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Brief about Imam Zainul Abideen by Muzzaffer Alidina

Brief about Imam Zainul Abideen by Muzzaffer Alidina

His Birth

The fourth Imam of the Shi’a was born in Madina, in the year of 38 A.H. Named after his grandfather; he was brought up under the guise of his Uncle Imam Hasan (a.s) and his father Imam Hussain (a.s).

From his birth, Ali ibn Hussain was given the title Bin al Khiyaratayn, or the son of the best two because of the intertwining of two fairly distinct cultures. His mother was Bibi Sheherbanoo, or Shazanane, who was the daughter of Yazdegard, the last Sasanian king of Persia. And of course from his father’s side, he was an Arab. Hence, he was a Qurayshi among Arabs and a Persian among non-Arabs. To those who know the story of the mother of Imam Mehdi (a.t.f.s), the story of Bibi Sheherbanoo sends some reverberations. A princess in her own right, Bibi Sheherbanoo is narrated to have been brought as a captive to Madina during the rule of the Caliph Umr, who had decided on selling her. However, under the instructions of Imam Ali (a.s) she was offered her choice of Muslim men as a husband, and she picked Imam Hussein (a.s).

The story is quite similar to that of our awaited Imam, and it brings to us a few lessons of note. Quite contrary to present-day opinion, our third Imam was involved in a cross-cultural marriage, much like a few of our later Imams. And the actions of our first Imam managed to kill two birds with one stone. Not only did Imam Ali (a.s) encourage the removal of slavery, but he also allowed a woman to choose her own spouse.

His Presence

Under Umayyad rule, the Caliph at the time was Hisham ibn Abdul Malik. With a convoy from Syria, he once visited Mecca to perform Hajj. It is narrated that Hisham tried to come close to the Black Stone (Hijr-ul-Aswad) but everytime was overcrowded. As he waiting on a pulpit for the masses to leave, he saw that a man was granted easy access to the Black Stone with great respect. Having kept the legacy of Imam Sajjad quiet to the Syrian people, he sarcastically asked his people, who this is. Fortunately, or unfortunately for him, the poet Farazdaq was nearby. He then famously addressed Hisham with an ode. Here is a short excerpt from it:

It is someone whose footsteps are known by every place
And it is he who is known to the Bayt in Mecca
the most frequented sanctuary;
It is he who is the son of the best of all men of God
and it is he who is the most pious and devout,
the purest and most unstained
the chastest and most righteous
a symbol [for Islam]
This is Ali [b. al Husayn] whose parent is the Prophet
This is the son of Fatima, if you do not know who he is
Whosoever recognizes his God knows also
the primacy and superiority of this man
Because the religion has reached nations
through his House.[1]

At Karbala

We normally hear about our fourth Imam as the one who suffered in Karbala, who lied on a skin in a tent on the night of Ashura. How he was shackled at his feet and throat under horrendous circumstances. How he was humiliated in the Bazaar of Damascus/Sham, and paraded infront of Yazid. But he stood firm, and in very uncertain times, took the reigns of Imamate by the throat. If it were not for the likes of Imam Sajjad and Bibi Zainab, then the message of the Prophet would never have made it to where it is today. Any Muslim will attest to the role of these two individuals in reestablishing the principles of the Ummah as instituted by the Prophet.

His Sahifa

One of the very many titles of the fourth Imam is As-Sajjad (the one who constantly prostrates), because of his continuous worship. Interestingly, Imam wrote a number of supplications down and transmitted them to his children Muhammad al Baqir and Zayd. In later days, his supplications and whispered prayers were compiled and titled As Sahifa As Sajjadiya (the book of Sajjad). Some editions of his compiled book also contain the Risalatool Huqooq,(treatise of rights) which deals separately with specific rights of relatives, of actions, of leaders and so on.

The common misconception is that since he was an infallible Imam, he was never required to plead, beg, cry and ask from his Lord. But he did. Of course infallibility is an intrinsic quality of each and every Imam, but the need to implore, and beg traces back to the Prophet. On a shallow level, it is a guide for us, as humans to reach such levels of gratitude. On a much deeper level, it shows the extent of love these individuals have to turn back to their Lord.

As Sahifa As Sajjadiya

Here is a brief excerpt from dua #31, entitled: “his supplication (a.s) in mentioning and asking for repentance”

O God,
if remorse is a repentance toward Thee,
then I am the most remorseful of the remorseful!
If refraining from disobedience is a turning back to Thee,
then I am the first of those who turn back!
If praying for forgiveness alleviates sins,
surely I am one of those who pray for Thy forgiveness!

