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The Month of

My Prophet
This booklet was written by Shaykh-e-Tarqat Amr-e-Al-eSunnat, the founder of Dawat-e-Islami, Allma Mauln Abu
Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri Razavi in
Urdu. The Translation Majlis has translated this booklet into
English. If you find any mistake in the translation or
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Du for Reading the Book


ead the following Du (supplication) before studying a
religious book or Islamic lesson, you will remember
whatever you study :

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Translation
Y Allah ! Open the door of knowledge and wisdom for us,
and have mercy on us! O the One who is the most honourable
and glorious!
(Al-Mustaraf, vol. 1, pp. 40)

Note: Recite alt-Alan-Nab once before and after the Du.


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Transliteration Chart
A/a

L/l

A/a

Z/z

M/m

B/b

X/x

N/n

P/p

S/s

T/t

Sh/sh

V/v,
W/w

Y/y

J/j

Y/y

Ch

A/a

"

Kh/kh

Gh/gh
&

I/i

'

D/d

F/f

)*

Q/q

)*

K/k

)*

R/r

G/g
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U/u
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Table of Contents
The Month of My Prophet .............................. 1
Eminence of the devoted recitor of alt-o-Salm........................... 1
The month of my Prophet ............................................................. 2

Secrets of the 5 Letters of [ *) ( Shabn] ........................................... 3


Fervour of the Prophets companions

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Conduct of the Muslims nowadays .................................................... 4


Ideal month for observing Nafl fasts .................................................. 5
People are neglectful of it .................................................................... 5
Names of those who will pass away .................................................... 6
Prophet used to fast in Shabn abundantly ............................... 6
Explanation of the ad...................................................................... 6
Promotion of fasts by Dawat-e-Islami ............................................... 7
Observing fasts in most of the days of Shabn is Sunna .............. 8
Holy nights............................................................................................. 8
Critical decisions ................................................................................... 9
Blessings for the sinners, but... .......................................................... 10

The supplication of Sayyidun Dwd #. /

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The deprived people ........................................................................... 12

Table of Contents

A letter of Imm-e-Al-e-Sunnat /



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towards all Muslims 13

Fast on the 15th of Shabn ................................................................. 15


A rewarding opportunity ................................................................... 16
The green slip of paper ....................................................................... 16
Six Nawfil after alt-ul-Maghrib................................................... 17
Du for Mid-Shabn ......................................................................... 18
Some Madan requests by Sag-e-Madna ...................................... 20
Security from evil spells/black magic throughout the year ........... 21
Shab-e-Bar-at and visiting the graves............................................. 22
Who invented fireworks? ................................................................... 22
The prevalent fireworks related to Shab-e-Bar-at are arm..... 23
The permissible forms of fireworks .................................................. 24
1. Inspiring Ijtim of Shab-e-Bar-at .............................................. 25
2. Crazy for films ................................................................................. 27
11 Madan pearls regarding visiting the graveyard ........................ 29



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The Month of

My Prophet *
Eminence of the devoted reciter of alt-o-Salm

Once Shaykh Ab Bakr Shibl %
came to visit Shaykh
, a prominent scholar of
Ab Bakr Bin Mujid %


Baghdad. Shaykh Ab Bakr Bin Mujid %
stood up
instantly, embraced him, kissed his forehead and made him sit
by his side paying utmost respect. The attendees asked Shaykh
humbly, Until now, you
Ab Bakr Bin Mujid %

and the people of Baghdad had been calling him insane, and
today you are paying him so much of respect!
replied, I havent paid
Shaykh Ab Bakr Bin Mujid %

him respect without any basis. Last night, I dreamt



a faith reviving scene that Shaykh Ab Bakr Shibl %

This speech was delivered by Amr-e-Al-e-Sunnat at the Madan
Markaz, Bb-ul-Madna Karachi during the Sunna-Inspiring Weekly Ijtim
[congregation] of Dawat-e-Islami, the global, non-political movement for propagation
of Quran and Sunna, on 26th of Rajab-ul-Murajjab, 1431 A.H. (08/07/2010). It is
being published after required amendments. [Majlis Maktaba-tul-Madna]
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came in the blessed court of the Holy Prophet %
0 .
The Prophet of Rama, the Intercessor of Umma, the
Distributor of Nama, the Owner of Janna % 0
stood up and embraced him; and after kissing his forehead,

made Ab Bakr Shibl %
sit by his blessed side. I

humbly asked, Y Raslall %


0 , what is the
reason of displaying so much affection towards Shibl? The

Beloved and Blessed Rasl %


0 said (revealing the
Ghayb [hidden]), After every al, he recites this verse


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(Part 11, Sra Tauba, verse 128)

and then recites alt upon me. (Al-Qaul-ul-Bad , p. 346)


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The month of my Prophet

Almighty Allahs Noblest Rasl %


0 stated as
regards to the holy month of Shabn, Shabn is my month
and Raman is the month of Allah . (Al-Jmi-u-aghr, pp.

301, ad 4889)
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Secrets of the 5 Letters of [ *)( Shabn]


What a great honour the month of Shabn-ulMuaam bears. Above all, this is more than enough to
demonstrate its excellence that our Beloved and Blessed Prophet

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0 declared it as My month.

