When I was in Love with Her…

This body was once doused
in his love for you,
Your beauty enchained him
from any other view,

Compelling him to defend
your image at every avenue,

This mind was once immersed
in his love for you,
Your whispers enthralled him
from bidding you adieu,

Compelling him to advance
You in his mind’s queue,

This soul was once drowned
in his love for you,
Your allure enchanted him
from all other rescue,

Compelling him to bind himself
only in your very pursue,

Yet, he has now overcome
his love for you,
Unmasking your beauty
as a fleeting virtue,

Allowing him to see
his true value,

Yet, he has now conquered
his love for you,
Unsolving your allure
as just another hue,

Allowing him to breathe
the bliss coming through ,

Yet, he has now buried
his love for you,
Unlocking your whispers
as signs of miscue,

Allowing him to listen
to his Lord’s Call anew,

Dunya, making him solely yours
was a golden chance for You,

Till, your faithlessness betrayed
your fine garnish,
till, your disloyalty beguiled
your quartz polish.

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The End is Near…

Shaykh Mufti Mohammad Hasan Amratsari (Allah have mercy on him) instructed a seeker:

‘The end of Ramadan is drawing nearer, drown yourself in the recitation of Holy Qur’an and remembrance of Allah (dhikr).’

Al-qawl al-Aziz, page 114

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InshaAllah, after the passing of Ramadhan, I would like to focus on the following topics over the course of the next few months (in no particular order):

1) A Series on the Pious Awliya of Baghdad throughout History

2) A Historical Look at Verse 2:249 and its testament throughout Islamic History

3) Parallels for Muslims in Pre-partition India and today’s Western Society

4) Excerpts from Shah Waliullah Ad-Dehlawi’s magnus opium, Hujjat Allah Al Baalighah

5) Contemporary Applications of Islamic Economic Principles in today’s World Economy

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Ramadhan of the Akaabir

With Ramadhan coming to an end very soon, it’s high time to make the most of the most blessed portion of the most blessed month.

To draw inspiration, it is often very beneficial to read and hear about the worship of the pious. When we hear about the the worship of the Sahaba radiAllahu anhum often times people simply ascribe (and erroneously) it to them being ‘Sahaba.’ But, what can be said about the very men that have lived during our times? They live, eat and worship in the same era as us.

In fact, that is why scholars say that we have been granted pious people in every generation, in order for us to see the living examples of men who serve to serve Allah Ta’ala in the foot steps of our Beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam.

Shaykh Al Hadith Zakariyya Khandalwi elucidates some of the worship of great scholars from the subcontinent in his Akaabir Ka Ramadhan. I will share some excerpts from this book, in his own words:

Shaykh Qaasim Nanotwi

On the way to Mecca he boarded a ship at Karachi. They saw the moon for Ramadan from the boat. Immediately [when] they saw the moon, Hazrat started memorising the Quran [by day] and reciting it in taraweeh that night. After Eid on reaching Mukalla (In Yemen), he bought Muscati sweetmeats and distributed it among his friends on the occasion of completing the khatam. Before that time no one was aware of the fact that he was memorising the Quran. It was only afterwards that he told them that he had been doing…

According to the most authentic version of the story he memorised the Quran in one year in Ramadan, but according to another version, he did so in two Ramadhan. From the fact that he memorised 1-1/4 para’ at a time daily, it seems that in the first year he had memorised a considerable part of the Quran and finally completed it the following year when he was en route to Haj. This was the time when he completed the khatam

Shaykh Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi

“Once upon my request he was invited to Meerut to lead taraweeh prayers and recite the Quran in Ramadan. I saw that wherever he went, he was all the time busy reciting by himself so that he finished a whole khatam daily. When it was time for Iftar, he was reading: “Qul a’oothu bi rabbinnaas…”

When he arrived by rail at Meerut it was Esha time. Being a man who was continuously in a state of wudoo, he entered the mosque and immediately proceeded to the musallah to lead the prayers and in three hours recited ten paras so clearly, without any struggling over difficult patches as if the Quran was an open book in front of him. So comfortable was his pace of recitation, that he completed a full khatam of the Quran in three nights and departed. So good a hafiz was he that there was no need to revise his reading beforehand; neither was there any need for someone to stand behind him and listen with a view to correct if needed.”

His extreme exertion in spiritual exercises were such that onlookers felt pity for him. Such was he that in Ramadan, even when his age had advanced beyond seventy, he fasted the whole day and then in Awwabeen, instead of six rakats, he used to perform twenty rakats, during which he never recited less than approximately two paras. So long did he stay in ruku and sujood that onlookers thought that he had forgotten himself. On finishing this salaah, he proceeded homeward to partake of the evening meal. Even during this time too he would not remain idle, but en route and waiting for the food etc, he also finished reciting several paras.

Maulana Ilyas Khandalwi

It was the general habit of this uncle of mine that whatever he was to eat at night was eaten at iftar time. He did not have a habit of drinking tea. His meal was indeed a very simple one – not the “meal of your fathers” as mentioned in the hadith of Abu Dawood Shareef.

The hadith says that if the time for Esha is at hand and the evening meal was ready, than the evening meal should be eaten first. Then it so happened that a certain person in surprise said to Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbaas that we have heard the word of Rasulullah (SAW), and if we are going to get busy with the evening meal, the congregational prayer, will be lost. Thereupon Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas said:

“How do you think was their meals? Do you think it was like the meal of your fathers”?”

In other words: Do you think it was such a multiple-course meal, which took such a long time to eat like that to which your fathers are used to? Their meal merely consisted of a few dates and a cup or two of ‘abattu’.

And so was the meal of my uncle in its simplicity. It sometimes consisted only of a piece of roti. In any case after iftar, he performed Maghrib salaah. After maghrib it had always been his practice to perform long raka-’aha of nafl salaah, but in Ramadan, it used to be so long that he finished very near to the time for Esha.

At night it was his fixed routine to wake up at twelve O’clock, at which time his attendants would give him two boiled eggs, still warm. The eggs were boiled while he was busy with his toilet preparations. Having eaten the eggs, he busied himself with tahajjud salaah. This continued for a long time till the last moments of sehri time and then he ate sehri. There are times when I have seen him with a morsel of food in his right hand asking for someone to bring water, with which to rinse his mouth while at the same time telling someone to call the azaan. While the muezzin will ascend onto the roof, he will finish that little morsel, finishing just as the azaan is called.

There is a little story about wild figs.  At the time of iftar my uncle asked: “Is there anything to eat?”

Some people replied: “Only some wild figs which had been left over from last night.”

My uncle replied: ‘How nice! Bring it.”

At the time for Sehri he again asked whether there was something to eat and again they told him: “Only some of the same wild figs which had been left over from last night.”

Four or five such figs were then taken for sehri.

The Women from Amongst the Akaabir

 May Allah grant them more strength to do more. In spite of their duties in connection with preparations for meals, and in spite of their manifold duties of rearing children of which each one of them had several children, they spend the nights of the month of Ramadan listening to various huffadh in salaah and during the day they each read (up to 14 or 15 paras per day.) In this manner they competed with and emulated each other.

My paternal grandmother (as I have mentioned before) was herself a hafiza of the Quran. Hence it was her daily routine to recite one ‘manzil’ per day by heart. But during Ramadan she recited fourty paras daily. In other words, one full khatam plus ten more paras. Apart from that she also recited hundreds of various tasbeehs daily, which altogether totalled 17000.

