Friday, September 19, 2008

A'amaal for Laylatul Qadr‏

The Common A'maals for all 3 nights are given below : - 1. To take a bath(ghusl) immediately after Magrib so that the prayers may be performed in a state of purity 2. To offer two Rakats (units)of Namaz, in every Rakat offer Surat-al-Hamd, and Surat-al-Tauhid/ Sure Ikhlaas (7) seven times, and after finishing the prayer 70 times recite: "Astagferullaah Rabbi Wa atoobo elaihe" i.e., "I seek pardon from God and ask for penitence from Him". Seeking FORGIVENESS in the early part of the night is very beneficial .Remember your sins & seek forgiveness by reciting "Astagferullaah Rabbi Wa atoobo elaihe" 100 times ,Munajat e Taebeen & Dua Tauba (repentance) & Dua Kumayl 3. The Holy Qur'an should be opened and placed in front, then one should recite, O Allah treat me as one of those who are free from Hell, in the name of this Holy Book sent by Thee, whatever there be in the Book. Including Ism-e-A'azam and Asmaa-e-Husnaa and the things to be dreaded, the things that may be expected and desired, like blessings of Jannat. Do forgive through the grace of this book "Alaahumma inni asaloka be kitaabekal munzale Wa maa feeh, wa feehismokal akbaro wa asmaakal husnaa, wa maa yokhaafo Wa yurjaa an taj-alani min otaqaaeka minan-Naar", (SALAWAT-After this he may beg from Allah swt whatever he wants). 4. He should place the Holy Qur'an on his head and say, O Allah! I appeal to Thee in the name of this Qur'an and the Rooh that was sent along with it, and in the name of the Momin (believer) whose praise is contained in this Book and Tine obligation that is on them. No one else recognizes the right and truth more than Thee "Allaahumma be haqqe haazal Qur'an we be haqqe man arsaltahoo beh, Wa be haqqe kulle momenin madahtahoo feeh, we be haqqeka alaihim fa-laa ahada a'arafo be haqqeka mink", (SALAWAT-After this he should repeat 10 times each): BEKA YA ALLAH'HO (S.W.T.) BE MOHAMMADIN (S.A.W.) BE ALIYYIN (A.S.) BE FATEMATA (A.S.) BIL HASANE (A.S.) BIL HUSAINE (A.S.) BE ALIY IBNIL HUSAIN (A.S.) BE MOHAMMED IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.) BE JA'FAR IBN MOHAMMEDIN (A.S.) BE MOOSA IBN JA'FAR (A.S.) BE ALI IBN MOOSA (A.S.) BE MOHAMMED IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.) BE ALI IBN MOHAMMED (A.S.) BIL HASAN IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.) BIL HOJJATIL QAEM (A.S.) Ask for your needs.... 5. To recite the Ziarat of Imam Hussain (A.S.). According to Hadis, during Shab-e-Qadr an angel proclaims from the Arsh (Throne) on the Seventh sky, "Allah the Benevolent forgives him, whosoever performs the Ziarat of the grave of Imam-e-Hussain (A.S.)." (Ziarat.ppt download) 6. Recite Duas Joshn e kabir & Joshn e Saghir. 7. To offer 100 Raq'ats of Namaz. It has been highly recommended. It is better to recite (after Surat-al-Hamd) 10 times the Surat-al-Tawhid/ Sure Ikhlaas (Qul howallah). 8. Pray for others - Think of the many people all over the world who are in great difficulty & pray for them . 9. Give/Arrange for Sadqa/Charity tonight & keep oneself awake throughout these three nights. The vigil during these nights carries great Sawab (heavenly reward). Dozing even for a short while ,may make one lose this great benefit 10. Recite Dua Nudba & Remember Imam e Zamana (atfs) much throughout the night & recite Dua for Imam atfs 11. Recite the 15 Whispered prayers from Sahifa Sajjadia 12. Reading some Fiqh rules is highly recommended: use 13.Recite Salaat of Jafar e Tayyar & Tahajjud Salaat at the end of the night 14 Al-Kaf`amiy has narrated that Imam Zayn al-Abiden (a.s) used to say this supplication very frequently at the Qadr Nights while sitting, standing, genuflecting, and prostrating اللّهُمّ إِنّي أَمْسَيْتُ لَكَ عَبْداً دَاخِراً alluhumma inni amsaytu laka `abdan dakhiran O Allah: surely, I am at this evening Your passive slave; لا أَمْلِكُ لِنَفْسِي نَفْعاً وَلا ضَرّاً lu amliku linafsy