What to do on Auspicious Nights

By Moulana Muhammad H Abasoomar!

Our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) has mentioned:

“Indeed your Lord has reserved certain special moments in time

(in which he emits abundant/special mercy)

Be sure to avail yourselves for these opportunities.” 1

We are usually aware of the significant occasions that present

themselves each year. The crucial thing is how do we “avail

ourselves” and maximise our benefit from these blessed nights?

Hereunder is a suggested format for “What to do on Blessed

nights?”

1 Majma’uz Zawaid

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1. Offer ‘Esha & Fajr Salah in congregation.

Rasululllah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

“One who performs ‘Esha in congregation gets the reward of

spending half the night in worship. And he who follows that up

with the Fajr salah in congregation, will be as if he has stayed up

all night in ‘ibadah.” 2

2. Sleep in the state of wudu

Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has mentioned 3 a reliable

narration that states:

“The soul of one who sleeps with wudu makes sajdah (prostrates)

at the ‘Arsh of Allah”

Imagine our souls making sajdah at the throne of our Creator on a

night like LaylatulQadr or the 15th of Sha’ban!

3. Abstain from sin

On blessed nights, the least one could do is to sleep early and

abstain from sin.

It’s not logical to fill the bucket when it has a hole…

4. Clear your heart from ill-feelings towards fellow Muslims.

One should specifically free the heart of any ill-feelings or malice

towards fellow muslims. (See here for “how to clean the heart” of

such ailments)

2 Sahih Muslim & Sunan Abi Dawud

3 Fathul Bari

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The ‘Ulama state that those who harbour ill-feelings are deprived

of Allah’s mercy and forgiveness on occasions like these.

A Hadith in Sahih Ibn Hibban, there is mention of four people

that will be deprived on this night:

a) An Alcoholic.

b) One who disobeys his parents.

c) One who severe family ties

d) One who harbours ill-feelings in his heart for others.

5. Salatut Tasbih

This is very strongly recommended due to its huge reward.

See here for a detailed article on it’s authenticity, and here for the

format of Salatut Tasbih.

6. Tawbah

Since the purpose of the turning to Allah on these nights is

precisely to attain forgiveness from Allah, this act is pivotal on

such occasions.

The procedure for Tawbah is:

a. Perform two rak’ats of Salah. (Optional)

b. Stop the sin that one is repenting from.

c. Regret the sin from the bottom of your heart.

d. Make a determined pledge with Allah never to repeat that sin.

Besides the two rak’ats of Salah, the remainder are all

fundamental.

Furthermore, if the sin involved usurping the right of the next

person, one needs to ask him/her for forgiveness too. Without this

we are not guaranteed forgiveness.

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If that person has passed away, we could make du’a for him and

repay the debt (if any) to his heirs.

7. Dhikr

There are many forms of Dhikrullah. I would suggest the

following:

1. A hundred times “La ilah illallah”

2. A hundred times repeating the name of “Allah”

3. And a hundred times:

“Subhanallahi wabihamdihi subhanallahil ‘Azim”

The reason for the third one is the following:

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

1. “He who recites this one hundred times will have all his sins

forgiven even if it be equal to the foam of the ocean” 4

2. “These words are beloved to Allah Ta’ala, easy on the tongue

and weighty on the scales (of deeds on Qiyamah)” 5

Furthermore, this is the form of Dhikr that the entire creation is

engaged in. 6

4 Sahih Bukhari

5 Sahih Bukhari

6 Al-Quran, Surah:17 ayah:44

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8. Salawat on Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)

If it was not for our beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) we

would not have these blessed occasions. Therefore we cannot

afford moments like these to pass without remembering him. In

fact by doing so we ourselves benefit.

One Hadith states:

“He who sends salutations upon me once, Allah Ta’ala sends ten

salutations upon him.”

9. Tilawah (Recital) of Quran

This is considered the best form of Dhikr. One could recite even a

quarter juz or just the masnun Surahs that are to be recited every

night. Like Surahs Waqi’ah, Mulk, Sajdah, Yasin etc.

10. Du’a

“Du’a is the essence of Worship” and hence cannot be omitted

when we engage in worship.

More so on occasions when Almighty Allah accepts du’as such as

on the night of Qadr. One should spend a lengthy duration in

begging from Allah, as we are all in need of His mercy.

In light of the current world crisis, do remember our oppressed

brethren around the globe.

On the night of Qadr the following Du’a should also be repeated

as taught by Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) to his beloved

wife Sayyidah ‘Aishah (radiyallahu ‘anha):

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ب i و تُحِ n كَ عَفُ t ن

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اللهم ان

ا العََََعفْْْْفوُُُُو فََََاعْْْْعفُُُُف عََََعنِِِِّّّّيْْْْ ني

“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘Anni”

O Allah! You are indeed Most Forgiving, so forgive me.

Conclusion

Note 1: The above can all be achieved in about 1 hour.

Salatut Tasbih: 20 mins

Tawbah: can be incorporated in the du’a

Zikr: 10 mins

Salawat ‘alan Nabi: 5 mins

Tilawat: 15 mins

Du’a & Tawbah: 10 mins

However if one is short on time for whatever reason, my

suggestion would be to at least do the first four and the last one.

That would be:

a) ‘Esha & Fajr with Jamat

b) Sleep with Wudu

c) Abstain from sin

d) clean the heart

e) Du’a

Note 2: The night commences at Maghrib, not after Esha or after

Tarawih or at Sehri time. Therefore one can and should commence

‘ibadah from Maghrib, although it is indeed best to do so at the

last part of the night.

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Note 3: These are mere suggestions intended to make it easy for

people. One may engage in whatever form of ‘ibadah one is

comfortable with.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all complete forgiveness and

steadfastness on guidance. Amin.

Please do remember the writer in your supplication as well.

Muhammad H Abasoomar

10 Sha’ban, 1435 A.H. 9 June 2014

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