There are five Arabic letters in the word *)( : , , , and .



His Saintly Highness Sayyidun Ghau-ul-Aam %
has

explained these five alphabets of Shabn as: Stands for Sharaf


(Nobility), for Ulww (Ascension), for Birr (Kindness and
Benevolence), for Ulfat (Affection) and for Nr (light); so
these are the virtues with which Allah bestows His servants
in this blessed month.
In this month, great prospects for good deeds are opened,
blessings are showered, wrongdoings are forgiven, expiation is
paid for sins and alt is invoked extensively upon the Beloved

Prophet %
0 , and this is the (special) month of

sending alt upon the Most Exalted Prophet %


0 .
(Ghunya-tu-libn, pp. 341-342, vol. 1)

Fervour of the Prophets companions

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Sayyidun Anas Bin Mlik


has stated, Upon the very
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sighting of the moon of Shabn, the Companions



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would focus their attention towards recitation of the Holy Quran,

paying the Zak of their wealth so that the weak and the poor
could also make arrangements for the fasting of the month of
Raman. The governors would summon the prisoners to carry
out the sentence on the convicted and would set those free whom
they considered justified otherwise. Traders would pay back
their debts and collect their dues. (In this way, they would make
themselves relieved [from liabilities] before the appearance of
the moon of Raman) and upon the very sighting of the moon
of Raman, they (some of them) would observe Itikf1 having
performed Ghusl (the Ritual Bath). (Ghunya-tu-libn, pp. 341, vol. 1)

Conduct of the Muslims now a days


How enthusiastic and zealous those Muslims of


earlier times were in worshiping Allah ! But sadly the
present day Muslims are interested mostly in hoarding wealth.
The earlier Muslims, who had a Madan-mindset would spend
their time worshipping extensively on holy occasions so as to
seek the closeness of Allah .
Nowadays, Muslims spend these blessed days, especially the
month of Ramaon, in scheming new ways for coining the
loathsome wealth of this world. Allah , the Most
Compassionate, increases the reward of good deeds excessively
in these months, but unfortunately the traders increase the prices
of their goods, particularly in the blessed month of Raman in

Ritual Seclusion in the Masjid etc.

order to exploit their own Islamic brothers. Regretfully it seems


as if the spirit of Islamic brotherhood is declining.

Ideal month for observing Nafl fasts


The Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind, the

Most Generous and Kind %


0 would love observing
fasts abundantly in the month of Shabn. Sayyidun Abdull

Bin Ab Qas 6
has reported that he heard the Mother

of the Believers Sayyidatun isha iddqa



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saying, Shabn-ul-Muaam was the favourite month of my


Sovereign %

0 as he %
0 used to fast in
this month and then extend it up to Raman-ul-Mubrak.
(Sunan Ab Dwd, pp. 476, vol. 2, ad 2431)


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People are neglectful of it

Sayyidun Usma Bin Zad


said, I asked Y
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Raslall %
0 , I see that you observe fasts more
(extensively) in the month of Shabn than any other month.

The Holy Prophet %


0 replied, It is a month
between Rajab and Raman; people are neglectful of it. In this
month, the deeds of people are ascended towards Allah
and I love that my deeds be ascended in a state when I am
observing fast. (Sunan Nas, pp. 387, ad 2354)

Names of those who will pass away



said, The Ghayb 6

knowing Rasl, the Embodiment of Nr %



0 used to

observe fasts on all the days of Shabn. She


further
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Sayyidatun isha iddqa

said, I asked, Y Raslall %


0 ! Is Shabn your
favourite month for observing fasts? The Beloved Prophet

%

0 replied, Allah inscribes the name of every
person destined to die in that year and I love that at the time of
my passing away I am in the state of fasting. (Musnad Ab Yal,

pp. 277, vol. 4, ad 4890)

The Holy Prophet used to fast in Shabn abundantly


It is mentioned in a Bukhr: Sayyidatun isha iddqa





said that the Beloved Prophet %
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0 would

not fast so abundantly in any other month as he %


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would in Shabn, rather he %


0 used to fast the
whole month and would say, Act according to your capability
as Allah does not cease His blessings until you become
exhausted. (a Bukhr, pp. 648, vol. 1, ad 1970)

Explanation of the ad
The explainer of a Bukhr, Allma Muft Sharf-ul-aq
Amjad has elaborated on this ad as follows: It
means that he used to observe fasts in most of the days of Shabn
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and it was referred to as the whole (i.e. the fasts of the whole
month). It is usually said, Such and such a person worshipped the
whole night; although he would have spent time in eating and
answering his needs. In such cases, mostly is referred to as the
whole.

