Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ramazan about to Start

As Salam-o-alaikum,

The month of Shabaan is approaching its end and the month of Ramazan
is about to start. This newsletter emphasizes the importance of
fasting in the last 3 days of Shabaan.

Imam Jafer Sadiq(a.s.) reports that Prophet Mohammad(sawaw) has said
that Shabaan is my month and Ramzan is the month of Allah(swt).
Therefore, if anyone observers one day of fasting during Shabaan, I
will do his/her "shafaat" on the day of judgment, and one who
observers two days of fasting then his/her previous sins would be
forgiven and if someone observers three days of fasting then it would
be just like all the sins have been washed away.

Imam Ali Riza(a.s.) has said that if someone observes fast during the
last three days of Shabaan and combines them with the fasting during
the month of Ramazan then Allah(swt) will grant the sawab of two
months of continuous fasting to that person.

It is, therefore, advisable to fast in the last three days of Shabaan
to become eligible for a great Sawab.

Why Welcome Ramazan (Ramadan)

Imām Muḥammad  ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.) says that the month of Ramzān
was nearing and three days of Shaban were left when the Holy Prophet
(sawaw) told Bilal(r.a.) to call people to him. When people came, then
Holy Prophet Muḥammad  al-Mustafa (sawaw) mounted the pulpit and
praised and glorified Allah . Then he said,

“The month, which you are going to have now is supreme among all other
months. There is a night in this month, which is better than a
thousand months. The doors of Hell are closed in this month and the
doors of Paradise are opened. One who is not forgiven in this month
also Allāh distances him. Similarly, a person has parents and is not
able to get himself forgiven Allah distances him. One who does not
recite Salawat when my name is mentioned in front of him, his
salvation is not possible and Allah distances him.”


Special Duas of Ramazan

According to some Ulema, the desire to see the Ramzan Moon is sunnah. According to others, it is wajib. Therefore, when anyone should see the Ramzan moon, should face the Qibla and raise the hands toward the sky and recite the following dua :

Rabbi wa rabbukal-lahu rabbul aalameen
Allahuma ahil-lahu alaina bil amni wal imaani
Was-salamati was-salami walmusaraeti ila ma tuhibbu wa tardha
Allahumma barik lana fee shahrina haza warzuqna khairahu
Wa aonahu wasrif anna dhar-rahu wa shar-rahu wa balaa-ahu wa fitnatahu

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.

And the best dua to recite after viewing the moon is Dua-e-Sahifa-e-Kamila.

Another dua after viewing the Ramzan Moon

Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) used to recite this dua after sighting the Ramzan moon while facing the Qibla:


Allahumma ahil-lahu alaina bil-amni wal imaani was-salamati wal islami wal aafiyatil majal-lalati wa difa-il asqaami wal aoni alas-salati was-siyami wal qayami wa tilawatil Qurani
Allahumma sal-limna le shahri ramazana wa tasal-lamhu minna wa sal-limna fihe hatta yanqaziya anna shahru ramadhana wa qad afaota wa ghafarta lana wa rahimtana


Dua-e-Sahar

YAA MAFZA-E'E I'NDA KURBATEE

WA YAA GHAWTHEE I'NDA SHIDDATEE

ILAYKA FAZIA TU WA BIKASTAGHATH-TU

WA BIKA LUD'TU LAA ALOOD'U BI-SIWAAKA

WA LAA AT'LUBUL FARAJA ILLAA MINKA FA-AGHITHNEE

WA FARRIJ A'NNEE YAA MAN YAQBALULYASEER

WA YAA-FOO A'NIL KATHEER IQBAL MINNIL YASEERA

WAA'-FU A'NNIL KATHEER

INNAKA ANTAL GHAFOORUR RAH'EEM

ALLAAHUMMA INNEE AS-ALUKA EEMAANAN

TUBAASHIRU BIHEE QALBEE

WA YAQEENAN H'ATTAA AA'-LAMA

ANNAHU LAN YUS'EEBANEE ILLAA MAA KATABTA LEE

WA RAZ'Z'INEE MINAL A'YSHI BIMAA QASAMTA LEE

YAA ARH'AMAR RAAH'IMEEN

YAA U'DDATEE FEE KURBATEE

WA YAA S'AAH'IBEE FEE SHIDDATEE

WA YAA WALIYYEE FEE NIA'-MATEE

WA YAA GHAAYATEE FEE RAGHBATEE

ANTAS SAATIRU A'WRATEE WAL AAMINU ROO-A'TEE

WAL MUQEELU A'THRATEE FAGHFIRLEE KHAT'EEE-ATEE

YAA ARH'AMAR RAAH'IMEEN

O my Ultimate Sanctuary when troubles surround me!

O my Last Hope when difficulties trouble me!

Unto Thee I turn to, before Thee I stand to get help,

with Thee I take refuge, except Thee there is no refuge;

I do not seek joy after sorrow from anyone save Thee,

so come to my help and free me from cares

O He who accept even the smallest (efforts) but excuses from restrictions, accept

whatever little there is and release from hardships frequently, Verily Thou art

Oft-forgiving, Merciful.

O Allah I ask for the faith which gives joy,

satisfaction and confidence to my heart

till I am positively aware that I will not have my fill

unless it has been approved for me,

and happiness will agree with me only whereby justly and fairly distributed,

O the Most Merciful.

O my "means" in my troubles!

O my Companion in my difficulties!

O my Guardian in my happiness!

O the ultimate of my inclinations!

Thou covers up my shortcomings, affords security in the event of crisis end fearful

disasters, therefore, overlook my transgressions,

O the Most Merciful.

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