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Mending Broken Hearts & Shattered Spirits

 Broken-Heart--1

[13:28] Listen, the hearts find peace only in the remembrance of Allah.


Basic five (5) day plan for Spiritual resuscitation:

Type

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Internet

Youtube

Text

WhatsApp

Facebook

Emergencies  and unavoidable family needs ONLY

Emergencies  and unavoidable family needs ONLY

Emergencies  and unavoidable family needs ONLY

Emergencies  and unavoidable family needs ONLY

Emergencies  and unavoidable family needs ONLY

Al-Hizbul-Azam (Duas)

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Manzil + 3 Quls (Read and blow on yourself)

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Surah Yaseen
(Chapter 36)

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

Surah Al-Kahf


(Chapter 18)

 

 

 

 

Anytime during the day or Thursday Night

Fasting

Optional

Optional

Salatul-Taubah

Salatul-Tasbeeh

Durood (Any Short)

200 times

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

Astaghfaar (Any Short)

200 times

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

Third Kalima

200 times

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

Qur’aan

 ½- 1 Juz (Minimum)

½- 1 Juz (Minimum)

 ½- 1 Juz (Minimum)

½- 1 Juz (Minimum)

 ½- 1 Juz (Minimum)

Al-Waqiah (Chapter 56)

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

Al-Mulk (Chapter 67)

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

As-Sajdah (Chapter 32)

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

Basic thirty (30) day plan for Spiritual resuscitation (distributed weekly):

Type

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Internet

Youtube

Text

WhatsApp

Facebook

Extreme Caution

Extreme Caution

Extreme Caution

Extreme Caution

Extreme Caution

Extreme Caution

Extreme Caution

Al-Hizbul-Azam (Duas)

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Read the chapter for the day

Manzil + 3 Quls (Read and blow on yourself)

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Morning and before sleep

Surah Yaseen
(Chapter 36)

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

After Fajar and after Maghrib

Surah Al-Kahf


(Chapter 18)

 

 

 

 

Anytime during the day or Thursday Night

 

 

Fasting

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Salatul-Taubah

Once

Optional

Optional

Optional

Once a week

Optional

Optional

Salatul-Tasbeeh

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Once a Month

Optional

Optional

Durood (Any Short)

200 times

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

Astaghfaar (Any Short)

200 times

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

Third Kalima

200 times

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

100 times after Fajar and Asar, each

Qur’aan

Set an amount and read daily

Set an amount and read daily

 Set an amount and read daily

Set an amount and read daily

Set an amount and read daily

Set an amount and read daily

Set an amount and read daily

Al-Waqiah (Chapter 56)

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

After Maghrib

Al-Mulk (Chapter 67)

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

As-Sajdah (Chapter 32)

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

After Esha

 


Today's fast paced technologically advanced world has given us plenty of quick fixes and time saving gadgets, however it has also distanced us from our Creator (SWT) and left us spiritually empty and longing for inner peace and contentment. The materialistic world offers us materialistic choices to fill the spiritual void such as holidays (at exotic locations), time-outs, retreats, new and expensive belongings but the spiritual void remains unfulfilled. It is because Allah (SWT) has clearly declared in the Qur'aan:

أَلَا بِذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ تَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ ٱلۡقُلُوبُ

[13:28] Listen, the hearts find peace only in the remembrance of Allah.

The more we chase the materialistic belongings of this world, the more spiritually unfulfilled we will remain until a time where physically we may be at the peak of our health but spiritually we may just collapse!

Humans: A composite of body and Soul

It is important to understand that humans are composed of outer physical bodies and inner spirit (Rouh). The outer shell (body) is composed of materials from this earth while the inner spirit (Rouh) is not from elements of this earth rather from the command of Allah (SWT). These two components are nourished from the same source from which their initial elements of composition came from. Therefore, the body needs to be sustained and nourished from elements which come from the earth while the spirit (Rouh) body needs to be sustained and nourished from elements which are specifically recommended by Allah (SWT) and Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam). This is the greatest truth which escapes the hearts and minds of those who don't believe in Allah (SWT) and unfortunately Muslims of today are also looking in the wrong place for spiritual nourishment and inner peace and contentment.

وَلَقَدۡ خَلَقۡنَا ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ مِن سُلَـٰلَةٍ۬ مِّن طِينٍ۬

[23:12] We have created man from an extract of clay.