naf`an wa lu ¤arran I have no control of hurt or good to myself, وَلا أَصْرِفُ عَنْهَا سُوءً، wa lu asrifu `anhu su‘an And I cannot drive back any evil from myself, أَشْهَدُ بِذلِكَ عَلَى نَفْسِي، ash-hadu bidhalika `alu nafse I testify to so against myself, وَأَعْتَرِفُ لَكَ بِضَعْفِ قُوّتِي، wa a`tarifu laka bi¤a`fi quwwate And to You do I confess of my powerlessness وَقِلّةِ حِيلَتِي، wa qillati helate And my feebleness فَصَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ fasall `alu muhammadin wa uli muhammadin So, (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad, وَأَنْجِزْ لِي مَا وَعَدْتَنِي wa anjiz le mu wa`adtany And fulfill that of which You have promised me, وَجَمِيعَ المُؤْمِنِينَ وَالمُؤْمِنَاتِ wa jame`a almu´minena wal-mu´minuti As well as all the believing men and women, مِنَ المَغْفِرَةِ فِي هذِهِ اللّيْلَةِ، mina almaghfirati fe hadhihi allaylati That is Your forgiveness at this night. وَأَتْمِمْ عَلَيّ مَا آتَيْتَنِي wa atmim `alayya mu utaytany And accomplish that which You have conferred upon me, فَإِنّي عَبْدُكَ المِسكِينُ المُسْتَكِينُ fa’inne `abduka almiskenu almustakenu For I am Your slave—the poor, the humble, الضّعِيفُ الفَقِيرُ المَهِينُ. aldha`efu alfaqeru almahenu The weak, the needy, the humiliated. اللّهُمّ لا تَجْعَلْنِي نَاسِياً لِذِكْرِكَ فِيمَا أَوْلَيْتَنِي، alluhumma lu taj`alny nusiyan lidhikrika femu awlaytane O Allah: (please) do not make me negligent of the mention of You as regards that which You have bestowed upon me, وَلا غَافِلاً لإحْسَانِكَ فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَنِي، wa lu ghufilan liihsunika femu a`taytane And do not make me inadvertent to Your favors to me as regards that which You have given me, وَلا آيِساً مِنْ إِجَابَتِكَ وَإِنْ أَبْطَأَتْ عَنّي wa lu uyisan min ijubatika wa in abtat `anne And do not make me despair of Your responding to me, even if such response is postponed, فِي سَرَّاءَ أَوْ ضَرَّاءَ fe sarru‘a awdharru‘a Whether I be in prosperity or adversity أَوْ شِدّةٍ أَوْ رَخَاءٍ aw shiddatin aw rakhu‘in Or hardship or comfort أَوْ عَافِيَةٍ أَوْ بَلاءٍ aw `ufiyatin aw balu‘in Or well-being or ordeal, أَوْ بُؤْسٍ أَوْ نَعْمَاءَ aw bu´sin aw na`mu‘a Or misery or bliss. إِنّكَ سَمِيعُ الدّعَاءِ. innaka same`u alddu`u‘i Verily, You are the Hearer of prayers. Alternate Translation :I have passed the evening as a very humble servant of Thee. I have no control over the gains and losses for my person. I cannot remove any evil from myself. I depose against my conscience. I admit my weakness and inability of managing my affairs. Bestow Tine blessings on Mohammad (S.A.W.) and his Aal (A.S.). Whatever Thou hast given me or promised, fulfill that. Verily! I am Tine humble, weak and destitute servant. O Allah! Let me not forget the blessings that Thou hast bestowed on me, and let me not be forgetful about Tine kindness. Do not deny me Tine acceptance though it may be delayed, may it pertain to sorrow or happiness, and may it be connected with peace and tranquility or hardship and vicissitudes or pertaining to blessings. Thou hearse and accepts invocations in every condition. Introduction to Laylatul Qadr ­ the Night of Power from The month of Ramadhan has been singled out for special worship (`Ibadat) and exclusive favours. It is a month unlike other months. One reason for this, as defined by the Qur'an, is because the Holy Qur'an was revealed in this month. Says Allah in Sura al­Baqarah: The month of Ramadhan, that in which the Qur'an was sent down; a guidance for mankind, and clear signs of guidance and distinction (2:185). In fact, according to a hadith of the 6th Imam (a), the other holy books were also revealed in this month. Among the nights of Ramadhan is one special night, which is better than a thousand months (HQ, 97:3). Good deeds performed on that single night are equal to those performed over a thousand months. It is the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), when