I considered myself quite blessed in this holy month for I was able to attend a few tazkirah sessions at the mosque near my home. It was done after Subh prayers. Blessed in the sense that I got some nice and hard pokes in the head (reminders) to get my act straight.
I managed to learnt two very important lessons (for me that is) which I like to share with you guys. First, is regarding the tahajjud prayer. In one of the tazkirah, the ustaz therein mentioned that it is most unfortunate for most Muslim who don’t perform tahajjud. According to him, tahajjud is highly recommended prayer coming second only after the 5 fardhu prayers; so much so that it earned a direct citing in Surah Al-Isra’ (The Night Journey) verse 79;
” And in some parts of the night (also) offer the Salat (prayer) with it (i.e. recite the Quran in the prayer), as an additional prayer (Tahajjud optional prayer Nawafil) for you (O Muhammad SAW). It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqaman Mahmuda (a station of praise and glory, i.e. the highest degree in Paradise!).” (Source : Quran.com)
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Ustaz Hasan Din al-Hafiz sometime ago once taught that the best time is of course after midnight right until Subh prayer. It’s easy to perform and have untold benefits in the hereafter (a chance to be raised to the stature of praise and glory) including curing hearts (hati) stricken with mazmumah (sifat yang dicela) or other foul predispositions as well as other bodily disease. Before I say something not right as this is beyond my limited knowledge, please see the following video of a young Ustaz Hasan.
Back to the tazkirah session, the ustaz cited verse 80 of the same surah:
And say (O Muhammad SAW): My Lord! Let my entry (to the city of Al-Madinah) be good, and likewise my exit (from the city of Makkah) be good. And grant me from You an authority to help me (or a firm sign or a proof).
The ustaz asked us to recite from Rabbi adkhilni onwards as a dua’ during the sujuds in performing the tahajjud to seek from Allah an absolute and continuously steadfast yaqin whilst beseeching him to rid us of the damning diseases of the heart. Now the next thing I learnt in another tazkirah session from a different ustaz is regarding a du’a to again heal the diseased heart .
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He cited Suraf Al-A’raf (The Heights) verse 43:
And We shall remove from their breasts any (mutual) hatred or sense of injury (which they had, if at all, in the life of this world); rivers flowing under them, and they will say: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has guided us to this, never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us! Indeed, the Messengers of our Lord did come with the truth.” And it will be cried out to them: “This is the Paradise which you have inherited for what you used to do.” (Source : Quran.com)
This du’a is actually an offer of praise to Allah for His Guidance i.e. we’re made to be Muslims. It is read after giving the salam. However, the ustaz mentioned only to recite from Alhamdulillahi llazi until laula an hadaanallah. But it is of benefit to us also to recite altogether the earlier part of the verse ie wanaza’naa ma fi sudurihim until laula an hadaanallah in humbly asking Allah to purge our hearts of inbred hatred we may have towards fellow Muslims. Such ill thoughts are also part of mazmummah and should not be left festering unchecked.
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Ponder on the following verses from surah As-Syams (The Sun) regarding the heart:
And by Nafs (Adam or a person or a soul, etc.), and Him Who perfected him in proportion;
Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him;
Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allah ordered, by following the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds).
And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself (i.e. disobeys what Allah has ordered by rejecting the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism or by following polytheism, etc. or by doing every kind of evil wicked deeds). (Source : Quran.com)
All in all, I am no expert in this but merely sharing what I have garnered during this prosperous month already leaving us by sunset. I hope we all can benefit what little is shared here.