وَيَسۡـَٔلُونَكَ عَنِ ٱلرُّوحِ‌ۖ قُلِ ٱلرُّوحُ مِنۡ أَمۡرِ رَبِّى وَمَآ أُوتِيتُم مِّنَ ٱلۡعِلۡمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلاً۬

[17:85] And they ask you about the soul. Say, .The soul is something from the command of my Lord, and you are not given from the knowledge but a little.

Balanced Diet?

Modern sciences with its materialistic underpinning has devoted itself to the human body has made tremendous strides in keeping the body fit, maintaining it in its optimal condition and repairing it when it falls ill. However, for the most part it has either neglected the spiritual health or paid scant attention to it because it's something science is unable to peek into, measure and quantify.

Islam on the other hand is divinely guided and hence pays equal attention to physical as well as spiritual well being and the concept of "balanced diet" in an Islamic framework means a combination of good wholesome physical as well as spiritual nourishment. For the physical body Muslims are commanded to eat "Halal" and "Tayyab (good, wholesome) food, unfortunately most of us go to great lengths in ensuring that our meat is Halal (Masha'Allah) but pay no attention to the source of the animal and its well being where Allah (SWT) has spoken about "Halal" and "Tayyab (good, wholesome) in the same verse.

وَكُلُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ ٱللَّهُ حَلَـٰلاً۬ طَيِّبً۬ا‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنتُم بِهِۦ مُؤۡمِنُونَ

[5:88] Eat from what Allah has provided you as good and lawful, and fear Allah in whom you believe.

The spiritual food is the Dhik'r of Allah (SWT).

Essential components of a Spiritual Fitness Program and its frequency

The essential components of any physical fitness program/regime is that it has to be continual, gradual and there is no such thing as a one-time one-hit wonder! Unfortunately many Muslims look for a miracle cure (one-time one-hit wonder) to climb out of their spiritual abyss i.e. they look for Adhkaar which they can perform once (or a few times) x number of times whether it may be a certain Durood (salutation upon the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) or a certain verse of the Qur'aan. There is no doubt that sending salutation upon the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)) and verses of the Qur'aan are effective but spiritual degeneration occurs over an extended period of time so repairing it also requires some time and patience. Here are some of the essential components of a spiritual recovery program.

Keeping Good company:

Your companions and your environment will make or break you and there are no two ways about it. If you choose to associate yourself with people who are disobedient towards Allah (SWT) and rebellious towards the noble Sunnah of Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassalam) then sooner or later you will be dragged along with them. Don’t overestimate your powers of resistance and your best of intentions of hanging around “bad company” with the intention of giving Dawah! There is a reason why this point has been placed first on your road to recovery. Limit your contact with those who will drag you headlong along the path of sin and vice and seek the company of Scholars, obedient and pious servants of Allah (SWT) as Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said:

حَدَّثَنِي مُوسَى بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْوَاحِدِ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بُرْدَةَ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا بُرْدَةَ بْنَ أَبِي مُوسَى عَنْ أَبِيهِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَثَلُ الْجَلِيسِ الصَّالِحِ وَالْجَلِيسِ السَّوْءِ كَمَثَلِ صَاحِبِ الْمِسْكِ وَكِيرِ الْحَدَّادِ لَا يَعْدَمُكَ مِنْ صَاحِبِ الْمِسْكِ إِمَّا تَشْتَرِيهِ أَوْ تَجِدُ رِيحَهُ وَكِيرُ الْحَدَّادِ يُحْرِقُ بَدَنَكَ أَوْ ثَوْبَكَ أَوْ تَجِدُ مِنْهُ رِيحًا خَبِيثَةً

Sayyidina Abu Musa (RA) narrated that Sayydina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)  said: "The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is I like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof." [Bukhari]



Importance of Obligations:

In life there are issues which are required and essential and then there are issues which are optional. Similarly in Islamic Shariah there are matters which are:

 

1 Obligatory

 

2 Optional

 