He %
further stated: From this ad we learn that one
bearing the capability to do so, should observe fasts extensively.
However, the one who is weak should not fast as it may adversely
affect his capability to fast in the month of Raman. The same
point has been asserted in those Aadi in which it was stated,
Do not fast after the first half of Shabn. (Sunan-ut-Tirmi, ad 738)

- (Nuza-tul-Qr, pp. 377-380, vol. 3)

Promotion of fasts by Dawat-e-Islami


It is stated on page 1379 of Faizn-e-Sunnat, comprising of
1548 pages, published by Maktaba-tul-Madna, the publishing
department of Dawat-e-Islami: ujjat-ul-Islam Imm Muhammad
Bin Muhammad Bin Muhammad Ghazl has
stated, In the above mentioned blessed ad, fasting for the
entire month of Shabn means to fast for most of the days of
Shabn (i.e. to observe fasts in more than half of the days of
Shabn). (Mukshafa-tul-Qulb, p. 303)
If someone intends to fast for the whole month of Shabn-ulMuaam then there is no prohibition. Several
Islamic brothers and sisters of Dawat-e-Islami, the global nonpolitical movement for propagation of the Quran & Sunna,
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observe fasts profusely in the holy months of Rajab-ul-Murajjab


& Shabn-ul-Muaam. By continuously fasting they embrace
the blessings of the holy month of Raman-ul-Mubrak.

Observing fasts in most of the days of


Shabn is a Sunna
The Mother of the believers, Sayyidatun isha iddqa



has reported: I never saw the Beloved and Blessed
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Prophet % 0 observing fasts so extensively in a
month as in the month of Shabn. Leaving a few days, he used
to fast the entire month. (Sunan-ut-Tirmi, pp. 182, vol. 2, ad 736)
Tayr Sunnaton pay chal kar mayr r jab nikal kar
Chalay tum galay lagn Madan Madnay wlay


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Holy nights
The Mother of the Believers, Sayyidatun isha iddqa



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stated: I heard the Holy Prophet %


saying, Allah opens the doors of Mercy in four nights
(especially):
1.

Night of Ed-ul-A

2.

Night of Ed-ul-Fir
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3.

Fifteenth night of Shabn as in this night the names of


those destined to die that year, provision of sustenance of
people and the names of those who shall perform ajj
(that year) are inscribed.

4.

Night of Arafa (the night between the 8th and 9th of


ul-ajja) until the An (of Fajr). (Ad-Dur-rul-Manr ,
pp. 402, vol. 7)

Critical decisions
Dear Islamic brothers! How critical the 15th night of Shabn-ulMuaam is! No one knows what will be predestined for him.
Sometimes, a person is heedlessly busy in his activities while
mishaps are destined for him. It is stated in Ghunya-tu-libn,
The shrouds of many people are washed and prepared but they
are busy wandering around in the markets. There are many
people whose graves have been dug and ready but they are busy
enjoying themselves. A number of people are busy laughing
although the final moment of their death is approaching. The
construction of many houses is about to complete but at the
same time the lifetime of their owners is also about to complete.
(Ghunya-tu-libn, pp. 348, vol. 1)

g apn maut say ko bashar nan


Smn saw baras k ay pal k khabar nan


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Blessings for the sinners, but...

Sayyidatun isha iddqa 6


has reported that the


Holy Prophet %
came to me
0 said, Jibrl
th
and said, This is the 15 Night of Shabn. Allah frees as
many people from Hell as the number of the hairs on the goats
of the tribe of Kalb. But He does not cast Merciful Sight at
an infidel, a malicious person, one who cuts off family ties, the
one who dangles his clothes, a person who disobeys his
parents and a person who is habitual of drinking wine.

(Shuab-ul-mn, pp. 384, vol. 3, ad 3837)

(The above mentioned quotation the one who dangles his


clothes in this ad is meant for those who dangle their
trousers, Shalwr, Taband etc. below their ankles out of
arrogance).
A similar ad reported by the great scholarly saint Shaykh

Imm Amad Bin anbal


on behalf of Shaykh
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Abdull Ibn Amr


also includes, the murderer.
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(Musnad Imm Amad, pp. 589, vol. 2, ad 6653)

Sayyidun Kar Bin Murra


has reported that the
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Prophet of Rama, the Intercessor of the Umma, the Owner
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of Janna %
0 said, On the 15 of Shabn, Allah
forgives everyone on earth except the one who associates
partners with Him or the one who has malice in his heart.

(Shuab-ul-mn, pp. 381, vol. 3, ad 3830)


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The supplication of Sayyidun Dwd #. /

Sayyidun Al
would often come outside on
th
the 15 night of Shabn. So once he came out and said while
looking towards the sky, Once, on the 15th of Shabn, the great
Prophet of Allah , Sayyidun Dwd
% raised his gaze
towards the sky and said, This is the time when whoever
supplicated to Allah for anything, Allah fulfilled his
supplication (Du) and whoever asked for forgiveness, Allah
forgave him provided that the supplicant is not a taxman (a
person who unjustly demands tax money), a magician, a
soothsayer or a player of music. Then he
% invoked this
supplication:


C & B A
& B K J 0 G H F

L D
Meaning: O Allah ! O the Rab of Dwd
%! Whoever
asks prayer to you in this night or seeks your forgiveness,
forgive him.
(Laif-ul-Marif li-Ibn Rajab-ul-anbal, pp. 137, vol. 1)

ar kha t dar-guzar kar baykas-o-majbr k


Y Il ! Maghfirat kar baykas-o-majbr k


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The deprived people


Dear Islamic brothers! Shab-e-Bar-at is a vital night and it
must not be spent carelessly. A Downpour of special blessings
is showered in this holy night. In this night, Allah frees
people from Hell in a number more than that of hairs on the
goats of the tribe of Ban Kalb. It is recorded in books that the
tribe of Ban Kalb possessed the largest number of goats among
the tribes of Arabia.
Alas! There are some unfortunate people who have been declared
to remain deprived of forgiveness in Shab-e-Bar-at i.e. the night
of deliverance. Shaykh Imam Bayaq Shfi has
reported in Fail-ul-Awqt: The Prophet of Rama, the

Intercessor of the Umma %


0 has warned, Six
kinds of people will not be pardoned even in that night:
1.

