Istikhara – The guidance prayer

Posted on March 11, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

We all have had a time in our life when we’ve had to make a decision,
at times we’ve all felt a need to get guidance, or to be shown the correct way. 
Making a decision will affect not just us but those around us, as a
consequence we may make a good or bad choice, what we
perceive as bad maybe considered good by someone else.

In these times of uncertainty there is a specific prayer for guidance
(Salat-l-Istikhara) that you can do to ask for Allah’s help in making your decision. 
Allah knows what is best for you.
It is recommended to open the dua of istikhara [below],
with praise of Allah and sending blessings on the Prophet
(Allah bless him & give him peace), and to close it in this manner, too.
Like other duas, it is recommended that one face the qibla.

It is disliked to ‘hasten’ in seeking the answer to one’s istikhara,
like other duas, because the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace)
said, “Your prayers are answered, unless you hasten, saying,
‘I prayed, but no answer came.'”

The way to perform Istikhara is to first pray two cycles of ritual
prayer [raka’] and after finishing prayer
[salam] then recite this (supplication/dua’) (it does not have to be
recited in Arabic but can be recited in your own language)

The Prophet Muhammad said, “If one of you is concerned about some
practical undertaking, or about making plans for a journey, he should
perform two cycles (rak’atain) of voluntary prayer.” 
Then he/she should say the following du’a:

Oh Allah! I seek Your guidance by virtue of Your knowledge, and
I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. 
You have power; I have none.  And You know; I know not. 
You are the Knower of hidden things.

Oh Allah!  If in Your knowledge, (this matter/decision*) is good for my
religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then
ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. 
And if in Your knowledge, (this matter/decision *) is bad for my religion,
my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then turn it
away from me, and turn me away from it.  And ordain for me the good
wherever it may be, and make me content with it.

Transliteration:

Allahumma inni astakheeroka bi ilmik.  Wa’astaq-diroka biqodratik. 
Wa’as’aloka min fadlikal-azeem.  Fa’innaka taqdiru wala aqdir. 
Wata lamo wala-a lam.  Wa’anta-allamul ghuyoob.

Allahumma in kunta ta lamu anna (hathal-amra*) khayul-lee fi deenee
wama ashi wa ajila amri wa’ajilah, faqdorho lee, wayassirho lee,
thomma-barik lee fih.  Wa’in konta ta lamo anna (hathal-amra*)
sharrul-lee fi deenee.  Wama ashi.  Wa ajila amri. 
Wa’ajilaho.  Fasrifho annee.  Wasrifnee anh.  Waqdur leyal-khayr haytho kan. 
Thomma ardini bih.

*When making the du’a, the actual matter or decision should be
mentioned instead of the words “hathal-amra” (“this matter/decision “).

* After doing salat-l-istikhara, you may feel more inclined toward a
decision one way or the other.  Some people report seeing dreams that
may reveal a course to follow, but it is not required to see a dream.

It is better to do istakhara seven (7) times and right after reciting
the dua, given above, sleep with ablution

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Dhikr ~ Remembrance of God

Posted on January 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum

As new muslims we sometimes get bombarded with too much information and feel that we need to learn things instantly to be able to ‘pratice’ our religion correctly. Well, we are all human and things just do not work out that easily, we need time and patience to perform our prayers, to recite Quran, or even simply to just ‘live’ as a muslim. I am posting this thread to help with the
Dhikr – it is the remebrance of Allah ~ we must try and remember to thank God each and every day of our lives. Here are some established methods of
doing Dhikr…please keep them in mind… when your mind wanders…let it wander in the praise of God!

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The most well known dhikr is saying:

Subhanallah 33 times
Al Hamduallah 33 times
Allahu Akhbar 33 times

From this Hadith:
He (saas) is reported as saying: “Whoever glorifies Allah at the end of every Salaat 33 times (subhanallah), and praises Allah 33 times (Al-hamdulillah), and utters the word of Greatness 33 times, (Allahu Akbar) that is ninety nine, then completes it with one hundred, saying:
`Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu laa sharika lahuu lahul Mulk wa lahul hamd wa huwa `alaa k ulli shay in qadeer,
his shortcomings will be forgiven, even if it is as large as the froth of the sea.” (Muslim)  

This can be done after saying your Salah ~ You finish your salah with saying of ‘assalam alaikum wa rahmatuallah’, while turning your head to the right and left. Then you may recite 3 times ‘astaghfirullah’ (I seek Allah’s forgiveness)
From this Hadith:

Quote:
Thauban (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) finished his Salat (prayer), he would beg forgiveness three times [by saying, `Astaghfirullah’ (3 times) ~ ‘ Imam Al-Auza`i (one of the subnarrators) of this Hadith was asked: “How forgiveness should be sought?” He replied: “I say: Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness from Allah. I seek forgiveness from Allah).”
(Muslim).]
and then say the above Dhikr

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Short Quranic Verses

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Salah | Tags: , , |

Short verses

In your Salah (daily prayers) you must recite portions of the Quran
There are several shorter surah’s (verses) that you may say after the recitation
of Al-Fatiha. These are a list of some of them in English as well as in transliteration.

