Saturday, July 19, 2014

Laylatul Qadr for very very busy or lazy people:

Laylatul Qadr for very very busy or lazy people:

Laylatul Qadr is the most blessed night which falls on one of the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. According to the Quran, it is better than a 1000 months.

Considering the huge rewards on offer, we all should try to spend these nights in sincere worship, repentance and dua.
However, some Muslims may be genuinely very busy or tired and cannot find much time for it. While others may be just too lazy to do special ibadah on these nights.
The below tips are the very least one can do to get at least some of the blessings of this blessed night.

1. Pray Isha and Fajr salah with Jamaah (congregation):

Suggested by Mufti Shafi in Tafsir Mariful Quran-
"If anyone performs the 'Isha' and Fajr salahs in congregation, he will receive the blessings and reward of the Night of Qadr. The more one performs acts of worship in this night, the more he shall receive its blessings. 
It is recorded in Sahih of Muslim that Sayyidna 'Uthman   narrates that the Messenger of Allah  said: "If a person performs his 'Isha' salah in congregation, he will attain the blessings of spending half the night in devotion; and if he performs Fajr salah in congregation, he will attain the blessings of spending the entire night in devotion.""

2. Read the whole of the Tarawih prayer with jamah:

It is confirmed in the two sahih collections, from Abu Hurayrah (R.A.), that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said:
"Whoever stands (in prayer) during the Night of Al-Qadr with faith and expecting reward (from Allah), he will be forgiven for his previous sins."
To get this reward, if one cannot pray the whole night, he should at least pray full taraweeh behind the Imam. 
The prophet (SAWS) said:
 “Whoever prays (Tarawih) with the imam until he finishes, Allah will record for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer”  -narrated by al-Tirmidhi (806) and classed as sahih by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

3. Sleep in the state of wudhu:

Hafidh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has mentioned a reliable narration that states: “The soul of one who sleeps with wudhu makes sajdah (prostrates) at the ‘Arsh of Allah” (Fathul Baari)
Imagine our souls making sajdah at the throne of our Creator on a night like Laylatul Qadr!

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Purify these bodies of yours and Allah will purify you. There is no slave who spends the night in a state of purity but that an angel remains close to him. He does not pass an hour of the night without saying, ‘O Allah, forgive your slave. He spent the night in a state of purity.’” [At-Tabarani related in Al-Awsat and al-Mundhiri said it's isnad (chain) is good.]

Trying to stay in a state of purity is a reason to have an additional angel be especially appointed to work for you. That angel is ordered to stay at your side and continually ask for your forgiveness. So immense is the good that comes out of Islam! So simple and beneficial are the ways in which to increase our reward!

4. Recite Surah Ikhlas (Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad) 3 times to get the reward of reading full Quran:

Al-Bukhari reported in his Sahih that Abu Said Al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) told the companions: "Are you not able to read a third of the Qur'an in one night? They found this very difficult and replied that nobody amongst us can do so. Then the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "Allah, The One, the Self sufficient "Surah Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad equals a third of the Qur'an."
Muslim also reported that Abu Al Darda narrated: "Say, He is Allah, The One, (Surah 112) equals a third of the Qur'an."
5. Tawba for Gaining forgiveness on laylatul Qadr:

 We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of Allah Ta’aala to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again and ask Allah to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in everyway possible.

The main Dua for Laylatul Qadr is the following: (Read it a few times after maghrib and Isha Fardh salahs and just before going to bed)Aisha (Ra) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.'

"Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee" (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

6. Earn Billions of Good deeds in seconds:

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and believing woman, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.”  [Tabarani]

So each time we pray for every believer from the first until the last we will gain a reward for each believer, which is billions of rewards in just a few seconds! So let us make this a habit in EVERY DUA!

 7. A Very short dhikr with enormous rewards:Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (Ra) reported: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there and said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative.
Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are:

Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi

[Meaning: Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)].”
[Sahih Muslim]

If one cannot pray the Tarawih, at least one should do the rest of these easy things which take very less time and effort.
However, those who can do more, should try to do maximum worship and duas in these nights.