THE 2 INGREDIENT RECIPE FOR A BETTER SLEEP

This simple, two-ingredient recipe is your key to getting a great night’s sleep. It will help your body relax and regroup from the day, and prepare itself for the next morning.

All you need is:

👉5 teaspoons of organic raw honey

👉1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt

Mix these two ingredients together and store it in a glass jar.

You can make as much or as little as you want, but a 5:1 ratio works the best. Just put a little bit of this mixture under your tongue every night before you go to sleep and let it dissolve naturally.

Himalayan Salt & Honey
Himalayan sea salt contains more than 80 minerals and elements that your body needs for different processes, aiding your body in recovering from the day. Honey contains glucose with aids in supplying our body’s cells with energy.

This honey and salt combination works to increase serotonin as well, helping us to distress naturally, and allowing us to get the best sleep possible. So try out this natural sleep aid, and rest easy knowing your body will be ready to face the day.

and dua from hadith

Duas for Insomania (The sleeplessness)

Khalid bin Walid (radiAllahu anhu) reported that once he suffered from insomnia. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said to him, “Shall I teach you words that will make you go to sleep when you say them? Say (the below)”:

[abu Dawud 4:12, at-Tabrani in his Al-Kahir and Al-Awsat]

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّموَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَمَا أَظَلَّتْ وَ رَبَّ الْأَرضِين وَ مَا أقَلَّتْ وَ رَبِّ الشَّياطِينِ وَمَا أَضَلَّتْ كُنْ لِى جَارًا مِنْ شَرِّ خَلْقِكَ أَجْمَيِنَ أَنْ يَفْرُطَ عَلَىَّ أَحَدٌ مِنْهُمْ أَوْ أَنْ يَطْغَى ، عَزَّ جَارُكَ ، وَ تَبَارَكَ اسْمُكَ

Allahumma Rabbas Samawaatis-Sab’i, wa ma adhal-lat, wa Rabbal-aradina, wa ma aqal-lat, wa Rabbash-Shaiateena, wa ma adhal-lat kun li jaran min sharri khalqika ajma’een ay-yafruta ‘alaya ahad-um-minhum, aw ay-yatgha. Azza jaruk, wa tabarakasmuk

“O Allah! Lord of the seven Firmaments and whatever they cover, Lord of the seven earths and whatever they contain, Creator of the devils and whoever they mislead, Be my Protector from the evil of all Your Creatures lest some of them may hasten with insolence against me or transgress the bounds. Honoured is he who is in Your Protection and Blessed is Your Name.”

To be recited when having difficulty obtaining sleep

اللَّهُمَّ غَارَتِ النُّجُومُ وَهَدَأَتِ الْعُيُونُ وَأَنْتَ حَيٌّ قَيُّومٌ * لَا تَأْخُذُكَ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ أَهْدِئْ لَيْلِي وَأَنِمْ عَيْنِي

“O Allah the stars have gone far away and the eyes are rested. You are Alive and Infinite, You do not slumber nor does sleep overtake You. Oh Alive and the Everlasting One, grant me rest tonight and let my eyes sleep (close).

In a report by Ibn Al-Sunni on the authority of Zayd Ibn Thabit, that he said, “I complained to the Prophet of my inability to sleep; then he told me to read these words:

“Allaahumma ghaarat al-nnujum, wa hada’at al-`uyun wa anta hayyun qayyoom, laa ta’khudhuka sinatun wa laa nawm; ihdi laylee wa ‘anim `aynee.

O Allah, stars have set, eyes have rested, You alone are the Ever-Alive, and the Self-Subsisting Source of all beings; neither slumber nor sleep overtakes You. Make my night comforting for me, and bring sleep unto my eyes.”

Zayd, may Allah be pleased with him said, ‘When I said these words, I was cured of my condition.’

What to say if you are afraid to go to sleep or feel lonely and depressed

“أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِهِ، وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ، وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ”.

113. ‘A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi, wa sharri ‘ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish-shayaateeni wa ‘an yahdhuroon.

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence.

Reference: Abu Dawud 4/12. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At- Tirmithi 3/171

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بكَ مِنَ الكُفْرِ والفَقْرِ، اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بكَ مِنْ عذابِ القَبْرِ لا إلهَ إلاَّ أنتَ

Prophet’s Guidance on curing Fear and Insomnia

روى الترمذىُّ في (جامعه) عن بُريدةَ قال : شكى خالدٌ إلى النبىِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فقال : يا رسول الله ؛ ما أنام الليل مِن الأرَقِ ، فقال النبىُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم : إذا أوَيْتَ إلى فِرَاشِكَ فَقُلْ : اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَواتِ السَّـبْع وَمَا أظَلَّتْ ، ورَبَّ الأرَضِينَ ، وَمَا أَقَلَّتْ ، وربَّ الشَّيَاطينِ وما أضَلَّتْ ، كُنْ لَى جاراً مِنْ شَرِّ خَلْقِكَ كُلِّهِمْ جميعاً أنْ يَفْرُطَ علىَّ أحدٌ مِنْهُمْ ، أَوْ يَبْغىَ عَلَىَّ ، عَزَّ جَارُك ، وجَلَّ ثَنَـاؤُكَ ، ولا إلهَ غَيْرُك

Tirmizi narrated in his Sunan that Khalid once complained to Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam that he does not sleep well at night, our beloved Prophet said :

“When you go to the bed, say, O Allah ! The Lord of seven heavens & whatever is under them, the Lord of the earths & whatever they carry, Lord of the devils & whoever they misguide, Be my Supporter against the evil of all of Your creations, Preventing any of them to cause me any harm or injustice. Mighty indeed are those whom You Support, honorable indeed is Your praise, and there is no deity worthy of worship except You”.

وفيه أيضاً : عن عمرو بن شُعيب ، عن أبيه ، عن جده أنَّ رسولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ، كان يُعَلِّمُهم مِنَ الفَزَعِ : أعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التامَّةِ مِنْ غَضِبهِ ، وعِقَابِهِ ، وَشرِّ عِبَادِه ، وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ ، وأعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أنْ يَحضُرُونِ

Also Tirmizi narrated that the Messenger of Allah used to teach his companions these words when they faced fear. “I seek refuge with Allah’s perfect Words from His anger and torment, and from the evil of His slaves and the whisperings of the devils, I seek refuge with You, my Lord from their presence”.

Ibn Umar Radi Allaho Anh used to teach these words to his children and would even write them for those who were not able to memorize them. There is no doubt that such words are suitable and effective in removing & repelling all types of harm.

A Great Gift to His Dear Daughter – Tasbeeh Fatimah RA

When the queen of Jannah and the most beloved daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), went to live with her husband, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), her respected father, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), outlined the tasks and distributed their responsibilities. He assigned all affairs outside the home to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and made Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responsible of taking care of the home. (Musannaf Ibni Abi Shaibah #29677)

Complying with this instruction, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) would diligently carry out the household chores by herself without the assistance of a servant. The difficulty she underwent was such that her hands became rough on account of her grinding the grain with the hand-mill, she had marks on her neck due to fetching the water and carrying it from the well, her clothes became dusty because of sweeping the house and her face began to change (in colour) as a result of (the heat of the fire when) baking bread.

Therefore, on one occasion, when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received some captives, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to go to her father and request him for a slave that will assist her in carrying out these chores.

Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) thus went to the home of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to request him for a slave. However, on reaching there, she found that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was not at home, but was rather busy speaking to some people elsewhere. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned home, Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) informed him that Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had come to visit him while he was away.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proceeded to the home of Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and reached there whilst they were preparing to sleep. They had already lay down and placed a sheet over themselves, which was so small that it could not cover them completely. If they placed it vertically, their sides would be uncovered and if they spread it horizontally, their head and feet would be exposed. As Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered, they immediately began waking up. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed them to remain lying down and he instead came and sat close to them.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then asked Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “I have been informed that you had come, so (tell me) what do you need?” Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was overcome with shyness and did not reply. Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus responded, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), I shall inform you.” He then explained the difficulties that she was undergoing in carrying out the domestic chores and said, “So, when the slaves had come to you, I told her to approach you and request a slave from you who will assist her in the difficulty she is enduring.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “So, is that which you came to request (i.e. a slave) more beloved to you or something which is better than it (which I will inform you about)?” Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhua) was probably still overcome with shyness and could not reply. Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) therefore nudged her and told her to reply saying, “That which is better is more beloved to me.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thereafter addressed his beloved daughter in the following words, “O Faatimah! Fear Allah, fulfill the obligations of your Rabb and do the work of your family.” In another narration he mentioned, “Be patient O Faatimah! Undoubtedly, the best of women is the one who benefits her family.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then taught them to recite 33 times “subhaanallah”, 33 times “alhamdulillaah” and 34 times “Allahu Akbar” when retiring to bed, and he informed them that this was better for them than getting a servant. On receiving this ‘gift’ from her respected father, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “I am happy with Allah and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

When narrating this incident many years later, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned that he never left out reciting these words since that time. Someone then asked him, “Not even on the night of Siffeen (which was a very severe battle)?” Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Not even on the night of Siffeen.”

(Saheeh Bukhaari #6318, Sunan Abi Dawood #2988 and Fat-hul Baari)

Lessons:

  1. For any administration to run smoothly and function efficiently, there has to be fixed responsibilities and tasks allocated to different members, since ‘everyone trying to do everything’ will definitely result in chaos. Similarly, for the home to be effective in fulfilling its critical role of being a source of comfort and solace for the household members and of bringing up and nurturing upright individuals, the husband and wife will have to fulfill their roles. These roles cannot be decided by the spouses, rather they will be exactly the same roles that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had fixed for his daughter and son-in-law.
  2. Taking care of the home and carrying out domestic chores is not below the dignity of a woman. Despite the greatness, honour and dignity of Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), she patiently endured the great difficulties in fulfilling her responsibility. In fact, if a woman does this with the correct intention, she will be greatly rewarded for it as well.
  3. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) always shifted the attention of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) from material possessions to aspects relating to the Hereafter. Hence, instead of giving his daughter a slave, he granted her a special gift which was far better and much more beneficial for her. Such was the level of her disinterest in the world and focus on the Hereafter, that she immediately expressed great happiness and pleasure at this.
  4. If a person recites this tasbeeh every night, then together with the great rewards that he will earn, he will find his tasks easier to accomplish and he will not feel overburdened by his work, although he may still experience tiredness. (Fat-hul Baari)
  5. A great quality of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) was that they would hold very firmly to the teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for the rest of their lives and would never leave it out. Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was so punctual on reciting this tasbeeh, that he did not even leave it out on the night of the very severe battle of Siffeen, in which he was the commander of the army.

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FARDH VS TAHAJJUD ALLAHU AKBAR

🕋 Fardh vs Tahajjud – Allahu Akbar 🕋

🍂 Fardh prayers’ calls are given in Human voice by Muazzin, while Tahajjud call is given by Allah Himself.

🍂 The call for Fardh prayer is heard by all human beings, while the call for Tahajjud is felt by few selected.

🍂 Call for Fardh prayer says come for prayer come for prayer (Hayya Alassalaah…….), while call for Tahajjud says, is there any seeker I give (Hal min Saael, fa oatee).

🍂 Most of the followers pray obligatory Fardh prayer, While Tahajjud is performed by selected few whom Allah chooses.

🍂 In Fardh Salaat, possibility of Riya may appear (may be not purely for Allah with ikhlaas), but Tahajjud is prayed alone quietly only Allah knows.

🍂 In Fardh Salaat greater possibility of deviation of mind, thought and heart as one frees himself from business of duniya, while Tahajjud is away from routine tension of Duniya and only thinking of Aakhirat.

🍂 Dua after Fardh may or may not be granted, while Tahajjud dua is promised to be fulfilled.

🍂 Lastly, Tahajjud is purely a special Taufeeq from Allah, whom He wants to listen and likes the crying and asking.

May Allah (SWT) bless us with the ability to offer Tahajjud regularly. Aameen

Excellence and virtue of La-ilaha-illallah

Allah Ta’ala manifestly declares in the Holy Qur’aan: ” Verily, the hearts only find contentment in the Zikr (remembrance) of Allah.” In another verse Allah Ta’ala says “Remember Me, I will remember you…

It is mentioned in a Hadeeth that everything has a cleanser, and the cleanser for the heart is Zikr. Haaji lmdaaduuah Muhaajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) explains, that a person who recites ” Laa-ilaaha-illallah “regularly, Allah Ta’ala will wash his heart with rose water, thereby making it pure and clean. Thereafter, Allah Ta’aala will inscribe His Blessed Name, in silver, on that heart. Then that heart will be imbued with all the knowledge and Marifat (Recognition) of Allah.

It is also stated in a Hadeeth that a person who recites “Laa-ilaaha-illallah ” a I 00 times daily, his face will shine like the (14th) full moon on the Day of Qiyaamah. It has been explained in a Hadeeth that nothing stops this Zikr from reaching the “Arsh” (Throne) of Allah. When this Kalimah reaches the Arsh, then a column of “Nooi-” (Divine Light) descends directly from the Arsh into the heart of the reciter.

It has been recorded in a Hadeeth that Hadhrat Moosa A.S. once asked Allah Ta’aala to prescribe to him a Zikr whereby he could remember Allah. Allah Ta’ala said to him:”Oh Moosa, recite “Laa-ilaaha-illailah” “, Moosa A.S. replied, ” All Your creation recite this Zikr, I desire something special “. Allah Ta’ala then said:” Oh Moosa, if the seven earths and the seven skies (including the Angels and all living beings) is placed on one pan of a scale and this Kalimah is placed on the other pan of the scale, this Kalimah (because it contains the name of Allah) will outweigh everything”. Mullah Ali Qaari (Rahmatutiahi-Alayhi) explains how this is possible : The seven earths and the seven skiescontain all the creation of Allah. Subsequently a day will come when all the creation will be destroyed, but the Oneness (Being) of Allah will remain eternally and can never be destroyed. Thus, the Oneness of Allah is weightier than everything.

It has also been narrated in a Hadeeth that there is a Pillar in front of the Arsh of Allah, which begins vibrating heavily when a person recites “Laa-ilaa-ha-illallah”. Allah commands it thus: “Stop! be at ease”. The Pillar replies, ” How can I be at ease when the reciter of “Laa- ilaaha-illallah” has not been forgiven”. Then Allah says to it : “Stop! I have forgiven the reciter of “Laa-ilaaha-iliallah“.

In a Hadeeth it is mentioned that when a person recites “Iaa-ilaaha-illallah” 70 000 times, he is granted salvation from the Fire (Jahannam).

Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Sabeb (Daamat-Barakaatuhum) says that the person who reads it and even the person for whom it was recited, all are granted immunity from the Fire. If a person recites 70 000 times “Laa-laaha-illailah’ and confers it’s rewards to any particular deceased person, the deceased will
also be granted.salvation from Jahannam.

Mullah Ali Qaari (Rahmatullahi-Alayhi) relates an incident in his book “Mirqaat ” (The commentary of Mishkaat Shareef). Sheikh Muhinudeen ibn Al-‘Arabee says:’ This Hadeeth has reached me from Nabi (sallallaahu-alayhi-wasallam), where it is mentioned’: ” The person who recites 70 000 (times) “Laa-ilaaha-illallah” will be forgiven and the person for whom it is read will also be forgiven”. Sheikh Mubinudeen says that he used to recite the 70 000 “Laa-ilaaha-illallah’ several times, as his usual Zikr, without the intention of conferring the reward to any person. He says : ‘Once, I was invited for meals by someone and among the guests there was a young boy,who was renown for his ” Kashf ” (Divine inspiration). Suddenly, whilst eating, this youth began wailing loudly. I asked ” Why are you crying “, he replied : ” I can see my mother being punished “. The Sheikh continues, ” I conferred one amount of 70 000 “Laa-ilaaha-illallah”. in my heart, without moving MY lips and tongue, to the youth’s mother “. The youth now began laughing and happily exclaimed : ” Now I see my mother in a very good condition (in Jannah)”. The Sheikh explains that I- realised the authenticity of the Hadeeth by this youth’s Kashf “ and also thereby proved the veracity of his ” Kashf ” by this Hadeeth.

A simple method of completing the 70 000 “Laa-ilaaha-illallah”
Recite at least 500 times “Laa-ilaaha-illallah” daily, i.e. 100 times after each salaah. Over five months this will amount to 75 000 times. Thereafter confer 70 000 “Iaa-ilaaha-illallah” to any deceased person and make a record of who you have conferred it to. In this manner, two deceased people will benefit every
ten months, without diminishing your reward in the least. The remaining 5000, every month, may be recorded separately and within fourteen months a further 70 000 will accrue to one’s credit, which would benefit yet another person.

