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IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

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IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

Credit List

 

All Praise and Credit is due to Allah The Most Exalted

Countless and Choicest Blessings and Salutations upon

His Chosen Beloved and our Master Muhammad Rasool Allah

His Noble Family and Companions radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen

 

 

Conference Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri

 

Patronage

Imam Malik bin Anas radi Allahu anhu Society, Kingdom of Bahrain

 

Core Organizing Committee

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Brother Riaz Shaikh, Syeda Sadia Naiman, Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Aysha Hameed Khan

 

Special Contributions

Sister Ghazala Fakher, Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed

 

Organizing Volunteers

Sister Eman Hameed Khan

Sister Ghazala Mustafa

Sister Aafreen Shaikh

Sister Shamim Hamid Khan (Transport)

Sister Shabina Khalid

 

Event Volunteers

Brother Mohammad Ismail Hussain

Sister Shahanara Akter

Sister Fatima Mohamed

Brother Mohammad Dastageer, Brother Obaid (Sound System)

Sister Samawat Malik (Hall Decoration)

Sister Aysha Mushtafa (Photography)

Sister Shagufta Banu (Time Keeper)

 

IECRC Sisters Youth Group – Burdah Shareef

(From Left to Right)

Sister Nabila Sanira

Sister Asha Diwan

Sister Aysha Hameed Khan

Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh

Sister Bushra Quamar

Brother Alim Riaz Shaikh (Backstage Daff Recitation)

 

A very special thanks to:

Brother Faisal (Dates Donation)

Brother Farouk (Infinity Bahrain – Banner Design and Printing)

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

March 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

IECRC Bahrain Annual Women’s Conference 2013

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BismiLlaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolihil Kareem

In its annual tradition and under the patronage of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center (IECRC) conducted its Annual Women’s Conference 2013 at the Bahrain Society of Engineers auditorium in Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain on February 8, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “Loving the Beloved of Allah in the Footsteps of the Noble Companions.” Local speakers enlightened the audience on the lives of the Khulafa Rashideen (Rightly Guided Caliphs) and other Noble Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) emphasizing how they lived a life of complete devotion to the Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Invited special guest from Pakistan Hafiza Javeria Saleem graced the occasion with her moving recitation of the Holy Quran as well as poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The spiritual and educational gathering was attended by about 150 women and children.

Prior to the Conference opening, past and current IECRC services in the USA and Canada were presented to the audience for their reference. The Conference was then opened with welcoming the audience on behalf of IECRC’s Directors Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri (May Allah protect them and grant them long life with health, Aameen).

Hafiza Javeria Saleem, recipient of the “Best Female Qariya in Pakistan,”  “Youngest Qariya of Pakistan” and “Best Female Naatkhwan in Pakistan” awards, commenced this spiritual and educational gathering with a heart moving recitation of the Chapter Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful) of the Holy Quran. Sister Sumera and Sister Ruqayya provided the Urdu and English translations of the verses respectively so the audience could benefit from the meanings of these Divine Words.

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Beautiful couplets of Hamd (Praise of Allah Almighty) were presented by Sister Atiya followed by the world renowned Qaseeda Burdah of the great 13th century CE Egyptian scholar and poet Imam Sharafuddeen Busiri rahmatullah alayh presented by Hafiza Javeria in her unique style.

A colorful and dynamic group of young children presented the famous lines of Tala’al Badru ‘alayna – the couplet that exhorts Muslims that it is obligatory upon us to show gratitude to Allah Almighty for the greatest Da’ee that this world has ever seen and will see – the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It was stated that these annual IECRC Conferences in honor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam were organized in response to this command to exhibit gratitude.

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DSC_0161In IECRC’s spirit of encouraging children to come forward and participate in actions of the Deen with enthusiasm and fervor, the Maghrib Adhan was called out by Taalib Riaz Shaikh followed by the Dua after the Adhan by Mariam AbdulMajid and the Durood Ibrahimi by Anas Nasser.