O God,
as Thou hast commanded repentance
and guaranteed acceptance,
as Thou hast urged supplication,
and promised to respond,
so also bless Muhammad and his Household,
accept my repentance,
and return me not to the returning place
of disappointment in Thy mercy!
Surely Thou art Ever-turning toward the sinners,
All-compassionate toward the offenders who turn back![2]


[1] Sahifa Sajjadiyah, page 3.

[2] Sahifa Sajjadiya, dua number 31,

http://www.duas.org/sajjadiya/s31.htm

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Hazrat Abbas (pbuh)

Article By: Kumailabbas Dewji

 

Imam Zainul Abideen(AS) is quoted to have said, “ Mercy of Allah be upon my uncle Abbas, he sacrificed himself and gave himself away for his brothers cause and that Allah replaced his hands  with wings in Jannah in the way Allah gave wings to Jafer bin Abi Talib.”

The topic of discussion as can be seen from the above statement is the personality of a man so great, a personality who is a universal role model, an individual who Imam Hussein described as “His backbone”. A personality who was a fierce warrior, the most submissive servant to Imam Hussein, a protector of Hijab, a quencher of thirst. The personality of Abbas bin Ali.

When one talks about the personality of Hazrat Abbas then one cannot help but relate him to Imam Hussein (AS). This is due to the strong bond existing between these two amazing individuals such that one can say we would not be doing justice if we did not discuss the two in relation to each other.

Hazrat Abbas was born on the 4th of Shaaban 26AH. His father was Imam Ali and his mother Fatimah Al Kilabiyyah, famously known as Ummul Banin. (The mother of the sons). Imam Ali married Ummul Banin with the intention of getting sons who would be fierce warriors and surely all the sons of Ummul Banin did turn out to be just that. One of the sons wrestled lions whereas the other was known to chase wild animals. Hazrat Abbas too was a ferocious warrior one trained by the Lion of Allah himself- Imam Ali (AS).

Hazrat Abbas first real appearance came in the Battle of Siffin in the year 37AH when he was just 11years of age.  During the battle of Siffin he displayed his extraordinary skills he possessed by killing one of the strongest enemies in the army of Muawiyah. Together with him he killed all of his seven sons such that the army of Muawiyah mistook him for Imam Ali (AS).  Only to find out that he was the son of Ali – Abbas.  Upon asking him who he was he proclaimed that he was Abbas, the “Qamar /Moon of the Bani Hashim”  Muawiyah tried to mock him by saying that the Bani Hashim already had moons in Imam Hassan and Hussein(AS). Hazrat Abbas then made a statement that summed up the aim of Hazrat Abbas life. He said, “They are the sons of Mohamed (SAWW) and I am the son of Ali. It is the role of the sons of Ali to protect the sons of Mohamed (SAWW).”

This explained the type of person Hazrat Abbas was and what his aim in life was. From day one his mother instilled in him that Imam Hussein was his Master and that his role in life was the protection and happiness of Aba Abdillah. It was engraved in him that Imam Hussein was his master and Hazrat Abbas never failed in living up to it. Throughout his life he called Aba Abdillah as “Master” and it was Imam Hussein`s face that he first saw when he opened his eyes. It was Imam Hussein who chose who he should marry and it was on Imam Hussein`s lap when he took his last breath. He lived for Hussein such that it is said when everyone called out Hussein, then Hussein turned and called out Abbas.

The question comes in what can we learn from this great personality and how can we implement it into our lives.

The first and foremost is the essence of Brotherhood.  As stated above Hazrat Abbas lived for Imam Hussein. The peak of this brotherhood was demonstrated in the plains of Kerbala and his total dedication to his brother can be seen in the lines he reads when he reaches Furaat and takes the water in his hands. He says, “O Self, After Hussein there is revival but after this life there is humiliation if you are not on his way. This is Hussein drinking the syrup of death and I drink the syrup of this cold water?” He then puts the water back and on his way back we all know what happens when his arms are cut. He says, “Even if you cut my hands I will protect this religion forever and the Imam of truth.”  Hazrat Abbas is teaching us how one should obey his brother, yet we look in our community today and we see that brothers do not even talk to each other.  Relationships have been cut off and hatred has developed between brothers due to reasons which are unimaginable. Is this the brotherhood Abbas displayed in the plains of Kerbala?

