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10 Facts About I’tikaaf

The holy month of Ramadan brings many blessings and opportunities for Muslims to create a stronger bond and relationship with their Creator. One of these opportunities is I’tikaaf, which is performed in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

By Shahzeb Athar
Published on May 18, 2020 at 1:05 pm
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Ramadan is a fundamental opportunity in which an entire month has been specifically allocated to the believers so that they may attain nearness to Allah the Almighty. Hence, one may ask, what are the means to which Allah’s pleasure can be attained? In this regard the Holy Qur’an states:

‘And as for those who strive in Our path — We will surely guide them in Our ways.’

[Al-‘Ankabut 29:70]

Now we have entered the final 10 days of Ramadan. Therefore, one opportunity given to us by Allah the Almighty to strive towards His path during Ramadan, is through I’tikaaf. So the question now is, what is I’tikaaf? Well, here are 10 quick facts about Ramadan and this blessed mode of worship which is made available to us in this blessed month:

1. Out of the many ways in which one may spiritually benefit from Ramadan is to present oneself for I’tikaaf.

‘The gates of heaven are open for the month of Ramadan and the gates of the hellfire are closed and the devils are shackled.’

[Sahih al-Bukhari 1899]

Such measures make it even more possible for one to supplicate before the Almighty.

2. I’tikaaf is offered in the last Ashra (ten days) of Ramadan, conventionally within a Mosque. One should not leave the Mosque unless faced with a unique circumstance as one’s priority and attention should wholly be given to Allah over all matters.

It is narrated regarding the Holy Prophet (sa):

‘The Messenger of Allah (sa) used to seclude himself (in the mosque) during the last ten nights of Ramadan. He would say, “Search for Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the last ten nights of Ramadan.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 2020]

3. These ten days should completely be observed in worshipping Allah the Almighty through offering the five daily prayers & voluntary prayers, reading the Holy Qur’an and through the remembrance of Allah.

4. In essence one should endeavour to sever all ties with matters relating to worldly gains and should be at one with Allah. There is a Hadith in this regard which states:

‘It is Sunnah for the one performing I’tikaaf not to visit the sick, attend a funeral, or touch his wife (with sexual desire), nor have sexual intercourse with her. He should also not go out (of the mosque) except for an extreme necessity, and no Itekaaf is accepted without fasting, or without being in a mosque.’

[Abu Dawood 2473]

5. I’tikaaf is not compulsory, but is dependent on each individuals’ circumstances and situation. However, there is no doubt that whoever is able to partake in this blessed opportunity should do so as this will be a means for one’s heart to be cleansed from all previous sins. The Holy Prophet (sa) has been reported to have said:

“Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 2008]

6. This is a practice which was also performed by previous Prophets. The prophet Moses (as) prayed for 40 days on the mount of Sinai as is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an:

‘And remember the time when We made Moses a promise of forty nights;’

[Al-Baqarah 2:52]

And so did his Messiah, Jesus (as). Before the advent of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) also observed this practice by supplicating in the cave of Hira.

7. The Promised Messiah (as) also observed this tradition, in 1886 C.E he travelled to Hoshiarpur and stayed there for 40 days for supplication and worship, where he was foretold by Allah the Almighty of a promised son.

8. The way in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) practiced I’tikaaf according to multiple Ahadith is during the last ten days of Ramadan, as is mentioned in a Hadith:

‘The Messenger of Allah (may peace he upon him) used to observe I’tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan’

[Sahih Muslim 1172]

9. In a Hadith of Abu Dawood, it is sated that I’tikaaf can only be practiced inside a mosque, however due to such unprecedented circumstances this has been prohibited. Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) states that one may practice I’tikaaf outside of a mosque but the blessings are not the same.

10. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) has stated, “I’tikaaf cannot be practiced within a mosque, however those who want to practice this can do so within their homes by allocating a separate room”. [9 May 2020]

To conclude, we should all endeavour to gather as many blessings as we can in this blessed month so that we may strive towards righteousness and steadfastness. We as Ahmadi’s should most certainly remember our beloved Imam, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba), in our prayers and we should continuously pray for the success of Islam Ahmadiyyat.

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Kicking Off the Year – Khadim Style

The National Ijtema Sports day for Northern Regions is currently underway in Bradford at Dixons Allerton Academy, and the Khuddam and Atfal present here are thoroughly enjoying all the activities and sessions that are taking place.

Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK is holding this sports day on the instructions of Huzooraba after sports at the National Ijtema 2022 were cancelled due to the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a mark of respect. Huzooraba instructed the Majlis that the sports that were due to take place at the Ijtema should be organised as soon as possible for the benefit of all Khuddam and Atfal that missed out. Subsequently, it was decided for the Majlis to hold 2 sports days – one for the northern regions (taking place today) and another for the southern regions (date to be announced).

Registration started at 8am with Khuddam and Atfal arriving from all around the northern parts of the UK with breakfast served in the marquees set up onsite. The event started at 10am with an opening session chaired by the Nazime Ala Sahib Ijtema, Tariq Hayat Sahib. The plan for the day was announced by Mohtamim Sahib Sehate-Jismani, Abdur Rauf Lodhi Sahib.

Football and Cricket for Khuddam and Atfal took place in grass fields and netball courts. Tarbiyyat ‘Chit Chat Chai’ were held at the auditorium, alongside outdoor and indoor sports, on topics such as relationships, the key to paradise, and working hard or hardly working. The first talk covered a wide range of questions in relation to how Khuddam should approach the idea of getting married, how to decide on the type of spouse that they desire, the qualities they should look for and the attitude they adopt going into the process.

After Namaz-e-Zuhr and Ask a short Talqeen-e-Amal session took place which was on the topic of Namaz. This was followed by a continuation of sports. So far Khuddam and Atfal are finding this it to be a good opportunity to begin the year with an activity that binds the Majlis together in a spirit of brotherhood. The final session is due to take place after Maghrib Namaz, where winning teams will be given prizes by Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. The Khuddam and Atfal attendance at the Sports Day is 780, Alhamdulillah.

 

Here is some of the feedback from the Khuddam on today’s event.

A Khadim form North West, Abdul Ghalib Sahib, said that “The event has been really good so far, I enjoyed coming together with Khuddam again after the sports were previously cancelled at the Ijtema due to the demise of the Queen”. Another khadim, Waheed Ahmad, said that “It was good that Majlis has found a window to hold such an important event of the Khuddam year”. Another khadim from Scotland said that “It is important for Ahmadi youth to come together, build a sense of togetherness and develop brotherhood.”

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Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V Inaugurates Islamabad Convenience Store

On the 1st of April 2022, after Asr Namaz, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) inaugurated the MKA Tuck Shop in Islamabad. Huzoor (aba) opened the Homeopathic Dispensary adjacent to the Tuck Shop before gracing the Khuddam store.  Huzoor (aba) unveiled a plaque and led everyone in silent prayer after which Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Abdul Quddus Arif, Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat, Umar Hassan, and Motamid Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Nassar Bhatti, had the opportunity to show Huzoor (aba) the store and its wares.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) unveils the plaque outside the Convenience Store.

 

Huzoor (aba) leading Silent Prayer after opening the Store.

 

Sadr Sahib MKA UK and Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat have the blessed opportunity to present the Store to Huzoor (aba).

Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) graces Naib Mohtamim Isha’at, Mudabbir Din, with his attention.

Immediately after Huzoor (aba) stepped outside the store, Huzoor (aba) was informed by Sadr Sahib about the Khuddam present with Huzoor (aba) speaking to a few as well. All those who had gathered were greatly  moved by Huzoor’s presence.

This tuck shop will Insha’Allah serve as a small convenience store for the residents of Islamabad and visitors. The Homeopathy Dispensary has also opened alongside the MKA Tuck Shop.

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Wars will Stop when the World Turns to the Promised Messiah Says Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V

In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis.

In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V stated:

Pray that Allah the Almighty grants both sides of the conflict proper understanding and they stop this murder of humanity. 

Huzooraba further commented that Muslims should learn from the unity that the West has displayed in condemning the war:

Muslims should learn from this war. The [West] has become united, yet Muslims, despite belonging to one creed, never unite. They had one country destroyed; Iraq was destroyed, Syria was destroyed, Yemen is being destroyed—they cause this destruction through outsiders and are doing it themselves too, instead of being united. At the very least the Muslims should learn, from the West, how to be united.

Huzoor reiterated his continuous message that there will only be peace in the world when the world accepts the Imam of the Age—the Promised Messiahas:

May Allah have mercy on these nations, the Muslim nations and on the Muslim Ummah. This can only happen however, when these people accept the Imam of the Age who has been sent for this very purpose.

May Allah grant them understanding, and where they [the Muslims] reform themselves may they also pray and use their means to stop the world from wars, rather than themselves become embroiled in them. 

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has been warning of an impending world crisis for a long time and has travelled the world spreading the message of the Promised Messiahas.

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