may be postponed to another year. It all depends on the deeds of the Shias, as he (a.t.f.s.) has expressed his desire in one tauqee’, “And had our Shias – may Allah grant them grace for His obedience – been united with their hearts in the fulfilment of the covenant imposed on them, they would not have been deprived of the blessing of our meeting. And indeed, they would have the good fortune of seeing us with true recognition and their verification concerning us. Then nothing conceals us from them except (those news) that reach unto us and which we dislike and don’t expect from them.”[1] In another tauqee’ to Shaykh Mufeed (a.r.), he (a.t.f.s.) wrote, “Then each one of you should act in a way that brings you closer to our love and refrain from all those actions that bring you nearer to our dislike and anger. For surely, our affair (reappearance) will be sudden and unexpected, when repentance will be of no benefit nor will regret over misdeeds save him from our chastisement.”[2] The Essentials of Physical Awaiting: Bodily Awaiting is an extension of awaiting from the heart. The one who waits perennially strives to keep away from sins and disobedience (of Allah). Hence, apart from always endeavoring to create a safe environment for his soul, he also tries ways and means to improve the others. Abu Baseer narrates from Imam-e-Sadeq (a.s.), “Whoever desires to be among the companions of the Qaem (a.s.), then he should await, act with piety and good ethics while he is in a state of Awaiting. So if he dies and the Qaem rises after him (i.e. his death), his reward will be like the one who has found the time of the Qaem. Then strive and await, congratulations to you, O nation on whom is mercy.”[3] Here, we would like to mention a few traits that ought to be present in the one who awaits: a) He should be aggrieved and distressed on account of his separation. b) He should cry, make others cry and appear to cry for his separation. c) He should always remember the Imam (a.t.f.s.). d) He should distance himself from the people of this world and sinners. e) He should pray to Allah the Almighty for the safety of Imam-e-Zamaan (a.t.f.s.) and his early reappearance, mostly in those times when supplications are accepted. f) As the duration of his occultation increases, his craving for his Imam (a.t.f.s.) should increase by the day. g) Encouraging and exhorting the believers to pray for the reappearance of Imam-e-Zamaan (a.t.f.s.). h) To be prepared every moment and every second for his reappearance. B) The Excellence of Awaiting: The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said, “The best worship is to await the reappearance.”[4] Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (a.s.) said, “The one who awaits our affair is like the one who is soaked in his blood in the way of Allah.”[5] And in yet another tradition, Imam Sadeq (a.s.) gives glad tidings, “One who dies among you while he is awaiting for this affair (i.e. reappearance of al-Mahdi), is like the one who is with the Qaem in his tent.” The narrator says that Imam Sadeq (a.s.) was quite for a moment and then said, “Nay! He is like the one who has fought alongside the Qaem with his sword.” Then he (a.s.) said, “Nay! By Allah! He is like the one who has attained martyrdom in front of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.).”[6] C) Necessity of Awaiting: It is narrated in ‘Kamaaluddin’ from Abdul Azeem al-Hasani (a.r.) that he said, “I went to Imam Muhammad Taqi (a.s.) to ask him about the Qaem, whether he is Mahdi or other than him? Before I could ask, he (a.s.) told me, ‘O Abal Qasim! Surely the Qaem from us, he is the Mahdi. It is necessary to wait (for his reappearance) during his occultation, to obey him when he reappears and he is my third descendant.’”[7] From whatever was discussed, we gather that all the Prophets (a.s.) and successors (a.s.) from Hazrat Adam (a.s.) to the last among them (s.a.w.a.) waited for the reappearance of Hazrat Saahebuz Zamaan (a.t.f.s.). Lastly, the Holy Quran orders, “Then wait all of you, for surely I am with you among those who wait.”[8] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] Al-Ehtejaaj, Shaykh Tabarsi, vol. 2, p. 599, the tauqee’ to Shaykh Mufeed. [2] Ibid., p. 49. [3] Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, p. 140, narrating from al-Ghaibah of No’mani. [4] Ibid., vol. 52, p. 125, narrating from Kamaaluddin of Shaykh Saduq (a.r.). [5] Ibid., vol. 10, p. 104, narrating from Khesaal of Shaykh Saduq (a.r.). [6] Ibid., vol. 52, p. 126, narrating from Mahaasen of Barqi (a.r.). [7] Kamaaluddin, vol.2, p.377, ch.36. [8] Yunus: 102.