the Qur'an was revealed. Some commentators believe it was the night when the Qur'an was brought down from Baytul M`amur (Heavenly abode), for Jibrael to reveal in parts to the Prophet (s). Others say it was the night when the Prophet received the entire Qur'an, but was asked to transmit it as and when the occasion demanded. Laylatul Qadr is a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the final guidance for humans. It is a tribute to the commencement of the message revealed to mankind by their Creator, a message which shows them the way to achieve happiness in both the worlds. Just as the arrival of a child is celebrated, on its birth and then every year, as a bringer of joy and fulfilment for the family, Laylatul Qadr is celebrated as a bringer of light and guidance for mankind. Unlike the birthday which is celebrated with a feast for the senses, Laylatul Qadr includes a feast for the spirit, a feast of worship and prayers. Some Ahadith indicate that the fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night. That is why the Du`as for this night ask for special favours in the decree for the year. Believers are encouraged to stay awake the entire night, and pray for blessings and forgiveness. It is the holiest night of the year, and it would be unwise to be heedless of the tremendous benefits of this night. Night of Qadr Prayer for Understanding the Nights of Qadr and Fitr ------------- One of the most important prayers and requests which a fast observer should not forget, and from the very beginning of the Holy Month every night, day, and at every available opportunity should beseech Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), is to bestow upon him the divine grace for worshipping, servitude, and night-vigil during the nights of Qadr and Fitr. And if a fast observer beseeches Him honestly and sincerely undoubtedly He will respond to his request and would not deny him his desire for having the divine grace - the grace which is so great that deserves merit - and the one who has trust in Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), and the Holy Qur'an, in order to be sure for its attainment would be ready to spend that entire year in worshipping, night-vigil and asceticism. Did not the Holy Qur'an consider that night better than thousand months which are longer than eighty years? Would not by efforts and endeavours of one year, he accomplish the bonus and reward of eighty years? Which is indeed a great profit, what to say to accomplish that same profit of eighty years during a period of less than a month. From this consideration, if someone does not have even so much courage to pray and request for the divine grace of comprehension of the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr) during the span of approximately twenty days (from the beginning of the Holy Month until the Night of Power), then he should realize that his heart is sick and his faith is unstable, and therefore it is up to him to seek the treatment for his heart's sickness and faith's instability. Whatever has been said about the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) is also valid for the day and night of Eid-ul-Fitr because Imam al-Sajjad has narrated that:"This night (Night of Fitr) is not less valuable than the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr)." Yes! Allah's devoted servants whose desire and courage is that through their prayer, worship, and preparation reach to the point whereby their esoteric eyes become opened during these nights so that they could witness the descent of angels, (Archangel Gabriel), and destinies descend from the Celestial Kingdom towards the earth during this night. And as compared to those great ones are we who do not possess even the courage to pray and request for the divine grace of worshipping during these nights.

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