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As per the theme of the Conference, several speakers presented speeches on the lives of the pious Khulafa Rashidun radi Allahu anhum ajma’een. Sister Yasmin Sikandar spoke on the unmatched love that Syedna Abubakr As-Siddeeq radi Allahu anhu had for our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Similarly Sister Ghazala Mustafa spoke on the devotional love of Syedna Umar Farooq ibn Al-Khattab radi Allahu anhu and Syedna Uthman Ghani ibn ‘Affan radi Allahu anhu.

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Organizing Committee member and co-founder of IECRC Bahrain’s efforts, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh presented poignant narrations about Syedna Ali ibn Abi Talib radi Allahu anhu. Long time community member and spiritual guide, Sister Najma Khatoon presented the importance of the Durood Ibrahimi.

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Sister Asma AbdulJabbar of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society spoke in Arabic, later briefing her talk in English, about the blessed personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The series of speeches was rounded off by IECRC USA & Canada representative and co-founder of its work’s expansion in Bahrain, Syeda Shagufta Ahmad who spoke on the love of Syedna Bilal ibn Rabah radi Allahu anhu for the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam also mentioning the “Black” History month commemoration of USA.

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The educational speeches were interlaced with reverberating Naat presentations by Hafiza Javeria Saleem who ended the beautiful gathering with the Salute to our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and the famous Ya Ilahi prayer of the 14th century Hijri Mujaddid Syedna Imam Ahmed Raza Khan rahmatullah alayh.

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Syeda Shagufta Ahmed offered the vote of thanks acknowledging the efforts of the dedicated group of sisters who worked to make this event a success along with the brothers who helped from behind the curtains. May Allah reward everyone for their contributions and may HE Almighty accept this humble effort in HIS Divine Court and present its reward as a gift in the Blessed Court of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Aameen.

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We pray that this beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain be blessed with many such spiritual and Islamic activities and events. And sincerely pray that the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society of Bahrain and its Chairman Shaykh Rashid bin Ebrahim Al-Muraikhey (hafadhahuLlaah) be equally rewarded for all the pious deeds and actions carried out by Muslims under their patronage and support. Aameen.

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Credit List:

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2013, Feb 8
Core Organizing Committee:
Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Mrs. Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Zainulabedin Muhammad Qadri
 
Special Contributions:
Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed
 
Organizing Volunteers:
Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Shamim Hamid Khan, Sister Shabana Zain, Sister Shehnaz Mushtaq, Sister Shagufta Nasser, Sister Fakhira Rashid, Sister Sumera Qayyum
 
Event Volunteers:
Sister Sadia Naiman, Sister Shabina Khalid, Sister Ghazala Fakher, Sister Fatima Nazir, Sister Danya Mustak Shaikh, Sister Nazreen Parker, Sister Saheeba Mustak Shaikh, Sister Tanuja Shamim, Sister Samawat Malik, Brother Naiman, Brother Khalid

Children’s Naat Group:
Daff: Alim Riaz Shaikh, Mic for Daff: Inshaal Asif
Reciters: Taalib Riaz Shaikh, Alina Naiman, Rida Naiman, Anas Nasser, Ayman Nasser, Ayan Nasser, Arwa Mushtaq, Zohan Mushtaq, Arshin Jasnaik, Mariam AbdulMajid, Saira Qayyum, Farha Qayyum, Taniya Qayyum, Qasim Qayyum, Ameena Hamid Khan, Shahadat Haque, Mohammad Ahmed, Mohammad Islam, Amira Rashid, Eman Rashid, Noor Asif, Anam Asif, Aqsa Asif, Faiza Salauddin Shaikh, Filza Hashmi, Shayaan Hashmi, Mudassir Mustafa, Hassan Mustafa
 
A special acknowledgment to Brother Rizwan of Dnata

And our very special thanks to:
The Imam Malik Bin Anas Society – BUSAITEEN – Kingdom of Bahrain
especially Shaikh RASHID BIN EBRAHIM AL-MURAIKHEY
and Shaikh SAMEER AL-FAYEZ

