Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Spend Ramadan Days, Ways to Maximise Everyday in Ramadan 3

36. General everyday important Sunnah’s

1. Wrong doing: If any news of a persons wrong doing reached Rasulallah then he
never said the name of the person like “What has happened to that person why are they
indulging against such and such wrong.” but without mentioning the names of the person he
would say it in general terms like for e.g. “What has happened to people that they are
indulging in such and such wrong.” (Tirmidhi)

2. When Rasulallah(Pbuh) walked: he never caused anyone to move from his path.
When walking Rasulallah used to lift his feet with so much vigour’s as if ascending a high place and when placing the feet on the ground he used to lower it in such a manner as if descending. (Tirmidhi)

3. Whilst sneezing: Rasulallah(Pbuh) would cover his face with his hand or cloth. (Tirmidhi)

When you sneeze, and then say:

(i) Alhamdu lillaah

All praises and thanks are to Allah.

Your companion should say:

(ii) Yarhamukallaah

May Allah have mercy upon you.

When someone says Yarhamukallaah to you then you should say:

(iii) Yahdeekumul-laahu wa yuslihu baalakum.

May Allah guide you and set your affairs in order. (Al-Bukhari 7/125)

4. On a very windy day: Rasulallah(Pbuh) would read the following:

Allaahumma innee a’udhu bika minsharrimaa arsalthu feehaa

“Oh Allah I seek refuge in you from the evil of that which you have sent in it”. (Tabarani)


Allaahumma 'innee 'as'aluka khayrahaa, wa 'a'oothu bika min sharrihaa.

O Allah, I ask You for the good of it and seek refuge in You against its evil. (Abu Dawud
4/326, Ibn Majah 2/1228)

Also at the time of heavy winds sit in the position of attahiyat and recite:

Allaahummaj ‘al haa rahmathan walaa thaj ‘al haa ‘adhaaballaahummaj ‘al haa riyaa ha an
walaa thaj ‘al haa riyaa

"O Allah let it be a mercy and not a punishment. O Allah make it a beneficial and not a
destructive wind". (Mishkat)

If there is darkness with the heavy wind, recite Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. (Mishkat)

The Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: The Wind is of the Mercy of Allah. It brings mercy, and it brings torture. So when you see it, do not curse it, and ask Allah for its good, and solicit Allah's protection from its evil. (Abu Daw ood and Ibn Majah)

5. When yawning: it is Sunnah to prevent it as far as possible. (Bukhari)

If the mouth cannot be kept closed despite making an effort to do so, and then place the
back of the left hand over the mouth. While yawning, any sound should not be allowed to
emanate as this is forbidden in the hadith. (Bukhar-Vol.2, pg.919, Muslim-Vol.2, pg. 412,

6. When hearing a good name: then to regard it as a good omen is Sunnah and to become pleased with this is also Sunnah. To regard anything as a bad omen is strictly prohibited. For example, when someone sneezes, to think that you will not succeed in your work or to regard the cawing of a crow or the sight of a monkey or the hooting of an owl as an indication of an impending calamity is baseless and a result of ignorance and incorrect beliefs and superstitions. In the same manner to regard someone as a means of bad luck or to regard any day as bad is a very evil act. (Mirqaat-Vol.9, pg. 2, 6. etc)

7. When bidding farewell: to anyone to any person or group of people then Rasulallah(Pbuh)
read the following dua:

Asthawdi’ullaaha deenakum wa amaa nathakum wa khawaa theema a’maa lakum

“To Allah I hand your deen, your trust and the consequence (result) of your actions”. (Abu

8. At the onset of winter: Rasulallah (Pbuh) would begin sleeping inside the house on a Friday night and similarly his sleeping outside the house in summer, would also commence on a Friday night. (Ibn- Asakir)

9. When looking into the mirror say:

Allaahumma antha hassantha khalqee fahassin khulqee

“Oh Allah, you have made perfect my body, so also make perfect my character.” (Darami)

10. At the time of rain:

Allaahumma Sayyibann Naafi’aa

“O Allaah, (bring) beneficial rain clouds.” (Bukhari – Fathul-Bari 2/518)

After it has rained:

Mutirnaa bifadhlillaahi wa rahmatihi

“It has rained by the bounty of Allaah and His Mercy” (Bukhari 1/205, Muslim 1/83)

11. At the time of thunder:

SubhanAllaahil ladhii yusabbihur ra’du bi hamdihi wal malaa-ikatu min kheefatihi

“Glory is to Him Whom thunder and angels glorify due to fear of Him.”

Whenever Abdullaah bin Zubair (RA) would hear thunder, he would abandon all conversation and say this supplication. (Muwatta 2/992)

Rasulallah(Pbuh) also used to read at the time of thunder:

Allahumma laa thaqthulnaa bighabika walaa thuhliknaa b’adhaa bika w’aa finaa qabla

“Oh Allah do not kill us in your anger, do not destroy us with your punishment, and grant us
safety before that”. (Tirmidhi)

12. Caring for orphans: It is narrated on the authority of Sahl bin Sa'd(RA) that the Prophet(Pbuh)
said: "I and the carer of the orphan are like this in paradise." He demonstrated with his finger and middle finger. (Al-Bukhari: 6005)

13. Seeking knowledge: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira (RA)that he said:

The Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: "Whosoever treads a path seeking knowledge on it,
Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise" (Muslim: 6853)

14. Visiting one another for the sake of Allah: It is narrated on the authority of Abu
Hurraira that the Prophet(Pbuh) said: "A man visited a brother of his in another town and
Allah appointed an angel to guard him on his way. When he came to him, the angel saiD,
'Where are you going?' He said, 'I am going to a brother of mine in this town.' He said, 'Do you have some property with him that you want to check on?' He said, 'No, it is only that I love him for the sake of Allah Almighty.' He said, 'I am the messenger of Allah to you to tell you that Allah loves you as you love this man for His sake.'" (Muslim 6549)

15. Smiling: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Dharr (RA) that he said: The Messenger
of Allah(Pbuh) said to me: "Never belittle anything from good deeds even if you meet your
brother with a smiling face." (Muslim 6690)

16. Announcing one's love for one's brother: It is narrated on the authority of al-Miqdaam
bin Ma'deekarab(RA) that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: "If one of you loves his brother, let him
inform him that he loves him." [Ahmad 16303]

17. Benefit of the doubt and thinking well of others: It is narrated on the authority of Abu
Hurraira (RA) the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: "Beware of suspicion, Indeed suspicion is
the most untruthful of speech." (Agreed upon: 6067 – 6536)

18. Helping one's family with housework: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira (RA) that he said: I asked 'A’isha (RA) what the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) used to do In the house. She said: "He used to help with the housework and when it was time to pray he would leave for the prayer". (Al-Bukhari: 676)

19. Avoiding anger:It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira that a man said to
the Prophet(Pbuh) : "Advise me." He said: "Don't get angry." He repeated it a number of times. He said: "Don't get angry." (Al-Bukhari: 6116)

20. Crying out of the fear of Allah: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira (RA) that
the Prophet (Pbuh) said: "Seven, Allah will shade on the day there will no shade but His
shade... [From them]...a man who remembers Allah in solitary and his eyes overflow with
tears." (Agreed upon: 1031 – 660)

21. Charity of posthumous effect (Sadaqah jaariyya): It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira(RA) that the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: "The action of man stops when he dies
except three things: continuous charity, knowledge that benefits or a pious child who prays
for him." (Muslim: 4223)

22. Building mosques: It is narrated on the authority of 'Uthmaan bin 'Affaan(RA) that he
said when he listened to the opinion of the people (Which was not favourable) when he
rebuilt the mosque of the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) : You have not been fair to me for I have
heard the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) say: "He who built a mosque for Allah, the Exalted, Allah would build for him a house in Paradise." Bukayr said: I think he said: "While he seeks the pleasure of Allah." (Agreed upon: 450 - 553)

23. Flexibility in buying and selling: It is narrated on the authority of Jaabir bin 'Abd- Allah(RA)
that the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: "May Allah have mercy upon a man who is easy
going when he sells, buys and is required." [Al-Bukhari: 2076]

24. Removing harm from the road: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira (RA)that
the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: "When a man walk in a street, finds a thorny branch on the path, puts it aside, thanks Allah for it, He will forgive him." (Muslim: 4940)

25. Charity: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira that the Messenger of Allah
said: "Whoever gives a sack of dates from pure earning in charity - and Allah only
accepts the pure - Allah will accept it with His right and cause it to grow for it giver, just like
one of you let a foal to grow, until it becomes like a mountain." (Agreed upon: 1410 – 1014)

26. Killing domestic lizards (Wazghah): It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira (RA) who said the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) said: "Whoever kills a domestic lizard with the first blow will have one hundred good deeds written for him, and if on the second less than that, and if on the third less than that." (Muslim 8547)

27. Prohibition to narrate everything one hears: It is narrated on the authority of Hafs bin 'Aasim(RA) who said the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) : "It is sufficient as a sin for an individual to narrate everything he hears." (Muslim 7)

28. Intending reward by spending on family: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Mas'ood al-Badri that the Prophet (Pbuh)said: "If the Muslim spends upon his family expecting reward for it, it is charity by him" (Muslim 2322)

29. For protection day and night recite the following:

"La ilaha illallahu wah-dahu la sharika lahu; lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa-hawa’ala kulli
shay’in qadir."

There is no God but Allah, alone, without any partner, His kingdom, and His is the praise,
and He has power over all things.

100 times in the morning provides protection till the evening. (Bukhari & Muslim)

36. Sunnah of Pondering over the creations and greatness of Allah

1. Another Sunnah is that one should not ponder about the being of Almighty Allah instead
one should ponder over the greatness and creation of Allah Ta’ala.

2. The pondering and reflecting mentioned in the Ayat. Refers to pondering and reflecting
over His creation, not over His being. (Masaail-e-Sulook from Bayaanul Qur’an)

38. The Virtues of Laylatul Qadr

Taken from The Sahih Collection of al-Bukhari

The excellence of the Night of Power:

Allah Almighty says, "Truly We sent it down on the Night of Power. And what will convey to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. In it the angels and the Spirit descend by their Lord's authority with every ordinance. It is Peace – until the coming of the dawn." (97)

Ibn 'Uyayna (RA)said, "The ma in the Qur'an in 'ma adraka' indicates that He has informed him, and the ma in 'ma yudrika' that has not informed him."

1910. It is related from Abu Hurayra(RA) that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who fasts in Ramadan motivated by belief and in anticipation of the reward will be forgiven his past wrong actions. Anyone who spends the Night of Power in prayer motivated by belief and in anticipation of the reward will be forgiven his past wrong actions."

Searching for the Night of Power on the odd nights of the last ten days:

1913. It is related from 'A'isha (RA) that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Look for the Night of Power on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."

1917. It is related from Ibn 'Abbas that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Search for the Night of Power during the last ten nights of Ramadan when nine, seven or five remain."

1918. It is related that Ibn 'Abbas (RA) said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The Night of Power is during the last ten nights. It is in the nine which have passed or the seven remaining."