Guidance in Occultation and the Message of Shi‘ism

1. Importance of Belief in al-Mahdi The Occultation of the Imam is a time of trial for the believers. But belief in Imam al-Mahdi is very essential for salvation. Imam Hasan al-‘Askari (a.s.) said, “I see that after me differences will appear among you concerning the Imam after me. Whoso accepts the Imams after the Prophet of God but denies my son is like the person who accepts all the prophets but denies the prophethood of Muhammad, the Prophet of God, upon whom be peace and blessing. And whoso denies [Muhammad] the Prophet of God is like one who has denied all the prophets of God, for to obey the last of us is like obeying the first and to deny the last of us is like denying the first. But beware! Verily for my son there is an occultation during which all people will fall into doubt except those whom Allâh protects.” 2. The Question of Long Life The opponents of the Shi‘ism protest that according to the beliefs of this school the Hidden Imam should by now be nearly twelve centuries old, whereas this is impossible for any human being. In answer it must be said that the protest is based only on the unlikelihood of such an occurrance, not its impossibility. Of course such a long lifetime or a life of a longer period is unlikely. But those who study the hadiths of the Holy Prophet and the Imams will see that they refer to this life as one possessing miraculous qualities. Miracles are certainly not impossible nor can they be negated through scientific arguments. It can never be proved that the causes and agents that are functioning in the world are solely those that we see and know and that other causes which we do not know or whose effects and actions we have not seen nor understood do not exist. It is in this way possible that in one or several members of mankind there can be operating certain causes and agents which bestow upon them a very long life of a thousand or several thousand years. Medicine has not even lost hope of discovering a way to achieve very long life spans. In any case such protests from “peoples of the Book” such as Jews, Christians and Muslims are most strange for they accept the miracles of the prophets of God according to their own sacred scriptures. 3. The Spiritual Guidance of al-Mahdi The opponents of Shi‘ism also protest that, although Shi‘ism considers the Imam necessary in order to expound the injunctions and verities of religion and to guide the people, the occultation of the Imam is the negation of this very purpose, for an Imam in occultation who cannot be reached by mankind cannot be in any way beneficial or effective. The opponents say that if God wills to bring forth an Imam to reform mankind He is able to create him at the necessary moment and does not need to create him thousands of years earlier. In answer it must be said that such people have not really understood the meaning of the Imam, for the duty of the Imam is not only the formal explanation of the religious sciences and exoteric guidance of the people. In the same way that he has the duty of guiding men outwardly, the Imam also bears the function of wilâyat and the esoteric guidance of men. It is he who directs man’s spiritual life and orients the inner aspect of human action toward God. Clearly, his physical presence or absence has no effect in this matter. The Imam watches over men inwardly and is in communion with the soul and spirit of men even if he be hidden from their physical eyes. His existence is always necessary even if the time has not as yet arrived for his outward appearance and the universal reconstruction that he is to bring about. 4. The Spiritual Message of Shi‘ism The message of Shi‘ism to the world can be summarized in one sentence: “To know God.” Or in other words, it is to instruct man to follow the path of Divine revelation and the knowledge of God in order to gain felicity and salvation. And this message is contained in the very phrase with which the Holy Prophet commenced his prophetic mission when he said, “Oh men! Know God in His Oneness (and acknowledge Him) so that you will gain salvation.” As a summary explanation of this message we will add that man is attached by nature to many goals in this worldly life and to material pleasures. He loves tasty food and drink, fashionable dress, attractive palaces and surroundings, a beautiful and pleasing wife, sincere friends and great wealth. And in another direction he is attracted to political power, position, reputation, the extension of his rule and dominion and the destruction of anything that is opposed to his wishes. But in his inner and primordial, God-given nature man understands that all these are means created for man, but man is not created for these things. These things should be subservient to man and follow him and not vice versa. To consider the stomach and the region below it as a final end of life is the logic of cattle and sheep. To tear up, cut and destory others is the logic of the tiger, the wolf and the fox. The logic inherent in human existence is the attainment of wisdom and nothing else. This logic based upon wisdom (with the power which it possesses to discern between reality and the unreal), guides us toward the truth and not toward things our emotions demand or toward passions, selfishness and egoism. This logic considers man as a part of the totality of creation without any separate independence or the possibility of a rebellious self-centeredness. In contrast to the current belief that man is the master of creation and tames rebellious nature and conquers it to force it to obey his wishes and desires, we find that in reality man himself is an instrument in the hand of Universal Nature and is ruled and commanded by it. This logic based upon wisdom invites man to concentrate more closely upon the apprehension he has of the existence of this world until it becomes clear to him that the world of existence and all that is in it does not issue from itself but rather from an Infinite Source. He will then know that all this beauty and ugliness, all these creatures of the earth and the heavens, which appear outwardly as independent realities, gain reality only through another Reality and are manifested only in Its Light, not by themselves and through themselves. In the same way that the “realities” as well as the power and grandeur of yesterday have no greater value than tales and legends of today, so are the “realities” of today no more as “reality” tomorrow. In the last analysis, everything in itself is no more than a tale and a dream. Only God is Reality in the absolute sense, the One Who does not perish. Under the protection of His Being, everything gains existence and becomes manifested through the Light of His Essence. If man becomes endowed with such vision and power of apprehension, then the tent of his separative existence will fall down before his eyes like a bubble on the surface of water. He will see with his eyes that the world and all that is in it depend upon an Infinite Being who possesses life, power, knowledge and every perfection to an infinite degree. Man and every other being in the world are like so many windows which display according to their capacity the world of eternity which transcends them and lies beyond them. It is at this moment that man takes from himself and all creatures the quality of independence and primacy and returns these qualities to their Owner. He detaches himself from all things to attach himself solely to the One God. Before His Majesty and Grandeur he does nothing but bow in humility. Only then does he become guided and directed by God so that whatever he knows he knows in God. Through Divine guidance he becomes adorned with moral and spiritual virtue and pure actions which are the same as Islam itself, the submission to God, the religion that is in the primordial nature of things. This is the highest degree of human perfection and the station of the perfect man (the Universal Man; insân-e kâmil), namely the Imam who has reached this rank through Divine grace. Furthermore, those who have reached this station through the practice of spiritual methods, with the different ranks and stations that they possess, are the true followers of the Imam. Thus it becomes clear that the knowledge of God and of the Imam are inseparable in the same way that the knowledge of God is inextricably connected to the knowledge of oneself. For he who knows his own symbolic existence has already come to know the true existence which belongs solely to God who is independent and without need of anything whatsoever.

