Ibn Abbas R.A. says that he heard our Nabi S.W. say, Verily Jannah becomes perfumed with the sweetest fragrance in Ramadhaan. From the beginning of the year till the end, it is being brightly decorated for the coming of this blessed month. And when the first night of Ramadhaan appears, a wind blows from beneath t he Ar-sh (Throne). It is called Mutheerah, and causes the leaves of the trees of Jannah to rustle and door handle to sound, where by setting forth such a melodious sound as had never been heard before. The dark eyed damsels of Jannah then step forth till they appear in the centre of the balconies of Jannah, exclaiming: is there anyone making duaa’ to Allah for us that Allah may join us in marriage to him?” Then these damsels call out: “O Ridhwaan, keeper of Jannah, what night is this?” He replies: “Labbaik, this is indeed the first night of Ramadhaan, when the doors of Jannah are opened to those who observe the fast from among the ummah of Muhammad S.W.. Rasulullah S.W. further sai, Allah says, “O Ridhwaan open the doors of Jannah, and O Maalik, (keeper of Jahannam) close the doors of Jahannam for those who fast from among the ummah of Ahmad “O Jibraeel proceed down to the earth and bind the rebellious shay’taans, put them in chains and cast them in the oceans so that they make nomischief, thereby spoiling the fast of the ummah of My beloved Muhammad S.W..
It is written in the discourses of Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullah alaihe) , an additional right concerning a wife is that she be given some spending money for her personal use every month and not be asked to account for it.
Anas reports, “Once when Ramadhaan commenced, the Messenger of Allah said, ‘A month has verily dawned over you wherein lies a night better than one thousand months. However is deprived of its blessings has indeed deprived of (almost) all good. And none is deprived of its good except he who is completely unfortunate’”.
Amongst the nights of Ramadhaan there is one called “Laylatul Qadr” a night that is noted for its great blessings. The Qur’aan Kareem describes it as being greater in blessedness and spiritual virtue than a thousand months which in turn means that it is greater than eighty three years and four months.
Fortunate indeed is that person who attains the full blessings of this night by spending it in ‘ibaadah of Allah, because he has then attained reward for ‘ibaadah of eighty three years and four months and even more. Indeed the granting of this night to the faithful Muslim is a great favour.
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”.
She is also a Sahâbiyah and the sister of Umme Sulaym radiyallâhu ‘anhâ, whose story has just been mentioned above. She is also an aunt of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He used to visit her as well. Once he went to her house, had a meal and fell asleep. He then woke up smiling. She asked him the reason for his smiling. He replied: “I had a dream and saw people of my ummah going on jihâd on a ship. Their possessions and clothing appeared to be that of the rich and the royalty.” She said: “O Rasulullah! Make du‘â that I am also from among them.” He made du‘â for her and fell asleep again. He woke up smiling for a second time, related the same dream, and that he saw more of the same type of people. She said: “O Rasulullah! Make du‘â that I am also from among them.” He replied: “You are already included in the first group of people.” It so happened, that her husband, ‘Ubâdah, went out for jihâd on a ship and she also accompanied him. Once they landed, she began climbing onto an animal. This animal became hysterical and she fell down and passed away.
Sincerity of Intention
1. A person asked: “O Rasûlullâh! What is îmân?” He replied: “To maintain a sincere intention.”
This means that whatever you do should be done solely for Allah.
2. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Actions are judged by intentions.”
This means that if a person has a good intention, he will be rewarded for doing a good act. If not, he will not be rewarded.
Doing something for show
Finally the time arrived for Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to depart with his followers from the land of Egypt. With 670,000 of his Ummah – this constituted the entire Bani Israaeel — Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off during the mid of night for the new promised land. However, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) together with this huge concourse of humanity lost the road out of Egypt. It was still dark, and they were unable to find the route which was a well-known established road.
Q. “I would like to learn the meaning of the words Mujaddid and Tajdeed.
i) How have these words been used in Hadith?
ii) Is it true that one Mujaddid will appear at the beginning of every century after Hijrah?
iii) Can there be more than one Mujaddid in a century? If yes, then, is there a pattern of geographical dispersion of Mujaddids, or time dispersion?
iv) Can Mujaddid be identified by common Muslim? By scholars? If yes how?
(Irfan Ali Hyder, Karachi)
Islam being a religion that is natural, embraces simplicity and is a perfect way of life for all people of all times irrespective of their age, class, creed, nationality or background has made those aspects upon which is dependant the spiritual life of every believer easily understandable, securable and natural, whether one may be rich or poor, lettered or unlettered.