Friday, 15 June 2012

Sunnah Practices for Isra' wa al-Mi’raj

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In al-Ghunya li Thalibi Thariq al-Haqq by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.), it is recorded that Salman al-Farsi (r.a.) narrated that the Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) said that there is a day in the month of Rajab on which if a person fasts and does Qiyam al-Layl on that night, he will receive rewards like a person who fasts for 100 years and does Qiyam al-Layl for nights of 100 years.  This is the night of the 27th and the day of the 27th Rajab.  This is the day on which the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was Appointed to Messengerhood.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) also said in another hadits, “If someone keeps the fast on the 27th day of Rajab, he will be credited with the same reward as that which is earned by fasting for 60 months.”

According to Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.), ibn 'Abbas (r.a.), used to i‘itikaf in the masjid from swubh and spend all morning in ‘ibadah.  After zhuhr, he would pray a four raka’at sunnah muthlaq.  In each rak'ah, he would recite as follows:

Surah al-Fatihah x 1;
Surah al-Falaq x 1;
Surah an-Naas x 1;
Surah al-Qadr x 3; and
Surah al-Ikhlasw x 50 times.

He would then make du'a until ‘aswr.  He said that this is exactly how Rasulullah (s.a.w.) spent this particular day.

It was also the practice of the Naqshbandi shuyukh to sacrifice a goat on this day, and distribute its meat to the poor.


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