Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Last 10 Nights

As we approach the closing of Ramadaan, dedicate yourselves during these most auspicious days and nights to ALLAH!!

Du'aa:* Write all the duaa you want to make for yourself, your
children, family or any duaa that you want to make. Each day try to focus on duaa, & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the duaa is accepted. Make duaa to Allah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make duaa that you catch Laylat-ul-Qadr (in the odd 10 nights of Ramadan). Pray for the whole Ummah. [repeat the duaa that are important to you,during the last ten days of Ramadan]

Sayyidah Aishah (ra) once asked the Holy Prophet (saw) as to what du'a she should recite in the Laylatul Qadr. The Holy Prophet (saw) taught her the following du'a:

"Allah! You are surely the most Forgiving/Pardoning, and you love to forgive, so forgive me!"

Last 10 days:* Double & triple the amount of Ibaadah you are doingduring the last ten days of Ramadan. Sleep less & worship more.. pray as much as you can & make a lot of duaa.

In "The Book of Assistance" Imam al Haddad explains:

Watch carefully for the Night of Destiny [Laylat’ul-Qadr], which is better than a thousand months. It is the blessed night in which all affairs are wisely decided. The one to whom it is unveiled sees the blazing lights, the open doors of heaven, and the angels ascending and descending, and may witness the whole of creation prostrating before Allah, its Creator.

Most scholars are of the opinion that it is in the last ten nights of Ramadan, and is more likely to fall in the odd numbered ones. A certain gnostic witnessed it on the night of the seventeenth, and this was also the opinion of al-Hasan al-Basri. Some scholars have said that it is the first night of Ramadan, and a number of great scholars have said that it is not fixed but shifts its position each Ramadan. They have said that the secret wisdom underlying this is that the believer should devote himself completely to Allah during every night of this month in the hope of coinciding with that night which has been kept obscure from him. And Allah knows best.

What to do during these last 10 nights:

<>It is desirable to study the Quran, to make a [spiritual] retreat during Ramadan - especially during the last ten days - and to increase one's efforts.

<>Bukhari and Muslim included narration from `A'ishah (Allah be pleased with her) wherein she said, "When the [last] ten [days] entered, the Prophet (Allah bless him and his family and give him peace) would tighten his waist-wrapper, stay up at night, and wake us family."

The scholars have mentioned two aspects concerning "tighten his waist-wrapper". The first is that it means avoiding his wives. The second is that it is an allusion to diligence and preparation for works. They said that the reason for his efforts during the last ten nights was out of seeking Laylat al-Qadr.

Laylatul Qadr: One attains unto the reward of worshipping on the Night of Power through any worship one does that night. The most important is to strive ones utmost to perform Isha and Fajr in congregation. After that, the most important of spiritual actions on that night is sincere repentance: one should seek to return to ones Lord through making the firm commitment to leave ones state of heedlessness and disobedience and make the commitment to turn ones heart in the direction of Divine Pleasure.

'Itikaaf: The last 10 days of Ramadaan are approaching and it is popular to find many
people performing I'tikaaf in Masjids. I'tikaaf is a 'spiritual retreat' where for the fixed period, people live and stay in the Masjids. They spend their time in devotion and prayer. Women can select a corner at home - during the last ten days of Ramadan to devote their full-time to prayer and remembrance of God.

Imam Bukhari transmits a hadith stating that Rasoolallah(SAW) used to practice I'tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he departed this world.

One last reminder to not waste time!!

It is related of al-Hasan ibn Abil Hasan al-Basri that he once passed by a group of people who were laughing merrily. He said:

God, Great and Glorious is He, has made the month of Ramadan a racecourse, on which His creatures compete in His worship. Some have come in first and won, while others have lagged behind and lost. It is absolutely amazing to find anybody laughing and playing about on the day when success attends the victors, and failure the wasters.
By God, if the veil were lifted off, the doer of good would surely be preoccupied with his good works and the evildoer with his evil deeds. In too full of joy to indulge in idle sport, while for one who has suffered rejection laughter will be precluded by remorse.

Tawfiq, insha'Allah!!
Please remember us in your prayers


The last ten nights of Ramadaan are special , in which it is reported

That Allah accepts our Duas.
Before we can ask Allah for forgiveness we need to ask our parents,
Brothers and sister and friends for forgiveness.
This email is being sent to ask you, for your forgiveness for
anything my family and I have done intentionally or unintentionally to any
of you.

As the night of "Laylatul Qadr" is upon us, We need to ask
forgiveness and make what ever Dua you wish from Allah, as Allah is often
forgiving Most Merciful.
Don’t be disappointed if your Dua's are not accepted . As it is reported
that Allah grants some people their reward in this world and for the others
he is saving the reward for the Hereafter. It is reported that it is better
for you if he saves you reward for the Hereafter as this life is but a short
one and the Hereafter is eternal.

Please make me maaf (forgive me) and May Allah swt accept all your Duaa's-

Please remember me in your Duaa's....

Never take anyone for granted.

Hold the special people in your life close to your heart,

you might wake up one day and Realise that you've lost a diamond While you were too busy collecting Stones

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