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Increase Your Wealth by Jane Powell
"Attract prosperity."
They say money attracts more money. Wouldn't it be nice to find out? But in truth, prosperity isn't about money anyway. It's about feeling rich in happiness, love and positive experiences.
This is something you not only can have, you can multiply with the right approach.
Appreciate your friends, and new friends will arrive. Look for joy each day, and you'll find more. Feel happy about all you have in life, and you'll find your happiness grows.
Live ths way and you'll end up with a wealth of prosperity that all the money in the world can't buy!

Survive Tough Times

"When waiting is the hardest choice."
Are you facing a difficult time in your life?
Give yourself the gift of patience. Patience is the main ingredient necessary to get through difficult times.
Yes,it's hard to be patient! But,without patience, you would have no hope. And, if life was organized so that your desires materialized instantly,that wouldn't serve you either.
Patience helps you grow. It nourishes both compassion and empathy. So,embrace patience. Ultimately this makes you stronger.
Get through
You've got a lot to get through today, so jump right in. You've got a lot to get through today, so remind yourself what a true blessing it is.
In all that you must do are multiple opportunities to make a difference in your world. That list of things to do is a list of ways in which you can have a positive impact.
You may not get it all finished today, but that's no reason to delay or be discouraged. On the contrary, that's a reason to get going just as soon as you can.
You may not get it all done perfectly, but that's no reason to avoid doing it. Do your best with what you have, from where you are, with the time available, and though it may not be perfect, it will be great, and it will be done.
Certainly you'll make some mistakes, and maybe you'll experience some disappointment or embarrassment. Yet at the end of the day, you'll have some real, substantive accomplishments under your belt, and they'll be well worth whatever you had to endure.
In what you must get done, there is immense opportunity. Get busy, get it done, and reap the rewards that are yours to create.
 Ralph Marston



Nothing has meaning, except the one you give

Sharing a very interesting article written by Satinder Bhalla. It is about those mental conceptual structures that we use as supports and call them "truth."
We are used to look at life from that perspective. Because it is only one perspective, our "unlimited vision" is hindered.

As we are finding out, it is important to become open to different points of view, different visions for that will give us a greater "picture" of what is. Then, through many viewpoints, we could clear the corrosion in our minds, that is our dogmatic way of looking at things which creates a mental block which does not allow us to go over our own mental limits.

Spirituality resembles in this as being like a well-trained athlete. Life is training us. We are finding our limits through this training, our mental limits; that is. Until we "open up" we will be stuck in that position. Stagnation brings a "bad" smell….Everything moves, changes, flows in harmony.. that is…remains alive…
Enjoy the training!
Nothing has meaning except the meaning we give to it.

Nothing has any meaning except what is written in our walls of the Palace of Possibilities.
What do we do when we find something which nothing is written about in those walls? How can we make sense when the walls are empty on the subject?

Simple. We invent a meaning that most closely matches the "truth" that is already written in our walls.
That "meaning" is probably fictitious, of course, but that does not prevent us from doing so. It is a human need to make sense of the world around us and we always do so to fit our beliefs.

When children do this, we call that fantasy. But when adults, do it, we call that reality.

If there is no reference to follow, we simply create it, using what is already written in our walls, a meaning that could fit.

What happens when new information is in direct opposition to what is already in those walls? Here, we introduce our final "trick." It is an internal dialogue which provides instant objection to any new information that may conflict with our "truth" about the existing world.

What is written in your walls is there to help you navigate a world that is often uncertain.

It helps you make "smart" decisions. It helps you to avoid danger and reinforces your view of what is valuable in this world. … It is there to keep you safe.

We rely on the support of our "truths" much stronger than what we think, and that becomes more obvious when we are directly challenged.

A first-class way to challenge the scripture on the walls of someone, is by the use of affirmations.

This technique has been around for decades as a tool for personal improvement. From the most popular assumptions of "positive thinking", "mind over matter", or "what you think is what you are."

In general, a goal is decided; something like losing weight, earning more money, or anything else you can think of, and then we design a statement that assumes that your goal has become a reality.

