Ramadan

Shortcut to Gaining on Laylatul Qadr

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Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:20

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saahib (daamat barakaatuhum) mentioned:

Nowadays we always look for shortcuts and an easy way to get our work done. So what is the shortcut and easy way to gain the maximum on Laylatul Qadr? Two ways come to mind:

1. The night starts from Maghrib (sunset) and ends at subah saadiq. Normally we are still fresh and have control of the time between Maghrib and Esha and by the time taraaweeh is over we are tired. Hence, maximise by doing ‘ibaadat after Maghrib.

2. We are advised in the hadeeth to recite this du‘aa on Laylatul Qadr: “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni” (O Allah! You are the One who forgives and You love forgiving. So do forgive me.) Hence, in the intervals between every four rakaats in Taraaweeh Salaah, you can easily recite this du‘aa approximately 10 times.

(Stepping Stones to Reformation, pt. 2 pg. 44)

   

Purpose of I’tikaaf

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Monday, 06 July 2015 15:19

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saahib (daamat barakaatuhum) mentioned:

All ‘ibaadaat are performed for one to get connected with Allah Ta‘ala. However, there is one ‘ibaadat that is carried out specifically for this purpose and that is i’tikaaf, where one sits in seclusion and gains a connection with Allah Ta‘ala.

Prior to receiving nubuwwat, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to go into seclusion and it was something that was beloved to him. There is no doubt that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had the best connection with Allah Ta‘ala, but he felt the need for attaining a special connection.

Thus, the purpose of i’tikaaf is to create mental seclusion with the Beloved (i.e. Allah Ta‘ala). This is the beginning of spiritual progress. The mind has to be completely free from all other worries, concerns, desires and aspirations. Like a reserved parking, the mind doesn’t only need to be paak (pure), but also needs to be reserved solely for Allah Ta‘ala.

(Stepping Stones to Reformation, pt. 1 pg. 8 & pt. 2 pg. 49)

   

Object of Ramadhaan

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:58

On a sweltering hot day your throat has become parched. You are in the privacy of your home and the refreshingly cool water is within hand's reach. You desire to drink it, but you do not. Why? Simply because you are fasting and while fasting you cannot eat and drink. If somebody prompts you to nevertheless drink it and says: "Nobody is watching," you will immediately rebuke him with the words: "But Allah is watching!"

Allah  Ta'ala is Watching!

Subhanallah! Allah Ta'ala is watching. Allahu Akbar! Allah Ta'ala is All Hearing, All Knowing, He is Omnipresent. He sees and knows when we cheat while fasting, thus we resist all temptations of food, drink and lawful conjugal relations from dawn to dusk. We have learnt the lesson of taqwa. We have learnt that lesson which the fasting was meant to teach us. Allah Ta'ala is watching! Yes, Allah Ta'ala is watching! Every time there is an urge to eat or drink while fasting, the voice from within cries out: "Allah Ta'ala is watching!" Dozens of times daily for an entire month this reality is reaffirmed. Allah Ta'ala is watching. So deeply is it embedded in the heart that by the time Ramadhaan is over, a person becomes conscious of Allah Ta'ala to such an extent that he is now guided by an inner force that propels him in the direction of righteousness and turns him away from sin.

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Bonus Time

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Saturday, 20 June 2015 14:24

A company promises its employees a triple bonus, based on the production. Undoubtedly every employee will eagerly work overtime to meet the production target so that he may receive the triple bonus. Whatever he earns for the month, he will want to receive an extra cheque for three times that amount at the end of the year. For this he will slog as hard as he can.

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Interior Decor

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:32

Interior decor is an art. People spend much time, effort and money on their homes offices and businesses in order to get that special finish and make it look as impressive and appealing as possible. Great pains are taken to ensure that the furniture "blends in" with the surroundings. The carpets are made to match the curtains. Just any ordinary bulb sticking out of the ceiling is unthinkable. A variety of light fittings are positioned in the proper places so that the light may reflect in the best way. The right "tone" must be captured in the colour co-ordination. Several other trimmings and trappings are added for the final touch.

Allah Ta'ala has also given us a month for interior decoration – a month to decorate our hearts. The month of Ramadhaan is a time to truly make our hearts sparkle and shine and to look truly impressive in the sight of Allah Ta'ala. The first part of interior decoration is to remove the cobwebs, scrape the rust and do a general thorough cleanup. The cleanup of our hearts requires sincere taubah. We will have to scrape off the rust of sin, remove the filth of jealously, sweep out the dirt of malice, scrub away the pride and generally wash away all the evil within us with the flowing tears of earnest and sincere repentance.

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