Al-Ikhlas – The Purity (112:1-4)

Qul huwa Allahu ahad
Allahu assamad
Lam yalid walam yoolad
Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.

Al-‘Asr – The Time (103-1-3)

WalAAasr
Inna alinsana lafee khusr
Illa allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo assalihati
watawasaw bilhaqqi watawasaw bissabr

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
Verily Man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and
(join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience
and Constancy.

Al-Fil – The Elephant (105 :1-5)

Alam tara kayfa faAAala rabbuka biashabi alfeel
Alam yajAAal kaydahum fee tadleel
Waarsala AAalayhim tayran ababeel
Tarmeehim bihijaratin min sijjeel
FajaAAalahum kaAAasfin makool

Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the Companions of the Elephant?
Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray?
And He sent against them Flights of Birds,
Striking them with stones of baked clay.
Then did He make them like an empty field of stalks and straw,
(of which the corn) has been eaten up.

Quraish (106:1-4)

Lieelafi quraysh
Eelafihim rihlata ashshitai wassayf
FalyaAAbudoo rabba hatha albayt
Allathee atAAamahum min jooAAin waamanahum min khawf

For the covenants (of security and safeguard enjoyed) by the Quraish,
Their covenants (covering) journeys by winter and summer,-
Let them adore the Lord of this House,
Who provides them with food against hunger, and
with security against fear (of danger).

Al-Kauthar – A River in Paradise (108:1-3)

Inna aAAtaynaka alkawthar
Fasalli lirabbika wanhar
Inna shaniaka huwa alabtar

To thee have We granted the Fount (of Abundance).
Therefore to thy Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice.
For he who hateth thee, he will be cut off (from Future Hope).

Al-Kafirun – The Disbelievers (109:1-6)

Qul ya ayyuha alkafiroon
La aAAbudu ma taAAbudoon
Wala antum AAabidoona ma aAAbud
Wala ana AAabidun ma Aaabadtum
Wala antum AAabidoona ma aAAbud
Lakum deenukum waliya deen

Say : O ye that reject Faith!
I worship not that which ye worship,
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
To you be your Way, and to me mine.

An-Nasr – The Help (110:1-3)

Itha jaa nasru Allahi walfath
Waraayta annasa yadkhuloona fee deeni Allahi afwaja
Fasabbih bihamdi rabbika wastaghfirhu innahu kana tawwaba

When comes the Help of Allah, and Victory
And thou dost see the people enter Allah’s Religion in crowds,
Celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and pray for His Forgiveness:
For He is Oft-Returning (in Grace and Mercy).

Al-Masad – The Palm Fiber (111:1-5)

Tabbat yada abee lahabin watab
Ma aghna AAanhu maluhu wama kasab
Sayasla naran thata lahab
Wamraatuhu hammalata alhatab
Fee jeediha hablun min masad

Perish the hands of the Father of Flame! Perish he!
No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains!
Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of Blazing Flame!
His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood – As fuel!-
A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!
Al-Falaq – The Day Break (113:1-5)

Qul aAAoothu birabbi alfalaq
Min sharri ma khalaq
Wamin sharri ghasiqin itha waqab
Wamin sharri annaffathati fee alAAuqad
Wamin sharri hasidin itha hasad

Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn
From the mischief of created things;
From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;
From the mischief of those who practise secret arts;
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practises envy.

An-Nas – The Mankind (114:1-6)

Qul aAAoothu birabbi annas
Maliki annas
Ilahi annas
Min sharri alwaswasi alkhannas
Allathee yuwaswisu fee sudoori annas
Mina aljinnati wannas

Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,
The King (or Ruler) of Mankind,
The Allah (for judge) of Mankind,-
From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper),-
(The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,-
Among Jinns and among men.

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Sunah – Nafilah & additional prayers

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Salah | Tags: , |

From the chart below, every Salah is made up of Fard, the obligatory prayers, Sunnah and Nafilah or additional prayers.

The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said these extra prayers before or after the prescribed Fard prayers.

These are recommended. The sequence of these additional prayers is as follows:

 

Name of Salah Number of Sunnah before Fard Number of Fard Number of Sunnah after Fard Number of Nafilah
Fajr

2

2

Zuhr

4

4

2

2

`Asr

4

4

Maghrib

3

2

2

`Isha

4

4

2

2+3+2

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