If properly designed, an affirmation enters into direct conflict with the Scripture in your walls. It asserts a reality that not only is not still true, but also extends the limits of your belief about what is possible. More importantly, it also produces new "tricks," which bring valuable information about your emotional structure.

The trick is to overcome the old "tricks", to enter a new reality.

- Satinder Bhalla

    Your Divine Brother

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Time Out


Is there some time for yourself today - just for you, to sit quietly and refresh and renew. Not escaping into the TV, or thrashing around a squash court. Just time to sit quietly, focus your thoughts, check your priorities, make sure there is nothing negative pushing you down in your own mind. Take some time and be ...with yourself. If you don't, you may miss meeting the most important person in your life.




To recognize the inner positivity is to be connected to our divinity.


When we recognize that we are pure beings with a lot of positivity inside, we are able to tap that inner divinity that lies hidden. Negative experiences and influences do colour our inner divinity. But in fact, we would love to be connected to our inner divine virtues and experience positivity under all circumstances.


Whatever I want is what I am. In all my interactions and connections I would love to experience feelings of peace, love and happiness more than anything else. And so that is what I am. When I am connected to what I really want, I am able to experience the divinity within. Whenever a negative experience takes me away from the real me, I just need to remind myself of who I really am and what I really want.





Worry Confused With Concern (cont.)


We are all linked together at a subtle, invisible level, and communicate with others invisibly. We not only send but also pick up the energy that others radiate, especially the ones that we are close to. We demonstrate with an example how this can work positively as well as negatively when we find ourselves in negative situations in our practical lives. 

Suppose the class teacher of your child (we take the example of your son) calls up and says that while playing in the school playground, your son has injured himself. She doesn't explain much but says there is nothing to worry. She requests you to come and pick him up from the school. At this point of time your son is radiating his own spiritual energy which is most probably the negative energy of fear, stress, anxiety and sorrow (although the teacher has informed you that he is fine). At the same time he is also picking up your subtle spiritual or mental energy. You are driving to his school to pick him up. At this point of time, you only have a rough idea of what situation he is in exactly at that moment because you are physically far away from him. Guessing about the exact situation is making assumptions and is a waste of your mental energy. If you make negative assumptions i.e. you worry and are scared, then you are sending him the same vibrations of fear, a negative energy, which he is going to pick up and it is not going to empower or help him in anyway but is more likely to weaken and disturb him and even disturb you in your driving. You have been told that there is nothing to worry but still you know he is in a slightly difficult emotional situation and only he knows how he will come out of it. What will help him? He needs your support, but what will support him the most - we are talking about subtle support, because you are going to take some time to reach the school and provide him physical support? Your negative vibration of fear which you may mistakenly call concern or care as you imagine something bad has happened? Or the positive vibrations of your unconditional love and your good wishes, which is true concern or care? What will you send him to support him from far away? Worry vibrations or the vibrations of love in the form of your good wishes for them? Vibrations of love will keep you also in a positive state as you drive through the city. Besides, what is care or concern? It is you sending your positive inner spiritual light to help another and worry is definitely not that.



Soul Sustenance


Effects of Anger On The Human Body

In numerous studies, anger has been found to have a completely negative effect on our physical well-being. In one such study, reported at a recent conference on forgiveness and peace in the US, it was demonstrated that letting go of negative feelings that we have for someone due to his/her negative actions relieved and reduced chronic back pain. 

It seems we have been conditioned to treat any tension-triggering event, be it a small accident or a conflict with a partner or colleague, as a big problem or crisis. At these moments our bodies generate and release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Our heart accelerates, our breath quickens and our mind races. It's all harmless if the tension or fright is brief and once in a while, like a near miss while driving, but the emotional disturbances of anger and hatred are like accidents that don't end, and hormones turn into toxins. The depressive effect of cortisol upon the immune system has been linked to serious diseases and disorders. According to a recent medical research, "Cortisol wears down the brain, leading to cell degeneration and memory loss. It also raises blood pressure and blood sugar, hardening the arteries, leading to heart disease." 

