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Big Nights and Days of Islam: Eid

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It was narrated from Hazrat Abu Umaamah radi Allaahu ‘anhu: “Whoever spends the nights of the two ‘Eids in praying voluntary night prayers, seeking reward from Allah, his heart will not die on the Day when hearts will die.” [Ibn Majah, Hadeeth #1782]

Hazrat Aysha radi Allaahu ‘anhaa related: “God the Exalted showers goodness (khayr) in abundance during four nights; the Nights of Aḍḥā and Fiṭr (i.e. the night of the two ʿĪds), the Night of Mid-Shaʿbān in which deaths and provisions are determined as are the pilgrimages written, and the evening of ʿArafa until the call to prayer.” [Kanz ul-ʿUmmaal, Vol #12, Hadeeth #35215][1]

It is related from Hazrat Mu’aadh ibn Jabal radi Allaahu ‘anhu that whoever observes the night vigil during the following five nights has heaven made obligatory on him: the 8th, 9th and 10th nights of Dhul Hijjah, fourth is the night of Eid-ul-Fitr and fifth is the 15th night of Sha’baan. [At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, Vol #2, Hadeeth #2]

Hazrat Abu Huraira radi Allaahu ‘anhu narrates from the Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi sallam who had said that there is forgiveness for them (his ummah) during the last night (of Ramadan). It was asked: O Prophet of Allah, is it the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr)? “No!” replied the Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi sallam, “but surely a worker receives his full reward on completion of his work.” [Musnad Ahmed]

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas radi Allaahu ‘anhumaa relates: When the blessed night of Eid-ul-Fitr arrives, it is called “Laylatul Jaaizah” which means “the night of reward.” When the morning of Eid comes in, Allah sends His innocent angels to all the cities. As a result these angels come to the earth and stand at the head of every street and call out: “Oh Ummah of Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam! Come to the Court of that Divine Lord who bestows copiously and forgives the greatest of sins!”

Then Allah addresses His creatures as follows: “O My servants! Ask! What would you like to ask? By My Honor and Majesty! Today at this gathering (of the Eid prayer) whatever you will ask Me related to your Hereafter I Will Fulfill it. And whatever you ask related to your dunya, I Will do whatever is best for you. By My Honor! As long as you pay heed to Me, I will also cover your faults. By My Honor and Majesty! I will not disappoint you with the transgressors. Now return to your homes forgiven! You have pleased Me and I am also pleased with you!” [At-Targheeb wat Tarheeb, Vol #2, Hadeeth #23]

Hazrat Syedna Wahb bin Munabbah radi Allaahu ‘anhu relates: Whenever Eid arrives, shaytaan cries out loudly. Seeing his almost faintly state, the other devils gather around him and ask: O master! Why are you angry and sad? He says: Alas! Today, Allah has forgiven Ummat-ul-Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam). Therefore you lure them into sensual pleasures and selfish desires. [Mukaashafa-tul Quloob of Hazrat Imam Ghazali rahmatullah alayh, p.308]

The Six Fasts of Shawwaal

Hazrat Syedna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar radi Allahu ‘anhumaa relates that our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam said: Whoever kept the fasts of Ramadaan, then [fasted] for six days in Shawwaal, [he or she] escaped sins as if [they were] born from the mother’s womb today. [Majma’ Az-Zawaaid, Vol #3, Hadeeth #5102]

Hazrat Syedna Abu Ayyub radi Allahu ‘anhu relates that our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam said: Whoever kept the fasts of Ramadaan, then after them [fasted] six days in Shawwaal, it is as if [he or she] fasted dahr (i.e. for the entire life). [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth #1164]

Hazrat Syedna Thaubaan radi Allahu ‘anhu relates that our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam said: Whoever fasted six days (in Shawwaal) after Eid-ul-Fitr, he or she fasted for the whole year because whoever brings one good deed is given ten good deeds. [Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol #2, Hadeeth #1715]


Written by Shagufta Ahmad

August 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm