The Friday Message - Issue No: 358 - Make it a different day

The Friday Message - Issue No: 358 - Make it a different day

Salamun alaykum,

Yawmul ‘Arafah: 9th Dhulhijjah: 

Today Friday 31st July, 2020 is Yawmul ‘Arafah- the day of ‘Arafah- in our region. Yawmul ‘Arafah is one of the most blessed days. Although it has not been named as day of Eid, this day is one of the great days of Eid

It is a day on which Allah al Ghafoor- the Most Forgiving- extends abundant forgiveness to His slaves. Allah SWT calls His servants to His taa’ah -obedience- and ibadah- to serve Him. The Divine Grace and Bounties are abundantly spread. On this day Shaytan is more debased, disgraced, furious and repulsed than on other days. 

It is the day when Allah SWT expresses His pride on His slaves to the Angels. Imam J’afar Sadiq a.s. explains that in the closing hours of the day of ‘Arafah, Allah SWT informs His angels to bear witness that He is obliged to respond to the supplications- duas - of the good doers, accept their deeds and forgive them.

Did you miss Laylatul Qadr? 

Traditions narrate that for those who were not able to achieve their purpose and goal (acceptance of Hajat) in Laylatul Qadr or those who were not forgiven on that day, then there is another occasion to realize that. The last opportunity for them is the day of ‘Arafah; the 9th of Dhulhijjah.

This implies that the Day of Arafah- Yawmul ‘Arafah- in its blessedness, sacredness and sanctity is placed the same as Laylatul Qadr – the night of Qadr. 

Whom will you ask? 

It is reported that our 4th Imam Ali Zaynul Abidin a.s., on the day of ‘Arafah,  heard the voice of a person begging from the people around him. The beggar was asking for his needs from the people. The Imam turned to the him and said, “Shame on you! Are you begging from other than Allah on this day? Even for the baby in the mother’s womb, there is the hope that mercy of Allah is with it and that it will become virtuous.”

How will your day be?   

Reflect on the following questions:

  • Will your programme be just like any other of your normal routine days of the week? 
  • Will you take advantage of this great only one day bargain offer from Allah SWT? 
  • Will you make effort to presenting your hajat and benefit from this wide-open door of Divine Mercy? 
  • Will you find some time to take advantage of this great offer from our Most Beneficent and Merciful Creator?
  • Will you devotedly offer shukr and hamd -thanksgiving and praise- to Allah SWT? 
  • Will you give in charity?  
  • Will you increasingly invoke salawat upon our Noble Prophet and his Ahlul Bayt?

Let's all do as many of these things as possible to earn the pleasure and forgiveness of Allah. Therefore, on this day can you make it a different day?

What will you ask? 

This day is highly recommended for seeking one’s desires from Allah SWT. Make special dua for Divine relief from the pandemic. Remember to pray for the parents, family, the faithful, all Maraji Taqlid, Ulama, our leaders, the sick ones, neighbours, community, departed souls, the Ummah, the captives, the people suffering due to conflict around the world and for all supplicants to have Divine responses to their hajat.

Ya Allah accept our good and forgive all our shortcomings. Ameen.

I urge you to beseech Allah SWT to rid humanity of the oppressors and terrorists and to hasten the dhuhur –reappearance- of the awaited master of our age (A.F.). Remember to dispatch your hajat with plenty of salawat. Request to remember me and my family in your duas. Iltimase dua.

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah.

With salaams and duas,

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat