Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Ramadan (Fazail e Aamaal) / Saturday, August 20th, 2011

In view of the above, it is advisable that everyone entering the Masjid to join the congregational prayer should, on entering the Masjid, make the Niyyat for ‘I’tikaaf’, in thatcase it means that aslong as he remain busy with Salaat, Zikr, listening to lectures or sermons he also receive reward for the I’tikaaf. I always observed that my late father used to make ‘Niyyat’ for I’tikaaf whenever he entered the Masjid. Occasionally, by way of teaching and reminding his followers, he would raise his voice when reciting when reciting the words for ‘Niyyah’. The reward for I’tikaaf is great as indicated by the fact that the Holy Prophet (SAW) always used to perform I’tikaaf. The example of him who resides in the Masjid in I’tikaaf is that of a person who, having gone to a certain place to appeal for something, remains there until it is granted. When someone comes begging at our door and then refuses to leave until he has been granted his request. I am sure that even the person with the hardest heart amongst us will eventually give in to his request. How much more Merciful is Allah, and when someone persistently sits at His door, what doubt can there be in the fulfilment of his wishes. Allama ibn Qayyim, in explaining the significance of I’tikaaf writes that the actual aim is to divert the heart away from everything except Allah, and to make it come near to Allah, thereby forming a complete spiritual connection with the Creator. All wordly connections are thus cut off, for the sake of gaining Allah’s attention and all thoughts, desires, love and devotion become centred around Him. As a result, an attachment with Allah is attained – a love and friendship that will be the only support in loneliness of the grave. One can possibly imagine the great ecstacy with which that time in the grave will be spent.

In Maraaiqul Falaah, the author writes that I’tikaaf, when properly and sincerely performed, is among the most virtuous deeds. One cannot possibly enumerate all the great advantages and benefits in it. In actual fact, what takes place in I’tikaaf is that the heart is drawn away from everything else except the Creator, while the soul is actually laidat His door-step. All the time, one remains in a state of ‘Ibaadah’, even when one is asleep, one is still in His worship striving for nearness to Him. And Allah says (according to a Hadith): “Whoever draws near to Me (the length of) one hand, then I draw nearer to him (the length of) two hands, and whoever draws near to Me by walking, I draw nearer to him by running.” Moreover, in I’tikaaf one seeks refuge in the house of Allah, and is safe therein from all enemies.


  1. Dear Brothers and Sisters, please read with a humble and open heart.

    بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
    (In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful)

    ‘Holy Quran’ and ‘Holy Prophet’ in Islam

    In Christianity, there are terms such as Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and Holy Bible. Muslims do not have anything in Islam called as The Holy Quran and The Holy Prophet. Yet, the term Holy Quran and Holy Prophet is commonly and widely used. We have to use the right words to describe The Quran and Prophet Muhammad SAW according to The Quran itself and Hadith.
    Earlier in The Glorious Quran, Allah SWT says:
    The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). [Al-Quran 2:185]

    ‘Holy’ in Arabic means ‘muqaddas’ (مقدس). There is no verse in The Noble Quran or in Hadith that says ‘Al-Quranum-Muqaddas’ (The Holy Quran) and ‘Ar-Rasulan-Nabiyyam-Muqaddas’ (The Messenger, The Holy Prophet). Allah SWT shortly describes The Quran as:
    ‘Quranun-Karim’ (Noble Quran) [Al-Quran 56:77]
    ‘Al-Quranil-Majid’ (The Glorious Quran) [Al-Quran 50:1]
    ‘Al-Qurani-zi-Zikr’ (The Quran Full of Reminder) [Al-Quran 38:1]
    ‘Quranun-Mubin’ (Clear Quran) [Al-Quran 36:69]
    ‘Al-Quranil-Hakim’ (The Wise Quran) [Al-Quran 36:2]
    ‘Al-Quranal-‘Adzim’ (The Great Quran) [Al-Quran 15:87]

    Surah (Chapter) 47, titled Muhammad, second verse is translated as:
    And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition. [Al-Quran 47:2]

    Short description of Prophet Muhammad SAW in The Noble Quran:
    ‘Ar-Rasulan-Nabiyyal-Umiyya’ (The Messenger, The Unlettered Prophet) [Al-Quran 7:157]
    ‘Khataman-Nabiyyina’ (Seal of The Prophets) [Al-Quran 33:40]
    ‘Ahmad’ (Highly Praised) [Al-Quran 61:6]
    ‘hakim’ (Judge) [Al-Quran 4:65, 24:51]
    ‘rasulin-karim’ (Noble Messenger) [Al-Quran 69:40]
    ‘raufur-rahim’ (Kind and Merciful) [Al-Quran 9:128]
    ‘Muhammadur-Rasulullah’ (Muhammad, The Messenger of Allah) [Al-Quran 48:29]
    ‘Abdullah’ (Slave of Allah) [Al-Quran 72:19]
    ‘muzakkirun’ (Reminder) [Al-Quran 88:21]
    ‘sirajan-muniran’ (Illuminating Lamp) [Al-Quran 33:46]
    ‘nazirun-mubin’ (Clear Warner) [Al-Quran 7:184]
    ‘basharun’ (Man) [Al-Quran 18:110]
    ‘rahmatal-lil’alamin’ (Mercy for all the worlds) [Al-Quran 21:107]
    ‘shahidan wa mubashiran wa naziran’ (Witness, Bearer of Glad Tidings and Warner) [Al-Quran 33:45]
    ‘nurun’ (Light) [Al-Quran 5:15]
    ‘burhanun’ (Convincing Proof) [Al-Quran 4:174]
    ‘uswatun hasanatun’ (Good Example) [Al-Quran 33:21]

    So if someone ask what is the holy book of a Muslim? Say it is The Noble Quran. This makes Al-Quran stands up in its own position. We do not have the authority to name it, call it or give it the title ‘The Holy Quran’ since Allah SWT and Prophet Muhammad SAW never used that term either.

    Please share with fellow Brothers and Sisters. May Allah SWT grant us understanding and guide us all. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

    Wallahu ‘Alam (Allah SWT Knows Best)

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