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83 + 12 = 95 Years!

 

Recitation of Surah Tabarak-al-Lazi; and 'Alif-Lam-Mim-Sajdah = 83 Years of Reward

According to a 'hadith', one who reads 'surah Tabarak-al-Lazi; and 'Alif-Lam-Mim-Sajdah', between the Maghrib salaat and the 'Ishah' Salaat, is like a person who stands in Salaat throughout the night called 'Lailat-ul-Qadr' (27th night of Ramadhan-the month of fasting and the 9th month of the Islamic calendar). It is also reported that if somebody reads these two surahs, seventy virtues are added to his account and seventy sins are condoned. According to another 'riwayat' , if one reads these two 'surahs', reward equal to that of standing in salat throughout 'lailat-ul-Qadr' is written for him. This is also mentioned in 'Mazahir'.

(Faza'il Amaal by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah Alayhi)

The reward of praying on Laylatul Qadr is that of more than 1000 months of ibadat, which is about 83 Years.

Salatul Awabeen = 12 Years of Reward

The hadith regarding the six rakats after Maghrib salah can be found in Sunan Tirmizi where Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu narrates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said that the performing of six rakats without indulging in any worldly affairs would derive reward equivalent to twelve years nafl prayers. (Sunan Tirmizi)

The six rakats of Awabeen can be performed after your Sunnat and Nafil of magrib in sets of two rakats. Alternatively, an easier method for those who are weak has been given by the Ulema.

The method is as follows:
After the Fardh of Maghrib,
1. Read 2 rakat of Sunnat salaat. Add this extra intention that I am also making intention of reading 2 rakat of Awabeen.
2. Read 2 rakat of Nafil salaat. Add this extra intention that I am also making intention of reading 2 rakat of Awabeen.
3. Read another 2 rakats of Awabeen.

The Masha'ikh have explained that you could add extra intentions to your nafil salaat. Therefore, you could add these intentions to increase your rewards: Salatus Shukr, Salatut Taubah, Salatul Hajaat, etc.

Hence, by investing just 15-20min we could daily earn the reward of 95 years of ibadaat. May Allah make it easy for us.

 

In the name of Allah the Most Magnificent the Most Merciful and peace and salutations on Allah’s most Beloved Messenger Muhammad -e - Mustapha (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) the best of all creation.

I begin writing on the instruction of my respected friend Hafiz Basheer, taking the opportunity and blessings of Friday 1 Zul Hijjah 1432 coinciding with the English date of October 28th 2011.

Alhamdullilah, through the Grace and Mercy of Allah Ta’ala this humble servant had the opportunity of reforming and gaining proximity to Allah Subhanawu Ta'ala through the agency of our Respected Hazrat Sheikh Moulana Ebrahim Mia.

My life prior to 1989 was a life of sin, evil and disobedience to the commands of Allah Ta’ala. It was a life devoid of fulfilling the basic compulsory tenets of Islam.

At the point of reformation I was employed at a Multi National American company with its headquarters based in Chicago, USA. I was employed in the position of Accountant in 1986 and a year later promoted to the capacity of Financial Director. I also served on the Board of the Executive Committee of the company.

My personal preference and dress code was to be clean shaven and dressed in suit and tie, though close to 1989 I kept a small fashionable beard. I was also at the time the only Muslim employee of that company world-wide. I enjoyed many benefits; an excellent salary, executive company car with full travelling benefits, including weekends and holidays, phone, entertainment allowances, etc. What I had is the dream of any young man looking for a career position in his life. I was well respected and got on well with my peers and staff. I also enjoyed my job and the work environment. I had a very happy, pleasant, lifestyle and was also happily married. Both my spouse and I were modern in our outlook. The company at the time was in Anderson Street in Johannesburg and a decision was taken in 1987/1988 that we should move into the same premises as our factory and warehouse, which was based in Sebenza, Edenvale. At the time I lived 85 kilometers away from the new office.

Read more: How taking Bayat made a change in my Life, Story 1

Extracted from: Consequences of Debasing The Auliya-Allah
By Hazrat Dr. Ismail Memon (DB)

Since the Auliya-Allah love Allah, Allah loves them in return, and He puts love for them in the hearts of His pious servants. Allah says in the Qur’an:

Verily those who bring iman in Allah and do pious deeds, Allah will put in the hearts of others love for them.
(Surah Maryam: 96)

Shah Abdul Qadir raheemullah writes in the commentary of this ayah, “The meaning of this is that Allah will love them or He will put love in their hearts for Him or He will put love in the heart of the people for them.” (Mauzihul-Qur’an)

Mufti Shafi writes, “It is in the essence of iman and good deeds, when they are fully achieved and realized, that they create affinity amongst the pious mu’mineen. A pious person becomes close to another who is like himself and Allah also puts love in the hearts of others for him.”

Imam Bukhari, Muslim, and Tirmizi narrate a hadith of Abu Huraira (Radiallahu anhu) that the Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) said, "When Allah loves a person, He tells Jibreel that I love this person, I want you to love him too. Jibreel makes this announcement in the skies and all those in the skies begin loving him. Then this love descends upon the earth and all the dwellers of the earth begin loving him too.”

Read more: Loving the Auliya-Allah

A fews days ago (Dec 2012) as I left the musjid, I came across a piece of paper in the yard. Picking it up with the intention of keeping the musjid yard clean, I glanced at the piece of paper and realised it was a newsletter dating back to 1977.  It had an interesting poem, which I would like to share with our readers.

Sometimes when you're feeling important
Sometimes when your ego's in bloom
Sometimes when you think that you are
The best qualified man in the room

Sometimes when you think that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul

Take a bucket and fill it with water
Put your hand in it up to your wrist
Then take it back out and the hole that remains
Is the measure of how you'll be missed

Now you can splash as much as you want to
You can stir up the water for sure
Then stop and you see in a moment
That the water's the same as before

Now the moral to this is quite simple example is
You must do the best that you can
But you'll always be wise to remember
There is no indispensible man

Dear friends, pride and ego is a subtle disease that needs to be rid from our souls. Like the snot sticking out our nose, we often won't notice it and will need someone to point it out to ourselves. Remain in the company of your Sheikh and seek his guidance on how to cure this killer disease.

The hadith mentions that one who humbles himself for the sake of Allah, Allah will elevate him. May Allah protect and help us.

by Abu Muhammad

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