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Written by Shagufta Ahmad

February 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

IECRC Holy Quran Conference 2012, Bahrain: Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contacts: Ms. Shagufta Ahmad, Mr. and Mrs. Riaz Shaikh / Mr. and Mrs. Fakher Malik
Organization Name: Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center USA and Canada
Telephone Numbers: +1 5109389253/ +973 39229808 / +973 33331494
Email Addresses: shagufta.ahmad11@gmail.com / riazats.bh@gmail.com / fakhermalik@hotmail.com
Web site addresses: www.iecrcna.org        www.shifa.tv

IECRC Holy Quran Conference 2012, Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain, February 11, 2012 — Under the patronage of the Pakistan Embassy Bahrain, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center, a decade old US and Canada based non-profit organization, held its 2nd annual conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Dedicated to bringing forth the unifying message of the Holy Quran under the motto of “One God, One Prophet, One Book,” the conference was held on Saturday February 4, 2012 marking the memorial of the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him, his family and companions) at the prestigious Bahrain Arts Centre Cultural Hall. The Conference held two sessions: one for women only and one for the entire family.

Women’s Session

Participants of Women, Youth and Children’s Program

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The half day program commenced with the women’s session compeered by Mrs. Zarine Riaz and Ms. Shagufta Ahmad. The session began with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by speeches and poetry in praise of Allah Almighty (Hamd) and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (Naat) by youth and children. The speeches focused on the brilliance of the Arabic language of the Holy Quran, its miracles, rights upon Muslims and daily practices. They were movingly delivered by IECRC’s illustrious youth group. There was also a Children’s program compeered by Ms. Sadiya Riaz Shaikh which included participation by youth on the memorization of 40 Hadeeth and a Children’s Prize Distribution based on memorizing essential supplications (duas) in the life of a Muslim, a booklet developed by Mrs. Zarine Riaz Shaikh. IECRC salutes the mothers of the children and youth and the teachers of IECRC under whose guidance and relentless efforts the youth and children actively participated on this momentous occasion.

You  may view a recording of the Women’s Session here: http://www.youtube.com/iecrcna#p/u/4/uA6Abb98lAY

Family Session

Hafiz Prof Dr Muhammad Abdullah Qadri delivering Keynote address

Shaykh Rashid Al-Muraikhi Guest of Honor addressing audience

Pakistan Ambassador Mr Jauhar Saleem addressing audience

The family session was the highlight of the program with Chief Guest Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Jauhar Saleem, Guest of Honor Shaykh Rashid Al-Muraikhi and Keynote Speaker Hafiz Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri who had flown in from Karachi with his son Mr. Muhammad Tahir Qadri, Producer of Shifa TV to grace the audience with his knowledge and spirituality. Hafiz Dr. Abdullah Qadri, a descendant of the Bani Hashim is a distinguished scholar of the highest caliber who has not just reached the pinnacle in Islamic knowledge but also in the contemporary sciences and is well aware of how to blend the two to provide solutions to modern man’s many ailments. The most remarkable characteristic about the distinguished keynote speaker was that he has excelled in all fields of life despite being deprived of external vision. He is a shining example that in reality what matters is one’s inner vision to achieve the apex of human potential.

Ambassador Jauhar Saleem emphasized the importance of the inner dimension of Islam which deals with ethics and behavior as a means to change its waning image around the world. Shaykh Rashid head of the Jameeah Imam Malik radi Allahu anhu in a poignant speech delivered in Arabic, highlighted the great stature of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his parents (may Allah have mercy on them).

Hafiz Dr. Abdullah Qadri illuminated the audience on the inherent connection between the Quran and the Sahib-ul-Quran, i.e. the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through whom humanity received this blessed book from Allah Almighty. Without a meaningful connection with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and deep love for him, it is not possible to benefit from the Holy Quran was his essential message. Developing love in the hearts of our men, women, youth and children for the Holy Quran and the Sahib-ul-Quran (peace be upon him) was the essential purpose of this gathering as it is this love which is the driving force for virtuous actions at an individual level and improved understanding amongst individuals and betterment of communities at a societal level.

Mr. Riaz Shaikh – Organizing Committee welcoming attendees to Family Program

Mr. Muhammad Tahir Qadri Producer Shifa TV receiving plaque

Mr. Aarif Compeering Family Program

Mr. Fakher Malik – Organizing Committee delivering Vote of Thanks

 

The audience was welcomed by Mr. Riaz Shaikh on behalf of IECRC’s Founding Director Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri. The evening was eloquently compeered by Mr. Aarif and the vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Fakher Malik another key member of the organizing committee. Plaques were given to Ambassador Saleem, Shaykh Al-Muraikhi, Hafiz Abdullah Qadri, Dr. Ahmed Qadri and Mr. Tahir Qadri. IECRC’s flagship print publication World Peace Order: Towards an International State was also presented to the two guests on this occasion. The program ended with salutations to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and a congregational supplication for all present and for Muslims and humanity in general.

Audience Family Program

IECRC wholeheartedly expresses its deep gratitude to the organizing committee, volunteers, participants, sponsors and audience for their efforts and attendance without which this program could not have received the success that Allah bestowed it. IECRC especially thanks its sponsors Zangari Restaurant, Reliance Press, Mr. Javed Ahmed of Gulf Gate Hotel and Mr. Hashmi of Axis Arepro for their support and contributions. Last but not least, special thanks to Mr. Taj Khan and all other members of the community for their support as well. The Conference pictures, videos and presentations will insha Allah be available on the IECRC website at www.iecrcna.org. The Conference will also insha Allah be telecast on IECRC’s Shifa TV at www.shifa.tv.

You  may view a recording of the Family Session here: http://www.youtube.com/iecrcna#p/u/3/ozDjJ5IPRn0

To view the IECRC presentation made at the Conference, please click here:

IECRC Holy Quran Conference 2012 Historical Presentation

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

February 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

The Gift of a Daughter

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The following is an excerpt taken from Session 10 of the Anees ul-Arwah–The Malfuzat of Khwaja Uthman Haruni (rehmatullahi alyhe)–as recorded by Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (rehmatullahi alayhe)
He said “Daughters are a gift from God. God is satisfied and pleased with the one, on given a daughter loves her and is pleased by her.  He who expresses joy at the birth of a girl is given the reward of seventy pilgrimages (Hajj) and it is as if he had emancipated seventy people from slavery.  Those mothers and fathers who love their daughters, are gentle and show kindness to them, God shows kindness to them and showers His mercy upon them.”
He then said, “I once saw written in the Aathar-e-Awliyaa that the Messenger of God (peace and blessings of God be upon him and his family) said, “He who has a single daughter has five hundred years between him and the Fire.” And said, “The Prophets (may peace be upon all of them) and the Saints (may God have mercy on all of them) used to be more gentle and loving towards their daughters than their sons.”
Then he mentioned a story about Khwaja Sirri Saqati (may Allah have mercy on him) who had a daughter that he loved dearly.  The daughter heard her father once say, “Would that I break my fast with a brand new jug of cool water.” On hearing her father’s wish she prepared a brand new jug with cool water and placed it next to her father. It was after the ‘asr (late afternoon) prayer and the master fell asleep on his prayer mat. In his dream he sees that in his house in Paradise Allah asks his daughter, “Whose daughter are you?” She replies, “He who drank from the new jug of cool water.” At this his hand struck the jug and broke apart.  Khawaj Sirri (may Allah have mercy on him) arose and cried out, “Sirri, never desire to drink from a new jug, for he who has such a level of desire for worldliness can never reach such a state (as he had seen his daughter reach).”
After articulating all of this, the master completed his address became engrossed in his dhikrand the one in need of his prayers left with the people–all praises to God for that (lesson).

Translated by Sharaaz Khan

1o Rajab 1432 Hijri

Written by Sharaaz Khan

June 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

Alwida Maahe Ramzaan (Farewell O Month of Ramadan)

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Alwida Alwida Alwida hai

Maahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

Farewell Farewell Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan

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Din tere aane se motabar they

Noor main dube Shaam-o-Sahar they

Tere jaane se dil ro raha hai

Maahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

 

Your arrival had made the day very beautiful

Days and night were submerged in blissful light

Your departure has saddened our hearts

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan

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Sehri aftaar phir at taravi

Aur azaanein namazein wa tasbi

Yeh samaa Noori tujh se mila hai

Maahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

 

Pre-fast meal, breaking of the fast and then the Tarawih prayers,

And call for prayers, Prayers and Tasbee 

We received this blissful ambience from you

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan

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Rehmaton ka tu paigham laya

Barkaton ka tu in’aam laya

Rutba aala wa afzal tera hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

 

You brought the message of Mercy

You brought the award of blessings

Your Stature is grandest

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan

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Jaam rehmat ke tu ne pilaye

Gul muradon ke tu ne khilaye

Tu juda hum se ab ho raha hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

 

You provided drinks of Mercy

you made the flowers of desires bloom

You are departing from all of us O holy month of Ramadaan

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadan

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Hum ko bhi kal tu paye ga tab tak

Gar rahe zinda agle baras tak

Phir milenge jo Hukm-e-Khuda hai

Mahe Ramzan bas Alwida hai

 

You will find us awaiting your arrival

If we are alive till the next year 

We will meet again if this is the wish of Almighty Allah

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadan

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Chal diya hai tu jo rab ki jaanib

Ahle imaan ke pur nam hai taalib

Qalb-e-Ishrat bhi gham se bhara hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

 

You started your journey back to Allah Almighty

And we are seekers of faith

My heart is also full of sorrow and gloom

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadan

***

Alwida Alwida Alwida hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

(Farewell Farewell Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan)

 

Anonymous

Translation: Sister Zarin R. Shaikh Qadari 

Sister Zarin is an active member in her community imparting religious education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She can be reached at zarrobah@gmail.com.

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

September 8, 2010 at 2:51 am

Importance of Month of Ramadan

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Nahmaduhu wa nussali Ala Rasoolihil Kareem

We are extremely grateful to Our Lord, Allah Almighty (The Most Exalted) that once again He has sent upon us the Holy month of Ramadan which brings His Mercy, Forgiveness and Blessings. In this month, Allah (The Most Exalted) Himself asks His servants, “Is there anyone who seeks desires and blessings from Me?” In this holy month, for every good deed we get the benefit of 700 times. First part of this holy month is mercy, second part is forgiveness and the last part is to escape from the punishment of hell. Our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his family) said, “If only my people understood the importance of the month of Ramadan then they would wish that the whole year would be Ramadan.” Our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his family ) said, “Let that person be ruined who has passed through the month of Ramadan and did not seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty (The Most Exalted).” The month of Ramadan approaches us as a guest from Allah (The Most Exalted) and if we don’t give respect and importance then it gets upset and goes back to Allah (The Most Exalted) and complains about us that it had gone to so and so person but he did not take benefit from me and did not respect me. Allah (The Most Exalted) tells us to exercise mainly four things in the Holy month of Ramadan: 1) Reciting Kalima Tayyeba, 2) reciting Astaghfaar, 3) desiring Heaven and 4) asking for escape from Hell. In this month, the one who recites Astaghfar in abundance then Allah (The Most Exalted) will increase his sustenance and he will receive his sustenance from places he could not think of.