My late uncle (Maulana Ilyaas) also used to visit Kandhla in Ramadan because of the presence there of Ummi Bi. At such times the Quran khatam used to be completed in about one single night. At such times he performed Esha salaah in the Masjid and thereafter go to the house of Ummi Bi to perform taraweeh there from after Esha until sehri time, thereby completing fourteen or fifteen paras. Maulana Raooful Hasan Saheb is the uncle of my late father and the father of my late wife. His story has already been mentioned in ‘AAP BETI’ under the heading: TAQWA. On the 30th Ramadan he recited from Alif Laam Meem until Qul a-’oothu bi rabbil falaq… in one single raka-’ah and in the second raka-’ah he recited only Surah … al Naas! Then at sehri time he told his mother Ummi bi:

“I have now performed two raka-’aha. Will you now perform the other eighteen?”

During all that time the mother listened to the Quran while standing, behind him in the salaah!

Finally, Hadhrat Shaykh  ends this booklet with this dua:

“0 Lord, through the blessings of the great guides,

Let my ending be a righteous one,

Through the intercession of the family of the Rasul

And his companions let Your Grace be my companion;

Grant to me, 0 Lord of All, that strength and might

That full control over myself I shall have;

Let it be that at the final hour, the Kalimah be on my tongue,

And that on Judgement Day among the righteous I be raised

Grant me YourHelping Hand in this world and the next

Through the blessings of every saintly, pious one.

Ameen!

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Faith: Love vs. Logic

وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَ‌هُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ‌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ‌ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

It could be that you dislike something, when it is good for you; and it could be that you like something when it is bad for you. Allah knows, and you do not know.

Surah Baqarah 216

Today, we have become logicians living in this word. Logic, alone, has become the order of the day. We calculate, debate, rate and anticipate according to our ever changing whims, desires, mental constructs and fleeting perceptions.
Unfortunately, however, as far as a person can count towards infinity is as far and far reaching his logic will take him.  From that point onwards, faith, trust, conviction and love will be the impetus that takes him to the remaining distance to the Infinite.
Thus, there are times in life, the lover finds himself in a bind. Love pulls him in one direction despite the objections of the mind, despite the logic contrary to his decisions and despite the steep precipices of the potential consequences he may face in his pursuit for his Love…
….due to his imaan, tawakkul, yaqeen and muhabba in the promises of the Beloved.
Faith: Love vs. Logic

My heart dreams,
It invites ideas of all themes,
My mind implements,
It eliminates all the tangents,

Yet, My heart depicts
what my mind ponders,
My mind ticks
to my heart’s wonders,

My heart flies
on the winding path of laughs and cries,
My mind sails
on the binding rail of gains and fails,

Yet, My heart feels
what my mind sees,
My mind deals
my heart’s keys,

My heart seeks,
It longs for the rainbow streaks,
My mind selects,
It picks only the black and white effects,

Yet, My heart fills
what my mind sketches,
my mind instills
my heart’s etches,

But now, my heart and mind
are in quite a bind.
The ways of before
just don’t work anymore.

To what my heart directs,
my mind burns,
To what my mind objects,
my heart yearns,

The path has come to a split,
either Love or Logic will only fit,
my heart and mind both test their might
to see which shall prevail into the light…


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Riyaa and the Criterion for Dressing

يَا بَنِي آدَمَ قَدْ أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكُمْ لِبَاسًا يُوَارِ‌ي سَوْآتِكُمْ وَرِ‌يشًا ۖ وَلِبَاسُ التَّقْوَىٰ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ‌ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّـهِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَذَّكَّرُ‌ونَ

O Children of  Adam, We have sent down to you the dress that covers your shame and provides adornment. As for the dress of Taqwa, that is the best.

Surah Al-A’raf  26

We all know that one who goes over the top in showing off with fancy cars, sprawling mansions, designer clothes and the like can certainly lead a person down the slippery slope of pride and vanity. But, often times, in religious circles the opposite is true, as well. Those who go over the top in ‘showing off’ how ‘not showing off’ and simple they can be, if that makes any sense.