An alcoholic

2.

The one who is disobedient to parents.

3.

One habitual of fornication.

4.

The one who cuts-off family ties.

5.

The one who sketches portraits.

6.

The one who carries tales. (Fail-ul-Awqt, pp. 130, vol. 1, ad 27)

Similarly, a soothsayer, a magician, the one who dangles his


trousers (Shalwr or Taband) below the ankles out of
arrogance, and the one who bears hatred and malice for another
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Muslim have been warned for being deprived of forgiveness. If


someone has indulged in any of the above mentioned sins, he
should repent from the core of his heart for that particular sin
and for all the sins in general as well before the arrival of Shab-eBar-at; rather he should firmly repent right now without any
delay. If someone has violated the rights of others, then, in
addition to repentance, he should apologise/compensate them.


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A letter of Imm-e-Al-e-Sunnat /


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Muslims
Imm-e-Al-e-Sunnat, Mujaddid [Revivalist] of the Umma,
Allma, Mauln, Al-j Al-fi, Al-Qr, Ash-Sh Imm
Amad Raz Khn wrote a letter to one of his disciples
emphasizing repentance before the onset of Shab-e-Bar-at. It
is being presented here due to its importance. Hence it is
mentioned on page 356 to 357 of Kulliyt Maktb-e-Raz:
Shab-e-Bar-at is about to come. On this night, the deeds of all
servants are presented in the Exalted Court of Allah . For

the sake of the Most Dignified Rasl %


0 , Allah
forgives the sins of the Muslims except that of a few.

Among these are those two Muslims who bear mutual hostility
for some worldly reasons. Allah says: Leave them as they
are, until they mend their relations.
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The Al-e-Sunnat should end discords and mend relations


before sunset of 14th Shabn. Fulfil the rights of others; or else
waiver it so that the book of deeds is presented in His court
devoid of violating the rights of others. Regarding the rights of
Allah , mere sincere repentance is sufficient. It is mentioned
R ! C $ 6 RGM C N 6
O P ( Whoever repents of his
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in a ad: S

sin, is as if he has not committed the sin at all). (Sunan Ibn Mja,
ad 4250)

If one abides as advised, (by the grace of Allah ) there is a


strong hope of forgiveness in this night provided his beliefs are

perfect. & 3 BKM 3 H( He forgives sins and grants mercy).


This practice of bringing brothers in Islam close to settle discords
and fulfil the rights of each other is in effect here since a long
time. Hopefully, you will inculcate this good practice among
the Muslims of your areas to become deserving of the reward
mentioned in the following narration:

W X C N & V H & V / T 0 . 0 J # J ! F CJ C N

H3 V C N [ Z Y ! 0 Z M 3 ;
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Meaning, He who introduces a virtuous act in Islam, there is


reward of it for him and also the reward of all those acting upon
it will be written continually in his account of deeds until the
Day of Judgement without any decrease in the rewards of those
acting upon it.
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Pray for this Faqr (humble servant of Allah ) to be blessed


with forgiveness and peace in the world and in the Hereafter! I
will remember you in my Dus (supplications) and will keep
doing so . It should be made clear to all the Muslims
that harmony and pardon all should be made from core of the
heart. Neither mere utterances of the tongue is sufficient and
nor lip-service is liked in the court of Allah .

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Faqr Amad Raz Qdir


From: Bareilly

Fast on the 15th of Shabn


Sayyidun Al
has reported that the Holy

Prophet % 0 said, When the 15th Night of Shabn


comes, do Qiym (for worship) in the night and observe fast
during the day. No doubt, Allah reveals a special Divine
Manifestation on the sky above the earth from the time of
sunset and announces, Is there anyone seeking forgiveness so
that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking sustenance so
that I may grant him sustenance? Is there anyone afflicted so
that I may relieve his affliction? Is there so and so... He
keeps announcing this until the time of Fajr. (Sunan Ibn Mja, pp.
160, vol. 2, ad 1388)


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A rewarding opportunity
The books of deeds are exchanged on Shab-e-Bar-at. If possible,
observe fast on the 14th of Shabn to get a fast recorded upon
the closing day of the book of deeds.
On the 14th of Shabn, after offering the congregational al
of Ar, it is better to observe Itikf and stay in the Masjid with
the intention of waiting for the al of Maghrib. In this way,
the last moments when the book of deeds is about to change,
the virtues of being present in the Masjid, being in Itikf, and
waiting eagerly to offer alt-ul-Maghrib etc. will be inscribed
in it. It is even golden to spend the entire night worshipping
Allah .