Allah (The Most Exalted) has bestowed us with unlimited Mercy and Blessings. It is therefore our duty to pray to Allah (The Most Exalted) with love and affection. Amongst the compulsory worship which Allah has bestowed upon us, namaz (the ritual prayer) is on #1 position. Prayer is a part of religion. Prayer is the coolness of the eyes of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). Prayer is the right way of achieving peace. So in this month we have to especially concentrate on Nawafil (optional) prayers along with Fardh (compulsory). Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said, “In the Holy Month of Ramadan, the one who will stand (for prayer) with the intention to achieve faith and sawaab, all his sins will be forgiven.“  [Al-Minhaj-us-Sawi] Therefore it is our duty to read all 20 rakats (cycles) of Taraweeh. If we read 8 rakats (cycles) in the mosque with the Imaam, then the remaining 12 cycles are supposed to be read individually, either at the mosque or at home. In the holy month of Ramadan, we should get up especially for the Tahajjud prayers apart from Taraweeh. The convenient way of offering Tahajjud payers is before suhoor (the pre-dawn meal).

In the last part of this holy month, a night comes called Laila-tul-Qadr. In Surah Al-Qadr, Allah (The Most Exalted) says: “Khairum-min Alfi shahr”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Qadr, 97:3]

The prayer of this night has more importance than prayers of thousand months. Angel Gabriel and other angels come on earth with lots of blessings and mercy from Allah (The Most Exalted) and shake hands with those who are praying. All the prayers in this night are fulfilled.

After prayer, we have to pay special attention towards our dua (supplication). After prayer, we should not be lazy and neglect our supplication. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said:

Ad-dua’u Silahul Mo’min” which means “Dua is the weapon of a believer.

Ad-dua’u Huwal Ibaadatu”  which means “Dua itself is worship.

“Ad-dua’u Mukh’khul ibaadatu” which means “Dua is the brain of worship.

Dua at the time of breaking the fast is always fulfilled. Women should finish all the Iftaar (breaking of fast) preparation and sit down for supplication along with their families and pray a lot for ourselves and others as this supplication will never be rejected and we should be benefitted by this moment of blessing. When we supplicate for others, Allah (The Most Exalted) appoints an angel who does supplication for the supplicators. In Ramadan, we get a lot of sawaab (reward) for inviting others for opening the fast but it should have simplicity so that our prayers are not affected. Apart from friends and relatives we should pay more attention towards poor and needy by organizing food for their breaking of fast.

Allah (The Most Exalted) says:

Shahru Ramadan alladhi unzila fihi Al-Qur’an

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Baqarah, 2:185]

This is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. So, in this Holy Month we should read Qur’an in abundance and in fact we should try to understand it. Allah (The Most Exalted) says:

Kitabun anzalnahu ilayka mubarakun liyaddabbaru aayaatihi

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Sad, 38:29]

This is the Book which Allah has revealed so that people should pay extreme attention towards it. This is the Book which guides us in how we should spend our life. Therefore it is necessary that we understand the Quran, so that the blessing of the Holy Qur’an comes in our life. After our death, The Holy Qur’an will be settled on the chest of his reader ad protect him from the torments. At the Day of Judgment, The Holy Qur’an will request pardon from Allah for his reader. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said: “Among you the best one is who learns and teaches Qur’an.

Apart from the rights of Allah (The Most Exalted) we should be conscious about the right of His servant. In this holy month we should pay purifying dues of our money which is compulsory. This is the right of the poor people which Allah Almighty (The Most Exalted) kept in our money. Paying rights of the servant is the necessary part of our religion. The life of a person is not perfect unless he treats his fellow creatures well. Only the person who fulfils the rights of both Allah (The Most Exalted) and His servants can lead a peaceful life here and after death. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said, “One glance of love and affection on our Muslim brother is not less than worship.” In this holy month we especially have to search for poor, needy and orphans and help them. If a person fulfills the needs of others, then Allah (The Most Exalted) will fulfill his needs. If a person solves the tensions, worries and sorrows of others, then Allah Almighty, (The Most Exalted) will relieve him from pains and worries on the Day of Judgment. If a person hides the secrets of others, then Allah Almighty, (The Most Exalted) hides his secrets on the Day of Judgment. A person will not reach the soul of Ramadan and fast until he services Allah’s (The Most Exalted) servants along with Allah’s (The Most Exalted) rights. Taking care of Allah’s (The Most Exalted) servant is same as exerting in the way of Allah (The Most Exalted). A good natured person gets sawaab (benefit) of five times prayers and a whole day’s fast.

