Abu Hurayrah relates that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “My Ummah were given five things for Ramadan which were not given to anyone except them. For them, the smell from the mouth of a fasting person is more sweeter to Allah than the fragrant smell of musk. On their behalf the fish in the sea seek forgiveness for the fasting persons until they break their fast. Allah prepares and decorates a special garden in Jannah everyday and then says (to it), “The time is near when faithful servants shall cast aside the great trials of the world and come to you”. In this month (for them) evil-minded Shaytaan is chained so as not to reach unto those evils to which they normally reach during other months besides Ramadan. On the last night of Ramadan they are forgiven”.
Gyaarwi Shareef is the name given to that feast prepared on the eleventh of every lunar month in the name of Hadhrat Mahboob Ghauth Sheikhul Mashaaikh Abdul Qaadir Jilaani (rahmatullahi alaih). In this regard a few points are worth pondering over:
The Method of Taubah
Taubah is such a great thing that one can have all one’s sins forgiven through it. If a person always ponders over his condition and knows that at some time or the other one definitely commits a sin, then he will consider taubah to be necessary all the time.
There is a very major sin in conducting transactions which are based on ribâ or interest. The Quran and Hadîth have mentioned many harms and evils in this regard and have greatly emphasized abstention from such transactions. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam cursed the payer of interest, the receiver of interest, the person who acts as a proxy for such a transaction, the person who writes it down and the person who witnesses such a transaction. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam also added that the payer and receiver of interest are both equal in this crime. It is therefore necessary to be extremely cautious in abstaining from such transactions.
Notwithstanding the failings, against which Muslim reformers have been striving to the best of their ability, Islamic society is still conspicuous for fellowship, large heartedness and compassion. Thanks to the precepts of Islam the spirit of mutual help, sympathy and kindliness has penetrated into the inner depths of its consciousness. Muslims are comparatively free from the evils of crude materialism and worship of the stomach. In Muslim society there has never been a dearth of men to raise the banner of revolt against excessive attachment to worldly things. The intensity and extent of competition, selfishness and greed is definitely less in it than in other societies which believe in no other life beyond this worldly existence and aspire only for material ease and comfort.
Allah SWT says: “And do not help each other in sin and aggression. Fear Allah. Surely, Allah is severe at punishment. (Al-Maida 5:2)
If some shopkeepers design something special for this occasion, red dresses, arranging red roses, selling red and white things of all sorts, then this act of his is also assisting the evils of Valentine’s Day. But alas, today’s Muslim does this all just to earn a few more bucks. Money is important to him, but not his faith. For him progress of this world is significant, the Emaan of Muslims is not of any significance to him.
Hadrat Mu’az -bin- Jabal (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH recommended ten things to me saying:
(1) Do not associate anything with ALLAH even if you are put to death;
(2) Do not be disobedient to your parents, even if they command you to quit your family and property;
(3) Do not deliberately neglect to observe a compulsorily prescribed Salaah, for one who deliberately neglects a comulsorily prescribed Salaah, will have ALLAH’s protection removed from him;
(4) Do not drink wine, it is the root cause of all evils (so it has been called mother of all evils);
A person who recites the coming verse thrice and then blows on himself. After doing this, he goes before the person endowed with power (Such as a chief or Judge etc.), he will display much sympathy and leniency by the Grace of Allah.
كَمْ آتَيْنَاهُمْ مِنْ آيَةٍ بَيِّنَةٍ وَمَنْ يُبَدِّلْ نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَتْهُ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ (2:211)
how many a clear sign We have given to them; and whoever changes the blessing of Allah after it has come to him, then Allah is severe in punishment.
At the time of leaving Madina, offer two Rak’ats of Prayers in Masjid-e-Nabavi and then pay a Salam in front of the sacred Mausoleum and pray to Allah that He may render your return journey easy for you and take you to your family in peace and safety. He may guard you against the evils of both the worlds and make you lucky enough to be present again in Madina. He may not render this presence of yours as your last presence.
“(And Allah’s help is sought and He is trusted in, and the end of our invocation is “All praise to Allah the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds).”