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    Seize the Offer

    Imagine there was a very wealthy and generous king and that it was announced that his majesty will visit the inhabitants of one of the villages belonging to his kingdom. And that whoever has the honour to attend his reception will be given the gift of a mansion house in any area one wants and in addition to that an amount of £ 1,000,000 would be conferred. It was however made known that his majesty will not announce the exact date of his visit, although the 10-day period that included the day of his visit would be confirmed. Do you think that there would remain a single inhabitant who would not make some preparation for this visit and the chance of a once in a lifetime offer? Any sane person would regard this a priority and emergency situation and discard everything else in order to reap the reward.

    The King of all kings, the Lord, the richest one in the world, the one who owns all the big palaces and the most luxurious accommodations, the most generous one has given us a much better offer. He promised us that he would grant the one who witnesses one of the last ten nights of Ramadan in obedience and His worship palaces; gardens; cars; servants; furniture; mates; food; entertainment; and countless other rewards never before seen, heard or imagined. What is more, these types of bliss will be granted to the worshipper for millions and millions of years. A further attractive feature about these luxuries is that enjoyment of them will not cause any illnesses or diseases throughout the millions and millions of years.

    He, Allah, said in the Quran [97:1-5] “Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months.] Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah's Permission with all Decrees, Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn"

    Being better than 1,000.00 months, means that worshiping Allah in this night is better than worshiping Allah for more than 83 years. The average life span of a person, as the Prophet has said, is between 60 and 70 years. Any person would spend at least 15 years in his childhood which will leave him with 45-50 years of time possible for worshiping Allah to build his account in Jannah. A third of this period would be spent on wasted and useless matters and another third would be wasted because of ignorance. This leaves around 15 years for the person to utilize in order to build his real future in Paradise. Laylatul Qadr, which is located in one of the last ten nights of Ramadan, is giving any of us the opportunity to gain the output of 83 complete years of worshiping Allah. Would anyone prefer anything from this temporary life over this everlasting reward? Would anyone prefer rest or short entertainment over this everlasting most enjoyable and luxurious life?

    It can be said that the best and biggest reward a person can get by observing acts of worship and devotion during this night, is to have the opportunity to be resurrected on that frightful day -lasting for fifty thousand years- free from any sin!! The prophet peace be upon him said, “whoever observes Qiyamul Layl on the night of Qadr will have all his previous sins forgiven. What an outcome! You will be free from all your sins and hence you will not be blamed for any of your millions of unsightly actions that you committed!

    The early generations of Muslims and those who followed them realised the value of this life compared to the second real life, and hence they exerted any possible effort to make use of any golden chance that maximized their obedience to their Lord.. The Prophet used to seclude himself in the mosque and retreat to devotion and acts of worship, avoiding any activity that might consume some of his time that would otherwise benefit him in his second life. Zaynab, the step daughter of the Prophet peace be upon him, reported that the Prophet would not leave any one of his household members who could pray at night, except he would wake him or her up during these ten nights. Aisha said that he would mix between praying and sleeping during the first twenty nights, but he would stay awake all the last ten nights of Ramadan.

    My dear brothers and sisters, let us make use of this chance that was granted to us by our Lord and show him that we are seeking his pleasure so he may look to us in mercy and make us among those who were freed from the punishment of the hellfire in these last ten days of Ramadan.

    The prophet said, 'Whoever is deprived of the good of this night has been deprived of goodness altogether.

    - Sh Haitham Al-Haddad

    “The real prisoner is someone whose heart is imprisoned from his Lord; the true captive is someone captured by his passions.” (Ibn Taymiyyah)

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    Re: Seize the Offer

    Jazakhalla khyran!!!!! Insha'Allah the Ummah will not let this blessed time go to waste.

    The Prophet (saw) said, Verily, the knots of Islam will be undone one by one. Whenever one knot is lost, then the people grabbed onto the one which came after it. The first of these knots will be ruling and the last will be the salah.[1]

    The author of Sitoon as-Sultaniyah says about this Hadith: “It was the Prophet who tied together the knots of Islam, including the uppermost knot of ruling after he established the Islamic state…As mentioned by Imam Mawardi the leadership has been proscribed as the succession of the Prophet in protecting the deen and governing the societal affairs. In this respect – Imam Baidawi mentioned that the Imama/Khalifah is the succession from the Prophet in the establishment of the laws of the Shari’ah. So without the Imam the laws lie unapplied and the territory is not protected effectively. The hadith indicates that it is the uppermost knot that keeps the subsequent knots safe from being untied. This is since it is the ruler that is responsible to apply Islam in its entirety, to implement the limits proscribed by Allah and to protect the society. Imam Ahmed mentioned without an Imam (for the Muslims as their leader) there would be fitna, and the destruction of the symbols of Islam ending with the Prayer is a great fitna.[2]

    [1] Tabarani, Musnad Ahmad and Al Hakim in his Al Mustadrak
    [2] Ibid. pg. 46


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      Re: Seize the Offer

      :inlove: beautiful post mashaAllah!!!! jazakAllah khair for sharing and may we take heed of it.
      *~* Learn Patience from Aasiyah (RA); Loyalty from Khadhija (RA); Sincerity from Aisha (RA) and Steadfastness from Fatima (RA).*~*