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Why do the Shi'ah Combine Prayers?

Undertake the prayer at the time of the declining sun to the darkness of the night and the morning recitation; for indeed the morning recitation is witnessed"(Holy Qur'an: Chapter 17, Verse 78) The Shi'ah acknowledge the five obligatory daily prayers. However, they frequently combine the Zuhr and 'Asr prayers by offering them consecutively during the time period defined by the start of Zuhr and the end of 'Asr. They also consider it permissible to combine the Maghrib and 'Isha prayers in a similar manner. This practice is in complete agreement with the Qur'an as well as authentic traditions from the Prophet (s). The Sunni schools of law (fiqh) - with the exception of the Hanafi school - allow thecombining of the obligatory prayers (al-jam` bayn al-salatayn) in the case of rain, travel, fear, or other emergencies. The Hanafi school of law prohibits the combination of the daily prayers at any time, with the exception of the prayers at Al-Muzdalifa during the Hajj. The Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali schools of law all agree on the permissibility of combining the prayers when one is travelling, but have differences of opinion on other reasons. The Shi'ah Ja'fari school of law states that one can combine the prayers without any particular reason. Prayer timings according to the Holy Qur'an Imam Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, the famous Sunni commentator on the Qur'an, wrote regarding the verse quoted (Chapter 17, Verse 78) : q "If we interpret the darkness (ghasaq) as being the time when darkness first appears then the term ghasaq refers to the beginning of Maghrib. On this basis, three timings are mentioned in the verse: 'the time of noon, the time of the beginning of Maghrib and the time of Fajr'. This requires that noon be the time of Zuhr and `Asr, this time is shared between these two prayers. The time of the beginning of Maghrib is the time for Maghrib and 'Isha' so this time is also shared between these two prayers. This requires allowing the combining between Zuhr and `Asr and between Maghrib and 'Isha' at all times. However, there is proof to indicate that combining whilst at home without any excuse is not allowed. This leads to the view that the combining be allowed when travelling or when there is rain etc." [Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, al-Tafsir al-Kabir, vol. 5, p. 428] We will shortly point out irrefutable evidence that combining prayers without any excuse is perfectly valid. However, it is clear that the times of the obligatory prayers are only three: 1) The time of the two obligatory prayers, Zuhr (noon) and `Asr (afternoon), which is shared between the two. 2) The time of the two obligatory prayers Maghrib (dusk) and 'Isha' (night) which is also shared between the two. 3) The time for the Fajr (morning) prayer which is specific to it. Did the Prophet (s) combine prayers? q Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed in Medina seven (rak'ahs) and eight (rak'ahs), i. e. (combined) the noon (Zuhr) and afternoon (`Asr) prayers (eight rak'ahs) and the dusk (Maghrib)and night ('Isha') prayers (seven rak'ahs). [Sahih al-Bukhari (English translation), volume 1, book 10, number 537; Sahih Muslim (English translation), Kitab al-Salat, Book 4, Chapter 100 Combination of prayers when one is resident, hadith no. 1522] q 'Abdullah b. Shaqiq reported: Ibn 'Abbas one day addressed us in the afternoon (after the afternoon prayer) till the sun disappeared and the stars appeared, and the people began to say: Prayer, prayer. A person from Banu Tamim came there. He neither slackened nor turned away, but (continued crying): Prayer, prayer. Ibn 'Abbas said: "May you be deprived of your mother, do you teach me Sunnah?" And then he said: "I saw the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) combining the noon (Zuhr) and afternoon (`Asr) prayers and the dusk (Maghrib)and night ('Isha') prayers." 