Thursday, October 31, 2013

Munkarate Muharram by Mufti Rasheed Ahmed r.a

Ashura day is the 10th day or Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar). Since the beginning of this world, Ashura day has been a very important day. On this day great signs of Allah’s power and glory have appeared in the world. On this day many Prophets were born and they were instituted to the office of prophecy. On this day, Prophets, Saints and Sincere servants of Allah were blessed with miracles and spiritual powers. 
On Ashura Day the following have taken place: 
1. Repentance of Prophet Adam (Allah’s blessing be upon him) was accepted by Allah
2. The ship of Prophet Nuh (Noah) (Allah’s blessing be upon him) came to rest on a mountain called Al-Judi.
3. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was born on this day.
4. He got the title Khalil-ullah (friend of Allah) on this day.
5. The fire in which Prophet Ibrahim (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was thrown by the kingNamrud become cool and means of safety for Prophet Ibrahim, by the order of Allah.
6. Allah delivered Prophet Ayub (Job) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) from distress and he was restored to prosperity.
7. By the Grace of Allah, Prophet Yunas (Jonah) (Allah’s blessings be upon him), after being swallowed by a huge fish (whale) for forty days, was casted out on the shore.
8. Prophet Mussa (Moses) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) got victory over Pharaoh.
9. Prophet Suleman (Solomon) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was made a king to rule over mankind, Jins, Animals and the air.
10. Prophet Idris (Enoch) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) and Prophet Issa (Jesus) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) were lifted up alive.
11. Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of our beloved Prophet, got martyred at Karbala in Iraq.
12. The day of resurrection and judgement will take place on this day (Ashura)
 (Ghunia-Al-Talibeen & Tafseer-e-Sawi)    
Things to do on Ashura Day 
It is Mustahab (desirable) to practice the following on Ashura day: 
  1. To give to charity
  2. To offer Naf’l (optional) prayers
  3. To read Surah Iklas 1000 times
  4. To visit rightful Ullamas (Islamic Scholars)
  5. To take a bath
  6. To be kind to orphans
  7. To provide food generously to family members
  8. To apply Surmah (Collyrium) to the eyes
  9. To cut nails
  10. To visit the sick
  11. To Invoke blessings (Dua)
  12. To commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him)
 (Fazial Al-Shahoor Wal Ayyam) 
Prayers for Ashura Day 
1. Perform 2 rakaats Naf’l prayer, after having a bath. In each rakaat recite Surah Fatiha once,Surah Iklas 10 times. On completion of the prayer recite Ayaat-ul-kursi once and DaroodIbrahim 9 times followed by the Ashura Day dua.
2. Perform 6 rakaats Naf’l prayer.
In each rakaat recite the following once:
    1. Surah Fatiha
    2. Surah Wa-Shams
    3. Surah Qadr
    4. Surah Zulzilah
    5. Surah Iklas
    6. Surah Falaq
    7. Surah Na’as
On completion of this prayer read surah Al-Kafiroon once in Sajdah and then invoke the blessings of Allah. It has been written in Ghuniya-Al-Talibeen that after performing this prayer whatever good is asked for Allah is granted. 
3. Perform four rekaats Naf’l prayer
In each rekaat recite Surah Fatiha once and Surah Iklas 50 times. Allah will forgive 50 years of sins and a palace will be prepared in paradise. (Rahatul Kulub).

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