The second message one can take out of Hazrat Abbas is putting the needs of the Imam and the religion forefront.  It is amazing when one hears the statement Ummul Banin makes when she hears news of the events of Kerbala. They tell her your sons died in Kerbala, they tell her Abbas died in Kerbala- yet she replies, “Tell me what happen to my Imam Aba Abdillah.” Then she makes a statement that is unimaginable. She says, “Give me 70 Abbas and I will swap them all for one Hussein to be safe” Brothers and sisters a mother making this strong a statement tells us how for her the only person that mattered was the safety of the Imam and this was seen in the sacrifices of Hazrat Abbas as well. Hazrat Abbas did not give anything short but HIMSELF away for the religion and for the Imam. The question I ask myself is how much am I giving for my Imam?  Is the Imam our priority in life, do we live in the way our Imam expects us to live?  Or then is the Imam someone we just turn to for our hajaat?

Patience is a lesson many a times we forget to mention when it comes to Hazrat Abbas. Abul Fadhil displayed a great level of patience in various aspects when he otherwise had the full ability to demolish the enemies.  One such circumstance was during the burial of Imam Hassan (AS). Imam Hassan body was showered by arrows but Abbas was forced to practice patience under the orders of Aba Abdillah. He never questioned the Imam and was always submissive.  The lesson here is the practice of patience when one has the ability to respond. That is the true patience something we all ought to develop.

Hazrat Abbas is also a symbol of a protector of Hijab and this can be seen in the words of Bibi Zainab. When Hazrat Abbas comes to Bibi Zainab for the farewell before going to the battlefield then Bibi Zainab tells him that now that he is going away she can understand why her Hijab will be snatched.  Abbas protected Hijab yet how much do we respect the Hijab?

Hazrat Abbas is surely a personality we can learn lots of lessons from and it should be our aim to try and take one lesson and place it in our lives. One of our Imams has said, “If people knew what position Allah has given Abul Fadhil Abbas (AS) in heaven then they would want to be like him.”  We pray to Allah to grant us the submissiveness of Abbas and to

Anwaar Ul Shaaban- Poem To Welcome The Month Of Shaaban

Written By: Sadia Batool Zaidi

ANWAAR UL SHABAAN


All had gathered,
To sight the new crescent,
Of the month of Shaaban,
When special mercy descends.


They said it was too hazy,
To see the new moon,
Surprising! As to me,
Seemed it was in full bloom.

The moon swelled with joy,
As it marked the new month,
Its glow was empowering,
Even the mighty sun!

“You see this is Shaaban,
A special time,” said the moon.
“Shabaan has five letters,
Sheen, Ain, Ba, Alif, Noon.”

Sheen is for the Shabaab,
That rejoice in Jannah,
For arrival of their Master,
Of Sayyadush Shuhada.

Ain is for the Ibaadat,
Whose life was revived,
Worth of Allah’s servantry,
Zainul Abideen defined.

Ba is Babul Hawaaij,
You will smile to discover,
His birthday’s after Hussain,
Can Ghulam surpass his master?

Alif for Imame Zamana,
His noor grants the basis,
The sun, moon, the world,
In which all seek existence.

Noon is Naai’batuz Zahra,
Zahra’s representative,
The special, special lady,
Whose Status is distinctive.

So Shaabaan is made up of,
Five Noors, five letters,
No other month can boast,
Of a ranking that is better.

As Anwaar ush Shaabaan,
Give Shaabaan the radiance,
Of Delight, Mercy, Desire,
Of Unmatched Eminence.

                                          ———- Sadia Batool Zaidi

Poem: The Selfless- Hz Abbas (pbuh)

By: Taher Adel

His eyes were like darkly painted rooms where my knightly figure wallowed
Floating on his pupil as he watched as I was swallowed Into the distance 
I wondered where his tears would run to without my shoulders to soak them 
Or where his eyes will flee to without my shadow to shield them
I headed towards the river like a stream heading towards my ending 
At my reaching my nurtured heart was betrayed by my fallible being
The water quenched my eyes so an arrow took them away 
The water cooled my palms so the swords upon them preyed 
This container reminded me of my heart where his agony was bottled 
Like the water it now leaks 
But I have no palms to pick up his woes or eyes to see them to sleep
Now, coiled in his silence I settle in my dreams 
Devoured by the beauty of his presence I gleam 
The lights of heaven clash at our embrace
Desecrating the redness, to have a house of visitors built
A distance away from him like the stitching of a quilt 
That same quilt that covered five now covers me from a distance 
And the same visitors that visit him seek me no different
The sons of Ali remain brothers in life and in martyrdom
Abbas they called me and Abbas I answered

Taher Adel

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128-183AH, passed away aged 55 years. Buried in Kādhimayn, Iraq.

