Welcome Greeting for Ramadan

This is a traditional greeting to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan. The origin of this greeting is unclear. But what is crystal clear is the command of the Prophet of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) to honour and serve guests to the best of our ability and means.

The blessed month of Ramadan is certainly an esteemed guest in our lives. The words of this greeting are meant to illustrate the reverence we have for the month and to create a bond with this once-a-year guest.

Welcome Greeting for Ramadan

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed satan
In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate

Greetings and welcome O month of Ramadan
Greetings and welcome O month of the Qur’an
Greetings and welcome O month of light
Greetings and welcome O month of gathering

Greetings and welcome O month of the poor
Greetings and welcome O month of repentence and return
Greetings and welcome O month of invocation and standing in supplication
Greetings and welcome O month of the poor and the weak

Greetings and welcome O month of doing one’s best
Greetings and welcome O month of the sinners
Greetings and welcome O month of victory and success
Greetings and welcome O month of intimate discourse and glorification

Greetings and welcome O month of the call and the guidance
Greetings and welcome O month of rest-between-prayers and standing to pray
Greetings and welcome O month of lanterns and lights
Greetings and welcome O month of coffers and treasures

Greetings and welcome O month of angels and safety
Greetings and welcome O month of breaking fast and eating before the fast
Greetings and welcome O month of tilling and of deafness to sin
Greetings and welcome O month of the weak

Greetings and welcome O month of repayment and reward
Greetings and welcome O month of fast and patience
Greetings and welcome O month of felicity
Greetings and welcome O month of the key

Greetings and welcome O month of union and reunion
Greetings and welcome O month of friendship and love
Greetings and welcome O master of all months
Greetings and welcome O month of Ramadan

We have not treated you according to your immense worth
Nor truly sanctified you, O month of forgiveness,
But be pleased with us nevertheless, do not blame us before the Merciful,
And testify for us with grace and goodness!

And Allah is the Guide.