The green slip of paper

Amr-ul-Mu`minn Sayyidun Umar Bin Abdul Azz



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was once busy in worship in the 15th Night of Shabn. When
he raised his head, he found a green slip of paper whose
refulgence was extending up to the sky. It was bearing the words



[bcb)M8(+ C W & + L
8() M bcb)M CN _ CN &W GLH] meaning:
This is an order of forgiveness from hellfire sent from Allah
, the Omnipotent, for His servant Umar Bin Abdul Azz.
(Tafsr R-ul-Bayn)

Dear Islamic brothers! At one end, this incident


reveals the greatness and saintliness of Sayyidun Umar Bin
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Abdul Azz
and on the other end it discloses the
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excellence and blessedness of Shab-e-Bar-at. ! This
blessed night brings Bar-at (freedom) from the blazing fire of
Hell. That is why it is called Shab-e-Bar-at.

Six Nawfil after alt-ul-Maghrib


To offer specific six Rakt of Nafl after the Far and Sunan of
alt-ul-Maghrib is one of the traditions of the pious saints


of Islam. After offering the Far and Sunna etc.,

offer six Rakt of Nafl in sets of two. Before offering the first
two Rakt, make the intention: Y Allah ! By the virtue of
these two Rakt, grant me a long life with wellbeing.
Similarly, before offering the second two Rakt, make the
intention: Y Allah ! By the virtue of these two Rakt,
protect me from calamities. Before offering the last two Rakt,
make the intention: Y Allah ! By the virtue of these two
Rakt, do not make me dependent on anyone except You.
In these six Rakt, one may recite any Sra after Sra alFtia. It is preferable to recite Sra al-Ikhl three times
after Sra al-Ftia in every Rakt. After every two Rakt,
recite Sra al-Ikhl twenty one times or Sra Ysn once. If
possible, recite both. It is also possible that one Islamic brother
recites Sra Ysn while the rest listen to it. Keep in mind that
the other Islamic brother(s) should not recite Sra Ysn etc.
aloud individually while recitation is already taking place
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loudly. Never forget the ruling that, when the recitation of the
Holy Quran is taking place loudly, it is Far-e-Ayn (obligatory
for every individual) for those who are present for the sake of
listening to the recitation, to listen silently with full concentration.
Huge reward will pile up for you at the very beginning of the
blessed night . Each time after Sra Ysn, recite
the Du of mid-Shabn.

Du for Mid-Shabn

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Allah - beginning with the name of - the Most Gracious, the


Most Merciful.


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Translation: Y Allah ! O the One who does favours to everyone
but no one can do any favour to You! O the One bearing high
majesty and grandeur! O the One who bestows bounty and
rewards! There is none worthy of worship except You. You help
the troubled, provide refuge to those who seek refuge and give
peace to those who are in fear. Y Allah ! In the primary
book (i.e. Lau Maf/Secured Tablet) that is by You, if You
have written my name among the unfortunate, the deprived, the
rejected or one lacking sustenance, then Y Allah , with
Your grace, remove my misfortune, deprivation, disgrace and lack
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of sustenance, write my name among those who are blessed with


good fortune, increased sustenance and the ability to perform
good deeds in the primary book. Indeed, You have truly
mentioned in Your own descended book (i.e. the Holy Quran)

as uttered by Your Prophet %


0 : (Translation from
Kanz-ul-mn): Allah erases and confirms whatever He
wills; and only with Him is the real script. (Part 13, Sra Ar-Rad,
verse 39)

O my Rab ! By virtue of Divine Manifestation that lies in the


15th night of the blessed month of Shabn in which every
practical task is assigned and is made irrevocable, remove from us
all calamities and discords, those that we know about as well as
those that we do not, while You know everything the most. Truly,
You are the most powerful, the most reverent. And may Allah
Almighty send blessings and salutation on Sayyidun
Muhammad % 0 , and on his holy family and his

companions
and all praise is for Allah , the
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Sustainer of the worlds.

Some Madan requests by Sag-e-Madna (the Author)




!

It has been a practice of Sag-e-Madna since a


long time to offer the six Nafl and reciting from the holy Quran
on Shab-e-Barat as prescribed above. This form of worship
after Maghrib is Nafl (optional). It is neither Far nor Wjib
and there is no prohibition in Shara about Nafl and Tilwa
after Maghrib.
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Allma Ibn Rajab anbal has mentioned:


Among Syrians, the grand saints like Shaykh Khlid Bin Madn,

Shaykh Makl, Shaykh Luqmn Bin mir


and
others always observed great reverence for this holy night and
worshiped abundantly in this night. Muslims learnt reverence
for this holy night from these great saints. (Laif-ul-Marif li-Ibn
Rajab-ul-anbal, pp. 145, vol. 1)

It is mentioned in the authentic book of Fiq anaf, Dur-reMukhtr: In Shab-e-Bar-at, observing vigil (for worship) is
Mustaab. This vigil does not necessitate staying awake for the
whole night; awaking for most part of the night is also referred
to as a full night of Vigil. (Dur-re-Mukhtr, pp. 568, vol. 2)
Madan Request: So, if possible, all Islamic brothers should offer
these six Nawfil and other related invocations after al of
Maghrib in their Masjid to earn enormous rewards. Islamic sisters
may perform these rituals in their homes.

