Although most people think it occurs only on the 27th of Ramaḍān, Laylatu l-Qadr can occur at any time during the whole year. You must consider every night as possibly being this holy night and every person as possibly being al-Khiḍr (as).
The Qadr Night or Laylat al-Qadr (Arabic: لیلة القدر), variously rendered in English as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny] or Night of Measures, is, in Islam , the night when the Quran was first sent down from Heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad. According to many Muslim sources, its exact date is uncertain but it was one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Since that time, Muslims have regarded the last ten nights of Ramadan as being especially blessed. Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes with blessings and mercy of God in abundance, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who carry it out according to God’s Grace.
Shia Muslims similarly believe that Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last ten odd nights of Ramadan but mostly on the 19th, 21st or 23rd of Ramadan with 23rd being the most important night. The 19th, according to the Shia belief, coincides with the night Ali was attacked in the Mihrab while worshipping in the Great Mosque of Kufa. He died on 21 Ramadan. Shia Muslims believe that Ali (the first Shia Imam, and the fourth caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate to Sunnis) had special insight and intimacy with Allah on this night. Imam Sadiq is quoted as saying (Tafsir “al-Burhan”, vol. 4, p. 487):
Once Imam Ali was reciting Surat al-Qadr and his sons, Imam Hasan (a) and Imam Husayn (a) were near him. Imam Husayn (a) asked his father: “Father, how come we feel a different sensation when you recite this surah?” Imam Ali(a) replied, “O son of the Prophet and my son! I know things from this chapter that you are not aware of now. When this surah was sent down to the Prophet he asked me to go to him. When I went to him he recited this surah, then he put his hand on my right shoulder and said: O my brother and my successor! O the leader of my nation after me! O tireless fighter with my enemies! This surah is yours after me, and is for your two sons after you. Gabriel who is my brother among the angels informs me of the events of one year of my nation at the night of Qadr. And after me he will give this information to you. This surah will always have a shining light in your heart and in the heart of your successors until the rising of the dawn of the day of reappearance of Qa’im [the one who rises, a title for the Islamic Messiah, Mahdi].”
Today, 21 April 2022, marks the 100th birthday of Maulana Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani( q). May Allah grant him the Highest Maqam!
On April 21 1922, Shaykh Sharafu d-Dīn (q) informed Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh (q) that a baby was born in faraway Cyprus who would be a pure inheritor of the Prophet ﷺ and bring many to the guidance of Islām. Today is the hundredth anniversary of Mawlana Shaykh Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī’s (q) birth, a day to be thankful.
Islam: the Freedom to Serve
«We ask to be no-one and nothing, For, as long as we are someone, we are not complete.»
Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem
The world is rolling slowly and irresistibly into a dark tunnel.
Nobody knows what will happen in this tunnel. We only know of its existence because Allah Almighty has informed us of it. We know from prophetic utterances that this tunnel will have an end and that of all those who enter it, only a few will reappear.These are not my own words. It is mentioned in all of the Holy Books which say, when human beings stop listening to reason, when they throw wisdom out of the window and follow only the advice of their egos, they will slide into a narrow,terrible tunnel. This tunnel will wash away all evil and all dirt. Now day by day, step by step, the world is sinking deeper into it.
Darkness is spreading, and outside the air is frozen. The way through this tunnel is difficult, very difficult, but those who are fortunate enough to leave it again, will find themselves in a world suffused with light and peace. May the Lord Allah Almighty help us. We beg for help in the battle against our most terrible enemy, our own ego, in the battle against our-selves.
Gun-barrels, tanks and bombs are not in the position to call it to a halt. It is only too familiar with such weapons and does not fear them at all.
No, the only weapon which can stop its terrible course, the only one which can teach it fear, is something completely different. It is something which hardly any-one thinks about any more when he is looking for help.
It is the unity of God.
It only submits to that. This, and nothing else, is the message of Islam. All religions agree upon this. They all call people to the unity of Allah Almighty and gather them together into this unity.
They all tell us how we can attain to the power of God or how we can be prepared for it to come to us.
When people meet in the unity of Almighty God, then wars will cease between them. This is something which our ego does not want to happen at all. It is not in its interest that it happens. It does not want to come together with anything or anyone. It wants to be alone and to stay alone, always in front, always on top. Nobody may accompany it, nobody may go alongside it, others must be underneath it, at its feet.
These are its demands, and so it remains from the beginning of mankind to the end. However, religions do not accept this. When we say lâ ilâha illâ Llah, there is no God except Allah, then everyone who says this wholeheartedly is called into the Oneness of God Almighty.
Sohbat Sheikh Hassan after Tarawih Prayers during Ramadan 1443 Hijri on 15.04.2022 in the Sufi Dergah Osmanische Herberge Kall, Germany. Sheikh Hassan recommanded :
The Key to Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation
This is the first English translation of Miftah al-falah, a thirteenth century Sufi text, written by Ibn Ata Allah, one of the great masters of the Shadhili Sufi order. It is considered to be one of his most important works because it sets out the principles of actual Sufi mystical practices, shedding light on the sacred invocations, and associated practices, such as the spiritual retreat. Written in a clear, lucid style, it offers a glimpse into the Sufi world of the 7th Islamic century and allows us to see almost at first hand how the novice was guided by the Sufi Shaykh and, above all, the purpose and preparation involved in engaging in the invocation, dhikhru’llah. Ibn Ata’ Allah sets out to define it, to explain its nature and power, to show its results and to prove that it is part of the Prophet’s Sunna, or practice. The author goes to great lengths to point out many Qur’anic verses where dhikru’llah is mentioned and cites many noted authorities. Read hereFREE DOWNLOAD.
This is an impressive image by Rumi, for it portrays the human condition, the fact that the only creature with a certain amount of free will is situated between beast and angel, between the world of pure matter and that of pure spirit. If he follows his lower instincts, he will fall deeper than any animal, for the animals are constrained in their actions and have no choice. If, however, he purifies himself and develops his God-given spiritual qualities, he will reach a station higher than the angels, for angels, too, cannot act according to their own inclination; their role of constant worship and obedience is once and for all prescribed. Humans, however, have to wander along an extremely narrow path as they choose between good and evil, matter and spirit; they are, as Maulana says, like ducks, which belong to both water and earth; or else they are half honeybee, half snake, capable of producing both honey and venom. Did not the angels cry out in horror when the Lord told them at the beginning of time that He would place a vice-regent on earth, whereupon they foresaw that the new creature would he “bloodshedding and ignorant” (Sura 2/31)?
But God knew better what He was planning, and so the angels had to prostrate themselves before the newly created Adam, who thus became masjud al-mala’ika, “the one before whom the angels fell down.” He was singled out by the Divine Word in the Koran: karamna, “We have honored the children of Adam” (Sura 17/70). Maulana reminds his listeners time and again of this Divine Word, and he sees the greatest danger to humanity in the risk of their forgetting the high position allotted to them by God. God “taught Adam the names” (Sura 2/32). Read more here….
Ramadan is not just a month of fasting, but a month of spiritual healing. Presented from an interfaith perspective as a means to motivate believers to action, the articles by such famous writers as Muhammad al-Ghazzali, Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Imam Jawziyya, Ibn Sireen, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mawlana Mawdudi and Laleh Bakhtiar include essays on both the Law and the Way. They are divided into the traditional threefold method of spiritual healing, namely, knowledge, inner processing and action. Read more here
Ramadan for Children
The Mysteries of Charity & Fasting for Children
Understanding the spiritual meanings on which the practices of Islam are based, opens up the vastness of the inner life. Even though young Muslim children are not yet obliged to fast or pay zakat, the virtues and spiritual dimensions on which these are based can easily be introduced and comprehended even by five-year olds. Imam al-Ghazali’s stories and metaphors offer an effective way for parents to communicate with their children, in a language which can be used and directly related to the occurrences within everyday life. In the following two books of the Ihya, such virtues as generosity, gratitude, selflessness, reflection, self-discipline, patience, honesty, moderation, and trust in God’s loving wisdom are no longer abstract concepts but can be clearly seen instead as urgent and absolutely relative to each individual. We are indeed blessed to have Imam al-Ghazali’s systematic presentation of aspects belonging to the inner sunna and his detailed map for guarding and perfecting our innate and noble nature. Read Here ordownload
Ramadan Treasure Fun with Imam Al-Ghazali – 27 Days Exploring The Book of Fasting
A Ramadan surprise offering carefully prepared by a group of Ghazali home and pilot school educators. The first activity begins with moonsighting today. read here
Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240) has long been known as a great spiritual master. His many works of prose and poetry are beginning to be more accessible in translation in Western languages. They possess the remarkable quality of being able to speak to people of all walks of life and belief, across the apparent barrier of many centuries and differing cultures. Despite this growing interest, the prayers which are attributed to him remain little-known. They provide a most precious glimpse into the real practice of the mystical life within the Sufi tradition. This is the first time that any of Ibn ‘Arabi’s prayers have been published in another language. This particular collection is one of the most beautiful, having been revered in the Islamic world for centuries. There are fourteen prayers, one for each day and night of the week. They include not only the most astounding expressions of contemplation and devotion to God, but also an unparalleled depth of knowledge of Union (tawhid). As the translators show in their introduction, the very structure of the prayers is a mode of contemplation, since for Ibn ‘Arabi the weekly cycle itself is sacred. These prayers are presented with notes and appendices. Translation: Pablo Beneito / Stephen Hirtenstein The Seven Days of the Heart: Prayers for the Nights and Days of the WeekFREE DOWLOAD
Today is the holy day of Jum’ah. One Jum’ah and one week of Ramadan are over. Last Jum’ah was Sha’ban. And this time it fell on Ramadan. A week has passed, and today is the 7th of Ramadan. Holy Ramadan is passing very quickly. Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla granted as a present the day of Jum’ah to the Ummah of our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with its blessings. Its virtues are very great. It has certain duties. Sunnah and Mustahabb were given by Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla to us to do them in order to reach more virtues and light. They were given as a present. One of them is Surat al-Kahf. Our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says that whoever reads it on Friday, Allah جل جلاله gives him light from that Friday until the next Friday as much as the distance from the East to the West. The light cannot be bought; these things should be done to have it. Therefore, whoever reads Surat al-Kahf every Friday attains great Thawab and virtues, both physically and spiritually. Also, whoever reads the first and the last [ten] Ayat of Surat al-Kahf will be protected from the evil of Dajjal, says our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم .He will be protected from his Fitnah. The appearance of Dajjal is near, as it is the end of times already. That is why we should read it for sure. If not all of it, read a couple of Ayat [from the beginning] and read the last [ten] Ayat. Read the last [ten] Ayat as well so that you are protected from this evil and Fitnah. Read more here