SALAAT AND SAUM IN ‘ABNORMAL’ TIME ZONES

SALAAT AND SAUM IN ‘ABNORMAL’ TIME ZONES

In some regions in proximity to the North Pole, e.g. Norway, the times in relation to the rest of the world are abnormal. Some days after sunset and even before disappearance of shufuq abyadh (the whitish glow in the western horizon after the redish glow), the sun rises. Thus, the time of Isha does not set in. In some regions the sun remains above the horizon for six months, and in some places it is night for six months.

       The classical Fuqaha had discussed and elaborated on this issue. According to one group of Fuqaha, Isha and all other Salaat remain obligatory and have to be performed in view of the command of five Fardh Salaat daily, which is substantiated by the Sunnah.

       The Sunnah has not excluded any land from this obligation. These Fuqaha base their ruling on the Hadith which says that during the era of Dajjal there will be a day the equivalent of one year. It will be a long day. The Sahaabah queried the performance of Salaat on that day. Will only five Salat be performed in that marathon day of a year? Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) explained that the times of Salaat will be calculated. That is: Five Salaat for every 24 hours.

       According to the other Fuqaha, the five Salaat are conditional with their five specific times. If the incidence of a specific Salaat time does not develop in a region, then that particular Salaat is waived. They present the analogy of Wudhu which has Four Fardh acts according to the Hanafi Math-hab. If both feet have been amputated, the fardh of washing the feet falls away. Similarly, the Fardh Salaat will be waived if its time does not develop in many regions.

       Regarding the Hadith pertaining to the era of Dajjaal, these Fuqaha are of the opinion that since it is in conflict with Qiyaas (Analogical Reason), it may not be presented as a basis for a ruling. In terms of the Usool of Fiqh, the Khilaaf-e-Qiyaas narration shall be confined to its original purpose and not be used as a basis for extrapolation for extending the ruling to another issue.

       Shaikh Akbar Muhayyuddeen Ibn Arabi (rahmatullah alayh) has elucidated this issue in his Futuhaat.  According to him, the event of the long day during the era of Dajjaal will in reality not be one year literally. The times of Salaat will be normal. However, due to the deception of Dajjaal people will not observe the movement of the sun, sunrise and sunset. The people will perceive this day to be as long as a year.

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ITIKAAF COURSE

Author’s Foreword
The book “I’tikaf Course” which is a priceless gift for the Mu’takifeen1 is in your hands. There were two primary reasons for its compilation:
1- Many Muslims perform the Ibadah2 of I’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan. The blessed moments of Ramadan, the remembrance of Allah and His worship, in the blessed environs of the Masjid, has its own natural resplendence, but due to ignorance of the rules of I’tikaf, innumerable errors occur, to the extent that, at times, even the I’tikaf becomes invalid. For this reason, a great need was perceived to compile the essential rulings of I’tikaf in a concise manner.
2- The combination of ten days of seclusion and the spiritual environment of the Masjid creates an extremely valuable opportunity for the Mu’takif’s intellectual and practical reformation. When a person devotes himself to anything with determination, then, undoubtedly, it will penetrate his heart. For this reason, the need arose to compile such a course, which in keeping with ten days of I’tikaf, will be concise and effective.

1 Mu’takifeen is the plural of Mu’takif. A Mu’takif is a person in I’tikaaf (confining oneself to the Masjid for the sake of Allah).
2 Ibaadah = a form of worship.
For these reasons, this course has been compiled, comprising of: essential rulings of I’tikaf, specific practices of I’tikaf, some fundamental principles, and realities and a collection of 40 Ahadith on different topics.
Every effort has been made to keep this course as brief as possible for ease in its learning and teaching. Accordingly, Masail are stated without the evidences they are based on.
Achieving maximum benefit from the Course
One method of benefitting from this course is for the Imam or an Alim linked to the Masjid to set one time in which to, daily, teach the course to the Mu’takifeen and wherein they may discuss the same. A second time is set for the lesson to be repeated wherein the Alim will listen to the course being explained by the Mu’takifeen. To simplify matters, the course has been divided into 9 or 10 parts so that one part may be discussed every day.
Another manner of benefitting from the course is to divide the 9 or 10 parts amongst the Mu’takifeen for their personal study. They will in turn revert to the Imam or an Alim for any areas that require clarification. However, the first method is easier and has greater benefit.
Give great importance to making Dua during your I’tikaf and make special Dua for the safety of the Muslim world. Kindly remember this incapable one in your Duas as well, that Allah Ta’ala may use him for His Deen and grant him a death on Iman.
Was Salam
Muhammad Ilyas Ghuman
Markaz Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah, Khanqah Hanfia, Sarghoda

What We Need to Know about the Six Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal.
The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states:
“Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has fasted the entire year”
Commentary
The Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting in Ramadan we are actually rewarded for 300 days and not just the 30 in Ramadan. Therefore if we follow that up with six more we will be rewarded for sixty thereby attaining the reward of fasting for 360 days.
 
An Interesting query
The question arises: The promise of Allah Ta’ala (in Surah: Al-An’am, Ayah: 160) to multiply the rewards of all deeds by at least ten applies throughout the year. Hence if someone observes six more fasts in any other month besides Shawwal, he should be attaining the reward of those additional sixty days too. So why does the Hadith specify the month of Shawwal for these additional fasts?
The general Hadith commentators have said that the reason for this is:
(1) So that a Muslim does not delay in accruing this grand reward.
(2) Another reason is that it is indeed easier for people to fast these six days immediately after Ramadan.
(3) Some have said that these fasts are to make up for the deficiencies in our Ramadan fasts.
(Al-Mufhim, vol. 3 pg. 238; Fathul Mulhim, vol. 5 pg. 328-Dar al-Qalam and Mirqat, vol. 4 pg. 477)
 
A Different Perspective
Some Scholars have actually given a different perspective to this.
(4) Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al-Hambali (rahimahullah) has answered the above objection with the following:
“…the answer to that is: that the reward of fasting in Shawwal will be linked to the reward of Ramadan, and one who observes the Shawwal fast will receive the reward of observing the Fard fast for the whole year. This is how Imam ‘Abdullah Ibnul Mubarak (rahimahullah) explained the issue.” (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.314-315)
So those who fast the additional six fasts in Shawwal specifically, will actually receive the reward of observing the Fard fast for the entire year! Through this Allah Ta’ala has blessed the Ummah by ordaining the fast of 30 day only, but they can achieve the reward of 365 days of obligatory fast!
 
The difference in reward for Fard and Nafl deeds
‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has cited the grand scholar of the Shafi’i madhab; Imamul Haramain Al-Juwaini (rahimahullah) to have quoted from certain ‘Ulama that the reward of a fard act is actually equal to 70 nafl (voluntary) deeds!!
(Sharh Sahih Muslim, vol.1 pg.324)
 
Consolation for those who miss the fast in Shawwal.
If one missed the six fasts of Shawwal, the reward of fasting the entire year can still be achieved if one fasts the six additional fasts in any other month after Shawwal. Since every act is rewarded tenfold. However, in this case, the six extra fasts will yield the reward of sixty nafl (voluntary) fasts and not the reward of the mandatory fast.
This explanation has been cited by the commentator of Sahih Muslim, ‘Allamah Al-Qurtubi (rahimahullah). (Al-Mufhim, vol.3 pg.238)
Mulla ‘Ali Qari (rahimahullah) and others, also concur with this explanation.
(Mirqat, vol.4 pg.477, and Fathul Mulhim, vol.5 pg.328-Dar al-Qalam)
 
And Allah Knows best.
P.S. For a detailed discussion on the authenticity of the six fasts of Shawwal, click here.

AVENUES OF ZINA BY MOLVIS

MUSAAJID MADE AVENUES OF ZINA BY MOLVIS

“DO NOT COME NEAR TO ZINA.” (Qur’aan)

The Qur’aan forbids all stepping stones and introductory acts and factors leading to zina. All things leading to zina are just as haraam as zina. Among the measures introduced by molvis for indulgence in zina is opening the Musaajid for females. Based on their shaitaani, convoluted logic the Ulama, even the sincere ones, invite women to the Musaajid for Salaat and for listening to their talks. This is indeed a cunning ploy of shaitaan who has entrapped the molvis in his snare. The talk of separation or separate facilities for women is another shaitaani deception with which the molvis have become hoodwinked. Read carefully the following letter of a brother who was trapped into zina via the Musjid platform. The Brother writes:

My Adulterous Relationship from Musjid-us-Salaam, Musgrave

As salaam u alaikum

I am a musalee of Musjidus Salaam, Musgrave — the new Musjid that was built last year in Musgrave. This year on the 1st of Ramadaan I parked my car in the basement. There was a lady in a car (Note: We have deleted the type/name of the vehicle to avoid detection and recognition of the prostitute woman by her husband –The Majlis) who entered at the same time as I did. While walking to the lift, she said, “Sorry brother, which way to the ladies lift.” I pointed to it and she thanked me and smiled . I walked away thinking nothing of it. On the next evening we happened to enter at the same time again, and she smiled at me and I smiled back.

Thereafter I didn’t see her for 2 days. The next time I saw her she jokingly said, “You’ve been missing for 2 days.” I laughed and said, yes, and asked her: Did you miss me. She laughed and said nothing. When I got back to my car, there was a note on the windscreen, with a message, and a phone number. When I messaged the number it turned out to be her. We started communicating, and by the middle of Ramadaan, our messages had become x rated. We had a biting passion to be with each other. We both are married and have our own spouses. On Wednesday after Eid, we met at a hotel and spent the afternoon together. We went to the point of no return. (i.e. committed the ultimate sin of adultery—The Majlis)

I am feeling very guilty, and need to get out of this relationship, because I know it’s wrong, but I’m addicted. I’m not blaming the Musjid, because it is the House of Allah. However, the biggest sin the trustees could have committed was allowing ladies and men in the same musjid, and entering through a common parking lot.

Please make others aware so that this doesn’t happen again to me and others. Jazakallah (End of letter)

On the occasion of the expulsion of Iblees from the Heavens, he supplicateto Allah Ta’ala. He made dua to be granted several things. One of his supplications was for “TRAPS”. Accepting the dua of Iblees, Allah Ta’ala said: “Your Traps will be women.” In the terminology of the Hadith these Traps are called Habaailush Shaitaan.

Entrapping the brother as well as innumerable others in similar scenarios, Iblees fired the first arrow of zina in the Musjid basement which became the avenue of zina – an avenue created by the Ibleesi molvis and juhala trustees. The very first step towards zina was the fortuitous encounter in the basement by man and woman. This encounter belies the stupid, shaitaani claim of ‘separation’ or ‘separate facilities’. There is total free intermingling in most Musjids at the entrances and exists. The separation inside the Musjid proper is a mock separation. And, assuming a total separation can practically be established, then too it remains HARAAM for women to attend the Musjid.

The first encounter ignited the spark of zina in the man and woman. Shaitaan succeeded in planting the seed of zina in the man and woman. The woman’s expression of ‘thanks’ and ‘gratitude’ was a further act designed by Iblees to ensure that these unfortunate souls would indulge in zina. Shaitaan ensured the germination of the seed of zina which Iblees had already planted in their hearts. This expression of thanks in alluring tones was part of the net of zina being spread by Iblees. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Women are snares of shaitaan.”

The lustful smile cast by the woman provided exceptionally good fertilizer for the germination of the seed of zina in the heart of the brother. Although the brother says that he was thinking ‘nothing’ of this incident, if he reflects he will not fail to discern the lust which had been kindled. He labored in self-deception. He was already entangled in the Trap of Shaitaan.

The next night, shaitaan went a step further to solidify his trap. He planned the supposedly coincidental encounter again. Now the two went a step further in the route to zina. They exchanged smiles of zina despite the fact that they were proceeding into the House of Allah for Salaat. The sanctity of the Musjid and the Salaat did not deter them from entrapment in the meshes of Iblees and the nafs. The man had lost his thinking capability. Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullah alayh) said that when a man is entrapped by a woman, 80% of his brain cells become inoperative.

In the next encounter two days later, the woman discarded whatever vestige of hayaa she may have had by virtue of Imaan which she appears to have extinguished, and invited the brother by implication to zina. All the trappings necessary for actual zina had been cultivated. Thus, they committed the ultimate act of adultery in the hotel room hired specifically for the commission of adultery.

Both are married. Not the Musjid, not Salaat, not the Holy Month of Ramadhaan, not the auspicious Nights of Ramadhaan, nor the thought of their spouses and their children deterred them from the treachery and villainy of zina. They had become like atheists, entirely oblivious of the Presence of Allah Ta’ala and of the Two Recording Angels alongside them.

Molvis and jaahil trustees are primarily responsible for such zina episodes initiated in the Musaajid environs. Whatever the brother has described is not an isolated happening. Such zina encounters are on the increase in the wake of intermingling of sexes in the Musjid environs. The rubbish so-called ‘ulama’ and the rubbish jaahil trustees are largely responsible for this haraam zina state of affairs. They are the causes for zina in the Musjid and for breaking up of homes. They are guilty of the vile acts of treachery and infidelity committed by the adulterers towards their spouses sitting at home.

The veil of ignorance on the brains of some sincere Ulama is most distressing. Some Ulama despite being ‘senior’ and ostensibly ‘pious’ and operating Deeni institutions, lure women into the public domain to attend their lectures held in the Musaajid. These molvis should understand that they are guilty of debauchery. They pillage and plunder the Imaan and Hayaa of women. They should hang their heads in shame. The earth needs to be purified of these highway dacoits who rob Muslims of their Imaan and Hayaa. Shaitaan has urinated on the Aql (Brains) of these molvis – they are NOT Ulama – and he has paralyzed their intelligence. They therefore, miserably and disgustingly fail to understand the extremely simple fact of the Prohibition of female emergence from the home. How is it ever Islamically possible for Ulama to encourage women to come out of their homes to listen to their bayaans in the Musaajid when the Sahaabah had unanimously banned women from attending the Musjid for Fardh Salaat – a practice which Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had permitted?

These molvis are not interested in the moral reformation and spiritual elevation of women. Their satanic desire is ‘female company’. They want to display themselves to the females is peacock-style – in the manner in which the peacock spreads its wings and dances. Shaitaan has really jarred the mental equilibrium of these molvis whom Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) described as “THE WORST OF PEOPLE UNDER THE CANOPY OF THE SKY”.

7 Shawwaal 1443 – 9 May 2022

REAL KUFFAAR MASQUERADING AS MUSLIMS

REAL KUFFAAR MASQUERADING AS MUSLIMS

HORRIBLY DEFILING THE GLORIOUS NIGHTS OF RAMADHAAN

View with disgust and consternation the following invitation poster of some Murtad agents of Iblees posing as Muslims:

Is there even an ignorant Muslim who doubts the kufr of these slaves of Iblees who are defiling the glorious and auspicious Nights of Ramadhaan with acts of zina? Germane to the haraam party/function organized by these devils, every act is an accessory of ZINA. The ‘Salaah Facilities’ listed on shaitaan’s programme is a trap to provide a front for the zaanis and zaaniyahs for concealing their wickedness and immorality.

It is haraam throughout the year to indulge in stupid talk, merrymaking and the like after Isha. What should be commented regarding this massive defilement of the auspicious Nights of Ramadhaan with the host of zina factors contemplated by the illegitimate progeny of Shaitaan?

On every Night of Ramadhaan, Allah Azza Wa Jal descends to the First Sama’ and calls His servants to supplicate to Him, but these horrible murtaddeen have planned feats of zina from after Isha’. They are a group of mal-oon scoundrels on which the La’nat of Allah Ta’ala and His Malaaikah descends every second. These shayaateenul ins are worse than khanaazeer.

How can any true Muslim ever participate in such a brazenly immoral party after Isha’ during the glorious Month of Ramadhaan? We say with great emphasis that only such scoundrels whose hearts are absolutely bereft of Imaan can have the shaitaani temerity to participate in the FILTH which the progeny of Iblees is organizing.

When the auspicious moments of the glorious Nights of Ramadhaan have to be devoted to calling Allah Ta’ala, supplicating to Him, to Tilaawat of the Qur’aan Majeed, to extra Nafl Salaat, to Taubah and Istighfaar, these filthy and immoral children of Iblees invite moron ‘Muslims’ to attend their function of ZINA.

Just 1magine! ‘Soccer and pool table, hookah pipes and dagga pipes’ after Isha’ during the holy nights of Ramadhaan! The food and savouries of this vile function are spiritually fatal poisons. They come within the category of carrion. The hearts of those who will devour this FILTH will further darken and expel the vestiges of Imaan still remaining in them.

We believe that even Muslim prostitutes will not attend these filthy, immoral parties of kufr organized by the gang of shayaateen during the auspicious Nights of Ramadhaan. Only those who are bereft of Imaan, but masquerade as Muslims, will feel snug at these merrymaking shaitaani parties. May the La’nat and Ghadhab of Allah Azza Wa Jal destroy these scoundrels.

1 Ramadhaan 1443 – 3 April 2022

BID’AH ITIKAAF

BID’AH I’TIKAAF

Question

Please see the following I’tikaaf programme which will be held in a Musjid in Pietermaritzburg.

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May I participate in this I’tikaaf programme?

Answer

No, you may not participate in this Bid’ah i’tikaaf programme. It is not a valid I’tikaaf. It is not a Masnoon I’tikaaf. It is bid’ah function to wile away the time. It is motivated by riya and takabbur

I’tikaaf is to spend the last ten days and nights in seclusion, in meditation on Maut, the Qabr and the Aakhirat. The advertised programme is nugatory of both the spirit and teachings of the Shariat. The group thikr is in fact a blatant bid’ah. 

I’tikaaf is the ibaadat of an individual in seclusion and solitude. It is not a group activity as advertised in the poster and as conducted in some places. The programme testifies to the killing of the Rooh of I’tikaaf.  This ‘I’tikaaf’ is an ‘itikaaf’ merely in name. It is not a Sunnah I’tikaaf. It is Waajib for Ibaadat to be maintained in the exact form taught by the Sunnah. This new fabrication is a confounded bid’ah. 

The molvis of today have a penchant for projecting themselves. Their motives are corrupt, and those who may be sincere with good intentions are jaahil and short-sighted. Their Ilm is extremely deficient, hence they dwell in confusion and fabricate their own forms of worship which they peddle under Islamic designation. 

These molvis should check the kutub of Hadith to see and understand the tareeqah of the I’tikaaf of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Bid’ah is among the worst sins. The bid’ati does not gain the taufeeq for Taubah because he believes that his acts of bid’ah are ibaadat, hence Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Verily, Allah deprives every bid’ati of Taubah.”

Furthermore, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The worst of things are innovations (bid’ah acts). Every person of bid’ah is astray.”

Do not waste the holy days and auspicious Nights of Ramadhaan, especially the last ten nights in the bid’ah so-called I’tikaaf which will be staged in the Pietermaritzburg Musjid.

FASTING AND HAZRAT AADAM A.S.

After Hadhrat Nabi Aadam (Alayhis salaam) had mistakenly ate from the forbidden tree in Jannat, he sincerely repented. However, his Taubah was not accepted for 30 days because the athr (effect) of the haraam fruit was still in his bodily system. The athr was eliminated only after 30 days. When he was totally purified even physically of the evil effects of the forbidden fruit, his Taubah was accepted. Thus, 30 days fasting became the practice and speciality of the Ummat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
This is the view proffered by the Sufiya (Auliya). Haafiz Ibn Hajar (Rahmatullah alayh) claims that there is no authentic Sanad for this narration of the Sufiya. But his view is not the final word. The illustrious Sufiya who were great Auliya made no false claims. They were not fabricators of Ahaadith. Ibn Hajr’s view is consequently simply set aside. While the views of the Sufiya revealed by way of Kashf and Ilhaam are not Shar’i Dalaa-il on which ahkaam could be formulated, they may not be dismissed as fabrications and baseless.

RUINING THE FAST, BODY AND SOUL

FASTING the Month of Ramadhaan is a wonderful spiritual and physical remedy. Allah Ta‘ala is the Creator of the Rooh (Soul) and the physical body, and He has designed all practices of Ibaadat for the welfare and development of both the soul and the body. Although the intention underlying Fasting is only to gain Allah‘s Pleasure by fulfilling His Command, the Fasting comes with many health benefits.
An expert non-Muslim naturopath observed that the Islamic practice of Fasting a month is a wonderful health benefit, however, Muslims nullify the beneficial effects of the Fasting when they break their fast in the evening. They go overboard in reckless gluttony. This gluttony commences immediately at Iftaar. Instead of heeding Rasulullah‘s advice and command of breaking the fast frugally, Muslims nowadays indulge in nauseating gluttony.
The gluttony begins with the commencement of the Athaan. Elaborate meals are spread out in the Musaajid for anti-Sunnah and physically and spiritually ruinous feasting. The holy moments of Iftaar are treated as an occasion of haraam merrymaking. The fasting ones devour to the point of satiation or even more. Then generally they leave their mess on the Musjid carpets. After Maghrib Salaat, they rush home for the ‗primary‘ and main meal. It boggles the mind to fathom how they manage to locate space in their bellies for the deluge of the harmful foods they ingest after Maghrib. Then after Taraaweeh, commences another round of feasting with deserts, etc.
A human being should utilize his intelligence to understand the physical and spiritual villainy perpetrated to the body and soul by such reckless gluttony unknown to even dogs and the beasts in the jungle. The inevitable consequence of this style of horrible, nauseating gluttony is the ultimate breakdown of the physical body which becomes afflicted with many diseases, and the utter ruin of the Muslim‘s spiritual fibre. In the wake of this self-destruction the evil nafs becomes bloated and remains in full control of the intelligence.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered us to make iftaar with only dates and/or water.
This exhortation is for practical implementation and has been designed by Allah Ta‘ala for our all-round welfare.

A BID’AH KHATAM

Question: How is it to arrange a Shabeena for several (about 10) Huffaaz? They are invited to read a few Juz each of the
Qur’aan in one night to make a Khatam? Is this permissible? May one participate in such ibaadat? Is it permissible to invite the public for such a programme? How is it to have tea and snacks after every two or four raka’ts to keep up the energy levels and to be refreshed? Did Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or the Sahaabah ever indulge in such a practice?
ANSWER
Ibaadat is only what existed during the era of the Salafus Saaliheen – the era of Khairul Quroon. Whatever was fabricated in the form of ibaadat after this epoch is bid’ah. The Qur’aan Majeed was of primary importance in the sphere of Ibaadat in the lives of the Sahaabah. The main acts of Ibaadat of the Sahaabah and the Salafus Saaliheen were Tilaawat and Nafl Salaat. Yet, there is not found in their lives any Ijtimaa-ee(congregational) form of Nafl Salaat or of Tilaawat. These were private acts. The more privacy attached to these acts, the greater will be Ikhlaas, and the converse is true. A congregational form detracts from Ikhlaas. Besides this fact, if there was any merit in making khatam in group form as explained, the Sahaabah would have been the very first to have enacted it. Generally, congregational forms of ibaadat other than the confirmed Masnoon forms, were shunned by the Sahaabah. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) had expelled from the Musjid a group who was engaging in Tahleel, Tahmeed and Takbeer in congregational form. A Sahaabi who was a guest by another Sahaabi narrated that his host would engage in Tilaawat the entire night without him (the guest) being aware, so silently would he recite. The emphasis is on Ikhlaas. Congregational form is nugatory of Ikhlaas. The dividing line between Ikhlaas and riya/ujub and Ikhlaas is at times extremely fine and blurring. Sometimes Auliya also are mistaken and fail to discern this dividing line. A sure sign of a form of Ibaadat being unacceptable is when its form differs from the pure and simple form which existed during Khairul Quroon. On the basis of this brief introduction, the answers to your queries are:
1) It will not be permissible to invite Huffaaz to participate in the congregational ‘shabeena’ form. There never existed any congregational shabeena act of ibaadat among the Sahaabah.
2) Inviting the public to such an act aggravates the prohibition. It will become a merrymaking function. In Islam there are no ibaadat programmes. Ibaadat is a private, individual act which, as far as possible, must be concealed and remain a secret between the bandah and his Rabb. It should always remain a secret communion between the Mahboob and the Muhib. A public display is in total negation of this secret bond of Muhabbat between the Mahboob and His Muhib.
3) Tea and snacks aggravate the ‘ibaadat’ even more. It will be a mere display and a merrymaking get-together devoid of the Ikhlaas which is necessary for Maqbooliyat.
4) Most certainly Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahaabah , Taabieen and Tab-e-Taabieen never ever engaged in any such shabeenah or congregational recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed. The Salafus Saaliheen who were addicted to making numerous khatams monthly would do so in such secrecy that their acts of ibaadat would become known only by stealth. One person hid himself one night to see how Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullah alayh) spent the night. From his position of concealment, he discovered that in two raka’ts, Imaam Saahib completed the whole Qur’aan Majeed. But this was during the night time, in privacy when no one was present. It was a secret communion between the slave and His Master. Never should we originate an ibaadat act whose form is not the form which has been reported to us from Khairul Quroon.

FROM THE MAJLIS VOLUME 26 NUMBER 01