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Allah Doesn't Like The FastAllah Doesn't Like The Fast


Make sure the Sadaqatul-Fitr is discharged before Eid salaah.

Rasulullah (S.A.W) saidThe fast remains suspended between Heaven and Earth until the fitrah is paid.”

Zakkat-ul-fitr


It had been the practice of the Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, that he would pray during the night preceding the day of Eid-ul-fitr. This night has been named in a Hadith as the Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza).

Almighty bestows his rewards on those who have spent the month of Ramadan abiding by the dictates of Shari’ah, and all their prayers in this night are accepted. Therefore, it is desirable to perform nafl prayers during this night. The Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, is reported to have said: Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die. (Hadith-Ibn Majah) (His heart will not die during the time of evil and corruption. It could also mean that with the blowing of the trumpet his soul will not become unconscious.)

SUNNATS OF EID:

v      Wake up early.

v      Take a Ghusl (bath) before Eid Salaah

v      Brush your teeth. [use Miswaak]

v      Dress up, putting on best clothes available.

v      Use itr [perfume]

v      Eat something sweet before proceeding to the Eid Musallah e.g. Dates etc.

v      Pay Zakaat-al-Fitr before Salaatul-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr).

v      Go to Eid Musallah (prayer ground) early.

v      Offer Salaah-al-Eid in congregation in an Eid Musallah[open place] except when whether is not permitting like rain, snow, etc.Use different roads en route to the Eid Musallah and back home.

v      Recite the following Takbir on the way to Eid Musallah -Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. La ila-ha ill-lallah.Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. Wa-lilahill hamd. (Allah is greater, Allah is greater. There is no god but Allah. Allah is greater, Allah is greater. And all praises are for Allah)

TIPS ON HOW TO SPEND THE DAY OF EID:

Ø      Keep in mind the pleasure of Allah and uphold Shari’ah.

Ø      Adorn yourself and your family modestly in the best of garments (not necessarily new).

Ø      Should Eid be made at my mum or your mum or whoever?This requires Mashurah (mutual consultation).

Ø      Mashurah is a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W).Try and accommodate each other.

Ø      Maintain and strengthen family bonds- Rasulullah (S.A.W) is reported to have said, “Anyone who wishes to have his means of livelihood enlarged and a prolonged life, should treats his relatives with kindness.”

Ø      Don’t forget the poor and needy- Hadhrat Anas (R.A) has reported Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) as saying,“For him who aids one who is distressed Allah will record seventy three acts of pardon, one of them compromising his whole well-being and seventy two being grades of rank for him on the day of resurrection.â€


"The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” [97:3 The Holy Quran]

The Messenger of Allah Muhammad [Peace be upon him] is reported to have said:

"It [laylatul qadr] is in Ramadhan, during the last ten days, on the unevenly numbered nights, either the 21st 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadhan.

Whosoever stands in "Ibaadah” on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.

Among the signs of this night is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the "Shayateen” on that night; it lasts until the break of the dawn. Another sign is that at morn, the Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon in it’s fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the "Shayateen” from rising up with the Sun.”[Hadith]

What to do on this night?

Worship during this night can take on many forms. Here are a few suggestions to help you through Laylatul Qadr:

Ø       Take a vacation for Allah! If possible, take a vacation for the last 10 days of Ramadan.Plan ahead if you are working. Discuss the importance of this night with your friends and family.

Ø       Perform Itikaaf (seclusion in a mosque for worship) –If you cannot stay at your local mosque ask family or friends to help out during your Itikaaf at home. If you cannot spend all 10 days in Itikaaf, then do as many days as you can – even if it is only one day. According to the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam whosoever performs "I’tikaaf” for a day thereby seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will spread three trenches between him and the fire of Hell, the width of each trench being greater than the distance between Heaven and the Earth.”

Ø       Increase the recitation of the Qur’an [reflect on the meaning of the verses, especially the verses used in Salah. This will help you concentrate.]

Ø       Increase Salah (prayer).Read as many Nawaafil Prayers[optional prayers] as possible. Eg Tahajjud Salaah, Salatul Tasbih etc

Ø       Make abundant Zikr [i.e remembering Allah, sending salawaat on our belove Prophet (pbuh) and making Istigfaar(seeking forgiveness from Allah] Ã˜       Dua (Asking from Allah)- Spend lots of time begging from Allah to fulfil your needs and the needs of the Ummah both in this world and the hereafter. Ramadaan is replete with moments when duas are accepted. Aaisha (RadhiAllaho anha) reports: "I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), should I find myself the "Laylatul Qadr”, what shall I pray. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied: say, Allaahumma innaka afuwwun tohibbu al’afwa fa’fu anna "O Allah, Thou art the One who grants pardon for sins. Thou lovest to pardon, so O pardon me.”

Ø        Make list of Things you need from Allah-Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready then use it  in your prayers.

Ø       Best time for dua– Make long, sincere and deep Duas.One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night.Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet[pbuh] said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Hadith-Bukhari, Muslim).

Ø       Take regular breaks during the night to avoid getting over-exhausted. Try switching between different forms of worship.

May Allah accept our prayers and allow us to take full benefit of this Mubarak Night..Ameen


The Nation of Saturday


Ibn Umer (Radiallaho Anho) relates,
Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) said:

"Verily Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) and His
Angels send blessings upon those who eat Sahoor”.

{ Al-Tabarani, Ibne-Hibban }