Sunday, August 31, 2008

Rewards of Performing Taraweeh

According to Áli ibn Abí Tâlib , when our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was asked about the virtue of the Tárawíh and the reward for doing them, he said :

Almighty Allah forgives all the sins of a mu'min.

Your sins including your mu'min parents sins are forgiven.

Below the Arsh-Allah's throne there an angel proclaims,"O, MU'MIN make good deeds with sincerity, Allah has forgiven your past sins"

You are awarded the sawaab of reading Thaurat, Injeel, Zaboor and the Quraan Majid.

You get sawaab equal to that which you would gain if you read your salaat in masjid Haram, Medina Munawara and masjid Aqsa.

You gain the sawaab of the Tawaaf made by the 70,000 angels made at Baitul Mamoor on the 7th sky.

You receive the sawaab of those good people who helped Musa A.S. when he fought Fir'un and Haman.

The rewards for the 8th taraweeh are equal to the sawaab awarded to Ibrahim A.S.

The rewards of this night are equivalent to the sawaabs awarded to our HOLY PROPHET - MUHAMMED S.A.W. [P.B.U.H]

10th NIGHT
Allah proclaims for you all the best in the world.

11th NIGHT
The reward for this night is that when a mu'min leaves this world, he goes with faith {Imaan}

12th NIGHT
On the day of resurrection you will appear with a face with so much (Nur) lustre on it, as much as the lustre of the 14th moon.

13th NIGHT
On the day of resurrection, you will be protected from evil.

14th NIGHT
On the day of resurrection, the angels will be witnesses for the taraweeh you are performing. On this evidence Allah will grant your entry into Paradise without account.

15th NIGHT
All the Malaikaas, the Hoories and the Arsh-wa-Kursie (Allah's throne) plead for you before Allah for his mercy.

16th NIGHT
Allah gives instructions: to free you from Hell - to allow you entrance to Paradise.

17th NIGHT
Allah grants you the sawaab of the Anbiya (Prophets)

18th NIGHT
On this night a angel announces that Allah is happy with you, and your parents.

19th NIGHT
The reward for this night is that Allah makes your position greater in Paradise.

20th NIGHT
On this night Allah rewards you by granting to you the sawaab of the martyred and the pious.

21st NIGHT
On this night, Allah builds a house with lustre for you in Paradise.

22nd NIGHT
On the resurrection ground you will arrive duly freed from sorrow and worry.

23rd NIGHT
On this night Allah makes a garden ("shaher") for you in Paradise.

24th NIGHT
On this night Allah grants twenty-four duas (wishes).

25th NIGHT
Allah lifts his punishment form your grave.

26th NIGHT
Allah increases for you the sawaab of 40 years.

27th NIGHT
The rewards for this night of Taraweeh are that you will be able to cross the Pul-Siraat (bridge) like lightning.

28th NIGHT
Your position in Paradise is increased by one stage.

29th NIGHT
Allah Ta'aala grants the sawaab of 1,000 "makabul" (accepted) Haj.

30th NIGHT
By performing this night of taraweeh you would be one of the many persons who, on the day of resurrection will hear Allah Ta'aala say in Paradise, "Eat whichever fruit you like to eat, bathe with the water of Salsabil and drink the Kauser water! I am thy Lord and you are my person ! "

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Virtues of Hijab

1.An act of obedience.

The hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (pbuh), Allah says in the Qur'an: `It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His messenger have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed strayed in a plain error.' (S33:36).

Allah also said: 'And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not to show off their adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof, that they should draw their veils over their Juyubihinna.'(S24:31).

Juyubihinna: The respected scholars from As-Salaf As-Saleh (righteous predecessors) differed whether the veil cover of the body must include the hands and face or not. Today, respected scholars say that the hands and face must be covered. Other respected scholars say it is preferable for women to cover their whole bodies.

2.The Hijab is IFFAH (Modesty).

Allah (subhana wa'atala) made the adherence to the hijab a manifestation for chastity and modesty. Allah says: 'O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not molested.' (S33:59). In the above Ayaah there is an evidence that the recognition of the apparent beauty of the woman is harmful to her. When the cause of attraction ends, the restriction is removed. This is illustrated in the case of elderly women who may have lost every aspect of attraction. Allah (swt) made it permissible for them to lay aside their outer garments and expose their faces and hands reminding, however, that is still better for them to keep their modesty.

3.The hijab is Tahara (Purity)

Allah (swt) had shown us the hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijab: `And when you ask them (the Prophet's wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and their hearts.' (S33:53).

The hijab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing men and women because it screens against the desire of the heart. Without the hijab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the heart is more pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the prevention of fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijab cuts off the ill thoughts and the greed of the sick hearts:

`Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner.' (S33:32)

4.The hijab is a Shield

The prophet (pbuh) said: "Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha'yeii (Bashful), Sit'teer (Shielder). He loves Haya' (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering)." The Prophet (pbuh) also said: "Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husband's house (to show off for unlawful purposes), has broken Allah's shield upon her. "The hadith demonstrates that depending upon the kind of action committed there will be either reward (if good) or punishment (if bad).

5. The hijab is Taqwah (Righteousness)

Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an: `O children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc) and as an adornment. But the raiment of righteousness, that is better.'(S7:26). The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly for show off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the woman's body. To the believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their bodies and cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of Taqwah (righteousness).

6.The hijab is Eemaan (Belief or Faith)

Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-Mo'minat. In many cases in the Qur'an Allah refers to the "the believing women". Aisha (RA), the wife of the prophet (pbuh), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu Tameem who came to visit her and had light clothes on them, they were improperly dressed: "If indeed you are believing women, then truly this is not the dress of the believing women, and if you are not believing women, then enjoy it."

7. The hijab is Haya' (Bashfulness)

There are two authentic hadith which state: "Each religion has a morality and the morality of Islam is haya'" AND "Bashfulness is from belief, and belief is in Al-Jannah (paradise)". The hijab fits the natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.

8.The hijab is Gheerah

The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or daughters. Gheerah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The straight MUSLIM man has Gheerah for ALL MUSLIM women In response to lust and desire, men look (with desire) at other women while they do not mind that other men do the same to their wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys the Gheera in men. Islam considers Gheerah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended.