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Mar 22, 2018

Method of Performing Fatiha

The Muslims’ traditional method of Fatiha (Eesaal-e-Sawaab) is as follows:

1. Commence with reciting Ta'awwuz (A'uzu Billah) and Tasmiyah (Bismillah).
2. Recite Surah al-Kafirun once.
3. Recite Surah al-Ikhlas 3 times.
4. Recite Surah al-Falaq once.
5. Recite Surah al-Naas once.
6. Recite Surah al-Fatiha once.
7. First 5 verses of Surah al-Baqarah
8. Verse 63 of Surah al-Baqarah
9. Verse 56 of Surah al-Aa'raf
10. Verse 107 of Surah al-Anbiya
11. Verse 40 of Surah al-Ahzab
12. Aayat-e-Durood i.e. Verse 56 of Surah al-Ahzab
13. Recite Durood Sharif
14. Verse 82 of Surah al-Saffaat.

Now, raising hands, the reciter of ‘Fatiha’ should loudly say “Al-Fatihah.” All the attendees should recite Surah Fatiah in low voice. Now, the reciter may make Esaal-e-Sawab.

Dec 12, 2017

What Is Wrong With Us Oh Muslims?

Buying takeouts and disposing the litter on the streets, spitting in the public areas and throwing banana peels on the pathways are actions that are taking its toll. Muslim areas unfortunately, tend to be more unhygienic and dirty, thus making it seem that we are the most uncivilized people. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that cleanliness is half of Imaan? In addition to our bodies and clothes, we need to keep our houses and the environment clean?

Money and greed have overtaken relationships. Blood brothers and sisters are seen fighting over money due to inheritance or business matters. The siblings that came out from the same womb have now become each other's enemies. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that maintaining family ties shall increase the blessings in our wealth and not decrease it?

As the children grow up and become involved in their own lives, their parents start to become a burden for them. Old age home becomes one of the options for their elderly parents. Too busy in their pursue for career, wealth and making a family, the sons and some daughters too forget that their parents are still alive. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that Jannah lies under the feet of mothers and fathers are one of the doors to jannah?

Women nowadays like having a get togather and gossip about those people that are not present. Mocking and backbiting others in their absence has become a hobby for social gatherings. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that backbiting is worse than adultery? A sin that cannot be forgiven until we seek forgiveness from those whom we have backbited about?

Running big businesses that earn high profits is a common trend. Richness and fame has become an identity for these successfull businessmen. Yet these men become miserly when it comes to bear the expense of the sick widow living down the road. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us about spending for the sake of Allāh Ta'ala and that charity always increases the wealth and not decrease it.

Wishing the downfall of the fellow Muslims due to envy and jealousy is an epidemic that is on the rise between families, friends and neighbours. Just because his brothers son got a better pay then his own son or her neighbour's daughter got married before her own daughter causes such individuals to break family ties, gossip or wish evil for those prospering. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that envy and jealousy eat away good deeds just as fire eats away wood?

Trying to please all the guests at a family wedding, women tend to dress up in the most elegant manner and pay huge amounts of money for the best hair and makeup. Trying to keep up with the latest trends of outfits and being the centre of attraction is their aim. They actually succeed in their attempt by getting many compliments from guests and relatives but in addition to that they even recieve many looks from non Mahram men. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us about the modesty of a woman and the importance of practicing Hijab?

Parents have become busy with their own lives in the pursue of career and wealth. They have given their children all the latest gadgets in the name of love. Yet they do not have the patience and time to teach the importance of Deen to their children. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that the mother is the first teacher of her children and that the best gift that a father can give to his chidren is good manners?

Dating and chatting with the opposite gender is a common trend nowadays. "We are already engaged so what's the harm in going for a coffee", is a common statement used by the engaged couple. And to top it all, such behavior is supported by the adults too. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us that between a non Mahram man and a woman, the third is shaitaan? And that the Nikah is the only bond that allows free mingling of the engaged couple?

Youngsters nowadays want to have fun and enjoy life. Discos, clubbing, gambling, fornication and drinking has become a "normal" thing within the youth, hence resulting into loss of respect and dignity, suicide, depression and rape. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us about the evils of music, fornication, gambling and alcohol?

Supermarkets, restaurants and retail shops are a booming economy for many Muslims. Interacting with customers on a day-to-day basis and earning high profits becomes their aim. In the process they do not care of the quality of the product neither do they worry about the expiry date. Lying and deciet are normal deeds as long as they sell the products and produce profits even at the risk of the lives of other people. What is wrong with us oh Muslims? Did the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam not teach us about honesty in business transactions?