Message for the day


To have knowledge in the intellect is to be constantly cheerful.

Projection: When something negative happens, we find that there are only negative or waste thoughts about the situation or people. We try hard not to think about it but we find only those thoughts coming to our mind. With such thoughts the situation seems worse than it is and we find it difficult to remain cheerful. 

Solution: In such situations instead of trying to cut out waste we need to give ourselves something positive to think about. When the intellect is busy thinking about the positive, there'll be no room for negativity. In this way we will be able to remain constantly cheerful even in the most negative situations.

    Your Divine Brother

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Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu my friends

I select mails from the many at my disposal to share with all of you. The articles that I post are written by others. I select them on the basis of the overall content, and whether it will promote the right Aqeedah among the recipients of my mails. Since these articles are written by people, definitely some comment/s would arise that would not meet with the complete approval of some of the recipients. I also do not edit the articles that I send out, for the simple reason that I am not a scholar to decide whether or not a sentence here and there is right/wrong/doubtful, and I send them out as it is. I trust they will be appreciated overall, even though a point here and there will not be agreed to by all recipients.  

If any person among the
recipients of my mails have any doubt/s about any particular point, they will be encouraged to look it up in the Quran and/or the books of authentic hadith. This will also promote a system whereby you will be more convinced after making efforts in finding out the more correct position. In the process we learn more, and that helps in our developing the correct Aqeedah and strengthening our Imaan. If any positive inputs come in from any of my recipients, I will share them with you all, in the interest of benefit to all concerned.
In the mail I sent out on 25 July 2013 (Fasting Ramadan, Its Virtues & Rulings) in the commentary of the hadith at the beginning there was a statement that was brought to my notice by Samiullah Syed, one of my recipients. I will give his comments below, in the general interests of all of us.

In this mail, i found the commentry as in appropriate. plz refer highlighted lines.
We learn from this Hadith that we should not censure or condemn the deceased because they have reached their end and they are receiving in the Hereafter return for whatever deeds they did in their life. There is no harm, however, in abusing the disbelievers who died in a state of Kufr.
Do you hav authentic reference to prove this..  its not islamic ethics to abuse dead even he is a disbeliever, if living i agree with U.. his account will be settle with ALLAH.

From Sahih Bukhari, Chapter 23 (Funerals):
Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullah : A funeral procession passed in
front of us and the Prophet stood up and we too stood up. We
said, 'O Allah's Apostle! This is the funeral procession of a
Jew." He said, "Whenever you see a funeral procession, you
should stand up."
Narrated `Abdur Rahman bin Abi Laila: Sahl bin Hunaif and Qais
bin Sa`d were sitting in the city of Al−Qadisiya. A funeral
procession passed in front of them and they stood up. They
were told that funeral procession was of one of the
inhabitants of the land i.e. of a non−believer, under the
protection of Muslims. They said, "A funeral procession passed
in front of the Prophet and he stood up. When he was told that
it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, "Is it not a living being
Can you ponder on these hadiths? As per my knowledge prophet is giving respect to the dead jew by standing.. 
please feel free to correct me if am wrong.
Samiullah Syed further adds:
"Aboo Qataadah Al-Ansaaree (radiyallaahu `anhu) said: "I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) saying upon this pulpit:

"O people! Beware of relating a lot of Hadeeth about me! Whoever says anything about me must not say except the truth, for whoever ascribes to me what I have not said, let him occupy his seat in the Hell-fire!""
Authenticated by Al-Haakim (1/111), Ad-Diyaa' (C.f. Jaami-ul-Ahaadeeth, 7/145/27664) , Al-Al-Albaanee (As-Saheehah, 1753; Saheeh-ul-Jaami` , 2684), Shu`aib Al-Arna'oot (Mushkil-ul- Aathaar, 413, 414; Musnad Ahmad, 22538), Al-Judai` (Tahreer `Uloom-il-Hadeeth, vol.1/f.n.340, vol.2/f.n.921) , Ash-Shahree (Misbaah-uz- Zujaajah, 15), Husayn Asad (Musnad-ud-Daarimee , 243) and others.