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CD release; 14 masumeen blessing before marriage

Salaam alaykum,

 

We have just recently recorded and made CD’s which contain Marsiya, Munajaat and Mataam for each masumeen.

These are specially recorded for the lead up to the nikaah ceremony for couples, 14 days leading up to the nikkah. Each day for each masumeen.

We recommend that before listening to each day’s section, you recite Surah Yaasin and Hadith e Kisa.

Please contact us at perfection.seek@gmail.com if you would like a CD, we will do our best for the CD’s to reach you.

 

How to Welcome the month of Rajab

By: Shaykh Ḥabīb al-Kāẓimī

via shiatranslation.org

The Spring of the Soul

 

Nowadays, many individuals are thinking of alleviation in order to rest their body from the fatigue of daily life. The soul, like the body, is in need of alleviation. In fact, it needs it even more, as the body is finite whereas the soul endures eternally by God Almighty’s endurance: “They shall remain in it for as long as the heavens and the earth endure” [11:107]. Just as the physical realm has three months which constitute the season known as spring, so does the metaphysical realm. Its spring is the [following] three blessed months: (1) Rajab, the month of God Almighty, (2) Shaᵓbān, the month of His prophet [p], and (3) Ramadan, the month of his nation. The Lord of the Worlds made for us two months to prepare for convening the grand deal/transaction in laylat al-qadr (the night of ordainment). Thus, replete worship, invocation of God during the morning and night, and grand occasions are witnessed in these [two] months. These two months are also decorated with many important anniversaries of the members of the Prophet [p]’s household, [such as]:

i) The birth of the Commander of the Faithful (Ali) [p].

ii) The day Prophet Muhammad [p] was sent as a messenger (Yawm al-Mabᶜath)

iii) The birth of the master of the martyrs (Husayn) [p], his brother ʿAbbās and his son Zayn al-ʿĀbidῑn [p].

iv) The pinnacle of joy: the birth of Imam al-Mahdi [may God hasten his reappearance].

[These are followed by] the birth of Imam Ḥasan [p] in the middle of the month of Ramadan.

All of these are occasions of joy and happiness. And it is known that during the occasions of joy and happiness, rewards and bestowals are received [by people], so why should we not ask for a grand bestowment in each occasion from the father or son of the beholders of that [specific] occasion?! (i.e. ask from the Imam whose birth is on that occasion, or from his infallible father or son – tr.)

Therefore, these two months – along with the first twenty nights of the blessed month of Ramadan – are crucial nights for earning an exceptional Laylat al-Qadr; the night which the Lord of the Worlds refers to [in the Qur’an when] He says, “Indeed We sent it down on the Night of Ordainment * What will make you conceive what the Night of Ordainment is?.” [97:1-2] Similarly, when He describes the day of resurrection He says, “What will make you conceive what the Catastrophe is?” [101:3] using the same expression to show us that we are incapable of comprehending the reality of this night. Whomsoever complains throughout the year of illness in his body, severance of his sustenance, disturbance of his heart, or a problem within his family; it all is [a result] of what had been ordained for him/her on laylat al-qadr. If he/she was to perfect the previous laylat al-qadr, he/she would not have been afflicted with the aforementioned [calamities]. How many among us can claim that he exhorted his [greatest] efforts in the previous laylat al-qadr?!

 

How to prepare ourselves for Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Ordainment)

Firstly: Forty days of abstention from sinning.

The best [act] one must commit to during this month is abstaining from sinning for forty days. For example, one [could] begin [this task] from the beginning of Rajab till the middle of Shaʿbān [and in doing this] declaring to the Imam of his epoch (Imam Mahdi): “O Master! I have disciplined my self/soul and reduced its entices, so wipe your [blessed] hand on my heart and thoughts.” Let your slogan [during this period] be, “O Lord! Make this [month] the best month of Rajab that passes me since [the day] o