In the era that we live in, we as Muslims are always being targeted and given bad names. Cleanliness, modesty, truthfulness, generosity, kindness, tolerance, charitable, merciful and hospitable were traits that were our identity. Islam has covered all the aspects of our day to day living taking into account of our betterment only. So where did we go wrong. Why have we left our identity behind in the pursue to imitate those that are a threat to our Deen? We need to go back to the basics - Salaah, Qur’an and Sunnah. Through these only we shall prosper and uphold our identity again. In sha Allah

Dec 5, 2017

Mar Ke Jeene Ka Paau Mazaa Khair Se + English Translation

Mar ke jeene ka paauñ mazaa khair se,
Raah e Taibah me aaye qazaa khair se.

May I safely enjoy my life after my death!
On the path of Medina, may safely come my death!

Keejiye mere haq meiñ du'a khair se,
Khaak e Taibah meiñ ho meri jaa khair se.

Supplicate well in my favour, for my safety!
May my abode be in the sands of Medina, with safety!

Mujh ko Unn ka ishaaraah milaa khair se,
Meiñ Madine ki jaanib chalaa khair se.

My good fortune, I received the master’s permission!
I set off towards Medina, in his care and protection!

Khoob guzrenge subh o masaa khair se,
Unn ke Dar pe jo bistar jamaa khair se.

The mornings and evenings will pass well, in prosperity!
For I have camped at his doorstep, with safety!

'Aam hai unn ka jood o sakhaa khair se,
Unn ke Dar pe haiñ shaah o gadaa khair se.

Our good fortune, widespread is his benevolence and generosity!
Prospering at his door are kings and beggars, seeking charity!

Woh utthi mawj e behr e 'ataa khair se,
Yaa woh dast e karam utth gaya khair se.

The wave of benevolence surges from the sea, with good fortune!
Or shall I say, his benevolent hands are extended, in generosity!

Shaam se hum to Taibah meiñ neend aagayi,
Zindagi ka sawera huwa khair se.

I dozed off in the sunset of my life in Medina!
My life began with a new dawn, with safety!

Khaak e Taibah ko paa kar hoon meiñ shaadmaañ,
Mera "Akhtar" darakhshaañ huwa khair se.

How ecstatic is “Akhtar” to get the dust of Medina!
My star now shines bright, in prosperity!

Billions of blessings and salutations of peace be upon the Holy Prophet; and upon his noble wives, his noble progeny, his noble companions and all those who rightly follow him until the Last Day.

Penned by: Mufti Akhtar Rida Khan Qadiri
English Translation by: Aqib alQadri

Nov 22, 2017

Ibaadah and Responsibilities of a Woman

A woman has to carry out many roles in her daily lives...she has to look after the house, cook food for her family, nurture her children, be an obedient and loving wife... She plays the role of a chef, a caretaker, a nurse, a teacher, a driver and a counselor too.

Due to these responsibilities, she at times feels disconnected from her Lord. She may feel disheartened that she does not seem to find the time to do the extra Nafl Ibaadah. She at times feels frustrated and accuses herself of not being a good Muslim. At times she wishes to forsake her responsibilities.

To all such women out there... Don't think in that way. Know, that the responsibilities that you carry out on your daily basis is itself an Ibaadah. Your cleaning and maintaining the house, doing the washing, ironing and cooking, loving and looking after your husband and nurturing your children are all acts of Ibaadah (worship). Even though you may not be able to carry out the extra Ibaadah due to lack of time or tiredness, you may however still engage yourselves in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala whilst carrying out your daily chores.

Switch on the mp3 player and listen to the Qiraat or naats whilst doing your cooking, cleaning and washing. Keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr of Allah Ta’ala, Istighfaar and Durood Shareef. If you know any portion of the Qur’an by memory, then keep reciting it. And guess what, you will get double for carrying out your responsibilities and the second for keeping yourselves engaged in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala.

Share this message with other sisters and brighten their days too. Knowledge is light!

Nov 19, 2017

[BOOK] Hadaaiq e Bakhsish - Complete Transliteration

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The great scholars have always encouraged the reciting of Kalaams of the Buzurgaane-e-Deen, like those of Sayyidi Aala Hazrat Radi Allahu Anhu and Sarkaar-e-Mufti-e-Azam Hind Radi Allahu Anhu etc. However, these were not easily available for the non-Urdu readers, thus making it difficult for the non-Urdu readers, who depend on transliterations.

We present a transliteration of kalaam al Imam by the Imam al kalaam, the complete transliteration of Hadaaiq Bakhshish. In'sha'Allah this will make it very simple for those who now wish to read these blessed Kalaams. Allah Almighty accept this and reward all those who took part in its completion.

Taalib e Dua
Faqeer Mohammed Shakeel Qaadiri Ridawi

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