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said:
"Whoever relates from me a Hadeeth which is thought to be a lie (or which he thinks is a lie), then he is (also) one of the liars."
Reported by Muslim in the Introduction to his Saheeh (1). Authenticated by At-Tirmidhee( 2662), Ibn Hibbaan (29),Ibn Hazm (Usool-ul-Ahkaam, 1/215), Ibn-ul-Jawzee (Al-Mawdoo`aat, 1/16), Al-Ishbeelee (Al-Ahkaam, 1/120), Ibn Taymeeyah (Majmoo`-ul- Fataawaa, 10/409), Al-Mu`allimee (At-Tankeel, 1/149), Al-Albaanee (Ad-Da`eefah, 1/50; Saheeh-ul-Jaami` , 6199; Al-Mishkaah, 199), Shu`aib Al-Arna'oot (Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan, 29),Al-Judai` (Tahreer `Uloom-il-Hadeeth, vol.1/f.n.341) and others.

Waathilah ibn Al-Asqa` (radiyallaahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said:
"Verily, one of the worst lies is to ascribe to me what I have not said."
Reported by Al-Bukhaaree (3509) in his Saheeh. The wording is that of Al-Bazzaar. C.f. Al-Majma` (1/144); As-Saheehah (7/173-174)."

Jazakallah brother Samiullah Syed, your inputs are much appreciated.
I trust the above is also appreciated by all of you.
Wassalam. Adam.

Narrated Ibn Abbas (Radi Allahu anhu) :
The prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam) said ,"Look for the  Night of Qadr in the last 10 nights of Ramadan on the night when nine of seven of five night remains out of the last ten nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, 27 ,29 respectively)."
Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:238
Narrated Aisha (Radi Allahu anha), the wife of the Prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam) :
With the start of last 10 days of Ramadan, the Prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam) used to tighten his waist-belt (i.e. work hard) and used to offer Salat all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the Salat.
Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:24
Narrated Ibn Umar (Radi Allahu anhu):
Umar (Radi Allahu anhu) asked the Prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam), "I vowed in the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance to stay in I'tikaf for one night in Al-Masjid-al-Haram." The Prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam) said to him, "Fulfill your vow."
Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:248


Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Do not harbour grudge against one another, nor jealousy, nor enmity; and do not show your backs to one another; and become as fellow brothers and slaves of Allah. It is not lawful for a Muslim to avoid speaking with his brother beyond three days."[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].


"Do not harbour grudge against one another" means that one should not say or do any thing which is likely to create ill-will and hatred in others. "Nor jealousy" signifies that if a Muslim is granted any blessing by Allah, one should not wish that he be deprived of it. "Do not show your backs to one another" means that if you come across one another, exchange salutations rather than avoid each other. Since all such things create conflict and dissension, these are strictly forbidden in Islam. Muslims are required to resume their conversation and contacts after a maximum period of three days. Any breach beyond this period is prohibited.
269/1567 - Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous)



The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

How to take full advantage and benefit from the last part of Ramadan ?

Though all parts of Ramadan are full of blessings and rewards, its last ten days hold a special status reflected in the recommendations and practices of the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, and his companions. I will focus here on three major practices of the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, and his companions during these days.

1-Praying in the last ten nights of Ramadan
Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from 'Aishah that during the last ten days of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah would wake his wives up during the night and then remain apart from them (that is, being busy in acts of worship). A narration in Muslim states: "He would strive [to do acts of worship] during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time."

Aisha reported that With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]

2-Performing I`tikaf in the Masjid (seclusion in the Mosque)
Before going to the essential of this last section, let us stop by one of the great Imam of ahl Assunnah wal jama`ah, one of the greatest revivers of the Da`wah and the methodology of the Salaf, Shaikhul-Islam Shamsuddeen Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah who will give us a brain storming admonition.

He says (rahimahu Allah) in Zaad al Ma`aad fi hadyi khairi al `ibaab :

"Since the hearts' rectitude and firmness upon the path towards Allah the Most High, rests upon directing it solely upon Allaah and causing it to turn and give all its attention to Allaah the Most High. Since the disorder of the heart cannot be rectified except by turning to Allaah the Most High, and its disorder will be increased by eating and drinking too much, mixing with the people excessively, speaking profusely and sleeping too much. These will cause it to wander into every valley, and cut it off from its path to Allah, weaken it, divert it or put a halt to it.

>From the Mercy of the Mighty and Most Merciful is that He has prescribed for them fasting , which will cut off the excesses of eating and drinking, and empties the hear of its desires which divert it on its journey to Allah the Most High. He prescribed it in due proportion as will be appropriate and will benefit the servant, with regard to this world and the Hereafter, and does not harm him, nor damage what is beneficial for him.

He also prescribed i`tikaf for them, by which is intended that the heart is fully occupied with Allah, the Most High, concentrated upon Him alone, and cut off from preoccupation with the creation. Rather it is engrossed with Him alone, the One free of all defects, such that remembering Him, loving Him and turning to Him takes the place of all anxieties of the heart and its suggestions, such that he is able to overcome them. Thus all his concerns are for Him. His thoughts are all of remembrance of Him, and thinking of how to attain His Pleasure and what will cause nearness to Him. This leads him to feel contented with Allah instead of the people, so that prepares him for being at peace with Him alone on the day of loneliness in the grave, when there is no one else to give comfort, nor anyone to grant solace except Him. So this is the greater goal of I'tikaf"

The book Zaad al Ma`aad as well as all other books of Ibn al-Qayyim are just peaces of art that every Muslim should read. Al-hamdu liLLAH there is a great effort among the followers and revivers of the methodology of the Salaf in translating these books into English. Some of them or part of them are already available. You may want to contact the bookstore of al-Qur'an was-Sunnah Society of North America [USA] or al-Hidaya Publishing in UK.

I`tikaf is the seclusion and staying in the mosque with the intention of becoming closer to Allah. This was the practise of the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, during the last ten days of Ramadan especially. He would do it during other months as well.

'Aisha reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan" [Bukhari]

Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu 'anhu said: "Allah's Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to perform i`tikaf for ten days every Ramadan, then when it was the year in which he was taken (died), he performed I`tikaf for twenty days. [Bukhari]

'Aisha reported that the Prophet,salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice I`tikaf after him. [Bukhari]

`Aishah radhiya Allahu `anha also reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, "Used to perform i'tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty and Majestic, took him. [Bukhari and Muslim]

Al-Bukhari records from Abu Said that the Prophet (S) said: "Whoever makes I`tikaf with me is to make I'tikaf during the last ten [nights]."

This Sunnah of the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, has been abandoned by many Muslims and it is worth reviving it in this era.

Sayyid Sabiq says in Fiqhus-Sunnah :

The sunnah or preferred i`tikaf has no specific time limit. It can be fulfilled by staying in the mosque with the intention of making i`tikaf for a long or short time. The reward will be according to how long one stays in the mosque. If one leaves the mosque and then returns, he should renew his intention to perform itikaf.

Ya'la ibn Umayyah said: "I secluded myself in the mosque for some time for I`tikaf." 'Ata told him: "That is I`tikaf, as long as you secluded yourself there."

One who is performing Sunnah (like in Ramadan) i'tikaf (i.e. not the obligatory one that is made after a vow) may end his i`tikaf at any time, even if it is before the period he intended to stay.

'Aishah related that if the Prophet intended to make itikaf, he would pray the morning prayer and begin it. One time he wanted to make i`tikaf during the last ten nights of Ramadan, and he ordered his tent to be set up. Aishah reported: "When I saw that, I ordered my tent to be set up, and some of the Prophet's wives followed suit. When he [the Prophet] prayed the morning prayer, he saw all of the tents, and said: "What is this?" They said: "We are seeking obedience [to Allah and His Messenger]." Then he ordered his tent and those of his wives to be taken down, and he delayed his i`tikaf to the first ten days [of Shawwal]."[Bukhari]

The fact that the Messenger of Allah ordered [his and] his wives' tents to be struck down and [he himself left and] asked them to leave the i`tikaf after they have made the intention for it shows that they discarded the i`tikaf after they had begun it. ( in this small paragraph are some additional comments to clarify things).