(AN EXTRACT FROM THE DISCOURSE OF HADHRAT MOULANA HAKEEM MUHAMMAD AKHTAR SAHEB (DAAMAT-BARAKAATUHUM), AS RELAYED BY HADHRAT MOULANA ABDUL HAMID ISHA’AQ SAHEB (DAAMAT-BARAKATUHUM))
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R.I.P. or r.i.p.? OFFERING SUPPLICATIONS FOR THE DECEASED

Supplications in Islam

In Islam when a person dies the following is the common Du’a that is recited:

‘Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un’.

Meaning: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return’.

There are also other Du’as that the Ulama recite after the burial.

Supplications offered by the non-Muslims

The non-Muslims might be offering various supplications when a person passes away but the most common practice is just uttering the words ‘Rest in Peace’ – which in abbreviation is ‘R.I.P.’

Unfortunately these non-Muslims have a very great misconception. They think that a dead person can rest in peace after they have uttered these words.

They are gravely mistaken. They are not aware that a dead person’s ‘Resting in Peace’ can never ever be as per their wish or desire. This is fully in control of our Creator.

In fact a non-Muslim who passes away can never Rest in Peace after death if he has not recited the Kalimah Tayyibah, in other words, if he has not accepted Islam as his Deen!

What happens to the people who pass away without accepting Islam as their Deen?

One of the punishments they would be given can be expressed with the same abbreviation but in small letters i.e. r.i.p.

R.I.P. in capital letters means Rest in Peace.

However, if it is given in small letters, then this abbreviation (r.i.p.) would represent ‘ripped in pieces’.

Yes, instead of Resting in Peace they would be ripped in pieces because of the torment they would go through after death!

Every time after being ripped in pieces they would be restored to be ripped again. They would have no respite from this punishment. It could go on till the Day of Resurrection!

We should be fully aware that as Muslims we cannot say ‘R.I.P.’ upon the deaths of the non-Muslims, however close they might have been to us during their lifetime. They will never enjoy peace after death. By saying R.I.P. we are in fact making du’a for the non-Muslims, which we are strictly prohibited to do.

So as Muslims it is our responsibility to give these non-Muslims Da’wah to accept Islam when they are still alive so that may be saved from the turmoil of the Qabr (grave) after death and also their concept of R.I.P. gets replaced by the Du’as that we Muslims offer for the deceased.

By: Muhammad Bashir Bharadia

Wird of Imām an-­Nawawī

This is the wird (litany) of Imām an-Nawawī. An Imām who dedicated all of his life in the path of Allāh in knowledge, action, abstention (zuhd), remembrance, service to the generality of the Muslims and giving sincere advice to their leaders.
“He is Imām Yahyā bin Sharaf al-Nawawī who passed away in the year (d. 676 A.H). It is my conviction that if this Imām was not from the great godly righteous friends of Allāh, then Allāh the most High does not have, on the earth, any friends after him. Our discussion will become lengthy if I entered into the mentioning of his biography and unveiling of his unique states, excellences (manāqib) and qualities. However it is sufficient for you to know that the Imām, ‘Alī bin ‘Abdullāh al-Kāfī al-Subkī, the father of Tāj al-Dīn al-Subkī, author of ‘Tabaqāt al-Shāfi’iyyah’ – and he is well known for his immense virtues and vast knowledge came from Cairo to Damascus with the intention to attend the ‘Dar al-Hadith’, to visit Imām al-Nawawī, as he (Allāh have mercy on him) was resident there.
It was said to him (al-Subkī) that he (al-Nawawī) had departed for his home place of Nawā. He then passed away there after falling ill for a few days. So he (al-Subki) asked for the place where he (al-Nawawī) used to sit, when they pointed it out to him Imam al-Subkī placed his head on the ground of that place and covered his cheek and face with dust on it saying:
And in Dar al-Hadith there is a subtle meaning
On carpets where I incline and take refuge:
Perhaps I might touch with my very face
A spot touched by al-Nawawi’s foot.
This great Imām had a litany consisting of supplication, invocation and prayer that he would recite daily along with his other litanies, which was his habit. This litany of his was met with widespread acceptance from the scholars and Imams after him till this day. They recite it every morning, and it reflects in their heart the radiance of tawhīd (Divine Oneness), the familiarity of intimate supplication (munājāt) and pleasure in the slavehood of humility to Allāh, The Most Exalted beyond measures.
It is from the prayers (ibtihālāt) proven for the relief of distress and repelling of the plots of the oppressors. I will not lengthen the commentary, for I have personally experienced the blessing of this litany. For its light has grown in my heart and I have witnessed many of its effects in my life.
So make a firm resolve to be regular in its recitation every morning with the attention of the mind and humility of the heart.”
[Shaykh Ramadhān al-Būtī’s introduction to ‘Wird an-Nawawī’]