Obligatory matters obviously take priority and there is no point in concentrating of optional maters (i.e. making Dhik'r, reading the Qur'aan etc) if the obligatory matters (Salah, fasting, Hijab etc) are being neglected. Concentrating on optional matters while neglecting the obligatory acts will not only not benefit but actually regress a person spiritually as Allah (SWT) has declared in Hadeeth Qudsi:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:
" إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ قَالَ: مَنْ عَادَى لِي وَلِيًّا، فَقَدْ آذَنْتُهُ بِالْحَرْبِ، وَمَا تَقَرَّبَ إِلَيَّ عَبْدِي بِشَيْءٍ أَحَبَّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا افْتَرَضْتُ عَلَيْهِ، وَمَا يَزَالُ عَبْدِي يَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيَّ بِالنَّوَافِلِ حَتَّى أُحِبَّهُ، فَإِذَا أَحْبَبْتُهُ، كُنْتُ سَمْعَهُ الَّذِي يَسْمَعُ بِهِ، وَبَصَرَهُ الَّذِي يُبْصِرُ بِهِ، وَيَدَهُ الَّتِي يَبْطِشُ بِهَا، وَرِجْلَهُ الَّتِي يَمْشِي بِهَا، وَإِنْ سَأَلَنِي لَأُعْطِيَنَّهُ، وَلَئِنْ اسْتَعَاذَنِي لَأُعِيذَنَّهُ، وَمَا تَرَدَّدْتُ عَنْ شَيْءٍ أَنَا فَاعِلُهُ تَرَدُّدِي عَنْ نَفْسِ عَبْدِي الْمُؤْمِنِ، يَكْرَهُ الْمَوْتَ وَأَنَا أَكْرَهُ مَسَاءَتَهُ"

On the authority of Sayyidinba Abu Hurayrah (RA), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said: "Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him." [Bukhari]

Importance of following the Sunnah:

All pathways towards Allah (SWT) and closeness to Him (SWT) are blocked and will end up in a dead-end except through the beloved Sunnah of Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam). We are unable to summarise this point more succinctly then Imam Malik (RA) who said:

قال الإمام مالك : إن السنة مثل سفينة نوح ، من ركبها نجا ، ومن تخلف عنها غرق

Imam Maalik said: "The Sunnah is like the Noah's Ark, whoever boards it is saved and whoever abandons it is drowned"

All proclamations and assertions of love towards Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) are also false unless the claim passes the test of Allah (SWT) mentioned in the Qur'aan which is:

قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬

[3:31] Say (O Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)): .If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.

Any program, plan or method which is contrary to or deviates from Sunnah should be abandoned as a mere exercise in futility!

Abstinence from Sins and adopting Taqwa:

Think of a leaky bucket with a hole at the bottom you can pour as much pure and clean water as you like but it won't get collected because of the leak. You need to plug the hole and then even a little water will collect and bring benefit. The priority before making any gains is to stop the loss  and adopting Taqwa & avoiding sins is just the tonic and the solution to all problems as Allah (SWT) has emphatically declared:

. وَمَن يَتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ يَجۡعَل لَّهُ ۥ مَخۡرَجً۬ا  - وَيَرۡزُقۡهُ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ لَا يَحۡتَسِبُ‌ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسۡبُهُ

[65:2] Whoever fears Allah, He brings forth a way out for him, [65:3] and provides him (with what he needs) from where he does not even imagine. And whoever places his trust in Allah, He is sufficient for him. Surely Allah is to accomplish His purpose. Allah has set a measure for everything.

This is the promise of Allah (SWT), a guarantee and solution to all problems. Taqwa means to avoid the pitfalls (sins and transgressions) of this world as understood by the Sahaba (RA) of Sayydina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)

وقد قيل : إن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه ، سأل أبي بن كعب عن التقوى ، فقال له : أما سلكت طريقا ذا شوك ؟ قال : بلى قال : فما عملت ؟ قال : شمرت واجتهدت ، قال : فذلك التقوى

 

Sayyidina Umar (RA) asked Sayyidina Ubbay ibn Ka’ab (RA) regarding Taqwa. Sayyidina Ubbay ibn Ka’ab (RA) replied, “Have you not traversed a path possessing thorns?” Sayyidina Umar (RA) said, “Of course!” Sayyidina Ubbay ibn Ka’ab (RA) then asked, “So how did you act?” Sayyidina Umar (RA) replied, “I lifted up my clothes and exerted myself (with care in avoding the thorns),” Sayyidina Ubbay ibn Ka’ab (RA) said, “So, That is Taqwa.” [Ibn Katheer, [2:2]]

Repentance: Easy pathway to Allah (SWT)

You may get tired of your sins or asking for repentance over and over again but Allah (SWT) will never get tired of forgiving those who seek forgiveness sincerely. Do not make the mistake of judging Allah (SWT)'s Mercy by your standards, it extends to everything.

وَٱڪۡتُبۡ لَنَا فِى هَـٰذِهِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا حَسَنَةً۬ وَفِى ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ إِنَّا هُدۡنَآ إِلَيۡكَ‌ۚ قَالَ عَذَابِىٓ أُصِيبُ بِهِۦ مَنۡ أَشَآءُ‌ۖ وَرَحۡمَتِى وَسِعَتۡ كُلَّ شَىۡءٍ۬‌ۚ

[7:156] And write for us good in this world and in the Hereafter. We turn to You in repentance.. He (Allah) said, .As for My punishment, I afflict with it whom I will. And My mercy extends to everything.

So Allah (SWT)'s Mercy prevails over Allah (SWT)'s wrath.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: " لَمَّا قَضَى اللَّهُ الْخَلْقَ، كَتَبَ فِي كِتَابِهِ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ، فَهُوَ مَوْضُوعٌ عِنْدَهُ: إِنَّ رَحْمَتِي تَغْلِبُ غَضَبِي"

On the authority of Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (RA), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "When Allah decreed the Creation He pledged Himself by writing in His book which is laid down with Him: 'My mercy prevails over my wrath.'" [Muslim]

Imam Nawawi (RA) has written the following four (4) preconditions for repentance:

 

1 The first is that one divest himself of disobedience.

 

2 The second is that he regret doing it.

 

3 The third is that he resolve not to ever return to it.

 

If one of the three is lacking, then his repentance is not sound.

 

4 If it involves to another human being, repentance has four preconditions: these three and that he discharges his duty to the other person.

 

Fulfil the preconditions and move on in life instead of dwelling over the sin. If (by mistake) the sin occurs again because of weak human nature then repent again because Allah (SWT) loves those who repent.

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلتَّوَّٲبِينَ وَيُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُتَطَهِّرِينَ

[2:222] Surely Allah loves those who are most repenting, and loves those who keep themselves pure.

Daily Regiment of Salah:

It may sound obvious but the most important component of a successful recovery program is "establishing" Salah, notice that the words praying is not used rather the emphasis is on "establishing" prayer. Spiritually fulfilling and uplifting Salah has many components:

It is done on time:

إِنَّ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ كَانَتۡ عَلَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ كِتَـٰبً۬ا مَّوۡقُوتً۬ا

[4:103] Salah is an obligation on the believers that is tied up with time.

It's done with due care and attention and not out of carelessness and a matter of routine. In fact those who are careless about their Salah are rebuked in the Qur'aan, here neglect is synonymous with carelessness

فَوَيۡلٌ۬ لِّلۡمُصَلِّينَ - ٱلَّذِينَ هُمۡ عَن صَلَاتِہِمۡ سَاهُونَ

[107:4] So, Woe to those performers of Salah , [107:5] who are neglectful of their Salah,

Wudhu is done properly with its conditions and Sunnah and not rushed to merely sprinkle some limbs with water and sprinkle water on others.

  عن حمران فلما توضأ عثمان قال ألا أحدثكم حديثا لولا آية ما حدثتكموه سمعت النبي يقول: لا يتوضأ رجل يحسن وضوءه ويصلي الصلاة إلا غفر له ما بينه وبين الصلاة حتى يصليها

Narrated Humran: (the slave of 'Uthman) ..After performing the ablution 'Uthman said, " I heard the Prophet saying, 'If a man performs ablution perfectly and then offers the compulsory congregational prayer, Allah will forgive his sins committed between that (prayer) and the (next) prayer till he offers it. [Bukhari]

Don't just stick to their obligatory prayers but also perform their Sunnah prayers:

Men have to perform their Salah as much as possible with congregation

وَأَقِيمُواْ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتُواْ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱرۡكَعُواْ مَعَ ٱلرَّٲكِعِينَ

[2:43] And be steadfast in Salah (prayer), and pay Zakah, and bow down with those who bow down.

عن عبد الله بن عمر رضي الله عنهما : أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال { صلاة الجماعة أفضل من صلاة الفذ بسبع وعشرين درجة

Narrated 'Abdullah bin Umar (RA):  Allah's Apostle (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said, "The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone."  [Bukhari]

Daily (Morning) recitation of the Qur'aan:

There is nothing better in getting a person closer to Allah (SWT) or building a relationship with Allah (SWT) then the speech of Allah (SWT) i.e. the Qur’aan

وعن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال " يقول الله سبحانه وتعالى من شغله القرآن وذكري عن مسألتي أعطيته أفضل ما أعطي السائلين وفضل كلام الله سبحانه وتعالى عن سائر الكلام كفضل الله تعالى على خلقه

Abu Sa'eed radia Allahu Anhu narrated that the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "Allah the Most High says, 'When engrossment with the Qur'aan preoccupies a person from making Dhikr and asking from me, I grant him better than what I grant to those who ask from Me.' The Rank of the Word of Allah over other forms of speech is like the rank of Allah over all His creation." [Tirmidhi, ad-Daarimi and al-Bayhaqi]

 

It is ideal to recite the Qur'aan in the morning but any time can be set aside which is convenient and any amount which is easily read can be set.

 

أَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ لِدُلُوكِ ٱلشَّمۡسِ إِلَىٰ غَسَقِ ٱلَّيۡلِ وَقُرۡءَانَ ٱلۡفَجۡرِ‌ۖ إِنَّ قُرۡءَانَ ٱلۡفَجۡرِ كَانَ مَشۡہُودً۬ا

[17:78] (O Prophet,) establish Salah between the decline of the sun and the darkness of the night, and (establish) the recital at dawn. Surely, the recital at dawn is well attended.

Recommended parts of the Qur'aan:

The entire Qur’aan is full of blessings for Muslims but there are certain chapters and verses which are specifically mentioned to be read for protection or the fulfilment of a particular need, they are as follows:

Last 3 chapters for protection(Chapters  112, 113 & 114):

 

 

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ خُبَيْبٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: خَرَجْنَا فِي لَيْلَةٍ مَطِيرَةٍ وَظُلْمَةٍ شَدِيدَةٍ نَطْلُبُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُصَلِّي لَنَا، قَالَ فَأَدْرَكْتُهُ فَقَالَ:"قُلْ" فَلَمْ أَقُلْ شَيْئًا ثُمَّ قَالَ:"قُلْ" فَلَمْ أَقُلْ شَيْئًا قَالَ: "قُلْ" فَقُلْتُ: مَا أَقُولُ قَالَ": "قُلْ: قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ وَالْمُعَوِّذَتَيْنِ حِينَ تُمْسِي وَتُصْبِحُ ثَلَاثَ مَرَّاتٍ تَكْفِيكَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ".

It is reported from Sayyidina Abdullah Ibn Khubaib (RA) that once on a dark rainy night, we went out in search of Rasoolullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) and we found him. Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: "Say." I enquired, "What should I say?" He said: "Read Surah Al-Ikhlaas (Chapter 112) Surah Al-Falaq (Chapter 113) and Surah An-Naas (Chapter 114) thrice every morning and evening, it will suffice (as protection) from everything." [Tirmidhi]

 

Manzil:

These  are a collection of verses of the Qur'aan which are highly effective in removing the harms of Blackmagic, Jinns or any other illness.

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْد اللَّهِ، حَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ اَبِي بَكْرٍ الْمُقَدَّمِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عُمَرُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ، عَنْ اَبِي جَنَابٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عِيسَى، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ اَبِي لَيْلَى، حَدَّثَنِي اُبَيُّ بْنُ كَعْبٍ، قَالَ كُنْتُ عِنْدَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَجَاءَ اَعْرَابِيٌّ فَقَالَ يَا نَبِيَّ اللَّهِ اِنَّ لِي اَخًا وَبِهِ وَجَعٌ قَالَ وَمَا وَجَعُهُ قَالَ بِهِ لَمَمٌ قَالَ فَاْتِنِي بِهِ فَوَضَعَهُ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ فَعَوَّذَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِفَاتِحَةِ الْكِتَابِ وَاَرْبَعِ ايَاتٍ مِنْ اَوَّلِ سُورَةِ الْبَقَرَةِ وَهَاتَيْنِ الْآيَتَيْنِ وَاِلَهُكُمْ اِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ وَايَةِ الْكُرْسِيِّ وَثَلَاثِ ايَاتٍ مِنْ اخِرِ سُورَةِ الْبَقَرَةِ وَايَةٍ مِنْ الِ عِمْرَانَ شَهِدَ اللَّهُ اَنَّهُ لَا اِلَهَ اِلَّا هُوَ وَايَةٍ مِنْ الْأَعْرَافِ اِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَاخِرِ سُورَةِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فَتَعَالَى اللَّهُ الْمَلِكُ الْحَقُّ وَايَةٍ مِنْ سُورَةِ الْجِنِّ وَاَنَّهُ تَعَالَى جَدُّ رَبِّنَا وَعَشْرِ ايَاتٍ مِنْ اَوَّلِ الصَّافَّاتِ وَثَلَاثِ ايَاتٍ مِنْ اخِرِ سُورَةِ الْحَشْرِ وَقُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ اَحَدٌ وَالْمُعَوِّذَتَيْنِ فَقَامَ الرَّجُلُ كَاَنَّهُ لَمْ يَشْتَكِ قَطُّ‏.‏