It is our humble prayer to Allah (The Most Exalted) to guide us to do more good deeds during this holy month of Ramadan and make this holy month our mode of forgiveness for all our past bad deeds. Aameen.

Wa Aakhiru Dawana Anil Hamdolillahi Rabbil Aalameen

Sister Zarin R. Shaikh Qadari

Kingdom of Bahrain

Sister Zarin is an active member in her community imparting religious education. She can be reached at zarrobah@gmail.com.

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

August 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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Blessings of Ramadan Al-Mubarak

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By the blessings of Allah, the month of Ramadan is upon us. Rajab marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid Al Fitr. These three months in order Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan are unmatched in their importance.  

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) has said: “Rajab is a great month of Allah Almighty, unmatched by any other month in respect and significance; war with the infidels during this month is prohibited. Verily, Rajab is Allah’s month, Sha’ban my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whosoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (an angel in heaven);  the wrath of Allah Almighty shall be distanced and a door of Hell shall be closed.” 

Fasting is one of the most recommended acts during this spiritual season. It becomes Wajib (obligatory) during the month of Ramadan, but is highly recommended during the months of Rajab and Sha’ban. As will be noted from the Hadith above, fasting, be it for only one day during these months, is rewarded with untold bounties. 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) used to supplicate upon the sighting of the moon of Rajab: “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).”

[At-Tabarani and Ahmad]

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said:

“When a believer (Mu`min) sleeps in the night of Ramadan, an angel says unto him, “Awaken!! as Allah Almighty wants to shower His blessings on you. Thus, the believer awakens. It is at this time that the (1) linen of the bed sheet that he was sleeping on prays for him and then when this person puts on his garbs to perform the prayer, (2) the clothes supplicate for him, ‘O Allah! Clothe this person from the garbs of Paradise.’ And when he puts his shoes on, (3) the shoes pray for him, ‘O Allah! Make this person’s feet steadfast on the Pul Siraat.’ and when he (or she) uses the vessel for wudu, (4) the vessel prays for him, ’O Allah! let him/her be one from the people who drink from the vessels of Paradise.’ When the person starts to make wudu, (5) the water prays for him, ’O Allah! Expiate his major and minor sins.’ Finally when he (or she) stands on the prayer mat facing in the direction of the Ka’ba, at that time the House of Allah prays for him, ’O Allah! Expand and illuminate this person’s grave.’ Ultimately, when Allah Almighty looks down, He says, ‘O My servant, there are supplications made for you, there is acceptance from Me.’” 

This goes to show that Allah Almighty  always answers the prayers of those who plead from Him in Ramadan. 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) has also said that a fasting person is in a state of worship, even when he (or she) is asleep, the breath he (or she) takes is Tasbih (glorification of Allah), his supplications are honored, sins are forgiven and good deeds multiplied. Subhan Allah! Alhumdulillah

My dear brothers and sisters, shouldn’t we be thankful to Allah Almighty for his Mercy and Graciousness upon us? When Allah Almighty considers a regular, fasting individual’s inhalation and exhalation a tasbih, can you imagine the value of the breath of the “Zakireen” in the eyes of Allah?? “Zakireen” are people who are always involved in the remembrance of Allah. They are the ones: 

“Who remember Allah while standing, sitting and lying on their sides …”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Aale-Imran, 3:191

Allah Almighty also says:  

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Baqarah, 2:155]

“…Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Az-Zumar, 39:10] 

It has been narrated by Hazrat Abu Salman (may Allah have mercy on him) that “Hunger is from one of the treasures of Allah, and He bestows it upon the ones that He loves.”  