The removal of the knowledge of the Night of Power on account of people quarrelling:

1919. It is related that 'Ubada ibn as-Samit(RA) said, "The Messenger of Allah, May Allah bless him and grant him peace, came out to tell us about the Night of Power. There were two Muslim men quarrelling with one another. He said, 'I came out to tell you about the Night of Power and these two here were quarrelling and because of that knowledge of it has been taken away. It may be that that is better for you. Search for it on the twenty-seventh, twenty-ninth and twenty-fifth of the month." (Muwatta, Book 19, 13)

The Virtues of I’tikaaf and the last ten days of Ramadan

I’tikaaf means staying in the mosque for a specific purpose, which is to worship Allah. It is prescribed in Islam and is Musthahab (recommended) according to the consensus of the scholars. Imam Ahmad (RA) said, as was narrated from him by Abu Dawood: “I have not heard from any of the scholars that it is anything other than Sunnah.”

Az-Zuhri said: “How strange the Muslims are! They have given up I’tikaaf, despite the fact that the Prophet, Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam, never abandoned this practice from the time he came to Madinah until his death.”

The benefits of I’tikaaf

There are many hidden benefits in the acts of worship and much wisdom behind them. The basis of all deeds is the heart, as the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam, said: “In the body there is an organ which if it is sound, the entire body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the entire body will be corrupt. That organ is the heart.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

What corrupts the heart most is distractions and preoccupations – such as food, drink, sex, talking too much, sleeping too much and socializing too much, and other distractions – which divert people from turning to Allah and cause the heart to be unfocused and unable to concentrate on worshipping Allah. So Allah has prescribed acts of worship, such as fasting, to protect the heart from the negative effects of these distractions. Fasting deprives a person of food and drink and sex during the day, and this denial of excessive enjoyments is reflected in the heart, which gains more strength for seeking Allah and frees it from the chains of these distractions which take a person from thinking of the Hereafter by occupying him with worldly concerns.

Just as fasting is a shield which protects the heart from the influences of physical excessive indulgence in food, drink and sex, so I’tikaaf offers an immense hidden benefit, which is protection from the effects of excessive socializing. For people may take socializing to extremes, until it has a similar effect on a person to the effects of over-eating.

I’tikaaf also offers protection from the evil consequences of talking too much, because a person usually does I’tikaaf on his own, turning to Allah by praying Qiyaam al-Layl (Standing in night for prayer), reading Quran, making Dhikr, reciting du’a, and so on.

It also offers protection from sleeping too much, because when a person makes I’tikaaf in the mosque, he devotes his time to drawing closer to Allah by doing different kinds of acts of worship; he does not stay in the mosque to sleep.

Undoubtedly a person’s success in freeing himself from socializing, talking and sleeping too much will help him to make his heart turn towards Allah, and will protect him from the opposite.

It is also permitted for women to do I’tikaaf (spiritual retreat) in a specific place in their house, whenever they have the time and are able to do so without neglecting their family duties and other responsibilities.

The same considerations would apply as in any other I’tikaaf: ones primary concern during the time should be towards worship, and unnecessary worldly activity should be avoided.

Even when one is in their monthly period, it is recommended in the Hanifa school to sit in a designated place of prayer (Mussallah) at home, after having made Wudhu, and make Dhikr for the time it takes to pray.

It is recommended for women to designate a place in their houses as their 'Masjid'. They can do I’tikaaf there at any time, even for a brief period of time, [Radd al-Muhtar] and attain the great rewards mentioned in the hadith’s for I’tikaaf (as long as they fulfil their other worldly and religious duties, as is the case for men).

1914. It is related from Abu Sa'id al-Khudri, (RA) "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to do i'tikaf during the middle ten days of Ramadan. On the evening of the twentieth night when the twenty-first was approaching, he would return to his home and those who were doing i'tikaf with him returned as well. One month when he was doing i'tikaf he addressed the people on the night when he usually returned and instructed them as Allah willed. He said, 'I have been doing i'tikaf for these ten days and it has become clear to me that I should do i'tikaf for the last ten as well. Those who have been doing i'tikaf with me should remain in their place of i'tikaf. I was shown this night and then I was made to forget it, so look for it during the last ten and look for it on each odd night. I saw myself prostrating in water and mud.' That night it poured with rain and the mosque leaked onto the place where the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, prayed. I saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, with my own eyes and looked at him when he left from Subh. His face was covered with mud and water."

1916. It is related that 'A'isha (RA)said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to do i'tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and he said, 'Look for the Night of Power during the last ten nights of Ramadan.'" (Muwatta, Book 19, 10)

1920. It is related that 'A'isha(RA) said, "When the last ten days started, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to gird himself and prayed during the night and woke up his family."

39. Protection of the tongue during Ramadan and throughout one’s life

1. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said: “Whosoever guarantees the protection of his tongue and private parts, and then I shall be a guarantee for his entry into Jannah”. (Mishkaat)

2. In another hadith our Nabi (Pbuh) has said: “The tongue and the private parts are the two main things that lead man to hell”. (Mishkaat)

From these two ahadith it becomes clear of how important it really is that one controls ones tongue and safeguards it from sin. If one safeguards his tongue and private parts then
Rasulallah has promised them salvation.

The following is a list of sins of the tongue which one should refrain from during Ramadan and throughout one’s life so one can save oneself from destruction:

1. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “When man speaks lies, then the angels of mercy, due to the foul smell emanating from his mouth go a mile away (from the liar).” (Mishkaat)

2. Rasulallah (Pbuh) forbade the calling of a child by falsely promising him something: e.g. a mother’s calling a child with words. “Come and take this” (Whilst she has nothing in her
hand). Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said that to do so would result in a lie being written down for the
person on their account.

3. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “That person who falsely claims ownership of anything which is not his is like a person who has worn two garments (of lies)” (Mishkaat) I.e. from head to toe he has covered himself in lies.

4. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has forbidden a person from being harsh and abusive. Some Jews sought
permission to see Rasulallah (Pbuh) and they greeted him with the words “Assamu Alaikum”, instead of “Asalaamu Alaikum”. The meaning of the former words is “death be upon you”instead of the traditional Islamic greeting which means “Peace be upon you”.

Hadhrat A’isha (RA) hearing this replied: “Upon you be death and curse.” Rasulallah (Pbuh) stopped her and said it is sufficient to say ”and upon you too.”

5. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has prohibited from cursing one another and has also prohibited women
from being ungrateful to their husbands.

6. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “Whosoever curses one another when such curse does not befit that person; such a curse then falls upon the one who cursed”. (Tirmidhi)

7. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “Those who curse shall not be given permission on that day of Qiyaamah to intercede”. (Muslim)

8. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has prohibited swearing at one another. (Muslim)

9. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said: “The sin of those who swear at one another is upon that person who commenced (such swearing) as long as the other person does not exceed or out swear the first person”. (Mishkaat)

10. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said that amongst the major sins is to swear at one’s parents. (Muslim)

11. The Qur’an prohibits us from swearing even at the idols of the Mushriks (Idolaters):“And do not swear those that call upon deities besides Allah (i.e. the idols), for they (the
mushrikeen) will swear Allah out of enmity (and retribution), without having knowledge.”
(Surah An’aam Aayat 108)

12. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has prohibited us from swearing at the dead and thus cause harm to the
living. (Tirmidhi)

Note: Apart from using harsh and vulgar words, swearing also includes mild words like
calling someone “a Donkey, or miser”, etc or implying that they are fat, or ugly or have a big nose or ears etc anything which may cause another hurt is a sin and one should ask the
person whom one caused hurt to for forgiveness lest they get revenge on the day of
judgement by taking ones good deeds or putting their bad deeds onto the account of the

13. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said: “Whosoever calls another kaafir (non believer) or enemy of Allah, or sinner and such an insult does not apply or befit the one who is insulted then such
an insult applies to the one who insulted in the first places”. (Mishkaat)

14. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “That person who sows discord (Creates friction or starts trouble or a fight) between people by carrying rumours or tales is the worst of Allah’s slaves”.

15. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “An offensive take bearer shall not enter Jannah.”

16. “Gheebat” – Backbiting (I.e. speaking bad of another in his absence is life eating the flesh of ones dead brother:

Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O you who have believed, avoid much suspicion, for some suspicions are sins. Do not spy,
nor should any one backbite the other. Is there any among you who would like to eat the
flesh of his dead brother?' Nay, you yourselves abhor it. Fear Allah, for Allah is Acceptor of
repentance and All-Merciful. (49:12)

17. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “Gheebat (Backbiting) is worse than adultery.” (Mishkaat)

18. One should refrain from:

(a) Imitating another’s fault
(b) Pointing out another’s fault
(c) Writing out another’s fault

As all of these are tantamount to Gheebat (Backbiting)

19. Rasulallah (Pbuh) said: Allah shall help in the world and the hereafter the one who defends the one who is backbitten.” (Mishkaat)

20. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “Allah shall take to task in this world and in the hereafter, that person who (despite having the ability to defend one who is backbitten) did not do so.” (Mishkaat)

21. It is haraam (forbidden) to listen to Gheebat (backbiting)

22. Those who backbite shall in the hereafter themselves peel the flesh and skin off their
faces and chest with copper nails. (Mishkaat)

23. It is necessary to ask for forgiveness of one whom one has spoken ill about or even
heard another speaking ill about. If one is unable to meet such person then one should
personally request his forgiveness by writing to him. If the person that one harmed has
passed away then one should seek forgiveness in abundance on his behalf, from Almighty

24. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has prohibited from accusing another falsely (or without proof or
evidence). (Mishkaat)

25. It is prohibited to find fault with another’s height or physical appearance or his manner of
speaking – even though such disabilities exist within such person.

26. Hadhrat A’isha (RA) narrates that she told Rasulallah(Pbuh) that it is enough for her to say
(Concerning Saffiyah ) that she is very short. Rasulallah (Pbuh) stopped her saying: “If what you have said now is mixed with the waters of the ocean then it would spoil such water.” (Abu Dawud)

27. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has prohibited praising another in his presence. (Mishkaat)

28. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “If anyone has to praise another then one should add (after such praise) that Allah alone knows the true conditions and Allah alone shall take account (in
Qiyaamah).” (Mishkaat)

29. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said: “When a kaafir or a sinner is praised then Allah gets angry.” (Baihaqi)

30. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said that taking false oaths is a major sin. (Mishkaat)

31. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said that whosoever has taken a qasm (oath) of Allah and then
included in his talk a falsehood equivalent to the wing of a mosquito then such a qasm shall
become a black spot in his heart which shall stay until Qiyaamah. (Tirmidhi)

32. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said: “Whosoever obtains the wealth of his brother by means of false oaths is making his abode in Hell.” (Attargheeb)

33. Rasulallah(Pbuh) has said: “The taking of false oaths (Qasm) has been likened to joining partners to Allah.” (Mishkaat)

Note: It is haraam (forbidden) to take the Qasm of anything besides Allah.

Rasulallah (Pbuh) has prohibited such poetry and singing which arouses passions, desires, and
lust and in which are words of kufr or which are accompanied by music.

May Allah grant each and every one of us the ability of using our tongues in the correct manner and forgive each and every one of our sins whether minor or major intentional or
unintentional. Ameen

We should use our tongues to remember and glorify Allah night and day.