Sayydina Ubay bin Ka'b (RA) reports that he was once with (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) when a Bedouin came and said, "O Nabi of Allaah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)! I have a brother who is suffering." "What is it that ails him?" Rasulullaah (sw) asked. When the man explained that his brother was affected by the Jinn, Rasulullaah (sw) told him to bring his brother to him. (When the man came) Rasulullaah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) seated the man in front of him and recited the following to secure protection for him (against the Jinn):

a Surah Al-Fatihah (chapter 1): verses 1 to 7


b Surah Al-Bakarah (chapter 2): verses 1 to 5, 163, 255 to 257, and 284 to 286


c Surah Al-Imran (chapter 3): verses 18, 26 and 27


d Surah Al-A'araf (chapter 7): verses 54 to 56


e Surah Al-Israa (chapter 17): verses 110 and 111


f Surah Al-Muminoon (chapter 23): verses 115 to 118


g Surah Al-Saaffaat (chapter 37): verses 1 to 11


h Surah Al-Rehman (chapter 55): verses 33 to 40


i Surah Al-Hashr (chapter 59): verses 21 to 24


j Surah Al-Jinn (chapter 72): verses 1 to 4

 

k Surah Al-Kaafiroon (chapter 109): verses 1 to 6


l Surah Al-Ikhlas (chapter 112): verses 1 to 4


m Surah Al-Falaq (chapter 113): verses 1 to 5


n Surah Al-Naas (chapter 114): verses 1 to 6

 

After Rasulullaah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) recited these before him. The man then stood up as if he had never had any ailment whatsoever. [Ahmad]

Manzil can be heard here and read here.

Surah Yaseen (Chapter 36):

إن لكل شيء قلبا وقلب القرآن يس. ومن قرأ يس كتب الله له بقراءتها قراءة القرآن عشر مرات

Sayyidina Anas ibn Malik (RA) narrates that the Prophet  (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said, “Everything has a heart and the heart of the Qur’an is Yasin. So, whoever recites Yasin, Allah will inscribe for him the reward of reciting the Qur’an ten times.” [Tirmidhi]

Surah Al-Kahf (Chapter 18):

من قرأ سورة الكهف في يوم الجمعة أضاء له من النور ما بين الجمعتين

Sayydina Abu Saeed Al-Khudri (RA) narrates that whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.” [Hakim]

Surah Al-Waqiah (Chapter 56):

قال الحافظ ابن عساكر في ترجمة عبدالله بن مسعود بسنده إلى عمرو بن الربيع بن طارق المصري حدثنا السري بن يحيى الشيباني عن شجاع عن أبي ظبية قال مرض عبدالله مرضه الذي توفي فيه فعاده عثمان بن عفان فقال ما ثشتكي؟ قال ذنوبي قال فما تشتهي؟ قال رحمة ربي قال ألا آمر لك بطبيب؟ قال الطبيب أمرضني قال ألا آمر لك بعطاء؟ قال لا حاجة لي فيه قال يكون لبناتك من بعدك قال أتخشى على بناتي الفقر؟ إني أمرت بناتي يقرأن كل ليلة سورة الواقعة إني سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول "من قرأ سورة الواقعة كل ليلة لم تصبه فاقة أبدا" ثم قال ابن عساكر كذا قـال والصواب عن شجاع كما رواه عبدالله بن وهب عن السري.

