Dua for Eid al Fitr

Alhamdulillah. Wa salatu wa salam alaRasulillahi sallilallhualaihiwasallam.

Salaamalekum.

We fasted for one month solely for His swt satisfaction in order to attain Taqwa, to become al-Muttaqeen. In the last days of blessed Ramadhan it is time to reflect on our inner selves and ask, did we attain our Taqwa?
Allah swt says in the Qur’an:

“When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [2:186]

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) had said: “Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

We remember our deceased and seek Allah swt’s forgiveness for all of them. We seek Allah swt’s mercy and forgiveness especially for those martyred in His path, may Allah swt raise them amongst the noblest people in jannah.

We also seek Allah swt’s Help for those muslimeen and muslimaat who are struggling in His path for Tawheed. Those who are being persecuted, oppressed and harmed because they said La ilaha illallah, are nobler than those who prefer praises from this duniya. Pray that Allah swt strengthens the Daees, comforts their families and provides for them from His Treasury, inshaAllah.

In our duas, we must remember to seek Allah swt’s Mercy for all mankind. We invite disbelievers to think about Islam’s message so that they can ponder and insha Allah choose the correct path. Our efforts will be tested against our intentions, so we must be purified from racist tendencies.

We make dua that we become ideal Muttaqeen, by cleansing our minds and hearts from filth and khabaith. We hope we can raise our status in this duniya and in akhira by our humility and submission to Islam. We wish to compete with others, by enjoining al-maruf and forbidding al-munkar. The best amongst us is the one who is best in good deeds, insha Allah.

May Allah swt shower His Mercy on all the muslims all over the world, insha Allah.

Advance Eid Mubarak to all the brothers and sisters. Wa salam.

Making Dua in Ramadan

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. (2:186)

 

Our Holy Prophet swm used to make duas starting by praising and glorifying Allah swt. He swm taught us to humble ourselves completely before our Creator with intense sincerity and also to be firm in whatever we ask. All the more important Duas become in last 10 nights of Ramadhan.

 

Every year in Ramadhan Laylatul Qadar descends upon us. It is the greatest night for any muslim. Allah swt says,

We revealed it (the Qur’an) on the Night of Power
Would that you knew what the Night of Power is like.
Better is the Night of Power than a thousand months.
On that night the angels and Spirit descend by their Lord’s permission, with all His decrees.
That night is peace, till the break of dawn. (97 Holy Quran)

 

In this significant night alone worshipping Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) is more than the worship of one thousand months. Whosoever missed the virtues of this night will be very unlucky but will not be deprived from the blessing of this Night. This Night of Power falls in the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan. Most scholars are agreed and say to seek it in odd nights of Ramadan such as 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29.

 

We are recommended to seek this night through ibadah, worship, istighfar and rememberance of Allah swt, who created us and sent for us His Messenger swm with the Holy Quran, the un-created word of Allah swt, for all mankind. Alhamdulillah.

 

 

Allah swt says in the Holy Quran:

And with the truth We have sent the Qur’an down, and with the truth it has descended. And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a bringer of good tidings and a warner.

And [it is] a Qur’an which We have separated [by intervals] that you might recite it to the people over a prolonged period. And We have sent it down progressively.

Say, “Believe in it or do not believe. Indeed, those who were given knowledge before it – when it is recited to them, they fall upon their faces in prostration,

And they say, “Exalted is our Lord! Indeed, the promise of our Lord has been fulfilled.”

And they fall upon their faces weeping, and the Qur’an increases them in humble submission. (surah Isra 105 – 109)

 

Dua for Laylatul Qadr:

(Allahuma inaka afuwan karimun tohibol afuwa fafoanni yaghafooro yaghafooor)

 

“He who spends the Night of Power in worship, with a pure motive of faith and devotion, will have all his past sins forgiven”

Salat al Layl

We are now in the last 10 nights of blessed Ramadhan. Our pious predecessors used to spend these nights in ibadah, dua and recitation. They used to look for the Laylatul Qadr in this night by exerting themselves in Allah’s remembrance and reflecting on the meanings of the Quran.

 To finish (khatam) recitation of 30 juz is obviously a good thing but better is to make an effort to understand the Word of Allah swt as the pious predecessors understood them. It is unfortunate that millions of non Arab muslims learn to “read” but not to “understand” the meaning of the Ayahs. When we attempt to hide our embarrassment by blaming it on our ethnic linguistic backgrounds we make a double mockery of our foolishness. We are already conversing in an alien language (English).

 Part of our problem is the growth of the priest class who engage only in religious activities. They are like priests in other world religions. This is an unislamic concept. We know our history. Our Imams were our leaders in every aspect of social, political, military life. We did not have any priests as such who would confine to studying the scripture so that they could make a profession out of it.

 Believers will engage in Ramadhan acts of ibadah through nafal salah, recitation, dhikr and dua. It is highly recommended for them to offer the tahajjud salah, or salat ul Layl, to reach His swt Mercy and Hikamah, insha Allah, and to understand the purpose of our lives in light in this temporal world. In the Holy Quran, Allah swt says,

 Verily, the rising by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent and good for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (understanding) the Word (of Allah). 73:6

 Prophet Muhammad swm and Noble sahabs ra would stand to pray all night until Allah swt showed Mercy on them and relaxed it to one-third or less or a bit more.

 Again, Allah swt says,

Perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) from mid-day till the darkness of the night (i.e. the Zuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib, and ‘Isha’ prayers), and recite the Quran in the early dawn (i.e. the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels in charge of mankind of the day and the night). 17:78

And in some parts of the night (also) offer the Salat (prayer) with it (i.e. recite the Quran in the prayer), as an additional prayer (Tahajjud optional prayer Nawafil) for you (O Muhammad SAW). It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqaman Mahmuda (a station of praise and glory, i.e. the highest degree in Paradise!). 17:79

Dua for 22nd Ramadhan

O Allah, bless Muhammad and his family. O (One) who draws forth the day from the night, and lo! we are in darkness. O (One) who causes the sun to travel its appointed place, through Your decree, O the Mighty, the All­knowing. and who decreed stages for the moon, till it returns bent like a palm tree. O the Light of all lights, and the ultimate goal of all desires, and the Guardian of all blessings, O Allah, O Beneficent. O Allah, O Holy, O One, O (the) Unique, O (the) Single O Allah, O Allah, O Allah, You have the most beautiful names, the highest examples, the grandeur, the bounties. I beseech You to, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and place my name, in this night, among the fortunate, and my soul among the martyrs, let my good deeds be (written) in the ‘Illiyyin (Book of the virtuous), and my evil deeds be forgiven. (And I beseech You to ) grant me a certainty which gives joy to my heart, and a faith which drives doubt away from me, and make me pleased with what You have granted me. (And I beseech You to) Give us good in this world, and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the burning fire. (HQ 2:201) (And I beseech You to) grant me in it (Laylatul Qadr) Your rememberance, and Your gratitude, and desire for (pleasing) You, turning (to You for repentance), and success, for all that You have granted Muhammad and his family, peace be on him and on them.

YAA SAALIKHAN NAHAARI MINAL LAYL FA-ID’AA NAH’NU MUZ’LIMOONA WA MUJRIYASH SHAMS LI-MUSTAQARRIHAA BI-TAQADEERIKA YAA A’ZEEZU YAA A’LEEM WA MUQADDIRAL QAMARI MANAAZILA H’ATTAA A’ADAKAL-U’RJOONIL QADEEM YAA NOORA KULLI NOOR WA MUNTAHAA KULLI RAGHBAH WA WALIYYA KULLI NIA’-MAH YAA ALLAH YAA RAH’MAAN YAA ALLAAH YAA QUDDOOS YAA AH’AD YAA WAAH’ID YAA FARD YAA ALLAAH YAA ALLAAH YAA ALLAAH LAKAL ASMAAA-UL H’USNAA WAL AMTHAALUL U’LYAA WAL KIBRIYAAA WAL AALAAA-U AS-ALUKA AN TUS’ALLIYA A’LAA MUH’AMMADIN WA AHLI BAYTIHI WA AN TAJ-A’LAS-MEE FEE HAAD’IHIL LAYLATI FIS SU-A’DAAA-I WA ROOH’EE MA-A’SH SHUHADAAA-I WA IH’SAANEE FEE I’LLIYYEENA WA ISAAA-ATEE MAGHFOORAH WA AN TAHABA LEE YAQEENAN TUBAASHIRU BIHEE QALBEE WA EEMAANAN YUD’HIBUSH SHAKKA A’NNEE WA TURZ”IYANEE BIMAA QASAMTA LEE WA ANTINAA FID DUNYAA H’ASANATAN WA FIL AAKHIRATI H’SANATAN WA QINAA A’D’AABIN NAARIL H’AREEQ WAR-ZUQNEE FEEHAA D’IKRAKA WA SHUKRAKA WAR RAGHBATA ILAYKA WAL INAABATA WAT-TAWFEEQA LIMAA WAFFAQTA LAHOO MUH’AMMADAN WA AALI MUH’AMMAD A’LAYHI WA A’LAYHIMUS SALAAM

Sovereignty of God

In ancient times, Kings and Emperors were sovereigns. They were not accountable to anyone, they could make and pass any law which they thought fit. They were the last resort for justice or for any other matter and their decisions were final.

With the rise of democratic Europe sovereignty shifted from the King Emperor to the representative assembly of politicians. In most countries it was the Parliament which became sovereign having the power to make laws for the people without being accountable to anyone else. This worked quite well in nation-states based on secular parliamentary democracy or representative politics (as in US).

It was however a big blow for Islamic states which were formerly part of  an Islamic super state, the Ottoman Caliphate. Concepts of nation-states and secular democracy were alien to post WWI newly independent Muslim countries. For them, sovereignty was for Allah swt only. In an Islamic state everybody, including the Chief Judge or the Prime Minister, must surrender to God’s laws, being accountable to God for all their actions. People are not free to change the value system as law makers.

Till date, we see most Muslim countries struggling with these western concepts of nation-state sovereignty and secular democracy. Muslims can’t reconcile these concepts with Islamic concepts of accountability, submission and universalism. From the Holy Quran,

Say, “O Allah , Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent. (TMQ 3:26)