'Abdullah b. Shaqiq said: "Some doubt was created in my mind about it. So I came to Abu Huraira and asked him (about it) and he testified to his assertion." [Sahih Muslim (English translation), Kitab al-Salat, Book 4, Chapter 100 Combination of prayers when one is resident, hadith no. 1523, 1524] But wasn't that due to travel, fear, or rain? Many traditions from the Prophet (s) clearly indicate that he used to combine prayers without any particular reason. q The Prophet (s) prayed in Madinah, while residing there, not travelling, seven and eight (this is an indication to the seven Raka't of Maghrib and 'Isha' combined, and the eight Raka't of Zuhr and `Asr combined). [Ahmad ibn Hanbal, al-Musnad, vol. 1, page 221] q The Prophet (s) prayed Zuhr and `Asr in combination and Maghrib and 'Isha' in combination without a reason for fear or travel. [Malik ibn Anas, al-Muwatta', vol. 1, page 161] Indeed, we are even told in some traditions about the rationality behind this practice of the Prophet (s). It was for the convenience of the ummah! q Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah (s) combined the noon prayer with the afternoon prayer and the sunset prayer with the 'Isha' prayer in Medina without being in a state of danger or rainfall. And in the hadith transmitted by Waki' (the words are): "I said to Ibn 'Abbas: What prompted him to do that? He said: So that his (Prophet's) Ummah should not be put to (unnecessary) hardship." [Sahih Muslim (English translation), Kitab al-Salat, Book 4, Chapter 100 Combination of prayers when one is resident, hadith no. 1520; Sunan al-Tirmidhi, vol. 1, p. 26] q The Messenger of Allah (s) observed the noon and afternoon prayers together in Medina without being in a state of fear or in a state of journey. Abu Zubair said: "I asked Sa'id (one of the narrators) why he did that. He said: I asked Ibn 'Abbas as you have asked me, and he replied that he (the Holy Prophet) wanted that no one among his Ummah should be put to (unnecessary) hardship." [Sahih Muslim, English translation, Kitab al-Salat, Book 4, Chapter 100 Combination of prayers when one is resident, hadith no. 1516] Even if it is allowed, why do it? No one suggests that there is anything wrong with praying the individual prayers separately. Zuhr and `Asr prayers and Maghrib and 'Isha' prayers can be offered either combined or separately. However, this practice of combining the two prayers by the Prophet (s) reflects the Divine Grace of Allah (swt) for the convenience of the ummah, and there are good reasons why it has become customary amongst the Shi'ah: q People are often busy with their own affairs and have their own duties and anxieties, particularly in countries where the educational or work system is not structured to cater to the requirements for Muslims to offer their daily prayers. Some professions require long hours of continuous, uninterrupted work. Hence, for convenience, and in order to avoid missing the second of the two prayers, the Shi'ah offer their two prayers in one interval, whether early or late, during the appointed time. q Where people gather from far and wide to offer one of the two prayers and since it is permissible to combine them, they offer the two prayers one after another in congregation. This way they have both fufilled their obligations as well as participated in the congregation (jama'ah) prayers thus gaining the increased reward. Consider the example of Friday prayers. We observe that thousands of Sunni bretheren offer their Friday prayers on time but many of them fail to offer the `Asr prayers at all, let alone in congregation. On the other hand a Shi'i Muslim who offers Friday prayers will invariably perform the `Asr prayer in congregation. q The fact that this sunnah is not generally adopted by our Sunni brothers is another reason why the Shi'ah feel they must keep it alive. We would like our children and other Muslims and the posterity to know that the practice of combining the Zuhr and `Asr, and the Maghrib and 'Isha' prayers is permissible as well as from the sunnah (established practice) of the Holy Prophet (s). Conclusion Combining Zuhr and `Asr prayers, and Maghrib and 'Isha' prayers, is in accordance with the Qur'an and permissible according to the sunnah of Prophet (s), besides being more convenient. The fact that this well-evidenced sunnah is not generally practiced by our Sunni brothers does not make it inapplicable in our lives. As the famous Sunni commentator of Sahih Muslim, al-Nawawi, writes: When a practice (Sunnah) is confirmed authentic, it is not abandoned just because some, most or all people abandon it. [al-Nawawi, Sharh Sahih Muslim, (Beirut, 1392 A.H.), vol. 8, p. 56]

Jashan and Aamal of 15th, Shaban

Jashan and Aamal will be held on Sunday dated 16th, August`2008 For both Ladies and Gents at Shaheed Hameed Ali Bhojani Hall, Near Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, Britto Road, Karachi At 10.00 PM Program Jashan (First session) Speech By Maulana Ali Raza Mehdvi Maulana Ghulam Raza Roohani and Maulana Syed Ali Murtaza Zaidi Poet and Manqabat Khwan Sadman Raza, Hasnain Abbas, Qaiser Abbas, Sajid Hassan, Ali Hussain and others Aamal (2nd session) Starting at 1.00 AM Aamal by Maulana Ghulam Raza Roohani End at 3.00 AM with Dua-e-Imam-e-Zamana (A.S.) (Sehri/Niaz will be serve)

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7 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with the Qur'an

ARE you one of those people who rarely touch the Qur'an? Or do you read daily, but don't find it is having the impact on you that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you connect with the Qur'an. 1. Before you touch it, check your heart. The key to really benefiting from the Qur'an is to check your heart first, before you even touch Allah's Book. Ask yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from you later? Remember that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was described by his wife as a "walking Qur'an": in other words, he didn't just read and recite the Qur'an, he lived it. 2. Do your Wudu (ablution). Doing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you that you're not reading just another book. You are about to interact with God, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him. 3. Read at least 5 minutes everyday. Too often, we think we should read Qur'an for at least one whole hour. If you aren't in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If you took care of step one, Insha Allah (God willing), you will notice that those five minutes will become 10, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more! 4. Make sure you understand what you've read. Five minutes of reading the Qur'an in Arabic is good, but you need to understand what you're reading. Make sure you have a good translation of the Qur'an in the language you understand best. Always try to read the translation of what you've read that day. 5. Remember, the Qur'an is more interactive than a CD. In an age of "interactive" CD-Roms and computer programs, a number of people think books are passive and boring. But the Qur'an is not like that. Remember that when you read the Qur'an, you are interacting with Allah. He is talking to you, so pay attention. 6. Don't just read; listen too. There are now many audio cassettes and CDs of the Qur'an, a number of them with translations as well. This is great to put on your walkman or your car's CD or stereo as you drive to and from work. Use this in addition to your daily Qur'an reading, not as a replacement for it. 7. Make Dua (supplication) . Ask Allah to guide you when you read the Qur'an. Your aim is to sincerely, for the love of Allah, interact with Him by reading, understanding and applying His blessed words. Making Dua to Allah for help and guidance will be your best tool for doing this.

Some facts about Kaba

The House of ALLAH in Makkah. The Kaa'ba is covered by a black cloth known as 'Kiswa', which is produced & changed every year. Special factory designed for the making of Kiswa in Makkah. It costs approx. SR 17million.The cloth is made of 670kgs of silver dyed black, about 120kgs of pure gold & 50 kgs of silver used in writing the Qur'anic verses over the cloth. The total area of the cloth is 658sqr meter .

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