It is narrated from Ibn Katheer: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, May Allah be pleased with him was suffering from great illness and that was his final moments, mean while Amirul Mu’min Uthman Ghani Radhi Allahu anhu was there to give him a visit. There conversation went like: Uthman radhi Allahu anhu: what is your illness? Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, May Allah be pleased with him: My sins are all the root cause of my pain {illness}. Uthman radhi Allahu anhu: what is your desire {final desire}? Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, May Allah be pleased with him: I seek the mercy and blessings of my Lord, Allah azza wa jal. Uthman radhi Allahu anhu: may I call a doctor for you? Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, May Allah be pleased with him: the doctors have made me ill. Uthman radhi Allahu anhu: may I send some gift from the Baitul Maal, the government stock? Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, May Allah be pleased with him: thank you, no need. Uthman radhi Allahu anhu: but please let me do that for you. These might help your daughters after you {your death}. Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, May Allah be pleased with him: Do you think that after my death my daughters going to face poverty and hunger? I don’t think so, because I’ve strictly instructed my daughters to recite Sura Waqiah every night. I’ve heard, Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam saying: one who will recite sura Waqiah every night, will never be needy/poor. [Ibn Katheer]

Surah Al-Mulk (Chapter 67):

عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : " إن سورة من القرآن ثلاثون آية شفعت لرجل حتى غفر له وهي سورة تبارك الذي بيده الملك " .

It was narrated from Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said: “A surah from the Qur’aan containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the Surah Tabaarak Alathi bi yadihi’l-mulk [i.e., Surat al-Mulk].” [Tirmidhi]

Surah As-sajdah (Chapter 32):

عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال : كان النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم لا ينام حتى يقرأ ألم تنزيل السجدة وتبارك الذي بيده الملك

Sayyidina Jabir (RA) narrates that the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) would not retire to bed until he had read Alif Laam Tanzeel and Surah Tabaarak. [Tirmidhi]

Ideal time for daily Dhik'r?

The ideal time of making Dhik’r is in the morning and in the evening as recommended by Allah (SWT), however any time of convenience can be chosen.

 

وَسَبِّحۡ بِحَمۡدِ رَبِّكَ قَبۡلَ طُلُوعِ ٱلشَّمۡسِ وَقَبۡلَ غُرُوبِہَا‌ۖ

[20:130] and proclaim the purity and praise of your Lord before sunrise and before sunset.

وَسَبِّحۡ بِحَمۡدِ رَبِّكَ بِٱلۡعَشِىِّ وَٱلۡإِبۡڪَـٰرِ

 

[40:55]..and proclaim the purity and praise of your Lord in the afternoon and at dawn.

Ideal method for daily Dhik'r?

The method of making Dhik’r is to make the Dhik’r silently and not to raise the voice as commanded by Allah (SWT).

 

ٱدۡعُواْ رَبَّكُمۡ تَضَرُّعً۬ا وَخُفۡيَةً‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُعۡتَدِينَ

[7:55] Supplicate to your Lord humbly and secretly. Surely, He does not like those who cross the limits.

وَٱذۡكُر رَّبَّكَ فِى نَفۡسِكَ تَضَرُّعً۬ا وَخِيفَةً۬ وَدُونَ ٱلۡجَهۡرِ مِنَ ٱلۡقَوۡلِ بِٱلۡغُدُوِّ وَٱلۡأَصَالِ وَلَا تَكُن مِّنَ ٱلۡغَـٰفِلِينَ

[7:205] Remember your Lord in your heart with humility and awe, and without speaking loudly, in mornings and evenings, and do not be among the heedless.

Daily Astaghfaar:

A daily recitation of Astaghfaar (seeking sincere repentence) should be part of any Dhik’r as our noble and beloved Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) himself used to recite Astghafaar 70 or 100 times daily and this should be done with sincerity while turning to Allah (SWT), being genuinely remorseful over our sins.