It is preferred for the one who is making I`tikaf to perform many supererogatory acts of worship and to occupy himself with prayers, reciting the Qur'an, glorifying and praising Allah, extolling His oneness and His greatness, asking His forgiveness, sending salutations on the Prophet, upon whom be peace, and supplicating Allah - that is, all actions that bring one closer to Allah. Included among these actions is studying and reading books of tafsir and hadith, books on the lives of the Prophets, upon whom be peace, books of fiqh, and so on. It is also preferred to set up a small tent in the courtyard of the mosque as the Prophet did.

Permissible Acts for the Mu`takif (the person performing I`tikaf)

The following acts are permissible for one who is making I'tikaf

(1) The Person may leave his place of I`tikaf to bid farewell to his wife and a Woman can visit her husband who is in I`tikaf}

Safiyyah, radhiya Allahu `anha said : The prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, was making i`tikaf [in the last ten nights of Ramadan], so I came to visit him at night [and his wives were with him and then departed]. I talked with him for a while, then I stood up to leave, [so he said:"Do not hurry for I will accompany you",. He stood along with me to accompany me back -and her dwelling was in the house of Usaamah Ibn Zayd [until when he came to the door of the mosque near the door of Umm Salamah], two men of the Ansaar were passing by, when they saw the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, they hastened by, so the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said : "Be at your ease for she is Safiyyah bintu Huyayy." So they said:" 'SubhanAllah, O Messenger of Allah! [we did not have any doubt about you].' He said: "Indeed Shaytan circulates in the son of Adam just as blood circulates, and I feared that he would insert an evil thought" -or he said : "something - into your hearts" [Bukhari and Muslim, in are additional narrations from Abu Dawud]

(2) Combing and cutting one's hair, clipping one's nails, cleaning one's body, wearing nice clothes or wearing perfume are all permissible. 'Aishah reported: "The Prophet was Performing itikaf and he would put his head out through the opening to my room and I would clean [or comb in one narration] his hair. I was menstruating at the time." [al-Bukhari, Muslim, and Abu Dawud].

(3) The person may go out for some need that he must perform. 'Aishah reported: "When the Prophet Performed I`tikaf, he brought his head close to me so I could comb his hair, and he would not enter the house except to fulfill the needs a person has." [al-Bukhari, and Muslim].

Ibn al-Mundhir says: "The scholars agree that the one who performs itikaf may leave the mosque in order to answer the call of nature, for this is something that he personally must perform, and he cannot do it in the mosque. Also, if he needs to eat or drink and there is no one to bring him his food, he may leave to get it. If one needs to vomit, he may leave the mosque to do so. For anything that he must do but cannot do in the mosque, he can leave it, and such acts will not void his itikaf, even if they take a long time. Examples of these types of acts would include washing one's self from sexual defilement and cleaning his body or clothes from impurities."

(4) The person may eat, drink, and sleep in the mosque, and he should also keep it clean.

Actions that Nullify the I`tikaf

If a person performs one of the following acts, his I`tikaf will be nullified:

(1) Intentionally leaving the mosque without any need to do so, even if it is for just a short time. In such a case, one would not be staying in the mosque, which is one of the principles of I`tikaf.

(2) Abandoning belief in Islam, as this would nullify all acts of worship. If you ascribe a partner to Allah, your work will fail and you will be among the losers.

(3) Losing one's reason due to insanity or drunkenness, or the onset of menstruation or post-childbirth bleeding, all of which disqualifies a person for itikaf.

(4) Sexual intercourse. Allah says [in meaning]: "But do not associate with your wives while you are in seclusion (I`tikaf) in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah. Approach not nigh thereto. Thus does Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint. [al-Baqara; 2:187]

I`tikaf is not restricted to men only, women also can do it :

'Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice I`tikaf after him.[Bukhari]

Dear Sister! when reading this do not forget the modesty and the Hijab of the wife of the Prophet (S) that you should observe if you intend to perform I`tikaf.

3-Seeking Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree)
It is the greatest night of the year like the Day of `Arafah is the greatest day of the year. It is a night about which Allah reveled a full Surah, Suratul-Qadr [97:1-5] and the 3rd to the 6th verses of Surat ad-Dukhan [44:3-6]

It is the night when the Qur'an was reveled.

It is the night when the Message (the Final and seal of all messages) sent to Mohammad, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, started

It is the night when the light, that would illuminate mankind to the end of life, started

It is the night when every matter of ordainment is decreed

Allah says in what can be translated as :

"Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'aan) down in the Night of Decree (Lailatul-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (ie. Jibreel [Gabriel]) by Allaah's Permission with all Decrees, Peace! until the appearance of dawn." [97:1-5]

and in Surat ad-Dukhan :

"We sent it (this Qur'aan) down on a blessed Night. Verily, We are ever warning (mankind of Our Torment). Therein (that Night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. Amran (i.e. a command or this Qur'aan or His Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messenger). (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. [44:3-6]

A person who misses Laylatul-Qadr is really a deprived person!

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said " The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it the gates to Paradise are opened and the gates of Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night [during this month] which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived [of something great]. [Ahmad, an-Nisa'i and al-Bayhaqi]

One who misses this blessed night then he has missed much good for no one misses it except one from whom it is withheld. Therefore it is recommended that the Muslim who is eager to be obedient to Allaah should stand in Prayer during this night out of Eemaan and hoping for the great reward, since if he does this, Allaah will forgive his previous sins (1).

What happens to the person who witnesses Laylatul-Qadr? and what should one do?

Abu Hurairah Radhiya Allahu `anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said : "Whoever stands (in prayer) in Lailatul-Qadr out of Eemaan (faith and sincerity) and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven". [Bukhari]

It is recommended to supplicate a lot during this night, it is reported from our mother 'Aishah radhiya Allahu `anha, that she said: "O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?" He said.- "Say.- (Allahumma innaka 'affuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee.)

"O Allaah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.". [at-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah with a Sahih Isnad]

When is Laylatul-Qadr ?

It is preferred to seek this night during the last ten odd nights of Ramadan, as the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam,, strove his best in seeking it during that time. We have already mentioned that the Prophet would stay up during the last ten nights, would wake his wives, and then would remain apart from them to worship.

Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet,salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan ,' on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively)." [Bukhari]

`Aishah radhiya Allahu `anha said: "Allah's Messenger used to practice I`itikaf in the last ten nights and say: 'Seek out Lailatul-Qadr in the (odd nights) of the last ten of Ramadan." [Bukhari and Muslim]

However if the servant is too weak or unable, then he should at least not let the last seven pass him by, due to what is reported from Ibn 'Umar, who said: Allah's Messenger said: "Seek it in the last ten, and if one of you is too weak or unable then let him not allow that to make him miss the final seven.' [Bukhari and Muslim]

This explains his saying: "I see that your dreams are in agreement (that it is in the last seven) so he who wishes to seek it out then let him seek it in the last seven.' [Bukhari and Muslim]

It is known from the Sunnah, that knowledge of the exact night upon which Lailatul-Qadr falls was taken up because the people argued, 'Ubaadah ibn as- Saamit, radiyalloahu 'anhu, said: The Prophet came out intending to tell us about Lailatul-Qadr, however two men were arguing and he said: "I come out to inform you about Lailatul-Qadr but so and so, and, so and so were arguing, so it was raised up, and perhaps that is better for you, so seek it on the (twenty) ninth and the (twenty) seventh and the (twenty) fifth.'[Bukhari]

Some of the ahadeeth indicate that Lailatul-Qadr is in the last ten nights, while others indicate that it is in the odd nights of the last ten, so the first are general and the second more particular, and the particular has to be given priority over the general. Other ahadeeth state that it is in the last seven - and these are restricted by mention of one who is too weak or unable. So there is no confusion, all the ahadeeth agree and are not contradictory.

