Get ready for the last ten days of Ramadan – Freedom

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

As salaam alaykum!

Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said,

“If any Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser.”

(Ibn Hibban and At-Tabarani)

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The last ten days are for Emancipation – Freedom from the Fire

The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim. They are the most blessed days in the holy month of Ramadan, the month the Holy Qur’an was revealed. Although Prophet Muhammad (saw) was promised Paradise, he used to exert himself even more in worship during these last ten days, hoping to draw closer to Allah. The Prophet’s wife Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said,

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14th Ramadan Urs Bayazid Bastami, 874CE, Bastam, Iran

Bayazid Bastami Complex in Bastam, Iran

Bayazid Bastami also known as Abu Yazid Bistami or Tayfur Abu Yazid al-Bustami, (804-874 CE) was a Persian Sufi born in Bostam (alternate spelling: Bastam), Iran. The name Bastami means “from the city of Bastam”. Bayazid Bastami had great influence on Sufi mysticism and is considered to be one of the important early teachers of Sufi Islam.

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10th Ramadan Urs Bibi Khadija, Mecca 619CE

*An historic photo of how Mu’alla was before the demolition of the tombs. The main central tomb was of Ummul Mu’mineen Khadijah (RadhiAllahu anha). Others known to be resting here include Abd Manaf, the great, great-grandfather, Hashim the great-grandfather, Abdul Muttalib the grandfather and Qasim the son of the our Prophet (SallAllahu alaihi wasallam).

For more information on Khadija you can read Tamam Kahn’s book “Untold: A History of the Wives of the Prophet Muhammad.”

Khadījah bint Khuwaylid (Arabic: خديجة بنت خويلد) or Khadījah al-Kubra (Khadija the great) (circa 555–619 CE) was the first wife of the prophet Muhammad (saw). She was the daughter of Khuwaylid …ibn Asad and Fatimah bint Za’idah and belonged to the clan of Banu Hashim. She is important in Islam as Muhammad’s first wife, and one of the “mothers of the believers”.

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Ramadan and Forgiveness – the middle ten days

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Rasul Allah, (saw) has said:

Ramadan is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell)”

— Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: 342

We have now entered, by the grace of Allah (swt), the middle ten days of Ramadan, 1443. The middle ten days of Ramadan is the time for Maghfirah, forgiveness; the time to wash off our sins. Ramadan is the month to seek forgiveness and repentance. Having witnessed the Mercy of Allah (swt) in the first ten days of Ramadan by thanking Him for all that He has granted us, by being good to everyone and keeping ourselves at peace, we realize our relationship with our Rabb, and our role and duties towards Him. This is the time when Allah’s (swt) Mercy is at its peak, and it is best to utilize this opportunity by imploring Allah to forgive. Rasul Allah (saw) is reported to have said:

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April 2 (CE Calendar) Hajji Dedebaba Reshat Bardhi | The Bektashi Order of Dervishes 2011CE

Hajji Dedebaba Reshat Bardhi

Dedebaba Reshat Bardhi (March 4th, 1935 – April 2nd, 2011 CE)

You can also look up on Wikipedia.

After months of battling illness and exhaustion, al-Hajj Dedebaba Reshat Bardhi, head of the Worldwide Bektashi Community, parted from this life shortly after 2:00pm on the 2nd of April, 2011.

Dede Reshat was born on the 4th of March 1935 in village of Lusën, in the region of the northern town of Kukës. In 1944, as the destruction of war raged around him, Dede Reshat moved to Tirana with his family. It was there that he received both his secular as well as Islamic religion education.

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