I was once sitting in a dars when the Shaykh spoke regarding fundraising events that call upon members of the audience to stand up and call out a figure that they were willing to donate. A student in our dars said that he felt that standing up and announcing a figure in front of everyone is a form of showing off and he would rather donate in secret with the respective person in charge, as that is a more humble approach. The Shaykh replied that a person who actively thinks in this manner is also committing a form of riyaa (vanity), as the person who is free of riyaa is a person who is not affected by this mantra of ‘trying to actively be humble.

This concept is best manifested in the manner that we have been instructed to dress in our Deen. There are two extremes with regards to dress that both not so religious people and religious people fall prey too. One is to dress above one’s means by incorporating the latest fashion to look sharp and in line with the latest trends. The other is to shun looking sharp and trendy in hopes that the simple ‘appearance’ is the path of piety.

Hakeem Al Ummah Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahimullah sums up this matter, in his Malfuzaat:

The criterion for clothes is that the wearer’s attention must not be drawn to it, nor should his gaze linger on the garments he is wearing. If a nawab (a person of wealth and position) wears clothing worth a few hundred rupees, he will not be attracted to it at all. On the other hand, a poverty stricken and common person, on wearing clothes worth just a few rupees (ie even a few rupees for him is a lot) he will be attracted and become preoccupied with its beauty and designs. So, for the nawab, clothing worth a few hundred rupees is permissible, and for the poverty-stricken person, clothing worth just a few rupees is not permissible.

Also, if a person (who can afford better) wears cheap and low quality clothing, he too will become preoccupied with his clothes by either (continuously) thinking how low and humble he is or by thinking that his nafs (lower self) is so annihilated, he doesn’t care about dignity and honor. This is also preoccupation in thoughts (which should be avoided).

Khateeb al-Baghdadi narrates in his Tareekh al-Baghdad:

Imam Abu Hanifah rahimullah once asked a man who was shabbily dressed to stay behind, after the others had left from his circle of study. He then said: “Lift up the prayer rug and take the money that is there and buy yourself some nice clothes.” The man replied that he was wealthy and had no need of the money. Imam Abu Hanifah said: “Has it not reached you that the Prophet said: Allah likes to see the mark of His benevolence on His servant?” [Tareekh Baghdad 13:263]

Possibly referring to the following hadith in Saheeh Muslim regarding the father of Ibn Abi Al Ahwas radiAllah anhu:

أَنَّهُ أَتَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي ثَوْبٍ دُونٍ فَقَالَ لَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَلَكَ مَالٌ قَالَ نَعَمْ مِنْ كُلِّ الْمَالِ قَالَ مِنْ أَيِّ الْمَالِ قَالَ قَدْ آتَانِي اللَّهُ مِنْ الْإِبِلِ وَالْغَنَمِ وَالْخَيْلِ وَالرَّقِيقِ قَالَ فَإِذَا آتَاكَ اللَّهُ مَالًا فَلْيُرَ عَلَيْكَ أَثَرُ نِعْمَةِ اللَّهِ وَكَرَامَتِهِ

He came in a shabby thobe to greet the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he (the Prophet) said: ‘Do you have wealth?’ He said: Yes, from all its types. He said: ‘From where does your money come?’ I said: ‘Allah has given me from camels, sheep, horses and slaves.’ He said: ‘Then if Allah gave you wealth, reveal  the magnitude of the bounty and blessing that Allah Ta’ala has given you.”

Qadi Iyad rahimullah in Tartib Al-Madaraik quotes Imam Malik rahimullah as saying:

“I do not like not to see the traces of His blessings on anyone to whom Allah gives blessings. Concealing blessings is ingratitude.

Imam Abd Al Aziz Ad Dihlawi rahimullah in Bustan Al Muhadditheen says about the Salaf As Salih and good clothing:

The right acting first generations had a sincere good intention about the use of expensive good quality clothing…Those who wore good quality expensive clothes intended to display the effects of the blessing of Allah, exalted is He.