Dhikr is a cleanser (purifier) of the heart. (Baihaqi)

1. The remembrance of Allah just as in is about to sleep shall be a means of that person
achieving high stages in Jannah. (Attargheeb)

2. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has stated that whosoever goes to bed in a state of purity (i.e. Wudhu) and
such a person remembers Almighty Allah until he falls asleep then, whatever dua such a
person makes (whether pertaining to this world or the next) while asleep and turning side to
side, such dua’s shall certainly be granted to him by Almighty Allah. (Mishkaat)

3. Rasulallah (Pbuh) has said that whosoever sits or lies down at a given spot or walks between
two points, but for the duration of his sitting, standing and walking he does not remember
Allah even once and then such an activity (lying, sitting, standing or walking) shall, for that person, be a means of loss and hardships. (Attargheeb)

Note: So we should try to remember Allah no matter what we are doing

40. The Sunnah’s of Eid Ul Adha and Eid ul Fitr

1. To awaken earlier than usual
2. To brush the teeth with Miswaak
3. To have a bath (Ghusl)
4. To be well dressed in an Islamic manner
5. To be dressed in one’s best clothes (Doesn’t necessarily have to be new)

Note: Care should be taken that one does not incur debts or transgress the limits of modesty
on such clothes as is seen in the Muslim communities of today. Many of our brothers are
seen with unsuitable haircuts and clothing imitating the kufaar and many of our sisters are
seen out and about all ‘dolled up’ attracting the attention of non mahram’s. What would
happen if those brothers and sisters were to die in that state? May Allah save us from this
evil and fitna.

6. To use Attar (Perfume)

7. To perform Eid Salah at the Eidgah (An open ground)

8. Avoid eating before Eid Salah on the day of Eid ul Adha and to eat an odd number of
dates or anything sweet on the day of Eid ul Fitr

9. To go to the place of Eid Salah early

10. To walk to the place of Eid Salah (If it is within walking distance because every step is

11. To read aloud “Takbeerat” on the way to the place of prayer for Eid-ul-Adha and silently for Eid-ul-Fitr:

“Allaahu Akbar Allaahu Akbar Laa ilaaha illallaahu Wallaahu Akbar walillaahil hamd”.

12. To use different routes to and from the place of Eid Salaah

13. To frequently read the takbeers (Loudly for Eid Ul Adha and softly for Eid ul Fitr)

14. To pray the Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer later and the Eid-ul-Adha earlier.

15. To read two rak’ahs Waajib Salaatul Eidain without any Adhaan or Iqaamah

16. It is forbidden to pray Nafil prayer before or after the prayer.

17. To read the two rak’ahs Nafl prayer on reaching home.

18. During Eid Salaah, in the first rak’ah, Rasulallah would recite Surah Ala (no. 87) and
Suratul Ghathia (No. 88) in the second rak’ah.

19. Reciting these Sura’s in the Eid prayer should not be regarded as obligatory for other
Sura’s may also be recited.

20. When Rasulallah (Pbuh) completed the prayer of Salaatul Eidain he would stand facing the
people who were seated in their rows and deliver a khutba issuing instructions and
commanding them to do good. If he intended to send an army he did so and likewise issued
any special orders he wished to.

21. The Khutba was delivered after the Eid Salaah

22. During both the khutba’s of Eid Rasulallah used to recite the Takbeerat frequently

23. The khutba of both Eids are Sunnah but to listen to them is Waajib. It is totally prohibited
(Haraam) to walk around, talk or even read Salaah whilst the khutba is in progress.

24. To shake hands and hug one another on happy occasions is Mubaah (permissible). The
general principle of a Mubaah act is not to regard the act as compulsory as that projects a
wrong image of Deen. Furthermore, people should not regard the meeting on the day of Eid
as compulsory and an inseparable part of the occasion.

25. The greeting on Eid: Jabyr ibn Nufayr (RA) said: 'When the companions of Allah's
Messenger met on the day of Eid, they would say to each other, 'Taqaballahu minna
wa mink (May Allah accept from us and you)." [Al Mahamiliyyat; hasan isnad; see Fath ul
Bari 2:446]

May Almighty Allah give us the ability to act upon these Sunnah in the blessed month of Ramadan and for us to implement these Sunnah throughout the year and every day of our lives so that we may please Allah. Ameen

And Allah knows best in all matters
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