Security from evil spells/black magic


Throughout the year
It is mentioned on page 134 of the book Islm Zindag,
comprising of 170 pages, published by Maktaba-tul-Madna,
the publishing department of Dawat-e-Islami: In the 15th night
of Shabn, boil seven leaves of a berry tree in water, perform
Ghusl (ritual bath) with that water (when it is cooled down) you
will remain secured from evil spells/black magic throughout the
year .
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Shab-e-Bar-at and visiting the graves


The Mother of the Believers, Sayyidatun isha iddqa




has reported: I missed the Prophet %
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one night and later found him in (the cemetery of) al-Baq.

The Holy Prophet %


0 said, Were you afraid that

Allah and His Prophet %


0 would deprive

you of your right? I said, Y Raslall %


0 , I
thought that you might have gone to visit one of your blessed

wives. He %
0 said, Allah the Glorious and
Exalted shows Divine Manifestation on the sky above the earth
in the 15th night of Shabn; He forgives sinners greater in
number than the number of hairs on the goats of the tribe of
Ban Kalb. (Sunan-ut-Tirmi, pp. 183, vol. 2, ad 739)

Who invented fireworks?


Dear Islamic brothers! , Shab-e-Barat is the night
to acquire freedom and salvation from the fire of Hell but
unfortunately, a large number of Muslims waste their hardearned money in buying fire for themselves in the form of
firecrackers and varieties of fireworks thereby violating the
holiness of this night.
The renowned commentator of the Holy Quran, akm-ulUmma Muft Amad Yr Khn
has mentioned in
his booklet Islm Zindag: It is really a great deprivation to
spend this night in committing sins.
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It is said that fireworks were invented by Namrd. When



Sayyidun Ibrm

0 was put into the fire,
the fire extinguished and turned into a garden of flowers. So
Namrds people prepared firecrackers and after setting these alight
fired towards Sayyidun Ibrm
. (Islm Zindag, p. 77)

The prevalent fireworks related to


Shab-e-Bar-at are arm
Regretfully this sinful tradition of fireworks on the eve of Shab-eBar-at is proliferating among Muslims. It is stated in Islm
Zindag: Muslims waste millions (of rupees) in practicing this
tradition and every year many cases are reported, giving news of
many houses being burnt due to fireworks and so many people
burn to death. This sinful activity is a serious risk for ones life,
wealth and assets.
Further, it is just burning ones own wealth and in return,
receiving the burden of disobedience of Allah upon the
shoulders. For the sake of Allah ! Refrain from committing
this absurd and arm (forbidden) act, and prevent your children
and relatives as well. Wherever some uncultured children set off
fireworks, do not stay to enjoy such scenes. (Islm Zindag, p. 78)
Setting off fireworks on Shab-e-Bar-at is, no doubt, a wastage
of money and it is extravagance; therefore this act is arm
and impermissible. Likewise, the production, selling and
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purchasing of fireworks are all prohibited as per the Shara


(Islamic Sacred Law). (Fatw Ajmaliyya, pp. 52, vol. 4)
Imm-e-Al-e-Sunnat, Mujaddid [Revivalist] of the Umma,
Reviver of the Sunna, Destroyer of Bida, Scholar of the Sacred
Law, Allma Mauln Al-j Al-fi, Al-Qr, Ash-Sh
Imm Amad Raz Khn
has stated, Undoubtedly
the traditional setting off of fireworks on the occasions of weddings
and Shab-e-Bar-at is arm and a sure offence as it involves
wastage of money. (Fatw Razawyya (Jad d), pp. 279, vol. 23)

The permissible forms of fireworks


The fireworks that are set off at Shab-e-Bar-at are usually just
for the sake of pleasure and amusement and are therefore sinful,
arm and an act that leads to Hell. However, there are some
specific permissible forms of fireworks as well. It was asked in

the blessed presence of Al arat %
: What do the
scholars of Islam say as regards to whether the production
and setting off of fireworks is arm or not?
Answer: It is forbidden and sinful except in those cases which
are devoid of sports and extravagance e.g. setting off firecrackers
or fireballs for the announcement of the moon sighting for a
new month, or to drive away harmful animals or driving away
animals and birds from fields or fruit bearing trees in jungles
or even in cities when required. (Fatw Razawyya, pp. 290, vol. 23)
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Tuj ko Shabn-ul-Muaam ka Khudy wsa


Bakhsh day Rab-e-Muhammad T mayr ar ak kha


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1. Inspiring Ijtim of Shab-e-Bar-at


If one is desirous to increase the fervour of worshiping in the
night of Shab-e-Bar-at, to refrain from sinful acts like setting
off fireworks in this holy night and wants to become a pious
Muslim, he should embrace the Madan environment of Dawat-eIslami, the global, non political movement for the propagation
of Quran and Sunna. One should travel three days every
month in the Sunna-Inspiring Madan Qfila with the devotees
of the Beloved Prophet and should try and transform his life
according to the guidelines of the Madan Inmt. For persuasion,
two inspiring Madan marvels are being mentioned. The extract
from writings of an Islamic brother of Markaz-ul-Auliy, Lahore
(Pakistan) regarding revolutionary reforms in his life is presented
below.
Before embracing the Madan environment of Dawat-e-Islami,
the global, non political movement for the propagation of Quran
and Sunna, I had been in the company of a misled sect and
was involved in a variety of sinful activities. Regretfully, I was
proud of my lifestyle of watching movies and dramas and
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visiting the places of immoral activities () . The decline of


