- Allaahuma innee astakheeruka bu-ilmika, wa astaqdiruka biqudra-tika, wa as’aluka min fadhlikal – Adheem, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdiru, wa ta’lamu, wa laa a’lamu, wa Anta ‘Allaamul Ghuyoobi; Allaahumma in kunta ta ‘lamu anna haathal-amra,- — (then mention the thing to be decided) Khairun lee fee deenee wa ma‘aashee wa ‘aaqibati amree — (or say)— Aajilihi wa aajlihi. Faqdurhu lee wa yassirhu lee thumma baarik lee feehi wa in kunta ta‘lamu anna haathalamra sharrun lee fee deenee wa ma‘aashee wa ‘aaqibati amree — (or say) — ‘Aajilihi wa aajilihi. Fasrifhu ‘annee wasrinee ‘anhu waqdur liyal-khaira haithu kaana thumma ardhinee bihi.
Aaisha (RadhiAllaho anha) reports: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), should I find myself the “Laylatul Qadr”, hat shall I pray. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied: say, Allaahumma innaka afuwwun tohibbu al’afwa fa’fu anna “O Allah, Thou art the One who grants pardon for sins. Thou lovest to pardon, so O pardon me.”
Lexically, the word Zakah covers two meanings.
2. Growth and increase
In the terminology of the Quran and Sunnah, Zakah is the portion of asset that is made mandatory to be spent in the ways specified by Allah Ta’ala.
Benefits of Zakah
Zakah has two straightforward benefits.
Firstly, the payer himself gets purified from inner germs of the spiritual diseases.
Secondly, Zakah helps those who are not able to fulfill their needs independently. For e.g. orphans, widows, handicaps, poor people etc.
Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Taubah:
Abu Hurayrah reports Rasulullah S.W. said, “Whoever stands in prayer and ‘ibaadah on the night of Power with sincere faith and with sincere hope of gaining reward, his previous sins are gorgiven”
Reported in Al Targheeb from Bukhari and Muslim
Abu Saeed Khudri (Radhiallahu anh) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said: “During each day and night of Ramadan, Allah sets free a great number of souls from Hell. And for every Muslim, during each day and night, at least one prayer is certainly accepted.”
Apart from this Hadith, there are many others stating that the ‘Du’aa’ of a fasting person is accepted (Mustajaab). In one Hadith, we read that the ‘Du’aa’is accepted at the time of ‘Iftaar’, but we are generally so absorbed in eating that we neglect this opportunity. The well-known ‘Duaa’ at ‘Iftaar’ is:
“O Allah for You have I fasted, in You do I believe, and on You do I rely, and now I break this fast with food coming from you.”
And now having come so far i wish to end this book with a few incidents from the lives and Haj of the saintly elders of Islam that these may be examples and warnings to us all.
Q.“How far the ladies are allowed to offer their prayers in congregation (jama’ah)? What is the most preferable and superior position in this respect, as per Shari‘ah?
A. The ladies are always required to offer their prayers individually. it is not advisable for them to offer prayers in congregation. Rather, it is held to be a makrooh (disliked) practice. Unlike of men, the individual prayer of ladies carries more thawab. However, if some ladies insist on the disliked practice of offering their prayers in congregation, the woman who leads the prayer should not stand in front like a male Imam of salah. Instead she should stand in the middle of the women who perform salah in her leadership. But it is emphasized once again that the congregation of ladies for prayers should always be discouraged.
Q. The Five times salah (namaz) is obligatory on the muslims was it also obligatory on other ummahs?
A It is evident from the study of the Holy Quran and Sunnah that the salah was also obligatory on all the previous prophets and their followers, but there is not authentic record available to show exact form of prayer enjoined upon different prophets. Similarly it cannot be said with certainty as to how many times in day they were ordered to perform prayers. there are some reports giving some details in this respect, but they are too weak to be relied upon.
If anyone recites Aayatul Kursi (2:255) once after every prayer, Allah will protect him against the mischief of evil men and Jinn. In fact, according to a Hadith, Satan acknowledged his inability to harm a person who recites Aayatul Kursi continuously.
If the last two Surah of the Holy Quraan, viz Suratul-Falaq (113) and Suratul-Naas (114) are recited for protection against sickness, sorcery (Jaadoo), Nazar etc. one should find it very beneficial. If anyone recites them before going to his bed, he will afford security and protection against all calamities.
وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنْ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
And set righteousness, for my sake, in my progeny. Of course, I repent to you, and truly I am one of those who submit to You. (46:15)
Significance: A person whose children are disobedient, he should recite the above verse after each prayer. They will lnsha Allah soon become obedient.