In conclusion: The Muslim should seek out Lailatui-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten: the night of the twenty-first, the twenty-third, the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth. If he is too weak or unable to seek it out in all the odd nights, then let him seek it out in the odd nights of the of seven: the night of the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth And Allah knows best. (1)

What are the signs of laylatul-Qadr?

Allaah's Messenger , salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, described the morning after Lailatul-Qadr, so that the Muslim may know which day it is. From Ubayy, radhiya Allahu 'anhu, who said: that he, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: "On the morning following Lailatui-Qadr the sun rises not having any rays, as if it were a brass dish, until it rises up."[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmithi and Ibn Majah]

Abu Hurairah, radhiya Allahu 'anhu, said : "We were discussing Lailatul-Qadr in the presence of Allah's Messenger so he said : 'Which of you remembers [the night] when the moon arose and was like half a plate?... [Muslim]

Ibn 'Abbaas, radhiya Allahu 'anhuma, said: Allaah's Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: "Lailatul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun arises on its morning being feeble and red." [at-Tayaalisee, Ibn Khuzaimah and al-Bazzaar with a Hasan Isnad]

We pray to Allah All Mighty Most Merciful to bless us this Ramadan by witnessing Laylatul-Qadr


[Place thy trust in GOD]

"place thy trust in God: for, verily, God loves those who place their trust in Him."
[Quran - 3:159]

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. 
[Acts 14:23]



"Have you ever considered (the kind of person) who denies the judgment (to come)? It is (the person) who drives away the orphan with harshness and feels no urge to feed the needy."
[107:1-3 - CAIR]

The Prophet (pbuh) has said:

[Muslim, Book #005, Hadith #2290] "Abu Said al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was sitting on the pulpit and we were sitting around him, and he said: What I am afraid of in regard to you after my death is that there would be opened for you the adornments of the world and its beauties. A person said: Messenger of Allah, does good produce evil? The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) remained silent. And it was said to him (the man who had asked the question from the Holy Prophet): What Is the matter with you, that you speak with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) but he does not speak with you? We thought as if revelation was descending upon him. He regained himself and wiped the sweat from him and said: He was the inquirer (and his style of expression showed as if he praised him and then added): Verily good does not produce evil. Whatever the spring rainfall causes to grow kills or is about to kill, but that (animal) which feeds on vegetation. It eats till its flanks are filled; it faces the sun and dungs and urinates. and then returns to eat. And this Wealth is a sweet vegetation, and it is a good companion for a Muslim who gives out of it to the needy, to the orphan. to the wayfarer, or something like that as the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: He who takes it without his right is like one who eats but does not feel satisfied, and it would stand witness against him on the Day of judgment."

The good and desired actions (specified) for Ramadhaan


What are the good and desired actions (specified) for the blessed month of Ramadhaan?


The good and desired actions (specified) for Ramadhaan are many, amongst them (are): Taking care in performing that which Allaah has made obligatory in Ramadhaan and (the) other (months) from the salaah (prayer) and the fasting. After that, increasing in the supererogatory (actions) from:

• Reading the Qur.aan,
(performance of) the taraaweeh prayer,
(performance of) the tahajjud (night) prayer,
• Giving charity,
• I'tikaaf (seclusion in the masjid to worship Allaah),
• Increasing in (the) remembrance (of Allaah),
• Reciting subhaan-Allaah (glory be to Allaah), laa-ilaaha ill-Allaah (there is none truly worthy of worship except Allaah), Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest),
• Sitting in the masjid for the purpose of worship,
• Protecting the fast from (all) that may invalidate it,
• Keeping away from impermissible and disliked speech and actions.

Shaykh Ibn Fowzaa
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 741, Fatwa No. 751;
al-Muntaqaa min Fatawaa ash-Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan - Volume 3, Fatwa No. 156



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