my sinful days and the dawning of my reformed self owe to the
individual efforts of an Islamic brother. He convinced me to
attend the Sunna-Inspiring Ijtim of Shab-e-Bar-at at
Hanjarwal. The speech of a Muballigh-e-Dawat-e-Islami was so
inspiring and heart rending that I regretted deeply over my
sinful past. I perspired and felt so ashamed and afraid due to
my disobedience to Allah that I burst into tears. After the
Ijtim an Islamic brother who was responsible for the Madan
Qfilas met me and persuaded me to travel with the Madan
Qfila for three days. I was already inspired and so I readily
agreed to travel with the Madan Qfila.
In the blessed company of the devotees of the Noble Prophet I
learnt various acts of the Sunna in the Madan Qfila and

I repented from my all previous sins. Upon the


arrival of the month of Raman-ul-Mubrak I availed the
opportunity of the blissful Itikf in the last ten days with the
devotees of the Exalted Prophet. In this Itikf, on the 27th night,
a fortunate Islamic brother was blessed with the vision of Holy

Prophet %
0 . This significant incident intensified
my liking of Dawat-e-Islami and I firmly embraced the Madan
environment of Dawat-e-Islami.
o karnay lago gay baut nayk km
Madan Maul mayn karlo tum Itikf
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Fazl-e-Rab say o ddr-e-Sultan-e-Dn


Madan Maul mayn tum karlo Itikf
Rat-o-chan pye g qalb-e-azn
Madan Maul mayn karlo tum Itikf
(Wasil-e-Bakhshish, p. 353)


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2. Crazy for films


The statement of another Islamic brother from Bara Board,
Bb-ul-Madna (Karachi) is summarised as follows: I was a
misfit and a despised person of society. People called me film
crazy for I watched films and dramas excessively every day.
Reforms in me owe to the individual efforts of an Islamic
brother. This led me to attend the Sunna-Inspiring Ijtim of
Shab-e-Bar-at held in Khajji ground (Gulbahar, Karachi)
organized by Dawat-e-Islami, the global, non political movement
for the propagation of Quran and Sunna.
When I listened to the heart rending speech about the First
Night in the Grave I felt the fear of Allah in the core of
my heart. I repented from all my previous sins and embraced
the Madan environment of Dawat-e-Islami. My entire family
had been westernized. As a result of my individual
efforts, five of my brothers also became devotees of Dawat-eIslami and they all crowned their heads with the green turban
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and gradually the environment of our households reformed


into a completely Madan environment. At the time of writing
these lines I am serving the Sunna in the capacity of a Nigrn
of a alqa Mushwarat. I love to travel with the SunnaInspiring Madan Qfilas and I travel regularly
with the 3-days Madan Qfila every month.
Yaqnan Muqaddar ka wo ay sikandar
Jisay khayr say mil gaya Madan Maul
Yan Sunnatayn sknay ko milayn gi
Dilye g khauf-e-Khud Madan Maul
Ay bmr-e-iyn t j yan par
Gunaun k dayg daw Madan Maul
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Dear Islamic brothers! Now towards the end of my Bayn, I


would like to avail the auspicious opportunity of telling
you an excellence of the Sunna and thereafter I will tell
you some Sunan and manners. The Greatest and Holiest Prophet
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stated, He, who loved my Sunna, loved me
and he who loved me will be with me in Paradise. (Mishkt-ulMab, pp. 55, vol. 1, ad 175)

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Sna tayr Sunnat k Madna banay q


Jannat mayn paaws mujay tum apn bann


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11 Madan pearls regarding visiting the graveyard


1.

The Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind,

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0 said, I had
prohibited you from visiting the graves. Now, do visit the
graves for it causes disliking worldliness and reminds one
of the afterlife. (Sunan Ibn Mja, pp. 252, vol. 2, ad 1571)

2.

If one intends to visit a Muslims grave (or Mausoleum of


some beloved of Allah ) , it is Mustaab for him to
firstly offer two Rakt Nafl al (not in Makru timings)
at his home reciting yat-ul-Kurs once and Sra al-Ikhl
thrice after Sra al-Ftia in each Rakat and to donate
its awb to ib-e-Qabr (i.e. the buried person); Allah
will produce Nr (light) in the grave of that deceased
person and will reward this person (who donated the
awb) abundantly. (Fatw lamgr, pp. 350, vol. 5)

3.

Dont engage in futile talks while going to visit a mausoleum


or a grave. (Fatw lamgr, pp. 350, vol. 5)

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4.

Enter the graveyard via the usual pathway where there had
never been graves of Muslims before. Never use the newly
carved pathway. It is quoted in Rad-dul-Mutr: Walking
on a newly carved pathway (that has been built up by
levelling the graves) is arm. (Rad-dul-Mutr, pp. 612, vol. 1)
Even if there is only overwhelming suspicion regarding
the new pathway, it is impermissible and sinful to walk on
that. (Dur-re-Mukhtr , pp. 183, vol. 3)

5.

