Advice for the Auspicious Nights

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

Various approaches are implied by the Muslims to gain the most out of the nights which have been declared to be auspicious. Among these are the last 10 (odd) nights of Ramadhān which are generally thought to contain Laylah al Qadr.

Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani mentioned that these last nights of Ramadhān are meant for the servant to foster a strong relationship with his Master (Allah). Hence one should strive to worship Allah Ta’ālā by:

1. Reciting Qur’an in abundance, since this is the month of Qur’an.

2. Making lots of Du’aa – asking Allah for the bounties of this world and the hereafter.

Numerous supplications from Qur’an and Hadith have been nicely compiled in Munajāt e Maqbool (1) by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi which may be read during these nights.

3. Offering Nafl (voluntary) Salah – whereby:

a. the Qiyām is prolonged through lengthy recitation from the Qur’an

b. the Rukū‘ is prolonged through Tasbeeh – by reciting these, for example :

سبحان ربي العظيم
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

c. and the Sajdah is prolonged through Du’aa – a Hadith (2) mentions that the person is closest to His Rabb (Lord) in this state. Arabic prayers, that are mentioned in Qur’an and Hadith, should be whispered herein;

The person should hence strive to make the most out of these nights through personal ‘Ibādah (worshipping) in seclusion, during the darkness of these nights. On the contrary, arranging gatherings and feasts during these auspicious moments is against the purpose of these nights.

Adapted from the Jumu’ah discourse delivered (on 23rd Ramadhān 1437 A.H/ June 8th 2018) by Shaikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani

(1) It’s available with Urdu and English translations which should be used alongside to understand what is being said and asked in these Du’aas. The English translation (along with a brief commentary) had been published as “Accepted Whispers” (translated by Khalid Baig).

(2) أبي هريرة أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ( أقرب ما يكون العبد من ربه وهو ساجد فأكثروا الدعاء) مسلم ( 482 )

Darul Uloom Karachi’s Masjid underneath the Cresent moon, during Ramadhān
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Two Deeds at the End of Ramadhān

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

As the blessed month of Ramadhān approaches it’s end, the believers strive to make the most out of these auspicious moments before they end.

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Saheb Usmani mentioned that at the end of Ramadhān, we need to perform two important deeds:

1. Shukr (i.e expressing gratitude to Allah Ta’ālā) for whatever good deeds one was able to carry out during Ramadhān. We should acknowledge the utmost Tawfīq (guidance), granted by Allah Ta’ālā, which enabled us to accomplish whatever we could.

2. Istighfār (i.e. repenting for the mistakes and sins). Nevertheless, we couldn’t appreciate the true worth of such a blessed month and the auspicious blessings and opportunities it called us to avail. Through Istighfār, it is hoped that Allah Ta’ālā will not make us answerable to our lackings and sins in the hereafter.

– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani. Talhah

A typical serving of dates and Qahwah for Iftār (taken from the internet)

Laylah al Qadr and the Lesson against Disputes

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

While striving to increase our worshipping during the last 10 nights of Ramadhān, we must also remind ourselves of this important lesson!

Narrated by Ubada bin As-Samit رضي الله عنه :

The Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم came out to inform us about the night of qadr but two Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم said, “I came out to inform you about the night of qadr but such-and-such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it..”

Sahih Bukhari Chapter No: 32, Night Prayer in Ramadaan (Taraweeh)

Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Saheb mentioned, after referring to this narration, that our beloved Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم didn’t forget the knowledge about Laylah al Qadr without Allah Ta’ālā’s will. Rather, Allah Ta’ālā had intended for us to strive more (throughout the odd nights during the last 10 days of Ramadhan) to receive the immense rewards of this blessed night. However, through this incident, Allah Ta’ālā further revealed the wrongfulness of the act of altercation and dispute (1).

– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani.

(1) Thereafter, the Shaikh continued his talk by mentioning this: https://sayyidtalhah.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/avoiding-disputes/

A Spiritual view of the Jāmi’ Masjid Bayt ul Mukarram, Karachi, at night