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول‏:‏ ‏"‏والله إني لأستغفر الله وأتوب إليه في اليوم أكثر

من سبعين مرة ‏"‏ ‏


Sayyidina Abu Hurayra (RA) said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'By Allah, I ask Allah's forgiveness and turn towards Him in repentance more than seventy times a day." [Bukhari]

وعن الأغر بن يسار المزنى رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم‏:‏ ‏"‏ ياأيها الناس توبوا إلى الله واستغفروه فإنى أتوب في اليوم مائه مرة‏"‏ ‏

Sayyidina Al-Agharr ibn Yasar al-Muzani said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "O people! Turn in repentance towards Allah and ask His forgiveness. I turn towards Him a hundred times a day."[Muslim]

Four Special Kalimaat to recite:

These four special Kalimat (known as 3rd Kalima amongst Indian/Pakistanees) are a special blessing from Allah (SWT) should be recited daily.

عن سمرة بن جندب ـ رضي الله عنه ـ عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال:أفضل الكلام بعد القرآن أربع، وهي من القرآن لا يضرك بأيهن بدأت: سبحان الله، والحمد لله، ولا إله إلا الله والله أكبر

 

Sayyidina Samurah ibn Jundub (RA) narrated that Sayydina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)  said: The Best Kalimat after the Qur’aan are four and they are from the Qur’aan and you will not be harmed no matter which ones you begin with:

1 Subhanullah

 

2 Wal-Hamdulillah

 

3 Wala Ilaaha Illallah

 

4 Wallahu Akbar

 

[Muslim]

Beautiful and effective edition to these four (4) Kalimaat for depression, anxiety and worry

حدثنا محمد بن النضر الأزدي قال : حدثنا خالد بن خداش قال : حدثنا عبدالرزاق ، قال : حدثني بشر بن رافع الحارثي عن محمد بن عجلان عن أبيه عن أبي هريرة قال : قال رسول الله  (( لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله دواء من تسعة وتسعين داء أيسرها الهم

Sayyidina Abi Hurairah (RA) narrated that Sayydina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)  said: La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billah is a remedy for 99 diseases, the least of which is depression. [Tabarani]

Combined Dhik'r of Best Dhikr added with Hawqala:

The two magnificient Adhkaar given should be combined to recite (daily):

سُبْحَان اللهِ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ وَ لآ اِلهَ اِلّا اللّهُ وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ وَلا حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّة ِ الَّا بِاللّهِ الْعَلِىّ الْعَظِيْم

Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-ʿaliyyi-l-ʿadheem

Flawless is Allah and the Praise is of Allah, and (there is) no god except Allah, and Allah is the Greatest. And (there is) neither might nor power except with Allah, the Sublime, the Tremendous.

Salutations upon the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam): Inviting Mercy & Blessings of Allah (SWT)

The superiority of sending Salutations upon Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) is evident from the Qur'aan itself where Allah (SWT) declares that Allah (SWT) and the angels send Salutations upon Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) :

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلَـٰٓٮِٕڪَتَهُ ۥ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّۚ يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ صَلُّواْ عَلَيۡهِ وَسَلِّمُواْ تَسۡلِيمًا

[33:56] Surely, Allah and His angels send blessings to the Prophet. O you who believe, do pray Allah to bless him, and send your Salam (prayer for his being in peace) to him in abundance.

 عَنْ أَنَسٍ  أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ قَالَ مَنْ ذُآِرْتُ عِنْدَهُ فَلْيُصَلِّ عَلَيَّ و َمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ مَرَّةً صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ عَشْرًا وفي رواية مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ صَلَوةً وَاحِدَةً صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ عَشْرَ صَلَوَاتٍ وَّحَطَّ عَنْهُ عَشْرَ سَيِّئَاتٍ وَّرَفَعَهُ بِهَا عَشْرَ دَرَجَاتٍ

Sayyidina Abi Hurairah (RA) narrated that Sayydina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said:  “The person in whose presence I am mentioned should confer blessings upon me. Whoever confers blessings upon me once, Allāh confers ten blessings upon him.” In one narration, Sayydina Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said, “Whoever confers one blessing upon me, Allāh confers ten blessings upon him, forgives ten of his sins and elevates his status tenfold.” [Ahmed, Nisa'i, Ibn Hibaan]

There is no specific Salutation (or Durud or Salat Alan-Nabi) to recite, anyone with any specific number can be recited with the shortest one being:

صلي الله علي سيدنا محمد

Sallalaho Ala Sayyidina Muhammad (Saallaho Alaihe Wassallam)

O Allah (SWT), send Salutations upon our Master Muhammad (Saallaho Alaihe Wassallam)

[13:28] Listen, the hearts find peace only in the remembrance of Allah.