In conclusion, as with any aspect of our Deen there is fine balance. Going over the top in either direction, either too fancy or too simple, just for the sake of going over the top is an unfounded concept within our Deen. Rather our Deen teaches us a great lesson in balance, and one of especial note during this worldwide economic recession:

To live a lifestyle that is within our means.

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A Secret to the Acceptance of Du’a

Hadhrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed (damat barakatuhum) relates in his book, Du’a – The Essence of Worship, the following:

A Secret in the Acceptance of Du’a

Some friends say: “Hadrat! We make a lot of du’a but it is not accepted”.

Students many times say that they are in difficulties. Sometimes, the Ulema even say: “There are obstacles and difficulties. Please make du’a. I have been making du’a for a long period of time but signs of acceptance have not become apparent.”

At such times I teach my friends a secret for the acceptance of du’as. I will teach it to you also. If you practice upon it, InshaAllah, you will no longer need to search for the Isme A’zam. You will see it before your eyes just as you complete saying the words.

I have experienced this not a hundred times but thousands of times. The action is small but the results are great. If only we could understand the reality of this. Today, you too, will come to know the method for the acceptance of du’as.

The du’as of the pious are accepted. The pious are not made out of gold, neither are they any superhuman creation. They are also human. The difference is that they have removed the intention of sin from their hearts and they have handed themselves completely over to Allah. They ask with the same cry and bow before the same door. The cry with which the disciple asks, is the same as the cry of the spiritual guide. The door at which the student begs, is the same as the door before which the teacher begs. The spiritual guide and teacher receive because they have eradicated sin from their lives.

The secret for the acceptance of du’as that the author has learned from his elders and experienced thousands of times may seem small. You may sometimes listen to a simple word and laugh, saying that this is nothing special. However, for a person who finds relief in a small dose of medicine, this will be the best medication in the whole world for him. He will not look at the value of the small dose, but will see the medication that has granted him relief. Listen to this pointer with the ears of your heart and try it out yourself!

Whenever a time comes in life when you have the opportunity to sin and you refrain, due to the fear of Allah, at that very second, make a du’a to Allah. Allah will accept your du’a at that very moment.

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How the Beloved Prayed Tahajjud….

Imagine this, we always hear about his prayers, devotions, recitations, but what were his words? What was his tasbeeh? What was his speech? How did he perform his prayers in the middle of the night? This is what he did everyday…

Maymuna Bint al-Harith radiAllahu anha, the wife of our Beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, was the maternal aunt of two of the brightest luminaries in Islamic History. One of them being the Sword of Allah, Khalid bin Walid, and other, his cousin brother, Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas radiAllahu anhumaa.

Ibn ‘Abbas radiAllahu anhumaa was a very fortunate Sahabi, for he was given permission to witness the personal and private ibaadah of our Beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam in the middle of the night after asking his aunty for permission to spend the night at her house, when it was the turn of the Beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam to visit her.

Due to his great zeal for the Sunnah, we are given a direct insight through his narrations recorded in various chapters that take us step by step of how the Beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would wake up and proceed to submit to Allah Ta’ala. The Shaykh who narrated this event put together the ahadith from the chapters of wudhu and chapters of tahajjud from Saheeh al-Bukhari to form a complete picture.

1) Before Sleeping

بِتُّ فِي بَيْتِ خَالَتِي مَيْمُونَةَ بِنْتِ الْحَارِثِ زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَكَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عِنْدَهَا فِي لَيْلَتِهَا فَصَلَّى النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْعِشَاءَ ثُمَّ جَاءَ إِلَى مَنْزِلِهِ فَصَلَّى أَرْبَعَ رَكَعَاتٍ ثُمَّ نَامَ

Ibn ‘Abbas related that he spent the night in the house of Maymuna, the wife of the Messenger of Allah, who was his maternal aunt and the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, was with her for her night. The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, prayed Ishaa and then came to his house and then prayed 4 rak’ats. Then he slept.

2) Sleep

 فَاضْطَجَعْتُ فِي عَرْضِ الْوِسَادَةِ وَاضْطَجَعَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَأَهْلُهُ فِي طُولِهَا فَنَامَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَتَّى إِذَا انْتَصَفَ اللَّيْلُ أَوْ قَبْلَهُ بِقَلِيلٍ أَوْ بَعْدَهُ بِقَلِيلٍ

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “I lay down across the length of the bed [perpendicular to the feet of the Beloved] and the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and his wife lay lengthwise [normally]. The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, slept until half the night had passed or a little before it or a little after it. 

3) Waking up

اسْتَيْقَظَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَجَلَسَ يَمْسَحُ النَّوْمَ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ بِيَدِهِ

Then the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, woke up, sat up and wiped the sleep from his face with his hands.

4) Recitation upon waking up (before wudhu’)

There are various narrations from ‘Ibn Abbas radiAllahu anhumaa with regards to this portion.

ثُمَّ قَرَأَ الْعَشْرَ الْآيَاتِ الْخَوَاتِمَ مِنْ سُورَةِ آلِ عِمْرَانَ

He then recited the final ten verses of Surah Ale ‘Imran

5) Wudhu’

ثُمَّ قَامَ إِلَى شَنٍّ مُعَلَّقَةٍ فَتَوَضَّأَ مِنْهَا فَأَحْسَنَ وُضُوءَهُ ثُمَّ قَامَ يُصَلِّي

He then rose toa bag of water and then performed wudhu. And made good his wudhu.

قَالَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ فَقُمْتُ فَصَنَعْتُ مِثْلَ مَا صَنَعَ ثُمَّ ذَهَبْتُ فَقُمْتُ إِلَى جَنْبِهِ

Ibn ‘Abbas continues: “So I got up and did the same as he did and went and stood beside him (his left side)

6) Standing for Tahajjud

فَوَضَعَ يَدَهُ الْيُمْنَى عَلَى رَأْسِي وَأَخَذَ بِأُذُنِي الْيُمْنَى يَفْتِلُهَا

He put his right hand on my head and took hold of my right ear and pulled it [me] (to his right side).

7) After Takbeer

It’s not mentioned explicitly in the following hadith, but according to the same narration collected by Imam Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh, the Beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, would say this beautiful dua after the takbeer:

قَالَ اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ قَيِّمُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ لَكَ مُلْكُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ نُورُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ مَلِكُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ الْحَقُّ وَوَعْدُكَ الْحَقُّ وَلِقَاؤُكَ حَقٌّ وَقَوْلُكَ حَقٌّ وَالْجَنَّةُ حَقٌّ وَالنَّارُ حَقٌّ وَالنَّبِيُّونَ حَقٌّ وَمُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَقٌّ وَالسَّاعَةُ حَقٌّ اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ حَاكَمْتُ فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَا قَدَّمْتُ وَمَا أَخَّرْتُ وَمَا أَسْرَرْتُ وَمَا أَعْلَنْتُ أَنْتَ الْمُقَدِّمُ وَأَنْتَ الْمُؤَخِّرُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَوْ لَا إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ

O Allah, to You belongs All Praise. You are the custodian of the heavens and the earth and all those who reside therein. To You belongs All Praise. Yours is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all those therein.  To you belongs All Praise. You are the Light of the heavens and the earth. To You is All Praise.  You are the King of the heavens and the earth and all those therein. To you is All Praise. You are the Truth. Your promise is the Truth.  The meeting with You is true. Your word is true. The Garden is true and the Fire is true. The Prophets are true and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam  is true. The Hour is true. O Allah, I have submitted to You and I have believed in You. In You, I have put my trust and to You I turn. I argue by You and take You as the arbitrator. Forgive me my past and future wrong actions and what I keep secret and what I make known. You are the One who puts forward and defers. There is no god but You – [or there is no god other than You.]

Beautiful. May Allah Ta’ala give us tawfeeq to follow the Mubarak Sunnah.

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