Its been observed at some mausoleums of beloveds of


Allah that the flooring is done by demolishing the
graves of Muslims just to facilitate visitors. Walking,
standing, lying down, seating arrangements for the
recitation (of the Holy Quran) and invocations etc. upon
such floorings is arm. Recite Ftia remaining at a
distance.

6.

Beholding the grave should be done whilst standing in


front of the face of the beloved of Allah and one
should approach it from the foot side in order to remain
in front of his vision; never approach from the head side
as he (the buried one) would have to turn his head to look
at you. (Fatw Razawyya, pp. 532, vol. 9)

7.

Stand in the graveyard with the back towards the Holy


Qibla whilst facing the face of the buried one and then
invoke:
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e d
M _ ,&B KY 3(ZM XH d #.



&h! W C g f J _
Translation
Salutation be upon you all, O inhabitants of the graves,
may Allah forgive us and you. You came (here) before
us and we are about to come after you.
(Fatw lamgr, pp. 350, vol. 5)

8.

One who invokes this on entering the graveyard:


V & o k
l
M&

n
_

m
) M 0j i .V!

4
8 C
N
Xo 0 N3s W q ep CN
N N # J
t

Translation
O Allah O the Rab of decayed bodies and ruined
bones! Send Your blessings and my salutation to those who
departed from the world with faith (in You).
Then, all the Muslims who have passed away till then
since the time of Sayyidun dam
will pray for
his forgiveness. (Muannaf Ibn Ab Shayba, pp. 15, vol. 10)
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9.

The Most Merciful Prophet %


0 said, A person
who enters a graveyard, then recites Sra al-Ftia,
Sra al-Ikhl and Sra at-Takur and prays this
supplication: O Allah ! Deliver the awb of what I
recited from the Holy Quran to the Muslim men and
women of this graveyard; all those believers will become
intercessors for him (who donated the awb) on the Day
of Judgement. (Shara-us-udr, p. 311)

It is quoted in a ad: One who recites Sra al-Ikhl 11


times and donates its awb to the dead, he (i.e. who
conveys the awb) will be awarded awb equivalent to
the number of the dead. (Dur-re-Mukhtr, pp. 183, vol. 3)
10. Agarbatt (incense sticks) should not be lit upon the graves
as it is a discourteous act and it causes discomfort to the
dead; however if it is desired to spread fragrance for the
comfort of the visitors, it should be lit up beside the grave
on free land, as perfuming is commendable. (Derived from
Fatw Razawyya, pp. 525,582, vol. 9)

At another place, Al arat Imm Amad Raz Khn



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has stated: It is quoted in a Muslim Sharf

through Sayyidun Amr bin al-


that he
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advised his son at the time of death, When I die, do not
let any lamenting woman or any fire accompany my
funeral. (a Muslim, pp. 75, ad 192)
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11. Do not place lamps or incense sticks upon the grave for it
is fire and placing fire upon a grave teases the dead;
however if it is required for the purpose of providing
lighting to the passers-by, then candles or lamps may be
placed beside the grave on free land.
In order to learn thousands of Sunan, buy Part 16 of Bar-e
Sharat consisting of 312 pages and Sunnatayn or Aadab
comprising of 120 pages and read them. One of the best methods
for learning the Sunna is to travel with the Madan Qfilas
with the devotees of the Most Noble Prophet.

Give this Booklet to Someone Else after


Reading it yourself
Distribute booklets published by Maktaba-tul-Madna
during weddings, times of grief, Ijtimt and other such
occasions and earn rewards. Make it a habit of keeping
booklets in your shop to give to customers for free. Give
booklets to the newspaper delivery person or to children
and have them distributed in your neighbourhood. Give
a new booklet each time and earn reward for inviting
towards goodness.

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5 Madan Pearls

Sayydun Abdull bin Amr bin al-


has stated,
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There are 5 such habits, that if someone adopts, he will become
virtuous in the worldly life and in the afterlife:

1.


! S ! From time to time, one should keep
, 3 J 8 9 ,
reciting it.

2.

Whenever he is afflicted with any calamity (e.g. if he becomes


ill, suffers a loss, or if he hears worrying news), he should

) M , W ! 3v ! 3 !
recite 3 )V
.
/j e , R and m )M 7

3.

Whenever he receives a blessing, he should invoke


) M , 8 1
to pay gratitude.
w

4.

When commencing any (permissible) act, he should recite

5.

& BK J
Whenever a sin is committed, invoke /j 3 y m )M ,
(seeking forgiveness from the Magnificent Rab I turn
to Him for repentance).

& C & , x.

(Al-Munabbit, p. 57)

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For Security of the Home


Sayydun Imm Fakhruddn Rz says,

Whoever writes & C & , x on the entrance (main

gate) of his house gets secured from destruction, even if


he is a disbeliever (only in this world). So how high
would be the excellence of that Muslim who has
inscribed it on his hearts tablet forever! (Tafsr Kabr, pp.

152, vol. 1)


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Spiritual Cure for Ending Enmity

If & C & , x is recited 786 times over water, and


then the water is given to the opponent (i.e. enemy),
he will cease his enmity, and will begin to love instead

. If the same is served to a friend to drink, the
friendship will become stronger. (Jannat Zawar, p. 578)

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