May Allah Almighty make our fasting in Ramadan easy for us and accept our fast. We ask You Allah Almighty, to accept our worship by the Wasilah (Rank) our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) who never himself slept on a full stomach throughout his life. Aameen. 

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it is time to GET UP and GET READY for there is now a SALE on good deeds. The rewards for good deeds done in Ramadan are multiplied by a thousand. Who knows what tomorrow brings for us?? Who knows if we will be able to get another Ramadan?? Which fasting person knows if he/she will fast another Ramadan? Which person in “qiyaam” knows if he/she will be getting this opportunity again? It is time to rethink and use our time wisely. Do not let yourself get involved in futile things as death nears us on every breath we take. 

Allah has made the Deen very easy on us. Read the following Hadith that is related by Hazrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him): 

A man from the dwellers of the desert came (to the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family) and said: Muhammad, your representative came to us and told us that you claim that Allah had sent you (as a Prophet). The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) remarked: He told the truth. The bedouin asked: Who created the Heaven? The Holy Prophet replied: Allah. The bedouin asked again: Who created the earth? The Holy Prophet replied: Allah. The bedouin asked again: Who raised these mountains and who created in them whatever is created there? The Holy Prophet replied: Allah. Upon this the bedouin remarked: By Him Who created the Heaven and the earth and raised mountains thereupon; has Allah in fact sent you? The Holy Prophet said: Yes. The bedouin said: Your representative also told us that five Prayers (have been made) obligatory for us. The Holy Prophet remarked: He told you the truth. The bedouin said: By Him Who sent you, is it Allah Who ordered you about this (i.e. Prayers)? The Holy Prophet said: Yes. The bedouin continued: Your representative told us that Zakah had been made obligatory in our riches. The Holy Prophet said: He told the truth. The bedouin questioned: By Him Who sent you (as a Prophet), is it Allah Who ordered you about it (Zakah)? The Holy Prophet replied: Yes. The bedouin said: Your representative told us that it has been made obligatory for us to fast every year during the month of Ramadan. The Holy Prophet said: He told the truth. The bedouin asked again: By Him Who sent you (as a Prophet), is it Allah Who ordered you about it (the Fasting of Ramadan)? The Holy Prophet said: Yes. Once again the bedouin questioned: Your messenger also told us that Hajj has been made obligatory for whoever is able to undertake the journey. The Holy Prophet replied: He told the truth. At the conclusion of this answer the bedouin set off, and at the time of his departure remarked: By Him Who sent you with the Truth, I would neither make any addition to them nor would I diminish anything out of them. Upon this the Holy Prophet remarked: If he were truthful (to what he said) he must enter Paradise.

[Sahih Muslim] 

So dear brothers and sisters, Allah Almighty has made the Deen very easy on us. He is not looking for a huge quantity of prayers, or vast amounts of fasting from us but for the piety and purity in our worship. May Allah bless us with the blessings of this month and accept whatever little we can do. Peace to you O Ramadan! For you are a savior for us sinners. O Allah Almighty, please forgive us on accord of the people whose worship you have accepted. O Allah! Forgive me and the people I love, whether they are family or friends. O Allah! Allow us to continue loving each other for the sake of Allah, whether it is our parents, our children, our elders, our pious predecessors, or our friends. O Allah! We seek Your Mercy and Your Forgiveness. Aameen. 

Assalaatu was-Salaamu ‘alaa RasooliLlaah.

Sister Najma Khatoon

Kingdom of Bahrain

Sister Najma Khatoon is a spiritual mentor, teacher and author. She writes articles for Tazkiya Nufoos, a quarterly Urdu journal of the Idara Kashful Asrar of India. The following is an excerpt translation for an article on Ramadan. Translation by Mrs. Noor of Houston, Texas.

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