Recommendation on What to do During Laylatul Qadr

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Bismillah.

0) Isha and Fajr prayer in congregation (jama’ah). 

I put this as number 0 because if nothing else, this is the one thing a person HAS to do: pray Isha and Fajr in congregation.

The Prophet said, “The one who performs Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.” [Reported by Muslim]

This is the baseline. Everything else after doing this is a bonus insha Allah.

1) Lots of dua.
Aisha [RA], when asking the Prophet about Laylatul Qadar, said, “What dua should I make if I were to find Laylatul Qadr?”. Her question tells us that in her mind, her task was clear: make lots of dua. So she particularly asked for which dua to make to get the maximum benefit out of this night.
Recommendation: get a book like the Fortress of the Muslim or ibn Taymiyyah’s Good Words then try to read as many (or all) of these duas. It is so spiritually uplifting.
2) Night prayers.
Try attending night prayers (qiyamul layl) somewhere. If you can do it yourself, that’s great as well. You can read from the Quran while praying (either by yourself or behind an Imam). You can even read from an app on a mobile device. Just put the device in airplane mode :)
3) Charity.
If a person can catch Laylatul Qadr and give charity on that night, that would have more goodness than a 1000 months of charity. Imagine that!
A pro tip: give $20 in charity every night, this way you’re sure to have given charity on Laylatul Qadr.
4) Qur’an.
Read as much Qur’an as possible. Try to memorize a few ayaat to gain a tangible benefit (perhaps first 10 or last 10 of Surah Kahf). If you don’t understand what you’re reading, then mix in some tafsir. But don’t spend the entire night listening to tafsir, keep a fair balance insha Allah.
The key is to mix to all these deeds. Start off the night with Isha in congregation and some charity. Proceed to read some Qur’an. Once warmed up, try to memorize a few ayaat. Then take a break with listening to a tafsir. Make dua afterwards and start night prayers. End the night with lots of dua, a nice healthy suhoor (or sehri) and Fajr in congregation.
May Allah make us extract the maximum benefit during this night, ameen.
WAllahu alam.

The Blessed Meal – A Collection of Hadith about Suhoor

Bismillah.

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The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم described suhoor as the blessed meal. Its something that Allah has especially given to us, so we should not leave it even if it means having a sip of water as suhoor. Its so special that the Prophet described it from the morals of prophethood.

The following collection extol the virtues of suhoor. I received this in an email and found it worthy of sharing. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said,

“Have suhoor because suhoor is blessed”. [1]
( تسحروا فإن في السحور بركة ). صحيح

“Have suhoor even if with water”. [2]
( تَسَحَّرُوا و لَوْ بالماءِ ). صحيح

“Have suhoor even if with a gulp/sip of water”. [3]
( تَسَحَّرُوا ولوْ بِجَرْعَةٍ مِنْ ماءٍ ). صحيح

“It – the suhoor – is the blessed meal”. [4]
( هو الغَداءُ المباركُ. يعني السَّحورَ ). صحيح لغيره

“No doubt Allah and His angels send their mercy on those who have suhoor”. [5]
( إن الله و ملائكته يصلون على المتسحرين ). حسن صحيح

“Suhoor all of it is a blessing. So don’t leave it even if you have to take a sip of water because Allah and His angels send their mercy on those who have suhoor”. [6]
( السحور كله بركة فلا تدعوه، و لو أن يجرع أحدكم جرعة من ماء، فإن الله عز وجل وملائكته يصلون على المتسحرين ). حسن لغيره

“A good suhoor for the believer is dates”. [7]
( نعم سحور المؤمن التمر ). صحيح

“The difference between our fast and the fast of the people of the Scripture is eating of Suhoor”. [8]
( فصل ما بين صيامنا وصيام أهل الكتاب أكلة السحر ). صحي

“No doubt suhoor is a blessing that Allah has given to you, so don’t leave it”. [9]
( إن السحور بركة أعطاكموها الله فلا تدعوها ). صحيح

“No doubt Allah put blessing in suhoor and (just) measure”. [10]
( إن الله تعالى جعل البركة في السحور والكيل ). حسن

“Expedite the iftaar and delay the suhoor”. [11]
( بكروا بالإفطار و أخروا السحور ). صحيح

“Blessing is in three things: in the congregation (jama’ah), thareed (bread dipped in meat broth) and suhoor”. [12]
( البركة في ثلاثة: في الجماعة و الثريد و السحور ). صحيح

“Three things are from mannerisms of prophethood: expediting iftaar, delaying suhoor and placing the right hand over the left in prayer”. [13]
( ثلاث من أخلاق النبوة: تعجيل الإفطار وتأخير السحور ووضع اليمين على الشمال في الصلاة ). صحيح

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Alhamdulillah That Fills the Scale

An excerpt from a khutbah that I gave discussing the statement of the Prophet: “And Alhamdulillah fills the scale”.

The complete hadith is as follows:

( الطهور شطر الإيمان ، والحمد لله تملأ الميزان ، وسبحان الله والحمد لله تملآن – تملأ – ما بين السماوات والأرض ، والصلاة نور ، والصدقة برهان ، والصبر ضياء ، والقرآن حجة لك أو عليك ، كل الناس يغدو ، فبائع نفسه ، فمعتقها أو موبقها ) رواه مسلم

“Purity is half of faith and the praise of Allah fills the scale; glorification and praise fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Prayer is a light, charity is proof (of sincere faith), and patience is illumination. The Quran is a proof for you or against you; all people go out early in the morning and sell themselves, either setting themselves free or destroying themselves.”

The khutbah focuses on what alhamdulillah means, some examples of its usage in Qur’an and how alhamdulillah can fill the scale of good deeds.

Reality of Faith (Iman) – A Beautiful Hadith

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‏قال رسول الله (إن لكل شيء حقيقة و ما بلغ عبد حقيقة الإيمان حتى يعلم أن ما أصابه لم يكن ليخطئه و ما أخطأه لم يكن ليصيبه)صحيح رقم2150

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Everything has a reality. The reality of faith is that which has hit you couldn’t have missed you and that which has missed you couldn’t have hit you. No one can be a true slave of Allah unless he/she realizes the reality of faith.”

Some implications of this realization:

1) Letting bygones be bygones. If it didn’t happen then nothing could’ve made it happen.

2) Being positive and looking at the future. Dwelling on the past isn’t going to change it. Nothing I can do now will change it.

3) Not being down if opportunity is missed, nor overly excited if capitalized.
May Allah give us such incredible faith that leads to positive actions, ameen.

Tilawah: Attentive Reading/Following of the Qur’an

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Tilawah is generally translated as recitation and most often used in the context of reciting Qur’an. However, linguistically it has two basic meanings: to read and to follow.

The reading part is obvious from the general translation. However, to demonstrate that tilawah also means to follow, consider this: the Arabs would call a baby goat that was just weaned off its mother a “tilwu” (from tilawah) because it would follow the mother everywhere.

Check out the video and its 2nd part (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WfcFzaVtmM) for more details, the usage of the word in the Qur’an and its implications.