The Reward for Praying ‘Isha and Fajr in the Mosque

‘Uthman bin `Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying: “One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salaah for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salaah the whole night.”

{Muslim}

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Having Private Time with Allah

Try to spend at least ten minutes (at first) a day reading about the next life, the heart, and other beneficial topics for the heart. Doing this is extremely valuable for our hearts which are full of diseases; loving worldly things too much, hardness of the heart, filthy desires and arrogance.

Start today and have some private time with Allah. The Prophet (saw) would also do this.

Avoid Hollow Religiosity

The hypocrites built a masaajid in the time of the Prophet (saw), yet they were exposed. Don’t be someone who lives one life at home with music, movies, bad language, a gangster type attitude and other sins, yet in front of the people in public shows a pious face. Allah will expose such a person and these sins will slip out.

Have Some Private Time with Allah

Try to spend, at least, half an hour a day reading about the next life, the heart, and beneficial topics for the heart. Some people spend more than two hours a day doing this.

This activity is extremely beneficial for our hearts, which are full of diseases like loving worldly things too much, hardness, filthy desires and arrogance.

Have some private time with Allah. the Prophet (saw) would do this too.

Falling Behind in the Prayer Rows

From Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri: The Messenger of Allaah (saw) saw some of his companions falling back (in the rows for prayer) and said to them: “Come forward and follow me (in prayer) and let those who come after you follow you. People will persist in falling back until Allaah puts them back.”

(Muslim)

Some Ulema have said that this means if you are late for salaah and are always in the last rows, you’ll start falling behind in many good actions!

10 Points on the Day of ‘Arafah

The day of ‘Arafah is the most important day for a Haji. Whilst only a select few of the Ummah are chosen by Allah to physically be on the plains of ‘Arafat on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, there are several virtues and deeds mentioned regarding the day of ‘Arafah which apply to those afar as well. Here are ten of them:

*VIRTUES OF THE DAY*

*1* The day of ‘Arafah is one of the *best days of the year*, Anas رضي الله عنه says:
“The day of ‘Arafah equals 10, 000 days in virtue.” [1]

*2* “On the day of Arafah, Allah *frees from Jahannam* even those who are not physically in Arafah. Therefore, the next day is ‘Eid for all.” [2]

*3* The Day of ‘Arafah has also been labelled as *“Yawmul Eid”* by ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) as it’s the day in which Allah announced the perfection of Islam. [3]

*DEEDS FOR THIS DAY*

*4* DO:

i. Fast
ii. Recite dhikr in abundance
iii. Excessive Du’a
iv. Sadaqah

*5* DON’T:

• Persist in Sin (rather, make *tawbah* -repent- from all sins)

• Be arrogant

These two types of people are deprived on this blessed day. [4]

*6*  Dhikr on the Day of ‘Arafah

Rasulullah (saw) would recite the following abundantly on the day of Arafah:

“لاإلٰه إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد بيده الخير وهو على كل شئ قدير“

La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul mulku walahul hamdu biyadihil khayru wahuwa ‘ala kuli shayin qadir [5]

*7* ‘Ali’s رضي الله عنه du’a on the Day of ‘Arafah

اللهم أعتق رَقَبَتِي مِنَ النَّار، وأَوسِعْ لِيْ مِنَ الرّزقِ الحلال، وَاصْرِفْ عني فَسَقة الجِن والإنس

Allahumma a’tiq raqabati minan nar wa awsi’li minar rizqil halal, wasrif ‘anni fasaqatil jinni wal ins

Translation: O Allah! Free me from the fire, increase my lawful sustenance, and keep away the transgressive Jin and humans from me. [6]

*8* “Fasting on the day of Arafah will *expiate the sins of the past and future year.*” [7]

*9* Rasulullah (saw) said:
“He who protects his ears, eyes and tongue on this day (Day of ‘Arafah) will be forgiven” [8]

*10* The day of ‘Arafah is the day when *Shaytan is most humiliated* (due to Allah’s extensive forgiveness). [9]

May Allah grant us all the tawfiq (ability) to practice on all the above and may He bless us with repeated opportunities of physically being on the plains of ‘Arafat.
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1. At-Targheeb, vol. 2 pg.200 and Lataiful Ma’arif, p. 460
2. Ibn Rajab رحيم الله  in Lataiful Ma’arif, p. 482
3. Sahih Bukhari
4. Ibn Rajab رحيم الله Lataiful Ma’arif, p. 494
5. Musnad Ahmad; see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 p. 252
6. Ibn Abi Dunya, see Lataiful Ma’arif, p. 494
7. Sahih Muslim
8. Musnad Ahmad with a reliable chain, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 p. 251
9. Muwatta Imam Malik, Musnad Ahmad and Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3013

The Importance of Seeking Knowledge

Some narrations about seeking knowledge in Islam:

The Prophet, may Allah praise him, said:

“When Allah wishes good for a person, He makes him understand the religion.” (al-Bukhari)

Abu Huraira (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ

(Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah makes easy for him a path to Paradise).

[Source: Sahih Muslim 2699, Grade: Sahih]

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ خَرَجَ فِي طَلَبِ الْعِلْمِ كَانَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ

(Whoever goes out seeking knowledge is in the path of Allah until he returns).

[Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2647, Grade: Hasan]