DUA’S FOR PROTECTION

Alhmadulillah, we have prepared basic Du’as which every Muslim and Muslimah should make incumbent upon him/herself to read and teach one’s children as well.
Nowadays, there are so many evils, sicknesses, viruses, robberies and kidnapping, etc. which surround us. Man-made ‘protection services which are made to combat these fears are bound to fail since man’s intellect is limited.
In Islaam, we have Divine Solutions and Protections which – if read with sincerity and conviction – will not fail, Insha Allah.
From the numerous Azkaar and Du’as, we have prepared a list of just a few basic Du’as.

The Imam Facing The Qiblah or Congregation After Salah

Question

Why do some Imam’s turn around after every Salah and do adkhar whilst others don’t? Or some only after Fajr and ‘Asr.

Is there a Sunnah to this?

Answer

The ‘Ulama have mentioned that the qiblah (direction) of du’a is the sky. (That’s why the hands face the sky). However, it is among the etiquettes of du’a that the person making du’a should face the Ka’bah. (Silah al-Mumin pg.101, Al-Hisn al-Hasin pg.57)

If one leaves it out, he will not be sinful just like it is etiquette to be in the state of wudu whilst making du’a. If this too left out (as is the case in many a situation), the du’a will still be correct.

Should the Imam remain facing the qiblah or turn to the congregation?

Sayyidatuna Ummu Salamah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would remain in his spot [i.e, facing the qiblah] after the Fard Salah for a short while.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 849)

Sayyidah ‘Aishah (radiyallahu’anha) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would only remain in that spot for the duration it takes to recite: Allahumma Antas Salam, wa minkas Salam, Tabarakta Ya Dhal Jalali wal Ikram.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1334-1336)

The above is recommended when there are Sunnah Salahs that follow the Fard Salah. The Imam may remain facing the qiblah for a short duration to recite the few masnun dhikrs, and move away from the spot of Imamat, to read his Sunnah Salah.

As for the practice of the Imams of turning away from the direction of the qiblah after the Fajr and Asr Salahs. The Fuqaha (Jurists) have stated that if the Imam intends to remain seated in his place after those Fard Salahs which are not followed by any Sunnah Salah, then he (the Imam) should turn away from the direction of the qiblah. (It is Mustahab to do so). He could turn towards the direction of the people or towards the right or left.

It is Makruh Tanzihi for the Imam to remain seated in the direction of the qiblah. (Rad al-Muhtar vol.1 pg.531)

If he has to perform the Sunnah Salah after the Fard, he should stand up immediately and not perform the Sunnah on the same spot.

(Rad Al-Muhtar vol.1 pg.531. Also see Fathul Bari vol.2 pg.431, Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah vol.1 pg. 336,337.)

This has been recorded as the practice of Rasulullah and various Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) as well.

Narrations that support the above

  1. Sayyiduna Samurah ibn Jundub (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is reported to have said: ‘Rasulullah used to turn around after completing the (Fard) salah and He would face us.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 845).

This was in the case when Rasulullah wanted to sit for a while (Fathul Bari) and if not then Rasulullah would stand up immediately.

(Musannaf-Abdur- Razzaq vol.2 pg.246).

  1. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) is reported to have said: ‘When the Imam completes the salam, he should immediately stand up, and if not then he should at least turn away. He was asked as whether it would suffice for the Imam to move from his spot and face the qiblah? He replied; ‘He should face the east or west.’ (i.e. He should face a direction other than the qiblah.)

(Musannaf Abdur-Razzaq vol.2 pg.242,243).

  1. In fact, it is reported about Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu’anhu) that as soon as he would complete the Fard Salah (as an Imam), he would immediately stand up. The narrator states, “He would do it, so quickly as though he was on burning coal.” (Musannaf Abdur-Razzaq vol.2 pg.242,246).

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar