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Remembering the Night of Ascension by Khalida
August 15, 2008, 11:53 pm
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By Mubeen Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Mimbar.

Ya Lail

If  I close my eyes,
I can remember
The thought of you.
You bring peace to my inner soul;
The stillness, the quiet…
I wonder how many Others are out there,
Ya Lail,
In wonderment of you.
The hours pass quickly,
But my love!
You share with me your love
Of the Beloved:
Of Mujtaba, Ha Meem, Ta Ha.

If I close my eyes, I can remember

The thought of you.

How lucky the night!
The day is jealous to witness Ascension.
The sun, bright of jalal, weeps
not to have beheld his travel to the Masjid far.
Even the moon felt apart.
Only the Lail
Enrobed Mustafa, Noorul Hudaa, Rasool e Khuda
Peace be upon you!
If my eyes do not weep for you,
it is because they haven’t seen through
The veils of the Lail
and how it accompanied you
with silent noor, angels wings,
bright and glistening of perfume were you,
on that night.



Reflections On The Sacred Month Of Rajab by Khalida
July 26, 2008, 1:34 am
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“Glory be to the One who travelled at night with His slave from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, whose precincts We have blessed that We might show him some of Our signs. He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 17: Ayat 1. (Masjid al Aqsa, Jerusalem, is shown below.)

In the book Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth, by Hadrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani, may Allah’s mercy be upon him, the manner in which to honor the 27th of Rajab, and the peculiarities of Rajab, Sha’baan, and Ramadaan, are all mentioned:
“Al Hasan al Basri, may Allah’s mercy be upon him, said: ‘When the 27th of Rajab came around, Abdullah ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, would start the day as a mutakif (i.e., as someone who follows the practice called i’tikaaf, meaning withdrawal into a state of seclusion in order to concentrate on religious devotions, especially while fasting). He would devote the whole morning to prayer, up to and including the obligatory ritual prayer at noon. After performing the noon prayer, he would stroll about for a little while to stretch his legs.’”
Peculiarites of Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadaan.
From the same text, the following are some of the many traditional sayings in which Rajab is mentioned along with Sha’baan and Ramadaan:
“‘Rajab is for giving up crude behaviour (jafaa’), Sha’baan is for good work and redemption (wafaa’), and Ramadaan is for honesty and candor (safaa).’
“‘Rajab is the month of repentance (tawba), Sha’baan is the month of loving affection (mahabba), and Ramadaan is the month of nearness (qurba).’
“‘Rajab is the month of sanctity (hurma), Sha’baan is the month of service (khidma), and Ramadaan is the month of blessed grace (ni’ma).’
“‘Rajab is the month of worship (‘ibaada), Sha’baan is the month of abstinence (zahaada), and Ramadaan is the month of enhancement (ziyaada).’
“‘Rajab is the month in which Allah multiplies good deeds (hasanaat), Sha’baan is the month in which atonement is made for bad deeds (sayyi’aat), and Ramadaan is the month in which gifts of grace (karaamaat) [miraculous manifestations] can be expected.’
“‘Rajab is the month of those who race ahead (saabiqeen), Sha’baan is the month of those who practice moderation (muqtasideen), and Ramadaan is the month of disobedient sinners (‘aaseen).’
“It was Dhun Nun al Misri (the Egyptian, may Allah bestow His mercy upon him) who said: ‘Rajab is for giving up things that cause harm (aafaat), Sha’baan is for the active practice of worshipful obedience (taa’aat), and Ramadaan is for the expectation of gifts of grace (karaamaat). So, if a person fails to abstain from things that are harmful; if he does not engage in the active practice of worshipful obedience; and if he does not wait expectantly for the gifts of grace; he must be one of those folk who are only interested in trivial pursuits (ahl at turrahaat).’
“He also said (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him): ‘Rajab is the month of sowing, Sha’baan is the month of watering, and Ramadaan is the month of the harvest. Everyone reaps what he sows, and everyone is recompensed for what he does.’
“If a person wastes the time he should devote to cultivation, he will regret it on his day of harvesting. He will realize in retrospect that he was sowing nothing but a bleak future for himself.”
Night of Ascension a Physical Occurrence.
Ash Shifaa, the Book of Healing, by Qadi ‘Iyad, was written on the premise that by coming to know and understand the most blessed qualities of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, a person’s worldly and next-worldly life is healed of all affliction, due to the love that the Almighty holds for our Master Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
Qadi ‘Iyad writes: “Most of the early scholars agree, and the Muslims also believe, that the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him, went on the Night Journey in his physical body while he was awake. This is the truth, and has been stated by (the holy personages of) Ibn ‘Abbas, Jabir, Anas, Hudhayfa, Abu Hurayra [and many more]…
“The true, sound position in this, Allah willing, is that the Night Journey was both in spirit and in body throughout the entire event. The ayaat (pl.), or signs contained in Holy Qur’an, the sound traditions and considered opinion all indicate this. One does not abandon the truth of the literal meaning [in Holy Quran] for interpretation [by analogy] except when nothing else is possible.
“That the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, went on the Night Journey in body, while awake, is not impossible. If it had been a dream, Allah the Most High would have said, ‘with the spirit of His slave,’ instead of (here we quote the full ayat) ‘Glory be to the One who travelled at night with His slave from the Masjid al-Haram to the Further Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed that We might show him some of Our signs. He is the Hearing, the Seeing.’ (Surah 17: Ayat 1) Allah ta’ala also says, ‘The eye did not swerve, nor did it sweep away.’ (Surah 53:Ayat16)
“If it had only been a dream, then it would not have involved either a sign or a miracle. The unbelievers would not have thought it impossible and rejected it, and the weak Muslims would not have been doubtful about it and found it a test, since things like this are not unknown in dreams. This doubt only arose because they knew that the report of the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, indicated it being his physical body, while awake…  Ibn ‘Abbas said, ‘It was a direct vision which he saw with his own eyes. It was not a dream.’”