Source: http://sunnah.org/ibadaat/fasting/recite_ramadan.htm

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Days of Allah – Ramadan

Day Name Resting Abode
1 ‘Urs Shah Nizamuddin Husain Niyazi Nazimi Chishti
Bio
Bareily, UP, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Fazal ‘Ali Qureshi Naqshbandi
Wiki
Miskeenpur, Punjab, PK
2 ‘Urs Ustaz Ahmad Sonhadji b. Mohamed Milatu
Bio
Singapore, SG
3 ‘Urs Sayyidatu-n Nisa Fatima al-Zahra al-Batul bint Rasuli-Llah – Wiki | Her Beautiful Names Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘Urs Khas Muhammad al-Shirwani
Bio
Damascus, RU
4 ‘Urs Abu-l Faraj ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
Bio
Bab al-Saghir, Damascus, SY
‘Urs ‘Abdu-Llah al-Fā’iz ad-Daghestani an-Naqshbandi
Bio
Damascus, SY
5 ‘Urs ‘Abd al-Mustafa A’zami
Student of Amjad ‘Ali A’zami
Ghosi, IN
‘Urs Muhammad Mohsin Bekas
Wiki
Rohri, PK
6 ‘Urs Hashim Pir Dastaghir Qadiri Shattari
Bio 1Bio 2 (scroll down) | William Dalrymple on Bijapur
Bijapur, KA, IN
7 ‘Urs Badruddin Ahmad Rizvi Qadiri
His Book (swaneh a’la Hadrat)
, IN
8 ‘Urs Samman Baba
Sufis of Ghazipur
Saidpur, IN
9 ‘Urs Companion ‘Abdu-Llah b. Mas’ud
Bio
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘’ ‘Urs Qadi Hamiduddin Naguri – Bio Delhi, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Mālik Muhammad ‘Ālam (Saīn Gudri Shāh Baba) – Bio | His Shrine Ajmir, IN
10 ‘Urs Nizamu-l Mulk Abu Ali al-Hasan al-Tusi
Bio by Shaikh Hamza Yusuf [pdf] | Wiki
Tus, IR
11 ‘Urs Ummu-l Mu’minīn Khadījah bint Khuwaylid al-Kubra
Wiki | A Ph.D Thesis
Makkatu-l Mukarramah
‘’ ‘Urs Haji Abdul Malik b. Hasan urf Haji Abdul Malek Sungai Pinang – Bio Sungai Pinang, MY
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja ‘Arifullah Shah
Bio
Kattumannar kovil, TN, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Habibullah Shah
Bio | His Maqam
Singapore, SG
12 ‘Urs Abu-l Faraj ibn al-Jawzi al-Qurashi al-Taymi al-Bakri
Bio 1 | Bio 2 | Meeting al-JilaniWiki
Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs ‘Isa b. Muhyuddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 177)
Qarafa, Cairo, EG
‘’ ‘Urs Imam al-‘Aidarus al-Akbar
Imams of the Valley (p. 43)
Zanbal, Tarim, YE
‘’ ‘Urs Habib ‘Alawi b. Shihab
Imams of the Valley (p. 113)
Tarim, YE
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Mahbūb Kāsim Chishtī
Bio
Calcutta, IN
13 ‘Urs * Abu-l Ḥasan Sarī as-Saqatī b. al-Mughallis
Bio
Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Mir Ahmad Ibrahim (Periya Hazrat)
Bio
Madurai, TN, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Muhammad Ibrahim Soofie Siddiqui
Bio (scroll down)
Ajmir, IN
14 ‘Urs Ummu-l Mu’minīn Safiyya bint Huyayy
Wiki | Response to anti-Islamic polemic
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘’ ‘Urs Abu-l Qasim ‘Umar b. Mas’ud al-Bazzaz
Qala’id al-Jawahir (p. 498)
Baghdad, IQ
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad Ghawth Shattari
Wiki | Shattari Sufism by Carl Ernst
Gwalior, MP, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Nathar Wali Tablē ‘Ālam Pādhshā
Bio
Trichy, TN, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Shah Abul Fadl Aal-e-Hamza Marehrawi
Bio
Marehra, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sachal Sarmast Mian Abdul Wahab
Bio  Website  Wiki  FaceBook
Karachi, PK
15 ‘Urs Al-Sayyid Muhammad b. ‘Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani
Obituary | Wiki
Makkatu-l Mukarramah
‘’ ‘Urs Sachal Sarmast Miyan ‘Abdul Wahhab Faruqi
Bio | Poem | Dargah | FaceBook | Wiki
Daraza Sharif, Sindh, PK
16 ‘Urs Sayyid Shah Abul Barakât Aal-e-Muhammad Marehrawi
Bio
Marehra, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat ‘Ali
Wiki | Daru-l Ehsan
Faisalabad, PK
‘’ ‘Urs Ayman Ahwal Abdul Qadir
Bio | Remember the Garden (YouTube)
Birmingham, GB
17 Ghazwatu-l Badr – Battle of Badr
Fethullah Gülen on Badr | Martin Lings on Badr
‘’ ‘Urs Ummu-l Mu’minīn ‘Ā’isha bint Abī Bakr as-Siddīq
Bio | Wiki
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘’ ‘Urs Ruqayyah bint Rasuli-Llah
Bio | Wiki
Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘’ ‘Urs Sharafuddin Bū ‘Alī Shāh Qalandar
Bio | Wiki | FaceBook
Panipat, HA, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid Muhammad Iqbāl Shāh Chishti Sābirī
Bio (of his son, Khalid) | Pic
Hyderabad, Sindh, PK
‘’ ‘Urs Shah Shahidullah Faridi (John Gilbert Lennard)
Wiki
Karachi, PK
18 ‘Urs Umm al-Mu’minīn Umm Salama Hind bint Abī Umayya – Bio 1 | Bio 2 Madinatu-l Munawwarah
‘’ ‘Urs Khwaja Nasīru-d Dīn Mahmūd Chirag Chishtī
Bio | Bio 2Wiki
Delhi, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Muhammad Lebbai (Lughavi Appa)
– Compiled the first ever Arabic-Arwi dictionary
Kayalpatnam, TN, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Rehān Razā Khān Rahmānī
Bio
Bareilly, IN
19 ‘Urs Abu-l Hasan ‘Ali b. Abu Bakr al-Haythami
Wiki
Cairo, EG
‘Urs Qâssim al-Khassâsi al-Fasi
Bio (French)
Matra al-Janna, Fez, MA
‘’ ‘Urs Sultan Iskandar Shah
NationalLibrary.sg | Wiki
Singapore, SG
20 Fathu-l Makkatu-l Mukarramah
Opening of Mecca the Blessed
‘’ ‘Urs * Imām Abū Turāb ‘Alī b. Abū Tālib b. ‘Abd al-Muttalib al-MurtadāBio | Bio 2 Najaf, IR
21 ‘Urs * Imām Abu-l Hasan ‘Alī b. Mūsā ar-Ridā
Brief Bio | His Famous Student
Mashhad, IR
‘’ ‘Urs Shah Shams Tabrez
His ShrineA Legend
Multan, PK
‘’ ‘Urs Shah ‘Ali Husain Baqi
Bio
Patna, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Muhammad Uthman Siraju-d Din al-Naqshbandi al-Khalidi – Bio 1 | Bio 2FaceBook Istanbul, TK
‘’ ‘Urs Sayyid ‘Abdul Rahman Jilani Dehlavi – Bio Delhi, IN
22 ‘Urs Muhaddith Abū ‘Abdullāh Muhammad ibn Yazīd ibn Majāh ar-Rab’i al-Qazwīnī – WikiBio Qazwin, IR
‘’ ‘Urs Hasan Raza Khan
His Book (Urdu)
Bareilly, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Ustaz Peer Mohamed b. Sina Rawtar
Bio
Singapore, SG
23 ‘Urs Sayyid Isma’il Tangal
Bio
Padur, KE, IN
‘Urs Abul Hasan ‘Ali al-Hasani al-Nadwi
Wiki
Raebareli, IN
24 ‘Urs Qalandar Mastan
Bio
Kadayanallur, TN, IN
25 ‘Urs Maryam bint Imran
Wiki | Chapter from a Book
Palestine
‘’ ‘Urs Abu-l Mukarram Qutbuddin Shah Musa Qadiri
Bio
Kaithal, HA, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Bediüzzaman Said Nursi
Wiki
Isparta, TR
‘’ ‘Urs Mahmud Anwaru-d Din
Bio
Taraikudi, IN
‘’ ‘Urs Lord Stanley of Alderley @ Abdul Rahman
Wiki
Alderley Park, GB
26 ‘Urs Nafisah al-Tahirah al-Misriyyah
Bio
Cairo, EG
27 ‘Urs Khwaja Salim Chishti
WikiBio
Fatehpur Sikri, IN
28 ‘Urs Muhaddith ‘Abdullah b. Mubarak
Bio in eBook
Baghdad, IQ
‘Urs Abū Zayd ‘Abdur Raḥmān b. Muḥammad b. Khaldūn Al-Hadrami
Wiki
Cairo, EG
29 ‘Urs Companion ‘Amr b. al-Āṣ
BioHis Mosque
Cairo, EG
‘’ ‘Urs Sidi ‘Ali al-Jamal al-Shadhili
Glimpses from his life | His stupendous book
Fez, MA
‘’ ‘Urs Shah Badruddin Awliya urf Badr Shah, Badr Pir
[Sufis of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, v.3, p.228]
Bakshi Bazaar, Chittagong, BD
‘’ ‘Urs Muhammad Khādim Hasan (Nawab Gudri Shāh Baba)
Bio
Ajmir, IN
30 ‘Urs Abu Ali al-Husain b. Abdullah b. Sina (Avicenna)
Wiki
Hamadan, IR

* Masters of the ‘Arusiyyah branch of the Qadiriyyah way of Islamic Spirituality DISCLAIMER: Please note that links to external websites are provided only for reference purposes. TAQWA (Singapore) is neither responsible for their content nor adhere to views expressed therein which may be contrary to our ethos and beliefs.

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Surah Al-Fath

Surah:

48 – Al-Fath (The Opening)

Verses:

29

Period:

Madani

Background

This honorable Surah was revealed after the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) returned from the area of Al-Hudaybiyyah, during the month of Dhul-Qa`dah, in the sixth year of Hijrah. This is when the idolaters prevented him from reaching Al-Masjid Al-Haram to perform the `Umrah he intended. They stopped the Prophet from reaching Makkah at that time, but then were prone to peace negotiations. A peace treaty was conducted stipulating that the Messenger would return this year and then come back for `Umrah the following year. The Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) agreed.

However, some of the Companions disliked these terms, including sayyidina `Umar bin Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him). After the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) slaughtered his sacrificial animals in the area where he was stopped and headed back to Al-Madinah, Allah, Most High, revealed this Surah about what occurred between him and the idolators. Allah declared the Al-Hudaybiyyah peace treaty a manifest victory, because of the benefits peace would carry and the good results that did originate from it.

Virtue of Surah al-Fath

Imam Ahmad records that sayyidina `Umar bin Al-Khattab said:

“We were with the Messenger of Allah salla-Llahu ‘alaihi wa sallam on a trip, and I asked him about a matter three times, but he did not answer me. So I said to myself, `May your mother lose you, O son of Al-Khattab! You were stubborn in repeating your question three times to the Messenger of Allah salla-Llahu ‘alaihi wa sallam; each time he did not respond to you.’

So I mounted my animal, my camel, and went ahead for fear that a part of the Qur’an might be revealed in my case. Suddenly, I heard a caller calling, `O `Umar!’ So, I went to the Messenger salla-Llahu ‘alaihi wa sallam while fearing that part of the Qur’an was revealed about me. The Prophet said:

Last night, a Surah was revealed to me that is dearer to me than this life and all that it contains: ‘Verily, We have given you a manifest victory. That Allah may forgive you your sins of the past and the future.‘”

— Al-Bukhari, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i collected this Hadith from several chains of narration through Malik, may Allah grant him His mercy

Benefits of Reciting Surah al-Fath

In Al-Munjiyat, Shaikhuna writes the following salient and experiential benefits to be accrued from reciting this surah:

Benefits for Regular Recitation

  • Attain the same reward if one had given the “Pledge of Support” to the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) under the shade of the tree where the “Treaty of Hudaibiyya” was recorded.
  • Attain the same reward if one had participated in the “Opening of Makka” [fathu-l makkah] with the Prophet of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace).

Benefits for Particular Days

  • If recited during the 3 days preceding the month of Ramadan, it will ward off the strain of fasting for the whole month
  • If recited during the 1st night of Ramadan, Allah’s protection and help will manifest for the year ahead

Allāh and His Beloved Messenger (upon him be blessings and peace) know best. And success and guidance is from Allah, eminent is His Glory.

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Khutba to Welcome Ramadan – 2

On the last day of Sha’ban, the day before the advent of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) delivered this soul-enriching and heart-inspiring sermon [khutba] to his beloved companions (may Allah be pleased with them):

“O people! There comes over you now a great month, a blessed month in which lies a night greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made fasting compulsory by day, and extra prayers recommended by night.

Whoever performs one good deed in it shall be rewarded like the one who had performed an obligation [fard] in any other time. And whoever performs a fard in it shall be given the reward of seventy in any other time.

This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq (sustenance) is increased.

Whoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast at sunset, for him shall be forgiveness of sins and emancipation from the fire of Jahannam (hell). For him shall also be the same reward as the one who fasted, without the latter’s reward being decreased in the least.”

Thereupon those listening to this fascinating and appealing message asked, “Not all of us possess the means to give a fasting person to break his fast.”

The sublime orator (Allah bless him and give him peace) replied, “Allah grants the same reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk.

This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s mercy, the middle of which brings His forgiveness, and the last of which brings freedom from the fire of Jahannam. Whoever lessens the burden of his servants (bondsmen) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Jahannam.

And in this month, four things you should continue to perform in great number; two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be that which you cannot do without.

That which shall be to please your Lord are that you should, in great quantity,

  1. bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite in abundance the sacrosanct kalimah tayyibah, ‘lâ ilâha illa-Llâh‘; and
  2. make much istighfâr (i.e. beg Allah’s forgiveness saying, ‘astaghfiru-Llâh‘)

As for that without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah,

  1. for entrance into Paradise; and
  2. refuge in Him from Hell

And whoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver to drink from my Fountain; a drink after which  he shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Paradise.”

And Allah is the Guide.

Source: M. Monawwar Ateeq’s “Preparing for Ramadan”

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Khutba to Welcome Ramadan – 1

This khutba was delivered by the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan:

“O people! The month of Ramadan has approached you with His mercy and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are the best among the days; its nights are the best among the nights. Its hours are the best among the hours.

This is a month in which He has invited you. You have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honors of Allah, the Merciful. In this holy month, when you breathe, it has the thawab (heavenly reward) of tasbih (the praise of Allah on rosary beads), and your sleep has the heavenly reward of worship.

Your good deeds are accepted in this month. So are your invocations. Therefore, you must invoke your Lord, in right earnest, with hearts that are free from sins and evils, that Allah may bless you; observe fast in this month, and recite the Holy Quran.

Verily! The person who may not receive the mercy and benevolence of Allah in this month must be very unfortunate having an end as bad (in the Hereafter).

While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst of tomorrow in the Day of Judgment. Give alms to the poor and the needy. Pay respects to your elders.

Have pity on those younger than you and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen. Guard your tongues against unworthy words, and your eyes from such scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from such sounds that should not be heard by you.

Be kind to orphans so that when your children become orphans they also may be treated with kindness. Do invoke that Allah may forgive your sins. Do raise your hands at the time of Salat (Prayers), as it is the best time for asking His mercy. When we invoke at such times, we are answered by Him, when we call Him, He responds, and when we ask for anything, it is accepted by Him.

O People! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires; make it free by invoking Him for forgiveness. Your back is breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate before Him for long intervals and make it lighter.

O People! If anybody amongst you arranges for the iftar (food for the breaking of the fast) of any believer, then Allah will give him a reward as if he has set free a slave. He will forgive his minor sins.

Then the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) said: “But everybody amongst us does not have the means to do so.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) told them, “Keep yourself away from the Fire of Hell by inviting people for iftar, though it may consist of only half a date or simply with water if you have nothing else.”

Anybody who does not tease others in this month, Allah will keep him safe from His wrath in Qiyamah. Anybody, who respects and treats an orphan with kindness in this month, Allah shall look at him with dignity in Qiyamah. Anybody who treats well his kinsmen, in this month, Allah will bestow His mercy on him in Qiyamah, while anybody who maltreats his kinsmen in this month, Allah will keep him away from His mercy, in Qiyamah.

Whoever offers sunnah prayers in this month, Allah will give him a certificate of freedom from Hell. Whosoever offers one obligatory prayer in this month, for him the Angels will write the rewards of 70 such prayers, which were offered by him in any other months.

Whosoever repeatedly sends peace and blessings upon me, Allah will keep the scales of his deeds heavy.

Whosoever recites in this month only one verse of the Quran, he will be rewarded in a manner as if he had recited the full Quran.”

And Allah is the Guide.

Source: http://www.alhaddad.org/blog/?p=1517

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