Category Archives: F. Zikir & fikr

Remembrance, comtemplation and spiritual excersises

Means of acquiring Tasawwuf


Shaikh Junaid Baghdadi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘We did not acquire Tasawwuf by discussions or argumentations.

In reality we acquired it by going hungry (1), keeping awake (2) and being persistent in our actions (3).’

Eqaz al Himam, Urdu, page 332

(1) From all that is impermissible or suspicious or causes laziness.
(2) In acquiring knowledge, performing tahajjud, remembrance of Allah and intimate conversation with Allah
(3) Performance of good and abstinence from sinful deeds, both physical and that of qalb



Shaikh Zarruq (Allah have mercy on him) said,

‘Tasawwuf has been defined and explained in multiple ways. They number approximately two thousand.

(However) All of them refer to a single objective.
(That is,)
True, sincere and absolute attention towards Allah.

This is the objective in all the paths (turuq).
And Allah knows best.’

Eqaz al Himam, Urdu, page 29

Welcome Ramadan


Hadhrat Ubaadah bin Saamit (Radi Allahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to teach the Sahaabah (Radi Allahu Anhum) the following Dua at the approach of the Month of Ramadhaan:

اَللَّهُمَّ سَلِّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضَانَ وَسَلِّمْ رَمَضَانَ لِيْ وَسَلِّمْهُ لِيْ مُتَقَبَّلاً

Allahumma Sallimnee Liramadaana Wa Sallim Ramadaana Lee Wa Sallimhu li Mutaqabbila

“O Allah! Safeguard me for the Month of Ramadhaan (by making me see the Month of Ramadhaan healthy and fit so that I can take maximum benefit from it), and safeguard the Month of Ramadhaan for me (by making the conditions in it such that I can take maximum benefit from it) and accept it from me.” (Kanz-ul-ummal, Vol.8, Pg. 584 Hadith 24277)

Every Muslim should endeavor to memorize this dua and recite it in abundance in these few days before Ramadhaan.

Darul Ifta

Preparing for Ramadan


Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,

‘There is going to be a downpour of Allah’s mercy (in Ramadan).

Preparation is needed in advance to derive real benefit from each and every moment of Ramadan.

Because an individual may start this month in a state of heedlessness (ghaflah) and (virtuous) activities are then postponed from one day to another.

Therefore, it is essential to prepare for Ramadan in advance.’

Khutbaat e Ramadan, page 54

A Ramadan routine


Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,

‘In this month (Ramadan) the learned and lay Muslims should spare some time trying to understand from a reliable translation and exegesis (tafsir) of the blessed Quran. This is in addition to its recitation.

This is because, Quran is such a (phenomenal) thing that reading it in an appropriate manner becomes a source of special relationship and increasing proximity with Allah. ‘

Khutbaat e Ramadan, page 49

Missing Daily Tasbihat


Comment: “I have been regular with tilawat, monjat e maqbool and other tasbeehat but was not doing the dwazdah tasbihat. When missed during the day, I try to recite a few of that tasbihat but not complete. In this regard please advise if I miss dwazdah tasbihat, should I impose a penalty on myself as now it is almost making a habit?”

Response: “If this happens regularly then look for the reason. Reschedule it at a different time. If that does not work then fix a penalty, like no internet use for personal use that day.”

Meraj us Salikeen: Islahi makateeb #8

Ijaza for recital of Munajat e maqbool



An individual wrote,’ I recite Munajat e Mabool*. However, I have not taken permission (ijaza) from you for this recital. Therefore, please, grant me the permission and inform me of the (specific) procedure of its recital.’

Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,

‘If the permission is sought with the belief that without (explicit) permission it will not be effective than this belief is wrong.

However, if the permission is asked as per the principles of the Path (tariqat) that is, is it  appropriate according to my (specific) condition (to be included in my routine recitations) then the instructor has to utilize his insight (according to his knowledge of your individual condition). Therefore, write to me in detail your condition and routine practices, subsequently I will counsel you as would be appropriate.’

Tarbiyet us Salik, volume  via Ahkam amaliyat wa tawizat, page 67

*A collection of over 200 du’as from the Qur’an and Hadith. Divided into seven parts to facilitate daily recital. Adapted from Mulla Ali Qari’s (Allah have mercy on him) Hizb al Azam.