f my creation.” It is also beneficial for the individual to “deceive” his self, for example, by asking [the self] to commit only for forty days, thus informing it, “O Self! You do not have the strength to be on the moderate path for a full year, so I ask you, O self, to commit only for forty days.” The Lord of the Worlds made the season of Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) and the month of Ramadan a [few] enumerated days. This is a divine policy, since He knows that humankind cannot bear persistence, hence He lures them and grants them fragments of [Divine] aromas [in order to continue their worsip]. Therefore, he who perfects his conduct during the month of Ramadan and becomes a “servant” of God, tastes the sweetness of Qur’an, and stands steadfast [in worship] during the nights of the month of Ramadan, will persist throughout the whole year [only] with the condition of “tasting/experiencing” [the sweetness of worship] as expressed in the [following] narration: “The body is not weakened by that which the intention is strengthened [to do]” for if the individual intends, support will come from the Lord of the Worlds.

Secondly: Seeking forgiveness from God.

The month of Rajab is the month of pleading to God Almighty, for it is narrated that the Prophet [p] had said, “Rajab is my nation’s month for seeking forgiveness, so ask for forgiveness plentifully, for He is all-forgiving, all-merciful … It is also named al-Rajab al-Aṣabb (The outpouring Rajab) because Mercy outpours gushingly upon my nation, so say plentifully: ‘I seek forgiveness from God and ask from Him repentance’.” Hence, it is necessary that one cleans the abode of his/her soul during this month – [the abode] which was neglected for nine months – by seeking forgiveness, which is, [naturally,] the initial step.

Thirdly: Purifying one’s self.

The believer is eager to obtain the state of being forgiven, to seek forgiveness, and to purify his/her self prior to the month of Ramadan. Thus, let us attempt to emerge from out of the wells of desires and whims that our “self’s” trapped us into. We are all the similitude’s of Joseph [who was] in the recess of the well. We are all beneath the normal standard. Therefore, during these two months we have to emerge from these deep wells – some of us are in a [small] crater, while others [among us] are in a deep well – in order to ascend on the first night of the month of Ramadan, just as the poet said:

Whomsoever fears to ascend mountains * will forever live between craters

Fourthly: Taking advantage of opportunities.

This month was labeled as “the out pourer,” because the Divine Mercy outpours upon the nation in a gushing fashion. There is a difference between when a large number of people try entering a slightly opened door, one by one, and when a door is wide open [to] where the people could all hastily enter through it!

During the month of Rajab, the doors of Divine Mercy are open. One sin during a month other than Rajab might require seventy istighfars with tears in the middle of the night, with hope that God may forgive us. Whereas, during Rajab, a single istighfar would be sufficient. Hence we must abundantly recite the following Muhammedan invocation: “Astaghfirullah wa asᶜaluhu ‘ltawbah” (I seek forgiveness from God and ask for repentance). As for those who are in distant countries – be it non-Islamic or Islamic – and are a bit lax in their religious affairs, and do not watch over their intake of food and drink, must know that this month is the month of abundant mercy, so wherever you are, take advantage of this opportunity!

Fifthly: Committing to the recitation of the prayer specific to this month.

In a ḥadīth, Ibn Ṭawūs narrates from Muḥammad b. Thkwān, also known as al-Sajjād (because he would prostrate a lot and cry until he lost his vision) said, “I told al-Ṣādiq [p]:- May my life be your ransom! .. This [month] is Rajab, [so] teach me a supplication that God will benefit me with. He [p] replied, “Write: In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Say in every day of Rajab, morning and night, and following the [obligatory] prayers of your day and night, “O He whom I beseech every good from, and I’m safeguarded from his indignation at every evil! O He whom grants plentiful in exchange of a little. O He whom grants he/she who asks [from] Him! O He whom grants he/she who does not ask nor know Him … (note: we omitted the rest of the supplication since it is available on various English websites- translator). This supplication contains precise points which one must notice. You do not ask God Almighty by your proximity to Him, or by your right to Him; Rather, you know that you are unworthy but [nevertheless] an asker. And the treasury of the Lord of the Worlds is between the kāf and nūn. What would prevent Him from granting you the benefits of the [temporal] world and the afterworld if He so wishes? “All His command, when He wills something, is to say to it ‘Be,’ and it is.” [36:82]. Therefore, you must speak to God Almighty with what makes Him will. So if your heart becomes tender, your eyes [become engulfed in] tears, and you feel something of the signs of acceptance, you must recite the [aforementioned] supplication.

Sixthly: Committing to the recommended acts of this month.

The following are among the recommended acts that have been mentioned for this month:

1) Repeating the statement of tawḥῑd “lā ilahah illa-llah” (There is no Deity but God) one thousand times during the month. The prophet [p] said, “Whomever says ‘lā ilahah illa-llah’ one thousand times during Rajab, God will write [for] him/her one hundred thousand good deeds, and build him/her one hundred cities in heaven.

2) Reciting the [Quranic] chapter al-tawḥīd (Divine Unity) one hundred times. Sayyed [Ibn Ṭāwūs) narrates in al-Iqbāl many virtues for reciting “qul huwallahu aḥad” ten thousand, or one thousand, or one hundred times during the month of Rajab. It has also been narrated, “Whomsoever recites ‘qul huwallahu aḥad’ (Chapter of Divine Unity) one hundred times on a Friday in the month of Rajab would have a [ray of] light that will draw him towards heaven in the hereafter.

3) Committing to the narrated istighfar by saying, “astaghfirullaha la ilāhah illa huwah waḥdahu la sharῑka lahu wa atūbu ilayhi” one hundred times. The prophet [p] said, “Whomsoever says ‘astaghfirullaha la ilāhah illa huwah waḥdahu la sharῑka lahu wa atūbu ilayhi’ one hundred times in Rajab and concluded it with a ṣadaqah (charity), God will seal [his soul] with mercy and forgiveness … and he/she who says it four hundred times, God will prescribe for him/her the rewards of one hundred martyrs.”

4) Praying sixty rakʿas. Sixty rakʿas are to be prayed during this month; two of which are prayed each night wherein Al-Ḥamd (the Opening chapter of the Qur’an) is recited once, Qul yā ayyuhal kāfirūn thrice; Qul Huwallahu Aḥad once … (the rest of this prayer has also been omitted due to its availability on various English websites-translator.)

5) It is recommended to pray on every night of the “white nights” of these three holy months. On the thirteenth night: two rakʿas wherein [one should] recite in every rakʿah: al-Fātiḥah (the Opening Chapter) once, the chapters of Yāsīn (Ya sin-36), al-Mulk (The Sovereignty-67), and al-Tawḥīd (Divine Unity-112). On the fourteenth night, one must perform the same prayer with four rakʿas, and six on the fifteenth, performing taslīm after every two rakʿas. [Imam] al-Sadiq [p] said, “Whomsoever performed this will gain the benefit of the three months, and all his sins will be removed except for shirk.”

Therefore, during the spring season of the souls the believer is walking on the land of treasures. He who is oblivious of collecting treasures will arrive with regret on the day of judgment. However, we must beware of giving too much focus to the reward! Some of us read the reward before the act, and will perform [the act] only if he considers the reward valuable. We are servants, and we must perform our worship duties, [regardless of reward]. The Lord of the Worlds is immensely generous. Do we not say in the supplication, “O He who grants whom does not ask Him and does not know Him out of His Kindness and Mercy?” He who does not know Him is the infidel atheist, yet the Lord of the World gives him [of his benevolence], let alone to a believer!

What are the signs of acceptance?

There is no harm if the person [wishes] to inquire whether his worship has been accepted or not; [even] Abraham [p] asked God Almighty to show him how He revives the dead. God said: “Why? Do you not believe?” Abraham said: “Yes, but that my heart may be at rest.” He [Abraham] asked for the sign of reviving, and the Lord of the Worlds wants us to ask for the sign of acceptance. The most important sign of acceptance is the reforming of conduct. The sign of he who cleanses himself is cleanliness and [beautiful] fragrance, while sins are malodorous. It has been narrated that the Commander of the Faithful said, “Fragrant yourselves with istighfār, and do not let the malodor of sins expose you.” Thus, the sign of acceptance is ridding oneself from this malodor. He who [suffers from] anger should look at his anger after the elapse of the season. If he/she became calm and meek, then his worship [in this regard] has been accepted. He/she whose desire inclines towards that which is forbidden, then the sign for his acceptance is abstinence from it.

Summary

1) The soul, like the body, require alleviation from the weightiness of sins.

2) He/she who wishes to achieve an exceptional layat al-qadr should prepare for it from the months of Rajab and Sha’ban.

3) The individual must ask for grand rewards on the occasions of the infallibles’ births from the beholders of the occasions.

4) We must acquire the state of forgiveness prior to the month of Ramadan so that we ascend from its initial nights to the pleasure of God.

5) The signs of acceptance of deeds is: (1) alteration of conduct, and (2) [gaining] tranquility of the soul/heart.

 

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